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Fortnite's Chapter 3 is packed with a ton of new skins, and it also includes fundamental changes to the way the game is played for longtime fans. 2021-12-05 23:04 3KB gamerant.com

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Activision Blizzard 'will not be a part' of The Game Awards, Geoff Keighley says

Annual festival of trailers and also some trophies The Game Awards is just days away, and host Geoff Keighley has announced that "Beyond its nominations" Activision Blizzard won't be involved. The Game Awards are "a time of celebration for this industry," he wrote on Twitter, "the biggest form of entertainment in the world. There is no place for abuse, harassment or predatory practices in any company or any community. I also realize we have a big platform which can accelerate and inspire change.  We are committed to that, but we all need to work together to build a better and a more inclusive environment so everyone feels safe to build the world's best games."Since the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard alleging discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace back in July, allegations like Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick telling an assistant he was going to have her killed have raised questions about whether it's appropriate to promote the company during a celebration of what's best about games.In an interview with The Washington Post before this statement, Keighley was asked about Activision Blizzard's involvement with The Game Awards. "We want to support employees and developers," he said and, "We have to think very carefully about how to proceed here." While there are six major games scheduled for reveals, Keighley confirmed that neither Diablo 4 nor Overwatch 2 would be shown during this year's awards.Traditionally Blizzard saves big announcements about its games for BlizzCon, but Activision has shown off its games during previous The Game Awards—last year, a trailer for the first season of Call of Duty: Warzone. The advisory board, who are not involved in the nominations or voting process but instead "guide and advance the mission of The Game Awards", includes Activision president Rob Kostich.Call of Duty is nominated for Best Esports Game and Call of Duty: Warzone for Best Ongoing this year. Here's the full list of 2021 nominees.The Game Awards are an in-person event this year, though they'll also be livestreamed via more than 40 platforms, and will be held on December 9. As well as the absence of Activision Blizzard announcements, there won't be any NFT games. 2021-12-05 22:44 4KB www.pcgamer.com

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There are 14 extra multiplayer modes hidden in Halo Infinite on PC

They include Elimination, Tactical Slayer, and the all-new Attrition. There are 14 multiplayer modes hidden in Halo Infinite for PC players. Though the secret modes … 2021-12-05 13:44 3KB www.eurogamer.net

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FF14 players will get free game time due to server congestion

Anyone with an active subscription who owns the full version of Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker when launch rolls around on December 7th will get a free 7 days of game time, says Square Enix. Game Producer & Director Naoki Yoshida posted an update today  informing players of the compensation.SInce the launch of Endwalker's Early Access period on December 3rd, players have had a lot of trouble with highly congested servers and long login queues. "Across the FFXIV service as a whole, the number of simultaneous logins has reached the hardware limit, and as a result, logging in has required an extremely long time," said Yoshida. "For this, I am truly sorry." 2021-12-05 20:45 2KB www.pcgamer.com

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How to slide in Fortnite

We show you how to slide in Fortnite Chapter 3, one of the new gameplay mechanics added for the new map. 2021-12-05 19:28 1KB www.pcgamer.com

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Spider-Man and The Rock Join Fortnite, Because Why Not at This Point

The game's next chapter brings a new world to explore and new heroes to becomes. 2021-12-05 16:30 2KB gizmodo.com

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A new glitch in Battlefield 2042 allows players to spawn invisibly and wreak havoc on enemies, but DICE provides an update on this game-breaking bug. 2021-12-05 16:21 2KB gamerant.com

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AWS Re:Invent Wrap-Up: Social Issues, Networking Focus, Partner Revenue

Ever the fierce competitor, AWS unveiled plenty of new initiatives in its annual event, and even evinced a budding social awareness. 2021-12-05 14:36 6KB www.eweek.com

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What if Microsoft advertised Windows 11 honestly?

I think it is safe to say Windows 11 has not been enthusiastically received, due to a number of issues, such as limiting who can upgrade, the very unfamiliar and immature new start menu, simplified right-click menu, limited widget system and much more. This has not stopped Microsoft from touting the new OS however, but […] 2021-12-05 22:20 1KB mspoweruser.com

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With some fans potentially concerned about the future of the franchise, Dragon Age 4 developer BioWare reaffirms the game's single-player focus. 2021-12-05 20:34 3KB gamerant.com

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Grim Dawn on Xbox Series X: A dated classic on consoles

News, Reviews & Betas which includes large community peer support Grim Dawn: Definitive Edition launched on Xbox consoles last week. However, how does this game from 2016 hold up on Microsoft's machines? While the content is great, the technical front is lacking. 2021-12-05 17:14 3KB www.neowin.net

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Animal Crossing’s 2.0 update is perfect for recreating Studio Ghibli movie scenes

Animal Crossing: New Horizons players have long recreated Studio Ghibli’s most famous film scenes, in the game. But the 2.0 update has added new features that make it even easier to recreate these beautiful film stills. 2021-12-05 14:00 3KB www.polygon.com

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Google Pixel 6 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: Insane Cameras vs Foldable Magic

The Google Pixel 6 Pro is a fantastic slab phone, but Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 3 aims to be more. Which device is better for the average user? 2021-12-05 12:30 11KB www.xda-developers.com

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Get a Nintendo Switch OLED before Christmas with these bundle deals

Nintendo Switch OLED consoles are back in stock at Amazon, but you can also pick up these bundles from other retailers. 2021-12-05 09:44 1KB www.techradar.com

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EdgeX Foundry on K3s (Part 1): The Inception

Learn how to deploy and operate EdgeX Foundry on K3s, explore how Edge is necessary for upcoming technologies, what the EdgeX Foundry is. 2021-12-05 17:14 7KB dzone.com

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FIFA 22 Best Free Agents to Sign in Season 1, Season 2 Career Mode

In this guide, we'll be showing you FIFA 22 Best Free Agents that you can invite on to your team to boost your overall potential and dominate 2021-12-05 13:25 5KB segmentnext.com

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How to watch Gervonta Davis vs Isaac Cruz and live stream title fight from anywhere

Undefeated Gervonta Davis will need to be at it from the first bell against the ferocious Isaac Cruz - discover how to watch a Davis vs Cruz live stream online from anywhere. 2021-12-05 22:21 2KB www.techradar.com

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Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 1, is here, and one of the early quests requires players to place surveillance cameras at Mighty Monument. 2021-12-05 17:55 2KB gamerant.com

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One Call of Duty: Warzone player shares a video of his attempt to ask his friend to be his best man while in the middle of a high-octane firefight. 2021-12-05 18:59 2KB gamerant.com

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If the rumored Project Spartacus is real, there is still at least one way in which the PlayStation service is lacking compared to Xbox Game Pass. 2021-12-05 18:30 5KB gamerant.com

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Broncos vs Chiefs live stream: how to watch NFL Sunday Night Football from anywhere

Here's how to get a Denver Broncos vs Kansas City Chiefs live stream and watch NFL Sunday Night Football from anywhere, as Vic Fangio's improving team take on a very well-rested KC. 2021-12-05 22:28 2KB www.techradar.com

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Xbox Game Pass just received a few new titles, including the open-world, post-apocalyptic survival shooter Generation Zero from Avalanche Studios. 2021-12-05 21:23 3KB gamerant.com

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Sweet Dee is arguably the most stable and the most sensible member of the It's Always Sunny gang, but she still has her moments every now and again. 2021-12-05 19:00 7KB gamerant.com

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Call of Duty: Vanguard’s traditional World War 2 setting has allowed for a number of returning classic weapons, including the Bren LMG. 2021-12-05 16:04 4KB gamerant.com

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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE release date rumors, news, price and leaks

The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is likely to land in 2021 and we've heard a lot of rumors about it. 2021-12-05 21:44 11KB www.techradar.com

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The Google Pixel Watch shows up again in newly leaked marketing images

The rumors are starting to build up again about a Google smartwatch – and there are newly leaked images too. 2021-12-05 19:30 3KB www.techradar.com

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A gorgeous piece of Ratchet and Clank fan art sees the heroic Lombax in his younger years, with the character playing some games on a PS5. 2021-12-05 18:22 3KB gamerant.com

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Marvel’s Spider-Man fans want to see Gwen Stacy introduced in the sequel, with the goal being to set up a spin-off like Miles Morales. 2021-12-05 23:23 3KB gamerant.com

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Best elliptical machine deals for December 2021

Elliptical machines give a solid cardio workout without damaging impact. We found the best elliptical deals available this month. 2021-12-05 22:53 2KB www.digitaltrends.com

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Of all the ways to dress up your beans in Fall Guys, these are among the coolest & cutest. Here's how to snag these costumes! 2021-12-05 20:30 10KB gamerant.com

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Mona is a complex Genshin Impact character who is best used when exploiting her Hydro Damage abilities as a teammate to trigger Elemental Reactions. 2021-12-05 15:30 3KB gamerant.com

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Best webcams in the UAE for 2021: top picks for working from home

Whether you're looking to broadcast yourself on YouTube, chat to family, or Zoom call for work, these are the best webcams for you. 2021-12-05 09:21 10KB global.techradar.com

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The best motherboard 2021: the top Intel and AMD motherboards we've seen

Here are our best motherboards for 2021. Your motherboard is the most important part of your system, so you should pick up a good one. Read on to find which ones made our best motherboards list. 2021-12-05 08:31 8KB www.techradar.com

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Reports indicate that Microsoft has enabled a feature that warns Microsoft Edge browser users if they try to download Google Chrome. 2021-12-05 23:08 3KB gamerant.com

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Here’s how and where you can watch the best 4K content

Here is where you can find the best 4K content. This list highlights the best places to find 4K and HDR content, both on-demand and live. 2021-12-05 23:04 17KB www.digitaltrends.com

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While the future of the Eternals is in question, one of the writers confirms that Richard Madden's Ikaris will definitely not return. 2021-12-05 23:00 4KB gamerant.com

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How to watch Yellowstone season 4 episode 6 online where you are

Sparks are ready to fly at the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch. Here we explain how to watch Yellowstone season 4 episode 6 online from anywhere. 2021-12-05 23:00 3KB www.techradar.com

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Remote working jobs: 5 problems we need to solve in 2022

Remote working, flexible working and hybrid working are all here to stay. We've demonstrated that they can work - the task now is to make sure they do. 2021-12-05 23:00 9KB www.zdnet.com

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Fortnite: Where to Discover the Device location guide

Your guide to where to find the device in Fortnite. The Foundation has a mission for you and it starts here. 2021-12-05 22:52 2KB www.pcgamer.com

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Gamers can get a bundle of 60+ indie games from itch.io for only $5, with all proceeds going to the World Land Trust charity. 2021-12-05 22:51 2KB gamerant.com

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The Sims 4 has had numerous game packs and expansions, but what is still missing from the experience? 2021-12-05 22:46 7KB gamerant.com

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Best home internet deals for December 2021: AT&T, Spectrum, Optimum and more

Find the right internet service for your home. Here are the best home internet deals to help you enjoy faster speeds and save cash. 2021-12-05 22:44 4KB www.digitaltrends.com

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Here's your Steam page for the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection

Behold! Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection has a Steam page.The collection is a remaster of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, the most recent two games in the series. The Uncharted games are sprawling, set-piece action adventure romps filled with explosions and guns and pirates and modern-day buried treasures of various sorts. 2021-12-05 22:39 1KB www.pcgamer.com

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Last chance to land 5 years of Ivacy VPN for $1 per month

News, Reviews & Betas which includes large community peer support At just $60 for the entire billing period, this Cyber Monday week treat yourself to a premium VPN service. Unblock geo-protected streaming services and regain your online privacy. Ends Dec 5th. 2021-12-05 22:38 2KB www.neowin.net

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Less than a week ago, a speedrunner was able to break the world record for finishing Skyrim in the quickest time, and now they've done it again. 2021-12-05 22:34 3KB gamerant.com

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Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl try splitting their aesthetics to match the DS games, but may have been better with one or the other. 2021-12-05 22:32 6KB gamerant.com

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Destiny 2 players are continuing to toy with the game's transmog system, and a Guardian has come up with a great Dark Souls-inspired set. 2021-12-05 22:20 3KB gamerant.com

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Here’s a list of portable tech gadgets you’ll want to use every day

If you're looking for some portable tech devices to keep you charged up while on the go (or for some great small gift ideas), we've rounded a list of must-have gadgets. You'll find everything from a Tesla Coil rechargeable lighter to a folding Bluetooth keyboard on our list. 2021-12-05 22:17 10KB www.digitaltrends.com

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The manga will adapt the Year 2 sequel series with illustrations by Shia Sasane. 2021-12-05 22:15 2KB gamerant.com

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Tajezzo PZ5 Smart Backpack review

The Tajezzo PZ5 is packed full of features that proved themselves useful, especially if you get around on two wheels. 2021-12-05 22:09 5KB www.techradar.com

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Best board games 2021: For adults, families, two players, and more

Video games? Who needs them, when you and your friends can gather around a table and play some board games? Here are our favorites. Start planning game night. 2021-12-05 22:04 14KB www.digitaltrends.com

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Though the game is surrounded by controversy, The Last of Us 2 dominated The Game Awards 2020 in a way that has not been matched this year. 2021-12-05 22:03 6KB gamerant.com

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Which two characters from the Lord of the Rings are based on their great romance? 2021-12-05 22:00 5KB gamerant.com

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FFXIV Error 2002, 3001, 4004, 5003, and 5006: Fix lobby server connection error in Final Fantasy 14

Those trying to play Final Fantasy 14 have been struggling with FFXIV Error 2002, 3001, 4004, 5003, and 5006. Here's the cause, and what might fix them. 2021-12-05 21:57 2KB www.gamerevolution.com

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The current boss of Xbox, Phil Spencer, says in a recent interview that Microsoft could have kept former Halo developer Bungie. 2021-12-05 21:29 3KB gamerant.com

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Zhiyun Smooth Q3 review: Compact smartphone gimbal with rotating fill light

If you capture video with your smartphone, a gimbal is a great way to capture smooth and cinematic content. While smartphones today have stabilization, gimbals provide this capability and a lot more to help you get creative with your video content. 2021-12-05 21:19 9KB www.zdnet.com

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Is Halo Infinite Open-World in Campaign?

Fans are wondering if Halo Infinite is open-world in campaign mode or if the single-player will be linear as it was in past entries. 2021-12-05 21:16 2KB www.gamerevolution.com

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Rumors continue to circulate about the anticipated fourth BioShock game, and the most recent one might answer where and when the game is set. 2021-12-05 21:11 4KB gamerant.com

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Iconic horror director Guillermo del Toro gave some new details on plans for his high-profile shelved project, At the Mountains of Madness. 2021-12-05 21:00 2KB gamerant.com

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Job postings indicate Toys for Bob, the development studio behind the modern Crash Bandicoot games, may be hiring for an unannounced project. 2021-12-05 20:58 3KB gamerant.com

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Amazon shares its PTR patch notes planned for New World's December update, revealing over a dozen new Perks and its holiday event plans. 2021-12-05 20:53 3KB gamerant.com

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Knights of The Zodiac, better known as Saint Seiya is getting a full film adaptation. Here's why this often overlooked anime shouldn't be slept on. 2021-12-05 20:30 5KB gamerant.com

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Halo Games in Order of Story: How to play the games in chronological order

Those wanting to play the Halo games in order or story can have a look at our chronological order list to see where each title fits. 2021-12-05 20:16 2KB www.gamerevolution.com

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Report: Phishing campaign is actively targeting U.S. military families

The scammers impersonate military support organizations and personnel to steal sensitive personal and financial information for monetary gain. 2021-12-05 20:15 3KB venturebeat.com

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Doctor Who Wants to Ring In the New Year with Some Daleks

To old acquaintance, be forgot, and EX-TER-MIN-ATE all liiiiiiife, 2021-12-05 20:15 2KB gizmodo.com

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Boruto has been doing a great job of building up the next generation, but that's come at the expense of Naruto and Sasuke's consistency. 2021-12-05 20:00 6KB gamerant.com

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A new Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings featurette released by Marvel Studios shows footage of Simu Liu training for his role. 2021-12-05 20:00 2KB gamerant.com

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One simple, seemingly innocent-turned-dark joke in Red Dead Redemption 2 foreshadows Uncle's ultimate fate in the franchise. 2021-12-05 19:51 3KB gamerant.com

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Deal Alert: Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones discounted at Amazon

Bose is one of the well-known brands in the speaker industry, and while the company has products for every customer, its premium products are popular for quality and premium pricing. However, one of the company’s premium noise-canceling wireless headphones is once again selling at a discounted price at Amazon. Bose QuietComfort 45 is now available […] 2021-12-05 19:46 1KB mspoweruser.com

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How to watch Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc online from anywhere now

First episode of Entertainment District Arc is now ready to watch - find how to watch the latest Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba chapter online. 2021-12-05 19:44 2KB www.techradar.com

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Who knew that having a skill for word-games could save a life? 2021-12-05 19:30 5KB gamerant.com

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Due to its ever-expanding library, it's sometimes hard to keep track of what's worth watching, so here are the best shows on Netflix in December 2021. 2021-12-05 19:30 10KB gamerant.com

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An Overwatch fan shows off their mastery of Lucio’s Sound Barrier ultimate, using the beat drop animation to kill a flying Pharah player. 2021-12-05 19:23 3KB gamerant.com

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Season of the Lost brought infinite ammo and Stasis Kinetic weapons to Destiny 2, and players now want an Exotic Stasis bow that's good in PvE. 2021-12-05 19:22 2KB gamerant.com

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A classic trend for Pokemon games has been that of including trade-exclusive evolutions, but Pokemon Legends: Arceus and Gen 9 shouldn't do that. 2021-12-05 19:09 6KB gamerant.com

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Halle Berry has a vision for directing the next Catwoman

Halle Berry’s 2004 DC Comic movie is one of the worst comic book movies and one of the worst movies ever. But Berry, coming off her Netflix movie Bruised, has ideas on how to reboot it. 2021-12-05 19:05 5KB www.polygon.com

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Author George R. R. Martin kept insisting to HBO executives that Game of Thrones should have gone on at least a couple more years. 2021-12-05 19:00 3KB gamerant.com

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Come Talk Your Doctor Who Hopes, Dreams, and Fluxes in the Season Finale Discussion Zone

Share your hopes and thoughts of how Doctor Who's experiment with Flux will come to an end. 2021-12-05 19:00 2KB gizmodo.com

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Car Thieves Are Using AirTags to Track Vehicles

York Regional Police said at least five vehicles have been targeted by car thieves who used Apple's item tracker. 2021-12-05 18:57 2KB uk.pcmag.com

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The next Resident Evil remake from Capcom appears to be Resident Evil 4, and there have been several clues and leaks to support this theory. 2021-12-05 18:45 5KB gamerant.com

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New macOS Office Build(Current channel) adds new features for PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook

Microsoft has released a new Office Insider Preview Build 16.56.21120200 for Insiders in the Current Channel. The new Office build brings some new features for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The new Office build adds a new Accessibility ribbon to PowerPoint to help you make presentations accessible to people with disabilities. The update also introduced new […] 2021-12-05 18:42 1KB mspoweruser.com

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The Halo subreddit got so toxic that mods have closed it for the weekend

In case you're not up to date, there's a lot of back-and-forth over the contents and quality of the Halo Infinite multiplayer beta. Indeed, the free-to-play beta has sparked such controversy that the moderators of the Halo subreddit have closed the entire forum for the weekend because people just cannot behave themselves."Some users on the sub have even been responsible for doxxing and death threats," said the moderators in a statement made last night. "We're temporarily putting the sub on lockdown so people can hopefully settle down a bit and we can hit the reset button before launch. At the end of the day this is a video game and this level of vitriol is unwarranted."The moderators of the Halo subreddit say they'll reopen the forum on Monday. They're very clear that they don't want to silence criticism or support of Halo Infinite, only that the tone of discussion had gotten too hostile: "If you see people breaking our rules, don't make things worse by breaking the rules yourself."It's a spiral I've seen before in communities, where controversial topics turn moderation into an untenable thing for volunteer-driven communities.The subreddit has been incredibly toxic this week, especially in the wake of a reveal that there are hidden game modes when players go offline. Insults were flying pretty freely, and every second or third post was about one of a handful of specific gripes. It's the culmination of weeks of community turmoil around design decisions and implementation in Halo Infinite. First was the Battle Pass, which appears quite small and took too long to complete. (Our Nat Clayton: Sorry, Halo Infinite, but your battle pass sucks.) That got some designer attention, though. Since then it's been all about unlockables, microtransactions, and game modes, focusing on players' inability to pick any mode they like rather than be forced into what the developers have made available that week.Halo Infinite's single player component will release on December 8th. 2021-12-05 18:37 4KB www.pcgamer.com

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Report: US Wants Allies to Restrict Exports of Surveillance Tools

The US government reportedly wants to lead a global effort to prevent surveillance tools from being exported to authoritarian countries. 2021-12-05 18:35 2KB uk.pcmag.com

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William Friedkin's The Exorcist is often called the most terrifying horror movie ever made. Nearly half a century later, it still holds up. 2021-12-05 18:30 5KB gamerant.com

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Beware: Fake KMSPico Windows activator carries crypto wallet info stealing malware

News, Reviews & Betas which includes large community peer support A fake KMSPico Windows activator has been discovered by security company Red Canary. The malware is capable of stealing information from various crypto wallets, among other things, using a Cryptbot. 2021-12-05 18:26 2KB www.neowin.net

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Spider-Man: No Way Home's Villains on Returning to Their Evil Roles

Call them the Terrible Three? Treacherous Trio? We'll workshop it. 2021-12-05 18:15 3KB gizmodo.com

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Get a 1-year subscription to TravelHacker Premium for only $23.40

News, Reviews & Betas which includes large community peer support See the world again! Uncover low airfare deals to pandemic-friendly destinations without booking months in advance. For a limited time, enter a promo code and save an additional 40% off. 2021-12-05 18:10 2KB www.neowin.net

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Chinese rover spots weird cube-shaped feature on the far side of the moon

China's Yutu-2 rover, currently exploring the far side of the moon, has spotted a strange cube-shaped object on the moon's surface. 2021-12-05 18:00 2KB www.digitaltrends.com

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It is almost impressive how bad of a person George Costanza is sometimes. 2021-12-05 18:00 5KB gamerant.com

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Yamato seems like the perfect candidate to be the next addition to the Straw Hat crew. Here's what makes Kaidou's successor such a great fit. 2021-12-05 18:00 6KB gamerant.com

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Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is looking to top its predecessor, and according to star Dolph Lundgren, James Wan will succeed in that goal. 2021-12-05 18:00 3KB gamerant.com

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Cyber criminals are using fake advertising to distribute malware

Known as malvertising, Cisco's Talos Intelligence believes a specific campaign known as "Magnat" uses fraudulent online advertising to trick users that are searching for legitimate software installers. 2021-12-05 17:46 3KB www.techspot.com

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The MCU has no shortage of characters, but Vision is the franchise's best to date 2021-12-05 17:30 6KB gamerant.com

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With Call of Duty Zombies fans continuing to push for Zombies Chronicles 2 to become a reality, a Treyarch developer shares a response. 2021-12-05 17:26 3KB gamerant.com

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Deal Alert: Microsoft Surface Duo 128GB now available for $399

Surface Duo starts at $1399 and you can get up to $700 cash back with a qualified trade-in when you purchase Surface Duo device from Microsoft Store. 2021-12-05 17:23 759Bytes mspoweruser.com

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Moderators lockdown the Halo subreddit in response to "toxicity on all sides"

"Take the weekend off, we're reopening on Monday." Moderators working on the Halo subreddit have put the community into lockdown following toxic behaviour - including … 2021-12-05 17:20 3KB www.eurogamer.net

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How to Fix a Cloud Deployment That’s Losing Money

To optimize our cloud deployments, we clearly need to fix the planning problems ASAP and define clear paths for our IT staff to improve cloud's business value. 2021-12-05 17:17 9KB www.eweek.com

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Deal Alert: Fitbit Charge 5 now available for $129.95

Back in August, Google announced the Fitbit Charge 5 fitness tracker with thinner and sleek design, color touchscreen and up to seven days of battery life. Amazon US is now selling the Fitbit Charge 5 fitness tracker for just $129 (was $179.95), you can find the deal here. If you are looking for a more […] 2021-12-05 17:11 1KB mspoweruser.com

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Stalker 2 will take up 180GB on Xbox

That's half the space of your Xbox Series S. Stalker 2: Heart of Chernobyl will take up 180GB on your Xbox console. As spotted by … 2021-12-05 17:03 1KB www.eurogamer.net

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Porsche designs a virtual car just for Gran Turismo 7 video game

Porsche cars often appear in video games, but for the first time, the automaker has designed a car specifically for Gran Turismo 7. 2021-12-05 17:00 8KB venturebeat.com

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Loki's first season left behind a hilarious cast of Lokis, but none more charming than the cold-blooded Alligator god of mischief. 2021-12-05 17:00 2KB gamerant.com

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Google Photos' Locked Folder Reaches More Users

The feature, which was originally exclusive to Pixel owners, is reportedly expanding to other Android devices. 2021-12-05 17:00 1KB uk.pcmag.com

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Thursday, December 9, will see the addition of two new free games to Epic Game's Store line-up, as always, and here's what EGS users need to know. 2021-12-05 16:49 4KB gamerant.com

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Sense raises $50M to bolster recruitment efforts with AI

Sense, a startup developing AI-powered recruitment and hiring solutions for companies, has raised $50 million. 2021-12-05 16:45 7KB venturebeat.com

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Microsoft’s Flowspace Pod wins Red Dot Best of the Best award for 2021

Microsoft’s Flowspace Pod has won the Red Dot Best of the Best design award for 2021. The Flowspace Pod has been designed by the Microsoft Office Envisioning Team and is designed for the hybrid workplace where employees split their time between working from home and working in the office. The Flowspace Pod is aimed at […] 2021-12-05 16:33 1KB mspoweruser.com

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Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man has the potential to offer new insights and lessons to the Spidey Tom Holland has established in the MCU. 2021-12-05 16:00 5KB gamerant.com

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Hubble Space Telescope captures a sparkling spiral galaxy

This week's image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows a picture-perfect galaxy, located 120 million light-years away in the constellation of Virgo. 2021-12-05 16:00 1KB www.digitaltrends.com

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Morbius' First Clip Won't Sate Your Desire for Blood

He slices, he dices, and yet his hands are still as clean as a whistle. 2021-12-05 16:00 2KB gizmodo.com

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DF Direct Weekly talks GTA Definitive patches and CES hardware leaks

Plus: the mystery of the RTX 2060 12GB stealth launch. In the face of a content pile-up next week, DF Direct Weekly goes public a … 2021-12-05 16:00 5KB www.eurogamer.net

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Far-Right Trolls Abuse Twitter's New Policy to Get Critics Banned

Journalists and researchers are being banned from Twitter due to coordinated efforts to abuse the company's recently updated private information policy. 2021-12-05 15:58 2KB uk.pcmag.com

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Apex Legends Game and Design Directors Leave Respawn Entertainment

Apex Legends will remain without its game director, an event happening shortly after the rearrangement of Vince Zampella to oversee Battlefield 2042. Apex 2021-12-05 15:56 1KB www.futuregamereleases.com

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Skyrim has a variety of memorable characters that players look back on fondly, but there are also some that are generally hated by most players. 2021-12-05 15:49 6KB gamerant.com

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There have been a lot of villains in the Dragon Ball universe. Here's a look at the ones who had the best introductions. 2021-12-05 15:45 5KB gamerant.com

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Demystifying the security industry’s latest term: XDR

Cybersecurity and acronyms go hand in hand. Get to know the latest cybersecurity term: XDR 2021-12-05 15:10 5KB www.techradar.com

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Why VR still isn’t as immersive as it should be

The VR experience is improving, but it won't be fully immersive until the experiences it offers have real meaning. 2021-12-05 15:05 8KB venturebeat.com

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Fortnite players have their world turned upside down

Fortnite, one of the largest and most popular games in the battle royale genre, is undergoing another major update. The introduction of a new chapter will infuse. 2021-12-05 15:04 2KB www.techspot.com

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VFX studio Corridor Digital set out to recreate an iconic scene from Jurassic Park with their own techniques, but could they pull it off? 2021-12-05 15:00 3KB gamerant.com

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Closest pair of supermassive black holes is merging into one mega black hole

Astronomers have recently discovered the closest ever pair of supermassive black holes, which will eventually merge into one even larger black hole. 2021-12-05 15:00 2KB www.digitaltrends.com

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Lenovo Legion 5 Pro Review

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Due to the mess that was the GTA Trilogy, Rockstar Games promised the return of the original games, but there has been a caveat put on that assurance. 2021-12-05 14:46 3KB gamerant.com

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Report: 91% of professionals say automation tools improve their work-life balance

Companies have invested in automation tools to increase productivity and improve the employee experience in hybrid work environments. 2021-12-05 14:21 2KB venturebeat.com

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Street Fighter 5 is one of gaming’s best redemption stories

After five years, Street Fighter 5 has finally reached its end. The road it traveled wasn't the smoothest, but its journey was an interesting one. 2021-12-05 14:00 5KB www.digitaltrends.com

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Netflix's take on this metal-armed, no nonsense bounty hunter makes some big changes from the beloved original anime. What's new with Jet Black? 2021-12-05 14:00 5KB gamerant.com

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This adorable, cheap Amazon gaming keyboard is better than name brands

The Akko 3068B is a keyboard you may have overlooked for name brands. But this cheap Amazon gaming keyboard is better and cheaper than the names you recognize. 2021-12-05 14:00 6KB www.digitaltrends.com

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Learn the skills that will qualify you for lucrative cybersecurity positions for only $9

Forget class schedules and student loans, you can start applying for well-paying tech positions with just one certification, and this bundle prepares you for six of them. 2021-12-05 14:00 3KB www.zdnet.com

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Astronauts on the ISS pick a second peck of chili peppers

Astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) have harvested a second batch of chili peppers grown on the station. 2021-12-05 13:52 2KB www.digitaltrends.com

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The Halo subreddit goes under lockdown in order to combat toxic behavior as players continue to voice their complaints regarding Halo Infinite. 2021-12-05 13:49 3KB gamerant.com

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Developer Frontier Developments announces that Jurassic World Evolution 2's next DLC pack will be bringing four new dinosaurs to fill parks with. 2021-12-05 13:36 3KB gamerant.com

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Surface Laptop Go gets December 2021 firmware update

Microsoft has released December 2021 firmware update for Surface Laptop Go. The update includes no new features as you’d expect from a firmware update. On the bright side, the update includes graphics stability improvements, improved battery life, and device stability improvements. You can read the full official changelog below. Changelog Improves device stability be addressing […] 2021-12-05 13:33 1KB mspoweruser.com

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Zack & Cody and Riverdale star Cole Sprouse sported a simple costume as Eren, the protagonist from the popular Attack on Titan anime. 2021-12-05 13:01 2KB gamerant.com

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Fix for Outlook Mail search not working on Windows 11

Outlook users who recently upgraded to Windows 11 have been running into an issue where they are unable to search their old emails, with the client sometimes freezing when searches were being performed. Microsoft has acknowledged the issue, saying; “This issue will happen with any account where the emails and other items are stored locally […] 2021-12-05 13:00 1KB mspoweruser.com

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My Apple MacBook Air wouldn't close anymore. Then I got one surprise too many

What do you do when you drop your trusted machine and discover it's bent out of shape? I went to an Apple store to find out. 2021-12-05 13:00 6KB www.zdnet.com

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AWS Introduces Amazon FSx for OpenZFS

Recently, AWS announced the release of a managed file storage service Amazon FSx for OpenZFS, the newest addition to the Amazon FSx family. It is one of the four new storage services the company annou 2021-12-05 13:00 1KB www.infoq.com

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Best Android boxes in 2021: for TV, gaming, and everything else

We feature the best Android boxes for TV streaming and gaming, from high-end 4K UHD to budget options that won't break the bank. 2021-12-05 12:28 5KB www.techradar.com

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CrossfireX Twitter Teases Upcoming Announcement

Remedy Entertainment has only been leaking hints and teasers for Crossfire X, but now it seems like they are ready to make an announcement. The official 2021-12-05 12:07 1KB www.futuregamereleases.com

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Pokemon Go What’s the Rarest Shiny Pokemon?

Finding a Shiny Pokemon is quite rare, which makes it even impossible to even catch all available Shiny Pokemon in the game. Some Shiny Pokemon spawn more 2021-12-05 12:07 1KB www.futuregamereleases.com

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Final season of Peaky Blinders to air in early 2022

Tom Hardy will also be back for one last outing as Alfie Solomons. 2021-12-05 12:07 1KB www.gamereactor.eu

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Here's our first tease of Netflix's live-action Resident Evil series

Hounds of hell. It's only eleven seconds long, but here's our first look at Netflix's upcoming live-action Resident Evil show. It gives … 2021-12-05 11:59 2KB www.eurogamer.net

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'Metaverse' hype fuels booming digital property market

The idea of spending millions on non-existent land may sound ludicrous—but feverish predictions of a virtual reality future are pushing investors to bet big on digital real estate. 2021-12-05 11:34 5KB techxplore.com

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Intel Raptor Lake CPU spotted in first benchmark leak

Early leakage doesn’t tell us anything much about performance, but does back up previous rumors on the spec. 2021-12-05 11:19 2KB www.techradar.com

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Activision lays off a third of Raven Software's QA team

"It's unfair to these people to string them along, promising something better, and then let them go." Activision has laid off a third of … 2021-12-05 11:07 3KB www.eurogamer.net

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The console versions of Firegirl: Hack 'n Splash Rescue have been delayed until 2022

The game\'s PC version will still meet its December 14 release date. 2021-12-05 11:00 816Bytes www.gamereactor.eu

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Motorola shows off the Moto Edge X30 – but you may not be able to buy it

This 6.67-inch flagship phone is making its debut on December 9 in China, but Motorola has given us an early look at it. 2021-12-05 10:30 2KB www.techradar.com

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Meet Ameca - The Future Face of Robotics

Programming book reviews, programming tutorials,programming news, C#, Ruby, Python,C, C++, PHP, Visual Basic, Computer book reviews, computer history, programming history, joomla, theory, spreadsheets and more. 2021-12-05 10:27 1KB www.i-programmer.info

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You will soon be able to Pin Your Own Video in Microsoft Teams, for a more balanced view of your own importance

You will soon be able to Pin Your Own Video in Microsoft Teams. Here is how to Pin Your Own Video in Microsoft Teams and when it will become available. 2021-12-05 10:09 1KB mspoweruser.com

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An Ivan Drago spinoff movie may be in the works says Dolph Lundgren

"I think there\'s some talk about doing a whole spinoff on Drago with MGM." 2021-12-05 10:03 2KB www.gamereactor.eu

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Scalpers are already reselling that Halo Infinite LA Lakers crossover bundle

(not very) Master Cheap.  A limited-edition Halo Infinite promotion that bundles a Master Chief-themed LA Lakers jersey, a matching Xbox wireless … 2021-12-05 09:55 2KB www.eurogamer.net

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Ghostrunner's Project_Hel DLC is coming in January

It\'ll put players in the shoes of the base game boss, Hel, as she descends Dharma Tower. 2021-12-05 09:06 999Bytes www.gamereactor.eu

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The best cheap PC cases in the UAE - start building your PC today

Who says a PC case has to be expensive? We've gathered our favorite picks that won't break the bank. 2021-12-05 08:31 3KB global.techradar.com

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The best graphics cards 2021: all the top GPUs for gaming

Hot off the heels of both the Nvidia RTX 3080 and the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT, the best graphics cards have never been better. 2021-12-05 08:29 12KB www.techradar.com

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Pokemon Go Incense Day December 2021 Featuring Swinub, Shiny Swinub Available

Season of Heritage is right around the corner, and the beginning of the new season will be marked by Swinub. On December 5th, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. until 2021-12-05 08:00 1KB www.futuregamereleases.com

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Infinite Warfare should have been every bit as revolutionary as Call of Duty 4

Will you support Eurogamer? We want to make Eurogamer better, and that means better for our readers - not for algorithms. You can … 2021-12-05 08:00 1KB www.eurogamer.net

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Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 vs Arlo Video Doorbell: Which doorbell camera is right for you?

We pit Ring’s top-of-the-range video doorbell against its rival from Arlo to help you choose the best video doorbell for your home. 2021-12-05 08:00 7KB www.techradar.com

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Ultimaker S5 review

The Ultimaker S5 is a sizeable investment for any business to make, but its performance and configurability will impress you like no other. 2021-12-05 07:48 18KB www.techradar.com

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FIFA 22 Skill Moves List, Best Skill Moves to Learn on Xbox, PlayStation

In this guide, we'll be showing you all of FIFA 22 Skill Moves that you can use to dominate the football field and score in style 2021-12-05 07:36 1KB segmentnext.com

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Best Huawei phones in the UAE and Saudi Arabia for 2021: find your perfect Huawei

These are the best Huawei phones for every need and budget, from the P40 Pro to the P30 Lite. 2021-12-05 05:42 12KB global.techradar.com

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Dragon Age 4: Everything we know about the next RPG in Thedas

Here are all the rumors, details, and story hints we've collected about the next big RPG set in Thedas. 2021-12-05 04:33 13KB www.pcgamer.com

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DNA storage gathers momentum as US university discloses exciting new proof-of-concept

Still a long, long, long way to go though. 2021-12-05 04:15 2KB www.techradar.com

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Though Cyberpunk 2077's romances are meaningful, especially Panam and Judy, having more options of varying sexualities would have been more realistic. 2021-12-05 03:45 4KB gamerant.com

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Find out exactly where to find the Hold Your Horses Treasure Chest in Forza Horizon 5 during Series 1 to complete a challenge. 2021-12-05 03:32 2KB gamerant.com

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A complete guide for Metroid Dread, featuring boss fight tips, story solutions, and the location of every power-up and equipment upgrade in the game. 2021-12-05 03:30 5KB gamerant.com

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Gran Turismo cleverly reveals that one of the franchise's most beloved tracks, Deep Forest Raceway, will be returning in Gran Turismo 7. 2021-12-05 03:06 3KB gamerant.com

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Pokemon Sword and Shield may have had a rough launch, but these titles introduced some great features that should stay going into Generation 9. 2021-12-05 02:31 6KB gamerant.com

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Now that Fortnite is officially kicking off Chapter 3 there are a number of changes that players should be aware of before they pick a controller and head in. The first big hint that these changes are more than just a few tweaks is that Fortnite went dark after the end of Chapter 2, which has only previously happened when developer Epic Games needs to make substantial changes to the map and bring in new skins. In addition to a new landscape coming with this chapter of Fortnite, there are also some bigger changes. More than cosmetics, the updates and tweaks coming with Chapter 3 include a couple of new ways in which players can enjoy the game. New mechanics, especially on this scale, are few and far between even if Epic is seemingly always working at adding new features to keep people coming back. RELATED: Fortnite V18.40 Hotfix Adds New Item Vote, ‘Strike From The Shadows’ Week One of the newest features has been a known quantity for months. Leakers found some hints in Fortnite data that showed the ability for characters to slide would be part of Chapter 3 as early as September 2021. Employing this new mechanic is easy, even for those who might not be well-polished players. In order to slide, players just need to hit the same button (whether on PC or console) they normally use to crouch. If the character is moving when they hit the crouch button, they will go into a slide. The other big action change that is coming to Fortnite Chapter 3 is a nod to one of its headlining skins. It has been known for a while that Spider-Man was arriving in Fortnite, and Epic Games is looking to make sure people can take advantage of everything that makes the webhead such a popular character. That includes the ability to swing from one object to another. It's pretty clear that the ability to both swing and slide will create new ways to avoid enemy fire. These new mechanics can also be used to jump into the fray in new and creative ways, so both swinging and sliding in Fortnite Chapter 3 can be seen as offensive and defensive tools. The newest chapter of the long-running Fortnite is also confirmed to have campsites the player can place in order to serve as an extra defensive wall and store weaponry for later. Fortnite Chapter 3's launch trailer doesn't explicitely touch upon other leaked features like a throwable axe possibly coming to Fortnite. However, on top of focusing on the way Epic Games is flipping its map around, the trailer also pays special attention to one huge new mechanic impacting the island. Perhaps taking a page out of Battlefield 2042 's playbook, this next chapter of Fortnite has some weather effects that impact what happens during any given match. For example, the trailer showcases huge spectacles like tornados having an effect on gameplay, letting users take advantage of tornadoes to get out their gliders and move around the map faster. It's likely these extreme weather events will directly intervene during certain firefights, but it will be interesting to see what else Epic Games adds from here now that it essentially wiped the slate clean. Fortnite is free-to-play on PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. MORE: Fortnite Rumored to Be Adding New Type of Animal in Season 3
How to get the Fortnite Crown
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Here's a fresh look at Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1
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Activision Blizzard 'will not be a part' of The Game Awards, Geoff Keighley says
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Annual festival of trailers and also some trophies The Game Awards is just days away, and host Geoff Keighley has announced that "Beyond its nominations" Activision Blizzard won't be involved. The Game Awards are "a time of celebration for this industry", he wrote on Twitter, "the biggest form of entertainment in the world. There is no place for abuse, harassment or predatory practices in any company or any community. I also realize we have a big platform which can accelerate and inspire change. We are committed to that, but we all need to work together to build a better and a more inclusive environment so everyone feels safe to build the world's best games." Since the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard alleging discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace back in July, allegations like Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick telling an assistant he was going to have her killed have raised questions about whether it's appropriate to promote the company during a celebration of what's best about games. In an interview with The before this statement, Keighley was asked about Activision Blizzard's involvement with The Game Awards. "We want to support employees and developers", he said and, "We have to think very carefully about how to proceed here." While there are six major games scheduled for reveals, Keighley confirmed that neither Diablo 4 nor Overwatch 2 would be shown during this year's awards. Traditionally Blizzard saves big announcements about its games for BlizzCon, but Activision has shown off its games during previous The Game Awards—last year, a trailer for the first season of Call of Duty: Warzone. The advisory board, who are not involved in the nominations or voting process but instead "guide and advance the mission of The Game Awards", includes Activision president Rob Kostich. Call of Duty is nominated for Best Esports Game and Call of Duty: Warzone for Best Ongoing this year. Here's the full list of 2021 nominees. The Game Awards are an in-person event this year, though they'll also be livestreamed via more than 40 platforms, and will be held on December 9. As well as the absence of Activision Blizzard announcements, there won't be any NFT games.
This week in PC Gaming: Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker, Halo Infinite and Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX
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Activision Blizzard won't have a role at the 2021 Game Awards outside of its nominations
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There are 14 extra multiplayer modes hidden in Halo Infinite on PC
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They include Elimination, Tactical Slayer, and the all-new Attrition. There are 14 multiplayer modes hidden in Halo Infinite for PC players. Though the secret modes can only be seen by players accessing the playlist offline - which sounds counter-intuitive, given Halo Infinite is an online multiplayer shooter - players can save and share the playlists, which then makes them playable online. The 14 additional modes - which brings the full playlist up to 31 different modes, including Elimination and the SWAT-like Tactical Slayer - include some brand new ones, including Attrition, in which you play with a battle royale closing circle, reviving fallen squaddies and boosting your team's respawns. "Fun fact: If you launch Infinite offline, you can access the modes currently unavailable", WickedSoldier991 wrote on Reddit (thanks, PC Gamer). "If you go online after, you can save them for yourself. Attrition, Tactical, and Fiesta's other modes. "If anyone's having trouble getting the modes, add me and try to access my file share to get them. If that doesn't work, [let me know] and I'll try to host some customs with people and pass the mode around that way." The full list of the secret modes is as follows: As yet, it doesn't seem as though these modes can be accessed on Xboxes - sorry, console players - but I'll let you know if that changes. ICYMI, scalpers are flogging a limited-edition Halo Infinite / LA Lakers promotional pack that bundles a Master Chief-themed LA Lakers jersey, a matching Xbox wireless controller, and a Master Chief figurine is selling online for hundreds of dollars above its recommended retail price. The bundle - which was only available to those who could get to the Team LA store at Staples Center, Los Angeles, on Friday afternoon - was selling for a very reasonable $140 (£105) given the price of a controller alone can set you back £55. Almost immediately, however, the bundles began popping up on internet auction sites, with Buy It Now prices of around $1500 (£755). Many of the lots have already attracted bids from Halo fans, with several sets attracting bids in excess of $650 (£490) with several days still left to go. Some console players are calling on 343 to add the ability to turn off crossplay with PC in a bid to avoid running into cheaters on that platform. Halo community manager John Junyszek has addressed the concerns, promising improvements are coming. Buy Halo Infinite from Amazon [?]
This week in PC Gaming: Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker, Halo Infinite and Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX
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FF14 players will get free game time due to server congestion
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Anyone with an active subscription who owns the full version of Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker when launch rolls around on December 7th will get a free 7 days of game time, says Square Enix. Game Producer & Director Naoki Yoshida posted an update today informing players of the compensation. SInce the launch of Endwalker's Early Access period on December 3rd, players have had a lot of trouble with highly congested servers and long login queues. "Across the FFXIV service as a whole, the number of simultaneous logins has reached the hardware limit, and as a result, logging in has required an extremely long time", said Yoshida. "For this, I am truly sorry." As compensation for the "extremely long" queues, and in clear anticipation of perhaps worse to come as the access pool broadens, Square Enix will be giving the week of free time to everyone who has the full version of the game at launch. That includes players on the 30 days of free time from purchasing the game, and those with multiple accounts. They're not ruling more out, either: "Furthermore, we may give additional free game time depending on further developments on the congestion situation", said Yoshida. Yoshida's post ends with a description of common login errors, and what might cause them. You can find that in the full post.
Square Enix promises extra free game time for those long Final Fantasy 14 Endwalker queues
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How to slide in Fortnite
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Fortnite Chapter 3 has introduced a slide mechanic to help players get around the map (or at least down it) more quickly. With no explicit tutorial though, players are asking themselves how to slide in Fortnite. As you might expect, it's obnoxiously simple once you know what to do. Keep reading our guide below to learn how. Don't forget to also check out our Fortnite Chapter 3 guide for more info on battle pass skins, the new map, other gameplay changes, and more. How to slide in Fortnite: What button to press More Fortnite season 8 guides (Image credit: Epic Games) Best Fortnite skins: Finest virtual threads Fortnite Creative codes: Best custom maps Fortnite Crew skins: What's next for subscribers To slide in Fortnite, you need to be running and press the crouch button. For PC players, the default is the CTRL key, but you may have changed it at some point in your key binding settings. Keep in mind that you can only slide down angled surfaces, like hills, mountains, or perhaps roofs. I've found it a bit harder to pull off a slide on a gentle slope as opposed to a sharper angle. Also, the default setting is that you have to hold the crouch button rather than a toggle. One option you can change is the "slide hold time" under the controller options section of the settings menu. This allows you to alter the amount of time you need to hold the crouch button before your character starts sliding (if applicable). That's it! You officially know how to slide in Fortnite, so get out there and get sliding like DJ Casper. Check out our Fortnite Chapter 3 guide for more details on battle pass skins, new gameplay changes, and more.
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Spider-Man and The Rock Join Fortnite, Because Why Not at This Point
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It’s a shame that Nintendo used the tagline “everyone is here!” for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, because it may be more apt for Fortnite. After the end of Chapter Two yesterday, the online gaming homunculus of IP rebooted itself today with Chapter Three that brings in the biggest star on the planet at the moment: Spider-Man. Like other Marvel heroes during Chapter Two, the wallcrawler is now a playable character if you buy the battle pass, and the Daily Bugle is one of the locations you can explore in the game’s new island. (It doesn’t sound like J. Jonah Jameson’s podcast will be there to comment on your every action, sadly.) With Spidey being a part of the game’s cast, Chapter Three introduces swinging mechanics to help you get around quicker, because a game that doesn’t let Spider-Man swing may as well not include him at all. Spider-Man isn’t the only IP being added to the game. The armored character The Foundation, who first appeared in Chapter Two’s sixth season, is voiced and modeled after Dwayne Johnson. Johnson will eventually be a battle pass item, along with Marcus Fenix and Kait Diaz from Gears of War. Johnson’s involvement was revealed yesterday during Chapter Two’s “The End” event, and it’s weird to see him both smooth as hell and in Fortnite, period. With the expensive CG cutscene marking his debut into the game, it feels like we’re inching closer and closer to a reality where a Fortnite movie is a thing. You can watch it in the video below. Like with the last several Fortnite events, it’s really something to watch this all play out as a narrative set piece. Even as someone who has only briefly touched the game, there’s a real sense of finality here as the players all watch the Cube Queen and the Pyramid are are both destroyed and the island becomes flipped, turned upside down. With a new island to explore, there’s surely going to be more IPs and reality weirdness that await Fortnite’s constantly hungry fanbase over the next year or two. [via The Verge] Wondering where our RSS feed went? You can pick the new up one here. Spatial audio Water resistant A whole new look
Fortnite Chapter 3 brings a new map, Spider-Man, and web-swinging
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There is a new glitch in Battlefield 2042 that allows players to be completely invisible. Battlefield 2042 is a bit of a technical mess, so another bug shouldn't be much of a surprise. However, DICE is working on improving the first-person shooter, and this invisible problem is already being addressed. The 2021 fall multiplayer space is quite competitive, with games like Call of Duty: Vanguard, Halo Infinite, and Battlefield 2042 all vying for the attention of multiplayer shooter players. Battlefield 2042 is a sandbox experience that allows players to drive tanks, climb on top of skyscrapers, and dive from building to pull off one-of-a-kind and memorable plays. But it is also a bit of a messy game. One recent glitch allowed a player to pull off an amazing Battlefield 2042 clip without them really even trying. RELATED: Battlefield 2042 Lets Players 'Repair' Penguins Reddit user u/sterrre recently uploaded a clip to r/battlefield2042 that is perplexing at first blush. The player spawns on a friendly MAV and starts destroying enemies with no issue whatsoever, making it seem like they are playing a game on easy mode. U/sterrre shoots enemies with their LMG, pistol, and executes enemies from behind right in front of seemingly countless adversaries. But it turns out that enemies could not see the player, as there was some sort of bug where the Battlefield 2042 player was invisible. Thankfully, a community manager has confirmed that the issue will be addressed with update 3.1. The community manager made sure to thank the Battlefield 2042 player for reporting the issue, as it is helpful for gamers to bring light to issues such as these. In fact, the community itself has become a live games as a service QA tester of sorts for games like Apex Legends, Battlefield 2042, and Call of Duty: Warzone. There are theories that this is why the Raven Software QA developers were laid off by Activision recently (because they are in some ways no longer needed). Still, it is frustrating to play multiplayer games that are released in such a semi-broken state. Battlefield 2042 was flooded with negative user reviews when it launched thanks partially to the game being so glitch-ridden. Additionally, new updates with fresh content often bring about new issues. One would hope that games and updates are released with more polish and that the player base doesn't have to be the beta testers, but that appears to be the current reality in the multiplayer space. Battlefield 2042 is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X| S. MORE: 10 Most Disappointing Games of 2021
Battlefield 2042 Review (PC)
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AWS Re:Invent Wrap-Up: Social Issues, Networking Focus, Partner Revenue
(1.02/3)

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Re:Invent conference was held last week in Las Vegas. This year, the 10 th Re:Invent, returned to an in-person format after a year as a digital event due to the pandemic. It was also the first Re:Invent under new CEO Adam Selipsky, who takes the helm from Andy Jassy, who had arguable one of the most successful tenures of any CEO in history, leaving big shoes to fill. Going into the event, I wasn’t sure if we would see Jassy 2.0 or a different kind of event. Different is what we got, in many positive ways. Below are my top takeaways from AWS Re:Invent 2021. Also see: Top Cloud Service Providers For an organization the size of AWS, the company is remarkably quiet when it comes to climate change, sustainability, social justice, and other ESG issues. If one looks at presentations from the likes of Cisco’s Chuck Robbins or Nvidia’s Jensen Huang, their focus is on how their technology can be used to make the world a better place. In contrast, the typical Jassy keynote was filled with product announcements; and while we got a heavy dose of that, Selipsky did talk up front about the impact AWS can have on the globe; and why that’s important, as AWS can change the planet in ways others can’t because of its might and scale. Selipsky also brought in the theme of being a “Pathfinder,” which is an individual or company that continually challenges the status quo and finds new ways to do things, even though the norm is currently acceptable. An example of this is United Airlines; its Chief Digital Officer, Linda Jojo, described how her company used the AWS cloud to digitize the international flying experience – a prime example of digital transformation. While there were many products unveiled, I thought the two most notable reflected AWS’s entry into networking. The company announced its own private 5G offering where customers could build, provision and operate a 5G network via the AWS console in a subscription model. Start-up Celona Networks launched an infrastructure private 5G solution earlier this year, which is great for IT shops that take a “do it yourself” approach to networking. In contrast, AWS Private 5G is an excellent option for companies that prefer a turnkey managed service. The other network announcement was the launch of Cloud WAN, which is a WAN service that is also managed through the AWS console. Customers can build a network, using the AWS global network, or from their carrier. A point and click interface reduces much of the complexity in operating a global network. In the near term, I anticipate Cloud WAN being used to connect corporate locations to AWS clouds. But given AWS’s ability to disrupt markets, I can see them taking share from the traditional telcos, which tend to have high prices and low innovation. One of the interesting aspects of Cloud WAN is that it’s consumption-based pricing versus flat fee, which could result in significant savings. The Monday keynote was by AWS Head of WW Channels and Alliances, Doug Yeum, who will be moving into a new role at Amazon. Taking over is Dr. Ruba Borno, formerly SVP and GM of Cisco’s CX Centers and Managed Services. One of the interesting aspects of the hiring of Borno is that AWS has elevated the position to a VP role, so clearly the company is expecting big things from Borno – and I think she will deliver. Although AWS is one of the biggest IT companies in the world, it’s only been selling enterprise services for a little over a decade. Because of this, its partner program is very basic in many ways. Juxtapose this with Cisco, which has one of the most advanced partner programs, and it’s easy to see why Borno was such an attractive hire. Look for her to take the program to the next level. I clearly see increases in partner focus and revenue. AWS has been the de facto standard in cloud since there has been cloud with Azure and GCP continually looking up at them. In the great AWS vs. Azure vs. Google cloud competition, AWS is the leader hands down. AWS has, by far, the broadest set of services, which includes everything from app development tools to artificial intelligence to contact center and now networking. At the event it announced updates to the second generation of its ARM-based Graviton processors, artificial intelligence security and even mainframe modernization software. What’s notable now is that AWS is doing a better job of packaging multiple products into solutions. For example, at the event, Goldman Sachs and AWS debuted its “Financial Cloud for Data” running on AWS, which is a data management and analytics solution for financial clients. Previously, Selipsky had discussed more customized products for specific industries, making this something to watch for soon. For all its success with IT pros, AWS has yet to dent making products directly for end users, despite having a handful of products in this area. For example: The one end user focused product that does seem to be gaining traction is Connect, AWS’s contact center product, which got a boost from COVID. Its consumption-based pricing has helped customers like Hilton Hotels save money, while its AI features enable companies like Traeger Grills to provide significantly better customer service. I’d like to see AWS put a bigger focus on its apps, as I do think it could disrupt in this sector as it has done in IT services. That’s a wrap on Re:Invent 2021 and I was glad it’s back live. A new CEO, Global Channel Chief and lots of new products should enable AWS to not only maintain its growth trajectory but accelerate it. See you in 2022. eWeek has the latest technology news and analysis, buying guides, and product reviews for IT professionals and technology buyers. 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0.4
What if Microsoft advertised Windows 11 honestly?
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I think it is safe to say Windows 11 has not been enthusiastically received, due to a number of issues, such as limiting who can upgrade, the very unfamiliar and immature new start menu, simplified right-click menu, limited widget system and much more. This has not stopped Microsoft from touting the new OS however, but Twitter account FireCube has asked what a more realistic, honest ad for Windows 11 would look like. The deeper truth of the satire is that Windows 11 is really perfectly designed for people who live 100% in the Microsoft ecosystem, but that in reality, this does not describe most people. Do our readers feel Microsoft could do better? Let us know below.
Thanksgiving may have made this Windows 11 ex-user thankful that Windows 10 still exists
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It’s interesting to look back to see how BioWare celebrated N7 Day (November 7, for Mass Effect 4) and D4 Day (December 4, for Dragon Age 4) this year. The former has always been a bit more recognized by BioWare than the latter, but both are important to every dev and community member in love with either game. For N7 Day, BioWare released a new teaser for the new Mass Effect game, but nothing at that level came out for D4 Day. That’s not to say there was nothing—BioWare revealed two new short stories, one focused on Grey Wardens and the other on Necromancers. BioWare also indicated fans would learn more about the game next year, indicating Dragon Age 4 wouldn’t be at The Game Awards as many hoped. However, there’s also one detail that should be reassuring for fans. RELATED: Dragon Age 4 Will Be Next-Gen Only In a blog post discussing Dragon Age Day, BioWare wrote that it is still “hard at work on building the next single-played focused experience for Dragon Age.” The emphasis on single-player here is good for fans of the franchise who may be worried about its future. For example, Dragon Age 4 was once described as “ Anthem with Dragons, ” and given Anthem ’s ultimate reception and cancellation, it’s not the best image. The silver lining here is that Anthem ’s fate and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order ’s success for EA led to the company pushing less for live-service games, resulting in Dragon Age 4 abandoning any multiplayer/live-service elements. Of course, anything and everything could change in game development, especially with so little known about a title like Dragon Age 4. It’s good and reassuring to hear BioWare pushing single-player forward. Speaking of changes in Dragon Age 4, the turnover rate at BioWare has worried some fans about the future of the game. Mike Laidlaw was creative director when Dragon Age 4 was in its Joplin Project-state, but that was eventually scrapped for the Morrison project. With this, Mark Darrah remained as executive producer on Morrison, while Matthew Goldman became the creative director. Darrah, alongside BioWare GM Casey Hudson, would leave at the end of 2020, with Christian Dailey assuming Darrah’s role. Now, Goldman has left Dragon Age 4, and no new creative director has yet to be named. BioWare has reassured fans that it won’t ship Dragon Age 4 until it meets the company’s standards and says Goldman left the team in good hands. In this context, it’s worth mentioning that no singular person creates a game, and while turnovers can be a cause for concern, nothing here suggests that these departures are in a bad context. For now, fans will just have to wait and see what Dragon Age 4 news comes in 2022, and perhaps, just maybe, fans will get to see actual story and gameplay trailers then too. Dragon Age 4 is currently in development. MORE: Dragon Age 4 Releases New 'Spooky' Concept Art for Halloween Source: BioWare
EA marks Dragon Age Day with two new stories and a host of events
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Grim Dawn on Xbox Series X: A dated classic on consoles
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Grim Dawn: Definitive Edition is a Diablo -like action role-playing game (ARPG) that originally launched on PC in 2016. The title garnered stellar reviews from critics and has received strong post-launch support over the years. The Ashes of Malmouth and Forgotten Gods expansions not only add more items and weapons, but also bring new environments for you to explore. All of this content is available in the Definitive Edition of the game. A few years ago, developer Crate Entertainment announced that it was working on an Xbox One port of the popular ARPG. Development hasn’t been smooth, and since then the Xbox Series X| S have launched around the world. Now that Grim Dawn is finally available on Microsoft’s consoles, how does it hold up? I was provided early access to the game and played it on Xbox Series X. The title runs at 1080p and 30 frames per second (FPS) on the powerful machine and features no optimizations for current-generation hardware. This is disappointing, to say the least, but I contacted the developer and a spokesperson told me that the team didn’t receive an Xbox Series X Developer Kit from Microsoft in time. However, what about Xbox One X enhancements? Surely more could’ve been done for that. Grim Dawn costs $54.99 on the Microsoft Store so it’s competing with AAA games. The fact that it lacks Xbox One X or Xbox Series X| S optimizations will not only hurt sales, but also hurt the reputation of the game and Crate Entertainment. Maybe delaying it would’ve been a better option, but I think if Grim Dawn had included Xbox One X enhancements, many gamers would’ve been pleased with the results. Since the performance and resolution targets are so low, the game runs smoothly no matter what’s happening on-screen. It plays exactly like an ARPG should with the controller. You directly controller your character with the left thumbstick and use a variety of attacks by pressing buttons like X or Y. My only real complaint would be that the text is too small in the inventory, but that can easily be fixed with an update. Grim Dawn is a fantastic experience on PC. It’s one of the best ARPGs out there in my opinion, but on Xbox One, it’s a letdown. It looks like an Xbox 360 title to be honest, even though the content is absolutely stellar. The game is complex with a lot of mechanics, features an excellent story, amazing continuous loot drops, and much more. It’s a shame that the title doesn't shine on consoles. Hopefully, the developer will at least issue an Xbox One X patch while it waits to receive Xbox Series X| S units from Microsoft. Unfortunately, the market has moved past Grim Dawn because we’re in a new console generation. Despite whatever problems Crate Entertainment experienced, the team has to take into account that the asking price of $54.99 puts their title in a highly competitive league where there are plenty of other options like Diablo II: Resurrected. Until G rim Dawn receives an update that overhauls the visuals and frame rate on either Xbox One X or Xbox Series X| S, I simply can’t recommend it. It doesn’t matter how good other aspects of the game are. With that said, the exemplary post-launch support Grim Dawn has received over the years is a testament to the developer’s commitment to its titles. However, it all depends on when those patches are released. Let’s hope it’s soon and not in a few years when there’s even more competition in the ever-growing ARPG genre.
Diablo II: Resurrected gets support for Nvidia DLSS, but there are some kinks to iron out
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Animal Crossing’s 2.0 update is perfect for recreating Studio Ghibli movie scenes
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons players have a knack for recreating the look of other iconic games within the adorable dimensions of one island. There are fan builds for Breath of the Wild as well as other classic Nintendo games, a task made easier with the inclusion of Mario-themed items in a March 2021 update. Other creators have taken to recreating iconic film worlds, especially those from Studio Ghibli’s acclaimed animated films. Aesthetically, this makes complete sense. Studio Ghibli films are painstakingly hand-animated with a whimsical, painterly style and have a warm, cozy feel that’s similar to that of New Horizons. Historically, players have mostly relied on custom designs — for furniture and clothing items — to get these scenes right. But the New Horizons 2.0 update, in conjunction with the Happy Home Paradise add-on, has given players an even broader toolkit for creating Studio Ghibli-inspired scenes. Newer recreations use vines, polishes, accent walls, partitions, and other items to create more immersive and detailed in-game environments. Spirited Away #animalcrossing #acnh pic.twitter.com/n7nbuDTXO6 The following recreation of a scene from My Neighbor Totoro features wall vines, hanging ceiling items, and polishes (which create the appearance of fluttering moths). All of this is captured in the new Pro Camera app’s first-person lens. It’s also worth noting that this player is dressed up like Porco Rosso, from the Studio Ghibli film of the same name. Similar techniques are used here to recreate Howl’s bedroom from Howl’s Moving Castle in astonishing detail. Gyroids, introduced in the 2.0 update, have also played a role in these builds. In this recreation, Arfoid is posing as fire demon Calcifer. Others are recreating Spirited Away ’s first No-Face scene — where the monster enters the bathhouse, after Chihiro mistakes it for a paying customer. This build uses a combination of custom designs, as well as Happy Home Paradise ’s unlockable partitions and the 2.0 update’s single accent wall option. (These features are commonly used together to create the look of porches and balconies.) This creator designed Spirited Away ’s ghost town from the beginning of the film. They used the first-person camera perspective, and recorded themselves walking through the empty night market. The addition of farming has allowed this player to recreate a scene from When Marnie Was There, a Studio Ghibli film directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi. All of these trends ultimately expand on some of the longer-running Miyazaki homages that people have created in New Horizons. Since the game’s debut in March 2020, players have been making gorgeous scene studies and posting screenshots side by side with their Studio Ghibli film counterparts. Others had incorporated villagers into the designs, posing as Studio Ghibli’s most famous animal characters. Whether these builds inspire you to try making your own Ghibli-themed islands — or to simply rewatch the stunning films — they’re certainly beautiful to look at.
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Google Pixel 6 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: Insane Cameras vs Foldable Magic
(1.01/3)

