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Apple iOS 9.3.2 Has a Nasty Surprise

05.16.16

Today Apple AAPL -0.44% released iOS 9.3.2. On the surface it appears to be a minor update and its arrival was met with little ceremony. But beware, just hours after launch, it turns out iOS 9.3.2 is hiding a very nasty surprise indeed…

Apple iOS 9.3.2 is bricking iPad Pros.

‘Great Features’ and ‘Nasty Surprises’ are my regular columns investigating operating system updates for the best features / biggest problems hidden behind the headlines.

Apple iOS 9.3.2 appears like a small update, but it is causing a serious problem. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

Apple iOS 9.3.2 appears like a small update, but it is causing a serious problem. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

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The New Roku Streaming Stick Is All You Need

04.21.16

The New Roku Streaming Stick Is All You Need
All images: Adam Clark Estes

Do you own a set-top box that you love? That’s great—keep loving it! Are you interested in seeing what all the fuss is about? Then consider the new $50 Roku Streaming Stick. It’s cheap and easy and versatile, and frankly, that’s really what you should want.

At face value, there’s nothing terribly extraordinary about the new Roku stick. The specs (1080p HD, dual-band wifi, endless available channels) are largely similar to the last generation—though it also features a beefed up quad-core processor and the handy ability to stream audio to your mobile device so that you can use headphones. The new stick itself is about half the size of its predecessors, although I couldn’t really care because it stayed hidden behind my TV. It also comes with a remote that’s almost identical to all the other Roku remotes, though it lacks the the headphone jack you get with a Roku 3 or 4. The important thing is that the new stick comes with Roku’s latest software. That’s key.

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New MacBooks offer 90 percent faster SSD write speeds, Skylake CPU up to 20 percent faster

04.20.16

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Apple today announced a second-generation twelve-inch MacBook which brings speed increases across the board thanks to the use of Intel’s latest Skylake chip platform, PCIe-based flash storage and a speedier 1,866MHz RAM.

The Verge took the new machines briefly for a spin. Having put the new MacBook through its paces in Primate Labs’ $0.99 Geekbench 3 benchmarking app to measure the performance of the new Intel CPU and using the free Blackmagic Disk Speed Test app for benchmarking disk I/O operations, the publication was able to determine just how performant the updated flash storage and Intel’s new Skylake CPU are.

Apple lent The Verge a 1.2Ghz Intel Core m5 MacBook to test.

TL;DR: a modest CPU improvement may not be enough to seal the deal, but folks who work with large sets of data—such as 3D designers, video editors and others—will find an overhauled solid state storage worth upgrading.

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U.S. government tells Windows customers to delete QuickTime due to hacking dangers

04.19.16

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has sent out an urgent alert telling Windows customers to uninstall Apple’s QuickTime program.

Apple has pulled support for QuickTime on Windows, the video and audio software that had once been widely used to play movie trailers and other Internet media clips.

The company decided this week not to issue any more security updates for QuickTime on Windows, despite two major vulnerabilities in the software that can allow hackers into people’s computers.

Apple’s last QuickTime update for Windows came in late January, and the company had been periodically fixing bugs over the past several years.

But Apple (AAPL, Tech30) hasn’t dedicated much effort to QuickTime over the past decade. The last major QuickTime release for Windows was in 2005. Apple delivered a substantial QuickTime upgrade for Mac OS X in 2009, and the company continues to support QuickTime for Mac with regular security updates.

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How to download files and documents to iPhone or iPad

04.14.16

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Downloading and saving files or documents to a computer is something we don’t think about. Click, click, done. It’s saved on the hard drive and ready to be accessed when needed. On iOS though, it’s a little more complicated than that. The lack of a user file system can be confusing, and something as simple as downloading a file can all the sudden become a daunting task.

How do I download a file to my iPhone? Where do I download it to? These are questions I’ve recently been asked, but also problems I have faced myself. In this post, I’ll try to share different options for downloading files to an iPhone or iPad.

