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Serious Bug in Apple Smartphones Inflates Phone Bills

Bart Swiatek, 17 March 2020, 15:01

An error has been found in Apple smartphones using iOS 13.x that causes devices to download data from the Internet on their own, using their mobile connection and potentially inflating their phone bills.

Choppers Coming to Fortnite? Patch 12.20 Goes Live Today [Updated]

Paul Wozniak, 17 March 2020, 14:15

According to recent reports, Fortnite will get one-man helicopters. They are to be part of today's 12.20 update.

Apple Gets Landed With a Billion Euro Fine

Peter Doron, 17 March 2020, 13:14

Apple has been fined $1.1 billion. The French Competition Authority has reported abuses in the distribution and sale of the Californian company's products.

TikTok Censors Posts From Ugly and Poor People

Laty, 17 March 2020, 11:40

TikTok ordered its moderators to hide videos of users who are ugly or poor and censor statements related to the political situation that occur during streams.

Samsung is Working on a Cutting-edge Battery

Bart Swiatek, 16 March 2020, 12:51

Samsung is conducting research on a new type of battery with solid electrolyte (so-called all-solid-state). The battery is to achieve an energy density of 900 Wh/L. In the case of electric cars, this would enable to increase their range up to 800 kilometres.

Pokemon GO Devs Introduce Changes and Encourage to Play at Home

Conrad Hazi, 15 March 2020, 15:55

In the world of Pokémon GO, changes have been introduced to make it easier to play without leaving home. The changes are dictated by player safety considerations and will remain in force until further notice.

Scientists Dispel Doubts: 5G Does Not Harm Your Health

Bart Swiatek, 13 March 2020, 13:05

Independent scientists affiliated to the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) have concluded that, based on current scientific knowledge, the 5G communication standard does not represent a risk to human health.

Fallout Shelter Online Goes West

Paul Wozniak, 11 March 2020, 15:09

The online version of Fallout Shelter for Android and iOS devices, which until now was available only in China, will soon be launched in the Western market. The production will see several novelties and changes compared to the Chinese original.

DuckDuckGo Provides a Great List of Websites That Track Us on the Web

Jacob Blazewicz, 06 March 2020, 15:16

DuckDuckGo has released Tracker Radar - a huge database of websites that track Internet users. The company hopes that this will increase the privacy of web browser users. In addition, it was revealed which companies most often collect information about our online activities.

Digital Dragons 2020 - Control Devs and Composer for Crysis Among Guests

Adrian Werner, 04 March 2020, 14:22

More artists have been revealed, whose lectures we will be able to listen to during the Digital Dragons conference. Among them were composers Inon Zur and Gareth Coker, as well as a team from Remedy, who will talk about the work on Control.

Apple Will Pay up to $500 Million for Slowing Down Old iPhones

Bart Swiatek, 03 March 2020, 14:28

Apple has reached a settlement in the trial concerning the slowing down of old iPhones - the devices from series 6 and 7. The company will spend between 310 and 500 million dollars on compensation for customers - only in USA.

Plague Inc. Removed From Chinese App Store for „Illegal” Content [Updated]

Paul Wozniak, 02 March 2020, 19:31

Plague Inc. was removed from the Chinese App Store. The reason for this is „content that is illegal in China as determined by the Cyberspace Administration of China”. For the time being we do not know the exact reasons for such a decision, although it can be assumed that it is related to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.

Easier Access to Batteries in EU Mobile Devices - Legislation Proposal Leaked

Paul Wozniak, 29 February 2020, 22:43

Danish website Het Financieele Dagblad posted a leak concerning a proposal for a European Parliament law that would make it easier for mobile users to access batteries. According to the information, we will officially hear about it for the first time in mid-March.

Epic Games on Fortnite's Revenue Drops: The Data is Inaccurate

Jacob Blazewicz, 28 February 2020, 14:53

Epic Games has criticized the SuperData group for reporting Fortnite's revenue. The company disputes the data provided by the analysts, even though it referred to them in the previous month.

Developers of Roblox are Now Worth $4 Billion

Adrian Werner, 27 February 2020, 18:58

Thanks to the a round of investments, we learned that the developers of Roblox are already worth $4 billion. In addition, the number users playing the game monthly has increased to 115 million.

Minecraft Received Pack of Content From the Mass Effect Series

Paul Wozniak, 26 February 2020, 20:37

Minecraft just got pack of content that will take the players straight into the Mass Effect universe. It offers, among others, 36 additional skins, changed textures and various locations. It can be purchased for 990 Minecraft coins (around $5) on PCs, consoles, as well as Android and iOS devices.

