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  1. Apple releases iOS 14.1 and iPadOS 14.1 with 10-bit HDR support Today, Apple released iOS 14.1 and iPadOS 14.1, its latest minor updates. The updates come in preparation of Friday's launch of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, which are set to ship with the new versions. Some of what's included have to do with iPhone 12 features. For example, the updates include support for 10-bit HDR video playback and editing. This is necessary because one of the big iPhone 12 features is not only the ability to record video in Dolby Vision HDR, but to edit it as
  2. This app lets you do custom iOS icons without the Shortcuts app A seamless iOS icon option, without any extra steps iPhone icon customization is booming, thanks to new features in iOS 14, but there’s still some big catches. The workaround for a bespoke iPhone homescreen requires routing through Apple’s Shortcuts app every time you want to open an app, and the process of customizing all your apps one-by-one is a time-consuming and frustrating task. But Launch Center Pro — a popular tool for cust
  3. Reeder is one of the most popular RSS readers for iPhone, iPad, and Mac, and this week it’s gotten a handful of new features. Reeder 5 is now available as a new purchase with support for home screen widgets, new feed syncing features, and more. For iOS 14 users, Reeder 5 includes support for home screen widgets. These widgets allow you to view the most recent articles on your home screen, and you can configure the widgets to show only items from certain feeds, folders, searches, or tags. Reeder 5 also includes a new built-in feeds service to keep thi
  4. Microsoft last month officially added a key feature to Game Pass, its Netflix-style subscription library of Xbox games: The ability to stream many of the included games to any Android smartphone or tablet. Notably, Apple's iPhone and iPad were absent from the launch. Apple has said it doesn't allow apps for streaming services such as Game Pass or Google's Stadia because it's unable to review each game on the platform. "We absolutely will end up on iOS with Game Pass," Microsoft gaming boss Phil Spencer told employees. The company is targeting 2021 for the potential release of a "di
  5. Chrome 86 beefs up password security on Android and iOS Once again, Google is highlighting the plethora of improvements it is making to the Chrome browser. The update mainly deals with beefing up password security on mobile versions of Chrome, as it makes a number of security-focused additions and other usability tweaks. Google will check whether users' passwords have been compromised, and that is found to be the case, the firm will take users directly to the appropriate "Change Password" form. The feature is presently available to Android and iOS users. Th
  6. Spotify will now let you search using lyrics so you can find that one song stuck in your head Another way to search for songs Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge For those times when you’re constantly singing a line of a song but just can’t remember what song those lyrics came from, Spotify can now help you with that. You can now search for songs by their lyrics on iOS and Android (via 9to5Mac). The feature looks to be pretty straightforward — type in some lyrics into Spotify’s s
  7. Here are the new emojis coming in iOS 14.2 In January this year, the Unicode Consortium announced a bunch of new emoji characters that are coming this year, and they're right on schedule. With Apple releasing the second developer beta of iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 today. the whole set is unveiled. Naturally, these are specific to Apple's platforms, as each company can design its emoji characters however it wants. One thing that's new in Emoji 13.0 is the reclassification of a number of characters as gender-neutral. That means that you can have a woman wearing
  8. Google brings dark theme support for Docs, Sheets, and Slides on iOS Google today announced that dark theme is rolling out to Docs, Sheets, and Slides on iOS. Today's release comes two months after dark mode arrived on those apps on Android. Like its Android counterpart, the feature will automatically respect the iOS settings. However, if you prefer not to enable it, you can disable dark mode by heading over to the menu settings and then choosing the theme section. The new look is available to all G Suite users with either
  9. Google Meet’s noise cancelation feature is rolling out on iOS and Android It’s been available on the web since June Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google is rolling out its impressive noise cancelation in Google Meet to Android and iOS, but unfortunately, it won’t be available to everybody — you have to be a G Suite Enterprise or G Suite Enterprise for Education customer to take advantage of the handy feature, Google says. Google rolled this out first for the web in June. The
  10. Apple releases iOS 14.0.1 with default app setting fix If this was a normal year, we'd all have been downloading iOS 14 yesterday, and waiting to pick up our iPhone 12 devices tomorrow. But it's not a normal year, the iPhone 12 is delayed from its normal timeframe, and Apple didn't have to tie iOS 14 to its release, so it actually released the OS last week. Now, the first bug fix updates are rolling out in the form of iOS 14.0.1, iPadOS 14.0.1, watchOS 7.0.1, tvOS 14.0.1, and macOS 10.15.7 Catalina. The iOS and iPadOS updates do fix a key issue. i
  11. A tip from a kid helps detect iOS and Android scam apps’ 2.4 million downloads Smartphone apps raked in ~$500,000, in part thanks to shilling on TikTok and Instagram. Enlarge Silas Stein/picture alliance via Getty Images 45 with 37 posters participating Researchers said that a tip from a child led them to discover aggressive adware and exorbitant prices lurking in iOS and Android smartphone apps with a combined 2.4 million downloads from the App Store and Google Play. Posing as apps for en
  12. iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and watchOS 7 are coming soon, but you may be getting it early Starting September 16...though some users can update now (Image credit: Apple) It’s been a busy day for Apple, as the company has just announced the Apple Watch 6, Apple Watch SE, iPad 2020, iPad Air 4, and more, and in among that flurry of announcements it also confirmed that iOS 14 is landing tomorrow (September 16). That’s not all, you’ll also be able to grab iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14 from then, so even if you’re not planning on p
