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How to reopen a recently closed tab in Safari on iOS

How to reopen a recently closed tab in Safari on iOS

Reopen recently closed tabs in Safari.
None of these Tabs is yet open.
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You’ve done it. We’ve all done it. You’ve closed a tab in Safari and instantly realized that it was the wrong one.

It’s not the end of the world. You can open a fresh tab and schlep over to the history panel to hunt down that URL. Or, if you remember something about the title of the page, you can start typing it into Safari’s URL bar and watch for suggestions that match. But there’s a much easier way to access all your recently closed Safari tabs — and it’s just one long-press away.

How to access recently closed tabs in Safari for iOS

This trick works on both the Mac and on iOS devices. All you need to do is long-press (or long-click on the Mac) the + icon, aka the New Tab icon. Do that, and up will pop a panel with a list of the tabs you closed since the last Safari relaunch. If you force-quit Safari for any reason, this list will be wiped (which could be handy if you’ve been up to no good on someone else’s device).

One long press is all it takes.
One long press is all it takes.
Photo: Cult of Mac

If you want to use this trick on the Mac, you just long-click on the same New Tab icon, the one at the far right of Safari’s tab bar. Then mouse over to pick the tab you’re looking for.

On the iPhone, there’s one extra step. Because the New Tab button is hidden in the default Safari view, you first must hit the Show Tabs button — the one with a square overlapping another square. Once you are in the tab overview, you can long-press the big + button that appears at bottom center.

And that’s it. You can’t do much other than tap on one of the list entries to reopen that tab, but that’s often all you want. And if you’ve accessed this list with a long-press, then that’s exactly what you want to do.

More mobile Safari tricks

Make two taps in the URL bar? Not me. I just want to Paste and Go.
Make two taps in the URL bar? Not me. I just want to Paste and Go.
Photo: Cult of Mac

Mobile Safari is packed with neat little tricks like this. For instance, have you ever long-pressed the URL bar? Do that, and you get the option to copy the URL or, if there’s something on your clipboard already, to Paste and Go, which is a great shortcut for searching or landing a URL.

Check out all the things you can do with tabs!
Check out all the things you can do with tabs!
Photo: Cult of Mac

Or try long-pressing on the Bookmark icon to quickly add a new bookmark (or addd the current page to your reading list). Have a look around, because you’ll probably find something you didn’t know about. Like all the handy options available under the Show Tabs icon. You should definitely check out that one.

Published at Fri, 05 Jan 2018 21:00:00 +0000

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Member of group that used Grindr to find and assault gay men gets 15 years

Member of group that used Grindr to find and assault gay men gets 15 years

The first sentencing has been handed down in a Texas case centered on the use of Grindr as a platform from which to perpetrate hate crimes. Nigel Garrett was given 15 years yesterday after pleading guilty to a list of crimes including assault, carjacking, and use of firearms, the Tyler Morning Telegraph reported .

Garrett, and three accomplices admitted in August to having arranged on the dating app for gay men to meet victims at their homes in several Texas cities, where they would tie them up, assault and rob them. The accomplices await sentencing (the maximum is life).

These crimes ought to be of interest to the tech world because they are very much enabled by tech. While of course assaults against people because of their race, sexual orientation, religion and so on are obviously possible (and frequent) without the aid of an app, something like Grindr exemplifies the risk of having that information accessible instantly to anyone.

On the other hand, the nature of the apps also means that there is a wealth of evidence in a case like Garrett’s that the crimes were specifically targeted at a population. There’s no doubt that these men targeted people of a certain sexual orientation, as there might be in a street assault.

“Hate crimes are violent crimes, but also attack the fundamental principles of the United States,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore in a statement in August. Those principles are increasingly being tested and abused online, so it’s good to see these digitally-enabled crimes pursued aggressively.

The trail of digital clues, such as app and phone records, was no doubt crucial to building a strong case, and will be in more and more investigations going forward. I’ve asked Grinder for comment on what if anything it can do (or has done) to prevent crimes like this or aid in their resolution.

Notably this case was pursued by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, which has been attempting to crack down on hate crimes recently.

