All things iPod, iPhone, iPad and Beyond | iLounge

Daily Deal: CleanEmail Lifetime Subscription

For Tuesday’s iLounge Deal, you can pick up the CleanEmail: Lifetime Subscription for only $44.99 — that’s 82% off the regular price. The online service uses powerful smart rules and filters to help you efficiently segment your inbox, organizing your e-mail messages into relevant groups so you can quickly identify what’s useful and clean up what’s not with only a few clicks. If you’re frequently overloaded with promotional emails, notifications, and unread messages, and don’t know where to start, CleanEmail will help you see your inbox in a brand new light.

Get the CleanEmail: Lifetime Subscription now for only $44.99

Apple opens registration for Summer 2018 Apple Camp for kids

Apple is once again running its Apple Camp summer program for kids aged 8 to 12, with registration now available on the Today at Apple website. Sessions are set to begin in July, and kids can sign up for three different courses at their local Apple Store which will teach various skills using Apple products and software. Courses include Coding with Sphero Robots, which will teach kids coding and problem-solving fundamentals, Beat Making and Songwriting with GarageBand where kids can discover how to create beats and compose their own songs, and Telling Stories with Clips which covers how to use Apple’s new Clips app to create a story with video. Each course consists of three 90-minute sessions held over the course of a single week. All of the courses are free to attend, although spaces are limited and many fill up fast.

Apple releases third round of iOS 11.4.1 and tvOS 11.4.1 betas to developers

Apple has released a third round of betas for iOS 11.4.1 and tvOS 11.4.1, only one week after the company pushed out its second round of the minor maintenance releases. The release notes remain devoid of any information, indicating that these releases likely just address bugs and other issues that are too minor to even be noteworthy. A third beta of watchOS 4.3.2 is not yet available, although it seems likely that it will appear later this week, as with last week’s release.

iOS 12 will introduce automatic location sharing with 911 call centres

Apple has [announced] that users will be gaining automatic location data sharing with 911 and other emergency services as part of the iOS 12 release later this year. The new feature will incorporate Apple’s HELO (Hybridized Emergency Location) system released in 2015 that uses services such as cell towers, GPS, Wi-Fi access points, and more to estimate a mobile 911 caller’s location along with a partnership with emergency technology company RapidSOS to deliver the HELO data to 911 call centres. RapidSOS already has infrastructure in place that integrates with the software used by many 911 call centres, which operate on industry-standard protocols, and Apple notes that location data will only be shared with the responding 911 call center during an emergency call and cannot be used for any non-emergency purposes.

READ MORE

Daily Deal: Ivacy VPN, Lifetime Subscription

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can pick up the Ivacy VPN: Lifetime Subscription for only $39.99 — that’s 96% off the regular price.  This VPN service gives you anonymous browsing and blazing fast speeds, allowing you to unblock and enjoy buffer-less HD streaming of your favorite movies, TV shows, and sports events from around the world, with servers in more than 100 locations across over 50 countries. Get access to fast P2P sharing, access region-locked content, and anonymize your online activity to protect yourself from hackers and identity thieves, and log in on up to 5 devices simultaneously.

Get the Ivacy VPN: Lifetime Subscription now for only $39.99

HomePod gains News support in Canada, France, and Germany ahead of launch

Apple’s HomePod now has the ability to read the news in Canada, France, and Germany, MacRumors reports, three days ahead of its scheduled launch in those countries. Although it wasn’t entirely clear whether news support for those countries would be included in the HomePod when it debuted next week — Apple’s iOS News app remains limited to the U.S., U.K., and Australia, for example — it turns out that Apple has been able to bake in support for a variety of news sources in each country, including CBC, Global TV, CTV, and CNN in Canada, and Deutschlandfunk, Tagesschau in 100 Sekunden, ZDF heute Express, and Weltnewscheck in Germany.

ArmourGrid’s new Family Kuvrr app provides innovative child safety monitoring

ArmourGrid has launched Family Kuvrr, a new safety app that provides smart monitoring and protection for the whole family against a number of common digital and physical threats.The app’s comprehensive set of features includes intelligent monitoring of app usage, web browsing, call history, location history, and text messages that can alert parents of incidents of cyberbullying, sexting, solicitations, drugs, improper emoji texts, and other issues based on matching texts, images, and videos against known threats in the Family Kuvrr databases. A “Smart Geo” feature provides the ability for family members to keep track of each other’s locations and create personalized “geo-fences” that will alert a parent, guardian, or older sibling when another family member enters or leaves specific locations, such as leaving school, arriving home, or entering unsafe areas. The app also provides an SOS alert feature to allow any family member to quickly send an emergency alert to the rest of the family, including a text/email/app notification with the user’s location, along with opening up a live audio/video stream so that other family members can assess the situation right away, and also includes roadside assistance in the U.S. and Canada as part of the annual membership plan. Family Kuvrr is available in a basic free version, or users can sign up for a Premium ten-member plan for $2/month or $10/year; a Premium+ plan is also available for larger families — up to 20 members — for $3/month or $20/year. A 30-day free trial is also available. The app is available on both iOS and Android platforms, and ArmourGrid notes that some features “may have limited availability on iOS due to iOS restrictions.”

Apple Maps search and navigation features down

In a rare outage, Apple Maps’ search and routing/navigation features are down this morning, affecting users’ ability to search for new locations and get directions in Apple Maps. The issue also affects entering locations in Apple’s iOS and macOS Calendar and Reminders apps, since they use the same Apple database to look up their information. The issue does not appear to affect the simple display of Apple Maps, and traffic information also remains available despite the outage. Further, it appears that users are still able to search for and find locations from their search history, although directions are not available even in these cases. This issue is clearly with Apple’s back-end databases and is therefore affecting Apple Maps on all platforms, along with any other apps that use Apple’s Maps APIs to look up address information. It’s not clear how long the outage will last, although user’s can check the current status on Apple’s System Status page.

Daily Deal: PDFConverterOCR 5, Lifetime License

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the PDFConverterOCR 5: Lifetime License for only $19.99 — that’s 71% off the regular price. This useful tool will let you convert both native and scanned PDF files into a range of editable documents, even retaining their original layouts. Output formats include Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, editable PDFs, and more, and original fonts, images, and formatting are retained when converting. Advanced character accuracy in over 200 languages, and support for encrypted PDFs make this an even more versatile tool.

Get the PDFConverterOCR 5: Lifetime License now for only $19.99

ElcomSoft’s forensic tools actually confirm security of Messages in iCloud

Elcomsoft has announced that its latest Phone Breaker forensic tool can now access messages stored in iCloud from devices running iOS 11.4 or later, but the requirements for doing so actually serve to illustrate how secure the feature actually is. Elcomsoft notes that “Apple protects iMessages with a strong protection mechanism much like the one that is used to protect the iCloud Keychain,” adding that Apple even takes it one step further by requiring devices participating in Messages in iCloud to use two-factor authentication, and that all messages are “securely encrypted with a key that is encrypted with devices’ lock screen password.” Apple also specifically states in a support article that the user’s “messages are encrypted on your device and can’t be accessed by anyone without [the] device passcode.”

READ MORE




Sign up for the iLounge Weekly Newsletter

iLounge is an independent resource for all things iPod, iPhone, iPad, and beyond.
iPod, iPhone, iPad, iTunes, Apple TV, Mac, and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc.
iLounge is © 2001 - 2018 iLounge, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy

/* * * APPLE AFFILIATE LINK MAKER * * */