#155 16-Year-Old Wins The 2019 Fortnite World Cup

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#61 Sony Reveals Classic PS One Games

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IBM to acquire Red Hat in deal valued at $34 billion

IBM is acquiring Red Hat, a major distributor of open-source software and technology, in a deal valued around $34 billion, the companies announced on Sunday. According to a joint statement, IBM will pay cash to buy all shares in Red Hat at $190 each. Shares in Red Hat closed at $116.68 on Friday before the deal was announced. The open source, enterprise software maker will become a unit of IBM’s Hybrid Cloud division, with Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst joining IBM’s senior management team and reporting to CEO Ginni Rometty.

Sony reveals the rather disappointing list of games for the PS One Classic

PlayStation today revealed the list of games that will come bundled with its retro console, the PS One Classic. While the list does include several (ahem) classics and old favorites, there are still a few rather large holes in the library.

OnePlus 6T review: Pixel 3’s problems might make this the phone to own

OnePlus’ second flagship smartphone of 2018 has gotten off to a rocky start, to say the least. First of all, just about everything there is to know about the OnePlus 6T leaked long before the phone was announced on Monday. Of course, that pretty much goes without saying at this point, since details surrounding flagship phones always leak in advance. The real trouble arrived when it came time to schedule the OnePlus 6T announcement event. First, OnePlus reportedly pushed back its planned unveiling to avoid overlapping with Google’s Pixel 3 launch. Then, after landing on the date October 30th for its big reveal, Apple announced that its October press conference would be held on the same date. Competing with Apple for media coverage is obviously ill-advised, so the company bumped up its event to today, October 29th.

Tetris Effect is loaded with game modes designed to keep you coming back

Enhance Games’ stylish, trippy take on Tetris will come with a wide variety of modes tailored to appeal to your play style and mood, and those modes are designed to keep players coming back to Tetris Effect for weeks and months after the game launches. The puzzle game’s main “campaign” mode, known as Journey Mode, will send players on a trip through 27 levels, each with their own musical and visual themes. Each level is crafted to tell a story and let players feel different emotions as they play, vice president of production Mark MacDonald said during a hands-on gameplay preview. Levels in Journey Mode will take players from the deserts of Egypt to the solitary darkness of the Moon, while others venture deep into the sea to let players swim with dolphins as they line up puzzle pieces.

Beware of malware, adware when downloading Google Chrome through Microsoft Edge

New Windows 10 PC owners should be careful about downloading Google Chrome through Microsoft Edge, as Bing is apparently returning search results that contain malware and adware. There is a running joke that the only purpose of Microsoft Edge is to download Google Chrome, but it appears that the tables could easily turn for users who are not careful. Fortunately, Twitter user Gabriel Landau did not fall prey to a fake Google Chrome download page returned by a Bing search.

Here’s why your Zoey skin in Fortnite has been removed

A number of players started to notice that opponents using the Zoey skin were harder to see at a certain distance, and it didn’t take long to confirm that they were actually becoming totally invisible to both friends and foes. Strangely, the pickaxes and weapons of the players were still visible but this definitely wasn’t an intended change for to turn Zoey into a ghost for the ongoing Fortnitemares Halloween event.

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#36 Goodbye Path

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Linux creator says he’s taking time off, and apologizes for ‘unprofessional and uncalled for’ behavior

Creator of open-source software Linux, Linus Torvalds, is taking time off and apologizing for his “unprofessional and uncalled for” behavior, Torvalds said in an email to members of the Linux community Sunday.

Longer-lasting, higher-priced iPhones can be a win-win for Apple and customers alike, argues analyst

Two trends in iPhones might seem to place the interests of Apple and its customers on opposite sides of the fence. Making iPhones more expensive seems good for Apple, bad for customers. Conversely, making iPhones last longer would seem good for customers, bad for Apple.

Galaxy Note 9 catches fire inside a woman’s purse

Since the infamous Galaxy Note 7 recall two years ago, a phone Samsung pretends it never existed, we didn’t have any battery incidents involving Samsung handsets. Samsung revised its quality assurance process for batteries after the recall, reassuring customers that battery fires will be a thing of the past. Most recently, Samsung Mobile chief DJ Koh told reporters that the Galaxy Note 9’s battery is safe. But it had to happen sooner or later. A Samsung phone supposedly caught fire inside a woman’s purse, and it happened to be the brand new Galaxy Note 9.

