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Child Safety on iOS – Apple walks back photo-scanning plans

In 2021, Apple introduced a suite of automated features designed to protect children from potential abuse. Some of those tools remain, but after a huge backlash on its controversial photo-scanning plans, the company has ditched the project. Let’s first look at what Apple is not doing. The original plans involved automatically scanning any photos uploaded to iCloud, checking for matches against a database of known child sexual abuse...

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Latest issue of Swipe: Banish Spam Forever

We’ve just published the latest issue of our sister app, Swipe Magazine. It’s full of the same kind of tips and features you’ll find here, packaged neatly into fortnightly issues. There are dozens of back issues available and you can trial it completely free if you want a new way to get to know your iPhone! Editor’s Notes This issue of Swipe can help you avoid junk mail and phishing scams,...

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iOS 16.1.2 released – Network and crash detection improvements

It seems like nearly every week Apple is dropping a new iOS update on us at the moment – the freshly-available iOS 16.1.2 coming hot on the heels of another update released to fix a Wi-Fi network bug. Apple saves new features for its bigger releases, with iOS 16.2 due to unleash its Freeform app to the public some time soon. But minor updates like these are often rushed out to combat specific problems that just can’t wait. This...