Respawn Entertainment is reportedly ramping up the crackdown on Apex Legends cheaters through permanent hardware bans against PC players.The permanent bans against cheaters on the Battle Royale shooter’s PC version first surfaced on a thread on the official Apex Legends sub-Reddit.The thread contained screenshots of posts from cheating forums showing complaints from players that they have been unable to rejoin the game after having their account banned.The ban, apparently, is no longer just on the cheater’s account.Respawn is reportedly issuing permanent hardware bans, so the cheaters who create new accounts on their PCs are getting banned almost immediately.The screenshot in the opening post of the aforementioned thread on the Apex Legends sub-Reddit revealed a cheater who has tried nearly everything, including changing the MAC address, reformatting, and partitioning the hard drives of the PC, all to no avail.
Trucks are rolling in now to the Palm Springs resort where it is held every March.Even though Amazon is launching a new re:MARS conference in June that will be open to the public, CEO Jeff Bezos is still gearing up for his invite-only soiree called MARS next week.The MARS conference typically takes place around the third week in March at The Parker Resort in Palm Springs.Things are getting set up at the Parker right now, reports photographer Ric Miller, who lives next to the hotel where the event takes place.Miller sent us some photos.Amazon has also confirmed to Business Insider that the annual invite-only MARS event will still be called MARS and will be a similar experience as in years past.
Overwatch League, the esports league based on Blizzard’s multiplayer shooter, is taking another page out of the traditional sports league playbook with the arrival of home games next year.Overwatch League commissioner Nate Nanzer revealed during a panel at SXSW in Austin, Texas, that in the third year of the esports league, its 20 teams will host matches in their home markets across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, China, France, and South Korea.Currently, the teams are living and playing in and around Burbank, California.Half of the games for each team will be home games and the other half will be away games.Nanzer noted that the away games will be scheduled in a way that teams will play more games against others that are geographically nearer to their home cities, so that road trips will be more efficient.The Overwatch League team managers and players said in interviews with Kotaku that one of the major concerns with the move to home cities is the possible burnout, due to the rigors of regular travel in addition to the long practice sessions.
Rep. Mike Doyle, who's shepherding the Democrats' bill in the House of Representatives to restore the Obama-era net neutrality protections, says he's not waiting for Republican support before bringing the proposed legislation to a vote.In an interview with CNET, the Democrat from Pennsylvania, who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on communications and technology, criticized his colleagues on the other side of the aisle for not making a good faith effort to work across party lines to put net neutrality protections in place.The bill introduced by Democrats is an attempt to end a nearly two decades old fight to codify rules that prevent broadband companies from abusing their power as gatekeepers to the internet.But the bills would still strip the FCC of oversight.Doyle says those efforts don't go far enough in protecting consumers.Do you have enough votes now?
Just ask Roxanne, 27, a freelance chef who hired herself out as an in-home cook through the Kitchensurfing app.“I was like, ‘No, I’m going to leave,’ she says.He pressured her to stay, eager to show off his new apartment, but she said she had another booking.The gig economy introduces a whole new set of relationships without any fixed norms.At the same time, the sharing economy, with its focus on peer-to-peer service, often relies on unknown people entering the home of a fellow unknown either to cook (Kitchensurfing) to sleep (Airbnb) or clean, make minor repairs, or assemble furniture (TaskRabbit).Airbnb relies on Facebook or LinkedIn identity verifications, while Kitchensurfing’s background checks for chefs seem to have been limited to a test meal audition in the platform’s corporate kitchen.
The Culture Audio V1 Noise-Cancellation Bluetooth Headphones feature powerful noise-cancelling technology.Right now you can get a pair at 32 percent off.These Bluetooth headphones feature 98 percent active noise cancellation, allowing you to block out almost all unwanted noise and enjoy your music the way it was meant to be heard.Plus, the Culture V1 headphones boast an array of smart features, such as automatically pausing when you take them off and rest them around your neck.The Culture V1 headphones boast an array of smart features.The V1s also feature low latency technology, allowing you to use them to game or watch TV without any audio lag getting in the way.
