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OnePlus 5 and 5T updates blocked by a serious, unfixed bug

OnePlus 5 and 5T updates blocked by a serious, unfixed bug

OnePlus has always prided itself on never settling for the status quo, be it in the pricing of its devices or its commitment to regular and timely software updates. It hasn't exactly been perfect in those promises but it can't be faulted for not trying. There has been some discontent, however, among owners of the 2017 OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T over the lack of updates since May and now the company is coming clean on its silence and, unfortunately, it's not all good news.

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Google Pixel Buds 2 update fixes one of many audio issues

Google Pixel Buds 2 update fixes one of many audio issues

It was really no surprise that Google would jump on the true wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds trend popularized by the Apple AirPods but there have been concerns whether it could pull off a decent job. The Google Pixel Buds touted smart features like Google Assistant and even Google Translate integration but audio quality has been less than impressive. In fact, the Pixel Buds (2020) have been marred by quite a number of audio problems and the strangest one finally just got a fix.

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Windows 10 May 2020 update blocked on PCs with LTE modems due to known bug

Windows 10 May 2020 update blocked on PCs with LTE modems due to known bug

It seems that Microsoft can never really get rid of the Windows 10 update curse. Although not as spectacularly bad as older updates, Windows 10 version 2004, a.k.a. the May 2020 update, might actually be even more problematic or even dangerous to certain hardware. That on its own might not really be new but the fact that Microsoft is halting the rollout of the latest Windows 10 update to certain devices because of a bug it already fixed last year is definitely perplexing.

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Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Tab S7 hit by green tint bug

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Tab S7 hit by green tint bug

Samsung's mobile devices have always been praised for their displays, thanks to the company's prized Super AMOLED panels. This year, however, Samsung may have lost that prestige, at least for some owners of its high-end Galaxy S20 phones that have started to exhibit random green tinting on their screens. Unfortunately, that case is far from solved and has only become even more mysterious now that even the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and both Galaxy Tab S7 models have reportedly exhibited the same green sickness.

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Amazon Alexa can be hacked with a one-click Amazon link

Amazon Alexa can be hacked with a one-click Amazon link

Amazon is both famous and notorious for making it extremely easy to buy things with just a single click, even using a "1-Click" button exactly for that. It seems, however, that it may just be just as simple to compromise one of Amazon's most popular products. Its AI-powered personal assistant Alexa can be found in so many smart speakers and smart home products and all it takes is a well-crafted innocent-looking link for a hacker to get control of an Alexa device and the owners' data associated with it.

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400 Qualcomm Snapdragon DSP chip bugs put phones at risk [UPDATE]

400 Qualcomm Snapdragon DSP chip bugs put phones at risk [UPDATE]

The size of smartphones often belies the power they hold as well as the complexity of their construction. Phones may be said to come from this or that country or manufacturer but the truth is that different parts can be traced back to different sources and suppliers. All smartphones have many components in common, of course, and Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors have the lion's share of those. Unfortunately, that also means that when that particular chip turns out to have a vulnerability, it also puts the majority of the world's smartphones at risk.

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BootHole vulnerability threatens Windows and Linux computers

BootHole vulnerability threatens Windows and Linux computers

It may have a rather amusing name but this new security vulnerability is no laughing matter. Researchers have discovered a bug in software that runs even before any operating system starts up that could grant hackers unbridled access to a computer. And while Linux computers are directly at risk from this BootHole exploit, almost all Windows computers from the past decade or so are also vulnerable to getting hijacked and hacked with almost no telltale signs of a compromised system.

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Samsung Blu-ray Player boot loop caused by a single XML file

Samsung Blu-ray Player boot loop caused by a single XML file

It has almost been a month since Samsung Blu-ray DVD players and entertainment systems all over the world suddenly started randomly crashing and rebooting over and over again. Although Samsung's response did come swiftly, it was a solution few probably wanted to hear. They basically needed to send in their device for Samsung to service and fix. No other solution was possible as it needed low-level hardware access that few people will even know how to do. All of these thanks to a single file that is designed to respect users' privacy.

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Microsoft Outlook desktop crash fixed but cause remains unknown

Microsoft Outlook desktop crash fixed but cause remains unknown

There was a time in the distant past when PIM (short for "Personal Information Management") was the name of the enterprise and productivity game and Microsoft Outlook was the king of that hill. Today, Outlook has become mostly an email client like many, with a few add-ons on top. Perhaps that may have been for the best because, for almost half a day, Outlook uses were unable to use Microsoft's Windows app due to still unexplained crashes.

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iPhones users complain of severe battery drain due to Music app

iPhones users complain of severe battery drain due to Music app

Despite their loyalty, iPhone users have been complaining for years about the battery size and battery life of their favorite mobile device. iPhones have indeed become larger and iOS has become more battery-conscious, imposing strict restrictions on apps that can drain the battery in the background. Unfortunately, that may not apply to Apple's own apps as several users are now complaining about how its own Music app seems to be running amok in the background, causing the battery to drain fast and the phone to get hot.

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Fortnite’s The Authority has a major glitch that is ruining matches

Fortnite’s The Authority has a major glitch that is ruining matches

Epic Games has acknowledged a new bug that manifests in Fortnite's The Authority point of interest, one that has caused players to lose those matches without warning. The issue involves gliders and manifests in all occasions involving them, including times when the player is using items like a Grappler or Launch Pad. Though it's listed as a priority, Epic hasn't yet fixed this issue.

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PlayStation now has a bug bounty program for the PS4 and PSN

PlayStation now has a bug bounty program for the PS4 and PSN

Better late than never, as they say, and that applies especially for squashing software bugs. All non-trivial software have bugs and that's true both for games as well as the platforms that run these games. Although the PlayStation 5 is just around the corner, Sony is still giving its current PS4 console some much-needed attention by opening up its bug-hunting program to the public at large.

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