Epic Games isn’t a company to rest on its laurels, from taking Fortnite to the top of the games industry to recently launching a storefront aiming to displace Steam. However, placing Fortnite ads on Google search pages for new battle royale game Apex Legends may be Epic’s boldest move yet. According to Fortnite Intel, users who search for “Apex Legends” are being presented for an advertisement for Fortnite right at the top of the page. This is an interesting move by Epic Games. The decision shows the company has noticed Apex Legends’ popularity as the new battle royale on the block. There is no rule against using this kind of tactic in Google. In fact, it is almost encouraged, as Google offers targeted advertising as a way of attracting any desired audience. This has made the practice of attracting a rival’s audience one that has gone on for many years. In 2015, Samsung famously used the tactic against competitor Apple. The ad asked users if … [Read more...] about Epic Games is placing Fortnite ads on Apex Legends Google searches
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READY to upgrade to a smart home? This Asda deal on a Google Home Mini may tempt you. The dinky smart speaker is currently available for just £29 – down from £50. The deal comes just one week before Black Friday 2018 kicks off, but this offer is unlikely to be beaten. Usually we only see the Google Home Mini discounted to £34, so this is an impressive saving. It makes it one of the cheapest ways to put a smart speaker in your home. And it's currently cheaper than the rival Amazon Echo Dot, which costs between £40 and £50. Google Home Mini at Asda for £29 – buy now Sadly the popular gadget is now out of stock as Asda's online store – although this could change at any time. But there's still availability in-store, which you can check using the buy link in this article. So what is the Google Home Mini? It's a smart speaker powered by Google's know-it-all Google Assistant. Google Assistant is a virtual helper that you control using your … [Read more...] about Asda slashes price of Google Home Mini smart speaker to just £29 before Black Friday
ANDROID phone owners are being warned over a serious Google News bug that appears to be using up huge amounts of data. Customers say they've received huge bills from their network providers asking for hundreds of pounds to pay for the data. Google News data bug explained – what's happening? A thread on Google's official support forum (spotted by The Verge) has more than a hundred replies about the gaffe. Users noticed unusually large amounts of mobile data being hoovered up – and pointed to the official Google News app as the culprit. "I woke up and Google News used 7.65GB of background data overnight," said one confused user. "I was connected to WiFi but the signal was weak so it's possible it was connecting/disconnecting. Even still...have no idea how Google News would have a way to use that much in such a short time unless there was a problem." One user named James wrote: "I'd like to add my same experience to this list. 1.6GB of my background data on my cell data in … [Read more...] about Huge Google News bug lands Android owners with £300 charges – turn THIS setting off now
VIDEO game character Bowsette has emerged from the New Super Mario Bros. Ultimate. A tweet of a comic which revealed the new character gained more than 15,000 retweets within days. Here's what you need to know... Who is Bowsette? Bowsette is an anthropomorphised genderbend version of the Super Mario villain Bowser. The character is also known as 'Koppa Hime' in Japanese. She is caused by the effects of the Super Crown power up. The character quickly gained a large amount of popularity shortly after the release of a trailer for New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. Does Bowser become Princess Peach? In Nintendo's trailer for New Super Mario Bros. U, a unique power for Toadette was introduced. The Super Crown allows her to transform into Peachette. On September 19 2018, Twitter user @ayyk92 posted a comic which showed Mario and Bowser romantically rjected by Peach. So Bowser undertakes the same transformation as the Toad, turning into a human woman known as Bowsette. Mario and Bowsette … [Read more...] about Who is Bowsette, why are the memes being searched on Pornhub and does Bowser become Princess Peach?
FORGET the dark web, criminals have taken to flogging stolen bank details and other sensitive info via Google. The fraudsters are selling the private data on public chat forums, that can be found through a simple Google search, allowing buyers to set up fake accounts in someone else's name. Some are even giving away this trove of information for free on sites that can be readily accessed without a password. The Cifas report probed a sample of 30,000 victims of identity theft, revealing that almost a third (8,646) were found on the surface web: the portion of the web that's available to the general public and is searchable with standard search engines. And in two-thirds of cases, victims of identity fraud had their details swiped via a data breach or social media. Surprisingly, this private info is cheaper to buy on the surface web than it is on the dark web, even though it lacks the anonymity the latter offers. These data sets are scattered across public forums and contain information … [Read more...] about Forget the dark web – scammers selling your STOLEN bank details are just a Google search away