A few weeks after he was a guest on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show, Apple CEO Tim Cook has made another media appearance, this time on public radio in the United States. Cook was a guest on NPR’s All Things Considered, answering questions posed by host Robert Siegel during an 8-minute segment during which he discussed user privacy, governmental requests for information, and the possibility of an Apple car.
Spiegel started the interview by noting that Apple has refused to give user information such as texts to the US government in the past, but questioned whether, if the conversations were about “hijacked airplanes, and skyscrapers, and dirty bombs,” Apple would provide that data. Cook said that the government comes to the company for…
For two weeks, Kim Dotcom and three other former Megaupload staffers accused of criminal copyright infringement were bombarded by accusations from New Zealand prosecutors.
To hear prosecutors tell it, Dotcom is the Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman of illegal file sharing. The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) alleges that the defendants operated Megaupload as a criminal enterprise designed to profit from the illegal swapping of movies, music and software by users. A hearing is underway to determine whether New Zealand will extradite Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk, and Finn Batato to the US. Much is at stake for the four, who may eventually face lengthy prison sentences.
To this point in the hearing, it’s been all Christine…
Federal authorities are looking into a suspicious thread on the anonymous message board 4chan that appears to include someone with similar intentions to today’s unnamed shooter who killed at least 10 people in Oregon, according to The New York Times. The thread, archived here, shows an anonymous user on 4chan board /r9k/ advising others, “Don’t go to school tomorrow if you are in the northwest,” late in the day on September 30th. The identity of the shooter who attacked students this morning at Umpqua Community College in Roseberg, Oregon, remains unknown, though it is confirmed police shot and killed the 20-year-old man.
It is not yet clear whether the anonymous 4chan user and the shooter are the same person. 4chan has become…
Director Zack Snyder may already be busy with Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and just about everybody else in the DC universe, but that’s not stopping him from revisiting another group of superheroes from his past. HBO has confirmed that it is in “preliminary talks” with the filmmaker about a TV series adaptation of Watchmen, the classic Alan Moore graphic novel that Snyder turned into a feature back in 2009. Collider first reported the news.
That film adaptation of Watchmen was hyped for its devotion to the source material, recreating visuals and even specific frames from Moore’s book. That led to a big opening weekend, after which audience interest quickly cratered, with even die-hard fans criticizing the condensed plotting…
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Microsoft’s Xbox chief Phil Spencer acknowledged a major annoyance that’s plagued the Xbox One game console since launch. Responding to The Verge’s Tom Warren today on Twitter, Spencer said the Xbox One needs to be able to separate the Xbox Live online gaming network from the rest of the device’s media features.
Because the Xbox One’s entire online feature set is tied to the Xbox Live network, the not-so-uncommon Xbox Live outage brings the entire console offline. That means that while you may be able to stream Netflix on your phone or laptop, your Xbox One has to wait for Microsoft to bring the Live system — mostly designed to let you play online multiplayer games — back online before the console can be used to stream video or surf…
Hi-Rez Studios today outlined the latest patch for Smite, which is available now on public test servers and will soon arrive in the live game on PC.
The biggest aspect of the update is the addition of a new character, Sol (pictured above). She’s a ranged Mage who is able to increase the amount of damage she can do over time by using abilities and landing basic attacks.
Here’s how Hi-Rez outlines her kit:
Passive: Unstable Manifestation
Sol gains Heat as she uses abilities and hits with Basic Attacks [+5% Heat]. She gains +1% Magical Power and +1% Attack Speed for every 3% Heat. At 100% Heat, Sol’s Basic Attacks gain +50% Damage. Heat decreases over time.
Sol burns bright, gaining a large amount of Heat, healing herself over time for (5/10/15/20/25% of missing Health over 5s) and igniting the ground around her. Enemies that walk onto the fire take (30/60/90/120/150 + 25% of your Magical Power) damage every second. This ability provides 40/50/60/70/80% Heat. Cost: 60/70/80/90/100. Cooldown: 15s.
Sol’s next Basic Attack explodes, creating a shockwave that travels out, dealing (40/70/100/130/160 + 35% of your Magical Power) damage. At full size, the wave retracts, dealing damage again and Slowing enemies. This ability provides 10% Heat. Cost: 60/65/70/75/80. Cooldown: 10s.
Sol burns down her manifestation, gaining movement speed (30/35/40/45/50%) and ignoring all movement penalties, while leaving a trail of fire behind her that damages enemies (20/40/60/80/100 + 25% of your Magical Power) every .5 seconds. After 3s Sol loses corporeal form for a short time and her trail explodes, Stunning enemies for 1.5s. Sol may leave her incorporeal form early. This ability provides 10% Heat. Cost: 60. Cooldown: 15s.
Sol unleashes all her flame and fury from the sky, striking 8 times along a movable ground target location. Enemies hit take (150/200/250/300/350 +50% of your Magical Power) damage are knocked back on the first strike, only taking 20% damage on successive hits. This ability generates 10% Heat. Cost: 100. Cooldown: 90s.
This update also introduces a new Halloween event, the most significant component of which is a new theme for the Arena map: minions are now zombies, siege monsters carry Jack-o-lantern bombs, decorations are changed, and the music is different. Also, in a nice touch, players who die will cause a tombstone to pop up. Alongside all of this, a new Halloween chest will go up for sale that consists of past Halloween items in addition to the new Grim Mariachi skin for Loki.
Other changes in this patch include an updated tutorial that Hi-Rez describes as offering “a slightly more story-driven and engaging introducing” and balancing tweaks. Hou Yi’s Dive Bomb now does more damage and he can use his Ricochet more frequently; Sobek’s mana costs have been decreased and his Ultimate now provides him with more protection; and Zhong Kui’s health and magical protection have been buffed. Xing Tian, the character added before Sol, has seen his Ultimate toned down slightly so that it can be used less frequently at high levels and does less damage.
All of this will be available in the live game on PC on October 6. A date hasn’t been announced for a release on Xbox One, which typically sees patches released about a month after their debut on PC. That would mean the Halloween Arena map is added either after or shortly before Halloween. We’re following up with Hi-Rez to find out whether Xbox players will be seeing the map at all and will report back with any details we receive.