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Android Experiments With Apps, Gamers Face Drug Tests… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 13-08-2015

Google invites Android Experiments, pro gamers tested for drugs, Russia hates Reddit, Sony unsure about Windows 10, Facebook doesn’t appreciate marauders, and the dangers of social media.


Google Launches Android Experiments

Google has launched Android Experiments, an effort encouraging budding Android developers to experiment with the platform. Android Experiments is seen as a counterpart to Chrome Experiments 10 of the Best Google Chrome Experiments You Need to Try Over 1,000 Chrome experiments have now been posted online, and we're here to look at 10 that stand out from the crowd. Read More , which has been doing the same for Google’s Web browser for a number of years.

Android Experiments is open to all, which means that anyone who has the skills needed to create an app for Android stands a chance of having their work featured on the site. The only prerequisites being every app must be open source, work on Android 4.4 (KitKat) and higher, and “explore how we interact with our devices, in small and big ways.”

There are 20 experiments available to start with, ranging from “camera experiments to innovative Android Wear apps 12 Android Wear Apps to Install Right Away on Your Smartwatch If you've got a brand-new Android smartwatch, here are the must-have Android Wear apps to install right away. Read More to hardware hacks to cutting edge OpenGL demos”. All submissions will be reviewed by the developer team at Google, with the best being added to the ever-expanding gallery.

Pro Gamers Warned Off Drugs

Professional gamers who take part in e-sports competitions will soon be subject to random drug tests. The Electronic Sports League will check gamers for banned substances by testing their saliva “at any time during tournament days”. The usual suspects are all banned, such as cocaine and steroids. However, Adderall is also banned unless it’s being taken for legitimate reasons.

Competitors found to have taken a banned substance will face a raft of possible punishments, which “range from getting prize money / tournament points deducted, to disqualification and up to a two year ban from ESL events.” This is surely another step towards e-sports being accepted as a mainstream form of entertainment E-Sports on ESPN: How the Web Turned Gaming Pro Read More . So, how long until gaming becomes an Olympic sport?


Russia Bans Reddit

According to Business Insider, Russia has blocked access to the whole of Reddit over a single thread explaining how to grow psilocybin mushrooms (AKA magic mushrooms).

The government’s Internet agency, the Roskomnadzor, added Reddit to its list of banned sites at the behest of Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service, which considered the thread as promoting the banned substance.

Sony Delays Windows 10 for VAIO

Sony is warning anyone who owns a VAIO to hold off from upgrading to Windows 10 10 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 Windows 10 is coming on July 29. Is it worth upgrading for free? If you are looking forward to Cortana, state of the art gaming, or better support for hybrid devices - yes, definitely! And... Read More . Sony stopped producing VAIO computers Apple Droid, Edit Look Back, Bing Winter Olympics, Sochi Problems [Tech News Digest] Steve Wozniak talks of Apple/Android mashup, Sony gives up on PCs, Amazon acquires games developer, Facebook adds an 'Edit' to 'Look Back', Bing wins gold for Winter Olympics, and Twitter tracks problems in Sochi. Read More at the beginning of 2014, but it’s still offering support for machines in the wild. Unfortunately, VAIO computers are no longer a priority for the company, which means Windows 10 support is rather lacking.

If you own a Sony VAIO which originally shipped with Windows 8.1 then the Windows 10 drivers will not be ready until October. If yours shipped with Windows 8, then you’ll have to wait until at least November. And Windows 7? You should probably look into buying a new computer, as Sony is merely promising to provide “Information regarding Limitation and Issues” later this month.


Facebook Hated The Marauder’s Map

In May, Aran Khanna, a student developer who was due to spend his summer interning at Facebook, released what he called the Marauder’s Map. Named after a magical object from the Harry Potter books, Khanna’s Marauder’s Map tracked your friends movements Mischief Managed: The Facebook Privacy Nightmare Caused By One Chrome Extension For a short while, a Chrome extension called the Marauder's Map was letting Facebook users track their friends' exact locations. Here's what you need to know. Read More using data from Facebook Messenger.

Suffice to say, Facebook wasn’t happy with this being released as a Chrome extension, so the social network had it pulled while they worked on a fix. However, it has now been revealed that Khanna had his offer of an internship rescinded as a direct result of the Marauder’s Map. The lesson? Don’t cross Lord Voldemort Mark Zuckerberg.

Teenagers Are Dumb, Parents Are Cruel

And finally, if this viral video proves anything, it’s that teenagers can be dumb and parents can be cruel. Sure, there’s a bigger message here too — that social networking sites can be dangerous places for children How Has Being a Parent Changed in the Social Media Age? Being a parent is a lot different than it used to be with the rise of social media. Read More — but then we all already knew that. Didn’t we?

The video sees 21-year-old Coby Persin pretending to be a 15-year-old guy keen to meet up with members of the opposite sex. He lures them into meeting him in a variety of shady places, only for their parents to confront them at the scene and tell them off for being so stupid.


The parents in the final clip actually don masks and grab their daughter when she willingly climbs into a van. Which seems to be taking things just a little too far. Still, it’s racking up millions of views on YouTube, so maybe the ends justify the means. Maybe. [H/T CNET]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Will you be trying out Android Experiments? Do you have any interest in watching gamers game? Should Sony continue supporting older VAIO laptops? What are your thoughts on The Dangers of Social Media?

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  1. Anonymous
    August 13, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    "how long until gaming becomes an Olympic sport?"
    As long as it takes to take boxing or other tradition Olympic sport out, as has been done with wrestling.

    "Facebook Hated The Marauder’s Map"
    Rather hypocritical of FB, isn't it? THEY can track anybody but nobody else can. Or is Zuckerberg PO'ed because he or FB staff did not think of Marauder's Map first? I wonder how long it is before the Map is incorporated into FB tracking?

    "Which seems to be taking things just a little too far."
    Would you want your nubile daughter getting into a strange van with some sketchy 21 year-old pretending to be 15?