Fortnite’s big black hole event is still underway, and as the hours go by, fans are working themselves into a frenzy. What do the numbers mean? Are we getting a new map? But more importantly: When is Fortnite coming back?
While we can’t say for sure, players have theories. Most discussions are coming from data miners who are digging around for clues. The first piece of the puzzle comes from trusted leaker Lucas7Yoshi, who found that the official Fortnite website seemed to suggest that “The End” event will conclude on Tuesday:
Since that viral tweet, however, Lucas notes that the code has been updated to say later in the week. However, another data miner notes that players in China are being told that the new season is starting for them on Tuesday as well:
Chapter 2 of Fortnite is confirmed to start on October 15 for chinese players. It’s currently 9pm on October 14 in China. That means the Season could start at any second 3 hours from now.
— ShiinaBR – Fortnite Leaks (@ShiinaBR) October 14, 2019
The problem, of course, is that China’s version of Fortnite may not be on the same timeline as the rest of the world. So, that’s not very conclusive.
But another thing that’s got people talking comes to us via Fortnite star Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, who told people that he’d give them a clue about Fortnite Chapter 2 if he got enough retweets. The hint that came afterwards was this:
This is admittedly silly, but the leading theory is that he is referencing Taco Tuesday. Meaning, perhaps Fortnite’s black hole will conclude on Tuesday.
All of what I’ve presented above is circumstantial evidence of course, and shouldn’t be taken as conclusive. But if you look at chatter online, it’s clear that players are starting to agree that Fortnite will be back in less than 24 hours.
Guess we’ll see soon enough!
TikTok owner ByteDance plans to launch music streaming
(Reuters) – TikTok owner Beijing ByteDance Technology Co Ltd is in talks with big music labels – Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music – for global licensing deals to include their songs on its new music subscription service, the Financial Times reported on Sunday.
ByteDance is looking to launch its music streaming as soon as next month, initially in emerging markets such as India, Indonesia and Brazil, before a future opening in the United States, the FT reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
In addition to on-demand music, ByteDance’s app will include a library of short video clips for listeners to search through and synch to songs as they listen, the report added.
ByteDance has not given a name to its music app yet and pricing remains unclear, although it is expected to cost less than the $10 a month charged by Spotify Technology SA, Apple Inc and others in the United States, according to the report.
The company was not immediately available for comment on Sunday.
(Reporting by Anurag Maan in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Cooney)
Apple announces press event on Dec. 2
Apple will host an event on Dec. 2
Apple just announced a press event that it will hold at 4 p.m. ET on Dec. 2 in New York City. The event will be focused on “honoring our favorite apps and games of 2019.” A tagline on the invite says “Loved by millions. Created by the best.”
Apple typically issues a press release detailing its favorite apps and games of the year annually, but this time there may be some sort of awards ceremony instead of just a release. New products are not expected at the event.
Reports had suggested Apple was planning to hold some sort of press conference in October, although the company ultimately announced and released products instead of holding a splashy event. Recent announcements included the new 16-inch MacBook Pro and new AirPods Pro with noise cancellation.
Samsung’s Star Wars-themed Galaxy Note 10 Plus
With the impending December 20th release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker looming like a nearby Death Star, Samsung has announced a Star Wars-themed Galaxy Note 10 Plus that’s giving off some major Kylo Ren energy. It will be on sale in the US on December 13th for $1,299.99.
The phone looks really slick. I love the red lightsaber-style S Pen. It’s a black Note 10 Plus with a First Order emblem on the back and red trim on the buttons and around the camera. In the Kylo Ren-themed box, you’ll also get black Galaxy Buds with a red inner casing, a Ren-themed leather phone case, and a Ren-themed “metal badge.”
Samsung says the phone will come with exclusive Star Wars-themed wallpapers, shutdown animations, icons, and sounds.
With a price tag of $1,299.99, it’s a little more expensive than a base Galaxy Note 10 Plus — which you can buy on Samsung’s website at a sale price of $839.99 — but the extra Star Wars-themed goodies might make the extra cost worth it.
Samsung says bundle will be available in Australia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Korea, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UAE, the UK, and the US. In select markets, it will be available starting on December 10th, which is a bit sooner than the US release date.
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