So, What Happens Now With Elder Scrolls 6, Starfield, And Bethesda’s PS5 Exclusives?

Microsoft has revealed it isn’t necessarily done acquiring new developers, although it won’t make any such announcements during TGS, shutting down rumors of a Sega purchase. Read on for a look at what the Bethesda acquisition could mean, and make sure to also check out our take on why buying Bethesda isn’t about exclusives.

The week is off to a busy start with the massive news that Microsoft has purchased ZeniMax Media and, by extension, Bethesda Softworks and its many game studios. That puts franchises like Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Doom, and others under the Xbox Game Studios umbrella, calling into question what exclusivity might look like for these big-name franchises as we enter the new generation. In the more immediate future, it also raises the issue of what happens with a pair of Bethesda-published games that were previously set to debut exclusively on PC and PS5: Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo.

Read More

Justice Dep’t. sends its Section 230 rewrite to Congress

Cartoon hands hold out a band-aid over the words Section 230.

The Department of Justice today dropped a proposed “recalibration” of one of the most important laws governing the US Internet into Congress’s lap and urged legislators to act to remove a liability protection on which nearly every website and app currently relies.

Attorney General Bill Barr sent the proposed legislation—an extension of his June wish list—to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence (in his role as President of the Senate) this morning.

“For too long Section 230 has provided a shield for online platforms to operate with impunity,” Barr said in a written statement. “Ensuring that the internet is a safe, but also vibrant, open, and competitive environment is vitally important to America,” he added. “We therefore urge Congress to make these necessary reforms to Section 230 and begin to hold online platforms accountable both when they unlawfully censor speech and when they knowingly facilitate

Read More

TikTok Owner Asks U.S. Court to Temporarily Block Trump Ban

(Bloomberg) — TikTok’s owner asked a federal judge to temporarily block the Trump administration from removing the viral video-sharing network from U.S. app stores.

a hand holding a cellphone: The TikTok logo is displayed in the app store in this arranged photograph in view of a video feed of U.S. President Donald Trump in London, U.K., on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. TikTok has become a flash point among rising U.S.-China tensions in recent months as U.S. politicians raised concerns that parent company ByteDance Ltd. could be compelled to hand over American users data to Beijing or use the app to influence the 165 million Americans, and more than 2 billion users globally, who have downloaded it.

© Photographer: Bloomberg/Bloomberg
The TikTok logo is displayed in the app store in this arranged photograph in view of a video feed of U.S. President Donald Trump in London, U.K., on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. TikTok has become a flash point among rising U.S.-China tensions in recent months as U.S. politicians raised concerns that parent company ByteDance Ltd. could be compelled to hand over American users data to Beijing or use the app to influence the 165 million Americans, and more than 2 billion users globally, who have downloaded it.

TikTok faces a deadline this weekend to get a sale of its U.S. operations approved or face a de facto ban in the U.S. stemming from an Aug. 6 executive order by President Donald Trump. Wednesday’s

Read More

Buy Nike After Earnings? Here’s Why You Would

Nike  (NKE) – Get Report shares soared after earnings, but that doesn’t mean not to buy the stock now. The company, large and economically sensitive, is somewhat of a growth play and has been treated by the market as such.

Before we analyze, let’s look at the earnings and the stock.


Nike reported earnings Tuesday after the closing bell and wiped the floor clean on analysts’ estimates. Here were the results:

  • Revenue: $10.6B v. $9.13B (actual result: -1% year-over-year)
  • North America Revenue: $4.225B vs. $3.43B (-1%)
  • China Revenue: $1.78B vs. $1.87B (+8%)
  • Operating Margin: 16.1% vs. 9.6% (14% last year)
  • Adjusted EPS: 97 cents vs. 47 cents (+11%)

Digital sales rose 82% as consumers largely stayed at home. Management said foot traffic was weak and that the strength came less from generally strong consumer demand and more from e-commerce capabilities and product and brand strength. Costs nearly

Read More

No iPhone 12 release yet. But we may have guessed when Apple will announce it


The iPhone 11 at last year’s iPhone launch event.

James Martin/CNET

Although Apple held a September virtual event (here’s everything Apple announced), those expecting iPhones were disappointed — the event focused on the new Apple Watch 6, Apple Watch SE and iPads instead. The announcement date for the iPhone 12, 12 Pro, 12 Max and possible 12 Pro Max remains up in the air (Apple has not confirmed the names of the phones, but we’ll go with those for now). However, our best guess as to when Apple will announce the phones is either Oct. 13 or 14.

