This election cycle, nothing is for certain. Will Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court have an impact on competitive Senate races? We look at the impact it may have on the South Carolina race, hearing from Jaime Harrison who is challenging Lindsey Graham in that seat. We also speak to Alex Vogel, CEO/Lobbyist Vogel Group, Matt Klink, Campaign Strategist, Klink Campaigns and Dr. Steven Voss of the University of Kentucky, who all have different things to say on the topic.
President Donald Trump is calling on Attorney General William Barr to launch an investigation of Democrat Joe Biden and his son Hunter, effectively demanding that the Justice Department muddy his political opponent and abandon the department's historic resistance to getting involved in elections
YouTube Vows to Ban Misleading Claims About COVID-19 Vaccines. The video-sharing platform has announced a new effort to crackdown on COVID-19 misinformation, . warning it will ban any clips that contradict expert advice from local health authorities. A COVID-19 vaccine may be imminent, therefore we're ensuring we have the right policies in place to be able to remove [related] misinformation, YouTube, via statement. According to YouTube, it has already removed 200,000 dangerous or misleading videos about coronavirus. Similarly, Facebook has announced plans to ban ads that discourage people from getting vaccinated
Google once reviled Microsoft as a technological bully that ruthlessly abused its dominance of the PC software market to choke off competition, spurring Google to adopt “Don’t Be Evil” as a corporate motto
With an electorate desperate for a silver bullet to end the crisis, the President has used the creation of a COVID vaccine before Election Day as his trump card. With politicians of all stripes using the vaccine as a political weapon we examine what this will mean for a vaccine once one is approved. Dr. Jason Rao, a senior lecturer at Cornell University weighs in.
Microsoft Hires Another Naughty Dog Developer for the Initiative. The gaming giant has added a new member to the team for its Xbox studio with Lauren Garcia. Garcia, who worked as character shading technical director on 'The Last of Us: Part II,'. is joining as senior shader technologies developer. So happy to announce that this week I joined at The Initiative. This is an incredible team working on something truly special, Lauren Garcia, via Twitter . It was so hard to left behind my friends at NaughtyDog. But I need to say thank you to @Xbox @XboxP3 to allow me be part of Xbox family!
David Cage Thinks the Xbox Series S Will Be ‘Confusing’. Microsoft previously announced that in addition to the Xbox Series X, . they will also be releasing another next-gen console, the Xbox Series S. It will be a cheaper and lower-spec version of the Xbox Series X. While some gamers thought this was a great idea, it seems David Cage isn’t a fan. The Quantic Dream CEO is known for directing cinematic games like ‘Heavy Rain, ‘Beyond Two Souls’ and ‘Detroit: Become Human.’ . Cage thinks that “most developers will focus on the lower-end version to avoid doing two different versions”. Many developers prefer consoles to PC because on consoles you only have to deal with one hardware, whereas on PC there are so many configurations, graphic cards, drivers, controllers. , David Cage, to WCCFTech. When a manufacturer offers two consoles with different specs, there is a strong chance that most developers will focus on the lower-end version to avoid doing two different versions, David Cage, to WCCFTech. He also added that he thinks that this will be “confusing” for both developers and players. I think it is confusing for developers, but also for players, and although I can understand the commercial reasons behind this choice I think the situation is questionable, David Cage, to WCCFTech
Apple Unveils 5G-Capable iPhone 12 Models. On Tuesday during their “Hi, Speed” live-streaming event, Apple launched the long-awaited iPhone 12 lineup. Four different models were unveiled: the iPhone 12 Mini, the iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Max. . Apple CEO Tim Cook, who hosted the event, confirmed that all the iPhone 12 models would be 5G-capable. . The next generation is here. Today is the beginning of a new era for iPhone … This is a huge moment for all of us and we’re really excited, Tim Cook, via ABC News. Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg made an appearance at the event and declared that “5G just got real.” . He confirmed that Verizon was officially rolling out its nationwide 5G network. The network is expected to cover over 200 million people in 1,800 towns and cities. He also said that they’re expanding their fast 5G Ultra Wideband service. 66 cities are expected to be covered by the end of 2020.
A prominent European Jewish organization is criticizing a Munich auction house’s decision to sell several of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler’s handwritten speeches, saying it “defies logic, decency and humanity” to put them on the market
Sony 'Scales Back PlayStation Store on Web and Mobile'. The tech giant is said to be updating the PlayStation Store. . This is in order to move older products like the PS3, PS Vita and PSP out of the spotlight. In the coming weeks, Sony is planning to get rid of a number of product categories. . This includes some of the older PlayStation consoles from its platforms, according to the website Planete Vita. The website claims to have seen a message sent by Sony Interactive Entertainment about the planned changes. The report says that the changes are set to come into effect on October 19th on the web, . while they'll be implemented through the mobile app on October 28th
Sweden is banning Chinese tech companies Huawei and ZTE from building new high-speed wireless networks after a senior security official called China one of the country’s biggest threats
Facebook Explicitly Bans All Holocaust Denial Content. Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg has officially decided to ban “any content that denies or distorts the Holocaust.”. In a post to Facebook, Zuckerberg said that although he’s “struggled with the tension” surrounding free speech, his “own thinking has evolved.” . My own thinking has evolved as I've seen data showing an increase in anti-Semitic violence, as have our wider policies on hate speech, Mark Zuckerberg, via Facebook. He now believes that having a zero-tolerance policy for Holocaust denial content is “the right balance.” . Drawing the right lines between what is and isn't acceptable speech isn't straightforward, but with the current state of the world, I believe this is the right balance, Mark Zuckerberg, via Facebook. The new policy is a reversal from Zuckerberg’s previous stance, which he spoke about two years ago. . Although he found them to be “deeply offensive,” Zuckerberg believed that people’s Holocaust denial posts shouldn’t be automatically taken down. . I think there are things that different people get wrong. I don't think that they're intentionally getting it wrong, Mark Zuckerberg, via Facebook
‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’ Is Now Free on Steam. The Sega title was originally released in 1992. . It has been available for purchase on Steam since 2011. A special offer will now allow fans to get the game for free if they act quickly. All gamers have to do is click the "add to account" option when viewing the title on the platform before 1 pm ET on October 19th. It will then be added to their Steam account for free. Several other 'Sonic' games have also been added to Steam at reduced prices
Native American tribes opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline once again have asked a federal judge to stop the flow of oil while the legal battle over the line’s future plays out