Technology news 13 Mar, 2021
Google welcomes third-party developers' Tiles to Wear OS - EngadgetEngadget
Google has announced that the Jetpack Tiles library, which third-party developers can use to create custom Wear OS Tiles, is in alpha.
Apple's Giving Up on Its Original HomePod Smart Speaker - GizmodoGizmodo.com
Apple is reportedly discontinuing its original HomePod smart speaker as the company pivots focus to the HomePod mini, its smaller and more affordable baby brother.
Inventor of cassette tapes passes away, looking back at the art of making mixed tapes - KARE 11Google News
[VCT NA Masters] SEN TenZ: "The team is making the most of a bad situation." - InvenGlobalInvenGlobal
TenZ believes sinatraa may return but he is making the most of his time with Sentinels for now. The squad just took down Luminosity without even having scrimmed together.
SI Swim model Maggie Rawlins went from COVID nurse to bikini queen - New York PostNew York Post
As one of Sports Illustrated’s newest swimsuit models, Maggie Rawlins is setting pulses racing. But Rawlins, 28, can help with that blood pressure spike — she is a registered nurse.
Adobe details the transition of its apps to Apple Silicon, emphasizes performance benefits - 9to5Mac9to5Mac
Adobe Photoshop, the world’s most popular photo editor, has been updated this week with native support for Apple Silicon Macs. Mark Dahm, the product manager at Photoshop, detailed in an interview with ComputerWorld how the company has been working to update …
‘Halo Infinite’ will allow you to push enemies off the game’s ring - EngadgetEngadget
When Halo Infinite comes out later this year, it will allow you to do something you’ve not been to do in any previous game in the series.
Teamfight Tactics: Reckoning, game’s new unit set, pits good vs. evil - PolygonPolygon
Riot has announced Teamfight Tactics: Reckoning, the newest set for the auto battler game, which will focus on a battle of good vs evil and include all new units. Riot also announced TFT Labs, a new feature that will introduce experimental game modes for a li…
Mario Kart Speedrunners Are Racing To Blow Themselves Up With Blue Shells - KotakuKotaku
Do you know you can hit yourself with a Blue Shell in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? Speedrunners do, and they’re going all out to blow themselves up with the first place-targeting item as quickly as possible.
Darwyn Cooke's widow asks DC not to use her husband's work in Batman NFT crypto art - GamesradarGamesRadar+
Darwyn Cooke's widow Marsha is taking a stand against her late husband's art being used for NFT cryptocurrency
OnePlus’s first smartwatch will launch alongside the OnePlus 9 series - XDA DevelopersXDA Developers
OnePlus confirmed that it will finally unveiled the OnePlus Watch on March 23, where it will also take the wraps off the OnePlus 9 series.
Qualcomm smartphones are the next devices to get hit by chip shortage - Ars TechnicaArs Technica
Qualcomm faces pandemic shortages, Huawei's sanctions, and Texas power problems.
Skyrim, 4 Other Bethesda Games Get FPS Boost on Xbox Series X - IGN - IGNIGN
Bethesda's big classics are getting a framerate boost of "up to 60 FPS" courtesy of the Xbox Series X and S hardware.
The best work-from-home earbuds and headphones - CNNCNN
As we've all been adjusting to life from home mixed with work from home for a year, the importance of calls — audio and video — has reached a new height. And so has the need for a good pair of earbuds or headphones to help you concentrate and be heard.
Amazon Prime Video is Working on a Shuffle Feature - Cord Cutters NewsCord Cutters News, LLC
Amazon is bringing a shuffle button to Prime Video, allow users to choose a series and play a random episode. Android Police first spotted the feature on Android devices. The feature can be used by viewers who know what show they want to watch but don’t care …
Harvest Moon: One World Review - IGNYouTube
Harvest Moon: One World reviewed on Nintendo Switch by Rebekah Valentine. Also available on PlayStation and Xbox.#IGN #Gaming #HarvestMoon
Watch Shawn Johnson's Baby Girl Nail the Balance Beam on Her First Try - Yahoo EntertainmentYahoo Entertainment
Shawn Johnson's daughter, Drew East, is following in her mom's footsteps by taking on her first balance beam routine (at the tender age of 17 months!). See...
