Ubisoft: The Cost of Porting to Google Stadia is ‘Not That High’

Ubisoft has claimed porting its games to Stadia won’t break its bank for now during an earnings call, that also posted dwindling sales despite The Division 2 being reportedly one of the best-selling games of 2019 so far.

Head honcho and Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemont told investors that the extra R&D cash required to successfully port an existing game to Google’s cloud gaming service is “not that high.” However, he admitted that those costs might go up in the future.

“The extra cost to port, to make sure the games work well on Stadia is not that high. It’s part now of our pipelines and we have a good relationship with Stadia to make sure it is profitable for us,” he said. “Now we are not speaking about 2.0 types of games that will need more work and this we will see more in the future action.”

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Google Pixel 3a Review

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Google used to rule the mid-range phone world with its affordable Nexus phones. However, since the company switched to its much more expensive, ‘self-made’ Pixel line and $ 1,000+ smartphones have become fashionable, Google seemingly abandoned the budget smartphone market. But that all changed when Google announced the Pixel 3a.

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Man Steals $122 Million from Google and Facebook By Just Asking Them for Money

A man has pleaded guilty to stealing a combined $ 122 million from Google and Facebook between 2013 and 2015.

Evaldas Rimasauskas of Lithuania managed to steal $ 99m from Facebook and $ 23m from Google by way of a simple plan: he sent invoices to the tech giants for items they hadn’t ordered. Astonishingly, both companies paid up.

A story at Boing Boing explains that the invoices were sent alongside a variety of forged paperwork, including contracts and falsely signed letters, to maintain an air of legitimacy. Rimasauskas even mocked up emails that appeared to come from corporate executives to support his demands for payment.

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Google Exposed User Data, Feared Repercussions of Disclosing to Public

Google exposed the private data of hundreds of thousands of users of the Google+ social network, though it didn’t find evidence of misuse. The company opted not to disclose the issue this past spring, in part because of fears doing so would draw regulatory scrutiny.
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Google Exposed User Data, Feared Repercussions of Disclosing to Public

Google exposed the private data of hundreds of thousands of users of the Google+ social network, though it didn’t find evidence of misuse. The company opted not to disclose the issue this past spring, in part because of fears doing so would draw regulatory scrutiny.
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Google Workers Discussed Tweaking Search Function to Counter Travel Ban

Days after the Trump administration instituted a controversial travel ban in January 2017, Google employees discussed how they could tweak the company’s search-related functions to show users how to contribute to pro-immigration organizations and contact lawmakers and government agencies, according to internal company emails.
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Senators express 'outrage' and 'disappointment' at Google top execs for skipping hearing

Senators express 'outrage' and 'disappointment' at Google top execs for skipping hearingFacebook (FB) COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter (TWTR) CEO Jack Dorsey took to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding their companies’ efforts to counter disinformation campaigns by foreign governments seeking to influence U.S. elections. Google (GOOG, GOOGL) leadership, however, was conspicuously absent from the hearing much to the committee’s ire. Instead, the company chose to submit written testimony.



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‘Fortnite’ Avoiding Google Play Store’s 30% Cut on Android Version

“Fortnite” will be available on Android, but not on the Google Play Store. Players will be able to download the installer for the game via the official “Fortnite” website, with which they can then download the game onto their compatible Android device. The confirmation comes from Epic Games just days after speculation rose over whether […]

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Google Readying Censored Search Service for China (Report)

U.S. internet giant Google may be preparing to launch a separate version of its search engine that would comply with China’s strict censorship requirements. Google’s core search engine has not been available in China since 2010, when the company refused to follow Middle Kingdom regulations. According to a report by The Intercept, based on documents […]

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Xbox One Reportedly Getting Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant Support

Microsoft is reportedly looking to add Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant functionality to Xbox One.

Windows Central received a photo showing digital assistant support for Xbox One. And this is on top of the site hearing from sources that Microsoft was bringing Alexa compatibility to the console.

