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Your Lexus might not be your best navigation tool, unless you enjoy purple screens of death. A botched Lexus OTA software update has crippled the vehicle navigation and infotainment systems. Affected vehicles such as the RX350 are currently stuck in a boot loop following the update. Cindy Knight, a Toyota spokeswoman stated, “We have not found the root cause yet.” The glitch can also affect radio controls, which are displayed on the same dashboard screen. The company has not yet determined whether vehicles will need to return to dealerships in order to fix this latest glitch or if another OTA update... Read more...
A few botched updates from Microsoft this week have us questioning their forced update strategy with Windows 10.  If you've had issues logging into your Windows 7 computer, if Outlook is crashing randomly, or if you are unable to open documents from Sharepoint, the fixes are below.  The troublesome KB's in question are KB3055034, KB3101521, and KB3097877.KB3055034 was actually released in October but most users probably haven't encountered any issues stemming from it because it seems to only break Office programs when files are opened from Sharepoint.  We are covering it now because... Read more...
With less than two work days remaining until the start of the long Memorial Day weekend, many minds are turning to thoughts having nothing at all to do with work... loved ones lost to service or currently serving, barbecue, baseball, hanging at the beach or pool, that first donning of white pants and shoes after a long winter in storage... and traffic.  One of the most road-traveled weekends of this or any year in the USA, many of those who will be behind the wheel over Memorial Day weekend will go so far as to work out time lost to traffic in their planning. All of which serves to make... Read more...
It goes without saying that Amazon's Fire Phone leaves a bit to be desired (check out our review for more on that). Ultimately, it's been a major flop for the company, something its sales figures back up, which is really quite unfortunate given that it was the company's first phone - and a promising one, at that. Given all that, it might not strike too many people as interesting that the device just received a huge update, but I am willing to bet that those who actually own the phone might be a little intrigued. With this update, which comes in at an unknown size, Amazon... Read more...
Sharing is caring, right folks? With that in mind, Amazon today announced a new over-the-air (OTA) software update for its Kindle, Kindle Voyage, and Kindle Paperwhite (most recent version) devices that will enable sharing Kindle books with an Amazon account of a spouse or partner. Using the new Kindle Library feature, you'll be able to link two devices to easily share books. The update also includes a new feature called Word Wise. When enabled, short and simple definitions will appear above more difficult words. It's intended to help readers learning English, as well as children learning to read.... Read more...
Amazon’s Fire smartphone is receiving a software update this week, and it’s bringing several new features and improvements that customers are sure to welcome. At the top of that list: improved battery life. The fix is the results of multiple tweaks to Fire OS to improve battery conservation. Another important feature is Quick Switch, which is something that most smartphones already support in one way or another. Quick Switch lets you swap running apps by double-pressing the Home button. You can use the feature to stop running apps, too, which is handy. The Fire smartphone, running Amazon... Read more...
Those who place a high value on in-home Internet have long envied the portion of the United States population within a Verizon FiOS footprint. While the fiber-based service stopped expanding to new areas years back, Verizon has continued to push its existing areas to new heights. Now, it's doing so once again, and we're certainly hopeful that it triggers a cascade of followers throughout the ISP industry -- but, of course, we aren't holding our breath. In order to better compete with cable companies that are boosting Internet speeds, Verizon has announced plans to offer symmetrical connections.... Read more...
The Xbox One experience is about to get even better, especially if you're heavy into Achievements. Microsoft's Major Nelson revealed at E3 that his company is getting ready to roll out an update for its next generation console in July, though some folks will receive the update over the course of the next few days. What can you expect? For one, a new Snap Mode for Achievements. This is essentially a much easier way to track and view your Achievements, as you can view your progress in real-time without having to leave whatever game you're playing. The Achievements are sorted by level of progress,... Read more...
Shortly after saying goodbye to a number of online services associated with the original Wii, Nintendo has flipped the switch on a number of other online services catering to the new Wii U. Soon after reviews began hitting the Web, Nintendo promised a future update that would address a number of concerns: namely, slow boot times, slow updates, and a general lack of Virtual Console titles from past consoles. And now, the next major system update for Nintendo's Wii U home console after launch is now available for download. The update delivers a host of new services and enhanced features, such as... Read more...
This coming Tuesday, April 9, is going to be a busy one for Microsoft’s update servers. In advance of what have become known as “Patch Tuesday”, Microsoft posted nine early security bulletins to notify users and system administrators of the slew of impending Windows updates. Two of the patches have been deemed critical, while the remaining seven are flagged as important. And all of the updates are likely to require a restart. The exact details of the two critical updates are not posted just yet, but one of them affects Windows and Internet Explorer; the other is solely a Windows... Read more...
Microsoft's annual BUILD conference is coming up soon, and while Windows Phone will no doubt have a role, desktop Windows users will surely want to pay attention as well. Windows 8 has been around the block at this point, with some aspects of it being quite pleasing and others leaving critics wanting. So, what's Microsoft to do? An update, of course. Windows 8.1 is rumored to be just around the bend, with a code-name of "Blue." But here's the thing: does this signal the end of those service packs from yesteryear, and a new start for Microsoft's OS releases (similar to how Apple rolls things out... Read more...
The world of online, cloud-based software is upon us. While years and years have passed, the software industry has slowly been distancing itself from moving product on physical media, and instead offering it online. Adobe's new cloud-based Photoshop services offer enhancements that non-cloud users won't even get, and Microsoft's future Office builds may follow a similar trail. The company has announced that it could upgrade and update Office 2013 "as often as four times per year," which is a vast improvement over slower updates from the past. These days, consumers expect rapid-fire updates. We're... Read more...
Heads-up! If you're an iPhone 4S owner, there's a new version of iOS waiting for you. Yes, iOS 6.1 just came out, but it appears that Apple has a small patch specifically for its 4S units that brings the version total to 6.1.1. The small update appears to only impact that phone, with iPod touch and iPad left out as well. The patch says it fixes issues related to "cellular performance and reliability," but specifics beyond that are sparse. There's no mention of the battery woes that are seemingly impacting users since upgrading to iOS 6.1, but it may very well make the cellular searching more efficient,... Read more...
Microsoft may be focusing efforts on making newly-acquired Skype the ideal VoIP communication tool for its own Windows Phone and Windows desktop platforms, but it understands the value of keeping a polished app experience over on another popular platform: iOS. This week, Skype 4.5 was released for iPhone and iPad, and the changes aren't insignificant. For both the phone and tablet, Skype has added automatic call recovery for dropped calls when using questionable Wi-Fi connections, installed a fix so that IM conversations appear in the right order, and added a marketing opt-in/out selector within... Read more...
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