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold series has several worthy challengers inside China, but everywhere else in the world, the Galaxy Z Fold has a virtual monopoly on the large foldable category. This was supposed to change soon, as Google had been heavily rumored to have been working on a foldable Pixel, but alas, it’s not meant to be, as Google has reportedly canceled plans for a foldable for now. But this doesn’t mean Google doesn’t have anything to compete against Samsung’s top dog, the Galaxy Z Fold 3. The Pixel 6 Pro may be “just” a conventional slab phone that doesn’t fold or change shapes, but it is still an excellent Android phone — arguably the best, according to our official review — that everyone on the market for a new phone should consider. If you’re looking to buy a new phone — which one should you consider? About this review: This comparison was written after testing a Google Pixel 6 Pro that XDA purchased and a Galaxy Z Fold 3 provided by Samsung. Google Ireland did provide my colleague Adam Conway with a Pixel 6 Pro review unit, but it was not used in this piece. Neither company had any input in this article. Both of these phones are extremely well-built and among the very top in their category. The Pixel 6 Pro has precise haptics that makes typing a joy, as well as a curved OLED screen that blends seamlessly into the aluminum chassis. My grey variant is a bit dull in my opinion (at least until I put a bright orange skin on part of the phone’s backside), but I’ve seen other colorways up close and they look beautiful. But the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is just on another level in terms of showing cutting-edge hardware that drop jaws. It’s a mini-tablet that folds in half to become a TV remote-shaped smartphone. And having used the first Galaxy Fold, it still amazes me how much Samsung managed to make in just two years. The Z Fold 3’s hinge is rock steady, allowing the device to stay halfway folded and stay still at any angle. The folding plastic OLED screen, while still mushier than a real glass screen, feels less plasticky than the first Fold’s screen. And despite all the moving parts, Samsung managed to add an IPX8 water resistance rating. The Pixel 6 Pro is obviously easier to hold, with a curvier, thinner body (8.9mm, to the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s 14mm when folded) that weighs less (210g, to the Z Fold 3’s 273g), but Galaxy Z Fold 3 can be a better one-handed phone because in folded form, it’s now as wide horizontally. Either way, you will probably want to get cases for these as they’re still mostly made of glass. There are lots of great options for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Pixel 6 Pro. Both of these phones pack 120Hz displays (in Samsung’s case, two of them), and while I think the Pixel UI’s animations take advantage of the 120Hz more than Samsung’s One UI, the Z Fold 3’s screen gets brighter. In terms of brains, the Pixel 6 Pro runs on the Tensor, widely advertised as Google’s own self-designed SoC, but Tensor, ironically, has close ties with Samsung’s Exynos chips. And even more ironically, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 does not use Samsung’s own Exynos chips at all. Instead, it runs on the Snapdragon 888, because Qualcomm holds all the critical CDMA patents that are used in the US. So in a way, the Pixel 6 Pro’s brain consists of more Samsung parts than the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s. Both the Tensor and Snapdragon 888 are very capable chips. The latter has a bit more raw power, but the former is more intelligent at machine learning tasks that deal with language and photos. Everything else one would expect from a flagship phone in 2021 can be found in these devices: excellent stereo speaker system, wireless charging, NFC, the latest Bluetooth standards, and large batteries (5,000 mAh on the Pixel 6 Pro; 4,400 mAh on the Galaxy Z Fold 3). The Google Pixel 6 Pro brings major camera hardware upgrades over previous Pixels: the triple-lens main system is headlined by a 50MP GN1 Sensor (again, ironically, from Samsung) with a large image sensor that captures sharp, punchy images with shallow depth-of-field. This capable main shooter is flanked by a 48MP Periscope zoom lens that can produce sharp 4x optical zoom photos, and a 12MP ultra-wide. Around the front is an 11MP selfie shooter. The triple 12MP main system here is recycled from last year’s Z Fold 2, and is technically inferior to even Samsung’s standard, non-Ultra, Galaxy S20 released over 18 months ago. However, as Google has proved in years past, there’s more to camera performance than just hardware, and the Z Fold 3’s cameras are still fine. In fact, most average users probably won’t have any gripes with it at all in a vacuum. But compared to the Pixel 6 Pro? The Z Fold 3’s cameras fall short in almost every area. In low-light photos, the Pixel 6 Pro consistently finds better exposure, whether it’s the main or ultra-wide camera. For zoom photos, same thing — no surprise, because the Pixel 6 Pro has a 4x Periscope zoom to Z Fold 3’s 2x telephoto zoom. There are two areas in which the Galaxy Z Fold 3 beats the Pixel 6 Pro: the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s ultra-wide is significantly wider (the Pixel’s ultra-wide can barely be called an ultra-wide). And the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s folding body gives it more flexibility, such as the ability to serve as its own tripod. As long as you can find a flat surface on which to place the Galaxy Z Fold 3, it can stand “upright” on its own and film, while the Pixel 6 Pro would need to be propped against something. At the time of writing this, my unlocked Galaxy Z Fold 3 is still running on Android 11 with Samsung’s One UI 3.1.1 on top. While Samsung has begun pushing Android 12 with One UI 4 on top in beta stages, there’s no telling when my Fold 3 will actually get it. The Pixel 6 Pro, of course, has no such concerns and shipped with Android 12 out of the box. Being Google’s own device, it will always be among the first to run the latest version of Android. The Android 12 that’s running here also isn’t vanilla Android, but a version Google is likely keeping exclusive for the Pixel. As my colleague Adam Conway explained in a recent article, the Pixel 6 Pro’s Android 12 places a heavy emphasis on aesthetic customization so the phone’s UI can have a bit of personality and originality. Just from looks, I like the Pixel 6 Pro’s software better than Samsung’s. I like the customizable color accents that runs throughout the entire Pixel UI, I like the whimsical animations (they zip and bounce around more than most Android skins with the exception of maybe Xiaomi’s MIUI), large toggle buttons, and rounded corner widgets. Samsung’s One UI looks a bit plain by comparison. In terms of extra features, each UI trade blows. I love that the Pixel can automatically identify music playing near me and show the song title on the Always-On Display screen. And the Pixel’s eerily accurate voice dictation has changed the way I use WhatsApp (I now respond via voice mostly instead of typing). But the Galaxy Z Fold 3 has better multi-tasking capabilities and I’m not just talking about the fact it has a larger screen. Samsung’s One UI allows me to open apps not just in split-screen mode, but also in a floating, resizable window. This means I can use two apps easily. The Pixel 6 Pro only offers split-screen multi-tasking which just isn’t as free as the option to have floating windows. I’ve been using the Galaxy Z Fold 3 on and off for over three months, with at least a combined month’s worth of time as my main phone. The Pixel 6 Pro, meanwhile, has been my daily driver for the past month. I have no major gripes with performance, as both phones run stable and behave mostly as intended. With 12GB of RAM each, apps launched at a speedy rate, even if I had over a dozen in the background. The Snapdragon 888 inside the Galaxy Z Fold 3 has a slightly more capable GPU than the Tensor, but I didn’t notice any differences when gaming — although admittedly, I am a light mobile gamer. One thing I think Samsung got right is it starts the Galaxy Z Fold 3 at 256GB storage, instead of the 128GB that starts the Pixel 6 Pro. Just 128GB in 2021 doesn’t feel adequate to last the next two years, especially since the Pixel’s cameras are so good it entices you to shoot and film more. I have noticed bugs on the Pixel 6 Pro every now and then, like apps crashing, or fingerprint sensor light still being on after I’ve unlocked the phone. But these are rare occurrences. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is more polished in terms of running problem-free. However, the Pixel 6 Pro has a much better camera system and stronger battery life too. The Pixel 6 Pro can consistently finish a 13-hour whole day out on a single charge, while the Galaxy Z Fold 3 struggles to last 13 hours from my usage — it will usually dip to under 10% by hour 12. Unfortunately, charging both phones will feel slow for anyone who has used other Chinese phones. The Pixel 6 Pro charges wired at 30W and wireless at 23W, while the Z Fold 3 charges at 20W and 11W respectively. These are slow numbers compared to the 50-60W wireless charging a Xiaomi or OnePlus phone offer. I charge my phone overnight so it’s not too big an issue. But if you ever need a mid-evening top-up before heading out, expect to sit there all dressed up waiting 20 minutes longer than a Xiaomi or Oppo user would have to. But it’s still ultimately just a slab phone with one form factor. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is a much more ambitious device that can do more. The larger screen (7.6-inches) makes almost every task easier: gaming, watching videos, editing word documents, typing long emails, reading articles, navigating through Google Maps, everything is just better on a bigger screen. The Galaxy Z Fold 3’s ability to stay halfway folded at any angle (which Samsung calls “Flex Mode”) also adds another layer of versatility. As long as there’s a flat surface, I can use the Galaxy Z Fold 3 to take hands-free video calls or take photos of myself without asking a stranger to help hold the camera. I can shoot time-lapse videos without needing a tripod or prop the phone up against something. So while the Pixel 6 Pro changes how I use a smartphone camera, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 changes how I use a smartphone. I’ve been carrying both of these phones for the past week and I am torn as to which one I like more. The Pixel 6 Pro is probably my favorite slab to use right now due to the combination of great camera performance, strong battery life, immersive (notch-less) screen, and a good-looking UI. But as it’s still just a normal phone. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 feels like it’s more. And for me, a tech enthusiast who also happens to work on the road often, the ability to type a bit faster due to the larger keyboard, or run two apps in split-screen mode without needing to squint, or have an ongoing WhatsApp conversation run in a small floating window while I’m watching a video, make me feel a sense of awe, and reminds me why foldables are still absolutely the future. But right now, the price of foldables is still high, so for most people, the Pixel 6 Pro is the wiser purchase.
Here's why Oppo's upcoming foldable phone could be a real Samsung Galaxy Z Fold rival
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Get a Nintendo Switch OLED before Christmas with these bundle deals
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Rather than release them during this year's big Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales events, Amazon has held off until today for a Nintendo Switch OLED restock. The console and a number of bundles are currently available to order for immediate delivery. Amazon only has the White version of the Nintendo Switch OLED in stock for £309.99. When it comes to bundles, the best value option includes a Switch OLED and Just Dance 2022 for £338.99. You can also pick up a console with Metroid Dread or Assassin's Creed 3 Remastered if you prefer. However, if those options don't interest you - or you'd prefer the Neon console - there is still some availability at Very. With these bundles, you can save up to £20, but the only possible issue here is that delivery is expected from December 16. Need one sooner? Amazon is the way to go. At least a console will arrive before Christmas either way. That's everything out there right now. For the regular console, you can take a look at our guide to all the very best Nintendo Switch deals that are available today. And if all these Nintendo Switch OLED bundles dry up, you can keep an eye on our Nintendo Switch OLED restock hub for the latest updates.
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EdgeX Foundry on K3s (Part 1): The Inception
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Join the DZone community and get the full member experience. As we start using edge computing in its true sense, I think we are approaching the edge of the technological renaissance. The Edge is becoming an essential element of all the upcoming and futuristic technologies. Some of the popular examples would be as shown in Fig. 1: The major issues which are common in all the above areas are minimum latency requirement and high network availability. These two issues are exacerbated in the case of traditional cloud-based architectures as it is a centralized architecture. Edge plays an important role in alleviating the two pressure points by distributing data processing, thus being an essential part of all the technologies. Edge is primarily an application or use case-driven strategy. Thus its implementation changes according to the use case and the underlying issues (e.g latency, network bandwidth, scalability, security, etc.). This is also true for the adoption of 5G. Industries are formulating new tools and technologies to adopt 5G in various areas such as IoT, IIoT, entertainment, and more. This is the correct stage for choosing the correct path for implementation and formulating the standards that will help to onboard future technologies. Linux Foundation initiated two open communities namely, LF Networking and LF Edge. These communities provide an ecosystem for network infrastructure and services as well as an interoperable framework for Edge computing respectively. Furthermore, LF Networking integrates with LF Edge to provide an open-source Edge framework and seamless Edge networking. But out of these one thing that caught my attention and triggered me to explore this further was the 5G Super Blueprint initiative. As we have learned so far, all the upcoming technologies desperately need low-latency, high-bandwidth, and scalable networks. To address all these issues, LF Networking announced 5G Super Blueprint (see Fig. 2), a community-driven integration/illustration of multiple open source initiatives coming together to show end-to-end use cases demonstrating implementation architectures for end users. As you can see 5G Super Blueprint is mainly divided into three sections. The first section named User Edge is also considered as the last mile network. It deals with the applications which are closer to end-users. It uses on-prem and distributed compute resources to reduce latency. It also lowers the pressure on the broadband networks by minimizing the unnecessary backhaul communication to the data centers. In addition to it, we also achieve autonomy, increased security and privacy, and a reduction in overall cost. The business model that applications use in UE is generally based on CAPEX as infrastructure and its operation is handled by the user rather than delivered as managed service. In contrast to UE, SPE is a distributed yet shared space and is primarily consumed as a service. It is considered to be more secured and private as compared to the cloud as it uses private networks (both wired and wireless/cellular) operated by service providers. It is more standardized than UE, but it also has unique requirements according to the use case and location. The core of 5G Blueprint consists of tools that provide open cloud-native 5G network functions. Cloud infrastructure that adheres to the 5G principles and is able to provision these 5G functions (e.g. network accelerators, vector packet processors, etc.). It also consists of a management plane that offers to orchestrate, automate, and manage the lifecycle of network functions. No, there is a slight difference. Edge native applications leverage cloud-native principles while taking into account the unique characteristics of the Edge in areas such as resource constraints, security, latency, and autonomy. Edge native applications are developed in ways that leverage the cloud and work in concert with upstream resources. Edge applications that don’t comprehend centralized cloud compute resources, remote management, and orchestration or leverage CI/CD aren’t truly “edge native”, rather they more closely resemble traditional on-premises applications. The first reason why I started my exploration in the Edge with EdgeX Foundry is that it was an overlapping project in UE and SPE space. It means that you can use it in UE or in SPE or a combination of both. To understand how it is possible, let’s dive into its architecture. As you can see in Fig. 3, EdgeX Foundry is primarily divided into 4 layers which are briefly described as follows: Core data: a persistence repository and associated management service for data collected from south side objects. Command: a service that facilitates and controls actuation requests from the north side to the south side. Rules Engine: the reference implementation of Edge analytics service that performs if-then conditional actuation at the Edge, based on sensor data collected by the EdgeX instance. Scheduling: an internal EdgeX “clock” that can kick off operations in any EdgeX service. Logging: provides a central logging facility for all of EdgeX services. Services send log entries into the logging facility via a REST API where log entries can be persisted in a database or log file. Alerts and Notifications: provides EdgeX services with a central facility to send out an alert or notification. The placement of these services defines whether the EdgeX Foundry implementation is either on UE or SPE. The following diagram (see Fig.4) describes this placement in detail. The loosely coupled architecture and the microservices design enable the deployment of its services in various combinations. Coming back to the reason starting with EdgeX Foundry, it is currently in Stage 3 of the LF Edge’s Project Lifecycle Document (PLD) process. All new projects enter as: While working in Edge, you require a lightweight, resource-constraint, and highly available orchestrator to manage Edge native applications. There are many options available like minikube, kind, Kubernetes, K3s, and MicroK8s. Although minikube and things like it are popular tools for hands-on or demo purposes, they are not production-compliant. Kubernetes is a good option for the orchestration of the Edge-native microservices. K3s and MicroK8s are lightweight variants of Kubernetes which are more suitable for the Edge scenarios. Both of them can be deployed on small devices like Raspberry-Pis and also on AWS instances. K3s is Linux distribution independent and follows the multi-node architecture. Due to these reasons, we are focusing on K3s for deploying EdgeX Foundry. In this post, we have seen: I hope you found this post informative and engaging. Stay tuned for part 2, where we explore how to deploy EdgeX Foundry on K3s and how to send sensor data from Raspberry Pi to EdgeX Foundry. Published at DZone with permission of Ruturaj Kadikar. See the original article here. Opinions expressed by DZone contributors are their own.
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FIFA 22 Best Free Agents to Sign in Season 1, Season 2 Career Mode
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FIFA 22 is about to release with its wide variety of new icons and players to invest in. There are a large number of players that you can add to your squad. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll be able to scout big names without any transfer fee. In this guide, we will go through the FIFA 22 Best Free Agents. Before we name the best Free Agents for FIFA 22, you should completely be aware of what free agents are and how they work in the game. A free agent is the type of player whose contract is nearing its expiration date, or it has already expired. This means that you can secure some of the best players who are now parting ways with their teams. There are specific reasons why a player part ways with his team and becomes a free agent. It could be due to financial pressure, or maybe they are up for a challenge. Moreover, to compete with bigger clubs, it is essential to introduce yourself to the transfer markets. One important thing to remember about free transfers is that they’re not always the best option for you. There is a reason why these players are free, and that could be because of their incompetence. So avoid wasting time on these players, and focus instead on the ones that could bring something to your team. Another essential thing to remember would be that in FIFA 22 Career Mode, the younger a player is, the better he’ll be. Growth is a compelling stat that determines the overall success in Career Mode. Young Stars are more likely to overtake other players along the way. Of course, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t any good old players, but an interesting strategy is to bargain on younger players from smaller clubs when you’re looking for Free Agents. Here are a few acronyms that will help you understand more about Free Agents in the table below. Position: This is the player’s spot on the field and the area where they hold their expertise. Overall Rating (OVR): The combination of all of the stats and attributes of the players that determine their overall performance is called OVR. Potential (POT): The maximum amount of OVR that a player offers is his potential. Market Value (VA): The price at which a certain player’s contract can be sold to another company is his Market Value. FIFA 22 Season 1 Free Agents are free to use, but despite being available for use without any cost, you should still focus on your wage bills. Also, it’s recommended to select free agents based upon their age group since younger players have a higher chance of being developed into megastars and later sold for a considerable profit as compared to old-timers. Below is a list of the best Free Agents in the first season of FIFA 22. As mentioned before, younger players bring more value to your club as they can be built into stars in Career Mode. Therefore, always stay on put when it comes to choosing players, especially from smaller clubs, as they have several younger players with their contracts about to get expired. However, don’t underestimate older players as they can be an amazing addition to your club as well as they bring a lot of potential with their experience. Younger players such as Hugo Lloris and Diogo Costa have proven to have a lot of potential to reach the highest possible rank in FIFA 22. Their contracts are on the edge of the cliff, and they are eagerly waiting for someone to sign them and that someone is you. Below is a list of the Best Contract Expiry Signings 2022: Just like in Season 1, you’ll have a chance to pick free agents in Season 2 of FIFA 22 for 2023. Unlike the first season, where your main goal was to add young players to your club, you’ll be picking the best older and more experienced players in the second season. In order to have the best free agents for season 2, you need to keep an eye out on contracts that expire in 2023. This will give you enough time to prep so you can snag these free agents as soon as they become available for season 2 of FIFA 22 career mode. Starting off with the legendary player Lionel Messi. His amazing dribbling and ball control can surely lead any team to a victory. Moving on, we have another Legendary player in soccer, Cristiano Ronaldo. Accompanied by his fellow Legendary player Messi, he’s an experienced player with a lot of stardom, and soon both are going to be free agents. Apart from the players playing in bigger leagues, there are players belonging to lower leagues that are quite unknown. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t use these players to make a profit out of them. That’s not the case in FIFA 22, as lower league players can be used and developed into higher-level professionals with a lot of potential. Players such as Maarten Vandevoordt and Fabio Carvalho are prime examples of what lower league players are capable of. Even though their overall is low, they can still manage to reach up to an 85+ Potential and prove to dominate the field against high league opponents in FIFA 22.
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How to watch Gervonta Davis vs Isaac Cruz and live stream title fight from anywhere
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Undefeated lightweight world champion Gervonta "Tank" Davis (25-0) fights the ultra-aggressive Isaac "Pitbull" Cruz (22-1-1), one of the hardest hitters in the division, in a title showdown that promises to be explosive right from the first bell. So read on as we explain all the details you need on how to watch a Davis vs Cruz live stream and catch all the boxing action online from anywhere in the world. Of course, you can't mention punching power without a salute to Davis's extraordinary 96% knockout rate. The American's fists have decided his past 16 consecutive fights, an extraordinary six-year run that has included title fights at super featherweight, lightweight, and super-lightweight. Cruz - four years Davis' junior at 23 years old - has already racked up 24 professional fights, including five in the past two years. But it's his 53-second annihilation of Diego Magdaleno last year that put him on the map, a brutal demonstration of body-punching that twice sent the former lightweight contender sprawling in under a minute. The Mexican was parachuted in as a late replacement for Rolando Romero, and this fight should be all the more thrilling for it. Follow our guide below to watch a Davis vs Cruz live stream online from anywhere. We've rounded up ways to watch the boxing in various countries around the world below. But if you're abroad this weekend and your home coverage is geo-blocked, then the only alternative that we know is to use a VPN to dial in to a country where the fight is being shown. The software is generally ideal for this as it allows you to change your IP address and appear to be in a completely different location - and all through a safe, encrypted connection. Here's how to get started. Use a VPN to live stream Davis vs Cruz from anywhere Sadly there's no confirmed broadcaster for Davis vs Cruz in Australia at the time of writing. The only alternative is to use one of the best VPN service providers to tap into coverage from another nation, as described above. The software is generally ideal for this as it allows you to change your IP address and appear to be in a completely different location - and all through a safe, encrypted connection. But do bear in mind that most paid streaming services do require a credit card based in the country the service is from.
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The quests in Fortnite Chapter 3, Season 1, work differently than they have in the past. There are Daily Quests, Season Quests, and Milestones for players to complete for some bonus XP towards unlocking new skins on the Battle Pass, which now includes Marvel's Spider-Man. One of the Season quests that Fortnite players might find themselves doing requires them to place surveillance cameras in a single match, but before that happens, they'll need the locations of the cameras. Before players start stage 2 of this quest, they will first need to receive the objective at Mighty Monument, a landmark located on the far east side of the new Fortnite map. The tiny island has a colossal statue of a person in the middle of it, so it's very hard to miss. Once players get to the statue, the landmark will be unlocked on the map, and players can move on to the surveillance cameras. RELATED: Fortnite Chapter 3 Leak Confirms Spider-Man, Gears of War, and New Gameplay Features Players can see the location of Mighty Monument in the image above, as well as the locations of the two surveillance cameras down below. The first camera can be found on the north side of Mighty Monument, hidden near some bushes. Fortnite players only need to interact with it once to make it count for the quest's completion. And the second camera at Mighty Monument is located a little bit to the east of where the first one was found. If players are directly behind the statue, the camera should be on the back-right side. Since the island is pretty small, players should have no trouble quickly finding both cameras in a single match without losing. There's a lot to see and do in the new chapter of Fortnite, but one of the mechanics that players can try out immediately is the new sliding mechanic. To do it, press the right stick in while running. If players are going downhill, they will gain momentum, which can be very helpful for evading enemies. Fortnite is currently free-to-play on PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. The mobile version of Fortnite is still currently unavailable on both the App Store and Google Play Store. MORE: The Game Awards 2021: Predicting Best Ongoing Game Winner
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Call of Duty: Warzone players have a lot to look forward to in the near future. With an enormous update in the works planned to continue the story of Call of Duty: Vanguard, add the new Pacific Caldera map, and transform the game into Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific, it seems the title has a treasure trove of new content coming down the pipeline. However, one player appears to have accidentally made his own fun with a poorly-timed invitation for another player to be his best man. The battle royale game allows for online multiplayer with up to 150 players, which can lead to a frantic experience. The confusion is only enhanced by Call of Duty: Warzone 's array of bugs and hackers, all of which can seriously impact gameplay. RELATED: Call of Duty: Warzone Bug Is Randomly Removing Riot Shields Redditor JewCanoe42 shared a short video focusing on a moment he took out of a busy day to catch up with a friend mid-round. As the two charged across a Call of Duty: Warzone map in a relatively quiet moment, the Redditor told his friend that he was getting married. He stated that although he didn't have a date yet, he wanted his friend to be his best man. Unfortunately, as soon as the invitation was uttered, the bullets began flying. Almost as soon as the words were out of the Redditor's mouth, both he and his prospective best men were cut down by enemy fire and kicked back to the lobby screen. One soldier telling another about plans they have for after the war is commonly used as cinema shorthand to humanize the soldiers. Often, this is to prepare the audience to care about the characters' inevitable impending death. While this interaction seems to have been unscripted and the results unintentional, it certainly resembles similar scenes in war movies that may have inspired the Call of Duty games. It appears that other fans find the video hilarious. Some users stated that they were planning to invite their friends to be their best men over Call of Duty: Warzone now as well. According to the original poster, his friend did agree to be his best man after things calmed down, so the tactic does appear to be successful. It's certainly not the strangest thing a player has done in Call of Duty: Warzone, though it may be one of the heartwarming. Call of Duty: Warzone is available now on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. MORE: Complete Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific Map Breakdown
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Sony's offerings on PlayStation Plus have been quite a bit better than what Xbox's Games with Gold tend to have available for subscribers. However, over the last few years, Microsoft has come up with a service that beats out PS Now and PlayStation Plus when it comes to the value and the games on offer. While Sony has been trying to beef up its offerings on the PS Now service, it's seemingly long been an afterthought, even among PS4/PS5 players. Sony might finally be trying to compete with Microsoft by launching a direct competitor to the Xbox Game Pass service, and at first blush, there are some indications it could be a serious Game Pass competitor. If Sony is indeed launching what's allegedly been codenamed Project Spartacus, then it seems Xbox Game Pass may have some competition. If Project Spartacus is everything recent reports claim it is, then Microsoft is about to lose its foothold on the one part of the industry where it's been undisputed. However, there is one opening for Microsoft to hang onto its subscription service dominance. For now at least, it appears Spartacus could only offer certain certain first-party titles with the service for a short duration, unlike the permanent first-party titles on Xbox Game Pass. RELATED: The Best PS2 Games On PlayStation Now (November 2021) If the reports about what Spartacus has to offer are accurate, then the service is going to be following in the footsteps of Xbox Game Pass by combining PS Plus and PS Now. That's going to mean that there's plenty of games to pull from. While PS Now tends to get overlooked because it doesn't have a ton of new games, it's not a bad service on its face. Sony has also clearly been working to beef up what it does offer, with newer and more popular games over the last few months. The company appears to know that if it wants to really compete with something like Xbox Game Pass, it's going to have to expand. Certainly the catalog that is offered by PS Plus, especially in 2021, has been impressive. A ton of games were added to the service that were of high demand. In many regards, it seems as if the PS Plus offerings over the last year or so have actually been better than Xbox's Games With Gold service. Of course, it also appears as if Microsoft has made the Games With Gold games more of an afterthought compared to Xbox Game Pass. With Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Microsoft has found a way to surpass Xbox Games With Gold with a larger and better catalog in Xbox Game Pass. By combining the two services, Microsoft is able to compete with PS Plus, and leaves PS Now in the dust. One of the reasons that Xbox Game Pass has gotten so much better over the last year is that Microsoft has been adding some heavy hitters to its catalog as "first party" games, thanks to its acquisitions of studios like Bethesda. Even if it doesn't, there is exactly one platform where these games can be played for no further charge. Titles like Fallout 4, the new Wolfenstein games, and lesser know but still beloved titles like Prey are all on offer on Xbox Game Pass. Even better is that, while the service routinely rotates quite a few of the games on the service, the Bethesda games are likely there for as long as Game Pass exists in its current iteration. Certainly, if the reports of what Project Spartacus will include are correct, there will be plenty of Sony first-party games in its catalog. The problem is that most of those first-party games tend to be more attractive to those who have a special place in their hearts for PS2 and PS3 titles. While some newer games like Horizon: Zero Dawn are finally arriving on PlayStation Now, the newer Sony studio games are few and far between. Unlike Microsoft, first-party games on PS Now don't stick around for long. It sounds like that might not change when Project Spartacus is launched next spring, as there are no plans to launch "day and date" first-party titles on the new subscription service. By contrast, when Halo Infinite launches worldwide later this month, it will be also be launching for no additional fee on Xbox Game Pass for both PC and console. When adding in other titles that aren't first-party, like MLB The Show and Outriders, Xbox Game Pass becomes the place to play these games. Knowing that, it's a bit strange that the one weakness of Project Spartacus appears to be that Sony won't be following in those footsteps. It certainly seems as if the ability to play God of War: Ragnarok or Horizon: Forbidden West for no extra charge on launch day would be a massive win column for this rumored new subscription service. If Project Spartacus offered Sony launch titles right out of the gate, it could certainly compete with Xbox Game Pass. By apparently sidestepping that option, at least at first, it's hampering itself in comparison. MORE: The Best Multiplayer Games On PlayStation Now (November 2021)
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Broncos vs Chiefs live stream: how to watch NFL Sunday Night Football from anywhere
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The Chiefs are back! Or are they? Patrick Mahomes and co. looked like they were finally getting something going before their bye, and they'll be put to the test by an unpredictable Broncos team that has quietly put together one of the league's more solid defenses. Read on as we explain how to get a Broncos vs Chiefs live stream and watch NFL Sunday Night Football online from anywhere. Vic Fangio's men have allowed an average of 17.2 points per game over the past five weeks, a mark that KC have really had to toil to get to most games. And despite blowing hot and cold, they've been taking down some big game, namely the Cowboys, a resurgent Washington, and the Chargers, rookie cornerback Patrick Surtain coming up with a career game last weekend. The Chiefs' 41-14 demolition of the Raiders three weeks ago was their most convincing performance of the season, but they followed it up with a frustrating showing against the Cowboys. The important thing is they still got the win to cling on to the AFC West's top spot, but the Broncos are just one victory behind. Follow our guide for how to watch the Broncos vs Chiefs online and get an NFL live stream wherever you are in the world right now. If you've mismatched a holiday or you're away on business and you want to watch your country's coverage from abroad, then you'll need to use a VPN. This will help you dial in to a location back in your home country to avoid geo-blocks and regain access to the content and services you already pay for back home. A VPN is generally perfect for this as it allows you to change your IP address so you appear to be in a completely different location when the big game is on. Use a VPN to live stream Broncos vs Chiefs from anywhere
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Xbox Game Pass has received a number of great titles to close out 2021. There have been some blockbuster titles such as Forza Horizon 5, but those have also been accompanied by smaller games that many Xbox Game Pass subscribers likely hadn't heard of before their addition. Adding underrated or obscure games to Game Pass is what makes the subscription service exceptional. Not only is it a great value for gamers, but it also is a fantastic way for Xbox players to discover and try games that they normally wouldn't have heard about or wanted to spend additional money on. One of the more recent additions that many subscribers likely don't know much about is Generation Zero. Developed and published by Systemic Reaction, Generation Zero is an open-world first-person shooter that is set in an alternate reality version of Sweden. The game takes place in 1989, but is also post-apocalyptic, as the country has become overrun by robots that are efficient at killing humans. The player takes control of a teenager who is returning to their hometown only to discover that everybody has disappeared. From there, players have to both discover what became of them, as well as defeat the killer robots that have taken hold. RELATED: PlayStation Reportedly Planning Xbox Game Pass Competitor With PS1, PS2, PSP Games While Generation Zero is primarily an open-world shooter, it is also a survival game. Players are at a severe disadvantage against the army of robots throughout its setting. To survive, players have to manage their resources well, loot as much as possible, and pick opportune moments to strike. Sneaking through the map and looting buildings for supplies and resources has been compared to games like State of Decay, while its high-stakes combat requires players to use their equipment wisely and know when it's best to just run away. Throughout the game, players can tackle different missions that take them across the map to earn better gear and unravel the narrative, and the game's world is constantly evolving with a dynamic weather system, day/night cycle, and updates from the developers. The biggest of those updates has been Generation Zero 's Resistance update. This update introduced an entirely new base-building mechanic that is similar to player camps in Fallout 76. Once players build their bases they have to defend themselves from waves of machine hordes and can unlock new craftable gear to help give them the upper hand, such as experimental ammo types. The update is included in the base game for all players, and adds a new layer to surviving Sweden's machine apocalypse. One of the best parts of Generation Zero is that it is fully playable in up to four player co-op - with crossplay available for those on Xbox and PC. Players are able to jump in and out of one another's games at any time to tackle some of its bigger challenges together, before splitting the loot and returning to their own games. If players want, they can even play through the entire game together, with each player able to customize their strengths to complement one another. The system is great at allowing friends to play together no matter how much time they have spent on their own, while also ensuring that everyone gets rewards and continues progressing. There is a great variety of co-op titles already offered on Xbox Game Pass, but Generation Zero offers a unique experience through how open-ended its gameplay and world are. Generation Zero is available now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. MORE: Xbox Game Pass Ultimate: How it Differs from a Regular Subscription
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When compared with the other main characters in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Sweet Dee is arguably the most normal. Given how messed up the rest of the gang are, that's not really saying all that much, though it is quite impressive given how much verbal abuse she's had to put up with over the years, with Charlie, Mac, Frank, and Dennis constantly berating her due to her supposed bird-like features. RELATED: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Best Mac Quotes Rather than rolling over and playing the victim, however, Dee often chooses to bite back and has delivered some fantastic insults to her long-time tormentors over the years. She's also had plenty of memorable encounters with some of the show's secondary characters, which have led to plenty of excellent verbal exchanges. Those looking for the very best Dee quotes can find them down below. Though the gang like to pretend that they don't care what anybody else thinks about them, the fact that Paddy's has never won an award really grinds their gears. In season 9, they attempt to right this perceived wrong and visit a rival bar to find out what they've been doing wrong. They ultimately decide that a fictional " will they, won't they? " style relationship between Dee and Mac might help to lighten the atmosphere in the bar and improve their chances of winning, but things don't quite go to plan. While their idea certainly seems like a good one at first glance, it fails to take into account one important factor: Dee and Mac hate each other. As a result, it doesn't take long until the pair are at each other's throats, with Mac insulting Dee's fictional boyfriend and Dee clapping back with an incredibly fiery burn about his mom. This is far from the only time that Dee defends herself when verbally abused by her coworkers, but it's definitely one of the most memorable examples. After suffering years of physical and emotional abuse at Paddy's, Dee eventually decides to find herself a real job. Concerningly, she's entrusted with a teaching position at her former school, with Charlie somehow also able to find employment there as a janitor. The rest of the gang quickly get bored without Dee and Charlie around to belittle though and soon resort to prank calling Dee while she's at her new job. RELATED: School-Based Games To Play While Waiting For Hogwarts Legacy Had she simply heard them out and then proclaimed it to have been a wrong number, those around her would have had very little reason to doubt her. Unfortunately, however, she'd just come out of a foul-mouthed rant in which she called her long-time tormentors "dumbass d*ckbags." This ends up being somewhat inconsequential in the end, as both Dee and Charlie are fired during the closing stages of the episode for showing the students the gang's homemade Lethal Weapon 3 sequel. In her younger days, Sweet Dee used to enter herself into child beauty pageants in an attempt to improve her sense of self-worth. Many years later, she finds herself supervising a beauty pageant at the bar and attempts to impart some of her wisdom to one of the young entrants. When her initial attempts at friendship are rudely rebuffed, she instead turns to the girl's older sister and launches into a foul-mouthed tirade about the girl's mother and sibling. After saying "a lot of bad words", she begins to "mentor" the young girl, who's far more interested in doing her homework than she is in competing in the pageant. This all culminates with Dee and the girl performing a song and dance routine titled "Moms Stink" during the pageant, which, unsurprisingly, perhaps, doesn't go down too well with any of the parents in attendance. To her credit though, it does get a better response than Frank's "Do not diddle kids" song. Frank's love of guns is one of his defining qualities, but gun ownership isn't a passion that's shared by his children. In an attempt to prove how easy it is to get one's hands on an assault rifle, the pair visit Gunther's gunshop. Much to their surprise, however, Gunther carries out a background check on the pair, and both end up failing spectacularly. Dennis, for his long list of felonies, and Dee for being institutionalized after setting her college roommate on fire. RELATED: Pokemon: The Best Fire Moves, Ranked Though the show doesn't go into the specifics of the incident in question, Dee's response to the news is comedy gold. After brushing it off as an insignificant incident, she leaves with Dennis to look for another place that sells guns. Worryingly, it doesn't take the pair long to find somebody willing to sell them an AR-15 without doing a background check, although they're once again refused service after threatening the seller with the very gun they were trying to buy. After Dennis allows Mac to blow up his cherished Range Rover with an RPG, he finds himself in the market for a new automobile. Unfortunately, however, he doesn't have nearly enough money for the 2018 Range Rover that he's had his eye on and so ends up settling on a Prius instead. Naturally, Frank buys the Range Rover for himself just to spite his son, but, upon realizing that his driver's license has been expired for almost three and a half decades, he's forced to hand over the keys to Sweet Dee. Having typically driven much smaller and cheaper cars in the past, Dee is completely blown away by how powerful the car is and it soon goes to her head. She begins talking down to other drivers, and, in a nice nod to the season 7 finale in which Dennis repeatedly refers to himself as a "golden god", begins to call herself a "golden goddess." It all ends in tears though, with Dee crashing the Range Rover after accidentally sleeping with her rival's underage son. When Mac's mother burns her house down after falling asleep with a lit cigarette in her mouth, Frank begins to worry about what's going to happen to him when he becomes too old to take care of himself. Following a suggestion from Dennis, he decides to help Dee to get over a stubborn cold in the hopes that she'll return the favor somewhere further down the line. Among other things, Dee has him do her laundry for her ahead of an upcoming Josh Groban concert. According to Dee, it's important that Frank gets her shorts as white as possible because "Groban likes his ladies to pop." She actually mentions this multiple times throughout the episode, helping to cement the line's place in It's Always Sunny history despite her not actually making it to the concert. Josh Groben did eventually appear on the show though, appearing in one of Dee's fantasies in season 9. In the scene, the pair end up getting married, though she later divorces him and marries Brad Pitt instead. Having been on the air for more than fifteen years, it should come as little surprise that It's Always Sunny has a lot of running gags. One of the most iconic involves the title card, which often contradicts something that one of the characters says just before it appears on the screen. There have been plenty of memorable examples of this over the years, but few can compare with the season 7 episode, Sweet Dee Gets Audited. The episode begins with Dee bragging to the rest of the gang about how she's been able to successfully claim benefits for a fictional child, only for the title card to set the record straight just a few moments later. The rest of the episode is equally hilarious, with the gang going on to stage a fake funeral for baby Barnabas to prevent the IRS from taking a closer look at Frank's money laundering business, Wolf Cola. MORE: The Best Episodes Of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Ranked
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The recent release of Call of Duty: Vanguard has been rather mixed, despite receiving its fair share of positive reviews. While some fans are very enthusiastic about the latest Call of Duty title, it has somewhat struggled commercially, which may have stemmed from issues with the game’s multiplayer. Call of Duty: Vanguard could yet be a very fondly remembered game, but it faces a challenge in winning all Call of Duty fans over. What has helped with fan reception has been Call of Duty: Vanguard’s World War 2 setting, which offers up plenty of nostalgia to long-time Call of Duty players. A number of classic maps and weapons have returned in Call of Duty: Vanguard, which have been widely embraced by fans. One classic weapon that has proven popular in Vanguard is the Bren, which is one of the better guns in the game. RELATED: Complete Call of Duty: Vanguard Einhorn Revolving Breakdown The Bren is a British light machine gun that has featured heavily throughout the Call of Duty series. The Bren has been present in a number of Call of Duty titles, although, interestingly it was scrapped from Call of Duty: World at War along with the game's British campaign, and was believed to be replaced with the Type 99. Despite this omission, the Bren has been a popular weapon in its Call of Duty appearances, standing out among other LMGs for being a powerful weapon, killing in very few shots. This is no exception in Call of Duty: Vanguard, as the Bren’s firepower still makes it stand out from the crowd, ranking as the most powerful LMG in Vanguard. Because of the Bren’s unmatched power, it may be a weapon that is capable of turning heads and gaining users. However, fans may have concerns around the Bren’s speed and accuracy, which are each among the lowest in its class. With sustained fire, the Bren begins to lose accuracy significantly as its horizontal recoil kicks in. This can prove problematic for Bren users, as there isn’t much use in having high firepower if players are incapable of landing any shots. The Bren can be one of the best weapons in Call of Duty: Vanguard, but in order to rank among the best weapons in the game, it needs a few attachments to level out its attributes a little bit. By checking out Call of Duty: Vanguard’s gunsmith, players can massively improve their weapon's base stats in order to yield the best possible weapon. With the Bren, it’s fairly obvious where its strengths/weaknesses lie, it’s just about striking a solid balance between the pros and cons. Given that the Bren's main draw is firepower, it would make little sense to sacrifice this element of the gun in favor of improved accuracy, however, accuracy is definitely what the gun needs to take it to the next level. Fortunately, the volume of attachments available in Vanguard make it possible to build upon the weapon's strengths, without sacrificing what makes it a great gun. Unfortunately, none of Call of Duty: Vanguard’s operators have the Bren down as their favorite weapon, so players will have to unlock attachments at regular speed. Luckily, the first attachment players will want to unlock is the F8 Stabilizer, the very first attachment unlock. This should be followed by the Queen’s 775M Scepter barrel, the Oak & Shield 12B stock, the Heavy Foregrip, and the Stippled Rear Grip to up the guns accuracy and recoil control. This can be topped off with the Tight Grip proficiency to increase accuracy with sustained fire, and the Bren will complete its transformation. What players are looking for in a gun can vary, but with the right attachments, the Bren can be one of the best weapons in Call of Duty: Vanguard. Call of Duty: Vanguard was released on November 5th, 2021, and is available on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. MORE: Complete Call of Duty: Vanguard AS44 Breakdown
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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE release date rumors, news, price and leaks
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While the Samsung Galaxy S21 range was unveiled in early 2021, there's more to come: it seems certain that Samsung will follow the initial trio up with a Samsung Galaxy S21 FE (or Galaxy S21 Fan Edition as it might be called) in the coming months. What makes us so certain is that Samsung itself has accidentally mentioned the phone by name – although on the other hand there have also been hints that the phone is in danger of being canceled. It didn't show up at the Samsung Unpacked October 2021 event, and we're still waiting for it to break cover. Most of the smart money now seems to be on it making an appearance at some point during January 2022. The Galaxy S21 FE would be a cheaper, lower end alternative to the S21, much as the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is to the Samsung Galaxy S20. However, the reduction in cost and specs are both likely to be minimal, with the S21 Fan Edition still likely to be fairly high-end – and priced accordingly. The news and rumors around this phone continue to roll in rapidly – we've covered all the best ones below, and come up with a list of things we want from the Samsung Galaxy S21 Fan Edition, along with our best educated guesses at the release date and price. For a long time we thought the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE was sure to land, even though there has only been one Fan Edition model so far. As SamMobile reported, the company said it would launch a new one every year. There have been doubts though: a report that the phone may have been canceled due to the global chipset shortage, a Samsung official saying that the phone was under review, and Samsung removing support pages for the Galaxy S21 FE from its websites. Those documents have since reappeared. The S20 FE launched in August, so it's clear that the S21 FE is way overdue at this point, but we're hopeful that it's still coming. Predictions of a launch in October haven't been accurate, but we've seen predicted launch dates come and go before. A recent leak asserts that the Galaxy S21 FE is indeed January, potentially even taking the release window of the Samsung Galaxy S22 (a second source has now backed that up, saying that it could land at CES 2022, which takes place from January 5-8), while another source points to January 11. So sometime in January looks likely. The price is something that we don’t have much idea of either, but it may have a launch price in line with the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition, which cost $699 / £699 / AU$1,149 for a 5G model, or £599 / AU$999 for a 4G one (with this version not being available in the US) - and with more S20 FE deals appearing still at the moment. If anything though the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE might be cheaper than its predecessor, as the Samsung Galaxy S21 has a lower launch price than the Galaxy S20 did. A listing for the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE on a Chinese certification database has revealed that the phone likely has a 6.4-inch 1080 x 2340 Super AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and an in-screen fingerprint scanner - specs that are very similar to the S20 FE. The phone apparently also has an IP68 rating, meaning it's dust and water resistant. One other rumor has mentioned a 1080 x 2009 resolution though, which is strange. At the moment, the 1080 x 2340 option seems more likely, as it more closely matches the S21. As for the design, numerous leaks have now shown us the possible appearance of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, starting off with one from reputable tipster @OnLeaks, and we've embedded one of their tweets below. The upcoming phone will apparently be slightly taller and slightly wider than the main Galaxy S21, with a 6.4-inch display rather than a 6.2-inch one. The rear camera bump, meanwhile, will supposedly be connected to the rear casing rather than the metal frame. Since this leak, LetsGoDigital has shared unofficial renders based on leaked information, and they look very similar to those above, as you can see in the images below. Note however that the colors chosen here aren't all rumored for the phone (more on which further down), they were simply chosen because they're "high-profile." There have been further leaks too: check out these renders (one of which we've embedded below) from seasoned tipster Evan Blass, which are based on details of the supposed dimensions and design of the Galaxy S21 FE. Since then, Blass has returned with updated renders, showing the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE in green, white, blue, violet and grey, which you can see below. The shades are slightly different to those in his previous leak, and probably more accurate, but the design is much the same. A different leaker points to black, white, pink and green versions of the phone, with no blue like we've seen elsewhere. Blass has one-upped himself yet again, this time with 360-degree GIFs showing the phone from all sides, some of which you can see below. While we can't guarantee that the final phone will look exactly like this, these pictures seem likely to be close to the mark – and it seems as though we're going to get a lot of colors to pick from as well. Speaking of which, we've elsewhere heard that it could come in light green, white, gray, purple, and pink shades. A subsequent leak has provided some of those same colors, listing gray, white, violet and green - that's a similar, though not identical, list. We've also now seen what appears to be photos of the back cover and inside of the phone, and you can see the same design as above, complete with black, white, purple and green shades. For even more of an idea of what the phone is going to look like, check these leaked case images. That back cover has also been attached to the frame of a Galaxy S10 on video, giving us a clear look at how the S21 FE might look. One of the more recent leaks we've seen spilled a whole host of information about the Galaxy S21 FE, including some of the key specs and the official case designs we can expect from Samsung. There were also some images that look like official promo materials from Samsung, which you can see below. A certification listing for the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE mentioned a 12MP main camera, a 12MP ultra-wide one, and an 8MP telephoto one with 3x optical zoom, along with a 32MP selfie camera. We've also previously heard that it will reportedly have a 32MP front-facing camera, and from the renders above it looks to have a triple-lens rear camera, so that matches what we've heard. When it comes to battery capacity, one tipster says there'll be a 4,500mAh battery installed in the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, beating the 4,000mAh capacity battery in the regular Galaxy S21. It could also charge faster than any other S21 model, with a certification listing pointing to 45W charging - even the Galaxy S21 Ultra only supports 25W, so that would be an impressive spec. We've also seen both that battery size and charging speed mentioned a second time, with wireless charging also mentioned. That said, the phone almost certainly won't come with a charger, as a leaked user manual for the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE says that wall chargers are sold separately. This manual does mention both wireless and reverse wireless charging though. Some sources claim that a phone with the model number SM-G990B is in development, and it's believed that might be the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE. At the very least the model number would seem to place it in the Galaxy S21 range. On its own that doesn't tell us much, but that model number has also now been spotted in a benchmark, where a Snapdragon 888 chipset, 6GB of RAM and Android 11 are also mentioned. We've also seen the phone listed on a Chinese certification database, with a Snapdragon 888, 8GB of RAM, 128GB or 256GB of storage, and a microSD card slot mentioned. Those specs have since been backed up by a subsequent leak as well. A similar model number (SM-G990U) was also spotted on the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) database, with mention of the same chipset. In another benchmark though we've seen the Exynos 2100 mentioned, alongside 8GB of RAM. So it's possible the Galaxy S21 FE will have a different chipset in different regions, as Samsung does that with some of its phones. Both of those chipsets are very powerful though, and are currently among the best you can get in a smartphone. A multi-chipset approach may work, as a report suggests Samsung is going to use both its own Exynos, and Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipsets in order to avoid further release date delays. If true, we'll likely see the Snapdragon version of the phone in the US and Asia, and Exynos versions elsewhere - the latter will probably be slightly weaker than the Qualcomm counterpart. We were moderately impressed by the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition, but there are a few key improvements we’d like to see from the S21 FE. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition has a fairly premium price but its ‘Glasstic’ back (plastic that’s designed to feel like glass) is anything but. This was one of our biggest disappointments with the phone, and we really want to see Samsung up the quality of materials for the Galaxy S21 Fan Edition. Either that or lower the price, or better yet both. However, since we made this wish Samsung launched the Galaxy S21 with a Glasstic back, and it seems unlikely that the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE will get a more premium rear than that phone. As noted above, the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is quite an expensive phone, and that’s despite being the baby of the Galaxy S20 range. While the specs and features go some way towards justifying the price (plastic back notwithstanding), the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE could certainly stand out more if it were a bit more affordable. This may way well come to pass, given that the rest of the Galaxy S21 range is cheaper than the Galaxy S20 range. We were generally quite impressed by the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition’s screen, but one aspect that could use some improvement is its brightness. In our review we noted that it struggled in direct sunlight, and that the automatic brightness sometimes felt dimmer than it should. So for the Samsung Galaxy S21 Fan Edition we want both a higher maximum brightness and improvements to the auto brightness mode. While the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition has a 4,500mAh battery, we found that it didn’t actually last very long, and often struggling to even reach a full day before it needed charging again. That’s just not good enough, especially when you consider that over time the battery will begin to wear out and become even more problematic, so we want big improvements here for the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE. 4,500mAh isn’t actually a bad size, so it’s likely poor optimization that’s at fault, but whether through a bigger battery or improvements elsewhere, we want to be able to comfortably get a day of life from the Samsung Galaxy S21 Fan Edition at an absolute minimum. Another issue we have with the battery in the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is its charging speed. At 25W (or 15W for wireless charging) it’s not terrible, but when even the substantially cheaper OnePlus Nord can manage 30W charging, and some phones are up to 65W or higher, we really want increased charging power from the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE.
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The rumor buzz is building, and it seems as though the Google Pixel Watch might finally become a real and released product in the near future. Now we've got some leaked marketing materials that give us another look at the purported design of the upcoming Wear OS smartwatch. The fuzzy images come courtesy of well-known tipster Jon Prosser and Front Page Tech, and are apparently official promotional renders made by Google – so we might see these pictures again when the wearable actually launches. These new pictures match up with unofficial renders we saw earlier this year from the same source, with the Pixel Watch sporting a very minimal design and barely anything in the way of bezels around the side of the screen. What we don't get here are any details of the smartwatch's specs or dimensions – it's just the visuals for now. We'll have to wait to find out what sort of colors the Pixel Watch is going to be offered in, how much you should expect to pay for it, and so on. What we do know is that the wearable is going to come running Wear OS: Google will be hoping that the Pixel Watch acts as a showcase for the capabilities of its software in the same way that the Pixel phones are standard bearers for the potential of Android. A few days ago we heard that the Pixel Watch might finally be seeing the light of day at some point during 2022, though it's been talked about for years at this point. It's possible that Google's acquisition of Fitbit is part of the reason that the device is finally being pushed from being developed to actually getting a launch. It seems as though it's a question of when rather than if the Pixel Watch launches at this point, and we're glad that it's on the way: Google has been neglecting Wear OS in recent years, until the major update this year, and the new wearable should hopefully mean that the smartwatch software gets more time and effort invested in it. The Pixel Watch is coming into a very strong market though. There are some excellent smartwatches out there at the moment – not least the Apple Watch, which through seven generations has been refined and improved to be a genuinely useful and stylish gadget. We also see top-tier smartwatches from Garmin appear every year as well, right across the spectrum in terms of features and pricing. Garmin wearables appeal to everyone from casual runners to serious outdoor enthusiasts, and are packed with functionality. Fitbit, which is now owned by Google, makes both the Sense and the Versa smartwatches as well as its many fitness trackers, and let's not forget the Wear OS-powered Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic from Samsung. Add in other Wear OS timepieces like the Fossil range, and the Pixel Watch is going to have to work hard to stand out.
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The Ratchet and Clank franchise has evolved quite a bit over the years, though the titular characters have always been consistent. One artistic Ratchet and Clank fan decided to make a significant change to Ratchet, however, as they drew him as a kid. This is hardly the first time that fans of the franchise have shown off their creativity. For example, to celebrate the release of Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, one fan created a PlayStation 1 case and cover for the game. Another creative fan made a small model of Ratchet’s Omniwrench, with the replica proving to be a big hit with fans of the hero’s signature melee weapon. However, Redditor bluejayjitsuu did an incredible job with their young Lombax fan art, as it turned out just as good as other community creations. RELATED: 'PlayStation To Plate' Offers Meals Inspired by The Last of Us 2, Uncharted 4, and Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart For starters, seeing a young member of the Lombax race is entertaining, and Ratchet is as adorable as it gets. His instantly recognizable ears look even bigger than normal since his head is not fully grown, while his feet look large as well. His tiny tail is also cute, with the red shirt and blue pants giving him a more casual look than fans may be used to. However, the best touch is easily the focused expression on his face. With his brows furrowed and his tongue exposed, it’s clear how intense the game is. While it would have still been a great piece of art if bluejayjitsuu gave him a controller from an older system or designed a brand-new one, it is fitting that Ratchet is holding a DualSense controller. Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is one of the first true PS5 exclusives, with Insomniac taking full advantage of the console’s technology to craft a gorgeous game. It also makes smart use of the DualSense controller, with players accessing different firing modes depending on how hard they press the trigger. With Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart recently nominated for several Game Awards, this fan art was shared at a perfect time. While it is unclear if it will bring home Game of the Year or any other big awards at the upcoming event, the fact that it was nominated several times shows that the series is as strong today as it was when it made its debut. Given the fact that memorable Ratchet and Clank artwork like this is still being shared, it seems like the fan base is just as strong in 2021 as well. With over 3,800 upvotes thus far, Ratchet and Clank fans on the official PlayStation subreddit have clearly appreciated the artwork. Though it remains to be seen if any young Lombaxes will be shown in a future Ratchet and Clank game, this artwork does give fans a better idea of how Ratchet may have looked as a kid. MORE: The Game Awards 2021: Predicting Best Art Direction Winner
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Marvel’s Spider-Man fans are patiently waiting for more info on the 2023 sequel to be released, and some have been killing the time by sharing their hopes for the game’s story and features. Recently, Marvel’s Spider-Man fans started a discussion about Gwen Stacy, with many hoping for a potential spin-off game. This is not the first time that Marvel’s Spider-Man fans have brought up the character of Gwen Stacy. A few months back, fans discussed the potential of Gwen appearing as a possible love interest for Miles Morales, building off their relationship in the comics. While some were on board with the idea, others wanted to see him start a romance with Hailey, building off their chemistry in his solo game. However, even more wanted to see Gwen become a superhero in her own right. RELATED: Marvel's Spider-Man Players Discover Uncommon Environmental Interaction While the original version of Gwen Stacy has one of the most tragic deaths in Spider-Man’s comic book history, as she was killed by Green Goblin, an alternate universe version has become even more popular than the original. Introduced in 2014, Spider-Gwen is a version of Gwen Stacy that gets the powers fans are used to Peter having. Their roles are completely reversed, too, with Peter being the one to suffer a tragic death after he transforms into The Lizard. With a unique costume, a rock band, and some fun villains, Spider-Gwen has proven very popular since she made her first appearance. With Gwen’s popularity in mind, it is hardly a surprise that Redditors like sunbatherzero want to see a Spider-Gwen game become a reality. However, the fan and several commenters do not want to see her introduction rushed. Instead, they want to see her introduced in the sequel and built up like Miles Morales, with players getting a glimpse at her life before she gets her powers. Given the success of Spider-Man: Miles Morales, more spin-off titles between the numbered entries in the series would certainly make sense. However, it is worth noting that players are divided on how to introduce her. Some are concerned with three Spider-People in one universe being a bit too much to juggle. Others, like Redditor UpUppAndAwayWeb, are tired of the Spider-Verse concept dominating the movies and comics and would prefer that a Spider-Gwen game is completely separate from the main timeline. While this could see her crossing over into the main timeline eventually, it would be hard to return to a grounded Spider-Man story once the Spider-Verse is opened up. Regardless of whether a Spider-Gwen spin-off is connected or kept separate, it would be exciting to see Insomniac Games provide a fresh take on the character at some point. While the next Marvel’s Spider-Man game may be busy enough as is, a post-credits scene or some small story scenes that lay the groundwork for Spider-Gwen could get many fans excited. MORE: Marvel's Spider-Man 2's Most Interesting Villains Might Not Be Kraven And Venom
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Best elliptical machine deals for December 2021
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If you’re shopping for home cardio equipment and trying to decide between a treadmill or an elliptical machine, listen to your joints. Many people prefer ellipticals because they put less stress on their bodies compared to the impact of running on a treadmill. With an elliptical machine, your feet never leave the pedals, which minimizes the potentially damaging impact on joints. Equally important to note, is that, unlike treadmills, most elliptical machines have handles that provide both an upper and lower body workout. If your 2021 goals include better cardiovascular conditioning, you’ll be all set with an elliptical machine ready to use. Below, we’ve collected some fantastic elliptical deals, after scouring many storefronts. Elliptical training works the glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, and anterior tibialis. Also, ellipticals work your quadriceps and hamstrings harder than treadmills. When you use the movable handles on most ellipticals, you also exercise your triceps, biceps, and shoulders, which doesn’t happen with most exercise bikes. Using an elliptical allows you to follow the natural path of your feet and legs when they are in motion. The motion that your ankles, knees, and hip joints make during walking, jogging, or running is the same motion that an elliptical makes. Also, ellipticals provide a weight-bearing exercise, which is essential to prevent the onset of osteoporosis. Since ellipticals exercise more muscles simultaneously than most other cardio exercises, you can burn more calories and fat in a short period. Studies show most people report that they didn’t think they worked as hard during workouts with an elliptical machine as when they were on a treadmill. This means that you are actually working out harder than it feels like you are. Many elliptical machines today feature menus of challenging exercise programs that mimic hill climbing or interval training, which can make workouts more enjoyable and less repetitive. Many machines also have heart rate monitors and controls that allow you to optimize your workout based on heart rate control. As you can see, there are many benefits to investing in an elliptical machine. There are hundreds of brands and elliptical machine models, but we have you covered. We’ve put together a list of some great deals on ellipticals for your home gym — some even double as an exercise bike. Also, be sure to check out our fitness equipment deals page for other items to round out your home gym.
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With four seasons under its belt since its launch in August 2020, lots of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout players have settled on looks for their beans that are unique to them. As par for the course in multiplayer games, Fall Guys has hundreds of costumes on offer and just as many colors and patterns to go along with them. It's not hard to stand out amongst the crowd. RELATED: Games You Should Play If You Like Fall Guys Players may have their idea for which costume they wish to dress their beans up in, but finding the costumes isn't always the easiest task. For some, it simply requires playing the game a lot, but others require a lot of patience and a lot of crowns. Updated December 5, 2021, by Ryan Woodrow: With Season 5 being Fall Guys' longest season so far, there were plenty of new and exciting costumes on offer. Players who missed many of these costumes will want to be on the lookout for them and make sure they have the resources to buy them when they get the chance. Additionally, with the Festival-theme Season 6 arriving, a whole new world of costumes has opened up, with many cool designs already implemented. Like previous seasons, there are sure to be unexpected game tie-ins and crazy designs along the way, if what's already available is any solid indication. An all-time classic by most metrics, The Jungle Book has remained relevant since the book's original release just before the turn of the 20th Century. Its characters are among the biggest and best of Disney's iconography, which made it perfect for Season 5's Jungle/Adventure theme. Tigers are easily one of the most beautiful animals to look at. Their bright orange fur combined with the black stripes give them a unique look that many are drawn to. On top of that, great care and attention were paid to keeping the original design of Shere Khan's face intact, making it great for any fan. This costume costs 22,000 kudos for both halves. Foregoing the "Hood" part of the name (no doubt to avoid legal trouble), this is yet another iconic character of English folklore that has been adapted time and time again. The legend of Robin Hood is one that goes so far back in history that no one is sure where it originally came from. In the modern-day, he is a character with a very distinctive look associated with him. Various movies have tried to give a grittier interpretation, but the classic green hat with a red feather always wins out in the end. This is a relatively inexpensive costume, costing just 7,000 kudos for both parts. One of the most fun parts of a Fall Guys season is seeing what other franchises will get involved in the fun by putting their characters in the game as costumes. Plenty of big indie hits have gotten them already, and it only seemed fitting that Spelunky would get added to that pantheon. RELATED: Xbox-Inspired Fall Guys Skins We'd Love To See This costume keeps the Indiana Jones vibe of the character's original design, but accentuates the cartoonish features like the nose and eyebrows. This costume was initially available exclusively through the Fame track in Season 5. All of these costumes get added to the regular pool in future seasons, but the price for this costume is not yet known. Festivals and Carnivals are known for their flamboyance and extravagance when it comes to just about everything. A time of pure celebration and expression, louder is better and more is more when it comes to visuals, the Carnifaller ticks all these boxes. A superb and colorful headdress will stick out in any crowd, which combines well with the bulk of the costume, which is decorated with beads and gemstones to keep the party alive. This is an easy unlock in Season 6, requiring players to reach just Level 6 of the Fame track to get both halves. The obstacles in Fall Guys are known for the memey names given by the developers. This fun trend was started right when the game first launched, when the community gave the big hammer the name "Big Yeetus." Becoming as much of a recognisable part of the game as the beans themselves, players can finally turn themselves into the Big Yeetus. Adorning both arms and the head with the giant hammerheads, players are sure to show the real Big Yeetus who's boss when they next try their luck. Getting this reward will take some dedication, though, as getting both parts requires reaching Level 41 on Season 6's Fame Tracker. Added in Season 3, the Sparkle-Whal is an Epic variant on the Rare Narwhal skin. Everyone's favorite quirky animal, the Narwhal features adorable derpy eyes on either side of the costume, along with the iconic massive horn sticking out of the front. The Sparkle-Whal variant gives players a glossier layer on the costume, as well as an adorable pink and white color scheme. Players looking to get this costume will have to check the store every day to grab it when it appears. They'll also need 14,000 kudos in their pocket to get both halves of the costume. While not the most visually striking of costumes, the Candle design has an understated brilliance to it. Added in Season 3, this costume's tall, cylindrical shape makes it stand out amongst the pack. The small flame on the top is also charming. The gold base is also a bit of a rarity, as not many costumes use this color outside of the Crown Rank rewards. As a common costume, this one isn't too hard to come by. Once it appears on the shop, players will need just 4,000 kudos to buy both parts of the set. Throughout Fall Guys' life cycle so far, publishers Devolver Digital have seen the game's success as a prime opportunity to push some of their other games through costumes. One of the first of these was the Gato Roboto costume in Season 1, designed to promote Gato Roboto. RELATED: Most Innovative Indie Platformers Many of these costumes proved to be quite popular. During Season 4, they decided to make alternate variants available, this one being a black version of the original Gato Roboto costume. For this one, players will have to spend $4.99 of real money on the Devolver Redux costume pack. Naturally, Season 3's winter theme came with some Christmas-themed costumes. While things like a Santa costume may not be appropriate outside of the holiday season, some of them look good all year round. Enter the Wrapped Up costume, which sees a player's bean wrapped up in a whole host of colorful streamers. As an Epic costume, this one will pop up on the store rarely. Players will need to check daily and make sure they have 14,000 kudos ready for when it appears. Released in 2014, Shovel Knight is a modern retro platformer that is widely regarded as one of the best and most innovative in its genre. Along with the cool gameplay came the costume of the Shovel Knight themselves, which has become something of an iconic design in the indie-gaming scene. With the costume already in Super Smash Bros Ultimate, it was no surprise when it was announced it would be coming to Fall Guys during Season 4. This costume is on rotation in the featured store, which only resets every 72 hours, so players may have to wait a while to see this costume. However, that'll just give them the time they need to get the 10 crowns they'll need to buy it. Many would argue that one of the biggest contributors to Fall Guys' success is the prominence and popularity of their social media promotion. The meme content from the official Fall Guys Twitter account has received praise for its heaps of funny content, and it undoubtedly did wonders to promote the game. The person behind this campaign is Community Director Oliver, who developed a few games himself before taking this role. During Season 2, the developers decided to honor him by putting him in the game as a costume. In the regular pool of items, players should keep a lookout for this one and have 9,000 kudos in the bank to buy it. One of the more surprising crossover costumes to appear in Fall Guys was the Sonic The Hedgehog costume, made available during Season 2 to celebrate SEGA's 60th anniversary. While this version of Sonic is shorter and stouter than the real deal, there's no mistaking the character. RELATED: Fall Guys: Pro Tips To Avoid Elimination One of the harder costumes to get hold of, the Sonic costume only appeared in the featured item slot for a while. However, recently it was added to the regular item pool. Players who check it every day may be pleasantly surprised; they just need to make sure they have 10 crowns saved up to get it. One of the most adorable costumes, the Red Panda was added upon huge request from the community following the addition of the Koala costume. This costume is sure to see players get lots of hugs from fellow beans across every mini-game. Released during Season 3 in celebration of Valentine's Day 2021, the Red Panda is one of the cheapest costumes in the game. Despite being a Legendary costume, it will only cost players 2,000 kudos to get the full set. It's just a matter of waiting for it to appear in the featured shop. Among Us and Fall Guys have seen a lot of comparison in their time. Their gameplay is entirely different; however, with the bean-like look of both of their characters and the fact that they rose to popularity at the same time, the games seem eternally linked to one another. The Fall Guys developers honored this connection during Season 4, with the Among Us costume being available in the game. Interestingly, it is one of the only costumes to have a variation that can't be controlled by the player. Sometimes it will spawn in a game with a cracked visor & teeth to signify an Impostor. It may be a limited costume, however, as players can only obtain it upon reaching Level 26 in Season 4. The Knight costume has several variations in Fall Guys, and all of them require different hurdles to obtain. The regular variation requires buying the Dragon Hunter DLC pack. Meanwhile, the Dark Knight variant was given out to select members of the Fall Guys Discord server on its anniversary. The Golden Knight, however, is a symbol of true mastery over the game. The costume is the reward for reaching the 50th and final rank of the Crown Rank system, which players can only level up in by winning crowns. All told, reaching this rank requires winning 3039 crowns. This is no easy feat, and as of the start of 2021, only two players are known to have obtained it. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout was released on August 4, 2020, and is availible on PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows, Android and iOS. 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Mona is a complex Genshin Impact character that can be built with many different Artifacts or Weapons, but there's one key to building her that has nothing to do with in-game obtainable items. Here's how players can get the best use out of Mona in their party. Genshin Impact 's main draw as an action-adventure RPG is the massive array of characters that can be won through its gacha game, also known as Wishing. This is the only current way to acquire Mona, a Hydro user who wields a catalyst for her weapon of choice. Unlike many other characters, there's no one straightforward way to build her because there are a lot of stats that can boost her Hydro attacks. However, there are a few tips and tricks that can help players make Mona into the best fighter she can be. RELATED: Genshin Impact: Best Build for Barbara Updated December 4, 2021, by Nahda Nabiilah: Genshin Impact continuously releases new equipment for Travelers to use, whether it's new weapons, artifacts, or characters, the updated roster often causes a shift in the meta. For example, in Version 2.3, Albedo has both new best-in-slot weapon and artifact. As for Mona, her best build changes came in Genshin Impact 2.0, along with the release of Inazuma. The Electro region initially provides two new artifacts to collect: Emblem of Severed Fate and Shimenawa's Reminiscence. One of them is Mona's best-in-slot equipment. Considering the new material, this article has been updated to give players a better, more comprehensive guide to their Mona build. To play Mona as a main DPS, the focus is for her to deal damage with maximum field time. Heart of Depths is the best option for this role. Because Mona gains Hydro DMG bonus from Energy Recharge, one of the most common questions around is, "Energy Recharge or Attack for Mona?" The answer is simple: For DPS Mona, Attack gives better damage output. But for Support Mona, Energy Recharge is better for a more frequent buff via Elemental Burst. Main Stat: Artifact Set: As a main DPS, Mona needs as much power stat as possible. With that in mind, Attack, Critical Rate, and Critical Damage are the core options. The Widsith is the best 4-star weapon for Mona. This weapon isn't very hard to get as it's available on the Standard Banner. But for F2P, Dodoco Tales is a great bet for DPS build. The main stats that players will want to focus on when building Support Mona are Energy Recharge and Hydro Bonus Damage. Some players choose to go full Elemental Burst buff with Noblesse Oblige Artifact. It's great for buffer Mona, but Emblem of Severed Fate is better for Sub-DPS Mona. Main Stat: Artifact Set: Unlike the main DPS build, Skyward Atlas is better than Lost Prayer to the Sacred Winds. This is because Lost Prayer's passive requires Mona to be on the field as much as possible. Because Mona isn't always on the field, The Widsith 's buff will always be available whenever she is. This makes the 4-star weapon even better than it already is. RELATED: Genshin Impact: How To Defeat Golden Wolflord However, for F2P players who can't acquire it through the gacha game, they may have to settle for the Hakushin Ring. This weapon boosts Energy Recharge, and makes Mona an amazing support for Electro characters. Players will want to team her up with units such as Lisa, Raiden, or Beidou as they can do Elemental Damage to large areas and their ultimate attacks will continuously run after switching characters. Genshin Impact is now available on Mobile, PC, PS4, and PS5. A Switch version is in development. MORE: Genshin Impact: Best Build for Xiangling
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As the world returns to something resembling normalcy, the best webcams are finally back in stock. Whether they’re from Microsoft, Razer, Logitech, or one of the cheap webcams that punch above their weight, there’s a plethora of choices to pick from to help you upgrade your streaming or video conferencing. Since more communication is happening online these days, it’s crucial to have your zoom calls with friends and video conferencing meetings that are crystal clear. And, that means you need to invest in one of the best webcams for your computer setup. It’s true that most of the best laptops of 2021 or all-in-one computers already come with a webcam installed but having a dedicated one will offer more features and higher resolutions. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to keep in touch with your extended network or putting together the perfect work-from-home setup, invest in one of the best webcams to make sure your family and colleagues can see your bright, shiny face. From the best webcams for game streaming and the best webcams for Zoom to the best webcams with microphones, we’ve collected our top picks here and included our price comparison tool to help you find the best deal. The Logitech C920 has been one of the best webcams on the market since its release in January 2012, consistently beating out rival products that promise more affordability or better performance – and for good reason. This is a beloved favorite across the entire spectrum of streamers, content creators, and office professionals alike, and when cost, quality, and performance are all calculated, the C920 is still the best overall achiever across the board. With crisp 1080p HD resolution and fantastic lighting and color detection at an affordable price, this fan-favorite webcam hits a spot in the market that struggles to see any substantial competition and is still one of the best performing webcams on the market today. Read the full review: Logitech C920 Coming in at a close second for streamers is the Razer Kiyo Pro, the latest addition to Razer's webcam family. This beast doesn't come cheap but it delivers a performance worth every penny. You can choose between three different fields of view for different scenes in your Livestream, and select either a smooth 1080p 60FPS option for gameplay or a high-res 'HDR' mode for improved video quality during Zoom sessions. Read the full review: Razer Kiyo Pro The Logitech StreamCam won’t just have your back when you’re video conferencing, video chatting with families and friends, and live streaming your games. This feature-rich 1080p webcam has many tools to offer for your content creation needs as well, including auto-focusing, smart exposure, facial tracking, up to 60fps frame rate, and a flippable design so you can take photos and videos in 9:16 format. You can even mount it on a tripod, and it uses USB Type-C for fast and more efficient video transfer speeds. Read the full review: Logitech StreamCam The Microsoft LifeCam Studio is one of the best webcams out there. Aimed at users with large displays, it features a familiar configuration of 1080p recording and 720p live video calling. It rotates 360 degrees, and can be mounted on a tripod with autofocus. The wideband mic delivers crystal clear audio, and Microsoft’s TrueColor system will shift the exposure dynamically to keep you well lit, making it a great choice for business conferencing and presentations. Read the full review: Microsoft LifeCam Studio The Razer Kiyo might look weird, a testament to Razer’s unique designs, but it’s still one of the best webcams out there for streaming – which is unbelievably popular in this day and age. With the Razer Kiyo, Razer has stripped away a lot of the bells and whistles that more premium webcams offer, focusing instead on what matters most to game streamers and YouTube vloggers – good image quality and lighting through a “Light Ring”. You don’t need to spend a ton of time configuring the stream – just plug in the Razer Kiyo and get to work. It isn’t the most attractive webcam, but the LifeCam Studio isn’t really designed to be attractive. Instead, it’s made for business conferencing and presentations, with its 1080p recording, 720p live video calling and wideband mic to deliver crystal clear sound. This is a serious peripheral – one that requires a powerful PC for max settings – but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking bells and whistles. For instance, it comes with 360-degree rotating capabilities and Microsoft’s TrueColor system, which will shift the exposure dynamically to keep you well lit. Read the full review: Microsoft LifeCam Studio For your video conferencing needs at work, the Logitech BRIO 4K Pro may just be the ultra HD resolution webcam. It’s a finely built one too, gloriously engineered for professionals and businesses that need robust tools. The image quality, of course, superior – especially to anything else you’ll find on a typical laptop, including business ones. There are other features worthy of mentioning as well, including its three fields of view presents and omnidirectional mics with noise-canceling technology. Read the full review: Logitech BRIO 4K Pro The Logitech HD Webcam C310 is a solid option for those who just can’t splurge on a webcam. It's perfect for anyone just needing to get onto that Zoom or Skype call and be seen clearly. And, while it does only shoot in 720p, the C310 does come with Logitech’s RightLight 2 auto-light correction technology so you’ll always be shown in the proper light. With its noise-reducing mic, you’ll also be heard clearly from up to 5 feet or 1.5 meters away. This may not be a streamer’s top choice but it’s a quality pic for anyone on a budget. Unlike traditional webcams, which rely on the PC for all the heavy lifting, the Logitech C930e does the video encoding itself, which should in turn result in better video quality. The wide, 90-degree field of view means it’s well-suited to business video conferencing and presentations. And of course, it’s Skype-certified for PC and Mac. Read the full review: Logitech Webcam C930e In this bizarre new world of home working, you may feel a little overwhelmed when looking at webcams to buy – after all, all these cheap models on Amazon look the same right? Webcams are usually marketed with resolution (720p, 1080p, 4K etc) and framerates because this is the most important factor for most people when buying a product, but there are many other considerations that make a webcam 'good' or 'bad'. The first thing to consider is what you need your webcam for. For working professionals or office staff, most conference calling software such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams will restrict your broadcast quality to 1080p resolution and 30fps to preserve bandwidth. Google meets goes a step further and restricts your quality to 720p as this is the standard resolution on most built-in laptop cameras. If you're planning on using a webcam purely for these work-related calls then there isn't any point in buying a powerful 4k model as you simply won't see the benefit. The light and color detection will vary for each model though, so you'll still see a variance in recording quality depending on what webcam you buy. For content creators such as YouTubers or Streamers, there is a range of powerful webcams available, with some reaching 4K resolution and 60fps for buttery smooth video. These webcams are overkill for occasional use, but with features like a variable field of view (or FOV) and adjustable resolution or and zoom, the extra cash could be a worthy investment to your hobby. Our list is heavy on big brand names such as Logitech for good reason. Reputable brands have been tested across many different devices to make sure that the products are compatible with different graphics software. This is why you may see different quality if you use the same camera on a desktop and a laptop - the webcam hardware communicates differently with different devices. Logitech, Razer and other well-known webcam manufacturers can provide a product that is more likely to work well across a wide range of different machines, so whether you're looking to run your camera on a new gaming desktop or an old Chromebook, you should see similar results. A cheap 1080p/30fps webcam from Amazon may disappoint you if the drivers and sensors are not up to the same standards as trusted products on our list, so don't take the resolution and framerate as gospel that you'll be getting great video quality. Even the most expensive webcam can look terrible if you don't take your environment into consideration. Lighting can make a cheap 720p webcam look almost HD, and this doesn't have to make a dent in your wallet. Natural lighting is prized by photographers for being better than most expensive studio lights, so where possible try and record in front of a window. This will not only illuminate your features and make you pop against your background, but it'll illuminate background 'noise' – the fuzzy static effect seen when webcams are trying to film in low lighting conditions. You can also replicate this using studio lights if you work in darker environments away from a window. You can also use cheap desk lamps in a pinch by directing them against a wall to reduce the harshing lighting and create a diffused appearance. Always make sure your background looks nice. This doesn't mean you need to do anything fancy (unless you're a streamer and have the budget for some fancy LED lights and gamer swag), but you need to make sure you're the focus of the broadcast. Tidy up any mess, don't sit behind an open door and make sure you don't sit behind any other light sources. This will usually throw off the light sensors in your webcam and reduce your film quality. Bill Thomas has also contributed to this article
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The best motherboard 2021: the top Intel and AMD motherboards we've seen
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Getting the best motherboard out there is just as important as having the best processor or best graphics card you can afford. When you’re building a PC or upgrading your aging one, don’t get too hung up on the sexier components. Remember that a motherboard is your computer’s backbone, and you should spend just as much time and effort securing one that will keep your components running at their peak. If you don’t, those internals you’ve just spent a lot of money on might crash constantly, fail altogether, or worse, end up in a blazing inferno. On the other hand, if you get the ideal motherboard for your setup, you’ll have a PC running at full efficiency, not to mention that you can probably overclock it much better. That’s how important a motherboard is. Stop risking the life of your PC and consider one of the best motherboards below, especially if you’re resuscitating an older computer or putting together a new one to stand up to the best PCs. If you’re unfamiliar with the best motherboards out there, use this list as a primer for your next build. Motherboards are available in a broad range of different form factors, the most common of which are ATX and Micro ATX. However, there are plenty of less common form factors including mini ITX and E-ATX. Don’t worry though, most of the best PC cases will support more than one form factor. Moreover, in our rundown of the best motherboards, we detailed the socket type that each mobo adheres to. The socket, for those not in the know, is the part on the motherboard that the CPU locks into. Typically, newer Intel processors use either LGA 1151 or 2066 while the latest AMD Ryzen architecture is designed for the AM4 chipset. It might not be cheap, but the Rog Maximus XIII Hero is worth its price tag. Its list of features, which includes Wi-Fi 6, PCIe 4.0, tons of ports (including two thunderbolt), and four M.2 SSD sockets, will satisfy just about anyone looking for a premium Z590 board to build a PC around. It’s not only a great performing board, but it’s easy to overclock as well. And, like any good ASUS motherboard, it comes with plenty of RGB lighting. High-end motherboards may cost a fortune, but if you’ve got something like the MSI MEG Z490 Godlike under the hood, you’re pretty much guaranteed top-notch performance, especially if you’ve got Intel components. As long as you’re willing to pay the price. In fact, we’d go as far as to say that this is the best z490 board out there right now, with an excellent thermal solution, staggering overclocking performance, easy installation and diagnostic solutions for do-it-yourself-ers, and a solid build. The GIGABYTE Z490 Gaming X may not have any flashy new features to bring to the table, but if you’re an Intel fan who needs a new motherboard in the budget sphere, it’s certainly a great choice. This entry-level motherboard for gamers has a decent feature set for its price tag, including three PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slots, six SATA ports and four memory slots with support for DDR4-4600 and up to 128GB, to start. Most importantly, it performs like the best of them without burning a hole in your pocket. If you’re looking for a premium option for your 10th and 11th generation flagship Intel chips, the MEG Z590 Ace from MSI not only delivers a lot of power, but also comes with four M.2 sockets, two Thunderbolt USB-C ports and Wi-Fi 6E support, as well as excellent audio solution with latest premium ALC4082 audio process. There’s a lot to appreciate here, if you can afford that steep $499. This mid to high-end Mini-ITX motherboard offering from Asus is feature-rich, with two M.2 slots, four SATA 6Gb/s ports and plenty of connectivity. In terms of design, that small form factor boasts an all-black design, diagonal mesh lines and RGB-enabled ROG logo for a fantastic aesthetic. Its performance is on point as well, delivering great network performance, excellent audio and well-balanced thermal. If you’re considering an AMD setup for that PC you’re building, then you cannot go wrong with the ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming X. This is the best motherboard for AMD fans right now, with a top-notch feature set, great design and a highly-effective cooling solution. It’s certainly a favorite among overclockers out there, and with Wi-Fi 6 support to boot. If you have a penchant for tweak and upgrade your internals, there might be some limitations as to what you can do physically. But, other than that, it’s hard to find fault in this board. The Gigabyte Aorus X570 Master is not only an aesthetically pleasing motherboard, with splashes of silver on a black board meant to complement its RGB lighting. It is also capable of being the centerpiece of a very powerful computer. It can handle up to 128GB of DDR4400 RAM, the latest 3rd gen AMD processors and multiple GPUs for anyone wanting to future proof their gaming needs. The X570 Master is also very astutely designed, with shielding on its I/O ports, WiFi 6 and a number of other placement choices that make this a quality board. Best of all, its price is significantly less than the high end Intel motherboards. If you’re looking to build from scratch, the Asus ROG B550-E Gaming Motherboard is a cost-effective and feature-rich motherboard to pair with that AMD 3rd gen Ryzen chip you just bought. Its I/O ports are shielded, it comes with a PCIe 4.0 slot (and a second PCIe 3.0 one), and it has just about all the ports and port headers you could desire. With this motherboard, you’re getting excellent power delivery, a great feature set and an incredibly effective cooling solution, as well as a cool aesthetic to boot. An upgrade from its predecessor, the B450, the Asus TUF Gaming B550M-PLUS boasts not only a much better power solution and a great cooling solution, but also game-ready features and military-grade components. Among those features are the AI Noise-Canceling Microphone software, which supports 3.5 mm, USB or Bluetooth headsets, and full RGB lighting control. All, of course, while still touting that TUF Gaming Alliance promise for easy compatibility and building, as well as aesthetics that complement its trusted partners. Looking into an AMD B550 motherboard might be necessary if you’re upgrading your AMD Ryzen processor, and the NZXT N7 B550 is an excellent mid-range option. This gaming motherboard is not only designed around the B550 chipset, but it comes with built-in Wi-Fi 6E connectivity, something that you’ll be hard-pressed to find in rivalling boards. It also comes with more USB ports at the rear, making it more versatile. And, of course, you’ll also appreciate the digital RGB and fan controls through CAM. The X-series processors are here, and they are spectacular. But if you want to take advantage of all they have to offer, you need an X-series motherboard. This ASRock X299 is an incredible choice with support for overclocked memory speeds up to 4400MHz(!!!) and 8 different slots for memory modules. It also supports up to 128GB of RAM. Add in an X-series processor and a good graphics card or 3, and this thing will absolutely tear apart anything you could possibly throw at it. If you’re seeking one of the best motherboards money can buy, this is it. When you’ve got an AMD Threadripper under the hood of your PC, you absolutely need a beast of a motherboard like the MSI Creator TRX40. This is designed and built specifically for creators with the most demanding computing needs, this motherboard also boasts quite a feature set. Among those features are the latest PCIe gen4 slots and M.2 connectors, USB3.2 Gen2x2, Wi-Fi 6 and 10G LAN, as well as MSI’s Frozr Heatsink design and Mystic Light RGB lighting. It’s a little pricey, especially next to the competition, but then again, nothing in the creative sphere isn’t these days. If you want the best motherboard for your professional creative endeavors, it doesn’t get better than this.
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In 2001, the United States government filed an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft, alleging it had abused monopolistic power in bundling its Internet Explorer browser with its Windows PC operating system. The lawsuit was ultimately settled, and the settlement's effects expired in 2007, but Microsoft has been tentative with how aggressively it pushed its browsers over others on Windows since. It seems that Microsoft is ready to start ramping up the browsers wars again, though, with a new effort to dissuade people from downloading Google Chrome. Microsoft has reportedly implemented a feature in Microsoft Edge intended to dissuade users from downloading Google Chrome through the web browser. If Microsoft Edge users browse to the download site for Google Chrome, they'll receive unrequested prompts to the browser insulting Chrome and encouraging users to stick with Edge. Microsoft Edge doesn't actively prevent the user from downloading Google Chrome, but the prompt does try to redirect users away with misleading buttons. RELATED: Internet Explorer is Being Shut Down Next Year Multiple different messages can be sent to the user if they visit the Google Chrome download website. These messages include, " 'I hate saving money", said no one ever. Microsoft Edge is the best browser for online shopping", "That browser is so 2008! Do you know what's new? Microsoft Edge?" and "Microsoft Edge runs on the same technology as Chrome, with the added trust of Microsoft." These messages are accompanied by a single button with its own quote. The shopping message, for example, has a button reading, "Shop smarter now." That button will redirect users away from the Google Chrome website, of course. But what's especially frustrating is that there's no clearly indicated button saying, "Stay" or "No, thank you." There is a small "X" in the corner, but it's easy to miss. The intent is obviously to keep users on Edge, and Microsoft is willing to test what users may feel is appropriate in order to do that. As of October 2021, browser usage reports claim that Google Chrome is used by anywhere from 52.5% to 66.7% of internet users. Edge, on the other hand, is reported to be used by between 3% and 4.6% of browsers. Microsoft clearly has room to grow, but Chrome's market dominance will be hard to upend without aggressive efforts. For comparison, Apple's Safari browser is akin to Microsoft's Edge in that it's the default browser on iOS devices. However, as of iOS 14, Apple makes it relatively straightforward for iOS users to switch away from Apple's Safari and to Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or several other browsers; there are certainly no prompts warning users not to switch. Microsoft 's changes are bound to be controversial, as they hearken back to 2001 in uncomfortable ways. MORE: 10 Best Internet Browser Games, Ranked Source: Neowin

