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By Abhay V
YouTube's mobile apps get player UI updates, gesture to toggle full-screen, more
by Abhay Venkatesh
YouTube today announced a bunch of new enhancements making it to the service’s mobile apps that improves usability and adds a few new features. These improvements include a new gesture for switching to a full-screen view, additions to the video player and the Video Chapters feature, and much more.
The first of the improvements is to the recently introduced Video Chapter feature that lets creators segment videos into parts for easier viewing. The firm is adding a nifty new list view for chapters that lists them all with preview thumbnails that let users easily navigate to their desired section of the video. This negates the need to scrub through the chapters on mobile devices to locate users’ desired segments.
There are a bunch of improvements to the video player itself. An icon to toggle Closed Captions is now present on the player, saving users the effort of navigating to the menu and turning them on. The icon is accompanied by the autoplay toggle that is now being moved to the top from below the player. Another addition is the ability to switch between elapsed time and a countdown timer for the video timestamp by simply tapping on it. While some users might have had this feature for a while, it looks like the addition is being made widely available.
The firm is also adding a new gesture. Now, users can swipe up on the player to toggle to full-screen, just like the swipe down gesture to toggle out of the full-screen view. There are new suggested actions that show up at the bottom to prompt users to rotate their screens or use the VR view, depending on the video. The company says that it is working to add more suggestions in the future.
Lastly, the search giant is adding ‘Bedtime Reminders’ to aid users in limiting their app usage before heading to bed. The digital wellbeing feature is being added to the list of current controls that offer break reminders and notification controls.
The features are rolling out to the YouTube apps for Android and iOS starting today.
The original Fire Emblem game is getting localized after 30 years
by João Carrasqueira
Today, Nintendo announced that the original release of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light is making its way outside of Japan for the first time since its original release 30 years ago on the Famicom. The game is coming to the Nintendo Switch eShop on December 4.
The game was announced through a tweet that plays with the fact that Marth, a main character in the original Fire Emblem game, was featured in the 2001 release of Super Smash Bros. Melee, despite the franchise being exclusive to Japan at the time.
Fire Emblem debuted in the West with the release of Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade (originally known simply as Fire Emblem worldwide) on the GameBoy Advance in 2003, but the previous titles were never officially brought over to other markets. However, the original Fire Emblem was remade as a DS title, and that saw a worldwide release, so this isn't exactly the first time you can experience the same overall story.
The Nintendo Switch release will be mostly like the original game, but some changes have been made to make the title more accessible for modern audiences. There's a new ability to rewind turns in battle, fast-forward for movements on the battlefield, and save states so you can pick the game up where you left off.
To celebrate the history of the franchise, Nintendo is also releasing a Fire Emblem 30th Anniversary Edition, which includes a game box replica, an art piece based on the original cartridge for the game, an art book, and a "mini Nintendo Power retro collectible". The game itself will be included as a download code - presumably it was hard to justify producing a physical game card considering the game is 30MB in size.
Microsoft Remote Desktop app for iOS gets updated with fixes and improvements
by Anmol Mehrotra
Microsoft has released a new update for its Remote Desktop app for iOS users. The new update fixes multiple bugs and brings general improvements to the app. Furthermore, the update also addresses some of the compatibility issues with iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 as well as brings some minor UI improvements.
Here is the full changelog for the update:
The new update bumps the Microsoft Remote Desktop app to version 10.2.0 and is available for download from the App Store.
By Jefferson Mangubat
Microsoft Teams adds new Caller ID, spelling suggestions, and more on iOS
by Jefferson Mangubat
Microsoft Teams has received a new update on iOS that introduces a slew of fresh features meant to boost productivity and privacy. There are new capabilities as well to let you access call controls more quickly.
The app now prevents message previews from appearing on notifications in order to protect personal data, courtesy of Microsoft Intune. Teams has also added support for caller ID for voicemail messages.
In addition, Teams now supports natural language when you search for messages. It will also suggest the correct spelling of words when you enter search terms that are often misspelled. You will also see call controls like hanging up or muting on the screen all the time during a call. On iPads, Teams will show more options for handling a call.
Here's the update's full changelog:
The updated Teams app is now available to download via the App Store. The latest change bumps up the app version to 2.0.24.
By Rich Woods
Apple releases iOS 14.1 and iPadOS 14.1 with 10-bit HDR support
by Rich Woods
Today, Apple released iOS 14.1 and iPadOS 14.1, its latest minor updates. The updates come in preparation of Friday's launch of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, which are set to ship with the new versions.
Some of what's included have to do with iPhone 12 features. For example, the updates include support for 10-bit HDR video playback and editing. This is necessary because one of the big iPhone 12 features is not only the ability to record video in Dolby Vision HDR, but to edit it as well.
Here's the full changelog (via MacRumors):
If you've got an iPhone or iPad that's supported by iOS 14 or iPadOS 14, this update should be waiting for you. You can go to Settings -> General -> Software Update to install it.