Month: March 2020

Why Half of-Lifestyles’s City 17 was pivotal to gaming’s publish-Soviet obsession
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Why Half of-Lifestyles’s City 17 was pivotal to gaming’s publish-Soviet obsession

The underground labs of the original Half-Life were set somewhere among New Mexico’s towering desert canyons. It wasn’t your prototypical blockbuster locale, but it was still Hollywood-esque, reminiscent of Cold War-era sci-fi films like Them!, where US Army men battled against giant irradiated ants below a blistering American sun. The setting of Half-Life’s sequel, on…

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Never expend hardware this day in response to a promise of utility tomorrow
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Never expend hardware this day in response to a promise of utility tomorrow

The headline on this story — never buy hardware today based on a promise of software tomorrow — doesn’t really apply to the new iPad Pro, which I reviewed yesterday. But I’ve been thinking about it ever since I hit the publish button. The phrase is a mantra we repeat over and over here at…

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Outside China, Android isn’t Android with out Google – The Verge
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Outside China, Android isn’t Android with out Google – The Verge

The tech story that made the biggest impact on me yesterday was Sam Byford’s “Living a Google-free life with a Huawei phone.” In the run up to the launch of Huawei’s new flagship P40 line, he got himself a Mate 30 Pro and used it to see what Android is like sans Google. This is,…

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Half of-Life: Alyx is an amazing return to Metropolis 17
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Half of-Life: Alyx is an amazing return to Metropolis 17

Half-Life: Alyx is definitely not Half-Life 3. It is a full-fledged game that expands the Half-Life universe. And City 17’s exploding barrel industry is still going strong. These are answers to some big questions Valve Software raised last year when it announced the first new Half-Life game since 2007 — but exclusively for virtual reality.…

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Tech corporations would possibly per chance face more stress to fragment space information with governments to fight coronavirus
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Tech corporations would possibly per chance face more stress to fragment space information with governments to fight coronavirus

By now most Americans have gotten the message that, as much as possible, they need to stay away from everyone else. In San Francisco and a growing number of other cities around the world, all non-essential travel has been banned. Even in cases where life more closely resembles normalcy, the government has encouraged social distancing.…

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Apple at closing admits Microsoft become once ultimate-attempting about tablets
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Apple at closing admits Microsoft become once ultimate-attempting about tablets

Apple has spent the past 10 years trying to convince everyone that the iPad and its vision of touch-friendly computing is the future. The iPad rejected the idea of a keyboard, a trackpad, or even a stylus, and Apple mocked Microsoft for taking that exact approach with the Surface. “Our competition is different, they’re confused,”…

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The iPad Pro is ready to supplant the Mac appropriate as the MacBook Air is wide all over again
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The iPad Pro is ready to supplant the Mac appropriate as the MacBook Air is wide all over again

I felt personally attacked by Apple yesterday, specifically by the marketing copy it used to promote the new iPad Pro: “Your next computer is not a computer.” This newsletter, Processor, is also (and originally) the name for the tech-focused video essays that I sometimes make. The very first one kicked off by asking the same…

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The actual approach to enhance your pickle’s Wi-Fi
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The actual approach to enhance your pickle’s Wi-Fi

If you’re now working at home due to the COVID-19 outbreak, you may have a moment when you realize that your Wi-Fi just isn’t cutting it anymore — it could be a frozen video feed, a rainbow spinner on your screen, or a cry from your kids when their favorite game doesn’t load. Here are…

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Expansive tech is on the brink of chat about new merchandise over again
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Expansive tech is on the brink of chat about new merchandise over again

As we settle in to the new reality of a locked-down, socially distant world, big tech is getting ready to start talking — and maybe even releasing — new consumer tech products. We’ve got rumors of the new flagship Motorola phone, a new speaker operating system from Sonos, and more. Sony’s also going to try…

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The most sensible likely motion pictures and TV shows to stream must you’re working remotely
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The most sensible likely motion pictures and TV shows to stream must you’re working remotely

