Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Apple Releases Supplemental Update For macOS Catalina

Apple has released a supplemental update to macOS Catalina (version 10.15.5). To download it, go to System Preferences and click Software Updates.

 macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.5 supplemental update provides important security updates and is recommended for all users,” according to the release notes. “Some features may not be available for all regions, or on all Apple devices.”

Pokemon Company Announces The Pokemon Trading Card Game Battle Academy

The Pokémon Company International has announced the Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy, the first-ever board game adaptation of the Pokémon TCG, one of the most beloved and best-selling trading card games in the world. Providing everything a “Trainer” needs to master the basics of the Pokémon TCG, Battle Academy offers fun family entertainment, combining strategic Pokémon TCG gameplay within a classic, easy-to-learn family game experience.

Known for its beautifully illustrated cards that are fun to collect, trade, and play with, the Pokémon TCG features a vast assortment of product offerings with something for every Trainer—from casual collector to avid competitor. Now, with the introduction of Battle Academy, there are even more accessible options for aspiring players.

“Battle Academy is designed to be easy to learn and fun to play for all types of Trainers, including children and parents that may be new to the Pokémon TCG,” said J.C. Smith, senior director of consumer marketing at The Pokémon Company International. “Pokémon has a unique ability to bring people together, and we look forward to seeing families enjoy Battle Academy at their next game night, as parents bond with their kids over one of their favourite entertainment brands and collectible Pokémon TCG cards.”

Each Battle Academy box comes with a two-player game board, three 60-card decks, tutorial guides, and gameplay accessories. It also comes with a code card that allows Trainers to enjoy the Pokémon TCG digitally through the free-to-play Pokémon Trading Card Game Online app on iOS and Android, as well as on Pokemon.com.

Launching around the world on July 31, 2020, Battle Academy will be available widely at participating mass and hobby retailers, as well as online retailers.

iOS 14 Rumored To Be Compatible With All iPhones That Can Run iOS 13

All iPhones and iPod touch models able to run iOS 13 will be compatible with iOS 14. This according to information shared by Israeli site The Verifier. The compatibility data was allegedly found in a leaked version of iOS 14 and confirmed by what The Verifier says is a "trusted source from the system development process."
iOS 13 is compatible with the iPhone 6s and later, with a full list of models below.
iPhone SE (2020)
iPhone 11
iPhone 11 Pro
iPhone 11 Pro Max
iPhone XS
iPhone XS Max
iPhone XR
iPhone X
iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
iPhone SE (2016)
iPhone 6s and 6s Plus
iPod touch (7th Generation)
There is no word on which iPads will be able to run iPadOS 14, but if iPadOS 14 is compatible with all iPads able to run iPadOS 13, it will work on the 
iPad Air 2, 
iPad Air (3rd Generation)
iPad mini 4 
iPad mini 5
iPad (6th Generation)
iPad (7th Generation)
All iPad Pro models

Apple will unveil iOS 14 at WWDC on June 22.

Apple Releases iOS 13.5.1, iPadOS 13.5.1, And watchOS 6.2.6

Apple has released iOS 13.5.1, iPadOS 13.5.1, and watchOS 6.2.6. All three are important security updates (they block the ability to jailbreak your iOS device). iOS 13.5.1 and iPadOS 13.5.1 by going to Settings —> General —> Software Update on your iPhone or iPad.

watchOS 6.2.6 can be downloaded for free through the dedicated ‌‌Apple Watch‌‌ app on the iPhone by going to General —> Software Update and following the instructions. To install the update, the ‌‌‌‌Apple Watch‌‌‌‌ needs to have at least 50% battery charge, must be placed on a charger, and in range of the ‌‌‌‌iPhone‌‌‌‌ to which it's paired.

HP's Reverb G2 VR Headset Is The Valve Index But For $599

A new challenger has entered the VR headset space, HP's Reverb G2. Designed with help from Valve and Microsoft, the G2 is a $599 device that may just hit the sweet spot for those looking to get into VR.

The G2 has an 2,160 by 2,160 per eye resolution which compliments the LCDs with lenses designed by Valve. HP has also added a new IPD toggle that allows you to adjust the distance between the lenses to accommodate the gap between your pupils better. When you put on the G2, the speakers will sit about 10mm away from your ears and deliver fully immersive spatial audio. 
The G2 features four cameras that HP claims can capture more movement for tracking. You won't need to use external sensors in conjunction with the G2 to move around in games and other VR experiences. You can pre-order the Reverb G2 starting today. HP expects to release the headset in fall 2020. 

Pokemon GO Fest 2020 Coming In Late July

The Pokemon GO team has announced on their official blog that Pokemon GO Fest 2020 will be happening this year albeit as a virtual event. You will be able to join in the fun on Saturday, July 25th until Sunday, July 26th 2020. 
“Save the dates: on July 25 and 26, Pokémon GO Fest 2020 will take place as an entirely global event in a virtual format, which will allow Trainers worldwide to participate from wherever they play. In another first, all ticket holders will be able to attend both days of this two-day event.
While we’ll miss the traditional congregation of Pokémon GO fans, we’re thrilled to bring a special Pokémon GO Fest experience to Trainers. Not only are you in for an exciting weekend of bonuses, Pokémon encounters, and Special Research, there will also be exciting ways to connect with other Trainers and experience other fun surprises throughout the entire summer.”

PS4 Games Released After July Must Work With PS5

Backward compatibility is a hot talking point for the next generation of consoles. According to Eurogamer who has seen developer documents, which state that developers of PlayStation 4 games which are submitted for certification with Sony on or after July 13 must make those titles playable on PlayStation 5. This means that PS4 games releasing this summer may fall outside the July 13 start point, although first-party summer titles like Ghost of Tsushima and The Last of Us Part II will indeed play on the PS5.