Saturday, September 26, 2020

Google bans political ads ahead of US elections on November 3rd

 Google is banning advertisers from running ads related to the election after Election Day. In an email to advertisers, the company said the change is due to the “unprecedented” number of votes that will be counted after November 3rd, as reported by Axios.


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While the winner of the US presidential election is often announced on election night, this year the process is expected to take longer as more people are voting by mail due to the pandemic. That window could give the political campaigns of Donald Trump or Joe Biden a chance to run ads prematurely claiming victory and spreading confusion about the results.

To limit misinformation about the outcome of the vote, Facebook recently announced it will block ads from political campaigns that declare an early victory. The company is also banning new political ads the week before the election.

Google said its policy blocks ads that mention the election, its results, or that target people based on election-related search queries, Axios reports. It will apply to ads running across the company’s ad-serving platforms, which include Google Ads and YouTube.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

OnePlus 8T to have 65W charging confirmed

 The upcoming OnePlus 8T will support 65W fast charging via the company’s new Warp Charge 65 standard, OnePlus confirmed today. The company is advertising that you’ll be able to get “a day’s power in 15 minutes” using the new technology, and it specifically says a 15-minute charge will restore 58 percent of the battery’s power, with a full charge of the phone’s 4,500mAh battery taking just 39 minutes.


Photo: GSMArena

Faster charging speeds tend to mean more heat generation, but OnePlus says the 8T features a “new heat dissipation system” to keep it cool while it charges. The phone apparently has 12 temperature sensors to keep an eye on how hot the handset gets. There’s no mention of whether the OnePlus 8T will support wireless charging, however.

65W fast charging is more than twice the speed of what OnePlus has used in its other phones from this year. The OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, and OnePlus Nord all supported its Warp Charge 30T standard. 65W fast charging has previously appeared in Oppo handsets like last year’s Reno Ace or the Find X2 Pro via its SuperVOOC 2.0 standard.

Earlier this week, OnePlus confirmed the upcoming 8T will feature a 120Hz refresh rate display. As for the rest of its specs, Android Central has reported the device will have a quad-camera array on its rear based around a 48-megapixel main sensor alongside ultrawide, macro, and portrait sensors. The phone will reportedly carry a Snapdragon 865 Plus processor paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, too.

The OnePlus 8T is set to be announced on October 14th.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Facebook vows to restrict users if elections end up in a chaos situation

 Facebook says it could aggressively restrict content if the US presidential election sparks violent unrest, according to the Financial Times. Global affairs head Nick Clegg told FT that Facebook was looking at “some break-glass options available to us if there really is an extremely chaotic and, worse still, violent set of circumstances.”

Clegg didn’t discuss what those options were. But he mentioned Facebook’s past use of “pretty exceptional measures to significantly restrict the circulation of content on our platform,” deployed in countries where there is “real civic instability.” An unnamed source said the company had modeled 70 election outcomes and how to respond to them, relying on staff, including “world-class military scenario planners.”

The company’s efforts also extend beyond American politics, including a push to detect and remove hate speech before Myanmar’s elections this fall.

However, Facebook has repeatedly failed to restrict content that promotes violence or misinformation. A recent New York Times report found that QAnon conspiracy theorists flourished on the platform despite attempts at a crackdown. Its focus on Myanmar comes after military officials used Facebook to foment genocidal violence against the country’s Rohingya minority. And it didn’t remove a self-proclaimed militia event that users accurately warned might lead to violence — something CEO Mark Zuckerberg later called an “operational mistake.”

Monday, September 21, 2020

The Google Pixelbook is out-of-stock on the Google Store. Maybe discontinued?

 Since 2017, the Google Pixelbook has maintained a spot on our list of the very best Chromebooks you can buy, with tasteful design and processing headroom that keep it competitive three years later. Yet you can’t buy it from Google anymore — it’s out of stock, and the company is strongly suggesting it’s been discontinued for good.


While Google declined to outright say that the Pixelbook has been discontinued, it seems unlikely that it would de-list every model in the US and UK (as spotted by 9to5Google) or talk about end-of-life plans like how it’ll continue to receive updates, if Google was planning to bring it back.

