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    YOU might be making a simple iPhone mistake every single day. Worse still, it could be slowing your iPhone down and even causing battery life problems. 1Don't swipe your iPhone apps closed all the timeCredit: Apple If you're swiping your apps closed on an iPhone, you're making a big mistake. It's a common myth that closing apps will save battery life or boost performance. But it's just that: a myth. In fact, you're much better off not swiping apps closed if you want your iPhone to work properly. Read more on iPhoneAPPLE RUMBLE Apple issues NEW iPhone alert – all users should check their phones right nowPICTURE PERFECT Amazing new iPhone photo trick goes viral and it's SO easy to learn Closing apps can make them take even longer to load up the next time. That's because the iPhone is designed in a special way to avoid being bogged down by apps. "When your recently used apps appear, the apps aren’t open, but they're in standby mode to help you navigate and multitask," Apple explained. "You should force an app to close only...
    APPLE released the latest version of the iPhone software this week, and it includes a long-requested feature. The update, called iOS 16, finally displays the precise remaining battery percentage in the iPhone's status bar. 2Following the release of iOS 16, iPhones with a notch now show the precise remaining battery percentage in the top right of the displayCredit: Apple 2The iPhone has for years hidden the exact remaining power, opting instead for an imprecise, visual representation of battery levelCredit: Apple It's been top of many fans' wishlists for years after Apple removed the numerical indicator from the top of the iPhone display in 2017. Every flagship model since then has just shown an imprecise visual representation of battery level. The more accurate version finally made its comeback on Monday with the release of iOS 16 – but not for every iPhone model. Only some iPhones with a "notch" display have been earmarked for the revamped marker. Read more about iPhoneAPPLE BITES Apple warning: Activate NEW iPhone feature or it could cost youGOLDEN APPLE I'm an Apple brainiac – TWO simple...
    A TECH expert has warned of the potentially deadly consequences of using a dodgy iPhone cable. Giuseppe Capanna, of the UK charity Electrical Safety First, says that counterfeit chargers pose a risk of fire or serious electric shock. 3Dodgy iPhone cables are not worth the riskCredit: Alamy Speaking to the Sun earlier this year, he shared some of the telltale signs that your gadget could be a death trap. "Fake iPhone chargers are deliberately made to look identical or similar to a genuine product usually with a view to deceive the consumers," Guiseppe said. "Counterfeit products are often made up of substandard components which leave the buyer at risk. "They present a particularly insidious threat to the consumer, undermining legitimate manufacturers and retailers whilst often posing a risk of fire, serious electric shock or even electrocution." Read more about iPhoneDOT DISCOVERY Mysterious black circle on back of your iPhone has THREE amazing secretsPASS GO iPhone is killing passwords next month – here's how you'll log in instead Fake iPhone cables fall into two categories: Counterfeits and uncertified accessories. A...
    APPLE fans are being warned over a recent update that you MUST install as soon as possible. It's dangerous to ignore the alert – but you may have missed it. 1Update your iPhone with the latest version of iOSCredit: Apple Earlier this month Apple issued a warning to update your iPhone. Ignoring it could put you at risk of being hacked by crooks who can take control of your device. If you missed the alert, don't worry: it's still possible to install the update. But make sure you do it as soon as possible to get the latest protections against a dangerous security bug. Read more on iPhoneI-SAFE I'm an iPhone pro – everyone should use my clever safety trickGOLDEN APPLE Check your iPhone TODAY – there's a hidden feature that everyone should know Updating your iPhone is very easy. Simply open up Settings > General > Software Update. You'll be able to see if there are any updates waiting to be downloaded and installed. The latest update as of August 27 is iOS 15.6.1. Most read in TechGREEN PLANET Inside mind-blowing plan...
    NOTE-TAKERS take note, as Apple has a special feature that will change your writing habits forever. Written notes are easily lost and take up precious space. 1You'll never lose your notes againCredit: @fredstechhub Digitalising them is the future, but scanning them with your printer is a bit of a chore. Did you realise the iPhone has its very own scanning feature simply using the main camera? And it's not any ordinary scanner. It is able to instantly copy the words and convert them into digital text, as TikToker Fred's Tech Hub explains. Read more about iPhoneAPPLE RUMBLE When is the iPhone 14 out?SCREEN SAVER Easy iPhone trick can save you £22 a MONTH on bills – and it's so easy Though its effectiveness will depend on how clear your handwriting is of course. "This is what I wrote on this page right here," he explains. "And I want to turn this into a text on my iPhone." All you need to do is open the Notes app on your iPhone. Most read in TechINSTANT UPGRADE Musk's Starlink to 'eliminate dead...
    HIDDEN in your iPhone settings is a list that reveals the apps that can access your microphone. There's also a clever Apple alert that reveals exactly when one of those apps activates your microphone – and is listening to what you say. 1Check your iPhone's microphone settings todayCredit: Apple If you're a long-time iPhone fan, you'll likely have dozens of apps installed. Some of these apps will have requested access to your microphone over the years. But you've probably lost track of who can access what – especially if you're an iPhone power user. To find out, head into Settings > Privacy > Microphone. Read more on iPhoneEASY PLAY Your iPhone has a HIDDEN game – and you've probably never seen itCOLD SHOULDER iPhone trick lets you secretly hang up WITHOUT friends thinking you're rude This will pull up a huge list of apps that have access to your microphone. And it will also contain apps that want access to your microphone, but you haven't enabled them. You can toggle microphone access on or off for individual apps at any...
