White House Video Game Violence Discussion Fails to Move the Needle

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President Donald Trump on Thursday met behind closed doors with several top video game industry executives, association representatives, politicians and others to discuss video game violence in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last month. Among the scheduled attendees were Strauss Zelnick, CEO of TakeTwo Interactive Software, and Robert Altman, CEO of Zenimax Media, where Trump’s younger brother Robert sits on the board.
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Apple Reportedly Interested in Obama Series if Netflix Fails to Clinch Content Deal With Former President

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Netflix is said to be in advanced negotiations with former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle to produce a series of high-profile shows for the streaming service, with Apple said to be waiting in line if a deal between the two parties falls through.

The New York Times reports that Netflix is offering to pay the Obamas to produce the exclusive content, according to people familiar with the discussions, although it’s unclear how much is on the table given the couple’s lack of experience in the media business.

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However, rather than use the shows to respond to President Trump or conservative critics, Obama is reportedly interested in treating them as a platform for topics that dominated his presidency, such as health care, voting rights, immigration, foreign policy, and climate change.

Another program could feature Mrs. Obama on topics, like nutrition, that she championed in the White House. The former president and first lady could also lend their brand — and their endorsement — to documentaries or fictional programming on Netflix that align with their beliefs and values.

Several people familiar with the Netflix discussions said that executives from Apple and Amazon, which have their own streaming services, have also expressed interest in talking with Mr. Obama about content deals.

The New York Times notes that Obama retains close ties to Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer. Sarandos is married to Nicole A. Avant, an activist who served as Obama’s ambassador to the Bahamas. Reed Hastings, the chief executive of Netflix, was also close to Obama while he was president and an attendee at state dinners, according to the report.

Apple has been comparatively slow at securing original content for its television offering, but the company now has at least 10 television shows in the early stages of development, including an untitled morning show drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon and an “Amazing Stories” reboot from Steven Spielberg.

Other shows on the tech giant’s books include an untitled space drama from Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore, a series written by “La La Land” creator Damien Chazelle, a Kristen Wiig comedy series, See, an epic world-building drama, Home, a docuseries focusing on incredible homes, and “Little America,” an anthology series from “The Big Sick” creators Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon.

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‘New’ Galaxy S9 facial recognition still fails on security

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Samsung touts the new Intelligent Scan facial recognition system in the Galaxy S9 as better than the easily fooled system used in the S8, but there’s no real-world change for owners of the new device. Samsung’s facial recognition technology remains far less secure than Apple’s Face ID. The Galaxy S8 offered facial recognition and iris […]

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Today in Apple history: iPad fails to impress Bill Gates

February 11, 2010: With iPad excitement reaching a fever pitch, Steve Jobs’ old frenemy Bill Gates wades in with his own opinion of Apple’s tablet. His view? It’s kinda meh. “There’s nothing on the iPad I look at and say, ‘Oh, I wish Microsoft had done it,’” he tells one interviewer. Wading in to the […]

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Apple puts Beats headphones on sale, but fails to match these deals from third-party retailers

Apple is now offering official discounts on BeatsX, Solo3 and Powerbeats3 wireless headphones. While you can save up to $ 60 per model, these deals pale in comparison to the savings you can find at authorized third-party retailers. 9to5Toys has been actively tracking discounts on each model:

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Hulu’s Super Bowl stream fails during final moments of game

Hulu’s live TV subscription service cut off the end of tonight’s Super Bowl in some markets during the climactic final moments of the Eagles/Patriots game. Tom Brady was making a last-ditch push down the field in hopes of tying the 41-33 contest when Hulu customers lost all video and audio from NBC and U.S. Bank Stadium. Not everyone experienced the abrupt cutoff,

But those who did received an error screen before the game’s conclusion. Error messages ranged from “no content available” to one that said the game couldn’t be shown due to rights restrictions.

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HTC tries to show off U11+ selfie camera, fails

Some promos are better left unpublished and HTC should have gotten to this conclusion after seeing this video for the U11+. Even if they paid Danielle a lump of cash and got an entire team to work for weeks or months on setting this up, filming it, and editing it, with heart-fluttering music to go, this video should not have seen the light of day for one main reason: it fails at its purpose.

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Website and App Testing Fails: Don’t Let Black Friday Ruin the Biggest Day of the Year

Here we are again, another post about Black Friday. Why should you read this one? What is different about it? Well, for starters, I promise to be short. I also think you will find at least one useful fact to aid in your checklist of items to make sure your site and app don’t become a Black Friday horror story.

Here are three common Black Friday pitfalls to be aware of:

1. Performance and User Conditions

Even though this might seem like “old news”, you want to confirm that you prepared before the Black Friday rush. Black Friday will obviously bring more users to your website from various channels where the leading ones will most likely be mobile, therefore, you need to make sure your mobile web, desktop web and mobile app will function seamlessly with the influx in visitors.

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User Experience is one of the biggest concerns on Black Friday. How are they going to navigate through your website or app? Are they going to use the camera in app, push notifications, AR, VR, etc.? Will your website or app have trouble loading or crash with the increase in visitors? You need to test in a real environment based lab, to make sure you are ready. Mimicking sensors and camera as well as the entire UX is not simple, therefore you need to have such lab in place as part of your development and testing environment.

2. Context based UX assurance

Apps, especially retail ones are quickly adopting context based methods to better serve their customers. Among the context specific functionalities that we see, you’ll mostly find location based offerings and coupons, popup notifications around deals for that day, as well as AR specific capabilities that might be also related to the location of the customers. If we look into the location aspect, we all know that depending on your location, you might have different products on sale or promoting different items for different demographics, hence, you need your app to run smoother for the UX regardless of location. You want them to be able to seamlessly check out without running into any snags that result in abandonment. Testing against various user conditions that includes locations, network conditions across various devices and OS versions is key to assure such UX.

3. Platform

Making sure the same User Experience is present across the entire digital platforms (learn how here) that includes mobile and desktop web, is important and this becomes a little trickier when traffic volume increases by 2x or maybe 3x on one day. The digital experience across the entire platform is something you want to pay special attention to so you don’t lose any sales in the user process.

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ASUS ZenFone AR review: A decent phone, but Tango still fails to impress

Google has partnered with another manufacturer to produce a phone with Tango on board, for better or for worse. Stepping up to the plate this time is Asus with the ZenFone AR. The first phone ever to support both Tango and Daydream VR comes in a much, much smaller package than last year’s Phab2 Pro from Lenovo, and accomplishes both things in an arguably better manner.

The ZenFone AR comes with a pretty good camera, a nice Super AMOLED screen, Nougat, and the least offensive version of ZenUI to date.

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