| |1. Essential Has Cut 30% Of Its Staff12:42[−]
Many had a lot of hopes for the Essential Phone. This is because Essential was founded by Andy Rubin who helped create Android, so who better to create an Android phone than one of the creators of Android, right? Unfortunately the device wasn’t the smashing success many had hoped for, and now it looks like things are looking a tad bleak for the company.
A report from Bloomberg has confirmed that Essential has laid off about 30% of its workforce. An Essential spokeswoman has verified this in a statement that reads, “This has been a difficult decision to make. We are very sorry for the impact on our colleagues who are leaving the company and are doing everything we can to help them with their future careers. We are confident that our sharpened product focus will help us deliver a truly game changing consumer product.”
It is unclear what this will mean for the company moving forward, but based on the statement it seems that the company still has plans for future products. Earlier this year there was a report in which it claimed that the Essential Phone 2 was cancelled and that the company could be thinking of selling themselves off.
|↑|2. Analyst Claims ARM Powered Macs Will Arrive In 2020 Or 202112:41[−]
For years there have been talks that Apple could eventually ditch Intel and start making ARM-powered Mac computers. When exactly that will happen remains to be seen, but notable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo seems to think that it might not be too far off into the future, and that it could happen as early as 2020 or 2021.
We know that some of you might be skeptical about this, but recent benchmarks of Apple’s A12 Bionic chipset have shown that in theory, the test scores have shown that it comes pretty close to the scores shown by desktop-grade processors, which means that in on paper Apple isn’t too far away from creating an ARM chipset that could power a laptop or desktop.
Of course there are many considerations to be taken when creating an ARM-powered computer. Microsoft had previously attempted to create computers using ARM processors which resulted in the Surface RT device and the Windows RT platform. The problem with said design is apps, in which while on the surface it looked like a Windows computer, what would work on Windows 8 (which was what Windows RT was based on) would not work on Windows RT, resulting in fragmentation.
|↑|3. Mophie’s USB-C 3XL Can Charge Your Laptop On The Go12:40[−]
Finding a plug to plug your laptop in to charge while you’re on the go can be tricky. This is because there are plenty of people out there who are also similarly looking for plugs or who are already using existing ones. The good news is that Mophie has a potential solution in the form of the USB-C 3XL.
This is essentially a powerbank but it packs a massive 26,000mAh battery underneath it. Given that it also uses USB-C connectivity, it should be more than capable of charging bigger devices like a laptop such as Apple’s MacBooks which have all made the switch to USB-C. It is capable of sending 45W of power to laptops which should be fast/powerful enough to charge.
Alternatively you could also use it to charge your smartphone or tablet multiple times over given the sheer size of the battery. There will also be a USB-A connection if you don’t have any USB-C devices, but the power output will be limited to 12W versus 45W on the USB-C port. Mophie is also claiming that the device has a Priority+ Charging feature, meaning that you can charge your laptop and the powerbank at the same time, but the priority will be given to your laptop first before the powerbank refills.
|↑|4. Apple Will Now Let You Download All The Data They Have On You12:39[−]
Apple loves to boast about what a privacy-minded company they are, and have taken jabs at others such as Facebook who have endured several privacy-related scandals over the years. In fact earlier this year to prove how transparent they are, Apple announced that they would be making your data available to you.
Basically this data contains all the information that Apple claims to have on you. This means that if you’re curious as to what kind of data Apple might have collected about you over the years of you using their products and services, all you’ll have to do is head to Apple’s privacy website, sign in, and then you should be able to find the option for you to download your data.
Now this feature won’t be available to all users just yet. It seems that those living in the US, Europe, Australia, Canada, Iceland, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland will be able to access this feature, but we imagine that it should eventually be available to all, which means that everyone else will need to wait.
|↑|5. Spotify For Wear OS Gets A Brand New App12:38[−]
If you like listening to music on the go and you have a Wear OS smartwatch, there’s a good chance that Spotify could be one of the apps and services you use. The good news is that if you thought that Spotify app on Wear OS could stand to do with some improvements, you’ll be pleased to learn that’s exactly what happened.
