Technology News for Monday 1st November 2021

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Nov 01st 2021

1. Pixel 6 review: Google Hardware finally lives up to its potential

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The Pixel 6 has a custom Google SoC, tons of AI software features that really work, and a new and exciting version of Android. These combine into the best Android smartphone out there—the One True Flagship of the Android ecosystem. With a great price, the ...

2. Pixel 6 teardown shows lots of heat dissipation, questionable mmWave layout


Enlarge / The back side of the display is a big copper heatsink. You can see how thin the fingerprint sensor is on the left—it's just a sticker. Just above the camera lens on the right side is the cutout for the under-display proximity and brightness ...

3. Call of Duty 2022 is reportedly a sequel to Modern Warfare 2019, includes a new Warzone map


The prolific CoD leaker posted a full report on what the sequel could contain, including details on the campaign, its integration into the hugely popular battle royale Warzone, and a third unannounced game mode similar to Battlefield 2042's Hazard Zone.

4. Zenimax Job Posts Could Hint at a New Quake Game


For many, the glory days of FPS gaming will always be back in the 90s, especially with id Software's early work, such as Wolfenstein, Doom 1, Doom 2, and 1996's Quake. With John Romero recently discussing Quake's sheer speed, it's a game that has been ...

5. Apple's 'pricey' mixed reality headset could be coming in 2022, report says

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In his latest Bloomberg “Power On” newsletter, Mark Gurman claims Apple is “planning to unleash its own pricey device with advanced chips, displays, sensor, and avatar-based features as early as next year,” meaning the launch will likely happen sometime in ...

6. Facebook's Meta acquires VR fitness app Supernatural

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Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, has confirmed that the studio behind VR workout game Supernatural, will now be joining the company. 'Within', the company behind Supernatural will be joining the roster of studios owned by what used to be ...

7. Your Apple iPhone And Apple Watch Could Soon Dial 911 Automatically In The Event Of A Car Crash

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Apple is considering adding a crash-detection feature to its iPhone and Watch. The tech giant has advertised similar features before, but their primary use was detecting severe falls. Apple could add the updated feature as early as next year that looks ...

8. Fortnite Is Shutting Down Its Service In China


The official site for Fortnite China has announced that on November 15 of this year, the game's service will end for the country. Advertisement. As Denfaminico Gamer points out, a concrete reason for why the game is shutting down hasn't been given, ...

9. Happy Home Paradise Will Be Animal Crossing: New Horizons' One And Only Paid DLC

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Nintendo has announced that this week's Happy Home Paradise expansion will be Animal Crossing: New Horizons' only paid DLC, and that major updates to the game will be coming to an end following both the DLC and the game's free version 2.0 update.

10. It Takes Two, The Best Co-Op Game Of The Year, Is Coming To Game Pass


Xbox Game Pass is starting November off strong. After half a year, It Takes Two, the acclaimed cooperative game from the makers of 2018's A Way Out, is finally coming to the service, albeit only for those who pay for the premium tier.

11. Microsoft And Sega Are Teaming Up For Next-Gen Cloud Gaming

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With an eye towards the future, Sega is entering into a strategic alliance with Microsoft in a move that will enable the Tokyo-based game maker to take advantage of the tech giant's cloud technology. Advertisement. Here is how Sega describes the ...

12. New World Disables 'All Forms Of Wealth Transfers' After Gold Exploit Found

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After an exploit was found over the weekend that first let players send images in the chat box, kick other players unknowingly and duplicate gold, Amazon has stepped in and taken some drastic action. Advertisement. While the images and kicking was ...

13. Pocket Camp Reveals The Personalities of Animal Crossing's Newest Villagers


Last week, the personalities of Animal Crossing: New Horizon's (seemingly) final eight villagers were revealed via Pocket Camp. Their Pocket Camp iterations also include their favorite sayings, catchphrases, and broad descriptions of the ...

14. World's Most Popular Game Is Getting 'Triple-A,' Open-World Spin-Off


This weekend, Pokémon Unite and Call of Duty: Mobile developer TiMi Studio announced the development of Honor of Kings: World. It's to be an “AAA” open-world game based on its smash-hit mobile MOBA, Honor of Kings. Advertisement.

15. Epic pulls plug on Fortnite in China


Epic Games announced today that its work to bring video game mega-title Fortnite to the Chinese market is shutting down. The company said in an official announcement that the long-running test of the popular shooter title in China will conclude on ...

16. Facebook researchers build better skin and fingertips for softer, more sensitive robots

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A robotic hand with DIGIT pads holds a marble between its fingers. Image Credits: Facebook. According to Facebook AI Research, the next generation of robots should be much ...

