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Crash Drive 3 Launches July 8

Have you ever considered a career as a stunt driver? Crash Drive 3 is your ultimate arcade driving playground, where you can take the wheel of everything from race cars and monster trucks to fire engines and tanks! Explore an open world full of larger than life places that are perfect for wild racing and incredible stunts. Drift across ice in the arctic, somersault over the battlements of a forest castle, and much more. You can even take a rocket to visit the moon! Each area is unique and filled with stunt hoop challenges, secrets, collectibles and special Easter eggs.

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Competitive Events

As you explore the world of Crash Drive 3, competitive events will be announced – everyone in the world can take part… or just keep goofing around! A giant beach ball might fall from the sky, where you earn points every time you crash into it. One player might find themselves crowned king – but how long can they avoid the other players trying to take their crown? Perhaps you’ll be challenged to tag as many bits of scenery as you can by doing stunts on them… there are 10 different game events, with prizes going to the top scoring players. Once an event is done, it won’t be long before another one comes along! We had great fun testing all these different events, and we’re confident you will too!

Spend the cash you earn from exploring and events to customize your ride. Install funky antennas, fancy number plates, and more! You can also use cash to upgrade your vehicles and buy new ones. From school buses and police vans to dragsters and beach buggies, there’s a whole lot of variety for your garage!

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Your vehicles will also upgrade as you drive them – want faster top speed? Just drive at top speed! Using nitro boosts will increase your car’s total nitro capacity, and so on… if you reach the highest player level possible, you might even be able to get a solid gold car.

Have a Blast in Tank Battles

Yep! There are also tank battles in Crash Drive 3! We knew we wanted tanks in the game, and they’re such exceptional vehicles that we knew they deserved their own game mode. Engage in airborne tank battles atop the sky arena! Smash your opponents off the platform or use your cannon to score points and dominate! Success will earn you new cash, which can be used to unlock new tanks. There are 10 in total, with different types from light tanks to brawlers, each having a unique play style.

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Play Solo or with Friends

We wanted Crash Drive 3 to be as easy as possible to get into, and we wanted to make a game where we could play with friends anytime. Thanks to the magic of cross-platform multiplayer, we’re happy to say that no matter which device they use, you can play with any of your friends! We even put in a feature so that if you get online connectivity issues, the game will seamlessly switch into the fully featured single player mode so you never have to put on the brakes.

So what are you waiting for? Get ready to start your engines when Crash Drive 3 comes to Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S on July 8 — there’s a giant beach ball falling from the sky, and it’s got your name on it!

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Are you ready for THE car stunting playground? Experience ridiculous fun in this cross-platform multiplayer, free-roaming game! Drive monster trucks, tanks and more amazing vehicles across a huge open world. Level up, play events, earn cash, unlock new cars and discover secrets…. Crash Drive is back!

COMPETITIVE EVENTS
Destroy a gigantic beach ball, catch robbers as a cop or steal the king’s crown, these are just a few examples of the 10 fun game events this game has to offer. Participate in these random competitive events, beat your opponents to earn the most cash and buy awesome new cars or customisations.

CRAZY CAR LEVELING
By using nitro boosts you increase the car’s nitro capacity, by driving at top speed you increase its top speed… catch the drift? ‘Maxing’ all stats for a car increases your player level allowing you to buy new cars or customisations. Collect over 50+ vehicles and customise your car with funky antennas, boosts and unique number plates with your in-game name on it. Reach the maximum player level to prestige and show who is the real Crash Drive 3 boss! Solid golden car anyone?

OPEN WORLD EXPLORATION
To the moon and back! Drive around freely and explore the boundless and varied open world at your leisure. Fly a rocket to the moon, storm the king’s castle in the forest, go to the saloon in the wild west canyons or experience ice drifting fun in the arctic snow. Done with icy cold? How about a relaxing ferry trip to the tropics? Each area is unique and filled with secret areas, collectibles and special easter eggs… Think you’ll ever be done exploring this world?

HAVE A BLAST IN TANK BATTLES!
Blast or crash opponents from the sky arena to score points and dominate the battle arenas. Win in order to buy new tanks each with a unique play style. You will have a blast in the exciting tank battles mode!

PLAY WITH FRIENDS ON ANY PLATFORM!
No matter which platform your friends play on, you can always play together thanks to cross platform multiplayer support. Or if you want to do some stunting offline, switch seamlessly to a fully single player experience anytime you like!

Author: Matt Hergaarden, Co-founder, M2H
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire

Millions of BT customers offered budget broadband as new plan launches today

Speaking about the new plans, Marc Allera, CEO, BT’s Consumer division, said, “Fast, reliable connectivity has never been as important as it is today, with millions of people relying upon our networks to get back on their feet after the pandemic.

