ZTE to fight U.S. export ban, threatens legal action

Just the other day, we passed along the news that the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry Standards (BIS) was reviving a U.S. export ban that prevents Chinese phone manufacturer ZTE from purchasing anything from the U.S. The ban runs to March 2025. Last year, ZTE was fined $1.19 billion by the U.S. for supplying goods and services to Iran and North Korea. The Commerce Department suspended a seven-year export ban against ZTE under the condition that it follow certain restrictions on bonus payments and issue letters of reprimand to those involved. ZTE allegedly lied to the U.S. about its …

YouTube to fight conspiracy videos with an encyclopedia in hand

Two months ago, YouTube hired 10,000 moderators to form what is known as the “Intelligence Desk”. It had one goal in mind – to find and tackle conspiracy and hoax videos before they become popular. However, the peacekeepers failed when they let a video, depicting the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting to be a conspiracy also deeming all the survivors “crisis actors”, become #1 in the Trending video section. This was a huge fail, but YouTube will not give up, as it plans to arm for the ongoing battle between conspiracy and truth with the power of… knowledge.

Susan Wojcicki, …

Google prepares for a knock down drag out fight with Amazon at CES 2018

With the 2018 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show set to open this Monday, Google has been setting up a very complex display for the large number of attendees that will be passing through the Las Vegas Convention Center. With the phrase “Hey Google” written on the side of the city’s monorail cars, and seen on various billboards around town, Google will apparently be heavily promoting Google Assistant at CES this year. A rivalry of sorts has developed between Google’s virtual personal assistant, and Amazon’s Alexa.
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The women of Hollywood have a plan to fight back – and not just in Hollywood


The women of Hollywood are fighting back – and not just for themselves.

Over 300 women in the entertainment industry (film, TV, and theater) have come together to form Time’s Up, a wide-ranging initiative that aims to battle systemic sexual harassment not just in Hollywood, but in blue-collar and service industry jobs as well.

The group, which includes Ashley Judd, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, Kerry Washington, Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon, and Jill Soloway, has issued a statement announcing their intentions: Read more…

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Hollywood power players team up to fight sexual misconduct, led by Anita Hill


A collection of some of the most powerful people in Hollywood have formed a commission to address issues of sexual harassment and gender inequality in the workplace, naming Anita Hill as its lead.

After the past few months saw dozens upon dozens of accusations of sexual misconduct against people in the entertainment industry and beyond, a group of executives from companies and organizations like Disney, Netflix, Paramount, and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences formed the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, Variety reported Friday. Read more…

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Prepare to get your behind kicked: Shadow Fight 3 is out, smooth as ever, less shadowy

When it comes to fighting games for mobile devices, you really don’t have a lot of options. One title that definitely sticks out due to its quality and control scheme has been Shadow Fight 2. It was developed exclusively for mobile, it had super-smooth animations, and controls which didn’t work terribly bad, considering all you have is a touchscreen.

Well, just yesterday, a new game in the series was released — Shadow Fight 3. Is it a better game or more of the same?

It is most certainly a noteworthy upgrade. The game is bigger, better, with entirely new …

Will the most hyped 'Game of Thrones' fight ever finally go down in the season finale?


Sometimes Game of Thrones theories are less theory and more straight up hype. And, in one case, the hype is just too real.

Cleganebowl is a prediction that has stayed with the Game of Thrones fandom since the days of yore, in 2013. Essentially, it’s fueled by the dream of watching the two most feared fighters in all of Westeros, the Hound and the Mountain (who are also brothers), face off in a fight to the death.

At this point, Cleganebowl is like a religion, with its own fervent following, hashtag, and dedicated subreddit. What is lacks in canonical evidence, it certainly makes up for in pure rad-ness factor. Read more…

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Panic detection mode is quietly featured on Android 7.1 to fight malicious apps

A feature that Google added to Android 7.1 hasn’t received much in the way of any press. However, this so-called “panic detection mode” helps users exit out of malicious apps. According to XDA Developers, this feature tracks how many times you press the back button within a certain period of time. Four button presses at .3 seconds a tap or faster will set off the mode, override the app, and send you back to the home screen.

This comes in handy if a malicious app prevents you from leaving it by backing out through its pages. The detection in “panic detection mode” sees that you are trying …

Transformers: Forged to Fight makes its way to Android and iOS

Kabam teased the release of their new game Transformers: Forged to Fight last month and said it will be available for Android and iOS devices this Spring. Earlier today, the new Transformers game was made available in the Google Play and App Store.

As the name suggests, Transformers: Forged to Fight is a fighting game where you can battle other players in real-time. You’ll be able to choose from any of the popular characters in the Transformers universe, including Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee, Waspinator, Rhinox, Grimlock, and Soundwave.

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5 of the greatest Batman games for Android and iOS – fight baddies as The Dark Knight

We know Batman holds a special spot inside the heart of every superhero fan. The Dark Knight is a fascinating character with his penchant for facing terrible tragedy with immense strength. And then you have a roster of absolutely cult rivals like The Joker, Bane, Poison Ivy, and The Riddler – all legendary characters with stories, powers, and agendas all of their own. Oh, and let’s not forget about all the cunning gadgets, vehicles, and weapons employed by Bruce Wayne – many of which you will get to wield yourself in the battle. Batman is a fantastic universe to make a game from, and these …