The Loop

Making Sense of Technology

Latest articles

More adventures in Solo Loop sizing

John Gruber: A few people have wondered why Apple doesn’t just map fluoroelastomer Sport Band sizes to Solo Loop sizes. I can see why Apple doesn’t do that — they can’t assume everyone already has access to an Apple Watch with a Sport Band, and even for people who do have access to one, Apple can’t assume it’s the right size watch (38/40mm...

The new macOS Safari Start Page customization menu

Tim Hardwick, MacRumors, on macOS Safari 14: One of the most dramatic changes is the overhauled Start Page, which now includes a browsing privacy report, iCloud tabs, Siri suggestions, and more. It also features several customizable options, such as the ability to choose your own Start Page wallpaper. If you fire up a new, blank page...

Feature Request: Allow our Apple Watch to unlock our iPhone and iPad

Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac: Face ID is normally a completely seamless way to unlock an iPhone and iPad: just swipe up and it unlocks automatically. At a time when we’re frequently wearing masks, however, it’s rather less seamless. So we’d like to see Apple allow an unlocked Apple Watch to automatically unlock an iPhone and iPad Tricky...

The Coalition for App Fairness

Reuters: The Coalition for App Fairness, structured as a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. and Brussels, said it plans to advocate legal changes that would force Apple to change. Beyond Epic, Match and Spotify, other members include smaller firms such as Basecamp, Blix, Blockchain.com, Deezer, and Tile, along with developers from Europe...

Twitter to start testing voice DMs

Chris Welch, The Verge: Similar to voice tweets, voice messages have a bare-bones, simple interface: there’s just a play / pause button, and the sender’s avatar pulsates as the message plays. The product team designed an “in-line recording experience to make it easier to send these messages as part of the natural conversation flow,” so that’s...

Hands-on with the top 10 iOS 14 features for iPhone

[VIDEO] You’ve likely heard of most of the features Jeff Benjamin is showing off, but the devil is in the details here, the subtleties of Jeff’s excellent, calming walkthrough. Video embedded in main Loop post. ∞ Read this on The Loop

Apple’s new iPad Air fingerprint sensor would be ideal for the iPhone 12

Tom Warren, The Verge: One of Apple’s surprise hardware announcements last week was the relocation of the iPad Air’s fingerprint sensor to a tiny power button on top of the display. It’s a change from the typical Touch ID Home button location at the bottom of the screen, and it allows Apple to place a larger edge-to-edge display on its iPad...

A tip from a kid helps detect iOS and Android scam apps’ 2.4 million downloads

Dan Goodin, ArsTechnica: Researchers said that a tip from a child led them to discover aggressive adware and exorbitant prices lurking in iOS and Android smartphone apps with a combined 2.4 million downloads from the App Store and Google Play. And: To prevent users from uninstalling them, the apps hid their icon, making it...

macOS Safari PSA: Websites asking you to allow downloads? Here’s the solution.

As you can see from the article (there, at the bottom) this came up for me this morning. But it does happen often enough to make me follow Ben’s advice and change my Safari settings. Interestingly, my settings are slightly different than those in the article. I am running Catalina, but have the new Safari 14 update installed. No matter, the change...

If Apple follows its own rules, you’ll soon be able to stream your Xbox to your iPhone

Sean Hollister, The Verge: on Monday, Microsoft announced a new Xbox app that lets you stream games from your own Xbox to your own Android phone over your local network for free. There’s an iOS version coming too — and while my colleague Tom Warren originally suggested the console streaming feature probably wouldn’t come to iOS, I’m now willing...

Discover, share and read the best on the web

Subscribe to RSS Feeds, Blogs, Podcasts, Twitter searches, Facebook pages, even Email Newsletters! Get unfiltered news feeds or filter them to your liking.

Get Inoreader
Inoreader - Subscribe to RSS Feeds, Blogs, Podcasts, Twitter searches, Facebook pages, even Email Newsletters!