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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12Aug15 – Don’t Upgrade Sony Vaio Yet, Unauthorized Programs Blocked, AMD Video Probs and Bad Update Info

Supposedly MS has issued a update to fix the bad update

MS has supposedly issued an update to fix the bad update causing the endless boot loop problem many folks are having. MS do not say how you are supposed to do this new update in a machine that won’t start properly. The fix is currently under scrutiny from the tech world and I will report back with the results. I suggest NOT updating Win 10 until this fix is fully tested. If you have already fallen victim to the endless reboot loop after updating Win 10 the only reliable solution is to do a factory reset and block updates until they prove stable.

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Sony tells VAIO owners

not to upgrade to Windows

10 until drivers are ready in October

Read the full article here: http://www.neowin.net/news/sony-tells-vaio-owners-not-to-upgrade-to-windows-10-until-drivers-are-ready-in-october

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A new services agreement from Microsoft states that the company can prevent people from using pirated or “unauthorized third party” software or unauthorized hardware on Windows 10.

“We may automatically check your version of the software and download software updates or configuration changes, including those that prevent you from accessing the Services, playing counterfeit games, or using unauthorized hardware peripheral devices,” Microsoft explains in the agreement. “You may also be required to update the software to continue using the Services.”

It’s not entirely clear what the company means by the “unauthorized hardware peripheral devices”. Counterfeit games, meanwhile, represent pirated software, and Windows 10 will have little tolerance for that.

It’s worth pointing out that the terms will not only affect Windows 10 users, but also users of other Microsoft services and software. The terms cover updates to Windows Live Mail, Skype, Maps, the OneDrive and OneNote apps, Windows Movie Maker, Windows Photo Gallery and Windows Games from Microsoft.

The company further reserves the right to change the terms at any given time, pledging to notify users when it enforces new changes. Users don’t have to specifically agree to the new terms, as Microsoft will consider it an agreement if you use the services once the changes go into effect. As this has already occurred, your continued use of Microsoft services has been taken to mean that you agree to the terms. But if you don’t actually consent to these terms, Microsoft doesn’t leave you with many options: you can stop using the services and close your Microsoft and Skype account. Full article: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/75749/20150812/playing-pirated-games-on-your-pc-windows-10-could-block-them.htm

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Windows 10 Prob with AMD video: How to fix Black Screen or Delays at boot or AMD driver issues after upgrade

Users with AMD video cards are flooding Microsoft Forums with complaints about delayed boot-up issues, which are supposedly due to faulty AMD video card drivers. The most common problem is a delayed boot-up issue characterized by a black screen with a mouse cursor during the boot process, wherein users are reportedly forced to wait up to a minute on the same screen, before the login window appears. See more here: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/windows-10-how-fix-black-screen-boot-amd-driver-issues-after-upgrade-1514481