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Apple adds senior Waymo engineer to self-driving car team

June 17, 2018
Apple has picked up another high profile engineer for its self-driving car project. The Information reports that the company has hired Jaime Waydo, an autonomous vehicle expert who previously worked at NASA, and was more recently a senior engineer at Google’s Waymo division.
Waydo was in charge of verifying the safety of Waymo’s prototypes, determining when they were safe enough for real-world testing. Citing former colleagues, The Information says the engineer played an ‘instrumental’ role in launching Waymo’s on-the-road tests in Phoenix in 2016.
An Apple spokesman confirmed the hiring, but declined to speak on her role at the company. Regardless the pick-up signals some progress for the iPhone-maker’s otherwise stagnate Project Titan, which has seemingly lost steam in the media and auto industry over the last several months.
Source: The Information

When to expect iOS 12 beta 2 and first iOS 12 public beta

June 17, 2018
iOS 12 public beta
Since it was first announced on Monday, June 4, iOS 12 has been making the rounds as a first developer beta. If the past is any guide, Apple will release many more pre-release versions of the iPhone and iPad software update before giving it to the public. Whether you’re waiting for the next developer beta or first public beta of iOS 12, here are some ideas on when these versions will be released.

iOS 12 beta 2

In four of the past five years, the second iOS beta for software announced at the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June was released 14 or 15 days after the first. In 2016, it took Apple 22 days to release iOS 10 beta 2.
iOS beta 2 release
Most likely, iOS 12 beta 2 will be released to developers next week, either on Monday, June 18 or Tuesday, June 19. Updated beta versions of tvOS 12 and watchOS 5 should soon follow.

iOS 12 first public beta

In 2014, Apple introduced a public beta program for OS X Yosemite. One year later, it extended the program to include new iOS releases. For 2018, the program will allow non-developers to download and install early versions of iOS 12, macOS Mojave, and tvOS 12.
You can sign up for the free program on Apple’s website.
The first iOS 12 public beta should launch soon after the release of iOS 12 beta 2 or iOS 12 beta 3. In other words, very soon. Most likely, it will arrive before the end of June.

About public betas

Apple public betas
Public betas are just that, betas. This means you should expect the occasional bug. Ideally, you should think twice before putting a beta release on your everyday iPhone or iPad.
The fact that Apple offers a public beta program for iOS, however, suggests the company is reasonably sure the release is stable. Besides, Tim Cook and company doesn’t want to see thousands of non-developers out there complaining about bricked $1,000 iPhones.
As Apple explains in the program’s FAQ:
The Apple Beta Software Program lets users try out pre-release software. The feedback you provide on quality and usability helps us identify issues, fix them, and make Apple software even better. Please note that since the public beta software has not yet been commercially released by Apple, it may contain errors or inaccuracies and may not function as well as commercially released software. Be sure to back up your iOS device with iTunes and your Mac using Time Machine before installing beta software. Since Apple TV purchases and data are stored in the cloud, there’s no need to back up your Apple TV. Install the beta software only on non-production devices that are not business critical. We strongly recommend installing on a secondary system or device, or on a secondary partition on your Mac.
With all this in mind, if you’re hesitant about downloading pre-release software, don’t. It won’t be that long before iOS 12 is released to everyone.

iOS 12 public release

The first public versions of iOS 12, macOS Mojave, tvOS 12, and watchOS 5 are almost certainly going to arrive in September or October. For iOS 12, you can expect it to launch just before Apple’s 2018 iPhone lineup arrives. Easy money says you should expect the updates in mid-September.
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Nine year old iPhone 3GS goes on sale in South Korea at just $40 apiece

June 14, 2018
iPhone 3GS press image
Apple discontinued iPhone 3GS in September 2012, but now we learn that a South Korean company has revived the handset and started selling unused units in their original packaging.
SK Telink will sell iPhone 3GS via the SK7 Seven Mobile online store by the end of this month. “iPhone 3GS has been launched to celebrate the opening of the SK Seven mobile online mall while expanding the selection of consumer smartphones,” SK Telink announced .
Incredibly advanced for its time, iPhone 3GS was the first Apple smartphone model to offer video recording capability and basic voice commands.
Priced at just 44,000 won contract-free, or about $40, iPhone 3GS could be viewed as an alternative to cheap Android phones, especially considering that iPhone SE, Apple’s most affordable model, starts at 490,000 won in Korea, which works out to about $452.
iPhone 3GS debuted in Korea in 2009, five months after its US launch on June 19.

