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Ex-Twitter exec questions seriousness of Musk offer

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The former head of news at Twitter, Vivian Schiller, has said Elon Musk’s bid to take over the company should be treated with caution.

Ms Schiller told BBC Newsnight’s Katie Razzall that Musk’s motives were unclear and added: “He certainly enjoys throwing bombs on twitter… it’s a lot of fun for him to be the centre of attention.”

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Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, says it will offer 10% faster CPU performance, 10% faster GPU clocks, and have up to 30% better power efficiency (Sean Hollister/The Verge)

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Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, says it will offer 10% faster CPU performance, 10% faster GPU clocks, and have up to 30% better power efficiency  —  Bragging rights (and battery life?) for gaming phones  —  Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 set the stage for the biggest Android smartphones …

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Geoff Keighley teases what’s to come at Summer Game Fest

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Summer Game Fest is around the corner, and media entrepreneur Geoff Keighley hints at a month of news starting on June 9.

“First couple of weeks of June are going to be a good time for gamers as always,” Keighley said.

The host of the Game Awards and Summer Game Fest said people might look back at June as an exciting start to the year’s game release news, which has been on the quieter side when it comes to big titles. When asked whether that means people can expect major game announcements, Keighley demurred.

“June is definitely a good time for people to ramp up, get people excited about things coming in the future. So yes, there will be some good announcements. They’ll be good, meaningful updates on games,” Keighley said, adding that, for example, in 2021, the Summer Game Fest showed off gameplay of “Elden Ring,” a previously announced game that still drew a lot of interest. “Will you get everything you want? No. But I think there’ll be some good stuff this year.”

The 2022 gaming news event is mostly digital, though it will feature an in-person component. Imax movie theaters will air the Summer Game Fest in the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom starting on June 9, live from Los Angeles. Viewers can tune into the exact same show on Twitch. (Twitch is owned by Amazon, whose founder, Jeff Bezos, owns The Washington Post.)

While individual game companies will do their own events, as they have in past years, Keighley said he plans to organize things so that they don’t heavily overlap. In another major gaming showcase, Xbox will hold its live-streamed event on June 12.

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In light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Keighley said he has been in conversations with several Ukrainian studios whose game titles — such as GSC Game World’s “S.T.A.L.K.E.R.” — have been impacted.

“There have been a number of teams, honestly, that we were talking [with] about content for our show, that are in Ukraine, and they’ve had to relocate and can’t finish their trailer, can’t finish their game, because they’re in the middle of a situation,” Keighley said. “We’re conscious of those games and actively trying to think about what’s the right way to recognize some of those teams and the hardships that they’ve been through.”

Keighley made headlines in 2020, when he announced he was skipping E3 for the first time in 25 years, saying the event needed to evolve.

This year, Summer Game Fest will take place in the backdrop of another canceled E3, just as it did in 2020.

“You’ll find no bigger fan than me of what E3 represented to the industry. And I went to it for 25 years,” Keighley said. “I still think E3 needs to figure out its place in this new digital, global landscape. Game companies have figured out there are lots of great ways to program directly to fans. With Summer Game Fest, we’re very cognizant of that; we’re not just trying to be an E3 replacement. We’re doing something very different and approaching it as a free, digital-first celebration of games. The great thing is we can build it from the ground into something completely new. And we don’t have the baggage and legacy of trying to sell booze to people or hotel rooms.”

From 2021: For years, E3 has been gaming’s biggest event. Is that still true?

Keighley told The Post last December that the other event he hosts, the Game Awards, would take a “thoughtful, measured” approach toward non-fungible tokens (NFTs). For this year’s Summer Game Fest, Keighley similarly said he had no plans to have anything NFT or blockchain-related.

“Some people are like, ‘Oh Geoff, I see you following an NFT account on Twitter.’ And it’s like, I’m interested to learn about that stuff. But I’ve yet to see anything that really crosses over to content that would be accretive to the experience. Look, if I see a game or experience that I think is really going to be compelling and interesting and leverages those technologies in a meaningful way, we’ll of course look at it,” Keighley said.

