Technology

Unicode rendering bug causing crashes, reboots on iOS 8

A bug in how iOS 8 renders Unicode is causing Messages to crash or the lock screen to reboot when a specific string is received. The bug occurs when your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch (which runs a variant of iOS 8) receives a message containing the specific string of Unicode characters. Because the specific string can’t be rendered, the …

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TEL TECH Partners with EVIT for BICSI Training

Media contact: CeCe Todd, (480) 461-4032 Tel Tech Networks Inc. has teamed up with the East Valley Institute of Technology to offer occupational training authorized by Building Industry Consulting Services International (BICSI). The new BICSI Authorized Training Facility classrooms are located at EVIT’s Dr. A. Keith Crandell (Main) Campus, 1601 W. Main St., Mesa, and are designed to expand current …

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Katy Perry is getting her own game from the makers of Kim Kardashian’s mobile hit

Katy Perry is getting her own video game from Glu Mobile, the smartphone developer that previously hit it big with a freemium title based on Kim Kardashian’s rise to fame. The game will feature Perry’s “voice, likeness, and personality,” and promises to introduce players to “a digital playground of global success and talent.” This suggests that the game’s set-up will …

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Don’t use these passwords. Sincerely, the World Wide Web

Think you’re protected from web attacks with your strong passwords? When hackers seize control of computers to create botnets, they can cause plenty of collateral damage, and their ticket in is often stupid-simple: terrible passwords. SplashData has just released its annual list of the worst of them, and things have changed depressingly little over last year. The most commonly hacked …

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Apple’s World AIDS Day campaign brings exclusive app content for charity, retail sales donations

Apple on Sunday announced its 2014 World AIDS Day campaign that will see the company donate a portion of its holiday retail sales, as well as proceeds from a special section of the App Store called “Apps for (RED),” to the (RED) foundation’s Global Fund to fight AIDS. It appears today’s (GarageBand)RED update was the first of many, as Apple later unveiled …

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Apple keeping Mesa, Arizona plant despite GT Advanced bankruptcy

Apple plans to keep the sapphire production factory it built with GT Advanced in Mesa, Arizona, according to a report from Bloomberg. The outlet says the company has told officials that it’s committed to bringing jobs and manufacturing to the area, despite GT’s bankruptcy. “They’ve indicated their commitment to us: They want to repurpose that building and use it again,” …

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‘Say Thanks’ with Facebook’s personalized video cards

  Facebook on Wednesday introduced ‘Say Thanks’, a new service allowing its members to create and send personalized video cards to their friends and family on the service. To make a video for a friend, just visit facebook.com/thanks. Upon choosing a friend, the service will generate a preview of your personalized video card. Limited customization features are available, allowing you to …

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YouTube unveils ad-free subscription service

Google-owned YouTube on Wednesday announced a long-rumored service which lets you stream ad-free music, play tracks in the background through mobile apps for iOS/Android and on YouTube.com, mark individual music videos and other clips for offline playback and much more, in exchange for a flat monthly fee of ten bucks per month. Dubbed YouTube Music Key, it’s releasing in beta …

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Obama asks FCC for stronger net neutrality rules

U.S. President Barack Obama took a strong stance on Monday on new ‘net neutrality’ regulations being drafted by the Federal Communications Commission, saying the agency should reclassify broadband to regulate it more like a public utility. The FCC has received nearly 4 million comments after Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed new rules that prohibited Internet service providers from blocking any content, …

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