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Red Dead Redemption 2: Preload, Release Date, Features, Gameplay Trailers, Online, And What We Know (So Far)
GameSpot The follow-up to Rockstar Games' classic western game Red Dead Redemption is fast approaching. Set 12 years before the events of the original game, Red Dead Redemption 2 will explore an expansive region of the American wilderness, with Dutch Van... ---

Facebook reportedly working on a camera-enabled video streaming device for TVs
Facebook is reportedly developing a set-top box like device for televisions. As per the media outlet Cheddar, the device’s internal codename is “Ripley” and it’s aimed at enabling video calling and access to service like Facebook Watch. It is said to use the same technology as the company’s recently announced Portal device and could employ AI to detect and follow people that are moving about in the frame during a video call. As per the report, Ripley could be announced by 2019 and go up against the likes of Apple, Amazon and Google. The company has declined to comment on the subject.  Facebook will need to come up with more than just Facebook Watch and a handful of apps to entice customers. Additionally, it remains to be seen if people will trust Facebook enough to buy a device that turns their TV into a camera. It is yet to be seen how the Portal video calling devices will perform after the constant privacy slip-ups and data leaks. The Portal and Portal+ are two AI-powered video calling devices that the company claims are made keeping users’ privacy and security in mind and come with tools that give users control over their data. Both the Portal devices come with Alexa integration and while Portal sports a 10-inch display with a 1280 x 800p resolution, the Portal+ features a 15-inch display with 1920 x 1080p resolution. They sport ‘Smart Camera and Smart Sound’ technology for a hands-free experience. The Smart Camera follows actions and automatically pans and zooms to keep the subject in view, while the Smart Sound feature is said to reduce background noise and enhance the voice of the user who is talking.  Facebook says that users can completely disable the camera and microphone on the Portal devices with a single tap, similar to Amazon's Echo devices. They also come with a camera cover for a user’s peace of mind and they will still get to receive incoming calls and notifications, and use voice commands. 

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Shortened URLs Can Let Hackers Spy on You: Study
While URL shortening tools may be useful, the short length makes it simple for hackers to brute force (trial and error) them.

Language used in Facebook posts can predict diagnosis of depression: Research
To build the algorithm, the researchers looked back at 524,292 Facebook updates from the years.

Twitter testing new design for Android app
Micro-blogging website Twitter is testing a new design for an Android app version to make it more user-friendly and easy to navigate

Four giant planets around young star discovered
Scientists have identified a young star with four Jupiter and Saturn-sized planets orbiting it, the first time that so many massive worlds have been detected in such a system. The star, CI Tau, is located about 500 light years away in a highly-productive stellar 'nursery' region of the galaxy, said researchers from the University of Cambridge in the UK.

At Facebook, public funds join push to remove Zuckerberg as chairman
Four major U.S. public funds that hold shares in Facebook Inc on Wednesday proposed removing Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg as chairman following several high-profile scandals and said they hoped to gain backing from larger asset managers.

India semi fab project in jeopardy
Jaiprakash Associates, the lead partner of the Indian government's plan to build two wafer fabs in the subcontinent has announced its withdrawal from the project, stating it's not commercially viable to set up the plant at present.