Google Pixel Phone Users Report Screenshots From iPhone 7 Plus Devices Are Being Distorted

Google Pixel Phone Users Report Screenshots From iPhone 7 Plus Devices Are Being Distorted

Photo Credit: Android Police
HIGHLIGHTS
Only screenshots received from iPhone 7 Plus are distorted
The issue does not crop up when screenshot is shared by Pixel with iPhone
Home screen screenshots are not distorted
After being plagued by Bluetooth pairing and LTE connectivity issues, Pixel phone users are now reporting another bug. According to user reports, screenshots sent from an iPhone 7 Plus to a Google Pixel or Google Pixel XL phone are getting distorted automatically.

The distorted screenshot issue is being discussed on a Google Product forums page extensively, and users are reporting that only a screenshot received from an iPhone 7 Plus is affected. The iPhone 7 Plus is Apple’s latest most expensive iPhone offering in the market. The issue appears when a screenshot is sent via hangouts or any other SMS/MMS app. Furthermore, sending a screenshot of the home screen does not cause any distortion, but a screenshot from within any app – be it first-party or third-party – gets distorted.

(Also see:Google Pixel Phones Make Android’s Fragmentation Problem Worse)

The issue is said to only occur when a screenshot is shared by an iPhone 7 Plus user with a Pixel phone user, and not vice versa. This means screenshots sent through a Pixel phone to an iPhone 7 Plus user are received without any hiccups. Apart from Pixel phone users, some Nexus 6 users running on Android 7.1 Nougat have also taken to the forum to report the same issue. As Nexus 6 has not got the Android 7.1 Developer Preview yet, these phones might have presumably installed it via a custom ROM. However, this hints that there is some issue in how image processing is handled on Android 7.1 Nougat. There is no word on if Google intends to roll out a fix for this or not.

Just to recap, Pixel phones were earlier plagued with a connectivity issue particularly on the LTE band 4 frequency, which seems to have been fixed with the latest security patch rolled out last week. However, some users are still reporting that Bluetooth pairing issues with their cars through their Pixel phones.

Tags: iPhone 7 Plus Screenshot, Google Pixel Glitch, Google Pixel XL Screenshot, Mobiles, Android, Google

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Microsoft Forces Windows Defender on Users, Disables Third-Party Security Apps: Kaspersky

Microsoft Forces Windows Defender on Users, Disables Third-Party Security Apps: Kaspersky

Microsoft Forces Windows Defender on Users, Disables Third-Party Security Apps: Kaspersky
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Kaspersky alleges Microsoft to force its own Windows Defender on users
Russia’s FAS has reportedly opened an investigation into Microsoft
Microsoft is yet to respond to the claims made by Kaspersky
Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has reportedly opened an investigation into Microsoft on receiving a complaint from Internet security company, Kaspersky Lab. Microsoft is alleged to force its own Windows Defender on Windows 10 users while disabling third-party security software.

According to the security company, Microsoft is using its dominating position in the market of operating systems to give an upper hand to its own products over others. “The company is foisting its Defender on the user, which isn’t beneficial from the point of view of protection of a computer against cyber-attacks. The company is also creating obstacles for companies to access the market, and infringes upon the interests of independent developers of security products,” wrote Eugene Kaspersky in a blog post.

ZDNet points out that Microsoft is said to violating Part 1 Article 10 of the Federal Law “On Protection of Competition” which states, “the actions (omission to act) of an economic unit occupying a dominant position which result or can result in barring, restricting or eliminating competition and (or) infringe upon the interests of other persons shall be prohibited.”
Microsoft has been also alleged to “automatically and without any warning deactivate” the already installed security software on the system. “When you upgrade to Windows 10, Microsoft automatically and without any warning deactivates all ‘incompatible’ security software and in its place installs… you guessed it – its own Defender antivirus,” added Kaspersky in his post.
Further adding, the blog post gave several examples how Microsoft is pushing its users to use Windows Defender instead of third-party software.

Kaspersky adds that Microsoft has limited the possibility of “independent developers” to warn users about their licenses expiring in the first three days after expiration. “Actually, a warning is there, but it’s buried in a Windows Security Center notification, which hardly ever gets read,” notes the blog. Unfortunately, Microsoft is yet to respond to the claims made by Kaspersky.

