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Final Fantasy XV bug let player into blocked off open world

Final Fantasy XV bug let player into blocked off open world

Given how long it has been delayed, rebooted, and, of course, renamed, the boy band road trip known as Final Fantasy XV is naturally the subject of much appraisal, criticism, and, of course, bug exploits. No game ever shipped without bugs, so it isn’t exactly surprising to see one like this. Fortunately, this out-of-bounds (OOB) glitch in FF XV is harmless and, to be honest, practically useless. Unless you happen to like spending nearly an hour enjoying the sights and dust of the game world. On foot, no less.

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Google Pixel now reported to randomly freeze for minutes

Google Pixel now reported to randomly freeze for minutes

Google may have broken out the champagne a wee bit too early for its Pixel smartphones. After a brief but pleasant honeymoon, owners are slowly discovering the warts hiding under the pretty facade. The latest string of user complaints involve the Pixel smartphones randomly freezing and becoming unusable under still unreproducible circumstances. It is, however, just the latest in what looks like a growing list of complaints and issues plaguing the first "made by Google" smartphone.

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Google Pixel phones reported to also have audio problems

Google Pixel phones reported to also have audio problems

Did Google rush its Pixel smartphone out to market to one up Apple’s iPhone 7? That is starting to be a theory given how the honeymoon phase with users seem to be coming to a close. After the hot welcome it received, some owners are starting to discover some warts on the device. First it was a severe camera issue that plagued the otherwise near-perfect Pixel camera. Now the problem is with the smartphone’s audio, which has been shown to exhibit static and cracking noise under some circumstances.

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AirDroid has gaping security holes, hopefully not for long

AirDroid has gaping security holes, hopefully not for long

AirDroid is one of the treasures of the Android world, a product of the platform’s more open nature. In a nutshell, it allowed Android users to control their devices from a web browser, to send or read messages, manage files, or even mirror the device’s screen. That power, however, has apparently come at a price. Although AirDroid has existed for years now, it was only earlier this year that mobile security researchers at Zimperium discovered some rather serious security holes in its implementation, potentially giving hackers nearly limitless access to the owner’s information and device.

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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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