Epic Games pulls Fortnite ads from YouTube following exploitation accusations – FortniteINTEL

Epic Games has decided to suspend pre-roll ads on YouTube after commercials were seen on videos within a “network of pedophiles”. According to a report by Wired, Epic Games pulled pre-roll ads off of YouTube after they were seen on suggestive videos of young girls.Matt Watson published a video on YouTube showing how the platform’s algorithm was guiding users down a path of inappropriate content featuring young girls.Youtube’s algorithm offers videos to users with suggested videos that match other content they have seen before, and it can lead YouTube users towards videos that include young females doing gymnastics, playing Twister, or playing in pools.The comment section for each video was full of people leaving timestamps where viewers can pause the video and see genitalia or nipples.MORE: Dr. Disrespect thinks Fortnite is as cool as dabbingWired also found that comments exchanged WhatsApp or Kik information, promising more videos featuring underage girls.A spokesperson for Epic Games commented to Wired that “through our advertising agency, we have reached out to YouTube to determine actions they’ll take to eliminate this type of content from their service.”BusinessInsider reached out to YouTube, and a spokesperson said that “Any content – including comments – that endangers minors is abhorrent and we have clear policies prohibiting this on YouTube.”The spokesperson for YouTube followed up with, “We took immediate action by deleting accounts and channels, reporting illegal activity to authorities and disabling violative comments. There’s more to be done, and we continue to work on improve and catch abuse more quickly.”MORE: Fortnite’s clinger grenade is more powerful than you might thinkEpic Games has yet to respond since YouTube’s comments to BusinessInsider.
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Anker’s PowerWave+ Pad AirPower knock-off doesn’t look worth buying – The Verge

It’s been close to a year and a half since Apple first announced AirPower, its supposedly revolutionary wireless charger that still has yet to materialize. Now, yet another knock-off version of the still-missing powermat has appeared — this time in the form of Anker’s new PowerWave+ Pad, via 9to5Toys. As knock-off AirPower pads go, this one is pretty lame. Anker is asking for $54 for the ability to charge a single device, plus an Apple Watch (assuming you thread a not-included $29 Apple Watch charging cable into the charging pad). Power is supplied by a Micro USB cable, despite the fact that this was released in 2019. The pad itself appears to just be a hunk of plastic. There are cheaper and better-looking options out there. Every PowerWave+ that Anker sells is another missed AirPower customer The fact that the Anker PowerWave+ Pad exists is notable because it’s just one of the numerous products that have appeared in the last few months to try to fill the vacuum that the missing AirPower has left in the market. Anker is trying, Griffin has a version, Nomad has a similar style pad, and that’s to say nothing of the plethora of crowdfunded knock-offs and sketchy replicas that are practically a dime a dozen on Amazon. Sure, most of these chargers won’t be as good as AirPower. They won’t have Apple’s special software integrations or the company’s special, multicoil system that Apple says should help avoid the flaky positioning issues that can plague other wireless chargers. But none of that will likely matter to most consumers. Right now, you can go on Amazon and actually buy an Anker PowerWave+, and despite its flaws, it’ll still charge your phone just as fast as Apple’s will. More importantly, every customer who buys one of these
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Black Future ’88 – Announcement Trailer – Nintendo Switch – Nintendo

Published on Feb 19, 2019Black Future ’88 is coming soon to the Nintendo Switch as a console exclusive! Players can grab a friend and fight to conquer a constantly evolving tower in the game’s local Co-Op mode which supports individual JoyCon play for two players in both handheld and docked modes.Black Future ’88 is a Synth-Punk roguelike 2D action Shooter. Vertically climb an always evolving procedural tower to reach the top and kill its insane owner…before your heart explodes. Shoot, slash, dash and upgrade yourself to survive the endless waves of deadly traps, homicidal AI, crazed junkies and colossal Wardens standing in your way in a stylish alternative version of 1988.The world is reeling from a nuclear cataclysm, created by Duncan, the tower architect. The First of his bombs fell in the summer of 1988, and by December they had blacked-out the sun with endless rain. We decided to stop keeping time after this, and it’s been 1988 ever since. Everything that lived through the initial attack will die in the extreme floods that followed. These are the times after, where there are no more months, or even weeks…everything is measured in minutes left to live.Take on the mantle of one of the last remaining misfit survivors, and fight your way to the top of the tower to kill the architect and stop the endless nuclear rain. Ascend to die, and die to survive.#NintendoSwitch #BlackFuture88Subscribe for more Nintendo fun! https://goo.gl/HYYsotVisit Nintendo.com for all the latest! http://www.nintendo.com/Like Nintendo on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NintendoFollow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/NintendoAmericaFollow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/NintendoFollow us on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/NintendoFollow us on Google+: http://google.com/+Nintendo
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Yield! Galaxy Buds pics leak in same hazard yellow as cheapest Galaxy S10 – CNET

