Technology news 05 Mar, 2021
Razer’s new Anzu smart glasses break from the pack with truly wireless audio - The VergeThe Verge
Razer has announced the $200 Anzu audio glasses, which have built-in speakers, up to five hours of battery life, and IPX4 sweat resistance. Two sets of lenses come with the frames.
T-Mobile saw Verizon telling people to turn off 5G and thought ‘why stop there’ - The VergeThe Verge
T-Mobile has followed Verizon’s lead and told its customers to turn off the 5G capabilities on their phones to save battery life. The cellular company even recommends going to 2G, which would make your phone’s data unbearably slow.
Is the NYC variant driving a covid resurgence in the former epicenter? - Daily MailDaily Mail
After a steep decline in COVID-19 cases in New York City, infections are now staying stubbornly high at 3,700 a day. The stagnation comes as a variant that emerged there is spreading more quickly.
Paulina Porizkova, 55, shares crying selfie and details 'hurt 'over Ric Ocasek's death - Daily MailDaily Mail
Paulina, 55, took to Instagram to post a photo of her tear-stained face, saying she 'tries so hard to be grateful and positive' but then she has days like this.
Elgato’s green screen mouse pad actually seems like a good idea for streamers - The VergeThe Verge
Elgato has announced a new $30 Green Screen Mouse Mat, which is designed to blend in with a flat surface like a desk and overlay it to your video feed. The mouse pad is great for creators who do hand cams or perform unboxing videos.
The Realme GT 5G is a very cheap Snapdragon 888-based phone - The VergeThe Verge
The Realme GT 5G is on sale in China for 2,799 yuan, or about $430. It features a 6.43-inch OLED screen with 120Hz refresh rate, 65W fast charging, and a top-of-the-line Snapdragon 888 processor.
The shady ways Myers-Briggs and AI are used in corporate hiring - New York PostNew York Post
Say you’re a job-seeker who’s got a pretty good idea of what employers want to hear. Like many companies these days, your potential new workplace will give you a personality test as par…
Diablo II: Resurrected will let you import your 20-year-old savegames - The VergeThe Verge
The remastered Diablo II: Resurrected is so faithful to the original, you’ll be able to pick up where you left off with your 20-year-old savegames, IGN Middle East reports.
Artifact: Valve Stops Development on Struggling Card Game - IGN - IGNIGN
Valve's struggling card game never managed to grow its player base after a middling launch in 2018.
The Trade Desk stock drops 20% in two days after Google clarifies ad-tracking policy - CNBCCNBC
Google's post Wednesday warned against solutions "like PII graphs based on people's email addresses," casting doubt on the future of some ad-tech proposals.
Marvel’s Avengers’ XP grind is about to get even slower, for some reason - PolygonPolygon
Crystal Dynamics is making it harder to level up to level 50 in Marvel’s Avengers. The XP grind will get steeper and more demanding starting at level 25. This change goes into effect on March 18, the same day the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X version of the…
Loop Hero Is A Wonderful New RPG About Overcoming Despair - KotakuKotaku
Loop Hero is a lot of things: an RPG, a roguelite, an auto-battler, a card game, a city builder, an evocative visual novel. It’s also excellent, and I can’t stop playing it.
Alphabet is reportedly working on a wearable that can pick out voices in a crowd - EngadgetEngadget
Alphabet’s moonshot factory is reportedly developing a wearable device that could augment your hearing.
Elite Dangerous: Odyssey to launch in alpha on March 29th - Rock Paper ShotgunRock Paper Shotgun
The first alpha playthrough video looks a bit stiff
Whatnot raises $20M for its live streaming platform built for selling Pokémon cards and other collectibles - TechCrunchTechCrunch
When I first wrote about Whatnot in February of last year, they were just getting started. Aiming to be the GOAT of collectible toys, they were focusing first on being the go-to trusted spot for buying and selling authenticated Funko Pop figurines. A few mont…
New 'Aliens: Fireteam' Gameplay Video is 25 Minutes of Frenetic Bug-Hunting - Bloody DisgustingBloody Disgusting
So, you’re excited for Cold Iron Studios’ Aliens: Fireteam, you’ve read Neil’s preview, but you’re still wondering about the gameplay? No need to fret, as IGN has gone ahead and released a whopping 25 minute gameplay video showing the game in action. The foot…
Apple doesn’t want you to call nebulous Siri audio feature in iOS 14.5 ‘default music app’ support - 9to5Mac9to5Mac
As Jeff Benjamin noted in 9to5Mac’s video coverage, iOS 14.5 will use Siri intelligence to select music services based on listening behaviors. While the feature falls short of actually allowing you to set a default music service, it will open Siri to easier m…
New portable Sonos Roam speaker leaks, coming in April for $169 - 9to5Mac9to5Mac
Much smaller than the Move speaker, Sonos Roam can be what the company needs to have a real portable speaker with waterproof resistance.
