Autofocus issue on Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus fixed with update to iOS 11.2.1

A bug that was making it impossible for the rear camera to autofocus on some models of the Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, is easily exterminated by installing iOS 11.2.1. The latest build of Apple’s mobile operating system launched yesterday mainly to return certain features to the unreleased Apple HomePod. The release of iOS 11.2 earlier this month opened a security vulnerability on the HomePod, which could have allowed a stranger to hack into the system and open a smartlock that was part of Apple’s HomeKit accessory line.

Closing the vulnerability was done with a server-side …


Google's December security patch addresses KRACK issue and other vulnerabilities

Google has just announced that Nexus and Pixel devices are now eligible for a new security update that will address many of it issues discovered in the last couple of months. The most important change that December security patch is supposed to bring is a fix for the dreaded KRACK vulnerability.

The recently discovered KRACK security vulnerability affects the majority of devices powered by Android OS that feature Wi-Fi support. Apparently, an attacker within range of an Android device can use the KRACK exploit to read information from that device, which was previously …

Google Pixel 2/2 XL audio distortion issue in video recordings fixed in Android 8.1 DP2

Google’s latest Pixel phones are some of the hottest Android flagships in town, but their commercial release has been marred by quite a few issues. One problem that still irritates some owners is a distortion of audio in video playback. Google acknowledged the problem back in late October and promised to resolve it with a software fix.

Now, we’re happy to say that videos will sound much better when Android Oreo 8.1 becomes official. The update is still in beta, but there’s no sign of the bug in the Developer Preview 2 test release of the software. Fortunately, we …

OnePlus 5T doesn't have the "jelly" scrolling issue of its predecessor

One of the main and most wide-spread complaints about the otherwise stellar OnePlus 5 was the so-called “jelly” scrolling effect that affected each and every unit of the model. It was a stretching effect of sorts, that could be easily noticed when items on the display were moving vertically—e.g.. when scrolling a webpage, for example—and was reportedly caused by the display panel of the OnePlus 5 being mounted upside down. Apparently, according to a number of reports, the display was mounted upside down in order to make room for the new dual-camera system, and as such …

Google Pixel 2 now has a microphone issue

Last night, we told you about the Google Pixel 2 XL’s flashing screen problem, just the latest in a series of issues involving the model’s 6-inch display. This morning, we have a new bug that is ailing the Pixel 2 XL’s sibling, the Google Pixel 2. Some owners of the latter model are noticing that during phone calls, the microphone cuts out. Meanwhile, the mic does work when you use it to make a request through Google Assistant or while shooting a video.

Complaints were posted on the Google Product Forum, where some Pixel 2 users passed along what they were told by Google. The search giant …

Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ missing texts issue affecting users across all major US carriers

There’s something strange going on with certain Galaxy S8 and S8+ units. A lot of people are complaining that their handset is either delaying or not receiving a good portion of the text messages that have been sent to them. 

The problem seems to be related to the phone itself, as it has affected users across all major US carriers such as T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. Furthermore, it seems that the default Samsung messaging app isn’t the only service that’s misbehaving – users are also experiencing complications with Textra …

Apple Watch Series 3 receives watchOS 4.0.1 update to fix connectivity issue

Apple device owners should be happy with the speed in which the tech titan is fixing some issues with its products. When Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus users heard static coming out of the earpiece during phone calls, Apple quickly pushed out iOS 11.0.2 to make calls sound great again. Besides the static problem with the latest released iPhone models, Apple also had some recent problems with the Apple Watch Series 3.

The first version of the Apple Watch to come with a built-in LTE radio, the Series 3 doesn’t need to pair with a nearby iPhone in order to send/receive texts and connect …

Apple will fix iPhone 8's earpiece noise issue with a software update

After the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus reached customers last week, some users noticed an issue with the handsets’ earpieces. More exactly, during phone calls or FaceTime calls, random crackling or static noises can be often heard – on various carriers and in different countries. Thankfully, Apple has acknowledged this problem, and is working to fix it. 

According to The Verge, Apple says the earpiece issue is only affecting “a small number” of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus owners. The company further said that an upcoming software update will solve the problem …

Sprint says bloatware issue on the BlackBerry KEYone requires an update to fix

Just a few days ago, we told you how the Sprint branded version of the BlackBerry KEYone was suffering from an issue involving the bloatware that the carrier added to the Android OS flavored handset. Nothing sinister there; most carriers in the states will add some of their own branded applications to a new handset. The problem with the KEYone was that the SprintID system app would go through the bloatware listings like clockwork, and re-install some of the bloatware that was just removed by the phone’s owner. It also enabled bloatware that was disabled.

In our original article, we said …

The "no smartphone" phobia is a growing issue and it has little to do with being unable to make or receive calls

Nowadays, we spend insane amounts of time on our smartphones. It’s the first thing we reach for in the morning, it’s the last thing we touch before going to sleep. Users happily report when they manage to achieve 8 hours of screen on time with their handset, lauding the amazing battery life, but the connotation that this means you were facing down with your nose buried in the small screen for 8 hours that day is often left overlooked.

Smartphone addiction and phone separation anxiety are often being thrown around in discussions about the list of millennial issues. …