The hype around Cyberpunk 2077 had been building for nearly a decade. When CD Projekt Red, the Polish studio behind the video game, announced the title in 2012, it was billed as a gripping, free-flowing saga that would immerse players in a lifelike sci-fi universe. Since then, fans have been treated to impressive teaser trailers,… Continue reading Cyberpunk 2077 Was Supposed to Be the Biggest Video Game of the Year. What Happened?
“It’s so satisfying when I take a picture and hear the little sound,” Ms. de la Rochefordière said. There are over 1,000 mosaics in Paris, where the first pixelated alien invaded the Bastille neighborhood in 1996. The retro tiles have long rewarded attentive Parisians with interludes of color in the otherwise muted city, mostly on… Continue reading Flash Invaders: Another Game for a World on Pause
This article is copublished with ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative newsroom. In the early hours of Feb. 7, China’s powerful internet censors experienced an unfamiliar and deeply unsettling sensation. They felt they were losing control. The news was spreading quickly that Li Wenliang, a doctor who had warned about a strange new viral outbreak only to… Continue reading No ‘Negative’ News: How China Censored the Coronavirus
In college, Josh Martin struggled to answer a question that stumps plenty of students: What’s next? Martin played football for Columbia University from 2009 to 2012 but wasn’t expecting his career to consist of tackles and sacks. He majored in anthropology and considered law school, but a student-athlete adviser told him he didn’t have the… Continue reading On LinkedIn, Pro Athletes Make Their Next Move
Senator Kelly Loeffler’s fervid campaign against her Democratic challenger in Georgia, the Rev. Raphael Warnock, has employed a new deceptive tactic, casting Mr. Warnock, a Baptist preacher, as un-American by falsely attributing a controversial comment to him that was made by the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Her attack has been bolstered by a multimillion-dollar… Continue reading The latest attacks on Raphael Warnock take a key phrase out of context.
In a novel case, federal prosecutors on Friday brought criminal charges against an executive at Zoom, the videoconferencing company, accusing him of engaging in a conspiracy to disrupt and censor video meetings commemorating one of the most politically sensitive events in China. Prosecutors said the executive, Xinjiang Jin, who is based in China, fabricated reasons… Continue reading Zoom Executive Accused of Disrupting Calls at China’s Behest
This is the last edition of On Tech for 2020. Thank you for reading, please be well and I’ll see you back here on Jan. 4. A large part of my job is explaining the inner workings of big and powerful tech companies. I want them to put me out of a job. OK, not… Continue reading Big Tech Should Try Radical Candor
QAnon “superspreaders” have continued to be active on Facebook, even after the company banned the conspiracy movement from its platform two months ago, according to a report released on Friday. The report, which identified people who acted as superspreaders of the QAnon conspiracy theory, found that videos and other content posted by the accounts were… Continue reading QAnon is still spreading on Facebook, despite a ban.
Sony, the company that owns and operates PlayStation, announced late Thursday that it would offer refunds to people who purchased Cyberpunk 2077 and remove what had been a highly anticipated video game from its online store, after a week of negative reviews and criticism from users over its poor performance. In a statement on PlayStation’s… Continue reading Sony Removes Cyberpunk 2077 From PlayStation Store After Complaints
WASHINGTON — Federal officials issued an urgent warning on Thursday that hackers, who American intelligence agencies believed were working for the Kremlin, used a far wider variety of tools than previously known to penetrate government systems, calling the cyberoffensive “a grave risk to the federal government.” The discovery suggests that the hacking, which now appears… Continue reading More Hacking Attacks Found as Officials Warn of ‘Grave Risk’ to U.S. Government