iOS 14 Features Could Hurt Facebook Ad Targeting

· Andrew Orr · Link

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iOS 14 features like “ask to track” could hurt Facebook’s ad targeting business, said Chief Financial Officer David Wehner.

With the update to its mobile devices, Apple will ask users if they want to let app developers track their activity across other apps and websites […] The change is expected to start impacting Facebook’s advertising in the third quarter but it will have a more pronounced effect in the fourth quarter, Wehner said.

I’m sure Facebook will find other ways to track people.

TestFlight Beta for NextDNS iOS 14 is Here

· Andrew Orr · Link

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NextDNS for iOS 14 is now available as a TestFlight beta. It uses the encrypted DNS feature introduced with iOS 14.

The first beta of NextDNS for iOS 14 is now available at:https://testflight.apple.com/join/AFDFPLP3

This version uses the new Encrypted DNS feature of iOS 14, removing the need for the fake-VPN trick used in iOS 13 and below.

The new iOS 14 feature means three things. First, DNS apps will no longer need to set up a fake VPN profile for you to use the service. Second, these DNS settings will work over cellular, whereas in the past it would only work over Wi-Fi unless you used said fake VPN profile. Third, this means that if you have a real VPN app, you can set it to use the OpenVPN protocol. Because of the fake VPN profile created by DNS apps, you had to use the IKEv2 VPN protocol if you wanted to use the VPN and DNS apps at the same time.

iOS 14: How to Create an Apple ID Recovery Key

· Andrew Orr · How-To

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An Apple ID recovery key is an extra layer of security for your account. But you can be permanently locked out if you lose it, so be careful.

Breaking up With Chrome is Hard, But Right, to do

· Charlotte Henry · Reporter's Notebook

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Tests prove that Safari outperforms Google Chrome on a Mac. Because of that and the extra privacy, Charlotte is going to give it another try.

Which Apps Spy on the iOS Clipboard?

· Jeff Butts · Product News

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There are a few apps that spy on the iOS clipboard. Thankfully, some of the most popular ones are updating their apps to stop doing that.

Everything You Want to Know About iOS 14 Notes and Reminders

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Ryan Christoffel has a nice write-up of iOS 14 Notes and Reminders in the developer beta, which I’ve been avoiding since I don’t have spare test devices. If you specifically want to know about Apple Notes and Reminders like me, check out the article. I was hoping for more features, like tags for notes, but I’m glad the texture is gone.

Though neither app’s improvements have been held up as tentpole features of this fall’s releases, Apple has nonetheless given noteworthy attention to making the user experience for each app better in a variety of key ways. You won’t find fundamental evolutions in how either app works, but these updates prove the power of iteration.

Safari 14 Adds Face ID, Touch ID to FIDO Logins

· Andrew Orr · Product News

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A feature coming to Safari 14 later this year involves logging into websites with Face ID and Touch ID through the Web Authentication API.