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Jason Seiler

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iDropNews Now, by selecting the Tabs icon from your current webpage Enabling Private, you’ll be able to browse the web on your iPhone or iPad without leaving behind of trail of the sites you visit, or any record of logins on sites visited, either. 7. Turn Off Location Tracking By going into Settings Privacy and selecting Location Services, you’ll be able to manage apps, and to what extent they track your every move, on an individual basis. Simply select an app from the list, such as Facebook, for example, and then you’ll be given options on whether you want to allow the app to track your location only when you’re using it, or never. By selecting Never for apps that you don’t use very often, you’ll not only save precious battery life, but you’ll keep your whereabouts private knowledge. 8. Tweak Ad Tracking Settings in Safari If you’ve ever felt like someone was watching you as you browse the web on your iPhone, since, you know, the advertisements that show up always seem so specific, in that they’re tailored to show you what you’ve already been looking at – that’s because of Apple’s default Ad Tracking settings in Safari. This feature is employed to ensure that you’re only seeing ads that Safari, by default, determines are most relevant to you. However, maybe you don’t want to be so closely monitored. Fortunately, you can tweak Safari’s Ad Tracker settings by going to Settings Privacy scroll down to the bottom of the list and select Advertising and finally, toggle the Limit Ad Tracking option to ON. APPLE’S NEW TECHNOLOGY By Troy Thompson Apple’s New Technology Could Allow You to Locate a Lost or Stolen iPhone Even if It’s Powered Down I couldn’t imagine myself in a more daunting position than having misplaced my iPhone, or, heaven forbid, having it stolen from me, with no recourse or clues on where to find it. That may be a hypothetical situation, of course, but for what it’s worth, iPhones get lost or stolen every day of the week. Fortunately, according to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, Apple was recently granted a patent that, if employed, could make tracking down your lost or stolen iPhone or iPad easier than ever before — and best of all, the misplaced device wouldn’t even have to be powered on in order for the feature to work properly. Apple’s patent, U.S. Patent No. 20160323703, which was granted the company on May 6th, and published on November 3rd, 2016, details a method by which the Find My iPhone feature could work even if the device is powered off. As it stands, Apple’s Find my iPhone feature works for most Cellular/LTE-connected devices, including iPhones and iPads, but only when the feature has been activated and set-up prior to your misplacement of the device. However, according to Apple’s patent filing, the hardware location and recovery feature could one day work even if the device you’re trying to track down has not been configured with Find My iPhone. This would happen, in essence, because the lost or stolen device would be able to “periodically exit an unpowered state and transmit location data,” according to Apple’s patent filing. The Cupertino-company could employ a built-in timer of some sort, which would enable certain elements of the device — such as Wi-Fi location and data connectivity — to power on even if the handset is fully powered down, and the SIM card is removed. This would allow the device to transmit location data, including any relevant voice, photo, or other input, via a number of channels, including text and email, to the Apple ID associated with the device you’re trying to locate. Unfortunately, since the feature would be largely dependent on the handset’s connectivity to a known cellular network, it likely wouldn’t work for Apple’s MacBook computers or Wi-Fi only iPads registered with Find My iPhone, according to CultOfMac.

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