Minecraft Gets a Facelift – Tech News Weekly 129

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The low-cost iPhone SE, Minecraft RTX Beta is live, Apple/Google’s contact tracing plan, Animal Crossing: New Horizons as pandemic medicine, Playstation 5’s holiday release changes.

• Unemployment checks are delayed for some and the ancient COBOL programming language is to blame.
• With last week’s news of Google and Apple’s collaboration on a contact tracing system for tracking COVID-19 spread, many people are concerned about their privacy.
• Dan Moren from Six Colors talks about the newly announced iPhone SE, Apple’s lowest-cost smartphone in its catalog.
• In gaming news, Sam Machkovech from Ars Technica is blown away by the new Minecraft RTX Beta that brings complex lighting effects into the experience to give it a notable facelift. Also, PlayStation 5 might be in low supply during its holiday release. Finally, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is turning into the game to beat during the quarantine.

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Guests: Dan Moren, Sam Machkovech

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