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One of the events that didn’t take place due to the coronavirus in the technology world was the Game Developers Conference. At the time, the organizers of the event said that it was postponed rather than canceled, and they have now announced when the rescheduled event will be held. That rescheduled event will be called GDC Summer and will be held in San Francisco. GDC Summer will run from August 4th through the 6th at Moscone Center in San Francisco. GDC Summer is being billed as a "three-day celebration of the art, craft, and business of game development." The conference is promised to be a "unique" experience compared to the originally planned conference. However, organizers promise that... Read more...
California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a "statewide order" for nearly 40 million residents to "stay at home" amid the coronavirus pandemic, and in other states, school closings are common. Same goes for various retail businesses—many restaurants are now only offering delivery of pickup. Meanwhile, GameStop stirred up a bit of controversy when it reportedly instructed its employees to keep its stores open based on the notion that it is an "essential retail" chain. Say what, now? Hey, I love video games as much as the next person, and during this time of "social distancing" and self-quarantining, they are a welcome distraction, both from what is going on in the world and from going... Read more...
Amazon is asking customers to cooperate with a Department of Justice criminal investigation that is being conducted into third-party sellers via the Amazon Marketplace. Amazon has informed customers who may have purchased products from sellers that have been price-gouging in the wake of the coronavirus threat that is spreading the nation. An email asking Amazon customers from Joell Parks, a senior law enforcement response specialist from Amazon. The United States government is putting pressure on Amazon to crack down on sellers that have attempted to take advantage of coronavirus fears among the population to engage in price gouging. The Department of Justice was asked to investigate potential... Read more...
The coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted a majority of the industrialized world, resulting in thousands of deaths and the disruption of our daily lives. Even children are being affected, as school districts around the United States have shut down until further notice to help stop the spread of the disease. For parents that are currently pulling their hair out of their heads dealing with kids that are stir-crazy, Amazon has come to the rescue with a deal on the Fire 7 Kids Edition which is now priced at just $59.99. This particular tablet is perfect for both preschool and early elementary-age children, and as its name implies comes with a 7-inch display. The resolution for that display is relatively... Read more...
Managing Editor Marco Chiappetta's home office is pretty sweet You don't need us to tell you that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is dominating the news and sits at the forefront of just about everybody's mind. Across the nation, state governments are closing schools, local governments are banning folks from gathering, and leagues are canceling sporting events. In fact, if you've been hanging around with Jared Leto, and haven't heard of what the World Health Organization is calling a global pandemic, it's time to get out from under that rock where you've been living. Because of the health crisis, many employers are encouraging workers who can work from home, to do so. That may be unfamiliar territory... Read more...
The coronavirus/COVID-19 epidemic may have started in China, but it has spread to most of the world at this point. One of the hardest-hit countries in the world is Italy. Italian healthcare providers are fighting a company that is putting profit ahead of saving lives. A hospital in Brescia in northern Italy was in desperate need of special valves that are required in breathing equipment needed to keep COVID-19 patients in the ICU alive. The problem was the manufacturer was unable to provide the required valves because of increased demand. Knowing that being unable to secure the parts through normal channels meant people could die, doctors and tech experts in the city set about looking for a 3D... Read more...
As we reported earlier this week, Amazon is struggling to keep up with demand on its website as Americans are stuck at home in the wake of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. With many local grocery stores and shops running out of essential items (toilet paper, paper towels, and other household staples, etc.) Amazon itself is running into logistics problems. And for the orders that it can fulfill, its shipping services have been pushed to the brink, which is causing Amazon to take a rather drastic step to provide relief. The company's "Fulfillment by Amazon" (FBA) program is being temporarily suspended for certain product categories. Third-party sellers heavily rely on FBA,... Read more...
We've been looking forward to hearing details about NVIDIA's upcoming Ampere GPU architecture, and we were hopeful that we'd get at least a little taste at this year's GPU Technology Conference (GTC). However, NVIDIA has now indicated that any new product announcements won't be made next week as previously planned. NVIDIA's in-person GTC 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus), but the company quickly regrouped and said that it would hold a digital event instead. However, the company later revised that decision and stated that it would cancel the streamed keynote address by CEO Jensen Huang. Instead, NVIDIA would simply provide news releases on March 24th that... Read more...
Not all hackers are jerks, but the ones preying on the global population with booby-trapped maps of the coronavirus sure fall into that category. It's just a scummy thing to do. Fortunately, not every interactive COVID-19 tracking map is laced with malware. If you are looking for one that is clean, you now have one more option, courtesy of Microsoft. The Redmond outfit has added an interactive Bing map that tracks the spread of COVID-19. At the time of this writing, it shows there are 175,049 confirmed cases. Of those, it lists 90,552 as being active, 77,791 as being recovered, and 6,706 fatalities related to the disease. Those numbers will change as time goes on, and possibly by the time you... Read more...
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