Because all the kids and college students are attending class online, Google Classroom went from being relatively unknown to in the top five apps now. Zoom is also huge, being besieged by tons of schools and businesses using their app to video conference for education and work.
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Next month marks the 15th anniversary of the TWiT Netcast network. Leo started in the second story of his house, and now he's broadcasting all over the country from the TWiT Eastside Studios. What will the next 15 years have in story?
Apple has a new app for keeping you up to date on the spread of Covid-19, and tips on what you should do if you start showing some symptoms. Available at apple.com/covid19 or in the app store.
The latest news on the street is that Apple's next mid range iPhone, the iPhone 9 will be coming out in April.
China has proposed that the internet adopt a new IP standard that would give governments greater control over it's users. It has been met with support by Russia and Saudi Arabia, no surprise there. Leo says it also enables a government to use a new "shut up" feature that would enable them to lock out so-called "bad actors" or dissidents using the Internet to resist. But Leo says the only bad actors around are Governments seeking more control.
Reviewers have noticed that the new Macbook Air doesn't come with the latest WiFi Standard WiFi 6. Leo says that is unfortunate, because the iPhone 11 does. What is Apple thinking?
There is a new bug in iOS for using VPNs, where your connection can exist unencrypted and outside the VPN tunnel. Leo expects the fix coming soon.
This week, Apple announced the new MacBook Air and iPad Pro. But while Apple has new devices for users to buy, all Apple Stores are closed, except in China. But Leo says that people really don't need to try the latest devices, they know what they're all about. The new MacBook Air is the first refresh of the laptop in a few years, and it's very thin and light. The new iPad Pro has a 50-80% speed increase with a faster processor. The camera has two lenses: wide and ultra-wide.
Apple announced a new iPad Pro and MacBook Air this week. And Leo says that the iPad Pro costs as much, or more, than a fully equipped MacBook Air. Also, there isn't much difference between the previous iPad Pro and the new model, so Leo isn't sure it's worth upgrading to, and if you're looking at it for a new purchase, the MacBook Air will have more workable apps, vs. the tablet based iOS apps.
With the Coronavirus outbreak prompting the government to encourage people to practice "social distancing," many companies are letting their employees work from home. Leo says we finally have the bandwidth speeds available to be able to do video conferencing and team applications that can work via telecommuting. Church's are encouraging parishioners to watch services online, and thanks to Google Hangouts, Apple's Facetime and other video chat apps, we can keep in touch with friends and family. So it couldn't be a better time to be facing this.