The Cowichan Valley School District in Vancouver has purchased iPads that will help families and teachers with education at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Additionally, Rogers is equipping the tablets with three months of free cellular data, while Apple is throwing in free books, apps and videos.
The initiative is intended to offer new educational opportunities for learners while teachers “plan a more fulsome online educational experience,” according to a Cowichan Valley School District press release.
Families will return the iPads for classroom use once schools reopen. As it stands, schools in B.C. will be able to reopen on a part-time, optional basis starting in June. Therefore, the iPads will help with educating kids who remain at home.
Last month, Apple and Rogers also partnered with Ontario’s Ministry of Education to provide 21,000 iPads to low-income families.
iOS 13.5.1 and iPadOS 13.5.1 release with 'important security updates' – MobileSyrup
Following the release of iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5 two weeks ago, Apple has pushed out another update it says addresses security issues.
“This update provides important security updates and is recommended for all users,” writes Apple in the update notes.
The update arrives following the release of a significant jailbreak capable of running on any device with iOS 13.5. Though it’s still unclear, there’s a possibility this update could be designed to close that loophole.
iOS 13.5 included Apple’s COVID-19 contract-tracing API developed in partnership with Google, improvements to Face ID that make it easier to log into an iPad or iPhone when wearing a face mask and a change to Group FaceTime calling that stops tiles from shifting in size based on who is talking.
In order to download the update, navigate to ‘Settings,’ then ‘General’ and finally, ‘Software Update.’
Apple Confirms Serious New Problems For iPad, iPhone Users
Alongside growing reports of high battery drain, Apple customer support has confirmed to users that iPadOS can cause boot loops on the iPad Pro and media playback of the hugely popular MP4/MPEG-4 container format is broken for both iPad and iPhone owners.
Breaking down the former, AppleInsider states that the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is most commonly affected with reboots occurring “between 30 seconds and 45 seconds after logging in”. Full factory resets and even putting devices into DFU mode have not fixed the problem for many. Interestingly, there are also isolated reports of this impacting iPhones, while the issue seems to span both iPadOS / iOS 13.4.1 and 13.5 for impacted users.
It is a similar story with MP4 playback with the problem spanning both 13.4.1 and 13.5 and impacted users have lost access to their video libraries (1,2,3,4,5 etc) with native apps and third party apps like NPlayer and InFuse. While Apple switched default video recording to HEVC in iOS 11, support for this remains mixed so switching it to MP4 (still the most popular container format in the world) is a popular option.
“I reported this to Apple and the only suggestion they gave me that I hadn’t already tried was to delete and reinstall the tv app. But that did not help. Good luck to all of us!” reported one impacted user yesterday.
As it stands, there is no timeline for a fix for either issue but Apple looks set to prioritize an iPadOS / iOS 13.5.1 release following the discovery of a zero-day vulnerability which enables users to jailbreak their iPhones. This vulnerability also impacts every version of iOS since iOS 11.
Despite this, I would still recommend users upgrade to iPadOS / iOS 13.5. The faults here can also impact previous iOS versions, while the new release patches a serious Apple Mail bug which affects every iPad and iPhone ever made. Moreover, its Coronavirus-specific upgrades might just save your life.
Edited By Harry Miller
Google accidentally sends Android 11 beta to some users – MobileSyrup
Today has been a huge day for Android news. After this morning’s feature drop and the June security update, it appears that some users got access to the Android 11 beta early instead of downloading the security update.
So far, a few users have been sharing new features on Twitter, including some wacky icon shapes, the leaked quick toggles from this morning and more.
Rather than be super vague about this, I’ll just say it up front:
Two people DMed me saying they got the Android 11 beta OTA update on their Pixel 4 XL.
Build #: RPB1.200504.018
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) June 1, 2020
This update doesn’t appear to be rolling out to everyone, but the fact that some people are getting it likely means we’ll be able to try it soon.
Here are some of the feature that have been discovered so far:
App suggestions in Pixel Launcher
A new feature is going to let Google slot some recommended apps onto your home screen when it thinks you’ll want them.
In the leaked image, it says that your bottom row of apps will move up to the home screen to be replaced by a new bottom row that will change based on the apps Google thinks you want to use next.
New Bubble menu
There’s a new sub-menu in the Notification settings that seems to make it easier for controlling what apps use Bubbles.
Bubbles are a feature that’s been lurking around Android for a while but hasn’t been used much. These allow you to pin floating Blbblues to your screen so you can keep specific conversations of things present at all times.
If you’ve ever used Facebook Messenger on Android and taken advantage of the ‘chat heads’ functionality, this is the same, but Google’s version.
New power menu
Google is expanding on the power menu it introduced last year with customizable smart home controls. This is one of the most exciting updates since Google doesn’t have any other way to turn your smart home devices on and off quickly.
You can read more about it in our story from this morning.
Source: Mishall Rahman (@mishaalRahman)
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