Microsoft adds Math Helper to its Bing application for mobiles

Microsoft Math Helper, or Microsoft Math, is a new feature of Microsoft’s Bing application for Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS operating system.

The idea behind Microsoft Math is not new; scan an equation to get step-by-step explanations on how to solve it. Microsoft added additional bits of information such as visualization or help to the application that adds to the overall value.

Microsoft Math Helper

microsoft math helper

I tested the Android application of Microsoft Bing / Math Helper but the Apple iOS version works similarly.

The core functionality of Math Helper worked surprisingly well considering that my handwriting is not the prettiest. The app scanned handwritten and printed equations without issues and provided a solution for these after sending them to Bing.

The sending part is a clear downside as the processing is not done on the mobile device but in the cloud. Users of the app need to make sure that the capture does not contain any important information or data.

Apart from scanning equations, Math Helper supports typing equations directly in a calculator or using touch to write them directly on the screen. These equations are also submitted to Microsoft before results are returned.

math helper

Results are presented step by step by the application. Steps are explained in the application, e.g. when something is multiplied or subtracted. The app displays a graph on the results page, and if multiple variables are used in the equation, solutions for all are provided.

Math Helper remembers calculations and a tap on the notes icon in the interface displays the history.  Options to clear previous calculations or to pin important ones are provided on the page.

Closing Words

Microsoft Math Helper is a useful application, e.g. for pupils to verify the results of calculations or for parents to better understand or verify these calculations. Math problems can be added using the mobile device’s camera, typed using a calculator, or added using touch.  The app supports different types of equations and other calculations.

One downside to using the application is that it works only with the Bing app (as it is integrated in the app), and that it requires an active Internet connection as it won’t return any results otherwise.

Applications like Photomath, available for Android and iOS as well, provide similar functionality but without Internet connection requirement.

Now You: do you use educational applications like Math Helper or Photomath?

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Cloudflare's Warp VPN is now available to all: a first look

Cloud provider Cloudflare launched its privacy-focused DNS service 1.1.1.1 in 2018 and published apps for Android and iOS in the same year.

The company announced its Warp vpn service in April 2019 and invited users from all over the world to join a waiting list to test it.

The once-restricted VPN service is now available to everyone who downloads and installs the company’s 1.1.1.1: Faster & Safer Internet application for Android or iOS.

Warp establishes a VPN connection on the device to route traffic through Cloudflare servers; this hides the device’s IP address and may improve performance. Cloudflare suggests that Warp+ users see a 30% improvement in performance on average when loading websites.

Tip: if you are looking for a DNS solution, check out Adguard DNS.

Cloudflare Warp

cloudflare vpn warp

The 1.1.1.1 application installs a VPN profile on the user’s device when the option is selected. Cloudflare promises that it collects “as little data as possible” and that it won’t “sell, rent, share or otherwise disclose” personal information.

The app displays the terms on first start; these reveal what Cloudflare collects and what it does with the data. Data may include the app installation id, the amount of data transferred through Cloudflare’s network, and the average speed.

The registration ID is a unique random number that is assigned to each profile. Cloudflare notes that it is used for the referral system. The basic version of Warp is free and it has no traffic restrictions. Warp+ is an add-on service that improves the performance of connections made on the device by “avoiding traffic jams” and picking the fastest routes.

Users may refer others to receive up to 1 Gigabyte of Warp+ traffic for free per month. Each referral that meets the criteria adds 100 Megabytes to the referring account. The second option that is available is to pay $4 per month to get Warp+ Unlimited which enables Warp+ for the duration of the subscription.

The Cloudflare DNS service 1.1.1.1 is always enabled and it may also be used without Warp if that is desired.

The application works automatically once you have set up the VPN connection. It requires no registration. The main interface displays a huge toggle to connect and disconnect the VPN. The 1.1.1.1 app displays a prompt when you disconnect that lists the following options:

  • Pause for 15 minutes.
  • Pause for 1 hour.
  • Pause for this Wi-Fi.
  • Until I turn it back on.

The pause for this Wi-Fi option requires that you give the app location permissions. On Android, you get a notification that informs you when you are connected and controls to stop the connection from the notification area.

The app has just a few settings. You may switch from using 1.1.1.1 with Warp to just 1.1.1.1 there, enable the dark theme, and open the connection options to disable the app for select applications.

Some applications may not work correctly when you are connected to the VPN; this may be the case for applications that restrict content regionally. Use the whitelist to exclude these to continue using them.

Two connection options — protocol options and tunnel mode — were grayed out in the Android version that I tested.

Experience

I ran several speed tests to test the performance of the service. The speed tests, e.g, Fast.com, were promising as the connection was maxed out when I ran them. It is possible that this may change in the coming weeks when more and more users start to use the application.

I did not notice any improvements in regards to the loading of websites but the loading was certainly not slower than before. I did not test Warp+ but plan to do so in the future to see if it speeds up the loading significantly.

All sites and services that I tried worked fine and without hitches. It needs to be noted that the app does not include any content blocking or protective features that other applications of its kind sometimes offer.

The 1.1.1.1 application gives users no control over servers and regions that it connects to. In fact, there is zero information about the server and region that you get connected to while using the application.

A quick IP check revealed that Cloudflare routed me through data servers in Germany. I would have preferred an option to pick another region/country.

Closing Words

Cloudflare’s 1.1.1.1: Faster & Safer Internet application brings the company’s DNS server and VPN service to Android and iOS. The VPN is free to use and without bandwidth limitations, but it limits options and features, and gives no control over regions and servers. Performance was excellent on the other hand and you get the benefits of being connected to a VPN.

Cloudflare is not without criticism though and there will certainly be Internet users who won’t go anywhere near the application. Privacy-wise, I’m worried about the unique ID associated with an account even though Cloudflare states that it is only used for the referral system. It may be better than requiring users to create an account to use the application, however.

Now You: Do you use VPN apps?

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KeePassium is an open-source KeePass client for iOS

About a month ago, I wrote an article about a KeePass client for iOS, called Strongbox. I also mentioned an alternative app named KeePassium and that I followed development of the application on GitHub and Reddit for a while.

KeePassium Password Manager is an application for Apple’s iOS operating system.

I looked at the free version of the app exclusively. There is a premium version available for $11.99 per year that lifts the 1 database limit to unlimited and unlocks additional settings.

Let’s take a closer look at the app.

How it works

KeePassium is an open-source KeePass client for iOS

KeePassium’s interface is clean, minimal and pretty. When you run the app for the first time, you will be prompted with 2 options: add a database or choose an existing one. If you pick the latter, you can use a database that is hosted on cloud services like Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud Drive, One Drive, Box, NextCloud, or using WebDAV or SFTP.

Database, password generator and more

You will need to install the corresponding cloud service’s app on your iOS device for the option to show up in KeePassium. The advantage here is that KeePassium doesn’t need to be connected to the service as it can load the KeePass database from the Dropbox folder on the device.

That’s quite fantastic as it removes authentication worries from the entire process. Though KeePassium only saves a database that it creates in the KDBX4 format, it can also open/save KDBX3 and KDB formats. Of course, you can use the app to change the master password too.

KeePassium database

Once you add a database, it shows up on the side-bar. Tapping a folder displays all the logins inside it and selecting a login will show the username, password (hidden) and URL on the right pane. You can also attach files and notes to a password entry.

It also hides the actual number of characters in a password so that the information is hidden and is not revealed to others who catch a glimpse of the screen.

KeePassium password entry

You can sort the side-panel by tapping the icon on the bottom left. The search bar on the top of the pane lets you find entries quickly. There is a backup database option which will save an extra copy of the database on your device.

KeePassium sorting

The password generator can be accessed by tapping the + icon on the left panel and selecting “Create Entry”. This is also how you add new logins to the database if you create new accounts.

