Apple to issue emergency software fix for major Message-crashing bug!

iOS Messages Bug Fix

In case you haven’t already heard, a pesky iOS bug unearthed earlier this week has been causing iPhones to crash and reboot when a precise string of characters is received as a text message. Additionally, the bug can also cause the Messages app to crash repeatedly upon opening.

Thankfully, Apple not too long ago issued a statement to CNBC indicating that they’re aware of the issue and that they plan to “make a fix available in a software update.”

Though there’s no indication of when a software update might come down the pipeline, we imagine it will be much sooner rather than later before news of the bug becomes even more widely known.

As reported earlier today, the problem stems from the way iOS processes the offending Unicode text when received in the form of a Messages banner notification. What makes this particular bug so frustrating is that there isn’t much one can do to prevent a mischievous friend from sending the text message in question to your device.

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Google search results on the iPhone and iPad will soon include iOS apps

Google search results on the iPhone and iPad will soon include iOS appsGoogle announced today that it will soon start indexing iPhone and iPad apps.

Just like Google does on Android for Google Play apps, iOS app indexing will basically allow users to open apps from the search result page, should a certain iPhone or iPad app appear to be relevant to a particular search query.

The search engine giant announced that indexed iOS apps will start showing in iPhone and iPad search results in the coming weeks. At first, just a select range of apps will be included, but Google promised to expand the technology to other app developers “as soon as possible”.

iOS apps will appear in search engine results both from the Google Search iOS app and the Chrome iOS browser, but only if the user is signed into his Google account.

Interested developers can get the full documentation on iOS app indexing from the source link below. Furthermore, Google will also be holding a special talk at this week’s Google I/O developer conference that should help devs make the most out of the new feature.

Apple is the most valuable brand for 2015, Google second, research firm Millard Brown claims

Apple is the most valuable brand for 2015, Google second, research firm Millard Brown claims

In the world of technology, having a discernible brand surely goes a long way. According to Millward Brown, a Kantar-owned company that focuses on brands and their value, Apple is 2015’s holder of the most valuable world in the world, leaving one of its biggest rivals, Google, distant second.

Interestingly, Millward Brown’s 2014 global brand ranking list featured the vice versa situation, with Google at the top and Apple behind, but Cupertino has seen a 67% spike in its brand value to $247 billion, which ensured it the current top spot. In 2011, 2012, and 2013, Apple was also the company with the most valuable brand in the world.

Although unnecessary, Millward Brown says that this wild increase in value is due to the successful market performance of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but you already suspected that this was the reason, right?

The third spot in Millward Brown’s 2015 brand ranking list is occupied by no other than Microsoft, which has also seen a 28% rise in its brand value and is currently worth $115 billion.

We also have Samsung at the 45th spot with a brand evaluation of $21.6 billion. There’s hardly any other smartphone maker in the Top 100.

iOS 7.1 Beta 3 is Out to Developers and already Jailbroken : Here’s What’s New!

Apple has released the third beta of iOS 7.1 to registered developers this morning. The update, which carries the build number 11d5127c, can be downloaded via Apple’s developer center.

Today’s release comes just under a month after the second beta, which brought about only a handful of changes like bringing the Touch ID and Passcode menu to the front of the Settings app…

What’s new in iOS 7.1 beta 3

As we continue to dig through the new information in iOS 7.1 beta 3, we’ll be listing any major changes we find below:

Tweaked keyboard with new Shift/Backspace key highlights:

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New power off UI: ios-7-1-beta3-576x1024

New Phone dialer UI: Dialer-beta-3

New Phone UI: Phone-UI1 Phone-UI-beta-3

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Less vibrant icons for Phone, Messages and FaceTime: Screen-Shot-2014-01-07-at-11.08.44-AM

New Repeat and Shuffle buttons in Music app: IMG_0002

New “Reduce White Point” option in Accessibility settings: (makes the screen less bright): Combined-iPhone-Screen-Shot

Tweaked search bar wording in Safari: Screen-Shot-2014-01-07-at-11.31.41-AM

New layout for filters in Camera app:

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Bold font feature in Accessibility settings now extends to more UI elements (ie. Safari buttons):Screen-Shot-2014-01-07-at-12.16.35-PM

iOS 7.1 beta 3 doesn’t patch evasi0n7 jailbreak

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A modified version of the Evasi0n7 jailbreak tool began making its rounds around the internet this afternoon. This unofficial version of Evasi0n7 was created in order to jailbreak the just released iOS 7.1 beta 3.

CyanogenMod 11.0 M2 now available for 65 devices!

CyanogenMod has just issued a new M2 release of the popular CyanogenMod 11.0 ROM based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

The new M2 release is available for 65 Android devices and you can get it either from the dedicated download portal or via your CM Updater on your CyanogenMod-running device.

The new M2 release has no official change log, but here is the team’s statement on the novelties:

“We’ve been working on bugs, device bringup, porting over features, and working on new features – all included in these builds.”

So, if you are running on a CyanogenMod 11.0, you’ve got an update waiting for you.

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Apple releases iOS 7.1 beta to developers: here is what’s new

Apple has released the first beta of iOS 7.1 to registered developers this afternoon. The update, which carries the build number 11D5099e, can be downloaded via Apple’s developer center.

Today’s release comes just one week after Apple issued iOS 7.0.4 to the public, which included a fix for FaceTime, and marks the beginning of developer testing for the next major iOS update…

The beta is available for compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models. We’re installing it ourselves, and will be reporting back with any new stuff we find. So make sure to check back with us.

According to hacker iH8sn0w, this beta will expire on January 13, 2014.

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As always, we welcome you to let us know if you find anything that we may have missed by either e-mailing us at eliechahinesblog@gmail.com, or leaving us a comment regarding the change below.

What’s new in iOS 7.1 beta

As we continue to dig through the new information in iOS 7.1 beta 1, we’ll be listing any major changes we find below:

  • instead of saying ‘No Missed Notifications,’ it now just says ‘No Notifications’ when NC is cleared.
  • new Yahoo logo is now present in NC, as well as Weather app
  • seems to be a number of bug fixes related to stability/performance
  • new ‘HDR Auto’ feature in the Camera app
  • new ‘Upload Burst Photos’ option in Settings app (Photos & Camera tab)
  • new ‘Use Dark Keyboard’ option in Settings app (Accessibility tab)
  • new ‘Darken Colors’ option, under Increase Contrast (Accessibility tab)
  • enable or disable bold text without restarting the device
  • new dialogue when restarting iPhone 5s reads “Touch ID requires your passcode when iPhone restarts

Apple releases iOS 7.0.4 with bug fixes and stability improvements, and it’s Jailbreak safe !

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Apple has just released iOS 7.0.4 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Along with the usual bug fixes and stability improvements, iOS 7.0.4 fixes a bug which would sometimes prevent users from making a FaceTime call.

The update is available over the air, directly from Settings > General > Software Update, or by plugging your device in iTunes…

Apple also pushed out an iOS 6.1.5 update for owners of fourth generation iPod touch, also to bring a fix to the aforementioned FaceTime bug, and and update to the Apple TV firmware, bringing it to version 6.0.2.

Hacker iH8sn0w has confirmed that the update is safe for jailbreakers as iOS 7.0.4 doesn’t bring any security changes.