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Tech Briefing 18: NVDA 2017.2 released, SMS pulled from Hangout, and more

Here is Tech Briefing 18 with me Ayoola Efunkoya. It’s my rap up of developments in technology for the week of May 22-28, 2017.

Google withdrew the SMS feature from its Hangouts app. Hangouts is gradually being tailored towards enterprise users.

The search giant also began rolling out a “Family Group”  feature to easily share calendars, photos, notes, and content subscriptions. This feature is however not yet available in Nigeria.

Come June 30, some older Apple products will attain the obsolete status, meaning they will lose repair support at Apple Retail Stores and Authorized Service Providers. An internal document cited last week by 9To5Mac lists the affected products as follows:

•MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2011)

•MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2011)

•MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2011)

•MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2011)

•MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2011)

•AirPort Express 802.11n (1st Gen)

•MacBook Pro (17-inch, mid 2009)

•iPhone 3GS (16GB / 32GB

•iPhone 3GS (16GB / 32GB – China)

The list above is a guide for all current users and all who plan to buy used devices. Apple normally begins the transition to obsolete status some 5-7 years after manufacturing has been discontinued.

9To5Mac points out that it’s around this time that parts are increasingly hard to find and repairs are unpractical. Once a device has been flagged as obsolete, users cannot go through official Apple channels to have repairs done.

NVDA 2017.2, the latest version of the free screen-reader used by tens of thousands of Windows users, became available as this episode was being compiled

The announcement, highlights and download options for this release is available at http://bit.ly/2qwDYHe

Thank you for your time and attention.

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