 

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Here’s how and where you can watch the best 4K content

Not sure where to watch the best 4K content out there? Once upon a time, a 4K TV was a luxury reserved for the wealthy. Not anymore. Today, you can get 4K TVs for less than $500, and with 8K just around the corner, they’re bound to become even more affordable. But despite the great price, finding good 4K content still isn’t that easy. Just because it exists doesn’t mean it has become standardized on every platform. Once you know where to look, though, there’s plenty of 4K content available. Yes, you’ll need to pay for it, and you’ll need the right gear, but it’s worth the visual experience. We’ve found all the best sources of 4K content around and have gathered them here for you. Cost: $15 per month. Requirements: Only select devices support 4K HDR on HBO Max and it’s not exactly clear which devices do and don’t. While HBO has definitively stated that Android TV, Chromecast with Google TV, Chromecast Ultra, 4K Fire TVs, Apple TV 4K, and the Android TV-powered AT&T TV support HBO Max in 4K, that’s the entire list at the moment. While HBO Max launched without 4K compatibility, it caught up by making the day-and-date release of Wonder Woman 1984 available in 4K. Warner Bros. also announced that it would release its entire 2021 slate on HBO Max at no extra cost to subscribers, all of which will be available in 4K. No word yet on whether other content will eventually be made available in 4K. Cost: $18 per month for the Premium plan that includes Ultra HD content. Requirements: Recommended internet speed of 25Mbps or higher; a 4K Ultra HD smart TV with the Netflix app built-in, from manufacturers including Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Sony, Vizio, Philips, TCL, and Hisense; or a compatible 4K Ultra HD TV connected to any of the recent 4K-capable Roku streamers, Amazon Fire TV Cube, Google Chromecast Ultra, or Google’s latest Chromecast with Google TV, among others. Netflix, a constant innovator, was one of the first services to offer 4K Ultra HD content, which took flight with the second season of its original series House of Cards. Since then, the content has been growing consistently — all of the service’s major original series are now being shot in 4K, and some in HDR and Dolby Vision, including recent hits and old favorites. Netflix is also continuously adding new original 4K films and breathtaking nature docs to its library among select 4K blockbuster titles. If you’ve made the leap to 4K Netflix, but for some reason you’re not getting it, head to our guide on how to fix it. Cost: Included with a $120 per year or $13 per month Prime Membership; select titles for a rental start at $6, and titles for purchase range from $10 to $20. Requirements: Recommended internet speed of 25Mbps or higher; a 4K UHD TV with the Amazon Prime app installed or installable, from manufacturers such as Samsung, LG, Sony, Vizio, TCL, and Panasonic; or a compatible 4K Ultra HD TV connected to 4K-capable Roku streamers, Chromecast, Nvidia Shield TV streamer, Apple TV 4K, and (of course) Amazon Fire TV 4K-capable streaming devices. Amazon’s “free” service — which comes with a Prime subscription — launched with 4K Ultra HD versions of some of its original series like Mozart in the Jungle and Transparent and has since expanded to include most of its original series, as well as lots of other television series and films. Amazon also streams many of its original series in HDR, including Jack Ryan in Dolby Vision. The service also has a rotating selection of 4K Ultra HD movies as part of its Prime collection; the exact number of specific titles available will vary from month to month. As for the not-so-free selections, Amazon sells a number of 4K Ultra HD titles starting at around $20. Cost: Starting at $6 for an ad-riddled experience, $12 for ad-free. Requirements: Recommended internet speed of 16Mbps or higher; select 4K UHD TVs, including 4K Vizio SmartCast TVs and LG TVs; compatible 4K streaming devices, such as Apple TV 4K, Xbox One S or Xbox One X, Roku 4K devices, Google Chromecast Ultra or Chromecast with Google TV, or Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. After pulling its entire catalog of 4K content without so much of a sniffle to its customers back in 2018, Hulu has once again ventured into the wonderful world of 4K Ultra HD. Originally only available for Apple TV 4K and Chromecast Ultra owners, 4K support has since been expanded. You’ll find most of your 4K content in Hulu Originals, but not all of them are available that crisp. You’ll also find a smattering of 4K movies, but these are a lot more scarce and take a bit of work to find. Expect Hulu to expand its selection throughout 2020 and beyond. Cost: $6 per month Requirements: Select Ultra HD TVs by Samsung, Sony, and LG; Streaming boxes and sticks like 4K-capable Roku devices, Apple TV 4K, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Nvidia Shield TV, and Xiaomi Mi Box S; Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Many of the services featured on this list existed before the 4K streaming explosion, so their respective content injections were slow and painful, but you don’t have to worry about that with Disney+. There are over 600 movies and shows to choose from, many of which are available in 4K Ultra HD and HDR. You can expect most new stuff to be delivered in 4K, including Star Wars spinoff series The Mandalorian, Marvel’s WandaVision and their latest films, and all the National Geographic documentaries you can handle. Keep digging, and you’ll see that Disney+ even offers some of your favorite classics at this level of fidelity. Cost: Starting at $6 for new release rentals, $20 for new release purchases; Apple TV+ is $4.99/month Requirements: Compatible 4K UHD TV; Apple TV 4K streaming box; minimum internet speed of 25 Mbps for 4K streaming Following the release of the Apple TV 4K, iTunes began adding a selection of 4K and HDR content to its store. These titles are available to purchase or rent. Finding content in the iTunes store is easy — icons flag the content as 4K, HDR, and/or Dolby Vision (Dolby’s proprietary HDR format). One perk of iTunes is that the 4K versions of titles cost the same as the HD versions, which is drastically cheaper than most other services. Additionally, you can find 4K content on your Apple TV 4K across apps. 4K content is available from streamers like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, ESPN, as well as Apple Originals from the Apple TV+ subscription. In most cases, you will not have to pay extra to view available content in 4K when using an Apple TV 4K. Cost: Some rentals are free (ad-supported); paid 4K rentals start at $3, or $10 to $20 for purchase. Requirements: Recommended internet speed of 10 to 11Mbps or higher; Select Sony, Samsung, Vizio, LG, and Roku-equipped 4K TVs and Blu-ray players; Xbox One X or Xbox One S; 4K-enabled Roku streamers, Apple TV 4K, Chromecast Ultra/Chromecast with Google TV, or Nvidia Shield TV device paired with compatible 4K Ultra HD TVs; Windows 10 PC Movie rental/downloading service Vudu has been quietly working its way into the 4K Ultra HD conversation. The service has slowly expanded the number of supported devices and is constantly adding more. Vudu’s library is continually updated with many of the latest UHD movie releases, and it’s now one of the better services for finding UHD films to show off your 4K TV’s capabilities. It’s also part of Movies Anywhere, which lets you store your digital vault from multiple services. Cost: Free; $12 per month for YouTube Premium subscription; $2 to $15 for film rentals/purchases. Requirements: Recommended internet speed of 25Mbps or higher; Ultra HD TV with Android TV OS and select Samsung, LG, Sony, Sharp, and Hisense TVs, as well as Vizio SmartCast TVs; Xbox One S and Xbox One X; 4K-capable Roku streamer, Amazon Fire TV, Nvidia Shield TV, or Chromecast Ultra or Chromecast with Google TV hooked up to a 4K TV. Keep in mind that the number of TVs that support YouTube’s brand of 4K is still in flux — just because there’s a YouTube app doesn’t mean it’ll be in 4K — so check with retailers before making a purchase. Thanks in large part to its massive army of video contributors and a barrage of 4K cameras now on the market, YouTube has quickly become one of the best sources for 4K Ultra HD content. You won’t find a big catalog of films or TV series, but those looking for some brilliant scenes to show off their TV’s mad 4K Ultra HD skills will find them here — everything from nature videos to high-flying stunts. And perhaps best of all, most of it is free — such as the popular HDR Channel. Cost: $1 to $10 per rental. Requirements: Recommended minimum download speed of 10Mbps or higher; app available on select Samsung, Hisense, Vizio, and Sony Bravia Ultra HD TVs, 4K-capable Roku devices, Apple TV 4K, Amazon Fire TV, Nvidia Shield TV streaming box, or Windows 10 PC. As the self-proclaimed host of the largest 4K Ultra HD library of streaming content available, Ultraflix hosts several hundred hours of 4K nature documentaries (including multiple titles originally created for Imax), dozens of concerts, videos from musical acts, and hundreds of hours of sci-fi, action, comedy, and drama, all for rental in 48-hour blocks. Cost: Starting at $2 for TV episode rentals, $3 per movie for a 24-hour rental, and $10 to $35 for purchases. Requirements: Sony 4K Ultra HD TV; 4K Ultra HD TV with HDCP 2.2 copyright protection and a PlayStation 4 Pro for 4K Ultra HD playback (other Sony devices are supported, but they do not have 4K playback). Sony’s video on demand (VOD) service allows the purchase and rental of more than 200 movies and TV shows. It’s one of the less common services on this list, with only select 4K Sony devices — TVs, Blu-ray players, and the PlayStation 4 Pro — being compatible. That’s not a great situation if you’re not all-in on Sony, but PlayStation Video has a sizable library of 4K content. Sony regularly runs promotions for films coming out of its own studios, such as Spider-Man: Homecoming or The Dark Tower. If these bonuses are important to you, PlayStation Video is a perfectly fine source for 4K entertainment. Cost: Rentals start at $5 (varies by title) and movies cost $15 to $35 to purchase. Requirements: Recommended minimum 10Mbps download speed; select Samsung and LG Ultra HD TVs, PC, or 4K-capable Roku streamer hooked up to 4K Ultra HD TV. This service was originally known as M-Go, before Fandango purchased and rebranded it. It offers 4K UHD movies for either purchase or rental, as well as a healthy selection of films that are also offered with HDR. Unlike some other services, FandangoNow has a list on its website that makes it easy to see which movies are available with HDR, and what is only available in standard 4K. Cost: $6 rentals, $10 to $30 for purchase. Requirements: 20Mbps internet connection; 4K-capable Android TVs from Samsung, Sony, or LG; Chromecast Ultra or newer Chromecast with Google TV, Nvidia Shield TV, or 4K-capable Roku streamer connected to a 4K TV, among other Google devices. Google has its own 4K streaming devices, the latest being the Chromecast with Google TV (which has replaced the Chromecast Ultra), and the Google Play Store has a selection of 4K movies available for rental or purchase. This service isn’t just relegated to the Chromecast, however. Any 4K-capable streamer that supports Google Play — such as Roku devices or the Nvidia Shield — can access these movies via the Google Play app. Cost: Starts at $55 per month. Requirements: 30Mbps internet speed recommended; Streaming devices like Chromecast Ultra, Fire TV, Roku, or Apple TV; Select Ultra HD Android TV sets by Sony, Sharp, Hisense; Nvidia Shield Android TV box; Xiaomi Mi Box In July 2018, FuboTV became the first live-sports TV-streaming service to offer programming in 4K with HDR. At first, the only games to take advantage of this increased visual fidelity were 2018 World Cup matches, but the service later added some NCAA football games in 4K as well. While 4K content is still fairly limited, the service is equipped to show both Fox and FS1 in 4K with HDR10, so if nothing else, expect to see more live sports making use of these technologies moving forward. Fubo also has a limited selection of 4K content on-demand, so check it out if you want a first-hand preview of what the live events might look like. Cost: $4 to $16 per 4K Ultra HD title on demand; live channel requires DirecTV Choice or higher package. Requirements: On-demand: Manufacturer-certified DirecTV 4K-ready TV (or standard 4K TV and 4K Genie Mini) and DirecTV’s Genie HD DVR (model 530 and up). Live: Previous requirements plus the latest Genie HD DVR. Pioneering the first 4K Ultra HD service for any cable or satellite provider, DirecTV has delivered a handful of VOD movies in 4K since 2014. Currently, DirecTV offers a wide range of 4K movies, including titles like Tenet, The New Mutants, and Promising Young Woman. The channel also offers live programming on a limited, event-based schedule, which you can preview at any time right here. Cost: $8 per 4K Ultra HD title on-demand, live packages start at $60; $10 per month access fees. Requirements: Dish Hopper 3, 4K Joey (optional add-on for more than one TV), and compatible 4K Ultra HD TV, Dish Network programming package. With the introduction of its Hopper 3 hardware and 4K Joey, Dish joins a growing list of cable providers offering 4K content both live and on-demand. As long as you’ve got the equipment, the money, and the ability to commit two years to pay it, live 4K programming is available on any channel that offers 4K, though that is an admittedly small list at this point. As more channels add 4K programming, you’ll theoretically be able to access it as long as the channel is in your programming package. A fair number of movies are available in 4K on-demand as well, for $8 per rental, compared to $3 for standard definition and $7 for high definition. In August 2018, Dish added Epix’s full catalog of 4K movies to its catalog. This brought titles like Arrival, The Magnificent Seven, Star Trek Beyond, and Transformers: The Last Knight to the service in 4K. You’ll either need to subscribe to Epix for $7 per month or the Dish Movie Pack for $10 a month, but in general, more 4K content is better than less 4K content. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in 4K via Dish’s live or on-demand offerings, the company’s hardware also supports Netflix and Amazon Prime Video streaming in 4K, though you’ll need the appropriate subscriptions to access them. Cost: Free to Xfinity TV customers. Requirements: Xfinity XG1v4, Xi6, or select Roku devices, select 4K TVs from LG, Samsung, and Sony. Comcast premiered its own 4K service in December 2014 with a streaming app. For now, there are limited titles available, most of which fall under the umbrella of Comcast subsidiary NBCUniversal’s library. At first, 4K content was only available from a VOD app for Samsung UHD TVs, but the service eventually released 4K set-top boxes with support for live broadcasts, though you can’t yet record the higher resolution feeds. The service also offers Netflix integration and even includes a subscription in some packages, letting you watch Netflix in 4K via your Xfinity set-top box. Cost: Ultra HD Blu-ray players run anywhere from $80 to $1,000; Ultra HD Blu-rays average $15 to $30 per movie. Requirements: 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player, discs, and compatible 4K Ultra HD TV. A physical format some have dismissed as obsolete in the streaming age, Ultra HD Blu-ray discs and their corresponding players offer the best way to watch 4K Ultra HD content in terms of quality. The platform exhibits fewer artifacts than highly compressed 4K streams and brings along HDR10 and Dolby Vision support (along with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X immersive sound). Just note you will need an Ultra HD Blu-ray viewer to view them, or an Xbox One S or Xbox One X. Requirements: Xbox Series X ($499), PlayStation 5 ($499), PlayStation 4 Pro ($400) or Xbox One X ($400) console and 4K UHD TV. Price: About $20 to $60 per game, plus fees for additional content and premium online services. While there’s plenty to watch from the services and platforms discussed in this article, it’s not the only form of entertainment your 4K TV can enhance. For the gaming crowd, there are now four 4K- and HDR-compatible consoles on the market: The Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, and the immediate predecessors PlayStation 4 Pro and the Xbox One X. Xbox Series X, Xbox One X, Xbox One S, and PS 5 all support 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, although PS4 Pro does not. The PS4 Pro does play HD Blu-rays and supports 4K streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Each console has its own list of 4K and HDR titles ( PS4, Xbox), as well as its own premium online services with perks like online play and complimentary games every month. All of the consoles listed above support HDR. Be sure to check out our guides for how to enable HDR for the new generation, as well as the Xbox One X and PS4 family of consoles.

 

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While Eternals has only been in theatres for less than a month, one of the film's writers is hinting at what fans can expect in future sequels. According to co-writer Kaz Firpo, Richard Madden's powerful Ikaris is confirmed to not be returning at all. In Eternals ' finale, the guilt-ridden Ikaris ultimately decides to fly into the Sun after his loyalties to the Celestials and their plans to destroy Earth in order for the Emergence to occur (the birth of the new celestial Tiamut) forced him to kill Ajak (Salma Hayek) and betray the rest of the Eternals. While it may have been obvious to many, other fans were speculating whether or not Madden's Ikaris could potentially make a return (considering his gifted powers and how he is built like Superman). RELATED: The MCU Cosmic Phase Still Needs To Stay Grounded But in a new interview with Comic Book Resources, Firpo confirmed that Ikaris is dead and will not be returning. "What is the melting point of an Eternal? How long does it take to literally melt an Eternal robot?" added Firpo. "For what it's worth. yeah, it was always that. He can't bear to face his family after what he's done, which he realizes.” While Ikaris' ultimately failed to stop the other Eternals from preventing the emergence, his beliefs and ideals were hinted at during the whole film, as he told Ajak where stands and why he continues to serve the celestials. This duality then creates a very engaging character due to Ikaris believing he is doing the right thing. "I don't think that Ikarus even thinks that he's wrong, I think that he just has so much regret", Firpo further added. "He's very sorry. I think he's sorry for the way he lived his whole life on this planet, and that's a lot of burden to carry. So really, that act is basically saying, 'I made a mistake, but I can't face my family, and I can't go on living.'" In terms of deciding how the former Eternal would pass, Firpo recalled, "It began as an exile that I think, throughout the course of the filmmaking, really became something that needed to be definitive. It really is a moment of saying, 'It's sacrifice.' It's sort of saying, 'I can't serve the Eternals. If I can't serve the Celestials, and I can't be with my family, then I choose this third option', which — for him — really is oblivion. So yeah, he dead." Firpo's comments come shortly after director Chloé Zhao interpreted Ikaris as Marvel's version of Superman, and how the hero's missions can interfere with his love for others and humanity. Madden expressed his thoughts on the character, and how the divide between his duties and his love for characters like Sersi (Gemma Chan) set up a conflicted yet compelling character, ultimately being the reason that the actor was drawn to the role. While Ikaris' absence will surely be missed, Zhao's skills as a director and knack for writing three-dimensional characters will most definitely be present in any future sequels. In terms of plot details for a sequel, fans can expect Kit Harington's Dane Whitman to have a much larger screen presence, as it is hinted in Eternals' post-credits scene that he will take up the Ebony Blade and become the Black Knight in order to rescue Sersi and a few other Eternals from the celestial Arishem. For now, though, fans will just have to make their way back to the theatre to experience the first film all over again. The film also stars Angelina Jolie as Thena, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Barry Keoghan as Druig, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Lia McHugh as Sprite, and Harish Patel as Karun. Eternals is now playing in theatres. MORE: Hawkeye: 7 Things About Kate Bishop The MCU Changed From The Comics Source: Comic Book Resources

 

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How to watch Yellowstone season 4 episode 6 online where you are

Tyler Sheridan’s phenomenally popular TV series made an explosive return in November, and we’re pretty sure we now know who ordered the Dutton family attacks. But a tense showdown in this Sunday’s episode should make that crystal clear. Below we'll explain how to watch Yellowstone season 4 episode 6 online from anywhere today. *Warning: Potential season 4 spoilers ahead* We’re half way through the new season and, if the latest promo is any indicator, sparks are going to fly in this week’s episode. Lloyd’s a festering pile of resentments, given Rip beat him in front of the bunkhouse crew for fighting with fellow rancher Walker. The old timer’s still fuming that Walker stole “his girl”, and episode 6 promises to settle their feud once and for all. We also saw Jamie about to confront Garrett over his involvement in the attempted Dutton murders. That was, until estranged girlfriend Christina showed up bearing his young son. Her desire to reconcile might placate Jamie temporarily. But it still looks as if a tense encounter between father and son is about to erupt. Expect more of Jimmy’s Texan adventures, while Beth meets animal rights activist Summer Higgins (Piper Perabo) rummaging around her father’s kitchen. Not only does Summer’s political agenda threaten the ranch, but we suspect Beth will be mighty jealous of any other female presence in her dad’s life. So, saddle up for more shocking revelations and family drama, as we break down below how to watch Yellowstone season 4 episode 6 online now. Away from home but want to catch up on episode 6 of Yellowstone? You'll be unable to watch new episodes due to annoying regional restrictions. Luckily, there’s an easy solution. Downloading a VPN will allow you to stream episode 6 online on-demand no matter where you are. It's a simple bit of software that changes your IP address, meaning that you can access on-demand content or live TV just as if you were at home. Use a VPN to watch Yellowstone from abroad Sadly, this excellent neo-Western drama starring Kevin Costner hasn’t found a streaming home in the UK. The first two seasons were broadcast on the Paramount Network UK over a year ago, but fans across the pond are still waiting on an air date for seasons 3 and 4. You can buy seasons 1 and 2 on Amazon Prime Video, though, from £1.89 per episode or £12.99 per season. So newbies can get a taste of the scintillating cowboy drama that’s yet to come. And, with Peacock becoming free to Sky and Now TV customers later this year – with programming ad-supported – all four seasons of Yellowstone could be ready to stream pretty soon. Remember, though, that if you’re away from your home country you can still access your streaming service subscription from anywhere, if you download a good VPN and follow our instructions above.

 

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Remote working jobs: 5 problems we need to solve in 2022

It's coming up to two years since a global pandemic tore up the traditional model of work, and many of us are still getting used to it. While some companies have seen employees trickling through their doors again, others continue to spend the week logged in to work from whatever corner of the house offers the most comfort. Meanwhile, the idea of remote, flexible or 'hybrid' working becoming the norm continues to divide opinion. One thing that's clear as we head towards 2022 is that nobody has all this figured out yet. Yes, many companies have started putting together plans for how and where employees commit their time to them in future, with more flexibility around remote working set to be an enduring theme. But we have yet to see how this plays out in the long term, or whether organizations can sustainably reconfigure their workforces in a way that satisfies employees' new expectations of work, while meeting the strategic and commercial needs of the business. SEE: Setting goals for remote workers is hard. Here's what managers need to know Then there are the more immediate issues we need to address, with many employees still facing the same WFH headaches now as they were back in the Spring of 2020. Here are five things we need to right with flexible and hybrid working in 2022. One lesson that employers learnt early in the pandemic is that good work can be delivered regardless of where employees are logging on from, and that hours spent online is not necessarily an indicator of productivity. That said, hard work is inherently tougher to notice outside of an office environment. This makes it trickier for employees to get ahead, and is one of the reasons that workers have reported finding career progression so difficult over the past two years. Women are disproportionately affected by this: while they are more likely than men to be attracted to remote-working jobs – largely thanks to the increased flexibility they offer – this also makes it more difficult for women to be noticed by (predominantly male) company decision-makers. Women are already more likely to be overlooked when it comes to advancement opportunities; remote working could lead to even greater imbalances unless organizations can provide equal footing to both at-home and in-office workers. Managers will need to pay more attention to the output of their workers, rather than basing their assumptions on how many days a week they spend in the office. Hybrid, flexible and remote working are closely intertwined, but they are not interchangeable terms. Hybrid working refers to the idea of splitting time between working in an office and working from home or another remote location, whereas flexible working tends to incorporate models of work that offer more freedom around how and when employees work. This can include flexible start and finish times, split shifts and non-traditional working weeks. When it comes to setting their future working policies, employers need to be absolutely clear about what it is they offer. Businesses shouldn't, for example, say in a job ad that they offer flexible working, when in fact they require all employees to work the hours of 9-5 and mandate in-office work days on Monday and Friday. Exactly how flexible businesses get with their working models remains to be seen, but it's likely to be a key battleground in the fight for tech talent. Employees are no longer swayed by salary alone, and businesses that can restore some harmony to employees' work-life balance stand a greater chance of securing the talent they desperately need. An uglier side to the shift to remote working is the more invasive methods used by employers to keep tabs on what their employees are up to while working remotely. According to research by professional trade union Prospect, more organizations than ever are using software tools designed to track the activity or productivity of workers in their own homes, including creepy technology that monitors employees through their computers' cameras. In the UK, a committee of MPs and peers is so concerned about the rise in automated surveillance that they have called on the government and Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) to take urgent action to regulate its use. There's no denying that remote working creates challenges for management, but exactly how businesses choose to tackle this will set the tone for remote working in the coming months and years. Employees want remote working because of the freedom and flexibility it offers, both of which will be undone by hard-handed – and borderline unethical – methods of making sure that workers are doing what they are being paid to do while working from home. SEE: Finding remote work a struggle? Here's how to get your team back on track Here's the rub: most employees want to do a good job, and to be trusted to work independently. Companies who don't demonstrate this trust risk souring the relationship with their workers, who might ultimately decide to go elsewhere. Striking a balance between direction and autonomy in the remote-working domain is tricky, and something that many managers are still trying to figure out as we head towards 2022. But organizations should use this as an opportunity to get creative about how we think of the management challenge, rather than turning to a questionable technological solution. Are you paying employees based on how much you think they're worth, or where they've decided to live? This has proved another divisive topic in the complex conversation around remote work, and one that many organizations will be contending with as they draw up their post-pandemic workplace policies. It's a tricky one. Salaries usually take into account where the job is located and the associated cost of living, meaning a developer role based in London or New York will typically carry a higher salary than one based in a rural town. If an employee chooses to relocate to a cheaper city, should their salary be adjusted accordingly? SEE: Google staff could face pay cuts if they work from home permanently Some argue that remote workers should be paid less if they are no longer spending money on the daily commute or exorbitant living costs. The opposing argument is that remote working already benefits employers by reducing costs. For one thing, they are no longer having to spend as much money on heating and powering offices – whereas employees' utility bills go up. Companies also save on office rental and upkeep if they choose to downsize. Employees are unlikely to suggest they should be paid less for doing the same job somewhere else, though some might willingly take a pay adjustment if it means more freedom over how and where they work. And yet, lowering salaries impacts workers far more than keeping them the same affects the companies paying them – meaning companies who do decide to lower salaries for remote-working employees need to make clear their justification for doing so. While there are many benefits to being able to work from home, the pandemic also demonstrated the negative consequences of working in the same place we eat, sleep and relax. The always-on culture that surrounds modern working, in which employees are increasingly answering calls and firing off work-related emails outside of office hours, was already leading to increased rates of burnout and anxiety. When COVID-19 lockdowns bit in 2020, employees felt even more pressure to be reachable at all times as work demands increased and restrictions prevented them from going elsewhere. SEE: Email overload? These new 'right to disconnect' rules could be the answer Remote working may make work more flexible, but it also makes it easier for employees to take their jobs – and any job-related stressors – home with them. If we want to make flexible working sustainable in the long term, we need better protections to stop the boundary between work and private life blurring, or disappearing completely. Some countries are already taking steps to tackle this issue. Portugal, for instance, recently introduced a law that makes it illegal for employers to contact their employees outside of their regular working hours, except in exceptional circumstances. Policy makers want a similar 'right to disconnect' law introduced EU-wide, which would protect digital workers from any repercussions from not responding to workplace demands made outside of their contracted hours. We don't need to wait around for new laws to bring about positive change: all it takes is a bit more awareness from employers about how and when they're communicating with employees, and encouraging them to practice good working habits. The Monday Morning Opener is our opening salvo for the week in tech. Since we run a global site, this editorial publishes on Monday at 8:00am AEST in Sydney, Australia, which is 6:00pm Eastern Time on Sunday in the US. A member writes it of ZDNet's global editorial board, which is comprised of our lead editors across Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America.

 

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Fortnite: Where to Discover the Device location guide

More Fortnite Chapter 3 Guides (Image credit: Epic Games) Fortnite Chapter 3: Everything we know Best Fortnite skins: Finest virtual threads Fortnite Creative codes: Best custom maps Fortnite Crew skins: What's next for subscribers How to Slide in Fortnite: Cha-Cha Real Smooth One of Fortnite Chapter 3's first challenges is to " discover the device location." As part of the Foundation/the Seven's plan to stop the Loop (you know, the thing keeping all us poor saps stuck in a battle royale purgatory), we need to find a device that will. do something. Frankly, I'm not sure what, but you get bonus XP for your trouble, so who cares? Bonus XP means a faster grind for your battle pass. It's a pain to find one without knowing exactly where to go, especially because the "device" is just a small briefcase that you could easily pass by accident. We've done the hard work of searching for a device and laying out exactly where to find it. Read on for the full guide. Fortnite device location You only need to find one device in Fortnite to complete this challenge, so we've gone with a relatively easy location that any player should be able to find. Check out the map below for the red circle marking the location. (Image credit: Epic Games) Near the top of the mountain in the northwest corner of the Chapter 3 map, you'll find a building. This is one of the Seven's secret bases where they're busy staging a resistance against the Imagined Order. Thankfully, these guys are on your side and won't shoot you on sight unless you're a jerk. (Image credit: Epic Games) Look for the building on the left. Inside on the ground floor, you'll find two desks with computers on them. Between the desks is a small briefcase. That's the device. Simply interact with it to finish the challenge. You'll also be treated to a bit of dialogue from one of the Seven. (Image credit: Epic Games) That's it! For your trouble you'll earn 25,000 bonus XP, and you still have all the other challenges to knock out. Don't forget to check out everything we know about Fortnite Chapter 3, how to slide in Fortnite, and how to get the Fortnite Crown to earn some bragging rights.

 

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The gaming industry isn't alone in aiming to give back to its community, as many gamers wish to raise money and donate to various charities and support various different causes. Examples range from proceeds going towards the preservation of a game museum to more local changes. Others wish to take the money raised to support the conservation of the wildlife, and gamers can do just that with the World Land Trust Charity Bundle - a collaboration between Plant Based Gaming, itch. io, and indie publisher Future Friends Games. Itch.io have provided indie game bundles for charity events like this before. Last year, one itch.io Bundle earned over 7 Million dollars raising money for both the NAACP's Legal Defense & Education Fund and Community Bail Fund, in support of #blacklivesmatter and civil rights. This time, this indie game bundle comes courtesy of Plant Based Gaming, an organization that focuses on showcasing video games that have an emphasis on nature, conservation, and education. The efforts resulted in over 60 games being bundled together, starting at quite a fair price. RELATED: Itch.io Jokes About Renaming 'Sensitive Content' Section to 'Unspeakable Games' In Response to Apple Lawyer Comment This bundle is available through itch.io and is able to be bought at $4.99 as the minimum price. As mentioned on the bundle's page, all the money made from the sales of this bundle will be going towards the World Land Trust (WLT) Action Fund. The WLT is an international conservation trust that works to save, protect, and restore critically threatened habitats for wildlife. The page further states that these efforts shall be used to greatly address the on-going climate change issue. The games included in this itch.io bundle include some acclaimed yet understated gems, such as Coffee Talk, Old Man's Journey, Daniel Mullins' The Hex, A Good Snowman is Hard To Build, and more. The 60+ games included in the bundle total $450 in value, which makes it quite a steal for many indie gamers. This itch.io charity bundle will only be available for a limited time, and will only be running for about a week. However, despite the short amount of time, the charity bundle has already passed its initial target goal of $10K, with over 4500 contributors having bought this bundle. As of writing, the bundle has raised nearly $30K, showing that gamers will glady donate some money to a good cause such as this. The World Land Trust Charity Bundle will be available via itch.io until December 10. MORE: To The Rescue! Interview: Cute Dogs, Charity, and The Story Behind The Shelter Simulator

 

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The world of the Sims is, most players would think, full to bursting point. And yet even with so many expansion packs, there is still so much missing that could be filled out and built upon in future material. RELATED: Things Cut From The Sims 4 Since the release of The Sims 4 way back in 2015, players have mourned the lack of some content. So, taking all that into account, this list will bring together certain things from previous games, as well as things fans have always wanted to be added into the series. Hopefully, players will get to explore these avenues in future Sims 4 expansions. Since the Cottage Living pack came out, Simmers the world over have been craving more rustic content. Many have been creating many more mods that appease their need for agriculture, but lots of fans still seek more farming content. Farming sim games are huge — just look at the Story of Seasons and Stardew Valley fame. Even Animal Crossing has caved and added pickable plots. If a farming expansion pack was to come out, it would surely be glorious and well-received among the fanbase. Sims could grow their own food and live sustainably, create a business, and more. Plus, if players don’t want to turn their thumbs green, they don’t have to! It is unlikely that Maxis would choose to release this as a pack, but something players have sorely missed from previous games is crime, burglary, and other threats. Gone are the days of having a heart attack as a stripy burglar sneaks onto one's property. Many players miss the suspense that this feature added to the game. RELATED Sims Spin-Offs That Need To Be Brought Back There are no emergency services in Sims 4, unless one counts the doctor career in the Get To Work expansion. Half of the game used to involve keeping Sims safe and well and avoiding crime and house fires, but now there is nothing nefarious except Don Lothario (and, with the appropriate pack installed, the occasional vampire). Many players are begging EA to bring back some level of threat to The Sims. Yes, Sims can walk around and run between plots, or get a taxi. But many players find that boring. Previous games had cars, as well as vacation specific taxis. Even bikes! To get a bike in The Sims 4, players need the University pack. It seems absurd that in 2021 there are still no cars available for use in Sims 4. Simmers sorely need more options for Sims to travel around. A bus system or public transport would be amazing, or even something smaller like skateboards or rollerblades. There could even be different transport options for different neighbourhoods to compliment the different feels. It is no secret that The Sims 4 took a huge step back compared to other games, in terms of content and character creation. One facet that was omitted in the jump between Sims 3 and 4 is the ability of true customization. A new pack could re-introduce the colour wheel and other customization options, to allow playes a fully immersive experience. Being locked to less than 15 hair colours can really limit the creativity of create a Sim, and a lot of furniture swatches don't currently match. Despite all the other improvements, this was a huge negative that still affects the popularity of Sims 4. Another cornerstone of the Sims franchise is the lore: the stories, characters, buildable plots and deep-dives into families' pasts. Sadly, this is another thing that is a bit thin in the fourth iteration. RELATED Things You Didn't Know About Bella Goth A new pack akin to the Sims Stories expansions of old would be amazing. With new stories, families, and characters, the possibilities would be endless. A pack like this could bring back pivotal characters from previous games. Perhaps they'd be in a new neighbourhood with a story for each household, and plot points to complete. The Sims 4 is very focused on minutea, and smaller things for Sims to spend their time doing. With packs like Bust the Dust, Tiny Living, and knitting themed additions, it is clear where EA's priorities lie in terms of game building. With that in mind, a great addition would be an arcade and gaming themed expansion! There are a couple of PCs, game consoles, and funky bits of tech available, but this could so easily be expanded. Simmers could make entire arcades and gaming rooms, like so many have in real life. Another missing feature that disappeared as the series progressed was sandbox neighbourhood creation modes. Sims 2 had the ability to create as many neighborhoods as players could imagine, choosing the terrain, mapping out roads and adding decorations. A new expansion featuring a sandbox creation mode would add so much to the latest game. RELATED The Weirdest Sims 4 Mods Players would even settle for free lot placement in existing neighbourhoods, as there's really not a lot of options for building a new mansion. Previous games had many more options that Sims 4 could, and should, bring back. Speaking of neighbourhood customisation, the shopping aspect is a smaller element that could really be brought up to speed. With the Get To Work expansion, shops can be created and businesses run, but compared to the offerings in real life, its all a little thin. Many players would love a mall expansion, or even an outdoor shopping district like the Old Town in Sims, or Downtown in Sims 2. The Get To Work expansion brought retail into the game, but outside of having a till and a property, there wasn't too much that players had to comply with. A resurrection of Open For Business is definitely needed. The game already has cats, dogs, fish, and frogs that players can catch outside, though they don't do anything. All in all, it's quite a a boring selection for such a huge game. While dogs can be made to look like foxes, the options are very limited. A good case for a new expansion would be exotic, or just more, pets. Sims 3 had horses, Sims 2 had wormrats, and Sims had talking parrots. Many feel the latst game is sorely lacking. Imagine: lizards, gerbils, and more. Cottage Living added some farm animals, but they're not quite the same. Outdoor Expansion packs are a big one. Players want stuff for garden based activities, pools, parks, picnics — the list is endless. As of now, there are trees and bushes and a couple of fountains, but a real outdoor pack could add so much. So far, the only outdoor pack players really have is the specific Outdoor Retreat expansion. From skateboards to streetlamps, road signs to rope swings, Sims need some TLC for their outdoor areas. A revamp of parks and outdoor meeting spaces is overdue. Players want less of the tiny stuff packs, and more out-of-the-house additions. The Sims 4 is available now. MORE Every Sims 4 Neighbourhood, Ranked

 

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Best home internet deals for December 2021: AT&T, Spectrum, Optimum and more

It’s hard to imagine living today without a consistent internet signal and if you experience frequent interruptions, you understand how frustrating it can be to rely on an insufficient internet signal. Fast and stable home internet is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. Many people rely on the web for work, learning, and communicating with distant loved ones. You also need high-speed internet for data-hungry activities such as online gaming and the streaming of movies, live sports, and TV shows. So whether you want to cut the cord, improve your online gaming experience, or just upgrade your sluggish internet service to a faster one, this up-to-date roundup of the best high-speed internet deals and bundles is the place to start. Thankfully, the ubiquity of high-speed internet means that you can get the bandwidth you need for cheaper prices than ever before. As fiber-optic networks roll out across the country, gigabit internet is also more accessible. You should also check out these wireless router deals to save even more money on equipment rental fees. Verizon’s high-speed internet service has a lot to offer, with speeds starting at 100-200 Mbps for $40 per month, and new customers get a free year of Disney+ (which reverts to just $7 per month after your free year is up). The best value is arguably the $80/month Fios Gigabit plan which includes 940 Mbps internet and a free router rental, and Verizon is now allowing you to build your own internet, TV, and phone bundle so you can create a customized package that won’t leave you paying for stuff you don’t want or need. AT&T is a solid option if you’re looking to bundle internet with TV. High-speed Internet 1000 fiber optic plans start at an introductory $40 per month right now, or you can opt for a AT&T TV + Internet bundle for $95 per month with no extra fee for unlimited data allowance (a $30 value). New customers who bundle TV and internet can also get a Visa card worth as much as $300. Spectrum internet plans start at $50 per month with speeds of up to 400 Mbps which isn’t a mind-blowing deal by itself, but the ISP is offering free modem rentals as well as free antivirus software with your plan. Basic speeds start at 100 Mbps, too. Furthermore, if you’re locked into a contract with another ISP you’re unhappy with, Spectrum is offering up to $500 to buy it out for you. Internet plus TV bundles also start at just $95 per month, which is one of the better deals going for a package of this kind. Xfinity is a solid no-frills choice if your needs are moderate. The 100 Mbps “Performance 100” plan starts at $40 per month, and for $15 more you can bundle that plan with a basic TV package (upgraded TV and internet packages with 200 Mbps internet can be had for just $5 more). High-speed internet-only gigabit plans start at $80 if you don’t need TV bundled. You can also save $15 with Xfinity’s free self-installation kit. Basic internet plans from Cox run the gamut from $30 per month for 10 Mbps download speeds up to $80 per month for speeds of up to 500 Mbps, with two tiers in between these two. Cox also has its high-speed “Gigablast” internet plan which starts at $100 per month, giving you even faster download speeds of up to 940 Mbps. TV and internet bundles are available starting at just $90, with 150 Mbps speeds and 140+ channels. Windstream plans start at introductory pricing of $36 per month for the Enhanced Kinetic package (200 Mbps speeds with no data cap), but you can enjoy speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps with Windstream’s high-speed internet plans that start at just $66 — making this ISP one of the cheapest options for gigabit internet. It’s also a great value if you’re looking to bundle, with basic TV and internet packages start at $55 and TV and gigabit packages available for as low as $75. Suddenlink offers 200 Mbps Internet for $25 per month. Suddenlink’s 1 Gig internet is $45 per month with the option to add on TV service for as low as $24 per month. Customers can pick the level of internet, TV, and mobile phone service they want and change their level of service at any time with no penalty. New customers also currently receive a $200 Visa Prepaid Card and HBO Max is included for one year. Looking for more great stuff? Head over to our curated Deals Hub.

 

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Here's your Steam page for the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection

Behold! Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection has a Steam page. The collection is a remaster of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, the most recent two games in the series. The Uncharted games are sprawling, set-piece action adventure romps filled with explosions and guns and pirates and modern-day buried treasures of various sorts. Legacy of Thieves collection is coming to PC—and PS5 I guess—in 2022. We first heard a little hint about an Uncharted PC release earlier this year, with confirmation this summer. These Uncharted games are just the latest in the slew of Sony's previously PlayStation -exclusive releases hitting our website's titular platform. Those being games like Horizon: Zero Dawn and God of War, of course, as Sony continues to walk the line between pissing off PlayStation owners and releasing PC games. Uncharted will be one of the first games released under its new PlayStation PC label. PlayStation also recently acquired a company known for producing some pretty good PC ports. They're doing a movie based on Uncharted too. If I've understood things right it stars Spider-Man.

 

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Last chance to land 5 years of Ivacy VPN for $1 per month

If you use the internet, you likely know how important it is to protect your data in an increasingly dangerous cyber environment. But like other essential tasks that tend to be tedious (like filing taxes early and brushing your teeth for the full two minutes), most installing and running a VPN can sound unappealing to many: sure, they encrypt your internet traffic and hide your location — but they can also run frustratingly slowly, delaying the way you’d usually use the internet for entertainment and work. That’s where Ivacy VPN is different: not only will the speedy service let you browse and stream lag-free, it also offers real-time threat detection technology, removing malware and viruses at the server level. It ensures that all your downloads and devices stay totally secure, so you can stay safe online without being inconvenienced. In addition, all plans allow 10 simultaneous logins and unblocks BBC iPlayer, Disney+, Hulu, and major Netflix regions including U.S., France, Japan, UK, Australia, Germany, and Canada. With Ivacy, you can enjoy protection anywhere by connecting to 1,000+ servers in hundreds of locations. You’ll have unrestricted access to your favorite apps and websites, no matter where you are in the world. There’s also a dedicated secure downloading feature using P2P optimized servers, and useful extensions available across browsers and platforms, whether you’re an Android or iOS user, with split-tunneling available for both. And unlike other players in the digital security space, Ivacy VPN has a decade of experience delivering excellence, receiving a 4.7/5 TrustPilot rating and a 99.8% crash-free performance. This offer also includes FREE encrypted 2TB Cloud Storage and on top of that a FREE Password Manager tool. It's also available in Europe and other regions (clicking on the below link will show local currencies). Get a five-year subscription to Ivacy VPN for just $0.99 per month. (offer ends Dec 5). As an Ivacy affiliate, Neowin may earn commission from qualifying purchases.

