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  1. Microsoft Remote Desktop app for iOS receives a major update with several new features Microsoft recently released a major update for its Remote Desktop app on Apple App Store. This Version 10.0.3 update comes with several new features like support for press-and-hold gesture, concurrent zoom and pan support in mouse pointed mode, supporting for launching RD sessions from RDP files and RDP URIs and more. Find the full change log below. Support for launching connections from RDP files and RDP URIs. Workspace headers are now collapsible. Concurrent zoom and pan is now supported in Mouse Pointer mode. A press-and-hold gesture in Mouse Pointer mode will now trigger a right-click in the remote session. The force-touch gesture for right-click in Mouse Pointer mode has been removed. The in-session switcher screen now supports disconnecting, even if no apps are connected. Light dismiss is now supported in the in-session switcher screen. PCs and apps are no longer automatically reordered in the in-session switcher screen. The hit test area for the PC thumbnail view ellipses menu has been enlarged. The Input Devices settings page now contains a link to supported devices. Fixed a bug that caused the Bluetooth permissions UI to repeatedly appear at launch for some users. Fixed crashes that were showing up in error reporting. You can download the updated app here from Apple App Store. Source: Microsoft Remote Desktop app for iOS receives a major update with several new features (MSPoweruser)
  2. Microsoft Edge on iOS gets new icon and updated navigation features Last week, Microsoft made updates to the beta versions of its Edge browser on both the Android and the iOS platform. The major changes brought as part of this move included the new logo unveiled in November and an updated navigation menu that had been in testing for some time. Although these changes were subsequently brought to the general variant of Edge for Android a couple of days back, they have now been introduced to iOS as well. The latest version, 44.11.9, has become available today for all users, and its changelog reads as follows: • A new look and feel, plus an updated navigation for easier access to features like search, favorites, and more We’ve also made some general bug fixes and performance improvements. The major change, as expected, is the new control center for improved navigation controls. Tapping the ellipsis in the center of the navigation bar now brings up a fair few options including settings, history, favorites, and more for quicker access. Notably, these changes were initially expected to be made generally available on January 15, which is the day on which Edge Chromium is set to launch. However, Microsoft has opted to release this update a week in advance. You can check out the improvements to Edge for iOS by downloading the latest version through the App Store. Source: Microsoft Edge on iOS gets new icon and updated navigation features (Neowin)
  3. Microsoft's Edge beta app on iOS gets new icon and new control center Microsoft released an update to its Edge beta app on iOS today, which comes through Apple's TestFlight app. The first thing that you're going to see is the new logo, which showed up on the Android beta app yesterday. There are two other new features, both of which were made available on the Android beta earlier this week. The syncing settings have been changed to let you choose "The new Microsoft Edge" and "Microsoft Edge Legacy". Previously, Edge Chromium was known as Edge Insider, and Edge Spartan was just known as Edge. The other new feature is a new control center. Tapping on the ellipsis in the center of the navigation bar will show a range of options. Edge Chromium is set to launch for the desktop on January 15, so it seems likely that that's when these features will come out of beta. That also means that for the first time, you can sync the mobile Edge browser with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and macOS. If you want to sign up for Edge Insider for iOS, you can visit this link from your iPhone or iPad. Source: Microsoft's Edge beta app on iOS gets new icon and new control center (Neowin)
  4. Microsoft confirms Cortana for iOS and Android killed off everywhere except USA, reveals when Surface Buds are coming Speaking to VentureBeat, Microsoft’s Andrew Shuman, the successor to Javier Soltero and Corporate Vice President for Cortana, confirmed that Cortana for iOS and Android would be withdrawn from all international markets except USA. Microsoft has previously announced that the app will no longer be supported in only 8 countries, Australia, Canada, China, Germany, India, Mexico, Spain, and the U.K. Microsoft said the US would be an exception for two reasons – one to allow Surface Headphone and Harmon Kardon Invoke users to configure and update the firmware of their headphones, which uses the Cortana app, and secondly to allow Microsoft to continue to experiment with the technology. These Surface Headphones also sold outside the USA, but international users will need to use Cortana for Windows. Microsoft did say they are releasing a Surface Audio app for Windows, iOS and Android, with the Surface Buds in Spring next year which will, however, take over the functions of Cortana. As mentioned earlier, Microsoft also wanted to keep a toe in the mobile market. “We also think that there may be some roles for standalone assistants as an experimentation place for us to try out new ideas still. I think this point has been made a lot, but … the assistant landscape is rich with opportunity, and very not rich with actual results, sometimes. And so the opportunity to continue to try things quickly is important to us as well.” Microsoft confirmed that they were still investing on the desktop in Cortana/Alexa integration. “We still have a great aspiration to do a lot more … kind of across the two companies,” he said. “It started really tops down. I don’t know if you remember that, but Satya [Nadella] and Jeff [Bezos] actually cooked this plan up. You can still invoke Cortana from Alexa, and vice versa. I think it will be a great area for us to lean into. We really believe in a multi-assistant world. Just like in the real world where I might have a doctor, and a lawyer, maybe a trainer, you’re going to have multiple assistants that are good at what they’re good at. We’re not going to become an ecommerce company anytime soon, but assistants are great at helping you buy things.” Microsoft was also working on Cortana text-based natural language input. “One of the things that we’re investing in Windows is this idea of being a quicker experience for people who are good typists. Those of us who’ve been around computers for a while don’t need to talk to them. But still, the power of natural language is really great. I’ll give you one example that I use now all the time on the builds I’m running, which is just managing my time in my calendar. It’s a lot easier to type in ‘dentist appointment next Friday’ than to alt-tab to Outlook, new file, tab, tab, tab, type in ‘dentist,’ type in ‘Friday,’ and find a free time. So that’s a great example, where just getting data into and out of my digital calendar is really simplified by natural language understanding.” Lastly, Microsoft was looking at adding Cortana integration to most of their Office apps. “The analogy that I like to use is both Microsoft Search or Microsoft Account, which are really across all of our applications,” said Shuman. “We think of Cortana in a very similar way, where it really is a horizontal surface area that’s very person-centric. It very much knows a lot about me, and then it experiences itself across all of these apps and suites. So that’s the way that we characterize the investment moving forward. And partially, that’s just the reality of wanting to be in the experiences you’re using every day and not [having] to switch over to another one to get the experience.” “Obviously, there’s strength in enterprises, but the kind of problems we have are very universal,” he continued. “It’s about helping people get time back. The previous apps that we were showing before were really great when we were in startup mode and trying to sort out what an assistant could be. But they were not directly aligning with those Microsoft 365 users who really don’t want to go to another experience to do their stuff. They want to be able to do it in the apps they’re using every day, like Outlook and like Teams. That’s really been our push now — over a year now of work that we’ve had underway.” Microsoft’s ambitious for their voice assistant has clearly reduced, but as a modern Clippy it may just have found its niche. “That’s the kind of thing that’s truly important about an assistant. An assistant has to really know you. And that’s absolutely core to why we’re having this renewed focus on these users that we think we can offer the most value to.” Source: Microsoft confirms Cortana for iOS and Android killed off everywhere except USA, reveals when Surface Buds are coming (MSPoweruser)
