Technology news 09 Feb, 2021
It's 2021, And Super Mario 64 Now Has Ray Tracing - KotakuKotaku
You might think that marrying mid-90s textures to 21st-century lighting tricks would look hideous, but this video of the Super Mario 64 PC port is looking very nice.
Super Bowl Ratings Still Being “Processed & Verified,” Nielsen Admits After Unprecedented Delay – Update - DeadlineDeadline
UPDATE, 5:11 PM: Well, that was quick, kind of. Nielsen still don’t have any Super Bowl LV ratings to report today, but they do now have something to say about the unprecedented delay – though it ain’t much. “Super Bowl numbers are still being processed and v…
Steam has officially come to China, and Sony’s PS5 is officially coming too - The VergeThe Verge
Valve is releasing an official client for the Chinese market, and Sony is planning to release its PlayStation 5 console in the country. The gaming platforms will now have access to over a billion new users.
What does Horizon Zero Dawn look like running at 128x72? There's footage. - The VergeThe Verge
At a time when top-tier gaming cards are pushing 8K resolutions, someone got Horizon Zero Dawn running at 128x72. It ends up looking almost beautiful, in a retro-game sort of way.
ChargeFast MagSafe Battery Pack – MagSafe’s finally becoming useful! [Video] - 9to5Mac9to5Mac
This is the ChargeFast MagSafe battery pack. It's a 5000mAh portable battery pack that works very well with my iPhone.
How To Make Sure You’re Playing The PS5 Version Of A PlayStation Game - KotakuKotaku
Following recent updates for Destiny 2, Control, and the terrific Nioh games, PlayStation 5 owners are in a golden age of cross-gen games. But, if you’re not careful, you could very well end up playing the PlayStation 4 version of a cross-gen game on your PS5…
Is Your Raspberry Pi Phoning Home to Microsoft? - GizmodoGizmodo.com
A Raspberry Pi OS update is roiling the open-source community.
How to Unlock the Easter Egg Song in Firebase Z - Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Wiki Guide - IGNIGN
This page is part of IGN's Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Wiki guide and details everything you need to know about finding the three Cassette Tapes
How to bring back Chrome's native notifications (and get rid of the duplicate desktop ones) - Android PoliceAndroid Police
Notifications on Google Chrome are basically dead... well, at least the ones the browser itself generates. A while ago, the company made an effort to join
A Year After Saying It Will Release 93 Games in Five Years, Take-Two Says It Will Release 93 Games in Five Years - IGN - IGNIGN
Almost a full year after announcing it planned to release 93 games in the following five years, Take-Two Interactive has once again said it will release 93 games in the next five years.
High Heels! blew up on Tiktok, and now everyone's playing it - PolygonPolygon
A free-to-play mobile game, called High Heels!, has taken over Apple’s App Store — holding the number one spot on the free games list. TikTok is all about it.
Zoom adds facial effects so you can look your weirdest during meetings - The VergeThe Verge
Zoom has added a new fun feature to its arsenal: Studio Effects gives you the ability to add a variety of eyebrows, facial hair, and lip color to your video image during Zoom sessions.
I’ve Had Natural Hair for 10 Years. So Why Is Styling My Baby’s So Hard? - Yahoo LifestyleYahoo Entertainment
I couldn't wait to share wash days with my daughter. But they turned out to be more complicated than I ever expected.
Here’s how to bypass verification when sideloading Google Camera or Recorder - 9to5Google9to5google.com
Here's how to bypass the verification errors and sideload updates for the Google Camera and Recorder apps onto Pixel phones.
Xbox Series X controllers have a hidden sync feature, here’s how it works - PolygonPolygon
Thought you knew everything about the new Xbox Series X and Series S? Think again. Turns out the new Core Controller has a hidden feature that helps with compatibility with Windows 10 and Android devices as well.
The Best Console Games You Can Buy For Under $15 This Week - LifehackerLifehacker.com
It seems like every retailer decided to have a massive video game sale this week. Whether you’re looking for physical copies or prefer to download digital versions, we’ve assembled a round-up of the best console games on sale for less than $15 this week. (The…
The second Outer Worlds expansion will launch before April - Video Games ChronicleVideo Games Chronicle
“Halcyon Helen’s final (and finest!) adventure”…
Fitbit's latest tracking feature reminds you to log your blood glucose levels - EngadgetEngadget
Fitbit's newest tracking feature will help you keep tabs on your daily blood sugar levels.
Cell service doesn't get much cheaper than this: $30 for an entire year - CNETCNET
Bring your own unlocked phone and get 200 minutes, 1,000 texts and 200 megabytes of data per month.
