We Need a New ‘Legend of Zelda’ Cartoon
The Legend of Zelda games have an amazing sense of adventure that ought to translate well to an animated series. But videogame journalist Blake J. Harris says that Nintendo’s only attempt at a Zelda cartoon, in 1989, is spoiled by its unlikeable protagonist. “There was nothing that showed me... Read more
The DeanBeat: How the rest of 2020 looks for the game industry
The main reason for this column today is to wish you a happy Fourth of July and thank you for reading GamesBeat and VentureBeat. So thanks, and go blow things up in a safe and sane way (maybe inside video games). I like this holiday because it marks the... Read more
Face ID on iPhones could complicate a federal facial recognition ban
Facial recognition is having a reckoning. Recent protests against racism and police brutality have shined a light on the surveillance tools available to law enforcement, and major tech companies are temporarily backing away from facial recognition and urging federal officials to step in and regulate. Late last month, we... Read more
iPhone SE vs. refurbished iPhone X: A new phone is actually the better value
When the iPhone X first debuted in 2017, it made headlines for several reasons. It was the first iPhone to have Face ID, the first to have an OLED display and the first to have an onscreen notch . At the time it was a top-of-the-class device. Now, three years... Read more
Google-backed digital ad groups criticize Apple’s new user-tracking warning
(Reuters) — A group of European digital advertising associations on Friday criticized Apple’s plans to require apps to seek additional permission from users before tracking them across other apps and websites. Apple last week disclosed features in its forthcoming operating system for iPhones and iPads that will require apps... Read more
After Facebook, Intel invests into Indian internet giant Jio
Intel announces a more than $250 million investment into India’s largest telecom operator. James Martin/CNET Intel is investing millions of dollars for a small stake in India’s largest telecom operator as it seeks to further tap into the world’s second largest internet market.  The deal will see the US... Read more
How Masks Went From Don’t-Wear to Must-Have During the Coronavirus Pandemic
“There was very strong pushback that the evidence was too weak,” says Lidia Morawska, a leading aerosol researcher at the Queensland University of Technology, who organized the meeting with WHO officials after seeing large numbers of Italian health care workers dying despite adhering to all the available recommendations regarding... Read more
Evo is the biggest fighting game event of the year. This year’s show had to go online due to the pandemic, but now it too is cancelled after companies and competitors pulled out after recent sexual abuse scandals about the tournament’s organizer came to light. Joey Cuellar was the... Read more
Hamilton hits Disney Plus – CNET
Hamilton Porter chills with buds. 20th Century Fox Welcome back to your guide to finding out what’s new online. Every week, we put together a podcast that lets you know what’s been added to services like Netflix, Hulu and HBO Now. The audio is about a minute or two... Read more
‘Covid Parties’ Are Not a Thing
The dreaded “Covid party” has come to Alabama. Even as the number of hospitalized coronavirus patients in the state reached record highs, news came out this week that college students in Tuscaloosa have been throwing parties with infected guests, then betting on the contagion that ensues. “They put money... Read more