  5. iPhones and iPads finally get key-based protection against account takeovers With WebAuthn native to iOS and iPadOS, cross-industry MFA spec is ready to soar. Enlarge Yubico For the past couple of years, iPhone and iPad users have been relegated to second-class citizenship when it comes to a cross-industry protocol that promises to bring effective multi-factor authentication to the masses. While Android, Windows, Mac, and Linux users had an easy way to use the fledgling standard when logging in to Google, GitHub, and dozens of other sites, the process on iPhones and iPads was either painful or non-existent. Apple's reticence wasn't just bad for iPhone and iPad users looking for the most effective way to thwart the growing scourge of account takeovers. The hesitation was bad for everyone else, too. With one of the most important computing platforms giving the cold shoulder to WebAuthn, the fledgling standard had little chance of gaining critical mass. And that was unfortunate. WebAuthn and its U2F predecessor are arguably the most effective protection against the growing rash of account takeovers. They require a person logging in with a password to also present a pre-enrolled fingerprint, facial scan, or physical security key. The setup makes most existing types of account takeovers impossible, since they typically rely solely on theft of a password. Developed by the cross-industry FIDO alliance and adopted by the World Wide Web consortium in March, WebAuthn has no shortage of supporters. It has native support in Windows, Android, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Brave. Despite the support, WebAuthn has gained little more than niche status to date, in part because of the lack of support from the industry's most important platform. Now, the standard finally has the potential to blossom into the ubiquitous technology many have hoped it would become. That's because of last week's release of iOS and iPadOS 13.3, which provide native support for the standard for the first time. More about that later. First, a timeline of WebAuthn and some background. In the beginning The handheld security keys at the heart of the U2F standard helped prepare the world for a new, superior form of MFA. When plugged into a USB slot or slid over an NFC reader, the security key transmitted "cryptographic assertions" that were unique to that key. Unlike the one-time passwords used by MFA authenticator apps, the assertions transmitted by these keys couldn't be copied or phished or replayed. U2F-based authentication was also more secure than one-time passwords because, unlike the authenticator apps running on phones, the security keys couldn't be hacked. It was also more reliable since keys didn't need to access an Internet connection. A two-year study of more than 50,000 Google employees a few years ago concluded that cryptographically based Security Keys beat out smartphones and most other forms of two-factor verification. U2F, in turn, gave way to WebAuthn. The new standard still allows cryptographic keys that connect by USB or NFC. It also allows users to provide an additional factor of authentication using fingerprint readers or facial scanners built into smartphones, laptops, and other types of hardware the user already owns. A plethora of app, OS, and site developers soon built WebAuthn into their authentication flows. The result: even when a password was exposed through user error or a database breach, accounts remained protected unless a hacker with the password passed the very high bar of also obtaining the key, fingerprint, or facial scan. As Google, Microsoft, key maker Yubico, and other WebAuthn partners threw their support behind the new protocol, Apple remained firmly on the sidelines. The lack of support in macOS wasn't ideal, but third-party support from the Chrome and Firefox browsers still gave users an easy way to use security keys. Apple's inaction was much more problematic for iPhone and iPad users. Not only did the company provide no native support for the standard, it was also slow to allow access to near-field communication, a wireless communication channel that makes it easy for security keys to communicate with iPhones. Poor usability and questionable security Initially, the only way iPhones and iPads could use WebAuthn was with a Bluetooth-enabled dongle like Google's Titan security key. It worked—technically—but it came with deal-breaking limitations. For one, it worked solely with Google properties. So much for a ubiquitous standard. Another dealbreaker—for most people, anyway—the installation of a special app and the process of pairing the keys to an iPhone or iPad was cumbersome at best. Then in May, Google disclosed a vulnerability in the Bluetooth Titan. That vulnerability made it possible for nearby hackers to obtain the authentication signal as it was transmitted to an iPhone or other device. The resulting recall confirmed many security professionals' belief that Bluetooth lacked the security needed for MFA and other sensitive functions. The difficulty of using Bluetooth-based dongles, combined with the perception that they were less secure, made them a non-starter for most users. In September, engineers from authentication key-maker Yubikey built a developer kit that added third-party programming interfaces for WebAuthn. The effort was valiant, but it was also kludgey, so much so that the fledgling Brave browser was the only one to make use of it. Even worse, Apple's steadfast resistance to opening up third-party access to NFC meant that the third-party support was limited to physical security keys that connected through the Lightning port or Bluetooth. NFC connections and biometrics weren't available. Worst of all, the support didn't work with Google, Facebook, Twitter, and most other big sites. Apple joins the fold Apple's tradition of building from the inside out—and its aversion to risky new technologies—made the company slow to adopt WebAuthn. For better or for worse, Apple has always been more insular than many of its competitors. Where most hardware makers choose USB ports, Apple developers strongly favor Lightning connectors. Apple kicked Flash to the curb while the rest of the industry still relied on it as a way of providing animation. Similarly, as the Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Brave browsers and the Windows, Android, and Linux operating systems declared WebAuthn as the future of MFA, Apple showed no hurry to embrace the standard. The absence of WebAuthn in iOS and iPadOS not only deprived users of the most effective form of MFA—it also held back more widespread industry adoption of the standard. With version 13.3 for iOS and iPadOS, Apple has finally built support directly into the devices. For the time being, Safari is the only browser that makes use of the native support, but it's only a matter of time until browser and app makers follow suit by using the updated SF Safari View Controller and AS Web Authentication Session connectors available in iOS or iPadOS. Yubico has already begun selling keys that connect by Lightning, USB, or NFC. (Apple also added WebAuthn support to Safari 13 for Mac.) There are still a few shortcomings to these new offerings. For now, Apple's support doesn't extend to FaceID or TouchID. That means users will be required to rely exclusively on a physical key as a second factor. The other drawback is that some very notable sites have yet to make their authentication systems compatible with the native support in iOS and iPadOS. iPhone and iPad users logging in to Gmail, for instance, will still have to use the kludgey Bluetooth tokens or an equally cumbersome Android MFA option, both of which rely on a third-party app to work. Even though there are limits to the WebAuthn support introduced into iOS, iPadOS, and (to some extent) macOS, the additions represent one of the more important developments in MFA over the past few years. With iPhone and iPad largely left out, it was hard for site and app developers to justify the cost of building WebAuthn into their authentication flow. Apple's move not only provides important validation, it will also make it much easier and less costly for app developers who build for iPhones and iPads. Apple's reticence was unfortunate. WebAuthn, and its U2F predecessor, has emerged as one of the most promising ways to prevent account takeovers, like the Gmail compromise that hit John Podesta and other Hillary Clinton campaign officials. It's also a highly effective measure against the growing menace of credential stuffing, an account takeover attack that uses data exposed in one breach to compromise new accounts that use the same password. Even when attackers obtain a target's password, they still can't get in unless they also obtain the target's physical key or when biometrics are used, like the target's fingerprint or facial image. Ultimately, iPhone and iPad users were left with MFA options that were inferior to those available to users of competing platforms. Sure, the Sign In with Apple offered robust protection, but the sites and apps it worked with are limited. Another shortcoming: Sign In didn't work with non-Apple products or sites such as Gmail, Facebook, and GitHub. And as already explained, WebAuthn options were either non-existent or lagged far behind what was available on other platforms. Tuesday's release of iOS 13.3 and iPadOS 