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  1. Sinclair computers are now distant artifacts of technology history. But for a period in the early 1980s, these inexpensive personal computers were the market leader in Britain. Their success made Clive Sinclair, a British inventor and entrepreneur, a business celebrity in a nation straining to come out of a long stretch of economic stagnation. He was lionized in the media and invited to lunch by Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who pointed to Mr. Sinclair as a model of the entrepreneurial gumption Britain needed. He was knighted in 1983. The Sinclair computers didn’t catch on in the American market, where buyers were willing to pay for more powerful machines from Apple, IBM and others. But they were an affordable introduction to computing for many young people in Britain and beyond. After Mr. Sinclair died on Sept. 16, many took to social media and recalled their Sinclairs. Satya Nadella, chief executive of Microsoft, was a teenager in India when he got one. Mr. Nadella recalled on Twitter “the sense of wonder and empowerment I felt.”“It was your device that sparked my passion for engineering,” he wrote. Elon Musk, who grew up in South Africa, tweeted, “RIP, Sir Sinclair. I loved that computer.” Mr. Sinclair died at his home in London at 81. His daughter, Belinda Sinclair, told the BBC that the cause was cancer. Clive Marles Sinclair was born in West London on July 30, 1940, to George Sinclair and Thora Edith Marles. Both his father and grandfather were engineers. Clive demonstrated a penchant and aptitude for electronics early on, designing radio components as a teenager. He enjoyed free-range discussions with members of British Mensa, an association of people with tested high intelligence quotients. He joined the group when he was 19 and for several years was its chairman. Mr. Sinclair bypassed a university education to pursue his inventions, and he was prolific. He is credited with designing the world’s first pocket calculator, as well as a digital watch and a pocket television. At times, his creations didn’t get much beyond the prototype stage, falling short of commercial success.Mr. Sinclair’s work on the pocket calculator in particular showed him what was becoming increasingly possible in electronics, aided by advances in semiconductor chips. His elegantly designed personal computer kept parts and cost to a minimum. The first model, the ZX80, was introduced in 1980 and priced at less than 100 pounds. His biggest hit was the third version, the Spectrum, introduced in 1982. More than 5 million were sold worldwide over the next few years. The price for the basic Spectrum was 125 pounds, or about $225 at the time. That was a fraction of the price tag, for example, of a basic Apple II, Apple’s first big seller, which cost $1,300 (almost $3,800 in today’s money). “Clive Sinclair’s most important contribution was in making computers affordable,” said Martin Campbell-Kelly, a technology historian at the University of Warwick in England. “The British market was much more price sensitive than the American market, mainly due to a lower standard of living at the time.” Sinclair Research tried to move beyond the home computer market in 1984 with a more expensive offering, the Sinclair QL, intended to appeal to small businesses and professionals. But by then American computer makers like IBM and Compaq were leaders in selling personal computers to businesses, and the Sinclair QL found few buyers.
  2. There’s no visual style more iconic that expresses a love for gaming more than retro pixel art. Join us in this love letter to gaming culture from some of the most passionate new voices in the industry, while enjoying discounts of up to 75% during the [email protected] Retro Sale. Here’s just a few of the great titles featured: Cuphead (25%) A classic run-and-gun action game heavily focused on boss battles. Inspired by cartoons of the 1930s, the visuals and audio are painstakingly created with the same techniques of the era; traditional hand drawn cel animation, watercolor backgrounds, and original jazz recordings. Play as Cuphead or Mugman (in single player or local co-op) as you traverse strange worlds, acquire new weapons, learn powerful super moves, and discover hidden secrets while you try to pay your debt back to the devil! Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Editions (60%) Forced to leave your home under mysterious circumstances, you find yourself drawn into a conflict that has the Sword Coast on the brink of war. Soon you discover there are other forces at work, far more sinister than you could ever imagine. Can you resist the evil in your blood and forsake the dark destiny that awaits you? Or will you embrace your monstrous nature and ascend to godhood? Customize your hero, recruit a party of brave allies, and explore the Sword Coast in your search for adventure, profit, and your destiny. The Escapists 2 (75%) Risk it all to breakout from the toughest prisons in the world. Explore the biggest prisons yet, with multiple floors, roofs, vents, and underground tunnels. You’ll have to live by the prison rules, attending roll call, doing prison jobs, and following strict routines, all the while secretly engineering your bid for freedom. Your prison escape antics will take you from the frosty Fort Tundra to a train hurtling through the desert, and even to the final frontier! Pixark (75%) A vast, wild world filled with vicious dinosaurs, magical creatures, and endless adventure! To survive in this mysterious land, you must tame creatures both ferocious and cuddly, craft high tech and magical tools, and build your own base out of cubes. With a robust character creator, an infinite number of voxel-based maps and procedurally generated quests, your PixArk adventure will be completely unique. Team up with friends to form a tribe or play on your own. Spend your time building a towering fortress or go on a quest in a sprawling cavern. Fly on the back of a dragon and smite your