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iOS 13 | The best new features coming to you on 19th Sept

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Apple announced a Sept. 19 release date for iOS 13 at its special event where it also launched the iPhone 11 series which will hit stores on Sept. 20.

iOS 13, is the newest version of Apple’s iOS operating system for iPhones and iPads, announced on June 3 at the keynote event of the 2019 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). It is a huge overhaul to iOS, with a long list of new and revamped features like a Dark Mode, a Find My app, a revamped Photos app, a new Siri voice, updated privacy features, a new street-level view for Maps, and more.

Importantly, Apple continued on with its optimization trend introduced in iOS 12, making iOS 13 faster and more efficient than ever. For instance;

  • App update times have improved,
  • App launch times are two times faster,
  • App download sizes have been reduced by up to 50 percent, and
  • Face ID is 30 percent faster.

Best new iOS 13 features

Systemwide Dark Mode

The dark mode is a feature we’ve already seen incorporated into the Mac, and some apps like Twitter also have it. But now the iPhone offers it — system-wide, changing the entire look of the operating system from light to dark. Dark mode reduces strain on your eyes and saves your battery.

To enable it, swipe into the Control Center, and then tap the Dark Mode button. You can choose to have Dark Mode come on at sunset or on a customized schedule. All native Apple apps feature Dark Mode support, and third-party apps can use Dark Mode APIs to add Dark Mode integration.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth selection from the Control Center

This new update solves one of my biggest beef with iOS; not being able to select the WiFi network or Bluetooth connection directly from the control center. But now iOS 13 now gives you the ability to quickly access Wi-Fi and Bluetooth settings through the Control Center.

All you have to do is just swipe down from the top-right corner, long-press on the WiFi/Bluetooth widget to bring up the menu without having to open Settings, then use 3D touch on WiFi or Bluetooth toggles to see the available networks, then select the connection you want.

Stop Unknown Callers

If you are one person who gets a million spam calls, thankfully, iOS 13 combats that. Your iPhone will now be able to block unknown callers who aren’t in your contacts or found in your email. 

Under phone settings, you’ll now be able to turn on the ‘Silence unknown callers’ feature. Just go to Settings > Phone > and toggle to Silence Unknown Callers. When on, unknown calls won’t make your phone ring but will be sent straight to voicemail.

Find My …

Apple has merged Find My Friends and Find My iPhone into a single app, called Find My. And on top of combining the apps, Apple added the capability to help find lost devices for people you don’t even know and vice versa.

In the case that you lose your iPhone and have Find My iPhone enabled, you can mark your phone as lost. Apple will then crowdsource its location by asking all Apple devices to look for your phone’s Bluetooth signal. Once another Apple device finds your lost phone, tablet or computer, you’ll receive an alert. However, there is no need to worry because Apple says the service is completely free, anonymous and encrypted.

This is great news because in the past if you lost an iPhone you had to replace your sim card first so as to get the access code that’s usually sent from the Find my iPhone app. Quite frustrating because time is of the essence when dealing with a lost device.

QuickPath

Apple has introduced a QuickPath feature on the iPhone which is a new swipe-based QuickPath keyboard option for quicker text entry. Text editing is easier than ever thanks to the scrolling improvements and more accurate gestures for moving the cursor.

All you need to do is place your finger on the keyboard and swipe from letter to letter to spell out a message. QuickPath is enabled by default after installing iOS 13; you don’t have to turn it on.  

Download files in Safari

One can now download files using Safari. When you come across a download link, tap on it to reveal a popup asking if you want to download the file. Just tap on the “Download” button to reveal a new Download icon in the toolbar. From here, you can monitor, control, and open all downloads.

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By default, downloaded files go to the Downloads folder in your iCloud Drive. You can switch to the local storage on your iPhone by going to Settings > Safari > Downloads and choosing “On My iPhone”.

Photos app adds video-editing tools

The Photos app received a pretty significant overhaul whereby organizing and surfacing photos are both now easier, and the edit tools have a new look. The most impressive bit is the ability to use all of the picture editing tools you’re familiar with on videos in the Photos app.

Meaning you can apply filters, adjust brightness and even crop a video right in the Photos app.

iOS 13 also adds some new editing tools for adjusting Vibrance, White Balance, Sharpen, Definition, Noise Reduction, and Vignette. Further, Apple now allows iPhone owners to set the intensity for filters.

When you go to the Edit menu while viewing a photo or video, you’ll find a new editor. The redesigned photo editor features a more straightforward Instagram-style interface. Below the image, you’ll notice a carousel of editing tools. Select a tool and then use the slider to set the intensity.

Additionally, all edits for photos and videos are now non-destructive. You can revert to the original media at any given time.

