What’s new in Android 13

Android 13 will be available soon. These are the most important updates to the operating system.

The few Dutch people who have a Pixel phone – Google’s smartphone is still not officially for sale in our country – can already get started with Android 13. Google has temporarily made the update exclusively available for its own smartphone.

But for other brands, the update will come ‘later this year’. So if you own a Samsung, OnePlus, Motorola, Oppo or Xiaomi smartphone, you will soon be able to get started with Android 13. So what can you expect?

Safer and more privacy-friendly
Everything that has to do with privacy and security is becoming increasingly important for smartphones and Android 13 has a lot of updates in this area. For example, Google is going to upgrade sms technology to ‘Rich Communication Services’ (RCS), which offers much better privacy features, including end-to-end encryption for one-on-one conversations. In addition to privacy features, RCS also supports higher quality photo sharing and larger file sharing.

Another privacy-related topic is selecting specific files. As a user, you do not give a specific app access to all your photo, video and audio files at once, but you select which ones may or may not be used. Something similar applies to notifications. Apps are no longer allowed to send push notifications by default, but ask permission to show notifications after installation.

Apps that are not downloaded from Google’s own Play Store will not automatically have access to the accessibility options. From now on, you have to give permission for a Play Store unknown app yourself. This is mainly intended to make it more difficult for viruses to settle on your smartphone.

More personalization
There’s a new way to personalize your UI based on your background, which affects Android’s color palette. This was introduced with Android 12 and will be further expanded with Android 13. New pre-made color variants that will become available with Android 13 give you even more options to choose from.

If developers use this feature, apps can adopt the shades that match your background and color preferences. For apps, this currently only works with Google apps and it’s called Theme Icons.

In addition, the lock screen is adjusted. For example, you can make the clock smaller so that incoming notifications can be seen better.

Google Wallet gets important updates
The Google Wallet is being expanded. For example, the Wallet contains a new generic card tab where you can store other types of cards, such as membership cards and reservations. The app already offered space for, among other things, payment cards.

Another important improvement is focused on digital identity cards. Google has worked with domestic and foreign governments to support digital IDs for Google Wallet, and this feature is expected to roll out later this year. Whether this also relates to Dutch passports and IDs remains to be seen.

Better Bluetooth and SOS notifications
Android 12 included an SOS feature, so you could contact a trusted person to share emergency information without having to unlock the phone. This feature is extended with Android 13 to now work on Wear OS watches as well.

Android 13 is going to support a new feature called LC3, which means bluetooth connections should consume less power. In addition, the audio quality of earbuds and headphones that are connected to your smartphone with Bluetooth should also be improved.

Anything but smart: why more and more people are opting for a ‘dumb’ phone

Dumbphones are making a comeback. That is striking, because these ‘stupid’ phones can do much less than smartphones. So why do people choose such a device?

Dumbphones, which are sometimes also called retro phones or feature phones, can do much less than smartphones. For example, they don’t have a camera (or a very mediocre one) and you can’t download apps. Watching Netflix is also not in it.

You mainly use a dumbphone to call and text. Some models can handle popular apps such as Facebook, Google Maps and WhatsApp, but this is the exception rather than the rule.

In terms of possibilities and gadgets, smartphones therefore win, but it is precisely the dumbphone that is on the rise. According to market researcher Counterpoint Research, more than 1 billion copies were sold in 2021, more than 600 million more than in 2019. The smartphone, on the other hand, was sold less; in 2021, it was 1.4 billion units. That is a decrease of 12 percent compared to 2020.

The advantages of dumbphones
It’s not for everyone, but a feature phone has some advantages over a smartphone. First of all, they are cheaper to purchase and have a better battery life. They last much longer than smartphones because they don’t have a hefty, power-guzzling screen.

The design is also more sustainable. The average dumbphone has a design (often with a physical keyboard) that can take a beating, where the glass of a smartphone scratches or even cracks much quickly. Prime Minister Rutte jokes that he still uses an old-fashioned Nokia phone because he can ‘hit nails’ with it.