“We want to help as many people as we can, which is why at the end of June we’ll be launching BT Home Essentials, increasing the eligibility of our social tariff to include all customers on Universal Credit.

“BT Home Essentials will be available at half the price of our standard fibre package, helping a potential four million households on low income save on bills and stay connected to vital online services.”

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Millions of BT customers offered very cheap broadband as new plan launches today

Speaking about the new plans, Marc Allera, CEO, BT’s Consumer division, said, “Fast, reliable connectivity has never been as important as it is today, with millions of people relying upon our networks to get back on their feet after the pandemic.

“We want to help as many people as we can, which is why at the end of June we’ll be launching BT Home Essentials, increasing the eligibility of our social tariff to include all customers on Universal Credit.

“BT Home Essentials will be available at half the price of our standard fibre package, helping a potential four million households on low income save on bills and stay connected to vital online services.”

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Alchemic Cutie Launches for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S on July 27

Summary

  • Over 150 quests, unique side quests for different NPCs, jelly deliveries and even some weekly item delivery quests.
  • There are up to 32 Jelly shapes and 32 different colors to mix up, allowing for some super adorable and unique jellies.
  • Wholesome competitions for your Jellies happen on Wimba Island and will reward you with some awesome items.

Since the [email protected] and Twitch Indie Showcase back in March where we showed off a little gameplay of Alchemic Cutie, the team behind the game has gotten bombarded with questions asking about the content that will be playable at launch. Thanks to Xbox, I’m here to fill you in on exactly what you can expect from this loveable game.

Quests

There is so much stuff to do all over Wimba Island and you will be enjoying the beautiful sights and calm forests for a while, so make yourself at home. With over 150 quests, unique side quests for different NPCs, jelly deliveries and even some weekly item delivery quests. So, get comfy, grab some snacks and get ready to bond with Yvette throughout Wimba Island’s many adventures!

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Completing main quests will take quite longer than most other quests, but completing them will unlock access to different areas all over the Island, opening up many more exploration options and new items.

If you ever feel like taking a break from the main storyline or from the many side quests, you can always take a look into the jelly and item delivery quests. These quests will give you a reason to explore the island while getting some cool rewards in exchange.

Codex

The Codex will be one of your best travelling tools, storing information from your adventures and the items you find during them. With the codex you can always take a look at everything you have found and all it’s related information. You will also be aware of everything you are missing out on, so give it a look from time to time.

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On the other hand, the Cutiedex will keep track of… well, the many cute jellies, of course! It will store the different shapes and colors of jellies you have found, of which there are plenty to track. Keeping an eye on the Cutiedex will help you decide whether to catch or not the next cutie you come across.

Seasons and Weather

Seasons and weather changes are a must in these type of games. Each season lasts 28 in-game days and change access to different areas of the Island. Weather isn’t the only thing that will change every season, some jellies will only be available during certain seasons, so make sure take some time to wander around. Maybe you’ll find the cutest Jelly you’ve ever seen!

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Jellies and Jelly Caring

Jellies! The cutest of all Wimba Island’s inhabitants and your best companions for all the adventures you’ll get into. There are up to 32 Jelly shapes and 32 different colors to mix up, allowing for some super adorable and unique jellies. But wait, there’s more! Jellies can also wear fashionable accessories, and thanks to the awesome discord community there are a ton of cute, imaginative and quirky accessories to customize your squishy pal.

Caring for your Jelly is quite an important task. Jellies need food, love (cuddles) and overall happiness to be the best Jelly they can be. Items and diet can impact your Jelly’s growth and development, these stats being “Blob”, “Tummy” and “Social”. The nature of your Jelly will also impact the stat levelling and their special behaviors.

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Competition

Wholesome competitions for your Jellies happen on Wimba Island and will reward you with some awesome items. Just remember, other villagers will bring their Jellies and compete too so you’ll need to be ready.

Competitions are split up with Season-tied events, meaning that not all the competitions will be available at once, so just make sure to ask around and plan ahead if you want a chance to win.  Another thing to remember about competing is that Jellies will get really hungry, so don’t forget to feed and give them some rest before their big day!

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You probably expected this already, but the different traits each Jelly can have will impact their performance on different tasks, so don’t expect your professional swimmer to win any Sumo events.

At launch players will have the option to take part on four different competitions, Jelly Vogue, Jelly Splash, Jelly Buffet and Jelly Sumo. These competitions will be available during Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter seasons respectively.

