Tech Hangover: Gaming news gets some love today
RIP PlayStation Vue, we hardly knew ya.
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).
Over 250 Facebook employees have signed a letter visible on an internal forum that says letting politicians lie in ads is “a threat” to the company
The letter was aimed at Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, and his top lieutenants. It decried the social network’s recent decision to let politicians post any claims they wanted — even false ones — in ads on the site. It asked Facebook’s leaders to rethink the stance. The message was written by Facebook’s own employees. Facebook’s position on political advertising is “a threat to what FB stands for,” the employees wrote in the letter, which was obtained by The New York Times. “We strongly object to this policy as it stands.” – New York Times
Here we go again…
Samsung has teased a new foldable phone concept onstage at the company’s developer conference today. The new concept, which Samsung didn’t name, looks more like a traditional flip phone thanks to a foldable display that allows the device to fold in half. – The Verge
After reports about trying to find a buyer, it seems that PlayStation Vue has decided to shut down the service instead. The service, which debuted in 2015, was one of the first Live TV Streaming Services to launch — and is now the first vMVPD to shut down. The service will officially go dark on January 30th, 2020. – The Streamable
Electronic Arts is coming back to Steam, the publisher announced today. Technically, it never really left, but after it launched its rival Origin PC digital distribution storefront in 2011, EA throttled back its release slate to little more than Sims 3 expansion packs and even stopped those in 2013. – GameIndustryBiz
Ok, this actually pretty useful:
Today, Google announced it’s bringing the .new shortcuts to the rest of the web. Now, any company or organization can register their own .new domain to generate a .new shortcut that works with their own web app. Several have already done so, including Microsoft, which now has “word.new” to start a new word document, or Spotify, which has “playlist.new” to start adding songs to a new playlist on its streaming app. – TechCrunch
End of an era.
Google has announced that it will stop indexing Flash content in Search as the internet prepares to bid a (not so fond) farewell to the multimedia software platform next year.“In web pages that contain Flash content, Google Search will ignore the Flash content,” said Google engineering manager Dong-Hwi Lee in a blog post. “Google Search will stop indexing standalone SWF files.”
And in just case you missed some of our tech stuff earlier, here’s what you may have missed:
- Game streaming is now available to select users in the Xbox Insiders program
- Your favorite robolawyer, DoNotPay, can now be used from the web
- Lyft now has a $20 a month plan called Lyft Pink that offers 15% off on all rides
- PSA: If you have a HomePod do not update to iOS 13.2 yet
- iOS 13.2 available with new emoji, Deep Dusion, Siri privacy and more – Here’s how to get it
- Apple will charge you $89 to replace your lost/stolen AirPods Pro earbud
- Review: Bagotte BG700 robotic vacuum – a solid entry in the world of robovacs
- Amazon just made Amazon Fresh free for Prime members
- Amazon has a ton of really good Apple Watch bands down to just $5 a piece
- FightCamp is the Peloton alternative for your fists
- Microsoft is releasing an extremely limited Xbox One controller to celebrate itself