Remains of the Day: Mistakes were made
Microsoft raises the alarm on Macs’ vulnerability to malware (sort of); Apple at last acknowledges where it got its maps; and just like average Joes, CEOs like to … exaggerate on their résumés. The remainders for Friday, May 4, 2012 are totally fluent in French. Nous promettons.
Macs are vulnerable to malware, says Microsoft! And Microsoft should know, because the particular security flaw it’s using to illustrate this point is from Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac. So, uh. Yeah.
Welcome, Apple! (OpenStreetMap Foundation)
Apple has finally—finally—acknowledged that it’s using OpenStreetMap data in iPhoto for iOS. So now we can at last put OpenStreetMapgate behind us.
Terry Gilliam talks apps, iPad and interactivity (Sydney Morning Herald)
Monty Python alum Terry Gilliam talks about two apps related to the famed comedy troupe—one of which was reviewed not long ago by our own Philip Michaels—and reveals that he doesn’t, in fact, have his own iPhone. That’s the craziest thing I’ve heard of since The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
Airborne, smoking iPhone mishap solved (ZDNet Australia)
Perhaps you recall the story of the iPhone that caught on fire during an Australian flight last November. The mystery has thankfully been solved: “a misplaced screw punctured the battery casing, leading to a short circuit that caused the battery to overheat.” Claims that the phone was simply “too hot for TV” were not confirmed.
In his bio—and in certain regulatory filings—Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson stated that he had a college degree in computer science. Only…not so much. Turns out Thompson’s degree is actually in accounting. Yahoo described the gaffe as an “inadvertent error.” You know, as opposed to an intentional error.