enemies with a magic wand or ride a mighty T-Rex and blast your foes with a rocket launcher. In the world of PixArk, how you play is up to you – if you survive! The Survivalists (60%) The island is alive! Your newfound home will change with day/night cycles as you explore and uncover its secrets. Hunt (or be hunted by) animals for food and an array of mythical enemies, who aren’t necessarily pleased to see you. Get quests from a Mysterious Stranger or find them washed up on the shore. Prepare to trek into a procedurally generated wilderness, with a variety of biomes, for an adventure that’s unique to every player. Finding the perils of island life too much or just looking to share your building expertise with friends? The Survivalists has you covered! Complete joint adventures, gain loot, trade, and ultimately survive together and as you and up to three fellow castaways explore an island paradise. Kingdom Two Crowns (30%) A side-scrolling micro strategy game with a minimalist feel wrapped in a beautiful, modern pixel art aesthetic. Play the role of a monarch atop their steed and recruit loyal subjects, build your kingdom, and protect it from the greedy creatures looking to steal your coins and crown. In the brand-new campaign mode, monarchs must now work to build a kingdom that stands over time until finding a way to defeat the Greed for good. Explore the environments to discover new mounts and secrets hidden in the deep. All these titles and more are on sale now until October 18 during the [email protected] Retro Sale! Hurry up for this great opportunity to build up your retro gallery. See the full list of games at xbox.com.
  3. öki is a multi-award winning adventure game inspired by Scandinavian folklore, and arrives on PlayStation 5 on October 28. Set in the stunning, snow-capped wilderness, you play Tove. She’s a young girl plunged into a living fairytale, where you must solve puzzles, collect curiosities, and uncover a tale of tragic loss. Your quest is to rescue your brother Lars from Röki; a gigantic pitch-black creature with a mysterious smile. Like the movie Jaws, our game is eponymously named after its monster, although there may be more to Röki than meets the eyeAs Tove, you explore the enchanting 3D world, find long-forgotten objects, talk with misunderstood monsters, and solve ancient puzzles to unlock paths deeper into the wilderness. You can also dive into the pages of Tove’s handwritten journal that she scribbles in as you explore, charting her adventure. This includes notes of folklore, loot, and wilderness “badge” achievements, as well as some of her inner thoughts and reflections.The game’s combination of fairytale adventure, emotional storytelling, and signature graphical art style has won it many accolades, accumulating in nominations for Best Debut Game at The Game Awards and Best British Game and Best Debut Game at the BAFTA Game Award, which was amazing for us as a tiny indie team.Röki is our take on modernizing the classic adventure games we loved growing up – games like Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, and Grim Fandango. We wanted to capture the storytelling and spirit of adventure from those games, but more importantly, update the play style for audiences today. You take direct control of Tove with the pad and can explore the world in 3D, rather than directing her with a cursor. Not only does this make the game feel more immediate and responsive but it also allows the player to form a better bond with Tove, as they’re playing as her, rather than directing her from afar.As much as we love the classic adventure game, we wanted to make a frustration-free adventure that both seasoned and boxfresh adventurers alike could enjoy. Much of this came down to accessible puzzle design that makes real-world sense and then lots of user testing to see how players responded to the gameplay. It was essential for the game to pose a challenge but have optional in-game assistance at hand if players got stuck. To that end, you can flash interactable objects in the scene and also dip into Tove’s journal for extra clues as to what to do next. Essentially, a story isn’t a story without an ending and we wanted our tale to be one that players could enjoy right through to its final climactic pages.The world of Röki has a wide cast of creatures inspired by Scandinavian folklore, but it’s not about shooting or hacking the monsters you meet into tiny bits. Instead, it’s about finding out what’s wrong with them, befriending them, and seeing if you can solve the issues they have. Sometimes even monsters need a helping hand.Now, this sounds lovely but Röki is also pretty creepy. The eighties kid’s films we grew up with (films like The Dark Crystal, Return to Oz, and The Neverending Story) weren’t afraid to scare their diminutive viewers half to death and we decided to follow their lead on not pulling any punches with Röki in the fright department. This also resonates well with the game’s fairytale roots, which in their original forms were pretty grisly.We’re firm believers in the power of video games to tell amazing stories. For our debut indie game we wanted to flex our storytelling muscles and deliver a heartfelt and unforgettable narrative that resonates with players around the world. This isn’t just the story of folklore, jotun and the mystery of the wilderness, it’s also the very human story of a family becoming whole again after life-shattering events. Throughout the game, Tove will confront distorted memories from her past. The player must navigate these living dreams, confront Tove’s fears, and ultimately solve their riddles to reunite her family. Without saying too much, the theme of family runs throughout the game, even among some of its monstrous inhabitants.Thanks for reading. We’re very happy to announce that Röki will be arriving on PS5 on October 28. We’re excited to welcome new adventurers to wrap up warm, pull on their snow boots, and accompany Tove in a journey through a fantastical wilderness in this award-winning adventure.
