Fiji Girl makes meme splash with Golden Globes photobombs

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first_imgCuthbert later shared an Instagram photo of herself at the event, with the caption, “Not the worst way to spend a Sunday… #goldenglobesfijigirl#fijiwatergirl.” Ironic how thirsty for attention the Fiji water girl is. pic.twitter.com/WvcfosZj2c— Eden Dranger (@Eden_Eats) January 7, 2019 I am literally going to photoshop the Fiji Water girl into every picture I take from now on #GoldenGlobes #Fijiwatergirl pic.twitter.com/QaNaFGB2TJ— Paul Maddock (@Lgbt_lawyer) January 7, 2019 Please lord let it be that she just brought her own tray and water bottles and was able to access the red carpet without actually being hired to do promo work— Cari (@notcawri) January 7, 2019 Fiji water girl stealing the show is my favorite #GoldenGlobes story of the decade. https://t.co/u5pqhA8zJk— Andy Swan (@AndySwan) January 7, 2019 tired: spilling teawired: serving fiji water #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/TTou8mz8Cs— Alp Ozcelik (@alplicable) January 7, 2019 FYI: I have already written 200 pages of the Fiji Water girl’s inner monologue tonight pic.twitter.com/2VvMGRJPW4— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) January 6, 2019 The Fiji water lady at the #GoldenGlobes is gaining attention online for upstaging the celebrities with her 10/10 smize. pic.twitter.com/qLTXfl1aHA— Muse Buff (@MuseBuffMedia) January 7, 2019 TV and Movies Ryan Murphy just greenlit my limited series about the Fiji water girl. #GoldenGlobes— Blake (@blakeaparker) January 7, 2019 Tags 0 Pour yourself a glass of the first Golden Globes 2019 meme  — and maybe the first meme of the year.The awards hadn’t even started yet when people began noticing a common thread in red-carpet photos of stars smiling and posing at Sunday night’s show in Beverly Hills, California. A lovely brunette woman in a deep-blue gown — later identified as model Kelleth Cuthbert  — was holding a tray of Fiji water and standing behind the actors in practically every photo.Jim Carrey? She was there. Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans? There. Cody Fern and Richard Madden? There she was, in the background, tray in hand, almost always making eye contact with the camera. And Twitter loved it. “Ryan Murphy just greenlit my limited series about the Fiji water girl,” one Twitter user wrote. Wrote another, “I am literally going to photoshop the Fiji Water girl into every picture I take from now on.”  2019 movies to geek out over who is she & why doesn’t she have a billboard on sunset?? https://t.co/HWGNk1aFSr— tyler oakley (@tyleroakley) January 7, 2019 A representative for Fiji Water described Cuthbert as a  “Los Angeles-based model and first-time FIJI Water Brand Ambassador,” and said that the water brand “hydrated guests on the red carpet and during the star-studded show.”Don’t think they’re letting this publicity dry up, either. “Fiji Water will continue to hydrate more of Hollywood this coming awards season,” the company statement said.The bottled water has been the official water of the Golden Globe Awards since 2015, Time Magazine reported, but it’s fair to say the brand has never made a splash like this.First published Jan. 6, 5:20 p.m. PT. Update, Jan. 6 at 8:21 p.m. PT: Adds model’s name and Instagram photo.Update, Jan. 7 at 12:35 a.m. PT: Adds statement from Fiji Water. Post a comment Share your voice 77 Photoslast_img read more