Brought back to life

Korea’s ETNews reported today that SK Telink has managed to retrieve the nine-year-old iPhone 3GS model units from a warehouse. The devices have been tested and repackaged and include original chargers, cables and other items.
Be sure to watch Apple’s original TV commercial for iPhone 3GS.
The ad’s tagline “fastest, most powerful iPhone yet” surely rings a bell, doesn’t it?
This iPhone 3GS video is one of my favorite iPhone commercials ever. Cleverly conceived,  it preemptively countered early notion by an anti-iPhone camp arguing phones should have brand new designs each year. Indeed, iPhone 3GS looks like iPhone 3G complete with a curved plastic back and a shiny stainless steel bezel.

No new apps for you!

Of course, many customers will be buying these units for sentimental reasons because these phones cannot run a vast majority of today’s apps due to hardware and software limitations.
iPhone 3GS supports App Store, but cannot run iOS versions later than iOS 6. Today’s apps are built for modern iOS versions, like iOS 11. In turn, it’s impossible to use messaging apps on this device other than KakaoTalk although basic functions such as text, phone and music do work.
For those wondering, iPhone 4 is the first iPhone with an in-house designed mobile chip. iPhone 3GS (“S” stands for “speed”) runs Samsung’s off-the-shelf 600MHz chip with 256MB of RAM. As per Apple, the phone is up to twice as fast as its predecessor, iPhone 3G.
While customers could use popular services like Facebook and Twitter in the Safari web browser, the experience will leave a lot to be desired due to its small 3.5-inch screen at just 320-by-480 pixels—or four times fewer pixels than Apple’s first Retina device, iPhone 4.

Would you buy it?

Despite its outdated hardware, I’d purchase this phone in a heartbeat, just for bragging rights and sentimental reasons—especially at just $40 a pop.
And how about you, boys and girls?
What do you make of this unusual move and would you even consider getting an iPhone 3GS in working condition for less than $50?
Share your thoughts in the comments section down below.

How to limit kids’ screen time on iPhone and iPad

June 14, 2018
limit kids' screen time
New tools from Apple make it easier to limit kids’ screen time on iPhone and iPad. Here’s a look at how you can limit screen time for your kids in iOS 12.

Limit kids’ screen time

The new Screen Time tool is a big part of iOS 12. The feature allows you to keep track of the amount of time you spend on your devices each day. Perhaps more importantly, you can also use the digital wellness tool to establish rules for your children to follow too.
To use Screen Time to track and manage your kids’ device usage, you must add them to your iCloud Family Sharing account. Once you do, you’ll see their names listed at the bottom of the main Screen Time page under the Family Usage section. Screen Time is located on the main Settings app screen.
1) To get started, select your child from the list.
2) On the next screen, tap Turn on Screen Time. Once you do, you’ll see a message that says:
Screen Time. Get a weekly report with insights about your child’s screen time, and set limits and restrictions for apps, content, and privacy settings.
Screen Time Turn On
3) Click Setup with Parental Controls from the screen.
4) On the next page, you’re asked to set a Downtime schedule by creating a Start and End time.
During this time, calls, messages, and other apps you want to allow can still be used. Everything else, including notifications, will be turned off. Ideally, you may want to think of the Downtime schedule as your child’s sleep time. Click Set Downtime to move to the next screen. You can also select Not Now if you’re unsure what times to choose.
limit kids' screen time
5) Next, you’ll see the App Limits page. From here, you’ll set daily time limits for app categories you want to manage. After the limit has been reached, your permission will be required to allow more time. You can select to restrict All Apps & CategoriesGames, or Social Networking.
You can customize the app limits further by selecting Show All Categories. You can set time restrictions on more than one category.
Once you select the type of apps to restrict, you’ll need to establish a Time Amount by tapping on Set and choosing the amount of time. Set App Limit when complete. You can also select Not Now if you’re unsure.
6) Finally, you’ll see the Content & Privacy screen. In this section, you can restrict explicit and mature content in the iTunes and App Stores, Music, and websites. You can also require your permission to make changes to privacy settings. Click Continue.
7) On the next screen, you’ll add a Parent Password. This password contains four numbers and will be required to allow for more time or to make changes to Screen Time settings. Using the number pad, set the Parent Password. Re-enter your password.
8) Once you go through these steps, you’ll see a summary page for the Screen Time settings for your child. You can also make changes to Downtime, App Limits, Always Allowed, and Content & Privacy Restrictions from this screen. Make sure you remember your Parent Password.
Can you also remove your child’s Screen Time passcode or turn off Screen Time from this screen.

