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How to use AssistiveTouch on iPhone and iPad

How can you use software controls when you can't use hardware buttons? With AssitiveTouch!AssistiveTouch is an accessibility feature that can help people with motor skill impairments get the most out of their iPhone or iPad. With AssistiveTouch enabled, you'll be able to perform actions like pinching to zoom or 3D Touch with just a tap instead.Here's how to enable Assistive Touch and use it!How to enable AssistiveTouchHow to use AssistiveTouchHow to add custom gestures to AssistiveTouchHow to customize the Top Level menu for AssistiveTouchHow to enable AssistiveTouchLaunch Settings from your Home screen.Tap General.Tap Accessibility.Tap AssistiveTouch.Tap the switch next to AssistiveTouch to enable it.A dark square with a white circle will appear on your screen. This is your shortcut to the AssistiveTouch menu and it'll appear on every screen. You can tap on it to open the AssistiveTouch menu or drag it around the screen and out of the way if you're trying to d...

Best password manager apps for iPhone

How do you keep all your logins and credit cards safe without forgetting them all? With a password manager!Chances are, you have dozens of online accounts that all require a password. If you're doing things right, they also require complex, unique passwords that are hard to crack... and to remember. Instead of writing them down on a piece of paper, you can save them in one app and only have to remember one password — the one to unlock the rest.Password managers are digital vaults where you can keep all of your important information, like logins, credit card numbers, PINs, and more. You can even create a secure note with secret stuff, like future baby names or the answers to life. If you haven't already invested in a password manager, take a look at our favorites and see if any of them suit your needs.1PasswordLastPassmSecureEnpassPassword WalletKeepereWallet1Password1Password is a staple of the Apple community. It lets you store an unlimited amount of passwords, ...

What would you change about watchOS 3?

watchOS 3 has shipped but Apple's already working on watchOS 4 — so what do you want them to change?Apple has just shipped watchOS 3 but that just means they're already getting ramped up for watchOS 4. So, if Apple came to you and asked you what you wanted to see in the next generation of Apple Watch software, what would you tell them?Always-on, ambient timeNotes appPodcast app Proactive complications that switch in/out according to time/location/past behaviorMore licensed watch faces like Superman, Star Wars, etc.More digital watch faces, for some variationAuto unlock for more than just MacBreathing and bedtime integration for Activity rings.Leaderboard for Activity sharing.Those are just a few of the items on our list, what's on yours?Apple WatchwatchOS 3 reviewApple Watch Series 2 reviewApple Watch buyers guideApple Watch users guideApple Watch newsApple Watch discussionBuy at Apple*//*-->*//*-->*/...

Best Ultra-Thin Cases for iPhone 7

What are the best ultra-thin cases for the iPhone 7? These are the early winners!Yes, you love that new jet black, or black, or rose gold iPhone 7, but if you want to keep it looking like new, you'll need a case! You could get something bulky and protective, but keeping things minimalistic and sleek can really show off the modern contours of your new toy.Ultra-thin cases are great options if you're looking for something to add a little extra security without feeling like you're carrying around 2 iPhone 7s stacked on top of each other.Here are some of the best ultra-thin cases to check out if you just picked up your new iPhone 7!Ringke Extreme Lightweight CoverPeel Super Thin iPhone 7 Casei-BlasonClear Halo SeriesSpigen Air SkinGOOSPERY i-Jelly CaseRingke Extreme Lightweight CoverThin, super lightweight, and designed to withstand falls and drops, the Ringke Extreme Lightweight Cover is a great minimalist case for your iPhone 7.The Ringke cover is designed with a r...

iOS 11 wish list: Type to Siri

For when you can't or shouldn't talk, imagine being able to access Siri through text!The ability to type rather than talk to Siri is something I've had on my wish list for years. Apple's gotten us a lot of the way there. Siri. Spotlight is now replete with "Siri Intelligence" to provided better, more contextual search and access to a wealth of useful information. In other words, queries have largely been handled. What's left is the ability to execute commands. Maybe iOS 10.1, iOS 10.2, or iOS 10.3 is already on it. If not, Apple's gearing up for iOS 11, and I hope they gear up type to Siri along with it!Siri 'voice free'Since its debut as part of iOS 5 in 2011, Apple has made incredible progress expanding the company's virtual personal assistant, Siri. It's moved onto our roads with Eyes Free and CarPlay, onto our wrists with Apple Watch, and into our living rooms with Apple TV. It speaks more languages than ever before, including Chinese and Hebrew, and is beginning to handle ...

Apple Ordered to Pay $302 Million in Damages to VirnetX in Patent Retrial

Apple has been ordered to pay more than $302 million in damages for using VirnetX Holding Corp's patented internet security technology in its FaceTime platform without permission.

According to a Reuters report filed late on Friday, the verdict was handed down by a federal jury in Texas that has a reputation for awarding favorable verdicts to plaintiffs in cases involving patent infringement.

The U.S. district judge presiding over the case, Robert Schroeder, previously threw out VirnetX's $625.6 million win over Apple from a previous trial because he said jurors in that case may have been confused.

The case with Nevada-based patent licensor VirnetX originally began in 2010, with a jury eventually awarding the company $368 million in 2012, but that decision was thrown out in 2014 after the court decided there were problems with how the trial judge had instructed jurors on calculating damages.

