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Nobody Trusts Google, AT&T Misled Customers, Twitch Dress Code [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 29-10-2014

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

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 Your Interest in Privacy Will Ensure You're Targeted by the NSA Yes, that's right. If you care about privacy, you may be added to a list. Read More , 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 How Much Does Google Really Know About You? Google is no champion of user privacy, but you might be surprised just how much they know. Read More . Whatever the truth, it seems Google has a PR problem.

AT&T Accused Of Misleading Customers

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 Is Your Carrier Slowing Down Your Unlimited Data Connection? How To Avoid Data Throttling If you are on an unlimited plan that's throttled once you exceed certain limits or you have a data cap, as most people do, this article offers advice on how to ease the pain. Read More , 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 Amazon Buys Twitch, Facebook Hates Clickbait, Night Trap Returns, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, Huawei hates Tizen and Windows Phone, PlayStation Home is closing its doors in Asia, Night Trap is back, and a dad destroys his son's game collection, possibly. Read More .

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 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 GTA V On Film: 10 Great Grand Theft Auto 5 Videos We have compiled a list of 10 of the best GTA V videos released so far; all embedded below for your delectation. Read More 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 GTA Online Launches: Here's What You Need To Know Rockstar's latest open world masterpiece set records as fans rushed to a life of crime in Los Santos, but a large portion of the game - the multiplayer - was missing. Until now. Read More 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 Extreme Sports Revealed With Amazing GoPro Videos GoPro cameras are designed to be worn or held while doing adventurous activities. They're tough and waterproof, meaning they can survive along with you (hopefully) whether you're jumping out of a plane, diving in the... Read More .

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.


Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Who do you trust more: Google or the NSA? Should unlimited mean unlimited when it comes to data usage? Will you be buying GTA 5 on the next-gen consoles?

Let us know your thoughts on the tech news of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  2. spywarez
    October 29, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Google needs to be fined by EU for antitrust. Where's Google apps for Windows Phone? Why is Chrome only browser by default on Android and Chromebook?

    • Dave Parrack
      October 29, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      The EU is currently investigating Google over antitrust issues, so I wouldn't be surprised if the shit hit the fan sooner rather than later.