 

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Perhaps one of the things that draws the speedrunning community towards the likes of The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim is its sheer size. There is undoubtedly something about being challenged to finish a game of such magnitude in record time. Although there are plenty of games that newcomers can learn to speedrun like Super Mario Odyssey, Bethesda's open-world epic is probably not one for the faint of heart. Among those who are more experienced, however, it's perfectly viable to try and get to the end where Alduin is defeated as quickly as possible. What's not always frequent, though, is when a single runner manages to set a new world record, and then beat it again soon after. In a video uploaded to YouTube a couple of days ago, user nucular has managed to smash their previous Skyrim speedrun time by nearly a full minute, completing the main storyline in 1:11:22, according to the clock in the video. One minute might not sound like a lot, but in speedrunning, every frame and every millisecond counts, so achieving a new world record by a margin of almost 60 seconds is quite an impressive feat, especially given that this was a "glitchless" run in which the player does not utilize significant game exploits to skip large sections of the map. RELATED: Skyrim Mod Adds Fall Guys Characters to the Game The previous world record for beating Skyrim was 1:12:15, which nucular managed to do at the end of last month. This, in itself, was quicker than the WR before that, beating it by a full two minutes, and was achieved by a new trick discovered in one of the quests. Despite being more than ten years old at this point, it's impressive that players, and speedrunners, are still finding new things out about the game, and if fans can utilize them to help beat the game in even quicker times, then all the better. For those curious, the new technique to shave off those additional seconds or minutes during a speedrun involves the A Cornered Rat quest. During the mission, players approach Brynjolf of the Thieves Guild. However, before that moment, the player must cause a guard to chase them through the underground passage. Once the mission involving Brynjolf is complete, the player can then be arrested by the guard, who will then escort them out the area. This acts as a kind of teleportation and will make it easier to get out of said area much quicker. Given the enormity of the game, it's not surprising that fans are logging so many hours in Skyrim. There's a huge amount of depth to the world and the story, but it's also interesting to see just how quickly people can get to the final moments as well. It remains to be seen whether nucular will beat this new world record, though they do believe it's possible to get the time under 1:10. The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim is available for PC, PS3, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S. MORE: Skyrim: Most Helpful Glitches in the Game Source: PC Gamer

 

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Pokemon remakes are about as expected as new titles introducing regions and their colorful cast of monsters. Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen released in 2004, updating the original Kanto region games using the style of Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald. That established a pattern to be replicated by 2009's Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver, as well as 2014's Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are the first true remakes to really deviate from this idea. While 2018's Pokemon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! also remade the original Kanto games in a unique style, they felt like spin-offs taking advantage of Pokemon GO 's mechanics following the mobile title's success. They also came out before Generation 8's official debut in Sword and Shield, which introduced the Galar region and a classic Pokemon adventure updated for the Switch hybrid console. Still, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl - developed by Pokemon HOME creator ILCA rather than Game Freak - elected to be more "traditional" revivals of Sinnoh rather than updating it in the style of Sword and Shield. RELATED: Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Should Get the Same DLC Support as Sword and Shield Many new features were added to this year's remakes, such as Pokemon following or revisions to the now-Grand Underground. However, what garnered perhaps the most attention prior to launch was Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl 's aesthetics, which are split into a toy-like chibi style in the overworld and full-scale HD models during battle. Taking this approach certainly gave Diamond and Pearl remakes a flair all their own, but the project likely could have been stronger if it chose one of those paths and really committed. The path many fans of the franchise will undoubtedly jump to is a Diamond and Pearl remake in the vein of its predecessors. It's easy to see where ILCA's split aesthetics came from, as this style emulates the division between blocky tile-based overworld sprites and detailed battle pixel art in the original games. However, prior Pokemon remakes have chosen to innovate upon their source materials' styles rather than replicate them so faithfully. Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen, as well as HeartGold and SoulSilver, are obvious examples largely due to the technical limitations of the games they remade. Generation 1 and 2 may be beloved, but the original Game Boy hardware held back their visuals (even if the handheld console established an aesthetic all its own). Using the templates of Ruby and Sapphire, and then Diamond and Pearl, meant the Kanto and Johto regions could be brought to life in a new way. Characters and locales were all updated, and in many ways these remakes established modern conceptions of what their worlds looked like in hindsight. Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are a slightly different case, as they brought Ruby and Sapphire into the 3D age wrought by Pokemon X and Y while more radically redesigning Hoenn to match. The differences between redesigns of a character like Falkner in Gold and HeartGold versus Roxanne in Ruby and Omega Ruby are stark, and the same can be said for locales like Mauville City. Either way, the classic-styled Gen 2 remakes and more radical Gen 3 remakes both succeeded in updating their source materials to the standards of contemporary Pokemon adventures. Battles in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl offer a glimpse into what full HeartGold and SoulSilver -style reimaginings of Sinnoh region games might have looked like. Trainer models are beautifully updated into HD based on their solidified appearances from the DS pixel art, and the way they emote before and after a battle is compelling. Special kudos go to the diverse battle environments based on almost every indoor and outdoor locale that all maintain a warm, painterly style in contrast to the original DS games' abstract battlefields. Many of them have Mt. Coronet looming in the distance, a reminder of the region's most important landmark. One could easily imagine this aesthetic replicated with the scale of Galar's overworld; a Sinnoh that feels more natural and realistic to walk around in. RELATED: Pokemon Players Want Alternatives to Trade-Exclusive Evolutions With all that being said, there isn't a lot inherently wrong with the idea of making a more toy-like overworld that stays true to the original vision of Sinnoh. As far as remaking older games go, the success of 2019's Link's Awakening shows it's a compelling idea. Fans can, in a sense, have their cake and eat it too: Explore a Sinnoh that's familiar to their childhood memories without the same performance issues. Though Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl have their own share of bugs, what really holds them back is a lack of commitment to this potentially unique idea for a remake. If ILCA had dug its heels in and only worked on a toybox version of Diamond and Pearl - one that was perhaps offered at a discounted $40 - some issues people have with the chibi aesthetic such as a lack of expression on the models or stilted grid-based movements could have been polished up. With regards to battles, switching to HD characters does replicate the more complex pixel art of the originals, but it's a little more jarring to transition between the two styles in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Perhaps these remakes could have taken a page from Let's Go, Pikachu! and Eevee! by turning battles into their own kind of toy-based brawls - something reminiscent of the Pokemon Rumble series that recently saw its developer Ambrella dissolved. A complete HD reimagining of Diamond and Pearl or a cutesy, experimental (and cheaper) return to Sinnoh as an appetizer for Pokemon Legends: Arceus could have worked equally well. The approach ILCA took is fine, but neither of its aesthetic styles truly have the chance to shine because they don't get all the attention they need. This is especially a shame given the games are one of Nintendo's big holiday releases the same year as its Switch OLED model released. On the bright side, now that The Pokemon Company has shown its willingness to outsource mainline titles to developers outside of Game Freak, there's potential for Pokemon Black and White to do something more radical like Dragon Quest 3 's upcoming HD-2D styled remake. Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are available now on Nintendo Switch. MORE: The Best Nintendo Switch Games of 2021

 

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With Destiny 2 featuring so many incredible armor sets and Exotic armor designs, it was inevitable that players would end up playing the "fashion game", so to speak. Destiny 2 players can mix and match armor pieces that belong to five different slots, with them being the helmet, chest armor, gauntlets, legs, and a class item that varies depending on the player's class selection. Hunters have their popular signature cloaks, Titans get a mark - a small drape usually falling down on one leg - and Warlocks have bonds, which act as armbands. There are several ways to acquire new armor sets in Destiny 2, as well as universal ornaments, which can be effectively used as skins immediately. As for regular armor, however, players have to acquire Synthweave from Ada-1's bounties, which can then be used as part of the Armor Synthesis process - also known as transmog - to unlock any piece of armor as a universal ornament. Armor Synthesis was not always in the game, but it was added with Season of the Splicer, and since then, many players have been creating or recreating incredible looks in Destiny 2. RELATED: Halo Crossover Confirmed by Latest Destiny 2 Image? A popular trend is to try and make Destiny 2 sets that look like characters from other franchises, such as the Green Power Ranger or Patrick Star. A great look was shared on Reddit by a user called Young_Rasta97, who managed to make their Titan look like a character from Dark Souls, which other players immediately associated with a specific boss: the Pursuer. The Pursuer is a recurrent boss that players encounter in Dark Souls 2, and it is known to be a threat because of its immense power after players defeat it for the first time in the Forest of Fallen Giants. The Pursuer is a boss with a huge greatsword and shield, and unassuming players would think it was slow, but it can actually close distances easily - making it an intimidating foe in Dark Souls 2. Thus, Young_Rasta97's set is all the more appropriate because it's an Arc Titan with a Cuirass of the Falling Star, which powers up the Super called Thundercrash, which in turn transforms the Titan into a quick Arc missile that covers great distances. Next week is going to be huge for FPS fans, with the release of Destiny 2 's 30th Anniversary Pack and the official release of Halo Infinite. Likewise, February is going to be a big month for both Destiny 2 and Dark Souls fans, considering that both The Witch Queen and Elden Ring will be released. For fans who love both franchises, this armor set is a lot of fun to see. Destiny 2 is available on PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. MORE: Destiny 2 Expansions and Seasons Tier List

 

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Here’s a list of portable tech gadgets you’ll want to use every day

Electronics seem to keep getting smaller and smaller, and everyone has their own specific gadgets that they never leave home without. You undoubtedly have a smartphone with you whenever you leave the house, but that’s not to say there couldn’t be a few more conveniences. If you’re in the market for some new tech or a few cool add-ons, we’ve rounded up a large handful of palm-sized devices to add to your EDC loadout. If you know where to look, you can get affordable prices on key finders, SD cards, car USB chargers, wireless earbuds, portable speakers, and more. Below are some of our favorite portable tech deals going right now, from a folding keyboard to a cheap smartwatch. Not only do these deals fit in your pocket, but they’re also generally cheap enough that you can fit them into your budget, as well. The one major drawback with cool tiny gadgets these days is that they can easily get lost. If you need some help keeping tabs on the small stuff, Tile Mate item finders are just the ticket. The keychain-sized Tile Mate is a diminutive 1.3 inches long and is just 0.2 inches thick. Simply attach a tracker to any item and you can use the Tile companion app to locate it virtually anywhere. Even without the app, you can still find nearby items by remotely making the Tile vibrate, flash, or ring. A single Tile costs around $22, but this four-pack of Tile Mate trackers is available from Amazon for under $60 with free shipping. Also, be sure to take a look at some of the best Bluetooth trackers for more options. This multi-tool combines several go-to tools into one handy, convenient sized device you can take anywhere with you. It is equipped with more than 16 functions including a metric and standard sized closed wrench and bit driver, TSA-compliant serrated edge and handy scoring tip, a bike spoke wrench, bottle opener, and more. The tool is made of durable stainless steel, lightweight, and fits onto your keyring. If the palm-sized portable chargers whet your appetite for cool gadgets but you want something with a bit more juice, the Anker PowerCore 10,000 is another excellent pocket-friendly power bank. Its 10,000mAh battery can charge your iPhone multiple times, even though this PowerCore is barely larger in length and width than a credit card. Like other Anker power banks, this unit also boasts Anker’s proprietary PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technology, which optimizes charging speed for different devices, ensuring that you’re not waiting around too long for your gadgets to recharge. This very practical charger rings in below $40 on Amazon. SD and MicroSD cards are a cheap, portable way to move tons of data, but not all computers have slots to accept them, and even laptops that do typically only have one. Plus, if you only have a MicroSD card, then you need an additional adapter to use it with the SD card reader anyway. The Anker USB 3.0 SD card reader can make your life a little easier. It has SD and MicroSD card slots that let you read and write both simultaneously on any computer. It’s compatible with all types of MicroSD cards, too, and will only set you back around $15 from Amazon. This is a great piece of equipment for photographers and on-the-go professionals. Another great gadget from Anker isn’t necessarily one you’ll carry in your pocket all day, but it is nonetheless something you don’t want to leave home without: a speedy car charger. The PowerDrive Speed 2 USB charger plugs right into your car’s 12V outlet and features two high-speed USB ports that pump out 30 watts of combined power for juicing up your tech. Anker’s IQ2 technology allows this handy charger to detect and automatically optimize the power output for compatible devices, letting it power many phones up to 80 percent in about 35 minutes. You can score the PowerDrive Speed 2 car charger for around $20. A good pair of earbuds is invaluable if you’re frequently on the move and don’t want to be without your music and other entertainment, and when it comes to in-ear headphones, you can’t beat a classic: The Panasonic ErgoFit earbuds remain one of the best and most popular pairs you can buy, with more than 50,000 Amazon reviews. If you don’t want to dish out the cash for a pair of wireless earphones like the AirPods, these headphone earbuds are available in a variety of colors at around $10 on Amazon (and just a few bucks more for the model with an in-line microphone). Gone are yesterday’s bulky, goofy-looking Bluetooth earpieces — a quality miniature Bluetooth earbud like this one from JLab is a simple, lightweight, and low-profile way to use your phone totally hands-free. Whether you’re on the road or just walking about and want to keep both of your hands untied, this handy mono headset lets you make and receive calls without even having to take out your phone. The JLab Bluetooth earbud is a cheap portable gadget and the black model is available for under $40 from Amazon. Earbuds are great to have on you, but having the cable become a tangled mess in your bag or pocket is no fun to deal with (and it always seems to happen no matter how neatly you tuck them away). The Tophome earbud holder and cord organizer, made of thick genuine leather, ensures you never have to deal with that hassle again. This is the perfect gift for anyone who hates tangled cords, and is currently under $10 from Amazon, so it’s a smart purchase for traveling techies. Need a light? Electric lighters like this one put a whole new spin on old-school designs. Fluid lighters can be messy and can run out of fuel quickly — the famous Zippo, while an all-American classic, is notorious for this — not to mention that lighter fluid and butane canisters are an extra expense. The Tesla Coil arc lighter, on the other hand, uses an internal rechargeable battery to project a windproof electric arc that is produced instead of a flame. The design is environmentally friendly and delivers up to 300 lights on a single charge. When it needs more juice, simply plug it in and power it up via the included USB charging cable. No wicks, flints, fluid, or gases to fuss around with. You can score this unique tech gadget for just $17 from Amazon. If you love to take pictures with your phone but find the camera’s capabilities a little bit limiting, then this top tech gadget is for you. The Amir clip-on camera lenses feature sturdy aluminum-and-glass construction. The bundle contains a 180-degree fisheye lens, a 0.4x super wide-angle lens, and a 10x macro zoom lens for detailed close-up shots. The metal housing is also water- and dust-resistant. The universal clip-on design works with most popular brands of Android phones as well as the latest Apple iPhones. The Amir smartphone camera lenses come in at under $20 on Amazon. With most smartphones already sporting a high-resolution camera, this awesome attachment is a great piece of EDC gear for any burgeoning photographer — though it’s not that good for selfies. A good RFID wallet provides an extra layer of security for the digital age, keeping your credit and ID cards safe from remote readers. You don’t have to sacrifice style for function, however, thanks to the leather Travelambo wallet. This minimalist wallet is made of genuine leather lined with RFID-blocking material. It has six card slots, an ID window, and a compartment where you can tuck away a few bills. Best of all: It’ll only set you back $10 to $15 from Amazon depending on your color choice (there are a ton), making it a pretty smart purchase for security-conscious individuals. It never hurts to have a bit of extra storage (especially when you’re frequently on the move), and now you can replace those bulky thumb drives with this super-compact MicroSD card from Samsung. The Evo Select MicroSD card offers a lot of space and speed for the money, with 95MB per second read and 20MB-per-second write speeds. It even comes with an SD adapter (or you can use it with the Anker card reader if your computer lacks an SD card slot). The Samsung Evo Select MicroSD card with SD adapter can be yours from Amazon for under $10 for the 32GB model. Many of us have flashlights on our phones, but they aren’t always convenient to use or the best option. This nano torch from Streamlight, one of the best flashlight makers around, is the perfect addition to any keychain. This powerful and compact flashlight is perfect for navigating small, dimly lit spaces or just providing LED light where it’s needed the most. The Streamlight 73001 keychain flashlight is available for around $5 on Amazon, and makes the perfect night light when you need it most. These folding keyboards are nothing new, but most of them — even fairly compact models — aren’t very pocket-friendly gear. This folding wireless keyboard from MoKo is the perfect solution, giving you a miniature set of QWERTY keys that folds down to roughly the size of a large smartphone for easy storage. Its metal and polymer construction is both durable and light, weighing in at roughly seven ounces. The MoKo folding wireless keyboard is compatible with any Bluetooth-capable iPhone, Windows, or Android phone or tablet, and is available for around $30 from Amazon. The Bellabeat Leaf health tracker is the fitness tracker that she’ll actually want to wear. This fitness accessory can be worn as a necklace or bracelet without looking bulky or obtrusive, and syncs with both iOS and Android to collect activity metrics via the companion app. The Bellabeat tracks steps taken, calories burned, sleep quality, stress levels, menstrual cycles, and more. You can pick up this perfect hands-free tech gift for as low as $88 right now, and check out our review to see why we love the Bellabeat family of stylish health trackers. Wireless speakers are arguably the most popular implementation of Bluetooth technology today, allowing you to take your music virtually anywhere. Most of these speakers won’t easily fit in your pocket, but this one from Momoho is an exception. This tiny, cool tech gadget packs a two-hour battery life, delivering great sound from a package that fits in the palm of your hand. Measuring the same size as a quarter, the Momoho speaker can be your pocket party companion for as little as $17 from Amazon. It may not come with Alexa like the Amazon Echo hub, but it’s a great way to bring your music with you. Looking for more great stuff? Find tech deals and much more on our curated deals page. Follow @dealsDT

 

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A manga adaptation of Shōgo Kinugasa’s Classroom of the Elite: Year 2 light novels will start serialization on December 25, the January 2022 issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Alive magazine revealed. Classroom of the Elite ran in Media Factory’s MF Bunko J imprint from 2015 to 2019, with a total of 14 collected volumes. The Year 2 sequel series continues to follow the main cast from the original and began serialization in January 2020. The light novel series has amassed six collected volumes so far. RELATED: The Irregular at Magic High School: Reminiscence Arc Promo Reveals December 31 Airdate A manga adaptation of the first light novel series illustrated by Yuyu Ichino began serialization in 2016. The series also runs in Monthly Comic Alive with its 11th collected volume having released in June. Shia Sasane will handle the illustrations for the Year 2 manga, taking over for Ichino. A 12-episode anime adaptation of the light novel series produced by Studio Lerche aired during the Summer 2017 season. The studio is best known for its work on Danganronpa: The Animation, Assassination Classroom, and Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun. Seiji Kishi directed the series with Ryō Takahashi handling the composition. Kishi is best known for directing the Persona 3 film series as well as Persona 4: The Animation and most recently Fate/Grand Carnival. Takahashi has worked on a number of anime including Citrus, Arifureta, and the J.C. Staff produced anime film, Sing a Bit of Harmony. The anime is licensed by Crunchyroll and Funimation in English. Seven Seas licenses the light novel and manga in English, having released the 9th volume of the light novel in September. The first volume of the manga series will release in February with the first volume of the Year 2 light novel is set to release in May 2022. Source: Anime News Network MORE: 'Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!' 2022 Rankings Reveal Most Popular Series, Characters

 

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Tajezzo PZ5 Smart Backpack review

The Tajezzo PZ5 Smart Backpack is a hardshell backpack with an LED display that offers multiple features and oodles of style. If you regularly ride bikes or motorcycles then you can appreciate most of its features as quality-of-life improvements, but there's still plenty of fun to be had simply wearing it around town. You can get the bag in two styles, a black model that has an 'exposed' display with visible screws, and a white version with an inset screen and a slightly different shape. Both have the same features and dimensions so this is purely down to aesthetics over actual function, though we did notice that the exposed screws on the black version of the bag made removing the protective plastic film almost impossible without digging around with a pair of tweezers. You can see some plastic still present in our review images to reflect this. The design isn't going to appeal to everyone, but with a retail price of $359 (around £270 / AU$510), the Tajezzo PZ5 Smart Backpack is hardly something you'll grab on a whim. For context, that makes it pricier than some designer backpacks from brands like Ted Baker, Radley and Michael Kors, so before we start singing its praises (and it does have many), we'll be blunt – this bag should be much cheaper. It did go on sale as part of a crowdfund project on Kickstarter with early bird prices though, so it could very well be more affordable when it officially becomes available. The features and build quality are great, but the high pricetag makes it difficult to recommend. Right, onto the good stuff. The Tajezzo PZ5 Smart Backpack isn't just a bag to throw your laptop into, equipped with a microphone and speaker, an LED display and a smart control on the bag strap to switch between different modes. We took the bags around a busy event, throughout central London and a busy theme park, and we did naturally end up using all of these features. You can connect to the bag via Bluetooth to take calls thanks to that built-in mic, though we couldn't find a way to have the audio play through headphones whilst using the bag's microphone. If you did want to answer your phone, be prepared for everyone in the vicinity to hear your conversation. By doing this though, we did confirm that both the microphone and speakers are pretty impressive, with clear vocals detected through the mic even in a busy environment. The speakers are also seriously impressive for something built into a bag. Located along the top rear, directly behind your ears when wearing it, the volume is loud, the bass is punchy and just a genuine pleasure to listen to. It's unlikely you'd find much of a use for this when walking around (unless you're one of those youths who likes to blast their 'music' on public transport), but it was especially useful for taking calls while biking around, improving safety by negating the need to wear headphones. The LED display is rather simple. There are a few different light modes to choose from: Music Mode that fluctuates with your tunes, Breathing Mode that just calmly, uh, breathes, Night Mode for a solid line of light and Sport Mode, which detects rapid deceleration to flash red if you come to a sudden stop. That's a pretty neat safety feature for riders, though we wish there was some way to build an indicator feature into the bag too. The voice that lets you know what mode you're switching to is hauntingly bad, but Tajezzo has informed us that a new, improved English vocalization is being developed so we've left that off our list of cons for now. There's a 5,000 mAh battery pack that powers the bag and also charges other devices, with three cables: a USB-C, Lightning, and Micro USB. 5,000 mAh isn't a lot, working out to around a full charge on most modern smartphones, but Tajezzo informed us that a larger battery pack wasn't possible with the design of the backpack. We found it was enough to use the bag for a day and charge a phone after heavy use, but you'll need to recharge the backpack daily if you want the full benefits. The bag is charged via the Micro USB and takes around four hours to regain a full battery. The hard shell is seriously well built. It was able to support the weight of our reviewer as a step stool, and protected the innards from torrential rain. You can fit a 17-inch laptop inside with few issues, and there are separators in the bag itself to keep your belongings from rattling around in the case. As a standard backpack, it serves its purpose well, but that hard shell is a real benefit if you're worried about coming off your bike at speed and want to protect expensive gadgets and tech. The fit is on the small side. The straps are adjustable and have anti-theft mechanisms to secure yourself in, but even at the largest size it was a snug fit around the shoulders. If you're a healthy weight and have a slim frame then you'll be fine, but anyone muscular, or with a wide frame might find it gets a little tight after a few hours of wear. In all, this is a really fun bag. It's not worth the standard retail price, but the features did prove useful, and we were stopped multiple times by people on the street to compliment the style of the backpack, so this could go down a real treat with fans of streetwear fashion or Cyberpunk aesthetics. If you have cash burning a hole in your pocket and you need a bag to wear while riding a bike or motorcycle, it's a great product, but otherwise you might not use all of the features that have made it so expensive.

 

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Best board games 2021: For adults, families, two players, and more

If you haven’t been paying attention, board games have really made a comeback over the past couple of years. Especially now that we’re allowed to gather again, board games are a good choice. With so much of our lives mediated through screens, it’s refreshing and humanizing to play face-to-face with people. Millions of people have taken the step from the tedious Monopoly and Life of their youth to modern gateway classics such as The Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, or Cards Against Humanity, but where do you go from there? What is the best board game? We’ve hand-picked this list of fantastic games to suit a wide range of players and interests, showing off just a sample of the most fun and interesting games that have been released in the last few years. Since you have likely been stuck at home for months, these might be just the thing you need for some new activities to do with the family. Ah, the simple pleasure of laying down tiles to build a bustling French town. What could be better? How about squatting on your friend’s plot of land and claiming it as your own, turning all their hard work into sweet, sweet points for yourself? That magical feeling can be yours in Carcassonne, a game that looks charming and simple, but hides a competitive core. Gameplay in Carcassonne is straightforward: When it’s your turn, you draw a tile at random and then place it next to one of the already-placed tiles that make up the growing landscape. Connect roads to roads, fields to fields, cities to cities, and then place your workers down to claim these features as your own. If two different areas eventually collide, the player with the most pieces there will end up scoring all the points in the end, so you have to decide whether to build in isolation, watching from afar as you friends bludgeon each other over prime land, or get in on the action yourself. Modern board gaming isn’t just about zombies and elves and space marines. Sure, there’s a ton of that, but every year the range of possible tabletop experiences grows by leaps and bounds. Enter Fog of Love: a romantic comedy board game for two. Both players create their own fictional character and work through one of several scenarios with fixed chapters and randomized scenes, charting the course of their relationship to its happy (or unhappy) ending. It’s an elegant game that strikes an incredible balance between mechanics that create an interesting puzzle to solve while keeping story and character forward, instead of getting lost in abstract min-maxing. Fog of Love ’s genesis speaks worlds about its revolutionary place in the industry. Designer Jacob Jaskov played and loved hundreds of board games, but his wife was never interested in any of them. For all the industry’s growth and diversification in the last several decades, games still almost exclusively focus on external conflicts, and never on internal, character-driven stories. Jaskov developed Fog of Love for this uncompromising audience of one, and the result is an exquisitely sharp application of some of modern gaming’s best design practices and ideas, while also totally defying industry convention. Its Walmart-exclusive distribution deal in the US hopefully speaks to a radical diversification of the mainstream board gaming industry in the near future. Buy at Walmart Some games are built entirely around a single idea or theme, with every mechanic designed to serve it. For others, a “theme” is just a thin aesthetic veneer over its crunchy, abstract systems. Azul, a game about laying beautiful tiles for the Portuguese royal palace, is squarely the latter. Players compete to build the most complete and aesthetically-pleasing square of colorful tiles. Drafting tiles from a shared pool, combined with rules for how to lay them or save them for future rounds, makes for a satisfying puzzle that’s easy to learn, but hard to master and plays well (and differently) at its full range of two to four players in just about half an hour. When building a game collection, it’s important to have a range of weights and interaction-styles. Azul is a fantastic “opener” for a game night, since it plays quickly and provides a constant stream of interesting decisions without ever overwhelming players into “analysis paralysis.” It also features a pleasant level of passive-aggressive interaction (through denying tiles to other players), making it important to keep up with what your friends are doing without ever putting you into direct clashes, which can be the perfect, congenial tone that some people like to set for an evening of laughter and conversation around the table, with games as the excuse to get there. In Gloomhaven, two to four players team up for a co-operative fantasy adventure campaign that spans hundreds of hours, with over a dozen, unique characters to unlock. You’d be forgiven for thinking this was a video game, but no, Gloomhaven is the latest massive dungeon crawl board game to blow up on Kickstarter. Players assume the role of wandering adventurers in a persistent world full of treasure to find, monsters to hunt, and dungeons to clear, accruing new items and abilities as they go. It’s standard video game fare, but Gloomhaven has set the board gaming world ablaze for how elegantly it distills that experience into an analog format. Fantasy dungeon crawl is a crowded genre in board games as well as video games. Historically dungeon crawls fall under the “Ameritrash” lineage, with their mechanical excess, focus on simulation, and a heavy dose of randomness. This tracks from poorly aged classics like Hero Quest to Gloomhaven’s immediate Kickstarter precedent, Kingdom Death: Monster. While similar in the broad strokes as ponderous coffin boxes, laden with ridiculous amounts of monsters and loot, Gloomhaven takes a more restrained and thoughtful approach than KD ’s maximalism, with tighter mechanics reminiscent of European-style board games There are big board games, and then there’s Twilight Imperium. Fantasy Flight’s signature strategy game of galactic diplomacy and conquest is famously massive, hosting four to six players in a galaxy that takes up an obscene amount of table square footage, pounds of plastic miniature spaceships, and up to eight whopping hours of playtime. Every player assumes the mantle of a unique alien civilization, competing to be top dog in space in the wake of a galactic empire’s collapse. Whether you want to be savvy traders like the Ferengi, haughty imperialists like the Centauri, or a hive mind like the Formics, the expansive mechanics and broadly sourced archetypes of TI allow for basically whatever flavor of space opera tickles your fancy. TI ’s first edition released in 1997, making it ancient by the standard of contemporary board games. Several iterations have tightened up and streamlined the rule set towards more elegant, Eurogame-style mechanics and a vastly more appealing visual presentation. The 2017 fourth edition incorporates 20 years of player feedback, making a surprisingly smooth and refined version of a game that by all rights should be massively unwieldy. There are myriad, more focused versions of the TI fantasy now available in board and video games (from Eclipse to Stellaris), but nothing quite matches the maximalist grandeur of TI 4th Edition when you want to go all-in on a day of pretending to be on Babylon 5 with your friends. As the themes and mechanics of modern board games grow increasingly elaborate, sometimes you just want the simple thrill of beating someone to the finish line. Flamme Rouge is a brilliant bicycle racing game that elegantly distills the real-world mechanics of team cycling into a fast, fun, strategic, and family-friendly board game. Each of 2-4 players controls two racers (a “rouleur” and a “sprinteur”), each with a corresponding deck of cards with the numbers 2-9 (the rouleur has an even spread of 3-7 while the sprinteur has a more boom-or-bust deck with twos and nines in the mix). Every turn each player draws four cards from each deck and chooses one for each of their riders to determine how far they move down the two-lane, modular track. Drafting and exhaustion mechanics encourage you to stay in packs and end with exactly one space (but no more) between you and the next rider in a rule set that is remarkably easy to teach because of how cleanly it distills real-world cycling. Racing games are as old as board games themselves — Snakes and Ladders traces all the way back to ancient India as a meditation on karma and morality. Note “meditation,” however: the “roll and move” mechanic at the heart of Snakes and Ladders was random and non-interactive by design, but in modern gaming “roll and move” has been relegated to children’s and “Ameritrash” games. Flamme Rouge ’s card-driven racing mechanics keep some of that randomness, but temper it to put skilled decision-making front and center. As the general complexity of board game rules goes up, Flamme Rouge is an excellent reminder for the value of elegance and simplicity. Espionage and associative vocabulary have never gone so well together. Codenames is a spy-themed party word game where two teams compete to locate all of their agents first. Random words are laid out in a five-by-five grid. Both teams’ spymasters can see a card that tells them which words are for each team, which are neutral, and which one is the black assassin word. The spymasters take turns saying one word and a number. Their team has that many guesses (plus one) to find the words associated with that clue. Pick correctly and the word gets covered with their color and they continue. Guess wrong and the turn passes, unless they picked the assassin word, which means they lose immediately. The first team that finds all of their words wins. It’s extremely simple and easy to teach, but the granular variability of the words makes it an interesting and challenging puzzle. Few games have been so rapidly embraced by the community as classics as Codenames was in 2016. Czech designer Vlaada Chvátil has become a notable auteur of modern board gaming; his games, which include Space Alert, Dungeon Petz, and Galaxy Trucker, vary widely in terms of mechanics, but are generally unified by being side-splittingly hilarious. In addition to the original Codenames, the publisher has subsequently released a visual version with Codenames: Pictures and a naughty, Cards Against Humanity- inspired version called Codenames: Deep Undercover. Like Battleship, but in real time and with teams, Captain Sonar is a thrilling game of dueling submarines designed for up to eight players. It begins with two teams setting up on opposite sides of the table and dividing into different roles. The captain, for instance, charts their course on a transparency with a marker over the map and decides when to fire torpedoes, while the engineer works to maintain the sub’s systems as it takes damage. Players can also take on the role of the radio operator, who must listen to the other team’s chatter to deduce their location. It’s a tense battle of wits that requires teamwork, quick thinking, and clever deduction. We’ve seen team-on-team duels with interlocking mini-games like this before — just take a look at the excellent Space Cadets or its spin-off, Space Cadets: Dice Duel — but combining it with hidden movement and deduction like in Letters from Whitechapel or Fury of Dracula is an absolute stroke of genius. The game also comes with five scenarios that have different maps and special rules, along with a turn-based variant for more methodical play, adding more replay value to an already great base game. The world is being wracked by four horrific diseases. A team of experts must race around the globe to find cures before society descends into chaos. First released in 2007, Pandemic is a tense, fun, and challenging cooperative game for two to four players. Easy to learn and hard to master, it is widely considered a classic and an excellent introduction to what modern games have to offer. Pandemic Legacy uses that foundation for one of the most exciting and surprising games we’ve ever played. Like 2011’s Risk Legacy before it, Pandemic Legacy ties each individual session into a larger campaign, with the events of one game having permanent effects on the board and subsequent games. Each game represents one month of the year and you can play each month a second time before moving on if you fail the first attempt, with the challenge modulating up or down based on how you are doing. Every month adds new mechanics from a veritable Advent calendar of boxes and compartments full of stickers, cards, and components that alter the game in both small and sweeping ways. All at once it would be overwhelming, but the game’s gradual evolution keeps the challenge fresh and creates a gripping and twisty narrative. Over the course of the year, cities will irrevocably fall, characters will form relationships and develop post-traumatic scars, viruses will evolve, and within even just a few games your copy of Pandemic Legacy will be unique. Don’t research too much because surprise is part of the fun; this is easily one of the best games in years. Supposedly popularized by biker gangs, this game played with coasters is perfect for playing at a bar. Everyone has three roses and one skull, laying them face down one at a time in front of them until one player bets on how many they can flip without finding a skull. Everyone else goes around either raising or folding until someone finally has to test their luck. Succeed twice and you’ve won the game, but find a skull and you lose one of your cards at random. It’s like poker, but with much simpler math. Skull is a beautifully stripped-down game of bluffing and bravado that is as tense as it is easy to learn. The game is so simple that once you know the rules it’s easy to just make your own copy with a stack of coasters and a marker, which is great in a pinch at a bar, but the artwork and components are so nice that you’ll want to own the official edition.

 

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Developed by Naughty Dog, The Last of Us 2 is one of the most impactful games of the eighth console generation. The visual quality of The Last of Us 2 is highly regarded, and its narrative was effective for many by blurring the line between heroes and villains. While the game failed to please everyone, including some ardent fans of the first game, The Last of Us 2 cleaned house in most gaming awards ceremonies for 2020. With over 300 awards nominations, The Last of Us 2 is regarded as one of the most acclaimed games of all time. The impact of The Last of Us 2 was especially seen during The Game Awards 2020, one of the most prestigious ceremonies in gaming. It snagged seven awards, making it the most awarded title in the show's history. While 2021 brought its fair share of blockbuster titles that have impressed general players and critics alike, none have managed to make as much of a statement as The Last of Us 2. RELATED: Why The Last of Us 3's Infected May Not Evolve So Much The Game Awards features a variety of categories, allowing a wide range of games the opportunity to receive recognition. Some awards garner more attention than others, and the one most have their eyes on is Game of the Year. It is decided through a combined vote, with 90 percent of voting weight coming from The Game Award's jury, and the rest coming from ordinary gamers who can vote online. In 2020, the Game of the Year award went to The Last of Us 2. This puts it alongside acclaimed games such as God of War (2018), Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice that also won the award in recent years. The Last of Us 2 also received the award for Best Action/Adventure game 2020, beating out big games such as Ghost of Tsushima and Assassin's Creed Valhalla. Best Game Direction was another category it dominated, said to go for titles with "outstanding creative vision and innovation in game direction and design." In 2018, God of War also won the trio of Best Game Direction, Best Action/Adventure, and Game of the Year. In fact, God of War is a title that held the most Game of the Year awards from publications and media outlets before The Last of Us 2 broke its record. However, Naughty Dog pulled off a few more tricks that made its iconic game stand out. RELATED: Joel's Growth in The Last of Us Franchise Explained What helped The Last of Us 2 dominate The Game Awards 2020 was that it managed to excel in many different categories. It was one of the most visually impressive games available on PS4, with a dystopian version of Seattle bursting with detail and character. The might of nature is on full display, as trees and vegetation overpower what were once indomitable cities. The Last of Us 2 was nominated for Best Art Direction but lost to Ghost of Tsushima, a game that features a picturesque rendition of Japan's Tsushima Island. Although Naughty Dog's game did not win, being nominated alongside Ghost of Tsushima, Hades, and Final Fantasy 7 Remake is an achievement in itself. Where the game did succeed is with its audio. The game was nominated for Best Score and Music thanks to work by composer Gustavo Santaolalla and Mac Quayle, but lost to Final Fantasy 7 Remake. However, it did win Best Audio Design, beating out titles such as Resident Evil 3 Remake and DOOM Eternal. The Last of Us 2 's accolades do not end there. The game also swept awards thanks to its compelling narrative, as well as the sterling performances from actors and actresses. The game illustrates the way each person has the potential to be both benevolent or beastial. For its choices, The Last of Us 2 won Best Narrative. It was also nominated twice for Best Performance thanks to Ashley Johnson's role as Ellie and Laura Bailey's role as Abby, with Bailey ultimately winning. In 2020, a new category was added to The Game Awards: Innovation in Accessibility. According to The Game Awards, this is a prize given to games containing "features, technology, and content to help games be played and enjoyed by an even wider audience." The award went to The Last of Us 2, which has an array of features to make the game more accessible. This includes visual aids and options that allow gamers to adjust the gameplay to their capabilities. This year's The Game Awards has numerous great games competing for various accolades. In the Game of the Year category, titles such as Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Deathloop, and Resident Evil Village are in the running. Deathloop appears to be leading the pack overall with nine nominations under its belt, but it still falls short of The Last of Us 2 's eleven nominations in 2020. Deathloop is the only game that has the possibility of matching The Last of Us 2 's record of seven awards, as the game with the second-most nominations is Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart with six. While Deathloop is an achievement by Arkane Studios, the likelihood of the game winning seven awards is slim. The competition is tough, and it faces juggernauts such as Returnal in the Best Game Direction category, Kena: Bridge of Spirits in Best Art Direction, and Life is Strange: True Colors in Best Narrative. The Game Awards 2021 is set to be an exciting evening celebrating another year of amazing games, in spite of controversies surrounding its stance on Activision-Blizzard that have cropped up. While the games that have been nominated certainly deserve their time in the limelight, it seems unlikely that The Last of Us 2 's dominance will be matched this year - or possibly any time soon. The Last of Us 2 is available now on PS4. MORE: The Game Awards 2021: Predicting the Game of the Year Winner

 

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The journey from The Prancing Pony in Bree, through Weathertop, and on to the elven kingdom of Rivendell is a dark and perilous road. In Peter Jackson’s 2001 film adaptation of the Lord of the Rings, Aragorn leads the four hobbits through the Midgewater Marshes, a damp and foul-smelling place that is likely to darken anyone’s spirits. So Aragorn sets a fire to keep watch, and sings to himself, a beautiful song in elvish words, which Frodo overhears. When asked of whom he sings, Aragorn, who is much older than the hobbits and wants to reassure them, informs his friend "It is the Lay of Luthien, an elf maiden who gave her love to Beren, a mortal man." So who are Beren and Luthien, and what is it about their story that feels so timelessly familiar? Interestingly, in order to understand these two characters, whose journey happened in the First Age of Middle Earth, around 6,500 years before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings, the audience need only look to their descendents in the Third Age: Aragorn and Arwen. RELATED: Who Is Bill The Pony And What Happens To Him After The Mines Of Moria? Aragorn, who has an unusual history, is a descendent of the line of Beren, who was thought to have been a king, and a staunch defender of the land against the Dark Lord of the time, Morgoth. When he first encounters Arwen, wandering the gardens in Rivendell having just come back from visiting in Lothlorien with her mother’s people, he likens her, as many have, to Luthien, the famed beautiful elf from whom she is in fact descended. Within the parallels between Arwen and Aragorn’s story, with that of Beren and Luthien, we get a sense of timelessness, as if this is a story that has been repeated countless times across thousands of years. The fact that Aragorn and Arwen are both distant descendants of the lines of Beren and Luthien, shows even more that their love was meant to be. It is more than just the man and the elf maid, it is the reuniting of a noble and powerful bloodline that was split many many years before. Beren and Luthien’s story, like that of Arwen and Aragorn, is a tale of two lovers who are destined to be torn apart, but ultimately always find their way back to one another. Throughout much of the trilogy, Aragorn is away fighting in the battle of the war of the ring, whilst Arwen is fading away in Rivendell. Although the portrayal of the elves is different in the books and the films, this fading of the Evenstar and her immortality remains consistent in both. The same can be said of Beren and Luthien, who are also kept apart by war and captivity, after Luthien’s father sends Beren on an impossible mission to retrieve a Silmaril from the crown of the evil Morgoth, in order to receive his blessing to wed his daughter. the theme of being captured and escaping is an important recurrence throughout Middle Earth, as can be seen by Gandalfs torment on the tower of Orthanc, and Eowyn's fear of a cage, and the noble Beren is no exception as he is incarcerated by the dark lord and his assistant Sauron, who later becomes the creator of the One Ring. Luthien, having had a vision of her love, rushes to his rescue, tricking the enemy into a deep sleep with her beautiful voice. She is then able to rescue him from his cell, and they go to the great hall together to cut a Silmaril from Morgoth's crown. In doing so, they accidentally wake him, and he sets his wolf on the brave hero. Beren sustains a mortal wound as the beast bites off his hand, swallowing the Silmaril with it, and they are rescued by the giant eagles, and returned to safety. Seeing the bravery that Beren has undergone for the love of his daughter, Thingol gave his blessing and allowed them to marry. Beren soon meets a tragic end however in another battle, and Luthien, desperate to save him, gives up her immortality to bring him back to life. They enter their own realm, where the two not-quite-dead, not-quite-alive lovers raise a son and live out the rest of their days there. This is a similar ending to that of Arwen, who gives up her own immortality to be with Aragorn, the love of her life. They also have a son, who later takes over the throne as the king of Gondor, and live a long life together before passing out of the world when they are ready. It is a tale as old as time, with influence from the likes of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and even further back to the Medieval Romances of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. It is this presentation of love surviving in the face of true evil, the idea that "there is some good in the world, and it is worth fighting for" no matter how evil things seem, that makes stories like Beren and Luthien, Arwen and Aragorn, and indeed that of the Lords of The Rings in general, so timelessly relatable, no matter how long ago they were told. More: What Are The Words The Elves Sing In Their Lament To Gandalf?

 

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FFXIV Error 2002, 3001, 4004, 5003, and 5006: Fix lobby server connection error in Final Fantasy 14

Those trying to play FFXIV are running into error 2002, 3001, 4004, 5003, and 5006, which are preventing them from getting into the game. Some of these are lobby server connection errors, while others are related to server congestion. Fortunately, Yoshi-P himself has addressed some of these issues and has shined a light on why some of these issues are occurring in Final Fantasy 14. Many players trying to connect to the FFXIV servers are encountering error 2002, 3001, 4004, 5003, or 5006. Each of these issues has a different cause, but the solution to fix them is the same. Players must be patient and wait for network congestion to die down. Fortunately, to apologize for the server issues, Square Enix is giving out seven days of free game time to all players who own the game and have an active subscription. In the message to players, Yoshi-P explained the cause of the errors: FFXIV players will encounter Error 2002 when more than 17,000 people are trying to log in to a data center at a time. Alternatively, it can occur when a player’s internet connection experiences packet loss or instability. The only fix for Error 2002 is to wait until the congestion has died down and for players to make sure they’re using a stable internet connection, so they’re not forced to disconnect and reconnect repeatedly. Players will get a lobby server connection error 3001, 4004, 5003, or 5006 in FFXIV when their connection to the login management server times out due to being in the queue too long. The devs thought they had set a long enough session time with the lobby server, but the current queues are much longer than anticipated. A fix should be implemented soon that should eliminate these errors. So, the best fix for these errors is to be patient and wait for Square Enix to address the situation.

 

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Back in the 2000s, Microsoft had acquired Bungie before its release of the incredibly successful and influential FPS mega-hit Halo: Combat Evolved. The game put the Washington-based studio in the spotlight, turning Halo into a profitable franchise for the Xbox console. The partnership would last until 2007 when Bungie then split from Microsoft to become an independent developer. Nowadays, Bungie is still seen as an acclaimed game developer, as evidenced by its current hit title Destiny 2. Bungie is also celebrating its 30th anniversary with tons of content for Destiny 2, such as new weapons and Exotic buffs. While the developer is seeing success with its own IP, Microsoft's Halo series is still going in its own direction with other development teams. Intriguingly, Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently commented on if Bungie could have still been a part of the parent company today. RELATED: Phil Spencer Calls on Gaming Industry to Preserve Older Games In an interview with Axios, Spencer was discussing the history of Bungie's work on the Xbox and how things went down. When he was asked if the split from Microsoft was inevitable, he commented that Microsoft could have been able to hold onto the former Halo developer. "Could we do it today? I think we could", Spencer said. Spencer followed up on the inquiry, however, saying he understood why Bungie left Microsoft. "At the time they had big ambitions. They had sold their business for a certain amount of money", said Spencer. He noted that with the release of Halo, it was a bigger success for the parent company instead of the developers and team that were in the trenches. He continued this train of thought, with his next comment referring to Bungie's sci-fi shooter, "If you're saying, ‘Hey, I think I've got another one of those in me. I want to really take another chance,’ I can understand the allure of doing that as an independent company." This can certainly give fans the idea of a potential hypothetical timeline where Halo was still being developed by the developers that started it all. This could have included Bungie possibly working on the upcoming Halo Infinite, which Phil Spencer himself noted had a bit of a rocky reveal before its official release. With both Halo Infinite coming out next week and Bungie celebrating a monumental milestone, there were some fans who had hoped there might have been a crossover between the two properties. There were recent Destiny 2 screenshots that seemingly hinted at a Halo crossover coming in time for the 30th Anniversary pack, with references to the latter's iconic Needler gun and protagonist Master Chief. However, there currently doesn't seem to be any official word on this crossover being true, either from Microsoft or Bungie. Regardless, it is interesting to think about how things would have been if the two companies remained together. MORE: 10 Best Xbox Free Games with Gold Titles Given Away This Year Source: Axios

 

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Zhiyun Smooth Q3 review: Compact smartphone gimbal with rotating fill light

While considering a smartphone gimbals for my phones, two brands immediately came to mind, DJI and Zhiyun. Zhiyun makes gimbals/stabilizers for cameras and smartphones. It smartphone models have the Smooth product name and for the past couple of months I have been testing out the Smooth Q3. The Zhiyun Smooth Q3 is available for $89 or $109 if you want the combo package that comes with some additional goodies; storage bag, ZY Cami one-year prime service card, and a wrist strap. The zippered carrying/storage case itself is worth the $20 additional price. The Smooth Q3 is reasonably priced and also a great first gimbal if you are interested in improving your smartphone video results. Also: Best camera phone 2021: Take the best photos and videos Gimbals provide 3-axis stabilization with internal motors that activate after you mount your phone and then turn on the gimbal. The gimbal stabilizes tilt, pan, and roll while also providing various controls on the gimbal to pan, zoom, and move through various camera options. You smartphone is connected via Bluetooth to the gimbal and smartphone software help guide you through capturing content with interesting perspectives. The gimbal also acts as a selfie stick or even as a tripod and is an essential tool for video creators. The Zhiyun Smooth Q3 is very close in size to the DJI Osmo Mobile 4/5, but is also more affordable. Its smaller form factor makes it easy to pack the case and gimbal along with you everywhere. The Smooth Q3 also comes with a tripod attachment for the bottom that serves as an extended rod for holding on to the gimbal too. The tripod base is very wide and creates a stable platform for using the gimbal hands-free. Take the gimbal out of its package and charge it up via USB-C. I highly recommend you view the Quick Start Guide that will show you how to full unlock, extend, and setup your gimbal for use. It's just a few steps to setup the hardware, including sliding up the main vertical arm and tightening the screw, rotating the tilt axis fixing buckle, and then rotating the roll axis fixing buckle that has the smartphone mounting bracket attached to it. Slide apart the smartphone clamp, it has rubber braces on either side, and insert your phone with the cameras facing away from you. One thing to note about the vertical arm screw is that this is not intended to fully lock the vertical arm so don't crank down too hard on the vertical screw. It is used to adjust the smoothness of the slide slot and lock in the contact points so that power flows to the motors throughout the rest of the gimbal. Prior to turning on the gimbal, you can perform a bit of manual balancing. In landscape orientation, move the phone left or right within the phone clamp until it is steady and almost level with the ground. In portrait mode, you can actually slide the phone mount itself left or right, there are metal bars between the two clamp pieces that slide left to right in the mount, until it is almost level to the ground. You do not need perfect balancing since the gimbal will align everything when turned on, but it helps to get the balance close so that you don't have the phone awkwardly positioned or the gimbal working too hard to maintain balance. There is a LED light above your smartphone, when in landscape orientation, that can be rotated 180 degrees so you can use the light while recording selfie videos too. Tapping and holding on the top of the light turns it on and then tapping it toggles through three levels of brightness. The integrated light is a great feature we do not see on the DJI competitor. Also: Best Android phone 2021: Top expert picks On the back side of the gimbal handle is the power button and trigger button. The USB-C charging port is on the right side with the zoom rocker on the left side. On the working face of the gimbal, accessible and controllable with just your thumb while you hold the gimbal, are indicator lights, mode button, capture button, and a directional joystick. Four of the buttons have multiple actions access with single, double, or triple presses. The trigger button is one of the most used with a single press toggling on/off Smart Follow mode, a double press repositioning the phone to center it, and a triple press switching your phone between landscape and portrait orientation. A press and hold of the trigger also toggles PhoneGo mode. Explore the multiple button options for the mode button, capture button, and power button. The joystick simply moves you left, right, up, or down. You can use the gimbal alone as a stabilizer for your phone, but you won't experience all of the special effects and creative options unless you use the included software. The ZY Cami software is available for Android and iPhone models and provides you with a full capturing and editing alternative to the camera software on your phone. There are options for video, photo, pano, dolly zoom, timelapse, hyperlapse, and smart options. The main use of a smartphone gimbal is to capture video content and the mode button on the gimbal is focused on this experience. Pan follow mode (PF) means that the tilt and roll axis motors are locked and the pan axis follows the movement of the stabilizer handle. The joystick is used to control tilt and pan axis in this mode. When Lock mode (L) is enabled the three motors are locked and will not follow the movement of the stabilizer handle with the joystick again controlling tilt and pan. In Follow mode (F) the roll axis motor is locked with the tilt and pan axis motors following the movement of the stabilizer handle. The Point of View mode (POV) is pretty radical in that all three motors follow the movement of the stabilizer handle. Vortex mode is accessed from either the POV or PF modes with the POV indicator light flashing while in this mode. PhoneGo mode is enabled by pressing and holding the rear trigger button. The F indicator flashes when this mode is enabled and in this mode the camera pans and tilts following the movement of the stabilizer at fast speed while the roll axis is locked. The ZY Cami app also has a powerful editor that lets you fully edit your captured content right on your phone. You can trim your video, add music, add subtitles, add stickers, change playback speed, reverse the video, zoom, rotate, add filters, modify colors, and more. The Prime service, one year is included with the combo package, provides you access to online editing, online video storage, and more templates for advanced editing of your videos. User guides, tutorials, and content from other creators are all contained within the ZY Cami app. Viewing other content is good for inspiration and for providing ideas of how you can improve your content too. I shot videos using the Zhiyun Smooth Q3 with a OnePlus 9 Pro, Google Pixel 5a, and TCL 20 Pro 5G. My Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 has too odd of a form factor to work in the gimbal, which was expected. The phone clamp securely held these phones and the rubber inserts protected the finish on the phones. You can even mount your phone in a case if it is not a bulky case. The Smart Follow mode was very impressive where a green box appears that you place on your subject and then the gimbal follows that subject wherever they move. This is also useful when using the tripod to record yourself doing things in front of the camera. The panoramic mode with the tripod is awesome since you can set the Smooth Q3 down on a stable surface, enable pano in the software, and then hit record to watch the gimbal work with your phone to capture a perfectly aligned pano shot. I always seem to move up or down a bit when I try shooting these just with my phone. The dolly zoom option is an interesting effect that we've seen in movies in the past and it's sometimes called the Hitchcock effect. You move towards or away from the subject while zooming in the opposite direction. This effect was used on Chief Brody in Jaws to great success. The smart/template options were also fun as they give you some filters and methods to experiment with easily where you simply select the template and then shoot the video. Overall, I was very satisfied with the Zhiyun Smooth Q3 gimbal's performance, price, and powerful shooting/editing software. The light is a great addition and it's a fairly compact gimbal. While Zhiyun advertises 7-15 hours of battery life, my experience was that the 7 hours is more typical and should be expected. That said, that's plenty of time to capture video content all day long.

 

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Is Halo Infinite Open-World in Campaign?

Halo campaigns have been linear affairs in the past, but 343 Industries promised something new this time around and players are expecting a lot after a year delay. Fans have been wondering if the campaign in Halo Infinite is open-world, which would be a first for the series. However, the answer lies somewhere in the middle of the two extremes. It’s neither completely linear nor is it a wide-open world (or ring) to explore. Halo Infinite is open-world, at least in the sense that players are free to explore parts of the environment at their leisure. However, the mission structure is linear. Various points of no return are scattered throughout the game that effectively lock players out of previous areas. Like other open-world games, Halo Infinite has a variety of activities that players can optionally complete. There are Marine squads to be rescued, FOBs to be captured, Spartan Cores (for upgrades) to be found, and bounties to complete, among other things. However, all these are more focused than we see in many open-world titles. They are quick to complete, and players are typically restricted to a small area while doing so. Most main missions unlock part of the map while closing off another. This means players have to complete all the activities in an area if they want to maximize their rewards. This is what makes Halo Infinite a blend of linear and open-world gameplay since players don’t have complete freedom to travel throughout the map. It somewhat prevents the lack of urgency that is a hallmark of many open-world games and keeps things focused. We haven’t got a chance to complete the Halo Infinite campaign for ourselves yet, so we’re not sure if the map does completely open up near the end. However, there’s a possibility that it’ll transform into a full open-world near the conclusion that’ll allow players to go back and complete unfinished activities.

 

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The BioShock series has attracted a lot of analysis and criticism since the first game's release in 2007. Despite creative, fiscial, and logistical issues with the series development, the BioShock games have become huge successes. With all of this in mind, there's been a close eye on the development of a fourth game out of both excitement and trepidation. A fourth BioShock game was announced in 2019 as a project that would take several years to complete. Confirmed details about the project are that it is being developed by Cloud Chambers, an internal studio within 2K, and that Hogarth de la Plante is acting as creative director after previously working on BioShock and BioShock 2. Rumors about a 2022 release date were fuelled by the Nvidia GeForce Now leak, but the validity of this information is in question. Since the theme of these games is so important, much speculation has been about the next BioShock 's setting and concept. A recent rumor, based on statements from Last Stand Media owner Colin Moriarity, offers possible answers to these questions - and seem to be corroborated by VGS following another rumor the game is to be titled BioShock: Isolation. RELATED: BioShock Featured One of the Best Ever Mini Games The most recent rumor about the new BioShock game was reported on Moriarty's podcast, Sacred Symbols, which is only available on Patreon. If Moriarty's source is correct, the fourth BioShock game will be set in an Antarctic city during the 1960s. Not only does this seem appropriate for the series, it also makes sense if the game is called BioShock: Isolation. Moriarty also said the game is codenamed "Parkside", and that the development team is aware of expected comparisons to original creator Ken Levine's new work. The BioShock series has a lot of dedicated fans, so expectations are high. While BioShock: Infinite is somewhat devisive among fans of the series, many were happy to see the return of Levine since he didn't work on the second game. BioShock 2 has its own set of fans, but didn't recieve quite the same critical reception as Infinite. Overall, while the underwater city of Rapture played a huge role in the mood and theme of the first game, fans do seem ready to let it go (especially after Infinite introduced multiple timelines). As such, the move to a new location is almost certain, and a city in Antarctica certainly seems strange enough to slot right into the BioShock universe. Of course, everything remains speculation until an official announcement is released, but it is a safe bet that the new BioShock will be in a new location. Since the recent rumors align with ones about the game's possible title, as an Antartic location is definitely isolated, this idea is gaining a lot of traction. Job listings from Cloud Chamber also indicate this will be an open-world game in a new location. Ultimately, the 2022 release date is the most unlikely of the rumors to surface so far, and fans will likely have to wait longer given ongoing issues like the COVID-19 pandemic. There are rumors that the game will feature in The Game Awards 2021, though this may be in a minimal capacity. However, with such close attention on development, it is natural that some insights will leak. In this respect, the development team's awareness of Levine's legacy almost goes without saying, but the public response to rumor like an Antartic setting has been positive. It may be some time become BioShock 4 can be assessed in any real capacity, but for fans eager for news, this rumor offers some exciting possibilities. BioShock 4 is currently in development. MORE: A New BioShock Should Look to System Shock to Inspire Its Setting

 

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Director, producer, and writer Guillermo del Toro has been involved in the making of some truly iconic movies, and his touch is always recognizable. Recently, the Oscar winner commented on the long-lost At The Mountains of Madness project that he refuses to let go of anytime soon. Known for prominent works in the horror and fantasy genre, most notably with films like Pan's Labyrinth and his Oscar-winning fantasy drama The Shape of Water, del Toro has also been involved in a few high-profile projects that didn't quite pan out. One of which, being an adaptation of a story by one of the OG horror-fantasy writers, H.P. Lovecraft. Though the At The Mountains of Madness project was thought to be shelved after 15 years of nothing happening, del Toro says he's not ready to call it quits yet. RELATED: What Is The Best Season Of American Horror Story? In a recent interview with The Kingcast podcast, del Toro says not to count the project out yet and that he's working on a rewrite of the original script. And much to the joy of his biggest supporters, he says he wants to scale it down and make it really weird instead of trying to appeal to the Hollywood machine. He also says that in part due to the aging of the project, and in part due to just wanting something different, Tom Cruise will likely not be involved and he would prefer to work with some unknown actors. del Toro originally penned a script for H.P. Lovecraft's At The Mountains of Madness in 2006, with Cruise slated for a starring role. Due to the nature of both of these men, they seem to be a match made in heaven. However, del Toro ran into issues getting the project picked up initially and then later had problems with Universal because he refused to censor his script, and he wanted a budget deemed too high. Thus, it's a project that just hasn't gotten off the ground. Given what del Toro is alluding to in this interview, it's looking like this film has transformed from a Hollywood blockbuster to a weird horror movie, which is a concept many horror lovers and del Toro fans will be happy about. Though he still hasn't written a script and this project likely still won't come to fruition for a good while, it's worth getting excited about. Nightmare Alley hits theaters on December 17, 2021. MORE: 5 '90s Horror Movie Villains That Stand The Test Of Time Source: The Kingcast

 

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Fans of development studio Toys for Bob's recent work may have something to look forward to as some job postings hint at a new project. Though vague, job postings indicate the Activision -owned company appears to be hiding something important. Activision Blizzard is a well-known name in the gaming industry, with its development studios maintaining many popular franchises. Recently the studio has shifted most to all of its known development resources into one specific bestseller franchise, Call of Duty. RELATED: Strange Call of Duty: Warzone Clip Sees Player Turning Into A Bird Toys for Bob is well known for its Skylanders series, the Spyro series remakes, and the modern Crash Bandicoot games. When the studio transitioned into becoming a development support studio for Call of Duty: Warzone, some fans assumed that the studio would not be working on other projects, as its resources were focused on Warzone. However, this may not be the case, as new job postings on the Toys for Bob career site indicate potential non- Call of Duty -related positions. Most other jobs on the Toys for Bob career website specifically list themselves as being Call of Duty -related, but a few stand out as notable exceptions. Several of the positions are in the art section, with applications open for an environment artist and a senior concept artist. These posts do not specify what game they are for, meaning theoretically a new project could be in the works. Such a project, as opposed to more general applications, is only speculation for now, but it has a basis to exist given that with so many studios working on Call of Duty Activision may be looking to expand beyond the one franchise again. Activision itself is currently wrapped up in troubling ongoing situations, with employees leaving the company due to toxic work environments and other employees petitioning to remove Bobby Kotick as CEO. Even if Toys for Bob is working on something new and exciting, the high volume of accusations against prominent executives in the studio's parent company will likely have a negative impact on the overall company image. Even if Bobby Kotick decides to leave Activision, the other problematic executives he appointed might remain following his departure. Until the situation is dealt with in full, some fans of Toys for Bob may be hesitant to buy from a studio owned by Activision. Still, the speculated project seems to be in its early stages, so time will tell if the issues are resolved by the time more is known. MORE: All of the Major Activision Blizzard Employees That Have Left in the Past Year Source: Toys for Bob, VGC

 

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New World 's developers at Amazon are hard at work improving the MMO. The team has even announced its first server merger for December 8, which is likely just one of many to happen after. Soon after that, however, New World will be receiving its December update and with it a special holiday event. Before that arrives, however, Amazon has dropped the tentative December update on its Public Test Environment server. It has also shared patch notes for the update, including over a dozen new Perks players will be able to use. Fourteen new Perks appear to be lined up for introduction to New World in its December patch. The Perks look to be targeting several different specific areas. For example, there are several new Perks that improve gathering efficiency, offensive Perks that will reduce opponent healing effectiveness, Perks that improve fully charged attacks or attacks with active Grit, and also Perks that reduce damage from different sources. RELATED: New World Server Merges Have Started The range of new Perks seem to be targeted by Amazon to address very specific lines of feedback from New World players. It's not uncommon to see New World players frustrated with how long it takes to gather, an inability to deal with healing in PvP, Grit and charged attacks being high risk and low reward, or a lack of defensive Perks for tanks. These new Perks will provide New World players some deeper optimization for the gear they wear. Perks, for those unfamiliar, are abilities that are attached to weapons and pieces of armor. Each item can have between zero and three Perks, depending on its quality. For example, Common-quality items have zero Perks, while Epic-quality items have three. Weapons and armor can also have Gemstone slots, with gems that each provide a specific Perk for better optimization. Suffice to say, New World players spend a lot of time trying to acquire gear with the perfect Perks. New Perks aren't all that's coming in the December patch, of course. The PRT patch notes also detail changes including a major change to PvP combat, with Amazon rewriting the formula for PvP damage due to issues with lower-level players having higher damage mitigation. Many of New World 's weapons have also been adjusted or have had known bugs fixed for the December Patch. The biggest addition of the December update, of course, will be New World 's Winter Convergence Event. Snow will fall more often, the Northern Lights will appear in the sky, and Yeti, the Winter Wanderer, will see fit to visit the land of New World. Players will be able to gather Winter Tokens throughout the event, which can be exchanged at Holiday Shops for unique cosmetics. It'll be nice for New World players to have some new content to keep the MMO fresh, in addition to all of the continued fixes from Amazon. New World is available now on PC. MORE: New World: The Best Weapon Combos

 

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With Cowboy Bebop freshly released and One Piece still on the horizon, live-action adaptations of anime are a big topic of conversation at the moment. In all the excitement and the overwhelming cynicism, some of the stranger and more interesting entries in the genre slip between the cracks and go unnoticed. One of the countless missteps of the average anime adaptation is taking a beloved source material's good name and slapping it on an unrelated and often terrible film. Perhaps a very different piece of cinema could be created by adapting a lesser-known anime classic, perhaps one that often doesn't get its time in the sun. Saint Seiya began life as a manga in 1986, written by Masami Kurumada. A fairly early entry in the venerable shonen genre, the series ran for four years in the iconic Shonen Jump Magazine. The series was adapted into an anime series mere months after its manga premiere, which then led to three OVAs, six anime films and multiple reinterpretations by different creators. RELATED: Cowboy Bebop: How Spike Spiegel Changed From Anime To Live-Action Released before or in the midst of many standbys in the genre, Saint Seiya is an inspiration to works including Ronin Warriors and multiple Gundam series. Tite Kubo, the writer and artist behind shonen classic Bleach, cited Seiya as a major inspiration on his design sensibilities and his iconic battle scenes. Buried by spin-offs, reimaginings and often dodgy adaptations, new viewers rarely get to see what the franchise brought that made it such a lasting influence on the art form. Saint Seiya is a Greek mythology-themed fantasy action-adventure story about a group of heroes defending the Earth from the malevolent whims of gods. These eponymous Saints don suits of mystical armor known as Cloths which grant them superhuman powers in service of the Goddess of Wisdom and War, Athena. Seiya is one of five new heroes who take up these ancient mantles, each designed after a famous constellation. The series plays with tons of classic anime tropes, tournament arcs, evil siblings, characters who are reincarnations of other characters, ascending power levels, villains increasing to comical scale, et cetera. Seiya is a classic anime of its time, with one interesting exception. Unlike most of the big shonen mainstays of today, Saint Seiya has a satisfying ending. Its a complete story, one that serves as an inspiration to its peers and deserves respect for its pedigree. Respect, however, is often denied by the challenging adaptations that have emerged in the decades since the original show. With the most ambitious project in the franchise to date on the horizon, perhaps Saint Seiya could get introduced to a new audience by a new take. Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac is an American-produced live-action film adaptation of the classic anime series. The project has wrapped filming in Hungary with no exact release date announced, some predictions put its release in 2023. The production has been troubled, undergoing multiple setbacks over the many years since its initial conception. The film is being produced by Toei Animation, the powerhouse studio behind Dragon Ball Super and One Piece, among countless others. This film is the directorial debut of Tomasz Baginski, an animator and producer who has worked on projects such as The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf. In a world of disastrous anime adaptations, this project has some interesting talent behind it that could lead to a fascinating product when the film finally sees the big screen. Anime film mainstay Mackenyu is set to portray the title role in the upcoming adaptation. Mackenyu recently starred as the excellent villain of Rurouni Kenshin: The Final and is set to portray the iconic Roronoa Zoro in the upcoming live-action One Piece. Veteran character actor Sean Bean has been cast as Seiya's mentor Alman Kiddo, bringing some very recognizable star power to the film. Famke Janssen, best known for portraying Jean Grey in the 2000's X-Men films, has been cast in an unknown role. The franchise's stellar action will now be overseen by Andy Cheng, martial arts master recently best known for choreographing some of Marvel's best fight scenes in Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. While the full cast and crew is not yet on display, what has been revealed is promising. While Saint Seiya certainly has its fans, its popularity pales in comparison to some of its more modern peers. This provides an interesting new experience for the adaptation; will it still be viewed as a betrayal if the source material is less well known? Will Saint Seiya benefit from its relative obscurity by being judged squarely on its own merits? Every fan knows, the only decent anime adaptations succeed by adapting the spirit of the original work, but perhaps by blazing a new trail and introducing a new fanbase to the work, Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac could be something truly special. MORE: 6 Live-Action Series Based On Anime & Manga That Are Actually Great

 

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Halo Games in Order of Story: How to play the games in chronological order

Playing the Halo games in order of story gives players a unique view of the universe. Halo is a franchise that’s gotten complex over the years. It’s important to note that several games, books, and comics took place decades (or even millennia) before Halo: Combat Evolved and decades afterward. However, like with Resident Evil, playing the Halo series in chronological order requires a bit of study. Below, we’ll list the Halo games in chronological order. Playing them in this way will start players at the earliest point in the in-game universe and take them all the way up to Halo Infinite: A few of the Halo games run right into each other. For example, Halo Reach is a direct prequel to Halo: Combat Evolved, and Halo 3: ODST takes place concurrently with the invasion of Earth in Halo 2. Playing the games in this order will take players from some of the earliest engagements with the Covenant up to Master Chief’s latest adventure on the mysterious Zeta Halo. First, however, players should note that there is a ton of other content set in the Halo universe. In particular, there are over 30 canon novels that players can read to delve deeper into Halo’s lore. Fortunately, the game series doesn’t lean too heavily on outside media to tell its story. Instead, players can stick to the chronological list above if they don’t want to put the time in to explore the other lore. They won’t miss anything or find themselves scratching their heads at a reference. In fact, skipping Spartan Assault and Spartan Strike won’t detract from the overall story at all if a player is pressed for time.

