The program will start rolling out in late September
During its State of Play even on Tuesday, Sony gave us a look at some of the first “digital collectibles” that’ll be available as rewards for its PlayStation Stars loyalty program. The items — which Sony insists are not NFTs or based on the blockchain — are basically little virtual statues of devices like the PlayStation 3 and the PocketStation PDA / handheld gaming device, as well as characters from games like Ape Escape 2, and Sony mascots like Polygon Man.
When Sony announced the PlayStation Stars program earlier this summer, it said that members will be able to earn points alongside digital collectibles. It’s not entirely clear what the points will do yet, but the company has hinted that you may be able to buy some PlayStation Store products or even wallet funds that could be put toward a game purchase. To get points and collectibles, PlayStation Stars will have you participate in campaigns, which will involve things like participating in tournaments or even just playing a game once a month. Another campaign mentioned on the PlayStation site mentions earning one by being the first person to snag a particular platinum trophy in your time zone.
Sony’s starting PlayStation Stars with a shot of nostalgia
According to a blog post from Tuesday, one of the first campaigns will be called “Hit Play/1994,” which will involve launching “games that match song-based clues.” That’s pretty much all Sony’s said about the event at this point, noting that more details are coming later, and that participating will let you win digital collectibles.
Sony says the program will launch in “some regions in Asia” in late September before coming to the US and Europe in “the weeks that follow.” The program won’t be available on actual PlayStations at first — it’s rolling out via the PlayStation App for Android and iOS.
iOS 16 should let us swipe down for notifications.
Antonio makes an excellent point here that completely slipped by me in the months I’ve been using the iOS 16 betas. Swiping down on the home screen is part of my muscle memory for Spotlight, but now that there’s an always present button on the home screen to launch Spotlight, the swipe down gesture could easily be repurposed for Notification Center. Or at least give us the option.
With iOS 16 apple now gives you TWO different ways to do a search on your home screen (swipe down from center and tap the pill button at the bottom). This would have been the perfect chance to switch that down swipe to pull down the notification shade, which is all I want in iOS
— Antonio G. Di Benedetto (@SuperAntonio64) September 13, 2022
Worshippers of Elon Musk have flocked to the middle of nowhere in Texas to watch SpaceX’s attempts to build a space-worthy rocket — and to find friends
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Google’s first-party Pixel 6 case proves to be junk.
I immediately had the impression that Google’s official cases for the Pixel 6 were awful as soon as I touched them last year, but a long-term review from 9to5Google shows just how bad they can get.
Here’s to hoping Google does better with the Pixel 7 cases this year.
Uber will pay $100 million to New Jersey for misclassifying drivers, gets to continue misclassifying them.
Gizmodo reports that Uber will pay $100 million in back taxes to the state of New Jersey in response to an audit that concluded the company was misclassifying its drivers as independent contractors. But here’s the thing: Uber will pay any amount of money necessary to continue misclassifying drivers, because reclassifying them as employees would cause Uber to cease to exist.
Victoria Song says the new Fitbit Inspire 3 feels like a product from 2015.
Where is the lie?
The Westworld subreddit is anxious the show will be canceled before the final season.
Viewership was way down this season, and the recent changes — including more layoffs at HBO parent company Warner Bros. Discovery today — don’t seem to bode well for what’s been a very expensive show. That said, this season started strong and ended with a whimper, so maybe it’s all for the best.
Nintendo will announce a release date for the delayed Advance Wars reboot “once it has been determined,” the company told Axios.
Advance Wars 1 + 2: Re-Boot Camp, a Nintendo Switch remaster of the first two Advance Wars titles, was delayed from an April launch due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It was absent from Nintendo’s big Direct showcase today.
I asked Nintendo if Advance Wars 1 + 2 has been cancelled, given the lack of news about it since it was delayed due to the invasion of Ukraine.
Nintendo rep’s reply: “The release has been delayed. We will announce the new date once it has been determined.”
— Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo) September 13, 2022
Alex Jones is on trial yet again.
The InfoWars host lost a defamation case over the Sandy Hook shooting by default, and now, a Connecticut jury will decide what he should pay. It’s a near-repeat of a similar case in Texas — but without that state’s limits on financial damages. Jones’ company has filed for bankruptcy, though, setting up a fight over the money.
The retail revolution comes for Congress: Rep. Angie Craig found out her son was trading behind her back.
“As a mom, I would be grateful if my college student son was not allowed to own or trade stocks. And as a member of Congress, I’m working to pass a law to force him to listen to his mother,” she told The New York Times.
Apparently Motorola built a fully functional electric Chevy Corvette prototype in the 1990s.
The Drive’s Kevin Williams has made what could be one of the greatest EV archeological discoveries of a generation: a 1987 Chevy Corvette EV built by cell-phone pioneer Motorola.
This raises so many questions. First and foremost, why the hell was Motorola making cars? Electric cars for that matter? And can I drive it? There’s loads of pics and fun backstory, so I recommend you go check it out.
The Twitter whistleblower says he’ll work with Congress on “sorely needed” laws.
Peiter “Mudge” Zatko’s attorneys say they hope he offered a window into Twitter’s business operations, including details about potential national security risks, during a Senate hearing today. Lawmakers focused on the threat of foreign agents inside Twitter and proposals to reform the FTC.
An attorneys’ statement: “Mr. Zatko is hopeful that the Committee’s work today has helped educate the public about just how dire the security and privacy situation is at Twitter … He remains ready, willing and able to be part of the legislative reform that is sorely needed.” pic.twitter.com/JXWxkBWleb
— Adi Robertson (@thedextriarchy) September 13, 2022
Mark Zuckerberg has very good lawyers.
As a way of dragging its heels in the FTC’s ongoing case to un-merge Facebook and Instagram, Meta is trying to get as much court-ordered information as it possibly can on rivals like Snapchat and TikTok.
The threat here is less that Meta will discover Snapchat’s secret sauce, and more that this (and a dozen other motions) will overwhelm the FTC’s ability to properly try the case with its existing resources.
Waze has more torture for your return to the office.
The new “Biz Jargon” voice navigation option “pokes fun at the people we can all become at work — acronym-slinging, jargon-parroting, catchphrase machines,” and features phrases like “Make a U-turn: Or what I call ‘circling back.’” Thanks, Waze, but I think I’ll stick with my Boy Band voice directions for now.
Specialized teases its new e-bike brand Globe with a poem and a cheeky logo.
Earlier this year, Specialized announced a new sub-brand called Globe dedicated to building high-quality electric utility bikes that are designed specifically to replace car trips. We still don’t know what these bikes will look like, but today the company released its brand statement in the form of a poem, which is cute. Specialized promises it will have more to say on September 27th, so mark you calendars.
A woman is suing San Francisco after the city used DNA from her rape kit to arrest her for an unrelated crime.
The police’s practice of using DNA from sexual assault victims to identify suspects in other cases came to light earlier this year. At the time, legal experts said the practice likely violated California’s constitution. It’s yet another example of the increased risks posed by growing DNA databases.