As Mary Dalianis reflects on the last five months, including the devastating loss of her mother, the COVID-19 survivor becomes overwhelmed with emotion.
“I’m not going to break down and cry, I promised myself, but I hate to have lost her that way due to COVID-19 because my mom was medically stable. She had her challenges, but she didn’t have to die that way,” said Dalianis, wiping tears from her eyes.
The family contracted COVID-19 in March, possibly from a local supermarket, though the exact point of exposure is unconfirmed.
Dalianis’ mother was about to be vaccinated when she became ill, though she herself was not yet eligible.
“Unfortunately she went into the hospital before then … my mom had a very high fever, she would lose her balance, she would fall so the ambulance was called. Then two days later, I went with the same high fever. I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t talk. I had pneumonia in the beginning. But they later diagnosed me as well with COVID-19,” recalled Dalianis.
Her own symptoms worsened quickly and she was intubated in the ICU at Toronto Western Hospital.
“I believe I was getting maximum oxygen. I had sepsis, I had lung abscesses, necrotizing pneumonia, which is the worst kind of pneumonia you can get, a pulmonary embolism … And I had clots in my legs,” she said.
While attached to a ventilator, Dalianis was unaware her mother had died of the virus.
“My aunt came up and told me that my mom passed away and I was shocked. I don’t remember anything in ICU, only going under, that’s it,” she said.
The hardest part of the five-month long ordeal, said Dalianis, was not getting the opportunity to say goodbye to her mother.
“The hardest news I ever had to receive was the death of my mom. She was a very special lady, very special lady,” she said.
After being released from hospital, Dalianis spent weeks at Bridgepoint Health undergoing intensive rehabilitation to learn to walk and talk again.
Just last month, she was finally able to return home.
“They worked hard with me and I was able to walk within a month and a half. I gained back my mobility, my brain, walking, talking — doing everything I did before in life a little slower, but I’m much better now and getting stronger each day,” she said.
As Ontarians get ready to show proof of vaccination to enter certain businesses and public spaces, Dalianis said she is hopeful more people who have yet to get the vaccine will now access it.
She herself is double vaccinated.
“I urge you from the bottom of my heart, [as] someone who has suffered a great loss, my mom, and I regained my health, please do not go through what I did,” said Dalianis.
“I went through a lot of heartache, pain and emotional trauma. Don’t bring this upon yourself. Get vaccinated.”
Dalianis credited Dr. Abdu Sharkawy, infectious diseases specialist at the University Health Network, with saving her life.
“He’s my hero because he fought along with my friends in ICU … they fought hard and through the grace of God, they saved me,” she said.
“I remember the first time I laid eyes on her, I thought, ‘Oh, my goodness,’ what she had gone through being so sick in the intensive care unit, how serious the complications were with respect to her COVID pneumonia, the clots that she endured afterwards, the sepsis and the serious life-threatening organ dysfunction that she went through, and she looked like she should have really been left for dead,” recalled Sharkawy.
He said he was amazed when suddenly one day “she just came to life.”
“She literally started talking and started smiling and started interacting and engaging,” he said, adding, “this is the reason we practice medicine, is to be able to see people emerge from the depths of despair and medical distress and to rise above it and to show us the resilience and strength and really the grace and humility that it takes to get through these difficulties.”
Sharkawy said he hopes people hear Dalianis’ message and heed the warning.
“COVID-19 isn’t going away. The pandemic might end very soon, hopefully, but the disease isn’t going away entirely,” Sharkawy said.
“We’ve got to do whatever we can to continue to spread a message that’s going to keep people safe, prevent them from being unnecessarily exposed, or if they’re exposed, immunized and vaccinated so that they can defend themselves and keep themselves and the rest of their communities healthy.”
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How to Migrate your WhatsApp Data from iPhone to Android (Samsung Galaxy phones) – XDA Developers
WhatsApp is one of the most widely used instant messaging services all over the world. While it has improved over the years with new features and additions, one major caveat was the inability to transfer chats across platforms. WhatsApp does offer backup and restore functionality but it only works when switching from one Android to another, or one iPhone to another.
