Consumer Buying Advice

  • Group FaceTime still not working properly for all users
    by Sarah D. Young on February 18, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    Users have noticed a minor bug still affecting the service By Sarah D. Young of ConsumerAffairs February 18, 2019 After word began spreading of the presence of an eavesdropping bug on FaceTime, Apple released an update that included a fix. However, Group FaceTime calls are still not working as intended for all iOS users, even under the iOS 12.1.4 update, MacRumors has reported. Some users are finding that its not possible to switch from a standard FaceTime call to a group video chat because the option to Add Person isnt available. Apple is reportedly aware of the issue but hasnt provided a timeline for when it will be fixed. Until a fix is released, those who run Official Apple Support Twitter accounts have suggested that users start their Group FaceTime sessions with "at least two additional" people. The original bug Apple was first alerted to the original FaceTime flaw at the end of January. The bug allowed callers to hear and see the person on the other end before they accepted the call. It wasnt until a few weeks later, when reports of the bug began spreading on social media, that the company addressed the flaw. Apple disabled the feature earlier this month and issued the following statement: "We want to assure our customers that as soon as our engineering team became aware of the details necessary to reproduce the bug, they quickly disabled Group FaceTime and began work on the fix," the company said. We take the security of our products extremely seriously and we are committed to continuing to earn the trust Apple customers place in us. The iOS 12.1.4 update re-enabled Group FaceTime and fixed a logic issue in the service with improved state management, according to its release notes. Apple is actively working on iOS 12.2 Beta which has not yet seen the addition of the patch for Group FaceTime, but we'd expect them to address the ongoing bugs in a later 12.2 beta release, MacRumors said. […]

  • Chrysler recalls 1.4 million vehicles with driver's front airbag issue
    by James Limbach on February 18, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Excessive internal pressure may cause the airbag inflator to explode By James Limbach of ConsumerAffairs February 18, 2019 Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 1,413,222 model year 2010 Dodge Ram 3500s, Ram 4500s/5500s, model year 2010-2011 Dodge Dakotas, model year 2010-2014 Dodge Challengers, model year 2010-2015 Dodge Challengers, Chrysler 300s, and model year 2010-2016 Jeep Wranglers. Excessive internal pressure may cause the driver's front airbag inflator to explode upon deployment. An exploding inflator could cause metal fragments to strike the vehicle occupants, potentially resulting in serious injury or death What to do Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's front airbag inflator, free of charge. The recall began February 4, 2019. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is V01. […]

  • Volkswagen recalls Atlas, Golf SportWagen and Jetta vehicles
    by James Limbach on February 18, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    The rear coil springs may prematurely fracture. By James Limbach of ConsumerAffairs February 18, 2019 Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 6,322 model year 2018-2019 Atlas, model year 2015 Golf SportWagen, and model year 2019 Jetta vehicles. The rear coil springs may prematurely fracture. If a coil spring fractures while the vehicle is being driven, a rear tire could be damaged causing a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash. What to do Volkswagen has notified owners, and dealers will replace the rear axle coil springs, free of charge. The recall began January 31, 2019. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 42J2/42J3. […]

  • Chrysler recalls model year 2019 Ram 1500 trucks
    by James Limbach on February 18, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    The brake pedal may move too far and separate from pedal assembly By James Limbach of ConsumerAffairs February 15, 2019 Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 193,813 model year 2019 Ram 1500 trucks with adjustable pedals. The vehicles have a brake pedal that may move too far and separate from pedal assembly. This condition could prevent the driver from braking the vehicle, increasing the risk of crash. What to do Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will repair the adjustable pedal assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on March 27, 2019. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is V07. […]

  • Marriott letting guests check to see if they were affected by data breach
    by Sarah D. Young on February 18, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    The hotel giant has created an online form for potentially affected guests By Sarah D. Young of ConsumerAffairs February 18, 2019 Consumers who stayed at one of Marriotts Starwood hotels can now check to see if their information was exposed in the massive data breach revealed in November. The hotel chain has created an online form that enables guests to see if their data was stolen. Marriott promised to reply to form submissions as soon as reasonably practicable and consistent with applicable law. Last month, Marriott disclosed that five million unencrypted passport numbers were stolen in the breach of its Starwood hotel reservation system. Unknown parties gained access to the database sometime in 2014, according to the results of an investigation. The breach affected accounts that had used Starwoods guest reservation database between 2014 and September 10, 2018. Starwood-branded hotels include W Hotels, St. Regis, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Westin Hotels & Resorts, Element Hotels, Aloft Hotels, The Luxury Collection, Tribute Portfolio, Le Mridien Hotels & Resorts, Four Points by Sheraton, and Design Hotels. Marriott said last month that data on fewer than 383 million unique guests was leaked in the breach. Records that were stolen included, some combination of name, mailing address, phone number, email address, passport number, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) account information, date of birth, gender, arrival and departure information, reservation date, and communication preferences. The online checker Marriott has created asks that users input personal information, including their name, email address, and the last six digits of their passport number. There is a certain irony in having to turn over your own data not least to a third-party to be told if youre a victim of a breach, TechCrunch noted, adding that guests should use the checker at their own risk. […]

It's only fair to share.....
Share on Facebook
Facebook
Tweet about this on Twitter
Twitter
Share on LinkedIn
Linkedin
Pin on Pinterest
Pinterest
Print this page
Print