Update to Final Fantasy 15’s Controversial Chapter 13 Hits March 28

Update to Final Fantasy 15’s Controversial Chapter 13 Hits March 28

Square Enix confirms that the previously announced tweaks to a particularly divisive chapter of Final Fantasy 15 will be distributed via an update on March 28.

Several weeks after its release, it seems that the consensus is that Final Fantasy 15 is a good game — and its sales performance certainly backs up its critical reception. However, there’s one section that many critics and fans didn’t enjoy too much; Chapter 13.

If you’re still working your way through Final Fantasy 15, be warned, as it’s difficult to discuss why Square Enix is making changes to the sequence without straying into spoiler territory. Chapter 13 is something of a departure from the bulk of the game, and many would argue that it detracts from the overall experience.

This particular section of Final Fantasy 15 sees protagonist Noctis separated from his party, trapped in a maze, and stripped of many of his most useful abilities. Rather than the role-playing road trip they were previously enjoying, players are forced to stealthily evade robots in a labyrinth of darkened corridors.

The game’s director, Hajime Tabata, has stated that Chapter 13 was intended to offer a jarring contrast to the rest of the game. However, he’s also admitted that his ideas weren’t executed perfectly, confirming that plans were in motion to tweak this particular section in a future update.

“The amount of stress inflicted on the player while running through this chapter was greater than we had anticipated,” Tabata explained while speaking to US Gamer earlier this month. “We believe resolving this issue will naturally lead to a better gameplay experience.”

Now, we now exactly when the update to Chapter 13 is scheduled to be released. During an Active Time Report livestream that took place yesterday, Square Enix confirmed that the update will drop on March 28, according to a report from Gematsu.

The company also revealed a major component of the changes being made to Chapter 13. Apparently, there will be a short section where Gladiolus Amicitia serves as the playable character — although it’s not completely clear whether this is actually part of Chapter 13, as the update is set to bring “enhancements” to various sections of the final stages of Final Fantasy 15.

It’s good to see Tabata and Square Enix responding to one of the sections of Final Fantasy 15 that has garnered the most criticism. Here’s hoping that next month’s update can remove some of its frustrating aspects while still retaining its larger role in the game’s narrative.

 

 
[Source:- GR]

 

Android 7.1.2 Nougat is official, public beta coming later today (Update 2: rolling out now)

Google has just officially announced Android 7.1.2 Nougat, and will begin rolling out the public beta build starting today!

Android 7.1.2 beta will roll out to Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player and Pixel C devices who are enrolled in the Android Beta Program starting today, while the company says the Nexus 6P will get the update “soon.”

Of course, you probably shouldn’t expect a ton of new features to come along with this new update. Android 7.1.2 will be an incremental maintenance release focused on refinements, which will include a number of bug fixes, optimizations, and a small number of enhancements for carriers and users. That’s the only description Google gave for this new version of Android, so we’ll have to wait and see what specific changes it brings.

Google says if you’d like to test out this new version of Android ASAP, you should enroll in the Android Beta Program. And like always, if you have an eligible device that’s already enrolled, your device should receive the update in the next few days. If you haven’t enrolled yet, head to this website, opt-in your eligible Android phone or tablet, and that’s it. You’ll receive an OTA in just a few hours. And if you’d rather do things the old fashioned way, you can always download and flash the update manually.

The final, consumer-ready version of 7.1.2 will be released in just a few months for all the devices listed above.

 

[Source:- androidauthority]

 

Honor 6X hands-on preview: Great hardware desperately waiting for a software update

Honor is still attempting to make strides in the U.S., but is the 6X compelling enough?

You really have to hand it to Honor. Huawei’s millennial-focused offshoot is still spitting out smartphones despite the relatively tepid reception of its previous two devices in the U.S. Remember, Honor has no carrier backing stateside, which puts it at a disadvantage compared to the rest of the brood. It’s unlikely that the launch of the Honor 6X, the smartphone announced at this year’s CES, will do much to move the needle either.

Regardless, that’s not a reason to write it off. The Honor 6X is a compelling device, even though it’s not as sparkly and showy as its flagship sibling, the Honor 8. Pricing has yet to be finalized, but what we’ve previewed of the Honor 6X is a fair reminder of what Huawei’s capable of when it throws a device into the ring — and that’s offering major bang for your buck. This midrange device may run on middle-of-the-road hardware, but it really does offer more than the average smartphone in its price point (sub-$250). Now, if it only the company had the marketing to get that point across.

