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Everything you need to know about the iOS 15.2 update

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Everything you need to know about the iOS 15.2 update

Apple’s iOS 15 update brought users new and improved applications and features befitting their modern userbase. From tools to help you stay focused to more convenient and intelligent search, better privacy features, search engine and maps experience. All in all, Apple is spearheading the future user experiences on their devices, and with the newest iOS 15.2 update, this is only growing more apparent.

Just under a month after the release of iOS 15.1.1, Apple rolls out another, even more substantial update to their operating system. The update comes a little under 1GB, although the size may vary slightly depending on your iPhone model and the operating system version you are currently on.

Here are all the most important features arriving with the new iOS 15.2 update:

App Privacy Report

After the previous App Tracking Transparency feature that defined the iOS 14.5 update, Apple took it one step further with the App Privacy Report.

Where before the privacy feature asked users’ permission before tracking them across individual apps and websites, this newer rendition makes it so that the report is the only thing you’ll need to assess if anything on your device is amiss.

The report can be found in “Settings” in the Privacy section, scroll down until you see App privacy report. There you will find details on how often the apps accesses your location, microphone, camera, and contacts during the past seven days. In addition, it keeps tabs on all the data access your apps have and your most contacted domains.

Apple Music Voice Plan

With a price of $4.99 per month in the U.S, users can subscribe to Apple Music Voice Plan by uttering the words “Hey Siri, start my Apple Music Voice trial,” or by using the Music app. Once the Voice Plan is activated, music lovers can play their songs across all Siri-enabled connected iOS devices, including AirPods, CarPlay, HomePod, and more.

Communication Safety on iMessage

Communications Safety on iMessage is designed to give parents the tools to keep their children safe as they message. The tools help prevent children from sending or receiving sexually explicit images in the Messages app.

This feature evades controversy by scanning the image first, sent or received, and if found to contain explicit material, the photo will be blurred, and a warning is sent to the child. In addition to providing resources and reassuring messages, if the child does choose to view the message, parents will be infirmed.

The update does not change any privacy assurance settings in “Messages” but works only on images sent or received in the Messages app with accounts set up in Family Sharing.

Legacy Contacts

As the age of information welcomes new generations and parts with the old, an increasing concern is what will happen to all our information when we are gone from the world.

Assuming we never live to see a cloud server for the soul of the deceased, people can now designate certain people as their “legacy contact” to give access to their personal data in case of the person’s death. You can essentially pass on your digital legacy to a trusted loved one or multiple, leaving behind everything you’ve gathered on your little black screen.

Although not all the user’s data will be accessible, because of end-to-end encryption. This includes Key Chain entries, Apple Card transactions, health data, and yes don’t worry, browsing history. You may rest in peace now.

iPhone 13 Pro new Macro mode

The newest iOS update has fine-tuned macro photography option made available in the previous update, now with the added ability to activate Ultra-Wide Macro.

It can be enabled in “Settings” on the iPhone Pro and iPhone Pro Max.

With over 42 major bug fixes, usability updates, and the expansion of their privacy program, Apple is continually refurbishing their products to keep up with an ever more demanding consumer base, and an ever-evolving tech ecosystem.

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Ericsson connects NOC for DNB’s 5G network in Malaysia

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Ericsson launched a network operations center (NOC) in Malaysia devoted to Digital Nasional Bhd’s (DNB) 5G network and its key performance indicators. DNB is Malaysia’s single wholesale 5G network operator.  

The company said in a press release that “The NOC is part of Ericsson’s Managed Services offering for the DNB 5G network and entails managing the performance of the 5G network end to end. Powered by advanced analytics and machine learning algorithms, the Ericsson Operations Engine predicts potential network issues caused by hardware, software, or external factors.  

It automates nearly one million network commands every day and manages alarms to prevent network issues before they happen.   

According to the press release from the Swedish multinational networking and telecommunications company, the NOC is part of its Managed Services offering for the DNB 5G network. It entails managing the performance of the network from end to end. 

“Powered by advanced analytics and machine learning algorithms, the Ericsson Operations Engine predicts potential network issues caused by hardware, software, or external factors,” it said.  

