Gaming 

Beyond Good and Evil 2 trailer, release date, and news

Beyond Good and Evil 2 trailer, release date, and news Update: Things have been fairly quiet on the news front when it comes to Beyond Good and Evil 2, which makes sense since the game is still in the early days of development. However, Creative Director Michel Ancel has recently posted artwork from the game. You can get a look at the humanoid panda mid cup of tea Ancel captioned “Quiet Force” in our images gallery below.  E3 2017’s most hyped trailer unveiling capped off Ubisoft’s press conference, eliciting cheers…

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Microsoft 

Twitter replaces board member who left for Microsoft with ex-Google CFO

Twitter replaces board member who left for Microsoft with ex-Google CFO Crossing the social media divides isn’t common in Silicon Valley, so it’s notable that Twitter and Microsoft have played a spot of musical chairs with their boards. Twitter board member Hugh Johnston — day job: Pepsi vice chairman and CFO — has left Twitter’s board to join Microsoft’s board as of today. Johnston’s replacement at the microblogging company is Patrick Pichette, a former CFO of Google. No sooner was Johnston’s new role announced by Microsoft, so Twitter was trumpeting its own…

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Microsoft 

Tech giants told to remove extremist content much faster

Tech giants told to remove extremist content much faster Tech giants are once again being urged to do more to tackle the spread of online extremism on their platforms. Leaders of the UK, France and Italy are taking time out at a UN summit today to meet with Google, Facebook and Microsoft. This follows an agreement in May for G7 nations to take joint action on online extremism. The possibility of fining social media firms which fail to meet collective targets for illegal content takedowns has also been floated by the…

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Gadgets 

Google, HTC sign $1.1B USD cooperation agreement to boost Google’s hardware game

Google, HTC sign $1.1B USD cooperation agreement to boost Google’s hardware game Google and HTC have entered into an agreement where certain HTC employees will join Google. As part of the transaction, HTC will receive $1.1B USD in cash from Google. Google will also receive non-exclusive license for HTC’s intellectual property. HTC says many of the employees worked with Google to develop the Pixel smartphones. This is seemingly part of the search giant’s new hardware strategy, which is why it ended up acquiring part of another smartphone maker despite having…

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Gadgets 

Nvidia Shield TV gets a new, lower price ahead of Apple TV 4K launch

Nvidia Shield TV gets a new, lower price ahead of Apple TV 4K launch Nvidia’s Shield TV, an Android TV-based device that’s currently the best option available for 4K streaming fans, is getting a price drop with a new package that leaves out the included video game controller. Bundled with just the remote, the 16GB Shield TV is now $179 – $20 cheaper than the Shield TV bundle that also includes the joypad, and in line with the pricing of the new 32GB Apple TV 4K that goes on sale…

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Social Networks 

Senate Intelligence Committee wants Facebook to appear in a public Russia hearing

Senate Intelligence Committee wants Facebook to appear in a public Russia hearing According to its chairman, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence intends to call Facebook to a public hearing on Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. North Carolina Senator Richard Burr made remarks to reporters on Tuesday confirming the committee’s interest in speaking with Facebook, the Hill reports. “We’re in agreement on a Facebook public hearing,” Burr said. “It’s just a question of when and potentially the scope.” Facebook has also reportedly cooperated with Special Prosecutor Robert…

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Social Networks 

Facebook vows to manually review ad targeting after ‘Jew-Haters’ scandal

Facebook vows to manually review ad targeting after ‘Jew-Haters’ scandal Facebook failed to foresee how turning user-written interests and employer information from profiles into ad targeting options could turn offensive. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has apologized for the situation, and announced that Facebook will now manually review all ad targeting options. “We never intended or anticipated this functionality being used this way – and that is on us” Sandberg wrote. Facebook quickly suspended the use of all user-submitted info for ad targeting after ProPublica surfaced how people could target “jew-hater”…

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Andriod 

HTC stock suspension adds fuel to Google acquisition rumors

HTC stock suspension adds fuel to Google acquisition rumors HTC is to suspend trading of its stock on the TWSE tomorrow, ahead of what it says will be the release of “material information” pertaining to its business. The news was reported earlier by the FT.  The move has spiked speculation about a potential sale of HTC’s mobile division, with the Taiwanese device maker struggling for years to try to turn around its fortunes in the fiercely competitive smartphone market. In recent years loss-making quarters have become the norm for HTC, which…

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Tech News 

Google signs $1.1bn HTC smartphone deal

Google signs $1.1bn HTC smartphone deal Alphabet’s Google has struck a $1.1bn (£822m) deal with Taiwan’s HTC to expand its smartphone business. Google will not take a stake in the firm, but some HTC staff will join the Silicon Valley giant. The Taiwanese company was once a major player in the smartphone market but has struggled to compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung. Google expects the deal to close by early 2018, provided it gets the all clear from regulators. Shares in HTC were suspended in Taiwan on…

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Tech News 

Nest reveals alarm system and smart doorbell

Nest reveals alarm system and smart doorbell Nest is expanding its range of smart home products, ending a lull in which it improved existing kit, but did not expand into fresh categories. The items include an internet-connected intruder alarm, a video-streaming doorbell and a door lock system developed in collaboration with Yale. In addition, the firm – which is part of the Google empire – announced an outdoor version of its IQ facial recognition camera. The tech is priced at a premium. The Nest Secure alarm starter pack, for example,…

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