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Apple, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Apple is offering a workaround for users affected by an iMessage bug that causes some iPhones to crash after receiving a specific string of characters via text message.

While the company said it is working on a software update to fix the issue, it advised users locked out of their messages on a temporary fix for the problem.

Users who are hit by the annoying text should ask Siri to "read unread messages" and then use Siri to reply to the malicious message.

After replying, users should be able to open the messages app. Once inside, Apple advises them to swipe left to delete to entire thread or to simply delete the offending message from the thread.

An Apple spokesperson told ABC News on Wednesday 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."

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. economy slowed in the first three months of the year.

The Commerce Department announced on Friday that gross domestic product (GDP) shrank 0.7 percent in the first quarter -- more than first estimated.

The White House downplayed the downward revision to GDP growth, saying it was "entirely accounted for by revisions to inventory investment and net exports."

"The first-quarter slowdown was the result of harsh winter weather, tepid foreign demand, and consumers saving the windfall from lower oil prices," Jason Furman, the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, said in a statement.

But the economic picture appears to be getting better: There are signs of a rebound in the current quarter.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- While the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) can lack gender diversity, an online career site names a handful of jobs in those categories for having the best prospects for women.

CareerCast on Thursday released its Best Jobs for Women in 2015 report, listing 11 jobs, unranked, in which the percentage of women working in that field is rising or steady.

The barriers of entry for women in those fields are disappearing, CareerCast publisher Tony Lee said. The role of biomedical engineer, for instance, has one of the highest percentages of new graduates who are women of any STEM field.

CareerCast also selected the jobs for their relative high income and strong growth potential, using data from the U.S. Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics that represent the entire labor force.

“Because technological jobs are such a bedrock of the 21st century economy, STEM employers would be wise to meet growing demand through the active hiring of more women,” Lee said in a statement.

Lindsey Piegza, Sterne Agee chief economist, said employment opportunities for women have greatly expanded over the years because women themselves are increasingly willing to break the mold and seek employment outside of traditional female roles. There's also an increased willingness on the part of employers to hire the most qualified candidate, regardless of gender, she added.

Still, Piegza said there are many other factors to consider when judging whether a particular job may be "best" for a woman.

"In the end, society benefits from producing a highly educated and entrepreneurial labor force comprised of men and women," Piegza said.

Here are the CareerCast's best job picks for women this year, in alphabetical order:


  • Annual Median Wage: $93,680
  • Projected Growth Outlook (through 2022): 26 percent

Advertising and promotions manager

  • Annual Median Wage: $115,750
  • Projected Growth Outlook: 12 percent

Biomedical engineer

  • Annual Median Wage: $86,960
  • Projected Growth Outlook: 27 percent

Dental hygienist

  • Annual Median Wage: $70,201
  • Projected Growth Outlook: 33 percent

Education administrator

  • Annual Median Wage: $86,490
  • Projected Growth Outlook: 15 percent

Event planner

  • Annual Median Wage: $45,810
  • Projected Growth Outlook: 33 percent

Human resources manager

  • Annual Median Wage: $99,720
  • Projected Growth Outlook: 12 percent

Market research analyst

  • Annual Median Wage: $60,330
  • Projected Growth Outlook: 32 percent

Occupational therapist

  • Annual Median Wage: $75,400
  • Projected Growth Outlook: 29 percent

Public relations manager

  • Annual Median Wage: $95,450
  • Projected Growth Outlook: 13 percent


  • Annual Median Wage: $75,560
  • Projected Growth Outlook: 27 percent

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Unilever(NEW YORK) -- Ice cream trucks are so last century -- which is exactly what Good Humor and its distributors are trying to change.

Rolling out this summer in the Northeast are two new takes on the classic ice cream truck that roves suburban neighborhoods looking for susceptibly hungry children.

