Apple’s video service event is just hours away, but there are still a few rumors making the rounds — including, apparently, pricing. Wall Street Journalcontacts claim Apple has been negotiating to offer subscriptions to channels “such as” HBO, Showtime and Starz for $10 each through its new TV app, which would also include Apple’s original programming. In that light, it would be closer to Amazon’s Prime Video Channels, where the focus is on convenient access to third party services.
A recent report by TechCrunch and The App Analystrevealed that some major companies use an analytics tool that secretly record every swipe and tap you make within their applications. Now, Apple has started telling developers to remove that screen-recording code if they don’t want their apps yanked from the App Store. See, most of the applications that use the tool don’t ask for permission to record your activities and your screen. That goes against the tech giant’s App Store Review Guidelines, which (as a spokesperson explained to TechCrunch) “require that apps request explicit user consent and provide a clear visual indication when recording, logging, or otherwise making a record of user activity.”
Apple isn’t taking chances just because Facebook is shutting down the iOS version of its controversial research app. The company told Recode in a statement that it was revoking the enterprise certificates Facebook had been using to distribute the software outside of the App Store. The social network’s use of business certificates to distribute apps to non-employees was a “clear breach” of its agreement with Apple, a spokesperson said. However, while the pay-for-user-data app was the main offender, the decision appears to have had broader consequences for Facebook — numerous internal tools might not work.
Tumblr is back in the App Store. Apple pulled the app from iTunes in November, and it was reportedly due to the presence child exploitation photos on the platform. Tumblr said it found those photos during a routine check and that they slipped through its filters, because they haven’t been added to the database of known child sexual abuse material yet. Since then, the website has been flagging adult content on the platform more aggressively, until it finally announced that it will no longer allow any adult content starting on December 17th.
L’Oreal isn’t a brand you’d usually associate with medical technology, but over the past few years it’s been making major inroads in skin protection innovation. There was My UV Patch, designed to inform wearers how their skin was being affected by the sun, and then UV Sense, a thumbnail-sized smart device that helped monitor sun exposure. Now, it’s launching a battery-free wearable electronic that tracks your exposure to UV, pollution, pollen and humidity.
Welcome back to our series on the iOS 12 Shortcuts app! In our first article, we introduced you to the Shortcuts app with a description of the purpose of the app, a guide to the user interface, and the general settings that are available for each shortcut created. The second installment was primarily focused on actions, the building blocks of more complex shortcuts. Today we’ll put this introductory information to good use by creating a simple shortcut to show you how the process works.
The Rocket Yard Archive Shortcut
The Rocket Yard blog can provide you with a lot of knowledge, and sometimes you may remember that we wrote about a topic but you can’t find the article. In our first example, we’ll create a shortcut that will save a Rocket Yard article (or any other web page for that matter) to a PDF, then ask you where you wish to store it
This is the second in a short series of articles about the Shortcuts app, a powerful automation tool built into iOS 12 (See how to automate tasks on Mac here).
In our first article, we described how to download and install Shortcuts from the App Store, then introduced readers to the user interface of Shortcuts. In today’s post, we’ll show you how to find actions, the building blocks that are used in Shortcuts to automate user processes.
More About Actions
When we describe actions as building blocks, that’s a pretty apt analogy. Each action is created by a developer to perform a certain activity. For example, Apple’s developers built a “Flip Image” action into iOS 12 so that a photo passed to the action can be reversed either horizontally or vertically (see screenshot below). That action takes a photo as input, reverses the image, and delivers the reversed image as output.
Recently we showed you how the new Siri Shortcuts can add Siri voice commands to a variety of apps that were previously “left out” of Apple’s intelligent assistant. Today we’re taking iOS automation a step further with an introductory look at the new Shortcuts app. Be sure to keep your browser pointed to the Rocket Yard for additional installments in this series that will dive deeper into the workings of this surprisingly powerful automation tool.
A few years ago, a third-party developer made an app called Workflow that allowed iOS users to create their own automated mashups of various apps. For example, you could tap a Workflow app and have the iPhone grab text from a web page and then paste it into a Notes document. Workflow brought a number of programming tools into the mix as well, allowing for entry of data by the user, analyzing conditionals, and so
Apple is pushing developers to offer their apps on a subscription basis. All those subscriptions quickly add up, so I thought it might be useful to quickly share how you can keep an eye on the subscriptions you take and also how to cancel them once you’ve stopped needing them.
How to monitor and cancel Apple app subscriptions
If you’ve ever subscribed to MUBI on your Apple TV, taken out an Apple Music membership, or signed-up for subs-based games then you’ll already have a subscription or two listed in your iTunes account. The only challenge is finding where they are kept. Here is everything you need to know:
The easiest way to check your App Subscriptions
Tap this link to open your iTunes page relating to your subscription accounts (you may need to log-in with your Apple ID.
Adware Doctor is a top app in Apple’s Mac App Store, sitting at number five in the list of top paid apps and leading the list of top utilities apps, as of writing. It says it’s meant to prevent “malware and malicious files from infecting your Mac” and claims to be one of the best apps to do so, but unbeknownst to its users, it’s also stealing their browser history and downloading it to servers in China.
