Apple battery update: Apple released an updated version of its latest operating system Thursday, promising to fix the battery problems users had reported with iOS 5 — but apparently it’s no magic potion. While some users sent in early reports saying that the update was, to quote one Wired reader, “nothing short of amazing,” Apple forums were still flooded with complaints that the update did absolutely nothing to stop the battery leaks.
“The recent iOS software update addressed many of the battery issues that some customers experienced on their iOS 5 devices,” the company told All Things Digital on Friday. “We continue to investigate a few remaining issues.”
Steam confirms hack: Steam, the online gaming network run by game company Valve, confirmed Thursday that its forums had been hacked and warned users to keep a close eye on their credit card statements. The service’s forums had been defaced earlier in the week, resulting in some gamers receiving e-mails from a hacking Web site, Kotaku reported.
Apple selling unlocked iPhone: Got $700? Then you, too, can now have the iPhone 4S on T-Mobile. Apple has begun selling unlocked versions of its latest smartphone on its store, but without the carrier subsidies the handsets will set you back quite a bit. The 16 GB version of the phone costs $649, the 32 GB version is $749 and the new 64 GB version is $849. The unlocked phones are GSM only, meaning they won’t work with CDMA networks such as Verizon and Sprint, in the United States.
Skyrim reviews: For numerologists, 11-11-11 may have some sort of significant and mystical meaning, but for gamers of a certain slant, it’s only had one meaning for several agonizing months of waiting: Skyrim’s launch date. And the sandbox to end all sandboxes hasn’t disappointed — at least, that’s what the reviews seem to indicate. The Elder Scrolls games from Bethesda — Skyrim is the fifth— all have expansive worlds, and the latest installment seems to be no different.
iCloud goes down in short outage: Several users are reported that they could not access Apple’s iCloud (or MobileMe) services on Friday afternoon. Users who signed into their accounts were greeted with an error message reading “iCloud encountered an error while trying to connect to the server” or similar messages via their mobile devices. On its systems status page, the company said services would be restored ASAP.
Facebook privacy: Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission are reportedly nearing a settlement on a complaint over the company’s privacy policies.
In December 2009, the Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a complaint with the regulatory agency the the social network had switched on “simplified” privacy policies that were “unfair and deceptive.”
The center asked that several specific settings be restored to “private by default,” including name, current city and friends. It also wanted Facebook to restore the privacy setting that let users opt out of revealing personal information to third parties.