Spotify has announced that they have launched a brand new app for Wear OS, as you can see in the image above. According to Mikael Ericsson, Senior Product Director at Spotify, “We’re excited to bring improved on-the-go-access to your favorite music and podcasts to millions of Spotify users on Wear OS by Google smartwatches. Being able to easily access, control, and connect music directly from your wrist opens up a world of new opportunities. We look forward to continuing to improve the Spotify experience in this space.”
Some of the changes that Spotify has made to its new app is an improvement to the way users can control their music on their wearables. For example users can start the stopwatch app and start playing music at the same time. Users will also be able to use gestures such as flicks, and the Wear OS version of the app can also be used to control playback on speakers through Spotify Connect.
|↑|6. Lion Corp Creates An App That Can Evaluate Bad Breath11:57[−]
#CEATEC2018 – How do you tell if you have bad breath? Most of the time people around us tend to be too polite to say anything, and given that we’re probably used to our own smells, it’s hard for us to tell either. However Japan’s Lion Corp thinks that they might have the solution in the form of an app.
Now you might think that measuring bad breath might require a swab of the person’s saliva or get them to breathe into a device, but apparently this app is more than capable of measuring bad breath just by photos. All the user has to do is take a photo of their tongue and the AI in the app will be able to analyze the image to determine whether the person has bad breath.
How will they do that based on a photo? One of the causes of bad breath is a build up of bacteria on your tongue which can be caused by poor oral hygiene habits. The AI will scan the photo of your tongue to see if there might be any kind of build up which in turn could have caused the bad breath.
|↑|7. Panasonic Creates Horse Blinders For Humans To Prevent Distraction11:56[−]
Do you find it hard to concentrate at work? Given that these days a lot of companies seem to be adopting an open office plan, it means that you can see what everyone else is doing around you. This can be good thing as it might inspire you to work harder, but it can be a bad thing for those who get easily distracted.
Panasonic seems to think that they might have the answer to that problem and have taken the wraps off a device called the Wear Space. Created by the company’s design studio Future Life Factory, the prototype was actually shown off at SXSW earlier this year before it was recently launched on Japan’s crowdfunding platform.
The device has been described to be a horse blinder for humans, but it is slightly more than that. The idea behind the device is to protect the wearer from distractions, and but there are also headphones built into them so that not only do you get to block out your environment, but you also get to block out the sound thanks to the noise cancelling headphones.
|↑|8. Bethesda & Microsoft Come Down Hard On Gamer Who Broke Fallout 76 NDA11:55[−]
NDAs are serious things and breaking them can have serious consequences. This is because sometimes NDAs are put into place to prevent information from being leaked to a competitor who might then try to come out with a product before the company does. It can also sometimes paint the product in a bad way, especially if it is a prototype or beta that is being shown.
All of this has the potential to negatively impact sales, so it is understandable why many companies are pretty strict about this kind of stuff. In fact Bethesda and Microsoft have shown how serious they are when they came down hard of a gamer who thought it might have been a good idea to share a video clip of Fallout 76 on Twitter.
The player in question was part of the Fallout 76 stress test and was required to click and agreement acknowledging that they are effectively under an NDA by taking part. However the player decided to break that NDA by sharing footage of the game, which ultimately resulted in that player’s Twitter and Xbox accounts being taken down, and Bethesda informing that player that they had been banned from the stress test and beta until the 25th of October.
|↑|9. Obsidian ‘Very Doubtful’ They’ll Be Working On Future Fallout Titles11:54[−]
Fallout: New Vegas is one of the more loved titles in the Fallout franchise and was developed by the folks at Obsidian. However if you are hoping that Obsidian might return for a Fallout: New Vegas 2 or another Fallout title in general, it seems that you probably shouldn’t get your hopes up just yet.
