Given the added improvement of the Mac OSX running a Unix-based operating system with Intel processors, it doesn't' take the programmers long to cross platforms. I'm a little surprised that Apple is actually doing something right here. It feels like a perfect win-win for Steam and Mac to work together. I've known plenty of Mac Book users installing Windows XP on separate partitions. Some of the hold backs for Mac adopters are in large part due to the lack of game support. So what are your thoughts on this matter?
Clues in the latest update point in that direction
It would seem that with the announced update to Steam, Valve has reportedly left some clues that a potential port of Steam to Mac OS X might actually be in the works. While Valve isn’t talking, our sources tell us that the beta has offered some clues that seem to indicate it could be in the works.
The decision to bring Steam to the Mac OS X platform really isn’t that surprising because a number of publishers are already using the Steam service to offer Mac versions of their titles.
Apple's first Mac OS X security update for 2010 is out, providing cover for at least 12 serious vulnerabilities.
The update, rated critical, plugs security holes that could lead to code execution vulnerabilities if a Mac user is tricked into opening audio files or surfing to a rigged Web site.
With Security Update 2010-001, Apple also fixes flaws in the Adobe Flash Player plug-in that ships with the operating system.
Here's the skinny of the vulnerabilities:
* CoreAudio (CVE-2010-0036) -- A buffer overflow exists in the handling of mp4 audio files.
Apple is a company that likes to control the experience of its customers. It likes to craft its products from top to bottom, both in hardware and software.
Ever since Apple went with Intel processors, the hardware differences between Macs and PCs became minimal. The software that runs on the hardware, however, remains very different mostly due to Mac OS X.
Regardless of which side you're on (though as a true computing enthusiast, you shouldn't be taking sides), you've heard the arguments back and forth on the which operating system is truly safer – Mac OS X or Windows.
It is of the opinion of Charlie Miller, a well known Mac security guru, that even Snow Leopard, the latest version of Mac OS X, isn't as safe as Windows.
One key point is that Snow Leopard still doesn't have ASLR, or address space layout randomization, which randomly arranges the position of key data making it harder for hackers to target for exploits.
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