CNN Business

Social distancing due to the coronavirus has caused many challenges for the workforce, so it only makes sense for contract and gig workers needing employment to rake in money however they can. Thankfully, with social distancing comes a surge in video game usage, so those skilled enough to be experts have been able to turn their expertise into a source of income.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


CNET

While the article is mostly gushing praise for the new iPhone SE, it also does a good job of summarizing the features. Definitely worth a read if you are looking to pick up the budget smartphone, but not really news.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


The Verge

Motorola’s budget phones have decent cameras at a very low price point. Overall, they each received an 8/10 from CNET.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Ars Technica

Leave it to Ars to do a full technical dive into Minecraft. That aside, though, the ray tracing seems to be very impressive. Newsworthy, though? Not quite.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Hackaday

A much welcome analysis of the Apple/Google system that is basically summed up with one of their own quotes: “If COVID-19 tests aren’t widely available, it’s all moot”. We’ll have to wait and see if the API works or not.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Gematsu

Riot recently acquired Hypixel Studios who is known for an upcoming game that looks like Minecraft mixed with adventure. The title basically says it all while the article is a bit fluffy.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY, FLUFF


Bloomberg

Who are the people familiar with the matter? Apple is choosing to not respond to this. Where is Bloomberg getting their information from? Whatever happened to fact-checking? We don’t doubt the veracity of the report, but we simply cannot endorse something that hasn’t been verified.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


The Verge

It’s about time. The measures being implemented do still seem a bit too loose, though. This toes that line between newsworthy and not worthy, but for the sake of the kids, we’ll give it the win.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


Engadget

This does give organizations and consumers some additional time to get their systems updated, which should bring about a collective sigh of relief from IT departments everywhere. Does it qualify as news, though? Not quite.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


MacRumors

What would MacRumors be if they didn’t spread rumors? Also worth considering is that almost everything is being delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak. We wouldn’t be surprised if Apple’s next iPad Pro was pushed back.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Gizmodo

We’re going to keep our opinion out of this, so we’ll give you just the facts: Writer for Gizmodo is angry at Google (and Facebook) for taking a cut of the ad profits that they provide by allowing media sites to use their code and take advantage of their SEO. They also proceed to blame Google (and Facebook) for the excessive number of ads on their site.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Bloomberg

If you want to be among the first to own a PlayStation 5, make sure you act fast! Sony is following in Nintendo’s shoes and keeping available stock low for the first year. Though if previous iterations are any indication, we can also hope to expect a PlayStation 5 Pro, PlayStation 5 Lite, and possibly even a second model of PlayStation 5.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Nintendo Life

Look, we aren’t going to deny that forcer Nintendo President Reggie Fils-Aime is wrong. We actually agree. However, this doesn’t count as news!

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


The Verge

Samsung’s budget Galaxy phones and tablets will be launching tomorrow. This follows the trend of pretty much everybody and their mother putting out a budget smart device, and is much welcomed in this world of devices costing over $1,000 USD.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Engadget

A step in the right direction, but does “teacher-approved” necessarily mean that the content will actually enrich learning? I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all suffered classes where the curriculum fails to teach and we’re forced to look to other means to educate ourselves.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Reuters

Google is now stepping foot into the video conferencing tool category, which is currently dominated by Zoom, Microsoft, and Cisco. Touting higher levels of security and integration with with their Google apps, Google Meet is has been growing exponentially.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


CNET

Custom Q&A can be found at blueprints.amazon.com. You can program Alexa to say whatever you want in response to whatever you say.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY, CLICKBAIT


TechCrunch

Yes, thank you for stating the obvious. Unfortunately, this study with a very obvious result is needed, as many oblivious people out there fail to understand how effective social distancing is at flattening the curve. Seriously. Stay the hell at home, people. It’s not that hard.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


Engadget

Instagram is teaming up with ChowNow to help restaurants make money during the pandemic. ChowNow doesn’t take a commission on food or gift card orders and works with restaurants based on essentially a subscription fee. Since food pics on Instagram are huge, this can hopefully inject some money into ailing local businesses.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


Engadget

Microsoft wants to reduce their carbon footprint while also helping other organizations to improve the environment, as well. Their Planetary Computer will provide information so that organizations in both the public and private sectors can make informed decisions around environmental issues. It’s all very vague, but Engadget believes that Microsoft’s intent is clear.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


GameSpot

Remember when we reported that the Crysis Twitter account was alive again? Well, it looks like they are re-releasing Crysis Remastered on PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch. We don’t know much else, but could this lead to all of the Crysis games being remastered? Unfortunately, this isn’t very newsworthy yet. We’ll see what happens as we learn more.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Tech Crunch

During this quarantine, Houseparty has also seen a record number of downloads as an app used mainly for group video calls. Think Zoom but for buddies. The app appeals to younger users and is designed for “social hangouts”.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Polygon

If you’re still playing Pokémon Go, Niantic will be holding their Incense Day on Sunday, April 19th. Polygon is here with all of the information that you need to maximize your Pokémon catching while in lockdown.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Gizmodo

Adding to what we reported yesterday, it looks like certain Samsung phones are having more problems than just a green tint. Phones running the Exynos processor are having serious issues with physical performance and are also seeing compatibility issues with some apps such as the Pokémon Go.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


GameSpot

In an article that is even shorter than the patch notes, GameSpot tries to summarize the patch notes.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Nintendo Life

Who’s ready for the next installment of the Cooking Mama saga? From cryptocurrency mining to lawsuits, this story has it all. Planet Entertainment, the publisher for the hit cooking game, has fired back at Office Create, the rights holder, and stated that they were fully within their rights to publish the game when they did. You can read more about it here if you really want to.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY