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Super Smash Bros Ultimate Patch Notes–Update 7.0

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Donkey KongOtherIncreased shield size.
Made the head briefly invincible after deactivating shield.LinkOtherIncreased shield size.SamusDash AttackIncreased the power of the beginning of the attack.SamusUp Smash AttackExtended launch distance.SamusDown Smash AttackExtended launch distance.SamusUp ThrowExtended launch distance.SamusOtherIncreased power of midair grab.
Increased the amount of time hit detection lasts for midair grab.
Increased shield size.Dark SamusDash AttackIncreased the power of the beginning of the attack.Dark SamusUp Smash AttackExtended launch distance.Dark SamusDown Smash AttackExtended launch distance.Dark SamusUp ThrowExtended launch distance.Dark SamusOtherIncreased power of midair grab.
Increased the amount of time hit detection lasts for midair grab.
Increased shield size.
Made the right arm briefly invincible after activating shield.YoshiOtherIncreased shield size.
Made the head and both legs briefly invincible after activating shield.KirbyOtherIncreased shield size.FoxOtherChanged the animation when receiving attacks from opponents while shielding.PikachuOtherIncreased shield size.Captain FalconNeutral Attack 1Made it easier to hit multiple times.Captain FalconOtherIncreased shield size.BowserOtherIncreased shield size.Ice ClimbersOtherIncreased shield size.SheikDown Smash AttackIncreased attack speed.
Made it easier to hit multiple times.SheikGrabIncreased grab range of stationary grab.SheikNeutral SpecialReduced vulnerability when landing after using the move in the air.SheikSide SpecialReduced vulnerability after using the move on the ground and in the air.
Increased the amount of time hit detection lasts for the explosion.
The explosion will no longer get negated.SheikUp SpecialExtended launch distance for the explosion.SheikOtherIncreased shield size.ZeldaSide Tilt AttackIncreased power.
Extended launch distance.ZeldaNeutral Air AttackReduced vulnerability when landing after using the move.
Made it easier to hit multiple times.ZeldaUp Air AttackIncreased attack range.
Increased the amount of time hit detection lasts.
Decreased power for the latter half of the time hit detection lasts.
Extended launch distance when hit in the high-damage range.ZeldaSide SpecialIncreased the high-damage range.
Increased the amount of time hit detection lasts.ZeldaDown SpecialIncreased power.
Extended launch distance.ZeldaOtherIncreased shield size.Dr. MarioSide Tilt AttackIncreased power.
Extended launch distance.Dr. MarioDown Tilt AttackIncreased the amount of time opponents will be in the damage animation.
Shortened launch distance.Dr. MarioNeutral Air AttackIncreased the power of the attack in the high-damage range.
Extended launch distance when hit in the high-damage range.Dr. MarioDown Air AttackIncreased the amount of time hit detection lasts.Dr. MarioUp SpecialExtended launch distance when hit in the high-damage range.PichuOtherIncreased shield size.FalcoOtherIncreased shield size.Young LinkNeutral Attack 1Increased attack speed.Young LinkUp Smash AttackExtended launch distance.Young LinkUp Air AttackExtended launch distance.Young LinkForward ThrowExtended launch distance.Young LinkOtherIncreased attack speed for midair grab.
Adjusted launch angle for midair grab.
Increased the amount of time opponents will be in the damage animation.
Increased shield size.GanondorfOtherIncreased shield size.MewtwoOtherChanged posture while shielding to reduce vulnerability to a shield stab.
Increased shield size.Mr. Game & WatchOtherIncreased shield size.Meta KnightOtherIncreased shield size.PitOtherIncreased shield size.Dark PitOtherIncreased shield size.Zero Suit SamusDown SpecialShortened the time opponents are buried when stomped on.Zero Suit SamusOtherIncreased shield size.SnakeOtherIncreased shield size.
