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How to Crash Your Friends' WhatsApp Just By Sending Crazy Smileys

How to Crash Your Friends' WhatsApp Just By Sending Crazy Smileys

December 22, 2015Swati Khandelwal
What would require crashing the wildly popular WhatsApp messaging application? Nearly 4000 Smileys . Yes, you can crash your friends'  WhatsApp , both WhatsApp Web and mobile application, by sending them not any specially crafted messages, but just Smileys. Indrajeet Bhuyan , an independent researcher, has reported The Hacker News a new bug in WhatsApp that could allow anyone to remotely crash most popular messaging app just by sending nearly 4000 emojis to the target user, thereby affecting up to 1 Billion users. Bhuyan is the same researcher who reported a very popular WhatsApp crash bug last year that required 2000 words ( 2kb in size ) message in the special character set to remotely crash Whatsapp messenger app. After this discovery, the company patched the bug by setting up the limits of characters in WhatsApp text messages, but unfortunately, it failed to set up limits for smileys send via WhatsApp. "In WhatsApp Web, Whatsapp allows 65500-660
Here's What Facebook 'Dislike or Empathy Button' Would Look Like

Here's What Facebook 'Dislike or Empathy Button' Would Look Like

September 22, 2015Mohit Kumar
A Facebook Dislike button is one of the most frequently requested features from users for years. Earlier in the last week, Facebook finally confirmed its plans to add a Dislike or Empathy to your Facebook Profile and News Feed. If you are thinking that Facebook Dislike is going to be a thumbs-down button, then you are dead wrong. Why Not Thumbs-Down? Because: … The Dislike Concept will lead to more bad behavior than good — vitriol or bullying or worse. Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg says, " We didn't want to just build a Dislike button because we don't want to turn Facebook into a forum where people are voting up or down on people's posts. " So what will this Dislike or Empathy button look like? Instead of a simple thumbs down to express disapproval or pity, it could be as simple as Emojis. Yes, Emojis reaction ( Emoticons ) Faces. A ' two-years old ' Patent filed by Facebook uncovered how the new feature might work. The Patent illustr
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