VirnetX continued to pursue Apple in relation to patents it believes the company infringed upon. The previous two suits were combined by the licensor's lawyers, and in February, a jury returned with an even bigger verdict, $625.6 million – one of the highest ever in a U.S. patent case.

However, Schroeder later voided the result, saying that the repeated references to the earlier case could have confused jurors and were unfair to Apple.

In the latest trial, reports Reuters, jurors were asked to determine damages on two VirnetX patents that Apple had already been found to infringe, and to determine both infringement and damages on another two patents. The final $302.4 million award was in line with what VirnetX had been demanding.

Neither Apple nor VirnetX have commented on the latest case, although Cupertino will surely exhaust all avenues for appeals before accepting the result. In the meantime, it is facing another court proceeding over whether it willfully infinged the patents, which could lead to higher damages. Apple is also set to contend with the trial in a second lawsuit filed by VirnetX over newer versions of Apple security features, as well as its iMessage platform.

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This week’s top stories: iPhone 8 and MacBook Pro OLED reports, Apple Watch Edition, & the best iPhone 7 to buy

In this week’s top stories: iPhone 8 and MacBook Pro refresh rumors, hands-on with the new white ceramic Apple Watch Edition model, and Jeff gives you the rundown on the best iPhone 7 to buy in this week’s top video. These and the rest of this week’s top stories below:


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Digital Offers: Clean, rescue, and organize your family's Apple products for $24!

While your Apple tech makes connecting your family's files, iPhones, and apps effortless, things can quickly get complicated and muddled up if you start buying new products, pick up a new iPads or Apple Watches, or start sharing files from one family member's device to the next.Being able to manage and organize all of your documents, keep your iPhone running smoothly, and recover lost data at an instant can save you a lot of time and effort (while sparing you quite a few headaches), especially if your family is using multiple Apple computers, iPhones, and more. That's why the iPhone Family Pack offer from iMore is so great: it aims at making your life with multiple Apple products as easy as possible!With the iPhone Family Pack, you pick up three things:AnyTrans for Mac: Family License, which lets your transfer files and organize your life on your Apple device while managing all of your personal data. At the same time, AnyTrans will be simultaneously cloning content from older d...

Tim Cook Tells Utah Tech Audience: Encryption 'Makes the Public Safe'

Apple CEO Tim Cook drew cheers from a Salt Lake City audience on Friday as he reiterated the company's unwavering commitment to encryption and privacy protections for its customers, according to local media reports.

The comments were made during a Q&A session at the yearly meeting of the Utah Technology Council (UTC), a trade and advocacy group representing more than 5,000 technology and life-sciences companies across the U.S. state. The 55-year-old CEO was invited along with Utah senator Orrin Hatch to take the stage at the Grand America Hotel and field questions from a public audience.


Tim Cook in Q&A with senator Orrin Hatch (Image: Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)
Calling encryption "one of the biggest issues we face," the CEO noted that most iPhone users have more personal data on their phones than in their homes. "Encryption is one of the things that makes the public safe," he said. "We feel we have a responsibility to protect our customers."
"We believe the only way to protect both your privacy and safety from a cyberattack is to encrypt," Cook told about 1,400 industry executives, tech workers and Apple fans. "We throw all of ourselves into this and are very much standing on principle in this."
Cook was responding to questions regarding the lingering impact of Apple's dispute with the FBI over the agency's demand that it build a "back door" into its software, following the use of a locked iPhone by the primary suspect in the San Bernardino mass shooting last December.

Apple refused to comply with the request from the federal agency, which dropped its pursuit of the company when investigators apparently discovered another way to retrieve the data on the suspect's phone.

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During the Q&A session, Cook also talked up the emerging field of augmented reality and underscored the importance of digital photo technology in preserving personal memories, which led him onto the subject of Apple's co-founder, Cook's late friend and colleague, Steve Jobs.

The CEO spoke fondly of keeping the former chairman's office intact at the company's Cupertino campus in California, where Jobs' personal knickknacks remain in place five years after his death from pancreatic cancer at the age of 56.

"His spirit will always be the DNA of the company," said Cook. "Jobs' vision was to make the best products that enrich people's lives. Lots of things will change with Apple, but that will never change."

Senator Hatch and @tim_cook greeted a group of elementary and middle school students earlier for some selfies. #UtahTechTour #UTC #utpol

— Senator Hatch Office (@SenOrrinHatch) October 1, 2016

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The Week in Apple News: MacBook Pro rumors, iPhone 8 rumors, drone videos of Apple Campus 2, App Store search ads, and more
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While there wasn’t a major event or product release this week, there were plenty of Apple-related headlines. The important ones are in this slideshow. Just click the link to get more information.

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The MacBook Pro is expected to include a Touch ID and an OLED touchscreen bar that will replace the function keys on the keyboard. That new bar would make the MacBook more versatile, with keys changing according to which app is open.

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The Week in iOS Apps: New offerings for iMessage
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iOS 10 has brought apps to iMessage—this week’s roundup features some of the new offerings. Read on!


If you enjoy playing chess with friends, Chess42 ($1) offers the game as an iMessage app. No account is needed; just tap and play. And you can play on multiple devices—start a game on an iPhone, then shift to iPad and keep going until somebody yells “Checkmate!”

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