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Yesterday   The #DeleteFacebook movement has been riding high ever since the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal got rolling, with high-profile figures like Elon Musk publicly declaring their intention to purge their good names from Facebook’s ledgers (only not really doing it, in Musk’s case).

Yesterday   Alienware recently partnered with Hilton Panama to create an entire battlestation that doubles as a hotel room — a.k.a. the PC gamer’s wet dream. Juan Carlos Garcés, General Director of Intel in Colombia, to HomeCrux: With this unique offer in the market, once again the Hilton Panama Hotel is consolidated as a hotel that focuses its tourism offer on providing unique and memorable experiences to its customers, guests and visitors.

Yesterday   A printing company and a nonprofit think they’ve found a solution to global poverty: 3D-printed houses. But activists warn the solution might not be as simple as it sounds.

Yesterday   The world’s most popular livestreaming site appears to be caught in the crossfire as Russia fights popular encrypted messaging app Telegram. Russian streamers are reportedly unable to stream or watch other channels, having to find tricks to get around the ban.

2 Days Ago   If you’re in the market for a new iPhone, but the $999 price tag on the iPhone X is a little too rich for your blood, a new rumor suggests Apple may be making a new phone with you in mind.

2 Days Ago   If you’ve been paying attention to gaming’s trends, then you’ve probably spotted the current criticisms of lootboxes. The consumer complaints have spiraled into full-blown legal battles as courts across the globe scrutinize whether gaming’s lucrative industry of mystery boxes fall afoul of anti-gaming edicts.

3 Days Ago   Rumors are swirling the upcoming games in the eternally-warring Call of Duty and Battlefield franchises will both contain a battle royale mode — and I have no doubt they’ll both find some way to ruin it.

3 Days Ago   Thousands of Minecraft players attempting to download game mods might have received a nasty surprise in the form of malware designed to reformat their hard drives. The code in question was spotted by security firm Avast, who reported it was written into files for custom Minecraft skins.

4 Days Ago   The family of Gary Gygax, one of the co-creators of Dungeons and Dragons, today announced it’s partnering with crowdfunding platform Fig to bring his unpublished works to the world as videos games.

4 Days Ago   A former employee of the notorious data broker Cambridge Analytica (CA) today testified the company had several other quizzes on Facebook besides the one which started Facebook’s current audit — and potentially they could have compromised far more than the 87 million people Facebook estimated.

4 Days Ago   A few months after Snapchat opened its Lens Studio, allowing anyone to make their own versions of the app’s augmented reality filters — the company today announced it’s now allowing its users to make their own face Lenses, a.k.a.

5 Days Ago   Sony’s little-loved handheld, the Vita, is rumored to be winding down, and the gaming world will be lesser for its absence. Earlier today, TechSpot reported the Spanish PlayStation Twitter said the Vita had been discontinued in its region. Sony earlier this year announced that, starting March 2019, it would no longer be offering Vita games via its PS Plus subscription service.

5 Days Ago   Sega announced last week that it was making a new mini console based on the Genesis, also known as the Mega Drive. It’s called the Mega Drive Mini — why someone passed on the chance to call it the “Mini Drive,” I have no idea.

8 Days Ago   The latest bizarre piece of gossip from the video game community is the public fall of video game record holder Billy Mitchell, who today got his entries in the Guinness Book of World Records struck off thanks to being publicly exposed as a cheater.

8 Days Ago   Runescape is coming to mobile devices, with the Old School version of the popular MMO rolls out a long-awaited beta test for iOS users this week.

9 Days Ago   Battle royale game Fortnite is down, meaning millions of gamers are in need of an outlet. Many of them have elected to switch to Radical Heights, a similarly colorful, free game, bringing unexpected attention to the company behind it.

11 Days Ago   Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified at a Congressional hearing today before 44 senators from the Senate’s Judiciary and Commerce committees. I hope his non-specific “team” is getting paid time-and-a-half, because from the sounds of Zuckerberg’s responses to Senator’s questions, they’re going to be doing an awful lot of following up.

11 Days Ago   Instagram is rolling out a dedicated portrait mode within its app called Focus, allowing users to take portraits even on phones which don’t have a portrait setting of their own.

12 Days Ago   It’s a big week for Facebook. CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to appear before Congress tomorrow, ready to fess up to his social network’s multitudinous problems.

12 Days Ago   IKEA continues its steps into the world of smart home devices with the release of two Bluetooth smart speakers called Eneby. The Eneby come in two square sizes: 8″ and 12″, with each being available in black and white (the latter of which looks more like heather gray with the color of the fabric front).

15 Days Ago   A digital artist is compiling old computer ads into a compendium that singlehandedly reminds us how far technology has come in just a few short decades.

15 Days Ago   Every year, major tech companies publish their diversity reports, with special attention paid to their gender diversity. The lack of female employees in technical or engineering positions has become a yardstick for measuring efforts towards parity.

16 Days Ago   Earlier today, an Amazon leak hinted at the HD remake of the original Spyro trilogy, a remaster long whispered of the in the rumor mill. A page for Spyro Reignited Trilogy first surfaced on Amazon this morning, with little fanfare. I wanted to believe it, but held myself back.

16 Days Ago   Researchers are using VR as an empathy tool to help neurotypical teachers understand their students with autism. There have already been attempts to use VR to help autistic children and adults find new ways of coping.

17 Days Ago   Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today revealed that all of its 2.2 billion users should assume their public data has been compromised by third-party scrapers. The source of this vulnerability is Facebook’s search function, which allows anyone to look up users via their email address or phone numbers.

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