KeePassium can generate random passwords using the following parameters: password length, lower case, upper case, special symbols, digits, and look-alike characters (like 1Il). The autofill option works fine and can be used in Safari or other browsers to securely login to your accounts.

Security

KeePassium is open source and free, though it does have a premium version with some extra features.  The app supports ChaCha20 and AES (like KeePass does) and also supports Argon2, Salsa20, and Twofish algorithms for encryption.

KeePassium free vs premium

When you switch to another app, Keepassium locks the database as it should. Though I did find it annoying when I was testing it by switching to and from Safari to test the manual copy to clipboard and search options. Maybe keeping the database open for 10 seconds or something could help prevent this, an option to enable this would be sufficient.

The App Lock adds an extra layer of security to KeepPassium. When enabled, you will need to enter your device’s passcode just to access the app. You will still need to enter your master password to open the database which makes it time-consuming but provides better security.

KeePassium app lock

The “Unlock with master key” option is disabled by default and for good reason. When you enable it, Keepassium will remember the master key (master password) for the session so you don’t have to enter the password every time you open the app. When you switch to another app and return you will find an “unlock” button (instead of a password field) on the app’s home screen. The master key will be automatically cleared after the database has timed-out.

KeePassium unlock with master key
KeePassium unlock with master key 1

I personally don’t like such options, because if you forget to clear the master key and hand over your iPhone or iPad to someone, or it gets stolen or taken away, the database and all the passwords and information it contains can be accessed (unless you enable App lock).

The Database time-out is linked to the “unlock with master key” setting and Keepassium’s default auto-clear time is 60 minutes. That’s too much in my opinion but fortunately it can be customized and set to auto-lock from as low as 30 seconds and up to 24 hours or even never. Of course, you shouldn’t keep the database open for that long. I’d say keep it to 30 seconds or a minute for maximum security.

You can optionally use a Key File to unlock the database. I get that some of these options may be convenient for some people, but it really should be security over convenience any day.

KeePassium settings

Closing Words

The promise of open source, free, no ads, no analytics, and no in-app browser in KeePassium does seem to be true. I’d say you’re getting more than what you’re paying for, even with the free version. That being said, I misunderstood the Touch ID/ Face ID unlock option in KeePassium. It doesn’t unlock the database, it is one of the app lock options. You need to enable “remember  master key”, to get it to unlock the database. Well, maybe I’m expecting too much, but as a longtime user of Keepass2Android, it is one feature which I really like.

Strongbox doesn’t support search in the free version whereas KeePassium does. Other than that, I think both apps are equally good. This really is a try it yourself and decide kind of situation.

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How to enable the swipe keyboard in iPadOS

Typing on the iPad has never been easy. It’s a heavy device, and when you hold it in one hand, there is a giant keyboard on the screen which isn’t designed for one-hand usage.

When SwiftKey was released for iOS, I was happy but still not 100% satisfied. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good but I didn’t like swiping across the gigantic keyboard. It isn’t convenient.

How to enable the swipe keyboard in iPadOS

Note: I may be biased because the Android version of SwiftKey is re-sizeable, while its iOS counterpart isn’t. Though this may largely be an OS limitation.

Apple has finally added support for the swipe keyboard in iOS 13. iPadOS also received a similar option, called the floating keyboard.

How to enable the swipe keyboard in iPadOS

1. Open any app which has a text field (browser, App Store, Mail, etc), on your iPad.

2. Tap in the text field, to bring up the iPadOS keyboard in to view.

3. Now, use two fingers to pinch inwards on the keyboard. The gesture is similar to the zoom out pinch you may use on a touch screen.

4. The keyboard will shrink to a phone sized keyboard, which you can place anywhere.

5. Try swiping on the keys; it should work.

How to enable the swipe keyboard in iPadOS 2

Tip: To restore the keyboard to its original size, pinch outwards on the keyboard (like a zoom in gesture).

