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Nexus 5X bootloop fix ported from unofficial Nexus 6P fix

Nexus 5X bootloop fix ported from unofficial Nexus 6P fix

There might finally be some hope for Nexus owners who have had their Nexus 5X or 6P instantly turn into paperweight through no fault of its own. While Google, LG, and Huawei take their time figuring this out and fighting off class action lawsuits, some more zealous users have taken matters into their own hands to fix their “bootloop of death”, or BLOD, problems. After the Nexus 6P got its fix, it is the Nexus 5X’s turn. Curiously, it uses the exact same fix as the Nexus 6P.

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OnePlus 5’s dangerous 911 bug explained

OnePlus 5’s dangerous 911 bug explained

Most smartphone bugs are annoyances at best. Some are security disasters waiting to happen. But very few are so dangerous and potentially life-threatening than what OnePlus 5, and some Android, owners have discovered just recently. Dialing 911 in an emergency consistently causes their phones to reboot, defeating the purpose of the emergency number. To its credit, OnePlus quickly pushed out a hotfix and now it is explaining in not so many words what happened.

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OnePlus 5 stereo recording doesn’t invert, and that’s bad

OnePlus 5 stereo recording doesn’t invert, and that’s bad

OnePlus just can't seem to catch a break. Which isn't exactly surprising considering how they themselves painted a large target on their back by boasting about being the flagship killer and never settling for anything less. Although less egregious than its "natural" jelly scrolling effect, this "non-inverted" stereo audio recording is going to throw of some users, especially those who love to capture memories on their smartphones.

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OnePlus 5 jelly scrolling is natural, not a defect, says OnePlus

OnePlus 5 jelly scrolling is natural, not a defect, says OnePlus

No smartphone is ever perfect, at least not for everyone and in equal measures. For some, OnePlus's phones are near perfect, but only if you resign yourself to accept some flaws here and there. Almost every OnePlus phone seems to have a screen problem, from bleeding to touch sensitivity. It seems that the OnePlus 5 is no exception and might, in fact, be one of the worst offenders with its "jelly" scrolling effect. And this time, OnePlus seems to be disagreeing with its users and saying that there is nothing wrong at all.

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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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