Posts From Mahmoud Itani

Mahmoud Itani
Mahmoud Itani

Mahmoud is an Istanbul-based Beiruti who has always sought freedom through writing. His hobbies include keeping up with tech news, writing articles about Apple devices & services, crocheting, meditating, and composing poetry. You’ll likely find him jogging at a park, swimming in open water, brainstorming at a coffeehouse, or merely lost in nature. He can be reached via [email protected] or the provided social links.

XDA Basics: How to use the new 2FA code generator on iOS 15

For years, iPhone users had to depend on third-party apps to generate 2-Factor Authentication (2FA) codes. These codes act as an extra security layer for online accounts. When you enable 2FA, websites and apps will ask you to type an expiring, one-time code. The prompt typically appears after entering your email/username and password correctly. These...

Apple has released iOS 15.2 developer beta 4, here’s what’s new

Apple has released the fourth beta of the upcoming iOS 15.2 to registered developers. This update comes packed with changes and tweaks aimed at user privacy and security. These features include some that Apple had teased during the iOS 15 reveal at WWDC21. App Privacy Report, Communication Safety, a tweaked Notification Summary, and more will...

Facebook will force you to use 2FA if you’re a person of interest

Meta-owned Facebook will be forcing users with a large number of followers to enable Facebook Protect. This feature is a password-strength check combined with 2-factor authentication (2FA). Highest-profile and highest-risk users will have until December 17 to enable this extra security layer. Otherwise, the company will lock them out of their accounts until they do...

Here are the best video editors available for your Mac

Apple revealed the new MacBook Pro 2021 during its Unleashed Mac event last month. If you own a MacBook Pro, make sure to protect it with a case. macOS is a great operating system for handling media editing. There are plenty of tools out there to edit footages, for both basics and professional needs. Here are...

Apple might still collect a commission from developers, even if they don’t use its payment system

You're probably aware of the fact that Apple charges developers a 15-30% commission fee for using its billing system. This affects all in-app purchases of third-party apps published on the App Store. Epic Games sued Apple for that, and the Cupertino giant was ordered to allow competing payment platforms. A legal filing has revealed that...

Apple announces the best apps and games of 2021 on its ecosystem

It's the last month of the year already -- December. It's when some major corporations share data with their users about how they've used their services in the past 11 months. Spotify and other music streaming services, for example, allow you to check the statistics revolving around your listening habits. And Google has already shared...

XDA Basics: How to check your iPhone’s battery health

Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are consumables that have limited lifespans. When a battery degrades, a full charge won't last you as long as that on a new battery. The lifespan of a lithium-ion battery has a set number of full recharging cycles. After you cross that certain number, the battery will need replacement. Otherwise, your iPhone...

Reddit introduces new features to help users connect in real time

Reddit is continuously evolving and receiving new features that make the platform more social and modern. Earlier this year, the company introduced Clubhouse-like audio rooms. The company has also been encouraging users to set a profile photo or an avatar. That's by making user thumbnails visible in the comments section. What once used to be...

Jealous of Spotify Wrapped stories? Here’s how to view your stats on other services

December is an exciting month to many of us -- be it Christmas season, anticipations for the new year, or the colder weather. Some of us, though, look forward to this month to look back on their years in music. As you may have heard, Spotify Wrapped 2021 is already live, and users are posting...

Spotify Wrapped 2021 is here to expose your guilty pleasures

It's that time of the year again -- when listeners get to view their annual music statistics. Spotify has announced Wrapped 2021, which includes new additions this year. The company has been offering a compilation of beautifully visualized data every December, and this year is no different. These include your top artists, songs, genres, and...

XDA Basics: How to set a silent but vibrating alarm on your Apple Watch

Most people I know struggle with waking up early in the morning. Our loud alarms can make the process even harder and more unpleasant. I'm aware there are soft alarms out there that aren't as bad. However, some of us find them startling as well. There are also people who live with others who don't...

You will soon be able to publish iOS apps from your iPad

Swift Playgrounds was first revealed during WWDC in 2016. The app initially would only work on iPads, but Apple has recently expanded support to include macOS, too. Last June, the company announced during WWDC21 that Swift Playgrounds 4 would allow iPadOS users to publish iOS apps directly from their iPads, without needing Xcode on a...