Apple gives the iPhone a tweak and other tech clicks

Bogotá, Sep 8 (EFE).- These are the main technological news of the week in America.

1. iPhone 14: the same as the iPhone 13? Maybe yes, but no

Every year when these days come when Apple announces its new “toys” many people wonder if what is presented as novelty really is. Sometimes the only thing new is the number after the model, but not this year.

On this occasion Apple has presented an iPhone 14 that, for example, allows you to send emergency messages via satellite when there is no coverage.

That in itself is a great novelty, not the new hat of Satcy Malibu, the Barbie parody doll that appears in The Simpsons.

Both the basic iPhone 14 and the Plus, available in black, white, blue, purple and red, have an aesthetic very similar to that of the 13 and maintain the A15 Bionic chip.

The basic will have a value of 799 dollars and the Plus will be launched at 899, so you can check your account statements.

Ahh… and the Apple Watch Ultra was also introduced.

What more than one would give to have these wonders from Apple.

2. No more cheating, Apple

One for another. The firm of the bitten apple received an order from the Brazilian government not to continue selling the iPhone without its respective charger and imposed a fine of 2.3 million dollars for damages to consumers.

The decision means removing Apple’s permission to sell all models of the iPhone 12 and 13 that do not have the included charger.

If Apple doesn’t comply, the fine increases daily.

For the Government, Apple violated the rights of consumers by selling the “incomplete” product, considering that the charger is essential for the proper functioning of the phone.

Who can imagine buying a cell phone without the charger?

3. Another that warns about bitcoin in El Salvador

“Warned soldier does not die in war”… “He who listens to advice grows old”… well. Time and time again, several estates have warned the Salvadoran president, Nayib Bukele, to leave the quixotic situation of bitcoin as current currency.

This time it is the Central American Institute for Fiscal Studies (Icefi) that recommends the repeal “due to its great costs” of the Bitcoin Law enacted a year ago. In addition, according to Icefi, the population has benefited little or nothing from this measure.

This prestigious institution assures that “one year after the Bitcoin Law came into force, the technical analysis shows a negative balance, with great costs for Salvadoran society and without tangible benefits.”

And it recommends “that the Legislative Assembly repeal the Bitcoin Law, and that the use of that cryptocurrency be voluntary.”

Voices against it continue to be added, but President Bukele continues in his pioneering (reasonable?) endeavor at the world level.

4. “School’s down”…literally

No. It’s not like the prank of David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) and his girlfriend Jennifer Mack (Ally Sheedy) hacking into a school system to switch grades and then almost causing a thermonuclear war with the Soviet Union in the 1983 film “War Games”.

No. It is something much more serious… and real.

The FBI is investigating a massive cyberattack that disabled the systems of the Los Angeles Unified School District (Lausd), the second largest in the United States.

The attack took the district’s website offline, causing employees and students to lose access to email.

But, in the middle of it all, the authorities go Pfff…! since the hackers at least didn’t steal the students’ confidential records.

Both the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are collaborating with the investigation.

Hacker attacks have become a growing threat to America’s schools and businesses.

Strengthen your defenses, teachers!

5. More force for virtual reality!

While everyone is dealing with the complexity of the real world, many are already experiencing virtual reality (VR) to the fullest and it is for these that the digital industry is developing a whole new world.

To this end, Meta and Qualcomm announced an agreement to collaborate on the development of microprocessors designed specifically for VR equipment.

Both companies explained that their engineers and designers will work together to produce these new chips.

These semiconductors will be supported by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR platform and will be used in Meta’s Quest VR headset.

This partnership between the two tech giants is not new: Qualcomm has been equipping Meta’s augmented reality glasses for years.

Progress is generated down here, but it is noticeable up there.

6. A 5G “pura vida, mae”!

Costa Rica advances like Juan Antonio Cayasso towards the door of the Scottish Jim Leighton in Italy 90 with the initiative of his Government to auction frequencies to implement 5G technology.

How is the play? Well, it is that the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity (ICE) is going to return a portion of the radio spectrum from 3400 MHz to 3500 MHz and from 3600 MHz to 3625 MHz.

The returned frequencies will be auctioned off to private parties, while another portion will remain in the hands of ICE.

All for a faster and more effective internet, like Winston Parks against Turkey in Korea-Japan 2002.

5G (which does not spread covid-19) has been gaining strength throughout Latin America

7. More surprises for Xbox Game Pass!

The holiday months are approaching and on Xbox they know it.

That is why gifts are already beginning to arrive on the Game Pass platform, added to the very wide offer.

The friends of realized that, suddenly, they fell into the grid “Opus Magnum”, by Zachtronics, and Train Sim World 3, by Dovetail Games.

But this month’s big package is still expected.

So stay tuned, friends.

Apple gives the iPhone a tweak and other tech clicks