Apple and Google try to help you curb your smartphone compulsions

Gerardo Harmon
June 6, 2018

On a Mac, you'll need to load up Apple's Safari browser on a macOS Sierra or later machine and head over to this page to stream the event live. Paid iOS apps price drop usually offers an app to download at a discounted rate or completely free.

What I find interesting (and this is consistent with other "mea culpas" happening in tech) is that companies who once saw themselves as benevolent influences on our economy, politics and culture are now trying to apologize for all the trouble they've created - even as they try to entice you to buy more of their devices. So grab it now!

Parents will get even more information and oversight, including the ability to see their child's activity report from their own device and the power to schedule times (around bed time, for example) when certain apps can not be used. There's also a gallery in the Shortcuts app where you can download popular shortcuts from other users. You can now send notifications from the lock screen to the notification center, with Siri now recommending you to disable notifications from apps that you don't use.

If you're anxious about how much time you're spending on your phone, there are numerous steps you can take - even if you don't have access to Apple or Google's digital detox features. What remains to be seen is whether there is enough of a compelling reason for someone to use AR, even if it's built into everyday apps.

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Even screencapping videos will not be quicker from the keyboard shortcut, rather than going through QuickTime to screen record. Apple also promised to remove cookies which act as a tracking code for many websites out of Safari completely.

To date, Apple hasn't take much action on the issue. The voice memo app has also been updated with a new app and it is also making its way to the iPad.

Parents can use the new Downtime feature (which can be found in the Screen Time settings) to block everything on their children's phones except for selected apps and phone calls for an hourly time range.

Along with this screen health feature iOS 12 could bring new messaging options, better controls in the camera app, extra Animojis and improved customisation.

For some users, the biggest feature in digital health is Apple's new "Reports App" app that delivers weekly reports about phone usage, individual app usage, and more granular data about how often the phone is picked up ("pickups") and when. It will also have some new augmented reality features, including a new file format that's being supported by Adobe called USDZ.

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Apple is building on Animoji by introducing Memoji. Emojis are expressive images that you can customize to look like yourself.

Many Australian smartphone users also "feel addicted" to their smartphone, according to the Telsyte Australian Digital Consumer Study 2018.

FaceTime is getting an oft-requested feature: the ability to group video chat with friends! Furthermore, Apple has introduced a new Bitmoji-like Memoji feature for designing your own avatars...

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