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Hideo Kojima On His Cinematic Influences, 'Death Stranding' And VR

  • Anyone who's played a Metal Gear Solid game can tell, without a question, that Hideo Kojima loves movies.
/ Engadget | April 29, 2017, 8:15 pm
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Premier League Asks Google To Take Down Facebook’s Homepage

  • “The reported URLs are offering unauthored live streams of Premier League content,” it reads, listing the homepages of sites such as streamsarena.eu, letsfooty.com, tvlink.in and sportcategory.com.
  • While targeting the homepages of these sites is already quite broad, it also lists the main Facebook.com URL among the infringing domains, asking Google to remove it from the search engine entirely.
  • Google has investigated the claims, including the Facebook one, but decided not to comply with the notice in question, leaving Facebook’s homepage in search results.
  • In situations like this, we can see how easy erroneous takedown claims can easily lead to over-blocking.
  • Unfortunately, however, not all mistakes are easily caught, especially when they concern smaller sites.
Ernesto / Tech News Feed-Copy | April 29, 2017, 6:21 pm Author Link (@twitter) / Source | April 29, 2017, 8:46 pm
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Google Assistant Can Now Run On Other Devices, Developer Preview SDK Launching Today

  • With a wider rollout of Assistant currently underway for Android phones and Wear, Google today announced a developer preview SDK that will allow Assistant to be built into third-party devices.
  • Google touts self-built robots and voice-enabled smart mirrors as examples of hardware prototypes that could feature Assistant.
  • As a developer preview, a number of features are still in development, including hotword support and companion app integration:
  • The Google Assistant SDK includes a gRPC API, a Python open source client that handles authentication and access to the API, samples and documentation.
  • Devices like the Raspberry Pi are suggested for initial prototyping, but Google emphasizes that Assistant will run on a wide variety of other platforms as long as they fit the basic requirements.
Abner Li / 9to5 Google | April 29, 2017, 7:40 pm
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Turkey Blocked Access To Wikipedia After It Refused To Remove Content

  • Turkey blocked access to Wikipedia after it refused to remove content - The Verge
  • The government claimed that the website was trying to ‘smear’ the country
Andrew Liptak / Tech News Feed-Copy | April 29, 2017, 8:03 pm Author Link (@twitter) / Source | April 29, 2017, 8:30 pm
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Win A Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-ray Set As We Livestream Star Trek Online Tonight On Beam!

  • Every weekend, Windows Central livestreams an Xbox One or Steam game for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream.
  • Tonight at 9pm Eastern (8pm Central, 6pm Pacific, 1am GMT) on Beam, we'll be playing Star Trek Online: Reckoning, the latest free expansion to the official Star Trek MMO from Perfect World.
  • Just follow us at Beam.pro/WindowsCentral, enable email notifications, watch along, and participate in chat for your chance to win.
  • Following the destruction of Romulus (as seen in the 2009 Star Trek film), the galactic balance of power has drastically shifted.
  • The latest free Star Trek Online expansion 'Season 12: Reckoning' introduces a brand new enemy, the militant Tzenkethi.
Paul Acevedo / Tech News Feed-Copy | April 29, 2017, 4:05 pm Author Link (@twitter) / Source | April 29, 2017, 7:56 pm
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Apple, Tesla Want Changes To California's Self-driving Car Tests

  • The tech titan wants California to redefine disengagement, so that companies will include instances wherein the human drivers had to take the wheel to prevent even minor traffic violations.
/ Engadget | April 29, 2017, 6:43 pm
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Apple Dubai Mall Opening

  • Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984.
Shawn King / Tech News Feed-Copy | April 29, 2017, 5:40 pm Author Link (@twitter) / Source | April 29, 2017, 7:10 pm
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Doctor Who: Thin Ice Review