In a statement, Deputy Head of FAS Anatoly Golomolzin (via SoftPedia) said, “Since Microsoft itself develops antivirus software – Windows Defender that switches on automatically if third-party software fails to adapt to Windows 10 in due time, such actions lead to unreasonable advantages for Microsoft on the software market. Our task is to ensure equal conditions for all participants on this market.”

Tags: Microsoft, Kaspersky, Security, Windows, Windows 10

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MacBook Pro With Touch Bar Has Non-Upgradeable SSD Chips, Users Report

MacBook Pro With Touch Bar Has Non-Upgradeable SSD Chips, Users Report

MacBook Pro With Touch Bar Has Non-Upgradeable SSD Chips, Users Report
HIGHLIGHTS
MacBook Pro With Touch Bar has non-removable SSDs
This means users cannot upgrade their flash memory
Also, if the logic board fails, all data will be lost
The base MacBook Pro variant teardown has been done extensively, and all reports bear good news – the SSD is removable and replaceable. This is important because in the future, if users want to upgrade their SSD, they can do so. However, the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar doesn’t follow the same pattern. Apparently, some owners have found that the SSD chips in the Touch Bar variant are soldered to the logic board.

MacRumors readers have discovered that ‘memory chips and controller are soldered, seemingly on both sides of the motherboard’. This is problematic, as users do not have the option to upgrade their storage if they so desire. To put it simply, the amount of storage you choose at the time of purchase, cannot be upgraded later on, and you will be stuck with that much flash storage for the rest of the product’s life.

This soldering of SSD chips is seen for the first time on the MacBook Pro lineup. It is important to reiterate that the new MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar has removable SSDs, as per official teardown reports. The only other laptop from Apple to have the memory chip soldered to the logic board is the 12-inch MacBook.

This also puts emphasis on backing up of data that is stored on MacBook Pro, to prevent any data loss due to a logic board failure. The MacBook Pro with Touch Bar hasn’t gone through any official teardowns by iFixit and the others, and more clarity on its repairability will be known then.

In the meanwhile, another MacBook Pro with Touch Bar user said that once the laptop was opened up, a large gap was noticed around the batteries – almost as if smaller batteries were used in the slot. Separately, The Verge and Business Insider report that the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar units they tested had significantly lower battery life than advertised. While Apple claims a 10-hour battery life, the two publications reported battery life of 5-6 hours and 6-8 hours respectively.

Tags: MacBook Pro, PCs, Laptops, Apple, MacBook Pro 2016, Touch Bar, SSD Chip

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15 Best Mobile Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users

15 Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users

Smartphones have changed the way we think about cell phones, because they are no longer just a communication device. A great example of this is mobile first businesses that rely on these devices to carry out almost every task in their organization. For these businesses, cell phone reception is extremely important. Whether the phone is being used on premises or outside of the office, a strong reception is critical to talk, conference, text as well as access data services, cloud applications and more.

With the right cell phone booster, any problems you might be experiencing because of a weak reception will be a thing of the past.

So why should you buy a cell phone booster?

Even though telecoms have done a good job of deploying cell phone towers to cover all of the areas in which they provide service, there are always pockets within these areas that have weak reception. Even if your business is located in area with excellent reception, you can also land in these pockets of low reception while commuting back and forth to work or taking a work-related business trip.

Weak reception also drains your battery because the phone is continually searching for the best, most reliable signal, and the longer it searches, the more power it uses. If you want to know what you should look for in a signal booster, click here. For a list of the best signal boosters for your phone, see the list below.

The Best Business Cell Phone Signal Boosters

weBoost EQO Cell Phone Signal Booster

weBoost is one of the most recognized brands in the market, and has a wide range of devices for multiple applications. The EQO is designed for quick and easy installation to enhance 4G LTE and 3G signals for homes, apartments or condos up to 1,200 sq. ft. It works on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Straight Talk and more at a cost of $349.99.

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - weBoost EQO Cell Phone Signal Booster

According to the company, it boosts cell signals up to 32 times and it comes with a 2-year warranty and 30-day money-back guarantee.