    IF you're paying for extra iCloud storage and a few other subscriptions, you might be able to save some quick cash. There's a clever Apple bundle that can instantly slash your bill by up to £22 a month. 1Apple One can save you loads of money if you've got lots of iPhone subscriptionsCredit: Apple It's all to do with Apple One: a special subscription that bundles popular iPhone subscriptions together. The deal heavily discounts the services because you're subscribing to so many at once. The premium bundle wraps together several services like Apple Music and iCloud storage. The Apple One package was actually launched back in 2020. Read more on iPhoneANOTHER ONE! Millions of iPhone owners issued a NEW warning just days after 'hack alert'CLICKING IN Your iPhone has hidden 'button click' trick that you should use EVERY day But as Apple's services (like Arcade and TV+) add more content, it's now better value than ever. If you already subscribe to a few Apple services, this could be a clever way to cut your iPhone bills. You can manage the entire process through your iPhone. What is included...
    ZOOM users have been warned to update their app after a dangerous security flaw was uncovered. Experts found a bug that could allow hackers to take control of your machine. 1Zoom became popular during lockdownCredit: Alamy The issue was limited to Mac only. Security researcher Patrick Wardle sounded the alarm at a conference in Las Vegas last week. The problem apparently affects the Zoom installer, which needs special permission from the machine's owner to run. With control of this tool, hackers could basically "trick" Zoom into installing anything they like. Read more about ZoomHELPLESS I saw my partner have a stroke on Zoom - I couldn't even call 999 as he collapsedBRIDE & ZOOM I married lover on Zoom without meeting him - 3 months later my world imploded This would then allow cyber criminals to root around your computer, changing anything they like. Worryingly, they could even change, delete or add files. Within just a few days, Zoom has rolled out a patch for the issue - known officially as CVE-2022-28756. The fix is included in version 5.11.5 of the...
    YOUR iPhone is packed with handy features that can help you tackle the U.K. heatwave this week. One reading in Apple's Weather app warns you of potential sun damage to your skin, and lets you know when to use sunscreen. 1The Apple Weather app is packed with handy featuresCredit: Getty The app added some helpful new features when iOS 15 was released last year, but there's one you might have missed. If you open Weather and scroll down you'll eventually come across the day's UV index. This is an indicator of the strength of ultraviolet radiation coming from the sun. A higher UV index number, which is measured on a scale from one to ten, indicates higher levels of UV radiation. Read more about iPhoneHOT APPLE Urgent UK heatwave warning for ALL iPhone owners you must not ignoreDON'T MISS Best cheap iPhone SE 3 deals this August A higher index means you'll need to take extra care to stick to the shade and slap on a high-factor sunscreen. UV rays, either from the sun or from artificial sources like tanning...
    ANDROID owners have been warned against installing a variety of apps that harvest user information and apply it to scams. The malware is buried in apps that seem harmless but wreak havoc on users and their devices. 1The Google Pay Store used by Android has much more lax policies than the Apple App StoreCredit: Alamy The Russian cybersecurity firm Dr Web flagged danger written into the code of 28 different apps. The dodgy apps have been installed almost 10million times according to the company's report. Many of the false apps take advantage of a hacking tool called a "trojan" - a malware program disguised as a real, functioning app. 10 of the dubious apps are masked as photo editors and many others offer display screen customization tools. Read More on AndroidSO DRAINING Everyday apps are killing your Android battery – the settings to turn off nowGOOG GOD! Check your Google and Android phone now – a MILLION users 'hacked' Dr Web's report says that several of the apps gain access to intel by requesting permissions, which are granted by...
    DOZENS of popular apps on Android have been found to contain a vicious data-stealing virus. Google has only just taken action on the vast majority, according to Phone Arena, but that doesn't help the millions who have already downloaded them. 1Malware-ridden apps have already been downloaded millions of timesCredit: SOPA Images/LightRocket via Gett The list ranges from photo editing apps, to phone theme tools. All appear innocent and normal on the surface. But under the bonnet lurks an infamous piece of malware called Joker. And it's no laughing matter - Joker is a form of “fleeceware” where the intention is to steal money from the Android user without their knowledge. Read more about AndroidHIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT Warning over dangerous Android apps HIDING themselves on your phonePANIC BUTTON How to turn SOS emergency on and off on iPhone and Android? It simulates clicks and intercepts text messages. By doing this, it can subscribe the user to unwanted paid premium services without permission. It can also click on ads automatically when online and secretly approve online payments. Most users will not...
    GOOGLE is making a massive change to how it deals with app permissions on Android this week. The tech giant is updating the rules app makers must follow from July 20, so be on the look out. 2Out with the old, in with the newCredit: Getty A new data safety section will now appear under apps you download from the Google Play Store. Here, developers will have to state what they do and don't use. But it comes at a price. The existing app permissions tab will be going. Read more about GoogleDANGER PHONE Gmail warning for BILLIONS over 'hacked logins' – check your Google now As one expert points out, this is both good and bad. The good bit is, the new data safety information is a lot simpler. However, the concern is that developers can choose what they want to say in it. "The con is that the info in the Data Safety section is given by the developer, so what's shown there is up to them," expert Mishaal Rahman explained. Most read in TechPOWER UP Apple iPhone...
