Monday Morning Cyber Corner

IN THE NEWS: APPLE SORRY ABOUT MAPPING SERVICE

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's not the kind of thing you expect to hear from any company president: our rival's product is better, so you should use it instead of ours. But that, in effect, is what Apple CEO Tim Cook is telling people about the new mapping feature on the iPhone 5. Cook has apologized for the service -- and is promising to fix it. Cook says the map app "fell short" of Apple's own hopes for it. In the meantime, Cook is inviting iPhone users to use Google until the Apple one is ready for prime time. When Apple updated its iPhone and iPad operating system last week, it replaced Google Maps with its own map app. But users have complained the new software offers fewer details, lacks public transit directions and misplaces landmarks. For example, New York's Madison Square Garden arena shows up as a green patch on Apple's app because the name contains the word "garden."

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Tim Cook maps statement: http://www.appl e.com/letter-from-tim-cook-on-maps

IN THE NEWS: BANKS FACING CYBERATTACKS

UNDATED (AP) -- It's unclear who is behind them. But U.S. banks have been hit by waves of powerful cyberattacks. At least half a dozen banks -- including Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, and Citigroup -- have seen surges in traffic and service disruptions. Such surges have the mark of denial-of-service attacks, which drown target web sites with streams of junk data. There have been claims that young people in the Middle East upset over the anti-Islamic movie posted on YouTube were behind the cyberattacks. But one expert says he's suspicious of that claim -- thinking it might have been used to turn attention from the true culprit behind the denial-of-service attacks.

ON THE WEB: ONION ARTICLE PICKED UP BY IRANIAN NEWS AGENCY

CYBERSPACE (AP) -- The Onion strikes again. The satirical newspaper usually gets laughs because its stories are funny -- and close to seeming like they're the real thing. And that has gotten an Iranian news agency embarrassed. It picked up -- as fact -- a story about a "survey" that finds most rural white Americans would rather vote for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than President Barack Obama. But it was made up, like everything else in the paper. But that didn't stop the English-language service of Iran's semiofficial Fars news agency from running the piece. The story has since been taken down. The Onion, meanwhile, is reveling in the fact that it had been taken seriously.

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The Onion site: http://www.theonion.com

IN STORES: 3D TV NOT DRAWING THE EYES

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- People don't seem to mind putting on a pair of 3-D glasses to watch a movie for a couple of hours. But apparently they are drawing the line at doing it for hours of TV watching. And that means so far anyway, 3-D TV has been a flop. The research firm IHS Screen Digest says only 2 percent of TVs in the U.S. are able to show 3-D programming. And so far, fewer than 115,000 American homes are tuned in to 3-D broadcasts at any one time. That's a tiny fraction of the number of people who watched the top-rated TV show last week. 3-D audiences are so small, they can't even be measured by the Nielsen rating system.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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