Sony A6400 touts improved autofocus and object tracking

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first_imgThe A6400 Sony When Sony announced the A6500 APS-C mirrorless in 2016, I took it as the successor to the A6300, despite the fact that that camera had only launched about six months earlier. Why? Because the A6300 lacked one incredibly important feature — in-body image stabilization — and I figured Sony was moving quickly to rectify that. But it turns out the new A6400 is the update for the A6300, packing what sounds like high-performance autofocus (AF) and improved photo and video quality, but in pretty much the same old body, lacking in-body image stabilization and using the (deservedly) much-maligned short-lived battery.It’s slated to ship in February at $900 for the body, in a kit with a 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 lens for $1,000 or in a kit with the 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 lens for $1,300. The new hybrid autofocus system has the same 425 phase-detection points as the A6300, but bumps the contrast-detection areas from 169 to 425. That’s important, because contrast AF is what the A6400 (like most other cameras) uses for subject tracking. In addition, Sony threw in some AI to help with object recognition, and now the company claims it handles real-time eye tracking and has improved object recogition and faster AF subject lock. Win-win-win. Animal eye tracking will come in a future firmware update. Share your voice Crutchfield Sony’s new portable wireless speakers at CES 2019 Amazon $1,148 Mentioned Above Sony a6300 (with 18-135mm lens, black) 50 Photos The first Sony 8K TVs are really, really big at CES 2019 See it Best Buy Comment Now playing: Watch this: Review • Sony A6300 review: The A6300’s best-in-class images marred by annoying operation 1center_img $1,148 $1,149 See It $1,148 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Sony A6300 1:49 Cameras See It See It Tags An update to the latest image processor also boosts the features and image quality — it usually does — offering a higher maximum native sensitivity of ISO 32000 (both movie and still), an HLG Picture Profile for shooting HDR video, a 1080/120fps slo-mo speed and (finally!) an intervalometer for time-lapse.Sony also managed to upgrade the LCD, using a vertical flip-up touch screen this time. And unusually for a nonprofessional camera, the company now says its shutter life is rated for 200,000 cycles.Otherwise, the specs are similar, from the 11fps maximum continuous-shooting rate (with AE/AF) to its 24.2-megapixel resolution.It feels petty to complain, since you’ll still be getting a whole lot of camera for the money. But the lack of in-body IS, which was barely understandable three years ago, is doubly disappointing today, especially given the focus on shooting action and the camera’s prosumer orientation; OIS lenses are bulkier and more expensive than those without. As is sticking with the 360-shot NP-FW50 battery rather than giving us an improved, more efficient Z series like what debuted with the A9.The A9, by the way, is getting a big firmware update to support the new eye-tracking capabilities and more, starting in March; the A7 III and A7R III will be getting it in April.The A6500 is due for an update — likely the rumored A7000 — and you can bet it will get all the autofocus and image processor improvements and more, so the A6500’s price will probably drop from its current $1,200 level. At which point the decision of which to buy will get kind of confusing.Correction, 6:03 p.m. ET: Corrects animal eye-tracking availability. Sonylast_img read more


Facebook to remove antivaccination recommendations after backlash

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first_img Internet Services Tech Industry Share your voice 12 Tags Comments Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.  James Martin Facebook is stepping up its efforts to curb the spread of misinformation about vaccines, a move that follows mounting criticism that the world’s social network hasn’t done enough to combat the medical myths. On Thursday, Facebook said it would demote the ranking of groups or pages that spread misinformation about vaccines on its News Feed and in search results. The company also won’t recommend these groups or pages to users when they search for vaccination information on the social network.Facebook said it will rely on the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help identify vaccine conspiracies, the company said in a blog post. Facebook will also reject ads that include misinformation about vaccines and won’t allow advertisers to target users interested in topics such as “vaccine controversies.” The effort to combat anti-vaccination misinformation will include other sites Facebook owns. Recommendations for vaccine misinformation won’t be displayed in Instagram’s “Explore” section, which surfaces posts based on the content a user likes. Instagram also won’t recommend the information on pages that display hashtags, which are designed to help users find posts about a particular topic.  Facebook’s move comes as it faces mounting pressure from lawmakers, activists and health experts to prevent anti-vax misinformation from going viral. The misinformation may have contributed to an outbreak of measles in the US. Users opposed to vaccines have used the social network to spread misinformation in groups where members have to be approved, making it difficult for Facebook to police this content, according to The Guardian.Ethan Lindenberger, an Ohio teenager who got vaccinated despite his mom’s opposition, told US lawmakers this week in a committee hearing that his mother got misinformation about vaccines from social networks such as Facebook.The World Health Organization listed “vaccine hesitancy,” which is the reluctance or refusal to get vaccinated despite availability of a treatment, one of the top 10 threats of 2019. Washington State declared a local public health emergency in January after 25 cases of measles popped up in Clark County. Since Jan. 1, measles outbreaks in that county have climbed to 70 confirmed cases and 61 of those patients — which were mostly children — were unvaccinated, according to Clark County’s Public Health. Facebook is also following in the steps of other tech companies that have beefed up their efforts to combat misinformation about vaccines. Pinterest blocked anti-vaccination searches and has tried to pull down anti-vax content. In February, YouTube said it would remove ads from videos that feature anti-vaccination content. Facebook, which has 2.3 billion users worldwide, said it plans to do more to combat misinformation about vaccines. “We are exploring ways to give people more accurate information from expert organizations about vaccines at the top of results for related searches, on Pages discussing the topic, and on invitations to join groups about the topic,” said Monika Bickert, Facebook’s vice president of global policy management in the blog post. “We will have an update on this soon.” Facebooklast_img read more


