New Echo release – three things Amazon must fix to beat the next Google Home

There’s some big news coming this week from Amazon with the online retail giant expected to announce a swathe of new Echo devices. September has become a traditional time for new Amazon devices to be revealed and the firm announced last week that it be holding an event on Thursday, September 24. As with previous years, Amazon has done a good job keeping its news under wraps but here’s three things we’d love to see coming to the Echo speaker.

MAKE THE ECHO BATTERY POWERED

It’s something we’ve been asking for for a while and it’s surely time Amazon considered launching a more portable speaker that’s powered by a battery.

The current range all need to be plugged into the mains which means you can quickly grab them and transport them to another room or your garden shed. A portable Echo would be hugely popular and it might be an important update as rumours suggest the next Google Home could arrive without a power cord.

Google has its launch event later this month with the firm already teasing images and a short video of a device which gets a totally new look and one very exciting new feature.

Firstly, it comes in a new pastel blue colour and it seems that the device can be stood up on its end or laid flat on surfaces. This design is similar to the premium Home Max speaker which can also be placed in a portrait or landscape mode. The short video also appears to show the speaker being picked up and moved around the home without any power cable being attached.

Fingers crossed, Amazon will also have a battery-powered Echo waiting in the wings.

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KEEP IMPROVING THE AUDIO

Amazon keeps making small improvements to the Echo and Echo Dot but they still aren’t the greatest when it comes to audio. The 2019 Echo did receive a boost which gave it the same audio quality as the more expensive Echo Plus. However, there are still betters-sounding smart speakers on the market.

Admittedly, the US firm did launch its Echo Studio last year which does have a much-improved sound but it’s also far more expensive.

The Echo and Dot remain the most popular speakers because of their incredible value for money. If previous years are anything to go by we can expect this new range to be louder and clearer.

Express.co.uk will be bringing you all the news live from Thursday night’s event and it could be a gdaget-packed evening.



NY attorney general will decide when to release body camera video in police officer-involved civilian deaths

“Up until now the release of footage has been up to the discretion of local authorities, but this process has caused confusion, delays, and has hampered transparency in a system that should be as open and available to the public as quickly as possible, publicizing the footage, as soon as we have shown it to the deceased family,” James said in a press conference Sunday.

James traveled to Rochester to make the announcement on what would’ve been Daniel Prude’s 42nd birthday. She met with his family before the press conference and told reporters she promised them justice.

Prude was having a mental health episode on March 23 when his brother called Rochester police for help, according to his family. Prude’s death and police body camera footage of the fatal encounter prompted protests in Rochester and accusations of a cover-up.
Last week, the city released 325 pages of internal emails, police reports and other documents that show a concerted effort by police and city officials to delay the release of incriminating body camera footage of Prude’s encounter with police.

The documents included other examples of possible attempts by police and city officials to control the narrative around Prude’s death in custody.

The attorney general announced earlier this month that she’s empaneling a grand jury to investigate Prude’s death.

James said that regardless of the grand jury investigation’s outcome, her office will seek an order from the presiding judge to release the grand jury minutes to the public.

Under the new policy, which takes effect immediately, James says she will tell the public when her office opens an investigation into a police-involved death of an unarmed civilian. The public will see the body camera footage as soon as the family of the deceased victim sees it, she said.

James did say the timing of the video release will still be dependent on applicable security and privacy laws, and other privacy concerns.

Police departments typically agree with the fast release of raw body camera footage because it usually tells an entire unedited picture of the police interaction, said Betsy Brantner Smith, a retired police officer and spokeswoman for the National Police Association.
Independent investigator in Daniel Prude's death granted subpoena power, says 'no one is off limits'

“From a national perspective, police departments aren’t that unhappy about the release of body worn camera. There’s always kind of a perception that’s wrong, that police want to hide the body camera. And generally speaking, we want it out there as soon as possible,” Smith told CNN. “In an officer-involved shooting, releasing a body worn camera is going to help show what really happened.”

Smith was wary of the timing of the attorney general’s move, cautioning against politicizing police work as the country experiences increasing tensions between police and the public in the wake of police custody deaths like Prude and George Floyd.

