One connector to rule them all
EU lawmakers voted overwhelmingly (540-40) in favor for rules that would establish a common charger standard for mobile devices. It has not been decided which connector is the chosen one, but proposed charging ports include Micro-USB, USB-C and the Lightning connector. Looking at the already wide adoption of the USB-C, it's rather safe to say that it will be chosen. Fortunately, we won't have to wait long for the decision, the European Commission should adopt new rules by July.
Apple wants to make SMS one-time codes safer
Apple's WebKit team published a proposal to change the format of SMS one-time passcodes. The idea is to make the two-factor authentication process more secure. The proposal describes two ideas to achieve that:
- SMS one-time passcodes would be associated with a URL. It would be achieved by simply adding the website's URL to the SMS itself,
- Standardized format of two-factor authentication SMS code would allow applications to detect passcodes; automatically extract them, and complete the login process without further user interaction.
Here is an example of such SMS message:
011970 is your Brain Archives authentication code.
So far Apple and Google have backed the proposal.
iOS 14 to support the same iPhones as iOS 13
According to French website iPhonesoft, iOS 14 will be compatible with all iPhones supported by iOS 13, including:
- iPhone 11, 11 Pro & 11 Pro Max,
- iPhone XS & XS Max,
- iPhone XR,
- iPhone X,
- iPhone 8 & 8 Plus,
- iPhone 7 & 7 Plus,
- iPhone 6S & 6S Plus,
- iPhone SE,
- iPod touch (7th generation).
As for the iPads, iPhonesoft informs that iOS14 will drop support for the iPad mini 4, and will support following devices:
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro,
- 11-inch iPad Pro,
- 10.5-inch iPad Pro,
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro,
- iPad 7th, 6th & 5th generation,
- iPad mini (5th generation),
- iPad Air (3rd generation).
iPad turned 10
This week is the 10th anniversary of the original iPad announcement. iPad supposed to become the "post PC" device that would replace personal computers. 10 years later, we know it hasn't done that yet, but current generation of iPads and iPadOS is closer than ever. Although, tablets hasn't become as popular as smartphones, iPad helped Apple take over this market.
Google's new business communicator
According to report from The Information Google is working on a new communicator for workplaces, that will combine the part of GSuite functionality, like Gmail Google Drive & Hangouts.
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