Technology News for Tuesday 26th October 2021

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Oct 26th 2021

1. Report: Microsoft is working on a low-cost Surface Laptop and “Windows 11 SE”

Domain: arstechnica.com | Companies: Microsoft, Intel

The laptop would come with a low-end quad-core Intel Celeron N4120 processor, "up to" 8 GB of memory, an 11.6-inch 1366×768 display, and an all-plastic body. It would eschew the normal Surface Connect port in favor of a single USB-A port, a USB-C port, and ...

2. Samsung adds Windows 11, 5G, and OLED to Galaxy Book laptop lineup

Domain: arstechnica.com | Companies: Samsung

With Windows 11 out, PC makers have an excuse to update their lineups, and Samsung is hoping that consumers pick up one of its three new Galaxy laptops announced this week to try out the latest operating system. The company is offering a few buzzy ...

3. Cole Cassidy is now live in Overwatch

Domain: dotesports.com

The Oct. 26 live patch gives a new name to the cowboy formerly known as McCree. ... One of Overwatch's most iconic characters is embarking on a new adventure with a new moniker and, most importantly, a clean slate.

4. Photoshop's AI Is Now So Fast That Hovering Over Objects Instantly Creates Perfect Masks

Domain: gizmodo.com | Companies: Adobe

Many moons ago, photo editing was accomplished with razor blades and steady hands. In a major update to Adobe Photoshop today, slicing up a photo will soon be as easy as browsing the web, because like hyperlinks, the object you want to select becomes ...

5. Before You Start: Tips For Playing Guardians Of The Galaxy

Domain: kotaku.com

Square Enix's Guardians of the Galaxy is out today, and considering how surprisingly good the game is, a lot more of you will probably be playing it than originally intended. The galaxy is a large and sometimes confusing place, especially when you're ...

6. Blizzard Cancels Online BlizzCon 2022

Domain: kotaku.com

It's been a rocky couple of years for Blizzard's annual fan celebration, with the 2020 and 2021 shows canceled due to the ongoing covid-19 epidemic. Now, as fallout continues from the California lawsuit over the studio's culture of abuse, ...

7. Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack Would Be A Terrible Deal, Even If It Worked Properly

Domain: kotaku.com | Companies: Nintendo

As Nintendo's roll-out of the upgraded Nintendo Switch Online goes so very poorly, there's a bigger question hovering over it all: even if it had launched with properly ported games, functioning control schemes, and no input lag, would it be worth the ...

8. Players Have A Ton Of Complaints About Nintendo Switch Online's N64 Games

Domain: kotaku.com | Companies: Nintendo

Nintendo 64 games finally became officially playable on Nintendo Switch Online last night and they run...less than stellar. Almost immediately, social media started filling up with examples of technical shortcomings, emulation woes, and button layouts ...

9. There's a Better Way to Use Instagram (and Even Facebook)

Domain: slate.com | Companies: Facebook

We all know by now that endless scrolling on social media is not very good for us, and that social media platforms seem outright determined to be a-little-to-very evil—facts we are all confronting once again this week, thanks to the Facebook Papers.

10. Admix raises $25M Series B to scale up in-game ads, and prep for Metaverse gaming

Domain: techcrunch.com

Last year we covered Adtech startup Admix's $7 million Series A funding. The London-based company brings ads to games, e-sports, virtual reality, and augmented reality. In-game advertising at scale, where advertisers can bid programmatically through ...

11. Amazon's Clubhouse competitor may let you DJ your own radio show

Domain: techcrunch.com | Companies: Amazon

Amazon is said to be working on a live audio app that sounds like it will let anyone be the DJ of their own radio show — including music. Project Mic, as the app is currently known, will reportedly focus on the US market at first, though the launch ...

12. Apple launches Fitness group workouts powered by SharePlay

Domain: techcrunch.com | Companies: Apple

Fitness+ subscribers can use SharePlay to start a group workout or meditation session with up to 32 other people while using FaceTime on an iPhone or iPad. The Fitness+ session will stream completely in sync for everyone on the call.

13. Admix raises $25M for in-game advertising as brands seek gamers

Domain: venturebeat.com

A Calvin Klein ad in a racing game. Image Credit: Admix. Join gaming leaders online at GamesBeat Summit Next this upcoming November 9-10.

14. 2023 Chevy Corvette Z06 Brings 670 HP of Naturally Aspirated Fury

Domain: caranddriver.com | Companies: HP

The 2023 Corvette Z06 is officially here with a new flat-plane-crank 5.5-liter V-8 engine. · It makes 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque and routes through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. · Production will start in summer 2022.

15. Audi RS3 (2021) review: the first fun RS3

Domain: carmagazine.co.uk

New 2021 Audi RS3 road (and track) test ? Rear axle Torque Splitter helps engagement ? 0-62mph in 3.8sec, 180mph, priced above £50k. This is the new, third-generation Audi RS3, on sale as a five-door Sportback hatch or a four-door RS3 saloon.