 

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Report: Phishing campaign is actively targeting U.S. military families

New research from Lookout Threat Lab has found a long-running phishing campaign that is actively targeting families of United States military personnel, as well as individuals interested in pursuing a romantic relationship with a soldier. The scammers impersonate military support organizations and personnel to steal sensitive personal and financial information for monetary gain. Based on Lookout’s analysis, it’s clear that the threat actor is looking to steal sensitive data from victims such as their photo identification, bank account information, name, address, and phone number. With this information, the actor could easily steal the victim’s identity, empty their bank account, and impersonate the individual online. A number of infrastructure indicators and open-sourced intelligence findings lead the Lookout Threat Lab to believe that the threat actor operates out of Nigeria. The websites were primarily hosted by Nigerian providers that are offshore or ignore the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in both cases, these sites were fairly protected from takedowns. Researchers were able to further confirm the operator’s location from a phone number one of the web developers accidentally left on the draft version of the site. The country code of the number is from Nigeria. Likely for economic reasons, the threat actors chose cheap, shared hosting services for the scam websites. This can present an obstacle to research, as hundreds or even thousands of domains may share the same virtual resources and resolve to the same IP address. To uncover additional sites from this campaign, Lookout researchers were able to reference the contact numbers on these sites, which happened to be reused. When the Lookout Threat Lab dove into the registration information for various sites, they found that the actors practiced fairly poor operational security, often reusing phone numbers, email addresses, and other registrant information, which made the campaign easier to track. In addition to the shared resources and contact information on the actual websites, this information enabled Lookout researchers to identify 50 military scam sites tied to this campaign. They were also able to link this group to numerous other scams advertising fake delivery services, cryptocurrency trading, banks, and even online pet sales. As compromised accounts are one of the most difficult threats to combat, the Lookout Threat Lab recommends all organizations deploy a dedicated phishing solution that works regardless whether the employee is working inside corporate perimeters or not. See the full report by Lookout Threat Lab.

 

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Doctor Who Wants to Ring In the New Year with Some Daleks

Having just brought back those Weeping Angels a few weeks ago, Doctor Who is ringing in 2022 by calling in some old(er) foes in the form of the Daleks. Having spent most of Flux out on the sidelines, that emotionless master race is back to terrorize Jodie Whitaker’s Thirteenth Doctor and company in the holiday special fittingly titled “Eve of the Daleks.” Picking up after the events of this week’s finale to Doctor Who: Flux, the Doctor and companions Yaz (Mandip Gill) and Dan (John Bishop) find themselves teaming up with newcomers Sarah (Aisling Bea) and Nick (Adjani Salmon) to fight off the Daleks. Trapped in a storage facility crawling with Daleks and caught in a time loop, it’s a race to survive and hopefully make it to the New Year. The trailer doesn’t do anything you haven’t seen before when it comes to time loops—see one ad where it repeats and shows its characters in more dire situations, seen ‘em all—but it’s still pretty intimidating to see a row of them bust out their cannons and start blasting. “Eve” will be the first of a trilogy of specials meant to close out Whitaker and Chibnall’s time on the series. The second special is meant to release not terribly long after the first one, and then the final special will be much later in the year. From there, Chibnall will be replaced by returning showrunner Russell T. Davies, and the new Doctor is currently being kept a secret. In a brief statement on the Doctor Who website, showrunner Chris Chibnall teased the time traveling madness to come in the holiday special: Doctor Who: Eve of the Daleks will air on BBC on January 1. Spatial audio Water resistant A whole new look Wondering where our RSS feed went? You can pick the new up one here.

 

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Naruto and Sasuke are two of the most important characters in Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto series, and their journey in the story certainly shows it. In a world where strength holds a lot of weight, Naruto and Sasuke rise from being mere rookies to becoming the strongest ninjas of all time, surpassing even the greats such as the many Hokage and even the legendary figures of the ninja world. By the end of the series, the two are astronomically stronger than any other character, almost reaching godly levels during the fight against Kaguya Otsutsuki. Yet, Boruto paints quite a different picture entirely. Instead of being the absolute force in the story, both Naruto and Sasuke often get dominated in their battles, and, surprisingly, most of their powers seem to be forgotten, much to the dismay of the fans. It's almost as if Boruto is trying to elevate the next generation of ninjas at the expense of everything that came before it, which certainly isn't ideal and strays from what makes for good writing. RELATED: Naruto: Every Team Kakashi Has Been Part Of It goes without saying that the Fourth Great Ninja War is when both Naruto and Sasuke made their biggest leaps in terms of power. Naruto, the Hero of Konohagakure at this point, went from being someone who struggled against Pain despite using Sage Mode to someone who reached levels of the likes of Kaguya Otsutsuki, while Sasuke attained the same level as well. Perhaps Naruto and Sasuke's biggest power upgrade in the Naruto series was the Six Paths Sage Mode and the Rinnegan respectively. As seen towards the end of the war, this power helped them overwhelm not just Madara Uchiha but also the likes of Kaguya Otsutsuki at times. RELATED: Naruto: The Best & Worst Pairings In The Series Yet, in Boruto, things are quite different. There is no denying that both Naruto and Sasuke keep their powers in the Boruto era as well. Naruto is, after all, seen using the Six Paths Sage Mode and Sasuke still has the Rinnegan. On paper, nothing looks off at all, however, it is how the story has been written that makes fans question what exactly happened to the two. In Naruto's case, one of the biggest powers that he doesn't have anymore is the Truth-Seeking Balls. These balls gave him the ability to use the highest form of nature transformation, making him one of the very strongest characters and only those with senjutsu could counter him. At the same time, Naruto also lost the ability to use the Yin-Yang Release to heal those around him. As seen in the Fourth Great Ninja War, Naruto was essentially a ninja god who could bring back eyes lost years ago, save a person's life from wilting away and even rejuvenate a dying Jinchuriki. In Boruto, however, all this has simply ceased to exist. What's more, Naruto's sensory perception, which was once known to be the very best in the world, is weakened quite a bit as well. With Six Paths Sage Mode, Naruto's power to sense things that exist in a different plane of existence entirely was demonstrated in the Fourth Great Ninja War. Now, the ability to sense a man who shrinks himself appears to be beyond Naruto's level. Sasuke isn't much different from Naruto. The only consistency in his powers is that he's still relative to Naruto, meaning just like Naruto, he was severely weakened as well. Sasuke's Six Paths Yin Powers simply don't exist anymore. His ability to infuse techniques such as Chidori with Six Paths chakra or even Kagutsuchi is no longer deemed necessary to the story. But, what's even worse is Sasuke is simply not making use of his powers at all. When Sasuke awakened the Rinnegan, he attained the Six Paths Powers, the very same powers that made Nagato and Madara a menace and earned Hagoromo Otsutsuki the title of the Sage of Six Paths. Sasuke's only use of the Rinnegan appears to be teleportation for the most part, which is simply not good enough. In fact, the biggest powers of the Rinnegan, such as the ability to use the attractive and repulsive forces, the ability to steal someone's life force, absorbing chakra to rejuvenate oneself, interrogation using the King of Hell, and damage restoration simply don't exist in Boruto. That's not all the Rinnegan does either. Fans have also never seen Sasuke utilize the undying animals of the Animal Path or a mechanized arm to make up for the one that he lost, simply because this isn't their story anymore. Evidently, Naruto and Sasuke are suffering because they're too strong for their own good. Things have only gone from bad to worse for Naruto and Sasuke as their latest encounter against Isshiki Otsutsuki ended badly for both. While they did survive, the price they paid was certainly huge as Naruto lost Kurama and Sasuke no longer has the Rinnegan. In Naruto's case, the ability to tap into the Six Paths Sage Mode also seems to have gone away with Kurama for some reason, which is also questionable as this power was used in the Fourth Great Ninja War without tapping into any Tailed Beast's power. His chakra cloaks and every benefit that Kurama gave him are also gone now. As for Sasuke, losing his Rinnegan means that he's lost his ability to swap places using teleportation ninjutsu and open portals to other dimensions. Sasuke barely made use of his Rinnegan abilities so not much damage has been done to him, however, the writers will surely come up with a way to make him look weaker than he is. The fact is, both Naruto and Sasuke are being taken down from the pedestal that Kishimoto put them on. RELATED: Boruto: Every Power Upgrade Sasuke Uchiha Gained After The War After years of hard work and effort that made them an inspiration to countless people in the real world, treating Naruto and Sasuke in what appears to be a bizarre manner certainly doesn't bode well for Boruto. Although Boruto is, undeniably, its own series, the fact is that it uses factors such as old characters and nostalgia heavily to get fans invested in the story. Without Naruto and Sasuke, Boruto would certainly not be as big as it is today and nerfing characters just for the sake of making the next generation look better is due to have an adverse effect on the story as time takes its course. For now, Naruto and Sasuke are still somehow relevant as they still hold some power, however, with how the story has been going on, it wouldn't be a surprise if the writers found more ways to nerf them even further. Perhaps they'll be killed off entirely just to showcase how amazing the next generation of ninja is when that is something a skilled writer should be able to portray while being consistent with the original series. MORE: Naruto: Every Hokage, Ranked According To Strength

 

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Landing the role of the titular character in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was a life-changing experience for Simu Liu, as the actor has revealed in several interviews in the past. A new featurette now offers a look at how he trained for the film and was able to portray the role of the first Asian superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The video was shared by Marvel Studios on its social media channels and shows behind-the-scenes footage of Liu on the sets of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The actor refers to the role of Shang-Chi as the “experience of a lifetime,” and along with director Destin Daniel Cretton and co-star Awkwafina, takes viewers on a journey of his training process. RELATED: Benedict Cumberbatch Explains Why Doctor Strange 2 Reshoots Are Needed The minute-long video shows Liu training for some of the Shang-Chi action sequences alongside professionals and stuntmen as he learns the fight choreography, which was an integral part of the film. “A lot of that physical intensity of the training that he went through really mirrored the character,” Cretton is heard saying about Liu's efforts. He believes that Liu worked hard enough to take complete ownership of Shang-Chi's character. Martial arts, tai chi, and wushu are some of the fight styles incorporated in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which makes it quite unique compared to other MCU projects. Before the film was released, Cretton had revealed that the movie’s action sequences were inspired by several Jackie Chan films. Even though the character doesn’t have any particular superpowers for the majority of the film, Shang-Chi is still powerful and quick enough to defeat several of his opponents. The featurette was released as part of the home release of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, with the film arriving on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on November 30. It is one of the many extra clips that fans can watch as part of the home release, including bonus feature content, deleted scenes, a hilarious Shang-Chi gag reel, and multiple featurettes that offer insight into the making of the popular Marvel film. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is now streaming on Disney Plus and available on Blu-ray and DVD. MORE: Hawkeye: How Is Yelena Going To Fit Into The Story? Source: Marvel Entertainment/Twitter

 

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Uncle is one of few characters to live through all four periods of Red Dead Redemption 2. He’s a member of the Dutch Van Der Linde gang who eventually lives with John Marston, really appearing at the beginning of the story and going all the way through to the end. The thing is, the game depicts him as a lovable oaf, and that’s true enough. However, he also serves as a rock of sorts for the gang, keeping the original light-and-good-hearted tone the gang for…and the one by which John Marston wanted his family to live in the end. As an older member of the gang, Uncle has strong bonds with most Dutch Van Der Linde gang members, even if he is about as picked on as Red Dead ’s Bill Williamson. These bonds, though, include Arthur Morgan, and one joke between the two seems lighthearted enough at first but turns out eerily true. RELATED: Red Dead Redemption 2 Fan Shows What Uncle Would Look Like Younger First things first, anything and everything that is remotely dark or accurate in Red Dead 2 can’t really be “prophetic” because the original happens after it. Yet, that doesn’t mean all the connections are obvious from the get-go, and that’s where Uncle’s seemingly innocent-turned-dark joke comes in. Arthur Morgan will joke with Uncle from time to time, and one of those includes a joke about Uncle’s age. Uncle laughs and replies “I’ll outlive you all.” It’s entirely possible to hear this joke, know what happens in the first game, and not connect the dots. After all, Uncle is an older man even in Red Dead Redemption 2, and it’s a common joke often echoed by older folks. The catcher, though, is just how legit this statement is. Many Red Dead 2 gang members die in the game, and many will do so as well in the original game. Some Red Dead 2 characters manage to escape and get out of this overall outlaw life alive, but they are few. Uncle outlives Arthur, Bill, Javier, Dutch, Hosea, and so many members of the gang. In fact, when looking at who is known to die, Uncle outlives everyone who dies because of their connection to the Dutch Van Der Linde gang except John. Marston dies just minutes after Uncle, anyway. In Uncle’s death, it’s the same sort of redemption that Arthur Morgan and John Marston sought with their life. Arthur Morgan realizes how south his life and the gang has gone, thus trying to convince Dutch to stop it before it’s too late while ensuring that John Marston and his family get a shot at the life he lost. Meanwhile, when John Marston dies, he is the “last enemy to be destroyed,” and the government does not go after Abigail or Jack—a woman and a child. Marston knew he wouldn’t survive and, based on Dutch’s last words in RDR1, knew this day would come. He gave his life so his family might have one. Now, as everyone knows, it seems Jack repeats the cycle, as he is the product of every gang member who came before. The oddball child, yes, but an avenger for Marston, Morgan, the whole gang, and even Uncle. Uncle’s death mimics Marston’s and Morgan’s, as he gives his life hoping John could carry on for his family too. It’s a dark joke that gives some inkling of Uncle’s redemption arc, and it’s the small details like this that make Red Dead Redemption 2 ’s long-form storytelling style a true treasure in gaming. Red Dead Redemption 2 is available on PC, PS4, Stadia, and Xbox One. MORE: Red Dead Redemption 2 Screenshot Shows Uncle Working, and No One Believes It

 

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Deal Alert: Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones discounted at Amazon

Bose is one of the well-known brands in the speaker industry, and while the company has products for every customer, its premium products are popular for quality and premium pricing. However, one of the company’s premium noise-canceling wireless headphones is once again selling at a discounted price at Amazon. Bose QuietComfort 45 is now available at $279, down from $329, so you’re getting a good opportunity to get the headphones by paying $50 less than the original price. The discount is available on both Triple Black and White Smoke variants of the headphones. You can check out some of the exciting features of the Bose headphones below. Bose QuietComfort 45 features: You can buy the Bose QuietComfort 45 noise-canceling wireless headphones at a discounted price here from Amazon.

 

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How to watch Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc online from anywhere now

Returning for its second act, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba 'Entertainment District Arc' reacquaints Anime fans with Tanjiro Kamoda, a demon slayer apprentice, who finds his path following the slaughter of most of his family. Adapted from manga of the same name that has sold over 150 million copies, here's how to watch Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc online from anywhere with the help of a Funimation FREE trial. Set during the Taishō period in Japan, the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba franchise follows the massacre of Tanjiro Kamado's family by demons, leaving him and his sister, Nezuko, orphaned. Complicated still, Nezuko has been transformed into a demon, though appears to retain some semblance of her humanity. Recruited by the Demon Slayer Corps, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba follows Tanjiro as he joins a war between humans and demons that has been going on behind the scenes for centuries. The 'Entertainment District Arc' will deal with the direct aftermath of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - The Movie: Mugen Train that the second season of the TV series is adapted from, with Tanjiro likely to face new foes, including finally meeting the Upper Rank Six demon, Daki. Filled with magic and monsters, the Demon Slayer franchise generated an estimated $8.75 billion in 2020. With its second season arriving in October and delivering 7 episodes that encompassed the Mugen Train Arc, dive straight back into the action and find out how to watch Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc online from anywhere. For those in South and Southeast Asia who want to watch Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc, you'll be able to stream it through a variety of streaming platforms including Viu in Hong Kong and Netflix in Singapore. If you're a subscriber of Funimation but find yourself stuck abroad in a country where the service isn't available or you can't log-in as usual, that's probably down to geo-blocking restrictions. Thankfully, help is at hand. Downloading a VPN will allow you to watch Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc no matter where you are, simply by changing your IP address to one that's back in your country of residence. Here's how to get started with this essential bit of streaming software. More like this:

 

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In one of the opening scenes for The Lord of the Rings, we see Bilbo disappear in a spectacular trick after the speech he gives for his 111th birthday. All of the guests gasp in shock and awe, and Bilbo makes his way back to Bag-end, where Gandalf awaits him. Bilbo eventually sets off on his adventures, and Frodo returns home to find Gandalf sat in front of the fireplace smoking his pipe-weed, and muttering to himself under his breath. And in his distracted state, he utters the sentence ‘riddles in the dark’ with a far-off look on his face as if he is thinking back to a time long ago. 60 years ago, in fact, because those who have watched The Hobbit films will know that he says this in reference to the game of riddles that Bilbo Baggins plays in a bid to stall the creature Gollum long enough to avoid being eaten and make his escape. They parry guessing games and tongue-twisters back and forth until Bilbo finally wins with the famous question ‘What have I got in my pocket?’ Not exactly a riddle, but then Gollum, who was once Smeagol, doesn’t completely play by the rules either. RELATED: How Denethor And Theoden Different, And How Are They The Same? Much later on, in the Fellowship of the Ring, we see the 9 companions stuck outside the gates of the Mines of Moria, as Gandalf tries every which way he can think of to open the moonlit door. He issues many elvish phrases, commands the entrance to let them in, and eventually sits back, stumped and defeated whilst the others grow bored. Merry and Pippin, who are the youngest members of the fellowship, throw rocks at the water, to entertain themselves, Legolas, Gimli, and Boromir search for another way in, and Aragorn helps Sam release Bill the Pony to go back home before they enter the long dark tunnels under the ground. Frodo, however, is still focussed on the illuminated words on the wall, and is subsequently the one to crack the riddle ‘Speak Friend and Enter.’ He asks Gandalf what the elvish word for friend is, thus gaining them all passage inside, just in time to avoid an agonizing death at the hands of the Watcher in the Water. So why is it that Gollum, Bilbo, and Frodo, who are all types of Hobbits, have such an innate penchant for riddles? In order to understand the answer, it is important to know a little bit about Tolkien himself, and the history behind his writing of The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien both studied and later became a professor at the University of Oxford in England. Although the wonderful film adaptations of the trilogy were filmed in New Zealand by native director Peter Jackson, Tolkien has often professed in many interviews, a love of the English Countryside and its customs, which acted as inspiration for Middle Earth, most especially the shire and the hobbits who live there. There is something quintessentially English about the mannerisms of hobbits, the love of simplicity and homeliness, the politeness and respect towards even strangers, and most importantly, an interest in language and its comical uses. Indeed, the British are known worldwide as having some unusual catchphrases, for example "It’s raining cats and dogs" meaning that it’s raining really heavily outside, or "don’t get your knickers in a twist" meaning "don’t let that bother you so much." There are also word games known as tongue-twisters in English culture, which are often played by children, in which statements are said really fast in order to make one trip over their words. For example, "She sells Sea Shells On The Sea Shore", which becomes very difficult and funny to say when uttered at 10x the normal speed. It follows, then, that the Hobbits may be particularly good at these sorts of play-on-words because they stem from a culture in which these sorts of word conundrums are highly popular. Many other races within the book seem to take things a lot more seriously than the Hobbits, as can be seen with Pippin being a classic example of comedy throughout the trilogy. Although the presentation of elves differs from the books to films, they are shown throughout the movies as a particularly serious people. This is also true of both Aragorn and Boromir, who place particular emphasis on their roles as leaders, being descended from the Kings of the Argonath, and the ancient lines of Gondor. However, in order to play riddles, there is a particular light-heartedness and humor that must accompany the problem-solving and intellectual thinking that goes into these pastimes, which is why the Hobbits make the perfect candidates. And a good thing too, for both Bilbo and Frodo have gotten themselves out of very dangerous situations with their abilities to combine fun and inquisitiveness with quick, logical thinking in the face of pressure. But which Baggins is the greater riddler? Now that is a question only the audience can decide the answer to. MORE: How Long Is Gandalf Trapped In The Tower Of Orthanc And How Does He Escape?

 

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Given how many different streaming services there are these days and the frequency with which they all update their libraries, subscribers really are spoilt for choice. Not all television series are created equally, however, which can sometimes make figuring out which shows are actually worth watching on Netflix and other streaming platforms like it a very tricky task indeed. RELATED: Every Major Streaming Service Available In The US, Ranked (& How Much They Cost) With so many television shows to choose from on Netflix alone, viewers often have to rely on positive word of mouth or recommendations from friends or family when deciding which show to watch next. However, by combining Netflix's own analytics with data from Google and social networking sites, this list aims to simplify that process. As such, those looking for the best television shows to watch on Netflix right now need only read on. Updated December 5, 2021 by Tom Bowen: New seasons of Narcos: Mexico, Lost in Space, and The Witcher have helped the three shows to climb their way up the list, while the continued success of Squid Game has led to the popularity of other foreign-language Netflix shows increasing as well. With so many big shows returning, December 2021 marks yet another huge month for the streaming giant, though with the final season of Ozark, Dota: Dragon's Blood (Book 2), and season 4 of Cobra Kai all looming large on the horizon, it could perhaps be argued that it always is. With the sixth season of Riverdale now underway, those hoping to binge-watch themselves up to date before it comes to an end are fast running out of time. There are 98 episodes in total at the time of writing, which, with each one coming in at around 45 minutes in length, equates to just shy of 72 hours of high-quality Teen Drama goodness. Starring a talented young cast that includes KJ Apa and Lili Reinhart, Riverdale is often compared to another popular Netflix Show, Stranger Things, thanks in large to its small-town setting and the heavy emphasis that both shows place on nostalgia. Where Riverdale differs, however, is through its more mature and subversive approach to storytelling, which likely stems from its ability to draw from pre-existing Archie Comics material. Colin in Black & White is a fictionalized drama series that explores the formative years of American civil rights activist and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. It's an incredibly hard-hitting series at times and one that will likely serve as a real eye-opener for those who have never had to deal with bigotry or racial prejudice themselves. Kaepernick, who made headlines when he began taking a knee during the American national anthem back in 2016, serves as the show's narrator and is portrayed by young actor Jadon Michael onscreen. At times, it can be a difficult show to watch, though, given recent events in America, many will argue that it's one that definitely needed to be made. At the very least, it serves as a poignant reminder as to why so many people continue to call for change. Considering season 2 of Locke and Key was only released a month or two ago, it's perhaps not all that surprising to see it among the most-watched shows on Netflix right now. Recency is far from the only thing that the series has going for it though, with its supernatural elements making it a bit of a must-watch for fans of both fantasy and horror. Even for those who aren't, the story on offer is an interesting one that should have very little trouble keeping viewers engaged. RELATED: Fantasy Shows To Stream If You Love Locke & Key Following their father's murder, the three Locke siblings (Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode) return to their ancestral home, where they discover a myriad of mysterious magical keys that are somehow connected to their father's death. Some of the themes that the show explores throughout its 20 episodes are pretty heavy, though they're typically handled in a mature and measured manner. What's more, it's a show that gets better as time goes on, with its second season somehow managing to make a bigger impression with both viewers and critics than the first. Though the hype surrounding Squid Game is gradually beginning to fade, the Battle Royale -inspired Korean series — which is available either subbed or dubbed — remains one of the most-watched and most talked-about shows on Netflix. It's easy to see why as well, as its shocking scenes and simple premise combine wonderfully well to form a show that really is unlike anything else on the platform. The series tells the story of a degenerate gambler named Gi-hun, who, after a seemingly chance encounter with a man at a train station, ends up participating in a series of six deadly children's games for a massive cash prize. The narrative explores both the motivations and backgrounds of him and some of the other 456 players, as well as the mysterious masked figures who are pulling their strings. Set in the not too distant future, Lost in Space is a modern-day reimagining of Johann David Wyss' seminal novel, The Swiss Family Robinson. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the series' third and final season took a little longer than some fans would have liked, but, after a two-year wait, viewers can finally find out what happened to Will Robinson and his family at the end of season 2. Rather than fizzle out with a whimper, the show's final season ends with a loud and triumphant bang, providing fans with a fitting conclusion that should leave most satisfied. For fans of the genre or those looking for something exciting to enjoy with the family, Lost in Space is well worth a watch, more so now that its story has reached a conclusion. It was always going to take something special to knock Squid Game off the top of Netflix's "Most-Watched" list, and that's exactly what season 3 of the psychological thriller, You, brings to the table. Debuting in mid-October, many consider the show's most recent season to be the best one yet, and its ratings on Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes would certainly support this assertion. RELATED: Netflix Series You Should Watch If You Love Money Heist Season 3 explores the dysfunctional relationship between Joe and Love as they attempt to raise their newborn son. Joe's impulsive and obsessive nature continues to cause problems, however, forcing Love to take some assertive actions. Those who skipped the first few seasons will perhaps struggle to jump in cold, but returning viewers can expect more of the same You -goodness that they'll have no doubt become accustomed to in recent years. The overwhelming success of Squid Game has led to many Netflix subscribers delving deep into the platform's rich and extensive library of foreign-language programming. Several shows have benefited from this, but perhaps none more so than The Queen of Flow, which has flown up Netflix's most-watched list in several English-speaking countries over the past few weeks. Set in Medellin, Colombia, the show follows the story of talented songwriter Yeimy Montoya, who spends more than half of her life in prison after she's tricked into acting as a drug mule. Upon her release, she seeks revenge against the men who framed her, before later attempting to return to a normal life in the show's sophomore season. Though perhaps not quite as thrilling as the original series from which it spun off of, Narcos: Mexico really isn't all that far behind. The characters it portrays are, like Escobar before them, significantly larger than life and help to provide thrills that are every bit as addictive as the narcotics that they're so forcefully peddling. Where Narcos often humanized Escobar and presented him as a man of the people, however, Narcos: Mexico focuses firmly on the horrific deeds that those at the top of the food chain routinely carry out. Of course, viewers saw similar atrocities from Pablo as well, but they're far less forgivable when the villains carrying them out are so much less likable. With season 2 of The Witcher set to arrive later this month, now is arguably a great time to check out the first season of this fantastic adaptation of the hugely popular book and video game series. Thanks in large to the show's masterful story-telling, even viewers with no prior exposure to the Witcher franchise should come away happy, especially those who like action, fantasy, and catchy songs about ashen-haired heroes. Despite one or two questionable casting decisions, it's difficult to deny Henry Cavill's suitability for the role as Geralt, or, for that matter, his dedication to bringing the titular Witcher to life. Season 1 really does do a fantastic job of introducing and fleshing out the main character, as well as setting up the story from the novels. With this in mind, it's difficult to see the second season dropping the ball when it finally arrives on Netflix later this month. Given the larger-than-life characters that feature in Tiger King, viewers would perhaps be forgiven for thinking that they were watching a drama series rather than a documentary. Convicted felon Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage — or Joe Exotic, as he's better know — took the world by storm when season 1 of Tiger King came to Netflix in March of 2020. With that in mind, it was only a matter of time before season two rolled around. As well as focussing on Joe's continuing bid for freedom, the show's second season delves much deeper into the disappearance of Don Lewis while also showing the aftermath of Jeff Lowe's betrayal and Joe's eventual incarceration. It's nowhere near as much of a must-watch as the show's debut season, but it's still a whole lot more entertaining than most of the other shows on Netflix. MORE: Netflix Shows You Should Watch If You Loved Tiger King

 

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Part of what makes Overwatch stand out is how much depth there is to each hero and their abilities, as players need to spend dozens of hours with a character to fully master them. One Overwatch hero that is particularly powerful once players learn how to use him is Lucio, something shown through a recent clip. Memorable Overwatch clips are being shared every day, with players always quick to show off their best moments online. These plays range from well-timed Genji deflects to clever Ultimate counters from heroes like Roadhog. When it comes to memorable Lucio plays, the clip will usually see players utilizing a clever Lucio route before pulling off a fancy kill. That was the case with the play made by thexboxlucio, though the wallrun is actually the least impressive part of the footage. RELATED: Incredible Overwatch Skin Concept Turns Mercy Into A Pirate In the clip, the Lucio player can be seen on the Overwatch map Havana. As the team tries to contest, thexboxlucio runs back towards the group, providing some boosted healing as they begin to run on the wall of the building across from the castle. After starting the run, they turn around, jumping up to the top of the wall in the process. They then give themselves a boost of speed as they fly straight off the wall, moving through the air quickly as they approach their target. The impressive Lucio play then gets even better, as the player ends up being directly above an enemy Pharah. As the Rocket Queen hovers in the sky, thexboxlucio activates Sound Barrier. Lucio slams down just like he always does, though the end of his Sonic Amplifier does not hit Pharah directly in the head, with the damage hero being killed instantly. Not only is it extremely rare to see a Sound Barrier kill, but the fact that thexboxlucio was able to get one in mid-air and on Pharah is truly spectacular. With over 13,000 upvotes in the day since it was posted, the Overwatch community has been blown away by the clip. According to thexboxlucio, they were trying to pull off a similarly ridiculous play by climbing the palm tree to reach Pharah, with the clip being their second try. It may be for the best that this first attempt did not work, though, as it is hard to imagine a scenario where it was more impressive than the play that was shown. With players likely unable to recreate this moment if they tried, as an enemy Pharah would need to be in the perfect position for the Lucio player to hit her with the beat drop, this play is special. Though many more great Lucio clips will surely be shared in the future, it will be tough to top this one when it comes to Sound Barrier kills. Overwatch is available now on PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One. MORE: Overwatch 2 Should Swap The Archives Seasonal Event With Something New

 

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While not the most successful ever, Destiny 2 's Season of the Lost came with two important changes that made gameplay feel different. The first big departure from the standard Destiny 2 experience is that the ammo economy was drastically altered by giving primary weapons infinite ammo, removing primary ammo bricks from the world. Infinite ammo is useful in both PvE and PvP, and even makes some weapons better. Bows were affected by this change the most, considering that none of them use special ammo and there is only one heavy ammo bow in Destiny 2. The second notable change was made to Kinetic weapons, which have always dealt non-elemental damage up until Season of the Lost's sandbox patch. However, Destiny 2 players can now find Stasis Kinetic weapons that come with their own set of new perks, like Headstone. That means it's likely that there will be more Stasis weapons coming in the future. RELATED: Destiny 2: Xur Exotic Armor, Weapon, and Recommendations for December 3 Ever since the announcement, Destiny 2 players hoped to see a Stasis Kinetic bow as a result of the change, especially seeing that the Wolftone Draw bow was added as part of Season of the Lost's seasonal loot pool. As such, a Reddit user by the name of DeimosDs3 made a post stating that Destiny 2 should get a Stasis Exotic bow next, a statement that stems from the fact that the only other Exotic Kinetic bow in Destiny 2 is useless in PvE and nonoptimal in PvP. Season of the Lost features an Overload Champion mod for bows, and having a great PvE option in the Kinetic slot, and a Stasis bow on top of that, would improve build variety. Another player commented that they would like to see a Stasis bow shoot icicles, which most likely wouldn't be possible with a Legendary bow, but an Exotic bow could explore that option. Perks like Headstone and Archer's Gambit are also very popular within the Destiny 2 community, and getting an Exotic bow with either of them would be great - if not a Legendary one as well. Still, next week the 30th Anniversary Pack will launch, and a Halo crossover is rumored to come to Destiny 2. Either way, the DLC is guaranteed to include plenty of new weapons, and while it might be too soon for an Exotic Stasis bow, it's not impossible that players will get a Legendary one in its stead. Destiny 2 is available on PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. MORE: Destiny 2 Expansions and Seasons Tier List

 

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One of the most alluring aspects of Pokemon games has always been the fact that players can choose which critters to use based on which ones they like or which ones perform better in battle. Whatever the reason, the simple fact that players can plan their teams beforehand or even take things as they come is great, especially if a given Pokemon game has plenty of options thanks to an extended Pokedex, like in Pokemon Sword and Shield. With Pokemon Legends: Arceus, players still can't pre-plan their team due to the lack of information regarding all the possible Pokemon in-game, especially considering there will be new forms and evolutions as well. However, there are limitations to this logic stemming from two issues: Most of the time, a good chunk of the Pokemon are locked into post-game content. There second are also some evolutions only available upon trading with other players. This is very noticeable in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, for example, where players can only obtain seventeen Pokemon exclusively from trading them to other players, including very popular creatures. It's unclear if Pokemon Legends: Arceus will feature trades between players, but if it does, there shouldn't be any trade-exclusive evolutions in it, and the same holds true for Pokemon Generation 9 games. RELATED: Pokemon Legends: Arceus Teaser Potentially Found in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Trading Pokemon in the first few Generations was way different than it is now. A link cable was required for the process, meaning that players had to have friends to physically connect their devices together. It was part of the experience, and given how popular Pokemon games were since Pokemon Red and Blue, it wasn't too unlikely that Pokemon fans could find someone to play and trade with. Back then, it was even used as a way to promote the sales for link cables and get all versions of the games, considering the tagline for Pokemon games has always been "Gotta catch 'em all", something that many players actually wanted to do. Thus, Generation 1 had four Pokemon that only evolved through trades, with them being Haunter/Gengar, Machoke/Machamp, Kadabra/Alakazam, and Graveler/Golem. The trend changed with Generation 2, where Pokemon also needed to hold a special item to evolve into their new forms, so more popular Pokemon like Steelix and Scizor were made trade-exclusive evolutions. This never stopped being the case, and every new mainline Pokemon game ended up including trade-exclusive evolutions, be it new Pokemon or ones from old Generations, never breaking the cycle. Not including trade-exclusive evolutions is a critical choice moving forward, and the reason for it is twofold. For starters, the way society has evolved in the world makes it so playing games online is the ultimate experience, compared to playing live like over 20 years ago, meaning that gamers are more likely to play alone or with people they know than they are with strangers. Furthermore, trading Pokemon can often require trust between two players, considering that for reasons that range from fondness for one's Pokemon to the fact that critters might be bred and raised to be competitive, players may want them back after a trade. Another reason is Shiny Pokemon, and having to trade away a Shiny to make it evolve might lead to players who catch one without evolving the Pokemon at all. Furthermore, Generation 4 — and thus Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl — is a good example of the fact that trade-based evolutions can be an option, rather than the rule. Feebas, a Pokemon that evolves into Milotic in one of two ways: The first is by trade when equipped with the Prism Scale, but the second is by leveling up after players raise its Beauty attribute to the maximum via Poffins. This means that trade evolutions could still be a thing moving forward, but they shouldn't be the only way any Pokemon evolves, providing players with options to open up team variety and enable anyone to have the critters they want on their team. RELATED: Pokemon Fans Compares Spinda to NFTs The reason why Pokemon Legends: Arceus could be the one game to not feature Pokemon that evolve through trades is that it is set in the Hisui region, at the very beginning of the relationship between humans and Pokemon. There weren't many Trainers at the time, as per the game's lore, meaning that it would only make sense for Pokemon Legends: Arceus not to feature the option to trade with others at all. This is especially considering there is only a single release coming, and no version exclusives will be present. However, this could be the exception to the rule, rather than the game that truly breaks the mold for good, which means that future remakes (possibly those for Pokemon Black and White) and Generation 9 Pokemon games should follow. Pokemon Sword and Shield were a great step in the right direction in this sense, considering that no new Generation 8 Pokemon needed to be traded in order to evolve. Still, thanks to the Wild Area scaling very high in level, many players could eventually get fan-favorite Pokemon like Gengar even while playing solo, as they would spawn in specific locations within the area and at specific times of the day. A similar approach could be very beneficial moving forward with Pokemon games, also including different options for each of the trade evolutions so that solo players can get them at any time. Pokemon Legends: Arceus will release for Nintendo Switch on January 28, 2022. MORE: Pokemon Legends: Arceus' Starters Are Likely to Have Hisuian Forms With Specific Types

 

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Halle Berry has a vision for directing the next Catwoman

Despite being one of the most infamous comic book movies of all time, Halle Berry wants another crack at Catwoman. Except this time, she also wants to sit in the director’s chair. Coming off her directorial debut, the recent Netflix film Bruised, Berry hinted at her ambitions to Vanity Fair during a career retrospective. From modeling in Chicago to being the first (and still only) Black woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress, Berry’s career has had fair number of high highs and ho-hum lows. There are critical favorites like Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and Monster’s Ball, and then there is a movie where the fallout would make many want to forget the whole thing. But in the interview, Berry confronts Catwoman, her ill-fated 2004 DC Comics movie. “I would definitely direct the next Catwoman, ” she says. “I think I would redeem myself. As a filmmaker now, I would totally change the story. I would change the characters. I would have Catwoman saving the world from some catastrophe, like male comic book characters get to do.” As noted in Polygon’s Bruised review, Berry’s original Catwoman, directed by Pitof, “let her kick ass, but asked barely anything of her dramatically.” The DC comic book movie cast Berry as mild-mannered Patience Phillips, who transforms into the mysterious and alluring Catwoman. Sitting with a nine percent on Rotten Tomatoes, everyone seemed to agree the movie had more than its fair share of problems. Initially envisioned as a continuation of Tim Burton’s Batman movies, the first idea for a Catwoman movie saw Michelle Pfeiffer’s character temporarily leaving Gotham for a desert resort known as Oasisburg. Meant to be an adult portrayal, it stood in stark contrast to what Warner Bros. wanted out of DC Comics at the time, which was more family-friendly fare like 1995’s Batman Forever. Pfeiffer eventually bailed from the standalone, prompting WB to reportedly offer the role to Ashley Judd, who also eventually passed. The project languished in so-called Development Hell until Berry came aboard, moving on from a failed attempt to spin off her character Jinx in the James Bond movie Die Another Day. WB hired Pitof, a French visual effects supervisor with one movie under his belt at the time, to helm the Berry vehicle. He certainly had a vision, wanting to focus heavily on the “cat” part of Catwoman. Choreographer Anne Fletcher was brought onto the film to help Berry act, and even think, like a cat. “Pitof wanted Catwoman’s physicality to be as real as possible,” Fletcher said in a 2003 interview. “He said that she’s a woman first and a cat second, but he wanted to see how cat-like a human body could become.” For research, Berry watched hours of cat footage and spent time with the movie’s animal handler. How cat-like a human body can become is not something earnestly explored in Pitof’s Catwoman. What is explored, rather, is how confusing a single scene of Halle Berry and Benjamin Bratt playing basketball can become. The shots don’t feel like a ’90s music video so much as the result of someone explaining the concept of a ’90s music video to a friend in a loud restaurant, and Pitof, having overheard the conversation, going off and trying to remember the details. Beyond direction trying way too hard, the movie didn’t leave Berry much to work with. As noted in a 2016 academic paper by Caroline Heldman, Laura Lazarus Frankel, and Jennifer Holmes on female protagonists, the movie presents Catwoman’s “agency, power, and freedom as derivative of her hypersexualization,” leaving Berry’s character “without core identity.” That isn’t too far off from what costume designer Angus Strathie, as detailed in the film’s press notes published during release, envisioned. “We wanted a very reality-based wardrobe to show the progression from demure, repressed Patience to the sensual awakening of a sexy warrior goddess,” he said. Catwoman was a critical and commercial flop, eventually winning Berry the Razzie for Worst Actress of the Year. Commenting on the important of being a “good loser” in Vanity Fair, she looks back with pride on her decision to attend the event. “If I can show up to collect an Oscar when you’re honoring me, I can certainly show up to collect a Razzie when you say, good try, but do better,” she says. After the show, she set her Razzie on fire. It’s highly unlikely that Berry would continue down Pitof’s road. Rather, her more recent roles, like in Bruised and John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum offer better clues. In the Vanity Fair career breakdown, Berry praises Parabellum co-star Keanu Reeves for doing his own stunts alongside her, showing that “age is just a number.” Berry seems more invigorated by the “gritty” and physicals worlds seen in John Wick and Bruised, so it stands to reason that her Catwoman would be something similar. While the exhaustive process of directing herself doesn’t seem to be something Berry is eager to repeat, her work with Spike Lee early in both of their careers taught her to “never say never.” Yes, Zoë Kravitz is set to play Catwoman/Selina Kyle in the upcoming DC reboot The Batman, but. if Zack Snyder can get a second shot at Justice League, why not give Halle Berry another go at Catwoman?

 

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More than two years after Game of Thrones ended, the series’ ending remains a touchy subject for fans. However, it bears remembering that the franchise’s creator, George R.R. Martin, never intended for things to play out the way they did. It’s a known fact that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were the ones behind most of the creative decisions made after Game of Throne s ' fifth season, which is when they ran out of source material provided by Martin’s books. Naturally, the fact that the writer’s last mainline novel in the franchise was published in 2011 didn’t help and it looks like Martin continues to take his time with The Winds of Winter. RELATED: Emilia Clarke Goes Full Skrull In This Secret Invasion Fan Art Nevertheless, all that didn’t keep Martin from wanting to meddle in the way the TV show’s Lord of Light put things together. This fact is noted in James Andrew Miller’s new book, Tinderbox: HBO's Ruthless Pursuit of New Frontiers, which chronicles the network’s rise to produce some of the most memorable television content of all time. According to excerpts taken from interviews with Martin’s agent Paul Hass and ex-HBO CEO Richard Plepler, the author would often travel to New York City to meet with executives “begging” for Game of Thrones to be greenlit for ten seasons featuring 10 episodes each. Martin always felt there were plenty of stories to draw inspiration from, a feeling he has echoed in the past many times when being quoted saying Game of Thrones could have gone well into 13 seasons to become “a more satisfying and more entertaining experience.” Per Hass’ accounts, even though Martin loved his working relationship with Benioff and Weiss, the author did say at times “You’re not following my template” to HBO with regard to the route that was being taken to get the characters to the place they were supposed to be. Both Benioff and Weiss wanted to explore other projects, as they were tired of working so many years on Game of Thrones and became understandably eager to wrap up the series, which does explain why the final two seasons were shorter than previous ones up to that point, despite reaching the desired ending intended by the author. Nowadays, Martin is staying busy working on the long-awaited Elden Ring, acting as executive producer, and, hopefully, doing some writing for The Winds of Winter too. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire saga remains incomplete up to this day, with only five out of the intended seven novels completed. While The House of Dragon may look to take the main show’s spot as the go-to fantasy series, Netflix’s The Witcher now brings some serious competition to this streaming battle. Game of Thrones is now available to stream on HBO Max. MORE: House Of The Dragon: Is The Game Of Thrones Prequel Series Really Necessary? Source: Tinderbox: HBO's Ruthless Pursuit of New Frontiers (via Insider)

 

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Come Talk Your Doctor Who Hopes, Dreams, and Fluxes in the Season Finale Discussion Zone

We’ve only had six weeks in the TARDIS this time a round, and at last: Flux is about to come to its final end. Come talk about Doctor Who ’s present and future with us as we await it, why don’t you? “The Vanquishers” has a lot to touch on before it can bring this weird, truncated adventure to an end. After all, Kate Stewart’s got a Sontaran invasion of E arth and dog guys in the sky to contend with. Yaz, Dan, and Professor Jericho are still stuck in the early 1900s, even if they do now have the help of a Liverpudlian miner big on building tunnels that just so happen to connect to different points in time. The Doctor might have t he Most most she’s ever had to deal with, reeling from the sudden revelations, and death of, her adoptive mother turned Division head honcho Tecteun, with Swarm and Azure now breathing down her neck in Division’s secret base in the gaps between the multiverse. And just when she was so close to gaining the Gallifreyan fobwatch filled with her past memories stolen by her own mom! Oh, and then there’s the apocalyptic eradication of most of time and space itself. And zillions of people being held hostage inside a host body. And whatever’s been up with the TARDIS all season long to make its insides so weird. Suffice to say, “The Vanquishers” seems like it’s going to have to follow in the chaotic steps before it seen in the premiere in order to not just satisfyingly touch on and conclude all these arcs, but do so in a way that actually feels earned instead of “The Halloween Apocalypse”’s vomiting of ideas. Is it a bit much to even start wondering what kinds of teases we’ll get for New Years Day, and beyond that, what’s in store for the 13th Doctor’s final hours? Come share your thoughts about what you want out of Doctor Who: Flux ’s finale below—our full recap of the episode will be live tomorrow. Wondering where our RSS feed went? You can pick the new up one here. Spatial audio Water resistant A whole new look

 

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Car Thieves Are Using AirTags to Track Vehicles

Apple released the AirTag in April to help people keep track of their keys, luggage, and other easy-to-lose items. Now the device is being used to monitor the location of something else: cars. Or, more specifically, high-end vehicles that car thieves have started tracking with AirTags. "Since September 2021, officers have investigated five incidents where suspects have placed small tracking devices on high-end vehicles so they can later locate and steal them", York Regional Police say. "Brand name ‘air tags’ [sic] are placed in out-of-sight areas of the target vehicles when they are parked in public places like malls or parking lots. Thieves then track the targeted vehicles to the victim’s residence, where they are stolen from the driveway." The police say that AirTags are being hidden in trailer hitches, bumpers, and other hard-to-spot places on vehicles. Because the AirTag was designed to be as unobtrusive as possible, there are plenty of hiding places for car thieves to place the device on an intended target. Stowing one of the trackers is quicker than actually stealing the car, and after the vehicle leaves the public parking lot, it's probably going to be kept somewhere private enough for the theft to occur. Apple previously updated the AirTag to reduce the length of time one of the trackers would need to be away from its owner before it started to alert people who have been traveling in close proximity to the device as a safeguard against the product being used to stalk someone. (Although that change only helps iPhone owners; Android users are left with third-party solutions while they wait for the company to deliver the app it promised to release on the platform.) AirTags are still designed to start issuing this warning sometime between eight and 24 hours after being separated from their owner. That leaves plenty of time for a car thief to place the device on a vehicle, track it to a more secluded area, and potentially steal it before the owner realizes they've picked up a stowaway AirTag. York Regional Police recommend storing cars in garages, purchasing steering wheel locks, or taking other steps to deter would-be thieves.

 

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In a field that is as crowded as the horror genre, the Resident Evil series has managed to stand out and endure for decades thanks to a cast of classic characters, unforgettable villains, and a thrilling atmosphere. The games have veered into interesting directions in an attempt to keep gameplay engaging for series newcomers and veterans. This is the case for Resident Evil 4, a game that strolls away from the slow-boiling horror of its predecessors and instead cranks up the action elements. In recent years, Capcom has had great commercial and critical success with their remakes of early Resident Evil games. This is especially true of Resident Evil 2 's remake which takes the 1998 game and masterfully adapts to modern gaming. For a while, rumors have been bubbling that the next Resident Evil title to get a remake being Resident Evil 4. Although Capcom has yet to confirm these rumors, there are many leaks and clues that all but confirm that the remake is in the works. RELATED: Resident Evil 4 Remake Has Been Teased or Leaked So Much That It Has to be Real There have been a few leaks that suggest that a Resident Evil 4 remake is on the way. One of the leaks comes from DuskGolem, a trusted source of information in the Resident Evil community. According to DuskGolem, the remake's codename is "Chainsaw." Capcom is allegedly taking criticisms of Resident Evil 3 's remake onboard while working on Resident Evil 4. On Twitter, DuskGolem states that it is unlikely that the remake will be an exclusive title due to how big of a game it is. In November 2020, Capcom was hacked, which resulted in many of the company's internal plans being leaked to the public. Information regarding several games was prematurely revealed, including plans to release titles such as Dragon's Dogma 2 and Street Fighter 6 in 2022. According to the leaks, a remake of Resident Evil 4 is in the works and is set to release in late 2022. Capcom is not the only company that has had to deal with data breaches. In September 2021, a developer managed to access a list of hundreds of games in Nvidia GeForce Now's database. While some of the games were already released, a few games listed were unreleased and unannounced. Among the unreleased PC games listed is Ghost of Tsushima, Monster Hunter 6, and a Resident Evil 4 remake. Responding to the leaked list, Nvidia claimed that the games named are both "released and/or speculative titles, used only for internal tracking and testing." Nevertheless, since the leaks, some of the games have gone on to be confirmed, including a God of War PC port and a remaster of the Grand Theft Auto trilogy. Yet another Resident Evil 4 remake leak has also come from D.C. Douglas who claims he is the voice actor for Albert Wesker in Resident Evil 4 's remake. He also shared concept art of how Wesker will appear in the remake. Since then, Douglas has deleted his Twitter account. Some supposed hints from Capcom also suggest that a Resident Evil 4 remake is on the way. On August 22, Capcom sent out a cryptic tweet with the message "4. Itchy. Tasty." Fans of Resident Evil will recognize that the line comes from the first game when a character describes their own mutation after being exposed to the T-Virus. While this may be Capcom teasing players and hinting at a Resident Evil 4 remake, it is also likely that the tweet is simply a nod to an iconic phrase. Another hint may have come from the PlayStation Showcase which took place in September 2021. The show opened up with a live-action trailer showcasing many of PlayStation's most iconic franchises. Gamers with keen eyes have noticed many hints and teases for future PlayStation projects in the trailer. For instance, at roughly 34 seconds in, posters depict Horizon Zero Dawn 's Aloy in a Fall Guys costume. Since then, it has been announced that Aloy is coming to Fall Guys. The trailer also features what appears to be the symbol Resident Evil 4 uses for the Las Plagas parasite. While this is far from confirmation of the rumored Resident Evil 4 remake, that has not stopped gamers from speculating that Capcom may be looking to bring the game to current generation consoles and gaming systems. Capcom has yet to confirm the existence of the Resident Evil 4 remake. However, with all the clues and leaks that have appeared, it seems to be inevitable that it will come at some point. The original Resident Evil 4 is one of the bestselling titles in the Resident Evil series. A well-made remake would be a treat for gamers and an almost failproof investment for Capcom. Resident Evil 4 is available on GameCube, mobile, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, PC, Switch, Wii, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. MORE: Every Boss In Resident Evil 4, Ranked From Easiest To Hardest

 

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New macOS Office Build(Current channel) adds new features for PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook

Microsoft has released a new Office Insider Preview Build 16.56.21120200 for Insiders in the Current Channel. The new Office build brings some new features for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The new Office build adds a new Accessibility ribbon to PowerPoint to help you make presentations accessible to people with disabilities. The update also introduced new security policies, allowing you to prevent the screen capture and screen sharing of sensitive documents that have been previously labeled with the new policies. You can read the full official changelog below to know more about these features. To update to Office Insider Preview Build, open any Office program and go to File > Account > Update options > Update now.

 

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The Halo subreddit got so toxic that mods have closed it for the weekend

In case you're not up to date, there's a lot of back-and-forth over the contents and quality of the Halo Infinite multiplayer beta. Indeed, the free-to-play beta has sparked such controversy that the moderators of the Halo subreddit have closed the entire forum for the weekend because people just cannot behave themselves. "Some users on the sub have even been responsible for doxxing and death threats", said the moderators in a statement made last night. "We're temporarily putting the sub on lockdown so people can hopefully settle down a bit and we can hit the reset button before launch. At the end of the day this is a video game and this level of vitriol is unwarranted." The moderators of the Halo subreddit say they'll reopen the forum on Monday. They're very clear that they don't want to silence criticism or support of Halo Infinite, only that the tone of discussion had gotten too hostile: "If you see people breaking our rules, don't make things worse by breaking the rules yourself." It's a spiral I've seen before in communities, where controversial topics turn moderation into an untenable thing for volunteer-driven communities. The subreddit has been incredibly toxic this week, especially in the wake of a reveal that there are hidden game modes when players go offline. Insults were flying pretty freely, and every second or third post was about one of a handful of specific gripes. It's the culmination of weeks of community turmoil around design decisions and implementation in Halo Infinite. First was the Battle Pass, which appears quite small and took too long to complete. (Our Nat Clayton: Sorry, Halo Infinite, but your battle pass sucks.) That got some designer attention, though. Since then it's been all about unlockables, microtransactions, and game modes, focusing on players' inability to pick any mode they like rather than be forced into what the developers have made available that week. Halo Infinite's single player component will release on December 8th.

 

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Report: US Wants Allies to Restrict Exports of Surveillance Tools

The US government is reportedly looking to lead other nations in prohibiting the export of surveillance tools to authoritarian countries that could use them to commit human rights abuses. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Biden administration is expected to "launch an initiative with friendly nations to establish a code of conduct for coordinating export-licensing policies" at the Summit for Democracy event hosted by the US Department of State that starts on Dec. 9. The report cites unidentified administration officials who told the Journal that countries participating in this initiative will also "share information on sensitive technologies used against political dissidents, journalists, foreign government officials and human rights activists." It's not clear what countries will be part of this initiative at the start, but based on existing US policies and the Summit for Democracy's invite list, it seems likely that the export controls will be intended to prevent advanced surveillance technologies from being sold to Russia and China This report follows the US Department of Commerce's addition of NSO Group, Candiru, Positive Technologies, and Computer Security Initiative Consultancy to the Entity List for selling their spyware to governments that used them to target journalists, human rights groups, and others. That makes it harder for the quartet to do business with American companies. It doesn't prevent them from selling their existing surveillance tools to authoritarian countries, however, and the new export rules expected to be announced at the Summit for Democracy might change that.

 

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From Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre to John Carpenter’s Halloween to Ridley Scott’s Alien, there are a number of iconic titles that pop up whenever horror movie buffs debate the genre’s greatest entries. But the groundbreaking masterpiece that still levitates above all of them is William Friedkin’s The Exorcist. Arguably no movie is more frequently praised as the most terrifying horror film ever made. On its initial release in 1973, The Exorcist was a cultural landmark. With a worldwide gross of over $400 million, it became the most successful movie in Warner Bros.’ history and by far the highest-grossing horror film of all time (a record it held until the release of It in 2017). Moviegoers fainted in the middle of screenings, some theaters reportedly issued “ Exorcist barf bags” to contain viewers’ inevitable nausea, and some even sold tickets to watch the audience watch The Exorcist at sold-out shows. RELATED: How The Exorcist Changed The Horror Genre Very few movies have caused this kind of phenomenon. The Exorcist was a bona fide blockbuster years before Jaws and Star Wars would turn high-concept genre movies into Hollywood’s most bankable cinematic currency. In 1973, audiences hadn’t seen anything like The Exorcist. Some viewers suffered serious psychological consequences after watching it. The Devil had never been depicted in such a hauntingly realistic way before. Of course, after The Exorcist became a box office sensation, demonic possession was quickly turned into a horror subgenre of its own. Hollywood classics can sometimes fail to hold up after decades have chipped away at the attention spans of audiences, especially when a given movie has inspired a slew of parodies and rip-offs. But despite being spoofed in everything from Scary Movie 2 to Austin Powers to This is the End, and ripped off in every horror movie with “exorcism,” “possession,” or “Devil” in the title, The Exorcist doesn’t have this problem. After nearly half a century, Friedkin’s movie remains a perfectly crafted horror gem. Like most movies from the ‘70s, The Exorcist takes a while to get going by today’s standards. It opens at an archeological dig in Iraq and takes its time introducing Chris MacNeil’s life as a working actor in Georgetown before her 12-year-old daughter Regan begins to show signs of demonic possession. But these terror-free opening scenes are far from boring, because Friedkin starts building to the terror from the offset. Since the past few decades of horror movies have numbed audiences to the usual tropes and techniques, modern horror films waste no time diving into the scares. Ari Aster’s Hereditary, dubbed “this generation’s The Exorcist ” by some critics, has the accidental decapitation of a child within its first half-hour. But Friedkin uses The Exorcist ’s slower pacing to terrific effect. Fleshing out the MacNeils’ home life before it’s intruded by the demon Pazuzu is a great way to endear audiences to the mother and daughter ahead of the terrible things that are about to happen to them. And on top of that, while viewers are getting to know Chris and Regan, Friedkin instantly establishes that those terrible things are on their way, creating an overriding sense of dread from the very beginning. In the Iraq-set opening scene, veteran Catholic priest Father Lankester Merrin looks up to see a statue of Pazuzu looming over him. This acts as an ominous premonition of things to come. As Regan’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic and inexplicable – and intensive medical tests find nothing wrong with her – it’s clear to the audience (and, eventually, to Chris) that the only thing that can save her is the intervention of a couple of daring priests. It’s easy to build up a sense of dread in the first half of a horror movie. All the filmmaker has to do is promise the audience that the protagonists are doomed and horrible things are about to happen. The tricky part is paying off that dread in the second half. In The Exorcist, Friedkin pulls this off spectacularly with shockingly authentic depictions of the horrific scenarios described in William Peter Blatty’s source novel. Moments like a possessed Regan spider-walking down the stairs, stabbing herself in a very sensitive area with a crucifix, and spinning her head around 360 degrees are still haunting today. The movie’s final half-hour, in which Fathers Merrin and Karras arrive to exorcize the demon, is a relentless barrage of terror. Regan hovers above the bed, Pazuzu taunts the priests with the traumas it senses within them, and finally, Karras invites the demon to possess his own body instead and launches himself through the window and down a tall set of stone steps to defeat Pazuzu once and for all. No matter how many comedies lampoon The Exorcist ’s “The power of Christ compels you” scene, it’ll always be genuinely unsettling in the movie itself. Horror fans accustomed to the genre’s faster-paced modern output might find The Exorcist to be a dull, slow-moving experience in its opening scenes. But stick with it, because the payoffs later down the line are well worth the wait – and much more terrifying than the majority of today’s horror fare. MORE: What To Expect From Blumhouse's Exorcist Sequel

 

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Beware: Fake KMSPico Windows activator carries crypto wallet info stealing malware

Cybersecurity provider Red Canary has warned in a recent blog post that a malicious KMSPico installer is doing the rounds on the internet. This malware-carrying fake installer is capable of stealing user information from various cryptocurrency wallets, among other things. This is made possible with the help of a cryptbot. Red Canary says that the cryptbot delivered by this malware is capable of collecting information from the following applications: While there are several browsers on this list, Microsoft's very own Edge isn't one of them, sort of validating its recent claim of being better than Chrome, at least in this instance. KMSPico is an unofficial Windows and Office activator that are used to activate pirated copies of Windows or Office. The tool essentially allows for illicit Windows license circumvention by emulating Mircosoft's Key Management Services (KMS) activation. Red Canary also notes that it is not just individuals who use KMSPico to fraudulently activate Windows as the firm says it has also noticed various IT departments using the tool. Hence, a malicious KMSPico is especially dangerous for such situations. It is also quite easy to fall for a malicious KMSPico as many sites claim themselves as official KMSPico creator as shown in the image below: The malicious KMSPico also installs the actual KMSPico file itself so that a user of a compromised system may not even suspect anything fishy until it is too late. You can find more technical details on the official blog post linked here.

 

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Spider-Man: No Way Home's Villains on Returning to Their Evil Roles

Since it was first reported nearly a full year ago, one of the big things on everyone’s mind in regard to Spider-Man: No Way Home are its villains. The returning baddies of Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin and Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus from Sam Raimi’s original trilogy and Jamie Foxx’s Electro of the Amazing duology are caught up in some multiversal madness that spells potential trouble for Tom Holland’s Peter Parker. At Brazil’s CCXP this weekend, the three actors got the chance to talk about their experience returning to the roles they inhabited in the relatively early days of Spider-Man fever that’s swept the world. The initial pitch sold all three of them, but what really appealed to them all was that No Way Home’s characters would be similar to what came before, but different in some aspects. “It’s a return to something I did before with that kind of history,” Dafoe said, “but there’s a spin on it, and that appealed to me.” Foxx echoed his costar’s sentiment, saying that producer Amy Pascal explained how he’d be a little more “hip” than his first run at Electro and to his gratefulness, wouldn’t have to be blue. Dafoe teased that there’d been “upgrades” provided to his Goblin costume, and the other villains have undergone similar redesigns for No Way Home. Instead of being on-set props like they were in 2004's Spider-Man 2, Doc Ock’s tentacles are now done digitally, while Foxx called his new look as not trying too hard. “I relate it to R&B,” he said. “Back then, you had fringes or shoulder pads, but now you can just sing. ” For Dafoe, there was a comfort in the ease of being fitted compared to the original Spider-Man’s eight-hour test: they just scanned him, created the costume from the scan, and adjusted accordingly. More than anything, the actors are just excited to play these villains again, who they all say have their own arcs throughout the film. “In a lesser environment, us as villains, we would just be functionaries who exist just to get the plot going,” Molina said. “But here, we’ve got real storylines, and they’re real people.” With that classic sinister smile, Dafoe teased that Green Goblin would “make a case this time. it’s not just about some abstract muscle twirling power grab.” Spider-Man: No Way Home arrives in theaters on December 17. Wondering where our RSS feed went? You can pick the new up one here. Spatial audio Water resistant A whole new look

 

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Get a 1-year subscription to TravelHacker Premium for only $23.40

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Chinese rover spots weird cube-shaped feature on the far side of the moon

China’s Yutu-2 rover, currently exploring the far side of the moon, has spotted a strange cube-shaped object on the moon’s surface. As reported by space. com, the image was shared in a Yutu-2 diary posted by Our Space, a space news channel related to the China National Space Administration (CNSA). It was part of a “Yutu-2 driving diary” which describes what the Yutu-2 rover has been up to since it resumed operations on October 29, 2021. The cube shape is interesting, but the journalist Andrew Jones who first drew attention to the photo doesn’t think it’s a sign of extraterrestrial life. “It’s not an obelisk or aliens, but certainly something to check out, and hard to discern much from the image,” he tweeted, and suggested that it could be a large boulder which was thrown up by an impact. The object, described informally as a “mysterious hut,” is located around 80 meters from the rover’s current location and is next to a large but young impact crater. The researchers are curious to learn more, so the rover will visit the object but it will take a while — approximately two to three months, according to the authors. One reason it takes so long to travel across the moon is due to the day and night cycle there. Because of the way the moon spins, it completes a rotation every 27 days, which is around the same amount of time it takes to orbit our planet. That’s why one side of the moon faces us and the other, far side, where Yutu-2 is located, can’t be seen directly from Earth. The other effect of this rotation is that a full lunar day lasts 29 Earth days, meaning there is a period of just over two Earth weeks when the moon is in daylight, and just over two weeks when it is night there. As rovers like Yutu-2 rely on solar power, they must hibernate for these nighttime periods and they can only explore during the daytime period. That’s why lunar explorers take so long to get across the moon’s surface — not to mention the need to go slowly to avoid large rocks or components being worn down by sharp moon dust.

