Apple iOS 10.3.3 Has A Great Secret Feature

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Apple iOS 10.3.3 has problems but what appears to be an otherwise dull update on the surface, actually hides a crucial improvement (but bad news for older iPhones) if you delve deeper… ‘Great Secret Features’ and ‘Nasty Surprises’ are my regular columns investigating operating system updates for the best features / biggest problems hidden behind the headlines. Buried deep in Apple’s official iOS 10.3.3 security notes is something startling: iPhones have been vulnerable to hackers taking complete control of them simply via WiFi. The...

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Data and design can keep mobile travellers engaged

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Our lives have become increasingly mobile, with research showing that US consumers spend more than five hours each day interacting with on-the-go devices. NB This is a viewpoint by Ed Burek, director of marketing solutions at SiteSpect. Today’s connected travellers aren’t just spending more time on mobile, their expectations for this channel are growing at the same time. A recent Google survey found that 90% of consumers booking or researching travel through mobile devices – such as smartphones or tablets – will switch to a different website...

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Google’s Brilliant iPhone App Sucks On Android

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Google’s simple yet impressive iOS app, Motion Stills, is finally available for Android users, but it’s a very different beast from the original version. Google Previously an iOS exclusive, Google’s Motion Stills is now available for Android. Designed specifically to work with Apple’s Live Photos, Motion Stills for iOS works with the short motion sequences automatically captured alongside each photo taken with the default iOS camera app. It then applies clever digital image stabilisation to produce smooth animated GIFs and videos which...

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A Tribute to Windows Phone

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On July 11, 2017, Microsoft dropped mainstream support for their last “Windows Phone” smartphone operating system; Windows Phone 8.1. While Windows 10 Mobile is still around and still supported, Windows Phone 8.1 was far more popular and far more widely used even a couple of years after Windows 10 Mobile’s release. Considering how terribly buggy Windows 10 Mobile still is even after 3 years of development (Welcome to the beta test), we kind of wish Microsoft had kept going with the Windows Phone 8 direction. So it’s pretty sad to see support...

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Antivirus for Android Has a Long, Long Way To Go

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Antivirus programs on PCs have a mixed track record. While generally useful, they still have to play catch-up with evolving threats–and their deep system access has on occasion enabled even worse attacks. Now, as antivirus products gain in popularity for Android devices, they appear to be making many of the same old mistakes. A key part of the current shortcomings stems from relative immaturity in Android antivirus offerings. Researchers at Georgia Tech who analyzed 58 mainstream options found that many were relatively easy to defeat, often...

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Preparing for the Jump to a New Operating System

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Q. I have been a dedicated PC user since the mid-1980s and have only used Windows-based computers, but I am now contemplating a switch to Apple and have concerns. Will my external backup drives be accessed smoothly once connected to a Mac? I don’t use the cloud because I don’t want my stuff out there and don’t want any additional storage expenses. How do I transfer my desktop items, Google bookmarks, etc.? Will I still be able to use Chrome? A. Switching computer platforms is much easier than it used to be, thanks to programs that help you...

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iPhone 8 Leak Explains Apple’s Expensive Secrets

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Following my exclusive earlier this week, I can confirm exactly what the iPhone 8 looks like. But when will you be able to buy biggest redesign yet and at what cost? This is where the bad news starts… The ever reliable 9to5Mac has obtained a new report from J.P. Morgan which states the iPhone 8 will be both significantly more expensive than any previous iPhone and it will also be available in more limited quantities at launch. iDrop News iPhone 8 design with enlarged display based on the latest leaks. Image credit: iDrop News JP. Morgan...

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Does faith need an operating system?

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I can still remember walking into my college computer lab (do they have those anymore?) when the Windows 95 operating system first came out. Instead of the blue screen and function key commands I was accustomed to while using WordPerfect, Windows 95 was a visual, drag and drop GUI (graphical user interface), first pioneered by Apple, and it represented an enormous shift in personal computing. It made everything easier, more intuitive, more productive, and friendly. These days operating systems (like Windows and MacOS) are far more advanced...

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Update to iOS 10.3.3. Now to Fix a Major Security Flaw in Wi-Fi

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Photo: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images It’s easy to put off an iOS update — downloading the file and restarting your phone can be annoying. But you should grab Apple’s most recent update, iOS 10.3.3, as soon as possible: It patches a serious vulnerability over Wi-Fi that would allow an attacker to take complete control of your phone. Known as Broadpwn, the vulnerability was discovered by Nitay Artenstein. It affects both iOS and Android devices that use Broadcom’s Wi-Fi chipsets. (Android was recently patched to fix the flaw as well.)...

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The Latest in Web Design? Retro Websites Inspired by the ’90s

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“They’re tipping their hat to the 1990s,” said David Lee, the chief creative officer of Squarespace, a web platform company based in New York that has created millions of websites for clients. Mr. Lee said that he has seen a recent uptick in what he calls an “anti-design brutalism,” with clients opting for more bare-bones, retro-looking sites. Photo The website for Arcade Fire’s coming album, “Everything Now.” Some websites are purposely cumbersome to navigate, with loud, clip-art-filled pages. Others employ a simplistic Craigslist-style...

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