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How to download a song and use it as a ringtone

A few years ago, downloading a song to use it as a ringtone was the most normal and common thing in the world. But nowadays, downloading a song and making it a ringtone is something strange that hardly anyone knows how to do.

The arrival of music streaming services has made us stop downloading songs on our phones. Now, instead of downloading them and filling up precious space on our devices, we install streaming apps and listen to everything we want from it. Storing songs on your mobile seems crazy to us today (but surely you remember the time when you spent your afternoons downloading songs and bluetoothing them to your friends).

Although the way of accessing and playing music has changed to streaming platforms, there are certain occasions when we need to have a certain song stored on our devices. For example, when we want to use a song as a ringtone. It’s been so long since we downloaded songs that you won’t know how to do it anymore.

In this post, we are going to tell you how you can download a song to use as a ringtone. Pay attention!

How to create my own ringtones? Use Ringtone Maker

Ringtone Maker is an App that will allow you to create your own ringtones or notifications. In this way, instead of downloading a song to use as a ringtone, you can create your own exclusive one. Surely that way you do not coincide with anyone!

This App allows you to select fragments of your favorite songs to use as a ringtone or as a tone for your notifications. Thus, you can always listen to your favorite piece when someone calls us or sends a WhatsApp. In addition, it offers many other features to personalize your ringtone:

  • You can copy, cut, and paste songs.
  • Add fade / fade effects.
  • Adjust the volume of your ringtone.
  • Record your own audio clip and edit it later.
  • Assign a specific tone for each contact that you are interested in differentiating from the others.
  • You can download Ringtone Maker for Android or Make Free Ringtones on iPhone.
  • You can even convert MP3 to iPhone ringtone

How to personalize my ringtones? Use the ZEDGE app

ZEDGE is another app that lets you personalize your phone ringtones. Also, it doesn’t only work with audio. You can add personalized wallpapers, access unique icons, and, of course, configure your own ringtone the way you want.

The app has a search engine where you can find the song you want to use as a ringtone. Once you have the song you want to use, you can adjust the fragment of the song that you want to set as your phone’s ringtone. You won’t have to waste time editing, cutting, and pasting the song, ZEDGE will do it for you! Plus, the features of ZEDGE include:

  • You can preview and download personalized ringtones, sounds and alarms for your mobile.
  • Choose a different ringtone for each person you want.
  • Store your favorite tones and sounds in My ZEDGE so you can access them whenever you want. You can even share it with your friends, family, or whoever you want.
  • You can download ZEDGE Ringtones and Wallpapers for Android or ZEDGE Ringtones for iOS.

Play and download music with Panda Music Player

Finally, we are going to tell you about another App, this time only for Android, in which you can both listen to your favorite music and download a song as a ringtone. It’s about Panda Music Player and you can download it for free from Google Play.

As we have said, it is a music player that also incorporates the possibility of downloading songs to set them as a ringtone, assign it to a specific contact or even use it as a sound for your notifications.

So sit back and enjoy this great app!

Apple acknowledges iOS 10 security flaw that makes it easier to access protected iTunes backups

A new discovery by iOS forensics company Elcomsoft has revealed that encrypted iOS backups via iTunes are much easier to crack with iOS 10 than in past years. The change in security is apparently due to a new password verification method in iOS 10.

The discovery centers around the idea that the backup method used in iOS “skips certain security checks” that were present in past versions of iOS, thus allowing passwords to be attempted signficnatly faster than before. Interestingly, the new backup method works alongside the old back up method, meaning that for pre-iOS 10 backups, the old method is used.

When working on an iOS 10 update for Elcomsoft Phone Breaker, we discovered an alternative password verification mechanism added to iOS 10 backups. We looked into it, and found out that the new mechanism skips certain security checks, allowing us to try passwords approximately 2500 times faster compared to the old mechanism used in iOS 9 and older.

