Why you should use iPhone Stolen Device Protection

Why you should use iPhone Stolen Device Protection

If you own an iPhone, you know how valuable it is. Not only does it store your data, photos, contacts, and messages, but it also gives you access to a variety of apps and services that make your life easier and more enjoyable. But what if your iPhone gets stolen? How can you protect your device and your data from thieves and hackers?

That’s where iPhone Stolen Device Protection comes in. This is a feature that Apple offers to help you locate, lock, erase, and recover your iPhone in case it goes missing. In this blog post, we will explain how and why to use iPhone Stolen Device Protection, and what steps you need to take to activate and use it.

What is iPhone Stolen Device Protection?

iPhone Stolen Device Protection is a combination of two features: Find My iPhone and Activation Lock. Find My iPhone is a service that lets you track the location of your iPhone on a map, play a sound on it, display a message on the screen, or remotely erase all the data on it. Activation Lock is a security feature that prevents anyone else from using your iPhone if it’s lost or stolen. It requires your Apple ID and password to turn off Find My iPhone, erase the device, or reactivate it.

How to activate iPhone Stolen Device Protection?

To activate iPhone Stolen Device Protection, you need to sign in with your Apple ID on your device and turn on Find My iPhone. You can do this by going to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Find My iPhone and toggling the switch on. You also need to enable Location Services on your device by going to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and toggling the switch on.

Once you do this, your device will be linked to your Apple ID and protected by Activation Lock. You can check the status of the Activation Lock by going to https://icloud.com/find or using the Find My app on another Apple device.

How to use iPhone Stolen Device Protection?

If your iPhone gets lost or stolen, you can use iPhone Stolen Device Protection to try to find it or secure it. Here are some steps you can take:

  • Go to https://icloud.com/find or use the Find My app on another Apple device and sign in with your Apple ID.
  • Select your missing device from the list of devices.
  • If your device is online, you can see its location on a map. You can also zoom in or out, or switch between map and satellite views.
  • If your device is offline, you can see its last known location for up to 24 hours. You can also mark it as lost, which will lock it with a passcode and display a custom message on the screen. You can also choose to receive an email when your device comes online again.
  • If you think your device is nearby, you can play a sound on it to help you locate it. The sound will play even if your device is in silent mode or has Do Not Disturb enabled.
  • If you think your device is in someone else’s possession, you can erase all the data on it remotely. This will also disable Apple Pay and other services on your device. However, this will also prevent you from tracking its location or recovering it with Activation Lock.
  • If you find your device or get it back from someone else, you can unlock it with your passcode or Face ID/Touch ID. You can also restore your data from iCloud or iTunes backup if you erased it remotely.

Why use iPhone Stolen Device Protection?

iPhone Stolen Device Protection is a useful feature that can help you protect your device and data from theft or loss. Here are some benefits of using it:

  • It can help you locate your device if it’s misplaced or stolen.
  • It can prevent anyone else from accessing or using your device without your permission.
  • It can protect your personal information and prevent identity theft or fraud.
  • It can give you peace of mind and reduce stress in case of an emergency.

iPhone Stolen Device Protection is a free service that Apple provides to all iPhone users. It’s easy to set up and use, and it can make a big difference in case something happens to your device. We recommend that you activate it as soon as possible and keep it turned on at all times. You never know when you might need it.

The top 10 biggest events in AI in the month of March

The top 10 biggest events in AI in the month of March

Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the most exciting and rapidly evolving fields of technology today. Every month, there are new developments, breakthroughs and events that showcase the potential and impact of AI on various domains and industries. In this blog post, we will highlight some of the top 10 biggest AI events in March 2023.

AI UK 2023: This is a two-day event hosted by The Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science and AI, on 21-22 March 2023 in London. The event will feature keynote speakers, panel discussions, workshops and demonstrations on how data science and AI can be used to solve real-world challenges in health, education, security, environment and more.

Big Data & AI World 2023: This is a large-scale exhibition and conference that will take place on 8-9 March 2023 at ExCeL London. The event will bring together thousands of technologists, data specialists and AI pioneers to explore the latest trends, innovations and solutions in big data and AI.

ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction: This is a premier interdisciplinary conference that covers all aspects of human-robot interaction (HRI), such as social robotics, collaborative robotics, assistive robotics, ethical issues and more. The conference will take place on 13-16 March 2023 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Intelligent Automation Middle East 2023: This is a regional event that focuses on how intelligent automation technologies such as robotic process automation (RPA), machine learning (ML), natural language processing (NLP) and computer vision (CV) can transform businesses and industries in the Middle East region. The event will take place on 8-9 March 2023 in Muscat, Oman.

The European Chatbot & Conversational AI Summit: This is a dedicated event that showcases how chatbots and conversational AI can enhance customer experience, engagement and loyalty across various sectors such as retail, banking, travel and more. The event will take place on 15-16 March 2023 in Edinburgh, UK.

3rd Annual Conversational AI Summit 2023: This is another event that focuses on chatbots and conversational AI but with a global perspective. The event will feature speakers from leading companies such as Google Assistant, Facebook Messenger, Amazon Alexa, Microsoft Cortana, IBM Watson and more. The event will take place on 14-15 March 2023 in Dubai, UAE.

AI for Good Global Summit 2023: This is an annual event organized by ITU, the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies, in collaboration with other UN agencies and partners. The event aims to leverage AI to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and address global challenges such as poverty, health, education, environment and peace. The event will take place on 28-31 March 2023 in Geneva, Switzerland.

AI Expo Africa 2023: This is Africa’s largest business-focused AI trade show and conference that connects buyers, suppliers, innovators and investors across the continent. The event showcases how AI can be applied to various sectors such as agriculture, finance, healthcare, manufacturing, mining and more. The event will take place on 6-8 March 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa.

ReWork Deep Learning Summit Boston 2023: This is an influential summit that brings together experts from academia and industry to share their insights and research on deep learning applications such as computer vision (NLP), generative models (reinforcement learning). The summit also features workshops (networking sessions) to foster collaboration (innovation). The summit will take place on 23-24 March (Boston), USA.

Women In Data Science Conference (WiDS) 2023: This is a global initiative that aims to inspire (educate) women (girls) about careers (opportunities) in data science (AI). The initiative hosts an annual conference at Stanford University (live-streamed worldwide), as well as regional events (podcasts)throughout the year. The conference features speakers from diverse backgrounds (industries),

Here are the AI events in March 2023 you can check out.

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Microsoft trains Omani youth in cloud, data, and AI

Microsoft trains Omani youth in cloud, data, and AI

Microsoft has launched a training programme targeting the Omani youth that focuses on developing cloud, data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) skills dubbed ‘Build the Skills of the Future’ in partnership with The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology (MTCIT), Oman.

This initiative comes as part of the MoU signed between both organizations in May this year. It is also in line with The Digital Competency Qualification Initiative (Makeen) to empower Omani youth with advanced digital skills needed to succeed in the digital era as well as provide them with income-generating opportunities in the digital sector. The initiative aims to train ten thousand Omani youths in digital skills by 2025.

Through the ‘Build the Skills of the Future’ programme, Microsoft will equip students, academia, SMEs, startups and government employees with the necessary skills to succeed in the ever-evolving technology and innovation ecosystem. The training also aligns with the government’s digital transformation programme, set to run until 2025. This complements one of the National Digital Economy Programme initiatives – a key facilitator toward accomplishing Oman Vision 2040 for sustainability and economic diversification.

The ‘Build the Skills of the Future’ training programme kicked off on November 6th and will continue until December 7th 2022 at the Middle East College in Knowledge Oasis Muscat, Rusayl, offering five Microsoft Azure certification tracks.

omani youth seated and listening to a microsoft intructor teach oman ai cloud

Omani youths can choose from a range of skill levels and course topics that will enlighten them on the fundamentals of cloud, Data and AI, as well as designing and implementing a complete Data and AI solution.

Commenting on the launch of the initiative, Sheikh Saif Hilal Al Hosni, General Manager for Microsoft in Oman and Bahrain, said, “The significance of combining academic qualifications with digital capabilities and professional certifications has become imperative for current employees, entrepreneurs, and those aspiring to join the workforce.”

