Google Will Shut Down Early After a Bug Impacts Over 50 Million

first_img SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit Google is shutting down its Google+ network early after a bug exposed millions of customers’ private information to app developers.On Monday, Google announced the Google+ shutdown in a blog post, and confirmed that approximately 52.5 million people were impacted by a bug in a November software update. Google discovered the bug during its testing procedures and fixed it within a week to prevent further issues.According to Google, the bug enabled app developers to see Google+ profile information, including names, email addresses, and occupations, that were not publicly shared. App developers accidentally had access to this data for six days, but they weren’t able to view national identification numbers, passwords, or financial information. Google said no third party compromised its systems, and that it hasn’t found evidence of developers misusing the information or being aware of the problem.Due to ongoing privacy issues, Google+ said it will shut down Google+ in April 2019 and that it will shutter all Google+ APIs within the next 90 days. With the Google+ shut down, Google plans to give Google+ users additional tips on how to safely transition off the platform.Google has already alerted customers who were impacted by the Google+ bug, and plans to keep an open investigation on the private information issue.More on Geek.com:This Alexa-Enabled Talking Fish Twerks and Responds to Your VoiceWatch: This Toilet-Cleaning Robot Does the Dirty Work for YouIntel Falcon8+ Drones Find New Calling as Bridge Inspectors Stay on targetlast_img read more

Stadia Is Googles New Video Game Streaming Platform

first_img Yes, Google is making a video game thing. After months of speculation (and hopeful montages of social gaming throughout the centuries) Google revealed its new Stadia platform during its GDC keynote. Instead creating any kind of limiting box, Stadia is a streaming service that allows you to play the best-looking versions of modern games on anything with a good enough internet connection and Chrome. The company that made AI smart enough to play high-level StarCraft can probably build data centers to pull this off.On Stadia your gameplay experience seamlessly exists across devices, from phones to PCs to a Chromecast. You could even start playing a game with no loading after clicking a link on a YouTube video. Google is making its own controller, with smart cloud features for detecting what device you’re using, but you can use whatever.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Yes, Project Stream with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was a test for this. And along with Ubisoft, Google is working with partners like Unity, Epic, and iD. GDC attendees can even play Doom: Eternal at 4K 60 FPS at the show with GPUs more powerful than Xbox One X and PS4 Pro combined. Finally, couch co-op that deosn’t destroy framerate. And Google’s brains do more than just increase graphical muscle. Machine learning techniques also generate new kinds of potential art styles and allow for even more massive multiplayer matches.And as a streaming-based platform, Stadia also has YouTube/Twitch-like features blurring the lines between playing and watching video games with streamers and their fans. A video clip could also include a save state allowing others to pick up a game at the most exciting moment. Crowd Play lets you join lobbies for multiplayer games you’re watching. There’s even a YouTube share button on the controller.This is exciting, ambitious, and surely has more news coming soon we can’t wait to hear. We barely even mentioned Google Assistant strategy guides or Jade Raymond’s new first-party Google game dev studio. So look out for more on Google Stadia, launching in 2019, as GDC continues. 50 Attorneys General Launch Bipartisan Probe Into GoogleYouTube Fined $170M For Alleged Child Privacy Law Violation Stay on targetlast_img read more