IDG Contributor Network: An easy update for December Patch Tuesday

This is a relatively light update from Microsoft for this December Patch Tuesday, with “only” 32 reported vulnerabilities, none of which have publicly reported or exploited in the wild. The primary concern for this month are the updates to IE and Edge. Microsoft Office has a minor update that can wait for a scheduled patch effort. And lastly, yes, we still have updates for Adobe Flash Player – but it’s not a critical update as Adobe has given it a Priority 2 rating.

Following the advice from Microsoft for this December update release bulletin, please note the following additional items:

  • Starting in March 2017, there will be Windows 10 1607, 1703, and 1709 delta packages that contain just the delta changes between the previous month and the current release.
  • After May 9, 2017, customers running Windows 10 version 1507 will no longer receive security and quality updates, with the exception of the Windows 10 2015 LTSB and the Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 2015 LTSB editions.

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AirPods: Apple’s wearable Christmas surprise

Stuck for a gift for the iPhone user in your life? It looks as if a lot of iPhone users can expect to find Apple’s AirPods under the tree this season, as stocks of the Siri-savvy earbuds dwindle worldwide and the product’s ‘iPod moment’ looms.

The next wave

You see, online and offline retailers in the UK and U.S. appear to be running out of stock of AirPods this season, according to a series of reports.

It means Apple’s AirPods and (presumably) Apple Watch are defining wearable devices this season.

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