Instagram is about to get all the photos wrong (again)

Instagram’s obsession with TikTok has reached crisis levels. It’s so bad that it doesn’t understand its own product anymore. Case in point: a new plan to introduce 9:16 aspect ratio photos as an option (I pray it’s not the default) in your feed.

Instagram CEO Adam Moserri revealed the new photo format plan during a recent Ask Me Anything session (as seen by On the edge (opens in new tab)). Mosseri explained that currently, as you may be aware, you can have vertical videos in your feed (it often feels like we don’t have anything else) “but you can’t have tall photos on Instagram. So we thought maybe we should make sure that we treat both equally.”

Expect more crossover between Xbox Game Pass and PS Plus

The next game coming to PS Plus has been revealed and it suggests that Sony’s subscription service may soon look closer to Xbox Game Pass.

Ghost Recon Wildlands is coming to PS Plus Extra and Premium later this month as part of the service’s newly revamped on-demand game library. This is according to Dealabs user billbil-kun (opens in new tab)which has successfully leaked every new round of PS Plus titles for several months (thanks, push square (opens in new tab)).

Watch Master Chief Unleash Hell on Doom Guy in God of War

Master Chief crosses the forbidden border to jump into the PlayStation universe and step into Kratos’ slightly smelly shoes.

Since God of War came to PC, it’s been subject to the same hazing as every console title jumping to the platform. And that includes falling victim to the Thomas the Tank Engine curse, which is something we talked to the real Fat Controller about.

Giancarlo Esposito really wants to play Professor X in the MCU

Spoilers for Doctor Strange 2 and Miss Marvel follow.

Giancarlo Esposito has called on Marvel Studios to cast him as Professor X in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

iPad Pro 2022 may not support Magic Keyboard

There’s a big chance we’ll see a new 2022 iPad Pro before the end of the year, but the main ‘upgrade’ might not be the display or chipset. Instead, it could be for the connectors, with the current three-pin Smart Connector possibly being replaced with a pair of four-pin connectors.

This according to “Reliable Sources in China”, speaking to Macotakara (opens in new tab)in a report discovered by 9to5Mac (opens in new tab). Apparently, the upcoming iPad Pro 11 (2022) and iPad Pro 12.9 (2022) will have the same housing designs as the current models, but with 4-pin connectors on the “top and bottom side edges”.

Massive DJI Avata Leaks Still Don’t Answer My Biggest Drone Question

Thanks to a flurry of new leaks, the DJI Avata drone has been almost completely debunked. However, aside from a few small details, my big question remains unanswered – who exactly will DJI’s mini FPV drone be for?

The Avata is, by now quite clear, a small ‘cinewhoop’ version of their current DJI FPV drone. A leaked image of the Avatar box from @DealsDrone (opens in new tab) shows that promises an “immersive flight experience” thanks to its new DJI Goggles 2 headset, as well as “4K stabilized video”, a “palm-in-hand and agile” build, compatibility with a “motion controller” and ” HD low-latency transmission”.

Apple VR headset better not cost as much as five Oculus Quest 2s

A new report on the alleged Apple VR headset predicts it will cost over $2,000 (£1,655 / AU$2,875) – roughly five times the cost of Meta’s Oculus Quest 2.

While Apple has yet to officially speak out about its alleged Apple VR headset, several leaks and rumors have given us a pretty clear idea of ​​what the device will be capable of. This standalone headset – meaning it wouldn’t work on a PC or PS5 like the Valve Index and PlayStation VR 2 – could be one of the best VR headsets ever made with power comparable to an M1-powered Mac computer.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 beta dates are disappointing for Xbox players

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s beta test dates have been revealed, giving PlayStation fans something to get excited about but leaving Xbox players a little cold.

Ahead of its October release date, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will be available to play as part of two open beta weekends. According to activision (opens in new tab), the preview will let players try out a handful of maps, modes, and weapons, as well as other “innovations and surprises”. Several rewards can also be unlocked, which will carry over to the full game at launch.

Sony launches its Bravia XR Master Series 4K premium smart TVs in India

The Master Series premium OLED TV portfolio has been updated with a new model. The company has launched the latest Sony Bravia A95K series 4K smart TVs in India. It retails at Rs 3,69,990 at all major Sony Centers (connected (opens in new tab) and offline) and other e-commerce platforms.

The Sony Bravia XR Master Series A95K OELD 4K Smart TV has a slim design and can be used in two different viewing positions. The front position style comes with a One Slate design, which provides a more immersive experience. The stand is hidden in the back and it looks like the smart TV is supporting its weight. The rear position style allows users to support the screen towards the wall, leaving the rest of the support visible in front.

Intel Arc was doomed from the start, and MSI’s new GPU won’t change that

MSI has unveiled its first Intel Arc GPU, a low-profile graphics card containing the budget Arc A380 card – the same somewhat underwhelming GPU that has already been released in China by manufacturers Gunnir and ASRock. The MSI A380 is currently only available on pre-built PCs, appearing on a sensibly priced MSI gaming desktop at Chinese online retailer Tmall.

The new version of MSI’s A380 card is compact and doesn’t require an external power connector (it draws power directly from the motherboard’s PCIe slot), which can be a boon for gamers looking for a graphics card that doesn’t consume a lot of power. – especially in the face of Nvidia’s monstrous power requirements for upcoming RTX 4000 Series.