New iOS 11.2.5 bug: This Indian character will crash your iPhone and lock down the Messages app

A new plague is coming upon iOS 11.2.5 users and it’s a nasty one.

It seems that a specific Indian character belonging to the Telugu language gets sent over iMessage or merely inserted into a text field will literally render your iPhone unusable. If you receive a message with that “malicious” character, your iPhone will reboot any time you tap the Messages icon as the system will unsuccessfully try to load the character time and time again. 
As of now, there is no “easy” way of fixing things n your own – the best bet is to have someone send you a regular …


Verizon to lock its handsets for protection from thieves

The nation’s largest carrier, Verizon, has been selling unlocked handsets to its customers. This allows them to switch carriers, and replace one SIM card for another. But starting this Spring, Big Red will be making a big change. Today, Verizon announced that it will soon start locking handsets that it sells to its subscribers, preventing them from changing carriers with a simple SIM switcheroo.

Verizon says that it will make an announcement before putting the new policy in place. The carrier states that it is taking this action to stop criminals from stealing smartphones while they are …

Amazon drops lock screen ads from its Prime Exclusive phones starting tomorrow

Consumers looking for a deal on a smartphone have been able to save anywhere from $25 to $100 off the retail price by buying them from Amazon, as long as they didn’t mind being forced to watch lock screen ads. Starting tomorrow, February 7th, Amazon is no longer forcing these ads on Prime Exclusive buyers. And those who already own a Prime Exclusive model will receive a software update that removes the ads from their phones. While the ads are gone, new Prime Exclusive models will still come with pre-installed apps from Amazon.

Future Amazon Prime Exclusive handsets will be available only …

New render of Huawei Mate 10 Pro features "live" image showing off the lock screen

Yesterday, we showed you a couple of renders revealing the Huawei Mate 10 Pro in two different colors. The phablet, along with the Huawei Mate 10, is set to be unveiled on October 16th. This morning, we have another render of the Mate 10 Pro to show you, although this time the image shows off the phone’s lock screen on the 5.99-inch LCD display. The image comes to us from leak master Evan Bass. The screen carries an aspect ratio of 18:9, a resolution of 1440 x 2880, and there are no physical buttons on the front of the phone. The fingerprint scanner is on the back of the Mate 10 Pro, along …

Xiaomi previews MIUI 9: split-screen mode, new lock screen, see all the latest features here

A couple of new Xiaomi products are set to break cover on July 26th. Apart from launching the Mi 5X, a handset in the upper mid-range category, the Chinese phone maker will also introduce the 9th iteration of its MIUI interface. 
Today, an official preview of the custom Android skin appeared on the MIUI forums, so let’s quickly review all the new stuff coming with the software update. 

Split-screen multitasking

Split-screen multitasking is finally coming to MIUI. The feature initially …

Is everyone guessing your pattern unlock? Stop the intruders with these 5 lock screen security apps for Android

Android’s built-in lock screen security is quite complete in terms of both features and convenience. But you might be bored with it already, unsatisfied, or seeking additional functionality beyond what the operating system has to offer! If that’s the case, check out these five lock screen apps. They will help you protect your phone from unwanted access, make the lock screen prettier to look at, and help you become more productive.
Next Lock Screen

Download: Google PlayPrice: Free

Next Lock Screen by Microsoft offers a ton of features …

Update to Cortana for Android adds lock screen support

There are many Android users who for one reason or another, choose Cortana over Google Now. Unlike the latter, Cortana does have some personality. Microsoft has made Cortana available for both Android and iOS, and a new update found in the Google Play Store takes the app to version 2.5.0. The only new feature, according to the changelist, allows Android users to access Cortana from the lock screen. This was originally discussed last month, and now the new feature is here.

If you already have Cortana installed on your Android phone, you can get the update by opening the Google Play Store …

August’s CEO on lock hacking and releasing hardware before it’s ready


august-mortis-3-4-viewoutdoor-urban-for-magazine August launched a new device this week at CES. “That’s five products shipped within 24 months,” explained CEO Jason Johnson during an on stage interview with TechCrunch earlier today. “I don’t know if you’re going to find too many companies that have our retail presence and a customer base that ships that many products in that time.” It’s a lot for… Read More

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August Home paves the way to put a smart lock on doors internationally


august-mortis-3-4-viewoutdoor-urban-for-magazine August Home — which makes an internet-connected smart lock — already works for most door locks you’d typically find in the U.S. But it hasn’t had a product yet for a different style of lock called the Mortise lock just yet. That lock represents a smaller amount of the overall market in the U.S., but more importantly, it’s a lock that’s very common abroad.… Read More

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