Tech 2.0 for Thursday, February 14, 2013

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 2/14/2013 3:23 pm

Warnings about zombies may seem amusing. But officials say they're dead serious about figuring out who hacked into public warning systems in the United States to broadcast such messages. So far, people in California, Michigan, Montana and New Mexico have heard the warnings about zombies over the Emergency Alert System. The subject matter may be humorous. But Greg MacDonald with the Montana Broadcasters Association said the consequences of such a hacker attack could be severe. In Michigan, hackers broke into the system with audio or text messages at two stations on Monday. Michigan Association of Broadcasters President Karole White said the breach appeared to be related to default passwords that the stations hadn't changed. The Federal Communications Commission urged stations to reset passwords and take other steps to protect themselves.

Apple says it has lowered the price of its 13-inch MacBook Pro laptops by $200 and updated its processors. It also launched new models with faster processors and more memory. Apple said yesterday that the MacBook Pro with "Retina" display and 128 gigabytes of flash memory will now cost $1,499, down from $1,699. A new model with 256 gigabytes of flash will cost $1,699. The 15-inch model has a faster processor and the same price. Apple unveiled the new MacBook Pro models last fall. It has flash memory instead of the traditional hard drive, which makes it thinner and lighter. Apple reported a surprising decline in Mac sales in the final quarter of 2012. It sold 4.1 million of them, down 22 percent from shipments a year earlier.

Abraham Lincoln is making his way to smartphones. A new app was launched on his 204th birthday to educate everyone on the 16th president from Springfield. You can get an Abe Fact of the day and even hear the sound of his office clock. The app is available for free on all smartphones.

UPDATE 2-Broadcasters blame zombie hack on easy passwords: * FCC orders broadcasters to change passwords on equipment

Zombie prank prompts FCC to warn cable operators, TV stations to protect Emergency Alert System

Apple cuts MacBook prices by up to $200 [this may make me finally switch from my Windows laptop to a MacBook].

Apple Updates Retina MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Drops 13-inch Model Prices

Apple cuts price of 13-inch MacBook Pro, updates laptops with faster processors:

Lincoln smart phone app has 'Abe-a-day' feature: A free Abraham Lincoln app for smartphones has been officially ...

Lincoln smartphone app has 'Abe-a-day' feature

Love this! @ALPLM launches an "Abe App." Might be good with our LINCOLN screenings. Download: Love this! @ALPLM launches an "Abe App." Might be good with our LINCOLN screenings. Download: or
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