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OnePlus 7 and 7T Widevine DRM fix comes with a caveat

OnePlus 7 and 7T Widevine DRM fix comes with a caveat

There has been a lot of griping about the quality and pace of OnePlus' recent software updates, especially when OxygenOS 11 brought about major UI changes and, with it, some nasty bugs. OnePlus 7 and 7T owners, however, seem to have had it worse and have experienced the worst that the release has to offer. After two months since the issue appeared, OnePlus is finally rolling out the fix to a bug that locked users into watching SD quality streaming videos, but many users still aren't satisfied with how the update is being handled.

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Galaxy S10 5G update reportedly breaks face recognition

Galaxy S10 5G update reportedly breaks face recognition

Samsung has been making good in its promise to roll out Android updates more regularly, even if a bit belatedly. Part of that involves improving its process for integrating and testing those security patches and bug fixes so that they don't become disasters waiting to happen instead. Unfortunately, it's not unusual for bugs to slip into some cracks, like what some owners of the Galaxy S10 from 2019 are now reporting. According to complaints, the phone's facial recognition feature suddenly stopped working after installing the latest July update.

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Chrome OS update locks people out of their Chromebooks

Chrome OS update locks people out of their Chromebooks

It's often advised to always be on top of updates, especially for critical software like operating systems and web browsers, in order to get the latest security fixes and vulnerability mitigations. That said, that also comes with some risks, especially when the update itself comes with a show-stopping bug. That is the unfortunate scenario that Chrome OS users have suddenly found themselves in after a seemingly small update has locked a good number of them out of the computers.

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Windows PrintNightmare bug fix still has some problems

Windows PrintNightmare bug fix still has some problems

It's not uncommon for software to have some bugs, even ones that go undiscovered for years. There are bugs, however, that are so severe that developers and companies scramble to plug up holes as fast as they can. That is the nightmare situation that Microsoft and Windows users have suddenly found themselves living with this aptly named PrintNightmare bug. Microsoft quickly pushed out a patch to address the issue, but the nightmare doesn't seem to be over just yet.

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iPhone WiFi bug has an even more severe variant

iPhone WiFi bug has an even more severe variant

A rather worrying report broke out two weeks ago regarding a strange bug that afflicted iPhones, causing them to be unable to connect to any WiFi access point when triggered. Fortunately, the bug had a simple though inconvenient fix and could be easily avoided by not connecting to wireless networks with symbols in their names. It turns out there is another iPhone bug with almost similar characteristics, except that it is almost impossible to avoid and harder to fix as well.

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WD My Book Live mass-wipe might have been due to a zero-day bug

WD My Book Live mass-wipe might have been due to a zero-day bug

Very few things in modern computing probably scare people more than the thought of losing years of data in a blink of an eye. That nightmare, unfortunately, became a reality for thousands of owners of Western Digital's discontinued My Book Live storage last week. Years' worth of files, photos, videos, and everything in between were remotely erased because of some malicious actors that may have been competing with each other. What makes matters worse is that Western Digital itself may have had a hand in actually enabling one of two vulnerabilities that made this remote mass-wipe possible.

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Dell BIOSConnect vulnerability threatens millions of PCs

Dell BIOSConnect vulnerability threatens millions of PCs

Dell is one of the world's biggest PC vendors and its laptops number in the millions. That means that there are also millions of potential victims ripe for the picking should hackers get hold of a security exploit that affects almost all of them. That opportunity might have finally come up when Dell's own software in charge of keeping users safe the moment a computer boots is itself compromised, opening the door for hackers to get in without being detected.

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iPhones lose the ability to connect to WiFi when hit by this bug

iPhones lose the ability to connect to WiFi when hit by this bug

There is a wide variety of bugs ranging from the embarrassingly nonsensical to the deviously malicious. Almost all bugs, however, are born when humans and systems fail to cover all possible scenarios and cases, which actually happens far more often than you can imagine. In this particular case, an iPhone may be rendered unable to connect to any and all WiFi networks after it tries to connect to one with an odd sequence of characters. Fortunately, there's an easy but inconvenient fix to get things working again.

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Samsung pre-installed apps left Galaxy phones open to hacking

Samsung pre-installed apps left Galaxy phones open to hacking

Although Google has its recommended set of apps for all Android phones to have, some manufacturers have long preferred to still provide their own core apps and custom experiences. For the longest time, Samsung has been one of the biggest culprits of that divergent experience, but it has lately been trying to trim down its set of apps. That doesn't mean it hasn't done away with those completely, especially pre-installed apps and services that provide functionality that neither Google nor Android itself provides. Unfortunately, those apps and services can also become entry points for hackers, as demonstrated by this latest security report.

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OnePlus 7 and 7T OxygenOS 11 survey irks users over AOD question

OnePlus 7 and 7T OxygenOS 11 survey irks users over AOD question

OnePlus takes great pride in how it handles customer feedback, sometimes even conceding its position to accommodate their requests. It is, however, far from perfect as this latest incident around a user survey demonstrates. It may have been a simple clerical error but when OnePlus asked owners of the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7T about the Always-On Display feature that came with OxygenOS 11, those owners were up in arms because that feature was not made available to those devices without prior warning or explanation.

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Apple WebKit vulnerability remains open on iOS and macOS

Apple WebKit vulnerability remains open on iOS and macOS

Bugs in software aren't exactly out of the ordinary, even bugs that can compromise the security of a system. Of course, those get fixed eventually but some bugs are time-sensitive and their patches need to be rolled out as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, one security researcher points out that Apple may not see one such vulnerability as an urgent matter as it hasn't rolled out a fix to iOS and macOS that would plug up a WebKit bug that not only causes Safari to crash but also leaves a door open for attackers to exploit.

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Chrome crashing on Windows 10 and Linux now has a fix

Chrome crashing on Windows 10 and Linux now has a fix

A lot of people rely on the Web these days not just to say informed or connected but also to work. Web browsers have become critical pieces of software on any platform, so when those break, the Internet is filled with complaints and demands for explanations. That is what transpired over the weekend when Google Chrome on Windows 10 started crashing left and right. Google did quickly push out a fix and its solution is just as strange as the bug it fixes.

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