Saved By The Bell Reboot Will Return For Season 2

The reboot of popular ’90s high school comedy Saved by the Bell was one of Peacock’s big titles last year, with Season 1 hitting the service in November. It’s now been announced that the show will return for Season 2.

Peacock has confirmed that it has ordered 10 new episodes of Saved by the Bell. Tracey Wigfield will return as showrunner, but Season 2 has not been given a premiere date yet.

In a statement, Wigfield said, “I’m thrilled that Saved by the Bell has been renewed. I’ve been blown away by all the love for the show and can’t wait to go back and make more episodes. Hopefully we stay on Peacock for many more seasons, and then in 30 years, somebody does a reboot of our reboot and invents the threeboot.”

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Author: Dan Auty

Brave browser takes step towards enabling a decentralized web

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Brave has just taken a step towards supporting a decentralized web, by becoming the first browser to offer native integration with a peer-to-peer networking protocol that aims to fundamentally change how the internet works. The technology is called IPFS (which stands for InterPlanetary File System), a relatively obscure transport protocol that promises to improve on the dominant HTTP standard by making content faster to access and more resilient to failure and control.

This explainer from TechCrunch offers a good overview of how the protocol works. But here’s the short version: While HTTP is designed for browsers to access information on central servers, IPFS accesses it on a network of distributed nodes. Vice likens it to downloading…

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Author: Jon Porter

Hitman 3 Review Roundup

IO Interactive’s rebooted Hitman series has been lauded for its clockwork open-world approach, and this week the trilogy comes to a close. Hitman 3 marks the last game in the stealth trilogy, and critics have started giving their impressions just ahead of release on January 20.

So how does this Hitman game stack up to the others? Critics seem to agree that it’s not just a great stealth assassination game on its own, but also a satisfying conclusion to the series as a whole. In GameSpot’s review, Phil Hornshaw noted that this sequel is “full of fun and fascinating ideas, many of which play with the concepts underpinning the last four years of Hitman levels,” and awarded it a 9/10.

As always, Hitman 3 rewards repetition to fully plumb its depths and see all of the mechanics and characters moving around the world on their schedules. An intimate knowledge of every setting is required to execute some of the more intricate assassinations, but if you just want to finish as fast as possible, you can complete the story campaign in about 8 hours. In addition to all the high-powered consoles and PC, Hitman 3 is also coming to Nintendo Switch via cloud streaming.

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Author: Steve Watts

Rivian announces another major funding haul

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Amazon-backed electric vehicle startup Rivian has raised another $2.65 billion, bolstering its position as one of the most well-funded EV startups in the world.

The investment round was led by T. Rowe Price and included Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund, Fidelity Management and Research Company, and investment firms Coatue and D1 Capital Partners, along with “several other existing and new investors,” according to the startup.

The new money arrives a mere six months after Rivian raised $2.5 billion, and about a year after it raised $1.3 billion. It has now raised more than $8 billion to date.

It’s hard to say exactly how much Rivian has in the bank, given that it has spent a lot already to hire a massive team while also developing at least…

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Author: Sean O’Kane

New Xbox Game Pass Titles For January 2021 Just Got Even Bigger

Microsoft has announced a second wave of new additions to Xbox Game Pass in January. Following an initial run of titles like Injustice 2 and Torchlight III earlier this month, Microsoft has now announced nearly 10 more games that will be in the subscription program soon.

New additions to Xbox Game Pass for console and PC later in January include Control, Desperados III, Donut County, and Outer Wilds on January 21. Later in the month, Microsoft will add Cyber Shadow and The Medium to Xbox Game Pass. The Medium is of particular note, as the psychological horror game has been in the works since the Xbox 360 days and it’s finally releasing as an Xbox and PC exclusive on January 28.

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Author: Eddie Makuch

Hitman 3: How Long To Beat?

Hitman 3 is nearly here; the newest entry in the stealth-action series launches on January 20. Ahead of that, reviews for the game have started to appear online–including GameSpot’s 9/10 Hitman 3 review–and alongside that, we now know about how long the game takes to beat.

Bearing in mind that Hitman 3 is an open-ended game with a lot of replayability, our reviewer suggests that players looking to zoom through the campaign might need around eight hours to complete it, or potentially less depending on how much you intend to see and explore.

But if you only follow the story missions and the main path, you can complete Hitman 3 in relatively short order. Every mission, on average, is about 45 minutes to an hour, our reviewer said.

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Author: Eddie Makuch

Rainbow Six Quarantine March 21 Release Date Is Not Correct

Eagle-eyed fans recently discovered that Ubisoft’s own Ubisoft Connect website showed a March 21, 2021 release date for Rainbow Six Quarantine. However, this date is not correct.

A spokesperson for Ubisoft told IGN that the date is wrong, but the company did not explain how the error cropped up in the first place.

Following a delay, Quarantine is now scheduled to launch sometime between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022, which is during Ubisoft’s 2021-22 financial year. Quarantine was delayed alongside Far Cry 6 due in part to complications related to COVID-19 and working from home. Both games are expected to arrive within the first six months of the FY 2021-22 financial year.

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Author: Eddie Makuch