The Morning After: No, Google isn’t shutting down Stadia

Google has responded to last week’s rumors that it could be shutting down its Stadia gaming service this year: “Stadia is not shutting down,” the official Stadia Twitter account told a concerned fan in a tweet spotted by became PC gamer. “Rest assured that we are always working to bring more great games to the platform and to Stadia Pro.”

I mentioned in my story about how things have been a little too quiet on the Stadia front as competing game streaming options upped their game. Hopefully Google has some exciting plans that it will unveil sooner rather than later.

— Mat Smith

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But it’s only available on Galaxy S21 phones in Korea for now.

With horror stories of hackers selling personal information, sending your smartphone in for repairs can be stressful. Yes, you could erase your phone, but then you’d have to go through the trouble of restoring it afterwards. Now Samsung has presented a solution with its own repair mode.

According to a Korean announcement spotted by SamMobileyou can turn on the new mode under Battery and device care in Settings. Samsung didn’t explain the technology behind the feature, but when it’s enabled, your personal information, photos, messages, and linked accounts will be hidden. Only the device’s preinstalled apps are visible to the technician.

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The project has no release date yet.

A group of former CD Projekt Red developers are working on a new online action game set in feudal Japan. This week, Dark Passenger co-founders Jakub Ben and Marcin Michalski announced the formation of their studio and called for talent in a series of tweets. Ben and Michalski were part of the art team The witcher 3 and did commissioned work Cyberpunk 2077.

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There is a risk of a “slight change of identity”.


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GFP-GAN (Generative Facial Prior-Generative Adversarial Network), a free tool developed by Tencent researchers, can restore corrupted low-resolution portraits. The technology merges information from two AI models to fill in the missing details of a photo with realistic details in just a few seconds. However, it makes educated guesses about missing content, so you might see a “slight change of identity”. This isn’t grandma. You can .

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These look like official press photos of the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Fold 4.


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Samsung is set to unveil its next foldable phones in just a few days, but these marketing photos leaked by Evan Blass are giving the game a bit away. He’s posted images of the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4 in different colors, suggesting a hardware design that’s not too different from Samsung’s recent foldables. The company’s unpackaged event is scheduled to take place on .

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