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Microsoft's visual search is graduating from beta, now rolling out for everyone on iOS.

following a short period of beta testingMicrosoft Edge is now rolling out an intelligent visual search for everyone. The addition brings the iOS version of the app up to par with its Android counterpart, which picked up a visual search in June. But beyond that, there are a few other neat features tagging along in this update as well, including paste-and-search and the option to choose from more default search engines.

As for the highlight feature of this update, visual search lets you quickly snap a photo or choose one from your camera roll, then search the internet for information based on whatever you snapped. Microsoft is talking up the feature's usefulness for shopping, helping to track down items of clothing, for example, that you like. That's also bolstered by a built-in barcode scanner, which can be used to find deals on items. Visual search can be used to find more information on landmarks around you as well.

Here's a full look at all of what's new in this update:

  • Intelligent visual search gives you a cool new way to find contact info, identify landmarks, or find similar images based on a photo
  • Support paste and go/search in address bar
  • Choose from more default search engine options
  • Performance improvements

And if you're signed in with a work or school account, there are a few other goodies to check out:

  • See your organization's home page
  • Securely access intranet sites from home
  • See mobile browser activity on your PC's timeline

If you're giving Microsoft Edge a shot on your iPhone or iPad, you can check out all of these new features by grabbing the latest update from the App Store now.

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There's no denying that in this day and age, most people rely on portable devices, particularly in running a few errands. As such, battery life of a device can be critical for many individuals.

While one can find quite a few high-end devices in the market, including Apple devices, touting impressive battery capacity, many customers, however, still want to maximize the battery life and lifespan of these gadgets, so they are able to do more with them.

Tech Times reported about Apple's Vice President of software engineering Craig Federighi confirming that force quitting apps does not aid in preserving the battery life of iPhones.

When an iPhone user asked Apple boss Tim Cook in an email if quitting the "iOS multitasking apps frequently" is beneficial to prevent a dead battery, Federighi replied with a concise "no and no" response.

Apple itself has devoted a page laying out a few tips to improve the battery life and battery lifespan of iPhone, iPad and other iDevices.

In its post, Apple defines battery life as the amount of time the device runs before the user needs to recharge it. Battery lifespan, in the meantime, pertains to the amount of time the battery lasts until it needs a replacement.

"Maximize both and you'll get the most out of your Apple devices, no matter which ones you own," it says.

Without further ado, here are a few tips from Apple that may significantly enhance your iDevice's battery life. These tips are not as tough as you think.

Update Your iDevice To The Latest Software

Whether you own an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, iPod Touch, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, updating your device to the latest version of OS X, iOS or watchOS will do the trick. The software updates are packed with advanced energy-saving technologies, so always ensure that your device runs the most recent version.

If you own an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, for instance, you can update your device into the latest software by heading to Settings > General > Software Update.

Avoid Exposing Your iDevice To High Temperatures

Refrain from exposing your device to temperatures higher than 35 degrees Celsius or 95 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid damaging its battery capacity. Charging the device and storing it at high temperatures can damage it even more.

Remove The Device’s Case When Charging

Make sure to remove the style case of your device when you are charging it as it may generate excess heat. The heat can have an effect on its battery capacity. When you observe that your device gets hot, you have to take it out from its case.

 

Charge It Around 50 Percent When Storing The Device

If you would like to keep your device for a long time, you must have it half-charged. Once you store the device fully charged long term, this leads to your device having a shorter battery life. In contrast, whenever you store it fully discharged, the battery could result in a deep discharge state. On top of that, you should also keep it in a moisture-free, cool environment that’s lower than 32 degrees Celsius or 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

If, however, you intend to use the device after keeping it for some time, you may need to charge it for 20 minutes with the original adapter prior to using it.

Optimize Your iDevice’s Settings

The following techniques are surefire ways in optimizing the device’s battery life:

1. Adjust the brightness of your screen. You have to enable the auto-brightness of your device or dim its screen.

2. Make use of Wi-Fi rather than a cellular network when accessing data on your iPhone or iPad, since Wi-Fi connection consumes lesser power as opposed to the latter.

For your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, in the meantime, you have to turn off your Wi-Fi when you are not using it, as it eats up power. It may also help if you quit apps and disconnect peripherals that are not in use. Ejecting an SD card on your laptop can likewise help save your laptop's battery life.

Activate Your Device’s Low Power Mode

The Low Power Mode is a handy feature introduced with iOS 9. When your iPhone, for instance, goes down to 20 percent and 10 percent, it will allow you to enable this feature with only one tap. You can also manually configure it by heading over to Settings > Battery.

Activating the Low Power Mode of the device will significantly lessen its brightness, reduces the system animations and optimizes its performance. This will instantly be switched off when you recharge your phone.

Check Out Your Battery Usage

You are able to analyze your battery usage by going to Settings > Battery.

Moreover, you can further optimize your device’s battery life by carrying out these strategies:

1. Disable the feature allowing apps to refresh in the background by heading to Settings > General > Background App Refresh.

2. Turn off a particular app’s Location Services by going to Settings > Privacy > Location Services.

3. Disable your push notifications on a particular app by going to Settings > Notifications. Hit the app and switch it off.

4. Switching on the Airplane mode can also help big in maximizing the battery life of your device when you are in an area with low or without cell coverage.

Don’t Charge The Device To A Computer That’s Turned Off

If you want to charge your iDevice to a computer via a USB, you need to make certain that the laptop or desktop isn’t turned off or set in a standby or sleep mode. This way, you can prevent the device’s battery from draining.

