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Messages on iOS, macOS crash when receiving this link

Messages on iOS, macOS crash when receiving this link

Gone are the days when instant messaging pranks simply involved clicking on links that would take you to some scary, funny, or shocking image or video. These days, a prank can cause your messaging app or, worse, your phone, to crash and restart, sometimes repeatedly. That has exactly been the case with Apple’s Messages app, for both iOS and macOS, which has, time and again, been vulnerable to such bugs. The latest one, nicknamed “chaiOS” is at least less destructive but still very disruptive.

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Star Wars: Rivals mobile game detailed: pre-registration goes live

Star Wars: Rivals mobile game detailed: pre-registration goes live

The mobile game Star Wars: Rivals, which made a brief appearance in Australia and New Zealand last year, has launched for "pre-registration" on the Google Play Store. You can't play the game yet, unfortunately, but now we have a better idea of what to expect when it does launch. Among other things, Disney is promising to give mobile players who download from Google a special bonus for doing so.

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Pokemon GO Community Day Jan 2018: Special Surf Pikachu

Pokemon GO Community Day Jan 2018: Special Surf Pikachu

Niantic revealed Pokemon GO Community Day this week as a monthly event that'll take place at parks around the world. "Pokémon GO Community Day is an opportunity for Trainers around the world to meet up at their local parks to make new friends and experience what it means to be a part of this special community." Niantic announced that these events will feature a "special Pokemon" that'll only be available during that time, on that special day. The first special Community Day Pokemon is Pikachu with a unique move: SURF!

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Dell Mobile Connect mirrors smartphone display on PC for easy access

Dell Mobile Connect mirrors smartphone display on PC for easy access

Dell has a new productivity tool that will help PC owners streamline their daily work: Dell Mobile Connect. With this, Android and iOS users can mirror their phone's display onto their computer display, enabling them to see and interact with their phone without actually touching the handset. Even better, the software is available for anyone to download now. The downside? You must have one of a select number of Dell computers to use it.

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DJI Ronin-S hands-on: One-handed stabilization for DSLR

DJI Ronin-S hands-on: One-handed stabilization for DSLR

The DJI Ronin-S we're looking at right now is going to take some courage to use for several reasons. Not least of these reasons is the fact that you're going to be holding on to a metal rod that is in turn holding on to your very expensive DSRL or mirrorless camera. On the positive side, this equipment comes from DJI, and we have no good reason not to trust it with said very expensive camera.

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DJI Osmo Mobile 2 hands-on: Less Expensive, More Versatile

DJI Osmo Mobile 2 hands-on: Less Expensive, More Versatile

This week we're having a peek at the DJI Osmo Mobile 2, a second-generation smartphone stabilizer for video fanatics. This version of the machine allows the device to be situated either portrait or landscape mode and keeps with the robust nature of the original. This stabilizer also costs far, far less than the original, making it positively affordable for the average $600-$1000 phone buyer.

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Shuffle and PrivateLine: privacy without compromises

Shuffle and PrivateLine: privacy without compromises

Our smartphones have become extensions of ourselves. From photos to messages to social media to email, our phones either contain our most intimate information or, at the very least, become the channel through which such information pass. And yet users continue to remain unconscientious of how they handle information on or from their phones, including something as basic as your phone number. Fortunately, Shuffle Ventures is on the verge of launching PrivateLine, their second mobile app, and service, designed exactly to help protect your digital identity and keep private things private.

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Meltdown, Spectre affect Mac, iOS but there are no known exploits

Meltdown, Spectre affect Mac, iOS but there are no known exploits

The computing industry has just gotten its first security scare of the year and boy is it a big one. Nicknamed Meltdown and Spectre, the security vulnerabilities take advantage of how modern processors work on the hardware level, making it a tad difficult to fix without repercussions. Plus, it affects not just in Intel but AMD and even ARM CPUs as well and doesn’t discriminate between operating systems either. So while Macs and iOS devices, often hailed for being very secure, aren’t immune, Apple’s latest bulletin basically says stay calm and keep updated.

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Apple: App Store set new holiday record

Apple: App Store set new holiday record

Apple probably enjoyed the holidays more than you did, announcing a whopping $300m in App Store purchases on New Years Day 2018. The company revealed its blockbuster Christmas and New Year sales today, with $890m spent on apps in the seven days starting from December 24th, Christmas Eve.

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Pokemon GO failed us all

Pokemon GO failed us all

Today I'm going to tell you why Pokemon GO is a game of diminishing returns. At the beginning, Pokemon GO was a great idea. Google creatives made a video showing how augmented reality might make the perfect ecosystem for a worldwide Pokemon game in which monsters could be found wandering a real world. Real battles could be fought, real encounters would happen, and capturing new Pokemon would be super fun. That only sort of happened.

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iOS 11.2.5 beta lets Siri play podcasts when you ask for news

iOS 11.2.5 beta lets Siri play podcasts when you ask for news

One of the very first use cases, and probably the first practical use case, of voice-activated virtual personal assistants was speaking the news out loud. Perfect for times when you couldn’t even spare a glance at your phone’s screen but still want to keep updated with current events. But while almost all AI assistants are capable of that, Siri is getting one new ability in the latest iOS beta: the ability to stream news podcasts instead of just blurting out headlines and summaries.

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Apple makes $29 iPhone battery replacements available immediately

Apple makes $29 iPhone battery replacements available immediately

The last week has been dominated by the news that Apple has been intentionally slowing the speeds of older iPhone models with aging batteries, followed by an apology from the company to be more transparent about its software updates with regard to power management. After this disclosure, Apple announced it would be lowering the price of iPhone battery replacements to $29 starting next month, however they've now stated that the price change is effective immediately.

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