We know it’s difficult to keep up with all of the latest technology news. If you don’t have enough time to browse the feeds regularly – even hourly – it can be extremely difficult to find out about important developments that may have a profound impact on the daily use of the devices.
To fill the information gap, we have put together brief explanations of some of the most remarkable technological developments of the past few days:
iPad 2 shipping faster
Apple’s estimated delivery time for new U.S. products Orders for the iPad 2 have been reduced from 4-5 weeks to 3-4 weeks. It is the first time in about 10 days that the estimate has changed. On the first day alone, the iPad 2 sold 500,000 units and Apple subsequently postponed its international release, analysts say. Unexpected demand has put Apple in a precarious position between the company’s inability to keep up and users waiting impatiently for their coveted orders. In a lengthy conversation in the discussion forum on the iPad 2, a user was simply delighted that his order was “prepared for shipping”. Apple’s work is imminent.
iOS 4.3.1 released
The Apple iOS 4.3.1 update contains some minor fixes and improvements for users of mobile devices that run operating systems such as the GSM iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, iPad, and the third and fourth generations of the iPod Touch. According to Apple, the upgrade improves performance and fixes bugs in several areas, including:
- iPod Touch (4thth Generation) graphic errors
- Errors related to activation and connection to some cellular networks
- The picture flickers when using the Apple Digital AV adapter with some TVs.
- Authentication issues related to enterprise web services
Users also report improved battery life with iOS 4.3.1.
Flash Player vulnerability exploited
It was bad enough that Adobe confirmed in March1414 that there is a “critical security vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player” that could cause a crash and possibly open the door to an attacker to hijack the affected system. On March 21, Adobe raised the alert level with the announcement that “this vulnerability is being exploited in the wild against Flash Player if it is attacked by a Flash file (.swf) embedded in Microsoft Excel. xls) file as an email attachment. Adobe recommends affected Flash Player 10.2.152.33 or earlier users to upgrade to 10.2.153.1. The upgrade can be downloaded from the Adobe Flash Player Download Center.
Mac OS X 10.6.7 crashes iTunes
Some users report in an Apple thread discussion that installing Mac OS X 10.6.7 crashes iTunes. The user who initiated the discussion noted that they had updated to 10.6.7 and that all applications except iTunes worked. Every time I tried to run iTunes 10.2.1, the computer froze and stopped responding. Based on the thread, it appears that owners of the 2010 13-inch MacBook Air models are the most affected group. The problem could only be solved by restarting the Mac. If the problem persists, go to the ~ / Library / Preferences folder, delete the com.apple.iTunes.plist file and restart iTunes. Other discussions in the thread regarding possible fixes included more radical actions like completely uninstalling and reinstalling iTunes. The final result is unclear, but it seems very likely that the only permanent solution comes with an eventual Apple update.
iPad 2 crashes
The problem of frequent crashes of the iPad 2 – including spontaneous restarts – emerged in an Apple discussion thread. The good news is twofold: the hardware problem appears to affect only a small percentage of iPads, and those who were affected could have their iPads replaced. This is even the case in stores where there is no iPad 2 for sale because special stocks are kept to deal with such situations.
Update: Apple TV 2
Another update for the second generation of AppleTVs has been released by Apple. According to the company, the update 4.2.1 fixes problems that cause screen flickering or color shifts in older models, as well as other problems, e.g.