16. Samsung aims to make smart home tech easier with Matter support in 2022

Domain: cnet.com | Companies: Samsung

Samsung SmartThings devices will adopt the Matter standard starting in 2022 for easier installation and use of smart home products, the electronics giant said Tuesday at its developer conference. Matter support will come to Samsung TVs, ...

17. YouTube removed 120000 sexually explicit videos with children in first half of year

Domain: cnet.com

YouTube is the world's biggest online video platform. Angela Lang/CNET. YouTube told Congress Tuesday that it removed more than 120,000 videos that either sexually exploited children or were otherwise sexually explicit featuring minors during the first ...

18. Is the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion pack worth it?

Domain: cnet.com | Companies: Nintendo

I walked nervously to the counter at a Comet retail store in Glasgow, Scotland and laid down a ludicrous £350+ on a brand new Nintendo 64 and two games, Super Mario 64 and Pilotwings 64.

19. Google Pixel 6 review: Yes, it lives up to the hype

Domain: cnet.com | Companies: Google, Samsung

Previous Pixel phones have lived in the safe, quiet and crowded midtier space where phones cost between $600 and $800. For most people, they were good and sometimes great phones but lacked the luster, specs and appeal of more premium phones from Samsung ...

20. iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12: All the big differences between Apple's latest phones

Domain: cnet.com

Now with apps getting larger and cameras taking even more detailed photos along with video, you could run up against that storage limit over the course of your time with the phone. The iPhone 13 starts at 128GB, so if you compare that with a 128GB iPhone ...

21. iPhone SE 3 rumors: Apple's next affordable phone could be the iPhone SE Plus

Domain: cnet.com

The iPhone SE 2020 looks striking in red. At $399 it's the most affordable iPhone you can buy. John Kim/CNET. If you're on the lookout for an affordable iPhone with a LCD display, 5G support and a retro design, you may want to wait for Apple's next ...

22. The $1800 Sony Xperia Pro-I phone has a 1-inch camera sensor and dual aperture

Domain: cnet.com

Lucky for us, Sony didn't stop there and added a mechanical dual aperture, a new 50-millimeter lens, EyeAF support to video and a new app called Video Pro. The price for all of this is $1,800, which converts roughly to £1,300 or AU$2,400.

23. The $1800 Sony Xperia Pro-I phone has a one-inch camera sensor and a dual-aperture

Domain: cnet.com

Lucky for us, Sony didn't stop there and added a mechanical dual-aperture, a new 50-millimeter lens, EyeAF support to video and a new app called Video Pro. The price for all of this is $1,800 which converts roughly to £1,300, AU$2,400.

24. iOS 15.1: How to download and everything else to know about Apple's first iOS 15 upgrade

Domain: cnet.com | Companies: Apple

iOS 15 is getting a couple of highly anticipated features in its next update. Sarah Tew/CNET. Apple just publicly released iOS 15 for iPhones last month, alongside four new phones, the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini, and the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max.

25. Windows 11: Do you need to upgrade from Windows 10? What to know

Domain: cnet.com | Companies: Microsoft

Support for Windows 10 will end on Oct. 14, 2025. That means Microsoft will no longer provide security patches or feature updates for the Home, Pro, Enterprise, Pro Education and Pro for Workstations editions at this time -- affecting virtually all Windows ...

26. Ferocious Corvette Z06 gets 670-hp C8.R race engine, aero upgrades

Domain: detroitnews.com

Warren — Chevrolet on Tuesday unveiled the track-focused model of its mid-engine Corvette supercar, the Z06. They might have called it the Z-OMG. Sporting the most powerful, normally-aspirated engine ever made, the Z06's bespoke, 5.5-liter, ...

27. Audi RS3 2021 review - Audi Sport set to take on AMG's A45S

Domain: evo.co.uk

You'll probably have a good idea how the new Audi RS3 drives. It will be as quick as you'd expect with a 396bhp, five-cylinder engine. It will feel surefooted and safe, lack excitement but have a nicely put together interior; and you'd rather give your ...

28. Nintendo Is Sitting On The World's Best Gaming Subscription Service It Just Refuses To Make

Domain: forbes.com | Companies: Nintendo

The Switch Online Expansion Pass bumps up the price of the original Nintendo Online service by 2.5x, with the increase adding a small collection of SEGA games and a few N64 classics. Also an Animal Crossing expansion, for some reason.

29. Best iPhone 13 Mini Deals

Domain: forbes.com

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30. 2023 Corvette Z06 extends legend with radical new engine, 2.6-second 0-60 dash

Domain: freep.com

If General Motors' shift to electric vehicles spells the end of the legendary Chevy small-block V8, the engine that powered many of its greatest vehicles is going out with a roar and a record: the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 ever in a ...

