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By Rich Woods
Apple seeds release candidates for iOS 14.4, watchOS 7.3, and more
by Rich Woods
Today, Apple is seeding release candidates for iOS 14.4, iPadOS 14.4, watchOS 7.3, tvOS 14.4, and macOS 11.2 Big Sur to developers. They're the next minor updates for each of Apple's platforms. In fact, these are actually even more minor than the previous ones, which were more along the lines of mid-stream feature updates.
For iOS 14.4, you can now scan smaller QR codes with the camera, and you can also now classify Bluetooth device types for headphones and such. Also, and this might be an issue for some, but you'll get a notification if your iPhone's camera isn't considered genuine if you're using a device from the iPhone 12 series. There are also fixes for image artifacts in HDR photos, the Fitness widget, and more.
Next up is watchOS 7.3, which includes a new Unity watch face. It's inspired by the Pan-African flag and changed throughout the day as you move, so the face is supposed to be unique to the user. There's a Time to Walk feature for Fitness+ users, which shares stories as you walk. ECG is and irregular heart rhythm notification notifications are now open to more regions including Japan, Mayotte, Phillippines, Taiwan, and Thailand. And of course, there are fixes.
There's not much going on with tvOS 14.4, but macOS 11.2 Big Sur has a few minor changes. It improves Bluetooth reliability, and has fixes for external displays, edits in Apple's ProRAW format, and more.
These are meant to be final builds unless there are any major issues found. They'll likely roll out to the general public next week.
By Rich Woods
Microsoft Lists is now available for iOS
by Rich Woods
Today, Microsoft announced that its Lists app for iOS is now available. First announced at Build as a Trello competitor, it showed up as a web app in July with a promised iOS app coming later. Now, that app is here.
The Lists app, as you'd probably guess, lets you access and edit the lists that you own and have been shared with you; and of course, you can create new lists. The difference with the mobile app, however, is that it's really meant to be used more on the go than the web app is. Microsoft uses an example of creating an issue tracker list while you're drinking coffee, or sharing a list from the car. For more complex tasks, you're really meant to be using the web app.
Microsoft posted a demo of the app:
Here's a list of features that are included in the mobile app:
As you'd expect if you've been using the service, you can create new lists from scratch or from templates, and you can even use an Excel file to get started. The app also supports offline usage and dark mode.
Now for the fine print. You need an Office 365 commercial subscription that includes SharePoint to access Lists, so if you're on a consumer Microsoft 365 plan, you're out of luck here. Microsoft is working on an Android app, as it promised to produce back at Build, although it's not coming until later this year. Also, the company is promising iPad-specific features to be added to the iOS app at some point.
By Steven P.
Connect to your PC remotely with Chrome Remote Desktop from any device
by Steven Parker
Although Microsoft already has native support for Remote Desktop baked into Windows, their app forces the desktop on the client to resize all of the windows to "fit" on the device connecting to it, meaning when you come back to login on the desktop that you connected to remotely, all of the open apps will now be tiny windows on the screen, which is not great.
Fortunately, Google has a free Remote Desktop app that lets you connect to a PC from any supported Android or iOS device and even through the web browser. It does require you to have the Chrome browser installed because it is a web app extension.
Install the Chrome Remote Desktop Extension on the computer you want to connect to remotely Then go to https://remotedesktop.google.com/access/ to add the computer You will be prompted to give the computer a name and (at least) a six digit PIN Gallery: Setup Chrome Remote Desktop
Once you have completed the above steps you will need to install the client on the device you will use to connect to your desktop.
Install the Chrome Remote Desktop app on the device you will use to connect to the remote PC.
Install for Android devices | Install for iOS devices Once the app is installed, tap on the hamburger menu and ensure you are signed in to the same account that the remote desktop is signed into Chrome with, tap the account to switch to it A list of your remote PCs will appear Tap on the remote desktop you want to access and enter the PIN
When you connect, you will see the remote PC desktop in the orientation for your device, so portrait for a phone and tablet, you can switch to landscape view and pinch to zoom in or out to make it easier to control the remote PC. In addition, there is a top navigation bar that auto hides and lets you bring up a virtual keyboard, capture the mouse cursor as well as context menu options to send Ctrl-Alt-Del, resize the desktop to fit.
Gallery: Mobile device access
An added bonus is that this method to connect does not resize any opened windows on the PC, and it also does not lock your PC when a user is connected to it remotely, so anyone can watch along which also makes it perfect for remote assistance.
You can also opt to give someone a one-time access code to grant them access to provide Remote Assistance. However, this method only appears to be possible directly through the web browser at https://remotedesktop.google.com/support that lets you generate a code, or connect to a PC with a code.
Let us know what remote solution you use for your computers in the comments below!
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Google removes Parler from the Play Store while Apple gives 24 hours to improve moderation
by Anmol Mehrotra
In wake of the Capitol attacks, social media giants have taken steps to ensure a smooth transition of power on 20th January. Now, Google has decided to remove Parler, an alternative to Twitter that touts itself as the "free speech social network", from its Play Store.
Google's decision came a day after the attack as the tech giant sent a notice to Parler after removing the app from the Play Store. The company noted that Parler will be suspended from the Play Store until it can come up with a moderation plan to address "this ongoing and urgent public safety threat." A Google spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal that the company took down Parler because of the “continued posting in the Parler app that seeks to incite ongoing violence in the U.S.”
According to BuzzFeed News, Apple has sent a notice to Parler giving them 24 hours to come up with a moderation plan. The Cupertino giant noted that it has "received numerous complaints regarding objectionable content in your Parler service, accusations that the Parler app was used to plan, coordinate, and facilitate the illegal activities in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021 that led (among other things) to loss of life, numerous injuries, and the destruction of property.” Apple further added that Parler needs to submit an update and a "moderation improvement plan within 24 hours of the date of the message” which was sent on Friday morning.
Parler's CEO John Matze shared the following statement on the social media platform:
In case you don't know, Parler was launched in 2018 as a free speech social media platform and it gained popularity after Twitter and Facebook started suspending accounts for violating their rules. In the past couple of years, Parler has become a safe haven for right-wing activists, conspiracy theorists, and QAnon supporters. Recently, users on Parler called for the execution of Vice President Mike Pence for certifying votes and letting President-elect Joe Biden take over.
After Wednesday's attack, various social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch temporarily suspended President Donald Trump's account. Earlier today, Twitter decided to permanently ban Trump from the micro-blogging website.