Technology News for Wednesday 17th November 2021

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Nov 17th 2021

1. Advanced Wi-Fi 6e modules expected to be used in iPhone 14; may be in short supply

Domain: | Companies: Tesla

The best way I know how to explain it is to imagine if all Tesla cars had a road just for themselves. How much less traffic would you see on your commute? That is what Wi-Fi6e creates. It operates on the 6 GHz band so that no legacy devices can access it.

2. LG smart TVs gain Apple Music app

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After promoting Apple TV+ on selected models of its smart TVs, LG has now announced that it is adding an Apple Music app. Subscribers to Apple Music will be able to stream the service's 90 million tracks in much the same way that Apple TV 4K users can.

3. Activision employees call for resignation of embattled CEO over handling of sexual harassment allegations


Investors' concerns are mounting over the direction of Activision Blizzard Inc. under Chief Executive Officer Bobby Kotick, and a group of employees say it's time for him to step down. The company, known for hit video games like Call of Duty and World ...

4. Watch: Missouri college students present their lunar dust solution to NASA officials


ST. LOUIS – A group of students from Missouri University of Science and Technology will present to NASA officials their innovative solution on reducing and removing lunar dust for moon explorations. The team was one of seven group finalists in NASA's ...

5. Apple iPhone 13 selling at effective price of Rs 55900: How to claim

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Apple's latest iPhone 13 can be purchased at an effective price of Rs 55,990 in India. Customers will find the same deal on India iStore if they avail of the cashback and exchange offer. It is worth pointing out that the iPhone 13 was originally ...

6. Modders Fight GTA Lawsuit As 'Definitive' Bundle Crashes And Burns


Attorneys representing the four defendants in Take-Two Interactive Software's copyright infringement lawsuit against a group of Grand Theft Auto modders recently responded to the video game conglomerate's complaint, flatly denying several allegations ...

7. Saints Row Delayed To August 2022


Volition's Chief Creative Officer Jim Boone has announced that the release of the long-rumored Saints Row reboot has been pushed back over quality concerns. The less-silly Saints Row was scheduled for release on February 25, 2022—a month already packed ...

8. Sounds Like The Pokémon Diamond And Pearl Remakes Play It Safe

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Reviews have started dropping for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl on the Nintendo Switch and it sounds like the remakes are a resounding meh. For players hoping for a bit more of a shakeup of the 2007 DS games, that's a big disappointment.

9. Trying to Get Your Hands on a Nintendo Switch? Black Friday Sales Might Just Be the Key to Unlock Another Level

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So you've got your eye on a Nintendo Switch for the holiday season, huh? Well, too bad for you! Totally kidding. We don't blame you—it's one of the hottest video game consoles of 2021 thanks to its versatility and portability, as well as the popularity ...

10. Northrop-led team proposes Artemis lunar rover


Northrop Grumman announced Nov. 16 that it is working with four other companies, ranging from a commercial lunar lander developer to a manufacturer of automobile tires, to propose a lunar rover to NASA. “Along ...

11. Instagram will shut down its companion app Threads by year end


Instagram's standalone messaging app Threads is shutting down. The app will no longer be supported by the end of December 2021, the company confirmed to TechCrunch after reports began circulating via social media of its impending closure.

12. Snapchat launches Memories and Explore Layers on Snap Map


The Snap Map has been used to show people where their friends are currently located (if they opt-in to location sharing), interesting places to visit, and what areas are most popular among Snapchatters.

13. VR glove startup says Meta's recently unveiled prototype is 'substantively identical' to their own device

Domain: | Companies: Facebook

Facebook, errr Meta, showed off a new prototype haptic feedback glove yesterday which they detailed could eventually bring a new generation of AR/VR users closer that they've ever been to digital content. Today, a VR startup with that same mission ...

14. Lightstream and Elgato fire off at Streamlabs for copying their homework

Domain: | Companies: Twitter

Livestreaming service Streamlabs got caught with its hand in the cookie jar. Lightstream, a competitor to Streamlabs in the live streaming business, took to Twitter with a meme to point out how similar Streamlabs' new Streamlabs Studio website looks ...

15. Musk Nears Tesla Sale Halfway Point With $8.8 Billion Disposed

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Elon Musk sold Tesla Inc. stock for a seventh consecutive trading day, bringing him almost halfway to his promise to unload 10% of his stake in the electric car-maker. The chief executive officer on Tuesday disposed of 934,091 shares worth about $973 ...

16. Amazon Echo Show 15 preorders are now open: Get in line for the biggest smart display yet

Domain: | Companies: Amazon

You can mount the 15.6-inch, 1080p HD display horizontally or vertically. It has a microphone, front-facing camera and side-firing speakers. The camera has a physical shutter, and there's a familiar mute button for turning off the mic. It's only available ...

17. Activision Blizzard's Bobby Kotick under pressure to resign: What to know


On July 20, California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a suit against Activision Blizzard, accusing it of discriminating against its female workforce and fomenting a "frat boy" workplace culture. It's been a tumultuous five months for ...

18. YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim opposes demise of public dislike button


The short video has more than 200 million views and shows Karim talking about elephants. The new description says, "The ability to easily and quickly identify bad content is an essential feature of a user-generated content platform. Why? Because not all ...

19. We wanted more from Windows 11. All the features we didn't get

Domain: | Companies: Microsoft

Windows 11 brought some welcome new features and a redesigned interface, but we haven't gotten everything we wanted. Microsoft. Windows 11 began its staggered launch on Oct. 5, bringing the OS to newer devices before it rolls out to older ones.

20. Instagram to shut down standalone Threads app at end of year, report says


Threads was released in 2019. Instagram. Threads, Instagram's standalone private messaging app, reportedly won't be around much longer. By the end of December, the Threads app for iOS and Android will no longer be supported, according to a report ...

21. Apple to begin do-it-yourself repair program for iPhones, Macs next year

Domain: | Companies: Apple

Repair advocates have long asked Apple to publish repair manuals and offer access to replacement parts. Sarah Tew/CNET. If you ever broke the screen on your iPhone, you had few options to fix it. You could go to Apple and pay the company to replace the ...

22. Change these iOS 15 settings on your iPhone 13 now (you'll be glad you did)

Domain: | Companies: Apple

There are times when you might need to have certain information handy even when your phone is locked. That's why Apple allows you to enable some features without having to unlock your device. These include the notification center, Control Center, ability ...

23. iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12: Every big difference between Apple's phones


If you can make do with less storage space, the iPhone 12 models are still great phones that run plenty fast, support 5G and are powered by Apple's A14 Bionic chip. The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, however, have been discontinued to make room for the 13 ...

24. iPhone 14 rumors: Release date, price, Wi-Fi 6E, notchless design and more

Domain: | Companies: Apple

But if you're not quite ready to upgrade your current smartphone, or you just like staying up to date on the latest Apple news, we've started collecting all the gossip about the iPhone 14 about a year in advance of its expected release date sometime in ...

25. Get Microsoft Office with Word, Excel and PowerPoint for free with these tips

Domain: | Companies: Microsoft

You can use Microsoft Office apps for free. Josh Miller/CNET. It's likely you've needed access to a Microsoft Word document, a PowerPoint presentation or other basic tools from Microsoft 365 at least once -- for either work, school or personal use.

26. Apple AirPods 3 vs Beats Fit Pro: Which earbuds are best for you?

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Both borrow from the $249 AirPods Pro quite a bit, with the Fit Pro packing active noise cancellation and a Transparency mode and the AirPods 3 borrowing the Pro's overall look and some of its key features. So which of these more affordable alternatives ...

27. Pixel 6 Pro: Google Just Released Game-Changing Update

Domain: | Companies: Google

The latest Pixel phones are Google's best by a country mile. But, if you took a look at the reviews of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro (including here on Forbes), you may have spotted a recurring theme when it came to disappointments.

28. Porsche Debuts Track-Ready 2022 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS, GT4 RS Clubsport


Using a naturally aspirated (non-turbo) flat-six engine sourced from the 911 GT3 Cup car, the GT4 RS puts out 493 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque, which boosts output by 79 horsepower and 14 pound-feet over the 718 GT4.

29. The new Bloodlines 2 studio is being kept a secret so "they can focus fully on the game development"


Paradox Interactive says progress is being made on Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2, but it's choosing not to reveal the new studio so the developers can fully focus on making the game. In its Q3 interim report (via PC Gamer), Paradox explained ...

30. Sega Is Somehow Bringing Alien: Isolation to Mobile 'Without Compromise'


"The stunning AAA visuals, arresting narrative and terrifying atmosphere of Creative Assembly's award-winning sci-fi masterpiece have been faithfully replicated for phones and tablets," says Sega in its announcement. "This is the complete survival horror ...

31. How to play Call of Duty: Vanguard multiplayer for free until November 22


Curious about what time the free multiplayer weekend starts and how you'll be able to download it? We've got all the key details you need to know leading up to the event. If you can possibly pry yourself away from Halo Infinite, there's another free ...

32. The Halo Infinite battle pass stinks, but here are 3 ways to improve it


Expertly designed gameplay, fast and fluid movement, and satisfying gunplay make the long-awaited shooter a must-play. The same cannot be said about the game's battle pass system, which is grindy, dull, and nowhere near as rewarding as other live-service ...

33. Deals: B&H's 'Holiday Head Start' Sale Offering Discounts on HomePod Mini, 14-Inch MacBook Pro, and More

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B&H Photo this week has kicked off a new "Holiday Head Start" sale ahead of Black Friday, including notable discounts across Apple products like the new MacBook Pro, Apple TV 4K, HomePod mini, and iPad Pro. You can also save on a variety of computer ...

34. Kuo: iPhone 14 and Mixed Reality Headset to Feature Wi-Fi 6E

Domain: | Companies: Apple

In an investor note obtained by MacRumors, TF Securities analyst ?Ming-Chi Kuo? said that new Apple products, including the ?iPhone 14? and a head-mounted display device, will accelerate a broader industry upgrade to the Wi-Fi 6E specification.

