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Apple’s New ‘How to’ Video Series Highlights iOS 11 on iPad

Apple on Thursday released a new series of short yet informative ‘how to’ videos focusing on tips for getting the most out of its upcoming iOS 11 software update on iPad.

As iDrop News noted in our exclusive review of Apple’s latest 10.5-inch iPad Pro, the company’s next-generation software for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices will contain a bounty of new features and advancements — several of which have been designed specifically to help maximize the iPad’s user experience.

The series is comprised of six short videos — each lasting about a minute and featuring the same style/format, simple narration, and light background music. The topics are wide-ranging, and cover key iPad features including “how to harness the power of the amazing new Dock”, “how to manage and fly through your files”, “how to get more things done more quickly with multi-tasking”, “how to effortlessly scan, sign, and send a document”, “how to mark stuff up with Apple Pencil”, and “how to get the most out of your hands” — a short on how to use iOS 11’s new multitouch gestures on iPad.

Apple released iOS 11 developer beta 6 earlier this week, and as of this morning, iOS 11 public beta 5 is available to download. The final, public build of iOS 11 should be released shortly after Apple unveils its new iPhone flagships sometime next month. Check out the entire ‘how to’ series below.

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Sigfox partners with WND-UK to extend IoT network coverage ‘to 95 percent of UK’

Sigfox partners with WND-UK to extend IoT network coverage ‘to 95% of UK’

Global communications service provider Sigfox is partnering with WND-UK, an IoT network deployment company, to extend the coverage of its IoT network in the UK to 95 percent.

The Sigfox network already covers 30 percent of the UK population, thanks to its partnership with infrastructure and media services provider Arqiva. It has had a presence in the UK since 2014, with its network deployed in 11 major cities that include Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield.

Sigfox calls its partners who handle the local distribution of its IoT network Sigfox Operators (SO), and WND-UK will now join Arqiva as an SO. While Arqiva will continue to deliver IoT connectivity in the country’s most populated urban areas, WND-UK will deploy, operate and maintain a national network, as well as develop Sigfox’s existing services. Both networks will be interoperable for Arqiva and WND-UK’s customers and will enable new applications in areas such as smart logistics, asset tracking and facilities management, according to Sigfox.

WND-UK is a subsidiary of WND, which is already a Sigfox partner of in Latin America, where it delivers connectivity in Brazil, Mexico and Colombia, while it is scheduled to launch in Argentina shortly.

Meanwhile, the UK branch has already begun its deployment, and Sigfox claims that it is on track to reach up to 95 percent of the UK population by 2019.

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Ambitious target?

This may seem like an ambitious target, considering that 4G availability isn’t yet available across the whole of the UK. But Ian Hughes, an IoT analyst at IT advisory company 451 Research believes that IoT network providers like Sigfox will find it easier to achieve coverage with a low-bandwidth and low-power network than with high-power, high-bandwidth services such as 4G.

“The base stations are simpler to deploy and integrate with the rest of the existing low-power network with no difficult configuration, which is very different to installing a traditional mobile cell,” he said.

“The profile of devices connecting to these low-power networks deliver only small packets of information, which are more likely to get through any interference intact than something like a large video stream.

“These new networks disrupt the traditional telecoms companies’ approaches, though they too are investing in their own such as NB-IoT, as we move toward the more radical evolution of networks with 5G,” he added.

Last month, Thinxtra, an IoT specialist that operates the Sigfox IoT network in Australia and New Zealand, announced details of two new projects that it is working on in the region, including a joint venture with Tasmania-based telco Tasmanet to build a dedicated IoT network that would cover 95 percent of the island state’s population before the end of 2017.

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