E3 and NAB Events Canceled Due to Coronavirus

Two more major events in the United States have been called off today as the coronavirus continues to spread, with organizers for both E3 and NAB announcing cancelations.

coronaviruscdc
E3, a major gaming convention that draws more than 65,000 people, was set to be held on June 9 to June 11 in Los Angeles, California. E3 event organizers this morning said that canceling was the "best way to proceed" amid "increased and overwhelming concerns about COVID-19."


NAB is an annual trade show produced by the National Association of Broadcasters, and it typically draws somewhere around 100,000 people. This year's event was set to take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center from April 18 to April 22.

NAB event organizers have decided not to hold the event in the "interest of addressing the health and safety concerns" of stakeholders and in consultation with partners throughout the media and entertainment industry. Alternatives are being explored to provide the "best possible experience" for the community.


The cancelations of E3 and NAB come as the World Health Organization has officially declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic due to its rapid spread across the world.

Apple still has not provided word about its upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference, which is normally held in San Jose, California, in June, but it's looking increasingly likely that the event will be canceled or held in some digital capacity.

Top Rated Comments

metalsiren Avatar
14 months ago

its just a damn flu theres nothing to be afraid of. average age of death from corona is 80 smh. i cant believe they made such chaos over absolutely nothing
its not a flu, everyone needs to stop saying that since its very W R O N G
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
smirking Avatar
14 months ago

its just a damn flu theres nothing to be afraid of. average age of death from corona is 80 smh. i cant believe they made such chaos over absolutely nothing
Yeah, it's just a flu. China froze their entire economy for a month because they feared the sniffles.

There are dead bodies in the corridors of this Wuhan hospital ('//www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvPHIqy4zCY') and people hooked up to oxygen in the lobby because of a weak sauce flu.

Doctors in Italy are being forced to allow some patients to die ('https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/patient-icu-virus-pushes-italy-brink-69498352') because they can't treat them all because of some congestion.

All events of more than 1000 people are canceled in the tech capital of the world because we're all snowflakes here who can't handle a cough.

Yeah, that's some flu. You need to stop this nonsense. You're going to get people killed.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Joniz Avatar
14 months ago
For those who keep going on about “it only kills old people and sick people.”

Your parents/grandparents must love you, despite your being an a$hole.

Secondly, the more it spreads, the more chance it has to mutate. A virus, as simple as it is, is life as well and will do what it can to survive. So one day we’ll just be saying “It only kills pathetic, lonely people who whine on forums, so who cares?”
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cosmichobo Avatar
14 months ago

its just a damn flu theres nothing to be afraid of. average age of death from corona is 80 smh. i cant believe they made such chaos over absolutely nothing
Influenza kills 0.1% of people who contract it. COVID-19 kills 2-3% or more. And yes, it "targets" people in their later years, so young people can just ignore the threat, right? Sure, if you don't care about your parents/grandparents...
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mw0103 Avatar
14 months ago

You're right, it's not like the flu, it's actually more like a cold. Get over it people. Practice good hygiene. That's it.
I’ve started calling these posts minimizing this event “aggressive ignorance.”

Calling this a cold is worse than regular ignorance. It’s affirmative chosen evangelical ignorance, and it only serves to embolden those who are part of this weird culture of science denial.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PickUrPoison Avatar
14 months ago

You're right, it's not like the flu, it's actually more like a cold. Get over it people. Practice good hygiene. That's it.
So that’s why Italy is overrun with patients dying of pneumonia and the entire country is in quarantine?

Stop with the foolish statements. You are not an epidemiologist, infectious disease expert, public health official or a doctor. You know nothing about the risks of this disease, otherwise you wouldn’t be spouting such BS.

