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Windows 10 update is stuffed again

turkey_with_apples_-_croppedrszSoftware King of the World Microsoft has packed off another Windows 10 update which broke some users’ PCs.

Update KB3194496, is not installing correctly and when it fails some machines are forced to restart, often multiple times. Apparently this is because  Windows 10 has problems getting rid of the failed update. Worse, after a restart, the file will attempt to install again resulting in the loop of failed install, reboot, re-install and failure again.

Oddly the cumulative update did install correctly on the second or third attempt while others have said that it fails every time.

What is also weird is that the bug was reported before the update was released, but for some reason Vole issued it anyway.  It does not bode well for Windows 10, which Vole sells on the basis that its updates are really important and all you every need to think about. Obviously if they tigger your system, you are going to be thinking about them for a long time.

Samsung issues software upgrade for “not so magnificent” Note 7

The-Magnificent-Seven-2016-Full-Movie-Watch-OnlineSamsung will start a software upgrade next week to limit the battery charging cap of Galaxy Note 7 to 60 percent which is designed to stop explosions.

The Over-the-Air (OTA) software upgrade will commence on September 20, 10 am in South Korea and it is not really going to solve the battery problem. It is more designed to prevent the not so magnificent seven exploding when users ignore warnings to turn the thing off.

Samsung wants users to return the phone so they can put in a new battery. When the battery overcharges it is more likely to explode, so the software update prevents that. Of course it makes the phone less useful, but it is better being less useful than turning the user into a suicide bomber.

Samsung is in talks with telcos from nine other countries where the phablet is available to deploy a similar software upgrade.

Galaxy Note 7 has a battery capacity of 3,500 mAh, but the forced upgrade will enforce it to 2,100 mAh.

The measure is meant to protect people who are still using the Note 7 despite recommendation to halt use.

When the exchange starts on September 19 in South Korea, the tech giant will also offer to pay parts of the data fee.

Last week, the US government asked owners of Note 7s to immediately power down the phones and halt use.

Windows 10 automatic updates break Nvidia drivers

nvidiaMicrosoft’s moves to make updates compulsory for home users appears to be breaking Nvidia’s graphics drivers.

Comments on the GeForce community forum feature disgruntled Nvidia users for the last week and a half voicing their anger and it is expected that similar problems will happen elsewhere on the world wide wibble.

People are experiencing random crashes after the update has installed, while others have problems with multi-monitor setups.

Some games — including Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 — suffer with graphics problems, and some users have found themselves thrown into recovery mode.

Nvidia driver updates are handled not only by Windows Update, but also by Nvidia’s own update tool. If their databases are not in sync, each could believe it has the most recent version of the driver, resulting in an upgrade loop.

Given Windows 10 updates cannot be stopped, the most obvious solution is to uninstall third-party driver management and hand it all over to Windows Update to avoid clashes.

However Microsoft has suggested that anyone who forcibly stopped any Windows 10 updates would eventually have their security updates cut off.

What this means is that Microsoft is going to have to develop a better system of working with updates with its suppliers or else the whole system is going to collapse fast.

Microsoft forces updates on home users

windows-10-start-menu-customised-live-tilesSoftware king of the world Microsoft has had enough of people not updating their home computers.

Now on Windows 10 it is forcing updates on them whether they want them or not.

The company has confirmed that comsumer users of Windows 10 will have to agree to receive system updates automatically as part of the terms and conditions.

Automatic updating was the default behaviour in past versions of Windows, but now the updates will just happen in the background. Business users and IT departments will still have the option of disabling that.

Microsoft is clearly trying to work out a way to avoid Windows XP ever happening again, where no one upgraded anything for a decade. Microsoft tried to end support for the now-ancient operating system but had to push the date back because there were still so many instances of XP running.

Upgrades to Windows 8 have been sluggish. In fact, most Windows users are still on Windows 7, although that is mostly because Windows 8 was so rubbish.

Microsoft hasn’t mentioned if the update scheme will be improved at all in Windows 10. One of the reasons everyone shut off automatic updates is that they get hacked off having to restart when they are in the middle of doing something more important.

If Microsoft starts forcing everyone to restart constantly with no way to opt out, it might have some cross punters on its hands, particularly if the updates break a few computers like they have in the past.

