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  • How to Use Screen Time in iOS 12

    How to Use Screen Time in iOS 12
    Apple in iOS 12 introduced Screen Time, which is designed to provide you with information on how you're using your time on your iPhone and iPad.

    With Screen Time, you can see how often you pick up your iOS device, which apps you're using, which apps are sending the most notifications, and other details.

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    Accessing Screen Time


    There's no dedicated app for Screen Time, so it might not be immediately obvious how it's accessed when you first install iOS 12. All Screen Time features are actually available in the Settings app.


    1. Open up the Settings app.

    2. Scroll down to the "Screen Time" section that's grouped with Notifications, Sounds, and Do Not Disturb.

    3. Tap on "Screen Time" to see your usage statistics.

    Screen Time Syncing


    Screen Time statistics are collected from all iOS devices running iOS 12 where you're logged in with your iCloud account. That means it will aggregate data from all iPhones and iPads that you use during the course of a day.


    You can view your data across all devices or on a per device basis. To view other devices, tap on the "All Devices" label on the main Screen Time screen and then choose "Devices" from the upper right hand corner.

    Info Available in Screen Time


    When you open up Screen Time, a chart is displayed with information on your last 24 hours of iPhone usage, organized by each individual app or which app category you've used the most, such as Productivity, Games, Creativity, or Messages.


    If you tap on that chart, you can see even more information from either the last 24 hours or the last 7 days, including your longest usage setting, the number of times you picked up your device during the day, and how many notifications you got, along with details on which apps are sending you the most notifications.

    Other Screen Time Features


    In the Screen Time section, you can set scheduled Downtime for yourself to restrict yourself (or a child) from using apps outside of those that have been allowed with App Limits, you can set specific time limits on app categories like social networking or games, and you can access Content & Privacy Restrictions, useful if you're managing a child's device.


    If you use Family Sharing with a spouse, friend, or child, and you're the family manager, you'll also see family members' names listed under "Family" and will be able to see and control their app usage.

    These features are relatively simple to use, but we'll be looking into them in more depth in future how tos.

    Disabling Screen Time


    If you don't want to use Screen Time, you can turn it off in the Settings app.



    1. Open the Settings app.

    2. Tap "Screen Time."

    3. Scroll down to "Turn Off Screen Time" and tap it.

    Turning off Screen Time on your device will delete all app, website, and notification history. You can re-enable Screen Time at any time, but it does not save data nor does it begin collecting data until enabled.

    Related Roundup: iOS 12

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  • Apple Seeds Third Beta of tvOS 12 to Public Beta Testers

    Apple Seeds Third Beta of tvOS 12 to Public Beta Testers
    Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming tvOS 12 update to its public beta testing group, giving non-developers a chance to try out the new software ahead of its fall public release. Today's third beta comes two weeks after Apple released the second tvOS 12 public beta, and it corresponds to the fourth developer beta released yesterday.

    The tvOS 12 public beta can be obtained by going to the Settings app on the Apple TV and navigating to the Software Updates section under "System." "Get Public Beta Updates" will need to be toggled on, and once it is, the Apple TV will download the beta software.


    tvOS 12 introduces long-awaited support for Dolby Atmos, and when tvOS 12 launches this fall, iTunes will be home to the largest collection of Dolby Atmos-supported movies. As with the launch of 4K HDR, previously purchased content will be upgraded to include Dolby Atmos on all supported titles at no cost.

    tvOS 12 features a zero sign-on option that lets cable subscribers watch live channels and on-demand programs they're entitled to through their cable subscription simply by being logged into their home internet networks. This feature will be limited to Charter Spectrum users to begin with, but Apple plans to expand it to additional providers in the future.

    Other tvOS 12 features include the ability to autofill passwords from the iPhone to sign into Apple TV apps more quickly, and support for Home Control systems like Crestron and Savant, which will be able to be used to control the Apple TV.

    Apple has also made the Apple TV Remote a default option in Control Center on iOS devices with the iOS 12 beta, there are new aerial screensavers created with help from the International Space Station, and aerial screensavers now offer up location information, a feature that's activated in this beta.

    tvOS 12 will see a public launch this fall, and until that time, will be limited to developers and public beta testers as Apple works out bugs and other issues.

    Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 12
    Buyer's Guide: Apple TV (Neutral)

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  • Netflix Redesigns TV Apps With Side Bar Interface Housing My List, Search, and More

    Netflix Redesigns TV Apps With Side Bar Interface Housing My List, Search, and More
    Netflix today revealed a new design for its "TV experiences," or TV-based apps, that aims to make it easier to find TV shows and movies on the service.

