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How to Look Up a Word Definition in iOS 11

iOS 11 includes a neat built-in dictionary feature that lets you quickly look up the definition of words on your iPhone or iPad, even if an internet connection is unavailable.

It’s a handy recourse if someone breaks out a “big word” during a conversation, or you come across an expression in a book or on the web that you don’t quite understand.



There are a couple of ways to access the dictionary which we’ve outlined below. Keep them in mind, and with a little luck, you won’t have to consult a physical dictionary, a third-party dictionary app, or an online definition service the next time you want to know the meaning of a word.

How to Get a Word Definition in iOS 11

  1. On your iOS device, swipe right on the Lock screen or Home screen to display the Today view. Alternatively, swipe down on the Home screen to invoke the Search screen.

  2. Tap the search field if it isn’t already active, and begin typing the word that you want to define. (You can also tap the microphone icon and say the word – if you know how to pronounce it.)

  3. Read the dictionary definition preview that appears in the search results, or tap it to see the extended definition.



In our experience, these definitions can occasionally get mixed up with Wikipedia suggestions from Siri. If you want to increase the chances that you get a dictionary definition first, go to Settings -> Siri & Search and toggle off Suggestions in Search.

How to Look Up a Word Within an App in iOS 11

If you come across a word you don’t know in a document or email, or even when browsing the web, use the following method to look up its definition.

  1. Tap and hold your finger on the word to highlight it.

  2. Tap Look Up in the pop-up menu.

  3. Read the dictionary definition preview that appears in the Look Up results, or tap it to see the extended definition.



If you don’t see any word definitions in the search results, it’s likely you haven’t got any dictionaries installed on your iOS device.

To remedy this, scroll down to the bottom of the results screen and tap Manage Dictionaries. You’ll be presented with a list of dictionaries available to you. Simply tap the ones you want to download and they’ll be automatically installed on your device.



The next time you look up a word, you’ll get individual definitions from every dictionary that’s installed. Note that you can add and remove dictionaries at any time by ticking/unticking them in Settings -> General -> Dictionary.

Finally, if you’re seeking a more feature-rich lexical resource to explore words and phrases, check out the Terminology app for iPhone and iPad. [Direct Link]
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Snap to change how Snap Map operates in Europe ahead of GDPR

Snapchat is making changes to the information it collects about under-16s in Europe as it works to comply with an update to the EU’s data protection rules. The changes could see its location tracking Snap Map being disabled for younger teen users in the region.

The messaging app, which is most popular with teens, has faced criticism in Europe for how it processes and exposes the location of children on the Snap Map feature which launched last summer.

Following its launch some European schools wrote to parents warning them of safeguarding concerns over the feature. Police forces have also raised concerns about Snap Map.

The FT reports that the messaging app will stop gathering the location data of younger European teens. A spokesperson for the company told the newspaper it will generally no longer process any data that might require parental consent. Although the company also said Snapchat does not intent to put an outright bar on 13-year-olds signing up to its service.

The latter decision stands in contrast to a move by Facebook-owned WhatsApp, which earlier this week revealed it’s raising its minimum user age to 16 for European users, also as a GDPR compliance step — although WhatsApp did not detail any plans to actively enforce this new limit, i.e. beyond asking users to state they are over 16.

GDPR includes a new provision on children’s personal data, setting a 16-year-old age limit on kids’ ability to consent to their data being processed. Although Member States can choose to derogate from this (and some have) by writing a lower age limit into their laws.

The hard cap is set at 13-years-old — making that the defacto standard for children to be able to sign up to digital services.

The new privacy framework will apply in just over a month’s time.

In an FAQ on its website related to GDPR compliance and obtaining parental consent for users under the age of 16, Snap writes: “To the extent Snap relies on consent to process personal data of users between 13 and 16, we will make the reasonable efforts required to confirm that consent has been given by someone who holds parental responsibility while respecting the need to minimize further data collection.”

We’ve reached out to Snap to ask whether it will be entirely disabling Snap Map for under-16s in the region. It’s possible the company might try to come up with a compromise that obfuscates under-16s’ location on the map, although any such move would undermine the utility of the feature — and may not entirely assuage privacy concerns related to it either.

The level of detail on Snap Map has been flagged as a major privacy concern, because it can show the precise location of users (the location only updates when the app is open). It can even detail activities — such as showing a person is in a car or at an airport. Even Snapchat users colloquially refer to the feature as a tool to “stalk” their friends.

And while users do need to opt in to share their location, the Snap Map feature was actively pushed out as a new feature notification when it launched — meaning the company actively solicited opt-ins from users.

Once Snap Map has been enabled, there are controls which enable users to switch on a so-called ‘ghost mode’ — which removes their location-pinpointed avatar from the map. However some users have reported that subsequent updates to the app can disable this setting — rendering them visible again, and meaning they would need to notice that and revisit the setting to switch invisibility back on.

Users can also choose to share their location with a certain sub-set of friends, rather than with all their friends. However there is also a public version of Snap Map where Stories that users have shared publicly at a particular location can be viewed by anyone using the Internet, even if they’re not themselves a Snapchat user.

The social map feature was inspired by a similar offering made by French startup, Zenly . Snap later acquired the startup for between $250M and $350M — although Zenly’s own social map was left to run independently.

Zenly’s current privacy policy makes not mention of GDPR — citing only French DP law at this stage — and it’s not clear whether it will also be amending its data collection practices to comply with the regulation when it comes into force in a month’s time.

We’ve also reached out to the team with questions. The current minimum age for usage of its app is 13.