Posts Tagged ‘Portable Document Format’

Apple has just released iOS 4.3.4, making good on a promise to patch a vulnerability that has been used for the latest JailbreakMe.com jailbreaking method but which could also allow malicious downloads to infect users’ devices. The update is available for the iPhone 4/3GS, third- and fourth-generation iPod touch, and all iPads.

 

A special iOS 4.2.9 update is also available for the CDMA iPhone 4. The iOS 4.3.4 update comes in as Build 8K2, while the iOS 4.2.9 registers as Build 8E501. iOS 4.3.4 Software Update Fixes security vulnerability associated with viewing malicious PDF files. Apple has also posted security-related documents outlining the three vulnerabilities patched in iOS 4.3.4 and iOS 4.2.9.

 

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The iPad has already gotten the go-ahead from the FAA as a replacement for paper flight charts and maps, and now Alaska Airlines has become the first major US airline to hop on board the paperless bandwagon. While it’s not quite ready to ditch paper navigation charts just yet (though that is under consideration), the airline has announced that it will be replacing its traditional flight manuals with iPads, which will be loaded up with the GoodReader app and PDFs of 41 different manuals and other materials. According to the airline, that change will result in savings of about 2.4 million pieces of paper, and it says the cost of the project will be offset by fuel savings from the reduced weight, and additional savings that are expected from “fewer back and muscle injuries caused by pilots carrying flight bags,” which can weigh up to 50 pounds. Let’s just hope those newly lightened flight bags still have room for a charging cable.