“The attorney general of any state is supposed to be the top law enforcement officer in that state, you know, obviously not law enforcement officers out on patrol, but they are the ones that their interest is supposed to be in the interest of the people and the crime victims, and that relationship with law enforcement, you know, boots on the ground law enforcement, needs to be a cooperative one,” Smith told CNN. “Any police officer needs trust in their attorney general, and any state attorney general needs trust in their police. So, we have to make sure that those relationships don’t get politicized.”

CNN reached out to police unions in Rochester and New York City but has not heard back.

iPhone 12 release date mystery: when will Apple FINALLY reveal its iPhone 11 successor?

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Confused about why we didn’t hear about the new iPhone models during Apple’s September event? Us too (Image: APPLE • GETTY)

Apple held its September product showcase last week – as it does almost every year. However, that’s where the similarities with normal proceedings end. While this annual keynote presentation usually focuses on the latest iPhone – with a handful of Apple execs pouring over every inch of the new design, latest camera features, speed improvements, pre-order and release date – we didn’t see any of that.

Instead, Apple used its September event to talk about a redesigned iPad Air, Apple Watch Series 6 with blood oxygen monitoring, a more affordable Apple Watch SE, and a new subscription bundle that lets you access Apple Music, Apple Arcade and Apple TV+ for a flat monthly fee. And that was it.

Of course, we’re not knocking these announcements – iPad Air looks like a brilliant buy and the ability to monitor blood oxygen levels could reveal some fascinating insights into your health… but c’mon, none of these are exciting as a new iPhone.

So, why didn’t Apple take the wraps off its successors to the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro?

Well, Apple has already confirmed that its latest batch of iPhones will be a little delayed compared with previous years. The delay, which is caused by the ongoing public health crisis, is expected to see new iPhone models land on store shelves in October or November instead of September.

However, a number of prominent analysts still assumed we’d get the usual unveiling in September except with pre-order dates starting a few weeks later than usual. After all, the new iPad Air model unveiled during the September event is delayed too – that won’t ship until an unspecified date in October and Apple still chose to talk about that during its presentation. Surely the same could’ve happened with its latest smartphone range, right?

But that didn’t happen. So, when will we get a look at the new iPhone models? And why is Apple keeping us in suspense?

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As well as the usual Space Grey and Silver finishes, a new Blue colour is rumoured to be in the works (Image: JONAS DAEHNERT • TWITTER)

As mentioned above, Apple already warned that its next iPhone wouldn’t be ready for September.

Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri made the announcement during an earnings call last month. Maestri warned shareholders that sales of its next handset will not be included in its next financial quarter, which runs until late September. Usually, Apple is able to give some indication about the number of sales or interest in its latest smartphone at the end of the quarter to buoy the share price.

Whatever Apple has planned for its best-selling iPhone range, shareholders won’t be able to see any indication of whether customers like it until the following quarter, which runs from October to December and also includes the Christmas shopping period.

Of course, Apple could’ve revealed its new iPhone as usual – and then opened pre-orders in early October. However, that would’ve left a lengthy cooling-off period between the glitzy reveal and pre-orders being available, which isn’t ideal. After all, Sony Xperia has just announced its new Xperia 5 II, Samsung is holding a Galaxy Unpacked event where new handsets are tipped to be announced next week, and Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G will be unveiled on September 30, 2020. That’s a lot of distractions for customers before pre-orders open.

It makes more sense for Apple to hold another event in October where it can take the wraps off its new iPhone, talk about the headline features and reveal its usual stunning advertising campaign – only to open pre-orders at the end of the keynote. That will ensure that anyone who wants the latest and greatest from the Californian company won’t have time to reconsider before reserving a smartphone for launch day.

And by all indications, the latest iPhone could be something truly special.

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Apple is expected to shrink the size of its notch – allowing the amount of usable screen to be bigger (Image: JONAS DAEHNERT • TWITTER)

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Like the iPad Pro, a LiDAR depth-sensing system is rumoured to be introduced to the rear-camera (Image: JONAS DAEHNERT • TWITTER)

First off, Apple is widely-tipped to include support for superfast 5G mobile networks with both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro series. Whether there will be lower-cost models in each of these ranges that only support slower 4G networks is unknown, however, with 5G becoming available in more and more affordable Android rivals – like the excellent OnePlus Nord and Motorola Moto 5G Plus – it might impact sales if Apple doesn’t futureproof its handsets with support for the faster mobile data speeds.

