Wednesday, January 13

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App Store, Apple, Business, General, Services, update

Apple says developers have made more than $ 200 billion since the launch of the App Store

Apple has shared details about how its various services, such as the App Store, Apple Music, Apple TV and more, fared during 2020. The update includes some interesting statistics. For example, Apple says developers have made more than $ 200 billion (about $ 254 billion Canadian) since the App Store launched in 2008. Between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, Apple says that customers App Store users spent $ 1.8 billion (about $ 2.3 billion Canadian) on digital goods. Apple says that was largely due to spending on games. Finally, Apple customers called in the new year setting a single-day spending record of more than $ 540 million (approximately C $ 686 million) on New Years Day. Some of Apple's other services also had great yea...
Automotive, Boombox, fart, Games, News, Tesla, update

Tesla Software Update Brings ‘Boombox’ Feature, Allow Drivers to Fart People

Tesla began rolling out a Christmas update for its vehicles. The update includes fun new abilities like the 'Boombox' mode that allows users to stream audio and configure custom horn sounds, like a fart. Available in Tesla Firmware 2020.48.26, Boombox mode offers various alternative horn sounds. Users can customize these sounds by navigating to the 'Toybox' section through their vehicle's display. Sounds include a goat baaing, clapping, a 'tada' clip, the sound of a fart, and more.The Boombox mode uses the external speakers of Tesla vehicles to reproduce the audio. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration required quiet electric vehicles to emit some noise to alert pedestrians, which is why every Tesla manufactur...
android 11, Motorola, News, Phones, update

Motorola says Android 11 will hit 23 devices in the ‘next few months’

Motorola has detailed which phones will get the Android 11 update. While the list is long on 23 different devices, there can still be a long wait until any of them actually get the update. According to a Motorola blog post, the following Motorola, Moto and Lenovo devices will receive an update to Android 11 (note that only some of these phones are in Canada, we have marked them in red):Motorola's blog post too links to this online tool to check when your device will receive the update. While it's great to see Motorola commit to updates for so many devices, the speed at which these updates will arrive leaves a lot to be desired. As 9to5Google Notes, this announcement comes nearly four months after Android 11 was first available. ...
anti-tracking, Apps & Games, firefox, network partitioning, News, privacy, update

The next Firefox update to include ‘Network Partition’ anti-tracking feature

Firefox version 85, which will ship to users in January, will bring a new anti-tracking feature called 'Network Partition', which should help protect website users trying to track their data. The new function is based on the 'Client-side storage partitioning'standard being developed by the Privacy Community Group of the World Wide Web Consortium, as per ZDNet. While network partitioning can be very technical, at a basic level it works by separating the data saved on your computer by websites into different segments. For the past few months, cookies were the focus of anti-tracking privacy measures. Designed as a method for websites to store small bits of important information on users' computers, such as login activity or items in...
Apps & Games, Cyberpunk 2077, Death Stranding, News, update

New Death Stranding patch brings Cyberpunk 2077-themed missions and gear

A special patch arrives at Kojima Productions Death stranding with a lot of Cyberpunk 2077-thematic content. As reported by IGN (via Engadget), the update brings new missions with currently unknown characters and the lore of the popular new game from CD Projekt Red (CDPR). On top of that, the patch will add a special 'Reverse Trike' vehicle that players can unlock. CDPR tweeted an image of Death stranding director Hideo Kojima sitting on the tricycle at the beginning of this year.Along with the new missions and Reverse Trike, Death stranding Players can equip special holograms, a robotic arm, the sunglasses he wears Cyberpunk character Johnny Silverhand (Keanu Reeves) and other fashion items inspired by the game. Engadget note ...
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Android 11 has been rolled out to devices faster than Android 10

Android 11 appears to have the fastest adoption rate yet for a major new software release, albeit just barely. The news comes as part of Google and Qualcomm announcing a longer update window for the latter company's chipsets. In short, the new Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets will allow up to three major Android updates; You can learn more about that ad here. As part of that announcement, Google also shared that Android 11 took the title of fastest-deploying Android update from last year's Android 10 launch. However, the chart Google shared showing adoption also makes it clear that Android 11 adoption is barely more than Android 10. The Google chart shows 28 days active users (in millions) compared to the number of days since launch...
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Google’s December update for Pixels includes 217 new emoji

