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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.
Now that RIM has evolved into just being called BlackBerry, we have some interesting news just days after - Microsoft's Windows Phone platform expanded to see more mobile OS market share in the US in Q4 2012.
The data comes from Strategy Analytics, but there's a very big point to push here - Microsoft had released Windows Phone 8 late last year, while RIM (now BlackBerry) at the time were still working on BlackBerry 10, which was only released in the last couple of days. The more interesting thing will be to see how things go in the next quarter, where BlackBerry will either sink or swim.
The Android Developers Dashboard has a new report, unveiling the latest data on just how many devices are running differing versions of Android. The data is good up to February 4, with the data coming from the number of users accessing the Google Play Store in a 14-day period.
As we can see in the above shot, Android 4.x is getting very close to a 50% adoption rate, broken down into 29.0%, 12.1% and 1.4% for Android 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2, respectively. Android 2.3 is still kicking ass, with 45.6% but we're finally seeing Android 4.x nipping on its heels. This would mostly be thanks to the slew of new devices shipping with Android 4.x on-board.
The Android Open Source Project has left version 4.2.1 revision 1.2 out of the gates, which includes just a small change log of fixes. It will arrive as version JOP40G, and include some power management fixes as well as a tweak in the way Android handles file creation on EXT4 partitions.
These fixes aren't for any specific device, so we should expect the update to arrive on the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices. Some users have been experiencing their devices shutting off when they remove them from charge, so this update should hopefully fix that.
According to a document posted up by Android Police, which has since been removed, Android's next major operating system, known as Key Lime Pie, will be launching this spring. The document, which apparently belonged to Qualcomm, had details that suggested just this. The removal request could indicate the details were accurate.
Google's I/O conference is scheduled for May 15-17, which would be a great place for the next version of Android to debut. Who knows, maybe they'll hand out upgraded Nexus 7's running Key Lime Pie. We'll be sure to keep looking around for details regarding the next version of Android, including features that will be included or possible release dates.