How To Fix Some Of The “Quirks” Of iOS/iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, And Safari 15

Posted in Tips with tags on September 22, 2021 by itnerd

On Monday, Apple released a ton of software to the world. And that as is typical for me caused my phone to ring and my inbox to fill up from people who had minor “quirks” in terms of how the software looked and functioned that annoyed them. I’ve collected the common “quirks” into this article along with how to fix them. I’ll start with Safari 15. It has a feature that colors the Tab Bar. If that annoys you, here’s how to turn it off:

  1. Go to the “Safari” menu, then “Preferences”
  2. Go to “Tabs”
  3. Uncheck “Show color in tab bar”

Now this same feature exists in iOS/iPadOS 15. Here’s how you disable this same feature in those OSes:

  1. Go to “Settings” then “Safari”
  2. Under the “Tabs” section turn off “Website Tinting”. Note: On iPadOS the option is called “Show Color in Tab Bar”

Safari on iOS and iPadOS 15 also moved the address bar to the bottom of the screen by default. Based on what my clients are saying, it’s not a popular change. But you can change it back to the top easily:

  1. Go to “Settings” then “Safari”
  2. Under the “Tabs” section, select “Single Tab”

watchOS 8 removed the dedicated bed icon for activating sleep mode. That caused a few calls from clients of mine who used Apple’s sleep tracking feature. In watchOS 7, you simply had to swipe up from the bottom and click on the bed icon to activate sleep mode. Now in watchOS 8, it’s tied to the new Focus Mode feature which Apple defines as “A powerful new set of tools gives you more control over how you prioritize your time and attention. So you can find balance and stay focused on whatever you’re doing in the moment.” The problem is that this change is confusing lots of users. To save you stress of figuring it out when you’re going to bed, here’s how you activate sleep mode:

  1. Swipe up from the bottom to display Control Center.

2. Find the moon icon, press and hold it to get the menu pictured below.

3. Choose Sleep.

Finally, some of you might have issues with iOS 15 where you might have problems with Bluetooth devices (Bluetooth headsets specifically) and WiFi. The solution could be classified as a “nuclear option.” But it seems to fix most things that have been reported to me.

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Go to General
  3. Go to Transfer or Reset iPhone
  4. Go To Reset
  5. Click on Reset Network Settings

The reason why I call this the “nuclear option” is that you will have to re-join any WiFi networks that the phone was paired with after you do this. Which by extension means that you will need to know the passwords of said networks before you go down this path. It also seems to reset some cellular options like roaming preferences and WiFi calling. But it seems to clear up strange Bluetooth and WiFi issues. Thus it’s worth trying.

Do you have an “quirks” in watchOS 8, iOS/iPadOS 15 and Safari 15 that you’ve come across and fixed? Please leave a comment below and share your wisdom. Alternately, if you have a “quirk” that you need help with, leave a comment below and I will try and assist you.

UPDATE: Someone emailed me asking where Private Browsing Mode was in Safari on iOS/iPad OS 15. I am not sure why Apple did this, but it is buried in the tab menu:

If you click on it, you’ll be given the Private option:

Click on it and you’ll be in Private Browsing Mode.

Choose done. To get out of Private Browsing Mode, simply follow these steps and choose “x Tabs” where “x” is the number of tabs that you have open.

Further Deployment Of Cloud Services Propels Organizations On The Road To Modernization: Aptum 

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 22, 2021 by itnerd

Nearly 60% of respondents agree that cloud adoption has improved their organization’s agility, but that they could be more agile still. This finding comes from the fourth and final part of the Cloud Impact Study from Aptum, the hybrid multi-cloud managed service provider. The report, titled The Modernization Minefield, examines the deployment of workloads on different infrastructures and the adoption of cloud services at enterprise application level.

The independent research reveals that, despite only 39% of IT professionals being completely satisfied with their rate of cloud transformation, the adoption of practices that lend themselves to cloud native technology and enable agility remains low. 

Only 20% of respondents are utilizing DevOps across all applications, and just 17% use container services to develop and deploy all apps. DevOps and container services increase agility by speeding up application deployment times, improving productivity through continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD), enabling easy and frequent patching, and minimizing production costs. 

