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Apple's Crash Detection feature in its iPhones is being blamed for a dramatic rise in visits by emergency responders to the Bonnaroo Music Festival.The annual Bonnaroo Music Festival in Coffee County, Tennessee took place from June 14 to June 18, with more than 80,000 people in attendance. Also in attendance were first responders, who were summoned to the festival a lot more than in previous years.According to Scott LeDuc, Director of the Coffee County 911 Communication Center, there was approximately five times the number of false 911 calls during the festival than average, reports WKRN. It was believed Crash Detection on the iPhone was behind the higher than usual false positives. Read more...
Apple's Crash Detection feature in its iPhones is being blamed for a dramatic rise in visits by emergency responders to the Bonnaroo Music Festival.The annual Bonnaroo Music Festival in Coffee County, Tennessee took place from June 14 to June 18, with more than 80,000 people in attendance. Also in attendance were first responders, who were summoned to the festival a lot more than in previous years.According to Scott LeDuc, Director of the Coffee County 911 Communication Center, there was approximately five times the number of false 911 calls during the festival than average, reports WKRN. It was believed Crash Detection on the iPhone was behind the higher than usual false positives. Read more...
The false-positive emergency calling problem isn't just one affecting iPhones, as it seems that the same thing is happening on Android, delayed by the fragmented nature of Android update rollouts.Apple devices like the iPhone and the Apple Watch have features built in to automatically call for help if the user is involved in a car accident, a fall, or a number of other situations when they may not be able to place the call themselves. However, while useful, there have been instances where the iPhone believes something has happened, with the false positive resulting in a phone call to emergency services that's not actually needed.It turns out that Android has the same issue. Read more...
Macworld At WWDC 2023 today Apple previewed iPadOS 17, this year’s main software update for the iPad. While pre-event rumors suggested this would be a quiet refresh, there were several worthwhile changes and new features that are good news for iPad owners. “iPadOS powers our most versatile device and enables users to do so many things on iPad, and now with iPadOS 17, we deliver an experience that’s even more personal and capable,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. Lock screen & widgets Last year iPhone users got the new ability to customize their lock screens, but tablet users missed out. iPadOS 17 now brings this option to the iPad. You can set photo shuffles or…
Macworld Macs may be a far less tempting target for malware and viruses, but they’re not immune from attack. Even if you don’t care about adware or being used as means to infect users on other platforms, it’s still possible to fall victim to ransomware, or password theft. Accordingly, good antivirus for Mac software will protect your Mac on all of these fronts. It’ll catch malware that’s still spreading or in circulation; block ransomware; protect older systems with out-of-date software from security vulnerabilities; prevent your Mac from acting as a carrier for malware aimed at other operating systems; and keep infected files off of any virtual machines you’re running. As to the question of which Mac antivirus software you should choose,…
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