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pcruciatti/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A bug in Apple's iMessage app is wreaking havoc on some iPhones, causing them to reboot after receiving a specific string of characters via text.

Apple said the company is "aware of an iMessage issue caused by a specific series of unicode characters and we will make a fix available in a software update," an Apple spokesperson told ABC News today.

The problem occurs when the text is truncated on the lock screen. Reddit users first pinpointed the bug and reported it would crash and restart iPhones running the latest iOS version (8.3) along with earlier versions of the operating system.

Getting the text can be a nuisance but there's one quick fix if you fall victim. Ask the person who sent you the text to send another, effectively nudging the malicious one out of its most recent spot.

9to5Mac reports sending yourself a text via Siri will also do the trick.

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tarabird/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Rebounding from a poor day on Tuesday, Wall Street posted major gains following a mixed report on state unemployment levels from the Labor Department.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the session at 18162.99, a gain of 121.45 from its open.

The Nasdaq closed up 73.84 to an all-time high of 5106.59, and the S&P 500 rose 19.28 to 2123.48.

A Labor Department report put out on Wednesday showed that 23 states and the District of Columbia saw lower unemployment rates in April. Eleven other states actually saw unemployment climb.

The lowest unemployment rate -- 2.5 percent -- was reported in Nebraska, while the District of Columbia reported a staggering 7.5 percent unemployment.

McDonald's said Wednesday it will stop reporting monthly sales as part of its efforts to fix its brand. Many fast food companies don't report monthly figures, even though McDonald's has notably boasted "billions served" for years.

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Ryhor Bruyeu/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The internet may soon be less about typing and more clicking and watching. In other words, the web is becoming a giant TV screen: video is expected to become at least 80 percent of consumer traffic on the web by 2019.

Those figures come from a new forecast by Cisco.

Clicks on YouTube and Netflix together already makes up over half of internet traffic, according to Washington Post estimates. But that number is projected to skyrocket over the next four years.

And it’s not just Americans who’ll be watching more — by 2019, internet traffic around the world is expected to more than double. Increasingly, that connection will be held in the palm of a hand or even balancing in laps, as more corners of the world connect through mobile devices, especially cell phones. By 2019, those phones and other wifi and mobile devices will overtake wires to represent the majority of online traffic. Internet traffic will spike the most in the Middle East and Africa.

Thankfully, broadband speeds are also expected to double over the same time period. Those faster speeds will help shuttle more of this information around the globe. So, it’s ok, you can keep clicking play.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A small wind and solar powered pod home called the Ecocapsule could be the home of the future if its creators have their way.

While the egg-shaped homes look more like something from a Hunger Games movie, Nice Architects, a company based in Slovakia, said each Ecocapsule has an "efficient spatial layout [that] allows you to enjoy convenience of household facilities in off-grid conditions," according to the company's website.

Residents of an Ecocapsule won't be roughing it, either. The company said each pod is equipped with running water and hot showers, thanks to a wind turbine, solar-powered battery and a water filtration system.

Each pod is only 120 square feet -- enough to "comfortably house" two adults and store equipment, according to the website.

Living in such close quarters may seem less than ideal for some people, but Nice Architects said it envisions the Ecocapsule as a home that could be moved anywhere, allowing owners to live nearly anywhere on the planet.

The price of an Ecocapsule hasn't been revealed, however Nice Architects said the pods will offer owners plenty of mobility.

"It can be shipped, airlifted, towed or even pulled by a pack animal," it says on the company's website.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Gas prices continue to go up as summer nears.

The Energy Department says the average price of regular unleaded gas went up about three more cents in the past week and now stands at $2.77 a gallon.

In California, the average is about a buck higher. And in the southern part of the state, it's even worse.

Many gas stations around Los Angeles are selling regular unleaded gas for around $4 a gallon. But for the first time in weeks, California's gas prices have dropped about 5 cents.

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Microsoft(NEW YORK) -- Microsoft's sassy virtual personal assistant Cortana will soon be staking out a spot on competing platforms.

Joe Belfiore, head of Microsoft's operating systems group, announced in a blog post on Tuesday that Cortana will be available as an option on Android and iOS devices later this year as a companion to Windows 10.

