PAX Australia has really carved out a special place in the local event landscape. I’ve never missed one, and, for me, it shows the best of what the local games community can be. Not just videogames, the event is about boardgames and card games and RPGs and, yes, lots of videogames too. But it’s really about people getting together in one place and talk about how the industry can keep being better.

This year I’m going to be there with my family for the first time. The kids are ready to get a lot out of the show, and so it’ll feel like a fresh new event all over again. Watching how they react and what excites them about it all is going to be wonderful.

Anyway… if you’re going to be at PAX, please say hi if you see me!


Important stuff

https://www.dezeen.com/2019/10/01/eu-right-to-repair-design/

Visa, Mastercard, Others Reconsider Involvement in Facebook’s Libra Network
Visa, Mastercard and other partners that signed on to help build and maintain the Libra payments network are reconsidering their involvement after backlash from U.S. and European government officials.

Good Google

Why big ISPs aren’t happy about Google’s plans for encrypted DNS
DNS over HTTPS will make it harder for ISPs to monitor or modify DNS queries.
Google launches Password Checkup feature, will add it to Chrome later this year
Google’s Password Checkup is currently available for Android devices and Google’s web dashboard.
Keeping privacy and security simple, for you
We’re expanding our easy-to-use privacy controls to the Assistant, Maps and YouTube and announcing new ways to protect your data online.

Microsoft launched things

What Windows 10X Is—and Why It’s the Future of Microsoft Software
We’ve got another variation of Microsoft’s operating system to keep track of: Windows 10X. It’s coming first to the dual-screen Surface Neo due in 2020, but behind the scenes it tells us much more about the future of Windows across multiple devices and form factors—and we’ve got everything you need…
Microsoft surprises with new foldable Surface Duo phone running Android
It runs Android and will release holiday 2020.

Gorgeous

HP’s Spectre x360 13 seems like an improvement in almost every way
It’s a smaller, faster 2-in-1 laptop.

Fun stuff

Untitled Goose Game is the best selling game on Switch right now
Goose, no!!
Instagram introduces Threads, a new messaging app for your close friends
Just like we told you.
People Using Tesla’s New Smart Summon Feature Are Already Running Into Trouble And It’s Hard To Be Shocked
Just a few days ago, Tesla announced their new Version 10 software update, which included such things as the ability to play Cuphead and watch Netflix while in park, as well as their new Smart Summon feature, which frees humanity from the brutal indignity of short walks to their cars in parking lots…
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