iOS 13.5 dropped Wednesday, introducing a slew of upgrades — including, most notably, the API for Apple’s coronavirus contact-tracing tool, developed in conjunction with Google.#technology #tech #security #privacy #hacking #Apple #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #ContactTracking
But, despite what you might hear online, this is neither an “app” or an update that means downloaders are being tracked without their knowledge. Let’s correct a few popular misconceptions.
Apple has released iOS 13.5, iPad OS 13.5, and tvOS 13.4.5. According to the release notes, the first two speed up access to the passcode field on devices with Face ID when you’re wearing a face mask and introduces the Exposure Notification API to support COVID-19 contact tracing apps from public health authorities.MacOS Catalina 10.15.5 beta 5 has also been released
The NHS coronavirus app’s advisory board is split over whether it has the authority to tell the government to ditch its version and switch to a decentralised model proposed by Apple and Google.Oh! Couldn't see that coming! 😏
After a meeting on Thursday, it emerged that members argued their role on the board is limited to providing guidance on ethical questions – and not to branch out into a broader discussion of whether the app is the right tool for the job.
Kuo first says that Apple will launch a new 10.8-inch iPad during the second half of 2020, followed by a new iPad mini that’s between 8.5-inches and 9-inches during the first half of 2021. According to the analyst, the selling points of these iPads will be “the affordable price tag and the adoption of fast chips,” much like the new iPhone SE.#technology #tech #Apple #iPad
Could the Apple Watch detect if you have coronavirus using data of your heart’s rhythm and respiration? A Stanford University study is planning to find out.No guarantees, and the results could be long-term. But then, so's the virus.
With people around the world stuck in their homes under lockdown during this time, boredom is probably one of the things that everyone has in common. Thankfully, there are thousands of education apps available in the App Store that you can check out. Covering a wide range of topics, learning doesn’t stop even in these trying times.There's also Udemy and YouTube, of course.
The NHS has released the source code behind its coronavirus contact-tracing app.How many more times? Any app using Bluetooth that doesn't use Apple's and Google's code won't work properly. As soon as you run another app, the NHS app can't use Bluetooth.
Apple today updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the new Magic Keyboard for the best typing experience ever on a Mac notebook and doubled the storage across all standard configurations, delivering even more value to the most popular MacBook Pro. The new lineup also offers 10th-generation processors for up to 80 percent faster graphics performance and makes 16GB of faster 3733MHz memory standard on select configurations. With powerful quad-core processors, the brilliant 13-inch Retina display, Touch Bar and Touch ID, immersive stereo speakers, all-day battery life, and the power of macOS, all in an incredibly portable design, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro is available to order today, starting at $1,299, and $1,199 for education.The news a lot of people have been waiting for.
You can't edit your messages on Apple's Messages app after they've been sent. Yet. That could change, however, as Apple has filed for a patent (number 20200133478) for “Devices, Methods, and Graphic User Interfaces for messaging.”Could be misused, right? I mean, Diaspora* doesn't allow editing of posts, at least in part to prevent misuse. And Apple's Messages app can be used to send messages to multiple recipients, so it's like a forum in that respect. So, is this going to be a problem?
Apple’s idea is to allows [sic]users to edit iMessages as a method of correction as you can now with apps such as Slack. The edit history would also be available so everyone can see what the sender originally wrote.Ah, OK, that's good enough, IMO. And it doesn't need to take up a lot more storage if they only store the differences between edits. Of course, it will only work with messages sent between Apple devices.
Instead of constantly attempting to identify your face using Face ID, a process that will not work while wearing a cloth or respiratory face mask to protect against COVID-19, iOS will now pull up the manual passcode option after one swipe up from the bottom of the screen. The change — which should eventually arrive in the standard, non-beta iOS release — will be a welcome one for any iPhone user who no longer has a model with a physical home button.#technology #tech #Apple #iOS #FaceID #security #privacy
With an external (hardware) keyboard like the Magic Keyboard connected to your iPad, the onscreen (software) keyboard doesn’t appear. Apple in its wisdom does allow you to switch between the hardware and software keyboard, but it could have definitely done a better job surfacing that feature for average users who may be unaware it even exists in the firsts place. Follow along with our step-by-step tutorial to learn how to quickly switch your iPad keyboard between the stock iOS keyboard and your Magic Keyboard or any other physical iPad keyboard.#technology #tech #Apple #iOS #iPadOS
While there's no protection for the bug at the moment, you can get everything back to normal by resetting the affected device. On newer iPhones, this means pressing and quickly releasing the volume up button, pressing and quickly releasing the volume down button, and then pressing the side key until you see the Apple logo.This is a soft reset, not a hard reset.
On a call accompanying the announcement, representatives from each company pledged for the first time to disable the service after the outbreak had been sufficiently contained. Such a decision would have to be made on a region-by-region basis, and it’s unclear how public health authorities would reach such a determination. However, the engineers stated definitively that the APIs were not intended to be maintained indefinitely.#technology #tech #Apple #Google #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #ContactTracking
Apple and Google are working on a Bluetooth contact tracing system that could help track and possibly reduce the spread of COVID-19. But security experts that AppleInsider have spoken to express concerns about privacy and execution, which could undermine its effectiveness.Across my social media, I've seen a number of people claiming that this new contact tracing app won't work, but without giving good reasons why they think that. Here are some good reasons.
The NHS is in a standoff with Apple and Google after the two tech firms refused to support the UK’s plans for how to build an app that alerts users when they have been in contact with someone with coronavirus.Our phones are too private. It looks like we'll have to plug it into a power pack and leave it in a pocket with the screen set to always-on.
