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Apple quietly issues iOS update to patch faulty SSL authentication

Is that an iPhone in your pocket? Then you’d better pull it out, dive into the settings menu and check for updates: there may be an important patch waiting for you. Apple has quietly pushed out iOS 7.0.6 and 6.1.6 — small updates that addresses a…

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Faulty connectors push Retron 5 game console into early 2014 launch

Everyone who wants to snag Hyperkin’s Retron 5 this holiday season may want to look elsewhere for now, because the retro gaming console won’t arrive in time for Santa’s visit. Unfortunately, Hyperkin scrubbed the (already delayed) December 10th launch date after discovering faulty cartridge connectors in units already packed for shipping. The Retron 5, which we took for a spin at E3 this year, magically combines compatibility with several ancient gaming system cartridges, including those for the NES, SNES, Sega Genesis (plus Master System with a converter) and Game Boy Advance. While we bet this news breaks a lot of retro gamers’ hearts, we hope they don’t throw out those vintage games just yet. Sure, it’ll take time to ensure all units are in working order, but the firm aims to ship out the first consoles within the first quarter of 2014.

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Faulty connectors push Retron 5 game console into early 2014 launch

Everyone who wants to snag Hyperkin’s Retron 5 this holiday season may want to look elsewhere for now, because the retro gaming console won’t arrive in time for Santa’s visit. Unfortunately, Hyperkin scrubbed the (already delayed) December 10th launch date after discovering faulty cartridge connectors in units already packed for shipping. The Retron 5, which we took for a spin at E3 this year, magically combines compatibility with several ancient gaming system cartridges, including those for the NES, SNES, Sega Genesis (plus Master System with a converter) and Game Boy Advance. While we bet this news breaks a lot of retro gamers’ hearts, we hope they don’t throw out those vintage games just yet. Sure, it’ll take time to ensure all units are in working order, but the firm aims to ship out the first consoles within the first quarter of 2014.

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Bizarre ‘fix’ discovered for faulty Xbox Ones as Microsoft hands out free games

Microsoft is offering faulty-Xbox owners a complimentary game. The software maker is replacing a “small number” of consoles, with most of the failures involving the inability to read discs. Some owners have complained of a loud grinding or knocking sound when discs are trying to be read by the faulty consoles. Microsoft is replacing the consoles, and faulty Xbox One owners will receive a free digital download copy of one of the launch titles published by Microsoft Studios. “While a replacement console is on its way, we want to ensure our advance exchange customers can stay in the game,” says a Microsoft spokesperson.

Xbox One owners affected by the issues can choose from Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome, or Zoo…

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Microsoft replacing ‘small number’ of faulty Xbox Ones

Microsoft’s Xbox One console launched in the US and some European markets on Friday, but some owners have been reporting disc drive issues. Most of the failures involve the inability to read discs and a loud knocking sound from the drive. Microsoft is aware of the issue and says it’s “affecting a very small number of Xbox One customers” worldwide. “We’re working directly with those affected to get a replacement console to them as soon as possible through our advance exchange program,” says a Microsoft spokesperson. “Rest assured, we are taking care of our customers.”

Similar to Sony’s PlayStation 4 “blue light of death” issue, the Xbox One problems appear to be limited to a small number of devices, although Microsoft isn’t…

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Some Pebble smartwatches bricking after shutdown, company replacing faulty units

It appears that Pebble’s smartwatch is officially feeling its largest growing pain since debuting just two months ago. A five-page long (and growing) thread on the company’s forum has some owners describing a bug that’s leaving their Pebbles pebbled bricked after shutdown. Pebble’s Eric Migicovsky let us know that the company is actively replacing affected units, while examining those being sent in to find out the root cause:

We’ve had reports of this issue, and we understand of course that it’s annoying for users. We’re replacing any Pebbles for users who report this issue. We’re reviewing the Pebbles that get returned, working to get to the bottom of the issue. We have our support team ready to follow up to any user that reports this issue.

As it stands, there’s no word on whether firmware update 1.9 has any role in keeping the devices from turning on after being shut down. Owners have further reported that no amount of charging their Pebble will help it to actually come back to life. We’ve reached out to the company for more info on the matter (including nailing down how many units the company has replaced so far), and we’ll be sure to keep you updated. For now, let us know whether your experience with Pebble has been rocky at all so far.

