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US government requests for user data from Google reaches a new high

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: 6 days, 10 hours ago

The US government requested a new record of user data from Google in the second half of 2016, with 40,677 requests impacting as many as 81,311 user accounts, reports ZDNet.

 

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From July through to December 2015, the US government requested the 40.677 requests, an 18% increase from the first half of the year. Most of the requests are coming from the US, with 12,523 data requests in the three-month period, with requests impacting 27,157 users or accounts.

 

Google says it has been reporting the number of user data requests in a 6-month period going back to the second half of 2009, while it has been detailing the users and accounts it has impacted in the first half of 2011. Google notes: "Usage of our services have increased every year, and so have the user data request numbers".

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Bandai Namco teases new IP reveal for Gamescom 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 11 hours ago

Bandai Namco has revealed it will be unveiling a new IP for the western audience at Gamescom this year.

 

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Not only that, but the company will be presenting Dragon Ball Xeonverse 2 and Tekken 7, with both games being available to play by the public. In regards to the new IP the company will be showing off, they said: "A new IP published by BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe for a western audience will be revealed at GAMESCOM 2016".

 

Bandai Namco didn't say which platforms its new IP would be launching on, but we should be expecting it to hit consoles and PC. As for Gamescom 2016, Bandai Namo's President of IP Strategy, Marketing and PC, Herve Hoerdy teases: "This year, again the world's largest gaming fair will be home to hundreds of thousands gaming fans who gather in Cologne".

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Ubisoft boss says Nintendo NX will help the industry grow

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 6 days, 12 hours ago

Nintendo is still quite secretive when it comes to its next-gen NX console, but that doesn't stop other companies from talking about it.

 

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Ubisoft recently held its financial conference call for Q1 of its fiscal 2016/2017, where company CEO Yves Guillemot talked about Nintendo NX. He said that from what he's seen, the console is really great and that it's going to help the industry grow, as well as bring casual gamers back into the gaming industry.

 

We don't know much about the Nintendo NX console, but from what we do know, it'll be powered by an unannounced NVIDIA Tegra processor based on the Pascal architecture. We should expect Nintendo to release it in March 2017, which means we should see the company unveil it in the coming months leading up to the holiday season.

Netflix is home to 83 million subscribers, growth is slowing though

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 6 days, 17 hours ago

Netflix is currently home to 83 million subscribers, adding only 160,000 subscribers in the US and 1.52 million across the world since April.

 

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The company has said that the slow growth is a result of the increase in churn, which could be due to the fact that they ended grandfathered plans for loyal Netflix subscribers. Back in April, Netflix predicted it would have 2 million more international subscribers, and 500,000 in the US - but it has missed that by quite a lot.

 

Netflix pulled in $2.11 billion in revenue over the quarter, which is what analysts expected from the streaming giant. Investors now want to feel safe with their investments into Netflix, where they want to see continued growth - especially in a world with that changes so quickly. Netflix has some massive shows on its roster like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, but the new Star Trek deal could become quite a big one in the years to come, too.

Google working on a headset that 'blurs the line' between VR and AR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 6 days, 18 hours ago

Google has reportedly been working on a secret VR project that would compete against the likes of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, but according to the latest reports the company isn't doing that - and that VR project has been scrapped.

 

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In its place, Recode reports that Google has a small team working on a dedicated headset that "blurs the line between virtual reality and augmented reality", reports Engadget. Recode reports that around 50 people were working inside of Google X lab on a standalone VR headset with a unique operating system, but this project has been scrapped.

 

Instead, Google has been assigning individual employees to work on a high-end headset, with some people inside of Google being told that Daydream, Google's mobile VR platform, isn't part of the Mountain View-based giants long-term plans for VR and AR. Daydream is a smaller step towards AR and VR dominance for Google, with sources saying the new headset won't require a PC or a smartphone to power it.

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Plex UWP app launches on Windows Store

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: 6 days, 23 hours ago

The Plex media organization app has been overhauled for the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), its latest version now available on the Windows Store with a snazzy new interface and more.

 

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The developer says it was built from the ground up for UWP, and with that comes Cortana support, Hubs and discovery, and Continuum (on mobile).

 

For now, the new app is only available on desktop; a mobile release will come "later." When it hits, expect a very similar design.

Overwatch PC patch goes live, introduces Ana, overhauls balance, more

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

The first major patch for Overwatch since its launch has gone live, and it's a doozy. Apart from adding support-sniper Ana Amari (our impressions here), it includes a ton of balance and feature changes that are sure to shake things up.

 

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First up: Overtime stalling is now going to be pretty much non-existent. If a given Overtime exceeds 20 seconds, the fuse will burn more quickly, preventing those sometimes several minute long late games.

 

Second: one hero limit is enforced for Competitive Play (you'll still be able to do double Pharah or whatever in Quick Play as much as you want), which will drastically affect the meta. Among the popular strategies that will no longer be available: double Reaper to deal with tanks, double Lucio to take advantage of constant AOE speed and AOE healing, and double Winston, double Tracer, and double Lucio in overtime to cheese objectives.

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Dead Rising coming to PC, Xbox One, PS4, sequel to Xbox One, PS4

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

Capcom's humor-laden zombie series Dead Rising is expanding to more platforms: the company has confirmed the first game (released 10 years ago) will be coming to PC, Xbox One, and PS4, and that Dead Rising 2 and its follow-up Dead Rising 2: Off the Record will be making their way to Xbox One and PS4 (both already boast excellent PC releases).

 

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There's no launch date for any of the titles yet; Capcom only said it "will have more news to share soon." But given Dead Rising 4 is due to launch in December, it's plausible at least one of them will hit before then. Presumably, all of the new releases will feature enhanced graphics, and possibly other features.

Travel to new worlds with a truly customizable VR headset

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: 1 week ago

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After decades of trial and error, VR is finally getting the attention it deserves. And now is the best time to invest in a headset that will let you enjoy it free of fatigue and discomfort. For a limited time, TweakTown readers can get the Virtual Reality Box Headset for only $18.99.

 

Designed for VR on smartphones, the Virtual Reality Box Headset lets you adjust pupil and sight distance with its Optical Axis Sliding Control, giving you clear, distortion free images that make for a truly enjoyable experience. The headset also has a fully-adjustable T-strap, allowing it to fit any head comfortably and securely.

 

Usually priced at $29.99, the Virtual Reality Box Headset is on sale for only $18.99, more than 30% off its original price!

Uber has over 2 billion rides, with 1 billion in the last 6 months

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week ago

Uber has hit a new milestone, with over 2 billion rides through its app - which is pretty crazy considering the ride-sharing giant had 1 billion rides just 6 months ago now.

 

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The company added $4.7 billion to its war chest a few weeks ago, reports Reuters, with the 2 billionth ride milestone reached on June 18. It took Uber around 6 years to hit the first 1 billion rides, but only 6 months to rack up another 1 billion rides.

 

Uber has been spending money on recruiting drivers and passengers, thanks to the huge $13 billion in funding it received from investors. Uber boss Travis Kalanick said that there were 147 simultaneous Uber rides at the exact same second in 16 countries on June 18, all tying for the 2 billionth trip. Uber is bleeding $1 billion per year in order to compete against its rivals, but the company operates in 450 cities across the world right now.

 

Right now, Uber is valued at $62.5 billion - after it received a $1.15 billion leveraged loan that allows the company to enjoy the low interest rate, while keeping its venture capital backers happy that it's not diluting their equity.

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