A look back: Year’s-in-review are always more fun when they are about you. So Sony has put out a 2019 Wrap-Up report showing the games you played and other facts about your gaming habits in 2019. If you’re curious about just how much money your PS Plus subscription saved you in sales, that and more is summed up in the report.
It’s that time of year when everyone is looking back and remembering the previous year. Spotify put out its 2019 Wrapped recap. Likewise, YouTube did another Rewind, and Apple joined the crowd with its Replay look back.
Not wanting to be left out, PlayStation launched its own personalized 2019 Wrap-Up report. After signing into their PSN account, the web app will show users all sorts of interesting trivia about their gameplay habits in 2019.
It displays players’ top three titles they played and how long they spent in each. It also shows how many different games and the total number of hours played in 2019, as well as which day of the week users preferred to play.
The Wrap-Up site will show you what your top genre was and how many games you played in that category, as well as the number of trophies earned and hours played. There are other stats, too, like the number of downloads made and how much money was saved on PlayStation Plus offers in the store.
It sums it all up by giving players a rank based on what they played most — mine was Marksman because I spent 193 hours playing first-person shooters. As an added bonus, users can redeem a voucher for an exclusive dynamic theme and avatars based on the various ranks.
- Action Hero — for the gamer who lives for the epic moments in action-adventure games
- Legendary Warrior — for the gamer who steps up to the challenge in fighting games
- Master Explorer — for the gamer who has continually aced that platformer game
- Master Strategist — for the gamer who loves solving puzzles in a good strategy game
- Speed Demon — for the gamer who leaves their fellow drivers in the dust in a fast-paced driving/racing game
- Sports Phenom — for the gamer with a competitive edge and a love for sports games
- Marksman — for the gamer who hits their mark in a shooter game
Although PlayStation did not mention it, I believe this is the first time it has done a recap like this, but I could be mistaken. I have been a PS Plus member for a long time and cannot recall the company doing a year-end wrap-up in the past.
Regardless, it is a fun look back at what you played that is worth a peek. The app will only be up until February 14, so check it out before they put it away for a year.
iOS 13.5.1 and iPadOS 13.5.1 release with 'important security updates' – MobileSyrup
Following the release of iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5 two weeks ago, Apple has pushed out another update it says addresses security issues.
“This update provides important security updates and is recommended for all users,” writes Apple in the update notes.
The update arrives following the release of a significant jailbreak capable of running on any device with iOS 13.5. Though it’s still unclear, there’s a possibility this update could be designed to close that loophole.
iOS 13.5 included Apple’s COVID-19 contract-tracing API developed in partnership with Google, improvements to Face ID that make it easier to log into an iPad or iPhone when wearing a face mask and a change to Group FaceTime calling that stops tiles from shifting in size based on who is talking.
In order to download the update, navigate to ‘Settings,’ then ‘General’ and finally, ‘Software Update.’
Apple Confirms Serious New Problems For iPad, iPhone Users
Alongside growing reports of high battery drain, Apple customer support has confirmed to users that iPadOS can cause boot loops on the iPad Pro and media playback of the hugely popular MP4/MPEG-4 container format is broken for both iPad and iPhone owners.
Breaking down the former, AppleInsider states that the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is most commonly affected with reboots occurring “between 30 seconds and 45 seconds after logging in”. Full factory resets and even putting devices into DFU mode have not fixed the problem for many. Interestingly, there are also isolated reports of this impacting iPhones, while the issue seems to span both iPadOS / iOS 13.4.1 and 13.5 for impacted users.
It is a similar story with MP4 playback with the problem spanning both 13.4.1 and 13.5 and impacted users have lost access to their video libraries (1,2,3,4,5 etc) with native apps and third party apps like NPlayer and InFuse. While Apple switched default video recording to HEVC in iOS 11, support for this remains mixed so switching it to MP4 (still the most popular container format in the world) is a popular option.
“I reported this to Apple and the only suggestion they gave me that I hadn’t already tried was to delete and reinstall the tv app. But that did not help. Good luck to all of us!” reported one impacted user yesterday.
As it stands, there is no timeline for a fix for either issue but Apple looks set to prioritize an iPadOS / iOS 13.5.1 release following the discovery of a zero-day vulnerability which enables users to jailbreak their iPhones. This vulnerability also impacts every version of iOS since iOS 11.
Despite this, I would still recommend users upgrade to iPadOS / iOS 13.5. The faults here can also impact previous iOS versions, while the new release patches a serious Apple Mail bug which affects every iPad and iPhone ever made. Moreover, its Coronavirus-specific upgrades might just save your life.
Edited By Harry Miller
Google accidentally sends Android 11 beta to some users – MobileSyrup
Today has been a huge day for Android news. After this morning’s feature drop and the June security update, it appears that some users got access to the Android 11 beta early instead of downloading the security update.
So far, a few users have been sharing new features on Twitter, including some wacky icon shapes, the leaked quick toggles from this morning and more.
Rather than be super vague about this, I’ll just say it up front:
Two people DMed me saying they got the Android 11 beta OTA update on their Pixel 4 XL.
Build #: RPB1.200504.018
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) June 1, 2020
This update doesn’t appear to be rolling out to everyone, but the fact that some people are getting it likely means we’ll be able to try it soon.
Here are some of the feature that have been discovered so far:
App suggestions in Pixel Launcher
A new feature is going to let Google slot some recommended apps onto your home screen when it thinks you’ll want them.
In the leaked image, it says that your bottom row of apps will move up to the home screen to be replaced by a new bottom row that will change based on the apps Google thinks you want to use next.
New Bubble menu
There’s a new sub-menu in the Notification settings that seems to make it easier for controlling what apps use Bubbles.
Bubbles are a feature that’s been lurking around Android for a while but hasn’t been used much. These allow you to pin floating Blbblues to your screen so you can keep specific conversations of things present at all times.
If you’ve ever used Facebook Messenger on Android and taken advantage of the ‘chat heads’ functionality, this is the same, but Google’s version.
New power menu
Google is expanding on the power menu it introduced last year with customizable smart home controls. This is one of the most exciting updates since Google doesn’t have any other way to turn your smart home devices on and off quickly.
You can read more about it in our story from this morning.
Source: Mishall Rahman (@mishaalRahman)
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