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If you like your dudes (or ladies) beefy, guns improbably en-chainsawed and your Ps versus other Ps, there’s a Gears Of War 5 flavoured slab of it landing this weekend, starting July 19th, 6pm BST. If you’ve got around ten gigabytes of bandwidth and an Xbox Game Pass subscription (or trial), then you can squirt it onto your PC right now in preparation for this weekend’s multiplayer tech test. It’s running until 6pm BST on July 22nd, and repeating on July 26th. It’ll include Escalation, Arcade and King Of The Kill modes, as well as the tutorial Boot Camp. See the test trailer below.
For the second day in a row, Republican and Democratic lawmakers slammed Facebook over its digital currency, Libra.
Members of the House Committee on Financial Services backed the message of their Senate colleagues from yesterday: they don’t trust Facebook.
Rep. Maxine Waters opened the hearing by blasting Facebook’s “pattern of failing to keep consumer data private on a scale similar to Equifax” and said that if Libra launches, “the company and its partners will yield immense economic power that could destabilize currencies.”
Libra is a blockchain-based digital currency, or cryptocurrency, which Facebook formally announced last month. It’s overseen by a non-profit headquartered in Switzerland, the Libra Association, of which Facebook is a member. The social media giant also created a subsidiary group, Calibra, for its own Libra-related products. Read more…
FaceApp — the photo editing app that uses neural networks to create dramatic photo edits — is skyrocketing to social media popularity again, thanks to a new aging filter, but the Democratic National Committee isn’t on board with the fun. The organization instead repoortedly sent out an alert warning 2020 Democratic presidential campaigns from using the app due to concerns about the app’s Russian developers, according to a report from CNN.
“This app allows users to perform different transformations on photos of people, such as aging the person in the picture. Unfortunately, this novelty is not without risk: FaceApp was developed by Russians,” warned an alert from Bob Lord (the DNC’s chief security officer) that CNN obtained.
Netflix didn’t add nearly as many subscribers as the company projected it would in the second quarter of 2019, and saw a loss in US subscribers for the first time since 2011, when the company separated its DVD mail-order system and streaming platform.
The company lost approximately 130,000 subscribers in the United States in Q2, and only gained 2.7 million global subscribers, after projecting it would add 5 million. CEO Reed Hastings blamed the stagnancy on the company’s price hikes, and a lack of original content to bring in new subscribers. The company instituted higher pricing plans in January, one of its biggest increases to date. Plan changes went into effect for both new and returning subscribers. As such, paid memberships in the…
Instagram is giving more users the option to publicly hide the like count on their posts. The company announced today that it’s expanding its hidden like count test, which it first announced in May, to six more countries: Ireland, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand. The test started in Canada, where people who were included in the test had their likes hidden by default. They had to opt out to show the likes publicly, although they can always see that like count on their own content.
The feature hides users’ public like counts on videos and photos in the Feed, on the web, and within profiles. Instagram said at the time of the initial announcement that it wants followers to “focus on the photos and videos you share, not how…
I may pride myself on being the resident retro FPS guy, but this genre revival has been so wild that some neat-looking stuff even flies under my radar. Nightmare Reaper launched into early access yesterday, a roguelite FPS by Blazing Bit Games. I’d almost overlooked it thanks to its extra-chunky graphics and the inherent difficulties of combining random generation with fast-paced FPS combat. But word on the old-school grognard grapevine is that this one’s pretty dang good, with some clever ideas and big plans for its time in early access. Have a peek at the debut trailer below.
Since July 12, searches for Area 51 have taken off like a rocket to Mars. Between July 12 and July 16, there have been more than 160,000 total searches with nearly 59,000 searches logged on Tuesday, July 16. Read more…