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Apple releases Java security updates

Just a day after reports of a Mac Trojan horse affecting older Java vulnerabilities made the rounds, Apple has released an update to patch the exploited holes.

Macworld Pundit Showdown XVI

The new iPad, Mountain Lion, and the story of a man named Daisey are just some of the topics we beat into the ground in the latest incarnation of the Macworld Pundit Showdown.

Remains of the Day: See you, raise you

Soon, you may not be able to see the pixels on your MacBook display--but you may see iPads all over Dutch schools. And it'll probably be a while before you see Apple's stock trading that low again.

Weekly Wrap: New iPad review and advice, Mac tutorials, and iOS updates

There are two kinds of people in this world: Folks so excitedly using their brand new iPads that they're ignoring this week's Weekly Wrap, and the rest of us. For you who cling to your older iPads, or simply aren't ready to own an Apple tablet at all, I once again present a roundup of the biggest and best stories from over the past week.

Remains of the Day: Tougher than diamonds

To paraphrase Huey Lewis, Apple products are a bit like the power of love: you don't need money, don't take fame--you just need a credit card to ride this train. Meanwhile, Canadians get on speaking terms with Siri and a centuries old publication bids adieu to the physical realm.

Flashback malware for Mac changes infection tactic

A new variant of the password-stealing Flashback malware aimed at Apple computers has emerged, which tries to install itself after a user visits an infected itself after a user visits an infected website.

How new Mac security measures will impact AppleScript

When sandboxing and Gatekeeper become de facto Mac standards, certain behaviors of automation technologies like AppleScript and Automator will change. Here's how.

Get Siri-like functionality on your Mac with Speakable Items

Staff writer Lex Friedman walks you through using OS X's built-in functionality for handling Siri-like vocal commands.

Sandboxing and Mac apps

Macworld senior associate editor Dan Moren is joined by two developers, Many Tricks's Rob Griffiths and Red Sweater Software's Daniel Jalkut, for a frank discussion about Apple's plans for sandboxing Mac apps.

Remains of the Day: Free for all

Apple's offering free developer IDs to programmers; hackers have found a way to get free e-books from the iBookstore; and Dell is about to go PC-free.

Weekly Wrap: Apple's busy week, Mountain Lion wishes, and more

This was a significant week for Apple: It settled lawsuits, met with shareholders, and bought a company. Oh, and let's not forget it's only been a week since the company unveiled Mountain Lion to the masses, and we've spent much of that time pondering the forthcoming OS update.

Universal Access tips for everyone

Although Universal Access is designed with those with disabilities in mind, there are features within that can help everyone. Chris Breen points out some highlights.

With Gatekeeper, Apple promotes safe computing

The argument's long been that Macs are safer than Windows PCs because malfeasants choose to target the larger pool of potential victims. But that doesn't explain why iOS is safer than Android. Apple's continued focus on security does.