How to permanently remove duplicate contacts from your iPhone (with some help from a Mac)

Your iPhone’s address book does not need to be managed manually. Here’s how to get rid of those pesky iCloud duplicate contacts using an automatic Mac technique. 

When it comes to syncing information across your Apple devices, iCloud may be useful, but it can also make your virtual spaces, particularly your contacts, a little crowded. There’s a chance you’ll end up with a collection of doubles in your address book due to a bothersome glitch among the moving¬†cloud¬†backup¬†-parts.¬†

Even while these duplicate contacts don’t use as much store space, having to navigate through multiples might be inconvenient. But don’t worry, we’ve got a helpful hack to help you simplify your contacts once and for all, so you can locate the information you need without having to trawl through duplicates, triples, or multiple copies of the same contact. 

This, however, might be a bit of a difficulty for iPhone owners. You can’t manually swipe to remove a contact on iOS as you can with an email. Instead, you must first open the contact, then touch Edit, then scrolling to the bottom and selecting Delete Contact. 

You must next confirm the deletion, which adds to the length of the procedure. This is on top of the fact that you’ll have to manually browse through your contact list, which might already be thousands of rows long. Talk about a long and winding road. 

However, if you have a Mac, you can speed things up. We discovered a function in Contacts that locates and combines duplicate contacts and cards automatically, so you don’t have to. We’ll show you how to do it. (We also have instructions on how to delete numerous contacts in iCloud.) 

On your Mac, how can you get rid of duplicate iPhone contacts? 

  1. Check to see if your iCloud contacts are synced with your Mac. Make sure Contacts is checked under Apps on this Mac using iCloud by clicking the Apple logo in the top-left corner of the screen, then clicking System Preferences. After that, you can quit the settings. 
  1. On your Mac, open the Contacts programme. (If you can’t locate it, use the Command + Space bar to search for it in the spotlight, or go to the top-right corner and toggle the magnifying glass icon to look for it.) 
  1. You’ll find all of the names, numbers, and addresses you’ve gathered and synchronized between devices in the Contacts app. Go to the top of the screen, click Card, and then Look for Duplicates to collect all of your duplicated contacts at once. 
  1. Apple will inform you how many copies you have after a few moments and give you the option to combine them. This pop-up also has a checkbox asking if you want to combine contacts with the same name but different information displayed under them, such as one with an email address and the other with a phone number. If you wish to accomplish this as well, tick the box before pressing the right-hand blue Merge button. The software will do the rest. 

It’s essential to note that if you follow these instructions and have two contacts with the same name, both numbers will be added to the remaining contact. To prevent individuals from being mixed up, go into each person’s card and utilize anything in their names to differentiate them. 

When everything is said and done, you should have a dozen contacts removed from your phone. Instead of requiring hours, it just takes a few keystrokes. 

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Microsoft Teams has revealed that it will erase your previous calls automatically

Users who want to listen to recordings from previous Microsoft Teams calling should not wait too long, according to the firm. 

Microsoft previously announced that the video conferencing service will destroy call records after a certain amount of time if customers did not do anything with them, such as download or listen to them. 

The business has now stated that this time limit will be set at 60 days, meaning that customers will have only a few weeks to engage with the recordings they require, or risk losing the files forever. 

Microsoft Teams deletes a call 

According to Microsoft, the 60-day restriction was established because the firm discovered that most meeting recordings are never watched again once they had passed the 60-day mark. 

Users and administrators can still alter the default expiration date, albeit it will not be available right away. 

Microsoft Teams announced plans to start automatically recording all calls in June 2021, replacing a previous procedure in which users had to opt-in to call recording. 

Organizations who need to record meeting interactions to comply with industry rules or local legislation may find this feature particularly valuable. 

Meeting participants are notified that the meeting is being recorded with a warning shown at the start of the call, with the recording accessible to download and listen to once the conversation has concluded. 

Teams’¬†managers can now configure meeting recordings saved on OneDrive and¬†SharePoint¬†designer¬†to expire automatically, according to a new upgrade from Microsoft.¬†

The feature, which will be available in September, will allow admins to create a default Teams policy setting on automatic deletion, though they will be able to change the default meeting recording expiration time via a setting in the Teams Admin Portal or by editing policy attributes using PowerShell scripts. 

Microsoft Teams will be able to compete with rival services like Zoom, which has enabled call recording (and call deletion) for some time. 

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With a single infrared image, hackers fooled Windows Hello

Researchers from CyberArk used a single infrared picture followed by an all-black frame to fool Windows Hello, the password less login mechanism integrated into Windows 10 and Windows 11. 

Windows Hello uses a user-generated PIN, a fingerprint scanner, and a face recognition technology to authenticate users. The researchers at CyberArk focused on the system’s face recognition capabilities, but flaws were identified in other areas as well. 