  4. The release of iOS 15 broke a feature that allowed Siri to manage the AirPods Pro's currently active Noise Control mode. There are three Noise Control modes: Active Noise Cancellation uses "anti-noise" to dull the impact of environmental sounds, Transparency allows those sounds to be heard over whatever is currently playing, and the Off setting effectively turns the AirPods Pro into more traditional earbuds that don't attempt to compensate for surrounding noises. AirPods Pro owners can switch between those modes via the Settings app, Control Center, and by long-pressing on the earbuds. Before the release of iOS 15, they could also use Siri by saying "Hey Siri, turn off Active Noise Cancellation" or something similar, but now the voice assistant responds to those requests with "Sorry, I can't help you with that." We've confirmed this problem using a public release of iOS 15 on an iPhone SE with paired AirPods Pro. The other methods of changing the currently active Noise Control mode still work, but no matter how we phrased the request, Siri told us that it couldn't help us switch between the modes. (At least it was apologetic each time; we'd start to get snippy after a while.) There is some good news: MacRumors reports that this problem doesn't affect the iOS 15.1 beta. That probably won't help most AirPods Pro owners who've already updated their devices to iOS 15, but assuming Apple is quick to release the operating system's first point upgrade, people should be able to manage Noise Control with Siri again sooner than later.
  5. Facebook has apologized for the mass outage that left billions of users unable to access Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger for several hours. “To all the people and businesses around the world who depend on us, we are sorry for the inconvenience caused by today’s outage across our platforms,” said Santosh Janardhan, Facebook’s vice president of infrastructure, in a blogpost late Monday. WATCH NOW VIDEO06:11 Facebook Under Fire: What steps need to be taken, and what level of regulation is the company willing to accept? The outage, which prevented users from refreshing their feeds or sending messages, was caused by “configuration changes on the backbone routers,” Janardhan said, without specifying exactly what the changes were. The changes caused “issues” that interrupted the flow of traffic between routers in Facebook’s data centers around the world, he added. “This disruption to network traffic had a cascading effect on the way our data centers communicate, bringing our services to a halt,” Janardhan said. Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp stopped working shortly before noon ET, when the websites and apps for Facebook’s services were responding with server errors. Just after 7 p.m. ET, around six hours after the platforms went offline, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page: “Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger are coming back online now.” He added, “Sorry for the disruption today – I know how much you rely on our services to stay connected with the people you care about.” The outage marked the longest stretch of downtime for Facebook since 2008, when a bug knocked the site offline for about a day, affecting about 80 million users. The platform currently has around 3 billion users. WATCH NOW VIDEO02:57 Facebook sells off amid whistleblower allegations and a widespread user outage In 2019, a similar outage lasted about an hour. Facebook blamed a server configuration change for that incident. The outage came one day after the whistleblower who leaked private internal research to both The Wall Street Journal and Congress revealed herself ahead of an interview with the CBS program “60 Minutes.” The documents, first reported in a series of Journal stories, revealed that the company’s executives understood the negative impacts of Instagram among younger users and that Facebook’s algorithm enabled the spread of misinformation, among other things. Facebook shares closed down almost 5% on Monday but they were up modestly nearly 1% in early trading on Tuesday.
