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Recent articles by Kris:

Netflix is working on a live-action 'Dragon's Lair' movie

After the massive success of Stranger Things, Netflix is delving back into '80s culture for another of its upcoming projects. It's developing a live-action movie based on the classic arcade game Dragon's Lair (which the Stranger Things kids actually play in the show's second season). → Read More

HBO’s 'Kill Chain' doc highlights the flaws in US election machines

While COVID-19 might be putting just about everything else on hold, we're still marching towards a presidential election later this year. After the high-profile interference of 2016, election security and foreign meddling are still critical issues, but many states still aren't doing enough to ensure the integrity of the process. A documentary premiering tonight on HBO proves a sobering reminder… → Read More

Nintendo had a surprise Direct Mini today, here's what you missed

After several months without a proper Direct, Nintendo at long last debuted a presentation without any prior warning. For some reason, it decided to call it a "Nintendo Direct Mini," which is especially strange given the glut of news it delivered. → Read More

CBS offers a free month of All Access so you can binge-watch 'Picard'

If you've been meaning to check out Star Trek: Picard or The Good Fight, but already perhaps have one streaming subscription too many, you can check out CBS All Access for free until April 23rd in the US. Jean-Luc Picard himself (okay, Partick Stewart) revealed ViacomCBS would make it so ahead of his show's season finale dropping later this week. → Read More

'Gwent: The Witcher Card Game' finally arrives on Android

At long last, Gwent: The Witcher Card Game has made its way to Android after it debuted on iOS back in October. The Android release arrived almost a year to the day after CD Projekt Red announced it was working on smartphone versions of the free-to-play title. → Read More

'Minecraft' takes students on a free tour of the ISS

To help students who are stuck at home keep on learning, there's a new glut of free educational material available in Minecraft. Mojang has added an Education category to the Marketplace, which includes a bunch of lessons from Minecraft: Education Edition. → Read More

YouTube will limit video quality for everyone by default for a month

The next time you load up a YouTube video, it probably won't look as sharp as you'd normally expect, at least at first. From today, videos will start playing in standard definition by default for the next month, though you can still bump up the resolution manually from the settings. → Read More

GM offers free, limited internet access in its connected cars

With GM granting only three gigabytes of free data across three months, you're probably not going to be using it to tilt back the front seat and stream your favorite shows. But, if you're in a pinch and your phone isn't picking up a cell connection, it might prove a lifesaver. The automaker is also providing its OnStar Crisis Assist service to vehicle owners for a limited time. Its advisors can… → Read More

'Call of Duty: Warzone' hits 30 million players in 10 days

> Over 30 million of you have dropped in to play #Warzone. Thank you to this amazing community . Jump in and play for free now. #FreeCallofDuty — Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) March 20, 2020 The growth has slowed a bit since launch -- Warzone had three million players after 24 hours and 15 million within three days -- but the latest number is nothing to sniff at. Apex… → Read More

Sony says the 'overwhelming majority' of PS4 titles will work on PS5

Sony has heard everyone's complaints, and it's putting more work into making sure many more PS4 games work on PlayStation 5. "With all of the amazing games in PS4's catalog, we've devoted significant efforts to enable our fans to play their favorites on PS5," it wrote in an update to a blog post about the upcoming console's specifications. "We believe that the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+… → Read More

F1 drivers will compete in a virtual grand prix series

Starting Sunday, several drivers will square off in the F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix series, using the PC version of F1 2019 and playing remotely for safety reasons. First up is the Virtual Bahrain Grand Prix on what was supposed to be the second weekend of the actual F1 season. The virtual race will be 28 laps long, half as many as the real-life grand prix lasts, and it'll be preceded by a… → Read More

Waymo suspends all services until at least April 7th

This is "a temporary measure to keep our riders, trained drivers, and the entire Waymo team safe," the company said. Waymo will continue to monitor the coronavirus situation to determine when it's safe to kickstart its ride services again. The company noted it will help its partners pay staff who had been scheduled to work on Waymo projects if they "if they have symptoms of COVID-19, can't come… → Read More

Pixar's 'Onward' hits Disney+ on April 3rd amid theater closures

The latest title to get an early digital home release is Pixar's latest flick, Onward. Disney says it will be available to download today, but, in our current reality, it's also one of the first tentpole movies to get a streaming release a month or so after arriving in theaters. You can stream Onward on Disney+ starting April 3rd. > #PixarOnward is coming to the US tonight on digital download… → Read More

Amazon suspends Prime Pantry to handle its backlog of orders

The Prime Pantry website has a notice that reads "Pantry is temporarily closed. We are busy restocking." It's not accepting new orders because of high order volumes. For now, you can't add items that are listed as "Ships & Sold from Pantry" to your cart. However, Amazon said people who are waiting on recent Prime Pantry orders will receive them. It's not clear when Amazon will reopen the… → Read More

The latest 'Overwatch' hero can transform into enemy characters

That's a game-changing ultimate that will shake up gameplay dynamics in many ways, especially because Echo can use the mimicked hero's ultimate too. Game director Jeff Kaplan said Echo will be visually and audibly distinguishable from other characters in a match when she adopts another hero's form. She can't become a clone of an enemy team's Echo, though. Her main weapon is called Tri-Shot,… → Read More

Razer is making surgical masks to help with supply shortages

The company plans to provide healthcare authorities around the globe with as many as a million masks. CEO Min-Laing Tan said Razer's engineers and designers have been working around the clock over the last few days to convert some of its production facilities so workers can temporarily make surgical masks instead of gaming peripherals. Health authorities in Singapore, where Razer's Southeast… → Read More

As internet forums die off, finding community can be harder than ever

Before social networks took over the internet, message boards were perhaps the most essential way for people to come together online and talk about whatever was... → Read More

HBO and HBO Max are coming to YouTube TV

Google and WarnerMedia have signed a deal to bring HBO, Cinemax and HBO Max to YouTube TV this spring. WarnerMedia's other cable networks will also stay on YouT... → Read More

The Disney+ app is finally coming to Vizio TVs

Vizio is rolling out an update to its smart TVs that'll add a proper Disney+ app to the SmartCast platform. Until now, Vizio owners have had to cast Disney+ to... → Read More

Sony pulls out of PAX East over coronavirus concerns

Sony is pulling out of PAX East this year owing to coronavirus concerns. The company had planned to showcase a number of upcoming PlayStation 4 games there, inc... → Read More