If you’re switching from an Android device to an iPhone or vice-versa, there was no official way to transfer your chat and media history from one phone to the other. Fortunately, that has now changed with WhatsApp’s official announcement at the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 launch last month.
For now, WhatsApp has rolled out the ability to transfer chats from an iPhone to an Android device. However, only Samsung phones are currently supported, but the feature will be made available to all Android devices in the near future. If the new foldables from Samsung convinced you to switch to Android from an iPhone, here’s how you can transfer all your WhatsApp data, including chats and media, from your old iPhone to your new Android device.
While WhatsApp has published a support article with instructions to transfer WhatsApp data from your old iPhone to your new Android, we found that the steps mentioned in that article are inaccurate, and following them will not help you migrate your data. So we decided to make the process simpler for you by breaking down the steps we followed to successfully carry out the migration process.
We performed the migration from an iPhone 12 Pro to a Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. However, the process should work on any Samsung device running Android 10 and above.
How to Transfer WhatsApp data from iPhone to Android
Before we begin, there are a few things to note here. The Android phone to which you want to transfer the data must be in a brand new state. Meaning it either needs to be just unboxed and not set up, or if it’s a phone you’ve already been using, you’ll have to factory reset it. We tried performing the steps on a phone that was already set up and in use, but it failed to work. Once we wiped the phone, we were able to transfer the data.
You’ll also need a USB-C to lightning cable for this process to work since the transfer happens via a wired connection and not wirelessly. The last thing you’ll need is some patience since the transfer process is painfully slow. Depending on how large your WhatsApp data is, the process may take even up to an hour.
Now we have all this out of the way, let’s get to the steps:
- When your Android phone is in a brand new state, or once you’ve factory reset it, connect it to an iPhone via the USB-C to lightning cable. Keep this cable plugged into both phones until the entire process is completed.
- The iPhone will give you a pop-up asking if you want to Trust this Computer. Select Trust.
- Begin the setup process on the Android phone by agreeing to the terms and conditions and connect it to your Wi-Fi network.
- You’ll then see a screen asking if you want to transfer data from an existing device. Tap on yes, and the phone should now download the latest version of Smart Switch.
- Once Smart Switch has been launched, select Transfer from iPhone or iPad. You’ll now get an option to transfer WhatsApp chats from your iPhone accompanied by a QR code.
- Scan this QR code with your iPhone, or launch WhatsApp on your iPhone and navigate to Settings > Chats > Move Chats to Android.
- Tap on the option and your iPhone will start preparing your chats and other data to be transferred. Once done, it will ask you to continue on the new phone.
- On the Android device, you’ll now see the option to transfer other data from your iPhone like contacts, messages, photos, etc. You can select these options based on whether you want that data to be transferred to your new phone.
- Smart Switch will now ask you to install WhatsApp on the new phone to which you need to agree. You can also choose to install the other apps that were previously on your iPhone.
- Once you have performed these steps, the transfer process will begin. Depending on the data you’re transferring, this process may take anywhere between 30-60 minutes.
- After the setup is complete, open WhatsApp on your Android device and log in with the same phone number that was used to log into WhatsApp on your iPhone.
- When you log in, you should see the prompt asking you whether you want to transfer your chat history from the iPhone.
- Select Start and the transfer should take place in a few minutes.
- You’ll now have all your chats, images, videos, audio files, and just about everything from WhatsApp on your iPhone transferred to your Android device.
You have now successfully migrated your WhatsApp data from your iPhone to your new Android device!
You can install the rest of your apps and transfer any other data you may need and continue to use the phone. The chat transfer process for WhatsApp is slightly complex and involves a lot of work and time, but hopefully, it gets more seamless once the feature is rolled out to all Android devices.
Apple's iPhone 13, new iPad Mini and more: Everything we saw at Apple's Sept. event – CNET
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Apple TV Plus had several shows mentioned at the top of Apple’s Sept. 17 event.
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The newest 10.2-inch iPad features the A13 Bionic chip.