However, something that seemingly will not be futureproofed is the display, which will reportedly stick with the same 60Hz refresh rate to preserve battery life (the addition of 5G and a high refresh-rate was too much for the battery cell, reports suggest). That’s a little disappointing given that almost every flagship Android rival now touts a 120Hz display, which offers smoother system animations, a more responsive touchscreen, and faster-paced gameplay.

Of course, Apple is well-versed with the benefits of a 120Hz panel as it has included one in its top-tier iPad Pro models since June 2017.

According to the latest whispers, this could be one of the biggest iPhone launches ever. Apple is widely-tipped to unveil four new models. Until now, Apple has usually offered three new variants – two screen size options in its top-tier “Pro” series, and a single more affordable handset. This time around, it seems Apple will add another option for those shopping for the latest affordable iPhone model.

The latest whispers from Apple’s secretive supply chain suggest we’ll see a 5.4-inch iPhone, a 6.7-inch iPhone, and two 6.1-inch iPhones.

While the 5.4-inch model will be smaller than the current iPhone 11 Pro (5.8 inches), the larger 6.7-inch screen will be considerably bigger than the palm-stretching iPhone 11 Pro Max (6.5 inches). Meanwhile, the current iPhone 11 (and iPhone Xr before it) has a 6.1-inch touchscreen, however, it’s unclear why Apple will launch two separate variants of this handset – unless there it has a pricier version with 5G support planned, or one with improved cameras.

Apple has enjoyed huge success with the introduction of the more affordable iPhone Xr and its successor iPhone 11, which both consistently outsold their pricier “Pro” options in the year they were launched. While both of these handsets have a similar all-screen design to the flagship models, with Face ID and the latest-generation Apple-designed chipset under the bonnet, Apple cuts some corners with the camera, water resistance, and display quality. These models also ship with a slower wired charger, compared to the fast-charger bundled with the iPhone 11 Pro models.

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Apple is widely-tipped to return to the flat edges and square corners seen on the iPhone 5 (Image: JONAS DAEHNERT • TWITTER)

With the latest refresh, Apple looks to remove one of the biggest differentiators between the affordable and £999+ models: the screen. According to rumours, all four of the latest iPhone models will use OLED panels – ditching the LCD technology found on the iPhone 11. OLED offers more vibrant colours, brighter whites, cavernous blacks. Better yet, OLED panels conserve battery life when using software features like Dark Mode – something that’s not possible with LCD.

Apple is expected to refresh the industrial design of all four iPhone models. Gone are the soft curved corners that have characterised the best-selling smartphone series since the introduction of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus back in September 2014. Instead, Apple is widely-expected to return to an angular aesthetic with flat edges and sharper corners, like those found on the iPhone 4 and seen recently in the iPad Pro redesign. Whether the Apple Watch follows the same move away from gentle curves to more geometric angles remains to be seen.

And it’s not only the design that will link the iPad Pro and the new iPhones. Apple will seemingly bring the LiDAR depth-sensing technology introduced to the flagship tablet earlier this year to the next iPhone in order to boost the bokeh-style effect in its Portrait Mode images as well as Augmented Reality (AR) applications.

A smaller Face ID facial recognition scanner to allow the Californian firm to squeeze in a little more screen real estate is also likely, sources say. Whether this reworked Face ID kit only makes it way to the iPhone 12 Pro, rather than the iPhone 12 remains to be seen.

And finally, Apple is expected to drop the wall plug and the wired headphones from the box of all its upcoming iPhone models.

In tacit confirmation of the move, Apple confirmed that new Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE models will not include a wall adapter in the box – so, you’ll have to use on the USB charging bricks you’ve likely already got lying around in a drawer, or forgotten under your bed. When it comes to the iPhone, Apple is expected to reveal that research it had commissioned into chargers showed that the majority of iPhone owners don’t even remove the charger and headphones from the box – sticking with the existing kit they already had from their previous model.

Ditching these cables from the box will reduce e-waste, the firm is expected to tell customers and investors. These green credentials were touted during the keynote when Apple talked about its decision to remove the charger from the new Apple Watch.

Fortuitously, for the $1.7 trillion company, dropping these extras from the box of its next £999+ handset also means it can shrink the size of the packaging – allowing it to squeeze more smartphones into each shipment container, which will reduce costs when shipping hundreds of millions of iPhone boxes across the globe.