Apple can't run a simple update

Angry users of Apple’s TV product are furious that the outfit’s superior networking technology cannot manage to carry out a simple update.

Apple’s TV user forums are packed to the gunnels with people who have not been able to run the update for a couple of weeks.

The update was vital to some users who were experiencing Apple’s infamous Green Screen of Death, which is like Microsoft’s blue screen of death – only being green is far superior and a tribute to Steve Jobs’ genius.

Victims of Apple’s customer service have been told by Apple’s support desk that there is a problem with the servers which are supposed to be organising the update.

However as one angry Apple user pointed out to TechEye after a week and a half trying to fix a problem it is fairly clear that Jobs’ Mob does not know what it is doing.

“This level of networking ineptitude does not bode well for Apple’s iCloud. If Apple can’t manage its servers to run a simple update, how is it going to do the serious stuff,” he moaned.

Officially Apple is refusing to admit that there is a problem. Which is driving more of its customers insane.

One user said that he was furious that Apple would not even admit that there was an issue which made it really hard to find out that there was even a problem,

“I had to search and dig before finding out about this. I called tech support about a week ago, but they would not specifically tell me what the problem was, but to just check the update in a few days to see if it was working,” he said.

He pointed out that he works as a DBA, and if he ever tried to pull that line on his customers, he would be hung out to dry. 

Sony kills older PS3s with update

Owning a PS3 is fast becoming an albatross around user’s heads.

So far, Sony has allowed hackers to take credit card details and personal data and has turned off the network for a month. Now, it seems, in a desperate bid to stop them installing Linux onto their systems, the Japanese outfit is causing its punter’s machines to overheat.

Firmware update 3.61 for the PS3 has created a big problem for older consoles. If you have a 60GB model, the warranty is gone, and the update appears to cause your machine to die by overheating.

The news comes from Rockstar which is cross that people are complaining that its new game, LA Noire, is killing their machines. It insists that it is not Rockstar’s fault.

Initially Rockstar released a statement to this effect and then retracted it.

The original statement said that it had received some reports of PS3s overheating while playing L.A. Noire or beeping three times before shutting down or turning themselves off, mostly on older 60GB and 80GB fat models.

The statement said that updating to firmware 3.61 will cause PlayStations to overheat.

There have been various reports of this on a few different games now, all reporting their PS3s turning off or ‘Red Lighting’ after having installed 3.61.

It claimed that it had confirmed locally that multiple games overheat or freeze only when 3.61 is installed.

Obviously you can’t release a statement like that based on limited R&D, which is why Rockstar pulled it. But it does look like it is the case.

Sony has not made any statement on the meltdown of older machines.

We expect owners to point out the same sorts of problems had with Microsoft’s Xbox. The Red Ring is a fact of life for many.

After all, your favourite company’s failings are always seen in perspective of some rival’s. 

Hacked version of Android allows updates

Android users, who are fed up with waiting for their phone maker, or wireless telco,  to upgrade to later versions of the operating system, can avoid waiting by installing a new hack.

One of the biggest problems for Android users is that phone makers have been dragging their feet allowing older models to upgrade to newer versions of the OS.

CyanogenMod has released another version of its Android OS ROM, CyanogenMod version 7.0.

The software replaces the stock ROM which comes with your phone with a new one. This is a tweaked versions of an OS which contains firmware upgrades that come out faster than official updates from the makers of the OS.

All a user has to do is gain root access to the phone, and run the custom ROM on your phone using an app like ROM Manager.

It works on more than 30 devices including the Barnes and Noble Nook Colour and the G-Tablet.

It is available free here

Installing the software allows you to update the keyboard and texting tools. Gone are the days of problems with selecting text for cut and pasting, apparently. You also have more detailed reports on battery use by app. There are also some minor updates including a list of all the apps you’ve downloaded and an update to the camera app which makes it easier to switch between cameras.

As you would expect, the mod provides access to Gingerbread’s better features, including tools for CPU clocking and the ability to install more apps to your phone’s SD card. There are some improvements with the music-playing software that allows you to use the camera button to pause.

What this should be warning hardware makers is that if they don’t pull finger and upgrade the Android fast enough, then someone “out there” will do it for them. 

IDC claims that Windows Phone 7 is doing OK

Beancounters at IDC, down under, have come to the conclusion that Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 operating system is doing rather well.