There you have it: the quick and easy tips to boost the battery life and battery lifespan of your iOS device.

Source: This article was published on techtimes.com By Dave Calpito Tech Times

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The last time I bought an iPad was 2012. It was a good iPad. But increasingly — especially when the iPhone 6 came out with a bigger screen — I found that my iPad started gathering dust.

The bigger iPhone could do all the same things as my iPad, and as my iPad's hardware got older — it still used Apple's old-style charger — I stopped using it.

But Apple's newest iPad reminded me that for iPhone users, a big tablet that does the same things can be a huge luxury. Browsing the web, playing games, and checking social media is all more pleasant with a bigger screen.

So a few weeks ago, I bought Apple's newest iPad. Apple just calls it iPad, but you might have better luck Googling "2017 iPad" or "iPad fifth generation."

Ultimately, it's not that much different than the other iPads sold over the past two years, except for one thing: It's cheap, or at least less expensive than what previous iPads cost. I paid $329 for mine.

But I couldn't be happier with my purchase. It can't do anything new compared with other iPads, but it's a great value, and it's clear Apple has refined the iPad over the past seven years to be a great tablet for most people.

I don't use my new iPad for anything productive. I mostly use it for content consumption, and it almost never leaves my house. And after using it for the past six weeks, I'm confident it's the best couch computer ever.

Here's what I do on my iPad

Crashlands
 
Crashlands

("Crashlands," the iPad game I've been playing recently.Crashlands) 

  • I surf the web. Mobile Safari, the iPad's built-in browser, is awesome, stable, and fast, and there aren't many websites the iPad can't handle.
  • I play games. I've been exploring a large number of games available on Apple's App Store, and there is a surprising amount of deep games you could pour 20 or more hours into. I've been playing "Crashlands" lately.
  • I watch videos. I've been using my iPad to keep up with Nationals games on MLB At Bat while my roommates watch what they want on TV. I've also watched HBO, Netflix, and other streaming services on the iPad's sharp 9.7-inch screen. It's pretty engrossing, especially with headphones.
  • I check social media. If there's one issue I have with Apple's iPad in general, it's that there isn't Instagram or Snapchat for iPad. That said, it's a perfect device to catch up with most of my social feeds, including Facebook and Twitter.
  • I iMessage my friends. Texting from an iPad is difficult, but if your contacts use iMessage, it's easy to send them notes and stuff from the iPad.

Here's what I don't do on my iPad: anything resembling productivity. I set up my various email accounts on the device, but I turned notifications off, and I don't really check or send emails on the iPad. I can handle quick notes from my iPhone, and if I need to do any word processing or work, I'll boot up my Mac.

Design

Apple iPad 3
 
Apple iPad 3

(Hollis Johnson) 

This iPad's design is not going to surprise you. It's a rectangle, centered on a beautiful, dense, high-pixel screen.

I hadn't used a 9.7-inch iPad on a regular basis since 2012, and I immediately noticed two things about this new iPad. First, it's light enough to use for long stretches of time — something I didn't find with my older, heavier iPad.

Second, there's no physical mute switch. You'll have to turn the sound off on the touchscreen or hold the "volume down" rocker until it goes silent.

Finally, all of Apple's new iPads, including the 2017 model, come with a fingerprint sensor. While the sensor is less useful on the iPad than on the iPhone, it can still be handy, especially if you plan to share your tablet with your family — just give everyone a fingerprint password.

Battery life

Apple says this iPad can manage 10 hours of battery life, and I believe it. I haven't timed how long it takes this iPad to run out of battery, but it doesn't seem to lose charge from day to day when I'm not using it, and it can last an entire afternoon gaming. I haven't ever had an issue where the iPad ran out of battery and I needed to charge it.

For my use, the battery life is just good enough — it's unclear whether an improvement would make the iPad significantly better.

Which iPad should I get?

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ipad lineup

(Apple/BI) 

I got the $329 model of the new iPad in space gray because I prefer the black border around the tablet's screen. It comes in gold and silver as well, but those come with a white bezel on the front.

The entry-level model has 32 GB of space, which is more than enough for me because I'm not uploading videos or music onto my tablet. So far, it's plenty of storage space for me, and unless you know you use a lot of space, it probably will be for you, too.

After a month of heavy use, I still have over 15 GB available.

I also declined to get the cellular-enabled model. For $459, the iPad comes with a modem so you can get high-speed internet on the iPad without connecting to a Wi-Fi network. Of course, the cell service requires a monthly fee. Since I use my iPad at home, connected to Wi-Fi, I didn't need it — so I saved the money.

Should you buy it?

Apple iPad 2
 
Apple iPad 2

(Hollis Johnson) 
For nearly everybody, Apple's newest iPad is the best value if you know you want an iPad.

You might want to upgrade to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro if you like the size and shape but want to be able to use Apple's stylus, the Pencil. The 9.7-inch Pro also has a slightly better screen, speakers, and camera, but for my usage, it's not a huge upgrade, and since it's $599 from the Apple Store, it's not worth the $270 extra for me. The more expensive Pro also works with Apple's keyboard case, but there are plenty of third-party options for the less expensive model.

The bigger Pro is the most expensive and heaviest iPad model. I used a review unit provided by Apple for a few months before I bought my iPad. My advice is that if you use it for media consumption, as I do, it's not the best option. Not only is it more expensive, the ergonomics as a couch computer don't work that well — it's heavy and feels oversized. Only get this one if you're sure you want to use an iPad as a laptop replacement.

