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Companies around the world are being affected by COVID-19 right now. Game developers, smartphone makers -- everyone is scrambling to figure out what, if anything, they can do to support their employees and keep business ticking over.
While not as important as schools and hospitals, various cultural sites are also struggling to keep the lights on. This week I spoke to the cultural director of the UK's National Videogame Museum, who admitted that the unique building could go under if it doesn't find fresh funding. In an act of desperation, management set up a JustGiving page with a roughly $100,000 donation target. It's hoped that amount will see the organization through to the end of the UK's nationwide lockdown.
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The iPhone SE provided strong performance in a small package in 2016, and now 9to5Mac cites sources claiming Apple will use the name again on a phone that could launch very soon. Of course, that would be an extraordinary debut under any circumstance, and especially now as the company's stores are closed in most countries around the world.
Supporting the rumor is a recently updated Apple Store listing for an iPhone 8 Belkin screen protector that now also mentions iPhone SE compatibility. If the rumors hold up, the 2020 edition of the device will look like the iPhone 8 it replaces but with an A13 CPU, like the iPhone 11 line, and storage options that range from 64GB to 256GB.
Like Hubble -- which has long outlived its original life-span but is expected to remain operational for a few years yet -- the James Webb will investigate celestial bodies in our solar system and beyond. Passing this test means it's on track for launch next year.
Nikon is offering 10 classes from its online school for free during April. The courses range from 15 minutes to well over an hour and all are taught by pro photographers and often -- shock -- Nikon ambassadors. Content is varied, from landscape photography to macro photography to fundamentals with Reid Hoffman and even "The Art of Making Music Videos" with Chris Hershman.
There are loads of apps out there that use filters to turn your photos into works of art. Now Google is doing something similar but pulling its AI inspiration directly from major works of art. Art Transfer is a new feature in the Google Arts & Culture app that lets you apply the characteristics of well-known paintings to your photos, from the bold swirls of Vincent van Gogh to the surreal brushstrokes of Frida Kahlo. It's all achieved on your smartphone too, whether it's an iPhone or Android device.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Sony is pushing back the launch of one of its most highly anticipated games from May 29th to "??" "Even with us finishing the game, we were faced with the reality that due to logistics beyond our control, we couldn't launch The Last of Us Part II to our satisfaction," Naughty Dog said in a statement.
If your lockdown cinema setup needs some work, Sonos is happy to oblige. It's offering $50 off several of its speakers, including the Sonos Beam sound bar (down to $349), the Sonos One ($149) and One SL ($129).
The Beam will give your TV and music a big audio boost if you're moving up from your built-in TV speakers, but if you're looking for truly massive sound, you might want to consider a few add-ons -- you'll be able to do that with extra Sonos purchases at your own pace, so the Beam is a good starting point.
But wait, there's more...
- Google's COVID-19 reports show where people are obeying stay-at-home orders.
- Honda will build two EVs based on GM battery technology.
- "The Complex" is almost a good FMV game.
- Facebook debuts standalone Messenger app on Mac and PC.
- Peloton's workout app is now available on Android TV.
- My love/hate relationship with streaming movies early at home
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