Windows Phone 8 is officially ready for phablets. Microsoft made the announcement Monday that an update to its operating system for mobile phones -- titled Windows Phone 8 Update 3 (in classically unimaginative Microsoft fashion) -- will now work on devices with screen sizes in the 5-inch-to-7-inch range.
In addition to scaling the OS for a larger screen, Windows Phone Update 3 will work for 1080p HD resolutions, the current favorite on big-screen smartphones.
Rounding out newfound hardware support is compatibility with quad-core processors, specifically Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 workhorse. And there's very little besides.
Without a lot of fanfare, Instagram updated both its Android and iOS apps on Thursday. The updates bring new video features to both apps and add photo straightening to the Android app -- something the iOS app had for months.
Besides getting photo straightening, the Android app also has been updated with "new sound and data usage controls for Instagram videos." The same goes … Read more
This is one feature many users will welcome, but for others it's something they'll want to keep off. Automatic software updates are convenient in that you don't have to keep tabs on when new software is available and remember to install it. But this can pose a problem when new software doesn't work as it should, which recently happened with Apple and the Apple TV. After the most recent update many users were complaining of a bricked device, so the update was pulled until Apple could resolve the issues.
With that in mind, you'll want … Read more
The permanent patch is for an exploit known as CVE-2013-3893, which had the capability to work its way into all supported versions of Internet Explorer. Microsoft announced the existence of the vulnerability in September and released a downloadable "Fix It" tool until the permanent patch was ready.
"The most severe vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a customer views a specially crafted webpage using Internet Explorer," Microsoft'… Read more