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What do the coloured dots in iOS 14 mean?

What do the coloured dots in iOS 14 mean?

A number of apps are programmed to ask you for access to your device’s camera or microphone when you first launch them. Of course, they do so because you may want to record and share audio and video on these platforms. However, overtime, this has come with security risks. Various apps have both been found guilty of accessing device cameras in the background when the apps are in use. Apple has built a security system in iOS 14 to ensure that you do not fall prey to such.

At least, for an app to access your iPhone or iPad’s camera, camera and microphone access must be enabled for the app in question in the Settings app. And if this is not enough to guarantee security, there’s something additional that came with the new iOS 14. 

In response to legitimate concerns, Apple added a new security feature to indicate when an app does use your camera or microphone. When an app is using either of the two on your ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌, a small dot will appear in the status bar just above the WiFi and cellular signal bars.

What do the coloured dots in iOS 14 mean?

A green dot means an iOS app is currently using the camera whereas an orange dot means an iOS app is currently using the microphone.

If you close the app using the camera or microphone and then open the Control Center, there will be a camera or microphone icon along with the name of the app that was recently using the feature. 

With this, the inbuilt recording indicators prevent the camera or microphone from being accessed by an app in the background without your knowledge. Then, you can be sure that apps aren’t in any way recording conversations or videos.

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Google Workspace: The new name of G-Suite

Google Workspace: The new name of G-Suite

Many of us, in one way or another, have used G-Suite for collaboration using its productivity apps. These, which include Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Meet among others have made life a lot easier when it comes to working remotely. The latest is that Google has announced that Google Workspace as the new name replacing the G Suite brand.

At the same time, Google is launching new features that integrate the various services, such as the ability to have a video chat with co-workers displaying in a small box at the corner of a document-editing window. Also, a Chat window can spawn a new document for everybody in the group without needing a new tab. Google is as well changing the icons for its Google Workspace apps.

These apps will let users bring up small previews of other documents embedded in the thing they’re working on. Google will also expand the use of “smart chips” which are little contact cards that can pop up when you @-mention somebody in a document.

According to Google vice president Javier Soltero, the new name reflected that “work isn’t happening in a physical space that’s called an office anymore”. He adds that Google has no intention of reducing support for third-party apps in Google Workspace. The new integrations and promise of less tab-hopping shows that Google is hoping that more of its users will start using more of its products instead of the alternative.

The new features also will be available in the coming months to consumers who do not pay for Gmail, Google Docs and the other tools. Google said it has 2.6 billion accounts, including paid and free ones, that are active each month across those services.

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MWC Africa 2021 to be hosted in Rwanda

MWC Africa 2021 to be hosted in Rwanda

GSMA has announced that it will host MWC Africa in Kigali, Rwanda in 2021. The development comes after MWC 2020 was scrapped in the wake of numerous wireless tech heavyweights deciding to pull out from the conference citing the coronavirus outbreak.

MWC21 Africa is expected to bring together the leading names in business and technology from all around the world. 

I am proud of what we have built with Thrive and the previous Mobile 360 events, which have helped shape the continent’s connected digital future. From 2021 we will celebrate MWC Africa, joining our world-leading platform for thought-leadership and technology, recognising the important role Africa will play in our connected future. Around the world, access to mobile internet is helping close the digital divide. Its transformative power is nowhere more obvious than in Africa. That is why I’m excited about welcoming the world to Kigali next year to shine a light on African mobile and tech innovation,” says GSMA Director General, Mats Granryd.

The GSMA has also published its annual Mobile Economy Sub-Saharan Africa report. This in-depth study explores the latest data, forecasts and trends for the region. It includes a range of policy recommendations that will help ensure that mobile internet makes the best possible contribution to the regional economy, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Sub-Saharan Africa remains the fastest-growing region, with 477 million mobile subscribers at the end of 2019, with an additional 137 million subscribers over the period to 2025, representing a CAGR of 4.3%.

Notably, 272 million are now mobile internet users, representing 26% of the population. In 2019, mobile technologies and services generated 9% of GDP in Sub-Saharan Africa, a contribution of more than $155 billion. 

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Infinix Hot 10: Specifications, Price, and Availability

Infinix Hot 10: Specifications, Price, and Availability

Infinix Mobile has officially launched the Hot 10, the latest handset in the mid-range smartphone series by the company. These are specifically built for power and gaming. And particularly, the company says this phone is made for millennials and Gen Zs, as it is available at cool and affordable price tags.

It comes after the Hot 8 and 9 launched late last year and early in 2020 respectively. The new phone comes in two versions; the Infinix Hot 10 and the Hot 10 Lite. Let’s take a look at the specifications of these.

Infinix Hot 10 Specifications

The Infinix Hot 10 comes with a 6.78-inch display with 720×1640 pixel resolution. It is powered by a Mediatek MT6785 Helio G70 processor that features the Mali-G52 2EEMC2 GPU. It comes with a variation of 3,4 and 6GB of RAM as well as 64 and 128GB of internal storage space, runs XOS 7.0 based on Android 10. The device is also powered by a 5200mAh non-removable battery.

The Hot 10 Lite, on the other hand, is powered by an octa-core Helio A20 processor processor and you can go with either 2 or 3GB of RAM and 32 or 64GB of internal storage space.

As far as the cameras are concerned, the Infinix Hot 10 on the rear packs a 16 MP + 2 MP + 2MP + QVGA camera combo with quad-LED flash. It sports a 8-megapixel camera on the front for selfies.

Connectivity options on the Infinix Hot 10 include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, GPS, Micro-USB, FM radio, 3G, and 4G. Sensors on the phone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, compass/magnetometer, proximity sensor, and fingerprint sensor. The Hot 10 also supports face unlock.

The Hot 10 is available in three colors of Obsidian Black, Amber Red, Moonlight Jade, Ocean Wave

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itel Uganda to gift users this October in iBuy Shopping Festival

itel Uganda to gift users this October in iBuy Shopping Festival

itel Mobile has announced plans to give away smartphones, phone accessories and many goodies this month of October in the iBuy Shopping Festival. The promotion which runs through October 1st to October 31st, 2020 has gifts for smartphone users who make purchases of the itel A56 Series, P36 series and P15 at any itel smartphone promotional shops or points. 

To participate in the BIG Online promotion, smartphone users can pick the devices in-store which qualifies them for a raffle draw or take a picture of themselves with their itel smartphones and tag @itelMobileUganda on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #iBuyBonanza to make their entries valid.

Speaking about the essence of the promotion, Digital Marketing Communications Executive, itel Mobile Uganda, Lindah Nakityo Kasasa said: “The iBuy Shopping Festival campaign sustains the brand’s resolve to bring trendy and budget-friendly smartphones to all Ugandans. In meeting this need, we are also ensuring that smartphone users get a special treat with a gift to enhance their lifestyles.”

As the offline winners will get to win every day once they purchase any of the 5 promo phones, online winners will indulge in weekly campaigns that will see them winning smartphones, accessories, internet bundles and airtime every Friday while the promotion lasts.

The iBuy Shopping Festival Promo will run throughout October 2020. To find out more about this Promo and the itel Mobile brand, visit @itelMobileUganda on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Huawei Uganda concludes the 2020 Seeds for the Future

Huawei Uganda concludes the 2020 Seeds for the Future

The State Minister of Education and Sports Hon. Hamson Obua concluded the 2020 Huawei seeds for the future program. On a ceremony organized on video conference, the Minister has commended Huawei for ‘walking the talk’ through the seeds for the future program that skills students to become ICT experts. 

We want to salute Huawei that they are walking the talk. I feel honored to associate myself with this program that trains the Ugandan students to become ICT experts. We are proud of the training opportunities you’re according to the citizens of Uganda. We are not taking that for granted,” said Hon. Hamson Obua.

This comes after 37 top ICT students from various universities participated in the seeds for the future program online. These were trained in Internet of things, Virtual Reality, Big Data, Cloud, Artificial intelligence and 5G related courses. 

