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Google Stadia will be free if you buy the game from it - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2019-06-06 12:20
The game streaming service, coming in November, will offer a subscription. You can preorder it now.

'Baldur's Gate III' is real and it'll be on Google Stadia

Engadget - Thu, 2019-06-06 12:20
Amid its wave of announcements for Stadia, Google confirmed several new games will be available on the platform. Darksiders Genesis emerged a few hours before Stadia Connect got underway, and there are some other notable upcoming titles too: Baldur's...

Google Stadia launches this November with $130 Founder's Edition

Engadget - Thu, 2019-06-06 12:20
On the eve of E3 (well, the night before EA's press conference, anyway), Google has revealed pricing and availability for Stadia, its highly anticipated game streaming service. The big date for your diary? November. The technology giant will launch a...

Baldur’s Gate 3 coming to Google Stadia - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2019-06-06 12:17
It will be developed by Larian Studios.

Here’s how Google Stadia performs depending on your internet connection

TechCrunch - Thu, 2019-06-06 12:16

Google is introducing more about the launch of its Stadia streaming gaming service today, and VP Phil Harrison gave us performance specifics today so you can see exactly how the company thinks the service will perform based on what kind of internet connection you have. It tops out at an impress 4K resolution, with HDR color, 60fps frame rate and 5.1 surround sound, but you’ll have to have at least a 35 Mbps connection to get that level of quality.

Meanwhile, at 20 Mbps you’ll get full HD 1080p output, while retaining HDR video, 60fps and 5.1 surround. And Google has optimized for smoothness of stream by retaining 60 fps all the way down to its recommended minimum bandwidth connection quality of 10 Mbps (and even potentially below that based on this chart). You’ll only get 720p streams at that level, however, and stereo instead of surround sound.

“With Stadia, our goal is to make gaming more accessible for everyone,” is how Harrison framed it, and that applies to its range of connection support as well as its device availability. At launch you’ll be able to play stadia games on your TV (via Chromecast Ultra), desktop, laptop, and tablet (via browsers) and on smartphones, though only Pixel phones to begin with starting with Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a (via dedicated Stadia app).

Microsoft Quietly Deletes Largest Public Face Recognition Data Set

SlashDot - Thu, 2019-06-06 12:05
Microsoft has quietly pulled from the internet its database of 10 million faces [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source], which has been used to train facial recognition systems around the world, including by military researchers and Chinese firms such as SenseTime and Megvii. From a report: The database, known as MS Celeb, was published in 2016 and described by the company as the largest publicly available facial recognition data set in the world, containing more than 10m images of nearly 100,000 individuals. The people whose photos were used were not asked for their consent, their images were scraped off the web from search engines and videos under the terms of the Creative Commons license that allows academic reuse of photos. Microsoft, which took down the database days after the FT reported on its use by companies, said: "The site was intended for academic purposes. It was run by an employee that is no longer with Microsoft and has since been removed." Two other data sets have also been taken down since the FT report was published in April, including the Duke MTMC surveillance data set built by Duke University researchers, and a Stanford University data set called Brainwash.

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You can finally learn to fly a Star Wars TIE fighter - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2019-06-06 12:00
The TIE fighter, Star Wars' greatest ship, gets the behind-the-scenes look it deserves.

Why isn’t YouTube held accountable for the actions of its stars?

Engadget - Thu, 2019-06-06 11:50
The debate surrounding YouTube's responsibilities about the content it hosts has reignited after yet more controversy. The Google-owned video service whiffed when initially asked to discipline a creator clearly violating its policies on acceptable be...

Uber Copter is a real thing but not for everyone right now - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2019-06-06 11:48
The rideshare company's new service takes flight next month.

Subaru and Toyota will co-develop a new EV platform - Roadshow

CNET News - Thu, 2019-06-06 11:39
This electric vehicle architecture will first spawn a compact SUV to be sold under both brands.

Is the latest Apple Mac Mini a worthy challenger?

Engadget - Thu, 2019-06-06 11:30
When Engadget video producer Chris Schodt reviewed the new Mac Mini back in November, it had been four years since the previous model was released. The 2018 upgrade includes an eighth-generation Intel processor and a plethora of ports in a space gray...

