The bug impacted apps such as Audible.com, Discord, Facebook, WhatsApp, and YouTube, among others.
Last Updated: May 27, 2020, 12:03 PM IST
Apple has fixed a bug in its Family Sharing system that prevented some iOS and iPadOS apps from opening. The bug led to iOS users getting an error indicating that an app was “no longer being shared with you” and directed them to buy the app from the App Store.
Apple has now resolved the bug that affected iPhone and iPad apps over the last weekend, reports TechCrunch. Several iOS users earlier reported that they were seeing dozens of pending app updates for their iOS devices. Some of them even saw as many as 100-plus new updates to install. The bug impacted apps such as Audible.com, Discord, Facebook, WhatsApp, and YouTube, among others.
Even before Apple worked to fix the bug, some users found that they could solve it by deleting and redownloading specific apps. Apple confirmed the problem has now been resolved for all affected customers.
The source code of the Android app of Aarogya Setu will be released on GitHub after midnight tonight, and code improvement programme has also been introduced for the app.
Last Updated: May 26, 2020, 7:55 PM IST
The government of India has finally open sourced the source code of the Android application of the Aarogya Setu contact tracing app. Earlier today, Amitabh Kant, CEO of Niti Aayog, stated that the source code of the iOS version of Aarogya Setu will also be opened up “soon”. The code was released by Kant, along with K Vijay Raghavan, the principal scientific advisor of India, and Dr Neeta Varma, the director general of the National Informatics Commission of India.
The source code of the Android app of Aarogya Setu will be uploaded to GitHub after midnight tonight. Speaking at the launch, Kant said that “opening the source code to developers’ community signifies Government of India’s commitment to the core design principles of transparency, privacy and security.” He further added that Aarogya Setu was the fastest app in the world to reach 15 million users in 13 days, and 100 million in 41 days.
Alongside releasing the code, Ajay Prakash Sawhney, the secretary of the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) emphasised on how the app was developed as a public private partnership basis, and was largely developed by “volunteers”, who came together to build the app. On this note, Varma of NIC also announced a bug bounty programme, which will offer cash rewards of up to Rs 1 lakh to everyone that will report bugs, code frailties and improvements to the government. The bug bounty programme will be run by MyGov, as its chief executive Abhishek Singh stated.
The bug bounty programme will offer three different kinds of privacy bug bounties, and one code improvement programme, all of which will offer prizes worth up to Rs 1 lakh. On this note, Varma also stated that while this is the first bug bounty programme, it may also spell a future where all tech integrations made by official government deployments can go through similar checks.
Talking at the launch, government of India officials claimed the effort of open sourcing the Aarogya Setu code to be the “first of its kind” in the world, where an app’s source code was opened up after over 100 million downloads. The officials stated that Aarogya Setu has now been installed on 115 million devices, of which an overwhelming majority has come from Android devices. While the officials were quick to talk about the benefits of the Aarogya Setu app, it is important to note that India is not setting the precedent here – Singapore has already open sourced its official Covid-19 contact tracing app, months ago.
Many cyber security and cyber law experts had already called out for open sourcing the source code of the Aarogya Setu app, in order to accommodate developers to independently inspect all the privacy issues of the Aarogya Setu app. The government officials further stated that the move will set a major precedent – not just for all Indian government apps in the future, but also for other governments across the world to follow.
The special photochrom filter on the OnePlus 8 Pro camera is apparently letting users see through thin objects including clothes,
Last Updated: May 19, 2020, 9:21 PM IST
OnePlus seems to have stumbled on a particular issue with its new handset, the OnePlus 8 Pro. The camera on the smartphone comes with a photochrom filter which apparently, can see through plastic and other thin materials including clothes just like an X-Ray. The ‘bug’ caught the attention of many and sparked privacy concerns all around.
The company has said in a statement that it will remove the accidental functionality from the device in an upcoming update. The camera filter is also going to temporarily disable the camera filter in HydrogenOS, the Chinese version of its operating system until an update is released. As for the global version of the phone, the company is choosing to leave it until the rolled out.