The iPad Mini starts at $400, and its screen is the same resolution as the 9.7-inch iPads. It's more expensive than the latest iPad, and it has a slower chip. I wouldn't recommend it unless you're sure you like the smaller tablet size. It doesn't support the Apple Pencil.

If you don't fit into one of these categories, I'd recommend Apple's latest iPad. Apple's pricing the tablet aggressively, and it's a better value for most people than anything else in Apple's tablet lineup.

Apple iPad 4
 

 Source : This article was published in Business Insider By Kif Leswing

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With its iPad Pro devices, Apple took the iPad experience we've come to know and love from the consumer space and planted it firmly at the feet of business workers and creative professionals. With Smart Keyboards (reviews of the 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch models) and Apple Pencils, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro are exceptional work tools.

Partly it's due to the exceptional hardware, and partly it's thanks to the ultra-lightweight iOS operating system. Apple's hardware and software ethos make a formidable tool that's light enough to hold like a notepad, and creatively powerful.

Of course, all of this also depends on some incredible apps. Since the first, larger iPad Pro launched, there has been a steady stream of new apps created for business professionals. Here we're looking at some of the best business and productivity apps for the iPad Pro models.You'll also like:Best iPad & iPhone apps

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel

It's to Microsoft's credit that it bit the bullet and threw itself wholeheartedly into developing its Office suite for iOS. Microsoft Word and Excel don't get enough credit among iOS users; these are exceptional tools with desktop-class strength.

Those working with Excel spreadsheets will value the ability to edit, create and manage documents without having to transfer them through third-party apps.

Microsoft's apps are slick, too, but it's a shame you have to have a Microsoft Office 365 subscription to use them on the iPad Pro. Regular iPad devices are still free.

Evernote

Evernote

Evernote is something of a perennial favourite on business lists, and when you start using it, you'll soon discover why. The ability to collect notes from anywhere, on almost anything soon works its way into your life.

Like many apps, Evernote has come to life on the iPad Pro thanks to the Apple Pencil, and the ability to add sketches to notes with the Apple Pencil is invaluable.

Penultimate

Penultimate

Penultimate is another app to add alongside Evernote. It features a range of papers to work on, and is great for handwritten notes.

Wunderlist

Wunderlist

When it comes to to-do lists, we're somewhat torn between Wunderlist and Things. While Things is the more Mac-centric list, you have to buy the app for iOS and OS X to get the most from it.

Wunderlist is a free app, and it has a web interface so you can investigate your to-do items on the move. That sold it for us.

Parallels Access

Parallels Access

  • RRP: £14.99 per year, US$19.99 per year
  • Buy from App Store

When it comes to remote access from your iPad to a Mac computer, nothing is as feature-complete as Parallels Access. It automatically resizes app windows, so they display full-screen on the iPad. The closest you'll ever come to having a touchscreen Mac (for now, at least).

Roambi Analytics

Roambi Analytics

Microsoft Excel is fantastic for creating charts and tables, but they can look a little dry. Business experts are increasingly working in data-driven environments, and they need better-looking charts to stay ahead of the crowd. Roambi Analytics is an exceptional app that accepts data from Excel (and other sources) and turns it into incredible-looking charts.

PDF Expert for iPad

PDF Expert for iPad

If you ever have to work with PDF documents, then this is the app to get. PDF Expert makes it easy to sketch over PDF documents, add notes, highlights and approve or reject design changes. It's another one of those areas where having the Apple Pencil makes a real difference.

While it's possible to add signatures inside iOS using Markup tools, the functionality is a lot slicker inside PDF Expert, and it's our preferred way to add signatures to documents.

LiquidText

LiquidText

While PDF Expert is our go-to app for editing and approving PDF documents,LiquidText is where we go if we just want to read them. More than any other app it's easy to skim through text, and add sections and paragraphs to a bookmarked area. You can pinch text together, which makes it much easier to compare text from different section.

Scanner Pro

Scanner Pro

Scanning documents with the iPad's camera and converting them to flat documents is a trick many iOS users overlook. While you can take a photo with the camera, an app like Scanner Pro automatically detects the edges of the document and flattens it out. The end result is that you get a scanned document without having to use a scanner. There's a few apps out there doing the same trick, but Scanner Pro is our favourite.

Paper

Paper

Like its namesake, Paper is just that: paper for your iPad. This is our favorite sketching app. Perhaps because it has so few features, Paper makes it easy to sketch out ideas without getting distracted by clutter. There are few tools, but a comprehensive range of pencils and a neat ruler tool that draws lines, arrows and shapes from your doodles.

MyScript Calculator

MyScript Calculator

Unlike the iPhone, the iPad doesn't have a built-in calculator app. Nevermind, there are lots available on the App Store.MyScript is a favourite of ours because it enables you to draw your calculations on the screen, as if you were sketching them out on paper. Only it magically arranges the numbers and does the maths for you. Calcbot is the one to get if you really want something more traditional.

Workflow

Workflow

A relatively new addition to my digital bag of tools is an app called Workflow. Think of it as the Mac's Automator feature, but for iOS devices.

The app makes it possible to automate mundane tasks such as annotating, then deleting screenshots in your Camera Roll, or more complex tasks such as converting a YouTube video to an MP3--without you doing more than tapping a couple of buttons.

