Microsoft has offered existing Windows 7 and 8.1 users free upgrade to Windows 10 version.
This change is for the Windows Insider Program ONLY, and is specific to how we’re delivering the Insider Preview builds. Available from July 29th onwards, users do not need an MSA to upgrade Windows 10 on their Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 systems if they are not receiving Insider Preview builds. Users will not be required to use an MSA on new PCs that come with Windows 10 preinstalled or clean installed from media. Some features in Windows 10 do require an MSA to use, such as downloading apps in the Windows Store.
More information is available here:
Apple has released the next version of iOS 7.1.2. Here’s the change log.
This update contains bug fixes and security updates, including:
- Improves iBeacon connectivity and stability
- Fixes a bug with data transfer for some 3rd party accessories, including bar code scanners
- Corrects an issue with data protection class of Mail attachments
For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222
Microsoft has announced that the software giant will issue a fix to Internet Explorer installed in Windows XP operating systems, which it has ceased global support since April. It issued an update on Thursday to fix a bug that let hackers gain access and user rights to computers.
Microsoft said that hackers could exploit the flaw by hosting a “specially crafted website” designed to exploit the vulnerability. If users visited the website, hackers could use it to gain access to their computer and get the same rights as the machine’s user. However, hackers would have needed to convince users to view and interact with the website, and would have had “no way to force users” to view the content otherwise.
Windows XP users can also gain benefits to the security fix, as Microsoft made an exceptions to this case, since the flaw was discovered days after the support for XP ended.
I hardly blog or comment on the latest news that are happening in the Information Technology (IT) industry; but this time is hard not to talk about. Two major events have taken place within this week (of 17th February), which have major impacts on end users around the world.
Whatsapp, the fastest growing social media mobile messaging application in the world, having 450 millions users was bought over by Facebook in a US$19 billion bid. This is the largest bid by Facebook, since they last acquire Instagram for over a bIllion US dollars. However, not all is rosy… Facebook stock dropped a couple of percent before rallying back. Moreover, just within 3 days Whatsapp experienced a brief outage, causing million of users to be disconnected from the network. Facebook and Whatsapp have attributed it to exploding number of new users registering for the service, as well as a commonality among fast growing technology companies. Anyway, normal operations were resumed within a couple of hours.
The other major news in the IT industry is related to security flaw found in Apple’s operation system, iOS. It was recently discovered that the flaw could allow someone to interject themselves electronically into transactions you make on your iPhone or iPad, allowing them to access a lot of your information you thought was secure (for instance, credit card numbers). As soon as it was made known to Apple, an iOS upgrade was pushed out to the public. Interestingly, the last known stable iOS version was 7.0.4, however, when I checked today, it was already version 7.0.6; somehow there might be an issue with the supposedly “fixed” version, and hence the immediate replacement.
Two major news within a space of a few days were sufficient to rock the world. People could start to think if Blackberry Messenger (BBM) will be a replacement for Whatsapp, or should people starting thinking about Android phone instead of sticking with proprietary iOS. Only consumers will have the answer.
When Microsoft introduce Windows XP, a lot of developers were keen to make use of the desktop feature to illustrate live feeds. Then, comes along Windows 7, which fully embedded gadgets as part of its installation. Since then, I cannot remember when Microsoft decided to discontinue the support of gadgets, and hence no apps is now available on Microsoft site.
Nevertheless, there is no lack of useful desktop gadgets out there, developed by external developers, and one of them is Drives Meter (see image on the right). It shows how much is my hard disk is being utilized at any point in time. Currently, this is hardly anywhere to be found, except maybe on the developer’s home page and I am not sure if the latest version out there is authentic. Nevertheless, I have one that’s running well on my Windows 7 machine and decided to share the link below.
Download Link: Drives Meter version 4.7 (160kB)
This morning, I coincidentally checked my iPhone for any operating system upgrade, and surprisingly, there is iOS 7.0.3 available. Users can now access their Apple devices to upgrade their iOS.
This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:
- Adds iCloud Keychain to keep track of your account names, passwords, and credit card numbers across all your approved devices
- Adds Password Generator so Safari can suggest unique, hard-to-guess passwords for your online accounts
- Updates lock screen to delay display of “slide to unlock” when Touch ID is in use
- Adds back the ability to search the web and Wikipedia from Spotlight search
- Fixes an issue where iMessage failed to send for some users
- Fixes a bug that could prevent iMessage from activating
- Improves system stability when using iWork apps
- Fixes an accelerometer calibration issue
- Addresses an issue that could cause Siri and VoiceOver to use a lower quality voice
- Fixes a bug that could allow someone to bypass the Lock screen passcode
- Enhances the Reduce Motion setting to minimize both motion and animation
- Fixes an issue that could cause VoiceOver input to be too sensitive
- Updates the Bold Text setting to also change dial pad text
- Fixes an issue that could cause supervised devices to become un-supervised when updating software
For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website.
From the official YouTube account of John Mcafee, founder of McAfee Antivirus software company, this guy has created a video clip, sharing with the whole world on “How to Uninstall McAfee Antivirus“. Just hot from the oven, the video has just been posted around just 1 day ago, and it is already going viral.
Watch the YouTube below.
So far, he has disabled comments on the post. Nonetheless, that has not stopped several other fans from posting comments directly onto his account. An amazing video – hilarious and great!
According to several online sources, Microsoft has announced that it’s recently revamped free mail service, Outlook.com, will now support Skype video calling, starting from the United Kingdom, before introducing the “preview version” to the United States and Germany in the coming weeks.
Outlook.com users will be able to make audio and video calls as well as send Skype instant messages only by installing a browser plug-in. The integration will allow selecting the right medium for messages via e-mails, calls, video calls or instant messages, adding that Microsoft’s messenger service will also be made available to the users who can call messenger users from Outlook.com.
This move is a strategic one, especially Google’s GMail services already include such audio, video, email and messaging integration onto one platform. Furthermore, there are also other rival messaging services, such as Viber and Whatsapp, that are growing much quicker on the mobile platform.