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Stadia Is Dead But At Least We Have More Gaming Investment | Podcast 53

  This week, the TechRaptor Podcast dives into the latest news from Google, which is officially winding down its Google Stadia cloud-gaming service. They also chat about Saudi Arabia’s latest plan to…

October 3, 2022 | 07:05 EDT

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Google Stadia Shutting Down In January

When is Google Stadia shutting down? That's been the question on many gamers' lips for a couple of years now, and it's one Google has deflected time and time again...until now. Google Stadia is…

September 29, 2022 | 01:13 EDT

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New Type Of Google Stadia Demo Could Be Tied To Achievements

If you're a Google Stadia fan, things have been rough recently. There's plenty of rumors over the service shutting down, the Google Stadia Demo Room was removed from the NYC Google Store, and last…

August 12, 2022 | 11:35 EDT

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Google Stadia Head Of Product John Justice Quits Google

Google VP and Stadia product head John Justice has quit the company. Justice was in charge of Google Stadia consumer experience, which makes him the closest analogue Stadia has to Xbox's Phil Spencer…

May 4, 2021 | 09:10 EDT

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FTC Blasts Apple And Google In Tapjoy Advertising Ruling

The Federal Trade Commission has blasted Apple and Google, suggesting the two companies' prohibitive mobile platform charges force developers into predatory revenue streams. This comes in a statement…

January 8, 2021 | 09:15 EST

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Stadia Pro Adds Rise Of The Tomb Raider, Thumper

This week Google announced Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Thumper will be coming to Stadia Pro January 2020. On January 1, 2020, Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration and Thumber will be…

December 30, 2019 | 12:30 EST


Google Stadia Gets Second Timed-Exclusive With Spitlings

After announcing the 22 games for Stadia's beginning catalog, Google just announced that Massive Miniteam's multiplayer arcade game Spitlings will be joining that catalog as a timed-exclusive. …

November 29, 2019 | 11:30 EST

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Google Play Pass Has Launched (in the U.S.)

Today, Google shocked the world by officially announcing their much-awaited Google Play Pass with little in the way of promotion or buzz. The Google Play Pass is a subscription that will give users…

September 23, 2019 | 02:45 EDT

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Climate Change Gaming Partnership Has Devs Teaming Up to Save the Planet

A climate change gaming partnership has been announced by the United Nations. Sony, Microsoft, Google, and a boatload of other gaming publishers and developers will be working together to reduce…

September 23, 2019 | 01:28 EDT

Google Announces Stadia Connect Conference For June 6

Stadia Connect Recap – Games, Pricing, Launch Details

We just saw the first Stadia Connect, where Google shared more crucial information about their groundbreaking streaming service, which will allow players to enjoy games without a gaming PC or console…

June 6, 2019 | 02:15 EDT


Google Tightens Play Store Policies For Loot Boxes And Advertising To Children

Google has announced new guidelines for games and apps aimed at children. Developers that publish apps on the Google Play store will now be required to disclose if children are part of their intended…

May 31, 2019 | 03:45 EDT

Google Play Ratings System Redesigned To Accommodate Recent Reviews

Google Play Ratings System Redesigned To Accommodate Recent Reviews

Google developers have published a new post in the Android Developers Blog, detailing new features that aim to help developers release apps and games to grow their business on Google Play. Among…

May 9, 2019 | 05:51 EDT


Tencent Controls 15% of Gaming Market and Brought In Nearly $20 Billion in 2018

Tencent, the biggest games company in the world, brought in nearly $20 billion of global games revenue last year. This number makes them the number one company in terms of revenue and converts to…

April 18, 2019 | 06:12 EDT

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Google Stadia - Speculation, Requirements, and Needs

This week Google announced their debut to the home video game market. Not with a new entry into the hardware market and Google console but instead announcing Stadia. Stadia is a streaming service…

March 26, 2019 | 12:00 EDT

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Google GDC 2019 – Crowd Play and State Share Coming to Stadia Platform

Today at Google's GDC 2019 conference, the company announced some new features for streamers that allow for greater interactivity with their audience. Called Crowd Play and State Share, streamers…

March 19, 2019 | 02:59 EDT

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Google GDC 2019 – Google Introduces the New Stadia Controller

The Stadia Controller accompanies Google's newest game streaming platform, Stadia. Announced at Google's GDC 2019, this controller is fine-tuned for Stadia and even includes two new buttons. Google…

