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Television Viewer Protection Act (TVPA) and modem rental fees

The Television Viewer Protection Act of 2019 (TVPA) requires providers of internet, voice, mobile, and data to engage in transparent sales and billing.  It also prevents providers from charging a consumer for using equipment not provided by the service provider, such as a modem.   The FCC granted providers an extension for this legislation until December 20, 2020.  Modem rental fees should not be charged to consumers who provide their own equipment after that date.

Apple releases new iPhone 12 smartphones and iPad Air

Apple announced the release of its new iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max, and iPad Air devices.  These devices feature the new A14 Bionic chip  and the smartphones include 5G service.  These phones can be charged  with the MagSave wireless charger, but items such as credit cards and other magnetic cards must not be placed between the phone and charger.

Apple releases iOS 14 and new Apple Watches

Apple announced the release of iOS 14, new Apple Watches, and other products and services at its September 2020 event.

iOS 14 has several new features, including a new Translate app with 11 languages, digital versions of car keys, and  Home app for smart home management.

iOS 14 also shows if an app is using the camera or phone. A green indicator will appear if an app is using the device’s camera, and an orange indicator will appear if the microphone is in use. App settings for hardware use can be changed under Settings > Privacy.   Apps running on iOS14 will also be required to obtain permission to track users starting in early 2021.

Apple has provided a list of compatible devices for iOS 14 and iPadOS.

New watches include the Apple Watch 6 Series and Apple Watch SEWatch OS 7 also includes sleep tracking and other health related features.