    In addition to the rows with various themes, Netflix subscribers watching on a TV will now see a sidebar on the left side of the app that expands when they scroll over to it. This UI has Search, Home, Series, Movies, My List, and New hubs, making it far simpler to jump directly to specific sections of Netflix you want to get to without having to scroll around looking for them.


    Otherwise, browsing around Netflix on a TV app appears to be largely the same, with video previews that automatically play once you've stopped on a show or movie. Netflix's director of product innovation Stephen Garcia said that the new update came out of "extensive research" into how its users browse for content.
    While this may feel like an obvious update to some, validating that this TV experience was better for our members took extensive research, testing and technology improvements. Along those lines, we will continuously learn from our members and evolve the TV experience so that it gets even more simple, fun and easy to find the stories that make Netflix great.

    In our testing of this new interface, we saw that that this simpler design helped members find something great to watch.
    The company didn't directly confirm which platforms this update will arrive on, but it typically uses "TV experiences" as an all-encompassing reference to apps on streaming boxes, game consoles, smart TVs, and anywhere else Netflix is viewed on a TV set. This should mean that fourth-generation and fifth-generation Apple TV users will see the update alongside other platforms, with a rollout that begins worldwide today.

    Tag: Netflix

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  • Deals: Twelve South Post-Prime Day Sale, $100 iTunes Gift Card for $85 Still Active

    Deals: Twelve South Post-Prime Day Sale, $100 iTunes Gift Card for $85 Still Active
    With Prime Day over, Amazon's sale is no longer taking the deal spotlight this week, but Twelve South has branched out of the event with a post-Prime Day sale of its own. Called the "Past Your Prime Day" sale, on TwelveSouth.com you can buy all of the Twelve South products at the same discount that they were available yesterday (and Monday), with a few additional options thrown in.


    To get in on the sale browse the landing page, add any of the products into your cart, and enter the promo code PastYourPrime during checkout to get 25 percent off. We've highlighted some of the items on sale in the list below, and be sure to place your order before tomorrow as Twelve South's sale is one day only and ends later tonight.
    In the wake of Prime Day, there are a few Anker deals that have stuck around on Amazon:

    Additionally, PayPal's Digital Gifts eBay storefront is still offering $100 App Store and iTunes gift cards for $85. This sale opened up Monday morning, and ones like it typically stick around only for a few days, so if you're still looking to save on iTunes credit today could be your last chance until the next discount appears.

    The iTunes credit will only be valid on purchases made on the United States App and iTunes stores, and you'll receive the code via email within a few hours after the purchase. These gift cards can be used to pay for 12-month Apple Music subscriptions at $99.00, iTunes movie purchases and rentals, iBooks, app subscriptions like Netflix, and more.


    eBay also has a new 20 percent off coupon that launched today, but this one isn't sitewide and is focused on "Top Brands" including Apple, Dyson, Ninja, and more in categories like Cell Phones, Computers, and Electronics. Head over to eBay to browse items eligible for the sale, and enter the coupon code PRIMO to get 20 percent off orders of $50 or more (discount will be capped at a value of $50 as well).

    This code lasts through Saturday, July 21 at 11:59 p.m. PT, and for more information on the latest sales, be sure to head over to our full Deals Roundup.

    Related Roundup: Apple Deals

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  • European Commission Fines Google $5.1B for Favoring and Pre-Installing Own Services on Android

    European Commission Fines Google $5.1B for Favoring and Pre-Installing Own Services on Android
    The European Commission hit Google with a $5.1 billion fine today, stating that the tech company broke EU antitrust laws by striking deals with Android phone manufacturers to favor Google's services over rival services (via The New York Times).

    Android P is the newest version of the software, set to launch this fall

    Specifically, the European Commission pointed towards the Google search bar and Chrome web browser coming pre-installed on Android smartphones like those made by HTC, Huawei, and Samsung. With these options already in smartphones when users purchase them, other services are "unfairly boxed out."
    ?Google has used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine,? said Margrethe Vestager, Europe?s antitrust chief. ?These practices have denied rivals the chance to innovate and compete on the merits. They have denied European consumers the benefits of effective competition in the important mobile sphere. This is illegal under E.U. antitrust rules.?
    Now, Google has 90 days to ends these practices or face penalties of up to 5 percent of the worldwide average daily revenues of parent company Alphabet. In response, Google's European Twitter account confirmed that the company will appeal the Commission's decision.



    Google CEO Sundar Pichai commented on the decision in his own blog post today, pointing out that Android phones come preloaded "with as many as 40 apps from multiple developers," not just Google. Users can delete them if they want and install their own choices after they purchase the smartphone.

    According to Pichai, the EU fine "sends a troubling signal in favor of proprietary systems over open platforms." Pichai also notes that Android phones compete with iOS phones, a factor that isn't brought up in the ruling.
    Today, the European Commission issued a competition decision against Android, and its business model. The decision ignores the fact that Android phones compete with iOS phones, something that 89 percent of respondents to the Commission?s own market survey confirmed.