Additionally, the company has said that the filter cannot see through thick materials and has apologised for “creating privacy concerns and causing troubles for OnePlus users and other netizens.”
The special colour filter lens on the OnePlus 8 Pro was originally marketed as a way to click some unique photos with false-color camera filters on them. Just days ago, it was reported that the lens could also be used for infrared photography allowing people to see through thin materials like a t-shirt. Hopefully, the company can fix the issues before the handset goes on sale in India which is scheduled for May 29.
The update addresses an issue that prevented devices running iOS 13.4 from participating in FaceTime calls.
Last Updated: April 8, 2020, 1:27 PM IST
Apple has released iOS 13.4.1 and iPadOS 13.4.1 with focus on bug fixes, performance improvements and security enhancements. The update addresses an issue that prevented devices running iOS 13.4 from participating in FaceTime calls with devices running iOS 9.3.6 and earlier or OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 and earlier, MacRumors reported on Tuesday.
The update fixes a bug in the settings app that could cause choosing Bluetooth from the quick actions menu on the Home screen to fail. The update also fixes an issue on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (4th generation) and 11-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation) where the flashlight may not turn on after tapping the Flashlight button in Control Center or on the Lock screen.
One can download this update on an iPhone or iPad running iOS 13 by launching the Settings app and selecting “General” and then tapping on “Software Update”. Users with automatic updates enabled will be advised when the update has been downloaded to their device, with a notification.
Facebook earlier said that coronavirus-related searches on its platform would be greeted with an automatic pop-up featuring information from the WHO.
Last Updated: March 18, 2020, 1:12 PM IST
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A massive bug in Facebook has removed several legitimate posts, news and comments about new coronavirus from some leading media outlets like USA Today, Buzzfeed and Medium. Aimed at curtailing the spread of fake and mischievous health information around COVID-19, Facebook’s News Feed spam filter blocked URLs of legitimate websites.
“It looks like an anti-spam rule at FB is going haywire. Facebook sent home content moderators yesterday, who generally can’t WFH (work from home) due to privacy commitments the company has made. We might be seeing the start of the ML going nuts with less human oversight,” tweeted former chief security officer at Facebook.
Guy Rosen, Vice President, Product Management at Facebook replied: “We’re on this – this is a bug in an anti-spam system, unrelated to any changes in our content moderator workforce. We’re in the process of fixing and bringing all these posts back”. Later, he said Facebook has “restored all the posts that were incorrectly removed, which included posts on all topics – not just those related to COVID-19”. According to the company, this was an issue with an automated system that removes links to abusive websites, “but incorrectly removed a lot of other posts too”.
A Twitter user posted: “It’s not just news articles. A community flier asking for emergency donations of food to the needy in our community was blocked. A friend in Canada had posts from Royal Canadian Mounted Police blocked. It’s very widespread”.
Top tech giants Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Reddit, Twitter and YouTube have come together to help fight the fake news and misinformation related to COVID-19 on their platforms. Facebook and Instagram have already announced to ban ads and commerce listings selling medical face masks on their platforms to stop people from exploiting the coronavirus emergency.
Facebook said that coronavirus-related searches on its platform would be greeted with an automatic pop-up featuring information from the WHO.
A bug that has hit Windows 7 devices has been preventing users to shut down their computers. As of now, the origin and the cause of the bug are not known. Windows 7 users for the last few days, are getting a popup message at the time of shutting down or rebooting their system that reads, “You do not have permission to shut down this computer”. Multiple people using Windows 7 on their systems raised this issue on Reddit.
Users also took to micro-blogging site Twitter to raise the same concern. A user said, “@BillGates Sir windows 7 shows shutdown issue. it shows ” you don’t have permission to shut down this pc” any solution or patches?? Many users are suffering the same problem”
Hi Sagar. We’d like to take a further look at this case. Would you mind sending us a Direct Message?
