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Apple releases iOS 13.5 beta with COVID-19 contact tracing feature

Apple on Wednesday released a developer preview of iOS 13.5 that includes the first version of its upcoming COVID-19 contact-tracing feature. The update is only available through the developer portal.  Apple and Google announced a contact tracing feature for iOS and Android devices on April 10.  The feature will use randomized ...

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Fleeceware apps discovered on the iOS App Store

More than 3.5 million iOS users have installed “fleeceware” apps on their devices, UK security firm Sophos warned in a report published earlier this week. The term fleeceware is a new addition to the cyber-security jargon and describes apps engaging in a new form of online fraud. Coined last year ...

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Hidden features: Apple's discoverability problem

For a company generally lauded for its user interfaces, Apple has a big hole in its UI design: discoverability. The word refers to the ease – or lack – of users finding a feature.  How do we know it is a problem? Pick any Apple product, and search on “hidden ...

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Apple blocks third-party cookies in Safari

Image: Nobbby Starting today, with the release of Safari 13.1 and through updates to the Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP) privacy feature, Apple now blocks all third-party cookies in Safari by default. The company’s move means that online advertisers and analytics firms cannot use browser cookie files anymore to track users ...

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