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How to Discretely Monitor Someone’s iPhone without Jailbreak

Are you someone who is looking for a way to track a target person’s iPhone without jailbreaking? If yes, then you must try an app specially designed for spying on iPhone without jailbreak – XnSpy for example. However, there are numerous others available online and you can find them on the Google Play Store. The app we are using as an example maintains the stealth mode without compromising your monitoring activity using iCloud tracking. In order to succeed in monitoring a target person’s iPhone remotely, without holding it in your hand, you must follow three simple steps.

Three Steps for Spying on iPhone without Jailbreak


Step 1: First, you have to subscribe to the app of your choice. For this, you must visit the website, pay the due amount to subscribe to the service, and receive access to the control panel. Monitoring apps are mostly web-based apps, which means, that you need a browser to be able to access the control panel. The control panel is where you can see whatever you need to monitor on the target’s iPhone.

Tip: Make sure you subscribe to the non-jailbroken version of the monitoring app.

Step 2: Check the target person’s iPhone to make sure it has its data synchronized with iCloud. If this is not active, then enable it. This is a one-time thing. To do this, you have to enter the target’s Apple ID and password. You will see the “iCloud Sync” option, which will prompt you to “Merge” or “Don’t Merge” content. Hitting “Merge” will enable the data on the device to upload onto the iCloud account. Once you do this, you’re all set to start monitoring the target device remotely.

Step 3: Log into your control panel using the credentials you received in your email after subscribing to the app. You will be able to access the dashboard, which has all the different features the app offers. By clicking on each tab or feature on the dashboard, you will be able to see every activity you wish to monitor. Each monitoring app offers unique features, and XNSpy allows monitoring the following:


  • Text Messages
  • Internet messengers
  • Facebook messenger and Instagram
  • Photos and videos
  • Apps installed
  • Browsing history and bookmarks
  • Calls and record surroundings
  • GPS locations
  • Geo-fencing
  • Get alerts 24/7
  • Use watch-list feature for contacts and words
  • Emails
  • Calendar entries
  • Stay undetectable
  • Remote access – lock the device, block installed apps, wipe off data

Crucial Information for Users


Spying on iPhone without jailbreak has become so much easier due to the advent of iCloud storage. Once the target’s device synchronizes with the iCloud, you can see all calendar entries, emails, contacts, text messages, photos, and videos, apps installed on the device, etc. This is how you can easily maintain discretion and the target wouldn’t suspect a thing.

The good thing about using a special version for non-jailbroken devices is that you don’t have to install the app on the target iPhone. In most cases, installation of apps makes the target device slower. This often causes the target’s device to hand or the battery to run down too soon. Such things are a major give away, and tech savvy people may suspect something is up. Although such apps disappear into the list of apps installed with a false name, the target may decide to factory reset the device. This is why, when it comes to monitoring a non-jailbroken device, using one with iCloud tracking support is best.

Before you move on, another important information users of such apps need to know is that only a few apps allow monitoring multiple devices. With XNSpy, you can monitor as many devices you want as long as they are iOS and Android devices. Besides, this app offers a demo for users to try before purchasing it. Therefore, you can get a clear idea about what the app can do before paying for it.


App Store Search Ads Go Live October 5, Developers Now Able to Purchase Ad Spots

Back in June, Apple announced some major changes to the App Store, including the addition of ads to App Store search results. App Store Search Ads have gone live as of today, and Apple is allowing developers to purchase ad spots. Ads from developers will be displayed starting on October 5.

Search Ads have been in beta testing since the feature was announced, and developers were previously able to participate in a beta testing program to provide ads that were visible to App Store users.

With Search Ads, developers can bid to have their app listed as the top result when certain keywords are used, improving app discoverability. Ads are available through an auction system, with one ad displayed to customers on each search result page. Ads are clearly marked and ad content is the same content that’s available on the App Store app description pages as it uses App Store metadata and imagery.

According to Apple’s Phil Schiller, Apple “thought about how to carefully” do search ads in a way that “customers will be happy with.” Apple also believes the ad auction system is fair to developers, including indie developers.

Developers do not need to pay a minimum amount to use Search Ads, so it’s possible to buy ads for a small sum of money. Apple prices Search Ads based on a cost-per-tap model, so developers only pay when a user taps on an ad. Apple displays ads based on a combination of bid amount and an app’s relevance to the search query, with ad matching done automatically.