App Limits and Always Allowed

On this screen, let’s explore App Limits and Always Allowed further.
1) Under App Limits, you’ll see the daily time limits you had added in Step 5 above. In this example, there’s a one hour limit for Games and Productivity:
Adjust Limits
2) Click Add Limit to add categories and time.
3) Under Always Allow, you’ll find a list of the apps that are available during downtime, or if you selected the All Apps & Categories app limit. By default, the allowed apps are Phone, Messages, and FaceTime.
limit kids' screen time
4) Click on the + or  next to the app to add and remove, respectively.
In the above example, the apps 1Blocker and Activity were added to Allowed Apps while FaceTime was deleted.

Reports

With Screen Time, Apple promises to send you daily and weekly reports showing your kids’ status. These reports show the total time spend in individual apps, usage across categories of apps, how many notifications are received, and how often iPhone or iPad are picked up. Screen Time also gives you access to your child’s Activity Report from their iOS devices using Family Sharing in iCloud.
We’ll have a better idea what these reports look like in a future iOS 12 betas. For now, we’re left with this screenshot from Apple:
limit kids' screen time

Impressive start

To limit screen time for your kids on iOS devices, Apple has put together some great tools. The new Screen Time feature in iOS 12 shows great promise, and we can’t wait to see how it develops over time.
As a reminder, iOS 12 remains in beta. As such, the steps explained here may change before iOS 12 is released to the public. As changes are made, we’ll be updating this document. Apple should release iOS 12, macOS Mojave, tvOS 12, and watchOS 5 later this year.

Hit PC and console game ARK: Survival Evolved has arrived on iOS as a free-to-play download

June 14, 2018
ARK: Survival Evolved mobile features the full online survival experience contained in the PC and console versions of the game
The genre-defining dinosaur survival adventure game for PC and consoles, ARK: Survival Evolved, is now available on iPhone and iPad as a free-to-play download from App Store.
The title features the full online survival experience contained in the PC and console versions of ARK, including a gigantic island to explore, 80+ dinosaurs and primeval creatures to tame and train, multiplayer tribe mechanics, crafting and building and more.

ARK goes mobile

Here’s the official blurb:
ARK: Survival Evolved challenges you to survive and thrive on a mysterious island, where you start out alone and unarmed. Gather resources and craft tools to build shelter and hunt. Expand your domain while capturing and taming dinosaurs to do your bidding. Make new friends online, form tribes, and build mighty structures to defend against man and mega-predators alike.
But first, watch the official trailer for ARK: Survival Evolved mobile.
Some of the changes and additions they’ve made for mobile include the new interaction menu, a dedicated Undo button, Pursuits, creature revival, additional meters, craftable bee hives and other creature interactions.

Mobile features

Mobile features include:
  • Taming: Use cunning strategy and tactics to befriend, train, ride and breed the many dinosaurs and other primeval creatures roaming the dynamic, persistent ecosystems across land, sea, air, and even underground.
  • Discover: Unearth rare blueprints and Explorer Notes written by previous human denizens of the ARK from across the millennia, detailing the mysterious Island’s creatures and backstory.
  • Craft and build: Using any means necessary – survive, craft weapons, clothes and items, and build shelters, villages, or even large cities. Plant, harvest, build, level-up, and customize everything visually and functionally, including procedurally-generated RPG statistics for creatures, characters, resources, clothing, gear and weapons, both primitive and modern.
  • Play alone or team up to survive: Team up with, or prey on, up to 50 other players in a large-scale multiplayer online first-person environment, or choose single player mode to test your mettle against the world solo.
  • Join a tribe: The ‘Tribe’ system encourages cooperation, by supporting dynamic parties to share resources, XP, and respawn points.
And now, check out this gameplay video captured on an iPhone 7.
War Drum Studios, the developers behind the mobile port of the game, have confirmed launch of ARK: Survival Evolved for iOS and Android devices, saying that the free-to-play game includes in-app purchases that are entirely optional.

In-app purchases

“For those who never want to spend a dime on the game, you don’t have to. ARK: Survival Evolved is free-to-play on iOS and Android, and you can obtain every purchasable structure, item and buff in the game without spending any money,“ they wrote.
Aside from the completely optional timed XP Boosts and Free Gifts that can be redeemed multiple times per day in return for watching an ad, the game lets you spend real cash on a rare resource, called Ancient Amber.
Ancient Amber can also be obtained in a variety of ways:
  • Harvested from large predators
  • Found in Amber deposits scattered around The Island
  • Random chance to obtain from Free Gifts
  • From watching Ads
  • Random chance to obtain from stones picked up off the ground
As a virtual in-game currency of sorts, you can spend your Ancient Amber on things like additional structures, timed buffs, single-use consumable items and more.