Made the head briefly invincible after activating shield.SquirtleOtherIncreased shield size.CharizardOtherIncreased shield size.Diddy KongOtherMade the arm briefly invincible after deactivating shield.SonicOtherIncreased shield size.King DededeOtherIncreased shield size.OlimarOtherIncreased shield size.LucarioOtherIncreased shield size.Toon LinkDash AttackReduced vulnerability.Toon LinkDown Smash AttackExtended launch distance.Toon LinkBack Air AttackIncreased attack speed.Toon LinkDown Air AttackIncreased the power of the attack in the low-damage range.
Extended launch distance when hit in the low-damage range.Toon LinkOtherIncreased the amount of time hit detection lasts for midair grab.WolfOtherIncreased shield size.VillagerOtherIncreased shield size.Wii Fit TrainerOtherIncreased shield size.Rosalina & LumaOtherIncreased shield size.Little MacOtherIncreased shield size.GreninjaOtherIncreased shield size.Mii BrawlerSide Special 3Made it easier to grab opponents.Mii SwordfighterOtherIncreased shield size.PalutenaUp Tilt AttackIncreased power of the last attack.
Extended launch distance for the last attack.PalutenaDown Smash AttackExtended launch distance when hit in the high-damage range.PalutenaNeutral Air AttackShortened launch distance.
Reduced the range of the last attack against opponents in the air.PalutenaDownward ThrowExtended launch distance.PalutenaOtherIncreased shield size.PAC-MANOtherIncreased shield size.Bowser Jr.OtherIncreased shield size.Duck HuntFlurry AttackIncreased the amount of time opponents will be in the damage animation.Duck HuntOtherIncreased shield size.RyuDown Tilt Attack (Heavy)Adjusted launch angle.RyuDown Smash AttackNow possible on hit to cancel the attack animation into a special move.
Reduced the power against shields.RyuNeutral SpecialIncreased the opponent’s downtime when shielding against Hadoken.
Made it easier for Shakunetsu Hadoken to hit multiple times.RyuSide SpecialMade the pivoting leg invincible while rotating when used on the ground.
Increased power.
Extended launch distance when hit in the high-damage range.RyuOtherIncreased shield size.KenDown Tilt Attack (Heavy)Adjusted launch angle.KenDown Smash AttackNow possible on hit to cancel the attack animation into a special move.
Reduced the power against shields.KenSide SpecialMade the pivoting leg invincible while rotating when used on the ground.
Made it easier to hit multiple times.KenOtherIncreased shield size.CloudDash AttackExtended launch distance when hit in the high-damage range.CloudSide Smash AttackMade it easier to hit multiple times.CloudUp Smash AttackExtended launch distance when hit with the sword tip.
Increased attack speed.CloudUp SpecialIncreased the speed of the edge-grab timing.CloudDown SpecialIncreased the speed at which the gauge fills up with Limit Charge.CloudOtherIncreased shield size.CorrinOtherIncreased shield size.BayonettaOtherIncreased shield size.RidleyOtherMade one part of the wing briefly invincible after activating or deactivating shield.
Changed posture while shielding to reduce vulnerability to a shield stab.King K. RoolOtherAdjusted the shield’s center and center of the posture during shielding to match.
Increased shield size.IncineroarSide SpecialExtended launch distance when opponents that are not grabbed with a side special are caught up in the lariat or back body drop.Piranha PlantOtherMade the lips briefly invincible after deactivating shield.JokerNeutral SpecialReduced the range when shooting downward in the air.JokerOtherReduced the amount of time Arsene is summoned for when receiving damage while Arsene is summoned in battles with two or fewer opponents.