Other people using Windows 7 have also posted tweets on similar lines:
You don’t have permission to shutdown this computer- Windows 7 This error is preventing me to shutdown or restart my PC from yesterday ♂️♂️♂️ pic.twitter.com/JOXymOQYTI — Trendswood (@Trendswoodcom) February 7, 2020
Been using Windows 7 for a long time now and this morning I woke up to find that I can’t shutdown my laptop. It says “you don’t have permission to shutdown this computer” and when I click on restart it says ” you don’t have permission to shutdown or… https://t.co/LZ5jboZZPg
GREAT!!! This is the last thing I need right now: shit getting weird now Windows 7 is no longer supported. Went to shutdown only to get a “DON’T HAVE PERMISSION TO SHUTDOWN” error. NICE! Doing a backup before I try & force the shutdown, just in case I can’t boot up tomorrow.
Thanks for flagging this. Would you mind sending us a Direct Message so we can investigate further? — Windows Update (@WindowsUpdate) February 7, 2020
Recently, Windows 7 users faced an issue pertaining to the wallpaper display. Microsoft made an exception and rolled out an update for its users. Officially, Microsoft had ended support for Windows 7 on January 14 this year. However, as of now, the company has not given an official statement regarding this issue nor is there any news regarding an update to fix this.
Microsoft had already ended support for the ageing operating system, but had to issue an out of time system patch for the software.
Microsoft had already ended support for the ageing operating system, but had to issue an out of time system patch for the software.
Microsoft had officially ended support for Windows 7 on January 14, but has now also issued a new update for the same. This was apparently done after a bug was reported in its ‘final patch’. As per a report by BBC, the earlier final update had led to wallpaper issues for those who configured their computers with the stretch option for the desktop background. This had apparently led to a plain black screen, which was shown each time when the Windows 7 PCs were restarted.
Cyber security expert Graham Cluley took to micro blogging site Twitter to inform about the fix. In a tweet directed to the concerned users, he said, “That didn’t take long. Microsoft backs down on ‘no more updates for Windows 7’ in order to fix stretched wallpaper bug.”
r/t That didn’t take long. Microsoft backs down on “no more updates for Windows 7” in order to fix stretched wallpaper bug https://t.co/SKwriCtBbQ
The company had stated in the past that it would issue any new fixes only to those who have subscriptions to Microsoft’s paid only extended security updates programme. This makes it a limited group as only a select group of enterprise users are part of the Microsoft extended updates programme. However, Windows 7 still remains a popular choice. According to data by StatCounter, one in four Windows users are still running Windows 7.
Keeping in line with patches for bugs introduced during updates, a recent Windows 10 patch, with key number KB4532695, has fixed an issue that came up with the Windows 10 November 2019 update. In the November update, Microsoft had introduced a new quick-search bar to the File Explorer that was basically meant to help users find files on their computer. However, the bug prevented it from working flawlessly. It is only recently that the issue sought the brand’s attention, and has been fixed in the latest patch. For concerned users, the latest Windows 10 patch can be downloaded by going to settings, clicking on Update and Security, selecting Windows Update, and clicking ‘download’.
OnePlus is currently working on its upcoming One Plus 8 series, likely to be powered by Snapdragon 865 SoC and running Android 10 OS.
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The OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T have finally started to receive a stable version of the Android 10 update via OxygenOS 10.3.1. The process of rolling out this update began a month ago but had to be stopped due to certain bugs. The new OxygenOS 10.3.1 update brings fixes to the system and gallery and also includes the December 2019 Android security patch. This is being rolled out in a staged manner, which means some users will receive it earlier than the rest.
According to the changelog published on the official OnePlus forums, issues pertaining to unlocking the device have been fixed where an issue was causing a black screen to appear after unlocking the device using fingerprint. The update also fixes an issue related to the animation logo on the boot screen, fixes the heating up of the device while being put on charging, and random loss of connection 5Ghz hotspot has also been fixed.
In terms of camera and gallery, the image preview time in Pro mode has been optimized and the issue of videos not showing up in the gallery has also been addressed. The usual improvements in system stability and fixing of bugs have also been done. OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T users can check for the latest OxygenOS update on their device by going to Settings menu. Meanwhile, the brand is currently working on its upcoming One Plus 8 series, which is expected to be powered the Snapdragon 865 SoC and is likely to run Android 10 OS.