Fans on Reddit have noticed that a reference to former Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan has been removed from the upcoming sequel’s New York City map. Players spotted that the Sept. 25 Bastion Rework announcement video for Overwatch 2 shows the pizza shop formerly called Jeph’s Corner Pizza is just Corner Pizza.
Fans can see the change for themselves around the 1-minute mark in Bastion’s announcement video, which shows the hero’s new ultimate and the pizza shop in the background. The nod to Kaplan doesn’t seem to be on the shop’s sign, however.
The measure is likely a part of Blizzard Entertainment’s push to remove in-game references to its employees in the wake of the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing’s lawsuit against Activision Blizzard.
Since the lawsuit’s filing, the company revealed it would rename Overwatch‘s McCree, named after a Diablo 4 lead game designer. A statement from the World of Warcraft team said the staff would “remove references that are not appropriate” for Azeroth—presumably referring to easter eggs involving Alex Afrasiabi, a former senior creative director for the game who was directly named in the lawsuit.
In April, Blizzard announced that Kaplan was leaving the company. He was replaced by Aaron Keller, a prominent member of the Overwatch team who helped design the beloved King’s Row map. Kaplan’s departure came before the wave of lawsuits filed against Activision Blizzard.
In the official news release, Blizzard said Kaplan “has decided to leave the company after a long and storied career.” At the bottom of the release, Blizzard included a “personal note” from Kaplan, where he says, “It was truly the honor of a lifetime.” Kaplan’s reason for leaving Blizzard remains unclear.
Now, as Blizzard continues to grapple with multiple lawsuits, the company has begun to erase numerous employee-related Easter eggs and references that appear in Blizzard games. The removal of “Jeph” comes as Blizzard makes changes to company policy.
In August, a Blizzard rep told Kotaku that “[Blizzard] will be reviewing the real-world references currently used in our games and making decisions based on how they best represent core values for our games.” That month, the company announced it would change McCree’s name.
Jeph’s Corner Pizza wasn’t the only reference to Kaplan, however. Reddit users also spotted a coffee cup saying “Jeph” in Overwatch 2, a nod to a picture in which Kaplan holds a cup of coffee with a misspelled version of his name. The cup stands on a copy of a book called “The Green Hills of Stranglethorn,” a quest from World of Warcraft also designed by Kaplan, as spotted by a user. It’s unclear if that reference will also remain in the sequel.
Canada competition bureau has court order for Google advertising probe – statement
Canada’s antitrust watchdog said on Friday it had obtained a court order to advance its investigation into whether Google’s online advertising business is hurting competition, according to a statement.
The Competition Bureau’s court order “requires Google to produce records and written information that are relevant to the Bureau’s investigation,” the statement said. “The Bureau’s investigation is ongoing and there is no conclusion of wrongdoing at this time.”
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Apple AirPods 3 Have 1 Cool Surprise Upgrade, New Report Shows – Forbes
Apple’s latest AirPods, correctly called AirPods third-generation but sort of universally referred to as AirPods 3, arrive instore on Tuesday, October 26.
We already know about the new features, but an extra one has just been revealed.
Alongside support for Spatial Audio, sweat- and water-resistance, a big design change, a new driver, better battery life and a MagSafe charging case, it now transpires that there’s a small but highly useful upgrade.
Better ear detection.
Now, as you’ll know, since day one of the first generation of AirPods, they have had a cool feature where simply removing one of the buds from your ear—literally the most natural thing to do when someone starts speaking to you—automatically pauses the music playback until you put it back. At which point it starts playing again.
However, some users reported that occasionally, just once in a while, the sensor which calculated ear detection would be fooled by something that it thought was your ear and would erroneously start playing again.
Perhaps when you put the earbud in your pocket (although, honestly? Isn’t that what the charging case is for?) and you’d hear a tinny, tiny sound playing from your trousers.
Apple mentioned this very briefly when it said, “A new skin-detect sensor accurately discerns if AirPods are in the ear —versus in a pocket or on a table—and pauses playback when removed.
Now, TrendForce, in a report highlighted by Joe Rossignol at MacRumors, has offered more technical detail on how this will work. It says: “AirPods 3’s skin-detect sensors may potentially detect the water content in the wearer’s skin, giving them the ability to differentiate between human skin and other surfaces.”
This capability will be down to short-wave infrared (SWiR) LED chips and the report claims that the new AirPods have four of them on board.
This is typical Apple: create a new, ground-breaking feature and then decide you want to improve it for those incredibly rare events when ear detection wasn’t quite good enough.
And it’s only a matter of days before we can put this improved feature, and the others, to the test.
Apple Shares New 'Movie Magic' Shot on iPhone 13 Pro Video – MacRumors
The “Movie Magic” video features Dong Hoon Jun and visual artist James Thornton explaining how they shot a short sci-fi film. The video highlights various effects that can be captured with the iPhone 13 Pro and a set of props like hyperspeed, an outer space look, anti-gravity, a cloudscape, and more.
Apple today shared another video in its ongoing Shot on iPhone series, with the new ad focusing on filming techniques to demonstrate how easy it can be to make a movie on an iPhone.
The video walks through using the Ultra Wide camera for unique perspectives and it demonstrates different lighting effects that can be used to make a cinematic feel.
There’s a technique on a DIY crane shot…
iPhone 13 Pro models feature an upgraded Ultra Wide camera with autofocus that enables macro photography, allowing users to take close-up photos of flowers, insects, and other objects that are as close as 2cm to the camera lens.
Apple’s Macro Mode is limited to iPhone 13 Pro models, but those with older iPhones can now get in on the action, as Halide today announced that it has updated its…
An iPhone 13 feature “will innovate patient eye care and telemedicine,” according to a San Diego-based doctor who has found an unexpected use for one of the device’s new abilities.
Detailed in a post on LinkedIn, opthalmologist and digital health specialist Dr. Tommy Korn explained that he has been using the iPhone 13 Pro Max to take high-quality macro images of patients’ eyes.
The iPhone …
Apple today published a seven minute video positioned as a tour of the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro, with the walkthrough coinciding with the pre-orders that are now live.
Filmed at the Tower Theater Apple Store in Los Angeles, the tour highlights the four available sizes, camera technology like Cinematic Mode and improved low-light performance, the Ceramic Shield display and IP68 water resistance,…
Apple today released the third beta of iOS 15.1 to developers for testing purposes, and the update introduces some new camera features for iPhone 13 Pro users.
Today’s beta adds support for ProRes video capture with the standard iPhone camera app. It can be toggled on by opening up the Settings app and selecting the “Camera” section. From there, tap on “Formats” and toggle on…
The new iPhone 13 Pro models support 4K ProRes video recording, but there’s a catch if you want to capture video at the highest quality – you need an iPhone 13 Pro or Pro Max with at least 256GB of storage space.
On Apple’s tech specs page for the new devices and in the press release announcing the new iPhone 13 Pro models, Apple says that if you have an iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro Max…
Users considering purchasing the iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro Max with the base level 128GB of storage should be aware that it misses out on functionality that comes with higher storage configurations.
One of the main new features to come to the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Max this year is ProRes video recording capability. Aimed at professional videographers, the ProRes codec offers…
It’s iPhone 13 launch day, and customers around the world are receiving their iPhone 13, 13 mini, 13 Pro, and 13 Pro Max orders, plus the new devices are also in Apple retail locations. We picked up one of the new iPhone 13 models and both of the iPhone 13 Pro models for a quick unboxing and an honest overview of the feature set.
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