Besides, last year’s Pixelbook Go has effectively replaced the original in many ways, including a similarly sized screen, albeit with a comparatively cramped 16:9 aspect ratio. We’ll miss the Pixelbook’s 3:2 display, and you should know that the $649 starting price of the Pixelbook Go is just that: a starting price with fairly low specs. If you want processing power, more storage, and a 4K display, it ranges up to $1,399.

Friday, September 18, 2020

TikTok is getting banned by the Trump government on September 20

The US Commerce Department has issued a new order to block people in the US from downloading the popular video-sharing app TikTok as of September 20th, Reuters first reported Friday. The full order was published by the Department of Commerce on Friday morning.


“Any transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with ByteDance Ltd,” the order reads, “shall be prohibited to the extent permitted under applicable law.” It is set to take effect on September 20th. Over the last few weeks, TikTok’s Chinese parent company, ByteDance, has been engaged in talks with US companies like Microsoft and Oracle to create a new company, TikTok Global, that would meet the Trump administration’s concerns over user data security. Earlier this month, President Trump sparked negotiations after calling for US TikTok operations to be shut down unless sold to a US company by September 15th. Microsoft has dropped out of the bidding, leaving Oracle and Walmart as the leading candidates to hold stake in the new TikTok company. Still, the administration has yet to strike a deal that meets all of its requirements.

Officials told Reuters that a Commerce Department rule banning US downloads of TikTok and other Chinese-owned apps like the messaging platform WeChat could be issued as early as Friday. That rule would reportedly go into effect Sunday, September 20th, banning new downloads of both WeChat and TikTok.

“We’ve already committed to unprecedented levels of additional transparency and accountability well beyond what other apps are willing to do, including third-party audits, verification of code security, and US government oversight of US data security,” TikTok said in a statement Friday. “We will continue to challenge the executive order, which was enacted without due process and threatens to deprive American people and small businesses across the US of a significant platform for both a voice and livelihoods.”

Reuters said that the administration’s ban would bar Apple and Google from offering any of these Chinese-owned apps in their app stores for US users. The tech companies would still be allowed to offer TikTok to users outside of the US. US-based companies would not be barred from conducting business with the Chinese-owned apps, like how Walmart and Starbucks allow users to make transactions through WeChat.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told Reuters Friday, “We have taken significant action to combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data, while promoting our national values, democratic rules-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws and regulations.”

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

ViacomCBS rebrands CBS All Access to Paramount Plus in 2021

Disney has Disney Plus, Apple has Apple TV Plus, and now ViacomCBS is about to have Paramount Plus.
Streaming TV marketplace gets another 'plus' platform | Ad Age

ViacomCBS announced that it would be renaming its CBS All Access streaming service to Paramount Plus in early 2021. As part of the rebrand, Paramount Plus will also receive five new original series from different verticals across the company, including Paramount, CBS, MTV, and BET. Some new titles include The Offer, a 10-episode scripted mini-series about the making of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather, a new iteration of MTV’s Behind The Music, and a revival of The Game. In addition to the new series orders announced today, ViacomCBS plans to bring more than 30,000 additional episodes and movies from its various content houses to the streaming service.
Now, the obvious question here is why Paramount Plus? Paramount is a celebrated film studio, but it doesn’t hold the same kind of weight and affinity among consumers at large the way Disney does. Plus, Paramount doesn’t exactly scream “for the younger generation” the way that ViacomCBS executives reportedly want it to. The whole reason for the name change is reportedly because executives thought the CBS label wouldn’t bring in new younger subscribers. They’re probably not wrong!
There are a couple of reasons that I get Paramount Plus. If we look at ViacomCBS’s brands, there are far more consumer-friendly names, like Nickelodeon, Showtime, BET, and even MTV. But Showtime already has a streaming service, and so does BET. Nickelodeon and MTV are beloved, but they also risk alienating a whole swath of potential subscribers who might see Nickelodeon and think “kids programming” or MTV and think “reality TV shows” or “content I don’t want to pay $10 a month for.” If ViacomCBS wants to use one of its staples in the name, Paramount is recognizable, more accessible, and probably the best option. Not to mention that Paramount Plus is the streaming service’s name in parts of Europe already
It would be one thing if the Paramount name was going to drive hordes of people to sign up because Paramount is synonymous with big franchises in 2020. Franchises like Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm are synonymous with Disney (alongside Disney live-action and animated films), so Disney Plus works. How many people are walking around going, “Oh right, the studio I closely associate with Mission ImpossibleTransformersand Sonic the Hedgehog movies.”
Look, branding is difficult (see anything related to Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox launch). I’m not trying to say that coming up with a perfect name is easy. That’s why there are so many Pluses and Maxes in our streaming world. Who knows, maybe people have a much bigger affinity for Paramount overseas, where ViacomCBS wants to expand its service. It does make me appreciate when a Peacock rolls around, though — a streaming service reliant on a ton of different NBCUniversal brands that maybe don’t stand out enough on their own, so a new name associated with the network is used instead.
STILL, CBS All Access becoming Paramount Plus in '21

