Amazon now lets you text Alexa on iOS to ask for things instead of only using your voice

Amazon is testing a new feature for its iOS Alexa app: the ability to type out Alexa commands, instead of having to ask questions or requests by speaking out loud.



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“Type with Alexa is a Public Preview feature available to iOS Alexa app customers allowing you to interact with Alexa without using voice, meaning everything you can currently say to Alexa can now also be typed using your Alexa mobile app. Type with Alexa is available to iOS customers in the U.S.,” said an Amazon spokesperson.



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The new feature — first spotted by The Ambient — is available for iOS users in the Alexa app. To access it, simply tap the keyboard icon that now appears on the top left of the main menu of the app. The typed-out commands should work identically to verbal ones, although

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Apple issues third betas for iOS 14.3, iPadOS 14.3, tvOS 14.3, watchOS 7.2 [u]

Apple is now on its third generation of betas, providing developers with new builds of iOS 14.3, iPadOS 14.3, tvOS 14.3, watchOS 7.2.

The newest builds can be downloaded via the Apple Developer Center for those enrolled into the test program, or via an over-the-air update on devices running the beta software. Public betas typically arrive within a few days of the developer versions, via the Apple Beta Software Program website.

New additions to iOS 14.3 include support for Apple ProRAW, the company’s new image format that puts together the benefits of shooting in RAW with computational photography. The Find My app included a new video detailing an updated pairing interface, as well as a glyph that may represent AirPods Studio.

HomeKit was updated to change how it handled accessory updates. Default search option changes, App Clips, Cardio Fitness categories within the Health app, and Shortcut wallpaper updates were

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iOS Wi-Fi Exploit Could Have Let Hackers Remotely Access Nearby iPhones

Earlier this year, Apple patched an iOS vulnerability that potentially could have allowed hackers to remotely access nearby iPhones and gain control of their entire device.

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Devised by Ian Beer, a researcher at Project Zero, Google’s vulnerability research team, the exploit used a vulnerability in Apple Wireless Direct Link (AWDL), Apple’s proprietary mesh networking protocol that enables things like AirDrop and Sidecar to work.

Beer revealed the stunning exploit on Tuesday in a 30,000-word blog post, which shows in detail how a memory corruption bug in AWDL could give attackers remote access to a user’s personal data, including emails, photos, messages, and passwords and crypto keys stored in the keychain.

The vulnerability was discovered by Beer in a 2018 iOS beta that Apple accidentally shipped without stripping function name symbols from the kernelcache, offering a wealth of missing context about how bits of code fit together.

After lengthy investigative work,

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iOS 15 won’t support iPhone 6s or iPhone SE according to a new leak



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iOS 15 support

  • iOS 15 reportedly won’t support the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, or iPhone SE.
  • iOS 14 supported all of the same phones that iOS 13 supported, but after five years, Apple might be ready to completely move on from the 2015 iPhone models.
  • iOS 15 should launch alongside the iPhone 13 in September 2021, providing Apple is able to return to its normal release schedule after the pandemic.

Apple has always been fairly inclusive when it comes to support for old hardware in modern software. The launch of iOS 14 last month is a prime example, with support for all the same iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models as iOS 13, despite all of its new features and changes. Sadly, according to a recent report from the Israeli technology blog The Verifier, it looks like iOS 14 will be the last major

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Original iPhone SE, iPhone 6S could be left behind in iOS 15

Not all devices that run iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 may be able to use iOS 15, a report claims, with Apple planning to end operating system updates for the iPhone 6 series and the original iPhone SE in its major 2021 update.

While Apple tries to maintain support for as many iPhones and iPads as possible with its operating system releases, it does occasionally drop some of the older models off the list. For 2021, it is already claimed Apple is preparing to give the heave-ho to some beloved models.

According to Israeli site The Verifier, Apple will be axing support for the iPhone 6S series, including the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, in the next major operating system refresh. Furthermore, the original iPhone SE will also share the same fate, with it being left behind on iOS 14.

