Technology news 17 Feb, 2021
Nintendo Direct: How to watch, start times and what to expect - CNETCNET
On Wednesday Nintendo shows what the next six months of Switch will look like.
Sony-authorized retailers reportedly scalping PS5s in India - Spiel TimesSpiel Times
For a long time since its launch, Sony has been struggling to keep retail stores stocked up with their latest next-gen console, the PS5. Part of the ...
IDC: Worldwide Chrome OS sales surpassed macOS in 2020 - 9to5Google9to5google.com
Earlier this year, we learned that Chromebook shipments grew over 4x amid the pandemic and rise of distance learning. Chrome OS 2020 sales...
Progress freighter docks with space station to help discard Russian module – Spaceflight Now - Spaceflight NowSpaceflight Now
#VanLife takes off during COVID-19 as Americans convert vans for a life on the road - USA TODAYUSA Today
Empowered by remote work arrangements, many Americans are embracing "van life" for the first time during the coronavirus pandemic.
A Hugely Popular File-Sharing Android App Also Has Giant, Terrible Security Flaws - GizmodoGizmodo.com
If you're using this app, think twice.
Metal Gear Solid's Board Game Has Been Cancelled - KotakuKotaku
IDW was supposed to be releasing Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game later this year, but after a succession of delays the company has decided to walk away from the project instead.
LastPass Free will force you to choose between mobile, desktop: What to know - Tom's GuideTom's Guide
LastPass Free won't sync across all devices any more
App Store will require apps offering vaccination proof to be submitted by health authorities - 9to5Mac9to5Mac
The vaccination against COVID-19 has started in several countries around the world, and we have already seen some apps that let users prove that they have taken the vaccine with just their iPhones. Now Apple is tightening the App Store rules to ensure that ap…
2022 McLaren Artura plug-in hybrid supercar arrives with V-6 engine, no gear for reverse - Motor AuthorityMotor Authority
The McLaren Artura is the brand's first completely new car in a decade, and it introduces a V-6 plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Google exec reportedly praised Stadia game studios right before shutting them down - XDA DevelopersXDA Developers
A new report claims Google leadership praised developers at Stadia's in-house game studios a week before shutting them down.
Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 BlizzCon Announcements Reportedly Leaked - ComicBook.comComicBook.com
A Blizzard leaker who previously leaked Diablo 4 and a couple of other games has taken to Twitter to possibly spoil BlizzCon 2021, which is set to go down later this week. The rumor begins by claiming that we won't get an Overwatch 2 release date, but rather …
Buy an Amazon Echo 4th Gen and get a pair of Philips Hue bulbs for free - CNETCNET
That's a savings of $50 on your next smart home expansion project.
Sony faces class action lawsuit over alleged PS5 controller defect - CNNCNN
Sony's PlayStation 5 has been hugely popular — and hard for consumers to get their hands on — since it was released last fall. But not everyone who managed to snag one has been satisfied.
New World, Amazon's MMO, is delayed until August 31st - Rock Paper ShotgunRock Paper Shotgun
Until August, this time
Xbox's New Headset Was Hidden in the Series X and S Launch Trailer - IGN - IGNIGN
Xbox was being super sneaky last year, showing us their new wireless headset in a trailer for the Series X and S well before it was announced.
Hardware failures may be to blame for increase in reports of Pixel camera issues - Android PoliceAndroid Police
The Google Camera app, an exclusive to the company's Pixel phones, has seen a spate of one-star reviews on the Play Store recently. In fact, its overall
Pokemon Sword and Shield Make Some Controversial New Changes - ComicBook.comComicBook.com
Nintendo and Game Freak have made some controversial changes to Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. The pair of Nintendo Switch games haven't changed much since release unless you count the pair of expansions that added to and bolstered the experience of both. …
Motorola Moto G30 and G10 debut in Europe - The VergeThe Verge
The Moto G30 costs €179 and includes a 6.5-inch 90Hz screen, 64-megapixel camera, and a 5,000mAh battery with 15W charging. The Moto G10 offers a standard 6.5-inch screen and 5,000mAh battery for just €149.
Pictures show countless consumer NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 cards being used in a crypto mining farm - Notebookcheck.netNotebookcheck.net
COVID-19 has caused some internet cafes to pivot their business models, with RTX 30 series graphics cards replacing people. Unsurprisingly these new graphics cards are being used for mining cryptocurrencies.
iOS 14.5 adds new Shortcuts actions for taking screenshots, changing orientation lock, more - 9to5Mac9to5Mac
iOS 14.5 beta has been surprising us with several new features, including new options to unlock the iPhone using the Apple Watch, changing the default music player for Siri, and more. With the release of iOS 14.5 beta 2 earlier today, Apple added new actions …
You Can Sign Up for the Steelrising Alpha Test Right Now - WccftechWccftech
GreedFall developer Spiders' upcoming project Steelrising has an Alpha Test that you can sign up to join before it commences this spring. The official Steam page links to the playtest signup form, which you'll have to fill out if you want to be able to partic…
Pokémon’s League of Legends-style spinoff is getting an Android beta in March - The VergeThe Verge
Pokémon Unite is heading into beta testing in March, the Pokémon Company announced. The beta will be region-locked to players residing in Canada and will be exclusive to Android OS users.
