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Twitter removes support for precise geotagging because no one uses it

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:02 PM - by Reverend
Twitter is going to stop letting you add a precise geotag to your tweets, because there isn’t enough demand for the feature. In a tweet, the company’s support account said that it was removing the feature “to simplify your Tweeting experience.” However, you’ll still be able to tag the precise location of your photographs, and TechCrunch notes that you’ll also still be able to add your location to tweets via the service’s integration with mapping services like FourSquare and Yelp.

When Twitter originally announced support for geotagging back in 2009, it had big ambitions for the feature. Rather than focusing on tweets from people you follow, Twitter thought people might start browsing tweets based on location, allowing them to keep up with a local event like a concert. In the end though, it seems like people found it far more convenient to organize around hashtags and trending topics. Meanwhile, keeping a feature around that barely anyone wants presents a privacy risk if people use it accidentally.

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Samsung eyes Galaxy Note 10 launch on Aug. 7 in New York

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:57 PM - by Reverend
Samsung will show off its Galaxy Note 10 during a flashy Unpacked event on Aug. 7 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, according to people familiar with the company's plans. The venue is the same place the South Korean technology giant launched the Note 9 last year.

Since the launch isn't for two months, the company could change its plans. Samsung declined to comment.

The Note line doesn't sell as well as Samsung's Galaxy S devices, but the big screen phablet has a fervent fan base. Introduced in 2011, the first Note kicked off the trend toward bigger displays on phones, a trend that become the norm across the mobile industry. The size of the first Note's screen -- 5.3 inches -- now seems almost small compared to giants, such as the Note 9's 6.4-inch display and the iPhone XS Max's 6.5 inch-screen.

The Note 10 launch comes as Samsung and its rivals face a slower smartphone market. Prices for the latest devices are increasing, but features aren't changing dramatically from generation to generation. That means we're holding onto our phones longer than before. The hope is 5G and new designs like foldable phones could revitalize the smartphone industry.

Samsung's answer to the mobile malaise has been the Galaxy Fold, a phone that expands into a tablet. The $1,980 device, the first major smartphone to incorporate a foldable display, has faced hiccups since its announcement. Samsung initially planned to launch the phone April 26, but it delayed the Fold when the screens on some reviewers' test phones broke. It hasn't set a new sales date or explained what went wrong with some of the displays.

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Atari Brings the New Atari VCS Video Computer System to Life

Jun 11, 2019 - 6:57 PM - by Reverend
Preorders began in the United States Tuesday for the Atari VCS, a retro-looking video game console loaded with modern technology. It's available to order on Atari's website, Walmart and GameStop. The consoles will start shipping in March, 2020.

The announcement was made at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles.

The base model, called the Atari VCS 400 Onyx, costs $249.99. A more expensive model with more memory, dubbed the Atari VCS 800, costs $279.99. Atari is also selling a bundle for $389.99, which includes a joystick and a controller.

The classic joystick and a modern controller can also be bought separately for $49.99 and $59.99, respectively.

"Atari made a commitment to its fans to make the new VCS the best and most versatile game and home entertainment platform it can be, with a wide array of options," said Atari CEO Frédéric Chesnais in a release.

The Atari VCS originally started as an Indiegogo campaign in 2018. The idea was to modernize the iconic Atari 2600, which was originally released in 1977. In total, it grossed more than $3 million in funding from nearly 12,000 backers.

The Atari VCS features a powerful AMD Ryzen chip that can stream 4K HDR video. The console also has a newly refreshed user interface and can be connected to the internet.

Details about new games and entertainment options will be announced later this year.

The re-introduction of the Atari comes at a time when customers are craving retro video game consoles with a modern spin. Last year, Sony released the PlayStation Classic, a revamped model of the iconic gaming console.

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Jun 07, 2019 - 12:23 PM - by Reverend
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Google's gaming system Stadia is coming in November

Jun 07, 2019 - 12:13 PM - by Reverend
Google's video-game streaming service, Stadia, will start rolling out in November, the company announced Thursday on a YouTube livestream.

The system, which was originally announced in March, will act like a Netflix for video games. Google says it will eventually allow people to play games directly over WiFi from any TV with Chromecast, computer with a Chrome browser, and Google Pixel phones. There are no downloads as the games themselves exist on Google cloud servers. That means Stadia can also sync game progress across devices.

Google is only releasing a limited version of the system in November, however. Stadia will work on TVs with a Chromecast dongle or Chromecast support at launch. Those on computers or mobile devices are out of luck until 2020.

People will have to buy a special subscription bundle if they want to play this year: The $129.99 Founder's Edition will include a Stadia controller, a Chromecast dongle, three months of a Stadia streaming subscription, and a free pass so a friend can also play for three months. The company is taking pre-orders for the Founder's Edition now.

Stadia will launch in 14 countries in November, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, France, and Italy. Google plans to expand it to more countries next year.

Next year, Google will release a regular streaming subscription called Stadia Pro, which will cost $9.99 a month and include access to 31 games and counting, including Destiny 2, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Borderlands 3, and Rage 2.

It will also offer a free-to-play version of Stadia, with a lower resolution. People have to pay for the titles they want.

Chrome browser and Pixel 3 and 3a support is also rolling out next year.

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Facebook is stopping Huawei from pre-installing its apps

Jun 07, 2019 - 12:07 PM - by Reverend
Facebook won’t allow Huawei to pre-install its apps on smartphones anymore, Reuters is reporting. It’s the latest example of Western tech companies cutting ties with the beleaguered Chinese telecom giant after President Trump issued an effective trade ban against it.

Huawei phone owners will still be able to download and use apps like WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook’s main app itself, and they’ll continue to receive updates through the Play store. Huawei just won’t be able to include them out of the box, which it typically does alongside various other pre-loaded services like Twitter.

Facebook has apparently landed on a different calculus to deal with the trade ban than Google. Google has secured a temporary license to continue to send security updates to existing Huawei phones. Huawei phones currently in stores or “those which have not yet shipped or even been built” will still have the Google services pre-installed. Facebook, Reuters says, is denying pre-installs on “any phone which has not yet left the factory.”

The implications aren’t necessarily as worrying for Huawei as other prior decisions from Google and ARM, which respectively restrict its ability to use core Android services and develop its own chips. But Facebook’s move closes another potential avenue for Huawei to deliver crucial third-party apps to customers, underlining the fact that it’ll have to go it alone with its own app store — no small task.

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