Stop apps from downloading on all iOS devices

If like me you have more than one iOS device using the same Apple ID you may have noticed that if you download an app on one device the same app will download to the other device. This started happening to me after I got my iPad a few months ago. When I download an app for my iPad it would also download it to my iPhone if it was an app that wasn’t already on my iPhone. Since I don’t always need or want the same apps on both devices I was having to delete apps from my iPhone. Then I discovered that there’s a setting called Automatic Downloads that’s on by default. I went into Settings and turned it off on both devices. Now app downloads only happen on the device I’m using.

Here’s how you do it. Go to Settings > iTunes & App Store > Automatic Downloads and toggle the switch next to apps to the off position.

How I’m using Alfred on my Mac – Part 1

This is Part 1 of how I use Alfred. This is not a review of all Alfred’s features. It’s how I use Alfred. If you’re looking for a review of Alfred’s features you can find it here.

Last year I wrote three articles about some of the ways I use Alfred. To get started, I’m going to refer back to those for those of you who may have missed them.

How I use keyboard shortcuts to launch apps

How I use keyboard shortcuts to trigger system commands

How I use Alfred to launch Safari bookmarks

All the ways I’m using Alfred app on my Mac

If you been following my blog you know I’m a big fan of Alfred. It does an amazing array of things on my Mac. It’s without a doubt my most used app.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be writing a series of articles about the ways I’m using Alfred. As a heads up, some of them require the Powerpak.

If you’re new to Alfred the basic app is free. The Powerpack is $26 US, which I highly recommend. If you would like to follow along go ahead and download the free version now. That way you’ll be ready to follow along when the first article in the series is published.

To make sure you don’t miss an article click on the Follow My Blog via Email button in the left column of my blog and enter your email address.

Web Finds for January 12, 2018

Web Finds are from my web surfing travels. You’ll find some unique and informative news, apps and websites that you may have never known existed. Enjoy!

Apple planning new, “robust” parental controls to help protect children, teens
In a report by The Wall Street Journal, Apple states it has plans to create new software features that will make its current parental controls on iPhone and other devices “even more robust.”
Via Ars Technica

Apple Shares Updated iOS Security Guide With Info on Face ID, Apple Pay Cash and More
Apple this afternoon published an updated version of its iOS Security white paper for iOS 11 [PDF], with information that covers features introduced in iOS 11.1 and iOS 11.2, like Face ID and Apple Pay Cash.
Via MacRumors

How-To Disable macOS High Sierra Upgrade Notifications
Is it just me or are those daily upgrade notifications for upgrading to macOS High Sierra annoying the bleep out of you? Every time I turn on my MacBook (2017,) it immediately starts up with that exasperating High Sierra notice to upgrade to High Sierra so I can “enjoy the latest technologies and refinements.” And it’s even popping up on my iMac (2015 with Fusion Drive,) that Apple itself recommends NOT updating to High Sierra. And I really DON’T want to upgrade to macOS High Sierra right now on any of my Macs!
Via AppleToolBox

How-To Fix an iPad Keyboard That’s Split in Half or Two
One of the most frequent questions we get from our iPad friends and readers is problems with their iPad keyboards. Specifically, what should you do when your iPad keyboard is split down the middle with half of it on the left side and the other part on the right side of your iPad’s screen. Just how do you get it back together like it should be? For many iFolks, this a very annoying problem that they just can’t figure out how to fix!
Via AppleToolBox

The iPad Gestures You Should Master
Your Dock will follow you wherever you go, in any iPad app. Just swipe up about an inch from the bottom of the screen to bring up your Dock and its list of applications, along with the three most recent apps used. You can add up to 13 apps to your Dock so you have the most important ones at your fingertips, apps you can drag and drop to use for multitasking.
Via lifehacker

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No subscription

My Ulysses free use period is up in a few days. I’m writing this to convince myself that I don’t need a Ulysses subscription.

I like writing in Ulysses. I also like writing in my other writing apps at times. If I’m paying a subscription I would feel compelled to always use that app. So, I think the best option for me is to use the paid version of Ulysses that I already own. My paid version works with Sierra and High Sierra. Of course, there’s no guarantee it’ll work in future versions of macOS or iOS but I’ll deal with that if or when the time comes. I’ve also determined that I can do almost everything in my other writing apps that I can do in Ulysses should it go away. The methodology is just different.

