Technology News for Wednesday 13th October 2021

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Oct 13th 2021

1. Google says Fortnite's in-app purchase swap was a breach of contract, sues Epic

Domain: arstechnica.com | Companies: Google

Epic Games keeps piling up lawsuits with app store owners. This time, Google is countersuing Epic for breach of contract.

2. New text scam claims your assassin had a change of heart about killing you

Domain: cnycentral.com

ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. — Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol is warning the community about a new phone and texting scam from someone who claims to be your ...

3. Apex players criticize Monsters Within event for lack of content, persistent bugs

Domain: dotesports.com

Apex Legends events come and go, but one seasonal event that has been a constant is the annual Halloween event, which is joined this year by Monsters Within ...

4. New World server downtime extended on US West, EU Central with 'currently no ETA'

Domain: dotesports.com | Companies: Amazon

Amazon Games has extended the server downtime for New World's U.S. West and EU Central regions today. The developers have “currently no ETA” for the end of ...

5. New World Patch 1.0.2 will modify territory influence, fix Bear and Boar spawns, and implement more bug fixes

Domain: dotesports.com

New World has rolled out its second update since launch and a ton of bug fixes and a much-needed adjustment to Faction Missions are included in the patch ...

6. Apple Reportedly Looking to Add Enhanced Health and Wellness Features to Future AirPods

Domain: gizmodo.com | Companies: Apple

It seems Apple isn't content with AirPods just being used for music and taking calls as there's a new report claiming Apple is exploring adding new health ...

7. Apple to cut iPhone 13 production amid supply chain crisis: report

Domain: globalnews.ca | Companies: Apple

In July, Apple forecast slowing revenue growth and said the chip shortage, which had started hitting its ability to sell Macs and iPads, would also crimp iPhone ...

8. Activision Says Call Of Duty: Warzone, Vanguard Are Getting New, Souped-Up Anti-Cheat

Domain: kotaku.com

Amidst numerous lawsuits claiming the company fostered an abuse-filled working environment, Activision Blizzard is getting serious about Call of Duty: ...

9. Diablo II: Resurrected Plagued By Login Issues, Some Players Demand Refunds

Domain: kotaku.com

For the past six days, Diablo II: Resurrected players in the United States, Asia, and the United Kingdom have experienced intermittent difficulties when ...

10. FFXIV's Biggest Expansion Yet, Endwalker, Will Take Your Breath Away

Domain: kotaku.com

I recently had the opportunity to spend several hours exploring the new lands, jobs, and dungeons coming in Final Fantasy XIV's Endwalker expansion when it ...

11. Old Video Shows The Birth Of Mortal Kombat's 'Get Over Here' Move

Domain: kotaku.com

You'd be forgiven for thinking that every move and every system you've ever enjoyed in a video game has been planned to the last meticulous detail.

12. The OLED Switch Is Pretty Different On The Inside

Domain: kotaku.com | Companies: Nintendo

Of course, the biggest, most noticeable difference between the original Nintendo Switch and the new OLED Switch is the display, but there are quite a few ...

13. Astropad's Luna Display (finally) ships with Windows support

Domain: techcrunch.com | Companies: Apple

It was originally launched for Mac only, but Apple launched a competing product, putting the company in jeopardy for a couple of years. Today, it's available ...

14. Reddit adds a new way to post with launch of 'Predictions' feature

Domain: techcrunch.com

To use the feature in a Reddit community, or subreddit, a moderator will first create a Predictions Tournament. This is a series of questions where Reddit users ...

15. Acer launches Predator Orion desktop, 4K gaming projectors, and gaming desk

Domain: venturebeat.com

With the launch of Microsoft's new Windows 11 operating system, we'll see if we also get an upgrade cycle for gaming PCs this fall.

16. Best Apple MacBook deals: Save $150 on an M1 MacBook Air or MacBook Pro

Domain: cnet.com | Companies: Apple, Amazon

Amazon has big discounts on the current models right now, but you should hold off until Apple's event on Monday that's expected to introduce new MacBooks. Matt ...

17. Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl: updating the classics with new features

Domain: cnet.com

Explore movies, games, superheroes and more with CNET Culture. Delivered Tuesdays and Fridays. Yes, I also want to receive the ...

18. Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin speaker adds Amazon Alexa for $799

Domain: cnet.com | Companies: Amazon

The new wireless Zeppelin is still a stereo speaker, though, and includes two Decoupled Double-Dome tweeters from the 600 Anniversary Series, two midrange ...

19. AirPods 3: Every release date, price and feature rumor we've heard about Apple's earbuds

Domain: cnet.com

But a February leak from 52audio claims to show the third-generation earbuds with a shorter stem, so overall the design looks more like the AirPods Pro. However ...

20. Apple Watch Series 7 review: A slightly better version of Apple Watch Series 6

Domain: cnet.com | Companies: Apple

The Series 7's roomier display also means it's the first to come with a QWERTY keyboard and other characteristics that make better use of that extra real estate ...

21. Apple Watch Series 7 review: A slightly better version of Apple Watch Series 6

Domain: cnet.com | Companies: Apple

Apple's latest smartwatch launches on Friday, Oct. 15, and starts at $399 (AU$599, £369). It comes with a new screen that has about 20% more screen area than ...

22. My AirPods 3 wishlist: All the upgrades I want Apple to make for its next-gen earbuds

Domain: cnet.com | Companies: Apple

The AirPods (left) and AirPods Pro (right). The original AirPods could adopt the Pro look this year. Sarah Tew/CNET. Apple's rumored AirPods 3 didn't make ...

23. Apple CEO Tim Cook calls Utahns in tech 'people who want to change the world' at Silicon Slopes Summit

Domain: deseret.com | Companies: Apple

During a fireside chat with Sen. Mike Lee at the opening day of the 2021 Silicon Slopes Summit Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook delivered what might be the ...

24. Snapchat Goes Down—Latest In String Of Tech Outages

Domain: forbes.com

Snapchat users reported widespread outages of the messaging app Wednesday morning in the most recent instance of a major social media outage, ...

25. How To Speed Farm Destiny 2's Festival Of The Lost

Domain: forbes.com

And the way to do all of this is pretty self-explanatory. Run activities, get pages, run Haunted Lost Sectors, convert pages, getting candy all the while. But ...

26. Nokia announces G300 with 6.52-inch screen, 4470 mAh battery for $200

Domain: gsmarena.com

I don't know why some of you keep comparing this phone with Redmi, Poco and so on. This phone is for the American market, where all Poco's and Redmi's are ...

27. State announces video game development studio in Louisiana

Domain: katc.com

Possibility Space, a game development studio that will reportedly build large-scale video games for a global audience is expected to launch in Louisiana.

28. This Beloved Classic Video Game Is Getting A Live-Action TV Series Adaptation

Domain: looper.com

The post-apocalyptic first-person shooter series "Bioshock," first released in 2007, ranks number 27 on IGN's top 100 video games of all-time list.

29. The next Mac chip is coming: How fast will it be?

Domain: macworld.com

It has 4 high-performance cores with 192 KB of L1 instruction cache and 128 KB of L1 data cache and shared 12 MB L2 cache and 4 energy-efficient cores with 128 ...

30. Anti-vaxxers resort to bribes and abuse in attempt to avoid Covid vaccines

Domain: news.com.au

Health care workers are speaking out about the outrageous lengths anti-vaxxers are now going to in an effort to game the system.

31. First Impressions: For Better Or Worse, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Look Like Extremely Safe Remakes

Domain: nintendolife.com

This year's selection of Pocket Monster-catching video games has been a point of contention for fans since they were announced back in early 2021.

32. A big name in the world of video games is starting a New Orleans studio, bringing high-paying jobs

Domain: nola.com

There are few bigger names in digital gaming than Jeff Strain, who founded and sold two video-game companies over the last two decades, and who is starting his ...

