Author: Amara Julliet Otti

Blizzard employees: Following a massive lawsuit filed against the firm by California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) last week, further unsettling allegations about Activision Blizzard’s claimed a culture of sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination have surfaced in recent days. Because the details in some stories may be difficult to read, we’ve included a content warning for sexual harassment depictions. The New York Times published a report on Thursday detailing incredibly troubling accounts of Activision Blizzard’s culture. Here’s one from a former customer support representative, Shay Stein: Ms. Stein, who worked as a customer support representative at Activision from…

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According to The Information, the Federal Trade Commission has begun a probe into Amazon’s acquisition of MGM. The study is described as an “in-depth investigation into the deal” by The Information, implying that it will take months to complete. The inquiry also implies that the acquisition will be investigated by a new FTC commission led by Lina Khan, an antitrust lawyer and Amazon critic. According to The Information, the FTC is concerned about “the larger implications of the deal for Amazon’s market power,” and that “the FTC is wary of whether the deal will illegally boost Amazon’s ability to offer…

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SharePlay is the main feature of Apple’s fall releases (which include iOS 15, iPadOS 15, tvOS 15, and macOS Monterey). It’s a new software feature that lets you watch and listen to movies, TV series, music, podcasts, and more while video chatting with friends and family. READ ALSO: WhatsApp reportedly developing iOS to Android transfer option for chat history The Apple TV app for movies and TV shows, the Apple Music app for music, and Apple’s Podcasts app for podcasts are currently the only SharePlay-compatible apps. When iOS 15 launches this autumn, the firm promises greater third-party partners like HBO Max,…

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TIKTOK: The importance of video captioning cannot be overstated. For starters, they can be an important accessibility aid for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Furthermore, captioning can be useful for persons who are in situations where they can’t use the audio and/or don’t have access to headphones. Or, like me, who likes to converse while watching videos and uses captions to keep track of what’s being said. Many TikTok artists were manually adding captions to their TikTok videos before TikTok enabled automatic captions to its app in April of this year, either using the app’s text feature…

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If you’re a TikTok maker, you’re well aware of how rapidly those minutes of video pass. Using transitions between clips is one of the techniques to carry the plot along. While TikTok has a few styles that seem like slideshow presentation transitions, they don’t appear to be particularly popular. Instead, many users prefer to employ manual transitions to make their video flow from one clip to the next. Some of these transitions are straightforward and just involve a few steps, while others require some forethought. All of the transitions, however, serve a purpose: to drive the video ahead and stay…

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This guide is for people who have never uploaded a video on TikTok before. What about the rest of you? Stop snickering and get out of here. Are we the only ones here? So, let’s get started. To begin with, there are more TikTok rookies than you may imagine. However, the service is well worth investigating: TikTok is a fantastically entertaining (and occasionally informative) app. You might want to try your hand at making your own film once you’ve swiped through a bunch of them – some amazing, some very funny, and some you wish you’d never seen. TikTok has…

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According to Reuters, Tesla has agreed to pay $1.5 million to resolve a lawsuit alleging that it used a software update to lower the maximum battery voltage for some of its Model S vehicles. According to the plaintiffs, the software upgrade, which was released in 2019, resulted in slower charging speeds and reduced range for about 1,743 automobiles. Tesla agreed to pay $625 to each of the impacted vehicle owners as part of the settlement. According to the court record, “this amount is many times the prorated value of the temporarily lowered maximum voltage, and thus constitutes an outstanding and…

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On Twitter, Elon Musk has had a busy Friday. Musk has tweeted his support for Epic Games’ fight against Apple over App Store standards, after categorically denying that he has ever spoken to Apple CEO Tim Cook in response to a bizarre report suggesting he demanded to take over as the company’s CEO as part of an acquisition deal. He claims that Apple’s app store payments represent a “de facto global tax on the Internet.” “Epic is the proper word.” Epic is currently fighting Apple in court, claiming that Apple’s App Store rules, which allow Apple to take a 30%…

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Twitter is sponsoring a competition in the hopes of finding biases in its image cropping algorithm, and the best teams will receive cash rewards (via Engadget). Twitter hopes that by allowing teams access to its code and image cropping model, they will be able to identify ways in which the algorithm could be problematic (for example, cropping in a way that stereotypes or erases the image’s content). Those that compete must submit a summary of their findings as well as a dataset that can be run through the algorithm to demonstrate the problem. Twitter will then allocate points based on the…

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In April, Google released Google Meet, a revised version of its video chatting software Hangouts Meet, and made it open to everyone with a Google account. Using the tools Google has placed on the left-hand side of the screen, you may initiate or join a Meet videoconference straight from your Gmail inbox. READ ALSO: You can now use Edge’s password manager to log in to mobile apps But what if you don’t want Meet to be there all the time, or if you don’t want it to be there at all? You can conceal the buttons if you want to. (Note:…

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