Category Archives: Computer Problems

Apple iPad Pro – Smart Keyboard Warranty

Apple Incorporated has extended their warranty on Apple iPad Pro smart keyboards. These keyboards have been suffering issues like sticking, repeating, and not responsive keys. Other problems include, a magnetic connection problem, connection issues, and sensor issues.

These detachable bluetooth keyboards come in two sizes, 9.7 inches and 12.9 inches. Apple is extending this warranty up to three years after date of purchase. This will be a free service offered by Apple within three years after purchase.

9to5MAC was able to obtain an internal memo from Apple about this warranty. Customers can either have their Smart Keyboard repaired or replaced. Originally these keyboards came with just a twelve month warranty.

Finally, apple is going to issue refunds to customers who ended up purchasing replacement keyboards that are now covered under this extended warranty.

Intel – Security Flaw Found in Corporate PCs

Security group Embedi recently found a major security vulnerability in Intel corporate pcs running remote administration software. This flaw affects Intel AMT, SBA, or ISM capable systems. These systems will not be owned by home users but most likely by corporate customers.

Intel manageability firmware version 6.x, 7.x, 8.x 9.x, 10.x, 11.0, 11.5, and 11.6 are affected. A remote attacker can escalate their privileges remotely. This can allow them to access and or install software without your knowledge.

Some Intel servers are not affected by this vulnerability. Intel has created a tool that you can download that will detect whether or not you have a vulnerable system. Intel recommends you try upgrading your firmware on your affected system.

That is if your equipment manufacturer has one available.

Windows Update – Version KB4015583 1703 Build 15063.138

Microsoft Corporation released cumalitve update KB4015583 on April eleven two thousand seventeen. This update includes two improvements to Windows 10. This update does not include any new features.

* Update time zone information
* Scripting engine security update

If you have been keeping up to date with Microsoft Windows 10 security updates then this will become only update available for install. However, if you have gotten behind or skipped some updates, those updates will also be installed. You can obtain this update via Microsoft Windows update or Microsoft Update Catalog website.

This update replaces previous update KB4016251. This update applies to Windows 10 operating system. You need to reboot your computer for this update to take effect.

Windows Update – Version KB4016251 1703 Build 14393.969

Microsoft Corporation released cumulative update KB4016251 on April fifth two thousand seventeen. This update includes four changes to improve Windows 10. This update does not include any new features.

* windows audio devicegraph issue
* V3 XPS based printer issue
* USB bluetooth radio issue
* virus protection system crash

If you have been keeping up to date with Microsoft Windows 10 security updates then this will become only update available for install. However, if you have gotten behind or skipped some updates, those updates will also be installed. You can obtain this update via Microsoft Windows update or Microsoft Update Catalog website.

This update applies to Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 operating systems. You need to reboot your computer for this update to take effect.

AT&T – Offers Free HBO For Wireless Customers

American Telephone and Telegraph is now bundling Home Box Office television channel free to AT&T Unlimited Plus customers. You will start to receive an Home Box Office credit on your bill within two billing cycles. This company claims that once you reach twenty two gigabytes per month of data user, your speeds might be lowered.

AT&T unlimited plus plans cost ninety dollars per month for one line. Two lines cost one hundred forty five dollars per month. AT&T claims that they may slow down your speed during network congestion after you reach their twenty two gigabyte quota.

You may need to create a Directv Now freeview account in order to view Home Box Office content.

CloudFlare – CloudBleed Security Vulnerability Found

A CloudFlare security vulnerability has been found recently. This is a memory bug which could allow sensitive information to get leaked. CloudFlare has since patched this security risk.

However, while this bug was in the wild, valuable data may have been compromised. Tavis Ormandy part of Google's Project Zero first noticed this security problem. He noticed corrupt data from some CloudFlare hyper text transfer protocol servers.

CloudFlare's edge servers were returning back private and sensitive data. Also, this data was being cached by some search engines. This data was only exclusive to non security HTTP requests.