A camera with both RGB and infrared sensors is required for the facial recognition capability. However, CyberArk’s researchers noticed that throughout the authentication process, only frames collected by the infrared sensor are used, which is where their vulnerability comes in. 

According to CyberArk, the weakness “allows an attacker with physical access to the device to influence the authentication process by taking or reproducing a photo of the target’s face and then injecting the faked photos to the authenticating host via a custom-made USB device.” 

Only two frames are required for the attack to work: one legitimate infrared frame of the target and at least one RGB frame containing virtually anything else. “The RGB frames we transmitted were photos of SpongeBob, and to our amazement, it worked!” the researchers claimed in one test. 

These vulnerabilities have the potential to cause significant problems for Windows Hello users. That’s a significant market: “The number of customers¬†utilizing¬†Windows Hello to sign¬†in to¬†Windows 10 devices instead of a password rose to 84.7 percent from 69.4 percent in 2019,”¬†Microsoft¬†reported in December 2020.¬†

The firm didn’t say how many Windows Hello users utilize face recognition vs how many use a fingerprint scanner or just use a PIN, but with 1.3 billion Windows 10 users, even a tiny proportion may harm millions of computers. 

On July 13, Microsoft issued a fix for this vulnerability. At Black Hat 2021, CyberArk aims to share further details about the exploit‚ÄĒas well as the mitigations contained in the patch.¬†

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Google reveals its ambitions for a single desktop file sharing software called Drive

Google announced plans to migrate customers of its consumer file syncing desktop service, Backup and Sync, to a new unified software dubbed Drive for desktop, which would be available to both consumers and businesses.  

Google aims to begin onboarding customers on July 19th, 2021, and advises users who utilised Backup and Sync to convert by the end of September to avoid being locked out on October 1st. 

Users of Backup and Sync will have to switch to the new¬†programme¬†(which is a rebranded version of Google’s enterprise file syncing software), but Google claims that business clients who already use Drive File Stream (aka Drive for desktop) should be OK.¬†

The objective of combining the applications, according to Google, is to create “a robust and unified sync client” that combines the best features of both consumer and corporate services, making it easier to use and administer for IT professionals. It’s also a reversal of Google’s perplexing move in 2017 to divide Google Drive on desktop into two applications.¬†

Anyone who has used Google’s prior services should be familiar with the desktop Drive client, according to Google’s blog post detailing it. Drive will provide you quick access to cloud-based files and images, and it will sync your files in the background so they’re always up to date.¬†

The software, according to Google, can sync external storage devices like as flash drives to Drive, mirror data between Drive and local files on your desktop computer, and allow you to select whether to keep individual images and movies in Drive or Google Photos. 

On Monday, July 19th, Google will begin migrating Backup and Sync users. Google has provided the following user transition timeline: 

Cloud backup and Sync will provide a guided path to help customers move to Drive for desktop on July 19th, 2021. 

On August 18th, 2021, customers who are still using Backup and Sync will begin to get in-app alerts encouraging them to upgrade to Drive for desktop. 

After October 1st, 2021, any users who are still using Backup and Sync will be unable to login in. Users will need to switch to Drive for desktop to continue syncing with Drive and/or Google Photos. 

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In Edge, Microsoft has made it easier to share material

If you’ve been looking for a good reason to join the Edge Insider¬†programme,¬†Microsoft¬†has just given you one. The newest Dev and Canary releases of the desktop version of the browser contain a feature-packed new sharing menu, which is always an intriguing peek into the future.¬†

Microsoft is working on adding a new Share menu to Edge, similar to the sharing options seen in iOS and Android apps. It makes it simple to share links with others (or yourself), as well as post them to social networking platforms and other websites. 

The new share menu may be reached by choosing the… menu and then selecting Share on Windows and macOS. From there, you may share a link using a variety of applications, including Outlook, Gmail, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp. More services will be introduced in the future, according to Microsoft.¬†

The Share menu also has a fast shortcut for copying the current page’s address to the clipboard, which you can paste into any document or programme. The native share menus in Windows and macOS provide access to additional sharing options. 

Share, share, share! 

Microsoft¬†emphasizes¬†that the sharing choices aren’t limited to sharing links with others; you can also share links with yourself. You may add Outlook and¬†Gmail email addresses¬†to the fast access menu, allowing you to send yourself a link in just a few clicks.¬†

You may join the Edge Insider programme if you want to try out this feature and get a sneak peek at additional cool features before they make it into the regular version. 

You may join the test¬†programme¬†and select between the Dev channel (which is updated weekly) and the more unstable Canary channel (which is updated daily). There’s also the far more reliable Beta channel, although owing to the six-weekly update schedule, it gets new features considerably less regularly.¬†

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