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Pixel 2, 2 XL random reboots could be related to LTE

Pixel 2, 2 XL random reboots could be related to LTE

Just when you thought the string of complaints against the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were over, here comes yet another one. Actually, it’s an old one that may have just received an important clue towards its solution. Second gen Pixel owners have been reporting random reboots of their phones and, given their randomness, no answer was yet given, even by Google. Naturally, some users did their own sleuthing and at least one may have finally stumbled upon a clue: the Pixel 2’s LTE functionality.

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OnePlus preinstalls app that can be used as a backdoor

OnePlus preinstalls app that can be used as a backdoor

With just days left before its final hurrah for the year, OnePlus seems to be involved yet again in a controversy surrounding privacy and security. No, it's not a rehash of last month's data collection scandal. This one is potentially more harmful, especially since OnePlus itself may be unaware of its existence until now. The startup apparently left a diagnostic app preinstalled on its smartphones since the OnePlus 3 that, with just some simple nudging, can be used to gain root access to the device, with or without the user's knowledge.

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Some iPhone X reported to have crackling, buzzing from earpiece

Some iPhone X reported to have crackling, buzzing from earpiece

The recent slew of issues, be it hardware or software, coming from brand new smartphone models might have some wondering if quality control is going downhill or if users have just become too meticulous about their devices. And since some of these involve really expensive smartphones, the expectations of perfection are even higher. The latest to join the list of complaints is, unsurprisingly, the iPhone X, which is now reported by some owners to exhibit either crackling or buzzing audio coming from the phone’s earpiece speaker at high volumes.

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iOS predictive text bug is frustrating, but Apple has a workaround

iOS predictive text bug is frustrating, but Apple has a workaround

It appears that iOS users are grappling with a new bug that is small in nature yet very frustrating at the same time. The bug centers around the iOS predictive keyboard, with a lot of users seeing predictive text autocorrecting "I" inputs to "A[?]." This, as you can probably imagine, is problematic for pretty much anyone who uses their keyboard on a regular basis.

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Apple Watch Siri, Weather crash might be due to DST

Apple Watch Siri, Weather crash might be due to DST

Daylight Saving Time, or DST as its infamously known, is perhaps one of the strangest inventions of man still in use today. Considering how much technology, industry, and lifestyle has changed over the decades, DST might have minimal benefits to justify the confusion it brings, not just to those in’ countries that observe it, but throughout the whole world. Apparently, it isn’t just humans either. A recently discovered Apple Watch bug caused the wearable to “crash” when asking Siri about the current weather, all because it probably didn’t grok DST, exactly like how many people don’t.

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Pixel 2 XL’s audio recording problem has a fix coming

Pixel 2 XL’s audio recording problem has a fix coming

It just doesn’t end, does it? While nothing will probably top Samsung’s blunder with the Galaxy Note 7 last year, the Pixel 2 XL might be coming at a close second. Everyday seems to uncover yet another problem with Google’s 2018 flagship. The latest revolves around some Pixel 2 XL’s inconsistent audio recording quality. Google is already aware off the issue and, like almost all of the Pixel 2’s woes, it can be solved with a software fix that’s promised to come soon.

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Pixel 2, 2 XL has some audio issues, here’s a temporary fix

Pixel 2, 2 XL has some audio issues, here’s a temporary fix

The Pixel 2 XL just can’t seem to catch a break. It has been hounded with this or that issue related to its screen. And now there’s a new cause for concern among owners, though this time it isn’t alone. Both the Pixel 2 XL but more prominently the smaller Pixel 2 have been reported to be emitting an odd high-pitched or crackling sound from the earpiece speaker. And while a temporary workaround seems to have been discovered, it doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in the overall quality of Google’s second gen smartphones.

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Google Home Mini completely loses top touch function

Google Home Mini completely loses top touch function

This is perhaps a case of the cure being worse than the disease. A few owners of the new Google Home Mini have reported that their smart speaker has been listening on them 24/7 because of a hardware bug that basically triggered the "long press to activate Google Assistant" gesture on the top of the Home Mini. Google's initial fix was to disable that gesture only. Now, however, to "avoid confusion", Google is completely stripping the Home Mini of all top touch functionality, leaving voice as users' only option for Google Assistant and playback controls.

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iOS makes it almost too easy to phish users’ passwords

iOS makes it almost too easy to phish users’ passwords

iOS is often hailed as having better security mechanisms than Android, though often at the expense of openness. But while it certainly has the big malware and exploits covered, Apple may have overlooked the overly simpler cases. Apparently, it's quite easy to deceive users into giving up their Apple ID passwords, which can be used to potentially hack the user's other accounts. All of that using the official tools that Apple provides developer to make popups and dialog boxes.

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Google Home Mini bug records everything 24/7, fix rolling out

Google Home Mini bug records everything 24/7, fix rolling out

When Google announced the Pixel 2 smartphones, it also announced its response to Amazon's growing dominance in the smart home speaker market. While the Google Home Max was designed to appeal to audiophiles, the Google Home Mini was meant for those looking into more affordable ways to fill their homes with Google Assistant devices. Unfortunately, it seems that for what is claimed to be a small percentage of new owners of the Home Mini, that affordability came at the price of privacy because of a hardware issue that made the small speaker record everything 24/7 and send those to Google.

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Whatsapp exploit can give a glimpse of your sleep, chatting habits

Whatsapp exploit can give a glimpse of your sleep, chatting habits

WhatsApp, despite its claims to privacy and end-to-end encryption, has never really recovered from the scandals that plagued it, especially after its acquisition by Facebook. This recently discovered vulnerability doesn't help it either, especially when it can, amusingly or not, be used to establish infidelity. All that from an exploit that allows others to see your online and last seen status, which can eventually be correlated to your sleeping patterns and who you might be chatting with.

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Galaxy S8 has a missing text messages problem

Galaxy S8 has a missing text messages problem

Is every new Samsung flagship cursed to have a major fiasco? While not as explosive, pun totally intended, as the Galaxy Note 7, it seems that something is amiss with the otherwise commendable Galaxy S8 and S8+. Owners across different carriers in the US are reporting cases of "missing" text messages. On the one hand, it's unlikely to cause physical harm (unless you violently hurl the phone at someone). But, on the other hand, the bug is a serious issue for concern, especially when emergency cases are involved.

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