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No Man’s Sky PR Strategy ‘Wasn’t Great’: Sony Worldwide Studios Boss

No Man’s Sky PR Strategy ‘Wasn’t Great’: Sony Worldwide Studios Boss

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Aside from being one of the biggest disappointments of the year, No Man’s Sky was a debacle for fans and the press. Reason being, creator Sean Murray promised a host of features that never quite made it to the final game. For many, No Man's Sky was nowhere close to what Hello Games founder Sean Murray promised it would be. More so with a massive Reddit post detailing missing features (which was deleted later) albeit archived on other sites such as the aptly named One Man's Lie. Despite Sony’s efforts at marketing the game, it couldn’t stop consumers trying to refund it en-masse. Safe to say, the game was a public relations nightmare. And Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida agrees. Speaking to Eurogamer, the President of Sony Worldwide Studios had this to say: "I understand some of the criticisms especi
Google, AppNexus Distance Themselves From Adblock Plus’ Acceptable Ads Platform

Google, AppNexus Distance Themselves From Adblock Plus’ Acceptable Ads Platform

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Eyeo, the maker of the Adblock Plus ad-blocking extensions and apps, recently unveiled its Acceptable Ads Platform to sell and serve ads. When the announcement about the platform was made by the company, it said that it will supply ads from both Google and AppNexus. However, it seems like Eyeo was solely relying on development partner company ComboTag's association with Google and AppNexus to bring them the ads from these companies. In a strong statement to Engadget, Google said, "We were surprised by the announcement and learned of it when we were contacted by press. We have no involvement in their program and this is not a business we want to be part of. We are moving to terminate ComboTag's AdX account. Ad blocking is a symptom of bad ads online and that's why we believe the industry n...
India’s Internet Users to Touch 500 Million by 2020, Says Google

India’s Internet Users to Touch 500 Million by 2020, Says Google

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With the advent of affordable smartphones and growing reach of internet across the country, India's online population will reach 500 million by 2020, Google's Asia Pacific Language Head, Richa Singh Chitranshi said. "India's online population will reach 500 million by 2020 with majority of them being local language users," Chitranshi said while addressing IT students at Rajiv Gandhi Proayogiki (Technology) Vishwavidyalaya (RGPV) here. The event was jointly organised by RGPV and MPPOST, an online portal, yesterday. Speaking about the future and present of the internet Chitranshi said it was mainly due to availability of affordable smartphones and data packs that have enabled millions in Indians to go online. She also informed that today over 65 percent of India surf the internet through th...
Google Brings Interactive Display to African American History Museum

Google Brings Interactive Display to African American History Museum

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Lonnie G. Bunch III traveled to Google's Mountain View, Calif., headquarters a little more than a year ago to meet with leaders of the Black Googler Network, an employee group. The director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which was then under construction, wanted to tap their technical expertise. "He made the simple request: 'However you can, help me make this museum redefine what it means to be a museum in the modern age and be at the cusp of innovation,'" said Travis McPhail, a Google Maps software engineer. McPhail was inspired. Google employees have since been developing interactive-display technology that will allow visitors to examine artifacts from all angles using 3D scans that they access through their smartphone's Web browser. Their phone will als...
Microsoft Brings Google Drive and Facebook Support to Outlook on Web

Microsoft Brings Google Drive and Facebook Support to Outlook on Web

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Microsoft has finally added Google Drive support for Outlook on Web to allow users to receive and edit the files from the Internet version of its email client. The company has also added the support for Facebook and made it easier to search for attachment in long conversations with its update to Outlook. The Android and iOS version of Outlook already allowed users to receive and edit the files from Google Drive from inside the app. However, users will now be able to edit their Google Drive documents from the Web version of the Outlook email client as well. In order to attach a file, all you need to do is open a new message and click on the attachment icon. Then you need to select Google Drive and enter the credentials of your account. After this, your Google Drive account will appear as a...
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Officially Recalled in US; Replacements Due September 21

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Officially Recalled in US; Replacements Due September 21

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The US Consumer Product Safety Commission on Thursday announced a recall of around one million Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones plagued by incidents of batteries bursting into flames. The move by the US safety agency formalizes the recall underway in 10 countries after reports of faulty batteries that caused some handsets to explode during charging. Samsung meanwhile announced replacements for the faulty phones would be available to US customers next week. In the United States, there have been 92 reports of batteries overheating, including 26 reports of burns and 55 reports of property damage, including fires in cars and a garage, the commission said in a notice. The US notice affects around one million of the global total of 2.5 million handsets being recalled, which has cast a cloud ov...
Facebook Chooses New Mexico as Site for Next Data Centre

Facebook Chooses New Mexico as Site for Next Data Centre

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Facebook has chosen a village on the edge of New Mexico's largest metropolitan area as the location for its new data center, an announcement that spread quickly Wednesday as elected officials celebrated a hard-fought win that could have ripple effects for the state's struggling economy. News of the social media giant's decision to build in Los Lunas, just south of Albuquerque, comes after a roller-coaster contest between New Mexico and Utah to attract the facility. The courting of Facebook began more than a year ago with a meeting between Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Facebook executives. During a visit to California, Martinez and her economic development team pitched the sparsely populated state as a good place to do business. New Mexico wasn't on the radar before that August 2015 ...
Amazon Unveils New Echo Dot Speaker at Just $49.99

Amazon Unveils New Echo Dot Speaker at Just $49.99

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Amazon announced on Wednesday that its voice-controlled speaker Echo will be released in UK and Germany this fall and a new white model will be launched in the US. Interestingly, Amazon didn't stop with the announcements there and also launched a new version of Echo Dot, shaped like a hockey puck like its predecessor, at just $49.99 (roughly Rs. 3,350). The first version of Echo Dot was launched by Amazon in March this year and was available for $90 (roughly Rs. 6,000). Just like the first version, the new Echo Dot is also controlled by voice controlled assistant Alexa. The new version allows also users to connect it to larger speakers. Amazon has not detailed just why the new Echo Dot is cheaper. It in fact bears some improvements over its predecessor, including an improved speech proces...
OnePlus Starts Rolling Out Community Builds for OnePlus 3 and OnePlus X

OnePlus Starts Rolling Out Community Builds for OnePlus 3 and OnePlus X

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OnePlus has started rolling out community builds of OxygenOS for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus X smartphones. Unfortunately, the new OxygenOS builds are not based on Android 7.0 Nougat but they bring several new features to the phones. The Chinese company says that users who have already flashed a previous community build will receive the new update via OTA (over-the-air). Users who are running stock OxygenOS will have to flash the build with the help of ADB sideload. The company recommends users to backup all data on the phones before flashing the build, warning of a possibility of losing personal data. Once the community build is flashed, users will get community OTAs. OnePlus 3 users can now download the OxygenOS 3.5.2 community build which adds "kill all background processes" button in re...
Prototype of Implantable Artificial Kidney Developed

Prototype of Implantable Artificial Kidney Developed

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Scientists have developed a coffee-cup-sized prototype of a surgically implantable artificial kidney that uses a silicon nanofilter to remove toxins, salts and other molecules from the blood. The advance could be a promising alternative to kidney transplantation or dialysis for people with end stage renal disease (ESRD), researchers said. "We aim to conduct clinical trials on an implantable, engineered organ in this decade, and we are coordinating our efforts with both the NIH (US National Institutes of Health) and the US Food and Drug Administration," said Shuvo Roy, from University of California, San Francisco in US. Researchers prototyped and tested key components of the coffee-cup-sized device, which mimics functions of the human kidney. One component of the new artificial kidney is a ...