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Valorant could come to consoles eventually, but Riot isn't sure yet

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Jun 5, 2020 at 12:32 pm CDT

Riot Games is currently testing and prototyping Valorant on consoles, but the devs aren't 100% sure the game will translate properly to more casual controller play.

In a recent interview with Gamespot, Valorant executive producer Anna Donlon said Riot is experimenting with consoles right now...but there's no guarantee the game will actually arrive on PlayStation, Xbox, or even the Nintendo Switch.

"We are definitely prototyping that right now, but there's a way to play this game and there's a way to experience this game that we're not entirely sure translates completely to console play."

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Activision's CEO made nearly $100 million in four years

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Jun 5, 2020 at 11:31 am CDT

Investment watchdog and Activision-Blizzard shareholder CTW Investment Group calls out Bobby Kotick's huge salaries, and prompts investors to vote against a new compensation package for the CEO.

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According to the CTW Investment Group's director Dieter Waizenegger, Activision's CEO Bobby Kotick makes way too much money. In 2019, Kotick ranked #45 on the highest paid CEOs, and managed to rake in over $28 million throughout the year. As Activision-Blizzard's coffers swelled to billion-dollar proportions throughout the years, so too has Kotick's payouts, which grew to nearly $100 million across four years.

CTW, an activist firm aimed at equalizing pay and fair treatment of workers, owns active shares in Activision-Blizzard and called the company out in a recent SEC filing. The firm basically states that Kotick is raking in too much compensation in comparison to its workers. Waizenegger makes a compelling argument and puts numbers into perspective and gives a closer look at the inner workings of the company's executive structure.

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Micro Center deal knocks $70 off AMD Ryzen 7 3700X

Shane McGlaun | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Jun 5, 2020 at 11:05 am CDT

Gamers and computer enthusiasts looking to build a new computer leaning towards AMD for the processor should check out a good deal that Micro Center has going for an AMD Ryzen 7 3700X processor. The CPU runs at 3.6GHz and is an 8-core AM4 retail boxed product.

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It ships with a Wraith Prism Cooler and usually costs $329.99. During the special sale, a $70 discount brings the CPU to a sales price of $259.99. There is a bit of a caveat with the deal for the CPU. It's only in-store. It can't be ordered online, meaning that if you don't have a Micro Center in your town or near enough to drive to, you can't take advantage of the deal.

Shoppers are also limited to one processor at the discounted price per household. If you bundle the CPU with a compatible motherboard, Micro Center will knock another $20 off the retail price of the motherboard. Buyers can also add a two year or three-year replacement plan for the processor at $29.99 and $59.99, respectively.

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Leaked COD 2020 pre-alpha gameplay footage confirms Cold War setting

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Jun 5, 2020 at 10:30 am CDT

New gameplay for this year's Call of Duty has leaked out, confirming a Cold War era setting for the upcoming shooter.

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Activision has been busily scrubbing all instances of the Black Ops Cold War gameplay off the internet, but we found a rather janky and blurry re-upload that shows the basics. The movement schemes and interactions are lifted right out of the latest engine used to build Modern Warfare and show fluid physics systems. There's no actual combat, and the environments sport the unfinished multi-colored walls found in playtest builds.

What's most interesting is the gun and the tank seen in the footage. The gun is an AK5, which was made in Sweden in the early 1980s and used in the Cold War. The tank is an the American M1 Abrams tank, which was also used in the Cold War in exercises focused in Western Germany.

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Watch out for this 'large scale' coronavirus unemployment fraud scam

Jak Connor | Business, Financial & Legal | Jun 5, 2020 at 7:37 am CDT

When there is a time of disaster, there are always opportunists that look to take advantage of it to better themselves.

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Unfortunately, there the coronavirus pandemic is no outlier to this rule of thumb, and now even the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has warned the public of a "large scale" unemployment fraud scam that seems to be going around. According to the FTC, there's a "large-scale scam erupting in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic", and that impostors are filing claims for unemployment benefits with the personal information of people who have not filed any claims.

Here's what the FTC said, "They may pretend to be your state unemployment agency and say the money was sent by mistake. This a money mule scam and participating in one could cause you more difficulties. If you get benefits, you never applied for, report it to your state unemployment agency and ask for instructions. Don't respond to any calls, emails, or text messages telling you to wire money, send cash, or put money on gift cards. Your state agency will never tell you to repay money that way. Anyone who tells you to do those things is a scammer. Every time."

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Here's 5 must-have protective things for a second coronavirus wave

Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Jun 5, 2020 at 6:33 am CDT

A second coronavirus wave isn't guaranteed by it's extremely likely that some states could see a resurgence of the virus. With that being said, here are five things that you definitely will need to if a second coronavirus wave comes.

