While a lot of people still aren’t very much concerned with the amount of information we turn over to companies like Google and Facebook, there is still a growing number of users who are becoming more conscious about it. Google wants to be able to honor that segment of the market by bringing improvements to their data retention practices. Those who will be turning their location history for the first time will get the auto-delete option set to 18 months by default.
The auto-delete controls were first introduced last year, giving users the option to automatically delete their Location History, search, voice, and Youtube activity data every 3 months or 18 months. All Google users have their Location History turned off by default but if you turn it on for the first time, your auto-delete settings will be automatically set to 18 months by default. You can change it to 3 months of course, but if you didn’t know you could, you are automatically set to 18 months.
Those who create new Google accounts will have their web and app activity data auto-delete to 18 months as well by default. Previously, if you didn’t have an auto-delete set, all your data is just there in the Google space until you choose to delete it. Current users who have set their auto-delete options will not be affected but will get regular reminders about these controls so you’re always aware of your options.
Google Account controls will now be more easily accessible through Search so you can easily review and adjust your privacy and security settings. It’s also easier to access Incognito mode when you’re on your mobile device. Just long-press your profile picture in Search, Maps, and YouTube to switch. However, it’s available for iOS only for now but will be coming soon to Android as well. Password Checkup will be incorporated into your Security Checkup tool and so they will sunset the Chrome extension in the next few months.
These changes to Google’s data retention practices are part of the implementation of their three important principles: ” keeping your information safe, treating it responsibly, and putting you in control. “ Of course some will still be skeptical about this but at least we’re seeing changes right?
The PS5’s Potential Price Is Being Floated In A New Marketing Survey – Forbes
While neither Sony nor Microsoft have announced the prices for the PS5 or Xbox Series X yet, despite the fact that in any other year with E3, that would have already happened, they may not even know what it is themselves yet.
That is evidenced by the fact that Sony (though probably also Microsoft) is still doing market research about what the price should be. And it may give us some insight into what the price may end up being in the end.
This comes from redditor u/youessbee (sent in by reader JellyBelly) who is a frequent taker of surveys like this for extra cash. The Nielsen survey asks about two “randomly generated” potential prices for the PS5, £349 for the disc-drive one and the digital-only edition at £259.
So, pound to US dollar conversion would be:
£349 = $435
£259 = $323
So yes, that is absurdly cheap, though the survey-taker says that when they see prices in this sort of survey, that usually the final product ends up being 20% more expensive. So that would leave us with
Disc-drive PS5: $522
Digital-only PS5: $387
That sounds more “reasonable” and yet coming in under $400, even for the digital version, does seem rather low, and I would not expect that to happen. Given that this is a marketing survey, they are likely surveying all the possible range of prices just so they can have data like “95% of survey participants say they would be ‘very interested’ in a PS5 at $387” even if that doesn’t end up being financially possible.
I think the thing I am most curious about is the wide gap in prices between the disc-drive PS4 and the digital-only PS4. A gap that almost seems too wide to me to be realistic. While I would expect at least a $50 disparity between the two, the gap here is $135. Again, that seems high, but could the gap be say, $100? If so, that would be kind of a gamechanger.
We don’t know if Microsoft will have a disc-free version of the Series X. If they do, it would likely be secondary, lower-spec console Xbox Lockhart lacking a disc drive to become even cheaper, in addition to its other power sacrifices like no 4K gameplay. But if Sony could manage to get the digital-only PS5 down to $400 or so, that would be a huge deal.
Again, this is all just market research, but it does give at least a glimpse into the window of Sony’s thought process here.
So, what’s the price you would pay for each type of console?
Two top Ubisoft execs leave during sexual harassment probe – CTV News
Two top executives from one of the world’s largest gaming companies have left the firm during an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and abuse.
Last month, French company Ubisoft — whose products include Assassin’s Creed — launched an investigation after allegations of sexual assault and harassment were shared online.
CEO Yves Guillemot wrote in a message to the company’s 18,000 employees late Friday that Maxime Beland, vice-president of editorial in Toronto, had resigned.
“We continue to investigate the allegations made against him,” Guillemot added, without specifying the allegations.
Tommy Francois, vice-president of editorial and creative services based in Paris, was placed on disciplinary leave “pending the outcome of an investigation,” Guillemot said in the message seen by AFP.
Another unnamed employee in the Toronto studio has been dismissed for “engaging in behaviors that do not align with what is expected of Ubisoft employees,” he said.
“Other investigations are ongoing and will be conducted rigorously.”
“We cannot tolerate workplace misconduct and will continue taking disciplinary actions against anyone who engages in harassment, discrimination and other behaviors that infringe on our Code of Fair Conduct.”
Ubisoft is the latest player in the gaming industry to be the target of harassment accusations.
In June, current and former employees used social media recently to denounce predatory behaviour by powerful managers.
Gmail users flooded with spam messages, company says issue fixed – CanIndia News
San Francisco, July 5 (IANS) Gmail users around the world were complaining about spam messages flooding their inbox over the weekend as the Google service was apparently suffering from a widespread problem with its email filters.
Several Gmail users took to Twitter and other social media platforms like reddit to convey they were being bombarded with spam messages.
Google acknowledged the problem to Forbes, saying the spam flaw was actually part of a bigger issue which caused Gmail emails to be delayed, both when sent and received.
The consequence of this was “some messages were delayed enough that they resulted in delivery without all spam checks completing”.
Google said that “during this time, scans to filter malware and the most egregious spam and harmful content remained fully operational”.
The issue was first reported by Android Police.
“Why did the gmail spam filters break?!” posted one user.
“Did gmail’s spam filter and category function just completely shut down for anyone else? Everything’s now going straight to the primary inbox,” commented another.
Google said the issue has now been resolved.
Another user posted: “It is a strangely comforting thing that I can just search for ‘gmail’ and immediately Twitter provides me with evidence that yes, others are getting weirdly hit with spam right now”.
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