  6. Puzzle Bobble 3D: Vacation Odyssey is the latest adventure in the Puzzle Bobble saga – and while you may recognize some familiar faces and color-matching, bubble bursting gameplay, this all-new adventure is unlike any other game in the series. Tomorrow, get ready to experience the first-ever 3D Puzzle Bobble game, which delivers a new challenge as you aim to solve three-dimensional bubble clusters with depth and reactive physics. With 100 levels worth of escalating difficulty, Puzzle Bobble 3D can present quite a challenge. But you’re in luck! All of us here at Survios want to make sure you get the most out of your vacation, and we’re here to share our top 10 tips and tricks that’ll have you bursting bubbles with the best of them. Play Video10 Tips to master Puzzle Bobble 3D: Vacation Odyssey, out tomorrow 1. Watch Your Win Condition In Story Mode, pay attention to what the win condition is for each level. Sometimes you don’t have to pop all the bubbles to complete the puzzle. For example, if your goal is to Free the Chack’n, you only have to pop the bubbles with Chack’n inside them to win. Free the Chack’n! 2. Consider Clearing One Color at a Time If you have a chance to eliminate all the bubbles of one color from the board, do it! When there’s fewer remaining colors to match, there’s a greater chance that the next bubble Bob gives you will be the one you need to clear a big cluster. 3. Avoid Sticking Extra Bubbles to the Core Every bubble puzzle is made up of dozens of bubbles that branch off of a central core. On many occasions, your goal is to burst all the bubbles surrounding the core so that it activates. But if you shoot bubbles directly at the exposed core before all the other bubbles around it have been burst, they’ll just attach to it, and you’ll have to waste shots bursting them in addition to the other bubbles. 4. Cancel Your Shot at Anytime If you’re playing with a DualShock or DualSense wireless controller and you don’t like the shot you’ve got lined up, you can always press L2 to cancel your shot. You can also cancel your shot when playing in VR with Playstation Move controllers. After you’ve pulled back the plunger on your bubble cannon, simply return your hand to the neutral position and release the trigger button to cancel your shot. Cancelling your shot gives you the opportunity to try again for the perfect match or equip a powerup. R/G, B/Y and UNI Color Blindness Accessibility Options 5. Explore the Color Blindness Accessibility Modes If you’re one of the millions of gamers who are colorblind, you can still enjoy Puzzle Bobble 3D. Just check out the colorblind options in the settings menu to find a color scheme that works for you. We have color modes to accommodate Red/Green and Blue/Yellow color sight deficiencies as well as a Universal mode for those with Monochromacy. 6. Boomerang Your Bubble Shots If you miss a shot, your bubble will always be drawn toward the core. If you’re trying to reach a bubble cluster in a tricky position, take advantage of this by shooting over or around the puzzle and letting it home in on the far side of the core. Hmm, I wonder what this powerup does? 7. The Bomb is a BLAST! Of all the power-ups in the game, the bomb is one of the most useful thanks to its ability to burst multiple bubbles of different colors at once. If you’ve got a bomb on deck, try to save it until the puzzle’s core is partially exposed, then launch the bomb directly at it. If it makes contact with the core, it can burst a huge number of bubbles and make the rest of the level a lot easier. In fact, all of the powerups have their own set of strengths against certain types of puzzle clusters and situations. We recommend trying them all out. 8. Unlocking the Hardest Trophy on your Way to Platinum Matching up bubbles to pop is super satisfying, but longtime Puzzle Bobble fans will know that disconnecting large groups of bubbles from the gameboard is one of the keys to success. The same is true in Puzzle Bobble 3D. In fact, there’s even a trophy for making a match that disconnects a whopping 100 bubbles in a single shot. Whoa! If you’re skilled enough to unlock this trophy, you’ll be well on your way to beating all 100 levels in our Story Mode and earning yourself a fresh Platinum Trophy. 9. Burden Your Opponent with Bubbles in Duel Mode Did you know that Puzzle Bobble 3D features a competitive online Duel Mode? That’s right. In this mode, an endless swarm of bubbles will appear steadily rising towards a vortex hovering ominously overhead. The goal is to outlast your opponent by popping all the bubbles before they get sucked up by the vortex. Of course, clearing out bubbles faster than your opponent is the key to winning. But, in traditional Puzzle Bobble fashion, you can make your opponent’s job a lot harder. In Duel Mode, every time you make a match of 20 bubbles or more, you’ll send jammer bubbles directly to your opponent’s gameboard. So be on the lookout for those big groups of bubbles to pop. 10. Mastering Every Level with 3 Stars Only the most ardent bubble popping fans will attempt to complete each Story Mode level with a full 3 star rating. Here are a handful of tips for those willing to brave that challenge. Most levels in Story Mode come with a hard bubble limit. When you complete these levels, you’re actually awarded bonus points for each leftover bubble. The lesson here is simple: beat levels in as few shots as possible to score the most points. A similar principle applies to levels with a time limit: beat the level as quickly as possible to rack up the bonus points. Puzzle Bobble 3D: Vacation Odyssey is easy to learn but tough to master, so our most valuable tip is to keep practicing until you’re a bubble-blasting pro! With more than 100 colorful puzzles in exotic vacation destinations, honing your skills has never been more relaxing – or more fun. Puzzle Bobble 3D: Vacation Odyssey bursts onto PS4, PS5, and PS VR tomorrow.
