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Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Apple finally launches iOS 11 – here are all the details

Apple has released iOS 11 to the public. The latest version of the operating system packs multiple new features for Apple mobile devices. The iOS 11 update was listed as 1.9GB in size when checked by MyBroadband on an iPhone 6s.

The new features in iOS 11 are detailed below.

App Store

All-new App Store designed for discovering great apps and games everyday New Today tab helps you discover new apps and games with stories, how-to guides, and more New Games tab to find new games and see what’s most popular with top game charts Dedicated Apps tab with top picks, dedicated app charts, and app categories App pages include more video previews, Editors’ Choice badges, easier access to user ratings, and information about in-app purchases


New Siri voice is more natural and expressive Translate English words and phrases into Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish (beta) Siri suggestions based on your usage of Safari, News, Mail, and Messages Works with notes apps to create to-do lists, notes and reminders Works with banking apps for account transfer and balances Works with apps that display QR codes Hindi and Shanghainese dictation


Portrait mode now supports optical image stabilization, HDR and True Tone flash Photos and videos will take up half the space with the new HEIF and HEVC image and video formats Redesigned set of nine filters optimized for natural skin tones Automatically identify and scan QR codes


Loop, Bounce, and Long Exposure Live Photo effects Mute, trim, or choose a new key photo for Live Photos Memory Movies automatically adapt content for portrait and landscape orientation More than a dozen new memory types including pets, babies, weddings, and sporting events People album is more accurate and stays up to date across devices with iCloud Photo Library Animated GIF support


Indoor maps for major airports and shopping centers Lane guidance and speed limit information with Turn-by-turn directions One-handed zoom with double tap and swipe Interact with Flyover by moving your device

Do Not Disturb while Driving

Automatically silences notifications while driving and keeps iPhone silent and display off Optional iMessage auto reply to alert selected contacts that you’re driving

New features designed for iPad

An all new Dock provides quick access to your favorite and recently used apps and can even be shown on top of active apps Dock resizes so you can add all of your favorite apps Recently used and Continuity apps are available on the right Enhanced Slide Over and Split View Apps can be easily started in Slide Over and Split View from the Dock Slide Over and background apps now run simultaneously Apps in Slide Over and Split View can now be placed on the left side of the screen Drag and drop Move text, images, and files between apps on iPad Multi-Touch to move multiple items at the same time Spring-loading to move content between apps Markup Markup works across documents, PDFs, webpages, photos and more Instant markup anything in iOS – just place Apple Pencil on what you want to mark Create a PDF and markup anything that can be printed Notes Instantly create a new note by tapping on Lock Screen with Apple Pencil Inline drawing available by simply placing Apple Pencil in body of a note Search handwritten text Document scanner autocorrects for skewing [...]
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Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Should young children own cellphones?

Could your child’s cellphone make them more vulnerable to cyberbullying? The experts weigh in.

Smartphones are everywhere and even the youngest member of the family can own one.

But think twice about gifting your young child with the latest cellphone on the market.

Cyberbullying starts early, and eight- and nine-year-olds with cellphones are especially vulnerable, new research finds. Statistics show that social media, which is easily accessible on most cellphones, is the most common medium for cyberbullying.

Unforeseen risks

“Parents often cite the benefits of giving their child a cellphone, but our research suggests that giving young children these devices may have unforeseen risks as well,” said study researcher Elizabeth Englander, a professor of psychology at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts.

Englander and her colleagues surveyed nearly 4 600 students in third, fourth and fifth grades between 2014 and 2016.

Overall, about 10% said they’d been victims of a cyberbully. However, younger students with phones were much more likely to report electronic abuse, the study showed.

Cellphones also increased the students’ odds of becoming cyberbullies themselves. This was true in all three grades, the study found.

Impulsive texts or messages

The researchers found that older kids were most likely to have phones – about six in 10 students. But half of fourth graders and about 40% of third graders had them as well.

Having a phone gives kids more opportunity to engage positively and negatively with their peers through social media and texting, the researchers explained. This constant access ups the likelihood that students will send or receive impulsive texts or messages.

Inherent responsibilities

The study authors cautioned parents to consider the potential downside of providing a cellphone to a child not yet in primary school.

“At the very least, parents can engage in discussions and education with their child about the responsibilities inherent in owning a mobile device, and the general rules for communicating in the social sphere,” Englander said in a news release from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Always be mindful of the effects of cyberbullying and act when you think your child might be a target.


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Tue, 19 Sep 2017
Google joins mobile payments

Alphabet’s Google introduced a digital payments service specifically designed for India as competition heats up for the country’s billion-plus potential users. Tez, the Hindi word for fast, debuted on Monday for download on iPhones and Android devices and joins an increasingly crowded field.

The service is compatible with the Indian government-backed Unified Payments Interface (UPI), which simplifies financial transactions and transfers of money between banks. Users pay directly from their accounts at major domestic banks including the State Bank of India and transfer money to fellow Tez users without sharing personal details.

While Tez is aimed squarely at India for now, the app may prove suitable for other countries in future, Google vice president Caesar Sengupta told reporters on Monday.

Digital transactions in the country surged after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government banned high-value bank notes in November, taking more than 85% of the country’s currency out of circulation. The government has since boosted fintech with incentives and a string of initiatives such as digital lockers and user authentication based on its digital identity program, Aadhaar.

Google’s new service goes beyond Android Pay by allowing the linking of payment apps from a clutch of Indian banks, as well as services of Paytm Payments Bank and One MobiKwik Systems.

While India remains a cash-dependent economy, the nascent digital payments sector is estimated to grow to $500bn by 2020, up from $50bn last year, PwC India said in a recent report.

Among those jostling to make inroads are Facebook’s messaging service WhatsApp, which is in discussions with UPI’s creator, the National Payments Corporation of India, for a service that’s compatible with the interface. Spam-blocker app Truecaller already offers in-app payments as does home-grown messaging service Hike, backed by Tencent and Foxconn Technology.

Several Indian banks have their own digital payments apps, which earn revenue by charging a percentage on each transaction. Paytm Payments Bank is set to introduce a money market fund that will offer interest to those holding cash in their Paytm accounts.

For Google, India is a vital market where several of its products, including its search engine, Android operating system and Maps have dominant market positions. The country has emerged as a key focus for the company, which expects internet users there to reach 650 million by 2020, from around 400 million now.

Google recently resurrected its Android One showcase-phone program, a pet project of Chief Executive Officer and Indian native Sundar Pichai’s.

The Tez app supports several languages including Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, and Telugu.


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