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Surface Pro 3 battery bug fixed again, refunds offered

Surface Pro 3 battery bug fixed again, refunds offered

Is this finally the end of the Surface Pro 3’s woes? Will owners finally be able to move on? One would certainly hope so, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed nonetheless. Microsoft has just rolled out a firmware upgrade that should, hopefully, end all battery problems for the now “deprecated” Surface tablet, which has irked owners to no small extent. But perhaps even better, the company has changed its previous stance regarding out-of-warranty exchanges and has decided to refund those owners as well.

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iOS bug that DDoSed 911 allegedly “accidental” only

iOS bug that DDoSed 911 allegedly “accidental” only

You’ve heard of horror stories of people, sometimes celebrities, “accidentally” sharing compromising photos of themselves online. But have you heard of one that accidentally shared an iOS bug online that nearly brought the US’ 911 system down to its knees? No? Well, that is supposedly the case for 18-year old Meetkumar Hiteshbhai Desai who did such a thing in the hopes of getting Apple’s attention and getting into its exclusive bug bounty program. He got attention alright, but the police’s, who arrested the young hacker for felony computer tampering instead.

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Evernote Mac users losing attachments, given free premium subs

Evernote Mac users losing attachments, given free premium subs

Evernote wants to be your digital brain, where you store anything and everything that is made from bits and bytes. But what if you bought into that spiel and then Evernote, unlike its elephant logo, actually forgot? That is sadly the nightmare that a few a few Evernote Mac users have found themselves in, no thanks to a bug that is mysteriously deleting images and files attached to notes. Evernote has, at least, acknowledge the issue and is offering affected users some recompense.

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Project Zero Prize turns Android hacking into a contest

Project Zero Prize turns Android hacking into a contest

Bug bounties and hacking contests aren’t exactly new and almost every tech firm is getting into it. In fact, even Apple just recently revealed its own rewards program for that. Not to be outdone at its own game, Google’s Project Zero, the teams tasked with hunting down zero-day exploits, has announced the Project Zero Prize. On the outside, it’s yet another hacking contest focusing on Android vulnerabilities. However, there are a few things that Project Zero will be doing differently during that six-month contest period.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 finally gets its battery fix update

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 finally gets its battery fix update

Surface Pro 3 users have been getting pretty tense about the lives of their tablet/laptop hybrids over battery issues that somewhat mysteriously appeared just after the device reached the end of its warranty period. Some even already had theirs shipped for an out-of-warranty replacement, which, of course, costs no small amount of money. Hopefully, they can now breathe a sigh of relief as Microsoft has finally released the firmware update that will fix the issue once and for all. Or at least that’s the promise.

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OnePlus 3 OTA update breaks things as much as it fixes

OnePlus 3 OTA update breaks things as much as it fixes

Two steps forward, one step back. That is perhaps an accurate way to describe the dance that OnePlus has been doing ever since it launched the OnePlus 3. Although it remains one of the hottest Android flagships this year, the OnePlus 3 has been beset by controversies and technical issues. And while OnePlus has been quick to respond, even patch up, the latter, its haste might be doing it harm as well. Like the latest OxygenOS 3.2.4 update that fixes an auto-reboot problem but also inadvertently breaks Android Pay in the process.

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Apple jumps on the bug bounty train. Somewhat.

Apple jumps on the bug bounty train. Somewhat.

Apple is turning a new leaf as far as security it concerned. No, don't worry, it still has a firm stance on encryption. But now it is, for the first time, also looking outward for help in keeping its software and services more secure. At the Black Hat cyber security conference in Las Vegas, which is also unusual for Apple, it announced that, at long last, it will have a bug bounty program. That said, it's not yet open to everyone, which makes the $200,000 prize somewhat of an unreachable dream.

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Surface Pro 3 battery woes only a software bug, says Microsoft

Surface Pro 3 battery woes only a software bug, says Microsoft

"Stay Calm and Keep Updating." That seems to be the message that Microsoft, at long last, is giving baffled and irate Surface Pro 3 owners regarding their concern about the suddenly degraded battery life of their beloved 2-in-1 tablets. Rather than a cunning marketing ploy to get those to upgrade to, say, a Surface Pro 4 or even a Surface Book after their warranties run out, Microsoft simply claims it is a simple case of a software bug and that it can simply be fixed with an update. Whenever that update comes.

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LastPass browser extensions reported to be vulnerable to exploits

LastPass browser extensions reported to be vulnerable to exploits

Passwords are the first and last line of defense against getting hacked, which is why users are strongly advised to use strong and different passwords for each service. Keeping track of those, however, is more than our little brains can handle, which is why password managing services have thrived. But what if those services themselves become vulnerable? That was the situation LastPass found itself in when its web extensions were discovered to be exploitable and can be used to trick users into giving away their passwords. The good news is that LastPass has already addressed those issues, but should still serve as a warning to everyone.

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Android Marshmallow memory leak fixed but ETA unknown

Android Marshmallow memory leak fixed but ETA unknown

If you have been experiencing some performance problems on your Android smartphone running version 6.0 Marshmallow and have traced it down to an uncontrolled use of system memory, take comfort in two things. One, you aren't the only one. Two, Google says that the issue has been fixed. Now the only problem is trying to divine what "will be available in a future build" means in this context, whether that means in next month's security updates or in Android N. Either way, affected user will just have wait for the fix to land on their devices. If it does, that is.

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Apple pulls iOS 9.3.2 update for 9.7-inch iPad Pro, fix promised

Apple pulls iOS 9.3.2 update for 9.7-inch iPad Pro, fix promised

iPhone and iPad owners have been proud of how better the iOS update system is compared to Android's fragmented diversity. With Apple in full control of updates, all supported devices are able to receive updates quickly and smoothly. That last bit, however, has lately become a bane more than a boon, with each update sometimes breaking things instead of fixing them. The latest example of this would be iOS 9.3.2, an otherwise uneventful and minor update if not for the fact that it bricked some 9.7-inch iPad Pro tablets.

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iOS 9.3.2 reportedly bricking some 9.7-inch iPad Pros

iOS 9.3.2 reportedly bricking some 9.7-inch iPad Pros

Software updates are usually made in order to fix problems, not make matters worse. But sometimes even the best laid intentions and plans can end up in a spectacular fail. That is what some owners of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro are discovering right now. After applying what seemed to be a normal iOS 9.3.2 update, they found themselves caught in an endless loop that won't even let them restore to a back up or a previous iOS version. In other words, they're left with a completely non-working tablet.

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