Monday, September 14, 2020

YouTube brings their TikTok rival. YouTube Shorts

Just like Instagram did with Reels, YouTube is rolling out a new short-form video creator called YouTube Shorts that the company hopes will take some attention away from TikTok.
Reports of YouTube’s short-form video creator tool came out several months ago, but now the company is launching an early beta beginning in India. Similar to TikTok, Shorts will let people make 15-second videos which can be set to music. 
YouTube Announces TikTok Copycat 'YouTube Shorts' for 15-Second Videos

YouTube is going to try to get as many people as possible to use its new Shorts feature, and that includes new “create” icon spots that will appear prominently in the app. The “create” icon rolled out with the Shorts beta on Android, with plans to bring the icon to iOS devices soon. There is currently no estimate for when Shorts may appear in other countries, including the United States, the YouTube spokesperson said.
One factor YouTube’s announcement post tries to highlight for creators is the opportunity YouTube provides. The site has more than 2 billion monthly users, noting “we want to enable the next generation of mobile creators to also grow a community on YouTube with Shorts.”
“We actually have introduced stories on YouTube and we’ve actually seen our creators really engage with the stories,” CEO Susan Wojcicki told NBC News’ Dylan Byers on an episode of his podcast. “That would be an example of really short-form content. So we will definitely continue to innovate in all the different format sizes, including really short-form video.”
Instagram’s team seemed to have similar goals in mind with its TikTok clone, Reels, but the immediate response to the feature hasn’t been super positive. Anecdotally, many of the videos that appear in Reels (from non-partnered influencers and brands) I see are straight re-uploads of other TikTok videos. But, arguably, Instagram was never a video entertainment-first platform; YouTube is. The company is hoping that considering people already come to YouTube for short video entertainment, Shorts will be another way to keep people on the site longer and get both existing and new creators to continue uploading.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Disney+ getting a GroupWatch mode

Disney is currently testing a new feature that will allow Disney Plus subscribers to create tiny private watch parties.
Screenshots of the feature first started to appear on the Disney Plus subreddit yesterday. Seen below, the feature seemingly allows up to six people to join the party. Another screenshot shows a new icon that appears on a film or TV show’s title page, prompting the GroupWatch function.
Film Streaming Disney+ Siapkan Fitur Group Watch yang Bisa Diisi 6 Orang  Sekaligus - Nextren.grid.id

GroupWatch is currently being tested in Canada for some Disney Plus subscribers, but the company is expecting to roll the feature out to other markets this fall. The feature allows people to stream any movie or TV show on Disney Plus as long as all participants are Disney Plus subscribers.
Disney is far from the first to create a private viewing party option for subscribers. Amazon Prime Video rolled out a similar tool to its subscribers earlier this year, allowing for up to 100 people in one viewing session. Amazon’s feature, dubbed Watch Party, also allows anyone in the United States to co-stream thousands of titles, including both licensed series and films alongside originals. Prior to that, Amazon also rolled out Twitch Watch Parties, which allow Twitch streamers to host public viewing parties with their subscribers. The only catch is that everyone watching has to be an Amazon Prime member, and the title has to be available in their specific region.
There’s a variety of third-party web browser extensions that allow people to connect their Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO, and other subscriptions up so they can watch films and TV shows with friends, like Scener. Scener was one of many watch party tools that saw a spike in usage over the last few months as people stuck at home leaned into watch parties to stay close with friends. With streaming on the rise, it’s apparent that more companies want to give subscribers the ability to host their own events, right inside the app.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Motorola Razr gen 2 will be out with some changes

