The Verge

Microsoft is looking to add more features for family and for Teams with their upcoming updates, but it looks like they’ll mostly be borrowing features that are found on other platforms. It’s worth noting that they’ll also be implementing a driving report of sorts, so you can keep an eye on any new drivers in your family. Otherwise, maybe spare yourself the read and wait for the patch notes.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY, FLUFF


The Verge

Um… Cool, I guess? Microsoft made the claim that Edge is now “the only browser that allows you to manage your tabs on the side with a single click”. Does anybody really care?

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Engadget

It’s good to finally have a test in place, but at this point, it will only really be useful in determining the virus’s scope and not so much preventing it.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


Digital Trends

Stay home and play games? Sign me up! Although this is a bit of a contradiction from the WHO’s previous stance of pushing for the recognition of “gaming disorder” as a mental health issue. I’ll take it, but how does this count as news?

Verdict: NOT WORTHY, CLICKBAIT


USA TODAY

Restaurant reservation app OpenTable is now allowing users to book “shopping windows” at supermarkets and retailers, to help them social distance more effectively.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


Engadget

Very concerning, as this essentially gives the government the ability to censor and silence people regardless of where they are. If a regime was authoritarian, for example, then they could effectively shut down any dissent with a flip of a switch.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


Engadget

Hate it or love it, esports is a real thing that’s here to stay. These bugs can knock teams out of the running for tournaments and can cost thousands of dollars for them. It’s comparable to a ref making a terrible call at your favorite sporting event.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Business Insider

I believe we covered this on Friday, actually, but it’s still good to hear about him getting the boot.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY, OLD NEWS


The Verge

Acer’s new Aspite 5 lineup will be decently powered at an affordable price, while being very thin and feeling more expensive than they really are.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


Tech Crunch

The often hated, more often used Skype is here to stay, despite Microsoft releasing a consumer version of Teams. It makes sense, though, as Skype already has a large 40 million user audience.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


The Verge

For those of you looking to buy an Amazon Echo Show 8, you might want to check out Best Buy to take advantage of their deal. There are also other deals, such as Target’s Buy 2 Get 1 promo.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Yahoo News

Who remembers HQ Trivia? The popular trivia app is coming back, and just in time to help people think about something other than the coronavirus outbreak.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


Fstoppers

For all you creatives out there, Fstoppers has a 12-minute video showing how well the new Macbook Air fares with video editing. Their final word? Don’t use the 2020 Macbook Air for video editing. Honestly, one look at the spec sheet should be enough to tell anybody that.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Polygon

What would the news be without something Animal Crossing related? An innovative Korean-language Animal Crossing tips Twitter account (say that 10 times really fast) found another way for people to deal with the dreaded wasps while gathering twigs on their island. It’s not actual news, but it sure does feel good to see those wasps being put in their place.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Kotaku

The island experience is meant to be enjoyed at a relaxed pace, but who are we to tell people how to play? Whether you time travel or not is up to you!

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Gizmodo

For you iPad owners that have updated to iPadOS 13.4, you can now use mice and trackpads with your iPad. Gizmodo is here with a lengthy instruction on how to set up your iPad to do so.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


The Verge

Riot’s much anticipated tactical shooter, Valorant, will be going into beta in one week. Go here to create a Riot account and sign up for the beta.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


Tom’s Guide

The price? $559.99 Canadian, or about $396 USD.

So first off, you guys already know how we feel about leaks. Second, you know what they say about when things seem too good to be true. We’ll have to wait until November to find out for sure.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY, CLICKBAIT


Engadget

A grand is a lot to pay for a Chromebook, but keep in mind that the Samsung offering will actually be on the lower end of the price spectrum for OLED notebooks. The specs are also impressive, and it’s set to arrive in store on April 6th.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


Polygon

A bit of a leak, but it seems to be being confirmed all over the internet. The Modern Warfare 2 campaign is most known for it’s “No Russian” stage, which controversially depicted a mass shooting at an airport.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


TechSpot

Speaking of controversy, there has been a bit of controversy around Zoom’s iOS app, as it was discovered to be sharing data with Facebook. While no personal user info was sent, the app did send device data to Facebook even if the user did not own a Facebook account.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


Ars Technica

If you were thinking of jumping into the Animal Crossing hype, you might have to shell out some extra money. Between the self-quarantines, Animal Crossing being a hot ticket item, and the existence of scalpers, Nintendo Switch units have all but sold out at all authorized resellers.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


BBC

Scientists have discovered a way to translate brain patterns into sentences with word error rates as low as 3%. The testing was done with volunteers reading sentences out loud while electrodes were attached to them and recorded their brain activity. Currently, the limitations are that the machine is actually only decoding the brainwaves word by word, versus sentences at a time. The decoder is also limited to 30-50 sentences only.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


Forbes

Google has sent out an internal email indicating that the company will abstain from their annual April Fools’ Day joke this year, out of respect for those who are fighting COVID-19. The company will likely bringing the tradition back in 2021.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY