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FaceTime users spammed with group calls from strangers

FaceTime users spammed with group calls from strangers

There are two standard features of Apple's platforms that users of other systems, especially Android, seem to always desire. Even with the likes of Google's Duo and Messages, iMessage and FaceTime seem to remain the standard in instant messaging and video chats. That doesn't mean they are perfect, however, and recent events have revealed some of FaceTime's glaring flaws. Although these flaws have been around since forever, it seems that the number of people abusing the system to make FaceTime spam calls has suddenly surged in the past few days.

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GTA Online will finally load faster thanks to a player

GTA Online will finally load faster thanks to a player

People might have some stereotypes and preconceived notions of how game developers look and work but, as with any such concepts, reality is far different and sometimes even stranger. True, these are professionals in their trade but even pros do make mistakes or overlook some things, especially when there are many cooks involved. Sometimes, it may take a fresh pair of eyes to actually pinpoint some performance problem and, fortunately for both players of GTA Online and one particular programmer, Rocksteady was more than willing to own up to the error.

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OnePlus Nord OxygenOS 11 update paused due to bug complaints

OnePlus Nord OxygenOS 11 update paused due to bug complaints

OnePlus has always been proud of how quickly it is able to turn its ship, especially when it comes to implementing new software features or putting out updates. It's not really out of the ordinary that, just like any other smartphone maker, it would sometimes fail to catch bugs before they reach users but it seems that OxygenOS 11 has been quite problematic for it more than previous updates. No OnePlus phone series seems to have unaffected, including the OnePlus Nord that just got the update last week before being paused suddenly.

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Microsoft Exchange mass-hack flaw known since January, around for years

Microsoft Exchange mass-hack flaw known since January, around for years

As if last year's SolarWinds hack, which also affected Microsoft, wasn't bad enough, this year seems to be starting out terribly for the infosec industry. Microsoft Exchange Servers worldwide have been compromised and have leaked emails to what may be more than just state-sponsored hackers. Unfortunately, that may have been prevented or at least mitigated if Microsoft hadn't waited two months to plug up the security holes it already knew about.

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Watch Dogs: Legion multiplayer for PC delayed until further notice

Watch Dogs: Legion multiplayer for PC delayed until further notice

It's not unusual for games or updates to be delayed, though there's always hope that things will eventually push through, sooner or later. Ubisoft may have just dashed those hopes, at least for players of Watch Dogs: Legion on PCs. After already delaying a promised online multiplayer by months, the game developer just announced that PC gamers will have to wait indefinitely for the feature to land. If it ever will, that is.

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Apple iCloud bug locks user with “True” surname

Apple iCloud bug locks user with “True” surname

Many computer software, be it locally or on the cloud, are designed to take into account ways that people, intentionally or not, could break the system. Programmers tend to account for potential errors in human input or intentional methods of gaming the system, but it's statistically impossible to be prepared for all of them. One strange case, in particular, has seemingly locked an Apple iCloud user from her account for months, just because Apple cloud storage software wasn't prepared to handle someone whose last name happens to be "True".

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Wear OS “OK, Google” bug is finally getting a fix soon

Wear OS “OK, Google” bug is finally getting a fix soon

Smartwatches are rather curious little gadgets that are like miniaturized and watered-down versions of our smartwatches. For better or worse, that means that smartwatches can't really use the same interaction conventions and UIs that are almost second nature on smartphones. While touch screens and buttons are always an option, Google has been pushing for more hands-free controls on Wear OS using Google Assistant. Unfortunately, an important part of the process has been broken for months before the company committed to working on a fix.

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MacBook Pros that don’t charge past 1% get free battery replacement

MacBook Pros that don’t charge past 1% get free battery replacement

Every so often, we hear about software updates that bring their own set of bugs even as they fix others. Most of the time, these bugs only affect software features but there are rare times that they may affect even a device's hardware. The past few days have been a stressful one for MacBook Pro owners exactly because of that rare case of bad luck over battery issues and Apple is now offering free battery replacements for those affected by a highly inconvenient bug.

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Twitter dark mode changes messed up some users’ preferences

Twitter dark mode changes messed up some users’ preferences

Twitter has surprisingly stood the test of time, given how slow it has been to make changes, especially the changes that users beg for (looking at you, Edit Tweet). When it does make changes, they are often not in users' favor or to their liking. Now it seems that these two paths have unfortunately crossed, with changes to Twitter's dark theme, which took ages for the social network to implement, has been messed up by a change that few users probably asked for anyway.

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Google Assistant bug breaks voice control on smart home devices

Google Assistant bug breaks voice control on smart home devices

The Internet has definitely made the world a smaller place and the Internet of Things has made our houses even smaller. Of course, there are risks involved in putting all or even most of your smart home eggs in one basket, be it an Internet basket or some smart home platform, especially when that basket suddenly breaks. That's the reality that some smart homeowners are now finding themselves in when Google Assistant suddenly turned their smart appliances a tad hard of hearing.

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Cyberpunk 2077 Patch 1.1 promises fixes, delivers a bug

Cyberpunk 2077 Patch 1.1 promises fixes, delivers a bug

Cyberpunk 2077 is undoubtedly one of if not the biggest disasters in recent gaming history. Long-awaited and much-delayed, the initial experience of players, especially those on consoles, was so horrible that refunds were demanded and issued left and right. Throughout all the drama and scandal, developer CD Projekt RED promised updates to address those issues. The first big patch has just landed and, just like the game itself, it seems to be getting mixed reception, depending on where you're playing.

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Galaxy S10 One UI 3.0 Android 11 update pulled due to bugs

Galaxy S10 One UI 3.0 Android 11 update pulled due to bugs

Samsung has been making good on its commitment to roll out major Android upgrades faster, and while it's still not as fast as most would wish, it's still a lot better than Samsung's old ways. That said, there would inevitably be some bumps along the way and, unfortunately, it seems that Galaxy S10 owners had the bad luck of running into them. No sooner had Samsung released Android 11 for these phones did users run into numerous and seemingly unrelated problems, forcing the company to put a halt to the rollout.

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