Technology news 23 Feb, 2021
The Half-Life 2 RTS Is Finally "Out" After 13 Years Of Development - KotakuKotaku
For over a decade now, a group of fans have been working on Lambda Wars, a real-time strategy game set in the Half-Life universe. Originally a Half-Life 2 mod, and later a standalone beta, the thing is now finished, or as finished as a game ever gets these da…
Google has finally added iOS’s privacy labels to Gmail - The VergeThe Verge
Google has added the privacy information required by Apple’s App Store to its Gmail app for iOS. The addition comes seven weeks after the company promised to add the labels to its apps.
Stadia Developers Can't Fix The Bugs In Their Own Game Because Google Fired Them - KotakuKotaku
Apart from the sacking of about 150 developers, the throttling of Google Stadia has left a ton of early adopters well and truly in the lurch. Stadia was maligned from the start, and if the latest experience of Stadia users is any indication, it’s sure as hell…
Purported ‘Pixel 5a’ renders suggest Google’s next phone is basically the Pixel 4a 5G - 9to5Google9to5google.com
Google's next phone is the Pixel 5a and a renders leak today suggest that it will be nearly identical to the Pixel 4a 5G...
Why Spotify wants to work with Joe Rogan, Barack Obama, and ordinary people - Vox.comVox
The service is paying big money to big stars. But people who aren’t famous — maybe even you, the person reading this — might want to upload some stuff, too.
AirPods Pro who? The Sony WF-1000XM4 leaks feature an all new design - Android AuthorityAndroid Authority
Reddit delivers the first Sony WF-1000XM4 rumors, which brings to light a dramatically different earbud design.
Android 12’s hidden App Pairs feature is incomplete but shows promise - XDA DevelopersXDA Developers
Google is adding an App Pairs feature in Android 12, and it'll let you quickly launch multiple apps simultaneously in split-screen mode.
PS5 restock hits Sony Direct at 2:30 p.m. PT: Get in line now - CNETCNET
Maybe you'll get lucky this time!
Nintendo is holding back Zelda’s 35th anniversary because it’s marketing - VentureBeatVentureBeat
The Zelda 35th Anniversary date has come and gone without anything fron Nintendo, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have more to come.
[Update: Leaked pictures] What to expect from the rumored AirPods 3 and AirPods Pro 2 updates - 9to5Mac9to5Mac
Following the introduction of AirPods Max in December, Apple reportedly has updates on the way for the rest of its AirPods lineup in 2021.
Xbox Series S is in stock at Best Buy - The VergeThe Verge
At $299, the Xbox Series S is Microsoft’s most affordable next-gen console right now. If you are looking to buy the digital-only console that is less powerful than the Series X, it is available right now at Best Buy, while supplies last.
Huawei's new folding phone costs as much as a used car and still doesn't have a real app store - Android PoliceAndroid Police
Huawei announced its next-gen foldable, the Mate X2, in China today. The phone features an inward-folding design, in stark contrast to the original Mate
Pokémon Go’s next season will focus on Legendary Therian Formes - PolygonPolygon
Starting on March 1, Pokémon Go will be focusing on “legends” and will add the Therian Formes of Thundurus, Landorus, and Tornadus to the game.
Hackers Slipped Mysterious Malware Into Thousands of Macs But Researchers Can't Figure Out Why - GizmodoGizmodo.com
A new malware strain has infected Mac devices all over the world—most prominently in the U.S. and parts of Europe—though experts can’t decide where it came from or what it does.
DC introducing a new wrinkle to classic continuity - GamesradarGamesRadar+
In DC's new Linearverse, the Batman from '40s, '70s, '90s, and 2021 are all the same guy
Valheim Guide: How To Find And Defeat The Elder (And What You Get From It) - GameSpotGameSpot
Valheim's second boss can be tough if you're not outfitted well, but a combination of good gear and good strategy makes it possible to take him down easy.
Analogue Pocket pre-orders will return in 2021, with anti-bot and scalper measures - PolygonPolygon
Analogue’s high-end Game Boy device, the Analogue Pocket, is sold out, but more pre-orders are coming. Analogue also plans to fight bots and scalpers on sites like eBay.
Samsung is beating Google Pixels at their own game w/ 4 years of Android security updates - 9to5Google9to5google.com
Samsung has pushed the envelope, offering four years of Android security updates, beating Google's Pixel phones at their own game.
Why Diablo IV Is So Obsessed With Ears - KotakuKotaku
Ears. If you watched the debut trailer for Diablo IV’s rogue class, that was your main takeaway—at least, if you’re anything like me. The rogue showed up to “confession” with a big ol’ bag of ears. The priest had a whole darn trophy case of ears. This might h…
Gordon Murray's T.50s Niki Lauda Is a Modern F1 GTR Successor That Weighs 1878 Pounds - The DriveThe Drive
With 725 hp on tap from a naturally aspirated V12, you can expect it to be even more brutal.
