Facebook for iOS updated to version 6.0

Posted by: Brett

Facebook for iOS has been updated to version 6.0 today and it brings a few welcomed features. The Chat Heads feature from Facebook home is now apart of the application, allowing you to reply to and take part in conversations from anywhere in the application without being in the Messages section. While Android allows for this to be done system-wide, iOS does not and therefore Chat Heads are only usable within the Facebook app.

There is also what Facebook is calling “Stickers” which are essentially the huge form of emojis. There’s a bunch of them included in the app for all sorts of emotions and there are even packs of Stickers which you can download for free, although it’s possible Facebook will release premium ones. The final change is a more cleaned up UI and News Feed for both the iPhone and iPad.

Both Chat Heads and Stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, while the new News Feed will be available to all users after installing the update.

Source: Facebook

Apple releases iOS 6.1.3 and update for Apple TV

Posted by: Brett

Apple released iOS 6.1.3 today as a minor update for all iOS 6 supported devices. The update brings a fix for the security flaw that could allow someone to gain access to your Phone app by exploiting a lock screen flaw, as well as Map improvements for Japan.

This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:

  •  Fixes a bug that could allow someone to bypass the passcode and access the Phone app
  •  Improvements to Maps in Japan

The update also reportedly patches the Evasi0n jailbreak, although a tethered jailbreak has already been released for iOS 6 devices utilizing pre-A5 chips. If you’re jailbroken, updating to 6.1.3 will remove your jailbreak and render you unable to re-jailbreak for you’re device is an iPhone 4S or later, an iPod touch 5 or later, or iPad 2 or later.

Apple also released iOS 5.2.1 for the Apple TV second gen or later which patches some security flaws and brings a redesigned Hulu interface.

Source: Apple

Apple releases OS X 10.8.3 Mountain Lion

Posted by: Brett

Apple released OS X 10.8.3 Mountain Lion this afternoon with a bevy of welcomed fixes and additions. A notable addition is the added Boot Camp support for Windows 8 and the ability to redeem an iTunes gift card using you Mac’s built-in camera. Here’s the entire change log:

  • The ability to redeem iTunes gift cards in the Mac App Store using your Mac’s built-in camera
  • Boot Camp support for installing Windows 8
  • Boot Camp support for Macs with a 3TB hard drive
  • A fix for an issue that could cause a file URL to quit apps unexpectedly
  • A fix for an issue that may cause Logic Pro to become unresponsive when using certain plug-ins
  • A fix for an issue that may cause audio to stutter on 2011 iMacs
  • Includes Safari 6.0.3

Source: Apple

Microsoft to release major Windows Phone update during the 2013 holidays

Posted by: Brett

According to a job posting on Microsoft’s website, the company is planning to launch a major revision to Windows Phone later this year some time during the holidays.

This is a great time to join as we’re completing our current release are getting ready for our next release targeting the holiday of this year and we’re chartered with keeping the momentum for Windows Phone by bringing new killer devices and delightful user experiences. There are enormous growth opportunities in this role and organization.

 

Windows Phone 8 launched last October so a holiday release this year would make sense. Microsoft’s Windows Phone Product Manager Greg Sullivan recently said that Windows Phone 8 would be able to be updated once a new major release came out and that the company will be following a new policy where they won’t be release information regarding new technologies/products so far in advance.

Source: Microsoft

Sense 5 to arrive on existing HTC phones within the next few months

Posted by: Brett

HTC responded to a curious Facebook user, confirming that the company will in fact be bringing the new Sense 5, found on the HTC One, to existing HTC phones within the next few months.

HTC will be offering upgrades to some of its existing devices in the next few months, including global variants of HTC One X, One X+, One S and the HTC Butterfly. Also, note that some features enabled by the new HTC One hardware will not be available in the software updates.

It’s still unclear exactly which features will be brought over to those devices. Some of the newer features of Sense 5 include BlinkFeed (a Flipboard like home screen widget), a more cleaned up and fresh user interface, the new camera feature dubbed Zoe, although it’s like the latter is exclusive to the One due to its Snapdragon 600 processor.

Source: HTC (Facebook)

Android 4.2.1 leaks for the Galaxy SIII

Posted by: Brett

Android 4.2 might be on it’s way to the Galaxy SIII soon as SamMobile has obtained a test version of the update. The software is Android version Android 4.2.1, not 4.2.2 which was recently released, and build number I9300XXUFMB3. The update doesn’t change much visually, although it includes Quick Settings in the notification panel, which admittedly has too many toggles in it, Daydream mode, locks screen widgets, voice commands, more actionable notifications, and probably some other goodies.

SamMobile says 4.2.1 will launch following that of the Galaxy S IV, which will likely be next month. The update will almost definitely take longer to launch in North America due to carrier testing and approval, so we’ll have to see. Check out the source link for downloads and screenshots.

Source: SamMobile

Apple releases iOS 6.1.2 with Exchange bug fix

Posted by: Brett

Apple released iOS 6.1.2 for iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone this afternoon to patch an Exchange bug which caused the battery to drain quicker than normal on some devices. The update size seems to vary depending on your device, with some being 107 MB, and others being 11.5 MB and 12.8 MB. The update consists of one change

Fixes an Exchange calendar bug that could result in increased network activity and reduced battery life.

iOS 6.1.2 is said to not fix the password exploit found last week which allows for PIN / password locks to be bypassed by completing a combination of button presses and actions. Apple did say last week that the exploit would be patched in a future update, although it’s been confirmed that it’s still present. iOS 6.1.2 also does not patch the evasi0n jailbreak exploit.

Apple released iOS 6.1.1 last week for only the iPhone 4S to fix 3G performance after reports emerged that the 4S was suffering from dismal 3G  speeds. Vodafone had been advising its users to not update to 6.1 prior to 6.1.1 being released.

Source: Apple