13.3 significantly closes the gap. For the first time, the release offers native support that makes it easy for developers of browsers and other apps to bake WebAuthn authentication into their wares. The update includes a version of Safari that allows security keys that connect through NFC, USB-C (for users of both sizes of 2018-and-later iPad Pros) or Lightning. These same connections will be possible with any app that makes use of the SF Safari View Controller and AS Web Authentication Session connectors available in iOS or iPadOS. Some limitations remain. Unlike Android and Windows devices, iPhones and iPads can't use Face ID for authentication, and Macs can't use Touch ID. The lack of biometrics may prevent some Apple users from opting in to WebAuthn MFA because they're required to have an authentication device on their person any time a second factor is required. A short-term limitation is that some websites—most notably Gmail and other Google properties—currently don't work with Apple's native support. It may take a while for Google engineers to merge Google's Bluetooth-enabled system for iPhones and iPads with the native support Apple rolled out this week. So for the time being, iPhone and iPad users are stuck with the clumsy Bluetooth dongles when using MFA to log in to Google sites. The wait is over Apple's late entry to WebAuthn isn't particularly surprising. Company designers have never been first-adopters of new industry-standard technologies. Instead, they tend to spend more time than their competitors testing security and usability. And with a relatively small number of end users currently using WebAuthn, it was easy to see why Apple might have given priority to other features. In any event, the wait is over for adoption of iPhone and iPad WebAuthn. For end users who have an iPhone with NFC, I recommend either Yubico's Yubikey 5 NFC or Security Key NFC. Devices without NFC can use a YubiKey 5Ci. Besides working with iPhones or iPads, all three of these keys will work with computers by connecting with an additional USB-C or USB-A connector. Once an iPhone, iPad, or other device has been authenticated through WebAuthn, it rarely requires a follow-on validation. Typically, just the entering of a passcode or use of TouchID or FaceID is all it takes. But in the event a database breach or other mishap exposes your password, WebAuthn all but ensures your account will remain safe. Source: iPhones and iPads finally get key-based protection against account takeovers (Ars Technica)
  6. Google Maps introduces incognito mode for iOS; bulk delete for Android coming in January In a blog post, Google has announced that iOS users will be getting an incognito mode for the Google Maps app, a feature made available to Android users in October. As per the announcement, the update is rolling out to iOS users today. Google says: Incognito mode on iOS works the same way it does on Android. While in Incognito mode, the places you search for or navigate to won’t be saved to your Google Account and you won’t see personalized features within Maps, like restaurant recommendations based on dining spots you’ve been to previously. Using Incognito mode on your phone will not update your Location History, so the places you go won’t be saved to your Timeline. Google will also be adding a bulk delete tool for its Android app, allowing users to delete multiple places from their timeline and location history all at once. Users may either delete all their location history or a selected part of their timeline by choosing a date range. The bulk delete tool for the Android app will be rolling out next year. In the meantime, users may use the incognito mode if they want to temporarily stop Google Maps from logging their location history. Source: Google Maps introduces incognito mode for iOS; bulk delete for Android coming in January (Neowin)
  7. just installed the new uncover to jailbreak my iPhone XR ON 12.4.1 but when I press jailbreak it restarts my phone and nothing happens... no Cydia or jailbreak
  8. Microsoft's Seeing AI app for iOS adds support for five additional languages Microsoft has updated the set of languages supported by its Seeing AI app for iOS to include five another in addition to English. The app, launched in 2017, uses artificial intelligence and computer vision to narrate the world for the visually impaired. The update introduces support for Dutch, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. This means wider availability of the app to millions of users with visual impairment or low vision across the world, Microsoft says. Regarding the new improvements, Saqib Shaikh, Microsoft's Project Lead and Co-Founder of Seeing AI, said: “More than the technology itself, the thing that has really touched me is the way that people have taken the features of Seeing AI and incorporated it into their personal lives. I get the most joy hearing from customers about how they’re using Seeing AI.” Seeing AI helps visually impaired users get a description of the world around them by pointing their phone's camera at someone or something. The camera app uses “channels" to read out printed text and describe objects. The Short Text channel reads text as soon as it's seen by the camera and the Documents channel reads larger articles of printed text. Earlier this year, Microsoft introduced new capabilities to the Seeing AI app including the ability to explore photos by tapping on them. Source: Microsoft's Seeing AI app for iOS adds support for five additional languages (Neowin)
  9. Spotify's Sleep Timer feature now available on iOS Spotify is today adding a basic yet nifty Sleep Timer feature to its iOS app (spotted by Thurrott.com). The feature has been present on its Android counterpart for a while now, and it is a welcome addition for iOS users who are used to either listening to music at bedtime or prefer to limit music playback within a stipulated time. As the name suggests, the feature lets users set a timer to end playback at the end of a specific track, in five minutes, or at the end of an hour. The feature can be enabled by heading to the three-dot menu at the top right of the screen on Now Playing and select the Sleep Timer option. The only way one could stop playback on iOS devices was through the Clock app. The “When Timer Ends” option allowed users to stop playing music. A native solution is much easier and more convenient for those that extensively used the Clock app to stop Spotify playback. Since the feature has just started rolling out, it is possible that it will not be available to you right away. However, it should make it to all iOS and iPadOS devices sooner rather than later. Source: Spotify's Sleep Timer feature now available on iOS (Neowin)
  10. Major Microsoft Remote Desktop update for iOS brings Windows Virtual Desktop support Microsoft is updating its Remote Desktop app for iOS to version 10 (spotted via Tero Alhonen on Twitter), making it the first update to the app in over a year. The update is a major one that brings with it UI improvements, support for Windows Virtual Desktop and newer iOS devices, and much more. Windows Virtual Desktop support is a nifty addition, as the service hit general availability in late September, and is used for multi-session Windows 10 experiences. The service is optimized for Office 365 ProPlus and can also let users ease the transition from Windows 7 by letting them run the operating system in a virtual environment. For users that rely on this app to remote into work machines regularly, the update will be a welcome addition. The Remote Desktop team states in the changelog that it has been “well over a year since we last updated the Remote Desktop Client for iOS” and that it is now “back in the game” with this update. The company promises regular updates to the app moving forward. Here is the changelog for this update: Support for the Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) service. Brand new Connection Center UI. Brand new in-session UI for switching between connected PCs and apps. New layout for the auxiliary on-screen keyboard. Improved external keyboard support. Support for SwiftPoint Bluetooth mice. Support for microphone redirection. Support for local storage redirection. Support for camera redirection (Windows 10 1809 or later required). Support for new iPhone and iPad devices. Dark and light theme support. Control whether your phone can lock when connected to a remote PC or app. Collapse the in-session connection bar with a long-press on the Remote Desktop logo. Additionally, users can report any errors or issues in the app through the Settings > Report an issue. You can head to the App Store to update the app here. On an slightly related note, Visio has finally gotten a brand new icon, in case you were following such developments closely. Source: Major Microsoft Remote Desktop update for iOS brings Windows Virtual Desktop support (Neowin)
