Apple fine-tunes Safari Technology Preview with big batch of bug fixes

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Preview gives devs early access to advances in Safari web technologies.
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Developers received a new build of Apple’s Safari Technology Preview this morning. The experimental browser gives devs a sneak peek at upcoming web technologies for macOS and iOS.

Safari Technology Preview release 104 contains a huge number of bug fixes and other under-the-hood improvements, and it’s available on both macOS Mojave and macOS Catalina.

How to lock your Netflix profile with a PIN

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Netflix just added a bunch of new profile and parental controls.
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Netflix finally made it possible to keep your personal profile private from other people using your account with a new update today that lets users create individual pins.

The new feature is part of a larger update that improves on parental controls, allowing content to be filtered based on age and other criteria. If you have kids and don’t want them to have access to your profile and the content on it, or you just got a roommate who always messes up your “Continue Watching” queue, you’ll find the new pin feature to be extra useful.

iPadOS concept imagines spectacular ‘main menu’ for iPad

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A new way to interact with apps.
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This brilliant new iPadOS concept imagines a spectacular “main menu” concept that would change the way we interact with iPad apps.

The feature, designed by Alexander Käßner, would allow for cleaner apps and a standardized method of accessing common functions. It works much like the toolbar every Mac user is familiar with.

Brilliant iOS 14 concept adds multiple docks to iPhone Home screen

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A brilliant new iOS 14 concept shows how useful it would be to have multiple docks at the bottom of the iPhone’s Home screen.

The multiple-dock UI, published by designer Alessandro Chiarlitti over the weekend, would basically let you toggle between different widgets at the bottom of the screen. That would give you quick access to music controls and other apps without opening them.

Check it out in action:

iOS 14 could bring new wallpaper settings, Home screen widgets

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Apple may give us brand-new wallpaper options in iOS 14.
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The latest iOS 14 leaks hint new wallpaper settings and Home screen widgets are coming to iPhone and iPad.

Apple is expected to separate its default backgrounds into categories. It could also give users the ability to place real widgets anywhere they like on their Home screen — a feature Android has had for more than a decade.

Microsoft Family Safety for iOS helps protect and monitor loved ones

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Share locations, track driving stats, and more.
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Microsoft on Tuesday revealed its brand-new Family Safety app designed to make it easier to protect and monitor your loved ones.

Family Safety will be part of the upcoming Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) overhaul, and will include features like location sharing, driver safety stats, activity reporting, and more.

Apple Developer app readies for WWDC 2020 with new video features

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Everything you need to know about WWDC 2020 will be found in this app.
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Apple is gearing up for its first-ever digital-only Worldwide Developers Conference in June with a fresh update to the Apple Developer app.

Formerly called the WWDC app, the Apple Developer app is the one-stop-shop for all the in-depth information developers need on iOS, macOS, tvOS, watchOS and all the other Apple platforms. Today’s big update adds some key new features that will make it easier and faster for developers to digest all the new info that comes out of WWDC 2020.

Check out the list of new goodies:

Carriers push ‘Stay Home’ messages to iPhone amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Just in case you forget.
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iPhone users in many countries around the world have started seeing “Stay Home” messages from multiple carriers when they disable Wi-Fi.

The message, designed to remind people that they shouldn’t be leaving home during the COVID-19 pandemic unless it’s absolutely necessary, appears at the top of Control Center, alongside the carrier’s name.

Developers can now make Mac and iOS apps a universal purchase

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A single bundle for everything.
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It’s now possible for developers to make their apps available as a universal purchase. Apple enabled the change on Monday, paving the way for macOS, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS apps to be bundled as one.

Apple is not forcing developers to use universal purchases. It does hope, however, that the move will promote the use of Catalyst for porting iPad apps over to Mac.