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Twitter Android bug made private tweets public for four years

Twitter Android bug made private tweets public for four years

Tech companies love redefining words. Network carriers, for example, have made “unlimited” mean “limited” and Twitter has apparently turned “private” into “public”. Granted, the social networking giant pins the blame on a bug that affected only their Android-using population, but more than the worrying nature of the bug itself, it’s the fact that the bug has been active for years that should be cause for concern. And the fact that Twitter isn’t even aware of the scope of the bug isn’t reassuring either.

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Popular ES File Explorer Android app now unpopular for security bug

Popular ES File Explorer Android app now unpopular for security bug

Android has long prided itself for how it allows users to dig into most of the file system, provided they have a file manager app on hand. Of the latter, ES File Explorer was once the cream of the crop for the features it offers. Those features, however, may have come at the price of your privacy and security. A vulnerability has been discovered that apparently gives any hacker worth his or her salt access to a phone with that app installed and all they have to do is sit on the same Wi-Fi network as the phone.

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Fortnite security fail put accounts and chat at risk

Fortnite security fail put accounts and chat at risk

A game as big as Fortnite is obviously going to be a target for the more unsavory people of the world. Though a major concern is children falling victim to phishing attempts or other scams, those usually require the victim to attempt logging in on a bogus website. Today, Check Point Research has detailed scary a Fortnite vulnerability that doesn't require victims to hand over their credentials before having their accounts compromised.

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Internet Explorer emergency security fix breaks Lenovo laptops

Internet Explorer emergency security fix breaks Lenovo laptops

It may not be at terrible as the now notorious Windows 10 October update, but for owners of certain Lenovo laptops, it might as well be. Last week, Microsoft rolled out a seemingly harmless update that, at least based on the Knowledge Base page, is just about fixing a security exploit in Internet Explorer. While majority of Windows users will install that update, even if they don’t use the ancient browser, Microsoft has now acknowledged that it is causing headaches for some Lenovo laptops in the process.

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SQLite “Magellan” bug affects Chrome-based browsers, thousands of apps

SQLite “Magellan” bug affects Chrome-based browsers, thousands of apps

With the Internet being people’s primary gateway to today’s services, web browsers have often been the target of hackers and security researchers trying to discover potential vulnerabilities. One such vulnerability has been discovered by Tencent’s Blade security team and nicknamed “Magellan”. While it affects a large chunk of browsers that use the open source Chromium engine, including Google Chrome itself, this time it isn’t the web browser that’s at fault. Instead, it’s the SQLite database that’s used not just by Chromium but by hundreds if not thousands of apps as well.

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Windows 10 update gives Surface Book 2 the gift of BSOD

Windows 10 update gives Surface Book 2 the gift of BSOD

Another Windows 10 update, another report of system-breaking bugs. Microsoft has just rolled out a cumulative update on top of the already bug-ridden October update. While the bugs that followed after that may have been relatively minor, this latest one is delivering the dreaded Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). And while it may not be widespread, it embarrassingly affects the Surface Book 2, one of Microsoft’s own flagship PCs.

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LG G7 ThinQ suffers from the LG Bootloop curse

LG G7 ThinQ suffers from the LG Bootloop curse

There seem to be two things LG’s smartphones can’t fully be rid of: disappointing sales and bootloop-causing bugs. No matter how hard it tries and no matter how good they turn out to be, LG’s flagship phones just seem to underwhelm in terms of sales and, eventually, start showing its warts. Even the G7 ThinQ, one of its latest and smartest, is now reported to be susceptible to bootloops that the company’s phones have become infamous for.

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Windows 10 update makes Windows Media Player almost unusable

Windows 10 update makes Windows Media Player almost unusable

Windows 10’s October update, a.k.a. version 1809, is turning out to be, by far, the worst Windows 10 update in its three-year history as a rolling release. While Windows as a Service definitely has many benefits on paper, Microsoft’s execution is souring users’ perception of what should have been a very positive change. The latest in a growing litany of errors is an update that fixes a few security issues but also breaks Microsoft’s own Media Player and Windows 10 OS features in the process.

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Microsoft needs to clean up its Windows update act ASAP

Microsoft needs to clean up its Windows update act ASAP

Almost everyone has a smartphone these days,perhaps more than a PC. That means almost everyone uses Android or iOS. Linux runs the tech world behind the scenes and macOS still enjoys the prestige of being the creatives' OS. But like it or not, Windows is still the operating system on computers, from desktops to laptops to hybrids to even some PoS and ATMs, regrettably. With that many users and installs, you’d think Microsoft would exercise great care and caution to ensure its updates don’t break computers terribly. Unfortunately, as it turns out, that isn’t the case lately.

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Windows 10 October update breaks iCloud shared album syncing

Windows 10 October update breaks iCloud shared album syncing

Windows 10’s October 2018 major update, a.k.a. version 1809, is turning out to be quite the nightmare, most especially for users. It was rolled out early lost month with a nefarious file-deleting bug that allegedly affected only a small number of users. Microsoft has since pulled out the update and re-released it but the nightmare is far from over. The latest is a still unfixed bug that is causing problems for iCloud users trying to sync their shared albums.

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Pixel 3, 3 XL have memory problems but a fix is on the way

Pixel 3, 3 XL have memory problems but a fix is on the way

It seems that no Pixel phone after the first one is free from some major issue right after it launches. Last year’s storm revolved the bluish tint of the Pixel 2 XL’s (LG-made) OLED screen which Google sort of fixed by letting users adjust their color profiles on their own. This year’s Pixels, both of them, seem to be plagued with memory management issues. One of them, related to the camera, already has a fix. An equally problematic issue, however, will be lingering around a bit longer until Google finally rolls out a patch.

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watchOS 5.1 update pulled by Apple after major problems surface

watchOS 5.1 update pulled by Apple after major problems surface

Generally speaking, applying a new software update to one of your expensive devices isn't usually a major risk. There's always the potential for bugs, of course, but those aren't normally severe. Every once in a while, however, a software update comes around and causes major problems for end users, and unfortunately, some Apple Watch users are being reminded of this ugly side of software today.

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