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Apple® patches security flaws in Safari and blocks Adobe® Flash Player

Apple has issued security patches to answer four security vulnerabilities in Safari, and has blocked the outdated versions of Adobe Flash Player from running in its browser.

The four security flaws fixed were similar to those that were patched a few days before in iOS 5.1.1 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. All the vulnerabilities were termed as bugs in WebKit, the open-source rendering engine that powers Safari as well as Google Chrome.

What else?

In addition to this, Safari 5.1.7, which runs on OS X 10.6 and OS X 10.7 – Snow Leopard and Lion, respectively – as well as on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, was released. An update for Lion that included a bit older version of the browser was also unveiled. Lion users must download and install both updates to push Safari to version 5.1.7.

Along with the four security patches, Apple also stopped Adobe Flash Player from running on Safari if the plug-in was older than version, which was released in November 2010.

Windows® Phone 7 update to get Internet Explorer® Mobile 9

Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft, provided a glimpse of the company’s plans for the year 2011 as it addressed the Mobile World Congress. The company is planning to update its Window Phone 7 operating system. According to sources, Internet Explorer Mobile 9 will be available on Windows Phone 7.

At present the users of Windows Phone 7 are using Internet Explorer Mobile, which is commonly known as IE7 Mobile. There are some features of Internet Explorer 8 added to it. The launch of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) brings with it a lot of performance improvements and additional features. ActiveX filtering and quicker tab closing are some of the new features added to IE9.

If the rumours are believed to be true then this would be a good chance for Microsoft to reassure its customers. Microsoft is likely to release the Windows Phone 7 update with IE Mobile 9. If that is the plan conceived by Microsoft then the August/September time frame for launch can be understood.

Analysts believe that the IE Mobile 9 will be the first major update of Windows Phone 7. Windows Phone 7 will be updated with the latest HTML 5-complaint browser. Silverlight will however remain one of the primary tools for development in Windows Phone 7 and this configuration is understood to remain unchanged.

There are some features which might not get incorporated into the update for Windows Phone 7. There are rumors that there will not be any more updates between the first NoDo Windows Phone 7 and the present update. There are still other analysts who believe that Microsoft will not forgo the NoDo updates completely but will go for an interim update between NoDo and Mango.

There are also reports that the Mango update will bring for third party apps, multitasking support. Furthermore Twitter will supposedly get integrated directly into the People Hub on the phones. Whatever be the case, the final picture of the update will become clear only once the product gets launched by mid September.

Windows® Phone 7 update

It is true that nowadays most of the people who are going for purchasing phones whether it is Nokia or Samsung, they always want the phone to have the most updated hardware and along with that the OS would be updated too. In several cases it was seen that most of the phones manufactured by Nokia were actually being run by the Symbian OS. This was a major problem with the phones because then most of the phones did not support applications and stuffs, which could be done over the computer and on the Internet. This problem was solved by the sudden movement of the introduction of the Windows Phone 7 OS, which made them a powerful gadget.

Most of the people who missed things like instant webpage development and HTML support in their phones were now stunned to find the difference in the speed and managing capabilities of the new phones, which were available in the market with the new Windows updates. However, this fact is absolutely true that only ninety percent Windows Phone 7-based mobiles are updating fine while others are facing issues regarding the updating.

In most cases it was seen that these phones which supported the Windows Phone OS had several new applications like the background web applications which were to be hiding when not in use. However, they provided all the current notifications and they supported several applications as well. The constant running of the background applications supported instant caching of the web pages and instant loading as well.

Besides, there were several other updates which were included in the phones that were the usage of the social networking sites. Another great feature of most of the phones supporting Windows Phone was the updated versions of the Internet Explorer, which provided HTML support. Updating problems persist in 10 percent of the phones. But it is good to know that the problem won’t last for long and steps are being taken to fix the issues as soon as possible.

Windows® Phone 7 update may be delayed

Microsoft is facing issues related to their Windows Phone 7 operating system for mobile phones. Although, Microsoft is regarded as the inventor of tablets, with their very early presentations and offerings, many, many years ago, when neither Apple nor any other known international player had even thought of tablets, Microsoft appears nowhere near staging a comeback or providing an alternative to any of the competition, as of today.

