Apple made a number of announcements during its WWDC 2019 keynote today — so many, in fact, that you probably missed a few.
We’ve combed over all the details Apple released today and found a bunch you may have missed the first time around, including small things like a new batch of Apple Watch bands and large things like the arrival of mouse support on the iPad.
iOS 13 Mouse Support
Apple gave us a look at the future of iPad and it’s one that will no doubt please professionals. The company introduced iPadOS and the unique experiences it will bring to the company’s tablets.
What the company didn’t reveal during its keynote is one key feature users have been requesting for years: mouse support.
— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) June 3, 2019
The new support was spotted by developers in the first beta of iOS 13. The feature, at least at this time, is presented as an accessibility option; it isn’t turned on by default.
According to developers, it also works on the iPhone.
More Apple Watch bands
There are a total of seven new bands, including a newly launched Pride Edition Sport Loop.
New Memoji customization
When iOS 13 arrives, it’ll bring a number of new Memoji customization features, including the ability to add AirPods, braces, new hats, a greater variety of sunglasses, and various piercings to one’s avatar.
The update will also bring the ability to customize the avatar’s teeth with things like gold and gaps.
Apple will make it easier to use your iPad as an external Mac display with the addition of Sidecar in macOS Catalina.
With this new feature, users will have a native option for using the iPad as a small ‘monitor,’ something currently made possible by third-party apps.
Apple introduced an overhaul to CarPlay, improving the design both aesthetically and in terms of how much information is displayed on a screen.
Apple calls this the ‘biggest’ CarPlay update ever, bringing a new Calendar app and improved Siri support for third-party apps in addition to the new Dashboard.
AirPods audio sharing
Apple is making it easier for AirPods users to share audio with friends who also own the company’s wireless earbuds.
Among the new AirPods feature will be the ability to share whatever audio is currently playing simply by bringing a second pair of AirPods close to the user’s iPhone or iPad.
Which Macs will get Catalina
Apple’s macOS Catalina update is exciting, but it comes with an important question: will your Mac support the new version of macOS?
To make things simple, Apple has published a new page detailing which devices will support the system, and they go back years.
Models as old as the MacBook 2015, MacBook Air 2012, iPad Pro 2017, iMac 2012, MacBook Pro 2012, Mac Pro 2013, and Mac mini 2012 will all receive macOS Catalina.
In addition to the new mouse support in iOS 13, Apple says its upcoming macOS Catalina update will bring Voice Control, enabling users to control their devices entirely with voice commands.
As well, users will be able to zoom a second display and view high-resolution text below the cursor to aid in instances of visual impairment.
Unlock and authenticate with Apple Watch
As part of its macOS Catalina preview, Apple revealed that Apple Watch owners will be able to unlock and authenticate on their Mac by double-clicking the wearable’s side button.
This feature will be useful for opening a locked note, for example, as well as approving installations, viewing passwords, and more.
Screen Time on Mac
That’s right, Apple is bringing its Screen Time feature to the Mac.
The addition will arrive in macOS Catalina, enabling users to schedule downtime, view their usage, set limits, and more.
The feature will support Family Sharing for managing children, as well.
Instagram Rolls Out New Plan To Remove Likes on Posts
Instagram launched in 2010 and no one could’ve predicted the global phenomenon it would soon become–well no one except for the wise guys at Facebook. Facebook acquired the photo app just 18 months after its launch, and since then, the social media platform has gone on to consume our time and our lives.
But now the app is looking to make one of its biggest shifts since its birth–removing likes. Likes are the currency to building coveted “influencer” status–a marker of fame that can turn your average Joe or Jane seemingly into a celebrity overnight.
Influencers caught the attention of advertisers and sponsors looking to “natively” introduce their products to audiences. These partnerships led to a lot of money and capital for individuals over the years–with those with 1 million followers and up earning around $10,000 to $250,000 per post.
But now removing “likes” threatens to pop the already vulnerable influencer bubble. As Instagram rolls out the new format overseas, users are wondering what the changes will mean for their social media consumption.
“We hope this test will remove the pressure of how many likes a post will receive, so you can focus on sharing the things you love,” Mia Garlick, Facebook Australia and New Zealand director of policy, said in a statement, according to BBC.
The change is also meant to encourage users to use the platform in the way it was originally intended, hoping, “this change can help people focus less on likes and more on telling their story”.
Continuing, Adam Mosseri, Instagram chief in Canada said, “We want people to worry a little bit less about how many likes they’re getting on Instagram and spend a bit more time connecting with the people that they care about.”
So far the roll out has taken place in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Italy, Japan and Brazil.
What do you think of the changes?
FaceApp Old Age ‘Challenge’ is Back – But It Could Be Stealing Your Photos
Controversial photo-editing app FaceApp is back, with a new “challenge” showing what people will look like as they age.
