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Geoff Keighley, host of The Game Awards and Summer Game Fest, talks about how the uncertain prospect of E3’s return does not bother him and his past statements on Activision Blizzard. Geoff Keighley isn’t sure what E3 is anymore. Even before COVID forced the cancellation of the in-person version of the giant video game commercial masquerading as an industry trade show three years running now, the event was already a pale,

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Nothing’s Phone 1 isn’t coming to the US

Nothing has confirmed that its debut smartphone, the Phone 1, won’t be getting a widespread release in the US or Canada. Instead, it’s focusing on releasing the phone in Europe. Nothing has confirmed that its debut smartphone, the Phone 1, won’t be getting a widespread release in the US or Canada, PCMag reports. Instead, a “limited number” of the devices will be distributed to community investors in the country as

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The new USI 2.0 standard for styluses isn’t so universal after all

Older USI (Universal Stylus Initiative) 1.0 styluses won’t work with some newer USI 2.0 devices. It’s a problem with Lenovo’s new Chromebook Duet 3, which uses the in-cell technology features of the updated standard. A new report has uncovered compatibility issues with version 2.0 of the Universal Stylus Initiative (USI) standard that means older USI 1.0 styluses won’t work with some newer USI 2.0 devices. ChromeUnboxed came across the problem while using

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Apple’s reportedly flat iPhone production target for 2022 isn’t a great sign

Apple’s reportedly ordering roughly the same amount of phones this year as it did last year, meaning that it’s not expecting much growth in demand. For a year that could see significant upgrades, that’s a bit worrying. Apple, one of the biggest tech companies on the planet, reportedly doesn’t think it’ll sell any more iPhones this year than it did last year, despite rumors that the iPhone 14 will come with some major improvements (via MacRumors). While it’s

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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, for when flagship isn’t flagship enough

The Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 offers 10 percent faster CPU performance, 10 percent faster GPU clocks, and uses 15 percent less power than Qualcomm’s previous flagship chip. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 set the stage for the biggest Android smartphones of 2022, including Samsung’s flagship Galaxy — but it’s about to be surpassed by a better “Plus” version that’ll no doubt appear in

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A court just blew up internet law because it thinks YouTube isn’t a website

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against groups trying to block HB 20, a Texas law barring companies from banning users in the state based on "viewpoint." Yesterday the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decided in favor of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in a lawsuit over HB 20, a bizarre law effectively banning many apps and websites from moderating posts by Texas residents. The court granted Paxton a

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Apple’s third-party payment proposal isn’t enough for Dutch regulators

Apple’s solution to let dating apps use third-party payment providers in the Netherlands reportedly isn’t sufficient for the regulator demanding the change. The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (or ACM) has reportedly rejected Apple’s proposed App Store changes that would let dating app developers use third-party payment systems, according to 9to5Mac and the Coalition for App Fairness.

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Tone-deaf Samsung ad is a reminder that smartwatch safety still has a ways to go

Samsung has apologized for its "Night Owls" ad that depicts a woman running alone at 2AM with her Galaxy Watch 4. However, the ad is a good reminder that smartwatch emergency safety features still have several limitations. Samsung is under fire for a recent ad depicting a woman wearing a Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Buds running alone in the middle of a city at 2AM. Critics have called the ad both “unrealistic” and “tone-deaf” in the wake of the murder of Ashling

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Nintendo Switch Sports isn’t a must-own, but it’s a great party game

Nintendo Switch Sports, launching April 29th, is the spiritual successor of Wii Sports, making for a fun party game that makes good use of the Nintendo Switch motion controls. Nintendo Switch Sports is a great party game. All six minigames are massively fun, perfect for families or a date night in. But unlike its spiritual predecessor, Wii Sports — the most popular title of the entire Wii library — Nintendo Switch

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Google says attackers worked with ISPs to deploy Hermit spyware on Android and iOS

Researchers at Google’s Threat Analysis Group say attackers are working with internet service providers to deploy the commercial-grade Hermit spyware on both Android and iOS devices. A sophisticated spyware campaign is getting the help of internet service providers (ISPs) to trick users into downloading malicious apps, according to research published by Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) (via TechCrunch). This corroborates

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Apple Music’s student plan is getting more expensive in the US, UK, and Canada

Apple Music is increasing the price of its subscription for students in the US, UK, and Canada. Students in the US and Canada now have to pay $5.99 / month, while subscribers in the UK will have to pay £5.99. Apple Music has raised the subscription price of its student plan in the US, UK, and Canada, as first reported by 9to5Mac (via TechCrunch). While it’s increasing the price from $4.99 to $5.99 / month in the US and Canada, student users in the UK

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