Earlier this year, Motorola relaunched the Razr, modernizing the iconic flip phone brand with a flashy foldable display, Android, and a $1,500 price tag. But it fell short in a number of ways, with a creaky hinge, poor cameras, and lackluster battery life. Now, Motorola is trying to redeem its first foldable with a second-generation Razr, which adds 5G support, better cameras, and more useful software.
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The overall design of the new Razr looks fairly similar to the original foldable. There’s a 6.2-inch, 21.9:9 foldable display on the inside of the phone, while a 2.7-inch OLED “Quick View” display on the outside allows for access to notifications and other basic functionality. Also the same: the high price tag, which, at $1,399, is just $100 less than its predecessor.
Inside, there’s a number of changes. The processor is a faster Snapdragon 765G (which helps add 5G support), the RAM has been increased to 8GB (from 6GB on the original), the internal storage has been doubled to 256GB, and the battery is a larger 2,800mAh (which should hopefully help solve the battery life issues).
The original Razr’s cameras were, to put it simply, bad, with a 5-megapixel selfie camera and a 16-megapixel main camera that was effectively only good for shooting in direct sunlight. The updated model looks to change that on both fronts. The internal camera is a 20-megapixel sensor that shoots quad-pixel 5-megapixel stills (presumably at a better quality than the original), and the rear camera jumps up to a 48-megapixel sensor with a newly added laser autofocus time-of-flight sensor and optical image stabilization. Thanks to the Razr’s external display and foldable nature, you’ll be able to use that more powerful main camera for selfies, too — although we’ll have to see whether Motorola has actually succeeded in improving the performance, especially in low-light situations.
Motorola is also making the new Razr much more accessible. Where the original was a Verizon exclusive in the US, the new model will be sold unlocked as well as through AT&T and T-Mobile. (Verizon is notably missing this time around, likely due to the lack of mmWave support.)
Lastly, Motorola is emphasizing software improvements it’s made on the new Razr, with expanded functionality for the external display (something Motorola already started to offer on the original Razr with a software update earlier this year). The new software works more like regular Android and offers access to a variety of apps, including Google Maps, YouTube, games, and the ability to respond to text messages without having to open the phone.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Xiaomi unveils their new budget flagship

Xiaomi’s Poco sub-brand has announced its latest phone, the Poco X3 NFC. As you might have guessed from the inclusion of “NFC” in the name of the phone itself, this is not a device targeting a typical flagship audience. But like other recent Poco phones, the X3 NFC looks to be a strong proposition from a price-performance standpoint.
POCO X3 NFC with SD 732G, 120Hz screen priced from P10,990 - rev├╝

This is not a subtle phone, even before you get to the giant glossy “POCO” logo on the plastic back. It’s big and chunky at 9.4mm thick and 215g, with a large camera bump — but that’s just what you get when you make a phone with a massive screen, a huge battery, and a bunch of cameras.
The display is a 6.67-inch 1080p panel with a refresh rate of 120Hz. It’s an LCD, which means it’s not quite as contrasty as the OLED screens common in even mid-range devices these days, and the panel choice also means the fingerprint sensor is on the sleep/wake button rather than integrated into the display. It doesn’t look bad, though — it’s sharper than an equivalently sized 1080p OLED, and the 120Hz refresh rate is usually only found on much more expensive phones.
The Poco X3 NFC is the first phone to use Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 732G processor, a speed-bumped version of the 730G found on Google’s Pixel 4A. It supports LTE — no 5G here — and comes with 6GB of RAM. There are options for 64GB or 128GB of storage, and there’s also a microSD card slot.
The camera selection includes a 64-megapixel Sony IMX682 primary sensor, a 13-megapixel ultrawide, and 2-megapixel sensors for macro and depth functionality that are mostly just there to make the phone look like it has four cameras. The selfie camera is 20 megapixels and housed in a hole-punch display cutout.
The battery is 5,160mAh and can be fast-charged over USB-C at 33W. Xiaomi claims more than two days of regular usage, plus the ability to get a full charge in 65 minutes or 62 percent in half an hour. Other hardware features include decent-sounding stereo speakers, reasonably good haptics, and a headphone jack. And NFC, of course.
The Poco X3 NFC is going on sale in Europe today for €199 (~$235) for a model with 64GB of storage, or €249 ($295) for 128GB of storage. That’s the launch pricing for an unspecified period of time, however — the MSRP is €229 ($270) and €269 ($320)