A phone companion app will be built into Windows 10, which will allow users to sync their mobile device, allowing users to seamlessly move between completing tasks on their PC or mobile device, Belfiore said.

Windows phone users will be ready to go after setting up the app, while Android and iPhone devotees will have to go through a few extra steps to get the necessary apps integrated onto their devices.

"You can have Cortana remind you to pick up milk the next time you're at the grocery store, and then your phone will wake up and buzz with the reminder," Belfiore wrote. "The Cortana companion app will help you complete tasks you begin on your PC wherever you are, on your phone."

Windows 10 is expected to be released later this summer along with a free update for select Windows users.

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alexandradabija/iStock/Thinkstock(KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa.) -- Lilly Pulitzer is again stirring up controversy along with its colorful cocktail-and-dress culture, but it has nothing to do with its Black-Friday-style team-up with Target last month.

The brand's King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, headquarters was the subject of an online story and slideshow Tuesday on New York Magazine's The Cut. Among the photos of pink-and-green clad and perfectly coiffed employees there's one photo that stands out.

In what appear to be hand-drawn illustrations, an overweight woman is captioned with the saying, "Just another day of fat, white and hideous. You should probably just kill yourself." Another depicts a similarly shaped woman in a bikini with the saying, "Put it down carb face."

In a slide prior to the one causing controversy, an employee is quoted as saying Lilly herself was "ultrainclusive." But social media has labeled the image as fat shaming.

The image in the slideshow was originally run with no information in the caption. The site later added: "(This image shows the personal illustrations of an employee not pictured in this story.)"

“These illustrations were the work of one individual and were posted in her personal work area," Jane Schoenborn, vice president of creative communications at Lilly Pulitzer, told ABC News in an emailed statement. "While we are an employer that does encourage people to decorate their own space, we are a female-dominated company and these images do not reflect our values. We apologize for any harm this may have caused.”

New York Media would not comment except to say the photo was taken in a Lilly Pulitzer employee's office. The photographer did not respond to multiple requests for comment regarding the circumstances surrounding the photo.

The Target-Lilly Pulitzer collaboration was an overall hit with consumers, but some potential customers were upset when Target announced in January they would only sell up to size 18 in the stores. Larger sizes would be available online only.

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JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Dow suffered its worst day in a month on Tuesday as all of the sectors of the S&P 500 continued to drop after the holiday weekend.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 18,041.54 on Tuesday, down 190.48 from its open.

The Nasdaq was down by 56.61 to close at 5,032.75. The S&P 500 was also down by 21.86, to finish the session at a close of 2,104.20.

Energy stocks were hit the hardest on Tuesday as the price of oil fell to about $58 a barrel.  

The cable business is getting smaller, as Charter Communications has reportedly agreed to buy the much larger Time Warner for almost $57 billion. The purchase will form one of the largest cable companies in the country, but still smaller than Comcast.

The IRS said on Tuesday that thieves used an online service provided by the agency to gain access to information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, including tax returns and other information on file with the agency.

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Apple(NEW YORK) -- Jony Ive was already the most prominent design visionary at Apple and now the London-born designer, who has the honor of having a sir before his name, is stepping into the newly created position of chief design officer.

The move will allow Ive to focus his energy on current design projects and future initiatives, according to a profile in The Telegraph.

Ive has made his mark at Apple as a design genius, who has created and executed the clean, sleek look and feel of Apple's products since he took on his design role in 1996.

"If you think about what distinguishes Apple it is design. Without argument, Jony Ive has made a big impression on Apple," Patrick Moorhead, an analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy told ABC News. "I think this move is to lets have Jony stay at Apple for the longer term [because] he could go on his own and create a billion dollar design company if he wanted to."

Two of Ive's deputies will step in beginning July 1 to take over some of his daily responsibilities. Richard Howarth will serve as vice president of industrial design while Alan Dye will take on the role of vice president of user interface design.

"Not only is Apple locking him in but giving people underneath him, who work for him, an opportunity to grow and take on more responsibility," Moorhead said. "That's a good thing."

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iStock/Thinsktock(NEW YORK) -- New home sales were up in April nearly 7 percent from March with 517,000 single-family homes sold, according to the latest figures released by the Commerce Department.