Microsoft Edge is crowdsourcing data to show or hide notification requests - The VergeThe Verge
Microsoft is trying to solve the issue of notification requests by collecting data on which ones users allow, which ones users block, and automatically hiding the ones that the crowd doesn’t like.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla's free new River Raids mode is out now - Rock Paper ShotgunRock Paper Shotgun
The first of several free updates to come
Chromecast with Google TV may be the culprit behind broken speaker groups for some users - 9to5Google9to5google.com
An odd issue with Google speaker groups seems to see the new Chromecast with Google TV breaking playback and causing infinite buffering.
Roku Looks to Expand Original Content Slate After Buying Quibi Library - VarietyVariety
Roku is evidently gearing up to produce its own original TV shows and movies to bulk up its free, ad-supported VOD business. The company placed an ad in January seeking a “lead production attorney,” to work on its “expanding slate of original content.” Accord…
You Can Instantly Summon Bowser In Bowser’s Fury With An Amiibo - KotakuKotaku
The most infuriating part of Bowser’s Fury is Bowser himself. King Koopa’s arrival can both ruin your day and grant access to previously inaccessible areas, meaning the bite-sized Bowser’s Fury is somewhat of a waiting game. But you don’t have to wait for Bow…
Hublot’s Big Band e Premier League is a Wear OS watch w/ VAR, $5,200 price - 9to5Google9to5google.com
Wear OS is no stranger to luxury edition options, but the Hublot Big Band e Premier League might be among the most decadent to date.
Microsoft releases new all-in-one Office app for iPads - Ars TechnicaArs Technica
The all-in-one iPhone app made a seamless transition to the iPad.
Here’s what has leaked about Android 12 so far - 9to5Google9to5google.com
Ahead of the launch of Android 12 Developer Preview, here's a recap of all of the Android 12 features and leaks we've seen so far.
Essential Now Owned by Nothing - Droid LifeDroid Life
Nothing, also known as Nothing Technologies, is now the owner of Essential, the once darling phone company that could have been something very special if it wasn’t for a large amount of misconduct concerning its founder Andy Rubin. With all of that behind us …
Watch New Porsche 911 GT3 Blitz The Nurburgring Nordschleife - Motor1Motor1
Porsche’s recent video showcases how fast its latest 911 GT3 can fire around the Nurburgring Nordschleife.
Pokémon Go’s March Community Day will focus on Fletchling - PolygonPolygon
The next Pokémon Go Community Day will take place on March 6 and it’ll feature the bird Pokémon Fletchling. Players can expect to find Shiny versions of Fletchling more often during the event. They can also evolve Talonflame to get the move Incinerate.
Destiny 2: How To Start And Complete The Dead Man’s Tale Presage Quest - ForbesForbes
How to start and complete Destiny 2's new Dead Man's Tale exotic Presage quest.
Marvel’s Avengers’ finally gets Hawkeye on March 18 - PolygonPolygon
After months of teasing, Hawkeye is finally coming to Marvel’s Avengers. On March 18, fans can get their hands on Clint Barton and battle against Maestro, a super-villain version of the Hulk. This update also comes with the next-gen version of Marvel’s Avenge…
iPhone 13 rumored to have 120Hz always-on display - CNETCNET
This could make it easier to check the time and see notifications at a glance.
Amazon just extended its Presidents' Day tablet deals—starting at $40 - Yahoo EntertainmentYahoo Entertainment
Apple, Samsung, Lenovo and more—save up to 40 percent!
Microsoft Flight Simulator updates the United Kingdom and Ireland today - PolygonPolygon
Microsoft Flight Simulator’s next bit of free content is ready now. World Update 3 adds detail to the United Kingdom and Ireland, including Scotland and Wales.
Finji’s next game is Chicory: A Colorful Tale - PolygonPolygon
Finji’s next game is called Chicory: A Colorful Tale, coming to Mac, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Windows PC. From Night In The Woods publisher Finji, the game gives a dog a paintbrush.
Wyze's new color-changing LED bulbs cost $35 for a pack of four - CNETCNET
The Wyze Bulb Color claims to have 16 million color options.
Red Dead Online players finally get solo-friendly missions - PolygonPolygon
Rockstar has introduced a new mission type to Red Dead Online that can be accessed through telegrams. This new source of employment currently offers three missions: a heist, a horse robbery, and a wagon escort. Players can complete these missions solo, withou…
'Fortnite' to Host Animated Short Film Festival - Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter
Running from Feb. 20-21, Short Nite will feature 12 films including the Oscar-nominated 'A Single Life,' and 'Bench,' which is currently long-listed for a BAFTA award.
