Gizmodo

Third time is not a charm for SpaceX. The top portion of their SN3 prototype vehicle crumpled like an aluminum can during tests early this morning. NASASpaceflight has video of the test failure, which occurred as liquid nitrogen was being poured into the propellant tanks. Elon Musk believes that the failure was due to a “test configuration mistake”.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


The Verge

MacBooks have had the ability to shut off their microphones while closed since 2018, and Apple is now bringing this feature to iPads, beginning with the 2018 iPad Pro. While the iPad doesn’t come with a lid in it’s default configuration, it will shut the mic down whenever a case that has “Made for iPad” certification is closed over the screen.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


CNET

For those of you who can’t stand to get rid of old devices, this article may be for you. It sure ain’t news, though.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Engadget

It must be a slow news day today, if this is showing up on my Google Tech News front page. It’s a good deal for anybody who uses the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate service, though.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Wired

In other non-news, Wired is here to provide you with a laundry list of things you might need to work from home. Although it should be mentioned that if you haven’t figured out how to work from home by now, you might be in trouble.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


NintendoLife

2013’s hit roguelike platformer Rogue Legacy is getting a sequel with revamped graphics, but Cellar Door Games hasn’t provided much else information.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


LifeHacker

In a bid to convince consumers to buy their new Galaxy S20, Samsung is offering a policy that will “ensure” that customers can get at least 50% of the purchase price refunded if they buy directly from Samsung and trade the device in within 2 years in good condition.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


The Verge

Many eyebrows were raised at this, since Apple has historically always forced app creators to run payments through their App store. This will very likely be a story in development as other developers react to this.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


MarketWatch

Unsurprisingly, Apple is opting to keep their U.S. stores closed until at least early May due to COVID-19 concerns. Realistically, early May sounds very optimistic considering the scope of this pandemic.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Digital Trends

This topic has been beaten to death, but Digital Trends does a good job of explaining the almost hilariously typo laden installation process that the shady installer app used.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY, OLD NEWS


Polygon

Polygon is here with some basic information on how to watch Valorant’s Twitch Rivals event. You can also gain access to the Valorant closed beta by watching, so if you’re interested, check it out.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Gizmodo

Apple accidentally showed off evidence of the existence of their new AirTags which have been long-rumored and speculated. This all but confirms that they will be looking to release AirTags in the future. The video has since been taken down.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


USA Today

TL;DR, yes, they could be used to detect coronavirus, but not in their current state. It’s something that’s being worked on, though, and may become newsworthy soon!

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


PC Gamer

BAFTA, or the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awarded Outer Wilds with their coveted Best Game award. In 2019, Outer Wilds was also named Game of the Year by Giant Bomb, Polygon, Eurogamer, and The Guardian, so it’s definitely worth checking out right now.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY