This week, PlayStation's getting a Game Pass, Twitch is getting a ban flag, and dating is getting more dangerous.
Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.
Avram's been in love with PCs since he played original Castle Wolfenstein on an Apple II+. Before joining Tom's Hardware, for 10 years, he served as Online Editorial Director for sister sites Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag, where he programmed the CMS and many of the benchmarks. When he's not editing, writing or stumbling around trade show halls, you'll find him building Arduino robots with his son and watching every single superhero show on the CW.
It's been just under a month since a judge denied Apple's motion to indefinitely delay the court-mandated changes to its App Store following their one loss against Epic Games. And, with only a few days until the court order goes into effect, Apple is looking for a way to prevent the overall effects of the order. The company might just have found a way to comply with the order while not actually giving it any benefit, other than to Apple itself.
Over the past few months, rumblings within the gaming world have suggested that Sony was working on a PlayStation competitor for Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass. The company already offers its PlayStation Now service, but its scope is significantly smaller than that of Game Pass. But, a new report suggests that the company might be looking to roll the existing PlayStation Now service into something larger, intended to take on Game Pass in a head-to-head battle.
The last two years have left many of us with a feeling of isolation, loneliness, or both. As we all know, when a platform or category gains in popularity, people are bound to use it for nefarious purposes. Apple long promoted itself as safe from malware, but it turned out it was only because no one owned them, so it wasn't worth attacking. Dating apps were popular before, but now a new type of person is using them and so the scams begin. Here is a couple we have encountered in the past few months and what to look out for.
The past few years have been a constant up and down for Twitch. The company has seen its user base grow to incredible levels. It's seen new types of users join the platform, bringing artists and musicians, podcasters and IRL streamers, to join the gamers who already inhabited the platform. With new users come new problems, and one of those problems has been massive harassment in the streamers' chats. The company has used traditional methods of identifying and eliminating problems, but a new approach has been developed: ban evasion.