Technology news 24 Feb, 2021
Illinois lawmaker seeks ban of Grand Theft Auto game following rise in carjackings | TheHill - The HillThe Hill
An Illinois state lawmaker wants to ban the sale of vio...
Diablo II Resurrected: Trailer, Plot, Release Date & News to Know - CBR - Comic Book ResourcesGoogle News
Paulina Porizkova, 55, says she 'sold her childhood and teenage years' to the fashion industry - Daily MailDaily Mail
Paulina, 55, took to Instagram on Tuesday to share side-by-side shots of herself as a fresh-faced teen model and now.
Google Pixel phone saved an unconscious man from being trapped in overturned vehicle for hours - 9to5Google9to5google.com
Google's Pixel smartphone quite possibly saved a man's life when the Car Crash Detection feature contacted 911 while he was unconscious.
The original voice of Siri makes an appearance in Persona 5 Strikers - The VergeThe Verge
Persona 5 Strikers went all out by getting the original voice of Siri to play its in-game digital assistant. The character, known as EMMA in the game, is voiced by Susan Bennett, who provided the voice of Siri from iOS 5 to iOS 7.
Free Nintendo Switch games: Ghosts 'n Goblins and 1943: The Battle of Midway are yours for the taking - CNETCNET
You can grab these arcade classics from the Nintendo eShop for the Switch and Switch Lite.
Samsung now lets you return a new Galaxy Z Fold 2 or Z Flip foldable after 100 days - The VergeThe Verge
Samsung is extending the return window for its newest foldable devices, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G and Galaxy Z Flip 5G, to up to 100 days after purchase.
Razer's $200 Kiyo Pro webcam adds adjustable FOV and 60 fps 1080p capture - EngadgetEngadget
Missing from the Kiyo Pro is the one feature that made the original Kiyo stand out: a built-in ring light.
What the major record companies really think about the economics of music streaming - Music Business WorldwideMusic Business Worldwide
Universal, Sony and Warner have each filed written reponses to a UK Parliamentary investigation into streaming…
Researchers identify four causes of "Zoom fatigue" and their simple fixes - Medical XpressMedical Xpress
Even as more people are logging onto popular video chat platforms to connect with colleagues, family and friends during the COVID-19 pandemic, Stanford researchers have a warning for you: Those video calls are likely tiring you out.
New report claims chaos and mismanagement at Dying Light 2 studio Techland - Eurogamer.netEurogamer.net
Apple begins selling first refurbished M1 MacBook Airs, save up to $250 - 9to5Mac9to5Mac
One day after it started selling the refurbished M1 MacBook Pro, Apple has also now started selling the M1 MacBook Air via its Certified Refurbished store. The M1 MacBook Air starts at $849 in refurbished condition, a savings of $150. In total, Apple is selli…
The old Google Pay app will soon lose person-to-person transfers in the US - EngadgetEngadget
You'll also need to switch to the new app to view recent activity and transactions.
6 new Android features: Schedule text messages, Dark Mode on Google Maps and more - CNETCNET
Google is rolling out several new features to Messages, Google Maps and Password Checkup and more. Here's what you need to know.
Lexus Shoves A 5.0-Liter V8 Into The IS To Create The IS500 F Sport - JalopnikJalopnik
Lexus has finally revealed the secret V8 car it has been working on. It’s not called the IS F this time around, though. All new for 2022, it’s now called the IS 500 F Sport.
Chicago Lawmaker Wants To Ban Violent Video Games Completely Amid Rise In Carjackings - GameSpotGameSpot
In response to a spike in carjackings, a lawmaker in Chicago is trying to ban the sale of violent video games completely.
Epic Games To Compensate Fortnite And Rocket League Loot Box Buyers Following Class Action Lawsuit - Nintendo LifeNintendo Life
With $26.5m ready for extra claims
Here’s the Most Exclusive Rolls-Royce Phantom Delivered to a US Customer Yet - Robb ReportRobb Report
The example features Koa wood from a tree that had to fall naturally on private land, which took almost three years alone.
