Sweating the details


While Microsoft and others now believe that multi-touch should extend to the desktop display, Apple believes this is dead wrong. “From the ergonomic standpoint we have studied this pretty extensively and we believe that on a desktop scenario where you have a fixed keyboard, having to reach up to do touch interfaces is uncomfortable,” says Schiller. “iOS from its start has been designed as a multi-touch experience — you don’t have the things you have in a mouse-driven interface, like a cursor to move around, or teeny little ‘close’ boxes that you can’t hit with your finger. The Mac OS has been designed from day one for an indirect pointing mechanism. These two worlds are different on purpose, and that’s a good thing — we can optimize around the best experience for each and not try to mesh them together into a least-common-denominator experience.”

Apple launches new iMacs


Faster and more powerful than ever, the 27‑inch iMac is equipped with a sixth-generation Intel Core processor and the latest AMD high-performance graphics. And the 21.5‑inch iMac features a fifth-generation Intel Core processor and enhanced Intel Iris Pro Graphics. Both deliver stirring visual effects with maximum impact — at maximum speed.

Apple also released all-new Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2. Christmas came early!

Japan leads push for AI-based anti-cyberattack solutions


NTT Communication’s new service, which will be launched worldwide next spring, can automatically identify patterns in a virus and the modus operandi of previous electronic crimes, and detect new ones by analogy through analysis of large amounts of data.

If an attacker automatically changes the URL to which they intend to send confidential information, the solution would still be able to recognize it instantly. Reportedly, the service will be able to detect over 99% of unauthorized accesses.