Developers who sign up to offer Search Ads are being given a free $100 credit to get started with the program.
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Google adds an Incognito search mode on iOS

Sometimes you need to find something that you don’t want to see listed in your Google search history, even while you’re on the go. Chrome’s Incognito browser sessions can be good for that, but a new tweak for the Google Search app on iOS makes it easy to open up disposable sessions there too. Additionally, it’s set up so that if you leave the app and need to come back to the search, you can lock it using TouchID, so even on a shared device like an iPad, someone else can’t easily see what was in there.

Google says that other changes have made the app more stable with 50 percent fewer crashes, increased compatibility with iOS 10 and added the ability to watch YouTube videos within the app. If you find Incognito searching useful, then you can jump straight into it with 3D Touch by hard pressing the search icon.

Source: Google Search Blog, iTunes


ICYMI: Another thing likely to survive with the cockroaches

ICYMI: Another thing likely to survive with the cockroaches

Today on In Case You Missed It: Scientists just mapped the DNA of a microscopic organism that can survive both oxygenless places and the Antarctic. Researchers believe they might help humans survive too much radiation, which is a thing we’ll probably need soon enough so get hyped, people.

Meanwhile a Danish car company is showing off its prototype of a tiny carpooling electric vehicle that will one day be modified for autonomous rides. In case you’re interested, you can see the Japanese Pokemon Go video here. As always, please share any interesting tech or science videos you find by using the #ICYMI hashtag on Twitter for @mskerryd.


Apple’s iOS 10.1 Beta Includes Promised Portrait Mode for iPhone 7 Plus Users

Today’s new iOS 10.1 beta, available now to developers, includes a new “Portrait” camera mode for iPhone 7 Plus users, which was shown off at the iPhone’s debut event but wasn’t quite ready for release.

Portrait mode is designed to mimic the kind of shallow depth of field images that can be taken with a high-end DSLR, with a front subject that stands out over a blurred background.

To achieve this look, Apple’s built-in image signal processor scans a scene, using machine learning techniques to recognize the people in the image. From there, it creates a depth map of the image from both of the two cameras included in the device, keeping the people in focus while applying an artful blur or “bokeh” to the background.

According to TechCrunch, Apple’s Portrait option was built on technology acquired from camera company LinX. Portrait mode is using the 56mm lens to capture the image while the wide-angle lens gathers perspective data to build the depth map and divide the image into layers.


Once it has this 9-layer slice, it can then pick and choose which layers are sharp and which get a gaussian (randomish) blur effect applied to them.

Once the telephoto lens detects the subject, using autofocus and other stuff we’ll talk about in a second, the image processor inside the iPhone 7 will then apply blur in greater and greater amounts to the layers that are further away from that subject.

It’s in beta, so there are some quirks Apple will need to work out. Apple has said that Portrait won’t be used all the time, and it does appear to require good lightning and the right focusing distance between objects to function properly. It will take some experimentation to get good shots with Portrait.

Portrait mode is a new feature in the camera app that can be found alongside other video and photo taking options like “Video” and “Panorama.” It even includes a Live Preview effect that lets you see what the image will look like before you take it, something that’s unique to the iPhone.
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Transit’s app now tells you when to hurry for the bus

Sure, your existing phone apps can tell you when to catch the bus and when to hop off, but public transportation fans know that’s only half the story. What if the driver is quicker than you expected, or a delay ruins your subway connection? Transit might just save the day. It’s updating its Android and iOS apps with a Go routing feature that could take some of the uncertainty out of commuting. You’ll get on-screen and voice notifications when it’s time to head out or disembark, but it gets truly interesting when things go haywire. Transit will tell you to hurry up if your departure time suddenly skips ahead, create a new itinerary if you miss a ride and warn you if a bus takes a surprise detour.

The upgrade also answers a longstanding request for real-time position data while you’re planning a trip. You should know which routes will actually get you to your destination on time, not just the ones that work in theory. The updates are still too new to see how well they work in practice. However, this could be the ticket if you’re tired of double- or triple-checking your phone on a long journey across town.

Source: App Store, Google Play, Transit (Medium)


Leaked Google Pixel phones might look familiar

In just a couple of weeks, we could have our first official look at Google’s renamed flagship phones, so brace yourself for leaks and unofficial revelations. Take for instance, these images posted by Android Police. They apparently show the Pixel and the Pixel XL, and they do look like the computer render of the phone that leaked earlier, as well as the device Nest used in a new commercial.

