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Everything you need to know about iOS 15

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Earlier on June 7, Apple announced its new software, iOS15, a powerful update with extensive features to enhance and optimize users iPhone experience and privacy.

iOS 15 will give users the opportunity to stay connected by linking experiences together in real time, while providing the needed tools to minimize distraction and enhance concentration.

Introducing SharePlay for organic FaceTime calls. It will assist users focus on unique ways to manage notifications and bring further intelligence to photos and search for faster access.

Apple will provide its users with new and advanced digital means to discover the world around us.

Weather is restructured in a more graphical way of display of data. While Wallet combines support for home keys, and ID cards, and a more basic and simplified way of browsing through Safari, along a new tab bar design and tab groups.

To add-on to all the technical features, iOS will also include advanced privacy controls in Siri, Mail, and many more spots ensuring the protection of users’ information.

“For many customers, iPhone has become indispensable, and this year we’ve created even more ways it can enhance our daily lives,” Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering said in a statement.

More natural FaceTime calls and shared experiences with SharePlay

The spatial feature, announced in its predecessor software iOS14, will bring immersive sound to users with the opportunity to hear the person’s voice from their position on the screen, with new microphone mode disconnecting users’ voice from background noises.

Gratifying video calls with Portrait Mode for Facetime where users can blur their background and focus the camera on themselves. Along with the grid view allowing contributors to simultaneously see more faces during the call.

Users will be able to connect with loved ones on FaceTime, Apple Music, Apple TV, and sync apps in streaming services. SharePlay allows people to play, pause, or skip across their apple devices with shared playback controls, shows, movies, and many more platforms to connect. 

Facetime calls is one the main apps receiving love amongst the community, as Apple extended its creation into any Apple device and sharing it via messages, calendar, mail, and even third-party apps. This will not compromise the users’ privacy as FaceTime calls are end-to-end encrypted.

Tools to Find Focus

To provide their users with the right tools to optimize their experience, iOS’ will also center their attention on improving focus and minimizing distraction. “Focus” is a new innovative feature permitting users to filter their notifications based on where they prefer to invest their attention.

Focus suggestions built on users’ perspective, means users are in control of deciding who to receive notification from.

This feature will help reduce temptation while working, sleeping, or simply would not be bothered by any interruptions. By enabling this feature, Focus will block any notification while others will be notified in Messages of the users’ unavailability.

New Notification Experience

Notification Experience is a new feature created to gather non-sensitive notifications.

Photo and apps will be easily identified by adding contact photo and bigger apps icons. Notifications will be arranged by priority using on-device intelligence based on users’ interaction with the apps. Fast delivery for urgent messages, and apps can be silenced to reduce distraction.

On-Device Intelligence Powers Live-Text, Advanced Spotlight Search, and More

Using on-device intelligence, Live text allows users to search and locate a picture of a handwritten text.

Apple Neural Engine will give consumers the chance to instantly recognize and copy a text in the moment via camera. Visual Look Up allows users to expand their knowledge about art, landmarks, nature, pets, and even books and stay in the moment with the world around them.

Now, Spotlight offers web image search with a fresh new look, Photos and specifically Memories witnessing its biggest update so far. Using on-device intelligence, users now can personalize song suggestions to bring life to their digital memories.

A Redesigned Browsing Experience with Safari

One of the biggest changes coming to the new iOS is the completely redesigned Safari. Safari’s controls will be accessible with one hand while putting content front and center.

Instead of having the new tab at the top of the screen, it will be compact and lightweight, and floating at the bottom of the screen for easier user swipe. Users can save tabs and effortlessly access them at any moment via any Apple device.

Explore the World with Apple Maps

Users will have the chance to look at the world through the developers’ eyes with custom design landmarks, night-time mode with moonlight glow, and many more features. The most anticipated feature will be the three-dimensional city driving experience featuring new road details while navigating CarPlay for detail attentiveness.

Apple’s developers included a Maps features that follows the route and deliver walking detailed directions in augmented reality.