Mark Zuckerberg reportedly wanted Facebook to 'inflict pain' on Apple - New York PostNew York Post
Apple’s public jabs at Facebook rankled CEO Mark Zuckerberg so much that he once said the social network needed “to inflict pain” on the iPhone maker, according to a report. The r…
Rainbow Six Siege’s next operation is officially Crimson Heist - PCGamesNPCGamesN
Ubisoft has confirmed that Crimson Heist is the name of the next season of Siege
Trello is redesigning its project management platform for a remote work future - The VergeThe Verge
Trello announced a major redesign on Tuesday that includes a visual overhaul to its logo, illustrations, and other design elements, as well as new features like link cards and new ways to view boards.
TikTok discovered the perfect way to store face masks in your car — and it’s honestly genius - Yahoo! VoicesIntheknow.com
You need to see this glitzy hack that helps you store your face masks in style.
Microsoft Pulls Bad Windows Update After Patch Issue - ThreatpostThreatpost
Microsoft released a new servicing stack update (KB5001078) after an older one caused problems for Windows users installing Patch Tuesday security updates.
PS5 restock: Sony Direct, Target, GameStop, Amazon, and more new inventory - InverseInverse
Sony's new console is appearing online more frequently than usual. Here's how to track down a PlayStation 5 from retailers like Walmart, GameStop, and more.
VALORANT to celebrate Lunar New Year with leaked Celestial skin line for Frenzy, Judge, Ares, Phantom, and melee - Dot EsportsDot Esports
They're pretty neat.
Valheim crafting progression guide - GamesradarGamesRadar+
All the ingredients and components you need to find to progress in Valheim
Reggie Fils-Aimé Says the Nintendo Switch's Success Made it 'Easy' for Him to Retire - IGN - IGNIGN
Former Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé has said he instinctively knew the Nintendo Switch would be a success, and that his confidence in the hybrid console made it easier for him to retire.
Dirt 5 Coming to Xbox Game Pass This February - IGN - IGNIGN
Dirt 5 will be joining Xbox Game Pass for consoles, cloud streaming, and PC on February 25. There are also several other great games heading to the service in the second half of February 2021.
Leaks Suggest New 'Galaxy Book Pro' Windows Laptops with S-Pens Are on the Way - GizmodoGizmodo.com
Following a push to revamp its laptop offerings last year, it looks like Samsung could launch two new premium Windows laptops with S-Pen support sometime later this year.
Samsung’s $549 Galaxy Chromebook 2 will be available on March 1st - The VergeThe Verge
Samsung’s Galaxy Chromebook 2 will be available for purchase on March 1st, starting at $549. It’s a midrange Chromebook that’s a pared-down and more affordable alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook.
Garmin launches the Enduro - designed for ultra adventures - Runner's World (UK)Runner's World (UK)
'With Enduro on their wrist, ultraperformance athletes can focus on the competition instead of their battery life.'
Samsung QD-OLED TV hybrids set to launch in 2022 - What Hi-Fi?What Hi-Fi? US
Deal struck for Samsung QD-OLED TV launch
Apex Legends dev hints at highly requested change to gold weapons - DexertoDexerto
A few changes could be set to Apex Legends pool of fully kitted gold weapons as players have been complaining about the optics used on some.
Chrome OS may soon make it a lot easier to access your Google Photos - XDA DevelopersXDA Developers
Newly discovered commits hint that Google is working on deeply integrating the Google Photos into the Chrome OS's file manager.
Genshin Impact: Who is the next banner? Here’s the end date for Xiao - HITC - Football, Gaming, Movies, TV, MusicHITC - Football, Gaming, Movies, TV, Music
Genshin Impact has been a fantastic game since its launch, and there are reports about a PS5 version having been rated in Taiwan. This would...
Realme X7 Pro 5G Review: A promising midranger with some flagship bling - Android PoliceAndroid Police
Realme is the fastest-growing smartphone company in the world right now, and it doesn’t seem to have any intentions of losing pace in 2021. The
Apple is offering free Apple Watch repairs to fix Power Reserve charging issue - MashableMashable
If you've been having this problem with your Watch, Apple has a solution.
Google Stadia Getting More Than 100 Games In 2021 - GameSpotGameSpot
After shutting down its own game development studios, Google makes it clear that Stadia will have lots and lots of games in 2021.
World's first flying car that travels 100mph at altitudes of 10,000ft is cleared for by the FAA - Daily MailDaily Mail
Able to reach 100 mph and an altitude of 10,000 feet, the Transition has a range of about 400 miles It has a 27-foot wingspan but the wings fold up, allowing it to be parked in a single-car garage.