 

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None of the characters in Seinfeld are good people. As fun as they are to watch, no one should ever model their behavior after any of the leads. George Costanza is an especially repugnant character. His rap sheet of bad acts stretches for miles. RELATED: Best Episodes Of Seinfeld, According To IMDB He is so bad, the best things happen to him when he decided for an episode to do the exact opposite of what his intuition told him. The entries below are just a fraction of his total indiscretions. Though he is reprehensible, he is still an incredibly funny character. During the whole seventh season, George is engaged to Susan but desperately wants out. He tries to postpone the date and even tries to be unfaithful to her. He only gets out of the wedding after Susan succumbs to poison from licking too many envelopes while preparing the wedding invitations. The kicker is that George picked out the invitations. He didn't intend to kill her, but his reaction to her untimely demise was oddly enthusiastic. At the end of the episode, he then tries to call up Marisa Tomei and arrange a date with her. George is notorious for doing nothing at his job, but he still manages to keep a good position with the Yankee organization. His laziness goes to a whole new level when he modifies his desk to comfortably sleep under it. However, during one nap George Steinbrenner comes in and starts waiting for George in his office. To prevent getting in trouble, he asks Jerry to call in a bomb threat so the place is evacuated. It is not the first time George has enacted schemes to try and get out of work. A boy with a medical condition that causes him to live in a bubble requests to see Jerry Seinfeld, but through a series of events George ends up playing trivial pursuit with him instead. RELATED: Great Sitcoms With Underwhelming First Seasons After George Costanza says the boy got a question wrong because of a typo on an answer, the kid starts choking him. While trying to get out of the grip, he pops the bubble. The boy survives, at least. One of the most famous episodes of the series is "The Contest", where the team has a contest to see who can go the longest without pleasuring themselves. Years later during the series finale, all the friends believe they are going to die in a plane crash. During this ordeal, George admits that he cheated during the contest. It might not seem as bad as the other things on the list, but there is something particularly low about lying to one's friends. Everybody has had bad bosses sometime in their career, but it never justifies spiking their drink. George Costanza does just this after being fired, though he technically quits beforehand. The sad thing is George was rehired moments before his boss drinks from the spiked cup. As bad as this is, George's boss seems like a bad dude and the character would get a better job later in the series. George Costanza comes up with a scheme to get around buying gifts for his coworkers during the holiday by making up a fake charity and making donations in other people's names. He comes up with this idea after someone does it to him. Like all of George's ideas, it comes back to bite him in the end when his boss wants to make a large donation to the charity and hands George a check for a hefty sum of money. A fire breaks at out at the birthday party of his girlfriend's son. Instead of being chivalrous, George runs out and leaves everybody behind, pushing people over in the process. It's hard to judge too harshly unless one has been in a similar situation, but it also is not a major fire and is easily put out. At the end of the episode, a similar thing happens when he thinks a prop gun is real and once again flees without helping anybody. To be fair, Kramer pushes George to park in a handicapped spot. Upon returning from their errands, the team finds the car trashed. Unfortunately for George, it is his father's vehicle, so he makes up a lie to not get in trouble with his parents. The worst part of this action is the woman who had to park in a different spot and ended up getting injured because she was unable to use the spot allocated for her. George and Kramer buy her a new wheelchair, but it is a cheap model that ends up malfunctioning, further injuring the woman. Everything on this list is cringeworthy, but this is the only truly disgusting act. George Costanza urinates in the gym shower and another minor character threatens to tell the manager. RELATED: Best Seinfeld Characters Who Are Only In One Episode It is hard to blame anyone for doing this because the sight of someone urinating in the shower is genuinely disturbing. Elaine helps George not get in trouble, but this just goes to show that Elaine is not a good person, either. After George's employer believes he is disabled, the character does nothing to correct them. Once he is found out, he still refuses to leave the job, causing a small battle of wills between the two. Before the jig was up, George had his own bathroom and special office. Faking a disability is especially low, even for George. The next job he gets is just the right one for him; nobody at the company has any idea what they are doing either. MORE: Hilarious Stand-Up Shows Available On Netflix Right Now

 

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The world of One Piece is filled with some of the most incredible characters, and Oda's ability to make fans invested in these characters while at the same time making them relatable is a part of the series' charm. With every passing arc, fans are introduced to several such characters, and with that comes the inevitable discussion about whether those characters can join Luffy's incredible pirate crew. Most of them are loved by the fans and the Straw Hat Pirates alike, after all. With the Wano Country arc and the arcs that build up to it, in particular, Oda has done an exceedingly good job in introducing characters that can potentially become new members of the crew. In Punk Hazard, an arc that set the basis for Wano, Oda introduced Kin'emon while Dressrosa had the likes of Rebecca back in the day. Zou introduced the fans to Carrot who, at this point, is almost like a Straw Hat since she's traveled with the crew for about 5 years of the series' run now. While all these characters are incredible options to be the next Straw Hat, none of them is nearly as good as one of One Piece's most beloved characters currently, the son of Kaido, Yamato. Right from the very beginning of Luffy's journey, Oda has established certain traits in the characters who join his crew. The very first person to join the crew, Roronoa Zoro, is a man very much like Luffy himself and he has great ambition. Like Luffy, Zoro has a promise to fulfill and he aims to become the World's Greatest Swordsman. Nami, who followed Zoro, is very similar in this aspect as her goal is to draw a map of the entire world. In other words, Nami also wants to circumnavigate the world and see everything there is to see, which aligns with Luffy's dream as well. Usopp wants to become a brave warrior and develop his strength and resolve as the journey goes on, and Sanji wants to find the All Blue, a place that is arguably just as mystical as Laugh Tale. RELATED: Unresolved Mysteries In One Piece The East Blue Five are the core of the One Piece story, which is why the 100th chapter of One Piece has them announce their dreams as they enter the Grand Line. All those who follow the East Blue Five have dreams and ambitions of their own and their goals almost always align with that of Luffy, no matter what. Be it Chopper's goal of becoming a doctor capable of curing any disease, Robin's goal to find the Rio Poneglyph, Franky's goal to create a ship worthy of sailing the waters of the entire world, Brook's promise to reunite with Laboon, or Jinbe's dream and hopes for his people. The question remains, where exactly does Yamato fit into all this? After all, fans don't know much about him and he's barely been around for about 50 chapters. In Yamato, Oda has already established the core of his character and it is, once again, something that resonates within Luffy. Yamato craves an adventure himself. At a very young age, Yamato witnessed the death of the legendary Kozuki Oden and since that day, wanted to become Oden. Yamato was quickly imprisoned by Kaido and remained trapped for 20 years until Luffy finally set him free. In doing so, Luffy became Yamato's savior, just as he saved characters like Nami, Robin, and most recently, Sanji in Whole Cake Island. If there's anything that Luffy stands for, it is freedom. To him, the freest person on the seas is the man who can be called the Pirate King. Yamato is someone who has actively sought freedom. It is quite easy to see that Luffy and Yamato fit each other quite well and the fact that Luffy trusted him immediately after meeting him is proof of that. Yamato has always dreamt of wanting to leave his cage and explore the world, very much like Oden did with Whitebeard. To Yamato, Luffy could end up playing a very similar role and help him pursue his dream when the Wano arc ends. Of course, if Yamato does leave Wano and set sail with the crew, the question of his "role" in the crew is likely to come up among the fans. After all, every member of the crew has a role. However, if one would draw parallels to Oden's journey with Whitebeard, in particular, he didn't have a big role on the crew other than accompanying them on their adventure. Oden certainly helped Roger get to Laugh Tale but his four years with Whitebeard were spent without him having an actual role. RELATED: Weakest Devil Fruits In One Piece That's not to say Yamato won't have a role in the crew at all. More likely than not, Yamato is going to have a role assigned to him. The most recent addition to the crew, Jinbe, became the Helmsman. However, if one thinks about it, a Helmsman isn't really needed on the crew. Up until Whole Cake Island, the Straw Hat Pirates didn't even think about getting a Helmsman to join them. Even the likes of Roger had Gaban, Rayleigh, and even Oden taking the helm at times. The only reason Oda put so much emphasis on Jinbe as a Helmsman is because he excels at this role and he needed a role in the crew. Similarly, if Yamato does indeed join the crew after Wano, fans don't need to worry about what role he has there. The story has progressed to a point where anyone joining doesn't really need to have any skill set that the crew desperately lacks. Oda will most certainly create a role on spot and assign great importance to it to make Yamato feel more part of the family when he does join Luffy and embarks on his grand adventure. Yamato's dream to become truly free, along with wanting to explore what the world looks like is certainly more than enough to get him to join the crew. But if fans needed more of a reason, Yamato is also deeply connected to Portgas D. Ace, Luffy's elder brother. Initially, he wanted to set off on an adventure with Ace but sadly, couldn't do so at the time. Although Yamato's plans to leave the country failed, Ace laid the groundwork by telling Yamato everything about the man who would later come to rescue him, Luffy. Although Ace is dead, his will burns within Yamato. In his stead, Yamato would definitely want to watch over Luffy and ensure he accomplishes his goals, which gives him yet another reason to become a member of the incredible family that is the Straw Hat Pirates. MORE: Top Strongest Devil Fruit Attacks In One Piece

 

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2018's Aquaman became an immediate success, grossing roughly $1.148 billion worldwide and receiving much praise for the visual effects and thrilling action sequences. Now, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is looking to continue that success, and according to star Dolph Lundgren, it will definitely do that and more. Production on Aquaman 2 is currently underway, and the sequel will reunite both lead star Jason Momoa and Lundgren with many returning cast members from the previous film. While the sequel will feature many familiar faces, Lundgren assured fans that Aquaman 2 will offer a moviegoing experience that exceeds that of the first film. RELATED: Aquaman 2 Should Lean Into The Horror Of The Deep Sitting down with The Hollywood Reporter, the veteran actor discussed new projects like the upcoming mystery adventure Castle Falls while also delving deeper into some of his recent successes with films like Creed 2 ( where he reprised his famous role as Ivan Drago from Rocky 4) and of course Aquaman. With the DC project nearing closer and closer to its big 2022 holiday release, Lundgren shared what type of film fans can expect out of James Wan's sequel and the ways it has vastly improved. "That whole picture is just a class act. Everybody from James Wan and Jason Momoa to Amber Heard and the producers. I think this one is better", Lundgren claimed. "I think the script is stronger and it's more exciting. The technology has moved forward in four years, so I was really pleased to be a part of it. James Wan is just going to blow everybody away again by this tremendous world that he creates. He's involved in every little detail, even every little piece of every weapon, and I think it's going to be great." Considering how stunning the visual effects were in the first film, the sequel is shaping up to be one giant feast for the eyes that will no doubt create a memorable theatrical experience. Lundgren is set to reprise his role as King Nereus, father of Amber Heard's Mera and ruler of the Atlantean underwater kingdom Xebel. The actor took to social media last month, posting a photo of himself in costume and sporting his character's long red hair with a caption that teased the epic story that awaits. An Aquaman sequel with Wan returning to direct was announced only two months after the first film's successful release, eventually earning its epic title in June 2021. The pandemic delays combined with Wan's goal of not wanting to rush production has created the four-year gap from the first film's 2018 release, as filming began in London just this past summer. While story details have been kept under wraps, in addition to Lundgren's comments, Wan has confirmed that Aquaman 2 expand on the worldbuilding from its predecessor. The film will see Jason Momoa return as the King of Atlantis, along with Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta. Amber Heard's Mera and Temuera Morrison's Thomas Curry will return as well. Before fans can catch more of the underwater world, other DC projects like The Batman, Black Adam, and The Flash should leave many fans satisfied in the meantime. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is set to release on December 16, 2022. MORE: Every DC Movie Set To Release In 2022 Source: The Hollywood Reporter

 

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Cyber criminals are using fake advertising to distribute malware

Why it matters: Cyber criminals are constantly analyzing the technology space for new ways to exploit users and obtain their personal data. In the past, phishing attacks have been leveraged to trick users into providing sensitive information by posing as a credible source and requesting the user's data. But according to Cisco's Talos threat intelligence organization, a new malicious campaign has been gaining traction as an effective method to harvest information from unknowing users. Known as malvertising, Cisco's Talos Intelligence believes a specific campaign known as " Magnat " uses fraudulent online advertising to trick users that are searching for legitimate software installers. The Cisco threat intelligence team believes the Magnat campaign may have started in late 2018 and targets users in Canada, the United States, Australia, and several other European nations. Once a user is directed to the fraudulent download, they run a fake installer that deploys three distinct pieces of malware to their system. While the fake installer gets to work installing multiple malware components, it does not install the actual application the user was originally searching for. The first piece of malware is a password stealer used to collect user credentials, often via a common tool known as Redline. Another piece of malware, known as MagnatBackdoor, sets up remote access to the user's device via Microsoft Remote Desktop. This access, combined with the user credentials stolen by Redline (or a similar tool), can provide unfettered access to the user's systems despite being secured and firewalled. The final piece of the malware trifecta is a Chrome browser extension known as MagnatExtension, which is used for keylogging, obtaining screenshots of sensitive information, etc. An August 2021 tweet provided screenshots and download samples of a suspected malvertising campaign. Talos analyzed the samples referenced in the tweet and verified at least one sample contained the MagnatBackdoor, MagnatExtension, and Redline malware components. #RedLineStealer being delivered through fake WeChat installers, coming from @GoogleAds. .zip ->.iso ->.exe https://t.co/J5npamHM1P Creates a new user account, forwards RDP port, drops RDPWrap. Damn. cc @JAMESWT_MHT @James_inthe_box @malwrhunterteam pic.twitter.com/0Jvaz4tChc Aura (@SecurityAura) August 9, 2021 Talos believes the Magnat tools have been developed and improved over the course of several years and show no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The installer package's name is constantly evolving and typically references the name of popular applications to lend credibility and trick users into deploying the package. Examples of past package names include viber-25164.exe, wechat-35355.exe, build_9.716-6032.exe, setup_164335.exe, nox_setup_55606.exe and battlefieldsetup_76522.exe. Image credit: Magnat malware diagram from Cisco Talos

 

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has no shortage of colorful characters in its arsenal. Tony Stark (Iron Man) is a “genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist,” a tech wizard who turned in a lifetime of producing and selling weapons to become Iron Man. Natasha Romanov (Black Widow) was raised practically from birth to be a programmed assassin. T’Challa (Black Panther) is the king and protector of the fictional African Kingdom of Wakanda. Then, there is Vision. A humanoid created haphazardly to be a countermeasure against the robot supervillain Ultron. Vision becomes a valuable ally, a lover, a martyr, and a family ‘man’ in his tenure as a member of the Avengers — and in that order. Because of how he came to be and his wide range of roles in the MCU, Vision is possibly the best character in the entire franchise. Furthermore, Vision might yet make an appearance in the MCU down the line and further evolve his mythos. RELATED: What If.? Poster Teases A Terrifying New Ultron And Vision Variant In the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Iron Man wants to prevent further alien incursions to Earth like the one that took place in The Avengers. He envisions a shield around the Earth to protect it from foreign threats. However, like the genius billionaire he is, Iron Man lets his ambition and ego get ahead of his skis. He accidentally creates Ultron, an artificial intelligence program that calculates humans are the Earth’s disease, and need to be eradicated. Ultron is too powerful for the Avengers to handle on their own, especially once he gets his hands on Wakandan Vibranium. In an act of sheer desperation, Iron Man and Bruce Banner (The Hulk) work feverishly to create a countermeasure to Ultron. This desperation takes form in the creation of Vision. Vision was programmed using Iron Man’s AI personality, Jarvis. Unlike Ultron, he decides to fight for mankind as opposed to eradicating it. Vision possesses superhuman strength, supreme intelligence, the ability to fly, the ability to phase through physical objects and make himself intangible, and more. This power set makes him an invaluable member of the Avengers, and Vision is the one who ultimately destroys Ultron. After multiple cataclysmic events in previous MCU films, the governments of the world come down hard on the Avengers in Captain America: Civil War. The Avengers are split down the middle in terms of how they should handle the world’s demands. Iron Man thinks the Avengers should listen to the United Nations and take a more cautious approach. Captain America thinks that regimes and agendas change, and therefore the steadiest hands are their own. Vision falls squarely on Iron Man’s side of the debate. He fairly easily dismantles Captain America’s jingoistic logic by stating that the mere existence of the Avengers invites confrontation. Vision makes the most succinct and convincing argument for why Iron Man’s argument is the correct one. He also serves as the enforcer of Iron Man’s squad. Vision essentially becomes a glorified babysitter for Wanda Maximoff, the magic-wielding Avenger who is extremely powerful but not necessarily in control of her abilities. In Avengers: Infinity War, the Marvel universe’s chief villain takes center stage: Thanos. The Mad Titan is on a mission to cleave the universe’s population in half. His logic is that resources are finite and populations only grow, and therefore he is the herald of a universe that will only know happiness and full bellies going forward. In order to achieve his goal, Thanos must possess all six Infinity Stones, and it just so happens that the Mind Stone has been embedded in Vision’s head since the Avenger’s inception. Vision is gravely wounded early in the film. Whereas he was a powerhouse to be reckoned with in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War, Thanos’s Black Order makes quick work of the humanoid. Only an assist from Captain America, Black Widow, and The Falcon prevent Vision from an early exit in the film. However, the audience learns that not all Disney movies have happy endings. In an emotive and powerful scene, Wanda (who has become Vision’s lover) destroys Vision so Thanos cannot use the sixth and final Infinity Stone to enact his genocidal plan. However, by this time, Thanos already possesses the Time Stone, and rewinds time so that he may murder Vision while keeping the Mind Stone intact. Vision is brutally killed twice in the time span of two minutes, before half of the universe is blipped out of existence. He is the first of many Avengers martyrs that fateful day. During the events of WandaVision, a grieving Wanda creates a manufactured happy ending for herself and Vision. In so doing, she mind-controls a small New Jersey town and becomes the villain of her own story. Wanda has endured more trauma than perhaps any Avenger. Her parents were murdered using Tony Stark’s weapons. Her brother was murdered by Ultron. Lastly, Vision was murdered by Thanos. Then she was snapped out of existence for five years, thanks to Thanos. In creating the family she has yearned for since she was a child, Wanda locates Vision’s body and essentially resurrects him. She also creates two children for them to take care of. In doing so, Vision plays the part of both doting husband and father. Not a bad gig for a character that was artificially created. Vision has worn many hats during his six years in the MCU. He is a surprisingly emotive character for a humanoid, and is constantly trying to figure out where he fits in with the Avengers and in Wanda’s life. This range is what has made him a fan-favorite, and why he is the best character in the MCU. He has proved to be resourceful, the voice of reason, a force to be reckoned with, and the perfect companion for Wanda. Here is to hoping that he makes a return to the silver screen in a future Marvel project. MORE: The Book Of Boba Fett: New Trailer Teases The Bounty Hunter's Reign

 

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Call of Duty Zombies fans have always been a passionate bunch, with the community not afraid to make requests and say what it wants. One such request is for Zombies Chronicles 2, with a Call of Duty Zombies developer recently responding to the comments. Zombies Chronicles 2 is one of the most consistently demanded things amongst Zombies fans, and it is not hard to understand why. The original Zombies Chronicles helped make Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 into what many consider to be the best Zombies experience ever made, as classics like Origins and Ascension were fully remade in the game’s engine. Now, players want to see a sequel to Zombies Chronicles added to one of the recent games, bringing back more classic maps from the mode’s past. RELATED: Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies Exploit Lets Players Get Tons Of Weapon XP The push for the hypothetical expansion became even more noticeable after insider Tom Henderson reported that Zombies Chronicles 2 was in development before the launch of Call of Duty: Vanguard. Further, he believes the content is finished and ready to go, with Treyarch simply waiting for the right time to release it. However, lead game designer Kevin Drew makes it seem like that is not the case through a recent Tweet, though the same post shows that he does want to see the expansion become a reality one day. Drew tells Call of Duty Zombies fans to keep requesting Zombies Chronicles 2, as the fan demands could ultimately sway Activision into giving the project the necessary time and resources. However, he does clarify that fans should not be making the demands in the replies of every single Tweet he posts, as there is an appropriate time and place to share such hopes. With Drew also needing to see the many complaints about Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies constantly, it is easy to imagine social media becoming a toxic place for him as of late. While Drew has joked about hoping someone else would make Zombies Chronicles 2 just so he could stop seeing all the requests, it is nice to see that the developer still has interest in the DLC. While some fans have gotten out of hand, most comments do come from a place of love. Zombies fans want the chance to play a version of TranZit that captures Treyarch’s original villain, with more visually impressive versions of Die Rise and Buried also having potential. For now, it still remains to be seen if the expansion will ever happen. While Drew’s comments make it clear that players should be more considerate when filling up his personal feed with demands, fans should still make their voices heard on the official accounts for Treyarch and Activision. Based on the developer’s post, Call of Duty players speaking out gives Zombies Chronicles 2 a chance to finally become a reality. MORE: Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies' Hub Area Is Both Its Best And Worst Feature

 

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Deal Alert: Microsoft Surface Duo 128GB now available for $399

Microsoft Surface Duo is now available for $399 from Woot in the US. This is an AT&T locked variant, but you can get an unlock code easily through Microsoft or AT&T in few days. You can find the deal here. Surface Duo highlights: The full specs include: You can find the deal here.

 

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Moderators lockdown the Halo subreddit in response to "toxicity on all sides"

"Take the weekend off, we're reopening on Monday." Moderators working on the Halo subreddit have put the community into lockdown following toxic behaviour - including doxxing and death threats - "on all sides". Without pointing to specific posts of concern, Redditor and moderator 343-Guilty-Spark posted a message over the weekend, instructing Halo fans to "take the weekend off" as the subreddit would be closed to comments until tomorrow, Monday 6th December. "The amount of toxicity on the sub from both sides has made it impossible for people to have civil discussions, which is what the mod team strives for regardless of opinion", they wrote. "Some users on the sub have even been responsible for doxxing and death threats. "We're temporarily putting the sub on lockdown so people can hopefully settle down a bit and we can hit the reset button before launch. At the end of the day, this is a video game and this level of vitriol is unwarranted. "Take the weekend off, we're reopening on Monday." The moderation team specifically cited issues with insults and criticism and linked to several posts from development team 343 Industries that outline future plans for the sci-fi shooter, including upcoming changes to XP rewards and anti-cheat measures. "Someone criticising the game doesn't mean you get to say they're an 'entitled crybaby manchild', they added. "Someone saying they're fine with the game or to give it some time doesn't mean you can call them a 'bootlicking dicksucker'. All of these are things the mod team has dealt with and will continue to deal with." Interestingly, the Halo Infinite subreddit remains operational, but reminds new visitors that "if you came here to continue the toxicity than got r/halo locked, you will be banned". ICYMI, scalpers are flogging a limited-edition Halo Infinite / LA Lakers promotional pack that bundles a Master Chief-themed LA Lakers jersey, a matching Xbox wireless controller, and a Master Chief figurine for hundreds of dollars above its recommended retail price. The bundle - which was only available to those who could get to the Team LA store at Staples Center, Los Angeles, on Friday afternoon - was selling for a very reasonable $140 (£105). Almost immediately, however, the bundles began popping up on internet auction sites, with Buy It Now prices of around $1500 (£755). Did you know there are 14 multiplayer modes hidden in Halo Infinite for PC players?

 

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How to Fix a Cloud Deployment That’s Losing Money

Cloud computing will save you money. Ten plus years ago that was a familiar refrain when the technology hype machine touted cloud computing as the best thing since sliced bread. Today we have over a decade of cloud deployment data that often disproves or redefines the context of that statement. NetEnrich recently conducted a survey of 100 IT decision-makers in companies with 500 or more employees. Amongst this group, 85% claimed either moderate or extensive use of cloud computing infrastructure, while 80% stated that they have moved at least a quarter of all workloads to public cloud providers. Now the bad news. The survey identifies security as the top cloud computing issue (68%), followed by IT spend and cost overruns (59%), day-to-day maintenance (36%), and root-cause analysis and post-mortems (22%). Some 48% also claim that the cost of recruiting cloud skills is an ongoing issue in their IT organization, with an estimated 10 open positions that chase every one qualified candidate. All in all, cloud computing is not the cost-savings slam-dunk once promoted. This is especially true about delivered cloud value, in terms of business agility, compression of time-to-market, and instant scalability. In some situations, enterprises see negative values for every cloud computing dollar spent rather than the business efficiencies they expected. Our decade of cloud implementation data indicates that enterprises often need to take operational cost savings off the table as value justifications of cloud computing, which leaves soft value savings such as agility and speed-to-deployment. If those soft savings are not there, or not valuable to a specific enterprise, the enterprise will see negative value in cloud computing. This is a concerning situation for enterprises and cloud technology vendors alike. So, what can be done about this problem? Also see: CloudOps: How Enterprise Cloud Migration Can Succeed If cloud computing delivers a negative value, you might think the best solution is to push off future cloud migrations and/or pull cloud applications and data back to traditional systems within enterprise data centers. Unfortunately, those ideas won’t work. The major enterprise technology providers dedicate 80% of their research and development (R&D) budget to build technology for cloud-based platforms or to build clouds themselves. That means R&D d o llars are not spent on the upkeep of existing products or development of net-new products for more traditional enterprise systems. Enterprises already see fewer software updates and upgrades for non-cloud products and dwindling updates and upgrades for security and database systems. The larger enterprise technology providers know their future is in the cloud, and thus, they spend their innovation dollars in the cloud. That money will naturally come from the budgets of their more traditional business software and services. At the end of the day, those who want to avoid value delivery issues around cloud-based projects may discover even less value by staying put or repatriating systems back into the data center from the cloud. So, you can’t avoid the pull of cloud platforms to move forward, and you can’t save any money if you move backwards. At this point, it looks like cloud is the only game in town. Most negative cloud values arise when an enterprise does not correctly leverage cloud-based resources. Typically, this means someone did not pick the best platforms, tooling, and processes for the project, and those choices are not or cannot be optimized. Those incorrect choices almost always track back to a lack of planning in the initial phases of a technology project, cloud or not. A universal truth: If you don’t have a thorough understanding of the problem, you will only have a partial understanding of the solution required to solve the problem. The somewhat good news? There is no immediate pain to an unoptimized cloud operation. Most of the time, moving systems to the cloud works just fine and, initially, appear to be successful migrations. However, even though it “works,” the team will soon realize the migrated or net-new cloud-based systems do not deliver the value defined and promised in the business case. This includes value metrics in terms of how the business value of cloud computing can be measured. Here, many cloud projects get an F. For example, look at a generic enterprise that moved their inventory management and inventory data to the cloud over the last five years. There are about five variations of cloud technologies they could have deployed, and an exponential number of configurations within those variations. Most of these solutions and configurations work, but these enterprises will not realize their peak hard and soft savings because the defined value metrics are misaligned with the chosen cloud solution. Therefore, the enterprise will experience some degree of negative cloud value. In the case of our inventory management system, let’s say the enterprise defined a cloud-based database that won’t store complex data and/or can’t deal with nesting as needed for advanced predictive analytics. It turns out these features are required to create automations to optimize inventory, such as just-in-time (JIT) inventory and automation across a supply chain. Let’s also say the enterprise leverages a cloud-based user interface development system that does not support mobile computing platforms. To top it all off, the applications and data storage systems were defined without regard for operations, security, and governance during initial planning. Thus, the system must deal with the inefficiencies created when those parameters are added into the system just prior to deployment. The trouble with the slam-dunk cloud conclusion – this cloud deployment is clearly a success or a failure – is that it doesn’t account for real-life variables, such as skills shortages and an almost chronic lack of planning that’s necessary to make good technology decisions. The goal is to build better systems with better thought-out cloud technology and configurations to find the desired value. That’s a hard goal to reach if you can’t find the skills required to correctly complete the first step or if you forge ahead without those skills. Some would argue that cloud computing is so new we’ve yet to build up sets of best practices to cover every cloud situation, and these types of issues are just a part of the growing pains. It’s now a proven fact that we can’t go backwards. That means we must find a way forward to establish business value for every cloud project. In short, we have to learn from our mistakes and reconfigure our cloud deployment. If you think about it, we can almost always trace a cloud project’s negative value issues back to substandard skills at the outset of a project. Whoever made those calls with faulty information often found that their choices led to negative values, even when the system “worked.” We clearly need to fix the planning problems ASAP and define clear paths for our IT staff to gain the knowledge required to close the skills gap. The good news: now that we’ve been down this path, we know enough to step back and rectify our earlier decisions, to use a now-informed cloud strategy to alter key variables to move toward a profitable cloud deployment. An optimized and high-value cloud solution is almost always possible, but most enterprises will fall short. If your new cloud-based applications and data sets lack the value the enterprise assumed was a guaranteed outcome of the move to the cloud, it’s time to go back to the beginning. Take a hard look at the initial planning processes for current and future cloud migrations and look for opportunities to optimize existing migrations. It’s never too late. eWeek has the latest technology news and analysis, buying guides, and product reviews for IT professionals and technology buyers. The site’s focus is on innovative solutions and covering in-depth technical content. eWeek stays on the cutting edge of technology news and IT trends through interviews and expert analysis. Gain insight from top innovators and thought leaders in the fields of IT, business, enterprise software, startups, and more. Advertise with TechnologyAdvice on eWeek and our other IT-focused platforms. Property of TechnologyAdvice. © 2021 TechnologyAdvice. 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Deal Alert: Fitbit Charge 5 now available for $129.95

Back in August, Google announced the Fitbit Charge 5 fitness tracker with thinner and sleek design, color touchscreen and up to seven days of battery life. Amazon US is now selling the Fitbit Charge 5 fitness tracker for just $129 (was $179.95), you can find the deal here. If you are looking for a more affordable fitness tracker, check out the Fitbit Inspire 2 on Amazon. You can grab one for just $59.95 here. Fitbit Charge 5 features: You can find the Fitbit Charge 5 deal here.

 

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Stalker 2 will take up 180GB on Xbox

That's half the space of your Xbox Series S. Stalker 2: Heart of Chernobyl will take up 180GB on your Xbox console. As spotted by The Gamer, the description of the game on the Xbox store has recently been updated to include the "approximate" 180GB storage space on Xbox consoles. If true - and it's always possible the download size will be optimised and shaved closer to launch - that means Stalker 2 will take up half of the space available on Microsoft's compact system, Xbox Series S. It's also weighing in at a hefty size on PC, too; there you'll need around 150GB to get the game installed. Stalker 2 is scheduled to release 28th April 2022 on Xbox Series X and S and PC, but not Xbox One. It will, however, be available on PC and current-gen systems via Xbox Game Pass. Given it's described as "coming first" to Xbox, we reckon it'll come out on PlayStation 5 at some point after, though. ICYMI, the Stalker 2 developers are using a custom teeth tool to make each character's smile unique. "Literally every human in Stalker 2 has a one-of-a-kind smile - or grin, I suppose", GSC Game World's Zakhar Bocharov explained at the time.

 

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Porsche designs a virtual car just for Gran Turismo 7 video game

Porsche cars often appear in video games, but for the first time, the automaker has designed a car specifically for Gran Turismo 7. Sony’s latest Gran Turismo title debuts on March 4, 2022, and it will feature the all-electric concept car that you wouldn’t be able to drive on the streets, and it has some futuristic features that would only work in a video game. Deniz Keskin, director of brand management and partnerships, said in an interview with GamesBeat that the company’s car designers spent about three years working on the design, creating it as if they were making a real car. They worked with Sony’s game studio, Polyphony Digital, to put it in the right format to make it one of the “hero cars” of the game. The Gran Turismo game series has featured Porsche sports cars since 2017, most recently the Taycan Turbo S. For the launch of the game’s seventh edition, Porsche has, for the first time, developed the Porsche Vision Gran Turismo for the virtual world of the game. “We approached it really like a normal vehicle project, which is the typical Porsche way to do that,” Keskin said. “It’s kind of a concept car for perhaps the year 2030. So it has a futuristic feel to it. But we have tried to be realistic in the sense we have not put anything on the car that is not feasible. It’s a fully electric car. It’s also pretty compact and nimble.” It is the sports car manufacturer’s first concept study created specifically for use in a computer game. It will be available exclusively in Gran Turismo 7 for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. The biggest challenge is to make sure it looks like a Porsche and expresses what the brand stands for. “The appeal of a Porsche comes from its purist design,” said Kazunori Yamauchi, president of Polyphony Digital, in a statement. “And in terms of engineering expertise, both we and Porsche follow the same perfectionist philosophy. We share the same passion for racing and are looking to the future of the car.” Keskin said the team was freed from the constraints of developing models for series production, and so they were able to put new ideas for a Gran Turismo concept car into practice. “A vehicle designed purely for the virtual world opens up exciting possibilities for us that are otherwise heavily regimented in a regular design process for a series production car,” said Michael Mauer, vice president of style at Porsche, in a statement. “Projects such as the Porsche Vision Gran Turismo are particularly valuable for us in the creative process. Further developing our clearly defined Porsche Design DNA and exchanging with designers from other industries is an important part of our work.” The Vision Gran Turismo features future-oriented versions of familiar Porsche design elements. The concept car exhibits the brand’s typical proportions with an especially sporty height-to-width ratio, an extremely low-set bonnet, and very pronounced wings. The lights in the particularly purist front and the integrated air intakes create a visual link to the design language of the Taycan – a nod to the car’s purely electric drive. The rear is adorned with a markedly narrow light strip – a further development of the light signature that is familiar from the 911 and Taycan models. The clear emphasis of the brand identity continues in the interior, with the curved hologram display, tailored to the driver, which appears to float above the steering wheel. The low seating position underscores the car’s dynamic feel. The realistic surface appearances in the interior also play a major role. It has holographic displays that show different driving data. “We spent a long time considering the right material design consisting of carbon and titanium. The aim was to reduce weight while increasing performance,” said Markus Auerbach, head of interior design at Porsche, in a statement. “In addition, sustainable aspects also play a role in forward-looking projects. For example, we only used entirely vegan materials in the concept car.” In addition to purely design-related themes, there are also new functions that contribute to a strong sports car feeling, with players experiencing haptic feedback via the controller, which mimics the feel of the steering wheel. This fast and direct feedback is reminiscent of a real racing car, the company said. Expanding its gaming activities also has strategic significance for Porsche. “We can engage young and digital target groups in the place where their automotive dreams are born: the world of gaming,” said Robert Ader, vice president marketing at Porsche, in a statement. “The partnership with Polyphony Digital and ‘Gran Turismo’ is a perfect fit for Porsche because motorsport – whether real or virtual – is part of our DNA.” Porsche stands for authentic and emotive experiences. In this context, video games and the virtual world offer new opportunities to make sports cars interactive, and to make driving them an accessible experience. For this reason, the brand has been cooperating with various companies from the gaming industry for several years and these activities are now an integral part of the marketing mix. The overriding goal is to create a lasting brand experience. Sony’s Polyphony Digital has been making Gran Turismo games since 1997. Some years back, Porsche introduced a real car for the first time by announcing it would be in a Forza video game for Microsoft’s Xbox, and Keskin said that went well in terms of positive feedback. And it also debuted the previous car on Sony’s platforms. “We are pretty excited, and it also extends to this whole community around esports, as gaming is a really important segment to us,” Keskin said. “There are a lot of really enthusiastic young people that we want for a positive early brand exposure.” The designers focused on designing a video game, with polygons and textures, as opposed to designing a real car, where there is a lot of material under the hood that you never see in a game. But it has a fancy interior and lots of things for gamers to admire from any angle. “You will see that it looks like a full-fledged concept car that you would see in an auto show,” Keskin said. “We haven’t made any compromises in how we approach this product.” Keskin said that for his generation, it is unusual to equate the value of digital goods with those of physical goods. But his young son doesn’t think twice about assigning the same value to digital objects, like sins in video games, as physical objects. “This opens up a very fascinating universe of questions in gaming or esports for us to exploit,” he said. “At least in terms of what that means for the way we present ourselves as a brand. Designing the first Porsche car ever for the digital space shows that we want to get it right and make our contribution here.” As for the return on investment for putting designers to work on a concept car for three years, Keskin said that he is fully convince that will come through the benefits from the video game alone, as it is going to be the hero car and it is likely to be highlighted in marketing and esports events. The exposure for Porsche will be pretty big, considering how many millions of copies Sony usually sells for each installment. “I think also the community will appreciate it. And then there is the long-term that is very difficult to measure,” Keskin said. “In terms of putting this to reality, there are road regulations. So you wouldn’t be able to do this car exactly the way we designed it for the virtual space. But my colleagues in the design studio will tell you that it frees up a lot of creativity if you are not subjected to certain constraints. And as a marketing guy, you know, for me, the nicest thing that could happen is that in five years, six years time you see some world going Porsches, and then you will recognize some little elements and little cues and inspirations that maybe have come from that car. If that happens, then, you know, I think that’s a very cool, incredible story. And I’d be very happy to see that happening.”

 

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Every new Marvel Studios show that hits Disney Plus comes with a slew of merchandise and, though it may be a bit late to the party, Hot Toys' brand new Loki figures are definitely worth the wait. Loki premiered this summer with its six episodes running from mid-June to July and marking a shift for Disney’s MCU exclusives as they moved to Wednesdays instead of Fridays to make room for upcoming Star Wars shows. Not only that, since its debut Loki has gone on to become the best-reviewed MCU series among critics and audiences, beating out WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier thanks in large part to its vast selection of Lokis. RELATED: In Marvel’s Phase 4, Who Becomes The New Tony Stark? Many of these variants have been immortalized in collectible form by Hot Toys, and the latest two to join the roster are none other than President Loki and reptile fan-favorite Alligator Loki. The pair come packed as a bundle, with the President Loki figurine standing at 12.2” (31cm). The figure also features an immaculate level of detail in a costume that includes everything from a cane to daggers ready to be equipped thanks to the included swappable hands sets. Since alligators are measured in length, the other Loki's one-inch height isn’t really a good metric to judge this reptile’s glorious purpose, but it does come with a TV-accurate helmet. The hand-painted head has been painstakingly crafted to make this Loki just like Tom Hiddleston in a way that justifies the set’s $285 price tag. So yes, Hot Toys is definitely catering to the high-end Marvel figurine market. While Funko Pops might still be a cheaper option, this impressive collectible is a great way to celebrate what is as of now the MCU series that has brought the biggest revelations for the MCU’s Phase Four, as Loki is responsible for unraveling the multiverses storytelling potential. It’s no wonder then that Loki is the only one out of these shows that is already locked in for a second season, with the trickster god also being a heavy favorite to appear in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. Of course, right now Hawkeye is Disney's hot new show, with Clint Barton and Kate Bishop’s furry sidekick having a very serious claim to the title of “Best MCU animal” over Alligator Loki. Lucky the Pizza Dog may not have any glorious purpose but he’ll definitely get more screen time than the cold-blooded variant. Loki is now available on Disney Plus. MORE: The MCU Cosmic Phase Still Needs To Stay Grounded Source: sideshow.com

 

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Google Photos' Locked Folder Reaches More Users

Google Photos is reportedly making Locked Folder, a feature that allows users to add password protection to photos they want to keep private, available on more Android smartphones. Locked Folder was exclusive to Google's lineup of Pixel devices when it debuted in May. The company said in October that it would reach other Android phones by the end of the year, however, and Android Police reports that Google appears to have started that rollout. Android Police reports that some Android smartphones, including a Samsung Galaxy A52, "are getting notifications about the new feature." If you see this notification, you can "access your Locked Folder by heading into Google Photos, hitting the Library tab, and then Utilities." Just be warned: Moving a photo into the Locked Folder doesn't simply allow you to protect it with a password; it also removes that image from Google Photos entirely. This kind of local storage offers greater control over who might see that picture, but it also means it can easily be lost. Google said in October that Locked Folder will be available on iOS devices "early next year."

 

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Right now, the Epic Games Store is giving away Dead by Daylight and While True: Learn() until December 9. The first is an incredibly popular asymmetrical multiplayer game, while the latter is more defined as an educational experience. With these additions, EGS is really flexing the variability of its game offerings, as this multiplayer and education experience will be followed by an action RPG and a simulation game on December 9. From December 9 through December 16, Epic Games Store users will be able to claim Godfall: Challenger Edition and Prison Architect. The former is a bit of an odd situation, but for fans curious about that as well as Prison Architect, here is what gamers need to know about them. RELATED: Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection Now Has Its Own Epic Games Store Page Godfall: Challenger Edition has stirred some controversy among PS Plus subscribers, as it’s available in December on PS Plus too. In Godfall 's base game, players must equip Valorplates to defeat a mad god, and while it has its flaws, it’s a unique approach based on the idea of a “looter slasher.” Many were expecting the full game, and that may have been a good redemption arc for the game. However, PS Plus subscribers and EGS Users are actually getting Godfall: Challenger Edition, which is described as a “cut-price limited-feature edition” by Counterplay Games. Essentially, the “cut price” means that after it leaves PS Plus and EGS, gamers can pick it up at a $15 price point. The “limited-feature” means the aforementioned story doesn’t take place in this version of Godfall. Instead, players are given an endgame character in essence and can complete three endgame activities. These include Lightbringer, which is a horde-like game mode where players must drive the darkness back by sealing Dark Tears in a race against time; Dreamstones, which allow players to relive the memories of Orin and grind high gear loot in random encounters with selectable modifiers; and Ascended Towers of Trials, which is an infinite-until-you-die tower crawler-style mode with an emphasis on bosses. A few months ago, Epic Games Store gave users The Escapists. It’s about escaping prison, and now fans are getting Prison Architect, which is a construction and management simulation game based on running a prison. These unique premises bring in fans of simulation games but also non-sim players based on that premised alone. Players are hired by a CEO to run a for-profit prison and are responsible for building facilities, connecting utilities, hiring and managing staff such as accountants and janitors, incorporating reform and labor programs, setting schedules, and the like. Each prison, which can have additional conditions applied, is rated by the game and thus determines how well a player is doing. These ratings are typically based on recidivism rate, happiness, violence in the prison, and more—each prison itself is also ranked by different classes such as Minimum, Medium, Maximum, and Supermax Security. Players can also build female prisons, Psych Wards, and so on, and its overall approach has inspired other simulation-based games. Hitting a certain failure condition can result in the player being “fired” and these include riots necessitating the National Guard, bankruptcy, too much prisoner death, too many prison escapes, too many warden deaths, too many re-offering parolees, and too many wrongful executions. Overall, Prison Architect has great reviews on its content, averaging in the mid-80s on most platforms on Metacritic. Epic Games Store users get a couple of free games every week. MORE: Epic Games Store Kicks Off December Right, But More is on the Horizon

 

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Sense raises $50M to bolster recruitment efforts with AI

Recruiting is a top concern for enterprises in 2021. In a survey by XpertHR, roughly one-half of responding employers plan to increase their workforce in 2021, but expect that hurdles will stand in the way. A high volume of low-quality applicants is stymying the search for the ideal candidates, with one source pegging the average number of unqualified applicants at 75%. Even among those that do make it through the recruiting funnel, a significant portion ultimately change their minds — exacerbating the recruiting challenge. Against this backdrop, Sense, an “ AI -driven” talent engagement and communications platform, today announced that it raised $50 million in series D funding led by SoftBank. CEO Anil Dharni says that the proceeds, which bring Sense’s total capital to $90 million, will be put toward hiring and recruitment as well as product development. San Francisco, California-based Sense was launched in 2016 by Dharni, Alex Rosen, Pankaj Jindal, and Ram Gudavalli. Dharni is an active entrepreneur, having cofounded AnswerU and social gaming networks Storm8 and Funzio prior to starting Sense. Jindal was previously the CEO of Akraya, an IT and marketing consulting agency headquartered in Bengaluru. As for Gudavalli, he cofounded Funzio with Dharni and worked alongside him at Hi5, a social network whose parent company was acquired by MeetMe in 2017 for $60 million. “In the past decade, we’ve seen a shift in the workforce dynamic. Candidates have more options and subsequently more power than ever before… And yet, recruiters and hiring teams are still stuck in the dark ages when it comes to creating the ultimate candidate experience,” Dharni told VentureBeat via email. “I want to create a world where recruiters and talent acquisition leaders are loved by the candidates they serve. The bottom line is, companies are struggling in a massive way to retain and engage with employees.” Sense offers a slate of job candidate matching and screening services in addition to a drag-and-drop recruitment campaign creation tool. With the platform’s services, which sync with Workday, Greenhouse, and other existing applicant tracking systems, companies can deduplicate pools of new applicants against existing databases and send targeted follow-up messages, among other tasks. Sense also provides a shared inbox through which HR teams can manage and prioritize candidate conversations, sort and view chats, and perform searches by name, name, and tags. For companies offering referral programs, Sense can host a dashboard that shows open positions and allows employees to submit referrals and track where they are in the hiring process. Managers can use the dashboard on the backend to manage submissions, approvals, rewards, and payouts. Sense says that it’s developed algorithms that can automatically trigger messages and workflows based on a candidate’s profile data or when they complete a certain action in a journey. The platform’s candidate email and text messaging feature — which can send messages to up to hundreds of candidates at once — can optionally automate messages with personalized texts that answer questions, explain benefits, and provide status updates on hiring. In September, Sense launched a chatbot that sources and screen candidates by responding to questions when recruiters are offline. A part of the company’s larger platform, the chatbot can schedule interviews and support “database reactivation” through proactive candidate outreach. Sense says that the chatbot’s design was informed by its own research, including a recent survey it conducted on strategies for recruiting success. The survey, which canvassed 600 leaders at staffing agencies, found that recruiters spend up to 50% of their time on manual and repetitive tasks and take over 6 hours to respond to new leads, on average. There’s no shortage of platforms claiming to leverage AI to expedite the hiring and recruitment process. For example, Xor is developing a chatbot that handles job candidate recruiting and screening processes, and Celential.ai — which focuses specifically on the software industry — employs models to match candidates with open roles. Other Sense competitors include Wade & Wendy, Workey, and Phenom People, but Dharni believes there’s plenty of business to go around in the $19.38 billion HR solutions market. Sense’s customers include teams at Amazon, Volt, PrideStaff, and Sears. “We have over 350 million candidate profiles across over 600 customers. [T]ens of thousands of recruiters use Sense every day to interact and converse with millions of candidates each month,” Dharni said. “The pandemic has accelerated investment in recruitment technology and the adoption of Sense. It has pushed companies to pulse [and] survey employees more frequently to proactively understand employee challenges and solve them. It has [also] powered competitive hiring and contingent hiring. As a result of the pandemic, outbound communication and engagement through our platform grew 500%.” According to Alexander Mann Solutions, 96% of senior HR professionals believe that AI has the potential to “greatly enhance” talent acquisition — despite assertions by some advocates that these tools can perpetuate bias in hiring processes. A number of reports, including the Hidden Workers: Untapped Talent study, have raised concerns about potential bias arising from the use of AI in hiring. Via email, Gartner research VP Helen Poitevin told VentureBeat that there’s inherently less risk of AI bias in “top of the funnel” recruitment activity like the kind that Sense orchestrates. That’s not to suggest there isn’t risk — Poitevin stressed the need for companies like Sense (and their customers) to pay attention to the data being used and the assumptions being built in to the candidate-to-job-matching algorithms. But human biases are more likely to come into play with these types of solutions, she asserted, like biases in the language used to describe positions or the tone in outreach. “Looking at Sense’s website, I see that they are being used to engage, message, manage referrals, and engage with candidates through a chatbot. This is akin to other solutions on the market more oriented to candidate relationship management and recruitment marketing, engaging with candidates,” Poitevin said. “The risk is not as high as when AI is being used to rank the fit of a candidate to a given job opportunity… For example, a recruiter simply being interested in a profile is not considered a robust assumption in an algorithm determining what makes a good match between a candidate and a job. These types of data and assumptions built into algorithms are much more likely to lead to biased decision-making in the hiring process.” Sense has 185 employees, a number it expects will double by the end of 2022.

 

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Microsoft’s Flowspace Pod wins Red Dot Best of the Best award for 2021

Microsoft’s Flowspace Pod has won the Red Dot Best of the Best design award for 2021. The Flowspace Pod has been designed by the Microsoft Office Envisioning Team and is designed for the hybrid workplace where employees split their time between working from home and working in the office. The Flowspace Pod is aimed at offering a sanctuary for employees to focus and deep work for when workers need a break from their colleagues and need to engage in solo work time. It does not enclose the worker completely but makes it clear to others that the user does not want to be disturbed, emphasised further by the adjustable side extensions. Covered in premium fabrics and festooned with colourful LED backlighting, the space features an ergonomic chair, with the massive tilting touch screen doing away with the need for a large desk covered in paper. With the pandemic showing no sign of receding, and return to office continually being postponed, the Flowspace Pod is designed for the new normal, and would likely fit in just as well at home, where it can be difficult to maintain boundaries between your work and home life. What do our readers think of the design?

 

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In the intense debate over which actor best fulfilled the iconic role of Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield's stretch in the role is often overlooked. The live-action portrayals of both Tobey Maguire and Tom Holland are typically the more popular choice, but what Garfield managed to bring to the role shouldn't be ignored. As the only actor to play the hero in a live-action format and not get a trilogy, Garfield did manage to accomplish a lot in The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel. His take on Spider-Man and Peter Parker differs from Maguire's previous portrayal of the hero and remains different from Holland's ongoing fulfillment of the role. These differences allow Garfield's Spider-Man to pass along some new lessons to Holland's MCU Spidey, allowing for The Amazing Spider-Man films to have their own form of redemption. RELATED: Jeremy Renner Discusses His Future With Marvel After Hawkeye Series Traditionally, Maguire, Garfield, and Holland are all valued for different things in relation to their Spider-Man performances. Superhero roles can be very tricky to get entirely right because there are ultimately two characters the actors must bring to life, and they sometimes have varying characteristics. When it comes to Spider-Man, Maguire is often a nostalgic choice for many. Several people have suggested that Maguire was a strong embodiment of Peter Parker because of the nerdy personality he brought to the role. That praise is often joined by some criticism of his performance of Spider-Man, as his banter fell short for many in comparison to some of the other adaptations of the hero. Maguire's performance in the Sam Raimi-directed trilogy has paved the way for Garfield and Holland's performances that succeeded him. Contrasting the reviews of Maguire's performance, Garfield is often considered to be a stronger Spider-Man, as some felt his portrayal of Peter wasn't teenage enough. Holland has bridged the gap between the two, receiving praise for being a powerful embodiment of both Peter and Spider-Man. With the criticism Garfield''s portrayal of Peter has been subjected to, he does deliver an honest representation of the struggles a teenager can be subjected to. Following the death of his uncle, Peter's mental and emotional state becomes very fragile, and Garfield personifies that well. He attempts to balance this guilt along with his newfound abilities, and a budding relationship with Gwen. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 further complicates things with the addition of Harry Osborn and the guilt that Peter feels from not upholding the promise he made to Gwen's father shortly before his death. Holland's Spider-Man is not unaccustomed to guilt, especially following the events of Spider-Man: Far From Home, where he feels partly responsible for the death of Mysterio. Now that Mysterio has outed Spider-Man's true identity, Peter's life is now plagued with loads of additional issues. The latest trailer from No Way Home showed MJ falling away from Peter as a Spider-Man hand reaches out for her. This is a direct parallel to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 where Gwen falls from the top of the clocktower after a run-in with Green Goblin. As Spider-Man uses his webs to try and save her, the fall ends up being too much and the whiplash breaks her neck. If Garfield and Maguire appear in No Way Home like many rumors have suggested, then Garfield may be the man in the Spider-Man suit that saves MJ as a form of redemption. Parallels like those seen in the No Way Home trailers already begin to add value to The Amazing Spider-Man's standing. By linking his story with Holland's and even the other fan favorite in Maguire, Garfield becomes a more important piece of the ongoing story of Spider-Man. As Holland's character continues to search for a new mentor that he can trust, Garfield has the potential to be that person for him, even if only for the duration of No Way Home. The emotionally provoking commonalities that Garfield and Holland share in their time as Spider-Man is what makes them such a great match. Garfield's emotional depth makes him a much more significant element of No Way Home as opposed to the potential arrival of Maguire. Should all three Spider-Man actors appear in No Way Home, they each have lessons they can offer the other. Maguire, Garfield, and Holland have all had incredibly different journeys and the struggles they face are only connected on a surface level. Garfield's emotional burdens in The Amazing Spider-Man saga are far more complex than Maguire's struggles or Holland's guilt. With this in mind, Garfield will be able to identify more with Holland's Spider-Man more than Maguire could. The recent comments that call No Way Home darker than any of the previous MCU Spidey films mean that Holland will likely suffer added losses at the hands of the new villains. To the knowledge of he and Doctor Strange, the villains are only appearing as a result of the spell that Peter is being blamed for ruining. If he loses anyone close to him, the blame he places on himself will only increase. Between Maguire and Garfield, only Garfield is the one that could identify with what that feels like. With Garfield's knowledge in that area comes wisdom that he can pass on to Holland. Spider-Man: No Way Home premieres in theaters on December 17, 2021. MORE: Spider-Man: No Way Home - How Green Goblin Relates To Mysterio

 

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Hubble Space Telescope captures a sparkling spiral galaxy

This week’s image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows a picture-perfect galaxy, known somewhat unimaginatively as Mrk 1337. It is located 120 million light-years away in the constellation of Virgo, and is a weakly barred spiral galaxy. A spiral galaxy is one like our Milky Way, in which “arms” of stars reach out from the busy center of the galaxy to form a spiraling shape. And a “barred” spiral galaxy is one that features a central bar — again, like the Milky Way — which is where dust and gas give birth to new stars in an elongated region in the center of the galaxy. This galaxy’s bar is only a weak one, which means it is hard to see, but you can see a clearer bar in images of other galaxies such as Hubble’s previous image of galaxy NGC 7773. “Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 snapped Mrk 1337 at a wide range of ultraviolet, visible, and infrared wavelengths, producing this richly detailed image,” Hubble scientists write. By capturing data in different wavelengths, scientists can see different features of the galaxy. By looking in the infrared wavelength, for example, telescopes can “see” heat and identify which areas of an image are warmer than others. And by looking in the ultraviolet wavelength, Hubble can see the illumination of hotter objects like very young stars. Astronomers can combine observations from the visible light, ultraviolet, or infrared wavelengths to pick up different features and get a more detailed overall look at an object — in this case, this beautiful spiral galaxy.

 

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Morbius' First Clip Won't Sate Your Desire for Blood

It’s been a little to figure out just what kind of vibe that Morbius is going for. Is it a tragic tale of a doctor desperate to save his life and losing his soul in the process? Is it a solo vampire story in the modern day, something we haven’t seen in movies in quite some time? The answer turns out to be. well, both of those, but also a bit of a throwback to the early 2000s era of superhero movies. The film’s first clip shows Jared Leto’s Michael Morbius go through a cargo ship of armed soldiers, all of whom are terrible and you know are gonna get it right from the jump because the first soldier dismissively calls Martine Bancroft (Adria Arjona) “nurse” instead of her actual title of doctor. On some level, it’s kind of cool to see Morbius bound and use super speed through these guys, in the same way that it’s fun to see Venom leap and lumber his way through San Francisco. Sony’s non- Spider-Man movies have apparently found a niche in feeling like they were made back in the early days of superhero movies where things were allowed to be a bit more looser, goofier, and all over the place in terms of quality. It has the potential to be charming in its retro vibe. Buuuuuuut, for a guy nicknamed the Living Vampire, it also feels like they should be allowed to shed some blood? It’s more than a little weak sauce watching a soldier clutch his neck after it’s been sliced and there’s not really any blood. It’s the same problem with the Venom movies—there’s only so much that they can imply and it feels like they’re being held back from at the very least, being a bloody good time at the theater. if you’re masked up or feel safe, of course. Morbius comes to theaters on January 28, 2022. Wondering where our RSS feed went? You can pick the new up one here. Spatial audio Water resistant A whole new look

 

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DF Direct Weekly talks GTA Definitive patches and CES hardware leaks

Plus: the mystery of the RTX 2060 12GB stealth launch. In the face of a content pile-up next week, DF Direct Weekly goes public a day early - with myself and Alex Battaglia joined by none other than hardware and deals guy Will Judd to discuss the latest gaming and tech news. And that starts with our thoughts and plans for upcoming coverage of Halo Infinite. A game that started development before Xbox One X and launches a year after the arrival of Xbox Series X is an important topic and in our show this week, we discuss how we're going to break this one down, with various content including a full tech review, a deep dive into the PC focus and of course, console cross-platform comparisons. Going into this one, the fascination has always been about how a game designed to showcase Xbox Series hardware will look on Xbox One and whether the ambitious open world is even possible. Can 343 match the scalability shown in Forza Horizon 5? We look forward to sharing our results. It was also great to get DF's fifth Beatle - Will Judd - onto the show this week! November represents the height of the holiday season buying frenzy and our philosophy hasn't just been to whack up any and every deal that emerges, but rather to curate the best of the best, the stuff that we'd consider buying ourselves. Will fills us in on this gigantic endeavour and the team share their BF purchases, which basically amounts to nothing from Alex, colossal hard drives for data archival for me and a high-end coffee machine for Will! Digging into the news, there appears to be signs of improvement in the maligned GTA Trilogy Definitive Editions by way of a series of patches for the three games which seem to correct a lot of the most egregious issues - but beyond the question of how those games managed to ship in that state at all, the big question is still whether the approach taken by the developers was the right way to go. The core aesthetic of the original games is lost, while some of the original issues - such as the low poly Tuff Nut donut visual gag being ruined - seem to suggest that the developers don't understand the game or its core essence. The Tuff Nut is now back to its low poly best, horrendous typos in various textures have been fixed and the rain no longer manifests indoors (!) but I'm not sure whether these remasters can ever be worth considering because the core conceit behind them just doesn't seem to work. It's Digital Foundry Direct Weekly #40, with Rich Leadbetter, Alex Battaglia and Will Judd at the mics, perpetrating this one. We also talk about some interesting leaks surrounding new gaming laptops we expect to see during CES 2022 next month along with the arrival of a brand new line of GPUs hitting the Chinese market, based on Imagination Technology architecture - and beyond that, there's the fascinating case of the RTX 2060 12GB, apparently due to launch in a few days' time. Rumoured for some time, official confirmation actually came from patch notes in the latest Nvidia driver update (!) but comms from Nvidia are limited. Specs appear to suggest an RTX 2060 Super with a cut-back memory interface (256-bit becomes 192-bit), but a higher power draw - meaning more CUDA cores than the original RTX 2060. We have no idea on pricing, or why this product exists at all but we can only assume that Nvidia is drawing on existing stocks of its TU106 processor to get more GPUs onto the market. Performance-wise, the specs suggest that this product should be slower than the RTX 3060 but not dramatically so. Should you buy one if the opportunity presents itself? On the one hand, the Turing architecture has shown it has legs - far more so than it Pascal predecessor when running modern games. On the other, the RTX 2060 is practically three years old now, it has been surpassed, and an RTX 3050 Ti is waiting in the wings - so this latter day refresh is puzzling and could surely only happen in a world where supply is so scarce. The DF Supporter Program? Our backers once again come up with the goods in the form of some excellent questions for the team covering the development processes of games we would have loved to have witnessed, the tricky concept of frame-rate caps and VRR monitors, whether an SSD is now essential for last-gen consoles and whether we should be building some kind of at-a-glance performance database. Whether it's contributing to the Weekly, joining us on Discord for the discourse, or getting early access to the show every week, we urge you to join us! Will you support the Digital Foundry team? 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Far-Right Trolls Abuse Twitter's New Policy to Get Critics Banned

It's reportedly taken less than a week for members of the far-right to abuse Twitter's updated private information policy to have journalists and researchers banned from the platform. Twitter announced on Nov. 30 that it was updating its private information policy to prohibit the sharing of "media of private individuals without the permission of the person(s) depicted." The company said it would make exceptions if the tweets were about public figures, however, or if the media in question was captured during public gatherings such as protests or sporting events. Those assurances did little to alleviate concerns about how the updated policy could be abused, though, and now it seems those fears were justified. The reports that Twitter was bombarded with "coordinated and malicious reports" soon after the policy was changed. The company ended up suspending numerous researchers and journalists as a result. Vice reports that efforts to get researchers and journalists banned from Twitter began soon after the updated policy was announced. The report says "one well known neo-Nazi" sent a Telegram message urging people to report a list of "several anti-fascist accounts", as Vice described it, at least one of which Twitter actually suspended after the new policy was implemented. Twitter said in a statement to Gizmodo that "The Tweet in question was not in violation of our private information policy—our teams took enforcement action in error. We’ve sent a communication to the user noting this error." Gizmodo says it sought comment on multiple actions that resulted from this new policy, however, and Twitter didn't clarify which one it meant. All three reports were published on Dec. 3—less than three full days after Twitter's policy was updated. That might be a record for least amount of time between a tech company announcing a policy change, being warned that someone might abuse that new policy, and that policy being subject to coordinated abuse despite the company's assurances that everything would be fine. Twitter didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

 

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Apex Legends Game and Design Directors Leave Respawn Entertainment

Apex Legends will remain without its game director, an event happening shortly after the rearrangement of Vince Zampella to oversee Battlefield 2042. Apex Legends game director Chad Grenier is leaving Respawn. He has worked there for the past 11 years, for which timeline he claims it’s been an unforgettable ride. There has been another departure of a design director in Respawn Entertainment, Jason McCord. In the recent blog post on Respawn Entertainment’s official website, Chad Grenier said: “ Apex Legends is in great hands, ” – Chad Grenier continued, adding that he knows the game and the community will be taken care of. He also revealed the name stepping into his role: Steven Ferreira. Steven Ferreira is now officially the new game director of Apex Legends and has been a part of the team since June 2019. While the praises for Steven were done, he turned towards Vince Zampella, who had to change positions and take over Battlefield 2042. Jason McCord has also revealed that after 11 years, 11 seasons of Apex, and 11 shipped maps, he decided to assign his last day at the studio. Jason McCord has brought this directly to his Twitter profile.

 

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The world of Skyrim is extremely immersive. As players navigate the streets of its towns, the winding paths of its mountains, and the claustrophobic tunnels of its dungeons, it begins to feel like a fully realized world. This has helped Skyrim maintain its popularity 10 years after its initial release, and has made it an iconic RPG setting across the medium. The game's world is also brought to life by its variety of NPCs, and the stories that they involve the player with throughout their playthrough. From Jarl Balgruuf to Mercer Frey there are plenty of characters remembered by players after the credits are finished. While there are plenty of characters to love in Skyrim, however, there are also plenty that players tend to hate, with some of them rising above the rest in terms of just how intolerable they can be. RELATED: Skyrim Player Shows Off Impressive Thor Character Build While many players may not recognize his name, Heimskr is one of the first hated characters that players come across, and he only gets worse the longer one plays. This is because all Heimskr does is stand by the statue of Talos in Whiterun and deliver sermons and speeches. Players have to walk past him and hear some of his drivel every time they go see Jarl Balgruuf, meaning it is inevitable that players will hear him repeat the same couple of lines over and over again. His point isn't entirely invalid, as the worship of the Skyrim-native god Talos was outlawed due to the White-Gold Concordat that sparked the providence's civil war, but he could definitely do with a break or a new speech. Cicero is one of the more controversial characters in Skyrim because many players actually really like him. Many fans think that Cicero is the best part of Skyrim 's Dark Brotherhood questline, but many others find his constant giggling and insanity-driven ramblings one of the most annoying things in the game. This is made all the worse by the fact that players need to have Cicero as a follower for a quest, but at least players who can't stand him get the option to kill him later on. Delphine plays an integral role in the main quest line of Skyrim. As one of the few surviving Blades, Delphine lives in hiding at the Sleeping Giant Inn in Riverwood. There, she eventually reveals herself to the Dragonborn and begins working with them to try and prevent the dragons from returning to reclaim the world. As the player interacts with Delphine she consistently says that as a Blade she is to serve them and help in any way that she can. Despite that, she constantly talks down to the Dragonborn, lies to them, and claims that she could kill them at any time if she wanted to. None of which is very good when the two are supposed to be saving the world together. The Stormcloaks in Skyrim make it hard to root for them because they tend to be the most racist characters in the game. Bolund is a staunch Stormcloak supporter, so it should come as no surprise that he is also one of the most annoyingly racist characters as well. Operating the lumber mill in Falkreath, Bolund is especially annoying for any players playing any race other than a Nord who wants to build one of the Skyrim 's Hearthfire homes, as they will have to frequently purchase lumber from him. Of course players will see him regardless, since his brother runs the general store in Falkreath, and he can often be found in there as well. The worst part of it all, however, is that every time non-Nord players cross his path, Bolund feels compelled to say that he can't believe non-Nords are even allowed in Skyrim at all. RELATED: Ex-Bethesda Dev Announces Heavy Metal Open World Horror Hunting Game The Axis Unseen Another annoying character that cannot be avoided when players have to visit Jarl Barlgruuf, Nelkir is actually the Jarl's son, and he is definitely aware of the power that his position gives him. Every time the player walks past Nelkir he can't help but make a snide remark like saying that the Dragonborn is coming to lick his father's boots. Nelkir's attitude can be improved slightly if the player does a quest that helps him out, but even then he doesn't get much less annoying to be around. There are a lot of questions players have about Whiterun years after the game's release, but a big one is why the developers put Nelkir there at all. For the vast majority of players, Lydia is the first follower that they have access to in the game, as she is given to the player early on in the main questline from Jarl Balgruuf. However, Lydia doesn't really want to be traveling with the Dragonborn at all, and is only doing it because she was ordered to. This makes her one of the worst out of Skyrim 's 66 followers. Every time the player interacts with her, she is quick to sarcastically respond, and even her comments while adventuring are more annoying than her help is worth. Maven Black-Briar is another condescending character that players have to interact with throughout a number of Skyrim 's quests, especially for the Thieves Guild. While it doesn't entirely make sense, Maven requests protection from the Thieves Guild, and the player has to interact with her repeatedly as a result. However, every time the player does Maven can't stop herself from talking down to the Dragonborn. She repeatedly belittles the player, treats them as if they are a low-level employee that is easily replaced, and is all around just miserable to be around. Another hated character in Whiterun, Belethor runs the general store and is as greedy as they come. While talking to the player, Belethor openly admits that he would sell his own sister for the right price, and he is always greedy to sell the player any of the random junk he has collected. He also has some oddly creepy voice lines, especially when the player leaves his store, but since Whiterun is one of the biggest cities in Skyrim players who want to make some gold can't help but deal with him multiple times. The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim is available now on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. MORE: Skyrim Anniversary Edition: All Playable Races Ranked In Survival Mode

 

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Dragon Ball is one of the greatest franchises of all time, with the stories of Goku and his friends becoming a legendary depiction of what the shonen genre is all about. Dragon Ball wastes no time in introducing viewers to the amazing power dynamics that are present all throughout the series, letting fighters take on new forms to attain an immense level of power that's enough to destroy entire planets! RELATED: Dragon Ball: Techniques Goku Has (But He Never Uses) Of course, a compelling shonen anime needs its fair share of great villains to elevate the medium. Thankfully, Dragon Ball has had its fair share of amazing antagonists that have become legendary figures in their own right. This is mainly due to their amazing introductions, with the best of the lot being ranked on this list. While The Ginyu Squad might not have been the most powerful foes around, there's no denying the fact that they had an amazing screen presence. Their comedic antics underplay the threat they brought in combat, making for an engaging group of foes that gave the Z Warriors a ton of trouble. Captain Ginyu was the most powerful enemy of the lot, but even he couldn't hold a candle to the power of Goku. While he did manage to switch bodies with his foe, these efforts ultimately led to nothing. Cell is easily one of the most compelling antagonists in the entire series. That being said, his introduction wasn't particularly intimidating. After all, Cell appeared as a bio-android who hadn't even reached his full power level. His bug-like appearance and cowardly antics early on made most people underestimate his presence. before he ended up absorbing Android 18 and 19, that is. Given how casual the trio of Android 16, 17, & 18 appears at first glance, it's hard to believe that these Androids were going to bring ruin to earth. However, it only took one fight against Super Saiyan Vegeta to put all these doubts to rest. RELATED: Dragon Ball: Weird Things Everyone Forgets About Super Saiyan These Androids might've undersold their power, but that's not taking anything away from their imposing presence. They were great antagonists who ended up playing an important role in the story. Most people consider Piccolo to be the stone-hearted Namekian whose heart softened with Gohan's presence. That being said, the truth of the matter is that Piccolo was anything but good when he was introduced for the first time. King Piccolo was a vile creature who almost killed Goku and used the Dragon Balls for his own nefarious purposes. It didn't help that his aging appearance made him look even more menacing early on in the series. Broly is a legendary villain in the Dragon Ball canon who has received a fresh makeover during the events of Dragon Ball Super. Both the new series and his appearances in the Dragon Ball Z movies were pretty legendary in their own right. Watching this calm Saiyan turn into a berserk fighter at the mere sight of Goku was absolutely terrifying back in the day. Dragon Ball Super has made him more of an empathetic figure, which has worked well in his favor. Majin Buu wasn't really the most compelling antagonist around. However, after his face turn, it took some time before the ultimate evil form of this villain took center stage. Kid Buu appeared with a vengeance and wasted no time in showing just how hungry for destruction he really was. The callous manner in which he destroyed Earth was incredibly shocking and made him one of the most powerful beings to appear on the show. The idea of an antagonist sporting the face of the main character is extremely unnerving. While this idea had been implemented in the Dragon Ball Z movies, Dragon Ball Super went above and beyond with this concept with the introduction of Goku Black. The manner in which Goku Black killed Bulma was extremely brutal and established him as a riveting antagonist. Watching the Saiyans trying to best this foe makes for one of the best arcs in Dragon Ball Super. Vegeta might be everyone's favorite Saiyan right now, but there was a time when the Prince of all Saiyans was a dastardly villain who wanted to use the Dragon Balls for his own nefarious purposes. The manner in which he appeared and struck fear in the hearts of foes during the Saiyan Saga was pretty amazing to witness. RELATED: Dragon Ball: The Most Powerful Humans, Ranked According To Strength His first impression was strong and made it clear that he wasn't wasting any time trying to prove his powers to anyone. This fact itself made him such an amazing villain early on. and that's not even mentioning his Majin variant! Dragon Ball Super needed to kick things off with a bang to attract more viewers to the series. It managed to do so with the advent of a Destroyer God and the introduction of a brand new Super Saiyan transformation. Beerus initially seemed like a person inclined solely towards destroying planets for the sake of it. However, over time, Beerus becomes an endearing character who helps Goku and Vegeta reach new heights in power. It would be impossible to not give Frieza the credit he deserves. He is one of the most legendary villains in Dragon Ball history, to the point where he was brought back once again in Super! His introduction early on in Dragon Ball Z was pretty intimidating, with his name being brought up time and time again before he finally showed his presence. The fact that he had a bunch of new forms also made him such an amazing antagonist. MORE: Dragon Ball: Things From Dragon Ball AF That Need To Be Used In The Series

 

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Demystifying the security industry’s latest term: XDR

Cybersecurity and acronyms tend to go hand in hand. The latest is XDR, otherwise known as extended detection and response. If you haven’t heard of it you will, as it promises to help security operations improve their ability to detect and respond to threats across increasingly complex, diverse, and growing IT environments. Security vendors of all types — from endpoint protection to SIEM and beyond — are making acquisitions and marketing to XDR. In fact, according to 451 Research, between March and August 2021, there were 17 deals driven by vendors looking to build out their XDR capabilities. Definitions can vary widely for XDR, depending on what a vendor is selling, and this is creating confusion amongst even the most seasoned security pros. However, at its core, XDR is essentially an approach that combines multiple security tools used in threat detection and response to expand and improve data collection, correlation, contextualization, and analytics for the purpose of improving and coordinating detection response and remediation, as well as threat hunting. XDR does this in three, key ways: XDR represents the evolution of current capabilities in threat detection and response - something increasingly required given the rapid rise in digitalization among businesses and predicted explosion of endpoint and IoT. For example, the past 18 months have seen enterprises of all sizes increase their digital footprint, thanks in part to the pandemic as well as the acceleration of digital transformation or modernization. This has heaped added pressure onto security personnel who are struggling to keep systems secure with limited resources and a skills shortage. Changes in the business are creating new challenges for security operations, especially as it relates to monitoring more complex environments arising from things like: In addition, hackers have access to commercialized malware, and they can quickly change their attack methods, often with the push of a button. To keep up, security professionals need better and faster access to the right data. This includes having the telemetry and analytics necessary to detect threats across diverse environments and make quicker, more informed decisions leading to mitigating threats before they impact the whole system. Because of its “expanded” capabilities, XDR promises to be a critical tool for security analysts as they look to improve security operations, including in the following ways. Increased visibility and context: Having as much visibility of an organization's environment, including where sensitive information and critical assets are located, is pivotal to effectively detecting and responding to threats. Security monitoring platforms need to ingest as much data as possible, across on-prem, multi-cloud, OT, and all connected endpoints (including IoT). This stream of data will need to be continuously updated so analysts can act upon it in real-time to address potential security incidents. Automatically updated threat intelligence: The threat landscape is continually changing, with adversaries quickly evolving their tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs). New variations of malware are easily created which and used to attack organizations repeatedly and threat actors are regularly modifying the infrastructure used in campaigns, for example. XDR provides organizations with continuously updated threat intelligence automatically fed into a platform, and this added context aids in the ability to easily detect deviations from known baseline activity and investigate events. Analysis and correlation of data for response: With increasing amounts of data being sent to threat monitoring platforms, SOC teams today must make use of things like automation, analytics, and machine learning for analysis, correlation, and to support response. For example, if a system or device has been infected, they can automatically isolate it as needed, proceed to mitigation or remediation, and then to recovery (ideally back to a normal state) within a single dashboard. Ease of reporting: After an incident has occurred, having detailed, easy-to-consume reports is key to understanding what happened, how the team responded, and the overall outcomes of the team’s efforts. These reports are also essential for compliance mandates and communicating to executives. XDR gives analysts enhanced reporting capabilities because the information can be at their fingertips, already contextualized and automated. Bottom line: XDR’s appeal is that it can deliver improved outcomes within security operations, including creating greater efficiencies and improving security monitoring, investigation, response, and proactive threat hunting. In addition, by merging several existing security controls, XDR can help to eliminate overlapping capabilities within the security stack, potentially saving money that can be used to drive efficiencies elsewhere in the business. If you haven’t considered this approach, now is the time.

