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One word can break ANY iPhone and stop it connecting to the internet

If you own an iPhone, you need to be very careful what name you give your home Wi-Fi network. That’s because a security researcher has discovered that a bizarre bug inside iOS – the operating system that powers every iPhone model – can completely disable the smartphone’s ability to connect to Wi-Fi if the network has a certain name.

And when we say “completely disable”, we really mean it. If you use this name for your Wi-Fi network, your iPhone will reboot. When it’s turned back on, the Wi-Fi toggle in the Settings menu will be switched to “off” and you’ll be unable to switch it back on.

Not only will you be restricted to mobile internet, but since your Wi-Fi is disabled, you’ll lose a number of useful iPhone features, including AirDrop and AirPlay.

Security researcher Carl Schou was the first person to discover the quirky glitch. The name you can’t use for your Wi-Fi network is: %p%s%s%s%s%n.

Schuo has not revealed how he figured out the baffling bug. However, Apple-centric blog 9To5Mac claims that the string is causing a memory corruption – which triggers a safety procedure built into iOS to kill the entire process. Unfortunately, while that does end the memory corruption, it also disables Wi-Fi for good.

Unless you live with the sort of prankster who thinks this would be a fun thing to do… it does seem unlikely that you’ll run across this very often. We’re sure Apple will be working on a fix for this, but in the meantime, it’s worth swerving any Wi-Fi networks with % symbols in their name.

If you’ve already made the mistake, don’t worry, the bug doesn’t seem to permanently damage your iPhone. It is possible to bring back Wi-Fi on your handset, but you’ll need to reset all of your network settings, which means joining all of your Wi-Fi networks again (so you’ll need to remember those all-important passwords), changes cellular settings and VPN access settings. To do that, head to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Tech Feed

Fortnite down: Stuck on Connecting Screen server error – Epic Games update

Stock on connecting screen errors keeping you from playing Fortnite tonight? You’re not the only one.

Thousands of reports are coming in that Fortnite servers are down, and that live matches cannot be accessed or completed when started.

The good news is that Epic Games is aware of the problems facing Fortnite Battle Royale tonight and are looking to fix them quickly.

We don’t have an ETA on when login services will be back online, and we also have no clue what might have caused such a large outage on June 10.

The latest from Epic Games suggests that this is a big server issue, telling gamers: “We’re investigating issues with logins and other services. We’ll provide an update when these are resolved.”

As reported above, many gamers are getting stuck on the Fortnite connecting screen when trying to play tonight on different platforms.


Tonight’s outage comes a few hours after a new Fortnite update was deployed on several platforms.

In terms of patch notes, Epic has listed some of the fixes available as part of the new Fortnite patch.

According to a post on Twitter, the maintenance download fixes a problem with the pre-lobby loading screen.

It also corrects a problem with notifications when receiving requests to join a private party.

Finally, update 3.19 fixes an issue with Bows in Creative mode, and in spinoff game Save the World.

The news was announced by Epic Games on Twitter, alongside a more detailed look at the fixes and patch notes.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Gaming Feed

Call of Duty servers DOWN: Connecting to online services update for Cold War and Warzone

UPDATE: Microsoft has posted a new update about the Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War and Warzone server issues.

Microsoft encourages players to check the Xbox status page for updates on the Call of Duty server issues.

“We are aware that users may experience issues with playing Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. We will update here and on xbox.com/status when we have more information to share!”

ORIGINAL: Call of Duty servers appear to have gone down, leaving thousands of fans unable to enjoy multiplayer.

The Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War and Warzone server status makes grim reading for fans, who have complained about not being able to access multiplayer.

Independent website Down Detector has received over a thousand reports that Call of Duty isn’t working.

The outage tracker monitors social mentions around certain topics to detect when services go down across the world.

The Down Detector outage map shows that the Call of Duty issues are affecting users in the UK, Europe and the US.

Fans attempting to login are being greeted by a message suggesting that servers may be undergoing maintenance.

“Cannot connect to Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War online services,” reads the login page.

“The servers may be undergoing maintenance, or you may be experiencing a network interruption. Please try again later.”

Activision is currently investigating the issue, and recommends that PC users clear their cache.

“Hi there! Sorry to hear about your trouble. Could you try clearing the cache to see if that helps https://bit.ly/2NpJLMn. If this does not work, DM your Activision ID, Email, Platform and Gamertag when you get chance.”

Needless to say, fans have been having their say about the server issues online.

“I put my 2xp and 2xp weapon tokens just minutes before they went down,” one fans tweets.

“Well. Call of Duty is down. Guess today is a video editing day,” another tweets.

The news comes just days after it was suggested that Call of Duty Warzone Season 2 could end with a secret new mode.

According to the reports, the Verdansk map could be bombed under a hail of Nuclear weapons.

Some fans have found audio files that include references to Verdansk being overrun by Zombies.

The new Plague Zones would likely be populated by Undead creatures and could include players having to exfil before being overrun.