    IPHONE users everywhere have to enable this setting to protect their private messages. Add another layer of protection with this quick tip. 1Face ID can do more than just protect the device as a wholeCredit: Getty Images - Getty Millions of iPhone users have grown accustomed to Face ID as a quick way to unlock their devices. Apple even introduced Mask ID to make the process even easier during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. But individual apps can be padlocked by tweaking a few minor settings. Add Face ID to WhatsApp to secure your messages in the event you leave your phone open and unlocked near prying eyes. Read More on WhatsAppCHANGING SHAPES Surprise WhatsApp update revealed – and it's changing your emoji AGAINBAD CHAT Warning for MILLIONS of WhatsApp users – your app might be 'hacked and dangerous' Open WhatsApp and navigate to Settings. Click on the Account tab, select Privacy and then tap Screen Lock - it's the last line on the bottom of the Privacy page. Toggle on Require Face ID - Touch ID is...
    THE iPhone has a dataset buried in the device's settings that could tell you when you're due for an upgrade. Apple products have loads of self-monitoring sensors that can tell you more about your gadgets' functionality and life cycle. 1The iPhone 12 battery weighs approximately 6 ouncesCredit: Alamy Every iPhone contains a lithium ion battery that degrades over time. That means the battery will hold less charge than when it was brand new. Apple support pages reveal the iPhone battery will typically drop to around 80 percent of its original capacity after 500 charges. Users can check how their battery is responding to their charging habits by navigating to the Settings app and clicking Battery. Read More on AppleAIR FLAIR I tried Apple's new MacBook Air BEFORE release – it's got a stunning surpriseI-PAY How to find the VAMPIRE iPhone bills draining your bank account every month Tap the Battery Health bar to be taken to a new menu full of insights about your battery. At the top of the Battery Health page is a data point called Maximum...
    EVERY smartphone has a unique International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number which can be useful if your device is stolen or needs repairing. If your phone is lost or stolen you can blacklist the IMEI number so that other people can't use it. 2IMEI numbers are useful when you want to blacklist a stolen phoneCredit: Getty A phone with a blacklisted IMEI won't work even with a new SIM card. Luckily it's quite easy to find out what your number is. You can note it down somewhere safe and hope you never need to use it To find out how to check the IMEI number on iPhone and Android phones, just follow the steps below. 2There's several different ways to find an IMEI numberCredit: Getty - Contributor How to check IMEI number on iPhone To find your IMEI number on your iPhone, open Settings and then click "General" and then "About". Scroll a little bit and you should be able to view your IMEI number. If you don't have your iPhone, you can find out the IMEI from your Apple...
    APPLE programmed the iPhone with a safe way to secure your driver's license on your device. Store your license or state ID in the Apple Wallet so you're never without it. 2Apple announced that licenses and state IDs would be accessible in the Apple Wallet in 2021Credit: Alamy 2Apple Passbook launched in 2012 and rebranded as Apple Wallet in 2015Credit: Getty Images - Getty To add your license or state ID to your Apple Wallet you'll need to opt into a few widely-used features. Turn on Face ID or Touch ID. Enable two-factor authentication on your Apple ID. Then to add your ID, download the latest version of iOS 15 and open the Apple Wallet. Read More on AppleI-PANIC Apple warning for BILLIONS of iPhone owners – check your settings or risk a hackDON'T MISS Best cheap iPhone SE 3 deals this July Tap the plus icon in the top right corner of the Apple Wallet. Select Driver's License or State ID from the menu. Scan the front and back of the ID when prompted. Apple will instruct the user...
    APPLE has produced a password manager that can alert you of security vulnerabilities using powerful algorithms. Enable your devices to do more to protect you with this tip. 1Apple checks passwords against a database of leaksCredit: Getty Images - Getty Apple's Password Monitoring feature flags passwords that are compromised or easily guessable. Customer support pages explain that Password Monitoring will check your list of saved passwords against "a continuously updated and curated list of passwords known to have been exposed in leaks". If a user has a password that is at risk or uses a password that becomes a potential risk, Apple will notify them immediately. Apple users can check their password health in the Settings app. Read More on iPhoneAPPLE RUMBLE iPhone running slow? The 5 signs something is VERY wrong with your deviceFRUITS OF LABOUR Do you remember EVERY iPhone? We reveal the full list since 2007 On your iPhone, navigate to the Settings app and scroll to the Passwords tab - it's marked with a key icon against a grey background. To open this tab, you'll...
    IF SOMETHING feels off with your iPhone, there are a handful of common problems to look out for. From poor battery life to "ghost taps", we reveal five clues that something is very wrong with your iPhone. 2Is your iPhone at risk? There are key signs to look out forCredit: Alamy Battery health Your iPhone uses a lithium-ion battery, which has a limited lifespan. Every time you discharge and charge your iPhone, you wear down its maximum battery capacity. Over two years (or about 500 charging cycles), you'd expect to have about 80% of battery capacity left. That means an iPhone that would've lasted for 10 hours of use would now only survive an 8-hour stint off-charge. Read more on iPhoneI-SMART Obscure iPhone hacks that are easy to miss – and one instantly improves your textsTOUCH IT Hidden iPhone hack is a must-know for ANYONE with small hands or a big phone You can check your battery health by going into Settings > Battery and tapping Battery Health. If your iPhone has a very low battery health and it's dying...