 

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Why VR still isn’t as immersive as it should be

One of my most immersive experiences was set in a forest. Daytime, the sky a clear blue with large white clouds floating over, pine trees stretching up, orange needles covering the ground with a smell of sap. On the ground a man is dying, but preparing for his last action, an ambush to cover the escape of his dear friends, fighters for the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War. The man thinks long about death and eternity and everything he could not do, the horror of finitude. I finish the book and throw it across the room. The experience was too real for me. Reading a novel, such as Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls, is an immersive experience. Never did I think that I was actually Robert Jordan, that I was actually speaking Spanish among Republican guerrillas, nor did I feel exactly what he felt blowing up a bridge, or having a tank shell explode below my horse. But I still know this world, know what it looks like, smells like, feels like. I know many of the characters better than people I’ve met in person, I know the geography of the world, I know what matters and doesn’t matter to each of them. So even if I don’t inhabit the body of Robert Jordan, I do know what it feels like to be him. I know his knowledge, and I think his thoughts. Different media excel at different experiences, and VR and books should never try to replace each other. But there is much that this new medium can learn from older ones, and hopefully guide it away from some key errors. Much of the excitement for VR comes and came from the promise for immersion, feeling like you are actually there in an experience. VR has the highest visual fidelity of an actual physical environment ever experienced and allows for realistic head and body movements. But even with directly photographed content and big budgets, VR content has not grabbed people like the great works of other media. VR experiences are often neat — short and compelling but not particularly memorable. Those initial few minutes are incredible, immersing you quickly, but the effect and its novelty fade before long. In contrast, a book can be extremely hard to begin and get into, but after 400 pages from a skilled author, the immersion can be just as deep if not deeper. VR should be capable of doing much more than this, but so far it has failed to. Books, movies, games, and all other media usually become more immersive the more time you spend with them. As you get to know the world better and accept it, the thoughts of the characters become your own. Usually such immersions break apart only when something goes wrong, where the creator makes some key mistake that ruins the suspension of disbelief and forces the audience to think about the media rather than within it. A huge plot hole, a broken boss fight, or poorly written dialogue all pull a user out of immersion. But with VR, people aren’t yet going deep enough for these to be a real problem. What is missing from VR? It has incredible visuals, issues with motion comfort are improving, sound is improving, there is experimentation with haptics, but none of these improvements seem to be getting VR closer to enabling true immersion. The chains of persuasion that help us feel a place is real still seem to be missing some crucial link. This is because the key ingredient that makes both physical and virtual experiences real is meaning. If I am in a familiar room, it is not the visuals or sounds that make it feel real, but what I can do in it. I know where my chair is; I reach for my glass, knowing its exact weight and shape as I lift it, knowing it contains the water I got from the sink behind me. This background knowledge is what immerses me, not the direct perception of these objects. Meaning is how other media work with immersion. Books are thick with meaning, and the more time you spend immersed, the more real the characters, locations, and logic of the world all become in a way that is deeper than the senses. Video games have deeply internalized this lesson. When computers were still simple and slow, games could simulate action far better than they could simulate visuals, and so game designers focused on making worlds full of meaningful action. Text adventures drew from the descriptive power of books but allowed for interaction and exploration. Because they require reading, it takes time and dedication to become immersed in such a low-resolution experience, but it can be highly rewarding. Once games were able to simulate 3D graphics and movement, developers pioneered kinaesethetic experience design, allowing for complex motions and environments. Many of the best VR experiences to date are works like Half-Life: Alyx and Resident Evil 4, which fully borrow the meaning structures of video games but deepen the experience with VR features. When I control Mario, I am immersed. It doesn’t matter that it is on a small screen separate from my face, the graphics are blocky, the sound non-spatial, or that I control him through button presses, because I have learned this world and what I can do in it. Just as I do not think to myself “extend arm” when reaching for a glass, I never think “press A” but only “jump” “jump” “triple jump,” moving nimbly through this world. Kinaesthetic experiences are highly absorbing, requiring great concentration, which in turn facilitates greater immersion in the world. Simulating actions simply is also more realistic to the experience of meaning than simulating them in detail. If you asked me to punch rather than pressing a button for a game of Street Fighter, I would punch poorly. My form would be completely wrong, I would fail to extend correctly, my muscles not used to the movement. I would have to be thinking every moment about the unfamiliar act of punching and what exactly I’m doing right and wrong. But for a martial arts master such as Ryu, punching is second nature, his body and mind trained to make it subconscious. He would not think “extend arm” but would think “punch,” which is also what I think when pressing the button on my controller. Simulating an action exactly can be a highly valuable design tool, but an action that fails even one tenth of the time destroys immersion in a way that an abstracted button press would not. Immersion should give you the feeling of being in a world, and no world will feel right without consistent control of your actions. This careful attention to the meaning of actions should also extend to the meaning of the environment. If there is nothing to do in a world, then it does not feel real, just a series of unrelated images. Good experience design teaches a user how to navigate a space based on goals and actions. Playing an RPG like Dark Souls, I know there is a shortcut below a shrine unlocked by a key I’ve gotten from an enemy, but getting there means I’ll have to face several other enemies. Every decision requires strategy and thought, but I am fully thinking within the world itself — my thoughts are the same as the character’s. I know where I am and what I am doing. Even if it looks to an outsider like I am just pressing buttons, because I am immersed my sword strikes carry meaning, moving towards the goals of this fictional world I inhabit. VR represents an enormous leap forward in media technology, which will undoubtably deliver the best visual, aural, and haptic experiences. But more fundamental to immersion is the meaning within a world, the meaning of movement and navigation and objective. To create the best immersion, VR needs to build on a foundation of carefully designed meaningful interaction that guides the player into making the virtual world their own. Ethan Edwards is a Creative Technologist at EY.

 

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Fortnite players have their world turned upside down

Highly anticipated: The Fortnite world was once again forever changed following a colossal in-game event to close out chapter 2 and usher in the beginning of chapter 3. Players participating in the event were able to watch it all unfold in real time as UFOs, zombies, and even Duane "The Rock" Johnson invaded the game's island. Fortnite, one of the largest and most popular games in the battle royale genre, is undergoing another major update. The introduction of a new chapter will infuse the game with fresh content, characters, mechanics, and storylines. The change was kicked off by an in-game live event that changed the face of the game's iconic map. Similar to the black hole event used in the game's previous transition, Fortnite players found themselves floating across a vast ocean following yesterday's events. Players expect this visual to persist until the update's officially go live, at which time everything from a new map to new character skills and interactions will become available to the game's playerbase. One of the biggest changes is the game's island itself, which literally flipped during the in-game event. Much like the previous Athena and Apollo islands of chapters 1 and 2, chapter 3's Artemis Island looks to bring players additional features including new places of interest (POI), weather events, and wildlife. In addition to a new play area, chapter 3 will deliver players new gameplay mechanics that may fundamentally change how the game is played. According to Epic's official chapter 3 announcement, players will now have the ability to slide and swing their way across the map. Players will also be able to use camps that can heal and retrieve weapons and items that were stashed away during previous matches. As expected, no release would be complete without a host of new playable characters to choose from. The announcement also references a previous leak that provided viewers with a sneak peek of chapter 3's newest additions, which looks to include Spider Man, Gears of War 's Marcus Fenix and Kait Diaz, and "The Foundation", the Duane Johnson-based character who was instrumental during the live event. The new chapter is rumored to go live sometime today, however Epic has not yet released a formal statement on the update's availability or when season 1, "Flipped", will begin.

 

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Fan projects are always a joy to experience, from the simplest art pieces to the big-budget tributes that could easily pass for an official entry in a given series. But something really special happens when the truly ambitious and creative ideas meet with the technical know-how that only comes with years of genuine experience. When that special occurrence involves dinosaurs from Jurassic Park? Everybody wins. To one particular VFX studio, this practice has nearly become their standard operating procedure. Over recent months and beyond, they've released a number of videos that serve as personal challenges for them and educational experiences for the audience. Granted, it's not their only style of video. But lately, it seems like their skills have been more honed than ever, giving viewers some great insights into the VFX process. RELATED: VFX Artists Try To Prove If Batman's 'Vanishing' Trick Really Works Apart from their rather popular video series where team members react to CGI in popular movies like Shang-Chi and shows, the folks over at Corridor Digital have also begun putting out releases that show them painstakingly recreating iconic scenes from classic films from scratch. Their latest entry involves the legendary T-rex scene from Jurassic Park. It's a well-known scene that still manages to hold up today, but the crew is never averse to a good challenge. Describing their process every step of the way, several of the animators and experts at Corridor broke down the original scene from the 1993 classic before detailing for the audience exactly what they planned on doing Unlike similar videos such as their Star Wars Death Star trench run recreation, this instance warranted the use of several practical elements, and it seems they paid off. Interestingly, crew members Wren and Jordan took inspiration not only from the original Jurassic Park but also the more recent and much more digital Jurassic World movies. After downloading an expensive 3D T-rex model from a database, they set to work using a real outdoor location and real vehicles to set the scene. The only issue was their vehicles were toys, and the presence of giant aloe vera plants would probably take the viewer out of the scene a bit. But just like in their reproduction of Terminator 2 's groundbreaking special effects, the Corridor Crew wasn't about to let such trivial matters stop them. After slapping in a few rain effects, adjusting the lighting to a truly impressive degree, and bringing in their resident motion capture performer to create the beast's movements, things finally began to come together. However, even the team members themselves seemed a little underwhelmed by the result. Sure, the dinosaur has an uncanny, almost stop-motion sort of animation. But the rest of the shot, from the T-rex's visual quality to the gorgeous environmental effects, comes together nicely. The crew themselves admitted that they weren't aiming to outdo the original (and even with the best effects of today, that may never be truly possible). They simply wanted to offer their own alternate take using the same skills that let them debunk a certain Spider-Man video, and on that front, they succeeded. It was fun and educational, just like every hip grade school teacher desperately wanted to be. Jurassic Park is now available on Amazon Prime Video. MORE: Why Audiences Rejected The Big Lebowski Source: Corridor Crew/YouTube

 

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Closest pair of supermassive black holes is merging into one mega black hole

At the heart of almost every galaxy, including our own, is a monstrously large black hole with mass millions or billions of times that of the sun. These supermassive black holes are generally lonely beasts, but astronomers have recently discovered the closest-ever pair of them which will eventually merge into one even larger black hole. The galaxy NCG 7727 is host to the black hole pair, which is located around 89 million light-years away from Earth — far closer than the closest previously recorded pair, which is 470 million light-years away. The recently discovered pair are very close together by black hole standards, at a distance of 1,600 light-years, and are thought to have been brought together by two galaxies merging. “It is the first time we find two supermassive black holes that are this close to each other, less than half the separation of the previous record holder,” said lead author Karina Voggel, an astronomer at the Strasbourg Observatory in France. The team detected the pair using the Multi-Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) instrument on the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope, which was able to measure the masses of the two black holes by observing how they affected the movements of the stars around them. They found that the larger of the black holes has a mass 150 million times that of the sun, and its smaller companion has a mass 6.3 million times that of the sun. The fact that the two are so close together (relatively speaking) means it is likely that they will merge together in the future. “The small separation and velocity of the two black holes indicate that they will merge into one monster black hole, probably within the next 250 million years,” said co-author Holger Baumgardt, a professor at the University of Queensland, Australia.

 

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Lenovo Legion 5 Pro Review

We live in awkward times, and our homes have become ad-hoc offices where a significant number of people are still struggling to find the right work-life balance due to obvious reasons. It’s pretty clear already that 2020 and 2021 had different plans for us, and there’s a good chance 2022 wouldn’t bring any change in this regard. In other words, home will continue to be the best place to be, and the devices will use will remain an essential companion for almost everything we do, including working, getting in touch with others, and playing games. What do all of these have to do with a gaming laptop? It’s all pretty simple actually. Many people want to buy a device that does everything, so when they spend thousands of bucks on a gaming laptop, they also want to use it for work, to watch videos, or to just make a video call and stay in touch with friends and family. This is why Lenovo’s Legion 5 Pro laptop series is actually more than what it seems at first glance. Of course, the Legion 5 Pro is a gaming laptop by all means, and nobody can deny it. After all, its specifications and the gaming legacy of the Legion lineup are certainly pointing in this direction. Powered by the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H and a choice of four different NVIDIA GPUs, the Legion 5 Pro looks and feels like a premium laptop. It’s not very lightweight, given its weight starts at 2.54 kilos, but it’s not too heavy anyway, and this makes perfect sense for a device whose main focus is gaming. With a 16.5-inch display sporting a 2560x1600 pixels resolution and topping at 500 nits, this new model makes playing games quite a breeze, at least as far as the screen is concerned. The display has solid response times (165Hz and 3 ms), so if you enjoy fast-paced games, there’s nothing to complain about on this front. Paired with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 2TB SSD storage, the processor easily lives up to the expectations, and it can handle mostly anything you throw at it. Of course, it’s not the most powerful gaming laptop, and the PCMark results pretty much speak for themselves. PCMark 10 puts the tested configuration (AMD Ryzen 7 5800H + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060, 16GB RAM, Windows 11) slightly above the standard gaming PC for 2020 with a score of 6933 points. It’s not far from high-end gaming PCs, rated at 7134 points, while the premium PCs are pretty close with 7163 points. So in theory, the Legion 5 Pro is not the best gaming PC on the market, but it’s not very far either, and this can only be good news for someone who wants to buy this device and make sure no upgrades would be required at least for a couple of years. Playing games on the laptop is exactly the experience you’d expect it to be. Everything is smooth, and in Battlefield, for instance, I could set the game to high details and still get high FPS with no hiccups whatsoever. However, you can easily tell when the Legion 5 Pro struggles with whatever you throw at it, as the coolers kick in and make a loud noise to make sure everything inside stays cool. I found the keyboard a little bit cluttered and difficult to use on several occasions, but I think it’s probably just a matter of time until you get used to it. I spend most of my time on a Microsoft Surface Book 2 for work, and while the Legion 5 Pro sports soft keys that are easy to press, I miss the extra space between the keys that are available on the Surface. The backlight is cool as well, and given we spend so much time on our computers these days, is something that has become a must-have, especially for people who play games late at night. But as said earlier, we have reached a point where we want our devices to be able to do much more than just a single thing. And this is where the Legion 5 Pro is actually getting extra points. This device is an incredible work companion that just helps you get the job done. Its top specs mean it runs Windows 11 and whatever app you throw at it just as smoothly as it gets, though I was surprised to hear the coolers kick in even during basic things like starting a meeting on Microsoft Teams. The 16-inch display gives you enough screen estate to run two or three apps on the screen at the same time, and for multitaskers, this is something that has become quite vital. The built-in speakers aren’t necessarily the best, but really now, this isn’t how you use a Legion, no matter if you play games or work on it. Headphones are a must-have, so no complaints here either. The battery, on the other hand, is kind of a letdown, no matter how you use the laptop. Supposed to provide up to 8 hours per charge, at least according to Lenovo’s specs, the Legion 5 Pro offers up to 5 hours on average on Windows 11 with apps like Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Teams running all the time. The battery life is obviously worse during heavy gaming, and in some cases, you need to find a charger after just 2 hours. The Legion 5 Pro is fully equipped for the typical office worker, so it comes with a built-in 720p camera, as well as an army of ports, including USB Type-C, USB-A, RJ45, and HDMI 2.1. Bluetooth 5.1 and Wi-Fi are available as well. The Legion 5 Pro is a beautiful laptop, there’s no doubt about it. It has a high-end design, it feels nice in hand, and despite its rather heavy weight, it’s not a problem to carry around. It’s not supposed to be your daily driver, but it can very well be if that’s what you want. It has the full hardware arsenal to handle whatever you throw at it, and in most cases, it does the whole thing without any substantial hiccups. In most games, including recent releases like Cyberpunk and Battlefield, you get a very consistent experience that lets you enjoy almost the full package, though you might occasionally have to adjust the settings to increase the FPS count. This shows the Legion 5 Pro isn’t exactly the best gaming laptop on the market, but as said earlier, it’s not very far either. The heat is efficiently sent out of the laptop by noisy fans, but once again, this is what a gaming laptop is all about in the first place. If your co-workers are bothered by the way your laptop gets rid of the heat, this is what headphones are for. In many regards, the Legion 5 Pro has the full package, and it’s hard to find anything to complain about, no matter if we’re talking about gaming or work. There are things that need to be improved, such as the keyboard design, but other than that, you’re really getting excellent value for the money and the Legion 5 Pro is simply one of the best not only gaming laptops but also all-rounders on the market.

 

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When people think back to the games that have been released over the past year, the one thing that will stick in a lot of fan's minds will be the total catastrophe that was the Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition launch. Although the GTA Trilogy is being patched to fix a ton of bugs, it's still left a dent in the reputations of both Rockstar Games and the developer Grove Street Games. Rockstar did promise that players would be able to return to the original PS2-era classics, but even that has left a sour taste in some gamer's mouths. In a recent post on Twitter, the powerhouse that is Rockstar Games has said that Grand Theft Auto fans will, once again, be able to replay GTA 3, Vice City, and San Andreas in their original iterations. However, the games will only be available through the Rockstar Games Launcher, and only for those who already own a copy of the remaster, or are planning on getting it before July 1, 2022. But it gets worse, as it's currently only being made available for PC users. RELATED: Crazy GTA San Andreas Clip Shows Just How Chaotic the Game Can Be As a result, people have been commenting under the tweet, and are not happy about the fact that console users are not able to download the classic Grand Theft Auto trilogy titles. One user seemed unimpressed that players who bought the Definitive Edition for the PlayStation, Xbox, or Switch, at full price, will not be treated to the older games. Others have asked whether consoles will also get the same treatment as PC users, but at the time of writing, it doesn't seem that the classics will be coming to any system other than PC. It would make sense for Rockstar to make them available once again for consoles, or even just for PC users who wish to download the games via Steam or another platform. The Grand Theft Auto games were removed from sale just before the remastered trilogy arrived, which caused some upset from the community, especially after the abysmal reception the Definitive Edition received upon release. This meant that players could only play the remaster with no option to return to the classics, at that point, unless they already had them. GTA Trilogy will almost certainly go down as one of the most disappointing games of 2021. Rockstar promising the return of the classic PS2-era installments could have saved the company's diminishing reputation. But the fact that it's only available for specific players, and only through the company's own launcher, and only for a certain amount of time, is only tarnishing its name further. Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition is available for PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. MORE: Grand Theft Auto Trilogy - The Biggest Fixes from the New Update

 

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Report: 91% of professionals say automation tools improve their work-life balance

According to the latest survey by Salesforce, 89% of respondents said they are more satisfied with their day-to-day jobs after using automation tools, while 76% of respondents said they are more satisfied with their stress levels at work as a result of using automation solutions. Organizations in every industry have made the shift to digital-first customer experiences. This shift has spurred investment in automation tools to both increase productivity and improve the employee experience, an area of growing importance in hybrid work environments. A key way to improve a company’s employee experience is to empower people with the tools needed to efficiently complete time-consuming tasks. And according to Salesforce’s survey findings, it doesn’t take long for employees to realize that automation tools are time-savers. In fact, 79% of respondents said they have increased their productivity thanks to automation tools, and 47% say they have fewer menial tasks to complete in their day-to-day work. Additionally, 88% of employees trust automation solutions to complete tasks quickly and without errors, giving them more time to spend on complex projects. While automation tools are helping improve the employee experience by empowering people to be more productive, the solutions are also helping employees avoid burnout and live more stress-free lives while at work. According to the survey findings, 76% of respondents reported feeling less stressed at work thanks to automation tools, while 91% reported that automation solutions offered better work-life balance than before. As organizations continue to manage increased employee workloads as a result of shifting customer expectations, automation solutions will play an increasingly significant role in driving employee satisfaction and thus improved customer experiences. To better understand the impact of investments in automation, Salesforce surveyed 773 automation users within the United States that use automation tools in their daily work. Read more from Salesforce’s survey here.

 

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Street Fighter 5 is one of gaming’s best redemption stories

Five years after its launch, Street Fighter 5 has finally added its final character, American MMA fighter Luke Sullivan. Capcom states that Luke is a sign of things to come, as he will be a very important character going into the next numbered entry of the long-running fighting game series. Hearing about the future got me thinking about Street Fighter 5’s long journey. This game has literally been to hell and back in its five years. Street Fighter 5 was initially released on February 16, 2016, and as of November 29, 2021, the game has added its final DLC character. While Street Fighter 5 is fondly thought of today, it wasn’t always that way. It had to contend with a rough launch and its producer exiting the series after 30 years. But perseverance from Capcom showed us how a mediocre game can transform into a classic through its lifetime. Street Fighter 5 ‘s vanilla release was met with mixed reviews from critics and fans, with many citing the same issues. The game was fun, no doubt, but I remember starting the game up and noticing how embarrassingly dry the package was initially. If you weren’t there, good for you, because you would have been stuck with strictly offline versus mode, half-baked character story modes, and a survival mode that would bore anyone after one go. There was no arcade mode to be found and Capcom’s promises of a cinematic story, similar to Mortal Kombat and Injustice, didn’t materialize at launch. Even on the core gameplay side, hardcore fans were finding many flaws with the game, which resulted in a rather tame and boring experience when compared with the rest of the series. Just about everyone was unhappy with Street Fighter. The game wasn’t fit for newcomers (those looking to mess around in arcade mode) and even higher-end players weren’t seeing the fun in the game. It didn’t help that Capcom was swearing by a new fight money currency that players could obtain to not only buy in-game cosmetics but DLC as well. The fight money was useless to anyone not grinding online matches 24/7, and that made Capcom look even worse along with its poor netcode and input lag. The game went through its first two seasons until finally Capcom released an all-new edition of SFV titled, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition. This new expansion included all the DLC characters released in seasons one and two, an arcade mode, an Extra Battle mode, and a new V-Trigger (a unique power-up mechanic) for every character in the game. Arcade Edition, released in 2018, saw SF5 finally get the praise it was after and more. Not only were reviewers changing their tune, stating that the game finally felt like a full package, but casual and competitive players alike were finding actual joy in returning to the fighter game. Of course, in classic Street Fighter fashion, there was another new edition ready in the chamber. Two years later, in 2020, Capcom released the next big update to Street Fighter 5 in the form of Championship Edition. The gameplay was given a huge overhaul, with character balance tweaks and a second V-Skill for every character. Capcom was listening to the initial complaints that bombarded Street Fighter 5 and it responded in spectacular fashion. Suddenly, Street Fighter 5 was becoming the hit entry that it promised to be on release, bringing tons of variety to characters similar to that of the Alpha series games. This update was so well-received that Capcom gave it one more season with more characters, new mechanics such as the V-Shift dodge and counter, and even more stages. That extra season has now concluded with the addition of Luke Sullivan, leaving fans much more positive on the final package. Fans now hail Street Fighter 5 as one of the best entries of the series, with some even comparing it to other Street Fighter greats like Third Strike. Though the game has transitioned into the good graces of fans, that’s not to say absolutely everything was fixed. While its networking is done with an amazing rollback standard that fighting game players clamor for, it was implemented poorly, making for a subpar online experience at times. That shouldn’t be the case in a genre-defining series like Street Fighter. It doesn’t help that games before it like Skullgirls and Mortal Kombat, or games released after it like Guilty Gear Strive and even Marvel vs Capcom Infinite, implemented nearly flawless netcode. For years, SFV has been a great fighting game trapped in a bubble by bad netcode, which has even driven some players to drop the game completely — which is even worse in an era where offline events can’t happen as much due to the pandemic. Street Fighter 5 is another member of a classic modern gaming curse club that no game wants to join. That list includes games that had to go through significant updates to finally get recognized, overcoming poor planning and bad mistakes. Throughout all the buffs, nerfs, mechanical changes, tournament circuits, and booty attack censoring, it’s found its way into the light thanks to Capcom pushing to fix nearly every issue players had. Let’s all just hope that they can fix that netcode issue by the time Street Fighter 6 hits shelves.

 

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Cowboy Bebop is the latest in the long line of controversial American adaptations of anime series, which makes some huge changes from its source for better and for worse. One of the most interesting character shake-ups came to the series' deuteragonist; Jet Black. The original Cowboy Bebop requires no introduction, Shinichiro Watanabe's genre-bending anime classic remains among the biggest names in anime. Netflix's brand new take on the narrative completely rearranges huge aspects of the narrative, characters, setting, storyline and creates a very different product overall. RELATED: First Look At Eden Perkins As Radical Ed In Netflix's Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Jet Black is the captain of the eponymous starship Bebop and a bounty hunter alongside Spike Spiegel, Faye Valentine, and Edward. Jet is, at least in years lived, the oldest member of the Bebop's crew and acts as the wise voice of reason for the team. Before becoming a bounty hunter, Jet was an investigator with the Inter-Solar System Police. Jet gained a reputation for his dogged determination in pursuing justice, earning the nickname "Black Dog." In those days, Jet forged a relationship with a woman named Alisa which ended abruptly, leaving Jet to ponder for years. When he was with the force, Jet uncovered corruption within his organization, and lost his arm in a shootout with a dirty cop. Abandoned by his love and disgusted with the corrosive corruption, Jet left the force to become a bounty hunter. He later avenged himself upon his former partner, killing him in a firefight. The ending of Jet's story is unknown, the last fans see of him is immediately before Spike takes off to face his final fate. At his core, Jet is the moral center of the crew, as well as the one who keeps the operation running more often than not. Jet is an interesting character to adapt. Among the main cast, his personality probably remains the most well-preserved but his motivations and personal storyline change substantially. Mustafa Shakir portrays the character with a solid emotional core and a fun presence in comedy scenes. The biggest change by far is the introduction of Kimmie, Jet's estranged daughter. In the live-action iteration, Alissa is shifted from enigmatic lost love to acrimonious ex-wife. The live-action series sees Jet sent to jail after his attempts to root out corruption in the ISSP, and that time away ruins his marriage and leads to loss of custody over his daughter. Alissa is also shown to be in a relationship with an old coworker of Jet's, a constant point of humiliation for the character. This element of Jet's new story completely changes his attitude and shifts the focus of his narrative into a very different context. One of the biggest problems with Netflix's Cowboy Bebop is its constant need to reiterate and re-establish ideas for the audience. Jet's main motivation is no longer the honest desire to make a living. Instead, he talks almost non-stop about providing for his daughter. The first few episodes see Jet bring up an expensive gift he intends to buy for his daughter multiple times, in fact, it's his sub-plot for the third episode. When Spike and Jet acquire the iconic hyper-intelligent corgi Ein, Jet's plan is to give him away as a new gift for his daughter. Jet's nagging ex-wife refuses the dog, and Jet is forced to bring him back to join the team as he did in the show. These choices turn Jet into a much less original and much less interesting character. Jet is, at least in personality, fairly close to his anime iteration. He is still the voice of reason, he still admonishes Spike for the collateral damage he causes, he still gives sage advice to his friends when they're unsure. His new motivations could be seen as adding depth to the character, but they are almost inarguably generic when compared to Jet's original iteration. For one thing, his new relationship with Alissa pales in comparison to the anime's take. Her fierce independence has been replaced with one-dimensional nagging, making her an obstacle more than a character. A detective with a difficult ex-spouse and an estranged child has been overdone for decades, and it hurts Jet Black to slot him into that easy trope. Jet's past with the ISSP and his confrontation with his corrupt partner is executed nearly identically to its presence in the anime. Like the source material, Jet is brought to his old home planet by his former partner under the auspices of investigating the old case, discovers his betrayal, and kills him in self-defense. The only significant change in this narrative is the nature of the criminal organization which infested the ISSP. In the live-action version, the gang which turned Jet's partner against him is the same organization that once employed Spike, tying their narratives together before they ever met. This, like many of the changes in the new iteration, serves to make the story feel small, providing more information about the Cowboy Bebop narrative than was ever necessary. The changes made to Jet Black serve to make him a generic ex-cop ripped straight from the pages of an old novel, rather than the complex character he once was. Fans will likely enjoy Shakir's performance, even if the writing makes the character less interesting. MORE: Cowboy Bebop Review

 

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This adorable, cheap Amazon gaming keyboard is better than name brands

When you’re shopping for the best gaming keyboard, there are only a handful of brands that stand out: Razer, Corsair, Logitech, and Asus, to name a few. All of them make excellent keyboards, but I haven’t been using any of them. I’ve been using the Akko 3068B, a cheap Amazon gaming keyboard that’s as much as $100 less than similar name-brand options. It’s almost the full package, just for less money. It’s wireless, with support for 2.4GHz and up to three Bluetooth devices, and it comes with transparent mechanical switches for built-in RGB lighting. For that, most name brands charge about $150. The Akko 3068B, on the other hand, is only $100. It comes with more features, too, and it makes a better first impression than even the most expensive gaming keyboards. I’ve been using the Akko 3068B, and after slamming the keys down on thousands of words and endless raids in Destiny 2, I’m going to stick with it for a while. You might expect a name-brand keyboard to have better attention to detail than a cheap Amazon one, but the Akko 3068B proves that’s not always the case. Unboxing the keyboard and finding all of the unique and specialized accessories was an experience on its own, shooting up my expectations before I depressed a single key. The attention to detail shows up in small places. Take the included USB-C cable. Akko could have included a bare-bones USB-C cable for charging and probably saved some money, but it didn’t. The cable perfectly matches the color of the keyboard, it comes with an Akko-branded Velcro cable tie (also the same color as the keyboard), and the USB port is shaped to fit flush against the keyboard. There are other examples, like the Akko-branded keycap puller. It’s not a big deal, but it makes a better first impression than the cheap, knuckle-busting keycap pullers that come with even the most expensive keyboards. The Logitech G915, a keyboard that costs twice, made me feel like I spent too much money when I unboxed it. The Akko 3068B made me feel like I didn’t spend enough. I can’t ignore the World Tour keycaps, either. Akko is better known for its keycaps, and this World Tour set shows why. They’re remarkably detailed, and even after having the keyboard on my desk for a few days, I always returned shocked at just how good they look. This keyboard comes with a wide assortment of specialty keycaps, too, which I swapped out immediately. You may get a few extra keys with a name-brand board, and keyboards like the Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini don’t include extra keycaps at all. I picked out the World Tour edition for the extra art, but Akko sells several versions of the 3068B with different keycaps and colors. First impressions matter. I wouldn’t recommend the Akko 3068B if the typing experience was bad, no matter how much attention to detail Akko paid. But the typing experience is excellent, and the extra goodies make the keyboard feel like a premium offering immediately — just cheaper. My Akko 3068B came with Akko’s CS Jelly Pink switches, which are the equivalent of a Cherry MX Red switch. I’m not a fan of linear switches, but the typing experience is still excellent on the Jelly Pinks, and gaming is top-notch. It doesn’t really matter what switches you prefer, though: You can swap them out in a matter of seconds. Yes, this $100 keyboard features hot-swappable switches. Even the cheapest keyboards with hot-swappable switches are $200 or more. The Massdrop ALT, for example, is $220, and the Glorius GMMK is around $150 when configured with anything but black keycaps. For that price, you could pick up the Akko 3068B and a few sets of key switches. I love the idea of hot-swappable switches. It turns mechanical keyboards into a living product, one that you can upgrade and tweak over time and that doesn’t have a definitive end of life. The more expensive options come with aluminum frames, but I could tell from the moment I picked up the Akko 3068B that it wasn’t cheap. You’re not locked to Akko’s switches, either. Although Akko has a solid selection of Cherry-like switches — all of which are cheaper than branded options — you can slot in any 3-pin or 5-pin key switch. I already have a set of Cherry Blues in the mail, and I can’t wait to slot them in. There’s a catch with the Akko 3068B, and it’s the software. Frankly, going with a name brand doesn’t buy you a better keyboard; it buys you better software. I had to search for Akko’s Cloud Driver far and wide, and once I found it, Windows Defender flagged it as a potentially malicious program. It’s not, but this isn’t the software experience you find with keyboards like the Corsair K70 RGB. The software itself is horrible, too. It only works if the keyboard is connected in wired mode, lighting and macro controls aren’t intuitive, and some of the options (such as the Exit option in the tray) aren’t written in English. Frankly, I ignored the software. I’m not big on macros, and you can access most of the functions of the Akko 3068B on the keyboard itself. The included manual has a handy list of functions that are already programmed on the board. You can swap between the wireless modes — including up to three separate Bluetooth devices — customize your lighting settings, and access additional functions like locking the Windows key. I wish I didn’t have to reference a chart to understand how the Akko 3068B works. But after a few days with the keyboard, I was able to find my way around the functions that are most important to me without double-checking. Keep the manual handy, though. I referenced it more than once while using the keyboard. You shouldn’t jump on Amazon and buy the cheapest mechanical keyboard you can find, but the Akko 3068B proves that going outside of name brands can pay off. Razer, Asus, Corsair, and Logitech make excellent keyboards. Some of the price you pay comes down to the name and software, though. I couldn’t be happier with the Akko 3068B. It feels more premium than name brands in some cases, and it comes with many more features — all for a lower price. It’s not the cheapest mechanical gaming keyboard you can buy, but it’s hard to argue with more features for less money. And that’s what the Akko 3068B delivers.

 

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Learn the skills that will qualify you for lucrative cybersecurity positions for only $9

With cybercrimes occurring ever more frequently, it's no surprise that cybersecurity skills will be in very high demand for quite some time into the future. So if you were hoping to switch to a well-paid tech career in 2022, you can start training now with the self-paced courses in The 2022 Premium CompTIA CyberSecurity & Security+ Exam Prep Bundle. Plus, you can use coupon code CMSAVE70 to get it for just $9.00 during our Cyber Monday sale. Certifications from CompTIA are recognized in the tech industry worldwide and can really make your resume stand out among a horde of competition for the best positions. You can learn all about the most up-to-date methods of pen testing and vulnerability assessment used to fight network attacks in the hands-on exercises of the "CompTIA PenTest+ (PT0-001) Ethical Hacking - The Total Course". Just this one certification will qualify you for a number of positions, and students love it. They rated the class and course presenter Total Seminars 4.7 stars out of 5. This is hardly surprising, given the company provides training not only to thousands of corporations and schools but also to big-name organizations like the United Nations. You'll be researching drone and e-bike bargains after your first paycheck. If you happen to have a basic knowledge of networks already, you can slide right into the lucrative cybersecurity field with "CompTIA Security+ SY0-501", which demonstrates vendor-neutral methods of designing and maintaining security. You'll just need a bit of experience with that before taking "CompTIA Security+ (SY0-601) Complete Course" for the next level certification. To get the certification that will get you highly-paid security analyst jobs, you'll need "CompTIA CySA+ Cybersecurity Analyst (CS0-001): The Total Course". And "TOTAL: CompTIA CySA+ Cybersecurity Analyst (CS0-002)" will teach you everything you need for CompTIA Cloud+ certification, including digital forensics and threat hunting. Even if you've worked in the field for up to five years, you can benefit from "CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CAS-003)". It covers everything about security at the enterprise level and provides skills that will earn you the certification that can kick your career up another notch, including security solutions for the most complex enterprise environments. Don't miss this opportunity to acquire well-paid cybersecurity skills; use coupon code CMSAVE70 to get The 2022 Premium CompTIA CyberSecurity & Security+ Exam Prep Bundle for only $9.00 during our Cyber Monday sale.

 

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Astronauts on the ISS pick a second peck of chili peppers

Astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) have harvested a second batch of chili peppers grown on the station, bringing to an end one of the most complex experiments in growing plants in space to date. Although some edible plants have been grown on the ISS before, like leafy greens and radishes, the experiment with chili peppers was more challenging than the previous experiments because the chilies are flowering crops and grew for a total of 137 days, compared to the one or two months most previous plants had been grown for. The chilies were grown in the ISS’s Advanced Planet Habitat as part of an experiment called Plant Habitat-04. “PH-04 pushed the state-of-the-art in space crop production significantly,” said Matt Romeyn, principal investigator for PH-04 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. “With this experiment, we took a field cultivar of a Hatch chile pepper from New Mexico, dwarfed it to fit inside the plant habitat, and figured out how to productively grow the first generally recognized fruiting crop in space – all in a span of a couple of years.” The first batch of chili peppers was harvested on October 29 and was turned into tasty tacos for the crew. One of the big advantages of growing chilies is that their spicy flavor is appealing to astronauts, who often request condiments like hot sauce to make their food more interesting. “The level of excitement around the first harvest and the space tacos was unprecedented for us,” Romeyn said. “All indications are some of the fruit were on the spicier side, which is not unexpected, given the unknown effect microgravity could have on the capsaicin levels of peppers.” As well as the physical health benefits of fresh vegetables, tending to crops and then harvesting and eating them can be psychologically beneficial for the astronauts as well. “The biggest benefit that I’ve seen personally is the impact growing plants has on the crew,” said Nicole Dufour, PH-04’s project manager. “They are so engaged when they are interacting with the plants, especially when it’s a crop plant like the peppers. We discovered the crew had been taking the door shade off every day to check on the plants and look at the peppers. That’s not something we asked them to do – they just wanted to because they enjoyed it so much.”

 

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Halo Infinite officially launches in just a few days, but its multiplayer beta was released on November 15 following a live stream that celebrated 20 years of Xbox. Since then, players have been using social media and the Halo subreddit to voice their complaints regarding the current state of Halo Infinite. Most of the complaints have been directed towards the overpriced cosmetics and the way players progress through the Battle Pass. In addition, in-game challenges are designed around performing specific tasks in different modes, resulting in a situation where team members are focusing only on the challenge and are completely ignoring their performance. 343 Industries has mentioned that it is aware of these concerns and is working on making changes that will satisfy a majority of the player base. RELATED: Limited Halo Infinite-LA Lakers Bundle Already Being Scalped for Ridiculous Prices As a result of the rampant negativity and toxicity, the Halo subreddit has now been put under lockdown. This is scheduled to last the entirety of Sunday and the subreddit will reopen on Monday. As per the reddit post, the aim of this lockdown is to help settle tempers and hopefully facilitate more fruitful discussions regarding Halo Infinite. The moderation team mentions that a lot of insults have been thrown around, from both satisfied as well as frustrated players. It also wants to limit duplicate or low-effort criticism posts. 343 Industries has come under fire from both media as well as fans and the developer has been making changes throughout this beta period. While most people are satisfied with the gameplay, they feel that the Battle Pass system needs a complete overhaul in order to make unlocking cosmetic items less of a grind. In order to facilitate this, 343 Industries had recently increased the daily bonus XP players receive for the first 6 matches of Halo Infinite. 343 Industries has also recently confirmed that it is working on adding new playlists to Halo Infinite later this month. This includes Free-For-Fall, Fiesta, and the ever-popular SWAT game mode. A Social Slayer playlist, with multiple variations, is also being worked on, but it won’t be ready until after the holiday season. A playlist only containing Slayer has been at the forefront of player demands, as aside from Ranked and Big Team Battle, Halo Infinite launched with only Quick Play, an all-encompassing playlist that also includes various objective-based game modes. This is a stark contrast to previous Halo games where players were allowed to freely select from different variations within game modes. Halo Infinite releases for PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S on December 8. MORE: Halo Infinite Multiplayer: Beginner Tips For Arena's Slayer Mode

 

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A key aspect in Jurassic World Evolution 2 is the collection of dinosaurs that players can purchase and have filling their parks to attract guests to come visit different attractions. So, introducing new dinosaurs is among the best additions that developer Frontier Development can add to the game in order to keep both Jurassic World Evolution 2 's in-game guests and players happy. In a newly announced DLC, Frontier Development has unveiled plans to release a set of new dinosaurs in the Early Cretaceous Pack that will be arriving alongside the first major update to Jurassic World Evolution 2 on December 9th, 2021. Among these new dinosaurs, however, Frontier Development has only initially shown what one of these creatures might look like when it arrives in this upcoming DLC pack. RELATED: Jurassic World Evolution 2: How to Raise Dinosaur Infamy To start off this first wave of DLC, Frontier Development has shared a short video displaying the Kronosaurus, a new aquatic lizard that will be joining when the upcoming pack launches. As fans of this type of dinosaur might know, the Kronosaurus is an allegator-like creature with large fins instead of legs that would have spent its time entirely in the water during the early Cretaceous period on Earth. It makes for an intriguing addition to Jurassic World Evolution 2 's list of dinosaurs, especially as one of the few aquatic creatures that fill the massive aquariums players can build to house them. The Kronosaurus, however, is not the only new dinosaur arriving in the Early Cretaceous Pack, as three other new attractions are also planned to arrive on December 9th. These new dinosaurs include the Dsungaripterus, Minmi, and Wuerhosaurus, which currently haven't been given a visual reveal for how they might appear during the upcoming DLC. It can be seen that the Dsungaripterus are a flying creature, making safely enclosing these dinosaurs in Jurassic World Evolution 2 its own challenge apart from the general lizard population. It would appear that this upcoming DLC pack will only include the four new dinosaurs, and won't be bringing any new features along with the creatures. However, the Early Cretaceous Pack will also be launching alongside the first major free update, which will be bringing its own set of features to Jurassic World Evolution 2. In this case, between the update and the DLC, December 9th is going to be a big day for players who should be getting the first real look at how Frontier Development plans on progressing the title further into its lifecycle. Jurassic World Evolution 2 is available now on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. MORE: Jurassic World Evolution 2's New Features, Improvements Make It a Great Sequel

 

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Surface Laptop Go gets December 2021 firmware update

Microsoft has released December 2021 firmware update for Surface Laptop Go. The update includes no new features as you’d expect from a firmware update. On the bright side, the update includes graphics stability improvements, improved battery life, and device stability improvements. You can read the full official changelog below. Surface Laptop Go is the first Surface to be updated to the December 2021 update, and we’re expecting Microsoft to extend the firmware update to a couple of other Surface devices by the end of this month.

 

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Attack on Titan is a very popular anime that is in its fourth and final season, and many fans are waiting to see how the story ends. It appears Riverdale star Cole Sprouse is one of those fans, as he recently donned an Eren costume for Halloween. Attack on Titan is a post-apocalyptic anime that follows a group of human beings as they try to survive in a world against colossal-sized monsters called titans. Sprouse is, of course, known for playing one of the iconic twins from Disney Channels' The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, but he is also known for his role in Riverdale as Jughead Jones. However, after sharing a photograph of his Attack on Titan costume, fans may want him to play a beloved character from the anime. RELATED: Attack on Titan Author Receives Noma Publishing Culture Award Sprouse cosplayed as the protagonist from the Attack on Titan series, Eren, around Halloween. The cosplay captured the tied-back black hair of the anime's protagonist along with the seared red vein lines under/above the eyes of Eren. The eye effect is what happens when a character exits the titan form and goes back to being a human being, so it made sense for the actor to add that touch in order to make it clear who he was playing. Eren started out as a young, ambitious, and driven hero who was determined to end the titan race after watching his mother die as a child. Now, adult Eren is a cold-hearted, calculated, and less forgiving fighter of the war. Fans got to watch his evolution as he developed throughout the series, which came with its criticism. Fans of the Attack on Titan anime and manga often clash over their views on how the show is going, but one thing that they all can agree on is their love for the content. Anime is becoming wildly more popular and less ostracized as time goes on. Not only is Attack on Titan a very popular anime amongst the masses, but fans have other shows such as Demon Slayer, which recently had a very successful theatrical movie release. While fans won't be able to catch Sprouse on Attack on Titan, fans can settle for this cool cosplay. Sprouse will be appearing in a few upcoming productions like Moonshot and Undercover, which are both currently in post-production. Maybe if they decide to do another live-action rendition of Attack on Titan, then Sprouse would be the go-to choice for the film. Attack on Titan is available to stream on Crunchyroll. MORE: 14 Ongoing Anime You Didn't Know Already Finished In The Manga Source: Cole Sprouse

 

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Fix for Outlook Mail search not working on Windows 11

Outlook users who recently upgraded to Windows 11 have been running into an issue where they are unable to search their old emails, with the client sometimes freezing when searches were being performed. Microsoft has acknowledged the issue, saying; “This issue will happen with any account where the emails and other items are stored locally in PST or OST files such as POP and IMAP accounts,” Microsoft said, saying “For Exchange and Microsoft 365 hosted accounts, this issue will affect offline search for the data in the locally stored OST files.” The problem appears to be that Microsoft deletes the Windows Search Index file when upgrading to Windows 11. Affected clients include Outlook for Microsoft 365, Outlook 2019, and Outlook 2016. Windows will automatically rebuild the index, but it can take some time. To see the status of that process, go to the Search box, select Search Tools, and then choose Indexing Status on the ribbon. If you want to bypass the issue completely, you can tell Outlook that you want to use Outlook’s internal search rather than the Windows Search Index using a registry edit. If you want to re-enable the Windows Desktop Search, you need to disable the PreventIndexingOutlook setting by typing 0 (zero) and clicking OK. Let us know if this solution fixed the problem for you in the comments below. via BleepingComputer

 

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My Apple MacBook Air wouldn't close anymore. Then I got one surprise too many

As with so many little disasters, this was all my fault. I left my MacBook Air perched on the armrest of the sofa. I turned to my right to grab a drink. I turned back to my left. Down went the MacBook Air. It landed on the base of a standing lamp. I picked it up. I carried on working. Hey, it was Thanksgiving Day; what was I supposed to do? Later that day, I was done. With something approaching ceremony, I shut my MacBook Air. It refused. Well, it half-refused. The right side shut just fine. The left side hung in the air like a Floridian chad. I tried to close it with a little force. The left side came straight back up. I tried cursing it. It was unmoved. What was I supposed to do? The next day was Black Friday. Did I really think there'd be an Apple Genius available to help? I swiftly learned something about Black Friday. No one wants to get their gadgets fixed that day. I looked for a Genius Bar appointment at the Apple store, and the response was: Sure. What time would you like? They're all open. So, as everyone rushed to find many a non-existent bargain, I wafted to an Apple store to find help. Oh, I forgot to mention, I had a flight to take the following day. A transatlantic flight. I needed a laptop that worked and, well, shut. I was met by a typically relaxed and friendly Genius. I told her the truth. I told her it was my fault. She gently pitied my foolishness, then turned my Air on its side. She shut one eye. She opened it. She shut it again. Then she pronounced: "So you see it's bent on the left side. But the screen hasn't actually cracked." "So you'd have expected it to crack?" I asked. "Yes", she said. "And if it does, that's a big problem." "Do you think I could get away with taking it overseas, and it'll survive?" "It might be OK. And, in any case, if it cracks, you can take it to an Apple store", she mused. As it happened, my final destination, Portugal, doesn't have official Apple stores. I couldn't be sure of a quick fix, even if it did. This wasn't looking good. "What's my other alternative?" I asked. "Do I really want to upgrade from this Intel Air to an M1?" "It's not a bad idea", said the Genius. No, she didn't offer me some special price. She knew, and I knew that I was in a self-inflicted pickle, one that could go very sour if I didn't have a reliable solution. Before I could stop to consider the meaning of life, I was in possession of a space gray M1 MacBook Air. Oh, and a $100 Apple gift card. Cupertino is so generous with its Black Friday deals. I've read many wise reviews of the M1 Air. Most have been complimentary. But I'm innately skeptical. I didn't believe it was going to be so different from my trusted if now bent, Intel version. Loading from my backup G-Drive was simple. It took around 90 minutes, but it all worked. That's when the shocks began. This thing was so much faster than my eyes had to perform behavioral adjustments. A few weeks before, I'd test-driven a Polestar 2 and was somewhat stunned by its extraordinary acceleration. This M1 had a similar effect. It was as if I was using an entirely new kind of laptop -- one that looked exactly the same as my old laptop. I hadn't wanted to believe this would be the case, but it was. Then, the second shock. I've been using the M1 Air for two days now. I've been writing, working and watching videos, around twelve hours a day. The battery hasn't even approached the halfway spent mark. With my Intel Air, I'd have watched one live football (saacker) match, and the battery indicator would already have drifted below halfway. Here, it barely moved off full. Then there was the fan. The no-fan-at-all experience, one I'd had to tolerate on my Intel Mac, as I watched many games on ESPN+ or Paramount Plus -- or viewed sites like MailOnline. com. Suddenly, no fan noise. Nothing. At all. Though I use many of its wares, I'm wary of Apple's barely concealed pomposity and its insistence that everything is so very exciting and revolutionary. This M1 Air, however, had me floored. And then, the final shock. I suddenly got a message many M1 Air users have recently received: "Your system has run out of application memory." This seemed ridiculous. Nonsense. My usage was blissfully normal. I had only a few tabs open in Firefox and wasn't using any particular apps. Yet here was my Air insisting I close Finder, Chrome, Firefox and pretty much everything else, or it would move no further. This was more than annoying. It felt asinine. It was like a problem from years ago. The Genius had told me that this 8GB M1 Air would, as with my previous Intel one, be entirely sufficient. Yet here, after less than a week's usage, was the machine forcing me to be aware of my Activity Monitor constantly. I'd prefer not to do that. Ever. I know you'll tell me next year's Air will be even better, faster and prettier. I know I may be annoyed when it is. I worry that my subconscious will try and get me to drop this M1 Air from a great height, to give myself an excuse to get the next one. Or will I, instead, give this M1 Air back? I still find it strange to witness such an exponential difference between what I'd accepted as the norm and the thing on which I'm writing this column. In the past, Apple blatantly lied about the Air and its butterfly keyboard. It really was an awful product. Moreover, when the new M1 MacBook Pro came out, I went to an Apple store, only to be told by a, um, Apple specialist that the Air was merely a Honda Civic. Yet here is something that would make me test drive a Honda Civic, just to see how much it's changed. Unless that is, I keep getting that application memory message. In which case, this may have been a very fleeting affair.

 

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AWS Introduces Amazon FSx for OpenZFS

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Best Android boxes in 2021: for TV, gaming, and everything else

The best Android boxes of 2021 are incredibly versatile devices. Plug one into a TV, and you've suddenly got a smart device that has access to all the latest streaming services, like Netflix and Disney Plus. The best Android boxes are also impressively powerful, so you could hook one up to a monitor and use it as a mini PC. These make them great affordable alternatives to big and bulky Windows 10 desktop PCs. Because of their small size, they can be hidden away behind a screen (or even attached to it), which means they are great choices for powering interactive displays, adverts and points of sale. Android boxes have also become very popular as Kodi streaming devices, to such an extent that Android boxes have almost become synonymous with Kodi boxes. But unlike the latter, Android boxes are more versatile and don’t suffer the bane of being tied to customized user interfaces or Android builds. And in this article we’ve listed the best Android boxes you can currently buy for work, play, or indeed anything else. The latest Nvidia Shield Pro doesn’t do much new, but doesn't have to in order to remain the best streaming box and retro gaming machine out there. An Android-powered set-top-box / games console, it's about as powerful as streaming devices come, and is jam-packed with features that will tempt movie and video game fans alike. Whether you're after high-spec PC gaming streamed to your TV, or 4K movies in multiple HDR formats, it's got you covered. It does offer less value for money than previous models however, despite a spec bump. Read our review of the Nvidia Shield TV Pro here. Using Fire TV OS, a variation of Android, Amazon’s newest Fire TV Cube is, by far, our favorite Amazon streaming device – better in so many ways than the Amazon Fire TV Cube that was released in 2017. The processor upgrade and inclusion of Dolby Vision are great new additions and, in spite of a few shortcomings, help solidify the Cube's spot as one of the best streaming players to be released this year. The Fire TV Cube has always been rock-solid in terms of performance, but the latest version introduces a number of upgrades that make it even faster. Read our review of the Amazon Fire TV Cube here. The Turewell T9 Android 9.0 TV box comes with Android 9.0 Pie, making it fast and efficient. This Android TV box offers a decent range of games, an attractive user interface (for the cost), and Google Play Store support which grants you access to an eclectic mix of experiences. It also supports video decoding and plays almost all popular audio and video formats, including 4K HD video. And moreover, its H.265 decoding will save 50% of streaming bandwidth compared H.264, providing the ability to play thousands of Android games on a large 4K screen while enjoying a higher quality experience with less buffering. Featuring speedy video that stretches up to 60fps, the NEO U9-H 64-bit Media Hub for Android delivers smooth, responsive, and crystal-clear picture quality thanks to its 4K capabilities. Even better, the U9-H offers impressive picture performance thanks to full HDR10 support. Its HDR (High Dynamic Range) technology widens the color spectrum, displaying brighter whites and deeper blacks, accentuating the contrast to create a more natural, vibrant viewing experience. All of this is available in a package that costs less than £40/$50. Powered by the S905X2, the latest chipset from Amlogic, the Mecool MK9 Pro can display YouTube in 4K and boasts HDR10 alongside HLG HDR and H.265(HEVC) video encoding for enhanced contrast, color and clarity. Handily, it sports a voice control function and comes with a Bluetooth voice control remote controller, allowing you to operate the TV box using voice commands, which is both novel and useful. With Google Assistant built in, the Mecool MK9 Pro also makes it easy to control your smart home at the same time. Buying your first Android TV box? Then the Ematic Jetstream 4K Ultra HD TV Box could be the one for you. The Jetstream 4K Ultra HD Android TV Box with Voice Search Remote is, in our view, the perfect starting point to learn more about TV boxes. It provides access to more than 450,000 movies and TV shows across 4,500+ paid and free channels, including streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and PBS Kids. The miniature (and surprisingly affordable) marvel supports 60 FPS video at 4K resolution while the included remote has built-in Bluetooth voice search technology so that you can use your voice to browse, install, and play more apps, games, movies, and shows. This well-connected Android TV box is equipped with 2.4GHz + 5GHz Dual Band WIFI, in addition to 10M/100M/1000M Ethernet Lan, which improves the problem of small wireless signal coverage by enabling signals to be received from all corners. It also packs Bluetooth 5.0 for fast data transmission to compatible devices. We’re fans of the A95X Max's unique video recording function, which lets you record videos to share with your family and friends when desired. And who needs a remote control? With this model you can use your smartphone as a remote to navigate recorded clips. The Xiaomi Mi Box S doesn’t compare to the likes of the Nvidia Shield TV, but if you’re looking for Android TV on a budget, it’s an option to consider. While it’s not perfect, it has a lot going for it, and if you’re looking for an Android-based streaming box and don’t want to spend much, this is a decent device to go for. However, know that you will need to put up with a few bugs, a remote that doesn’t always work properly, and you won’t be able to use it for too many high-performance tasks. Read our review of the Xiaomi Mi Box S here.

 

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CrossfireX Twitter Teases Upcoming Announcement

Remedy Entertainment has only been leaking hints and teasers for Crossfire X, but now it seems like they are ready to make an announcement. The official Twitter account just posted this strange tweet that says: “Attention Mercenaries… Black List transmission intercepted…. decrypting. ” This could very well mean a big reveal at the upcoming game awards event! You can’t have too much of a good thing, and CrossfireX has proven to be one game players cannot get enough of. Based on Smilegate Entertainment’s popular multiplayer shooter, gamers everywhere are eagerly awaiting this adaptation by Remedy into a single-player offline campaign that will release soon! Executive producer Boo stated in July 2021 that we should expect it within “the near future,” which translates to somewhere around Q1 2022, even if another delay is faced. CrossfireX is a new first-person shooter exclusive to Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S. It’s been developed on Remedy’s Northlight Engine, which makes it look reasonably sharp; as for The Game Awards next week at 5 PM PT on December 9th? You’ll have a chance to see 40 – 50 games worth with “a lot” in 2022 or 2023.

 

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Pokemon Go What’s the Rarest Shiny Pokemon?

Finding a Shiny Pokemon is quite rare, which makes it even impossible to even catch all available Shiny Pokemon in the game. Some Shiny Pokemon spawn more often, while some Shiny Pokemon are almost impossible to find. For that reason, and for those wondering what’s the rarest Shiny Pokemon in Pokemon Go, we’ve made a list of the top 5 rare shiny Pokemon in the game. To spot a Shiny Pokemon, first, you would have to know its original color palette. Shiny Pokemon usually have quite different color palettes than their regular form, but if you cannot decide, the next hint is the star icon above their CP. There are approximately 650 Shiny Pokemon available in the game, but the real challenge is to catch all of the Shiny forms, a mission impossible. However, even the rare ones have the rarest among them. As reported by many players around the world, here are the rarest shiny Pokemon in Pokemon Go. While there aren’t any tricks on how to get a Shiny Pokemon, there are events that have boosted Shiny rates that might get you an encounter with a Shiny Pokemon. One of those events is the Community Day event, where the Shiny rate increases to 1 in 25, instead of 1 in 500. This event happens only once a month, for a few hours. The Shiny rates are subject to change, but here are the current ones. Are you up for a challenge? Start walking and try to catch every Shiny Pokemon that is available in the game, and report back to us in the comments.

 

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Final season of Peaky Blinders to air in early 2022

It's been quite a while since the last season of Peaky Blinders hit our TV screens, following the pandemic halting production and then the untimely and tragic death of Helen McCrory (the actress who played Polly Gray) soon following. But, the period British gangster series is making a return in a few months, as a new teaser shows that the show will be back in early 2022. The teaser shows a conversation between Cillian Murphy's Tommy Shelby and Tom Hardy's Alfie Solomons (who has now been confirmed to be returning for one final bout). While it's still hard to know exactly what the plot for the series will revolve around, this will be the final season of the show, ahead of its final act, the Peaky Blinders movie that is set to be written by creator Stephen Knight soon. While the BBC has yet to attach an exact date for when Peaky Blinders Season 6 will begin airing, you can check out the teaser trailer here. You must be logged in to comment. If you are not yet a member - join now! Loading next content

 

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Here's our first tease of Netflix's live-action Resident Evil series

Hounds of hell. It's only eleven seconds long, but here's our first look at Netflix's upcoming live-action Resident Evil show. It gives us a peek at an iconic Resident Evil enemy - the Cerberus hound - which looks super cute and healthy at first, until it turns its head and shows the rotting flesh on the other side of its skull before it flashes to the logo. The teaser appeared briefly on the show's official Instagram account but was swiftly removed and replaced by still images instead. Curious, eh? Thankfully, the internet never misses a trick, and several sites managed to snag the video before it was pulled. Take a peek below: FIRST LOOK TEASER Netflix's Resident Evil - coming soon! pic.twitter.com/HLTh5YjfGP The live-action Resident Evil series is slated to arrive on Netflix sometime next year. The latest installment of the game, Resident Evil Village, has now sold over 5m copies, up from 4.5m copies in July. It's yet to top the success of its predecessor, Resident Evil 7, though, which has increased from 9 to 10 million copies in the same time period. Don't forget that Welcome to Racoon City is out now, too. Inspired by the events of the first and second games it has more than its fair share of fan-pleasing nods to the originals, including a recreation of that classic zombie reveal shot, familiar locations including Racoon City PD and the iconic innards of the Spencer Mansion, zombie dogs, old-school outfits, and more.

