EA Sports will end its video game partnership with FIFA

May 13, 2022 - 9:43 PM - by Reverend
One of the video game industry's most iconic franchises will soon look very different.

Electronic Arts and its subsidiary EA Sports will end a three-decade partnership with FIFA — global soccer's governing body — the gaming company announced on Tuesday. Starting next year, the hugely popular FIFA video game franchise will be known as "EA SPORTS FC."

"This new independent platform will bring fresh opportunity -- to innovate, create and evolve," Cam Weber, EVP and group GM for EA Sports & Racing, said in a statement. "EA SPORTS FC will allow us to realize this future and much more ... but not before we deliver our most expansive game ever with our current naming rights partner, FIFA, for one more year," he added.

EA will still retain most of the team and player likenesses that have made its game so popular, thanks to separate license agreements with global soccer leagues in England, Spain, Italy, Germany, the United States and European soccer association UEFA.

Electronic Arts (EA)' stock was essentially flat following the news.

FIFA said in a statement that it had granted EA a one-year extension to release the FIFA 23 video game later this year, which will feature the upcoming men's and women's World Cups that FIFA organizes. But the governing body will now seek to develop new games with "third party studios and publishers" in the next two years and is in talks for a "major new" FIFA game in 2024.

"I can assure you that the only authentic, real game that has the FIFA name will be the best one available for gamers and football fans," FIFA President Gianni Infantino said in the statement. "FIFA 23, FIFA 24, FIFA 25 and FIFA 26, and so on — the constant is the FIFA name and it will remain forever and remain THE BEST."

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YouTube Starts Testing Membership Gifting

May 11, 2022 - 6:48 PM - by Reverend
YouTube has begun testing gifted memberships for select channels.

The video-sharing platform's take on Twitch subscriptions lets viewers offer financial support to creators in return for perks like loyalty badges and custom emoji.

A beta version of Channel Memberships Gifting is currently open only to a "small group of creators," but will be expanded to more users over the course of several months. Bear in mind that you'll need to already meet the network's minimum eligibility requirements to enable channel membership.

Qualifying channels will initially only be able to gift memberships to desktop viewers, with mobile access expected as part of the eventual full feature launch. Existing channel members cannot receive a gifted membership.

"With Memberships Gifting, your channel members can buy a set number of channel memberships [five, 10, 20] in a single purchase, that YouTube will 'gift' out to other viewers in your live stream," YouTube explained. Those folks get one month of free premiums, while the creator receives their usual revenue share from each transaction.

Gift memberships can be purchased by clicking the dollar sign icon next to the live chat, which YouTube then distributes based on how much viewers interact with your channel. The most loyal fans, who watch and engage with your content regularly, are more likely to earn a bonus. Recipients are notified via a personal live chat message and email.

"We're not quite ready to make this widely available just yet, so we're launching a beta to get feedback and continue developing features," YouTube said. In the meantime, interested parties can sign up online for access to Memberships Gifting as it rolls out more widely "over the next few months."

PC Magazine
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Microsoft rolls out new Sound Recorder preview app for Insiders on Windows 11

May 11, 2022 - 6:38 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft has today announced the rollout of a new Sound Recorder app for Insiders in the Dev Channel on Windows 11. The new Sound Recorder replaces the Voice Recorder app already present in Windows, with new features and an updated UI headlining the new experience.

The new app has a new markers feature, which lets you mark specific timestamps in audio recordings for referring back to later. There's now also the ability to import audio files, and you can change your microphone device straight from within the app. Additionally, you can now also change the output file type your recordings are saved as, pretty neat!

Microsoft has been refreshing many of the in-box app experiences on Windows 11 since the OS launched last year. In the last six months, Microsoft has released new versions of Paint, Music Player, Clock, Phone Link, and more. The company says it's working on more updates for in-box apps as well.

Windows Central
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Apple is discontinuing its last iPod model

May 11, 2022 - 6:35 PM - by Reverend
Apple said Tuesday it would discontinue production of the last iPod model it still sells, effectively bringing an end to the iconic product line that helped usher in a new era for the music industry and the tech giant.

Apple said customers can continue to purchase an iPod Touch device "while supplies last." The company also noted that customers can now listen to their favorite songs from a range of other Apple devices, including the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.

"Music has always been part of our core at Apple, and bringing it to hundreds of millions of users in the way iPod did impacted more than just the music industry -- it also redefined how music is discovered, listened to, and shared," Greg Joswiak, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said in a statement.

"Today, the spirit of iPod lives on," Joswiak added, touting how the music experience ushered in by the iPod has been integrated across "all of our products."

First introduced by Apple's cofounder and then-CEO Steve Jobs in 2001, the iPod helped kick off Apple's tremendous success with handheld devices. The iPod drew customers with its signature scroll wheel and the initial promise of holding "up to 1,000 CD-quality songs" on a device that fits in your pocket. By mid-2007, more than 100 million iPod devices had been sold.

That same year, Apple unveiled the iPhone, which was in many ways the spiritual heir to the iPod Touch. The smartphone, and other Apple devices that followed, eventually made the iPod feel like a relic of the past, long before it was officially discontinued.

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Amazon ends Android shopping app digital downloads

May 03, 2022 - 6:37 PM - by Reverend
Amazon has stopped letting customers download e-books and any other digital content from its Android shopping app.

It is asking them to instead buy books via its website or Kindle app.

Since April, companies with an annual turnover above $1m (£800,000) must pay 30% commission on all in-app purchases to Android owner Google, which also handles all payment transactions.

And Amazon said its policy, introduced worldwide in the past two weeks, was in response to "Google Store policies".

It declined to say what impact it had had on sales.

In April, Amazon reported its first quarterly loss since 2015, following a decline in online sales.

Content can still be streamed in the shopping app.

Amazon has had the same policy on its iOS shopping app for some years because of similar fees imposed by Apple.

An Amazon official said the changes had been "carefully considered" and digital content remained readily available outside of its app.

BBC News
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USB-C 2.1 cables for 240W power delivery are here

May 03, 2022 - 6:28 PM - by Reverend
Last May, it was revealed that the upcoming 2.1 standard for USB-C would improve the power output of the tech to allow cables to charge powerful devices like gaming laptops and 4K monitors. It allows cables to go up to 240W for the first time, and now we’re beginning to see the first compatible cables land. You can’t yet buy these cables, but this is the first time we've seen a retailer talk about its 240W options.

Spotted by Tom’s Hardware, a retailer called Club3D in the US has begun advertising a series of three cables that can deliver 240W of power. Two of these are made for transmitting power, data, and video, with the top-end model offering a data throughput of 40 Gbps. That'll allow for transmitting 8K 60fps video. The third cable option is built for power and USB 2.0 data, so it's far less useful for data transfer than the other two options.

Introducing these cables is a big step forward for those who want to use one cable to power everything from their headphones through to a gaming laptop from a single charger. There are still a few hurdles before you can use cables like this. First up, Club3D has yet to put these on sale, and we expect these to be expensive when they are available. Secondly, there aren’t any charging bricks compatible with this technology right now. We'll have to wait to see those hit shop shelves before you can fully make the most of this tech.

This has been chiefly posited as an improvement for USB-C to power a variety of devices, but it may be that we see the fast charging on smartphones improve through this as well. The world's fastest charging phone is currently the 120W Vivo iQOO 7. However, Oppo has revealed its 240W fast-charging tech that it plans to feature on an upcoming phone.

Oppo has no word when this tech will be available, but it claims it can charge a 4,500mAh battery in just nine minutes. Expect to see this technology become more of the norm over the next few years, but it'll still be a long time before this is commonplace on smartphones.

Android Police
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