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Apple’s newest iPhones have a sexist design flaw



My iPhone XR is way too big for my hands, creating endless struggles and annoyances in my daily life.

All I wanted was a phone with portrait mode, and now I’m miserable.

My difficulties speak to Apple’s larger issues designing phones that are functional for women.

With the departure of Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, one can hope that Apple will enter a more inclusive era of innovation.

My iPhone is too big.

I can barely hold my iPhone XR in one hand. I’ve cycled through three PopSockets in three months, determined to find something to grasp. If I have a drink in one hand, half my phone is basically unusable, as my thumb cannot reach the far side of the screen (the letter A — so near, yet so far). I clutch my phone on the subway, paralyzed with fear that it will fall into the gap between the train and the platform.

Fortunately, I have a heavy-duty phone case. But I can imagine the day it bounces out of my control and gets run over by a truck. Or when it falls off a ledge, plummeting straight onto an unsuspecting civilian, causing near-fatal injuries.

Am I going to be sued? Will Apple cover the legal fees? Will I be sent to jail for a crime committed by my horrible, too-big phone?

While at age 28 I do have the freakishly tiny hands of a baby, I’m not alone in my struggles.

In 2018, Apple faced backlash for its supersized iPhone X lineup, with many women saying the company was ignoring the practical realities of people with smaller hands.

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“I’m not saying Apple is being evil and deliberately setting out to design phones that injure women by being too big for the average female hand,” Caroline Criado-Perez, a journalist who said she developed a repetitive strain injury from using an iPhone with a 5.5-inch screen, told The Independent.

“They are simply part of an industry — and a world — that consistently fails to remember that women are 50% of the population,” Criado-Perez continued.

At the time, I vaguely agreed. Now that I’ve fallen into the trap of buying a new iPhone of my own, I am furious.

My preemptive response to everyone who thinks I’m an idiot

“Well, Kate,” I can already imagine you typing in an email, “why didn’t you just buy an older, smaller phone?”

Because I wanted portrait mode, duh. I want to look hot in my pictures! All I want in life is to look good on Instagram and scroll aimlessly on my phone while I’m waiting for the subway. Apple should not force me to choose between the two. The smallest iPhones with portrait mode are the iPhone 7 Plus and the iPhone 8 Plus, both of which have 5.5-inch screens — slightly smaller than the XR’s, which is 6.1 inches, but still, I have found, too big for my hands.

Again, I’m not alone on this one. More than one woman I’ve spoken with has expressed a similar tension between her desire for portrait mode and her fear of an oversized phone.

“Well, just buy a non-Apple phone, you idiot,” I see you writing in another email, cc-ing my boss and calling for my resignation.

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To which I say: No! I have gotten used to Apple running my life. It already has all my data, and I like the basic infrastructure and connection between devices.

Anyway, I’m not going to read a million other phone reviews in an effort to figure out what non-Apple phone is best for me. I write about fast food, not tech. I shouldn’t have to become an expert in technology before spending several hundred dollars on a phone. I don’t make you all read my fast-food backlog to decide what you’re ordering at McDonald’s.

Goodbye, Jony Ive

Why am I complaining about this now?

For one thing, I’ve been complaining about it out loud pretty much every day since I got a new phone in April, and everyone is sick of listening to me.

But I also wanted to write this now because of the departure of Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer.

“Ive, described as the Lennon to Jobs’ McCartney, is … the man who essentially changed the way we consume media on the go with the invention of the iPhone, the iPad, and other iconic hardware,” Business Insider’s Shona Ghosh reported.

In revolutionizing the way we consume media, Ive consistently skewed toward a certain type of male customer. In 2008, as Apple entered the iPhone 3G era, Apple faced backlash that it was making a phone that was essentially impossible to use with long fingernails.

People adapted, using voice-to-text services and adjusting the angle for typing. But again and again, Apple has shown that the iPhone isn’t created with women in mind.

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Instead, needs outside of those of a cisgender American man tend to be a footnote, with tweaks made after the product hits the market. It took Apple a year after launching its HealthKit platform to add a period tracker, something that would be significantly more common to track than blood glucose level.

Apple did not respond to Business Insider’s request for comment on this issue.

While Ghosh said Apple isn’t churning out hardware innovation like it used to, Ive’s departure signals a new era for Apple. Hopefully, it’s an era that looks at the population more broadly when developing new products.

Even if some things never change, I hope and pray that the rumors are true and that the new era brings a smaller phone that will actually fit in my hands. And please let it have portrait mode.

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How to turn off iMessage on a Mac, or turn off just its notifications when you’re trying to avoid distractions




The iMessage feature for Mac allows you to send messages from your computer the same way you do on your iOS devices.

You can disable the iMessage feature by signing out of the account in your “Messages” app. If you want to continue to send and receive iMessages , but don’t like the distraction of push notifications, you can disable them in “System Preferences.”

For the most part, the iMessage feature on your Mac can be super convenient, allowing you to stay connected to your texts even when you’re away from your phone. Plus, you can sync your texts across all of your Apple devices through iCloud, and never miss a message.

