iOS 13 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference
Apple is expected to launch the latest version of iOS on Monday at its annual conference, WWDC, in San Jose tomorrow at 10am PDT. Michael Calcada, a Toronto-based UI/UX designer, has released a new iOS 13 concept video ahead of the worldwide developers conference that showcases “many new innovative features and improvements along with the power of augmented reality in your pocket.” To start, there’s an “always-on display” to take advantage of the power-efficient OLED displays on the latest iPhone models for showing the time and status indicators as white text against a plain black background. Read more for the clip and additional information.

iOS 13 Dark Mode
Photo credit: 9to5Mac
Apple is set to reveal iOS 13 at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote on June 3rd, but new screenshots have leaked showing dark mode, which is cross-compatible across the dock in apps as well as built-in screenshot tool. You’ll be able to toggle the switch in the Control Center or within the main iOS Settings page. The Reminders app also got refreshed for iOS 13, now with separate sections for today, scheduled, flagged, and all. Read more for a video detailing the new features and additional information.

World's Most Dangerous Laptop Viruses
Artist Guo O Dong has created “PersistenceChaos,” or an installation that consists of a normal laptop (10.2-inch Samsung NC10-14GB) with six of the world’s most dangerous computer viruses installed that have caused financial damages totaling $95-billion – just don’t connect this to any Wi-Fi network or plug in a USB drive. Some of the malware include: the ILOVEYOU virus from 2000 that was often a “love letter” attached to emails and ransomware WannaCry. Read more for a livestream of the laptop and additional information.

iOS 13 Apple iPhone iPad
Photo credit: Álvaro Pabesio
Designer Álvaro Pabesio envisions what Apple’s next mobile operating system could look like on the company’s next-generation iPhones and iPads. The iOS 13 concept features a desktop extension for Mac / iPad, Reminders, a revamped Messages system, Mail, Reminders, a new volume HUD, Dark Mode, and lots more. “iOS 13 brings amazing new features to your devices. A completely reimagined iPad experience. An even better Continuity. Dark Mode. And stunning redesigns to the apps you love most,” said Pabesio. Read more for additional pictures and information.

Unreal Engine 4.22 Ray Tracing

Epic Games has just released Unreal Engine 4.22, and it boasts a total of 174 improvements, mainly focusing on “pushing the boundaries of photorealism in real-time environments”. You’ll also find improved build times (up to 3x faster) and new features such as real-time ray tracing. The Ray Tracing feature consists of a series of ray tracing shaders and ray tracing effects to help in achieve natural-looking lighting effects in real-time. The Path Tracer features a full global illumination path for indirect lighting that creates ground truth reference renders right inside of the engine. Read more for two more tech demo videos and additional information.

Google Inbox by Gmail Replacements Alternatives

Inbox by Gmail was officially released to the public on May 28, 2015 and shut down by Google on April 2, 2019. What set it apart from similar software is that it aimed to improve email productivity and organization through several key features: bundles gathered emails of the same topic together, highlights surface key details from messages, and reminders, assists, and snooze functionality enabled users to control when specific information appears. There were many updates over the years that included several new features, like an undo send feature, a “Smart Reply” that automatically generated short reply examples for certain emails, integration with Google Calendar, newsletter previews, and a “Save to Inbox” feature that lets users save links for later use. Read more for three alternatives you can try now.

Apple News Plus
Apple News+ has just been announced, and it’s a new subscription service that brings together over 300 popular magazines, leading newspapers and digital publishers – Vogue, National Geographic Magazine, People, ELLE, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, etc. – into a curated experience within the Apple News app for $9.99 per month. However, all Apple News users in the US, Canada, UK and Australia can still enjoy the free news experience within the app on iPhone, iPad and Mac, including access to Top Stories, Trending Stories and a personalized feed of articles. Read more for a video of the presentation today and additional information.

Oldest App Developer

Masako Wakamiya, an 83-year-old from Japan, may not have been a part of the first wave of mobile apps, but in 2017, she launched Hinadan, a game aimed at elderly users. She purchased her first computer when she was approaching 60 to keep up with friends while taking care of her elderly mother. “I felt like my view expanded. I was excited to know that the world was much larger, with a diverse range of people. As I discovered how great it is, I thought I should tell that to people from my generation. Then I opened a sort of PC salon in my tiny house and started teaching people of my generation,” said Masako. Read more for an in-depth look at her life.

PlayStation 4 Remote Play iOS iPhone

Sony has just released a new PS4 firmware update (6.50) and this one adds Remote Play for iOS users, which means you’ll be able to stream and play games directly from an iPhone or iPad. Remote Play functionality first appeared on the PlayStation Vita in 2013 and then was later released on Mac and Window platforms three years later. Simply put, all you’ll need is a compatible iOS device and the Remote Play app. Once downloaded, just pair the device with your PS4, sign into your PSN account, and you’re ready to play. .Read more for a video showing how to set this up on your own iOS device.

watchOS 6 Apple Watch
Photo credit: Matt Birchler
Apple Watch fans rejoice! Sure, most Apple fans will be looking forward to the iOS 13 reveal at WWDC in June, but some would rather see watchOS 6. If you’re part of the latter group, designer Matt Birchler has just the concept for you. Unlike watchOS 5, this version converts the dock into a grid system for the Series 4 and newer models. The means the 44mm model has more room than ever for things like full previews of your recently used apps. Read more for additional pictures and information.