Smoothtalker Mobile X1

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - Smoothtalker Mobile X1

The Smoothtalker Mobile X1 has multiple configurations for buildings and vehicles of all sizes. The X1 50RV 50dB, with a list price of $395.99, is a high power RV/motorhome or large vehicle booster kit that does not require a physical connection to the cell phone or cellular data device. Once it is plugged in, it boosts the signal to all cell phones and cellular devices within range at the same time.

weBoost Drive 4G-S

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - weBoost Drive 4G-S

The Drive 4G-S is another booster for vehicles at a lower price point than the Smoothtalker — just 199.99. However, the lower price doesn’t compromise on quality and functionality, the company says. This is the most affordable 4G vehicle cell phone signal booster weBoost makes. It also boosts 4G LTE and 3G signals up to 32 times for a single person.

It works on all the major carriers and provides up to 2 hours additional talk time in weak-signal areas.

Surecall Fusion5s

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - Surecall Fusion5s

The Fusion5s is a 2G, 3G and 4G LTE home signal booster, which according to the company is the first five-band cellular booster compliant with new FCC Certification standards. It controls all carrier frequencies independently and it covers 5 to 10 simultaneous users in a 6,000 square foot area. But it also carries a $849.99 price tag, so this might not be a choice for smaller more budget conscious businesses.

weBoost Drive 4G-X

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - weBoost Drive 4G-X

Many truck drivers are small business operators, and the Drive 4G-X is an OTR (over the road) signal booster that might suit them. The booster can work for up to four devices and costs  $499.99. It enhances 4G LTE and 3G signals up to 32 times for everyone in the vehicle works with all the major carriers.

The Drive 4G-X has an omni-directional antenna that boosts voice and data with the maximum FCC-allowance of 50 dB system gain. Because of this, the company says it gives drivers fewer dead zones or lost connections and faster downloads and uploads, as well as better audio quality.

Uniden U60

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - Uniden U60

The U60 comes with a 60 Day satisfaction guarantee, 2-Year warranty and lifetime service and technical support. The support the company provides is for a device with an omnidirectional outdoor antenna to capture signals for all 3G and some 4G networks. It has a 2,000 sq. ft. capacity for your home or office and can handle up to 20 devices simultaneously. The boosters cost is $449.99.

Smoothtalker Stealth X2

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - Smoothtalker Stealth X2

The Stealth X2 has an impressive 7,000 sq. ft. of coverage for less than $600 — a suggested price of $549.99 more specifically. The company says it is the highest powered 65 dB building booster on the market, providing boosts for locations that are 10 to 35 miles from the nearest cell towers.

The automatic oscillation control and network overload protection maintain maximum gain at all times using the 170 degree directional outside and inside antennas automatically.

SolidRF BuildingForce 4G-M

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - SolidRF BuildingForce 4G-M

The BuildingForce 4G-M booster connects more than 25 mobile devices and works with all 2G, 3G, 4G and LTE signal networks in the US and Canada — impressive given its cost of just $349.99.  An automatic gain control feature ensures reliable coverage even with an intermittent incoming signal. If there is a strong outside signal, the booster covers up to 1,500 sq. ft, but with a medium or weak outside signal, it covers up to 800 and 200 sq. ft., respectively.

weBoost Connect 4G

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - weBoost Connect 4G

The Connect 4G covers 5,000 sq. ft. and features a dynamic, self-adjusting gain control for each frequency band automatically. Like the other weBoost units, it works on all the major carriers with cellular signal improvement of up to 32 times. And the recommended price for the Connect 4G is $549.99.

SureCall EZ 4G LTE

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - SureCall EZ 4G LTE

The EZ 4G LTE has an indoor panel antenna with a five band manually adjustable signal booster. The plug and play feature makes it that much easier to install and use out of the box, the manufacturer says. It has a coverage area of up to 3,000 sq. ft., with support for CDMA, WCDMA, GSM, EDGE, HSPA+, EVDO, LTE and all cellular standards. But at $740.00 you’ll have to decide if features are something your business can afford.

