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Unicode of Death got you down? Here’s how to fix it

Today, 05:27 AM

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Some iPhone users are getting a flashback to 2013 as a new version of the so-called “Unicode of Death” has returned to wreak havoc with their iMessages. The security exploit, which activates when someone sends you the message in themf.gif


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iOS bug causes Messages to crash, iPhone to reboot when a...

Today, 04:10 AM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News

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A newly found bug surrounding iOS and Messages has emerged this evening that causes the app to continuously crash when a certain text is received. If the text is received while the phone is on the lock screen, it also causes your iPhone to reboot without any notice or explanation.

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This isn’t the first time a bug like this has emerged, in fact it has happened several times in the past. Apple usually fixes the issue in a timely matter, but until it’s fixed it is a rather malicious problem. Thankfully, the ability to crash Messages and reboot someone’s iPhone is limited to iPhone to iPhone communication and a certain specific strand of text. Since the characters strand is so specific, most people should never accidentally experience the crashing. Anyone who does experience the crashing was likely singled out on purpose as a target.

If you want to see examples of the problem, a simple Twitter search will return results from hundreds of people who can’t access their Messages app because of it. As you can see, it’s being used maliciously by many, so hopefully Apple rolls out a fix for it soon.

In the meantime, several workarounds are possible. You can have the person who sent you the malicious message send another message effectively canceling out the initial strand. Another option is to send yourself a message via Siri, the share sheet, or from your Mac.

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— Nick Pomes (@NickPomes) May 27, 2015

Why and how did someone just now figure out that text can turn off someone's iphone..

— Mel (@melissahitz) May 27, 2015

If one more person sends me that stupid turn off your iPhone text I'm gonna be so mad

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New iOS Bug Crashing iPhones Simply by Receiving a Text M...

Today, 03:34 AM

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A new bug has been discovered in the Messages app, allowing a string of characters sent to a person via iMessage or text message to crash an iPhone and cause the Messages app to fail to open. The bug, which requires a <a href="http://www.reddit.co...lity/">specificstring of characters</a>, was first noticed on reddit earlier this afternoon and has been spreading around the Internet since then. <br/> <br/> Sending the string of characters to an iPhone results in an immediate respring, causing an iPhone to crash and quickly reboot, and then it prevents the Messages app from being opened again. <br/> <br/> <img src="http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2015/05/messagescrashingbug.jpg" alt="messagescrashingbug" width="800" height="632" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-451981" /> <br/> If you receive one of these messages, there's a quick way to fix it. The Messages app appears to be able to be opened to the last conversation where the offending message was sent from, so sending another message (or having a person send you a message) in this conversation clears the bug and returns functionality to normal. <br/> <br/> <a href="http://www.theapplebyte.info/2015/05/26/special-message-causes-iphones-to-restart/">Other fixes</a> include sending yourself a message via Siri or sending yourself a message through the Share feature in the Notes app or any other app if you can't open the Messages app at all.<img width='1' height='1' src='http://rss.feedsportal.com/c/35070/f/648326/s/46abcc42/sc/15/mf.gif' border='0'/><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228766013966/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46abcc42/sc/15/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228766013966/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46abcc42/sc/15/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228766013966/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46abcc42/sc/15/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228766013966/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46abcc42/sc/15/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228766013966/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46abcc42/sc/15/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228766013966/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46abcc42/sc/15/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228766013966/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46abcc42/sc/15/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228766013966/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46abcc42/sc/15/a2.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/228766013966/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46abcc42/sc/15/ach.htm"><img src="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/228766013966/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46abcc42/sc/15/ach.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/228766013966/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46abcc42/sc/15/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi2.feedsportal.com/r/228766013966/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46abcc42/sc/15/a2t2.img" border="0"/><div class="feedflare">
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Snapchat CEO says that holding down Snaps to View might g...

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<p>Speaking at the Code Conference south of Los Angeles this evening, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel revealed that the key Snapchat feature of needing to hold down the display to view a photo or a video will go away in the future. Asked by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg about needing to hold down on the display to view content, Spiegel said that the feature was originally designed to circumvent the lack of a Screenshot API on the iPhone…</p>
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<p>Without developer access to the screenshot control, Snapchat used the holding down on the display mechanism to block people from being able to take screenshots of Snapchat photos and videos they were sent. Now that iOS has a Screenshot API, Spiegel hinted that the need to hold down on content to view pictures and videos will go away in the future. He said he doesn’t want to give away any “surprises,” but that the removal of needing to hold down content to view “may be in the cards,” while strongly hinting that this will come.</p>
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World’s most spoiled dog scores two Apple Watch Editions

Yesterday, 11:15 PM

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The son of China’s richest man has bought not one, but two gold Apple Watch Editions. For his dog. Wang Sicong’s father, real-estate magnate Wang Jianlin, is worth about $34 billion dollars, and the 27-year-old son officially has too muchmf.gif


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Apple Replaces Problematic 'Discoveryd' Process W...

Yesterday, 10:06 PM

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In today's fourth OS X 10.10.4 beta, Apple made a significant behind-the-scenes change that could result in improved networking performance for some users -- the removal of the "discoveryd" process. As noted by MacRumors forum members and 9to5Mac, in OS X 10.10.4 beta 4, the discoveryd process has been replaced by mDNSresponder.