Apple’s soon-to-ship macOS 10.14 ‘Mojave’ OS has a new Dark Mode feature everyone seems to love and can’t stop talking about – but there’s a small snag that’s easy to fix, thanks to Maxim Ananov’s HazeOversolution.
What is HazeOver?
Dark Mode is a really nice space to work in, but it has one slight problem. You see, most of us like to use the mode at night, or when trying to prevent ourselves being distracted by background apps. The thing is, when working in the mode the white areas in those background apps themselves become visual distractions.
HazeOver fixes this by applying a dark film across all the background elements on-screen, effectively putting a mute button on background mode distraction.
What does any of that mean?
The easiest way to describe what that means is to share this video:
Apple’s increasingly tougher stance on app privacy has led Facebook to pull one of its iOS apps. The Wall Street Journal has learned that Facebook is removing its VPN-based Onavo Protect program from the App Store after Apple warned the social network that it violated stricter policies (enacted in June) that limit how and why software collects data. Onavo Protect’s collection and analysis of user activity beyond the app reportedly violated the new data collection limits, a source said. It also broke a clause in the developer agreement forbidding apps from using that data for either unrelated purposes or advertising.
Back to My Mac is an iCloud feature that allows users to network remotely with other Macs. We’ve written at length about the benefits of the Back to My Mac feature such as remotely controlling a Mac or retrieving files.
However, Apple has announced in a support document that Back to My Mac will no longer be available beginning with macOS Mojave, which will arrive sometime in September.
Apple’s support document makes the following recommendations for alternatives to Back to My Mac:
Access files across your devices with iCloud Drive
Access your other Mac with screen sharing
Manage your Mac remotely with Apple Remote Desktop
We outline more about Apple Remote Desktop in this article, but it’s worth noting that the app costs $79.99 in the App Store and hasn’t been updated since 2017.
Do you have alternative solutions for networking remotely with a Mac? Let us know
The US stamp of approval—which clears the way for similar apps to get the green light—lands as the app’s Swedish maker faces investigations by European authorities into its advertising claims, plus criticism from health experts and reports of dozens of unwanted pregnancies.
The sleek mobile app, called Natural Cycles, boasts 900,000 users worldwide as well as approval from the EU to act as a form of contraceptive. Yet it’s essentially riff on an old-school “natural family planning” method dressed up for the digital age. An $80 annual subscription for the app comes with an oral thermometer and relies on a user’s basal body temperature (BBT) to estimate the time of ovulation (when an egg is released from
While a number of tech companies have purged their sites of Alex Jones podcasts and accounts over the last couple of days, not all InfoWars-related content has been taken down. And what’s still available continues to attract interest. CNBC reports today that the InfoWars app, which is still available through the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, is being downloaded quite a bit, taking the fourth spot in Apple’s chart of top free news-related apps. As of writing, the app was number 12 in Google’s chart of top free news and magazine apps.
Next time you fire up the Apple Store app to look up the MacBooks, iPhones and compatible accessories you can buy, just say the keyword out loud. Cupertino has rolled out voice search for its Store application on iOS — you only need to tap the mic icon in the search bar to get the app to recognize your words.
I’ve been playing with a promising new app called Cinamaker. So far it seems like it might be a great way for low-budget event streaming and video production, though it has features beyond its price.
What does it do?
The application is a pro-quality live streaming and video production app that links up cameras of all kinds, from smartphones to DSLR cameras. You can then use these different inputs to create live streams and on-the-fly “live-edits” – and all from an iPad.
Think about it — with a camera-toting DJI drone, a few iPhones and a little creativity you could even make your local charity dog show look cool!
Back in February, the audio social network Anchor relaunched as a one-stop podcast-making shop. Now it’s introducing an iPad app that’s designed for the larger device’s touch interface. Best of all, it includes editing tools, enabling users to trim, cut and drop in segments and effects at their whim. Get it now for free in the App Store.
As we warned you in March, 32-bit apps will lose full support in macOS 10.14 Mojave when it’s released in September. Among the 32-bit apps that are included in macOS is DVD Player. While new Macs no longer feature a built-in optical drive, it is still possible to use CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs with external optical drives.
Some customers were reasonably concerned that Apple would kill off support for the DVD Player app along with other 32-bit apps. However, as applemust.com points out, the Mojave beta features a 64-bit version of the DVD Player app with a fresh icon.
This means that those with 2012 MacBook Pros and 2010-2012 Mac Pros with internal optical drives and those with external solutions will be free to watch DVDs on their Mac. If you have a Mac without an optical drive, check out OWC’s selection of external solutions.
Apple has revealed a redesigned Mac App Store at WWDC 2018, which takes clear design cues from the iOS version of the shop. You’ll notice right away that it now looks a lot like the one on your iPhone and iPad, featuring a “Discover” tab that will highlight a wide range of curated content, anything from “best apps” lists to tutorials and behind-the-scenes stories from developers. Ratings and reviews of applications are now front and center, too, while video previews are making its debut on the Mac App Store for the first time — that’s a feature that launched on iOS in 2014.