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

How to file and pay your 2020 taxes online

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In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic took everyone, including the IRS, by surprise. Because of the issues people were dealing with last spring, the filing deadline for federal tax payments was moved from the usual mid-April date to July 15th.

This year, despite the still-very-present pandemic and various upheavals in our nation’s capital, it doesn’t look like we’re going to get the same tax vacation.

As a result, and considering the pandemic might still slow down the processing of refunds and other issues, it might not be a bad idea to start working on those taxes as soon as possible. And whether you’re a full-time worker dealing with a single 1040 or a freelancer / gig worker getting a series of 1099s, the fastest way to pay the piper these…

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Author: Barbara Krasnoff

Acer’s new education Chromebooks include durable designs and Arm-based processors

The Chromebook Spin 512 comes with a 3:2 aspect ratio display. | Image: Acer

Acer is announcing five new laptops aimed at schools today, consisting of four Chromebooks and one Windows convertible. Two of the Chromebooks are Intel-based convertibles, with screens that spin around to turn them into laptops, while the other two feature a more traditional design and are powered by Arm-based processors. All five laptops are designed to be durable, with spill-resistant keyboards and components tested to MIL-STD 810H military durability standards.

The two convertible Chromebooks are the Acer Spin 512 and Spin 511. They’re powered by Intel processors (specifically the N4500 and N5100). The Spin 511 has a 11.6-inch HD 16:9 display, while the Spin 512 has a 12-inch HD+ 3:2 display. Both come with up to 64GB of storage, and…

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Author: Jon Porter

VLC now runs natively on M1 Macs

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The latest update to ubiquitous open-source media player VLC is here, and it comes with native support for Apple silicon Mac computers — the new versions of the MacBook Pro, the MacBook Air, and the Mac mini with Apple’s own M1 processor. VLC 3.0.12 also includes some visual tweaks to bring it further in line with Big Sur, the latest version of macOS.

Mac apps don’t strictly require native updates to work with the M1 processor, since Apple silicon Macs include Rosetta 2, a translation layer that lets software compiled for x86 processors run surprisingly well on the newer Arm-based hardware. But for an app like VLC, which many users rely on for playback of hefty 4K or 8K video files, the improvements to performance and efficiency could be…

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Author: Sam Byford

Cyberpunk 2077 discs are $30 today for PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X

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If you’ve already nabbed a next-gen PlayStation or Xbox — or are willing to give developer CD Projekt the benefit of the doubt that it’ll eventually work on your current-gen machine — you can now pick up the standard disc edition of Cyberpunk 2077 for half-price at Amazon and Best Buy. It’s $30, instead of $60.

To be clear, that’s the price for the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game, which work on PS5 and Xbox Series X far, far better than they do on current-gen consoles. (There’s no PS5 or Xbox Series X-specific version of the game so far, but the disc will include a free upgrade.) Amazon also has the PC version for $40; compare to its normal price of $60.

Sony actually took the unprecedented step of removing Cyberpunk 2077 from…

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Author: Sean Hollister

The developers of an acclaimed Skyrim mod just made it to the big leagues


In 2016, a team of modders released a game they developed a game in their spare time to nigh-universal acclaim — a mod for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim that they called Enderal, with its own 30+ hour quest with gobs of original dialogue and professional voice acting. “[It’s the most fun I’ve had in an Elder Scrolls game in years,” wrote our sister site Polygon. It’s the top-rated Skyrim mod of all time at ModDB, has nearly 500,000 downloads at NexusMods and its own Steam page filled with glowing reviews.

Now, its developers are setting off to build a game of their own. On Sunday, the team at SureAI released its final patch for Enderal, explaining that they no longer had as much free time to keep up development — because they’re working on…

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Author: Sean Hollister

Telegram says it ‘shut down hundreds of public calls for violence’ in US last week

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Amid rising political tensions in the United States, Telegram founder Pavel Durov says his chat service has taken down hundreds of public calls for violence, in accordance with the platform’s terms of service.

In a public Telegram post on Monday, Durov emphasized the service’s commitment to banning speech that actively incites violence. “Telegram welcomes peaceful debate and protest, but our Terms of Service explicitly prohibit distributing public calls to violence,” he wrote. “Сivil movements all over the world rely on Telegram in order to stand up for human rights without resorting to inflicting harm.”

Notably, the post does not address Telegram’s encrypted chat feature, which protects conversations from outside access and thus is not…

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Author: Russell Brandom

Westworld’s Tessa Thompson Launches Production Company, Partnership With HBO

Actor Tessa Thompson (Westworld, Avengers: Endgame) will be moving into production work with her new company, Viva Maude. According to Deadline, the production company has partnered with HBO and HBO Max on a two-year, first-look deal that will first be taking on adaptations of the books Who Fears Death and The Secret Lives of Church Ladies.

“I’m beyond thrilled to officially launch my production company, Viva Maude, which has been a real passion project and labor of love over the last few years,” said Thompson, via Deadline. “I’m elated to begin this partnership and to bring entertaining and impactful television projects to my friends and collaborators at HBO and HBO Max. Together we are committed to developing interesting and inclusive stories with inventive creators and to discover new voices and visionaries.”

Who Fears Death is an adaptation of Nnedi Okorafor’s 2010 book of the same name, and has reportedly been in the pipeline with HBO since 2017–with Game of Thrones’ George R.R. Martin as one of the executive producers. Aïda Mashaka Croal, a writer on Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, will serve as showrunner, writer, and executive producer. The book is set in post-apocalyptic Africa, where one of the few survivors, Onyesonwu, is made an outcast. According to the book’s jacket text, Onyesonwu comes to terms with her newfound magic abilities and fights against “someone powerful… trying to kill her.”

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Author: David Wolinsky

It’s okay to let kids play Fortnite during a global pandemic

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On Sunday, The New York Times published an article about the risks of sky-rocketing teenage device usage during quarantine — and as you might expect, they went straight for the guilty-parent touchstones. There are maudlin photos of a family ruined by gaming, and the quote “I’ve failed you as a father” comes in the second sentence. There are also curious comparisons to drug addiction (“There will be a period of epic withdrawal” after quarantine, one addiction expert warns) and vague claims about the impressionable nature of young brains.

Before you rush to cut off junior’s Playstation Plus subscription, it’s worth putting things in perspective. We’re in the middle of a worldwide crisis, and the last ten months have been hard on everyone….

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Author: Russell Brandom