PlayStation’s The Last of Us Part II campaign boosts game TV ad spending in June

Gaming industry TV ad spend jumped up to an estimated $18.7 million in June, an 81% increase from May’s $10.3 million, with PlayStation serving as the main driver of that growth. Together with Nintendo, the two brands have been the powerhouses of gaming industry TV spend so far in 2020. Looking at January 1 through June 30, Nintendo accounts for a greater share of spend (59.5%) versus PlayStation’s 31.2%.

But this period, Sony accounted for 79% of the industry’s TV ad spend.

GamesBeat has partnered with, the always-on TV ad measurement and attribution platform, to bring you a monthly report on how gaming brands are spending. The results below are for the top five gaming-industry brands in June, ranked by estimated national TV ad spend. Read More

Tech Radar

The best cheap laptop deals in June 2020

We’ve been on the hunt for all the best cheap laptop deals this week, bringing all the best offers right here. You’ll find everything from ChromeBooks under $200 to powerful HP and Lenovo computers with substantial discounts attached to them this week, as well as plenty of 2-in-1 and touchscreen models for extra flair.

We know how to spot the best laptop deals, so we’ve stripped out all the sub-par offers that aren’t worth your time and brought you only the best sales available now. Plus, we’re dropping the key specs and features of each model with every deal to make sure you pick out the machine best suited to your needs.  Read More

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The best Sky TV deals, packages and Sky Q offers in June 2020

If you’re looking for the best current deals for Sky TV in the UK, you’ve come to the right place. Each week we take a look at the latest and best Sky TV packages to make sure we’re always recommending the best Sky deals currently available.

And if you’re looking to add a Sky broadband deal with your TV bundle, we’ve got you sorted there, too!

What’s the most basic Sky TV package?

Everyone who signs up for Sky TV has to begin with the basic Sky Entertainment package. From there you can add the extras like Kids channels, Movies and Sky Sports etc. Read More

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10 video game characters I’d marry during the June wedding season

June is the traditional month of weddings, happiness, and matrimony. June 2020 so far has been… not about those things. In fact, it’s far from those things. So let’s take a moment of levity and talk about something fun. You know what’s fun? Contemplating which video game characters we’d marry, if given the chance.

Please note, I say marry: this is not about thirsting over the hot men and women of games. We’re a classy establishment, darn it. Sure, many video game characters are attractive people, but you wouldn’t want to marry all of them. I love Dante from Devil May Cry, but the fact that, as of the latest game, his business is kind of failing makes me question our future together. Read More

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Mobile industry and tech channel moves for June 2020

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Westcoast veteran leaves role after 11 years

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Darren Seward is leaving Westcoast at the end of June after 11 years with the company. Seward joined the company in October 2009 before assuming his current role in 2016.

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Richard Baxendale rejoins Brightstar

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Richard Baxendale has joined Brightstar as chief business development officer, more than a decade after his first spell at the company. Baxendale departed his previous role as MD of AO Mobile earlier in 2020.   Read More

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The best cheap PlayStation VR bundles, prices and deals in June 2020

PlayStation VR bundles offer a fantastic way into the wide world of VR gaming for cheap, and now stock is finally returning to the shelves on both sides of the Atlantic – it’s a good time to be looking. We’ve rounded up our favourite prices on the best PlayStation VR bundles just down below, so simply scroll down to peruse what’s on offer.

VR deals in general rarely come as cheap as the PlayStation VR and many don’t offer such a fantastic library of quality games either. While stock is still quite low this week, you’ll still find the popular Blood & Truth and Everybody’s Golf bundle available in the US. Meanwhile, the UK is enjoying a stock replenishment of both the cheaper Starter Pack and the five-game Mega Pack bundle – now both available at Amazon. Read More

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The best cheap Xbox One X prices, bundles and deals in June 2020 – where to buy the 4K Xbox

Cheap Xbox One X deals are in short supply this week on both sides of the Atlantic, so those of you who can act quickly to pick up the last few remaining bundles will be rewarded. If you’re in the UK especially, you can pick up a limited edition Cyberpunk 2077 Xbox One X bundle at Microsoft for just £259 right now – although we can’t stress enough how quickly these will sell out.

If you’re visiting from the US, you’ll find slimmer pickings unfortunately. Although there’s a few Xbox One X bundles in stock at Amazon and Newegg, they’re going for around $460, so it might be better to either hold off or go for a refurbished deal instead. We’re constantly updating this page, so if you don’t find the perfect Xbox One X deal for you right now, make sure to bookmark and revisit this page for the very latest news.  Read More


Google will shut down its AI-guided Photos printing service on June 30th

Google’s automated Photos printing service wasn’t long for this world — at least, not in its first incarnation. Droid Life has learned (via The Verge) that Google is shutting down the AI-guided trial service on June 30th. It didn’t say what prompted the closure in a notice to members, but it said it hoped to “evolve this feature” and make it “more widely available.” This isn’t the end, then, even if the service is likely to change.

The $8 per month trial had AI pick your 10 best pictures (prioritized by faces, landscapes or a mix) and print them on 4×6 cardstock, with edits if you preferred. They were meant to be gifts, or just fond memories if you wanted more than just digital copies. Google didn’t have the best timing, however. The service became public knowledge in February, just a month before much of the world entered pandemic lockdowns — it’s hard to justify spending money on a photo service when you can’t socialize or travel. If there is a follow-up service, it might have to wait. Read More


AMD says it will fix new CPU bugs by the end of June 2020

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AMD said it plans to release firmware updates to fix a trifecta of bugs that impact some of its notebook and embedded systems CPUs.

The three bugs, which AMD refers to as “SMM Callout,” allow attackers to take control over the UEFI firmware of AMD CPUS, and inherently of the entire computer.

AMD said the bugs impact a small fraction of Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) CPUs released between 2016 and 2019. AMD APU processors, formerly known as AMD Fusion, are small-sized 64-bit microprocessors that include both a central processing unit (CPU) and graphics processing unit (GPU) on the same silicon die. Read More

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How to watch Apple’s livestream on June 22

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, WWDC for short, is the company’s biggest software-focused event, although it’s often full of hardware announcements too. Tickets for the crowded event are normally $1,599 apiece, but in the wake of coronavirus canceling just about every major physical gathering, Apple is making the event free for virtual attendees. Here’s how you can tune in.

Of course, the biggest part of WWDC is the keynote address, where Apple announces new features and products to a crowd of cheering developers and reporters. This year’s event is sure to be a little quieter when it kicks off on Monday, June 22 at 10 AM PST.  Read More