17. Google Pixel 6 Pro Review

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The Pixel 6 Pro has great performance, an excellent camera, a vibrant screen, a sleek new design and even some image and voice processing features that feel like they've been plucked straight from the future. But the battery life and lack of some ...

18. Fortnite China is shutting its servers on Nov. 15


Fortnite players in China had a very different experience with the game than their Western counterparts. They couldn't buy the in-game V Bucks currency, and challenges are only available for three hours a day in order to discourage more lengthy gaming ...

19. Best MacBook in 2021

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If you need a new Apple laptop, it's a really good time to buy one. Thanks to the company's powerful new processors, MacBooks are faster and longer-lasting than ever, and offer a range of options depending on how much power you need.

20. 'Call Of Duty: Vanguard' PC Requirements, Preload Details Revealed


Here's the new PC trailer which shows off the game in ultra widescreen, which I'm definitely looking forward to playing on my Acer Predator monitor. Here's the trailer: ...

21. Apple's Privacy Features Have Cost Social Media Companies Nearly $10 Billion in Revenue

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Data in the report from Lotame, a third-party company, suggests that Meta, YouTube, Twitter, and Snap lost $9.85 billion in revenue in the third and fourth quarters of 2021, with Snapchat and Facebook being the most impacted.

22. Talking Point: Are You Preparing Your Island For The Animal Crossing: New Horizons Update?


But my island fills me with despair. I spent so long terraforming, renovating, planning it out and building it, but once all of that's done, well... it's not so fun any more. I'm left with a handful of options, and I don't like any of them...

23. Age of Empires 4 tops Steam's weekly bestsellers


Age of Empires IV is also available through publisher Xbox Game Studios' Game Pass subscription, which makes it additionally impressive that it's snagged the top spot(s) on Steam. Additionally, the game hit a hefty peak concurrent player count of 73,928 on ...

24. Battlefield 2042's latest trailer is an Nvidia RTX and DLSS enriched treat

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Battlefield 2042 is arguably EA's most flamboyant first-person shooter yet, with 128 multiplayer support and weather effects that are sure to push gaming PCs to the limit. Thankfully, the futuristic FPS game comes armed with a trifecta of RTX features, ...

25. Beats Fit Pro Review


The true wireless Beats Fit Pro earphones deliver deep bass and crisp highs with above-average noise cancellation in a modestly water-resistant design with a super-secure fit. MSRP $199.99. PCMag editors select and review products independently.

26. Here's what the Royole FlexPai 3 folding phone could look like

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(Pocket-lint) - Royole was the first manufacturer to announce a folding smartphone, back at CES 2019, in the FlexPai. The FlexPai folding phone featured a display that wrapped around the outside, like the Huawei Mate X that launched later the same year ...

27. Bloodborne's PS1 demake is real and coming early next year


The game will be released on PC and be free for all on Jan. 31, 2022. Bloodborne PSX only contains Bloodborne's first area and ends after the demake version of the original game's second boss fight, Father Gascoigne. However, Walther said there are a few ...

28. Sega, Microsoft explore cloud gaming alliance

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Tokyo-based Sega is exploring making titles with global reach on Microsoft's Azure cloud platform, it said in a stock exchange statement without providing further details, including whether a deal would involve exclusivity for the titles or capital ...

29. Pokemon Go Dia de Muertos 2021: How to take part in the Dia de Muertos 2021 Challenge


Pokemon Go is celebrating Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, with a global challenge for players around the world. Día de los Muertos originated in part in Mexico, but is celebrated by people all around the world nowadays.

30. 'This is the age of waste': the show about our throwaway addiction and how to cure it


It is now 100 times more lucrative to mine gold from e-dumps than from the ground. Yet 70 years ago, we barely threw anything away at all. Can design change our disposable culture? Oliver Wainwright · @ollywainwright. Mon 1 Nov 2021 02.00 EDT.

31. The PS5 and Xbox Series X are now available at Walmart

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If you haven't been able to secure Sony or Microsoft's latest consoles yet, this might be your chance. Today at 3PM ET / 12PM PT, Walmart will be selling the disc-based PlayStation 5, the disc-less Digital Edition, and the Xbox Series X. It's the kind ...

32. Google says Pixel 6 Pro ghostly display flickers will be fixed in December

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Google says it'll fix the ghostly screen flickering that some users have reported seeing when pressing the Pixel 6 Pro's power button while the phone is completely powered down (via Android Central). From most reports, the flickers don't happen when ...

33. Beats Fit Pro review: sporty AirPod Pros with better sound


Beats has been busy. After releasing the Studio Buds earlier this year, today the Apple-owned brand is back with the more premium Beats Fit Pro wireless earbuds. It's unusual to see two completely new products from Beats in a single year, ...