Technology News for Thursday 7th October 2021

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Oct 07th 2021

1. Expanding Horizon: New Funding to Support Creators

Domain: about.fb.com

We're announcing a $10 million Creator Fund to encourage more people to come build with us as we continue rolling out Horizon in beta. And as we grow the social ...

2. The best part of Windows 11 is a revamped Windows Subsystem for Linux

Domain: arstechnica.com | Companies: Microsoft

Microsoft has traditionally made installing WSL more of a hassle than it should be, but the company finally got the process right in Windows 10 build 2004. Just ...

3. Twitch data leak shows top game streamers earn big money

Domain: fortune.com

A devastating data leak this week at Amazon's Twitch livestreaming service shows that some of its star video gamers are earning jaw-dropping payouts.

4. Apple's Big CarPlay Plans Probably Aren't Going To Be A Hit With Automakers

Domain: jalopnik.com | Companies: Apple

As anyone who's ever used Apple CarPlay or Google's Android Auto knows, there are limits to the sort of things phone projection software can control in your ...

5. Destiny 2 Is Deleting Its Best Expansion

Domain: kotaku.com

Destiny 2's Forsaken expansion, a high-water mark for Bungie's loot shooter, is going away next year with the launch of The Witch Queen, ...

6. Sony's Latest PS5 Firmware Update Sure Improves System Performance

Domain: kotaku.com

Last month's PlayStation 5 firmware update was the biggest overhaul of the tech since its release in November of last year. How does Sony follow that?

7. Twitch Says 'Malicious Third Party' Was Behind Hack

Domain: kotaku.com

Twitch has just issued an update after yesterday's major attack on the service, which resulted in the theft and then public posting of, among other things, ...

8. Xbox 20th Anniversary Controller Is Bad At Being Nostalgic

Domain: kotaku.com

Announced today via Xbox Wire along with a fancy headset, controller charger, and some celebratory clothing, the 20th Anniversary Special Edition controller ...

9. Xbox's Cloud Streaming Upgrade Means You Might Not Need A Series X

Domain: kotaku.com | Companies: Microsoft

Xbox's cloud-gaming service just got the hardware upgrade you've been trying to nail down for months. Speaking to The Verge, representatives for Microsoft ...

10. Biden administration unveils 'national cryptocurrency enforcement team'

Domain: nypost.com

The Justice Department unit, which will be helmed by Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite Jr., will focus on “crimes committed by virtual currency ...

11. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney calls out Apple for promoting its services in the iPhone Settings screen

Domain: techcrunch.com | Companies: Apple

Some iOS 15 users noticed Apple is now advertising its own services at the top of their Settings, just below their Apple ID. The services being suggested are ...

12. Microsoft acquires Ally.io, OKR startup that raised $76 million

Domain: techcrunch.com | Companies: Microsoft

“Aligning employee work to the company's strategic mission and core priorities is top of mind for every organization. To do this, leaders need to invest in ...

13. Twitch streamers respond after huge leak of creator payout data

Domain: techcrunch.com

Twitch confirmed yesterday that a massive cache of internal data, including creator payouts, was published online after a breach.

14. YouTube announces new audio features aimed at making videos more accessible

Domain: techcrunch.com

YouTube plans to expand live auto-captions to all 13 supported captioning languages in the coming months. The supported languages include Dutch, English, French ...

15. AppLovin stirs the mobile ad pot as it buys Twitter's MoPub for $1.05B

Domain: venturebeat.com | Companies: Twitter

AppLovin agreed to acquire mobile ad firm MoPub from Twitter today for $1.05 billion in cash. The deal is a combination of marketing, advertising, and gaming ...

16. Amazon Alexa: Woman used smart speaker to threaten ex's new lover

Domain: bbc.co.uk | Companies: Amazon

Phillipa Copleston-Warren, 46, had access to the Amazon Echo at her former partner's home 100 miles away. She used an app to blare "get the whore out" from ...

17. Microsoft Will Allow More Repair Shops After Activist Protests

Domain: bloomberg.com | Companies: Microsoft

Microsoft Corp. has agreed to let more repair shops fix its devices, caving to complaints from advocates and shareholders about the tight grip technology ...

18. Microsoft acquires Ally.io as productivity software gains importance in era of remote work

Domain: cnbc.com | Companies: Microsoft

Microsoft is buying Ally.io, a start-up that's developed dashboards and customizable tools to help employees see if they're meeting their goals.

19. Facebook is investing millions into a user-created metaverse, but it's not here yet

Domain: cnet.com | Companies: Facebook

Facebook is trying to expand its user-created metaverse with a new fund. Facebook. Facebook has plans to reinvent itself into a social network of metaverses ...

20. Metroid Dread review: One of the best action games of 2021

Domain: cnet.com | Companies: Nintendo

Space bounty hunter Samus Aran readies for her toughest mission yet. Nintendo. It's strange to see the Metroid series make a comeback with Metroid Dread.

21. Metroid Dread Spirits are coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Domain: cnet.com

Explore movies, games, superheroes and more with CNET Culture. Delivered Tuesdays and Fridays. The Metroid Dread Spirit Board event runs until 11 p.m. PT on Oct ...

22. Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Time for your safety check

Domain: cnet.com

Being cybersmart means setting solid and unique passwords for all your online accounts, enabling two-factor authentication whenever possible and doing your best ...

