How to take control of GDPR emails in Mail

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Has your in-box become a pool of mailing lists, shops, services and brands begging you to agree to continue to receive email from them under Europe’s new GDPR legislation? I find these messages are making it hard to keep an eye on my regular email, so I thought this short report might help.

I like GDPR

There’s nothing wrong with GDPR.

I very much like it that Europe is brave enough to do what my second-rate UK government won’t do, which is give me a little power to protect my privacy.

There’s also nothing wrong with all these firms begging me to keep accepting messages from them – they want me to say yes, so they can confirm my details and then convince me to let them sell my details to someone else. With that in mind, I am being quite ruthless in using GDPR as an Continue reading “How to take control of GDPR emails in Mail”

How to use Apple’s new online privacy tools

Apple has published a deeply improved privacy site, offering in-depth information about what data it keeps about its customers and providing easy-to-use tools with which to download and verify such data. Here’s what you need to know to find out everything Apple knows about you:

Why has Apple made the site?

Apple introduced these privacy enhancements in response to new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) across the EU. The new site is available in the EU at this time, but Apple says it will make the tools and services there available internationally in future.

What can I do with Apple’s privacy tools?

  • Get a copy of your data
  • Request a correction to your data
  • Deactivate your account (though onlyin the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland).
  • Delete your account

How do I use Apple’s new data and privacy pages

You’ll be asked for your Apple ID and password when you

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How to use Apple’s new online privacy tools

Apple has published a deeply improved privacy site, offering in-depth information about what data it keeps about its customers and providing easy-to-use tools with which to download and verify such data. Here’s what you need to know to find out everything Apple knows about you:

Why has Apple made the site?

Apple introduced these privacy enhancements in response to new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) across the EU. The new site is available in the EU at this time, but Apple says it will make the tools and services there available internationally in future.

What can I do with Apple’s privacy tools?

  • Get a copy of your data
  • Request a correction to your data
  • Deactivate your account (though onlyin the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland).
  • Delete your account

How do I use Apple’s new data and privacy pages

You’ll be asked for your Apple ID and password when you

Continue reading “How to use Apple’s new online privacy tools”

iPhone owners can now use Yubikey NFC tags to unlock apps

Digital security has always been paramount, but the advent of tablets and smartphones has allowed us take much more data with us on the go. A combination of two-factor authentication and effective password management is usually enough to keep nefarious types away from your accounts, but Yubico has introduced an extra layer of safety for iOS that lets you seamlessly log into apps by hovering a YubiKey behind your phone.

Via: LastPass

Source: Yubico

The latest Apple smartphone data means everything must change

The missing link in the latest claims around iPhone sales in the U.S. is that while the rest of the industry is collapsing, Apple’s move to throw a thousand-dollar iPhone into the fray still delivered the company dominant marketshare across the U.S.

Market shrinks, but Apple don’t follow

I’ve lost track of how many analysts have thrown the term “saturation” around when discussing smartphone sales. The inference they always seem to make is that when the market becomes saturated, people like you and I will gravitate to low cost smartphones rather than navigate their way to the high-end. The only problem with this theory is that it isn’t actually what is happening, and the latest Counterpointdata goes some way toward proving this.

You see, it shows that U.S. smartphone sales declined 11 percent in Q1 2018, with 38.7 million sold in contrast to the year-ago

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WWDC 2018: Apple ships the media invites

Apple’s WWDC press release image

Let the games begin: WWDC 2018 preparations just went up a notch or two as Apple sends out invitations to selected media.

Getting the WWDC picture

“You’re invited to the keynote address at our annual Worldwide Developers Conference,” the invitation says. “Please join us on June 4, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.” The keynote will be held at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose.

The invitation image should be familiar with anyone who has been watching WWDC 2018 events unfold – it’s the same image as appeared alongside the original WWDC press release (see above), though with a slightly larger visible area. The only significant difference easily identified between the two pictures being some very slight variations at top left of the image.

Small difference in invitation

What does it mean?