Since OS X Yosemite debuted in October, there have been ongoing complaints about discoveryd consuming CPU resources, draining battery life, and causing issues with Wi-Fi. These problems have lingered for several months, even after multiple bug fixes and performance improvements included in OS X 10.10.1, 10.10.2, and 10.10.3.

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Discoveryd was introduced with OS X Yosemite, replacing mDNSResponder for managing Mac networking tasks, but it's led to a host of problems like those listed above along with issues like slow wake from sleep, failures to resolve DNS names, duplicate machine names, and more, as detailed in a post earlier this year by Ars Technica. Several developers have also complained about discoveryd in Yosemite, including Instapaper's Marco Arment and Iconfactory's Craig Hockenberry.
It's no secret in the tech community that discoveryd is the root cause of so many problems. There are even crazy workarounds. With so many issues, you'd expect some information from Apple explaining ways to mitigate the problems.
The removal of the unstable discoveryd process in OS X 10.10.4 beta 4 may improve network stability problems for many users who have been experiencing continual issues. With the removal of discoveryd, Apple has reverted back to using the earlier mDNSresponder process that was used before discoveryd was implemented with OS X Yosemite.mf.gif


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New OS X beta dumps discoveryd, restores mDNSResponder to...

Yesterday, 09:52 PM

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Apple has fixed a bunch of OS X Yosemite's bugs since releasing it last fall, but one big one remained: the error-prone discoveryd DNS service was still present in 10.10.3, and it was still causing problems.

Today, Apple released a new beta build of the OS X 10.10.4 update, and it turns out that Apple's fix for the problem was the same as ours: 9to5Mac reports that the discoveryd service is gone, and it's been replaced by the mDNSResponder service that handled DNS in Mavericks and older versions. That doesn't mean discoveryd is gone for good—Apple could try to fix its bugs and reinstate it in a future update, or it could even be reintroduced in a future OS X 10.10.4 build—but it does appear to be gone for now.

Apple has never really articulated why the mDNSResponder process was replaced in the first place. Some have guessed that AirDrop and Handoff might rely on certain discoveryd functionality, but those features kept working if you manually replaced discoveryd with mDNSResponder, and they're apparently still working in this 10.10.4 build. We'll continue to track this as Apple puts out new versions of OS X.

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Marriott app adds hotel check-ins from your Apple Watch,...

Yesterday, 05:25 PM

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Back in March, Marriott Hotels announced that it plans to accept Apple Pay as a payment form at many of its properties this summer, and today the hotel chain has updated its Marriott International app for iPhone to include Apple Watch support.

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Marriott’s Apple Watch app lets your check-in at the front desk with your reservation conveniently located on your wrist, catch notifications on your watch for when your room is ready, check out from the app when you’re trip wraps up, or just find the nearest Marriott property if you need a place to stay. Marriott’s Apple Watch app also includes a Glance for referencing your Marriott Rewards information and your next reservation from a swipe on the watch face. Marriott’s Apple Watch app is out now.

If you’re watching your expenses on your trip or any other time, PayPal has added a faster way to securely log in to its iPhone app. While it still doesn’t support native resolutions on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus displays, PayPal has added support for unlocking the app with Touch ID on the iPhone 5s and later.

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Turning on Touch ID as a log in option requires first signing in with your PayPal email and password, then setting up a PIN in the app’s Login setting and toggling on Touch ID. PayPal’s update with Touch ID is available for free on the App Store.


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Apple drops discoveryd in latest OS X beta following mont...

Yesterday, 09:07 PM

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After many complaints from the developer community about poor networking performance on Yosemite, the latest beta of OS X 10.10.4 has dropped discoveryd in favor of the old process used by previous versions of the Mac operating system. This should address many of the network stability issues introduced with Yosemite and its new networking stack.

The discoveryd process has been subject to much criticism in recent months as it causes users to regularly drop WiFi access and causes network shares to list many times over, due to bugs. Many developers, such as Craig Hockenberry, have complained about the buggy software and workarounds have been found to include substituting the older system (called mDNSResponder) back into Yosemite.

discoveryd would cause random crashes, duplicate names on the network and many other WiFi-relate bugs. In the latest beta, Apple appears to have applied the same fix as the enthusiasts by axing discoveryd completely.

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Looking at Activity Monitor on OS X 10.10.4 seed 4, discoveryd is no longer loaded by the system — instead relying on mDNSResponder. The ‘new’ process is really the one Apple used to use pre-Yosemite and did not have these problems.

It is still unclear why the change in the networking stack was ever made given that the old process worked so well and the new process had so many issues. There has been some speculation that the new stack is related to AirDrop and Handoff functionality although testing showed that these features still worked when the system was reverted back to the old process.

Regardless, it will please many to see that Apple has finally addressed these complaints, even if it embarrassingly involves going back to the old system rather than fixing the new code. OS X 10.10.4 will be released to the public in the coming months.

Apple is focusing on performance and stability for iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, so it will be interesting to see whether discoveryd makes a comeback in Apple’s next-generation operating system.


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