Pythonista

Pythonista

I also use Pythonista to automate parts of my daily work routine. Taking a different approach than Workflow, Pythonista requires you to code actions in Python. I've found the list of scripts in the app's forums to be more than sufficient to get started with. I get the most use out of Pythonista when it comes to creating consistent screenshot layouts for posts. Additionally, it cuts down the amount of time it takes me to process screenshots.

Pixelmator

Pixelmator

There was a time when editing photos on the iPad was mostly clunky and inconvenient. Then Pixelmator for iPadhappened and the iPad became a legitimate photo editing platform. Perhaps I'm overselling it a little bit, but really, this app is easy to use, powerful and has near feature parity with its OS X counterpart. I just wish iCloud Drive played nicely with my RAW image files.

iA Writer

iA Writer

iA Writer is my preferred writing app due to its Markdown integration and distraction-free writing interface. Best of all, it's not just for those who often stare down a blank screen with a blinking cursor. One of its lesser-known uses is creating and sending HTML-formatted email.

Editorial

Editorial

Editorial is the complete opposite of iA Writer, with buttons and information all over the screen. Editorial enables users to create workflows such as spell-checking text, Googling synonyms for a word, and finding and replacing text, just to name a few. It even offers a built-in browser for quick research, eliminating the need to leave the app. Think of it as a text editor on steroids.

Email+

Email+

Email+ is an app with the main goal of making it easier to create emails to large groups. The interface is intuitive, and the sharing extension makes it possible to share documents (such as Google Docs) with contacts from nearly anywhere on your device.

Google Docs

Google Docs

  • RRP: Free

The combination of Google DocsGoogle Sheets and Google Slides is the best setup for sharing and working on the same document with people both inside and outside of your company. If you find yourself having to work with other people a lot, these three free apps are a must.

DocuSign

DocuSign

Printing, signing, scanning, and thenemailing important documents can bring a morning's productivity to a screeching halt. DocuSign's interface is a bit confusing at times, but overall it gets the job done. With a few swipes and taps I can place my initials and signature on a document and send it back without ever leaving my desk. Not to mention, I get to do my part in saving the planet due to not having to print out lengthy contracts.

Fantastical 2

Fantastical 2

Fantastical 2 is one app I'd be lost without.

Fantastical makes entering an appointment or reminder nearly painless with its ability to turn "Lunch with John tomorrow" into a scheduled appointment. But my favorite feature is that it combines iOS Reminders and your Calendar into one app, making it easy to manage both types of entries from the same place.

1Password

1Password

With the number of leaks and hacks surfacing seemingly daily, having strong passwords is more important than ever.1Password is the app I use to create and manage my passwords. My favorite feature of the app is its integration with iOS 8. Using extensions, I can access my vault directly within Safari on my iPhone or iPad and log into accounts without having to bounce around between apps. The app is free, and the Pro upgrade is via in-app purchase.

This article was published on macworld.co.uk by Lucy Hattersley

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Take the utmost advantage of these best productivity apps for iPhone and iPad apps to increase your output and accomplish your goal.

These Smartphones have really changed the way we manage our lives. And these to-do apps and task managers have really made things much more different from what it would have been had there been no smartphones at all.

There are tons of productivity apps for the iPhone (or the iOS ecosystem generally). The range of diversity that developers have exercised in designing and developing their productivity apps is amazing.

Primarily based on quality and the ability to significantly increase output, these are the best productivity apps for iPhone and iPad. Let's jump over to explore them all!

Best iPhone and iPad Productivity Apps

#1. Google Docs

Google Docs iPhone and iPad App Icon“Google Docs” is one of the finest document creation apps. You can easily create, edit and manage documents on your iOS device. It also allows you to collaborate with others on the document.

You will add comments to your documents to easily remember important points. The app allows you to respond to comments with ease. You will be able to open, edit and save your Word documents. It supports a number of languages like Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, etc. More importantly, it works even offline to ensure your work doesn’t have any interruption.

#2. Fantastical 2

Fantastical 2 iPhone and iPad App Icon“Fantastical 2” has been a top calendar app for iOS. With various highly user-friendly features like natural language parsing, reminders, a beautiful week view available, you will be able to effortlessly keep an eye on the upcoming event and remain alerted to about essential things.

The main list shows all of your dated reminders and events. You can set the date, times, and even geofences for any event. You will have just to tap and hold on any event to move, duplicate or share it. The calendar app supports six languages such as English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish.

#3. Spark

Spark iPhone and iPad App IconSpark is easily the most feature-rich and best mail app for iOS. With this app, you can instantly go through your inbox and manage emails conveniently. The smart inbox quickly finds out if any email, newsletter or notification is personal and groups them so that you can glance through them with ease.

As the app is fully customizable, you can fine tune it to bolster your productivity. While composing an email, you will easily access most used signatures and select the right option. It allows you to save attachments to iCloud Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Readability, Pocket, Evernote and OneNote.

#4. Wunderlist

Wunderlist iPhone and iPad App IconWunderlist is an excellent to-do list and task manager app. You can add, organize and schedule your to-dos. The app lets you set due dates and reminders to ensure you are always up to the task and never forget to carry out important things.

The Today widget will help you keep track of your tasks with optimum ease. You will use notes, files and comments to easily remember essential things. Save web pages or your favorite articles to read later.

#5. Simplenote

Simplenote iPhone and iPad App IconSimplenote makes note taking incredibly easy. With this app, you will be able to capture ideas and make lists fast and efficiently. Use tags and pins to keep all of your important notes organized. The clean interface and easy-to-use features make it more convenience to play. You can sync your files to access them via all of your devices.

