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EA Announces Battlefield V Launching Worldwide on October 19

May 24, 2018 - 9:13 AM - by Reverend
DICE, an Electronic Arts Inc studio, officially announced Battlefield™ V, immersing players in unexpected battles and untold stories of World War 2 as never seen before. Featuring a fresh portrayal of one of mankind’s biggest conflicts, Battlefield V allows players to feel the unmatched intensity of all-out war and travel to unexpected but crucial moments of World War 2 through new and signature multiplayer modes, single-player War Stories and the cooperative Combined Arms. In Battlefield V, embark on a continuing, grand journey post-launch in the brand new Tides of War, created to make sure the battlefield is constantly evolving with new events, challenges, battles, and rewards that are always within reach – for all Battlefield V owners*.

Battlefield V multiplayer will deliver the most immersive gameplay of the franchise in a sandbox environment that portrays the battles of World War 2, allowing players to feel the force of the fight and truly shape the war as the war shapes them. Players’ soldiers can now tow stationary weapons, build fortifications and repair war-torn structures to turn the battlefield to the player’s advantage. Whether dragging a squad mate to safety or shooting a grenade out of the sky, players will forge a deeper connection to the ever-evolving world around them and achieve victory against the toughest odds. With the freedom to adapt and evolve the battlefield in new and unseen ways, the battlefield will never be the same.

“Battlefield V is a homecoming for DICE as a studio—a return to the era that came to define the Battlefield franchise. But as nostalgic as we are about World War 2, we wanted to challenge the preconception of the era with an unexpected portrayal of this familiar setting. Our vision with Battlefield V is to let players explore new and untold sides of the conflict that shaped the modern world,” said Oskar Gabrielson,... [Read More]
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Apple Offers $50 Credit For Early iPhone Battery Replacement Buyers

May 24, 2018 - 8:36 AM - by Reverend
Did you spend $79 for an iPhone battery replacement last year? If so, then prepare to get some of that money back.

Apple is giving a $50 credit to any customers who made the purchases in 2017 at authorized company stores and service locations. The credit specifically applies to out-of-warranty battery replacements for iPhone 6 devices and later.

The refund is part of Apple's effort to make up for "Batterygate." Last December, the company admitted to secretly slowing down the performance of certain iPhone models to offset errors caused by the aging batteries inside.

Many iPhone owners were outraged over the practice; outside experts realized you could restore the performance of these iPhones by simply replacing the battery. However, Apple had failed to communicate this to public and later apologized for it.

To make up for the incident, the company this year began slashing the out-of-warranty battery replacement on affected iPhones from $79 to $29. The discount lasts until the end of this year.

The new $50 credit essentially extends the discount to iPhone owners who bought the battery replacements last year — something that Apple hinted it might do in a letter to a US senator back in February.

To deliver the $50 credit, Apple will contact eligible customers via email starting today until July 27. The company intends to offer the refunds via an electronic funds transfer or by adding the $50 to a credit card.

Customers who believe they're eligible, but failed to receive an email should contact Apple at this link. You have until the end of this year to do so before the offer expires.

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Facebook Just Made Two-Factor Authentication Easier to Set Up

May 24, 2018 - 8:31 AM - by Reverend
Facebook is making it easier to set up two-factor authentication on your account, and allowing those who want to use a third-party authenticator app instead of their phone number to receive their authentication code.

If you’re not familiar, two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to your account. When you log in with your password on a new device or in a way that’s a bit unusual, you’ll be prompted to enter a numerical code as well that you either receive via text message or through an app. The idea is that even if someone else manages to get your password they won’t be able to access your account.

If you don’t already have it set up, you should. Most services offer the feature these days, including Twitter and Gmail and you want it set up on everything you have.

Previously you needed to give Facebook your phone number in order to use two-factor authentication. Which, if for obvious reasons you didn’t want to hand over meant you couldn’t use the feature.

Now, you can use a third-party app such as Google Authenticator, which constantly generates new codes (so you can access them even if you don’t have a cell signal) in addition to a phone number.

For people who don’t have the feature set up at all, Facebook will also walk you through the process with prompts to make it a little less confusing.

To get started, go to the Settings menu within the Facebook app or your desktop and then select “Security and Login” and then “Use two-factor authentication.”

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Apple starts production on chipset that will power its next smartphone

May 24, 2018 - 8:28 AM - by Reverend
Apple has started production on the chipset that will power its next smartphone, according to a new report.

The all-new processor is tipped to be faster and more efficient than its predecessor, which could result in markedly better battery life in the forthcoming iPhone models.

Apple is tipped to make the switch from a 10-nanometre chip design, like those used in iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, to a more compact seven-nanometre chip.

This smaller A12 design should increase efficiency, resulting in faster speeds on the new iPhone.

The new design would also save precious space inside the handset, which could enable Apple to add new hardware components that it would previously have been unable to fit.

Apple has long battled to conserve space inside its iPhone models – even going so far as to drop the ubiquitous 3.5mm headphone port to conserve space inside the smartphone.

According to anonymous sources speaking to Bloomberg, Apple manufacturing partner TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) started production of the new chipset this week.