  • Thin Ice is a classic, thoroughly entertaining Doctor Who episode with a plot that finally breaks the ice on series 10 of the popular sci-fi show, while still having time to put kids (both on screen and the hide-behind-the-sofa variety) at the centre of the story.
  • There is more room for Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) to discover what the Doctor's motivations are—alongside a good dash of Time Lord ethics: "if I don't move on, more people die," he says as a little boy disappears under the ice, never to be seen again.
  • I've always enjoyed a new companion being shown the ropes: The audience knows what to expect from the "bigger on the inside" line to the sidekick learning about how the Doctor so nonchalantly responds to death and destruction.
  • The first two episodes struggled to dance between the mostly-excellent teacher/student friendship and somewhat inconsistent sci-fi plot lines.
  • Sword swallowers, a circus elephant, and cheeky, pick-pocketing kids who could easily be the distant cousins of Oliver Twist, all entertain the time-travelling duo as they amble along the frozen River Thames and gawp at the last great frost fair.
Kelly Fiveash / Tech News Feed-Copy | April 29, 2017, 3:43 pm Author Link (@twitter) / Source | April 29, 2017, 7:07 pm
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Take Control Of The Big Easy With Gangstar New Orleans For Windows 10 PC

  • Gangstar New Orleans is an action-adventure game for Windows 10 that sends you to the French Quarter to battle your way through the criminal underworld.
  • The free game is available for Windows 10 PC and has you undermining gangs, battling zombies and dealing with crooked cops.
  • The game comes across as an acquired taste, but if you like the Grand Theft Auto style of games you should find Gangstar New Orleans to be a fun time-consuming Windows 10 game.
  • Gangstar New Orleans has you playing the role of an upstart criminal who must battle his way through the streets of New Orleans.
  • As you establish your turf, you must defend it from other players who are searching for resources of their own, forming the game's multiplayer component.
George Ponder / Tech News Feed-Copy | April 29, 2017, 4:23 pm Author Link (@twitter) / Source | April 29, 2017, 7:00 pm
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Mark Cuban Is Backing An App That's Trying To Help People Avoid Overdraft Fees

  • The billionaire has invested in a new app called Dave that aims to predict coming expenses for users to help prevent them from overdrafting on their bank accounts.
  • Once Dave connects with a user's checking account it forecasts the account's lowest possible balance in seven days based off the person's spending habits.
  • "Your available balance doesn't represent how much a person can spend," Dave's CEO, Jason Wilk, told Business Insider.
  • According to a report by CNN Money, the top big banks — Chase, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America — raked in over $5 billion in ATM and overdraft fees in 2016.
  • "We named the company Dave, because we wanted people to think of the app as a friend they can turn to when they're in a financial bind," Wilk told Business Insider.
Business Insider / TechInsider | April 29, 2017, 5:48 pm
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What’s Leaving Netflix, Hulu And HBO Now In May

  • Fox’s great migration from Netflix continues this month with Bob’s Burgers and certain seasons of American Dad getting the boot.
  • The only season left of Bob’s Burgers will finally be gone for good, while the last four seasons of American Dad will also disappear throughout the month.
  • HBO Now subscribers will have to find another source of comedy as Deadpool is being removed from the list of streamable titles.
  • The full list of titles leaving all three streaming services can be seen below.
Julia Alexander / Tech News Feed-Copy | April 29, 2017, 2:23 pm Author Link (@twitter) / Source | April 29, 2017, 6:30 pm
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Turkey Blocks Wikipedia Over An Alleged 'smear Campaign'

  • Accordingly, the Wikimedia Foundation tells us that it's "committed" to keeping Wikipedia available in Turkey.
/ Engadget | April 29, 2017, 5:09 pm
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How To Lose Weight: The Military Diet And 5 Things To Know About The Strict 3-Day Regimen

    / Tech News Feed-Copy | April 29, 2017, 1:59 pm Author Link (@twitter) / Source | April 29, 2017, 6:00 pm
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    Steam Spotlight: Toukiden 2 Is A Monster Hunter-style Action-RPG With Both Story And Co-op

