Google has quietly retired the Google Play Movies and TV app for its Daydream VR platform, fueling speculation that the company plans to shift away from virtual reality in favor of augmented reality.The company confirmed the app’s removal in a statement on Thursday, saying that other Google apps already available on Daydream will remain.Device owners can still watch their purchased content.The Google Play Movies and TV app is Google’s standalone app for directly accessing the video content available through the Play Store.With this app, users could purchase or rent video content, fire it up, and then put on a Daydream VR headset and watch the shows in immersive privacy.Going forward, the company confirmed to Variety, customers will need to access that content through the YouTube VR app if they want to watch it via Daydream, also stating that it doesn’t have any plans to remove other Google apps from the virtual reality platform.
En patient från norska Askøy som blev inlagd på Haukelands universitetssjukhus i samband att kommunens invånare druckit hälsovådligt vatten har avlidit.Enligt sjukhusledningen avled patienten i onsdags efter att ha blivit sjuk av bakterien campylobacter.Bakterien är densamma som hittats i dricksvattnet i Askøy.Totalt har 49 vuxna och 15 barn lagts in på sjukhus efter sjukdomsutbrottet, som av allt att döma kommer från en bassäng som förser Askøy med dricksvatten.En ettårig pojke avled i förra veckan på grund av en tarminfektion, men huruvida dödsfallet kan kopplas till smittan är ännu oklart.Larmet gick för första gången förra torsdagen.
In the midst of the rest of the news from E3, Microsoft quietly revealed it’d no longer be adding older games to its Backwards Compatibility program, but that it would be striving to make those games already part of its library capable of running on its next-gen console, codenamed Project Scarlett.As its eternal frenemy Sony sat out E3 this year, Microsoft basically had free rein to show off Scarlett.It didn’t reveal its next-gen console per se, opting for a dreamy hype video in which developers talked up the new system.It emphasized the power of the hardware, including the new SSD and 8K-ready graphics.But it also slipped the phrase “four generations of content” in towards the end of the trailer, and later confirmed via the Project Scarlett site that, “Thousands of games across four console generations will look and play best on Project Scarlett.”Jason Ronald, Xbox’s partner director for the platform, revealed the company would no longer be adding Xbox or Xbox 360 games to the library of backwards compatible games, with the eight games added this week being the last.
A GDPR case against Facebook, launched by Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems, has been deemed legal under EU law after the Austrian Supreme Court’s ruling, ComputerWeekly reports.Why is this a big deal?Because Facebook has been trying to block this case for five years, and winning a ruling against one of the richest companies in the world is huge news.The case dates back to 2015, when Schrems famously filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of 25,000 Facebook users.He was seeking a ‘token level’ reward of €500 per plaintiff for violations of privacy — for a total of €12.5 million.The lawsuit’s main concern is that the data Facebook has on EU citizens is subject to the US government’s questionable mass digital surveillance.
At the beginning of the year, Huawei talked pretty big about how it would ascend to be the number one global smartphone manufacturer, knocking Samsung down to number two.However, now that the Huawei ban is in effect, that goal is less realistic.Shao Yang, chief strategy officer of Huawei Consumer Business Group, admitted as much on Tuesday (via The New York Times).He said, “[Huawei] would have become the largest in the fourth quarter (of this year) but now we feel that this process may take longer.”This might be the understatement of the year, as the United States ban on companies working with Huawei is no doubt debilitating every facet of its business.While it’s impossible to speculate on whether or not Huawei would have achieved its goal had the Entity List not happened, all signs pointed to the company taking the number one spot.
We don’t all need a top-of-the-range 4K TV that spans the entire wall to enjoy a movie.In fact, for us mere convenience viewers, a bottom-end, modest-sized model does the trick — like this 43-inch Sharp 4K TV, which is now on sale for $200 (down $130).So if you’re looking to upgrade to a TV that’s capable of handling 4K, look no further.Don’t be fooled into thinking that because it’s a budget option, the 43-inch Sharp isn’t fully decked out with all the usual smarts you’d expect to find on a 4K TV.It can upscale both HD and Full HD content into a higher 4K Ultra HD resolution, like top-range TVs, and has HDR on board for drawing additional detail from low-light scenes.This particular TV is equipped with Roku’s streaming software, which provides instant access to a slew of on-demand content from the likes of Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and Netflix.
