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This is the first edition of our weekly blog, where we highlight some of the most interesting bugs of the previous week.

I always find product recalls the most interesting category. The variation of reasons for a recall are always interesting, but also the incredibly vast range of products. The one thing that stands out is that no assumptions of quality can be made on any product, regardless of its perceived simplicity to build and develop, its price or the size of the company behind it. The latest example of this is Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), who hit the big recall numbers last week for a recall covering approximately 4.8 million vehicles. This is due to a cruise control issue, where the function cannot be disengaged. As bugs go this is a big one; the BBC covers it in more detail here.

Smart TVs are a definite annoyance of mine, not necessarily because they are a bad idea, but because they are a product destined to never really be good. When television manufacturers are launching new models each year at multiple price points with differing internals and OSes, there is very little incentive for them to do anything but the absolute bare minimum to maintain functional behaviour of a 1 year old set, let alone a TV that’s 2 or 3 years old. The problem Ethernet connection problems suffered by this user on their Sony Android TV 49ex8396 may not be specifically related to slow firmware updates, but I would be surprised if its fixed quickly. Similarly this user of an LG65UF8500 who is suffering from fuzzy menus and sound problems over HDMI is probably not going to find a fast solution to his problems.

What were your top bugs seen on our site or in the news this week? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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