Activision released a video dubbed “Know Your History” that confirms that the revelation of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is coming on August 26. The company released the video after fans uncovered the bread crumbs leading to it inside the current battle royale game Call of Duty: Warzone.
It’s not exactly a secret. Doritos accidentally leaked information about the next game, corroborating others that point to a 1960s Cold War setting, based on 2010’s Call of Duty: Black Ops.
But gamers are having fun because this is the first time that a new Call of Duty has been revealed through an alternate reality game (ARG) inside an existing title, Warzone. It’s a treasure hunt for the most dedicated fans, and those fans uncovered the video released today.
The video that was unlocked on the Pawn Takes Pawn website focused on the real-life KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov, who warned the governments of the world about the disinformation tactics used by the Soviet Union to undermine democratic governments.
Above: The revelation of a new Call of Duty games comes on August 26.
Image Credit: Activision
The video reveals that the identity of Perseus, the codename for a Soviet spy who infiltrated Western intelligence and was never uncovered. describes. It describes a plan “decades in the making” and shows scenes from the Cold War. Bezmenov warns about how all of the great moments of history during the Cold War were leading to a catastrophe for Westerners and the “time bomb is ticking.”
The legal fight between Apple Inc. and Epic Games Inc. kicks into full gear on Monday with decisions that will influence the future of app stores in the U.S. and how the world’s largest technology platforms make money from developers.
U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers will decide whether to force Apple to let battle royale video game Fortnite back into the App Store with Epic’s in-house payment option. She will also rule if Apple can block third-party apps using Epic’s Unreal Engine development software.
Most legal experts expect the judge to extend her temporary injunction for Unreal Engine, but not reinstate Fortnite in the Apple App Store.
“Epic faces an uphill battle,” said Mark Lemley, a professor at Stanford Law School. “Apple’s pricing policies are problematic, and antitrust law should probably do something about it. But courts are very reluctant to dictate who a company, even a monopolist, has to do business with.”
The decisions will have far-reaching consequences especially as authorities across the globe examine whether tech giants including Apple and Alphabet Inc.’s Google have broken antitrust rules. On Monday, the judge will consider if Epic is likely to succeed on the merits of its antitrust claims and whether the company will suffer irreparable harm if she doesn’t issue an injunction.
At stake is Apple and Google’s ability to charge fees of up to 30% to developers using their app stores. Consumers spent $50 billion worldwide on the App Store and Google Play in the first half of 2020, according to Sensor Tower estimates. That generates billions of dollars in highly profitable revenue for the companies. Some developers deride this an unfair and unwarranted tax. Epic and its Founder Tim Sweeney have led the backlash this year.
Google may change its policies if the Fortnite case ends up favoring Apple, said Lewis Ward, an analyst at researcher IDC. No matter the outcome, Epic has gained a lot of goodwill among gamers and other developers.
“In the larger court of public opinion, in the U.S., my sense is that Epic is generally viewed as the good guy here, and Apple is viewed as the bad guy,” Ward said.
“It has raised the profile of Epic from an already well-respected game company to one that has a philosophy or a vision of where the games industry should go over time,” Ward added. “That vision is one that is more aligned with how the internet began, which was open and free and cheap.”
The impact on Epic’s business so far has been “fairly negligible,” said Doug Clinton, co-founder at Loup ventures — tens of millions of dollars in lost revenue. While players can no longer download Fortnite on their Apple devices, many of them have simply shifted their playing to consoles and PCs. Fortnite climbed SuperData’s rankings of top-grossing titles among console games in August, reaching third place. It ranked sixth in July, before the legal spat between Epic and Apple began.
Financially, Apple doesn’t have much to lose by kicking Fortnite out. The company has taken in about $350 million in revenue from Fortnite since the game launched on the iPhone in 2018, according to Sensor Tower data. Apple pulled in sales of more than $250 billion in its latest fiscal year.
If the court forces Apple to keep distributing Unreal Engine, that could be positive for the iPhone maker. The decision would let other games that use the tools continue distributing their software via Apple’s platform, resulting in a 30% cut for each sale or in-app purchase. However, Apple argues that the continued distribution of Unreal Engine by what it considers to be a rogue developer could harm consumer security.
There are broader risks for Apple from the case, though. If Epic continues to paint Apple as the bad guy to younger iPhone and iPad owners who play Fortnite, that could twist the perception of these users toward Apple as a whole. If Epic wins key decisions, that would make it more difficult for Apple to impose its App Store payment system on other developers, curbing a high-margin source of revenue.
The lawsuit might also spur Apple to continue tweaking its store. While the company isn’t budging on its 30% cut, it has loosened some restrictions recently, letting a small handful of apps avoid the fee.
As one of the most powerful mapping tools available, Google Maps has a number of features designed to help you pinpoint your location. If you want to know your exact position, you can pull up your GPS coordinates in Google Maps.