The December 2020 Android security patch was removed this week, and along with it came several new features for Pixel phones. That also includes a bunch of new Emoji. As seen by Android Police, Emoji version 13.1 was rolled out in the update ahead of the planned 2021 release. The update includes a total of 217 emoji based on those added to the Unicode emoji list in September. However, not all apps currently support the new emoji, including, surprisingly, Google's own messages app. Apps that don't support the new emoji will likely split them into two variants. For example, the new cloud face emoji splits into a face without a mouth and becomes foggy when used in apps without support for the new emoji.Additionally, the new coupl...
Apps & Games, bug, covid alert, fix, News, update

COVID alert bug left some users without exposure notifications for two weeks

Canada's COVID alert app received an update to correct a bug that left multiple users without exposure notifications for two weeks in November. The update, which was released on November 23rd, included a patch note stating that it fixes a "bug causing gaps in exposure checks for some users." explains that the bug meant that some users would not have received notifications if they came into close contact with someone who had COVID-19. Also, it's unclear how many people missed these exposure notifications due to the glitch. According to , the issue was first brought to the developer's attention by the commenters in the Google Play Store already on November 12. Together with Play Store users, spoke with Urs Hengartner, an associate professor of computer science at the University of...
android, Apps & Games, News, update, Vivaldi

Vivaldi updates Android browser with new privacy features and more

Vivaldi is releasing a new update for its Android browser with several privacy improvements, such as the ability to disable WebRTC and delete browsing data on exit. Vivaldi version 3.5 offers an option to disable WebRTC (real-time communication), an important but potentially problematic service that handles peer-to-peer web applications such as video chat. A big downside to WebRTC is that it can leak your IP address when using a VPN. Considering that one of the main selling points of VPN software is helping maintain privacy online, using a browser with WebRTC can leave users exposed. Now, Vivaldi on Android offers a way for users to disable WebRTC's ability to reveal their IP address, although Vivaldi notes that doing so can caus...
Apps & Games, gaming, microsoft, News, November 2020, update, xbox, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X

Microsoft’s November Xbox Dash Update Adds Dynamic Backgrounds, Optimized Badges

The first major update for Microsoft's Xbox consoles has arrived after the release of Xbox Series X and Series S. The 'Xbox Console Update November 2020' includes new features such as the ability to add a dynamic background with motion and color, an 'Auto HDR' badge to supported games, and an 'Optimized for Xbox Series X / S 'in specific titles. The latest Microsoft video game consoles are now also compatible with the Xbox Insider app. All of these features are only available on the Xbox Series X and Series S. recently released by Microsoft.“This month ushered in the next generation of console games on Xbox with the launch of Xbox Series X / S, and the Xbox team is excited to continue to provide new ways to make your Xbox experi...
Apps & Games, Cards, Chrome, Chrome Actions, improvement, News, performance, Ram, tab search, update

Google Chrome Update Brings Performance Improvements, Tab Search, and More

The world's most popular browser is getting a major performance update to end the year. Google detailed its new Chrome update in a blog post, which describes some internal changes that improve performance. Along with better performance, Chrome will also introduce some useful new features that make it easier to access some features. First are the performance improvements. The most significant change Google made is the way Chrome handles tabs: the browser will now prioritize users' active tab over others running in the background. According to Google, this change reduces CPU usage by up to five times while extending battery life up to 1.25 hours, although that's based on internal benchmarks. Usage in the real world could (and probably will) differ. Those interested in the essentia...
Apple, iOS 14.2, News, Phones, update

Apple Releases Final iOS 14.2 Version To Testers With Fix For Popup Update

Apple has released a new iOS 14.2 GM for developers and public beta testers that should fix an annoying pop-up that some users received asking them to update their phone. The new GM (gold master), usually the final version or "release candidate" of the software, should now be available to users in the Settings app on their iPhone or iPad. The most significant change is that the update will hopefully put an end to the annoying popup. In short, users running the beta version of iOS 14.2 began to receive pop-up messages telling them that a new iOS update was available and asking them to "upgrade from beta version of iOS 14". Until now, there was no update available. 9to5Mac notes that this type of error has occurred before with bet...