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Xbox Game Studios Head Matt Booty Says Bethesda Isn’t Crunching

Photo: Lukas Schulze (Getty Images) At an all-hands meeting on Thursday, Xbox addressed the growing employee concerns about labor conditions at Bethesda Game Studios and its parent company, ZeniMax. Matt Booty, head of Xbox Game Studios, said he was “confident” that the studio was not crunching, and that it was “unfair” to attribute crunch culture …

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Goodbye Zachtronics, Developers Of Very Cool Puzzle Video Games

On July 5, Zachtronics will be releasing Last Call BBS, a collection of stylish little puzzle games wrapped up in a retro PC gaming vibe. After 11 years in business (and even longer outside of commercial releases), a time which has seen the studio develop a cult following almost unrivalled in indie gaming, it will …

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Nothing Phone Lighting Explained, Plus Pre-Orders Hit DropX

A look at the back side of the Nothing Phone (1) in Marques Brownlee’s video. Screenshot: YouTube / MKBHD Nothing, the smartphone brainchild of CEO Carl Pei, co-founder of OnePlus, is once again testing the efficacy of its hype machine. The company is currently known for its economical earbuds, the Ear (1), which offer a …

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How to Use Google Password Manager On-Device Encryption

Photo: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP (Getty Images) Eventually, Google and other big tech companies want to dispense with passwords entirely, but until that day comes, a Google Password Manager feature called on-device encryption might be your best bet for protecting your precious codes. Though it quietly came out earlier this springsince you can now easily access Google …

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How to Share a Mouse and Keyboard Across Multiple Computers

For a lot of us, day-to-day computing using more than one computer—and sometimes involves more than one computer operating system too. That can mean a lot of wires and a lot of swapping between keyboards, mice and trackpads, but there are now multiple hardware and software options for sharing one set of input devices between …

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Apple Patent Explores Phone Charging Touch Keyboard

MacBook Pro 14Photo: Caitlin McGarry/Gizmodo Apple’s MacBooks haven’t changed much over the past decade or so. Some of the latest models were recently redesigned with modern features, but their form remains that of traditional laptops. That isn’t due to a lack of ideas. Between each model refresh is a flood of patents conjured up by …

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Instagram and Snapchat Announce Updates to Stay Relevant

Change is the only the constant, especially when it comes to social media apps. But that doesn’t mean the changes are unique. Instagram is testing out a full-screen feed feature that looks awfully similar to TikTok’s interface. And Snapchat is joining Twitter in adding a paid subscriber tier. Also, if Elon Musk gets his way, …

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Sanders, Warren Put Apple on Notice With Universal Charger Push

Apple iPhone 12 ProPhoto: Caitlyn McGarry/Gizmodo Apple is in the spotlight again after a group of Senators published a letter on Thursday asking the US Commerce Department to establish a universal charging standard for smartphones. Signed by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the document urges the Department …

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Facebook Forgets Every Lesson Learned Trying to Imitate TikTok

Photo: Wachiwit (Shutterstock) For Facebook and its parent company Meta, “pride” and “envy” aren’t so much mortal sins as they are a modus operandi. The company’s obsession with being at the top of the social media ladder could also propagate more harmful content for users. Rainn Wilson’s First Fandoms: Star Trek And D&D The Verge …

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