We at Microsoft remain committed to encouraging lifelong learning, skilling and upskilling the workforce to fill professional gaps and ensure wholesome digital and economic transformation. With Microsoft’s unrivalled expertise, this training initiative with MTCIT will ensure government employees, students, as well as other professionals, are equipped with valued skills to accelerate the country’s digital transformation programme and ultimately drive the actualization of Oman Vision 2040”, he added.

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Office 365 is now available on Microsoft’s Africa datacenters

Office 365 is now available on Microsoft’s Africa datacenters

Microsoft announces the availability of Office 365 on its datacenters located in South Africa. Customers in the region can now migrate their accounts starting today according to the announcement.

We are proud to announce that Office 365 is now available on the local datacenters! Migrate your current Office 365 account today!

In March this year Microsoft announced its cloud datacenters in Africa. To be located in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. With Azure being the first of Microsoft’s intelligent cloud services to be delivered from the new datacenters.

At the launch event Microsoft said its cloud based productivity solutions; Office 365 and Dynamics 365 intelligent business application services were expected to launch by quater three this year.
However Microsoft now says customers should expect Dynamics 365 and Power Platform to be available in the fourth quarter, 2019.

What this means is that African customers can now have their data stored on datacenters in Africa. They can also expect better services with regards to latency, data residency and regulations.

Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and OneDrive for business are services Microsoft shares will be made available. As well as “many of the Microsoft Services that work in conjunction with this data, for example, but not limited to, Exchange Online Protection, Delve, Office Online, and Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection.”

With the availability of Microsoft’s cloud services delivered from Africa,
it will mean local companies can securely move their business to the cloud.

Yousef Khalidi
Corporate Vice President of Azure Networking

Check out what to know to move your data or what applies if you already have your data existing in another geo datacenter.

Using AI, Edge, IoT for Agriculture, Microsoft FarmBeats addresses the challenges of farmers in Africa, starting in Kenya

Using AI, Edge, IoT for Agriculture, Microsoft FarmBeats addresses the challenges of farmers in Africa, starting in Kenya

An area of focus in Microsoft’s research is Agriculture. Microsoft research scientists are focusing on unleashing the future of agriculture using data driven techniques called precision farming. The process involves using broadband connectivity through TV whitespaces, connected to IoT sensors that enable data driven farming. These data when collected over time will help farmers improve their yields and lower costs. This initiative from Microsoft is called FarmBeats.

Piloting FarmBeats in Africa

Microsoft is expanding the pilot program of FarmBeats to Africa, starting in Kenya. The program in Nairobi will be focused on addressing the specific challenges of farming in Africa with the intent of expanding to other African countries.

Data-driven digital agriculture


AI doesn’t replace human knowledge; it augments it

Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO says “AI doesn’t replace human knowledge, it augments it. Talking about Microsoft FarmBeats initiative he shares that “Data from low-cost sensors in soil and drones with machine learning algorithms work with farmers’ knowledge and intuition to help them gather and parse data about their farms. Informing what, when, and where to plant in order to drive the highest-possible yields and reduce costs”.

Microsoft FarmBeats will help farmers benefit from technology innovation at the edge. Microsoft says although technology could help the farmer, its adoption is limited. This is majorly due to farms not having power, Internet connectivity on the farms and farmers not technology savvy.

To address this Microsoft says “We are working towards an end-to-end approach. From sensors to the cloud, to solve the problem. As part of the FarmBeats project, we are building several unique solutions to solve these problems using low-cost sensors, drones and vision and machine learning algorithms“.

Bill Gates visited a pilot site and shares his experience in the video below.

If you are a student, there is a Student Kit that will help you learn about precision agriculture.

Now on Azure Marketplace

Microsoft releases FarmBeats on the Azure Marketplace to help farmers with low-cost agtech solutions. Azure FarmBeats in the Azure marketplace will be a business-to-business offering. Offered at no additional charge and users will only pay for the Azure resources used. It will include a Datahub. (An API layer that enables aggregation, normalization, and contextualization of various agriculture datasets across providers). As well as an Accelerator. (A sample solution, built on top of Datahub, that jumpstarts your UI and model development).