Honor 6X Specs

Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow
EMUI 4.1
Display 5.5-inch 1920×1080 (403 ppi)
Processor Huawei Kirin 655 Octa-Core
4x 2.1 GHz + 4x 1.7 GHz
Storage 32GB (U.S.)
32/64GB (global)
Expandable microSD card
RAM 3GB (U.S.)
3/4GB (global)
Rear Camera 12MP (main) + 2MP (secondary)
Wide aperture range f/0.95-f/16
1080p video
Front Camera 8MP
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 2.4 GHz, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS
Network (U.S.) FDD-LTE Band 2/4/5/12/20, TD-LTE Band 38
HSPA Band 1/2/8
GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Network (Global) FDD-LTE Band 1/3/7/8, TD-LTE Band 38
HSPA Band 1/2/8
GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Charging Micro-USB
Battery 3340 mAh
Water resistance No
Security One-touch fingerprint sensor
Dimensions 150.9 x 76.2 x 8.2 mm
Weight 162 g
Colors Grey, gold, silver

 

 

Honor 6X Fundamentals

The Honor 6X’s fingerprint sensor doesn’t offer push-button action like the Honor 8.

Like last year’s Honor 5X, which also debuted on the CES show floor, the Honor 6X already exists overseas. Americans will see the same-looking hardware; the main differences are in network bands and storage space. (If you’re curious, we’ve got the a comparison between the Honor 6X, Honor 8, and Honor 5X.)

Design wise, the Honor 6X isn’t a far departure from its predecessor. It sports the same hard aluminum lines, slight curvature on the edges, dual stacked rear-facing camera lenses, and a rear-facing fingerprint scanner that, again, proves the backside is the most practical place for it. The fingerprint scanner offers a few tricks, too: you can program gestures to do things like snap a photo, answer a call, or bring down the notification panel, though the 6X doesn’t offer push-button action like the Honor 8.

 

[Source:- androidcentral]b

Windows 10 release date, features, devices and free upgrade: Windows 10 Creators Update ‘scheduled for April’

Windows 10 at-a-glance

Windows 10 launched globally on 29 July 2015 and touted as “the last version of Windows”, marking the end of decades of occasional heavy duty OS updates in favour of a more incremental approach. Available as a free upgrade for a year after launch, Windows 10 became full price on 30 July 2016. Here’s our round-up of everything you need to know about Windows 10.

  • Windows 10 started rolling out on 29 July 2015 as a free upgrade
  • Windows 10 free upgrade ended 29 July 2016 and Anniversary Update launched on 2 August
  • Read our full review of Windows 10 here
  • Enterprise users can manage company-wide rollouts for Windows 10 updates
  • Microsoft Edge replaces Internet Explorer as Windows 10’s default browser
  • Android and iOS apps will run on the new OS

 

[Source:- ITpro]

Latest Oculus VR update linked to heavy battery drain on Samsung phones

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In theory, app updates are meant to bring bug fixes and performance improvements, as well as new features. Unfortunately, for all the fixes added, updates tend to sneak in at least a few bugs as well. That’s unfortunately what appears to be happening with the latest version of the Oculus app for Samsung devices.

A number of Redditors have been complaining about poor battery life that started around last night, when the new update arrived. I actually noticed this myself, as I left my Galaxy S7 Edge off the charger last night to wake up with it much lower than it typically would be when left off the charger overnight.

From the sounds of it, the problem sorrounds the new Oculus Rooms addition to the app, with the Oculus VR app getting stuck in an installation loop that continuously downloads and reinstalls the app. While a new update is probably not too far off, it is probably not a bad idea to uninstall Oculus VR (or at least disable it) in the meantime.

 

[Source:- Androidauthority]

 

Windows 10 Mobile news recap: Anniversary Update released, PoGo returns, official Facebook app

Welcome back to our weekly Windows 10 Mobile news recap series, where we go over the top stories of the past week in the world of Microsoft’s mobile operating system. Let’s get started.