Featured Image: Jim McGuire/Getty Images

Published at Sat, 06 Jan 2018 01:00:53 +0000

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Amazon Alexa making appearance in $1000 Vuzix augmented reality smart glasses

Amazon Alexa making appearance in $1000 Vuzix augmented reality smart glasses

 Amazon won’t be the first company to deploy its Alexa voice assistant in glasses, with Vuzix stepping up to the plate to do so in mid-2018.

Vuzix CEO Paul Travers told Bloomberg about the glasses in an interview on Friday. Little is known about the performance of the glasses, with Travers saying that information from Alexa will be presented inside the wearer’s field of view.

The glasses utilize an Amazon Alexa licensing program, allowing third parties to implement the technology in a variety of products. For the most part, the technology has been used in speaker sets and smartphone docks, with the Vuzix implementation being the first in a pair of smart glasses.

Amazon confirmed Vuzix’s product, with a spokeswoman telling Bloomberg that the company was “excited about the potential” for the glasses in the marketplace, and how they would expand Alexa’s reach.

The Amazon Alexa-embedded glasses are expected in the second quarter for about $1000. It is hoping to get the price down to under $500 by 2019.

Vuzix was founded in 1997, and has been working on “video eyewear” the entire time. The company has declared that it will be unveiling the Vuzix Blade AR Smart Glasses at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, with a companion app to connect an Android or iOS device as a data source.

Vuzix is no stranger to the CES. The company has won awards from the show for 13 consecutive years, all for “video eyewear” and related technologies.

Apple has been thought to be in the development phase of its own augmented reality headset, with rumors of the product spanning back to 2015. In October, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the technology for it “doesn’t exist to do that in a quality way.”

“The display technology required, as well as putting enough stuff around your face – there’s huge challenges with that,” Cook said in the October interview. Technical challenges, such as optics providing an adequate field of view and “the display itself,” hold the concept back from being an available consumer product. </span>

Published at Fri, 05 Jan 2018 20:30:05 +0000

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Review: OWC's ThunderBlade V4 Offers Blazing Fast External Storage for Professionals

Review: OWC's ThunderBlade V4 Offers Blazing Fast External Storage for Professionals

Nice design. Will buy one for me Word documents.

the 8 TB model at $4999.00.

The iMac Pro seems like a bargain now!

I’ve known Larry (owner of OWC) for more than 20 years. Just emailed him asking for one. 😀

*jealousy intensifies*

I bought the Sonnet Fusion 1tb. $999. It gets 2600 read and 1600 write and it’s portable and bus powered. The Lacie and OWC need a power brick which sucks.

Where from?

I’ve known Larry (owner of OWC) for more than 20 years. Just emailed him asking for one. 😀

I believe this drive is not meant to be portable. Judging from it’s size you -could- bring it with you, but it has feet on the base there to keep it stationary for a reason.

And since it has an external power adapter… that also affects its portability.

Ordered one. Larry and the OWC team always killing it.
No video? Come one, you don’t expect us to read all that, right?

Published at Fri, 05 Jan 2018 22:36:01 +0000

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Meizu M6s gets certified by TENAA with 18:9 screen and side-mounted fingerprint scanner

Meizu M6s gets certified by TENAA with 18:9 screen and side-mounted fingerprint scanner

On January 17, Meizu will unveil its latest smartphone, the M6s. Incidentally, this will be the first model to bear the new mblu brand, at least in China, where the Blue Charm line got spun off into its own division. The same phone will thus also be called mblu S6, depending on market.

The M6s has just received the full certification treatment from TENAA, the relevant Chinese authority. As usual, this means we have some pictures of it to look at, and its specs have been outed as well – though we already knew those from a past benchmark run.

Meizu’s first handset to sport an 18:9 touchscreen will be a mid-ranger as its branding implies. It has a 5.7-inch 1,440×720 display, and is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 7872 SoC, with a Mali-G71 CPU. You get 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, and a 3,000 mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging.

The Meizu M6s interestingly has its fingerprint sensor on the right side, under the power button. From the front it looks quite similar to Xiaomi’s Redmi 5, which has identical specs for its screen. The M6s should also be priced similarly, at around CNY 1,000 (that’s $154 or €127 at the current exchange rates).

Source (in Chinese) | Via 1 (in Chinese) | Via 2

Published at Fri, 05 Jan 2018 23:00:02 +0000

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Huawei P10 and P10 Plus Android 8.0 Oreo beta testing program launched

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus Android 8.0 Oreo beta testing program launched

Huawei is working to bring Android Oreo to as many of its previous flagships as possible. The Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro are the last Huawei devices that received the update, so it’s time for the Chinese giant to focus on other smartphones in its portfolio.

