There's a flaw in iOS and OS X that allows a "man in the middle" to intercept your credit card information. Apple just put out an emergency update to iOS to patch this. The update is OS version 7.0.6 and users should install it immediately to all iPhones and iPads. Hopefully, the OS X patch will be coming soon as well.
Rick wants to know if Windows 8.1 is better than Windows 8. Leo says yes it is, and it's always a better idea to go with the latest version of the OS, if for no other reason than security updates. But Windows 8.1 has enabled users to bring back the Start button and can work much more like Windows 7.
Leo also recommends getting Start8 by Stardock. It's only $5 and can make Windows 8 look exactly like Windows 7.
Aaron has updated his Samsung Galaxy S3 and now his battery life has decreased. Leo says it may just be that the phone is older and the battery has diminished some. The phone isn't old enough to have battery life issues, though. So it's likely that there is a bug in the update that's causing some programs to run in the background. Doctor Mom in the chatroom had the same problems and suggests turning on power saving mode in Android.
Cheryl has a new computer and she can't run Windows update. Leo says that chances are there's an update that's stuck and it's preventing the updates to continue. It happens a lot. Here's a Technote from Microsoft that she can read, and it has several things to try to resolve the issue.
Joan likes to watch TV on her Mac, but now she's getting a message about a blocked plugin. Leo says that Apple keeps a list of "unsafe" programs on Joan's Mac and all she needs to do is download and install the new Flash player. Once that's done, Apple will view it as safe again.
Paul's wife got him a new iMac for his birthday and he's worried because he keeps hearing an update is "imminent." Leo says so what? The rumor sites are making up dates and pushing the meme that updates will happen any minute. The truth is, it could happen tomorrow, or it could happen next year. So we don't really know.