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iOS messages bug also affecting Twitter, Snapchat apps

iOS messages bug also affecting Twitter, Snapchat apps

That recently discovered iOS text messaging bug that may be wreaking havoc on your iPhone (it probably isn't) is also able to crash apps and reboot your phone via the Twitter and Snapchat apps. When an iOS device receives a text message with the string of characters seen above — a mix of Arabic, Marathi, and Chinese — it causes the Messages app to crash and sometimes causes your device to reboot. There's no permanent damage done, and Apple has already outlined a temporary fix, but it's now become apparent the bug can be triggered by other apps.

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Apple details temporary fix for Messages crash bug, patch on the way

Apple details temporary fix for Messages crash bug, patch on the way

Earlier this week a bug was discovered in Apple's iOS that would cause the Messages app to crash and possibly make the iPhone reboot if a text was received containing a specific string of characters. The bug isn't necessarily dangerous, as it can't do any permanent damage to an iPhone or other iOS device, but Apple has updated its Support page, offering a few steps users can go through to temporarily fix the crashing app, as well as state that a future software update will have a permanent solution.

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“Proactive” to turn iOS Spotlight into Google Now rival

“Proactive” to turn iOS Spotlight into Google Now rival

Despite many hailing Siri to be exponentially better than Google's equivalent voice-controlled feature, it seems that Apple might be taking a few pages from Google Now's book in future iOS releases. Dubbed "Proactive", the initiative is tipped to turn iOS Spotlight, the lesser known search feature on mobile, into something that mimics and might even surpass Google Now's functionality on Android. This means more timely and relevant search results and information and even deep app indexing that will let users jump right into an app's particular screen or function.

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Google indexes Apple’s apps

Google indexes Apple’s apps

Google Search adds indexing of iOS apps for users on both Android and devices like iPhone and iPad. Developers will begin to be able to assure themselves a spot in the indexing limelight sooner than later as Google's search app brings ease in search to the masses. This search indexing will work for not only iOS and Android Google search apps, but Chrome as well. The rolling out of this search results action will take place over the next several weeks.

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iOS 9’s transit directions to see limited rollout in only 6 cities

iOS 9’s transit directions to see limited rollout in only 6 cities

Expectations continue to grow that next month's WWDC will reveal public transit directions are finally coming to Apple's Maps app in iOS 9. In the three years since Apple ditched Google as its map data supplier and debuted its own mapping service with iOS 6, Apple's offering has been useless to those who commute by bus, subway, or train. So it's great that this much-needed feature is making a return, however it appears it may only be available in six cities around the globe when it launches.

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Force Touch tipped for iOS 9 and iPhone 6S

Force Touch tipped for iOS 9 and iPhone 6S

Apple's iPhone 6s is tipped to be coming with Force Touch capabilities delivered with the platform's newest operating system, iOS 9. This software/hardware combo was first revealed with the Apple Watch, a device that uses "tiny electrodes around [its] flexible Retina display" to give your finger two options - light tap or deep press. This software/hardware enhancement with Force Touch will give the next iPhone a collection of new abilities, similar to those of a long press included on the current-generation version of the iPhone today in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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Microsoft reveals Cortana voice assistant is coming to iPhone, Android

Microsoft reveals Cortana voice assistant is coming to iPhone, Android

Sounds like Siri is in for some competition. Over on the Windows blog, Microsoft has revealed that its own voice-powered assistant, Cortana, will be coming to iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad, as well as the Android platform. It seems that Microsoft is gearing up to have Cortana graduate from Windows-exclusivity, and exist as a cross-platform app on non-Windows devices. We were only treated to a few quick glimpses of the app in a video, but the voice assistant appears to work much like it does on the Windows Phones of today.

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Apple Watch finally gets a Casio calculator interface with Geek Watch

Apple Watch finally gets a Casio calculator interface with Geek Watch

As soon as the Apple Watch was first revealed last September, there were jokes and comparisons made about similarities between it and the old school Casio calculator watch. Well, they don't all that much in common besides the shape, but the Casio did all of a sudden become the retro-chic alternative for hipsters too cool for Apple's new smartwatch. Anyway, skip forward to today, and now we can finally have both in one package: the classic interface of a $20 wrist calculator, and the package of a $400 mini computer.

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Microsoft new productivity apps leaked; Office Now and OneClip

Microsoft new productivity apps leaked; Office Now and OneClip

Microsoft has some new productivity apps in the works for Android, iOS, and of course, Windows Phone. Microsoft is reportedly internally testing apps ranging from an evolved, personal assistant called Office Now to a cross-device cloud-based clipboard called OneClip. Microsoft's Office Now could be the "Personal Agent" that Bill Gates hinted at in a recent Reddit AMA. Gates said at the time, "The idea that you have to find applications and pick them and they each are trying to tell you what is new is just not the efficient model - the agent will help solve this."

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