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Activision-Blizzard forms new Workplace Responsibility Committee

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sat, Nov 27 2021 4:22 PM CST

Activision-Blizzard has formed a new Workplace Responsibility Committee as part of its ongoing response to troubling abuse and misconduct within the company.

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Activision released a press release detailing its new internal committee focused on holding management accountable for new cultural reforms. The Workplace Responsibility Committee will task Activision's CEO Bobby Kotick and the Chief Compliance Officer with establishing new policies aimed at stamping out harassment and the sexual abuse allegations that currently surround the billion-dollar firm.

The committee will serve as a middle man between chief executives and the board, frequently delivering reports and updates to the board of directors (who fully support CEO Bobby Kotick).

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Epic Games CEO: Metaverse could be the next trillion-dollar economy

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Fri, Nov 26 2021 6:51 PM CST

Fortnite mogul Tim Sweeney says the nascent and ambiguous Metaverse could become a trillion-dollar industry.

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Right now video games are the most lucrative part of the entertainment industry. Analyst firm Newzoo predicts gaming will make $175 billion in 2021, and $200 billion in 2023. But what happens if the entire entertainment industry melds together with one another with a pinch of social networking too?

That's essentially the driving force behind the Metaverse, gaming's newest buzzword that's being bandied about by the likes of Facebook (who believes so strongly in the Metaverse they changed their name to Meta), Google, Microsoft, and Epic Games (and a concept originally envisioned by novels like Ready Player One). The Fortnite-maker has ambitious plans for the Metaverse and is buying up key companies like Harmonix to "make music for the Metaverse."

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Epic CEO Tim Sweeney wants a single games storefront on all platforms

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Fri, Nov 26 2021 6:13 PM CST

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney calls for a single storefront that works across all platforms...but that's very unlikely to happen.

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Epic's Tim Sweeney has a wildly ambitious idea to unify and centralize video games under one store. The idea is to make a digital marketplace--like, say, the Epic Games Store--where game purchases carry across all platforms. It could go even further with cross-over purchases; think of it as a storefront that supports Play Anywhere: Buy a game once on PC, play it on PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and even mobiles.

"What the world really needs now is a single store that works with all platforms," Sweeney said at the Global Conference for Mobile Application Ecosystem Fairness in Seoul, South Korea.

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PureVPN has 5 years for $79 plus a 10% off discount this Black Friday

Sponsored Content | Deals | Fri, Nov 26 2021 12:11 PM CST

PureVPN reached out to us with an epic Black Friday deal for its VPN service. You can get an incredible 5 years of VPN for just $79. However, TweakTown readers have also been offered an additional 10% discount using code "discount10", bringing the total price down to just $71.10, or $14.22 per year and only just over $1 per month.

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Why choose PureVPN? Besides, the great Black Friday deal we have for you right here, here are some other reasons:

  • Up to 20Gbits Servers
  • Dedicated Browser Extensions
  • Access to 75+ Channels
  • Always On No-Log Audit
  • 24/7 Live Chat
  • 10 Devices

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Black Friday: Windows 10 Pro for only $13 + free upgrade to Windows 11

Sponsored Content | Deals | Fri, Nov 26 2021 11:15 AM CST

A key store reached out to us with some great deals for its Black Friday sales event. Below, you will find some epic deals on not only Windows 10, but also Microsoft's newest operating system, Windows 11. There's also some hot deals on Microsoft Office (2016 and 2019), as well as some super bundle deals for Windows and Office together. Happy shopping!

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35% off code: TT25 (will be switched to 25% or 30% after November ends)

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New data shows galaxies accompanying the Milky Way weren't always here

Adam Hunt | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Fri, Nov 26 2021 7:05 AM CST

In a newly released data dump by the European Space Agency's (ESA) Gaia mission, what we thought of as satellite galaxies to the Milky Way are not all they seem.

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For decades scientists have believed the dwarf galaxies surrounding the Milky Way to be satellites, galaxies orbiting our own that have been doing so for billions of years. However, new data from ESA's Gaia mission has been used to calculate the movements of these galaxies, revealing they aren't orbiting the Milky Way at all.

Researchers computed the three-dimensional velocities for forty dwarf galaxies around the Milky Way, then used them to calculate the galaxy's orbital energies and angular (rotational) momentum. They found the galaxies to be moving significantly faster than other giant stars and star clusters known to orbit the Milky Way. The research team concluded that the dwarf galaxies could not yet be orbiting the Milky Way, as it would have attenuated their orbital energies and angular momentum.

