9to5 Mac: ‘RealityScan’ is a new app from Epic Games that uses the iPhone camera to create 3D models

9to5 Mac: ‘RealityScan’ is a new app from Epic Games that uses the iPhone camera to create 3D models. “Epic Games announced on Monday a new app called ‘RealityScan,’ which will let anyone use the iPhone camera to scan objects and turn them into high-fidelity 3D models. The app was developed using technologies from Capturing Reality, a company specializing in photogrammetry that was acquired by Epic in 2021.” The app is free but is currently in a limited iOS beta.

Ubergizmo: iOS 15.4 Reportedly Causing Pretty Severe Battery Drain For Some Users

Ubergizmo: iOS 15.4 Reportedly Causing Pretty Severe Battery Drain For Some Users. “According to some users, they are only getting half of the battery life that they got previously prior to the update. Some users are also reporting that they are seeing the battery drain by as much as 5% in less than 10 minutes, while some are also saying that their phones are now lasting them half a day. However, there might be some good news and that is this battery drain might not necessarily be a bug.”

Ubergizmo: Scammers Have Found New Ways Of Installing Malicious Apps On iOS Devices

Ubergizmo: Scammers Have Found New Ways Of Installing Malicious Apps On iOS Devices. “There are still some people who believe that due to Apple’s walled garden approach that its devices, like the iPhone and iPad, are ‘immune’ to malware, but over the years, this has been proven wrong again and again. In fact, more recently a blog post by security research firm Sophos has uncovered a couple of new ways that scammers are taking advantage of.”

The Verge: iOS 15.4 now live as Universal Control comes to iPads and Macs

The Verge: iOS 15.4 now live as Universal Control comes to iPads and Macs. “iOS 15.4, the latest version of Apple’s iPhone operating system, has been released and should soon be available to download ahead of the Friday release of Apple’s new third-generation iPhone SE and green iPhone 13. The update includes big new features like the ability to use Face ID while wearing a mask, alongside smaller additions like a handful of new emoji.”

TechCrunch: Substack introduces a new iOS app for reading, Android launch coming soon

TechCrunch: Substack introduces a new iOS app for reading, Android launch coming soon. “Online subscription newsletter platform Substack announced today that it’s launching an iOS app for reading. In a blog post about the announcement, the company said the new ‘Substack Reader’ app brings all of your Substack subscriptions into one place where you can read content from writers you follow.”

Make Tech Easier: 21 of the Best FaceTime Tips and Tricks to Use it Like a Pro

Make Tech Easier: 21 of the Best FaceTime Tips and Tricks to Use it Like a Pro. “FaceTime is Apple’s propriety audio and video calling service. You can use it for one-on-one or group calling. It offers filters, stickers, screen sharing, and much more. Whether you are new to FaceTime or have been using it for a while, the following FaceTime tips and tricks will help you make the most out of it.”

The Verge: Siri gets a new voice in iOS 15.4 beta

The Verge: Siri gets a new voice in iOS 15.4 beta. “The latest beta of iOS 15.4 adds a fifth American voice for its Siri voice assistant. Apple’s user-facing interface simply calls it ‘Voice 5,’ but iOS developer Steve Moser reports that its filename refers to the new voice as ‘Quinn.’ The voice has arrived a little under a year after Apple added its last two American Siri voices, and stopped defaulting to using a female-sounding voice.”

New York Times: Fine-Tune and Prune Your Phone’s Contacts List

New York Times: Fine-Tune and Prune Your Phone’s Contacts List. “Your phone’s contacts app can be easy to treat as a simple address book. But the default versions usually included in Apple’s iOS 15 and Google’s Android 12 can be much more useful — providing specific ringtones, travel directions, birthday reminders and more — if you take the time to flesh out the entries for your favorite people. Here’s a quick guide.”

Safari: A Beginner’s Guide for iPhone or iPad Users (MakeUseOf)

MakeUseOf: Safari: A Beginner’s Guide for iPhone or iPad Users . “On Apple devices, the default web browser is called Safari. It shares a lot of similar features to other common browsers, like Chrome, Firefox, and Edge. But if you’re new to using Safari, you may feel a little lost because the interface is slightly different to the others. So, here’s a beginner’s guide on how to use the Safari app to browse the web on your iPhone or iPad.”

EXCLUSIVE iPhone flaw exploited by second Israeli spy firm-sources (Reuters)

Reuters: EXCLUSIVE iPhone flaw exploited by second Israeli spy firm-sources. “A flaw in Apple’s software exploited by Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group to break into iPhones in 2021 was simultaneously abused by a competing company, according to five people familiar with the matter. QuaDream, the sources said, is a smaller and lower profile Israeli firm that also develops smartphone hacking tools intended for government clients.”

PC Magazine: Google Brings Its VPN to iOS Devices

PC Magazine: Google Brings Its VPN to iOS Devices. “Google’s virtual private network (VPN) service is now available on iOS devices. The descriptively named VPN by Google One, which was exclusive to Android smartphones when it debuted in October 2020, is now available to Apple smartphone owners who pay for at least 2TB of storage via the cloud backup service, the company says.”

Mashable: New emoji are coming to iOS, and they’re a serious vibe

Mashable: New emoji are coming to iOS, and they’re a serious vibe . “On Thursday, Emojipedia highlighted all the new emoji included in iOS 15.4. While it’s still in Beta (the current iOS is 15.3), when it’s released, the next iOS will bring with it a host of additional emoji that are practically guaranteed to slide into your ‘frequently used.’ Say hello to melting face, mirror disco ball, and bubbles. And that fancy lip-biting mouth is definitely going to get some play.”

Mashable: ‘Shared with You’ on iPhone organizes all of your shared content so you don’t have to

Mashable: ‘Shared with You’ on iPhone organizes all of your shared content so you don’t have to. “One of your iMessage groups shared a link to a really interesting article. You vowed to read it, but you got distracted and forgot. Suddenly it’s on your mind again, but you can’t remember where it is in your group text. You could scroll through the avalanche of new messages, or you could take the easy route and use Shared with You.”

CNET: Stop straining to read small print on your iPhone, iPad or Mac screen with these tools

CNET: Stop straining to read small print on your iPhone, iPad or Mac screen with these tools. “With the recent spike in remote and hybrid work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re spending a lot of time looking at screens. And while we’re navigating screens’ headache-inducing blue light and tiny print on websites, we should remember that technology must also be accessible for blind and visually impaired users. Fortunately, Apple added a number of accessibility features in iOS 15 that you can explore and customize under Settings > Accessibility.”