Respawn’s April Fools Plans for Apex Legends Leaked – GamingINTEL

Gaming INTEL has received exclusive information, which suggests Respawn Entertainment has a host of surprises in store for Apex Legends on April Fools.Prior to this leak, speculation as to what Respawn would have in mind for Apex Legends on April Fools day was first prompted with a comment on Reddit via u/Jayfresh_Respawn.The comment was in reply to an in-game idea for April Fools, surprisingly enough. Reddit u/agius94 expressed his thoughts, suggesting that Respawn should turn on fall damage for April Fools.The idea was widely acclaimed from fans and even the Respawn Community Manager. They praised the idea, although didn’t exactly confirm it would be arriving. One thing they did confirm, however, was that the Respawn team were discussing “fun things to do with Apex this year.”Despite them not revealing much, it quickly became apparent that April Fools would be the perfect opportunity to implement something special into the game for a limited time.April Fools Events for Apex Legends LeakedIn addition to the Reddit post, Gaming INTEL has since received exclusive intel to suggest an array of surprises are coming to Apex Legends, in celebration of April Fools. Datamining constructed by Gaming INTEL has seemingly revealed Respawn’s plans.The in-game files suggest that the recently leaked Rodeo vehicle will tie into the events planned for April Fools. Previous leaks by Gaming INTEL have indicated at the arrival of NPCs. It appears as though the NPC can ride the Rodeo Car.Interestingly, the in-game files mention the following right underneath “April Fools”.“global enum eRodeoSpots_PilotFRIENDLY_PIGGYBACK,global enum eRodeoSpots_PilotATTACH_FRIENDLY_PIGGYBACK,”While there has been no official confirmation from Respawn, details of what exactly this could mean are merely discussions. Potentially, players will encounter some sort of “Piggyback” prank when attempting to jump onto the vehicle on April Fools day.NEW INTEL: Apex Legends Balance Update released by Respawn with Patch NotesDespite the
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Foursquare’s CEO really wants to know if his new phone-tracking feature is creepy or not – The Verge

When you walk into a restaurant at this year’s SXSW, Foursquare’s new Hypertrending feature will know. Your phone will show up as a blip on a live map that literally anyone in Austin, Texas can access. And Foursquare founder and executive chairman Dennis Crowley just really wants to know: do you think that idea is creepy, or no? “If this freaks people out, we don’t build stuff with it,” Crowley told TechCrunch, talking past the fact that he’s apparently already done so at SXSW. Mind you, Hypertrending is anonymous in the sense that no one should be able to pin down exactly who’s inside a restaurant or bar. It’s designed to let other Foursquare users see which establishments are popular, but more visually than Foursquare’s trending metrics have provided in the past. As more people pour in, the circle gets bigger, indicating “Hey, this place is happening right now!” That does seem potentially useful. But Hypertrending has some practical issues: a restaurant might not look too busy in the app, but it could be swamped with people who don’t use Foursquare. It could also theoretically pose a security risk, since you can see how many (or how few) people are packed into a space. Should something bad happen, it’s not necessarily just Foursquare’s users who will be affected. And that’s not counting the possibilities for abuse if Foursquare or partners do wind up tracking people in a less-than-totally-anonymous fashion, not that we’re suggesting they’d do so. Foursquare isn’t rolling the feature out beyond Austin, Texas quite yet, but you don’t need to wait to tell Foursquare’s boss what he should already know in his heart to be true. It’s rare for tech companies to give us so much advance warning, and so here’s your chance to tell Foursquare whether Hypertrending
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Windows 10 passes 800 million devices – Ars Technica

A million here, a million there, soon you’re talking a real userbase — Microsoft’s billion-user milestone is slowly coming into view. Peter Bright – Mar 8, 2019 12:58 am UTC Everywhere Windows 10 can be. And on the server, too, though there it gets a different branding. Microsoft says that Windows 10 has reached more than 800 million devices. This is 100 million more than it had six months ago When Windows 10 was launched—and when Windows on phones was expected to add tens of millions of devices—Microsoft set itself a target of one billion devices within two to three years. The end of its smartphone ambitions put paid to that hope, but Windows 10 is nonetheless the fastest-growing version of Windows of all time. If it can continue to grow at 100 million devices every six months, then the one billion target should be about a year away. There’s a good chance that the growth rate might actually tick up over the next year, due to Windows 7’s impending end of support. In nine months, the operating system released in 2009 will drop out of free support (though paid support options will remain), and many hundreds of millions of corporate users are still using it. While some users will inevitably keep with what they know, most are likely better served by upgrading.
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Fortnite season 8, week 2 challenges and how to deal damage with a pirate cannon – CNET

