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Assassin's Creed live symphonic tour is coming to London next year

Eurogamer - Mon, 10/12/2018 - 23:11

Assassin's Creed Symphony, a live orchestral performance of the long-running series' best loved music is coming to London next October, Ubisoft has announced.

The tour, which starts on June 11th next year in Los Angeles (the same day as E3, fact fans), is described as an "immersive symphonic experience" and features music from all across the series, by composers including Jesper Kyd, Lorne Balfe, Brian Tyler, Austin Wintory, Sarah Schachner, Winifred Phillips, Elitsa Alexandrova, Chris Tilton, Ryan Amon and The Flight. Here's one for the pirates in the house tonight:

The show moves to Paris on June 29th, then continues to San Francisco on August 3rd, Montreal on September 27th, and then arrives in London - at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith - on October 5th. Finally, the tour comes to a close in Milan on October 6th. Full details, including links to ticket vendors, can be found on the Assassin's Creed Symphony website.

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Malicious Sites Abuse 11-Year-Old Firefox Bug That Mozilla Failed To Fix

Slashdot - Mon, 10/12/2018 - 22:40
Malware authors, ad farmers, and scammers are abusing a Firefox bug to trap users on malicious sites. From a report: This wouldn't be a big deal, as the web is fraught with this kind of malicious sites, but these websites aren't abusing some new never-before-seen trick, but a Firefox bug that Mozilla engineers appear to have failed to fix in the 11 years ever since it was first reported back in April 2007. The bug narrows down to a malicious website embedding an iframe inside their source code. The iframe makes an HTTP authentication request on another domain. [...] For the past few years, malware authors, ad farmers, and scammers have been abusing this bug to lure users on sites where they show all sorts of nasties, such as tech support scams, ad farms that reload the page with new ads in a loop, pages that push users to buy fake gift cards, or sites that offer malware-laced software updates. Whenever users try to leave, the owners of these shady sites trigger the authentification modal in a loop.

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What is the Future of Office Spaces?

Slashdot - Mon, 10/12/2018 - 22:00
An anonymous reader shares a World Economic Forum report: A lot of us spend long stretches in the office, but outdated design could be damaging our wellbeing and mental health. What's more, it's killing our productivity. One study found that office workers spend more time sitting than pensioners, which increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes and even cancer. That's why forward-looking designers are finding ways to build spaces that heal rather than hurt us. Going beyond the already ubiquitous standing desks and social "breakout sofas," the office of the future is healthy, harmonious and happy. Here's how it's beginning to take shape.

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Start-Ups Aren't Cool Anymore

Slashdot - Mon, 10/12/2018 - 21:20
A lack of personal savings, competition from abroad, and the threat of another economic downturn make it harder for Millennials to thrive as entrepreneurs. From a story: Research suggests entrepreneurial activity has declined among Millennials. The share of people under 30 who own a business has fallen to almost a quarter-century low, according to a 2015 Wall Street Journal analysis of Federal Reserve data. A survey of 1,200 Millennials conducted in 2016 by the Economic Innovation Group found that more Millennials believed they could have a successful career by staying at one company and attempting to climb the ladder than by founding a new one. Two years ago, EIG's president and co-founder, John Lettieri, testified before the U.S. Senate, "Millennials are on track to be the least entrepreneurial generation in recent history." Some of the reasons have been well-documented. The romantic view of entrepreneurship involves angel investors and venture capital funds, but in fact, the ordinary entrepreneur is more likely to fund a start-up using personal savings -- something underemployed Millennials simply could not build as they entered the workforce during or in the immediate wake of the Great Recession. Funding from friends and family is the next most common source, but this personal network could not help much during the most recent economic downturn, when so much home equity was underwater. Student debt worsened the underlying economic problems. According to a report by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, between 2004 and 2014, the number of student borrowers rose by 89 percent. Lately, though, it seems that even those who might typically have access to other forms of funding, like venture capital, are having a hard time getting investors' attention. As Matt Krisiloff, a former director at the Y Combinator start-up accelerator in Silicon Valley, tweeted, "Start-ups are a lot less cool than they used to be." Michael Sadler, an economist at the University of Texas at Austin, is concerned about the rising concentration of start-up investment in just a few super-performing regions such as Austin, New York, and Silicon Valley. As with American politics, it appears the geography of U.S. venture capital and economic growth has become increasingly polarized.

