Glitch of the Day: Sending a Certain Text Message Will Force Anyone’s iPhone to Shut Down

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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.

Challenge of the Day: Teens are Summoning a Mexican Demon Named ‘Charlie’

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They may have moved on from controversial dresses and DIY lip enhancements, but now teenagers have a new craze to keep themselves busy: black magic.

A game similar to the Ouija Board called the “Charlie Charlie Challenge” has taken over Twitter, Instagram and Vine over the last few days, which has people using pencils to summon a Mexican demon that will answer any question you ask it.

So how does it work exactly?

First you place two pencils on top of each other in the shape of a cross creating four quadrants on a piece of paper.

Two of them are labeled “yes” and the other two are labelled “no.”



You must then recite the phrase “Charlie, Charlie, are you here,” (or “can we play”) and if the top pencil points towards “Yes” then – congratulations – you have successfully summoned a demon!

Charlie will answer any important life question you wish to ask, including which member of One Direction you’ll eventually marry.

Because apparently Mexican demons have a lot of free time on their hands.

All you have to do is change the options in the quadrants to whatever you wish to know. Just remember to say “Charlie Charlie can we stop” when you’re finished, or else you will leave a portal to Hell open inside your home.

An alternate version of the game involves two players each holding 3 pencils in the shape of a rectangle. If the pencils move up or in, it is considered a “yes” response, and if they move down or out, it’s a “no.”

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