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Washington Post Tech
Apr 06, 2020

Final Fantasy VII Remake rouses old, romantic feelings. But some of its changes will be divisive.
Prepare for a "Greedo shot first" kind of uproar around changes to the story.

Washington Post Tech
Apr 03, 2020

Perfecting Final Fantasy 7's legacy, as told by its creators
The drive for more expression and immersion called its creators back for one more shot.

Washington Post Tech
Apr 03, 2020

How to protect your Zoom calls
A simple guide to keeping your Zoom calls safe and secure.

Washington Post Tech
Apr 03, 2020

35 essential games to play while stuck at home
Looking for a new way to entertain yourself? From role-playing games, to battle royales, to open-world masterpieces, the Launcher team endorses these can't-miss titles.

Washington Post Tech
Apr 03, 2020

Thousands of Zoom video calls left exposed on open Web
Many of the videos include personally identifiable information and deeply intimate conversations, recorded in people's homes.

Washington Post Tech
Apr 03, 2020

The Technology 202: Zoom chief Eric Yuan says he was not prepared for flood of security and privacy complaints
Here's his plan to fix it.

Washington Post Tech
Apr 03, 2020

Inside the strange world of marble racing, which has taken off now that we have no sports
One marble-racing Twitter video got 35 million views.

Washington Post Tech
Apr 03, 2020

Google taps vast trove of location data to aid global effort to combat coronavirus
Google's mission to "organize the world's information" will now include an effort to helping doctors find the patterns to the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Washington Post Tech
Apr 02, 2020

Top Amazon executive sought to divert focus to fired worker amid workplace safety criticism, email shows
Amazon's top legal executive suggests the company's senior leaders target a fired warehouse worker's intellect as a way to deflect criticism of its record.

Washington Post Tech
Apr 02, 2020

Top Amazon executive sought to put focus on fired worker in attempt to divert from workplace-safety criticism
Amazon's top legal executive suggests the company's senior leaders target a fired warehouse worker's intellect as a way to deflect criticism of its workplace safety record.

Washington Post Tech
Apr 02, 2020

Everybody seems to be using Zoom. But its security flaws could leave users at risk.
Weddings, funerals, company layoffs, kindergarten classes and official government meetings have all been streamed through Zoom since the coronavirus contagion has shut down group gatherings. But the company's dramatic growth has come with a crisis of its own: An uproar over security, privacy and harassment concerns.

Washington Post Tech
Apr 02, 2020

Modern Warfare 2's remaster needs a little Spec Ops to justify its existence
The campaign was alright, but the multiplayer made the game. And it's absent from this one.

Washington Post Tech
Apr 02, 2020

The Last of Us 2 and Iron Man VR delayed due to coronavirus pandemic
This could be the beginning of many more delays prompted by the global pandemic.

Washington Post Tech
Apr 02, 2020

The pandemic canceled their wedding. So they held it in Animal Crossing.
With the novel coronavirus halting meaningful real-world life events, some are simply moving them into Nintendo's adorable virtual world.

Washington Post Tech
Apr 02, 2020

Everybody seems to be using Zoom. But its security flaws could leave people at risk.
Weddings, funerals, company layoffs, kindergarten classes and official government meetings have all been streamed through Zoom since the coronavirus contagion has shut down group gatherings. But the company's dramatic growth has come with a crisis of its own: An uproar over security, privacy and harassment concerns.

Washington Post Tech
Apr 02, 2020

Amazon vowed to crack down on coronavirus profiteering. Some sellers have figured out loopholes.
Some third-party merchants on Amazon are putting claims that their goods prevent the coronavirus in product images to bypass Amazon's detection.

Washington Post Tech
Apr 02, 2020

The Technology 202: State unemployment websites are crashing amid record number of claims
The websites are ill-equipped to handle the drastic economic downturn from coronavirus.

Washington Post Tech
Apr 01, 2020

The Internet is (mostly) taking this April Fools' Day off
Normally, April Fools' Day is a marketing bonanza. Amid covid-19, it's eerily silent.

Washington Post Tech
Apr 01, 2020

Mass school closures in the wake of the coronavirus are driving a new wave of student surveillance
Colleges are racing to sign deals with "online proctor" companies that watch students through their webcams while they take exams. But education advocates say the surveillance software forces students to choose between privacy and their grades.