Respondents recognize many of the benefits of DevOps and container services adoption, with common anticipated benefits from further adoption including increased operational efficiency (77%), improved responsiveness (59%) and improved customer experience (58%). So, what is stopping organizations from realizing their cloud native potential?

Effectively refactoring applications requires an up-front commitment of resources and investment, including hardware, software, people, and skillsets like DevOps. The alternative of lifting and shifting an application into a cloud environment can often be a more expensive and less successful endeavour and can deter organizations that already have sunk costs. In fact, findings from part two of the Cloud Impact Study, The Security and Compliance Barricade, found that refactoring legacy applications for cloud infrastructure is a top barrier to cloud transformation (35%), second only to security and compliance (38%). 

As a result, for seven out of nine application categories – Human Resources (HR), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), backup, disaster recovery, bespoke applications, development, and operations – on-premises remains the preferred hosting option.

As noted in each of the Cloud Impact Study reports, organizations recognize that they need expert help to plan and execute their transformation strategies. Choosing a Managed Services Provider that understands which areas of a business can be enhanced through cloud services, and which areas should remain on-premises is a crucial step in that process. 

The full findings of the final part of Aptum’s Cloud Impact Study 2020/21, The Modernization Minefield can be found here

Aptum’s Cloud Impact Study was created from the opinions of 400 senior IT professionals in the US, Canada, and UK across industries in financial services, IT, technology, telecommunications, manufacturing, retail, public and commercial sectors. 

The blog post, Navigating the modernization minefield, can be found here: https://aptum.com/blog/navigating-the-modernization-minefield/

For part one of the report, Bridging the Cloud Gap, please visit here

For part two of the report, The Security and Compliance Barricade, please visit here

For part three of the report, A Cloudy Forecast, please visit here.

Modern Campus Partners With BCdiploma To Secure Learner Credentials Via Blockchain Technology

Posted in Commentary with tags , on September 22, 2021 by itnerd

Modern Campus and BCdiploma announced today a partnership connecting the BCdiploma verified digital credential platform with Modern Campus Destiny One, the leading student management system for non-traditional education.

BCdiploma is trusted by over 100 higher education institutions across 18 countries to offer diplomas, certificates, badges and microcredentials. The credentials themselves can be customized to provide a highly authentic look and feel. BCdiploma’s credentials are also interoperable with open standards, ensuring backward compatibility of its digital credentials with emerging governance standards.

As a result of this partnership, leading providers of non-traditional education from colleges and universities will have the capacity to offer verified digital credentials for their programs at the touch of a button. These digital credentials, housed on the blockchain, are forgery-proof and customizable in both content and design.

Microcredentials are increasingly important to success in delivering modern higher education. According to recent research from Modern Campus and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, 92% of higher education leaders say microcredentials help keep their institutions competitive, and 71% say they will help the institution achieve its revenue and enrollment goals.

Critically, by housing digital credentials on the blockchain, BCdiploma ensures students have lifelong access to their credentials while also defending against the growing tide of credential fraud. According to a 2018 study, 68% of applicant resumes were found to be misleading and 29% of those were specifically cases where individuals presented credentials they hadn’t earned.

To learn how you can offer verified, digital credentials at your institution, join a webinar on October 6 at 2PM ET / 11AM PT: https://moderncampus.com/recorded-webcast/how-to-govern-digital-credentials-using-blockchain-security.html or contact sales@moderncampus.com.

LinkedIn Reveals The 2021 Top Startups List In Canada

Posted in Commentary on September 22, 2021 by itnerd

LinkedIn has released the Canadian edition of the 2021 Top Startups list, featuring the emerging startups to work for.

Top Startups ranks the emerging companies embracing innovation and the future of work, with this year’s list reflecting the current state of the economy and the world. These growing startups are successfully navigating the evolution of consumer and business needs, and many are leading the way through the #GreatReshuffle, a moment of unprecedented change where employers and employees are rethinking how and why we work.

LinkedIn uses its data to rank startups on the list based on four pillars that are synonymous with successful startups: employment growth, engagement, job interest and attraction of top talent.

