Security risk extends to all current versions of Windows and could allow remote takeover of your computer
Microsoft has released an update to fix a newly discovered security flaw that could allow “remote code execution” of a computer. The flaw is exploited through documents or webpages with embedded OpenType fonts and was considered critical enough for Microsoft to issue an immediate out-of-cycle patch. All current versions of Windows are affected including Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 and 8.1.
New settings allow you to choose the pages and people you want to see first
Facebook has decided to take a step out of the way and let you choose—to an extent—the friends and pages that you want to see at the top of your feed when you first log on. According to Facebook “you’re the only one who truly knows what is most meaningful to you”, so they have expanded settings in News Feed Preferences to let you prioritize.
Skype ditches the Modern app and focuses on the desktop while adding two new languages to the Translator preview
If you count on Skype to keep in touch with loved ones, it’s helpful to know about some of the recent changes that could impact you.
Reserve your update or risk waiting in line
Windows 10 will be released in 190 countries world-wide on July 29. You'll get a notification when your upgrade is available for download, but Microsoft is saying that some notifications may be weeks or months after the release. Fortunately, if you are in a hurry you can reserve your spot in line for early notification with just a few clicks. Here's how.
What happens to your account when you die? Now you have a choice.
What happens to your digital history when you die? Should your presence be erased or should you grant access to someone to handle—and perhaps clean up—your online social media accounts? Facebook's new legacy contact feature lets you choose someone to have limited access to your account after death to memorialize your account.
Helpouts connected experts and learners, but wasn't growing
Google is shuttering its Helpouts service on April 20 because of lackluster growth. Helpouts was an online service connecting experts and learners for a fee - but why pay when what you want is available for free?
Continuous readings on a device you might already carry are in the near future
Medical device maker Dexcom is working on an app to pair their implantable glucose sensor with the iPhone and iWatch to display glucose trending.
Lots of great features and oh yeah, it's free
I admit it, I'm excited. Windows 10 promises to do something I've wished for a long time: Erase app differences between devices.
Real-time machine translations breaks new ground for instant communication between those who don't speak a common language
Skype Translator offers the stuff of sci-fi: real-time (or as close as possible to real-time) translations of a voice conversation in two different languages. When one user speaks, a computerized voice speaks the translation to the other user, and vice versa. A running transcription of the original and translated words appears in a sidebar, ensuring that any misunderstanding from the machine is obvious to the speaker.
New course is more in-depth and has been combined into one manual
The new manual for iOS 8 is on the downloads page in both English and Spanish. The manual is bigger and better than ever.
Feature makes your critical health alerts and emergency contact information available even when phone locked
Your phone might be the first link emergency personnel have to your medical data and emergency contacts. The new Health app in iOS 8 has a built-in ICE (In Case of Emergency) feature that can be accessed even if the screen is locked. Here's how to set it up, and alternatives for Android users and those without iOS 8 as well.
The curtain was partially peeled back today for a glimpse of the future of Windows. The name was a surprise, what else did we learn?
Microsoft gave everyone a peek, and a time table of sorts, to the new Windows OS today. According to various rumors, the new edition was to be called Windows 9, or Threshold, or just plain Windows. Microsoft surprised everyone and christened it Windows 10, emphasising that this is not just an upgrade, but a whole new way of doing business.
Apple developer website shows Apple users jumping on quickly
Adoption of iOS 8 reached nearly 50% 5 days after release according to Apple's App Store measurments.
There’s a lot of hype about the iPhone 6 Plus bending easily, but don’t take it too seriously. Just don’t sit on it.
Bendgate, the reported tendency of the new iPhone 6 to flex and bend, has gone viral. But today's mobile phones have always been subject to bending and the iPhone 6 is no exception. In fact, SquareTrade, the company that insures mobile phones, says the iPhone 6 is the toughest model they've ever tested. Get some perspective and watch the video here.
Will we see the debut of the iWatch, iOS 8, maybe even a new iPad?
If you’re an Apple fan then Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at 10am PDT is circled in red on your calendar and your reminders are set. Apple will be live streaming a huge event to announce the new iPhone 6 and, as their media invite said, they do wish they could say more.