Dota Underlords Officially Lauches, Having Left Steam Early Sccess

Adrian Werner, 26 February 2020, 15:13

The full version of Valve's auto battler Dota Underlords has officially launched. It introduces novelties in multiplayer and a single player story campaign.

Facebook Will Ban Some of the Coronavirus Medicine Ads

Bart Swiatek, 26 February 2020, 14:47

Facebook has announced that it intends to ban several advertisements of COVID-19 coronavirus medicine, which are said to spread fear and play on user emotions. The company does not want the website to be used for disinformation and making money from the commotion associated with this epidemic.

EA Bans a Youtuber in All its Games and Services

Adrian Werner, 25 February 2020, 14:55

Electronic Arts resorted to the harshest penalty in a violent conflict with the player known as Kurt0411. He got banned in all the games and services of this publisher.

NetEase Makes an Online FPS With Marvel Superheroes

Adrian Werner, 23 February 2020, 19:16

Thanks to a job advertisement, we learned that NetEase Games is working on an online FPS game set in the Marvel Universe. The project is described as an AAA game and is aimed at PCs, consoles and mobile devices.

Facebook Will Pay Its Users for Voice Sample Recordings

Bart Swiatek, 21 February 2020, 13:00

Facebook will pay users for voice recordings. The aim of the initiative is to improve speech recognition technology. In the past, the company was caught eavesdropping on customers without their knowledge.

Microsoft Defender Antivirus is Coming to iOS and Android

Bart Swiatek, 21 February 2020, 10:50

The Windows Defender anti-virus software will be launched on other platforms. The application received a version dedicated to Linux, and there are plans for releases for mobile devices based on iOS and Android.

House Flipper Coming to PS4 and Xbox One This Month

Mat1K, 17 February 2020, 17:24

The home improvement simulator, House Flipper, will be available next week on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game was previously only available on PCs. Further plans are for Switch and mobile versions.

Facebook Lite Gets Dark Mode

Peter Doron, 17 February 2020, 13:39

Facebook implements Dark Mode in subsequent applications. After Messenger and Instagram it was time for Facebook Lite. Seems like dark mode in the base Facebook mobile app is a matter of time.

Here's Dust 2 From CS:GO Ported to Fortnite

Paul Wozniak, 16 February 2020, 20:21

Team Evolve, the team taked with creating maps in Fortnite, has made a replica of the classic Dust 2 known from CS:GO. The project has been released for free, so that every player can test it.

Frostpunkt is Going Mobile

Paul Wozniak, 15 February 2020, 22:08

Thanks to the announcement of 11 bit studios on StockWatch, we found out that Frostpunk will be available on mobile devices with Android and iOS systems. However, for the time being we haven't learned any details about the release date or possible changes in the gameplay.

Malwarebytes: Apple Mac More Vulnerable to Malware

Paul Wozniak, 12 February 2020, 20:24

Malwarebytes Labs has released a detailed report on cybercrime and related topics for 2019. Among other things, the analysis showed that Mac devices are more vulnerable than those with Windows OS.

First Info About Digital Dragons 2020

Adrian Werner, 12 February 2020, 20:10

Krakow Technology Park revealed the first information about the upcoming Digital Dragons 2020 event, including the conference date, ticket prices and speakers.

New Game From Stardew Valley Dev Will not be About Agriculture

Adrian Werner, 12 February 2020, 10:37

The author of Stardew Valley revealed that his next project will be set in the same world, but will take on a different subject than agriculture.

PUBG Mobile Remains Most Profitable Mobile Game for Five Months Straight

Paul Wozniak, 11 February 2020, 14:50

Sensor Tower provided data, according to which PUBG Mobile was the most profitable mobile production on the market for the fifth month in a row. The title with the highest number of downloads in January was Johnny Trigger.

Ryzen in MacBooks? Rumors of Collaboration Between Apple and AMD

Bart Swiatek, 10 February 2020, 13:14

Mentions in the source code of the latest beta version of the MacOS suggest that new computers from Apple may use AMD components. This applies to both graphics cards and CPUs.

Leak: New Crash Bandicoot Will be a Mobile Game

Konrad Serafinski, 08 February 2020, 20:30

Everything indicates that a new game from the Crash Bandicoot series is in development. Unfortunately, it will not be a continuation or remake/remaster of the classic version, but a mobile game from the devs of Candy Crush Saga.

World of Warcraft Doubled its Number of Subscribers

Adrian Werner, 07 February 2020, 16:15

Activision Blizzard has published a financial report for the past year. Apart from revenues and profits, we learned that the number of World of Warcraft subscribers has more than doubled.

Chromium-based Browsers Will Start Blocking Ads in Videos

Bart Swiatek, 06 February 2020, 13:33

The Coalition for Better Ads announced in a press release that it has developed a new standard for short video advertising. Chromium-based browsers, starting with Google Chrome in August this year, will implement solutions to force changes on website administrators.