In the era of social distancing that many of us now live in as part of a worldwide effort to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic, tons of people are now stuck at home for days or even weeks, discouraged from meeting in public places or hanging out in large groups. That means…

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Ashly Burch saves video games by making fun of them
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Ashly Burch saves video games by making fun of them

Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet isn’t just a great comedy about video games, but a strand connecting an older, weirder era of its culture to the more mainstream world of workplace comedies. Few people on the show exemplify this more than Ashly Burch, a writer on Mythic Quest who also plays Rachel, a wide-eyed game tester…

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Dr Disrespect is the villain who may perchance perchance well substitute the plan forward for TV
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Dr Disrespect is the villain who may perchance perchance well substitute the plan forward for TV

Violence becomes him. Stalking through the wild grass and brutalist concrete wilderness of Tarkov, he’s implacable, the unstoppable force you’ve always secretly wanted to see come up against an object that claims to be immovable. He sees an enemy unaware. He snarls. The sights come up instinctively. In the pause before the man drops, you…

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How social networks can carry out appropriate whereas we’re all trapped indoors
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How social networks can carry out appropriate whereas we’re all trapped indoors

If Wednesday was the day where the full magnitude of the COVID-19 crisis became clear to many Americans, Thursday was the day that the country seemed to enter shock. By now, a significant portion of the Silicon Valley workforce is working, or pretending to, from home, giving everyone near-unlimited time to refresh Twitter, Instagram, and…

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The Galaxy S20 is a big Android phone at present time, but how lengthy can it defend on high?
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The Galaxy S20 is a big Android phone at present time, but how lengthy can it defend on high?

The coronavirus is officially a pandemic and it has overshadowed quite a lot of other news. We’ve got stories on all the big news from yesterday, including the president’s speech and the NBA season getting suspended. But that other news goes on, and it turns out I have a lot of little things to say…

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Sad Mesa is the final observe solution to fetch into Half-Existence ahead of Alyx
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Sad Mesa is the final observe solution to fetch into Half-Existence ahead of Alyx

Upon its release in 1998, Half-Life instantly became my favorite game of all time. That wasn’t saying much, really, since we’d only just set up our first family computer, and I’d barely started playing video games. But history has proven my hot take to be a pretty solid one — Half-Life’s blend of first-person shooting…

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Google has been surprisingly proactive in struggling with COVID-19 misinformation
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Google has been surprisingly proactive in struggling with COVID-19 misinformation

Last week, as COVID-19 began its spread around the globe, I noted here that the epidemic had prompted a notable change in the big tech platforms. Where they were once loath to intervene in the affairs of their own algorithms, even when the potential harms to public health were clear, the arrival of a novel…

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Congress can’t repair Bluetooth pairing, however it doesn’t wound to strive
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Congress can’t repair Bluetooth pairing, however it doesn’t wound to strive

The week of iOS 14-based leaks continues, with hints about new Apple hardware and a new home screen view. The rumored list for apps on the home screen view strikes me as particularly interesting and particularly likely. Cracks about it copying Windows Phone aside, it seems likely to me because it also mimics a lot…

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A brand soundless stunt completely demonstrates how a broken streaming system encourages piracy
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A brand soundless stunt completely demonstrates how a broken streaming system encourages piracy

We’ve all been there: you have a sudden itch to watch a specific movie, and, after a cursory search of Netflix, you realize it’s not there. Next step: Google. Type in a search query for where that particular movie is streaming. It’s not on Hulu or Amazon Prime Video. It is, however, available via HBO…

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The upward push of impossibly lovable and healthful video games
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The upward push of impossibly lovable and healthful video games

“hello im a detective i solve every mystery” reads the Twitter bio of the Frog Detective, who’s widely known as the second-best detective in the fictional universe of his very own adventure game. As a whodunnit, The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game follows the plucky, amphibious investigator as he gets to the bottom of…

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Quibi’s most ludicrous presentations at birth — in step with nothing nevertheless their taglines
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Quibi’s most ludicrous presentations at birth — in step with nothing nevertheless their taglines

