It's Patch Tuesday, yet again. And as it often does, Microsoft is rolling out a number of Surface firmware updates as part of it.
There are no firmware updates for the ARM-based Surface RT this month, according to Microsoft's update history page. But the other three Surface devices are all getting numerous updates that users will see listed as "System Firmware Update - 3/11/2014" in their update histories on their devices.
All three are getting keyboard/cover updates, including a driver that supports the new Surface Power Covers that Microsoft will begin making available as of March 19. … Read more
Amazon released a software update Tuesday for the first-generation Kindle Paperwhite.
The the e-reader now supports many of the popular features of Amazon's second-gen Paperwhite, including Goodreads integration, FreeTime parental controls, and Page Flip. The update also brings a Smart Lookup feature and Cloud Collections, which lets users organize content in to custom categories.
The Paperwhite update is available as a free automatic download, but Amazon also has a link on its site for those who want to manually download the upgrade.
Update: Microsoft appears to have disabled the ability to install the update.
The rumored Windows 8.1 update is here -- sort of.
But it's not recommended. One method that reportedly works involves making changes to the Windows registry, a dicey undertaking if you don't know what you're doing.
"We wouldn't be surprise if Microsoft blocks this workaround very quickly," Neowin surmised.
Here's how the Verge … Read more
The "spring" update to Windows 8.1 is purportedly now in the hands of PC and tablet makers.
Microsoft has signed off on the update and moved it into the RTM (release-to-manufacturing) stage, The Verge said on Tuesday, citing "sources familiar with Microsoft's plans." A similar tidbit was served by Russian leaker Wzor, who tweeted that the Windows 8.1 spring update was signed off by Microsoft on February 26 and is now final.
The update has begun to reach device makers to test and install on their products, The Verge added. Windows 8.1 … Read more