If you’re a devout iPhone user but also rely on Google Calendar to manage your schedule over Apple’s default offering, there’s an awesome new feature for the iOS app that might make your busy day a bit easier. A new update to the Google Calendar app introduces support for iOS’s Today View widgets, those mini app features that can be found to the left of the lock screen. This means instead of opening the app, a glance at your upcoming events are just a swipe away.
When you add Google Calendar to the Today View, the by default the widget will display the next two upcoming events. This can be expanded by tapping the “Show More” button, allowing a total of six events to be displayed.
Alternatively, instead of swiping over to the Today View from the home or lock screen, iPhone 6s and 7 users can use a 3D Touch gesture on the app icon to view this same schedule preview.
That’s really all there is to it. It may not sound like much, especially since by default Apple’s Calendar app has both Today and What’s Next widgets, but this is the first time Google Calendar has had any widget, and for those users easier access to their schedule is always a nice option.
A couple of days ago we were treated to a sneak preview of the Nintendo Switch after one lucky gamer got his hands on the console early – and now an eagle-eyed viewer has spotted something rather interesting in the resulting clip.
Hidden in the small print is a paragraph that says your gaming purchases will be tied to your online Nintendo account, rather than the device you’re playing them on. Previously, Nintendo games had been locked to specific hardware, which meant a costly upgrade every time a new machine came out.
“Your Nintendo Account contains your Nintendo eShop purchase history and current balance,” reads the text. “By re-linking your Nintendo Account after initializing the console, it will be possible to redownload any software or DLC purchased using that account. (Software that has been discontinued may not be available to redownload in some cases.)”
Good news for gamers then and another sign that Nintendo is finally getting to grips with gaming in the modern day – alongside all those games for mobile devices it’s suddenly decided to start releasing.
Nintendo itself hasn’t made any comment on the revelation so we’ll probably have to wait until the Switch finally goes on sale (March 3) for confirmation of exactly how this is going to work – will you be able to register multiple Switches with the same account, for example? Nevertheless it’s a promising development though.
Another unanswered question is whether or not compatible games from the Wii Uand 3DS also be available to download through the new system, thus saving money on new copies… but we just have to wait and see. In the meantime here’s everything we know about the Nintendo Switch so far.