Pricing and availability

As mentioned, the game is free to download. Due to its rich, detailed console-grade graphics, the game requires a relatively new device and supports all iPhone models from iPhone 7 onward, as well as all iPad Pros, iPad mini 4 and the fifth-generation iPad or newer.
An optional Primal Pass subscription ($3.99 per month, or $34.99 per year) gets you a permanent double XP buff, the removal of all ads, reserved slots on all servers, early access to news and upcoming special events and access to their Primal Pass-exclusive servers.

How to obtain your other Apple devices’ information with iCloud

June 14, 2018
Device list on iPhone
Have you ever needed details from another Apple device you own but couldn’t get to them? Maybe your device is at home and you’re in the office. Or, maybe you have your device with you but can’t get to the details you need.
If you use iCloud across your devices, you can get the information you need quickly on your iPhone. Whether it’s a model number or a current OS version, you can retrieve it in a few taps.

Get your Apple device information

All of the devices that you use iCloud for are easily viewable by following these steps.
1) Open the Settings app.
2) Tap your name/profile at the very top.
Settings Device List
3) Scroll down to see a list of your devices.
You can then select any one of them to obtain the details you need. Whether you have a Mac, iPad, Apple TV, or Apple Watch, you can see the model, OS version, and serial number for your device.
Apple device information
In addition, if you own other devices that use iCloud, those are visible as well. For example, if you have iCloud installed on your Windows machine, that computer will be displayed. While you may not be able to see the serial number, you can still view the OS version of that device.

Helpful tip

You may also notice when you select a device that you have the option to remove it from your account. This is helpful for those devices that you no longer use or own, but still remain in your list.
Just tap Remove from Account and then Remove to confirm the action.
Remove Account from iCloud

How to instantly retry Face ID after a failed facial scan on the Lock screen

June 12, 2018
iOS 12 makes it easy to retry Face ID following a failed attempt to scan your face without having to re-enter your passcode
iOS 12 brought out a much-needed natural new gesture for the Lock screen that lets you run another facial scan following an unsuccessful Face ID unlock attempt.
Retrying Face ID after a failed attempt was possible on older iOS versions, but you had to slide your finger up and then back down across the Home indicator at the bottom of the screen.
Needless to say, that gesture wasn’t very intuitive or easy to memorize.
But now, you can retry Face ID after a failed facial scan attempt on the Lock screen without having to re-enter your passcode, thanks to an intuitive new gesture on iOS 12 and newer.
Read the instructions included further below to master this cool feature.

How to retry Face ID after a failed attempt

If your iPhone X is on iOS 12 or newer, you will see this message on the Lock screen following a failed attempt to scan your face and unlock the device with Face ID:
Swipe up for Face ID or enter passcode.
In older iOS versions, the same message read as follows:
Your passcode is required to enable Face ID.
And that’s precisely what you need to do in order to retry Face ID on the Lock screen.
An iPhone X on the Lock screen after a failed Face ID attempt
And that’s all there’s to it, seriously!
Instead of entering your passcode to re-enable Face ID after a fail, iOS 12 lets you simply swipe up from the bottom edge of the display to immediately run another facial scan.
Like before, a successful facial scan on the Lock screen instantly unlocks all your protected notifications. As soon as the padlock icon at the top indicates that your device has been unlocked, you can read your notifications or swipe up to get to the Home screen.
The Lock screen on an iPhone X with an unlocked Face ID padlock icon shown at the top
NOTE: You can retry Face ID on the Locks screen via the swipe-up gesture three times in a row.
A fourth failed attempt in a row will prompt iOS 12 to elevate security and prevent brute-force hacking methods by temporarily disabling Face ID until you re-enter your passcode.

Face ID unlock still not working?

For those who are seeing an unusually high number of failed Face ID unlock attempts, check if you have the option Require Attention for Face ID turned on in your Face ID settings.
If so, be sure that you’re looking at your device when unlocking with Face ID.
Older iOS editions have less intuitive means of forcing Face ID rescans.

How to live stream the 2018 FIFA World Cup on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

June 12, 2018
How to live stream the fifa world cup 2018
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is set to begin on Thursday, June 14th with the opening game opposing the host country Russia to Saudi Arabia. The competition will see 32 teams fight for the most prestigious sport title over the course of an entire month. If you aren’t sure how to follow the competition, we will show you several ways to stream the FIFA World Cup on iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

How to stream the FIFA World Cup

Watch the World Cup with a cable subscription in the US

If you have an active cable subscription in the US (or if you know someone willing to share their username and password to their cable account), there are a few ways you can stream games of the World Cup on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV.
In the US, FOX holds rights to the games and will be broadcasting them either on FOX or FOX Sports 1. Both channels are typically available on a basic plan.
If you have access to cable, you can watch the games on the FOX Sports, and FOX Sports GO apps on your iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.