What is Quibi? Is it the final frontier in the streaming wars? Is it vaporware that’s managed to secure nearly $2 billion in investment funding before it’s even launched? Is it going to be the next big thing people spend time watching while in the bathroom? No one really knows. Founder Jeffrey Katzenberg sees it…

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Contagion shows the lengths of us gallop to witness a movie they may be able to’t hump
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Contagion shows the lengths of us gallop to witness a movie they may be able to’t hump

In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 film about a pandemic, Contagion, is seeing a spike in viewing. The problem is that Contagion isn’t streaming anywhere — especially in the United States — leading to an increase in rentals on iTunes and torrent downloads. The Verge partnered with TorrentFreak to examine the…

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Warren Ellis wrote Castlevania season three in a ‘rapture of angry vitality’
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Warren Ellis wrote Castlevania season three in a ‘rapture of angry vitality’

Netflix’s Castlevania is the rare video game adaptation that’s actually worth watching. Executive produced by Adi Shankar and written by prolific comics author Warren Ellis, it remixes the classic gothic series into a bloody anime-influenced adventure featuring some of the games’ biggest characters. Yesterday, Netflix released a third season that’s longer, weirder, and more ambitious…

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Granblue Fable Versus is a gargantuan first battling game
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Granblue Fable Versus is a gargantuan first battling game

Fighting games are different than other types of video games. A lot of titles — think action games like Control or Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order — are about giving you the feeling of becoming more powerful over the course of the game, or just being powerful from the get-go. However, fighting games and other…

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What Facebook might maybe also learn from Microsoft
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What Facebook might maybe also learn from Microsoft

It was a big weekend on the tech and governance beat, led by news of the spread of the COVID-19 disease in the United States and its spiraling consequences for companies in Silicon Valley and beyond. Today we’re introducing a new, hopefully short-lived section of The Interface that covers the spread of the novel coronavirus…

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This backpack has it all: Kevlar, batteries, and a federal investigation
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This backpack has it all: Kevlar, batteries, and a federal investigation

Lots of people want a word with Doug Monahan — government lawyers, crowdfunding backers, people from his past, and me. I’d been trying to find him for over a year. As a reporter interested in crowdfunding disasters, I thought Monahan’s failed iBackpack project was one of the ultimate gadget pipe dreams gone bad. The beats…

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Core is a brand contemporary platform aiming to be the YouTube of game boost
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Core is a brand contemporary platform aiming to be the YouTube of game boost

Back in 2016, Frederic Descamps and Jordan Maynard formed a new studio called Manticore Games with the intention of building the kinds of real-time, competitive experiences they loved to play. One thing they really wanted to do was respond to community feedback quickly, so they designed a tool that made it possible to rapidly test…

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Nvidia’s GeForce Now is becoming a in actuality necessary test for the system forward for cloud gaming
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Nvidia’s GeForce Now is becoming a in actuality necessary test for the system forward for cloud gaming

Nvidia’s GeForce Now took yet another hit this weekend with a new publisher pulling its software from the cloud gaming service. That’s because GeForce Now, unlike competing services like Google Stadia, lets anyone who purchases a digital game on Valve’s Steam marketplace reinstall it on a virtual machine and play it using its cloud platform.…

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AT&T TV now on the market nationwide with Android TV space-top box — and a two-yr contract
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AT&T TV now on the market nationwide with Android TV space-top box — and a two-yr contract

AT&T TV is launching nationwide today after initially rolling out to over a dozen markets last year. The subscription TV service — not to be confused with AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now) — is contract-based, which is a departure from the freedom you get with month-to-month streaming TV apps like YouTube TV, Hulu with…

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We quiet haven’t seen the Galaxy Home — and that’s a correct ingredient
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We quiet haven’t seen the Galaxy Home — and that’s a correct ingredient

Twice a year, Samsung holds its Galaxy Unpacked launch event. Twice a year, we wonder: will Samsung finally announce its mysterious Bixby-enabled smart speakers, the Galaxy Home and Galaxy Home Mini? And twice a year, the company announces phones, accessories, and partnerships galore — with no Bixby speaker in sight. Where, oh where, is the…

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