Update: That was fast — apparently Pebble has received about 30 reports of this issue since Friday. Here’s the official word from Migicovsky:

We’re tracking a few reports of this issue. Up to Friday, we’ve had 20-30 reports (out of 30,000+ pebbles in the field). We’ve gotten several back to the office, and we’re getting to the bottom of it.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

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Apple is replacing first gen iPod nanos in the US due to faulty batteries

After offering to swap out a few faulty first gen iPod nanos in Korea back in 2009, it appears Apple has seen fit to get them out of owner’s pockets here in the US too. An email just sent to registered owners (included after the break) and notice posted on its replacement program site inform users the affected units were sold between September 2005 and December 2006. If you have one (seriously, yours still works?), stop using it right now and fill out the form at the link below to order a free replacement unit. The main inconvenience — other than finding out you’ve been walking around with the possibility of a “rare case” of overheating taking place in your skinny jeans — is an anticipated six-week lag between Apple receiving the old unit and shipping you out a replacement. No word yet on which models will be sent out as replacements, but if yours is personalized, then sorry — no inscriptions available.

[Thanks, Paul & Jordan]

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Apple is replacing first gen iPod nanos in the US due to faulty batteries originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 12 Nov 2011 00:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Faulty Microsoft Security Essentials update removes Chrome from Windows

Microsoft's Security Essentials nuked some Google Chrome installations

A false-positive update for Microsoft’ Security Essentials software has removed Google’s Chrome browser from hundreds of Windows desktops.

Reports of problems originally started at Google’s support forums on Friday. A support thread with 200 comments includes a number of users reporting that Microsoft Security Essentials identified Google’s Chrome browser as a “severe” threat and removed the software. Some users reported that the threat was PWS:Win32/Zbot, a variant of the Zeus (Zbot) malware.

Microsoft acknowledged the mix up on Friday and addressed the problems by releasing a new definition file update for Microsoft Security Essentials. ZDNet reports that the software giant updated its Malware protection center listing for the Win32/Zbot listing with the following:

“On September 30th, 2011, an incorrect detection for PWS:Win32/Zbot was identified. On September 30th, 2011, Microsoft released an update that addresses the issue. Signature versions 1.113.672.0 and higher include this update.

PWS:Win32/Zbot is a password-stealing trojan that monitors for visits to certain Web sites. It allows limited backdoor access and control and may terminate certain security-related processes.”

Microsoft’s Windows chief, Steven Sinofsky, introduced Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8 Metro style earlier this month at the company’s BUILD conference. Sinofsky joked: “I don’t think anything is better than a Chrome-less browsing experience.” Perhaps he’s more of a visionary than we first thought.

Faulty Microsoft Security Essentials update removes Chrome from Windows originally appeared at WinRumors.com.



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RIM recalls at least 900 faulty BlackBerry PlayBooks, here are the serial numbers

We found the BlackBerry PlayBook to be a pretty solid piece of hardware, but it seems there was a problem batch — an inside source tells us that nearly 1,000 faulty tablets were shipped to Staples, and now they’re being recalled. We’re hoping that Staples (and any other affected retailers) will reach out to customers and inform them of the problem right away, but just in case that doesn’t happen, we’ve compiled a searchable spreadsheet of all 935 alleged serial numbers for you to check against your own. Find it right after the break.

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RIM recalls at least 900 faulty BlackBerry PlayBooks, here are the serial numbers originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 14 May 2011 21:10:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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iPad 2 light leakage due to faulty LG panels?

We don’t have official word from Apple on the subject, but we’re hearing rumors that might explain why some iPad 2 backlights tend to bleed — according to Digitimes‘ anonymous sources, LG Display was “forced to reduce its shipments in the first quarter due to light leakage problem for panels,” and that Samsung took up the slack. That suggests that some of today’s vaunted 9.7-inch IPS displays may be from LG’s faulty batch, and some may be slightly superior Samsung screens, but we don’t really recommend you crack yours open on the basis of an uncorroborated rumor (or at all, really) to find out the truth of the matter.

iPad 2 light leakage due to faulty LG panels? originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 07 May 2011 18:09:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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