Pokémon GO Valentine's Day Celebration 2021 - Pokemon GO HubPokemon GO Hub
Trainers, Love is in the air! The annual Pokémon Valentine’s Day event is back, and it’s bringing with it a special guest! That’s right trainers, Munna and Musharna will be making their Pokémon Go debut! Advertisement During the event, you can also pick up a …
Latios Raid Guide for Pokémon GO Players: February 2021 - Bleeding Cool NewsBleeding Cool News
Latios has returned to raids in Pokémon GO, and this Raid Guide will help Pokémon trainers pick the best counters and understand the 100% IVs.
Nvidia's RTX 30 laptops in demand for cryptocurrency mining - reports - Seeking AlphaSeeking Alpha
Chinese cryptocurrency miners are dealing with a shortage of Nvidia's (NASDAQ:NVDA)GeForce RTX30 desktop graphics cards by turning to GeForce RTX 30-powered laptops, according to social...
The ESA Confirms New Details About Its Upcoming All-Digital, Three-Day E3 Event - Nintendo LifeNintendo Life
Developer streams and keynote presentations replace on-stage press conferences this June
Pokémon events in 2021 to celebrate 25th anniversary - TODAYTODAY
The Pokémon franchise is celebrating its 25th anniversary throughout 2021 with new merchandise, music, trading cards and special events within Pokémon Go.
Disco Elysium Update Includes 'Political Vision Quests' That Permanently Change The UI - KotakuKotaku
Disco Elysium: The Final Cut, a “director’s cut” of the original game from 2019, will introduce the “political vision quest,” giving players a chance to further cement the protagonist’s ideological leanings.
'Forza Horizon 4' is coming to Steam on March 9 - EngadgetEngadget
It's the first Forza game to powerslide onto the storefront.
Your Nintendo Switch now runs Android 10 (unofficially) - Android AuthorityAndroid Authority
It's a big step forward compared to earlier Android ports.
Apple’s App Store is hosting multi-million dollar scams, says this iOS developer - The VergeThe Verge
iOS developer Kosta Eleftheriou, creator of the FlickType keyboard app, is sounding the alarm on rampant scam apps proliferating on the App Store in plain sight and with little action taken by Apple to police the platform.
2021 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Adds Carbon Fiber, Flashy Colors - Yahoo! VoicesCar and Driver
The most powerful Mustang's new carbon-fiber handling package adds 20-inch carbon-fiber wheels.
Epic Games is running a 'Spring Showcase' sale starting Thursday - EngadgetEngadget
The publisher will host an event with announcements and gameplay footage on the same day.
Android barcode scanner with 10 million+ downloads infects users - Ars TechnicaArs Technica
Researcher says Google hasn't removed the malicious app, so onus is on end users.
It Looks Like Apple Will Let You Change Your Default Music App in iOS 14.5 - GizmodoGizmodo.com
For those of us who prefer Spotify over Apple Music.
This $300 Meowth turns a meme into a five-foot-tall plushie - The VergeThe Verge
The Pokémon Center is selling a Gigantamax Meowth that, while not true to size, is still pretty damn big. Gigantamax Meowth is a 1:20 scale version of its Pokémon Sword and Shield counterpart, and it costs $299.99 for the pleasure of its company.
The Rust programming language finds a new home in a non-profit foundation - TechCrunchTechCrunch
AWS, Google, Huawei, Microsoft and Mozilla banded together today and launched the Rust Foundation, with a two-year commitment to a million-dollar budget behind it.
Apple’s former hardware leader reportedly now overseeing AR and VR devices - The VergeThe Verge
Dan Riccio, Apple’s former hardware leader, is now overseeing development of its first AR and VR hardware, according to a new report.
This AirPods Pro Deal Is Too Good to Last - GQGQ Magazine
If you hurry, you can snag this big AirPods Pro deal, the second-biggest discount we've ever seen, before it ends. What are you waiting for?
Xiaomi's Mi 11 has a 55W charger and an incredibly bright screen - CNETCNET
A big 120Hz display, the fastest Android processor on the market and a redesigned camera bump. Nope, I'm not describing the Galaxy S21, but Xiaomi's brand new Mi 11.
Ellen DeGeneres looks miserable as Montecito lunch date doesn't show - Daily MailDaily Mail
Ellen arrived at noon sharp in the Upper Village of Montecito for a lunch date last Thursday but her companion was a no show.
Heidi Klum's model daughter Leni shops with boyfriend Aris Rachevsky - Daily MailDaily Mail
She made her foray into the modelling world in a big way late last year, when she graced the cover of Vogue Germany alongside her supermodel mother, Heidi Klum.
Terraria developer cancels Google Stadia port after YouTube account ban - Ars TechnicaArs Technica
Hit indie game developer tells Google, "Doing business with you is a liability."
Xiaomi Mi 11 vs Samsung Galaxy S21: comparing two top flagship phones - TechRadarTechRadar
Two close rivals.