    IT'S possible to track an iPhone even if it's switched off. The sci-fi technology makes it much harder to lose your iPhone – which is good news, as they're not cheap. 1Your iPhone can be found even when it's switched offCredit: Apple In fact, there are several ways to track down an iPhone. You've got methods of finding it if you've lost it at home, or even if it's further afield. Apple's iPhone is bigger these days, but it's still small enough to misplace. If you forget your iPhone at the office, the Find My Phone app makes it easy to track the device on a map. Read more on iPhoneTALK TO ME I found seven NEW Siri tricks you've never seen on your iPhone This even works if the device is off. That's because Apple has built Ultra Wideband tech into some recent iPhone models. So other iPhones or Apple devices that have been nearby the handset will "ping" it to Apple's Find My network. All you need is someone with an Apple device to have moved near the iPhone, and it will appear...
    IF you've had the same iPhone for a long time, you might be putting yourself at unnecessary risk. That's because it might now be so out of date that you could easily be hacked. 1If you can't update to iOS 16 later this year then you might want to consider upgrading your iPhoneCredit: Apple Each year Apple releases a brand new iOS, which is the software your iPhone runs on. These iOS updates add new features, but they also include vital security updates that close holes exploited by hackers. Apple just announced iOS 16 at its WWDC 2022 event, and we're expecting it to go live in September alongside the iPhone 14. But several iPhone models that were able to run iOS 15 won't be able to upgrade to iOS 16. Read more on iPhoneI-CLEVER Mind-blowing new iPhone trick fixes one of internet's BIGGEST problems everHEAR HEAR! My favourite iPhone hack is SO good you'll use it every day That means they'll start missing out on security updates later this year. Apple can't support all iPhones forever – so very old iPhone models often lose access to updates. Sometimes these...
    A BURIED iPhone feature has insights for keeping your device charged and working in the long run. The iPhone has so many features that some of the most useful ones are overlooked. 1Get the most out of your iPhone's battery by checking on this hidden menuCredit: Getty Images - Getty The iPhone's battery is made of lithium-ion. It's a compact, high-performance battery but subject to wear and tear brought on by hundreds of charges. Fortunately, the iPhone can monitor its own performance. There is a procedure for checking your battery's health and maximum endurance. Read More in AppleSWEET 16 I'm an Apple expert – here's why iOS 16 is going to change your iPhone foreverSOUR APPLES Don't miss new Apple alert on your iPhone – ignoring it could get you scammed Open the Settings app and select Battery. Click the Battery Health tab. On this page, you'll find a full report on your battery's capacity, peak performance, and if the battery should be serviced or replaced. The battery's maximum capacity "is a measure of battery capacity relative to...
    EVERYONE is looking for ways to keep spending down with a cost of living crisis on our hands. Smartphones can be particularly costly - and that's after you've already burned a hole in your pocket buying the device to begin with. 2Try these options to see if it saves you moneyCredit: Getty So what can you do to prevent wasting even more money? Check your data and downgrade Could you be spending too much on your data plan? If you're paying for a load of data - or even unlimited - but only using a fraction, you might be able to downgrade. Read more about iPhoneAPPLE PAY iPhone users could WIN share of £768M as Apple face lawsuit - are you eligible? You can check how much data you're using several ways. First up, check your network provider's own app, this will tell you exactly how much you're churning through each month. If you can't find this - or want just want another way to double check - iPhone has it's own option as well. Go to Settings and Mobile...
    IF YOU have an iPhone, you may be paying for apps or services that you don't even use anymore – here's how to find out. Some iPhone users could be spending monthly on app subscriptions that they've forgotten about or accidentally signed up for. 1IF you have an iPhone, you may be paying for apps or services that you don't even use anymoreCredit: Getty And these recurring silent payments could be taking a toll on your bank account – without you even knowing. However, there's a way to easily check for and cancel these subscriptions. How to view your app subscriptions First, you will want to head to your iPhone's settings and then tap on your name. Read more on iPhoneAPPLE GRUMBLE Are you using dangerous iPhone settings? Three features you should NOT touchBAD CALL I'm a tech expert and I've tried every iPhone – how you might be WASTING money Next, hit iTunes & App Store, and then tap the Apple ID link at the top. Once there, click on View Apple ID, and then Subscriptions. The next...
    APPLE customers can get more than $2,000 by trading in their old devices, but you will have to act fast. Now through May 31, Apple will give extra credit when you trade in an eligible device toward the purchase of a new one. 2Apple customers could get more than $2,000 for trading in old gadgets in order to upgradeCredit: Getty So which devices are eligible for trading in? Everything from iPhones, to iPads, and even Macs and Apple watches - but that's not all. Apple is also accepting some Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel devices. The estimated trade-in value for an iPhone is anywhere from $40 for an older model to up to $700 for an iPhone 12 Pro Max and for a Mac Pro you could get $2,010. More on Apple and hacksI-NEW Huge iPhone event next week to reveal FREE upgrade for everyoneI-SMART I'm an iPhone expert – four Apple hacks that will make your life MUCH easier You can take the device into an Apple store to get a quote on what your phone is worth, or check...