Huawei CFOs attorneys ask for US extradition to be withdrawn

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first_img Tags Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Huawei CFO’s attorneys are pushing to have the extradition process stopped.  Stephen Shankland/CNET In late 2018, Canadian authorities arrested Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver, Canada, at the request of the US over alleged Iran sanctions violations. As the extradition process continues, her attorneys are pushing for the government to withdraw the proceedings. Meng’s lawyers sent David Lametti, the Canadian minister of Justice, a written submission to reconsider extradition proceedings, the law firm said Monday. They argue that Canada doesn’t have the jurisdiction to prosecute her for the alleged actions, which aren’t an offense in Canada since the US is the country with sanction laws prohibiting business dealings with Iran. “Canada does not act as an international police force,” Meng’s attorney said in a statement. “All of the allegations relevant to the extradition request occurred in a foreign state (Hong Kong), involving a foreign national (Ms. Meng) and a foreign bank. None of the conduct occurred in the United States or Canada. No alleged victim resided in Canada. No aspect of any fact violated any Canadian law.”Meng, daughter of Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei, is currently under house arrest in Canada as she awaits extradition. Prior to her arrest, she reportedly was looking to leave the company. Huawei’s troubles in the US ramped up in May when President Donald Trump banned the company with a national security order. Since then, other tech companies such as Facebook and Google have distanced themselves from the Chinese company resulting in a $30 billion loss in revenue.  The US Justice Department, which is pressing for Meng’s extradition, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $155 at Google Express Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The Cheapskate 3 HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. See it Share your voice See at Amazon $210 at Best Buy Read DJI Osmo Action preview JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Sarah Tew/CNET Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Mobile Politics Sarah Tew/CNET DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Turo Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $6 at Tidal Comments $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone Xcenter_img Share your voice See It Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Angela Lang/CNET $299 at Amazon TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays See It See at Turo 7 Read the AirPods review $60 at Best Buy $59 at eBay $999 Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Read Google Home Hub review Sarah Tew/CNET Best Buy Read the Rylo camera preview Apple iPhone XS Huawei,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Comments Sprint Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Tags Rylo Boost Mobile See It $520 at HP DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Chris Monroe/CNET $999 $999 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Amazonlast_img read more


Valves new Steam Labs is a place for weird experimental Steam things

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first_img Share your voice The best of AmazonBasics: PC accessories 0 Steam Labs: where experiments will be found. Valve Valve is already a company full of experiments. Now its Steam game store has an experiments hub, too. If you’re someone who likes to know about Steam’s funky experiments and try them as much as you can, Valve has a feature you might want to head to. The company just announced the launch of Steam Labs, an official destination where the company’s new ideas are gathered for anyone to try out.Steam’s had a bunch of experimental features before, but this is a new place to gather them together. The experiments actually sound pretty fun and useful. There are a collection of 6-second micro trailers, and a half-hour video of new game releases called The Automated Show.Valve is also launching a new machine-learning, neural network-based game recommendation engine called The Interactive Recommender that will suggest games from the back catalog over the last 10 years, or lesser-known games from the past six months, based on your play history. The new Steam Labs hub is available today. Post a comment Tags Gaming Computers 23 Photos Steam Valvelast_img read more


Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie nominates herself for an Emmy gets

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first_img Game of Thrones stars, from season 1 through today Post a comment 6:42 Tags As mentioned, the blockbuster got 32 nominations in total, making HBO the network with the most total nominations this year — 137 in all.The final season of Game of Thrones was loved by many, apparently including the committee in charge of Emmy nominations, but also passionately hated by other parts of the show’s massive fan base. Over a million fans (infamously) signed a petition to redo the eighth and final season, and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have faced much online opprobrium for how the series ended.Expect more Game of Thrones headlines soon as the cast — but not, as we found out recently, Benioff and Weiss — descends on San Diego for a Comic-Con panel this weekend. Now playing: Watch this: 57 Photos Share your voice Enlarge ImageAlfie Allen plays Theon Greyjoy. HBO Petitioners be damned, Game of Thrones’ final season is nominated for no less than 32 Emmy Awards, running in categories like Best Drama, Best Actor and Best Actress. Among those nominated for supporting roles are Alfie Allen, Carice van Houten and Gwendoline Christie, aka Theon Greyjoy, Lady Melisandre and Brienne of Tarth. The crazy thing? They nominated themselves after HBO chose not to submit them for awards, according to the Hollywood Reporter.Game of Thrones has a massive cast of characters, and HBO can’t be expected to put forward everyone. And, as The Hollywood Reporter notes, it’s not unusual for actors and actresses, or their representatives, to apply for nominations themselves. What is unusual, though, is for those who apply themselves to actually score Emmy nominations.The three stars all scored nominations for different awards. Christie is in the running for Best Supporting Actress, Allen for Best Supporting Actor and van Houten for Best Guest Actress in a drama series. Elsewhere, Kit Harrington, who plays Jon Snow, is nominated as Best Lead Actor and Emilia “Daenerys Targaryen” Clarke is gunning for Best Lead Actress. Game of Thrones TV and Movies Game of Thrones season 8 finale: Our watch has ended 0last_img read more


