iPhones skip CAPTCHAs as Xbox faces controller shortage

It’s Sunday, which means it’s time for us to pick our winner and loser from last week in tech.

This week has seen some major updates in the streaming world, with the launch of Paramount Plus in the UK and Netflix officially confirming that it will introduce an ad-supported tier – just months after denying it was part of it. business plans.

Meanwhile, PlayStation Plus Premium has arrived in Europe, we’ve learned more details about the Nothing Phone (1) and Amazon showed off a weird new storytelling feature at its re:Mars conference.

However, this week’s winner is Apple after a new iCloud feature was spotted in iOS 16. That leaves Xbox as our loser as the gaming giant admitted it was facing major delays on a crucial accessory.

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Winner: Apple

This week’s winner is Apple after the company previewed an iOS 16 feature that will make browsing the web smoother for iPhone users.

We’re talking CAPTCHA – the twisted line of code or spot the traffic light game you’re too often forced to play before logging into an app or website.

CAPTCHAs are an essential tool for eliminating bots and preventing automated attacks on websites, but for consumers they can slow things down and make logging into social media or your favorite online retailer a longer process ( especially if you stumble and get the wrong answer). They are also less than ideal for people with disabilities or people for whom English is a second language.

Fortunately, Apple has come up with a solution that could pretty much get rid of CAPTCHAs without compromising security.

Users will have the ability to bypass a CAPTCHA by enabling an iCloud setting that automatically verifies you as a human using a one-time private access token.

The function was first unveiled by Apple at WWDC (where he confirmed that Cloudflare and Fastly were already on board) and most recently spotted in early betas of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 by MacRumors.

We’ll be excited to see how the feature works when the next version of iOS launches later this year.

A black Xbox Series X controller floating on a black background

Loser: Microsoft

Microsoft – or rather Xbox – took the title of loser this week when the company announced it was facing a shortage of wireless controllers in the UK.

“We know it can be difficult to find Xbox Wireless Controllers right now due to supply disruptions,” a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to VGC on Tuesday. “We are working as quickly as possible with our manufacturing and retail partners to improve this. Please check availability with your local retailer”.

According to VGC, the Xbox Wireless Controller was out of stock in all colors at GAME, Smyths, Argos, Currys and the Microsoft Store in the UK at the time of publication and it looks like Microsoft is still dealing with this shortage.

Meanwhile, prices have skyrocketed on Amazon as third-party sellers take advantage of the situation and take advantage of the shortage.

Xbox gamers in Australia and parts of Europe have faced similar challenges finding controllers.

The only place that doesn’t seem to face shortages in the UK is the Xbox Design Lab, but you’ll have to wait up to 28 days to receive your personalized wireless controller if you order one from there. You can also get a third-party controller or a much more expensive Xbox Elite if you want to get back into your game or play right away with friends.

However, for now, it looks like these supply interruptions will continue to prevent gamers from getting the standard Xbox Wireless Controller.

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