Washington Post Tech
Apr 01, 2020

The Technology 202: Mask scams and misinformation still present on social media despite tougher policies
Tech companies' game of whack-a-mole could get tougher as coronavirus-related fraud surges.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 31, 2020

Kevin Durant and Trae Young headline players-only NBA 2K tournament for ESPN
Other NBA stars participating in the 16-player tournament include Donovan Mitchell, Devin Booker and Andre Drummond.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 31, 2020

The sensory overload of Half-Life: Alyx points to the promise and problems of VR
Valve's Half-Life follow-up is so effective in pulling me into its world that it makes me sweaty and nauseous.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 31, 2020

The Technology 202: Start-ups struggling during coronavirus worry they won't qualify for new small business loans
There's a frenzy of activity in Washington to clarify the rules.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 30, 2020

Workers protest at Instacart, Amazon and Whole Foods for health protections and hazard pay
Grocery store, delivery and warehouse workers have unprecedented leverage to demand better working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic because their labor has become essential for millions of Americans.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 30, 2020

From courts to consoles: With live sports canceled, pro athletes join the streaming surge
Meyers Leonard is filling the sports content void by streaming and shooting short videos. He's not alone.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 30, 2020

We're all video chatting now. But some of us hate it.
Video chats are pervasive now that we're all quarantining, but they make many of us anxious — not to mention having to deal with your pet birds in the background.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 30, 2020

The Technology 202: We asked more than 100 tech experts if U.S. should use location data to track coronavirus. They were split.
Our survey reveals tension between preserving privacy and responding to a public health crisis.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 28, 2020

While the Bay Area shelters in place, construction on mansions and luxury condos continues
Multi-million dollar mansions, high-rise waterfront condos, a stately Victorian — all deemed "essential" under public health orders in San Francisco and Silicon Valley

Washington Post Tech
Mar 27, 2020

So you want to be a gamer. Here's how you can start.
Want to get into gaming during your quarantine? Here's the best way to start.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 27, 2020

Instacart's workers will strike for safety protections and hazard pay. A lifeline of groceries could be caught in the middle.
Instacart workers who deliver groceries announced a strike demanding covid-19 protections, a better default tip and hazard pay.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 27, 2020

Instacart's workers will strike for safety protections and hazard pay. A lifeline of groceries could be caught in the middle
Instacart workers who deliver groceries announced a strike demanding covid-19 protections, a better default tip and hazard pay.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 27, 2020

Overwatch League teams face a reset after pandemic spoils its grand plans
The league has been forced to return to its roots online, dealing a blow to teams' ability to test the viability of the OWL's local event model.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 27, 2020

Local co-op in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a huge disappointment
The new life simulation game has great online multiplayer, but lackluster co-op distracts from the experience.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 27, 2020

The Technology 202: Here's how tech is keeping us sane while we stay home
We're using video games, podcasts and videoconferences for just about everything to stay busy and connected.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 27, 2020

Why the coronavirus pandemic is a test Facebook can't afford to fail
As use of the social media giant's services surge, it could prove to be a moment of redemption for chief executive Mark Zuckerberg.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 26, 2020

Stuck at home with an Xbox or PC? Here are the best Game Pass titles available now
If you've found yourself with extra time on your hands, there's no better deal than Game Pass.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 26, 2020

Suddenly Nextdoor is filled with kind neighbors. But also new kinds of shaming.
The social network for neighbors, Nextdoor, is seeing an influx of helpful offers during the coronavirus outbreak, but still has its classic, less kind posts.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 26, 2020

The Technology 202: State and local governments are asking technologists to aid coronavirus response
They are needed to improve testing infrastructure and remote access to unemployment services.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 26, 2020

The ultimate guide to which socializing app is right for you, from Zoom to Netflix Party
From Google Hangouts to Houseparty, here are the apps that are most useful for happy hours, game nights and dance parties while self-quarantining.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 25, 2020

Amazon workers test positive for covid-19 at 10 U.S. warehouses
The spike in positive tests for the disease caused by the coronavirus comes as the e-commerce giant races to hire 100,000 workers to meet the massive demand from shoppers staying home to slow the outbreak's spread.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 25, 2020

Amazon workers test positive for covid-19 at ten U.S. warehouses
The spike in positive tests for the disease caused by the coronavirus comes as the ecommerce giant races to hire 100,000 workers to meet the massive demand from shoppers staying home to slow the outbreak's spread.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 25, 2020

Amazon workers test positive for covid-19 at eight U.S. warehouses
The spike in positive tests for the disease caused by the coronavirus comes as the ecommerce giant races to hire 100,000 workers to meet the massive demand from shoppers staying home to slow the outbreak's spread.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 25, 2020

The Technology 202: Social networks want you to stay home -- and to tell your friends to do the same
Zenly has a new leaderboard, Instagram is promoting a Stay Home sticker and Foursquare Swarm is making major changes.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 24, 2020

Amazon workers test positive for covid-19 at six U.S. warehouses
The spike in positive tests for the disease caused by the coronavirus comes as the ecommerce giant races to hire 100,000 workers to meet the massive demand from shoppers staying home to slow the outbreak's spread.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 24, 2020

How to pitch stories to Launcher
Launcher is looking for original reporting — and we want to hear from you.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 24, 2020

Smartphone data reveal which Americans are social distancing (and not)
D.C. gets an 'A' while Wyoming earns an 'F' for following coronavirus stay-at-home advice, based on the locations of tens of millions of phones

Washington Post Tech
Mar 24, 2020

Our iPhone weekly screen time reports are through the roof, and people are ‘horrified'
During our quarantine amid the coronavirus, many are posting their Screen Time reports on Twitter as a badge of shame — or honor.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 24, 2020

Minecraft offers free educational content for students stuck home due to coronavirus
The students probably want to spend time there anyway.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 24, 2020

From baseball to battle royale to Bermuda, here are the games worth playing on Apple Arcade
These 13 games prove that Apple's service is still a compelling option for players.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 24, 2020

The Technology 202: Start-up leaders and technology investors want to help fight the coronavirus
They're stepping up to help fund new therapeutics and procure critical medical supplies.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 24, 2020

Prime members first: Amazon is ranking customers and ramping up hiring to address coronavirus demand
Amazon's inability to deliver household staples such as toilet paper and bleach to many customers has led the company to reduce sales of nonessential items and prioritize shipping to members of its $119 a year Prime service.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 24, 2020

Nintendo explains philosophy behind Animal Crossing's big changes, such as gender expression and terraforming
In every sense, the game's producer and director wanted to give players more flexibility.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 23, 2020

Nintendo explains philosophy behind Animal Crossing's big changes, like gender expression and terraforming
In every sense, the game's producer and director wanted to give players more flexibility.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 23, 2020

Facebook sent home thousands of human moderators due to the coronavirus. Now the algorithms are in charge
Facebook, YouTube and Twitter's content moderators were sent home due to the coronavirus, forcing the companies to rely more on algorithms to police content in the interim.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 23, 2020

Why the coronavirus could mean more bogus cures, fake government crackdowns and misinformation on Facebook
Facebook, YouTube and Twitter's content moderators were sent home due to the coronavirus, forcing the companies to rely more on algorithms to police content in the interim.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 23, 2020

The Technology 202: President Trump unveils new supercomputing initiative to fight coronavirus
IBM, Amazon, Microsoft, Google and more are teaming up with the White House.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 21, 2020

Parked by pandemic fears, NASCAR's stars rev up for virtual iRacing series
Gentlemen, start your hard drives! Stock-car officials, network executives banking on fans watching virtual racing.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 20, 2020

Coronavirus could deal final blow to embattled Apex Legends pro scene
"Coronavirus could not have made an appearance at a worse time for Apex."

Washington Post Tech
Mar 20, 2020

WeWork under pressure as more members contract coronavirus in co-working spaces
There's a growing chorus of small-business owners who are angry that WeWork is refusing refunds for a space they can no longer use.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 20, 2020

‘That can actually kill somebody': Scam robocalls are pitching fake coronavirus tests to vulnerable Americans
Each day over the past week, fraudsters have placed an estimated 1 million or more unwanted, suspicious calls about coronavirus to Americans' smartphones, according to YouMail.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 19, 2020

Ex-Uber executive Anthony Levandowski pleads guilty to trade-secret theft
The guilty plea, which could lead to a prison sentence, is the latest twist in a years-long saga of conflict and courtroom drama.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 19, 2020

Tesla to suspend operations at California factory following local intervention amid coronavirus outbreak
The company had come under criticism for keeping its factory open as normal following the outbreak.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 19, 2020

Warzone builds on the battle royale greats, and adds a few twists of its own
The first cut of Warzone is stunning. What will Infinity Ward build from here?

