Facebook now gives users who flag fake news a credibility score

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Facebook is now giving users a score between 0 and 1 to help determine whether or not they’re accurately reporting instances of fake news, the Washington Post reports. Three years ago, Facebook first gave users the ability to report posts in their News Feed for containing false or misleading news. The hope was that users could help Facebook s…Read More

Fortnite For Apple TV May Soon Be A Reality

Fortnite is one of the most popular games on the planet right now. It’s available for a variety of platforms and was most recently released on Android. It appears that Fortnite for Apple TV is in the pipeline as well. New code has been discovered which suggests that Fortnite may be coming to Apple’s set-top box.

Fortnite is a battle royale title that’s free-to-play. That’s one of the reasons why the game’s popularity has skyrocketed in recent months. It’s already available on multiple Apple platforms such as macOS and iOS.

@StormLeaks, a Twitter account focused on Fortnite leaks, has discovered a reference to tvOS in the game’s code. The Apple TV’s operating system is called tvOS. It’s an indication that Fortnite for Apple TV might be a possibility.

There mere inclusion of a tvOS string is far from a confirmation that Fortnite for Apple TV is confirmed but it goes to show that Epic is considering launching the popular free-to-play game on the platform.

Since the Apple TV’s remote doesn’t have the controls required to handle the game, if Fortnite for Apple TV is ever released, the set-top box owners will most definitely have to buy a gamepad if they wish to play Fortnite on Apple TV.

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Android app scams users out of €335 in return for an Ethereum logo

There is an illegitimate “Ethereum” app that claims to sell you one Ether (the cryptocurrency derived from the Ethereum blockchain). Except it’s a scam – users are being tricked into buying a picture of its logo. A recent Tweet from malware researcher, Lukas Stefanko, has shown an app on the Google Play Store which claims to sell the buyer one Ether at a time, priced at €335 (nearly €100 more than Ether’s current market value). So far over 100 people have been crazy enough to buy the app, or perhaps they were wildly misled. I mean, look at who is…

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Facebook is secretly rating users’ trustworthiness

Facebook is using a new, secret rating to judge how trustworthy each user is, as the social network continues to battle against accusations that it’s an incubator for fake news. The site’s role in the manipulated 2016 US presidential election has prompted numerous changes to Facebook policy, but most users have been unaware that their truthfulness has quietly been assessed. … Continue reading

Yooka-Laylee Joins the Brawlout Roster, Out Today on PS4

Today I want to give you a look behind the creation of our new game, Brawlout. It’s a raucous party-fighting game geared toward both hardcore fighting fans as well as friends just looking to shout as they bash each other senseless, and it’s launching on PS4 today.

Brawlout’s journey began four years ago with the goal of making a competitive action game that could appeal to a wide variety of people, from groups of friends wanting a fun party game, to those players looking to hone and advance their skills. While we knew we wanted a versus fighting game, like the Street Fighter series, we really needed those over-the-top crazy special moves, so we went for a less realistic approach, with the silly combat found in platform fighters.

The moves design and character archetypes are based on what you’d see in games like Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter. The goal was to actually feel that you’re struggling to fight, to feel the weight of your kicks. And we layered that on top of the fluent movement mechanics and knockback rules established by the platform fighter classics.

Brawlout for PS4

Fast forward a few years and we had the good fortune of giving players their first hands-on with Brawlout at EVO 2016, and we couldn’t have asked for a better debut. There we were, side-by-side with games like Street Fighter V and Tekken 7, with some of the fighting genre’s most dedicated fans pushing Brawlout’s mechanics to their limits and having a blast.

That experience was the confirmation we needed that we were heading in the right direction while also giving us a ton of valuable insight. Over the next year, we took players’ feedback to heart and began fine-tuning the gameplay and implementing new mechanics such as ledge grabs, teching and dash dancing. These sorts of techniques, while not vital to simply pummel your friends, ensure that those players seeking a more competitive experience have room to grow and improve their skills.

Brawlout for PS4

Obviously, character design is a crucial element of a good fighting game and players want characters to which they can relate. Each of our original characters stems from a real-world culture, such as Paco the Mexican wrestler or the Hindu influences of King Apu. From there, we develop a skill set that is not only unique, but also balanced with other characters’ skills. Balancing is extremely important to us, and we’ve been honing these characters for years.

Of course, we also have some other faces that you may recognize. Joining Brawlout’s roster at launch are the heroes of Hyper Light Drifter, Guacamelee!, and Yooka-Laylee, plus we recently announced the headless protagonist of Dead Cells coming this fall.


It goes without saying that we’re tremendously excited to unleash our baby upon the world after four years of hard work, but for us the launch is just the beginning. Keeping players entertained is our number one priority, and we’ll be working tirelessly to bring you even more modes, characters, and tournaments as Brawlout continues to evolve in the future.

Russian hackers target Republican think tanks critical of Moscow, Microsoft says


Russia’s intelligence agency is ramping up its hacking attempts on U.S. political targets as the Midterm elections get nearer. The hackers’ latest target: conservative think tanks which have broken from President Donald Trump and are seeking continued sanctions against Moscow.

In a report posted on Microsoft’s website by company president Brad Smith, Microsoft announced they had taken control of 6 domains via court order that were being set up by Russian hackers to deploy in a spearphishing attack. The company pointed out that it “currently [has] no evidence these domains were used in any successful attacks.” Read more…

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Fortnite Code Suggests Popular Game Could Launch on Apple TV in the Future

Fortnite could launch on Apple TV at one point in the future, according to a new discovery by the @StormLeaks Twitter account late yesterday. As reported by esports and gaming website Dexerto, @StormLeaks found a single line within Fortnite’s code that references “tvOS,” suggesting that Epic Games may be planning to launch the popular game on Apple’s fourth- and fifth-generation set-top boxes down the line.

Still, this is just a single mention of tvOS in Fortnite’s code and shouldn’t be taken as a guarantee that the game will be available to play on Apple TV soon. If it does, the game would likely require a compatible wireless gaming controller, two of which Apple sells for $49.95 on its website.

As it stands, Fortnite is currently available on iOS, macOS, Android, PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. Fortnite initially launched as a beta on iOS in March and then expanded wide in April. The smartphone apps are focused entirely on Fortnite’s PvP Battle Royale mode, but the console and desktop versions of the game also include a PvE mode called Save the World.

Fortnite Battle Royale on iOS is free-to-play (like it is on all platforms), but due to in-game content purchases the app in June reached $100 million in revenue 90 days after launch. Fortnite initially launched wide in summer 2017 on consoles, macOS, and PC, focusing only on the Save the World mode, with Battle Royale releasing a few months later in September 2017.

We’ve reached out to Epic Games for a comment and will update this post if we hear back.

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The Queen Of Soulcalibur Is Back

Evo 2018 played host to multiple tournaments over its three-day run for established games like Street Fighter V and Dragon Ball FighterZ as well as the as-yet-unreleased Soulcalibur VI, which is still in development and set to come out on October 19. Marie-Laure “Kayane” Norindr, a veteran competitor from France known…

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