Path, the social network Apple reportedly considered buying, to close next month

Social network platform Path, which was once reported to be in acquisition talks with Apple, has announced that it will be closing down next month. Path pioneered a number of features later borrowed by Facebook, including one of the biggest shake-ups seen on the service. It was Path which came up with the idea of reactions, rather than just likes, a feature later introduced by Facebook with much fanfare. Social media users could for the first time express other emotions, such as love, shock and sadness.

New ‘Kingdom Hearts III’ Trailer to Release Tomorrow

Square Enix just released a new Kingdom Hearts III trailer not long ago, but it appears that another is coming on Tuesday according to a teaser shared on Twitter. The Kingdom Hearts Twitter account shared an gif of Toy Story characters peeping over the side of a bed in anticipation for the new Kingdom Hearts III that the tweet says should be released on Tuesday. Followers of the Kingdom Hearts Twitter account responded exactly as expected with Sora gifs and more hyping up Tuesday’s reveal.

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ Blackout Will Have an Armor Health Bar at Launch

Responding to players’ feedback given over the course of the beta, Treyarch addressed different areas of Blackout that’ll be changing or staying the same either during the beta or when the game mode is fully available in Black Ops 4. While discussions of Armor and whether it’s overpowered or not have come up often in the Blackout discussions, another concern that’s been brought up is that players don’t know when their Armor is nearing its breaking point. Acknowledging this lack of clarity, Treyarch said that the full game release will include a health bar that shows how long players’ Armors have until they break.

Port-a-Fortress item coming soon to Fortnite

Epic has begun teasing a new type of grenade in Fortnite, the Port-a-Fortress. As you may be aware, Fortnite already has an item called Port-a-Fort, which Epic added to the game in April. The new one, however, not only has a higher rarity tier (legendary), it also appears the building it spawns will be much bigger. The fortress, from the art on the item itself, looks to be big enough to support an entire squad as opposed to the smaller tower of the regular Port-a-Fort.

Fortnite has now been cited in more than 200 divorce proceedings

Every few years, an obsession comes along in the gaming world that sweeps everything else off the board. Coverage of games like World Of Warcraft and Minecraft frequently takes on the tone of some kind of epidemic thriller, as reports spread of hooked kids, infuriated parents, and shattered relationships. Now, Fortnite—the massively popular, free-to-play online shooter that boils the current battle royale game craze down into its most efficient and addictive form—is the latest vector of infection, and it’s reached a new milestone in its “video games as pox upon society” career.

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#17 Valve Changes Everything

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Parents worry about their teens’ smartphone habits. But what about their own?

Take the dinner table, the cliched scene where a parent tries to have a conversation with their cell phone-wielding teen, headphones in and distracted. Seventy-two percent of parents feel their teens are often or sometimes distracted by their phones while trying to have a conversation. But when Pew asked teens the same question about their parents, 51 percent of them said they believe their parents are either often or sometimes distracted by their phones during real-life conversations.

Analyst says Apple’s App Store could take $16B hit as commissions under fire

Some game developers feel that the commission levels charged by both Apple and Google are unfair, and they may take a strong stand. Epic Games already opted out of the Google Play app store when it launched Fortnite on Android, though it does sell the iOS version through Apple’s App Store.

Valve Changes Everything: Windows-Exclusive Games Now Run On Steam For Linux

Windows games with no Linux version currently available can now be installed and run directly from the Linux Steam client, complete with native Steamworks and OpenVR support.

Yup, we know exactly when Apple’s 2018 iPhones will be released

Despite the fact that Apple’s iPhone lineup will be completely different in 2018 than it has been in previous years, the events that have taken place in the lead up to their unveiling is exactly the same. First, a few rumors start to trickle out, then the world’s top Apple insider weighs in and tells us exactly what to expect, then as months go by the picture he painted gets more and more clear as subsequent leaks back up all of his claims.

Zynga to Develop ‘Star Wars’ Mobile Game

The developer has struck a multiyear deal with Disney to develop a mobile game based in the Star Wars universe. New Star Wars titles will be managed by the San Francisco company’s NaturalMotion studio, which is based out of the U.K.

No New Assassin’s Creed Coming In 2019

Reflecting on the decision to stop Assassin’s Creed’s yearly launch schedule and give Ubisoft’s developers the time to reinvent the series for Assassin’s Creed Origins, Guillemot said it was ultimately worth it.

