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Up to 40,000 OnePlus customers may have had their credit card information stolen

The darling of the mobile phone enthusiast community is in hot water once again. Less than a week after it was discovered that OnePlus was sending user data to servers in China without permission, the Chinese OEM's merchant platform was compromised. OnePlus has just revealed the full scope of the attack: up to 40,000 users may have had their credit card info...
Spectre variant 2 got AMD involved in the double class action suit. (Source: Google)

AMD hit by double class action suit over Spectre vulnerabilites

Rosen and Pomerantz law firms representing AMDs investors claim that the processor maker had prior knowledge about the Spectre variant 2 vulnerability. Investors are also claiming that the stock prices have dropped upon the release of BIOS updates for the Spectre variant 2 vulnerability.
It's been a crazy month for Bitcoin owners. (Image: CryptoCompare)

BTC dives under USD $10,000 for first time since December, loses 50% over the past 30 days

Bitcoin has proved that it's not for the faint of heart this week. At one point today, BTC swooped down 10% for the day and hit a 35% loss for the week. Just in today's trading, BTC has seen losses and gains between 10% on each side.
The new AMT hack can bypass all known security measures. (Source: Anandtech)

Gone in 30 seconds: New Intel AMT exploit is scarier than you can ever fathom

F-Secure's security researchers discovered another flaw in Intel's Active Management Technology (AMT) that a hacker can potentially misuse to gain remote access to a system.
'Haswell' CPU owners are getting increased security at the expense of reliability. (Source: Overclock3D)

Intel 'Haswell' and 'Broadwell' CPU users complain of higher system reboots after applying Meltdown and Spectre patches

Users of older generation 'Haswell' and 'Broadwell' Intel CPUs are reporting of constant reboots after applying patches to address the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. Intel is looking at issuing a revised firmware to address specific issues related to these CPUs.
The Nokia 8. (Juho Sarvikas)

The Nokia 8's camera belongs in 2015, DxOMark report reveals

The Nokia 8 made its way to DxOMark over the week, with the first-gen HMD flagship registering camera scores that wouldn't look out of place on a device straight out of 2015.
Meltdown and Spectre threats could also hit Chromebooks with the exception of those with ARM processors

Meltdown and Spectre patches not coming to older Chromebooks

Although some ARM-driven Chromebooks do not need patching, there are also a few Chrome OS-powered notebooks that will not get any sort of protection from Meltdown and Spectre, including the Acer C7 and the Samsung Chromebook 5.
Another one. (Source: XDA-Developers)

OnePlus caught swiping user data again, only this time also sending it to China-controlled servers

OnePlus has been caught manhandling user data again, with a OnePlus 3T user on the OnePlus forums showing proof of his clipboard app sending data to an Alibaba-controlled server.
Image: Liliputing

CES 2018 | The eOneBook is an expensive dual-E ink display device that can only be used to read one manga

Do you have $300 burning a hole in your pocket and really like the manga Fist of the North Star? The eOneBook by Progress Technologies may be the device for you. Featuring two E ink displays that fold out like a book, the device can only be used to read 18 volumes of Fist of the North Star.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro Android phablet no longer coming to AT&T

No Huawei phones coming to AT&T after all

Although February is not here yet and the situation might change until then, unconfirmed rumors claim that Huawei and AT&T's deal is off and the two brands will no longer team up as expected.
Microsoft blames the security update bricking systems on AMD. (Source: basstechintl)

Microsoft's Meltdown and Spectre security updates have been bricking AMD machines

Microsoft has halted some security updates for AMD-powered computers due to said updates apparently bricking people's machines. Microsoft blames inaccurate documentation provided by AMD.
Product lines which include affected units. (Source: HP)

Charred and melted: HP issues a battery recall for some models

HP has issued a battery recall that covers 15 models using a specific battery supplier. A utility has been provided to verify if yours is at risk and HP is providing free battery replacements at authorised repair centers.
Our thoughts on the current state of the Ataribox

