Pixel 5 camera upgrades: Google marries portrait mode with Night Sight

Google Pixel 5 cameras

Google’s Pixel 5 includes regular and ultrawide-angle cameras.


Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET

Google’s Pixel 5 flagship smartphone drops the telephoto camera its predecessor offered for capturing distant subjects and switches instead to an ultrawide angle alternative good for photographing groups of people and indoor scenes. The shift follows Apple’s iPhone 11, which last year added an ultrawide lens.

An ultrawide camera also is useful for video, which often crops the outer portions of the frame to help stabilize footage. The ultrawide camera complements a traditional main 12-megapixel camera on the Pixel 5’s back and a front-facing 8-megapixel selfie camera on the front. The Pixel 5 starts at $700, but the same camera hardware is also used on the new Pixel 4a with 5G network support, too.

“The ultrawide lens ensures you get

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Modern Warfare’s PS4 Exclusive Mode Will Come To Xbox One And PC Soon

After nearly a year of exclusivity on PlayStation 4, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s Survival mode in Spec Ops is headed to Xbox One and PC very soon.

Xbox One and PC players can access Survival mode from October 1, Infinity Ward’s senior communications manager announced on Twitter.

Xbox One and PC users have had access to the Spec Ops mode for Modern Warfare for launch, but Sony paid Activision to keep the Survival mode exclusive to PS4 for nearly a year.

Survival is a Horde-style cooperative mode where teams of up to four players fight against waves of increasingly difficult AI enemies across multiple maps.

Before Survival comes to Xbox One and PC, Infinity Ward will introduce Season 6 for Modern Warfare and the battle royale game Warzone. The free expansion adds new multiplayer maps, introduces a subway system to Warzone’s battle royale map, and includes new Operators.

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Enterprise Tech Efforts Move Beyond Survival Mode

Enterprise technology firms say companies are emerging from survival mode and kick-starting pre-Covid-19 efforts to overhaul their operations with digital tools.

“Businesses can’t wait,” says Alvina Antar, chief information officer at cloud-identity and -management company

Okta Inc.

Ms. Antar, who took on the role six weeks ago, said companies that raced to install remote-work applications during Covid-19 lockdowns are now doubling down on long-held plans to expand the use of cloud computing, data analytics, smart software and other tech capabilities.

“Yes, they scrambled on the workforce side,” she said. “If they didn’t have that, the business would crumble.” But companies also need to prepare for fierce competition in a post-Covid market, she added.

Like many information-technology providers, Okta is in a unique position to gauge the pace of that shift firsthand. The Silicon Valley company, with twin headquarters in San Francisco and San Jose, sells technology that links a company’s

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Microsoft Teams getting breakout rooms, virtual commute, and new ‘Together Mode’ backgrounds

Microsoft Teams is getting several updates as part of the company’s virtual Ignite tech conference this morning, looking to keep pace with its rivals and keep up with the demands of users  increasingly relying on the collaboration technology as critical infrastructure for remote work and learning.

The ability to create ad hoc breakout rooms will be available starting next month. Microsoft says this is one of the most requested Teams features. “Meeting organizers will be able to split up participants into smaller groups to facilitate brainstorming sessions or workgroup discussions. Presenters can then hop between breakout rooms, make announcements to all breakout rooms, and close the rooms to return everyone to the main meeting,” the company says in a blog post.

Microsoft is partnering with meditation app Headspace on a customizable “virtual commute” feature. It uses automation technology to help users close out tasks and designate work for the following

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