Helsinki Rocks Mobile Gaming Dev
Move over, Silicon Valley. Helsinki is the new mobile gaming mecca. The Finnish capital has long been a hotbed for mobile gaming, with companies like Rovio (makers of Angry Birds) and Supercell (Clash of Clans). Even Netflix is setting up its first internal gaming studio in Helsinki. Take a deep dive into the Finnish culture, the tech infrastructure, and the endless supply of coffee to learn why Helsinki rocks mobile gaming.
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Twitter and Google Terrorism
In two separate cases, Gonzalez is suing Google, and Taamneh is suing Twitter over alleged terrorist content on their platforms. Tough for these companies to catch a break when managing controversial content. Maybe they should charge a troll's fee to post hate speech.
Twitter Meltdown Sparks Competition Frenzy
Elon Musk's Twitter takeover has sent shockwaves through the social media giant. But where there's chaos, there's opportunity. These rival services are now vying for the spotlight, hoping to swoop in and capture Twitter's disgruntled users. Who will emerge victorious in this digital turf war? Stay tuned, folks.
Boomer Schumer wants to Ban Tiktok
In the latest political move to raise eyebrows, Senator Chuck Schumer has suggested a possible ban on the popular app TikTok. While old guys in government express concerns about user data about security, teens across the country are rolling their eyes. Will bans end TikTok or just another day in the unpredictable world of US politics? Only time will tell.
Bing, Bard, and AI Search
Bing and Bard need help keeping up with Google in the AI search game. From poor data quality to limited language abilities, these search engines may be the Three Stooges of the search world. But who knows, they'll pull a Rocky Balboa and make a comeback.
Pink slips come to YAHOO!
Yahoo's CEO Marissa Mayer is cleaning house again with pink slips. Yahoo has announced plans to cut 20% of its workforce as it tries to trim expenses and turn its fortunes around. In other news, Yahoo Mail users can now choose from over 1,000 new emojis to express their excitement (or disappointment) about the layoffs.
Twitter Thinks We Can't Handle the Heat
Twitter experienced an outage that affected users worldwide, with many receiving notifications that they had exceeded their daily tweet limit, even if they had only posted a few times. Twitter resolved the issue, but many users have migrated to other social media platforms. Maybe Twitter should consider a "time out" instead.
NatWest Gets a Little Cushon in the Bank
NatWest has made moves to acquire a majority stake in Cushon, a UK-based online pension and savings provider. It looks like NatWest is taking a page from the "millennial-friendly banking" handbook by getting hip to the digital age. Let's hope they don't ruin Cushon's cool factor.
Amazon Buy With Prime Merchant Guide
Discover Martin Wescott Smith's practical guide for using Amazon's new Seller Fulfilled Prime (SFP). Amazon isn't an ecommerce cuddle toy yet, but SFP solves "protects the brand" and "retain your customers" worries for many online stores. Martin goes back to the future, explaining how to create a million-dollar e-commerce store today.
Netflix Crackdown Hurts
Netflix's stand against password sharing is losing the streaming leader billions. Yet, despite heavy losses, password sharing is ongoing as users find creative ways around the new guidelines while other subscribers may leave altogether. So perhaps Netflix should focus on streaming good content instead of playing password cop.
Google's Bard AI Chatbot Arrives
After stony silence Google's ChatGPT response is here. Some writers were granted early access to Google's ChatGPT-like AI chatbot called Bard. Find a roundup on our Sign of the Times Flipboard magazine.
New Hogwarts Legacy RPG Video Game
"Hogwarts Legacy" a new role-playing video game wants to bring Harry's magic back. The game is set in the 1890s sidestepping movie and book narratives. After creating a character, players experience an opening adventure, and then they fly off enrolled in Hogwarts as a" fifth year," battling dark wizards, exploring dangerous caves, and casting spells.