March sales were also revised up a few thousand units signaling a good sign in the housing market's recovery. But David Crowe, chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders, says the numbers are still not where they need to be.

"Both of those increases have a lot to do with the previous period being unusually low," he said. "So while this is a good number, some of the increase is simply due to the recovery from unusually low levels."

The increase was fueled mainly by the Midwest, where sales surged a staggering 36.8 percent, but in the Northeast and West sales actually went down.

"A normal level of new home purchases is somewhere in the 800,000 to 900,000 range. So at 517,000, we still have a significant trip to make back to normal," Crowe said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(GENEVA) -- A new report from the International Telecommunication Union, a United Nations agency, has found that 3.2 billion people -- about 44 percent of the world's population -- will have used the Internet by the end of this year.

The number is incredibly staggering considering in 2000 there were just 400 million estimated Internet users in the entire world, according to the report, which measures progress made on the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals.

"These new figures not only show the rapid technological progress made to date, but also help us identify those being left behind in the fast-evolving digital economy, as well as the areas where ICT [information and communications technology] investment is needed most," Houlin Zhao, secretary-general of the International Telecommunication Union, said at a press conference in Geneva Tuesday.

While Internet penetration has increased seven-fold in the past 15 years, the report states there are still four billion people in the developing world without access to the Internet.

Of the one billion people in the world's least developed countries, only 15 percent use the Internet, according to the International Telecommunication Union.

The push to get the world online has never been greater, with some of technology's biggest companies leading the charge to find innovative ways to connect people who are still without Internet access.

Google's Project Loon is edging closer to its dream of sending a fleet of Internet beaming balloons into the sky.

The Project Loon balloons can float through the sky for more than 100 days as they cross the globe and beam Internet down to the billions of people in the world who are not yet online.

A control center will help guide each balloon to an area to ensure Google's fleet is providing the best coverage where Internet is needed, while an operations team will be dispatched to collect the balloons when they land.

Google hasn't said when Project Loon could make its official debut. Facebook showed off its high profile and high flying Internet project in March.

Mark Zuckerberg revealed last month that Facebook has completed its first test of an unmanned aircraft that could be used to bring Internet connectivity to the most remote parts of the world.

Running on solar power, Zuckerberg said it's expected the Internet drone could fly at altitudes of more than 60,000 feet for months at a time.

The Facebook CEO has also been running his pet project,, since 2013, bringing a suite of free mobile Internet services to people in select countries. Earlier this month, Zuckerberg announced he is opening up his platform to developers to help bring new types of content.

The move comes weeks after several Indian firms decided to pull out of the project due to concerns that the app does not provide equal access to information, one of the principles of net neutrality.

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Chris Hondros/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Another cable mega-merger is in the works. This time, it's Charter Communications buying its much larger rival Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion.

Ahead of the deal, Time Warner -- the second biggest company in the country -- was valued at $78.7 billion.

Charter also wants to buy a smaller company, Bright House Networks, for $10 billion.

If regulators approve this, Charter would have a total of nearly 24 million cable and broadband customers in 41 states, making it almost as big as Comcast, which scrapped its own effort to buy Time Warner last month.

"With today's announcement, we have delivered on our commitment to maximizing shareholder value," said Robert D. Marcus, chairman and CEO of Time Warner Cable, in a statement. "This agreement recognizes the unique value of Time Warner Cable, and brings together three great companies that share a common philosophy of strong operations, great products, robust network investment and putting customers first."

The three companies expect to close the agreement by the end of 2015.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The average American spends about $1,000 a year on their cellphone bill, but some industry insiders estimate about $50 billion is wasted annually on parts of the plan they don't even need or use. So how do you know if you are getting the most bang for your buck?

Todd Dunphy used to work for Verizon but now runs Validas, a company that helps businesses cut down on wireless waste -- and his practices can be applied to consumers.

Dunphy worked with the Wilson family on ABC News' Good Morning America to figure out how they could cut down their costs, which run high with dad Ron often traveling internationally, mom Keri selling kitchen tools from home and 14-year-old Halle phoning a friend or two on her prepaid line. The Wilsons' bill racks up to $195 a month, and is only set to go higher with 13-year-old Landry joining soon.