Despite the fact that Microsoft has been cagey about the numbers of phones running its operating system, which is a bad sign, IDC sees a rosy future for it.

In a report IDC claimed that Windows Phone 7 had a “stronger start” than Google’s Android.

By tracking mobile phone sales on a quarterly basis, IDC said that Windows Phone 7, which went on sale on 20 October, snagged a 4.4 percent share for the quarter.

Nokia’s Symbian maintained first place with a 32.2 percent share, followed by Apple’s iOS with 30.3 percent and Android with a quarter of the market.

IDC telecommunications analyst Mark Novosel said that WP7 has had a strong start, given the short time it’s been in the market and the strong growth from Android, Apple and large increase by Symbian in Q4.

He pointed out that a 4.4 percent share in the launch quarter was a very promising start.

It took Google more than 18 months to get its Android platform taken seriously.

WP7 has certainly had a stronger start than Android did, although it’s coming into the market with a lot more competition than when Android launched, Novosel said.

It will still be Android that is the market leader possibly as early as the end of this month.

Looking at Novosel’s comments it is fairly clear that he is a WP7 user.

He said that “one thing I particularly like about WP7 is the email experience”.

Novosel said it’s very intuitive, to select multiple messages you just touch at the left of the email and it brings up the multi-select option; emails are displayed nicely.

One thing we have noticed about smartphones is the need for users to evangelise their choices.

However he might be right. With Vole’s deal with Nokia all signed and sealed, and the rubber boot maker walking away from Symbian, it is too early to write Microsoft off. 

Microsoft updates Windows Phone 7 at last

Microsoft’s much awaited update to its Windows Phone 7 software is starting to be pushed to punters and since they are a nice couple they told us about it.

This update brings the much awaited cut and paste facility to the phone but it also promises optimised performance for software, a better Marketplace and other performance tweaks and stability improvements.

The copy/paste feature is found in a contextual menu that can be opened by tapping a word and then dragging handlebars. You can also tap -and-hold the handlebars to bring up the menu. Pasting is done on the text suggestion bar.

There are improvements to Marketplace search. Vole tells us that it can now handle large downloads without going unstable.

It can also handle photo attachments from non-Exchange accounts and the iPhone in a better way. In the case of an iPhone it emails the sender to tell them to get a life and a better bit of technology much cheaper. Actually we made that up.

Microsoft has put the phone’s Media Access Control (MAC) address in Settings and removed the limit on the number of Wi-Fi profiles that you can store. It has also cut the time it takes to start your phone if you’ve stored lots of Wi-Fi profiles.

There is also better Facebook integration and improved stability in the switching between camera and video modes.

Vole will continue to update the Windows Phone 7 later this year. Dubbed the Mango update, it will provide an IE9-based web engine which will bring HTML5, multitasking, and integration with Kinect games and it won’t be a Prickly Pear.

Google launches Android 3.0 Honeycomb preview video

Google has launched a preview video showcasing Android 3.0, dubbed Honeycomb, particularly highlighting its tablet features.

The first thing that’s made obvious in the video is that the version number will indeed by 3.0, not 2.4 as some have suggested. The reason the 2.4 suggestion gained traction was because almost everyone expected Gingerbread to be 3.0, not 2.3, so we guess people were being a bit cautious about Honeycomb.

The second thing that’s made evident early on is that Honeycomb is, as the video states, “built entirely for tablets”. Android already works on tablets, but it was never designed for them, so this is Google’s first real attempt to cater for the tablet market, which is set to boom big-time this year.

The homescreen looks very different and much more suitable for a larger screen. Each screen is divided up into multiple blocks that will be automatically rearranged to suit either a smartphone or tablet. The same features and information are available, but instead of seeing a blown-up version of the smartphone screen it looks like it was designed literally for tablets.

The user interface in general also looks much snappier, which is likely to make the user experience much more up to par to Apple’s offering, a criticism that has been levelled at Android in the past. In fact, it looks so snazzy that we may see users removing their popular UI overlays, like HTC’s Sense or Motorola’s Motoblur.

We’ll also see a number of other tablet-optimised features, including an updated web browser, new ebook app, altered gmail app, redesigned Youtube, Google Talk and Google Maps, all of which look really promising.

It’s not clear how all of this will look on smartphones or if there will be any real difference there, but for Android tablet owners Honeycomb is looking like it will be a real treat.