Sony PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan says virtual reality won’t be a meaningful part of interactive entertainment in the near future. Ryan indicated to The Washington Post that VR still has a long way to go, although he emphasized that Sony isn’t giving up on the medium. The statement suggests that an update to Sony’s PlayStation VR headset is years away.
“I think we’re more than a few minutes from the future of VR,” Ryan told the Post. “PlayStation believes in VR. Sony believes in VR, and we definitely believe at some point in the future, VR will represent a meaningful component of interactive entertainment. Will it be this year? No. Will it be next year? No. But will it come at some stage? We believe that.” He notes that the upcoming...
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Among the tech platforms, no company, perhaps save Twitter, has had as contentious of a year as Facebook. The social media giant spent the last three months dealing with a notable ad boycott and one of the messiest and most complicated election cycles in US political history. Yet, Facebook’s handling of its many issues around political advertising, moderation, and election interference have had seemingly no effect on its bottom line, as the company just reported an astonishing quarter of revenue and user growth.
The company reported a 22 percent year-over-year increase in revenue to $21.2 billion, as well as a 12 percent increase in profit to $8 billion. Its user growth is also still in the double digits, with 12 percent more people...
The investigation into anti-Semitism by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has found Labour responsible for unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination.In its report, published on Thursday, the human rights watchdog said the party under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership was guilty of three breaches of the Equality Act.The EHRC said Labour had allowed political interference in anti-Semitism complaints (resulting in pressure to treat some cases less harshly and others more harshly); had failed to provide adequate training to those handling anti-Semitism complaints; and had permitted harassment of Jewish members by two agents. There were also 18 “borderline” cases of “local councillors, local election candidates and Constituency Labour Party office holders” whose conduct could not be definitively shown to be the responsibility of the party; and “many more” where there was evidence of anti-Semitic conduct by ordinary members.Here’s how the key players reacted to the findings.Keir Starmer Labour’s new leader said the report’s findings marked a “day of shame” for the party and said he was “truly sorry for all the pain and grief that has been caused”.“We have failed Jewish people, our members, our supporters and the British public,” he said. “And so, on behalf of the Labour Party: I am truly sorry for all the pain and grief that has been caused.” Jeremy CorbynJeremy Corbyn has been suspended from the Labour Party over his response to the EHRC report after he claimed the problem had been “dramatically overstated” by his political opponents.A spokesperson for Labour said: “In light of his comments made today and his failure to retract them subsequently, the Labour Party has suspended Jeremy Corbyn pending investigation”. In a statement about the report, Corbyn had written: “Anyone claiming there is no anti-Semitism in the Labour Party is wrong. “Of course there is, as there is throughout society, and sometimes it is voiced by people who think of themselves as on the left. “Jewish members of our party and the wider community were right to expect us to deal with it, and I regret that it took longer to deliver that change than it should.“One anti-Semite is one too many, but the scale of the problem was also dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents inside and outside the party, as well as by much of the media.”Corbyn added: “That combination hurt Jewish people and must never be repeated.”The former Labour leader has also had the whip removed from the Parliamentary Labour Party.Starmer said he was “disappointed” in Corbyn’s statement in response to the report and he “fully supports” the decision to suspend him from the party.He said: “We cannot say ‘zero tolerance’ and then turn a blind eye.”On the day we should all be moving forward & taking all steps to fight antisemitism, the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn is profoundly wrong. In interests of party unity let’s find a way of undoing & resolving this.— John McDonnell MP (@johnmcdonnellMP) October 29, 2020John McDonnell, who was shadow chancellor under Corbyn’s leadership, called the decision to suspend Corbyn “profoundly wrong”. He wrote on Twitter: “On the day we should all be moving forward & taking all steps to fight antisemitism, the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn is profoundly wrong. In interests of party unity let’s find a way of undoing & resolving this.” McDonnell added: “I urge all party members to stay calm as that is the best way to support Jeremy and each other. Let’s all call upon the leadership to lift this suspension.” Jennie FormbyThe former general secretary of the Labour Party said that under her and Corbyn’s leadership, Labour’s processes for tackling anti-Semitism were transformed but “mistakes were made along the way”.“But the record shows that as a result of the changes we made, Labour’s previously unfit processes were transformed, becoming more rapid, robust and more independent than any other political party,” she said on Twitter.“Under Jeremy Corbyn’s initiative, we brought reforms to conference which were passed by Labour members and affiliates that enabled rapid expulsions.Jewish Labour MovementThe Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) said the report provided Jewish Labour members “with the relief that they have been seeking from the Labour Party, but which it failed, over five years, to offer”.“Since 2015, we have consistently warned the Labour Party about a deepening casual culture of anti-Jewish racism, that saw Jewish Labour members and activists harassed and discriminated against,” the group said in a statement.