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Thursday, August 5, 2021
You Need to Update Your Apple Devices Right Now

You Need to Update Your Apple Devices Right Now

Make sure you install the latest iOS, iPadOS, and macOS Big Sur system updates immediately to patch a dangerous security vulnerability that hackers are actively exploiting in the wild.The iOS and iPad updates also fix an annoying bug that prevents some iPhone users from unlocking their Apple Watch via their phone’s Touch ID. However, the…
With Apple Pay Later, Apple may take another stab at the PayPal model

With Apple Pay Later, Apple may take another stab at the...

Enlarge / Apple Pay on an iPhone and Apple Watch.Apple Apple will continue to expand beyond traditional technology projects with a new feature the company is internally calling "Apple Pay Later," according to a new report from Bloomberg. With Apple Pay Later, users making either retail or online purchases with Apple Pay will have the…
13 Safari Settings You Should Change to Make It a Better Browser

13 Safari Settings You Should Change to Make It a Better...

Stop auto-playing videos in Safari on Mac.Screenshot: Pranay ParabIf you don’t like auto-playing videos, you can disable them on Safari. Go to Safari preferences, open the Websites tab, and select Auto-Play in the left pane. Now you can either check each website’s preferences in the right pane, or enable a global ban across all websites.Click…
How to Install tvOS 15 Public Beta on Your Apple TV

How to Install tvOS 15 Public Beta on Your Apple TV

Photo: Peter Kotoff (Shutterstock)While you might not think of the software that runs on your Apple TV too often, Apple does release a major update every year. In the fall of 2021, Apple will release tvOS 15, which brings some quality-of-life improvements to the Apple TV: You’ll finally be able to log in to apps…
The Best Podcast Apps for Your iPhone and iPad (2021)

The Best Podcast Apps for Your iPhone and iPad (2021)

Apple Podcasts is the standard podcast app for many iOS users, but recent iOS 14 updates have made it an unbearable mess. Users have dealt with bugs, lost subscriptions, delayed episode availability, and poor performance for months, and every patch seems to break as many things as it fixes. It’s also made the platform difficult…
How to Download the watchOS 8 Public Beta

How to Download the watchOS 8 Public Beta

The first public beta for watchOS 8 is now available, giving users a chance to try out all the new features coming to Apple Watch Series 3, 4, 5, 6, and SE devices later this year. This early version of watchOS 8 includes the respiratory sleep tracking, new workout modes and multi-timer support, and tons…
Netflix once again introduces new features for Android, but not iOS (yet)

Netflix once again introduces new features for Android, but not iOS...

Enlarge / A screenshot of the Netflix downloads page on a smartphone. The ability to download videos in their entirety to a mobile device has been a nice (yet lesser-known) feature of Netflix and similar services for a few years now, but the experience has not been without its frustrations. A new update to the…
Connecting to malicious Wi-Fi networks can mess with your iPhone

Connecting to malicious Wi-Fi networks can mess with your iPhone

There’s a bug in iOS that disables Wi-Fi connectivity when devices join a network that uses a booby-trapped name, a researcher disclosed over the weekend. By connecting to a Wi-Fi network that uses the SSID “%p%s%s%s%s%n” (quotation marks not included), iPhones and iPads lose the ability to join that network or any other networks going…
How to Fix the Mysterious iPhone Wifi Bug (and Avoid It Altogether)

How to Fix the Mysterious iPhone Wifi Bug (and Avoid It...

An unusual bug is currently breaking iPhones’ wifi connections. Luckily, it’s easy enough to avoid—and to fix if your phone becomes afflicted—but dang, is it weird. In short, for some reason, if your iPhone connects to a wifi network named “%p%s%s%s%s%n,” the device’s wifi will cease to function. So don’t do that.Security researcher Carl Shou…
Here are a bunch of iOS 15 features that Apple didn’t mention earlier

Here are a bunch of iOS 15 features that Apple didn’t...

New Maps interface. The updated Weather app includes weather maps. Apple You'll be able to use your scanned ID at TSA checkpoints. Apple AI/ML processing can recognize text in the environment around you—like on a photo of a whiteboard. Apple New Focus profiles, with AI/ML juice, lets you change how and when your device bothers…

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