|These are the Daily Tech Headlines for Thursday, November 7, 2019. I'm Rich Stroffolino|
|The Wall Street Journal reports that, according to sources, Google is considering changes to its political ads policy. The company reportedly conducted internal meetings on the subject, with plans to share further information with employees sometime this week. Google employees speaking to the journal suggested the changes may involve restrictions on what audiences ad buyers can target.||https://t.co/tJcoI0b8NE|
|China issued official government guidelines Tuesday, restricting when children can play online video games. |
People younger than 18 years old may not play online games between 10 PM and 8 AM. AND they may only play online games for up to 90 minutes during the day on weekdays --and three hours on weekend days and holidays.
There are also spending limits of 200 yuan a month ($22) for those 8 to 16 years old and 400 yuan a month for those 16 to 18 years old.
Law enforcement will create a unified identification system to verify identity and age.
China was the world's largest gaming market until his year when the US passed it. China halted approval for new games for nine months in 2018.
|Chinese search giant Baidu announced it earned 12.61 yuan per American depository share in Q3 on revenue of 28.08 billion yuan, roughly $4 billion. Core revenue, largely based on search, was down 3% on the year. Analysts had expected revenue of 27.49 billion yuan on earnings of 7.88 yuan per ADS. Revenue from Baidu's video streaming subsidiert iQiyi rose 7% on the year to 7.4 billion yuan, and crossed over 105.8 million users in September.||https://www.reuters.com/article/us-baidu-results-idUSKBN1XG2YV|
|JP Morgan analyzed Apple's 10-K filing and calculates that 31% of Apple's 2019 revenue came from retail, both in store and on its website. That's up from 29% last year and 28% the year before. JP Morgan points out that greater direct sales generally drive Apple Care sales, which increases Apple's service revenue.||https://www.imore.com/31-apples-revenue-year-came-directly-its-stores-and-its-website|
|Tumblr announced it added Group Chats to its platform. Chats can hold up to 100 members, be created and managed by any user, and are always publically viewable. Chat owners can invite and remove members, as well as delete messages, but any Tumblr user can report a chat for violating Tumblr's hate speech policy or Community Guidelines. Group chats will surface in Tumblr search similar to other content on the platform.||https://staff.tumblr.com/post/188860014715|
|WhatsApp announced that it will roll out a global update for iOS and Android so that individuals can block other individuals, or everyone, from adding them to Groups. |
Unless a user specifically says anyone can add them to a group within their privacy settings, WhatsApp will now send a notification asking if it's ok before they get added.
Previously users in India could select Nobody, Everybody or Contacts (but not specific contacts) to add them to Groups, but the feature was never rolled out globally.
|Microsoft's Hololens 2 went on sale in the United States, Japan, China, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Australia and New Zealand. Previously announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the $3500 augmented reality visor offers a wider field of view than the original hololens, improved eye trackings, new gestures to help reduce false positives, and weights 1.3 pounds,. As part of the launch, Microsoft also introduced Azure Spatial Anchors, which allows for persistent holograms in a given space that are viewable by anyone using a given app within the same space.|
|AMD announced the Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and 3960X processors, build on the Zen 2 architecture, offerings 15% better performance per clock. The 3970X features 32-cores and 64 threads, running at a stock 3.7GHz frequency with turbo speeds up to 4.5GHz. The 3960X offers a mere 24 cores and 48 threads, running at 3.8GHz with a turbo speed up to 4.5GHz. Both processors have 128MB of L3 cache, 88 PCIe 4.0 lanes for I/O, and a 280W TDP. The processors will run on the new TRX40 platform, with support for quad-channel memory. The 3970X costs $1999 and the 3960X $1399, launching November 25th.|
|Ahead of the Google Stadia launch on November 19th, Google published the Google Stadia app on the Google Play Store. The app allows you to confirm your Google account and prompts users for the Google Stadia Founders or Premere edition invite code. Google barred Chromebooks with the Google Play Store from downloading the app. The app is built with Google cross-platform Flutter SDK, indicating the forthcoming iOS Stadia app will be a nearly identical experience.|
|Google announced it open-sourced the software for it's phone-based VR Cardboard. The company stated that while it shipped more than 15 million Cardboard units, its seen usage decline over time. Google says it will continue to contribute new features to the open source project, committing to adding a SDK package for the Unity game engine. Google previously published the technical specification for the Cardboard VR viewer. Back in October, Google discontinued it's Daydream VR platform.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/6/20952495/google-cardboard-open-source-phone-based-vr-daydream|
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