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Latest Apple Software Helps Worried Parents By Limiting It’s Use

Apple has announced new controls

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Apple restricts third-party repair chances on new Mac devices. VOA

For Apple users worried about how much time they and their children spend posting photos and videos to their devices, help is on the way.

Apple has announced new controls that will allow parents to remotely limit the amount of time their offspring spend on iPhones and iPads, as well as hold up a mirror to their own online habits. The feature will be available in the next software update.

The move comes as the tech industry faces criticism that it has successfully made its smartphones and apps addictive with little thought for how people’s lives may be negatively affected by the distraction of constantly checking their devices.

Smartphone addiction

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke about his own habits at an Apple developers conference this week. After trying out Apple’s new controls, he saw his usage in a new light.

“I thought I was fairly disciplined about this, and I was wrong,” he told CNN.

Earlier this year, major Apple shareholders wrote the company asking that it do more to help parents by providing tools to limit children’s screen time, while looking at how being online constantly affects customers’ mental health.

Apple appears to have listened to some of these concerns. It is introducing “Screen Time,” an app that will give users a weekly report about how much time they spend on their devices and on specific apps, as well as new ways to curb the habit.

Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, speaks about the company's "Screen Time" feature during an announcement of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, June 4, 2018, in San Jose, Calif.
Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, speaks about the company’s “Screen Time” feature during an announcement of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, June 4, 2018, in San Jose, Calif. VOA

Parents can give their children screen time allowances — a specific amount of time they can play a video game or check in with friends on apps such as Snapchat. Once they hit the limit, children will have to ask parents to increase the time allotment.

“We’re empowering people with the facts that will allow them to decide for themselves how they want to cut back,” said Cook.

Apple’s changes will be part of a software update typically released in September.

Apple isn’t the only company creating a digital baby sitter of sorts. Last month, Google announced it, too, was giving parents more tools to monitor their and their children’s usage.

Customer privacy

In addition, Apple revealed new ways it would limit the sharing of customer information, perhaps in response to the firestorm directed at Facebook over how the social media giant mishandled customer data. It has long been part of Apple’s message that compared with fellow Silicon Valley companies, Apple cares the most about users’ privacy.

Apple customers might not notice some of the changes. They include limiting “fingerprinting,” which gives data collectors the ability to tell one Apple computer from another. Others will allow customers to actively decide whether to allow websites that track them on the Safari browser.

Also read: Apple introduces macos mojave

“We believe your private data should remain private,” said Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi. VOA

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What to Consider When Choosing a Work Time Tracker for Small Business?

You shouldn’t take a decision to get a work time tracker lightly

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Small businesses must be frugal, so pricing plays a key role in the selection of a work time tracker. Pixabay

Selecting any type of software for your business is a lengthy process. You usually start by researching options, then selecting a few of them to test before you eventually make a decision and pay for the one you’ve chosen.

But, the fact is that there are dozens of different options for every software you want to use, and the choice is never simple, especially if you’re facing a tool you’ve never used before.

Most small business owners have never used a work time tracker before they realized they need one, so you probably have a lot of questions regarding what you should pay attention to while choosing the tool. Well, you’re in luck, because today we’ll talk about key factors you should consider when choosing a time tracking software for your small business.

Pricing

Small businesses must be frugal, so pricing plays a key role in the selection of a work time tracker. You should be aware that there are free options of the software, which are mostly limited to up to 10 employees, and a couple of projects. Data storage is also limited, and not all features are available with freemium plans.

On the other hand, there are some very cost-effective solutions, and you might be able to get one for as low as $5 per employee per month. Also, makers offer discounts for companies who pay the annual price.

Features

When looking at features, don’t just look for a solution which has most of them. Think about what you want to achieve with the software, and look for the features that can help you out.

For example, if your goal is to speed up the project process, you should look for project tracking features such as time on tasks. And if you want to increase productivity, website and app categorization, as well as productivity reports will be essential for you.

More features don’t necessarily mean that the software is better, but it will definitely have a higher price.

Scalability

You might only have 3 people who are using MacOS on your team right now, but soon enough your team will grow and other people might not be using the same devices. When searching for a perfect work time tracker, pay attention to the operating systems it works on. Ideally, you should find a solution which works on Windows, MacOS and Linux (although the last option depends on your industry).

Additionally, you should opt in for an option that is lightweight, so it could run even on some slower machines. 

Also, if you decide to go with a freemium solution because you only have a few employees, you should still use a solution you would be willing to pay for moving forward. This way, you won’t have to waste time seeking for another solution when you do decide to make a purchase.

Ease of Use

Ease of use is undoubtedly very important. The solution shouldn’t have a short learning curve, both for you and your employees. The interface should be clean and intuitive. The same goes for the installation process, you should be able to install the software to all devices at once using the active directory, or if your employees work on personal devices – you should be able to invite them to use the software via email.

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Most small business owners have never used a work time tracker before they realized they need one, so you probably have a lot of questions regarding what you should pay attention to while choosing the tool. Pixabay

The whole setup process shouldn’t take a long time.

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Wrap Up

You shouldn’t take a decision to get a work time tracker lightly. Invest some time to do your research, use the free trials until the time runs out, and have your employees test the software as well. This way you can get insights from everyone and select the software which will benefit your team the most.