How To Disable Lock Screen Widgets in iOS 10

July 22, 2016 by macjeff

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The biggest addition to iOS 10 are all the changes to the Lock screen and Notifications. The slide to unlock gesture is gone. You click the home button to unlock instead. Plus, there’s a whole new screen to the left – the Today view that contains all the widgets. You can access it simply by swiping left on the lock screen.

But this also means that you can accidentally bring up the widgets if you miss-swipe. If for some reason you want to remove the Today screen from the lock screen, and the widgets, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Go to Touch ID and Passcode

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Open the “Settings” app in iOS 10 and go to “Touch ID and Passcode”. To authenticate, type in the passcode.

Step 2: Disable Today Toggle

Once you’re in, from the “Allow access when locked” toggle the “Today” option.

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This will disable the lock screen widget.

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Connect the Lines in Klocki, a Gorgeous Puzzler

July 22, 2016 by macjeff

Klocki ($0.99) by Maciej Targoni is a relaxing puzzle game that is about connecting lines together. If you’re in the mood for a relaxing puzzle game, then this is a good choice to consider. It joins other great recent puzzle releases like Quell Zen and Dots & Co.

While it seems that all the rage these days in terms of mobile games is just Pokémon Go, I live in Southern California and we’re facing a stifling heat wave right now, and probably more later on in this summer season. So going outside in almost 100 degree weather to look for Pokémon is not my ideal way to get my game on this week, so I have to have some other options handy, especially those relaxing puzzle games. I mean, what better way to game than indoors in some AC and with a game that helps me find some zen? I love puzzle games because my mind is still stimulated but I’m having fun at the same time, so naturally my phone is filled with a ton of puzzle games, but I am always on the lookout for more. I came across “klocki” a few days ago and think it’s a great puzzle game for fans of the genre. It’s also from the same developer as Hook, which is another fine puzzle game.

Klocki is a stunningly gorgeous game that features a simple and clean minimalistic design. The game is rendered in 3-D with an optical illusion kind of aesthetic, similar to what you found in Monument Valley. But instead of navigating through an Escheresque world, you’ll just be connecting the lines together here. The game features gray blocks with scrambled up lines on them, and the blocks and lines light up once the solution is solved. While the blocks look smooth from a distance, when you’re playing, you can see the fine grain texture on the blocks themselves, which I thought was a fantastic touch. The animations as you switch blocks and light up the lines is subtle but buttery smooth, and there are some delightful sound effects that provide audible feedback as you work your way to the solution. Just like Hook, Klocki is a great minimalist package in terms of visual and audio design.

In Klocki, players are just thrown into the game without any tutorials or explanations of how to play. Personally, I don’t mind this approach, as it goes with the minimalistic nature of the game, but I know some people may not fare well with that. Still, the gameplay itself is pretty straightforward once you start to just tap and tinker around with things.

Like many other puzzle games, Klocki is level-based, and players go through them one-by-one in linear order. There are no chapters or worlds to unlock — it’s just puzzle after puzzle here. Once you solve a stage, you move forward to the next one, but you can still go back and replay the ones that you’ve already completed. Since there are no level numbers in Klocki, it’s hard to keep track just how far you are into the game. According to one iTunes review, once you finish the game, you’ll just go right back to the first level, which is a bit disappointing. Hopefully the developer will be adding more levels in a future update.

So what do you do in Klocki? As I mentioned earlier, the game is about connecting the lines. All of the blocks that are on the screen will have some line segments on it, and it’s your job to connect them all together for that particular section of blocks. To do this, just tap on one square to select it, and then tap on another to swap the pieces out with each other. You repeat this until all of the lines light up to indicate that they’re connected.

While the game starts out easy enough, things do get a bit more tricky and complicated as you advance in the game. You’ll encounter bends in the lines, more complex 3-D shapes, blocks you can’t move, and even different types of lines besides straight ones. The difficulty curve in the game is pretty gradual though, so you don’t have to worry about a huge spike in the challenges. And to make things even more relaxing, there is no time or move limit, so you can take as long as you want to solve each puzzle. However, I think that most of them are pretty easy enough, and everything can be solved through a bit of logic as well as trial and error.