V-Shift isn't looking like the get out of jail free card we feared it might be here in Street Fighter 5's Season 5 - EventHubsEventHubs
The day of reckoning has finally arrived as the Street Fighter 5 community now officially has its hands on the first Season 5 content drop, and is excitedly excavating away at the balance update, newcomer Dan Hibiki, and perhaps the ...
Valheim tops 500,000 simultaneous players, breaking four more records - The VergeThe Verge
On Sunday, Valheim reached 500,000 simultaneous players, leaving the charred remains of four other all-time Steam player count records in its wake.
Riot Games are Hiring for their New MMORPG - The Game HausThe Game Haus
After a Twitter leak in December, Riot Game are officially announcing their new MMORPG of League of Legends. They are doing it in a strange way though. Riot Games have a new website for hiring a multitude of different developers to help them undertake this ma…
We Gotta Talk About This Main Story Quest In A Realm Reborn - KotakuKotaku
My journey through Final Fantasy XIV continues apace. My bard and black mage are now at level 46, and I’m currently questing through the icy Coerthas, which seems oddly French with all the names ending in -x and -eau. When I first started playing, my circle o…
Planned Toronto Esports Arena has 7,000 Seats and Looks Wild - IGN - IGNIGN
Toronto esports teams may have a much nicer home by 2025 if plans for this $500 million arena go through.
Netflix announces new feature to automatically download shows and movies based on your tastes - 9to5Mac9to5Mac
Netflix has announced a new “Downloads for You” feature for its iOS and Android applications. The company says that this feature will automatically download recommended TV shows or movies to your device “based on your tastes,” and it’s thankfully completely o…
Porsche synthetic E-Fuel gas is just as clean as an EV, exec says - CNETCNET
Seriously, synthetic fuel could be a game changer if Porsche's early projections pan out.
Pyra and Mythra's appearances are a bit censored in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but they still look gorgeous in these official game stills - EventHubsEventHubs
During last Wednesday's first full Nintendo Direct in quite some time, the makers of Mario revealed the next DLC character en route to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and it happened to be something of a twofer as we got ...
LG's rollable phone may have been canceled - Android PoliceAndroid Police
LG's smartphone division has been in trouble for a while, but that hasn't stopped the company from showing off some crazy new concepts like the Wing, and
Doom Eternal Director Has ‘Put A Lot Of Thought’ Into Making A Female Doom Slayer - KotakuKotaku
During a playthrough stream earlier this month, Doom Eternal director Hugo Martin was asked if the team had ever considered developing a female Doom Slayer for the game. His answer was surprisingly thorough.
Your Galaxy S20 series phone may have eSIM functionality on One UI 3.x - SamMobileSamMobile
Samsung has released the Android 11-based One UI 3.0 firmware update for the Galaxy S20 series many weeks ago, and ...
Apple beats Samsung in phone sales for first time since 2016 - Ars TechnicaArs Technica
Apple sold almost 80 million phones in Q4 2020.
Destiny 2 Players Are Jumping Off Cliffs To Avoid Playing Trials Of Osiris - KotakuKotaku
It happened to me: I was looking for groups on the Destiny 2 app to play Trials of Osiris with, joined one, and then found myself jumping off a clif for the next few minutes in a tribute to just how unfun the game’s competitive PVP loot grind can be.
Lenovo’s Chromebook Duet is on sale for $229 (64GB model) - Chrome UnboxedChrome Unboxed
Lenovo's Chromebook Duet tablet is easily one of the most popular Chromebooks to come out of 2020 and for very good reasons. The cost compared to what the 10.1" detachable offers is nearly unmatched by any other device and the 128GB model is frequently on sal…
Valheim Plus mod adds convenient tweaks and precision building options - Rock Paper ShotgunRock Paper Shotgun
Build mode snapping woes no more
Rainbow Six Siege gets its first gay operator, Flores - PolygonPolygon
Rainbow Six Siege’s next content update, Operation Crimson Heist, will introduce the game’s first gay operator. Master thief Flores has four explosive drones that can cause major havoc — and a wedding ring, because he loves his husband. This stylish criminal …
iOS 14.5 to Make Zero-Click Attacks 'Significantly Harder' - MacRumorsMacRumors
Apple's impending iOS and iPadOS 14.5 update will make zero-click attacks considerably more difficult by extending PAC security provisions,...
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season 7 Release Date, Maps, and Other Details Leak Online - GameRantGoogle News
Ford's Next V8 Mustang Could Be The Last. It Better Be Damn Special. - JalopnikJalopnik
As the age of the electric car begins, there are plenty of reasons to believe that a V8-powered Ford Mustang may not be long for this world. With Ford announcing that it will offer only EVs in Europe by 2030 it’s worth wondering whether a V8 Mustang will surv…
What is 5G, and why is it kind of bad right now? - The VergeThe Verge
Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile all claim to have incredible 5G networks, but the truth is they’re still a work in progress. Here’s why 5G isn’t great in the US right now, and how it will improve over the next couple of years.
Report: CD Projekt Red Issuing DMCA Takedowns To Keep A Lid On Hacked Source Code - KotakuKotaku
Maker of The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red, is hitting Twitter users with Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedowns for sharing links to Gwent source code, according to a recent report by Vice.
