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06
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Everything To Know About Family Setup Feature

KEY POINTS

  • Apple introduced a new feature called Family Setup in watchOS 7
  • The new feature lets users setup several Apple Watches using just one iPhone
  • The feature will help parents provide added security for their loved ones

Aside from introducing new features and improvements to the Apple Watch experience via watchOS 7, Apple also introduced a new feature called Family Setup, which allows users to set up several Apple Watches using only one iPhone.

The new Family Setup feature is designed to let family members who don’t have iPhones enjoy the health benefits of the Apple Watch.

Parents, for example, will be able to give their kids or aging seniors the Apple wearable without having to buy them an Apple smartphone. They’ll also be able to enjoy other features they previously weren’t able to enjoy, such as managing their kids’ Screen Time or who gets to message them.

Apple_watch-experience-for-entire-family-hero_09152020 Apple’s new Family Setup feature in watchOS 7 lets all family members enjoy the health benefits of the Apple Watch. Photo: Apple

Here’s what consumers should know about the new feature.

Family Setup requirements

The new feature works with Apple Watch Series 4 models and newer, as well as the new Apple Watch SE, as long as models are Cellular-enabled. The Apple Watch doesn’t need to have a cellular plan to be activated via Family Setup. The feature also requires an iPhone 6s or newer, provided that it runs on iOS 14 or newer versions.

Family Setup will require all users, such as the iPhone owner and the owner of the Apple Watch being set up, to have an Apple ID that has two-factor authentication (2FA) turned on. The iPhone owner will need to take the role of “parent/guardian” or “organizer” in the Family Sharing setup.

Setting up

It’s easy to

03
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Every new Alexa feature announced at Amazon’s fall hardware event: Hunches, Guard Plus and more

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Amazon’s annual hardware event has come and gone, with a slew of product announcements, from a brand new Echo speaker and Echo Show display, to a cloud-based gaming platform. But the star of Amazon’s smart home is, as always, Alexa. Amazon’s voice assistant continues to expand its reach, connecting with over 140,000 smart home devices, and boasting more than 100 million Alexa-compatible devices installed across its user base. But Alexa’s power isn’t just in its rapidly growing scale and ever-expanding reach.

When I spoke to Daniel Rausch, Amazon’s vice president of smart home and Alexa mobile, before the hardware event, he said Alexa is becoming more independent too. Alexa will soon be able to act on Hunches without asking, to listen for and react to sounds other than a wake word, and to protect your home more actively with an upgrade to Alexa Guard.


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All this will lead to what Rausch called “the ambient home,” in which Alexa is “ready to respond [to voice commands], but is more predictive and proactive.”

Here are the biggest upgrades coming to Alexa.

Alexa Guard Plus

Amazon has rolled out and expanded Alexa Guard over the past couple of years to allow you to monitor your home while you’re away. While it’s activated, Guard will listen for glass breaking, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and footsteps and other signs of a break-in, and will send you a mobile alert.

The company is now offering something called Alexa Guard Plus, a subscription service that runs $4.99 per month, and it adds a few features on top

02
Oct
2020
Posted in programming

UMMS diversity and inclusion programming to feature campus read, community conversations, diversity summit

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UMass Medical School will hold a series of events this fall to help align and anchor diversity and inclusion programming, according to Chancellor Michael F. Collins and Terence R. Flotte, MD, executive deputy chancellor, provost and dean of the School of Medicine.

They said it remains one of their highest priorities to bring together members of the academic community for exploration and discussion of ideas that challenge, open minds, broaden perspectives, advance the institution’s mission, and ultimately create deeper connections among all who work and learn at UMMS.

The medical school community is invited to participate in a “Campus Read,” featuring the book, How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi, PhD.

Dr. Kendi, an award-winning author and one of the nation’s leading scholars and historians of racism, recently joined Boston University as a professor and founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research.

UMMS has purchased a limited number of electronic copies of How to Be an Antiracist, which can be read on a Nook eReader (the eReader is available as a free download from the Barnes & Noble website). Email the Diversity and Inclusion Office at [email protected] for instructions on receiving a free copy.

Leading up to discussion about the book, all UMMS community members are invited to participate in campus-wide online conversations. Each of the following conversations will take place from noon – 1 p.m. and will also be recorded and shared on the UMMS Diversity in Action website. Upcoming emails from DIO Events will provide further information and registration details.

Community conversations include:

Oct. 21 – A Conversation on Gender Equity, led by Mary Ellen Lane, PhD, dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and interim vice provost for faculty affairs. Invited guest speaker: Gayle Capozzalo, executive director of

02
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Apple’s Future iPhones Could Feature Self-Healing Display

KEY POINTS

  • Apple is working on a slew of new technologies for upcoming devices
  • One such technology is a “self-healing” display
  • The technology might be used for future iPhones

A new patent application shows that Apple is hard at work in creating functional and durable flexible displays that will be used for its future devices, such as a foldable iPhone. The technology described in the new filing reveals that the company is working on a display that’s capable of “healing” itself from the damages it might sustain during normal use.

The new patent application, titled “Electronic Devices With Flexible Display Cover Layers,” was recently published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In it, inventors talked about one of the ways that Apple could make a foldable iPhone.

The inventors described a device that has a flexible display comprised of several parts, including two rigid display cover layers that are joined together by a flexible display cover layer in the middle. The flexible part allows the device to be bent in the same way today’s foldable smartphones are folded.

What’s interesting about the patent application is the inventors’ repeated mention of a layer made of material that possesses “self healing” properties. They said this layer “may be formed across the entire display cover layer or may be formed only in the flexible region of the display cover layer.”

Apple self-healing display According to the patent application, FIG. 11 (pictured) is a cross-sectional side view of an illustrative display in which the display cover layer includes a self-healing coating across the display cover layer and a heating layer that heats the self-healing coating in accordance with an embodiment. Photo: Apple/USPTO

The inventors said that the layer can be made of elastomer, which is stretchable and can possess the ability to return to its original

30
Sep
2020
Posted in technology

Twitter Expands Rollout of Voice Tweets Feature for iOS Users

Twitter says it’s making its voice tweets feature available to more users on iOS. Launched in June for a limited number of users, voice tweets is designed to allow people to tweet with their voice, sending voice-based messages instead of text.


Voice tweets can be created by opening up the tweet composer and tapping the new wavelengths icon. A screen then opens with a user’s Twitter icon, which can be tapped to begin a recording.

Twitter users can capture up to 140 seconds of audio, but continuous recording is possible and longer audio will create multiple voice tweets.

Listening to a voice tweet can be done by tapping on the image in the Twitter timeline. On iOS, playback starts in an audio player that’s docked at the bottom of the timeline so users can continue to scroll through Twitter.


Since their arrival on iOS, voice tweets have been criticized for lacking accessibility in the form of audio transcriptions. That criticism led Twitter employees to reveal they’d been asked to volunteer their time on top of their usual work to focus on accessibility.

The ensuing flak led Twitter to tell The Verge that it was exploring how to build a “more dedicated group” to focus on accessibility, and the company has since announced new two teams in that vein. Twitter subsequently said it plans to add automated captions to audio and video on the platform by “early 2021.”

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