David Hägerbro, Head of Ericsson Malaysia, Sri Lanka & Bangladesh, said: “The dedicated DNB 5G NOC is an example of our commitment to deliver a cost-efficient, world-class 5G experience for the people and businesses of Malaysia. The NOC will support the national 5G infrastructure by providing proactive, fast detection and isolation of network faults, monitor security events or threats and reduce response and rectification time.”  

He added: “Powered by the Ericsson Operations Engine, the Ericsson NOC is capable of maintaining the most complex and large-scale 5G networks round the clock and will serve as an assurance to the MNOs using the DNB 5G network regarding the performance and health of the DNB network. Setting up the NOC in Malaysia has also opened the opportunity for more Malaysians to be hired and acquire skills in the latest technologies.”  

In addition, it serves as the first point of contact for all Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) for technical issues, customer complaints, network performance, quality-related matters, billing, and charging-related issues.   

Ericsson proved capabilities in managing and operating multi-technology networks, with 200 global managed services contracts, including qualifications in Malaysia. Ericsson has been managing Digi’s mobile network since 2018 and has managed services for U Mobile billing operations since 2012. 

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Explainer-The U.S. export rule that hammered Huawei teed up to hit Russia

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The Biden administration is readying a U.S. export rule used against Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei that could curb Russia’s access to global electronics supplies if President Vladimir Putin decides to invade Ukraine.

While it is unclear how the rule could impact Russia, the restrictions hobbled Huawei’s smartphone business. Last month, the company said it expected 2021 revenue to have declined nearly 30% and predicted continued challenges this year.

WHAT IS THE RESTRICTION?

The Foreign Direct Product Rule, as it is called, may be adapted to halt Russia’s ability to import smartphones, key aircraft and automobile components, Reuters reported last month.

The administration is considering restricting chips and products with integrated circuits bound for Russia, a senior official said, imposing its authority over items made abroad if they are designed with U.S. software or technology, or produced using U.S. equipment.

WHAT EXPORTS TO RUSSIA COULD BE IMPACTED?

The restrictions could apply to critical industrial sectors like artificial intelligence, maritime, defense, and civil aviation, the official said, and could also be imposed more broadly, to include consumer electronics.

The scope of the rule against Russia has not been set but White House National Security Council officials have warned executives from the Semiconductor Industry Association, a chip lobbying group, of possible unprecedented actions, as Reuters reported last week.

It is unclear whether the rule could have the kind of devastating effect on Russia that it has had on Huawei.

“A strict imposition of the Foreign Direct Product rule would significantly affect trade and output in Russia, though it’s hard to say by how much,” said Jeffrey Schott, an expert on international trade policy and economic sanctions at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

HOW DID IT IMPACT HUAWEI?

The Foreign Direct Product Rule now restricts both U.S. and non-U.S. companies from shipping items to Huawei that are the direct product of U.S. technology or software. Such shipments can only be made with a U.S. license.

The rule was added to the curbs on Huawei after the telecommunications equipment maker was placed on an export control blacklist known as the “entity list” in 2019 and it did not stop the global flow of chips to the company.

The initial listing affected U.S.-made goods and some limited items made abroad with U.S. technology but did not block overseas shipments to Huawei from companies such as Taiwan’s TSMC, the world’s largest contract chipmaker.

So in 2020, the United States added the Foreign Direct Product Rule to expand its authority to stop shipments of foreign-produced items to Huawei. Companies like TSMC that use U.S. chipmaking equipment are required to obtain U.S. licenses before supplying Huawei and licenses for sophisticated chips are denied.

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Toshiba halts operations at chip plant after quake

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Toshiba Corp said on Monday that it had suspended operations at a plant in Oita, southern Japan that makes semiconductors used in cars and industrial machinery, after a strong earthquake hit the area at the weekend.

Some equipment had been damaged and the company was still analysing the impact on production, Toshiba said in a statement.

The plant makes system LSI chips, around 60% of which are sold to carmakers and industrial machinery makers, a spokesperson for Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corp said.

Toshiba does not yet know when it can restart production and will likely provide an update on Tuesday, he added.

The company also makes system LSI chips at a factory in northern Japan, with other domestic producers, such as Renesas Electronics, also building the devices.

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