Xperia 5 II release: Sony's new phone brings Xperia 1 features at a cheaper price

Sony is back with a big new update to its Xperia 5 flagship and there’s plenty of new features that make it a worthy successor. As with all of Sony’s latest phones, the new Xperia 5 now gets the “mark 2” branding but there’s more to this device than just a change to its name.

The Xperia 5 II is packed with bonus features including a stunning 6.1-inch OLED screen which not only includes that unique cinema-style 21:9 design but also gets a silky smooth 120Hz refresh rate.

That should make everything you do on this screen feel more fluid and there’s another bonus from Sony.

To improve things even further the Japanese tech firm is taking mobile gaming up a notch with a clever 240Hz effect that reduces motion blur making action-packed titles look more impressive.

In fact, Sony is boasting that the Xperia 5 II is now 35% more responsive compared to the previous model which should help gamers feel more immersed in what they are playing on the screen.

As you’d probably expect from Sony, they have used some of their TV knowhow to make sure this OLED panel delivers impressive colour accuracy with a Creator mode, powered by CineAlta, making the image appear exactly how Hollywood wants it to look.

READ MORE: Xperia 1 II review: Easily the best Sony Xperia phone in years …if you ignore the price

This allows the Xperia 5 II to capture and playback up to 5x slow-motion when recorded at 24fps.

Under the hood is the latest and greatest Snapdragon 865 processor and this phone also gets access to 5G data speeds. As long as you have 5G in your area, this phone will be able to download files at over 300Mbps.

A 4,000mAh battery should last a day and, once it runs dry, you can quick charge it to 50 percent in 30 minutes.

If audio is what’s most important to you then there’s a standard 3.5mm headphone port to plug in your cans and the device is compatible with Dolby Atmos.

There’s also a fingerprint scanner on the side of the device and a new button just above the camera shutter will now summon the Google Assistant.

“Sony’s heritage has been rooted in technology and engineering, and our portfolio has expanded to include the field of entertainment from music, movies, games and much more,” said Mitsuya Kishida, President of Sony Mobile Communications. “With this unique background, Xperia smartphones are feature-packed with Sony’s advanced technologies in a compact body, with a profound passion to push the boundaries of what is possible.”

Sadly all of this new tech doesn’t come cheap with the Xperia 5 II costing £799.

If that price hasn’t put you off then it will be available in Black and Blue in the UK and Ireland from this Autumn.



iOS 14 delayed release: iPhone users frustrated over 'missing' update

iPhone owners have flooded social media with complaints about the perceived delay to the launch of iOS 14. In previous years, Apple has started to roll out the latest version of its iPhone operating system from around 6pm GMT / 10am PT / 7pm CEST. But that hasn’t happened with iOS 14. Of course, Apple never commits to kickstarting the update at a particular time, so it’s not an official delay, but rather, iPhone owners believe something to be wrong because of thier experiences in previous years.

So many people have now taken to Twitter to bemoan the slower launch than previous years that iOS 14 is now trending. While it’s not unusual for the launch of new iterations of iOS to cause the software to trend nationwide… this typically happens because millions of iPhone owners are discovering the latest features and tweeting about their new favourite tweaks. The fact that iOS 14 is trending because frustrated iPhone owners cannot install the software isn’t ideal for Apple.

More to follow. Please refresh this page for the latest information. 



iOS 14 release – Your Apple iPhone will get this blockbuster upgrade TODAY

Apple has had a big week announcing the release of a new Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE and stunning iPad Air which gets iPad Pro features on a smaller budget. However, it wasn’t just hardware announced at the US firm’s keynote with a release date for iOS 14 also revealed.

This blockbuster upgrade is packed with new features and the best part is…it’s out later today.

Although Apple never confirms a time for its yearly iOS upgrades we’re expecting this new operating system to be ready for download at around 6pm tonight.

And there’s more good news as iOS 14 is compatible with most iPhones. In fact, if you have iOS 13 on your iPhone right now then you’ll be able to get the new update.

iOS 14 was first announced back in June at Apple’s WWDC Developers Conference and since then the US firm has been putting it through its paces as part of its beta test. This is where Apple attempts to iron out any bugs or issues before it releases the software to millions of iPhone fans across the planet.

Those tests obviously went well as Apple now seems happy to let everyone get a taste of iOS 14 and there’s plenty of treats coming to your smartphone tonight.

