Technology News for Monday 13th September 2021

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Sep 13th 2021

1. Carriers will drive iPhone 13 sales, but deals won't last forever

Domain: 9to5mac.com

The WSJ reports. iPhone sales have been booming since it launched models last year with ultrafast 5G cellular capability—boosted in large part by wireless companies' attractive offers to get customers using the new technology ...

2. Android 12 is reportedly due out on October 4

Domain: arstechnica.com | Companies: Google

XDA says it has an internal Google document detailing the "tentative" release date for Android 12. The document actually only lists when the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) source code will be released, but the developer source code release and the ...

3. Respawn delaying Apex Legends tap-strafing changes due to 'unexpected side effects'

Domain: dotesports.com

Respawn's plans to remove tap-strafing from Apex Legends are being put on hold. Tap-strafing, a mechanic that allows PC players to quickly change directions after a slide jump, was initially slated to be axed in Apex's Patch 10.1.

4. How to enable Dark Mode for Google Search on desktops

Domain: indianexpress.com | Companies: Google

With its minimal contrast ratio for readability, the darker version of Google Search will help users reduce eye strain. Similar to Dark Mode implementations on smartphone apps, Google Search users on desktop will now be able to switch between three modes.

5. You Should Be Hyped About This New God of War Character

Domain: kotaku.com

Santa Monica Studio already had my axe even before it revealed the new trailer for God of War Ragnarok during the PlayStation Showcase. But now it also has my curiosity after showing a character named Angrboda at the end of its first gameplay trailer.

6. YouTube Kills Two Big Discord Music Bots, And That Sucks

Domain: kotaku.com

Today, the popular video streaming service YouTube committed a murder most foul. Two stalwart members of any Discord server worth its salt, stolen away from us in the night. Groovy and Rythm are dead, and I will mourn my beautiful robot companions with ...

7. Apple patches a NSO zero-day flaw affecting all devices

Domain: techcrunch.com | Companies: Apple

Apple has released security updates for a newly discovered zero-day vulnerability that affects every iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch. Citizen Lab, which discovered the vulnerability and was credited with the find, urges users to immediately update ...

8. Epic Games appeals last week's ruling in antitrust battle with Apple

Domain: techcrunch.com | Companies: Apple

Apple immediately declared the court battle a victory, as the judge had agreed with its position that the company was “not in violation of antitrust law” and had also deemed Apple's success in the app and gaming ecosystem as “not illegal.” ...

9. Instagram is building a 'Favorites' feature so you don't miss important posts

Domain: techcrunch.com

The Instagram Favorites feature was recently spotted in development by reverse engineer Alessandro Paluzzi, who found a new pushpin icon for Favorites in the Instagram Settings menu, and other details about how the feature may work.

10. Twitch sues two users for harassing streamers with hate raids

Domain: techcrunch.com

Twitch filed a lawsuit late last week against two people on its own platform for running automated hate and harassment campaigns. The harassment, often targeted at Black and LGBTQ streamers, manifests in a unique Twitch phenomenon as a “hate raid.

11. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak launches space company following Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos

Domain: cnet.com | Companies: Apple

Steve Wozniak is co-founder of a new space company called Privateer Space. James Martin/CNET. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak tweeted on Sunday about a "private space company" he's launching that's "unlike the others." Called Privateer Space ...

12. Deathloop review: The best reason to buy a PS5 yet

Domain: cnet.com

Developed by Arkane Studios, of Dishonored fame, Deathloop is a murder-puzzle inspired by psychadelic '60s culture. You play as Colt, waking up on the shores of Blackreef Island only to discover you're stuck in a time loop -- don't you hate it when that ...

13. AirPods 3: Apple's new earbuds could debut with the iPhone 13

Domain: cnet.com | Companies: Apple

PT? The new and improved earbuds may make their debut alongside the iPhone 13 and Apple Watch 7 on Tuesday, according to a recent investor note from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The AirPods 3 are said to look similar to the AirPods Pro, and feature spatial ...

14. Everything we expect at tomorrow's Apple event: iPhone 13, Apple Watch 7 and more

Domain: cnet.com | Companies: Apple

Apple's next launch event is only a day away, and rumors are already gearing up for a fourth event later in 2021. ... Apple will host its next 2021 event on Sept. 14. Angela ...

15. iOS 15: Watch out for these 7 bugs after downloading the beta on your iPhone

Domain: cnet.com

We never recommend downloading a beta version of any software on your primary device due to bugs. In the case of iOS 15, you should only download this public beta if you have a second iPhone that you can use for testing -- not on your main device.

16. iPhone 13 has a lot to live up to: After 5G, Apple needs to find the next big thing

Domain: cnet.com | Companies: Apple

The tech giant is expected to offer new iPhones on Tuesday that could include technology for making emergency phone calls even without a cellular signal. The new feature, which reportedly will rely on a chip designed to talk to low-orbit satellites, may ...

17. iPhone 13's major rumored upgrade: Why ProRes is such a big deal

Domain: cnet.com | Companies: Apple, Adobe

It's a video codec Apple made in 2007. ProRes can compress a video into a small file while retaining a lot of the image quality and color. It's a widely used codec optimized for editing software like Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro and Davinci Resolve.

