Pokemon Go Fest: When Are the Challenge Windows?

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okemon Go Fest Chicago is about to get underway. The day’s events are built around “challenge windows,” so when exactly do all of these windows start and end, and what is supposed to happen during these times?

There are three challenge windows during Pokemon Go Fest Chicago, each one lasting exactly 30 minutes. According to Niantic, the challenge windows are:

  • 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. CDT
  • 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. CDT
  • 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. CDT

You can use this helpful countdown clock to see when these challenge windows are in your local time. Originally, the second window began at 12:00 p.m., but Niantic has since changed this one to 1:00 p.m. CDT.

For those playing the game outside of Chicago, your goal during these challenge windows is to try to catch as many Pokemon as you can.

Those playing in Chicago will be attempting to catch certain types of Pokemon during the challenge windows, with bonuses unlocking worldwide if they do so. For example, if they catch a lot of Grass-type Pokemon, a Stardust bonus will unlock for everyone. But if players worldwide catch enough Pokemon in the challenge windows, these bonuses will be extended, i.e. making the Stardust bonus last longer if this had already been put in place.

But more importantly, if enough Pokemon are caught worldwide specifically during the challenge windows, a legendary Pokemon will appear in Chicago. Then, the Chicago players have to try to take it down in a Raid Battle, and if they do, that specific legendary Pokemon will begin appearing in Raid Battles around the world.

Presumably, Niantic will be unlocking the legendary Raid Battle in Chicago regardless of whether players catch enough Pokemon, as it’s hard to imagine they would gather so many fans together for such a major event only to disappoint them by not releasing a legendary because some arbitrary goal was not reached. However, the challenge windows idea will help keep players engaged and give those outside of Chicago a way to participate.

Pokemon Go Fest Chicago itself begins at 10:00 a.m. Central Time, an hour before the first challenge window starts. If the legendary Raid Battle appears, it will happen at 6:00 p.m. Central Time.


Android 7.1.1’s panic mode rescues your screen when malware strikes

The folks at XDA Developers have uncovered a new ‘panic mode’ in the latest-and-greatest version of Android, which can help you escape a malicious app to go straight to the home screen.

Handsets powered by Android Nougart 7.1.1 can invoke panic mode by hitting the home button four times in quick succession, letting you flee applications that hog the input queue.

This feature isn’t found in the Android documentation. Members of the XDA Developers community stumbled upon it in the AOSP source code for the Android Window Manager.

As pointed out by the folks at The Register, the feature is a welcome one, but it’s ultimately hamstrung by the fragmented nature of Android. The onus is on OEMs to integrate the feature into their phones, and none have done so as of yet.

El Reg also noted the existence of a similar feature in the current beta version of Android:

“Users report that 7.1.2, still in beta, does provide the ability to terminate an app with a long press. But again, it’s up to the phone maker to implement the option (killing the foreground app is one of the most widely requested technique on developer forums).”

As an Android fanboy (albeit a disillusioned one), this is my biggest bugbear with the platform. There are a lot of great ideas and inspired features, but the odds of using them depend entirely on whether your phone manufacturer felt like including them.

But if it eventually makes it into the mainstream, this will undoubtedly come in handy to those who take the risk of ‘acquiring’ dodgy pirated apps from less than legitimate sources.

Android 7.1+ has a “Panic Detection” Mode that Detects Frantic Back Button Presses on XDA Developers


Here’s When the Next Titanfall 2 Beta Starts

Here’s When the Next Titanfall 2 Beta Starts

Respawn’s Lead Engineer Jon Shiring details the development team’s findings from Titanfall 2‘s recent weekend test, as well as what they will be testing in the upcoming beta.

This past weekend Respawn Entertainment ran the first of its two planned beta tests for Titanfall 2. Today, the developer put up a blog post, which details what they learned from the first test, as well as what we can expect from the second test, which runs this coming weekend.

In the blog post, Respawn admitted that the first beta test alerted them to “at least a dozen” issues, though it is likely that many of these issues were never noticed by players. Titanfall 2‘s lead engineer, Jon Shiring elaborated on what the team has done with the results of the initial test run.

“We are doing these two weekends of the Tech Test because we knew we would hit problems that we’d never seen before. While a massive number of people were hard at work getting wins this weekend, we were busy finding and fixing at least a dozen separate issues. Those are all problems that we won’t have to find and fix at launch. Many issues that we identified and fixed were things that users never noticed, which was one of our goals.”


Shiring went on to say that the beta version that was played this weekend was from a build of the game dating back from June, and that many of the reported issues have already been fixed in the subsequent builds. As much as players love the gameplay during a beta test, Shiring admitted that this latest beta was implemented to test the game’s new server and matchmaking systems as well as testing server security through simulated network attacks.

According to Shiring, the “matchmaker had a trial by fire this weekend,” while he and his team were “really happy with the results.” This is undoubtedly good news for Titanfall fans who were worried about a lengthy or non-functioning matchmaking system on the game’s release. Shiring has already previously spoken about how they plan to avoid server issues with Titanfall 2, and this blog post seems to reinforce that statement.


After detailing what they had learned from the initial beta test, Shiring ended by explaining what they’d be testing in the second beta, which runs this weekend. Regarding the matter, he said, “We’re going to do some fun things for weekend two of the Tech Test. With the learnings from weekend one, our next goal is to really spike the number of players playing online at the same time.”

So it seems if nothing else that Respawn is dedicated to delivering a game that actually works on the first day of the launch. This server stability, along with a single-player campaign, may actually give them an edge over competitors like Battlefield 1 which releases just three weeks afterTitanfall 2 and targets a very similar audience.



[Source: GR]


Consumers Hit Back When Companies Are Breached

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    22% of the consumers surveyed have stopped purchasing from a company as a result of a data breach.

Now that consumers have grudgingly accepted a reality in which the growing array of security and privacy threats in the digital world are an unavoidable part of life, they are using their concerns to seize economic power. They have begun tying their purchasing decisions to the seemingly never-ending string of data breaches that have hit large American brands over the past few years. Along those lines, a recent poll of American consumers shows that many people are refusing to do business with companies that could potentially put them at risk. Law firm Morrison & Foerster, a specialist in data breaches, surveyed 900 people and found that growing numbers of them are educating themselves about the security measures companies are taking. Significantly, a growing number of consumers are refusing to do business with companies that do a poor job protecting their customers’ personal information. “The findings indicate that a significant percentage of the American people continue to be concerned about numerous facets of security,” said Andrew Serwin, co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s global privacy and data security group.


[Source:- Internetnews]