Well, it appears that the next Huawei phones that will be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo are the P10 and P10 Plus, the company’s last year flagships. Huawei is now looking for beta testers for its Android 8.0 Oreo beta testing program that will bring the update to both the P10 and P10 Plus.

Those who want to participate must download a mobile app on their smartphones, which will allow them to file their applications and receive the first OTA. The beta program is aimed at Huawei P10 and P10 Plus units with the following software versions: VTR-L09C432B180, VTR-L29C432B180, VKY-L09C432B181, and VKY-L29C432B181.

If everything goes smooth, the P10 and P10 Plus might start getting the highly-anticipated Android 8.0 Oreo update by the end of February, so fingers crossed. We know for sure the beta program is now live in Romania, but other countries might get it too.

Published at Sat, 06 Jan 2018 00:10:00 +0000

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App revenue climbed 35 percent to $60 billion in 2017

App revenue climbed 35 percent to $60 billion in 2017

Global app revenue climbed 35 percent in 2017 to reach nearly $60 billion, according to a new report today from app intelligence firm Sensor Tower, which measured paid apps, subscriptions, and in-app purchases across both Apple’s App Store and Google Play. However, Apple is the one pulling in the most revenue, the report found – at nearly double that of Google Play.

Specifically, Sensor Tower pegged App Store revenue at $38.5 billion last year, compared with an estimated $20.1 billion spent on Google Play. That’s 34.7 percent growth over 2016 for the App Store, compared with 34.2 percent growth for Google Play.

Combined, the two app marketplaces total $58.7 billion in 2017, up around 35 percent from 2016’s total of $43.5 billion.

Sensor Tower’s numbers are in alignment with Apple’s own figures, announced yesterday. Apple on Thursday said it had a record-breaking holiday season on the App Store with over a billion in revenue, and noted that iOS developers had earned $26.5 billion in 2017 – an over 30 percent increase from the year prior.

$26.5 billion is the money paid out to developers – after Apple’s 30 percent cut. Sensor Tower’s report looks at estimated gross spending before Apple’s cut, and its findings fall within 1 percent of the actual figure.

Some of the increased revenue is likely due to mobile’s growth in emerging markets, as well as Apple’s newer support for in-app subscriptions. But Apple didn’t offer a breakdown as to how the revenue was generated or where. Instead it attempted to tie the growth to things like the App Store’s big makeover and the new crop of AR apps, like Pokémon Go. Certainly these things helped, but at this scale it’s more about the boom in developing markets, like China and India, that’s contributing to the climb.

China, for example, overtook the U.S. in App Store revenue back in 2016; and App Annie more recently attributed Q3 2017’s record app revenue and downloads to several emerging markets, including China, India as well as other Southeast Asian nations, particularly Vietnam and Indonesia.

Related to emerging markets’ impact on the app stores, first-time app installs across both the App Store and Google Play were also up. The report found that global first-time app installs grew to 91.5 billion in 2017, up around 13.5 percent from the estimated 80.7 billion in 2016.

While multiple studies have found that a majority of U.S. consumers today download zero apps per month on average, this growth rate points to the fact that there’s a lot of potential for new downloads in these emerging markets.

This can also be seen in Sensor Tower’s data. It found the growth rate of Google Play app downloads was much larger than the App Store’s, at 16.7 percent versus 6.7 percent, respectively. This is because Android has a higher rate of adoption in developing markets.

In total, Google Play saw 64 billion first-time installs to the App Store’s 28 billion.

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The report finally delved into mobile gaming revenue, which increased 30 percent year-over-year to an estimated $48.3 billion – or nearly 82 percent of all app revenue. Game downloads were more popular on Google Play, which accounted for 27.2 billion (77%) of the estimated 35.5 billion downloads.

More details are here on Sensor Tower’s site.

Published at Fri, 05 Jan 2018 17:49:45 +0000

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January update for Google's Pixel phones also includes anti-aging display improvements

January update for Google's Pixel phones also includes anti-aging display improvements

Google has already started rolling out the January update to Pixels and Nexuses, and we know it includes security patches for a lot of vulnerabilities ranging from high to critical. What we didn’t know so far that there are some anti-aging improvements included as well.

