Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

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New Security Feature for iOS14

On the 16/9/20 Apple launched iOS14 for the iPhone, within this update was a new privacy feature in the form of a tool that adds a small orange or green dot in the corner when an app makes use of the microphone or camera. If the dot appears, it means that an app has accessed one of those pieces of hardware recently and may be doing so to spy on the phone's user.

An orange light refers to the microphone, while a green one indicates that the camera is being accessed. If it does appear, swiping down from the corner of the phone to open up the control center will show which app was doing so. The control center should show either an orange or green dot, as well as a message indicating which app is responsible.

This appears to be an excellent privacy feature should cyber criminals install malware/spyware on an iPhone without the user being aware. Android does not appear to have a similar feature built in to their operating system, but I am led to believe there are apps that perform a similar function.



Whittlesey Air Quality

Know what you breathe

Our sensor is located near Whittlesea Railway Station. It accurately measures particulate matter for PM1, PM2.5, and PM10 to give Air Quality Index (AQI) readings based on inhalable particles that are small enough to penetrate deep into the lungs and enter the bloodstream. 

 The results show when particulate matter in the air like pollen, dust, or smoke from nearby fires make it wise to extra care or even stay inside

The air quality from our sensor is show below. The readings are counting how much particulate matter is in the air at our sensor. A low reading means there is less and a high reading shows there is more particulate matter carried in the air.

Current Air Quality Reading


 Recommended Actions and Health Advice

Air Pollution BandingValueAccompanying health messages for at-risk individuals*Accompanying health messages for the general population
Low 1-3 Enjoy your usual outdoor activities. Enjoy your usual outdoor activities.
Moderate 4-6 Adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems, who experience symptoms, should consider reducing strenuous physical activity, particularly outdoors. Enjoy your usual outdoor activities.
High 7-9 Adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems, should reduce strenuous physical exertion, particularly outdoors, and particularly if they experience symptoms. People with asthma may find they need to use their reliever inhaler more often. Older people should also reduce physical exertion. Anyone experiencing discomfort such as sore eyes, cough or sore throat should consider reducing activity, particularly outdoors.
Very High 10 Adults and children with lung problems, adults with heart problems, and older people, should avoid strenuous physical activity. People with asthma may find they need to use their reliever inhaler more often. Reduce physical exertion, particularly outdoors, especially if you experience symptoms such as cough or sore throat.