CNET: If you have an iPhone, you should know about these iOS privacy features

CNET: If you have an iPhone, you should know about these iOS privacy features. “Once you’ve downloaded the operating system, you’ll have access to Apple’s new FaceTime features that, for the first time, let Android and PC users participate. You’ll also get iMessage improvements that make it easier to track links and photos your friends have sent. And there’s access to plenty of new privacy and security features included with iOS 15. If you’re like me — one of the billion-plus people that use an iPhone — then I’d say it’s worth learning about new privacy updates available on Apple’s latest OS as well as going ahead and changing some of your settings right away.”

MakeUseOf: How to Use VoiceOver Image Descriptions With Your iPhone Photos

MakeUseOf: How to Use VoiceOver Image Descriptions With Your iPhone Photos. “Apple introduced a new feature in iOS 15 that allows users to add image descriptions to their photos that can be read by VoiceOver. VoiceOver is an important accessibility feature that allows blind and low vision users to navigate their iPhones and other Apple devices. Adding image descriptions is a great way to make images more accessible and be able to share your pictures with low vision or blind friends, family members, and colleagues.”

Ars Technica: Google Messages update translates iMessage responses for Android users

Ars Technica: Google Messages update translates iMessage responses for Android users. “Of course, in an ideal world, the non-stopgap solution to this communication problem would be for Apple to add RCS messaging support to iPhones, or for it to make iMessage an open standard, or for Apple and Google and the world’s phone carriers to get on the same page about a single standard that they can all support.”

Lifehacker: How to Lock Your Secrets in the Notes App (and Why You Should)

Lifehacker: How to Lock Your Secrets in the Notes App (and Why You Should). “Searching for data or photo lockers will lead you to many apps. Some of them are genuinely secure—others, less so—but given that you’re dealing with secure data (documents, photos, security codes, or bank details), you maybe don’t want to trust a third-party iPhone app that happens to have a thousand 5-star reviews. Because it’s actually better to use Apple’s Notes app instead.”

Ubergizmo: iOS 15.2 Will Alert Parents If Their Kids Send Or Receive Explicit Photos

Ubergizmo: iOS 15.2 Will Alert Parents If Their Kids Send Or Receive Explicit Photos. “Back in August, Apple announced that they would be introducing additional child safety features to iOS. One of these features is expected to make its debut in iOS 15.2, and that is the ability for iOS to detect when sexually explicit photos are being sent or received through the Messages app on the iPhone or iPad.”

Sky News: Supreme Court ruling may force Google to pay all iPhone UK users up to £750 in compensation for secret tracking

Sky News: Supreme Court ruling may force Google to pay all iPhone UK users up to £750 in compensation for secret tracking. “Between 2011 and 2012, Google secretly collected data from people using the Safari browser on iPhone, iPad, and Mac, despite assuring them that it would be prevented from doing so by the browser’s default settings.”

The Register: Apple patches ‘actively exploited’ iPhone zero-day with iOS 15.0.2 update

The Register: Apple patches ‘actively exploited’ iPhone zero-day with iOS 15.0.2 update. “Described as a ‘memory corruption issue’ by Apple, the vuln is present within the IOMobileFrameBuffer kernel extension, used for managing display memory. Malicious applications are said to be capable of triggering an integer overflow in the framebuffer, permitting execution of arbitrary code with kernel privileges.”

Input Magazines: How to scan objects in 3D with your iPhone

Input Magazine: How to scan objects in 3D with your iPhone. “With Apple rolling out Object Capture on MacOS and including advanced LiDAR sensors on the current generation of iPhone, it’s clear that the company is taking 3D scanning seriously. If you’ve never made a 3D scan before it might seem like a daunting process, but this guide will get you up and scanning with your iPhone in no time.”

iOS 15 hidden tricks: Make the most of Apple’s new iPhone features (CNET)

CNET: iOS 15 hidden tricks: Make the most of Apple’s new iPhone features. “My favorite part about the new software is all of the hidden features that Apple didn’t trumpet, though. For example, the new Live Text tool isn’t only available when you’re dealing with photos — you can use it to scan documents or text into any text field. Below is the start of my running list of favorite hidden features in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15.”

The Verge: How to use iOS 15’s Focus modes to quickly customize your iPhone’s homescreen

The Verge: How to use iOS 15’s Focus modes to quickly customize your iPhone’s homescreen. “Customizing your iPhone’s homescreen took off last year when iOS 14 introduced widgets and the ability to hide default app icons in favor of your own cool, customized ones. But iOS 15 opens up a new dimension to homescreen customization, thanks to Focus modes — which give a quick and easy way to hide and reveal groups of homescreens with just a single tap.”

Motherboard: Apple Patches Zero-Click iMessage Hack Used by NSO

Motherboard: Apple Patches Zero-Click iMessage Hack Used by NSO. “The hack relied on an unknown vulnerability—also known as a zero-day—in iMessage, which allowed the hackers to take over a target’s phone by sending them a message that was effectively invisible. These kinds of attacks are called zero-click exploits, as they don’t require the victim to click on anything. Citizen Lab wrote in a blog post that it believes this zero-day was being used since at least February of this year.”

Lifehacker: You Can Turn Your Live Photos Into Long Exposures, Loops, and Boomerangs

Lifehacker: You Can Turn Your Live Photos Into Long Exposures, Loops, and Boomerangs. “Live Photos are the little moving pictures you never knew you needed. Just like in Harry Potter, these little videos capture the essence of the moment, something that just can’t be captured in a still photo sometimes. Unlike GIFs though, they also record a snippet of sound, making them like micro-short videos of a moment. But there’s even more to Live Photos.”

Pocket-Lint: How to use iOS Shortcuts to create a custom RSS reader

Pocket-Lint: How to use iOS Shortcuts to create a custom RSS reader. “RSS readers might seem like an echo from the past, but they can still serve as a powerful tool to read headlines without having to deal with all the other fluff you’d come across when browsing social media to get your information via instead. If you’d like to easily see the latest headlines from your favourite news sources with only a tap of an icon or just a quick summon by Siri, follow along.”