Sign In with Apple won’t share your email address

A new privacy feature called Sign In with Apple logs you into accounts and apps without you having to add your email address. Apple says this will protect users from third-party apps that want to track them. 

In a way, this is Apple’s version of logging in with Facebook and Google, with one major exception. Those tools can be used to track you online, but Apple’s version will use your iPhone or iPad to authenticate your credentials when you log in. You tap to authenticate with Face ID without revealing any personal information about yourself. 

One may also choose to share or hide their email address, and can ask Apple to create a random email for the app or service that forwards to your actual email address, therefore masking your real identity without your needing to use a junk account.

Apple also blocks apps that track your location from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and lets you decide if you’d like apps to ask your permission each time they request your location data.

Memoji avatars come to Messages, stickers

iOS 13 will automatically create a sticker pack for every Memoji character (an emoji of your face). This is Apple’s version of Bitmoji stickers. You can find the stickers in the Memoji Stickers app, which puts a thumbnail of your Memoji into the messages app.

New controls let you go in-depth with customization, makeup — even adding braces to your teeth. You also get a sticker pack across your iOS 13 devices.

Apps like WhatsApp will be adding support for Memoji stickers while unsupported apps will allow you to send them as images.

Audio Sharing for AirPods

AirPods Audio Sharing in iOS 13 AirPlay screen
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If you and your friend both have a pair of AirPods or PowerBeats Pro headphones, you can now connect them to a single iPhone and share the audio to both devices. Also, if both of you have the latest iPhone, you can just put your friend’s handset over yours to get a popup for sharing audio.

This can also be done manually by pairing a second pair of AirPods to your iPhone. Flick open the AirPods case and then press and hold on the Round button at the back of the case. Tap on “Connect” on your iPhone.

Once paired, the AirPods will show up in the AirPlay menu, and you can just select the second pair to share the audio.

Want to try these features in iOS 13?

Once Apple releases iOS 13 on Sept. 19, just open up the Settings app on your phone and move over to General > Software Update > and hit Install. That’s it! 

Here’s the official list of devices that will run iOS 13 and iPadOS 13:

iPhone XS 12.9-inch iPad Pro
iPhone XS Max 11-inch iPad Pro
iPhone XR 10.5-inch iPad Pro
iPhone X 9.7-inch iPad Pro
iPhone 8 iPad (6th generation)
iPhone 8 Plus iPad (5th generation)
iPhone 7 iPad Mini (5th generation)
iPhone 7 Plus iPad Mini 4
iPhone 6S iPad Air (3rd generation)
iPhone 6S Plus iPad Air 2
iPhone SE
iPod Touch (7th generation)


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Floyd death homicide, official post-mortem says

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The official post-mortem examination of Mr Floyd by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office also recorded evidence of heart disease and recent drug use. It said he suffered the cardiac arrest “while being restrained by a law enforcement officer” on 25 May.

The findings were released shortly after those of a private examination that was carried out by medical examiners hired by the Floyd family.

This report said Mr Floyd died from asphyxia (lack of oxygen) due to a compression on his neck and also on his back. It also found the death was a homicide, a statement from the family’s legal team said.

“The cause of death in my opinion is asphyxia, due to compression to the neck – which can interfere with oxygen going to the brain – and compression to the back, which interferes with breathing,” Dr Michael Baden, a former New York City medical examiner, said at a news conference on Monday.

Benjamin Crump, a lawyer for the Floyd family, said: “Beyond doubt he would be alive today if not for the pressure applied to his neck by officer Derek Chauvin and the strain on his body by two other officers.”

He added: “The ambulance was his hearse.”

What did Trump say?

Also on Monday, during a brief televised address from the White House’s Rose Garden, President Trump threatened to send in the military to end the protests if cities and states failed to control them.

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Speaking as the sounds of a nearby protest could be heard in the background, Mr Trump said “we are ending the riots and lawlessness” which he blamed on “professional anarchists” and anti-fascist group “Antifa”.

“I have strongly recommended to every governor to deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers that we dominate the streets,” Mr Trump said.

The National Guard is the reserve military force that can be called on to intervene in domestic emergencies. About 16,000 of its troops have been deployed to deal with the unrest so far.

Mr Trump added: “If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary… then I’ll deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them.”

“I want the organisers of this terror to be on notice that you’ll face severe criminal penalties,” he said.

Earlier, President Trump told state governors they had been “weak” and had to get “much tougher” and utilise troops from the National Guard.

“You’ve got to arrest people, you have to track people, you have to put them in jail for 10 years and you’ll never see this stuff again,” Mr Trump said in a video conference call, according to US media.

