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The Next iPhone Update Will Help Users Become Organ Donors

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A new Apple feature will soon let iPhone users register to save lives. The Guardian reports that Apple's upcoming iOS 10 upgrade will allow iPhone users to become organ donors at the press of a button. The new feature will be added to the existing Health app and will let users quickly register as donors and provide information on organ donation.  

Apple CEO Tim Cook told the Associated Press he started thinking about ways to encourage organ donations after Steve Jobs’s "excruciating" wait for a liver transplant. (The organ Jobs received in 2009 is credited with extending his life, however briefly; he died in 2011.) He hopes that the new organ donor registration option will encourage more people to become donors by making the sign-up process quick and easy.

In order to bring organ donation registration to iPhones, Apple has teamed up with Donate Life America, a nonprofit organization that operates a national registry of organ donors. In a press statement issued by Apple, Donate Life CEO and president David Fleming explained that the new iPhone feature will not only facilitate quick registration but help people become more aware of the broader importance of organ donations.

“On average, one person dies every hour in the United States waiting for an organ transplant because the demand for lifesaving transplants far exceeds the available supply of organs—and one donor can save as many as eight lives,” Fleming explained. “By working with Apple to bring the National Donate Life Registry to the Health app on iPhone, we’re making it easier for people to find out about organ, eye, and tissue donation and quickly register. This is a huge step forward that will ultimately help save lives.”

[h/t The Guardian]

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How To Get Past the iPhone-Crashing 'Death Emoji'
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The rapid churn of new smart phone hardware and software gives consumers more tech choices at a faster clip. Unfortunately, that schedule can also mean glitches slip through the cracks.

TechRadar is circulating word of the latest bug to affect iPhone and iPad models running iOS 11 software. If a user receives a text message containing a black dot sandwiched between the less-than and greater-than symbols (< >) followed by a left-facing pointing finger emoji, the Messages app will freeze. Quitting and re-opening the app will just return you to the last message viewed.

The bug originated on WhatsApp but migrated to iMessage. If someone with malice on their mind sends you the emoji string, your phone’s text functioning shuts down.

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The software gives up because this unique emoji string contains a very long run of invisible Unicode that it simply can’t process all at once.

Fortunately, there's a solution. After your Messages app crashes, use 3D Touch on the Messages icon on your home screen. From there, you can select New Messages and bypass the corrupt emoji string. When you swipe left from the main Messages menu, you’ll be given the option of deleting the problem text. That should restore function.

The bug isn’t strictly limited to iPhones and iPads. Some Macs could be temporarily corrupted by the string as well. Now that Apple is aware of the issue, users can expect a fix shortly.

[h/t TechRadar]

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Apple Is Offering Free Battery Replacements for Some MacBook Models
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Want to extend the life of your MacBook Pro battery? A new offer from Apple might let you replace it for free.

Some non Touch Bar, 13-inch MacBook Pros that were manufactured between October 2016 and October 2017 are eligible for the program, and you can see if your computer qualifies by entering your serial number on Apple’s website.

The company said some of the batteries in models manufactured during this one-year period may be faulty, which is what prompted the offer. Although it’s not a safety issue, a component in the battery could fail, causing the battery to expand. Affected customers who already paid to have their battery replaced can also contact Apple for a refund.

The service takes three to five days to complete and can be done at any Apple-authorized service provider or retail store. Computers can also be mailed in to a repair center.

Before sending it away for repairs, though, it's important to check for other issues with your computer. Apple notes, “If your 13-inch MacBook Pro has any damage which impairs the replacement of the battery, that issue will need to be resolved prior to the battery replacement. In some cases, there may be a cost associated with the repair.”

[h/t The Verge]

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