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Apple, Google Introducing Tools To Help Users Cut Down On Screen Time

07 June 2018

A new Do Not Disturb during Bedtime mode will dim the phone's display and hide all notifications on the lock screen until you prompt it in the morning.

A new feature called Siri Shortcuts allows users to create customized actions for Siri, to be triggered by certain phrases; and Apple has launched new APIs to help developers take advantage of this functionality.

"Apple believes privacy is a fundamental human right", they say on their page and on iOS 12, Safari will stop web pages from tracking you without your permission.

The announcement was made during the 2018 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event in San Jose, California, which also included other new features and updates coming to iOS 12. Federighi confirmed that, saying there's likely plenty of interest in porting iOS apps to macOS, and that Apple's been working on a way to simplify that process - all while maintaining two separate OSes to serve different use cases and device form factors.

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You can set per-app or overall-usage time limits, manage app access for other users (such as children), set up warning pop-ups when you're close to hitting a preset usage time limit, and more.

When it comes to how much time he spends on his iPhone, even Apple CEO Tim Cook has a problem.

"We're empowering people with the facts that will allow them to decide for themselves how they want to cut back", said Cook. It does this by compiling the fonts you use, the configuration of your computer and the plug-ins you have installed.

When Apple releases the new iOS 12 update, you'll be able to use the group FaceTime feature with up 32 simultaneous participants. The changes are not Apple's most expansive in the privacy space, simply an evolution.

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The technology giant has unveiled new features in its web browser Safari that will block Like and Share buttons that can be used by social media platforms to monitor web users.

Closing apps on iPhone X was a bit of a task, and users had to swipe up, long press on the cards of recent apps to see a list of applications that were open.

"Privacy means people know what they're signing up for, in plain English and repeatedly", Jobs said.

"It empowers you with insight and control", Federighi said.

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Apple, Google Introducing Tools To Help Users Cut Down On Screen Time