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Tech updates for July

Arushi Sakhuja
From gadgets to AI, app-based inventions, technology news is almost never-ending. It’s been a busy few weeks in the tech world, here are a few glimpses of important technology updates that are currently worth the hype.
Apple introduces lockdown mode
Apple Lockdown Mode
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Have privacy concerns? Fret not, Apple’s newest lockdown mode that came with the latest software update is just what you need to keep hackers at bay. Apple has always had security and privacy of its users as top priority and this new technology update will be available to iPhone, iPad and MacBook users. All set to be introduced with the new iOS 16.
So what is all the buzz about? Lockdown modern is an extreme, optional protection for the very small number of users who face grave, targeted threats to their digital security. Turning on lockdown mode further hardens device defences and strictly limits certain functionalities, sharply reducing the attack surface.
When lockdown mode is turned on, the device will not function as it typically does. Apps, websites, and features will be strictly limited for security, and some experiences will be completely unavailable. Facetime will block calls from people who haven’t called you previously. Further, most message attachment types (like link previews) other than images are blocked, certain complex web technologies are disabled, and incoming invitations and service requests, including FaceTime calls, are blocked if the user has not previously sent the initiator a call or request, wired connections with a computer or accessory are blocked when iPhone is locked and configuration profiles cannot be installed. Amping up the security, when it comes to technology news, this is surely worth waiting for.
The new Nothing Phone (1) 
Nothing Phone (1)
Photo Courtesy: Nothing Technology
Nothing Phone (1)
Photo Courtesy: Nothing Technology
Nothing Phone (1)
Photo Courtesy: Nothing Technology
Technology updates are incomplete without the newly launched Nothing Phone (1). Carl Pei, the founder of London-based Nothing Technology Ltd., launched the much-hyped Nothing Phone (1) making it the first smartphone produced by his firm. The new launch retains Nothing’s signature design language. Featuring a transparent back paired with an aluminium frame (which is 100% recycled), the phone is a masterpiece with a retro-futuristic look. But that’s not the only technology update the phone has, it even comes with the company’s innovative, 900-LED glyph interface allowing you to see who’s calling or texting. The 50MP dual camera is a feature that will instantly draw everyone’s attention. Nothing’s Phone (1) launched on July 21 with a price tag of $473.
Hello Geneva! 


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The new social media network, Geneva, is making a buzz already. So what is it, really? To sum it up, Geneva is a free social messaging platform that combines text, audio and visual tools and seems to have caught the attention of Gen-Z. Founded in 2019 in New York, US, the social network officially launched in March 2020, and it aims to bring people together. While it is a popular space for group conversations, the app also allows private conversations. Users can set up their home page with various rooms (a term used for groups)  dedicated to particular topics. Known as the chat app for groups, clubs, and communities — according to common interests or locations —  each of the rooms can be private or public. You can even set up events and calendar reminders on the app.
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