RT has published leaked footage from inside the prison where Julian Assange is currently serving a 50-week sentence for jumping bail in 2012.Assange can be seen in the leaked video walking around what is presumed to be his living quarters in Belmarsh Prison.The video also shows the WikiLeaks founder talking, smiling, and even laughing with other inmates, which seems to go against the narrative that Assange is quite ill, as his lawyers have recently claimed.Swedish defence lawyer, Per Samuelson, even said a couple of weeks ago that Assange was so ill, “it was not possible to conduct a normal conversation with him”.And while it’s entirely possible that he was very ill at the time, he certainly looks better now.The video shows Assange washing dishes, leaning against a foosball table and seeming to have a pretty relaxed time in the maximum security facility.
According to the company, there were a ridiculous 60 games trotted out on stage at today’s big E3 kickoff.Looks like the Xbox got a little extra love at the event since Sony’s MIA this year.Along with more information on its streaming service Project XCloud a sneak peek at its next console and a very special appearance by Keanu, the company had a LOT of games to show off.Minecraft: Dungeons – Everyone’s favorite building block title gets its very own single and multiplayer RPG adventure.Ori and the Will of the Wisps: Announced in 2017, Moon Studio’s platformer finally arrives next February.Battletoads: Don’t call it a comeback.
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Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment took the stage for EA Play 2019 today to talk about the future of Apex Legends.As part of this event, which leads into E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) in Los Angeles, the studio revealed that it’s planning to launch a ranked mode.“You will progress through six tiers, if you’re good enough,” Apex Legends director Drew McCoy said during a stage presentation.“It goes from Bronze all the way up to Apex Predator.And it’s using special matchmaking tiers.”McCoy notes that the higher tiers may have longer matchmaking times.
The OnePlus 7 Pro is probably one of the best flagship phones of 2019, but that doesn’t mean it’s without problems though.Now, the Chinese brand has issued an update that addresses several issues.The Oxygen OS update (9.5.7.GM21AA) delivers several system tweaks, including improved touch sensitivity (likely related to the phantom touch issue) and “optimized” double tap to wake functionality.We also see a host of camera-related changes as part of the update.These tweaks include improved contrast and color performance, more consistent white balance across the various rear cameras, and better auto-focus.We also see several image quality improvements related to the ultra-wide camera, telephoto shooter, and Nightscape mode.
Amazon delivering packages from drones has been talked about since Jeff Bezos revealed plans for “Amazon Prime Air” back in late 2013.Meanwhile, rival Alphabet’s Project Wing has been busy trialing deliveries in Finland and in Australia for some years.Now Amazon looks to have a genuine game changer on its hands with its latest drone, described as “an ingenious hexagonal hybrid design” the size of a go-kart:Amazon’s latest drone takes off vertically, then tilts to fly horizontally like a plane – see how it does it (YouTube).It has a shroud protecting its blades, and takes off vertically like a traditional drone, but then tilts to fly across the ground like an aircraft.It flies up to 15 miles or 24 kilometers, and can deliver packages up to 5 pounds within 30 minutes.
Stewart Butterfield, known already for his part in building Flickr, a photo-sharing service acquired by Yahoo in 2005, decided to try his hand — again — at building a game.Flickr had been a failed attempt at a game called Game Neverending followed by a big pivot.To make his dreams a reality, he joined forces with Flickr’s original chief software architect Cal Henderson, as well as former Flickr employees Eric Costello and Serguei Mourachov, who like himself, had served some time at Yahoo after the acquisition.Together, they would build Tiny Speck, the company behind an artful, non-combat massively multiplayer online game.Years later, Butterfield would pull off a pivot more massive than his last.Slack, born from the ashes of his fantastical game, would lead a shift toward online productivity tools that fundamentally change the way people work.
US to smother the planet with liberty, whether we like it or notLogowatch Whether it's Puff Daddy to P Diddy, Sci Fi to ScyFy or French fries to freedom fries, the US is the undisputed king of dubious rebranding exercises.Remember that stupid war that fomer US president George W Bush waltzed NATO into in 2003 under the pretence of saving us from Iraq's "Weapons of Mass Destruction" that didn't even exist?Obviously, opposition to America is highly un-American – so Republican Chairman of the Committee on House Administration Bob Ney had the States' staple food, French fries, renamed "freedom fries" in three Congressional cafeterias.French toast also got the treatment.Brits watched the episode in confusion because here the potato-based snack is more commonly known as chips.
