Items tagged with updates

Back in the old days, Windows users simply allowed the operating system to update as needed at times when the PC wasn't in use (to avoid obvious conflicts with your workflow). That certainly hasn't been the case of late with Microsoft's Windows 10 updates bringing a slew of bugs and issues for users to contend with. PC users on Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Enterprise have the option of pausing Windows updates for up to 35 days. However, there is the caveat that after your 35-day pause is over, you can only pause updates again after installing the most recent updates. Even with that caveat, the pause has been welcome by those not wanting to face the train wreck that updates have been recently.... Read more...
Waiting for an app to update is not the end of the world, but it can certainly be very irritating. There soon may be a way to work around this annoyance; Google recently announced at the Android Dev Summit that users will be able to continue to use an app during less serious updates. Google’s latest "In-app Updates API" was released in response to the concerns of Android developers. Many devs were worried that users have not been updating their apps because it can be a disruptive process. Devs now have two options with the new API. First, devs can display a full message screen to let users know that an urgent update is available. The user can postpone the update if it is inconvenient... Read more...
Microsoft is rolling out a substantial update for the Xbox One and the changes are making a good initial impression on some of the Internet’s best known Xbox gurus. Some improvements, like the change to the Blu-ray player, add new functionality. Others, like the low battery notification icon and the Friends list changes, give you new information that will make your Xbox experience better. And one change removes unnecessary notifications from your activity feed. Nice, eh? Let’s start with the Activity Feed, which is getting a few tweaks in this update. The Activity Feed previously updated you when friends switched games – but no longer. Microsoft pulled the plug on that, deeming... Read more...
If you're still running Windows 7 Release Candidate, you've likely begun to experience bi-hourly shutdowns. Microsoft released the RC in May as a final public test before the RTM build in July. While the RC version has been free to use without restrictions since its release, Microsoft has made it clear that it planned to discontinue the free ride starting March 1. Users who have ignored the regular pop-up warnings that let you know of the RC's expiration will now experience a shutdown every two hours. The shutdowns will continue through June 1, 2010. After June 1, your wallpaper will be removed and a message will appear to tell you "This copy of Windows is not genuine." In addition, you will... Read more...
Though you might not go there as often yet, you soon will.  It's a random sort of babble that sounds mysteriously entertaining at first and then sucks you in like some cheesy sit-com.  What am I speaking of you say? Why the HH Blog Roll of course!  In our recent submissions we discuss things like the new HH Twitter and Facebook pages, that you should all either become a "fan" of or "follow" almost immediately, if not sooner.    And then of course Marco steps up in his RTG with a fleeting glimpse of a new keyboard that just might get you all jazzed - or not, depending on your personal preference.   HotHardware's Tweets (left) and The HH Facebook Page... Read more...
Last week Microsoft had to delay the rollout of Windows XP SP3, and halt automatic distribution of Windows Vista SP1, because of incompatibility issues with Microsoft Dynamic Retail Management System (RMS).  Tuesday Microsoft announced that both Service Packs were again available via Windows Update.The software maker on Tuesday said it is releasing XP Service Pack 3 for Web downloads, and resuming automatic updates to Vista Service Pack 1, after developing a filter that will prevent machines running Dynamics RMS from getting either update.The filter is not a fix for the incompatibility, though Microsoft said it is working on that as well."A fix for this issue is currently in testing at Microsoft... Read more...
Rumored since last week, and revealed by the typical Apple Store outage, updated iMacs are here. Same prices, better specs.And what are those better specs?Packing dual-core performance into the convenience of a striking all-in-one design, the new iMac includes faster Intel Core 2 Duo processors across the line; a 1066 MHz front-side bus; up to 4GB of 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory; and a widescreen flat-panel display supporting millions of colors. For the first time, the 24-inch iMac features an optional NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS with 512MB of video memory, to deliver up to two times standard performance for graphic intensive applications*. Providing the latest in high-performance connectivity options... Read more...