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Instead of installing a dedicated application for every takeaway order or cinema ticket purchase, Apple’s App Clips lets you access the most important part of the app straight from the homescreen.

Other changes include improved messaging, better browsing in Safari and a picture-in-picture mode so you can keep watching videos or continue your FaceTime call while you use another app.

As we mentioned earlier, Apple has tried to keep as many users happy as possible which means most iPhones are compatible with iOS 14.

That means this all-new operating system will run on the iPod touch (7th generation)

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“iOS 14 transforms the most iconic elements of the iPhone experience, starting with the biggest update we’ve ever made to the Home Screen,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “With beautifully redesigned widgets on the Home Screen, the App Library that automatically organizes all of your apps, and App Clips that are fast and easy to discover, iPhone becomes even more powerful and easier to use.”



iPhone 12 release date: why didn't Apple announce its new iPhone and when will it arrive?

Apple held its annual September gadget showcase last night, but things were (very) different this year. While the two-hour keynote usually focuses on the latest iPhone model – with a handful of speakers pouring over every inch of the new design, camera features, processor speeds, software tweaks, pre-order and release dates, and most importantly of all, the price – we didn’t see any of that last night.

Of course, Apple had already confirmed that its latest batch of iPhones will be a little delayed this year due to the ongoing pandemic – skipping the usual September launch and aiming to land on store shelves in October or November. However, a number of prominent analysts still assumed we’d get the usual unveiling in September except with pre-order dates starting a few weeks later than usual.

That didn’t happen. So, when will we get a look at the new iPhone models? And why is Apple keeping us in suspense?

As mentioned above, Apple already warned that its next iPhone wouldn’t be ready for September.

Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri made the announcement during an earnings call last month. Maestri warned shareholders that sales of its next handset will not be included in its next financial quarter, which runs until late September. Usually, Apple is able to give some indication about the number of sales or interest in its latest smartphone at the end of the quarter to buoy the share price.

Whatever Apple has planned for its best-selling iPhone range, shareholders won’t be able to see any indication of whether customers like it until the following quarter, which runs from October to December and also includes the Christmas shopping period.

Of course, Apple could’ve revealed its new iPhone as usual – and then opened pre-orders in early October. However, that would’ve left a lengthy cooling off period between the glitzy reveal and pre-orders being available, which isn’t ideal. After all, Sony Xperia plans to launch a new smartphone later this week, Samsung is holding a Galaxy Unpacked event where new handsets are tipped to be announced next week, and Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G will be unveiled on September 30, 2020. That’s a lot of distractions for customers before pre-orders open.

It makes more sense for Apple to hold another event in October where it can take the wraps off its new iPhone, talk about the headline features and reveal its usual stunning advertising campaign – only to open pre-orders at the end of the keynote. That will ensure that anyone who wants the latest and greatest from the Californian company won’t have time to reconsider before reserving a smartphone for launch day.

And by all indications, the latest iPhone could be something truly special.

First off, Apple is widely-tipped to include support for superfast 5G mobile networks with both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro series. Whether there will be lower-cost models in each of these ranges that only support slower 4G networks is unknown, however, with 5G becoming available in more and more affordable Android rivals – like the excellent OnePlus Nord and Motorola Moto 5G Plus – it might impact sales if Apple doesn’t futureproof its handsets with support for the faster mobile data speeds.

According to the latest whispers, this could be one of the biggest iPhone launches ever. Apple is widely-tipped to unveil four new models. Until now, Apple has usually offered three new variants – two screen size options in its top-tier “Pro” series, and a single more affordable handset. This time around, it seems Apple will add another option for those shopping for the latest affordable iPhone model.

The latest whispers from Apple’s secretive supply chain suggest we’ll see a 5.4-inch iPhone, a 6.7-inch iPhone, and two 6.1-inch iPhones.

While the 5.4-inch model will be smaller than the current iPhone 11 Pro (5.8 inches), the larger 6.7-inch screen will be considerably bigger than the palm-stretching iPhone 11 Pro Max (6.5 inches). Meanwhile, the current iPhone 11 (and iPhone Xr before it) has a 6.1-inch touchscreen, however, it’s unclear why Apple will launch two separate variants of this handset – unless there it has a pricier version with 5G support planned, or one with improved cameras.

