Google set to launch tab as Apple comes down with virus attack

One of the key selling features the Mac boasted of all these years was the fact that it was virus-proof, that Macs cannot be infected by the thousands of viruses infecting Windows computers.

Well, that belief has just been torn apart.

Almost 600,000 Macs across the world have been infected the Flashback Trojan malware, with more than half the numbers being concentrated in the U.S.

Research has shown that when the code of the malware is introduced into the system, the system can be hijacked and can be used as a “botnet”. In layman’s words, the code enables criminals or hackers to use the terminal or machine and control it directly through their PCs.

The code sends a unique ID to the hacker/criminal to identify the infected machine.

There is a general belief that the malware was specifically intended for the OS X operating system.

Almost 8 weeks after the attacks, Apple came up with a security update.

Apple has officially made no comment on the whole incident but has changed the tagline of its website from “It doesn’t get viruses” to “Its built to be safe”.

As if that weren’t enough, Apple is said to be concerned about the fact that Google is all set to release its own tablet PC, the Nexus 7. How this will affect the future of Apple’s tablets, only time can tell.

The nexus family is set to get it’s first Tab. Photo by Reeda

Let’s look at some of the key features of the Nexus 7.

The Google Nexus 7 has been developed with the help of ASUS and Nvidia. The most talked about specs about the Nexus are :

The Nexus has a stunning 7 inch display with a resolution of 1280×800 resolution protected by a scratch resistant Corning glass. Text is sharper, image quality is smooth and dynamic.

The Core
Built by ASUS, the Nexus 7 comes with a NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quadcore processor. This means that everything is faster and multitasking is no longer a concern.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
The Nexus 7 is powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the latest version of Android with new widgets, smarter notifications and home screen management as easy as drag-and-drop.

Now, let’s list the overall features of the Nexus 7.


  • 7” 1280×800 HD display
  • Backlit IPS display
  • 1.2 MP front-facing camera
  • 8/16 GB internal storage
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 4325 mAh battery(up to 8 hours of active use)
  • Quad-core Tegra 3 processor
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS
  • WiFi 802.11
  • Bluetooth
  • microUSB
  • NFC(Android Beam)
  • GPS
  • Gryometer
  • Accelerometer

The 8GB model costs $199 and the 16GB model costs $249.

Now, while the Nexus 7 seems to be originally designed to topple the Kindle Fire, it poses a potential threat to the future of Apple’s tablet PCs as well. Granted that the screen display does not come in comparison with the iPad’s 2048×1536 LED backlit display, or the online store falls short compared to Apple’s online Appstore, the processor and the Jelly Bean platform of the Nexus 7 are the best in existing tablet PCs.

Overall, the Google Nexus 7 seems to be a very good and cost effective tablet PC that is sure to be a hit in the market.

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Author: Saptarshi