Ulysses and WordPress

The latest update to the excellent writing app, Ulysses, now supports the new WordPress API.

The integration just gets better, meaning that a standalone blog editor is no longer something I need on my Macbook Pro .

Tin Hats on?

How to use Apple’s iOS App Tracking Blocker

For months now, there’s been talk of companies like Facebook being against the planned App Tracking Blocker Apple has been promising is coming to iOS. There was even news of such companies sending notifications to users telling them to allow tracking once the feature rolls out, so as to enable them make money. The protest has been that the new feature will not only reduce their revenue streams, but could even hurt some company’s whole business models.

Apple, who has been a very loud privacy-first advocate, promised with the launch of iOS 14 to go all in on blocking apps from tracking users when they’re not using them. This is something every smartphone user has experienced. For example you google about a coffee mug, and when you open Facebook you see ads about coffee mugs.

Well, today iOS 14.5 is dropping with the new privacy feature. Once you install the new update, you should be able to individually block apps from tracking you when you’re not using them. This is building on the already existing feature on iOS by now letting you select which apps may track you and which ones may not.

Companies like Facebook will ask you to allow tracking. The current feature as it is now lets you just switch on or off all app tracking. There’s however a disclaimer that apps that don’t ask may still try to track you.

With iOS 14.5, immediately you install an app, you’ll be asked whether you want the new app to track you or not. Later on, you can go to Settings >> Privacy >> Tracking and select from the apps that have requested tracking, which app you will allow and which ones you’ll block.

Blocking all tracking will also block future apps from being able to track you. Let’s see how companies will try to find ways around the new feature. Let’s also wait and see how the Android OS will find ways to imitate the same feature.

[What this means for businesses:] https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesagencycouncil/2021/05/03/navigating-apples-app-tracking-transparency-and-what-it-means-for-your-business/

Your iPhone’s browser doesn’t need to be set in stone.

It was only in Sept. 2020 that Apple released iOS 14, and with it the ability to set a custom default browser on your iPhone. The change was a small but meaningful one, as it gave users the option to essentially never use Safari again.

Because while Safari works fine, and has some decent anti-tracking tech built in, other iPhone-compatible browsers are no slouch. Take, for example, DuckDuckGo. The privacy-focused search engine makes an iPhone browser app that “automatically blocks hidden third-party trackers” and “forces sites to use an encrypted (HTTPS) connection where available.

That’s good!

Sure, you don’t need to set a new browser as your default in order to use it, but if you download another browser on your smartphone it’s probably because you want to use that browser. It’s not like you need to delete Safari or anything. Instead, set it aside for a while and get a taste of what else is out there.

Here’s how to change your default browser on an iPhone:

  1. Download your new preferred browser from the App Store
  2. Go to Settings > Safari > Default Browser App
  3. Select your new browser of choice

That’s it. It’s that easy.

SEE ALSO: All the privacy apps you should have downloaded in 2020

If for some reason you don’t like the change, it just takes seconds to switch back.

Apple might combine iOS and Mac apps next year

Apple might combine iOS and Mac apps next year:

Apple might start to converge iOS and macOS in a big way next year by letting developers create a single app that runs across both platforms. Bloomberg reports that Apple is planning to let developers create apps that will adjust to whichever platform they’re running on, so that they’ll support touch input on an iPhone or an iPad and mouse and trackpad input on a Mac.

The report notes that plans could always change, but it sounds like the combined apps could become available next year. If so, they’d likely be announced in June at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference and then introduced in the fall, when new versions of iOS and macOS typically ship.

Though Apple is far from the first to attempt such a crossover, the move would still be a very big deal. While the Mac has its share of very good apps, iOS is by far the more vibrant ecosystem. By letting developers create for two platforms at once, Apple can potentially make it easier and faster for updates and new apps to arrive on the Mac.

The really big open question is how all of this will work. It isn’t clear whether this means that macOS will emulate portions of iOS, or if developers will still largely have to code two separate apps. The closer the two platforms are, the easier it’ll be for developers — but the bigger the risk of users on one platform getting an interface that feels like it was designed for other types of input.

Microsoft has been trying this exact same thing with Universal Windows Platform apps for a while now, allowing developers to create apps that run across Windows, Windows phones, the Xbox, HoloLens, and even the Surface Hub. This has had limited success, in part because there’s always going to be one or more platforms that developers just don’t care to serve. Google has started going down the same road, bringing Android apps over to Chrome OS.

(Via The Verge – All Posts)

Apple announces App of the Year, Game of the Year and Best of 2017 top charts

Apple announces App of the Year, Game of the Year and Best of 2017 top charts:

Apple has announced its Best of 2017 apps and games, this year utilizing the Today cards in the iOS 11 App Store to feature the winners. Apple says its app of the year for iPhone is Calm, a meditation and sleep app, and Splitter Critters is 2017’s iPhone game of the year. Apple says the title ‘radiates imagination and originality’.

For iPad, Apple has chosen Affinity Photo, the desktop-class photo editor, and the game Hidden Folks. It has also announced most popular apps, music, movies and more …

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(Via 9to5Mac)