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Apple operating systems: iOS 16.2 and updates for Mac, iPad, Watch & HomePod

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Apple updates its operating systems iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS and HomePodOS to version 16.2, 9.2 and 13.1 respectively. They offer some new features like “iMessage Contact Key Verification” and fix many bugs.

Apple updates almost all operating systems

In addition to iOS 16.2, which is available from the iPhone 8 and the 2nd generation iPhone SE, and iPadOS 16.2 and the desktop operating system macOS Ventura 13.1, Apple is also updating the operating software of the Apple Watch, Apple TV and HomePod. Only the firmware for the Apple Studio Display, which still has problems with the webcam quality even with the current firmware 15.5, is not updated by Apple

As usual, Apple is rolling out the following new versions of its operating systems in waves:

  • iOS16.2
  • iPadOS 16.2
  • macOS Ventura 13.1
  • HomePodOS 16.2
  • watchOS 9.2
  • tvOS 16.2

New Freeform app

While users can use the iMessage Contact Key Verification mentioned above to ensure that they only communicate with those people they intend to communicate with on all new Apple operating systems, Freeform is intended to enable collaboration with friends and colleagues on the Mac, iPhone and iPad to enhance. This collaborative whiteboard app offers Apple Pencil support and allows users to have fun with notes, post-it notes and graphics on a free layout while communicating with FaceTime or iMessage.

Apple Freeform is a collaborative whiteboard (Image: Apple)

For the Apple Watch and the Apple Watch Ultra, the new watchOS 9.2 brings optimized battery management and improved accident detection, while macOS Ventura version 13.1 sees improvements in particular to the Home app, which now supports the proprietary and license-free Matter connection standard for cross-manufacturer home automation .

With regard to iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2, which experience the most extensive updates, Apple highlights the following innovations.

Freeform
  • Freeform is a new app for creative work with friends and colleagues on Mac, iPad and iPhone.
  • The flexible workspace lets you add files, images, sticky notes, and more.
  • The drawing tools give you the ability to draw anywhere in the workspace with your finger.
Apple Music Sing
  • A new way to sing along to millions of your favorite tracks on Apple Music.
  • Customizable vocals allow you to sing alone, duet with the original artists, or use a mix of both.
  • Improved beat-to-beat lyrics make it even easier to follow the beat of the music.
SOS emergency call via satellite
  • Feature for users to contact emergency services even when cellular network or Wi-Fi is not available on the iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro models.
lock screen
  • New settings enable background images and notifications to be hidden when the always-on display setting is enabled on iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro Max.
  • The Sleep widget allows you to view your current sleep data.
  • The Medication widget allows you to view reminders and quickly access your plan.
GameCenter
  • Game Center supports SharePlay for multiplayer games, so you can play alongside participants in a FaceTime call.
  • With the “Activity” widget you can see what friends are playing and their achievements in games right on the home screen.
Home
  • Improved reliability and performance when communicating between smart home accessories and Apple devices.

iOS 16.2 and iPad 16.2 release notes

With “Advanced Data Protection for the iCloud”, an end-to-end encryption, users now also have the option of better protecting important iCloud data such as iCloud backups, photos, notes and more. However, this feature will initially only be offered in the USA and will be rolled out globally from the beginning of 2023, as Apple has already announced.

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The best contents of the week in MuyPymes

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As every Sunday we end the week with a new review of the best content that we have published in MuyPymes. This compilation will allow you to find the most important information of the last seven days just one click away. Have a good Monday.

  • How Digital Transformation enables the four-day work week.
  • Production with robots would be paralyzed for weeks, in the event of a cyber attack.
  • These are the main novelties that the self-employed will face in the next two years.
  • Renting Finders joins the Lanzadera program.
  • How do I know if I’m eligible for Windows 11?
  • Cybercriminals are using OneNote to spread malware.
  • 85% of Spanish workers will not ask for a salary increase this year.
  • 70% of Spanish managers avoid the mental health problems of their teams.
  • What future does face-to-face events hold: the opinion of the expert.
  • The Christmas campaign closed with an increase in online purchases of 13%.
  • Four reasons why consumers opt for chatbots.
  • Google for Startups creates a specialized cybersecurity program.
  • Samsung will launch the new Galaxy Book3 on February 1.
  • Canon reinforces its digital services thanks to its Document Services Hub.
  • 86% of users will prefer pay-as-you-go over long-term licenses.
  • Digital workers do not want to return to the office: 80% would leave the job.
  • Four out of 10 self-employed expect a drop in activity due to inflation.
  • NVIDIA launches new Studio Drivers drivers, we review their keys.
  • Sony introduces new Crystal LED BH and CH series monitors.
  • Epson and Yuima Nakazato together for a sustainable future in the world of fashion.
  • AOC launches its new range of P3 monitors for professionals.
  • New NUC with Intel Alder Lake-N CPU, powerful and compact.
  • Acer launches a 16-inch ultraportable with 4K resolution.

