Items tagged with Update

If you own an HTC device and have been anxiously awaiting an upgrade to Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, you'll be interested to know HTC has released some more details as to what devices will receive an upgrade and roughly when those upgrades will arrive. While we're glad to see HTC is giving us some more information about when the upgrades will be available, we're sad for users of the HTC ChaCha, HTC Salsa, HTC Wildfire S, HTC Explorer, and others who will not be receiving an official update to Android 4.0. HTC tablet users who own the HTC Flyer, HTC EVO View 4G, and HTC Jetstream are also left in the cold, with HTC stating these tablets will remain on their current Android version (Honeycomb).... Read more...
As any software company well knows, there comes a time where you simply cannot support older versions. Try getting Microsoft to give you tech support on Windows 3.1, for example. But that line has always been a fine one, and Adobe has been pushing its luck of late. For instance, Lightroom 3 will never get a RAW plug-in update to support Nikon's D4, despite Lightroom 4 only recently shipping. But while the company may get away with that, it has been forced to change its tone with regard to security. A convenient update like D4 support is one thing; patching security holes only for those who buy your newest software? Well, that's reason to bark. Responding to PR and public backlash, Adobe has changed... Read more...
If you're using Flash on your computer or phone, there seems to be an update in order. Adobe has just issued a security bulletin notifying users that there's an update available for Flash Player. Updates have been unleashed for Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.233 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh and Linux, Adobe Flash Player 11.1.115.7 and earlier versions for Android 4.x, and Adobe Flash Player 11.1.111.8 and earlier versions for Android 3.x and 2.x. These updates address an object confusion vulnerability (CVE-2012-0779) that could cause the application to crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. There are reports that the vulnerability is being... Read more...
Amazon released a free new software update for the Kindle Fire. With the update to version 6.3.1, you'll get additional parental controls that let you protect purchases with a password, disable access to content libraries, and block access to the web browser. The update also brings new sharing features to the tablet that let you share favorite passages and notes from books. After highlighting a passage, select Share, add a note, and send the content off to a social network of your choosing. Here's a closer look at the other new features that come with update 6.3.1: Book Extras: Powered by Shelfari, Amazon's community of book lovers, Book Extras make it easy to see supplemental material about... Read more...
Android 4.0 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich) has been available for a little while now, but many carriers and manufacturers are still working hard to roll out official updates. Today, Samsung began rolling out an Android 4.0 update to its unlocked Galaxy S II devices in America. While users of carrier-branded Galaxy S II devices will continue to wait for an update, there are plenty of carriers and manufacturers that are working on updates of their own. According to details shared with Droid Life, Verizon Wireless is getting ready to release an Android 4.0 update for the Motorola Xoom (3G/4G) tablet as well as the HTC Rezound smartphone. Both of these devices are expected to get Ice Cream Sandwich in... Read more...
Guess what, Lumia 900 users? You've got an update to download. Already, just days after launch, Nokia's new Windows Phone-based flagship has an update, and it's to fix some lingering data connectivity issues that some customers were facing. Nokia knows that they have to nail this launch if they ever want Windows Phone to be a major player in the U.S. (and to get carriers excited about it), and even in addition to pricing the LTE handset at just $100 on a 2-year contract, now they're really stepping up to the plate in terms of customer service. Even though the issue only plagued a certain segment of users, the update is available now for all, via Zune (PC) or Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac.... Read more...
Amazon's Kindle Fire is selling for a fire-sale rate in refurbished form, and those looking to grab one (or who already own one) will certainly appreciate the latest touches added by the newest software update. v6.3 adds a new sharing feature that allows users to easily share favorite passages and notes from their books directly from Kindle Fire, without even leaving the book. Customers simply highlight a passage and select "Share" or choose the "Share" option from the toolbar within a book, write a note if they choose, and select which social network to share with. Passages or notes a customer chooses to share will be displayed to other Kindle readers viewing the same book, and customers can... Read more...