The app, which launched in 2017, uses artificial intelligence to augment users’ facial expressions and make them look older or younger, or change their gender.
It has gone viral again in the last few days, with thousands of people posting “aged” selfies of themselves on social media, using the hashtag #FaceAppChallenge.
The challenge has proved so popular that even celebrities such as Gordon Ramsay, Sam Smith and Drake are getting involved.
— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) July 16, 2019
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However, some online privacy experts have raised concerns that the app, which is developed by Russian company Wireless Lab, could be accessing and storing users’ images without their permission.
The company’s terms and conditions state that, by using the app, users agree to allow FaceApp to use, modify, adapt and publish any images that they upload.
“You grant FaceApp a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, transferable sub-licensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, publicly perform and display your User Content,” the Ts&Cs state.
FaceApp is also allowed to use your name, username or any likeness provided in any media format it likes without compensation, meaning you will not be paid for it, or have any ability to take it down or complain about it.
FaceApp uploads your photo to the cloud for processing, rather than carry out on-device processing like many apps do. After doing so, it retains the image long after you’ve deleted the app.
“All of this should raise alarms whenever a free service is acting on sensitive information like images – the revenue to pay for the service is coming from somewhere and it’s likely the sale of data related to what the service provides,” said Tim Mackey, Principal Security Strategist at the Synopsys CyRC (Cybersecurity Research Center).
Moreover, according to TechCrunch, the app is able to access Photos on Apple’s iOS platform even if a user has set their photo permissions to “never”.
Shouldn’t photo access need to be enabled for this to be possible ? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/wy45zKn63E
— Karissa Bell (@karissabe) July 16, 2019
“Given how many screenshots people take of sensitive information like banking and whatnot, photo access is a bigger security risk than ever these days,” said Matthew Panzarino, Editor-In-Chief at TechCrunch.
“With a scraper and optical character recognition tech you could automatically turn up a huge amount of info way beyond ‘photos of people’.”
“The implications on privacy for apps like FaceApp is extremely concerning,” said Javvad Malik, security awareness advocate at KnowBe4.
“The app itself uses AI to digitally age users’ photos, which is fun from a novelty perspective, but the same types of AI is used to produce deepfake type of imagery which can be used for nefarious purposes such as public embarrassment or blackmail.
“The fact that FaceApp retains access to iOS photos without permission should be a red flag for all app store maintainers.|
FaceApp has had its fair share of controversies over the years.
Back in April 2017, Wireless Lab was forced to apologise after several users complained that its “hot” filter was lightening their skintone.
FaceApp’s CEO Yaroslav Goncharov claimed that it was an “unfortunate side-effect of the underlying neural network caused by the training set bias, not intended behaviour.”
Then in August of the same year, the app sparked outrage with the introduction of a new filter that allowed people to change their ethnicity in their selfies .
Responding to the backlash, Wireless Lab, removed the filters and withdrew the update from the App Store.
The Ring Video Doorbell is Down to its Lowest Price Ever for Amazon Prime day
Amazon Prime Day is officially here, and that means massive discounts on TVs, laptops, appliances and more. It also means killer deals on Amazon’s own devices, like the best-selling Ring Doorbell. Prime members can get the Ring Video Doorbell on sale for $69.99. That’s a $30 discount, and the lowest price we’ve seen for the Wi-Fi enabled video doorbell. Our Sostre News readers can also get the Ring doorbell on sale for $69.
The Ring Video Doorbell allows you to monitor your door from anywhere and lets you speak and talk to visitors from your device. The Ring will send alerts to your smartphone, tablet, or computer when motion is detected or when visitors press the doorbell. The Wi-Fi enabled doorbell offers live view on-demand video and infrared night vision. The Ring also works with Amazon Alexa so you can see, hear, and talk to visitors through Echo devices.
Like we mentioned above, this is the lowest price we’ve seen for the Ring doorbell and a fantastic deal for a Ring product. This sale will end Tuesday at midnight PDT, so you should take advantage of this killer deal while you can.
Say goodbye to package thieves and worrying about the safety of your home thanks to this doorbell that doubles as a security camera.
Ring is a wi-fi enabled video doorbell that allows you to see, hear and speak to visitors from your phone, tablet and PC. If you’re going to buy any security device on Amazon Prime Day, let it be this!
Ring is one of the most high-tech and compact home accessories that is making a splash in home security. It streams directly to your phone, giving you live video access whenever and wherever. Not to mention it’s also compatible with your Alexa and can send announcements to your Echo devices when your doorbell is pressed or when motion is detected. You can even connect it to your Echo Show or Echo Spot so you can keep an eye on your front door at all time.
It works on any home, with or without existing doorbell wires and it monitors your yard in HD video and has perfect night vision, for 24/7 surveillance and protection. Now you can stress less about package thieves and intruders.
Smart houses are no longer a thing of the past with Ring. Protect your home today!
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