Apple’s decision whether or not

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Apple remains ‘fully committed’ to privacy features like anti-tracking in iOS 14 [u]

Apple remains committed to implementing anti-tracking features in iOS 14 and further privacy improvements down the road, the company’s privacy chief said in a letter.

The iOS 14 feature, dubbed App Tracking Transparency (ATT), makes cross-app and website tracking opt-in, and gives users additional information and context. In September, Apple delayed the rollout of the privacy feature until 2021.

Shortly after Apple announced the delay, a coalition of digital civil rights groups penned a letter expressing their “disappointment” that it wouldn’t be available during the initial iOS 14 rollout. On Nov. 19, Apple sent a letter back in response.

“We delayed the release of ATT to early next year to give developers the time they indicated they needed to properly update their systems and data practices, but we remain fully committed to ATT and to our expansive approach to privacy protections,” wrote Jane C. Horvath, Apple’s Senior Director of Global

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Google Stadia Will Be Available for iOS Soon

Google  (GOOGL) – Get Report said on Thursday that Stadia, its game-streaming service, will be available for iPhone in the coming weeks, according to media reports.

The Mountain View, Calif., search, advertising and tech giant said that it was working on a progressive web app version of Stadia that will run in the mobile version of Apple’s Safari browser.

Stadia was previously limited to Android phones, computers, and TVs due to Apple App Store restrictions.

Alphabet’s Google introduced over 80 games to its Stadia service platform over the past year and added over 100 new features including family sharing, according to The Verge.

The platform also includes over 65 Stadia Pro games that were launched for free since Stadia was first released in 2019. Google also said on Thursday that it is adding more to Gmail, Drive, Fit, Calendar, and Chrome widgets to iPhone.

Since the release of

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Nvidia GeForce Now cloud gaming service comes to iOS

Today Nvidia launched its GeForce Now cloud gaming service on iOS in beta. Due to App Store’s restrictions on cloud gaming services, it will be delivered as a web app though the Safari browser. GeForce Now is a ‘PC in the cloud’ service, which allows users who already own games on Steam or Epic Games Store to play them on less capable devices. This is different to ‘cloud gaming content’ services such as PlayStation Now and Google Stadia, which offers a library of games which users access as part of the subscription, or can purchase.

GeForce Now can be accessed for free (limited to one-hour sessions) or for $5 a month, which offers priority access to servers, extended session length and RTX On feature for compatible games. It is available in 71 countries around the world, supported by its own data centres or by telco partners. Windows PCs, macOS, Android,

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Google Stadia is coming to iOS officially as a web app

Google on Thursday announced iOS support for its Stadia cloud gaming service, following in the footsteps of Microsoft in turning to the mobile web to circumvent Apple’s App Store restrictions. Google says it has been building a progressive web app version of Stadia that will run in the mobile version of Apple’s Safari browser, similar to how Microsoft intends to deliver its competing xCloud service on iOS sometime next year.

But Google intends to beat Microsoft to the punch with public testing of its version in the coming weeks. Nvidia also announced today that it a beta web app version of its GeForce Now cloud gaming service on iOS is available today.

Apple in late August clarified its rules around cloud gaming, telling providers like Google and Microsoft that their apps were not allowed on the App Store due to restrictions Apple imposes on software that streams games to the

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Today Nvidia launched its GeForce Now cloud gaming service on iOS in beta. Due to App Store’s restrictions on cloud gaming services, it will be delivered as a web app though the Safari browser. GeForce Now is a ‘PC in the cloud’ service, which allows users who already own games on Steam or Epic Games Store to play them on less capable devices. This is different to ‘cloud gaming content’ services such as PlayStation Now and Google Stadia, which offers a library of games which users access as part of the subscription, or can purchase.

GeForce Now can be accessed for free (limited to one-hour sessions) or for $5 a month, which offers priority access to servers, extended

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