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This iOS “text bomb” could crash your iPhone

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A new iOS bug that causes iPhones and other devices to crash when a certain string of characters is received in a messaging app has been identified, another so-called “text bomb” that takes advantage of Apple notifications. The characters – which include emojis and Sindhi language text – can lead to iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch instabilities when received.

Although the particular combination is unlikely to be used innocently, it can obviously be weaponized against another Apple device users. The most common result, it’s reported, is either apps freezing or the whole device restarting.

However as RedditReddit users are reporting, the impact can be more serious. That can include devices needing to be restored, in fact. Right now, the only way to protect an iOS device from being affected is to turn off notifications.

It’s not the first time we’ve seen a specially-crafted text string like this turn out to be perilous for Apple devices. Back in 2018, for example, Apple had to fix a bug where a series of Telugu charactersseries of Telugu characters could crash iOS and macOS devices. Earlier still, a 2016 glitch meant text messages could crash iPhones running iOS 10 or belowrunning iOS 10 or below.

Apple does, it’s worth noting, typically respond fairly rapidly to these glitches. Indeed it looks like a fix to solve this latest text bomb is already in the pipeline. One MacRumorsMacRumors reader reports that the iOS 13.4.5 second beta already appears to be immune to the bug.

The news comes only days after researchers spotted an Apple Mail on iPhone zero-click exploitan Apple Mail on iPhone zero-click exploit. That could, in theory, grant hackers access to an iPhone, even without the recipient of the compromised email actually opening that message.

Apple has promised that a fix is incoming, and it has been pointed out that – though the loophole is believed to have been present since 2018 – there are no reported cases of it actually being used in the wild. The fix is expected to be rolled out in iOS 13.4.5, in fact.

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The First Tesla Semi Has Been Delivered After Lengthy Delays

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There had long been suggestion Pepsi would be one of Tesla’s biggest customers — with a subsidiary spotted installing charging stations at one of its plants and test driving the trucks earlier this year. Tesla also placed an order for 100 of the high tech trucks shortly after they were announced in 2017. In October, Musk confirmed the company’s first truck was almost ready for delivery, and it would be going to the soft drink manufacturer.

Today, Tesla finally made it official and delivered its first production semis to Pepsi. Speaking at the handover, which took place at a Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada, Musk described his motivation for designing the truck. The Tesla CEO claims that trucks make up less than 1% of vehicles in the United States, but are responsible for a large chunk of emissions. Musk said it will both help the environment and improve the health of individuals living near highways. At the end of the presentation, Musk thanked Pepsico and described them as a “great partner.” 

The trucks’ keycards were then handed over to Pepsi’s representatives, followed by several high fives. The trucks’ first cargo run involved “an enormous amount of Frito Lays” which were handed out to people in attendance. Pepsi’s Kirk Tanner then took the mic and said: “I want to thank the people who have spent countless hours to make this a reality.” before thanking Elon Musk and the other Tesla representatives. Other companies are also interested in Tesla’s electric semi. Budweiser, Walmart, and UPS are amongst those who have placed pre-orders — with Budweiser ordering at least 40 of the large electric vehicles.

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Kanye West Is No Longer Buying Twitter-Rival Parler

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It’s unclear whether West’s recent controversies have anything to do with the Parler deal falling apart. In a statement shared with CNBC, Parler’s owner notes that the “decision was made in the interest of both parties in mid-November.” Parler says it will be on the lookout for the growth opportunities, without clarifying if it was looking for investors to scale up, or full-fledged buyers. The latter seems unlikely to happen, given the current state of layoffs in the tech industry and the looming fears of a recession.

Parlement Technologies reportedly had high hopes from its acquisition deal with Kanye West. Soon after the agreement press release went out, Parler sent out an email to its “VIP” users, offering them perks like a gold badge for being valuable personalities on the platform. Politico reports that the email campaign inadvertently revealed the personal contact information of nearly a dozen lawmakers and some well-known conservative personalities.

Citing an insider source, Axios reports that West’s unstable financial situation following the cancellation of lucrative deals with the likes of Adidas played a role in his Parler plans falling apart. In the meanwhile, West has returned to Twitter, after his account was restricted for a few weeks ago over sharing anti-Semitic remarks. West currently has a huge follower base of over 18 million on Twitter, which dwarfs the total number of users on Parler, as of December 2021.

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Elon Musk Says Twitter’s Potential Removal From iOS App Store Was ‘Misunderstanding’

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Barely two days after Elon Musk feuded with Apple publicly, he met with Tim Cook to settle the differences. “We resolved the misunderstanding about Twitter potentially being removed from the App Store. Tim was clear that Apple never considered doing so,” Elon Musk tweeted last evening. This was a few hours after he shared a video of Apple’s HQ to disclose the location of the meeting.

However, Elon Musk didn’t reveal if Apple will continue advertising on Twitter. According to the Washington Post, Apple was the biggest ad spender on Twitter in Q1 2022. It spent an average of $4 million per week to run ads on Twitter between January to March this year — this added up to about 4% of Twitter’s revenue. However, Reuters reports that Apple reduced its weekly ad budget on Twitter to $131,600 a few weeks after Elon Musk bought the social media company. We also haven’t heard from Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, about the agenda of his meeting with Elon Musk. 

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