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A big chunk of change was divvied out to Ninja and many other top streamers and content creators on YouTube and Twitch when Apex Legends was released. Is this the strategy that game companies should look at moving forward?
Today, we embark upon the next major evolution of Mixer…. a journey we’re calling “Season 2.” We’re specifically calling it a Season because it’s not just a one-day thing. Season 2 reflects the living, breathing nature of Mixer with new experiences and new things to try all the time. As part of Season 2, we’re continuing to grow and refine our existing experiences with new video capabilities for streaming and viewing. And then we’re also investing in three big new areas: expression, supporting creators through new monetization opportunities, and strengthening streamer communities. Excited? Us too! Let’s take a deeper look at what’s coming today and on the horizon for Season 2…
Apple unveiled the biggest revamp to the iPad since its launch – with the screen covering the whole front of the gadget. The iPad Pro also now has Face ID, so users can unlock it and approve purchases just by looking at it, instead of the fingerprint scanner. Apple said new, bigger “brains” mean it is more powerful than nine in ten PCs – despite being in a super-slim case just 5.9mm thick.
WhatsApp ads are coming. After being free to use for years, details are starting to come out about just how Facebook will monetize WhatsApp, the popular mobile messaging app it purchased for $19 billion in 2014. According to India’s The Economic Times, WhatsApp vice president Chris Daniels revealed that the company is going to start putting ads in the “Status” feature of the app.
Is it scratching an itch? Does it represent bad Botox? Perhaps it’s your reaction to an awful pickup line. A new emoji with an uneven face and rosy cheeks is driving the internet wild. One eye is open, one eyebrow is slightly furrowed, and the mouth is doing something pretty inexplicable. According to the Emojipdia, the go-to blog about emoji, this Woozy Face digital expression represents the state of being tired and emotional (aka drunk), but people on the internet seem to think it represents a wide range of other occurrences…
Flickr is making some big changes, following its acquisition by SmugMug earlier this year. The company announced this week it’s addressing a series of issues on the site, including spam, customer support and use of the Yahoo login, for example. But more notably, it’s also revamping its account structure to impose increased limits for free users, while rolling out unlimited storage for Pro subscribers.
The streamer was trying to catch a supply drop in midair using a helicopter he was piloting, with Skadoodle, just9n and anythING directing him on how to steer the helicopter so it would be directly underneath the falling package. Shroud was able to position the helicopter perfectly, with the supply drop landing neatly on top of the helicopter. Unfortunately, instead of sitting on top of the vehicle, it began to drag the helicopter down to the ground, and Grzesiek could only watch in horror as he was pushed through the map and into an abyss below.
Google’s 2018 launch event was a piece of corporate theater, like so many before it, to unveil a new smartphone. I’ve watched and attended a lot of product launches in my time, dahlink, but this one was the least engaging for ages. Not because of the products, or the presenters, but because it lacked one key ingredient: surprise.
While Essential’s first device has a cult following among those who prioritize quick Android updates, it became clear in May that it would never see a follow-up. A report from Bloomberg revealed that the company had canceled a second Essential Phone and put itself up for sale. However, over the past several months, the company has quietly chugged along, continuing to push out lightning-fast security patches. Now, a new report from Bloomberg states that the company is indeed working on a second device — but it’s not at all like its first product. According to the publication’s tipsters, the handset is an anti-smartphone with a small screen that relies primarily on voice commands.
ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) announced the release date of its gaming-oriented smartphone today. The ROG Phone will be available for pre-order on October 18th for a starting price of $899 for the 128 GB version. The 512 GB model will cost $1,099. There isn’t any word on ship date yet, though accessories for the device will be available starting in Q4.
On Tuesday, a researcher for Google’s Project Zero security team published a report revealing how WhatsApp users could lose control of their account just by answering a video call from a bad actor. Natalie Silvanovich published her findings on Google’s Chromium blog and explained that the vulnerability was discovered in August and was promptly reported to WhatsApp’s parent company Facebook. Project Zero hunts down vulnerabilities and companies are given 90 days to fix them before the findings are made public. In this case, Silvanovich said that a patch rolled out for Android on September 28 and was applied for iOS on October 3.
Fallout 76 is a major new evolution for the long-running series, as we got to find out in our recent hands-on session. It takes the nuclear war ravaged wasteland that we’re accustomed to exploring in isolation and turns it into an always-online multiplayer game, opening it up for players to come together. Fallout 76 will enable dozens of players to explore and adventure together–either as friends or enemies, so naturally, the game world will have to be big enough to accommodate them. On top of that it also needs to have enough activities to keep them engaged for hours on end.
Now rogue from the Agency, in Just Cause 4 Rico Rodriguez travels to the South American inspired Island of Solís, hell bent on uncovering the truth behind his father’s death. Solís is a place ravished by powerful storms and tornados, it’s in a state of unrest and on the brink of war. The ruthless Black Hand militia, led by the dangerous Gabriella, is using everything they have to keep the situation under control. Rico soon forms an alliance with Mira, a rebellious dissident before finding himself leading an army as he fights, grapples and wingsuits his way through conspiracies and chaos.