Test drive: The 2021 GMC Yukon Diesel is built for the long haul, but may be short-lived - Fox NewsFox News
The 2021 GMC Yukon Diesel combines the power of a V8 with crossover-like fuel efficiency, but may soon make way for GM's electric trucks.
Nintendo's 'Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit' is $10 off at Amazon - EngadgetEngadget
Amazon knocked $10 off the price of Nintendo's Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, the at-home racing pack for the Nintendo Switch.
Samsung’s new Galaxy S21 Plus is already $200 off - The VergeThe Verge
Released in late January, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus is already $200 off its usual $1,000 price. You can also save on Nintendo’s Super Mario 3D All-Stars for the Switch and on Jabra’s capable Elite 85t truly wireless earbuds.
Create Your Ideal 2021 911 GT3 With Porsche’s Excellent Configurator And Show It To Us - CarScoopsCarScoops
The 2021 Porsche 911 GT3 is available with a plethora of exterior and interior options.
Technology and media entities join forces to create standards group aimed at building trust in online content - Stories - MicrosoftMicrosoft.com
Adobe, Arm, BBC, Intel, Microsoft and Truepic form coalition to develop end-to-end, open standard for tracing the origin and evolution of digital content SAN JOSE, Calif., and REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 22, 2021 — A group of influential technology and media compan…
2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance reveal: Watch the V8-powered sedan debut - CNETCNET
Lexus was quiet, but now we know it had a new-ish V8-powered IS in store for us.
Microsoft Word is getting text predictions in March - The VergeThe Verge
Microsoft is adding a new text predictions feature to Word next month. It’s similar to Google Docs’ Smart Compose feature, providing machine learning-based text suggestions.
The best home office essentials for 2021 - CNETCNET
These items can make working from home more productive.
Looser privacy terms enforced by WhatsApp; Clubhouse chats breached - 9to5Mac9to5Mac
Looser privacy terms for WhatsApp, which led some users to seek alternative chat apps, will be enforced from May 15, says the company ...
Amazon Echo Frames Review (2nd Gen): An Echo Dot for Your Face - WIREDWired
The tech giant’s new smart glasses are an innovative way to accomplish very little.
Traeger's smart grill app comes to the Apple Watch - EngadgetEngadget
Traeger's smart grill companion app is now available for the Apple Watch, complete with temperature controls, a pellet sensor and timers and alerts.
Asus ROG Phone 5 official images, specs leak in early review - Android AuthorityAndroid Authority
The chipset, headphone jack, primary camera, and secondary screen break cover.
Mariachi band plays outside Ted Cruz’s home following Cancun trip controversy - The IndependentIndependent
One bystander held sign reading ‘Cruz’s lies cost lives’
HyperX Alloy Origins 60 is a brilliant little mechanical keyboard for gaming and work - CNETCNET
The aluminum 60% gaming keyboard shines above its plastic competition.
Apple Car LiDAR sensor report just tipped release date - Tom's GuideTom's Guide
Just don't expect the Apple Car for a good four or five years
Bye-bye, Note? Galaxy Z Fold 3 likely to feature S Pen support - SamMobileSamMobile
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 will feature S Pen support, South Korean media reported Monday. This will make it only ...
GTA Vice City Remake Shutdown Amid Next-Gen Remaster Rumors - ComicBook.comComicBook.com
A pair of Grand Theft Auto fan projects have been shut down on GitHub by publisher Take-Two Interactive. The games were reverse-engineered versions of GTA 3 and Vice City, which gave them a number of modern improvements and upgrades. The takedown was reported…
Looking to replace lost smartphone sales, Huawei turns to pig farming - PhoneArenaPhoneArena
Trying to make up for the revenue it has lost due to a decline in its smartphone business, Huawei is turning to other industries to sell technology to including mining and pig farming.
Razer’s Blade 15 Base is $500 off today, but this Asus Zephyrus G14 deal is the one I’d pick - The VergeThe Verge
The Razer Blade 15 Base is at an unheard of price of $1,099 at Amazon (regularly $1,599); but for just $100 more, you can currently get the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 at Best Buy for $1,199, our pick for the best ultraportable gaming laptop you can buy.
Clubhouse's rising popularity raises misinformation concerns | TheHill - The HillThe Hill
Clubhouse, an emerging social media platform born during the coronavirus-driven lockdowns, has gi...
Hurry! The price of an Apple MacBook Pro has never been this low at Amazon - Yahoo LifestyleYahoo Entertainment
Ready to give your old laptop the boot? Score Apple's newest fully loaded MacBook Pro for a steal.
Diablo II Resurrected PC Requirements Revealed; Game Will Support Mods, Blizzard Confirms - WccftechWccftech
The Diablo II Resurrected PC requirements have been revealed, and Blizzard has confirmed that the upcoming title will support mods. After years of speculation, Blizzard finally announced the highly-anticipated full remaster of the Diablo entry that changed th…