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These Are the Only Push Notifications You Should Allow on Your Phone

Our smartphone apps are constantly clamouring for our attention—whether it’s a high score that needs beating or a group chat that needs responding to, there’s often a constant stream of pings and buzzes to distract us. Take a closer look and so many of these alerts are low priority or completely unnecessary. You can mute the noise while still allowing important notifications through. Read More >>

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The Best Free Apps and Software You’re Not Already Using

There’s a wealth of free software and apps available to help you get the most out of your computer or smartphone (or both)—so much, in fact, that it’s hard to get around to trying most of them. That’s where this list comes in. It’s freshly curated to highlight the top tools and applications you’re (probably) not already using. Read More >>

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US Supreme Court Rules Apple Can Be Sued for Monopolistic App Store Practices

If you’re a typical iPhone user, there’s really only one place (aside from things like TestFlight) to get new apps: Apple’s App Store. For a long time, people have argued back and forth if this practice could be considered a form of monopoly, and after years in the courts, the US Supreme Court finally weighed in one element of that question. Read More >>

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Apple Releases Its Second iOS Game Ever, and It’s a Tribute to Getting Filthy Rich

If you haven’t already heard the news, Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway investment firm recently pumped a bunch of money into ‘cash-strapped’ Apple. To say thanks for helping to keep the company afloat, Apple released its first iOS game since 2008: a Paperboy ripoff called Warren Buffet’s Paper Wizard that’s supposed to pay tribute to Buffet’s humble beginnings. Read More >>

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Here Are a Load of Rumours About the Next Version of iOS

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, or WWDC, starts up in just a few weeks on 3 June. That makes this time of year ripe for speculation about potential iOS updates, and while some years are pretty quiet, the rumour mill is already running hot for 2019. Read More >>

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15 Quick Tips to Make Browsing the Web More Bearable on Mobile

We’re doing more than half of our browsing on mobile devices now, and that trend is only going in one direction. With that in mind, don’t settle for a second-class browsing experience on your mobile device—these tips and tricks can load pages faster, make them easier to read, and get you around the web more quickly. Read More >>

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The iPhone XR Is Apple’s Real Star

When it comes to Apple’s current phone lineup, the iPhone XS and XS Max get most of the attention thanks to features like dual cameras, more luxurious designs and vivid OLED screens. But the iPhone XR is Apple’s true winner. That’s because, for the second quarter in a row, the iPhone XR remains the best-selling phone Apple makes. Read More >>

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Report: Screen-Time App Developers Say Apple Is Systematically Kicking Them Off App Store

Apple has removed or imposed restrictions on at least 11 out of the 17 most downloaded screen-time and parental control apps on the App Store, the New York Times reported on Saturday, as it implemented its own screen-time tracker in iOS – a move that has threatened the viability of some of the companies involved and may result in increased attention from regulators. Read More >>

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Mental Health and Quitting-Smoking Apps Are Sharing Your Secrets

When it comes to subjects like mental health or addiction, one should be able to trust that an app designed to help you through such a difficult and personal problem would take your privacy seriously. But a new study suggests that not only is this not the case, but these apps are coughing up your data to tech giants like—surprise, surprise—Facebook and Google. And not only are some of these apps failing to tell you about it, but they may also be doing it whether or not you use the social logins that link those accounts with said apps. Read More >>

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Strong Rumours Suggest One of iOS’s Most Glaring Omissions Could Be Fixed

Strong rumours suggest iOS could finally be getting mouse input support and that it could be coming to the iPad Pro. The rumour comes courtesy of Federico Viticci of MacStories, who mentioned it on the Connected podcast. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith then confirmed the rumour on Twitter. Read More >>

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Do You Need Anti-Virus Apps for Your Phone?

While you might be used to having to protect against malware and viruses on your computer, security tools are less common on phones. Should you be installing antivirus apps on your smartphone, or are the built-in protections that come as part of Android and iOS enough to keep you safe? Read More >>

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How to Get Back Into Your Phone or PC If You’ve Been Locked Out

Of course, it’s generally a good idea to remember the PIN codes and passwords you need to get access to your devices, but should you find yourself locked out of a phone or laptop and utterly unable to remember what your login credentials are, we’re here to help. Here’s how to get back into your devices after you’ve been locked out. Read More >>

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Apple News+ Is a Total Mess

It’s been three weeks since Apple announced News+, an ambitious service that offers hundreds of magazines and a handful of newspaper subscriptions for $10 (£7.60) a month. This is the first of two major new paid services Apple plans to launch this year, as part of a major effort to revitalise its business in the face of flagging iPhone sales. Unfortunately, Apple News+ doesn’t work very well. Parts of it don’t work at all. Read More >>

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The Best Alternative Apps to Install Instead of Your Phone’s Defaults

Your phone comes with a stack of apps to get you started—and they’re fine, up to a point. But if you stick with the apps Apple and Google have given you, then you’re missing out on a whole world of quality third-party alternatives. Here we’re going to guide you towards some of the best we’ve used. Read More >>

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Will Apple Just Kill iTunes Already?

People have been complaining about iTunes for ages. The bloated and confusingly arcane piece of software has been updated and repurposed and jury-rigged to handle new tasks for the past 18 years, and one developer says it won’t live to see its 19th birthday. It looks like Apple is finally about to kill iTunes and release separate apps for music, podcasts, and books. Rest in peace, iTunes, you digital dinosaur. Read More >>