#6. Planner Pro

Planner Pro iPhone and iPad App IconPlanner Pro is a fine task manager. Combining tasks, notes, and events at one place, the app allows you to handle them comfortably. You can add, edit and delete events. If you want to have more privacy, hide your calendars.

You will add sub-tasks with projects and task. There are 25 priorities for tasks and projects. Easily create notes and manage them. Add reminders to each task to ensure you never forget to carry out any essential work.

#7. Productivity – Day Planner Productive Task Manager

Productivity iPhone and iPad App IconProductivity can enormously bolster your productivity and motivate you to achieve your goal. You can plan your tasks and complete them with the desired result.

Create your daily rules and make sure to follow them. Various effective tools can help you in manage your tasks without breaking any sweat. The simple features and intuitive interface offers better user-experience.

#8. Email- Fast & Secure mail for Gmail, iCloud, Yahoo

Email iPhone and iPad App IconEmail takes away all the stress from managing mailbox; making the task incredibly simple. It comes with an inbuilt assistant allows you to keep your expenses, shopping and travel completely organized.

You can unsubscribe from junk, snooze messages and even undo sent mail. It also discovers and suggests HTML signature from your sent box. The app supports Gmail, iCloud, Yahoo, Hotmail, Outlook, Office/ Outlook 365, Exchange and AOL, IMAP mail accounts, etc.

#9. Evernote

Evernote iPhone and iPad App IconEvernote excels in letting you manage and organize your personal and professional projects. You can capture and write your thoughts as checklists, notebooks, notes and to-do lists.

The app allows you take notes in several formats such as text, sketches, photos, audio, video, PDFs, web clippings, etc. With your iPhone camera, you will be able to scan documents, business cards, drawings and handwritten notes. It also allows you to annotate images. You can use the passcode to provide more security to your account.

#10. Microsoft OneNote

Microsoft OneNote iPhone and iPad App IconMicrosoft OneNote is a powerful note taking app. With this app, you can capture your thoughts, ideas and keep them organized just the way you want. You will use the built-in recorder to record audio notes.

It allows you to pin pages to instantly find them. You can work with your colleagues or friends in a shared notebooks. Keep your account safe using Touch ID. The app supports a number of languages like English, Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, etc.

Signing Off

Make the best use of these apps to take control of your tasks, capture notes fast even on the go and bolster your productivity. Don't forget to set reminders to keep you on the charge all the time. Set a goal and make sure to achieve it by putting your best foot forward.

This article was published on igeeksblog.com

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While viruses and malware are most often synonymous with Windows PCs or, to a lesser extent, Android-powered smartphones, it is possible, technically speaking, that Apple’s iOS-powered devices can contract certain bugs as well. Although iOS is one of the most secure and heavily-encrypted mobile operating systems on the market today, unfortunately, over the course of time they can begin exhibiting signs that something under-the-hood just isn’t right.

Although the actual likelihood of your iPhone or iPad’s failure to ‘just play nice’ likely isn’t due to a virus or malware, it’s still important to know that you can always check and take the appropriate steps to ensure everything is in proper order.

How to Find out if Your iPhone or iPad Device Has a Virus or Malware

In technical terms, a ‘virus’, as it pertains to computing, is a string of malicious code that is able to insert itself into a specific app. Viruses could potentially wreak havoc on that app, or on different parts of the iOS UI, if left unabated. iOS apps, however, being as secure and highly-regulated as they are, go through a rigorous screening process by Apple before they are uploaded to the App Store for users to download and enjoy.

As we’ve seen in the past, though, even some iOS apps — remember the Chinese ‘app’, YiSpector? — have fallen into the wrong hands, and sought to sabotage the sanctity of iPhones and iPads all around the world. So while it’s extraordinarily unlikely that an app downloaded from the App Store will come loaded with malicious code, one can never be too sure.

That said, here are a few questions to ask yourself when trying to determine whether or not an infected app is wreaking havoc on your device:

Have you Jailbroken it?

And, if so, have you installed any apps from unofficial or questionable sources? If the answer to both of these questions is YES, your device may have been infected by malware — an entire app that was created with the sole intent of infecting and overtaking your device — and you should uninstall any unofficial apps from your device immediately.

Does your iOS device start acting up when you’re using a specific app?

If so, the issue may be isolated within that app, itself, and isn’t as far-reaching as the iOS system. Odd behaviors exhibited by compromised apps may include, but are not limited to, redirecting you to an unknown web page in Safari, or even opening the App Store without your permission.

Does your iPhone or iPad act up all of the time?

Also worth noting is if the issue you’re experiencing appears to persist regardless of which apps are being used, then there’s a much greater chance that your device may be acting up in light of an underlying hardware problem — and you should therefore take it in to be analyzed at your nearest Apple Store’s ‘Genius Bar’.

How Can iOS and Certain Apps Even Be Hacked?

Fortunately, iOS is an extremely secure mobile operating system; and so the likelihood of being infected, even though it can happen, is nevertheless slim to none. Moreover, even despite recent revelations that the CIA can hack our iPhones and iPads, the iOS system, itself, is just about impossible to compromise — even by the savviest hackers out there.

Yet since hackers can’t do that, they tend to rely on cracking the myriad of developer kits that are out in the wild — used most often by well-meaning app developers who just want to make our lives easier. In this fashion, hackers can sometimes gain access to specific apps, from which they acquire the ability to either send you spam, redirect you to an unknown or unauthorized website, or even download other apps without your permission.

