Apple Releases iOS 15.4.1 With Fix for Battery Drain Issue

Mar 31, 2022 - 6:46 PM - by Reverend
Apple today released iOS 15.4.1 and iPadOS 15.4.1, minor updates to the iOS and iPadOS 15 operating systems that were released in September. iOS 15.4.1 and iPadOS 15.4.1 come two weeks after the launch of iOS 15.4.

The iOS 15.4.1 and iPadOS 15.4.1 updates can be downloaded for free and the software is available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the new software, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

According to Apple's release notes, the update fixes an issue that could cause the battery to drain more quickly than expected after updating to iOS 15.4. It also includes fixes for Made for iPhone hearing devices and Braille devices.

This update includes the following bug fixes for your iPhone:
  • Battery may drain more quickly than expected after updating to iOS 15.4
  • Braille devices may become unresponsive while navigating text or displaying an alert
  • Made for iPhone hearing devices may lose connection within some third-party apps

iOS and iPadOS 15.4.1 fix an AppleAVD issue that could allow an application to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges. Apple says this exploit may have been actively exploited, so it is a good idea for all users to update as soon as possible.

Apple has also released new tvOS 15.4.1, HomePod 15.4.1, and watchOS 8.5.1 updates to go alongside the iOS 15.4.1 update.

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WhatsApp is getting better voice messages in the next few weeks

Mar 31, 2022 - 6:43 PM - by Reverend
WhatsApp announced on Wednesday that it will roll out some improvements to voice messages over the coming weeks, including the ability to listen to a message while reading other chats and play messages at 1.5 or 2 times speed.

The experience of recording messages is also improving. WhatsApp now lets you pause and resume your recording, so you don’t have to leave large gaps of silence if you’re thinking of what to say next or redo a recording if you need to have a brief conversation in real life. You’ll also be able to listen to a message before you send it to make sure you didn’t accidentally get cut off or include something you didn’t want to.

There’s also a slight aesthetic improvement. Instead of just using a line to show your voice message playback progress, WhatsApp will now use a waveform of the actual message. Plus, WhatsApp can remember where you were when you paused playback and let you start playing back from that point again so you don’t have to re-listen to an entire message.

These improvements will likely get a lot of use — WhatsApp says that users send an average of 7 billion voice chats a day.

The Verge
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Google Chrome users urged to update immediately or risk attack

Mar 28, 2022 - 5:41 PM - by Reverend
Google has advised Chrome users to update the web browser to the latest version in order to avoid being targeted by cybercriminals.

Late last week, the company released Chrome 99.0.4844.84 for Windows, Mac, and Linux, which fixes a high severity zero-day vulnerability that allows for remote code execution.

In an advisory published alongside the update, the company explained that the issue has already been abused in real-life scenarios. "Google is aware that an exploit for CVE-2022-1096 exists in the wild," wrote the firm.

Tracked as CVE-2022-1096, the Google Chrome vulnerability is described as a confusion weakness in the Chrome V8 JavaScript engine.

It allows an attacker to crash the browser and execute arbitrary code, which means it could be abused for a denial of service attacks or to infect devices with malware and ransomware.

Because the flaw is being abused in the wild, Google is deliberately withholding additional information until users are able to patch up their systems.

"Access to bug details and links may be kept restricted until a majority of users are updated with a fix," Google said. "We will also retain restrictions if the bug exists in a third-party library that other projects similarly depend on, but haven't yet fixed."

The fix is already out, but it could take weeks before it reaches each and every Chrome user, Google says. Anyone looking to check whether their client has updated automatically can do so via Chrome Menu > Help > About Google Chrome, which leads to a page that reveals the current version number and lists any available updates.

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Apple may be developing 15-inch MacBook Air, display analyst says

Mar 25, 2022 - 8:02 PM - by Reverend
Apple may release a new 15-inch MacBook Air in 2023, as well as refresh the 13-inch MacBook Air and some type of 12-inch iPad model, according to display analysts.