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The most frequent problems regarding time control

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As indicated from Woffu, time control managementIn addition to being a legal necessity, it is one of the main headaches for HR managers. The company highlights the main difficulties when it comes to managing the presence and absence of workers and how to solve them.

Waste of time solving incidents

One of the main problems that HR managers encounter is the time invested in solving incidents caused by disconnected tools, which do not have the technology to integrate vacations and absences with the presence in the same tool.

Many companies manage absence requests by email, paper or Excel sheets, for example, which do not allow them to attach supporting documents. In this way, as they point out from Woffu “team leaders waste hours and hours searching for and requesting receipts, reviewing who is working and who is not available. This prevents them from focusing on valuable tasks.”

Non-digitized HR processes

In the same way, one of the obstacles in the management of time control is the lack of digitization. Since the Time Control Law does not specify whether it must be done with a tool designed for it, there are many companies that choose for continuing to register on paper or in Excel sheets. “Companies waste a lot of time by manually recording the hours worked and the reasons for absence, in addition to the fact that the margin of error is greater and the data obtained is not reliable”, They comment from Woffu.

In addition, in many companies, the tools used do not allow managing the signing of a hybrid work model or a work model only remotely. Therefore, by not having this digitization, the company lacks data and information that helps to understand its reality, such as the absenteeism rate, departments that telework the most, etc.

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Lack of visibility of the days of absence and presence

Another of the common problems is that the company usually lacks visibility of the days of absence and presence of employees or between teams. This translates into a waste of time asking or searching emails or notifications for the availability of the rest of the team. Related to that lack of visibility is the fact that employees may believe that their overtime is not being recorded. This leads to disgruntled and distrustful employees.

Tools that do not meet the needs

It may happen that HR software has been hired, but when employees and managers use it to record the workday, or to request medical hours, the tool does not meet usability standards. Or it does not allow a real-time connection with visualization on any device. In this case, it is best to test the tool before entering into a deal. Make sure that it is user friendly and that it responds to the needs of both employees and HR managers. We must try to make the use of the labor registration tool as easy and bearable as possible, so it will be possible to ensure its daily use and full adoption by the workforce.

Time Control Law

Despite the fact that it has been more than four years since the implementation of the Control Law, it is still an aspect of business management that continues to generate controversy and controversy. In fact, according to data published by Grupo SPEC, half of the companies would not pass an inspection by the hourly register three years after the law. In fact, from September 2019 to May 2022, inspectors have detected a total of 3,299 violations in the registration of working hours throughout Spain and have imposed a total of 4.7 million euros in fines.

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Acer launches a 16-inch ultraportable with 4K resolution

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The new Acer Swift Edge is presented as a new high-performance ultraportable, and despite everything it maintains a very contained weight. This computer comes configured with a Ryzen 7 Pro 6850U APU, a chip that can be configured with a Zen 3+ CPU and a Radeon 680M GPU based on RDNA2 architecture. The processor has 8 cores and 16 threads at 2.7 GHz base frequency and 4.7 GHz speed in turbo mode, and the GPU has 768 shaders.

Despite being a low power solution, that APU is capable of delivering an excellent level of performance, and its integrated GPU can outperform dedicated solutions like the NVIDIA MX450so it’s a really interesting APU. The memory configuration that Acer has used in this equipment impresses, since we have a total of 16 GB of LPDDR5 memory at 6,400 MHz in the most powerful version, which translates into high bandwidth.

The screen of the Acer Swift Edge is 16 inches, you can mount a OLED panel with 4K resolution capable of reproducing 100% of the DCI-P3 color space and is TUV RHEINLAND certified, indicating both high quality color reproduction and low blue light emissions. The rest of its specifications are completed with a 1 TB M.2 SSD with PCIe 4.0 x4 interface, Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity and a FullHD webcam.

The range of connectors that the Acer Swift Edge brings is up to the equipment, and we can highlight the presence of two USB 4 connectors, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, a 3.5 mm jack and an HDMI output. In its base configuration, this equipment weighs only 1.17 kilograms, its chassis is made of a magnesium aluminum alloy and offers a range of up to 7 and a half hours for each battery charge. Its price will be 1,200 euros in its base configuration.

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