Belgium the latest to launch contact tracing app based on Apple/Google tech
Belgium is the latest to use Apple and Google’s technology.
What you need to know
Belgium has launched its own contact tracing app.
The app, called Coronalert, will alert citizens if they have been in close contact with an infected person.
Coronalert is available to download for free from the Belgium App Store.
Reported by NWS, Belgium has rolled out its own contact tracing app to its citizens. The app, called Coronalert, is available to download from the Belgium App Store now. According to the report, the app will work in all three regions and different languages in the country.
Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès announced the introduction of the app last week and, according to a government official, the app is completely operational and ready to be used by the full population.
PM Sophie Wilmès (Francophone liberal) announced the arrival of the new corona app Coronalert following last Wednesday’s meeting of the national security council. Belgium’s interfederal Committee Testi…read more
Signals for HomeKit app can get everyone’s attention with lighting effects
Latest update brings widgets, refreshed design, and a new name.
What you need to know
Popular HomeKit app, Home Flash, has gotten a major update along with a new name.
Signals for HomeKit is an easy way to create light-based signals that can be started with a tap or through Siri.
Latest update adds new light effects, iOS 14 home screen widget, and a refreshed design with iPad support.
Home Flash, one of our picks for best HomeKit apps in 2020, has been updated with a new name, refreshed design, and support for the latest iOS 14 features. Now know as Signals for HomeKit, the updated app is an easy way to create quick actions that can flash HomeKit accessories with attention-grabbing effects and color with a tap or shout through Siri.
Introducing Signals for HomeKit, the best way to communicate in the home, without all the shouting! Signals works with any of your bulbs, switches or outlets with lights attached – have a kid who plays video games with headphones on? Just tap on …read more
Streaming Netflix in 4K will require a Mac with a T2 security chip
Steaming Netflix in 4K on the Mac has a big asterisk on it.
What you need to know
Streaming Netflix in 4K will require a Mac with the T2 Security chip.
That will limit the feature to Macs from 2018 or later.
It will also require Macs run macOS Big Sur.
Back in June, it was reported that macOS Big Sur would enable users to begin streaming Netflix in 4K HDR on Safari on the Mac. However, a new report reveals that only certain macOS Big Sur compatible Macs will be able to support the feature.
Reported by Apple Terminal, playing Netflix in 4K will require more than just a Mac that supports macOS Big Sur when it releases to the public. According to a support page on Netflix’s website, those looking to to stream in 4K will also need a Mac that contains a T2 Security chip.
The support page notes that only Macs released in 2018 or later contain a T2 Security chip, so this will dramatically limit the number of Macs able to support Netflix in 4K. Users will also need to be paying for a …read more
These Prime Day book deals let you read for less
Take advantage of these Prime Day book deals when they are available, even if Prime Day (October 13 and 14) isn’t quite here just yet. Luckily, there are some bargain books to be had now, both paper books and Kindle eBooks you can download on your iPad.. Be sure to check out all of the Amazon Prime Day deals on and leading up to Prime Day 2020.
If you love to read as much as I do, you’re always on the hunt for a book you can really sink your teeth into. There’s no better time than Amazon Prime Day to pick up some books that you’d like to own. Whether you prefer an actual book, you can have and hold, or a digital eBook, you’ll have plenty of options.
Do you prefer to listen to your books? Get an Audible Plus membership and listen to as many books as you’d like.
Best Prime Day Book Deals
Black lives matter
How to Be an Antiracist
Kindle: $15 at Amazon
Audiobook: Free with Audible
Hardcover: $16 at Amazon
This timely #1 New York Times Bestseller helps readers to understan…read more
Should you get the titanium Apple Watch or polished stainless steel?
Titanium Apple Watch
From $799 at Apple
Brushed finish hides microabrasions
Subtle color is less flashy
No gold option
With Apple Watch Series 5 and Apple Watch Series 4 in titanium and stainless steel, we have two options for the harder metal casing. The biggest difference is that titanium has a brushed finish, which hides scratches, but it doesn’t come in gold.
Stainless steel Apple Watch
From $699 at Apple
Comes in gold
Available for Hermés
Cheaper starting price
Shows scratches easier
The stainless steel Apple Watch is the shiniest metal option for Apple Watch. The gold model almost looks like a luxury watch, and it’s the only case material you can get with the Hermés design. Too bad those scratches are so obvious.
