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However it seems that EA has decided that the game has undergone enough changes where they now feel comfortable enough to bring the feature back. For those who are a little worried about what this means, not to worry as EA has stated that microtransactions will be purely for cosmetic purposes (like buying skins in DotA 2) and will not affect gameplay. This means that any concerns that this will turn Battlefront 2 into a pay-to-win game can be put aside.
EA has also announced some changes to the game where certain in-game perks and features can only be earned by playing the game, as opposed to paying for them. This includes Star Cards where according to EA, “Star Cards, or any other item impacting gameplay, will only be earned through gameplay and will not be available for purchase. Instead, you’ll earn experience points for the classes, hero characters, and ships that you choose to play in multiplayer.”
This will also be applied to Crates where they are earned instead of being purchased. “Crates are earned by logging in daily, completing Milestones, and through timed challenges. Inside of these crates, you’ll find Credits or cosmetic items, such as emotes or victory poses, but nothing that impacts gameplay.”
We know that there is a proper Pokemon RPG in development for the Nintendo Switch, but the question is when will it arrive? Some have speculated that it could as early as this year, while others believe it might only arrive next year. However thanks to a recent job listing on Glassdoor (which has since been taken down), we might have a better idea of the game’s status.
According to the job listing posted by the Pokemon Company, it seems that they are looking to hire a video game editor to edit video game text for the next two years. This will cover game text, strategy guides, manuals, press releases, marketing materials, and so on, although the listing does not directly mention the game.
Based on this listing, it is believed that the game could be close to launching within the timeframe that was previously reported. It has also been speculated that because the contract is for two years, it ties in with an earlier report that the upcoming game could have DLCs which could be released over the course of the next two years.
In any case Nintendo has been rather mum on the whole subject and many had hoped that the company would have announced the game a couple of weeks ago during its Nintendo Direct presentation, but unfortunately that did not happen (although we did get Super Smash Bros.). Perhaps we’ll learn more at E3 2018, but until then take it with a grain of salt.
We have heard that YouTube plans on bringing on board more human moderators to its platform, where instead of relying purely on their filters, these human moderators will catch to help content that might have slipped past. However it seems that YouTube definitely needs to step things up, according to a report from Business Insider.
According to the report, it seems that the supposedly “safe” YouTube Kids app has been showing children conspiracy videos. YouTube Kids, for those unfamiliar, is basically YouTube that has been heavily filtered and sorted where it will only display content that is deemed suitable for children, which conspiracy videos are clearly not.
Business Insider cites an example where searching for “UFO” should have returned child-friendly results, like videos on UFO toys, cartoons, and so on. However the top video that was shown was an alleged UFO shooting at a chemtrail, along with several videos posted by conspiracy theorists. Given how impressionable children are, this is obviously a rather bad idea.
YouTube has acknowledge the gaffe in a statement which reads, “The YouTube Kids app is home to a wide variety of content that includes enriching and entertaining videos for families. This content is screened using human trained systems. That being said, no system is perfect and sometimes we miss the mark. When we do, we take immediate action to block the videos or, as necessary, channels from appearing in the app. We will continue to work to improve the YouTube Kids app experience.”
So if there was ever a time to quickly start bringing more human moderators on board, now would be a good time as any to do so.
This is according to a report from ComicBook.com where possible details about the next Assassin’s Creed has leaked. Like we said, the rumors are claiming that it could be taking place in Greece, and this is further corroborated by the game’s art director Raphael Lacoste snapped a photo during a holiday to Greece. It might be a bit of a stretch, but at the same time is it possible that Lacoste was doing his research for the next game while also being on holiday?
It has also been rumored for a launch in 2019, which also leaves the question of what will we be seeing this year? It’s actually weird that we’re hearing rumors of next year’s Assassin’s Creed when this year’s title has yet to be announced or even rumored about. Ubisoft did previously hint that Assassin’s Creed might no longer be an annual release, but last year the company seemed to suggest that there will be new a Assassin’s Creed game for 2018.
In any case we’ll just have to wait and see if more details leak in the future, but until then we suggest you take it with a grain of salt.
There are probably a ton of apps on the Google Play Store that haven’t been updated since their release, and possibly for years. Maybe the developer has forsaken the app, or maybe the app is simple enough where despite the various updates to Android, it still works. However that will change with Android P.
According to a report from Android Police, it seems that with Android P, Google will block apps built for Android 4.1 or lower from running on the phone. This means that users who are still using these very old apps will not be able to use them if they decide to make the upgrade to Android P.
We suppose this makes sense as some apps, despite being functional, might have some security vulnerabilities or exploits that can be taken advantage of that could have been fixed had they been updated. Or it is also possible that apps that are Android 4.1 old might not be optimized for modern handsets in terms of features, UI, resolution, and so on.
The USS Colorado went into service yesterday, it’s the largest Virginia-class attack submarine that the country’s navy has currently. The new submarine went into service from the aval Submarine Base New London in Connecticut and unlike submarines before it, the 377-foot-long and 7,800-ton sub is the first attack submarine to use an Xbox controller for maneuvering the photonics masts.
