Technology News for Monday 3rd January 2022

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Jan 03rd 2022

1. AirPods with lossless audio support seem likely, but don't get too excited

Domain: | Companies: Apple

We expect Apple to launch AirPods Pro 2 in 4Q22 with new selling points, including a new form factor design, support for Apple Lossless (ALAC) format, and a charging case that can emit a sound for users to track.

2. Apple Silicon Mac Pro may be less upgradable than 2019 model

Domain: | Companies: Apple

We've already seen just how much power can be offered by Apple Silicon chips compared to the 2019 Mac Pro. Benchmarks published last month show that the M1 Max MacBook Pro exports ProRes video three times faster than the Mac Pro.

3. CES gadget show stages a wary return amid COVID-19


Is anyone going to CES this year? A long-simmering question in the tech world will finally get its answer as the influential gadget show returns to the Las Vegas Strip after a hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. “We know it will be a smaller show ...

4. Moto G71 India Launch Tipped to Be by January Second Week


Out of these, Moto G51 and Moto G31 smartphones have been unveiled in India so far. Moto G71 is powered by Snapdragon 695 SoC. Other highlights of the handset include triple rear cameras, 128GB storage, and a 5,000mAh battery.

5. OnePlus 9RT, OnePlus Buds Z2 India Launch Teased, OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9R May Be Discontinued


OnePlus 9RT smartphone and OnePlus Buds Z2 true wireless stereo (TWS) earphones will be launching in India soon. The company confirmed the India arrival of the two devices via two separate tweets that were encrypted with Morse code.

6. OnePlus 10 Pro launch: Everything we know so far


The OnePlus 10 pro is slated to launch this month, marking the ninth iteration in the series (there was no OnePlus 4). Leaks hint towards an improved UI and new design and hardware upgrades. Here's everything we know so far about the OnePlus 10 Pro.

7. OnePlus 9RT and OnePlus Buds Z2 India launch teased

Domain: | Companies: Twitter

OnePlus India's official Twitter account confirmed the launch via cryptic posts. ... OnePlus is expected to launch the 9RT smartphone and Buds Z2 TWS in India soon. The company made the announcement via two separate tweets that were encrypted in Morse code.

8. Apple's 2022 product lineup will see new Mac Pros, iPad Pro: But what about AR headset?


Apple's new product lineup for 2022 will include a series of powerful new Mac pros based on the M1 and M1 Max chipset, along with a redesigned MacBook Air and a new iPad Pro. This is what Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has revealed in his latest PowerOn ...

9. Steam Breaks New Record, With More Players Than Ever Before


As the unstoppable virus of Sundays continues its gruesome pandemic into a new week, it seems more humans than ever are turning to video games in order to survive. On the 10th Sunday since the outbreak began, January 2, Steam broke its concurrent user ...

10. Corporations, politicians and new tax incentives support carbon mitigation investments


Evidence of observed changes in extremes such as heatwaves, heavy precipitation, droughts and tropical cyclones, and their attribution to human influence, has strengthened.” We need to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to mitigate human-induced climate ...

11. Rudin's 3 Times Square inks massive lease with university


The Rudin family's 3 Times Square will be the future home of Touro College and University System, the New York Post first reported. The university signed a long-term lease for 243,305 square feet at the 30-story office building, which includes its own ...

12. Asus Zenfone 9 and ROG Phone 6 designs may have leaked


The sketches show the Asus Zenfone 9 having a second mini display at the rear which is expected to come with touch control. Also, the phone sketches do not show a flip camera design, something that was praised a lot with its introduction in the Asus 6Z.

13. Portronics Kronos Y1 smartwatch with Bluetooth calling launched: Price and features


The affordable smartwatch comes with an HD display and it features a heart rate and SpO2 monitors. It offers more than 200 watch faces and a dust and water-resistant smartwatch. The company also claims that the smartwatch can deliver up to 7 days of ...

14. The Next Video Game From BioShock's Creator Is in Development Hell


Ken Levine's highly anticipated project was supposed to be out in 2017. People who worked on it explain how things went awry. By. Jason Schreier. +Follow. January 3, 2022, 7:00 AM PST. Ken Levine speaks during the Video Game Awards in Culver City, ...

