Nobody Trusts Google, AT&T Misled Customers, Twitch Dress Code [Tech News Digest]
Also, LucasArts classics land on GOG, detailing next-gen GTA 5 exclusives, and the shocking new GoPro ad.
Google Is Less Trusted Than The NSA
Google turned 16 on Saturday Sept 27, 2014.Would you trust a 16-year-old with your privacy. ;-)
— Stephen Abram (@sabram) September 29, 2014
People trust Google less than they trust the National Security Agency (NSA). At least according to the results of a survey which asked how upset respondents would be if certain entities gained access to their personal data. Survata questioned 2,566 Americans aged between 13 and 44, and the results are somewhat surprising.
Google topped the poll, scoring 7.39 on a scale of 1-10, 1 meaning “I wouldn’t care,” 10 meaning “I would be extremely upset.” The NSA came second with 7.06, followed by your boss (6.85), your parents (5.93), and your spouse (4.55). This means people would be more upset to discover Google had read their virtual diary than anyone else, including an arm of the federal government.
While this is rather shocking, it could be explained in a couple of different ways. Perhaps people assume the NSA is spying on them anyway , and have made peace with that possibility. Or perhaps they know the NSA is looking for criminal behavior, whereas Google needn’t be so picky . Whatever the truth, it seems Google has a PR problem.
AT&T Accused Of Misleading Customers
Lesson to mobile companies from FTC’s 1st data throttling case: If u promise unlimited data, ur on hook to deliver: http://t.co/Q29FL8Am2V
— FTC (@FTC) October 28, 2014
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has accused AT&T of misleading its users over unlimited data plans, and it’s willing to go to court to prove its case. The FTC is suing AT&T for throttling customers paying for unlimited data plans , the assertion being that “unlimited means unlimited.” AT&T unsurprisingly no longer offers unlimited data plans.
The FTC claims that 3.5 million AT&T customers have had their data speeds slowed down over heavy usage since 2011. AT&T responded to the complaint by claiming it “manages its network resources to provide the best possible service to all customers,” and insisting it has been “completely transparent with customers since the very beginning.” Uh-huh.
Twitch Clarifies Dress Code For Streamers
Twitch has clarified its dress code by updating its Rules of Conduct. In a section titled ‘Dress… Appropriately’, Twitch states the following:
Nerds are sexy, and you’re all magnificent, beautiful creatures, but let’s try and keep this about the games, shall we?
Wearing no clothing or sexually suggestive clothing – including lingerie, swimsuits, pasties, and undergarments – will most likely get you suspended, as well as any full nude torsos*, which applies to both male and female broadcasters. You may have a great six-pack, but that’s better shared on the beach during a 2-on-2 volleyball game blasting “Playing with the Boys.”
*If it’s unbearably hot where you are, and you happen to have your shirt off (gents) or a bikini top (ladies), then just crop the webcam to your face. If your lighting is hot, get fluorescent bulbs to reduce the heat. Xbox One Kinect doesn’t zoom? Move it closer to you, or turn it off. There is always a workaround.
Sex sells, and the occasional Twitch broadcaster has been able to gain viewers by wearing less layers than appropriate. Twitch itself is playing down the change, telling Polygon, “We wanted to clarify the ages-old question of dress code. It’s not what I would call breaking news since most of it is common sense.” However, we can’t help wondering if this is related to Amazon’s recent acquisition of Twitch .
Classic LucasArts Games Land On GOG
Disney Interactive and Good Old Games (GOG) have teamed up to digitally release classic LucasArts games. The titles available right now on GOG.com are Star Wars: X-Wing, Star Wars: TIE Fighter, Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic, Sam & Max Hit The Road, The Secret Of Monkey Island, and Indiana Jones and The Fate Of Atlantis. All classics, all DRM-free, and all worth buying.
GTA 5 Veterans Tempted With Exclusives
Anyone who buys the new version of Grand Theft Auto V on PS4, Xbox One, or PC having already played the original version of the game released last year will receive masses of exclusive content for their loyalty.
The extras only on offer to returning players include new events, with vehicles offered as rewards, a murder mystery story thread for Michael, new weapons in the form of a rail gun and hatchet, a wildlife photography challenge, and the option to race stock cars. Players will also be able to seamlessly continue their GTA Online progression on the new platforms.
GTA 5 releases on Xbox One and PS4 on Nov. 18, with the PC release penciled in for Jan. 27, 2015.
New GoPro Ad Shows Lioness Kill
And finally, the latest GoPro ad shows a lioness stalking and killing an antelope, all from the perspective of the big cat. This isn’t one for the faint of heart, but it successfully demonstrates the incredible video footage that can be captured using a GoPro .
The video also features conservationist Kevin Richardson, who demonstrates how big his cojones are by calmly interacting with these killing machines. I guess someone had to attach the GoPro to the back of the lion… rather him than me.
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