Users Of WhatsApp Are Targets Of The New Phishing Scam
WhatsApp users are targets of the new phishing scam. They are being sent bogus messages which are said to be from the mobile messaging service WhatsApp.
About The Scam
The scam is being done by cyber criminals. They send emails to WhatsApp users, complete with the company’s branding. The message say that the subscriber must pay a certain subscription fee in order to keep their messaging accounts.
Of course, the messages are not from WhatsApp. These are being sent by these cyber criminals to get information and other bank details from unsuspecting users.
The Content Of The Fake Message
According to the email, the recipients have used WhatsApp for more than a year. Because of this, they need to pay a subscription fee to keep their account. It also states that they will be able to send and receive messages again only after they pay the said subscription fee.
To pay for the subscription fee, the email recipients, or innocent scam victims, will be made to sign into a (phoney) customer portal with their mobile phone number. To add “credibility” to the email, a link to a “community of users” is added at the end for those who may have questions about their email.
WhatsApp’s Charging Model
The scam may look like an ordinary thing. But it actually runs deeper than first thought. The mobile messaging service provider did previously charge using this model. So if recipients of this particular email do not know anything about updates and what-have-yous in the cyber world, they will be convinced and swayed.
For the information of the general public, WhatsApp has ended its charging model back in January 2016. During this time, WhatsApp has announced that their services will be free for everybody. Meaning, app users will have no subscription charges or whatever kind of fees to pay.
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WhatsApp for iPhone now has the ‘Request Account Info’ feature similar to Facebook.
Last month, the ‘Request Account Info’ feature debuted through a beta version for Android devices. This time, WhatsApp for iPhone is getting the update.
The feature allows you to download your data collected by WhatsApp. The update comes ahead of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law which will be enforced from Friday, May 25.
With the addition of the account information download feature, users will now be able to see what information WhatsaApp has collected through their account. This includes profile photos, group names and settings.
It is worth noting that you won’t be able to to download any of your conversations. This is because the app uses an end-to-end encryption that even WhatsApp has no access to. Your conversations are not stored in any of its servers.
For those who do want to have a copy for your conversation, you can do so by backing up your account. This is a feature that has long been available for WhatsApp users.
To request the data, you need to have the WhatsApp for iPhone version 2.18.60. Go to go to Settings> Account > Request Account Info. The report will be generated about three days after the date requested. Once it is ready, the data is available for download for a few weeks. During the request period, you are not allowed to change your number or device or delete your account. Otherwise, the report request will be cancelled.
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Twitter is planning to add a new layer of feature in its direct messaging platform. The micro-blogging site has started to build an encrypted messages feature for Android app. This feature was discovered when APK that contains code for the app’s unlaunched features was discovered.
Twitter plans to add ‘Secret’ Encrypted Feature
The aforesaid Twitter’s Android app encrypted messages feature is similar to other social media app’s “secret conversation” option. This feature was first spotted by Jane Manchung Wong, a Computer Science student, who reportedly discovered the code.
So what this new feature would bring to Twitter’s global users? The app’s new messaging feature would allow users to send encrypted direct messages. This means that if such feature would go live soon, users could expect a more secured exchange of communication.
This is the first time that Twitter was reported to be working on encrypted direct messages feature. In fact, back in 2013, the company was working on the said feature but eventually dropped it in early 2014 without any apparent reason.
If such rumor is true, then Twitter’s new encrypted direct messages would be similar to the existing feature found in other apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, and Signal. What is certain now is that the new feature is present in the app’s unreleased code.
As to when it would go live, there’s no concrete date yet as a Twitter spokesperson declined to comment for the time being.
WhatsApp’s latest update now allows Instagram and Facebook video links to open in PiP mode.
Following last week’s F8 keynote address on WhatsApp from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the latest update for iOS has finally been released.
The chatting app’s update 2.18.51 brings the ability to watch Instagram and Facebook videos in-app. Which means users can now view those videos along with YouTube videos while on their chat window.
Previously, when a link from Instagram or Facebook is clicked, WhatsApp opens the respective app installed on their phone. Once you finish watching, you would have to click on the back button on the upper left corner to reopen the chatting app. Another way to go back would be to double press the home button to access the recently used apps list.
The picture-in-picture mode (PiP) also allows users to continue watching the video while navigating through the chat. The video bubble can be moved within the screen and comes with play/pause, close, and fullscreen buttons.
This PiP mode is described within the change log of the update but is not functional yet as of this writing. The feature however suggests that it would be enabled within the next few weeks.
At the F8 event, Zuckerberg also announced the group video calling feature will come to the app soon. Up to four friends can simultaneously join and see each other in split-screen mode. The app will also get support for third-party stickers created by developers in the near future.