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During a pretaped reveal event, Blizzard revealed a substantial amount of information regarding its plans for Overwatch 2 and what to expect when the game launches on October 4th. Overwatch 2 season is in full swing. Over the weekend, Blizzard revealed that Overwatch 2’s next closed beta will take place June 28th, that game will launch free-to-play on October 4th, and it unveiled Junker Queen, the game’s 34th hero. In a

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Pinterest hops on the live shopping trend with Pinterest TV

Pinterest is getting in on the live shopping trend. The platform is launching Pinterest TV, an exclusive series that will star creators from the platform and celebrities. The series is set to debut on November 8th and will air Monday through Friday at 6PM ET. Pinterest is diving deeper into the e-commerce game with its upcoming shoppable live series, Pinterest TV, which is set to debut on November 8th. Each episode will star a creator from the platform, airing Monday through Friday at 6PM ET on iOS and

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A new athlete wellness trend just dropped

Olympians are using blood flow restriction during their training. The technique aims to boost strength, but the evidence that it works is still limited. Athletes love a good wellness trend. Anything that promises to boost performance or give the slightest edge to anyone competing at the highest level of their sport is going to find the ears of elite athletes and Olympians — even (or especially) if

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The next big social network trend? Shortform audio

Various startups are focusing on shortform social audio. Platforms like Beams, Racket, Pludo, and Quest, in addition to Facebook’s Soundbites, are all trying to make audio go viral in the form of short clips. “So I’ve identified a few metrics and KPIs that I’m going to start tracking in order to better my overall life experience,” Farbod Nowzad says, seemingly seriously, into his phone microphone. He lists his KPIs, or key performance indicators:

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3D audio could be the next big podcast trend

Podcast companies are using different audio techniques to differentiate themselves. The iHeartPodcast Network is launching a slate of binaural audio-recorded shows, and QCODE is producing its show with Dolby Atmos support. Companies looking to make a name in podcasting have mostly done so by spending lots of money on flashy names, big acquisitions, and valuable content libraries. But increasingly, the audio itself, and the recording techniques used to capture it, are

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Apple’s move to make advertising harder on iOS 14 is part of a trend

Facebook is only the latest developer to feel the squeeze Apple and Facebook are fighting again, and how you feel about it says something about who you trust to represent your interests in the strange tech landscape of 2020. Start with a rather academic question that may make your eyes glaze over in spite

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MLS will host a virtual tournament using FIFA 20, continuing industry-wide trend

Following the NBA, NFL, MLB, Formula One, and NASCAR, MLS is the latest league to host a virtual tournament. Sixteen teams will face off in FIFA 20 beginning on April 19th. Major League Soccer is the latest sports organization to move its games to a virtual format, launching a month-long tournament starring both professional athletes and EA Sports’ FIFA 20 Global Series esports players. The tournament, called the

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Reddit now lets brands pay to trend on Trending Today

Reddit now allows brands to pay to appear in the popular discussion site’s tending section on both desktop and mobile called Trending Takeovers. Companies can pay to appear on the Trending Today module for 24 hours. Reddit now allows brands to pay to appear in the popular discussion site’s tending section. The ads, called Trending Takeovers, run on both desktop and mobile. Companies can pay to appear on the Trending Today module for 24 hours, giving them the

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Even pokémon are getting in on the ASMR mukbang trend

The official Pokémon YouTube channel has released two ASMR videos: one featuring a Charmander peacefully snoozing beside a fire, and one with a Chespin munching away on some macarons. The Pokémon Company has released two ASMR videos to kick off your weekend: one featuring a Charmander peacefully snoozing beside a crackling fire, and one with a Chespin munching away on some macarons. “This is a ASMR video for those who need a

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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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