Less addictive than a regular smartphone
In addition, people choose a dumbphone because they want to spend less time on their phone. You don’t have to track WhatsApp conversations, Instagram doesn’t work, and you’re not constantly distracted by notifications of new emails.

An additional advantage is that you are less monitored with a dumbphone. Many smartphone apps invade your privacy in one way or another, but you don’t have this problem with a feature phone. In most cases, it cannot download any apps at all.

Young people with an old-fashioned Nokia
You may think that especially older people choose a dumbphone, for example from a nostalgia feeling. Nevertheless, retro phones are also popular among young people. Light Phone, a dumbphone maker from New York, mainly sells to people between 25 and 34 years old.

Speaking to the BBC, the company says their young customers are consciously buying a dumbphone because they feel they are ‘lived’ by their smartphone. A modern phone is made to be as addictive as possible and therefore demands a lot of attention.

There are also disadvantages to feature phones. For example, looking up a route via Google Maps is not included and scanning QR codes is also not possible. Usually the camera is too bad for this – if the device has a camera at all.

The dumbphone is also getting smarter
It should be clear: a dumbphone is absolutely not for everyone. Although some people basically want to spend less time on their phone, it is difficult to put all the conveniences of a smartphone out the door.

Manufacturers are responding to this by making their dumbphones – ironically enough – slightly smarter. For example, the latest model of Light Phone can play music and podcasts. It also has Bluetooth and you can use the device as a hotspot to give others internet access. Social media, news apps and other distracting features are obviously not present.

This month we get 31 new emojis, but who decides that?

A special emoji committee in California determines for all of us what symbols we can use on our smartphones. This month, the commission approves 31 brand new emojis.

Soon you will be able to send a donkey or a jellyfish in WhatsApp. The icons are on the preliminary list of 31 new emojis. There is also a shaking face to express a shocked reaction. The list also includes a hand that presses to the right and a hand that presses to the left – together they make a high five.

Who actually decides that the list is extended? That’s the Unicode Consortium, based in Silicon Valley, the center of the tech industry in California, USA. Unicode is a consultative body for the big tech companies. They make agreements about the display of signs, symbols and letters, so that devices of different brands can communicate flawlessly with each other. A special emoji committee also determines which emojis are added to keyboards worldwide. A new batch must be approved this week.

Five billion emojis a day
Emojis come from Japan, where they were developed in the late 90s. That’s why a map of Japan is still included in the emoji keyboard – no other country is represented that way. According to Unicode, the most commonly used emoji is the face with ‘tears of happiness’. Number two is the red heart – together these two symbols make up 5 percent of all symbols sent. And there are quite a few: Facebook Messenger alone estimated in 2017 that five billion emojis go back and forth across the platform every day. On Instagram, half of the comments contain an emoji.

Join the conversation
Unicode is ‘a kind of Geneva Convention’ for companies that normally compete fiercely with each other, says linguist Thomas Milo, the only Dutchman who is allowed to meet in the consortium. Anyone can become a member for a fee of 75 dollars (75 euros) and participate in discussions about digital text, but only companies that deposit 50,000 dollars are allowed to vote. These include Apple, Google, Amazon and Meta, Facebook’s parent company. A single government sends someone to talk and vote with (with half a vote): in addition to Bangladesh and the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the Ministry of Religious Affairs of Oman. Milo knows Arabic and its digital representations so well that the Gulf state asked him to represent Oman.

Milo believes that standardizing digital text and emojis should be much more democratic. Now, U.S. companies determine what our computer screens can display. In English, everything works fine, but much less used languages have never been properly digitized. The Qur’an, for example, is written in classical Arabic that needs to be simplified on a computer, because it has never been included in its entirety in unicode’s code standard. It also applies to our -ij, in Dutch one letter, but digitally only displayed in a combination of two separate characters, a -i and a -j. It leads to translation problems and the deterioration of culture, sees linguist Milo.

More inclusive
Emojis are also made with an American look, he says. The representatives of American tech companies that ultimately vote on it have a particular eye for American ideas and concepts. Milo mentions the addition of a range of skin tones for human emojis, to be more ‘inclusive’. “What would really be inclusive: displaying Arabic well for those 1.8 billion people in the world who use it every day.