Washington Post Tech
Mar 19, 2020

Government efforts to track virus through phone location data complicated by privacy concerns
Cellular location data could help authorities fight the coronavirus. But gaining access to this data, even amid a global pandemic, is made more complex by the legal and ethical issues surrounding government access to information that can reveal intimate details about citizens' lives.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 19, 2020

Uber rides are down 70 percent in some markets amid coronavirus pandemic
The ride-hailing company rushed to assure investors Thursday it will be able to withstand the crisis.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 19, 2020

The webcam will see you now: Doctors urge patients to replace in-person visits with apps
Telemedicine apps, invented for rural patients, have a critical new role during the coronavirus: keeping you and doctors at a safe distance.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 19, 2020

'That can actually kill somebody': Scam robocalls are pitching fake coronavirus tests to vulnerable Americans
Each day over the past week, fraudsters have placed an estimated 1 million or more unwanted, suspicious calls about coronavirus to Americans' smartphones, according to YouMail.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 19, 2020

The Technology 202: Coronavirus puts a spotlight on telemedicine for gig workers
The pressure is on companies to keep potentially sick drivers off the road.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 18, 2020

While the world grinds to a halt, Apple pumps out a new iPad Pro and MacBook Air
Most of its stores are closed and employees are working from home, but Apple is still releasing new products like an iPad Pro and MacBook Air in the middle of the coronavirus crisis.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 18, 2020

Xbox and PlayStation are sharing next-gen specs. But now more than ever, we want games.
We want to know more about the games that come with the product — not just the product.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 18, 2020

The Bay Area ordered millions to shelter in place. Elon Musk had Tesla employees report to work anyway.
County officials told Tesla it was not essential and could only maintain "minimum basic operations."

Washington Post Tech
Mar 18, 2020

Senate Democrats raise privacy concerns with Google about coronavirus screening service
A coronavirus screening service launched by Google's sister company this week is raising red flags on Capitol Hill, where five senior Senate Democrats are questioning whether the tech giant is properly safeguarding patients' data.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 18, 2020

SonicFox signs with Evil Geniuses
SonicFox chose Evil Geniuses for the organization's platform, and its potential to increase their visibility.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 18, 2020

Confused fans still have no idea what PlayStation 5 looks like after hour-long talk aimed at developers
This wasn't what people were hoping for.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 18, 2020

Facebook launches one-stop shop portal for coronavirus information
Facebook's new portal aims to be a one-stop shop for its more than 2.5 billion users to find news and resources about the pandemic.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 18, 2020

The Technology 202: Coronavirus crisis tests Silicon Valley's relationship with Washington
Lawmakers still have major concerns about privacy and content moderation.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 17, 2020

While the sports world falls silent, esports and streamers fill the void
With sports stricken from the TV schedule, esports gets an unasked-for moment in the spotlight.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 17, 2020

U.S. government, tech industry discussing ways to use smartphone location data to combat coronavirus
The U.S. government is in active talks with Facebook, Google and a wide array of tech companies and health experts about how they can use data gleaned from Americans' phones to combat the novel coronavirus, including tracking whether people are keeping one another at safe distances to stem the outbreak.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 17, 2020

It's ‘quarantini' time. People say cheers to video happy hours when they're stuck at home.
At home, isolated and stressed over coronavirus fears, people are having happy hours over video chats to unwind with friends.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 17, 2020

Amazon's warehouse workers sound alarms about coronavirus spread
After positive covid-19 tests at European warehouses, workers call on the e-commerce giant to close and clean warehouses exposed to the coronavirus and to adopt new rules that encourage employees to practice sanitary habits.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 17, 2020