15. Apple's expected 2022 line-up: iPhone 14, redesigned MacBook Air, and more


Apple's all set to launch a whole list of devices in 2022 and Mark Gurman has written about his expectations in the latest edition of the Power On newsletter. Gurman's expectations for this year includes the iPhone 14 series with a design upgrade, ...

16. Texans' Justin Reid: Lands on COVID list


Reid (illness) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, as a result of a positive test, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Reid's move to the COVID list has him in danger of missing the Texans' last game of the season.

17. Apple's wearable gadget business grew like gangbusters over the holidays

Domain: | Companies: Apple

Apple sold 27 million pairs of its newest AirPods model over the holidays, according to top Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TFI Asset Management Limited. Kuo expects 20% year-over-year growth for Apple's wearables business for the holiday quarter.

18. Kohler's latest bathroom tech fills the tub for you

Domain: | Companies: Google

If you hate waiting for the bathtub to fill with water, Kohler's new PerfectFill controller might appeal. Using the Kohler app, or an Alexa or Google Assistant voice command, PerfectFill is supposed to fill your bathtub to a preset level and ...

19. Eve announces outdoor floodlight camera for HomeKit Secure Video at CES 2022


Ahead of the first day of CES 2022, Eve announced two new products aimed at making HomeKit homes smarter. The Eve Outdoor Cam is a $250 floodlight camera that works with HomeKit and more importantly, HomeKit Secure Video. It comes with LED floodlights ...

20. Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX is a 621-mile luxury hypermiler


Mercedes-Benz on Monday unveiled the Vision EQXX research car, a soup-to-nuts reimagination of a luxury electric vehicle with efficiency at the forefront. Thanks to a wide variety of technologies, many of ...

21. Acer Aspire Vero eco-friendly laptop getting a special National Geographic Edition


The Aspire Vero is Acer's first laptop made from post-consumer recycled plastics, and it ships in packaging made from recycled materials that are also 100% recyclable. Launched at CES 2022, the 15.6-inch laptop's chassis and screen bezel is made from ...

22. Acer Chromebook Spin 513, Chromebook 314 and 315 are small, medium and large Chromebooks for work and school


Acer makes a lot of Chromebooks from small but tough 11.6-inch models designed for schools to the first 17-inch Chromebook that's just right as a desktop replacement for families. During CES 2022, Acer announced three more options that slot right in ...

23. Alienware Concept Nyx offers a holistic view of gaming at home

Domain: | Companies: Nintendo

The prototype implementation we saw essentially combines a game server, which is more or less a game PC on steroids, a smart controller and software that ties them together. Notably absent is a console like the Xbox Series X or S, PS5 or Nintendo Switch, ...

24. Samsung Neo QLED TVs promise prettier pictures, better gaming at CES 2022

Domain: | Companies: Samsung

One, called Shape Adaptive Light Control is said to reduce stray illumination by analyzing on-screen objects and shaping the light to match. Another, called Object Depth Enhancer, employs more processing to further distinguish the objects from the ...

25. OnePlus 10 Pro is official, heading to China first on Jan. 11


While no pricing or specs were revealed on Monday, the company did share a picture of the redesigned rear camera layout of the phone, confirming earlier leaked images that detailed some of the changes. OnePlus also would not say when the phone would be ...

26. This iPhone hack makes editing text on your phone so much easier


Usually when you're writing a long text message or an email, you use your finger to move the cursor and go back to any area of text you want to edit. A magnifying bubble appears underneath your fingertip anytime you do this, enlarging the text so that it's ...

27. Mercedes says its electric concept has 620 miles of range and seats made with mushrooms


(CNN) Mercedes has unveiled a new all-electric concept car, the EQXX, that the company claims can go 620 miles on a single charge. The futuristic luxury car is also made with a host of innovative recycled and sustainable materials including mushroom ...

28. Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX: 1000-Kilometer EV With Mushroom Seat Leather


The coupe-like sedan features a highly aero-efficient design and a lighter, smaller battery pack than existing Mercedes EVs. It also uses both recycled and bio-engineered materials – such as a mushroom-based vegan “leather” – to improve its sustainability.

29. 2021 Winners and losers: Google

Domain: | Companies: Google, Samsung

First of all, Pixel 6 has 3 years of updates, just like Samsung, Motorola and Xiaomi (newer models), and it has 5 years of SECURITY updates, which is just 1 more than what other phones offer. So Pixel 6 is not even that ahead in terms of software, and here ...

30. You only have a few days to get the best adventure game trilogy for free


Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics released Tomb Raider in 2013. It remains a visionary reboot of the classic franchise, and it introduced the world to a new version of Lara Croft. Functioning as a kind of origin ...

31. Here's exactly when you can play Genshin Impact Version 2.4


In order to prepare for the big patch that brings Shenhe and Yun Jin to the game, we want to make sure you know everything about the update including its precise release time, maintenance rewards, pre-loading, and more. There's a lot to cover, so let's get ...

32. Apple's New Standalone Monitor Could Be Around Half the Price of the Pro Display XDR


Apple's rumored new consumer-oriented standalone monitor could appear this year and come in at around the $2,500 price mark, based on comments made by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. Pro Display XDR Blue Writing in his first "Power On" newsletter of 2022, ...

33. CES 2022: Eve Launches HomeKit-Compatible Outdoor Cam and MotionBlinds


Eve Outdoor Cam features a matte black metal frame and an opaque white glass for the light component, with IP55 water and dust resistance. It is equipped with a 1080p camera with a 157 degree field of view, and it can be mounted to the wall with a three- ...

34. CES 2022: Samsung Gets Into NFTs and Gaming With Latest TVs

Domain: | Companies: Discovery, Nvidia, Google, Samsung

The Samsung Gaming Hub is a new Tizen-powered "discovery platform" that's meant to allow Samsung TV owners to play console-quality games through integration with streaming services. Samsung is partnering with NVIDIA and Google ...

35. OnePlus 9RT launch in India teased ahead of OnePlus 10 Pro event in China


The company has teased the launch of its affordable flagship smartphone in India via its social media platforms. OnePlus is also gearing up for the OnePlus 10 Pro launch. However, the upcoming premium flagship smartphone will debut in China and is expected ...

36. Vivo Y21T launched in India with Snapdragon 680, 5000 mAh battery

Domain: | Companies: Qualcomm

The device comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 SoC, which supports 4G LTE. With respect to the price, the Vivo Y21T competes against the likes of the Redmi Note 11T 5G, Realme 8s, Redmi Note 10 Pro and other smartphones under Rs 20,000 in India.

37. If you're clinging to an old BlackBerry, it will officially stop working on Jan. 4


That old BlackBerry buried in the bottom drawer along with loose batteries and forgotten chargers won't work anymore starting on Tuesday. The company behind the once ubiquitous devices reminded customers that on Jan. 4 it will stop running legacy ...

38. Brazilian cruise ships pause operations after COVID-19 outbreaks


BRASILIA, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Cruise ship companies in Brazil will suspend most operations until Jan. 21, an industry association said on Monday, after health authorities recommended against cruise ship travel following several offshore outbreaks of the ...

39. Mercedes-Benz unveils sporty, ultra-long-range Vision EQXX electric concept car


Mercedes-Benz is the latest automaker to make a grab for the title of the longest-range electric vehicle with the reveal of the Vision EQXX, a solar-powered concept car capable of exceeding 1,000 kilometers (648 miles) on a single charge.

40. Alienware's Concept Nyx aims to let you cast your PC games to any screen you own


For CES 2022, Alienware is showing off its Concept Nyx, which imagines a future when loading and playing games on a variety of screens can happen as instantaneously as streaming music and TV shows. The idea is simple on its face (though undoubtedly ...

41. Withings' new scale has a retractable handle that measures EKGs and segmented body composition


Withings isn't a stranger to smart scales, but for CES 2022 the company is taking a much more ambitious take on the gadget. Announced today, the Withings Body Scan will feature six-lead EKG readings, segmented body composition measurements, ...

