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The seemingly endless string of iOS bugs is a sickness that just won't go away. Just a month ago, people discovered that a strange hyperlink could cause Messages to crash. And while that issue has been patched, a new bug has appeared that can wreck Messages, along with a number of other major apps.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

Where does all the time go? When it comes to the time you spend on your phone, your computer, and the web, this doesn't have to be a vague and rhetorical question - plenty of tools out there will track and monitor your time automatically, telling you exactly which apps and sites are sucking up most of your precious minutes of existence.

Much as we love all the new features that roll out with a fresh macOS update every year, we're also rather partial to those long-standing tools and functions that have been around for longer - and which you might have forgotten about or never used in the first place. Here are a few of our favourites you should try on for size.

Keyboard shortcuts are your not-so-secret weapon in the quest to maximise your productivity and blitz through applications and webpages at top speed. With keyboard shortcuts you can instantly drop your favourite GIF into any chat or email, or search Wikipedia without first opening a browser. You can launch apps or instantly perform a traceroute on a website. Don't just settle for the standard list of shortcuts you get with Windows or macOS - create your own too. Here's how to do it.

Congratulations on your brand new Windows or macOS laptop - we hope you enjoy it! You'll want to dive in and start using it as soon as you can, of course, but there are just a few housekeeping chores to take care of first. Here's how to get up and running as quickly as possible while ensuring your new computer stays secure and stable.

Despite the wealth of software available for Macs, Apple's desktop app store largely feels abandoned, as many of the important apps you might actually want are more readily obtained directly from the developer. However, after years of theorizing and speculation, Apple is reportedly trying to bridge the gap between its desktop and mobile stores, by enabling developers to create a single app that would be compatible with both platforms.

People like to believe that Apple is a company that never makes mistakes. Never has that logic been so obviously flawed as it was in 2017. This year, it seemed like Apple couldn't make it through a single week without some big, embarrassing screw up. So, for the sheer joy of it, we made a list.

I have not organised my contacts in the Apple Contacts app in nearly a decade. For every meticulously maintained contact (usually people I mail gifts to for the holidays) there are hundreds of other contacts polluting the field. So many it would take me a few days and a lot of wine to finally sort through them all.

Windows fans can build their own computers when they can't find one in stores to match their needs, but custom-made Macs are much harder to put together, as Apple doesn't like having its software and hardware separated. But if you've got the time, and really need your beefy computer running macOS, than you should build up your own hackintosh -- that's what people call custom build macOS machines.

Time to install those updates! Last week, we warned you that a bug in High Sierra made it possible for an attacker to extract passwords from Apple's Keychain in plaintext. The bug was discovered and reported by Synack head researcher Patrick Wardle in early September, and now Apple has issued a patch for the issue.

You probably know a bit about the laptops, smartphones, and other devices set in front of you, especially if you bought them after agonizing over the choices for weeks. Even for those devices you did carefully pick and buy yourself, as the years roll by it can be easy to forget exactly how much RAM is installed or what the make and model of the processor actually is. For devices you've been given by someone else, you might have next to no idea about what's inside.