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Download Apple’s update to protect your iPhone from the Telugu bug

Apple issued a fix to the bug that was crashing iPhones with a single character. 

On Monday, the company released several updates, including iOS 11.2.6. If you’ve got an iPhone or iPad, you should probably download it ASAP.

SEE ALSO: Apple’s slow iPhone X sales are hurting Samsung too

Last week, a bug was discovered that crashed systems with a single character from the Telugu language, which is used in parts of India. Mashable tested the bug and found that, yes, it was a real problem. 

PSA: Go download iOS 11.2.6 NOW. Do it now to prevent someone from crashing your iPhone pic.twitter.com/wuOqV8NwOa

— (っ◔◡◔)っ Raymond Wong📱💾📼 (@raywongy) February 20, 2018 Read more…

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The best VPNs for iOS if you’re looking for more privacy

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VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks, are relevant tools to anyone concerned about fast-diminishing privacy on the internet. 

These days, it’s difficult to surf the web without leaving a trail of your activity. Google and Facebook, for instance, rake in billions a year by gathering and selling information about your online behavior.

While there’s certainly no foolproof privacy option, VPNs are a popular way to shroud your web identity, and they’re available for almost any device that connects to the internet, including iOS devices. Read more…

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Apple will require all new apps to support iPhone X by April 1

The days of wonky-looking apps on the iPhone X are coming to a close.

Beginning April 1, Apple will require all new apps in the Apple Store to natively support iPhone X Super Retina display. Developers will also have to build new iOS apps with iOS 11 SDK or later, and construct new Apple Watch apps with watchOS 4 SDK or laterAccording to VentureBeat, Apple notified developers  in their developer program of the new requirements in an email Thursday.

SEE ALSO: Here’s why some apps will look bad on the iPhone X

When the iPhone X first came out, app developers had to adjust quickly to what was the most significant iPhone overhaul in a long time. That meant that the iPhone X display might have been beautiful — but some of the apps actually running on your new phone were distorted, not working properly with the notch, and not accurately filling the screen.  Read more…

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This single-character message can crash your iPhone

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There’s a new iOS bug in town, and — like so many times before — it appears to be fairly easy to exploit. 

Italian blog MobileWorld first reported its existence, and The Verge noticed and tested the bug, which consists of partially or fully crashing an iPhone just by sending a message. 

SEE ALSO: It’s not just you: Apple’s software is buggier than it used to be — here’s how they fix it

The message in question has to contain a single character from the Indian Telugu language (not included here for obvious reasons). When the message is opened on an iPhone running iOS 11.2.5, the iPhone’s native Messages app and certain third-party app including WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger will crash. In some cases, the iPhone will simply revert to its login screen and require you to enter your PIN again.  Read more…

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Here’s what we think about Apple’s HomePod

If you are an Apple fan and use Apple Music, you might love the HomePod. That’s if you’re fine with dropping $350 on a smart assistant speaker. You can easily pair your HomePod to your iPhone and use “Hey Siri” voice commands. However, you can’t ask HomePod to make calls, check your calendar, or search online. The music quality might make up for that. 

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It’s not just you: Apple’s software is buggier than it used to be — here’s how they fix it

Apple might finally be ready to take the many bugs that’ve been plaguing iOS more seriously.

The company is making a major change to how it approaches software updates that will emphasize reliability and stability over speed, according to a new report in Bloomberg.

SEE ALSO: Why Apple may be saving iOS 12’s biggest features for iOS 13

Bloomberg wrote that Apple’s software head Craig Federighi told engineers last month they would have “more time to work on new features and focus on under-the-hood refinements without being tied to a list of new features annually simply so the company can tout a massive year-over-year leap.” Read more…

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The sound of the iPhone alarm as a ringtone makes my skin crawl

It always hits me when I’m least expecting it. When I’m standing in a crowded room, say. Or, when I pop out for my lunch break to grab a quick sandwich. 

I’m talking about the skin-crawlingly intrusive sound of the iPhone alarm clock being emitted from a stranger’s phone. A sound that, to me, is akin to nails on a blackboard. 

SEE ALSO: The complete guide to the iPhone’s Bedtime mode

My alarm clock is the oh-so-familiar default “Opening” sound. It sounds once at 7am, then again at 7:05am, and then again at 7:10am. And, let’s be real, at 7:15am, too. At this ungodly hour of the day, this alarm clock is far from pleasant. But, it jolts me out of my very deep sleep and brings me (unwillingly) into the land of the living.  Read more…

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How to switch back to the old version of Snapchat (before it sucked)

All is not well for Snapchat. The app has ticked off its most loyal users with its latest redesign which merges your friends’ snap messages with their Stories. 

It’s the app’s first major #facepalm. But good news! There’s a way to switch back to the old Snapchat, and we’re gonna show you how do it. But it does come with one big catch.

SEE ALSO: 9 Snapchat Sins You’re Probably Guilty of

Twitter user Clare James posted step-by-step instructions Friday on how to revert back to the old Snapchat on iOS, and we confirmed on our own iPhone X that it works!

Just follow these steps: 

PSA: how to reverse the Snapchat update ‼️ pic.twitter.com/EN2wY3Xo5S

— clare james (@clarejamess9) February 9, 2018 Read more…

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