Our thoughts on the current state of the Ataribox

The upcoming Ataribox is one of the most anticipated retro-based consoles this year. However, there have been some questionable moves by the company behind the product that should leave retro gamers skeptical of the console.
Users reporting DirectX 9 issues with Radeon Adrenaline software, AMD doesn't seem to care (Image source: AMD)

Update | Users reporting DirectX 9 issues with Radeon Adrenaline, AMD doesn't seem to care

AMD's latest graphics driver software has introduced fatal conflicts with a number of classic DX9 titles. The games have been deemed "too old" for AMD to address.
WhatsApp had a brief outage at the dawn of the New Year. (Source: VentureBeat)

WhatsApp outages greet users in the New Year

WhatsApp went down in many parts of the world on the occasion of New Year much to the dismay of users. The outage, however, was quickly resolved and the service is now back online.
Xiaomi Mi A1 with Android Oreo update, software details

Xiaomi Mi A1 gets Android Oreo as promised

After a short time spent as a beta release, Android Oreo is now rolling out to Xiaomi Mi A1 handsets across the globe. Unfortunately, it also carries a minor bug that makes the Phone app shortcut disappear from the home screen, but fixing it takes less than a minute.
Apple had a lot of explaining to do after the recent reports of iPhone slowdowns. (Source: Steemit)

HTC and Motorola say slowing down older phones is not their cup of tea

In emails to The Verge, HTC and Motorola have clarified that they do not slow down phones as the batteries start wearing out. This comes in the wake of Apple's now controversial policy of slowing down phones with ageing batteries.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Android phablet battery drain bricked units problems late 2017

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 facing serious problems

According to multiple Galaxy Note 8 users, their high-end phablets simply died after the battery ran out, refusing to charge and boot up. For now, Samsung is investigating the problem and advises all those affected to contact its customer support service.
Downloads for the desktop version of Ubuntu 17.10 have been temporarily stalled. (Source: OMG! Ubuntu)

Ubuntu 17.10 'Artful Aardvark' burrows into PC BIOSs causing boot issues

The latest Ubuntu release has a bug in the Intel SPI driver in the Linux kernel that seems to be corrupting UEFI firmware on certain Lenovo and Acer laptops leaving users with no options to change UEFI settings or select an alternative boot method.
If user benchmarks are correct, then Apple might be throttling CPU speed on older iPhones to preserve battery life. (Source: Pixabay)

UPDATE | More evidence of Apple throttling the CPU in iPhones with worn batteries

More users of older iPhones are now claiming an improvement in performance after a battery replacement. One posted a couple of screenshots on Twitter showing the CPU being underclocked to less than half of its stock speed before returning to normal after a new battery was swapped in. Updated with response from Apple.
Mozilla in hot water after installing a browser add-on for some users without their permission

Mozilla in hot water after installing a browser add-on for some users without their permission

Some Firefox users recently found an unwarranted add-on installed in their browsers. The add-on, which is a page tool tied to the popular online show "Mr. Robot," was installed for some users that are a part of Mozilla's Studies program. While not malicious, the add-on was installed without the users' knowledge and raised some alarm from fervent Mozilla fans...
Your iPhone could slow down due to an ageing battery. (Source: User TeckFire on Reddit)

Apple allegedly throttling older iPhones with degraded batteries

A user on Reddit has posted potential evidence that Apple could be throttling older iPhones relative to the output battery voltage to prevent them from drawing too much power. Although this is not the first instance of throttling on iPhones, it surely has been a subject of much debate.
Pre-installed keylogger found in 460 HP laptop models in December 2017 (Source: Dash Force News)

More than 460 HP laptop models come with a pre-installed keylogger

Although this is not the first time it happens this year, HP has been caught red-handed once again. This time, the keylogger has been found in the Synaptics touchpad driver that ships with more than 460 HP notebook models.
You can no longer use Bitcoin to buy games on Steam (and with good reason)

You can no longer use Bitcoin to buy games on Steam (and with good reason)

Due to the high volatility and growing transaction fees associated with Bitcoin, Valve is no longer accepting the cryptocurrency as a payment method for purchases made on Steam. This decision sheds some light on the economic ramifications of the rapid growth of a currency.
Image: BLU Twitter (highlighting added by news editor)