Here’s a list of writing apps that I own and enjoy using:

No tracking, no revenue: Apple’s privacy feature costs ad companies millions

This is a testament to the effectiveness of Safari’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP) announced in June of 2017.

For Safari version 11 users, ITP prevents tracking as we move around the internet through the management of cookies, small pieces of code that allow advertising technology companies to continually identify us as we browse.

Apple takes user privacy seriously. That’s one of the reasons why I use their products.

Alex Hern, writing for theguardian

Internet advertising firms are losing hundreds of millions of dollars following the introduction of a new privacy feature from Apple that prevents users from being tracked around the web.

Advertising technology firm Criteo, one of the largest in the industry, says that the Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP) feature for Safari, which holds 15% of the global browser market, is likely to cut its 2018 revenue by more than a fifth compared to projections made before ITP was announced.

With annual revenue in 2016 topping $730m, the overall cost of the privacy feature on just one company is likely to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

My thoughts after two weeks of Hulu Live TV

We cut the cord on Cable TV about 2 years ago. At that time I installed an HD antenna for local stations and subscribed to Netflix, Hulu, and Sling TV. That has worked out okay but we’ve been missing programming on stations like CNBC, NBCSN, and MSNBC. We could have gotten those stations on Sling for another $20 on top of the $20 we were already paying.

About a week ago I upgraded our Hulu to include Hulu Live TV. Hulu with Live TV is $39.99 per month, which includes the $7.99 per month on-demand service we were already paying for, and that price is on a month-to-month basis with no extra fees.

The service comes with 40+ channels including the four major networks CBS, Fox, ABC, and NBC as well as a handful of sports channels like NBCSN and ESPN. It also included our local stations. So I disconnected the HD antenna canceled our Sling TV subscription and went all in with Hulu Live TV.

Here are some issues that we ran into. None deal breakers though.

Confusing UI
The interface takes some getting used to. It’s confusing. There is no grid like you may be used to. To make things more confusing it’s mixed in with the Hulu on-demand lineup. I still get confused but I eventually get to where I want to be.

Buffering
Hulu Live TV has buffering issues. At first, I thought it had something to do with our connection. We have 100 Mbps internet so that couldn’t have been the problem. After doing a bit of research, I found that buffering is a common problem for lots of folks. Sometimes it’s really irritating but again it’s not a deal breaker.

Spike in data usage
Watching local stations as part of Hulu Live TV instead of via our HD antenna resulted in a big spike in our data usage. I did some calculations and determined this was going to put us over 1 TB data allowance. To solve this problem I hooked the HD antenna up again for watching local stations.

For the most part, we’ve been happy with the Hulu Live TV service.

Web Finds for January 4, 2018

Web Finds are from my web surfing travels. You’ll find some unique and informative news, apps and websites that you may have never known existed. Enjoy!

FAQ: What to Know About Apple Slowing Down iPhones to Prevent Unexpected Shutdowns
By now, you’ve probably seen headlines about Apple slowing down your iPhone, but it’s not nearly as simple or corrupt as it sounds. In this Q&A, we’ve taken the time to explain exactly what’s going on.
Via MacRumors

Apple’s $29 iPhone battery replacements are available starting today
Those $29 battery out-of-warranty replacements Apple promised are now available for impacted users with an iPhone 6 or later. The company was initially aiming for a late-January timeframe in the States when it first offered up the discount, following blowback against its admission that it had slowed down older model phones to maximize performance.
Via TechCrunch

Ad targeters are pulling data from your browser’s password manager
Nearly every web browser now comes with a password manager tool, a lightweight version of the same service offered by plugins like LastPass and 1Password. But according to new research from Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy, those same managers are being exploited as a way to track users from site to site.
Via The Verge

Protect your family from inappropriate content on iOS
Over Christmas, I am sure many of you have purchased new iPhones, iPads, iPod touches, and Macs for family members (assuming they are on the “good list” this year). One of the things that you want to consider is how you are protecting your children from the not so nice parts of the internet. I’m going to give you some options below that I hope will help create a safe computing environment for your home.
Via The Sweet Setup

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