That was revealed by Canadian carrier Telus, which published a changelog for the update. On their software update schedule page, they say the January update for all Pixel phones includes these improvements.

It’s difficult to say what exactly are anti-aging improvements. If we were to speculate, this could be related to the burn-in problem that received widespread coverage back in October last year.

Although Google quickly cleared the air saying burn-in isn’t a big deal, the company did note that it will continue to make enhancements which maximize the life of your Pixel screen.

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Published at Fri, 05 Jan 2018 15:15:01 +0000

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AppleInsider podcast discusses Intel's bad week, Apple's iPhone battery situation, Chicago snow, Spotify, more

AppleInsider podcast discusses Intel's bad week, Apple's iPhone battery situation, Chicago snow, Spotify, more

 This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Mike and a special guest discuss the three-pronged attack against modern CPUs, continues the iPhone battery debacle debate, delves into the $16 billion Spotify copyright lawsuit, and talks about the iMac Pro.

Over the course of an hour, AppleInsider editor Mike Wuerthele and special guest Charles Martin discusses:

  • As expected, Intel, and ARM’s CPU flaw debacle leads the show. Both Mike and Charles expect that this will be a long-term problem, with no good solution for older hardware.
  • It turns out that Apple does have architects that understand Chicago winters, but perhaps not proper software settings to engage a fancy roof heating system.
  • Spotify might be in deep trouble, with a management company seeking $1.6 billion to right past wrongs.
  • Apple’s battery saga appears to be winding down a bit, with the early start of $29 replacements for the iPhone 6 and newer —and a discussion on how the batteries work.
  • … and if you want a battery regardless of how the diagnostics go, Apple will replace it anyway! Just be sure to make an appointment.
  • The iMac Pro is a gorgeous machine, with performance to boot. Mike talks about his brief hands on with a unit in an undisclosed Washington DC location.
  • Like winter, CES is coming. Prepare yourself.

The show is available on iTunes and your favorite podcast apps by searching for “AppleInsider.” Click here to listen, subscribe, and don’t forget to rate our show.

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Published at Fri, 05 Jan 2018 13:26:06 +0000

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iPhone throttling lands Apple in hot water with Brazilian authorities

iPhone throttling lands Apple in hot water with Brazilian authorities

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Brazil demands easy iPhone battery replacements.
Photo: iFixit

Apple is in trouble with Brazilian authorities for throttling the performance of older iPhones.

A state agency dedicated to tackling consumer issues has demanded that Apple explains to customers how they can obtain cheap battery replacements. Company employees have reportedly refused to sign the notification.

iPhone owners have long been suspicious that Apple purposely slows down older handsets with major software updates. It was believed the tactic was an effort to encourage as many upgrades as possible. It turns out that’s only partially true.

Apple admits to throttling iPhone performance

Apple has admitted that it throttles iPhones as they get older — but the company insists it only does so to prolong the life of their batteries. By reducing CPU performance, aging batteries are able to run for longer in between charges.

“Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components,” Apple explained.

“Last year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions.”

iPhone owners aren’t happy

Apple’s explanation makes a lot of sense. What’s the point in having a fast iPhone if it only runs for two hours before it needs charging again? Most of us would sacrifice some performance for a device that lasts all day. But not everyone is happy with this practice.

Many iPhone users have called for Apple to give consumers the choice. They say it should be up to us to decide whether we want the best possible performance — regardless of its impact on battery life — or a device that lasts longer.

Apple has already been slapped with a number of lawsuits following its admission. Now Brazilian authorities are breathing down its neck.

Brazil demands cheap battery replacements

“Procon-SP, an agency in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil’s richest and most populous, said in a statement it notified Apple that it has 10 days” to explain to Brazilian consumers how they obtain cheap iPhone battery replacements, Reuters reports.

Apple reportedly refused to sign the notification. It’s unclear what might happen if the company ignores it, but the agency has the power to impost fines and take legal action.

Apple has already issued an apology to iPhone owners and launched a battery replacement program. It allows consumers with an iPhone 6 or later to obtain a new battery, out-of-warranty, for $29 — down from $79.

Published at Fri, 05 Jan 2018 11:57:57 +0000

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