PoGo’s triumphant return

PoGo, the third party app designed to let Windows 10 Mobile users play Pokemon Go, had a bit of a rocky start. It ran fine for about a week before the folks at Niantic changed up their API, tragically shutting out PoGo users for a while. Earlier this week, however, the dev team behind PoGo brought the app back from the dead. On top of being able to function again, much-requested features including Pokeball-flicking and general quality of life improvements were added. Due to the nature of Niantic’s third party approach, PoGo could go down again at any moment. Beyond that, there’s a very real risk that you can be banned from Pokemon Go by using a third party app. Use PoGo at your own risk!

Windows 10 Anniversary Update begins to roll out to mobile

We had to wait for a few weeks, but Windows 10 Mobile users are finally getting their hands on the anticipated update to Windows 10. Bringing a wide array of features to the OS, this new update should be doing a whole lot to revitalize the Windows 10 Mobile experience that users have been getting used to this past year. Windows 10 Mobile users should look forward to improved battery life in Microsoft Edge, new features in Cortana, and more.

More depressing sales numbers for Windows OS mobile market share

Let’s not mince words – Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile have never been big players. Last year Windows Phone had a minuscule slice of the proverbial pie when it came to market share, having only 2.5% of the mobile market. According to new reports from Gartner, those numbers have only gotten worse. A year after that 2.5% figure was taken, Windows Phone/W10M market share has dropped down to just 0.6%. Ouch.

Facebook releases its own app for Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft’s app gets the boot

We’ve been using Microsoft’s app for Facebook for a while, and while it was perfectly functional it wasn’t exactly amazing. After a long time of waiting, Facebook has finallyreleased a first party application for Windows 10 Mobile users, which should automatically replace the Microsoft app that was on your handset. The new app is a bit sleeker, and actually runs pretty well – there shouldn’t be too much of an issue with the fact that you can’t use the old app anymore.

 

 

[Source: Winbeta]

Windows 10 Anniversary Update makes it harder for admins to remove advertising

Microsoft has been accused of injecting ads and sponsored apps into Windows for quite a while and now they’re taking more direct steps to prevent users disabling them through Group Policies. Several Group Policies will be deactivated with the Anniversary Update, making it harder for IT-pros and system admins to prevent unwanted content.

When the Anniversary Update rolls out to current November Update users, there will no longer be a way to block the obnoxious ads that automatically pin themselves to your PCs start menu when you start it for the first time. In a network with all PCs connected to each other, there is a universal Group Policy that applies to every PC on the network, which means adding a new machine to the family will automatically adjust it; such as disabling the ads and sponsored apps on all new PCs, however, this change will prevent that. By disabling the Policies that take care of the advertising, system admins will have to manually remove the ads from every new PC they get.

This change doesn’t only apply to the start menu. As reported by InfoWorld, the lock screen can only be disabled on certain editions of Windows 10 from August 2nd: Enterprise, Education, and Server SKUs. This seems like an unrelated thing with no context, but Microsoft is actually, quietly, pushing ads to the lock screen too. With things like Tomb Raider and Cortana popping up there occasionally, this may be something users could want to disable but can’t anymore.

We will see how users of Windows 10 react to these changes once the Anniversary Update rolls out on August 2nd.

 

[Source: Winbeta]

Microsoft rushes out emergency protection update to restoration important windows flaw

On Monday, Microsoft driven out an emergency out-of-band update for a crucial safety vulnerability that could permit an attacker to benefit entire control of your device. The flaw impacts all structures from home windows Vista and up–including the home windows 10 Technical Preview.

The make the most works in case you open a document or visit a website that carries malicious embedded OpenType fonts. the ones terribleacting fonts then take gain of a weakness in how the windows Adobe type supervisor Library handles OpenType fonts. OpenType is a font document format evolved by using Adobe and Microsoft.

the safety replace is to be had right now thru the home windows update mechanism. if you‘re set up for computerized updates, your pc need to download the replace later these days, if it hasn’t already. anybody doing manual updates must take a look at home windows update straight away.

To confirm in case your computer has the essential update on home windows eight.1 (windows Vista and 7 customers can have a similar technique), open the control Panel, search forwindows replace“, after which choose View replace history. toward the top of the listing you should see a safety replace with the wide variety KB3079904.

in case you do not see it, and need to put in this replace proper away, run windows update manually–a restart will be required.