  11. Facebook Viewpoints lets you make money by giving the company more data Facebook has announced Viewpoints, a new app for Android and iOS that lets users get monetary rewards for participating in different kinds of user research programs, such as surveys. The platform will offer a number of programs over time, requesting to collect certain information about the user. Rewards are given out as points, and when a user gather enough points, they can be turned into money that's sent to the user's PayPal account. To kick off the Viewpoints app, Facebook is launching a well-being survey, which aims to help the company create products that "limit the negative impacts of social media and enhance the benefits". This research is worth 1,000 points, which is equal to US$5. Facebook isn't in a particularly good position to be asking users for more data, but it tried to ease the concerns of those worried about their privacy. For each program, Viewpoints will tell the user what information will be collected and how it will be used before the user registers for it. The Viewpoints app itself will ask for the user's name, age, gender, country of residence, and e-mail address. Facebook says this information will be used to improve the company's own products and that it won't be sold to third parties. Viewpoints activity won't be posted to Facebook without the user's permission, and, of course, users can quit anytime. If that's enough to ease your fears, you can download Viewpoints for Android or iOS to start completing the first program. You can learn more about the app here. Source: Facebook Viewpoints lets you make money by giving the company more data (Neowin)
  12. Microsoft To Do on iOS gets a rich entry bar and natural language processing Microsoft's To Do app on iOS has received an update through the App Store, bringing along a rich entry bar, which lets users choose a due date, reminders, and set recurring events directly from the entry bar for new items. This feature was already available on Windows and Android, so it's only natural that it would make its way everywhere. Perhaps more interestingly, though, Microsoft has also added natural language processing to the entry bar, and that feature is exclusive to iOS for now. This means that, if you write down a task include words like "tomorrow" or "tonight", To Do will automatically be able to choose a due date and reminder times for that task. Microsoft said it'll be working to bring the feature to Android eventually. Aside from that, the update includes minor improvements, such as improved colors for the sidebar in dark mode, new illustrations, and some bug fixes. You can download To Do for iOS from the App Store. Meanwhile, Android users enrolled in the beta program have also received an update recently. While it doesn't bring natural language processing, it does make it possible to drag and drop text from other apps into To Do. It also brings push notifications to shared lists. The Android version of Microsoft To Do can be found on the Play Store, where you can also register in the beta program to get new features early. Source: Microsoft To Do on iOS gets a rich entry bar and natural language processing (Neowin)
  13. Microsoft is killing off its Cortana mobile apps everywhere except the U.S. next year If you're a fan of Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistant and you live outside of the U.S., you're in for some bad news, although that should frankly be no surprise. The company is ending support for the Cortana mobile app on iOS and Android as of January 31, as noted in a support document published this week. The support document is from the UK, as Microsoft isn't killing the app if you're in the United States. Indeed, the page also notes that Cortana is being removed from Microsoft Launcher on Android, something that was previously reported earlier this month, and that news is also exclusive to those outside of the U.S. Instead, Microsoft's strategy is to integrate its digital assistant into its various Microsoft 365 apps, such as Office, To Do, and so on. The Redmond firm was clear that it's not actually killing off Cortana, but only the mobile apps and the integration with Microsoft Launcher. It's unclear why the apps will continue to be supported in the U.S., so it's entirely possible that those will be removed at a later date as well. Source: Microsoft is killing off its Cortana mobile apps everywhere except the U.S. next year (Neowin)
  14. Apple bans vaping apps from the iOS App Store Customers can continue using apps they've already downloaded. Enlarge / Woman smoking electronic cigarette. BSIP/UIG/Getty Apple has removed all 181 vaping-related apps from the iOS App Store, Axios reported on Friday morning. The move follows rising concern about the possible health impacts of vaping. Some of the banned apps provided news and information about vaping. Some were vaping-themed games. There were also apps that allowed users to adjust the temperature and other settings on their vaping devices. To avoid breaking functionality for existing customers, Apple is allowing them to continue using vaping apps already on their devices—and to transfer them to new devices. But new users won't be able to download these apps, and new vaping apps can't be published on Apple's store. Since their inception, e-cigarettes have faced questions about their safety. Manufacturers have portrayed them as a safer alternative to cigarettes, but critics—including the Food and Drug Administration—say companies haven't proven these claims scientifically. The technology is so new that the long-term health impacts aren't yet clear. Critics are particularly worried about rising teen vaping. While conventional teen smoking has been on the decline for decades, those gains have been largely offset by a rise in e-cigarette use among high school students. The Food and Drug Administration is planning to ban flavored vaping products to reduce their appeal to children. In recent months, health officials have confronted a more urgent problem: hundreds of people have fallen ill after using vaping devices. Officials have linked most of the illnesses to off-brand vaping liquids—especially those involving THC, the main active ingredient in marijuana. One possible culprit: a form of vitamin E, common in skin creams, that may become harmful to the lungs if vaporized. This form of vitamin E has been found in some vaping liquids. So far, these acute health problems seem to afflict a small minority of vaping users who use vaping liquids from unofficial sources. Consumers who stick to mainstream vaping products do not seem to have been affected. Source: Apple bans vaping apps from the iOS App Store (Ars Technica)
  15. A Facebook VP says the company is looking into it Facebook might have another security problem on its hands, as some people have reported on Twitter that Facebook’s iOS app appears to be activating the camera in the background of the app without their knowledge. Facebook says it’s looking into what’s happening. There are a couple ways that this has been found to happen. One person found that the camera UI for Facebook Stories briefly appeared behind a video when they flipped their phone from portrait to landscape. Then, when they flipped it back, the app opened directly to the Stories camera. You can see it in action here (via CNET😞 It’s also been reported that when you view a photo on the app and just barely drag it down, it’s possible to see an active camera viewfinder on the left side of the screen, as shown in a tweet by web designer Joshua Maddux: Maddux says he could reproduce the issue across five different iPhones, which were all apparently running iOS 13.2.2, but he reportedly couldn’t reproduce it on iPhones running iOS 12. Others reported they were able to replicate the issue in replies to Maddux’s tweet. CNET and The Next Web said they were able to see the partial camera viewfinder as well, and The Next Web noted that it was only possible if you’ve explicitly given the Facebook app access to the camera. In my own attempts, I couldn’t reproduce the issue on my iPhone 11 Pro running iOS 13.2.2. Guy Rosen, Facebook’s VP of integrity, replied to Maddux this morning to say that the issue he identified “sounds like a bug” and that the company is looking into it. With the second method, the way the camera viewfinder is just peeking out from the left side of the screen suggests that the issue could be a buggy activation of the feature in the app that lets you swipe from your home feed to get to the camera. (Though I can’t get this to work, either.) I don’t know what might be going on with the first method — and with either, it doesn’t appear that the camera is taking any photos or actively recording anything, based on the footage I’ve seen. But regardless of what’s going on, unexpectedly seeing a camera viewfinder in an app is never a good thing. People already worry about the myth that Facebook is listening in to our conversations. A hidden camera viewfinder in its app, even if it’s purely accidental, might stoke fears that the company is secretly recording everything we do. Hopefully Facebook fixes the issues soon. And you might want to revoke the Facebook app’s camera access in the meantime, just to be safe. Source: Facebook’s iOS app might be opening the camera in the background without your knowledge (via The Verge) p/s: The news was posted under Security & Privacy News, instead of Mobile News as this news talks about privacy issue on Facebook's iOS app with regards to the camera bug.
