After Sony pulled Cyberpunk 2077 from its PlayStation store, what could happen next? Well, Microsoft is still willing to sell the game on Xbox, but it has matched Sony's offer with refunds for anyone who wants one. Meanwhile, CD Projekt Red itself will refund gamers who bought it on disc if their retailer won't, but you'll have to hurry -- it will only accept requests until the 21st, which is two days from now. If you're wondering how we got into this mess, then Jessica Conditt has all the answers available to your question: What the hell is going on with Cyberpunk 2077? If you're in the group of people playing (and, despite all odds, possibly enjoying) the game, the developers have released yet another patch. The 1.05 hotfix addresses a bunch of quest problems, and may help HDR look better on your PlayStation or Xbox console -- try it out.
If you're trying to make sense of the current climate for Big Tech, then Dan Cooper has some advice: look to the past. Specifically, he's ready to rehash Microsoft's antitrust battle over Internet Explorer in the late 90s, and infer what that means for companies in the government's crosshairs now. Cherlynn and Devindra discuss why Microsoft's Surface Duo is such a compelling product and spell out some concerns that could hold it back. How can Microsoft justify the controversial price tag and is the software any better than previous efforts? Our hosts also take a deeper look at Cherlynn's experience reviewing the Galaxy Watch 3 and provide updates on some Intel and Avatar news that came out this week.
It's finally time for Apple to unveil this year's new iPhones. Invitations have gone out for the "Hi, Speed" event on Tuesday, October 13th at 1PM ET where we expect to see Apple introduce its first new devices with 5G and the A14 Bionic chipset. Chris Velazco has a breakdown of all the iPhone 12 rumors and leaks to get you prepared for a lineup that should feature more size and style variations than usual. Are you ready for a 6.7-inch iPhone? The legendary Bill Nye joins our hosts Cherlynn and Devindra on this week's episode to discuss his new VR Science Kit, as well as climate change, the postal service and the Trump administration's stance on science.
Am I having a nightmare or did Amazon really announce a security camera that flies around inside your house? I can't quite get over this being a thing that exists, but with the way things go, we'll probably have a roundup of twenty similar devices in a couple of months. If you prefer your flights relaxing instead of unsettling, then Flight Simulator is still your best bet. Before you flip through the key stories from Friday and earlier this week, read Devindra Hardawar's interview that explores how cloud servers are helping make it a "living game." Also, Cherlynn talks about her experience with the Apple Watch SE -- is it enough to tempt her away from Android? Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts or Stitcher.
Your daily newsletter is back, and Apple's expensive smart speaker is going away. Late Friday TechCrunch was the first to report that Apple is discontinuing the original HomePod, news that came out after people noticed it going out of stock on the company's website. In a statement, Apple said it would focus instead on the $99 HomePod mini, which is sad news for all fans of pricey speakers from tech companies. HomePod joining Google's Home Max on the scrap heap is good news for specialists like Sonos, but to me it's just another example of why people are skeptical of investing in these niche devices made by tech companies. Last year Sonos' 'recycle-mode' effort tried to push users away from devices that were as much as a decade old, and owners still revolted.