Apple TV update adds Photo Stream Sharing

On top of all of the other releases from Apple last week, today it just released a new version of its software for the Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation ). One of the features now available is Shared Photo Streams which was announced with the updates to iOS 6 and iCloud. You will now be able to accept invitations and then browse photos and even make comments on any Photo Stream that has been shared with you. The update also brings with it support for multiple iTunes accounts, allowing users to access iTunes purchased content from their other accounts without logging out. Customization of your home screen is now possible by holding down the “select” button, enabling you to move the icons around as you would on your iPhone. Other changes to note are: the ability to push audio content from the Apple TV to AirPlay enabled speakers; additional transitions for the screensaver; and improved subtitles. You can get the update by navigating to “Software Update” in the “General” menu item under the “Settings” icon.

Source: Engadget and The Verge

Samsung announces devices to receive Jelly Bean upgrade

Not to be outdone by Apple’s recent release of it’s new mobile OS, Samsung has provided a list of devices that will be upgraded to Jelly Bean, the newest Android OS. Apparently the update has started to be pushed out to devices today (September 24) in Europe, starting in Poland; unfortunately it will not likely reach Canadian sources until sometime in November. According to TechCrunch, in addition to the Galaxy S III, the list of devices to receive this latest OS will be: GALAXY Tab 2 7.0 & 10.1, GALAXY Note 10.1, GALAXY SII, GALAXY Note, GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus, GALAXY S Advance, GALAXY SII LTE, GALAXY Music, GALAXY Chat, GALAXY Ace 2, GALAXY Beam, GALAXY Ace Plus, GALAXY mini II and GALAXY S DUOS.

Android 4.1 brings with it a number of features and improvements including real time reminders and recommendations from Google Now, plus speed and responsiveness boosts. Samsung will also be adding its own improvements to the iteration such as: “Pop up Play” so that video can be watched anywhere on the screen while running other apps; “Easy Mode” which offers users easy to use widgets for their favourite and recently used applications; and “Blocking Mode” that allows users to block incoming calls for a designated period of time.

Source: Mobile Syrup and TechCrunch

iPhone iOS 6 users guide now available on iBooks

If you just purchased a new iPhone 5 and were underwhelmed by the user’s guide included with the phone then you are in luck as Apple has just released an eBook on the subject. The official iPhone 5 User’s Guide for iOS 6 is now available through iBooks and the good thing is that it is absolutely free. The guide is quite comprehensive, it covers everything from the use of Siri to taking photographs and videos as well as a section on each of the built in apps. You could also find out how to set up the alarm so that you could wake up to your own music as was discussed by iPhone in Canada.

Source: TUAW

Update for Mountain Lion now available

Amid all of the excitement of a new mobile OS, the fact that Mountain Lion also got an update got nearly overlooked.  The update for the computer’s operating system, 10.8.2, was made available just shortly after iOS 6 was released on September 19.  The update makes features on Mountain Lion match those on iOS, namely Facebook integration within Notification Center, Game Center and Contacts.  It is reported that this new version restores battery life to pre-Mountain Lion levels.  In addition, Dictation now adds support for Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Korean, Canadian English (this should be interesting), Canadian French and Italian.

Source: Engadget and The Verge

Netflix iPhone app updated

Netflix recently updated its iPhone app to more closely match its UI on the tablet form factor.  New features include: a redesigned home screen that allows for instant playback by double tapping any title; more titles and galleries on a single screen; personalized rows filled with movie and TV recommendations; an enhanced browse menu that provides lists of categorized genre galleries; universal search throughout the app; and a bar at the top of the screen that allows users to continue watching where they left off.  This release does not provide support for the new form factor of the iPhone 5 but it does offer some worthwhile upgrades.

Futureshop and Bestbuy now taking pre-orders for the iPhone 5 (update)

Update: If you are still interested in getting a new iPhone and have not already signed up for a pre-order anywhere it may still be worthwhile checking in person with your local electronics retailers.  I just picked up a pre-order at my local Future Shop and there were still a number of as yet unclaimed iPhone 5’s.  Not all models were available, it seems that the lower capacity models are more popular, but if you are looking for a 64 GB model you may still be able to find one around.

If you haven`t had any luck getting through to your favourite carrier`s website to get a pre-order you now have another option.  Both Futureshop and Best Buy are now accepting pre-orders for Apple`s latest device.  Starting today (September 15) you can pre-order the iPhone 5 by placing a $50 deposit at the store, you then show up on September 21 to pick up your phone.  In order to ease up on the congestion on launch day, Futureshop says that it will call its clients before the launch to get appointments setup.  It is not certain how many devices these electronic box stores will have on launch day but you may want to give it a try.  Another option is to line up at your carrier`s retail outlets or your local Apple store on the day of launch, these will be open at 8:00 am on September 21.

Source: Me

New vulnerability found in IE9 (update)

Update: Microsoft has today rolled out two security updates for Internet Explorer.  The first addresses the security flaw discussed in the earlier post below.  The second deals with a Flash vulnerability with the yet unreleased Windows 8.  This Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Microsoft’s new OS has been available to developers and others who are testing it ahead of the public release on October 26.  

Source: The Verge

A new security flaw discovered in Internet Explorer 9 and earlier versions is so serious that Microsoft is urging users to download security software as an interim measure to fix the problem. The software known as the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) can be downloaded for free from their website. The exploit could enable an attacker to take control of a user’s computer. Microsoft also recommends that some Windows security settings be adjusted to prevent attacks, some of the changes suggested include: set internet and local security zone settings to “High” and configure IE to prompt before running Active Scripting or to disable Active Scripting. Apparently IE 10 is not affected by this exploit.

Source: Boy Genius Report