  16. Only available in Brazil Instagram has launched a new video editing tool in Brazil that copies some of the best-known features of TikTok. As reported by TechCrunch and Variety, the tool is called Reels and is available on both iOS and Android. There’s no word on whether it will be launched in other countries, but it’s certainly likely if the tool is a success. With Reels, users can record 15-second videos, adjust their speed, set them to music, or borrow audio from others’ videos — similar to the “Duet” feature in TikTok. They can share them to their stories, send them via DMs, or post them to a new section of Instagram’s Explore tab called Top Reels, where the company is hoping the best clips will go viral. It seems like a clever way for Instagram to leverage its existing network of users in order to take on TikTok. Facebook has previously tried to clone the app’s success with a standalone product called Lasso but it’s difficult to build a user base from scratch. Instagram previously had great success with this tactic copying Snapchat’s signal Stories feature in 2016. You can watch a quick demo of Reels below: It’s clear that Instagram is trying to steal TikTok’s thunder, but the company’s director of product management, Robby Stein, told TechCrunch that there was more than one way to skin a cat. “No two products are exactly the same, and at the end of the day sharing video with music is a pretty universal idea we think everyone might be interested in using,” said Stein. “The focus has been on how to make this a unique format for us.” The Verge previously reported that the new tool might be called Scenes, after a similar feature was spotted by Jane Manchun Wong, a software engineer who’s made a name for herself reverse engineering code from top apps. It now seems Scenes is actually Reels. We’ve known for a while that Facebook is extremely keen to counter TikTok’s rise. As well as launching Lasso, Mark Zuckerberg revealed the company’s ambitions regarding the Chinese app in audio leaked to The Verge in October. The Facebook CEO indicated then that Instagram would probably have to be enlisted in the fight against the new upstart. TikTok has “married short-form, immersive video with browse,” said Zuckerberg. “So it’s almost like the Explore Tab that we have on Instagram.” Now is certainly a good time for TikTok’s competitors to pounce (Google is also reportedly working on its own response). The app has seen huge growth but is facing trouble from regulators, including a US national security review. For TikTok, the clock is ticking. Update November 12th, 7:23AM ET: Story has been updated to incorporate news of the launch of Reels. Source: Instagram is testing a new video editing tool called Reels that copies TikTok’s best features (via The Verge)
  17. In order to make small firms sell goods more easily, WhatsApp has added a new feature to its WhatsApp Business app called catalogs. Catalogs are accessible via a business’s profile page and users can scroll through the different products to see a description and price. This will cut out the need for back and forward messaging between customers and businesses. For each product, businesses can attach a price, a description, and a product code. Not only does this speed custom up but it also makes smaller businesses look more professional. According to WhatsApp, catalogs are stored in the cloud which saves both customers and businesses storage space on their devices. Setting up a new catalog is pretty easy; head into the WhatsApp Business app and go to settings, then go to Business Settings and select Catalog, from here you can add products. Once you’re happy with the details just hit save. In order to promote your products, you can attach them from the catalog directly into chats. The feature is available now for WhatsApp Business on both Android and iPhone in Brazil, Germany, India, Indonesia, Mexico, the U.K., and the U.S. If your country is not listed, don’t worry, WhatsApp will roll out the feature to the rest of the world soon. Source: WhatsApp Business app gains catalog feature to help small firms (via Neowin)
  18. Apple rolls out iOS 13.2.2 update with fix for annoying multitasking bug Apps won’t close in the background so quickly anymore Apple has just released iOS and iPadOS 13.2.2, with a fix for a frustrating bug that led apps to close in the background much quicker than usual. Even a jump between two apps could be enough for Safari windows to reload or to lose your place in a YouTube video. The issue is also fixed in the iOS 13.3 update that went into beta testing this week, but it’s great to see that Apple is fast-tracking a fix to all customers. iOS 13.2.2 also addresses an issue where iPhones could “temporarily lose mobile signal after a call” and another “where mobile data may temporarily not be available.” I’ve randomly lost data — despite my iPhone showing full bars — when coming up from the subway occasionally, so hopefully that bug is now gone thanks to those fixes. Apple also notes that this patch “resolves an issue where charging may be interrupted on YubiKey Lightning-powered accessories” and clears up a bug that caused some replies to S/MIME messages between Exchange accounts to be unreadable. The iOS and iPadOS 13.2.2 update should be available now from your settings menu. Source: Apple rolls out iOS 13.2.2 update with fix for annoying multitasking bug (The Verge)
  19. The ProtonMail app on iOS is now fully open source Proton Technologies AG has announced that its ProtonMail app on iOS is now fully open source, with the code now available on GitHub. Giving some reasons for the open sourcing of the app, the firm said that it believes “in transparency, the power of community, and building a more private and secure future for all.” The open sourcing of the app follows a security audit of the software carried out by the security firm SEC Consult. Proton said that by opening up its code, it helps build the trust of its users who can see what the app does and can even use the source code to build their own version of the app if they don’t trust the binaries being distributed. Commenting on the open sourcing of the application, Proton said: “Developers are free to implement and build upon the methods that we have documented and published. We believe that when developers work together to solve real-world privacy challenges, everyone benefits, and we hope that the publication of our code will result in safer and more robust iOS apps.” Accompanying the release of the source code, the firm has also documented the iOS security model which can help the public review some of the more unintelligible code found within the app. With the source code now open, reviewing the code for bugs is an option if you’d like to earn some money via the ProtonMail bug bounty programme. Also, if you’re new to the Swift programming language and creating apps for iOS, reviewing existing programs and seeing how they work is a great way to improve your coding skills. Source: The ProtonMail app on iOS is now fully open source (Neowin)
  20. Google News now displays stories in two languages in a single feed Google rolled out today a new update for its news aggregator app on Android and iOS, enabling users to view articles in two languages with only a single feed. The new capability is available across 141 countries, with support for 41 languages. The search giant said in a blog post that the new update aims to provide assistance to users who are in the habit of consuming news across multiple languages. This activity proves to be challenging for people as they need to look for stories across various apps. With the latest change to the Google News app, users can view news content in two languages and read headlines and stories in each language at the same time. For example, news stories can be displayed in both English and Hindi simultaneously so that users can keep tabs on events occurring in India. That means users can receive updates from local publishers and articles about any topics from any part of the world. The changes won't affect your existing personalization preferences. More importantly, you will stay up-to-date with relevant news stories from your chosen languages. You can enable the new feature by heading over to the language settings in the Google News app and picking two language options. Source: Google News now displays stories in two languages in a single feed (Neowin)