A cannabis emoji has been rejected several times, as has a menstrual emoji of underpants with a drop of blood. Too specific, the committee found – a loose drop of blood was better, because it applies in more situations. Milo finds it above all patronizing by ‘puritanical’ Americans who prefer not to speak openly about certain bodily functions.

There is slowly more attention for concepts from outside America and the Western world – for example, a symbol for the Sikh faith is now most likely being added. “But the emoji keyboard will always be limited, it can never encompass the whole human experience,” says Keith Broni, editor-in-chief of Emojipedia, an online platform that also talks in Unicode. “The members of the committee are often wrongly portrayed as shadowy emoji chiefs, but the guidelines are public to everyone, and anyone can submit a proposal.

The chair of the emoji committee is Jennifer Daniel, a designer at Google in everyday life. She became known for trying to make emojis more diverse, with, for example, more dolls without clear male or female characteristics. But the emoji keyboard now has more than 3600 symbols to choose from – a ‘junk drawer’, Daniel called it. Some are rarely used. The flags of different countries, for example, are the least used category. An eye in a speech bubble? It’s the least used emotion emoji. And the chair – whether it is necessary , is also rather questionable, says Keith Broni. “In what situation would you like to send a chair to someone?”

That is precisely why, says Broni, every new proposal is now ‘more than ever’ under a magnifying glass. Daniel argues for less specific objects on the keyboard. “The most commonly used emojis represent multiple concepts, so they are used in a wider variety of situations,” she analyzed in a Unicode publication. For example, the rocket not only represents space travel, but also depicts progress and major changes.

Just remove the least used emojis from the Unicode repertoire? That has never happened before – once a piece of code stands for a certain sign, it remains so. Tech companies could decide in the future to no longer show all emojis on unicode’s list on their keyboards. This is already happening for political reasons: Apple censors the Taiwanese flag in China, for example.

Workable
The committee now approves fewer emojis every year. Pim Rietbroek, who as editor of the Leiden scientific publisher Brill works a lot with different languages and scripts and is therefore a member of Unicode, hopes that the committee will remain reluctant to keep the keyboard workable. Moreover, he asks himself: how useful is it to keep adding objects to reflect all possible concepts? “Didn’t we already have something before that?

But for now, the popularity of emojis in digital communication is growing. Every year they are used more by more people. On Twitter, for example, about one in five messages have an emoji, more than ever before. “Sounds bombastic maybe,” says Keith Broni of Emojipedia, “but emojis are now among the most recognizable symbols in the history of mankind.”

What’s safer, an Android device or an iPhone?

How safe a phone is, is largely in your own hands. Still, iOS, the operating system of the iPhone, has an edge over Android in terms of security.

There are several reasons for this. Firstly, iOS is a closed system, while Android is open source. Makers of (Android) apps can therefore look under the hood of the platform and see how everything works exactly.

This gives app makers a lot of flexibility and freedom, but there are also risks involved. For example, malicious parties can more easily find vulnerabilities in the Android system and respond to them by creating a virus.

With iOS, Apple doesn’t just let anyone look at the code: only the tech giant knows exactly how it works.

The advantage of the smallest
Android is by far the most popular operating system for smartphones. Figures from market researcher Statista show that Android has a market share of more than 71 percent, while Apple ‘only’ takes 28 percent of the pie.

Thanks to this head start, Google’s platform is an attractive prey for hackers. It makes sense that cybercriminals mainly create viruses for the most popular system, because that way you can scam more people.

Most malware viruses, which are almost always after victims’ money, occur on Android. In other words, iOS users are less hunted.

Apple gives more and longer updates
Also important: updates. For iPhone users, it’s the most normal thing in the world to get about five years of iOS updates, while Android owners are already allowed to squeeze their hands if their device is supported for three years.

Apple releases a major iOS update once a year, this year to iOS 16, but security updates also appear in between. These don’t add any new features, but they do provide strong security.

Is your phone old?
Google releases a monthly security update for Android phones. However, it is questionable whether you will receive it. Individual brands, such as Nokia and Samsung, are responsible for the distribution of this.

In practice, it means that one manufacturer offers updates much faster than the other. Some devices are even no longer updated at all, or very sporadically.