Twitter has confirmed it’s prepping the possible launch of a feature that’ll let you subscribe to a conversation, or thread, so you can keep track of contributions without having to like a comment or add a post yourself.The news comes at the same time as the company released a new app called Twttr that will test new formats and designs for the main Twitter app in a bid to make the social media service more user-friendly.The subscription feature was spotted in recent days by Jane Manchun Wong, a prominent app researcher who’s uncovered a number of new features undergoing testing on Twitter, as well as on other social media apps such as Instagram.The researcher tweeted a screenshot from Twitter that showed a button reading, “Subscribe to conversation,” with Wong commenting that the feature lets you subscribe so you can receive notifications of a new post on the thread without liking or replying to a post on the conversation, as you have to do at the present time.Twitter later said that it is indeed testing the feature as part of its work “to make Twitter more conversational,” a strategy aimed at keeping users on the service for longer, giving the company more opportunities to serve up ads as people navigate the app.This is part of our work to make Twitter more conversational https://t.co/jB4PWv3A04
For the games industry, the whole concept of spectating came about as something of a happy accident, driven by the YouTube and Twitch generation of players rather than the developers and publishers.However, with demand for spectating now loud and clear, it’s up to the competitive game industry to pick up the baton and design the next generation of games with viewers in mind, starting from the concept stage.For example, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s spectator client includes highly detailed projectile tracking while Dota 2 provides access to historical data as well as in-game commentary.The streaming platforms already see the huge monetization potential that this vast and largely untapped audience of spectators represents.Its “Twitch Bits” virtual currency and “Twitch Extensions” are already encouraging streamers and game designers to try out new ways of building viewer engagement as popular categories such as Twitch Plays (where spectators collaborate to control games such as Pokémon or Drop The Ball) have demonstrated.Unlocking the relationships which exist between spectators, developers and streamers through new tools and interactive concepts could redefine how online games are experienced and deliver a wealth of untapped revenue.
This is why CISOs are almost always fired or “resign” after major data breaches.When shareholders and customers demand blood following a breach, the CISO is the sacrificial lamb, even if there is no realistic way the CISO could have prevented the breach under the operating circumstances (which could include insufficient budget, headcount, and business visibility).This is often a self-defeating act, since the CISO is usually the most qualified person to manage post breach forensics, cleanup, and compliance audits.According to an IDC survey, at the end of 2017 two-thirds of Global 2000 CEOs had digital transformation at the center of their corporate strategy.There are several factors driving this phenomenon, including:Many organizations have not established a consolidated point of responsibility for governance, risk, and compliance, so cybersecurity operates in its own silo, with business executives often blissfully unaware of potential cyber risks until something goes wrong (aka, a data breach).
A dark figure spreading its wings against a starry backdrop: the “Cosmic Bat” nebula has been captured in beautiful detail by the European Southern Observatory (ESO).The Cosmic Bat, formally known as NGC 1788, is two thousand light-years away in a dark corner of the Orion constellation.The nebula does not give off any light of its own, as it is what is called a “reflection nebula” meaning it is a cloud of dust and gas that it illuminated only by the light of nearby stars.In the case of the Bat, the illumination comes from a cluster of young stars at its core.In order to capture this dim nebula, a powerful telescope was required.The ESO used its Very Large Telescope (VLT), part of the Paranal Observatory in the Atacama Desert of Chile, which sits at a high altitude — 2,635 m (8,645 ft) above sea level.
There’s a critical vulnerability in a model of Fujitsu wireless keyboard that makes it easy for hackers to take full control of connected computers, security researchers warned on Friday.Anyone using the keyboard model should strongly consider replacing it immediately.The Fujitsu Wireless Keyboard Set LX901 uses a proprietary 2.4 GHz radio communication protocol called WirelessUSB LP from Cypress Semiconductor.While the keyboard and mouse send input that’s protected with the time-tested Advanced Encryption Standard, the USB dongle that accepts the input accepts unencrypted packets as well, as long as they’re in the proper format.Researchers with the Germany-based penetration-testing firm SySS developed a proof-of-concept attack that exploits the insecure design.But wait ... it gets worse
Despite being announced last autumn, we are only now finally getting some concrete info about Motorola’s 5G mod attachment for the Moto Z3, and with it comes some interesting insight on the early days of 5G as a whole.Starting at $350 (£262), the mod – which will attach to the Moto Z3 and empower it with 5G connectivity – won’t be cheap.However, its price essentially confirms talk around the industry that 5G phones will command a significant premium over a similarly equipped 4G LTE device.It’s by far the most expensive mod released yet, however, to help spur adoption, U.S. provider Verizon (the exclusive carrier for the 5G mod) and Motorola are teaming up to allow people to pre-order the 5G mod for just $50 (£37.50) for a limited time.But what’s even more intriguing is that as part of that limited time deal, Verizon announced that 5G service for the mod will cost $10 (£7.50) a month for the first three months for anyone already on one of Verizon’s three 'unlimited' plans.Up until now, carriers have been incredibly cagey when asked about how much 5G data plans will cost and, while it’s not clear what the price of Verizon’s 5G plan will be after the initial three month deal expires, this is one of the first times we can actually put a figure on the price of 5G data.
I've been writing about audio for more than 20 years, but this is my first Jamo speaker review.They list for $299 a pair in the US, but you won't have to try very hard to find them selling for $199 a pair.The front panel hosts a 1-inch (25mm) soft dome tweeter set in a waveguide and a 5-inch (127mm) aluminized polyfiber woofer, and a slot bass port.The S 803 comes in black, white and walnut vinyl finishes, and magnetically attached cloth grilles are included.The cabinet measures 13.9 by 7.5 by 9.9 inches (353 by 191 by 252mm).The modules might make sense for S 803 buyers with multichannel home theaters using Jamo's S 81 center speaker ($150, £156), and the J 10 subwoofer ($399, £307).
