August 23, 2019

YouTube’s AI Flagged Robot Battles as Animal Cruelty and Removed Them

On Monday, numerous video creators were shocked when YouTube removed their videos for animal cruelty. The problem? None of the videos showed animals at all — rather, they were of robots fighting.
August 22, 2019

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus evaluation: must you spend for the stylus?

How much would you pay to have a stylus in your phone? That’s the essential question for the Note 10 Plus. It wasn’t always this way: the Note line has meant a few different things over its eight-year history. It was the first phone that convinced us that big screens were great, the phone that proved there was a market for a super powerful Android phone, and (of course) the phone that had to be recalled because its battery lit on fire.
August 22, 2019

Microsoft contractors have listened to voice recordings from the Xbox One

Microsoft contractors have listened to voice recordings captured by the Xbox One console, according to Motherboard. The practice dates back to the early days of the Xbox One when it could be controlled with voice commands directed at the optional Kinect camera accessory, and it continued after Microsoft added its more advanced Cortana voice assistant to the console.
August 22, 2019

The struggle towards poisonous gamer tradition has moved to the classroom

It was the phones that tipped off Bo Ruberg.Ruberg, a UC Irvine assistant professor in the department of informatics, was teaching “Games & Society.” It was November 2017, and the course was a required class taught to 260 students, the majority of which are typically male freshmen. Ruberg kept a strict no-screens policy in their classes — an easy enough ask to keep students from texting or scrolling through Instagram when they should be paying attention. But this was different: a dozen or so people holding up their phones, recording their lecture on gender without even the effort of hiding it. The class felt strangely fuller. Ruberg paused, reminded students of the policy, and assumed they would put them away. They kept their cameras trained on Ruberg.
August 22, 2019

Intel introduces eight new 10th Gen Comet Lake processors

Intel has introduced a slate of new processors to add to its 10th Gen lineup. Today’s announcement focuses on its Comet Lake CPUs, resulting in even more Y- and U-series CPUs to decipher.
August 21, 2019

The Origin EVO 16-S’s 16-inch show doesn’t make for a greater laptop computer

There’s something slightly unusual about the Origin EVO 16-S: it has a 16-inch screen. That’s a peculiar size for a gaming laptop, or any kind of laptop for that matter (though it may not be an anomaly for long.) Origin has, in effect, stuffed a bigger screen into its lightly tweaked 15-inch EVO 15-S chassis, which debuted last year.
August 20, 2019

Nvidia is bringing its GeForce Now cloud gaming service to Android telephones

See the photo above? That’s not Nvidia — it’s Microsoft’s xCloud, streaming Halo to an Android phone from remote internet servers powered by AMD GPUs. Google will also be bringing its Stadia cloud gaming service to Google Pixel phones from AMD-powered servers, and you’ll be able to try both this fall.
August 20, 2019

Sony acquires Spider-Man and Ratchet & Clank developer Insomniac Games

Sony has announced that it’ll be acquiring Insomniac Games, the game development studio behind the Ratchet & Clank series and, most recently, Marvel’s Spider-Man for the PS4.
August 20, 2019

Here are all of the video games coming to Google’s Stadia cloud streaming service

Google’s cloud gaming platform, Stadia, is just months away from its release, and the company continues to announce new games. Stadia is arriving in November, priced at $9.99 per month for access to the premium tier of service. While you’ll be able to use Google’s powerful cloud servers for that subscription, you will need to purchase the majority of games separately.
August 20, 2019

YouTube sues alleged copyright troll over extortion of a number of YouTubers

YouTube is going after an alleged copyright troll using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (DMCA) provisions, alleging that Christopher Brady used false copyright strikes to extort YouTube creators, harming the company in the process. Now, YouTube is suing Brady, using the DMCA’s provisions against fraudulent takedown claims, seeking compensatory damages and an injunction against future fraudulent claims.