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.”

CNET: Moving from Android to iPhone reveals my friends’ true feelings

CNET: Moving from Android to iPhone reveals my friends’ true feelings. “Yes, iMessage is convenient. Yes, so is FaceTime. While I personally decided to buy an iPhone 12 Pro Max for the redesign and app privacy controls in iOS 14.5, I didn’t expect it to make a difference to anyone in my social circle. I especially didn’t expect it to matter to the point of friends displaying fairly intense relief and jubilation.” I must admit I felt a bit of this when my mother switched from Android to iPhone. But not for long; she didn’t like the iPhone and switched back.

Lifehacker: How to Organize All Your iCloud Photos

Lifehacker: How to Organize All Your iCloud Photos. “One of the great things about iCloud is that you can store lots of pictures. One of the bad things about iCloud is that you can store lots of pictures. Here are some tips to help you back up and organize all your thousands of photos without doing too much sifting through memories of Halloween 2017.”

TechCrunch: Apple launches a new iOS app, ‘Siri Speech Study,’ to gather feedback for Siri improvements

TechCrunch: Apple launches a new iOS app, ‘Siri Speech Study,’ to gather feedback for Siri improvements. “Apple recently began a research study designed to collect speech data from study participants. Earlier this month, the company launched on the App Store a new iOS app called ‘Siri Speech Study’, which allows participants who have opted in to share their voice requests and other feedback with Apple. The app is available in a number of worldwide markets but does not register on the App Store’s charts, including under the ‘Utilities’ category where it’s published.”

Lifehacker: How to Block Spam Calls With the Nuclear Option (and as Little Fallout as Possible)

Lifehacker: How to Block Spam Calls With the Nuclear Option (and as Little Fallout as Possible). “We’re all in a battle against robocalls. Chances are you’ve tried out various apps, settings, and carrier services to stop—or at least mitigate—the endless train of scams and spam, and some of them even work pretty well, at least for a while. Unfortunately, new spam techniques crop up all the time, and it’s likely a few calls will slip past even the best spam blocking apps. That said, there are ‘nuclear’ options on Android and iOS that will block out those stragglers for good.”

Ubergizmo: iOS 15’s Photos Will Be Better At Recognizing People

Ubergizmo: iOS 15’s Photos Will Be Better At Recognizing People. “One of the features of a lot of photo sharing platforms is facial recognition. This is something that Apple has built into its own Photos app. For the most part, we have to say that it does a good job at picking out faces, even if it’s in a group photo, but when it comes to photos where faces are partially hidden or obscured, then that’s when it falters.”

CNET: FaceTime gets an upgrade in iOS 15. Here are 6 new features you can try with friends

CNET: FaceTime gets an upgrade in iOS 15. Here are 6 new features you can try with friends. “With these key updates to FaceTime, it seems Apple doesn’t want Zoom to take all the success. Some of the features do indeed go some way to make FaceTime more like Zoom, while other features — like SharePlay — are all new and could offer great new ways of virtually hanging out with friends.”

The Verge: Facebook brings cloud gaming to Apple devices with a web app

The Verge: Facebook brings cloud gaming to Apple devices with a web app. “Starting Friday, Facebook is bringing its nascent cloud gaming service to iPhones and iPads through a web app people will be able to add to their homescreens like a native app. The site will let you play simple web games like Solitaire and match-threes and stream more graphically intensive titles like racing games.”

The Verge: How to change your iPhone’s text size for a specific app

The Verge: How to change your iPhone’s text size for a specific app. “Sometimes you want the text in your app to be smaller, so you can fit more content on a single screen. Sometimes you want it to be bigger, especially if you’ve been putting off buying those reading glasses. But until recently, if you had an iPhone, you had to pick a single text size as a standard for all your apps. Not anymore.”

Mashable: How to set up Notification Summary in iOS 15

Mashable: How to set up Notification Summary in iOS 15. “If you get a million app notifications a day, and have become numb to the important ones, iOS 15’s Notification Summary feature is about to be your new best friend. Notification Summary will let you zero in on what you might call your ‘important-but-overwhelming-due-to-constant-pestering’ apps, and receive a summary report of their notifications for you to review at a time of your own choosing.”