    IF you're worried someone might be tracking your whereabouts they may well be snooping on your gadgets from afar. We've already seen how you can put a stop to it on Facebook, but what can be done on iPhone? 2You can see all the devices signed into your account in the iPhone settings Apple has a Find My feature to retrieve lost kit. Thankfully, Apple's security is pretty tight, so if someone has gained access to your account it's probably because of your password. Maybe you shared it with someone by mistake or your password is too easy. First, you'll want to know for sure if someone is tracking you, so let's take a look in Find My and see if there are any devices that aren't yours logging into your account. Read more about AppleWATCH OUT I lost my Apple Watch at Disney World – now I have a $40,000 credit card billPHONE MOAN Fears of iPhone 14 delay as Apple insiders warn of missed release date See where your Apple ID is signed in From your iPhone, open...
    APPLE is urging all iPhone users to check their privacy settings. The Californian tech giant has issued a fresh warning to help gadget users stop rogue companies and crooks from accessing their personal info. 5You can take back control of your private data with the right iPhone settingsCredit: Apple 5A new Apple ad imagines real-life auctions where your data is sold in plain sightCredit: Apple It's part of a new privacy campaign that reveals how shady firms – and even mega brands – scoop up huge mounts of our data, and then sell it on. Apple has created a brand new TV ad that compares the system to an auction of your private life. "Over the past decade, a large and opaque industry has been amassing increasing amounts of personal data," Apple explains. "A complex ecosystem of websites, apps, social media companies, data brokers, and ad tech firms track users online and offline, harvesting their personal data. Read more on iPhoneRIGHT TYPE I'm an iPhone pro – these iMessage hacks will change the way you text forever "This data is...
    A TIKTOKER has revealed a super easy way to get the best possible photos using your iPhone's camera. Achieving perfect snaps from your smartphone doesn't need to be a massive pain, as Paige Casey reveals. 2TikToker shows us how it's doneCredit: @paigeydahling The internet video star has more than 52,000 followers on TikTok and says there is one simple trick most people are missing. And that is the very helpful grid line. She says the best way to take a photo of someone is to switch the grid line on and use it to centre the subject. Get the person's head and torso into the centre grid. Read more about iPhoneAPPLE CRUNCH Apple warns your iPhone music might be too loud – check your 'volume history' "Instead, back up, angle up and capture much less of the ground," she suggests. Switching the grid on for your iPhone's camera is very easy too. Open the Settings and find Camera. Under the Composition heading, you'll see Grid listed. Most read in TechTRAGIC LOSS YouTube star spent night with nurse Ortencia Alcantara before...
    YOUR iPhone has a built-in feature that tells you if you're listening to music too loud. The handy tool is buried in Apple's Health app and is designed to help you preserve your hearing long-term. 2Listening to music too loud through your earphones can damage your hearingCredit: Getty - Contributor Playing tunes at excessive volumes through earbuds can harm the cells in your inner ear that recognise sounds and carry them to your brain. According to research, 85 decibels is the maximum volume at which you can listen to sound for two hours without damaging your hearing. That's the equivalent noise to that of a food blender, a noisy restaurant or a cinema. Any louder than that, and you risk causing permanent damage that accelerates hearing loss as you get older. Fortunately, the Health app will tell you if you've got the volume turned up too high when listening to stuff through your headphones. To try it out for yourself, open the Health app and tap the Browse tab in the lower right corner of your screen. Most read in...
    BATTERY woes could mean having to fork out money on your iPhone for a replacement - or worse still, an upgrade. Overtime, the battery will unfortunately lose its strength. 2Battery ageing is inevitableCredit: Alamy To spare yourself from a nasty shock, there is a way on the iPhone for you to check on your battery's health. This means you get a bit of an idea of how well yours is doing. Check iPhone's battery health All you need to do is open the Settings on your phone and find Battery. Read more about iPhoneLOCK IT DOWN Four iPhone password tricks you need to know – stop hackers in secondsPICTURE IMPERFECT I'm a gadget expert – why you're sending photos WRONG on your iPhone From there, select Battery Health. Here you'll see a maximum capacity percentage which reveals the state your phone's battery is in. If it's at 100 percent, good news, yours is still in dandy shape. If it's lower, that means it's starting to degrade. Most read in TechDOWN AND OUT Facebook 'experience global issues' as users complain app...
    APPLE is binning thousands of apps from its App Store as part of an overhaul to get rid of outdated software. The U.S. tech giant has warned affected developers that they have 30 days to get their act together or face the chop. 3Crackdown targeting apps two years or olderCredit: Getty 3App-makers say the move is 'unfair' on indie developersCredit: @protopop News of the cull emerged last week after angry app makers leaked an email sent by the Cupertino tech firm warning of the change. The message told recipients that their products had "not been updated in a significant amount of time". "If no update is submitted within 30 days, the app will be removed from sale," the firm wrote. On April 29, Apple issued a statement confirming the plans, stating that apps that are being removed aren't used by anyone anyway. Most read in TechDIGGING DEEP Inside plan to drill one million years into the pastROBO COP Robots and drones may patrol Chernobyl after Russians 'stole radiation monitors'ROCKY HORROR Asteroid almost twice size of Empire State Building will make...
