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Litigation continues between Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, and Apple, and as part of this litigation, you can learn a lot about how and what works at Apple. Epic has already summoned Tim Cook, Craig Federighi and other top managers of the company to testify (tentatively this will happen in May), but this was not enough for them. The developer somehow got access to internal correspondence of Apple employees. In one, for example, an Apple anti-fraud engineer believes that App Store checks are insufficient.

App Store App Moderation Is A Plastic Knife In A Gunfight

Even Apple thinks that checking apps on the App Store is a circus.

Epic Games cited two particularly damning quotes from Eric Friedman, head of Apple’s algorithm development and anti-fraud division, writes the Financial Times, citing the case file. According to published legal documents, a senior Apple engineer compared the App Store’s protection against intruders with “Using a plastic butter knife in a firefight”

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In his correspondence, Friedman also compared Apple’s App Store moderation process to “a pretty lady who welcomes you to a Hawaiian airport.”

The moderation process is more like a pretty woman who greets you at a Hawaiian airport than a dog sniffing out drugs. Friedman

He also added that Apple does not have enough tools to deal with “sophisticated attackers.”

Why did it become public at all? The quotes were posted by Epic as further evidence that Apple used app validation as an excuse to tackle specific apps (in this case, Fortnite, which Apple removed from the App Store for violating store rules). Epic Games believes that app moderation in the App Store is nothing more than a clever trick on the part of Apple.

How app moderation works in the App Store

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New privacy chips do not save Apple and users from cheating reviews

The iPhone maker claims that its sole control over the iOS app market is beneficial to consumers because moderators review all apps for security, privacy, and functionality. Epic claims this is not true, as many “leftist”, misleading, unsafe and rogue apps go through the screening process as if nothing had happened. Keyboard maker FlickType has recently provided examples of many of these from the past few months, including broken copies of his own apps.

When users downloaded one of these applications, the first screen was a blank interface with an “Unblock Now” button, the developer told 9to5Mac. – Click the Unblock Now button and the screen will ask you to confirm your $ 8 / week subscription for an app you haven’t tried and is not working.

Just this week, he talked about a VPN app that claimed to be “recommended by Apple” based on a high rating in the App Store, which was scored by a large number of fake reviews. Fake reviews are a whole problem for the app store, not only by Apple, but also by Google. So far, companies do not have a tool to deal with them, and you need to focus on reviews when downloading an application in LAST queue. Unfortunately, as we noticed in our Telegram chat, many conscientious developers are also forced to resort to purchased reviews, since otherwise they cannot withstand the competition.

Apple’s anti-fraud protection includes both automated checks and human moderation, and it’s unclear if Friedman is only referring to the first step that the computer runs or the entire process. In any case, the fact that Apple’s senior engineer tasked with preventing this kind of thing feels that the app validation process is clearly inadequate is definitely not going to help the Cupertino-based company in the upcoming antitrust case.

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iPhone 13 Pro: Force restart if device does not respond



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The new iPhone 13 models are here and with them some users get their first iPhone without a home button in their hands. This also changes various gestures and functions. An example of this is forcing a restart, which is performed differently than it was just a few years ago.

If you switch from an iPhone 8 or iPhone SE (2nd generation) to a current iPhone model, you will quickly notice a lot of changes. In addition to the new gestures for returning to the home screen or opening the control center, the missing home button should be particularly noticeable. In the past, this controlled various functions such as Siri, the one-handed mode or the forced restart. The latter works completely differently with the new models and has a small side effect along the way. But one after another.

iPhone 13 (all models): How to force restart

Without a home button, Apple had to come up with a new alternative to force the devices to restart. The way is much more complex than before. While on the older models you only had to hold down the home button together with the power button, it now requires a small key combination. To restart an iPhone 13, briefly press the volume up button and release it again. Then press the volume down button in the same way. Finally, hold down the side button (power button) until the Apple logo appears on the display. You should not pay attention to any displays or changes on the screen during the processor.
Short version: Force restart the iPhone 13

  • Briefly press the volume up button
  • Briefly press the volume down button
  • Press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears.

Quickly deactivate Face ID on the iPhone 13

Apple has integrated a function in iOS to quickly turn off Face ID. This means that it is not possible for other people (police, etc.) to unlock your iPhone by holding it in your face. To do this, simply press and hold a volume button together with the side button until your iPhone vibrates briefly but quickly. Then press either “Cancel” or the Page button again. Thanks to the vibration, you can also deactivate it in your pocket and know that it worked.

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macOS Big Sur: Disable search suggestions in Safari – here’s how



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Web browsers these days have a lot of cool features and capabilities that should make our life easier. Apple Safari is certainly no exception.

