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BlackBerry Bridge updated to v2.0.0.30 - Fixes predictive text issues

If you're a BlackBerry PlayBook and smartphone owner you'll be happy to hear that BlackBerry Bridge has just received an update to v2.0.0.30. The change log is short on this one listing only a fix for predictive text issues on PlayBook OS 2.0.1, but I know some of you out there have been anxiously waiting for this to be resolved. Now, as we all know, a Bridge update is usually followed close behind by a PlayBook OS update but whether or not that's the case this time around, I guess time will tell. The update should be available for most of you in BlackBerry App World, but if not you can try refreshing with ALT+R,S,T or just sit tight and wait for it to be pushed to your device. More information/download BlackBerry's feed sponsored by BlackBerry Bridge updated to v2.0.0.30 - Fixes predictive text issues
BlackBerry Bridge updated to v2.0.0.30 - Fixes predictive text issues
Michelle Haag
Mon, 30 Apr 2012 23:57:26 GMT

Gigabit WiFi? 802.11ac router makes it possible, starting in May

Netgear is poised to be the first networking company with a next-generation router on the market—one that has been shown to reach speeds of up to 1.3 Gbps in the 5 GHz band. The company's new router is based on the as-yet-unratified 802.11ac standard, which is theoretically three times faster than the preceding 802.11n standard. The router, called the R6300, runs on a WiFi chip from Broadcom and uses a number of new techniques to achieve gigabit wireless speeds. First, the 802.11ac standard requires transmission of data in the 5 GHz band of spectrum, which is considerably less crowded than the 2.4 GHz band that older routers tend to use. The new router can combine its channels to access up to 80 MHz of bandwidth at once, and rather than transmitting data indiscriminately, it uses “beam forming” to maximize signal strength. At 2012's Consumer Electronics Show back in January, lots of networking companies showed off 802.11ac router prototypes (and even an 802.11ad prototype), bu…

RIM’s first BlackBerry 10 phone said to launch in October

Research In Motion may be planning to unveil its debut next-generation smartphone this summer, with a launch to follow in in the fall. N4BB on Wednesday reported that RIM currently intends to take the wraps off its first BlackBerry 10-powered smartphone by mid-August, and it plans to launch the handset in early or mid-October. BGR exclusively published RIM’s 2012 product roadmap this past January, and at that time we said the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone, code-named “BlackBerry London,” was scheduled to launch in late September or early October. N4BB also claims a QWERTY-equipped BlackBerry 10 device is expected to launch in the first quarter next year, again in line with a report from this past January, though the site claims the device might not feature a slider form factor. RIM is not likely to discuss specifics with regards to BlackBerry 10 devices or launch timing during the BlackBerry World conference next week, but the smartphone maker may share new details surrounding its pl…

Microsoft Releases Update to Office for Mac 2011 SP2 [Mac Blog]

Earlier this week, we noted that Microsoft had pulled its Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 2 from Microsoft AutoUpdate after users reported issues with Outlook database corruption. While the issues could be fixed and the update remained available for those looking to manually rebuild their databases and install the software, Microsoft opted to remove SP2 from AutoUpdate in order to protect those users who were unaware of the potential issues with the update.
Microsoft today announced that it has released an update to SP2, known as Microsoft Office 2011 14.2.1. This update is primarily preventative and targets those who have not yet installed SP2; however, whether you have or have not installed SP2, please run this update to bring your installation of Microsoft Office:Mac 2011 to the latest version.The downloads weighs in at 110 MB and requires a minimum of Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 1 (14.1.0).
Microsoft Releases Update to Office for Mac 2011 SP2 [Mac Blog]
Eric Slivka
Wed, 25 A…

Microsoft reportedly readying cross-platform streaming music service

Microsoft is reportedly preparing to unveil a new streaming music service at the annual E3 conference later this year. Citing unnamed sources, The Verge reports that the new streaming service will work across several platforms including Xbox, Windows 8, Windows Phone, iOS and Android, accessible through a native app or a web browser. Code-named “Woodstock,” the service is reportedly comparable to Spotify, potentially allowing users to stream unlimited music. The service will also seemingly feature deep Facebook integration and a “scan and match” cloud locker feature similar to iTunes Match. According to The Verge, the service will be part of a larger effort to shift away from Microsoft’s Zune brand. ReadMicrosoft reportedly readying cross-platform streaming music service
Zach Epstein
Wed, 25 Apr 2012 15:00:00 GMT

Microsoft Security Essentials: Microsoft’s Free Anti-virus Hits v4.0

Microsoft has released a new version of Microsoft Security Essentials, the free anti-virus/anti-malware program for Windows PCs. The MSE 4.0 release is available via the Microsoft Download Center and the MSE Web site and also made available to existing customers automatically through the Microsoft Update service. Interestingly, this version has been in beta since late 2011, and the last released version was 2.1. There is no indication of the need to skip v3 and the jump to v4; the latest build being 4.0.1526.0. The participants in the beta program who are subscribed to automatic updates will be upgraded to the final release of the latest version of Microsoft Security Essentials after they agree to a new license agreement. You can also do a manual upgrade from v2.1 or the beta release without uninstalling the previously installed version. Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home or small business PCs (up to 10)  that guards against viruses, spyware, and…

New Variant Of Flashback For Mac Attacks Again [Updates]

Flashback, the Mac OS X trojan we began reporting on months ago, just won’t go away in spite of numerous Apple updates designed to patch the Javascript security hole that Flashback was jumping through. The latest version, discovered on Monday by the Intego, has been labeled Flashback.S. It spreads using the same vulnerability as earlier versions, which means that it requires no password prompt to install itself on a targeted system. There’s a new trick, too – this variant will delete files in ~/Library/Caches/Java/cache to remove traces of the trojan and prevent the recovery of samples by security firms (a ruse that,
obviously, hasn’t worked). If you haven’t already updated your Mac (shame on you!), do so now. Apple’s updates to patch the flaw used by Flashback will work against this and all other know versions. The patch can be downloaded using the update service built in to OS X. You can also protect yourself by installing an antivirus. According to Intego, Flashback does not even at…

SkyDrive vs Google Drive vs Dropbox vs Apple iCloud- Comparison

With the release of Google drive, the cloud storage competition has become more intense. Microsoft’s SkyDrive had released a desktop version for Mac and Windows just before the release of Google Drive. There has also been discussions on privacy policy and terms of use of Google drive. Now as a user which cloud storage is good for you? Each one has its own advantages and improvement areas, so there isn’t one clear winner here. But Microsoft has put up a comparison chart for SkyDrive, iCloud, Dropbox and Google Drive. Since the comparison is from Microsoft, obviously the winner would be SkyDrive. Storage wise, SkyDrive is the best as it offers more GBs than others and is also priced lowest when compared to the market leader Dropbox. SkyDrive does not have an Android app, but you can check the alternatives here. So its now up to the users to decide on which is good for them. Thanks NeowinRelated posts: Download SkyDrive for WindowsGoogle Drive- ReviewEncrypt File on Dropbox, and…