Do you want to check if your phone is up-to-date? Go to the Settings app, tap About This Phone, then choose Android Version. Here you can not only see which Android version your device is running on, but also with which security update.

Two different stores
As an iPhone user, you can’t just download apps outside of the official app store. Android phones can do this.

As a user, you can therefore choose from more apps, but you also run an increased risk. After all, Google has no control over apps outside its own Play Store, which may contain viruses. The safest option is to download only apps from the official app store.

It is also possible to download unofficial apps on iOS. However, this requires a lot of effort, because you have to ‘break open’ (jailbreak) an iPhone for this, for example. This goes against Apple’s guidelines and you’re wasting your warranty entitlement. So this is not very wise.

Tips
When it comes to security, Apple wins. But whether you use Android or iOS: you would be wise to take the necessary precautions, because a system is just as (un)safe as the weakest link.

For example, use a password manager to log in securely anywhere. Also, turn on two-step verification wherever possible. This makes it more difficult for hackers to take over your online accounts.

Furthermore, it is wise to download updates as soon as possible and watch out with what you download, especially outside the official app stores.

How to make money with your Insta photos

Social media is fun to keep an eye on your friends, but you can also earn a pocket money with it.

A little fame is quickly big on social media, and can, for example, with a photo of the latest smartphone or a pair of sneakers ask for thousands of euros. But even if you are much less known and ‘just’ post content regularly, you can earn money – although you will not always quit your job for it.

Tiktok
In addition to short dance videos, the popular app also houses more and more other types of images. In addition to sponsored content through partnerships with companies or the ability to sell merchandise directly in the app, there’s also the TikTok Creator Fund.

If your channel has reached at least 100,000 authentic video views in the last 30 days, you are eligible to participate in the fund, after which you can be awarded a portion of the fund. A pot with 300 million dollars in it.

YouTube
Google’s YouTube is one of the oldest platforms for content creators. Traditionally, you make money if people watch your videos a lot, through the advertising that is shown with your material. The more viewers and subscribers, the more you earn.

The YouTube Partner Program is the beating heart for everything about making money with YouTube. You must have at least a thousand subscribers to be eligible for the program.

Partners can also create so-called ‘channel memberships’, where viewers can get access to extras you create for a fee, such as extra videos or badges to use in chats.

Instagram
Aside from a direct partnership with businesses, there are two ways to make money with Instagram. One way is through IGTV ads that can be added to short videos. You will then receive at least 55 percent of the advertising revenue.

In addition, fans can donate so-called ‘creator badges’ with Instagram Live videos. These are a kind of tips of 1, 2 or 5 euros.

snapchat
Snapchat says it pays content creators about $1 million a day to post videos. There are all sorts of guidelines you need to meet to qualify for Spotlight, where creators are paid: this feature was introduced at the end of 2020.

You can submit your best videos to hopefully be shared on the front page. The more viewers, the more that yields.

Twitter
If you’re active on Twitter, you can earn money by using three features: Twitter Gratuities, Ticket Spaces, and Super Followers. The latter is actually a kind of premium version of your Twitter account that people can subscribe to so that they can access additional material from you. That currently only works in the United States.

You can turn on gratuities by pressing ‘Edit Profile’, turning on Tips and then enabling your payment option of choice. If people like your tweets, they can tip you this way.

Spaces is a kind of mini-event with live audio conversations that you organize. People can buy a ‘ticket’ for this, as if they were going to some kind of theatre performance.

Twitch
Twitch is a live streaming platform where people livestream video games, music performances and other things. Video games are the most popular: more than 3000 unique games are streamed at the same time of any time of the day. People with a Twitch channel can make money in numerous ways. Through viewer subscribers, Patreon subscribers, single donations from viewers, Twitch Bits, and ad revenue.

Twitch Bits are virtual coins that viewers send to streamers to encourage them, as it were, while they are streaming. Streamers receive 1 cent for every Bit they receive during a stream. Followers can buy Bits in bulk to send to their favorite streamers or gift them during a live stream.

