Microsoft didn’t spend $7.5 billion on ZeniMax/Bethesda for its current pipeline alone–the company splashed out that giant fee because it believes in Bethesda’s future games. We don’t know exactly what those are, but now Xbox boss Phil Spencer has provided a tease.
In an appearance on Major Nelson’s podcast, Spencer said he knows the “future roadmap” for Bethesda’s game studios, and he believes it is an “incredibly exciting time.”
“I have the benefit of knowing the future roadmap and having some insight into the things that have been both announced and unannounced that the teams are working on,” Spencer said. “It’s an incredibly exciting time for the work that Bethesda’s studios are doing, as they continue with the craft of creating games and also thinking about how our medium of gaming continues to evolve and their role in that.”
Some of the highest-profile games in development at Bethesda’s studios that we know about include Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI. Bethesda has also confirmed it’s working on a third Wolfenstein game. In addition to new games for console and PC, Bethesda has expanded its efforts on mobile, so you can expect additional titles for phones and tablets, too.
Also in the interview, Spencer spoke about why he believes Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda was a “natural” next step in their existing relationship.
“You find teams out there that are always pushing themselves and their own capability, and I fundamentally believe that the more closely we work with teams like that, the better we are as a platform,” Spencer said.
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First iPad Air 4 Unboxing Video Shared Online – MacRumors
The first unboxing video of the fourth-generation iPad Air has been shared online. The short video offers the first in-person look at the iPad Air‘s new Sky Blue color, packaging, and Touch ID in the power button.
Other than some demo videos from a Chinese media event last month, this unboxing video appears to be the first of its kind, ahead of more detailed unboxings and reviews expected from the press this week.
The new iPad Air features a 10.9-inch edge-to-edge display, the A14 Bionic chip, Apple Pencil 2 support, and a range of color options including Silver, Space Gray, Rose Gold, Green, and Sky Blue.
Pre-orders of the fourth-generation iPad Air began on Friday, 16 October, and the first shipments are set to arrive on Friday, 23 October.
Health Canada Urges B.C. Residents to Download COVID Alert App as Province Drags Feet – iPhone in Canada
Health Canada is urging residents in British Columbia to download Canada’s COVID Alert app, as the province drags its feet to support the exposure notification app.
According to the Vancouver Sun, Health Canada told Postmedia News the COVID Alert app is still useful to have, despite the latter has not been officially supported yet in B.C.
“The COVID Alert app is free and voluntary, and is another tool to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and prevent future outbreaks,” said Health Canada spokesperson Maryse Durette, to Postmedia News.
“At all levels of uptake, COVID Alert can help reduce transmission. The more people who use the app the more effective it will be,” added Durette.
B.C. and the federal government are still in talks about the roll out of COVID Alert, added Health Canada. Alberta, the Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories and Nunavut have also not officially adopted COVID Alert yet.
Durette said, “It’s still helpful to download COVID Alert from anywhere in the country, even if you can’t use it to report a diagnosis. That way, you’ll be notified if you come into contact with someone from a reporting province or territory or when people in your area are able to report a diagnosis.”
The B.C. Ministry of Health told Postmedia last week it was working with the federal government to get COVID Alert app active in the province. Clearly, B.C. is not working fast enough when other provinces have been able to support COVID Alert in a shorter timeframe.
Canada’s COVID Alert app is based on Google and Apple’s exposure notification framework, which leverages Bluetooth on devices for anonymous “handshakes” in the background. The app does not use GPS info or collect any user data. It has been vetted as safe by Canada’s privacy commissioner and provincial counterparts.
When someone tests positive for COVID-19, they can anonymously alert others that may have been in contact using COVID Alert, by obtaining a one-time use from their provincial health authority.
Provinces currently supporting COVID Alert:
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
Still waiting for:
- British Columbia
- Northwest Territories
The federal government of Canada recently acknowledged there was a bug within iOS that affected the COVID Alert app, and urged Canadians to update to iOS 14.0.1 to resolve the issue.
Since October 15, COVID Alert has been download downloaded over 4.5 million times, with 1,696 one-time keys issued.
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As we wait for the iPhone 12 review embargo to lift later today, more pictures are circulating of the devices in real-world lighting conditions, providing a better look at the different colors available.
Leaker DuanRui has shared images on Twitter of the iPhone 12 in white, black, blue, green, and (PRODUCT)RED. The black and white colors are similar to the iPhone 11 colors, but the other colors are new.
DuanRui also posted images of the iPhone 12 Pro in graphite and pacific blue, a deep blue color that’s new to the Pro iPhone lineup. Pacific blue replaces the midnight green color that was introduced with the iPhone 11 Pro lineup. The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max also come in silver and gold.
DuanRui previously provided an early unboxing video of iPhone 12 models, providing a closer look at the shiny new flat-edge design.
iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro pre-orders began last Friday, and shipments will begin arriving to customers this coming Friday. iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max will be available to pre-order starting Friday, November 6. Let us know what you think of the colors in the comments below.
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