Gamers have tweeted at the company asking if there are plans to return to the Fallout franchise, in which Obsidian responded by sharing a photo of an 8-ball that says, “Very doubtful”, indicating that gamers probably shouldn’t expect to see an Obsidian-made Fallout title anytime soon, if ever.
Given that Bethesda has seemingly taken over publishing and developing duties of the current Fallout titles ever since Fallout 3, we suppose it doesn’t really come as a surprise that they don’t plan on outsourcing development. It is rather disappointing since many loved New Vegas, and Obsidian has mentioned many times in the past that they are interested in making another Fallout game. All of this seems to suggest that it’s entirely out of their hands.
|↑|10. Blizzard Address Diablo Rumors Ahead Of BlizzCon 201811:53[−]
BlizzCon 2018 is coming up and this year it seems that we might be getting more Diablo-related announcements compared to the previous year. Blizzard had previously confirmed that they had multiple Diablo projects in the works which we imagine we will hear about at the event, and recent speculation has even suggested that we might hear about Diablo 4.
Unfortunately it seems that Diablo 4 might not be announced at BlizzCon, or at least that’s what Blizzard is hinting at. The company has recently penned a blog post in which they appear to be trying to temper expectations of the upcoming event. While they do not come outright and deny it, they certainly seem to hint that Diablo 4 will be a no-show at the event.
According to Blizzard, “These are very exciting times—we currently have multiple teams working on different Diablo projects and we can’t wait to tell you all about them . . . when the time is right. We know what many of you are hoping for and we can only say that ‘good things come to those who wait,’ but evil things often take longer. We appreciate your patience as our teams work tirelessly to create nightmarish experiences worthy of the Lord of Terror.”
|↑|11. Lawson Shows Off A Robot That Can Make Dumplings10:01[−]
#CEATEC2018 – Restaurants that use robots to prepare food aren’t new, and it seems that over in Japan, convenience store chain Lawson plans to use them as well. Unveiled at CEATEC 2018, the company showed off a robot that had the ability to prepare dumplings according to the customer’s preferences.
Now from the video above, it is clear that while robots have advantages such as being more precise and not requiring any breaks, the speed at which they make dumplings certainly seems to be considerably slower than an experienced human. However the upside is that Lawson can help to save costs as they will not need to hire human workers, plus given that these stores typically operate 24 hours a day, it actually makes perfect sense to use robots.
We imagine that should this robot ever find its way to their stores, it should be improved upon in terms of speed, but otherwise it is still a pretty cool concept. Lawson actually has even bigger plans that go beyond dumpling making robots, and where they envision a future where they can create shops that are unattended.
|↑|13. Sharp’s 8K TV To Begin Shipping To Customers Next Month10:00[−]
#CEATEC2018 – 4K is poised to become the standard resolution for the foreseeable future, and to a certain extent it is halfway there as we’re seeing more displays offer 4K resolution, and more devices that can capture 4K video. However in the future we could be looking at displays with even higher resolution, such as 8K, and it seems that Sharp is already ready to deliver.
The company has announced at CEATEC 2018 that they will be shipping their 8K TV out to customers next month, which means that if you’re in the market for an 8K TV, Sharp is one of the companies to look out for. Sharp isn’t the first company to launch an 8K display as we have seen 8K offerings from Samsung as well, but having variety definitely helps.
However Sharp’s offering does have an advantage as it comes with a built-in 8K tuner and if you live in Japan, you will actually be able to look out for shows broadcasted by NHK that will deliver the content in 8K resolution, although admittedly there isn’t much 8K content available right now but give it a few years and we’re sure that we’ll start seeing it become more common.
|↑|14. Mitsubishi Eyes Virtual Reality As A Vehicle For Trading Stocks10:00[−]
#CEATEC2018 – When you watch TV shows or movies about stock trading, they usually show a room where there are tons of screens. This is because there is so much information to keep track of that multiple screens are necessary if traders hope to stay on top of the game. Of course such a setup wouldn’t really be realistic for home traders.