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Virtual Law Firms Are on the Rise in Canada

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Virtual law firms have been on the rise for a while. In a 2019 roundtable discussion conducted by the American Bar Association, several firm leaders met to discuss the growing presence of online legal services. The consensus was clear: virtual is the new reality.

That was 2019. In the intervening two years, the world was gripped by a global pandemic that forced most people to conduct their business indoors. As you might have guessed, demand for contactless, remote legal services has only ballooned since that roundtable discussion.

While the roundtable primarily focused on the legal industry in the US, you can witness similar trends here in Canada. Like the taxi industry and entertainment distribution industry before it, law is increasingly moving toward digital spaces.

This article explores what virtual law firms are, what benefits they present for Canadian clients, and what kind of clients are driving the virtual law boom.

Not a Change but an Addition

At its best, the shift from brick-and-mortar law firms to virtual isn’t an alteration of legal services as much as it is an addition.

The best virtual law firms do not compromise on service – they still offer traditional legal services with the expertise of real lawyers. The only difference is that they have added a new medium: a more accessible, transparent means of communication and billing.

Why Canadians Choose Online Law Firms

For some clients, the traditional brick-and-mortar firm was hard to give up. They viewed their lawyer like they viewed their doctor: a professional whose in-person expertise couldn’t be replicated in a digital space. Then, the pandemic hit. As millions more Canadians acclimatized to working online, they also habituated to the idea of doing business online.

 

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The benefits were immediately apparent. Virtual law firms feature streamlined communication, available seven days a week. They eliminate the need to go to a physical office. They offer all the same legal expertise and services as a brick-and-mortar lawyer. And, crucially, they often leverage transparent pricing: flat, predetermined legal fees with no hidden costs. A client looking for affordable legal services in Mississauga or Toronto, for instance, can simply click a few buttons and hire a lawyer on the spot.

Who Is Using These New Services?

You might be wondering: do they wheel a computer into the courtroom when someone avails themselves of a virtual lawyer? No, that isn’t quite the case.

Clients tend to use virtual law firms for everyday legal services – not necessarily courtroom representation. A client looking to create a will or name a power of attorney might choose a virtual lawyer for the sake of simplicity. A homebuyer, looking to keep costs manageable might hire a virtual lawyer for closing since their prices are both more transparent and affordable. A couple seeking to draft a cohabitation agreement may find similar benefits in an online lawyer.

The fact is that virtual legal services are not only here to stay – they are on the rise. Fortunately, the future is friendly; online law firms offer the same legal expertise as their physically housed counterparts, with the added benefits of being accessible and affordable.

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Starlink Struggles in Testing

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We are now two years on from the launch of the first satellite in the Starlink system, and reviews for the beta test are rolling in. As with anything Musk has a hand in, there’s been a lot of talk about what Starlink can accomplish. Some are firm believers that the service will live up to its hype, while others insist Starlink is another case of Musk’s overpromising and underdelivering. As the latest reports have shown, Starlink could be shaping up for the latter rather than the former.

The Starlink Potential

The basic idea behind Starlink is that it will act as a faster and more reliable satellite internet service than any that came before. Directly, Starlink could be seen as a successor to systems like Anik F2, a high-throughput satellite that launched in 2004. Offering speeds up to 30 times faster than dial-up, at up to 1.5Mbps, these early incarnations held promise.

The only real issue with these early systems is that to achieve geostationary orbit they had to be placed around 36,000 km high. Even in perfect conditions, this distance would incur a latency (or round trip wait time) of approximately 550 milliseconds. While this could be useful for general browsing duty, more fast-paced and active uses such as movie streaming or online gaming were rendered unplayable with such delay.

To avoid this issue, Starlink has instead gone with an enormous net of satellites in three tiers, with the closest placed at 500km above the earth’s surface. To maintain orbit, these need to move extremely quickly, which is why Starlink is aiming to launch tens of thousands of satellites. The more added, the better the coverage. The outcome of this difference is a supposed eventual goal of 300Mbps bandwidth and a latency of 20 milliseconds.

