Category: Opinion

Hands On: iOS 11 Beta 1

It’s finally here… Sort of! Apple held it’s annual WWDC Developers Conference in San Jose, California this morning where a lot of new and exciting techology was introduced. This article is focusing mainly on iOS 11 and the first developer beta released only a few hours ago.

I’ve had the opportunity to install beta 1 on my iPad, and I must say – first impressions look good! Obiously, some fans are disappointed with the update, saying Apple lost it’s creative opportunities to add rumored features such as dark mode & group FaceTime calls.

Looking past that, we can see that iOS 11 truly is something extraordinary. IMG_0003.PNG

This update is hugely focused on the iPad. Introducing the new ‘Dock’ which resembles the one from the all familiar MacOS dock, allowing you to drag and drop the apps you want into one easily accessible place.

One thing that really stands out about iOS 11 is the new notification center, which is fully customizable. It gives off a very Microsoft feel with the tiles and shape aesthetic.

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This is only Beta 1, and there will be lots more features to come as we progress towards the worldwide release this fall. However, the key behind today’s WWDC conference was the importance of the App Store. Therefore, Apple completely redesigned it.

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The App Store, much like the rest of the operating system follows a transparent, tile like aesthetic – which works incredibly well! The app now features a ‘Today’ section where customers can see what’s new on the App Store each day.

There’s a lot to look forward to! I’ll be posting blog posts on each beta as they’re released so don’t forget to subscribe to my post notifications on my home page! Or visit me on Facebook here!

 

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The Importance of Self-Discovery

The ability to be an independent individual who has fully discovered oneself is a rarity. Many of us breeze through life, living our almost forced realities while following the motto “life happened”. We rely on others far too much, how can we really understand who we are and what we really want in life when we seek the opinions of others to change our own minds? What we don’t understand is just how important self-discovery and independence really is.

The hardest part of getting to know yourself is without a doubt learning and accepting your flaws. This is so important, the fact that New Zealand’s suicide rate from 2002 – 2012 has stayed at a steady rate of averagely 11 deaths a year per 100,000 people. What is the main reason for this alarming suicide rate?

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A large contributor to these statistics includes self-esteem and bullying issues. If we are taught to control our bodies, to look after them physically and most importantly mentally, we should see a decreasing suicide rate in New Zealand. Even the ugliest things about you will bring the great sense of pride and fulfillment because, without them, you wouldn’t be you. After all, life is too short to spend it at war with your own mind.

We rely on others far more than necessary. We put out happiness in the hands of a significant other, as we think this will bring ourselves and them fulfillment. This is a critical error far too many people make these days. We don’t want to feel obligated and dependent on someone else, do we? Of course not. For some reason, people find it weird to go see a movie or sit at a café with a coffee by yourself. Why? You don’t speak to people while you’re in a movie theater, and what’s wrong with having some alone time in a café? We are unaware of how healthy these independent activities really are.

We must make decisions by ourselves, and for ourselves. We mustn’t ask for advice, place our responsibilities in the hands of others, and dwell on our flaws. In a certain way, we are born alone and we die alone, so it is our responsibility to look after ourselves and make the most of the time we have.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” – Steve Jobs.

 

There is no shame in being a male feminist.

When you call yourself a feminist man, you get used to the odd raised eyebrow. Right or wrong, the idea is confronting to some people – including some of my friends.

When I asked one of my friends what his definition of a male feminist was, he simply laughed and said, “they need to man the fuck up”.  A feminist, as defined by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, is a person who believes in the social, political, and economical equality of the sexes. I identify with this definition, as do many other people I know. But when misogynistic men begin to abuse us just because we have feminist views, that’s when shit starts to get on my nerves.

It’s also when I can begin to understand what it must be like for women.

Part of being a male feminist is understanding that it is a movement made by women, for women. We should never assert ourselves at the forefront. But nor should we be afraid to stand up for what we believe in. We shouldn’t shy away from taking responsibility for addressing men’s issues with other men. We can’t keep expecting that women in feminism will do all the work.

For all of the shit we may get from other men, we’re in a unique position to use our male privilege to fight for change towards gender equality. Sad though it may be, if our male friends denigrate feminism around us, they’re pretty unlikely to be ready to have a conversation with a woman about it. That’s where we can step up. We won’t change their minds overnight, but we might be able to educate and enlighten them over time.

No doubt I’ll be criticised by my male friends for writing this article, but I couldn’t care less. I know why I’m a feminist and I’m proud to be part of a movement that celebrates equality.

I have no shame in what I stand for.

Neither should you.