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Windows 8.1 update reportedly hits final stage

The "spring" update to Windows 8.1 is purportedly now in the hands of PC and tablet makers.

Microsoft has signed off on the update and moved it into the RTM (release-to-manufacturing) stage, The Verge said on Tuesday, citing "sources familiar with Microsoft's plans." A similar tidbit was served by Russian leaker Wzor, who tweeted that the Windows 8.1 spring update was signed off by Microsoft on February 26 and is now final.

The update has begun to reach device makers to test and install on their products, The Verge added. Windows 8.1 … Read more

Apple CarPlay ready for the road ahead

CNET Update lets Siri take the wheel:

In this episode of Update:

- Get a glimpse of how Apple CarPlay will work in upcoming vehicles. It only will work when an iPhone 5, 5C or 5S is plugged into the car. The first manufacturers to offer the capability include Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo.

- Score $500 worth of free apps and subscription services when you buy the new Samsung Galaxy S5, arriving April 11.

- If you still use Windows XP, don't be surprised to see pop-ups from Microsoft nagging you to upgrade starting this Saturday. … Read more

Capture every moment with wearable cameras

CNET Update keeps track of it all:

In this episode of Update:

- Sony's Lifelog wearable camera could track your life. But for now, Sony is just pushing its Smartband and Lifelog app.

- Snap a photo from every minute of your life with the Narrative Clip. (CNET is putting this wearable camera to the test, so stay tuned for a review.)

- Track your dog's activity and sleep patterns with the Whistle, a wireless coin-like device that attaches to a collar.

- There can be more uses for a fitness tracker than gathering health data. Engineers at … Read more

Windows 8.1 update said to arrive when XP ends

April 8 is the day support for XP ends. Though it may be cold comfort for XP users, it may also be the day that Microsoft updates Windows 8.1.

Early April is shaping up to be a watershed of sorts for Windows users. At the same time that support for Windows XP is ending, the Windows 8.1 update is arriving to the general public, according to Neowin, citing a tweet from Supersite for Windows.

That date was also suggested earlier this month.

And April 8 is also the day for Microsoft's "Patch Tuesday," when it … Read more

Boeing to sell self-destructing smartphones

CNET Update is covering up:

In this episode of Update:

- Mess with Boeing's "Black" smartphone and it will erase all data. But you won't be able to buy this spy-worthy phone in stores.

- Time to cover those webcams. The Guardian reports government agencies tapped into 1.8 million Yahoo users' webcams to secretly snap photos.

- Say goodbye to some online gameplay features in Nintendo's Wii, DS and DSi.

- Get real-time coaching feedback from a new fitness tracker called the Moov. The company is raising money to launch it this summer.

CNET … Read more

To avoid Android pitfalls, Mozilla shoulders Firefox OS update burden

BARCELONA, Spain -- Mozilla will take over some responsibility for issuing Firefox OS updates that carriers today have, a move that could help users avoid the fate of Android phone owners saddled with older operating system versions.

"We are pushing that envelope," Chief Technology Officer Brendan Eich told CNET. "We think we can get people on Wi-Fi upgrading through Mozilla."

That would mean a person could step into an Internet cafe then update the software as soon as Mozilla releases a new version or security fix, rather than waiting for a handset maker to build, test, … Read more

Apple patches major security bug for Macs

CNET Update is patching holes:

In this episode of Update:

- Update your Mac and any iOS devices to patch the serious "goto fail" security flaw.

- Check out Samsung's Gamepad accessory for Android phones, coming later this year for about $80.

- Keep track of kids and pets with the I'm Tracer GPS bracelet.

- Get ready for your Facebook News Feed to show posts from pages you don't follow.

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch Bridget Carey every afternoon for a breakdown of the big stories, … Read more

Unique smartphones boast encryption, e-ink

CNET Update explores the quirky side of smartphones:

These are not your typical smartphones. In this episode of Update, learn about new smartphones that stand out with unique features, including:

- The Blackphone, made by Geeksphone in Switzerland, which encrypts calls, texts and data. It's arriving in June for $630.

- Panasonic's rugged Toughpad, designed for tough jobs that may involve barcode scanning.

- BlackBerry's upcoming Q20, which goes back to basics with a trackpad. It's also selling the Z3, a sub-$200 all-touchscreen phone that will be sold in emerging markets.

- The dual-screen YotaPhoneRead more

Apple releases OS X 10.9.2, security updates for prior versions

Apple has releases OS X 10.9.2 for people running OS X Mavericks, and a couple of security updates for those running Lion and Mountain Lion.

These updates are important ones because they address a number of security bugs, including the recent SSL/TSL vulnerability that could allow an attacker to intercept secure connection data on a local network.

The 10.9.2 update also adds a few new features to Apple's FaceTime and iMessage services in OS X, allowing you to now make and receive FaceTime audio calls, use call waiting for FaceTime, and also block incoming … Read more

Samsung reveals Galaxy S5 with new wearables

CNET Update checks for a pulse:

In this episode of Update, get a quick summary of Samsung's new smartphone and wearable accessories. The Samsung Galaxy S5 includes a fingerprint scanner on the home button, similar to its nemesis, the iPhone 5S. But it also is water-resistant with a heart-rate monitor and improved camera.

Those looking for a hybrid between a fitness-tracker and a smartwatch will be intrigued by the Gear Fit. It does more than count steps: the curved screen shows the time and it can measure pulse with a heart-rate sensor on the inside.

Samsung also revealed the … Read more