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A newly discovered Firefox bug may crash the browser, or even freeze Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. Frozen computers require a hard reboot. The exploit does not impact iOS and Android versions of Firefox. Firefox added the bug to Bugzilla, its tracking list, but hasn’t released a fix for it yet.
Available today as a free upgrade to macOS users is macOS Mojave, which is version 10.14. Download macOS Mojave from the Mac App Store. Look at the top of the App Store window for the new version, then click the Update button. CNet lists some of the best new features as Dark mode, familiar iOS apps available on macOS, Group FaceTime, and Stacks.
3. OnePlus takes just 45 days to bring Android 9 Pie to the OnePlus 6 (Ars Technica)
Fast adoption rates of iOS upgrades make Apple happy. Android adoption rates pale by comparison. 45 days after the release of Android 9 Pie, Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus brings the mobile operating system to its flagship OnePlus 6 phone. It took 5 months for OnePlus to upgrade its OnePlus 5T to from Nougat to Oreo (Android 8).
4. New Release: Tor Browser 8.0.1 (Tor Project)
Tor Browser is all about surfing the internet anonymously and privately. The Tor Browser 8.0.1 update is based on several security updates to Firefox categorized as “low” or “moderate.”
Microsoft’s new quantum materials lab in Denmark builds the qubit — the quantum processing cores of a quantum computer. It is critical work since even a single atom defect could render a qubit useless. The Denmark location is Microsoft’s fifth quantum facility, but the only one tasked with building the qubit.
iPhone X users report a “washed out” or “off” look to colors after upgrading from iOS 11 to iOS 12. There is no clear reason for the difference provided yet. One of the main selling points for the iPhone X was the improved color gamut on its OLED screen.
New iPhone XS customers reported reception issues on Apple’s support forum, MacRumors forums, and on Reddit over the past few days. It is reminiscent of the Antennagate issue that plagued the iPhone 4 launch all those years ago. So far no word from Apple on a possible cause.
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