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Edison Mail iOS bug gave strangers full access to others’ emails

Edison Mail iOS bug gave strangers full access to others’ emails

It's scary enough to learn that your email address may have been part of a recent hacking spree but it's probably short of horrific to find out that some random stranger, through no fault of their own, suddenly has full and unfettered access to your emails. That is, unfortunately, the experience that users of Edison Mail, which bills itself as the best email client for Apple's platforms, experienced even for a short while when the company rolled out a new syncing feature for its iOS app.

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iOS apps suddenly crashing blamed on Facebook SDK server change

iOS apps suddenly crashing blamed on Facebook SDK server change

Given today's circumstances, people are even more dependent on their computers and smartphones, particularly the apps that let them work at home or communicate with friends and family or even just keep themselves from going insane. The stability of these apps has become even more important these days, which is why some developers have opted to pause rolling out huge changes that could risk breaking things. Unfortunately, it may take just a single change not in the app but on a remote server that could bring several apps down, like this very odd case related to Facebook's SDK.

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Surface Pro 7 random shutdown problem still has no official fix in sight

Surface Pro 7 random shutdown problem still has no official fix in sight

After many failed attempts at hardware, Microsoft seems to have finally gotten the formula right with the Surface Pro 2-in-1 tablet PCs. It has since then spun off that Surface brand into other products, including laptops, an all-in-one desktop, and, soon, a dual-screen Android phone. For many, the Surface Pro still remains the epitome of the product line and the Surface Pro 7's long-overdue adoption of USB-C makes it almost perfect. That was until a few months ago when these tablets started shutting down randomly with Microsoft mostly keeping silent despite the growing number of complaints.

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Windows 10 1903 broke Chrome and other browsers’ secure sandboxes

Windows 10 1903 broke Chrome and other browsers’ secure sandboxes

Web browsers have become very powerful but, as the cliché goes, that power also comes with responsibility. Major browsers like Chrome often use sandboxing methods to make sure that any wayward web page won't be able to harm the rest of the system. Those sandboxing methods, however, ultimately rely on the underlying operating system's capabilities and unfortunately for those that rely on Chromium's sandboxing on Windows 10, Microsoft changed just one line of code that rendered almost all major web browsers' sandboxes ineffective, including Chrome and, ironically, Microsoft Edge.

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This iOS “text bomb” could crash your iPhone

This iOS “text bomb” could crash your iPhone

A new iOS bug that causes iPhones and other devices to crash when a certain string of characters is received in a messaging app has been identified, another so-called "text bomb" that takes advantage of Apple notifications. The characters - which include emojis and Sindhi language text - can lead to iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch instabilities when received.

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OnePlus 8 Pro pre-order units reportedly have varying screen issues

OnePlus 8 Pro pre-order units reportedly have varying screen issues

Smartphone screens have almost become a commodity among manufacturers that it takes a truly glaring flaw for people to even notice something is a miss. Unfortunately, when those flaws happen on expensive handsets, the problem feels almost magnified. That is perhaps the sentiment that some early owners of the OnePlus 8 Pro are having due to different problems that put OnePlus' most expensive smartphone under a very negative light.

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Apple Mail on iPhone, iPad has a zero-click exploit, fix coming in weeks

Apple Mail on iPhone, iPad has a zero-click exploit, fix coming in weeks

Apple is known for its stringent review of apps on its App Store and most presume that it applies that same scrutiny to its own first-party apps. Even if that were the case, however, there will also be times when a bug or a security vulnerability gets through its critical eyes. Sometimes, those bugs can have very serious consequences, like this rather frightening bug in the iOS Mail app that can give hackers access to an iPhone even without the user even opening the email.

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Galaxy S20 Ultra update pulled probably due to numerous bugs

Galaxy S20 Ultra update pulled probably due to numerous bugs

The Galaxy S20 series and especially the Galaxy S20 Ultra should be Samsung's greatest victory yet, at least in theory. In practice, it might be one of its most disappointing and it isn't just the COVID-19 that is to blame. In addition to concerns about performance and price value, the Galaxy S20 Ultra, in particular, seems to be hounded by some rather serious bugs due to Samsung's own updates. Now the company has yanked those updates from the Internet but still remains silent on those matters.

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Galaxy S20 Ultra Exynos variant plagued by a green tint bug

Galaxy S20 Ultra Exynos variant plagued by a green tint bug

What should have been Samsung's crowning glory this year is turning out to be a liability. Never mind that the Galaxy S20 series isn't selling well since that can always be blamed on the COVID-19 pandemic. It is, instead, the Galaxy S20 Ultra with Samsung's own Exynos chip that is giving users some doubts about the quality of Samsung's products. This latest issue may not be directly related to that processor but its mere association is already sending some users speculating about the future of Samsung's Exynos brand.

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AirPods single replacements ship with new, incompatible firmware

AirPods single replacements ship with new, incompatible firmware

True Wireless Stereo or TWS earbuds like the Apple AirPods are convenient and handy when you don't want to bother with wires but they also have their downsides exactly because of that. It's easy enough to lose one or both or hove one suddenly break while the other remains intact. Fortunately, Apple offers replacements for even just a single AirPod. Unfortunately, the single replacements it has been shipping apparently can't work with an older AirPod because of a mismatch in the firmware the new ones are running.

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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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