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Google reports Windows 7 exploit, urges upgrade to Windows 10

Google reports Windows 7 exploit, urges upgrade to Windows 10

Contrary to expectations of dramatic corporate rivalries, it's not uncommon for companies to report bugs they found on other, even rival, companies' products. Some, however, have certain policies that those other companies might disagree with. For example, Google has irked some such companies over its 0-day exploit disclosure policy but this time, it may be doing Microsoft a favor by recommending users to upgrade to Windows 10 to stay safe.

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Android TV bug may have exposed private user photos

Android TV bug may have exposed private user photos

Things have been relatively silent on the Android TV front lately, but today, the platform is forcing itself back into the spotlight. Unfortunately, it's not good news we're hearing, but rather reports of a serious-sounding bug that's potentially exposing the private photos of Android TV users. At the very least, the bug is causing Android TV and Google Home to show lists of Android users where they shouldn't be, which is bad enough.

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FaceTime bug-finding teen gets bounty cash from Apple

FaceTime bug-finding teen gets bounty cash from Apple

Yesterday, Apple delivered an iOS update that fixed an alarming Group FaceTime bug. The issue potentially allowed callers to hear audio and see video from the recipient even before they answer the call, which is of course a major security concern. Though Apple currently finds itself at the center of controversy, it seems the story has a happy ending for the teenager who discovered the bug.

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Android phones vulnerable to maliciously crafted PNG images

Android phones vulnerable to maliciously crafted PNG images

Apple may have had the bulk of attention thanks to its FaceTime bug that may be because it rarely gets such serious flaws. Or at least they rarely get reported. Android's more open nature, however, brings exploits to light more easily and more regularly, which, in theory, should mean they also get patched up faster. Google's latest security bulletin mentions one such bug that could let hackers run arbitrary code on your phone simply by making users open an image of a cute cat on your Android phone.

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iOS 12.1.4 is now available with Group FaceTime bug fix

iOS 12.1.4 is now available with Group FaceTime bug fix

Last week, reports of a scary Group FaceTime bug started making the rounds. If you're an iOS user, you've likely already heard the details, but essentially the bug allowed a caller to hear audio - and in some cases see video - from a recipient's phone before they even answered the call. It was a fairly easy bug to replicate too, which of course makes things worse.

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FaceTime bug puts Apple in US House hot seat

FaceTime bug puts Apple in US House hot seat

It was really only a matter of time. Given how big the Group FaceTime bug has been, it was inevitable Apple would be slapped with a lawsuit. And since that has already happened, the next step would be to put the company under the microscope off the US government. That has also just happened with a letter sent by the US House of Representatives Committee on Energy & Commerce questioning Apple on its response to such an egregious security exploit.

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Apple FaceTime bug statement: Group calls return soon

Apple FaceTime bug statement: Group calls return soon

Earlier this week, the world was alerted to a supremely bad FaceTime bug that let callers hear audio from the recipient's end before they answered the call. Obviously, that's a major security concern, but it gets worse, as the bug also allowed callers to see video from the recipient's front-facing camera in some instances, even when the recipient never joined the call.

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FaceTime bug was already reported more than a week ago

FaceTime bug was already reported more than a week ago

Just a day before Apple was scheduled to share its quarterly earnings to the world, it was hit by what could be one of its biggest privacy issues since the iCloud leak in 2014. But while Apple has thankfully (and rightly) sped up its process to address the egregious FaceTime bug, it might also be trying to wash its hands clean. Because while it was only recently that the bug became public knowledge, a teen and his mom reportedly tried to inform Apple of the bug more than a week ago.

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FaceTime is down, bug fix hopefully coming soon

FaceTime is down, bug fix hopefully coming soon

Software bugs, just like their physical counterparts, are a fact of life. They can be avoided, yes, but not completely. There are some bugs, however, that are so terrible they might make you squirm uncomfortably. The recently discovered FaceTime bug could be one of those considering its dire consequences for user privacy. Now the service is seemingly down for the count, hopefully, because Apple is scrambling to fix it.

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FaceTime bug lets callers spy on recipients’ audio before they answer [UPDATE]

FaceTime bug lets callers spy on recipients’ audio before they answer [UPDATE]

A newly discovered FaceTime bug enables callers to listen into the recipient's audio before they answer the phone, according to iPhone users who have been impacted by it. The bug presents a significant privacy issue, one call recipients may be unaware of as they contemplate whether or not to answer. Exploiting the bug requires only minor effort and it appears disabling FaceTime is the only protection from it.

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Huawei’s disappearing Twitter photos problem is less dramatic than you think

Huawei’s disappearing Twitter photos problem is less dramatic than you think

Huawei seems to be the favorite target of conspiracy theories in the tech industry these days. Especially when you consider recent news about arrested executives and government bans against Huawei happening not just in the US but worldwide as well. So when something out of the ordinary happens on users’ Huawei and Honor phones, like, say, vanishing photos downloaded from Twitter, the Interwebs unsurprisingly goes crazy over what almost seems like a vendor’s unauthorized backdoor access to phones.

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iOS 12.1.3 fixes major Messages, CarPlay, HomePod headaches

iOS 12.1.3 fixes major Messages, CarPlay, HomePod headaches

Apple has just rolled out version 12.1.3 of iOS and while the numbering does suggest it’s just a maintenance update, it’s one that many users might want to apply ASAP. No, it doesn’t add any new feature or activates a hidden one. Instead, it fixes bugs users have been experiencing across almost all of Apple’s products except Macs that have been giving them no small amount of heartache in the past weeks since iOS 12.1.2.

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