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Twitter explains their "Trending" factor

Twitter will add pinned tweets and short descriptions to some of the trending topics on its service to help people understand why they’ve become popular. In a blog post announcing the news, the company said it would immediately start adding representative pinned tweets to some topics in the iOS and Android apps, and that these would be coming to Twitter on the web soon. Descriptions will roll out in the coming weeks, Twitter said.
Why #MotivationMonday Is Always A Twitter Trend, No Matter What Else Is  Happening

According to Twitter, the new feature is designed in part to help the 500,000+ people who tweeted “why is this trending?” over the course of 2019. Although the trending topics section is designed to give users an overview of what people (and bots) are discussing on the service, in reality it’s often filled with tweets from people confused about why a topic is trending in the first place.
Twitter says the pinned tweets will be decided by a combination of algorithms and human curation, and that trending descriptions will be entirely human curated. Algorithms will be used to try and stop spammy or abusive tweets from being pinned to a trending topic.
The service’s trending section has also come under frequent criticism for helping to spread misinformation. NBC News notes that in the past pro-Saudi Arabia talking points have trended thanks to help from bot accounts. Hashtags related to QAnon conspiracy theories have also appeared in the section (Twitter has since said it will ban these from being highlighted as trending topics). Getting topics to trend on Twitter can help a message spread online, making the section a battleground for malicious actors.
Twitter said the new representative tweets and trending topic descriptions will be available in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Egypt, France, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

OnePlus "Clover" could break the budget phone market

OnePlus is planning to release an entry-level handset codenamed Clover for around $200 later this year, according to a detailed but unconfirmed report from Android Central.
We’ve seen snippets of information about “Clover” floating about the web for a while now, including a purported GeekBench score for the device. But Android Central’s latest report, citing an anonymous “insider source,” includes a full spec-sheet and the suggestion that Clover will launch “imminently” in global markets, including the US.
OnePlus 'Clover' with 6.52-inch HD+ display, Snapdragon 460, 6000mAh  battery rumoured to launch in late 2020

According to Android Central, Clover will have a 6.52-inch 720p (1560 x 720) IPS LCD display, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage (expandable via MicroSD), a Snapdragon 460 SoC, 6000mAh battery with 18W fast charging, a rear fingerprint sensor, 3.5mm headphone jack, and three camera array on the back. This will include a 13-megapixel f/2.2 primary camera supplemented by a pair of two-megapixel f/2.4 cameras. Notably, the Snapdragon 460 SoC is different to the Snapdragon 660 that appeared in GeekBench scores attributed to Clover.
Overall it’s an interesting package, with Android Central noting that the combination of a 720p screen and Snapdragon 460 with a hearty 6000mAh battery should mean two-day battery life for the device. That could be an important selling point in a crowded market.
The price is also notable. OnePlus built its reputation offering high-end specs for less, but has been slowly broadening its range in recent years while trying to retain a reputation for premium devices. Earlier this year it released the mid-range Nord handset, with two models available for €399 and €499 ($475 and $595). A $200 phone would open the company to a much broader market, though, targeting the mass of cheap Android handsets from Chinese companies like Xiaomi. The company did release the OnePlus X back in 2015 for a mere $249, but, relative to the cheaper phones of its day, that was closer in market position to the Nord. If these specs for Clover are legit, it’s a proper low-end device.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Facebook's VR horizon gets in public beta mode

Did you forget that Facebook was building the OASIS? The company has been working on its multiplayer virtual reality social space, Horizon, for a while now, which is comparable in concept if not scope to the fantastical VR world of Ready Player One. This week the company announced it’s expanding access and making Horizon an invite-only public beta.
Facebook is Building the Metaverse, Meet Horizon | by Riccardo Giorato |  The Startup | Medium

