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How to crossplay Fortnite on mobile with other platforms

One of the best parts about today’s more popular games is that they can be played with other players, regardless of platform. Take, for instance, Fortnite, which has been kicking around a few years now, constantly roping in new players.

If you’re itching to play Fortnite with your friends, here’s a quick-start guide on how to play the game with your friends on the mobile, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, and the PC.

The guide will not cover how to play with iOS users currently as there is no way to play on iOS currently.


Before you begin, make sure you first have the game downloaded from our guide. aAs of today, Fortnite is still not in the Google Play Store, so you will have to use the aforementioned method to get it on your Android device.

Second, if you aren’t on the latest version of the game, follow this guide to update your game to the latest version.

Third, if your friends are on any non-smartphone/tablet system, ask them to enable cross-platform play. If they already play with other console players, it means they already have it enabled.

Let’s get to playing!

Once you’ve done all of the above, boot up your game with the play button via the Fortnite app or the Epic Games store app.

You will eventually be loaded into your lobby.

First, you will need to know your Epic ID or your Epic Games account name. This will be hovering about your character’s head in Fortnite.

Once you know your Epic ID, share it with your friend or if you have to add them, tap on the top left of the screen to bring the social menu.

Tap on the add friend tab and in there enter your friend’s Epic ID.

If you are adding your friend, enter their Epic ID in the box and ask them to accept your friend request.

Once your friend has added you, open the social menu one more time and it will take you to the Party Up screen by default. Over here look for your friend and tap on their name.

A new menu will pop-out and give you a few choices. Choose Invite to party or Join party (if their party is set to public), otherwise have your friend send you an invite.

You will be prompted to tap Accept on the screen to join your friend’s party.

Once you have either joined your friend’s party, or they have joined yours, just choose the game mode you want to play, tap Ready! and you are good to go!

Keep in mind that playing with players on any other system that isn’t Android (smartphone or tablet) will pair you with other consoles or PC players. As such, if you’re going to take on such intense competition, we recommend connecting a controller to your phone.

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The new OnePlus concept phone has a color changing back and motion sensing technology

At the beginning of this year, OnePlus showed off its first-ever concept phone dubbed the Concept One. The device was essentially a OnePlus 7T Pro on the inside, with a different design on the outside, and featured special electrochromic glass over the camera module. This allowed for the glass to change from clear to black and render the camera lenses invisible.The technology could also be used as a neutral density filter for the camera for some advanced photography techniques. While this was not entirely useful, it was unique and showed how OnePlus is experimenting to make its phones stand out.Now, the never settle brand is at it again with a brand new concept phone just ahead of CES 2021. The OnePlus 8T Concept shares a lot of similarities with the original OnePlus 8T, with a couple of changes on the back.For starters, the rear panel of the OnePlus 8T Concept features a color-changing back, but what makes it special is how it achieves this effect. Under the glass panel is a metal oxide pattern that can change colors based on the voltage that is applied to it. Basically, making it possible to use it as an elaborate notification light.On top of that, the OnePlus 8T Concept includes a radar module built into the camera bump on the back. It uses millimeter wave, similar to mmWave 5G technology, to recognize and track objects. This radar technology could be used for controlling your phone hands-free with gestures, such as answering or rejecting a phone call. OnePlus also mentions that it could sense a user’s breathing as some sort of biofeedback device.If this sounds familiar, besides the breath monitoring, that’s because it’s much like the Soli function from the Pixel 4. A feature that Google has since moved on from, as it’s not included in any of the phones that proceeded the Pixel 4.While concept phones from OnePlus are meant to be a showcase for new technology that could someday make it into future OnePlus phones. Don’t get your hopes up about seeing either of these features any time soon. The electrochromic glass from last year’s Concept One hasn’t trickled down into any future OnePlus models over the past year, and it may never make an appearance.Much like concept cars, companies use these devices to experiment, create buzz, and test the waters of what’s possible. There’s no guarantee we’ll ever see technology in a consumer device, but that doesn’t stop us from getting excited by the new shiny thing.

