Introducing the touch-controlled Mac OS X tablet…

Move over iPad, here’s the touch-controlled tablet Mac from Axon Logic. A 1.6GHz 10-inch two-pound slice of special slate for Mac users, though it would be more accurate to describe this as a ‘Hackintosh’.

See, what Axon Logic have done is release the new tablet PC complete with a hidden EFI partition — which as Mac hackintosh heads know is a secret sauce they need for a relatively simple OS X install. Or any other Darwin-based OS.

According to Axon Logic:

Besides using only quality components, they are specifically chosen to be compatible with Darwin. That gives you the freedom to run, in addition to Windows and Linux, any* Darwin OS. Darwin and all of its required components such as the mach_kernel and kexts are on an EFI partition to make it effortless to install your favorite XNU/Darwin OS. Just pop in the disk, and follow the directions.

While the manufacturers are warning on licensing restrictions on the $750 tablet, which runs Linux and will also run Windows.

More stats:

  • Processor: 1.6GHz Atom N270
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Screen Size: 10-inch, 1,024-x-600 resolution
  • Hard drive: 320GB
  • 1.3 megapixel webcam
  • Removable battery
  • Built in WiFi
  • Speaker
  • 3 USB ports, headphone, mic, Bluetooth, Ethernet, VGA and card reader.

Via: Crunchgear

Forrester says Apple's iOS devices are 'ready for the enterprise', though RIM more secure

The latest Forrester research data suggests Apple’s iOS devices are already secure enough for deployment by enterprise users, as businesses grow ever more intrigued at the possibilities of Apple’s mobile devices.

Forrester does note that Research In Motion’s BlackBerry platform remains the most secure mobile OS, noting however that iPhones and iPads now “satisfy the basic security needs of most enterprises,” according to Andrew Jaquith, senior analyst with Forrester.

Computerworld offers a list of seven key areas in which Apple now offers basic security, including such things as email encryption, passcode locks, remote wipe, auto-erase after a specified number of unlock attempts and signed user configuration profiles.

These attempts mean, “The decision to support the iPhone and iPad in your enterprise is an easy call,” wrote Jaquith.

“Your rank-and-file employees want it, and your executives have likely already made many special requests to your IT team.”

While the iPad is seeing increased use in the enterprise, Forrester also warns that employers need to ensure workers stick to agreed security protocols, though that’s good advice for users of any device.

“With the right policies and technical controls, you can operate Apple mobile devices at least as securely as the typical corporate laptop, without malware and with an insurance policy (remote wipe) against theft or loss,” the analyst said.

These considerations have certainly driven councillors at UK’s Leicester City Council, who intend

Apple patent battles, Infineon acquisition speculation

Apple has settled one patent lawuit, been hit by another even as industry watchers ask if Apple has a plan to completely dominate the mobile industry through purchase of key component manufacturer, Infineon.

The latter speculation’s interesting. Apple’s plan to dominate the mobile market marries quite nicely with its increased focus on acquisitions, and even should the ARM/Apple rumors be nothing but hot air, then there’s some milage left in an Infineon purchase, even as AAPL demand locks others out from over-stretched component supply.

Rumors that Intel may acquire Infineon