  7. Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices alone. And in the U.S., app usage surged ahead of the time spent watching live TV. Currently, the average American watches 3.7 hours of live TV per day, but now spends four hours per day on their mobile devices. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re also a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a combined $544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher than those without a mobile focus. In 2020, investors poured $73 billion in capital into mobile companies — a figure that’s up 27% year-over-year. This Week in Apps offers a way to keep up with this fast-moving industry in one place with the latest from the world of apps, including news, updates, startup fundings, mergers and acquisitions, and suggestions about new apps and games to try, too. Do you want This Week in Apps in your inbox every Saturday? Sign up here: techcrunch.com/newsletters Top Stories Winners from the Facebook outage When Facebook went down for nearly six hours on Monday, other apps saw an immediate benefit. Telegram, for example, gained a massive influx of 70 million more users, it said. Other firms did a fuller analysis of how the outage played out in the world of mobile apps. According to Sensor Tower, Snapchat saw the biggest increase on the social media front, with average time spent by existing users climbing by 23% week-over-week. Twitter, which had jokingly tweeted “hello literally everyone,” grew that figure by 11% and TikTok saw a 2% jump. When comparing October 4 to the week-ago day, Snapchat saw a 14% increase in sessions, the report said. Twitter saw 5% session growth week-over-week, but TikTok saw a 1% dip. But as the outage impacted more than just social networking — Facebook’s communication services, including Messenger and WhatsApp went down, too — rival chat apps also saw some gains. This included a 15% time-spent bump in Signal and an 18% increase in Telegram. In terms of sessions, Signal and Telegram grew by 13% and 9%, respectively, when compared with September 27. In addition, both saw an increase in installs, with Signal seeing nearly 12x the installs from the day before, reaching 881,000 downloads on the day of the outage. Telegram saw 6.3 million installs and Viber gained 137,000. Image Credits: Sensor Tower At Facebook, the declines in time spent were significant. Instagram’s average time spent on Android dropped by 28% week-over-week. Facebook on Android was down 24%; WhatsApp was down 25%; and Messenger was down 20%. Apple brings back the App Store’s “Report a Problem” feature Apple made a change to its App Store by returning the “Report a Problem” link to App Store product pages across iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and macOS Monterey devices. The link offers an easy way for users to report issues they’re having with an app, including whether it contains offensive or illegal content, or whether it was attempting to scam consumers out of their money. Apple had removed the consumer-friendly “Report a Problem” button from the App Store years ago, possibly to its detriment. New reports have suggested that many of the top apps are scams costing consumers millions and Apple has even been questioned by Congress over the situation. The “new” feature is currently available in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and will make its way to other markets over time. However, the feature isn’t technically “new” in the sense that it had never before existed on the App Store — a button like this used to have a prominent position in the App Store’s early days. When clicked, consumers will be able to select from options like “Report a scam or fraud” and “Report offensive, abusive, or illegal content” at reportaproblem.apple.com. They will also be able to report issues with free apps that don’t include in-app purchases. The addition arrives after a number of reports about high-profile App Store scams have made headlines. Scams were even brought up in an antitrust hearing Apple attended earlier this year, when senators questioned why it wasn’t doing enough to protect consumers. The return of the button seems to be the closest to an acknowledgment we will get from Apple that fighting fraud effectively may require public input. Apple’s apps get rated and reviewed Image Credits: Appfigures With iOS 15, Apple began to allow consumers to rate and review its own first-party apps on the App Store for the first time. That meant users could now leave reviews for built-in apps like Mail, Music, Stocks, Calculator and others that typically ship with the iPhone. Initially, some of the apps were not faring well as users finally had a chance to offer their feedback. For example, News started off with 2.5 stars as users complained about nags to upgrade to News+, advertising and other elements. This week, Appfigures analyzed how the apps were doing as of October 5, 2021, to reflect the nearly 33,000 ratings they received over the first couple of weeks. It found that the most disliked apps included Mail, Podcasts, News and Translate. The latter, a newer app in the Apple lineup, fared the worst. Translate was the lowest-rated app, with a 2.42 average star rating globally off of 1,629 total ratings, Appfigures found. News, Mail and Podcasts were rated 2.55 stars, 2.98 stars and 2.44 stars, respectively. Image Credits: Appfigures Meanwhile, apps with ratings over 4 stars included Find My, Voice Memos, Compass, Measure, FaceTime, Notes, Fitness and Apple Wallet. A majority of Apple’s apps, however, were in the 3-star range. None received 5 stars or less than 2.42. In terms of the number of ratings, Music and Maps led with 23% of the 32,953 ratings