Consumer Data Right law passes, “right to delete” amendment possible
Ninja defects from Twitch to Mixer as the exclusive outlet for his streaming
Google experimenting with a subscription service for downloading Android apps
Netgear’s new digital art frame things are great but the image quality sucks
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Consumer Data Right laws passed the Senate yesterday, designed to "allow consumers and small businesses to request that a business that holds data relating to their use of its services transfer that data to a third party". The aim is to make it easier to change banks, telcos, energy providers and so on. Amendments to the CDR that are yet to be passed also include a "right to delete" for consumers. This means you could close your bank account and tell the bank to remove everything they have about you, and they'll have to do it or be fined/punished. I like the sound of that.
Big news in the booming "watch people play videogames industry", as Ninja (aka Tyler Blevins) has defected from Twitch to Mixer. For the uninitiated, Ninja is the king of Fortnite streaming, with millions of people watching his antics on Twitch (you've heard of Twitch, right?). Mixer is a Twitch competitor (or clone, depending on your point of view) owned by Microsoft, that has struggled to gain serious traction despite being integrated into the Xbox One and Windows 10. Now that Microsoft's reeled in a big fish, I guess it hopes thousands of smaller fish decide to use Mixer instead of Twitch.
Android Police (what a weird name for a blog) has stumbled across screenshots from someone testing out Google Play Pass - a subscription service for the Google Play Store. Give Google US$4.99/m and you can access "hundreds of premium apps and games, with no ads or in-app purchases". Google confirmed that the screenshots are real and that they are investigating Play Pass' viability. It could never see a wide-spread release, but considering how few Android users pay for apps, $5/m spread across hundreds of developers is better than $0/m? Would be interesting to know how the funds are divided (time spent in app?).
Netgear has a new range of digital photo frames called Meural, designed to be hung on a wall or placed on a shelf and rotate high-res photos of famous artwork. It's a 27" IPS 1080p screen and a little ARM computer wrapped in nice frame, paired with an easy to use app to control what goes on the screen. It even supports Alexa. The frame looks great, but 27" 1080p? That should really be a 4K display, it's not like there aren't heaps of 27"/28" 4K IPS panels out there. 1080p at 27" looks like crap, it's an insult to the art to be shown at that low pixel density. A good idea wasted.
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