“We wanted to engage the community this summer in a fun and stylish way,” Carnival Ice Cream director of marketing and development Brittany Palillo told ABC News. “We wanted to change the image of ice cream to something trendy, different and modern.”

That includes iPads for ordering, with nutritional information, as well as swapping out the classic jingle for pop hits, updated uniforms and a colorful truck design.

“They’re bright, summer-y and easy to spot. They’re a fun change,” Palillo said. “People think they’re cool and fun and have been loving them.”

She’s not kidding -- Carnival’s (a distributor for Good Humor) sales have already doubled this season. Six trucks have deployed in Nassau County in Long Island, New York, with more coming soon.

Another updated truck coming soon will be featured on a promotional tour by Good Humor's parent company, Unilever. The truck will start its Northeast tour on June 25, popping up to surprise consumers at work and other unexpected places with free ice cream.

“The Good Humor truck has been the icon of summertime fun and joy,” Unilever's director of ice cream, Nick Soukas, told ABC News. “We’re getting ready to launch the ice cream truck of the future and reintroduce the joy of the ice cream truck through a modernized truck of the future.”

Unilever’s so-called modernized truck of the future -- still only a rendering, at this point -- will keep the classic shape, jingle and colors, but will feature digital television screens, social media capabilities and updated freezers that will allow people to see and interact with the product.

“It’s going to be the epitome of what we think the ice cream truck of the future should be, and we think it will really redefine the experience that consumers have. The joy they expect from an ice cream truck will really be reignited with this program,” Soukas said. “Some ice cream trucks are great when you experience them. Others don’t look so good and are stuck in the past. This is our first step toward saying, ‘Hey, we want to be known as the ice cream truck brand,’ because that’s our heritage, and that means taking the next step into the future.”

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A Lamborghini Urus during a Audi group reception on March 11, 2013 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)(NEW YORK) -- Italian carmaker Lamborghini has finally announced plans for its SUV, vying for customers with a taste for a luxury utility.

Automobili Lamborghini first introduced the Lamborghini Urus in 2012 at the Beijing auto show, but it announced its production plans on Wednesday. The company says it plans to introduce the SUV to market in 2018 and it will be produced in an expanded factory site in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy. The carmaker says it plans to produce around 3,000 cars, which will double company sales.

“The Lamborghini SUV is a big deal because it marks the Italian automaker’s return to this segment since the long-ago departed LM002, which was more like a Hummer than the luxury SUVs we see today," Matt DeLorenzo, managing editor for Kelley Blue Book, told ABC News.

There’s no price tag yet, but DeLorenzo predicts it will be in the $200,000-plus range.

Audi, which is owned by the German Volkswagen Group, acquired Automobili Lamborghini in 1998.

“Lamborghini, Italdesign Giugiaro and Ducati have developed very successfully under Audi parentage, and kept their Italian identity," Rupert Stadler, chairman of the board of Audi AG, said in a statement. "With the decision to produce the Lamborghini SUV in Sant’Agata Bolognese we have proven once more our commitment to Italy as an important automotive industrial nation.”

The SUV won't be Lamborghini's first foray in the utility space. The 1986 Lamborghini LM002, dubbed the "Rambo Lambo," was the predecessor to the Hummer H2. The U.S. military blew up a model that belonged to Saddam Hussein's son Uday in 2004 to simulate the effects of a car bomb. Time Magazine included it in a list of "50 Worst Cars of All Time" but "purely because of its appalling clientele." It fell victim to emissions and poor fuel economy, as well as business difficulties, DeLorenzo said.

Lamborghini's move to create a more conventional upscale crossover is testament to the strength of that market, especially in places like the United States and China, DeLorenzo said. He adds that the company needs the profits from this SUV -- which as a category tend to have high profit potential -- to maintain its ability to build limited-run high end sports cars.

Akshay Anand, analyst for Kelley Blue Book, said Lamborghini customers who need an SUV now have a reason to stay within the brand rather than purchasing elsewhere for lack of segment options.

