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Beware of Fake Apple Invoices

It appears that fake Apple invoices are turning up in your inbox.

The invoices appear to be legitimate Apple “receipts” that iTunes users are familiar with seeing after purchasing music or apps. Most of us would be shocked by the price that appears to have been charged on our credit card. We will immediately want to click the link to view or report a problem – don’t. The links take you to fake IRS pages and ask you to download browsers (malware).

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Fake Apple Invoice

Take a close look at the invoice and notice the mistakes and/or odd words/actions. A legitimate invoice will have your name/email and address listed, and should have the last 4 digits of your credit card in the upper right of the invoice.

Don’t click any links. Delete the message, or if you prefer, call Apple or your Credit Card company.

Source: Fake Apple invoices lead to Blackhole exploit kit that drains your bank account | Naked Security.

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Free Software Streams Your Content (including iTunes Library) to Any Device

Company Orb Networks has launched a Windows and Mac compatible streaming media software product.

Orb is completely free and allows you to access not only iTunes content, but any video, music, or photos on your system’s hard drive and stream it to just about any device on the Internet.

Setting up Orb is simple.  Download Orb for either Mac or Windows.


Start the installation and Orb asks for your account information. If you don’t have an account, you can set one up during the install.


Orb indexes your iTunes content automatically, but if you have more media to add, then used the advanced tab to specify for folders.



Once Orb has indexed all your content, you can close the installation wizard and login to mycast.orb.com to further configure your streaming, channels, and playlists.



Now that Orb is setup, you can use any browser on your network, a friends house, your iPhone, Blackberry, Xbox, Wii, or PS3 to receive content from your media library.

Check it out for yourself at Orb.com.

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Has Apple Done "TV" and Movies Right This Time?

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On Tuesday, Steve Jobs of Apple announced a new version of the Apple TV. I have been a fan of the Apple TV since day one and purchase one almost immediately after it was announced.

The reason for my purchase and excitement was the fact that the Apple TV solved a major problem:

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Podcasting 101

What is podcasting?

I can remember a few instances where family and friends asked me about podcasting. Seems that they had all heard the word and were certain that it had something to do with an iPod, but didn’t really know what it meant. I had to really think about how to explain podcasting and I thought a post about podcasting might be useful to others as well.

A podcast is a form of digital media (audio or video) that is delivered to folks over the Internet. Not only is the media delivered via the Internet, but it also has the distinction of allowing you to subscribe to the podcast to receive the content automatically when available.

You don’t need to have an iPod or any other portable media device in order to watch or listen to a podcast. All you need your computer, an Internet connection and any modern web browser (you can listen and/or watch right in your browser if you choose).

Who are the podcast creators? They are people like you and me who have a passion for the subjects. Anyone can create a podcast and there are lots of resources out there to help. Try libsyn.com for more info.

Podcasts are easy to find. Podcasts are categorized by type of content, and just about anything you can think of is covered. In fact there are most likely multiple podcasts about any particular subject.

Here are a few good places to start your search:
http://podnova.com/ (highly recommended)
http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast/podcast_directory.php (NPR produced content only)

Once you get a good look around at some of these sites and choose a few podcasts you like, you’ll notice that somewhere on the page where you found the podcast there will be a subscribe link, or an icon that look like the one below.

rss iconThis is the syndicated feed or RSS link for the podcast and is a very useful link.

When you click on this link you can subscribe to the podcast and no longer have to visit the site each day. The podcast will automatically be downloaded onto your computer when there is new content. Internet Explorer, Safari and Firefox browsers will interpret the link and allow you to subscribe. Another way of doing this is to find that RSS, Subscribe link and past it into a podcast receiver program.

Podcast Receiver

A podcast receiver program is a piece of software (usually free) that you can download and install on your computer to help you manage all your podcast subscriptions. They allow you to view your podcasts in a more organized way, search, download additional podcast episodes and set scheduled of when you want to check for new content. One other BIG benefit of using a podcast receiver is that you can transfer the downloaded podcasts onto a portable media player, allowing you to take your content with you. This is great if you don’t want to sit around on you computer to listen to your content. Go to the gym, take it in the car, go on a run, or just lie down and relax while listening.


You don’t have to have an iPod to use iTunes for podcasting, however it can only transfer content to an iPod, so if you want to take your podcasts with you, you’ll need and iPod. (This is technically not true, but much too complicated to try and fight it). iTunes supports both Windows and Mac operating systems. Download iTunes from the apple website.


One of the first, and best receivers out there. Supports lots of devices – anything that can play an mp3 (including iPods), and runs on both Windows and Mac. Download Juice from Sourceforge.

More info on podcasting.


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