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Google Will Shut Down Google+ Four Months Early After Second Data Leak

Slashdot - Mon, 10/12/2018 - 20:40
Google+ has suffered another data leak, and Google has decided to shut down the consumer version of the social network four months earlier than it originally planned. From a report: Google+ will now close to consumers in April, rather than August. Additionally, API access to the network will shut down within the next 90 days. According to Google, the new vulnerability impacted 52.5 million users, who could have had profile information like their name, email address, occupation, and age exposed to developers, even if their account was set to private. Apps could also access profile data that had been shared with a specific user, but was not shared publicly.

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Stardew Valley's multiplayer update finally arrives on Switch this week

Eurogamer - Mon, 10/12/2018 - 20:27

Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone has announced that the long-awaited multiplayer update for Stardew Valley on Switch will launch this Wednesday, December 12th.

We've known that co-operative multiplayer would be coming to Stardew Valley on Switch for a good long while now, of course. During a Nintendo Direct early last year, it was revealed that Switch would be the first console to receive the update, and that it would arrive once it had been successfully tested and released on PC.

For those that haven't been following along since then, Stardew Valley's online multiplayer update enables up for four players to coexist on a single farm - host players live in the farmhouse while their pals get cabins - working together to share the toils and spoils of hard labour.

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Video Games Won't Be Part of the Paris Olympics

Slashdot - Mon, 10/12/2018 - 19:55
The Olympic Games regularly add new events, but officials aren't quite ready to embrace eSports. From a report: This weekend, the International Olympic Committee met for the 7th Olympic Summit, where competitive video gaming was among the topics of discussion. The verdict? It's still "premature" to discuss including them in the Olympic games. That's bound to be disappointing to supporters, who had hoped for a breakthrough in the 2024 Paris games. Tony Estanguet, co-president of the Paris Olympic committee, is a proponent of bringing video games to the Olympics.

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Nasa's Voyager 2 Probe 'Leaves the Solar System'

Slashdot - Mon, 10/12/2018 - 19:10
The Voyager 2 probe, which left Earth in 1977, has become the second human-made object to leave our Solar System. From a report: It was launched 16 days before its twin craft, Voyager 1, but that probe's faster trajectory meant that it was in "the space between the stars" six years before Voyager 2. The news was revealed at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting in Washington. And chief scientist on the mission, Prof Edward Stone, confirmed it. He said both probes had now "made it into interstellar space" and that Voyager 2's date of departure from the Solar System was 5 November 2018. On that date, the steady stream of particles emitted from the Sun that were being detected by the probe suddenly dipped. This indicated that it had crossed the "heliopause" -- the term for the outer edge of the Sun's protective bubble of particles and magnetic field. And while its twin craft beat it to this boundary, the US space agency says that Voyager 2 has a working instrument aboard that will provide "first-of-its-kind observations of the nature of this gateway into interstellar space".

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John Romero announces Doom spiritual successor Sigil

Eurogamer - Mon, 10/12/2018 - 18:40

Legendary game maker John Romero has announced Sigil, "an unofficial spiritual successor to The Ultimate Doom's fourth episode".

The announcement comes 25 years on from 10th December 1993 - the day the original Doom launched. That's a quarter of a century ago! Just to make you feel old.

Sigil contains nine single-player and nine deathmatch levels, and will be released for free in mid-February 2019. As a megawad, you'll need the original Doom (not the remake) to play it.

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Qualcomm Says It Won Case Banning Sale of Older iPhones in China

Slashdot - Mon, 10/12/2018 - 18:20
Qualcomm says it has won a ruling in China against Apple that bans the sale of some iPhone models in that country. From a report: The Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court ruled that Apple is infringing two Qualcomm patents and issued injunctions against the sale of the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, the San Diego, California-based chipmaker said in a statement Monday. The most recent models introduced in September, the iPhone XS, XR and XS Max, are not covered by the ban.

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What's the deal with Epic Games Store refunds?

Eurogamer - Mon, 10/12/2018 - 18:16

UPDATE: Epic has now streamlined its manual refund process to make life easier for customers.

An Epic employee has stated on Reddit that the company "streamlined [its] process on Saturday", but "this did not make it to all agents".

Shortly before this article was published, Epic implemented this new system. Customers wishing to claim a refund can now do so by providing the invoice ID of the Epic Games Store purchase. I re-tested the process, and the automatic email now looks like this:

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Get a PSVR with Skyrim, Doom and three more games for £229

Eurogamer - Mon, 10/12/2018 - 18:00

Once the reprieve of tech-fiends, hard-line enthusiasts and protagonists from the mid nineties, VR is now more prolific than ever. Among the headsets available on the market, Sony's PSVR offering remains both the most affordable and accessible.

This recently released PSVR Mega Pack Bundle includes everything you'll need to get sucked into its strange new virtual worlds: a headset, a PlayStation Camera (required for the VR to work) and five games including Skyrim, WipEout and Doom.