33. How to get started in Destiny 2's Festival of the Lost

Domain: pcgamer.com

What are Haunted Sectors in Destiny 2? As always, you'll have to have escaped the Cosmodrome to access the Tower and endgame activities. Once you've done that, ...

34. Destiny 2: How to farm Spectral Pages

Domain: pcgamer.com

As fireteam leader, your job is to choose the Prey Mod: Savek for your Lure, then head to the Tangled Shore and begin the hunt. Defeat the Servitor and follow ...

35. Razer is investigating Back 4 Blood freezing issues on gaming PCs

Domain: pcgamesn.com

Our Back 4 Blood review describes the Left 4 Dead spiritual successor as one of the best co-op games on the market, despite a little frustration with ...

36. Call of Duty: Warzone is getting kernel-level anti-cheat

Domain: pcgamesn.com

Activision says Ricochet is a “multi-faceted approach to combat cheating,” part of which is a new set of server-side tools and analytics that will help with ...

37. Fujifilm Instax Link Wide Review

Domain: pcmag.com

The Instax Link Wide printer accurately reproduces your smartphone photos on the largest of Fujifilm's instant film formats. MSRP $149.95.

38. Monster Hunter Rise (for PC) Preview

Domain: pcmag.com | Companies: Nintendo

New, versatile movement abilities expand combat and exploration · Greatly improved visuals and performance over the Nintendo Switch version · Unique Japanese ...

39. XFX Speedster SWFT 210 Radeon RX 6600 Review

Domain: pcmag.com

The XFX Speedster SWFT 210, based on AMD's midrange Radeon RX 6600 GPU, is an able-enough 1080p-gaming card, but so-so cooling and performance with older games ...

40. Sideloading apps heightens security risks for iPhone users, Apple says

Domain: thenationalnews.com | Companies: Apple

"Sideloading would open opportunities for cyber criminals. Malicious actors would be galvanised to develop tools and expertise to attack iPhone users because of ...

41. Samsung announces Unpacked 2 event for Wednesday Oct 20th, right after Apple and Google

Domain: theverge.com | Companies: Apple, Google, Samsung

Samsung has just sent out invitations for an event it is holding online on Wednesday, October 20th at 7AM PT / 10AM ET. It's called “Galaxy Unpacked Part 2 ...

42. Bowers & Wilkins updates iconic Zeppelin speaker with Alexa and AirPlay 2

Domain: theverge.com

The new speaker supports wireless standards like Qualcomm's AptX Adaptive and Apple's AirPlay 2 and also has Alexa built-in for voice control of your music. The ...

43. Acer's Predator gaming projector is one of the first to support variable refresh rate

Domain: theverge.com

Acer's Predator lineup of gaming products now includes two 4K projectors: the GM712 and the GD711. Focusing on the GD711 first because that's the one Acer ...

44. Fujifilm launches wide-format version of its Instax Link mobile printer

Domain: theverge.com

Fujifilm has announced a new mobile printer that uses its larger Instax Wide format film. The Instax Link Wide Smartphone Printer is a similar idea to the ...

45. Quake remaster is now 4K 120fps on PS5 and Xbox Series X / S

Domain: theverge.com

As well as the framerate improvements, the upgrade also adds support for the PS5 Dualsense controller's adaptive triggers and integrated speaker. Meanwhile, ...

46. Windows 11's first update makes AMD CPU performance even worse

Domain: theverge.com

Windows 11 can cause L3 cache latency to triple, slowing performance by up to 15 percent in certain games. The second issue affects AMD's preferred core ...

47. Call of Duty's new anti-cheat system includes a kernel-level driver to catch PC cheaters

Domain: theverge.com

Activision and Raven Software are finally cracking down on cheating in Call of Duty: Warzone. A new Ricochet anti-cheat system is arriving in both Call of ...

48. Snapchat is back up, after users couldn't post or send messages for hours

Domain: theverge.com

The Snapchat white ghost logo on a bright yellow background. Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. For a couple of hours on Wednesday morning, Snap Streaks ...