BLU releases software fix for bricked Life One X2 phones, but it may not work for everyone

BLU has released a fix for the phone-bricking OTA update they issued last week. While many users are reporting success, some customers will be left out to dry. Affected users are understandably upset at the latest misstep by BLU.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro teardown (Source: iFixIt)

Huawei Mate 10 Pro gets a 4/10 from iFixIt

The teardown of the Huawei 10 Pro by iFixIt revealed that replacing the display involves the removal of almost every component, and fixing the front camera requires switching the whole display, including its frame.
BLU Life One X3 with MediaTek MT6753 (Source: BLU Products)

BLU Life One X3 silently debuts with a 5,000 mAh battery onboard

While many users with bricked phones are still waiting for an official solution to their problem, BLU Products forgets about the mayhem caused by its latest OTA update and silently intros the Life One X3 mid-ranger.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 "Deep Sea Blue" Android flagship (Source: Samsung)

There is no such thing as a "Microsoft Edition" Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8

Although the so-called "Microsoft Edition" Galaxy S8 has been available in the Microsoft Store for a few months, Samsung finally decided to let the world know that these flagships sold by the Redmond giant's store are not special at all.
Lock screen advertising on Android (Source: Android Police)

Google Play removes most apps with lock screen ads

A few years after removing apps that showed ads as push notifications, Google takes one more step in the right direction and forbids apps that display ads in the device's lock screen from being distributed via Google Play.
System76 Galago Pro Linux notebook

System76 to disable Intel Management Engine on its notebooks

While Intel is working with the big brands to patch the major security holes recently discovered in its Management Engine firmware, System76 plans to take it all to the next level by disabling IME entirely via a firmware update.
Skyforge MMORPG now available on Xbox One (Source:

Skyforge now available on Xbox One

After five years in development, Skyforge entered the open beta stage in early 2015. This free-to-play MMORPG was released for PlayStation 4 in April, and now the time has finally arrived for the Xbox One console to get it as well.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Android flagship has camera focus problems

Shake your Samsung Galaxy S8 to help its camera focus properly

As strange as it may seem, Samsung recommends a "gentle tap to the back" or "a small shake" of their Galaxy S8 to those who complain that their phone's main camera is taking blurry photos and has problems focusing.
Angry BLU users comments on Reddit

BLU Products releases phone-bricking OTA update

The latest OTA update for the phones of the popular US-based BLU Products apparently managed to brick a lot of phones and a lot of people are (very) angry about it. Sadly, there is no official solution for this problem that does not involve a factory reset.
They may take everything but never our freedom. Never our right to choose.

The fight for Net Neutrality is should take action today

The US Federal Communications Commission is set to cast a vote that will repeal the Net Neutrality laws that keep the Internet fun for everyone. American or not, it's time you had a say in this matter. Let your voice be heard today.
Intel Core i9 processor retail box

A new set of Intel Management Engine vulnerabilities confirmed

Not long after a few security research groups discovered new vulnerabilities in the Intel Management Engine remote administration subsystem, the chipmaker confirmed these issues in a new security advisory that also lists other bugs that were located in its software tools.
Surface Book 2 suffering from performance throttling, charging issues, and heavy ghosting

Surface Book 2 suffers from performance throttling, charging abnormalities, and slower response times

Though a visual delight, the new Surface Book isn't doing anything to buck the trend of notorious hardware headaches that has become the norm across the Surface lineup.
Yet another Android exploit. (Source: Pixabay)

New Android security flaw allows screen recording without direct user permission

A security research firm has revealed an Android exploit which allows a rogue application to record all on-screen activity without the user's permission. This has been fixed in Android 8, but users on older versions are still vulnerable. Fortunately, the exploit works in a way which causes Android to create a notification in the status bar.
Smartwatches targetted at children, like the VTech Kidizoom, are now banned in Germany. (Image: VTech)

Germany bans smartwatches marketed at children

Children's smartwatches have been found to have glaring security holes, some of which can present a serious threat to the safety of the children that wear them. These security issues, along with privacy concerns, have led German officials to ban the sale of children's smartwatches.
The mask that turned Face ID into Farce ID (Source: Bkav Corp on YouTube)