As for whether Activision Blizzard, a company facing multiple lawsuits and government investigations, will be present at Summer Game Fest, Keighley said the situation was evolving. Activision Blizzard did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“In the back of our minds, obviously, is the zeitgeist of what’s going on at both of these companies but also, in the community,” he said. “Everyone’s opinions continue to evolve among all these topics, so it’s hard to put a pin in something and say, ‘Hey, this is exactly how we’re going to treat this throughout the entire year.’ ”

Another hotly discussed industry topic is unionization. When asked whether organizing labor would impact Summer Game Fest, Keighley said, “Trying to make our show is ultimately to support creators of games and let them showcase their work. I hope we empower game creators, through our shows, to reach audiences and feel like they can reach those audiences directly.”

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Why I Prefer an eReader to a Real Book

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Okay, I’m really doing this. Ahem. I prefer eReaders to real books. Now, before you report me to your local library for crimes against literature, let me explain. Maybe you’ll hear a new reason to give eReaders a chance.

This is a pretty touchy subject among readers. People who prefer physical books are often very passionate about that. It feels like people who like eReaders are the ones who have to defend their position. So allow me to defend my position.

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Temporary Is Okay

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First, let me start by saying I am not anti-physical books. I love real books. I love looking at cover art and I love the feel of a physical book in my hands. I think eReaders and books can peacefully co-exist.

My perspective on the place for eReaders vs real books is similar to how I view other forms of media. I might see a movie on Netflix that looks interesting and only watch it once. I don’t need to own a physical copy of it. Some things can be temporary.

Now, if there’s a movie or an album of music that’s important to me, then I want the physical copy. That’s the same philosophy I have toward books. There are so many books that I’ve read once and haven’t thought much about since. Owning the physical copy would just be adding clutter to my home.

Important, meaningful books are the ones I want to have in my possession forever. For everything else, the temporary feeling of an eBook makes an eReader the perfect option.

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Streaming Books

There are very literal “streaming” services for books—such as Amazon Prime Reading—but even the general experience of an eReader is similar in a lot of ways to how we use streaming services.

Streaming services are great for browsing and easily switching between media. One day you’re in the mood for comedy, the next it’s drama. When you finally find something to get into, you can easily jump right into it every day until you’ve finished it.

That’s what I like about eReaders. I can easily browse through my library and decide what I’m in the mood to read. If a book doesn’t grab my attention quickly enough, I can easily switch to something else. I don’t have to bring a stack of books to my bed.

Physical media is a much more deliberate experience. Choosing a Blu-ray and putting it on is a commitment. Taking one book to the couch is a commitment. eReaders give you flexibility.

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More Books, Less Weight

That flexibility also comes with some real-world benefits. Books are heavy, there’s no getting around that. If you want to take multiple books somewhere, you’re going to be carrying a lot of weight around.

The average eReader—such as the Kindle Paperwhite—can hold around 1,000 books per gigabyte of storage. That’s a lot. You can essentially go on vacation with your entire library of books in a device that weighs less than 8 ounces.

It’s really hard to overstate just how amazing that is. People love phones and streaming services for this same reason when it comes to music. It’s awesome to have all your music with you all the time. So what’s wrong with doing the same with your books?

Best eReader Overall

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The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition improves on the previous generation with more storage space, USB-C charging, and an adjustable warm light.

Can We All Get Along?

There are a lot of things to get passionate about in life, especially when it comes to technology. iPhone vs Android. Windows vs Mac. Overused fonts. How to say GIF. I don’t think the eReader vs. real books debate needs to be one of them.

Nothing is ever going to replace physical books. Streaming music services are extremely popular, yet music is still being released on CDs and vinyl records. Movies still come out on Bluray and DVD. eReaders have been around for a long time and real books are still here.

An eReader is a handy device that every avid reader should consider. You don’t have to stop reading physical books, but you’ll appreciate the convenience in many situations.

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