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Apple has issued a critical security update for Mac OS X users, plugging a Network Time Protocol (NTP) security hole that left users open to cyberattacks. The automated security update had a quick turnaround because cybercriminals could have gained remote access of machines through by exploiting the bug, according to researchers.
The US Department of Homeland Security and Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute recently flagged the bugs, and Apple scrambled to create a fix ahead of the holidays. Carnegie Mellon also found that dozens of companies are vulnerable to the same type of security bug, which should be fixed sooner rather than later.
Here is what Apple's support page notes: "The update addresses a critical security issue with the software that provides the Network Time Protocol service on OS X, and is recommended for all users. For more information on the security content of this update see: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222."
We're starting to hear the first few rumbles on Android 6.0, or Android M. Before we see the next-gen version of Google's mobile OS, we'll see Android 5.1, which is something the Android team is already working on.
When should we expect Android 6.0? According to the latest rumors, Android M should arrive in October-November 2015, which is normally when Google releases the next iteration of Android. This means we'll hear about it in June at Google's annual Google I/O event, but now we have to guess what the 'M' stands for. Milky Way? Milky Bar? Marshmallow? I'm going with Marshmallow.
Shots fired: During the launch of YU Digital's new smartphone, the CEO and founder of Cyanogen Kirt McMaster attended, where he had some striking things to say about Samsung during a Q&A session after the announcement of the smartpone from YU Digital's new Yureka smartphone.
McMaster said that its competitors can't match them, and then said "Samsung couldn't build a good OS if they tried." He continued, adding that Cyanogen is all about "super optimizing Android and taking it to a new level. since they started. We believe that... there's an opportunity to be the first or second dominant version of Android on the planet."
He didn't only go after Samsung, he had some not-so-nice things to say about Mozilla's Firefox and Samsung and Intel's collaborative OS, Tizen, are "irrelevant" they have "zero user bases" and "it's meaningless." Don't hold back, McMaster, don't hold back at all, okay? You can watch him cut into Mozilla and Samsung at the 1:16:45 mark on the YouTube video above.
Alert Logic has recently informed the public of a "grinch" Linux vulnerability, but according to Red Hat - it's a perfectly normal thing.
The official reply noted that "this report incorrectly classifies expected behavior as a security issue," through a Red Hat Bulletin released on Wednesday just one day after the report being made public. This was in response to Alert Logic claiming that this Grinch issue may be as large as the previously seen Heartbleed bug, noting that they believe it is a serious design flaw in how Linux handles user permissions.
The Microsoft Windows 10 leaked consumer build (9901) indicates users will be able to enjoy an Xbox app, giving them access to friends list, Store, activity feeds, achievements, and additional features. Microsoft previously promised increased gaming integration into the Windows 10 OS, and this early build shows what the company has in mind.
Meanwhile, Cortana in Windows 10 closely resembles the same orientation as Windows Phone, revealing Microsoft is serious about its efforts to make Windows similar across all platforms. Cortana was shown in early Windows 10 builds, but has been refined and looks significantly better in 9901, according to reports.
Microsoft will continue to promote its Windows 10 OS, as consumers and business users never truly jumped onboard the Windows 8/8.1 bandwagon.
Microsoft's latest KB 3004394 update for Windows 7 is causing a myriad of issues for users, with the company asking users to remove it. The first issue is that some users are reporting that the new update blocks people from installing AMD's new Catalyst Omega drivers.
But AMD users aren't the only ones in pain over the latest update for Windows 7, with NVIDIA users confirming that it's now hard to install new GeForce drivers. It's not just graphics drivers and their installations that are problematic, some users are reporting that USB 3.0 drivers are now broken, and User Account Control (UAC) prompts are playing up. Microsoft has said it is aware of these issues, and that it even prevents the installation of future Windows Updates.
One of the worst things that this new update does to Windows 7, is disable the Windows Defender service, which is completely disabled with the new update. Microsoft has since issued a patch for the broken update, which is known as KB3024777, and is available directly through Windows Update.
The Windows KB3004394 update was issued on December the 10th and has just been confirmed by Microsoft as a major problem causer for many users - reportededly effecting only Windows 7, not Windows 8, users.
This update will not only possibly stop you from installing newer updates, but AMD's Robert Hallock has claimed that this update will prevent you from installing new software like graphics drivers - severely effecting the roll-out of their new AMD Catalyst Omega drivers which were launched on the same day as this update blow-out.
Microsoft plans to use Windows 10 to show why the PC is "incredibly important" to the gaming market, and will begin to spill the beans next month. The company wants to continue building its Xbox platform, but also hopes to further develop the PC gaming platform.
"I'll be focusing more on what we are doing on Windows 10 in January," said Phil Spencer, head of the Microsoft Xbox division, responding to a fan on Twitter. It's time for us to talk about gaming on Windows." It's likely Spencer will share details during the company's consumer event in January, scheduled for January 21, 2015.
After Windows 8/8.1 largely flopped among consumers and business users, Microsoft wants Windows 10 to be the "one platform" that can be used on billions of PCs, mobile products, and connected devices in coming years.
We've just received reports that Microsoft will be releasing their "next chapter" of Windows 10 on January 21, 2015. This will be hosted in the form of a Webcast and in-person event held in Redmond.
Led by Chief Executive Satya Nadella and accompanied by senior executives from Microsoft's Operating Systems division (Terry Myerson, Joe Belfiore and Phil Spencer), this forum will see new operating system specifications and information as expected announcements.
After the reveal of Windows 10 in September by Myerson, this version was originally quoted as an enterprise product containing an interface that would look and feel familiar to those using the previous versions of 7 and 8 or 8.1. He went on to mention that "they [users] will find all the tools they're used to finding, with all the apps and tools they're used to today".
Microsoft plans to show off its Windows 10 operating system to the consumer world in January, while analysts believe it should be made available in a freemium format. There were previous rumors that Microsoft could introduce a "Windows as a Service" cloud-based, subscription service, which would be a significant shift in tactics.
If Microsoft plans to have Windows 10 run on billions of devices, then providing a freemium approach could be a lucrative option. It's possible Microsoft could offer Windows 10 free for end-users, and provide features and services based on a subscription fee.
"Microsoft is the only company who still builds a significant business selling an operating system," said Steve Kleynhans, Gartner VP. "Today, consumers see the OS as part of the device and don't really distinguish it as a component to be paid for separately."