With Android 5.0 likely on the docket for an introduction at Google I/O 2012, it's high time that existing tablet makers got on the ball and put their tablets on a fast track to Android 4.0. In fact, it's a little unnerving to think about how long Android 4.0 has been out, and how few devices it's on. Acer knows it, and they're planning to up the Iconia Tab line to Android 4.0 soon. Like, now(ish). The update is being pushed to Acer Iconia Tab A200 customers over-the-air now in the United States and will be completed over the following week. The Acer Iconia Tab A100 7-inch tablet and Acer Iconia Tab A500 10-inch tablet will both be updated in April. With Android 4.0, the Acer Iconia Tab line... Read more...
Crucial, the Micron-owned maker of memory and storage products, made good on its promise to fix a strange issue plaguing some M4 solid state drive owners. Earlier this month, Crucial said it was hard at work on new firmware that would address an issue causing some M4 SSDs to stall out Windows and kick out a Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) with an error code that reads 0x00000f4. What made the bug so strange is that it manifested itself after 5,200 hours of use, and it only seemed to affect 64GB models. Nevertheless, firmware revision 0309 is available for all four M4 SSD capacities (64GB, 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB) and includes the following fixes, according to Crucial's release notes: Changes made... Read more...
Microsoft came ever-so-close to ending the year without a single unscheduled patch outside of its monthly Patch Tuesday routine, but in the end, three "Critical" vulnerabilities found in its .NET Framework prompted the Redmond software giant to take action immediately. Left unpatched, the flaws could allow for the elevation of privileges if an unauthenticated attacker sends a specially crafted Web request to the target site, Microsoft said. "An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take any action in the context of an existing account on the ASP.NET site, including executing arbitrary commands. In order to exploit this vulnerability, an attacker must be able to register... Read more...
Earlier this year, HP took a serious amount of flack for some crazy "exploding printer" hoopla that the company swears was never true to begin with. But, there was still an issue with unauthorized access, which the company has just taken action to resolve. On Nov. 29, HP announced that the potential existed for a certain type of unauthorized access to some HP LaserJet printers and confirmed it has received no customer reports of unauthorized access. HP today issued the following statement: HP has built a firmware update to mitigate this issue and is communicating this proactively to customers and partners. No customer has reported unauthorized access to HP. HP reiterates its recommendation to... Read more...
Although it launched with much hype and eager anticipation, Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet has received lukewarm reception by some of its users. The most disgruntled new owners of the tablet are even packing it up and returning it to Amazon. There are a number of complaints surrounding the new tablet, including the lack of external volume controls. Users also have reported that it's easy to hit the off switch by accident. Other complaints focus on the interface and software. More specifically, users have found that web pages take a long time to load and there is no privacy on the device. The touch screen has also been a sore issue, with users claiming it is hesitant and difficult to use, particular... Read more...
Remember the HP TouchPad? That was arguably the last webOS consumer product to ever go out, neck-and-neck with the Pre 3 in select markets. HP decided to toss those on a fire sale in order to clear inventory, and now the company's just hoping we all forget that webOS ever existed. Or are they? In a move that could have only come directly from left field, HP has announced on their official blog that webOS 3.0.4 is now being pushed out to TouchPad devices. That's right: a software update for a deceased product. Things like this happen from time to time, but it's particularly strange on a product that died such a spectacularly fiery death. The new build is pretty important, too, adding the ability... Read more...
We have just returned from an event in New York City at which Samsung showed off a major software update, that’s coming to the popular Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. The update incorporates a new, fully customizable TouchWiz UX interface, with some new features like LivePanel and Mini Apps. The update also incorporates a new Samsung Media Hub user interface and Amazon Music Cloud Player, Kindle, and Words with Friends applications. A handful of enterprise-targeted features like VPN support, Wi-Fi printing, and others are also slated to arrive with the update, which will be delivered OTA shortly. Instead of blabbering on about what we saw, we thought it would be better to just show you what went... Read more...
One of the biggest gripes from customers who purchase phones directly from a U.S. carrier (as opposed to unlocked) is that carriers aren't always so quick to push out Android updates. Case in point -- the unlocked Nexus One received its Froyo updates long before any other phone, and the Nexus S has seen updates faster as well. AT&T is responding to customer demands, though: the carrier just announced that upgrades to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) are planned for all post-paid Android smartphones already introduced this year. That means that the Motorola Atrix 4G will get the update starting today, and HTC Inspire 4G owners will see it in the coming weeks. The Atrix 4G update will allow users... Read more...
