Technology news 25 Feb, 2021
Overcast overhauls its Apple Watch app - The VergeThe Verge
The latest update to popular podcast player Overcast is out, and it includes a new version of the Apple Watch app. The interface has been streamlined and includes new features.
PUBG: New State is a futuristic new battle royale game for Android and iOS - The VergeThe Verge
PUBG: New State is the latest entry in the battle royale series for Android and iOS. Set 50 years after the original game, it’ll feature more futuristic weapons and new customization elements when it arrives later in 2021.
'Cyberpunk 2077' patch delayed as developers reportedly can't access their VPN - EngadgetEngadget
Some 'Cyberpunk 2077' developers have reportedly been locked out of their workstations for two weeks.
Shovel Knight toys headed to Arby's - Nintendo WireNintendo Wire
You’ve seen him in Smash Bros. You’ve seen him in Yooka-Laylee. Now, you can find Shovel Knight with a side of horsey sauce. It looks like Arby’s will soon have kids meals toys featuring Shovel Knight, according to the official menu on Arby’s website. The…
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Version 1.8.0 Is Now Available - Super Mario Items And More - Nintendo LifeNintendo Life
Download it today
Google says it’s working to get ‘Hey Google’ working on Wear OS again - The VergeThe Verge
Google says that it’s working to fix an issue with Wear OS, where using the “Hey Google” voice activation doesn’t summon the assistant. The issue seems to have been around for months, on many different devices.
This Musician-Approved Brand’s True Wireless Earbuds Are Finally Under $100 - Rolling StoneRolling Stone
Sennheiser's Bluetooth earbuds deliver 20-hour battery life, multiple ear tip sizes and app-controlled sound for just $99
A String of Recent Carjackings Has Spurred an Illinois State Representative to Call for Grand Theft Auto to Be - The RootThe Root
Lord, I come before you this evening asking that you grant me the strength you gave Jamie Foxx when he ended Doug Williams’ whole career. Apparently, I woke up in 2006 today because a string of recent carjackings has led an Illinois state legislator to call f…
President Biden Wants To 'Review' A Cause Of PS5, Graphics Card Shortages - KotakuKotaku
President Biden is getting ready to sign an executive order, one that will review the United States’ ability to get hold of certain things that it’s currently having trouble getting hold of. Among the list are semiconductors, one of the main reasons behind t…
Video: Thea Trinidad Reveals Her New Look - Wrestling Inc.Wrestling Inc.
Former WWE and Impact Wrestling talent Thea Trinidad (Zelina Vega) has revealed her new look. Trinidad took to Twitter and Instagram this afternoon to reveal a new hairstyle as she apparently heads to Los Angeles to do some film work. “Good morning gamers [re…
Museum Alive is an iPhone app with AR dioramas - The VergeThe Verge
The Museum Alive iPhone app brings extinct creatures to life on your living room table thanks to augmented reality. Oh, and narration by Sir David Attenborough doesn’t hurt, either.
Google Recorder web app arrives early, set to bring Pixel audio backups - 9to5Google9to5google.com
In 2019, Google introduced a powerful Recorder app with real-time transcriptions for Pixel devices. A Google Recorder web app is coming...
CoD: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War season 2 patch notes - PolygonPolygon
Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War’s season 2 update will introduce several map changes to the multiplayer and battle royale, as well as new weapons, and a new Zombies mode called Outbreak.
Modders Fix Valheim's Terrible Inventory, Odin Be Praised - KotakuKotaku
Valheim rules. Exploring is fun, building is fun, kiting trolls around islands while crying quietly to yourself as you tap dance on the razor’s edge of death is fun. But nothing is perfect, especially not early access games. So I don’t think we need to kid ou…
March Events in Pokémon GO - Pokemon GO HubPokemon GO Hub
A complete guide to events that take place in Pokémon GO during the month of March, 2021. Highlights include new GO Rocket Special Research, Therian form legendaries in raids, a surprise Mega-evolution and 4 yet-to-be-detailed events. Additionally, Niantic wi…
The new Flames of Nether DLC for Minecraft Dungeons is out now - PolygonPolygon
Mojang released Minecraft Dungeon’s biggest update yet and it’s new DLC, ‘Flames of Nether’ today. The update adds new play mode that will allow players to take on procedurally generated levels.
OLED King LG Says It Will License webOS to Other TV Makers - GizmodoGizmodo.com
More than 20 TV makers have already signed on.
