Apple's new 'app limits' feature can help curb smartphone use

07 June, 2018, 09:06 | Author: Patty Hardy
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The software, which focuses on augmented reality (AR), is packed with performance improvements to make devices work faster.

Apple's Safari browser will have "intelligent tracking prevention" to help block social media "like" or "share" buttons and comment widgets from tracking users' keystrokes without explicit permission.

Apple is finally delivering on some promises it made past year about its HomePod speaker, including giving the device the ability to link with another for stereo sound.

Measure does exactly what you'd think from the name: Helps you take measurements of real-world objects. With recent incidents of the voice assistant offering wrong answers, Apple seeks to address such issues in the upcoming update.

'We want to make Siri do much more for you and we're doing that by taking advantage of the power of apps, ' said Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering. Although, new reports started surfacing and they said that Apple is also planning to launch a revamped version of iPhone SE. (Lego app users will soon be able to hold an iOS device over certain Lego sets to play a multiplayer games).

In January, Jana Partners and the California State Teachers' Retirement System, or CalSTRS, wrote a letter to Apple about growing "societal unease" about overuse of technology and in particular smart phones, which at some point could turn people away from buying Apple products.

"It will become dramatically more hard for data companies to identify your device and track you", Federighi said.

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A new Siri app on iOS 12 called Shortcuts allows you to create verbal commands that will lead Siri to perform a number of functions you pre-program. What remains to be seen is whether there is enough of a compelling reason for someone to use AR, even if it's built-in to everyday apps.

Apple has hundreds of available Shortcuts in the app which users can use to modify or use for their own needs.

Facebook said it "disagreed" with the report and that the agreements with device makers were far different from those with third-party developers including one which shared data with the political firm Cambridge Analytica. An interesting addition is that that users will now be able to group/bulk notifications from specific apps.

Apple unveiled its voice assistant Siri back in 2011, but tech critics say Siri has fallen behind competitors like Amazon Alexa, Microsoft Cortana, and Google Voice. Plenty of third-party apps will be supported. Saying the phrase can be set to open Apple Maps to find the best route home and launching a radio app. If you have multiple devices through Family Sharing, the parent can set it up on their phone and have it sync across all other connected gadgets.

When a friend receives photos from an event, Apple will then suggest the friend reciprocate with photos from the same event.

In an interview Monday with NPR, Apple CEO Tim Cook said, "We have never been about maximizing the number of times you pick it up, the number of times you use it".

Now FaceTime can add up to 32 simultaneous participants, though that would be one unwieldy conference call.

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