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If you bought a OnePlus 5T, your credit card info may have been stolen

Jan 21, 2018 - 12:47 PM - by Reverend
After launching an investigation into reports of a credit card breach on its website, OnePlus has announced some grim findings: Up to 40,000 customers may have had their credit card data stolen. That includes card numbers, expirations dates, and CVV codes entered at oneplus.net.

The culprit for the breach, according to OnePlus, is a rogue script that was injected into the payment page code and able to capture unencrypted credit card info from customers’ browser windows. The company says the exploit has been running since the OnePlus 5T launched in November, though it affected all sales made through the website. It’s unclear whether the attack was triggered remotely or internally.

Incidentally, the breach only seems to have affected customers using a new credit card on the site. OnePlus says those who used a previously saved card or PayPal to check out shouldn’t be impacted. The company shut down its credit card processing system on January 16 after reports surfaced of fraudulent charges popping up on customers’ credit card statements. Customers are still able to purchase phones via PayPal.

OnePlus is continuing to investigate the issue with the help of a third-party cybersecurity firm but has offered no window for when credit card purchasing will be restored on its website. It says it will be reinforcing its system with tougher security measures and is looking into offering a free one-year subscription to a credit-monitoring firm to all affected users.

In a form post OnePlus said, “We cannot apologize enough for letting something like this happen. We are eternally grateful to have such a vigilant and informed community, and it pains us to let you down.”

If you purchased a OnePlus 5T or any other phone through the OnePlus website, you should call the issuer of the credit card you used to see about getting a replacement card with a new... [Read More]
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WhatsApp launches Android app for business accounts

Jan 18, 2018 - 11:24 PM - by Reverend
WhatsApp on Thursday released WhatsApp Business for Android, a free-to-download app for small businesses to respond to customers and manage a presence on the messaging platform.

With the app, business users are able to manage business profiles to provide customers with useful information like a description or store address. Businesses also have access to messaging tools like quick replies to rapidly answer common questions and the ability to create greeting messages to introduce customers to their business.

Businesses in Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, the UK, and the US can now download the app from the Google Play Store for free. The app was previously available in a limited pilot.

WhatsApp plans to expand the Business app's availability worldwide in the coming weeks, it explained in a blog post. In an interview with Reuters, WhatsApp COO Matt Idema said the company is planning an iPhone version as well.

Businesses on WhatsApp also get a verified badge to display on their profile, messaging statistics, and desktop access.

WhatsApp, a company Facebook acquired in 2014, said 1.3 billion users are now on its messaging platform. With no plans to bring advertisements to WhatsApp, business subscriptions could be an eventual way for Facebook to garner revenue from the app.

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Instagram Adds New Feature Showing When You Were Last Active

Jan 18, 2018 - 11:17 PM - by Reverend
Instagram was today updated with a new feature that displays when you were last active, with the new activity indicator accessible via the direct messages section of the app.

In Direct, under a person's name, you'll now see when they last opened up the Instagram app with a message like "Active Now" or "Active 2h ago." This is similar to how other apps like Facebook Messenger work, letting people you've previously interacted with know when you're online.

The activity indicator is enabled by default and appears to be limited to people you've chatted with via direct messages. According to The Verge, your online status is visible to people you follow or have previously DM'd, with the info not accessible to general followers.

If you would prefer not to have your online status available on Instagram, you can turn it off in the Settings app under a new option called "Show Activity Status." If you disable the feature, no one will be able to see when you're online, but you also won't be able to see the online status of your friends.

The activity indicator appears to be a feature that's been quietly rolled out to all iOS and Android users.

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Next iOS Update Can Disable iPhone Slowdown Feature

Jan 18, 2018 - 3:14 PM - by Reverend
Apple has faced a lot of bad press recently following the revelation that it intentionally slowed down older iPhone models without telling anyone. It was intended to ensure that aging batteries could keep up with newer mobile OSes and to avoid crashes.

Users weren't impressed, though, and Apple responded quickly with a battery replacement discount for the whole of 2018.

During an interview with ABC News yesterday, Tim Cook said Apple is now going a step further. As part of a February iOS update, iPhone users will be able to view a detailed breakdown of the health of their battery, including what performance hit Apple has decided is required to ensure your phone keeps working properly. The idea is that complete transparency on the feature will stop any further complaints or upset.

The new update doesn't stop there, though. If a user isn't happy with their iPhone taking a performance hit, there will be the option to turn it off. Cook says Apple does not recommend taking this action because it can make the behavior of an iPhone unpredictable and it could crash. Making the option available, though, means users don't have to endure it if it really irks them.

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Spectre CPU patches can cause unwanted reboots, Intel warns

Jan 18, 2018 - 3:11 PM - by Reverend
The firmware patches designed to protect Intel processors against nasty Spectre CPU exploits have a big downside: They’re forcing more frequent reboots on some systems, including PCs that released in 2017.

On January 11, Intel said that the firmware patches prompted more frequent reboots in Haswell (2013) and Broadwell (2014) systems. Late Wednesday, Intel executive vice president Navin Shenoy revealed that many other processor generations also succumb to the reboot bug: Sandy Bridge (2011), Ivy Bridge (2012), Skylake (2015), and Kaby Lake (2017). The only processors from the last five years that run without issue—yet, at least—appear to be the newest Intel 8th-gen CPUs, dubbed Coffee Lake.