LinkedIn Top Startups Canada 2021

  1. Wealthsimple
  2. Clearco
  3. NUDESTIX
  4. Neo Financial
  5. Bonsai
  6. KOHO
  7. Borrowell
  8. ApplyBoard
  9. Onlia
  10. Drop
  11. Viral Nation
  12. League
  13. APOLLO Insurance
  14. Clutch
  15. Ada

The full 2021 Top Startups in Canada list is linked here.

Methodology

LinkedIn measures startups based on four pillars: employment growth, engagement, job interest and attraction of top talent. Employment growth is measured as percentage headcount increase over methodology time frame, which must be a minimum of 15%. Engagement looks at non-employee views and follows of the company’s LinkedIn page, as well as how many non-employees are viewing employees at that startup. Job interest counts the rate at which people are viewing and applying to jobs at the company, including both paid and unpaid postings. Attraction of top talent measures how many employees the startup has recruited away from LinkedIn Top Companies, as a percentage of the startup’s total workforce.

Data is normalized across all eligible startups. The methodology time frame is July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. To be eligible, companies must be independent and privately held, have 50 or more country-based employees, be seven years old or younger and be headquartered in the country on whose list they appear. We exclude all staffing firms, think tanks, venture capital firms, management and IT consulting firms, nonprofits and philanthropy, accelerators, and government-owned entities. Startups who have laid off 20% or more of their workforce within the methodology time frame are also ineligible.

New Uber Eats Update Lets You Search With Emojis For Your Favourite Food

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 22, 2021 by itnerd

Have you ever been walking from work and had a craving for takeout, only to learn that the restaurant is miles away from you? You’re not alone. As many as 8 out of 10 Uber Eats users tell us they face this issue and have switched to other map apps to search for nearby food. 

Consider that an issue of the past with Uber Eats new searchable pickup maps – launching today.

For the first-time ever, users across the world can search for one of Uber Eats’ 700,000 local restaurants or merchants on our pickup map with food emojis! 🌮 🍜  🍕 🍣 🥗

Simply open the Uber Eats and choose pickup, then type what you’re looking for in-app map, (using words or emojis), and see what’s nearby (including the exact distance from your selected location). 

Here’s a video of this new feature in action:

Facebook Is Using Its Newsfeed To Make Itself Look Better…. This Is The Best Reason To #DeleteFacebook Ever

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 21, 2021 by itnerd

From the “this is really low, even for Facebook” department comes this New York Times story that Facebook is using its own newsfeed to push positive stories about the company. Check this out:

The effort, which was hatched at an internal meeting in January, had a specific purpose: to use Facebook’s News Feed, the site’s most important digital real estate, to show people positive stories about the social network.

The idea was that pushing pro-Facebook news items — some of them written by the company — would improve its image in the eyes of its users, three people with knowledge of the effort said. But the move was sensitive because Facebook had not previously positioned the News Feed as a place where it burnished its own reputation. Several executives at the meeting were shocked by the proposal, one attendee said.

Project Amplify punctuated a series of decisions that Facebook has made this year to aggressively reshape its image. Since that January meeting, the company has begun a multipronged effort to change its narrative by distancing Mr. Zuckerberg from scandals, reducing outsiders’ access to internal data, burying a potentially negative report about its content and increasing its own advertising to showcase its brand.

That’s really bad. Clearly Facebook isn’t even pretending to give a damn anymore. It’s clearly all about the profits no matter what the cost. Despite the fact that racism, anti-vaccine info and other sorts of bad things are running rampant on Facebook.

Here’s what Facebook had to say about this when asked about it by the New York Times:

Joe Osborne, a Facebook spokesman, denied that the company had changed its approach.

“People deserve to know the steps we’re taking to address the different issues facing our company — and we’re going to share those steps widely,” he said in a statement.

This isn’t the way to go about doing this. If you combine this with this other story that I wrote earlier today, Facebook has really sunk to a new low. Even by their standards. Thus the option to #DeleteFacebook looks like the best option as I cannot see Facebook changing their ways.