It had actually been confirmed by the Navy in September last year that its new submarines would feature photonics masts which will replace the periscope used on previous submarines. The masts have high-resolution cameras that are capable of rotating 360 degrees and relay those images back to monitors in the sub’s control room.
The USS Colorado is the 15th member of the Virginia class of submarines. It’s commanded by Cmdr. Reed Koepp who leads 130 men. While women do serve on submarines in the U.S. Navy, they haven’t been assigned to the new submarine just yet. The Navy builds its attack submarines in partnership with General Dynamics Electric Boat in Connecticut and Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia at a cost of around $2.7 billion apiece.
Other submarines have joysticks but this is the first of its kind to feature an Xbox controller. It’s said that using this off-the-shelf technology helps the Navy save money while young sailors already know their way around the controller.
L’Oréal has announced its acquisition of ModiFace, an augmented reality beauty app maker based in Canada. The company says that this decision is part of its digital acceleration strategy to give its 34 international brands the tools they need to succeed in this competitive digital environment. Modiface has plenty of experience working with big cosmetics brands to create augmented reality apps for mobile and desktop so it’s going to be a good fit for L’Oreal.
ModiFace has developed technologies that enable 3D virtual make-up, color and skin diagnosis services using proprietary software that tracks facial features and color. Its software is used by nearly all major beauty brands.
It’s the same company that provided that make-up tool experience in Bixby Vision on the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+. ModiFace has also developed augmented reality mirrors that can enable users to try out makeup without actually having to put it on.
“ModiFace will support the reinvention of the beauty experience around innovative services to help our customers discover, try and chose products and brands,” said Lubomira Rochet, Chief Digital Officer of L’Oréal.
L’Oréal’s Digital Services Factory will absorb ModiFace, it’s a dedicated division at the company that’s involved in designing and developing new digital services for the various brands in the group’s portfolio. It’s going to work in close collaboration with L’Oréal’s Advanced Research.
Carriers in the United States are gradually rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Verizon was the first major carrier in the country to release said update for last year’s flagships from Samsung with T-Mobile following suit a couple of days ago. Multiple reports have now surfaced online about Sprint’s roll out of Oreo for the aforementioned devices. The carrier is rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo for the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+.
Sprint has released firmware version G950USQU2CRB9 and G955USQU2CRB9 for the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ respectively. The update is rolling out over-the-air so it may be a while before it’s available for download in all regions across the country. The update file itself weighs in at just over 1.5GB which isn’t surprising seeing as how this is a major Android OS update.
Much like the updates that Verizon and T-Mobile have already rolled out for both devices, Sprint’s release brings Android version 8.0 and Samsung Experience 9.0. All of the bells and whistles from Oreo are included in this update as is the security patch for the month of February.
Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners on Sprint who have yet to receive the update shouldn’t expect to have to wait much longer. It’s only a matter of time before that much-awaited update notification pops up on their device. With Sprint rolling out this update, only AT&T is left, and we can expect the carrier to roll out this update on its network in the near future.
About a month ago Facebook decided that it would no longer allow ads for cryptocurrencies and other dubious financial products such as binary options on its platform. The world’s largest social network wanted to ensure that its users were kept safe from rampant cryptocurrency scams and get rich quick schemes involving web-based financial products that were too good to be true. Google took a similar step not too long ago and according to a new report, Twitter may be next.
Sources tell Sky that Twitter is going to implement an outright ban against ads for initial coin offerings or ICOs, token sales and cryptocurrency wallets within the next couple of weeks. The report also adds that Twitter may even ban ads for some cryptocurrency exchanges with “some limited exceptions.”
Twitter hasn’t confirmed or denied this as yet but if it does decide to implement a blanket ban on cryptocurrency-related ads, it wouldn’t be surprising. Cryptocurrency scams show no signs of slowing down and the company would certainly want its users to be protected from them.
This is why it would make sense for Twitter to follow in the footsteps of Facebook and Google to make sure that its platform isn’t used to cheat people out of their hard-earned money.
Microsoft’s Edge browser is much better compared to Internet Explorer but a lot of people still use third-party browsers such as Chrome on Windows 10 machines. However, Microsoft is testing a new method that will essentially force users to open Edge. The company is essentially going to force Windows 10 Mail users to use the Edge browser for links clicked on within the email client.
The company has said that “we will begin testing a change where links clicked on within the Windows Mail app will open in Microsoft Edge.” The change is being tested in the latest test build of Windows 10.
What that means is that even if you have Chrome or any other browser set as the default on your computer, Microsoft will ignore that default setting and open the link that you clicked on inside the Windows 10 Mail app in Edge.
As you can probably imagine, those who don’t use Edge for a variety of reasons won’t suddenly warm up to the browser when they’re forced to open it regardless of their default setting. This may only infuriate those users and push them to dump Microsoft’s native email client for a third-party option.
“As always, we look forward to feedback from our WIP community,” the company says in its blog post announcing this change, so one can only hope that it takes that feedback into account and reconsiders this decision.