Epic is planning a big event later today that’ll involve the giant colorful robot located in Pressure Plant and, possibly, the sea monster that was unleashed from Polar Peak.The event will be taking place this afternoon (more on that below), but a big change has already happened: Epic just disabled the portals in Creative Mode and Playground, making it impossible to play either mode.If you get on Fortnite this morning, you’ll be greeted with a new banner advising you that Playground and Creative are not available in the game at this time.That’s not due to a technical issue, Epic confirmed on Twitter, but rather a deliberate disabling of the portals in the Playground/Creative hub that prevents players from accessing either game mode.Epic’s tweet states, “The countdown is nearly over, and preparations are underway!Portals to the Battle Royale Island have been disabled in Creative, and Playground has been disabled.”
After the polarising, controversial final season of Game of Thrones, fans had been wondering how the creators and stars would be greeted when they took the stage at San Diego Comic-Con 2019.Or an uncomfortable scenario, like Daenerys Targaryen after burning King’s Landing to the ground?If you hated the ending, loved it, that’s great.Just don’t call people names.”“It’s not arriving at the end that’s the point, it’s the journey, added Liam Cunningham.To suggest the media led some sort of campaign rather than just critiqued the final series for what it was is simply ludicrous.
TikTok, the wildly popular short-form video platform, appears to be testing a whole host of new features that seem to take a few cues from Instagram.The tests were spotted by Jane Manchun Wong and reported by TechCrunch on Friday.According to screenshots shared by Wong to Twitter, TikTok is toying with an in-app 'Discover' tab as well as a grid-like feed layout that would function similarly to the Explore feed on Instagram by surfacing user-specific related content.TikTok is working on grid feed layout.It works like Instagram's Explore feed pic.twitter.com/gnhaRyiSx2The app is apparently also testing other features like account-linking for Facebook and Google, the ability to send videos to specific WhatsApp friends, as well as an account-switch function to allow users to more easily toggle between multiple profiles, Wong tweeted.
Premiering at San Diego Comic-Con today, Netflix and the Jim Henson Company’s new Dark Crystal series just gave us a really neat look at what it takes to create this puppet-filled show.In case you missed it, the cast for this one is phenomenal.Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nathalie Emmanuel lead the cast with Sigourney Weaver, Mark Hamill, Andy Samberg, Natalie Dormer, Jason Isaacs, Eddie Izzard, Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey, Benedict Wong, Hannah John-Kamen, Awkwafina and Dave Goelz all lending their voices.People lucky enough to be in attendance at the panel today got to watch an episode but for now, we outsiders get a cool behind-the-scenes video.As previously mentioned, in addition to CG technology, the company’s classic puppetry is a huge piece of the show.And it looks like the hard work paid off.
We're not entirely sure what Huawei is working on deep inside its software labs – Ark OS, possibly, or Harmony OS – but the company says the operating system it's building is being designed for industrial use rather than as a direct Android replacement.That's as per the state-backed Xinhua news agency, which reports a Huawei executive insisting that Android will continue to run on Android phones for the foreseeable future.Huawei senior Vice President Catherine Chen told the media that the operating system – which also goes by the name Hongmeng – is "not for smartphones" and has far more lines of code than would be needed for consumer mobile devices.The comments need to be taken in a wider context though: Huawei representatives have previously said that the Chinese tech giant is indeed working on a replacement for Android.That might be true as well, of course, even if what we know as Hongmeng or Ark or Harmony isn't it.If you're a little confused about where Huawei is heading with this, don't worry, because you're not alone.
With the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 performance car, I had to find a private road and test out a series of Track Apps, some of which are so fun to use I retested them a few times.It’s a sign of how further customization in cars will work in the future, especially the current age of highly connected cars that go far beyond the basics.One of the 'non-basic' features that impressed me the most had to do with the gauges.I used one gauge for the voltage, cylinder head temp, inlet air temp, air/fuel ratio, and engine oil temp.I’ve never seen so many gauges, all displayed in the instrument cluster above the steering wheel so you can keep your eyes on the road.Since the GT350 is a rear-wheel drive car, you can imagine there’s some tire spin.
