Kaspersky Lab releases Kaspersky Flashfake Removal Tool to remove Flashfake from Mac OS X installations

Flashfake or Flashback has been named one of the largest malware attacks on the Mac OS X platform.

Apple is working on their own fix which would be delivered to the affected users in the coming days.

Kaspersky Lab on their part has released a free utility that you can use to fix the problem on your Mac.

Kaspersky Lab releases a free tool to remove Flashfake from Mac OS X installations

The company said:

Kaspersky Lab’s experts recently analyzed the Flashfake botnet and found a total of 670,000 infected computers worldwide, with more than 98% of the computers most likely running Mac OS X, and most located in the United States. This is the largest Mac-based infection ever. Kaspersky Lab has today announced a free website and disinfection tools where users can check their machines, and remove the virus if necessary.

Dragon Express now on sale from the Mac App Store

Dragon Express now on sale from the Mac App Store

Nuance has launched their latest app named Dragon Express for the Mac OS X platform.

Dragon Express is now available through the Mac App Store.

It is priced at USD 50 currently.

Dragon Express now on sale from the Mac App Store
Dragon Express now on sale from the Mac App Store
Dragon Express now on sale from the Mac App Store

Product description:

Dragon Express is an easy and fun speech recognition utility that introduces OS X Lion customers to voice recognition for the Mac. Put your words to work without the hassle of typing. Just speak and amazingly accurate results instantly appear in the Dragon Express window. You can dictate anything – even words that wouldn’t be found in any dictionary – since Dragon Express is customized to recognize your voice and the words you use.

Apple require apps to be sandboxed if they want to appear on the Mac App Store

Apple require apps to be sandboxed if they want to appear on the Mac App Store

Apple has informed the developers of Mac apps that they would have to sandbox them by March next year if they want to continue offering their products through the Mac App Store.

They had earlier planned to implement this requirement this month. Looks like they are giving the developers some more time to get ready for this change.

Sandboxed apps are supposedly more secure as they are restricted in nature. Developers would still be able to ask for extended permissions as long as they can justify the need for them.

The end result would be a more secure working environment for the Mac user.

Quicksilver is updated with support for Mac OS X Lion

Quicksilver is updated with support for Mac OS X Lion

The developers behind the Quicksilver project have updated the app for the Mac OS X Lion operating system.

The latest update is now only compatible with Snow Leopard and Lion editions. They have also given the app a brand new shiny icon.

Other updates:

Plugins would be updated automatically as they are released by their developers.
Bug fixes and changes required to make it work in Lion
Tons more

OSX/Flashback.C Trojan is designed to disable Xprotect on Mac OS X

OSX/Flashback.C Trojan is designed to disable Xprotect on Mac OS X

OSX/Flashback.C is a new malware targeted at Mac OS X users. It comes in the form of an installer for Adobe Flash Player but is designed to disable the Xprotect safety mechanism on the Mac OS X operating system.

It also connects to a remote host and could be capable of receiving further instructions but no further actions have been reported until now.

F-Secure has posted a detailed document on how to remove this malware from your computer if you are affected by it.

Apple releases Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2 and more to add iCloud support

Apple releases Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2 and more to add iCloud support

Apple has released a bunch of updates today to add iCloud and iOS 5 support to their products.

The most important update is the OS X Lion Update 10.7.2.

Here is the complete list:

iPhone Configuration Utility 3.4 for Windows
iPhone Configuration Utility 3.4 for Mac OS X
Lion Recovery Update
iCloud Control Panel for Windows
Aperture 3.2
iPhoto 9.2
OS X Lion Update 10.7.2 (Server)
OS X Lion Update 10.7.2 (Server) Combo
MobileMe Control Panel for Windows
Server Admin Tools 10.7.2

Mac App Store now detect installed apps if you try to buy them

Mac App Store now detect installed apps if you try to buy them

Apple seems to have updated their Mac App Store to detect installed apps on a Mac if the user tries to buy them again from the store.

This feature however currently requires both the versions (installed and the one available on the store) to be same.

We hope Apple enhances this feature in the future to detect older versions as well.

Remains to be seen if Apple would allow users to connect their past purchases to their Mac App Store account so that they can get the updates from the same interface.

Skype for Mac gets a new beta with Facebook integration

Skype for Mac gets a new beta with Facebook integration

Skype has launched a new beta edition for the Mac OS X platform.

Skype 5.4 beta for Mac comes loaded with Facebook integration. Users would now be able to connect with their friends on the Facebook network.

Skype for Mac gets a new beta with Facebook integration

They also get quick access to their newsfeed from inside Skype. They would also be post on their Facebook wall from Skype.

The company has also added advertising in this edition of Skype. The company said that paying customers are not going to get ads in their installations.

Remains to be seen how the mac users react to this update. Skype has already released a similar update for Windows platform with Facebook and advertisement integration.

Adobe launches Adobe Carousel to compete with Apple iCloud?

Adobe launches Adobe Carousel to compete with Apple iCloud?

Adobe has launched a new service platform named Adobe Carousel.

Adobe Carousel is focused at photos. The company promises that using this platform you would have access to all your photos on all your Apple devices.

They support iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Mac OS X platforms.

Adobe launches Adobe Carousel to compete with Apple iCloud?

The service offers unlimited storage for around USD 60 per year. Photos are synced on all the connected devices automatically. And users also get access to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to enhance their images.

This service looks very similar to Apple iCloud. Though iCloud is not just for photos but does have limited storage.

They are also working on similar solutions for Google Android and Microsoft Windows platforms.