Removing Richard Spencer from Facebook is a gesture, not a fix

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After a long month and an even longer week for Facebook, the social network is taking publicity-friendly steps to scrub hateful views from its platform.

Two pages associated with the prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer were removed on Friday. Both the National Policy Institute, an organization that favors a white ethnostate, and Altright.com, Spencer’s online magazine, no longer have a home on Facebook.

The removals came after Vice News reached out to the site to find out why those two pages were still active. The query was prompted after Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg insisted during his Congressional testimony that “we do not allow hate groups on Facebook.” Read more…

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Apple to fix bug that allows Siri to read hidden notifications

Earlier today, we told you about the Siri-based security flaw discovered in Brazil that allows Siri to read your notifications, even if they are hidden from the lock screen. The notifications that are most vulnerable come from third party apps including Facebook and Gmail. Holding down the home button (or the side button on the Apple iPhone X) will put Siri into blabbermouth mode.

Apple does know about this issue. In fact, in a statement published today, the tech titan said, “We are aware of the issue and it will be addressed in an upcoming software update.” Apple could decide that this …

Fix is coming to allow Windows 10 Mobile users to open PDF files on Edge

The mobile Edge browser is available for iOS, Android and Windows 10 Mobile as you might have suspected. There is plenty to like about the mobile version of the default browser found on Windows 10 PCs. Buttery smooth pinch-to-zoom and the ability to sync with Edge on your desktop or laptop have made the mobile version of Edge a favorite of many. But Windows 10 Mobile users have had a big issue with the app; it has stopped loading PDF files.

On the Microsoft Community forum, there are 14 pages of threads from Windows 10 Mobile users complaining about this bug. Apparently, the latest update …

Pixel 2 XL proximity sensor issues got a fix, but Google won't release it yet

Google has finally found a fix for the proximity sensor issues which surfaced on the Pixel 2 XL following the Android 8.1 update in October, 2017. However, it will take some time until the fix is rolled out, so don’t expect it soon.
The proximity sensor is the part of the phone which turns off the display while you’re in a call. If the sensor is covered, it also turns off the Ambient Display feature, which shows you the time and notifications even if your device is locked. However, after the Pixel 2 XL got the Android 8.1 update, the proximity sensor started behaving …

Yahoo Mail not working for many on iOS, but a fix is in the works

Soon after Apple released iOS 11, many iPhone and iPad users have started to experience issues accessing their emails via Yahoo. These problems have become more serious lately and many iOS users can use Yahoo Mail any longer.

A few days ago, Yahoo issued an official statement acknowledging these issues and promising a fix very soon. Also, the company offered iOS users a workaround that will allow them to continue to use the Yahoo email service.

We are aware that some Yahoo Mail users are currently seeing issues when accessing their emails through a Mail app. We apologize to those …

Apple sends out iOS 11.2.6 to fix bug that caused Indian character to crash iPhone models

Apple rushed out iOS 11.2.6 today to repair a bug that caused iPhones around the world to crash. A specific character from the Indian Telugu language sent over iMessage, or placed in a text field, can force an iPhone to reboot. The character cannot be read by iPhone models running iOS 11.2.5, If your iPhone is using any other iOS build, you are already in the clear.

In a vacuum, this bug might have been no big deal. But once the word got out, you had your jokers send the character to others via iMessage and social media in the hope that it would crash the recipient’s iPhone. Pushing out …

Poll results: HomePod gets little love, but supporting Spotify might fix that

The Apple HomePod is out and reviewers and early adopters are all enjoying its spatially-calibrated audio. It’s an impressive piece of hardware for sure, but it suffers from a couple of limitations. It’s no surprise that Apple released a product that is locked to its ecosystem — HomePod can only stream music from Apple Music. But the point is driven further by the fact that there’s no aux jack and you can’t connect to it via Bluetooth. You only get to send audio to it via Apple’s AirPlay.

With its omnidirectional audio and deep bass, the HomePod is great on sound, but the fact that it is …

Apple offers free repair to fix a serious issue on a "small percentage" of iPhone 7 units

Apple is now offering free repairs to those with an iPhone 7 suffering from a pretty serious glitch. A component failure found on a “small percentage” of units is making it appear as though the device is not connected to a cellular network when in truth, it really is. Apple said that those units suffering from this problem were sold from September 2016 to February 2018 (that is this month, by the way) in the U.S., China, Hong Kong, Japan and Macau.

Those who already paid for a repair to fix this matter will be reimbursed by the company. This happens to be the fourth component replacement …

Apple offers free repair to fix a serious issue on a small number of iPhone 7 units

Apple is now offering free repairs to those with an iPhone 7 suffering from a pretty serious glitch. A component failure found on a very small number of units is making it appear as though the device is not connected to a cellular network when in truth, it really is. Apple said that those units suffering from this problem were sold from September 2016 to February 2018 (that is this month, by the way) in the U.S., China, Hong Kong, Japan and Macau.

Those who already paid for a repair to fix this matter will be reimbursed by the company. This happens to be the fourth component replacement …

iPhone volume buttons no longer control your ring volume? Here's how to fix that!

Anyone owning an iPhone out there, either old user or newcomer, who has iOS 11 on their device has probably noticed something weird since updating — the phone’s volume buttons don’t control its ring volume.

Wha-a-at?

Yeah, for some reason, Apple thought that it’s better to have the volume buttons only control media volume, not ringtone or alarms. But fear not, that’s easily remedied with the touch of a setting. In fact, it’s a toggle that has been there for quite a while, it’s just now that Apple decided to reverse its default position. Here’s where to find …