The developers of VeraCrypt have released a hotfix for the recently released VeraCrypt 1.24 which we reviewed earlier this month. The hotfix addresses several issues in the client and improves certain functionality next to that.
VeraCrypt 1.24 was the first stable release of the encryption software in 2019. It added new functionality, updated libraries and fixed several issues in the client.
Tip: check out our in-depth review of the encryption software VeraCrypt here.
The VeraCrypt 1.24-Hotfix1 release fixes issues in the Windows, Linux and Mac OS X versions and introduces new features. Existing users may download the latest version from the project website to upgrade existing copies of the encryption software to the latest version.
Windows users can download and run an installer to upgrade installed versions of VeraCrypt or a portable version to replace previous portable versions. A restart is required on Windows to complete the upgrade.
The VeraCrypt 1.24-Hotfix1 release notes list changes for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X; every system gets a number of fixes and improvements.
The new version for Windows fixes a regression in VeraCrypt 1.24 that caused system favorites not to be mounted on fresh installs and an encryption issue that prevented the successful encryption of the system partition if the Windows username contained a non-ASCII Unicode character.
The remaining changes for Windows improve certain program functionality. The program’s Expander feature, that allows users to expand a volume by adding new storage space to it, may now resume operations if the expanding is aborted before it is completed.
There is also a new Quick Expand option to speed up the expansion of large file containers, and new robustness and validation checks for system encryptions.
On Linux, a bug is fixed that saw VeraCrypt crash when the Whirlpool hash was used under CentOS 6. The new release fixes an incorrect password attempt written to /var/log/auth.log when mounting volumes and file drop issue. Additionally, the missing JitterEntropy implementation was added.
VeraCrypt for Mac OS X supports a dark mode and APFS file system for volume creations, and a fix for some devices and partitions not being displayed in the device selection dialog.
VeraCrypt 1.24-Hotfix1 is not a critical release that users should rush to install right away. Those affected by the mentioned bugs may want to install it asap. The new or improved features may also be of interest to some users.
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LG could be about to overhaul its flagship smartphone strategy
Despite a dwindling market share and a shrinking presence in the premium phone segment, LG is hard at work on yet another flagship in an attempt to salvage what’s left of its business.
The device in question, for lack of a better expression, doesn’t seem very interesting when compared to rival products. But if new rumors are correct, the phone could mark the beginning of a huge release strategy overhaul.
The LG V-series will now compete with Galaxy S models
LG V-series smartphones have historically been released in the fall, although last year the company switched things up by introducing the V50 ThinQ 5G at MWC 2019 ahead of a release in summer.
In an attempt to compete more directly with Samsung, the LG V60 ThinQ launch is reportedly timed to coincide with that of the Galaxy S20 series. This strategy is expected to continue for years to come.
LG has previously positioned its G-series smartphones as competitors to the Samsung Galaxy S line and, while the LG G9 ThinQ is expected to make an appearance next month as a cheaper 4G LTE alternative, it seems the company is preparing to phase out the devices completely in 2021.
LG V60 ThinQ & G9 ThinQ: what they bring to the table
To refresh your memory, the LG V60 ThinQ and LG G9 ThinQ are expected to debut with massive 6.8-inch notched OLED displays that are paired with one selfie sensor and a quad-camera setup on the back.
Little is known about the latter right now, but it’s expected to boast an upgraded primary camera paired with improved ultra-wide-angle and telephoto alternatives. A Time-of-Flight sensor for better portrait shots is expected as well.
Buyers should be able to find the Snapdragon 865 inside the LG V60 ThinQ, although the chipset inside the LG G9 ThinQ remains to be seen. Regardless, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage as standard seems likely.
Last on the list of features should be a 4,000mAh battery and LG’s version of Android 10, which appears to include a new desktop mode that’s quite similar to Samsung DeX.
Desktop mode could be very important for LG in 2021
Speaking of desktop mode, rumors indicate there are big plans to capitalize on the feature at the moment. These could change over the coming months, but right now LG is allegedly planning to bundle next year’s LG V70 ThinQ with a large display.
The panel, which would measure in at over 10-inches, should act as a tablet or laptop. It’s unclear whether the smartphone will connect to it wirelessly or via a dock, but an accompanying keyboard accessory is likely.
The move will allow users to take full advantage of the desktop feature without worrying about acquiring an external display to use it on.
A new flagship series is allegedly coming in fall 2020
As you may have noticed, the aforementioned release strategy creates a huge gap in LG’s flagship lineup – it has no fall release to compete with the iPhones, Galaxy Notes, and Pixels.
There’s no word whatsoever on what it’ll bring to the table, but LG has previously teased plans to release phones with the so-called “wow factor.” So there is some hope that it’ll be something impressive.