Study of NFL and other leagues finds five athletes had heart problems after COVID-19 - NBC Sports - NFLNBCSports.com
The NFL was among six pro sports leagues that participated, along with the leagues’ players’ unions, in a study that revealed today that five professional athletes developed heart problems after testing positive for COVID-19. The study, published today, ident…
Microsoft Edge gets a speedy startup feature and vertical tabs - The VergeThe Verge
Microsoft is starting to roll out new vertical tabs in its Edge browser. Edge is also getting a speedier startup boost and better Bing search results.
WhatsApp Can Now Do the Same Thing as Google Meet and Zoom and FaceTime - GizmodoGizmodo.com
WhatsApp on Thursday announced the introduction of voice and video calls on its desktop apps for Mac and PC, expanding the ways in which you can create the illusion of meaningful human interaction in this moment of crushing isolation.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Rumored To Get 12 GB GDDR6X Memory Rated at 19 Gbps, Will Feature Hash Rate Limiter To Counter Crypto Miners - WccftechWccftech
A new rumor has emerged regarding NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics card from reputable leaker, Kopite7kimi. According to the information, the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti will retain the same specifications that were detailed last month but will also get…
iPad and MacBook Models With OLED Displays Rumored to Launch in 2022 - MacRumorsMacRumors
Apple plans to release new iPad and MacBook models with OLED displays in 2022, according to industry sources cited by Taiwanese supply chain...
What's New in Windows 10: A Simplified Look - PCMagPCMag.com
A preview build of Microsoft Windows 10 shows new simplified icons, as well as an updated look for the upcoming News and Interests panel. The changes aren't expected to arrive in the Spring 2021 Update, but later this fall.
Monster Hunter Mii Fighters coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - PolygonPolygon
It’s good news/bad news for Monster Hunter fans who play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The latest batch of Mii Fighter DLC includes Monster Hunter- and Ghosts ’n Goblins-inspired costumes.
Qualcomm's 'Snapdragon Sound' aims to boost wireless audio quality - EngadgetEngadget
Qualcomm is combining its advanced mobile and audio technologies under the "Snapdragon Sound" banner to improve wireless listening on phones, headphones, and gaming headsets.
Riot veterans raise $37.5 million for Theorycraft Games startup - VentureBeatVentureBeat
A crew of game veterans from Riot Games and other studios have raised $37.5 million to launch their Theorycraft Games game studio.
Samsung Galaxy Buds+ picks up automatic device switching from Galaxy Buds Pro - 9to5Google9to5google.com
Samsung has just released a new update for Galaxy Buds+ that brings some new tweaks including automatic device switching for One UI 3.1.
Samsung and Mastercard announce biometric card with fingerprint sensor - SamMobileSamMobile
Samsung Electronics and Mastercard have announced a new strategic collaboration today for the purpose of developing a Samsung Card with ...
Marshall reveals its first true wireless earbuds - EngadgetEngadget
Mode II can't match the lengthy battery life of Marshall's wireless headphones, sadly.
Thousands of Android and iOS Apps Leak Data From the Cloud - WIREDWired
It's the digital equivalent of leaving your windows or doors open when you leave the house—and in some cases, leaving them open all the time.
Facebook’s New AI Teaches Itself to See With Less Human Help - WIREDWired
Most image recognition algorithms require lots of labeled pictures. This new approach eliminates the need for most of the labeling.
How to Get an Amazon Echo to Tell You a Room's Temperature - LifehackerLifehacker.com
Little thermometers you can buy and hang anywhere are fairly cheap, but there’s no need to get one if you own an Amazon Echo. That is, if you own one of two kinds of Echos: a fourth-generation Echo or a second-generation Echo Plus. Both of these have temperat…
Samsung Announces Galaxy XCover 5, the Newest Durable and Advanced Smartphone Built for Tough Environments - Samsung Global NewsroomSamsung.com
Meeting the needs of an increasingly mobile workforce, the new Galaxy XCover 5 is fit for field and factory work, with complete protection against dust and water
Amazon’s Halo fitness tracker is getting Alexa integration - The VergeThe Verge
Amazon’s recent Halo fitness tracker is getting support for Alexa integration. It will allow Halo owners to ask Alexa for information on their health and fitness data, such as their sleep score and activity points.
Elgato’s new Light Strip can make your setup look more chill - The VergeThe Verge
Elgato, owned by Corsair, has announced some new tech in which streamers may be interested. Its Light Strip is a Wi-Fi-controlled set of colorful lights that you can customize, either through its Stream Deck or a free app.
