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Apple M1 Mac owners complain about Bluetooth instability

Apple M1 Mac owners complain about Bluetooth instability

With all the news floating around the M1 Mac minis and MacBooks, you'd think that these products are perfect. Of course, nothing comes out perfect the first time, even for Apple, and there are some problems that may have been buried under the ton of good news. There is, for example, the serious macOS restore issue that practically bricked some of these new Macs or missing compatibility with some iOS and x86 software. While the latter will probably be fixed over time, one problem that deserves immediate attention is the case of randomly disconnecting Bluetooth peripherals that are giving owners of these new Macs a lot of headaches.

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HomePod mini owners report random Internet connectivity problems

HomePod mini owners report random Internet connectivity problems

Apple was terribly late to the smart speaker party and even when the HomePod finally landed, it was initially a disappointment when it came to Siri's usefulness and control of smart home appliances. It definitely got better over time but its competitors have moved on to bigger and smaller smart speakers. At long last, Apple finally bit back with the HomePod mini but the smart speaker is reportedly giving new owners more headaches than the $99 speaker is worth because of intermittent and inexplicable Internet connection problems.

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Facebook Messenger bug let attacker listen through your phone

Facebook Messenger bug let attacker listen through your phone

A Facebook Messenger bug discovered earlier this year was revealed this week by a security researcher. This bug worked with the Facebook Messenger call system, taking advantage of a loophole that let an attacker make a phone call and auto-answer said call on the receiver's end. With this bug, an attacker could effectively listen to you through your phone without your knowledge.

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Twitter Fleets bug let some scrape videos even after expiration

Twitter Fleets bug let some scrape videos even after expiration

Compared to the likes of Facebook and Instagram, which Facebook owns, Twitter's big changes are relatively more sporadic. It took years for it to extend its 140-character limit and, to this day, still won't let users edit their tweets. When it does push out changes, though, they're often big, controversial, and rarely gets reverted. Its latest feature, an unabashed Snapchat and Instagram Stories clone, is the latest proof of that and so far it has been a disastrous launch, including a potential privacy-violating bug.

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iPhone 12 screen problems might have a software fix soon

iPhone 12 screen problems might have a software fix soon

Reports about this or that problem with the newly-launched iPhone 12 phones are starting to surface, which isn't surprising given it's a new product. Of course, being an Apple product means that it's held to a higher standard than others, which means flaws get more coverage than usual, too. Fortunately, it seems that Apple is already on top of at least one complaint regarding unusual behavior from iPhone 12 screens. Even better, it could be something that can be fixed by an iOS update down the line.

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Apple Silicon M1 Macs become unusable when restoring macOS

Apple Silicon M1 Macs become unusable when restoring macOS

All the news about the astounding performance of Apple's first M1 Silicon may have gotten people excitedly grabbing the new Macs and MacBooks left and right. As with any new product, even Apple's, there might be unforeseen teething problems that only appear after some time. Some might be easily fixed with a software update while others might, unfortunately, require waiting for the next-gen iteration. Some might even lead to odd bugs that render the Macs practically useless when you try to reinstall its operating system anew.

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iPhone 12 group SMS disappear, iPhone 12 mini lock screen unresponsive

iPhone 12 group SMS disappear, iPhone 12 mini lock screen unresponsive

No product can claim to be perfect the day it launches and that's true especially for software where bugs don't always get caught in testing. When you combine new software with new hardware, however, the possibility of issues popping up increases. That seems to be the case for Apple's latest smartphones, whose users are reporting a variety of problems on different iPhone 12 models. Hopefully, however, these are just software bugs that could be more easily squashed by an update.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War confuses even the PS5

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War confuses even the PS5

The launch of the PlayStation 5 naturally marked the launch of new titles, some of which also catered to the PS4 to maintain world peace. Cross-gen compatibility, while nice, does have some of its problems, especially when different versions of the same game exist for the different console generations. There is, for example, the somewhat confusing situation with Marvel's Spider-Man but the situation with Treyarch's and Raven's latest Call of Duty: Black Ops installment is both amusing and irritating as it seems to confuse the PS5 more than just players.

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macOS Big Sur reportedly making older MacBook Pros unusable

macOS Big Sur reportedly making older MacBook Pros unusable

While Big Sur's biggest claim to fame is its support for Apple's new ARM-based computers, a major macOS update is still a major macOS update. Finally released to the public just last week, it's no surprise to learn that many Mac owners are jumping on board early. It's also not surprising to hear those early adopters running into some issues. Most of those, however, can usually be fixed by resetting various components but one case, in particular, seems to be turning old MacBook Pros into unusable bricks according to a handful of owners.

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Galaxy S20 FE touchscreen issues persist after three updates

Galaxy S20 FE touchscreen issues persist after three updates

It is almost the perfect compromise between features and price but the Galaxy S20 FE's otherwise stellar package is marred by one persistent problem. Reports about touchscreen issues go back as far as last month, just after the Fan Edition finally became available to fans. This week, Samsung has released its third attempt at fixing that issue and the fact that users are reporting otherwise doesn't bode well for the "lite" Samsung flagship.

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OnePlus 8 OxygenOS 11 Beta wipes user data, fix sort of available

OnePlus 8 OxygenOS 11 Beta wipes user data, fix sort of available

For a while, it seemed that the dreaded OnePlus launch curse was finally gone for good but while the OnePlus 8T remains unscathed, its predecessor might be the one suffering from it instead. The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro phones on the Open Beta channel recently received what was erroneously labeled as a stable OxygenOS 11.0.1.1 update. Beyond just a typo, however, the update actually ended up wiping beta testers' phones clean, and OnePlus' "fix" saves only a small number of those affected by this bug.

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Windows 10 auto-installing Office PWAs was half bug, half feature

Windows 10 auto-installing Office PWAs was half bug, half feature

Microsoft has been known to be rather aggressive and unsubtle when pushing its products to people's consciousness. That was true back when it was pushing people to upgrade to Windows 10 and it's true now as it uses Windows' Start Menu as a home for advertising its own apps. Things seem to be coming to a head again as Windows users, both Insiders and regular users, start seeing what they thought were Office web apps automatically installed without their permission. It turns out, it's partly intentional and partly a bug.

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