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Videogame superstar Ninja returns to Amazon’s Twitch



Tyler “Ninja” Blevins plays “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” during the Doritos Bowl 2018 at TwitchCon 2018 in San Jose, Calif.

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Ninja is back with Twitch.

The world’s most famous videogamer announced Thursday he will return exclusively to Inc.’s

live-streaming platform, a year after he left for greener pastures at rival Mixer.

But that platform flopped, and Microsoft Corp.

shut down Mixer over the summer. Ninja — aka Tyler Blevins — had streamed at Twitch and Alphabet’s


YouTube in the interim, and ended up choosing Twitch over Facebook Inc.’s

Gaming platform.


“We are thrilled Ninja is returning to Twitch,” Michael Aragon, Twitch’s senior vice president of content, said in a statement.

Financial terms were not announced, but are expected to be lucrative. Blevens said he earned nearly $10 million in 2018, according to CNN, and his deal to defect to Mixer was reportedly worth between $20 million and $30 million.

Blevins built a massive worldwide following by live-streaming his “Fortnite” games on Twitch, where he has more than 15 million followers. He also has a YouTube channel with more than 2.3 billion views. He played “Fall Guys” on Thursday in his return to Twitch.

“I am excited to get back to streaming full-time and connecting with my loyal fanbase,” he said in a statement Thursday. “I really took my time to decide which platform was best and Twitch has been very supportive throughout this process and understanding my overall career goals.”

He added that “I’m going to make it a point to elevate and bring more eyes to underrepresented creators.”

Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek, another videogaming star who jumped to Mixer, also recently returned to Twitch.

Live-streaming platforms have seen user traffic boom since the pandemic began, with Twitch by far the most popular, with more than 1.4 billion hours watched in July — up 67% year over year — according to data from StreamElements and

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Annual drinking water sampling and analysis campaign by Ville de Montréal



The City of Pointe-Claire invites residents to participate in the annual drinking water sampling and analysis campaign, conducted by the Service de l’eau de la Ville de Montréal, in order to measure the presence or absence of lead, in response to the requirements of the Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques, de la Faune et des Parcs (MELCCFP).

To participate in the sampling campaign, your property must meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Lead water service line suspected or confirmed;
  • Property built before 1970 (for which the water service line has not been rebuilt);
  • Residential property with fewer than eight housing units;
  • Establishment offering services to children 6 years of age and younger.

If you wish to participate in this simple, quick and free sampling procedure, you must contact the City of Pointe-Claire Engineering Department before Wednesday, July 12 at 514-630-1208 or An appointment will be assigned to you between July 31 and August 9, 2023.

At the date and time of the appointment, a member of the Ville de Montréal’s personnel will visit your address and collect a small quantity of water, which will then be analyzed. The appointment should last about 45 minutes:

  • 10 minutes in the home to take the water sample;
  • Stagnation period (30 minutes). The technician will wait in his or her vehicle;
  • 5 to 10 minutes in the home for sampling after stagnation.

Please note that 20 properties are analyzed each year. If all the spots are filled for 2023, your name will be put on the list for 2024.

The sampling results will be communicated to the participating residents in fall 2023.

Sampling has been done for several years to analyze whether or not lead is present in the water. The results to date show an absence or presence of lead below the standards of the Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques, de la Faune et des Parcs (MELCCFP), for all the addresses sampled in Pointe-Claire’s territory.

For information on lead in drinking water, we invite you to visit the MELCC website:

Thank you for your cooperation.

Information:  514-630-1208,



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Major Construction Sites in 2023



Every year, the City of Pointe-Claire informs its citizens of municipal projects that will be taking place over the year through its Web page, Major construction sites. The purpose of this informative page is to keep Pointe-Claire residents up to date on investments made to the reconstruction and maintenance of the City’s infrastructure.

This year, the City continues to refurbish and improve more than a dozen municipal infrastructures to ensure that streets, sidewalks and utilities remain in good condition for the next 50 years.

