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Windows 10 KB4541335 is an optional update you might want to skip for now

Windows 10 KB4541335 is an optional update you might want to skip for now

Barely two weeks ago, Microsoft pledged to put optional updates to Windows 10 on hold. The reason, it explains, is to ensure that users will be left with stable and functional computers during this time of increased dependence on such devices and on the Internet. Unfortunately, it has strangely decided to do so starting only next month. Even worse, one such optional update is already causing chaos by rendering Windows 10 computers practically useless.

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Outlook, Office 365 won’t connect to internet [UPDATE: Bug affects Internet Explorer, Edge]

Outlook, Office 365 won’t connect to internet [UPDATE: Bug affects Internet Explorer, Edge]

A Windows 10 connectivity bug seems to be affecting workers using VPN connections as Microsoft moves to release fix in early April. This situation is of particular importance at this moment in history due to the abnormal amount of workers working from home. Workers are currently dependent on productivity and connectivity apps Outlook for email, Office 365 (online collaborative tools), and Microsoft Teams while quarantined to avoid the spread of COVID-19 / novel coronavirus worldwide.

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Google Messages app reportedly deleting messages since last year

Google Messages app reportedly deleting messages since last year

Text messaging apps aren't exactly sophisticated and feature-rich. There's very little you can really do with the SMS protocol unless the app also supports the more or less defunct MMS system or, in Google's case, the new RCS that some are trying to push. That's not to say those apps can't go wrong, just like Google's Messages app that has apparently been making messages disappear for almost a year now.

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iOS 13 Personal Hotspot issues secretly confirmed by Apple

iOS 13 Personal Hotspot issues secretly confirmed by Apple

Almost true to its superstitious association, the iOS 13 release hasn't been smooth sailing ever since it was first unleashed to the public. To its credit, Apple quickly resolved those at each release but each release also brought its own headaches. It has somewhat died down these past months but there are still some small problems that pop up here and there and some that have been lingering unaddressed for months. One of those is still unfixed but Apple is now at least acknowledging people are experiencing Hotspot issues time and again.

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Windows 10 KB4535996 update fixes Search bug, adds some more

Windows 10 KB4535996 update fixes Search bug, adds some more

Given that there are thousands if not hundreds of thousands of computers running Windows, you'd think that Microsoft would exercise extreme caution when rolling out updates. Given how it has landed with egg on its face so many times already, you'd presume it has already learned its lesson hard. That doesn't seem to be the case, however, if the latest update it released barely two weeks ago is any indicator as it brings the now "normal" story of fixing one or two bugs while introducing a handful of new ones as well.

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AT&T Pixel 4 March security update pulled for critical bug

AT&T Pixel 4 March security update pulled for critical bug

Google has just released its regular monthly update to improve the security of its Pixel phones and Android in general. It even talked about in some detail the new security-unrelated features that the Pixel 4 will be receiving this month. Imagine, then, the confusion that some Pixel 4 owners received instead when the March update for AT&T was mysteriously yanked from the Internet. It turns out that Google may have missed a critical step that left some features like Google Pay broken on the carrier-locked phone.

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Windows 10 KB4532693 update may be hiding or even deleting files

Windows 10 KB4532693 update may be hiding or even deleting files

Last year's last major Windows 10 update was a relatively small one and, save for a few bugs, was relatively less problematic than previous feature updates. That was as intended since Microsoft wanted to dedicate the 2H19 update to bug fixes and polish. That doesn't mean, however, that showstopping bugs won't pop up in other minor updates, which is precisely the case with update KB4532693. And it isn't just some minor bug or annoyance but one that may even cause users to lose some files for good.

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Xperia XZ3 and XZ2 Android 10 updates halted due to showstopping bugs

Xperia XZ3 and XZ2 Android 10 updates halted due to showstopping bugs

Sony has had a special distinction in the past among Android modders and developers because of its commitment to that community. That never meant, however, that Sony itself was fast in pushing out updates to its own phones, despite the minimal changes it makes to the Android experience. Two months ago it announced which phones are getting Android 10 and while it has started to make good on that promise, the bugs that users have run into maybe making them wish Sony didn't roll out the update at all or at least not yet.

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Millions of Israeli voters’ data leaked by election management app

Millions of Israeli voters’ data leaked by election management app

Elections are one of the oldest sociopolitical activities of humanity and, given its rather sensitive nature, has been slow to change over the centuries. Attempts to modernize elections and the systems around them have always been met with suspicion and scrutiny due to fears of data and security breaches. In Israel, those fears materialized in what may be the worst case the country has faced, and it isn't even due to the election system itself and only a third-party app for managing voters.

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Windows 7 users are unable to shut down PCs, cause still unknown

Windows 7 users are unable to shut down PCs, cause still unknown

Microsoft has officially ended support for Windows 7 but it seems that it is being forced to continue doing so anyway and it has only itself to blame. While the EOL for the operating system means it will no longer provide security updates and bug fixes, it doesn't mean it would render Windows 7 computers unusable. Yet that seems to be the case as the number of complaints about suddenly broken Windows 7 computers rise, including one that is preventing users from shutting down at all.

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Windows desktop search went down because of Microsoft server outage

Windows desktop search went down because of Microsoft server outage

The large amount of data we accumulate or access these days has made traditional organization and retrieval methods like files and folders a little less convenient. Search is the hot thing in computing, be it on the Web or even just on your computer. Windows 10 users, however, were baffled when their desktop's all-powerful and essential desktop search suddenly showed them nothing and it's all probably because of an error on a remote Microsoft Bing server.

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Twitter phone matching exploit traced to some state-sponsored actors

Twitter phone matching exploit traced to some state-sponsored actors

Twitter doesn't always get dragged into controversy the same way Facebook does but when things happen, they often become huge issues. More often than not, they involve rather critical flaws in the social network that can compromise users' security and privacy. The latest happened not too long ago and is actually based on the same root cause for the high-profile hacking of CEO Jack Dorsey's account: Twitter's use of your phone number.

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