Adobe has released a new version of both Adobe Reader and Acrobat, which addresses a critical security issue where the program can crash and allow an attacker to take control of the system. This is important for some users, since they may have the reader and accompanied Internet plugin installed for use with Firefox and other browsers that do not use Apple's built-in PDF rendering.… Read more
Do you have an old PC that you want to "donate" to your children? Or are you looking for a way for them to use your PC without messing things up? Kiddix might just be the answer: It's a Linux-based operating system with a child-friendly interface, software, and loads of parental controls.
Normally, Kiddix costs $50, but between now and the end of the Wednesday, June 30, you can pay what you want for Kiddix.
All you do to get the deal is provide a name and e-mail address, enter the amount you want to pay, and … Read more
When OS X performs some system tasks that take a little while to complete, the system will present a progress window or similar notification to keep the user informed of what is going on. This includes tasks like mounting disk images, copying files, burning discs, or emptying the trash. Despite the convenience of these notifications, there may be times when they hang up and prevent the user from interacting with the system and doing things like restarting.… Read more
Apple's new iOS 4 for its mobile devices contains a number of new features, and is recommended by Apple for all iPhone and iPod Touch users; however, a number of people have reported a few problems with the upgrade. These problems include the install not completing, along with long and stalled backups.
CNET Editor Lance Whitney has outlined some of these problems, and provides a small step-by-step procedure for preparing your system before upgrading your devices to iOS 4, which can help prevent these problems from occuring. If you are already experiencing problems after updating, you ay try restoring … Read more
While Apple cruises to new sales records with its latest iPhone family member, some users are finding the iPhone 4 to be more like the drunk uncle than the cool aunt, citing, among other glitches, proximity sensor issues when attempting to make calls.
How deep is the issue? On the Apple support discussion forums, it's 20 pages deep. And counting. Details of the issue vary throughout the forum posts, but essentially, the proximity sensor (the one that shuts down the screen functionality when your iPhone is close to your face or in your pocket) seems to be malfunctioning.
Some … Read more
Are you still having trouble trying to upgrade your iPhone or iPod Touch to Apple's new iOS 4? If so, here's a workaround that could help.
After Apple released iOS 4 on June 21, a small but significant number of folks anxious to upgrade started reporting various issues from long download times to error messages to backups that never seemed to finish. In my corner, I tried several times to update my iPod Touch 2G by following the standard steps, but without any success.
Each time I triggered the update, the software would start to back up my … Read more
iPhone 4 users who have run into reception issues by holding their devices "the wrong way" could see a more feasible solution from Apple very soon.
An iOS 4.0.1 software fix is in the works and may arrive as early as Monday, according to AppleInsider. Users of Apple's tech support forums reported seeing comments from Apple reps confirming that an iOS 4.0.1 update fix would ship early this week, though those comments and related discussions have since been removed.
Around the time the iPhone 4 was first released last week, users started flooding the Internet with complaints that holding the phone a certain way weakened or even cut off its reception, causing calls to drop. People quickly discovered that gripping the iPhone in their left hands interfered with the antenna band that runs around the unit, thereby strangling the signal.… Read more
Following the new iPhone's release last week and the availability of iOS4 for other mobile devices, Apple has updated a number of knowledgebase articles that specifically troubleshoot the usability of devices running the new OS. These include errors in receiving MMS messages, inability to connect to data networks, managing accessories, and dealing with multimedia files created on the iOS devices.… Read more
A few reports are surfacing that claim the current reception problem with the iPhone 4 could be an issue with the phone's OS software instead of the phone's construction.
Similar to the recent videos showing the grip on the iPhone 4 resulting in signal loss, others have released videos showing the same things happening on older models after having upgraded to iOS 4. This indicates the problem is in the operating system instead of the phone's hardware, which is promising for people who have been impacted by the reception issue.… Read more