However it seems that Mitsubishi’s trading company, Kabu.com, thinks that maybe virtual reality (VR) could be used to help with that. Basically the idea of using VR is that because in VR, “space” is essentially meaningless and infinite, meaning that you could create a virtual room with an infinite number of displays.
Dubbed the VR-STATION, Kabu.com showed off the concept at CEATEC 2018 in Japan where they are positioning it to be a possible way of trading in the future. We’ve already seen how VR can be used to watch movies, watch videos, surf the web, play games, simulate training environments, so why not stock trading as well, right?
|↑|15. NEC To Use Biometrics To Streamline Security At The Tokyo 2020 Olympics10:00[−]
#CEATEC2018 – One of the ways to verify someone’s identify and a way that is commonly used today is to ask for an ID card. The problem with such a system is that people might forget to bring their IDs, or IDs can be easily faked, and not to mention the time it takes for someone to take their ID out of their bags, wallets, or purses can slow down the entire process.
This is compounded further when there is a huge line, such as at a major event like the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. However this is an issue that NEC is hoping to tackle as they have announced their plans to use biometrics to help streamline and speed up security during the games for those who are planning to attend.
This will come in the form of facial recognition software and hardware, which as you can see in the photos is like a little booth where all users have to do is stand in front of it and it will scan/recognize their faces. This should address some of the issues we mentioned above when using more traditional security measures, plus it is more accurate and not prone to some of the shortcomings of humans, such as getting tired.
|↑|16. SoundCloud Go+ Now Offers Lossless Music StreamingСр., 17 окт.[−]
SoundCloud launched its own music streaming service called SoundCloud Go back in 2016. It made some changes to this service in 2017 and added a new tier called SoundCloud Go+ which cost $5 per month. The original $10 tier was renamed SoundCloud Go+. The company has announced that SoundCloud+ now does lossless music streaming.
When the two tiers were separated, SoundCloud had said that not only would Go+ subscribers get access to more tracks but they would also receive exclusive product features that would be launched later. This is one such feature.
The company already allows artists to make lossless format songs available for download. It’s now allowing listeners to stream then in their original quality. SoundCloud Go+ subscribers can now opt for high quality audio streaming at no additional charge. They will thus be able to stream all content uploaded to SoundCloud in a lossless format in its original form.
|↑|17. Limited Edition Xbox One X Starts Up With Taco Bell’s Famous ‘Ring’Ср., 17 окт.[−]
Microsoft and Taco Bell have teamed up for a promotion which gives fans a chance to win a limited edition Xbox One X. It’s going to be a special console in that it will play Taco Bell’s famous “ring” when it’s powered on. This is the first such partnership of its kind that we have seen from Microsoft for its Xbox consoles.
Taco Bell has teamed up with Microsoft to offer fans in the U.S. the chance to win this limited edition Xbox One X console. They get a chance to win this every time they purchase a $5 Double Chalupa box from the chain from October 18th through November 21st.
The console itself is in an exclusive platinum color and plays Taco Bell’s ring when powered on. This will remain exclusive to these limited edition consoles. There’s also a White Special Edition, Xbox Elite Wireless Controller and three months of Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold included as part of this promotion.
|↑|18. Fortnite PS4 Pro Resolution Boosted To 1440pСр., 17 окт.[−]
Fortnite received Update 6.10 yesterday and there’s a surprise in there for PlayStation 4 Pro owners. Most players don’t really read the changelogs so they don’t know the full extent of changes that a new patch like this brings. There’s one key addition in this patch that PlayStation 4 Pro owners will particularly like. Epic Games has boosted the Fortnite PS4 Pro resolution from 1080p to 1440p.
The changelog for Update 6.10 confirms that if the PlayStation 4 Pro is plugged into a 4K TV, the game will now render of 1440p instead of 1080p. The update also brings audio memory optimizations for Xbox and physics optimizations for cosmetic items.