Wednesday, in a post on the Windows Vista Team Blog, Microsoft announced that they had begun automatic distribution of Windows Vista SP1. What this means if that if you have Windows Updates set to automatically download and install on your PC, Windows Update will automatically download SP1 to your PC, after which a few clicks (for the EULA, naturally) will be required for the install to begin.Today, we're happy to announce that we are beginning automatic distribution of SP1 in English, French, German, Spanish, and Japanese. So what does this mean? Over the next few months Microsoft will automatically distribute Windows Vista SP1 to PCs that have automatic updates turned on (Learn how to turn... Read more...
AMD Updates First Quarter Outlook SUNNYVALE, Calif. – April 7, 2008 – AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it expects revenue for the first quarter ended March 29, 2008 to be approximately $1.5 billion, a 22 percent increase compared to the first quarter of 2007, and down 15 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2007.  The decrease is due to lower than expected sales across all business segments.  AMD had previously anticipated first quarter revenue to decline in line with seasonality. In addition, AMD announced plans to adjust its cost structure by reducing its workforce by approximately 10 percent by the end of the third quarter of 2008.  As a result of these reductions,... Read more...
As with all rumors, please take the following news item with a grain of salt until we can receive official confirmation or denial from AMD.As we've previously reported, AMD is rumored to be shipping their B3 stepping Phenoms, and it seems that we might see 2.5GHz models before April Fool's Day:“AMD is planning to launch B3 stepping quad-core Phenom 9050 series CPUs including 9850, 9750, 9650, 9550 and 9150 within the next 1-2 weeks, however the top-end 9850 will only reach a core frequency of 2.5GHz, instead of the original goal of 2.6Ghz. The company expects to be able to deliver higher core frequencies in the third quarter this year, according to sources at motherboard makers.” While a 2.5GHz... Read more...
In early August Microsoft released a pair of performance and compatibility updates. Now they’ve released four (yes, four) more updates as we await Windows Vista SP1.The first, KB941649, addresses “the compatibility, reliability, and stability of Windows Vista.” This type of vague description always makes me feel warm and fuzzy about an OS’s reliability. You can read the full description at the link, but the words “stability” and “reliability” are used a lot. Two interesting fixes are improved stability of wireless network services and shortened startup time.There are three other updates, including a rollup of prior USB fixes.  However, startup time, one of the most hyped "improvements" in... Read more...
This past week, we attended an event where Intel gave us specific detail on the new hardware and features that are part of their vPro platform technology for 2007. If you’re unfamiliar with vPro, it’s not a singular product or chip. Like Centrino for example, vPro is an Intel platform technology that’s comprised of a CPU, chipset, network controller, and proprietary software, that when combined, offer powerful hardware-based security and management capabilities for the enterprise.            Intel Core 2 Duo Processors,... Read more...
It's been less than two months, and already we've seen two iPhone software updates. This second one, like the first, focuses on bug fixes.  Much like the first, there aren't many details available.  This one weighs in at 92MB.It's pretty amazing how Apple continues to do this, as experience has shown that carrier certifications of these types of patches alone can take months.  They must have some kind of leeway with AT&T. Apple on Tuesday updated the software for its iPhone, bringing the most current version to 1.0.2. The update is available when the iPhone is connected to your computer. After iTunes launches the update can be downloaded and installed. Some people... Read more...
That was fast. Only a day after introducing their new line of aluminum and glass iMacs, Apple has released updates for them. The updates were only vaguely identified as providing "important bug fixes." Owners of the day-old 20-in. and 24-in. iMacs should install iMac Software Update 1.0, Apple said in a terse message accompanying the 5.1MB download, but it didn't spell out the exact fixes. Some users on various Apple-oriented message forums claimed updated ATI video drivers were among the changes, but Apple did not respond when queried for details.As is the norm after a hardware refresh, Apple also posted a new version of Boot Camp, the free-of-charge dual boot utility that's still... Read more...
AMD Updates First Quarter Outlook SUNNYVALE, Calif. - April 9, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it expects to report revenue of approximately $1.225 billion in the quarter ending March 31, 2007. Revenues declined sharply quarter-over-quarter for the Computing Solutions segment, primarily due to lower overall average selling prices and significantly lower unit sales, especially in the resale channel. AMD plans to restructure its business model to increase operational efficiencies and lower its operating cost structure. AMD will reduce 2007 capital expenditures by approximately $500 million, which the company believes will not materially impact capacity plans for the year.  AMD will... Read more...