 

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'Metaverse' hype fuels booming digital property market

December 5, 2021 The idea of spending millions on non-existent land may sound ludicrous—but feverish predictions of a virtual reality future are pushing investors to bet big on digital real estate. This week, New York-based company Republic Realm announced it had spent a record-breaking $4.3 million on digital land through The Sandbox, one of several " virtual world " websites where people can socialise, play games and even attend concerts. That came hot on the heels of a $2.4-million land purchase in late November on a rival platform, Decentraland, by Canadian crypto company Tokens. com. And days before that, Barbados announced plans to open a "metaverse embassy" in Decentraland. Such websites bill themselves as a prototype of the metaverse, a future internet where online experiences like chatting to a friend would eventually feel face-to-face thanks to virtual reality (VR) headsets. "Metaverse" has been a Silicon Valley buzzword for months, but interest soared in October after Facebook's parent company renamed itself "Meta" as it shifts its focus towards VR. The Facebook rebrand "introduced the term 'metaverse' to millions of people a lot faster than I would have ever imagined", said Cathy Hackl, a tech consultant who advises companies on entering the metaverse. According to crypto data site Dapp, land worth more than $100 million has sold in the past week across the four largest metaverse sites, The Sandbox, Decentraland, CryptoVoxels, and Somnium Space. For Hackl, it's unsurprising that the market is booming, spawning an entire ecosystem around virtual real estate, from rents to land developers. "We're trying to translate the way we understand physical goods into the virtual world", she told AFP. And while it may be some time before these sites operate as true metaverses, transporting us elsewhere with VR goggles, digital land is already functioning as an asset just like real land, said Hackl. "They can build on it, they can rent it out, they can sell it", she said. 'Fifth Avenue of the metaverse' Tokens. com has bought a prime patch in Decentraland's Fashion Street district, which the platform hopes to develop as a home for luxury brands ' virtual stores. "If I hadn't done the research and understood that this is valuable property, it would seem absolutely crazy", admitted Tokens. com CEO Andrew Kiguel. Kiguel spent 20 years as an investment banker focused on real estate. He insists the Decentraland plot makes exactly the same kind of business sense as it would in the real world: it's in a trendy area with high footfall. "That is advertising and event space where people are going to congregate", he explained, pointing to a recent virtual musical festival in Decentraland which attracted 50,000 visitors. Luxury brands are already venturing into the metaverse—a Gucci handbag sold on the Roblox platform in May for more than the real version—and Kiguel hopes Fashion Street will become a shopping destination akin to New York's Fifth Avenue. As for how the land could be used to make money, "it can be as simple as having a billboard, or it can be as complex as having a storefront with an actual employee", he said. "You could walk in with your avatar and have 3D digital representations of a shoe that you can hold, and ask questions." Second Life, rebooted As far back as 2006, a real estate developer made headlines after making $1 million from land sold on the virtual world site Second Life. While Second Life remains active, proponents of its next-generation rivals point out a key difference. In Decentraland, everything from land to virtual artwork comes in the form of a non-fungible token, or NFT. Some people have spent tens of thousands of dollars on these digital items, and the concept has generated scepticism as well as excitement. But Kiguel predicts this form of digital ownership will become widespread in the coming years, because the blockchain technology behind it creates trust and transparency when making transactions. "I can see the ownership history, what's been paid for it and how it's been transferred around", he said. But the investment is not without its risks—particularly given the volatility of the cryptocurrencies used to buy NFTs. And while virtual concerts on sites like Roblox and Fortnite have drawn tens of millions of viewers, the sparse data available suggests traffic on metaverses like Decentraland lags far behind that of established social media sites like Facebook and Instagram. Ultimately the value of the land investments depends on whether people start flocking to these sites. "I know it all sounds quite ludicrous", said Kiguel. "But there's a vision behind it." © 2021 AFP Dec 02, 2021 0 Dec 01, 2021 0 Nov 30, 2021 0 Nov 29, 2021 0 Nov 29, 2021 0 Dec 04, 2021 Dec 03, 2021 Dec 03, 2021 Dec 03, 2021 Dec 02, 2021 Dec 02, 2021 Dec 02, 2021 Nov 17, 2021 Jul 28, 2021 Dec 01, 2021 Oct 18, 2021 Nov 10, 2021 Nov 05, 2021 Dec 04, 2021 Nov 24, 2021 Nov 18, 2021 Nov 10, 2021 Nov 03, 2021 Oct 28, 2021

 

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Intel Raptor Lake CPU spotted in first benchmark leak

Raptor Lake is Intel’s range of next-gen processors expected to come out in 2022, and we’ve just seen the first purported benchmark of these CPUs. As highlighted by regular hardware leaker Komachi_Ensaka on Twitter, what could be the 13th-gen flagship processor has been sighted in a BAPCo Crossmark benchmark as Tom’s Hardware reports. Note that the benchmark has since been removed – of course, it shouldn’t have been aired in the first place – but not before Tom’s screen grabbed and shared the news. According to the details given here, the spec that the chip runs with is eight performance cores (new Raptor Cove cores), and 16 efficiency cores (Gracemont cores – the same as with Alder Lake). This is what was previously rumored, and gives the processor a theoretical 32-threads (as efficiency cores don’t have hyper-threading). The benchmark itself shows the Raptor Lake CPU hitting an overall score of 1,591, which compares to a result of 2,376 for the Core i9-12900K, Intel’s new Alder Lake flagship. It’s no surprise – assuming this benchmark is genuine, which is always a bit of a leap of faith with very early leaks – to see that Raptor Lake is a good deal slower than Alder Lake at this point in its development (the 12900K is almost 50% faster here, in fact). Obviously, when the Raptor Lake flagship is finished, that won’t be the case (if it wasn’t measurably faster, Intel would go back to the drawing board until it was). What’s happening here is because this is a very early testing sample, it’s doubtless locked to slow clock speeds and doesn’t remotely reflect the performance of the final product which should emerge later in 2022 ( maybe in Q3). Right now, Raptor Lake will still have plenty of optimization to be done on both the hardware and software fronts. The theory is that Intel’s 13th-gen CPUs will be a simple refresh of Alder Lake, but it’s bound to make some decent architectural gains as Intel refines its new hybrid tech, and obviously the addition of more efficiency cores – a lot more if these early rumors are right – should make a considerable difference to performance too. There is also speculation about Raptor Lake taking some big strides forward in terms of power-efficiency as well, so we can still remain quietly optimistic about what the next-gen might bring.

 

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Activision lays off a third of Raven Software's QA team

"It's unfair to these people to string them along, promising something better, and then let them go." Activision has laid off a third of the QA team from Raven Software. reports that the studio - which co-created Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War with Treyarch - is calling in its quality assurance contractors for meetings between 3rd and 8th December. It's here staff will be told if they've been promoted or if they've been made redundant. Right now, it seems about a third of the team has been laid off, although the meetings are continuing until 8th December. Promoted staff are reportedly moving to full-time roles and an increased hourly rate of $18.50 (£14); redundant staff will be terminated on 28th January 2022. "I feel hurt and betrayed", one Raven Software contractor told The Post. "The majority of individuals who have had their meetings were fired. Everyone was told: 'You did nothing wrong' after being given the bad news." "I am gutted right now. My friends in QA at Raven were promised, for months, that Activision was working towards a pay restructure to increase their wages", tweeted Raven Software's associate community manager, Austin O'Brien. "Today, one by one, valuable members of the team were called into meetings and told they were being let go. I am gutted right now. My friends in QA at Raven were promised, for months, that Activision was working towards a pay restructure to increase their wages. Today, one by one, valuable members of the team were called into meetings and told they were being let go. "These people were asked to relocate to Madison, WI to work here. Now they are out of a job on January 28th. Our QA team does incredible work but this will not only increase their workload but crush morale. "If it isn't clear, this is bullshit", O'Brien added. "It's unfair to these people to string them along, promising something better, and then let them go. I am infuriated right now." The layoffs come just days after Activision reported $2 billion in revenue during its last fiscal quarter. As Tom summarised for us a few days ago, last month Activision was the focus of a damning Wall St Journal report which detailed alleged sexual harassment, assault and inappropriate behaviour at the developer behind Call of Duty. It followed a stream of reports of a similarly toxic culture at sister studio Blizzard. Particular criticism was levelled towards Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, including claims of how much he knew, and suggestion he could have done more. The report's publication sent shockwaves through Activision Blizzard and around the games industry. Employees walked out and more than 1800 signed a petition demanding Kotick step down. PlayStation, Microsoft and Nintendo spoke out. But - for now - Kotick remains.

 

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The console versions of Firegirl: Hack 'n Splash Rescue have been delayed until 2022

The game's PC version will still meet its December 14 release date. Fight fires and save lives in Dejima's action-packed platformer. And there's a demo of the game available now as part of the Steam Next Fest event. The action platformer by Dejima Games will be arriving on PC and consoles this fall.

 

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Motorola shows off the Moto Edge X30 – but you may not be able to buy it

A few days ago Motorola promised that it would be launching a flagship-level smartphone sometime this month, and it's now used one of the company's official social media accounts to show off the Moto Edge X30 to the world. The single, official picture was posted to the Motorola account on the Chinese social network Weibo (via GSMArena), and gives us our first proper look at the Moto Edge X30 device, with slim display bezels and a punch hole camera up at the top of the screen. Before you get too attached to it though, it's important to note that we're not exactly sure which markets this phone will be coming to. It's definitely launching in China first of all, but it's unclear whether it will eventually find its way to the US, Europe, and other regions. What makes the Moto Edge X30 particularly notable is that it's set to be one of the first phones running on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset that was just unveiled by Qualcomm – a chipset that is likely to be powering a lot of top-end Android phones throughout 2022. Motorola has made some of the other specs of this phone official too: we know the display is going to come with a 144Hz refresh rate, support for HDR10+ content, and the ability to display more than a billion colors. Unofficially, we've also heard that the handset is going to come sporting a display that's 6.67 inches from corner to corner. Apparently it will also come with a triple-lens 50MP+50MP+2MP rear camera. It's scheduled to be unveiled in full on December 9. The Moto Edge X30 will be one of the very first phones that we see running the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, but many more handsets will follow. As with any processor launch from Qualcomm, there are a bunch of new features to look forward to. For a start the chipset is going to enable always-on cameras – not to keep you constantly under surveillance, but to enable functionality like hands-free unlocking (because your phone will be able to recognize who you are while it's doing other tasks). There are also updates in terms of reducing background noise on phone calls, and in getting up to internet speeds of 10Gbps. If you have access to the latest and greatest 5G connections, then the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is going to make sure that you're always hooked up at the fastest speeds possible. Then there are the performance improvements as well of course: the chipset is going to mean the Android phones of 2022 will be faster and more capable than ever, with a jump of around 20% in terms of speed over the Snapdragon 888.

 

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Meet Ameca - The Future Face of Robotics

Engineered Arts will be showcasing its latest humanoid robot, Ameca, at CES 2022. Meanwhile it has made a teaser video to reveal why Ameca is the ideal candidate for the study of human robot interaction. As you watch the video remember your reaction to the earliest humaniod robots you encountered. Is the "uncanny valley" sensation still there? If not is it you that has changed? After so many weird looking robots, have we become inured to the strangeness?

 

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You will soon be able to Pin Your Own Video in Microsoft Teams, for a more balanced view of your own importance

At present, in a Microsoft Teams meeting, users can pin video feeds of other participants to increase the size of the desired video on their own screen or to keep it always visible even when others are speaking. Microsoft is planning to roll out a new feature update that will expand the ability for users to pin their own video on the stage as well as enable users to see their own video in an increased size on their screen. Microsoft says the new feature will address a number of situations: Pinning your video will of course only affect your view of the meeting and not anyone else’s. The feature will roll out to the Mac and Windows Microsoft Teams clients for Standard Users between early January and early February 2022, then late January of GCC government users, in mid-February for GCC-H users and the end of February 2022 for DoD department of Defence users.

 

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An Ivan Drago spinoff movie may be in the works says Dolph Lundgren

It seems like the story of Ivan Drago might not be completely wrapped up just yet, as the Swedish actor known for portraying the iconic boxer, Dolph Lundgren, was recently interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter about playing the character and what comes next. During the interview, Lundgren chatted a little about the way he looked to portray the character and how Drago was ultimately shown during the 1985 theatrical release, saying "He wasn't really an evil person; he was just a product of the system. He's Frankenstein's monster. He's not Dr. Frankenstein; that was the Soviet Union. So I always played that, and some of that came across in '85." But following this, Lundgren was asked about his performance in Creed II, revealing that he and Sylvester Stallone recorded a brief fight scene that ultimately was cut before hitting cinemas. According to Lundgren it was a "good moment" that was also a "fan moment", before touching on what it may mean for the future of the character. "I thought it was a good moment", said Lundgren. "It was also a fan moment. It was a quick little fight, and I thought it worked. But the director [Caple] and MGM felt that it was extraneous and that it didn't add anything. By the way, I think there's some talk about doing a whole spinoff on Drago with MGM. So you may get more of that." The idea of a Drago spinoff having "some talk" around it doesn't mean it is definitely coming, so don't hold your breath on it arriving anytime soon. Regardless, it would be interesting to see what angle MGM may take to show Lundgren's notoriously vicious fighter in a new light. You must be logged in to comment. If you are not yet a member - join now! Loading next content

 

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Scalpers are already reselling that Halo Infinite LA Lakers crossover bundle

(not very) Master Cheap. A limited-edition Halo Infinite promotion that bundles a Master Chief-themed LA Lakers jersey, a matching Xbox wireless controller, and a Master Chief figurine is selling online for hundreds of dollars above its recommended retail price. The bundle - which was only available to those who could get to the Team LA store at Staples Center, Los Angeles, on Friday afternoon ahead of that evening's match against the LA Clippers - was selling for a very reasonable $140 (£105) given the price of a controller alone can set you back £55. Almost immediately, however, the bundles began popping up on internet auction sites, with Buy It Now prices of around $1500 (£755). Many of the lots have already attracted bids from Halo fans, with several sets attracting bids in excess of $650 (£490) with several days still left to go. Become Master Chief from #HaloInfinite with the Lakers 117 Master Chief Jersey Bundle including a custom Lakers Xbox controller. Available today starting at 1:17pm only at the Team LA store at STAPLES Center. #LakeShow x @Xbox x @Halo pic.twitter.com/P8pA1uPPOs One bid that also includes the highly sought-after Halo-themed Xbox Series X and accompanying Halo Elite controller is asking $2599.00 - that's almost £2000. ICYMI, some console players are calling on 343 to add the ability to turn off crossplay with PC in a bid to avoid running into cheaters on that platform. Halo community manager John Junyszek has addressed the concerns, promising improvements are coming. "Unfortunately, cheating is a natural part of supporting a F2P PC game and it's one we anticipated", Junyszek tweeted. "It'll never go away entirely, but we're prepared and committed to releasing consistent improvements to our game's systems and taking action on bad actors." Junyszek later clarified that the phrase "improvements to game's systems" includes not just 343's anti-cheat, but "the rest of the game as well". "It's worded this way because we don't take a 'single feature' approach, but a game-wide approach to anti-cheat." Don't forget that Microsoft's flagship shooter's singleplayer campaign will be available on Xbox Game Pass from day one on 8th December; the multiplayer is free-to-play right now.

 

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Ghostrunner's Project_Hel DLC is coming in January

"The fast-paced movement mechanics, tasking timing requirements and combat systems, combined with the varied enemies make for a challenging yet fulfilling gameplay experience." It'll put players in the shoes of the base game boss, Hel, as she descends Dharma Tower. Fans can now register to join its closed beta. A GOTY edition is planned to launch in December. The upgraded version includes a 4K/120fps Performance Mode. NieR: Automata is set to leave the service on November 1. It also received a new trailer at the second Guerrilla Collective E3 showcase.

 

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The best cheap PC cases in the UAE - start building your PC today

When building your own custom PC, one of the first things you'll want to pick out is a PC Case. Depending on what case you choose, you can then start to pick the right components that will actually fit into it. It's no use choosing the best and most expensive GPU you can get your hands on if it means that it won't fit in your case or get proper cooling. While there are some very expensive and impressive PC cases on the market, you don't always have to spend a ton of money to get a good PC case. Also, depending on what PC you're building, you may want to opt for something simple for your needs, rather than choosing something that is too big or complicated for your PC build. So whether you're looking to build a new gaming rig, a small media center PC, or just a PC to handle all your office work at home, we've combed through to find some great PC cases that all cost less than AED 500. Despite its small size, the Lian Li O11D Mini is a real superstar. It's extremely versatile in the build configurations it offers, and you can install a variety of motherboard sizes and cooling configurations - including custom loops - without compromising on space and airflow. This case is perfect if you're looking to build a mini gaming PC with full-length GPUs, or want to build a simple PC that you can upgrade easily at a later date. The NZXT H510 is often a popular choice for PC builders due to its extremely clean cable management and no-fuss design. You can pick one up in either black or white, or even opt for one with a red cable cover if you like. It's a roomy case to build in, and offers support for both air and water cooling builds. An optional vertical GPU mount also lets you show off your prized GPU, so there's a lot of flexibility when it comes to this PC case. For anyone looking to add some RGB to their PC build, this case lets you jump in with three 120mm RGB fans already included. There's also a 5V RGB switch board built in, which is compatible with most popular control software from the likes of Asus, ASRock, Gigabyte, and MSI. This compact PC case is great for anyone who's short on desk space, or even if you're looking to build a compact media center PC that can double for some couch-gaming fun as well. It's got multiple layout configurations, and the IO panel can even be moved around to suit your needs. For something a little bit different, the darkFlash DLM22 certainly stands out with its powder-pink appearance. This PC case is simple to navigate, though it lacks proper cable management to keep things neat. Fan and radiator placement is decent, thought it's worth noticing that there's a lack of front USB Type-C ports, which is a disappointment.

 

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The best graphics cards 2021: all the top GPUs for gaming

The best graphics cards of 2021 are essential to getting the most out of the best PC games but are also crucial for graphics design, 3D modeling, game development, and video editing. For everyday computing needs like streaming video, web browsing, and productivity tasks, integrated graphics is more than enough for your needs, but if you are going to more graphics intensive tasks, you're going to need something more powerful like a discrete graphics processor. Fortunately, that doesn't necessarily mean you need the most powerful graphics card out there, as some of the best cheap graphics cards are also some of the best values for their price. These can be perfect for many competitive gaming rigs where the level of detail isn't nearly as important as keeping up your frame rates and responsiveness. Still, it's no secret that graphics cards of all kinds have been tough to get lately, so we're not expecting a lot of Black Friday deals in the weeks ahead – or Cyber Monday ones, for that matter – so if you're hoping to see some great sales on graphics cards, you'll probably be disappointed. Still, hope springs eternal, and we'd definitely like to see some savings on some of the cards on this list. It's been a long year, after all. It can be difficult choosing the best graphics card for you. While there are just two companies, AMD and Nvidia, responsible for all the GPUs out there, each company has a number of entries for each price point and graphical need. And, while it may seem like the first logical step is to choose a company, it’s more important to consider what you can afford and what resolution you plan on gaming at. After all, a high-end GPU like the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 may set you back quite a bit but, with that hefty price tag, the ability to keep up at 4K resolution. In general, AMD’s newest lineup of cards is going to run a little cheaper than Nvidia’s offerings – although that might not be for long with rumors about graphics cards possibly geting more expensive next year swirling around. But, when Nvidia released their newest GPUs, they dropped the price to be more competitive. So, the difference in price is not so stark, though it should still be a consideration. In fact, each company has a GPU that’s competitive for each level of gaming, whether it’s 1080p, 1440p, or 4K, at similar price points. One important metric for finding out how powerful a GPU is how much memory it comes with. For example, a strong GPU for 1080p might have 8GB of GDDR6 RAM but one meant for higher resolutions, like the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT, comes with 12GB. Where the performance between the companies differ is in ray tracing - new rendering technology that improves reflections, shadows, and more realistically mimics light. With AMD RDNA 2, the company is just getting started on implementing this new tech. Whereas Nvidia Ampere GPUs are not Nvidia’s first entries, although developers have recently found a way to enable it in Quake 2 on older GPUs. In fact, the company has been at it longer so it’s better implemented. Other considerations, particularly if you’re about to build your own PC or upgrade one of the best gaming PCs, is to make sure whatever GPU you end up with is compatible with that PC’s motherboard. After all, you won’t be able to play the best PC games if your desktop is having trouble recognizing the GPU you installed. And, while you won’t be able to swap the graphics card out on a gaming laptop, these same considerations apply. You might be able to get a cheaper one with a Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 or splurge on one with an RTX 3080. Where to buy the best graphics cards right now: Is AMD no longer the king of great value GPUs? The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti certainly threatens that claim with its price to performance ratio. The newest arrival in the RTX 3000 line, this graphics card punches way above its weight class, delivering a performance that could rival that of the RTX 2080 Super while keeping its price tag incredibly affordable for most people. And, that’s with impressive ray tracing included. 1080p gaming has never been this good and this affordable. Read the full review: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti With the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, 4K gaming just became a lot more accessible. Before, you had to shell out more than $1,000/£1,000 to get playable framerates with the RTX 2080 Ti. However, with the next generation of Nvidia graphics cards, the price of 4K gaming has been cut nearly in half, thanks to the RTX 3080. It boasts one of the largest generational leaps in GPU history, delivering a 50-80% performance boost over the RTX 2080 and a 20-30% boost over the RTX 2080 Ti, all while keeping the same price point as the RTX 2080. This is both an absolute powerhouse of a graphics card and a great value, if you have a bit of extra cash lying around. Read the full review: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 There’s a new Nvidia champion in town, and it takes power and performance to an even more accessible price point. Delivering RTX 3090-level performance, an impressive feat in its own right, the long-awaited RTX 3080 Ti comes with an even better price tag, making all that sheer power more accessible than ever. It continues what the RTX 3080 has started – to take 4K gaming into the mainstream arena – with its breathtaking 4K at 60fps performance while slashing a few hundred dollars off the steep 3090 price. This is the best graphics card on the market right now, especially if you care about ray tracing. Read the full review: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti You can’t beat the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 when it comes to performance. With a whopping 24GB of RAM, no game or, more importantly, heavy graphics project will suffer performance issues. In fact, you can even get some 8K performance at 60 fps out of the 3090. It is an incredibly expensive unit, and quite large too, so it will probably be too much GPU for most users. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 is, in essence, a replacement for the Titan so it’s meant more for the creative user tackling intensive 3D and video rendering than for the avid gamer. Even so, it comes with a massive reduction in price compared to the Titan, even if it’s still out of most people’s budget. Read the full review: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 For rock solid 1080p gaming, you can’t go wrong with the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT. Not only is the card a great performer, but it doesn’t use a lot of power so you can install it in a system with a smaller PSU. Because of its great thermal efficiency, you also don’t need a super expensive water cooling system built into your PC. Unfortunately, it is a bit pricier than the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060, its direct competition, and doesn’t come with ray tracing. Read the full review: AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT The best graphics card on the market for most people, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 delivers excellent performance – on par with the RTX 2080 Ti even – without costing an arm and a leg. Before this card, 4K gaming was out of a lot of people’s budget. The RTX 3070, therefore, brings it to the mainstream for the first time, and that’s without you having to compromise on settings for most games. And did we mention the fact that this GPU is incredibly cheap? A cheap price tag plus 4K gaming on quality settings equals great value, and that’s why the RTX 3070 tops our list. Read the full review: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Those comfortable messing with your BIOS and looking for a 1440p graphics card that’s slightly more accessible, price-wise, will appreciate AMD’s latest high-end offering. This Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti rival delivers a solid 1440p performance with ray tracing to boot. It comes at the right time as well, with 1440p gaming monitors’ growing popularity. Its price is a bit closer to the more powerful RTX 3070, but if you’re an AMD fan, it’s still an excellent contender. Read the full review: AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT If you think AMD is still stuck in the budget and mid-range markets, think again. The AMD Radeon RX 6800 marks AMD's return to the high-end graphics card market, and it’s a premium ace without the incredibly premium price. This GPU delivers a solid 4K gaming performance and impressive ray tracing at 1440p, while being a better value than its direct rival, the RTX 3070, thanks to its VRAM. Plus, AMD's Smart Access Memory technology will make it even faster. Read the full review: AMD Radeon RX 6800 If you're after the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090, you're going to want one with a cooler that's more than powerful enough to handle the full brunt of the power on offer. The MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio has the cooling power not only to handle this GPU at its stock settings, but has enough oomph to overclock it to make it even more powerful. For a GPU that already laughs in the face of all PC games at 4K, this extra power is just icing on the cake. Read the full review: MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio When Nvidia first revealed its Turing lineup, it was hard to find a model that didn’t cost an arm and a leg. Nonetheless, with the launch of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti – especially the PNY XLR8 Gaming OC model – next-generation performance became accessible to everyone. You won’t have access to 4K 60 fps gaming with this card, but it’s one of the best graphics cards for anyone still using a 1080p display, and it can handle most esports games well above 60fps. At that resolution, you’ll have trouble running into any title that it can’t handle. Read the full review: PNY GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XLR8 Gaming OC Generally speaking, the best graphics card for gaming is going to depend on several factors. Things like what kind of games you like to play, what resolution you play at and whether or not you care about fancy features like ray tracing and DLSS are incredibly important. For example, if you just want to play all the latest games at 1080p with high settings, you can get by with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 or an AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT. But if you want to play everything totally maxed out with ray tracing at 4K, you're probably going to want to go for something like the RTX 3080 Ti instead. When it comes to the best graphics cards, it's incredibly important to make sure we're testing everything on an equal playing field. That's why, whenever a new graphics card comes out, we test it in a suite of around 11-12 games and across several resolutions, all on current drivers. That means that we re-test all current-generation graphics cards whenever a new one comes out. And we make sure that all of the cards are tested on the same hardware, which means the same processor, with the same memory at the same speed, on the same motherboard, with the same SSD. That way, we can be sure that we're measuring how the graphics card itself is performing, and we can more reliably compare it against its rivals. We also make sure to log how much power its consuming and the temperatures it reaches under load, to make sure we can recommend it to people that may be concerned about high temperatures in their PCs. Finally, we take a look at the features that each graphics card offers, though usually these don't really change generation-to-generation. However, the performance while enabling something like ray tracing definitely can change. The age-old question of whether Nvidia or AMD is the best brand for graphics cards will likely never go away. Right now, both GPU manufacturers are basically on equal ground, and what will ultimately be right for you probably won't be right for someone else. Generally, if you like ray tracing, Nvidia will probably have the edge for you and in the past AMD was better for people on a budget. The truth is that right now buying a graphics card is harder than ever. You'll rarely find one available on a store shelf, and when you do it'll be gone within seconds. So, really, the GPU you should buy in 2021 is whatever you can get your hands on (and you can afford). You should probably avoid spending more than twice the retail price for a graphics card – a $1,000 RTX 3060 isn't worth it for instance – but if you need a graphics card right now, just be ready to get whatever comes in stock. If you already have a pretty good graphics card, though, like if it's from the last 5 or so years, you might want to wait until the current global supply situation starts to normalize. Yeah, you might not get ray tracing, but if you can still play games, you're probably fine waiting.

 

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Pokemon Go Incense Day December 2021 Featuring Swinub, Shiny Swinub Available

Season of Heritage is right around the corner, and the beginning of the new season will be marked by Swinub. On December 5th, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., if you use Incense you must know that Swinub will be very attracted to it and it will be lured into its sweet juices, along with its Shiny form. If you evolve Piloswine, the evolution of Swinub, you will get Mamoswine with the exclusive attack known as Ancient Power. Besides Swinub, other Ice-type Pokemon and Ground-Type Pokemon will be attracted to Incense such as Seel, Jynx, Sneasel, Snorunt, Snover and Vanillite. These Pokemon will be appearing from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. As a rare encounter, we will have Galarian Darumaka. The Ground-type Pokemon that will be attracted to Incense are Onix, Cubone, Rhyhorn, Wooper, Phanpy and Barboach. These Pokemon will be appearing from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. As a rare encounter, we will have Larvitar and its Shiny forms. What do you think about this event? Do you like the Pokemon line-up?

 

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Infinite Warfare should have been every bit as revolutionary as Call of Duty 4

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Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 vs Arlo Video Doorbell: Which doorbell camera is right for you?

The best video doorbells ensure that you never miss a delivery again (and that you can give cold callers the cold shoulder) by enabling you to see and speak to whoever is on your doorstep from your smartphone, even when you’re not at home. Arlo and Ring are two of the biggest names in the video doorbell market right now, and each offers a flagship video doorbell that captures footage in an aspect ratio that ensures you can see the full length of someone on your doorstep, and any packages at their feet - ideal if you’re doing your holiday shopping online. The Arlo Video Doorbell will set you back $149.99 / £179.99 / AU$289.99, while the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 is a good bit more expensive at $249.99 / £219 / AU$399.99. You may be wondering whether spending an additional $100 / £40 / AU$110 will result in a better experience when conversing with people at your threshold, so we pitted the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 against the Arlo Video Doorbell to help you choose the best video doorbell for your home. Read on to find out how these doorbell cameras compare – or, if you already know which smart doorbell you want to buy, you can check out the current best prices for both products below: Wen it comes to cost, the Arlo Video doorbell is more affordable than Ring’s top-of-the-range smart doorbell. As we’ve mentioned, Arlo’s model is priced at $149.99 / £179.99/ AU$289.99, while the Ring Video Doorbell Pro will set you back $249.99 / £219 / AU$399.99. Both models are mains powered, although Arlo does offer a wireless version of its doorbell, which costs $199.99 / £179.99 / AU$329. In the US and Australia, the Arlo Essential is $50 / AU$40 more expensive than the wired doorbell, while in the UK the two are the same price. Ring doesn’t offer a battery-powered version of the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2. If you want a wire-free option, you’ll need to invest in the Ring Video Doorbell 4, which doesn’t offer the same video quality or aspect ratio as the Pro model, but is more affordable at $199.99 / £179 / AU$329. To get the most out of both doorbells, and review footage recorded by the camera at a later date, you’ll need to subscribe to the relevant online storage service. In the case of Ring Video Doorbell, this is Ring Protect, which is priced from $3 / £2.50 /AU$4 per month. For Arlo devices, you’ll need an Arlo Secure subscription, which starts at $2.99 / £2.79 / AU$4.4 9 per month. While both video doorbells are compact, with a small footprint, each has a distinct look. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 has a rectangular design, which combines a glossy black fascia with a slim silver surround, which is removable and can be swapped for alternatives in an array of colors including red, blue, and gold. The Arlo Video Doorbell sports a rounded design with a stylish monochrome finish. Both doorbells feature a button that illuminates when pressed and have a built-in camera, microphone, and speaker that enable you to see and speak to anyone on your doorstep. The Ring Video Doorbell’s lens has a 150-degree field of view, and captures footage at a resolution of 1536 x 1536p, while the Arlo Video Doorbell has the same resolution but a wider 180-degree field of view. As mentioned, both doorbells are mains-powered and need to be connected to existing doorbell wiring, although in the UK the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 is available with an adapter that enables you to plug it into a power outlet. If you have an existing chime in your home, both doorbells will activate this when they’re pressed. If you don’t already have a chime, both Ring and Arlo offer an additional plug-in chime that connects to the doorbell wirelessly. The Ring Chime will set you back $29.99 / £29.99 / AU$59, while the Arlo Chime is priced at $49.99 / £44.99 / AU$79. Alternatively, both video doorbells can be connected to a smart speaker or smart display to sound an alert in your home. However, in the case of the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2, this only applies to Amazon’s range of Echo smart speakers and Echo Show smart displays. Arlo’s doorbell, meanwhile, is compatible with Amazon’s devices, as well as those that use Google Assistant, and also has HomeKit support for those invested in Apple’s ecosystem. When it comes to essential functionality, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 and Arlo Video Doorbell are evenly matched. Both will send an alert to your smartphone and will activate a connected chime when the doorbell is pressed, or motion is detected in the field of view. On receiving this alert you can either log in and view the doorbell’s live feed from your smartphone or, provided that you’ve subscribed to the relevant storage service, review the footage at a later date. During testing, we were impressed with the quality of video captured by both doorbells. The footage was clear, and audio was in sync with the picture. Ring’s doorbell has an advantage over Arlo’s here, as it captures colorized night-vision footage when it’s dark. While there’s no built-in LED (a feature that many of Ring and Arlo’s home security cameras offer), the doorbell uses ambient light in the camera’s field of view to apply a simulated color to the image and provide more detailed footage. This comes in handy if you don’t have a porch light, or it’s not always on. However, the Arlo doorbell’s wider field of view means more of your driveway is captured in the video. Both video doorbells allow you to set activity zones so that you’re only notified about motion in these areas, although as with many of the other features this does require a subscription. The Arlo doorbell is slightly better at distinguishing between different types of motion, and can identify people, animals, vehicles, and packages, while Ring’s video doorbell can identify people, but not animals and vehicles; it does have a package detection mode, but this is more fiddly to set up than on Arlo’s doorbell. We also found that the notifications Arlo’s video doorbell sends when the doorbell is pressed are harder to miss. The doorbell places a Voice over IP (VoIP) call to your smartphone, rather than just sending an alert. On test, once this call was answered it was slightly faster to load the live feed from the doorbell’s camera than the feed from the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2. Ring also offers a couple of features not found on the Arlo Video Doorbell. 3D Motion uses radar to identify the distance of a person, animal, vehicle, or another source of motion from your door, and only sends a notification when the motion is within a certain range so that you’re not plagued by unwanted alerts. The Bird’s Eye View feature provides an aerial map charting the path of any motion, which can be useful in working out where a delivery person went with your package if you weren’t home, for example. When it comes to choosing the best video doorbell, both the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 and the Arlo Video Doorbell perform their basic tasks equally well. For those on a tighter budget, or who want a video doorbell that prioritizes speed of alerts and offers the widest field of view, the Arlo Video Doorbell is the better choice. However, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 is better suited to those who want color night vision, or a device that’s loaded with features to reduce unwanted alerts, and track motion once the source leaves the doorbell’s field of view.

 

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Ultimaker S5 review

There’s a lot to take in with the Ultimaker S5. For starters, its massive footprint is the first thing that jumps out at you. Second, is its impressive build quality and just how much thought has been put into every part of this machine. It requires barely any assembly once unpacked, apart from threading through your filament of choice and running through some simple setup steps with the embedded software. Its ease of use is just the start – the Ultimaker S5 packs a lot of printing options and features that will momentarily make you forget about its slightly eye-watering price tag. Anyone interested in a reliable, easy to understand 3D printer that can churn out designs with minimal fuss is going to love the Ultimaker S5. There are some nuances with printing that will boil down to the kind of materials being used, but when it comes to software and execution alone, the Ultimaker S5 absolutely won us over. Features such as dual-extrusion and swappable print cores make the Ultimaker S5 an absolute must-have for anyone who has changing 3D-printing requirements and wants a quicker way to reconfigure a printer for a particular print job. And if you can afford it, the Pro Bundle makes this reconfiguration even easier to manage - deftly swapping filaments and keeping things running smoothly with minimal supervision. The Ultimaker S5 is available now, and is priced at $5,995 (around £4,360; AU$8,080). The price also includes their enterprise software Ultimaker Essentials, which allows for printer management, plugin support, firmware firewalls, and more. There’s a host of other software on offer as well, tailored (and priced) according to your business needs. In addition to the base 3D-printer, Ultimaker also offers the Pro Bundle, which adds on an automatic material handling module as well as an air filtration component. This bumps the total price up to $9,550 (around £6,950; AU$12,875) – the price you’ll have to pay for complete peace of mind when it comes to your 3D prints. Either is a steep investment to make, but the Ultimaker S5 isn’t geared for the everyday hobbyist – there are plenty of other 3D printers on the market for that. This printer is purely for professionals to toy around with, and designers and engineers are going to appreciate the variety of prints that can accomplish with this printer. The Ultimaker S5 is certainly a hefty piece of kit, weighing in at 20.6 kg (45.4 lbs). It’s certainly not portable, and we highly, highly recommend moving it around as little as possible – and with the help of another person. It measures a stout 495 x 585 x 780 mm (19.5 x 23 x 30.7 inches), so it’s not quite something you’d like to perch nearby on your desk. You’ll want to set up the Ultimaker S5 in a dedicated area, so that it can print undisturbed, and you’re not interrupted by its gentle whirring. Glass doors in the front help to keep prints safe, and the overall structure and build quality of the Ultimaker S5 is strong and very impressive. The build volume is quite impressive, sitting in at 330 x 240 x 300 mm (13 x 9.4 x 11.8 inches). That’s enough room for some fairly sizeable models to print comfortably, and with PVA supports from the second extruder, your prints will remain secure on the print bed. The bed itself is heated, and you have a sheet of glass that you slide on top of it. Two clips at the front of the bed hold the glass in place, which you can easily slide out again if you want to carefully remove a print from it. We wish that Ultimaker included a second glass panel as well, so that a blank one can be swapped in while the other cools down before a print is removed. Certain users may prefer an aluminum build plate instead, but there’s unfortunately no official way to request one, so you’re stuck with a single glass one for now. Near the bottom of the Ultimaker S5 is a large, color touchscreen, which is what you’ll use to interact with and set up the printer. It’s clear and easy to navigate around, though it can be a bit difficult to read from higher angles. There’s also a USB Type-A port at the front to read files off a thumb drive, and a LAN port at the back if you prefer using a wired connection than Wi-Fi. The Ultimaker S5 has an impressive list of features that can cater to a variety of 3D printing needs. Its biggest selling point is the multitude of filaments it can handle, along with dual-extrusion. At the back of the unit, you’ll find a spool holder that can hold two spools of filament, and feed them into separate Bowden tubes that lead to the actual print head. While third-party filaments can work in the Ultimaker S5, filament that’s made by Ultimaker has an added advantage of having a small NFC tag attached to it. Simply place the spool on the holder, and the machine will automatically read the tag and apply the correct material settings, making it even easier to swap out materials at any time. Another advantage to the Ultimaker S5 is its print cores – while most 3D printers come with one fixed print head, you can swap out the print cores on the Ultimaker S5 at any time. This allows you to change the thickness of material being extruded, or if you’re handling materials that only specific print cores are able to print. The cores behave like printer cartridges – simply pop open the printing compartment, press down on a print core to release it, and then snap in the new one. The Ultimaker S5 ships with one core already installed, and two more in the accessories box. Depending on what model you’re printing, the Ultimaker S5 will utilize the correct print head. If you’re printing a model with two different colors of filament, it will quickly swap between each print head on the fly, navigating to a special corner that physically flips a lever to lower or raise the second print head for printing. The print heads move along an X and Y axis, while the print bed itself moves on a Z axis as the print is produced. The movements themselves are very smooth, and an accurate series of gears and belts moves everything with absolute precision. Ultimaker also includes a bit of maintenance kit to ensure that everything remains well lubricated and operating smoothly as time goes on. The Ultimaker S5 is well-illuminated by a concealed strip of LEDs, making it easy to keep an eye on the progress of your print jobs. There’s also a small camera located in one corner that lets you remotely check how much of your print has completed or if there are any problems. The Ultimaker S5 comes packaged up extremely securely, with plenty of foam and padding keeping everything in place. Once unpacked, you simply snap away zip ties holding the print head in place, and install the glass panel onto the print bed. Once it’s switched on, you’ll go through the setup via the Ultimaker S5’s LCD screen. You’ll be able to connect to a wireless or wired network, load filament using detailed instructions, and then prepare for your first print job. 3D printers are only as good as the software they come with, and thankfully Ultimaker S5 has plenty to show off. Firstly, Ultimaker Cura is what you’ll use to load models and prepare them on the build plate. The software needs a bit of time to get used to, but it’s worth taking your time to ensure that all of your print settings are correct, just to minimize the chance of failed prints. Selecting print quality is very simple – there’s a dropdown of presets that range anywhere between 0.6mm to 0.06mm in filament thickness, which determines the final quality of your print. Ultimaker Cura will also show you where and if support structures are required, which again you can configure to be printed with material from either print head. Ultimaker Cura also links into Ultimaker Marketplace, which lists various plugins that work with the software to make your workflow easier. From integrating new printers to broadening file compatibility, everything is synced to your Ultimaker account, and activating any of these plugins is extremely easy. Lastly, Ultimaker Digital Factory is truly where the Ultimaker S5 shines. With this web-based management console, you can see what’s currently printing, look back at previous print models, and also manage projects and team access. It’s the core of what makes Ultimaker S5 so unique when it comes to working on important projects together. In this way, several members can quickly upload prototypes and make changes on the fly, as well as looking at print history. You’ll also be able to delegate who has access to printing, as well as share printers with other users and control security settings such as disabling access to the local web interface or requiring a PIN to change any settings on the printer itself. Of course, this excellent integration comes at a price – the basic version of Ultimaker Cura is free to download and use, but any further integration or access to Digital Factory will require a special subscription. Ultimaker are very flexible on this, and should any of their upfront pricing not be quite what you’re looking for, they’re able to work with companies to come up with something that’s a better fit. What’s slightly odd is that the Ultimaker S5 doesn’t have a companion app to go along with it. While an Ultimaker app does exist in the Google Play store when we checked, it hasn’t been updated since 2018, and Ultimaker commented that they’re actively trying to encourage users to access their printers through Digital Factory rather than relying on an app. While Digital Factory will work in any browser on mobile or desktop, we still find it odd that these features couldn’t have been built into an app instead, which would provide for much faster access and control to the printer. The biggest challenge with 3D printing is ensuring that you don’t end up with a failed print. This could be due to any number of reasons – running low on filament during a print, uneven bed levels, poor filament heating – the list goes on. Thankfully, the Ultimaker S5 tries its best to minimize failed prints by taking a few extra steps that other 3D printers might not. For one, bed leveling is done automatically, and before every print the Ultimaker S5 goes through a checking process across the print bed to ensure that it is entirely level. This does mean that you’ll have to wait an extra 2-3 minutes before every print job, but it’s a small price to pay to avoid your print peeling off the print bed or warping. Secondly, the Ultimaker S5 will tell you if you’ve run out of filament, so you can quickly add more and resume your print job. This is something that cannot be appreciated enough, and especially when you’re printing complex parts, you’ll want to ensure that your 20-hour print is going to finish successfully. Ultimaker advises that you use its ‘Tough’ filament with the Ultimaker S5, which is stronger than regular PLA and isn’t prone to warping during large print jobs. Our review model shipped with Ultimaker’s standard PLA due to stock shortages, but it was just as durable and printed excellently. We did do some other prints with other filament manufacturers as well, and we could clearly see the difference in print quality with the cheaper PLA. So, if you’re investing in something as expensive as the Ultimaker S5, make sure you’re also investing in high-quality filament. As with any 3D printer, the quality and printing time of your prints will vary greatly depending on your model and print settings. We printed a small-scale figurine from the game Destiny on a draft print first, before scaling the model up and reprinting it at higher quality setting. The resulting print quality is plain to see – the draft print loses all detail of the model, and retains the basic shape. This is great for when you want to see if a model will actually print properly before committing to a higher quality print. The draft 0.2mm print took around 5 hours to complete, while the full-scale model took a staggering 32 hours to print at a layer detail of 0.1mm. Figurines are cool, but where the Ultimaker S5 really shines is with complex engineering models. Whether it’s parts for a mock-up car engine, intricate models to place in an architectural diorama, or new fan blades for a redesigned cooling system, the Ultimaker S5 is more than capable of handling anything that you throw at it. A turbine fan that we printed came out very well, and fitted effortlessly on the shaft of an electric motor. Removing your completed prints from the Ultimaker S5 might occasionally pose a slight challenge if you haven’t prepared your print bed correctly. Ultimaker includes a simple glue stick in the box, and advises that a thin layer of glue is applied to the glass panel before printing starts. We did several prints with and without applying the glue layer, and definitely found that for larger, more delicate prints, the base glue level was a necessary precaution. One print that we did without the glue layer ended up warping horribly as we tried to pry it off the still-warm bed, so if you aren’t utilizing the glue, make sure your print and the print bed are cooled completely before attempting to remove anything. Another time we ran into some awkward printing issues, where the automatic bed leveling was refusing to work properly, resulting in haphazard prints and wasted filament. Thankfully, Ultimaker provides a bed leveling troubleshooter that walks you through a manual leveling process step by step. Once this was done, prints turned out again without any issue. The support team is also very responsive to customer issues, so if there’s anything that isn’t working properly, they’ll respond quickly with advice or ask for detailed system logs to help you troubleshoot. PLA filament is something you’ll see in any 3D printer, but the Ultimaker S5 takes things one step further by including PVA filament via its second print core. PVA is a semi-transparent filament that is printed alongside a PLA model, providing structural support as the model is completed. This prevents the model from warping, sagging, or even falling over due to an odd center of gravity. While print supports can still be done using regular PLA filament, they have to be removed manually by being snapped off, which often leaves a rough edge. With PVA filament, all you have to do is drop the completed model into water, and within hours it will dissolve away, leaving your finished model. For larger models with a lot of PVA supports, it can take more than 10 hours for all of the PVA to dissolve away, and we recommend using slightly warm water to help the process move along faster. The wait is worth it – the finished model looks great and may merely only require a little bit of cleaning up of the jelly-like PVA after it’s done soaking. It is however, far from perfect. There were definitely parts of our models where the PVA had bled slightly into the PLA, so that when it dissolved away, small imperfections and holes were visible in the model surface. This happened often enough that almost any model we printed using PVA supports had a small imperfection somewhere, so this is something you’ll need to keep in mind if you’re looking for absolutely flawless prints. The other thing to note about PVA filament is that it is very sensitive to humidity, and won’t be safe to be left on the printer spool if you’re not using it regularly. Our test PVA spool eventually stopped printing properly after a month of being on the printer for everyday printing, with the filament sizzling on the print bed and curling up in various places. Ultimaker does include instructions to ‘dry’ out the spool using the print bed, but even after following these instructions we were unable to restore the PVA filament to its original use. For the ultimate 3D printing solution, Ultimaker encourages you to opt for their Pro bundle, which adds on two separate components to the S5. First, there’s an automatic material handing station which has room for 6 separate spools of filament. The chamber is also humidity-controlled, so if you’ve got spools of PVA filament or other sensitive materials, they’ll be kept safe with minimal intervention. The material station is able to automatically load filament depending on what your print job requires, which again minimizes exposing the materials to humidity and other elements. Secondly is an Air Manager that sits atop the Ultimaker S5, helping to circulate air properly through the machine and filter out 95% of ultra-fine particles. Again, this is most practical for when you’re printing with materials that are highly susceptible to interference, or for when you just want to have a closed system for undisturbed printing. If you make the investment for these add-ons, you’ll definitely reap the rewards, but you’re still able to make perfectly good prints even without them. The Ultimaker S5 demands little supervision once it starts going, which means you can easily queue up a print job, walk away, and come back in a few hours to a fully-completed print that’s ready for use. The combination of software and materials at your disposal is equally impressive, and the ability to work together as a team on a single print project is also a huge bonus. Clear, easy-to-follow instructions makes setting up the Ultimaker S5 very easy, and there’s a wealth of learning information on the site to talk you through every single feature at length. When it comes to efficiency and speed of printing, there’s a lot to look into with the Ultimaker S5. Do you just want rough draft prints that don’t have to have much detail but are more about testing the possibilities of a particular model or idea? Then you’ll have no problems waiting for a model to print in a few hours. But if you’re looking to print highly detailed models, then you’ll need to be patient and let the Ultimaker S5 do its thing, especially if you’re printing with PVA supports. Your patience will pay off with a beautifully printed model, but if time is of the essence, then you’ll want to switch to other print modes for faster results. Overall however, the Ultimaker S5 is a fantastic piece of engineering, and regularly impressed us with what we could churn out of it. It’s something that will take pride of place in any space – be it a school lab or an engineer’s office. It’s a sizeable investment to make, but this is something that professionals are certainly going to opt for, especially for complex builds that require more than one person to work on. The breath of software and support for the Ultimaker S5 makes it one of the most competent 3D printers we’ve tested, and an excellent choice for anyone who wants a professional printer with a sizeable print volume and excellent material handling.

 

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FIFA 22 Skill Moves List, Best Skill Moves to Learn on Xbox, PlayStation

With an improvement update to FIFA 22 movements and animations, the game will now run with much more fluidity. In this guide, we’ll show you all of Fifa 22 Skill Moves that you’ll be able to utilize on the field with different combinations of inputs. When you are bored from using the basic tactics to play football and want to spice things up on the pitch, skill moves help you do that. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a Wonderkid on the other end of your controller, even the worst can outmaneuver the best if they know what they’re doing. Skill moves allow your player to perform skills by using combinations of buttons. You can dodge the opponent players or showboat against your opponents using the skill moves. We will be telling you about the skill moves for Play Station, Xbox, and PC separately. Let’s start with our guide right away. All these move options can get pretty overwhelming, so we’ve listed down some of the best skill moves to learn in FIFA 22. These moves are sure to give you an edge in matches! We hope that this guide helps you to perform all the moves easily on any platform. So, get ready to try some exciting moves in FIFA 22 on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

 

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Best Huawei phones in the UAE and Saudi Arabia for 2021: find your perfect Huawei

We've picked out the best Huawei phones on the market so you can see quickly what's ideal for you. There is a catch when it comes to Huawei, though. Since a trade ban from the US government, Huawei phones aren't so appealing any more. The ban means the latest Huawei phones can’t run Google Mobile Services and don’t have the Google Play Store. Compared to other Android smartphones, this makes them a tricky sell to those living in Western markets and keen to use Google products. However, that situation might improve soon with the launch of HarmonyOS 2 meaning that Huawei phones could benefit from some useful changes that you just can't get anywhere else. You still won't enjoy the benefits of the Google Play Store et al, but it could still offer some other advantages. It's definitely worth taking note as ever since 2018’s excellent P20 Pro, Huawei has sold more phones in Europe than before thanks to its range of great handsets. The manufacturer has demonstrated that it can hold its own against the likes of Samsung and Apple when it comes to making the best phones in the world. It just needs to figure out its Google related issues. If you can look past that, our list is full of some great Huawei phones including the Huawei Mate 40 Pro and the Huawei P30 Pro. We're also still waiting for the Huawei P50 to make it to Western shores with the phone available in China but not yet in markets like Europe and the USA. Part of Huawei's new top-end lineup, it should be worth paying attention to with a flat-edge OLED screen, a potent camera and - of course, the new HarmonyOS 2 Android rival. The Huawei P30 remains a great handset with an amazing zoom camera, fantastic display, and class-leading battery life. If your budget is tighter, you can even get most of the P30 Pro's features in the Huawei P30 too. 2018’s Mate 20 Pro is a great option as well, with Huawei’s mid-range phones like the P Smart (2019) also offering slick design in an affordable package. Read on to find out why these are the best Huawei phones. The Huawei P30 Pro is the best Huawei phone you can buy right now. It's also one of the best phone we've used when it comes to photography, with the cameras being the P30 Pro's real party piece, providing staggeringly good 5x and 10x zoom, and a digital 50x zoom with gets you insanely close to objects far off in the distance. Its low-light capabilities are also top-notch. The large 6.47-inch screen on the P30 Pro may 'only' have a Full HD+ resolution, but it's bright, clear and colorful providing an excellent canvas for your apps and games. There's no worry when it comes to the P30 Pro potentially running out of juice, the battery life here is excellent. We regularly got to the end of the day with 30% or more left in the tank. The P30 Pro not only sets a new standard for Huawei, it sets a new standard for the entire mobile industry. Its cameras are quite simply astonishing, the design is eye-catching and the power plentiful. It’s a true flagship smartphone. Read more: Huawei P30 Pro review The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is a brilliant all-round phone, offering up a heady mix of design, power and performance with a few party pieces thrown in too. It builds on the excellent P20 and P20 Pro offering up even more screen, enhanced triple rear cameras and an in-display fingerprint scanner. The Mate 20 Pro packs a huge 6.39-inch display giving you a large amount of space for gaming and movies, and its QHD resolution and HDR10 support ensures everything looks great. There is a wide notch at the top of the display though. It also boasts three cameras on the rear, nabbing the excellent 40MP wide-angle and 8MP telephoto lenses from the P20 Pro - but the third sensor is new. It's an ultra-wide 16MP snapper allowing you to cram even more of your surroundings into each shot. The Mate 20 Pro is a full-featured phone for a full-featured price - it even has a few tricks you won’t see elsewhere, and more powerful specs than most of its competitors. Read more: Huawei Mate 20 Pro review The newest entry on our list is Huawei's latest smartphone, the Huawei Nova 9 that offers two excellent cameras at a great price. The primary camera features a 50MP sensor, which uses RYYB (red yellow yellow blue) sub-pixel formation. Huawei claims this makes its cameras better able to handle dark scenes like a champion. The Huawei Nova 9 also features a 32MP selfie camera with 4K video capture and AI image stabilization which is great for users that like to vlog. Continuous front/rear recording allows you to switch between the front and back cameras easily allowing the user to create creative content. There’s also an ultra-wide camera, a depth sensor and a macro camera that lets you get as close as 4cm. You can also simultaneously record using the main camera and the ultra-wide letting you showcase the big picture along with the details. The rest of the phone is also excellent with a beautiful design that's just 7.77mm thin and a 6.57-inch 120Hz OLED display. Combined with a large 4,300mAh battery and a price tag of just AED 1,799, the Huawei Nova 9 is an excellent overall phone with a fantastic camera. The Huawei P30 has a smaller screen than the P30 Pro, and makes do with just the three rear cameras and a maximum zoom of 30x, but it's still one of the best Huawei phones around. With a 6.1-inch display the P30 is a little easier to manage in the hand than its larger sibling, and with a Full HD+ and plenty of colour it's a top smartphone screen. You can expect to get excellent battery life from the Huawei P30, with the phone often lasting a day and a half on a single charge without issue. While the three cameras on the rear aren't quite as good as the four on the P30 Pro, they still offer up an impressive shooting experience with 5x, 10x and 30x zoom and great low-light abilities. There's heaps of power, a handy headphone jack (something the Pro can't boast) and a more manageable form factor for one-handed use. And of course, it's a little cheaper too. Read more: Huawei P30 review Easily one of the best phones around in terms of hardware, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro suffers for the lack of Google apps and Play Store but if you simply want great photos and a gorgeous screen, this is the one for you. It moulds into your hand perfectly thanks to its curved design that feels great, and it handles pretty much everything you throw at it enthusiastically. Photography wise, it takes fantastic photos and has an extensive range of tools to enhance them further. However, with the lack of Google apps support, you will be restricted with what you can download to this phone, and it does feel rather pricey to be so limited. Read more: Huawei Mate 40 Pro review The Huawei P40 Pro should be the best handset Huawei has ever made. After all, it’s an upgrade on the Huawei P30 Pro in most ways, with a superb quad-lens camera, phenomenal life from its 4,200mAh battery, and a stylish design, with curved glass on all four front edges. You also get flagship power from the P40 Pro’s Kirin 990 chipset, plus a great screen with a high 90Hz refresh rate. So why isn’t this Huawei’s best phone? Because like other recent Huawei handsets it lacks Google Mobile Services, meaning no Google apps (such as Maps) and more importantly no access to the Google Play Store. So you have to get your apps elsewhere, and the selection is more restrictive. As such, the Huawei P40 Pro finds itself in the awkward position of being a lesser handset than its predecessor. But the hardware is great, so if you can live without Google on your phone then it’s still well worth considering. Read more: Huawei P40 Pro review If you want in on the hardware design and solid cameras of the P40 series but are still cautious that they don't support Google Mobile services, you might want to go for this regular P40 considering it's cheaper than the Pro and Pro Plus. There's no wireless charging or high refresh rate display but the design is among the best in the market and the triple camera set up takes stunning photos and videos. The Kirin 990 chipset is 5G ready, and the battery life is incredible. But with no access to the Google Play Store or Google services it remains limited for the Western market. Read more: Huawei P40 review The Huawei Mate 30 Pro was one of the earliest casualties of the Huawei ban – so there are no Google apps on this phone, and there’s no access to the Google Play Store. If you can get past the restricted software though, there’s some very good hardware here, including a stunning edge-to-edge waterfall display, great battery life from its 4,500mAh battery, and an excellent quad-lens camera, which outperforms most rivals in low light situations. The Huawei Mate 30 Pro also has the same chipset as the Huawei P40 Pro, so performance is similar, and it packs most other flagship features, such as water resistance and wireless charging. Read more: Huawei Mate 30 Pro review The standard Huawei Mate 20 may be worse than the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, but it’s still a strong phone in its own right and it’s cheaper too. Other than the lower – though still high – price, highlights include a 4,000mAh battery which in our tests delivered excellent life, and top-end power, thanks to the use of an octa-core Kirin 980 chipset and up to 6GB of RAM. The Huawei Mate 20 also has a triple-lens camera on the back. This isn’t the same selection of lenses as its Pro-level sibling, but still makes for a versatile setup. And in some ways the Mate 20 actually has the Mate 20 Pro beat, as its 6.53-inch screen is larger, and it has a headphone port, which the fancier phone doesn’t. Read more: Huawei Mate 20 review The Huawei P20 Pro may not be Huawei's latest flagship any more, but it still has a lot going for it, with the highlight being its exceedingly impressive and versatile triple-lens rear camera. That camera allows for 3x optical zoom and proves surprisingly adept at night shots, which is usually a setting that phone cameras really struggle with. Other highlights of the Huawei P20 Pro include a big, long-lasting battery, and an even bigger AMOLED screen that delivers vivid colors on a large scale. The Huawei P20 Pro also has a striking design, with a metal frame and a glass back, that optionally comes in a gradient color scheme that sees the colors shift from purple at the top to a turquoise shade at the bottom. Like any good flagship the Huawei P20 Pro also has facial recognition, a fingerprint scanner and lots of RAM. There’s no wireless charging and the chipset isn’t quite a match for some flagships, but it’s not far off, and as a complete package the Huawei P20 Pro can compete with any other handset, as its strong ranking in our best smartphones list attests. Read more: Huawei P20 Pro review Despite having P30 in its name, the Huawei P30 Lite is no match for the rest of the range and nor is it a flagship. Instead it’s a mid-ranger, but it’s quite a good one. For one thing, it looks good, with a glass-backed design that’s similar to the Huawei P30, down to the notch on the front. It also has a similarly good screen to its pricier sibling, as it has a 6.15-inch 1080 x 2312 display with a pixel density of around 415 pixels per inch. Plus it has face unlock, a triple-lens rear camera, an octa-core chipset and 4/6GB of RAM. However, this is a mid-range chipset and not as good as the ones some similarly priced alternatives have. Overall, it's a solid mid-range handset, but attempting to say it belongs in the same family as the other two P30 devices feels like a little bit of a stretch. Read more: Huawei P30 Lite review The Huawei Mate Xs has arguably the best foldable phone design we’ve seen so far, achieved by placing the foldable screen on the outside so it’s always visible. This allows the Huawei Mate Xs to work effectively as both a 6.6-inch smartphone and an 8.0-inch tablet, and it’s got the specs to carry out both roles, with a high-end Kirin 990 chipset, 8GB of RAM, a 4,500mAh battery, and a great quad-lens camera. Other than its inevitably high price the main thing that holds the Huawei Mate Xs back is the same issue most recent Huawei phones have – the lack of Google Mobile Services. So while the hardware’s great, the software is at a disadvantage. Read more: Huawei Mate Xs review

 

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Dragon Age 4: Everything we know about the next RPG in Thedas

Dragon Age 4 is going to get the gang back together at last. Eventually, anyway. The existence of the next Dragon Age was one of the most oft-teased and never quite confirmed secrets in gaming for several years before it was finally revealed. After the ending of Dragon Age: Inquisition's final DLC made it clear the saga of Thedas was far from over, we've been expecting another Dragon Age game to follow it. BioWare spent years dodging any official confirmation that the fourth game was in the works, but now has said in no uncertain terms that it's working on the next Dragon Age game. Confirmation aside, we still know precious little about it from some teaser trailers, a behind-the-scenes video, and concept art. Reports have claimed that Dragon Age 4 has abandoned a focus on multiplayer elements and been retooled as an entirely singleplayer game, and BioWare has since described it as a "single-player focused experience". That's potentially a big deal, as we'd been wondering how EA's online service game aspirations would affect BioWare's historically singleplayer series. We still haven't actually gotten a proper look at Dragon Age 4's gameplay, or heck even a title, but BioWare has begun to sprinkle out teasers and concept art more regularly since the summer of 2020. While we keep waiting for a proper unveiling, here's everything we know about Dragon Age 4's story, possible release date, trailers, characters, and more. What is Dragon Age 4's release date? We don't have a release date for Dragon Age 4 yet. We do know that it's likely still quite a ways off. In August 2020, then general manager Casey Hudson described Dragon Age 4 as still in "early production". Dragon Age was also referred to during EA's October 2019 earnings call. The information was brief and pretty non-committal but according to CFO Blake Jorgensen, the next Dragon Age game "probably comes after fiscal [2022]", meaning after April 2022. Jorgensen also cautions that they don't often make such predictions multiple years in advance. It's hard to say whether "fiscal '22" is an ambitious estimate or an extremely cautious one so we'll just have to wait to hear more. In July 2021, executive producer Christian Dailey said "Please know that the team is heads down with a lot of momentum and making great progress. We are excited to share more when the time is right." Here's a teaser trailer for Dragon Age 4 (Image credit: Electronic Arts, BioWare) During The Game Awards in 2020, BioWare showed off a teaser trailer for the next Dragon Age game. Sadly, we still don't know its official title, though the trailer does at least seem to confirm one returning character: dwarven archer Varric Tethras, a party member in both Dragon Age 2 and Dragon Age: Inquisition. Aside from that, the trailer also confirms that, as is Dragon Age tradition, we'll have a new protagonist for the next game. Oh, and it's seriously pretty. The series seems to be getting even further away from its grimy Ferelden roots into some of the more grand and colorful magic of the world. Dragon Age 4 won't be a live-service game like Anthem In early 2018, Kotaku reported that Dragon Age 4 had been rebooted as a "live" game to better fit with EA's push for "games as a service" that could continue to generate revenue after initial launch sales. However, as of 2021, Dragon Age 4 has reportedly ditched all multiplayer elements to stay a singleplayer experience. This news came shortly after BioWare announced plans to cease work on Anthem, the live-service sci-fi game that they'd been attempting to overhaul after its poor reception in 2019. We don't know exactly what plans for Dragon Age 4's multiplayer were before this decision, but it's safe to say now that it definitely won't be an online-only game like Anthem. BioWare are now calling it a "single-player focused experience". Based on what the studio has historically done well, this seems like a good decision. Mass Effect 3 and Andromeda had a multiplayer mode that was actually pretty decent, but singleplayer stories remain the focal point for both series. What is the setting of Dragon Age 4? Minrathous, the mage-run capital city of the Teviner Imperium. (Image credit: Electronic Arts, BioWare) Tevinter—it's official. We'd been operating on this assumption for years now, given the less-than-subtle ending of Dragon Age Inquisition's final DLC, a 2019 report about the game's development, and the short story collection called Tevinter Nights from 2020. BioWare finally confirmed it in their huge studio history book "Bioware: Stories and Secrets from 25 Years of Game Development". At the very end of the book, looking towards BioWare's future, a section called "Tevinter Bound a sneak peek at the follow-up to Inquisition" lets on that this is definitely the main setting for the next game. "The game, helmed by executive producer Mark Darrah, will take players to Tevinter as the events of Inquisition and Trespasser threaten to forever change Thedas." Darrah has since left BioWare, replaced by Christian Dailey, though the rest is presumably current information. Tevinter has yet to appear in a Dragon Age game properly, though the country run by mages is often mentioned and we've had several party members from up north. The glimpse of Tevinter capitol Minrathous we saw in the 2020 Game Awards teaser had an almost cyberpunk feel to it with the colorful urban night-time and floating central segment. It's possible that, like Inquisition, Dragon Age 4 will not be set just in one country but will visit other nations as well. BioWare's studio history book includes some of the same concept art that we've seen in their behind the scenes video from summer 2020. Among the small selection of artwork chosen for the page are the Necropolis in Nevarra and an Antivan Crow assassin, suggesting that we could be visiting both locations as part of the story. Oh, and the Deep Roads, too. We're probably not escaping a Dragon Age game without a visit underground. What will Dragon Age 4's gameplay be like? (Image credit: Electronic Arts, BioWare) It will certainly be an RPG, or so one would assume, but beyond that any real details about Dragon Age 4 are still very hush-hush. From Kotaku's report on the first version of Dragon Age 4, codenamed Joplin, "a large chunk of Joplin would center on heists. The developers talked about building systemic narrative mechanics, allowing the player to perform actions like persuading or extorting guards without the writers having to hand-craft every scene. The goal was to focus as much as possible on choice and consequence, with smaller areas and fewer fetch quests than Dragon Age: Inquisition." Game development is a highly iterative process, especially so at BioWare, according to Kotaku's reports on both Dragon Age 4 and Anthem. Dragon Age 4 has definitely changed staff and has likely changed vision as well now that it's known internally as Morrison. It's still possible that BioWare is attempting to make a smaller, denser open world for Dragon Age 4 after player critique that Inquisition's open world felt somewhat empty. In a post to BioWare's blog following the teaser trailer from December 2018, Darrah wrote that "we have been building a new team around a core of Dragon Age veterans, people I've worked with on Dragon Age, Jade Empire, and some of whom I've worked with since the Baldur's Gate days." While that may just be a way to reassure players of the quality the team will produce for Dragon Age 4, it might also mean that BioWare is looking to channel its earliest CRPG roots for its next game. So is Dread Wolf Rises the title of Dragon Age 4? It could be, or it might just be a statement about the plot. Whether or not the game is named after our friend Solas, he will certainly be playing a pivotal role, it seems. Dragon Age 4 will be a story about having no power In the Gamescom trailer, le