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Sean Hollister

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Recent articles by Sean:

PSA: You might want to avoid the gobs of Halo Infinite spoilers Microsoft just leaked

Halo Infinite creative director Joseph Staten confirmed on Twitter that Microsoft accidentally leaked “a small number of Halo Infinite campaign files” which could spoil the entire game’s story. → Read More

Sony’s new PS5 beta update also fixes one of its silliest flaws

The PS5 beta update 2.0 includes a few features that Sony didn’t highlight to journalists — including a way to easily update your DualSense controller if you press the wrong button at launch. → Read More

This is Beast Canyon, the evolution of Intel’s modular mini gaming PC

Intel’s NUC 11 Extreme, aka Beast Canyon, is the company’s fourth attempt to design a more compact gaming PC than most gamers could dream of building on their own. It uses Compute Element modules to swap its CPU, motherboard, memory and storage simultaneously. → Read More

Here’s the evidence a fired Blizzard developer’s ‘Cosby Suite’ existed

As employees walk out of Activision Blizzard over allegations of “constant sexual harassment” and discrimination and the company’s response, Kotaku has released a report backing up the existence of a “Cosby Suite.” → Read More

James Bond’s iconic Aston Martin DB5 is coming to Rocket League for a limited time

Epic Games developer Psyonix says it’s signed a multiyear deal with MGM and Aston Martin to bring 007 to Rocket League, starting with the iconic Aston Martin DB5 this Thursday, July 29th through August 4th. → Read More

Read Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick’s letter addressing the harassment allegations

Activision Blizzard’s CEO has publicly released a letter to employees that addresses the company’s response to California’s lawsuit. The letter says that an external law firm has been brought in to review policies and procedures. → Read More

Blizzard is encouraging its own employees to attend Wednesday’s walkout with paid time off

Blizzard leadership emailed studio employees to let them know they won’t face repercussions for attending the sexual harassments protest walkout on Wednesday — and in fact, that they can have paid time off for the duration. → Read More

Google sets all-time records as search and YouTube profits soar

Alphabet just set an all-time record revenue of $61.9 billion in Q2 2021, and set record profits for the third quarter in a row → Read More

Lucasfilm hires the YouTube deepfaker who put its Luke, Leia and Tarkin cameos to shame

Lucasfilm and ILM have hired Shamook, a YouTuber who specializes in deepfaking Star Wars and other big-budget movies, showing up their CGI de-aging techniques, including Luke Skywalker’s cameo in The Mandalorian. → Read More

This YouTube channel is using AI to gloriously remaster classic game intros and cutscenes

Upscale is “remastering” video game cutscenes in 4K and 8K using Topaz Video Enhance AI machine learning algorithms. They look amazing. → Read More

MLB will try encrypted transmitters and bone conduction to stop sign stealing

On August 3rd, the MLB plans to begin testing an encrypted wireless communication device that replaces finger-based signs with button taps, according to ESPN. → Read More

Doctor Who’s 13th season is a single story, and here’s the first trailer

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed Doctor Who to do something it hasn’t done in the modern era — dedicate an entire season to a single story. That’s the word from showrunner Chris Chibnall in a new Doctor Who panel at the online-only San Diego Comic-Con today. → Read More

Banned brand Aukey is still selling earbuds on Amazon

Aukey and Mpow were the first electronics companies that Amazon whacked in a recent enforcement effort — yet Aukey is still selling at least three sets of wireless earbuds at the giant online retailer → Read More

The Steam Deck has an ‘optional built-in FPS limiter’ for better battery life

Valve’s Pierre-Loup Griffais clarifies on Twitter the Steam Deck isn’t necessarily targeting 30 fps for games, but the handheld will have an optional built-in fps limiter if you want more battery life that way. → Read More

Fly a drone? The FAA’s new TRUST test is easy — and mandatory

The FAA’s TRUST, aka The Recreational Unmanned Aircraft Systems Safety Test, is mandatory for every drone pilot in the United States who flies for fun. Here’s everything else you need to know about legally flying your drone in the US. → Read More

Nomad could not resist draping the Apple MagSafe Battery Pack in leather

Nomad has a leather case for the Apple MagSafe Battery Pack. It’s available in black and brown and ships this November for $35, or $30 on preorder. → Read More

Twitter’s new beta TweetDeck is so bad I’m ready to ragequit

Twitter is previewing a new and improved TweetDeck, and we’ve spent some time trying it. It’s new, but maybe not so improved. → Read More

California sues Activision Blizzard over a culture of ’constant sexual harassment’

California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) says that renowned game publishing studio Blizzard Entertainment, and its owner Activision Blizzard, have created a culture of "constant sexual harassment" and gender-based discrimination. → Read More

Amazon promises most Echo speakers will get upgraded to Matter

Amazon will be upgrading almost every plug-in Echo smart speaker to support the Matter smart home standard, including "most" Echo and Echo Dot speakers and every Echo Studio, Echo Show, Echo Plus, and Echo Flex. → Read More

Amazon will let devs compete for your Echo Show’s screen and everything else Alexa just added

Amazon’s Alexa Live developer event comes with a host of announcements, including widgets, featured skill cards, and more. → Read More