In the latest sign of evolving attitudes toward parental leave in the tech industry, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said today he would step away from his role for two months when his daughter is born. Zuckerberg announced in July that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting their first child. In the months since, as part of a continuing debate in the tech world over improving gender equality and diversity efforts overall, several tech companies have stepped forward to improve their leave policies. Facebook employees in the United States can take up to four months off when a child is born.
Some of the offers in the “Featured” category of the store include hardware like 2DS systems and Wii Remote Plus controllers, as well as games like Super Mario 3D Land and the New Super Mario Bros. U/New Super Luigi UWii U game. All items are sold at Buy-It-Now prices, not through auctions, and there don’t appear to be any deals available.
Rdio today laid out a plan for shutting down its music streaming service after announcing earlier this week that it was filing for bankruptcy and selling its remaining assets to Pandora. Starting Monday, November 23rd, customers of Rdio’s paid subscription service will automatically have their subscriptions canceled on their next billing date, but can continue to use the service until then, the company said today in a blog post. Rdio will no longer be taking new subscriptions after the 23rd, and all users will be transitioned to Rdio’s free service following the final day of their billing cycle.
The company hasn’t said when it plans to take the entire service offline. “We’ll be in touch via email in the near future with more specifics,…
NASA has officially ordered its first commercial crew mission from private spaceflight company SpaceX. That means SpaceX has NASA’s authority to proceed with the first crewed launch of the company’s Crew Dragon capsule, which can carry up to seven people in lower Earth orbit. The mission is slated for sometime in late 2017, but the exact date has not yet been determined.
Next week marks the first Black Friday since the official release of Heroes of the Storm earlier this year, and Blizzard is not going to disappoint those hoping for a sale.
Beginning on November 24, every character, mount, and skin will be discounted by 50 percent. That’s a pretty substantial price cut, particularly in light of criticism that the game doesn’t reward players with a sufficient amount of in-game gold to unlock these things.
Additionally, a new 360-day Stimpack will be sold “at a deeply discounted price,” and a new Second Chance bundle is being introduced. This one consists of four mounts and two skins, some of which aren’t otherwise up for sale.
Here’s what’s included in the bundle:
Winter Veil Jaina Skin
Greatfather Winter Rehgar Skin
Lunar Tiger Mount
Magic Carpet Mount
No price for this or the new Stimpack was announced.
These offers will be available in all regions for two weeks, running from this coming Tuesday until December 8.
Every Oscar season, The Hollywood Reporter, one of the most powerful trade magazines in entertainment, runs a series of roundtables featuring the stars poised to win it all at the Academy Awards. And, with some notable exceptions, those roundtables are almost always exclusively white. It’s a tradition as hallowed as the awards themselves, but it’s getting harder to get away with. 2015 brought with it one of the most robust ongoing conversations about race and gender in Hollywood, and even THR had to take a step back and explain itself after its most recent cover, whose talented, uniformly Caucasian ensemble included Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, and Helen Mirren. THR executive features editor Stephen Galloway got out in front of…
Blizzard says it sent emails to everyone who’s been allowed in for this weekend. But with the threat of such an email being a phishing scam (who hasn’t gotten a fake “your WoW account has been suspended” email or three?), there’s a better way to check. Just open up the Battle.net launcher (or download it, as this is how the game is installed) and check the Overwatch tab to see if you’re got an Install button. If you do, you’re in. You can also check the Game Accounts section of the Battle.net website to see if your account has been flagged.
The beta test weekend began today, November 20, at 9 AM PST and runs until Monday, November 23, at 9 AM. Players have access to all 21 characters in the game and a handful of maps. Blizzard describes this as a stress test, meaning there could be network issues that pop up.
Your participation in this beta weekend won’t have any impact on being allowed into future beta weekend events (or the closed beta proper). Any progress you make won’t transfer to the full game, which is due out next spring.
The minimum and recommended specs for the Overwatch beta follow below.
Minimum specs (targeting 30fps):
OS: Windows Vista/7/ 8/10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
Processor: Intel Core i3 or AMD Phenom X3 865
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 460, ATI Radeon HD 4850, or Intel HD Graphics 4400
Memory: 768 MB VRAM, 4 GB System RAM
Storage: 7200 RPM with 5 GB available HD space
Recommended (targeting 60fps on Medium settings):
Processor: Intel Core i5 or AMD Phenom II X3 2.8 GHz
Video: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 or ATI Radeon HD 7950