Top Stories for the Week of November 4, 2014

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  • November 4, 2014
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Here are the stories we're following for the week of Tuesday November 4, 2014


Drupal gave its users just 7 hours to patch their sites before a multi-million site hack attack took place.

Users of Drupal weren't given a lot of time to patch their site before a mass attack took place across millions of web sites.

Up to 12 million websites may have been compromised by attackers who took advantage of a bug in the widely used Drupal software.

The sites use Drupal to manage web content and images, text and video.

In its "highly critical" announcement, Drupal's security team said anyone who did not take action within seven hours of the bug being discovered on October 15th "should proceed under the assumption" that their site was compromised.

The bug in version 7 of the Drupal software put attackers in a privileged position. Their access could be used to take control of a server or seed a site with malware to trap visitors.


Screaming fast cellular Internet is on its way to the UK.

4G at up to 150 Megabits per second is coming to the UK.

Browsing speeds on some 4G handsets in some UK cities are set to accelerate as two UK operators switch on an improved version of the mobile technology.

Called 4G+ by EE and 4.5G by Vodafone, the technology can offer data rates of 150 megabits per second.

In practice, those signing up to use the service should see speeds of up to 90 Mbps - much faster than standard 4G.

However, the technology is only usable on two handsets currently available in the UK: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha and Note 4. However, other 4G customers should see average browsing speeds improve as well, because the technology involves improving the network's data-handling capacity.

The upgrades have already begun, but the rollout will not be complete until sometime in mid-to-late 2015.


Microsoft has officially pulled the plug on retail sales of some versions of Windows 7 and 8 to drive users toward their newer operating system.

Microsoft has stopped selling retail copies of some versions of Windows 7 and 8.

Microsoft has officially stopped selling retail copies of some versions of Windows 7 and 8.

The date to stop selling the software was set some time ago and should help Microsoft move people on to more recent versions of its operating system.

Separately, statistics suggest people are finally moving away from some very old versions of Windows.

The current version of Windows is 8.1, and that will be the default version offered on PCs.

The next version of Windows, called Windows 10, is due to be released late next year.


Disney has brought its entire movie library to Android.

You can now watch Disney movies on Android devices anywhere, anytime.

Walt Disney Studios and Google Play announced a new partnership to provide access to all its movies, including those from Disney, Pixar and Marvel, from any device at any time. Now that Disney has deals with both Google and Apple, you can buy movies on iTunes and watch them on an Android device, as well as vice versa.

The Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) app is now available in the Google Play store. Once downloaded, users can connect their Google account and access purchased movies. The effort from Disney cuts down on fragmentation that may have occurred from purchases made through a variety of devices and services.

Disney launched a similar effort with Apple in February. The two deals now mean that users can access Disney digital purchases on any iOS or Android device.

Customers can purchase new movies on the platform as well as redeem codes included in physical copies. Disney is also including an offer for a free copy of Wreck-It Ralph for the connection of an account either through iTunes or Google Play.


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