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BlueBorne Bluetooth vulnerability puts 8 billion devices at risk

BlueBorne Bluetooth vulnerability puts 8 billion devices at risk

Bluetooth is one of the most common and oldest wireless protocols used in the market. With the growing number of smartphones as well as smart home devices, there are estimated to be more than 8.2 billion devices using Bluetooth in one way or another. Now all of them are open to attack simply by just being there and being enabled, allowing hackers to easily take control of a device and, consequently, of other devices connected to it. All because of a few dangerous assumptions that developers and engineers have made regarding Bluetooth.

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Alexa, Siri are easily hacked, you won’t even hear it coming

Alexa, Siri are easily hacked, you won’t even hear it coming

Voice-controlled smart assistants are all the rage these days. Just look back at IFA 2017 to see how many devices were proud to announce support for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple Siri (via HomeKit). They are admittedly pretty convenient and powerful, but those same strengths might actually be their Achilles’ heel as well. Chinese researchers have demonstrated that Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and Google Assistant can be easily told to do things without the knowledge, much less permission, of their owners. All by saying commands that no human can actually hear.

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Android Oreo bug uses up mobile data even when on Wi-Fi

Android Oreo bug uses up mobile data even when on Wi-Fi

No non-trivial software is without bugs, even the most meticulously crafted ones. Bugs do slip through the cracks, but some are so bad you wonder how they didn’t get caught before release. While this recently discovered issue on Android 8.0 won’t eat kittens or any living being for that matter, it will eat your data. Some users already on Android Oreo report that their phones continue using up mobile data, even while they’re connected to a stable Wi-Fi network.

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Windows 10 Mobile update breaks GPS for Runtastic, others

Windows 10 Mobile update breaks GPS for Runtastic, others

In an ideal world, all that software updates do should be to improve users’ experience, either by adding new features or removing erroneous ones. In the real world, however, some bugs manage to creep in. And in some cases, they can be so terrible that they deserve more than just silence from software vendors. That’s the position the remaining few Windows 10 Mobile users are finding themselves in. The latest update to the nearly abandoned mobile platform apparently broke GPS tracking in some apps, including popular fitness apps like Runtastic.

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Android Wear Google Assistant bug leaves owners powerless

Android Wear Google Assistant bug leaves owners powerless

Smartwatches are odd contraptions. They promise to empower users by detaching their faces from their phone screens while still giving them much of their phone’s features. At the same time, they also make users more enslaved to notifications and also deprive them of effective ways to interact with the device other than a few taps or by voice. The latter, however, is no longer true if you’re using an Android Wear smartwatch, as users now find Google Assistant, which should let them control the wearable via voice, ignoring them and redirecting them to a Google search instead.

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Nintendo Switch update fixes battery indicator bug

Nintendo Switch update fixes battery indicator bug

Nothing can be more exasperating than suddenly running out of battery in the middle of an engrossing game or a super difficult battle. Actually, there is something more infuriating: not knowing if you’re actually running on empty. That is why platform makers have created battery indicators to offer some peace of mind. But what if you can’t trust such indicators because they’re lying? That is the unfortunate position Nintendo Switch users suddenly found themselves in and, fortunately, Nintendo has come up with a fix.

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SMB v1 vulnerability won’t be fixed, here’s how to disable it

SMB v1 vulnerability won’t be fixed, here’s how to disable it

Most of the time, when software vendors receive a report of a vulnerability, especially a serious one, they usually move swiftly in order to plug up the hole. There are times, however, when a vendor might decide that the cost of patching up the vulnerability and distributing that fix is far more trouble than it’s worth. That seems to be the line of thinking Microsoft has adopted regarding a 20-year old SMB bug that affects every Windows machine dating back to 2000, leaving it up users to protect themselves.

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Nexus 5X bootloop fix ported from unofficial Nexus 6P fix

Nexus 5X bootloop fix ported from unofficial Nexus 6P fix

There might finally be some hope for Nexus owners who have had their Nexus 5X or 6P instantly turn into paperweight through no fault of its own. While Google, LG, and Huawei take their time figuring this out and fighting off class action lawsuits, some more zealous users have taken matters into their own hands to fix their “bootloop of death”, or BLOD, problems. After the Nexus 6P got its fix, it is the Nexus 5X’s turn. Curiously, it uses the exact same fix as the Nexus 6P.

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OnePlus 5’s dangerous 911 bug explained

OnePlus 5’s dangerous 911 bug explained

Most smartphone bugs are annoyances at best. Some are security disasters waiting to happen. But very few are so dangerous and potentially life-threatening than what OnePlus 5, and some Android, owners have discovered just recently. Dialing 911 in an emergency consistently causes their phones to reboot, defeating the purpose of the emergency number. To its credit, OnePlus quickly pushed out a hotfix and now it is explaining in not so many words what happened.

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OnePlus 5 stereo recording doesn’t invert, and that’s bad

OnePlus 5 stereo recording doesn’t invert, and that’s bad

OnePlus just can't seem to catch a break. Which isn't exactly surprising considering how they themselves painted a large target on their back by boasting about being the flagship killer and never settling for anything less. Although less egregious than its "natural" jelly scrolling effect, this "non-inverted" stereo audio recording is going to throw of some users, especially those who love to capture memories on their smartphones.

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OnePlus 5 jelly scrolling is natural, not a defect, says OnePlus

OnePlus 5 jelly scrolling is natural, not a defect, says OnePlus

No smartphone is ever perfect, at least not for everyone and in equal measures. For some, OnePlus's phones are near perfect, but only if you resign yourself to accept some flaws here and there. Almost every OnePlus phone seems to have a screen problem, from bleeding to touch sensitivity. It seems that the OnePlus 5 is no exception and might, in fact, be one of the worst offenders with its "jelly" scrolling effect. And this time, OnePlus seems to be disagreeing with its users and saying that there is nothing wrong at all.

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Microsoft says don’t manually install Windows 10 Creators Update

Microsoft says don’t manually install Windows 10 Creators Update

Now this is a first. It's barely been a month since Microsoft opened the Creators Update floodgates and reception is rather lukewarm. In the past, Microsoft would be very aggressive in getting users to update to the latest version of Windows 10. This time, however, it is taking things slowly. Almost too slowly for some, which has lead those to manually download and install the update themselves. Which, in turn, has led to not a few broken Windows 10 PCs. Now Microsoft director Program Management, Windows Servicing and Delivery has written a blog post which basically tells users to be patient and wait their turn.

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