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Raise and compete with your jellies along with so much more next month when Alchemic Cutie launches on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S on July 27! Follow along with us on Twitter and YouTube.

Author: Paul Hartling, Director of Marketing, PM Studios
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire

Google Launches a New Medical App—Outside the US

Billions of times each year, people turn to Google’s web search box for help figuring out what’s wrong with their skin. Now, Google is preparing to launch an app that uses image recognition algorithms to provide more expert and personalized help. A brief demo at the company’s developer conference last month showed the service suggesting several possible skin conditions based on uploaded photos.

Machines have matched or outperformed expert dermatologists in studies in which algorithms and doctors scrutinize images from past patients. But there’s little evidence from clinical trials deploying such technology, and no AI image analysis tools are approved for dermatologists to use in the US, says Roxana Daneshjou, a Stanford dermatologist and researcher in machine learning and health. “Many don’t pan out in the real world setting,” she says.

Google’s new app isn’t clinically validated yet either, but the company’s AI prowess and recent buildup of its health care division make its AI dermatology app notable. Still, the skin service will start small—and far from its home turf and largest market in the US. The service is not likely to analyze American skin blemishes anytime soon.

At the developer conference, Google’s chief health officer, Karen DeSalvo, said the company aims to launch what it calls a dermatology assist tool in the European Union as soon as the end of this year. A video of the app suggesting that a mark on someone’s arm could be a mole featured a caption saying it was an approved medical device in the EU. The same note added a caveat: “Not available in the US.”

The company’s America-not-first strategy highlights how it can be easier to win approval for medical apps in Europe than in the US. A Google spokesperson said the company would like to offer the service in the US but didn’t have a timeline on when it might cross the Atlantic; they declined to comment on whether Google has talked with the US Food and Drug Administration about the app but acknowledged the agency’s approval process can be longer.

That flips the traditional Silicon Valley view of Europe as a red-tape-strewn landscape hostile to new ideas. Between 2012 and 2018, Facebook did not offer face-recognition suggestions in the EU after an audit by Ireland’s data regulator forced the company to deactivate the feature and delete its stockpile of European faceprints. Since 2014, Google has been required to allow EU citizens to request that old links about them be scrubbed from the company’s search engine under the “right to be forgotten.”

Google says its skin app has been approved “CE marked as a Class I medical device in the EU,” meaning it can be sold in the bloc and other countries recognizing that standard. The company would have faced relatively few hurdles to secure that clearance, says Hugh Harvey, managing director at Hardian Health, a digital health consultancy in the UK. “You essentially fill in a form and self-certify,” he says. Google’s conference last month took place a week before tighter EU rules took effect that Harvey says require many health apps, likely including Google’s, to show that an app is effective, among other things. Preexisting apps have until 2025 to comply with the new rules.

Last month’s demo was brief, and the app’s design is not final, but US experts on AI health software say that Google could face a more involved process from the FDA if it brings its skin app home. The FDA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The design shown in the demo requires a person to snap three photos of their blemish from different angles and distances. The user can optionally add information such as the body part affected and how long they’ve had the problem. Tapping “Submit” zips the images off to Google. The app then displays “Suggested conditions,” showing possible conditions illustrated by images. Tapping on one brings up a list of key information such as symptoms, contagiousness, and treatment options. Google says the app was trained on “hundreds of thousands of skin images” and can identify 288 conditions, including skin cancers, covering roughly 90 percent of common dermatology web searches.

The FDA exempts some health software it deems “lower risk”—such as “wellness” advice like diabetes management or information about health symptoms—from medical device approvals. It requires approval for others, such as those offering specific diagnoses, or apps that function as medical devices such as a stethoscope. The line between apps that need clearance and those that do not is hard to pinpoint because medical software and the rules governing it are relatively new.

Bradley Thompson, a regulatory lawyer with Epstein Becker Green, asks clients a handful of key questions when trying to determine whether they’ll need FDA sign-off. They include how the software’s output is presented to a person and whether a company makes specific medical claims.

Author: Tom Simonite
This post originally appeared on Business Latest

£50 note 'has lost £38 in buying power under the mattress' – new note launches tomorrow

“These figures demonstrate how, despite short term ups and downs in the market, when you’re investing for the long term, you have the chance to ride those out and tap into the long-term growth potential of the markets.

“By taking advantage of the tax breaks available in a Lifetime ISA or pension, the cash can do even more, because it gets a government top-up before you invest.

“If you’re aged 18-39, saving for a first property (and have at least a year before you buy) or for retirement, you can pay it into a LISA.