March 19, 2019 | 02:30 EDT


Google GDC 2019 - Google Announces Stadia

At GDC 2019, Google held its own press conference focused on gaming. In it, they revealed a new platform called Stadia, tapping into humanity's history of building stadiums to play and watch games.…

March 19, 2019 | 02:22 EDT

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Ex Ubisoft and EA Producer Jade Raymond Joins Google

Jade Raymond, the former producer for major gaming publishers such as Ubisoft and Electronic Arts, has joined Google. Raymond announced on twitter yesterday that she will be joining Google as a "VP…

March 14, 2019 | 03:40 EDT

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Beat Saber Announces All Official Tracks Are Removed From ContentID

BeatGamesStudio, the developers of Beat Saber, have announced an agreement to turn off ContentID on Youtube for a few tracks in the game. These few tracks were the only official tracks that had…

February 1, 2019 | 01:06 EST

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Steam VR Spring Sale Has Solid Discounts On VR Games

The Steam VR Spring Sale has some great discounts on VR-only titles. Here's a sampling of what you can grab at a discount: Fallout 4 VR is exactly what it says on the tin - a VR version of Fallout 4…

April 19, 2018 | 09:49 EDT


YouTube is Still Burning A Year Later

Approximately one year ago, I wrote an article regarding the many problems that YouTube was facing at the time.  It was a list that was born out of not only what I had seen happening on the platform…

August 29, 2017 | 12:00 EDT

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Google Fights Global Search Injunction From Canadian Court

After losing a battle over search results in Canadian court, Google has now turned to the American court. In late June, Google was ordered by the Supreme Court of Canada to remove certain search…

July 26, 2017 | 10:03 EDT

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Supreme Court Of Canada Allows Global Search Injunctions

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Canadian courts can apply judgements worldwide in certain situations. Ruling 7-2, the court found that under Canadian law, courts can “grand an injunction…

June 29, 2017 | 12:45 EDT

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Google Fined 2.42B Euros For Shopping Search Practices

Google has been hit with a 2.42B Euro fine for violating EU antitrust rules. The fine is rooted in charges that Google had unfairly given an advantage to its shopping comparison service at the…

June 28, 2017 | 08:30 EDT

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Google Chrome To Expand On HTTPS Warnings

Google Chrome will be expanding on its warnings about whether or not a site uses the HTTPS protocol. Aside from being the first four letters in any web address, HTTP stands for Hypertext Transfer…

April 29, 2017 | 04:54 EDT

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Google Introduces PAX - The Android Networked Cross-License Agreement

Google has announced PAX, the Android Networked Cross-License Agreement for devices in their software ecosystem. PAX - no relation to a certain webcomic convention - is intended to make it easy for…

April 4, 2017 | 10:30 EDT


YouTube Removes Annotations, Focus Lies on Cards

The Google-owned streaming video behemoth YouTube have released a statement announcing the end of the annotations editor feature. This feature allowed creators to add little overlays to their videos…

March 23, 2017 | 10:00 EDT

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Google Tells Copyright Office 99.95% of Takedowns Are Non-Existent

99.95% of the copyright takedown notices received by Google are non-existent, according to Google. In a filing with the U.S. Copyright Office obtained by TorrentFreak, Google noted that there had…

February 27, 2017 | 09:04 EST


Google to Remove Millions of Apps from the Google Play Store

The Google Play Store on Android devices has been a popular spawning ground for so-called "zombie" apps and games. These apps exist on the store and are usually woefully lacking a privacy policy that…

February 12, 2017 | 08:45 EST

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Unknown Issue Allowing Anyone Access to User's Steam Email Preferences

A reddit user has stumbled upon an issue that allows anyone access to a Steam account's email preferences through Google search, which also displays the email. Anyone can then change those email…

January 6, 2017 | 08:48 EST


CyanogenMod Shuts Down Development, New LineageOS Fork Started

Marking the end of an era, CyanogenMod is no more. The popular custom ROM for Android devices has been officially shut down by its parent company, Cyanogen Inc. The announcement came on the 23rd,…

December 28, 2016 | 09:54 EST

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Khronos Group Announces Open Source VR API

The Khronos Group has announced it will be working to form standard API's for VR. They expressed their desire to “define a cross-vendor, royalty-free, open standard for access to modern virtual…

