This week, New York protects the Right to Repair, Sony shows off upcoming PlayStation games, and Netflix struggles with password sharing rules.
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.
There has long been a battle between consumers and device manufacturers over whether or not they actually won their devices. Consumers believe that they own a phone or a tablet when they spend money on it. On the other hand, companies like Apple believe that your money does not give you full ownership over the device and they still control part or all of the experience. But that battle is beginning to wane as the government has gotten involved, taking the side of consumers - starting with New York State.
With the revelation that E3 2022 has been canceled (and likely E3 is over permanently), game companies are trying to figure out how to address gamers with their big news. Some have taken to Summer Games Fest, which is being called the "New E3" by some. Others, like Sony, have decided to hold their own events outside of any established schedules. Sony's State of Play occurred this week, and the company showed off a lot of games coming in the next few years.
Over the past few years, Americans have lost over $1 billion per year to cryptocurrency scams. Some of that loss has been to dating app scams, some to traditional phishing scams, while others have gotten more creative. One of the more creative, and therefore diabolical, scams comes to us from Clipminer, a clipboard hijacker that has stolen $1.7 million from unsuspecting victims.
Netflix has long had a policy against password sharing. Officially, an account is only to be used within a household. However, sharing passwords among friends has become a big thing. Now, Netflix is looking for ways to limit the amount of password sharing happening, but the tests in Chile, Costa Rica, and Peru have not been going quite as well as the company had hoped.