Google blocked, removed 2.7 billion bad ads last year
Google says it’s blocked and removed tens of millions of coronavirus-related ads in the past few months for policy violations. Angela Lang/CNET Google blocked and removed 2.7 billion bad ads in 2019 and suspended around 1 million advertiser accounts for policy violations, the company said in a Thursday blog... Read more
Nvidia today apologized for publishing a tweet Tuesday which depicts a graphics card with scantily clad legs. The tweet imitating the “Did it work” meme was sent from Nvidia’s GeForce Twitter account, which has over 1 million followers. The tweet was errantly posted and quickly removed, an Nvidia spokesperson... Read more
These AI generated memes are bizarre and profound
For an entire generation reared in the murky dark corners of the internet, memes are the preferred mode of communication. They help us deal with catastrophic events and manage existential dread; they can even help shape the spread of diseases like the coronavirus. They keep us sane in troubled times. But... Read more
Tesla Posts Another Profit as Musk Slams Virus Restrictions
Tesla on Wednesday reported its third consecutive quarterly profit, defying the projections of analysts who had expected the Covid-19 pandemic to drive the electric carmaker to a loss. The company touted production of the Model Y, its more affordable SUV. Tesla shares jumped almost 9 percent in after-hours trading.... Read more
IGDA executive director: Subscription game services ‘make a lot of sense’ in a pandemic
Apple made waves when it launched its Arcade subscription service in September, releasing exclusive games like Grindstone and Mini Motorways to Apple device users for a monthly fee. They follow Sony, EA, Ubisoft, Microsoft, and others in what International Game Developers Association executive director Renee Gittins believes will be... Read more
Facebook is in heavy use during the coronavirus pandemic but business is down
As people around the world are shut in their homes under lockdown, they’re using Facebook more than ever to share news, message their friends, and find entertaining distractions from the dullness of quarantine life. But that doesn’t mean Facebook, or other social media companies like Twitter and Snap, are... Read more
Google Play has been spreading advanced Android malware for years
Hackers have been using Google Play for years to distribute an unusually advanced backdoor capable of stealing a wide range of sensitive data, researchers said on Tuesday. Researchers from security firm Kaspersky Lab have recovered at least eight Google Play apps that date back to 2018, a Kaspersky Lab... Read more
Pixel 4A and 4A XL: Rumors, specs, prices and more
The Pixel 4 XL. Stephen Shankland/CNET In May of last year, Google launched the Pixel 3A and 3A XL. It was the Pixel phones‘ first foray into a more affordable price bracket — and perhaps Google’s return to the cheaper Nexus days of yore. Priced at hundreds of dollars... Read more
Imgflip’s AI Meme Generator Gives Us the Absurdist Art We All Need
Drake advocating a coup. Distracted Boyfriend casting his gaze toward carbs. Leonardo DiCaprio suggesting it’s time to have a dick. Truly none of these things make sense. Yet as people worldwide are fully in their second month of coronavirus quarantine (or should be), they’re all oddly hilarious notions. Perhaps... Read more
Ubisoft announces Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
Ubisoft revealed Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, the next installment in the history-spanning action-adventure franchise. As the name suggests, it will feature vikings (or just the Norse, depending on how much raiding and pirating the game contains). A full reveal will happen at 8 a.m. Pacific tomorrow, April 30. That should... Read more