A bug has just been discovered in iOS 12 that allows anyone with physical access to your locked phone to enter your photo album and send photos to anyone in Apple Messages. Like other similar passcode bypasses, this one uses Siri to get through your phone's defenses.
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An increasing number of Samsung Galaxy Note 9 owners are experiencing problems with the home, back and recent buttons on the bottom of the smartphone's screen. According to the reports, these touch screen buttons have intermittently stopped working, forcing users to restart their devices. Samsung is currently working on a software update to fix the issue, but in the mean time, here's a quick way to get the buttons' responsiveness back.
A new iPhone messaging bug has been discovered that affects the current version of iOS as well as the beta currently doing the rounds with developers. The 'black dot' bug can overload iMessage if sent to your iPhone. The good news is there is a way to avoid it crashing your iPhone every time you open Messages.
Carbon Copy Cloner is one of the most popular backup tools used by Mac owners. It can take an image of disk, making it easy to either rebuild a broken system or copy a standard installation across multiple machines. But an issue they have found with APFS spares disk images means the company has pulled support for APFS until Apple fixes the issue with their recently released file system.
Facebook recently added two-factor authentication (2FA) to their network, plugging a long-standing security issue. The new system works using several different options for the second authentication factor including a security code sent to you via SMS. But it turns out people got a lot more messages than they bargained for when they took this option. As a result, users started getting notifications over SMS that had nothing to do with security.
After recently fixing the "chaiOS" bug, Apple now has to contend with a nasty bug that will crash any Mac or iOS device that receives a single Indian-language character specific to the Telugu language. The bug doesn't affect every app - many third party apps are unaffected - but it's a major pain in the butt.
The cycle in which ideas turn into software is getting shorter and shorter. By and large, this is a good thing as new functions are delivered to users faster than ever before. But one of the consequences is software bugs are introduced and sometimes missed. I suspect part of the reason is testing cycles are being squeezed. This is part of the root cause, I think, as to why a two year old bug was introduced into Linux.
Android: A recent server-side update to the Facebook and Messenger apps caused a bug that rapidly drained users' batteries even more than those apps usually do. Fortunately, it's been fixed, but you'll need to restart your apps.
If you're using the Facebook app -- and there are plenty of reasons not to -- you might have noticed a weird, broken Chromecast notification in your shade recently. Here's what's causing it and how to fix it.
Last month, Microsoft launched a bug bounty program for the Edge web browser that focused on finding remote code execution vulnerabilities. The company has now expanded this program, offering hackers and researchers monetary rewards for different types of security flaws that they find. Here's what you need to know.