Tech infiltrates board games of the future at Gen Con 2019

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first_img Gen Con 2019: See the mass of board games on display 28 Photos Originally published Aug. 5.  Post a comment Tyler Lizenby/CNET I’m somewhat new to board games (I’m deeply invested in my Gloomhaven campaign and games like Dead of Winter), but I’m enthusiastic enough about the hobby to have been thrilled at the chance to go to Gen Con over the weekend. For the unaffiliated, Gen Con is a massive annual board game convention in Indianapolis. And I do mean massive. Huge halls spread across multiple buildings demonstrate board games of mind-boggling variety. I didn’t come close to seeing everything over the three days I was there, but I did catch plenty of highlights. Here are my favorites. MechanicaGiven that I spend most of my time covering smart home tech, a board game called Mechanica immediately grabbed my attention. It’s about robot vacuums trying to take over the world. After squeezing through the crowd to sit on my stool at the demo table, one of the hosts launched into the instructions, all given in a satirical, post-apocalyptic tone. The premise is that “friendly” robots have pretty much conquered everything but keep humans complicit by giving them “useful” jobs in factories. Your goal is to build a production line for these robot vacuums. If your line is useful enough, the robots will kindly let you live and keep making more robots. gencon-2019-games-56 Tyler Lizenby/CNET Gameplay involves producing robots to make in-game money, then using that money to buy jigsaw-like pieces to upgrade your factory line and make it produce robots more quickly. The pieces offer an interesting variety of powers. Some help you bank money for the end. Some duplicate or upgrade your robots. Others redirect your pieces to help you make room for more. It can be tough to keep everything straight at first, but here’s where actual tech comes into play (the game is about technology, but you’re not actually playing with robot vacuums). The company behind Mechanica is developing an augmented reality app that you’ll be able to point at any game piece to see how it works. This should theoretically make learning the game much easier. mechanica-app-1 Mechanica’s AR app at work. Tyler Lizenby/CNET An AR instructions app also provides a notable thematic juxtaposition in a game about technology taking over the world. While clearly satirical, the theme of the game paints tech in a negative light as humans succumb to robot overlords, yet the game makes use of tech to help our little human brains learn the rules that much faster.Mechanica is made by Resonym, a game company with a mission to build socially conscious games. Buffalo, for example, tries to break down stereotypes by challenging social biases. You draw two cards at once, one with an adjective and one with a noun — multiracial superhero for example. The first person to come up with an example wins. The adjectives keep you on your toes to think creatively about your own assumptions regarding what the nouns might mean. Mechanica’s mission is less clear, but the AR integration is helpful and the game itself is fun, and maybe that’s all it needs to be. After a few minutes of playing, I forgot I was in a cramped demo hall surrounded by strangers. I was too busy trying to create the biggest and best robots I could. Pictionary AirMechanica wasn’t the only game at the convention to make use of cool technology. Mattel demoed Pictionary Air, which CNET tried in February at Toy Fair. The basic concept will be familiar to you if you’ve ever played the classic Pictionary. You try to get your team to guess words by drawing them. However, instead of drawing on a pad of paper, you’re actually drawing in the air. gencon-2019-games-68 Tyler Lizenby/CNET Augmented reality shows what you’ve drawn on a screen, so you’re literally drawing on air while the guessers get a view of the pattern on your TV or their cell phone. Pictionary Air is a really cool concept, but I struggled mightily to be able to draw without seeing my own results. The first image I attempted was the seemingly simple “tablecloth.” I was even surrounded by earnest guessers watching the demos, but try as I might, I couldn’t get them close to the right answer. In fact, they consistently guessed animals like dog and buffalo. Frustrated, I eventually turned around to see why they were struggling. I sympathized when I saw the scribblings of a madman I had created.The augmented reality aspect certainly adds a high-tech angle to a classic and can help even the odds among the participants, as I doubt many in your group will be practiced at air drawing. Star Wars, Thor, Overwatch: The hottest cosplay from Gen Con 2019 77 Photoscenter_img Toys and Tabletop Games Share your voice Augmented reality could theoretically bridge any number of analog games to tech. A company called Tilt Five was showing what could be possible. It had an augmented reality headset, a game board and a controller. With the headset on, the game board comes alive and lets you interact with a deep 3D model of a game world. I like board games as a reprieve from my normally tech-focused life, but between better instructions and richer interactions, AR and apps could certainly bring a lot of new features to this classic hobby. KlaskThat said, many board games still don’t need fancy tech to be enjoyable. Klask was the perfect example. Named Swedish game of the year in 2015, Klask is new to most people in the US, and the company behind it showed off a new four-player version of the game at Gen Con.gencon-2019-games-25 Tyler Lizenby/CNET In a fest filled with complex games that have layers of rules and intricacies, playing Klask was like drinking a cool glass of water. Many of the games on display at Gen Con take a long time to learn and involve multiple miniatures and boards and detailed setups, and I enjoy all of that. Gloomhaven is my current favorite board game. Still, I appreciated the contrasting simplicity of Klask. The only tech involved is magnets. It’s conceptually similar to air hockey. Your goal is to use your magnetic piece to whack a little plastic ball into the other player’s goal, but you have to watch out for a handful of traps. If you lose your piece in your own goal, or get stuck on the magnets in the middle, your opponent scores instead of you.I played more rounds of Klask than any other game at Gen Con. It’s quick and thoroughly enjoyable, with enough chaos to be consistently surprising and enough skill required to demand your full attention. It also provided a great counterpoint to lots of the other games on display, showing that board games at all levels of tech and complexity can still be really fun. 0 Tagslast_img read more