India Orders Uber and Rival Ola To Electrify 40% of Fleets By 2026

SlashDot - Thu, 2019-06-06 11:25
India is doubling down on its push to replace gasoline and diesel vehicles on its streets with environmentally friendly electric cars. From a report: The government plans to order ride-hailing firms such as Uber and Ola, that operate hundreds of thousands of cars in the nation, to convert 40% of their fleets to electric by April 2026, Reuters reported today. As part of the push, Uber, Ola and other companies would need to show signs of progress towards the goal by the end of next year, the report claimed. It stated that the ride-hailing giants must convert 2.5% of their fleet of cars by 2021, 5% by 2022, and 10% by 2023. A source familiar with the matter corroborated Reuters' findings to TechCrunch. The move comes as New Delhi looks to cut reliance on oil imports and bring down air pollution to abide by its commitment as part of the 2015 Paris climate change treaty. In recent years, China has also ramped up similar efforts with even tougher EV sales targets matched with generous state-funded subsidies for consumers buying green vehicles.

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This $65 waterproof wireless speaker is on sale for $22.50 - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2019-06-06 11:24
Cheapskate exclusive! The Vava Voom 20 offers dual subwoofers, NFC pairing and 8 hours of play time. It can even charge your phone. Plus: Cover unsightly cables for just $10.

Razer unveils $50 Kraken X gaming headset - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2019-06-06 11:00
Entry-level headphones from the maker of some of our favorite gaming rigs.

Razer launches its first lightweight Kraken headset

Engadget - Thu, 2019-06-06 11:00
Razer's new ultra-light headset could be your well-priced answer to a heavy head and sweaty ears. The wired Kraken X weighs in at just 250 grams, comes with 7.1 surround sound and costs $50. Other features include memory foam ear cushions, glasses-fr...

Google Stadia pricing and release date leak ahead of reveal event - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2019-06-06 10:48
There will reportedly be a monthly subscription option and eventually a free model.

Bowing To Pressure, YouTube Will Reconsider Its Harassment Policies

SlashDot - Thu, 2019-06-06 10:47
YouTube will reconsider its harassment policies and may update them, the company said in a new blog post. The statement was apparently prompted by public pressure on the company after a conflict between two YouTubers: Carlos Maza, who hosts for Vox, and Stephen Crowder, a conservative media personality. From a report: In response to backlash, YouTube has convened a blue-ribbon commission and appears to be hoping everyone will stop screaming. YouTube has promised to consult journalists, experts, creators, and those who have experienced harassment as the company tries to figure out how to update its policies. Last week, Maza tweeted a very viral thread about how Crowder had targeted him for harassment, calling him -- among other epithets -- a "lispy sprite," a "little queer," and a "gay Latino from Vox." Maza's target was YouTube; he wanted to know why the company hadn't responded to the derogatory remarks Crowder made about Maza's sexuality and ethnicity, as can be seen in a supercut posted by Maza. Last night, YouTube said Crowder's homophobic harassment didn't violate any of its policies, and that Crowder's videos would stay up. Earlier today, YouTube said that it would remove ads from Crowder's videos, a process known as "demonetization" among YouTubers. But Crowder's demonetization isn't permanent; according to YouTube, Crowder can once again make money from ads if he "addresses all of the issues with his channel."

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FCC's Ajit Pai: 'I hate robocalls as much as you do' - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2019-06-06 10:40
Illegal robocalls might be less of a hassle in the future.

Jessica Jones faces a new enemy in season 3 trailer

Engadget - Thu, 2019-06-06 10:31
Jessica Jones is one of the more beloved of the Marvel streaming series that have hit Netflix over the last few years. But as Disney starts consolidating its media empire ahead of the launch of its own streaming service, all good things are coming to...

'Darksiders Genesis' confirmed for Google Stadia, consoles and PC

Engadget - Thu, 2019-06-06 10:22
THQ Nordic and Airship Syndicate have announced the latest entry in the Darksiders series following 2018's Darksiders III -- and it's one of the first games confirmed for Google's Stadia game streaming platform. Darksiders Genesis is a spinoff of the...