Apple has enjoyed huge success with the introduction of the more affordable iPhone Xr and its successor iPhone 11, which both consistently outsold their pricier “Pro” options in the year they were launched. While both of these handsets have a similar all-screen design to the flagship models, with Face ID and the latest-generation Apple-designed chipset under the bonnet, Apple cuts some corners with the camera, water resistance, and display quality. These models also ship with a slower wired charger, compared to the fast-charger bundled with the iPhone 11 Pro models.

With the latest refresh, Apple looks to remove one of the biggest differentiators between the affordable and £999+ models: the screen. According to rumours, all four of the latest iPhone models will use OLED panels – ditching the LCD technology found on the iPhone 11. OLED offers more vibrant colours, brighter whites, cavernous blacks. Better yet, OLED panels conserve battery life when using software features like Dark Mode – something that’s not possible with LCD.

Apple is expected to refresh the industrial design of all four iPhone models. Gone are the soft curved corners that have characterised the best-selling smartphone series since the introduction of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus back in September 2014. Instead, Apple is widely-expected to return to an angular aesthetic with flat edges and sharper corners, like those found on the iPhone 4 and seen recently in the iPad Pro redesign. Whether the Apple Watch follows the same move away from gentle curves to more geometric angles remains to be seen.

And it’s not only the design that will link the iPad Pro and the new iPhones. Apple will seemingly bring the LiDAR depth-sensing technology introduced to the flagship tablet earlier this year to the next iPhone in order to boost the bokeh-style effect in its Portrait Mode images as well as Augmented Reality (AR) applications.

A smaller Face ID facial recognition scanner to allow the Californian firm to squeeze in a little more screen real estate is also likely, sources say. Whether this reworked Face ID kit only makes it way to the iPhone 12 Pro, rather than the iPhone 12 remains to be seen.

And finally, Apple is expected to drop the wall plug and the wired headphones from the box of all its upcoming iPhone models. According to research conducted by the company, it has discovered that the majority of iPhone owners who upgrade to a newer model don’t even remove the charger and headphones from the box – sticking with the one already plugged in. Ditching these cables from the box will reduce e-waste, the firm is expected to tell customers and investors.

Fortuitously, dropping these extras from the box of the £999+ handsets also means Apple can shrink the size of the packaging to squeeze more smartphones into each shipment container – reducing costs when shipping iPhones across the globe.



iOS 14 release date confirmed for today, but will the update work on your iPhone?

Although there’s no exact time for the release, major iOS updates usually arrive at around 6pm BST so if you want the latest features on your iPhone make sure your sitting comfortably around that time and have access to Wi-Fi as the file won’t be small.

As you have an iPhone 6s or later, once downloaded, your device will get a swathe of blockbuster new features including the introduction of Android-style widgets. These data-packed squares can be placed on the homescreen with information such as the latest weather, news, music and health reports all available at launch.

These useful widgets aren’t the only new feature with iOS 14 also including improved messaging, more customisable Memojis and something called the App Library. This automatically organises all of your apps into one simple, easy-to-navigate view, and even intelligently surfaces apps that may be helpful at the right moment.

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Another change is a feature called App Clips. Instead of downloading a dedicated application for every takeaway order or cinema ticket purchase, Apple’s App Clips lets you access the most important part of the app straight from the homescreen.

Other changes include improved messaging, better browsing in Safari and a picture-in-picture mode so you can keep watching videos or continue your FaceTime call while you use another app.

The all-new operating system will run on the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, the original iPhone SE, and everything released since. In a nutshell, if your smartphone is currently running iOS 13, you’ll be able to use iOS 14.

“iOS 14 transforms the most iconic elements of the iPhone experience, starting with the biggest update we’ve ever made to the Home Screen,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “With beautifully redesigned widgets on the Home Screen, the App Library that automatically organizes all of your apps, and App Clips that are fast and easy to discover, iPhone becomes even more powerful and easier to use.”



Police: Man arrested after starting fire with Molotov cocktail accused of setting six more after release


Then, they said, he set six more.

Domingo Lopez Jr., 45, was booked Sunday afternoon after witnesses said he set a section of grass along the I-205 freeway on fire with what appears to be a Molotov Cocktail, according to a report by the Portland Police Bureau.

Lopez admitted to lighting the fire, and he was booked on charges of reckless burning and disorderly conduct in the second degree, according to the report.

