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Google’s Gaming Play; Microsoft Edging Out Bad Sites; Facebook Frenemy


March 18 · Issue #160 · View online
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Google’s Gaming Play; Microsoft Edging Out Bad Sites; Facebook Frenemy

Play anywhere. Google is about to announce its own console-level game streaming service that could up-end the industry, as it may allow anyone to play any game on the platform of their choice. There’s also a chance that this news, expected on Tuesday, could be accompanied by a new piece or two of gaming hardware: think a controller and streaming box (or maybe something more).
Google is about to reveal its plan to take on the $140 billion gaming industry, but experts are skeptical it has a chance
Blocking the bad guys. Microsoft may be moving away from its Edge browser in favor of a Chomiumn-based one like Google’s Chrome, but it’s far from done with its native web browser. The company just launched a pair of browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox that run a tiny Windows Defender to block bad Web sites from opening without oversight. The way it works, though, is interesting. For sites that WD finds are not on your company’s trusted list, it opens them in a safe container inside, you guessed it, the Microsoft Edge browser.
Microsoft releases Windows Defender extensions for Chrome and Firefox
See the Future of AR. I had a lot of fun with Microsoft’s new HoloLens 2 mixed reality headset. See for yourself.
Hands on Microsoft HoloLens 2
No friend of Facebook. Imagine walking away with $19 Billion and still having a bad taste in your mouth. WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton is that guy. He sold the company and stayed on until he couldn’t deal with the Zuckerber/Sandburg clashes anymore. Now he’s in the Delete Facebook camp. Talk about biting the hand that fed him…a lot.
Facebook made him a billionaire, but WhatsApp’s cofounder insists you should delete Facebook – BGR
Heart matters. A while back I wrote about how the new Apple Watch Series 4 can, potentially detect irregular heart rhythms. Now a major new study — sponsored by Apple — backs that up. The study looked at over 400,000 people, and, more importantly, didn’t churn out massive numbers of false-positives. Still, most believe more study is needed (maybe some that Apple doesn’t sponsor), before we all start trusting Apple to monitor our hearts.
Apple Watch may spot heart problem, but more research is needed
P.S. It can handle the heat.
P.S.S. Face it.
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