“[The time] gave the team the possibility to really bring what they wanted to. The community has been responding very well to it and when I see what we are bringing with Odyssey I know that the community that got back in with Origins will be amazed.”

Overwatch’s D.Va Gets Her Own Animated Short, Watch It Here

Blizzard has released a new animated short for Overwatch called “Shooting Star” and this time the focus is much-loved Meka pilot D.Va. With Gamescom 2018 going on in Germany, the short was shown at Korea Fanfest, where Blizzard also debuted a brand-new Overwatch map. The video starts with a news report about D.Va, who has become a national hero by defending her nation from the Omnics.

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Samsung Chromebook Plus Now Supports Linux apps

The Chrome OS ecosystem is finally changing. This comes after Chromebooks, and the Chrome OS, in general, are now supporting Linux apps. This means that Chromebooks could now actually run more applications. By doing so, tech-savvy users claim that Chromebooks would become eventually a major competitor to both Mac and Windows laptops.

 

But not so fast! You might be asking what type of Chromebooks would support Linux apps. Search giant Google has earlier announced that only the Pixelbook has the feature to support Linux apps.

 

 

To date, Google’s Pixelbook is considered to the most expensive Chromebook on the market. However, several Redditors have discovered that Samsung Chromebook Plus also supports Linus apps. The aforesaid Chromebook is cheaper when compared to Pixelbook.

 

How to use Linux apps?

 

To use the various Linux apps in your own Samsung Chromebook Plus, you should opt-in to the developer’s build of Chrome OS. If you are done, you should install the Linux apps using Terminal. You just only need to complete all the instructions.

 

With this, tech users claim that in the coming years, the process would also be simplified and could apply to a more stable version of Chrome OS.

 

Accordingly, Google is planning to make a wide roll out of the support to Linus apps. Right now, the search giant is testing the waters with Linux apps running on Chrome OS.

 

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Intel Security Issue May Impact Apple Macs and Windows PCs

If you are a Mac or Windows user, then you must read this information. Why? Because all computers-desktop or laptop-using Intel chips that were manufactured in the last decade suffer a major security issue.

 

The massive security flaw spotted in these Intel chips have something to do with kernel software, which forced a redesign at the operating system, according to The Register report published this week. This means that programmers may attempt to overhaul the Linux kernel’s virtual memory system.

Intel chip flaw to slow down performance?

 

For Windows users, software giant Microsoft is expected to roll out changes in its Windows Operating system through a patch. The company said that the changes that will be introduced would be seeded to beta testers running Windows Insider builds for both November and December, respectively.

 

Tech analysts claim that the updates will be crucial to both Windows and Linux because it will surely hit the performance on Intel processors. Analysts are looking between 5 to 30 percent slowdown of performance depending on the Intel chip that you are using.

 

The good news is that the slowing down of performance may vary. Some would be able to feel a change; others won’t. Users should get an update as soon as possible because security analysts warned that the spotted security flaw posed a serious threat.

 

While it cannot be denied that some Intel chips have a design flaw, this recent flaw found in Intel processors may eventually expose confidential and protected information such as passwords. And since the flaw is at Intel x86-64 hardware, experts said that this would require an OS-level overwrite patch-overhauling the operating system of Windows, Linux, and macOS.

 

“Urgent development of a software mitigation is being done in the open and recently landed in the Linux kernel” in redacted form, “and a similar mitigation began appearing in NT kernels in November,” the Python Sweetness blog wrote earlier this week as quoted in Gizmodo.

 

“In the worst case, the software fix causes huge slowdowns in typical workloads … There are hints the attack impacts common virtualization environments including Amazon EC2 and Google Compute Engine,” it added.

Microsoft admits Skype has bugs

Voice Over IP service Skype is having trouble with their service as of late. According to reports, this four-week-old problem sends copies of some messages to unintended recipients.

Microsoft has confirmed the reports and said in a statement to Engadget, “We are aware that in rare circumstances IMs between two contacts could be sent to an unintended third contact. We are rolling out a fix for this issue in the next few days and will notify our users to download an updated version of Skype.”

The problem was initially reported on a Skype support forum by a user who was stunned as to why some of her contacts were receiving message she had sent to only a few contacts. Others followed her lead and reported that they experienced the same problem.