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Apple Sends Invites for WWDC 2018, Announces Keynote Time

Apple has locked down a date and time and officially sent out the invitations. The Worldwide Developers Conference will begin Monday, June 4 with the keynote set to kick things off at 10 a.m. Pacific Time.

The only question remaining is what will Apple unveil at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California? The safest bets are announcements of the new macOS, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS versions. However, Apple will occasionally use the event to roll out new hardware. But your guesses are as good as ours, so let the speculation begin!

And check back with the Rocket Yard next week for a full preview of what we expect from WWDC 2018!

Spark 2 Hands-On: Email for Teams with App Integrations

I’ve made no secret of my complicated relationship with email over the years.

While I’m always trying to optimize my email setup and finding new ways to spend as little time managing email as possible (for instance, I let SaneBox categorize emails on my behalf), my underlying problem lies in the scarcity of desktop-class email clients for iOS with specific features I’m looking for. As I shared in an episode of AppStories, these include: modern email options such as snoozing, read receipts, or “send later”; the ability to customize the app’s sidebar with mailboxes and saved searches; and app integrations to save messages into other iOS apps either as links or PDFs.

I’ve tried dozens of different email apps for the iPhone and iPad over the years. Some of them stuck for several months on my Home screen, like Airmail; some turned out to be ill-fated experiments; others

Saving an email message to Things on iOS using Spark 2. The link takes you back to the message in Spark.
An email message published on the web with Spark 2. Some responsive layouts aren't fully supported yet.
Sharing an email message in Spark 2.
Chatting alongside a message in Spark 2.
A shared draft shows multiple typing indicators and supports inline chat.

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Small group of iOS devs form “Developers Union” to request App Store changes

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A small group of developers for Apple platforms has banded together to request new features and policies from Apple, and its members say they have ideas for ways to make it easier to make a living on the platform, Wired reports. They’re calling it “The Developers Union,” and they launched a website where devs can sign up to share their support of a free trial feature for the app store.

The union has some notable names attached, including Jake Schumacher, director of the documentary App: The Human Story, and NetNewsWire and MarsEdit developer Brent Simmons—along with a product designer named Loren Morris and a software developer named Roger Ogden.

The group says it will start with the free trial push but that it will follow that up with “other community-driven, developer-friendly changes” including a “a more reasonable revenue cut.” The starting revenue share is 70-30 in

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Apple clamps down on calling apps in China to obey local laws

China has been giving Apple grief over more than VPN apps, it seems. The 9to5Mac team has obtained messages telling iOS developers to remove CallKit (a framework that uses an Apple-made calling interface for other apps) from their apps if they want to continue offering those apps in China. The move reportedly followed “newly enforced regulation” from the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, although the message isn’t specific about the law. We’ve asked Apple for more details.

Source: 9to5Mac

Video: iPhone X vs Galaxy S9+ AR Gaming — ARKit vs ARCore

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Apple’s ARKit made a public debut at WWDC 2017 and was later released with iOS 11, enabling any iOS device with an A9 or newer processor to run augmented reality games and apps. Like clockwork, Google introduced a competing product in ARCore for devices running Android. We take a closer at the respective AR platforms in this video.

Apple introduces coding training to blind and deaf students across U.S.

Apple is introducing its empowering Everyone Can Code for blind and deaf students curriculum to school across the U.S. Beginning this fall, schools supporting students with vision, hearing or other assistive needs will start teaching the Everyone Can Code curricula for Swift.

It started in Austin

“Apple’s mission is to make products as accessible as possible,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We created Everyone Can Code because we believe all students deserve an opportunity to learn the language of technology. We hope to bring Everyone Can Code to even more schools around the world serving students with disabilities.”

As I reported elsewhere today, the Everyone Can Code curricula is compatible with VoiceOver, the most advanced screen-reading technology for people who are blind or low vision.

The company worked with engineers, educators, and programmers from various accessibility communities to make this coding training as accessible as possible.

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Apple updates Accessibility pages with great content and more

It’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day, so Apple has updated the accessibility pages on its website, introducing new videos, information and an improved design, declaring:

‘Technology is most powerful when it empowers everyone’

The updated pages provide in-depth information concerning the accessibility features built into every Apple product, with sections for Mac, iPad, iPhone, Watch, TV and HomePod.