Barely 12 hours later, on Monday morning around 3 a.m., Lopez was allegedly back at it. He was arrested once again accused of setting six more small fires, all along the same freeway.

“Portland Fire and Rescue extinguished three of them while passing community members put out the other three. All were caught early. No one was injured and no structures were burnt. Officers located Domingo Lopez, Junior walking along the shoulder and arrested him. They seized a lighter as evidence,” the report reads.

The news comes as wildfires continue wreaking havoc on the West Coast of the US, consuming more than 1 million acres of land in Oregon alone, Gov. Kate Brown said last week. After weeks of the blazes, dozens of people have gone missing and at least 36 have died across California, Washington and Oregon.
Law enforcement agencies have been flooded with calls since at least Thursday about online rumors that members of Antifa, an anti-fascist, often far-left-wing movement, were arrested for setting fires across the state. But police have said they’re false.

“Reports that extremists are setting wildfires in Oregon are untrue,” the FBI’s Portland field office said in a tweet Friday.

Many have lost their homes as well, and two cities in Oregon, Phoenix and Talent, have been nearly wiped out. All of this has been coupled with worsening air quality levels across the coast.

CNN could not discern whether Lopez had legal representation at this time.

Lopez is set to receive a mental health evaluation, according to the report, and was given citations for six additional counts of reckless burning.

Kelly Murray, Donie O’Sullivan and Hollie Silverman contributed to this story.

iPadOS 14 and watchOS 7 release tomorrow: will your iPad and Watch get the new features?

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iPadOS 14 and watchOS 7 will be available worldwide from tomorrow (Image: APPLE • GETTY)

Apple has confirmed the release date for its next major versions of iPadOS and watchOS during its latest media event. Originally unveiled during its annual developer conference back in late June, Apple has worked on beta versions of the software over the summer to iron-out glitches or issues flagged by third-party developers optimising their apps to work with the latest features on iPad and Apple Watch. And now, the latest versions of these operating systems are finally ready to launch. Starting tomorrow, iPad and Apple Watch owners will be able to download and install the latest software with all of the new features.

watchOS 7 is only compatible with Apple Watch Series 3, Series 4, and Series 5 models. Of course, the latest hardware will ship with the redesigned operating system out-of-the-box so there’s no need to update. watchOS 7 cannot be installed on the first-generation Apple Watch that launched back in April 2015. Watch Series 1 and Series 2 smartwatches aren’t compatible with the new operating system either.

Meanwhile, iPadOS 14 – the offshoot of iOS packed with multi-tasking and extra gestures to take advantage of the bigger touchscreen available on the tablet – will work with all of the same tablets currently running iPadOS 13. If you’re already running a version of iOS 13, you’ll be able to head to the Settings app and grab all of the latest features.

If you’re unsure which models can run iOS 13 / iOS 14, you’ll need one of the following:

Apple iPad 12.9-inch iPad Pro • 11-inch iPad Pro • 10.5-inch iPad Pro • 9.7-inch iPad Pro • iPad (7th generation) • iPad (6th generation) • iPad (5th generation) • iPad mini (5th generation) • iPad mini 4 • iPad Air (3rd generation) • iPad Air 2

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Apple Watch owners will get a number of new features, including new watch faces (Image: APPLE )

watchOS 7 best new features

With watchOS 7, Apple Watch is getting a number of small – but really handy – updates. First up, you’ll be able to add multiple instances of the same Watch Complication to your Watch Face. So, if you use the same app for reminders and calendar appointments, like the phenomenal Fantastical 2 for example, you’ll be able to make it appear twice on the same Watch Face to get more information at a glance.

And if you can’t be faffed to spend hours perfecting the ideal Watch Face with the perfect text colour, background image, Complications and more – you’ll now be able to add a Watch Face from an online article, a recommendation from the App Store, or an iMessage from a friend or family member. And if you have put in the hard hours to perfect your Apple Watch and want to share your creation, you’ll be able to beam it to iMessage contacts by long-pressing on the Apple Watch touchscreen and tapping the share icon.

But the biggest change to the Apple Watch is the arrival of Sleep Tracking.