AMD To Unveil Next Radeon RX 6000 Video Card On March 3rd - AnandTechAnandTech
It looks like AMD is getting ready to launch the next part in their RDNA2/RX 6000 family of video cards. This afternoon the company...
Survival game 'Valheim' sold four million copies in three weeks of early access - EngadgetEngadget
Players have collectively spent more than 10,000 years in the Viking afterlife.
An XDA Recognized Developer is being funded by Google to improve Linux Kernel security - XDA DevelopersXDA Developers
Google and the Linux Foundation will provide funds to two Linux kernel security developers, including an XDA Recognized Developer.
Moto Guzzi V7 stays weird but gets more power, better suspension for 2021 - CNETCNET
The bike's comprehensive refresh is part of Guzzi's centennial celebration.
Niantic ‘punished’ millions of Pokémon Go, Ingress players for cheating - PolygonPolygon
Niantic issued more than 5 million punishments for players cheating in Pokémon Go, Ingress, and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite since 2020. It also won a lawsuit last year against hack creators.
YouTube Thinks It’s Cracked the Code on Appropriate Content for 9-Year-Olds - GizmodoGizmodo.com
Oh, sure. This will definitely work as planned.
Before You Pay for Spotify's "HiFi," Test Your Hearing - LifehackerLifehacker.com
As one who likes to rock out, I confess, I was excited that my streaming service of choice—Spotify—announced it’s rolling out a new service tier for lossless audio streaming. Sure, it’ll cost more than what I’m paying now, but throwing away an expected $20 a …
How to find a PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X — even with a massive chip shortage - Yahoo FinanceYahoo Entertainment
It's incredibly hard to find a PLayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, but if you follow these tips you'll have a much better shot.
New Pokemon 2021 Rumor Has Nintendo Switch Users Divided - ComicBook.comComicBook.com
A new Pokemon 2021 rumor has Pokemon fans on Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite divided. Amidst rumors and leaks that this year's Pokemon games will be a remake of Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, it looks like Poke Ball Plus might be getting a re-release, wh…
Ready to skip to spring? These games can help you rush through winter - PolygonPolygon
It seems like many things are going to get easier once spring is here, so why wait? These games will help you get through winter as quickly as humanly possible.
Check Out This Clever Easter Egg On the Ford Mustang Mach-E - RoadandTrack.comRoadandTrack.com
There are some interesting words cast into the Mach-E's electric motor casing.
‘Persona 5 Strikers’ is the wildest Musou game in years - The Washington PostThe Washington Post
The Musou genre may be repetitive, but that's the point.
Hurry! Save $375 on the Samsung Note 20 Ultra as Amazon’s Deal of the Day - XDA DevelopersXDA Developers
The Samsung Note 20 Ultra is $375 off Amazon! You need to hurry, though, as this is Amazon's Deal of the Day, and will be gone tomorrow.
Xbox classic 'Star Wars: Republic Commando' is coming to PS4 and Switch - EngadgetEngadget
Sixteen years after coming out on Xbox and PC, Star Wars: Republic Commando is heading to two new systems.
Feature: We Worked Out The Best Zelda Game Once And For All, Using Maths - Nintendo LifeNintendo Life
...and it took a really long time
Google Maps for Android officially gets dark mode support - Ars TechnicaArs Technica
Google Maps is the last major Google app to support dark mode.
YouTube Music for Android now lets you repeat songs while Casting - 9to5Google9to5google.com
The criticism of YouTube Music, especially from Google Play Music users, is that it bizarrely lacks basic features, like Casting repeat...
Nothing Product Designs Handled by Teenagers, or Something - Droid LifeDroid Life
Announced this morning, Carl Pei’s Nothing has introduced Teenage Engineering as a founding partner, but more importantly, what we assume to be the driving force behind the design for products the company inevitably launches. Based out of Stockholm, Teenage E…
Want an M1-Powered MacBook? You Can Snag a Refurbished One for a Discount - gearpatrol.comGear Patrol
Apple is selling refurbished models of its M1-powered MacBook Air and MacBook Pro for the first time.
New trailer for remastered Nier Replicant ver. 1.22474487139... - PolygonPolygon
Square Enix released a new trailer, titled “Attract” for Nier Replicant ver. 1.22474487139… showing off the game’s combat, world design, and cinematics in Toylogic’s forthcoming remaster. The game launches April 23, 2021 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Your new Mac's speedy SSD might not last as long as it should - MacworldMacworld
If M1 Macs are performing too many writes on the SSD, that could lead to drive problems down the road.