The titanium and stainless steel versions of Apple Watch are nearly identical in every way. They both come in 40mm or 44mm sizes, and they are both made of harder…read more
Apple Card users can see their annual spending with iOS 14.2 beta 2
What you need to know
Apple Card users with iOS 14.beta 2 installed have noticed a new feature.
They can see their annual Apple Card spending for the first time.
It’s likely the feature will be available in the public version of the update, too.
This seems like something that should have been there already.
The recent developer release of iOS 14.2 beta 2 brought with it a stealthy new feature for Apple Card users. As spotted by the folks on Reddit, Apple Card users can now see their annual spending for the first time.
Those with previous versions of iOS installed can only see their spending broken down by week and month, but iOS 14.2 beta 2 adds a ”Year” tab for those who want to see everything they’ve spent within a particular calendar year.
Yes, oddly, that isn’t something that already existed.
Apple is currently testing iOS 14.2 with developers and a public release is likely to come towards the end of October, just following an iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro launch. While i…read more
Yes, you can use a Pro Controller with Nintendo Switch Lite!
Best Answer: Surprisingly, yes, you can use a Pro Controller with the Nintendo Switch Lite. While the Nintendo Switch Lite is solely dedicated to handheld mode, you can still use the same controller accessories for it, including the Pro Controller and separate pairs of Joy-Cons.
Game on the go: Nintendo Switch Lite ($200 at Amazon)
Game like a Pro: Nintendo Switch Pro Controller ($60 at Amazon)
Game with friends: Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons ($80 at Amazon)
Not bound to the built-in controllers on the Nintendo Switch Lite?
The Nintendo Switch Lite was built and optimized for handheld mode only, which is why the controllers are built-in and can’t be removed like the Joy-Cons. The built-in controllers also don’t support HD Rumble or have the IR Motion Cameras that are needed for motion controls. So you won’t be able to play games that use motion controls, such as Mario Party, Mario Kart, Fitness Boxing, etc.
But all is not lost! The Switch Lite still has the same functionality as the…read more
Jamf picks up Mondada, an Apple device patching company out of Melbourne
What you need to know
Jamf has picked up a new company to help its device management business.
Mondada is a company out of Melbourne, Australia.
Its Kinobi app is designed for managing patching of the Apple platform.
The company was founded in 2009 and consisted of five people.
Apple Enterprise Management firm Jamf just announced that it has picked up a new buy, with Australian firm Mondada joining the company. Founded in 2009, the company’s Kinobi app is one of the ”leading solutions in patch management for the Apple platform”.
Jamf isn’t saying yet what the purchase will mean or how it will be bringing its apps and capabilities under the Jamf brand, but the synergy between the two companies is pretty obvious.
Mondada, a five-person company based in Melbourne, Australia, was founded in 2009. The company’s Kinobi patch management solutions integrate with Jamf Pro, allowing organizations to extend Jamf Pro’s built-in patch management functionality to include all Mac applicat…read more
Fun facts about digital cameras you may not have known
The very first digital camera was likely invented before you think! Here are some fun facts about digital cameras.
Today the very best digital cameras are amazingly advanced and useful for all sorts of different videography and photography. Still, long before digital cameras became the norm, film cameras were all the rage. The digital camera has an interesting history, so I thought I would share some of the fun facts about digital cameras you may not know!
When was the first digital camera invented?
Photo from The New York Times
When you think of the first digital camera, you likely imagine some sort of point-and-shoot camera you remember your parents using, or buying yourself, but it wasn’t like that at all.
While digital sensors were being worked on by various people since about 1959, the first self-contained digital camera is mostly attributed to Steven Sasson, an engineer at Eastman Kodak. He designed and built the camera in 1975. It weighed about eight pounds, and the best…read more
ACNH Halloween update: Tips and tricks for Jack
Pumpkins, leaves changing colors, new characters, and more.
Within the Northern Hemisphere, Animal Crossing: New Horizons fall changes officially starts to show on your island on September 1. You’ll notice that the small island icon that shows up in the bottom right corner of your screen during loading times is a more yellowy hue. Additionally, when you shake your island’s trees, you’ll occasionally find acorns and pinecones.
However, you’ll need to wait until October 1 to see some real changes. This includes the leaves changing color and the start of additional fall events. There are a few new characters not to mention the Halloween and Thanksgiving activities to get excited about. Here’s everything coming in the free Animal Crossing Fall Update.
ACNH Fall Update
Autumn changes and colors
Buy candy from Nook’s Cranny
Halloween costumes and character customization
Grow your own pumpkin patch
New crafting materials and DIY recipes
New fall characters & holidays
Jack the Cza…