This modern protection flaw is but any other revelation from the trove of documents posted from the Hacking group breach. previous to the OpenType flaw, Adobe was saved busy patching numerous vulnerabilities in Flash that brought on Mozilla to disable the Flash player browser plugin in Firefox.

The Division Falcon Lost Exploit Hotfixed [UPDATE]

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Ubisoft is applying a hotfix for an ongoing exploit in the Falcon Lost Incursion, taking down The Division‘s servers for an estimated 30-45 minutes starting at 1:45PM PDT.

Update: This article initially claimed that there would be no known repercussions for The Divisionplayers that exploited this glitch. Ubisoft has issued a statement on its official forums, clarifying that “[w]e are working on fixing the exploit. Obviously it is against our Code of Conduct and the team is looking into what can be done in terms of punishment for those who have exploited.” The article has been updated to reflect this announcement.

You’ve done it now, The Division exploiters! You’ve forced Ubisoft’s hand. At 1:45 PDT Ubisoft began deploying a server-side hotfix, correcting a current exploit within the recently released Incursion, Falcon Lost. Yes, The Division players have been intentionally glitching the Incursion in order to more easily acquire the challenging content’s glorious loot. It’s hard to believe, most definitely, but it’s true. The set gear is just too enticing.

The Falcon Lost exploit is the reason for rushing a hotfix rather than waiting for a patch, but Ubisoft will also be correcting some other issues at the same time. Here are the patch notes for the 1:45 PDT hotfix:

  • Falcon Lost
    • Fixed an exploit where players could attack the APC without triggering new waves of NPC
    • Fixed a bug where the Weekly Reward for Falcon Lost was not granted correctly
  • Missing Characters
    • Fixed a bug on Xbox One where players could no longer see their characters. Please note that in order to fix this issue, we restored the account data of the affected players to that of April 12, 12pm CEST | 6am EDT | 3am PDT

Any Division players who have knowingly triggered this exploit, how dare you! Fortunately, Ubisoft has announced that it is seeking a means of punishing players for utilizing this exploit. Regardless of what else has happened in similar titles, such as both DestinyThe Division, or even Grand Theft Auto Online, it’s still unknown what will happen to those that followed through on the malicious glitch. That said,  Server downtime was estimated to be between 30-45 minutes.

 

It’s great to see Ubisoft on top of exploits like the APC glitch in Falcon Lost. While these types of small things often seem very exciting to players as they happen, they’re overall very damaging to the game itself as well as the community. Falcon Lost is a piece of end-game content meant to hold until May’s content drop in The Division. It’s meant to challenge players, to give them interesting content, and all the exploitation does is take that away. Many players may not realize that, however, only recognizing the reward as the sole objective of content.

Luckily, the Falcon Lost Incursion is only meant to be the end-game content focus for this one month. Ubisoft will be able to learn from the experience and put that into their May content and future Incursions. In the meantime, there will be a lot of more moderate players in the Dark Zone getting torn apart by the newly geared exploiters. Stay strong, Agents.

The Division‘s Falcon Lost hotfix went live at 1:45 PDT across all platforms. Server downtime was estimated to be around 30-45 minutes long.

 

[Source:- Gamerant]

Destiny April Update: Everything You Need to Know

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The Destiny April Update has now gone live. What’s the best way to prepare? How big is the update? What’s the first thing you should do? Find the answers here.

The first substantial content drop since The Taken King has now launched for Destiny. Here’s everything you need to know to get ready and get the most of the Destiny April Update.

 

Is it free?

The April Update is free for anyone who owns The Taken King expansion.

How big is the update?

  • PS4: 1718 MB
  • PS3: 1040 MB
  • Xbox One: 1736 MB
  • Xbox 360: 793 MB

Destiny April Update

What’s in the April Update?

  • Increased Light Level cap to 335
  • Two new Prison of Elders modes: (1) a Level 41 version and (2) the new Challenge of the Elders
  • New “Blighted Chalice” Strike
  • Remixed “Takenified” Winter’s Run Strike
  • Updated Light level drops in King’s Fall and Court of Oryx
  • Updated 1-for-1 Infusion System
  • New Chroma and Taken armor sets
  • Updated Year 1 Legendaries and Exotics
  • New Eververse emotes and items
  • “No HUD” Mode
  • Balance changes to select weapons and the Warlock class
  • Updated, higher Light Trials of Osiris gear
  • Higher Light Iron Banner gear
  • Increased Vault Space
  • Fixes a bug that didn’t allow certain Ghost shells to display in menus

Full Patch Notes will be posted by Bungie when the April Update is pushed to Destiny, which will include other minor changes not yet announced by Bungie.