Ring's new Video Doorbell Pro 2 will have a built-in radar - CNETCNET
The Amazon-owned security company has announced its latest video doorbell, and it has a slew of brand new features.
Anandtech : HP is Acquiring HyperX for $425 Million - AnandTechAnandTech
In some unexpected news today, HP and HyperX (formerly a division of Kingston) have jointly released a statement that HP is to acquire HyperX...
Apex Legends Chaos Theory event: Caustic Town Takeover, Leaks, heirloom - DexertoDexerto
The Season 8 event in Apex Legends, Chaos Theory, adds a bunch of new content, including a Town Takeover for Caustic.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Xenoblade Chronicles 2's Pyra and Mythra Presentation Announced - IGN - IGNIGN
Nintendo has announced that an in-depth look at Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's newest fighters - Xenoblade Chronicles 2's Pyra and Mythra - will take place next week. This showcase will also reveal their release date.
Twitter’s new hacking label has already been hacked - The VergeThe Verge
Twitter has introduced a new hacking warning label, but it’s already been hacked to work on any tweet. It’s part of a new Twitter policy to label news based on hacked or leaked material.
New Report Lends Credence to Rumors of Foldable Google Pixel Phone Launching This Year - MacRumorsMacRumors
With more and more Android smartphone vendors coming out with their take on the foldable phone concept, and Apple rumors swirling about a possible...
Save on just about all of Apple’s official iPhone 11/Pro/Max cases from $15 - 9to5Toys9to5Toys
Amazon is currently discounting a number of official iPhone 11/Pro/Max cases starting at $15. You’ll enjoy free shipping across the board as a Prime member or in orders over $25. While you’ll be able to shop the entire lot by scrolling down on this landing pa…
Stardew Valley has a board game now - Rock Paper ShotgunRock Paper Shotgun
But it's only available in the US at first
Diablo II Resurrected vs Original Diablo II Comparison Shows Impressive Improvements While Retaining The Game’s Overall Art Style - WccftechWccftech
Following last week’s announcement of Diablo II Resurrected, a new comparison video has surfaced, comparing the upcoming remake to the original game from 2000. Courtesy of YouTube channel ‘Candyland’, this video compares the footage of Blizzard’s freshly-rele…
Famitsu Review Scores: Issue 1682 - GematsuGematsu
This week's Famitsu review scores are in. Bravely Default II (Switch) – 9/9/9/9 [36/40] Empire of Sin (PS4, Switch) – 8/7/8/7 [30/40] Ghosts 'n Goblins Resurrection (Switch) – 8/8/8/7 [31/40] Thanks…
Days Gone Steam Page Reveals System Requirements & Visual Improvements - TwinfiniteTwinfinite
Following today's reveal that Days Gone is coming to PC, the Steam listing for the game has been opened, including plenty of details.
Firefox's Latest Update Promises Complete Cookie Control—With Just a Few Caveats - GizmodoGizmodo.com
Mozilla beefed up Firefox’s already impressive arsenal of privacy-preserving tech on Tuesday with the addition of a new tool in its flagship browser: Total Cookie Protection. As the name suggests, the feature promises to put the lid on any creepy cookies or t…
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.
Anker brings a convenient (and cheap) iPhone 12 MagSafe battery pack to market before Apple - PhoneArenaPhoneArena
Listed as unavailable on Amazon, the $39.99 Anker PowerCore Magnetic 5K Wireless Power Bank is expected to be released ahead of Apple's own iPhone 12 MagSafe battery pack.
OK, OPPO's Wireless Air Charging Looks Pretty Sweet - Droid LifeDroid Life
Wireless charging has always been both convenient and a limited use technology. It’s convenient because you can simply set your phone on a surface and it’ll charge without a wire attached, but it’s limited in the sense that using your device while it charges …
Apple's app sign-in requirement prompts DoJ antitrust probe - report - Seeking AlphaSeeking Alpha
The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating app developer complaints related to Apple's (AAPL) handling of a quick sign-in option for iPhone apps
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.
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.
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.
3 things Android 12 can do that Android 11 can't - CNETCNET
Android 12 vs. Android 11: Here are the major differences between Google's new OS and the prior version, including security updates and new notifications.
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.
Qualcomm's New AR Headset Design Might Make Smart Glasses More of a Thing - GizmodoGizmodo.com
Get ready for tech companies to double down on augmented reality.