December 7, 2016 | 02:28 EST

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"Gooligan" Android Malware Found, 1M Accounts Breached

Security firm Check Point Software Technologies has found malware that has breached more than One Million Google Accounts. They’ve named this malware campaign “Gooligan”, and claim it is breaching a…

November 30, 2016 | 10:22 EST


Netflix Launches Offline Play For iOS And Android

Netflix has announced that offline play is now available. A widely-demanded feature, Netflix now joins competitors like Amazon Prime Video and Google Play in allowing users to temporarily cut the…

November 30, 2016 | 08:48 EST

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Google Banning Fake News Sites From Using Its Ad Network

Google announced on Monday that its advertising tools will soon be closed off to websites that promote fake news stories. A spokesperson from Google gave Reuters the following statement: Moving…

November 15, 2016 | 09:15 EST


FCC Refutes AT&T Claims In Google Fiber Lawsuit

Google may be scaling back Google Fiber, but not in Louisville. However, AT&T and other incumbent carriers have continued to fight against it, filing a lawsuit in Feburary. Today, the FCC has…

October 31, 2016 | 09:15 EDT

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Merkel Wants Online Platforms to Reveal Algorithms

Speaking at a conference Munich earlier this week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on large Internet platforms to disclose their algorithms to the public. Although she did not specify any…

October 28, 2016 | 05:11 EDT


Sony Expands PS Vue To Android TV

Sony has announced they will be expanding their PS Vue service to Android TV devices. They announced on PlayStation Blog that the Android TV app will be available today, and that Windows and Mac…

October 27, 2016 | 06:07 EDT


FTC May Be Unable to Regulate Google, Comcast Following Court Decision

The Federal Trade Commission(FTC) is warning that a recent ruling by the Ninth Circuit Appeals Court may have removed the agency's ability to regulate companies like Google and Comcast. While the FTC…

October 17, 2016 | 09:45 EDT

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Twitter Stock Plummets Due to Lack of Bidders

Twitter stock plummeted 20% on Thursday, following reports that potential bidders were not interested in buying the company. Twitter has seen a series a dismal quarterly reports in the past year,…

October 7, 2016 | 07:09 EDT

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YouTube Heroes Program Rewards Users Who Flag Videos

YouTube has added the 'YouTube Heroes Program', which allows users to mass flag videos when they reach the third of five total 'Levels.' Users enrolled in the program will gain points towards these…

September 21, 2016 | 12:26 EDT


Adblock Plus Announces Its Own Ad Platform

Eyeo, the ad blocking company Adblock Plus (ABP) has announced that it is launching its own advertisement platform. This is an extension of ABP's acceptable ads program that has been running for…

September 15, 2016 | 08:31 EDT

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YouTube Demonitizes Videos Not Deemed "Advertiser-Friendly"

Terms of Services for a website are a fluid thing. As sites grow and mature, the content of their Terms and Services changes, as does the frequency that they enforce it. Unfortunately, it seems that…

August 31, 2016 | 09:08 EDT


YouTube is Burning, and Google Isn't Lifting a Finger To Stop It

Every new version of media has their ups and downs. From newspapers to television, you can't expect a new media empire to start up without some bumps along the way. However, one might also expect a…

August 1, 2016 | 01:00 EDT

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Pokémon Go Review - Goodbye Phone Battery

The main screen and map that you'll walk around in You could go up to any Pokémon fan and ask them, "Would you want Pokémon in real life?" and the answer would be an emphatic yes. That's exactly…

July 11, 2016 | 09:00 EDT


Report: Companies Implement Systems to Remove Extremist Videos

Reuters reports that Google and Facebook have quietly begun using automated systems to take down extremist videos. The systems are similar to Google's Content ID system to take down copyright…

June 27, 2016 | 10:27 EDT

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Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft Agree to Follow EU Hate Speech Rules

The European Commission announced a new code of conduct which is intended to combat hate speech online. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Microsoft have agreed to abide by the code. The agreement…

May 31, 2016 | 09:54 EDT


Google Prevails Against Oracle In Java API Lawsuit

On Thursday, Oracle was delivered a blow in its years-long litigation against Google’s use of Java in Android. A jury has determined that Google’s use of Java Application Programing Interfaces (API)…

May 28, 2016 | 12:47 EDT