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Top 5 budgeting tools in 2020

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If you find it hard to manage your spending and keeping your personal finances under control, you may need a budgeting tool to help you with that. Nowadays, there are many budgeting apps in the market for you to choose, which makes it even more difficult to pick one. You can try some of them to know which one is best for you. One app focuses on personal budgeting tools, while the other helps to track bills. One is special about giving the ability to assign each dollar, creating a total money management system. These tools will also send you warnings when you are about to overspend. 

There are a lot of things you need to control if you want to manage your budget, such as money management, personal finance… If you cannot decide which tools will be best for you, keep reading this article because here we sort out the best budgeting tools for you. 

Mint

Mint is one of the first and most popular budgeting apps in the market. Managed by Intuit, the same company that founds Quickbooks and TurboTax, Mint provides many features to help you track and control your money from a large number of banks, credit card issuers, brokerages, lenders, and other financial institutions. It has many useful features, the most beneficial is its budgeting tools, which is put right in the front and center when you sign in. Mint automatically classifies transactions from connected credit and debit cards and tracks them according to the budget you can adjust and customize to your demands. 

It will also notify when the amount of money you spend exceeds your budget, track your spending by category, or check out your total cash flow to get a complete picture of where you spend your money every month. 

You Need A Budget

You Need A Budget is really popular right now with a lot of fans calling it YNAB. You Need a Budget is really special compared to other budgeting tools. Because it doesn’t count on traditional budgeting buckets but you can make your budget depending on your income, giving every dollar a job in your budget. By jobs, I mean everything including living expenses to debt payments, savings, or investments. This way you cannot leave any money unaccounted so that you have to think carefully about every dollar you earn and spend. 

This app is ideal for both individuals and couples managing their budgets together. It comes with desktop and mobile interfaces and allows you to sync your bank accounts automatically or enter expenses manually, and the ability to track debt payoff and goal so that you will be encouraged to reach your money goals. 

Wally

Wally is not so easy to use when compared to other tools on this list, but it really does a good job in budgeting. With this tool, you can easily track your income and expenses because it gives you a snapshot of your remaining budget so that you won’t overspend. This app is more popular with Millenials because it is free to use and provides both IOS and Android versions. Another amazing thing of Wally is its built-in support for most of all foreign currencies, which makes people who don’t live in the US tend to choose it. 

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PocketGuard

As it’s called, PocketGuard will guard your pocket so that you won’t be overspending. This budgeting app can connect to all of your financial accounts and helps you track how much money you are spending compared to the money you earn during the month. What makes this app a good option is that it is easy to set up and link to your bank accounts. It tells you how much you are earning, follows what you are spending on recurring bills and everyday expenses, and tracks deposits in your saving account in a period of time.

This budgeting tool allows you to keep track of each individual bill and find chances to save. PocketGuard checks out everything for you from recurring bills from phone to TV, and Internet companies and helps you find a better deal on your monthly service fees. It doesn’t only help you keep track of your budget, but it also helps you reduce your spending. You can also check out some of the best mobile coupon apps to save money in 2020 to save even more. 

Goodbudget

Firstly known as Easy Envelope Budget Aid or EEBA, it was then changed to Goodbudget with the main feature of helping people share their budgeting process together. It takes advantage of the familiar envelope budgeting philosophy to manage your proactive budget for all of your bills and spending. 

Since you can easily share and sync budgets with budgeting partners across the iPhone and Android spectrum, this tool is ideal for couples who want to share finances, while being good for individuals too. This app is best to use on your smartphone, if you don’t have one, you can check out phone deals on special occasions to save money on a smartphone. When you put new transactions to this tool, you can choose to add a few details, dividing your expenses into many envelopes. You can manage your budget easily by category with up to 10 envelopes with no charge. Add money to your budget from your income and you will know how much money you have left so that you won’t spend money on unnecessary things. 


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KOT Remind Kenyans Of Local Police Brutality Even As Focus Is On USA

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The heartbreaking story of George Floyd has made headlines across the world, several social users are raising awareness regarding black lives and riots are taking place across the USA.

However even as the stories of Goerge Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor are echoed across the media,  Kenyans feel like many of their own are not speaking loudly enough about the situation back home. Ever since the curfew was implemented across Kenya, there have been several cases of police brutality directed at anyone found outside past time.

Nairobi News has established that for several days now, the police have been beating up locals as early as 6:50 pm to force them to stay indoors.

The most recent incident that has raised concern is that of Samuel Maina alias Maich, a barber who was brutalized by police officers who also allegedly stole from him.

Mr Maina said that the police started chasing locals as early as 6:45 pm as they brutally caned them. He was on his way home.

“This forced me to hide in a place until the situation calmed down and I went on walking to my house,” he said. Mr Maina says that were it not for the early ambush by the police, he could have arrived in his house in time.

Several Kenyans on Twitter have voiced police brutality against their own urging media outlets and more people to raise awareness and take action.

 

 


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