OQO already has a very impressive UMPC, but in an increasingly crowded market it seems that they've decided to upgrade it and offer the following: Vista support Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess technology built-in 5" Display with a native 800 by 480 resolution UniChrome Pro II IGP HDMI Port VIA C7M ULV processor Up to 1GB DDR2 Storage up to 60GB Bluetooth 2/0 EDR 802.11a/b/g "SAN FRANCISCO, February 5, 2007 - OQO Inc., mobile computing innovator and creator of the groundbreaking model 02 computer, today announced that OQO is now offering the model 02 computer with integrated EV-DO Wireless WAN capability compatible with the Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess service. Recently unveiled... Read more...
AMD Updates Fourth Quarter Outlook SUNNYVALE, Calif. - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced revenue, excluding ATI-related segments, for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2006 is expected to increase approximately three percent from the $1.33 billion reported in the third quarter of 2006. Fourth quarter operating income, excluding ATI-related segments and acquisition-related charges, is expected to be positive but substantially lower than in the third quarter. The fourth quarter gross margin and operating income were impacted by significantly lower microprocessor average selling prices, which largely offset a significant increase in unit sales. AMD will report fourth quarter 2006 consolidated results... Read more...
Those who understand the value of RivaTuner will be pleased to hear a new version has been released today. Version 2.0 RC16 is now out, improving it's already great card and driver support. There are too many changes/additions to list here, so click here for a full list. "RivaTuner is a complete powerful tweaking environment, providing you everything you may need to tune NVIDIA GPU based display adapters. The widest driver-level Direct3D / OpenGL and system tuning options, flexible profiling system allowing to make custom settings on per-application basis, both driver-level and low-level hardware access modes, unique diagnostic and... Read more...
Microsoft is releasing a new test version of Internet Explorer, the market-leading Web browser that is facing competition from smaller players. The new beta, available today for free download, includes fixes for problems that were causing Internet Explorer 7 to stop working. This is Microsoft's third beta of Internet Explorer 7 made available to the general public, and Hachamovitch said there are plans for one more. The new version comes amid growing competition from browsers such as Firefox, which has long offered functions such as tabbed browsing. Some also consider other browsers to be more secure, since IE, with its market dominance, is a popular target for attacks. The final version of Internet... Read more...
REDMOND, Wash., March 21 -- Microsoft Corp. today confirmed that Windows Vista(TM), the next generation of the Windows(R) client operating system, is on target to go into broad consumer beta to approximately 2 million users in the second quarter of 2006. Microsoft is on track to complete the product this year, with business availability in November 2006 and broad consumer availability in January 2007. Windows Vista will deliver great value to businesses by seamlessly connecting people to information, enabling increased mobile and remote productivity, significantly reducing deployment and support costs, and providing a more secure and compliant desktop platform. For consumers, Windows Vista will... Read more...
Rumors concerning an XGI & ATI merger have been in the works some time now, but the deal has yet to happen. In Phoronix's latest article, they discuss how the deal isn't dead yet, the state of XGI's unified Linux display drivers, and more. "If you will recall, last year there were also speculations of a possible ATI + XGI merger, but those moves were downplayed by the industry and that it would be unlikely if it ever went through. However, it seems as if this possible acquisition is the real McCoy and is likely to proceed. In this article we also examine the state of their unified Linux display drivers as well as their open-source policy... Read more...
Our friends at PC Perspective have just posted a preview of the latest enhancements Valve is about to release for its Source Engine. Above all, the enhancements are iamge quality "effects" which can custom tailor the gaming environment to the storyline for a much more immersive experience. Ryan's article clearly outlines these new effects and provides several examples of what is now possible by the developers. In similar fashion, the gang at HardOCP have also made the trip to Valve and have posted their impressions as well.There is little doubt that Valve Software is probably the leading developer in game technology today. They are continuing to push the boundaries of gaming hardware... Read more...