This New iPhone Safety Feature Is Essential for Travelers

It's great for an emergency.

Courtesy of Apple
Courtesy of Apple
Courtesy of Apple

One of the riskiest things about venturing far out on your own is that you won’t be able to communicate with people once you’re out of the range of cell towers. Taking a cue from the satellite phone in Jurassic Park, Apple has added an essential feature to its newest phones. The new phone lineup will be equipped with Emergency SOS via satellite.

“The iPhone 14 lineup also introduces Emergency SOS via satellite, which combines custom components deeply integrated with software to allow antennas to connect directly to a satellite, enabling messaging with emergency services when outside of cellular or Wi-Fi coverage,” a press release from Apple states.

Courtesy of Apple
Courtesy of Apple
Courtesy of Apple

The iPhone will prompt users to answer a few simple questions about the emergency and show them where to point their phone toward the satellite. Then, trained Apple staffers will call for help for the person.

“This breakthrough technology also allows users to manually share their location over satellite with Find My when there is no cellular or Wi-Fi connection, providing a sense of security when hiking or camping off the grid,” the release continues. “Emergency SOS via satellite will be available to users in the US and Canada in November, and the service will be free for two years.”

The new Emergency SOS feature is one of a dozen new updates, including a higher resolution camera, an updated display design, and more powerful tech powering the phone.

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Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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