"Loyalty is extremely important to automakers, and SUVs are critical for all brands to maintain loyalty as world markets continue to shift towards SUVs," Anand said. "Other exotic car companies have announced or will announce SUVs, and Lamborghini was certainly going to be a part of this wave."

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Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. is expected to cut as many as 5,000 jobs by next year.

The Wall Street Journal reports the layoffs are part of an effort to slash costs and become a more efficient company. Within the next year, the paper says, J.P. Morgan Chase will cut at least two percent of its entire workforce.

In February, the bank announced that it expected expenses to drop slightly, the Journal reports.

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tarabird/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After consecutive sessions of gains, Wall Street closed slightly lower on Thursday, after new Labor Department data showed higher levels of unemployment.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished down 36.87 on Thursday, closing the session at 18126.12.

The Nasdaq ended the day at 5097.98, a loss of 8.61, while the S&P 500 slipped 2.69 to 2120.79.

The U.S. Labor Department reported Thursday that unemployment claims jumped by 7,000 in the last week. The latest figures showed 282,000 Americans filing for unemployment benefits after just 275,000 filed the week before.

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that J.P Morgan Chase & Co. is expected to lay off more than 5,000 employees by next year. The job cuts would represent about two percent of the bank's employees.

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Photo by: Newscast/UIG via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Every step you take, every move you make, your friends may be watching you, thanks to a new Chrome extension that can track a user's location based on Facebook Messenger.

Aran Khanna, a computer science and mathematics student at Harvard, created Marauders Map, an extension that can be downloaded for Google's Chrome browser and used to plot the movements of a person's friends on a map.

"The first thing I noticed when I started to write my code was that the latitude and longitude coordinates of the message locations have more than 5 decimal places of precision, making it possible to pinpoint the sender’s location to less than a meter," Khanna wrote in a Medium post explaining why he opted to take on the project.

Some glitches have been reported in the extension, meaning it may not not work for everyone who uses it. Perhaps the most alarming scenario is how Khanna said he was able to use it to ascertain friends' daily routines.

"I decided to write this extension, because we are constantly being told how we are losing privacy with the increasing digitization of our lives, however the consequences never seem tangible," Khanna wrote. "With this code you can see for yourself the potentially invasive usage of the information you share, and decide for yourself if this is something you should worry about."

A Facebook spokesperson told ABC News that location sharing has been a way for people to "better connect with their friends on Messenger."

"We've been listening to people's feedback and for the last few months have been working hard to improve this experience. We will be rolling out improvements very soon," the spokesperson said. "In the meantime, people can still choose to turn off location sharing at any time by tapping the blue arrow in the message composer."

Another option: Check the privacy settings on your smartphone or tablet. For iOS users, this can be done by going to settings, privacy, location services. From here, scroll down to Messenger and toggle the location setting off if desired.

Android users can perform the same check-up by choosing applications for the settings tab. From there they can check app permissions for Messenger.

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DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Yogurt mogul Hamdi Ulukaya is giving away his fortune. Most of it, anyway.

The Turkish immigrant behind the Chobani brand has made billions popularizing greek-style yogurt with Americans. He’s worth an estimated 1.4 billion dollars, and now, he says he'll give at least half of that to charity. 

Taking a cue from business moguls like Mark Zuckerberg and Warren Buffet, Ulukaya penned a letter Thursday on the Giving Pledge website.

He writes he’ll be starting a new foundation to help refugees, which he'll call “Tent.”

“I am publicly committing the majority of my personal wealth — along with everything else I can do — to help refugees and help bring an end to this humanitarian crisis.”

Ulukaya harkens back to his roots in Turkey in the letter, discussing how he grew up on a Kurdish dairy farm. Eastern Turkey, where Ulukaya is from, borders both Syria and Iraq. The United Nations estimates there are currently roughly 2 million refugees in Turkey, 1.8 million of those from Syria. That number is expected to grow in 2015.  