Samsung's Galaxy Tab is still widely regarded as a fantastic tablet, and it remains one of the few 7" tablets worth owning. For whatever reason, companies began to look to bigger form factors soon after the original Tab shipped, but that's made this early fellow one that still has a following. And Sprint knows that. The carrier just announced that Android 2.3 would be pushed down to the slate in the next four days, as part of a phased rollout that will bring one of the first major Android tablets up to speed with today's most modern smartphones.   That's to say that Android 3.0 is still nowhere to be found, so it's still not using an OS that was built from the ground-up for use on slates.... Read more...
If you're waiting for the next big OS X release, you'll have to wait a little longer. But that doesn't mean that Apple won't be producing any extra updates for their existing desktop operating system. OS X 10.6 saw its latest update this week, with 10.6.8 taking things one step closer to "Lion." According to changelog, this update is intended to fix a number of general OS issues that will enhance stability, compatibility and security. It's also the last major step before Lion; Apple even says that it updates the Mac App Store "to upgrade to OS X Lion." The update also fixes an issue that could cause Preview to quit without cause, and it also improves support for IPv6, VPN connections and the... Read more...
Boxee is a force, and it's a force that perhaps no one can stop. A bit dramatic? Yes, but anyone who has used the service might just agree. With a Boxee Box already on store shelves, it's time to focus on those who provide their own box, and that's exactly what head-man Avner Ronen is doing. He just announced that PC, Mac and Linux users can look forward to a downloadable software update this fall, which will bring an updated browser, improved playback, and lots more content that are currently available on the Boxee Box. He even admits that he understands the frustration around Boxee software updates. He even goes to great lengths in order to explain that the company has been focused intently... Read more...
RIM's PlayBook tablet will soon receive a free over-the-air update to BlackBerry Tablet OS v1.0.5. With this new version, users will get a Facebook app optimized for the tablet, support for in-app payments, additional language support, charging enhancements, video chat connectivity, and Wi-Fi hotspot detection. The charging enhancements make it easier for users to adjust the screen brightness or restart, turn off, or put the tablet into standby mode (a real bonus since the power button is so small). The PlayBook is also getting support for the TURN (Traversal Using Relay NAT) protocol, which will enhance Video Chat connections between users. Users will receive a software update notification on... Read more...
The greatest part about software updates? It allows the device you purchased to get even better. Nintendo's 3DS shipped only a few months ago, but the handheld gaming machine will be getting its first major update on June 6th, just days from now. When the update starts flowing to devices, it'll bring along a new Web browser as well as something pretty special: Nintendo's eShop. That browser will support 3D content; 3D Web sites aren't too popular right now, but with the 3D bandwagon rolling on, we suspect that will be changing in due time. As for the eShop, it's a content-downloading service that features applications, product information, and game trailers. Nintendo has already had success finding... Read more...
Updates, updates, updates. That's the name of the game these days. Google's talking updates, iOS has updates, and starting May 19th, Xbox 360 will have updates. At least, that's the word. A leaked presentation slide over at Joystiq confirms that May 19th is the day where the company's Sprint 2011 update will launch, adding PayPal and other nifty features. Microsoft's annual Spring Update is usually quite a big deal amongst the gaming faithful, and based on the image here, you shouldn't have long to wait to get it. The update will reveal the next Dashboard, and according to the doc, it'll be rolled out in half a dozen waves. It'll bring support for Microsoft's new disc format to be used in future... Read more...
ViewSonic recently announced an update for its ViewPad 10 tablet. After updating, users of this 10.1-inch tablet will enjoy Android 2.2. The update is free and ViewSonic says it’s easy to install. This dual-OS tablet also runs Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Professional, depending on your chosen configuration. The ViewPad 10 is powered by an Intel Atom 1.66GHz processor and 2GB of memory. ViewSonic Updates Android OS for ViewPad® 10 Tablet The best of both worlds just got better with Windows® 7 and Google Android™ 2.2 WALNUT, Calif. – May 3, 2011 – Following its recent North American availability announcement for the ViewPad 10,ViewSonic Corp., a leading global... Read more...
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