Tiktok
In addition to short dance videos, the popular app also houses more and more other types of images. In addition to sponsored content through partnerships with companies or the ability to sell merchandise directly in the app, there’s also the TikTok Creator Fund.

If your channel has reached at least 100,000 authentic video views in the last 30 days, you are eligible to participate in the fund, after which you can be awarded a portion of the fund. A pot with 300 million dollars in it.

YouTube
Google’s YouTube is one of the oldest platforms for content creators. Traditionally, you make money if people watch your videos a lot, through the advertising that is shown with your material. The more viewers and subscribers, the more you earn.

The YouTube Partner Program is the beating heart for everything about making money with YouTube. You must have at least a thousand subscribers to be eligible for the program.

Partners can also create so-called ‘channel memberships’, where viewers can get access to extras you create for a fee, such as extra videos or badges to use in chats.

Instagram
Aside from a direct partnership with businesses, there are two ways to make money with Instagram. One way is through IGTV ads that can be added to short videos. You will then receive at least 55 percent of the advertising revenue.

In addition, fans can donate so-called ‘creator badges’ with Instagram Live videos. These are a kind of tips of 1, 2 or 5 euros.

snapchat
Snapchat says it pays content creators about $1 million a day to post videos. There are all sorts of guidelines you need to meet to qualify for Spotlight, where creators are paid: this feature was introduced at the end of 2020.

You can submit your best videos to hopefully be shared on the front page. The more viewers, the more that yields.

Twitter
If you’re active on Twitter, you can earn money by using three features: Twitter Gratuities, Ticket Spaces, and Super Followers. The latter is actually a kind of premium version of your Twitter account that people can subscribe to so that they can access additional material from you. That currently only works in the United States.

You can turn on gratuities by pressing ‘Edit Profile’, turning on Tips and then enabling your payment option of choice. If people like your tweets, they can tip you this way.

Spaces is a kind of mini-event with live audio conversations that you organize. People can buy a ‘ticket’ for this, as if they were going to some kind of theatre performance.

Twitch
Twitch is a live streaming platform where people livestream video games, music performances and other things. Video games are the most popular: more than 3000 unique games are streamed at the same time of any time of the day. People with a Twitch channel can make money in numerous ways. Through viewer subscribers, Patreon subscribers, single donations from viewers, Twitch Bits, and ad revenue.

Twitch Bits are virtual coins that viewers send to streamers to encourage them, as it were, while they are streaming. Streamers receive 1 cent for every Bit they receive during a stream. Followers can buy Bits in bulk to send to their favorite streamers or gift them during a live stream.

How to use two WhatsApp accounts on one device

No company phone, but two phone numbers? By default, it is not possible to use multiple accounts at the same time in WhatsApp, but via a detour you can still app with the same device from two different numbers. That’s how you do it.

Because a WhatsApp account is linked to a phone number, you obviously need two phone numbers and a smartphone that supports dualSIM. This means that you can insert two SIM cards into your device or combine a physical SIM card with an eSIM. So two phone numbers are active on one device at the same time

WhatsApp Business
The easiest way to use an additional WhatsApp account on your phone is through WhatsApp Business. The app is in principle intended for companies, but it is possible for anyone to download and use this version of the messaging service for free. Moreover, you can use WhatsApp and WhatsApp Business side by side.

The app isn’t that different from the regular version of WhatsApp, except that it offers additional business options. If you leave these options aside, the app works just like the WhatsApp you’re used to. Both iPhone and Android users can get started with WhatsApp Business.

Dual-app or parallel app
Many contemporary Android smartphones have the option to place certain apps on your phone twice: the ‘dual’ function. The app icon will appear twice in your app list. This way, you can use two accounts. iPhone users are unfortunately out of luck, as this feature is not available on Apple smartphones.

On a OnePlus phone, go to ‘Utilities’ in the settings and then choose ‘Parallel apps’. Here you can create a ‘dual’ app for some apps, including WhatsApp. For other phone brands, you’ll find this setting under a heading similar to “Advanced Features,” “App Clone,” or “App Management.”

Add Android user
It is possible to add additional user profiles on Android devices, although it can be cumbersome to switch user profiles each time. If you really want to keep work and private life separate, this is of course a godsend. It is important to know that double installing apps on your device will of course ensure that your storage fills up faster.

