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PlayStation 4 and Xbox One cross-platform play switched on in Fortnite, players report

Eurogamer - Mon, 18/09/2017 - 13:14

UPDATE 8.45pm: Fortnite developer Epic has confirmed that PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players were able to play together in the game - but said it was an error.

"We had a configuration issue and it has now been corrected," an Epic spokesperson told Eurogamer.

Confirmation that PS4 and Xbox One players can - and now have - played together but are now again walled apart will do little to quieten the ongoing calls for Sony and Microsoft to get over their differences and implement PS4 and Xbox One cross-play, just as Xbox One is able to play with PC and Nintendo Switch for Minecraft and Rocket League.

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Jelly Deals: Humble adds Bethesda's finest to its End of Summer Sale today

Eurogamer - Mon, 18/09/2017 - 13:00

A note from the editor: Jelly Deals is a deals site launched by our parent company, Gamer Network, with a mission to find the best bargains out there. Look out for the Jelly Deals roundup of reduced-price games and kit every Saturday on Eurogamer.

Cast your minds back a whole three days to when Humble added titles from Rockstar, Capcom and Square Enix to its ongoing End of Summer Sale range (which you may remember from one of these handy articles). That was nice of them, wasn't it? Well, Humble is at it again.

The site is onto the final stretch of that very same sale now and today's new entries include a bunch of titles from Bethesda. Odds are good that this is going to be a list of titles you'll be instantly familiar with at prices you might not be able to turn down. Well, that's the aim anyway. As always with Humble, a portion of the proceeds will go directly to charity, too.

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Jelly Deals: Amazon's selling a one-year PS Plus membership for £35

Eurogamer - Mon, 18/09/2017 - 12:58

A note from the editor: Jelly Deals is a deals site launched by our parent company, Gamer Network, with a mission to find the best bargains out there. Look out for the Jelly Deals roundup of reduced-price games and kit every Saturday on Eurogamer.

A matter of weeks after Sony's price-hike for PlayStation Plus, which brought the annual cost of a PS Plus subscription in the UK from £40 to £50, Amazon UK is offering an alternative.

And yes, before you say it, this offer is even cheaper than places like CDKeys as well.

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Destiny 2 holds off PES and Metroid in UK charts

Eurogamer - Mon, 18/09/2017 - 12:51

Despite six new releases storming the UK charts, Destiny 2 is holding firm at number one for the second week in a row.

Last week's new launches included some big hitters such as NBA 2K18 (which arrived in second), PES 2018 (which landed in third place), Dishonoured: Death of an Outsider (sixth), Metroid: Samus Returns (eighth), and Rayman: Definitive Edition (11th).

However, none were able to strip Destiny 2 of the coveted top spot.

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Divinity: Original Sin 2 roars out of the gates to nearly 500K sold

Eurogamer - Mon, 18/09/2017 - 11:05

It's been a bombastic start for independent computer role-playing game Divinity: Original Sin 2, which has raced to nearly 500,000 sales on PC after being fully released four days ago.

"It is fantastic," Swen Vincke, owner of developer and publisher Larian Studios, told me this morning, "but it is also way beyond what we expected. We're close to hitting 500K units sold which is a number I believe took us two or three months with Divinity: Original Sin 1."

Divinity: Original Sin 2 had been available via Steam Early Access for a year leading up to last week's release. Vincke said the game added nearly 180K sales since the 14th September launch.

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Nintendo fans discover NES Golf hidden in Switch files

Eurogamer - Mon, 18/09/2017 - 10:59

1984 classic NES Golf is hidden within every Nintendo Switch, fans have found.

Not only that, but the retro sports game appears to have been updated with motion controls - which use the Switch's Joy-Con controllers.

NES Golf is baked into the system's firmware, Switchbrew discovered, alongside a preinstalled NES emulator. The files are named "flog" - which is golf backwards.

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Destiny 2 is down for hours again today

Eurogamer - Mon, 18/09/2017 - 10:56

Destiny 2 servers will be down again today to allow for maintenance work.

