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¿Recuerdan el iPhone 1? (Ya vamos por el 11)

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La cuenta regresiva para la llegada del iPhone 11 está en marcha. Los fanáticos de los gadgets de la casa que construyeron Steve Jobs y Steve Wozniak cuentan las horas para tener en sus manos la última generación del smartphone que revolucionó al mundo.

 

Las cosas han cambiado sustancialmente desde el 29 de junio de 2007, día que el ‘primogénito’ vio la luz. Su llegada dio inicio a la era de los dispositivos táctiles. Para ese momento BlackBerry y su teclado Qwerty eran líderes absolutos y nada parecía ser lo suficientemente bueno como para acabar con su reinado. Pero…

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12 años después el iPhone sigue siendo uno de los productos mejor valorados del mercado. Aunque la fidelidad de sus usuarios está cada vez más en entredichoAndroid se ha hecho cada vez más fuerte y Huawei empezó a competir en serio. El Orgullo de China, gracias al Efecto Trump por el momento solo se ocupa sobrevivir y Samsung parece que dejó definitivamente atrás la crisis que supuso las baterías explosivas del Galaxy Note 7. Además, la tecnológica de Corea del Sur disfruta de un trato privilegiado en Estados Unidos, mientras que la Guerra Comercial entre Washington y Beijing le puede salir muy cara a Apple en su propio territorio.


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Muchos de los que a finales de la década pasada compraron sin pensárselo demasiado el iPhone, hoy en día consideran muy costosa la oferta de la compañía de Cupertino. Un precio que no todos están dispuestos a pagar cuando pueden conseguir dispositivos mucho más económicos que ‘hacen lo mismo’.

 

De cualquier forma, estamos expectantes para ver qué onda con la nueva generación del smartphone que cambió al mundo. Falta poco.

 

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Apple Watch Activity Challenge Coming June 5 for World Environment Day

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Apple Watch owners will have the chance to earn perhaps their most attainable special Activity award yet. On Friday, June 5 the World Environment Day Challenge will call Apple Watch users to close their Stand ring for the day to earn a unique award badge. From the Activity app:

Recognize World Environment Day this Friday. Close your Stand ring on June 5 and earn this award by getting up and moving around for at least one minute during 12 hours that day.

Presumably for wheelchair users, the award can be earned as well by closing the Roll ring, which follows the same basic parameters as the Stand ring.

I always enjoy earning additional awards related to Activity challenges, so I’m glad Apple is continuing to offer these options and adapt them to the restrictions of the ongoing pandemic.

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More countries adopting or switching to Apple/Google contact tracing API

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The Apple/Google coronavirus contact tracing API hasn’t seen widespread adoption to date, but does now appear to be gathering pace, with more countries adopting it and others switching to it.

Finland, Ireland, and Portugal are adopting it; Austria is switching to it; Singapore and Australia are both considering making the change …

Switzerland was the first country to release an app based on the API, with Italy following close behind. Germany, Latvia, and Estonia are doing the same, with only the UK and France having rejected it for now.

Germany made a U-turn from its original position, and a Reuters report says that other countries are now following suit.

European countries cautiously emerging from the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic are looking to a second generation of contact tracing apps to help contain further outbreaks.

The latest apps have big advantages over earlier ones as they work on Apple’s iPhone, one of the most popular smartphones in Europe, and do not rely on centralized databases that could compromise privacy.

Switzerland, Latvia and Italy have opted for Bluetooth short-range radio for their apps, based on technology from Apple and Google that securely logs exchanges on the smartphones of people who have been near each other […]

Several other countries, including Finland, Ireland and Portugal, are working on similar decentralized apps [and] Singapore and Australia are considering shifting to their joint standard […] Austria’s Stopp Corona [is also] upgrading to conform to the Google-Apple framework.

The UK is also considering a switch, after its centralized app was found to have serious security problems, has been beset with delays, and faces a legal challenge.

In the US, however, just a handful of states have said that they will adopt the API, with a larger number having rejected it.

One of the issues has been that Apple and Google haven’t been very good at explaining to consumers how the API works and the eight privacy safeguards it provides. I’ve argued that, with the benefit of hindsight, Apple and Google should have just gone ahead and created their own apps.

They basically did 99% of the job, and waited for governments to do the other 1%. What should have then happened was for governments to say yes please, and to release apps the moment the API was available.

That, however, hasn’t happened – and isn’t going to happen. We’ve had conflicting standards proposals. We’ve had long-winded debates. We’ve had white papers. We’ve had promises. What we haven’t had are contact tracing apps.

With the benefit of hindsight, this should have been obvious. Government IT projects typically take years, when what we needed was something available within weeks.

What Apple and Google really should have done was create their own apps, and just make localized versions available in each country.

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