360° IT Check #56 - Google Shuts Down Stadia, 10 Years of TypeScript, and More!
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Google Shuts Down Their Gaming Service Stadia, as It Looks for Savings
It’s a sad day for gaming fans. Google decided to shut down Stadia. The service promised the future of cloud gaming, though it never became one. As the CEO wants to make the company “20% more efficient”, something had to go. Stadia was it. It should not come as a surprise, though. The moves came after the company decided to shut down its first-party game development studios.
The Bottom Line
The company’s CEO looked for savings, and he found them. Stadia was heavily underused by many, and it launched without many features. In fact, the platform never got the features the company promised it would have. The platform was a failure, in all meanings of the word. The gamers were not interested, the experts were not interested.
Furthermore, Google is well-known for killing its products. If you want to see the list of products the company killed off, go to https://killedbygoogle.com/.
The New iPhone 14 Keeps Calling Emergency Numbers on Rollercoasters
If you are a lucky owner of the new iPhone 14, then we suggest you avoid rollercoasters. Reportedly, the feature that is meant to call the appropriate emergency number in case of a crash also goes off when you are enjoying (if that’s even possible) a ride on a rollercoaster. In theory, you do have 20 seconds to dismiss the notification, and your phone won’t call anybody. In practice, if you ever tried to pull out a phone on a bumpy ride in an amusement park, then you most likely know a feeling of losing a phone. That is, if you don’t have a gorilla grip.
The Bottom Line
This feature is a potential life-saver. We know for a fact it already came in clutch in case of a car crash in Nebraska, USA. Sadly, it may also result in a false alarm. It’s important to remember that a call like this may result in a fine in many, if not all, countries on Earth. To avoid that, you may either turn on the airplane mode on, or just leave your phone with somebody prior to getting on a ride.
Android Material 3 for Jetpack Compose
Google’s framework for creating user interfaces on Android has been updated, and it finally reached the release candidate status. This status means, that the API will most likely (99%) remain what it is now, and the only changes that we can expect, are bug fixes until the “full” version 1. Any potential new features will only be introduced once after 1.0.0.
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