Microsoft: Call of Duty to Remain on PlayStation After Activision Merger Closes

Jan 21, 2022 - 7:58 AM - by Reverend
PlayStation fans who love Call of Duty can relax: Microsoft has no plans to turn the gaming franchise into an Xbox exclusive, even though the company is buying Activision Blizzard.

Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer tweeted out the news on Thursday. “Had good calls this week with leaders at Sony. I confirmed our intent to honor all existing agreements upon acquisition of Activision Blizzard and our desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation,” he said.

“Sony is an important part of our industry, and we value our relationship,” Spencer added.

The statement echoes what Sony told The Wall Street Journal earlier in the day. “We expect that Microsoft will abide by contractual agreements and continue to ensure Activision games are multiplatform,” a Sony spokesperson said.

How long those contractual agreements last is unclear. But the Call of Duty franchise has been a major moneymaker for Activision, so pulling the PlayStation support would be costly for Microsoft. On the flip side, though, it could drive gamers to the Xbox platform, which is no doubt a key reason why Microsoft is buying up the company. Activision Blizzard games will be heading to Game Pass as soon as the deal is finalized, according to Microsoft.

The question remains if any other Activision titles are going to become Xbox exclusives. In an interview with The Washington Post, Spencer simply noted the Xbox team plans on talking with its developers “about working on a variety of franchises from the Activision Blizzard vaults.”

Microsoft is spending a massive $68.7 billion to buy Activision Blizzard, which publishes the Warcraft, Starcraft, Diablo, and Overwatch franchises. It also owns series such as Crash Bandicoot and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, which we’re hoping Microsoft will bring to Xbox.

But it’s important to note government regulators could intervene to stop the merger under antitrust grounds. So Microsoft’s deal for Activision is far from done.

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Samsung confirms February Unpacked, hints at the end of the Note line

Jan 21, 2022 - 7:54 AM - by Reverend
Samsung will host an Unpacked event next month, the company has confirmed in a press release authored by president TM Roh, and the writing is on the wall for the Galaxy Note series. The release hints that more Note features will be coming to the Galaxy S series — specifically the next Ultra phone in the lineup, which looks poised to take on the Note’s built-in stylus and related productivity features. This all but seals the Note series’ fate, which Samsung left in ambiguous territory last year.

Things looked doubtful for a renewal of the Note series when 2021 came and went without a new Note device. Roh’s post acknowledges the disappointment from Note fans and that this feedback has been taken into account in designing “the most noteworthy S series device we’ve ever created.” To drive home the point, the post ends with a rallying cry to “help Samsung rewrite the future of smartphones once again” and an invitation to “[g]et ready for the ultimate Ultra experience.”

This doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Last year’s S21 series took a half step toward absorbing the Note series when it incorporated S-pen support. When the S22 leaks started to roll in, it began to look more obvious that the S-series Ultra, in particular, would more or less become the new Note, complete with a built-in stylus silo.

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Amazon drops plan to ban Visa credit cards in UK

Jan 19, 2022 - 10:54 PM - by Reverend
Amazon said on Monday it would not stop accepting UK-issued Visa Inc credit cards on its British website later this month as it had proposed, adding that it was working with Visa to resolve a dispute over payment fees.

"The expected  change regarding  the use of Visa credit  cards  on Amazon.co.uk  will no longer take place on January 19," the company said in an email to customers.

"We are working  closely  with Visa on a potential solution  that will enable  customers to continue using their Visa credit cards  on  Amazon.co.uk." 

Amazon said in November it would ban Visa's card because of the high transaction fees charged by the payment processor.

It said customers could still use Visa's debit cards, along with Mastercard and Amex credit cards and Eurocard.

A Visa spokesperson said on Monday: "Amazon customers can continue to use Visa cards on Amazon.co.uk after January 19 while we work closely together to reach an agreement."

Visa had said in November it was "very disappointed that Amazon was threatening to restrict consumer choice".

An EU-enforced cap on fees charged by card issuers is no longer in place in the United Kingdom following Brexit.

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Apple iTunes 12.12.2.2

Jan 17, 2022 - 1:24 PM - by Reverend
You can use iTunes to create your own personal digital music library and easily organize and listen to your collection of digital music files. You can also create your own custom audio CDs and transfer your music to an Apple iPod portable digital music player.

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FrostWire 6.9.7

Jan 14, 2022 - 7:18 PM - by Reverend
FrostWire is a free, open source BitTorrent client, first released as a fork of LimeWire. In version 5, Gnutella support was dropped entirely, and now FrostWire only uses the BitTorrent network.

FrostWire 6.9.7

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The Walkie Talkie feature is now available to all Microsoft Teams users

Jan 14, 2022 - 7:15 PM - by Reverend
A while ago, Microsoft announced it would be bringing more additions to its Teams app — including a Walkie Talkie feature. The wait is finally over for everyone, as the company has updated its mobile apps to enable it for all Teams users. As the name of the feature suggests, it functions by pressing and holding on a microphone button. Once you do so, you can speak and the other party will hear you live. When you’re done, you release the button, like any traditional walkie talkie.

Microsoft shared in a blog post that it’s bringing the Walkie Talkie feature on Teams to everyone (via The Verge). Users on iOS and Android can take advantage of it by making sure their Microsoft Teams app is up to date. The company also announced that it is teaming up with Zebra Technologies to include a dedicated Walkie Talkie side button on some Zebra phone models. These devices are commonly used by frontline workers, and having an easily accessible physical button would only make communication with coworkers simpler. The company is taking this approach because data shows that frontline workers are excited about new technologies and aren’t as stressed when utilizing them. It states:

'New data shows a shift towards optimism for technology to improve life on the frontline—63 percent of frontline workers are excited about the job opportunities technology creates and rank it third on the list of factors that could help reduce work-related stress, just behind better pay and vacation time. In Microsoft’s own productivity data, we’ve seen how the pandemic accelerated that change and drove a 400 percent increase in Microsoft Teams usage among frontline workers from March 2020 to November 2021. As the frontline faces continuous constraints from labor shortages and supply chain disruptions, they want technology that saves them time, helps them communicate more seamlessly, and maximizes their efficiency when completing repetitive tasks.'

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