Technology News for Monday 4th October 2021

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Oct 04th 2021

1. Ophthalmologist using iPhone 13 macro feature responds to criticism

Domain: 9to5mac.com

Thanks to the Macro mode, Dr Tommy Korn can take extremely detailed photos of the eyes, which lets him observe and record important details about patients' ...

2. Android 12 gets a source code release—but not a Pixel release

Domain: arstechnica.com

Android is developed in secret (though nothing is really secret when you have an eight-month beta process) and then released as open source code once it's done.

3. The Apple Watch Series 7 release date is October 15

Domain: arstechnica.com | Companies: Apple

Specifically, those prerelease orders will start at 5 am PDT, one week before the watch hits Apple's brick-and-mortar stores globally. In most cases, preordered ...

4. Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus are down. Here's what we know

Domain: arstechnica.com | Companies: Facebook

With no BGP routes into Facebook's network, Facebook's own DNS servers would be unreachable—as would the missing application servers for Facebook-owned ...

5. New Leaks Reveal Lenovo's Plans to Make an Android-Based Gaming Handheld

Domain: gizmodo.com

Even though MWC 2021 happened months back in the summer, new leaks have revealed a device that looks like Lenovo's attempt to create its own Android-based ...

6. Free PS5 Game Trials Make You Race Against The Clock

Domain: kotaku.com

Over the weekend, Sony rolled out some new game trials to let PS5 owners try out specific games before actually committing to a purchase.

7. Metroid Dread File Size Is Smaller Than A Call of Duty Update

Domain: kotaku.com

Metroid Dread is almost here and understandably, folks are excited. But unless you buy a physical copy, before you can play Dread, you'll need to download ...

8. Metroid Prime 3 Could Have Been Open World, And That Hurts

Domain: kotaku.com

You know what I'd sell my extended family to be able to play? An open-world Metroid Prime. Just the phrase sets my imagination reeling, combining an ...

9. Nintendo Deletes Horny Tweet

Domain: kotaku.com | Companies: Nintendo

I don't know what to say so I'll just start with the facts. Nintendo, through its France office, tweeted an image over the weekend of Metal Gear's Snake ...

10. The Halo Infinite Test Flight Was A Buggy, Frequently Hilarious Mess

Domain: kotaku.com

Within my first two deaths I was certain Halo Infinite was doing something right. In that short span of time I identified the nearest power weapon, ...

11. Ubisoft Confirms Far Cry 2 Fan Theory About Its Mysterious Villain

Domain: kotaku.com

Far Cry games seemingly exist in the same universe, based on characters like Hurk appearing in multiple games, and their referencing past events from older ...

12. Facebook whistleblower reveals identity, says company 'chooses profits over safety'

Domain: techcrunch.com | Companies: Facebook

“I've seen a bunch of social networks and it was substantially worse at Facebook than what I had seen before,” Haugen told 60 Minutes. “Facebook, over and over ...

13. Netflix brings its shuffle mode feature, 'Play Something,' to Android users worldwide

Domain: techcrunch.com | Companies: Netflix

The feature had been in development for some time before its public release. Last year, for example, Netflix was testing it as “Shuffle Play.” And in its Q4 ...

14. Facebook Falls After Whistleblower Speaks Out Against Harms

Domain: bloomberg.com | Companies: Facebook

Former employee Frances Haugen went public on '60 Minutes' · Haugen will speak at a Senate hearing Tuesday on kid safety ...

15. How Frances Haugen Left Mark Zuckerberg Speechless

Domain: bloomberg.com

Facebook's whistleblower, who leaked tens of thousands of documents about the company's algorithms, could succeed where others failed.

16. 2023 Honda Civic Type R Breaks Cover in Official 'Spy Photos'

Domain: cars.com | Companies: Honda

Honda revealed two images of its upcoming next-generation 2023 Civic Type R set to be released in 2022. The images are our first official look at the ...

17. Score an Echo Dot and smart bulb for $25, an Echo Show 8 for $70 and more on Amazon today

Domain: cnet.com | Companies: Amazon

Amazon's ever-expanding lineup of Echo gadgets goes on sale pretty often, and this is definitely the time of the year when the discounts will be flying fast ...

18. MacBook Pro 2021: Release date, price, M1X and all the other rumors we've heard

Domain: cnet.com

Two things we expect to disappear this go-round: the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the Touch Bar. Dan Ackerman/CNET. If you've been holding off on shelling out ...

19. Windows 11 review: Familiar but fresh

Domain: cnet.com

They're not, and that's OK: I work on a Windows machine, I do plenty of PC gaming on one, but when I flip through news headlines in bed at night, it's on an ...