“We have reproduced these issues internally and are making progress toward identifying the root cause,” Shenoy says. “In parallel, we will be providing beta microcode to vendors for validation by next week.”

Even with the reboot issue, the existing firmware updates still deliver valuable protection against potential Spectre attacks. "Intel recommends that partners maintain availability of existing microcode updates already released to end users,” the company’s security advisory says. “Intel does not recommend pulling back any updates already made available to end users.”

Install the patch, swallow any unwanted reboots, and keep an eye out for further fixes coming down the line, in other words. Spectre attacks haven’t been observed in the wild, but now that the exploits have been published, they’re no doubt coming. AMD says its processors have “near-zero” risk to the Spectre variant that require a microcode update, but it is nevertheless releasing optional firmware updates for its chips.

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Facebook to Simplify Messenger

Jan 16, 2018 - 10:46 PM - by Reverend
Facebook Messenger is getting a makeunder.

In a Tuesday blog post, Facebook Messenger Head Davis Marcus admitted that the app has "become too cluttered" as of late.

"Over the last two years, we built a lot of capabilities to find the features that continue to set us apart. A lot of them have found their product market fit; some haven't," he wrote. "Expect to see us invest in massively simplifying and streamlining Messenger this year."

Marcus didn't offer up any specifics as to how Facebook plans to pare down the app. He did, however, say Messenger get more visual messaging options this year, additional group chat features, and new ways to interact with businesses. The company also plans to "continue investing in real time communications" features, like voice and video chat, to help people stay connected via Messenger.

At this point, some 1.3 billion people use Messenger every month, Marcus wrote. In 2017, Messenger users sent more than 500 billion emoji, 18 billion GIFs, and had 17 billion video chats. Businesses have launched more than 200,000 chatbots on the platform.

Meanwhile, Facebook last month released a version of the Messenger app for kids. The Messenger Kids iOS app can be installed on a child's Apple smartphone or tablet, but controlled from a parent's Facebook account. The company also recently added support for 4K photos.

News of the impending Facebook Messenger overhaul comes after Snapchat in late November announced a major redesign, which will separate content from friends and content from publishers, as part of an effort to make the app easier for newbies to understand.

PC Magazine
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Microsoft to stop Windows 10 upgrade for Windows 8.1 as mainstream support ends

Jan 15, 2018 - 10:24 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft is to close its free Windows 10 migration offer to users of Windows 8.1 within the next 24 hours as part of its winding down of support for the unloved operating system.

After five years, Microsoft stopped offering mainstream support for Windows 8.1 on 9 January. That means that the company won't be implementing new features, although what it calls "extended support" will ensure they continue to receive security updates for a further five years - until 2023.

Although the company told users to make the switch to Windows 10 in order to benefit from fixes, patches and updates, some people have been reluctant to upgrade, even though the company too the unsual trouble of making the upgrade free.

Indeed, despite giving users a year to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, a report from NetMarketshare indicates that millions of Windows 8 and 8.1 users had spurned the offer by the time of the deadline in July 2016

However, Microsoft offered extra time to people who claimed to use assistive-technologies, such as braille keyboards and screen readers.

The company warned users that it would close this loophole on 31 December, 2017. However, that day came and Microsoft extended it till 16 January - tomorrow.

Based on Microsoft's track record, some people have suggested that the firm will continue to keep this loophole open to convince more consumers to switch to Windows 10.

Windows 8.1 follows in the footsteps of its predecessor Windows 7, which lost mainstream in January 2017. And Microsoft severed ties with Windows Vista completely last year.

Even though it is out of mainstream support, Windows 7 still remains one of the world's most popular computer operating systems, boasting a market share of around 40 per cent.

In comparison, Windows 8 (launched in 2012) and 8.1 (released a year later) never really took off, with Windows 7... [Read More]
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Windows Meltdown patches halted for some AMD systems after PCs refuse to boot

Jan 09, 2018 - 3:59 PM - by Reverend
AMD processors aren’t affected by the devastating Meltdown CPU flaw, but the emergency fix for Meltdown and Spectre can apparently bring certain AMD CPUs to their knees. Microsoft has stopped offering the Windows security patch to some AMD systems after reports of PCs not booting.

“After investigating, Microsoft has determined that some AMD chipsets do not conform to the documentation previously provided to Microsoft to develop the Windows operating system mitigations to protect against the chipset vulnerabilities known as Spectre and Meltdown,” Microsoft’s security advisory reads. “To prevent AMD customers from getting into an unbootable state, Microsoft will temporarily pause sending the following Windows operating system updates to devices with impacted AMD processors at this time.”

Microsoft doesn’t specify which AMD CPUs are vulnerable to the error. CSO reports that forum complaints largely revolve around older Athlon and Sempron chips, with the largest thread bearing over 160 replies and more than 800 “I have the same question” votes.

AMD and Microsoft are working to resolve the issue. Security updates for affected computers will resume after it’s fixed. If your AMD PC refuses to boot after installing last week’s emergency patch, Microsoft says its guides for troubleshooting bluescreen errors in Windows 7, 8, and ... [Read More]
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