SureCall EZ 4G

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - SureCall EZ 4G

If the indoor reception in your office is weak, this plug-and-play booster indoor unit covers an area of up to 2,000 sq. ft. It improves 4G LTE voice, data and text signals for all North American cell carriers without an external antenna. And at $298.06 it is a bit more affordable than some other options.

weBoost Connect 4G-X 7500 sq ft

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - weBoost Connect 4G-X 7500 sq ft

This particular weBoost model covers up to 7,500 sq. ft. It amplifies cellular signals throughout a large workplace or home on all cellular-connected devices. The increased area capability also comes with all of the weBoost features, including 4G LTE and 3G signal improvement for all major carriers, a 2-year warranty, and 30 day money back guarantee. But at $899.97, you’ll need to decide whether you really need these heavy duty features.

weBoost Drive 3G-XR Marine Antenna Booster

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - weBoost Drive 3G-XR Marine Antenna Booster

If you are a small business running a day cruise on a ship, the weBoost Drive 3G-XR marine antenna booster can extend your service range up to 50 percent further than other boosters on the market. It achieves this capability by operating with the maximum output power allowed under current Federal Communications Commission regulations and supports all US and Canadian cell carriers all for a fairly reasonable cost — $399.99.

SureCall Fusion5X

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - SureCall Fusion5X

The Fusion5X has four inside antennas for maximum coverage, which can go as high as 20,000 sq. ft. The 5X provides the highest downlink allowed by the FCC, allowing it to turn strong outside signals into a wide area of coverage inside. It supports 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular. But you’ll pay $1,699 for these features.

Wilson 463127 Pro

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - Wilson 463127 Pro

This particular Wilson model covers an area of up to 50,000 sq. ft. inside of a building with a strong outside signal. It supports the 2G, 3G and 4G LTE networks from most of the carriers in the United States and Canada.

According to the company, before it overloads it has the ability to boost an outside signal that is 10 db stronger than any other booster on the market, which can potentially increase an area of interior coverage up to 6x the size of any other booster. You’ll need to register for a Wilson Amplifiers account for pricing information on this one.

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Since a good quality booster will cost you several hundred dollars, call the company and ask questions relevant to how you will be using the device. This should include support and warranty information for the device you are going to be buying. And as always, comparison shop online with different retailers and brands too get the best value.

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15 Best Mobile Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users

15 Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users

martphones have changed the way we think about cell phones, because they are no longer just a communication device. A great example of this is mobile first businesses that rely on these devices to carry out almost every task in their organization. For these businesses, cell phone reception is extremely important. Whether the phone is being used on premises or outside of the office, a strong reception is critical to talk, conference, text as well as access data services, cloud applications and more.

With the right cell phone booster, any problems you might be experiencing because of a weak reception will be a thing of the past.

So why should you buy a cell phone booster?

Even though telecoms have done a good job of deploying cell phone towers to cover all of the areas in which they provide service, there are always pockets within these areas that have weak reception. Even if your business is located in area with excellent reception, you can also land in these pockets of low reception while commuting back and forth to work or taking a work-related business trip.

Weak reception also drains your battery because the phone is continually searching for the best, most reliable signal, and the longer it searches, the more power it uses. If you want to know what you should look for in a signal booster, click here. For a list of the best signal boosters for your phone, see the list below.

The Best Business Cell Phone Signal Boosters

weBoost EQO Cell Phone Signal Booster

weBoost is one of the most recognized brands in the market, and has a wide range of devices for multiple applications. The EQO is designed for quick and easy installation to enhance 4G LTE and 3G signals for homes, apartments or condos up to 1,200 sq. ft. It works on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Straight Talk and more at a cost of $349.99.

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - weBoost EQO Cell Phone Signal Booster

According to the company, it boosts cell signals up to 32 times and it comes with a 2-year warranty and 30-day money-back guarantee.

Smoothtalker Mobile X1

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - Smoothtalker Mobile X1

The Smoothtalker Mobile X1 has multiple configurations for buildings and vehicles of all sizes. The X1 50RV 50dB, with a list price of $395.99, is a high power RV/motorhome or large vehicle booster kit that does not require a physical connection to the cell phone or cellular data device. Once it is plugged in, it boosts the signal to all cell phones and cellular devices within range at the same time.

weBoost Drive 4G-S

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - weBoost Drive 4G-S

The Drive 4G-S is another booster for vehicles at a lower price point than the Smoothtalker — just 199.99. However, the lower price doesn’t compromise on quality and functionality, the company says. This is the most affordable 4G vehicle cell phone signal booster weBoost makes. It also boosts 4G LTE and 3G signals up to 32 times for a single person.