“Instead of listening to our growing concerns over the scale of the challenge, we were told that this racism was imagined, fabricated for factional advantage or intended to silence debate. Today’s report confirms that our voices were marginalised and our members victimised.”Ephraim MirvisThe chief Rabbi said the report was a “historic nadir for the Labour Party”.“The impact of this report reaches well beyond the issue of anti-Semitism or the Jewish community, by sending a powerful message that the politics of scapegoating and hatred will never succeed,” Mirvis said in a statement. He said he was “encouraged” by Starmer’s commitment to change and his “recognition today that the Labour Party has failed Jewish people, its members, its supporters and the British public”.He added: “Once again, I salute all those who came forward to share their concerns about the way that complaints about anti-Semitism were being handled in the party to which they had dedicated their lives, not least the whistleblowers, whose fortitude has been so profoundly vindicated.” Hope Not HateThe anti-racism campaign group said the EHRC report was “unequivocal and damning”.“Those who led, ran and administered the Labour Party over this period have serious questions to answer, and the entire party from members to MPs and Peers should reflect on this period and ask themselves how this was allowed to happen for so long,” it said.Sadiq KhanLabour’s London mayor said the EHRC report marked “a dark day” for the party.“It’s utterly shameful that, rather than being an ally and defending the Jewish community, the Labour Party not only failed to address anti-Semitism within the party, but oversaw unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination,” he said in a statement posted to Twitter.“I welcome Keir Starmer’s swift and strong response to the EHRC report, as well as the action he’s already taken as leader to root out anti-Semitism.“I will do everything I can to work with the new leadership of the Labour Party to stamp out anti-Semitism and to bring an end to this appalling chapter in Labour’s history.”Luciana BergerThe Jewish former MP who quit Labour over anti-Semitism said the findings were “damning”.“It’s a very emotional day. This comes after an incredible and very, very challenging journey. A very, very, very tumultuous time,” she told the BBC.“I had to take the decision ultimately to leave the Labour Party 18 months ago, a decision I never anticipated I would ever have to make, and at that moment people accused me and others of making it up, of it being a fabrication, and as we’ve seen in the report today, very, very clearly, it wasn’t.”Margaret HodgeThe veteran Labour MP said Corbyn had “shamed” the party and accused him of being “in permanent denial about the extent of the problems that emerged during his leadership”.“Even when the evidence is placed in front of him he fails really to understand the importance and severity of it,” she told a press conference.“It happened on his watch. He shamed the Labour Party. He sat at the centre of a party that enabled anti-Semitism to spread from the fringes to the mainstream.” She added: “He is yesterday’s man. He is absolutely irrelevant.”APPG Against Anti-SemitismLabour MP Catherine McKinnell, the co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) against anti-Semitism, said it was a “shameful day” for the Labour Party. “It is profoundly distressing that an organisation established by a Labour government to uphold the equality laws we fought to bring about, has found that in recent years our party has been responsible for discrimination and harassment of Jewish members,” she said in a statement. Welcoming action from Starmer to implement recommendations made in the EHRC report, McKinnell added: “There is a long road ahead in rebuilding trust, but first we must reflect on the enormity of what has happened and collectively renew our steadfast resolve to ensure it can never ever happen again.” Antisemitism Policy Trust The Antisemitism Policy Trust – a charity “focused on educating and empowering decision makers to effectively combat anti-Semitism” – said the EHRC’s find was “profound and shameful”. “It should send a shockwave through the Labour Party and serve as a wakeup call for change,” the charity said in a statement.“Today, everyone’s thoughts should be with the victims of anti-Jewish racism, MPs bullied from or within their party, Jewish Labour members discriminated against, families that lived in fear, young people deterred from aspirations for public life, Jewish women who repeatedly bore the brunt of online and other abuse and so many Jewish people told they were liars.“The ugly truth has now been laid bare for all to see. Reflection, education and leadership are now required.” Unions Unison is one of 12 unions affiliated with the Labour Party. Its general secretary Dave Prentis said the EHRC report was “incredibly serious and damaging”. “It will now be up to the whole Labour Party – led by Keir Starmer – to learn the vital lessons outlined in this shameful, distressing report, and repair its damaged relationship with the Jewish community,” he said. “Unison has always fought racism in all its forms, including anti-Semitism. The union urged Labour to tackle anti-Semitism in its ranks long before the EHRC investigation.“Unison will continue to work with everyone who wants to banish the scourge of anti-Semitism from the Party once and for all.”Prentis added: “There must never again be any place for discrimination of any kind within Labour.”Dave Ward, general secretary of the Communications Workers’ Union, said the report was a “serious and detailed document everyone in the Party should read and understand” – but criticised the decision to suspend Corbyn.″@Keir_Starmer’s political decision to suspend @jeremycorbyn – a lifelong anti-racist campaigner – flies in the face of the report It’s fundamentally wrong and needs to change,” he tweeted.Corbyn’s suspension was made through the “proper channels”, Labour sources said, which is likely to mean the Governance and Legal Unit if true. One of the criticisms of the party in the ECHR report was that there had been interference from the leader’s office in taking action against members over anti-Semitism.Related...