The new treasure maps give us a cool way to get the best gear. Epic Games We’re now in the second week of season 8 for Fortnite: Battle Royale challenges, and this batch comes with staged quests we’ve seen before, but also some that will send you to new locations on the island. Apart from the regular challenges, there’s another thing to keep an eye out for in the latest update: treasure maps. You’ll find maps hidden in chests and in ground loot all around the island. When you get one, follow it to where the X marks the spot, then dig down with your pick-ax to collect a buried treasure with at least one legendary item. But wait, if the theme is pirates this season, shouldn’t we be calling it booty? Yes, we absolutely should, so go get that booty!If you haven’t finished last week’s challenges, go to our season 8, week 1 challenges guide. Jason Parker/CNET FreeStage 1: Land at The Block Deal damage to descending supply drops (0/200) Eliminations in Salty Springs or Haunted Hills (0/3) Battle PassStage 1: Gain health from apples (0/25) Visit the furthest north, south, east and west points of the island Deal damage to opponents with a pirate cannon (0/100) Search a chest in different named locations in a single match (0/3)How to do stage 1: Land at The BlockThis challenge has five stages and you can only get credit for one per match, so your best bet here is to concentrate on it for five straight games while you complete other challenges. After landing at The Block, the next stages are (in order): Dusty Divot, Polar Peak, Snobby Shores and Paradise Palms. Here’s where they are on the map to make it handy: Jason Parker/CNET How to deal damage to descending supply dropsFor this challenge you’re going to
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Respawn release Apex Legends balance update – Wingman and Peacekeeper nerfs, Hitbox updates, and more – Dexerto.com

Respawn Entertainment announced a slew of changes to Apex Legends on March 6 for the game’s first Live Balance Update while talking a bit more about what to expect for the upcoming release of Season 1.Even though Apex Legends stormed onto the scene, it wasn’t without its faults. After a month of numerous reported bugs, rampaging hackers, guns emerging to be too overpowered (similarly some being near useless), annoying hitboxes and more, Respawn has finally announced what they hope to update in the near future. Respawn explained what this patch will bring to the game while cluing in players on various changes to individual Legends, numerous buffs and nerfs to multiple weapons, as well what to look forward to when the first competitive season hits.Players should expect a major nerfs for the Wingman and Peacekeeper. While the fan-favorite pistol might keep most of it’s power, Respawn will try to make a few tweaks to make the difficulty to use it consistent with the versatility it gives. Read more: Apex Legends player hilariously baits Twitch streamers Kraftyy and Viss”We’ve found that the Skullpiercer Wingman has been on the stronger end, but it’s designed to be a weapon with a higher skill ceiling. Our adjustments are attempting to move it more into the hand cannon space and away from full auto Deagle,” Respawn said.They also gave some insight on the problematic hitboxes that seem to give some of the more slender Legends an advantage over others. Read more: Apex Legends supply ship bug makes players invincible“Our goal is to be able to have characters with different rig sizes, hitboxes and ability kits, and still have each character be roughly equal in power level, win rate and viability of pick,” Respawn said.It looks like Respawn is going to wait until the start of Season 1 to update Gibraltar, Caustic and Pathfinder’s hitboxes by reducing them
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Leaked AirPods 2 Apple Ad Suggests Same Design as Current AirPods, No Sign of Black Color – Mac Rumors

Update: The “leaked Apple ad” has turned out to be a marketing stunt from a marketing company. It was specifically made in Apple’s style with a fake back story for the purpose of deceiving rumor sites. We apologize for sharing the video and for the confusion. Apple is said to be close to launching a new version of its AirPods, which rumors suggest could include “Hey Siri” functionality, a wireless AirPods charging case, a new coating, and perhaps a black color. Ahead of the launch of the AirPods 2, a tipster sent MacRumors two videos that Apple may be planning to use show off the new earbuds. We’ve seen the two videos in their entirety, and can confirm that both have an Apple-like style that’s reminiscent of the company’s well-known iPod ads. The dancer in the videos is silhouetted which largely hides the AirPods from view, but in one of the videos, she takes AirPods out of their case and puts them in her ears. In both videos, with the brightness adjusted, the AirPods are visible in her ears. Unfortunately, there is no point in either video where the design of the second-generation AirPods is clearly visible, but we can garner some hints from what we can see. The second-generation AirPods look identical in design to the original AirPods, with no major changes apparent. In both videos, the dancer whips her head around while wearing the AirPods, perhaps suggesting that Apple plans to market a version of the AirPods that better stays in the ears. That would be in line with rumors that have suggested the AirPods will feature a “new surface coating” that’s more matte to enhance grip. There is no sign of black AirPods in either video, despite rumors suggesting Apple is working on a black color. It’s
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ji32k7au4a83 is a surprisingly bad password – The Verge

