News Station Mistakes Red Dead Redemption’s Graphics For The Real Outdoors
The graphics in our video games these days are getting better and more realistic, where at a glance, they could be easily mistaken for the real thing. This is what happened to a new station in Oregon where they were sent in a photo from Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 and uploaded it thinking it was real.

Apple’s Upcoming Redesigned MacBooks Will Still Feature Intel Processors
According to a recent rumor, it was suggested that in 2021, Apple could finally introduce redesigned MacBook laptops. It was speculated that this would be the M1 (or M2) based MacBooks, but it turns out it will also apply to Intel based MacBooks. This is according to @L0vetodream who has in the past been pretty accurate with their leaks.

Microsoft Willing To Work With Apple To Bring xCloud Onto iOS Devices
Apple had not too long ago expressed their willingness to allow game streaming services on their mobile devices, but there was a caveat in which they also required developers to submit their games to the App Store if it were also available on the game streaming service. Apple claims that this is so that they can review the games to ensure it abides by their terms and conditions.

Spotify Starts A Rolling Reset Of Passwords Following Security Issues
Over the past few years, we’ve come across various massive data breaches where usernames, passwords, and other personally identifiable information have been stolen from various locations and then put online in huge databases. It is often a good idea to check every now and then to see if your accounts have been affected, which Spotify is now doing.

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YouTube Testing A Timestamp Button For Commenting
Platforms like Soundcloud have features where during the playback of a song, you can see timestamps placed throughout the progression of the song where users have left comments. This is helpful as it provides context, like where some users might comment about a particular part of the song they like, and so on.

Google Hangouts Just Killed Group Video Calls
Over the years, Google has created various products and services, and sometimes these services can overlap with each other and has caused confusion. Hangouts is the perfect example where in the past, Hangouts was pretty much the only way you could make group video calls.

Samsung Might Kill Its Galaxy Note Series In 2022
For a while, there have been rumors that Samsung could be looking to retire its Galaxy Note series. While the series has done well, it seems that Samsung might want to move on from it. While some rumors have claimed that this could happen in 2021, a new rumor is suggesting otherwise.

Ransomware Attack Shuts Down Baltimore County’s Public Schools
The problem with relying on massive connected networks is that the minute it goes down, all other computers and devices connected to it are affected as well, and will not be able to access it and the information stored on it. Now it looks like this is what Baltimore County Public Schools are facing as they have been hit with a ransomware attack.

US FCC Has Confirmed That ZTE Poses A National Security Threat
For years, Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE have supplied communications equipment to various countries around the world, but in the past few years, the attitude towards those companies have started to shift, most notably in the US where there has been a growing distrust towards these companies.

Several Major Airlines Will Accept Digital Health Passes To Prove COVID-19 Free Status
The idea of storing your health data on your smartphone might seem a little dangerous, especially if that information is leaked, but it seems that the concept might now be put to the test because starting in December, several major airlines have announced that they will start to accept digital health passes to allow passengers to prove that they are COVID-19 free.

M1 Mac Mini Users Are Experiencing Bluetooth Connectivity Issues
Many praises have been heaped upon Apple’s new M1 computers, but that doesn’t mean that it is completely immune to problems. In fact, according to multiple user reports, it appears that some M1 Mac Mini users are having some connectivity issues when it comes to Bluetooth devices pairing with the computer.

Apple Watch, MacBooks To Get Redesign In 2021
One of the chief criticisms that we saw when Apple launched the M1 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro is that while the innards have changed, externally, they’re still the same. It’s not necessarily a bad thing that Apple has kept the design since it works rather well, but at the same time, many expected Apple to come up with something new for its new chipsets.

Researchers Develop Drug To Help The Healing Process By Mimicking Inflammation
If you’ve ever wondered why during an injury, certain parts of our bodies become inflamed, it is because this is our body’s natural response. The idea is that the swelling helps increase blood flow to an area to help with the healing process, and this is a concept that researchers have worked on to create a drug that can help improve the healing process.

Xbox App Will Be Coming To Smart TVs Next Year
One of the advantages of game streaming is the ability for gamers to play games on almost any device that can connect to the internet, and not have to worry about things like hardware compatibility, whether or not their device has enough power to run those games, and so on, and this is an opportunity that Microsoft is looking to take advantage of.

Epic Launches ‘Fortnite Crew’ Subscription Service
Earlier this month, it was rumored that Epic could be considering launching a subscription service for its Fortnite game. This subscription would grant players a steady stream of in-game cash as well as other perks. Turns out the rumors were right on the money as Epic has since announced the subscription service which they are calling Fortnite Crew.

Twitter Will Bring Back Its Verification Program Next Year
For years, Twitter ran a verification program that basically “verified” users with a blue check next to their name to indicate that they are who they say they are. This is an important distinction for people who work in the public space like company CEOs, journalists, politicians, celebrities, and so on.

Apple Really Doesn’t Want To Pay VirnetX $500 Million
In the past, we’ve come across many patent troll related lawsuits, where a company that owns a patent that is vaguely similar to a technology or product used by another company will sue that company over alleged infringement. The goal is to try and get these companies to quickly settle the matter instead of fighting a long and drawn out court battle.

YouTube Testing AI-Generated Video Chapters
One of the newer features that YouTube had introduced to its platform was the ability for creators to add chapters to their videos. This helped longer form videos where creators can break down their videos into different chapters so that users can easily and quickly skip to the section that they want.

PS5’s DualSense Controllers Will Tighten As FIFA 21 Players Get Tired
With every console generation, companies tend to make changes to the design and features of its gaming controllers, and the Sony PS5’s DualSense controllers are no exception. They come with adaptive triggers which EA is taking advantage of with its FIFA 21 game, where the controls will actually “tighten” as the players in the game get fatigued.

Amazon And US Government Team Up To Fight Counterfeit Goods
The problem with buying things online is that usually all you have to work with are photos. Sometimes these photos don’t really represent the product accurately, as many of us have probably experienced, and sometimes, you might even get a counterfeit product that is marketed as the real deal.

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