As it goes into public beta, Horizon has been kitted out with new games and environments. Facebook is also introducing new tools to combat abuse on the platform, including the option to step away from the VR world into a “Personal Safe Zone” where you can mute, block, and report the people and content around you You can join Horizon’s waitlist here.
The app (service? social network? gamespace?) is, in Facebook’s own words, “an ever-expanding universe of virtual experiences designed and built by the entire community.” That means you can hang out and chat with people in Horizon using custom VR avatars, or play games and activities built with the app’s internal tools. In that respect Horizon is similar to Roblox, which has gained huge popularity by letting users build their own experiences.
First-hand reports from outlets including CNET and Engadget offer some interesting insight into what Horizon is like right now. They describe playing simple games like Balloon Bash (a water balloon “shooter”), taking part in a game show called Interdimensional (built around a series of timed escape rooms and puzzles), and experimenting with a flexible creation mode that lets you build custom environments using 3D shapes and templates.
“In many ways, it reminded me of the white void from The Matrix — a room filled with limitless potential and creativity,” says Engadget’s Devindra Hardawar on Horizon’s creative mode. “Within a few minutes, my guide turned the empty space into a virtual beach, complete with sand, water and a golden sunset horizon. All the while, I spent a few minutes trying to create a palm tree.”
Horizon is interesting in and of itself as a big experiment into the future of online socialization.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Google Duo is coming to Android TV

After announcing Chromecast support for Google Meet, Google has now revealed that the company’s consumer video chat app, Duo, will be coming to Android TV in the form of a native app that lets users start video calls from their TV screen. A beta of Google Duo for Android TV will be released “in the coming weeks.” You can launch both one-on-one and group video calls with the app. “If your TV doesn’t have a camera built-in, you can simply plug in a USB camera,” Google said in its blog post — assuming your TV supports such a thing.
Coming on the big screen: Google Duo to be released for Android TV soon –  Kenyan News

The move continues Google’s push to bring its video communication apps to bigger screens. By adding Chromecast support for Google Meet, the company gave people more flexibility in where they can have their work meetings. The combo of your couch and the TV screen will sometimes be a better fit than using a PC or phone.
Like Meet, Google Duo is already supported on the Nest Hub, Nest Hub Max, and other smart displays that run Google’s software. The expansion of platforms and ways of using Meet can only help Google as it continues to scrap it out with Zoom and Microsoft Teams. And it’ll be a long effort; as the company says at the end of its blog post, “video calls aren’t going anywhere” anytime soon.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Champion makes a hoodie just for Esport gamers

For as long as esports have existed, fans have debated whether the video game-based competitions have counted as a “real” sport. But Champion is here to settle that debate with its new Gamer Collection, which will bring esports players into the sport and activewear fold with specially designed hoodies and sweatpants for gamers.
Champion Creates Patented Hoodie for E-Gamers – WWD

“We wanted to create an unofficial uniform for gamers that modernizes the classic hoodie and recognizes that they are athletes with distinctive needs for their sport,” said David Robertson, Champion’s director of global brand management.
The hoodie will be available in both zip-up and pullover versions, and it has a variety of gamer-focused features that should make it more comfortable for long hours in front of your screen. There’s an oversized hood, meant to be able to encompass both your head and a headset (which, apparently, is an issue that regular sweatshirts encounter?). The sleeves are narrower and have a “unique rib cuff” that’s meant to prevent them from sliding down during gameplay.
The most unique feature for the hoodies is a Velcro patch system on the chest and left shoulder that allows professional players to customize their outfits with sponsor logos or team patches in tournaments. Champion plans to sell Velcro patches with various limited-time designs, too.
Champion is actually making a big deal about the new gamer-focused hoodies: the sweatshirts are apparently such a distinct new design that they resulted in the company’s “first new patent in over 50 years.”
Champion’s initial Gamer Collection will include a $90 zip hoodie, an $80 pullover hoodie, and $50 sweatpants, in both gray and black. They will be sold at Champion.com and the company’s retail stores.

Google bans political ads ahead of US elections on November 3rd

  Google is banning advertisers from running ads related to the election after Election Day. In an email to advertisers, the company said th...