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How To Disable The iPad's Slide Over Multitasking Screen

iOS: For the most part, multitasking on the iPad is a great addition, but depending on how you use your iPad, the new feature can be more of annoyance than a boon to productivity. OS X Daily reminds us that you can turn it off.


Apple Discontinued The Thunderbolt Display, Try These Four Great Alternatives

Apple recently discontinued its standalone Thunderbolt display, which sucks because it was one of our favourites. To soothe the wound, here are some of the best monitors we’ve found to replace Apple’s dearly departed display, most of which offer similar features without the price tag.


Command Center Crams An iOS-Style Control Center Onto Your Mac

Mac: If you’re a fan of the Control Center in iOS, then Command Center is a Mac app worth taking a look at. It jams a Control Center-esque interface on the side of your screen, complete with an Activity Monitor to boot.


Apple Leaves iOS Kernel Unencrypted For The First Time: Why Is This Important?

In the preview version of iOS 10, which was released recently at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), the kernel has been found to be unencrypted. Previous versions of iOS all featured an encrypted kernel, so for Apple to open iOS 10 up like this is a big deal and allows security researchers to take a deeper look inside the operating system to expose potential bugs. Some security pundits have claimed this move makes iOS less secure. Here’s what you need to know.


Apple iOS 10 VS Google Android: Which Is Leading The Way?

Both Apple and Google use their developer conferences to introduce updates to their mobile operating systems. Google IO, held last month, introduced Google’s latest version “N” of Android, along with new apps. Apple has done the same this week at its World Wide Developer Conference, introducing iOS 10.

While both Apple and Google are likely to be monitoring each others’ releases to stay competitive, there is a big difference underlying the Android and iOS approaches to feature development that means their respective focus will also differ. Read on to find out more.


Free Document Scanning Apps Are Sleazy And Gross, Don't Download Them

Mobile document scanners are possibly the most boring apps imaginable, so it’s puzzling they’re also some of the most awful, sleazy and confusing apps you can download. It should be simple: Scan receipts, digitise notes, sync to the cloud, that’s it. Useful, but not exciting. But there are dozens, all nearly identical. Some are free. Others are a couple of bucks. Most have in-app purchases. All of them are confusing as hell.


What Is This Differential Privacy Thing Apple Is Talking About (For People Who Hate Maths)?

The term “differential privacy” has popped into public consciousness after Apple announced it was using this mathematical technique to ensure that user information it collects through iOS devices is kept private. It’s a complex statistical science concept that involves large datasets, analytics, adding noise to the data and maths. Maths. And now I have a headache. It’s hard to find a simple way of explaining Apple’s application of differential privacy to people with limited knowledge of mathematics and technology. But it’s something all iOS users should know, especially when it concerns their own data. Here’s our layman’s guide to Apple’s differential privacy.


Apple To iOS App Developers: All Apps Need To Use HTTPS Connection By 2017

Apple introduced its App Transport Security (ATS) standard when it rolled out iOS 9. The ATS restricts apps from transferring data through a HTTP connection, forcing them to go through HTTPS instead. The latter is an encrypted communication protocol, which keeps the data secure. iOS app developers were encouraged to update their apps to accommodate for the new standard. Now Apple is taking a tougher stance, requiring all apps to use the ATS feature by 2017. Here’s what you need to know.


The Nomad Leather Wallet Charges Your iPhone, Looks Good Doing It

I dislike combo gadgets, and prefer tools that do one thing well instead of a dozen things poorly. But the Nomad Leather Wallet for iPhone does two things very well, and is as good-looking as it is useful. If you’re looking for a slick way to carry your cards and cash, and charge your phone on the go, this wallet is the perfect balance of quality, style and utility.


Netflix On iPad Now Supports Picture-In-Picture

iPad: Picture-in-picture mode was added to the iPad way back in September 2015, but the multitasking features required software-specific support. It’s finally now available in the biggest streaming video app, Netflix.


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