The servers will be unavailable from 3pm-7pm UK time. That's from 10am Eastern, or 7am Pacific. Players will not be able to log in when the work starts and those who are still in the server an hour later will be kicked from the game.

The maintenance is to put in place Update 1.0.1.3, which should go live shortly after servers are back online.

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Here's Raiden and - surprise! - Black Lightning in Injustice 2

Eurogamer - Mon, 18/09/2017 - 10:43

Mortal Kombat veteran Raiden hits Injustice 2 in October as part of Fighter Pack 2, and developer NetherRealm has released a gameplay video showing off his new moves.

The god of thunder has all the electricity-based attacks you could hope for, as well as his long-standing teleport and iconic torpedo move. His super move, which summons an electricity version of Mortal Kombat's dragon, is pretty elaborate.

Also in the video is a first look at the Black Lightning premier skin. Injustice 2's premier skin characters share a moveset with the character on which they're based, but they have unique dialogue and of course a unique look. It looks like Black Lightning is a premier skin for Raiden. You get him if you have the Ultimate Edition of the game.

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And that's that for Battleborn

Eurogamer - Mon, 18/09/2017 - 10:16

Gearbox won't update Battleborn after this autumn, it's said.

With all hands on deck for the next Borderlands, there is no planned content for Battleborn after the fall update, creative director Randy Varnell said in a post on the Gearbox website.

Battleborn came out in May 2016, which means Gearbox will have stuck with the embattled shooter for a year-and-a-half.

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Illinois Tests A Blockchain-Based Birth Registry/ID System

Slashdot - Mon, 18/09/2017 - 09:30
An anonymous reader quotes Government Technology: The state of Illinois, which has six blockchain pilots underway, will partner with Utah-based Evernym for a birth registry pilot meant to individualize and secure identities... The endeavor, one of six distinct blockchain explorations Illinois began last summer with a working group, is expected to utilize the Sovrin Foundation's publicly available distributed identity ledger and expand upon accomplishments of the W3C Verifiable Claims Task Force, the state said... Recognizing that identity -- and, now, digital identity -- begin at birth, the state will explore using these technologies to create "a secure 'self-sovereign' identity for Illinois citizens during the birth registration process," it said in the announcement. More from the Illinois Blockchain Initiative site: Self-sovereign identity refers to a digital identity that remains entirely under the individual's control. A self-sovereign identity can be efficiently and securely validated by entities who require it, free from reliance on a centralized repository. Jennifer O'Rourke, Blockchain Business Liaison for the Illinois Blockchain Initiative commented, "To structurally address the many issues surrounding digital identity, we felt it was important to develop a framework that examines identity from its inception at child birth... Identity is not only foundational to nearly every government service, but is the basis for trust and legitimacy in the public sector." In the proposed framework, government agencies will verify birth registration information and then cryptographically sign identity attributes such as legal name, date of birth, sex or blood type, creating what are called "verifiable claims" or attributes. Permission to view or share each of these government-verified claims is stored on the tamper-proof distributed ledger protocol in the form of a decentralized identifier... This minimizes the need for entities to establish, maintain and rely upon their own proprietary databases of identity information. Evernym's "Chief Trust Officer" sees the program as "a major contribution to the larger effort of solving the online identity problem."

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The cat's out of the bag: Swery talks his upcoming feline murder mystery The Good Life

Eurogamer - Mon, 18/09/2017 - 09:00

Twin Peaks is back, and so is Swery. Taking a holiday to tour the town where they filmed David Lynch's series - North Bend, Washington - it should come as no surprise that I happened upon the real life inspiration for one of Deadly Premonition's locales, the Milk Barn. A few hours later, outside Twin Peaks' iconic set for The Great Northern, I would run into Swery as well. Right on time!

Swery doesn't hide his love of Lynch. Deadly Premonition was chock full of references to Twin Peaks with its well dressed FBI agent, rural Pacific Northwest setting, and a healthy dose of woodsy supernatural mythos. I am later to learn that Swery has been to this legendary set, Snoqualmie Falls, no less that 10 times.

