Month: April 2020

Streetwear lovers are flocking to Animal Crossing

Streetwear lovers are flocking to Animal Crossing

Last week, German techwear firm Acronym released a new version of its iconic J1A-GT jacket, one based on Hideo Kojima’s PS4 game Death Stranding. Like most Acronym gear, the jacket was both rare and expensive: it sold out almost immediately, despite a price tag of just under $2,000. But in another seemingly unconnected corner of…

Does Final Fable VII Remake’s bizarro ending work?

Does Final Fable VII Remake’s bizarro ending work?

The Final Fantasy VII remake does more than retell a familiar story from a classic roleplaying game. If you’re planning to play it, you shouldn’t read any further. But if you’ve finished the final chapter, you’ll know that its ending diverges pretty sharply from the original story — not only changing the game’s canon but…

OnePlus has place Samsung on search

OnePlus has place Samsung on search

We got both the announcement and the embargo lift for OnePlus’ new top-tier smartphones yesterday. Here’s my review of the OnePlus 8 Pro and here is Jon Porter’s review of the OnePlus 8 — both with video. These phones are interesting for slightly different — but related — reasons. OnePlus has always positioned itself as…

Zoom is displaying how to answer to criticism the merely capacity

Sometimes it takes years of criticism to get a company to do the right thing. Every once in a while, it can happen overnight. Wednesday night was such a night. After a series of investigative reports, blog posts, and Twitter threads examining Zoom’s design practices and security features, CEO Eric S. Yuan said the company…

I went to an American Football show in Minecraft

For the first time in a month, I had somewhere to be on a Saturday night. It was a mini-music festival where emo fans and electronic music aficionados gathered, staring up at a handcrafted house that loomed over a massive stage. But first, I had to stand in a lengthy queue with a bunch of…

How the nice gaming leagues are adapting to a web-handiest world

Almost every single major professional sports league across the globe is on indefinite hiatus due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. There’s no NBA, no Champions League, no Olympic Games. But an unlikely option has started to fill that void for viewers: competitive video games. For years, esports leagues have tried to emulate traditional sports…

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 evaluate: AMD has rewritten the principles

Asus and AMD have put Intel on notice In their early years, gaming laptops were meant to be desktop replacements. The first Razer Blade, released in 2011, was almost seven pounds; the 2012 Blade was 6.6. Battery life was a laughing matter. (The 2017 Zephyrus had just over two hours.) Gaming laptops were bulky and…

LG V60 Twin Screen conceal overview: V for versatility

LG V60 Twin Screen conceal overview: V for versatility

Even without a second screen, LG’s latest phone offers a lot LG is planning a major refresh for its next mainstream smartphone, but before getting there, the company decided to release another entry in its spec-heavy V-series, the V60 ThinQ. With advanced manual camera controls, a hi-fi headphone jack, and top-end specs, these phones have…

Coronavirus misinformation is placing Fb to the test

Coronavirus misinformation is placing Fb to the test

A few years ago, Facebook became aware that Russia kept posting misinformation all over the network. The misinformation was designed to rile people up and make them share with their friends, and because people are generally pretty easy to rile up, Russia’s strategy was very successful. Some prominent political scientists believe that the country’s election…

eleven tools to catch you started making video video games

eleven tools to catch you started making video video games

Making a video game is much less daunting than it might seem. While you likely aren’t going to go from having no experience to making the next Grand Theft Auto, it has actually never been easier to get started making games. Game development tools and resources have become increasingly accessible to the average person, even…

PS5 vs. Xbox Series X: a fancy battle of SSD and GPU speeds

PS5 vs. Xbox Series X: a fancy battle of SSD and GPU speeds

Sony has finally unveiled its PlayStation 5 specs today, and there are some surprisingly big differences between the PS5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X. Both consoles are still arriving at the end of the year, and we’re now starting to get a better idea of what both Microsoft and Sony have prioritized for next-gen games.…

Animal Crossing’s turnips are bringing the bag collectively

Animal Crossing’s turnips are bringing the bag collectively

Slack was designed to be a place for co-workers to collaborate productively, but now, it’s been converted into a turnip forum. Tom Riley, a customer service employee at fintech startup Curve, participates regularly in his company’s growing Animal Crossing: New Horizons turnip channel on Slack, which has 34 people in it this week. It’s become…

Muto overview: a approach-most appealing electrical city bike

Muto overview: a approach-most appealing electrical city bike

A near-perfect city bike with innovative ‘Click & Roll’ accessory system What makes the perfect electric city bike? That depends on who you ask and where they live. For Europeans, a bicycle is often the primary mode of transportation in relatively flat, bike-friendly cities like Amsterdam, Copenhagen, or Berlin. We ride our bikes everywhere —…

Can Meg Whitman outwit a virulent disease with Quibi?

Can Meg Whitman outwit a virulent disease with Quibi?

Not much is going as planned for Meg Whitman. For instance, there’s a pandemic on. When I first spoke to her for this profile in December, the new coronavirus had emerged in Wuhan already, but no one in the US was yet the wiser. In January, when Whitman gave the CES keynote about her startup,…

Quibi is coming, with the worst — or perchance top — timing

Quibi is coming, with the worst — or perchance top — timing

Quibi was never supposed to compete with Netflix or Disney Plus. The novelty was shortform video for people as they waited for coffee or the bus. The space Quibi intended to seize was the lost minutes in the day — the ones big streamers aren’t competing for. But the COVID-19 pandemic has changed Quibi’s plans…

What’s Twitch, even?

What’s Twitch, even?

Twitch is difficult to describe, to understand, and to start using. It is also incredibly rewarding once you get the hang of it, which is the way these things tend to go: the harder it is to get into something, the more you’ll like your mastery of it. I’ve been writing about Twitch and its…

What Zoom doesn’t trace about the Zoom backlash

What Zoom doesn’t trace about the Zoom backlash

[Ed. note: Today’s newsletter and column was written and distributed before Zoom CEO Eric S. Yuan published his 1,300-word plan to address the security and privacy issues related to the company’s unprecedented consumer growth. What follows is unedited because email is forever.] Just in time for one backlash against the technology industry to end —…

The bid must race on: here’s how Twitch streamers are facing quarantine

The bid must race on: here’s how Twitch streamers are facing quarantine

Twitch is bigger than it’s ever been before. The site’s viewership increased a full 31 percent between March 8th and March 22nd, growing to 43 million hours watched from 33 million hours, according to data from StreamElements and Arsenal.gg. There’s also been a concurrent growth in streamers joining the platform: musicians joined en masse after…