I’ve been playing Klocki a bit since I downloaded it a few days ago, and I must say that I’m rather hooked. The minimal design of the game is just beautiful, and the music and sounds are top notch. Controls are intuitive and simple enough for everyone to pick up, and the gameplay is relaxing but stimulating at the same time. The only thing that would make the game better is to have more levels or modes, and even more challenging ones at that, because I feel that someone really good at puzzles can easily get through this in a few hours. Still, it’s an enjoyable way to relax if you like puzzle games.

I recommend giving Klocki a try if you like to unwind with puzzles after a long day, or if you liked the developer’s previous game, Hook. You can find Klocki on the App Store as a universal download for your iPhone and iPad for just $0.99. There are no in-app purchases.

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Free Apps to Download TODAY ONLY 07/22/2016

July 22, 2016 by macjeff

Angry Birds HD , Angry Birds , Smart Cycle Alarm PRO and more


Angry Birds ( $0.99 → FREE )

The scheming pigs have stolen the Angry Birds’ eggs. It’s up to you to dish out revenge by destroying their defenses. Pull back on the launcher and release to send a bird flying through the air and create massive pig-crushing chain reactions to earn extra points. Each bird has its own unique ability, so make sure to use them wisely. The game is absolutely bursting with content, featuring 11 worlds with hundreds upon hundreds of levels.


Smart Cycle Alarm PRO ( $0.99 → FREE )

Spin the dial to set your desired wakeup window. Smart Cycle Alarm will monitor your sleep patterns and wake you up in the lightest possible sleep state, which will leave you feeling refreshed. The app includes a customizable wakeup phase of 10 to 90 minutes. Your sleep data can be viewed on a graph and exported as a CSV file, and it can be sent to the built-in Health app.

Jigsaw Wonder Polar Bears for Kids ( $1.99 → FREE )

You won’t be able to resist the charm of this jigsaw puzzle game. Each of the 33 jigsaw puzzles features a polar bear photo to reconstruct. The jigsaw puzzles can be broken up into as few as four pieces and as many as 24. You’re also able to choose whether or not you want a colored background and outline hints. What more could you ask for?

NodeBeat - Playful Music for All ( $1.99 → FREE )

Drag different nodes all around the screen and connect them to each other to create pulsing sounds. There’s no wrong way to go about it, so just have fun. The app includes a variety of customization options like the ability to add gravity to nodes, adjustable pulse rate and beat sync, and echo volume. It also includes 20 musical scales, a seven octave range, all 12 musical key signatures, and the ability to record and send your tunes via email.

Loan Calculator — What If? ( → $0.99 )

With Loan Calculator, you don’t need to have a bunch of reference help files or documentation. Finding out how much your monthly payments will be is as easy as filling out three open fields. Loan Calculator provides you with the option to add additional monthly and yearly payments, helping determine how much faster your loan can be paid off and how much money you’ll save. The total lifetime cost of your loan including interest is calculated as well.

Angry Birds HD ( $2.99 → FREE )

The scheming pigs have stolen the Angry Birds’ eggs. It’s up to you to dish out revenge by destroying their defenses. Pull back on the launcher and release to send a bird flying through the air and create massive pig-crushing chain reactions to earn extra points. Each bird has its own unique ability, so make sure to use them wisely. The game is absolutely bursting with content, featuring 11 worlds with hundreds upon hundreds of levels.

