29Dec15 – DoctorLaptop’s Tech News and Trends

Please remember, I am working thru the holidays and available for repairs and services, except New Years Eve night after 6pm!

Patch now! Adobe releases

Emergency Security Updates

for Flash Player

The Hacker News

The Adobe Flash Player just said goodbye to the year with another bunch of vulnerability patches. Adobe released a security update on Monday to address 19 vulnerabilities in its Flash Player. The programming loopholes could be abused to execute malicious code (from a malicious Flash file on a web page) on victims’ computers in order to hijack an unpatched PC or Mac entirely. If you are running the Flash Player plugin on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, or Chrome OS, it is time for you to upgrade your system as soon as possible. Upgrade your machines to the following patched versions of Flash Player:

  • Flash Player versions 20.0.0.267 and 18.0.0.324 for Windows and Mac users.

  • Flash Player version 20.0.0.267 for Google Chrome

  • Flash Player version 20.0.0.267 for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 10

  • Flash Player version 20.0.0.267 for IE 10 and 11 on Windows 8.x

  • Flash Player version 11.2.202.559 for Linux

Flash has been plagued with stability and security issues for years which is why it has a poor reputation with developers. This is the reason Adobe plans to kill Flash Player and re-brand it as Adobe Animate CC. This will become Adobe’s premier web animation tool for developing HTML5 content as that replaces Flash content.

Full article at: http://thehackernews.com/2015/12/adobe-flash-security-update.html

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Amazon’s Fire TV Stick

This is a great little device. Plugging into an available HDMI port on most TVs, it makes available the growing world of IPTV services. However, Amazon’s little device has a trick up its sleeve. Being Android based, Fire TV Stick can run a much wider array of apps and services than Amazon offers through its regular on-screen interface. Of particular interest is Kodi, which together with a vast array of plugins offers access to all the latest movies, TV shows and live sports most people could ever need.

News of just how special the Fire TV Stick/Kodi combo can be has been traveling fast in the past few weeks, particularly in the UK. The first signs that something might be going on came in early December when even for Prime customers Amazon started advising that delivery for Fire TV Sticks was not the usual ‘next day’, but was actually nearer two weeks.

In case you missed it, Amazon banned Kodi from its store in the summer over piracy concerns but with the official APK plus adbFire and a loader like FireStarter, the software runs like a dream on Amazon Fire TV Stick. Read full article here: https://torrentfreak.com/did-pirates-clean-out-amazon-fire-tv-stock-in-the-uk-151229/

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Pirate Bay Taken Down, Again

The Pirate Bay lost all of its active “Hydra” domain names this morning. ThePirateBay.LA, .GD, .MN and .VG were suspended by their registrar, alongside several other TPB related domains. The domain troubles make the site hard to reach through the usual channels, but The Pirate Bay still has some backups… Read more at: https://torrentfreak.com/registrar-shuts-down-pirate-bay-domain-names-151228/

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Windows 10 Mobile tablets are really something.

Yes, you read that right — Windows 10 Mobile tablets.

Chinese manufacturer Sunty World has made these new devices official, and they come in screen sizes of 7 and 8 inches. Going by the name of Q72 and Q82, these are low end machines with modest specifications, and are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor, with 4G LTE connectivity.

Imagine a video chat using these! (Heads up: WhatsApp is introducing Win 10 Mobile video chat very soon! Info link below.)

Anyway, here are the hardware specifications for the Q72:

  • Screen: 7-inch IPS LCD with 1280×800 resolution
  • Processor: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 (MSM8909) processor
  • RAM: 1GB/2GB
  • Storage: 8GB / 16GB onboard (plus microSD support up to 32GB)
  • Cameras: 2MP rear, 0.3MP front-facing
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, WiFi, 4G LTE, USB 2.0
  • Battery: 2800mAh
  • Colors: Grey, blue and pink

The dual SIM Q82 offers the same specifications as the Q72, except for some minor changes:

  • Screen: 8-inch IPS LCD with 1280×800 resolution
  • Camera: Optional 5MP rear
  • Battery: 4000mAh

    These are not the only two devices that Sunty has announced. The company showed also off a new 5-inch Windows 10 Mobile smartphone with a 5MP rear camera and interchangeable rear shells, complete with a number of different color options.

All these three devices will become available before the end of the month, though pricing and availability details have not yet been revealed.

See more on Win 10 Mobile Tablets: http://www.windows10update.com/2015/12/7-and-8-inch-windows-10-mobile-tablets-are-here/

See more on WhatsApp video calls here: http://www.windows10update.com/2015/12/whatsapp-video-calling-coming-to-windows-phone/

Happy New Year Y’all!!!

 

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