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New PS5 Features Discovered in PS Store’s Source Code – Push Square

Wishlists! Boost Mode! More!

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Sony’s not telling us a huge amount about the PlayStation 5 at the present, so leave it to intrepid code junkies to extract the information out of the platform holder. New code uncovered on the web-based version of the PlayStation Store teases some of the tantalising new features we can expect to find on the next-gen console come launch.

First and foremost, it looks like wishlists will finally be integrated into the console, as there’s a line of code that states: “Your wishlist isn’t available on this website. You can find it on a PS5.” In addition, it looks like you’ll be able to create Parties with up to 100 people, and share music playlists with pals. There’s also reference to something called a ‘Takedown’, but we’re not sure what this entails yet.

Elsewhere, it looks like backwards compatible titles that support PS5’s boost mode feature will be marked as such, while there’ll be a warning for the one per cent of PS4 games that aren’t playable on the next-gen console. Interestingly, there’s also reference to a page on the official PlayStation website fully detailing backwards compatibility, but it’s currently offline.

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Hands on with the new features of Apple Watch Series 6 – AppleInsider

We’ve spent 24 hours so far testing out the best new features found on the latest Apple Watch Series 6. Here are our impressions of the new features, how useful they are, and how they compare to the prior generation.

The new colors

Various team members have ordered different colors, but we were only able to get the vivid new (PRODUCT)RED version on launch day. In-person, the color is very bright, regardless of the lighting condition.

We are obsessed with the color but get that it has to match your style. Anytime you choose a bright red color that never changes, you have to love that color greatly.

Apple Watch Series 6 (PRODUCT)RED is very bright

Apple Watch Series 6 (PRODUCT)RED is quite bright, but looks great

Going with red does limit the colors of bands you can pair with it. Some clash a bit but we still found a ton of great options that complimented the wearable.

Others may prefer the new blue which is more subdued but still has a pop of color.

This year we also got the new Graphite stainless to replace the old Space Black. Based on the images from Apple, it appears to have a slight grey tint compared to the previously darker Space Black.

S6 SiP

The new S6 system-in-package is based on the A13 Bionic processor and optimized for the Apple Watch. In performance, this should yield around 20% improved speed.

In use though, we didn’t see much difference so far. We tried launching applications side-by-side with our Series 5 and they both opened things almost exactly as fast.

That’s because the Apple Watch Series 5 was already quite speedy, and everyday tasks don’t require a ton of silicon to power them.

The time we noticed the change most was when rebooting the watch, which will probably be welcomed by anyone who has to reboot the wearable.

What the S6 does allow for is more headroom going into the future. As Apple continues to add new features to Apple Watch through watchOS, Apple Watch Series 6 will easily support them.

This is likely going to be quite important as the watch does more of the heavy lifting, lessening its reliance on the iPhone.

Always-on display

With Series 5, Apple adopted an always-on Retina display. This year, Apple has upped it with an always-on display that is brighter on average, but the maximum brightness of the display still sits at 1000 nits.

It is only brighter when the watch is in its inactive state which makes a big difference in bright situations. Apple says it is up to two and a half times brighter when the arm is down and the Watch isn’t actively being used.

Apple Watch Series 5 (left) and Series 6 (right) comparing the displays when inactive

Apple Watch Series 5 (left) and Series 6 (right) comparing the displays when inactive

In our studio, when both the current and last-gen were inactive, we couldn’t tell any difference in the brightness of the displays. However, when we took our set of watches outdoors to the midday sun the difference was clear.

The new Apple Watch Series 6 is noticeably brighter which makes it far easier to read our complications without having to wake the watch or raise our wrist.

Apple Watch Series 5 (left) and Series 6 (right) comparing the displays when inactive

Apple Watch Series 5 (left) and Series 6 (right) comparing the displays when inactive outdoors

Originally, as we were just around the studio doing work, we felt this may have been an over-boasted claim. But, throughout the night and rest of the day when we actually got outside and on the go, we realized how many times we instinctively had to raise our wrist to view the time, a complication, or a workout.

Series 6 allowed us to be less active in doing so. More often than not we were able to just glance at the watch and get the info we needed.

