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Pixel 2, 2 XL has some audio issues, here’s a temporary fix

Pixel 2, 2 XL has some audio issues, here’s a temporary fix

The Pixel 2 XL just can’t seem to catch a break. It has been hounded with this or that issue related to its screen. And now there’s a new cause for concern among owners, though this time it isn’t alone. Both the Pixel 2 XL but more prominently the smaller Pixel 2 have been reported to be emitting an odd high-pitched or crackling sound from the earpiece speaker. And while a temporary workaround seems to have been discovered, it doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in the overall quality of Google’s second gen smartphones.

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Google Home Mini completely loses top touch function

Google Home Mini completely loses top touch function

This is perhaps a case of the cure being worse than the disease. A few owners of the new Google Home Mini have reported that their smart speaker has been listening on them 24/7 because of a hardware bug that basically triggered the "long press to activate Google Assistant" gesture on the top of the Home Mini. Google's initial fix was to disable that gesture only. Now, however, to "avoid confusion", Google is completely stripping the Home Mini of all top touch functionality, leaving voice as users' only option for Google Assistant and playback controls.

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iOS makes it almost too easy to phish users’ passwords

iOS makes it almost too easy to phish users’ passwords

iOS is often hailed as having better security mechanisms than Android, though often at the expense of openness. But while it certainly has the big malware and exploits covered, Apple may have overlooked the overly simpler cases. Apparently, it's quite easy to deceive users into giving up their Apple ID passwords, which can be used to potentially hack the user's other accounts. All of that using the official tools that Apple provides developer to make popups and dialog boxes.

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Google Home Mini bug records everything 24/7, fix rolling out

Google Home Mini bug records everything 24/7, fix rolling out

When Google announced the Pixel 2 smartphones, it also announced its response to Amazon's growing dominance in the smart home speaker market. While the Google Home Max was designed to appeal to audiophiles, the Google Home Mini was meant for those looking into more affordable ways to fill their homes with Google Assistant devices. Unfortunately, it seems that for what is claimed to be a small percentage of new owners of the Home Mini, that affordability came at the price of privacy because of a hardware issue that made the small speaker record everything 24/7 and send those to Google.

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Whatsapp exploit can give a glimpse of your sleep, chatting habits

Whatsapp exploit can give a glimpse of your sleep, chatting habits

WhatsApp, despite its claims to privacy and end-to-end encryption, has never really recovered from the scandals that plagued it, especially after its acquisition by Facebook. This recently discovered vulnerability doesn't help it either, especially when it can, amusingly or not, be used to establish infidelity. All that from an exploit that allows others to see your online and last seen status, which can eventually be correlated to your sleeping patterns and who you might be chatting with.

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Galaxy S8 has a missing text messages problem

Galaxy S8 has a missing text messages problem

Is every new Samsung flagship cursed to have a major fiasco? While not as explosive, pun totally intended, as the Galaxy Note 7, it seems that something is amiss with the otherwise commendable Galaxy S8 and S8+. Owners across different carriers in the US are reporting cases of "missing" text messages. On the one hand, it's unlikely to cause physical harm (unless you violently hurl the phone at someone). But, on the other hand, the bug is a serious issue for concern, especially when emergency cases are involved.

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Apple Watch watchOS 4.0.1 fixes this odd Series 3 bug

Apple Watch watchOS 4.0.1 fixes this odd Series 3 bug

After two generations, Apple has finally given Apple Watch fans the features many of them have been asking for: standalone connectivity. As such, it is, perhaps understandable that it would be less than perfect at its first try. Indeed, some owners of the LTE-enabled Apple Watch 3 experienced a rather amusing but really annoying connectivity issue. Fortunately, Apple was immediately on the case and, in two weeks, now has the fix in the form of the first watchOS 4 update, number 4.0.1.

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iOS 11.0.2 is now out to give your ears a break

iOS 11.0.2 is now out to give your ears a break

No software is without bugs and Apple is no longer the exception. It has become common, similar to other major software releases, to advise users to hold off for a week or two before updating to the latest iOS version. Of course, that didn't stop eager beavers, some of whom may have paid the price in the form of some annoying crackling sound coming from the phone ear speakers. Never fear, because the software fix is finally here. And, yes, this is the one time you might want to immediately download and install that update.

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iPhone 8 crackling earpiece fix coming, iOS 11.0.1 rolling out

iPhone 8 crackling earpiece fix coming, iOS 11.0.1 rolling out

To some, Apple might be losing its touch. In the past, each release and each new device underwent stringent tests to ensure that the user’s first experience would be as flawless and as pleasurable as possible. Now it seems that, just like any other company, new Apple products are exhibiting growing pains. This includes issues like crackling audio from the earpiece of the iPhone 8 as well as several major bugs on iOS 11. Fortunately, fixes are on the way or are already here.

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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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