Microsoft and Adobe patch critical flaws, Internet of Things devices vulnerable: Security news IT leaders need to know

This week’s update also includes malware disguised as tax notification and a VMware critical flaw. Microsoft patches critical flaws October’s monthly patches saw Microsoft issuing ten patches, including one Critical patch for Adobe Flash for Windows 8.1 and above, and five more critical patches in its browsers, Microsoft Office, Windows, and the Microsoft Graphics component used by multiple products. The common theme: each could allow remote code execution by an attacker. Several are already being exploited in the wild. Of the remaining four updates, three are rated Important, potentially allowing elevation of privilege, and one Moderate, which could cause information disclosure. Adobe critical vulnerabilities patched Adobe has issued security updates for Adobe Flash Player for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and ChromeOS that address flaws that could allow an attacker…

Google's Allo gets Fantastic Beasts stickers, background themes, and emoji ... Allo is the future of Google’s messaging efforts, and the service has been furiously adding new features to make it a more fun and engaging place to have conversations. The latest update takes advantage of the popularity surrounding the latest Harry Potter-franchise film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. You can grab a sticker pack that adds in characters from the Harry Potter universe, something that’s sure to delight fans. Additionally, Allo is bringing in background themes as promised, and will suggest emojis based on your conversation. When typing you can hit the “Smart Smiley” button for suggested emojis and stickers that may help you say what you want with a little more pizzazz. The Keyword Allo has a big basket of fun being dropped ...

American Truck Simulator's expanded map is now available in open beta Back in June, SCS Software announced that the map scale of American Truck Simulator would be changed from 1:35 to 1:20. You might think that is one of the least exciting-sounding announcements in the history of this publication, and you would be right, but it will actually have a big impact on the game, lengthening roads and opening up space for future growth.  SCS said at the time that it would take "several months" for the expansion to happen, and it wasn't kidding. However, the update is now close enough to finished that it's been released as an open beta for anyone who wants to try it.  The biggest changes, as detailed on the SCS Software blog:  Scale: It's bigger! You will understand it once you start the...

Painkiller Jane: Jessica Chastain to Star in Comic Book Film The upcoming film adaptation of Painkiller Jane has found its leading lady in Jessica Chastain. According to Deadline, the Zero Dark Thirty actress will star in the film as the indestructible heroine Jane Vasko, and is also on board to produce. Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty In addition to Zero Dark Thirty, Chastain has appeared in a number of other hit films, including The Martian and Interstellar. The actress is also set to star in Miss Sloane, which hits theaters on November 25, and is reportedly in talks to join Ubisoft's film adaptation of The Division. Painkiller Jane is a comic series by Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada, which tells the story of cop who goes undercover to take down a drug ring, only to be caught ...

The phone bed is the most ludicrous product you’ll see today You’ve spent £400-£600 on the latest smartphone, but something’s missing. Why should your phone lie on the cold, hard bedside table all night when you get the comfort of a springy mattress? If you find yourself nodding along to this nonsensical argument, then boy do I have an offer for you. For $100, your phone can get its own bed. An actual physical bed, with satin sheets, velvet-lined compartments and a solid wooden construction. Somewhere, a spoiled Barbie doll is filing a police report about stolen furniture. It’s a bed for resting up to five smartphones overnight, so you can play the role of slum landlord for your tech. Why you’d want to is anybody’s guess. The site, Thrive Global – Arianna Huffington’s new pet...

BMW eyes 100,000 electric car sales in 2017: Sueddeutsche BMW wants to boost sales of electric cars by two-thirds next year to 100,000 vehicles as the luxury automaker is offering more battery-powered models, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported, citing Chief Executive Officer Harald Krueger.Munich-based BMW expects to increase its deliveries of fully electric and hybrid vehicles to around 60,000 units this year, Krueger said in an interview published on Monday. Sales of battery-powered BMW models have totaled about 100,000 cars since 2013, he noted."Electric mobility will come, but demand is not going through the roof at the moment," the newspaper quoted Krueger as saying. To help improve sales, BMW is also increasing the battery range of its i3 city vehicle by 50 percent this year. The i3, BMW's only fully battery-powered car, sold only 25,000 units...

OnePlus 3T to Launch in India Today OnePlus is set to launch the OnePlus 3T smartphone in India on Friday, at an event in New Delhi. The launch event kicks off at 11am IST, and the company is expected to reveal India price and availability of the smartphone. To recall, the OnePlus 3T was first unveiled last month, and so far, has been made available in the US, Europe, and the UK. In these regions, the smartphone has replaced the original OnePlus 3 (Review). However, that may not be the case in India - as OnePlus earlier confirmed to Gadgets 360 that it will "continue to sell the OnePlus 3 in India" which means both smartphones may be available in the market. The only differences between the OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3 are a faster SoC, increased storage, an...

Fitbit Flex 2 review: Finally, a waterproof Fitbit Fitbit was one of the early pioneers in the fitness-tracker gold rush, but one thing it never managed to crack was waterproofing. That all changes with the Fitbit Flex 2, a fitness tracker that not only lets you wear it in the shower, but also in the pool. This, for me, is an exciting development. The current state of my knees means I can’t run or cycle much, so I’m swimming quite a bit to keep my fitness up. But I still want a rounded fitness tracker so when I do get back to land-based fitness activities, I don’t have to swap to something new. The Flex 2 delivers precisely the rounded set of capabilities I need. It’s not only waterproof, but it can also track the ...