Blood oxygen sensor

Apple’s most-touted feature of the new watch is the blood oxygen sensor, which has an accompanying app. As many of the early reviews noted, your watch must be snug on your wrist and you need to ensure you don’t move.

As long as you meet those requirements, it only takes 15 seconds for the reading to come back.

Measure your blood oxygen level with Apple Watch Series 6

Measure your blood oxygen level with Apple Watch Series 6

Our only issue with our O2 reading was the lack of information surrounding it. It reports back a number but most people won’t any idea what to do with that number. What is good, what is bad, and how do you improve it?

Apple’s vagueness about the value is likely due to its skirting of the medical device requirements. Apple says that the blood oxygen measurement is only for wellness and fitness purposes and not intended to replace a medical device, such as a pulse oximeter which requires federal approval.

If Apple would start giving advice and saying it is good or bad, it may be getting dangerously close to a medical device and the regulation that comes with it.

Faster charging

This is one we’ve already noticed to be better. We’ve been using sleep tracking on Apple Watch for months during the beta process, but at times, we’d still end up with a low battery that needed charging.

Apple Watch Series 6 now can charge 20 percent faster. That yields an entire charge in an hour and a half.

Charging Apple Watch Series 6 is faster

Charging Apple Watch Series 6 is faster

In our usage, we don’t charge it from zero to 100 often, but we typically topped off half the battery. We’d place it on the charger in the morning while we ready ourselves for the day and in the evening as we shower and prep for bed.

This extra 20 percent speed is noticeable in this and we already feel less worried about charging the watch.

Of course, Apple could just aid us by increasing the battery life but it seems that won’t happen without a larger battery and a larger case. At least for now.

Other new features

There were a few other features we tried out on the new Apple Watch as well. Things such as the new always-on altimeter.

This feature is not necessarily something everyone will use, but just another important sensor that will make a big difference for hikers, bikers, and other fitness junkies. You can view it in the Compass app but you can also add it right to your watch face.

It also shows in various workouts in real-time as you are going.

See your elevation in real-time on Apple Watch Series 6

See your elevation in real-time on Apple Watch Series 6

This time around, Apple has baked in its U1 chip, and while this is an exciting new addition, at the moment it does practically nothing. There is no way to interact with the chip, but it does unlock much future potential for Apple to explore.

We can see the ability to AirDrop contacts or images to an Apple Watch which is useful for family members who can now use an Apple Watch without an iPhone of their own. Or perhaps locating lost items like your keys, AirPods, Apple TV remote with the launch of AirTags.

Apple continues to hone the Apple Watch. Many of the new changes aren’t exactly flashy but are hugely impactful for those that use them. We aren’t sure after a day it warrants an upgrade for Series 5 owners, but it is a big upgrade from anyone coming from the Series 4 or earlier.

Apple Watch 6 pricing and deals

Apple Watch 6 prices start at $399, with the latest deals and discounts on new styles, as well as closeout Series 5 models, at your fingertips in our Apple Watch Price Guide.

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All the security features added in the Windows 10 May 2020 update – ZDNet

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The Windows 10 May 2020 update, also known as Windows 10 2004, has started rolling out to users today.

This new Windows 10 version comes with many new features, detailed in a previous ZDNet article, here, including the likes of a revamped Network Status page, the addition of GPU card temperatures to the Task Manager, and a new Cortana experience.

However, the Windows 10 2004 version also comes with improvements on the security front, which Microsoft claims will help keep Windows 10 users safe going forward.

Below is a list of all the new features, which we plan to update as we uncover new features in the coming days.

Windows Sandbox improvements

Last year, Microsoft introduced the Windows Sandbox on all Windows versions with the release of v1903. The Windows Sandbox component allows users to launch a virtual machine running a stripped down version of Windows 10. Since its launch, the Windows Sandbox has grown in popularity among the company’s userbase as it allows users to execute dangerous apps in an isolated environment, without damaging their primary Windows 10 installation.

While the Windows Sandbox component is not on par with other sandboxing software, work on it has not stopped once it shipped with a Windows 10 release. Today, Microsoft rolled out a series of new features, which will make the app easier to automate in enterprise testing environments.