You can easily find the GPS coordinates (showing the latitude and longitude) for a location using the Google Maps website. These steps work for Maps in any web browser, not just Google Chrome.
To do this, search for a location in the search bar at the top of the Google Maps website, or use your mouse to zoom in on a location on the visible map. Once you’ve nailed down a location, right-click it to bring up an additional options menu.
From the pop-up menu, select the “What’s Here?” option.
The button will bring up a small location box at the bottom of the page. You’ll see a series of numbers under the location.
These are your GPS coordinates, shown as decimal degrees. If you wanted to search for this location in Google Maps again, you could search for these coordinates in the search bar.
Google Maps would then display the location for you to find more information about, or to help you create a custom map showing directions and other areas of interest around it.
Use the Google Maps Mobile App to Find Coordinates
You can also use the Google Maps mobile app for Android, iPhone, and iPad to locate the exact GPS coordinates for any location worldwide. The steps for Android and Apple users are similar, but the iPhone and iPad have an additional step to follow.
To find GPS coordinates, open the Google Maps app on your smartphone or tablet. You can use the search bar to find a general location or use the map view to locate it manually.
If you’re using the map view, you’ll need to long-touch and select an unmarked location until a red pin appears.
The coordinates will be displayed in the Google Maps for Android search bar when you drop a pin.
You’ll need to tap the “Dropped Pin” box at the bottom of the Google Maps app for iPhone and iPad.
This screen appears after you’ve dropped a red pin onto the map view.
Tapping “Dropped Pin” will bring up an information menu with the location address, as well as options to save or find directions to the location.
The coordinates for the location will be listed under the address at the bottom of the menu.
The developers of the new NHS coronavirus tracing app have admitted that more than 60,000 tests carried out in England yesterday – just under a third of the total – cannot be linked to its systems.
The admission appears to undermine the central role of the software, which is to warn people when they have come into contact with anyone who subsequently tests positive.
The long-awaited NHS coronaviruscontact-tracing app launched on Thursday across England and Wales.
However, in a response to a tweet by a user who said they had been tested but could not upload the result because they had not received a code, the app’s developers said it is not linked to test results processed in a Public Health England lab or NHS hospital.
“If your test took place in a Public Health England lab or NHS hospital, or as part of national surveillance testing conducted by the Office for National Statistics, test results cannot currently be linked with the app whether they’re positive or negative,” they wrote.
Official government figures show a total of 210,275 people were tested in England on Friday, including 61,481 in hospitals and PHE labs (Pillar 1) and 148,894 in testing centres (Pillar 2).
The admission on the app’s official Twitter account means the results of just under a third (29%) of the tests carried out a day after the app went live could not be linked.
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A Department of Health spokesperson said: “We are urgently working to enable positive tests for people who aren’t already given a code to be added to the COVID-19 app.
“NHS Test and Trace will continue to contact people by text, email or phone if your test is positive advising you to self-isolate and for those who don’t have a code, the contact tracers will shortly be able to provide codes to insert in the app.
“If you book your test via the app the results will be automatically recorded in the app and the isolation countdown will be updated.”
Labour’s Jonathan Ashworth questioned the issue on social media.
The shadow health secretary tweeted: “We all want to see this app succeed. We’ve encouraged people to download it.
“But have they really launched an app that doesn’t actually link to tests carried out by NHS hospital labs & PHE labs instead only including tests carried out via the outsourced lighthouse lab network??”
The Welsh government pointed out that Public Health Wales results can be processed and urged people to continue using the app.
Posting on Twitter, Welsh health minister Vaughan Gething urged people “shouting” that the app is “useless” to “please calm down”.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has called the new mobile phone app an “important step forward” in the UK’s fight against COVID-19.
The app includes a link to enter a code which people receive via email or text message from the testing service if they have tested positive for COVID-19.
It asks users to self-isolate for 14 days if it detects they were in close proximity to someone with coronavirus.
Those who are tested in a NHS hospital, PHE lab or under one of the surveillance studies, including the ONS, and test positive are currently contacted by NHS Test and Trace contact tracers by text, phone or email.
Professor Sir Jonathan Montgomery, former chair of the ethics advisory board for the first edition of the app, said: “This is clearly a glitch. I imagine it won’t be that difficult to sort out, and the focus is on making sure the system is integrated.
“If they book the tests with the system they can feed them back into the app, clearly we haven’t yet got it right in terms of the other parts of the testing system being able to feed in and we would expect that to be sorted pretty quickly.”
Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran told Sky News: “How on earth can we trust this government with our data with a test-trace isolate system that is meant to be the key to unlocking this country through this pandemic and keeping us all safe, when the very basics of the information that are meant to be given to this app, we find out over a tweet? It is just bizarre.”
Sky’s political correspondent Rob Powell said: “This could be a fairly serious blow to what was touted obviously by the prime minister as a world-beating test and trace system.
“To add insult to injury, this appears to be an England-only issue.”
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