The Milky Way has consumed smaller galaxies in the past, such as the dwarf galaxies Gaia-Enceladus and Sagittarius, 8-10 billion years ago and 4-5 billion years ago, respectively. Stars from both galaxies can be seen in the data from Gaia, where stars absorbed from Sagittarius possess higher orbital energies compared to those from Gaia-Enceladus, indicating their shorter exposure to the Milky Way's influence. The even higher energies of the dwarf galaxies now being studied indicate they have been around the Milky Way for even less time than Sagittarius.

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Russia ejects a cargo ship from the ISS to make way for its new module

Adam Hunt | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Fri, Nov 26 2021 6:46 AM CST

The Russian cargo ship "Progress 78" has departed the International Space Station (ISS), freeing up space for the inbound Prichal module.

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Also known as Progress MS-17, Progress 78 launched on June 29th, 2021, to the ISS, delivering over 3,600 pounds (1,630 kilograms) of supplies two days after it launched. Progress 78 undocked from Russia's Nauka science module at 11:22 UTC, November 25th, set on a destructive trajectory into Earth's atmosphere. A new Russian docking port module named Prichal (Russian for "pier") is set to take its place, launching toward the ISS on November 24th.

Prichal's role will be for "testing architecture for potentially permanent settlements in space" according to RussianSpaceWeb.com. Another Progress spacecraft is bringing the Prichal module to the ISS, after which it will undock from Prichal and meet the same fate as Progress 78. Progress 78 was expected to burn up upon re-entry to Earth's atmosphere above the Pacific ocean, roughly four hours following undocking.

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Crazy Amazon Black Friday deal: Up to 50% off for HyperX products

Adam Hunt | Deals | Fri, Nov 26 2021 6:16 AM CST

HyperX has selected a handful of its gaming keyboards, mice, and headsets to be discounted hugely on Amazon for Black Friday.

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Of the mice available, you can pick up models from HyperX's Pulsefire line ranging from $64.99 to $19.99, including the Pulsefire Dart, Pulsefire Haste, and Pulsefire Core. All come with full RGB customization and at least six programmable buttons, enabled by HyperX's Ngenuity software.

HyperX's Cloud headset line is also up for grabs, with the Cloud II Wireless, Cloud Alpha, CloudX, Cloud Core, and Cloud, with prices ranging from $129.99 to $39.99.

Both mechanical and membrane options are available for keyboards, all sporting full RGB lighting, with prices from $99.99 to $29.99. The Alloy Core, Alloy Origins, and Alloy Elite 2 are all on sale.

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New research details using gene editing to make stronger antibiotics

Adam Hunt | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Fri, Nov 26 2021 5:46 AM CST

New research has been published in Nature Communications, describing how a team of scientists from the University of Manchester used gene editing to manufacture new antibiotics.

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The team used CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to create new non-ribosomal peptide synthetase (NRPS) enzymes, critical in the natural production of antibiotics like penicillin. Previously, manipulating these enzymes to create more potent antibiotics that are less susceptible to growing microbial antibiotic resistance has been a challenge.

The UK government has estimated that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) will lead to 700,000 deaths each year globally and predict this will climb to 10 million by 2050, costing the global economy ~$100 trillion.

"The emergence of antibiotic-resistant pathogens is one of the biggest threats we face today. The gene-editing approach we developed is a very efficient and rapid way to engineer complex assembly line enzymes that can produce new antibiotic structures with potentially improved properties," said Jason Micklefield, Professor of Chemical Biology at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB).

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Save big on HTC Vive's with Amazon Black Friday deals, up to 43% off

Adam Hunt | Deals | Fri, Nov 26 2021 5:15 AM CST

The huge deals in the lead-up to Black Friday continue, where on Amazon, you can now find HTC Vive's and their accessories for discounts up to 41% off.

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The HTC Vive Pro Eye is available in a complete kit, including the two controllers and two base stations, with the option to add in a Vive tracker, or you can opt for the headset on its own. The Vive Pro is also available in all the same configurations but lacks the built-in eye-tracking of the Vive Pro Eye.

Alternatively, the Vive Cosmos Elite comes in a complete kit, including two controllers and two base stations, with the option to purchase it as a standalone headset.

The accessories on sale include the wireless adapter for the Vive Pro and Vive Cosmos series and the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap to provide a first-party audio solution.

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