If legit, then the big G’s latest devices resemble the phones its staunchest rival is known for. Before anyone starts hurling copycat accusations, though, take note that HTC developed the Pixels, and the Taiwanese manufacturer has been using a similar design for its previous models. When it comes to Apple and HTC, there’s been a lot of discussion about who copied whom over the years.

In the photo of the phones’ backside above, you can see a fingerprint sensor in the middle of the shinier, glass-like section. You can also see a snapshot of the phones’ screens with their thick bezels below. As always, take these leaked images with a grain of salt — you’ll only have to wait a bit more before the actual reveal anyway.

[Image credit: Anonymous Alligator/Android Police]

Via: Droid Life

Source: Android Police


Apple Now Accepting iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and 6s Plus Trade-Ups, Offers Up to $315

Following last week’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus launch, Apple has added the iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus to its trade-up program in the United States, offering estimated trade-in values of $160, $275, and $315 respectively towards the purchase of a new iPhone.

Apple has also lowered its estimated trade-in values for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus by $25 each to $200 and $225 respectively, while the iPhone 5s now scores $90 instead of $125. iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c trade-in values are now $50 and $40 respectively, down from $75 each, and the iPhone 4s is no longer eligible for trade in.

The iPhone trade-up program, not to be confused with the iPhone Upgrade Program, allows customers to trade in their old iPhone to Apple in exchange for credit to lower the full cost of a new iPhone, or to reduce the monthly payments of a carrier financing plan. Trade-in values, managed by third-party vendor Brightstar Corporation, may vary based on the condition of the iPhone traded in. Select Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone devices are also eligible for trade in.

iPhone owners looking to get the best value for their old smartphone should consider selling the device for cash through classified ad websites like Craigslist, but Apple’s trade-up program does provide a convenient and safe resale option.

Related Roundups: iPhone 6s, iPhone SE
Tag: Apple trade-in
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Apple Joins Global Renewable Energy Initiative RE100

Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson today announced that Apple has joined global renewable energy initiative RE100, a campaign that’s dedicated to getting the world’s most influential companies committed to 100 percent renewable power.

Jackson shared the news at Climate Week in New York City, where she also shared some details on Apple’s recent environmental progress. In 2015, 93 percent of Apple’s worldwide operations were powered with renewable energy, and in the U.S., China, and 21 other countries, Apple uses renewable energy for 100 percent of its operations.

According to Jackson, Apple just completed work on its 50-megawatt solar farm in Arizona, which will power Apple’s global data command center in Mesa, Arizona, the former location of Apple sapphire partner GT Advanced.

Jackson also gave an update on Apple’s commitment to helping its suppliers use renewable energy, announcing that Apple supplier Solvay Specialty Polymers, which makes the antenna bands used in the iPhone, has pledged to use 100 percent renewable energy for all Apple production.

Catcher Technology, a supplier that provides aluminum enclosures for iOS and Mac devices, is also aiming to reach 100 percent renewable energy by the end of 2018.

“Apple is committed to running on 100 percent renewable energy, and we’re happy to stand beside other companies that are working toward the same effort,” said Jackson. “We’re excited to share the industry-leading work we’ve been doing to drive renewable energy into the manufacturing supply chain, and look forward to partnering with RE100 to advocate for clean-energy policies around the world.”

Other major companies who are members of RE100 include IKEA, Adobe, BMW, Coca Cola, GM, Google, HP, Microsoft, Nike, Philips, Starbucks, and Walmart.
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Photos, Videos, GIFs, and More No Longer Count Towards Twitter’s 140-Character Limit

Twitter today announced that its long-awaited changes to the Tweet character limit have been implemented, giving Twitter users more room for text when sharing media.

Photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and Quote Tweets no longer count towards the 140-character limit, freeing up character space. Previously, media content took up approximately 24 of the 140 available characters.

Twitter originally said that all @names, such as @MacRumors, would also no longer count towards the 140-character limit, but that change does not appear to have been implemented. There is no mention of it in Twitter’s announcement and @names are still counting in the character limit.

Say more about what’s happening! Rolling out now: photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and Quote Tweets no longer count toward your 140 characters.

— Twitter (@twitter) September 19, 2016

It is not clear if Twitter plans to eliminate @names from character count in the future, but the company has said it is exploring additional ways to allow people to better express themselves, so more changes could be in the works.
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