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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.

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Thanks to technology, we have lost all hope at a world where we communicate with each other through any means but our thumbs.

"Frozen" star Kristen Bell and the a cappella group Straight No Chaser have combined forces to make a new Christmas song for millennials which highlights that fact.

Tumblr user Hostage Situation had a bit of a problem: How do you get an overly-friendly screen-reader to back off on a public bus? Luckily she had an amazing friend, and then texting magic happened. Check it all out here!

Hat tip to Uproxx.

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Via: HyperVocal
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The footage above was captured by the dashboard camera of a Fort Myers Police Department vehicle.

Officer Ivan Moorer followed this guy a short distance down Veronica Shoemaker Boulevard before he decided to make a turn onto Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

The subsequent consequence was caught on Moorer's dash cam.

Luckily for the driver, he managed to walk away uninjured.

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