In other words data protected with secure sockets layer was not vulnerable. CloudFlare claims they were able to patch this bug in less than seven hours. Initially, they shutdown email obfuscation, server side excludes and automatic secure hyper text transfer protocol rewrites. CloudFlare worked with Google and other search engines to help removal of possible cached sensitive information.

Unfortunately, sensitive data such as passwords may have been leaked while this exploit was live. CloudFlare is a content delivery network.

GeForce 10 Series – Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti Card Announcement

Nvidia Incorporated is going to release their Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti video card on February twenty eight two thousand seventeen. This company has a countdown timer for this release on their homepage. Nvidia scheduled an event at the annual Game Developers Conference.

If you look at Nvidia's home page HTML you can clearly see "GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Countdown". Nobody knows if Nvidia is going to announce an official release of this card for retail consumption. Perhaps they are just going to announce the release date.

Is this company going to release hardware specifications for their Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card. Is this card going to cost around five hundred to six hundred dollars like some people claim?

Microsoft – Delays Security Update Release

Microsoft Corporation decided to delay their patch Tuesday security update release for month of February two thousand seventeen. Generally, this corporation releases updates to their Windows ten operating system every second Tuesday of each month. However, this month they claimed they found a last minute problem.

While not being specific this corporation claims that this could have impacted some customers. Microsoft has yet to patch a wild denial of service exploit. This company claimed that they would patch this exploit soon.

Obviously, this will be delayed at least another month. Microsoft plans to include their February two thousand seventeen security patches on March fourteen two thousand seventeen.

Barnes and Noble – Nook Tablet 7″ Power Adapter Recall

Barnes and Noble Booksellers Incorporated have issued a power adapter recall. This recall is specifically for their Nook Tablet 7" devices. Power adapters for these devices can break when plugging them into an electrical wall outlet.

This can potentially expose metal prongs, possibly causing a shock hazard. Barnes and Noble is issuing free replacement power adapters along with a five dollar gift card. You will need to register online.

Once registered you can print a pre paid United Postal Service label. Then obviously you will need to send your Nook Tablet 7" power adapter, back to Barnes and Noble. Barnes and Noble will then mail you a replacement power adapter.

While waiting for your replacement power adapter, you can charge your Nook Tablet 7" by connecting a USB cable to your computer. You can contact Barnes & Noble at 877-886-5025 from 8 AM to 11 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, or 9 AM to 11 PM Eastern Time on Saturday and Sunday. Also, you can browse to BarnesAndNoble.com.

Click on "Product Recalls" at bottom of this page and then select "NOOK Tablet 7” Power Adapter Recall". One hundred forty seven thousand power adapters are being recalled. This black power adapter has model number TPA-95A050100UU with a manufacture date of 201610. The Nook Tablet 7" model number with these power adapters is BNTV450.

Barnes and Noble claims that four incidents have occurred with these power adapters breaking, exposing metal prongs. No injuries have been reported. These Nook Tablet 7" were sold between November two thousand sixteen and January two thousand seventeen. This was a voluntary recall.

You can begin an online registration process to obtain a replacement power adapter. You will need to login with either a Nook or BarnesandNoble.com account. Also, you will need to enter in serial number from your power adapter.

You can find your serial number on original box, receipt, or bottom back side of your Nook Tablet 7".

Windows 10 – Servicing Stack Update Version KB3211320 1607

Microsoft Corporation released cumulative update KB3211320 on January twenty four two thousand seventeen. This update was released to improve Windows 10 1607 servicing stack. This update does not include any new features.

If you have been keeping up to date with Microsoft Windows 10 security updates then this will only be update available for install. However, if you have gotten behind or skipped some updates those updates will also be installed. You can obtain this update via Microsoft Windows update or Microsoft Update Catalog website.

This update replaces KB3199986. You do not need to reboot your computer for this update to take effect.