Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE A fake update to widely used software has been taking over computers to surreptitiously mine cryptocurrency, according to a report from the cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks. The malicious software claims to be for Adobe Flash — which the software does update — but includes code for cryptojacking, the term used for efforts to quietly gain access to computers and then harness their power to mine cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. Brad Duncan, a threat intelligence analyst for the company, announced the discovery on Thursday in a blog post. “As early as August 2018, some samples impersonating Flash updates have borrowed pop-up notifications from the official Adobe installer,” Duncan wrote. “Because of the legitimate Flash update, a potential victim may not notice anything out of the ordinary.” Blockchain … [Read more...] about Fake software update turns computers into cryptocurrency miners
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Apple has issued a software update to address the bug that was causing charging issues for some owners of its new iPhone XS and XS Max smartphones.Shortly after their release last month, some users reported on social media that devices would not charge when plugged in if the screen was off in “sleep” mode, only doing so when the screen was on.Apple did not comment on the issue at the time, but it was linked to a security feature introduced to stop Apple devices being hacked via USB and the charging port, which disables its connection when the phone has been left idle for a period of time.Now the technology giant has released the iOS 12.0.1 software update, which includes a solution to the bug.The notes on the update confirm it “fixes an issue where some iPhone XS devices did not immediately charge when connected to a Lightning cable”.At the time of the security update, which was introduced earlier this year, Apple did acknowledge its introduction could affect … [Read more...] about Apple rolls out software update to fix charging issues on iPhone XS
The long-awaited Version 9 software update has started to roll out to all Tesla cars in North America, with the rest of the world in line to get the update in the "next few weeks".Version 9 brings with it a host of updates for the Model S, Model X and Model 3 vehicles, with the firm's mobile app also benefiting from the new software.When Version 9 is installed on your Tesla, you'll be able to remotely update future software versions from the mobile app, allow passengers to control media playback with the phone, and it gives you the option share a navigation destination directly with the car.The Model 3 also gains three new in-car apps, with a web-browser, calendar and energy monitor all landing on the car - services which were already available on the Model S and X.Apps on all vehicles have also been shifted into a new launcher, making it easier and quicker to fire up your most used applications.All-seeing eyesThere are a couple of handy camera-related upgrades in Version 9 too. … [Read more...] about Tesla brings new features to all cars with Version 9 software update
Software updates are a big deal. They deliver bug fixes, new features, refreshed interfaces, and a lot more. Sure, there might be that feature or two that gets discarded and breaks someone's workflow (relevant xkcd), but for the most part, newer means better. And if software updates are important for apps, that's especially true for operating systems. Largely due to the proliferation of smartphones, we have come to take free and consistent OS updates for granted. Users assume that a new phone bought this year will still be running the latest OS in the next, and no one expects to have to pay for that software update. But this wasn't always the case. In the past, every new software version came with a (sometimes hefty) price tag, be it for apps or for OSes. Apart from bug patches, getting a new OS version involved paying up and going through a relatively cumbersome upgrade task. Of course, this meant that most hardware was eternally stuck with whatever OS version it sold with. Who … [Read more...] about Software Updates: A Visual Comparison Of Support Lifetimes For iOS vs. Nexus Devices
OnePlus released its Software Maintenance Schedule that applies to every device from the OnePlus 3, as well as future devices. Huawei, meanwhile, said it will release bi-monthly updates for its P, Mate, and Nova series. By comparison, OnePlus’ software update schedule is far more specific than Huawei’s. Even though OnePlus and Huawei smartphones tend to be excellent offerings, getting both companies to commit to some sort of software update schedule has been an effort in futility. That finally changes today, though Huawei’s schedule still leaves us with questions.Starting with OnePlus, the company announced its Software Maintenance Schedule. According to the schedule, OnePlus will issue two years of bi-monthly software updates and three years of bi-monthly security patches to its devices. The schedule immediately applies to the OnePlus 3 and 3T, OnePlus 5 and 5T, and OnePlus 6. This means the OnePlus 3 and 3T will get regular software updates until November 2018 and … [Read more...] about Are OnePlus and Huawei finally getting serious about software updates?