The Morning After: Google is shutting down Stadia, its game streaming service

Despite rejections by mid-2022, Stadia will expire. The technically impressive game-streaming service that delivered current-gen games across smartphones, PCs, tablets, and even Chromecast is the latest in Google’s long list of service victims. Google said the service “didn’t gain the traction it expected from users.” That is absolutely correct. Google shut down its in-house game development studios early last year, and the company unfortunately didn’t manage to turn things around, even as rumors swirled that Stadia was no longer of this world. It’s a shame because the service worked incredibly well, especially in the early days of cloud gaming.

The good news is that if you’ve invested in the standalone games, Google will honor “all Stadia hardware purchases made through the Google Store, as well as all game and add-on content purchases made through the Stadia Store.” were made are refunded”. This was detailed by Stadia Vice President and General Manager Phil Harrison in a blog here.

If you subscribed to Stadia Pro and created a game catalogue, there are no refunds. You can play your games until January, but it will remind you that when streaming services go down, they can’t leave you with anything. Except maybe a Chromecast.

– Mat Smith

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The handy sub we’ve been waiting for.



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Even more complicated AI generated art.

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Best known for electronic music toys and tools, the Swedish brand has released the noticeably more analogue PO-80 Record Factory. As the name suggests, it can cut and play vinyl records. The orange and white design is cute, as is the simplicity. Simply connect an audio device to the 3.5mm jack and start recording. You’re limited to monophonic sound, and you won’t cut more than a single with a B-side. The Record Factory is available for $149.

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Dorsey asked Musk to join the Twitter board long before he attempted to buy the company.

A tranche of Elon Musk’s private messages has been released as part of his ongoing legal battle with Twitter. The news, revealed in a court filing on Thursday, sheds new light on Musk’s behind-the-scenes negotiations with Twitter’s leadership, talks with former CEO Jack Dorsey, and how Musk’s talks with CEO Parag Agrawal quickly soured. News includes the moment Musk tells Agrawal he wants to take over Twitter and take it private instead of joining the board, and Agrawal confronting Musk about an April 9th tweet the question of whether “Twitter is dying”.

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