Dan Houser, Co-creator of GTA, Leaves Rockstar Games

Peter Doron, 05 February 2020, 11:58

On March 11 2020, Dan Houser, co-founder of the Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption franchises, will leave the ranks of Rockstar Games. Unfortunately, the reasons for this surprising decision were not revealed.

Capcom With Record-breaking Profits

Adrian Werner, 04 February 2020, 16:04

Capcom boasted that Monster Hunter World sales exceeded 15 million copies. In turn, Iceborne has already found over 4.5 million buyers. The first three quarters of the current fiscal year have brought biggest profits in the publisher's history.

Windows 10 on Over a Billion Devices

Bart Swiatek, 03 February 2020, 13:40

Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 has been installed on more than one billion active devices. It took 4.5 years to break this treshold.

The European Parliament Adopts Resolution on Universal Charger

Agnes Adamus, 31 January 2020, 23:29

The European Parliament adopted a resolution to unify charging ports for all smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices available on the market. 582 voters were in favor of its introduction.

Avast Apologizes for „Hurting Feelings” and Shuts Down Jumpshot

Bart Swiatek, 31 January 2020, 13:41

Avast's CEO has apologized to his customers and informed them that the company's subsidiary, Jumpshot, has been closed. The case is related to recent controversy over the sale of user data. The information was collected by the plug-in installed with the Avast antivirus software.

Dota Underlords Early Access Departure Date Revealed

Milosz Szubert, 31 January 2020, 13:27

We've learned when Dota Underlords will leave the early access phase. According to Valve, update 1.0 will debut on February 25. Together with it, the first ranked season will start, which will offer a lot of attractions.

EA is Making a Fortune on Microtransactions

Adrian Werner, 31 January 2020, 11:20

Electronic Arts reported that in the last quarter of 2019 it earned almost one billion dollars on microtransactions. They account for more than half of the publisher's total revenues.

Nintendo Earned One Billion Dollars in Revenue From Mobile Games

Jacob Blazewicz, 29 January 2020, 23:16

Sensor Tower, the analytical group, revealed the financial results of Nintendo's mobile games. Titles like Fire Emblem Heroes or Mario Kart Tour have brought the company one billion dollars in revenue.

Artifact hasn't got Any Updates From Valve for a Year

Bart Swiatek, 29 January 2020, 11:57

Artifact, a card game from Valve Software, has not received any update for a year. No new content has been created, no balance fixes have been implemented, and no errors have been fixed. According to the developers' announcements, the game was to be thoroughly rebuilt, but it is not known whether something is being done in that direction.

Streamer Pays Off his Mom's Student Loan

Milosz Szubert, 28 January 2020, 18:12

Aydan Conrad, a professional streamer, Fortnite player and a member of the esports organization Ghost Gaming, made a pleasant surprise for his mother. He paid off her student loan for her.

Avast was Selling User Data

Bart Swiatek, 28 January 2020, 17:26

Avast, developer of the popular free Avast and AVG antivirus software, used the browser plug-in installed with them to collect private user data. The information was then sold to third parties by Avast's subsidiary Jumpshot.

Blizzard Created a Prototype of Hearthstone VR

Konrad Serafinski, 28 January 2020, 12:50

One of the creators of Hearthstone revealed to PowerUp that the developers were working on a VR version of the game. In the end, the project was discontinued, but an interesting prototype has been created.

Players and Devs of NBA 2K20 Pay Their Respect to Kobe Bryant

Jacob Blazewicz, 27 January 2020, 20:51

NBA 2K20 introduced a start screen to commemorate Kobe Bryant. Also the game's players paid a tribute to the tragically deceased legend of basketball with numerous meetings on the game's servers.

GDC - More Than Half of Currently Developed Games are Designed For PC

Frozen, 25 January 2020, 21:25

Game Developers Conference organizers conducted a survey among game devs, from which we can learn many interesting things about current trends in the industry, e.g. what percentage of developers prepares projects for PS5 and new Xbox.

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 Launch Date

Paul Wozniak, 25 January 2020, 21:02

Second Season of Fortnite Chapter 2 will be introduced in less than a month. For the time being, the devs do not specify what kind of novelties it will contain, but we found out that the next update (before the start of season 2) will introduce the Chaos physics system, which is part of the Unreal Engine.

Plague Inc. Popularity Increased Thanks to Coronavirus Outbreak in China

Jacob Blazewicz, 24 January 2020, 15:52

Plague Inc. is currently the most frequently downloaded paid application in China. Reason? New reports on the outbreaks of the so-called Wuhan coronavirus.