that came in over the past couple of weeks. Worldwide, music had 4,431 ratings, and Maps had 3,207 ratings. They were also the only apps with 3,000+ total ratings as of the time of publication. Image Credits: Appfigures Weekly News iOS Updates iOS 15 users noticed they have started to see promotions for Apple’s services in the Settings screen. While Apple has used this spot in the past, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney this week called out Apple for the practice, saying Apple is using the Settings screen as an ad unit its competitors don’t have access to. Apple was seen marketing Apple Music here, for example — but a rival like Spotify would not be able to use this same prime real estate in the same way. Image Credits: TechCrunch Apple launched new metrics in App Analytics. The new analytics include redownloads, total downloads, proceeds, preorders and updates. Each metric can be displayed by territory, source
  8. A voting hardware company that came to prominence right after last year’s presidential election is seeking to block Santa Clara County from releasing the firm’s financial documents, arguing they contain trade secrets that make them exempt from public records laws. On Thursday, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Helen Williams said she would like to first take a look at the documents in question before making a ruling. Denver-based Dominion Voting Systems, which provides machines that counts votes and also allows individuals to cast their vote, became a household name in fall 2020 after an onslaught of conspiracy-driven accusations were directed at the company from former President Donald Trump and his supporters, who claimed the company had rigged the 2020 presidential election against him. In 2019, Santa Clara County awarded an eight-year contract to Dominion to utilize their technology for the county’s Registrar of Voters. As part of the contract process, Dominion provided 47 pages of audited financial statements from 2015 to 2017 to the county that were marked with the words “confidential” and “proprietary” on each page. In August, Santa Clara County received six public records requests that sought Dominion’s financial statements. As part of an agreement between the county and Dominion, the county notified the company about the records request and that they intended to fulfill it. After Dominion raised concerns about the release of the documents, the county directed them to make their case in court rather than the county making the determination. In their suit seeking to block the records from release, attorneys for Dominion argue that the company’s interest in preventing their release “outweighs” the public’s interest in receiving them. They also state that “across the nation,” individuals who are “fueled” by “false claims” that the company rigged the 2020 election have filed public records requests seeking information that intends to harm Dominion. In addition, attorneys for Dominion contend that it is in Santa Clara County’s own interest to not release the financial documents. If the documents were to be released, they argue, future vendors may be “reluctant” to work with the county. According to the suit, one of the requests was made by a “sovereign citizen” of so-called “New California,” a movement started in 2018 that looks to secede from the state. Dominion declined a request for comment, and the company’s lawyer and law firm did not respond to a request for comment. County Counsel James Williams said that in these cases, the county takes a “relatively neutral” position. “They need to go seek a court order. They are the ones who have the factual knowledge if they have a trade secret,” said Williams about companies seeking to block certain records from release. “We want to make sure the vendor isn’t going way overboard. We would object to that. Between them and the court, we aren’t in the position to know (what is a trade secret) given their particular industry issue.” Williams also said that an individual who wished to intervene in the case, Sunnyvale councilmember candidate Charlton M. Thornton, did not make an appearance. David Snyder, the executive director of the First Amendment Coalition, a San Rafael-based organization that advocates for government transparency, said that cases like the one involving Dominion and the county have become more common in the last half decade. In 2012, a state court of appeals ruled that a third party may challenge a request, known as a reverse-California Public Record Act lawsuit. That type of lawsuit was tested in 2017 when former Milpitas city manager Tom Williams, who had been accused of alleged misconduct, tried to prevent the release of records related to his tenure. A judge later ordered the release of the records after Snyder’s organization challenged Williams’ efforts to block the documents. “What a reverse action does (is) it flips the burdens,” said Snyder, who has led the Coalition since 2017. “The person who doesn’t want the records disclosed gets the first argument. And the most aggressive argument. The public’s interest in disclosure can be left out in the cold.”As for Dominion’s argument that their financial documents are trade secrets, Snyder said that just because a company puts the words “confidential” or “proprietary” on documents doesn’t legally dictate what a government entity can do with them. But the answer isn’t exactly clear, he said. “Trade secret is fairly narrowly defined in the law,” Snyder said, bringing up the formula for Coca Cola as an example. “If that were released, Coca Cola would be at a competitive disadvantage. Are audited financials secrets? I really don’t know. But I don’t think that’s an obvious yes.