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New Security Threat Targets OS X, iOS through Graphics (UPDATED)

July 22, 2016 by macjeff

There’s a new security threat for OS X and iOS that could let attackers remotely control your device or install malware by sending you an image file. The threat is fairly serious, although so far it’s still just a proof of concept, and Apple patched the flaw in OS X 10.11.6 and iOS 9.3.3. Cisco’s Talos team discovered the flaw and created a proof of concept that works via Web browser on the Mac. It works by taking advantage of the operating system’s built in tools for automatically rendering images in apps such as Messages and Web browsers, and in certain cases doesn’t require any user action. According to Talos, the exploit takes advantage of file properties in TIFF, OpenEXR, DAE, and BMP images. TIFF, however, is the most dangerous in this case because the exploit can be triggered by simply receiving an image. The Talos team said, This vulnerability is especially concerning as it can be triggered in any application that makes use of the Apple Image I/O API when rendering tiled TIFF images. This means that an attacker could deliver a payload that successfully exploits this vulnerability using a wide range of potential attack vectors including iMessages, malicious web pages, MMS messages, or other malicious file attachments opened by any application that makes use of the Apple Image I/O API for rendering these types of files. The team also said the exploit affects OS X 10.11.5 and earlier, as well as iOS 9.3.2 and earlier. Updating to OS X 10.11.6 and iOS 9.3.3 addresses the issue, and Security Update 2016-004 patches the flaw for OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 and OS X Yosemite 10.10.5. This security flaw is being compared to Stagefright, a serious text message-based exploit for Android device users. While there are similarities in that they can both use MMS as a target vector, it also underscores one of Android’s big weaknesses: software updates. Apple and Google both released patches for the respective exploits, but millions of Android users are still at risk because they can’t get the updates. Where Apple controls all updates for its devices, Google is often at the mercy of service providers who decide when—or if—Android device users will get updates. Apple device users tend to update quickly, too, which helps cut down on potential malicious attacks. The good news is that Apple did patch the image exploit before it had a chance to become more than a proof of concept, and the Talos crew waited until the patch was out to publish their findings. OS X El Capitan users who haven’t updated to version 10.11.6 yet should hop to it, and OS X Mavericks and Yosemite users need to install the 2016-004 security update, too. And iOS users need to get the 9.3.3 update installed right away. Sorry, Android users, you’re on your own. Source link:

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Selfie Request Is Social Networking in 99 Seconds or Less

July 22, 2016 by macjeff

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

To say that we live in a fast-paced and ever-changing world is quite an understatement. We spend so much time dwelling on the past and worrying about the future that it makes it difficult to focus on the present moment.

Selfie Request is lots of fun to use and makes it easy to stay in touch with friends and family through selfies and brief text messages.

Concept and Functionality:

Getting started with Selfie Request, an iPhone app by MediaOne International, LLC, is pretty simple.

You have the option of signing up with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or email address. It’s worth noting that you also have to provide a phone number in order to receive a confirmation text so you can create your account.

The idea behind Selfie Request is to send and receive requests on the fly. The app is designed to require a maximum of 99 seconds for you to respond to a request with a photo and a brief text message that describes what you’re doing.

The goal is to keep your friends updated without worrying about composing the perfect photo, and Selfie Request gets the job done making it easy to connect with friends and family.

While I really like the idea behind Selfie Request, I had a hard time justifying the use of the app over other apps like iMessage and Snapchat. The limited response time is neat but you probably won’t always be able to send a response because you’re busy doing something else.


Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Selfie Request is off to a good start when it comes to being a social networking photo app, but there are quite a few important features that seem to be missing.

For example, even though you create a username, it seems like the app can only connect with people in your iPhone address book. This makes it incredibly complicated for people like me who don’t want to give apps permission to import contacts data. I think it would be much better if we could connect with each other via username.

If you’re concerned about privacy, the developers of Selfie Request state that once a selfie is viewed by a user and subsequently closed, the image is deleted forever.

Naturally this can be circumvented with screenshots and so on, so you definitely don’t want to send anything you wouldn’t want your mother to see.


Selfie Request is available to download from the App Store for free and is designed for iPhone.

Users don’t have to worry about in-app purchases, which is definitely good news, although I would really like to see expanded contact options like adding people by phone number or username.

Overall, Selfie Request is a great app for living in the now and letting your friends know you’re thinking about them.

Selfie Requestselfie_request.jpg requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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