Dunphy's first tip? Know your limits. Apps like My Data Manager track your data usage and set off an alarm when you're close to your monthly max so you don't incur additional charges.

"Streaming is definitely the most dangerous thing you can do over the carrier network," Dunphy warned on Good Morning America.

Next, let free websites like do the work for you. Tell them what you need and they'll tell you if your plan is the right fit or if there's a better one out there. Dunphy is soon launching a new app called Wireless Butler that will analyze your cellphone bills and do free side-by-side comparisons to other companies or new rates within your current carrier.

Dunphy and his team analyzed the Wilsons' bill, and found that while Ron often uses his Internet data by streaming sports games online, Keri pays to get online, too, but never does.

"That will save them around $240 every two years," Dunphy said of cutting out Keri's portion.

Before you sign up for a plan, watch out for mystery charges. The Wilsons had an "iPhone 6 impact check smoke" item that was just fancy language for an iPhone case.

"You don't pay $3 a month for something that most likely over two years is going to cost you $72," he said.

Finally, keep up with your carrier's latest promotions -- even if you're already a customer -- because you may be able to cash in.

"That [promotion] is also available to you, but they never come out and say, 'Hey, 40 million subscribers, this is better for you,'" Dunphy revealed.

Using these methods, Dunphy found the Wilsons a new offer with a big return -- $720 over two years in savings, to be exact.

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Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(LAKE GEORGE, N.Y.) -- What's old is new again in the tourist town of Lake George, New York, where a newly reopened Howard Johnson's restaurant is seeing a resurgence in popularity among baby boomers.

Following the closure of a Lake Placid HoJo's outpost this spring and rumors that the Bangor, Maine, franchise's demise looms on the horizon, the orange-roofed restaurant in the Adirondacks is set to be the last remaining Howard Johnson's restaurant in the country.

“I used to work here years ago, and I loved the place and I didn’t want to see it get bulldozed, so we’re going to keep it going,” owner Jonathan LaRock told ABC News' affiliate News 10.

The Lake George location opened in 1953 and was previously operated by Joseph DeSantis, who still owns the property but closed the restaurant in 2011 after struggling to keep pace with more modern chains.

But the landlord was happy to give his blessing and a lease to former cook and current owner LaRock, who quietly reopened the space in January 2015, following a $200,000 renovation.

In addition to new carpeting and a few modern appointments, LaRock reinstated several Howard Johnson's restaurant favorites, such as the clam strips and a Friday Night Fish Fry. A "senior corner" of the new menu even features bygone dishes such as grilled liver and onions, and lemon-broiled scrod -- less common at today's chains.

"Please bring back the chicken croquettes!" proclaimed a longtime fan on the restaurant's Facebook page.

The chain's beloved 28 flavors of ice cream have also yet to resurface at the establishment, according to the page. But that hasn't stopped busloads of tourists from filling up booths en route from New York to Montreal, hungry for french toast with a side of nostalgia.

It even has the cache of a current celebrity as a former employee: Food Network host Rachael Ray is well known to have worked at the restaurant during high school.

“We’ve had people from Connecticut, Maine and New Jersey drive all the way here just to sit in a HoJo’s,” LaRock told The New York Times in an earlier article. "They had three things -- a breakfast counter, ice cream shop and restaurant -- all under one roof. I think that’s why HoJo’s through the years did so well. ... That’s what I’m hoping to do again.”

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PomInOz/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- In the ongoing fare war between Australia's budget airlines, it would seem that travelers are the current victors.

Tigerair, a short-haul carrier owner by Virgin Australia, dropped roughly 500 fares to the rock-bottom price of $9 per flight on select routes this weekend in a bid to lure passengers away from competitors like Jetstar.

"Introducing Saturday flight fever, every Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. aest," tweeted the airline's social media feed on May 23. "Today there's 500 seats for $9* (T&Cs apply)"

A subsequent tweet posted a video of Tigerair flight crew breaking out disco dance moves to celebrate their "grooviest sale ever."

The fire sale lasted for four hours and kicks off what will be a weekly series of similar incentives, according to a spokesperson quoted on, which first reported the story.

In the United States, low-budget carrier Spirit Airlines offers an ongoing "$9 Fare Club" membership, charging fliers $59.95 for "exclusive access to discounted fares and vacation packages."

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