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Microsoft Remote Desktop app for iOS updates the connection bar and more
by Anmol Mehrotra
Microsoft has released a new update for its Remote Desktop app for iOS users. The new update brings changes to the connection bar as well as adds a new gesture to manage the zoom level. The update also addresses issues related to the connection bar as well as some accessibility bugs.
Here is the full changelog of the update:
Microsoft has been constantly improving the Remote Desktop app. Back in October, Microsoft added shortcuts to access the "Add Workspace" and "Add PC" UI. The company also added the CMD+F shortcut to invoke the Search UI in the Connection Center.
Since then, Microsoft has released a couple of updates that patched several issues including the ones related to the system Display Zoom View setting. If you are encountering any major issues then you can navigate to Help > Report an issue to reach out to Microsoft.
The new update bumps the Microsoft Remote Desktop app to version 10.2.4 and is available for download from the App Store.
Global smartphone sales fell 5% in 4Q20, says Gartner
by Paul Hill
The analyst firm, Gartner, has released new data which shows that global smartphone sales declined 5.4% in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. In the full year of 2020, smartphones declined by a larger 12.5% overall compared to the previous year. The main driver of the decline was Huawei, which has been impeded by various sanctions by the United States.
The reasons for the slowdown in growth are numerous, aside from the economic squeeze felt by consumers as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and Huawei being hit by sanctions, people have also been holding off on new purchases until they can secure themselves a device that is compatible with new 5G networks that are coming online and boast faster download speeds.
Discussing the findings, Anshul Gupta, senior research director at Gartner, said:
The five biggest smartphone brands of 4Q20 were Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Huawei with the following respective market share values: 20.8%, 16.2%, 11.3%, 8.9%, and 8.9%. Compared to the year before, Samsung and Huawei lost market share but Apple, Xiaomi, and Oppo managed to boost their figures. The total smartphone sales in 4Q20 were 384,622,300 units while a year earlier shipments reached 406,638,100.
Gartner's figures somewhat differ from IDC's analysis which it published at the end of January. IDC said that the global smartphone market grew in the fourth quarter and saw a smaller decline across the whole year. One similarity between both sets of data, however, is that Huawei saw a heavy decline in sales.
One of the interesting takeaways with this data is the fact that Apple still managed to increase its sales year-over-year even though its devices receive software updates for much longer than Android devices; unless the increase in sales is due to new customers getting on-board, it could suggest that existing Apple users prefer to keep up with the latest model.
By News Staff
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By Rich Woods
Google Fi's VPN is exiting beta and coming to iPhone
by Rich Woods
Today, Google announced some privacy improvements to its Fi cellular service. While its VPN was introduced over two years ago in late 2018, it's apparently been in beta this whole time. After making an array of performance improvements, Google says that the VPN is coming out of beta on Android.
Also, the VPN is expanding, as it's coming to iPhone. All Google Fi subscribers using an iPhone will start seeing the VPN this spring.
If you're unfamiliar with VPNs, it stands for virtual private network, and if there's one thing that you need to know about it, it's that it boosts your security and privacy. It gives you an encrypted connection, so even if you're on a network that isn't secure, Google is offering you a layer of protection. It also means that sites can't track your location because they can't see your actual IP address. Lots of VPNs tend to make compromises when it comes to speed, but that's exactly what Google claims to have improved.
And the fact that it's coming to iPhones is a big deal. iOS is an area that Google has struggled to bring to feature parity with Android on its Fi network. In fact, originally called Project Fi, it didn't even support iPhones at all (officially) until late November 2018, two weeks after the service's VPN was announced. Even then, iPhones didn't support some key features like carrier switching; presumably, that's not as big of a deal now since Google Fi ran off of T-Mobile's, Sprint's, and U.S. Cellular's networks, and the former two companies have merged into one.
The other thing that the Mountain View firm is announcing today is a new privacy and security hub, which is coming to the Fi app on Android devices. It's meant to help you learn about the privacy and security features that you'll find on Google Fi, and you can manage those features, such as the VPN. Other features touted, which aren't new to today's announcement, include blocking spam calls, of which Google says that it blocks tens of thousands per day, and protection from theft techniques like SIM swaps, where someone might try to reassign your phone number to a different SIM and use it to gain access to your accounts.
By Rich Woods
How to set up Unlock with Apple Watch on your iPhone
by Rich Woods
As I noted in my review of the iPhone 12 Pro Max this year, Apple is the last smartphone OEM to offer a device that doesn't have a method of biometric authentication with a mask on. Indeed, while Google went all-in with facial recognition last year, it brought back the fingerprint sensor this year. Apple did not, despite regular mask mandates all around the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A year in, and Apple finally has a solution, but you'll need an Apple Watch for this to work. Last year, one of the first things Apple did was in iOS 13.5, when your iPhone would actually be able to tell that you're wearing a mask and it would ask for a PIN quicker. Previously, you'd have to wait a few seconds for it to attempt to recognize your face and then fail. With iOS 14.5, if your iPhone detects a mask, it will allow you to unlock your phone with your Apple Watch.
If you've got an iPhone and an Apple Watch, this is probably something worth being excited about. But it's not on by default. Here's what you'll need to do.
You'll need the following items:
iPhone X, XS XS Max, XR, 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro, or 12 Pro Max Apple Watch Series 3 or higher Here's what you need to do:
Get the betas
This feature is currently in beta, and it's only available to developers. You can go to Apple Developer and download the profiles to your devices to enroll in the iOS 14 and watchOS 7 betas, and then you'll get OTA updates for iOS 14.5 and watchOS 7.4. If you're on the public beta, you'll likely see the updates within a couple of days. Turn on the feature
This part is even easier than the first. Go to Settings -> Face ID & Passcode -> Unlock with Apple Watch, and turn it on. That's it. Once you've turned it on, grab your favorite mask, put it on, and try unlocking your phone. Your phone will attempt to recognize you and then quickly say that it's unlocking via the Apple Watch. Then, you'll get a rather annoying vibration on your wrist, something that I hope will get worked out during the beta period.