Epic Games will settle Fortnite loot box lawsuits in V-Bucks

Feb 23, 2021 - 10:40 AM - by Reverend
Epic Games will give Fortnite players 1,000 V-Bucks if they ever purchased an in-game loot box, presented within the game as “loot llamas” containing randomized items, as part of a proposed class action lawsuit settlement to be approved later this week.

While Fortnite’s massively popular battle royale mode has never contained randomized loot boxes, the game’s cooperative survival mode, “Save the World,” did — at least until 2019 when Epic changed its loot box system to allow players to see the item inside prior to purchase.

Now, anyone who purchased a randomized loot box prior to their discontinuation will have the 1,000 V-Bucks (roughly $8) deposited automatically into their accounts over the next two to three days. The decision is part of a broader move from Epic to settle blind draw loot box lawsuits it’s faced over the last few years.

In this case, the developer on Monday received confirmation from a judge of preliminary approval for its class action settlement in the Superior Court of North Carolina, which is why Epic says it will begin distributing the rewards today. The move is unusual, as class action lawsuit settlements typically require claimants to file claims to receive benefits. But Epic says it’s giving out benefits early because it feels its current position on loot boxes is the right one, and that its players are owed something for having bought randomized ones in the past.
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“For one, it’s the right thing to do and we feel strongly about random item loot boxes. And two, we feel good about the settlement,” said Jeffrey Jacobson, a partner at the law firm Faegre Drinker representing Epic, tells The Verge in an interview. “We hope our players agree with us.” A final... [Read More]
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Huawei unveils folding smartphone with an 8-inch-wide screen

Feb 23, 2021 - 10:36 AM - by Reverend
Struggling under U.S. sanctions, Huawei unveiled a folding smartphone with an 8-inch (20-centimeter) -wide screen Monday to show off its tech prowess but said it will be sold only in China.

The Mate X2 highlights the challenges for Huawei Technologies Ltd. after Washington cut off access to U.S. processor chips and Google services. Last year, Huawei fell from the top-selling global smartphone brand to sixth place.

Huawei says the Mate X2, its third folding phone, has crisper visuals and better sound for movies and games. It runs on Huawei’s most advanced processor chip, the Kirin 9000.

The phone offers “a truly immersive experience,” the president of Huawei’s consumer unit, Richard Yu, said at a launch event broadcast online.

Huawei, China's first global tech brand, was battered by being put on an export blacklist by then-President Donald Trump in 2019 as a security risk, an accusation the company denies. Huawei sold its budget-priced Honor smartphone brand in November to focus resources on higher-end models.

The Mate X2 will start at 17,999 yuan ($2,785), according to Yu.

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Feb 20, 2021 - 7:32 PM - by Reverend
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YouTube for Android starts streaming videos in up to 4K on any display resolution

Feb 20, 2021 - 7:27 PM - by Reverend
4K media is widely available nowadays, and YouTube is absolutely full of it, thanks to 4K cameras on smartphones and mirrorless cameras, too. Now, the platform is allowing more people to see content in 4K, with YouTube for Android now streaming 4K content no matter the resolution of your display.

Over the past day or so, YouTube for Android has widely rolled out the ability to view content in up to 4K resolution if it’s available, even if your display doesn’t offer that resolution natively.

For the most part, smartphone displays fall somewhere in between 720p and 1440p, with YouTube previously limiting the streaming resolution of a video to the resolution of the display itself. Now, YouTube for Android is streaming video in up to 2160p on all displays. The Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 with their 1080p displays, for example, now have the ability to stream 4K videos on my devices and our tipster was able to see the same on his Pixel 4. Two Reddit threads show that this feature is rolling out quite widely.

Of course, this doesn’t change the actual resolution of the display itself. IF you have a 1080p display, you’ll still be watching content effectively in 1080p. However, streaming the higher resolution content will result in content looking a bit sharper on that display, even if there’s technically no resolution difference. The difference will be harder to see on a small phone display than it is on a computer, but it’s nice Google is giving users the option.

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Microsoft Starts Automatically Removing Flash From Windows

Feb 18, 2021 - 1:02 PM - by Reverend
Last year, a Windows 10 update attempted to remove Adobe Flash from the operating system, but ultimately failed. Now Microsoft is trying again, and this time it's forcing Adobe's software off your system.

Adobe officially ended support for Flash on Dec. 31, 2020. As ZDNet reports, Adobe also "introduced a time bomb" to the Flash Player, which meant it would stop playing any content after Jan. 12 this year. So it's now effectively dead software installed on Windows computers and Microsoft clearly realizes that.

The Windows Update which tried to remove Flash last year is KB4577586, and at the time it was optional. However, that same update is now automatically being run on Windows as reported by a number of users, so the Flash installation will be removed whether you like it or not. There is still a caveat, though...

Unfortunately, Microsoft hasn't resolved the problem where the update won't remove Flash if a user installed it manually using Adobe's standalone installer. So while this update will significantly cut down on the number of computers with Flash still installed, it won't clear the software off every single PC out there. To uninstall a standalone version of Flash, Microsoft directs you to the instructions listed on Adobe's website.

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Microsoft says Teams app technical issue mostly resolved

Feb 18, 2021 - 12:57 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft said it had mostly resolved the technical issue that delayed message delivery on its widely used Teams workplace messaging app earlier on Wednesday.

The glitch, which was caused by a potential networking issue, affected users in the Americas, the company had said.

“We’re monitoring the service to ensure full restoration and will take any necessary action if impact persists,” the software giant added.

Downdetector, an outage tracking website, showed there were more than 800 incidents of people reporting issues with Teams.

Downdetector only tracks outages by collating status reports from a series of sources, including user-submitted errors on its platform. The outage might have affected a larger number of users.

Collaboration apps such as Teams, Slack and Zoom have played a critical role in driving remote work and online classes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Teams had about 115 million users as of October last year.

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