Face ID tricked using a mask

A Vietnamese security firm managed to trick Apple's Face ID into unlocking the new iPhone X with the help of a custom mask that was created for a cost of around US$150. Perfecting the whole process took them about a week.
Saygus V Squared crowdfunded Android smartphone (Source: FCC)

Saygus V Squared surfaces online once again

Back in August, the Saygus team revealed that the long-awaited V Squared flagship had finally reached the FCC. It took "just" a few months to get the agency's certifications, but at least now we know that this phone is not vaporware and should launch soon.
Image: Apple

IDC analytics point to 3-year decline in tablet sales

Marking the twelfth straight quarter of year-over-year decline, the third quarter of 2017 saw the tablet market slump 5.4%. Despite a bump in sales growth from 4 of the top 5 tablet retailers, the market as a whole continues its downward trend with no end in sight.
Pixel 2 XL, ask more of your phone. (Source: Google)

Google replacing Pixel 2 XLs sent to customers without Android installed

Continuing the trend of the Pixel 2 XL, a small number of users have complained on Reddit and the Ars Technica forums about receiving devices which are completely missing the operating system. Google reports that they have fixed this going forwards, and they are sending replacement devices for those affected.
Assassin's Creed Origins has DRM software protecting the DRM software that's protecting the game. (Source: Ubisoft)

Assassin's Creed Origins is another example of DRM gone wrong

Publishers need to protect their game from piracy, and gamers should pay for the games we play. But there is a problem when the method of DRM implementation degrades the experience of those who obtained the game legitimately.
The Samsung J7 smartphone. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung J7 catches fire in an Indian flight causing a mid-air scare

A Samsung J7 smartphone caught fire on a Jet Airways flight bound to Indore from New Delhi causing mid-air panic. The flight staff were unable to extinguish the fire and had to drop the phone in a tray of water to put off the flames.
Macbook Pro: Does Apple have a problem with defective keyboards due to dust getting stuck?

Macbook Pro: Does Apple have a problem with defective keyboards due to dust getting stuck?

Since 2015, Apple has one by one changed the keyboards on its Mac-products to the new Butterfly-design, a precess accompanied with much interest but also criticism. The new design helped Apple in their pursuit for thinner and thinner products, but now it seems that the new design has a reliability problem: Some users experience problems with dust and dirt ge...
The wolf in sheep's clothing which snuck into thousands of unsuspecting digital pens. (Source: SwiftOnSecurity)

A fake Adblock Plus extension has infected about 37,000 Google Chrome users

Posing as the world's most popular ad-blocking software, a fraudulent extension made it onto the Chrome Web Store and tricked tens of thousands of victims into installing what turned out to be a very annoying piece of adware.
A more fitting name if this trend of fails continues. (Source: CHEIL India)

OnePlus is collecting user data without permission, and you should be scared

OnePlus has dropped the ball yet again, with a user discovering a data siphon that sends his private phone information and logs to a remote OnePlus server.
Yahoo? Help! (Source: Yahoo)

All 3 billion Yahoo user accounts were involved in the 2013 data breach

If you held a Yahoo account in 2013, then you were almost certainly involved in the data breach. At 3 billion user accounts affected, this announcement sets the record for the largest known data breach.
Source: Atari

The Ataribox is an under-powered Linux PC priced to compete with the PS4 and Xbox One

In a newsletter sent out today, Atari gave some more information about the upcoming Ataribox. The console will be running a version of Linux, and users will have full access to the underlying operating system. No word on games yet, but apparently, the console won't be powerful enough to play AAA titles.
No indication from Showtime whether the script was placed by them, or if their websites were hacked. (Source: Showtime)

CBS-owned 'Showtime' joins The Pirate Bay and rogue chrome extensions in using your CPU to mine cryptocurrency

CoinHive's cryptomining JavaScript has been found embedded in the site code of two of Showtime's websites, causing increases CPU usage. The script has now been removed, but silence from Showtime leaves the question open on whether they had placed the code there, or if their websites were hacked.

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