    THE BARS in the upper corner of your cell phone have long been thought to represent the strength of your connection. The unfortunate truth is the association is baseless. 1There are almost 6billon smartphones in circulation and each needs a signal Looking for cell phone bars in a remote area might be a common movie trope, but there's little support for this premise. Experts at Signal Connect wrote that the bars don't reflect an accurate representation of the metrics, and if it did, users wouldn't have much to do with the information. The bars are supposed to indicate how many "decibels of power your phone is getting from the cell phone tower it’s connected to." The decibel system, written as dBm, is an expression for decibels per milliwatt. Read More in GadgetsDANGER ZONE Warning for ALL iPhone and Android users – signs your handset has been hackedNO SERVICE Apple issues official warning over which iPhones will soon be obsolete But according to Sure Call, visual changes in the bars are up to the carrier. Once a connection is established, they...
    THOUSANDS of apps could be wiped from Apple's App Store over plans to get rid of outdated software. The tech giant has warned affected developers they have 30 days to get their act together or face the chop. 3Crackdown targeting apps two years or olderCredit: Getty 3Developer says the move is 'unfair' on indie developersCredit: @protopop Angry app makers have revealed an email sent by Apple which says their products have "not been updated in a significant amount of time". "If no update is submitted within 30 days, the app will be removed from sale," the firm writes. We don't know how old an app has to be to fall victim to the App Store improvement, but game maker Robert Kabwe tweeted that his free Motivoto title has been targeted because it's more than two years old. The indie developer said he's now "working myself to to bone after my day job, trying my best to scrape a living from my indie games, trying to keep up" with constant changes. Most read in TechLISTEN UP Warning for Android users over...
    AN INVESTIGATION has revealed the scale at which Apple AirTags are being used to stalk women across the United States. Tech website Motherboard analysed 150 police reports filed over a recent eight-month period that involved the coin-sized trackers. 1Apple AirTags can be used to track your possessions... and stalk peopleCredit: Getty According to the report, fewer than half of the cases were reports of robbery or theft of the devices, which are designed to help people keep tabs on lost items using an app. The rest was harassment or stalking of women using an Apple AirTag. In 50 cases, women called the police because they had received warning notifications on their iPhones. Since the gadget launched in April last year, multiple reports have emerged on social media of AirTags being used to follow women. Read more about AppleTAP TIPS I'm an ex-Apple worker and these 2 tricks will totally change how you use Safari The inexpensive trackers are slipped into coat pockets or attached to the undersides of cars in order to remotely track people's whereabouts. AirTags have built-in...
    SPAM messages from seemingly familiar numbers are on the rise. Scammers are using hacking techniques to alter how their messages are received, including mimicking their target's own number. 1Verizon is the second largest cell phone carrier in the United States Digital scams are as old as the digital age itself. To this day, the fabled Nigerian Prince email scam still pulls in over $700,000 dollars a year. But hackers have gotten rather inventive over the years, drumming up highly involved plots like virtual kidnapping or low effort phishing emails. The plot that most people have come face to face with is the robo-call - but that scam has a fast evolving counterpart: the spam text. Read More in Hacking and CybercrimeSTEALTH INVADER US says Russian anti-virus server is 'security risk' – is it on YOUR phone?DON'T CLICK! Dangerous text that you should NEVER click sweeps America The New York Times reported that 11.6billion scam texts were sent in March of this year - a 30% growth from the month prior. A spam text used to be more recognizable - an...
    IF YOU'VE cheaped out on your iPhone cable, you could be in for a shock. Fake chargers are often made with poor quality components and have been blamed for lethal electrocutions and house fires. 3Dodgy iPhone cables are not worth the riskCredit: Alamy In fact, a safety report found that 98 per cent of phoney Apple cables put consumers at risk. Fortunately, there are ways that you can identify counterfeit Lightning connectors and save yourself an unwanted zap. What are fake iPhone chargers? Fake iPhone cables fall into two categories: Counterfeits and uncertified accessories. A counterfeit is a cheap product that is dressed up to look like it was made by Apple. Uncertified accessories are those made by third-party companies without the blessing of Apple. Generally, if you buy a cheap cable from a reputable company that is certified by Apple, then the product is safe. Counterfeit and uncertified cables, on the other hand, can be...
    APPLE recently rolled out a new iPhone update that added tonnes of handy new features. Now that iOS 15.4 has had time to reach devices across the globe, The Sun has put together a list of some of the standout additions. 2Apple's latest iPhone update include some handy new featuresCredit: Alamy 1. Unlock iPhone with a mask on The first big update is support for Apple's Face ID facial recognition with a mask on. It comes quite late, around two years after the Covid-19 pandemic began – so fans have been desperate for a while. You opt into the feature, allowing the iPhone's Face ID to scan unique features around your eyes. Not only does it let you unlock your iPhone, but also enables Apple Pay transactions and password auto-fill in apps and Safari. This new feature is only available on the iPhone 12 or later however, so anyone with an older iPhone is out of luck. Read more...
