Google has been bigging up its Stadia streaming system for a while now, but today it finally announced when the service will go live on 19th November.It'll kick off at 5pm UK time, and will be available on laptops, TVs, desktops, and 'select tablets and phones'.No words on what the tablets are but Google did promise that it would be widely available and that Pixel phones would be the first ones to get access to the game-streaming platform.The Stadia is available to pre-order now, and for £119 you get a controller, a Chromecast Ultra, and three months of Stadia Pro.
Well, folks, Facebook and its “family of apps” has experienced yet another crash.Problems appear to have started this afternoon, with Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, Oculus, and Messenger all experiencing issues.According to DownDetector, issues first started cropping up on Facebook at around 1pm UK time.“We’re aware that some people are having trouble uploading or sending images, videos and other files on our apps.We’re sorry for the trouble and are working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible,” Facebook tweeted a few hours ago.Oculus, Facebook’s VR property, separately tweeted that it was experiencing “issues around downloading software.”
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The second episode of series 8 of Game of Thrones leaked early, thanks to Amazon Prime in Germany.The episode, which aired in the US at 2am Monday morning UK time, just started automatically playing after the first episode for fans in Germany.No such luck here of course, where we don't even have it on Amazon Prime -- it's Sky Atlantic or Now TV for us.Enterprising pirates immediately snapped up the leak and seeded it to torrenting and streaming sites, so loads of people got the goodies early.Piracy has been a huge issue for Game of Thrones, not least because of the awkward restrictions around who can watch it, where and when.Censorship and unavailability in India and China were one of the key reasons the first episode of season 8 was pirated more times than the official broadcast was watched, according to MUSO.
SpaceX is set to launch its Falcon Heavy later today, in what will be the first commercial flight for the world’s most powerful rocket.As part of the mission, the Elon Musk-led company will attempt to make history by landing all three boosters.You can watch it all live right here.As noted in a SpaceX mission overview, today’s launch from the Kennedy Space Center in the US state of Florida is scheduled for 6:36 pm local time (11:36 pm UK time), but with a generous launch window that will bleed over into tomorrow.Should the launch be scrubbed, SpaceX will try again tomorrow at the same time.The rocket was supposed to go up yesterday, but the launch was cancelled due to high winds.
Mobile app down, website 'may be working slowly or unavailable'"Exciting, revolutionary UK high street bank" Metro Bank is having an exciting, revolutionary lie-down today as its mobile app falls over and its website totters.Problems first surfaced at around 11am today (UK time) as users of the outfit's mobile banking app began encountering issues.Thank you for your patience.— Metro Bank Help (@MetroBank_Help) March 29, 2019By 12pm the bank's Twitter orifice admitted that the wannabe financial heavyweight (which currently has 1,620,000 accounts on its books, according to its 2018 (PDF) report) was "currently experiencing difficulty with its services".