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Released earlier today, iOS 12 packs some new security and privacy punch. TechCrunch recommends iOS device users take some initiative to explore them. The first setting to change is USB Restricted mode, followed by turning on automatic updates. Next, set a stronger password for the device itself, and turn on two-factor authentication. Last but not least it taking advantage of iOS 12’s new password manager to review reused passwords. Read the article to learn about locating each setting.
2. Ditch your phone’s built-in web browser for these seven alternatives (Popular Science)
If you think you’re stuck with your smartphone’s default web browser, you’re not. Popular Science lists seven alternative web browsers for your phone. Some reasons for swapping browsers are to increasing speed, consume less data to save money on your plan, and to improve privacy and security. Each of the browser apps is free, and most run on both Android and iOS.
3. What Happened to Conversation Details in iOS 12 Messages? (Tek Revue)
Sometimes phone OS updates add an unexpected learning curve. iOS 12 is no different. In one case, Apple relocated a handy Messages app feature which is better than removing it altogether. It’s the little “i” for info button that allows you to see conversation details. Previously available at a single tap in the top-right corner of a conversation, in now takes two taps to get there.
4. OnePlus is making its foray into the TV segment with the OnePlus TV (Android Central)
OnePlus is a Chinese smartphone manufacturer. Known for offering high-end specs to Android fans at affordable prices, they’re looking to diversify into the TV market in 2019. Not too much information is available about the set yet, but expect a “clean, efficient, and smart” hub 4K LED TV.
5. Here are the iPads and iPhones that support Apple’s iOS 12 (Digital Trends)
Digital Trends provides an extensive list of all devices that support iOS 12. The answer is simple: if your iPhone, iPad or iPod run iOS 11, it will run iOS 12. That includes the iPhone 5S, the only iPhone in the 5 series to receive an update to Apple’s latest mobile operating system. iPhone 5, 5C and 4S users are SOL — time to upgrade hardware.
6. How to use the coolest new features in iOS 12 (Macworld) via @macworld
With each new iOS version comes handy and innovative features. iOS 12 brings its own share to iPhone, iPad, and iPod too. New items that Macworld thinks are cool include Screen Time (to help limit app use), Memoji (animated versions of your face), grouped notifications (compiled notifications from a single source), and a bunch more.
Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks. I have my doubts. Recognizing a problem is the first step to finding a solution. Linus Torvalds is the superhuman creator of Linux, and “unprofessional” verbal attacker of fellow Linux programmers. Good luck, buddy!
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