To add a new user, go to ‘System’ in the settings and then to ‘Advanced’. Here you choose ‘Multiple users’. After you have added and set up a new profile for yourself, you can install WhatsApp on this profile and link your second WhatsApp account to this profile.

If your smartphone is not suitable for dual apps, you can download an external app to get the same result. In the Google Play Store you will find, among other things, the apps Parallel Space and Multi Space. These free apps do contain quite a bit of advertising. That can be annoying if you want to quickly check social media. For iPhone users, the Dual Space app is available in the App Store. This requires a paid subscription after a one-week trial.

WhatsApp Web
While it’s possible to open the web version of WhatsApp on your phone — by using the desktop version of your browser — you can’t actually use it. You have to scan the QR code with the device on which you already use WhatsApp. Sending a screenshot of the QR code to yourself by email makes little sense; the code changes every now and then, so you’re probably late scanning.

In theory, you can log in to WhatsApp via another device, and then log in to the web version with your own or current phone and then set up WhatsApp again on that same device. However, this is not recommended. WhatsApp can block your account if you switch devices too often with the same account. In addition, the web version is not optimized for mobile use.

Lost or forgotten your password? Here’s what you need to do

You have forgotten or lost your password. That is not very convenient, because now you no longer have access to your account (s). And if you lose your passwords, you also run the risk that others can gain access to your personal data and files. You have to do this if it happens to you.

Losing your password is one of the most annoying things that can happen to you. Of course, you can prevent this by keeping all your passwords on a piece of paper or in a text document, but that’s almost as inconvenient as it is insecure. Have you lost your password and are you looking for a permanent solution? Then you can arrange that with a number of simple tricks.

Change your password(s)
To start with, it is of course important to change your password (s) when you have forgotten your old one. If you use the same password for multiple accounts, you should actually change the passwords for those accounts as well. In almost all cases, you do this via the login screen of the website. Often there is a button or link at the bottom of the login screen with the text ‘Forgot password?’.

This way you will not know what your old password was, but you can immediately create a new one by clicking on the link that will be sent by e-mail. Enter a strong password immediately, which is in any case more difficult to guess than a cliché like ‘password123’. Also, use a unique password for each account. If you use the same password over and over again, a potential hacker only has to crack your password once to gain access to all your other accounts.

But what if you have (also) forgotten the password of your mailbox? Don’t panic, there’s probably no man overboard yet. Sometimes you can recover your account by entering your email address or phone number and answering some security questions. You can often also create a new password using a different e-mail address or a telephone number that you have previously set as a recovery option. Have these steps not yet succeeded? Then contact the provider of your e-mail account

Password Manager
To avoid forgetting the password again in the future, you can use a password manager. You only have to remember one password. For the hundreds to thousands of passwords you use in addition, you can then use unique and complicated passwords. The password manager can automatically generate strong (and therefore more secure) passwords for you and remember them for you

Two-step verification
If you’re still trying to handle your accounts and passwords in a more secure way, we recommend that you also turn on two-step verification, also known as 2FA. Ideally, you should set this up with all accounts where this is possible. Fortunately, there are more and more of them. In addition to just entering the password, a second method is required to log in. This way you make it even more difficult for malicious parties to hack you.

For example, two-step verification can be done through an app such as Google Authenticator or Microsoft Authenticator. New codes will always appear in your screen that you have to enter within a certain time. Entering a code from a text message is also possible. You can even use a certain kind of USB stick as a 2FA method, such as the YubiKey from the company Yubico. The disadvantage of this is that you can of course also lose this physical login key.

Note: make sure that you do not just remove Google Authenticator from your device. Without this app you do not have access to the codes. And you need that to log in to accounts where two-step verification via the authentication app is enabled.

Three new Apple Watches: here’s what’s expectedThree new Apple Watches: here’s what’s expected

Along with the iPhone 14, Apple is also likely to unveil the new versions of the Apple Watch on September 7, including a new Pro model aimed at athletes.

