Shader Forge is now open-source and free to all developers

Unity plugin Shader Forge has contributed to the stylish looks of games such as The Chinese Room’s Dear Esther and Monomi Park’s Slime Rancher, and until today, it has cost $90. Developer Freya Holmér announced that it is now a free, open-source tool, and released the code on GitHub. Shader Forge is available in the Unity Asset Store. H…Read More

Opera VPN For Android Bites The Dust

If you’ve been relying on Opera’s free VPN for Android you will have to look for an alternative. The Opera VPN for Android app is being shut down today but existing users are being offered some deals on SurfEasy VPN. However, it’s not like there’s any shortage of mobile VPN services available so users can really look at the plethora of options available to decide which one suits their usage criteria best.

It seems that this was the writing on the wall for Opera VPN particularly after the app disappeared from the Google Play Store earlier this year for no apparent reason.

Opera was initially unsure why the app had been removed but later revealed that the app was removed as part of a misunderstanding due to the separation of the Opera VPN app from the Opera account. The Opera VPN app is actually owned by SurfEasy which used to be a part of Opera but isn’t anymore.

SurfEasy was acquired by Opera back in 2015 and it eventually added a VPN to its desktop browser. The Android app was released a few months after that. SurfEasy is now no longer a part of this company and it appears that it’s taking the mobile VPN business with it.

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WhatsApp founder Jan Koum leaves company, cuts ties with Facebook

WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum today announced he was leaving the company. While he’s mum on the exact cause, rumors point to frustration with Facebook over advertising and data privacy. In a Facebook post, Koum said: It’s been almost a decade since Brian and I started WhatsApp, and it’s been an amazing journey with some of the best people. But it is time for me to move on. I’ve been blessed to work with such an incredibly small team and see how a crazy amount of focus can produce an app used by so many people all over the world. A…

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Google Assistant is more accurate than Amazon Alexa: study

Digital marketing agency Stone Temple has released a study detailing the accuracy of the four big personal assistants: Google Assistant (via Phone and Home), Amazon Alexa, Microsoft Cortana (via Invoke), and Apple’s Siri. The team tested the services with 4,942 queries, monitoring the accuracy of the results to determine which assistant is the most accurate. Spoiler: Google won, but second … Continue reading

Here’s what happened when Trump asked Bill Gates to be his science advisor


In a March meeting with Bill Gates, President Trump reportedly asked the billionaire philanthropist if he wanted the prestigious job of White House science advisor, a role that’s been left unfilled up to this point. 

Apparently, without hesitation, Gates declined the proposition, according to Stat News, which recently sat down with Gates to discuss the rather unsettling possibility of another virulent global flu pandemic. (In 1918-1919, a now common strain of flu killed as many as 50 million people worldwide.)

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WhatsApp Co-Founder Jan Koum to Leave Facebook Over Disagreements on Data Sharing and Encryption

WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum today announced plans to leave the company, which is owned by parent company Facebook. Koum has worked with Facebook and served on the company’s board since Facebook acquired WhatsApp for over $19 billion in February of 2014.

WhatsApp is the largest messaging service in the world with more than 1.5 billion monthly users. It is highly popular in India, Malaysia, Singapore, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, and several countries in Europe.

In a Facebook post, Koum said that it’s “time for [him] to move on” and that he’ll be taking time off to pursue non-technology related interests.

It’s been almost a decade since Brian and I started WhatsApp, and it’s been an amazing journey with some of the best people. But it is time for me to move on. I’ve been blessed to work with such an incredibly small team and see how a crazy amount of focus can produce an app used by so many people all over the world.

I’m leaving at a time when people are using WhatsApp in more ways than I could have imagined. The team is stronger than ever and it’ll continue to do amazing things. I’m taking some time off to do things I enjoy outside of technology, such as collecting rare air-cooled Porsches, working on my cars and playing ultimate frisbee. And I’ll still be cheering WhatsApp on – just from the outside. Thanks to everyone who has made this journey possible.

Koum did not detail his reasons for leaving Facebook, but The Washington Post says he is departing because he has clashed with Facebook executives over the messaging service’s strategy and Facebook’s attempts to use WhatsApp personal data, monetize the service, and weaken its encryption.

In addition to leaving WhatsApp, Koum is also said to be planning to step down from Facebook’s board of directors.

Koum’s disagreement with Facebook is said to have heightened following the Cambridge Analytica scandal where Facebook allowed data from millions of Facebook users to be collected by a third-party app, with that data then used to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Koum did, however, plan to leave Facebook before the Cambridge Analytica scandal came to light, as there have reportedly been tensions between the two companies since Facebook first purchased WhatsApp.

Facebook originally promised not to share WhatsApp data with Facebook, but that changed less than two years after the acquisition, leading to ongoing disagreements over data sharing as Facebook has pushed for more and more crossover between the two companies.

According to The Washington Post, other WhatsApp employees are demoralized by the disagreements between Facebook and WhatsApp and are planning to leave in November when their stock options vest.

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John Cena And Dwayne Johnson Working Together On New Action Movie

Dwayne Johnson recently starred in Rampage and has quickly become a summer blockbuster star over the past couple of years. John Cena has been playing smaller parts in comedies but had a much bigger role in the recent movie Blockers. Both men, at one time, have been the face of WWE, and now, they’ll be working together, outside of the ring.

Johnson has been working on a movie with his production company Seven Bucks Productions for years, based on the Robert Ludlum novel The Janson Directive. The film finally found its lead in John Cena. Johnson took to social media to make the big announcement, which you can see below.

Found my star! Congrats to my good bud John Cena on landing the lead role for our movie, THE JANSON DIRECTIVE. A project that myself, @sevenbucksprod, our production partners and Universal Studios have been developing for years now. Congrats man and I’m excited to go on this journey with you. Thank you for your commitment to the role and remember, as your producer if you screw up, I’m coming to set and droppin’ the People’s Elbow on ya. And you know first hand how devastating my elbow drops can be 😉💪🏾 Congrats my friend and let’s go make a good one. #JansonDirective #JohnCena #SevenBucksProds #CaptivateEnt #WeedRoadPics #MythologyEnt #UNIVERSAL

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Reportedly, Johnson was going to star in the film but due to his busy schedule, he could not make it work (via Variety). He decided to move forward on the project as the producer while they looked for a new lead. Considering he’ll be in numerous movies, including DC Entertainment’s Black Adam, a Jumanji sequel, his HBO series Ballers, and even a Fast and the Furious spin-off, that may be for the better.

While Cena is currently known for his comedic roles in Blockers, Ferdinand, and Trainwreck, the actor had some action roles in the past, primarily through WWE Studios films such as 12 Rounds and The Marine. This was the same studio that gave Johnson his starring-role starts with Walking Tall and The Rundown, shortly after his big screen debut in 2001’s The Mummy Returns.

The Janson Directive follows an ex-Navy Seal, Phil Janson, who was formerly a member of a covert operations group called Consular Operations. Janson has a dark past as he was tortured by the Viet Kong during the Vietnam War. After the war, he works as a successful corporate security consultant, who takes on a job that goes south quickly, and Janson has to go on the run.

Novelist Ludlum is best known for his Jason Bourne series, to which he wrote three books about the character before his passing in 2001. While Ludlum only wrote one book about Janson, there are three more in the series, which are written under the Ludlum brand.

A release date for The Janson Directive has not been set yet,