PhoneTrans review

Many would argue that your smartphone now houses some of the most important things in your life. Emails, passwords, text messages, and of course images all live right on your phone now. Getting a new phone can bring on an anxiety attack on how to get all that info from your old one. PhoneTrans plans to relieve that feeling with a new tool that does 1-to-1 data transfers from that old phone to the new one.Data and SettingsThe biggest draw to PhoneTrans by iMobie is that the transfer includes data as well as most settings you have in place on your old phone. The company calls this cloning and will save all that information that you hate to have manually restore during a phone upgrade.Now, this only works if you are staying with the same platform. So no Android to iOS cloning feature, but if your staying Android to Android, or iOS to iOS this software can be a lifesaver. With one click you can move contacts, messages, photos, music, videos, and even your wallpapers to the new device.One-click cloning is also perfect for existing users who want to add a tablet to the household. If you have an iPhone then the cloning feature can also move that pertinent data over to your iPad making the onboarding that much easier.You have some flexibility here as well. All your data can be mass cloned, or you can select which you’d like moved to the new devices. And better yet, you can do this after the fact too without it wiping existing data off the new phone or tablet.Cross-platform for most thingsEven though you can’t do a full clone of devices between Android and iOS, this doesn’t mean you can’t make that jump from Apple to Google. PhoneTrans can still help you move over much of your data. Photos, music, videos, calendars, and contacts are all able to be moved from Android to iOS or vice versa.Messages and Call history are a couple of things that won’t be able to transfer across Android and iOS. The way these great operating systems handle this data is just too different for PhoneTrans to currently make that transition.The other big one is apps. If you make the leap from Apple to Google, you will have to redownload or purchase certain apps. This may seem obvious but wanted to make sure we mentioned that one too.Windows and Mac supportAll this transfer magic comes in the form of a desktop application. Whether you need the Windows or Mac version, PhoneTrans has you covered. The app is well designed and intuitive to use.The sidebar to the left covers all the major features offered. Once you click on one of the menu options, you can then see what transfer options each has for you. Then, you usually have a one-click option and the occasional wizard to walk you through the steps.Wrap upPhoneTrans offers a very robust system for you to make sure a new device doesn’t mean starting over with your data. This software is a very effective suite of tools to make sure you make that transition as painless as possible. And it’s free!There are, of course, other options available, too. The full version gives users more control over what can be achieved with packages for two and five devices.With desktop apps for Windows and Mac, you have the power to make sure your data is always available across devices. This is regardless of whether you are a phone of Android, iOS, or both.Check it out at the PhoneTrans homepage to snag the download, and if you head over to iMobie now, you can also find amazing discounts on other software during their holiday sales.

SplashLearn: Math & Reading – Kids Learning Games

With COVID-19 forcing virtual learning on many students, parents and teachers are forced to look to technology to help teach students. SplashLearn is an app by StudyPad Inc. that uses games to teach children math and reading comprehension. Either a teacher or a parent can sign up through the app and add children to their family. Children are guided through the app by the voices of animated characters, showing the child what to do if they seem to be struggling.Since I do not have a child and am not a teacher, I will be reviewing SplashLearn as if I am both a parent and their child who is in Prekindergarten, John. SplashLearn Setup 1 of 3 Select Grade Level Input E-Mail Add Year of Birth To set up the app, simply download it, select your child’s age and learning goals, and input your email. Settings and subscriptions are blocked by a PIN that is your birth year. You can have multiple children, but that is a premium feature (pricing will be covered later on).On my home screen, it showed the available games and an ability to switch between math and reading. The arrow in the bottom right will reveal other topics within math and reading.The games are actually relatively engaging, giving you pointers on how to get started as well as tips when the player seems stuck. As my son John is a preschooler, the games were pretty simple and were essentially just counting and learning words. SplashLearn Walkthrough 1 of 7 Counting Game 1 Counting Game 2 Star Rating Reading Game 1 Reading Game 2 Counting Game Sequence Game The games have good variety, from counting to sequencing to finding words and letters. One of the first games you encounter is Way to the Party, which I think is amazingly fun for learning how to count. You click on the characters to wake them up, with a voice in the game counting off the characters. At the end, your child is rewarded by seeing all the characters at a party. The games also helps to engage students by giving them praise for doing individual tasks in addition to giving them a star performance on each game, from one to three. In some games, this is further added to with a progress bar. Essentially, your child will never not be encouraged to continue playing through the games. If your child doesn’t do so well and wants to try again, they can go back and play the game over and over again.Now, paywall time. About the first six games in reading and math are free, but after that, a subscription is required. I signed up for the 7-day free trial just to see what is offered for paying subscribers, but here is what you can expect to pay if you want more than twelve games.In addition to the full range of games, you get the ability to add more child profiles and probably the coolest part of the app, “Leveled Readers.” These are books that are tailored to your child’s reading level (based on their grade) and they offer the ability for your child to either read the book themselves or have the book read to them. Below is what one of the pages of the book looks like for my prekindergarten child, John.  This one is focused on the letter A.Your child can click through back and forth through the pages and request that it be read again. The voice is clear and enunciates well which I can imagine is great for a child trying to learn how to read.While it is hard for me to understand how well this app will work for a child since I am not, I think SplashLearn is a wonderful option for your child’s learning. However, with only about 12 games available for free, getting it without a subscription will only likely give you use for a week. Once you subscribe, somewhere in the realm of 200 different games and books are available. SplashLearn is offered through Grade 5, so it can follow your child and adapt as their knowledge changes.You can download SplashLearn on the Play Store.

These Sennheiser Bluetooth earbuds are so cheap we had to check twice

If you're on the hunt for wireless earbuds, Newegg is selling the Sennheiser Momentum Free Special Edition with a $120 discount, lowering its price to $80.