    • Welcome to another edition of Steam Spotlight, the weekly column in which we look at new and interesting Steam games for Windows.
    • Capcom's Monster Hunter is a popular series of co-op action-RPGs focused on slaying giant monsters.
    • Koei Tecmo's Toukiden (pronounced Toe-Key-Den) and the enhanced version Toukiden: Kiwami (also available on Steam) are basic Monster Hunter clones in which up to four players gather in a hub world, select a mission, and then head off to an instanced area to complete it.
    • Upon completing all of the missions in a set, a new set of more challenging missions will unlock, and so on.
    • Meanwhile, your character awakens within this town to find that ten years have somehow passed since the great battle.
    Paul Acevedo / Tech News Feed-Copy | April 29, 2017, 4:38 pm Author Link (@twitter) / Source | April 29, 2017, 6:00 pm
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    Wikipedia Has Been Blocked In Turkey

    • Wikipedia, the online user-generated encyclopedia, has been blocked by the Turkish government.
    • News of the blockage was first reported by the website Turkey Blocks, at around 1AM Eastern this morning.
    • The website, which was set up to monitor what online properties are blocked by the Turkish government, reported that the blockage was approved by the Ankara first criminal court.
    • With the move, Turkey joins the Chinese government as two of the only nations to completely block access to Wikipedia.
    • Since a failed coup attempt last July, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has steadily tightened controls over Turkish media both traditional and online.
    Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch | April 29, 2017, 4:29 pm
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    Next-generation Xeons To Come In “Gold” And “Platinum” Versions

    • While Intel's desktop and laptop processors are using the latest generation Kaby Lake core, the multisocket high-end Xeon processors, used in servers and workstations, are still using the much older Broadwell core.
    • Currently, Xeons have a series name—one of E3, E5, and E7—a model number—a four digit number—and a version number.
    • The new naming, which Intel has disclosed in a change notification document (spotted by Computerbase), appears to discard this scheme entirely.
    • Below the Platinum parts are 20 "Gold" brand chips, with base clock speeds from 2.0GHz to 3.6GHz.
    • Both Gold and Platinum chips will also include variants with a T and M suffix.
    Peter Bright / ArsTechnica | April 29, 2017, 4:26 pm
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    Windows 10 Build 16184 (and Earlier) For PC: Everything You Need To Know

    • A total of four Windows 10 Redstone 3 previews rolled out in April, and here we'll give you a closer look at those builds, and those things Microsoft didn't mention.
    • Alongside build 16184, during the month of April, Microsoft also released Windows 10 build 16179, 16176, and 16170.
    • In this Windows 10 guide, we'll have a closer look at the changes and improvements Microsoft has been working in the past four test versions of the upcoming Redstone 3 update.
    • Starting with build 16184, Windows 10 is adding an early preview of My People, a new feature that allows you pin contacts to the taskbar to connect with your contacts quickly, and even send files.
    • However, the feature is not another communication service, instead is an experience that connects to other apps, such as Skype and Mail, and makes connecting with other people a lot easier in a single easy-to-use interface.
    Mauro Huculak / Tech News Feed-Copy | April 29, 2017, 4:48 pm Author Link (@twitter) / Source | April 29, 2017, 5:22 pm
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    Bleacher Report Wants To Become The MTV For Sports

    • Bleacher Report CEO Dave Finocchio wants to build the next MTV — just without the whole TV part.
    • It’s been just over a year since Turner, which bought Bleacher Report for a reported $175 million back in 2012, laid out a plan to inject $100 million into turning the sports property into a video juggernaut.
    • In that time Finocchio has launched a number of original online series, a feature length documentary, and is publishing daily on Snapchat as one of the company’s exclusive Discover partners.
    • "Digital is a great playground to start to develop series," Finocchio, who co-founded Bleacher Report in 2007, said in an interview with Recode.
    • When Turner acquired Bleacher Report, it did so because it needed a sports destination to accompany its live sports coverage and compete with the likes of ESPN.
    Kurt Wagner / Re/Code | April 29, 2017, 4:18 pm
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