Check out what’s happening in the tech world this week!
Google Account Purge Begins
Starting December 1, 2023, Google will begin deleting all inactive accounts that have not been used for at least two years.
This policy applies to all Google accounts, including Google Drive and YouTube.
As per Google, this purge is necessary to protect user data & its service. Inactive Google accounts are more likely to be compromised & take up valuable storage space.
So, if you want to save your Google account from deletion, you should sign in to the account & use one of its services.
Google will also send email notifications to inactive accounts before they are deleted.
Once an account is deleted, all of its data will be lost. For more information about the Google Account purge, please visit Google’s support page.
Steam Ends Support for macOS Mojave, Affecting 32-Bit Games
From February 15, 2024, Steam will stop supporting macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) and 10.14 (Mojave).
This means that existing Steam Client installations on these OS will no longer receive any updates.
Additionally, Steam will no longer provide technical Support for issues related to the old operating systems, and Steam will no longer be able to guarantee continued functionality of Steam on the unsupported OS versions.
This is because macOS 10.15 Catalina and later versions do not support 32-bit applications.
As a result, any games that are only available as 32-bit binaries will no longer be playable on macOS once Steam drops Support for macOS Mojave.
If you are a gamer who relies on 32-bit games, you can try to find alternative versions of the games that are compatible with macOS 10.15 or later.
You can also try running the games in a compatibility layer, but the best option for most gamers will be to update to a more recent version of macOS.
Netflix Lands Its First Big-Name Games with Grand Theft Auto Trilogy
Good news for the gamers! As per a blog post from a streamer, Netflix is adding three of the most popular video games of all time to its gaming service.
Starting December 14, subscribers can play Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto III, & Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on their mobile devices.
The games are part of the Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition, which was released in November 2021.
The trilogy features remastered versions of the three games with updated graphics, gameplay, and controls.
The addition of the Grand Theft Auto trilogy is a major coup for Netflix, as it marks the first time that the games have been available on a mobile streaming service.
Apple’s Next-Gen iPad Mini to Redefine Compact Tablet Innovation
Apple is gearing up to unveil the seventh generation of its iPad Mini, marking an exciting new chapter in the compact tablet series.
Expected to arrive in either September or October 2024, the latest iPad Mini is poised to redefine the user experience with a host of innovative upgrades.
The upcoming iPad Mini is rumored to boast a sleek & stylish design reminiscent of the iPad Air and iPad Pro.
The tablet can feature a larger display, measuring around 8.7 inches, with a powerful A17 Bionic chip to enable users to handle graphic-intensive tasks seamlessly.
In terms of connectivity, it is anticipated that Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 will be adopted, ensuring faster and more reliable wireless connections.
With its anticipated launch in 2024, Apple is set to continue its dominance in the compact tablet market, catering to users who seek a powerful and portable device.
Facebook Shuts Down Thousands of Fake Accounts in the US
These accounts were primarily focused on spreading polarizing political content.
The accounts utilized fake names and profile pictures, often posing as American citizens or organizations.
They engaged in various activities to spread misinformation and influence public opinion.
Meta’s takedown of this network is part of its ongoing efforts to combat foreign interference and protect the integrity of its platforms.
Google Drive Revamp: Enhanced Features and iPhone Bonus
Google Drive is getting a big update with a new home page, enhanced file management, & an integrated document scanner for iPhone users.
The new home page will prioritize frequently accessed files and enhance file management.
The document scanner will allow users to directly capture high-quality scans of physical documents using their camera, converting them into PDFs for easy storage and sharing.
Google also enhances collaboration tools within Google Drive to facilitate seamless teamwork and file sharing.
Google is introducing additional security measures to safeguard user data, including enhanced encryption protocols, improved two-factor authentication options, & advanced phishing detection mechanisms. The updated Google Drive interface is expected to roll out in early December 2023.
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