This works in landscape mode and portrait mode.

If that didn’t enable the swipe keyboard, you may need to enable the Slide option from the  iPadOS Settings. Navigate to the Settings > General > Keyboard section. Scroll down till you see the option which says “Slide on Floating Keyboard to Type”.

Make sure this toggle is enabled. Alternatively, if you were wondering how to disable the swipe keyboard in iPadOS, use the same method to disable the toggle.

How to enable the swipe keyboard in iPadOS 3

Tip: Sometimes the floating keyboard disappears, at least for me, and does not re-appear. To fix this, close the app in which you were using it, and re-open it, you will be able to access it again.

While this is much better than SwiftKey in terms of the size, there is still no resize option in the iOS floating keyboard. Apple really needs to let us resize the keyboard manually for the landscape mode. The animation for it does seem to exist though it doesn’t work.

How to move the floating keyboard in iPadOS

Hold the floating keyboard with two fingers, and drag it anywhere on the screen. Regardless of where you place it, it will always appear on the left-hand corner of the screen. This is something else that I think Apple should address before shipping iOS 13 to the masses. The keyboard should remember the position, and also start back up in the floating mode.

Don’t forget to check our iOS tutorials for configuring the DNS, VPN, and Safari.

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How to set up a VPN in iOS manually

Earlier we told you how to configure custom DNS and Apple Safari in iOS. Continuing with our security focused tutorials, we are going to teach you how to set up a VPN in iOS manually.

Normally, when you buy a VPN subscription, you will use the app provided by the service. These VPN apps are designed for simplicity, and employ a login-and-use method. While that is the easiest way to get a VPN working on your device, it isn’t the only way.

Depending on the app in question, it may also not be the best way if you experience stability or performance issues when you use an application to connect to a VPN server.

How to set up a VPN in iOS manually

Say, if you want to use a VPN connection in a specific protocol (IKEv2, IPSec, L2TP) or to connect to your workplace’s VPN, you will need to configure the settings manually on your iPhone or iPad.

It can enhance your security greatly but at a cost, you will only be able to connect to a particular server that you select.  To change the server, you’ll need to edit the VPN configuration again, as opposed to merely tapping a button in the app to select a different server location.

How to set up a VPN in iOS manually

How to set up a VPN in iOS manually IKEv2

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Navigate to the “General” section and scroll down till you see the “VPN” option. Note: If you have already used a VPN before, you may have a “VPN” toggle in the side bar of the Settings screen. That’s literally just a switch, and cannot be used to configure the VPN. You will need to follow step 2, to set up the connection.
  3. Tap on “Add VPN Configuration”.
  4. Select the VPN type: IKEv2 or IPSec or L2TP.
  5. Enter the following details in the VPN configuration screen.

For IKEv2

How to set up a VPN in iOS manually IKEv2

  • Description – Give it a name
  • Server – The IP address of the VPN server you want to connect to.
  • Remote ID – Enter the same IP address.
  • Local ID – Not required. Leave it blank.
  • User Authentication – Username/Certificate
  • Username – Your VPN account’s username.
  • Password – The password for the account.
  • Proxy – Off

Note: Username is the easier option of the two, but some VPNs may not support it. In that case, you will be asked to install a security certificate on your device, to communicate with the VPN’s servers.

6. Hit Done in the top right corner of the screen.

7. Enable the VPN from the toggle on the side bar, or from the VPN settings page.

How to set up a VPN in iOS manually IKEv2 ready

You will need to visit the support portal of your VPN service to get the manual configuration details (also called native protocols) which you need to enter in the VPN set up screen.

This method is common across all recent versions of iOS. I tested this on iOS 13 beta and it works flawlessly on both IPSec and IKEv2. In case the VPN connection failed, you don’t have to start from scratch. Just go back to the VPN section in iOS’ settings, and use the “Edit” option to modify the fields.