How to Fix iOS Hacking Issues

Update – If you believe the problem you’re having is isolated to a single app, the first step you’d want to take is to verify if your device is running the most current version of the app — and if it’s not, to download the update, accordingly.

Delete Troublesome Apps – Should the issue persist thereafter, you might want to consider deleting the app, altogether, and see if you can get by without it for a while. If your device starts acting smoothly again, then it’s pretty clear that the app you deleted was the issue all along, right? In this instance, you may want to try getting by without the app. Or, if you’d rather try to work it out, you can always reach out to the developers, as well, and see if they’re aware of the issue.

Clear Website Data – What might also be helpful, if you’re having problems with Safari redirecting you to an unauthorized page, is if you go in and manually clear all website and search history data. This will allow you to start from a clean slate, essentially, and will clear the cache of all previously visited webpages — whether you visited them intentionally, or, *gasp*, if they visited you. To do this, navigate to:

  1. Settings.
  2. Safari.
  3. Select Clear History and Website Data.
  4. Tap to confirm on the subsequent pop-up menu.

Reboot Your Device – Alternatively, you can try physically rebooting the device to see if that regulates things. To do this, hold down on the power/sleep-wake button and the device’s Home button at the same time. Keep holding both until you see the screen go black — and then keep holding until the device boots back up again and you see the Apple logo. (This process may take as long as 45 seconds, depending on your model, so just be aware of that and don’t let go of those two buttons until you see the Apple logo flash on the screen.) Learn More: How to Reboot an iPhone 7

Last Resort: Hard Reset – If neither of these tips solve the problem, you may want to try performing a hard reset of your device. This will essentially delete everything — including data, apps, and files. You can always back-up your device and reinstall your lost data from a previously saved back-up; however, if you think you’ve been infected by malware, you might be better served by starting from a clean slate and manually rebuilding.

  1. This process may take a while, so be sure you’re both connected to Wi-Fi and plugged into a power outlet before getting started.
  2. Open Settings.
  3. Tap General.
  4. Tap Reset.
  5. Tap Erase All Content & Settings.
  6. Then follow the steps as they appear on screen.

Also important to ensure is that you update to the latest versions of iOS, when they become available. But be cautious when updating to the next version of iOS 10.3, since Cupertino will be switching over to a brand-new file management system!

Source : idropnews.com

Categorized in How to

While viruses and malware are most often synonymous with Windows PCs or, to a lesser extent, Android-powered smartphones, it is possible, technically speaking, that Apple’s iOS-powered devices can contract certain bugs as well. Although iOS is one of the most secure and heavily-encrypted mobile operating systems on the market today, unfortunately, over the course of time they can begin exhibiting signs that something under-the-hood just isn’t right.

Although the actual likelihood of your iPhone or iPad’s failure to ‘just play nice’ likely isn’t due to a virus or malware, it’s still important to know that you can always check and take the appropriate steps to ensure everything is in proper order.

How to Find out if Your iPhone or iPad Device Has a Virus or Malware

In technical terms, a ‘virus’, as it pertains to computing, is a string of malicious code that is able to insert itself into a specific app. Viruses could potentially wreak havoc on that app, or on different parts of the iOS UI, if left unabated. iOS apps, however, being as secure and highly-regulated as they are, go through a rigorous screening process by Apple before they are uploaded to the App Store for users to download and enjoy.

As we’ve seen in the past, though, even some iOS apps — remember the Chinese ‘app’, YiSpector? — have fallen into the wrong hands, and sought to sabotage the sanctity of iPhones and iPads all around the world. So while it’s extraordinarily unlikely that an app downloaded from the App Store will come loaded with malicious code, one can never be too sure.

That said, here are a few questions to ask yourself when trying to determine whether or not an infected app is wreaking havoc on your device:

Have you Jailbroken it?

And, if so, have you installed any apps from unofficial or questionable sources? If the answer to both of these questions is YES, your device may have been infected by malware — an entire app that was created with the sole intent of infecting and overtaking your device — and you should uninstall any unofficial apps from your device immediately.

Does your iOS device start acting up when you’re using a specific app?

If so, the issue may be isolated within that app, itself, and isn’t as far-reaching as the iOS system. Odd behaviors exhibited by compromised apps may include, but are not limited to, redirecting you to an unknown web page in Safari, or even opening the App Store without your permission.

Does your iPhone or iPad act up all of the time?

Also worth noting is if the issue you’re experiencing appears to persist regardless of which apps are being used, then there’s a much greater chance that your device may be acting up in light of an underlying hardware problem — and you should therefore take it in to be analyzed at your nearest Apple Store’s ‘Genius Bar’.

How Can iOS and Certain Apps Even Be Hacked?

Fortunately, iOS is an extremely secure mobile operating system; and so the likelihood of being infected, even though it can happen, is nevertheless slim to none. Moreover, even despite recent revelations that the CIA can hack our iPhones and iPads, the iOS system, itself, is just about impossible to compromise — even by the savviest hackers out there.

Yet since hackers can’t do that, they tend to rely on cracking the myriad of developer kits that are out in the wild — used most often by well-meaning app developers who just want to make our lives easier. In this fashion, hackers can sometimes gain access to specific apps, from which they acquire the ability to either send you spam, redirect you to an unknown or unauthorized website, or even download other apps without your permission.