With Apple, RIM, HTC, Sony and other companies, making waves in this area, Microsoft is still struggling with their new Windows Phone 7 platform. Although, Microsoft has had a history of major and stable re-entries into the markets, years after competition launched their products and platforms, in gaining world supremacy also, the smartphone platform is doing its rounds with bugs and fixes.

Over the last couple of months, Microsoft had appeared to a strong contender with their Windows Phone 7 platform, to take on the competition, starting from the CES 2011 and into the MWC 2011. However, problems faced by Microsoft on the Samsung smartphones, with their updates not performing, rather even making the Samsung smartphones not usable after the updates, have raised many eyebrows. The next blow came with the update to the Samsung problem, not working.

In February, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, had made various announcements regarding performance enhancement and the introduction of the cut-and-paste functionality, updates to the Windows Phone 7 platform, arriving by early March. The buzz in the market vide unconfirmed news items is that the updates have been delayed and could arrive somewhere around March 21st. After the introduction of Windows Phone 7-based devices in the US early November, Microsoft has yet to update basic functionality improvements, multitasking features and various other enhancements, including some like HTML 5 support.

In fact, multitasking feature in the operating system, probably codenamed “Mango”, insider reports claim may not be ready until early / mid 2012. All said and done, the Windows Phone 7 CDMA options also have not seen the light of day yet. Even with all these problems at the fore, user opinion of the Windows Phone 7 platform is good. Most users are very comfortable with the product, and generally seem to appreciate the social networking integration aspects and other simple Windows features existing.

With the Windows Phone 7 feature updates getting delayed further, and with rumors of the Microsoft Nokia collaboration agreements, reaching unforeseen levels and Nokia waiting for crucial feature enhancements, the Nokia – Microsoft venture is not expected to see the light of day with products in the market anywhere before mid 2012.

Update for Microsoft® Windows® Phone 7

Microsoft is in the process of releasing an update for its Windows Phone 7 operating system for mobile phones. This update is scheduled to provide functionality of copy and paste, performance enhancement, search improvement, and lots more. Some people are stating that the carriers and handset makers are responsible for the delay in the release of the update. However, let us hope that the updated Windows Phone 7 operating system will be released on the scheduled date as announced by the authorities.

Developer are ready to receive the updated Windows Phone 7 software kit (SDK) which will permit them to prepare the applications with regards the first update of Windows Phone 7 (WP7) which is being termed as “NoDo”. The “NoDo” update will be adding performance tweaks, copy and paste, searching for improved marketplace and other updates of minor nature to Windows Phone 7. “NoDo” primarily termed as the “January Update” by Microsoft is now is expected now in the early part of February. It is likely to be released very shortly as briefed by a spokesperson to the people of press and media personnel. Windows Phone 7 (WP7) succeeds the Windows Mobile range of operating systems from Microsoft. It is now widely used in smart phones.

Microsoft® releases update to stop AutoRun

Microsoft has launched an update for the AutoRun feature. The company is now pushing the update to Windows Vista and Windows XP users automatically.

When Microsoft had first deployed the update on the 8th of February, it said the patch would be offered as an optional download. For retrieving it, users had to manually checkmark the “KB971029” update in the “Software, Optional” section of Windows Update in Windows XP or Windows Vista, which can be found under the option “Important.”

In Windows XP, users now see the AutoRun fix under the “High-priority updates” label, and the patch is pre-checked so that it downloads and installs without involving any user action. The “High-priority updates” section under the XP Windows Update is the exact location wherein security-related patches appear.

Both Conficker, an infection that spread a couple of years ago, and the worm Stuxnet, had used AutoRun and Flash drives to infect Windows-based PCs. To lump automatic implementation of files on a USB drive, Microsoft changed AutoRun’s behavior in Windows and first backported the modifications to Windows Vista and Windows XP in August 2009. When the update is in place, Flash drives inserted into a PC running Windows Vista or Windows XP not offering the choice to run programs, as the AutoRun extinction does not affect DVDs or CDs. Microsoft confirmed the update reset, and further said that it altered the delivery process for minimizing the user interaction required to install the updates on systems configured for automatic updating.

Microsoft also noted that the update breaks the functionality of some USB drives. Microsoft warned in a security advisory that users who install this update would no longer receive a set-up message that prompts them to install programs that are delivered by USB Flash drives, and they would have to manually install the software. To disable the update’s changes and revert to Windows XP and Windows Vista default settings, users can run the ‘Enable Autorun’ tool found on the support site of Microsoft.

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