The app would not work if the phone’s screen is turned off or if an app other than the contact-tracing app is being used at the same time. It would require the screen to be active all the time, rapidly running down battery life, and would leave users’ personal data at risk if their phone was lost or stolen while the app was in use.
The new iPhone SE 2020 is an updated phone with a ton of exciting features. Whether you are deciding if you want to buy the iPhone SE in 2020 or you are trying to get more out of your new phone — this list of the cool things the 2020 iPhone SE can do.Thinking of getting one? It's got a fantastic spec for a relatively low price, and it has features you usually only find in high-end phones.
The infrastructure to support universal apps has only been available for a couple of weeks, but some app developers are wasting no time linking their iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps as a single purchase. Fans of GoodNotes, the popular iPad notetaking app, is among the first to benefit from the change. A new, universal version of GoodNotes 5 is rolling out today for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. The app costs $7.99 in the US app store for use across all three platforms.A pretty good deal for one of the best note-taking apps around, IMO.
On Friday, April 10, news broke that Google and Apple would team up to provide contact tracing solutions for both Android and iOS operating systems to help in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Limited details were announced initially, though a simplified overview of the system was released to help shed some light on just how these tech giants would build this system into Android and iOS.They could have made all this clear up front rather than relying on tech journalists to make the details clear.
Now, Google and Apple have slightly pulled back the curtain on how this system will be implemented and what precautions they’re taking to ensure user data remains safe.
A draft government memo explaining how the NHS contact-tracing app could stem the spread of the coronavirus said ministers might be given the ability to order “de-anonymisation” to identify people from their smartphones, the Guardian can reveal.#technology #tech #Apple #Google #NHS #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #ContactTracking
We’ve heard a few possible iPhone 9 launch dates rumored, some of which have been and gone – but one that’s still to come is April 15, and it's now looking more and more likely.Looks like the wait for the new, small, cheaper iPhone is nearly over. Tomorrow or Wednesday? We shall have to wait and see.
Apple's refreshed iPhone lineup will add 5G to as many as four new models, at least two of which will have flat stainless steel edges, similar in design to its latest iPads, reports Bloomberg this morning.#technology #tech #Apple #iPhone
Apple has launched a portal for hospitals, healthcare providers and businesses to register as a COVID-19 testing location. Apple will review the application and when approved, the location will start appearing on Apple Maps.Probably US only to start with, but if you or someone you know works in this area, you should take a look
Face masks have become common over the course of a month and they’re here to stay. In order for them to be effective, it is advised that you do not touch the mask frequently, especially the outside of it. What all this means is that you won’t be able to use Face ID. It won’t recognize a face that is covered half-way by a mask. You have to remove it for the scan to work. Turns out, you can actually train Face ID to work with a mask. Here’s how to set up Face ID with a mask.#technology #tech #Apple #iOS #FaceID #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus
Apple and Google’s engineering teams have banded together to create a decentralized contact tracing tool that will help individuals determine whether they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.#technology #tech #Apple #Google #Android #iOS #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus
Contact tracing is a useful tool that helps public health authorities track the spread of the disease and inform the potentially exposed so that they can get tested. It does this by identifying and “following up with” people who have come into contact with a COVID-19-affected person.
Apple has deployed a supplemental update for the problematic macOS Catalina 10.15.4, fixing some issues – albeit not the most pressing ones, and the worrying thing is, we’ve seen multiple reports popping up online of this update causing fresh problems, from failing to install, to allegedly bricking machines.Mac owners might want to hold off for a while.
Apple's education team today debuted 30 activities for kids and families to do as part of an ongoing effort to support at-home learning while many schoolchildren are completing classes remotely.#technology #tech #Apple #iPhone #iPad
Available as a PDF that can be downloaded or printed, the suggestions include a wide range of activities that can be done using the built-in features of an iPad or iPhone.
This brilliant new iPadOS concept imagines a spectacular “main menu” concept that would change the way we interact with iPad apps.#technology #tech #Apple #iPadOS
The feature, designed by Alexander Käßner, would allow for cleaner apps and a standardized method of accessing common functions. It works much like the toolbar every Mac user is familiar with.
When you open Apple Maps and tap the search bar, you’ll see categories of services like Restaurants, Gas Stations, Fast Food, Pizza, and more. Apple switched the order so that users will see Hospitals, Pharmacies, Groceries, and Food Delivery first in the list, all important services in the midst of the pandemic.Not just in the US this time.
An iPhone’s battery will die eventually. Over time, it will retain less and less charge until it only lasts a few hours. There isn’t much you can do about this since that’s how batteries work. iOS 13 has a new feature that can help prolong an iPhone battery’s life. Here’s how it works.#technology #tech #Apple #iPhone
Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday announced the company will donate $10 million to the "One World: Together at Home" benefit, a COVID-19 fundraiser organized by Global Citizen and the World Health Organization in collaboration with Lady Gaga.#entertainment #video #movies #film #tv #lockdown #SocialIsolation #Apple
Tales from the Loop is so pretty it breaks your heart. Based on the work of Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag, famous for his scenes of pastoral tranquility draped around uncanny sci-fi sights, Amazon’s newest drama is a collection of eight short stories where everyday rural life is tinged with the supernatural. But unlike, say, Stranger Things, where the otherworldly takes center stage, Tales from the Loop uses it as an excuse to dig deeper into the people who must continue to live mundane lives, even as the extraordinary looms just inches away.I don't go for science fiction these days but I'm sold on this series. If you've got Apple TV+, do check it out even if you're not a sci-fi fan.
Apple has sourced over 20 million face masks it aims to donate to governments to fight the spread of COVID-19, with the iPhone maker also working on designing and producing face shields for use by front-line medical workers.It's a start.