Apple laid the foundation for its approach to the TV market when it announced its refreshed Apple TV in 2015, and a new streaming service would serve to further that vision.The service will represent a new product category for Apple as next-generation gadgets like augmented reality glasses and autonomous driving software are still said to be in development.When Apple unveiled its revamped Apple TV set-top box in 2015, it framed the update as a dramatic rethinking and much-needed modernization of the medium."And our vision for TV is simple, and perhaps a little provocative," CEO Tim Cook said during the company's September keynote that year.On March 25, the company is slated to hold an event at the Steve Jobs Theater on its Apple Park campus where it's expected to unveil a new streaming video service among other announcements.Apple pioneered the modern smartphone when it launched the iPhone in 2007, and its original iPad set the standard for modern tablets in 2010.
As an advocate, organizer, and campaigner for preschool access, tax fairness, plastic pollution and other causes for the last 14 years, I’ve heard this saying many times.They roll out this half-step with a lot of fanfare.They co-opt you because you’ve won a critical part of the campaign—setting the public frame around an issue.But before I discuss where we are, let’s talk about how we got here.Increasingly, companies use a variety of tactics to block access to repair.This forces the customer to take any problem to the original manufacturers, who can charge whatever they want.
In a survey of 250 antivirus apps found in the Google Play Store, only 80 demonstrated basic competence at their jobs by detecting 30 percent or more of the 2,000 malicious apps AV-Comparatives threw at them.“In the past we and others found malicious apps, non-working apps, so it is not really a surprise to find some bogus AV apps as well,” says Peter Stelzhammer, COO of AV-Comparatives.“In the times of rogue AV software, you have to be aware of everything.”Failure comes in many different colors, of course.In some cases, the AV-Comparatives study notes, the antivirus apps even forgot to whitelist themselves, creating an ouroboros of failure.Think again of our bouncer, who in this scenario has specific instructions to let John Stamos in the club any time he wants.
Sky News Australia has been dropped by New Zealand's biggest satellite television provider after it aired distressing footage of a livestream video connected to the Friday shooting in Christchurch which left 49 dead.At least 49 people were shot dead Friday in a terror attack that targeted two mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.The event marks the worst mass shooting in New Zealand's history and one of the deadliest in the world.As the attack was unfolding, a 16-minute live streamed video of the shooting was posted to Facebook, where it quickly spreadacross the platform, as well as YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter.Police urged the public not to disseminate the footage further.Sky News Australia, a subsidiary of News Corp Australia, has been dropped by New Zealand's biggest satellite television provider after the news network aired distressing footage of a livestream video connected to the Friday shooting in Christchurch which left 49 dead.
Google has released an update for its Gboard mobile keyboard for iOS, adding text translation support for all languages supported by Google Translate.The new feature enables iPhone and iPad owners to directly translate text-based messages without toggling to the separate Google Translate app, speeding up the entire process and decreasing disruption to ongoing conversations.To use the new feature, hit the large “G” Google button above the mobile keyboard.On the next screen, a strip will show various options, such as direct access to YouTube and Search.One option reads “Translate” and has the familiar Google Translate logo.Tap that option to pull up the direct text translation feature.
The Kardashians may have been able to create an entertainment phenomenon in the US by revealing their luxurious lifestyle through a long-running reality TV series, but Chinese key opinion leaders (KOLs) have been able to convert fans and generate sales on a level their Western peers can only dream of.With more than 7.5 million combined followers on WeChat and Weibo, Becky Li is one of China’s top fashion bloggers, able to convert followers to sales through posts on her WeChat public account.Three years ago, she partnered with American fashion brand Rebecca Minkoff for a limited-edition purse with the label of “Miss Fantasy.”A year later, she collaborated with iconic British car brand Mini to promote a limited-edition vehicle through WeChat, and her followers snapped up 100 cars in five minutes.“I thought WeChat would hire a celebrity,” said Li in her office, decorated in pink with atrovirens, in the heart of Guangzhou.“I often write about products based on my own preferences,” said Li, whose WeChat account, Becky’s Fantasy, was inspired by Sophie Kinsella’s The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic, a novel that tells the story of a shopping addict who is a financial journalist.
When it comes to gaming, you’re really only as good as the equipment you use.If you’ve ever played a co-op game with someone and ended up getting stuck with the “slightly broken” controller, then you know exactly what I mean.Which is why a lot of folks choose to upgrade to the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller after buying the console.I actually own a Nintendo Switch myself, and I can honestly say that the Pro Controller makes all the difference.When I first got the console, it came with a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and I immediately dove deep into the world of Hyrule.The Joy-Con grip I was using, while convenient and effective, just didn’t fit comfortably enough in my hands.