[Update: Samsung responds] Some Galaxy S9 and S9+ units have large dead zones on the touchscreen

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The touchscreen on your phone is the primary way you interact with it, so it absolutely needs to work. That makes problems like so-called “dead zones” or ignored/unregistered inputs among the most annoying out there. Based on reports, many are running into those types of touchscreen input problems with Samsung’s Galaxy S9+.

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Snap Inc. Officially Responds to Snapchat Redesign Petition

Before the end of last year, Snap officially unveiled a major change coming to the Snapchat app, which would primarily focus on a new way of interacting with the app and getting to certain elements faster. Continue reading
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Snapchat officially responds to anti-redesign petition with over 1M signatures

Snapchat today officially responded to a Change.org petition that has accumulated nearly 1.5 million signatures and asks the company revert to the old design of the application. Snapchat’s response to the petition acknowledges upcoming changes that it hopes will make the design more user-friendly, while also defending some of the controversial changes…



Coinbase responds to rampant overcharges: ‘We have identified a solution’

Digital currency exchange Coinbase responded this afternoon to a report from The Verge regarding rampant overcharging of users and unauthorized withdrawals from their accounts, saying in a statement that the company has “identified a solution” to the problem. The issue, which began percolating on the dedicated Coinbase subreddit late last week, appears to be related to a recent change in the way credit cards classify digital currency transactions. Users were reporting empty cryptocurrency accounts as a result, which was creating panic and calls for legal action among Coinbase customers.

“We’re currently investigating an issue where some customers were charged incorrectly for purchases of digital currency with credit and debit cards,”…

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo update suspended, new version said to be in development [Update: Samsung responds]

[Update: Samsung has confirmed that it has indeed stopped the roll out Oreo update for the phone. It has also said that the roll out was stopped due to unexpected reboots for some. If it finds the impact to be minimal, it will resume it soon] In a statement to Sammobile, Samsung said: Following a … Continue reading “Samsung Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo update suspended, new version said to be in development [Update: Samsung responds]”
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Huawei responds to allegations about soliciting fake user reviews for the Mate 10 Pro

Yesterday a report came out alleging that Huawei solicited fake user reviews of the Mate 10 Pro in its private Facebook group, which has 60,000 members. The company told the members of that group to go and leave positive reviews on the Best Buy page listing the Mate 10 Pro (which is still on pre-order in the US), in exchange for a chance to be one of a few “beta testers” of the phone. It was strange wording for sure – how can a positive review be anything but fake if you haven’t used the device you’re talking about? Android Authority has reached out to Huawei about this baffling situation,…

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Apple responds to iPhone source code leak, says it doesn’t pose a threat to security

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Hours after Motherboard reported that the iBoot source code for iOS 9 had been leaked on GitHub, Apple has issued a response, significantly downplaying the severity of the leak. When the leak was first uncovered, panic set it almost immediately, with one security researcher going as far as to call it “the biggest leak in history.”

As Motherboard explains, iBoot is the program responsible for ensuring that the operating system of the device loads correctly. It’s the first process that runs when you boot up an iPhone or an iPad, and having it out in the open could potentially give hackers the ability to develop new exploits or jailbreaks for the software.

At least, that’s what we were led to believe from the initial story. Apple tells a different version of the story:

Old source code from three years ago appears to have been leaked, but by design the security of our products doesn’t depend on the secrecy of our source code. There are many layers of hardware and software protections built into our products, and we always encourage customers to update to the newest software releases to benefit from the latest protections.

The report suggests that the leaked code might still be useful for hackers despite the fact that it’s over two years old, but Apple’s statement seems to refute that claim. Just keep your devices updated, and you’ll be fine.

Of course, that didn’t stop Apple from issuing a takedown notice and having the code removed as quickly as it could, but the company makes it sound like iOS device owners don’t have anything to worry about. Here’s hoping Apple is right, because the code was up long enough for it to spread far beyond GitHub.

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Apple Responds to Govt. Probe, Begins Testing Battery Reservations

Apple this week seems to be taking additional steps to mitigate the so-called “Batterygate” controversy that followed its admittal of throttling older iPhones.

Battery Reservations

Since the iOS device throttling mechanism only kicks in when an iPhone’s battery is aging or degraded, the easiest way to circumvent the measure (currently) is to simply replace a device’s battery.

In the wake of consumer outrage after its iPhone slowdown announcement, Apple apologized and began offering discounted replacement batteries for $ 29 — down from the usual $ 79.

Of course, with the sharp increase in service orders and the constrained stock of batteries, many users have had trouble trying to get their own batteries replaced. For certain models of iPhone, Apple has simply run out of replacement parts.

But on Wednesday, Apple is seemingly taking steps to make the process easier. The Cupertino tech giant has added a “Reserve a Battery” option to its support website in Canada. The feature will let users reserve a battery online. Apple will then contact those users when a battery for their device becomes available.

How to Reserve a Battery

  • Early reports seem to indicate that the option is only available in Canada currently, which may hint that the country is being used as a trial run. Apple may choose to expand battery reservations to other regions in the future.
  • Users in Canada can find the page by going to Apple’s Get Support webpage, logging in with their Apple ID, and selecting Battery, Power, and Charging > Battery Replacement > Reserve a Battery.
  • The battery reservations are also available to Canadian users via the Apple Support app.
  • Apple promises to contact users within three to five days to let them know when a battery will be available. Currently, Apple’s Canadian website lists a wait time estimate of two to four weeks.

DoJ, SEC Probe

In addition to the battery reservation feature, Apple also confirmed a U.S. government investigation into “Batterygate” in a public statement on Wednesday.

Earlier this week, Bloomberg reported that the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission had launched a probe to determine whether Apple broke federal law in its disclosure of iPhone throttling.

In the statement, provided to Axios, Apple wrote that its intention with the throttling measure was to “improve the customer experience.” The iPhone slowdown mechanism was implemented to reduce the chance of random reboots or other issues when a device’s battery is degraded.

“We have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades,” Apple wrote. “We have received questions from some government agencies and we are responding to them.”

iOS 11.3 Power Management Toggle

In the statement, Apple also doubled-down on the timing for its promised power management toggle.

The feature, which will let users turn off the iPhone throttling, is expected to be implemented for iPhone 6 through iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 11.3. Of course, users who do choose to turn throttling off might see more random reboots as a result.

The toggle will be featured in a future iOS 11.3 beta this month. The final release of iOS 11.3 will roll out as a free update to all users later this spring, Apple said.

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After a brief silence, the satellite hosting NASA’s new space weather mission responds

A brief tracking failure led to fears that the satellite meant to host NASA’s new mission to better understand space weather had been lost, according to SpaceFlightNow. Though the European Ariane 5 rocket lifted off uneventfully, none of the customers with satellites on the rocket could reach their probes for some time.

The satellites are in orbit and have communicated with their control centers, Arianespace announced. But it’s not clear yet what orbits they’re in. If they’re in the wrong spots, these satellites may not be able to do their jobs — though it’s possible they could course-correct.

There was an “anomaly” on the launch, said Arianespace chief executive Stephane Israel, according to SpaceFlightNow. Everything was normal until a…

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