Best PS4 games 2019: essential PlayStation 4 releases

The Sony PlayStation 4 is an incredible console, and possibly even Sony’s greatest achievement to date (at least until the PlayStation 5 arrives). To make the most of it though, you need a library filled with the best PS4 games, and that’s where we come in.

The PS4 is the only console on the market with the likes of Spider-Man, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Shadow of the Colossus and God of War, all of which are available right now, and upcoming games like The Last of Us Part 2, Death Stranding and Ghost of Tsushima that are all expected to be released over the next few years. Not to mention the fantastic third-party games you’ll still be able to play on the console.

So, to help you sort out which games are worth your while, we’ve compiled a list of the 30 best PS4 games worth going out and playing today – and whether they support the PS4 Pro‘s enhanced resolution and detail in 4K and HDR.

We’ve done our best to include something from every genre – AAA [...]  read more

Spotify expands personalization to its programmed playlists

Spotify this morning announced a major change to how its playlists will operate, with the news that some of its previously human-curated playlists will now be personalized based on listeners’ tastes. Before, Spotify offered personalized playlists like Discover Weekly, Release Radar, and Daily Mixes, among others, to offer users a way to enjoy the music they like and be introduced to new songs and artists that fit their interests. However, these were clearly separated from the curated playlists programmed by Spotify’s editorial team.

Now, Spotify says that will change.

“Some playlists will now be personalized for each listener based on their particular taste. This means that for those specific playlists, no two will be the same,” the company shared in a blog post.

Spotify says it decided to make this change after finding that users listened longer to the personalized playlists, during a trial of the new system. It also notes that the new system will increase the number of artists [...]  read more

Ferrari Built the Track-Slaying P80/C for a Single Customer

Single issue hypercars—usually custom projects for the most super-super-super-rich of super-rich clients—range from vanity projects to high-concept design efforts to hardcore track beasts that would scare the Gucci loafers off the average Gallardo owner.

The Ferrari P80/C, a new ride four years in the making and built for one unnamed collector for an undisclosed price, is a bit of each. It’s a design exercise that Ferrari promises can still slay any track in the world. The Italian marque unveiled the project Tuesday, describing it as both an homage to legendary Ferraris of eras past, namely the 330 P3/P4 and Dino 206 S race cars from the 1960s, and a precision-crafted “Hero Car” that makes little in the way of compromises.

Those marching orders came directly from the client who commissioned the effort (which is where the vanity bit comes in.) Said buyer worked with Ferrari designer Flavio Manzoni and the automaker’s performance engineers and aerodynamicists. [...]  read more

Huawei P30 launch live blog: we’re live at the Paris event

The Huawei P30 launch event is happening right now, and you can follow all the announcements with our live blog below.

We’ll be reporting live from the launch in Paris, France, to bring you everything you need to know about the heavily rumored Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro flagship smartphones.

There’s also murmurs of a third handset – the Huawei P30 Lite – and a new smartwatch – the Huawei Watch GT Active – plus the Chinese manufacturer has also teased a new set of headphones – the Huawei Freelace – for the event.

It’s set to be a busy event, and we’ll be keeping you up to date with all the latest announcements, news, specs and insight with our Huawei P30 launch live blog.

Huawei P30 launch event live blog

All times in Central European Time (CET) 15:28 – To be fair, they look pretty good – still NO DETAILS about how they are smart. Oh, Richard is coming back on stage to tell us… goodness talk about keeping us waiting. 15:25 – Guess what… still waiting for actual detail other than “smart eyewear” which is all that’s currently on the big screen. This better be worth the wait.

Apparently this is smart eyewear which will make us look more handsome. Hmm.

15:20 – Richard has ONE MORE THING. They look like sunglasses, but are actually smart eyewear.

It’s not clear what they do just yet, we’re currently watching a very odd video.

Huawei has partnered with eyewear maker Gentle Monster for its glasses, still waiting on actual details though…

15:14 – BUT WAIT. Here’s another new product – the Huawei FreeLace wireless headphones with 4 hours playback from just a 5 minute charge, and up to 18 hours of playback on a single charge.

The buds are magnetic, [...]  read more

European parliament votes for controversial copyright reform (yes, again)

The European Parliament has voted to pass a controversial reform of online copyright rules that critics contend will result in big tech platforms pre-filtering user generated content uploads.

The results of the final vote in the EU parliament were 348 in favor vs 274 against.

An amendment that would have thrown out the most controversial component of the copyright reform — aka Article 13, which makes platforms liable for copyright infringements committed by their users — was rejected by just five votes.

In an earlier vote last fall the EU Parliament also backed the copyright reform proposal, passing negotiations to the EU Council. Months of closed door negotiations followed between representatives of EU Member States and institutions, in so called trilogue discussions, culminating in a final text being agreed last month — which was then handed back to parliament for its final vote today.

Tweaks to the reform agreed by Member States agreed during trilogue appear intended to address [...]  read more

Mastercard Wades Into Murky Waters With Its New Digital ID

In December, Mastercard announced that it was working to develop an international digital identity scheme which could be used as a flexible verifier for financial transactions, government interactions, or online services. The idea of a secure, decentralized, universal ID has become a sort of holy grail in the age of rapid digital interactions and rampant identity fraud.

Mastercard’s initial announcement was met with some skepticism from privacy-minded observers. Now, the company is releasing more details in a new 24-page report on how its platform will be set up and what the tool will offer. But you still can’t try it yet.

Mastercard envisions a platform in which consumers have control of their identity information and it is stored locally on their devices, rather than in a centralized system that Mastercard would need to defend. The ID would be set up through a bank or other participating institution that already holds identity information about the individual. [...]  read more