Tech Hangover: Amazon wants to know how unhealthy we all are
Everything continues to be terrible. Maybe 2020 will be better.
We get it, you have a life. There’s no way you can read all of the day’s news in one single shot, let alone visit every web page, which is why we’re here to help. Well, sort of.
There’s a ton of tech news we weren’t able to cover throughout the day (hey, give us a break, we’re a small independent outfit), so to help you stay up to speed with everything we didn’t get to, we rounded up some of the biggest stories, which should help you keep up to date. Hence the tech hangover.
Here’s some tech news you probably missed out on today (and when we say you, we mean us, but also…you).
NHS gives Amazon free use of health data under Alexa advice deal
Cool, very very cool. (It’s not cool. It’s not cool at all.)
The material, which excludes patient data, could allow the multinational technology company to make, advertise and sell its own products. – The Guardian
Google says it won’t grant Fortnite an exemption to the Play Store’s 30 percent cut
Apparently, Fortnite is coming to the Play Store and Epic Games doesn’t want to pay Google’s fee. Epic wants you to know that it’s not for them, but for you… lol ok.
Google has publicly rebuffed game developer Epic over its reported attempt to distribute its popular battle royale hit Fortnite through the Play Store without paying the company’s standard 30 percent fee. – The Verge
Apple making first CES appearance in decades, talking privacy with Facebook and others
It looks like Apple is ready to make its grand reappearance at CES in January.
Apple’s senior director of privacy Jane Horvath will speak at CES during a “Chief Privacy Officer Roundtable.” The CES schedule indicates that this discussion will focus on things like regulation, consumer privacy at scale, and more. – 9to5Mac
Redbox no longer rents video games, and it will end game sales this year
Honestly, I didn’t realize Redbox was still renting games, but this isn’t that surprising.
The change is disappointing for gamers who relied on Redbox as a convenient way to rent games. With Redbox no longer offering rentals, and the death of rental stores like Blockbuster (there’s only one left in the world), there just aren’t many local places to casually browse and rent a game anymore. – The Verge
YouTube asks the FTC to clarify how video creators should comply with COPPA ruling
YouTube might have issues with taking down random videos and doing a good job of explaining the rulings behind it, but sometimes it is YouTube itself that needs to have rules explained to them.
YouTube is asking the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for further clarification and better guidance to help video creators understand how to comply with the FTC’s guidelines set forth as part of YouTube’s settlement with the regulator over its violations of children’s privacy laws. – TechCrunch
And in just case you missed some of our stuff earlier, here’s what you may have missed:
- Google introduces a laundry list of new features for the Pixel 4 to keep it interesting
- Snapchat is launching a new Cameo feature that puts your face into videos
- Apple Mac Pro pre-orders start tomorrow so sell some organs and buy one
- Your IoT devices pose a serious security risk – the FBI has some tips on how to secure them
- Is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare getting a battle royale mode?
- After almost 7 years, a new Bioshock title has finally been announced
- China doesn’t want its government agencies using any US-made technology
- The best gaming earbuds for PS4 and Xbox One
- How to remove extensions from Google Chrome
- How to remove add-ons from Firefox
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- Tech Hangover: Google’s founders are stepping down from Alphabet
- Tech Hangover: RIP Black Friday and Cyber Monday