  13. Microsoft Edge beta for iOS lets you set it as the default browser on iOS 14 Last week, we reported that you can now change your default browser in iOS 14, but the feature was exclusive to Google Chrome. As it turns out, it's starting to roll out more broadly, with Microsoft updating its Edge browser to support being set as the default. Right now, it's only for those on the TestFlight beta. The update rolled out over the weekend, and if you've updated, you've probably already seen it. That's because unlike with Google Chrome, Edge will - i
  14. WhatsApp users need to watch out for dangerous 'crash code' messages Fixing the problem could wipe out your chat history (Image credit: Shutterstock / Ink Drop) A new series if text bombs or 'crash codes' have been discovered that cause WhatsApp to continually crash on both iPhone and Android handsets. Specially coded messages containing a seemingly random string of strange characters cause rendering problems for WhatsApp, resulting in a loop of crashes. As well as undecipherable messages delivery crash codes, vCards (vi
  15. Apple releases iOS 13.7 with support for new automatic COVID-19 notification system The system, built jointly with Google, will help remove the burden of needing dedicated apps Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Apple on Tuesday released iOS 13.7, adding support for a new exposure notification system for powering COVID-19 tracking. The system is an extension of the existing coronavirus contact tracing efforts, but it removes the burden on states of having to build a dedicated app. News of the new software fr
  16. Facebook warns that new privacy protections in iOS 14 will hurt parts of its business Facebook announced today the key steps it is taking to address major privacy changes introduced by iOS 14. Announced in June, Apple's latest operating system for iPhone will make it harder for businesses to track user data by preventing apps from collecting those data using Apple’s device identifier without their consent. The social networking giant said it will stop collecting the identifier for advertisers (IDFA) on its apps on devices that are eligible for iOS 14. Facebo
  17. Hackers could exploit this nasty Safari bug to lift files from your hard drive Safari bug could be used to steal local files from iOS and macOS devices (Image credit: Shutterstock / Nicole Lienemann) A bug in Apple's Safari browser could be abused by hackers to leak or steal files from the devices of Mac and iOS users according to a new report from a security researcher. Co-founder of the Polish security firm REDTEAM.PL, Pawel Wylecial fir
  18. Adobe accidentally deleted people’s photos in latest Lightroom update Pictures and presets are gone for good Photo Illustration by Mateusz Slodkowski / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images For the past two days, photographers have been posting in a panic across Twitter, Reddit, and the Photoshop feedback forums. They’d downloaded Adobe’s latest update for Lightroom’s iOS app, and suddenly, their photos and presets were gone. Adobe has now confirmed the issue, and it’s also said that the data are gone for goo
  19. How to get rid of that irritating Meet tab in Gmail for Android and iOS Reclaim your email space I have nothing against Google’s Meet videoconferencing platform — I’ve even used it a couple of times with relatives — but I can’t help being annoyed when the feature is pushed at me via other apps. Specifically, Gmail. Meet first appeared on the desktop Gmail app last spring, but it did not take up much space and was reasonably easy to ignore (or remove from your screen, if you so wished). Now, however, Meet is mak
  20. Apple News+ redirects web links to the News app by default in iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur beta Apple's news subscription service, Apple News+, appears to be "intercepting traffic" to the sites of publishers that have participated in the program. This has been pointed out in a tweet by Tony Haile, CEO of subscription news service Scroll. News+ has been spotted opening web links from its participating publishers directly in the dedicated News app by default in the early beta versions of iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur. That means when you tap or click on a link to an ar
  21. iOS 14’s Best Privacy Feature? Catching Data-Grabbing Apps Apple's new operating system hasn't been released to the public yet, but its new permission notifications are already shaming developers into cleaning up their acts. Photographer: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg/Getty Images With every iOS update, users gain more controls over what data that app developers can collect about them. The new iOS 14 is no different, except for one thing—it hasn’t
  22. Microsoft's Family Safety app exits preview, now generally available Microsoft announced the Family Safety app back in March when it rebranded Office 365 subscriptions to Microsoft 365. The Redmond firm began taking sign-ups for a preview and the preview became available to those users in May. Now, after a couple of months in testing, the company has announced that the service is being made available to Android and iOS starting this week. The app – as the name suggests – lets users keep a tab on family members and their digital usage. It lets users set scree
  23. How to take screenshots on your iPhone Quick and easy snapshots of your screen If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Screenshots are handy. You can use them to show your grandparent how to use a new app. You can use them to send a shot of that strange error message to your company’s IT department. You can use them to capture tweets — yours or someone else’s — before they disappear down the deletion bl
  24. Apple releases iOS 13.6 with a bunch of Apple News improvements Today, Apple is introducing iOS 13.6, iPadOS 13.6, macOS 10.15.6, watchOS 6.2.8, and tvOS 13.4.8 to everyone. They've been in testing since the beginning of June. For a minor update that's arriving while a major update is in beta, iOS 13.6 actually packs some new features. For one thing, it includes Apple's new CarKey feature that lets you unlock a car with your phone, but more importantly, there are a bunch of Apple News improvements, which the firm announced today.
  25. 8 iOS 14 features Google should bring to Android Apple and Google have both announced the next major version of their mobile operating system that's due to release later in the year. Google was the first to announce Android 11 with a focus on conversations, people, and privacy, and Apple followed suit last month with iOS 14 at WWDC 2020. While both iOS and Android are very mature operating systems at this point, there's still a feature disparity between them in some aspects. It is also quite common for both companies to take inspiration from each other for n
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