Microsoft reportedly has a plan to get Xbox Game Pass Ultimate’s game streaming feature on Apple’s iPhone and iPad.
During a recent all-hands meeting, Phil Spencer, the head of all things Xbox at Microsoft, said “we absolutely will end up on iOS,” according to Business Insider.
Despite recent changes to its App Store policies, Apple still doesn’t allow game streaming apps like Xbox cloud gaming in its App Store because it requires developers to submit an app for each individual game on their service.
In theory, Apple would then review every single game on the platform. This remains a strange move on the tech giant’s part, given that it doesn’t require streaming video platforms like Netflix or Crave to have every television show and movie on the service reviewed.
During the meeting, Spencer said Microsoft is exploring the possibility of getting Xbox Game Pass Ultimate’s game streaming feature on the iPhone and iPad through a browser. It’s unclear what browser Spencer is referring to, but it’s likely Edge.
This would allow the tech giant to circumvent Apple’s restrictive App Store rules without violating any of the Cupertino, California-based company’s policies. Amazon’s recently announced Luna game streaming service is taking a similar route by launching on iPhone by running solely through a browser. Luna is not releasing in Canada.
In an interview with Engadget, a Luna engineer revealed that Amazon worked with Apple to create this functionality, which is a good sign for Microsoft’s efforts to bring Xbox game streaming to iPhone and iPad through a browser.
Further, The Verge reports that during the same meeting, Spencer revealed Xbox cloud gaming will come to Windows 10 PCs next year.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which includes first-party Microsoft games, third-party titles, EA Access and cloud gaming, costs $16.99 per month. The Xbox Series X and Series S are set to launch on November 10th.
Apple is expected to reveal its iPhone 12 series at its upcoming October 13th hardware event.
Nokia and NASA to build moon's first cellular network – Siliconrepublic.com
Nokia Bell Labs’ 4G LTE communications technology will help NASA advance its mission to land more people on the moon.
NASA has announced that Nokia will build the first ever cellular network on the moon. The Finnish company was selected as a partner for the space agency’s Tipping Point programme, which funds technologies at the cutting edge of space exploration.
The network will use 4G LTE – the precursor to 5G – technology on the moon’s surface. Nokia said it will transform lunar communications by delivering “reliable, high data rates while containing power, size and cost”.
We’re over the moon to announce further details after being named by @NASA as a key partner to advance “Tipping Point” technologies for the Moon.
— Nokia (@nokia) October 19, 2020
Improved communications infrastructure on the moon is an aspect of NASA’s Artemis programme, which aims to land the first woman and the next man on the moon by 2024 and to establish a sustainable presence on its surface by the end of the decade. NASA said that Nokia’s system could “support lunar surface communications at greater distances, increased speeds, and provide more reliability than current standards”.
The LTE tech will be developed by Nokia Bell Labs. Partnering with spaceflight firm Intuitive Machines, the research company will build and deploy an “ultra-compact, low-power, space-hardened, end-to-end solution” on the moon’s surface in late 2022. The system will self-configure after deployment.
Its purpose will be “critical communication capabilities” for transmitting data, Nokia said. This will include command and control functions, remote control of lunar rovers, real-time navigation and streaming high-definition video.
It will also give astronauts wireless connectivity for voice and video communications, biometric data exchange and more, which are vital for “long-term human presence” on the moon.
Nokia CTO and president at Nokia Bell Labs, Marcus Weldon, said the system has been built on the company’s “rich and successful history in space technologies, from pioneering satellite communication to discovering the cosmic microwave background radiation produced by the big bang”.
The technology has been specially designed to withstand the harsh conditions of launch and landing on the moon, Nokia said, and to function in the extreme conditions of space. The company added that it plans to further commercialise its LTE product and investigate how 5G can be applied to space-exploration technologies.
First iPad Air 4 Unboxing Video Shared Online – MacRumors
The first unboxing video of the fourth-generation iPad Air has been shared online. The short video offers the first in-person look at the iPad Air‘s new Sky Blue color, packaging, and Touch ID in the power button.
Other than some demo videos from a Chinese media event last month, this unboxing video appears to be the first of its kind, ahead of more detailed unboxings and reviews expected from the press this week.
The new iPad Air features a 10.9-inch edge-to-edge display, the A14 Bionic chip, Apple Pencil 2 support, and a range of color options including Silver, Space Gray, Rose Gold, Green, and Sky Blue.
Pre-orders of the fourth-generation iPad Air began on Friday, 16 October, and the first shipments are set to arrive on Friday, 23 October.
Health Canada Urges B.C. Residents to Download COVID Alert App as Province Drags Feet – iPhone in Canada
Health Canada is urging residents in British Columbia to download Canada’s COVID Alert app, as the province drags its feet to support the exposure notification app.
According to the Vancouver Sun, Health Canada told Postmedia News the COVID Alert app is still useful to have, despite the latter has not been officially supported yet in B.C.
“The COVID Alert app is free and voluntary, and is another tool to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and prevent future outbreaks,” said Health Canada spokesperson Maryse Durette, to Postmedia News.
“At all levels of uptake, COVID Alert can help reduce transmission. The more people who use the app the more effective it will be,” added Durette.
B.C. and the federal government are still in talks about the roll out of COVID Alert, added Health Canada. Alberta, the Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories and Nunavut have also not officially adopted COVID Alert yet.
Durette said, “It’s still helpful to download COVID Alert from anywhere in the country, even if you can’t use it to report a diagnosis. That way, you’ll be notified if you come into contact with someone from a reporting province or territory or when people in your area are able to report a diagnosis.”
The B.C. Ministry of Health told Postmedia last week it was working with the federal government to get COVID Alert app active in the province. Clearly, B.C. is not working fast enough when other provinces have been able to support COVID Alert in a shorter timeframe.
Canada’s COVID Alert app is based on Google and Apple’s exposure notification framework, which leverages Bluetooth on devices for anonymous “handshakes” in the background. The app does not use GPS info or collect any user data. It has been vetted as safe by Canada’s privacy commissioner and provincial counterparts.
When someone tests positive for COVID-19, they can anonymously alert others that may have been in contact using COVID Alert, by obtaining a one-time use from their provincial health authority.
Provinces currently supporting COVID Alert:
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
Still waiting for:
- British Columbia
- Northwest Territories
The federal government of Canada recently acknowledged there was a bug within iOS that affected the COVID Alert app, and urged Canadians to update to iOS 14.0.1 to resolve the issue.
Since October 15, COVID Alert has been download downloaded over 4.5 million times, with 1,696 one-time keys issued.
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