It also has VR Worlds, where you can descend into the ocean, journey through space, and enjoy a life of crime, among other experiences. You can nab the PSVR Mega Pack Bundle for £229.99 over at Argos. It sold out at Amazon today!

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UK Just Banned the National Health Service From Buying Any More Fax Machines

Slashdot - Mon, 10/12/2018 - 18:00
The UK's NHS will be banned from buying fax machines from next month -- and has been told by the government to phase out the machines entirely by 31 March 2020. From a report: More than 9,000 fax machines are in use by the NHS, a July survey found. All will be replaced by email, according to a report from the BBC. The shift, ordered by UK health secretary Matt Hancock, is intended to improve patient safety and make communications more secure. Rebecca McIntyre, a cognitive behavioral therapist, told the BBC that using fax machines made it difficult to ensure patient's information was actually sent to the right place, and that it wasn't being seen by non-authorized people. "You would not believe the palaver we have in the work place trying to communicate important documents to services (referrals etc)," she said. "We constantly receive faxes meant for other places in error but this is never reported." Further reading: The Fax is Not Yet Obsolete.

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Fortnite is adding the sword from Infinity Blade, and changing its map again

Eurogamer - Mon, 10/12/2018 - 17:36

UPDATE 11/12/18: Today's patch notes confirm the Infinity Blade will indeed be a one-off weapon available every match from the newly-opened up Polar Peak, the Ice King's lair. Just one player will be able to wield the sword at any time, just as Fortnite's Thanos event featured the Infinity Gauntlet earlier in the year.

Sword slashes will deal 75 damage, while the weapon's alternate fire will allow you to leap large distances and destroy objects, with a smaller 25 damage upon landing. Anyone wielding the sword will gain 200 health and shield and constant regeneration. If they are defeated, the sword will drop for others to pick up instead.

Patch 7.01, which introduces all of this, is available to download now.

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Panzer Dragoon 1&2 are getting the remake treatment

Eurogamer - Mon, 10/12/2018 - 17:26

Sega's classic on-rails shooters Panzer Dragoon 1&2 are getting the remake treatment courtesy of Polish publisher Forever Entertainment.

We don't know too much about it, beyond that the first instalment is planned for unspecified platforms before the end of next year.

Forever Entertainment did provide a brief statement (via Gematsu - thanks for the spot!). "The new version of the game will be characterised by a completely new graphics compatible with today's standards and several modifications of the game," it says.

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Driveway Encounter With Microsoft's President Led To $25 Million For Code.org

Slashdot - Mon, 10/12/2018 - 17:20
Long time reader theodp writes: At Monday's kickoff event with Melinda Gates for Computer Science Education Week 2018, Microsoft President Brad Smith revealed how a 2013 driveway encounter led to Microsoft's decision to commit $25 million to Code.org, whose CEO Hadi Partovi happens to live next door to Smith. "At the top of the hill, we share a common driveway," Smith said. "I can't even drive into the garage at night if he is standing in the way. Well, actually I can, but running him over is not the right path." Five years ago, Smith recalled, Partovi was in his driveway (King of the Hill-inspired artist's impression), "and he said, 'I have an idea [for then-nascent Code.org]. There is an important problem that we can help solve, because for too many people they look at these opportunities in computer science, and they don't appreciate that in truth anybody can aspire to be the next Melinda Gates or the next Bill Gates or the next Jeff Bezos or the next Sheryl Sandberg or Mark Zuckerberg. What they need, what they deserve, is the opportunity to learn this fundamental field.'" Earlier this year, Code.org celebrated its 5th anniversary and thanked Microsoft and other tech donors for making it possible for the nonprofit to change U.S. K-12 public education. Smith also announced Monday that Microsoft would invest an additional $10 million in Code.org to help expand the tech-bankrolled nonprofit's work. "The renewed partnership," Microsoft explained, "will focus on ensuring that by 2020 every state will have passed policies to expand access to computer science and every school in the U.S. will have access to Code.org professional development."