Facebook Makes Changes To Stop People From Monitoring The Platform…. Which Is An Excellent Reason To #DeleteFacebook

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 21, 2021 by itnerd

From the “this seems underhanded” department comes the news that Facebook has begun rolling out an update that is interfering with watchdogs monitoring the platform:

The Markup has found evidence that Facebook is adding changes to its website code that foils automated data collection of news feed posts — a technique that groups like NYU’s Ad Observatory, The Markup, and other researchers and journalists use to audit what’s happening on the platform on a large scale. The changes, which attach junk code to HTML features meant to improve accessibility for visually impaired users, also impact browser-based ad blocking services on the platform. The new code risks damaging the user experience for people who are visually impaired, a group that has struggled to use the platform in the past.

The updates add superfluous text to news feed posts in the form of ARIA tags, an element of HTML code that is not rendered visually by a standard web browser but is used by screen reader software to map the structure and read aloud the contents of a page. Such code is also used by organizations like NYU’s Ad Observatory to identify sponsored posts on the platform and weed them out for further scrutiny. Facebook did not respond to a request for comment before press time. Following the changes, the Citizen Browser project experienced a drop in data collection rates from early September, prompting the investigation that uncovered these changes to the code. At around the same time, users of certain ad blockers noticed a decrease in their effectiveness.

What we are seeing is that Facebook appears to be actively taking steps to prevent other groups from holding them accountable in any meaningful way. I can’t say that I’m surprised by this as Zuckerberg or some other Facebook official has said in public over and over again that they want to make things better on the platform. But then they then pull a stunt like this. I am glad that this is being highlighted so that it makes it clear that the best way to deal with Facebook is to #DeleteFacebook.

Fresh City Farms Raises Impact Capital to Expand Services & Scale Sustainable Food Options for Healthier Communities

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 21, 2021 by itnerd

Fresh City Farms (Fresh City), the award-winning urban farm and omni-channel grocer whose mission is to provide a better life through food, today announced the support of several impact-focused investors. Together with TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good, investment participants also included Good & Well, Dragonfly Ventures, Bennett Church Hill Capital, and other private investors. The funding will help Fresh City expand their services to include faster delivery, improved online experience, and wider product assortment. 

This injection of capital will not only allow the company to invest further in overall organizational infrastructure but also enable Fresh City to build out a new 11-acre urban farming destination in Toronto near Downsview Park bringing its vision of a “co-farming” space to life, while moving the needle on the fight for food justice and accessibility to benefit people who experience systemic forms of marginalization.

TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good is one of the largest global corporate impact funds focusing its investments on for-profit companies and founders committed to driving social innovation. Its mandate is to leverage the power of technology to support environmental, agricultural, and community-minded businesses. 

Founded in 2011 by Ran Goel, Fresh City believes farming can change the world by reintroducing people to how real food is made. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Fresh City has supplied Ontarians with an assortment of fresh, organic produce, chef-inspired prepared foods, freshly baked bread and pastries from Mabel’s Bakery, organic and 100 per cent grass fed meat from The Healthy Butcher and drip coffee from Propeller Coffee. In 2020, the company launched a new store at the corner of Bay and Gerrard streets in Toronto, serving the grocery needs of thousands of front-line workers at nearby hospitals. This opening marked Fresh City’s eighth location across all three brands under the company’s umbrella, and recently expanded to include a Bottle Shop featuring organic and vegan wine, beer, and spirit offerings.

About the TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good

The $100 million TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good is one of Canada’s largest corporate impact funds, and will focus its investment on for-profit companies and founders committed to driving social innovation. The TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good is an extension of TELUS’ long-standing commitment to leveraging the power of technology to drive positive social and environmental outcomes for all Canadians by funding the development of solutions for transforming healthcare, caring for our planet, supporting responsible agriculture and enabling inclusive communities. To learn more about the TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good, please visit: telus.com/pollinatorfund.

About Fresh City

Fresh City is an award-winning urban farm and omni-channel retailer whose mission is to create a better life through food. Fresh City delivers organic produce, prepared foods, and bespoke meats to thousands of Greater Toronto Area families weekly. Chef-inspired meals, salads, snacks and breakfasts are prepared from scratch daily.

