Hello and happy Tuesday.
Most of the big E3 2019 announcements have been and gone, but we’re still to hear from one gaming giant: Nintendo. The company will eschew a live conference at the show, as it has in recent years, to deliver a pre-made Nintendo Direct announcement instead.
You can live stream that today at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM BST, or June 12 at 2 AM AET, at Nintendo’s website. In the meantime, here’s your catchup on what happened at E3 yesterday.
Two of the gaming world’s biggest publishers talked their upcoming games, and you might have heard of some of them…
We’ll start with Ubisoft
There were few Assassin’s Creed announcements from the show, though there’s a Story Creator Mode now available for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. And speaking of said title, there’s a new game in the works from its creators.
Everything Square Enix
Square Enix had a hit-and-miss show, with well-established franchises doing the heavy lifting.
Another look at the Final Fantasy VII remake, and a Final Fantasy VIII remaster:
More Final Fantasy:
Anything else from Square Enix?
Finishing off the gaming news:
📱 Google Pixel 4 renders look a lot like 2019 iPhone renders (Android Authority) -Leaker @OnLeaks and PriceBaba teamed up to bring some renders showing what the Google Pixel 4 may look like. The phone is still expected to be some months away, and its design may change, but OnLeaks has leaked some accurate stuff in the past.
💰 How to legitimately get paid apps for free! (AA). It isn’t always easy, but it is possible.
📧 Dynamic email in Gmail becoming generally available on July 2, 2019 (Google). This means, from next month, you’re going to be able to get more stuff done without leaving the Gmail email client.
😐 Don’t smile for surveillance: Why airport face scans are a privacy trap (Washington Post). This is a brilliant piece from WaPo - if somewhat alarming. “Mostly in the name of efficiency, airlines and the U.S. government are, at a large scale, scanning the faces of people who aren’t suspected of crimes. It’s America’s biggest step yet to normalize treating our faces as data that can be stored, tracked and, inevitably, stolen.” Speaking of…
🐱👤 U.S. Customs and Border Protection says traveler photos and license plate images have been stolen in a data breach (TechCrunch). Oh, bother.
💻 AMD tells all about its $449 Radeon RX 5700 XT GPU, the company's first next-generation "RDNA" video card(Engadget).
🤖 Amazon has deployed 200,000 warehouse robots to help it out, but insists human staff will always be needed (BBC).
✔ Huawei says Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram still works on its phones (AA). We were a bit worried for a hot second there.
🔠 Microsoft adds new gamer tag options for Xbox Live - (MSPoweruser).
💀 Steven Spielberg is writing a horror series you’ll only be able to stream when it’s dark (The Verge). Quite a novel idea!
🎮 Google Stadia games - the updated list following the E3 announcements (Android Authority).
🎺 Shazam can now identify songs playing through your headphones on Android (The Verge)
🚿 What is dirtier than people realize? (r/AskReddit) - the current highest-rated answer is “The holes in bowling balls.” Grim.
This image is giving the Data Is Beautiful subreddit a good name.
Thanks for reading, see you again tomorrow!
Scott Adam Gordon, Editor
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