YouTube Battles Twitch With ‘Sponsorship’ Program

YouTube is to expand a program letting game streamers earn money directly from viewers. It comes across as a clear attempt to compete with the success of Twitch. Though the Sponsorships program already existed in beta form, it was largely downplayed in favour of a separate scheme for paid access to view a channel. That’s […]

Upcoming Wireless Charger ‘Doesn’t Need Pad’

Genuinely wireless charging could be on the way according to one manufacturer that says its tweaked Qi charging. It would mean an end to having to line up devices on a ‘wireless’ pad. The Pi charger, expected to ship next year for under $200, can reportedly charge up to four or five devices at once. […]

Terry Pratchett’s Study Recreated In Museum

The contents of Terry Pratchett’s office have taken pride of place at a museum in the UK, complete with his writing desk. The Salisbury Museum is hosting “Terry Pratchett: His World” for the next three months and includes a recreation of his study with a range of possessions from spectacles to floppy disks and personal […]

Chrome To Block Autoplay Of Videos With Sound

Chrome is to block automatic play of videos with sound unless the user has indicated they are interested in such clips. While many will see such a move as a good thing in itself, Google is also promoting it as a way to make website display more consistent between desktop computers and mobile devices where […]

Nintendo Switch News Roundup: Classic Arcade Games, DOOM and Wolfenstein, and More!

Much of the marketing for the Nintendo Switch has been around a family-friendly image, but that’s not the case with two new confirmed titles: Doom and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Both are from Bethesda, which is turning into one of the biggest supporters of the console. That said, it doesn’t seem to be treating […]

Apple Stores To Become ‘Town Squares’

Apple has announced that the Apple Store is dead: from now on new locations for the retail outlets will officially be dubbed “town squares.” The curious rebranding was announced by the company’s senior vice president Angela Ahrendts at the launch event for new iPhones. The name change is part of an overhaul of the stores […]

NES Classic Returns Next Year

Nintendo is bringing back the NES Classic – but not until Summer 2018. It’s also extending supplies of the SNES Classic. After initial batches proved nowhere close to supplying demand, Nintendo originally said it would not be making any more of the NES Classic because its resources were tied up in another project, which turned […]

Tesla Remotely Extends Electric Car Range In Florida

Tesla has remotely unlocked the ability for Florida drivers fleeing Hurricane Irma to get an extra 30 to 40 miles in an electric car without recharging. It’s a temporary measure that highlighted an usual element to the battery capacity. Early Model S and Model X Tesla cars came with a standard 75 kWh battery pack, […]

Kid Clothes Could Grow With Them

A new design could make kids clothes that fit the same child from three months to three years old. Ryan Yasin has won the James Dyson award for his work on the Petit Pli clothing range. Yasin aimed to overcome one of the most frustrating problems for parents: the way very young children outgrow clothes […]

Interactive Drama Comes To Alexa & Google Home

The BBC has produced an interactive audio drama that runs through devices like Amazon Alexa and  Google Home. The Inspection Chamber will let users take part and influence the story by responding to the device. The project is based around the premise that while interactive stories with branching plotlines are nothing new, printed versions such […]

Quantum Computing Gets New Approach

Australian researchers say they’ve found a way to achieve quantum computing with existing chip manufacturing. The “flip-flop qubit” could dramatically cut production time and cost for quantum computers. The basic concept of quantum computers is to take advantage of the way subatomic particles can exist in multiple states simultaneously. That makes it possible to store […]

Teen Gets Six Figure Salary In Overwatch League

A 17-year-old has signed a $150,000 contract to play Overwatch – or rather his mother signed it for him. Jay Won could wind up making far more money in bonuses. Won, known among gamers as “sinatraa”, will play for San Francisco’s NRG Esports team in the first national Overwatch league to use NFL-style city franchising. […]