Twitter is finally letting everyone create Spaces

Twitter is finally letting everyone create Spaces

Twitter first launched Spaces in November 2020 as an attempt to eclipse Clubhouse’s success with its own version of audio-centric chatrooms — but the ability to actually host a Space was limited to Twitter users with 600 followers or more. Now, almost one year later, Twitter is finally giving all of its users the ability … Read more

Facebook Messenger adds group AR effects and games to video calls

Jon Fingas

Facebook Messenger’s augmented reality effects are no longer limited to individuals. The social media company has introduced a Group Effects feature that, as the name implies, enables AR effects for everyone in a video call. Some of the 70-plus effects are just for giggles (such as giving everyone a beard), but others are shared experiences … Read more

Spotify now lets any creator use its video podcast platform

Mariella Moon

Spotify might have a much wider video podcast selection in the near future. In July last year, it debuted the video podcast format for select originals, but now it’s opening up access to the option to more people who want to launch their own. Creators can now apply to have their video podcasts published on … Read more

Intel CEO warns chip shortage won’t end until at least 2023

Intel CEO warns chip shortage won’t end until at least 2023

The ongoing global chip shortage is going to be a problem for a lot longer, according to Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger, who reiterated today ahead of the company’s Q3 earnings that he expects the shortage to extend until at least 2023. “We’re in the worst of it now; every quarter next year, we’ll get incrementally … Read more

‘Uncharted’ movie trailer plays Nathan Drake’s greatest hits

Kris Holt

Sony is finally releasing an Uncharted movie after trying to make one for over a decade. If you need more evidence that the film actually exists beyond a snap of Tom Holland in Nathan Drake’s classic attire, here’s the first trailer. Even though Holland plays a much younger version of the character (which Mark Wahlberg’s Sully … Read more

Regulator orders Apple, Google to hand over app store payment system data

Jon Fingas

American tech heavyweights are facing yet more scrutiny of their payment practices. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has ordered Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, PayPal and Square to hand over info concerning their payment system plans. The bureau wants to learn how these companies harvest data and control access to spot any anti-consumer behavior and provide … Read more

Stardew Valley creator reveals next game, Haunted Chocolatier

Stardew Valley creator reveals next game, Haunted Chocolatier

Stardew Valley creator Eric Barone — better known as ConcernedApe — has announced his second game: ConcernedApe’s Haunted Chocolatier, which looks to expand on the Stardew Valley formula with a more fantastical setting and “magical haunted ghost chocolate.” “In this game, you will play as a chocolatier living in a haunted castle. In order to … Read more