However, a TSMC spokesperson would not confirm whether the chips in production were for Apple.

Daily Mail
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Instagram Finally Adds Mute Feature

May 23, 2018 - 3:15 PM - by Reverend
Instagram today announced a long-awaited feature: the ability to mute posts.

Mute will let you hide posts from certain people without unfollowing them. To the offending party, things will look normal, but their annoying photos or Stories will no longer clutter your feed.

Perhaps you have a friend who doesn't know you can post up to 10 photos in one post and spams your feed with multiple posts per day (or Stories per hour). Maybe it's all selfies all the time, and you've had enough of their mug. Or maybe their all-too-perfect Instagram aesthetic is just Too Much.

You could unfollow them, but sometimes these people are family, roommates, people you see in real life, or co-workers, and you'd rather not have an awkward "did you unfollow me?" conversation. Until now, you just had to put up with them, but Instagram is now having mercy on us.

"With this change, you can make your feed even more personalized to what matters to you," Instagram said in a blog post.

Mute will roll out over the coming weeks. Once it's active on your account, tap the ellipses (''') on the top-right of someone's post and select "Mute." You can then select whether you want to mute only people's photo posts, their Stories, or both.

"You can also mute posts and stories by pressing and holding on a story in your tray, or from a profile," Instagram said.

PC Magazine
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Apple launches Data & Privacy portal allowing users to download their personal data

May 23, 2018 - 3:10 PM - by Reverend
Apple has made it easier for its customers to download all of their personal data stored on the company's servers, with a new Data and Privacy portal offering users also offering ways to correct personal information collected by Apple, and to deactivate or delete their account completely.

Initially announced in March and launched on Wednesday in the European Union, the Data and Privacy portal is a one-stop-shop for users wanting to get a copy of all the information Apple has about them. The site is dedicated to allowing users of iCloud and Apple's other services to manage their personal data, including corrections and removing it from Apple's servers.

The main section, "Obtain a copy of your data," provides a wide selection of data, including purchase and app usage histories, and the data users choose to store with Apple. The list of data categories available to download includes Apple ID account and device data, online and retail Apple Store activity, AppleCare support history and requests, Game Center activity, and activities associated with Apple's various online stores.

While also available manually, the data trove can also include items stored on iCloud, including files and documents on iCloud Drive, iCloud Mail, and iCloud Photos.

Apple warns the download will not include app, book, film, TV show, or music purchases, nor will it include the Apple Online Store transaction history and Marketing communications history, though these last two items can be acquired via a different request method.

Users could wait for up to seven days for the data to be prepared for download, Apple warns, with the company taking this time to verify the request came from the user themselves and not a third party. Once compiled, Apple will notify the user the data is available to download from their Apple ID account page.

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Sony says it’s the beginning of the end for PS4

May 23, 2018 - 3:03 PM - by Reverend
The PS4 era is over. Speaking to investors, PlayStation boss John Kodera outlined the company's three-year roadmap and it seems the console, which has sold 79 million units since its launch in 2013, is not going to be part of it. This is largely due to declining sales which is, Kodera notes, typical of the usual profit- and life-cycle of consoles. It does also suggest a new console might be on its way -- likely the PS5 -- but Kodera didn't give away any specifics.

However, he did note that the company plans to "crouch down" until March 2021, which might be when we see a new offering, although it's likely he's alluding to an expected slowdown in profits until that time, while the company fortifies itself against the drops in fortune it's seen with other console generations. Its online services are doing well to bridge that gap, though. Playstation Plus grew by 60 percent in the two years leading up to April 2018, and the company plans to capitalize on that by adding new games and creating exclusive game franchises to further boost numbers.

The whole statement is largely designed to reassure investors that all is well, and it is, save for PSVR and Vue, both of which are performing below expectations. Again, no specifics on how PlayStation plans to tackle that beyond "increasing user engagement", but Kodera seems unfazed, noting that the company will aim for more "realistic" growth in the coming period.

The PS4 (RIP) hit the shelves just eight months after it was announced, while the PS3 took 18 months to arrive following its announcement. So how long we'll have to wait for the next PlayStation console is anyone's guess. It's clear, though, that official announcements won't be made for a while -- maybe even a couple of years -- but as long as the company can stick to its current trajectory, it's definitely on its way.

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Get ready for ads in Facebook Stories

May 18, 2018 - 8:57 AM - by Reverend
While Facebook's version of Stories have taken a while to gain traction, the format isn't going anywhere soon. Apparently, Facebook has enough users (some 150 million daily active users) now to start testing ads within Stories, according to TechCrunch.

Users in the US, Mexico and Brazil can expect to see these five to 15 second skippable videos, TechCrunch said. While they aren't yet clickable, Facebook will likely add that feature soon. Advertisers can move their ads over from Instagram Stories easily, or simply repurpose New Feed ads with new colors and copy. TechCrunch also reported that businesses will be able to access more metrics about their Story ad performance. With Stories about to surpass News Feed postings, this new move comes just in time for the Facebook as it competes with Snapchat for eyeballs and ad dollars.

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