What’s the best way to prepare for the update?

First off, make sure there’s room on your console (see above), although it shouldn’t be a problem except for those really hurting for hard drive space.

Bungie announced today that all the vendor weapons in the Tower will be getting a perk refresh, meaning while the weapons will stay the same, all the perks will be rerolled. So if there are any weapons you still need to pick up, do so now. Some fan favorites are Hung Jury from Dead Orbit, Apple of Discord from the Vanguard Quartermaster, Hawksaw from the Crucible Quartermaster, and The Villainy from Future War Cult.

The other thing lots of players do before an update is called “edging” Faction ranks. That means running Patrol missions or other missions that credit faction reputation and taking it right to the edge before a new rank. That way, once the new gear has been added to the faction rank up packages in the update, players can quickly rank the rest of the way and get a drop.

The last way to prep is to farm engrams. That means going into any PvE activity and shooting stuff. Lots of stuff. Look for and hold onto Legendary Engrams. Also, if you have Three of Coins, pop those on every named yellow-bar enemy for a chance to get an Exotic engram. Hold onto those until after the patch as well. While Bungie hasn’t confirmed whether current engrams will decrypt into new gear post-update, they’re worth holding onto just in case they do.

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What’s the first thing to do?

Head to the Reef. Variks is the primary quest giver for this update, and he will have a quest or two waiting for all players. Play through the new quest(s).

What’s the fastest way to the new level cap?

If you’re 320 Light, pick up an Elders’ Sigil scorecard from Variks and start running Challenge of the Elders. Reach the score goals and then return it to Variks for one high-level weapon and armor piece per week, per character.

Also, run Court of Oryx tier three for a chance at a maxed 335-Light artifact.

Shaxx’s Weekly Crucible Bounty can also drop 335 Light gear. Pick the bounties up from Shaxx and complete them.

Trials of Osiris will also drop high-level gear. Competing and completing the bounties can net up to 330 gear while going Flawless can net up to 335 Light items.

What if I’m not 320 Light yet?

Run the new Level 41 version of Prison of Elders. It will drop gear that will help players reach 320 Light. Once there, start running Challenge of the Elders.

King’s Fall Normal Mode will also drop 320 Light items, so that is another path up to 320 Light.

How do I earn the updated Year 1 Legendary weapons?

The Year 1 Legendaries being refreshed to the new Year 2 levels will only drop from Vanguard and Crucible faction rank up packages. But Bungie has increased reputation gains from numerous sources and activities so players should be getting more packages more often.

Where do I get new gear?

The new Chroma-enabled and Taken armor drop from Sterling Treasure, a new item. They will drop at Level 3, so they’ll need to be infused to be viable. Here’s how to get Sterling Treasure:

  • One will be delivered weekly via the Postmaster
  • Completing one match in the Weekly Crucible Playlist
  • One will be awarded for completing Challenge of the Elders, once per week

Are Nightfalls worth running anymore?

Drops from Nightfalls are being increased to end-game 335 Light levels. Add them back to the weekly rotation schedule.

Destiny Taken Guardians April Update

A note about leveling:

It’s been a while since players have been on the level grind, but don’t forget how the leveling system works in The Taken King. Engrams will often decrypt at a level slightly higher than your current level. So do not just blaze through a bunch of engrams. Check after each one, and if the new gear is a higher Light level, equip it before decrypting more. This will help stair-step players up the Light ladder a bit.

What about those PlayStation exclusives?

Those playing on PlayStation 3 and 4 get an exclusive quest and some items, including the Zen Meteor exotic sniper rifle. Pick up the quest from Petra Venj in the Reef.

Also, be on the lookout for Sublime Engrams. They are Legendary engrams, but called Sublime. They are guaranteed to drop the new PlayStation-exclusive class armor.


That should get most players started on the Destiny April Update.

Have any tips to share on how to get the most out of the Destiny April Update? Share them in the comments below!

 

[Source:- Gamerant]