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They also have released the photo of the original cast outside England’s studio.The last two sequels of the franchise were supposed to end shooting during the summer.The franchise is based on the novel written by author Michael Crichton and filmmaker Steven Spielberg adapted the novel into a film in 1993.Jurassic World franchise generated around $5 billion in 2000, making it the highest-grossing media franchise of all time.The upcoming movie Jurassic World: Dominion is the sixth installment of the Jurassic franchise, directed by Colin Trevorrow, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Emily Carmichael.Fans can see Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Sam Neill, Daniella Pineda, Jeff Goldblum, Justice Smith, BD Wong, and Omar Sy in their previous characters.The shooting of the movie started in February 2020 in Canada and various locations in England.However, the delays have not affected the plot and storyline.
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Motorola’s 5G-equipped Razr is being sold unlocked, which means you can buy it straight from Amazon. (It’s even on sale for $400 off the usual $1,399.99 price.) But if you do order the foldable flip phone from Amazon, you’ll be greeted by an unusual sight when you open the box: someone else will have already unboxed your new phone and folded it for you.
(That deal is also available from Best Buy and B&H, which will presumably not get their grubby mitts all over your new phone before shipping.)
As Amazon’s product listing explains:
RAZR was meant to be shipped in the unfolded position. However, in order to better protect the display we have folded your RAZR – it’s safer, but may not look as elegant as we hoped. We apologize if you see...
One Harry Styles fan got the shock of her life when she found out her idol had been at her home – and she missed the whole thing.Theodora, a young fan of the singer, revealed the unbelievable story on her Instagram page, revealing that while she was out, Harry’s car had broken down outside of her home, and her dad had let him in to use the phone.Admittedly, this does sound like the sort of thing that only happens in TV shows (or, indeed, in a dream), but she actually posted photographic proof of the surprising encounter.Theodora’s Instagram account is private, but the pictures she posted have gone viral among fans of the star on Twitter, including the note that he left her and a snap of Harry feeding her pet fish. Imagine coming home to find out @Harry_Styles' car broke down outside your house and he's been in your room, feeding your fish and leaving you notes.He is truly the king of kindness.We need more people like this in the world. pic.twitter.com/PO1l5f6ZYX— Alex Goldschmidt (@alexandergold) October 28, 2020#HarryStyles hung out at a superfan's house (while she wasn't home) after his car broke down. He drank some tea with her dad and fed her fish. The moral of the story? Anything can happen in 2020. pic.twitter.com/s2DdIEFl9N— etalk (@etalkCTV) October 29, 2020“Theadora, my car broke down on your street and your dad’s friend kindly let me wait at your house with a cup of tea,” he said. “I’m devastated that we missed each other. Looking forward to meeting soon. Treat people with kindness.”Another photo showed that he’d signed her copy of Fine Line – including adorning his face with a face covering – writing: “Sending you all my love, I’m so sorry we missed each other. Until next time, Harry.”The best part of the whole story? The fact the goldfish in question is actually named after Harry Styles.Earlier this week, Harry shared a political message with his Twitter followers, explaining why he was endorsing Joe Biden in the upcoming US election.“If I could vote in America, I’d vote with kindness,” the British singer tweeted, alongside a video of Biden meeting his supporters.READ MORE:
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On Thursday, Nvidia opened up preorders for the GeForce RTX 3070, the least-expensive of the three Ampere-powered graphics cards Nvidia announced during its September event. It’s a very good card. But if you’ve been following the RTX 30 series the last couple of months, you will know it’s also been very difficult to get your hands on one, and it will likely remain difficult well into next year.
I knew I wanted to upgrade my graphics card this year, and I was dead set on buying the RTX 3080, but it literally sold out as soon as preorders went up. (Damn bots.) So I decided I’d be okay with a 3070; It’s not like I have a 4K monitor yet anyway. This morning, I decided to shoot my shot.
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Elon Musk was among the celebrities that Trump administration officials tried to woo for a “Helping the President will Help the Country” taxpayer-funded ad blitz that never got off the ground, according to documents released by the House Oversight Committee.
The $300 million campaign was pitched as a way to “defeat despair and inspire hope” over the coronavirus. “We must film them ASAP — we need content in the can now,” one official wrote in an email to contractors who worked on the ad campaign on September 13th.
Like many of the more than 250 celebrities screened, Musk’s status on the “Celebrity Participant Status Chart,” first reported by Politico, shows as “pending answer.” An additional note by the Tesla and SpaceX CEO’s name reads...
The Nikon D850 is getting into the Black Friday spirit by dropping to its lowest ever price, but only for a limited time.
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In case you missed it, Best Buy launched several new Black Friday deals overnight. There’s a little bit of everything in there, including OLED TV deals, price drops on wireless noise-canceling headphones, laptops, and more. And wouldn’t you know, Amazon is price-matching most of those deals, giving you more options on where you can buy new stuff. You can find the link to Best Buy’s deals here, but we’ll be adding notable deals that Amazon price-matched as well as new ones below for you to check out.
First off, here’s a heads-up to people who are hoping to get the best-ever price on AirPods that include a wireless charging case. At 7PM ET, Walmart will offer them for just $108 — but to only select US states. If you’re reside in Indiana,...
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