Please be aware that some VPN services use a different authentication method for manual settings. Using your regular account username and password will not authenticate the connection. You may be required to use your account’s dashboard to create a new configuration. This will generate a random username and password to authenticate your account for the specific protocol.

Just FYI, there is a new protocol called WireGuard, which promises faster encryption and better speeds. It isn’t available for use yet, but is expected to be supported by all major services and operating systems.

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Strongbox Password Safe is a free, open-source KeePass client for iOS

Many privacy/security conscious users, including myself, prefer to use KeePass. After all a free, actively supported, open-source application, that stores your logins in an encrypted database on your local storage is hard to beat.

Strongbox Password Safe is a free, open-source KeePass client for iOS which I personally prefer to use .

Strongbox Password Safe is a free, open-source KeePass client for iOS

iOS used to have a ton of great KeePass clients, but a lot of them have been abandoned for over 2 years. A new app called KeePassium is currently in open beta. Also free, and open-source, with a better looking UI, it does seem promising. But, let’s focus on why Strongbox is a good choice.

Cloud-based services like LastPass, and the open-source Bitwarden, may provide a lot of options when it comes to Password Managers on iOS (and other platforms). They are free to use on all platforms, and hence people often opt for convenience when it comes to mobile devices. The auto-fill feature is especially useful on a smartphone.

Strongbox Password Safe is a free KeePass client for iOS

Strongbox provides the same functionality, and offers a lot more privacy. For one, it doesn’t store your database on its servers. You decide where the database is stored and accessed from.

You can create a new database using Strongbox or import an existing database. The latter has the following options to choose from.

  • One Drive
  • Google Drive
  • Dropbox
  • WebDAV
  • SFTP
  • Copy from URL
  • Files (Local Storage)

Strongbox Password Safe supports KeePass 1 (KDB 1) and KeePass 2 (KDBX 3.1/KDBX 4.0) and Password Safe 3 (PSAFE3) database formats.

Note: If you choose a cloud-storage service, it is advisable to use the corresponding service’s app on all your devices to keep them up to date. For example, I use the Dropbox app on my computer, Android phone and iPad to sync my KeePass database (.KDBX) across all 3 devices.

Selecting a cloud service will require you to authenticate the Strongbox app to access your account. Once you have done that, you will need to select the database that you wish to use. It is perfectly safe to store your KeePass database on the cloud, since it will be encrypted and requires the master password that you set, to decrypt it but that is not a requirement.

Just make sure you use a strong password. For added security, always enable 2FA (Two-factor authentication) for your Dropbox/Google Drive/One Drive accounts. You can optionally set the database to be accessed in read-only mode if you wish. I wouldn’t really advise using the “Allow empty password” option.

Once your database has been added to the app, tap on it to open the database. The app displays the information using a two-pane view. The left pane has all your folders, and accounts which aren’t stored in any folder. Tap a folder or account name to open it. The details of the selected account will be displayed on the right pane.

Strongbox Password Safe open-source KeePass client for iOS

This includes the FavIcon of the website, the title of the login, your username and password (hidden by default, can tap to view), the URL for logging in to the account, and any metadata if available. You can edit any of the fields or add a custom field using the “Edit” option.

You can sort the list from the toolbar on the bottom. This is where you can also manage the program’s settings, which includes options to change your master password, export the database, etc. It also displays some interesting options such as the total number of usernames, how many of those are unique, including the number of unique passwords, most used username, the database format, etc.

Tip: Navigate to the iOS Settings > Passwords & Accounts > AutoFill Passwords and select Strongbox. This allows you to use the app’s autofill feature in Safari and other apps. To use the feature, open any website where you have an account, hit the sign in option, and the keyboard should pop-up when you tap the login field. Select the displayed “login”. It will have the word Strongbox above it, and you’re good to go.