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Netflix's Biggest Competition Isn't Sleep -- It's YouTube

Slashdot - Mon, 10/12/2018 - 16:40
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings loves to identify sleep as the biggest competition of its service. "Sometimes employees at Netflix think, 'Oh my god, we're competing with FX, HBO, or Amazon, but think about it. If you didn't watch Netflix last night: What did you do? There's such a broad range of things that you did to relax and unwind, hang out, and connect -- and we compete with all of that," he once said. "You get a show or a movie you're really dying to watch, and you end up staying up late at night, so we actually compete with sleep," he added. Turns out, Hastings does not need to look that far for competition. From a report: Despite Netflix and Amazon investing billions of dollars in producing original content, they are struggling to make inroads in emerging markets. YouTube, on the other hand, is growing rapidly, becoming a daily habit for even new internet users. In India, for instance, YouTube reaches 245 million unique users each month, or 85 percent of all internet users in the country, the company told VentureBeat. About 60 percent of all YouTube traffic in India comes from outside of its six major cities. [Globally, YouTube has 1.9 billion monthly active users.] As consumption on YouTube grows, creators are also finding loyal audiences. In India alone, YouTube now has more than 600 channels with more than 1 million subscribers, up from 20 channels in 2016. Record label T-Series, which is fighting with PewDiePie for the title of most-subscribed YouTube channel, took 10 years to get to its first 10 million subscribers. In the last two years, it has grown to 60 million subscribers. Globally, YouTube says the number of channels with more than 1 million subscribers has grown by 75 percent this year. Globally, YouTube told VentureBeat that 75 percent of the platform's watch time occurs on a mobile device. The average watch time for a mobile user is 60 minutes per day. Or in other words, this is the time a user could have spent watching Netflix. According to eMarketer's estimates, an average user would spend about 86 minutes per day watching digital videos on streaming services this year.

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Monster Hunter World's first big expansion is unveiled

Eurogamer - Mon, 10/12/2018 - 16:33

Monster Hunter World's first big expansion has been announced, and it's the equivalent to the older 'G' or 'Ultimate' editions. Named as Iceborn, it'll arrive as an add-on to the base game next autumn.

Iceborne will introduce a new quest rank, new monsters and new areas, and feature a story that carries on from where Monster Hunter World left off. Series head Ryozo Tsujimoto said the expansion would be similar in size to older 'G' or 'Ultimate' editions. More information on Iceborne will be shared in the spring.

Before that, though, there's plenty more planned for Monster Hunter World, with the headline being the addition of The Witcher 3's Geralt of Rivia early next year. New voice lines have been supplied by Doug Cockle for the English version, while other languages are also getting new lines recorded by their respective versions (though I'm not sure who's doing the honours for the Geralt of Rivia who's speaking Monster Hunter language - something that's confirmed will also be happening when the star of CD Projekt's RPG arrives).

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Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They're Not Keeping It Secret

Slashdot - Mon, 10/12/2018 - 16:00
Dozens of companies use smartphone locations to help advertisers and even hedge funds. They say it's anonymous, but the data shows how personal it is. From a report: The millions of dots on the map trace highways, side streets and bike trails -- each one following the path of an anonymous cellphone user. One path tracks someone from a home outside Newark to a nearby Planned Parenthood, remaining there for more than an hour. Another represents a person who travels with the mayor of New York during the day and returns to Long Island at night. [...] An app on the device gathered her location information, which was then sold without her knowledge. It recorded her whereabouts as often as every two seconds, according to a database of more than a million phones in the New York area that was reviewed by The New York Times. At least 75 companies receive anonymous, precise location data from apps whose users enable location services to get local news and weather or other information, The Times found. Several of those businesses claim to track up to 200 million mobile devices in the United States -- about half those in use last year. The database reviewed by The Times -- a sample of information gathered in 2017 and held by one company -- reveals people's travels in startling detail, accurate to within a few yards and in some cases updated more than 14,000 times a day.

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Snag a Nintendo Switch with Smash Bros. and Mario Kart for £299

Eurogamer - Mon, 10/12/2018 - 15:26

Although Black Friday and Cyber Monday are long past, there's still plenty of deals about for this holiday season. Take for instance, this Nintendo Switch with Mario Kart Deluxe 8 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate bundle for £299.99 at Currys. Colourful brawler Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - which entails pitting characters from Pikachu to Pac-Man against each other in battle - has not only sold more copies then Pokémon: Let's Go Pikachu and Pokémon: Let's Go Eevee combined since its release a few days ago, it's also made it to the coveted Eurogamer essential list.

As an individual Nintendo Switch console with Mario Kart Deluxe 8 is currently selling for around £279.99, and as both Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate each exceed the £40 mark, this deal provides a substantial saving. With Nintendo Switch discounts proving pretty spars elsewhere (we're sorry) it's no wonder this one is flying off the shelves. For an extra £35, you can additionally grab a Nintendo Switch bundle with Super Mario Odyssey.

Finally, if you're looking for extra storage to soup up your games library, take a gander at the Nintendo Switch storage space hub over at our sister site Jelly Deals, where there are Micro SD deals aplenty. Happy festive brawling!

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