M1 Mac users are reporting excessive SSD wear and tear - MacworldMacworld
If M1 Macs are performing too many writes on the SSD, that could lead to drive problems down the road.
Musicians are making funky remixes of the Wii’s Mii Channel song, and they slap - The VergeThe Verge
Musicians are posting funky remixes of the Wii’s Mii Channel song on Twitter, and they are awesome. The trend appears to have begun with producer and composer Alex Moukala, and there are so many great contributions.
'Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2' will hit Switch later this year - EngadgetEngadget
Plus, it's coming to Xbox Series X/S and PS5 on March 26th.
Lenovo’s new ThinkPads feature Ryzen 5000 chips and 16:10 displays - The VergeThe Verge
Lenovo has announced a number of updates to its ThinkPad line, including a refreshed X13 Yoga and upgrades to its L-Series, P-Series, and T-Series.
Random: Neat Bowser's Fury Trick Lets You Farm Coins For Quick Power-Ups - Nintendo LifeNintendo Life
Try this at home
Stadia’s next exclusive is PixelJunk Raiders, releasing March 1st - The VergeThe Verge
PixelJunk Raiders is the next exclusive coming to Google’s Stadia game streaming service. The game will release on the service on March 1st. It’ll sell for $19.99 (€19.99) on Stadia and will be included free with Stadia Pro.
Valheim, As Told By Steam Reviews - KotakuKotaku
I’m getting the impression that maybe, just maybe, Valheim’s five-person development team might be onto something. Since the Viking survival game’s Steam release earlier this month, it’s sold 3 million copies. Over the weekend, more than 500,000 people played…
'Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2' is delayed indefinitely - EngadgetEngadget
Publisher Paradox Interactive has parted ways with the game's developer and delayed the title indefinitely.
Samsung Unveils New 50MP Sensor with Next-Gen Dual Pixel Autofocus - PetaPixelPetaPixel
Samsung approaches Dual Pixel in a different and perhaps better way than other companies.
Xbox Games With Gold for March 2021: Metal Slug 3, Warface, and more - PolygonPolygon
For March 2021’s Xbox Live Games with Gold players will get access to Warface: Breakout, Vicious Attack Llama Apocalypse, and the backwards-compatible classics Metal Slug 3 and Port Royale 3.
AirPods 3: The latest leaks show an AirPods Pro design - CNETCNET
Apple's third-generation AirPods may have a lot in common with the AirPods Pro.
Samsung now updates Android for longer than Google does - Ars TechnicaArs Technica
Galaxy devices going back to 2019 are now getting four years of security updates.
Dungeons & Dragons’ new book reboots the realms of Ravenloft - PolygonPolygon
Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft, the next campaign book for Dungeons & Dragons, reboots the many realms within the mists. Strahd von Zharovich himself is among the 30 villains, with 30 realms to explore in all.
Anker Releases MagSafe-Compatible Battery Pack for iPhone 12 Lineup - MacRumorsMacRumors
Following rumors that Apple is working on a MagSafe battery pack for iPhone 12 models, popular accessory maker Anker has beaten Apple to the punch...
Gran Turismo 7 delayed to 2022 - PolygonPolygon
Polyphony Digital’s Gran Turismo 7 has been delayed into 2022, according to Sony. The delay is due to COVID-related production challenges.
Rode's Wireless GO II kit comes with two mics and onboard storage - EngadgetEngadget
Rode's innovative wireless mic kit is back with some heavyweight improvements.
Sony Reveals the FX3, an A7S III in a Compact Cinema-Focused Body - PetaPixelPetaPixel
It features an even smaller design and "endless" recording time thanks to an internal fan.
[Update: Fixed] Journey to the Savage Planet keeps crashing on Stadia - 9to5Google9to5google.com
Google is working on a fix for a crashing issue on Journey to the Savage Planet for Stadia which has been reportedly widely.