New leaked photos of AirPods 3 show universal fit without interchangeable ear tips - 9to5Mac9to5Mac
Audio tech news site 52audio shared some new photos of Apple’s upcoming third generation AirPods. These have been leaked like crazy over the past few weeks but today’s photos are the clearest ones yet. Apple’s third generation AirPods are clearly inspired by …
Microsoft will match Chrome with more frequent Edge updates - EngadgetEngadget
The browser is moving to a four-week release cycle, starting with Edge 94.
This Sensor Lets Beekeepers Catch Bees Before They Do Each Other Dirty - GizmodoGizmodo.com
One beekeeper, Herbert M. Aumann, has a solution to swarming bees. His system is a small vibrational and motion sensor that attaches to the outside of a hive and transmits data on the bees’ behavior.
Steam Makes Popular AAA Game Free for Very Limited Time - ComicBook.comComicBook.com
Deep Silver and 4A Games via Steam have made a popular AAA game 100 percent free for a very limited time. More specifically, from now until March 15, all Steam users can download one of 2010's best games: Metro 2033, the first game in the three-game Metro ser…
Warzone Is (Slowly) Teasing A Zombies Event - KotakuKotaku
With the arrival of Call of Duty’s Season 2 on February 25, zombies took the story spotlight. Black Ops Cold War got a great Zombies “Outbreak” mode, and Warzone’s Verdansk map got a ship full of the undead. Warzone is slowly being infected by the undead, lea…
Google and Microsoft are in a public feud - CNNCNN
Google and Microsoft openly sparred on Friday as the latter prepared to testify at a Congressional hearing focusing on Big Tech's impact on local news.
Genshin Impact event asks players to shout at KFC employees for pins - PCGamesNPCGamesN
A Genshin Impact event at Chinese KFCs has gotten so big that the police are being called to break up the lines
NVIDIA's latency-reducing tech comes to 'Overwatch' - EngadgetEngadget
Engadget is the original home for technology news and reviews. Since its founding in 2004, we've grown from an exhaustive source for consumer tech news to a global multimedia organization covering the intersection of technology, gaming and entertainment.
Zelda: Breath of The Wild Becomes a First-Person Game in Newly-Discovered Glitch - IGN - IGNIGN
See Hyrule in a whole new light with this newly discovered Glitch.
An Ultra-Rare Street-Legal 1966 Ford GT40 MK1 Just Went up for Sale - Robb ReportRobb Report
A version of one of history's most famous race cars that can be driven around town.
'Glad I held off buying the AirPods Pro': Save nearly 50 percent on these epic earbuds—they're just $32! - Yahoo EntertainmentYahoo Entertainment
Almost 10,000 shoppers are raving about these sleek, powerful and waterproof earbuds that are on sale for almost half price.
Sony PS5 now fastest-selling console in US history, NPD says - CNETCNET
Having trouble getting your hands on a PlayStation 5? No wonder.
Fans allege that an EA employee directly sold FIFA Ultimate Team cards - PolygonPolygon
Earlier this week, FIFA fans accused an unknown EA Sports employee of selling FIFA Ultimate Team units directly to players’ accounts. These super-rare cards supposedly sell for thousands of dollars. EA has opened an investigation over the accusations.
How to Fix the Controller Disconnection Bug on Your Xbox Series X/S - LifehackerLifehacker.com
Microsoft is finally fixing the annoying controller disconnection bug that plagued the Xbox Series X/S since launch, and the patch is included in the March 2021 firmware update rolling out this week. Microsoft doesn’t directly mention the bug fixes in its ann…
Watch a Porsche 911 Stomp a New BMW M4 Competition in a Drag Race - RoadandTrack.comRoadandTrack.com
The BMW has a massive horsepower advantage over the 911 Carrera and a quicker claimed 0-60 time. It doesn't seem to matter.