Password Generation, Auto clear clipboard and Advanced Options

There is a gear icon in the top right corner of the Strongbox UI, which you can use to generate secure passwords. This can be handy if you are creating new accounts, or replacing old passwords. There are some other useful options like the new entry defaults, that can also be useful for adding new entries. It lets you set the autofill options for forms with a default username (can be your most used one), or custom username, and even lets you save a randomly generated password.

The Auto clear clipboard option is a must use one, though it is disabled by default. You can set it to as low as 30 seconds to a maximum of 3 minutes. There is a similar Database automatic locking option, but this one is pre-enabled.

The best feature in the app is perhaps the App Unlock failure setting, which you can customize. It allows the application to delete all databases, local files, caches, etc that are related to Srongbox after a certain number of failed attempts. So, in case someone gains access to your device and tries to break in to your database, the app will protect your information by auto deleting them.

Optional paid features

My only gripe with Strongbox is that the search database option is not available in the app for free. You have to pay to use that feature. There are a couple of subsctiption options that you can opt-for, or a one-time fee for a lifetime license that unlocks this feature among others. Strongbox Password Safe Pro supports Touch ID and PIN Code, i.e., you can use the fingerprint scanner on your iPhone or iPad or the screen unlock code, to quickly access your database. The only other feature that the PRO version has is support for KeePass FavIcons.

But really, I’m nitpicking here. Given the lack of other KeePass clients, and the fact that I rarely search for passwords, I’m fine with the freemium model that Strongbox employs. You can try the Pro features for free for 91 Days, if you like to.

If you’re an Android user, I can vouch for Keepass2Android. It is available in 2 versions: One which works offline, and another with cloud-storage sync.

Now you: Which password manager do you use?

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How to configure the DNS in iOS 

We taught you how to configure Safari in iOS to take control of how the browser works. Continuing with our internet tweaks, we are going to tell you how to configure the DNS in iOS. 

How to configure the DNS in iOS

You should know that there is one huge drawback in iOS concerning DNS. You can only set a custom DNS if you are connected to a Wi-Fi connection. You cannot change the DNS on mobile networks, it’s just bizarre. 

One option around this would be to use a VPN instead that uses its own DNS service.

When Android Pie was launched, many praised the addition of a native DNS option. Many iOS users aren’t aware that this option has been in their iPhone/iPad for a long time. The reason why they may not have known about it, is because it isn’t kind of visible in the settings. You’ll understand why we say this in a moment. 

How to configure the DNS in iOS 

1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad

2. Navigate to the Wi-Fi options on the side-bar.

3. Now, on the right pane, you will see the name of the Wi-Fi network you are connected to. It will have a blue checkmark next to it, to indicate it is working fine.

4. Tap anywhere on the line with the Wi-Fi network’s name or the icons on the edge. This open’s the settings which are specific to the selected network.

5. Scroll down till you say the Configure DNS option. If it says “Automatic”, it means no custom DNS has been enabled, and the network is connecting to your ISP’s DNS servers.

6. Tap on Configure DNS, and then on the “Manual” option. Now you will see an Add server option.

7. Use this to set any DNS that you want to. Don’t forget to hit the save button on the top right corner, to finish adding the DNS server.

How to configure the DNS in iOS

Okay, you probably guessed this. Yeah, if you have more than one Wi-Fi networks, you’re going to need to setup a DNS for each of those. 

Here are a few popular public DNS services which are reliable: 

AdGuard DNS is very useful, because it acts as a system-wide ad blocker. You can check out our Adguard DNS review here.

Closing Words

Personally, I don’t like Apple’s Settings app and the way it presents the options for changing the DNS. In comparison, on Android Pie, the DNS option is straightforward. You go to Settings > Network & Internet > Advanced > Private DNS. Bam, there it is, it’s a one-time setting and it works across all networks (Wi-Fi and Mobile). 

Even if you don’t remember the option’s location, you can just open Settings on your Android device and type DNS and it will display the option for you. Do the same thing on iOS, and you get nothing, it’s not a searchable option.

