The video-games industry likes to think of itself as progressive but on the evidence of 2019 you’d suspect it was in the throes of a mid-life crisis. After the 24th, 15th and 13th instalments of Resident Evil, Kingdom Hearts and Far Cry; we await Mortal Kombat 11, Tropico 6 and Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled; a HD update of a 20 year-old kart racer from the publisher that parted ways with Destiny, the shooter that defined the generation. After the summer, the console release schedule turns to mist, where the certainty of a Call of Duty update is all that stands between the games industry sticking two PS Move controllers up its nose and crossing the Atlantic in a Nintendo Labo coracle. This lack of visibility around release schedules isn’t the existential funk that it first appears, however. As Google prepares to unveil its vision for gaming’s future, a new technology war is emerging from the shadows; ahead of a year of key announcements including PS5, two new Xbox … [Read more...] about 10 key battles that will define the future of gaming, as PS5, Google and Xbox Project Scarlett draw near
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In a time when privacy is of high priority for internet users of all interests, from hardcore gamers to infinite scrollers of Instagram, they often find comfort in tools like Google Chrome Incognito mode. Their faith may be misplaced. In Chrome Incognito mode’s current iteration, it’s possible for websites to track your usage and even block you from their site. According to KnowTechie, the Silicon Valley search giant is hoping to fix Chrome Incognito mode in an upcoming update. Google Chrome Incognito mode is touted as enabling users to browse the web free from tracking, preventing advertisements based on their personal preferences and circumventing article limits on media sites. However, Incognito mode is currently giving the game away. The problem with Chrome Incognito mode is the FileSystem API. Currently, for Incognito mode to work, Google disables the FileSystem API in order to prevent the saving of application files. Website owners are now checking to see if this API … [Read more...] about Chrome Incognito doesn’t hide you; Google working on a fix
GOOGLE is packed with hidden tricks and games – but there's one secret that the world only just found out about. The Google.com website has a secret text adventure game that's difficult to stumble across, which is probably why it's remained hidden for so long. The game was discovered by a Reddit user called /u/attempt_number_1, who posted his findings online. He wrote: "Found a crazy Easter Egg. Search for text adventure and open up the dev console. It asks if you want to play a game." One user replied: "Holy s**t I think you're the first person to find this." Another said: "It's not listed on Wikipedia so I guess you're one of the first people to find it." The game is a simple text adventure that requires you to type out responses as actions. It's one of the oldest types of games, because they're easy to make and require very little computing heft. The mission, should you choose to accept it, is to track down all of the Google letters. So how do you find it? First load up Google … [Read more...] about Google has a SECRET game nobody knew about – here’s how to find it
GOOGLE has officially unwrapped its latest mobile operating system: Android 9 Pie. If you've dodged the iPhone and opted for an Android phone instead, you'll definitely want to read our round-up of the hot new features the update brings to your phone. What is Android Pie? Google's latest update revealed Android is the software that most phones in the world run on – unless you've got an iPhone, that is. So if you've got a Google, Samsung, LG, HTC, Nokia, Huawei or Sony smartphone, it's almost certainly running on Android. It's built by Google, and gets a major update every year, adding new features and improvements. In 2015, there was Android 6.0 Marshmallow; in 2016, there was Android 7.0 Nougat; in 2017, there was Android 8.0 Oreo; and in 2018, we've got Android Pie. Google held off from unveiling its latest candy-themed update's name at its I/O developers conference in May, waiting until Monday to reveal its title instead. Why Pie? Well, Google has traditionally named its … [Read more...] about Android 9 Pie update – Pixel release date, features, digital wellbeing beta and everything else you need to know about Google’s new mobile OS
THE rise of artificial intelligence assistants has been snowballing as tech firms compete with each other to have the best one- but Google may have just won the race. The tech giants have overhauled Google Assistant and given it the ability to hold a two-way conversation and make phone bookings for you without anyone knowing its a robot. Here's the lowdown on the virtual assistant. What is Google Assistant? Google Assistant is an artificial intelligence app that is found on mobile and smart home devices that can be used to answer questions, search the internet, set alarms, and more. The app is the tech giants version of Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa - just without a funny name. The bot was unveiled in May 2016 and was originally only rolled out on Google Pixel phones but can now be downloaded on to most Android and iPhones running the latest operating system. Users can activate the AI app by saying "okay Google" or "hey Google" and then follow it with a command of what they want the … [Read more...] about What is Google Assistant, can the app make phone calls and how do you change its voice?