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Mac News From Around The World

Mac News From Around The World

As much as some Americans would like it, Apple is a true worldwide phenomenon. While it started out as a small company in the US, it is now one of the largest and most popular corporations in the world. This article will show you all of the latest and most interesting news updates from all things Mac from around the globe.

It might surprise some of you to know that most Mac products aren’t sold in the United States. Despite having a whopping 243 Apple stores, America doesn’t sell as many products or have as much traffic as China does. With only four stores in mainland China, this just goes to show that Chinese people are more willing to spend their money on Apple products. To reward them for their loyalty, as well as to make more money, Apple is opening a fifth store in Chine this week. This week also brings good news to the Chinese Apple lovers with the release of the iPad 2 in their country. While it’s no doubt that a lot of Chinese people have purchased an iPad 2 through different means, by the end of the week all five of the Apple stores as well as authorised resellers are able to legitimately sell the product. If you’re in China and you’ve held off importing then your day has come.

Apple is also opening another store in Australia. The 13th store is set to open not one hour away from another Apple store; the site of the new store in Hornsby is only a forty minute drive north of another Apple store. However, we all know how hard it can be to get into the city (which city doesn’t matter, they are all the same everywhere in the world) and customers in Hornsby are glad that they don’t have to drive the extra distance to get help for their Apple products or to simply browse around. The first one thousand entrants to the store will be given a free Apple t-shirt and the staff is set to have cheer squads and other such ways for making every customer feel like a rock star. If you’re expecting either of these stores to break tradition then are will be disappointed; all Apple stores will look exactly the same for the near future anyway.

Speaking of new stores other parts of the world are finally able to take a bite of the Apple with online stores being open in the United Arab Emirates, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Hungary. This is getting mixed reviews from authorised resellers who think that the reduced price and free shipping deals will drive customers away from their stores. Other shop owners and managers are counting on their rapport with their customers to help them keep doors open. The online stores will include all of the usual items as well as laser engraving, personalised wrapping, extended Apple warranties, and as mentioned before, free shipping if the total cost is over a certain amount.


But it’s not all good news for Apple this week with a world-renowned hacker claiming to have found a fatal flaw in OSX or Lion. It seems that devices running this operating system can easily be hacked and passwords can be viewed and even changed. Older operating systems included a shadow file that could only be accessed by someone with admin-level privileges (that is, the person who can make and allow changes to the device or computer), but in Lion anyone logged into the computer can access the password data. What makes this more stunning is that these people don’t have to know the old password to change it; they can simply enter a new one. This is most easily done with direct and physical access to the computer so the best way to prevent this from happening is to keep your computer with you at all times, but hackers can use this knowledge to create viruses that will change your password without you knowing. Remember to only let trusted people near your Mac and to keep all confidential data off of public computers like those at libraries and college campuses. Running anti-virus software regularly will also help to avoid nasty bugs and viruses from entering your computer.

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