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Life is Strange dev’s new game, Tell Me Why, will launch on August 27th
Jul 25, 2020 2:12 PM ET

Life is Strange dev’s new game, Tell Me Why, will launch on August 27th

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 25, 2020 - Dontnod’s latest narrative-driven game, Tell Me Why, will launch on August 27th. Microsoft announced the news today during its July showcase, alongside several game premieres and updates. Dontnod announced Tell Me Why last November for the Xbox One and PC. The game, set in Alaska, follows a set of twins working through memories of their childhood. The two share a “supernatural bond” that grants them the power to interact with their past memories. As. [more...]

Samsung will now let you reserve a preorder for the Galaxy Note 20
Jul 25, 2020 1:51 PM ET

Samsung will now let you reserve a preorder for the Galaxy Note 20

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 25, 2020 - Image: Evan Blass Samsung’s virtual Unpacked event is scheduled for August 5th, and we expect to see the Galaxy Note 20 announced, along with a few other devices. If you’re sold on the Note 20 after seeing rumors, the extremely brief official teaser above, and seeing the phone’s design leak extensively on Samsung’s Russian site, you can place a reservation for “the next Galaxy” over at Samsung’s site. Doing this won’t cost anything —. [more...]

People are watching a lot more Twitch during the pandemic
Jul 25, 2020 1:39 PM ET

People are watching a lot more Twitch during the pandemic

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 25, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Twitch viewership has been way up since the pandemic started. Viewership grew to 5 billion hours watched between April and June, which is a huge increase no matter how you look at it: it’s up more than 50 percent from the first quarter of 2020, and it’s up more than 60 percent over the same three months in 2019. The metrics come from. [more...]

Xbox Games Showcase: all the news from Microsoft’s July 2020 event
Jul 25, 2020 1:27 PM ET

Xbox Games Showcase: all the news from Microsoft’s July 2020 event

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 25, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge More Xbox Series X games are on the way Microsoft is set to give us our best look yet at upcoming Xbox Series X games during the Xbox Games Showcase on July 23rd. Microsoft promises the show will be about an hour long and will only feature games, so there should be a lot of exciting reveals to look forward to. [more...]

Destiny 2 is coming to Xbox Game Pass in September, will include Beyond Light DLC
Jul 25, 2020 1:13 PM ET

Destiny 2 is coming to Xbox Game Pass in September, will include Beyond Light DLC

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 25, 2020 - Microsoft and Bungie are partnering to bring Destiny 2 to Xbox Game Pass. The original Halo developer will launch Destiny 2 at no additional cost to Xbox Game Pass subscribers in September, and it will include access to previous expansions and the upcoming Destiny 2: Beyond Light DLC. The standard editions of Destiny 2 DLCs will all be available, with Destiny 2’s season pass sold separately. Bungie recently delayed its Beyond Light expansion to November 10th, after it was originally scheduled to launch on September. [more...]

Jul 24, 2020 4:42 PM ET

Watch the trailer for Avowed, a new fantasy RPG from Outer Worlds studio Obsidian

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 24, 2020 - Fallout: New Vegas and The Outer Worlds studio Obsidian Entertainment has announced a new fantasy roleplaying game called Avowed for Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC. Avowed takes place in Eora, the setting of Obsidian’s 2015 game Pillars of Eternity and its 2018 sequel. But it’s swapping Pillars of Eternity’s old-school isometric perspective for first-person gameplay, apparently including swordplay and spellcasting. A trailer doesn’t give away much detail, but it offers a sense of the game’s aesthetic and tone.. [more...]

Tetris Effect: Connected is an Xbox-exclusive multiplayer expansion
Jul 24, 2020 4:17 PM ET

Tetris Effect: Connected is an Xbox-exclusive multiplayer expansion

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 24, 2020 - Image: Enhance Games The excellent Tetris Effect, a mesmerizing audio-visual spin on the classic puzzle game, is getting a full multiplayer expansion this fall called Tetris Effect: Connected, which is releasing as a timed exclusive on PC (on the Microsoft Store) and Xbox platforms. The original game was a PlayStation 4 exclusive released in fall 2018 before it came to PC the following year via the Epic Game Store and Oculus’ VR platform. [more...]

Forza Horizon 4, Gears 5, Ori, Sea of Thieves, and Gears Tactics are getting Xbox Series X upgrades
Jul 24, 2020 3:41 PM ET

Forza Horizon 4, Gears 5, Ori, Sea of Thieves, and Gears Tactics are getting Xbox Series X upgrades

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 24, 2020 - Microsoft isn’t just announcing new games for the upcoming Xbox Series X; the company also announced that several recent Xbox One games will be getting upgraded for the next-gen console with new features and better graphics. Forza Horizon 4, Gears 5, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Sea of Thieves, and Gears Tactics are the five games that Microsoft has announced will be getting the “Optimized for Xbox Series X” badge this. [more...]

Control developer Remedy explores military shooters with CrossfireX on Xbox One
Jul 24, 2020 3:19 PM ET

Control developer Remedy explores military shooters with CrossfireX on Xbox One

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 24, 2020 - Around five years ago, Remedy Entertainment — the Finnish developer best-known for supernatural thrillers like Alan Wake and Control — decided it wanted to become the kind of studio that worked on multiple projects at once. Meanwhile, many on the team were interested in expanding into first-person shooters and finding a way to tell Remedy-style shooters in the pervasive genre. So when Smilegate, the Korean developer behind the massively popular FPS Crossfire, reached out, it. [more...]

Russia just tested satellite-destroying tech in space, US Space Command claims
Jul 24, 2020 2:48 PM ET

Russia just tested satellite-destroying tech in space, US Space Command claims

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 24, 2020 - Image: The Verge/Alex Castro The Department of Defense believes that Russia may have tested out a new technology in space that could be used to destroy other satellites already in orbit. This particular test didn’t destroy anything, but military officials are worried it could be used to target US satellites in the future. On July 15th, a Russian satellite called Kosmos 2543 released an unknown object into orbit, according to. [more...]

Jul 24, 2020 2:12 PM ET

Watch the 18 biggest trailers from the Xbox Series X Games Showcase

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 24, 2020 - Image: Microsoft Microsoft showed off a lot of games coming to the Xbox Series X, including exclusives and brand-new titles, at its July showcase event. We now have a much better idea of what’s in store for Microsoft’s upcoming console. If you weren’t able to watch the event live, we’ve collected some of the biggest trailers from the show right here, and you can catch a replay of the whole. [more...]

Tesla sues Rivian over ‘disturbing pattern’ of alleged trade secret theft.
Jul 24, 2020 1:39 PM ET

Tesla sues Rivian over ‘disturbing pattern’ of alleged trade secret theft.

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 24, 2020 - Image: Rivian Tesla says it has discovered a “disturbing pattern” of former employees who took confidential information and trade secrets on their way to new jobs at EV startup Rivian, according to a new lawsuit first reported by Bloomberg. Tesla even claims Rivian is “knowingly encouraging” this behavior, and it is seeking unspecified punitive damages for what it alleges is “despicable, wanton, oppressive, willful, malicious, [and] duplicitous” conduct. Rivian calls the. [more...]

Jibo, the social robot that was supposed to die, is getting a second life
Jul 24, 2020 12:43 PM ET

Jibo, the social robot that was supposed to die, is getting a second life

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 24, 2020 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge NTT Disruption is keeping Jibo alive Jibo was supposed to die over a year ago, yet somehow, it’s still alive. The social, lovable robot went viral on Twitter last March when it performed a jaunty dance after telling owners, “The servers out there that let me do what I do will be turned off soon.” That meant its ability to perform many. [more...]

Former Facebook engineer says that the company has enshrined failure in its policies
Jul 24, 2020 12:11 PM ET

Former Facebook engineer says that the company has enshrined failure in its policies

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 24, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge A Facebook engineer said in a farewell video that the company was “failing” to mitigate harm and has “enshrined that failure in our policies,” BuzzFeed Newsreported on Thursday. Max Wang, a Boston-based former engineer who claimed in the recording obtained by BuzzFeed that he joined Facebook in 2011, said he didn’t think CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other company leaders were acting in malice. “But that does not. [more...]

One week later, it looks like Microsoft is already breaking a big promise with Xbox Series X
Jul 24, 2020 11:47 AM ET

One week later, it looks like Microsoft is already breaking a big promise with Xbox Series X

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 24, 2020 - Did Microsoft convince you that you wouldn’t need to next-gen hardware to play Xbox Series X games? Think again: fully half of the next-gen games that Microsoft showcased at its Xbox Series X showcase today, including Forza, probably aren’t coming to Xbox One. Which suggests either some of those games aren’t actually coming out for a long time — or Microsoft has already broken a big promise it made just last week.. [more...]