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As states around the nation slowly begin to reopen, and normal life can be seen on the horizon, medical experts are expecting a resurgence of the coronavirus. While a resurgence isn't 100% guaranteed, it's better to be prepared than not prepared, and that doesn't mean go out, and panic buy a whole bunch of coronavirus supplies, but instead just slowly stock up on the essentials just in case.

So what are the essentials? Well, by now, you should already know what you need to protect yourself, and what you are going to need around the house. But, if you don't know I'm here to help you out with these five items you can slowly stock up on:

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Coronavirus face masks are now compulsory on public transportation

Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Jun 5, 2020 at 5:36 am CDT

Public transportation can be a scary place to be since the coronavirus outbreak, and that is why everyone should be wearing some kind of face-covering to not only protect themselves but the people around them.

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With almost half of coronavirus cases being asymptomatic, it's extremely hard to tell who has the virus and who doesn't. That is why "every precaution" must be taken, especially as countries such as the United Kingdom slowly begin to loosen its lock-down restrictions. According to Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, who spoke during the daily coronavirus briefing, face-covering will now be "a condition of travel", and not wearing one could "ultimately" result in a fine.

The decision by Shapps is apart of the slow reopening of the country, and the even slower return to normal life. The decision especially coincides with the reopening of non-essential retail stores and the return of some secondary school students in England from June 15. Shapps also stressed that the two main ways to prevent the disease from spreading is washing hands and social distancing. If you are interested in reading more, check out the BBC article here.

This coronavirus face mask is the one you should avoid at all costs

Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Jun 5, 2020 at 4:37 am CDT

There are lots of things you can do to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, and two of those things are social distancing and wearing a face mask. But, just make sure it's not this face mask.

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Firstly, if you don't have a face mask, you can grab one from Amazon extremely cheap, check out the below link. Secondly, you are probably wondering which mask is the one you should avoid, and that mask is any that has a valve. Why? Well, according to Dr. Nancy A. Anoruo, who pointed out the inferiority of valve masks (see above image) in an essay for ABC News, these valve masks feature a one-way valve, which means that any air exhaled by the user isn't filtered.

Essentially, the one-way valve protects the user from inhaling any viruses, but if the user already has the virus and is exhaling near people who don't have the virus, there's a higher chance those uninfected people are going to get infected because the air he/she is exhaling is unfiltered. Remember, masks are not only to protect yourself from getting the virus, but they are also to protect you from giving it to other people, whether you are aware of infection or not. If you are interested in reading more, check out this link here.

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Scientists create gene-targeting antiviral agent aimed at coronavirus

Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Jun 5, 2020 at 3:31 am CDT

Researchers have created a gene-targeting antiviral agent that is now going to be used as a weapon against the coronavirus.

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A team of researchers from Stanford University, partnered with researchers at Molecular Foundry, a nanoscience user facility located at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are developing a breakthrough weapon against the coronavirus. This new weapon is an antiviral agent called PAC-MAN and it uses the gene-editing tool CRISPR to fight influenza. Stanley Qi, an assistant professor in the departments of bioengineering, thought said, "So we thought, 'Why don't we try using our PAC-MAN technology to fight it?" (COVID-19).

Qi has combined the CRISPR-based COVID-19 therapy with Molecular Foundry's lipitoid delivery systems, which are a type of synthetic peptide minic know as a "peptoid". The challenge of getting the PAC-MAN molecular tool into an anti-COVID-19 therapy is finding a way of getting the therapy into the patients' lungs - that's where the lipitoids come into play. In April, the researchers tested a type of lipitoid that assembles with DNA and RNA into PAC-MAN carriers in a sample of human epithelial lung cells.

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UFO expert says he has seen 100% proof of alien structures on the Moon

Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Jun 5, 2020 at 2:32 am CDT

A UFO and alien 'expert' has claimed that he has found proof that aliens do exist and that they have already built structures on the Moon's surface.

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According to Scott Waring, an 'expert' in aliens and UFO's, proof has been found of alien structures on the Moon. This 'proof' has been published in the form of an essay on his website titled "100% Proof Of NASA Taking Images Of Alien Structures On Earth's Moon". According to Waring, "I was looking in the old Apollo 15 mission photos when I came across this huge structure. The building is about half a kilometre long and looks like a recently used base. I say recently used because the other structures near it are 90 percent covered in a thick layer of moon dust."

In the above image you can see that Waring has circled what he believes to be alien structures, and as Waring explains, "I often only point out the highest detailed structures to insure the readers can also see it, but today I will circle the others to show you a bit more." On top of these published findings, Waring also posted the image that can be seen in the entirety of this article. Waring claims this is even more proof of alien structures on the Moon, and that NASA is going out of their way not to report these discoveries to the public.

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