Watch the World Cup with a TV streaming service in the US

If you don’t have a cable subscription (or don’t know a Good Samaritan), you might consider signing up for DIRECTV NOW or Sling TV. These two TV streaming services offer different packages that are all contract-free. That means, you can sign up for a month, and cancel once the World Cup is over.
If you opt for a temporary DIRECTV NOW or Sling TV subscription, make sure the package you get does include FOX and FOX Sports 1.
After signing up, you can use the DIRECTV NOW and Sling TV apps for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV to stream the games.
DIRECTV NOW is currently running an interesting promo where you can get a free Apple TV 4K if you sign up and prepay for three months of the service. That pretty much covers the cost of the Apple TV itself.
Note that if you don’t live in the US, you can still sign up for these two services, however, you will have to do so using a VPN in order to spoof your location and make it look like you are in the US. More on that below…

Stream the FIFA World Cup for free (or almost)

Depending on where you are located in the world, you might be able to watch some or all of the games for free as many sites offer free streaming. You just have to be in the right location.
For example, here are various sites or apps that allow you to watch games of the World Cup for free, based on these specific locations:
Australia: Go to The World Game website to watch all the games of the Socceroos, a daily “game of the day,” two quarter-finals, one semi-final, and the final.
France: Download the free Get TV en Direct app to watch all the games from the French team on TF1. It’s completely free and no registration is required.
UK: Go to https://tvplayer.com/ to watch games on BBC and ITV channels. This is free but requires you to register for the service). Between them, BBC and ITV will cover all the games of the World Cup.
Please share with us in the comments section what the best way of legally streaming the World Cup in your country is, and I will add to this list.

Use a VPN to access these sites from anywhere in the world

The sites and apps mentioned above only work if you are physically located in their respective country, but you can easily bypass this with a VPN. There are tons of VPNs available out there, but some of the best VPNs we recommend are Private Internet Access and NordVPN. They are not free but they offer unlimited data at a very fair price.
Using a VPN on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, you will be able to spoof your location and pretend you are in a country where you can stream the games for free.
As mentioned above, you can also sign up for either DIRECTV NOW or Sling TV using a VPN.

What TV channels have broadcasting rights in your country

Wondering what TV channels has broadcasting rights to the World Cup in your country? Wikipedia has a great summary of all official 2018 FIFA World Cup broadcasters broken down per country.
Make sure to check out this web page to find out what’s the best official way to watch the World Cup in your country.

Do you have apps or websites recommendations?

With a little community effort, we can create a very comprehensive list of legal resources for streaming the World Cup.
If you know of apps or websites that are available in your country to stream the FIFA World Cup, please feel free to share links and I will add them to the list above.

Apple is making it easier for non-developers to test iOS apps

June 08, 2018
Test Flight Public Link
It wasn’t that long ago when testing new iOS apps was reserved for developers and those in the tech media. That began to change last year when Apple increased the number of people who could test beta software. App testing should further expand thanks to a new tool recently unveiled called TestFlight Public Link. 
First announced at the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), TestFlight Public Link allows developers to send out beta app invitations even when they don’t have a user’s email address. Instead, they can create a unique URL to share with anyone.
This URL represents an “open invitation” for you to join the beta. When you click the TestFlight Public Link, you’re taken directly to the app’s TestFlight page to download the beta.
Last July, Apple expanded the number of TestFlight users per beta to 10,000, up from 2,000 previously.
As 9to5Mac first noted, the number of testers with TestFlight Public Link remains at 10,000. Nonetheless, developers can control how many beta testers are allowed.
By setting a “Tester Count,” the public link will cap out at a certain number of testers. Developers can also disable the public link at anytime, immediately preventing new testers from joining.
This setting is found in the recently revised App Store Connect API. Here, developers can create groups, assign builds to groups, management public links, add/remove testers, and update test information.
I’m a firm believer in pre-release app testing and feel the more, the merrier. A larger testing pool usually means far fewer bugs when the software gets a public release. A tool such as Test Flight Public Link will make it easier for developers to get testers, which will give them more time to code. A win-win for everyone involved, no?
With WWDC 2018 now in the books, developers will now turn to the testing of Apple’s newest software, including iOS 12, macOS Mojave, tvOS 12, and watchOS 5. Each update is expected to launch this fall.
Image: 9to5Mac