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Apple’s Fix for the Messages Text String Crash

11:19 AM, May. 29th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple offers workaround for Messages bug until a real fix is ready

The Internet has been in a tizzy this week over the iOS 8 bug that lets someone crash your iPhone with a text message. Apple has acknowledged the problem and even has a fix for the issue. Sort of.

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At least Apple confirmed it knows about the bug and is working on a real fix. Until then, we'll have to deal with workarounds if our friends decide they want to crash our iPhones with text messages.

Want Great Movie Deals? There’s an App for That

10:50 AM, May. 29th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Looking for a way to add to your movie collection without spending a fortune? Fox Digital Entertainment has an app for you. The new Movie of the Day! app offers a special price on a different movie every day—and the savings are significant. Today's special, for example is The Sound of Music (it is Flashback Friday, after all) for US$5.99 instead of $14.99. The catch is that the deals are limited to Fox properties. You can download Movie of the Day! for free through Apple's App Store.

Apple Buys Augmented Reality Company Metaio

9:55 AM, May. 29th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple gets into the VR world with Metaio purchase

It looks like Apple is ready to get into the virtual reality and augmented reality world with its recent purchase of Metaio. The company has already worked with big names Ferrari and Ikea, and now it will bring its expertise to Apple's products, too.

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Google and Facebook both think augmented and virtual reality is going to be huge for smartphones, and now it looks like Apple is in the same camp, too.

Another Chink in CurrentC’s Armor: Target Wants In-store Apple Pay

5:24 PM, May. 28th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

CurrentC's latest kick in the pants: Target wants in-store Apple Pay

When MCX came out guns blazing for the unveiling of CurrentC, it looks like it was firing blanks because yet another big-name parter is now openly embracing Apple Pay. Target CEO Brian Cornell says he wants to expand beyond Web-only orders for Apple Pay and plans to bring the wireless payment system to stores.

6 Calculator Apps for Apple Watch

2:42 PM, May. 28th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

TMO rounds up some Apple Watch calculator apps

Watches from a few decades ago included calculators, so why not Apple Watch? Even though Apple didn't include a calculator app on its smartwatch that doesn't mean you can't add one yourself. TMO's Jeff Gamet rounded up a few and checked them out for you. Read on to see what he liked and what he didn't.

Pebble Time Ships, Apple Watch Comparisons Coming Soon

9:12 AM, May. 28th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Pebble Time is now shipping, which means we're about to see head-to-head comparisons with Apple Watch. Pebble introduced its newest smartwatch with a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year that was fully funded in only 20 minutes. With Apple Watch shipping, too, the smartwatch market is heating up.

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Pebble Time offers built-in accessory support, goes a week between recharging, and comes with a lower price than Apple Watch. Now we get to see if that's enough to compete with Apple.

iOS Bug can Crash Your iPhone with a Text Message

6:04 PM, May. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is working to fix an iOS bug that lets someone crash your iPhone via SMS

Thanks to a bug in the iOS Messages app it's possible to crash your iPhone with a text message. The bug requires a specific string of Unicode characters, and there are some workarounds while we wait for Apple to release a fix.