20. How the search for the next Steve Jobs is ruining Silicon Valley

Domain: cnet.com | Companies: Apple

After co-founding Apple in 1976, Jobs was famously fired from the company in 1985. His Shakespearean return, saving Apple from near-bankruptcy and setting it on ...

21. Facebook whistleblower revealed on '60 Minutes,' says the company prioritized profit over public good

Domain: cnn.com | Companies: Facebook

"60 Minutes" correspondent Scott Pelly quoted one internal Facebook (FB) document as saying: "We have evidence from a variety of sources that hate speech, ...

22. Halo Infinite's Big Team Battle mode has the potential to be something truly special

Domain: eurogamer.net

And it's in BTB that the new tools 343 has added into the mix have the breathing space to create the kind of organised chaos Halo is famous for. Infinite's ...

23. 2022 Honda Civic Type R previewed – will it live up to its superb predecessor?

Domain: evo.co.uk | Companies: Honda

While specific technical details remain largely unconfirmed, the two images released do give us plenty of clues as to what we should expect when it arrives next ...

24. Why Apple Stock Got Bit Today

Domain: fool.com | Companies: Apple, Microsoft

Rich Smith has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Activision Blizzard, Apple, and Microsoft. The Motley ...

25. Halo Infinite's Biggest Sins: Tire Popping, Tree Collision, Fruit Physics

Domain: forbes.com

It has been…fun, monitoring the conversation around the game and seeing detractors find fault with it. We can debate things like time-to-kill or map design, but ...

26. Facebook's very, very bad day: Services go down as stock plunges in wake of whistleblower revelations

Domain: marketwatch.com | Companies: Facebook

The decline followed a national broadcast of a whistleblower's allegations that the social media network placed profits before safety. · A Facebook spokesman ...

27. Feature: So, Who Will Be The Final Fighter In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?

Domain: nintendolife.com

For: Incredibly recognisable to millions of people; Cartoon style would fit in well; Plenty of echo fighter skins to choose from; Fortnite = still so hot right ...

28. Facebook's new whistleblower is renewing scrutiny of the social media giant

Domain: npr.org | Companies: Facebook

A data scientist named Frances Haugen has revealed herself to be the whistleblower behind a massive exposure of the inner workings at Facebook.

29. Facebook asks court to toss FTC lawsuit over its buys of Instagram and WhatsApp

Domain: npr.org | Companies: Facebook

But a judge dismissed the regulator's complaint this summer, saying the agency had failed to prove Facebook has a monopoly in social networking. However, the ...

30. Whistle-Blower Says Facebook 'Chooses Profits Over Safety'

Domain: nytimes.com | Companies: Facebook

Frances Haugen, a Facebook product manager who left the company in May, revealed that she had provided internal documents to journalists and others.

31. Battlefield 2042 beta release time and pre-load details confirmed

Domain: pcgamesn.com

General access to the open beta will begin on October 8 at 12am PDT / 3am EDT / 8am BST on all platforms, and concludes on October 9. If you've pre-ordered the ...

32. The New World devs are cracking down on AFKing

Domain: pcgamesn.com | Companies: Amazon

You're probably well aware by now that New World, Amazon Games' just-launched fantasy MMORPG, is very popular. Since its September 28 debut, ...

33. The Last of Us Part 2 is coming to PlayStation Now in October

Domain: polygon.com

Fallout 76; Desperados 3; Amnesia: Collection (including The Dark Descent, A Machine for Pigs, and Justine); Final Fantasy 8 Remastered; Yet Another Zombie ...

34. Former Facebook employee Frances Haugen identifies herself as whistleblower

Domain: theguardian.com | Companies: Facebook

Haugen said the evidence she collected shows the company is lying that it is making significant progress against hate, violence and misinformation.

35. Apple Watch Series 7 launches October 15th, preorders begin on Friday

Domain: theverge.com | Companies: Apple

Apple has also created a variety of new watchfaces to take advantage of the larger screens on the Apple Watch Series 7. An improved modular watchface lets you ...

36. Netflix launches 'Play Something' for Android users

Domain: theverge.com | Companies: Netflix

The tool — which lets Netflix choose something for you to watch — is now available on TV and Android mobile devices, but it's not supported on iOS just yet.

37. Facebook is down, along with Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Oculus VR

Domain: theverge.com | Companies: Facebook

Just as Facebook's Antigone Davis was live on CNBC defending the company's policies and its handling of research data suggesting Instagram is harmful to ...

38. Facebook is on the ropes, just as the right wanted. But there's a catch.

Domain: washingtonpost.com | Companies: Facebook

Former president Donald Trump, for example, has sued Facebook after repeatedly criticizing the company while in office. One might think, then, that the current ...