5 things you need to know in SA business today and the 9 most useful features coming to your iPhone later this year
1. Pilots at embattled South African Airways (SAA) are threatening to down tools after Zukisa Ramasia was appointed interim CEO. According to the South African Airways Pilots Association, Ramasia is not the right person for the job, and the national carrier requires someone with "appropriate experience and financial acumen." Ramasia is a former general manager of operations at SAA.
2. State-owned broadcaster SABC said it awaits R3.2 billion in financial support from the government to keep doors open. In an interview with the broadcaster, chief financial ffficer Yolandi van Biljon said the SABC has a debt of over R1 billion, including R317 million it owes to rival broadcaster SuperSport. Van Biljon said the broadcaster intends on paying salaries, but it’s “extremely uncertain”.
3. Plans to tax South African pension funds, or introduce prescribed assets are set to form part of President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address on Thursday. Pension funds said they have already been consulted about the possible changes. Prescribed assets is not a new concept to South Africa where pension funds are already prohibited from investing more than 30% offshore. During Apartheid they were forced to buy state bonds. The practice is common in countries such as Australia and Canada.
4. The now combined higher education, science and technology ministry has established a task team to advise the minister how to manage the threats and opportunities posed by the fourth industrial revolution. Automation threatens an estimated 6-million jobs in South Africa over the next seven years, a study by global consultancy firm Accenture found. The task team was one of Naledi Pandor’s last official acts before she was moved to the international affairs and co-operation ministry. Pandor was replaced by Blade Nzimande.
5. On Youth Day President Cyril Ramaphosa promised to tackle youth unemployment in South Africa - which is estimated to be above 50% - calling it “a shame on our country's conscience”. Ramaphosa said the state will strengthen TVET colleges for people to gain technical skills to develop the economy. He also said it is important that youth are represented in leadership structures, including the country’s cabinet.
The 9 most useful features coming to your iPhone later this year
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Like iOS 12 before it, iOS 13 will upgrade the performance of your phone.
Apple says Face ID unlocking will be 30% faster, app downloads will be 50% smaller, and app updates will be 60% smaller in iOS 13. Apps will also launch up to two times faster than before, thanks to an improved animation.
Apple is finally adding an optional system-wide Dark Mode, which will be perfect for night-time reading.
This is going to make a huge difference in all of your Apple apps: Music, Reminders, Mail, Photos, and more can all be affected by Apple's system-wide Dark Mode, which is nice and easy on the eyes, and perfect for reading in the dark.
Notably, Apple also added Dark Mode tools for developers so it's easy to implement the new mode in almost any new app that comes along.
The iPhone is about to get better editing tools — for both photos and videos.
Apple updated the editing controls to be more robust and intuitive. It still has automatic adjustments if you want them, but you can also dig into the settings to tweak sharpness, color, contrast, and even add filters.
But what's truly new and notable here is that all of these new photo settings can finally be applied to videos for the first time. You can also rotate videos from portrait to landscape (!), and you can even warp the look of your videos or adjust their aspect ratio. This is going to make it way more satisfying to film and edit videos on an iPhone.
Apple Maps is adding new features to gain parity with Google Maps.
Apple Maps is about to get way more detailed - first for US cities in 2019, then eventually the rest of the world in 2020.
The Maps themselves will have significantly more up-to-date details about roads, buildings, parks, and even beaches. Apple is also adding a new "Look Around" feature, which is similar to Google's Street View: It lets you move down streets from a first-person perspective and scan areas in a 360-degree view. Also like Google Maps, you'll be able to add your favorites and create collections of places that you can easily share with friends. It looks like a really solid update.
The Mail app is getting a big update to support rich text.
This feature was a long time coming. Finally, the Mail app will let you alter the font style, size, color, and alignment of your text, with the ability to indent and add bulleted and numbered lists. This is going to be crucial for anyone who relies on Apple's Mail app to send work emails.
Reminders, Apple's best application, is getting a complete overhaul.
Apple is making its Reminders app easier to use, and far more robust. In iOS 13, you'll be able to jot down reminders like you currently can, but you'll be able to add dates, times, locations, photos, check lists, and flags to really get specific about your lists and to-dos.
Siri will also be able to suggest new reminders based on what you're doing. So if someone messages you to make plans, Siri can automatically create a reminder for you.
The iPhone keyboard is finally getting "swipe-to-type."
Lots of people like iPhone keyboards that allow you to swipe to type, and that's exactly what Apple's new QuickPath Typing can do. Apple has on-device machine learning that recognizes the path you're drawing and converts it all for you. Hopefully this makes one-handed typing easier.
The new "Sign in with Apple" feature will let you sign up with any app or service without offering up any of your personal information.
With "Sign in with Apple," developers can put the button in their apps, and Apple can log you into any app with a new account.
Some applications may want your name or email to send you information outside the app, and they are allowed to request this information, but Apple built a solution for people worried about privacy: You can still choose to share your actual email address with apps or services - or you can choose to hide it. If you want to hide your email address, Apple will create a random unique address that forwards to your real email address, which you can disable at any time.
The new Voice Control feature in iOS 13 will let you control your entire iPhone using only your voice.
This is an accessibility setting Apple has been working on for a long time, but basically voice control is now system-wide, and extremely comprehensive.
You can navigate and type using voice commands and gestures, since everything on the screen will have numbers and names to allow for easier control.
Which iOS 13 features are you looking forward to the most?
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