How to Fix iOS Hacking Issues

Update – If you believe the problem you’re having is isolated to a single app, the first step you’d want to take is to verify if your device is running the most current version of the app — and if it’s not, to download the update, accordingly.

Delete Troublesome Apps – Should the issue persist thereafter, you might want to consider deleting the app, altogether, and see if you can get by without it for a while. If your device starts acting smoothly again, then it’s pretty clear that the app you deleted was the issue all along, right? In this instance, you may want to try getting by without the app. Or, if you’d rather try to work it out, you can always reach out to the developers, as well, and see if they’re aware of the issue.

Clear Website Data – What might also be helpful, if you’re having problems with Safari redirecting you to an unauthorized page, is if you go in and manually clear all website and search history data. This will allow you to start from a clean slate, essentially, and will clear the cache of all previously visited webpages — whether you visited them intentionally, or, *gasp*, if they visited you. To do this, navigate to:

  1. Settings.
  2. Safari.
  3. Select Clear History and Website Data.
  4. Tap to confirm on the subsequent pop-up menu.

Reboot Your Device – Alternatively, you can try physically rebooting the device to see if that regulates things. To do this, hold down on the power/sleep-wake button and the device’s Home button at the same time. Keep holding both until you see the screen go black — and then keep holding until the device boots back up again and you see the Apple logo. (This process may take as long as 45 seconds, depending on your model, so just be aware of that and don’t let go of those two buttons until you see the Apple logo flash on the screen.) Learn More: How to Reboot an iPhone 7

Last Resort: Hard Reset – If neither of these tips solve the problem, you may want to try performing a hard reset of your device. This will essentially delete everything — including data, apps, and files. You can always back-up your device and reinstall your lost data from a previously saved back-up; however, if you think you’ve been infected by malware, you might be better served by starting from a clean slate and manually rebuilding.

  1. This process may take a while, so be sure you’re both connected to Wi-Fi and plugged into a power outlet before getting started.
  2. Open Settings.
  3. Tap General.
  4. Tap Reset.
  5. Tap Erase All Content & Settings.
  6. Then follow the steps as they appear on screen.

Also important to ensure is that you update to the latest versions of iOS, when they become available. But be cautious when updating to the next version of iOS 10.3, since Cupertino will be switching over to a brand-new file management system!

Source : idropnews.com

Categorized in How to

In light of the latest news that President Trump has overturned the FCC Internet privacy rules, discussions for and against virtual private networks (VPNs) have resurfaced. One of the biggest complaints with the repeal is that internet service providers are now legally allowed to sell your browsing data, if they’d like. While some ISPs have said that they won’t sell your browsing history for now, that doesn’t bar them from doing so in the future.

Proponents of VPNs believe that by utilizing such a service, you can obfuscate your browsing history so that your ISP won’t be able to build a “catalog” of your browsing habits. Opponents to VPNs dutifully note that by using a VPN service all you’re doing is migrating your browsing history from one ISP’s eyes to another. Browsing history data collection aside, benefits still exist by using VPNs, especially on your iPhone or iPad.

Why should I use a VPN on iOS?

Many iPhone and iPad users have come to believe that iOS as a whole is an incredibly secure platform. That may be true to an extent, but vulnerabilities still exist. More obviously, these vulnerabilities may not exist in iOS themselves but rather third-party apps that implement poor code.

A few months back we reported on how both Experian and myFICO mobile contained security vulnerabilities that potentially leaked user data onto connected networks. Simply put: launching your Experian app on iOS on an unsecured network meant your user credentials could be pulled maliciously. Once pulled, attackers could pull up all your personal and credit data linked to Experian.

In cases where third-party apps are insecure, using a VPN can add an additional layer for obfuscation. Instead of an attacker easily seeing your credentials, your credentials are now being passed through another network entirely.

Which VPN should I use on iOS?

This age-old question continues to be one of the more difficult aspects of VPN discussions. There are literally hundreds of VPN providers out there, but deciphering which to choose is one the most difficult challenges.

To begin, our first recommendation is do not use a free VPN service provider. Maintaining VPN data servers cost real money, so any company willing to offer free VPN servers to its users means it’s most likely selling that user data. Worse still, that “free” VPN provider may even not be actually securing your data but rather sending it out in the open.

The second recommendation is to not start with the App Store. Normally the iOS App Store is a great location to dive in and discover applications to solve problems you may have, but you should be extra careful here. In the case of VPN applications, you want to find one that hs been thoroughly vetted. Sites like That One Privacy Site have set out to build detailed comparisons against as many VPN providers as possible. Keeping in line with the President’s FCC ruling, looking for a VPN provider that doesn’t keep logs on data usage is a great start.

After that, we’d recommend testing out a few different VPNs for a few weeks. Different VPN providers have different experiences with data speeds depending on where their servers are located. In my personal testing, NordVPN has been fantastic for me and served as a companion when I traveled to South America last year. From our readers, we’ve received recommendations on CloakPrivate Internet Access, and Hide My Ass. By trying multiple different providers, you can learn which ones will offer a better overall experience for you.

Note: All four of the listed VPN providers above have well-built, and easy to understand iOS applications that directly integrate into iOS’ own VPN settings. 

What’s next for VPNs and iOS?

Discussions around VPNs will continue to occur so long as security is in the forefront of user’s minds. Until Apple rolls out its own VPN similar to Google, users will have to rely on their own intuitions on which to pick from.

For a list of VPN providers currently offering discounts, check out our 9to5Toys’ Specials page. Remember to cross-check providers with other resources to make sure it fits your personal criteria.

