Last weekend, Daylight Saving Time (DST) began in the U.S. under new rules that caused the time change to happen three weeks earlier than in previous years.
Handheld and smartphone makers released software patches to update their models with the new rules, but many people simply manually changed the time on their device, in the same way they changed the clock on their microwave, and assumed that the problem was fixed.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
An un-patched handheld or smartphone will still use the old DST rules, which means in a couple of weeks the device is going to think it's time for DST to begin, so it's going to automatically move its clock forward an hour. The user will have to manually move it back.
The rule for when DST ends has also changed, so this fall the device is going to automatically move its clock back an hour a week before the country actually comes off DST. The user will have to manually move it forward an hour, and then a week later move it back when DST actually starts.
And the user have to repeat this process each spring and fall for as long as they own the un-patched device.
A Simple Solution
Instead of going through the hassle of changing their clocks four times a year, handheld and smartphone users can install a free patch that will change the DST rules, and they won't have to worry about it any more.
Naturally, there is a different patch for each type of device. Choose the appropriate one from the following::