Atari Partners with DeFi Site Bondly for Gaming NFTs - DecryptDecrypt
The 80s video games company is putting NFTs at the center of its new Atari Metaverse gaming platform.
Wannabe Final Fantasy character buys exoskeleton that lets him wield giant sword - The A.V. ClubThe A.V. Club
Allen Pan of YouTube channel Sufficiently Advanced spent his stimulus check on a custom sword modeled after the one used by Cloud in Final Fantasy VII and the exoskeleton he needs in order to actually wield it.
Disney’s MagicMobile pass is a contactless alternative to the MagicBand - The VergeThe Verge
Disney announced that it is rolling out a new contactless way to enter the park called MagicMobile, a digital pass that will serve as an alternative to Disney’s MagicBand bracelets. It will arrive on Apple devices first later this year.
Facebook’s next big AI project is training its machines on users’ public videos - The VergeThe Verge
Facebook has announced a new AI project called Learn From Video, which will use public Facebook videos to train its machine learning models. The company is vague about future applications, but it says such models could be used to improve captions, search func…
iPhone 13 Models Will 'Likely' Have Touch ID Under the Display - MacRumorsMacRumors
iPhone 13 models slated for release later this year will "likely" feature a fingerprint scanner embedded under the display for...
Google Chrome update just fixed this big Mac and Windows 10 problem - Tom's GuideTom's Guide
Finally, Chrome is getting better on the Mac and PC with memory usage
How to uninstall update KB5000802 to fix blue screen problems on Windows 10 - Windows CentralWindows Central
In this guide, we'll show you the steps to uninstall the update KB5000802 on Windows 10 to temporarily fix the blue screen error when trying to print from certain apps. In addition, we outline the steps to pause updates skip this patch until a permanent fix i…
15 quick iPhone settings changes everyone should make right now - CNETCNET
From Face ID working with a facial covering to Do Not Disturb and longer battery life, all are instantly achievable on your iPhone with some quick settings changes.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 phones are up to $500 off today at Woot - The VergeThe Verge
Woot has discounted the Galaxy Note 20 line. You can buy the Galaxy Note 20 for only $600, or you can spend an extra $200 and grab the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Prices for both are for the unlocked versions.
Mercedes-AMG Previews 2022 SL Roadster In New Official Images - CarScoopsCarScoops
The 2022 Mercedes SL Roadster will use the same platform as the next-gen AMG GT.
With Spectre Still Lurking, Google Looks to Protect the Web - WIREDWired
To show how browsers can guard against the speculative execution bug, Google security researchers have shown how an attack would work.
Outriders Demo Motion Blur Can Finally Be Switched Off In Next Patch - GameSpotGameSpot
Outriders demo players can toggle the game's over-the-top motion blur on or off in the next patch on PC, PS4, and PS5.
Mila hands-on: Much smarter (and pricier) than your average air purifier - EngadgetEngadget
The $360 Mila is a lot smarter than most air purifiers, giving you a ton of customization and personalization options.
The Apple Watch SE drops to $259 on Amazon - EngadgetEngadget
Amazon knocks the price of the Apple Watch SE (GPS) down to $259 and the Apple Watch SE (GPS + Cellular) to $329.
Grand Theft Auto: Rockstar Leeds founder Gordon Hall dies aged 51 - BBC NewsBBC News
Colleagues praise Gordon Hall, who led Rockstar Leeds in making handheld versions of the hit game.
SpaceX Starship holds up under pressure, lines up Raptor engine test fire - TeslaratiTeslarati
After a few false starts and some minor delays, SpaceX’s 11th Starship prototype (SN11) has made it through two of the three major tests standing between it and liftoff. SpaceX rolled Starship SN11 from the factory to the launch pad on March 8th, just five da…
OnePlus 8T gets its first OxygenOS Open Beta - Android PoliceAndroid Police
Despite having a fairly manageable portfolio, OnePlus is struggling to deliver the latest updates to its flagship devices. The OnePlus 8T, the company's
Image on Xbox shows Apex Legends will feature a crossover event with Mass Effect - Dot EsportsDot Esports
The image shows a Mass Effect-themed weapon charm.
