Semiconductor Industry Sales to Drop 16% in 2009

From DailyTech: More doom and gloom is in store for the semiconductor industry as the economy shows no signs of getting better and many analysts predict things are going to get worse yet.

Gartner Inc. released a statement today that shows global semiconductor sales will decline by 16% in 2009 thanks to the economic slowdown, which has led to decreased consumer spending and decrease in orders from manufacturers.

Apple pushes out critical Mac OS X security patches

From InfoWorld: Apple has released a major set of security patches for its Mac OS X operating system, fixing a number of critical flaws in the software.

IPhone 3G Being Sold Unlocked in Taiwan

From PC World: The iPhone 3G debuted last week in Taiwan, where Apple is partnered with the country's largest mobile operator, Chunghwa Telecom. However, despite claims to the contrary by Chunghwa, that relationship may not be entirely exclusive.

Rumor has Apple updating Mac Mini

From CNET Apple will announce a long-overdue upgrade to its Mac Mini during the Macworld Expo next month, according to a report.

The report was attributed to an alleged corporate employee at Apple who wished to remain anonymous--"to keep his job," Wired noted. While he was apparently comfortable disclosing that a new desktop would be announced in January, he balked at disclosing any other details.

OCZ Unveils Flash Drive with eSATA Connectivity

From DailyTech: USB flash drives have been on the market for a long time and external hard drives have been available for a long time that use the faster eSATA port for higher performance. What hasn’t been available is a product that takes the small form factor for a typical flash drive and combines it with the faster eSATA connectivity option.

Microsoft sees 'huge increase' in IE attacks

From InfoWorld: Microsoft warned Saturday of a "huge increase" in attacks exploiting a critical unpatched vulnerability in Internet Explorer (IE), and said some originated from hacked pornography sites.

Other researchers confirmed that attacks were increasingly coming from compromised Web sites.

Microsoft Releases Its First-ever IPhone Application

From PC World: Microsoft's first-ever iPhone application is a slick photo viewer with a browsing capability that handles a large number of photos on a mobile device screen.

The Seadragon mobile application is free through Apple's application store. It a product of Microsoft's Live Labs division, which focuses on developing Web-based technology and applications.

Ad-Aware gets an antivirus cousin

From CNET The encore, Lavasoft Anti-Virus Helix, is Lavasoft's first full-fledged antivirus application, following the tracks of the company's popular adware and spyware-sniffer, as well as a lesser-known file shredder, firewall, and registry cleaner.

Firefox: Most Risky App to Businesses in New Study

From DailyTech: Firefox has its plate full when it comes to security. It has grown a substantial enough market share to place it in a strong second after Microsoft. This gives it a high profile and leaves it a desirable target to be exploited by hackers and malware writers. Worse yet, it has less money to fund security efforts that Microsoft, and according to some experts, less focus as well.

Google: Chrome is ready for prime time

From InfoWorld: Google dropped the beta label from its three-month-old browser today, saying that Chrome is ready for prime time. Some users disagree.

In entries to several company blogs, Google managers trumpeted the name change. "We have removed the beta label as our goals for stability and performance have been met," said Sundar Pichai, vice president of product management, in a post Thursday.

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