New iPad Pro 2020
patent shows a novel
way it could rival
This patent, discovered by
AppleInsider, shows a series of
improvements to the iPad Pro’s
Apple Pencil stylus, including
haptic feedback (vibration when
you do certain things) as well as
detection for how hard you’re
gripping the device – and, as an
alternative notification mode,
press against where fingers are
gripping to ‘poke’ the user.
Your Fitbit may be
getting a new blood
For years, Fitbit has included
an SpO2 sensor capable of
measuring your blood oxygen
levels to detect abnormalities
in your sleep, such as sleep
apnea, in its smartwatches
but the feature is only just
being turned on.
The feature debuted on the
Fitbit Ionic, even though the
function was dormant, and it
turns out the feature was also
included in the Charge 3, Versa,
Versa 2, and Versa Lite.
Apple Music gets
in macOS Catalina
Mac users will soon get the
benefit of karaoke-style
time-synced lyrics to
accompany Apple Music
songs, as the feature has been
spotted in the latest beta
Previously, only plaintext
lyrics were available with
macOS, and real-time lyrics
synced to the song playing
were only enjoyed by iPhone,
iPad or Apple TV users. But
with the macOS 10.15.4 beta,
the feature has arrived on
the Mac desktop.
What you need to know
Microsoft will bring its
antivirus software to iOS
Defender for mobile is currently in development.
Microsoft has revealed its plans to bring its
Defender antivirus software to both
Android and iOS later this year.
The software giant is currently
developing apps for both mobile operating
systems which will provide antivirus
prevention along with a “full command line
experience”. However, Microsoft has not yet
shared any details regarding the
functionality of the apps yet but it does plan
to preview them at the upcoming RSA
conference. Microsoft’s mobile Defender
desktop counterparts and this is partly
because Apple doesn’t allow apps to scan
for malware on iOS.
On Google’s mobile operating system
however, there are already a number of
Android antivirus apps that are capable of
detecting malware in apps that have been
sideloaded onto a user’s device.
Phishing prevention will likely be one
of the main features for Defender on iOS
and Android as Microsoft looks to protect
businesses from having their employees
reveal their usernames, passwords
and other account information to
Cut, copy and paste
inventor dies at 74
Larry Tesler was also Apple’s chief scientist.
The computer scientist Larry Tesler, who is
famous for inventing the computer concepts
cut, copy and paste, has passed away at age
- Tesler was born in New York in 1945 and
he studied computer science at Stanford.
After graduation, he worked in the
university’s genetics and computer science
departments before becoming a research
In 1973, Tesler joined Xerox’s Palo Alto
Research Center (PARC) and this is where he
developed cut, copy and paste. These
concepts were instrumental in the
development of text editors and early
computer operating systems.
While cut, copy and paste were developed
at PARC, the research center is more well
known for its early work on graphical user
interfaces and using a mouse to navigate
them because Apple co-founder Steve Jobs
used many of its ideas as inspiration for
Apple’s products. In fact, Tesler was even
part of some of Jobs’ visits to Xerox.
After leaving Apple in 1997, Tesler had
several short stints at a number of other big
companies including Amazon, Yahoo!,
23andMe and others.