The Apple Watch is the most sold smartwatch in the world with a market share of about 30 percent. Usually, Apple will also unveil a new Apple Watch model around the presentation of the new iPhones in September. That also seems to happen this year during the Apple event on September 7, but it is reportedly not only with the successor to the Apple Watch Series 7. As many as three new Watch versions would have Apple in store. We list the expectations.

Apple Watch Series 8
The Apple Watch Series 8 is very likely to resemble its predecessor, so there is no question of a new design with flat sides, which was rumored last year. The screen sizes also remain the same (41 mm and 45 mm), but the Series 8 may appear in new colors.

The watch gets a new sensor with which the body temperature can be measured. This would allow the Apple Watch to detect if you have a fever. The sensor would not be intended to read your body temperature at any time, but only to warn of elevation and fever. This makes the function different from measuring heart rate, saturation and ECGs, with Apple showing the exact values. The temperature sensor could also be used for women who are trying to get pregnant. Measuring body temperature comes in handy when tracking ovulation and other values around fertility.

Other health features rumored to be, such as a blood sugar monitor and a blood pressure monitor, don’t seem to be coming to the Apple Watch until a few years from now. The Series 8 may get more extensive sleep functions, such as showing different sleep phases. There are also rumors about detection of sleep apnea.

The Series 8 would have an S8 chip but that would not be much faster than the S6 from two years ago. The watch would get a longer battery life thanks to an improved saving mode. That mode would only work on the Series 8 and users would still be able to use apps on their watch in the mode, while the current low-power mode only shows the clock. The price of the new Watch would remain about the same (from 429 euros).

Apple announces iPhone 14 on Wednesday

Apple will hold a major product presentation on Wednesday evening, September 7. During that event, Apple will most likely announce the iPhone 14 series and several new App

Apple’s September event will take place a week earlier than usual. The slogan of the presentation is ‘Far Out’ and starts on 7 September at 7 o’clock in the evening (Dutch time).

Usually the new iPhones are in stores a week and a half after the presentation. According to Bloomberg news agency, Apple employees have recently been told that the sale of new products will start on September 16.

iPhone 14
Apple would release four iPhone 14 versions, with the small Mini model giving way to a new 6.7-inch model, which according to the latest rumors will be called ‘iPhone 14 Plus’. The iPhone 14 is said to keep the A15 chip out of the iPhone 13, while the Pro and Pro Max get the faster A16 chip.

The two Pro models also distinguish themselves in other areas. For example, the Pros get improved cameras and thinner bezels. In the Pro models, the screen notch, the notch, gives way to a pill-shaped cutout for the FaceID camera and a hole for the selfie camera.

The new iPhones may also become a lot more expensive. The prices of the iPhone 14 Pros would be 15 percent higher than those of the predecessors.

“Sell like iPhone 13”
Despite declining smartphone sales worldwide, Apple expects the iPhone 14 to sell as well as the iPhone 13. Apple is said to have ordered 90 million units of the iPhone from its suppliers, similar to the number of iPhone 13s that Apple ordered around the same time last year.

Apple expects to ship 220 million iPhones this year, also about the same as last year. According to rumors, Apple could also announce a subscription to iPhones, with customers leasing the iPhone. The major software update iOS 16 is also expected in September.’Sales equal to iPhone 13′
Despite declining smartphone sales worldwide, Apple expects the iPhone 14 to sell as well as the iPhone 13. Apple is said to have ordered 90 million units of the iPhone from its suppliers, similar to the number of iPhone 13s that Apple ordered around the same time last year.

Apple expects to ship 220 million iPhones this year, also about the same as last year. According to rumors, Apple could also announce a subscription to iPhones, with customers leasing the iPhone. The major software update iOS 16 is also expected in September.

New Apple Watch
At the same time as the iPhone 14, the new Apple Watch Series 8 would also be presented. The new watch has, among other things, a sensor that measures the body temperature, so that the device can detect if you have a fever.

Apple would also come with a new Pro model of the Apple Watch, aimed at athletes. That Pro version gets a larger screen, a titanium body and longer battery life. In addition, there would be a new version of the cheap Apple Watch SE. Apple may also announce the second version of the AirPods Pro.

