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  • Entrepreneur
  • The Next Web

Recent articles by Matt:

The Raspberry Pi 400 is a $70 keyboard that's also a computer

In the eight and a bit years since the first model launched, the Raspberry Pi has traditionally been sold as a modular computer. The Foundation watched as third-parties — including Kano — built their own all-in-one PC solutions around the Raspberry Pi, leading it to create its own Desktop Kit, which bundled all of the necessary tech to deploy a fully-functional desktop or coding workstation.… → Read More

There's a lot to look forward to in 'Apex Legends' season seven

With season seven less than a week away, EA and Respawn are finally detailing the new content and features that we can expect from the latest update to the popular battle royale game Apex Legends. Thanks to a series of previews, it’s now common knowledge that Apex will soon host a third map, Olympus, plus a new “charmingly eccentric” Scottish astrophysicist called Horizon who comes complete with… → Read More

Valorant's new healer agent will change the game

With Valorant’s second competitive season almost at an end, Riot Games has begun detailing what’s coming to its 5v5 tactical shooter on October 13th. Instead of teleports or climbing ropes, found in two of the game’s other maps, Icebox will encourage players to utilize ziplines to retain the high ground. “Icebox was designed to emphasize skirmishes, sharp aim and adaptive play,” notes Salvatore… → Read More

An Excel error may have led England to under-report COVID-19 cases

A day after the UK government announced its highest number of new coronavirus cases in England, the reason behind the drastic rise has reportedly been revealed. According to multiple sources, a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet containing laboratory results reached its maximum size, meaning that as many as 15,841 cases between September 25th and October 2nd were not uploaded to the UK government’s… → Read More

Twitch Drops expansion rewards viewers when streamers play well

Thanks to streaming services, watching people play video games can often be as fun as taking part. Game studios have paid close attention, often enlisting big name streamers to generate buzz for their upcoming titles via reward systems like Twitch’s Drops platform. Riot Games set Twitch records when it allowed viewers to grab a beta key for its new 5v5 shooter, Valorant, simply by asking that… → Read More

Amazon officially delays Prime Day until 'later this year'

Amazon’s own shopping holiday — Prime Day — will still go ahead this year, but it won’t be for a while, the company announced on Tuesday. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect operations worldwide, a spokesperson confirmed “we’ll be holding Prime Day later than usual,” while promising to share “more details soon.” Prime Day 2019 ran for two days from July 15th, and on July 16th the year… → Read More

Amazon's smart shopping cart knows what you're buying

In its bid to further automate grocery shopping, Amazon today unveiled a smart shopping cart that can automatically detect products placed inside it and let customers pay for shopping without visiting a cashier. The “Dash Cart” — the company calls it — looks like any other grocery cart, but uses a mix of cameras, sensors and a built-in scale to work out a person’s purchases and then deducts the… → Read More

'Watch Dogs: Legion' lets you be anyone, if you put in the work

London has fallen. At least, that’s what you’re told when you first visit the dystopian future of England’s capital city in Legion, the third instalment of Ubisoft’s action-adventure series Watch Dogs. Navigating the underground corridors of the Houses of Parliament as an MI-5 agent in the game’s prologue, you quickly understand that DedSec — the subversive hacking group at the center of Watch… → Read More

Samsung is selling a wireless charger that also sterilizes your phone

In a bid to give its customers an phone-cleaning option that doesn’t involve an antibacterial wipe, Samsung has begun selling a wireless UV charger that promises to “kill up to 99 percent of bacteria within 10 minutes.” The ITFIT UV Sterilizer is a very unremarkable white box that Samsung says is spacious enough to fit a Galaxy S20 Ultra. The embedded 10-watt Qi charger will deliver power while… → Read More

'Fortnite' Chapter 2 Season 3 features Aquaman and rideable sharks

After weeks of delays, the new Fortnite season is finally here and it’s very....wet? → Read More

Riot's first official ‘Valorant’ esports tournaments begin this week

It’s been just over two months since Riot Games debuted its tactical first-person shooter, Valorant. → Read More

The best gifts for dad under $50

It's easy to spend a lot of money when buying gifts for loved ones, especially tech gifts. But it doesn't have to be that way: Here are the best tech gifts for Dad under $50. → Read More

Virgin Media and O2 announce £31 billion UK merger

The £31 billion puts BT, Sky and Vodafone on notice -- if it's approved. → Read More

‘Valorant’ is harvesting talent from stagnating esports

From a Fortnite World Cup runner-up to Overwatch League's MVP, Valorant is luring in some of the world's best shooter esports pros. → Read More

Disney+ will limit video quality for its wider European launch

"In line with Disney's longstanding commitment to act responsibly, we are responding to the request of European Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton to work together to ensure the smooth functioning of the broadband infrastructure. In anticipation of high consumer demand for Disney+, we are proactively instituting measures to lower our overall bandwidth utilisation by at least 25% in… → Read More

'Call of Duty: Warzone' is a serious contender to Fortnite's throne

The amazing thing about the Gulag is the adrenaline rush you get when you win and return to the game. While my teammates were pinned down in the firefight that led to my demise, I won a second chance at life and helped win a battle that was never in their favor. In the unfortunate event that more than one member of your team is wiped, you're allowed to spectate your teammate during their duel… → Read More

Disney+ discounts yearly subscriptions ahead of its European launch

When Disney dropped the surprise news that its popular streaming service would debut in Europe a week earlier than planned, the company was quickly pressed on w... → Read More

'Fortnite' Chapter 2 Season 2 is all about secret agents and Deadpool

Fortnite might be one of the biggest games in the world, but the battle royale shooter has certainly had its problems over the past few months. Thanks to a mix... → Read More

Dark mode is coming to WhatsApp for Android

For such a simple feature, dark mode really does split the masses. Some love the white on black theme that it offers, whereas others (we see you in the comments... → Read More

Disney+ is coming to Europe a week sooner than expected

If you live in Europe and you've been patiently waiting to (legally) get stuck into The Mandalorian, we have some good news. The launch date for the European la... → Read More