While Xbox One does feature Cortana, Microsoft discontinued Kinect last year. And then earlier this year, the company stopped production on the Kinect adapter for Xbox One S and X. So Alexa and Google Assistant functionality would offer more options for voice controls on Xbox One.

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Kiki van Eijk Talks Google, Hermès, Salone del Mobile and the Lasting Inspiration of Vincent van Gogh

A NEW DUTCH MASTER: Artists are never any one type, as indicated by Kiki van Eijk’s workload.
Her designs will be featured in various capacities at Salone del Mobile, starting with wall hangings in the Google-presented “Softwear” at Rossana Orlandi’s gallery. The installation bows to the public Tuesday.
For Nodus, she has designed a carpet inspired by a Venetian Carnivale that she painted with watercolors. Another project she has been involved with that will be shown in Milan during Salone del Mobile is called “Shadows of Gold” for Doppia Firma. Working with a gold leaf laboratory in Venice, van Eijk aimed to relay the same kind of energy as sunlight streaming through a window, so she made a replica of the window that is in the laboratory, which shows experiments as to how the light shines through and how an object catches the varying light. The surrounding area will be in shadows while the marble objects that will catch the light will be covered in gold leaf.
Van Eijk has also been hard at work designing the booth for the Dutch furniture brand Linteloo, which will include blown-up versions of her watercolors that will be printed on curtains and transferred onto the space.
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What Will Win Best Picture at the Oscars? Here’s What Google, Instagram, Twitter Users Think!

With Oscar weekend almost here, the internet is abuzz with who may take home the golden statues when Jimmy Kimmel hosts Sunday’s 90th Annual Academy Awards.

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The Shape of Water received the most nominations, including a bid in the Best Picture category. Fellow Best Picture nominee Dunkirk scored the second-most nominations at eight, with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri — also up for the top prize — just behind with seven nods. Rounding out the Best Picture category: Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, Get Out, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread and The Post.

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If Google searches offer any indication, search trends on the site show that 23 percent of users think Three Billboards will walk away with the win. Here’s where the rest of the films stand:

The Shape of Water: 21%

Dunkrik: 16%

Call Me By Your Name: 15%

Get Out: 11%

Lady Bird: 6%

Darkest Hour: 4%

The Post: 3%

Phantom Thread: 2%

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Over on Instagram, Get Out has received the most buzz, followed by Call Me By Your Name and Steven Spielberg’s The Post. Call Me By Your Name star Timothée Chalamet has gotten the most traction in the Lead Actor category, while I, Tonya‘s Margot Robbie fronts Lead Actress on the social media platform.

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Twitter users’ thoughts differ, too, with Call Me By Your Name ranking as the most tweeted about Best Picture nominee. The Shape of Water grabs second place, with Lady Bird following Guillermo del Toro‘s fantasy drama. Three Billboards and Phantom Thread round out the fourth and fifth spots, respectively.

RELATED: Oscars 2018 Nominations: Get Out and Lady Bird Score Big

The 2018 Oscars ceremony will be held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4 and will be televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.


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Songs for Screens: Parson James on New Single ‘Only You’; How Google Pixel Honored Late Soulman Charles Bradley

“Songs for Screens” (formerly known as “Synch This”) is a Variety column written by Andrew Hampp, a VP at New York-based music sponsorship and experiential agency MAC Presents and former branding correspondent for Billboard. Each week, the column will highlight noteworthy use of music in advertising and marketing campaigns, as well as new and catalog songs […]

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Google drops neo-Nazi site out of ‘immediate concern of inciting violence’

Google drops neo-Nazi site out of ‘immediate concern of inciting violence’The Google logo is pictured atop an office building in Irvine, California, U.S., August 7, 2017. Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is cancelling the domain for the white supremacist site Daily Stormer due to a “specific, immediate concern about inciting violence,” a spokesperson told Yahoo Finance. The search-engine giant, which hosts website domains through its Google Domains service, made the decision to cut the cord to the hate site after GoDaddy (GDDY) told the Daily Stormer it had 24 hours to move to another domain hosting service.



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