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Apple is holding a surprise event in December, but don’t expect much

Here’s a surprise: Apple has one more event in store for the year, and this time it’s for… apps? The company sent out invites to an event “honoring our favorite apps and games of 2019” taking place in NYC on December 2. This is unexpected. Apple Event. December 2 in NYC. pic.twitter.com/ok4UtcAylC — Lance Ulanoff (@LanceUlanoff) November 18, 2019 While Apple hands out awards for the year’s best apps every year, it’s never hosted a physical event it. For some reason, Apple decided it needed to go bigger. It seems highly unlikely there’ll be new hardware on December 2, especially… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: Apple

Microsoft’s killing the Cortana app in most markets next year

The latest blow to the world’s greatest Halo shout-out, Microsoft revealed via support pages that it’ll soon be shutting down the Cortana app — not for everyone, but certainly for some of its biggest markets. The change was quietly revealed in a Cortana support article on Microsoft‘s site. Microsoft said it’s “integrating Cortana into your Microsoft 365 productivity apps” and therefore discontinuing the app itself. Starting January 31, you’ll no longer be able to download the Cortana app. According to Microsoft, the app will be pulled from the Google Play and App Stores in UK, Australia, Germany, Mexico, China, Spain, Canada, and India at… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: Cortana,Microsoft

The Modern Warfare reboot is alright, but it’s no Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville

A tiny speck of light reflects off the enemy’s scope and flashes in my peripheral. I’ve got a few milliseconds to react before a projectile rips through my on-screen avatar’s head. Exposed and unable to find cover, I try unsuccessfully to distract the sniper with hip-fire. I make a mental note of the marksman’s position and decide to switch to a different class when I respawn. I’m not going to shoot the enemy soldier, that wouldn’t be satisfying enough. I’m going to eat them. I’m going to burrow under the ground, explode from the dirt like a muddy phoenix, and… This story continues at The Next Web

Report: Apple is giving the 13-inch MacBook Pro a new keyboard next year

Apple may have announced a new MacBook Pro with a 16-inch screen last week, but it seems the star of the show was the new keyboard. Well, ‘new’ is something of a misnomer. Apple finally realized the butterfly keyboard it introduced with the 2015 MacBook kinda sucked, so the company reverted to scissor switches to much acclaim. Now a new report from DigiTimes (via MacRumors) claims Apple plans to launch a new 13-inch MacBook with an improved keyboard in the first half of 2020. Though DigiTimes has a spotty track record, it does corroborate reports from reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Of… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: MacBook,MacBook Pro,Apple

IBM’s ‘Code and Response’ documentary proves developers can be superheroes too

IBM‘s upcoming “Code and Response” documentary is an hour-long tour-de-force showcasing several developer–activists using technology to mitigate the harm caused by natural disasters. I recently had the opportunity to watch an advanced screening, and it’s the single most touching, inspiring documentary I’ve seen this year. The past few years have been some of the absolute worst on record for natural disasters. Hurricanes and wildfires have raged out of control causing thousands of deaths and billions of dollars in damage. Entire communities have been ravaged. Not only is there no end in sight, but current trends indicate things are only going… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: IBM

FBI spoke with George Bush’s brother over $300K meeting with OneCoin’s missing ‘Cryptoqueen’

The attorney for alleged OneCoin money launderer Mark Scott has made an interesting claim in court: that Neil Bush, the brother of former president George W. Bush was paid $300,000 to meet with the scam‘s missing “Cryptoqueen,” Ruja Ignatova. Scott’s attorney has told US court that Bush met Ignatova in regards to a $60 million loan to buy an African oil field using, in part, OneCoin cryptocurrency, Law360 reports. The deal was to be funded by Hoifu Energy, a company run by Chinese businessman Dr. Hui Chi Ming, who was also said to be in attendance. Hoifu Energy was to… This story continues at The Next Web

Ubisoft turns Assassin’s Creed into an audio drama with Audible

Ubisoft today revealed it’s collaborating with Audible on a new audio drama, set in the Assassin’s Creed series. This new venture, called Assassin’s Creed Gold, is the company’s latest effort to branch out into new ventures using the Assassin’s Creed series. The battle between Assassin and Templar continues ⚔ Don't miss @assassinscreed Gold, an-all new audio adventure coming to @audible_com from February 27 🎧📖 pic.twitter.com/zNR3R2e8ld — Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) November 18, 2019 According to SyFy Wire, the story is set, as almost all AC stories are, partially in the modern day and partially in the historical setting du jour — in this case, the Great Recoinage of… This story continues at The Next Web

Senior UK judges say cryptoassets, including Bitcoin, are property

Cryptoassets can be treated as tradeable property and smart contracts are “enforceable agreements” under English law. That’s according to the UK Jurisdiction Taskforce of the Lawtech Deliver Panel, which today published a 46-page legal statement stating: “Cryptoassets, including but not restricted to, virtual currencies, can be treated in principle as property […] smart contracts are capable of satisfying the requirements of contracts in English law and are thus enforceable by the courts. Statutory requirements for a signature can be met by techniques such as private key encryption.” The statement comes after a six-month consultation period and provides relative clarity for… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

Hands-on: Google Stadia works as advertised, but lacks a killer app

While both Microsoft and Sony are waiting until next year to release their next generation of game consoles, Google is beating them to the fight. With the launch of its streaming console: Google Stadia tomorrow, we see the search giant’s vision of the future of gaming. Unlike its established competitors, Google is betting all its chips on streaming video games. The Xbox and PlayStation makers do have their own plans for streaming, but unlike Google they are not confident enough to forego their premium devices in favor of a streaming-only solution. After having played around with the Stadia for a… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: Google

Pokémon Sword & Shield are fantastic — but here’s how they could be better

On Friday evening, I finally started playing the long awaited Pokémon Sword & Shield. These is the first ‘proper’ Pokémon game for the Nintendo Switch (the Let’s Go… games don’t count) and, after putting some hours in, I can say one thing: it’s great. Pokémon Sword & Shield feels bigger, more interactive, and exciting than previous titles and — nostalgia aside — I think it can quite easily claim to be the best ever Pokémon game. But, if I’m being completely honest, I’m slightly disappointed. The Pokémon series can be so much more. Why? Before we go on, some disclaimers. Firstly, Pokémon Sword & Shield are a fantastic pair of games. Just because… This story continues at The Next Web