What this means is that PS4 Pro owners who have their console hooked up to a 4K TV will now get sharper visuals in the game since it will render at 2560?1440 instead of 1920?1080. This improvement hasn’t been made out of the blue. Epic Games had promised back in August that it would boost the title’s resolution on PS4 Pro in a future update. It’s following through on that promise now.
|↑|19. HTC Exodus Design Possibly Teased By The CompanyСр., 17 окт.[−]
HTC confirmed earlier this year that it would be launching a new smartphone called Exodus. It would be different from the devices that the company has released so far. It would also be different from most of the devices on the market currently. The Exodus will be a blockchain smartphone. HTC has posted a new teaser online today which possibly gives us our first glimpse at this device’s design.
HTC hasn’t confirmed a lot of details about this device so there’s reasonable anticipation for it, particularly among the blockchain community. The teaser posted on Instagram could be the first glimpse of this handset’s design.
HTC has taken down a previous teaser that it put up for the device which mentioned October 22nd as the official launch date. This teaser mentions October 23rd as the day when HTC will formally announce this device.
It appears that the device may have a curved glass design. That’s to be expected from any flagship-level device in this day and age. Could it also have a transparent or semi-transparent back? That’s within the realm of possibility going by this teaser.
|↑|20. Latest Scribd Bundle Features The New York TimesСр., 17 окт.[−]
Scribd showed last year that it’s moving away from its PDF roots by transforming into a subscription based service for news. It teamed up with key publications for this and the company is now extending its focus in this area. There’s a new subscription plan for Scribd which includes access to the digital version of The New York Times.
The NYT was part of its news push last year as well. Scribd initially teamed up with the likes of The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, NPR, The Guardian, and others to offer an all-you-can-read subscription service.
Its new bundle is focused on the NYT, though. New users who sign up for this plan will get access to Scribd and a digital subscription to The New York Times for $12.99 per month. This offers a considerable discount compared to directly subscribing to NYT digital which costs $15.99 standalone.
|↑|21. Xiaomi Pocophone F1 Pre-Orders Open In U.S. Sans LTEСр., 17 окт.[−]
Xiaomi recently launched a sub-brand and its first device is perhaps the cheapest smartphone on the market with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. That’s the same processor that you’ll find in flagships like the Galaxy Note 9. It’s now available for pre-order in the United States. Interested customers should keep in mind that the device won’t support LTE in the U.S.
The 6GB RAM and 64GB variant of the Pocophone F1 is now available for pre-order from B&H Photo Video. It’s priced at $370. Again, this is a device that comes with the Snapdragon 845. The other specs are impressive at this price point as well.
It has a 6.18 inch 1080×2246 pixel resolution LCD display. There’s a 12 megapixel + 5 megapixel dual camera at the back in addition to the 20 megapixel front camera. It’s powered by Android 8.1 Oreo and has a chunky 4,000mAh battery.
This particular version that’s available for pre-order in the U.S. now is not compatible with CDMA networks so Verizon and Sprint are out. Moreover, it doesn’t have the LTE bands that will allow it to work on T-Mobile and AT&T’s LTE networks.
|↑|22. OnePlus 6T Price And Configurations Revealed In New LeakСр., 17 окт.[−]
A new leak has surfaced online today which claims to reveal the OnePlus 6T price and configurations. The upcoming handset will apparently have a higher base price than its predecessors and will be available in three configurations. OnePlus hasn’t officially confirmed the pricing details for this device, though.
The leak originates from India with local pricing for the device. A simple conversion gives us a rough idea of the price range to expect for this device. The base model may start at over $510 and the price could go all the way up to ~$610 for the top-of-the-line model.