In 2018, Fresh City acquired Mabel’s Bakery, a popular bakery in Toronto producing artisan breads and pastries, and shortly after acquired The Healthy Butcher, a pioneer in organic and 100% grass-fed beef, in 2019. With eight retail locations between the three brands, Fresh City continues to bring makers and eaters together to deliver a food experience that respects our bodies, our planet, and our shared tomorrow.

For more information, please visit: https://www.freshcityfarms.com/.

GRIMM Private Vulnerability Disclosure Program Reveals Netgear SOHO Devices Vulnerability

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 21, 2021 by itnerd

GRIMM today announced they performed dedicated vulnerability research against a series of Netgear SOHO devices and discovered a vulnerability that allows remote code execution (RCE) as root. This research stems from GRIMM’s Private Vulnerability Disclosure (PVD) Program where research targets are selected based on extensive threat modeling and our team’s deep background in reverse engineering and vulnerability research.

To mitigate the risk of similar vulnerabilities, GRIMM recommends the use of virtual private network (VPN) clients that encrypt all traffic before it passes through a network device. Additionally, reducing the number of services running on your router is another mitigation strategy for those with direct access to their routers.

This vulnerability is significant because the routers impacted are Small Offices/Home Offices (SOHO) devices. These devices aren’t frequently found inside enterprise networks, and thus security issues within them may be overlooked. However, with the increase in remote work due to COVID-19 precautions, many organizations now have a greater number of their employees connecting to internal networks through their own, personal SOHO devices. In these cases, SOHO device vulnerabilities provide a potential vector through which remote attackers can gain access to the data sent in and out of corporate networks.

The security research is done entirely by GRIMM’s internal PVD team. The GRIMM PVD team has decades of experience in the most sensitive environments. Because GRIMM has a strong commitment to partnership, the PVD program welcomes requests to look into specific software or hardware. GRIMM is able to offer this service to a limited, trusted clientele to ensure that the program is used appropriately while the team works with the vendors for patches.

Salesforce Launches Health Cloud 2.0

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 21, 2021 by itnerd

Salesforce today announced Health Cloud 2.0, technology designed to empower businesses and governments to deliver better health and safety for their employees, customers and communities.

As we navigate a future that’s a hybrid of digital, in-person, and on-site, focus has shifted to ensuring health, safety, and effective business operations in the new normal — which is key to building trust and business continuity. Now, COVID-19 testing, vaccination, contact tracing, wellness assessments and delivering healthcare from multiple settings are critical as organizations in every industry are looking for ways to be together safely with their customers and employees.

Salesforce understands these needs intuitively. This week the company is deploying Dreampass, a new part of the Health Cloud 2.0 portfolio, at its three-day, hybrid digital and in-person Dreamforce conference. Dreampass enables robust and scalable COVID-19 safety protocols to be implemented for in-person attendees, including managing proof of vaccination, integrating with testing vendors and delivering automated personalized communications throughout the process to help ensure a safer environment for attendees, staff, and the community.

Empowering connected experiences for health and work

The Health Cloud 2.0 portfolio of products will be available to any business in any sector: 

  • Dreampass is designed to help deliver safer in-person events for employees, customers, and communities with capabilities including attendee registration management, COVID-19 vaccine and/or testing status verification and testing vendor integration to help issue testing kits. Dreampass then allows admission upon integrated test results with a personalized QR code. In the case of protocol changes or possible exposure, notifications and messaging also can be sent to the attendee directly.
  • Contact tracing allows organizations to manually contact trace more safely and securely by collecting only limited, necessary data from individuals who are infected or potentially exposed and creating visual maps of contacts to monitor for potential outbreaks.
  • Vaccine management helps governments and organizations manage vaccine programs at scale quickly, including inventory management, appointment scheduling, outcome monitoring, public health notifications, and more.
  • Value-based care from anywhere enables healthcare organizations topersonalize patient experiences and deliver hybrid healthcare experiences in multiple care settings. It is also designed to help bring care teams together to achieve better patient outcomes, helping to improve business productivity and public health operations.

For more on Health Cloud 2.0, watch the Dreamforce ‘21 keynote here.