Why Apple’s overall Privacy focus in iOS 16.3 and macOS 13.2 is a big deal

Privacy and Apple go hand in hand – it has for years now, and its recent video starring Nick Mohammad from Ted Lasso to promote Data Privacy week was inspired. However, with today (January 28) being Data Privacy Day, it’s important to look at other features that you can use with your iPhone, iPad, and Mac to help protect your data. All of these are features that I switched on as soon as they’ve been introduced – with Advanced Data Protection being the latest one for me, as it was…

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Playing GoldenEye on my iPad is real, and it’s spectacular

I’ve never finished the single-player part of GoldenEye, even though I’ve been playing it since 1999 – and that’s mainly due to how good the multiplayer side is. For so long now, I’ve had to dig out a Nintendo 64 and four controllers just to play Rare’s game from 1997 with friends to grab the golden gun, but finally, that’s no more. On January 27, 2023, GoldenEye was made available for both the Nintendo Switch and Xbox Game Pass, and even though the Switch has exclusive online multiplayer, the single…

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Microsoft Teams is finally fixing this ear-splitting annoyance

One of the most irritating (and slightly painful) parts of joining a Microsoft Teams call could soon be fixed by a new update. The video conferencing service is a popular choice for many companies, meaning calls with large numbers of participants joining at the same time, and from the same location (such as a meeting room) are a common occurrence.  However, often when multiple people join a meeting in the same room, a feedback loop is created, which causes echo, which in most cases quickly escalates to howling – with…

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You can now hide Google Chrome Incognito tabs behind a biometric lock on Android

Keeping your browsing history a secret just got a little easier on Android, as Google Chrome will now hide your Incognito Mode tabs behind a biometric lock Those of you using one of the best Android phones should be getting an upgrade to your Chrome browser app (if you haven’t already) that will allow you to secure your Incognito Mode tabs behind a fingerprint scan. Once the feature is turned on, whenever you want to return to any open Incognito tabs after a break in browsing the internet you’ll need…

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You can now see exactly when you were mentioned in a Microsoft Teams call

If you think your co-workers might have been talking about you in secret, a new Microsoft Teams feature might be able to solve the problem for good. Some users of the popular video conferencing service will soon be able to see exactly when their name was mentioned in a Microsoft Teams meeting, as well as who mentioned their name, and in what context. The new addition is an update to Microsoft Stream, which looks to offer a more intuitive way to interact with your video calls and meetings, and will…

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Top stock photo site gets AI image generator

Artificial intelligence has made its way to Shutterstock, the popular stock photo company has revealed.  The text-to-image AI generator is available now on the website – accessible under the Image dropdown menu. Users can add written prompts, with the AI delivering “larger-than-life, ethically created visuals ready for licensing,” according to Shutterstock.  The launch comes as artists and rival stock image site Getty Images prepare to take legal action against generative AI studio Stability AI.   Art-ificial intelligence  Shutterstock are hailing the new generative AI tool, powered by OpenAI, as easy…

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Kinsta and Liquid Web branded the most reliable hosts as WordPress turns 20

New data has named Kinsta, Liquid Web, and WP Engine as the most reliable WordPress hosting providers based on a study that analyzed historical data on all downtime events for each service. StatusGator, the data monitoring tool found that on average, WordPress hosting providers have 11 hours and six minutes of downtime per year. This comes as WordPress, the open-source content management system (CMS), prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary this year. 20 years of WordPress  WordPress was released on May 27, 2003, by its founders, Matt Mullenweg and Mike…

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OpenCore lets you install macOS Ventura on unsupported Macs – but please don’t

Plenty of users out there have old Macs that can’t run the latest macOS version, but thanks to OpenCore, this is now possible – albeit with some caveats. Version 0.6.1 allows anyone with a Mac as old as 16 years to upgrade to macOS Ventura, so you can use apps such as Photos and services like Apple Arcade with no issue. However, newer features like Stage Manager can’t be used, as OpenCore doesn’t currently support it. OpenCore is a community project where many macOS drivers have been reverse-engineered or recreated…

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Microsoft working on an overhaul for File Explorer to better fit Windows 11

A substantial redesign for File Explorer on Windows 11 is reportedly underway in an effort to make it more user-friendly and integrate it further with Microsoft 365. The report comes from Windows Central, which managed to get its hands on exclusive information and even some internal mock-up images of what the new File Explorer may look like. Do take everything mentioned in the reporting with a grain of salt, however. The final product may look radically different as things are still in the conceptual stage. Nothing has been officially revealed…

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Android 14 could stop you from installing older apps – and that’s a good thing

A change coming with Android 14 will impose restrictions on the apps that smartphone users can install on their devices, even if they’re sideloading software rather than installing it through the Play Store.  Google’s change should help stop the spread of malware that takes advantage of exploits found in older builds of its Android OS, though if you’re a frequent sideloader it may make it a little harder to use non-Play Store apps. The yearly release of the latest Android version – or the latest iOS build from Apple, or…

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