Facebook expands ‘community help’ hub for people in quarantine

With the update, Facebook users can post offers to help with things like transportation, groceries, baby supplies and volunteer work. Likewise, those seeking assistance can post about what they need, or filter existing offers to find one that matches what they need. The page also includes links to fundraisers and Facebook’s coronavirus information center. Community…

The Coronavirus Outbreak Has Put the Comics Industry Between a Rock and a Hard Place

A collection of back issue comics.Image: Noam Galai (Getty Images) More and more comic book stores across the United States are having to close their doors because of the ongoing covid-19 outbreak—whether that’s due to state restrictions or an actual lack of new product. One of the biggest questions looming has been what, if any,…

NBA 2K tournament starts Friday with Kevin Durant, Trae Young and more

[embedded content] Players only 😏 16 NBA players will compete head to head in the NBA 2K Players Tournament. First Round starts this Friday on ESPN Tweet #NBA2KTourney to tell us who you got as the best 2K player https://t.co/vGw6TgbqB8 — NBA 2K20 (@NBA2K) March 31, 2020 The NBA and the NBA Player’s Association announced…

FCC Will Enforce Robocall Crackdown by June 2021

Image: Getty The Federal Communications Commission has announced it’s approved new rules that will require carriers by June of next year to implement protocols to protect consumers against scammers and spoof callers attempting to mask their unfamiliar numbers. The agency said Tuesday that the newly adopted rules requiring carriers to adopt STIR/SHAKEN protocols for protecting…

Friday the 13th Unleashes Terror and Thanos Gets a Love Letter in the Latest Gaming News

Clockwise from left: Harlem Unbound, Infinity Gauntlet, Escape From Flat Earth, and The Game of Real Life.Image: Chaosium, Inc., Z-Man Games, I Love Toast, Jesse Finkelstein Welcome back to Gaming Shelf, io9’s column all about board games and tabletop roleplaying games. It’s now been a couple of weeks since social distancing started, making at-home game…

The entire Overwatch League regular season will be online-only

After two seasons of OWL matches taking place almost exclusively at a studio in Los Angeles, Blizzard took the league on the road this year. Teams were to play matches at live homestands across North America, Europe and Asia. But coronavirus concerns affected those plans from the jump. The league postponed events that were scheduled…

An Anti-Gay Charity Is Running a Coronavirus Tent Hospital in Central Park

Emergency field hospital set up by Samaritan’s Purse in Central Park, New York.Photo: Misha Friedman (Gizmodo) A charity group is stepping in to help New York City, facing the worst outbreak of covid-19 in the country, by building an emergency field hospital in the middle of Central Park to handle overflow patients. But the group…

Twitch’s Mod View puts all of its moderation tools in one place

The company describes Mod View as a “customizable home” for all the tools moderators need to do their job. It features a series of widgets they can move and resize to their liking. Each one allows mods to complete an action they previously had to type into chat to execute. Twitch says the widgets better…

Tales From the Loop’s Showrunner on How Sci-Fi Can Bring Us Comfort in Uncertain Times

Tales From the LoopImage: Amazon Studios Amazon’s new series Tales From the Loop was a unique creative challenge. Instead of adapting a book like Game of Thrones or His Dark Materials, showrunner Nathaniel Halpern was making a series out of paintings. Specifically, the Tales From the Loop artbook from Simon Stålenhag. Luckily for Halpern, he was…

Florida’s Ancient Calusa Kingdom Was Powered by Ingenious Fish Corrals

Artist’s impression of fish being corralled into watercourts. Image: Florida Museum/Merald Clark Despite having no agriculture, the Calusa managed to dominate southwest Florida for centuries. New research suggests this inventive Native American civilization built “watercourts” to capture and store live fish, resulting in a bountiful surplus of food that facilitated sociopolitical complexity and ambitious construction…