Google updates latest Chromecast with more HDR controls and improved Wi-Fi performance

Google is rolling out a new April update for the Chromecast with Google TV that launched last year. It’s a fairly large update for a streaming device — totaling 166MB on my Chromecast — but includes numerous improvements. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/4/29/22410534/google-chromecast-april-2021-update-hdr-wifi

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart looks incredible in 16 minutes of new gameplay footage

Sony and Insomniac Games debuted 16 minutes of stunning new Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart gameplay footage in a new State of Play presentation on Thursday. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/4/29/22406719/ratchet-clank-rift-apart-state-of-play-sony-insomniac-games-playstation-5

How Pixar created Luca’s adorable, transforming sea monsters

Luca, the next feature film from Pixar, is a coming-of-age story about a pair of unassuming young boys who carry a big secret, as they’re actually sea monsters. Luca and Alberto appear as human on land, where they explore a quaint Italian seaside village. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/22406133/pixar-luca-sea-monsters-transformation-interview-disney-plus

Apple’s iPhone 12 and Mac sales skyrocket despite ongoing pandemic

Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup maintained enormously strong demand from consumers from January through March, according to the company’s fiscal Q2 earnings posted today. Apple reported record March quarter revenue of $89.6 billion, up 54 percent year over year. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/4/28/22407894/apple-q2-2021-earnings-iphone-ipad-mac

Amazon’s pay raise for over 500,000 workers comes at an interesting time

Amazon has announced that over 500,000 of its workers will get a permanent increase in their hourly wages starting in mid-May, from as low as an additional 50 cents an hour to as much as three extra dollars per hour (via GeekWire). That’s a substantial chunk of its 1. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/4/28/22408440/amazon-hourly-wage-increase-2021-factory-delivery-workers

iOS 14.5 walkthrough – hands-on with what’s new – 9to5Mac

Yesterday Apple released the final version of iOS iOS 14.5 to the public. If you’ve been following 9to5Mac‘s beta coverage for the past few months, you know that iOS 14.5 is a huge release that’s jam-packed with lots of new features and changes. via Technology and News Today https://9to5mac.com/2021/04/27/ios-14-5-walkthrough-new-emoji-apple-watch-unlock-airtag-support-video/

Apple’s next-gen ‘M2’ Mac processor has reportedly gone into production

Apple’s successor to its M1 Apple Silicon chip could arrive in MacBook computers by the second half of this year, according to a report from Nikkei. Tentatively known as M2, the processor has reportedly gone into production and could start shipping by July 2021. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/apple-m2-mac-processor-production-103824807.html

How to use iOS 14.5’s new app tracking blocker

Privacy is on everyone’s mind these days, and in iOS 14.5, which is starting to roll out to the public today, there are new privacy features that may make you feel happier but are not endearing Apple to some other companies — specifically Facebook. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/22403523/ios-14-5-tracking-consent-app-transparency-how-to

What’s In My Bag: A Travel Photographer’s High End Kit For Landscapes, Astro & More

Andy Luten (@realandyluten) is a proud Texan from Dallas, but he loves leaving home to go see, and photograph, the world. “It makes coming back home more fun!” In 2012 Luten founded a travel blog as a creatve outlet. via Technology and News Today https://alphauniverse.com/stories/whats-in-my-bag-a-travel-photographers-high-end-kit-for-landscapes-astro-and-more/

iOS 14.5 is out now with new Face ID mask features and Apple’s App Tracking Transparency

Apple has begun rolling out iOS and iPadOS 14.5. The latest software update includes the new App Tracking Transparency feature, which lets users decide whether to allow apps to track their activity “across other companies’ apps and websites” for advertising purposes. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/4/26/22403554/apple-ios-ipados-14-5-now-available-iphone-unlock-face-mask-app-tracking

Alpha 1 Receives Gold Award & Highest Rating Ever From DPReview

DPReview recently completed their extended review for the Sony Alpha 1. After examining the camera’s handling and controls, image quality, autofocus, video performance and more, they gave the Alpha 1 the Gold Award and a 93% rating, the highest rating DPReview has ever given a camera. via Technology and News Today https://alphauniverse.com/stories/alpha-1-receives-gold-award-and-highest-rating-ever-from-dpreview/

watchOS 7.4 arrives with an easier way to unlock your iPhone

Along with iOS 14.5, Apple has rolled out updates to its other operating systems. One of the key features of the latest iOS firmware is an easier way to unlock your iPhone. As long as you’re wearing an Apple Watch running watchOS 7. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/apple-watchos-iphone-unlock-macos-tvos-homepod-181749610.html