Tenet will absolutely not be a streaming-first title, AT&T CEO says
Jul 24, 2020 11:19 AM ET

Tenet will absolutely not be a streaming-first title, AT&T CEO says

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 24, 2020 - As film studio executives struggle to determine what movies should be held for a theatrical release and what titles can become streaming exclusives, AT&T CEO John Stankey reaffirmed that Tenet will absolutely go to theaters. Stankey was asked about the growing industry trend of taking certain movies originally scheduled for a theatrical release and making them streaming-only titles. Warner Bros., which is owned by AT&T, moved its animated Scooby Doo movie to an on-demand rental. [more...]

Google Messages now lets you reply with emoji reactions
Jul 24, 2020 10:47 AM ET

Google Messages now lets you reply with emoji reactions

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 24, 2020 - Illustration: Alex Castro / The Verge Google is adding a number of new features to its Messages app for Android, including the ability to reply to messages with emoji reactions, something that’s long been available in other messaging apps like Facebook Messenger and iOS’s built-in Messages app. The feature was first spotted in testing in May, but Google has now officially rolled it out as part of the latest version of its Messages app.. [more...]

Quibi will finally let you screenshot, but it’s a little bit complicated
Jul 24, 2020 10:16 AM ET

Quibi will finally let you screenshot, but it’s a little bit complicated

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 24, 2020 - Tom Conrad/Twitter One of the biggest complaints Quibi received upon its initial launch was subscribers being unable to screenshot what they were watching and share it with the world. For a mobile-first streaming service, it seemed like a bit of an oversight. Now, Quibi has introduced screenshot capabilities, but it’s not as easy as holding down the right buttons on your iPhone. Quibi built its own screenshot tool inside the app that. [more...]

New Mutants is still inexplicably scheduled for a theatrical release, but here’s the film’s opening scene
Jul 24, 2020 9:44 AM ET

New Mutants is still inexplicably scheduled for a theatrical release, but here’s the film’s opening scene

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 24, 2020 - The New Mutants is apparently still on track to hit theaters on August 28th, even as Tenet and Mulan face indefinite delays. Details on the film’s theatrical plans come from The New Mutants’ panel at [email protected], the digital version of the annual San Diego festival, where the cast gathered to talk about the film. The panel opens with a cheeky reminder the movie would open in theaters on August 28th. They also brought the movie’s opening scene, which. [more...]

StarCraft II turns 10 this year, and Blizzard is celebrating with an anniversary update for the game
Jul 24, 2020 9:13 AM ET

StarCraft II turns 10 this year, and Blizzard is celebrating with an anniversary update for the game

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 24, 2020 - Image: Blizzard StarCraft II has been out for almost a decade now. To commemorate the game’s tenth anniversary, Blizzard is publicly testing an anniversary update, introducing new campaign achievements for every mission in StarCraft II’s base game and its three expansions, in addition to changes that empower players to create their own custom campaigns. One reason StarCraft II has stuck around so long is that fans have kept it alive by creating custom campaigns in the game. Blizzard. [more...]

T-Mobile will reportedly dump some phones from its network — and even sooner than AT&T
Jul 24, 2020 8:41 AM ET

T-Mobile will reportedly dump some phones from its network — and even sooner than AT&T

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 24, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Remember when AT&T told customers their phones would stop working and encouraged them to buy new ones during a pandemic? T-Mobile is reportedly going to be sending out some messages like that too, but it seems like the company could be going about it a little differently (and hopefully less aggressively) than AT&T, according to an apparent internal document from T-Mobile shared by Android Police. T-Mobile will. [more...]

Intel’s next-gen 7nm chips are delayed until at least 2022
Jul 24, 2020 8:19 AM ET

Intel’s next-gen 7nm chips are delayed until at least 2022

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 24, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Intel finally got its 10nm chips on the market after years of delays, but now the company has announced that it’s encountered issues with its upcoming 7nm process that will result in delays for the next generation of chips, too. As Intel’s Q2 2020 earnings release notes, “the company’s 7nm-based CPU product timing is shifting approximately six months relative to prior expectations,” pushing them back from. [more...]