It works on all the major carriers and provides up to 2 hours additional talk time in weak-signal areas.

Surecall Fusion5s

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - Surecall Fusion5s

The Fusion5s is a 2G, 3G and 4G LTE home signal booster, which according to the company is the first five-band cellular booster compliant with new FCC Certification standards. It controls all carrier frequencies independently and it covers 5 to 10 simultaneous users in a 6,000 square foot area. But it also carries a $849.99 price tag, so this might not be a choice for smaller more budget conscious businesses.

weBoost Drive 4G-X

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - weBoost Drive 4G-X

Many truck drivers are small business operators, and the Drive 4G-X is an OTR (over the road) signal booster that might suit them. The booster can work for up to four devices and costs  $499.99. It enhances 4G LTE and 3G signals up to 32 times for everyone in the vehicle works with all the major carriers.

The Drive 4G-X has an omni-directional antenna that boosts voice and data with the maximum FCC-allowance of 50 dB system gain. Because of this, the company says it gives drivers fewer dead zones or lost connections and faster downloads and uploads, as well as better audio quality.

Uniden U60

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - Uniden U60

The U60 comes with a 60 Day satisfaction guarantee, 2-Year warranty and lifetime service and technical support. The support the company provides is for a device with an omnidirectional outdoor antenna to capture signals for all 3G and some 4G networks. It has a 2,000 sq. ft. capacity for your home or office and can handle up to 20 devices simultaneously. The boosters cost is $449.99.

Smoothtalker Stealth X2

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - Smoothtalker Stealth X2

The Stealth X2 has an impressive 7,000 sq. ft. of coverage for less than $600 — a suggested price of $549.99 more specifically. The company says it is the highest powered 65 dB building booster on the market, providing boosts for locations that are 10 to 35 miles from the nearest cell towers.

The automatic oscillation control and network overload protection maintain maximum gain at all times using the 170 degree directional outside and inside antennas automatically.

SolidRF BuildingForce 4G-M

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - SolidRF BuildingForce 4G-M

The BuildingForce 4G-M booster connects more than 25 mobile devices and works with all 2G, 3G, 4G and LTE signal networks in the US and Canada — impressive given its cost of just $349.99.  An automatic gain control feature ensures reliable coverage even with an intermittent incoming signal. If there is a strong outside signal, the booster covers up to 1,500 sq. ft, but with a medium or weak outside signal, it covers up to 800 and 200 sq. ft., respectively.

weBoost Connect 4G

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - weBoost Connect 4G

The Connect 4G covers 5,000 sq. ft. and features a dynamic, self-adjusting gain control for each frequency band automatically. Like the other weBoost units, it works on all the major carriers with cellular signal improvement of up to 32 times. And the recommended price for the Connect 4G is $549.99.

SureCall EZ 4G LTE

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - SureCall EZ 4G LTE

The EZ 4G LTE has an indoor panel antenna with a five band manually adjustable signal booster. The plug and play feature makes it that much easier to install and use out of the box, the manufacturer says. It has a coverage area of up to 3,000 sq. ft., with support for CDMA, WCDMA, GSM, EDGE, HSPA+, EVDO, LTE and all cellular standards. But at $740.00 you’ll have to decide if features are something your business can afford.

SureCall EZ 4G

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - SureCall EZ 4G

If the indoor reception in your office is weak, this plug-and-play booster indoor unit covers an area of up to 2,000 sq. ft. It improves 4G LTE voice, data and text signals for all North American cell carriers without an external antenna. And at $298.06 it is a bit more affordable than some other options.

weBoost Connect 4G-X 7500 sq ft

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - weBoost Connect 4G-X 7500 sq ft

This particular weBoost model covers up to 7,500 sq. ft. It amplifies cellular signals throughout a large workplace or home on all cellular-connected devices. The increased area capability also comes with all of the weBoost features, including 4G LTE and 3G signal improvement for all major carriers, a 2-year warranty, and 30 day money back guarantee. But at $899.97, you’ll need to decide whether you really need these heavy duty features.

weBoost Drive 3G-XR Marine Antenna Booster

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - weBoost Drive 3G-XR Marine Antenna Booster

If you are a small business running a day cruise on a ship, the weBoost Drive 3G-XR marine antenna booster can extend your service range up to 50 percent further than other boosters on the market. It achieves this capability by operating with the maximum output power allowed under current Federal Communications Commission regulations and supports all US and Canadian cell carriers all for a fairly reasonable cost — $399.99.