Samsung’s 8K Neo QLED TV lineup starts at $3,500 - EngadgetEngadget
The company revealed pricing and availability for its latest 4K and 8K Mini-LED models.
Intel sues Oregon engineer who left for Microsoft, allegedly taking trade secrets with him - OregonLiveOregonLive
Intel and Microsoft worked together on the investigation.
OnePlus 9 Pro Will Feature Hasselblad Camera System: Report - PetaPixelPetaPixel
The leaked images appear legitimate, and show a robust camera array and additional photo features.
Super Nintendo World apparently took scenery from a Mario fangame - Ars TechnicaArs Technica
Telltale cactus mirrors original sprite from Newer Super Mario Bros. Wii mod.
Test Your Video Streaming Quality with Ookla Speedtest App Update - Cord Cutters NewsCord Cutters News, LLC
Ookla Speedtest, an app used to test metrics like upload and download speeds, has updated its iOS app to allow users to test their internet streaming quality. Testing is free and currently available only with the iOS app, with more platforms coming. In an ann…
Bryce Dallas Howard, Seth Gabel Voice Star in Video Game 'Maquette' (Exclusive) - Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter
From developer Graceful Decay and publisher Annapurna Interactive, the narrative puzzle adventure releases March 2.
STORY OF SEASONS: Pioneers of Olive Town - Gameplay Features Trailer - Nintendo Switch - NintendoGoogle News
Final Fantasy 14 gets a PS5 open beta on April 13 - PolygonPolygon
PlayStation 5 owners will be able to play a 4K version of Final Fantasy 14 on April 13. Anyone with the PlayStation 4 license will be able to upgrade for extra no cost.
Buy two games or movies at Amazon or Target, get one free - The VergeThe Verge
Amazon and Target are offering a promotion that lets you get one game or movie for free when you purchase two other titles at full price. Additionally, you can get a nice deal on AirPods Pro and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla for PS5.
Why Apple Will Be the Undisputed King of 5G Smartphones in 2021 - Motley FoolMotley Fool
The iPhone maker looks set to stay on top after quickly climbing the 5G smartphone charts with the iPhone 12.
Another Airbnb user has their account disabled and their appeal refused | Travel Troubleshooter - Seattle TimesGoogle News
Alanah Pearce Kills it With Her Resident Evil Village Lady Dimitrescu Cosplay - DualShockersDualShockers
Alanah Pearce is the latest person to hop on the Lady Dimitrescu train.
Activision Blizzard: What We're Watching Now - The Motley FoolMotley Fool
Here's what could unlock even more value in the video game giant's business.
“90 bugs left”: Rare devs talk about the nearly completed Goldeneye 007 remake [Updated] - Ars TechnicaArs Technica
Members of the 360 remake's dev team tell all—including the reason it was canceled.
Valheim Is Taking Over Steam and Twitch Despite Being In Early Access - IGN - IGNIGN
Iron Gate's early access survival game, Valheim is having quite the viral week since launch.
You can set Spotify as your default music player in iOS 14.5 beta - 9to5Mac9to5Mac
Apple has finally offered the ability to set Spotify as your default music player for Siri commands. This was previously only available...
Xiaomi will let you uninstall system apps in MIUI 12.5 — here's when it will come to your phone - Android PoliceAndroid Police
As part of the Mi 11 international launch event, Xiaomi has also announced the forthcoming MIUI 12.5 rollout. The new version might only be a point
Google moves away from diet of 'cookies' to track users - Raw StoryRaw Story
Google is weaning itself off user-tracking "cookies" which allow the web giant to deliver personalized ads but which also have raised the hackles of privacy defenders.Last month, Google unveiled the results of tests showing an alternative to the longstanding …
The Aurora 7 laptop has seven screens, because why not? - Windows CentralWindows Central
Expanscape's Aurora 7 laptop prototype has seven screens that flip out. The laptop has four 4K displays and three FHD displays that are in a mixture of landscape and portrait orientations.
Epic Games addresses speculation over IPO - GamesIndustry.bizGamesIndustry.biz
Fortnite firm says it is "always monitoring the market" but does not announce floatation plans
Indians are so lonely they said ‘I love you’ to Amazon’s Alexa 19,000 times a day in 2020; read more - OrissaPOSTOrissapost.com
Bengaluru: Amazon Alexa turned three in India Monday and the customer interactions with the virtual assistant increased 67 per cent in 2020. The customers said ‘I love you’ to Alexa 19,000 times a day, up a massive 1,200 per cent from 2019, according to the c…
Man Swallowed One of His AirPods While Asleep, Didn’t Realize Until the X-Ray Arrived - WccftechWccftech
The art of design when it comes to wearables is the degree of compactness while keeping all of the functionality intact. The AirPods feature a pretty nifty design, especially the 'Pro' variant that has significantly reduced the stem of the buds. While one of …