23. Apple's iPhone 13 is great, but I'm way more excited about the Pixel 6

Domain: cnet.com | Companies: Google

Google's Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro look to be a doozy, and seem to represent a massive leap forward for Google in terms of design, performance and features. The ...

24. ProRes video on the iPhone 13 Pro: What it is and why it's a big deal

Domain: cnet.com | Companies: Apple, Adobe

Apple ProRes optimizes videos and is especially useful for people who color grade or use editing software like Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere Pro. (The ...

25. The iPhone 13 is great, but I'm way more excited about the Pixel 6

Domain: cnet.com

Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 13 event has come and gone, revealing the company's 2021 phone line that impressed with specs and lots of incentives. Better ...

26. YouTube now lets all creators use auto captions for livestreams

Domain: cnet.com

In addition, YouTube says it'll be rolling out auto translation for captions in supported languages on Android and iOS later this year. Right now, that feature ...

27. Twitch blames data breach on server configuration error

Domain: cnet.com

The leaked data allegedly includes the Amazon-owned streaming platform's source code, reports on creator payouts and details about an unreleased Steam ...

28. This solid gold PlayStation 5 can be yours for just $320000

Domain: cnet.com

The latter is the most expensive of the bunch, with Sony's high-demand gaming console clad in 18K yellow gold plates and ringing in at a princely sum of ...

29. How to Shoot ProRes Video on iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max

Domain: macrumors.com

With that in mind, you can follow these steps to turn it on. Make sure you've updated your device to the iOS 15.1 beta by going to Settings -> General -> ...

30. Apex Legends unleashes the Monsters Within for this year's Halloween event

Domain: pcgamer.com

Just when you thought nothing in Apex Legends could be scarier than trying to climb through ranked matchmaking, Respawn's battle royale announces another ...

31. The best Grav loadout in Warzone

Domain: pcgamesn.com

With so many assault rifle options in the battle royale game, it takes a special weapon to break into the current Warzone meta. It's early days right now, but ...

32. 18 Hidden Nintendo Switch Tips and Tricks for Gaming Fans

Domain: pcmag.com | Companies: Nintendo

Turn on Your TV · Enable Dark Mode · Save Battery Life · Remap Those Buttons · Archive the Games You Don't Play · Pop in a MicroSD Card · Move Game Data · Save a Cool ...

33. Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max Review

Domain: pcmag.com | Companies: Amazon

The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max is an excellent media streamer that adds Wi-Fi 6 compatibility for just $5 more than the standard model, but you probably won't ...

34. Call of Duty: Warzone's season 6 patch updates Verdansk one last time

Domain: polygon.com

Among the other, slightly smaller, changes in this patch, Raven also adjusted balance for a few assault rifles and light machine guns. The C58 and EM2 rifles ...

35. Amazon CEO says video games could become the largest entertainment business

Domain: straitstimes.com | Companies: Amazon

Games could end up being the largest entertainment category over the long haul, Mr Andy Jassy, the chief executive officer, said Tuesday (Oct 5) at a technology ...

36. End of the satellite dish? Sky to launch its own smart TV

Domain: theguardian.com

Company says Sky Glass will be paid for 'like a mobile phone' and removes need for dish or set-top box. a satellite dish on a property in the UK.

37. Xbox Cloud Gaming is now fully powered by faster Xbox Series X hardware

Domain: theverge.com

Standalone streaming devices that you can plug into a TV or monitor are also planned, and it's reasonable to assume there could be further upgrades to the Xbox ...

38. Sky's new Glass TVs ditch satellite dishes for Wi-Fi

Domain: theverge.com

Sky Glass is launching today, an ambitious effort to sell television sets that stream Sky TV content over Wi-Fi directly to consumers. There's no external box, ...

39. Microsoft Kinect is back, thanks to Sky's new all-in-one TVs

Domain: theverge.com | Companies: Microsoft

Sky is resurrecting the original dream of Microsoft's Kinect accessory next year. The British satellite broadcaster announced its new Sky Glass TVs this ...

40. US Department of Justice creates cryptocurrency enforcement unit

Domain: theverge.com

The National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team (NCET) will handle investigations of “crimes committed by virtual currency exchanges, mixing and tumbling services, ...

41. Microsoft is releasing a translucent controller for Xbox's 20th birthday

Domain: theverge.com | Companies: Microsoft

Microsoft is celebrating the 20th birthday of Xbox with a couple of new, translucent accessories, including a wireless controller and a wired gaming headset ...

42. Facebook's new $10 million fund for VR creators is hopefully just the beginning

Domain: theverge.com | Companies: Facebook

A Creator Accelerator Program that's “designed to give people from diverse backgrounds an advanced crash course in Horizon Worlds creation.” Facebook finished a ...

43. Nintendo Switch OLED vs. Nintendo Switch vs. Switch Lite: What should you buy?

Domain: tomsguide.com | Companies: Nintendo

However, if you're looking to buy Nintendo's handheld hybrid for the first time, you shouldn't just grab the OLED version and call it a day. There are three ...

44. 'Far Cry 6' is out today—here's where you can buy it

Domain: usatoday.com

As a former armed forces officer turned guerrilla fighter, players take on the role of Dani Rojas who is a central character in the country's revolution.