Do you have a personal VPN that you use on iOS that you love? Have any doubts you want answered? Let us know in the comments below!

Categorized in How to

Discover and Watch TV Shows and Movies from Multiple Apps in One Place

Cupertino, California — Apple today introduced the new TV app, offering a unified experience for discovering and accessing TV shows and movies from multiple apps on Apple TV, iPhone and iPad. The TV app provides one place to access TV shows and movies, as well as a place to discover new content to watch. Apple also introduced a new Siri feature for Apple TV that lets viewers tune in directly to live news and sporting events across their apps. Watching TV shows and movies across Apple devices has never been easier.

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Explore Apple’s curated collection of trending shows and movies from a variety of genres.

“Using apps on Apple TV, iPhone and iPad has become the primary way for so many of us to watch television,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “The TV app shows you what to watch next and easily discover TV shows and movies from many apps in a single place.”

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New features allow users to easily access favorite video apps and resume watching where they left off.

Key features within the TV app include:
  • Watch Now: Watch Now is where viewers will see their collection of available shows and movies from iTunes and apps. From Watch Now, viewers can then go to Up Next or Recommended to choose what to watch. 
  • Up Next: Users can enjoy the shows and movies they are currently watching, including recent iTunes rentals and purchases — all presented in the order they are most likely to watch first. For example, when viewers finish an episode, the next one will automatically appear at the start of the Up Next queue, as will any new episodes as they become available. At any time, users can simply ask Siri to continue watching a show and immediately pick up where they left off. 
  • Recommended: Viewers can explore a great selection of curated and trending shows and movies, including collections handpicked by Apple’s curators, and dedicated categories and genres such as kids, sci-fi and comedy. 
  • Library: Viewers can access their entire collection of iTunes movies and TV shows that they have rented or purchased on iTunes. 
  • Store: If users are looking for something new, they can check out the Store to discover great new content across video services that they have not yet downloaded or are not yet subscribed to, along with the latest releases on iTunes. 
The TV app will be available for Apple TV, iPhone and iPad and always stays in sync so that when users begin watching on one device they can easily continue where they left off on their Apple devices.

Live Tune-In with Siri

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New Siri capabilities offer immediate access to live events with single voice commands.
 
Siri continues to gain powerful new capabilities, including making it really easy to tune right to live news and sporting events on Apple TV. Siri is now aware of live sporting events across apps so users can simply say things like, “Watch the Stanford game” or “Which games are on right now?” Siri knows additional details of the games, can provide live scores and can take viewers directly to the live stream within the app that’s carrying it. Viewers can also tune directly to live video by just saying the name of the app, for example “Watch CBS News” without having to navigate to the live stream from within the app.

Single Sign-On for Pay-TV Apps

In addition to the new TV app, customers in the US will have a simplified way of enjoying their pay-TV video apps by using single sign-on. Starting in December, subscribers to DIRECTV, DISH Network and more will just sign in once on Apple TV, iPhone and iPad to enjoy immediate access to apps that are part of their pay-TV subscription.
Since its introduction just a year ago, the latest Apple TV has revolutionized the experience in the living room with 8,000 apps, including 2,000 games and 1,600 video apps, across categories such as sports, news, fitness, education, kids, lifestyle and more.

Pricing and Availability

TV App and Single Sign-On

Available in December as free software updates for Apple TV (4th generation), iPhone and iPad customers in the US. For more information, please visit Apple.com. Features are subject to change and only apply to participating apps. Some features may not be available in all regions or all languages.

Siri Live Tune-In 

Available today. For more information, please visit Apple.com. Features are subject to change and only apply to participating apps. Some features may not be available in all regions or all languages.
Source : Apple.com
Categorized in Others

Reports suggest that Apple will be introducing a brand new 10.5-inch screen size

Apple is expected to launch three new iPads this year, including a 'bezel-free' model.

It will also release a second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro, along with a more affordable 9.7-inch model, according to new reports. 

The mid-range version will be a completely new size for Apple, at 10- to 10.5-inches, with the firm reportedly still experimenting with the exact dimenions.

"The new models will come in 12.9-inch, 10-10.5-inch and 9.7-inch versions", said analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities.

"We note the 12.9-inch model will be the second generation of the existing 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the 10-10.5-inch model will be the high-end model equipped with a narrow bezel design, and the 9.7-inch model will be the low-priced option".

The analyst has a good track record with reporting on Apple product releases before they launch, with the latest leak being reported by 9to5.com .

 

Apple could be introducing a brand new 10-10/.5-inch model with a drastically reduced bezel (Photo: 9to5mac)

The two larger models are said to feature Apple's A10X processor, while the smaller version will come with an A9 chip made by Samsung LSI.

Kuo predicts that the low-priced 9.7-inch iPad will account for around 50-60% of new iPad sales.

Reports suggest that the new iPads could be unveiled as early as March or April.

Last month, it was reported that Apple could mark the 10th anniversary of its smartphone this year by launching the iPhone alongside the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus.

This supposed iPhone 8 is believed to be an even more powerful version of the phone and is being codenamed "Ferrari".

Leaked documents describe a high-powered "Ferrari" handset with wireless charging, an "invisible" home button and an AMOLED screen without any bezels around the side.

Author : LIBBY PLUMMER

Source : http://www.mirror.co.uk/tech/apple-launch-three-new-ipads-9589152

Categorized in Science & Tech
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