The new 15-inch MacBook Air model would join the existing MacBook Air, which could also receive some type of display size bump, according to analyst Ross Young of Display Supply Chain Consultants. The information was provided in the company's quarterly display analysis report.

It isn't clear what the specific plans are for the 13-inch MacBook Air. Apple could reduce the bezel size and allow the device's display to measure closer to 14 inches like current MacBook Pro models.

Along with the MacBook Air predictions, Young also believes Apple is developing a larger 10-inch iPad model. The base model iPad currently has a 10.2-inch display when measured on the diagonal, but reducing the bezel size could bring the device's screen size up to 10.9 inches like the iPad Air.

Young has an excellent track record of reporting accurate information regarding Apple's display technologies. According to the report, the new predictions are based on interviews of brands, panel suppliers, equipment manufacturers, and others in the display industry.

This is not the first mention of a 15-inch MacBook Air. Internal emails penned by late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs indicate that the Cupertino tech giant was at least considering a 15-inch MacBook Air model in 2015. Apple, of course, did not follow through with those plans.

According to the latest rumors, Apple may not release a refresh of its current MacBook Air devices until later in 2022.

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Windows 11 gets a new desktop watermark on unsupported hardware

Mar 21, 2022 - 7:15 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft is pushing ahead with plans to warn Windows 11 users that have installed the operating system on unsupported hardware. In a new update to Windows 11, a watermark has appeared on the desktop wallpaper for unsupported systems, alongside a similar warning in the landing page of the settings app.

Microsoft had been testing these changes last month, but they’re now rolling out to Release Preview just ahead of a full release to all Windows 11 users in the coming days. While Microsoft doesn’t mention the addition of a watermark in its “improvements” list for this update, testers have noticed it’s included.

If Windows 11 is running on unsupported hardware, a new desktop watermark will state “System requirements not met. Go to settings to learn more.” It’s similar, but far less prominent, to the semi-transparent watermark that appears in Windows if you haven’t activated the OS.

It’s been possible to bypass Microsoft’s minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11 and install the operating system freely. The controversial hardware requirements mean Windows 11 only officially supports Intel 8th Gen Coffee Lake or Zen+ and Zen 2 CPUs and up, leaving millions of PCs behind. Anyone that has used the workaround will now start to see this warning in Windows 11.

Microsoft has used similar warnings for unactivated versions of Windows in the past, and restricts features like dark mode, personalization settings, and themes from being modified until a system is activated. Microsoft doesn’t appear to be experimenting with any similar feature restrictions, and the desktop watermark can likely be disabled with some registry changes.

The Verge
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iOS 15.4 arrives next week

Mar 10, 2022 - 8:32 PM - by Reverend
The latest operating system for iPhones will be available next week, Ars Technica has learned. iOS 15.4 will bring the ability to unlock your iPhone via facial recognition while wearing a mask, among other additions. We expect this to be the last major update to the OS before iOS 16.

iOS 15.4 entered beta in January, giving us a peek at new features. Apple didn't provide a specific release date for the OS but did say yesterday that the new green iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro will come with iOS 15.4 and will be available on March 18.

iOS 15.4 will allow you to unlock a phone with Face ID while wearing a face mask. The feature works by focusing on your eyes, and you can use it while wearing glasses (but not sunglasses). It also works to log in to apps and use Apple Pay. Having your phone's camera require a full view of your face for logins is still the safest way to ensure that Face ID isn't tricked, but being able to use your phone while keeping your mask on is more convenient.

Apple's latest version of iOS should also deliver more emoji. The new smiley faces and colorful characters bring the total up to 838 characters, which were finalized as Unicode 14.0 by the Unicode Consortium in September. New additions include "heart hands," "coral," "biting lip," "melting face," "pouring liquid," "low battery," "pregnant man," and "pregnant person."

Other features being rolled out include a new US English voice for Siri and, as detailed by The Verge, Apple Tap to Pay and a notification informing you if someone is using an Apple AirTag to track you unknowingly.

iOS 15.4 is expected to debut alongside iPad OS 15.4 and macOS 12.3.

Ars Technica
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