42. Sengled's newest smart bulb can track your heart rate


Sengled, the smart lighting company that's hedged its protocol bets by making Zigbee, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth smart bulbs, has announced a slew of new products at CES 2022. The most intriguing is the Smart Health Monitoring bulb, and the most fun is the ...

43. You can order an Xbox Series X bundle from GameStop right now

Domain: | Companies: GameStop

We're off and running in the year 2022 with new console restocks. While we're all hoping that availability of the popular PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles opens up so anyone can buy a console at retail price whenever they choose, ...

44. The secret weapons in Arlo's new security system are the all-in-one sensors


Arlo announced the impending arrival of its long-awaited home security system at CES 2022 this week, and the product even got a nod as a 2022 CES Innovation Award honoree. The company, known for its top-quality smart security cameras, also announced ...

45. Ken Levine's ambitious new game is reportedly in development hell


BioShock creative lead Ken Levine is reportedly facing trouble. According to Bloomberg's Jason Schreier, Levine's studio Ghost Story Games and its long-awaited debut project have been plagued by shifting design goals and an overambitious vision.

46. An Apple HomeKit bug can send iOS devices into a death spiral

Domain: | Companies: Apple

That's the upshot of a new piece of security research that has found a vulnerability capable of locking iOS devices into a spiral of freezing, crashing, and rebooting if a user connects to a sabotaged Apple Home device.

47. Ring Fit Adventure for Nintendo Switch is back down to its lowest price

Domain: | Companies: Walmart, Target, Nintendo, Amazon

Only the best deals on Verge-approved gadgets get the Verge Deals stamp of approval, so if you're looking for a deal on your next gadget or gift from major retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Target, and more, this is the place to be.

48. Aaron Donald finds true “partner in crime” with partner in line, Greg Gaines

Domain: | Companies: Fox

But with the trade of Michael Brockers, the loss of Morgan Fox in free agency, and the midseason loss of Sebastian Joseph-Day to injured reserve, Donald had to do more heavy lifting for the Rams defense than maybe ever before.

49. Still clinging to a BlackBerry? Devices will stop working normally after Tuesday.


Are you still holding on to that BlackBerry for dear life? It's time to say goodbye for good. As of Tuesday, legacy services for BlackBerry devices will go away. That means any devices running BlackBerry software "will no longer reliably function, ...

50. Samsung has revealed a new remote that uses Wi-Fi router radio waves to stay charged

Domain: | Companies: Samsung

Samsung is making a remote that never requires you to change the batteries. On Sunday, the electronics giant unveiled its newest Eco Remote, an environmentally friendly remote that uses recycled materials. It also stays fully charged at all times.

51. Omicron Evades Immunity Better Than Delta, Danish Study Finds


COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - The Omicron coronavirus variant is better at circumventing vaccinated peoples' immunity than the Delta variant, according to a Danish study published last week, helping explain why Omicron is spreading more rapidly.

52. BlackBerry's classic smartphone stops working Tuesday


The classic BlackBerry is being forced to retire. A pioneer of on-the-go email and paragon of corporate connectedness, it reigned supreme in the days when physical keyboards had yet to yield to touch screens. But come Tuesday, the cellphone turned ...

53. Virginia COVID-19 hospitalizations top 2600 Monday; nearly 250 more patients discharged


RICHMOND, Va. -- Hospitalizations have increased in Virginia over the last 24 hours, according to the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA). There are currently 2,611 patients in hospitals who are either positive or whose test results are ...

54. Don't waste your money on these Apple products: January 2022 edition

Domain: | Companies: Apple

And a sizable chunk of those products will be Apple products. Apple is an interesting company. Some products go through a regular refresh cycle (the iPhone being the one that most people know) ...

55. How will Zuckerberg's Meta plans impact its dominance over social media in 2022?


After all, the metaverse is a major focus for enterprise companies wishing to capitalise on the increasing amount of time we spend online on our second screens and participating in an alternative universe.