The Technology 202: Other countries use surveillance to fight coronavirus. Privacy advocates worry the U.S. could follow.
China, Israel and South Korea are using highly detailed location data to stop the spread.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 17, 2020

With ‘Old Testament' outrage, DOOM guy is a powerful avatar when players feel powerless
We asked players, "Why do you love the Doom Guy?" Here's what they said.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 16, 2020

Trump announced Google was building a virus screening tool. Then someone had to build it
How a presidential promise launched Verily, an Alphabet-owned health science unit, to the front lines of the pandemic

Washington Post Tech
Mar 16, 2020

In fast-moving pandemic, sources of falsehoods spread by text, email, WhatsApp and TikTok elude authorities
Misleading text messages claiming that President Trump was going to announce a national quarantine buzzed into cellphones across the country over the weekend, underscoring how rapidly false claims are spreading — and how often it's happening beyond the familiar misinformation vehicles of Facebook and Twitter.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 16, 2020

In fast-moving pandemic, sources of falsehoods spread by text, email, WhatsApp, and TikTok elude authorities
Misleading text messages claiming that President Trump was going to announce a national quarantine buzzed into cell phones across the country over the weekend, underscoring how rapidly false claims are spreading — and how often it's happening beyond the familiar misinformation vehicles of Facebook and Twitter.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 16, 2020

Bored Gen Z kids recreate March Madness in mom's basement using Twitch and an Xbox 360
A media studies student didn't want the learning (and basketball) to stop.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 16, 2020

Microsoft pulls back the curtain on Xbox Series X with full specs
Here's everything we know so far about the next-gen console's hardware and performance.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 16, 2020

The most maddening part about working from home: video conferences
Hundreds of thousands of worker and students are suddenly stuck at home, figuring out how to work, learn and socialize over video conference software.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 16, 2020

‘It shouldn't take a pandemic': Coronavirus exposes Internet inequality among U.S. students as schools close their doors
As schools shutter around the country, some educators are migrating their daily lessons and dreaded homework assignments onto the web. But many administrators and teachers nationwide say they lack that digital luxury -- illustrating how a public-health crisis has brought to light a technological one.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 16, 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons provides endless joy in bringing life to a deserted island
Eight years later, Animal Crossing fans get a new mainline entry, and it's everything we hoped it would be.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 14, 2020

Bill Gates leaves Microsoft's board, stepping further away from the tech giant he co-founded
The executive, one of the world's wealthiest people, resigned his board positions at Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway to focus more of his time on philanthropic work.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 14, 2020

Federal employees may soon be ordered to work from home. That could pose serious cybersecurity risks
The coronavirus outbreak may prompt the federal government's biggest telework experiment to date.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 14, 2020

Google is building a coronavirus website, but it doesn't look anything close to what Trump announced
President Trump announced an impressive new tech tool Friday. But Google offered a different description of it.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 13, 2020

Nintendo of America employee tests positive for coronavirus
The video game publishing juggernaut is taking necessary precautions "to safeguard the health and well-being" of its employees.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 13, 2020

Nintendo of America sends home workers after employee tests positive for coronavirus
The video game publishing juggernaut is taking necessary precautions "to safeguard the health and well-being" of its employees.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 13, 2020

Overwatch League will resume March 21; Midseason Tournament canceled
The league continues to reconfigure its plans to cope with cancellations due to coronavirus precautions.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 13, 2020

AT&T, Comcast and other Internet providers agree to help subscribers who can't pay their bills due to coronavirus
AT&T, Comcast and Verizon joined dozens of telecom providers in agreeing to aid Americans who are out of work or school because of the coronavirus, including by preserving service for those that are unable to pay their bills.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 13, 2020

AT&T, Comcast and other internet providers agree to help internet subscribers who can't pay their bills due to coronavirus
AT&T, Comcast and Verizon joined dozens of telecom providers in agreeing to aid Americans who are out of work or school because of the coronavirus, including by preserving service for those that are unable to pay their bills.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 13, 2020

With next-gen console releases looming, suppliers say coronavirus may complicate production
Delays, bottlenecks and a lack of information may disrupt delivery of console components.

Washington Post Tech
Mar 13, 2020

The Technology 202: California's digital team is racing to build coronavirus resources
The health emergency could test the digital services teams recently cropping up in state governments.

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