New Keys and State IDs come to Apple Wallet

Apple is massively increasing the forms of cards and documents that can added to Wallet.

Digital car keys will allow users to tap their cars to unlock with support of Ultra-Wideband Technology, using radio signals to communicate and transfer data between different devices.

This feature will allow users to securely unlock their vehicles, homes, office through keys stored in Wallet without removing their device from their wallets or bags.

Apple will offer their U.S. users the option of adding their driver’s license or state ID to wallets.

Transportation Security Administration is paving the way to enable digital security checkpoints through Digital Identity Card in element – encrypted and securely stored in Secure Element hardware technology.

New Privacy Features

With software, Apple soared out with their commitment to protect users’ privacy, and it is no surprise they are enhancing and fortifying their commitment to protecting users’ data by introducing more privacy controls.

Introducing AI-based speech recognition to secure users’ data privacy through Siri requests. Followed by the obsolete Mail Privacy Protection by securing users’ actions and hiding IP addresses, and by default their location.

Redesigned Weather and Notes Apps

The weather app will get some polished tweaks.

Available on all iOS software since the release of OS1, iOS 15 weather app will feature more graphical displays of weather data, full-screen maps, and changeable vibrant layout based on conditions.

With its lovely and vividly redesigned animated background, it will offer and mirrors the sun’s position into the screen, in addition to adjustment to the notification center highlighting weather predictions.

Initially, Notes functioned as a service to create short text notes, be that as it may, Apple’s update implemented user-created tags easing up note categorization, while sharing notes with members to notify important updates.

Additional Features

SIRI: Announce Notifications on AirPods enables screen sharing simply by demand.

SHARED WITH YOU: surfacing on Messages App, members will locate deeper integration with various Apple Apps like Apple News, Music, and Photos, allowing the apps to verify and check sent items to Messages.

iCLOUD+: launching premium privacy-driven iCloud subscription – free to existing iCloud subscribers as they will immediately update to iCloud+ – this feature will consist of traffic encryption, burner email addresses, innovative new internet privacy service, with all iCloud+ plans joint in Family Sharing Group.

HEALTH: with this feature, sharing health data with family or a care team has never been easier. In this update, Apple drifted its focus on the elderly to track users’ health data by enabling constant monitoring. Some of these features include walking steadiness, health data sharing, and data trend analysis.

HOMEKIT: enabling “Hey Siri” in their products will let participants communicate with and control smart home appliances using Apple devices. It will relay requests through HomePod while supporting features such as Personal Requests, Intercom, timers, and alarms.

TRANSLATE: In iOS 15, translate includes a new Live Translate feature with a systemwide translation granting users the opportunity to translate any text. 

NEW IPHONE SETUP: initiating your iPhone setup will be one of the most seamless tasks for iPhone users. iOS 15 will allow them to briefly back-up data to iCloud without a subscription for easier data transfer from one Apple product to another.

Availability

Despite the long-awaited anticipation for the latest iOS 15, Apple users will have to wait till September 13 to run the new software on their devices. The developer preview and a public beta are already available to Apple users to test out the new software

Daryn is a technical writer with thorough history and experience in both academic and digital writing fields.

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CEO of Epic speaks up on NFTs

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If you were hoping to see Fortnite NFTs some time in the near future, we have some bad news for you. 

Earlier this week, Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games tweeted that the company won’t be diving into the NFT world, as Sweeney believes the space’s problem with scams and hacks will act as a huge barrier. 

After the tweet caught major backlash, the CEO of Epic sent out another tweet clarifying his perspective on the matter, explaining that, to him, owning an NFT holds the same worth as liking a picture on Twitter. Sweeney even questioned the credibility of NFT ownership whether it is actually non-fungible. 

“While the NFT space does have fake art and shady goings-on at major companies (along with the various other scams that have taken off as NFTs rocketed to prominence this year), that’s probably not why we aren’t seeing V-NFTs take the place of V-Bucks,” The Verge explained.  

The more understandable explanation goes back to the fact that Epic doesn’t need to use blockchain tech to bring in revenues, while NFTs aren’t well-geared to fix issues such as its battle with Apple over what’s allowed in the App Store.   

However, scams aren’t acting as a barrier for other well-known companies to delve into NFTS, with brands such as Coca-Cola, Dole and Twitter already taking advantage of the hype surrounding NFTs. 

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Apple’s new iPhone 13 devices are facing technical difficulties

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If you aren’t able to unlock your Apple Watch that’s connected to your new iPhone 13, you’re not alone.  

Apple has recently announced that the tech giant has found an issue where the “unlock with Apple Watch” option does not work with new iPhone 13 devices.  

A document posted on its support page explains the issue, noting that users “might see ‘Unable to Communicate with Apple Watch’ if you try to unlock your iPhone while wearing a face mask, or you might not be able to set up Unlock with Apple Watch.” 

The issue first came to light when Reddit users on the r/AppleWatch subreddit began reporting that they were facing this technical difficulty, with some users complaining that the issue was never there with older iPhone devices. 

Earlier this year, the smartphone giant released the unlock feature that utilized Face ID with a paired Apple Watch, hand-in-hand with the release of iOS 14.5. The feature requires both the iPhone and the Watch to have a stable Wi-Fi connection as a turned-on Bluetooth. “The Watch needs to have wrist detection turned on and be passcode-protected, and it has to be on your wrist and unlocked for the feature to work,” according to The Verge

Apple didn’t explicitly mention what’s causing the problem with the iPhone 13 devices in its support document. However, the company reassured users that it will be “fixed in an upcoming software update,” but without mention a date.  

Even though Apple has just begun testing the iOS 15.1 beta, the tech giant has a documented history of delivering quick fixes. So, tech experts believe that users should expect the issue to become part of the past in the upcoming few days.  

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For many Haitian migrants, journey to Texas started online

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For many Haitian migrants, journey to Texas started online

For the final leg of his journey from Chile to the United States, Haitian migrant Fabricio Jean followed detailed instructions sent to him via WhatsApp from his brother in New Jersey who had recently taken the route to the Texas border.

His brother wired him money for the trip, then meticulously mapped it out, warning him of areas heavy with Mexican immigration officials.

“You will need about 20,000 pesos (about $1,000 U.S. dollars) for the buses. You need to take this bus to this location and then take another bus,” recounted Jean, who spoke to The Associated Press after reaching the border town of Del Rio.

What Jean didn’t expect was to find thousands of Haitian migrants like himself crossing at the same remote spot. The 38-year-old, his wife and two young children earlier this month joined as many as 14,000 mostly Haitian migrants camped under a Del Rio bridge.

A confluence of factors caused the sudden sharp increase at the Texas town of about 35,000 residents. Interviews with dozens of Haitian migrants, immigration attorneys and advocates reveal a phenomenon produced partly by confusion over the Biden administration’s policies after authorities recently extended protections for the more than 100,000 Haitians living in the United States.

It also reflects the power of Facebook, YouTube and platforms like WhatsApp, which migrants use to share information that can get distorted as it speeds through immigrant communities, directing migration flows. That’s especially true for tight-knit groups like the Creole-and-French-speaking Haitians, many of whom left their homeland after its devastating 2010 earthquake and have been living in Latin America, drawn by Brazil and Chile’s once-booming economies.

In extending protections for Haitians this spring, the Biden administration cited security concerns and social unrest in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the temporary protections were limited to those residing in the U.S. before July 29 — but that condition was often missing in posts, leading Haitians outside the United States to believe they, too, were eligible.

Mayorkas acknowledged that this week, saying “we are very concerned that Haitians who are taking the irregular migration path are receiving misinformation that the border is open,” or that they qualify for protected status despite the expired deadline.

“I want to make sure it is known that this is not the way to come to the United States,” he said.

Thousands of Haitians have been stuck in Mexican border towns since 2016, when the Obama administration abruptly halted a policy that initially allowed them in on humanitarian grounds.

Online messages touting the Mexican town of Ciudad Acuña, across from Del Rio, started after President Joe Biden took office and began reversing some of the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

Ciudad Acuña has been spared the drug and gang violence seen elsewhere along the border. Some of the social media posts recommending it appear to have come from human smugglers seeking to drum up business, according to immigrant advocates.

Haitians began crossing there this year, but their numbers ballooned after a Biden administration program that briefly opened the door to some asylum seekers ended, said Nicole Phillips, of the San Diego-based Haitian Bridge Alliance, which advocates for Haitian migrants. The program allowed in a select number of people deemed by humanitarian groups to be at high risk in Mexico.

Once it ceased in August, people panicked, and the messages recommending Ciudad Acuña “went viral,” Phillips said.

“That’s why they rushed at this time to get in,” she said. “They realized they wouldn’t be able to get in legally through a port-of-entry like they were hoping.”

Del Rio is just one example of how technology that has put a smartphone in the hands of nearly every migrant is transforming migration flows, according to advocates. Migrants often monitor the news and share information on routes. The most popular platform is WhatsApp, which connects 2 billion people worldwide.

In 2020, after Turkey announced that the land border with Greece was open, thousands of migrants headed there – only to find the gates closed on the Greek side. Similar sudden mass migrations have happened elsewhere in Europe.

In 2018, social media posts and WhatsApp messages fueled caravans that swelled to 10,000 mostly Central American migrants who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Last week, in a Facebook group for Haitians in Chile with 26,000 members, one member posted specific instructions on routes through Mexico. It included paths to avoid and recommended certain bus companies.

“Good luck and be careful,” said the post, written in Haitian Creole.

Another member shared a different route in the comments. The group’s members have since relayed stories of horrific conditions in Del Rio and risks of being deported.

The International Organization for Migration found most of the 238 Haitians who were surveyed in March after passing through a 60-mile (100-kilometer) stretch of jungle between Colombia and Panama known as the Darien Gap received route information from family or friends who had made the dangerous trek.

About 15% said they saw instructions on the internet.

Agency spokesman Jorge Gallo said the instructions led the migrants to believe crossing the gap was “difficult but not impossible.”

But just as similar messages drew many Haitians to Del Rio, news of the Biden administration deporting hundreds on the Texas border caused some to change their plans.

A 32-year-old Haitian woman who made it to Del Rio with her two teenage children bought bus tickets to Mexico City after receiving a cousin’s audio message via WhatsApp. She previously lived in Chile for four years.

“Wait in Mexico until this month is over. They will pick up everyone under the bridge. After that, they will give me the contact to enter Miami,” said the recording in Creole, which she played for an AP reporter. The AP is withholding the woman’s name to protect her safety.

Facebook Inc., which owns WhatsApp, allows people to exchange information about crossing borders, even illegally, but its policy bars posts that ask for money for services that facilitate human smuggling.

Robins Exile said he and his pregnant wife, who left Brazil after he lost his job amid the pandemic-wracked economy, headed to Tijuana, Mexico, instead after seeing warnings via YouTube and WhatsApp from fellow Haitian migrants.

“A lot of Haitians are advising now not to come to Acuña. They say it’s no longer a good place,” he said.

On Wednesday, Antonio Pierre, 33, who was camped in Del Rio with his wife and daughter, listened to the news on his friend’s cellphone.

“The U.S. is releasing some but just a few,” he said, referring to U.S. officials who told the AP on Tuesday that thousands of Haitians in custody were being let go and ordered to report to an immigration office, contradicting the Biden administration’s announcement that all Haitians camped in the town would be expelled to Haiti.

Nelson Saintil and his wife and four children had been camped in Texas but moved back to Mexico as they awaited word on where to go next to avoid deportation.

“I do not want to be like mice who do not find out that they are falling into a trap,” he said. “Because returning to Haiti is to bury a person alive.”


DEL RIO, Texas (AP)

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