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How to configure Safari in iOS – A user-friendly and privacy focused guide

Most iPhone and iPad users don’t often pay attention to how their default browser works, unless they run into an issue. We have written a user-friendly and privacy focused guide, to teach you how to configure Safari in iOS.

This is more like a cheat sheet, we didn’t want to bore you with technical jargon. So, we kept it pretty simple and straightforward.

How to configure Safari in iOS

How to configure Safari in iOS

You can’t manage Safari’s settings from, well, Safari. iOS is a little bit weird when it comes to that; instead, you need to go to the Settings app to configure the browser. You can find Safari on the side-bar to your left.

There are a slew of options that you can modify here. We will mention the most important ones which you may want to tweak.

Siri and Search – Do you use Siri? If your answer is no, disable everything under this option.  This is a personal choice. If you use Siri, you can choose whether it should display suggestions, learn from how you use Safari, and whether it should display information/suggestions in search results.

Default search engine – No prizes for guessing what’s default here, Google of course. You do however have 3 other options to choose from Yahoo, Bing and the privacy-centric DuckDuckGo.

Search suggestions –  You may know this as auto-complete from desktop browsers. It can help you save a few seconds, which would have otherwise been wasted typing the rest of the search phrase. This can get finicky though, as you may get suggestions which may not be entirely relevant to what you are looking for.

Safari suggestions – This option is kind of similar to search suggestions, and pulls up information from sources like Wikipedia. The information is displayed inside the address bar, and maybe useful at times. It is powered by Siri, in case you were wondering.

Quick Website Search – Want to see a Wikipedia page of a particular topic, but too lazy to type it? Try typing something like “Wiki iOS”, and it should load the relevant page.

Pre-load Top Hit – This is like a lottery, and depends on what you’re searching for. It loads the most popular result for the term you searched for. I recommend disabling it, simply because it can be inaccurate and because it needs to connect to the site in question.

AutoFill – You can use Safari to automatically fill in your name, credit card info, to quickly checkout on websites.

Frequently visited sites – As the name so obviously suggests, this feature lists your most often accessed websites. It can be useful, if you like to visit the same sites everyday. For e.g. news, weather, sports, etc.

You can manage your favorites (bookmarked websites) separately, and also the behaviour of tabs. These are pretty basic options that are self-explanatory.

Important Safari Settings in iOS that we recommend, and why

Apple Safari is quite good in iOS and has some very useful options to keep you safe on the internet.

How to configure Safari in iOS

Block Pop-ups – Despite the fact that iOS is generally considered safe(er) from malware, you don’t want websites popping-up windows to annoy you, or distract you. Leave this option on, and you won’t notice a single pop-up, it’s pretty good.

Fraudulent Website Warning – This is a crucial feature and is one of the many pre-enabled options in Safari. It helps in preventing known scam/fraud sites from loading in the browser, and thus stops phishing attacks dead in their tracks.

Prevent Cross-Site Tracking – This option will prevent websites, you know the pesky ones, from tracking your browsing history on other websites. This is perhaps the most important of all the features.

Downloads – If you have a ton of space in your iCloud account, you can let your downloads be saved in the cloud drive, else you may want to save them locally on your iPhone or iPad’s storage.

Content Blockers – These are your ad blockers, and yes iOS does have a few. I personally use AdGuard, because I use YouTube, Reddit, Facebook, etc from the browser directly instead of their respective apps, and don’t need to see or hear the ads/video ads.

Camera, Microphone, Location – These are personal choices, and can be set to Deny or Allow for all websites, or set to ask you every time. Ask yourself, do I really want the website to use my camera, hear what I’m saying or know where I’m? If you want to be in control, select Ask Every time.

Request Desktop Website (enable for iPads) – This isn’t security related, but to enhance your user experience. On iOS 1,3 err, I mean iPadOS, this option is enabled for iPads, because the screen is large and scales down the desktop theme of almost every website to fit the display perfectly. On iPhones, it isn’t recommended to enable the option, because the display isn’t big enough.