Yet just as Lynch resurrected Twin Peaks for a third season that shocked many with its jarring deviations from its predecessor, Swery is likewise returning to the genre that made him a star, the open-world investigative mystery, in a completely different context. While not technically a sequel to Deadly Premonition, its director claims that this recently announced crowdfunded follow-up, The Good Life, is set in what he calls the "Swery-verse". Here we have another rural town, another murder mystery, and another tantalising supernatural legend.

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Can An Individual Still Resist The Spread of Technology?

Slashdot - Mon, 18/09/2017 - 05:34
schwit1 shares a column from the Chicago Tribune: When cellphones first appeared, they gave people one more means of communication, which they could accept or reject. But before long, most of us began to feel naked and panicky anytime we left home without one. To do without a cellphone -- and soon, if not already, a smartphone -- means estranging oneself from normal society. We went from "you can have a portable communication device" to "you must have a portable communication device" practically overnight... Today most people are expected to be instantly reachable at all times. These devices have gone from servants to masters... Few of us would be willing to give up modern shelter, food, clothing, medicine, entertainment or transportation. Most of us would say the trade-offs are more than worth it. But they happen whether they are worth it or not, and the individual has little power to resist. Technological innovation is a one-way street. Once you enter it, you are obligated to proceed, even if it leads someplace you would not have chosen to go. The column argues "the iPhone X proves the Unabomber was right," citing this passage from the 1996 manifesto of the anti-technology terrorist. "Once a technical innovation has been introduced, people usually become dependent on it, so that they can never again do without it, unless it is replaced by some still more advanced innovation. Not only do people become dependent as individuals on a new item of technology, but, even more, the system as a whole becomes dependent on it."

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Kids Praised for Being Smart are More Likely to Cheat

Slashdot - Mon, 18/09/2017 - 03:34
An anonymous reader quotes the University of California: An international team of researchers reports that when children are praised for being smart not only are they quicker to give up in the face of obstacles, they are also more likely to be dishonest and cheat. Kids as young as age 3 appear to behave differently when told "You are so smart" vs. "You did very well this time"... The research builds on well-known work by Stanford's Carol Dweck, author of "Mindset," who has shown that praising a child's innate ability instead of the child's effort or a specific behavior has the unintended consequence of reducing their motivation to learn and their ability to deal with setbacks... In another study, published recently in Developmental Science, the same co-authors show that the consequences are similar even when children are not directly praised for their smarts but are merely told that they have a reputation for being smart. Then again, another study found that students also performed better in school if you paid them to get good grades.

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Extending the Microsoft Office Bounty Program

Microsoft Security Response Blog - Sat, 16/09/2017 - 00:10

Microsoft announces the extension of the Microsoft Office Bounty Program through December 31, 2017.  This extension is retroactive for any cases submitted during the interim.

The engagement we have had with the security community has been great and we are looking to continue that collaboration on the Office Insider Builds on Windows.  This program represents a great chance to identify vulnerabilities prior to broad distribution.

Program Details

Office Insider Builds give users early access to the latest Office capabilities and security innovation. By testing against these early builds, issues can potentially be found prior to production release. This helps improve quality and protect customers.

How it works

  • Types of vulnerabilities awarded and their details are listed in the Microsoft Office Insider Builds on Windows Bounty Program Terms, including:
    • Elevation of privilege via Office Protected View
    • Macro execution by bypassing security policies to block macros
    • Code execution by bypassing Outlook automatic attachment block policies
  • The program duration is from March 15 to December 31, 2017
  • Bounty payout ranges during this period will be $6,000 to $15,000 USD

Call to action: send your vulnerabilities to secure@microsoft.com and let us know that you want your submission to be part of this program!

As always, the most up-to-date information about the Microsoft Bounty Programs can be found at https://aka.ms/BugBounty and in the associated terms and FAQs.

 

Phillip Misner,

Principal Security Group Manager

Microsoft Security Response Center

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September 2017 security update release

Microsoft Security Response Blog - Tue, 12/09/2017 - 19:01

Today, we released security updates to provide additional protections against malicious attackers. By default, Windows 10 receives these updates automatically, and for customers running previous versions, we recommend they turn on automatic updates as a best practice.

More information about this month’s security updates can be found in the Security Update Guide.

 

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