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Recent articles by Mariella:

'The Last of Us' lead Neil Druckmann becomes Naughty Dog co-president

Naughty Dog has a new co-president, and it’s the creative director behind some of its most popular titles. The company has announced that Neil Druckmann, who led the development for The Last of Us franchise as well as for Uncharted 4, has been promoted to co-president. Since Druckmann is leaving his old position, the company has also promoted Alison Mori and Christian Gyrling to serve as co-vice… → Read More

Apple will replace unresponsive iPhone 11 screens for free

“A small percentage of iPhone 11” units suffer from touch issues, Apple says, and it’s swapping out their displays for free as part of a new replacement program. Apple didn’t elaborate on what exactly causes the screen to stop responding, but it’s asking owners with affected displays to check their phone’s serial number on the support page to find out if they’re eligible for free replacement.… → Read More

Samsung's Android 11 and One UI 3 rollout begins with the Galaxy S20

The Galaxy Note20, Z Fold2, Z Flip, Note10, Fold and S10 series are getting One UI 3.0 in the coming weeks. → Read More

Razer Tomahawk modular gaming PC is now available for $2,400

Since the Tomahawk is a modular PC, though, you can configure its components according to your needs. → Read More

FTC: Robocallers are now pretending to be Apple and Amazon

There’s a new robocall scheme that uses Apple’s and Amazon’s name to rip people off, and the Federal Trade Commission has issued a warning to raise awareness about it. → Read More

Amazon UK begins replacing 'stolen' launch day PS5s

Amazon UK broke a lot of gamers’ hearts in November when people who thought they managed to buy a PlayStation 5 received its box without the actual console. Now, PushSquare managing director Anthony Dickens — who received, of all things, a Nerf gun instead of a PS5 — has shared an email from Amazon telling him that the retailer was able to “secure” a replacement console for the one that he… → Read More

DoorDash lets restaurants add their own delivery drivers to its service

DoorDash will allow restaurants that prefer using their own people for delivery to use its platform to reach more potential customers. DoorDash says the option could increase restaurants’ visibility in their area while being in control of their “end-to-end customer experience” and creating “new opportunities for their existing staff.” Restaurants that sign up under the option can set a delivery… → Read More

American Airlines conducts first public Boeing 737 Max test flight after ban

American Airlines is gearing up to become the first US airline to resume commercial passenger flights with the Boeing 737 Max after the plane’s 20-month ban was lifted. The company has completed a test flight with media onboard — a short 45-minute trip from Dallas, Texas to Tulsa, Oklahoma — as part of a public relations campaign before it resumes commercial flights on December 29th. Boeing’s… → Read More

Razer enables custom Chroma lighting effects for Opera's gaming browser

While the Opera GX gaming browser launched with Razer Chroma compatibility last year, the integration was pretty limited: Chroma devices could only match your chosen highlight colors in the browser. → Read More

Massachusetts lawmakers pass state-wide police ban on facial recognition

Massachusetts could make history as the first state to issue a ban on the use of facial recognition by law enforcement. → Read More

Apple's MagSafe Duo Charger is now available for $129

You can now purchase Apple’s MagSafe Duo charger from the company’s store for $129. The Duo does, so you can simultaneously charge your iPhone and your Watch. → Read More

YouTube's top trending videos for 2020 is led by Chappelle's '8:46'

YouTube may not be releasing a Rewind video for 2020, but it’s not skipping its other year—end tradition: revealing the top trending videos in the US for the year. The other videos in the top 10 trending list are: JeffreeStar’s break-up video, MrBeast’s largest firework in the world (that cost $600,000), Dream’s Minecraft Speedrunner vs 3 Hunters grand finale, Ricky Gervais’ Monologue during the… → Read More

Nintendo makes it easier to transfer Switch screenshots to phones and PCs

The latest software update for the Nintendo Switch has arrived, and it comes with new ways to upload your screenshots to a phone or a computer. You can now wirelessly transfer both photos and videos of your game to phones or tablets by using the smart device’s camera to scan the QR code your Switch will generate every time you use the feature. The new option lives in the “Manage Screenshots and… → Read More

Sega will test fans' knowledge as part of its 60th anniversary

Sega is giving you a chance to prove just how big of a fan you are. The video game developer is holding an exam on everything Sega next year as part of its 60th anniversary celebration. It will cover everything about the developer, including the history of its arcade games, its video game titles and hardware, the way its games were marketed overseas and even its company operations. → Read More

Volkswagen may release a small EV for as little as $24,000

In the future, Volkswagen may have a pretty affordable electric vehicle offering in its lineup. According to Reuters, the automaker is working on a pure electric car around the size of a Polo under a project that the company calls “Small BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle).” The publication says Volkswagen is developing the vehicle for the mass market “in anticipation of tougher climate regulations”… → Read More

Comcast is hiking TV and internet prices in 2021

You’ll have to pay more for Comcast’s services starting next year. The company will raise its prices for both cable TV and internet, and according to a price list posted on Reddit, they’ll be effective as soon as January 1st, 2021. According to the poster, the new prices are for the Chicago area, but Ars Technica has confirmed that price hikes are coming to all customers across the US. → Read More

DoorDash to settle DC lawsuit over unfair tipping practices for $2.5 million

DoorDash has agreed to pay $2.5 million to resolve allegations that it used customers’ tips to subsidize delivery drivers’ base pay in Washington, DC. If you’ll recall, the attorney general for the District of Columbia sued the company last year, accusing it of misleading “DC consumers and used tips left for workers to boost the company’s bottom line.” The food delivery service came under fire… → Read More

SEC proposal could turn gig workers into stockholders

The Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed a set of rule changes that would give internet platforms like Uber the option to give gig workers equity as part of their compensation. As Axios noted, companies like Uber and Airbnb have been asking the SEC to modify its rules so that they can give company stock to their drivers and contractors for quite a while now. Under the proposed changes… → Read More

Facebook fined $6.1 million in South Korea for sharing user data without consent

The Korea Communications Commission kickstarted the investigation in 2018 before ultimately handing it off to the PIPC a few months ago. According to Yonhap News, the PIPC determined that the social network shared the personal information of 3.3 million South Korean users (out of a total of 18 million) to other companies without consent from May 2012 to June 2018. The watchdog said Facebook… → Read More

FCC upholds ZTE's status as a national security threat

The FCC has rejected ZTE’s request for the reconsideration of its designation as a US national security threat. If you’ll recall, the commission formally named Shenzhen-based manufacturers ZTE and Huawei as national security threats back in June, warning US carriers that using the companies’ equipment poses a risk of espionage. Both companies deny that they’re spying for the Chinese government,… → Read More