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By Namerah S
Team Ninja details features of Nioh 2 Complete Edition for PC
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
Team Ninja launched the action RPG Nioh sequel titled Nioh 2 for the last-gen PlayStation 4 console last year. Two months ago, the video game developer revealed that Nioh 2 would be leaving PlayStation exclusivity by announcing Nioh 2 Complete Edition. The PC version is set to arrive early next month.
Today the game's makers revealed more information about the upcoming PC game on Twitter. Publisher Koei Tecmo shared further details about the features of the upcoming Nioh 2 Complete Edition. A new game trailer highlighting the PC features has also been released.
As per today's announcements, Nioh 2 on PC will support 4K Ultra HD, ultra-wide screens, HDR and a 144Hz screen refresh rate. The game's makers have added complete customizability for mice and keyboards and the game is touted to run at 60fps or 120fps consistently, depending on whether the PC specs are compatible of course.
Nioh 2 Complete Edition for the PC platform is due out February 5, 2021, exclusively on Steam. Pre-orders are currently open and can be placed on Valve's dedicated game store. As a launch promotion, those who buy the Nioh sequel within the initial three weeks after the PC release will get two bonus in-game items, the Sohaya Deserter Garb and Ornate Gold Armour.
By Usama Jawad96
Microsoft pokes fun at WhatsApp privacy fiasco, recommends Skype instead
by Usama Jawad
Now, Microsoft's social media team has poked fun at the fiasco as well, and recommended that users migrate to Skype.
In a tweet from the official Skype account, Microsoft has boasted that it keeps the personal data of users private and does not share it with third-parties:
Despite all the backlash, it seems a bit unlikely that WhatsApp will reverse course. The firm probably anticipated this feedback, and is likely banking on the furore to die down within the next few weeks.
Cyberpunk 2077 has lost over 75% of its active player base on Steam
by João Carrasqueira
CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077 was a long-awaited title for many fans of the company, but when the game released last month, it was seen as a disappointment to many, and even made our list of biggest disappointments for 2020. Now, Steam numbers show that the futuristic RPG has seen a sharp decline in player count since its launch just one month ago.
According to data from GitHyp, Cyberpunk 2077 peaked at over one million active players in the first few days after its release, and it was the first single-player game to do so on Steam. However, that number started to go down after just one week, and this past weekend, the game peaked at around 225,000 players, marking a 79% decrease in just under a month.
Comparing it to CD Projekt Red's previous title, The Witcher 3, that game took about three months to see a similar decline in terms of percentage. It's worth keeping in mind that the title debuted in 2015 with roughly 92,000 players, and was sitting at around 55,000 a month later. By that metric, Cyberpunk 2077 is still doing pretty well.
The Witcher 3 also saw some resurgence in player counts since its launch, as downloadable content and updates were pushed out to improve and expand the experience. Cyberpunk 2077 hasn't had much time to see a similar treatment, and the team has promised to work on a lot of the issues discovered by players within the game, plus DLC is also planned. Those updates may help bring the game back to prominence as time goes on. Of course, whether that's enough to deflect oncoming lawsuits against CD Projekt Red remains to be seen.
By Usama Jawad96
Microsoft reveals details of requests filed by U.S. government to access customer data
by Usama Jawad
Microsoft has insisted on numerous occasions that it believes that organizations should play an active role in ensuring the privacy of their customers rather than simply relying on state legislature. Now, the company has revealed details of three instances where it fought for its customers' right to know that access to their data has been requested by the U.S. government.
Original gavel image via Brian Turner / Flickr Microsoft believes that its customers need to know when the government has requested access to their emails or other documents. As such, the company has challenged at least three secrecy orders in the past year in favor of its enterprise customers knowing about requests from law enforcement.
The first case was from a federal court in Maryland which prohibited it from informing the customer about an ongoing investigation. Microsoft challenged this decision in December 2019, with the case going in its favor in January 2020. The court documents were unsealed this week and can be viewed here. Although the organization's name has been redacted, the document reveals that while Microsoft initially complied to the government request, it later challenged that the counsel for the company in question needs to know about the order. However, the court strictly emphasized that if information is disclosed to individuals other than the counsel - especially the people being targeted in the investigation -, the whole operation would be jeopardized.
In the second case, there was a similar request from a federal court in New York, which Microsoft challenged in September 2020. The U.S. government agreed to inform the customer in October 2020 and the unsealed email related to this matter can be seen here. Once again, the customer in question has not been explicitly named.
The third case is an ongoing one which Microsoft has been fighting for the past two years. This also comes from another federal court in New York. Recently, the company has received legal support from various organizations and partners such as Amazon, Google, Apple, Associated Press, and The Washington Post, among others. This aid comes in the form of five amicus briefs - which are supporting documents through which the firms will be providing technical assistance and expertise to the court.
Microsoft went on to say that:
It is important to remember that these three cases highlighted by Microsoft are likely only some of the secrecy orders that the company has fought against. There are possibly other requests that the Redmond tech giant is not allowed to disclose as of yet because court orders for those have not yet been unsealed. Regardless, it does give a clear view that Microsoft is committed to ensuring the privacy of its customers and safeguarding their legal rights.
Three to offer disadvantaged school kids unlimited data
by Paul Hill
Earlier this week, it was announced that the UK was returning to lockdown with hospitals set to be overwhelmed in just three weeks if nothing was done. Schools have, in turn, closed to all students except those of key workers. To assist children learning from home, Three has decided to offer free unlimited data upgrades to disadvantaged school children in England so they can engage in remote learning.
To get connected with the free unlimited data, students will have to let their school know that they don't already have internet access at home; the data will then be provided for the student's household through the Department for Education's 'Get Help with Technology' programme. Three said that it'll provide the free unlimited data until the end of the school year in July.
Commenting on the news, Three UK Chief Commercial Officer Elaine Carey said:
Each of the mobile carriers in the country have taken measures since last March to help people stay connected. For example, Three has provided customers with zero-rated calls to NHS 101, NHS websites, and video consultations. Along with EE, Three has also offered free unlimited data upgrades for NHS frontline staff who are dealing with an increased workload due to the virus.