35. Try a free demo of Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain and create your own house rules


Whack Match: Smack the mole with the matching picture. Shadow Shift: Find the picture that matches the shadows. Balloon Burst: Pop the balloons in order from lowest to highest. Big Brain ...

36. Battlefield 2042's Prox Sensor disabled because it was somehow causing lag

Domain: | Companies: EA

Disabling the throwable item has had some "unintended consequences," but apparently fixed a rubberbanding issue. Comments. (Image credit: EA). DICE has temporarily disabled a Battlefield 2042 gadget that it says was causing rubberbanding in the ...

37. Cyberpunk 2077 is somehow nominated for two Game Awards


Deathloop leads the pack with nine nominations, followed by It Takes Two and Psychonauts 2. And, somehow, Cyberpunk. Comments. The Game Awards 2021. (Image credit: The Game Awards). Deathloop leads this year's slate of nominees for the upcoming Game ...

38. Splinter Cell Chaos Theory is free to keep for a limited time


Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory was a satisfying tactical stealth game when it released in 2005, and it's arguably the reason so many want the series to make a comeback. Ubisoft seems reluctant to confirm or deny another Splinter Cell game—even while it ...

39. Elden Ring players adventure beyond demo's bounds, get mauled by giant bear


A lucky wee rabble of players got a peep at Elden Ring last week thanks to a limited-time technical test. While some were content to be mullered by the slew of bosses on offer, others decided to squeeze themselves out of bounds to discover content that ...

40. Fortnite leakers are convinced that Chapter 3 is next


The question on every fan's mind, however, has been whether Season 9 or Chapter 3 would be coming next. Early leaks and datamines have suggested that Chapter 3 is coming up soon, and a fresh round of discoveries have landed alongside the v18.40 update.

41. What's the best Halo Infinite gun, and why is it the pistol?


You can keep your scoped battle rifle and M41 SPNKR; the only weapon I need in Halo Infinite is my trusty, unassuming MK50 Sidekick. Having a blast with Halo Infinite's MK50 Sidekick. I'm very new to the Halo series, but I already adore its approach to ...

42. iPhone 13 DIY screen replacements don't break Face ID in iOS 15.2 beta

Domain: | Companies: Apple

Apple told The Verge last week that it would be rolling out a software update to iPhone 13 devices to make it easier to replace their screens without breaking Face ID, but it didn't specify when that update might arrive. Fortunately, we may not have to ...

43. Sonos finally adds DTS audio support to its home theater lineup


These include not just newer speakers like the second-generation Beam and Arc, but also older devices like the first-gen Beam, the Playbar, and the Playbase. Even the Sonos Amp is getting in on the DTS action.

44. The Moto Watch 100 won't run on Wear OS


The original Motorola Moto 360 was one of the few good Wear OS (then Android Wear) smartwatches. At least, it was until Motorola quit the smartwatch game in 2016. It got a remake in 2019 under a different company, and two years later, eBuyNow just ...

45. Xbox Cloud Gaming is starting to roll out to Xbox consoles

Domain: | Companies: Microsoft

Microsoft is beginning to roll out the ability to play games via Xbox Cloud Gaming on Xbox One or Xbox Series X / S consoles, Microsoft announced Wednesday. The feature requires a Game Pass Ultimate subscription and will be available in 25 regions ...

46. Google says it's improving fingerprint scanner performance with a Pixel 6 update

Domain: | Companies: Google

The update details have been confirmed in a post on a Google Support page, which vaguely notes that it includes “minor bug fixes and some fingerprint sensor performance improvements for Pixel 6 and 6 Pro,” without really giving us any details about how the ...

47. Porsche unveils a new model of sports car 'with the genes of a race car'


It has a price tag of $141,700, not including a $1,350 delivery, processing and handling fee. It is expected to reach U.S. dealers by summer 2022. The racing version 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport is ...

48. Samsung early Black Friday 2021 deals have arrived—get savings on smartphones, TVs and more

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Shop major Black Friday 2021 savings on dozens of Samsung products from smartphones to dishwashers. — Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed's editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission ...

49. Facebook's freaky new glove


Some people will love this freaky handgear. Built by Meta Reality Labs, the prototype haptic glove is designed to work with the virtual reality systems of the future. Most VR headsets currently work in congress with controllers equipped with joysticks and ...

50. 'Halo Infinite' multiplayer is already supremely polished, with just a few more scrubs needed


Online games also typically launch with missing or broken features. But in this “Halo Infinite” multiplayer build, every planned game mode is available, including the 12 vs. 12 Big Team Battle modes, the highlight of the Halo experience.

51. The world of 'Minecraft' is getting taller (and deeper) with its latest update


Mojang Studios, the developer behind “Minecraft,” is restructuring the genesis of “Minecraft's” blocky world, changing how the sandbox game scales for its millions of players. In a long-awaited update, appropriately entitled “Caves and Cliffs,” the ...