Sleep plays a key role in both quality of life and long-term health, but many adults struggle with insomnia and poor sleep quality, suffering brain fog, exhaustion, and other issues as a result.Many sleep improvement studies revolve around avoiding coffee after noon and artificial blue light after dinner, but a new study offers a different, and quite simple, alternative: taking a long hot bath before bed.According to a study out of the University of Texas at Austin, taking a bath an hour or two before bed was found to greatly improve one’s sleep quality at night, though the bath water had to be around 104 to 109 degrees Fahrenheit.The conclusion comes from an analysis of data from 5,322 studies.The team looked at the impact bathing in warm water has on a number of sleep conditions, such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how long the sleep lasts, the subjective quality of the sleep, and the sleep efficiency.Bathing in water that was between 104F and 109F was found to improve one’s overall sleep quality.
With Fear the Walking Dead currently in the middle of its vastly improved fifth season, you had to wonder, what could the people involved with the show bring to San Diego Comic-Con to really get the fans excited?The answer is, a lot.First, executive producer Scott M. Gimple announced that a third The Walking Dead series is in the works.It takes place somewhere different than the previous two shows, and will primarily follow young people who grew up behind walls during the apocalypse.Deadline reports that Annet Mahendru and Aliyah Royale have been added to the new show as teenagers named Huck and Iris, joining the previously announced Alexa Mansour (playing Hope), Nicolas Cantu (Elton) and Hal Cumpston (Silas).In the still-untitled spinoff, these characters know about the grim world outside but haven’t really had to deal with it.
CD Projekt Red is trying to appeal to those who want to put the ‘punk’ in Cyberpunk 2077 with the option of playing in 'hardcore' mode.In an interview with Wccftech, CD Projekt Red’s Alvin Liu discussed hardcore mode, revealing that it will get rid of the game’s UI to provide a “real challenge” for players.That means there’ll be no markers or indicators telling you where things are or what level of enemy you’re going up against.It’s real immersion in Night City and the desert beyond with the potential for real frustration.Of course, it’s not just the hardcore players that are being catered to in Cyberpunk 2077; Liu revealed that there will also be modes for those who are less experienced with first person games and shooters and wish to enjoy a more laidback experience.“If you want to play more casually for the story and maybe you’re not experienced with shooters, which was a real big concern for us.
A dose of music might be enough to calm your worries before certain medical procedures.According to a new study out this week, patients who listened to music before having anaesthesia injected into them had their level of anxiety lowered as much as those who took a mild sedative.Doctors have gradually started to turn to the power of music as a way to help patients relax before, during and after major procedures, including surgery, with promising results.There are plenty of reasons, though, why doctors and patients would want to avoid using this sedative if possible – not the least of which is that these drugs may have their own stressful side-effects, like trouble breathing or paradoxically becoming more frantic and agitated.But according to lead author Veena Graff, an anaesthetist and pain specialist at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine, there’s never been research directly comparing the use of music to the standard treatment for this procedure.Half were randomly assigned to hear music through noise-cancelling headphones, while the rest received the sedative.
Eagle-eyed viewers might have noticed Geralt (Henry Cavill) and Yennefer at what appears a masquerade sex party in Netflix’s first The Witcher trailer.But apparently, that’s not going to be the only nudity on the show.And yes, it’s making a comeback – in a manner of speaking.During a press roundtable for The Witcher, Gizmodo asked showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich (Daredevil) about what Easter eggs fans of the books and video games can expect in the series.Of course, by that we meant the bathtub that Geralt takes a sexy dip in during The Witcher 3.The scene has practically taken on a life of its own, inspiring memes, statues, even a birthday cake.
Facebook has struck a new deal with Crypt TV, the studio founded by Eli Roth and Jack Davis with backing from Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions.Under this deal, Crypt TV will create five original, exclusive horror shows for Facebook Watch, the social network’s video platform.This represents an expansion of Facebook’s work with Crypt TV.Facebook Watch is a video platform that largely pales in comparison to YouTube and a number of other video services.However, Facebook has steadily expanded its platform, including striking different sports deals for livestreaming sports games.Late last year, the company penned a deal with Crypt TV for a 15-episode version of its The Birch short.
Your time is precious, and you spend a lot of it inside a web browser – so shaving off seconds and minutes that you don’t need to waste can give you back a chunk of time in your day.These are the best ways to speed up your web browsing no matter what your browser or platform of choice.Of course you don’t get the full-fat web experience, but it’s quicker.To disable images in Chrome, go to Advanced, Site setting, Images from the Settings tab.The Domain Name System (DNS) your device connects to does the job of translating easy-to-read URLs into actual Internet IP addresses.These alternatives promise faster Internet speeds and can often deliver them too.
