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5 great things in tech today: Samsung smartwatches, iPhone bugs, and more

Samsung smartwatch

Want to get your kids on Facebook? Wondering how much you'll have to pay for a Galaxy S9 when it arrives? Need more functionality from your smartwatch? We've covered all this and more in our daily roundup of the best tech news, courtesy of the folks at TechRadar.

1. A simple text message can crash your iPhone

iOS

iOS

Apple has been scrambling to fix a bug in iOS 11 after it was discovered that sending a single character over a message in Messages, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and various other apps is enough to crash the phone. The character needs to be in the Indian language Telugu, and iOS 11 can't handle it probably. Apple has promised that a fix will be out in the very near future, but in the meantime be careful who you're receiving messages from...

2. The Galaxy S9 will be expensive... but not that expensive

Samsung Galaxy S9 invite

Samsung Galaxy S9 invite

We know that the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are launching a week on Sunday, the 25th of February – but how much can you expect to pay for these phones? According to a source speaking exclusively to TechRadar, the cheaper S9 is set to retail for £739 in the UK: that's £50 more expensive than the Galaxy S8, but £50 less than previous rumours, so maybe Samsung has settled somewhere in the middle. In just a few days' time we'll know for sure.

3. Get your kids on Facebook... or don't

Facebook Messenger Kids

Facebook Messenger Kids

Facebook has rolled out its Messenger Kids app to Android, so now more people can sign up their offspring to be part of Mark Zuckerberg's sprawling social network. If you missed the launch on iOS, the app doesn't give your children a Facebook account – it runs through yours – but it does let them instant message their friends with a few cool features. There is one caveat though, which is the app is only available to users in the US for the time being.

4. Google's latest chatbot does all your talking for you

Google Pixel

Google Pixel

The latest step forward for AI is being able to send your friends smart replies in whatever app you like – specifying how long you'll be, or what you're doing today, while only needing a tap or two from you. This is all thanks to a new Google tool called Reply that's currently in testing on Android, adapted from the smart replies feature in the mobile apps for Gmail. For the moment though, the app hasn't been released to the world at large.

5. Samsung is working on a smartwatch to measure blood pressure

Samsung smartwatch

Samsung smartwatch

Our wearables continue to get smarter and smarter, and according to a new patent filed by Samsung, the company is currently working on a new kind of tech that can monitor your blood pressure – saving you a trip to the doctor's, it'll work with light sources and receivers in a similar way to today's wearable heart rate monitors. This is only a patent design for now, but look out for it appearing on a Samsung smartwatch in the not-too-distant future.