How To Fix The iPhone Rainbow Emoji Message Crash

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

rainbow emoji message

Another messaging crash for iOS devices is making the rounds. This time, it involves the colorful rainbow emoji. The bug affects both iPhones and iPads running iOS 10.1 or below, but a variant of the crash can affect devices running iOS 10.2. Luckily the fix is very easy, and we’ll show you how.

Just Discovered Fruitfly Malware Uses Pre-OS X Code

· Jeff Gamet · News

Malwarebytes discovered Fruitfly malware for Macs

Malwarebytes discovered a Mac malware threat dubbed Fruitfly that’s being used to target biomedical research facilities. Calling Fruitfly new, however, may not be correct because it looks like it’s been around since at least 2014, and it also relies on some system calls that predate OS X and macOS.

Apple Offers 'Major Updates' to Logic Pro X and GarageBand

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Logic Pro X 10.3 Interface Screenshot

Apple announced “major updates” to GarageBand for iOS and Logic Pro X on Wednesday (for NAMM), going so far as to issue a press release for the updates. The consumer-oriented GarageBand is getting the Alchemy synthesizer and a new browser for finding and using sounds. Apple’s professional DAW—Logic Pro X—gets support for Touch Bar, Track Alternatives, an updated interface, and other changes. Both updates are free.

Verizon Now Intercepting Calls From Note 7 Users Refusing to Give Up Their Phone

· Jeff Gamet · News

Samsung bricking Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to prevent them from catching fire

Following Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 combust-a-phone mess and product recall, Verizon went from “We won’t do anything,” to “OK, let’s brick them,” and now is at the “Seriously people, give us the phone before you hurt yourself” stage. Verizon’s latest move is to reroute calls from Note 7 phones to customer service to convince users to exchange their phone for something less flammable.

AT&T Officially Kills Off 2G, Original iPhone Support

· Jeff Gamet · News

AT&T shuts down 2G/EDGE wireless network

Farewell, 2G. AT&T officially ended 2G support on its network as of the first of the year, and it’s a safe bet almost no one noticed. Dropping 2G support means older phones like the original iPhone won’t work for phone calls any more, and it also opens wireless spectrum that’ll eventually benefit LTE.

Goodbye Vine, Hello Twitter's Vine Camera

· Jeff Gamet · News

Vine becomes Vine Camera for Twitter

Vine’s six seconds of fame, so to speak, has come and gone. As of January 17th, the Vine video sharing social network has shut down and is being replaced with an app that posts short videos on Twitter.

Brexit Drives Up UK App Store Prices 25%

· Jeff Gamet · News

UK App Store prices going up 25%

Apple’s App Store is about to get more expensive for U.K. shoppers. App prices are going up by 25% because the pound has been dropping in the wake of the Brexit vote.

Apple Music Wants to be Pop Culture Central with Music and TV Shows

· Jeff Gamet · News

Original TV shows coming to Apple Music in 2017

Apple Music front man Jimmy Iovine all but confirmed last week’s report that Apple is on the hunt for original scripted TV shows for the subscription service. He said Apple is looking for ways to set the streaming music service apart from Spotify, and that Apple Music is going to be a big part of the pop culture experience.

Jeff's 4 Must-have Touch Bar MacBook Pro Adapters

· Jeff Gamet · News

Touch Bar MacBook Pro dongle list

After spending a month with Apple’s 15-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pro I’ve found there are only four must-have Thunderbolt 3 adapters I need to attach everything I use with my computer. I don’t need all of them all the time, but they’re my go-to set for all of my wired connection needs.

Apple Shopping for Original TV Shows for Apple Music

· Jeff Gamet · News

Original TV shows coming to Apple Music in 2017

We already see the Netflix and Amazon logos at the beginning of original shows on TV, and soon we’ll see Apple’s logo, too. Apple is reportedly on the hunt for premium television content on par with the quality we’re seeing from Netflix and Amazon to entice more people to subscribe to Apple Music.

Astropad Studio Turns Your iPad Pro into a Pro-level Mac Graphics Tablet

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

Astropad Studio for the iPad Pro and Mac

Astropad is a cool app that lets you use your iPad as a full-on graphics tablet for your Mac, but may be a little limited for pro users looking for an alternative to Wacom’s Cintiq tablets. That’s not a problem any more thanks to today’s Astropad Studio launch.

Verizon Forcing Customers to Drop Their Unlimited Wireless Data Plans

· Jeff Gamet · News

Verizon warns some unlimited data plan users they have to switch to capped plans or they'll be disconnected

Just like AT&T, Verizon isn’t keen on its long time customers holding on to their unlimited wireless data plans. Instead of raising rates like AT&T, however, Verizon is telling customers that have to switch to a capped data plan or face having their phone disconnected.

Here's What We Wanted to Bring Home from CES 2017

· Jeff Gamet · News

CES 2017 staff favorites

Every year we head out to CES on Las Vegas to see what’s in store for the electronics world. We see some products that are pretty cool, and some that shouldn’t ever see the light of day, and we see some we want to take home with us right now. Read on to see what we wanted to sneak into our suitcases and add to our personal tech collections.

A TMO Giveaway: Win a Copy of the Roddenberry Vault on Blu-ray

· John Martellaro · Contest

Star Trek's NCC-1701 Star Ship Enterprise

Rod Roddenberry, as part of his Background Mode interview with The Mac Observer, has generously provided us with three copies of The Roddenberry Vault on Blu-ray.  We’re going to give away these amazing multi-disc packages to three lucky winners. Read on to see how you can win one for your Star Trek library.

Sharp Planning OLED Production in Foxconn Factory for iPhone Displays

· Jeff Gamet · News

Samsung and LG are fighting to win OLED screen contracts from Apple

Apple’s next iPhone will reportedly sport an OLED display, and now insider sources are saying Sharp ramping up to be a supplier in a Foxconn factory. Sharp is investing about US$864 million in the production line at Foxconn’s Zhengzhou City facility in northern China to make OLED displays, presumably all for Apple.