The Redmi Note 10 series raises the value-for-money bar, yet again - Android PoliceAndroid Police
The Redmi Note series features some of the best-selling smartphones globally, and it doesn't take an expert to know why. They offer incredible value for
Microsoft's Surface ANC headphones are on sale for $438 less than Apple AirPods Max - CNETCNET
Originally $350, Microsoft's fancy headphones can be yours right now for $111. That's a historic low. Plus: Turn an old laptop into a new Chromebook -- for free.
Senators call on FCC to quadruple base high-speed internet speeds - The VergeThe Verge
A bipartisan group of senators is calling on the FCC and other agencies to bump up their definitions of high-speed broadband to 100Mbps up and down.
PS5 and Xbox Series sold 800,000 consoles in the UK last year - GamesIndustry.bizGamesIndustry.biz
Nintendo Switch did 1.5 million
QAnon Followers Fixate on 'D.C.' Missing From Washington Maps - NewsweekNewsweek
Some conspiracy theorists claim there is a hidden meaning in the labeling on online services such as Google Maps.
Sony Is Looking to Turn Bananas Into Gaming Controller - HYPEBEASTHYPEBEAST
Discovered in a recently filed patent.
Apple's new service lets you transfer your iCloud Photos to Google - EngadgetEngadget
Apple has launched a new service that automates the process of copying your iCloud Photos collection to Google Photos
iPhone 13 release date: When can we expect to see the new phones? - CNETCNET
It may seem like the iPhone 12 just came out, but Apple is already looking towards the iPhone 13. Here's what we know about a potential release date.
The next Moto 360 may have a Snapdragon 4100 - The VergeThe Verge
Motorola quietly showed off images of a possible Moto 360 successor, which may include Qualcomm’s little-used Snapdragon 4100 processor for more power and battery life.
SpaceX Starship prototype sticks landing, then explodes - CBS NewsCBS News
The launch and landing were successful, but the prototype exploded a few minutes after touchdown.
Doom 3: VR Edition comes out on March 29 - PolygonPolygon
The classic horror first-person shooter game from id Software will come to PlayStation VR on both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 on March 29. Doom 3: VR Edition will feature the full original game and its expansions.
The Brave Browser people bought a search engine - Android PoliceAndroid Police
Brave's latest acquisition will put the independent browser right in the crosshairs of one of the world's biggest tech companies.
AMD Launches New Graphics Card For Gaming Market: What You Need to Know - Yahoo FinanceYahoo Entertainment
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD), which has been riding on its product momentum in recent years, announced Wednesday a new graphics card. What...
Videos highlight DJI’s new FPV drone’s camera capabilities. - DroneDJDroneDJ
Wondering about that 4K camera on DJI's new FPV drone? Well, you're in luck. A couple of videos highlight what it can do – and it's a lot.
Apple Clarifies That Missed Apple Card Payments Don't Affect Apple ID - MacRumorsMacRumors
Designer Dustin Curtis yesterday shared a story about an unusual series of events that led to him missing an Apple Card payment and Apple then opting...
Best Buy using Apple Watch as basis for new ‘Lively’ health and safety service - 9to5Mac9to5Mac
Best Buy has stepped further into the health and technology market with a new partnership with Apple. The move sees the retailer also partner with the Lively app to offer both emergency and non-emergency support for elderly Apple Watch users along with up to …
PS4 8.50 Beta Update Live, Removes Big Feature - ComicBook.comComicBook.com
PS4 8.50 update is live, or at least the beta version of the update has started to roll out to a select few PlayStation 4 players. Today, Sony began to send out invites to participate in the beta, which it's referring to as the Spring 2021 Beta, suggesting th…
Nintendo's Switch Pro Controller drops to $59 on Amazon - EngadgetEngadget
Today is the Nintendo Switch's fourth birthday, and you can grab the excellent Pro Controller for only $59 right now.
Xbox Game Pass is full of sports games this month - EngadgetEngadget
Madden and Football Manager games are joining the lineup, as are 'NBA 2K21' and 'Star Wars: Squadrons.'
Torchlight 3 developers Echtra Games have been acquired by Zynga - Rock Paper ShotgunRock Paper Shotgun
They'll be working on a cross-platform RPG
Valheim’s birds are innocent of boat thievery, says developer - PolygonPolygon
An early myth about Viking game Valheim is that a bug allowed birds to take off with a ship, flying into the sky with their spoils. The game’s developer shares that this is not accurate, and explains the real bug behind this myth.
Microsoft Mesh Brings Virtual Holographic Communication To Life - HYPEBEASTHYPEBEAST
Bringing forward Microsoft's futuristic vision of mixed reality to the real world.