Google's decision to remove a mobile game that simulates the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong from its store has sparked debate among employees, despite a company policy discouraging political discussions. Workers have been flooding internal message boards with comments criticizing Google's decision and discussing the protests.
Pinterest is rolling out a Home Feed Tuner that will enable consumers to control the content that they see, which is similar to Facebook's Ad Preferences listing, and giving users the option to adjust their recommendations at the Pin-level. Pinterest's Omar Seyal says the service was created to give users "the most relevant and inspirational experience possible."
Sony is aiming to make surround sound more immersive with 360 Reality Audio, which plays audio in a spherical dimension around users, as if they were listening to an artist live. The technology will be offered via Android and iOS apps, as well as the Amazon Echo Studio.
The Rimo mobile base, which is fundraising on Indiegogo, enables devices to swivel and follow users or focus on different areas of a room during video chats. The base is controlled via hand gestures.
Mobile gamers will finally get their own version of League of Legends with the rollout of Wild Rift, the newest Riot Games offering, redesigned with a new map and shorter matches. Preregistration is available now, with the launch set for next year.
Accepting returns of online orders in stores is a good business tactic for retailers, Walmart executive Jonathan Navallo said at a recent conference in Arkansas. He cited statistics saying that 75% of Amazon customers prefer to return items to stores.
Google's new flagship Pixel 4 phone, unveiled today after much speculation and plentiful leaks, comes with motion-sensing radar, a second camera on the back and a high refresh-rate screen, along with a swifter face unlock feature. Also launched at the unveiling event was the redesigned Nest Wifi router, whose color options and form factor are intended to make it part of a home's decor.
Multilingual users can now alternate between Spanish and English when talking to Alexa thanks to a feature that enables the smart assistant to seamlessly switch between the languages. The change also allows users to request Latin playlists on Amazon Music, get news and weather reports, and control other smart home devices, all in Spanish.
Game designer Square Off has launched a Kickstarter effort in support of Neo, a chessboard that personalizes coaching and uses artificial intelligence to learn players' strategies and challenge them accordingly. The company will also be offering SwapBoard, an LED light panel board that allows up to four games -- halma, checkers, chess and 4 in one -- to be played on the same surface, with different gaming messages displayed.
E.l.f Cosmetics' sponsored hashtag challenge on TikTok, #eyeslipsface, has garnered 1.6 billion views in a little over a week and the challenge is still running. The campaign, from Movers+Shakers, includes a 15-second video showcasing an original song and encourages users to share their own content, and the brand's marketing chief Kory Marchisotto says, "TikTok has been a fantastic, innovative partner - they are willing to lean into partners who will lean into them."
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