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For fans of The Walking Dead, what’s going to happen in season 10 was less important than a few bigger issues.The Rick Grimes movie, the end of the comic book and the departure of a major star.The first of these addressed was franchise writer Robert Kirkman ending The Walking Dead comic out of the blue a few weeks back.He explained that the comic – from Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard – is very special to him but they were Rick and Carl’s story.It’s the world’s story and “anyone concerned that because the comic wrapped up that way that season 10 will spontaneously end on episode four, that’s not going to happen.There’s a lot more more story to tell.”
This year's Rugby Championship looks set to serve as an intriguing precursor to the forthcoming World Cup in Japan, with Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina once again lock horns for bragging rights across the southern hemisphere.The 2019 instalment of the tournament, which has been truncated to just three rounds because of the World Cup, kicks off with a clash between the Springboks and Wallabies in Johannesburg on Saturday July 21.The All Blacks, as ever, are favourites as they look to claim what would be their fourth successive title.Nevertheless, with the tournament reduced to three rounds the winner could easily spring from any of the four nations.Use a VPN to watch the Rugby Championship from outside your countryIf you're abroad and in a country that's not showing the Rugby Championship, or if you're not by a TV come kick-off time for those games – don't sweat.
From complaints about its excessive pay-to-play mechanics, mass layoffs and rushed deadlines that have led to poorly developed games, there is plenty to fix at EA.Gamers unhappy about Battlefield 5 were told: “If you don’t like it, don’t buy it.” One of their heads, Matt Bilbey, also told Games Industry: “I still struggle with the external perception that we’re just a bunch of bad guys.”Not a tactful way to deal with the flak the publisher has consistently been bombarded with, instead driving people away from its brand.We previously mentioned now is a good time for change.Here is where things look hopeful for EA.BioWare’s team of veteran developers who had worked there for decades had also left the team in the past few years.
Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap.Research has shown that working out at your optimum heart rate will not only improve your overall health, but also deliver the most effective performance gains.And what better way to measure your heart beat than with a specialized fitness tracker – like Fitbit‘s Ionic watch, which also happens to be on discount right now?Isn’t that a wonderful coincidence?You can save a full $50 by taking advantage of this offer and purchasing a Fitbit Ionic for just $199.95 (20 percent off its original listing price of $249.95).Here are a few more reasons why you might want to get yourself a new Ionic:
Europe’s police agency is worried that the 5G will interfere with law enforcement’s ability to track people.Catherine De Bolle, head of Europol, is asking European Union leaders to allow their agency to be more engaged in policy conversations involving the adoption of 5G technology, Reuters reports.Police agencies in Europe, and the U.S., are capable of tracking and listening in on mobile phones using 4G, but many of the tools they use don’t work in the 5G network, De Bolle told Reuters.She explained that 5G networks spread data across networks in a way that makes it difficult to track.“It is one of the most important investigative tools that police officers and services have, so we need this in the future,” De Bolle told Reuters, describing Europol’s tracking surveillance that works on the current mobile infrastructure.But those tools might not work for long, as “we cannot use them in the 5G”.
It’s not long until Google Stadia’s launch in November 2019 and to clear up some of the uncertainties around what the streaming service will offer, product director, Andrey Doronichev, has taken to Reddit for an AMA.One of the biggest misunderstandings cleared up in the course of the questioning is whether or not the Google Stadia Pro subscription is some kind of ‘Netflix for Games’, as the Google Stadia website makes reference to to “an ever-expanding library of free games.” It absolutely isn’t.“A closer comparison would be like Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus,” Doronichev explains, “The Pro subscribers get 4K/HDR streaming, 5.1 sound, exclusive discounts and access to some free games.Roughly one free game per month give or take.If Pro subscribers want any other games on top of the free monthly game, they’ll pay full price for them on top of their £8.99/$9.99 per month subscription, although there will be some Stadia Pro exclusive discounts to sweeten the deal.If you unsubscribe and then re-subscribe to Pro later, you’ll regain access to the free games you claimed during your subscription but you’ll have missed out on the games that were free when you were unsubscribed.