The Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book might have been two of Microsoft's highest profile and, to some extent, most beautiful products but their warts are slowly starting to show. Two months into their launch, Microsoft is still patching critical software flaws that, in turn, mar the hardware experience on these two otherwise grand computers. This time around, the tech giant is rolling out a patch that should fix some, but not all, random issues with the Type Cover of the Surface Pro 4.
Google has acknowledged reports claiming the Nexus Player, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P are suffering from bugs introduced with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The cause of the issues affecting the Nexus Player are somewhat different than the cause of the issues affecting the two handsets, however. Google says it has already created a fix for the two phones, which will be arriving to users soon.
Some iPad Pro owners have been afflicted with an issue causing the slate to become unresponsive once it has fully finished charging. When that happens, the screen will go entirely black if the charger is not removed, according to some users; whether the display goes dark matters very little, though, as a hard reset is the only way to fix the issue. In light of complaints, Apple says it is investigating the issue, and that users should continue to troubleshoot with resets during this time.
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In the last 24 hours, Apple began rolling out the latest patch to its new iOS 9 operating system, this time version 9.0.2. Along with fixing a number of bugs, including issues with iMessage activation, iCloud backups, cellular data usage, and screens rotating at improper times, this latest release also addresses the recently discovered lock screen exploit that would allow someone to get past the PIN entry and gain access to photos and contacts.
It seems that one of iOS 9's interesting, not to mention space saving, features didn't make it to the first release after all. Apple announced to its developers that app slicing, known as app thinning to some, is currently unavailable in the current iOS release. This is due to an issue with apps' iCloud backups that breaks the feature. The good news is that Apple isn't giving up on the feature just yet and will re-enable it in a future update for iOS 9.
Android users take note. If you thought that only iOS had problems with lockscreen bypass exploits, better think again. Then again, given how much flak Android's security is getting lately, that might not come as a shock. This latest vulnerability allows anyone with physical access so a device running Android 5.0 or 5.1 to get through the lockscreen and gain access to the device's secrets, mostly through and ADB connection to a computer. And this even if the device's lockscreen is itself protected by a password.
There was once a time when obscurity was the name of the security game, but that practice has widely fallen out of fashion after being proven to be ultimately ineffective. It seems, however, that Microsoft is doing its best to revive that tradition. Although it claims to be not doing anything differently, descriptions of its Windows 10 updates are becoming less and less descriptive. Worse, even the KB articles that supposedly give more in-depth information are now also less verbose, leading some to speculate what Microsoft is hiding.
While Microsoft's much-anticipated (or dreaded, depending on your situation) rollout of Windows 10 has been fairly smooth for most users, this weekend a bug surfaced that prevented some from being able to download app updates from the Windows Store. Users that are affected say they haven't been able to sign into the store, preventing them from either downloading new apps or getting updates for apps they already have installed.
While Google's Nexus devices have already been confirmed to be some of the first phones to get patched for the recent Android vulnerability Stagefright, other major devices, especially Samsung's flagships, are still at risk. While there's still no word on when the company's newest models, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will get updated, a number of their older phones are getting fixes today from carriers Verizon and T-Mobile, including the Galaxy S5, Note 4, and Note Edge.
Just when you thought the nightmare might soon be over, another Android security vulnerability comes along to ruin your day. Fortunately, as scary as the name might sound, the Certifi-gate bug isn't as easy to catch, as it does require a certain number of factors to be in place. That said, given how users are quite prone to what is termed as "social engineering", or getting them to do things they shouldn't under normal circumstances, it might actually not be that hard to pull off.