This new vector of attack is specific to password-protected local backups produced by iOS 10 devices. The attack itself is only available for iOS 10 backups. Interestingly, the ‘new’ password verification method exists in parallel with the ‘old’ method, which continues to work with the same slow speeds as before.

Essentially, this means that it’s much easier for someone to gain access to an iOS backup that they shouldn’t have access to. iOS backups store every piece of data from a phone, including Keychain passwords, phone numbers, and more. With the iOS 10 change, Elcomsoft’s tool is able to try 6 million password guesses per second and has an 80 percent to 90 percent chance of getting the correct password.

Apple has acknowledged the issue in a statement to Forbes, saying that it is working on a fix. The company also added that the issue doesn’t affect iCloud backups. Until the fix is implemented, though, Apple recommends that users ensure that their computers are protected with strong passwords.

“We’re aware of an issue that affects the encryption strength for backups of devices on iOS 10 when backing up to iTunes on the Mac or PC. We are addressing this issue in an upcoming security update. This does not affect iCloud backups,” an Apple spokesperson said. “We recommend users ensure their Mac or PC are protected with strong passwords and can only be accessed by authorized users. Additional security is also available with FileVault whole disk encryption.”

It’s unclear when Apple plans to implement a fix for the issue, but the company is currently beta testing iOS 10.1 and recently released iOS.0.2 to the public. The update will likely come sooner rather than later now that this issue is public, though.

Apple leaves iOS 10 beta kernel unencrypted in potential bug discovery effort

In a bold move — or an egregious error — Apple has left the kernel of its recently released iOS 10 beta exposed, laying bare potentially exploitable security flaws ahead of a wide public release this fall.

Discovered by security researchers and reported by the MIT Technology Review, the decision to distribute an unencrypted kernel would be a vast departure from previous iOS releases, which kept the so-called “heart” of the OS closely guarded. Among the many benefits of obscuring access to the kernel is protection from reverse engineering, a key security breaches.

Like many modern computer operating systems, the kernel in iOS is vital to system management, having a hand in almost every facet of runtime operations, from startup to high-level app execution. Importantly, the iOS kernel grants third-party apps access to, and limits use of, hardware assets. By delivering an unencrypted version, Apple is opening its prized OS to the scrutiny of security researchers and hackers alike.

Whether Apple deliberately left the kernel exposed is unclear, though experts find it hard to believe the move was made in error. More plausible, some say, is that Apple intentionally shipped an unencrypted beta version as part of a daring debugging strategy. More eyes on iOS code could result in higher rates of bug and vulnerability discoveries, which might — hopefully — be reported to Apple and fixed.

The method is a risky one, however, as researcher Mathew Solnik discovered the release to include a security measure that protects Apple’s kernel from modification. Access to such information could potentially pose a danger to millions of iOS devices if it fell into the wrong hands.

Noted iOS security expert Jonathan Zdziarski said a decision to open the kernel makes sense coming out of Apple’s recent data privacy battle with the U.S. government. In that case, the FBI pressed for access to an iPhone 5c linked to last year’s San Bernardino terror attack, a request that would force Apple to create a workaround to its own security safeguards. Apple resisted an issued court order to unlock the iPhone, subsequently staging a legal defensive that sparked intense debate over the boundaries between government reach and personal data privacy.

The action was rendered moot after the FBI was able to bypass the handset’s lock protection using a zero-day exploit purchased from an undisclosed third party. According to Zdziarski, an open iOS kernel might be an attempt at deflating the iOS exploit market, an entity in large part driven by demand from law enforcement agencies.

This year’s ‘iPhone 7’ will lack major design changes as Apple awaits improved technology

Though Apple has historically introduced a major redesign of its iPhone every two years, this year’s upgrade will look largely the same, with the largest change being the elimination of the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, a new report claims.

Tuesday’s report from The Wall Street Journal largely echoes earlier claims, but does add one new tidbit: Apple has apparently been held back by limitations in currently available technology.

Citing anonymous sources, the report said that Apple was unable to introduce a major design change this year because “new technology in the pipeline will take time to implement.”

