Motorola ATRIX 4G 4.1.57 update available, no AT&T HSUPA support yet

via BGR by Todd Haselton on 3/28/11

Software version 4.1.57 for the Motorola ATRIX 4G is now available. The 17MB file, issued by Motorola, adds a number of improvements but is not the expected AT&T update that includes HSUPA support. After downloading the update, Motorola says users should notice the following changes: 
  • Bluetooth: Improved multimedia experience with Bluetooth devices as well as the ability to use phone with additional headsets.
  • Fingerprint reader: Improved fingerprint reader performance.
  • Battery: Improved battery performance for longer battery life.
  • Screen: Display will turn off automatically now while charging directly on wall charger.
  • Phone stability: Improved stability resulting in fewer occurrences of touch unresponsiveness and/of programs quitting unexpectedly.
  • Car dock: Improved performance of car dock and 3.5mm jack.
It’s been reported that the update may cause some issues with those who have rooted their phones. ATT has said that the upcoming HSUPA software update, which should ratchet up upload speeds on the ATRIX 4G and Inspire 4G, will land in April. Hit the jump for instructions on installing software version 4.1.57 on your ATRIX 4G. 
[Via Engadget

XP SP3 Beta Preview Out, Last Update to XP

Microsoft sent out an e-mail to Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008 beta testers, announcing the arrival of the Windows XP Service Pack 3 Beta Preview. Saying that this will be the final update for the aging operating system, which debuted in 2001.
No new features are planned for what is essentially a roll-up of existing updates. As Windows XP nears its end-of-life, Microsoft can ensure customers are up-to-date by telling them to upgrade to SP3, as opposed to SP2 with over one hundred additional patches. Final availability of XP SP3 is scheduled for the first half of 2008.

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Super Size Patch Tuesday No Valentine

Just one day before Valentine’s Day, Microsoft plans to release twelve patches fixing a variety of issues in Windows, Office, Visual Studio, and several other applications. At least five of these patches will be rated “critical.”

There could be an easy explanation for the unusually large size of Patch Tuesday this month. Four patches slated for release last month were dropped at the last hour, including a Windows-Visual Studio update that appeared in the advanced notification but never appeared.

If all patches were delivered as expected, it would tie a record for most patches issued in a single month. The last time Microsoft issued this many patches was in August 2006, when ten patches fixed Windows issues, and another two fixed Office problems.

It is fairly likely that one of the Office updates will fix holes now being exploited by a range of zero-day attacks, most of which have appeared since December of last year. At least four unpatched issues exist, according to security researchers.

However, not all of them would be fixed, unless they are bundled into a single patch – only two fixes for Office are due, of which the highest rating would be “critical,” and another for both Windows and Office, which has been rated “important.”

Most of the patches will come for Windows — five in total – with at least one being rated “critical.” It is possible that the first confirmed flaw in Windows Vista could be fixed, which involves a memory buffer issue in the Win32 library.

BetaNews tests have shown the issue to also affect XP and older versions of Windows.

Of the rest of the patches, one each is expected for the following: an important patch for Windows and Visual Studio; an important patch for Step-by-Step Interactive Training; a critical patch for Microsoft Data Access Components; and a critical patch concern the company’s OneCare, Antigen, Windows Defender, and Forefront security tools.

As is standard practice, Microsoft has not released any details of the issues to be fixed by Tuesday’s release.

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