A lot is offered with many nice gimmicks such as the reading list or the reader display. Searching the net is also simple and can be started directly in the address bar. However, not every user wants the search suggestions equally, so we’ll show you how to disable the search suggestions in Safari.

Search engine suggestions can be scary at times. Thanks to the strong network, you now know exactly what we want to look for and then have the right answer ready before we could actually put the question to the end. This of course also has the advantage that we can get to our goal very quickly with these complex search algorithms and thus save a lot of time. But if you are one of those people who forego this convenience and want to increase data protection, we would be happy to explain how you can deactivate the search suggestions in Safari.

macOS Monterey: How to turn off search suggestions in Safari

Step 1: First open the Safari browser on the Mac, if you have not already done so. This is either located directly in the dock or can also be reached there via the “Programs” folder.

step 2: Now click on “Safari” in the menu bar at the top of the screen and select “Settings”.

step 3: Then select the “Search” tab.

Step 4: You will then see a drop-down menu with the search engine – this is Google by default – and under it it says: “Include search engine suggestions”. Uncheck this entry.

Step 5: Below that you can remove the check mark in front of “Include Safari suggestions”.

Step 6: Now close the Safari settings menu and surf the web as usual with Safari.

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Apple ID: iOS 15 allows resetting with friends and family



1640376902 Apple ID iOS 15 allows resetting with friends and family

If you lose access to your Apple ID, it’s a very messy business. It literally holds the Apple universe together. You can use it to make purchases from Apple, the App Store or the iTunes Store, manage your app subscriptions, access your iCloud data and much more. Fortunately, since iOS 15 you don’t need a second device of your own to reset your Apple ID and set a new password. The new operating system allows you to define a contact who, if necessary, can confirm your identity and thus give you access to your data again. Of course, you should think carefully about who is eligible for this position. This can be your best friend or family member. These should also have an iPhone or iPad with iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 and be older than 13 years.

How to set a reset contact for your Apple ID

Your Apple ID is not lost right away because you forgot your password. Establish a special “emergency contact” beforehand that will give you access to your Apple account again. To do this, open the Settings app and tap on your profile at the top before you select “Password & Security”. Then tap on “Account recovery”. Now select the option “Add contact”. Read the information about the function carefully. In the next step, you may be asked to update your devices. You can then specify a contact from your family group or from your contact list. You will only see qualified contacts. After your selection, a message will be sent to the selected person informing them of their new position.

How to remove a reset contact from your Apple ID

If you no longer want a certain person to allow you to reset your Apple ID, you can revoke this at any time. To do this, open the settings and tap on your Apple account at the top. Then select “Password & Security> Account Recovery”. Now tap on the person’s name and select “Remove contact”. The removed contact will be automatically notified of the change.
notice: The function is only available if all of your devices are running at least iOS 15, iPadOS 15, tvOS 15 and watchOS 8. Make sure of this beforehand or remove the devices from your Apple ID if an update is not possible.

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Apple TV 4K: improve readability – here’s how



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How to adjust the font size on your Apple TV

At the moment, you only have a direct influence on the font size with the subtitles. In the normal menus, however, the font can only be printed in bold. If you follow our instructions, you will be able to enjoy a more legible font relatively quickly:
Step 1: On your Apple TV, go to Settings> Accessibility.
step 2: Scroll down and click on “Bold Text”.
step 3: Confirm your entry by clicking on “Continue”.
Step 4: Your Apple TV will now restart and then display the text “bold”.

How to reduce motion on Apple TV

With movements are meant the slight tilting and tilting animations that can be influenced via the multi-touch surface of the Siri Remote during selection. Because some users were already bothered by this under iOS, it can also be reduced under tvOS.
Step 1: On your Apple TV, go to Settings> Accessibility.
step 2: Scroll down and select “Movement”.
step 3: Now click on “Reduce Movement”.
Step 4: With the click of the button, all movements are reduced or switched off with immediate effect.

How to turn off transparency and increase contrast on Apple TV

Step 1: On your Apple TV, go to Settings> Accessibility.
step 2: Scroll down and select “Increase Contrast”.
step 3: Here you can choose between “reduce transparency” and “focus style”.
Step 4: While the transparency is reduced with immediate effect after clicking, “Standard” and “High Contrast” are available for selection under “Focus Style”. If you reduce the transparency, the outlines and colors of overlaid menus are no longer displayed on the other hand, the focus style to increase the contrast, then selected elements are also outlined in white.

An additional border increases the visibility on the Apple TV (Image: screenshots)

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