  21. Google's decade-old feature used in Chrome to reduce browsing history is now available for location services in Android. After announcing it twice in the past year, Google is keeping its promise and unrolling Incognito mode for Maps for its Android users, the company confirmed in a blog post. Modeled after the same tool that can be used in Chrome since 2008 to visit web pages without any browsing history being recorded within the platform, the new feature will prevent users' activity in Maps from being saved to their Google account. This means that, when it is switched on, you can search and view locations without having any information added to your Google account history – making, for instance, Google's personalized recommendations a lot more neutral, since they are based on your personal data. Maps will also stop sending you notifications, updating your location history and sharing your location. Google first announced that Incognito would be released for Maps a few months ago, and more recently reiterated that the feature was coming soon. Eric Miglia, director of privacy and data protection office at Google, said: "managing your data should be just as easy as making a restaurant reservation or using Maps to find the fastest way back home". While Incognito is indeed easy to switch on – users simply have to tap the option on their profile picture in Maps – there is a caveat. "Turning on Incognito mode in Maps does not affect how your activity is used or saved by internet providers, other apps, voice search, and other Google services", reads the announcement. In other words, turning the feature on minimizes the information stored in users' personal Google accounts, but it doesn't do much to stop third-parties from accessing that data. It is therefore useful for those who wish to get rid of personalized recommendations prompted by Google, but it should not be seen as an entirely reliable privacy tool. When it is switched on, Incognito also stops some key features from running, which include Google Assistant's microphone in navigation, so it might not be a tool that commuters will be using at all times. As well as Incognito for Maps, Google teased two other services to enhance privacy protection in its services last month. YouTube will have a history auto-delete option, and Google Assistant will be getting voice commands that let users manage the Assistant's own privacy settings. The company's attempts to strengthen privacy controls for its users comes at the same time as loopholes emerged in Chrome's Incognito mode. Websites were found to be able to detect visitors based on whether or not an API was available in Chrome's FileSystem, which let them enforce free article limits in the case of news websites, for instance. Although Google modified its FileSystem in Chrome 76 to prevent this, website developers have again been crafting methods to bypass the new system. Incognito for Maps is expected to hit iOS soon, but no precise date was confirmed by Google. Source: Google Maps on Android user? Now you can switch to incognito mode (via ZDNet) p/s: While this news talks about new feature on Google Maps app in Android and iOS and initially intending to post under Mobile Software News, this news is better suited to be posted under Secuirty and Privacy News section, as this news holds greater emphasis on security and privacy features on Google Maps app, including Incognito mode.
  22. No more distractions WhatsApp’s latest iOS update stops showing an unread notification badge on its app icon for messages you’ve muted. It’s a minor but welcome change that arrived with version 2.19.110 of the iOS app. The change applies for both individual and group chats. The messaging app’s mute feature is invaluable if you want to reduce distractions, particularly if you’re a participant in any large group chats. Before the update, muting a chat would only stop your phone from vibrating and playing a notification sound when it received a new message, while doing nothing about the anxiety-inducing red notification badge placed on the app’s icon on the home screen. The new update only affects iOS users. On Android, meanwhile, WhatsApp has a separate “Show notifications” toggle which you can either tick or untick when you’re muting a chat. Source: WhatsApp fixes the notification badge on muted iOS chats (via The Verge)
  23. The Hammerhead True Wireless earbuds have a low 60ms latency mode One of the worst things about using wireless headphones while gaming on an Android phone is the latency. Whether the fault lies with the OS or the manufacturing (or both), I’ve found that most headphones — even expensive ones like the Sony WH-1000X M3s — aren’t able to keep up with what’s on the screen. It’s infuriating, and it’s a situation that Razer’s $99 Hammerhead True Wireless earbuds aim to take on. These new truly wireless earbuds, which Razer announced today, have a minuscule 60ms latency once “Gaming Mode” is enabled via a dedicated app for iOS and Android. The result should align what you’re hearing with what is on the screen. Razer claims that its earbuds utilize a customized version of Bluetooth 5.0 to allow this feature to work and to preserve audio quality and battery life in the low-latency mode. To turn it on, just tap three times on the earbud. At a press briefing, I got to try out the Hammerhead True Wireless, and this low-latency mode seemed to work at times while falling out of step other times. My time with the earbuds was brief, and the press room was loud, so I won’t be able to place final judgment on the quality of the feature (or the sound quality, in general) until I have more time with them. The Hammerhead True Wireless are somewhat similar in design to the AirPods in that they don’t rely on ear tips to fit in your ears, though they include a few silicon sleeves to help you find a better fit. Once you pop them out of the case, which charges via USB-C, they rest in your ears. This is great from a usability standpoint, but it’s not so great if you’re looking for a set of wireless earbuds that can block out external noise. If that’s the case, something like the AirPods Pro might be a better choice. The Hammerhead True Wireless offer IPX4 water resistance and three hours of use per charge. The included case offers four recharges, totaling 12 hours of battery life. (This is on the low-end of life expectancies per charge compared to other competing models.) Basic tasks like changing the song, picking up calls, or activating your preferred voice assistant are handled with touch controls on the earbuds. If you want to adjust the volume, you’ll need to do it from your phone. The $99 price tag seems fair for what’s being offered, but these earbuds might have a tough time standing out from the crowd if the Gaming Mode doesn’t make a huge difference when you’re gaming on an Android phone. We will test them more to find out if the low-latency mode makes or breaks these earbuds. The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless are available now on Razer.com. Source: Razer’s first truly wireless earbuds aim to fix gaming audio lag on Android (via The Verge)
  24. Everything you need to know about iOS and iPadOS 13.2 AirPods Pro support, Deep Fusion photography, and new emoji are part of the update. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. Today, Apple released iOS 13.2, iPadOS 13.2, and tvOS 13.2 for supported iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Apple TV devices. The company also released a minor update labeled iOS 12.4.3 for iPhones and iPads that saw end-of-support with last month's iOS 13 release. iOS and iPadOS 13.2 represents the first major new feature release since iOS 13 came out several weeks ago. Up to this point, Apple's unusually frequent updates have been focused on either bug fixes or on introducing features that were originally planned for the first version of iOS 13. There's a mixture of new and previously planned here, but it marks the biggest update yet for iOS 13 users. Additions include Deep Fusion computational photography for better low- and mid-light photos on the latest iPhones, the ability to opt-out or opt-in to sharing Siri voice recordings with Apple, support for AirPods Pro and the Announce Messages with Siri feature, a bunch of new emoji, new smart home features, and a number of bug fixes. The updates are available today on all devices already supported by iOS 13, tvOS 13, and iPadOS. Table of Contents iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 Choose whether to share Siri recordings with Apple Support for AirPods Pro and Announce Messages with Siri Deep Fusion computational photography 59 new emoji Smart home features and HomeKit Bug fixes, security updates, and other small changes For older devices: iOS 12.4.3 13.2 for Apple TV and HomePod This update caps a rapid post-launch release cadence Full iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 update notes iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 Choose whether to share Siri recordings with Apple Like many of its peers in the tech industry, Apple recently found itself the subject of criticism for how it worked with third-party contractors to process and analyze recordings of its users' interactions with Siri in its efforts to improve the virtual assistant. Reports indicated that Apple's contractors reviewed Siri recordings as part of a process to increase accuracy but that the contractors heard personal conversations and even sex. Devices sometimes even made accidental activations. Apple has sought to position Siri as the privacy-friendly alternative to Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, and Apple responded to the criticism swiftly by suspending that program and its relationship with the contractors. From that point on, only Apple employees would be able to analyze the recordings, the company said, and a software update would make even that opt-in. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. iOS and iPadOS 13.2 represent that next step in Apple's efforts to address those complaints. Once users update, turning their devices on for the first time after said update will present them with a question: do you want to share Siri recordings with Apple for optimization purposes or not? Users make a decision one way or the other before proceeding to use the device, though they can change it later in the Settings app. This essentially makes sharing these recordings opt-in only. Support for AirPods Pro and Announce Messages with Siri First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. Today, Apple also announced a new hardware product: AirPods Pro, more expensive versions of the popular AirPods wireless earbuds that feature improved sound quality, active noise cancelation, and some other new features. iOS 13.2 is timed closely with that release (AirPods Pro will be available on October 30), and updating your paired iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to iOS 13.2 is required to use them, as the update adds features like the ability to enable or disable noise cancelation from your phone. iOS and iPadOS 13.2 also bring a new feature to second-generation AirPods, Beats Pro, and AirPods Pro: "Announce Messages with Siri." When this is enabled, Siri can read your incoming text messages to you through your AirPods without requiring you to unlock your phone first. Deep Fusion computational photography Supported on the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max only, Deep Fusion captures multiple images at different exposure levels in rapid succession, then does a machine learning-driven, "pixel-by-pixel" analysis of the images. Apple says it composites what it deems to be the highest-quality parts of hte images into one image to reduce noise, better represent details and texture, and generally improve photo quality. In practice, this means that the phone takes four images: three normal photos, and one long-exposure shot. It takes what it considers the best-quality normal photo and merges it with the long-exposure shot, then runs four different processing steps to come out with a final image. It is similar in basic concept to Smart HDR, an existing feature for iPhone cameras, but it differs in the steps it takes and how many images it uses. As with other computational photography features, this happens under the hood and is largely not under your control. You cannot disable or enable it; the phone will decide to use Deep Fusion when the lighting calls for it; Apple says this feature is intended for "mid- to low-light scenes." 59 new emoji As has become an annual custom, there are a bunch of new emoji. Apple's update notes say there are over 70, but it depends on how you count; they're are 59 new emoji concepts, but it's more than 70 if you account for versions for each gender. There are more than 200 if you factor in skin tone. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. Additions include, but are not limited to, individuals in a wheelchair or with a cane, a bionic arm, swimsuits, an ice cube, butter, waffles, seeing-eye dogs, a sloth, a skunk, a Saturn-like planet with rings, coach cars, snorkeling gear, a banjo, a fire axe, a kite, a stethoscope, and, well, numerous others. All these new emojis will automatically appear as options in the iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad's built-in emoji picker keyboard. Listing image by Samuel Axon Smart home features and HomeKit Apple has teased this feature before, and it's now here; iOS 13.2 introduces HomeKit Security Video. (HomeKit is Apple's smart home platform.) Announced at the company's developer conference back in June, HomeKit Secure Video is Apple's answer to features from Google and others that automatically record short videos of people, animals, or cars that come into view of any home security cameras you have that are HomeKit-compatible. Unlike offerings from some other smart home companies, Apple executives noted on the stage, this implementation does not immediately upload your footage to the cloud for analysis. Rather, it analyzes and processes the videos on a local device like an iPad, HomePod, or Apple TV, then encrypts them and places them in iCloud storage "where no one, not even Apple, can see it." Videos are stored for free for up to 10 days, and don't count against users existing iCloud storage plans. Users can access the videos themselves, or decrypt them with a key that is only available to them. Additionally, Apple's update notes say that with this update, "HomeKit enabled routers put you in control of what your HomeKit accessories communicate with over the internet or in your home." Bug fixes, security updates, and other small changes As is the case with virtually every iOS or iPadOS software update, Apple has fixed a number of bugs. Issues addressed include one that frequently led to users being unable to pull up the on-screen keyboard when trying to perform a search, another that caused Messages to display phone numbers instead of contact names, and yet another that saw users' newly created notes vanishing in the Notes app. There are a few others too, and Apple claims "improved performance when using AssistiveTouch to activate App Switcher." Users should also see stored passwords appear as options more often within third-party apps. This isn't documented in the patch notes, but Apple has renamed the "Rearrange Apps" option that appears when you do a long-press on a home screen app icon to "Edit Home Screen." Also, there is now an option right there in that pop-up context menu to delete that app directly; you previously had to go into the rearrange apps mode and then tap an X on the app in question, so this removes some steps to perform that action. You can also now edit your video capture settings from right inside the Camera app on the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max, and there are new privacy settings that relate to Apple's opt-in Research app. Apple includes a plethora of security updates with each release, and typically documents them on its website. Counter to the usual, that list of updates is not currently available, but the site promises they're forthcoming. For older devices: iOS 12.4.3 iOS 13 already ended support for a number of older devices, including the following: iPhone 5s iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus iPad Air iPad mini 2 iPad mini 3 iPod touch (6th generation) Today, the company released a new software update for those devices that are not supported by iOS 13.2: iOS 12.4.3. Reports indicate that this is a very minor update that improves device security in the face of new threats, and that it brings minor two-factor authentication improvements to those devices. Apple recently also issued a pop-up notification warning to iPhone 5 users that if they don't upgrade to at least iOS 10.3.4 by