Birdbrain Updated with New iOS 7 Design, Graphs for Twitter Stats

Birdbrain is one of the oldest Twitter apps I’ve been using on my iPhone, but it’s not a Twitter client in the traditional sense. Before Tweetie 2 and Tweetbot, Twitter for iPhone and Tweetbot 3, Birdbrain, originally released in July 2009, allowed me to keep an eye on my Twitter stats for follower counts, mentions, number of retweets, and more. Part ego-boosting tool and part utility to better understand why or how many people follow you, Birdbrain is back today with an iOS 7 update that brings a redesign and a couple of new features to monitor your Twitter account.

Birdbrain has been slow with updates over the years, and yet in spite of occasional issues with Twitter API changes, it was always held in high regard by its users (such as my friend Myke) who loved the app’s simplicity and wide array of displayed information. Since 2009, Twitter

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iOS 14 just made your iPhone more private and secure: 3 things that changed

Apple has never been shy about beating its own drum when it comes to data protection tools and user privacy. With iOS 14, Apple is giving iPhone and iPad owners even more power over their data, ranging from better location options to tracking controls that require an app to be more transparent about the data it collects about you, and how the information is used.



a close up of a phone: Get to know the new data privacy features in iOS 14 for iPhone. Angela Lang/CNET


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There’s even a new tool built into iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 that will help you catch an app snooping on your camera or microphone, and gone are the days of letting every app access your entire photo library. 

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Why iPhone Users Won’t Be Able To Downgrade To iOS 14 Anymore

KEY POINTS

  • Apple stopped signing iOS 14 on Thursday, Oct. 1
  • This came a week after Apple released iOS 14.0.1 for iPhones
  • The new version brings fixes to some issues found in iOS 14

The iPhone users who upgraded their Apple smartphones to the latest iOS version, iOS 14.0.1, will no longer be able to downgrade to the base iOS 14 version anymore. This is because Apple has stopped signing it.

The Cupertino tech giant stopped signing iOS 14 on Thursday, Oct. 1, effectively preventing iOS 14.0.1 users from downgrading to the older, but also recently released, version. Apple made the move a week after releasing the latest iPhone operating system version.

The new iOS 14.0.1 update, which was released on Sept. 24, brings several fixes to some problems that users experienced in iOS 14. The fixes include the following, per the release notes:

  • Fixes for an issue that resets
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iOS 14 review: The best iPhone changes in years

iOS 14 pulls off a feat that’s difficult for a lot of smartphone software updates. For an update that introduces a lot of changes — and this is the most significant iOS update in a while — iOS 14 doesn’t feel like you’ve walked into an unlit room in your house after someone’s rearranged the furniture. Things get moved around in iOS 14, but critically, you’re the one doing all the moving.

With iOS 14, Apple introduces a revamped way to navigate around your iPhone. Instead of scrolling through page after page of apps, the new App Library fits everything into folders making it easier to jump to the apps we want. Widgets have been freed from the relative obscurity of the Today screen and can now live on your Home screen. Even video is no longer walled-off, as a picture-in-picture feature lets you watch videos while you work in

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While new iPhones may be a ways down the road, thanks to pandemic-related delays, Apple still has a fresh version of its iPhone operating system for you to download.

The company is rolling out iOS 14, along with watchOS 7, as part of its fall product launch that began Tuesday with the announcements of a pair of new Apple Watches, iPads, an online fitness subscription and bundling options for existing services like Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade.

Along with a fresh look, the new iPhone operating system includes a handful of new features designed to declutter your growing app collection, while also better protecting your digital privacy and improving the company’s own maps and messaging applications.

The operating systems for both the Apple Watch and for iPads are getting updates, too. The new watch

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iOS 14 bug reverts the default app choice to Safari and Mail if your iPhone reboots

Apple has released the latest version of its smartphone operation system – iOS 14 – for all compatible iPhones via the stable channel. It brings a ton of new features such as customizable widgets, a new App Library that automatically sorts and categorizes apps, a compact and less-intrusive UI for calls, picture-in-picture support for video calls, the ability to pin conversations, and a lot more. But one of the most notable features was the ability to set third-party apps as your default web browser and email app.

This means you no longer have to stick with Apple’s own Mail and Browser app for opening a web link or an email. Instead, you can set Microsoft’s Edge or Google’s Chrome as the default browser, and Microsoft’s Outlook or Google’s Gmail as your go-to email app. Apple has already made the change on its end, but developers have to update their respective

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What’s New in iOS 14 (and iPadOS 14): Our Full Feature Rundown

The iPhone’s software is getting a face-lift. The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 14, is now available for download, and you’ll notice several visual tweaks when you first install it. Notably, your home screen looks very different, with an app library, widgets everywhere, and a new look for Siri. We’ve collected all the top upgrades you’ll find in iOS 14, along with some small changes, to help you make sense of it all.

All of these features are also available in iPadOS 14, the iPad’s operating system, which you can also install now. If you’re interested in all the new hardware Apple recently announced, check out this roundup.

How to Download iOS 14 and iPadOS 14

But first, you might be wondering how you’ll be able to install them. Anyone with an iPhone 6S or newer (that includes the 2016 iPhone SE) can download iOS 14 right

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Instagram pushes back on Apple’s iOS ad tracking change

Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri said the company will push back on a planned change to Apple’s iPhone operating system that would impact how it and other mobile advertisers track users. But, he said, “I don’t think we have much influence over Apple,” and pointed to the power Apple has as the sole gatekeeper for apps across about 1 billion of its devices in use today. 

The change affecting Apple’s identifier for advertisers, or IDFA, was previously planned as a feature in iOS 14, the version of the iPhone operating system that will be released to the public this fall. But Apple said last week it is delaying the rollout until 2021 “to give developers time to make necessary changes.”  

In June, Apple said iPhone users would be given the option to block tracking when opening an app. Advertisers use that identifier to better target ads to individual users and estimate

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How To Check If Smartphone Is Unlocked In iOS 14

KEY POINTS

  • Determining whether an iPhone is locked or unlocked used to involve time-consuming processes
  • iPhone owners would need to call the carrier or turn their phone off and insert a SIM card
  • Apple now makes it easy to find out with the addition of a feature in iOS 14

Apple’s upcoming iOS 14 adds a new feature that lets users check if a certain iPhone is locked to a carrier or not. Here’s how to use it.

With every iOS version, Apple adds enhancements, improvements and fixes so that the iPhone user experience becomes better over time.

With iOS 14, Apple decided to add more than minor changes and enhancements. The improvements introduced to the major iOS update include UI changes, the addition of new features, fixes, and tweaks to existing features so they can be more helpful and enjoyable to use.

If there’s anything that some iPhone users

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The New Fitness App in iOS 14

Last year Apple introduced Activity Trends, a new feature for tracking your fitness over time. Trends complemented the Apple Watch’s classic Activity rings feature, and found its home alongside the rings in the iOS Activity app.

Activity rings are binary metrics: did you or did you not meet your goal for moving, exercising, or standing today? Trends, on the other hand, track your past year of activity through rolling 90-day windows, and inform you as to whether you’re improving or declining. If necessary, Trends then suggest improvements such as walking a little more than usual each day or standing for a bit longer each hour. Together, Activity Trends and the classic Activity rings seek to help you develop and maintain an overall healthy lifestyle across a handful of monitored metrics.

Last year, Trends got their own tab in the Activity app alongside the four tabs that had existed previously: History,

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