Apple climbs insecurity ladder

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Apple climbs insecurity ladder

Is Apple the most insecure software company in the world? That's the startling claim from security company Secunia, which claims that in the first half of 2010, more flaws were reported for Apple products than for any other computer software vendor, says Yahoo News.

In this race to the bottom, Oracle was number two and Microsoft was number three. Apple had held the number two slot since 2007, finally overtaking Oracle this year for the first time.

The report considers not just operating systems but all programs that run on that vendor's platform, so in the case of Apple, not just MacOS is studied but also QuickTime and iTunes, as well as third-party applications like Flash and Java that run on that OS.

Neurons inspire future computers

Researchers are developing novel computers by mimicking the way neurons are built and how they talk to each other, reports BBC News.

Basing computers around neurons could lead to improvements in visual and audio processing on computers. It might mean that computers learn to see or to hear in the future rather than just rely on sensors.

As well as building computers, the researchers are also helping to improve understanding of nerve cells and how they operate.

India unveils $35 tablet computer

It looks like an iPad, only it's 1/14th the cost: India has unveiled the prototype of a $35 basic touch-screen tablet aimed at students, which it hopes to bring into production by 2011, reports

If the government can find a manufacturer, the Linux-based computer would be the latest in a string of "world's cheapest" innovations to hit the market out of India, which is home to the $2 127 compact Nano car, the $16 water purifier and the $2 000 open-heart surgery.

The tablet can be used for functions like word processing, Web browsing and video conferencing. It has a solar power option too, important for India's energy-starved hinterlands, though that add-on costs extra.

Students create dangerous virus

Police and the FBI are investigating three former Slovenian computer science students on suspicion of creating one of the world's most dangerous computer viruses, a news channel reported on Thursday, states IOL.

The two men and one woman are alleged to have created a virus that has infected more than 13 million computers and aims to gather credit card, password and Internet banking details, the online news channel 24ur reported.

Police would not confirm details of the report but said: "Slovenian police in cooperation with the FBI are investigating suspected computer crime actions."

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