    IF YOU have an iPhone then you've likely wanted to access your iCloud Keychain passwords – here's how to do it quickly. Apple iPhones come equipped with plenty of handy features aimed at streamlining users' experience. 1You can access your iCloud keychain passwords quickly from your iPhone One such feature is iCloud Keychain, which stores your passwords for apps and websites. iCloud Keychain also lets you quickly log in with your credentials using FaceID or TouchID. However, sometimes FaceID malfunctions or an app requires you to re-enter your password manually. In those instances, there are other ways to access your saved passwords if you can't recall them off the top of your head. Read more on iPhoneI-FIND! How to make sure your lost iPhone can be found even if it's switched OFF today'APPY DAYS! iCloud storage full: Five easy ways to fix common iPhone error message How to find saved passwords on an iPhone The first thing you need to do is head into your iPhone's Settings. Next, tap on Passwords; if your iPhone runs on...
    IF you're using an old iPhone you could be putting yourself in some serious danger from hackers. Apple is pretty good at keeping devices up to date but nothing lasts forever. 2The first iPhone SE (pictured) is still supported, for nowCredit: Alamy With several mainline editions, Pro and Max versions, as well as a flurry of budget handsets, the iPhone has been going strong since 2007. Apple rolls out frequent iOS updates that keep the iPhone safe, but unfortunately older devices are dropped off after a while. Put simply, aged phones are no longer equipped to handle the new software features. Not only that, the performance wears down drastically, making them pretty sluggish. Read more about iPhoneAPPLE RUMBLE The 6 warning signs something is VERY wrong with your iPhone Once any smartphone - or other device for that matter - stops receiving security updates, you are open to all sorts of cyber threats. That's because bugs are no longer patched, leaving them open for hackers to exploit. Does my iPhone still receive iOS updates? Any phone that came out before...
    YOUR boss may be spying on you through your iPhone. Many workers give their employers remote access to their devices without even realising it – here's how to keep your messages safe. 2Your boss could be spying on your remotely using your iPhoneCredit: Reuters What is Mobile Device Management? Mobile Device Management (MDM) is a tool that is installed on Apple mobile devices by some schools or workplaces. It gives an employees' personal iPad, iPhone and Mac computers the ability to access sensitive and protected content remotely. To do that, the gadgets are placed on a mobile device management system that's controlled by the employer. It allows you to access content and features that are normally locked to your work PC system, from home or on work trips. That can mean software that's locked behind a paywall, sensitive company data, or even something as simple as your work email account. Most read in TechSUN STORM Huge explosion on the sun could have knocked out satellites and cellphonesSUBTLE SHADES Do YOU have super-vision? Scientists reveal some people see extra colorsOUT OF...
    A TECH expert has revealed what you should do if you suspect someone is spying on your iPhone. Snooping doesn't necessarily always mean a distant hacker has got into your phone - it could be someone closer to home who you've misplaced trust in. 2Snoopers are not always those in distant countries...Credit: Alamy This is why you should keep passwords and passcodes private. While your first thought might be to change your iPhone's passcode, it's probably better to reboot before, as ZDNet explains. Reboot iPhone The very first thing you should do is reboot your iPhone fully, as this should flush out any hacks that have been loaded onto it. You can do this by holding the side button and either volume button down, until the power slider appears. Slide it to the right and allow the phone to shutdown. Once it's gone black, switch it back on by holding down on the top or side button until the Apple logo appears. Most read in TechAPP WARNING Urgent warning over app with fears over sick messages on 'Tinder for teens'iSECRET...
    APPLE has pushed out an "important security" update for iPhones for an issue that may have already hit some users. The tech giant admitted the bug "may have been actively exploited" already by hackers. 2At least one report of the vulnerability being abused has been reported to AppleCredit: Alamy Though for the moment the firm has only had one report, so most people should be fine as long as they install the latest fix as soon as possible. Apple hasn't revealed much about the flaw, for fear of leading cyber thieves straight to it. But what it has said is it processes "maliciously crafted web content" which "may lead to arbitrary code execution" - in other words, bad news. And despite only having a single reported case, the vulnerability is far reaching in terms of the types of devices it could affect. iPhones as old as the iPhone 6S are at risk, meaning billions of devices are susceptible. It also concerns all iPad Pro models, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad Mini 4 and later,...
    WITH rampant hack attacks, keeping our passwords secure has never been more important. But worryingly all too many platforms have fallen victim. 2Keeping your passwords safe has never been more importantCredit: Alamy Often the stolen data is dumped on the dark web for cyber criminals to feast on. So what can you do to make sure you haven't fallen victim? And what should you do if you have? Check if your account was part of any breaches There is a website that cross checks your email address against known data breaches and tells you if it's been compromised. The site is called haveibeenpwned.com. If any come up, it'll tell you which sites. And you should immediately consider changing passwords for them. Most read in TechBROKEN HEARTS FBI warns over costly Valentine's Day text – warn all your friends TODAYLONE WOLF American hacker claims he took down North Korea's entire internet on his ownLOVE ABDUCTED There's more...
