Category: smartphones

How to Fix the Express Transit Vulnerability on Your iPhone

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I love paying with my iPhone. I use Apple Pay at grocery stores, vending machines, and really anywhere else that’s compatible. However, if you use Apple Pay, too, be warned—a recently discovered security flaw could allow hackers to steal from right from your mobile wallet, particularly if you use public transit.

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How to Fix the iPhone 13's 'Unlock With Apple Watch' Bug

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So, you bought a brand new iPhone 13, 13 mini, 13 Pro, or 13 Pro Max. Congratulations! Are you enjoying the new and improved cameras? The 120 Hz pro displays? Or are you pissed because your $1,000 iPhone won’t unlock when you’re wearing a mask—even though your old iPhone did just fine? Let’s help you fix this “Unlock…

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How to Finally Organize Your Random iPhone Notes

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Tagging is a feature that can separate a basic notes app from a powerful one. And when it comes to note-taking apps, you used to have to choose a third-party option (often one that cost money) to take advantage of this helpful feature—but no more.

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How to Use 'Live Text,' the Best New Feature in iOS 15

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There’s a lot going on in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, from small features like Background Sounds to banner features like FaceTime SharePlay. But the one feature that’s going to have a huge impact on your day-to-day life is Live Text.

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How to Turn Your iPhone Into a Free High-Res Webcam

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Apple makes a mean iPhone camera, but when it comes to their Macs, it’s a whole different story. Sure, they’re getting better, with the M1 Macs having the best of the bunch, but there are a lot of Macs out there with subpar webcams. If you use an external display for your MacBook, you might not even have a good webcam…

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How to Use Your iPhone As an Official ID

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In this digital age, why do we still have physical IDs? I don’t need my credit card when I can use Apple Pay; I don’t need my MetroCard anymore with Express Transit; but still, I need to bring the whole wallet with me anywhere that requires a driver’s license. Luckily, it looks like that’s changing with iOS 15, as…

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How to Stop Your iPhone and Its Apps From Tracking Your Location

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While privacy as we used to know it might be dead and gone, there are still plenty of ways to protect yourself against the default tech standards on your iPhone. Apple might be a privacy champion, but there are plenty of settings you can tinker with and change to hide your location from Apple and your many apps.

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How to Move Safari's Search Bar Back Where It Belongs in iOS 15

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With iOS 15, Apple tried to revamp Safari’s traditional user interface. In some ways, it was an ambitious effort, like how the UI changes colors to match the website you’re browsing. The company’s decision to move the search bar to the bottom of the display, however, was not so well-received. Apple did add the option…

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How to Finally FaceTime Your Non-Apple Friends

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If you’re an Apple devotee, there’s a good chance the company’s Messages and FaceTime services are two of the key features that keep you locked into the Cupertino ecosystem. But now, Apple has opened the floodgates just a crack, allowing us to invite anyone to a FaceTime call—even those on Android and Windows.

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How to Block Spam Calls With the Nuclear Option (and as Little Fallout as Possible)

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We’re all in a battle against robocalls. Chances are you’ve tried out various apps, settings, and carrier services to stop—or at least mitigate—the endless train of scams and spam, and some of them even work pretty well, at least for a while. Unfortunately, new spam techniques crop up all the time, and it’s likely a…

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