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I don't know why someone would be running Windows 7 without Service Pack 1, but if you're one of those users, you might want to upgrade soon. Why? Because the end-of-support date for Windows 7 without Service Pack 1 installed is getting close.
On April 9, Windows 7 RTM (release to manufacturing), without Service Pack 1 installed, will no longer be supported. The news is coming from a post on the Microsoft Springboard Series blog. Support for specific Windows releases ends 24 months after the release of a Service Pack - and you guessed it - Windows 7 SP1 was released in February 2011, two years ago now.
Windows 7 SP1 mainstream (free) support continues until January 13, 2015 and extended (paid) support continues all the way up until January 14, 2020 for Windows 7 SP1. The Springboard blog includes the above chart which explains the differences between Mainstream and Extended support.
Apple has confirmed that they are at work fixing the bug that allows users to bypass the password-protected lock screen on iOS 6.1. We reported about the vulnerability earlier today and had not received confirmation from Apple that they were fixing it. They have now issued a statement that the fix will be included in a future software update.
"Apple takes user security very seriously," spokeswoman Trudy Muller told AllThingsD. "We are aware of this issue, and will deliver a fix in a future software update."
Apple has had several bugs appear in iOS 6.1 and has managed to patch one of the most pressing ones already. Other fixes are currently in development and testing and will likely come out in iOS 6.1.1. I'd be extremely surprised if a fix for this bug wasn't pushed out until after iOS 6.1.1 as it could hurt Apple's credibility in the enterprise market.
I'm still waiting for Android 4.2.2 to roll out over-the-air to my Nexus 4, but in the meantime, other users around the world are getting their slightly tweaked Android OS baked into their devices.
Well, a few surprises with this release, where there's a tweak to the quick settings that popped up in Android 4.2, which used to act by tapping Wi-Fi or Bluetooth taking you directly to the relative setting screen. Now? You can switch them on and off with a long press, a slight change, but something nice to see.
When downloading apps with Android 4.2.2, there's a new progress indicator that tells you the remaining time on your download. Also included, is users reporting much faster image loading within the Gallery application. If you were using the workaround to give your Nexus 4 LTE, that's gone, folks.
If you're like me and rocking a Nexus device, you might want to see if there's any updates available to your device. Judging from posters on Reddit and Android Police, Android 4.2.2 is floating out to users, slowly.
The update seems to have arrived for Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 owners, but I've just checked my Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 and both of them don't have updates available. Mind you, I'm in Australia. The only changes listed by Google are for "performance and stability", but we should also see fixes for BluetoothA2DP problems.
It's that time of the month again folks, Microsoft's Patch Tuesday, but this month it's set to be a big one. We're looking at no less than 57 security vulnerabilities being patches that will require 12 individual updates to repair.
Multiple applications including Windows itself will be patched, including Windows Server, Exchange, Office, Internet Explorer and the .net Framework. Five of the twelve patches are classified as critical, which will see them fix vulnerabilities that could allow a hacker to install malicious code onto a user's computer.
Two of the critical patches will plug up some security holes in all versions of Internet Explorer since version 6, meaning that all versions of Windows 8 are at risk, even Windows 8. We would suggest flipping over to Chrome or Firefox instead of IE for now, well, permanently as they're superior browsers anyway.
Speaking of Apple working on rushing out an update to iOS 6.1.1, Apple has made available an update for iPhone 4S users that will bring them up to 6.1.1. This version of the software patches problems that users were experiencing with connecting to cellular networks, problems that prompted carriers to suggest not upgrading to iOS 6.1.
The official change log says that the update "fixes an issue that could impact cellular performance and reliability for iPhone 4S." This should hopefully help those users on Vodafone that were having issues. We're still waiting for an update to iOS 6.1.1 to go live for other devices, though Apple probably isn't in such a hurry.
A German blog is reporting that Apple is rushing out the iOS 6.1.1 update to address issues with 3G connectivity and other bugs. iOS 6.1 has seemingly come with its fair share of issues, including a 3G data issue that has prompted carriers in Europe to suggest users not upgrade until it is fixed.
Other issues include people reporting a decrease in battery life. A beta version of iOS 6.1.1 has already been pushed out to carriers and developers to test and it looks like Apple is working diligently to push out this 23MB update in a final version. The reason for this is that major companies are encouraging users not to upgrade and this makes Apple look bad.
Yahoo has had to disable the ability to manage meetings in iOS due to a possible Exchange bug present in iOS 6.1. It's also possible that Apple will push out a fix to the vulnerabilities used by the Evasi0n jailbreak tool, though they could be so focused on fixing bugs that they don't find time to patch the vulnerability.
When Apple pushes out iOS 6.1.1, it's recommended not to upgrade if you have a jailbroken device until the developers confirm it won't break the jailbreak.
The verdict is in from the team who brought you the Evasi0n jailbreak. Confirmed via Twitter, the newest version of iOS, 6.1.1 beta 1, does not patch the exploits used by the jailbreak tool released earlier this week. However, it's important to note that the jailbreak tool does not support this version of iOS, so it's still not recommended to upgrade.
It's likely that a future version of iOS 6.1.1 will block the exploits used by the jailbreak, though the enhancements brought by 6.1.1 beta 1 aren't useful for most. The major additions to the version are enhancements to the Maps app in Japan. We'll be sure to keep you up to date with the latest happenings in the jailbreak world.
Companies and individuals alike have been hoping to see an official Microsoft Office port to Linux for years now, and it looks like those wishes may be coming true sooner rather than later.
Whispers of Office on Linux were floating around the FOSSDEM conference last weekend like little birds flying in the wind. An unnamed individual from Brussels is reported to have talked to several companies present at the open source software conference. Nothing official has come from Microsoft yet, but this information suggests that company officials are considering the pros and cons of porting the productivity suite to the free OS.
This move would make perfect sense for the Redmond based company, though. Reeling in Linux users to the company's new Office 360 subscription service would most definitely bring in more revenue and it wouldn't really have much competition as the open source alternatives are not that great when compared to applications like Excel and more advanced Word users.
Apple has just released the iOS 6.1.1 beta 1 build to developers. The thought on my mind, and likely many others, is whether or not it patches the exploits used by the recently released Evasi0n jailbreak tool. We'll have to wait just a bit for the developers to dive into the operating system, but I have a feeling they haven't pushed out patches quite yet.
If you're a developer, you can download the latest iOS 6.1.1 beta 1 build from the Dev Center. The new version of iOS brings with it improvements to the mapping of Japan. Pronunciation of roads, optimization of routes, and other tweaks have been included in the new beta build.
If you have access to the beta, it's not recommended to upgrade a jailbroken device as 6.1.1 could break the jailbreak. For everyone else, the release of this beta means iOS 6.1.1 isn't too far off in the distant future.