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Pixel XL Android 8.1 charging bug is dangerous [UPDATE]

Pixel XL Android 8.1 charging bug is dangerous [UPDATE]

The Pixel 2 XL, for all its impressive features and camera, has been burdened by numerous bugs, none of which, fortunately, are as dangerous as this new one to beset its predecessor. The original 2016 Pixel XL just received its Android 8.1 update a few months ago, but it seems to have received more than what users bargained for. A charging bug experienced by some, but not all, Pixel XL owners leads to an overcurrent that could become a safety hazard if not addressed immediately.

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Cortana bypassed passwords to browse sites on locked PCs

Cortana bypassed passwords to browse sites on locked PCs

AI-powered smart assistants have become the newest weapons tech companies have in the market. For some people, they are life-changing and habit-forming. For others, they are mere curiosities. But for a certain group of tech-savvy users, they are opportunities to hack into devices. Two Israeli security researchers have come across a way to download malware onto a Windows PC, even when it’s locked. All because Cortana might have been too helpful to give users, whether its own or others, a helping hand.

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Chrome browser locker scams users into calling number

Chrome browser locker scams users into calling number

Browser users are often the easiest kind of users to trick. Many of them are not as tech savvy and are often careless in the links they click. As browser makers like Google and Mozilla step up their efforts to fight off phishing, scams, and malware, so do scammers level up in their creativity and cunning. One new technique that is gaining popularity is actually almost too simple and unsophisticated. But that simplicity is also the key to its success in tricking users to call a “toll-free” phone number by simply locking up or freezing their web browser.

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Google Play Services 11.9.75 fixes Chromecast, Nexus Player bugs

Google Play Services 11.9.75 fixes Chromecast, Nexus Player bugs

Google has recently come under fire for the buggy, or at the very least annoying, behavior of its new hardware. But who would have expected it would also botch it’s already existing, even old, devices as well. That’s what owners of Google Cast-enabled devices and the almost ancient Nexus Player discovered at the start of the new year, when they suddenly found themselves unable to use said devices properly. Fortunately, the fix is now out after Google has seemingly fast-tracked its own beta testing process to address these issues.

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Lenovo Fingerprint Manager has a terrible security flaw

Lenovo Fingerprint Manager has a terrible security flaw

Intel may have set the tone of 2018 with its Meltdown and Spectre double whammy. While security flaws are, of course, nothing new, but now a lot more attention, including from mainstream media, is being given to them. Lenovo’s newest problem might not be as damning as Intel’s but it might equally be for those owning certain ThinkPad PCs. According to the manufacturer’s bulletin, its fingerprint manager software has a bug that could potentially give hackers easy access to those computers, even when user credentials are encrypted.

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Xperia Z5 Premium Meltdown, Spectre patches unlikely

Xperia Z5 Premium Meltdown, Spectre patches unlikely

One of the worst effects of Android fragmentation is that devices often don’t get even critical security patches fast enough. A related disadvantage is that not so old devices are even less likely to get those same fixes. That’s the rather unfortunate situation that owners of the two-year old Sony Xperia Z5 Premium might be finding themselves in. According to Sony’s Twitter support account, that model, and most likely all others before it, won’t be getting patches for the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities currently rocking the computing industry.

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Intel messed up its chance at redemption from Meltdown, Spectre

Intel messed up its chance at redemption from Meltdown, Spectre

Grownups love to throw nuggets of wisdom like “haste makes waste” or “pride comes before a fall”. But apparently, you reach a certain stage where you might feel exempt from those. And then everything falls apart. Intel may have started thinking that way and is now reaping the unsavory fruits. It did promptly roll out patches to address the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities that threaten nearly all of the computing industry but it turns out that the cure is just as bad as the disease. And now Intel is asking OEMs to hold off on applying a Spectre patch that is causing computers to randomly reboot.

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Messages on iOS, macOS crash when receiving this link

Messages on iOS, macOS crash when receiving this link

Gone are the days when instant messaging pranks simply involved clicking on links that would take you to some scary, funny, or shocking image or video. These days, a prank can cause your messaging app or, worse, your phone, to crash and restart, sometimes repeatedly. That has exactly been the case with Apple’s Messages app, for both iOS and macOS, which has, time and again, been vulnerable to such bugs. The latest one, nicknamed “chaiOS” is at least less destructive but still very disruptive.

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Google Cast devices causing routers to drop Wi-Fi connections

Google Cast devices causing routers to drop Wi-Fi connections

Google has lately received a lot of flak for its buggy or, at the very least less than stellar, hardware. The Pixel 2 XL has a litany of faults, and the newer Google Home Mini and the Google Home Max aren’t spotless either. This time, however, users are reporting problems not with new Google products but with ones that have been in the market for years at most. Owners of the Google Chromecast and the original Google Home report getting Wi-Fi drops, but the problem is more complex than it seems.

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macOS High Sierra unlocks App Store Preferences with any password

macOS High Sierra unlocks App Store Preferences with any password

Some might say that Apple is getting sloppy with its software updates. It hasn’t even been two months since a severe security-related bug was discovered on macOS High Sierra, another one comes along. Fortunately, it’s not as severe but still worrying. It turns out, you can get access to the App Store’s preferences just by using any password. Fortunately, there is one caveat to this process and Apple already has a fix ready for later this month.

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Meltdown, Spectre affect Mac, iOS but there are no known exploits

Meltdown, Spectre affect Mac, iOS but there are no known exploits

The computing industry has just gotten its first security scare of the year and boy is it a big one. Nicknamed Meltdown and Spectre, the security vulnerabilities take advantage of how modern processors work on the hardware level, making it a tad difficult to fix without repercussions. Plus, it affects not just in Intel but AMD and even ARM CPUs as well and doesn’t discriminate between operating systems either. So while Macs and iOS devices, often hailed for being very secure, aren’t immune, Apple’s latest bulletin basically says stay calm and keep updated.

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CPU flaw: Key details of the huge processor problem [Fixes are here!]

CPU flaw: Key details of the huge processor problem [Fixes are here!]

An Intel bug was just announced which could have negative effects on the performance capabilities of computers all over the world. Before we go any further, I need to be clear in saying this will not have a significant effect on most users, or so we're lead to believe thus far. Intel has not released all the details on the issue, but we do have a general idea of what's happening and what to expect.

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