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17. Oktober 2018

This is Apple’s ‚Zombie Check‘ Tool Used to Reduce iPhone Repair Fraud

Last week, The Information’s Wayne Ma reported about a sophisticated fraud scheme in which organized thieves would buy or steal iPhones, remove valuable components like the processor or logic board, swap in fake components, and return the purposefully-broken iPhones to receive replacements they could resell.

iPhone Serial Number Reader Apple became aware of the increasing fraud in 2013 and, in the years since, it has managed to „dramatically reduce“ the rate of iPhone-related repair fraud in its retail stores, particularly in China, according to the report.

One of Apple’s countermeasures was to develop diagnostic software that its retail [...]

 
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16. Oktober 2018

How to Use the Preview Loupe Tool in macOS

All of Apple’s Macs come with Preview, the powerful file viewer that’s built into macOS. Preview is the default app that opens up whenever you double-click an image or a PDF, and features several annotation tools for you to use when working with these file types.

The most obvious and oft-used markup tools include things like arrows, lines, ovals, rectangles, and text, but in this article we’re highlighting what is arguably one of the more under-appreciated of Preview’s annotation options: the Loupe tool.

The Loupe tool is useful if you want to zoom in on certain areas in an image or document for the purposes of clarity or to bring [...]

 
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28. August 2018

YouTube Updates Smartphone Apps With ‚Time Watched‘ Digital Health Tool

YouTube is the latest app to gain a new „digital wellbeing“ section in its iOS and Android apps, allowing you to see how much time you’ve spent watching YouTube recently. Google announced at I/O in May that it would be introducing a „Time watched“ section in YouTube, and today the rollout has begun.

Once you update YouTube on iOS to version 13.33, open the app and tap your profile picture in the top right corner, then tap „Time watched.“ The main stats area shows how much of YouTube you have watched today, yesterday, the past week, and on average per day. This history is based on your personal YouTube history across YouTube products [...]

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11. Juli 2018

Pinterest Gains Collaborative ‚Activity Feed‘ Tool to Make Event Planning Easier

Pinterest today announced the launch of a new social collaboration tool, called the „activity feed“ for group boards. This section of the app will let members weigh in with a quick like or comment, @ mention another user, or start a new thread, and includes updates when members add new pins, create new sections, new members join, someone likes or comments, and more.

The app had comment support before, but each comment had to be attached to a specific pin. Now all comments will be organized in the activity feed so that conversations are easier to follow, and users will be able to start threads of their own on the collaborative board for all members to see, or [...]

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