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Dubious Innovations of 2015 – still want a Segway?

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As we approach the end of 2015, it is with hindsight and sharpened critical claws that we look back at the most controversial and ultimately disappointing innovations that have been a feature of the year. Rewind your minds back to April the 24th, when the CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, stepped out of the tech giant’s Californian headquarters and announced that the divisive and potentially disruptive Apple Watch was now on sale. That moment saw plenty of debate over whether it was revolutionary or just gimmicky but, as usual for Apple, it proved to be a success. Here however, we look at inventions that, at least in our view, are more miss than hit.

The Segway

Given that when Segways were invented at the tail end of the 20th century it was predicted that we would all be buzzing about on them come the end of the following decade, we can only consider them a failure. Today the Segway’s most useful function seems to be that of a punchline to a passé joke. Envisioned as a way for people to get home after work in urban areas, it was then banned on the streets and then on the pavement in most places, causing its quick demise. Segway? No way. And, oh, what’s that ridiculously buzzing around the corner? Maybe the hoverboard will be more of a success?

Plastic Grocery Bags

Despite oil always having been a much sought after commodity, some supermarkets in the late ‘70s decided it would be a grand idea to utilize a new way of transporting groceries from till to cupboard – the plastic bag. 40 years on, and an ocean full of traumatized dolphins later, we are now in the process of encouraging retailers to opt for paper bags … sigh

Auto-Tune

Thrust upon the world like a knitted Christmas jumper from your aunt Donna, auto-tune was not requested nor desired by any music-loving human being with a set of functional ear drums. But we got it all the same. It aided the flourishing of appearance-oriented ‘artists’ and made it okay for musicians not to have any musical ability. The auto-tune gave birth to a tidal wave of dubious music.

These were our top three, but there’s plenty more where that came from. A few honorable mentions from the past 100 years are: subprime mortgages, spam email, CFCs and Mr. International, Pitbull.

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Facebook intends to eliminate its news tab in the United States and Australia

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Meta is seeking to eliminate the news tab on Facebook in the U.S. and Australia to avoid news media-related restrictions and financial complications. The business announced today that it will discontinue the product in April 2024.

Meta ceased Facebook News in the UK, Germany, and France last year, stating a desire to focus resources on its most valued products and services. The current announcement has a similar tone.

Facebook reported an 80% decrease in the usage of Facebook News in Australia and the U.S. over the past year.

Our investments are being realigned to focus on the products and services that are most valued by people as part of a continuous effort. The corporation must prioritize its time and resources on content that users express interest in, such as short-form videos.

Meta stated that news comprises less than 3% of the stuff that users see on their feed. Users are unlikely to notice this devaluation. Publishers have experienced a decline in referral traffic from Facebook over time.

Facebook News’ discontinuation is a result of regulatory actions and Meta’s decision to stop investing in new projects. Legislation in Australia and Canada requires platforms to compensate online publishers for their material. In August of last year, the business began restricting access to news links for users in Canada.

Meta clarified that today’s announcement will not impact the company’s existing agreements with publishers until they expire. In Australia and the U.S., individuals can share news on their feeds, while publishers can control their sites and add links.

The corporation stressed that it has no intention of investing in new news-related goods.

“To maintain our focus on developing products and services that enhance user interaction, we will refrain from forming new business agreements for conventional news content in these regions and will not introduce any new Facebook offerings tailored for news publishers going forward,” the statement declared.

Meta has reduced its focus on continuously investing efforts in news. Last year, Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri stated that the business would not prioritize news content on Threads, a social network introduced by Instagram.

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EA and Square Enix Encounter Leap Year Issues

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For individuals who may not recall, the Year 2000 Problem, commonly referred to as the Y2K scare, was a thrilling period of chaos experienced in the late 90s. There was widespread concern about a potential catastrophic computing disaster due to discrepancies in dating systems. Today, we had the opportunity to experience some unexpected events as EA and Square Enix faced technical difficulties due to the leap year, causing their games to be temporarily unplayable.

Players of EA’s Sports WRC encountered a problem on the 29th where they couldn’t start the game because of a timezone glitch. The issue was promptly fixed, but users had to adjust their system settings for the next day to play. Meanwhile, Square Enix is facing challenges, with the problem only impacting Nintendo players and not PlayStation users. The Theatrythm Final Bar Line failing to start up ruined the release of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth.

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It seems like these problems have been addressed based on our observations, highlighting how minor details can surprise you unexpectedly. Were there any scheduling conflicts related to the leap year? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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New Heavy Armor Appears to be on the Way with Helldivers 2 Mech Gameplay Leaks

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In Helldivers 2, players will find themselves in need of additional firepower to spread freedom across the galaxy. Arrowhead Game Studios announced that armored mechs will be included in the game for free shortly after its release. Leaked gameplay footage on social media suggests that heavy armor support is on its way.

IGN showcased a few clips, with the first one being shared by Redditor fozzye18, featuring a Helldiver piloting a mech equipped with what appears to be twin-linked autocannons. It’s important to note that in another clip shared by Redditor Klyka, we witness a mech equipped with a gatling gun and rockets, hinting at the possibility of various strategy versions for these machines.

A clip from TikTok ponders the possibility of a different outcome at the famous Malevelon Creek, where the Helldivers community faced a significant defeat against the Socialist Automatons.

Mechs… enjoy
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More mech….enjoy
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Any idea when these much-needed mechs will make their way to the battlefield? What armament configurations would you prefer to see? Feel free to suggest a flamethrower-armed melee assault variant in the comments. segment provided

 

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