    IF you have an iPhone, you may have noticed something missing. A number of iPhone users have reported that UK bank holidays have vanished from their phones. 1There's a special bank holiday for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee this yearCredit: Apple / The Sun The Apple calendar app is a brilliant way to keep track of your events – but an ongoing bug may have affected you. Check your calendar and see if the UK bank holidays are appearing or not. If they are, don't worry – you're unaffected. But if they're not, you'll need to re-add those dates to your iPhone. Thankfully it's very easy to fix, and there's a quick way to do them all in one go. Better still, it only takes a few seconds. Most read in TechSTORMY SKIES Nasa reveals stunning image of storm WIDER than the Earth brewing on JupiterG-WHIZ! Verizon reveals HUGE 5G rollout for 20million Americans – will you get it?ALL BLOWN UP Nasa reveals meteor EXPLOSION 'like 30 tons of TNT' over PittsburghLOVE LOST Genius iPhone trick is essential for ANYONE who...
    IF YOUR iPhone is playing up you might want to try this critical check. Little do most know, there's a hidden indicator that could confirm your worst fears - here's how to find it. 2Apple's website tells you exactly where you can find the sensorCredit: Apple This sensor turns red if your device has been damaged by water, so it's well worth checking out if you've recently spilt a drink and your phone's being a bit buggy. Most modern iPhones and iPads are kitted out with so-called Liquid Contact Indicators (LCI). From the iPhone 5 onwards, this handy sensor can be found where the SIM card is stored. If the sensor is white or silver that means your device has not suffered water damage. Simply remove the SIM card tray and take a peek inside. It might be hard to see, so Apple suggests using a lighted magnifying glass and angling the light to get a glimpse. Most read in TechROBO COP Urgent warning over Covid 19 call – never respond if they say these thingsSPACE ROCKS Asteroid making 'close...
    APPLE users are being encouraged to check if their iPhone's components are genuine following a new software update. The tech giant's new operating system iOS 15.2 is available to download onto your device. 1Apple users are being urged to check if their iPhone components are genuine following the latest software updateCredit: Getty A section titled “iPhone parts and service history” will issue warnings about items from a third party. Users will see a warning sign and the phrase "unknown party" next to anything that came from a third party, Forbes reports. With the update installed, you can go to Settings > General > About to see the parts and service history of your iPhone. iPhone 12 and 13 users will be able to see if the battery, display, or camera have been replaced. In a statement, Apple said: “Information about parts and service history is collected by Apple and stored as part of the device information maintained for your iPhone. “This information is used for service needs, safety analysis and to improve future products.” Most read in TechWHATS-ZAPPED WhatsApp crashes...
    YOU might want to check your iPhone cable. A TikTok star has warned of fake USB charging leads distributed by cybercrooks as a means of hacking into people's computers. 3A TikTok star has warned of fake USB charging leads distributed by cybercrooks as a means of hacking into people's computersCredit: TikTok User @superintelligence_ showed that the leads look identical to official Apple ones but grant criminals access to your emails, social media accounts and more. Sold by hacking group Hack5, the "O.MG cable" has been around for years, and a new and improved version hit the collective's online store in September. Victims unwittingly buy them online thinking they're real cables and once they plug their phone into a computer, the hacker strikes. "This seemingly normal USB cable is one of the most powerful hacking tools ever," @superintelligence_ told her 13,000 TikTok followers. "Hack5 put a small computer into the cable which has enough processing power... to hack a smartphone or laptop. "The cable also comes in different shapes and sizes, which makes it very effective hackers and very dangerous for...
    IF YOU suspect someone has been snooping on your iPhone, there's a super-easy way to catch them red-handed. Using one of your mobile's built-in features, you can quickly check whether someone has been reading your texts without your permission. 3Check your Screen Time charts for any inconsistencies with your own iPhone usageCredit: Apple / The Sun 3Your app carousel can reveal whether anyone is snooping on youCredit: Apple One of the best ways to spot a snooper is to check your iPhone's Screen Time record. Go to Settings and then Screen Time, and then click See All Activity. Switch the tap at the top to Day, and you'll be able to see a timeline of when you were using apps. So if you weren't on your phone at 11am, but the Screen Time shows you were using Instagram at that time, then something may be afoot. This is a great way to find out if someone has looked through your iPhone in the middle of the night. If you weren't using WhatsApp for 10 minutes at 2am, then who was?...
    YOU may want to check if your email address has been compromised as a huge data leak has been reported. Data experts Have I Been Pwned tweeted about the hack that compromised multiple sites including an LGBTQ dating site. 1The Have I Been Pwned website has updated its recent breaches sectionCredit: Have I Been Pwned Have I Been Pwned tweeted: "New sensitive breach: "Israeli hosting provider CyberServe was breached and ransomed last week. "Multiple sites were compromised and leaked publicly including LGBTQ dating site Atraf and Machon Mor medical institute. 47% were already in @haveibeenpwned." Have I Been Pwned is a website that lets you type in the email address or number you're worried about and it will tell you if you've been involved in a data breach. The website can tell you how many breaches your information has been involved in and some information about those breaches. It also has a section showing recent breaches and the amount of people affected by them. Most read in TechAPPLE ALARM High alert as iPhone iOS software exposed to hackers &...
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