The Verge

In the latest Vergecast, the team discusses how COVID-19 is affecting tech companies, culture, and work all around. Fun listen if you have time for it. Is it newsworthy, though? Nope.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Android Police

It’s not surprising that Zoom is now the top app on the Play store, since it’s become a necessity for many teams out there. Interesting tidbits, but definitely not newsworthy.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Digital Trends

TL;DR if you can afford and can wait for the Magic Keyboard, then it’s the better keyboard. If not, then the Smart Keyboard Folio is your best bet.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY, TL;DR


Apple

Apple has just released a new app and website that are dedicated to providing information on the COVID-19 pandemic. The information does come from the CDC, and apparently hopes to alleviate some of the workload from current healthcare professionals.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


Engadget

They are only targeting file downloads, so that it can help them maintain network stability for the users who are using online gaming to pass the time while they are social distancing.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


CNET

It’s Friday night, and for many, that means movie night! Unfortunately, going out to the theater right now is ill advised, so Netflix Party is here as an alternative. We actually covered this quite a while ago, though, so…

Verdict: NOT WORTHY, OLD NEWS


Engadget

They wanted to be profitable, and Sansar was taking up too many resources.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY, TL;DR


Engadget

Not a news article, but a very important read. During these times of social distancing, it’s become more important than ever to find way to connect with friends, family, and your community.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY, NOTEWORTHY


BGR

Here, we have BGR back at it again with the deals. Click baity title aside, you’ll find deals on Kindles, AirPods, and Rokus, among other things.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY, CLICKBAIT


Space.com

SpaceX is taking another step towards testing, but no news yet on exactly when. Either way, this is great news to hear.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


Forbes

iOS 14 has been a goldmine of information for dataminers, and they have learned that the new iPhone upgrade will allow you to use your phone as a key with compatible cars. The first partner suspected to work with the “CarKey” app will be BMW. Exciting, but until it’s officially announced, we simply cannot call it “newsworthy”.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY, RUMOR MILL


9to5 Google

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite has leaked, and 9to5 Google is here with information for you. We’ll have to wait and see what Samsung has to say.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY, RUMOR MILL


Polygon

Did you think you were going to make it through the day without hearing about Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Fat chance! AN:NH is taking the world by storm, so it’s no surprise that there are countless articles being written about it at the moment. This article teaches you how to catch a cricket, which sounds simple on paper, but is much more difficult in practice.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


The Verge

Title says it all. Also noteworthy is that the Gates Foundation has committed up to $50 million.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY, TL;DR


ZD Net

Yikes! Imagine being reliant on Microsoft’s family of apps and being unable to connect to the internet during this time. That’s the reality for many users who are experiencing the Windows 10 bug. These users can expect a fix in “early April”.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


The Motley Fool

Gamestop plans to close the stores to “de-densify” and cut costs. They’re lowering inventory and shrinking their store counts to manage their expenses better.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


Ars Technica

In stark contrast to what the Motley Fool reports, Gamestop is claiming that it is seeing increased business during the coronavirus pandemic.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


The Verge

Following in the footsteps of Siri, Alexa can now help you self diagnose whether you may have COVD-19.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


Engadget

Call of Duty: Warzone has only been out for a few weeks, but Infinity Ward has put out an update to level the playing field out a bit, favoring newer players. Definitely a good sign for anybody who has been hooked on their battle royale mode, as they can trust that they will have ongoing support.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


Music Radar

Courtesy of Apple, all Mac users can download and use Logic Pro X for free for 90 days. In light of current events, Apple has made the move to help creatives and students use their software for free, for the first time ever.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


Tech Crunch

Yet another thing that Facebook is doing to help during this pandemic. The social media giant has launched the hub to help users both be informed as well as fight the coronavirus and the challenges that it brings.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


Gamespot

TL;DR Target is kicking off their Buy 2 Get 1 sale this Sunday for selected PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch titles.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY, TL;DR


Wired

Google has followed Apple’s move, and has opted to kick Alex Jones and his controversial Infowars app off of the Google Play store. This is hot on the heels of a video posted by Jones that disputed the need for social distancing, shelter in place, and quarantine efforts.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


The Verge

Title says it all. Google is increasing the limit to help with group calling, but did not indicate whether the change would be permanent or not. This comes at a crucial time where multiple companies are vying for the business of workers that rely on video conferencing services.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


9to5 Mac

Contradicting a previous report, Apple suppliers are stating that there are no signs of delay to the iPhone 12. Keep in mind that the report by Nikkei Asian Review only stated that Apple was discussing the idea, and that nothing was set in stone. As we mentioned when we posted it, no source at Apple was cited, laying considerable doubt as to whether the claim was true or not.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


The Verge

OnePlus has finally caved in to consumer demand and is allowing their line of phones to have “always-on” displays. Keep in mind that if you own an older model, you will notice a significant drain on your battery.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


Business Insider

The design feature that is so controversial? The dreaded notch. Just like we mentioned before, a patent does not necessarily indicate that Apple will be moving forward with the decision, though, as Apple files patent applications all the time.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Rock Paper Shotgun

The pistol was canned before production, but you can enable it via the Cheat Engine.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY