Virus-malware-death-skull-600We’ve gathered up a few simple tips and updates to be aware of when protecting your Mac from its now-uncertain security. In short, pay attention to operating system updates, improved app features and antivirus protection.

Gavel-600Judge Richard Posner dismissed the patent case late Friday evening, writing in his opinion that neither side proved any damages caused by the other party. His ruling came with prejudice, meaning neither side can reopen the case to attempt to prove damages for a second time.

Iphone-gizmodoThose in the mobile phone space and Apple fans have attempted to figure out what direction Apple might take with the iPhone 5. Will the homescreen go retro? Maybe it will be made with LiquidMetal? Or perhaps it will have a transparent screen (highly unlikely)?

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Thursday’s sporadic Twitter outages gave addicts like us the shakes. After all, Twitter users average over 100,000 tweets per minute, and the site was down for a whole lot longer than that.

Twitter is far from the only channel through which web users funnel data. Business intelligence company DOMO paired up with Column Five Media to create this infographic, which shows just how much data is generated every minute.

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Next time you run a Google search, think about the fact that it’s just one of 2 million that Google will receive in that minute. In the same amount of time, Facebook users post 684,478 pieces of content. Crazier still, online shoppers spend an average of $272,070 every minute. That’s over $391 million every day — quite the chunk of change.

Apple-store-600The clean and modern interior of Apple stores may be the perfect canvas to display the company’s shiny gadgets and entice consumers into making a spendy purchase. It’s aesthetically pleasing, sure — but there’s also a deeper concept behind the way the stores are laid out (Hint: Even the tilt of the laptop screens is intended to coerce you into trying one).

Smartercover“The Smart Cover is one of the best accessories for iPad, but it’s too limiting as an iPad stand: either its so reclined you can’t see the screen or it’s so upright that I have to back-up,” Saguy says on his Kickstarter page for the product. “What you really want is the iPad facing you directly, but the Smart Cover doesn’t do that…until now!”

KitchenipadsolutionsWith all the great foodie apps and cooking e-books available, many people use their iPads as recipe books. If this is the case for you too, consider an iPad stand designed specifically for kitchen use.

Ipad-childrenReach for the APPs, a non-profit organization that launches today, is partnering with school districts nationwide to provide children on the autistim spectrum with access to iPads.

Macbook-pro-retina-600Back to that screen. Perhaps surprisingly, the first thing you notice is the deeper colors, not necessarily the sharpness — although that becomes clear when viewing photos with lots of detail. Browsing through the Flickr feed of the NASA Goddard Space Center, the crowd could see those extra pixels working to show, say, the wispy clouds in satellite shots of earth.

Cm-capture-2The updated app, which will launch with iOS 6 this fall, comes with a geo-fencing feature — that is, you can designate an area around yourself, as small as a building or as large as a state. When you arrive or leave that area, your friends can be notified.