SureCall Fusion5X

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - SureCall Fusion5X

The Fusion5X has four inside antennas for maximum coverage, which can go as high as 20,000 sq. ft. The 5X provides the highest downlink allowed by the FCC, allowing it to turn strong outside signals into a wide area of coverage inside. It supports 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular. But you’ll pay $1,699 for these features.

Wilson 463127 Pro

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Business Users - Wilson 463127 Pro

This particular Wilson model covers an area of up to 50,000 sq. ft. inside of a building with a strong outside signal. It supports the 2G, 3G and 4G LTE networks from most of the carriers in the United States and Canada.

According to the company, before it overloads it has the ability to boost an outside signal that is 10 db stronger than any other booster on the market, which can potentially increase an area of interior coverage up to 6x the size of any other booster. You’ll need to register for a Wilson Amplifiers account for pricing information on this one.

* * *
Since a good quality booster will cost you several hundred dollars, call the company and ask questions relevant to how you will be using the device. This should include support and warranty information for the device you are going to be buying. And as always, comparison shop online with different retailers and brands too get the best value.

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4chan Users Claim to Have Hacked Hillary Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta’s iPhone, iPad4chan Users Claim to Have Hacked Hillary Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta’s iPhone, iPad

4chan Users Claim to Have Hacked Hillary Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta's iPhone, iPad

4chan Users Claim to Have Hacked Hillary Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta’s iPhone, iPad
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4chan hackers found John Podesta’s password in WikiLeaks email dump
WikiLeaks, however, says it had changed password before releasing emails
Podesta’s Twitter account had been hacked earlier as well
Hackers on a 4chan message board claim to have wiped the iPhone and iPad of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta. The hackers got access to Podesta’s Apple devices within 12 hours of WikiLeaks releasing private emails from his accounts on Wednesday, which apparently included his Apple ID credentials as well as his Social Security number.

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Took about ~25 minutes from WL posting “part 5” emails before 4Chan had found Podesta’s Apple creds and logged in for first time fyi.
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Pwn All The Things @pwnallthethings
Apparently some asshole from anonymous compromised Podesta’s Apple account using creds in WL dump and remotely wiped his phone. V cruel. pic.twitter.com/ZdfWf2NkuY
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4chan also apparently wiped Podesta’s iPad. pic.twitter.com/HzALdTvr98
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Before erasing the iPhone and iPad, 4chan users on a Reddit thread claim that they downloaded the data from Podesta’s email account. Talking to Gizmodo, a representative of the hackers said that information in the Podesta leaks was “helpful in conducting phishing attacks for the DNC members before the leaks emerged on Wikileaks.”

The hacker was able to get access the passwords of several dozen senators’ email IDs, credit card information, as well Social Security numbers. The list includes the likes of US Vice President Joe Biden, acting chair of Democratic National Party (DNC) Donna Brazile, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

However, WikiLeaks on its Twitter handle said that it had changed the relevant credentials before releasing the email dump. Regardless of the veracity of the claim, it appears Podesta did not change his credentials including his Apple ID, despite his emails having been released to the public.

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@mkarolian No they didn’t. We checked that the credentials had already been changed.
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The screenshots show that Podesta had not enabled two-factor verification – an added layer of security – on his Apple ID.

Soon after the WikiLeaks dump, Podesta’s Twitter account was hacked and a tweet asking followers to vote for Clinton’s rival Donald Trump was sent out. The tweet was deleted later. The Clinton campaign has confirmed the hacked Twitter account, but has not said anything about the wiped iPhone and iPad.

Tags: Apple, Apple ID, Hillary Clinton, John Podesta, Hacking, iPhone, iPad, Cyber-security, Cyber-crime, Twitter, 4chan

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Evernote Says Small Number of Mac Users May Have Lost Notes, Offers Premium Subscription

Evernote Says Small Number of Mac Users May Have Lost Notes, Offers Premium SubscriptionEvernote Says Small Number of Mac Users May Have Lost Notes, Offers Premium Subscription
HIGHLIGHTS
The company says it was only able to restore some lost notes
Users with lost notes can attempt to manually restore them
Premium users can use the gift code for an additional year of service
A small number of Evernote for Mac users are being sent an email by the company that apologises for a bug that caused data loss in certain types of notes – those featuring images or other attachments. Text notes are said to have remained unaffected. The company is making up for the issue by offering Evernote Premium, which also helps restore missing date from notes by using the premium Note History feature.

