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Yahoo Mail finally fixes IMAP data bug

A while back, Yahoo! was pegged as the culprit behind some users' mysterious mobile data consumption. The problem, of course, was with Yahoo's IMAP support. While there was initially some deflection going on, Yahoo! has now stepped up and delivered a fix which stems the tide of those nefarious and wanton packets. As reported at Within Windows, Yahoo! updated its IMAP servers and mail is now...

Amazon MP3 Android app update saves battery and data

If your Android phone shipped with the Amazon MP3 app pre-installed, you may have found yourself frustrated by a couple things. First, it's not so easy to remove. Second, the app had a nasty habit of starting up automatically when you power on or reboot your phone whether you wanted it to or not -- making the fact that you can't remove it even more vexing. Fortunately, Amazon has finally...

Google Chrome Stable update plugs security holes -- including its first 31337 bug

Google has been offering bounties to encourage the developer community to find weaknesses in Chrome for some time. In July of 2010, Google bumped the maximum payment amount for a single bug to $3,133.7 (see what they did there?) to sweeten the deal. Six months later, and they've finally had to pony up. Sergey Glazunov has become the first person to report an "elite" bug in Google Chrome -- which...

iPhone bug lets anyone easily bypass the lock screen to look at your photos

Bad news: if you own an iPhone 4, be careful -- bypassing your lock screen is simply a matter of hitting "emergency call," dialling "###," presssing the call button, then immediately pressing the lock button. Voilá -- one cracked iPhone. After the break, there's a video of some Spanish Portuguese-speaking guy showing you how to carry out the exploit. This bug, which will surely cause a...

Mozilla pays 12-year-old $3000 for finding critical vulnerability in Firefox

Alex Miller, a 12-year-old from San Jose, California, just cashed a $3000 check for finding a buffer overflow bug in 'document.write'. The bug, which was was one the major security vulnerabilities fixed in this week's releases of Firefox 3.6.11 and 3.5.14, was discovered by Alex after spending 'about 90 minutes each day for 10 days'. In other words, he pored through code for 15 hours and made...

New Safari autocomplete bug exposes your personal info

We've covered security holes in Safari's AutoFill function before, but now there's a new one on the loose -- and Apple has thus far left it unpatched. AutoFill is the feature that quickly fills out forms for you using information you've previously entered. It can store everything from your name and address to your credit card and Social Security numbers. Now, one security expert has figured out...

Diaspora's "open Facebook" source code riddled with security issues

It's important to note that the team at Diaspora was very up front about the recent pre-alpha dev-release of their code having "security holes and bugs" -- but early reports from coders who have gone through it paint a pretty grim picture so far. Code that's wrought with bugs and security holes is one thing, but many devs don't see the point in contributing the time and effort required to fix the...

Mozilla fixes startup bug, Firefox auto-updates are go!

It certainly didn't take long for Mozilla to jump to the pump and address a very-recently-announced bug affecting automatic updates to Firefox 3.6.9 and 3.5.11. A patch has been pushed, and users can now allow auto-update to do its thing without fear of winding up with a browser that won't start properly. Mozilla's Christian Legnitto voiced his surprise about the bug in comments on Bugzilla,...

Apple patches old QuickTime vulnerabilities with QuickTime 7.6.8 for Windows

A few weeks ago, we told you about an exploit in the Windows version of Apple's QuickTime, based on a line of code from 2001. QuickTime 7.6.8, released Wednesday, finally fixes that vulnerability. The bug allowed the takeover of Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 machines with Internet Explorer installed. The news isn't so much that Apple fixed the problem, but that they took longer to do so than...

Google sync issue for iPhone sends you to web dead end

How much does Google hate the iPhone? Well, I can count two ways. One is in the pisspoor shape of the Google Mobile app for iPhone. I begrudgingly use it because of the insta-local searches. Yeah, Google on Safari is supposed to work this way as well, but more often than not I have to add a click to get local results. But seriously, have you used the Google Mobile app lately? Gotta love that...

Twitter Tuesday - the accept bug, the Twitter Business Center and more

What a topsy-turvy week it's been for Twitter! The service saw the biggest, strangest exploit in its short history, and revealed plans for its new Business Center. Of course, there are also apps and third-party services to talk about. And, on the lighter side of things, a Japanese man used Twitter to get out of an embarrassing bathroom situation. We'll cover all this and more in this week's...

Twitter bug forces anyone to follow you, but Twitter shuts it down quickly

For a brief period this afternoon, you could send out a simple tweet that would automatically make any Twitter user follow you. The bug was stupidly simple: you just had to tweet "accept @accountname," and you'd get an instant follow. It made the rounds of the blogs after being discovered by Neowin, but Twitter was able to put the kibosh on it a mere half-hour after it first came to our...

ReProfiler for Windows can fix your corrupt or unavailable user profile

I don't often run into corrupt or unloadable user profiles on my workbench, but when I do they can be very tedious to repair. There's a lot of registry tweaking and permission setting that I'd love to be able to leave up to an application -- like ReProfiler, a free, portable tool designed to fix exactly this problem. Highlight a user account, then click the properties button to see what...

McAfee shoots itself in the enterprise foot

Ask most computer techs or power users which virus programs you should avoid, and the big two retail boxed options -- Norton and McAfee -- will usually be the first two words out of their mouths. In the enterprise, however, the situation is very different. Symantec and McAfee still have pretty strong reputations and a loyal customer base. In McAfee's case, however, that reputation took a...

Microsoft FixIt Center beta fixes Windows 7 and Vista errors automatically

Just yesterday I wrote about FixWin, a free program which helps fix a number of Windows Vista and Windows 7 errors. It's a lot like Microsoft's web-based FixIt solutions. Today, there's another option and it comes straight from Microsoft. Their new Fix It Center is a program you can download for free which provides automatic fixes for a wide range of bugs and annoyances. Choose the issue you...