Apple reportedly ‘considering’ allowing you to set your own default apps

Ever get tired of your iPhone opening Safari or the Mail app when you open a link or an email address… especially if you never use them or have even deleted them? There’s a chance Apple may finally address your concern. According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple is “considering” allowing users to set rival apps to be the default for web browsing and mail in the imminent iOS 14. Apple‘s in-house apps are always set as the default in whatever activity you’re using your phone for. That’s not just the email and browser — as far as I know,…
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Larry Tesler, the father of cut-copy-paste, has died at 74

You might not know Larry Tesler’s name, but I can guarantee you used something he created. This former Apple computer scientist, the inventor of some of the world’s most common user interface tools — including the copy-paste — died this week at the age of 74, according to a report from AppleInsider and an obituary from Xerox. The inventor of cut/copy & paste, find & replace, and more was former Xerox researcher Larry Tesler. Your workday is easier thanks to his revolutionary ideas. Larry passed away Monday, so please join us in celebrating him. Photo credit: Yahoo CC-By-2.0 https://t.co/MXijSIMgoA pic.twitter.com/kXfLFuOlon —…
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Report: Coronavirus could cause iPhone SE 2 shortage, iPad Pro delay

Coronavirus fears shut down Mobile World Congress, and now the virus appears to be impacting Apple too. Yesterday, the company announced problems stemming from the outbreak would cause it to miss its next quarterly earning goals. Today, a report from Nikkei suggests supply shortages means Apple will likely miss its schedule for mass-producing the long-awaited iPhone SE 2 (sometimes rumored to be called the iPhone 9). Inventories of existing models may remain low until April or longer as well. Nikkei reports Apple had previously planned to release the more affordable iPhone in the spring; it was just yesterday we reported…
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Apple launches a new Mac app to help you learn programming basics

Apple has brought its Swift Playground app to Mac to help you learn to code in Swift. The company originally launched the app on iPad in 2016 with an aim to encourage kids learn programming. As 9to5Mac noted, the app is made in Catalyst — Apple’s program to make it easier for developers to write one app for Mac and iPad. [Read: GitHub launches an Indian subsidiary to boost its developer community] In the app description, Apple said it is made for people with no prior knowledge of coding: Swift Playgrounds requires no coding knowledge, so it’s perfect for students just starting…
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Apple Pay accounts for 5% of global card transactions, growing to rival PayPal

Apple Pay, the company’s mobile wallet, is gaining a notable chunk of payment transactions around the world. So much so, competition watchdogs are starting to pay attention. As it stands, Apple Pay is responsible for around 5% of card transactions, globally. However, over the next five years this is expected to grow to 10%, Quartz reports. Eventually, Apple Pay could be competing with the likes of payment processing mainstay PayPal. [Read: How to add Apple Pay to your Watch ahead of your next gym visit] Analysts from research firm Bernstein say it’s plausible Apple might attempt to shake up the…
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Apple joins FIDO alliance to support password-free authentication

Apple has joined Fast Identity Online (FIDO) Alliance, an open industry association that promotes passwordless authentication. FIDO already has some big names such as Google, Microsoft, Samsung, Amazon, ARM, and Intel as members. Apple joining the alliance means we can expect more support for password-free authentication in iOS and macOS devices. The company already supports FaceID on iPhones, and TouchID on select Mac devices for logging into the device and apps. The alliance promotes a number of protocols that help websites, apps, and devices with password-free authentication. Its FIDO2 standards are suited to verify credentials for web and mobile. Last year, Google…
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Report: Apple servers ‘intercept’ emails to find child abuse imagery

A Forbes report published today revealed how Apple servers scan and read emails to find child abuse imagery. As the investigators pointed out, Apple is known for keeping a tight lid on how it operates, especially when it comes to dealing with instances where their software has been exploited for crime. In a search warrant obtained by Forbes, it found that despite multiple reports of Apple being unhelpful in serious law enforcement cases, the tech giant has played an important role in investigations. Specifically, checking messages when illegal material like child abuse has been flagged and providing data on the…
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Apple slapped with $27 million fine for slowing down older phones

A French regulator today revealed it’d fined Apple €25 million (just over $27 million) over its throttling of older iPhones. Since Apple didn’t warn customers, the ruling goes, it essentially lied by omission to get users to buy new devices. The fine comes from the Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Prevention (DGCCRF), a competition and fraud watchdog. It accused the company specifically of failing to warn users that iOS versions 10.2.1 and 11.2 would slow down the 6, 7, and SE models. The DGCCRF released an announcement revealing that Apple had agreed to pay the fine. The French Apple site also…
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Damn, Apple’s new CarKey feature sounds cool as fuck

I’ve never really been that into cars, but occasionally something crops up and grabs my attention. You know, like noise-canceling inside a vehicle, Sony announcing its own electric concept car, and, now, the fact that you’ll soon be able to use your iPhone in place of car keys. Yeah, how fucking cool is that? First reported on by 9to5Mac — who found the information in the developers’ beta of iOS 13.4 — the new feature is called, and wait for it, CarKey. Yes, Apple’s attempt to replace your car keys is called… CarKey. Goddamn, working in that company’s marketing department would…
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Apple now allows you to make universal purchases for Mac and iOS apps

It’s quite annoying when you have to pay two times to use the same app on Mac and iOS. Thankfully, you won’t have to do that anymore. Apple has added the ability for developers to enable universal purchases with the new XCode 11.4 beta dev tool. As developer Steve Troughton-Smith pointed out on Twitter, if this option is enabled by the app developer, you can purchase an app on iOS and use it on Mac, and vice versa. He also noted that this feature inclusion was unexpected, and was rumored for a release in a couple of years. Universal Purchase for Mac/iOS…
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