After Harry Potter author and resident Twitter Goddess JK Rowling tweeted a message of love and admiration for Ireland's recent gay marriage vote outcome by proposing a marriage between Dumbledore and Gandalf, the Westboro Baptist Church (regarded as the resident cesspool of humanity) challenged her fantastic meme by saying they'd picket any such union:
Rowling shut them down deftly, but one twitter user suggested that may not have been the right thing to do:
JK rebutted by saying the WBC wasn't what was important, but rather her show of support for those who need it:
You go, JK Rowling!
A flaw in Apple’s iOS is allowing pranksters to remotely shut down other people’s phones.
Some iPhone users on Reddit recently discovered that sending a certain string of text to someone will force the recipient’s device to crash and reboot.
The issue apparently lies in the way the iPhone handles notifications and unicode.
Here’s an explanation from The Guardian:
When the text message is displayed by a banner alert or notification on the lockscreen, the system attempts to abbreviate the text with an ellipsis. If the ellipsis is placed in the middle of a set of non-Latin script characters, including Arabic, Marathi and Chinese, it causes the system to crash and the phone to reboot.
You can watch the error in action in the demo video above.
It reportedly only works if the other person does not already have their text thread open at the time, and you can prevent it from happening to you by turning off banner notifications and text previews (Here’s a visual of the settings on Imgur).
And if you can’t access your messages after the glitch, you can also apparently send a new message to the thread using Siri or Notes, and when it opens just delete the malicious text.
Of course the best way to prevent this from happening is by not being a troll and sending the text to anyone in the first place.
Apple apparently knows this is a problem and is hopefully working on a fix ASAP.