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Evo 2020 canceled after co-founder abuse allegations

Fighting game tournament Evo 2020 has been canceled after co-founder Joey “Mr. Wizard” Cuellar was accused of assaulting a minor. The esports tournament, which announced in May that it was going online-only in the wake of COVID-19, will now not go ah...

Posted on 3 July 2020 | 12:01 pm

The Morning After: The best gear for grilling

In the US, we’re heading into a holiday weekend, so if you need some advice on gear for grilling or a socially distanced backyard party, then we have the appropriate recommendations. Speaker, grill, thermometer, whatever — Billy Steele outlines some...

Posted on 3 July 2020 | 11:15 am

Amped Studio offers 'experimental' VST plugin support for its online DAW

Online digital audio workstation (DAW) music production apps are popular because, unlike local apps, they can run on machines that aren’t necessarily super-powerful. However, a downside is that you can’t use powerful VST plugins that do functions lik...

Posted on 3 July 2020 | 9:01 am

Apple Card's new web portal lets you pay your balance on a PC

You’ll no longer have to be entirely dependent on the Wallet app for your Apple Card transactions. The tech giant has launched a web portal for its credit card, giving you a way to pay your balance online even if you don’t have or have lost access to...

Posted on 3 July 2020 | 4:31 am

Ubisoft CEO lays out a plan to change the company's toxic culture

A week after launching investigations into many claims of harassment and misconduct, Ubisoft’s CEO gave an update on what the company is doing to change things. In a letter posted on its website and emailed to employees, Yves Guillemot said “the type...

Posted on 3 July 2020 | 1:30 am

Verizon adds free Disney+, Hulu streaming to some Fios packages

Verizon (Engadget's parent company) has launched a new deal to try to entice people to its Fios service. Building on the Disney+ promotion the telecom announced last year, new customers can get up to 12 months of Hulu free when they subscribe to Veri...

Posted on 2 July 2020 | 10:13 pm

Amazon's Windows 10 Prime Video app brings offline viewing to PCs

It's been a long wait, but Windows 10 users can finally download Amazon Prime Video to their computer. The UWP app’s most notable feature is that it allows you to download content for offline watching. That will be handy once it's safe to travel agai...

Posted on 2 July 2020 | 9:01 pm

Walmart is turning some of its parking lots into drive-in theaters

Select Walmart parking lots around the US will soon be transformed into drive-in theaters, thanks to a partnership with the company behind the Tribeca Film Festival, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The “safe, socially distanced drive-in events,”...

Posted on 2 July 2020 | 8:15 pm

PlayStation is the latest to join the Facebook ad boycott

Sony’s PlayStation brand is the latest to jump on board with other companies who have stopped running ads on Facebook and Instagram, reports GamesIndustry.biz. PlayStation is joining a host of other brands who’ve stopped running ads on the platforms...

Posted on 2 July 2020 | 7:51 pm

BMW wants to sell subscriptions to in-car features

In an expansion of its ConnectedDrive Store, BMW wants to give owners of its cars the option to access specific hardware and software features through a subscription (via Autoblog). BMW hasn't detailed exactly how the service will work, but the short...

Posted on 2 July 2020 | 7:37 pm

Flash games site Kongregate will stop accepting submissions on July 22nd

If you played Flash-based games in the 2000s, you probably remember Kongregate, a website that hosted over 100,000 browser games. Developers of any experience level could upload their creations, and users could find a host of oddball options that you...

Posted on 2 July 2020 | 7:15 pm

'Cyberpunk 2077' ditches its wall-running mechanic

Cyberpunk 2077 will no longer have one of its more intriguing movement mechanics that have been showcased in demos over the last couple of years. CD Projekt Red says it has ditched the wall-running ability."[Wall-running] is something that we removed...

Posted on 2 July 2020 | 6:17 pm

For a 'free speech social network,' Parler isn't that free

Twitter conservatives, long frustrated by the site’s supposed “anti-conservative bias” have a new platform of choice: Parler. The app, which bills itself as the “free speech social network,” has become a kind of social media haven for the right in re...