31. First Look: 'Pikmin Bloom', Niantic's Walktastic Follow Up To Pokémon GO, Soft-Launches Today

Domain: nintendolife.com | Companies: Nintendo

Rolling out across the globe "over the coming days" via a staggered launch beginning today in Australia and Singapore, this was developed by Niantic's Tokyo Studio in direct collaboration with Nintendo and by design is more lifestyle app than 'game'.

32. Nintendo Switch Online FAQ - Everything You Need To Know - Pricing, Cloud Saves, Retro Games

Domain: nintendolife.com | Companies: Nintendo

Nintendo Switch Online is the Switch's premium online service that provides access to online multiplayer, free NES and SNES games (accessible within specific apps) that support on and offline multiplayer, a dedicated mobile app, exclusive offers, and the ...

33. Call of Duty Vanguard Zombies – everything we know

Domain: pcgamesn.com

The story this year focuses on a new set of characters as they attempt to take down the Nazi's zombie horde. Treyarch says returning fans will appreciate the story, but the new operators will also appeal to newcomers.

34. The Best Windows 11 Tips and Tricks

Domain: pcmag.com

Right-click the taskbar and open Taskbar Settings. Select the Taskbar behaviors drop-down and change Taskbar alignment to Left. This will move all your taskbar icons to the left and put the Start button back where it belongs. For more on personalizing the ...

35. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2021) Review

Domain: pcmag.com | Companies: Amazon

Amazon's 2021 edition of the Kindle Paperwhite is similar to the excellent 2018 version, but adds a roomier screen that makes for an even better reading experience. MSRP $139.99. PCMag editors select and review products independently.

36. Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy beginner's guide

Domain: polygon.com

This game focuses heavily on exploration and communication, so we'll give you tips and tricks to see and hear it all. This guide also covers essential strategies for combat so you can learn to fight as a team.

37. Samsung Galaxy S22 release date rumours, expected specs and latest news

Domain: radiotimes.com | Companies: Samsung

The imminent release of the Samsung Galaxy S22 is an interesting one. The Galaxy S21 was a hugely impressive and popular device and has paved the way for its successor, but what should we expect from the new phone? Here's everything we know so far about ...

38. Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 vs Bose QuietComfort 45

Domain: soundguys.com | Companies: Bose

The newest edition to Bose' esteemed noise cancelling headphone lineup brings USB-C support, a new sound signature with some quirks and, well, not a whole lot else. If you plan to ...

39. Oura adds period prediction and heart rate to its next-gen smart ring

Domain: theverge.com

Oura's Generation 3 smart ring will have a whole new slate of features, including period prediction, blood oxygen monitoring, and real-time heart rate tracking. The new ring will jump from three to seven temperature sensors and add a pulse oxygen ...

40. Samsung promises Matter support for SmartThings hubs, Galaxy devices, TVs, and fridges

Domain: theverge.com | Companies: Samsung

With Matter, consumers should be able to buy any Matter-compliant smart home device and know it will work with their smart home platform and voice assistant of choice, regardless of who made it. They should ...

41. Palm's brand resuscitated again for true wireless earbuds

Domain: theverge.com

The Palm Buds Pro — yes, yet another “Pro” gadget — are available to preorder starting today for $99, though they'll eventually rise to an MSRP of $129. For that price, you'll be getting a set of earbuds with noise cancellation, bass-heavy 10-millimeter ...

42. Returnal finally adds a 'suspend' feature to let you pause the game mid-run

Domain: theverge.com

An average run in Returnal can easily take upward of 45 minutes and had to be completed in a single gameplay session. Players were unable to close out Returnal and come back to a run later, and if the console was accidentally shut down or lost power, you'd ...

43. Google just had another record quarter because or in spite of everything going on

Domain: theverge.com | Companies: Google

Google has done it again — raking in more money than ever before for the second quarter in a row as the COVID-19 pandemic continues on. Alphabet's Q3 2021 earnings show an all-time record revenue of $65.1 billion and record profits for the fifth ...

44. How to guarantee the iPhone 13 Pro's macro mode is on

Domain: theverge.com | Companies: Apple

But Apple doesn't give you a macro mode button per se — it's automatic. When you bring the phone within 10 cm of an object, it automatically switches to the ultrawide lens, which some users found jarring enough that Apple now lets you turn off auto-macro- ...

45. TikTok, Snap, YouTube defend how they protect kids online in congressional hearing

Domain: washingtonpost.com

TikTok and Snap are facing Congress for the first time ... TikTok, Snapchat and YouTube, all social media sites popular with teens and young adults, faced a barrage of questions and accusations Tuesday from lawmakers who want the companies to do more to ...