EE’s 5G network went live in six cities today, bringing the new technology to the UK for the first time.London, Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff and Belfast are the first locations to benefit from the new mobile network, which will offer users data speeds that are considerably faster than 4G.However, with EE the first network to launch 5G, prices are set to be considerably higher until rivals begin to compete with their own launches.Vodafone will be the first of those operators to challenge EE when it launches its own 5G network on 3 July.Meanwhile, the selection of 5G handsets is expected to be limited for the moment, with Samsung, LG and HTC all producing 5G handsets.Huawei’s Mate 20X (5G) smartphone has been blocked from both EE and Vodafone’s rollouts after Google banned the device from receiving upgrades.
More than a dozen chemical blends could serve as alternative refrigerants that won't heat the atmosphere as much as today's refrigerants do, or catch fire, according to a new computational study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).The NIST study identified the 22 "best" nonflammable or marginally flammable blends with lower global warming potential (GWP)--a measure of how much heat a gas will trap if released into the atmosphere--than the current standard refrigerant for vehicle air conditioning (AC), called R-134a (tetrafluoroethane).Most of the identified blends combine R-134a with one or two other commercial refrigerants.The new NIST analysis, which was conducted for the U.S. military but also applies to civilian applications such as AC systems for homes and cars, is a follow-up to a 2017 NIST study that found that all single-component, climate-friendly refrigerants were at least marginally flammable.That study suggested blends might offer the optimal solutions.To help reduce global warming, nearly 200 nations, including the United States, agreed in 2016 to amend the Montreal Protocol to phase down by mid-century the refrigerants used in most AC systems.
If there’s a standard bearer for smart home lighting, it’s Philips Hue.As one of the first manufacturers to offer LED light kits for smart homes, Philips Hue smart light bulbs, switches, hubs, and starter kits command premium prices.That’s why we jumped when we saw Woot’s one-day sale on Philips Hue smart lights with discounts ranging from 26% to 43% of the list prices.We found the best deals on Philips Hue smart light products on Woot.This sale ends tonight at midnight CT, so don’t delay.Whether you’re buying your first Philips Hue starter kit, adding lights to your existing smart light configuration, or stocking up with extra light bulbs, these seven deals can help you save up to $81.
This iconic first-person shooter was released towards the tail-end of the 1990’s, and boasted fast-paced and ultra-violent gameplay.As you’d expect from any ID Software title released during that era, the plot was fairly simple: you’re stranded on an alien planet, and as the sole survivor of an invasion force, you’ve got to murder anything that moves.Quake 2 was about as cerebral as a Dolph Lundgren film, but we loved it anyway.Well, I’ve got some good news for you: graphics card titan Nvidia has built a demo remake of Quake 2, designed to show off the company’s RTX ray-tracing technology.This, unsurprisingly, is called Quake 2 RTX.If you want to see what that looks like, check out the teaser video below.
ByteDance, the owner of apps such as news aggregator Jinri Toutiao, collaboration tool Lark, and short video app TikTok, is reportedly building its own smartphone.Citing two anonymous sources, The Financial Times reported that the smartphone will be preloaded with ByteDance’s apps.ByteDance CEO Zhang Yiming is said to have ‘long dreamt” of making such a device, and it appears that he is moving closer to realizing that dream.The TikTok owner confirmed earlier this year that it had acquired certain patents and some employees from smartphone maker Smartisan, but the company claimed at the time that the acquisition was done to “explore the education business.” The purchase makes much more sense now with ByteDance’s reported interest in building a smartphone.The report did not provide details on the design of the smartphone and where ByteDance is planning to launch it, though it was suggested that the company may find it difficult to release it in the United States due to the government’s stance against Chinese telecommunication companies.This is exemplified by Huawei and its placement on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s “Entity List,” which may lock out its smartphone from future Android updates and Google’s apps.
DreamWorks picks Gremlin to create digital dreamsDataStax Accelerate Family favourite DreamWorks Animation has built a cloud platform powered by microservices that uses a graph database and Gremlin query language to guide the production of its films.This digital pipeline handles everything from early pre-visualisation to the final render and will be employed in its next feature.This setup has been tested at length – the software engineers created an entire fake show to make sure it can do the job."The workflow is massive," Doug Sherman, principal engineer at DreamWorks, told the audience.The team was happy to furnish an example: the first Shrek film (2001) had a single dragon, involved 4.5 million files and 7TB of data, and required 2,000 CPUs.