The three configurations that may be offered for this device will feature 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, 8GB RAM and 128GB storage as well as 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. The prices are likely higher than the OnePlus 6T’s predecessors owing to a new distribution strategy by the company aside from the cost of the technology improvements.
|↑|23. Infographic Details Almost All Red Hydrogen One SpecsСр., 17 окт.[−]
Some of you might be aware that high-end camera maker Red has been working on a smartphone called the Hydrogen One. It first confirmed the existence of this device back in 2017 and while the device was supposed to be released earlier this year, the pre-orders haven’t even shipped yet. That’s going to change this week as the company finally starts shipping pre-orders. There’s a new infographic online now which details almost all of the Red Hydrogen One specs.
Never before have the specs of this device been listed in such detail so this will certainly be appreciated by those who have been waiting for this device to ship. Red confirmed last month that it’s delaying the titanium version of this device after a botched production run. It’s going to give customers a free aluminum version of the device while they wait for the titanium version to ship.
One of the defining features of this device is the 5.7 inch 2D and holographic display that has 2560×1440 pixel resolution. It can even capture and display holographic H4V video and stills. The device comes with spatial surround sound support.
|↑|24. Verizon Will Sell New Nokia Phone As A Prepaid DeviceСр., 17 окт.[−]
It was reported last week that Nokia phones could be returning to Verizon. The brand has been licensed by a Finnish company called HMD Global which makes Nokia smartphones now. It has been a few years since Verizon offered a Nokia smartphone. The last devices on its roster were from the Windows Phone-powered Lumia era. A new Nokia device is expected to be offered by Verizon soon and it will reportedly be sold as a prepaid device.
This, according to @evleaks, who first brought us word of a new Nokia device heading to Verizon. He has followed up with an additional tweet to reveal that this device will be sold prepaid as the Nokia 2V.
It would make sense for the Nokia 2V to be sold as a prepaid device because it will be priced at just above $100 most likely. It’s an entry-level device and they’re often sold prepaid only. The Nokia 2V is expected to be similar to the Nokia 2.1 inside and out.
This means that it’s going to have a 5.5 inch LCD display with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, 1GB RAM, and a 4,000mAh battery. It will run Android 8.1 Oreo Go Edition. There will be an 8 megapixel rear and 5 megapixel front camera.
|↑|25. Spider-Man DLC Arrives On PS4 Next WeekСр., 17 окт.[−]
The new Spider-Man game for PlayStation 4 has been very well received. It has got glowing reviews and players seem to love it. They now have something to look forward to next week as the first part of the DLC for this title is due this coming Tuesday. The DLC itself is called The City That Never Sleeps.
The DLC is going to have three chapters which will tell an interconnected story. The first part that’s due on October 23rd is titled The Heist. Black Cat will be introduced in this part as Spider-Man works to solve an art heist. Players will also be up against a whole new faction of enemies in addition to new challenges, crimes, and trophies.
Some new gear is included in this DLC as well. Players will get new suits for Spider-Man – the Spider-UK suit from Spider-Verse, Resilient Suit from Gabriele d’Otto, and the Scarlet Spider II suit to be precise.
|↑|26. Facebook News Feed Will Downrank Sites With Stolen ContentСр., 17 окт.[−]
Facebook regularly makes changes to the News Feed so that it only surfaces content that’s relevant to the user and what they’re interested in seeing. It also makes changes to ensure that low-quality content and spam doesn’t surface in News Feed. The company has now said that News Feed will automatically downrank posts from sites that have stolen content.
Facebook has confirmed to TechCrunch that links will be shown less prominently in News Feed if they have a mix of stolen content, clickbait headlines or landing pages filled with low-quality ads.
Content scraping is a common practice on the internet. Sites republish content from other sources with very little or no modification at all. Facebook’s in-person interviews and surveys have revealed that users don’t like seeing scraped content in their News Feed.
“Starting today, we’re rolling out an update so people see fewer posts that ink out to low quality sites that predominantly copy and republish content from other sites without providing unique value. We are adjusting our Publish Guidelines accordingly,” Facebook confirms.