  9. PUBG has been in talks with the Indian authorities regarding the game's re-entry into Indian market. Meanwhile, an Inside Sport report had previously said that PUBG’s re-entry into India ‘In the current circumstances it will not be easy’. The website further quoted insiders stating that the game’s launch could be pushed to January or February next year’, which again ‘will depend on the stance of the government’. PUBG Mobile Lite 0.20.0 global version now available for Android download: Here's how to do it Share: Written By: Zee Media Bureau Edited By: Reema Sharma @reema7sharma Updated: Feb 03, 2021, 132 PM IST Highlights Govt has not yet granted permission to relaunch of PUBG in India. PUBG was a hugely po[CENSORED]r game in India. Centre decided to ban it in September. New Delhi: Even as millions of fans in India are waiting for the re-entry of PUBG Mobile game in the country, here's some latest information from the gaming company. The 0.20.0 global version update of the po[CENSORED]r PUBG Mobile Lite is now available for Android download. The APK file is of 575 MB size, gamers need to have enough space in the phone to download it. The 0.20.0 update for PUBG Mobile Lite comes with several exciting updates and features like a Universal Mark Feature and Winter Castle. Here’s a how to download PUBG Mobile Lite 0.20.0 global version update on Android Visit official website of PUBG Mobile Lite Click on the ‘Download APK’ option. The download for the APK file will start. Now players can enable the ‘Install from unknown source’ option Now players will have to locate and install the APK file What is dissappointing for Indian PUBG GAMERS? Do also note that PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite are banned in India, so it is strictly advised that Indian gamers should not download the game. PUBG has been in talks with the Indian authorities regarding the game's re-entry into Indian market. Meanwhile, an Inside Sport report had previously said that PUBG’s re-entry into India ‘In the current circumstances it will not be easy’. The website further quoted insiders stating that the game’s launch could be pushed to January or February next year’, which again ‘will depend on the stance of the government’. The government had banned the multiplayer action game PUBG on September 2 and it has been pulled out from both Google Play Store and Apple App Store in India following the directive from the Indian government. Zee News App: Read latest news of India and world, bollywood news, business updates, cricket scores, etc. Download the Zee news app now to keep up with daily breaking news and live news event coverage.
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  11. Google launched a new feature on Wednesday that shows users the environmental impact of flights. Starting today, users will see carbon emissions estimates for nearly all flights in the search results. The estimate is visible next to the price and duration of the flight. Google notes that the new feature will allow users to factor carbon emissions into their decision alongside cost or timing when it comes to booking travel. The estimates are flight-specific and seat-specific. For instance, the emissions estimates will vary when looking at economy or first-class seats, as seats that take up more space account for a larger share of total emissions. Additionally, newer airplanes are generally less polluting than older ones. Flights with lower emissions will be labelled with a green badge. Those who want to prioritize carbon impact when searching for a flight can sort through results so that the flights with the lowest emissions are at the top of the list. Flights are labelled as higher, typical, lower or unknown emissions. Google calculates the estimates by combining data from the European Environmental Agency with flight-specific information provided by airlines regarding details such as aircraft type and the total number of seats. The search giant notes that actual carbon emission may vary and depend on factors such as aircraft model and configuration, speed and attitude of the aircraft along with the distance between the origin and destination. The company plans to continue revising carbon emissions over time to improve accuracy. “This update to Google Flights is just one of the many ways we’re helping people make sustainable choices in their everyday lives,” Google’s vice-president of travel products, Richard Holden, said in a blog post. This latest update to Google Flights comes as the company just launched eco-friendly routing in the U.S. for iOS and Android users. Eco-friendly routing gives drivers the choice between the fastest and most fuel-efficient route. Google believes the new feature could allow Maps users to avoid over 1 million tons of carbon emissions per year. Eco-friendly routing is expected to launch in Europe next year.
