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iOS 13.6 Updates Bring Audio Stories, Car Key To Devices

This week Apple released new versions of iOS, iPadOS and watchOS. iOS iPadOS 13.6 introduces Audio Stories, a new feature of the News app that provides a podcast-like summary of the day’s news.

iOS and watchOS also brings support for Car Key, a new feature that lets you unlock your car with your Apple Watch or iPhone. However, car manufacturers need to implement this on their end for it to be useful.

There is also a new feature in the iOS Health app called Symptoms where you can record how you are feeling.

It's a pity that Australia has still not approved the ECG function of the Watch. Apparently Apple has not applied for approval. Perhaps our requirements are not realistic? Many other countries have approved it:

A list of all the new features can be found at


Guy Whose Photo Broke Android Phones Just Wanted to Capture a Beautiful Sunset

In an article on Gizmodo (AU), there is a story that using an extra-wide HDR colour space to edit the photo, the photo could cause Android devices (primarily Google Pixels and Samsung phones) to boot loop and repeatedly restart until a factory data reset is performed.
Read more at: https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2020/06/guy-whose-photo-broke-android-phones-just-wanted-to-capture-a-beautiful-sunset/


iPhones That Can Upgrade to iOS 14

There is an article that lists all the iPhones that will be able to support the up-coming iOS 14.
It's quite surprising how far back the list actually goes.
Read the original article at: https://ios.gadgethacks.com/how-to/these-are-iphones-can-upgrade-ios-14-0315141/

iOS 14 Devices

Zoom raises encryption level with upgraded meeting app

According to an article on ITNews, "Zoom Video Communications Inc said on Wednesday it was upgrading the encryption features on its video conferencing app to better safeguard meeting data and offer protection against tampering."
For further information: ITNews article on zoom

Zoom Video Conferencing

These days when many are required to work from home, users are looking for ways to collaborate on-line with others. One of these services is Zoom but concerns have been raised concerning the security of using this service, particularly if you have highly sensitive or confidential information. 
Glenn Fleishman has a useful article on the TidBits site called "Every Zoom Security and Privacy Flaw So Far, and What You Can Do to Protect Yourself" 
You can read the entire article and comments at: TidBits Zoom Article 

Working from home book

Glenn Fleishman has made available a free book called "Working from Home Temporarily"
"We’re in a time of unprecedented uncertainty. In the middle of a global viral outbreak, you were told or asked to work from home—and you’ve never or rarely had to be productive where you live before. What to do? We’re here to take some stress out of your life with a new, free book that details how to set up a home office and balance work and home life for those not accustomed to it."
Go to: https://www.takecontrolbooks.com/working-from-home/

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New iPad Pro from Apple

Apple has released a new range of iPad Pros. One thing of note is what I consider to be a completely ridiculous thing is the price of the keyboard/case. It is listed as $AU499. Admittedly it is more than just a keyboard but it still seems rather steep in price.
From Apple:
"The all‑new Magic Keyboard is an amazing companion for iPad Pro. It features the best typing experience ever on iPad, a trackpad that opens up new ways to work with iPadOS, a USB‑C port for pass-through charging, and front and back protection. The Magic Keyboard features a floating cantilevered design, allowing you to attach iPad Pro magnetically and smoothly adjust it to the perfect viewing angle for you."
"The world’s most advanced mobile display. So fast most PC laptops can’t catch up. Pro cameras and LiDAR Scanner for game-changing AR experiences. And you can use it with touch, Apple Pencil, a keyboard, and now a trackpad."

Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, Apple Confirms That It's Okay to Clean Your iPhone With Disinfectant

Is it OK to use a disinfectant on my Apple product?
Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces. Don't use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don't submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents. Don't use on fabric or leather surfaces.
Don't use on fabric or leather surfaces.
Click on the following link from Apple.

How To Manage iPhone and iPad Backups In macOS Catalina

From YouTube, Gary has a useful video explains the process for backing up your iOS devices. Visit his channel for many more useful tips.
"It is a good idea to back up your iPhone or iPad to your Mac, but it is also easy to forget old backups when you switch to a new device. These old backups take up a lot of space on your Mac's drive. You can find them in macOS Catalina if you know where to look and see how much space they use and easily delete them to free up that space."


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