18. LinkedIn is rolling out dark mode globally. Here's how to turn it on

Domain: cnet.com

LinkedIn is rolling out dark mode worldwide on Monday, giving its more than 774 million members the option to browse the business-oriented social network with white text on a dark background.

19. iOS 15 is coming soon: Release date, rumors and everything we know before Apple's next event

Domain: cnet.com | Companies: Apple

We've got all the buzz about Apple's latest OS, from new features to how to download the update. ... Apple could use facial recognition to validate digital ID cards for the Wallet app in iOS 15.

20. Zoom is adding live translation services, more hybrid work features

Domain: cnet.com

Zoom is adding new features including live translation services -- but they may come at an extra cost. Sarah Tew/CNET. At its annual Zoomtopia conference on Monday, Zoom unveiled several new features for the video chat platform, aiming to help its ...

21. Cross into the Sideways in Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 8: Cubed

Domain: nintendo.com

The Island was defended from the Alien Invasion… but at what cost? The Alien threat has been vanquished as a result of Operation: Sky Fire, but it turns out the Mothership was being powered by the faceless and speechless yet sentient and malicious ...

22. Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close a Spyware Flaw

Domain: nytimes.com | Companies: Apple

Researchers at Citizen Lab found that NSO Group, an Israeli spyware company, had infected Apple products without so much as a click.

23. Where to find color bottles and rainbow ink in Fortnite to customize Toona Fish

Domain: pcgamer.com

Fortnite season 8 introduces a new character that players can customize over the next couple months. Instead of an alien, it's something much more horrifying: A toon version of Fishsticks, much like Meowscles' cel-shaded toon skin.

24. Paradox CEO apologizes for 'inappropriate behavior' with employee in 2018

Domain: pcgamer.com

Paradox Interactive CEO Fredrik Wester has issued a statement apologizing for his "inappropriate behavior" with another Paradox employee during a company conference held in 2018. "Beginning of 2018, we held a company-wide conference, and during this ...

25. A fix for the 'ghosts' breaking Rainbow Six Siege has been deployed

Domain: pcgamer.com

An image of a bug preventing Ranked play in Rainbow Six Siege. (Image credit: Ubisoft via Morgan Park). This article was updated at ...

26. Total War: Warhammer 3 has been delayed until “early 2022?

Domain: pcgamesn.com

The news was announced on Creative Assembly's social media channels via message from the studio's chief product officer, Rob Bartholomew. While he doesn't cite a specific reason for the delay, he does expand a bit ...

27. Fortnite's 'Operation: Sky Fire' event just crashed a massive UFO mothership to end Chapter 2, Season 7

Domain: space.com

Chapter 2, Season 7 ended Sunday (Sept. 17) with the spaceship appearing to break up into pieces and starting to crash into the island below, although participating players were literally left falling in mid-air before three words flashed on the screen: " ...

28. Why SpaceX's private Inspiration4 mission to Earth orbit is so important

Domain: space.com

This isn't a cause for alarm. The Inspiration4 crew will fly on a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, a highly advanced and automated spacecraft that has showcased its abilities on multiple crewed missions to the ISS for NASA.

29. Windows 11 release date is October 5

Domain: thespectrum.com | Companies: Microsoft

After testing Windows 11 for a couple of months, Microsoft is confident enough that it has announced that it will release the operating system on October 5. The OS will ship to new and existing PCs on this date. This is something that has been known ...

30. What to expect from Apple's iPhone 13 event

Domain: theverge.com | Companies: Apple

Rumors suggest a potentially less dramatic set of announcements compared to the iPhone 12's radical flat-edged design. It does seem like the Apple Watch and AirPods could get some serious attention, though, even if the iPhone 13 looks more or less the same ...

31. Fortnite season 8 is all about the cubes

Domain: theverge.com

Season 8 of the battle royale's second chapter just launched and it's called, simply, “Cubed.” The premise is pretty strange: according to developer Epic, the cubes that used to power the giant alien mothership have now been set free to wreak havoc on the ...

32. Deathloop is an intricate mystery that also happens to be an amazing action game

Domain: theverge.com

And Deathloop most certainly fits into that lineage, with its stealth-focused exploration, supernatural abilities, and open-ended gameplay that almost always gives you a handful of ways to tackle a problem. On a moment-to-moment basis it's as tense, ...

33. Nintendo lowers Switch price across Europe ahead of OLED model

Domain: theverge.com | Companies: Nintendo

Nintendo is lowering the price of its base Switch model across Europe ahead of the OLED version's launch next month. The Nintendo Switch is now priced at €299.99 in Europe, down €30 from the previous €329.99 pricing. In the UK, Nintendo has adjusted ...

34. Android 12 may be released on October 4th

Domain: theverge.com | Companies: Google

September 8th, 2020, the day Google says was the AOSP release of Android 11, was also the same day the software was released to the public. That's not hard confirmation, but it does make October 4th, 2021 seem a lot more likely as an Android 12 release ...

35. Amazon gives the Kindle's interface a refresh

Domain: theverge.com | Companies: Amazon

Amazon has announced that most recent Kindles will be getting a new simpler UI through a software update (via Ars Technica). The update mainly focuses on navigation, adding a bar to the bottom of the screen that lets you jump between the Home screen, ...