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Surface Pro 6, Surface Book 2 locked down to 400 MHz

Surface Pro 6, Surface Book 2 locked down to 400 MHz

Microsoft has become notorious for its botched updates that have introduced bugs as much as they fixed others. Quite a few times, those updates cause the worst kind of computer crashes or lockouts. No one seems to be exempt from this problem, including Microsoft's own Surface customers. Now it seems that another update has rendered its powerful Surface PCs almost useless by having their CPUs throttle down to just 400 MHz.

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No Man’s Sky BEYOND is off to a rocky start

No Man’s Sky BEYOND is off to a rocky start

It seems that Hello Games will never really be rid of controversy wit its most popular title. At its infancy, No Man's Sky gathered no small amount of hype over is promise of a proceurally generated action-adventure survival sci-fi game. It's launch was met with severe criticism for having failed to make good on those promises. The game did improve over time, with the "NEXT" update bringing much of those into the game world. With the recently launched "BEYOND" update, the developers were finally hoping to be able to fully spread their wings to more ambitious pursuits. Unfortunately, it seems that the update is causing no small amount of headache among users on day one.

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Apple Contacts app leave iPhones and iPads vulnerable to hacking

Apple Contacts app leave iPhones and iPads vulnerable to hacking

Apple runs a very tight ship and, like it or not, iOS is considered one of the most secure platforms in the mainstream consumer market. That's not to say it has no security holes and some that get through the cracks have been around for years. One such hole would let an attacker "search" for something in the Contacts app to execute arbitrary code and researchers are pointing to Apple's oversight as the reason this bug has existed for four years.

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Windows 10 S Mode bug blocks users from unlocking regular Windows 10

Windows 10 S Mode bug blocks users from unlocking regular Windows 10

Compared to iOS, Chrome OS, and even Android, Windows is a powerful platform that lets users install almost anything and do anything they need to get things done. Microsoft, however, has had the ironic problem that it has trouble locking Windows down and selling it that way to businesses and schools. Not that it didn't try but it has repeatedly failed before finally reaching a compromise in Windows 10 in S Mode. Given that history and the company's flip-flopping policy, users may have started panicking when they couldn't get out of S Mode. The good news is that it's apparently just a bug. The bad news: Microsoft still hasn't fixed it yet.

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VxWorks real-time operating system plagued with 11 critical 0-day bugs

VxWorks real-time operating system plagued with 11 critical 0-day bugs

When talking about bugs affecting operating systems, you often hear about Windows and Android, sometimes iOS, and, from time to time, even Linux. Rarely to RTOS, short for Real-Time Operating Systems, get any coverage. One RTOS, however, is used in so many critical computer systems in critical industries that big security bugs could prove to be catastrophic. That is apparently what faces users of equipment that run on VxWorks that has been reported to have no less than 11 zero-day vulnerabilities that have been around for the last 13 years.

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iOS 12.4 fixes 4 out of 6 “interactionless” iMessage security exploits

iOS 12.4 fixes 4 out of 6 “interactionless” iMessage security exploits

Apple is pretty conscientious about rolling out security updates but, for one reason or another, some users may not be as enthusiastic about installing them. Some may have been burned by previous updates that may have caused more problems than they fixed. Such users, however, may want to immediately update to iOS 12.4 as soon as the coast is clear. It turns out that the maintenance update contains fixes to at least for critical security bugs that, according to the researchers that discovered them, could have been valued at $5 million or more.

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VLC video player security bug report is heating up the Internet

VLC video player security bug report is heating up the Internet

It's not unusual to hear reports of vulnerabilities in software both open source and closed. Those bugs are reported against software big and small alike but the more popular the program, the bigger the noise. When it comes of multimedia players, there's probably no bigger program than VLC and now it's at the center of a "he said, she said" kind of debate over a reported severe vulnerability.

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Apple Watch Walkie Talkie disabled as Apple fixes eavesdropping exploit

Apple Watch Walkie Talkie disabled as Apple fixes eavesdropping exploit

If you're a regular user of the Apple Watch's Walkie Talkie app, then we've got a bit of sour news for you: Apple has temporarily stopped the app from functioning. There's good reason for that decision, as a bug was discovered that could have potentially allowed others to eavesdrop on Walkie Talkie conversations. If that sounds like a familiar issue, that's because it is.

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Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 camera Night mode comes with a serious bug

Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 camera Night mode comes with a serious bug

Samsung's flagships achieve high scores on DxOMark but have so far failed to steal the top spot from Huawei. One of the reasons for falling short of becoming Number 1 is its average performance in low light, especially night-time, photography. Samsung heeded the call of the market and started rolling out a dedicated Night Mode not only to the Galaxy S10 but to last year's generation as well. Unfortunately, the price users have to pay may not be worth the new feature.

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Zoom app leaves Macs vulnerable to to camera hijacking and spying

Zoom app leaves Macs vulnerable to to camera hijacking and spying

Earlier this year, Apple faced a major security crisis when its Group FaceTime was reported to have a bug that would let people spy on iOS users by simply calling them. Now its the turn of Mac users to experience the same but, fortunately, it isn't applicable to all Mac owners nor is it Apple's bug to fix. Unfortunately, the Zoom video conferencing app for Macs is so popular that this serious exploit all the more dangerous.

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Firefox emergency update patches active zero-day exploit

Firefox emergency update patches active zero-day exploit

Given how regularly browser makers like Google and Mozilla release new versions of their software, a sudden new release is almost surprising. Firefox 67.0.3, however, is no simple minor release. Users are urged to make sure they're running this latest version of the browser because while it seems to fix just one thing, it is a critical security fix that could cause users headaches or maybe even lost cryptocurrencies.

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Twitter accidentally shared iOS users’ location data to a partner

Twitter accidentally shared iOS users’ location data to a partner

Often times you only hear of bugs or even "features" that violate users' privacy after someone reports it on the Internet. Often times the companies involved have to deal with the PR mess and backlash involved after the fact. Perhaps learning from its peers, Twitter has decided to beat others to the news and own up to its own privacy blunder. While it doesn't exactly excuse them from making such a simple misstep, it has to at least be complemented for not waiting until the last minute to come clean.

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