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Cyberpunk 2077 1.2 update pushed back, now aiming for second half of March
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
CD Projekt RED has been readying the next major update to Cyberpunk 2077 for some time now, with Patch 1.2 slated to land in February. However, the studio today revealed that it has changed the timetable, with the update now coming to all platforms in the second half of March, if the new plans don't experience any hitches.
The recent cyberattack on CD Projekt is partly to blame for this delay according to the Polish company. The attack left its internal systems compromised, servers encrypted, and some internal data leaked. The studio was already in the process of restoring the encrypted data when the announcement came through, but the process has obviously affected the development flow.
The upcoming update is reportedly much larger in scope than previous updates as well, which is also a cause for the delay. The studio added that "we’ve been working on numerous overall quality improvements and fixes, and we still have work to do to make sure that’s what you get."
So far, CD Projekt RED has released one major Cyberpunk 2077 update aimed at increasing performance and squashing bugs. There have also been several hotfixes for resolving urgent issues. The studio's roadmap for the RPG has it pushing out multiple updates, free DLC, as well as the next-gen console upgrade in 2021.
Surface Duo gets February Android security patch and other improvements
by João Carrasqueira
It's only been a few weeks since Microsoft rolled out a software update for the Surface Duo, since the December and January updates got pushed back and ended up releasing at the end of last month. Now, it's time for the February update, and it comes with the usual monthly Android security patch, in addition to some other improvements.
This week, Microsoft released the Surface Duo in Europe, and that means the update is rolling out to users in both markets. While the updates in the U.S. and Europe have the same changelog, they have different software versions. Here's what's new:
Software version Update info 2021.115.52 (North America)
Addresses scenarios outlined in the Android Security Bulletin - February 2020. Improves Surface Duo UI stability. Improves single tap touch experience. If you're one of the early European adopters, you'll notice there are actually two updates rolling out, because the December/January update is also available now. The changes are all the same as the North American patch from last month, but they come with version 2020.1211.87 instead.
As usual, the update is available for unlocked devices first, so if you bought your Surface Duo from AT&T, you'll need to wait a little longer. It usually takes about a week for the rollout to begin for the carrier-locked version, though it could always vary.
Aside from the delayed update in January, Microsoft has been servicing the Surface Duo every month, and the company promises three years of security and feature updates, so improvements will keep coming over time. One thing that's worth noting is that the Duo is still running Android 10, which is starting to fall behind especially as Google has begun testing Android 12 this week. The Duo has been reported to be getting Android 11 in the summer, which will be close to the official release of its follow-up. Just yesterday, Microsoft also updated the Surface Duo emulator for PCs with new sample apps that make use of its dual screens.
Debian 10.8 launches with new software patches and updates
by Paul Hill
Image via Alex Makas The Debian Project has announced the availability of Debian 10.8, the eighth update to its stable distribution Debian 10. Each time a point release is made available, a new ISO is spun with all the latest security fixes and software updates so that they do not need to be installed when Debian is installed on a new system.
Some packages that have received updates with Debian 10.8 include Firefox ESR, Chromium, Flatpak, VLC, the Linux kernel, OpenSSL, X.Org, APT and Thunderbird. The NVIDIA graphics drivers have also been updated to a newer upstream version that fixes a denial of service issue.
Appealing to users to think about the environment, the Debian Project said:
Debian 10 was first launched on July 6, 2019, and it’s set to receive long-term support until 2024. Each new version of Debian arrives every two years but launch dates are not set in stone. If there aren’t any delays, Debian 11 should come out this year and Debian 10 will be demoted to the status of Old Stable alongside Debian 9 which is maintained by the main Debian security team until July 18, 2020.
By Usama Jawad96
Apple pulls iCloud 12 update from Microsoft Store
by Usama Jawad
Yesterday, Apple released the iCloud Passwords Chrome extension along with the iCloud 12 update on the Microsoft Store. Together, these would allow you to utilize your Safari-generated passwords on Chrome and also sync new Chrome passwords with iCloud so you can seamlessly use them across other Apple devices. However, just a few hours after release, it appears that Apple has pulled iCloud 12 from the Microsoft Store.
As can be seen below, downloading iCloud now results in version 184.108.40.206 rather than version 12 which was available yesterday:
It is important to note that the iCloud Passwords Chrome extension is still available but now points to Apple's support page when launched.
It is currently unclear why Apple pulled the update from the Microsoft Store but news outlet The 8-Bit notes that multiple users had cited issues with two-factor authentication and the "plugin not working altogether". Apple has not yet confirmed that if this is the reason it removed the update, but we have reached out to the company for more information.
Support for iCloud Keychain on Chrome is important for users who shift interchangeably between Apple and Windows devices so it's likely that iCloud version 12 will return to the Microsoft Store as soon as the aforementioned issues are patched, but it remains to be seen how long that process will take.
Source: The 8-Bit
Cyberpunk 2077 gets its first major patch, brings stability improvements and bug fixes
by Anmol Mehrotra
CD Projekt Red (CDPR) has released the first major patch for Cyberpunk 2077. The new update brings the version to 1.1 and fixes a lot of issues. In a tweet, CDPR noted that this update “lays the groundwork” for future patches. Here is the full changelog for the update:
Apart from these, CDPR is also rolling out the following PC-specific changes including a fix for startup crashes on Nvidia GPUs. Here is the full changelog for the update:
Lastly, the update also brings fixes for PlayStation, Stadia, and Xbox specific issues. You can check the changelog for those below:
The new update is rolling out to PCs, PlayStation, Stadia, and Xbox users right now. Last week, CDPR shared the roadmap for Cyberpunk 2077 that included the details of the upcoming patches as well as a free DLC and a free upgrade for next-gen consoles.