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iMessage and FaceTime goes down for users on Australian carrier

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Well, this is odd.

Some customers of Australian carrier Telstra were unable to use iMessage and FaceTime on Wednesday morning, as technicians worked to fix the issue with the two Apple services.

The carrier’s outages page confirmed the problem. In a tweet, Telstra said customers could continue to send and receive SMS messages, but later stated those services were coming back to normal.

“Earlier today some customers experienced a disruption to Apple iMessage and FaceTime services. We worked with Apple to resolve this issue. Services are now being progressively being restored. We apologise for any inconvenience caused,” a Telstra spokesperson said via email. Read more…

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25+ Incredible Facts That You Probably Didn’t Know

Nothing makes you more of a nuisance than sharing random trivia without any context. Broadening our knowledge about the world, however, is something we can’t avoid. It’s too interesting and too easy to get lost in. To teach you everything you need to know to bore people to death we’ve compiled some of the most surprising truths from Fact Republic.

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

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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.

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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Apple’s slow iPhone X sales are hurting Samsung too

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It’s not just Apple feeling the effects of lackluster iPhone X sales.

Samsung is also now grappling with the same problem. Since Apple relies on the Korean tech giant for the iPhone X’s expensive display panels, it is now searching for a new buyer, according to a report from Nikkei.

This new development follows earlier reports that Apple was cutting production of the iPhone X after slowing sales. 

The problem for Samsung, though, is that it’s proving more difficult than expected to find takers for the leftover OLED display panels originally intended for the iPhone X. Nikkei reports that Samsung had been counting on other smartphone-makers to follow Apple’s lead and start using the more expensive OLED displays. Read more…

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Apple employees keep walking into the glass walls of the new ‘spaceship campus’

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Apple’s new futuristic, almost all-glass, Cupertino, Calif. campus may be beautiful, but it’s causing some problems for employees.

Apparently, Apple workers keep walking into Apple Park’s nifty glass walls. And it’s not just because glass is, ya know, glass: it’s because their faces are buried in their iPhones.

Oh Karma, you do have a sense of humor!

Bloomberg reports that multiple employees have found themselves unexpectedly running into the glass walls that are the design hallmark of Apple Park. Some workers reportedly even put post-it notes on the walls to make their presence more obvious. But the visual warnings were removed because they detracted from the office’s sleek design.  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. 

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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Couple Order $300-Per-Person Dinner At #7 Restaurant In The World, And Here’s What They Get

Everyone has their dirty pleasures, and this couple has just paid 600 dollars to enjoy a very particular one. A 25-course meal at Gaggan restaurant in Bangkok that’s described as “a journey through modern Indian cuisine in 25 emojis.” I assume that most of us won’t be tasting it soon, so let’s at least have a look at what the number 7 restaurant in the world has to offer, shall we?

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Apple’s HomePod is marking up furniture, and the internet isn’t happy

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The HomePod is finally here, and we love it. But after spending a few days with Apple’s smart speaker, some users have discovered an unexpected side effect. 

WireCutter‘s review, published Wednesday, praised the HomePod’s audio quality, but the reviewers were in for a surprise when they lifted the speaker up. They found that the speaker left a distinct white ring on the countertop and side table where it had been sitting. 

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Flipboard CEO: Apple News is ‘living in the past’

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Shots have been fired in what is ramping up to be a war of the news reader apps.

At the Code Media conference on Tuesday, Flipboard CEO Mike McCue shared his not-so-subtle thoughts on one of his company’s biggest competitors, Apple News.

“Apple News as a product is living in the past,” McCue said, according to Recode

McCue reportedly criticized Apple News for lacking social sharing capabilities, for leaving news curation to algorithms (not humans), and for the lift on publishers who have to “adopt” another format. 

“We’re not trying to create a closed ecosystem,” McCue said. “And that’s a big deal for publishers.” Read more…

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Extremely rich dude Tim Cook just doesn’t understand the need for money

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Money, who needs it?

Not extremely rich dude and Apple CEO Tim Cook, apparently. 

Sure, Cook’s estimated net worth is around $666 million, but, as he explained while waxing philosophic during Apple’s annual shareholder meeting on Feb. 13, that doesn’t mean he likes the stuff in its current form. 

“I’m hoping to be alive to see the elimination of money,” he reportedly told those gathered at Apple Park

Which, hell yeah, fuck money. And we’re right there with you, Tim! Let’s distribute goods and services to those in need, regardless of their ability to… oh, what’s that? That’s not what you meant? Read more…

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We’re all about this ’80s-style instructional video for Apple’s Siri

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It may not be perfect, but we’ve certainly come a long way to get to a voice-activated assistant like Apple’s Siri.

It’d be difficult to imagine how Siri would work with the technology the 1980s, but if it did, this mock instructional video by YouTube channel Squirrel Monkey does a great job of hypothesizing how it’d all come together.

The wait time to hear what “Michael Jackson’s newest album” is really something, though. Read more…

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