With watchOS 7, setting a preferred bedtime will kickstart a new feature called Wind Down which sets notifications to Do Not Disturb mode so you don’t need to worry about a phone call disturbing your slumber, the ping of an unwanted app notification or email. Of course, as always with Do Not Disturb – you can allow calls from select contacts to ignore the mode and if a contact tries to reach you multiple times in quick succession, Apple will switch the sound back on.

When your head hits the pillow, Apple Watch will now keep tabs on the quality of your sleep.

During the night, watchOS 7 will detect micro-movements from the accelerometer built into the smartwatch, which signals respiration during sleep, to intelligently work out when the wearer is sleeping and how much sleep they get each night. This data will be reported in the Health app. Like the existing Calories Burned, Steps, Heart Rate categories already gathered by the Apple Watch and stored in Health, there will now be a dedicated Sleep tab that tracks trends over time and lets you deep-dive into the previous night’s slumber.

Apple Watch will use its on-device machine learning to analyse your sleep patterns and offer some useful advice about how to maximise your next snooze.

In the morning, when it’s time to wake-up, watchOS 7 will allow your Apple Watch to play a number of new alarm sounds. Or, if you’d prefer, Apple will let you use the Taptic Engine inside the wearable to buzz you awake – so your early-morning alarm won’t wake a sleeping partner next to you. Thoughtful, eh?

In a very timely new addition, watchOS 7 includes a built-in hand-washing mode that reminds wearers to scrub their hands for at least 20 seconds. Following the software update, your Apple Watch will use the motion sensors, microphone, as well as a healthy dollop of on-device machine learning to automatically detect handwashing motions and sounds.

watchOS 7 will then initiates a 20-second countdown timer, and if you finish early – you dirty dog! – your Apple Watch will prompt you to keep washing. Apple Watch can also conveniently remind you to wash your hands whenever you return home.

Elsewhere, there’s a new Chronograph Pro Watch Face that includes a tachymeter to calculate speed based on time traveled over a fixed distance. Apple has also upgraded the Photos Face to include colour filters, and the bold X-Large face now has an option to add a rich complication.

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Like the iPhone, iPad will get redesigned widgets (Image: APPLE )

iPadOS 14 best new features

One of the biggest changes coming to the iPad is the arrival of a new sidebar across a range of apps. This looks identical to the one found in the vast majority of macOS apps and lets you quickly sort through folders on the left of the screen – making it easier to drag-and-drop items. At launch, this new sidebar design will appear in a range of apps including Photos, Notes and Files. Third-party apps can also support it.

Another Mac-like addition is the new search functionality. Apple says that it rebuilt search on iPad from the ground up with iPadOS 14 and is now the one place to quickly find practically anything – from locating and launching apps, accessing contact information, files, as well as getting quick bitesize chunks of information without Googling, like answers to common questions about people or places. With a new compact design, users can start a search from anywhere, without having to leave the app they’re in, Apple says.

Next, it’s good news if you like using the Apple Pencil with your tablet.

Apple wants to make this stylus much more useful with owners now able to turn scribbles into text. It will even transform shapes into editable graphics and everything you write can be changed including colours and outlines.

When taking notes, Smart Selection uses on-device machine learning to distinguish handwriting from drawings, so handwritten text can easily be selected, cut, and pasted into another document as typed text. Shape recognition allows users to draw shapes that are made geometrically perfect and snap right into place when adding useful diagrams and illustrations in Notes.

If you have your Pencil in hand, there will now be the option to write website URLs in the Safari browser – letting you navigate to your favourite website, or start a Google search without tapping on the glass to type with the on-screen keyboard.

Another nice change is the new call notification design, which will now only take up a small portion of the screen. Currently, when the iPad attempts to take a FaceTime call the whole screen is taken up with the alert …not ideal if you’re hoping to blank whoever is calling. But that all changes in iPadOS 14 with just a small bar appearing at the top of the display.

Apple iPad iPadOS 14 Update New Features

If your iPad is currently running iPadOS 13, you’ll be able to use the new version (Image: APPLE )

This can even be swiped away if you don’t want to accept the call.

“With iPadOS 14, we’re excited to build on the distinct experience of iPad and deliver new capabilities that help customers boost productivity, be more creative, and have more fun,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “With new compact designs for system interactions and new app designs specifically tailored to iPad, even better note-taking capabilities with Apple Pencil, and more powerful AR experiences, iPadOS 14 delivers an amazing experience that keeps it in a class of its own.”