Sony has announced the first details on its next-gen VR system, which is slated to be coming to the PlayStation5 console. The original PlayStation VR was announced four years ago, expanding game selection for the PlayStation 4 with titles like Beat Saber and Moss. Now, the new version will continue to do the same for the PS5’s game catalog.
Sony claims that it’s taking what it learned from the original PS V4 to enhance things like field of view, tracking, input, and resolution. The new VR system promises deeper immersion and dramatically improved performance. It also connects to your PlayStation 5 with a single cord, making setup and use much easier.
The system’s new VR controllers will now include features normally only found in Sony’s terrific DualSense wireless controller and focus more on ergonomics for a more comfortable gaming experience. The improvements are Sony’s way of hopefully future-proofing the technology.
According to Sony, the VR system is still under development, and as such, will not be released in 2021. In fact, no specific date was mentioned. A few upcoming games were mentioned, however, including After the Fall, Humanity, and Sniper Elite VR.
One of the best improvements to Android over the years is the way it delivers updates. Google started separating features from Android so it could update them individually without a total OS update. To prove that point, Google is sending out new updates to improve password security, add scheduling for text messages, and improve accessibility for blind and low-vision users.
Password Checking Built Into Android
Your accounts are only as secure as your passwords, and if you’re reusing passwords across the internet for years on end, you’re probably already compromised. Reused passwords are stolen so frequently that credential stuffing is now one of the first attacks against any account.
When you used a weak password at several sites, and one of them suffers a breach, the rest are accessible too. The best thing you can do is use a different complex password with every site and change them whenever necessary.
That’s what Android will help with going forward. If you store your passwords with Google and use autofill to enter the password, Google will check the password against databases of known stolen credentials.
If you have a username/password combo match, Google will let you know so you can change your credentials immediately. Just change every site that uses that password to something unique.
Schedule Your Text Messages, Write Now and Send Later
Sometimes you know you need to send a text message, but right this instant isn’t the best time to send it. Maybe you’re thinking of a birthday tomorrow, or it’s 3 AM, and you can’t get an important detail out of your mind.
But once you install the latest update to the Messages app, you can type out your text, then press and hold the send button. Android will pop up scheduling options so you can choose when the message.
TalkBack Helps You Use Your Phone Without Seeing the Screen
According to the World Health Organization, there are over 253 million blind and low vision people worldwide. And touchscreen smartphones, by their very nature, are visual devices dependent on sight.
Android’s TalkBack feature hopes to help with that, and it’s getting an overhaul to make it easier to use. By partnering with blind and low vision people, Google says it developed a better screen reader to help you navigate through your smartphone just by scrolling and listening.
It features gestures to make interacting with apps and sites easier, like a double-finger two-tap to play a video. You can now speed up or slow down readback speeds, too, so you can more quickly digest news or listen to menu options more carefully.
And Google consolidated TalkBack’s two-screen menu system to one screen to make it easier to navigate. TalkBack will continue to host Google’s touchscreen Braille keyboard as well. To get started, install the Android Accessibility Suite.
All the updates are rolling out right now to individual apps and Android. If you don’t see them yet, you should soon.
To pin a folder that’s in your “Favorites” list on the left, you can simply right-click it and select “Add to Dock.”
For files and folders not found in Favorites, single-click the file or the folder, then select the “File” menu option found in the top-left corner of your screen.
Hold down the “Shift” key on your keyboard to reveal an “Add to Dock” option. Click that option and a shortcut for your file or folder will be created in the dock.
Alternatively, you can highlight the file or folder, then press the Ctrl+Cmd+Shift+T keyboard combination. You can also drag the file or the folder down to the right side of the dock.
If you have appended a folder to the dock, there are a couple more adjustments you can make to it.
By default, a folder appears as a stack of thumbnails of its files. To hide the content and switch to the standard folder icon, right-click the folder in the dock, and under “Display As,” choose “Folder.”
Similarly, when you click a folder from the dock, it opens up the list of files in a fan-like layout. To change that to a regular list or a grid, right-click the folder and select “Grid” or “List” from the “View Content As” menu.
You also have the option to pick how the folder’s files should be sorted in the dock. To do that, right-click the folder and tweak the “Sort By” preference.
For removing a file or a folder from the dock, right-click it and navigate to Options > Remove From Dock.