However, if you’re like me, the constant ping of message notifications can be distracting when you’re trying to get work done. Thankfully, it’s simple enough to either turn off your iMessages on your Mac , or at least silence your push notifications.

Read on to learn how:

1. Open the “Messages” app on your Mac. You may have it in your dock at the bottom or side of your desktop. If it’s not there, you can find it in the “Applications” folder in “Finder.”

2. On the upper menu bar, click “Messages” and select “Preferences.”

3. Open the “Accounts” tab.

4. On the left side of the window you will see a list of your enabled accounts. Select the one you want to disable (it will say iMessage underneath it).

5. Untick the box next to “Enable this account.”

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6. Click the “Sign Out” button.

You will now be signed out of your iMessage account and will not be able to send or receive any messages on your Mac.

The process above will totally disable the Messages app. However, if you still want to use the app but not be distracted by notifications, you can turn them off by following the simple steps below:

1. Open the Apple menu by clicking the Apple logo in the top left corner.

2. Select “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu.

3. Click the “Notifications” icon.

4. In the menu on the left side left side, you will see a list of apps. Select “Messages.”

5. Under “Message alert style,” click “None.”

This will turn off the notifications, allowing you to continue to send and receive iMessages from your Mac, but also complete your assignment in peace!

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How to log into Facebook on a computer or mobile device, even if you don’t know your password




How to log into Facebook on a computer or mobile device, even if you don’t know your password.

You can log into Facebook on your computer or phone using the website or app.

Once you’ve logged into Facebook, you can save your account information and log in faster in the future. If you don’t know your Facebook password, select the “Forgot password?” option to recover it.

Facebook has dozens of apps spread across even more platforms. And although these apps have different looks and features, they’ve got one thing in common: To use them, you need to log into your Facebook account.

Luckily, logging into Facebook usually just requires your email and password.

Here’s how to log into Facebook using your Mac, PC, iPhone, or Android device.

On a mobile device, you can use either the Facebook app or website. The app is definitely easier, but both methods are similar.

If you want to use the app, you’ll need to download it onto your device. You can get it for free from the iPhone App Store or Google Play Store .

1. Open the Facebook app or head to the Facebook website in your phone’s web browser.

2. Enter the phone number or email associated with your Facebook account, and then the password.

3. Tap Log In .

Depending on your security settings, you might need to enter a code that’s sent to your phone or email.

Once you’ve signed in, Facebook should ask you if you want to save your login information. This will let you log back into Facebook later by just tapping your profile picture.

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On your computer, you should use the Facebook website.

1. Head to the Facebook website using your web browser.

2. Type your phone number or email address, and then your password.

Important: If you’ve forgotten your Facebook password, tap Forgot Password? and enter your phone number or email again. You’ll be sent a link that’ll let you make a new password.

3. Click Log In .

If you have two-factor authentication set up, you might be asked to enter a security code.

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How to add a profile to your HBO Max account, including ‘Kid’ profiles with parental controls




How to add a profile to your HBO Max account, including ‘Kid’ profiles with parental controls.

You can add profiles to HBO Max from the “Switch Profiles” screen that appears in the mobile app’s “Profile” menu.

HBO Max lets you create up to five profiles, each with its own preferences and show lists.

You can also create “Kid” profiles, with parental controls locked behind a PIN.

You can think of your HBO Max subscription as a family plan. It allows you to create up to five profiles, with separate settings for adults and kids.

Whenever you open the HBO Max app, you can choose which profile to use, and change profiles while you’re using the app.

You can add and customize profiles using the HBO Max mobile app on an iPhone, iPad, or Android device.

1. Start the HBO Max app and tap the “Profile” icon at the bottom-right of the screen, and then tap “Switch Profiles.”

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How to add a profile on HBO Max 1

2. To add a new adult profile, tap “Add Adult.”

3. Enter the person’s name and choose a color ring for their profile this won’t affect anything other than what the profile looks like.

4. Tap “Save.”

1. Open the HBO Max app and tap “Profile” in the bottom-right corner, and then tap “Switch Profiles.”

2. To add a new kid profile, tap “Add Kid.”

3. If this is the first time you’re creating a child’s profile, you’ll need to enter a PIN. This pin is used to lock away mature content. You’ll need to enter that PIN to change the profile to a standard adult one, so make it something your kid can’t guess (but which you’ll remember). Also, there’s only one PIN shared across all kid profiles.

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4. Enter the child’s name, enter a month and year for their birthday, and choose a color ring. Tap “Next.”

5. On the next screen, set the parental controls. You can choose the rating for shows and movies that you want your child to have access to. Then tap “Save.”

If you want to change the PIN that HBO Max uses for its kid profiles, you need to do that from the mobile app.

1. Tap the Profile icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen.

2. Tap the Settings icon at the top-left it’s shaped like a gear.

3. Tap “Parental Controls.”

4. Enter the current PIN, followed by the new PIN you want to use, and then tap “Change PIN.”

If you forget your PIN, you can tap “Forgot PIN?” and HBO Max will send you a PIN reset email with instructions to reset it.

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