That aligns with recent reports, suggesting Apple has a major resign in the works for 2017, featuring a curved all-glass chassis that will be a major departure from the current form factor. It has also been claimed that Apple plans to somehow integrate the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, FaceTime camera and call speaker into the display itself for next year’s model.

This year’s iPhone, however, is widely expected to look largely the same as the current iPhone 6s series and its predecessor, the iPhone 6. Sources told the Journal that the elimination of the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack will allow the handset to be a millimeter thinner than the current model, and will also improve water resistance.

Apple’s so-called “iPhone 7” is expected to be introduced this September, and leaked parts and details show a device with a nearly identical form factor to the iPhone 6s. Without a complete redesign, it’s possible that Apple won’t give the handset the “iPhone 7” moniker.

Keeping the same design for three years would be a major change for Apple, which has stuck to a “tick-tock” strategy with the iPhone for years, redesigning its handset every two years and then refining it with an “s” upgrade.

Rumors and leaks have so far indicated that only the larger “Plus” variant of this year’s model will get a new dual-lens camera, along with some other unique upgrades like 3 gigabytes of RAM and a Smart Connector. The regular “iPhone 7” may see comparatively modest improvements, though its camera may finally be enhanced with optical image stabilization, previously a Plus-only feature.

By ditching the headphone jack, Apple will likely push users to rely on either Bluetooth headphones, or headsets that connect through the Lightning connector. It’s expected that Apple will also separately offer some form of adapter for connecting legacy headphones with 3.5-millimeter connectors.

Rumor: New MacBook Pros will be announced by Apple this month, begin shipping in August

Apple is set to revamp its notebook lineup in the coming months, and could pre-announce a drastic change to its MacBook Pro hardware as soon as this month, a new rumor claims.

Citing details from a “reliable Chinese supplier,” Macotakara reported on Wednesday that Apple is set to announce a new MacBook Pro lineup in June. Aligning with earlier leaks, the report claimed that the redesigned notebook will feature USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports, ditching legacy USB-A connectors, as well as Thunderbolt 2 and MagSafe 2 charging.

Confusingly, Wednesday’s report also claimed that Apple is planning to announce a “new MacBook Air” this month as well, but said it was “unclear” whether the products would be unveiled at next week’s Worldwide Developers Conference. It was said Apple plans to cancel production of the 11-inch model and focus on 13- and 15-inch versions to launch in August.

However, Apple’s current MacBook Air lineup was given a minor update already this year, with 8 gigabytes of RAM now the standard on the 13-inch model. It’s widely expected that the current MacBook Air lineup and design is on the way out, and is only being kept around to allow Apple to achieve low price points with its notebooks.

Given that Wednesday’s report talks of a 15-inch MacBook Air — a size that has never been available for that model — it’s possible that the “new MacBook Air” it purports is in the works could, in fact, just be Apple’s next-generation MacBook Pro. It’s expected that the MacBook Pro lineup will gain a thinner-than-ever design, which would make it more Air-like than before, and could be the cause of confusion regarding branding within Apple’s supply chain.

In addition to a svelte chassis and USB-C inputs, the new MacBook Pro is also rumored to gain secure Touch ID login, and a dynamic OLED display touch bar that will replace the row of function keys above the traditional keyboard. But well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo doesn’t expect that the new MacBook Pros will hit the market until the fourth quarter of 2016, which would contradict Wednesday’s claims of a possible June announcement and August launch.Pre-announcing hardware is not an unprecedented move for Apple, as the company offered a sneak peek of its redesigned Mac Pro at WWDC in 2013. The cylindrical desktop didn’t actually arrive in the hands of consumers until just before the end of that year.

However, reports have suggested this year’s WWDC will be a software-focused event, with new hardware not expected to be unveiled at next Monday’s keynote presentation. Of course, that could be an effort by Apple to control expectations, especially if a redesigned MacBook Pro isn’t going to hit store shelves until August or later.

