Sending emails hasn’t changed much in the last decade or so. Yes, the user interface has gotten better and we have more features but the basic stuff remains the same. Despite all the newness security is still one of the main concerns we have while using email. Gmail has decided to tackle this issue with the help of Gmail Confidential mode.
You might be wondering what is Gmail Confidential mode? No, it’s not an encryption service by Gmail. The confidential mode works by deleting the email after a specific time period, much like the burner phones most of us have used in the past.
Console makers typically create games that are exclusive to their platforms. This is done so that it will entice gamers to choose their platform when trying to decide between consoles. For example, Sony has God of War, Nintendo has The Legend of Zelda, and Microsoft has its Forza racing franchise.
The Forza series has typically been only available on Microsoft’s Xbox platform, but it seems that the company has decided to open it up to more platforms by launching a new title in the Forza series. Dubbed “Forza Street”, this is a free-to-play title that has been announced for iOS and Android devices along with Windows 10.
Skype is introducing a new feature to its mobile apps in beta which many users might find to be quite useful. It has added screen sharing to both the iOS and Android apps. The feature isn’t as significant as some of the other features that Skype has introduced recently, such as background blur in video calls, but it’s quite meaningful nonetheless.
Those who have the latest Insider build will now be able to share their screen on an Android or iOS device during a call. In order to do that, they just need to tap on “…” and select Screen Share to get started.
This comes in the form of a new SDK that developers can use to integrate Xbox Live functionality into their games. What this means is that gamers can expect to see more games take advantage of this for features such as crossplay and Xbox Live Achievements, especially if you are primarily an Xbox gamer and would prefer having it all in one place.
Speaking to The Verge, Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft’s gaming cloud chief said, “We believe so strongly in community, and Xbox Live really being at the heart of our gaming community. If you watch what we’ve done, especially with Minecraft, over the past few years we’ve taken Xbox Live to as many platforms as Minecraft is on as possible. Really uniting all those communities together with a consistent singular experience for those gamers.”
If you’re an iOS user who also owns a Sony PS4, you might be interested to learn that in a recent update to Sony’s PS4 console, the company has finally introduced support for the PS4 Remote Play feature for iOS devices. This is something that many gamers have been asking for over the years, and now it has finally happened.
All users need to do is ensure that they have the latest firmware to their consoles and the app downloaded on their phone, which can be found in the iOS App Store, and then ensure that their PS4 and mobile devices are synced up and they should be good to go. For those who are unfamiliar with Remote Play, this is basically where players can stream games from their PS4 console onto other devices.
Nintendo confirmed this week that it’s going to bring the Dr. Mario franchise to mobile devices this summer. The game is being developed for iOS and Android devices in partnership with Japan-based Line Corporation. The action puzzle game is going to be called Dr. Mario World and will see a global release so it would be available outside of Japan as well.
Not a lot of details have been confirmed by Nintendo at this point in time but it does mention that the game will arrive in the summer. The company has confirmed that Dr. Mario World will be available as a free download but will offer in-app purchases.
Google’s Gmail app on mobile has evolved over the years in its design, where it adopted the various design languages that Google has used in the past. Now it looks like Google is pushing out an update that will give its mobile app a brand new look with its Material Theme design language.
According to Google, “Today, we’re kicking off the year with a new look for Gmail on mobile, too. As part of the new design, you can quickly view attachments—like photos—without opening or scrolling through the conversation. It’s also easier to switch between personal and work accounts, so you can access all of your emails without breaking a sweat. And just like on the web, you’ll get big, red warnings to alert you when something looks phish-y.”
Fortnite has long been available for iOS and Android-powered mobile devices. It’s finally getting support for Bluetooth controllers today. The support is part of the latest patch that’s rolling out today for the popular battle royale title. Epic has been working on this feature since last year and it’s rolling it out starting today.
The Fortnite v7.30 patch notes mention that “most” Bluetooth controllers should work with the title. This includes controllers like the Gamevice, Razer Raiju, Moto Gamepad, Steelseries Stratus XL, and others. All MFi controllers should work with Fortnite on iOS devices. The phone vibration will automatically be disabled when a gamepad is attached.
Due to the way smartphone platforms have been designed, it locks users in by tying their purchases to their accounts. This means that switching from iOS to Android and vice versa isn’t quite as simple or straightforward as switching shampoo brands. This is also why it’s not surprising to see that users are remaining loyal to their choice of platform.
In fact according to data from the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, it appears that loyalty rates to both iOS and Android are at an all time high. According to their data, Android loyalty is at around 92% and has marginally beat out Apple who is sitting at around 91%. CIRP also points at how this increased loyalty could also indicate longer upgrade cycles which could explain why devices like the iPhone aren’t selling as well anymore as more customers are holding onto their phones longer.
Very rarely you’d see a company tell its users to shift to a competing platform but Microsoft is doing just that. The company gave up on Windows-powered mobile phones quite a while back and is now gearing up to kill the platform. It’s recommending to Windows 10 Mobile users that they should switch to iOS or Android.
A change has been spotted on the Windows 10 Mobile support page on Microsoft’s website. It tells Windows 10 Mobile users that Microsoft will stop sending out “new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free assisted support options, or technical content updates from Microsoft for free” starting December 10th, 2019.
If you use Telegram as your main messenger app, you’ll be pleased to learn that the app has received a rather significant update that will bring about a ton of new features and improvements to it. This will be applicable to both the iOS and Android versions of the app, so neither platform will be left out.
According to the announcement on its website, Telegram revealed that they will be introducing Instant View 2.0, which is basically the company’s take on Facebook’s Instant Articles and Google’s AMP. Version 2.0 will bring support to right-to-left languages, related articles, image links, tables, and more.
Back in the day, Command & Conquer was one of the more popular RTS games available, although in recent times we haven’t really heard much about the franchise, at least until earlier this year when EA announced Command & Conquer: Rivals which would be a game released for mobile.
The game was set for a release on the 4th of December and if you’ve been thinking about getting your hands on the game, you’ll be pleased to learn that it is now available for both iOS and Android devices. The game will be free-to-play, but given the popularity of the free-to-play model, there will be in-app purchases/
If you’ve enjoyed Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed franchise and would not mind playing it on your phones, then you’ll be pleased to learn that Assassin’s Creed Rebellion is now available for download on both iOS and Android devices. The game was initially pegged for a release on the 21st of November, but it seems to have gone live a day earlier than expected.
According to Ubisoft’s description of the mobile game, “Taking the series back to 15th century Spain, at the height of the Inquisition, Rebellion lets players found their own Brotherhood by building a base and recruiting up to 40 characters. These Assassins include a mix of new faces and familiar ones, including Ezio, Aguilar, Maria, Shao Jun, Machiavelli, and Claudia Auditore; once recruited, they can be assembled in three-person squads and sent to infiltrate Templar strongholds in tactical missions.”