The decision about whether content on a site is stolen will be made by Facebook’s algorithm. It will compare the main text content on a page with all other text content to find possible matches. The prediction that the content is stolen will be based on a degree of matching.
|↑|27. MIT’s AI Accurately Identifies Breast Cancer Like A Radiologist WouldСр., 17 окт.[−]
Artificial intelligence has shown to be of great use in medical applications and Massachusetts Institute of Technology is giving us yet another example of that. It has developed an automated model with the Massachusetts General Hospital that can identify breast cancer as accurately as a radiologist would.
Studies suggest that one in eight women in the United States are affected by this diseases. One of the reasons for the development of this disease is dense breast tissue which around 40 percent of women in the U.S. are said to have. The tissue not only makes mammogram screen difficult but it also increases the risk of breast cancer in these women.
The AI model developed by MIT and MGH can identify dense breast tissue in mammograms as accurately as a trained radiologist. The model is trained on thousands of digital mammograms and can thus identify the different types of breast tissue. Researchers have found a 90 percent correlation to the diagnosis made by expert radiologists.
Adam Yala, one of the authors on the model’s paper, says that the AI takes less than a second per image and it can be scaled cheaply throughout hospitals. They are now working on finding out how this model can be used in other healthcare applications.
|↑|28. Sony Moves Up Its 100% Renewable Energy Goal By A DecadeСр., 17 окт.[−]
It has been a month since Sony announced its plan to use 100 percent renewable energy to power its operations across the globe by 2040. Sony has now said that it’s moving this goal forward by a decade for the United States. It’s now planning to use 100 percent renewable energy to power all of its U.S. operations by 2030.
Sony is setting an earlier target for the United States where only 25 percent of renewable energy is currently used for its operations. It will demonstrate in this endeavor that it’s possible for businesses to make the transition faster.
The Japanese tech giant’s decision follows a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which cautions that “limiting global warming to 1.5°C will require rapid and profound transitions in energy systems across the globe.”
EVP at Sony America Mark Khalil has said that the company’s commitment to achieving 100 percent renewable energy use in the North American region by 2030 is a step towards its global goal. He said that the aim is to accelerate the use of renewable electricity at Sony and also inspire other companies to follow suit.
|↑|29. MTV’s The Real World Being Brought Back To Life By FacebookСр., 17 окт.[−]
Facebook has been investing considerably in original video content recently and it’s now going the nostalgia route to get more people to watch its content. The world’s largest social network has teamed up with MTV to bring The Real World back to life. The once popular reality TV show will have a second coming. The company says that viewers will experience a “reimagined” version of the show on Facebook Watch.
The confirmation came today at the MIPCOM trade show in Cannes, France. This is one of the first original Facebook shows that was previously a conventional show on cable. It’s different from the bulk of the programming on Facebook Watch now that largely includes documentaries and news.
“The Real World made history as the world’s first original reality show and trailblazing social experiment — and we’re thrilled to reboot the show for today’s audiences — representing and amplifying the real life, real people, real places and real social tensions of each country,” said Facebook’s head of content planning and strategy Matthew Henick.
A premiere date has not yet been confirmed but it would be at some point in spring 2019. The show is going to be spread across continents. The seasons will be location-specific with casts in the United States, Mexico, and Thailand.
|↑|30. Google Releases Chrome 70 To Undo Controversial ChangeСр., 17 окт.[−]
Google is rolling out the latest version of its popular internet browser today. Chrome 70 undos a controversial login change that came with the previous version. Chrome’s latest version is now out for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Some of the controversial changes have been reversed with this version.
Users will now be able to prevent the browser from automatically signing into their Google account if they log into one of the company’s apps. For example, if you were logged into YouTube, the browser would be signed into that account as well.
This change had led to a lot of criticism from users and Google had said that it would allow users to disable it. It’s now providing that option with the latest version of the Chrome browser.
When the browser is signed into the Google account, it stores bookmarks, browser history, and passwords on Google’s services if the Sync feature is turned on by the user when prompted to do so.