Love Clubhouse? Twitter is aiming to make its alternative globally available by April - CNETCNET
The feature, called Spaces, will let all its users create their own rooms and share audio clips on Twitter.
Almost a fifth of Facebook employees are now working on VR and AR - The VergeThe Verge
Facebook has nearly 10,000 employees working on AR and VR, according to a new report. The figure accounts for almost a fifth of its total global workforce.
Google Maps Lets Users Add Photos Updates Without Leaving a Review - Search Engine JournalSearch Engine Journal
Google Maps is adding three new ways for users to contribute helpful content about places and roads.
Ransom-seeking hackers are taking advantage of Microsoft flaw: expert - ReutersReuters
Ransom-seeking hackers have begun taking advantage of a recently disclosed flaw in Microsoft's widely used mail server software, the company said early Thursday - a serious escalation that could portend widespread digital disruption.
Bethesda's Future Games Will Be "Where Game Pass Exists" - Nintendo LifeNintendo Life
So that's Xbox, PC and devices that support the service
The Oppo Find X3’s microscope camera is the kind of gimmick I’m here for - The Next WebThe Next Web
Not a year goes by that a phone maker doesn’t try some kind of gimmick with the camera system. But Oppo‘s new Find X3 Pro has a gimmick that’s actually pretty rad: a camera that is practically a microscope. Well, Oppo is calling it a ‘Microlens’ camera, but w…
Fortnite Season 6 Skins Reportedly Leaked - ComicBook.comComicBook.com
If you're a massive fan of Fortnite, chances are high that you're counting down the days until Season 6 starts. The latest wave of content for the ever-popular battle royale game is set to arrive next week, and while we don't know everything that developer Ep…
Apple could reportedly make the Apple Car without a big-name automaker as negotiations hit speed bumps - Business InsiderBusiness Insider
Apple could pursue a partnership with Foxconn or Magna International instead of an automaker, according to a Bloomberg report.
How one employee's exit shook Google and the AI industry - CNNCNN
In September, Timnit Gebru, then co-leader of the ethical AI team at Google, sent a private message on Twitter to Emily Bender, a computational linguistics professor at the University of Washington.
Apple’s MagSafe Duo charger is down to its lowest price yet at Best Buy - The VergeThe Verge
Best Buy has slashed $29 off the usual price of the MagSafe Duo Charger. Normally $129, you can get Apple’s 2-in-1 charger for only $100 today at the retailer.
Microsoft Is Reportedly Holding A Bethesda Briefing This Week, Here's What May Happen - GameSpotGameSpot
With Microsoft's acquisition of ZeniMax cleared, the company will start to explain what it all means this week during a video presentation, apparently.
Nintendo Offers Rare Savings On Mario Switch Games In Europe - Nintendo LifeNintendo Life
Get 35% off for a limited time!
Photoshop’s new AI feature quadruples the amount of pixels in your photos — WOW! - The Next WebThe Next Web
Adobe Photoshop has got a new AI feature that can quadruple the number of pixels in your photos. The tool, called Super Resolution, is now shipping in Camera Raw 13.2 and will be coming soon to Lightroom and Lightroom Classic. The feature uses a machine learn…
Facebook to let content creators earn money from short-form videos - Yahoo FinanceYahoo Entertainment
The announcement came in a blog where the company detailed its plans to help creators make more money, as smaller tech rivals have been racing to attract...
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G gets ASMR-unboxed ahead of presumed launch next week - XDA DevelopersXDA Developers
Just days ahead of its presumed launch, YouTuber Moboaesthetics has shared an unboxing video of the Galaxy A52 5G.
The OnePlus 9 (Pro) could mark the return of a beloved back cover design - Android PoliceAndroid Police
The OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro will be unveiled on March 23, but of course, we might as well end up learning everything there is to know about the phones ahead