Every day, hundreds of thousands of people all over the world fire up their smartphones and log onto HQ, a live trivia app that has attracted enormous online buzz and been called the “Future of TV” in the past week. The co-founder and CEO of the app, however, threatened in a tirade to fire its star host simply for speaking to press on Monday. HQ Trivia allows users across the globe to tune in and participate in twice-per-day live trivia shows where they have the chance to win real cash. The app was founded by Rus Yusupov and Colin Kroll, who co-created Vine in 2012. Since its launch over the summer it has become a cultural force. Over 170,000 people waited in the game’s lobby to play HQ on Sunday night. At the heart of the app is a cult figure named Scott, who hosts the majority of shows. Scott Rogowsky has become the default face of the app, and while other hosts sometimes fill in, Scott is undoubtedly the favorite. It’s Scott’s face that is plastered all … [Read more...] about CEO of HQ, the Hottest App Going: If You Run This Profile, We’ll Fire Our Host
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This week Google and Facebook announced their further involvement in providing financial services. Google announced the development of a checking account, and Facebook announced that its digital wallet will be integrated across all of its services, including Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger and its social media platform Facebook. Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon have all entered the financial arena with differing strategies, even though they all have a common interest — enhancing their customers’ behavioral profiles.Enhancing behavioral profiles requires compiling and storing thousands of categories of data. This data can then be analyzed so that companies will be able to better influence buying behavior directly for merchandise or services offered on their platforms or sell access to this data to advertisers. By storing our financial data, companies will build comprehensive profiles for each of us that are more revealing than finger prints, social security numbers or … [Read more...] about Why does Big Tech want in on financial services?
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is the most significant release in the wildly successful first-person shooter franchise in over a decade. Maybe there’s something about fourths, because it was Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare that changed what the series was and could be in 2007. The critically acclaimed single-player campaign made a splash, but the waves that its multiplayer version left behind are still being felt all these years later. Ever since, the online modes have been many players’ real draw to the games. Now, they’re all that they have. Black Ops 4 may not change gaming, but it will be remembered as the moment when Call of Duty gave up on anyone interested in a solo experience. Players experience each of the three main modes in the latest Call of Duty—[Generic] Multiplayer, Zombies, and Blackout—online. The sole exception, “Specialist HQ” describes itself as a way to “master abilities and equipment before jumping into … [Read more...] about ‘Black Ops 4’: How Call of Duty’s New Battle Royale Mode Outshines Fortnite