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Hidden features: Apple's discoverability problem

For a company generally lauded for its user interfaces, Apple has a big hole in its UI design: discoverability. The word refers to the ease – or lack – of users finding a feature.  How do we know it is a problem? Pick any Apple product, and search on “hidden ...

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Apple blocks third-party cookies in Safari

Image: Nobbby Starting today, with the release of Safari 13.1 and through updates to the Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP) privacy feature, Apple now blocks all third-party cookies in Safari by default. The company’s move means that online advertisers and analytics firms cannot use browser cookie files anymore to track users ...

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Apple, Google reject coronavirus apps not developed by official sources

Apple settles lawsuit over slowing down iPhones The class-action lawsuit in the US claims that Apple artificially degraded iPhone performance to boost upgrades. Apple and Google are rejecting coronavirus-related mobile apps from independent developers in an attempt to prevent the spread of misinformation.  While there are developers out there who ...

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Apple wants to standardize the format of SMS OTPs (one-time passcodes)

Apple engineers have put forward a proposal today to standardize the format of the SMS messages containing one-time passcodes (OTP) that users receive during the two-factor authentication (2FA) login process. The proposal comes from Apple engineers working on WebKit, the core component of the Safari web browser. The proposal has ...

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