Finally, there is the Advanced section, where there are a few options, which we think may be of use to developers, especially the Experimental ones. The rest of the options here, aren’t really meant to be fiddled with by normal users.

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How to install iPadOS public beta without using iTunes

Apple has released the first public beta of the new iPadOS, which is based on iOS 13.0. And you can try it out right now, and you don’t need to use iTunes, or access to a computer for it.

How to install iPadOS public beta without using iTunes

We don’t recommend installing the beta on your primary device because it could have bugs which might affect your usage experience. Unless you’re a developer, in which case, you should try it to ensure your app/game works perfectly on the new version.

List of devices which are compatible with iPadOS

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro
  • 11-inch iPad Pro
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Air 2

How to install iPadOS public beta

Before we get started, you should backup your device using iTunes.

The process takes quite a few taps, but you can complete it in about 2 minutes.

1. Open the Safari browser on your iPad and head over to beta.apple.com and choose the Sign Up option.

2. You will be asked to sign in to your Apple account to proceed, be sure to use the same ID which you use on your iPad.

3. The browser should now take you to the “Guide for Public Betas” page. Scroll down until you see the linked text which reads, “enroll your device”. Tap the text and the next page “Enroll your devices to get public beta software” should remind you to backup the device. Do so, if you haven’t already and continue. Scroll down the page to section 2, to download the Profile.

Essentially, the profile is a preset configuration which instructs your iPad to participate in the beta program. Once you tap Download profile, a pop-up message will ask you if you want to allow the download. Allow it, and a second prompt should appear reminding you to review the downloaded profile in settings.

In my opinion, this is where Apple hasn’t handled it correctly. People could get confused not knowing where to look for reviewing the profile.

4. Open the Settings App, and you should see a text on the sidebar which says “Profile Downloaded”. It’s displayed right below your name. Tap it and select install profile, and accept the user agreement. You’ll be asked to enter your PIN, and restart the device.

5. Once your iPad has booted, navigate to Settings > General > Software Update. The iPadOS beta should now show up, as iOS 13. Select the download option, and you’ll see that it weighs 3.2GB (seriously Apple?). Let the download finish and you should see an install option. Choose it and the device should reboot and begin installing the iPadOS beta. Set the tablet aside, as it does take a while.

How to install iPadOS public beta

6. After it has finished installing the OS, the iPad will ask you to enter the PIN, and displays a welcome screen. You will be asked to choose between a Light theme and a Dark theme. Choose any, you can change it later from the Settings.

How to install iPadOS public beta

The procedure is the same for iOS 13 for iPhones.

I’ll be testing iPadOS to see how the battery life is, how stable the OS is while browsing, streaming, IMs, gaming, and post a review of my experience. Let me know if you want me to test something specific.

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Current Version Plugin iPhoto Photocast

iPhotoPhotocast plugin is used by Apple iPhoto. Photocast is feature released with iPhoto 6 which allows users to publish their albums to other iPhoto users. It allows users to publish albums so other users can subscribe to them. iPhotoPhotocast plugin by Apple in Firefox is used to support iPhoto installed in computer.

Photocast Publishing is feature which allows friends and family who use iPhoto to see you photos and print them out, use them in slideshows, books, calendars, and cards—simply by subscribing to your Photocast albums. Standard RSS can be used to access published albums. As user add photos, subscribers see them too.

iPhoto allows to organize photos by who, where, and when. These three incredibly easy ways to organize and manage photos are called Faces, Places, and Events.

iPhoto also include powerful photo editing tools which can do magic as expensive photo software and it is easy to learn. Within iPhoto you can share your photos to Facebook and Flickr. It can also send email designed with your photos.

Animated themes, multiphoto layouts, and automatic face detection can make slideshows that amaze and entertain. With iPhoto books, cards, and calendars, you can create gifts so unique, you’ll find it hard to part with them.

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