According to Skype, Skype versions 5.9 and 5.10 for Windows, Skype 5.8 for Mac, Skype 4.0 for Linux, 1.2 for Windows Phone, Skype 2.8 for Android and Skype 4.0 for iOS are vulnerable from these bugs.

Skype added in a blog post, “This issue occurs only when a user’s Skype client crashes during a Skype IM session, which many in some cases result in the last IM entered or sent prior to the crash being delivered to a different IM contact after the Skype client is rebooted or logged in as a new user.”

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Orbitz: Mac users pay more than PC users

Do Mac users really spend more than their PC counterparts?

It’s obvious that the majority of PC owners shell out considerable sums of money to purchase their units, but it is also clear that Mac users shell more than them.

Now, a study done by travel site Orbitz says that Mac users will pay more on hotels than PC users.

In a report by The Wall Street Journal, Orbitz says that Mac users pay $20 to $30 more than PC users.

The report added, “The sort of targeting undertaken by Orbitz is likely to become more commonplace as online retailers scramble to identify new ways in which people’s browsing data can be used to boost online sales.”

TechNewsGadget reported that developers prefer the iOS platform compared to Android. This study by Orbitz strengthens the notion that Mac users are keen to pay for services, compared to others using other services or brands.

Market-wise, Apple seems to be targeting individuals who has money to spare. Take a look at their product lines and you would see that purchasing an Apple product is not cheap.

If Mac users are willing to pay more than their PC counterparts, what would Linux users pay?

Note: That question is merely based on the popularity of each platform and does not mean to generalize operating systems.

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Google to release patch for Android DoS exploit

A tech site is reporting that Google is now trying to develop a patch to fix a denial-of-service on its Android operating system. This is both for smartphones and tablets.

4 individuals who came from Italy discovered and fixed the exploit according to The Next Web.

The exploit was publish in a research paper by Alessandro Armando, the head of the Security and Trust Research Unit and coordinator of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the University of Genoa; Alessio Merlo of Telematic University E-Campus; Professor Mauro Migliardi, coordinator at the University of Padova and Luke Verderame, computer engineering graduate at the University of Genoa.

According to them, the vulnerability enables a malicious app to force the system to fork an unbounded number of processes and mount a Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack that makes the device “totally unresponsive”.

The Next Web reports, “The Optimius One froze in less than a minute while others – including the Galaxy Tab – froze in under two minutes.”

The team managed to invoke a process in the Linux system that does not perform an operation that binds them with an Android app, thus bypassing the security policies within the OS.

The Next Web added, “If an enterprising malware app developer forced an application to load on boot, a reboot of the device would prove fruitless.”

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Can I Run Multiple Operating Systems on My Server?

Can I Run Multiple Operating Systems on My Server?

Can you imagine if you could only work with one application such as e-mail, word processing, or browser at a time? This would obviously be a radical impairment on our ability to work. The same holds true for operating systems and platforms. Restriction to one of these at a time is a needless hindrance, and now Dell virtualization provides a way to run Windows, Linux, Mac, and other operating systems on one server.
Dell virtualization software allows you to run more than one operating system on a server. Virtualizing can save money, time, energy, and space by using remote technology to accomplish a variety of tasks without being tied down to the physical contingencies of a physical server.
To install the software for virtualization, you boot up the server or computer, load the virtualization program, and install an operating system from the media you have. The main operating system will be called the host operating system; secondary platforms will be guests. Once the virtualization program is running, each operating system you install on your server will perform like a new, separate computer. You can do anything on the guest servers that you can do with the host. You can run programs, share files, and partition drive space. The litany of benefits of virtualization includes:
Consolidation of Servers – Your server infrastructure can be maximized without having to purchase additional hardware; resources can be used more efficiently.
Energy Conservation – The less servers you have, the less electricity you will use. It has been estimated that the energy costs associated with running servers are actually more than the cost of the servers.
Management Made Easier – Managing one physical server with more than one virtual server is easier than managing several physical units. Hardware upgrades can be done using a management console, which eliminates having to shut the server down, install the hardware, and restart the server. Servers can all be managed with the same console.
Reduction of Backup and Recovery Time – Backing up and restoring virtual machines is easier as well. Hard drives and other hardware failures will not affect virtual machines as they are restricted to their physical medium.
As you can see, virtualization is a smart, efficient way to make the most of your networking infrastructure.