WinFuture It looks like Samsung’s got a pair of lemon-drop Galaxy Buds to go with its banana-yellow budget Galaxy S10E.WinFuture has posted purported renders of the upcoming headphones — we’ve previously seen them in white — and while we’ll probably struggle to decide exactly what shade of yellow the new Galaxy ensemble is, they’re certainly appealing.We’ll find out for sure whether or not Samsung is really releasing a pair in this color tomorrow when the company holds its Galaxy S10 launch at its Unpacked event in advance of Mobile World Congress next week.Samsung declined to comment. Now playing: Watch this: Yep, the Galaxy S10 leaked again 3:49
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Google partially backtracks on Chrome changes that would break ad blockers – Ars Technica

Conflict of interests… — Benchmarks showed that most ad blockers don’t make network requests much slower. Peter Bright – Feb 18, 2019 5:35 pm UTC Google has said that it will revise the proposed changes to Chrome’s extension API that would have broken or reduced the functionality of a wide range of ad-blocking extensions, to ensure that the current variety of content-blocking extensions is preserved. The initial plans generated a wide backlash from both the developers and users of those extensions, but Google maintains that “It is not, nor has it ever been, our goal to prevent or break content blocking” [emphasis Google’s] and says that it will work to update its proposal to address the capability gaps and pain points. The advertising company is planning an overhaul of its extension interface to, among other things, increase user privacy, make it harder for extensions to perform malicious actions, and make the browser’s performance more consistent. Together, this work is documented as Manifest V3. One of these changes in particular had grave consequences for ad blockers. Currently, ad blockers make extensive use of an API named webRequest. This API allows extensions to examine every single network request made by a page and either modify it (to, for example, redirect it to a different address or add or remove cookies), block it altogether, or allow it to continue unhindered. This has both a substantial privacy impact (an extension can see and steal your cookies and hence masquerade as you) and, Google said, some performance impact, as every single network request (of which there may be dozens in a single page) has to wait for the extension to perform its analysis. Google was proposing that instead, ad blockers could provide the browser with a list of blocked sites and have the browser itself
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Ever wanted a foldable phone that’s also a smartwatch? TCL may be working on one – Android Authority

A series of foldable devices purportedly by TCL. CNET TCL is a name you’d usually associate with low-end Alcatel phones and BlackBerry-branded devices. But the company may be working on foldable devices too, according to CNET. The outlet obtained renders and patent image filings for several devices (seen in the main image), and the most striking gadget is a foldable phone that turns into a smartwatch of sorts. It may be more cumbersome than your standard smartwatch — the folded design may be less secure and discreet than dedicated wriststraps — and TCL would likely need to heavily modify the Android skin for the watch form factor. But you’d also be getting cellular connectivity and plenty of storage by opting for this solution rather than a traditional smartwatch. We also see two tablet-sized devices, with one featuring an in-folding screen akin to a book. Meanwhile, the other tablet-sized device folds outwards, much like the Royole Flexpai. Foldable phones with flexible displays – Here are the ones we know about so far Phones with true flexible and foldable displays are on the way! After a brief flirtation with phones like ZTE Axon M, which joins two screens with a hinge in a clamshell design, we’re already seeing companies tease … The last two foldable devices uncovered by CNET are folding smartphones, with one boasting a clamshell design (with the screen on the inside) while the other folds outwards (with the screen on the outside). The former solution could mean the display would be protected when folded, while the latter design may be more likely to get scratched in a pocket, but could provide always-on functionality. The outlet also says it saw a rendering for devices with a “Surface Book-like gap in the middle.” This suggests that these particular devices wouldn’t have a proper folding display.
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Ten Months After Opening, The Razer Game Store Is Closing – Kotaku UK

After only 10 months of operation, the Razer Game Store is closing permanently at 9am GMT on February 28th, 2019. According to a post on the Razer Game Store site, the closure is part of a company wide realignment plan. The Razer Game Store was a digital storefront that provided Steam and Uplay keys to players. The store also provided discounts and rewards to users. Razer Game Store users are warned to retrieve any unused keys from the site before the shutdown occurs on February 28. Razer will also fulfill any pre-orders players currently have on upcoming games. This was Razer’s first attempt at a digital storefront. Players who have Razer Gold or Silver credits will still be able to use these on other rewards.
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UK Charts: Far Cry New Dawn is No.1, but Metro Exodus is the real winner – GamesIndustry.biz

