Apple has fixed the latest annoying flaw plaguing iOS 11, a bug that left iPhones vulnerable to crashing if they received a text featuring a specific Indian language (Telugu) character. Upon receipt of the text, Apple's Messages app would stop working, and the notification for this text would lead to home screen malfunctions. The patch for this flaw, which also hinders third-party apps such as WhatsApp, and Gmail, is found in iOS 11.2.6, which Apple released yesterday (Feb. 19).
The iPhone isn't the only device that Apple has patched to protect against a device-crashing flaw triggered by a text featuring a specific Indian language (Telugu) character. Yesterday (Feb. 19), in addition to the iOS 11.2.6 update for iPads and iPhones, Apple released macOS 10.13.3 which protects systems that recieve texts featuring the character, which froze Apple's Messages app and led to malfunctions in others.
If I had a dollar for every time my iPhone's browser was redirected to a spam page offering free stuff, I'd be able to afford all the gadgets I want. So when Tom's Guide forum user Philometis left a question (responding to my article "Why iPhones Don't Need Antivirus Software") asking about these ads — which locked up Philometis' Chrome web browser — I recognized the confusion at the root of the situation. Philometis writes: "...
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Selecting a term
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Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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