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Testing Results

In the beta tests, Starlink in action is far from living up to the dream. The major problems to arise have been found in two related areas; unreliable connections and the difficulty of dish placement. In simple terms, Starlink can only operate at peak effectiveness when it’s given a completely free field of view to the sky. Any surrounding trees, houses, or geography will diminish the dish’s ability to track satellites. Add shoddy reliability even in perfect circumstances, and the dream isn’t as great as many hoped.

Speeds in beta tests have tended to hover around a 90Mbps download speed, which isn’t too terrible, and latency still usually played under the all-important 100 milliseconds mark. However, without reliable connections, such speeds are practically moot. Speeds can vary wildly over a day, and with so many satellites constantly needing new connections, downtime can occur regularly and often. Dealing with a couple of hours of downtime a day might be acceptable if it can be planned around, but when it happens seemingly at random it becomes far less permissible.

 

Real-Life Uses

As for what Starlink could be used for today, that much relies on luck. Consider two common uses, streaming movies online and playing online casino games. In streaming movies, quality could be fine for large chunks of a film, with constant interruptions where the movie has to pause, buffer, or drop to lower quality to ensure consistency. This is frustrating and could be a deal-breaker for some.

In accessing and playing on something like the best online Canada casinos, demands tend to be much lower than with systems like movie streaming. This applies to all facets of the experience, from browsing comparison websites to find bonuses and features to collecting deposit matches, and playing the games themselves. Each step here requires very little bandwidth, but each could also be broken by the low connection reliability. Safety features of these casinos mean a constant connection needs to apply at all times when playing games, where Starlink’s drops could render even small titles unplayable.

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Future Perfect?

Proponents of Starlink are quick to point out that the growing net of satellites will improve coverage reliability, and this much is true to some degree. That said, the major benefits will only ever apply to those with completely unobstructed lines of sight to the sky. This is an unlikely scenario for most people, though in the right place at the right time, the potential is there.

Ultimately, the most profound benefits afforded by Starlink could apply not to general internet connections in developed nations, but rather as specialized systems for remote and developing areas. Having a satellite dish for high-speed internet in such places could introduce massive benefits in terms of education and communication opportunities. The results of such systems are untold improvements to ways of life, and in this, we have to have faith in what Starlink could accomplish.

With rollout increasing all the time, and a goal for integration into larger vehicles like ships and RVs stated somewhere down the line, we’re yet to see the peak of what Starlink can accomplish. Should it fail to measure up, however, its government subsidies could be cut, and the project could utterly fail. Though, should this occur, the lessons learned from Starlink are immense and might prove indispensable for satellite communications technology in the future. Either way, the Starlink experiment seems to have been worth the effort.

 

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Google dangles paid upgrade to businesses using Gmail addresses

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Alphabet Inc’s Google on Monday unveiled an option for small businesses to upgrade their Gmail accounts for greater calendaring, video chat and email newsletter functionalities.

Google Workspace Individual, which starts at $7.99 monthly including a temporary $2 discount, adds to the company’s expanding efforts to have users subscribe to some of its services such as YouTube and Google Photos in exchange for more support and features than are available for free. Subscription sales could help Google grow revenue beyond advertising.

The small-business offering compares with existing plans aimed at larger organizations that have their own websites to use in email addresses.

Javier Soltero, vice president for Google Workspace, told reporters that his unit had been informally saving photos of business cards or work vehicles mentioning an “@Gmail.com” address to “remind ourselves of the sheer number of people using our consumer products to run their businesses.”

Those that upgrade for appointment booking, newsletter production and other tools should be able to provide a more professional experience to clients, he said.

Workspace Individual will launch soon in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia and Japan.

Google announced other changes to Workspace on Monday. Big businesses will be able to control encryption of their files on Google Drive for the first time and prevent Google from unlocking them. Airbus SE is an early customer.

All users now have access to Google Chat, the company’s successor to instant-message program Google Hangouts.

Now for the first time in years, free and paid users alike will have the same set of chat and email services, providing a common foundation that makes it simpler to develop new features, Soltero said.

 

(Reporting by Paresh Dave; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

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