How to Scan a QR Code Using the Camera on the iPhone or the iPad

In iOS 11, the native camera app includes functionality that allows you to scan QR codes and access QR code content like URLs without having to download a third-party app.



Here’s how to scan a QR code when you run into one:

  1. Open the Camera app on the iPhone or iPad.
  2. Make sure you have adequate lighting so the camera can pick up the QR code.
  3. Align the camera with the QR code.

That’s all there is to it. From there, the camera will read the QR code and provide you with a notification to access whatever it contains.

QR codes can include contact information, calendar events, website links, phone numbers, email addresses, Wi-Fi information, and more, so they can be pretty handy, and it’s nice to have the built-in scanning feature available when you need it.
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Apple Now Offering Free Next-Day Delivery of Last-Minute Holiday Gifts

Apple’s online store is now offering free next-day delivery for all in-stock items ordered by 3 p.m. local time on December 22 in the United States.



Apple normally offers free two-day delivery for most products, but it expands free next-day delivery to all in-stock items towards the end of every holiday shopping season to help customers purchase last-minute gifts in time for Christmas.

Most products and accessories purchased from an Apple retail store and/or received from Apple’s online store between November 15 and December 25 of this year are eligible for return until January 8, 2018 in the United States.

Apple shared its 2017 gift guide in November, with ideas ranging from the Apple Watch and iPhone X to Sphero’s R2-D2 and BB-9E drones.

Other gifts under $200 that an Apple fan is likely to appreciate include the Apple TV 4K, AirPods, BeatsX, an official Apple-branded iPhone case, Apple Watch bands, or simply an Apple Store or Apple Music gift card.
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Episodic Game ‘Life is Strange’ Available for Pre-Order on iOS Ahead December 14 Launch

Life is Strange, a popular episodic narrative-style game that was first released in 2015, is finally coming to iOS devices on December 14.

Life is Strange follows the story of Max Caulfield, a photography student who discovers she can rewind time. Players help Caulfield investigate the disappearance of fellow student Rachel Amber, using Max’s time-rewinding abilities to look for clues and make choices to progress through the storyline. Based on the choices made in game, there are multiple endings to discover.



On iOS devices, the game includes exclusive Life is Strange iMessage stickers and a new photo mode for taking pictures while playing. Unique social features are also included, such as the ability to share progress on social media and compare story choices with friends.

There are a total of five Life is Strange episodes, with the first priced at $2.99. Episodes 2 and 3 are available as in-app purchases, with Square Enix planning to release episodes 4 and 5 in 2018. Customers can save 10 percent on episodes 2 to 5 by purchasing the Season Pass bundle.

Life is Strange works on the iPhone 6 and later, the iPad Air 2 and later, and the iPad mini 4 and later.

While Life is Strange will not be released until tomorrow, it is currently available for pre-order from the App Store using the newly released pre-order feature. [Direct Link]
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Download iOS 11.2.1 immediately for crucial HomeKit fixes

Apple released a brand new iOS 11 update for the iPad and iPhone this morning that makes some big fixes to HomeKit. iOS 11.2.1 comes a little over a week after Apple dropped iOS 11.2 on the public bringing Apple Pay Cash and a host of bug fixes. The new update is being released along […]

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Things 3.3 Update Brings New ‘Mail to Things’ Feature to the To-Do App

Popular to-do app Things was updated today, bringing a new feature that enables users to add to-dos to the app from non-Apple devices.

Previously, Things offered four ways to add to-dos: Quick Entry, Siri, 3D Touch, and the Add to Things extension. However, these methods are only available from within the Apple ecosystem. For this reason, version 3.3 introduces Mail to Things – a feature that allows users to send an email to the Things Cloud, where it will be automatically converted into a to-do for them.



The Mail to Things feature basically means users can get access to “Quick Entry” from other platforms, such as their Windows PC at work, or an Android phone. It also gives them the option of giving their @things.email address to a partner or colleague for delegating to-dos to them.

To enable the new feature on the Things mobile app, users need to open Settings, located at the bottom of the interface, and toggle on the Mail to Things option, after which a private @things.email address will be allocated for them to use. The same option can be found on macOS within the Things app preferences.

Emails sent to the address are converted into to-dos and placed into the user’s Inbox. The main thing to remember when sending messages to Things Cloud is that the email’s subject becomes the to-do’s title, and the rest goes into the notes. (At present, there’s no way to set tags or any other metadata via email.)

A few other things are worth noting. If an email is longer than 2,000 characters, it will be truncated by Things. Also, the app only supports plain text, so any formatting in emails will be lost. Lastly, file attachments are not supported and will be ignored.

Mail to Things also creates new opportunities for workflows that send emails. With apps and services such as Workflow, IFTTT, and Zapier, users can build workflows that create to-dos automatically. A few examples using Workflow include sending to-dos to Things, copying the clipboard to Things, and dictating to Things.

Things 3 can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $49.99 and from the iOS App Store. The iPad version is priced at $19.99 [Direct Link] while the iPhone version (which includes Apple watch support) is priced at $9.99. [Direct Link] A 15-day trial of Things for Mac is available on the Cultured Code website.
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Things 3.3 lets you email tasks to your to-do list

Things from Cultured Code is arguably the best task management app on Mac and iOS. And with its latest update, you have the ability to add new items to your to-do list by email. It’s easier than ever to remember those important tasks. We’ve all had emails that we need to follow up on, but […]

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Last call! B&H’s Green Monday Deals: Loaded 15″ MacBook Pro for $2,599 ($900 off); 12.9″ iPad Pros for $699; $150-$400 off 2017 MacBook Pros

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Last chance for $2,149 15" MacBook Pros and $699.99 12.9" iPad Pros! Green Monday deals are here and B&H is slashing 2017 15" MacBook Pros by up to $400. Or pick up a top-of-the-line 2016 15" MacBook Pro with Radeon 460 graphics for $2,599 ($900 off). Apple’s 13" MacBook Pro is also up to $450 off, while 12.9" iPad Pros are $100 to $150 off. For the action enthusiast, GoPro 4K cameras are as low as $199 today as well. All with free expedited shipping and no tax outside NY and NJ.

Google Security Researcher Shares Details on ‘tfp0’ iOS 11.1.2 Exploit That Could Lead to Future Jailbreak

Google security researcher Ian Beer, who works for the Project Zero team, last week highlighted an iOS 11.1.2 exploit called “tfp0,” which he believes could be the basis for a future iOS 11.1.2 jailbreak.

Today, Beer released the exploit to the public. He says it should work on all iOS devices running iOS 11.1.2 or below, though he only personally tested iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, and a sixth-generation iPod touch.

What Beer released is not a full iOS 11 jailbreak as some had hoped, but what he’s shared could potentially be used to create a jailbreak in the future.



iOS 11.1.2 is no longer the current version of iOS as Apple released iOS 11.2 on December 2, but Apple is still signing iOS 11.1.2 at this time. Apple will likely stop signing the older update in the near future, and its end could come sooner now that further information on the tfp0 exploit has been released.

Jailbreaking iOS devices has dwindled in popularity in recent years, which has led two major Cydia repositories to close. Both ModMy and ZodTTD/MacCiti, which provided apps, themes, tweaks, and more for jailbroken iOS devices, shut down in November. For the time being, iOS 11 continues to be the only major version of iOS that has not been jailbroken.
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Apple confirms it bought Shazam

One of the most popular third-party apps on the App Store has officially been purchased by Apple. London-based Shazam has long dominated the App Store charts with its ability to recognize any song, movie or TV show. Now Apple is bringing that tech in-house by purchasing the startup for nearly half a billion dollars. Rumors […]

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