Windows 8.1 Update 1 is set for release this spring, and a new leaked build shows users what they can expect from the upcoming edition of Microsoft’s operating system. New features include the ability to pin Metro apps to the Taskbar, new Start Screen buttons for mouse and keyboard users, and a more traditional way to manage full screen Metro apps.
Microsoft on Wednesday announced its plans for the first major updates for the Xbox One console. The traditional Xbox Spring Update will be divided into two parts, with releases on February 11th and March 4th, and include new features such as USB keyboard support and a rearranged Dashboard interface.
Adobe on Tuesday issued a critical update to its Flash Player software to address a zero-day vulnerability that reportedly allowed hackers to completely take over a compromised system. All versions of Flash prior to the latest update are vulnerable, and Adobe urges all users to install the latest version as soon as possible.
Apple on Wednesday released iTunes 11.1.4 for OS X and Windows. The update brings a number of security and stability improvements, improved support for Arabic and Hebrew, and a new feature that reportedly lets users access their iTunes Store Wish List while browsing their local library.
Alongside the launch of the new Mac Pro, Apple early Thursday released a major update to Final Cut Pro X, enabling the application to take advantage of the new hardware in Apple’s flagship desktop, as well as bringing new features such as 4K content, support for Thunderbolt 2, and new unified project and event libraries.
Apple on Monday released the OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 update to the public. The free update brings fixes for Gmail integration, iLife, Safari, and VoiceOver, along with other fixes and enhancements. There is also a separate update for owners of the Late 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina Display. OS X 10.9.1 can be downloaded now from Apple’s support site or via Software Update in the Mac App Store.
Most PC users are focused on the end of support for Windows XP, set for April 2014. But Microsoft has started to plan for the death of Windows 7, and those looking to choose their long-term operating system should be aware of some important dates.
Apple continued its string of updates on Thursday with the release of iOS 7.0.4. The free update is available now and addresses issues related to failed FaceTime calls in addition to a number of unspecified bug fixes and performance improvements.
Apple on Thursday released the iOS 7 update for its iBooks app. The new design brings no new functionality, but updates every graphical element of the app to match the slick, flat design of the rest of the company’s latest mobile operating system.
Apple on Thursday released an important update to the Mail app in OS X Mavericks that addresses several issues related to how mail handles Gmail accounts. All Gmail users are urged to update in order to restore proper functionality with Apple Mail.