PayPal is shutting down its Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Amazon apps

PayPal is thinning the number of mobile operating systems supported by the company’s flagship app down to just two: Android and iOS. The PayPal mobile apps for Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Amazon’s Fire OS will be discontinued as of June 30th.

It’s fairly common to see these decisions for Windows Phone and BlackBerry, but a little less regular to see a company of PayPal’s stature just up and abandon Amazon’s fork of Android, which runs on Kindle Fire tablets and the failed Fire Phone. PayPal doesn’t offer much of an explanation for the decision, but claims it’ll lead to better apps for the remaining platforms. “It was a difficult decision to no longer support the PayPal app on these mobile platforms,” said Joanna Lambert, PayPal’s VP…

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Author: Chris Welch

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Walgreens brought Theranos to its stores without even testing the technology

Walgreens partnered with Silicon Valley blood-testing company Theranos in 2013 without ever testing the technology, reports The Wall Street Journal. Theranos wellness centers are currently in 40 Walgreens stores in Arizona, as part of a deal to put the company’s Edison blood-testing equipment in thousands of drugstores around the country. Yet the deal went forward without Walgreens ever checking whether Theranos’ test results were accurate. Theranos hasn’t published any data on its technology, and avoids answering any questions about it by claiming they can’t reveal trade secrets.

The report states Walgreens executives feared Theranos would sue for breach of contract if it pulled out of the deal. Throughout the process, officials…

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Why Overwatch May Not Feel as Responsive as Other FPS Games

If you’ve ever complained about activating a crucial ability in Overwatch only to die before it triggers, then it might not have been your fault. Blizzard’s first-person shooter continues to have the low tickrate it featured during the beta, and this means it may not always feel the most responsive (via Eurogamer).

A game’s tickrate signifies how often its servers update per second. Overwatch’s tickrate is 20.8 Hz, while games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive‘s tickrate is around 60 Hz. Overwatch’s low tickrate may explain why your ability didn’t activate in time or why you took damage while standing behind an obstacle. YouTuber Battle(non)sense analyzed the Overwatch beta’s netcode in the video below.

Despite this, you can raise the tickrate to 62.5 Hz in Custom games. Developer Blizzard detailed the game’s netcode in a video, where it discussed latency and responsiveness. Lead engineer Tim Ford said that a 60 Hz update rate will “help a lot,” but it won’t reduce lag in cases where you’re playing with people who live in different regions.

“It’ll shave off about 20 milliseconds on average from the interpolation delay and about 20 milliseconds on from the processing time, so that 40 millisecond zone, assuming everyone has a good solid connection, should be good,” he said.

It’s currently unknown if Blizzard plans to bring 60 Hz to matches outside of Custom. Reddit user NickVids1313 noted that the developer ignored a tickrate question, which NickVids claims was “the most popular one” of a recent Facebook Q&A.

“It had the most ‘likes’ on the page and they straight up ignored it,” they said.

We’ve contacted Blizzard for comment on the game’s low tickrate and if it plans to raise it outside of Custom games. We’ll update this article as more information is revealed.

It wouldn’t be unprecedented for Blizzard to increase the tickrate post-launch. Battlefield 4 had its “small” servers tickrate increased from 30 to 45 Hz in February. That change only affected the console versions of the game.

In related news, the game’s Competitive Play should be released in June, game director Jeff Kaplan said during the aforementioned Facebook Q&A. It was also revealed that more story videos are coming, including one that puts the spotlight on the large, hook-wielding Roadhog.

Overwatch was scored a 9 in GameSpot’s review, in which critic Mike Mahardy concluded that “Overwatch is an intelligent cascade of disparate ideas, supporting one another, pouring into one another, and coiling around themselves as they flow into the brilliant shooter underneath.”

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Destiny Update Fixes Unlimited Rocket Glitch; Iron Banner Now Underway

A serious glitch in Destiny that allowed players to obtain unlimited amounts of Heavy weapon ammunition forced the cancelation of the Trials of Osiris event last week. Bungie has now resolved the issue and kicked off the latest Iron Banner.

Bungie today deployed a hot fix, version 2.2.3.0, that fixes two glaring issues. Players should no longer be able to get unlimited rocket and other Heavy ammo, nor should they have access to unlimited Super abilities. Those come as welcome developments for those who have faced off against players who took advantages of the exploits, though Bungie has said it doesn’t plan to ban those players.

With those problems resolved, Iron Banner is now underway and runs until the weekly reset on May 31. Participants will be playing Control and can earn a handful of Iron Banner-specific rewards, all of which you can see pictured above. Those include three PlayStation-exclusive pieces of armor–one for each class.

Rewards available from Lord Saladin include chest pieces, gauntlets, and the PlayStation-exclusive gauntlets at Iron Banner Rank 3; fusion rifles at Rank 4; and sidearms at Rank 5. All of these can also be obtained from post-game drops no matter what rank you’ve reached in Iron Banner.

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Merge VR Goggles are now available at Target

Merge is now selling its ultra-cheap VR Goggles which work with both iOS and Android devices in Target stores. Despite not being the most aesthetically appealing VR headset to wear, Merge does offer the cheapest multi-platform VR headset (outside of Google Cardboard) on the market. This would be a great entry device for people looking to give virtual reality a try. You can pick up the Merge VR Goggles on Target.com and in physical stores today.

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