Tech companies Microsoft and Apple are working together to make the Xbox Series X and Series S controllers work on iPhones and iPads.
According to The Verge, Currently, the new controllers are not officially supported in iOS or iPadOS, but Apple said, "Microsoft and Apple are working together to bring compatibility for the Xbox Series X controller to customers in a future update." As per The Verge, it is unclear as to how long it will take Apple to certify the new Series X controllers, but there are signs that DualSense support might come soon.
Apple Insider reported recently that iOS 14.3, which is currently in beta, "appears to include behind-the-scenes support" for the PS5's DualSense controller.
American multinational technology company, Apple has reportedly started work on a foldable phone, for which it has begun prototyping foldable screens. Though a final device might be a faraway reality, Apple is working on just the display for now. According to The Verge, the initial prototypes sound similar to the foldable screens we've seen used by Samsung, Motorola, and others. Apple is looking at making foldable screens with a "mostly invisible hinge" that could unfold to around the size of the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Though the company rarely signals its interest before entering a new product category, Apple hasn't yet publicly indicated any interest in making a foldable phone. Its Major competitors have a head start on foldable devices, with Samsung and Motorola already releasing multiple generations of folding phones. Samsung's Galaxy Fold came out in April 2019. Other than this as per The Verge, Apple's long-rumoured Tile competitor, AirTags, are finally planned to launch this year, Bloomberg reports, and the iPad Pro could be refreshed with a Mini LED display. A thinner entry-level iPad is reportedly in the works as well.
Social media platform Parler, which has gone dark after being cut off by major service providers that accused the app of failing to police violent content, may never get back online, said its CEO John Matze. Bryan Wood reports.
YouTube said on Tuesday it has suspended Donald Trump's channel as it violated policies for inciting violence after last week's assault on the U.S. Capitol by the president's supporters. Gloria Tso reports.
Microsoft is among many companies suspending political donations in the wake of the Capitol riots. Microsoft President Brad Smith discusses that decision and the company’s efforts to keep data on vaccinations and Covid-19 tests.
Chinese multinational technology company Lenovo is finally entering the Augmented Reality space by announcing the impending arrival of the 'ThinkReality A3'. This pair of enterprise AR glasses looks to follow the lead set by bigger players in the segment like Epson and Microsoft. According to Tech Crunch, the glasses are due to arrive at some point in the middle of this year. No official word from Lenovo has been said regarding the product pricing, which isn't entirely surprising for an enterprise only device. The headset sports a 1080p resolution, powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon XR1 chip. A pair of fish-eye cameras provides motion tracking, while an eight-megapixel RGB camera grabs video for remote use. The device is going to be designed to tether to a PC or a handful of Motorola (owned by Lenovo). It can be seen clearly that Lenovo thinks the immediate future for AR is in the enterprise space. The company has dabbled with it a bit in the consumer space earlier with products like the Star Wars Jedi Challenges headset, but for now, at least, that feels like something of a one-off.
Sony's latest PlayStation 5 update seems to have fixed one of the biggest issues with cross-gen games on the console: making it clearer when players have the PlayStation 4 version of a game installed and notifying them when there's a PS5 version available to download. According to The Verge, the feature, spotted by Twitter user Tidux, aims to clarify one of the more frustratingly complex parts of the PlayStation 5. Because the console offers backwards compatibility for all PS4 games - including ones that offer free next-gen PS5 updates, like 'Assassin's Creed Valhalla' or 'Destiny 2' -and it is pretty easy to accidentally install the older version of the game. Microsoft has taken a simpler approach to the system, with its Smart Delivery program that will automatically install (or update) a game to the best version for a console. While Sony's method isn't quite as easy, it'll at least make it clearer to players when they have the wrong version installed. The new feature will likely be particularly helpful in the future, as more developers continue to release PS5-optimised versions of their PS4 titles. Under the current system, there is no great way for players to know when there's a PS5 version of a game available. But with the new update, anyone who owns 'Control: Ultimate Edition' and has the PS4 version installed, for example, will be notified when the next-gen version is released on February 2nd. As per The Verge, the option appears to only show up for games that include free next-gen upgrades. Games that require a new purchase for "remastered" versions, like Insomniac's 2018 'Spider-Man' or 'Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition', will remain as separate downloads as usual.