The upgraded pages also include a new Stories section, in which you can watch videos and download video transcripts explaining how people use those features in numerous real-world situations.

The main title page explains the technologies Apple provides, including:

  • VoiceOver
  • Display Accommodations
  • Magnifier
  • Text controls
  • Zoom
  • Live Listen
    Closed Captioning
  • Switch Control
  • Assisitive Touch
  • Siri
  • Wheelchair and Activity
  • Speak Screen
  • Safari Reader
  • Guided Access

And many more.

Even FaceID can transform life for someone with severe physical or motor skill challenges – users can get into their iPhone with just a Continue reading “Apple updates Accessibility pages with great content and more”

The revamped Google News app is now available on iPhones and iPads

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Google detailed an overhaul of the Google News app at its I/O developer conference last week, and on Wednesday that redesign officially became available to download on iOS devices. It replaces the previous Google Play Newsstand app.

The new app arrived on Android devices shortly after Google’s initial announcement. Google says the app is available in 127 countries.

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Apple Exploring North Carolina, Northern Virginia for New Campus

For the last several months, Apple has been exploring locations for a new campus focusing on technical support, and according to new reports, sites in North Carolina and Northern Virginia are under consideration.

The Washington Post says Apple has explored opening a campus for 20,000 employees in Northern Virginia, an area Amazon is also considering for its new campus.

Image of Apple Park via drone pilot Duncan Sinfield


Apple told economic development officials in Northern Virginia that it is seeking four million square feet of space to accommodate 20,000 jobs, and officials proposed several potential sites.

The sites proposed by Northam’s staff for Apple include office buildings and development sites in Crystal City, privately owned Loudoun County land near the Center for Innovative Technology and the Scotts Run development in Tysons.

Two of those locations, Crystal City and the Loudoun land, are part of sites Northam also pitched to Amazon.

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How to use Live Photos and GIFs as wallpaper on your iPhone

I’m just obsessed with watching this guy blinking.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could use your favorite Live Photo or GIF as wallpaper on your iPhone? You already can – here’s what to do:

How to use Live Photos as wallpaper on your iPhone

It’s easy to turn Live Photos into wallpaper on an iPhone. First you need to choose the image you want to use, then follow these steps:

  • Open Settings>Wallpaper and tap Choose a New Wallpaper
  • Swipe down the page to find your Live Photos album
  • Select the image you want to use. You can move and scale the image on this screen, and choose to use it as a Still, Perspective and Live Photos image.
  • Test the image to see how it looks – just tap and hold the display to see the image move.
  • Tap Set, and you’re done.

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How to use an Apple Watch when you don’t see well

With Global Accessibility Awareness Day coming up on May 17, I thought it would be appropriate to observe that Apple’s commitment to extend even to its smallest major product, Apple Watch.

Apple believes accessibility to be a “human right”, and has led the industry on making such empowering tools available in its core products for decades– even while competitors charged for similar features.

Apple CEO, Tim Cook, last year said:

“Apple is founded on giving people power to create things, to do things they couldn’t do without those tools. We’ve always viewed accessibility as a human right, and just like human rights are for everyone, we want our products to be accessible to everyone.

“It’s a basic core value of Apple. We don’t make products for a particular group of people; we make products for everybody. We feel very strongly that everyone deserves an equal opportunity and Continue reading “How to use an Apple Watch when you don’t see well”

Will the iPhone soon capture 3D AR?

A new Apple patent is generating lots of attention today. It’s interesting in itself, promises some interesting implementations, but may have an impact beyond the obvious as it seems to be a solution that could be used to deliver better depth of field data, which may have implications on AR.

What is the patent?

You can look at the patent here. In brief, it describes a technology which lets you use dual-lens cameras in a brand-new way: It shows the images taken by both cameras simultaneously, allowing the user to choose the image they want to keep. That’s an interesting next step for dual lens tech, given that the existing iPhone 7, 8, 8 Plus and X cameras simply merge both images to create what the device thinks is the best shot.

What’s the abstract of the patent?

The patent states:

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