And stop listening to whatever idiot is telling you the crap you apparently believe, and are recklessly spreading.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

siir apple event april 20

Siri Reveals Apple Event Planned for Tuesday, April 20

Tuesday April 13, 2021 12:04 am PDT by
Siri has apparently prematurely revealed that Apple plans to hold an event on Tuesday, April 20, where the company is expected to reveal brand new iPad Pro models and possibly its long-awaited AirTags trackers. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Upon being asked "When is the next Apple Event," Siri is currently responding with, "The special event is on Tuesday, April...
apple event spring loaded

Apple's 'Spring Loaded' Event Officially Announced for Tuesday, April 20

Tuesday April 13, 2021 9:04 am PDT by
Following an overnight leak by Siri, Apple today officially announced that it will be holding a special "Spring Loaded" event on Tuesday, April 20 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California. As with all of Apple's 2020 events, the April 2021 event will be a digital-only gathering with no members of the media invited to attend in...
pixel watch prosser leak

Google Pixel Watch Allegedly Leaks with Circular Design, Rumored to Launch in October

Monday April 12, 2021 2:49 am PDT by
Renders of Google's first smartwatch, codenamed "Rohan," have been shared by Jon Prosser, showing that Google plans to adopt a circular design for its flagship wearable watch. Prosser shared the renders in an episode of his YouTube show "Front Page Tech," in which he claims they were made based on marketing material he had seen from a source within Google. The renders show that the Pixel...
Google maps feaure green

Google Maps App for iOS Finally Updated After Four Months

Monday April 12, 2021 10:03 am PDT by
Following the completed rollout of App Privacy labels for its App Store apps, Google today updated the Google Maps app for the first time in four months. Apple in December began requiring all new app submissions and app updates to include App Privacy labels, detailing the data that is collected by the app so consumers know what they're sharing. Google didn't begin implementing App Privacy ...
AppleTV and HomePod Feature

Bloomberg: Apple Working on New Apple TV With Integrated HomePod Speaker and FaceTime Camera

Monday April 12, 2021 3:32 am PDT by
Apple is working on a combined Apple TV with HomePod speaker that has a camera for video calls through a connected television set, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. From the report: The company is working on a product that would combine an Apple TV set-top box with a HomePod speaker and include a camera for video conferencing through a connected TV and other smart-home functions,...
samsung experience 1

Samsung's 'iTest' Lets You Try a Galaxy Device on Your iPhone

Thursday April 8, 2021 12:42 pm PDT by
Samsung has launched "iTest," an interactive website experience that's designed to allow iPhone users to test out Android on a Galaxy device, or "sample the other side," as Samsung puts it. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. The iTest website is being advertised in New Zealand, according to a MacRumors reader who came across the feature. Visiting the iTest website on...
epic iap feature 3

Tim Cook Says App Store Would Become a 'Flea Market' if Third-Party Payment Systems Were Allowed

Monday April 12, 2021 9:41 am PDT by
In a recent interview with the Toronto Star, Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke about a wide variety of topics, ranging from App Tracking Transparency to Apple's ongoing legal battle over App Store policies with Fortnite creator Epic Games. Notably, Cook said that Epic Games' desire for Apple to let developers offer their own payment systems in apps "would make the App Store a flea market":At the...
tim cook toronto star

Tim Cook Says Apple is 'Not Against Digital Advertising' Ahead of iOS 14.5 Launch With App Tracking Transparency

Monday April 12, 2021 8:00 am PDT by
Starting with iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5, and tvOS 14.5, Apple will be requiring apps to receive a user's permission to track their activity for targeted advertising purposes, as part of a privacy measure known as App Tracking Transparency. Ahead of App Tracking Transparency being enforced, Apple CEO Tim Cook has participated in a privacy-focused interview with the Toronto Star, telling the...
a13 bionic mockup

Apple Made Sudden Security Changes to its Chips in Fall 2020

Monday April 12, 2021 8:15 am PDT by
Apple made unusual mid-production hardware changes to the A12, A13, and S5 processors in its devices in the fall of 2020 to update the Secure Storage Component, according to Apple Support documents. According to an Apple Support page, spotted by Twitter user Andrew Pantyukhin, Apple changed the Secure Enclave in a number of products in the fall of 2020:Note: A12, A13, S4, and S5 products...
HomePod G4 Feature

Bloomberg: Future HomePod May Feature iPad Connected Via Robotic Arm to Track Users Around The Room During FaceTime Calls

Monday April 12, 2021 3:50 am PDT by
In a report outlining a possible Apple TV with a combined HomePod and camera, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman says that Apple is exploring a future high-end HomePod speaker that could include an iPad connected via a robotic arm that tracks and follows users around a room. From the report: The Cupertino, California-based technology giant, is also mulling the launch of a high-end speaker with a touch ...