November 3, they could lose network connectivity and access to services like the App Store and iCloud. The iPhone 5 has not been sold since late 2013. Some other older iPhones must update to avoid a bug that would make GPS features nonfunctional, as well. 13.2 for Apple TV and HomePod While iOS and iPadOS saw major updates today, Apple also released smaller packages for HomePods and modern Apple TV devices. Like its iPhone and iPad counterparts, tvOS 13.2 lets users decide whether they want to share Siri audio recording with Apple. Users will be presented with an explanation and a choice on whether to opt-in once when they boot up the device after updating. It seems plausible that the tvOS update also lays some groundwork for Apple TV+, the streaming media service Apple plans to launch in just a couple of days, but we can't be sure from the information Apple has released. The HomePod software update is more substantial, though it is technically classified as a subset of iOS 13.2. HomePod-releated release notes are as follows: iOS 13.2 provides support for new HomePod features: The ability for HomePod to recognize the voices of different family members to provide a personalized experience Handoff music, podcasts or phone calls by bringing your iPhone close to HomePod Add music to your HomeKit scenes Play relaxing high-quality soundtracks with Ambient Sounds Set sleep timers to fall asleep to music or Ambient Sounds This update caps a rapid post-launch release cadence As we’ve noted before, this continues to reflect a very aggressive update cadence. When Apple released iOS 12, the first bug fix update (12.0.1) came about three weeks later, and the first major feature update (12.1) arrived after that. From there, users waited more than a month for the following bug fix update (12.1.1). By contrast, iOS 13 released on September 19, with the first feature release (iOS 13.1) a mere 5 days later on September 24. Two bug fix releases—13.1.1 and 13.1.2—followed within just one week, with a third arriving on October 15. Apple has clearly changed its internal development processes for software updates. This could be in response to public criticisms of bugs in iOS 12, as well as a rocky launch for iOS 13. Reviewers and early adopters widely noted that iOS 13 had some kinks at launch, and it didn’t instill confidence that Apple both held key iOS 13 features for 13.1, and actually launched the newest version of macOS weeks after the mobile operating system hit. While it’s difficult to see behind Apple’s curtain and ascertain why iOS 13—which we deemed a major and attractive update despite its roughness around the edges—has had such a fast-paced launch period, former Apple engineer David Shayer wrote an article for TidBits speculating as to why Apple found itself in this situation, which could shed some light on it. Among his theories: lack of strong reporting tools for non-crashing bugs, triage and scheduling challenges, and ballooning complexity, among other things. In any case, this marks the second major feature release for iOS 13, and whereas iOS 13.1 primarily just introduced features that were meant for the initial iOS 13 launch, iOS 13.2 is in both timing and feature set an equivalent to iOS 12.1—the first major “new features” update after the launch. Full iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 update notes Here are the complete update notes for iOS 13.2 written by Apple. The iPadOS 13.2 notes are the same, but with the omission of the camera features. iOS 13.2 introduces Deep Fusion, an advanced image processing system that uses the A13 Bionic Neural Engine to capture images with dramatically better texture, detail, and reduced noise in lower light, on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Additional features include updated and additional emoji, Announce Messages for AirPods, support for AirPods Pro, HomeKit Secure Video, HomeKit enabled routers, and new Siri privacy settings. This update also contains bug fixes and improvements. Camera Deep Fusion for iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max uses the A13 Bionic Neural Engine to capture multiple images at various exposures, run a pixel-by-pixel analysis, and fuse the highest quality parts of the images together resulting in photos with dramatically better texture, details, and reduced noise, especially for mid to low light scenes Ability to change the video resolution directly from the Camera app for iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max Emoji Over 70 new or updated emoji, including animals, food, activities, new accessibility emoji, gender neutral emoji, and skin tones selection for couple emoji AirPods support Announce Messages with Siri to read your incoming messages aloud to your AirPods AirPods Pro support Home App HomeKit Secure Video enables you to privately capture, store, and view encrypted video from your security cameras and features people, animal, and vehicle detection HomeKit enabled routers put you in control of what your HomeKit accessories communicate with over the internet or in your home Siri Privacy settings to control whether or not to help improve Siri and Dictation by allowing Apple to store audio of your Siri and Dictation interactions Option to delete your Siri and Dictation history from Siri Settings This update also includes bug fixes and other improvements. This update: Fixes an issue that may prevent passwords from autofilling in 3rd party apps Resolves an issue that may prevent the keyboard from appearing when using Search Addresses an issue where swipe to go home might not work on iPhone X and later Fixes an issue where Messages would only send a single notification when the option to repeat alerts was enabled Addresses an issue where Messages may display a phone number instead of a contact name Resolves an issue that caused Contacts to launch to the previously opened contact instead of the contact list Fixes an issue that may prevent Markup annotations from being saved Resolves an issue where saved notes could temporarily disappear Fixes an issue where iCloud Backup might not successfully complete after tapping Backup Now in Settings Improves performance when using AssistiveTouch to activate App Switcher For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222 Source: Everything you need to know about iOS and iPadOS 13.2 (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image galleries, please visit the above link)
  25. Apple has confirmed that 17 malware iPhone apps were removed from the App Store after successfully hiding from the company’s app review process. The apps were all from a single developer but covered a wide range of areas, including a restaurant finder, internet radio, BMI calculator, video compressor, and GPS speedometer … The apps were discovered by mobile security company Wandera, which said that the apps did what they claimed while secretly committing fraud in the background. Although no direct harm was done to app users, the activity would be using up mobile data, as well as potentially slowing the phone and accelerating battery drain. Wandera said the malware iPhone apps evaded Apple’s review process because the malicious code was not found within the app itself, but the apps were instead getting instructions on what to do from a remote server. Apple says it is improving its app review process to detect this approach. The same server was also controlling Android apps. In at least one of those cases, weaker security in Android meant that the app was able to do more direct harm. The apps were all from AppAspect Technologies. iOS aims to guard against this by sandboxing. Each app gets its own private environment, so cannot access system data or data from other apps unless using processes specifically permitted and monitored by iOS. However, Wandera cautions that there have been examples of the sandbox failing, giving three examples of this. Wandera is the same company that warned how a Siri feature could be used for phishing non-technically knowledgeable iPhone users. Apple confirmed the removal of the 17 apps to ZDNet. Source: 1. 17 malware iPhone apps removed from App Store after evading Apple’s review (via 9to5Mac) - Main article 2. Trojan malware infecting 17 apps on the App Store (via Wandera) - Main reference to the article p/s: The list of 17 apps that are mentioned on the article are as follows:
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