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It all started with a mystery: Why would a fitness tracker detect a beating heart on a roll of toilet paper? As Chinese tech site Abacus reports, toilet paper is having a bit of a viral moment in China after fitness tracker owners discovered the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 would display a heart rate when attached to a roll. Users of the social media platform Weibo posted numerous images documenting the phenomenon. They also tested other cylindrical objects, such as bottles, cans, and even the appendage of a stuffed animal—all of which showed the mysterious phantom heart rate.
With the five-year anniversary of the PlayStation 4’s debut approaching, Sony has confirmed that it is developing a successor to the console. “At this point, what I can say is it’s necessary to have a next-generation hardware,” said Kenichiro Yoshida, Sony’s president and CEO, in an interview with the Financial Times. Yoshida did not name the console, so there’s no information yet on whether it will officially be called the “PlayStation 5.” There’s also no word on a release window, although John Kodera, the CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment — that’s the official name of the company’s gaming division — suggested in May that the next PlayStation is at least three years away.
Effective from Monday, 24 September, the Apple TV version of Minecraft will no longer be updated or supported. We’re grateful to the Apple TV community for their support but we need to reallocate resources to the platforms that our players use the most. Don’t worry though, you can continue to play Minecraft on Apple TV, keep building in your world and your Marketplace purchases (including Minecoins) will continue to be available.
This would be a huge move for the company behind Xbox, which has been on a shopping spree this year, snapping up four game studios including Playground (Forza Horizon) and Ninja Theory (Hellblade). Its most recent notable game studio purchase before that was Mojang, the maker of Minecraft. Microsoft has kept Minecraft multiplatform, even enabling cross-play between Switch and Xbox One players, but console makers usually buy studios with the intent for those studios to make games for their consoles, not the competition. Microsoft’s biggest weakness this generation has been its stable of first-party developers, and with Obsidian, the company now has an RPG-focused studio that can help it compete against the PlayStation’s strong lineup.
Fortnite Battle Royale is getting a special physical release next month, Epic Games announced. With publishing partner Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s help, a bundle of the game that includes V-bucks, skins and weapons will be available at retail stores. The $29.99 set is called the Fortnite: Deep Freeze Bundle, named after the winter-themed content that comes with it. There’s the Frostbite Outfit, for starters, as well as a glider, pickaxe and “back bling,” each named after some cold weather-related pun. Also included is 1,000 V-Bucks, so that players can go buy more items or the Battle Pass.