Chobani, or “shepherd” in Turkish, started selling yogurt in the U.S. in 2007 and quickly became one of the country’s top yogurt producers. Chobani gives 10 percent of their profits to charity, but Ulukaya’s “Tent” will be built on his personal wealth.

“I thank Bill Gates and Warren Buffett for providing the inspiration for this important commitment and hope that my commitment to the Giving Pledge will in turn inspire others to do the same.”

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Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The latest Android update -- M -- is officially in the pipeline, Google announced Thursday at its annual I/O developer's conference.

It wasn't immediately known which sweet treat Android M would be named for, following Google's tradition of working its way through the alphabet, naming each operating system update after a sweet treat.

Android M will be available as a pre-release version Thursday with a wider release slated for later this year, bringing with it performance enhancements including Chrome custom tabs to improve the mobile browsing experience.

Another welcome feature is an apps permissions system allowing users to approve or deny security settings for an app on a case-by-case experience.

Android Pay, Google's newest answer to the mobile wallet, was also announced today. Working with built-in fingerprint support in Android M, users will be able to use Near Field Communication readers in their phones to pay at certain retailers.

The company also announced an app to help organize your photos and videos with its new photos application, called Google Photos. Working across all of a user's devices, photos is a place where memories can be easily accessed.

There's no need to create groups or albums. The app works by auto-grouping photos, letting users easily search for a specific memory such as "beach birthday party" or "Michelle's wedding."

The app will also make it incredibly easy to share multiple photos with friends across social media and via an easy link that can give someone access to a specific set of photos.

Also unveiled Thursday, Google Expeditions takes students on virtual field trips to enhance their learning. The second iteration of a virtual reality experience that Google showed off last year, Cardboard V2 will also work with iOS -- making it yet another step for Google bringing virtual reality to the masses.

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Oculus VR®(RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif.) -- The price of virtual reality won't be cheap.

When Oculus Rift releases its consumer headset and computer next year, CEO Brandon Iribe said the system will likely cost around $1,500 -- making the virtual reality dream for the masses expensive.

"We are looking at an all-in price, if you have to go out and actually need to buy a new computer and you’re going to buy the Rift ... at most you should be in that $1,500 range," Iribe said at Re/code's Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

Iribe said over time he hopes the cost will be lowered to around $1,000.

The virtual reality start-up, which was acquired by Facebook last year for $2 billion, is set to have a big year. Earlier this week, Oculus announced in a blog post it had acquired Surreal Vision, a company focused on constructing real-world scenes in a virtual space.

"Great scene reconstruction will enable a new level of presence and telepresence, allowing you to move around the real world and interact with real-world objects from within VR," the Oculus blog post said.

It was announced earlier this month that pre-orders for the consumer version of the virtual reality goggles will begin later this year, with the first customers being able to strap on the eyewear in the comfort of their own homes beginning in the first quarter of 2016.

Oculus has yet to give specific dates for the release, but teased a headset that will have updated ergonomics to give it a more natural fit.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Jobless claims continued to climb last week, increasing by 7,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.

For the week ending May 23, the number of people filing for benefits shot up to 282,000. Claims for the previous week were revised up by 1,000 to 275,000.

The Labor Department said there were no "special factors" impacting last week's figures.

The four-week moving average, meanwhile, also went up, increasing by 5,000 to 271,500.

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SkyMall(NEW YORK) -- SkyMall was the quirky catalog most commonly found on airplanes before the company declared bankruptcy in January. This week, its new owner since April is declaring "SkyMall is back."

C&A Marketing, based in New Jersey, purchased SkyMall at auction for $1.9 million. While SkyMall folded its paper catalog, pointing to the proliferation of online devices on planes, its website lived on.

But this week, amid a series of declarations via Twitter that the brand is "back," the company told ABC News the SkyMall catalog should be back in airplanes later this year.