Posted on 2 July 2020 | 6:00 pm

Palmer Luckey's startup will build a 'virtual' border wall

It's no secret that Palmer Luckey's Anduril Industries has been developing a "virtual wall" to heighten national security -- he's been at it for the better part of three years. That work (for better or worse) has finally paid off. According to a new...

Posted on 2 July 2020 | 5:43 pm

Amazon is making a Fallout series with the creators of 'Westworld'

Amazon’s latest sci-fi series will be a familiar one to gamers — the company is partnering with Bethesda to make a show based on the post-apocalyptic Fallout series. Tweets from both Bethesda and Amazon confirmed this, and Bethesda also confirmed tha...

Posted on 2 July 2020 | 5:23 pm

'Hyper Scape' brings fresh ideas to a crowded battle royale arena

Ubisoft is jumping into the battle royale arena with Hyper Scape, its futuristic, first-person take on the genre. You can try it on PC today as part of a technical test, as long as you’re lucky enough to receive a Twitch Drop (more on that in a bit)....

Posted on 2 July 2020 | 5:22 pm

EARN IT Act amendments transfer the fight over Section 230 to the states

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed an amended version of the EARN IT Act. The controversial legislation will now head to the full Senate floor for debate. While the amendments include substantial changes, groups like the ACLU and Free Press...

Posted on 2 July 2020 | 4:50 pm

Virgin Galactic will livestream its SpaceShipTwo cabin reveal on July 28th

We’ve seen photos of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo in flight, and we know what its Under Armour spacesuits will look like. Next, Virgin Galactic will offer a glimpse of the spaceship’s cabin. On July 28th, at 1pm ET, the company will host a live-str...

Posted on 2 July 2020 | 3:27 pm

NVIDIA brings its Instagram-style game filters to GeForce Now

The next time you fire up NVIDIA’s GeForce Now, you’ll be able to drastically change up the look of whatever game you’re playing. The company is rolling out its Freestyle tech across the service, through which players can slap Instagram-style filters...

Posted on 2 July 2020 | 3:16 pm

Share your favorite memories of the original Walkman

This week marks the 41st anniversary of the very first Walkman: the TPS-L2, a metal-cased, blue-and-silver box that sold more than 30,000 units in the first two months of its release. It led the way for Sony to sell over 200 million cassette-based pl...

Posted on 2 July 2020 | 3:00 pm

European police hacked encrypted phones used by thousands of criminals

In one of the largest law enforcement busts ever, European police and crime agencies hacked an encrypted communications platform used by thousands of criminals and drug traffickers. By infiltrating the platform, Encrochat, police across Europe gained...

Posted on 2 July 2020 | 2:43 pm

Get a free Nest Hub when you buy a Nest Hub Max

A July 4th sale makes it tempting to outfit your home with Google smart displays. Best Buy, Home Depot and B&H Photo will throw in a free Nest Hub when you buy a Nest Hub Max for $229. That means you’ll pay $229 for a bundle valued at about $318,...

Posted on 2 July 2020 | 2:17 pm

'NBA 2K21' comes with a next-gen upgrade... if you spend $100

If you want to play NBA 2K21 on two different console generations -- the PS4 and PS5, or the Xbox One and Series X -- it's going to cost you.The base game for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC and Google’s Stadia streaming service will cost $59.99 w...

Posted on 2 July 2020 | 2:00 pm

A high-tech glove can translate sign language with 99-percent accuracy

Researchers at UCLA have developed an inexpensive, high-tech glove that can translate sign language into written and spoken words on a smartphone (via Fast Company). The system works in real time and can interpret 660 American Sign Language signs wit...

Posted on 2 July 2020 | 1:48 pm

Will gallium nitride electronics change the world?

Silicon is at the heart of most of our electronics. It’s a semiconductor, a material that can switch from an insulator that blocks current to a conductor, a material like copper that can carry a charge. This remarkable property is at the heart of tra...

Posted on 2 July 2020 | 1:30 pm