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How to stop sharing your location with apps and services on iPhone

Never Show Location in Settings

Using Location Services on your iOS device can be quite handy, but with it comes some privacy loss. There are apps and services that require your location and that Location Services be enabled. Apple apps like Maps and Weather, along with third-party apps like Uber and DoorDash obviously need your location to complete their jobs.

But if you’re growing more concerned about privacy and want to stop sharing your location with apps and services, you certainly can and here’s how.

Finally cancelling subscription services to save my wallet

After reading our commentary on avoiding App Store subscription fatigue, I felt like I could tighten the belt as well. I have a lot of software, streaming, and entertainment subscriptions to help keep my ear to the ground for the site.

Being in the streaming-know comes with the territory, but for normal consumers, picking a few quality digital subscriptions is most important. As a new year clicked over, taking stock in my monthly cash outflow was important to re-adjust budgeting. Cancelling subscription service dollars is important for a healthier budget.

WSJ details Apple’s upcoming pivot to services

Apple will lay details of its metamorphosis from an iPhone company into a hardware + services one tomorrow. Ahead of the star-studded "It's Showtime" event, The Wall Street Journal has published interesting tidbits surrounding the company's upcoming new subscription services.

iFixit extends its discounted DIY $30 iPhone battery replacement service through 2019

Apple's iPhone battery replacements are no longer available at a deep discount so repair site iFixit has decided to extend its own DIY iPhone battery discount through 2019.

iFixit wrote:

When Apple first announced their $29 battery replacement program in December 2017, we lowered the price of our DIY iPhone battery kits to match. Last month, Apple’s discounted battery replacement program ended, and they raised the price of their battery service from $29 to $49 (or $69, depending on your model).

In the wake of last year's iPhone throttling drama, the repair site lowered the price on all of its DIY iPhone battery fix kits to $29 or less. According to Barclay’s, 519 million iPhones were eligible for Apple's discounted program but the company replaced only eleven million batteries.

That means there are still hundreds of millions of affected iPhone owners who didn’t get a battery replacement—or didn’t know they needed one. So in a fit of righteous solidarity, we’re guaranteeing our iPhone battery prices will remain at $29.99 for at least the rest of the year.

The iFixit kits include everything you need to open up and swap your own battery. And unlike Apple's own program, iFixit's battery kits are available for older iPhones like iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

iFixit notes that the eleven million batteries Apple replaced is ten times the company's average repair rate of about one to two million iPhone battery replacements a year.

A year ago, Apple was charging $79 for iPhone batteries.

Apple currently charges out of warranty battery replacements at $69 a pop for iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. Older models like iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus "and all other eligible models" are subject to a $49 battery replacement fee.

Of course, if you have AppleCare+ protection, battery replacements are free.

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Whether you’re just getting your small business off the ground or growing an already successful venture, onboarding and maintaining your employees’ tech gadgets are important steps. Unfortunately, IT can be expensive — and out of the question for many small businesses. Even if you can afford to purchase reliable Apple devices for your growing staff, it can be hard to find the time to keep them updated without a specialist. That’s where Jamf Now comes into play: it’s a cloud-based solution that delivers Apple management and security with just a few minutes of setup.