  12. The manufacturing world is facing one of its greatest challenges in years—a global shortage of semiconductors—and there doesn't appear to be an end in sight any time soon. According to Acer, one of the world's largest laptop manufacturers, companies will still be affected by this shortage until at least the first half of 2022. Semiconductors are an essential component of electronic devices, found in everything from cars and factory machinery to dishwashers and mobile phones. They harness the conducting properties of semiconductor materials (such as silicon), through the use of electric or magnetic fields, light, heat or mechanical deformation, to control the electric current flowing into a device. Like many current global challenges, this shortage initially began as a result of the COVID pandemic. Staff at semiconductor foundries in China and around the world were unable to go to work, plants were closed and production halted, which led to a lack of supply. The movement of that supply was also slowed down by tighter restrictions at ports and international borders. At the same time, employees started working from home, children and students started studying from home, and many of us were confined to our homes for long periods. New equipment was needed to support these changes, establish makeshift offices and classrooms in our homes, and upgrade our existing home entertainment options. This prompted a sudden increase in demand for many of the devices that rely on semiconductors. However, the industries that make these devices also had to stop production for a time, and during that period they stopped ordering semiconductors. This meant there was a sudden increase in demand for goods, but the companies that manufacture these products weren't making as many as they normally do, or ordering enough components to enable them to meet a rise in demand later. This is a classic example of the "bullwhip effect", in which inventory levels suddenly fluctuate in response to unexpected changes in customer demand further along the supply chain. This didn't just happen in the electronics sector; it has affected every industry that uses semiconductors in their products, from health care and cosmetics to construction and defense. According to analysis by investment bank Goldman Sachs, this shortage has already impacted at least 169 different industries to some extent. No time to panic Unfortunately, panic-buying isn't restricted just to the toilet paper aisle in Coles and Woolworths. Once rumors of a shortage began to emerge, companies that use semiconductors started panic-buying and stockpiling them. This behavior adds to the overall impact of the shortage, reduces what little supply is available, and drives up costs. The automotive industry has been hit particularly hard, illustrating perfectly the scale and complexity of modern supply chains. A car is made of about 30,000 components, sourced from thousands of suppliers around the world. If even one of these components isn't available at the time of assembly, the system grinds to a halt and new cars can't be finished or shipped. General Motors had to stop production at some of its manufacturing facilities as a result of the chip shortage earlier this year, costing the company at least US$2 billion. What happens next? The impact of the microchip shortage is already being felt by consumers all over the world, including Australia. Customers hoping to buy a new car or replacement parts can expect to wait up to six months. Computer manufacturers Dell, HP and Lenovo have warned their prices are likely to rise, and retailers such as JB Hi-Fi have told shoppers to expect shortages of televisions and other electronic goods "for the foreseeable future." Even before this crisis, the demand for semiconductors was growing steadily, as products become more sophisticated and technologies such as 5G and the "internet of things" become ever more integrated into our world. The only realistic solution is to increase the supply of semiconductors, and chip maker Intel has already announced plans to scale up its manufacturing of semiconductors, with new factories opening in the United States and Europe. However, this will take time, so consumers will likely still be feeling the impact of this shortage well beyond Christmas 2021.
  13. Amazon Games and Smilegate RPG today announced the award-winning MMOARPG Lost Ark will be available in North America and Europe on PC in 2022. Players can sign up now at playlostark.com to learn more about the game and the upcoming beta, coming later this summer. Lost Ark is a AAA free-to-play, massively multiplayer online action role-playing game that is only currently available in Korea, Japan, and Russia, where it boasts millions of active players. Smilegate RPG is among the world’s most successful developers, and whose parent company developed the first person shooter CROSSFIRE, one of the most po[CENSORED]r and long running games in the world, boasting more than 8 million concurrent players globally nearly fifteen years after its launch. In Lost Ark players explore the vast and diverse world of Arkesia on their quest to find the fabled Lost Ark and save the realm from a demonic threat. The game features 15 distinct hero classes that offer deep combat with unique combinations of adaptable skill sets utilizing the Tripod Skill system. Players forge their own legend, whether alone or with allies, as they battle through dangerous dungeons, sail by ship and even create their own island home. “With Lost Ark, Smilegate RPG has created an incredibly deep online experience that players will return to for years to come; it is our privilege to bring this action RPG to new audiences in North America and Europe for the first time,” said Christoph Hartmann, VP, Amazon Games. “Amazon Games is committed to releasing the highest quality games for our players, whether we’re developing projects with our internal teams or publishing games from the best developers in the world, like Smilegate RPG. Lost Ark is the first of many exciting titles that Amazon Games will be publishing.” Amazon Games collaborated with Smilegate RPG to provide players in North America and Europe with the best experience possible by localizing and translating the colossal world of Lost Ark into written and spoken dialogue in English, French, German, and Spanish. Amazon is also adapting the free-to-play business model, ensuring all items for sale in-game can also be acquired through playing, to better meet the expectations of Western players. “We’ve been working closely with Amazon Games on Lost Ark, and continuing to grow our player base in the West,” said Chi Won Gil, CEO, Smilegate RPG. “Amazon Games is perfectly positioned to introduce Lost Ark to a new pool of players and grow that relationship with them through Amazon channels like Twitch and Prime Gaming.” Amazon Games is also currently developing New World, the upcoming MMO set on a supernatural continent in the Age of Exploration, releasing on September 28, 2021. Also in development are original game projects from the Amazon Games team in San Diego, led by industry veteran John Smedley, and the newly formed Amazon Games development studio in Montreal, founded by the core team behind the po[CENSORED]r tactical shooter Rainbow Six Siege.
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      King_of_lion

      ahhhh old love ❤️

      i missed you

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