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iOS 8.3 beta now on Apple Seed, appears to be invitation only

iOS 8.3 beta now on Apple Seed, appears to be invitation only

Apple has started sending out email invitations to some members of the Apple Seed program, inviting them to beta test iOS 8.3. Based on the contents of the email — some of us here received it — it looks like Apple is not doing a full-on public beta like they did for OS X Yosemite, but are instead...
Apple releases new beta of iOS 8.3 for developers, Apple Seed testers

Apple releases new beta of iOS 8.3 for developers, Apple Seed testers

Apple has released a new beta of iOS 8.3 to developers and AppleSeed testers. It is available for download over the air, or through the Apple Developer Center. This is the fourth beta of iOS 8.3 for developers, and the second Apple Seed testers. Apple started the invitation-only Apple Seed...
No, OS X is NOT the 'most vulnerable OS' despite shoddy reporting

No, OS X is NOT the 'most vulnerable OS' despite shoddy reporting

Security, as we take great pains to repeatedly point out, is something that deeply affects people. It affects their stress and trust levels when dealing with technology. When it's misreported it turns what should be an empowering experience into one of fear, uncertainty, and doubt. And it's far...
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iOS 8, OS X Yosemite and future shock

iOS 8, OS X Yosemite and future shock

I love my Macs and my iOS devices, but I can't help but feel like things are getting out of control. When I look at the gadgets that my family and I take for granted, I feel like I live in the future. Smart tablets, smart phones, smart watches. Despite all these smart devices, though, there's a...
Why does my iPhone or iPad freeze when I delete apps?

iPhone or iPad freezing when you delete apps? Here's the work-around!

You touch and hold an icon to put your iPhone or iPad into jiggly mode, tap the X button to delete an app, and then... nothing. Literally nothing. Everything just freezes up and seems to hang for a while. Eventually the confirm delete dialog box pops up, but it takes way longer than it should....
iOS 8 review: Six months later

iOS 8 review: Six months later

Six months ago Apple released iOS 8, the biggest update to the company's mobile operating system since the advent of the App Store in 2008. Six months ago Apple released iOS 8, the biggest update to the company's mobile operating system since the advent of the App Store in 2008. We reviewed iOS...
Apple releases new beta of iOS 8.3 for developers, Apple Seed testers

Apple releases new beta of iOS 8.3 for developers, Apple Seed testers

Apple has released a new beta of iOS 8.3 to developers and AppleSeed testers. It is available for download over the air, or through the Apple Developer Center. This is the fourth beta of iOS 8.3 for developers, and the second Apple Seed testers. Apple started the invitation-only Apple Seed...
What would you change about Control Center?

What would you change about Control Center?

Control Center is a way to get at all your toggles, sliders, buttons, and basic actions, all in one place. Since it's debut in iOS 7 back in 2013, Control Center hasn't changed much. Pull it up from the bottom of the screen and you get quick access to a variety of options. The top row gives you...
Siri and the potential for 'Voice ID'

Siri and the potential for 'Voice ID'

Yell "Hey, Siri!" on podcast — or out loud at an event — and you'll get dozens of complaints from people whose phones suddenly went into voice mode. That might sound like an edge-case for Siri, Apple's personal digital assistant, but here's something more common — a family charging station with...
iOS 8 adoption rate now stands at 77%

iOS 8 adoption rate now stands at 77%

Apple's latest App Store distribution numbers show that iOS 8 has now been installed on 77% of all compatible devices as of March 16, 2015. iOS 7 now stands at 20%, with all the older versions claiming a total of 3% of installs. While the new stats represent a 5% gain compared to the iOS 8...
Here's why you should turn on two-factor authentication

Here's why you should turn on two-factor authentication

These days, simple passwords aren't good enough to secure your data. Hackers are too good, and security systems flawed. Longer complicated passwords created by generators like 1Password and Safari's iCloud Keychain can help, but the best way to lock down your accounts is to add extra...
What would you change about Notification Center?

What would you change about Notification Center?

Notification Center is a way to collect all your widgets and alerts all in one place. Since its debut in iOS 5, Apple has included first-party widgets, removed them, then added support for third-party widgets. Apple has added a missed tab and then taken it away. Apple has added predictive...
iOS 8.3 beta now on Apple Seed, appears to be invitation only

iOS 8.3 beta now on Apple Seed, appears to be invitation only

Apple has started sending out email invitations to some members of the Apple Seed program, inviting them to beta test iOS 8.3. Based on the contents of the email — some of us here received it — it looks like Apple is not doing a full-on public beta like they did for OS X Yosemite, but are instead...

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