New iPads and Macs
Apple may hold a second product presentation in October. Among other things, new iPads are expected there, such as an entry-level model of the iPad with an A14 chip and a USB-C port and new iPad Pros with the more powerful M2 chips.

Furthermore, Apple would like to launch new Macs this fall, including a new Mac Mini and MacBook Pro with M2

Slow internet? Here’s what’s behind it

The word congestion means accumulation and is often used in medical terms or in traffic. If you see the internet as a highway over which data rushes back and forth, then you understand that you do not want traffic jams to arise and the data accumulates, as it were. With network congestion, too many transfers go over the internet at the same time and a kind of traffic jam arises on the digital highway.

Everything you do on the internet is divided into packets of data that are sent back and forth along the most efficient routes to reach their destination. The receiving computer then reassembles the packets into, for example, an e-mail, video or a web page. Normally, this happens quickly without you as a user realizing it.

Not enough bandwidth
Depending on the internet subscription that you have purchased from your internet provider, you have a certain bandwidth that determines the number of jobs on the digital road. When all that bandwidth is being used at once, the data packets take longer to get to and from their destination, slowing down your connection.

For example, if the whole family is working at home and videos are being streamed and Fortnite being played in the meantime, you can certainly notice that in your internet speed.

Everything you do on the internet is divided into packets of data that are sent back and forth along the most efficient routes to reach their destination. The receiving computer then reassembles the packets into, for example, an e-mail, video or a web page. Normally, this happens quickly without you as a user realizing it.

Not enough bandwidth
Depending on the internet subscription that you have purchased from your internet provider, you have a certain bandwidth that determines the number of jobs on the digital road. When all that bandwidth is being used at once, the data packets take longer to get to and from their destination, slowing down your connection.

For example, if the whole family is working at home and videos are streamed and Fortnite is being played in the meantime, you can certainly notice that in your internet speed.

Other reasons for network congestion
It’s not just overload that can lead to congestion. You may be using an old modem or router, or your equipment may not be set up correctly. If you have equipment from your provider, you can contact them to ask if everything is new enough and configured correctly.

There is also a chance that you have fallen prey to a cyber attack from outside. Perhaps an attacker hosts data on your computer and sends it over the network, putting a strain on your network. Viruses or DDO attacks can also play a role.

How to make the internet fast again
If you have the idea that your internet is suddenly a lot slower or if files do not arrive when you had actually sent them, your internet speed is tested with an online tool such as SpeedTest. Then you can immediately see whether the speeds match your subscription. If there are major differences between them, please contact your provider directly.

Another option to fix delays is to connect devices such as game consoles, media players and desktop PCs directly to your router with an Ethernet cable, which still provides the fastest and most stable connection.

Everything you do on the internet is divided into packets of data that are sent back and forth along the most efficient routes to reach their destination. The receiving computer then reassembles the packets into, for example, an e-mail, video or a web page. Normally, this happens quickly without you as a user realizing it.

Not enough bandwidth
Depending on the internet subscription that you have purchased from your internet provider, you have a certain bandwidth that determines the number of jobs on the digital road. When all that bandwidth is being used at once, the data packets take longer to get to and from their destination, slowing down your connection.

For example, if the whole family is working at home and videos are streamed and Fortnite is being played in the meantime, you can certainly notice that in your internet speed.

Other reasons for network congestion
It’s not just overload that can lead to congestion. You may be using an old modem or router, or your equipment may not be set up correctly. If you have equipment from your provider, you can contact them to ask if everything is new enough and configured correctly.

There is also a chance that you have fallen prey to a cyber attack from outside. Perhaps an attacker hosts data on your computer and sends it over the network, putting a strain on your network. Viruses or DDO attacks can also play a role.

How to make the internet fast again
If you have the idea that your internet is suddenly a lot slower or if files do not arrive when you had actually sent them, your internet speed is tested with an online tool such as SpeedTest. Then you can immediately see whether the speeds match your subscription. If there are major differences between them, please contact your provider directly.

Another option to fix delays is to connect devices such as game consoles, media players and desktop PCs directly to your router with an Ethernet cable, which still provides the fastest and most stable connection.