  • Support for configuration files so you can configure some aspects of the sandbox, such a vGPU, networking, and shared folders.
  • Microphone support.
  • The ability to configure audio input from the configuration file.
  • Activate the Ease of Access dialog with Shift+Alt+[print screen].
  • Enter and exit full screen mode with CTRL+Alt+[break].

Support for WiFi 6 and WPA3

Windows 10 v2004 now supports the latest versions of the WiFi wireless communications standard and WPA, the protocol used to authenticate WiFi connections.

Both protocols include protections against a series of attacks, such as DragonBlood, KRACK, and more, allowing Windows 10 users to connect to WiFi networks in a safer manner.

System Guard improvements

Microsoft says it also upgraded System Guard Secure Launch, a feature that checks if the device firmware has loaded in a secure manner, without being tampered.

In Windows 10, version 2004, Microsoft says the System Guard Secure Launch now measures more parameters than before. However, this feature will require modern hardware and may not work on all devices.

New security baselines

We also have new security baselines (drafts for now) for Windows 10 and Windows Server installations.

Security baselines are basic OS configurations that system administrators can deploy across their computer fleets and ensure that basic security features are enabled.

Windows Hello expanded

Windows Hello is a feature that lets users log into their Windows computer using biometrics (fingerprint scan, face scan) or passwordless methods (PIN code).

In Windows 10 v2004, once enabled, Windows Hello login options will also show up for computers booted up Safe Mode.

Furthermore, Windows Hello passwordless authentication methods can also be used as an alternative to passwords when users are logging into their Microsoft accounts.

More FIDO2 support

Windows 10 supports FIDO2 security keys as a form of passwordless authentication.

Starting with Windows 10 v2004, Microsoft says that FIDO2 security key support “has been expanded to include hybrid Azure Active Directory (Azure AD)-joined devices, enabling even more customers to take an important step in their journey towards passwordless environments.”

Secured-core updates

Microsoft says that devices that run on AMD’s new Ryzen Pro 4000 chipsets are now compatible with its new Secured-core technology. Secured-core is a feature of Windows 10 PCs that includes additional protections against attacks that tamper with a device’s hardware components, firmware, or CPU’s internal components.

New OS “cloud recovery option”

Windows 10 now has a cloud recovery option in the “Reset this PC” section.

Until today, the “Reset this PC” option only had one option — namely to do a local reinstall where it would build a new Windows installation from existing Windows files. Starting with Windows 10 2004, users can select the cloud recovery option, which will instruct Windows to download the files needed for a reinstall from Microsoft’s servers.

This option is recommended for users on fast internet connections only.

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Facebook Adds New Features to Workplace App as Paid Users Surge to 5 Million – The Motley Fool

Facebook is going after the enterprise market with new video tools as the world shifts to remote workforces amid the pandemic.

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Facebook‘s (NASDAQ:FB) Workplace collaboration app got some upgrades Thursday as the social media giant sees a surge in usage during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

According to the tech stock, the number of paid users for Workplace has increased to five million through the end of March, up three million since October. Meanwhile Work Groups, a Facebook Group that enables co-workers to stay in contact, has more than 20 million monthly active users six months after its launch. In comparison, Microsoft‘s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Teams had 75 million daily users, although it’s not clear how many are paying for its services.  

Several people in a video meeting using Workplace Rooms.

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“The shift to remote work just accelerated,” Facebook said in a blog post unveiling the new features for its digital collaboration tools. “Platforms and devices like Workplace, Portal, and Oculus were built for a time when economic opportunity might no longer depend on geography, a time when what you do could matter more than where you are. That time starts now.”

With companies across the globe shifting to remote workforces amid the pandemic, technology companies are going after enterprise customers, offering them the digital tools necessary to keep operations running. In a bid to close the gap between Workplace and Microsoft’s Teams, Slack, Zoom, and Alphabet‘s Google Meet, Facebook rolled out the new products.

They include Workplace Rooms, a drop-in video conferencing platform geared toward enterprises that can host up to 50 people for an unlimited amount of time and Live Producer, a suite of tools that enable users to schedule live videos, share the screen, and conduct live Q&A sessions. Facebook also announced that the Oculus for Business platform that enables companies to use virtual reality for training and other business purposes is now generally available. 


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