The email to users states that a small number of users running versions of Evernote for Mac released in June and September were affected, which is a rather vague description for those worried users who may have lost data in hundreds of notes. However, the company confirmed to TechCrunch that specific versions 453991 (which was available directly from Evernote servers) and 454042 (available from the Mac App Store) were the ones affected, under “specific conditions”.

Evernote in its email tells users to update immediately to the latest version – v6.9.2 (454158 from Evernote and 454159 from the Mac App Store) – to avoid the issue and also prevent any “further loss of data”. The company added that as soon as it discovered the issue it “worked quickly to implement a solution and attempted to restore all lost data”, however, it did not succeed in some cases.

(Also see: Evernote ‘Can Overwhelm Some People,’ Admits Ken Inoue, GM APAC and Japan)
Those users that lost data can manually restore the data by using the Note History feature available to Evernote Premium subscribers, which as we mentioned was also being provided to free users that were affected by the issue via a redemption code. Those users already on Evernote Premium can use the code to buy another year of premium services, or save them as Points to be used at a later point.

The company is telling users to update their Evernote for Mac app via the menu, from where they can navigate to Help > Check For Updates… It adds that users who do not see the option should visit the Mac App Store or the Evernote website to download the latest version of the app.

Of course, the entire debacle is very embarrassing for a note-taking service. Evernote told TechCrunch however that once its recently-begun migration to the Google Cloud platform is complete, such issues will be a easier to prevent and resolve. The full email, with the subject “We’re sorry. Please update Evernote for Mac”, can be seen below.

We have identified a bug in some versions of Evernote for Mac that can cause images and other attachments to be deleted from a note under specific conditions. We believe you are one of a small number of people impacted by this bug.

Please update Evernote on your Mac to the latest version as soon as possible:

From the menu, go to Help > Check For Updates…

If you do not see this menu option, update through the Mac App Store or from our website

The bug can occur in the version of Evernote for Mac released in September, and less frequently in versions released since June. In these versions, certain sequences of events, such as skimming quickly through a large number of notes, can cause an image or other attachments to be deleted from a note without warning. Text in notes is not affected.

Once we identified the problem, we worked quickly to implement a solution and attempted to restore all lost data. Unfortunately, some of your attachments couldn’t be automatically restored. However, you may be able to recover your attachments using Evernote’s note history feature available through Evernote Premium.

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We understand how important your notes and attachments are, and we apologize. Again, please update your app as soon as possible to prevent any further loss of data.

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Tags: Evernote, Evernote for Mac, Note Taking Service, Note Taking App, Apps, Apple, Internet

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Spotify Free Users Complain of Malware-Infested Ads; Company Addresses Issue

Spotify Free Users Complain of Malware-Infested Ads; Company Addresses Issue

Some Spotify Free users were treated to malware-infested ads with their ad-supported music streaming service. Some users have reported on the company’s forum that random, malicious ads pop-up on the default browser while running Spotify’s freemium service.

The Next Web reports that while the original report was based on a Windows 10 machine, the malware also seems to pop up on other operating systems as well including Linux and macOS. Spotify has acknowledged the malvertising issue and told Engadget that the issue is an isolated on and has since “shut it down”.

(Also see: Spotify Debuts in Japan, Complete With Karaoke Lyrics)

“If you have Spotify Free open, it will launch – and keep on launching – the default Internet browser on the computer to different kinds of malware / virus sites,” wrote user Tonyonly on the company’scommunity page. “Some of them do not even require user action to be able to cause harm,” he added.

In a reply to the user’s complaint, Spotify said, “We’ve identified an issue where a small number of users were experiencing a problem with questionable website pop-ups in their default browsers as a result of an isolated issue with an ad on our Free tier. We have now identified the source of the problem and have shut it down. We will continue to monitor the situation. If you see this issue again, please let us know the exact date and time in this thread.”

