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You’d be forgiven for thinking arcades went the way of payphones. Taking on new forms, the arcade continues to survive.

Tokyo’s Akihabara neighbourhood is famously known as the mecca of anime and video games. Sadly, on the 30th of August, it will be losing one of its iconic landmarks. The popular Sega Akihabara Building 2 arcade announced that it will be closing its doors permanently.

For an entire generation, video game arcades might be relegated to the history books of gaming. Yet for a moment in time, arcades were inseparable from gaming. You’d be forgiven for thinking they’d already gone the way of payphones. However, you’ll find that even in 2020, arcades are still alive and have evolved to survive in changing times. …


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Game pricing has remained static for years but the next generation is bringing about significant changes

Sixty dollars. That’s been the standard price of video games for decades. Microtransactions, season passes, special editions and other tactics by publishers mean we’re spending more. Nevertheless, the price for the standard video game remained $60 for at least the past 15 years. But with the announcement of that NBA 2K21’s Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 editions will cost $69.99, this may change.

According to Newzoo, the gaming industry is expected to generate $159.3 billion this year. It’s a healthy year-on-year growth of +9.3% despite the coronavirus. Both the film and music industry have been eclipsed by it. …


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The United Kingdom banned Huawei from its 5G network. Telecom operators in the UK can no longer purchase new 5G equipment from Huawei after the 31st of December 2020. By 2027, operators are expected to remove all existing Huawei equipment from their infrastructure. A move expected to cost £2 billion (US$2.5 billion). It will also delay the UK’s 5G rollout by a year.

The ban is a dramatic reversal in policy by the Boris Johnson government. Previously, it was agreed Huawei would play a limited role in building the UK’s 5G infrastructure. But in the past few months, Britain’s attitude towards Huawei and China has seen a noticeable shift. …


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Mark Zuckerberg is no longer the 3rd richest person on the planet. Several advertisers announced they’d be boycotting Facebook. The growing list includes household names like Coca Cola, Honda, Unilever, Hershey, and many more. The news saw Facebook’s stock falling and $7 billion being wiped from Zuckerberg’s personal fortune.

The push for advertisers to boycott Facebook and its products is organized by the Anti-Defamation League and five other civil rights organizations. With the Stop Hate for Profit campaign, these organizations are, “Calling for some of the world’s largest corporations to pause advertising on Facebook during the month of July 2020.”

Its goal is for Facebook to finally address its problem with hate speech. An issue that the company has tried to ignore. …


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Since it’s founding 16 years ago, Facebook has done much good for the world. It allows us to connect with friends and family. For small businesses, it’s an accessible advertising platform. Even injustices like police brutality wouldn’t be as well documented as it is today if it weren’t for social media.

But Facebook’s failure to combat hate speech has undone all of this good. Despite it being an ongoing issue for years, little has been done to address it. The consequences of this inaction have been felt globally.

The White Supremacy Plague Ignored By Facebook


Today, everything is powered by software. How do you make sure it works in the vacuum of space?

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On May 30, at the Kennedy Space Center, history was made. SpaceX successfully launched NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley into space. It’s the first time in a decade that the U.S. has launched astronauts into orbit. SpaceX, too, enters the history books as the first company to send people into space with a privately designed vehicle.

Getting here was no easy task. Rocket science by nature is complex. It’s a journey filled with explosive trial and error. But with this historic launch, Elon Musk’s SpaceX has taken a step closer towards its grand vision.


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Nobody saw it coming. But an email app has landed Apple in hot water. Some would argue it was only a matter of time. For years, the company has kept strict control over its ecosystem. Nicknamed, “The Walled Garden,” every app had to adhere to the strict laws of Apple.

Most did so peacefully. But now a handful of rebels are hammering away at these walls. They seek to tear down the walls of this garden and ending Apple’s dictatorship. Given how the trust in big tech is being eroded, their actions may have far-reaching implications.

How did an email app get Apple into trouble?


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“To protect and serve,” — the simple definition of what the police do. At least, what they’re supposed to do. Unfortunately, the ugly truth has been that the police have been doing the exact opposite. Today, even the most routine of interactions have inspired fear in the minds of the communities they serve.

This fear isn’t unfounded, especially for minorities. The tragic deaths of Tamir Rice, Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown, and now George Floyd, serve as grim reminders of how even the simplest reactions with the law enforcement can end horribly. …


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You probably wouldn’t expect law enforcement in the US to employ large-scale surveillance technology. In China, this would be seen as perfectly normal. Anywhere else? It would be the warning signs of an Orwellian nightmare. But these signs have been right in front of us all this time.

For decades, law enforcement agencies like the FBI have been actively involved in domestic spying. The worst example being the COINTELPRO program. While such programs have ended, their tactics continue to be employed.

The only thing that’s changed is technology. Under the guise of security, big tech has stepped in and completely reshaped this surveillance infrastructure. …

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Mazin Hussain

A journalist in the tech industry with over 7 years of experience. Expect long forms about technology. Feel free to reach out on: mazin.hussain9@gmail.com

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