    It also misses just how much choice Android provides to thousands of phone makers and mobile network operators who build and sell Android devices; to millions of app developers around the world who have built their businesses with Android; and billions of consumers who can now afford and use cutting-edge Android smartphones.
    The European Commission has targeted Google previously, fining the company $2.8 billion last year for unfairly favoring its own services in Google search results. For the new $5.1 billion fine, the EU is said to be taking advanced measures to "rein in the clout" of American tech companies, but Google is not expected to back down from its appeal decision and has begun to populate a hashtag on Twitter -- #AndroidWorks -- against the Commission's fine. According to The New York Times, the case is now "likely to drag on for years."

    Tag: Google

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  • Mobile Gaming Technology

    Mobile Gaming Technology
    With the rapid advancement of mobile technology over the past decade many industries have been struggling to keep up or, rather, they are falling behind in terms of grasping and making the most of the opportunities that mobile internet can provide. Advertising is obviously one area and many sections of the market either overlook mobile [...]
  • iPhone Evolution in 2013

    iPhone Evolution in 2013
    The launch of smartphones has contributed to further growth within the online gaming market and in particular to the gambling industry. Through numerous sites that allow live gambling and the personal reach in audience through smartphones, the industry has experienced a further boost. Sports betting and online casino companies in particular have taken advantage of [...]
  • Should You Upgrade Your iPhone?

    Should You Upgrade Your iPhone?
    iPhones are notorious for new versions and with each new upgrade consumers wonder whether or not they should trade in their last model. The latest iPhone models are sure to have better features than those that were previously released and there are a number of websites set up to help users to sell their old [...]
  • Protecting Your iPhone with an Aluminum Jacket

    Protecting Your iPhone with an Aluminum Jacket
    iPhones do not come cheap and because of this, many users want to protect them from damage. There are aluminum jackets available that will help to protect your iPhone and many of these jackets are very stylish. They are designed to perfectly fit various iPhone versions without having to actually squeeze the phone into the [...]
  • DAB Digital Radio Advertising Benefits to Businesses

    DAB Digital Radio Advertising Benefits to Businesses
    More and more consumers are beginning to listen to digital radio which gives businesses an excellent platform to advertise their products and services. Radio is considered to be one of the greatest forms of advertising and with many UK consumers switching from FM to digital radio, many businesses have begun to look at the benefits [...]
 
 
 
 
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  • iPhone 4 Forum dot net moves to iPhoneForums.net

    iPhone 4 Forum dot net moves to iPhoneForums.net
    With the announcement of the new Verizon iPhone 4 heading to Verizon, we also have some big news.  iPhone4Forum.net is now iPhoneForums.net.  Under the new name we will cover all Apple iPhone devices but are main focus is still on the Apple iPhone 4.  If you haven't been there before please stop by and say [...]
  • Verizon iPhone 4 Announced!

    Verizon iPhone 4 Announced!
    Verizon Wireless & Apple Team Up to Deliver iPhone 4 on Verizon.   For more details visit http://www.iPhoneForums.net BASKING RIDGE, New Jersey and CUPERTINO, California?January 11, 2011?Verizon Wireless and Apple® today announced that the iPhone® 4 will be available on the Verizon Wireless network beginning on Thursday, February 10. Qualified Verizon Wireless customers will be [...]
  • Wesley Snipes Launches His Own iPhone Game, Julius Styles: The International

    Wesley Snipes Launches His Own iPhone Game, Julius Styles: The International
    Actor Wesley Snipes, who is currently in prison in Pennsylvania serving a three-year sentence for tax evasion, will soon be starring in his very own action-strategy iOS game, called Julius Styles: The International. Snipes plays the part of the game?s protagonist, Julius Styles, an international ?Facilitator? in a world of money, power, sex and murder. [...]
  • Verizon to Offer Unlimited Data Plans for iPhone

    Verizon to Offer Unlimited Data Plans for iPhone
    On the eve of the joint Verizon Wireless /Apple event where they are expected to unveil the Verizon Wireless iPhone, The Wall Street Journal reports that Verizon will be offering unlimited data-use plans with the iPhone to its customers, according to its sources. As the WSJ points out, this would put clear blue water between [...]
  • E.D.F: Earth Defense Force Coming Soon to iPhone and iPad

    E.D.F: Earth Defense Force Coming Soon to iPhone and iPad
    Classic SNES game E.D.F.: Earth Defense Force is coming very soon to the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad according to developer and publisher DotEmu. One of the great Japanese shooter-arcade games of the 90s, Earth Defense Force was first developed and published way back in 1991 as a coin-op game by Jaleco Ltd., before being [...]