All should be revealed at Apple’s June 13 WWDC 2016 keynote, which is set to kick off at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern. AppleInsider will be there in San Francisco live with full, exclusive coverage.

How to manage cookies, website data in macOS Sierra’s Safari

Websites often store cookies and other data on your Mac, including info you’ve provided, such as your name, email address, and preferences. This data helps websites identify you when you return so the site can provide services for you and show information that might be of interest to you.

By default, Safari accepts cookies and website data only from websites you visit. This helps prevent certain advertisers from storing data on your Mac. You can change options in Safari preferences so that Safari always accepts or always blocks cookies and other website data.

However, changing your cookie preferences or removing cookies and website data in Safari may change or remove them in other apps, including Dashboard. However, if you want to make the change, choose Safari > Preferences, click Privacy, then do any of the following:

Change which cookies and website data are accepted: Select a “Cookies and website data” option:

Always block: Safari doesn’t let any websites, third parties, or advertisers store cookies and other data on your Mac. This may prevent some websites from working properly.

Allow from current website only: Safari accepts cookies and website data only from the website you’re currently visiting. Websites often have embedded content from other sources. Safari does not allow these third parties to store or access cookies or other data.

Allow from websites I visit: Safari accepts cookies and website data only from websites you visit. Safari uses your existing cookies to determine whether you have visited a website before. Selecting this option helps prevent websites that have embedded content in other websites you browse from storing cookies and data on your Mac.

Always allow: Safari lets all websites, third parties, and advertisers store cookies and other data on your Mac.

Remove stored cookies and data: Click Remove All Website Data, or click Details, select one or more websites, then click Remove. (Removing the data may reduce tracking, but may also log you out of websites or change website behavior.)

You can also change how often websites ask to use your location information. Select a “Website use of location services” option and:

Prompt for each website once each day: Safari prompts you once each day for each website you visit that requests use of location services.

Prompt for each website one time only: Safari only prompts you once for each website you visit that requests use of location services.

Deny without prompting: All websites are denied access to location services and Safari doesn’t prompt you.

Ask websites not to track you: Some websites keep track of your browsing activities when they serve you content, which enables them to tailor what they present to you. You can have Safari ask sites and their third party content providers (including advertisers) not to track you. With this option turned on, each time Safari fetches content from a website, Safari adds a request not to track you, but it’s up to the website to honor this request.

Microsoft acquires iOS email app Acompli, plans to integrate with Outlook

Microsoft’s presence on Apple’s iOS continues to grow with the acquisition of Acompli, a popular mobile email client that first debuted earlier this year on the iPhone.

In announcing the Acompli acquisition via his company’s official blog on Monday, Rajesh Jha, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Outlook and Office, said it’s part of an ongoing strategy to offer the best productivity experiences across mobile platforms.


“(Acompli) provides innovative ways to focus on what’s important in your inbox, to schedule meetings, and work with attachments and files,” Jha said. “Users love how it connects to all email services and provides a single place to manage email with a focus on getting things done.”

Microsoft plans to integrate Accompli with its Outlook team, suggesting that the email application could be due for a major overhaul.

In his own post announcing the deal, Acompli Chief Executive Javier Soltero said the deal will enable both Microsoft and his company to pursue “a better, faster, more powerful email experience.”

Acompli is a free email application designed for both iPhone and iPad. It works with Microsoft Exchange, Outlook.com, Hotmail, MSN, and Office 365, as well as Apple’s iCloud, Google’s Gmail, Yahoo, and more.

Notably, Acompli is not available on Microsoft’s Windows platforms, including Windows Phone.

The Acompli app debuted first on Apple’s iOS before later coming to Android. Acompli Chief Marketing Officer Peter Farago explained his company’s iOS-first philosophy in June, acknowledging that it was a “difficult” and “major” decision.

Farago noted that the iPhone is still the leading device hardware, particularly among bring-your-own-device employees. Lack of fragmentation on iOS was also a factor, as was Apple’s security features, and the opportunity to differentiate from Apple’s built-in Mail client.