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iOS 15.0.1 released with fix for iPhone unlock with Apple Watch

iOS 15.0.1 released with fix for iPhone unlock with Apple Watch

Apple has released iOS 15.0.1, and the biggest news is a fix to the Unlock with Apple Watch bug that left mask-wearers unable to use their smartwatch to bypass Face ID. Apple added the feature earlier in 2021, as a way to accommodate increased masking during the COVID-19 pandemic, but some iPhone 13 upgraders discovered that the system no longer worked.

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Firefox 93 brings big password upgrades to Android

Firefox 93 brings big password upgrades to Android

Today, Mozilla announced several new security features for Firefox on Android. These new features are centered around passwords and keeping your various online identities secure. What's particularly interesting about these features is that they offer some degree of cross-app functionality, allowing you to do things like accessing your stored passwords outside of the Firefox browser itself.

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Do you really have or use an Android this old?

Do you really have or use an Android this old?

If you're using an Android device that's still running a version of the OS of a certain age or older, you're in for some trouble - starting this week. As of this week (actually starting on the 27th of September, 2021), Google began removing Google Account access from older Android devices. The cut-off point is Android 2.3.7 - Gingerbread - meaning you'd have to have a significantly aged Android device for this situation to be an issue.

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Apple AirTag Lost Mode bug turns helpers into phishing victims

Apple AirTag Lost Mode bug turns helpers into phishing victims

The AirTag trackers have been one of Apple's long-rumored products that ended up garnering a bit of controversy on launch. Easy to use and almost too easy to lose, Apple's new Find My network was also criticized for being a privacy disaster waiting to happen. Apple has worked to address some of those over the course of a few months since the AirTags launched, but a newly reported vulnerability now threatens to harm kindhearted iPhone users that take their time to help trace the owner of a lost tracker.

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Amazon Astro robot leak alleges big privacy and durability concerns [Update]

Amazon Astro robot leak alleges big privacy and durability concerns [Update]

Only hours after Amazon took the wraps off its pricey Astro robot comes a damning report that alleges numerous privacy, navigation, and durability concerns related to the product. Multiple sources who allegedly worked as developers on the Astro project made serious claims about the product, with one going so far as to call the robot "terrible."

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Ring Alarm Pro puts a WiFi router in your Ring base station

Ring Alarm Pro puts a WiFi router in your Ring base station

It's not an Amazon Devices and Services reveal event without new Ring devices, and Amazon announced an interesting one today. Amazon led its Ring announcements with the reveal of the Ring Alarm Pro, which combines an eero WiFi router with a Ring Alarm base station. In addition to the Ring Alarm Pro, Amazon also announced several new services that will be associated with it, including something that will allow construction professionals to secure their jobsites when they're away.

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Alexa Together lets you monitor your grandparents

Alexa Together lets you monitor your grandparents

If you're looking for a way to be a Big Brother to your grandparent or elderly friend, Alexa Together may be the key. Amazon will provide a series of services and features that'll allow you to use your Amazon Echo, Alexa, and a variety of other devices to keep an eye on your relative or friend. It's sort of like a baby monitor, but far, far more advanced.

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Amazon Blink Video Doorbell and camera mounts: Making sense of it all

Amazon Blink Video Doorbell and camera mounts: Making sense of it all

Amazon expanded their Blink ecosystem of whole-home security products with their Blink brand this week, including their first video doorbell. The Blink Video Doorbell will be ready to roll in among the collection that also includes a Blink Floodlight Camera and a Blink Solar Panel Mount, both of which can be bundled with the previously revealed Blink Outdoor in a variety of combinations.

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1Password and Fastmail team to launch spam-fighting Masked Email feature

1Password and Fastmail team to launch spam-fighting Masked Email feature

1Password today announced that it's teaming up with Fastmail to offer a new feature called Masked Email through its browser, desktop, and smartphone apps. You'll be able to create new email accounts on the fly with Fastmail's Masked Email, allowing you to have individual emails for each website that requires you to create an account. Not only does that offer better protection against data breaches, but it can also make it easier to determine who may be selling your information for some extra cash on the side.

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This iPhone update isn’t fun, but you’re gonna need it

This iPhone update isn’t fun, but you’re gonna need it

Today an update for iOS was released for both iPhone and iPad, and along with it, some real fixes. This update patches vulnerabilities and security issues of several sorts, mainly for devices released before iPhone 7 - that is, before the year 2016. If you have an iPhone or iPad newer than this, it's still important to check for updates, especially security updates, but you're probably fine for now.

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AMD Ryzen users need to update their drivers to patch a critical security flaw

AMD Ryzen users need to update their drivers to patch a critical security flaw

Anyone using a computer that runs AMD Ryzen hardware needs to apply the latest driver updates to secure their computer systems. Last month, AMD launched a driver to patch a critical security flaw without mentioning which vulnerability the patch was meant to address. However, a recent report published by security researchers disclosed a significant vulnerability in the driver.

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Android 11 permission auto-reset is rolling out to older versions

Android 11 permission auto-reset is rolling out to older versions

Mobile platforms, actually almost all software these days, hinge their privacy and security features around the permissions systems. Apps that don't require access to certain features or hardware shouldn't be able to access them, and when they do, they need to get the user's consent first. Android has refined that system over time and has allowed users to grant or revoke apps' permissions at any time. Not all realize that, however, and some might have even forgotten that they have some apps installed. That's what the permission auto-reset feature was made for, and it's coming to phones running something as old as Android 6 Marshmallow.

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