Oppo demos true wireless charging on its rollable phone - EngadgetEngadget
At MWC Shanghai 2021, Oppo unveiled its "Wireless Air Charging" tech, which can apparently deliver up to 7.5W of power over a short distance.
Firefox's Total Cookie Protection aims to stop tracking between multiple sites - EngadgetEngadget
Mozilla is adding a 'total cookie protection' feature to Firefox aimed at stopping tracking across multiple websites as part of its latest browser release.
Fitbit’s Mindful Method is an exclusive wellness program for Premium subscribers - The VergeThe Verge
Fitbit is launching an exclusive wellness program for its Premium subscribers, created by Deepak Chopra. Mindful Method covers topics like stress management and mind-body connection with guided meditations from Chopra.
Qualcomm Announces Tethered AR ‘Smart Viewer’ Reference Design with Onboard Co-processing - Road to VRRoad to VR
Qualcomm, maker of chips and technologies for mobile devices, today announced a reference design for a tethered AR headset which is tethered to a phone or PC but also contains its own chips to handle some onboard processing. The company calls the split-proces…
Genshin Impact: Rosaria skills and banner release date - HITC - Football, Gaming, Movies, TV, MusicHITC - Football, Gaming, Movies, TV, Music
Genshin Impact update 1.3 has been out for awhile now, and its Lantern Rite event is coming to end although the Xiao market will remain...
Samsung's Galaxy Watch 3 models are down to all-time lows at Amazon - EngadgetEngadget
Samsung's Galaxy Watch 3 premium smartwatch is currently on sale at an all-time low price on Amazon.
Marvel's Avengers: PS5 Version Improvements Detailed - IGN - IGNIGN
Square Enix has shown off exactly what improvements Marvel's Avengers will get in the PS5 version of the game when the next-gen versions of the game launch on March 18.
Where To Pre-Order The Limited Edition Zelda: Skyward Sword Joy-Cons - Nintendo LifeNintendo Life
Sword and shield
LG denies the Rollable phone has been put on hold - The VergeThe Verge
LG has told The Verge that the LG Rollable has not been put on hold, despite a report from Yonhap News that LG told parts suppliers the opposite. An LG spokesperson told The Verge that no decisions had been finalized.
Apple iPhone users need to install iOS 14.5 as soon as it's released; here's why - PhoneArenaPhoneArena
The upcoming iOS 14.5 update includes a security change that will make it harder, although not impossible, for hackers to pull off zero-click attacks on iPhone users.
Android TV 12 preview builds for ADT-3 can’t be flashed, preventing developer access - 9to5Google9to5google.com
The first builds of Android TV 12 for Google's own ADT-3 developer device are completely broken, leaving developers unable to install them.
Meet the 3 Smart Devices Amazon Will Create If You Preorder Them Now - POPSUGARPOPSUGAR
If you have ever envisioned living in a smart home, that dream might become a reality. Amazon's new Build It program lets you make your favorite device ideas
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
GO Battle League Season 7 begins Monday, March 1, 2021! | Pokémon GO Hub - Pokemon GO HubPokemon GO Hub
Season 7 is here! We break down this announcement in an easy to digest format so you don't miss a thing! You won't want to miss this.
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.
Netflix’s latest feature automatically downloads shows based on what you like - The VergeThe Verge
Netflix is adding a new mobile feature called Downloads For You, which will automatically download show recommendations and movies based on your viewing history. You’ll need to opt in to use the feature. Once toggled on from the downloads tab, you’ll need to …
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.
The PlayStation 5 DualSense's Joystick Drift Is Only Going to Get Worse - ExtremeTechExtremeTech
iFixit has torn down the Sony DualSense controller and their prognosis for its new drift problem is not encouraging.
Overwatch 2 behind-the-scenes look showed off Rome and New York City maps - TrueAchievementsTrueAchievements
BlizzCon 2021 included a lengthy behind-the-scenes look at Overwatch 2, with Blizzard showing off new maps and discussing changes to gameplay.