Before we explain why, note that Apple has not released any official information and didn’t respond to a request for comment. What we do know, however, is that the iPhone is definitely delayed “a few weeks” from its usual September timeline. Even before the company confirmed this back in

Read More

How rogue TikTok accounts are promoting malicious mobile apps

The accounts are pushing games, wallpaper, and other apps designed to deploy adware scams toward iOS and Android users, says Avast.


Image: iStock/CarmenMurillo

Malicious mobile apps can pose a problem for any smartphone owner. Such apps typically masquerade as legitimate programs in an attempt to entrap unsuspecting downloaders with malware, adware, and other threats. A new series of malicious apps designed for both iOS and Android are being promoted by rogue TikTok accounts as a way to gain a wide audience.

SEE: Cybersecurity: Let’s get tactical (free PDF) (TechRepublic) 

In a blog posted on Tuesday, security provider Avast explained how these malicious scam apps work.

The apps are being aimed at young people by impersonating games, wallpaper, and music downloaders. To scam unsuspecting users, the apps will in some cases charge $2 or $10, ostensibly for a service not worth that amount of money.

In other cases, the apps act

Read More

Peloton Re-Accelerates as $499 Amazon ‘Prime Bike’ Debunked

Well that was weird.

Peloton Interactive (PTON) – Get Report shares were on the rebound on Wednesday a day after dropping as much as 6% on news that (AMZN) – Get Report and Peloton rival Echelon were launching a $499 “Prime Bike.” 

Peloton stock was up 5.65% at $99.73 on Wednesday after an spokeswoman said the company has nothing to do with the new machine, widely touted by Echelon in a news release on Tuesday, and that it was not working with Echelon on any kind of interactive exercise product.

“This bike is not an Amazon product or related to Amazon Prime,” the Amazon spokeswoman said. “Echelon does not have a formal partnership with Amazon. We are working with Echelon to clarify this in its communications, stop the sale of the product, and change the product branding.”

The machine was listed on Amazon’s website

Read More

Important Google Photos Change Will Impact Millions Of Users

Google Photos users often struggle with Google’s frequent unexpected interface changes, but a new tweak is now rolling out that’s sure to make image sharing much easier for everyone.

MORE FROM FORBESGoogle Accidentally Reveals Radical Google Photos Update

The change, as spotted by Reddit users last week, brings in an improved sharing menu that makes it easier to find and select the apps and contacts you want to use to share your photos.

The improvement makes a small, but significant change to how sharing destinations are selected. Thankfully, it’s so intuitive that you may have already been using the new interface without even realising.

If you have the new interface, sharing an image now presents you with two rows of icons much like before. The top row is for sharing directly to groups or individual contacts and the bottom row is for

Read More

Harbor Management Software Market- Roadmap for Recovery from COVID-19|Need to Improve Business Efficiency to Boost the Market Growth

Technavio has been monitoring the harbor management software market and it is poised to grow by USD 16.26 mn during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of almost 7% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here:

Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Harbor Management Software Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to transform the growth of various industries, the immediate impact of the outbreak is varied. While a few industries will register a drop in demand, numerous others will continue to remain unscathed and show promising growth opportunities. Technavio’s in-depth research has all your needs covered as our research reports include all foreseeable market scenarios, including pre- & post-COVID-19 analysis. Download a Free Sample Report

Read More

TuSimple expands self-driving trucks to Europe with Traton partnership

Autonomous truck startup TuSimple today announced a strategic agreement with the Traton Group, a Munch, Germany-based Volkswagen Group subsidiary. As a part of it, TuSimple plans to launch a development program to operate an autonomous hub-to-hub route between Södertälje to Jönköping in Sweden using Scania trucks manufactured by Traton. As for Traton, the company says it has taken a minority stake in TuSimple and will work with the startup to develop driverless systems for Traton-branded trucks, with the goal of testing self-driving truck fleets on roads throughout Sweden, Germany, and other European countries.

Some experts predict the coronavirus outbreak will hasten the adoption of autonomous delivery solutions like TuSimple’s. A study published by CarGurus found that 39% of people won’t use manually driven ride-sharing services post-pandemic for fear of insufficient sanitation. Despite the public’s misgivings about self-driving cars and their need for regular disinfection, they promise to minimize the risk

Read More