Zhao Xiufen, the Commercial Counsellor in the Chinese Embassy was also a very important guest at the ceremony. 

She noted that, “China has been providing connectivity infrastructure and it has been working with Uganda to enhance technology and without such infrastructure, such online training and meetings would have been impossible. It is also worth noting that the Chinese people believe in sharing and that is why Huawei came up with seeds for the future program to give back to the world.

Giving a speech on behalf of the students who participated in the program, Mr. Kasiita Patrick from Gulu University commended Huawei for opening their eyes and advised his fellow students of their responsibility to keep them open forever.

To my fellow students, you are now fully equipped with the knowledge to manifest in the realm of technology. It will be totally disappointing to sit on your talents. They have opened your eyes, it’s our own duty to keep them open for life. You are the seeds for the future and the future is now,” said Mr. Kasiita Patrick from Gulu University. 

Because of the COVID -19 Pandemic, the Managing director of Huawei Mr. Gaofei notes that Huawei globally turned the seeds for the future program that took students to China into an online study.

Because of COVID-19 global pandemic and its effects on transport, borders and gatherings. We have been encouraged to live what we profess as an ICT Company by introducing an online version of the seeds for the future program.  During this program, we have made full use of the benefits of; learning and communication without borders, showing the future communication trends through welink, a sense of exclusivity of a teaching form and the convenience of not being restricted by the place among others.”  

The Students were also rewarded different prizes during the ceremony to be encouraged to devote more in the ICT innovating sector. 

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How to use the App Library on iOS 14

How to use the App Library on iOS 14

The new iOS 14 introduces significant changes to your iPhone Home Screen, coming with new widgets and an App Library. In case you have no idea what it is, the App Library is designed to organize large collections of apps and make them easier to access.  

To access the iOS App Library, go to the ‌Home Screen‌ of your iPhone, and swipe left to your last screen of apps. Then, swipe left once more to bring up the App Library. 

How to Use the App Library

With the App Library open, you’ll see two columns containing auto-generated categories of apps. You can tap an individual app to open it, or tap the group of four smaller app icons to reveal all the apps in that category. You can launch any large-icon apps with a single tap or reveal an entire category of apps by tapping on a four-icon square. 

To your advantage, the App Library eliminates the need for multiple pages of apps. You can remove entire app pages to rely on the App Library.

To delete individual apps:

  • Long press on a category name or a blank space to enable jiggle mode
  • Then, tap the small x in the corner of the app you want to remove. 

To add an app to your ‌Home Screen‌:

  • Long press on it 
  • Select Add to ‌Home Screen‌.

How to Use the App Library List View

The App Library also incorporates a list view that you can use to find apps installed on your device.

  • Tap the App Library search bar at the top of the screen. Alternately, swipe down on the screen.
  • Type in the name of an app to filter the alphabetical list, or scroll down through the list with your finger to find what you’re looking for. You can also swipe up and down the letters of the alphabet on the right of the screen for faster navigation through the list.
  • Tap an app to launch it.

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How to troubleshoot camera issues in iOS 14

How to troubleshoot camera issues in iOS 14

While the majority of users are enjoying the new iOS 14 on their devices, some have had to cope with bugs. One of the issues users have reported seeing once upgrading their devices to iOS 14 is the camera not working properly. This could just be a blurry screen, or a blank screen where the viewfinder is usually, or glitches with the back camera. 

iPhone 7 users are some of those with issues, mainly to do with the camera on their devices. If you have faced such a problem, worry not! We are here to guide you on how to over come this.let us try to walk you through troubleshooting steps.

How to troubleshoot camera issues in iOS 14

  • Restart your iPhone by holding the side power button and volume down button until you see the screen go blank then the Apple logo appears.
  • Quit the application using the camera by either swiping up from the bottom or double-tapping the home button to get the app switcher up, then swiping up on the camera app to close it completely.
  • Clear some storage to enable the camera save images. You can save some files to iCloud, especially your camera roll. To do this: 
    • Go to Settings 
    • Then to Photos & Camera 
    • Select iCloud Photo Library and make sure Optimize iPhone Storage is on
  • Disable NFC reader which also uses the camera app and might be conflicting on your device. To do this:
    • Go to Control Center 
    • Then turn off the new NFC reader
  • Downgrade to iOS 13
  • Factory reset. Make sure you backup your iPhone to iCloud or your computer first. That way, you can restore your iPhone with that backup after you reset it.