An article in The Atlantic published Tuesday declared, "The Medium Is the Massage Chair: SkyMall Is Making a Comeback," and that its death "was greatly exaggerated."

Chaim Pikarski, executive vice president of C&A Marketing, told ABC News that when his company bought SkyMall, it planned to keep core staff at its offices in Phoenix, and re-evaluate the company's strategy that may be most beloved to air travelers.

"We’re going to re-engage with the airlines to see if it makes sense," Pikarski said.

This week, SkyMall said it is working to increase its inventory.

C&A Marketing started selling photography equipment online and for distribution, eventually morphing into a business that sold consumer electronics on Amazon and eBay. The company then moved into manufacturing and signed a license with Polaroid six years ago, developing the popular Polaroid Cube. Since the Cube launched over the holiday, it sold out of its close to 200,000 pieces. The company's experience in retail extends to its chain of 16 Ritz camera stores and the website RitzPix.

Pikarski had said SkyMall's selection and availability on its e-commerce website were "very busy" with a lot products, so he has been "working on weeding out products that are stale -- gimmicky products -- sprinkled with a little bit of products that are so off the chart that people laugh."

"The Bigfoot -- they sell a few pieces a year, but it's something I would keep. We would try to stay true to the brand. We would keep some ridiculously cute products that are expected to be there even though people just don’t buy it," he said. "It’s more a content and editorial play."

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Daniel Aguilar/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Walmart has agreed to settle a civil lawsuit brought by comedian Tracy Morgan, ABC News has learned.

The terms of the proposed settlement were not disclosed, and will need to be approved by a federal judge in New Jersey, where the case was filed.

"Walmart did right by me and my family, and for my associates and their families. I am grateful that the case was resolved amicably," Morgan said in a statement Wednesday.

Morgan's attorney, Benedict Morelli, said: "Walmart and I worked diligently to reach this settlement for the plaintiffs and their families. Walmart took full responsibility for the accident, which we greatly appreciate."

Greg Foran, Walmart U.S. president and CEO, said in a statement: "Our thoughts continue to go out to everyone that was involved in the accident."

"While we know there is nothing that can change what happened, Walmart has been committed to doing what's right to help ensure the well-being of all of those who were impacted by the accident. We worked closely with Mr. Morelli, and we are pleased to have reached an amicable settlement that ends this litigation. We are deeply sorry that one of our trucks was involved," Foran added.

Last June, Morgan, 46, was involved in a serious accident on the New Jersey Turnpike after a Walmart truck slammed into the limo van in which he was traveling. The comedian sustained a brain injury, as well as a broken leg, nose and ribs. Three others were injured as well, and his friend, comedian James McNair, died.

"He's still fighting and trying to live his life at the same time and trying to get better, and he's just not better," Morelli said last November. "We're hoping and praying to get him back to where he was. But the jury's out."

In January, McNair's family reached a settlement in a wrongful death claim with Walmart. The amount was subject to a confidentiality agreement between Walmart and McNair's two adult children.

"Nothing can take the place of their father,” their lawyer, Daryl Zaslow, told ABC News at the time. "But to the extent that their father would have continued to work to support them, their father would be very happy with what his legacy has left them.”

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Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Office Depot has agreed to pay out 3.4 million dollars for defective office chairs that allegedly hurt dozens of desk-hunched workers’ backs. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says Office Depot received nearly 200 reports about the chairs from customers, over 30 of which resulted in injuries.

Companies are required to report product defects to the CPSC within 24 hours. The alleged problem-chairs are two rolling office models: one, a luxury-model “Quantum” $350 chair, the other, a $40 bargain “Gibson” seat. The civil penalty charges both chairs’ seatbacks failed. CPSC claims Office Depot never reported the more expensive chair’s hazard, and only logged reports of the cheaper defective model after a request from staff.

Office Depot neither admits nor denies the charges, but has agreed to pay the settlement.

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