Disney delays Mulan indefinitely, following Christopher Nolan’s Tenet
Jul 24, 2020 7:47 AM ET

Disney delays Mulan indefinitely, following Christopher Nolan’s Tenet

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 24, 2020 - Image: Disney In a widely anticipated move, Disney has once again delayed its live-action adaptation of Mulan, this time indefinitely. “Over the last few months, it’s become clear that nothing can be set in stone when it comes to how we release films during this global health crisis, and today that means pausing our release plans for Mulan as we assess how we can most effectively bring this film to audiences around the world,”. [more...]

Audeze’s latest gaming headset is made with the PS5 and Xbox Series X in mind
Jul 24, 2020 7:15 AM ET

Audeze’s latest gaming headset is made with the PS5 and Xbox Series X in mind

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 24, 2020 - Audeze has a new gaming headset called the Penrose, which will cost $299.99 when it is released in September, but the company is knocking $50 off if you preorder it before then. Audeze is making two different versions. The first has blue outlining the ear cups and is compatible with the PS5, PS4, Windows 10, and macOS. The other model has green detailing and works with Microsoft’s consoles, the Xbox Series. [more...]

Intel teases ‘something big’ for September 2nd, likely 11th Gen processor launch
Jul 24, 2020 6:42 AM ET

Intel teases ‘something big’ for September 2nd, likely 11th Gen processor launch

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 24, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Intel is promising “something big” at an event on September 2nd, where it’s likely to launch its 11th Gen CPUs. Intel mailed out hold the date messages to members of the press today, teasing a virtual event to show “how Intel is pushing the boundaries of how we work and keep connected.” The event will likely see the introduction of Intel’s 11th Gen. [more...]

Zoom announces a $599 touchscreen device for remote workers
Jul 24, 2020 6:15 AM ET

Zoom announces a $599 touchscreen device for remote workers

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 24, 2020 - Image: Zoom Zoom, whose user base exploded with the onset of COVID-19, is expanding into hardware. The company has announced a new touchscreen device designed to help with remote work. The appliance, called Zoom For Home — DTEN ME, will cost $599 and will ship in August. The DTEN ME is a 27-inch touchscreen device with three smart webcams and eight noise-reducing microphones built in, and it comes preloaded with. [more...]

Facebook’s latest diversity report shows it’s inching toward its goals
Jul 23, 2020 4:48 PM ET

Facebook’s latest diversity report shows it’s inching toward its goals

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 23, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Facebook has released its latest annual diversity report, which suggests the company is slowly increasing representation across its workforce. According to Facebook, the representation of women and Black and Hispanic people among its employees increased across all of its tracked categories. But the social network has yet to hit its long-term goals, such as 50 percent of its workforce being from an underrepresented background by 2024.. [more...]

Reddit adds image galleries, making it way easier to share multiple images at a time
Jul 23, 2020 4:16 PM ET

Reddit adds image galleries, making it way easier to share multiple images at a time

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 23, 2020 - Until now, if you wanted to include more than one image in a single post on Reddit, it’s been a chore. Most users, especially on mobile, had to drop links to external photo-sharing sites like Imgur into a post or reply. But today, Reddit is adding a new feature called Image Gallery, which lets you combine multiple images or GIFs into a single post, even if you’re on mobile. Previously,. [more...]

How spending more time at home might affect your health
Jul 23, 2020 3:45 PM ET

How spending more time at home might affect your health

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 23, 2020 - In North America and Europe, people usually spend about 90 percent of their time indoors. All that time inside affects our health and happiness, but how? Journalist Emily Anthes, author of the new book The Great Indoors tries to answer that question. It’s a fascinating read — especially at a time when the ongoing pandemic has changed how we spend our time inside. With restaurant dining off the table in many regions. [more...]

Leaked Gmail redesign integrates Chat, Meet, and document collaboration in one place
Jul 23, 2020 3:14 PM ET

Leaked Gmail redesign integrates Chat, Meet, and document collaboration in one place

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 23, 2020 - Image: Tahin Rahman Update: Google has officially announced the changes. Original story follows: Google seemingly has a big Gmail redesign in the works that could let you collaborate with colleagues, work on Google Docs, and talk over Google Meet all without leaving Gmail. Leaked images of the redesign were spotted on Google’s website for the Google Cloud Next ‘20: OnAir event by Twitter user Tahin Rahman(via Android Police). In the redesign, there are now tabs for. [more...]