Guardian Firewall is the first true privacy-protecting firewall for iOS

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A partial visual pun for a firewall.
A partial visual pun for a firewall.
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Guardian Firewall claims to be the first proper firewall app for iOS. It works by routing all the network connections from your iPhone or iPad through a VPN, and then filtering out privacy-invading trackers on Guardian’s own servers.

The idea is that all the heavy lifting is done on those servers, so you don’t have to worry about battery drain, or on the iOS security features that prevent an app from futzing with your internet connection.

Sounds good, but should you trust Guardian Firewall?

What’s new in iOS 13 beta 2

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iOS 13 has almost too many features to cover -- but that won't stop us trying.
iOS 13 has almost too many features to cover -- but that won't stop us trying.
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The second iOS 13 and iPadOS betas bring both good news and bad. Unless you’re a total “thrill-seeker,” it’s still not a good idea to install these betas on your main iOS device. In fact, there will be far more spills than thrills: The code remains raw and buggy as hell.

I have iPadOS running on an old iPad. While this latest version seems much less ragged around the edges, many apps still crash. And I still can’t make the Slide Over apps hide themselves at the side of the screen. Nor do all my favorites appear in the Files app.

The good news is that, despite this, the latest betas offer several new features — and lots of stuff has been fixed. Let’s take a look at the highlights of what’s new in iOS 13 beta 2.

Attorneys punished for discussing confidential Apple documents in court

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Fees Apple charges competitors to appear in the App Store are the target of an EU investigation.
Apple asked for the lawyers to be booted from the case.
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Two attorneys have been sanctioned for sharing proprietary Apple information as part of a lawsuit.

Lawyers Joseph Cotchett and Mark Molumphy from the firm Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy repeatedly referenced confidential Apple documents during a public hearing in May. The hearing concerned the fallout from Apple’s iPhone throttling controversy from a couple years back.

Get a one-two punch of premium photo editing software and education [Deals]

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Luminar 3
With this deal, you get a premium photo editing app backed by AI, and an education in how to use it.
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Working with photos today means knowing how to use photo editing software. But that takes two things: the software, and the knowledge. So we’ve gone ahead and put them both together for you, with the powerhouse app Luminar 3, and a comprehensive course on how to use it.

There are no quick fixes to Apple’s current iPhone challenges

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iPhone XS Max
It's not as simple as adding a hot new feature.
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Geopolitics are a whole lot more complicated than coming up with a hot new feature to sell your latest iPhone.

For this reason, JPMorgan and Credit Suisse think that there are no easy fixes to Apple’s current iPhone challenges. That’s because they involve the complexities of the burgeoning China vs. U.S. trade war, among other things, meaning that iPhone sales are victim to larger macroeconomic uncertainties.