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Apple included this quick list of changes to this year’s new iPad.
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The new iPad starts at $329.
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The new iPad Mini has an 8.3-inch screen.
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The iPad Mini supports the same Apple Pencil as does the current iPad Air and iPad Pro.
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The iPad Mini is available in several colors.
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The iPad Mini also sports a USB-C port and compatibility with many USB-C accessories.
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Check out the iPad Mini features list.
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Touch ID is included ini the power button of the iPad Mini.
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Apple Watch Series 7 will maintain compatibility with existing wristbands.
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This model will be a more worry-free wearable from the looks of it’s “dust resistant” feature.
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The screen’s larger size comes from slimming down the size of the borders.
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Here you can see a comparison of the Series 7 (right) with its predecessor. The thinner bevel allows a nice large viewing area on the screen.
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Apple Fitness Plus is receiving updates to its service.
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The service will be adding classes in Pilates and meditation.
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The service’s Time to Walk audio series is continuing on the Apple Watch.
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Pilates classes will now be available on the platform.
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Guided meditation classes will also be available.
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Ever wanted to do a Zoom call with a friend whilst both exercising? Group Workouts may be just the thing you need.
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A screen in screen feature allows you to chat with a buddy while you share a workout together.
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Finally, we get down to the business of iPhone announcements.
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The iPhone 13 reveals a tweaked design from last year’s iPhone 12.
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The iPhone 13 will be available in five colors.
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The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini each sport a slimmer notch.
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Cinematic mode offers a method of simulating professional “rack focus” techniques from cinematography.
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It switches focus precisely and smoothly from someone in the foreground to something in the background.
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The iPhone 13 line continues to support the new MagSafe line of accessories.
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The MagSafe Wallet now supports Find My, allowing you a better chance of finding it should it become lost.
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The wallet acts much like an AirTag — it’s able to be discoverable using the Find My network. This means if you lost it, the map will show you the last time the wallet was in proximity to any Apple device that is part of that network.
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Check out the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini pricing.
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And just like with the 12 line, the iPhone 13 will also have Pro and Pro Max models.
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iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max will be available in four colors.
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Here’s a sample Macro mode shot from the new Pro.
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… and another impressive sample!
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Here’s the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro max pricing.
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Google is going to let older Android phones disable app permissions when not in use for a long time – Digital Information World
In 2020, Google introduced a new feature applicable to the Android 11 that stated that applications that haven’t been used in some time will have their permissions revoked. With the surge in awareness and concerns related to privacy, it was indeed a necessary feature. Now Google will allow this auto-reset to apply to older phones as well so that they can be ‘cleaned’ too.
Previously, only Android 11, 12, and newer versions were able to create a clean slate by removing all permissions from apps that haven’t been used for a while. The incentive was to reduce any company’s access to personal information. It was also to give users another chance to reevaluate the permissions asked by various apps.
Of course, there is a period after which only this feature would be applicable, which is 3 months. If you continue to abandon an app for 90 days, all the permissions will be revoked and you’ll have to go through that process again. But don’t worry if you find this to be tiresome as it barely takes more than 2 minutes to fill it out.
Now Android is allowing not only Android 10 but Android 6.0 Marshmallow to also access this auto-reset or hibernate feature. Although the rollout will only affect apps targeting API level 30 and above and will avoid older versions targeting API levels 23-29, it can still be enabled manually in these devices. Apps used by enterprises and enterprise policies, however, will be exempted from the process due to obligatory reasons and permissions being fixed. Developers can also ask users to prevent the system from removing their permissions but we predict that will be a lot of work.
While the process will be in action next month, for now only a guidance procedure was published. Next month, Google will make some cross-platform API changes. This feature for sure will start rolling out in December and will be fully available in the first half of 2022. Once set out, Google will start sending users a new auto setting page to decide the fate of applications and a week or a few after that, Google will reset all permissions.
The new feature will be available to billions for now and hopefully, Apple will follow the lead and launch a similar security system if it hasn’t been working on one already.
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