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Apple’s iOS 8.4 Beta 4 fixes Messages-crashing bug

Apple’s iOS 8.4 Beta 4 fixes Messages-crashing bug

If you've been plagued by the iOS text messaging bug that causes the Messages app to crash when receiving a string of specific characters (seen above), know that help is on the way. Apple released the fourth beta of iOS 8.4 to developers yesterday, and it appears to have a fix for the issue. Apple acknowledged the bug about two weeks ago, offering up temporary fixes to get around the app crashing, but said a permanent solution is on the way. It seems iOS 8.4 will be that solution, which is due to be released before June 30th.

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Be wary of pop-ups in iOS Mail, bug leads to phishing attacks

Be wary of pop-ups in iOS Mail, bug leads to phishing attacks

Hacking and phishing are ever-evolving cat and mouse games. As soon as one attack method is quashed, another leaps to fill its place. A new type of phishing attack has been brought to attention and iOS users should take heed. This specific phishing attack launches a pop-up window when a user is checking his iOS mail. The pop-up appears to be genuine, asking to verify iCloud login information.

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iOS envy? Skype message bug sends it into endless crash loop

iOS envy? Skype message bug sends it into endless crash loop

iPhone users need not feel alone anymore. A new bug affecting Skype was just discovered that also crashed the app once a specific string has been received. And no, it isn't even something as exotic as a string of Unicode characters. A very simple "http://:" message, without the quotes, is enough to bring down the Skype app on multiple platforms, including desktops. What's worse, however, is that once that happens, the app crashes repeatedly even when just starting it, rendering the app utterly unusable until a fix is issued.

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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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Synology owners update! Major Photo Station flaws patched

Synology owners update! Major Photo Station flaws patched

Bugs and security holes in software aren't exactly unusual, but there are times when they become so severe that they warrant special attention, immediate fixes, and fast rollouts. That is apparently the case here with Synology's NAS boxes, which was recently discovered to have a critical security flaw related to its photo and blogging features that could practically hand hackers a key to the data contained in those boxes. Synology has patched up those holes last week and the strongly recommended updates are rolling out to users now.

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Apple Watch users find latest update is affecting heart rate monitor

Apple Watch users find latest update is affecting heart rate monitor

On Tuesday of this week, Apple released the first update for Apple Watch, bringing the OS up to version 1.0.1. The patch was intended to improve both Siri and the performance of third-party apps, as well as fix a number of security issues. Unfortunately, the update has also had adverse effects on the Watch's heart rate sensor for more than a few users. Watch owners on both Apple's support forums and MacRumors' message boards have posted that their heart rate reading are being taken at infrequent intervals, as opposed to every 10 minutes.

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Broken Android factory reset leaves critical data intact

Broken Android factory reset leaves critical data intact

Factory reset or wipe is often used not just to start fresh but to also as a necessary step when selling a used Android device. Well, that's the theory anyway. Researchers from Cambridge University claim that they are just that: theories. Unfortunately, in practice, that might not be completely the case. Their tinkering of 21 smartphones from five manufacturers, all running Android versions 2.3 t 4.3, showed that factory wipe actually leaves some data locations intact. Worse, some of these locations are the very places that store credentials and encryptions keys that are supposed to be private and safeguarded.

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United Airlines is offering 1 million miles in bug bounties

United Airlines is offering 1 million miles in bug bounties

Bug bounty programs are a great way for white-hat security researchers--hackers-- to earn extra cash. The best programs incentivize finding security flaws with cold, hard cash. On the other end of the spectrum, some companies only offer swag in return for finding flaws. A new set of bounties from United Airlines falls squarely in the middle. The company is offering airline miles in return for hunting security flaws. These miles aren't a measly upgrade from economy; you could earn some real travel time for uncovering a serious system flaw.

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Lenovo chided again for vulnerable System Update service

Lenovo chided again for vulnerable System Update service

It has barely been three months since Lenovo was embroiled in controversy over its "Superfish" adware installations yet it seems the world's largest PC maker has taken another PR hit. This time however, it isn't about Lenovo installing malware on its products but about not being a good guardian of its critical software. A couple of vulnerabilities found in Lenovo's System Update service practically leaves any Lenovo PC user open to hackers and infection, using nothing more complicated than a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack, one of the most basic weapons criminals have in their arsenal.

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FAA: Boeing 787s need to be rebooted every 248 days uptime

FAA: Boeing 787s need to be rebooted every 248 days uptime

Computer systems, especially servers, usually boast off years of uptime, the number of consecutive days the system is left running without a reboot or shutdown. That's not exactly surprising given how critical it is for these systems to keep on running and running. Boeing's 787 airplane, nicknamed the Dreamliner, however, can't boast of that same achievement anymore. The US Federal Aviation Administration is ordering airlines to shut down a 787's power systems at least once every 248 days to prevent a complete loss of power and control that can happen when the plane is left powered on for long stretches of time.

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Wink offers posts fix options for hubs bricked by update

Wink offers posts fix options for hubs bricked by update

Wink users who have suddenly found themselves without some smartness in their homes this weekend are probably painfully aware of the blunder that the company made in a recent firmware update. All hope is not yet lost, however. Wink has just posted some instructions on how to get those Smart Hubs up and running and connected to the Internet again. And in case you're not that confident with your technical know-how, they are offering free round-trip shipping to get yours fixed in a few days.

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