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Microsoft Shows Strong Windows 10 Progress at BUILD, More To Go

04.13.16

Microsoft MSFT +0.79% has made strong progress with Windows 10 and more is needed to guarantee long-term success beyond commercial and consumer PCs, detachables and XBOX One. This isn’t some revelation or criticism, just an observation. Eventually, Windows 10 must make its way into volume smartphones, consumer tablets, wearables, cars and home automation. I attended the BUILD conference in San Francisco last week and as you would expect, it was focused on helping Microsoft’s most loyal developers and potentially new ones understand the state of Windows 10 and the future of the Windows Platform.

270M Windows 10 users on the way to 1B

As it stands right now, Windows 10 already has over 270 million active users, 5 billion store visits, marking what Microsoft calls the fastest windows adoption rate ever. This impressive number is helped significantly by the free upgrade for users running legacy operating systems like Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1. Over 270 million active users is impressive and Microsoft still has a long way to go with Windows 10 to reach iOS’s 1 billion active users and Android’s over 2 billion. Microsoft’s own goal is to have 1 billion Windows 10 users by 2018, which is a pretty ambitious goal, but attainable as long as Microsoft can start to convert key platforms to Windows 10 and see growth in others like smartphones.

Microsoft announced over 270M Windows 10 users (Credit: Patrick Moorhead)

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Box Partners With Amazon And IBM In Cloud Storage

04.12.16

Where Box customer data will now be stored worldwide, for now. (Credit: Box)

As Box continues to woo the world’s big corporations with its enterprise storage and collaboration software, it’s having to adapt its ideals to a global cloud infrastructure still more defined by geography and politics than Silicon Valley had hoped.

In its latest adaptation to that reality, Box has announced a new storage solution called Box Zones, which allows customers to store their data more locally around the world than within Box’s own three West Coast data centers. The result of a partnership with Amazon Web Services and IBM IBM -0.01% Cloud, Box Zones launched on Tuesday with data centers in Ireland, Germany, Japan and Singapore.

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Surface Pro 4 vs. iPad Pro

04.11.16

Can a tablet replace your computer? Before, most people would have told you that it cannot, as a tablet is typically used for media consumption where a normal computer is more for creation. However, several devices have been released in the recent years that are trying to blur the line between laptop and tablet, attempting to be the ideal all-in-one machine for consumers. Microsoft has created the Surface Pro line, which is a full computer running Windows 8 or 10 on a tablet. Connectors on the tablet lets you add an optional keyboard accessory (which is necessary for those that want to do a lot of typing). The tablet also includes a built in kickstand, where later models allow you to put the tablet in any position, which makes using it on your lap or on any surface extremely easy. These tablets also include a pressure sensitive stylus, which allows a similar experience to writing on paper.

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10 Tips to Prevent Phishing Attacks

04.08.16

As you know, phishing is a technique that involves tricking the user to steal confidential information , passwords, etc, into thinking you are a confidential site.

So far the hackers have used emails to launch this type of attack, but with the widespread use of social media networks and smartphones with internet access, the types of attacking are multiplying.

These emails include a link that takes the user to site known to have a confidential website, but they’re mere mimics with zero confidentiality.

Thus, overconfident users who do not have adequate antivirus protection, could be involved in attacks that are aimed to steal personal data.

And because of the economic crisis which is unfortunately affecting several countries, phishing attacks attracting people with the promise of a great job or an easy way to get money.

The question is … How can we prevent this type of phishing attack? 

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How to remove Live Tiles from the Windows 10 Start menu

04.07.16

Say you’re just not feeling Windows 10’s Live Tiles, it’s possible to banish them from the Start menu for a minimalist vibe.

Windows 10 Start menu
Credit: Microsoft
An easy way to divide a room of Windows 10 fans is to start debating the merits of the tiles section in the new Start menu. Some people love it, others don’t. Personally, I think Live Tiles on a PC can be helpful for quick hits of information like the weather, news headlines, and stock prices.

That said, lately I’ve been playing around with a tiles-free version of the Start menu. It’s very minimalist and forces me to make some hard choices about what I put on the taskbar. That’s because when you give up the Live Tiles section, you have almost zero control over the rest of the Start menu. Nevertheless, right now I’m finding it useful and you might too.

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