Crackdown 3 manages No.13Share this articleFar Cry: New Dawn is this week’s No.1 game in the UK boxed retail charts.It was the most competitive release week since before Christmas, with four big new games entering the Top 20.Although Far Cry managed to top the charts, it isn’t an especially impressive opening week. The game’s launch week sales are 86.5 per cent down over last year’s Far Cry 5. Of course, this is a spin-off Far Cry title, and so the comparison isn’t overly fair. Yet even compared to 2016’s Far Cry Primal (the previous spin-off), sales are a fraction of what we’d typically expect (Far Cry Primal sold almost four times as many units in its first week as New Dawn has).60 per cent of Far Cry: New Dawn sales came on PS4, 39 per cent on Xbox One, with the rest on PC (physical sales only).A company that will likely be feeling happier with the result this week is Deep Silver. Metro Exodus missed out on No.1 by just 2,000 units. Yet more significantly, the game has posted a better opening week than 2013’s Metro Last Light (released on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC). This result is even more impressive when you consider the growth of digital sales in the six years between the two titles (digital game sales are not counted in this data).Launch physical sales for Metro Exodus are almost 50 per cent higher than Last Light. 57 per cent of Metro Exodus sales came on PS4.Next up in terms of new releases is Bandai Namco’s Jump Force at No.4. Its a strong opening performance for the fighting game, and continues an impressive few weeks for the publisher (following recent strong sales of Tales Of and Ace Combat). The game performed best on PS4, accounting for 76
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Pokémon GO Lawsuit Settlement Might Lead To Some Pokéstops And Gyms Being Removed – Kotaku

Pokémon GO creator Niantic is looking to end a lawsuit that was first started back in 2016, during the height of Pokémon GO’s popularity. The suit was filed by numerous homeowners who believed the company had caused players to trespass onto their property to catch Pokémon or activate Pokéstops.As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, The homeowners are proposing a settlement, which if accepted by a judge in California, would force Niantic to implement new features and restrictions into the popular mobile game. The features are listed below.Upon complaints of nuisance or trespass and demands of the removal of a “PokéStop” or “Gym,” the company will make commercially reasonable efforts to resolve the complaint and communicate a resolution within 15 days.Owners of single-family residential properties get rights of removal within 40 meters of their properties.Niantic will maintain a database of complaints in an attempt to avoid poor placement of these virtual creatures.When Niantic’s system detects a raid of more than 10 players congregating, a warning message will appear on their screens reminding them to be courteous and respectful of surroundings.Niantic is also working with user-reviewers and mapping services like Google Maps to also mitigate any problems plus maintaining a mechanism so that park authorities can request a park’s hours of operation be honored.At the company’s expense, Niantic will have an independent firm audit compliance with obligations during a three-year period.The lawsuit dates back to 2016, when some residents were angered by hundreds of players walking around their private property or near their home or condo. Some residents in Villas of Positano condos, located in Florida, described players as “…zombies, walking around bumping into things.”The case is interesting because it could change the definition of trespassing in the digital era. Is a company, like Niantic, at fault for placing digital items in
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DLC Review: Resident Evil 2’s The Ghost Survivors Brings the Toughest Tests Yet to Raccoon City – Push Square

It’s hard to argue with free, but is this really the type of content we were hoping for from Resident Evil 2 post-launch? The Ghost Survivors was pitched as three non-canon ‘what if’ scenarios that focused on characters we’ve never had the chance to play as before, but in practice, they’re really anything but. No Time To Mourn puts you in the shoes of Kendo Gun Shop owner Robert Kendo as he leaves his daughter behind following a distress call from an old friend over the radio, while Runaway tasks you with rescuing Katherine Warren’s boyfriend from a Raccoon Police Department’s cell. Finally, Forgotten Soldier has you escaping Umbrella’s underground lab with a sample of the G-Virus. Every one of those pitches is interesting on paper – campaigns that put a fun spin on the story of the main game – but that’s actually where the storytelling starts and stops. The Ghost Survivors’ three sequences are designed in a very similar way to that of the base game’s 4th Survivor mode, where you take control of series-favourite Hunk. You’re given a location to get to and it’s up to you to make it there with your life intact. Unlike the base game’s bonus mode, you are given some help along the way in the form of gumball machines that allow you to pick up a single item while zombies carry backpacks stocked with ammunition, but finishing every campaign is still tough as nails. A single successful run to the finish for each takes no longer than 15 minutes, but death results in having to start the whole thing over again. Along the way, you’ll encounter a multitude of zombies, lickers, dogs, and even a surprise appearance from Mr X. They aim to lay the beat down on you, and with
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