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Everything you need to know about PlayStation 5

Everything you need to know about PlayStation 5

It’s a gaming season and there’s nothing to stop that – not by any chance! Having seen what Microsoft has to offer with the new Xbox Series coming up, the next generation in the PlayStation 5, the PS5, is here! Sony is also selling two versions of its console though the only thing that differentiates the two versions is the availability of a disc drive and the cost.

With the new consoles, we should expect to experience better graphics when gaming, support for high refresh rates, as well as custom SSD that offers promising loading speeds. 

PlayStation 5 specifications

The console is powered by a custom eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPU and a custom AMD Radeon RDNA 2-based GPU providing 10.28 teraflops of raw graphical power. The console also uses variable frequencies on both the PS5’s CPU and GPU, pushing the graphics to run slightly faster than normal when the CPU isn’t running at peak. The SSD onboard has 825GB of storage and 5.5GB/s of throughput. Expanding the console’s storage requires you to do so with a Sony-certified M.2 SSD.

The PlayStation 5 supports up to 8K output, promises 4K graphics at up to a 120Hz refresh rate, and also supports 3D audio. The console will come with 3 USB-A ports, with one on the front and two on the back, as well as a USB-C port on the front. There’s also an Ethernet port on the back of the console and 802.11ac Wi-Fi – which we know of as Wi-Fi 5.

PS5 Games

We can confidently assume that Sony has gained success with the PlayStation 4 by selling consoles that can play first-party games from the company’s storied franchises, while supplementing these with great third-party titles. They are doing the same thing with the new PlayStation 5.

They have already announced six first-party titles that will be available on launch day, November 12th. These are:

  • Astro’s Playroom (Japan Studio) – pre-installed on PS5
  • Demon’s Souls (Bluepoint Games / Japan Studio) – $69.99
  • Destruction All Stars (Lucid Games / XDEV) – $69.99
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales – $49.99
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition – $69.99
  • Sackboy: A Big Adventure (Sumo Digital / XDEV) – $59.99

Backward compatibility

Sony says that the PS5 is “99 percent” backwards compatible with PS4 games. It is not yet clear which games aren’t backwards compatible, but 99 percent is quite good to go with. However, the fate for PS3, PS2, and PS1 games on the PS5 is still uncertain.

PlayStation 5 Price and availability

For $499.99, you can buy a PS5 with a 4K Blu-ray drive. But for $100 less, at $399.99, you can buy the Digital Edition PS5 which is thinner than the former. Both consoles launch on November 12th in the US, Japan, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea. They’ll launch on November 19th in the rest of the world – except for China where a launch date will be announced in the future.

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How to set Photos app permissions in iOS 14

How to set Photos app permissions in iOS 14

The new iOS 14 is strict on user privacy and security. One key development that it comes with is the enhancement of a number of privacy features for your mobile devices. This, among others, lets you modify how to share photos with other apps you own. As you may know, most third-party apps never need total access to your photos library. But here, iOS 14 lets you easily place customized restrictions on them. 

How to set Photos app permissions in iOS 14

To set permissions for the Photos app in iOS 14,

  • Go to Settings, then to Privacy, and select Photos and tap on the app for which you want to adjust access. 
  • Then, Choose either of Selected Photos, All Photos, or None.

With Selected Photos, you can choose only the photos or videos you want to share with that app directly from your Camera Roll.

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  • How to do the aesthetic Home Screen in iOS 14: Aesthetics are basically custom themes and app icons that you can create on your home screen. These themes vary from following the same color pattern to a fall or Halloween theme, or pop culture.
  • How to use picture-in-picture mode to watch video in iOS 14: The new iOS 14 has support for picture-in-picture (PiP) mode, which lets you watch a video while you perform other tasks on your phone. 

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