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Nintendo Says Directs Are ‘Incredibly Effective’, But They Might Not Be Around Forever – Nintendo Life

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Google vows not to use Fitbit data to target ads – VentureBeat

Google has offered not to use health data of fitness tracker company Fitbit to help it target ads in an attempt to address EU antitrust concerns.

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(Reuters) Alphabets Google has offered not to use health data of fitness tracker company Fitbit to help it target ads in an attempt to address EU antitrust concerns about its proposed $2.1 billion acquisition, the U.S. tech company said late on Monday.
The bid, announced in November last year, would help Google take on market leader Apple and Samsung in the fitness-tracking and smart-watch market, alongside others including Huawei and Xiaomi.
This deal is about devices, not data. We appreciate the opportunity to work with the European Commission on an approach that safeguards consumers expectations that Fitbit device data wont be used for advertising, Google said in an emailed statement to Reuters.
Reuters reported last week that such a data pledge may likely help Google secure EU approval for the deal.
With just 3% of the global wearables market as of the first quarter of 2020, Fitbit is far behind Apples 29.3% share and also trails Xiaomi, Samsung and Huawei, according to data from market research firm International Data Corp.
While the deal has drawn heavy criticism from privacy advocates on both sides of the Atlantic, on concerns that Google may use Fitbits trove of health data to boost its dominance in online advertising and search, privacy issues do not fall under competition rules.
The European Commission is expected to seek feedback from rivals and users before deciding whether to approve the deal, demand more concessions or open a four-month-long investigation if it has serious concerns.
(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Sandra Maler and Leslie Adler)

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Google’s first Pixel Buds feature drop will arrive next month with fix for audio cut out problems – Android Police

The Pixel Buds have only just launched in Canada, the UK, and many more international markets, but the good news don’t stop there: Google promises a

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The Pixel Buds have only just launched in Canada, the UK, and many more international markets, but the good news don’t stop there: Google promises a feature drop update to the true wireless earbuds, according to information the company relayed to Forbes. Along with unspecified new capabilities, the update is supposed to finally fix the notorious audio cut out problems the Buds are plagued with, which Google already promised a month ago.
Even though Google says that the audio cut out problems are “corner cases,” the problem seems to be widespread enough to warrant a software update. Hopefully, we’ll see some substantial improvement. Other than that, not much is known about the update. Google only told Forbes that “our next release will have a combination of new features…and then we’ll also have performance improvements in terms of more stability coming into the product.”
While the company didn’t mention a specific date, it “is aiming for late August,” so it’s possible that the Buds update will be released alongside the fourth Pixel phone feature drop. That would almost be in line with the first three releases, which have hit phones roughly every three months, the last one being released on June 1.

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Neon Abyss joins Xbox Game Pass as a surprise day one addition – TrueAchievements

Neon Abyss is a new roguelike action-platformer that has joined both Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass for PC. The game is available to play and download now in both services.

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Neon Abyss has joined both Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass for PC as a surprise day one addition. The roguelike action-platformer is available to play now in both services. Developed by Veewo Games and published by Team 17, Neon Abyss has you taking on the role of a member of the Grim Squad a special unit that’s been set up by Hades to infiltrate the Abyss and destroy the New Gods. Players will run ‘n’ gun through a dungeon that evolves with each run. New rooms, items bosses and new endings can all be unlocked making each dungeon truly unique, “each run diversifies the experience, and every choice alters the ruleset”, reads the game’s Microsoft Store description. Players will come across numerous random item drops to help them on their journey through the Abyss. These items and their effects can stack, and there is no limit to how many can be applied, making for a huge variety of item and weapon combinations. The game also features pets that add additional firepower and can evolve over time, as well as several different mini-games to jump into.
Neon Abyss is available to play in both Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass for PC. For those that are interested, the game has a separate Windows 10 achievement list: Neon Abyss (Win 10) achievements.
Neon AbyssNeon Abyss is a frantic, roguelike action-platformer where you run n gun your way into the Abyss as part of the Hades formed Grim Squad. Featuring unlimited item synergies and a unique dungeon evolution system ensures each run will present a new challenge. Get ready to unleash hell!
Neon AbyssNeon Abyss is a frantic, roguelike action-platformer where you run n gun your way into the Abyss as part of the Hades formed Grim Squad. Featuring unlimited item synergies and a unique dungeon evolution system ensures each run will present a new challenge. Get ready to unleash hell!

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