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Windows Update bug causes some Windows 7 PCs not to boot in Brazil

A warning to all of our readers in Brazil: If your system is powered by Microsoft's 32-bit version of Windows 7, you should disable automatic Windows Updates. Patch number KB2823324 will cause 32-bit Windows 7 systems in Brazil to enter an infinite reboot loop, something most would like to avoid.

 

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Oddly enough, the problem only presents itself in Brazil: "The problem is isolated to Brazil and we are working on a solution," Microsoft said.

 

To fix the problem, you'll need to load a recent System Restore points. If you don't use System Restore, you might be able to use Command Prompt in Safe Mode to remove the botched patch. Run the following command:

 

DISM.exe / image: C: [windows8 install]/ cleanup-image / revertpendingact

 

Of course, your mileage may vary. If all else fails, you can wait for Microsoft to issue an official fix or reinstall your operating system.

T-Mobile starts roll out of software update for existing unlocked iPhones on the network

T-Mobile has started the roll out of software updates for the scores of unlocked iPhones already running on the carrier's network. If you're using an unlocked iPhone 5 on T-Mobile's network, this update will enable LTE and Visual Voicemail as well as fix minor bugs and optimizations.

 

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We previously reported that this roll out would start today. You can easily update your device over the air or by connecting up to iTunes. The update details what it brings to the table:

 

Enables the following:

Visual Voicemail

4G network indicator

Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS)

AWS LTE (T-Mobile and officially unlocked AT&T iPhone 5 only)

HD Voice (T-Mobile and officially unlocked AT&T iPhone 5 only)

AWS HSPA+ (T-Mobile and new 2013 AT&T iPhone 5 only)

 

Auto configures:

MMS Settings

Personal Hotspot Settings (Smartphone Mobile Hotspot)

APN settings for LTE connectivity

CyanogenMod restores opt-out feature for stats gathering

CyanogenMod founder Steve Kondik has taken to his Google+ page to announce that he has restored the opt-out feature on stats gathering within CyanogenMod this morning. He had some choice words to say about the situation:

 

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It's incredibly frustrating that a handful of incredibly vocal users are ready to "fork" over the issue. News flash: there are already a hundred forks of CM. We like it, and we enable it! And there's no sinister plot to crack the hashed data and sell your deepest darkest secrets to Verizon and the NSA.

 

In the end though, we should respect everyone's wishes here. The change was well-intentioned- we just want to have better answers to certain questions. There are many applications out there who are doing incredibly dubious things like uploading all of your contacts without your consent, so certain suspicions are understandable. I do not want CM to ever be perceived as a group who doesn't respect the privacy of it's users.

Not sure if BB10 is the correct mobile device for you? Check it out in your browser!

BlackBerry has unveiled a method to allow users to give BlackBerry 10 OS a test run before shelling out for a new Z10. BlackBerry has put together a mobile website that demos the features of BB10 and allows you to test out various aspects of the new operating system.

 

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Potential customers can check out the interface, test the predictive keyboard, BlackBerry Messenger, BlackBerry Hub, and other BB10 programs. The demo doesn't operate as smoothly as it would on the actual device, but it at least conveys the idea of the new OS. You can check it out on your iPhone or Android device by heading to BlackBerry.com.

RumorTT: iOS 7 is running behind schedule, will have a "significant system-wide UI overhaul"

During a Branch chat, Daring Fireball's John Gruber has said that iOS 7 is running behind schedule, and that when it is released it'll include a big change to the user interface (UI). He said:

 

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What I've heard: iOS 7 is running behind, and engineers have been pulled from OS X 10.9 to work on it. (Let me know if you've heard this song before.)

 

Gruber also noted that iOS 7 is set to have a "significant system-wide UI overhaul" and that iOS engineers who are toting the next-gen mobile OS from Apple are required to have a special privacy filter on their devices that reportedly limits viewing angles on their devices. This stops others from getting a look at the new-look iOS.

 

iOS has needed an UI overhaul for a while now, something I've been itching for since the iPhone 3GS. Android has been making strides in the UI department, something Apple should've been on the ball about. iOS 7 should hopefully be quite striking to both look at, and use.

Android numbers are here again, collection method has changed

It's that time of the month again, when we find out just how the Android OS is doing with its users. Google have changed up the way they collect these numbers, where they now only collect data from devices that have visited the Google Play store in the last month.

 

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Previously, Google used to count all phones that checked into their servers. This change in collection methods hasn't changed the numbers that much, with Jelly Bean sitting pretty at 25% of the Android market share. Ice Cream Sandwich actually climbed a little, with 29.3% of devices running the deliciously-named OS.

RumorTT: Windows Blue to be known as Windows 8.1

According to ZDNet's sources, Microsoft's upcoming Windows Blue will be known as Windows 8.1 to the public. As you can see in the screenshot below, the operating system is clearly labeled as "Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro." It looks like Windows Blue could be similar to the service packs of yesteryear.

 

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The update appears to follow along the lines of Windows Phone 7 and 7.5. Windows RT is said to be known as "Windows RT 8.1." Microsoft envisions Windows 8 as a multiple selling season product meaning these refreshes every year or so, somewhat like how Apple updates Mac OS X in that they have 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8 each with their own codename.

 

It's not clear whether Microsoft intends to charge customers to update, though I would venture to guess they will charge a fee. If I had to guess a number, I'd guess $20.

Windows 8 usage still below that of Windows Vista, XP and 7 continue to be leaders

Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system continues to be somewhat of a flop. Usage data from Net Applications show Windows 8 usage is still behind that of Microsoft's last flop, Windows Vista. Windows XP and Windows 7 continue to be top contenders, even though XP was initially released over 11 years ago.

 

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Windows 8 is used on 3.17 percent of computers, up from 2.67 percent in February. Vista, on the other hand, is found on 4.99 percent of systems. Windows XP is still found on 38.73 percent of systems and Windows 7 is the largest used operating system, found on 44.73 percent of systems.

 

Mac OS X 10.6-10.8 combined is found on below 7 percent of systems. Windows 8 uptake is likely to increase and is predicted to eclipse that of Vista within the year.

Microsoft patches Windows 8 specification requirements, paves way for 7 and 8-inch class tablets

7 and 8-inch Windows based tablets could be on their way. Microsoft has just altered the specification requirements for Windows 8 tablets opening up a new avenue for OEMs to begin developing smaller Windows 8 based devices.

 

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Up until now, devices wishing to run Windows 8 needed to have a minimum resolution of 1366x768, and that caused problems for manufacturers wanting to release cheaper Windows 8 based tablets. Microsoft has just fixed that issue by lowering the minimum screen resolution supported to 1024x768.

 

Microsoft says that the new minimum resolution requirements will allow "partners exploring designs for certain markets could find greater design flexibility helpful," which is a strong hint that smaller form factor Windows 8 tablets could be on the way. With the growing popularity of Samsung's Galaxy Note series, Google's Nexus 7 and Apple's iPad mini growing in popularity every day, it only makes sense that Redmond opens up Windows 8 for smaller devices.

Windows Blue preview to arrive in the summer

Microsoft are close to releasing their next-generation Windows OS, which is reportedly set for our consumption later this year. The Verge reports that Microsoft began working on a "milestone preview" version of Windows Blue earlier this month.

 

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The Redmond-based software giant plans to make it available to developers and enthusiasts at their Build developer conference in June. The final product most likely won't arrive as 'Windows Blue,' but right now there are no rumors on the new name Microsoft will give it. Rumors have suggested, however, that the return of the Start Bar would be included.

 

Microsoft's Build conference takes place on June 26 in San Francisco.

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