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Microsoft says don’t manually install Windows 10 Creators Update

Microsoft says don’t manually install Windows 10 Creators Update

Now this is a first. It's barely been a month since Microsoft opened the Creators Update floodgates and reception is rather lukewarm. In the past, Microsoft would be very aggressive in getting users to update to the latest version of Windows 10. This time, however, it is taking things slowly. Almost too slowly for some, which has lead those to manually download and install the update themselves. Which, in turn, has led to not a few broken Windows 10 PCs. Now Microsoft director Program Management, Windows Servicing and Delivery has written a blog post which basically tells users to be patient and wait their turn.

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Punycode phishing attacks exploit Unicode’s strength

Punycode phishing attacks exploit Unicode’s strength

In the past, it was easy to detect a fake website address designed to scam unsuspecting users. At least if you have a keen eye and a cautious mind. Now, however, it has just gotten harder to detect such phishing attacks with just your eyes. To make matters worse, even browsers are no help at all. These "homograph" phishing URLs, for all intents and purposes, looks exactly like a regular, safe URL. Except they arent't. And, unfortunately, they are taking advantage of the fact that computers these days can display more languages and characters than you might even be aware of.\

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iOS 10.2.1 fixes most, but not all, iPhone 6 sudden shutdowns

iOS 10.2.1 fixes most, but not all, iPhone 6 sudden shutdowns

A couple of months back, owners of older iPhone models going as far back as the iPhone 6 have started reporting sudden inexplicable switching off of their phones. More than a minor inconvenience, users had to scramble to plug their iPhones in before they can switch them on again. Now Apple is proudly sharing that it has all but eradicated the issue through the iOS 10.2.1 update that is already installed on about half the affected devices.

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Google apologizes for accidentally wiping WiFi, OnHub routers

Google apologizes for accidentally wiping WiFi, OnHub routers

In a perfect world, software functions as it should with no unintended side effect. But we do not live in a perfect world and it isn't rare that an update would wreck havoc on devices that run them. Rare, however, are times when software wrecks havoc even without a software update or similar. That is apparently the nightmare that greeted Google WiFi and OnHub owners when the routers, for no apparent reason, suddenly refused to connect through no fault of their own. This time, it is totally Google's fault and it admits it.

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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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