In 2011, Spotify faced a similar issue where it displayed malicious ads to some users. The company rectified the problem and issued a public apology.

While Spotify confirms to have fixed the issue, users should still maintain caution and download ad-blockers if running Spotify Free, or shift to the company’s ad-free version instead.

Tags: Spotify, Music Streaming, Streaming, Malware, PC, Laptops, Virus
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Microsoft Releases Fix for Users Affected by Windows 10 Cumulative Update Issue

Microsoft Releases Fix for Users Affected by Windows 10 Cumulative Update Issue

Last week, Microsoft released Cumulative Update KB3194496 for users running Windows 10 Anniversary Update (version 1067), and, this caused problems for some users – trapping them in a loop after the installation failed. The issue only affected those who were previously on the Windows Insider Program before migrating the the public branch earlier this year, as well as some users still on the Windows Insider Program , Microsoft has now come out with a fix.

ZDNet reports that an email statement from Microsoft confirms that the update released for Windows 10 version 1607 on September 29 failed to install and would roll back for many users. The company claimed that a small number of customers in the Windows Insider Program that were running a previous build of the OS were affected.

(Also see: Windows 10 Now Running on 400 Million Active Devices, Says Microsoft)

“We became aware of an issue with the recent Windows 10 cumulative update that impacted a small number of customers in the Windows Insider Program that were running a previous build of the OS. We have created a solution to resolve this issue, which is now live and can be accessed here.”

Users affected by the update reported that after the system reached the 100 percent mark, they would get a prompt saying the process could not be completed and thereby reverting the changes, resulting in a loop of failed attempts.

Microsoft has released a patch that fixes the issue. That link takes you to the Windows 10 1607 (RS1) Script fix to unblock update for Insider.

There is no clear indication as to how many users have been affected although Microsoft says it’s a “small number”. However, ZDNet’s Ed Bott claims “the number is probably in the hundreds of thousands, representing systems that were in the Windows Insider Program, receiving preview releases, during the first half of 2016 before switching to the public branch.”

Tags: Microsoft, Windows 10, Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Bug, Windows Insider Program, Computing, PC, Laptops

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Many iPhone 7 Users Reporting Bluetooth Connectivity Issues; iOS 10 May Be the Culprit

Many iPhone 7 Users Reporting Bluetooth Connectivity Issues; iOS 10 May Be the Culprit

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spotty Bluetooth connectivity common among iPhone 7 users
  • Apple has been releasing updates in quick succession to fix issues
  • Apple has not yet officially acknowledged the Bluetooth issue

Since sales for Apple’s latest iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus began, users around the world have experienced a number of issues, bugs, and glitches with their devices. Earlier reports pertained to issues like a weird hissing noise, loss in cellular service and Lightning EarPod issues. Recently, two separate polls revealed that spotty Bluetooth connectivity was among the most common issues being faced by users.

The polls, conducted by popular tech sites Gizmodo and 9to5Mac, reveal that many users are unable to connect their iPhones to in-car entertainment systems. The problem, however, is not limited to iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users. Those who have updated their iPhone units to the latest iOS 10 OS are also facing the issue.

(Also see: iOS 10: Ten Cool Things to Try in Apple’s Latest Mobile OS)

Gizmodo has received 12 different email tips related to Bluetooth connectivity on the iPhone. One of the readers told the site that automatic Bluetooth connectivity failed with the iPhone 7 but worked seamlessly with older units like iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s.

Meanwhile, 9to5Mac has received complaints from BMW owners stating that their iPhone 7 device abruptly disconnects or stops working when connected to their car’s system.

Apple has been releasing updates in quick succession in its attempt to solve various bugs and issues. So far, none of the updates have resolved the Bluetooth connectivity issue and one can expect a third update to iOS 10 to roll out soon enough to address that. Notably however, Apple has not yet officially acknowledged the issue.

Spotty Bluetooth connectivity as an issue would not have garnered so much attention had Apple stayed with the headphone jack. However, with the Cupertino giant aiming for a wireless future, Bluetooth connectivity is now a major factor for Apple’s latest devices and the company needs to make sure that connectivity is seamless on this front.

(Also see: Dropping the 3.5mm Headphone Jack Was the Right Move by Apple)

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