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Apple’s Latest iPhone Update, iOS 13 is Out – and iOS 13.1 is Already on the Way

Apple released the next version of its iPhone software, iOS 13, on Thursday.  Available as a free download, the new version has multiple new features and updates to Apple apps.
The update arrived a day ahead of the release of the new Apple iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.  The update is compatible with the iPhone 6s and later iPhones.
There are few major changes to the user …

Beware the Apple iCloud Phone Phishing Scam

Scammers have a new and improved way to fool people.  A new phone-based phishing scam spoofing Apple’s official support number is likely to take a lot of people by surprise and result in those being called providing the scammers with sensitive information.
The call mimics an official Apple support call, displaying Apple’s logo, Cupertino address, and real toll-free number (800 692-7753).  This is the same number, displayed as 800 MY-APPLE, when …

How to Take Better Travel Photos

Today’s smartphones come with excellent digital cameras yet many travelers lament the poor photos they end up with after a trip. The truth is, it isn’t the camera as much as the photographer behind it, but that can easily be corrected.
Here are four essential photographic techniques and tips that will ultimately surprise and delight you with the results.
1.)       Rule of Thirds.  The simplest way to explain the Rule of Thirds …

Apple Close to Releasing Its Credit Card: Here’s What It Will Look Like

Apple’s credit card moved closer to launch as the tech company’s bank partner, Goldman Sachs, published the Apple Card Customer Agreement on its website.
Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the card would be released in August and on Friday the company began to wind down its rewards program with Barclays.
The Apple Card has no annual fee, a cash rewards program, a simplified application process via the Wallet app on …

3 Important Tips to Minimize ATM ‘Skimming’ Fraud

ATM skimming – which involves the theft of debit or credit card numbers when thieves put a card-reading device on an automated teller machine or gas pump – is on the rise but there are multiple steps travelers can take to virtually ensure they are not victimized.
Criminals use so-called skimmers in tandem with hidden cameras that record personal identification numbers, or PINs, that are entered on the keypad. They then …

Apple Wallet Tips and Features You Probably Don’t Know About

Introduced as Passbook in iOS 6, Apple Wallet is a convenient way to store credit and debit cards for Apple Pay, boarding passes, event and movie tickets, loyalty cards, coupons, student ID cards, and public transit tickets. When the Apple credit card, called Apple Card, launches later this year, it will make the Wallet even more useful thanks to its tight integration.
Apple Wallet works in a similar manner on the …

At WWDC, Apple Kills Off iTunes, Adds New Features to iPhone and Watch

Observers reported that iTunes, 18, passed peacefully into the cloud Monday morning at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California.
Introduced in 2001 – even before the first iPod let alone iPhone – the tool was welcomed by music lovers who found it an easy way to rip CDs and create mixtapes (albeit without any tape). Two years later, Apple upended music industry with the introduction of 99-cent songs, the …