The password “ji32k7au4a83” might look fairly secure thanks to its seemingly random jumble of letters and numbers. But surprisingly, that exact password has appeared in 141 data breaches, as cataloged by the site Have I Been Pwned and spotted by Gizmodo. It leads to the obvious question: how are so many people using this one password? Robert Ou, a hardware and software engineer, first spotted this interesting chain of characters and challenged people to figure out why ji32k7au4a83 is so commonly used. Taiwanese internet users quickly decoded the answer. They noted that on a Taiwanese keyboard with the Zhuyin Fuhao layout, the string spells out 我的密碼, or “wǒ de mìmǎ,” which means “my password” in Mandarin. So much for a secure password. You can see what’s happening in the photo above, which shows the Zhuyin Fuhao keyboard layout. Typing the letter J, then I, will add two of the symbols (ㄨ + ㄛ), pronounced u and o, displayed on the top right of the keys, to form wo. You then have to type out the tone of the character, hence the 3. Ji3 translates to “me” in English, and later, “my” after you add “2k7,” the next three characters in the password. The most common way of typing Chinese characters in Taiwan is a system called Zhuyin Fuhao, which is taught to kids in elementary school to get them started on learning how to read and write Chinese. I remember learning these symbols in Chinese class all too well… I actually failed my first class and was left behind while the other kids graduated ahead of me because my memorization was so poor. (By now, though, I basically recognize the symbols by sight.) As a side note, mainland China uses a different system, so the people coming up with ji32k7au4a83
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Destiny 2 Season of the Drifter Exotics detailed – Polygon

Destiny 2’s Season of the Drifter update arrived this morning, bringing a new twist to Gambit for Annual Pass players and a host of balance changes. As usual, the new season of content comes with Exotics for players to collect. The new Exotic armor pieces are class specific gauntlets for Hunters, Titans, and Warlocks. There are also two new Exotic weapons this season, including the returning Thorn hard cannon. The only hidden weapon in the collection is Thorn. Its perks have already been data-mined, and are a bit different than last time it was available. Thorn’s Exotic perk, Mark of the Devourer, causes shots to pierce the target and deal damage over time. When Thorn kills enemies, they drop Remnants on the ground, which refill the magazine and make Mark of the Devourer more powerful. Bungie is adding Thorn into the game via an Exotic quest that starts on March 12. The other new weapon is Arbalest, a Kinetic linear fusion rifle. This is the first Kinetic fusion rifle in Destiny 2. In addition to its unique slot placement, Arbalest has a perk called Compounding Force. The perk allows it to fire slug bullets instead of energy blasts, dealing heavy damage to enemy shields. Nobody knows how to get Arbalest or if it’s even available in the game yet. Players will likely get their hands on it sometime this season. The Hunter Exotic gauntlets are Liar’s Handshake. They have a perk called Cross Counter. When players use their Arc melee ability or enemies hit them with a melee, they’ll gain a buff to follow up with a powerful counterpunch that also heals them. The Titan’s Exotic gauntlets are Stronghold, and have the Clenched Fist perk. When players guard with a sword, they gain increased movement speed. Guarding no longer drains
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New Apex Legends feature would resolve annoying disconnect issue – Dexerto.com

Despite its immense success, Apex Legends remains full of issues, although there seems to be a simple idea that would fix one of the more annoying bugs. Any Apex player would tell you that arguably the most frustrating issue in Apex Legends is one that causes players to constantly disconnect, which not only ends their match but also forces the rest of the team to play undermanned. The solutions that Respawn Entertainment offered have proven to be temporary at best, as the issue remains a huge negative to the overall gaming experience. The way this would work is once a player disconnects, the body of their character would stand immobile for 45 seconds, during which the player will have a chance to restart their game and reconnect. During this 45 second period, the character would continue to be a part of the game as normal, meaning enemies can shoot it down and loot the inventory crate. Read More: How to melee attack faster in Apex LegendsOnce the player reconnects, they can then continue playing normally from the point where they disconnected. If their character happens to be eliminated by then, teammates can still retrieve its card and respawn it back via one of the beacons. However, if the player is unable to reconnect by the end of the 45 seconds, then their character will simply turn into a normal loot crate and the player will no longer have the option to try and rejoin the match.  This feature would offer a lot of positives to the Apex Legends gaming experience without really having any potential downsides or negatives. For one, it would allow players to avoid the major frustration of being kicked out of a match, especially if they were having a solid game. It would also save teams from unnecessarily having to play
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Apple Has a Message For Its Showrunners: “Don’t Be So Mean!” – /FILM

Apple’s streaming service, poised to be an important rival against the likes of Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, was initially said to debut as early as this month. Now, a new report suggests that it may not be available for consumers until 2020. The same report says showrunners at the company are dealing with their own share of hurdles, including a “lack of transparency,” “lack of clarity,” and “intrusive” executives who have been giving notes which attempt to guide the shows more toward the family-friendly vibe Apple wants to cultivate. Reportedly, one of the most oft-repeated notes from CEO Tim Cook to showrunners is the phrase “don’t be so mean!” Read on for more, including the troubling claim that Apple only wants technology to be portrayed in a positive light across its shows. According to The New York Post (via ScreenCrush), Apple head Tim Cook and other executives have been “very involved” with the productions of Apple’s original content, giving so many notes in the process that it’s resulted in delays. The company’s streaming service, which was previously targeting a launch sometime between March-Summer 2019 and just recently reported to be ready “by mid-April,” may not actually be putting content in front of its users at that time. According to The New York Post: The streaming service is widely expected to be unveiled this month, but the final product won’t likely be available to consumers before the end of the year — and it will offer just a handful of the several dozen shows it has in the works, sources said. We knew the service wouldn’t debut with all of the shows at once, but this potential delay seems significant. Will they unveil details of the streaming service this month but not let people have access to it until next year?
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