source Getty The latest software update for iPhones and iPads re-enables Group FaceTime. The feature was turned off last week after a flaw was discovered that would let people eavesdrop on other people’s iPhones before they picked up the FaceTime call. The privacy flaw has led to investigations, class action lawsuits, and a congressional inquiry. To update your iPhone, navigate to Settings > General > Software Update. Apple has released iOS 12.1.4, the latest update of the software that powers iPhones and iPads. This is a minor update, but it’s notable because it re-enables Group FaceTime after a nasty bug was publicized last week. The bug was viewed as a major privacy flaw. It let anyone listen in on an iPhone’s microphone even if they declined a FaceTime call. “iOS 12.1.4 provides important security updates and is recommended for all users,” according to the notes provided with the update. In response to public … [Read more...] about The new iPhone software update fixes the Group FaceTime bug that allowed people to eavesdrop on other people’s iPhones
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The Verizon, AT&T and Sprint versions of the Galaxy S9 and Note 9 have started receiving their Android 9 Pie update last month, exactly as Samsung promised. The US carrier models are even getting a slice of Pie before the unlocked version from Samsung's website in the US which is pretty cool (or sad, if you own one).Fans love to rant how bad Samsung is with software updates, but it actually sits in the golden middleGranted, Google released Android Pie back in August, and it has been 5 months before US carrier models got it but this is actually par for the course when it comes to software updates of the big Android brands on Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile. We made a little table to show you how many months passed between the last two major Android releases, and the updates making it to US carrier phones.Release to manufacturers other than GoogleSamsung US carrier models updateLG US carrier models updateAndroid 7 Nougat (initial release August '16)December, 2016February 2017 (Galaxy … [Read more...] about The best and worst Android makers for software updates, or why Samsung isn’t that bad
If you don't use a software updater, you might be missing out on important patches to some of the programs you use every day. Many programs automatically update themselves so you can be sure that you're always using the most recent (and most secure) version, but this is't the case for all software, and some updaters works in different ways.For example, you may not be offered updates for programs you don't use very often, and it can be difficult to remember to launch programs just to see if there's anything new to download.This is where a dedicated software updater can help you out. These handy utilities will scan your computer to determine what you have installed, and will then go online to see if there are new versions of any of your applications available. Some utilities will automatically install the updates for you, while others will simply let you know that there's an update available. Either way, you'll be able to ensure you're running the very latest versions of all your … [Read more...] about The best free software updater 2019
Are you ready to have your car regularly updated like your smartphone? Well, get ready because it’s happening. From dashboards to door locks, cars are about to become as changeable as your iPhone’s home screen. Automatic over-the-air updates have been happening for years on laptops, phones, even TVs. But in the automotive industry it’s been relatively rare. Tesla was a significant exception. Starting in the fall of 2012, the electric car company added features like the ability to save driver profile settings by name and a coast function that let the EV roll forward without having to put your foot on the accelerator. That same year, other automakers were testing the OTA airwaves. “… Cars were basically air-gapped computers. Once they became connected, the threat went from zero to 100.” Mercedes-Benz, for example, updated its Mbrace2 in-dash system in the SL roadster to accept OTA updates in 2012. Most of those updates were focused on non-critical … [Read more...] about With benefits — and risks – software updates are coming to the car
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?