The drop-down menu, Major Construction Sites in 2023, is currently available to all Pointe-Claire residents.

For more information on upcoming and ongoing projects, visit the Major Construction Sites in 2023 page on the City’s website!




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“I wore the Dyson Zone headphones on a long flight” By Kate Kozuch for Tom’s Guide



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One of the first things I did with Dyson Zone noise-cancelling and air-purifying headphones was pack them for a 6-hour flight from New York to California. And while I was initially excited to travel with the futuristic device, the experience wasn’t as user-friendly as I hoped.

The $949 Dyson Zone are headphones with air purification technology in the ear cups. The cups push filtered air through a magnetic visor that many have compared to the mask worn by DC super villain Bane. But concerns about looking nefarious aside, I thought that current fed to my nose and mouth through the Dyson Zone would be a major improvement to stale airplane air.

I knew that the headset wouldn’t protect me from any airborne viruses lurking among my fellow passengers. In fact, airplane air is filtered through sophisticated HEPA systems, while the Dyson Zone is only rated to filter certain pollutants, such as nitrogen dioxide. In other words, there was little the Zone would offer in terms of improving the air I breathed. Instead, I hoped a constant, cool airflow could ease some of my flying anxiety. Bonus points if it fended off unsavory odors.

It’s a bulky product

When it came to packing the Dyson Zone, I had to leave behind the included purse-like carrying case. I opted for the soft drawstring bag in order to fit the headphones and visor into my backpack along with all my other tech and flight snacks.

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But in the confines of the coach section, getting the Dyson Zone system out of my bag proved a struggle. Not only is the device a hefty 1.47 pounds with the visor, but the visor doesn’t stay attached if the headset gets bumped around. Juggling my iPad, water bottle and neck pillow, the Dyson Zone certainly didn’t grant me grace.

People didn’t stare

Once I had the Dyson Zone set up for use, I sat watching passengers fill into their seats, waiting for someone to notice the contraption on my face. No one did, or at least, I didn’t catch anyone giving a curious glimpse.

I’ll admit, I didn’t really care about whether people stared. But it surprised me that people didn’t seem interested in what I was wearing. Don’t they know the Dyson Zone could be a glimpse at the type of thing everyone uses in the future? At least I could settle in for the long flight knowing everyone around me would be minding their own business.

Battery life became a problem

About two hours into my flight, a status chime in the headphones indicated a low battery life (you can also check the battery status of the headphones on your iPhone, too). My options were to a) detach the visor and enjoy a bit more time with audio only or b) spend the rest of the flight tethered to a charging cable.

My options were to a) detach the visor and enjoy a bit more time with audio only or b) spend the rest of the flight tethered to a charging cable.

As I had been enjoying the filtered air, I opted for the latter. Luckily, I could reach the outlet between the seats. But the receptacle must’ve been a bit loose, because not long later, I heard the low battery life chime in my ears again. I eventually wiggled the charger at an angle that offered consistent charging through the flight. Still, not all airplanes provide outlet access, so I could’ve had a problem. I didn’t have room to pack my Sony WH-1000XM5s as a back up, after all.

Would I wear the Dyson Zone on a flight again?

Between the bulk and battery life struggle, the Dyson Zone probably won’t be coming with me on any more flights. As much as I enjoyed the cool airflow and the sound quality sufficed for binging reality TV, they’re impractical for air travel.

Unless I had more room at my seat (or perhaps a hook to hang the headset on) and guaranteed outlet access, the Dyson Zone isn’t worth the hassle. Plus, an airplane isn’t the ideal environment to benefit from the headset’s filtering features. Instead, I’ll stick to my non-air-purifying headphones for my next trip, and give Dyson Zone a go outside in the busy city.

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Kate Kozuch is an editor at Tom’s Guide covering smartwatches, TVs and everything smart-home related. Kate also appears on Fox News to talk tech trends and runs the Tom’s Guide TikTok account, which you should be following. When she’s not filming tech videos, you can find her on an exercise bike, mastering the NYT Crossword or channeling her inner celebrity chef.

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