“Assuming you pay in £50 a week – or £217 a month – with the Government top up of 25 percent it would mean £271.25 would go into your account.

“Likewise with a pension, you’ll get tax relief at your highest marginal rate. If you pay it into a workplace pension, you might also get a matching contribution from your employer – supercharging the value of your pot.”

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LEGO prices are cheaper than ever as Amazon launches Prime Day bonanza

Amazon has now officially launched its Prime Day sale with prices slashed across a huge range of products including money off the iPhone 12, Samsung smart TVs and Android phones. However, it’s not just gadgets and gizmos that have received some hefty discounts with Amazon also cutting the cost of toys including LEGO. There’s plenty of brick-based sets available as part of Prime Day with some reduced by as much as 40 percent.

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Of course, to get these deals you’ll need to be a Prime member but Express.co.uk has an easy way of getting the discounts without paying Amazon for the subscription service. Find out more details here.

Prime Day runs until 23.59pm on 22nd June, with Amazon promising a whopping 2 million deals will be available globally.

The online retailer is also boasting that Prime Day 2021 will feature the largest number of deals in the shopping event’s 7-year history including featured lightning deals running from 08.00am on 21st June, which offer price cuts on top-tier brands, categories, and products.

“This Prime Day, we’re offering Prime members millions of deals from great brands which we know our customers love. We’re also continuing our support for the small businesses selling on Amazon by running our ‘spend £10 get £10 offer’, which will help thousands of smaller companies in the run up to Prime Day,” said John Boumphrey, Amazon UK Country Manager.

“As a Prime Day first, we’re also delighted to be increasing our donations to charity when customers shop through AmazonSmile, so there is plenty for everyone this year.”

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Morrisons launches bargain draught beer pump to pull pints at home ahead of big match

Multiple supermarkets and brands launched new products and deals ahead of the Euros 2020 football tournament, which kicked off last weekend. Some companies, like Morrisons, have introduced items especially for tonight’s England v Scotland match.

It is designed to fit any 5L keg.

However, the bargain product is available for a limited time only.

Another product that the supermarket has recently launched is the Mitec Mipix Mini Projector.

Costing, £70, this gadget allows fans to watch the game on a bigger and better screen than their normal television.

The Best of Europe Pizza is 14 inches in size and combines flavours associated with the biggest nations in the tournament, including Germany, Spain, Portugal, and Italy.

Divided into quarters, the pizza is topped with frankfurter sausages and red onion, chorizo and chargrilled peppers, mozzarella and pesto, and spicy peri peri chicken.

Additionally, there is the Hot Daddy Double Decker pizza, topped with tomato sauce, cheese, and hot chilli.

The second pizza, stacked on top, is loaded with spicy pepperoni, salami, and Monterey Jack Cheese.

Both pizzas cost £3.89 and are available to buy at Morrisons now.

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Roku launches free Euro 2020 update, and it's already available on your Smart TV

Roku is celebrating the Euros 2020 football tournament with a limited edition theme for your telly. Roku is available in a number of popular set-top boxes, streaming HDMI dongles, and Smart TVs and offers access to a wide range of video on-demand services, games and audio streaming services.

Anyone with a set-top box or telly powered by Roku’s software will already have a limited edition Euro 2020 theme downloaded and available right now. To find it, you’ll need to hit the Home button on your Roku remote to get back to the main menu, scroll down the list of options to find Settings. Inside the Settings menu, open up the Themes menu and select My Themes.

As you scroll through the installed themes on your device, Roku will offer a real-time preview of what that theme will look like. Themes not only change the background image behind the icons of your installed streaming apps, but also core components of the operating system – changing the style of the menus, for example.

Roku has already pushed out the Euro 2020 theme to all devices worldwide, so you should find the theme ready and waiting for you in that list. Hover over the item to see a preview, and then click the OK button on your remote to go ahead and install it on your set-top box.

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For those who want to tune-in to the Euro 2020 fixture …but might be living in a household that’s not quite as football-made as you are, the Private Listening feature on your Roku TV or streaming player should come in handy. This nifty function is perfect for when the crowds are roaring, but the kids are asleep, or your flatmate is working late. With Roku, you will be able to enjoy a game at home without disturbing anyone!

To use Private Listening, you’ll need to download the Roku companion app to your iPhone or Android smartphone. Once paired with your streaming set-top box, you’ll be able to listen on any wired headphones as well as any wireless earbuds paired with your handset.

Since it leverages the iOS and Android app, you won’t have to worry about pairing anything with the Roku box itself. Instead, AirPods, Galaxy Buds, or any ‘buds or over-ear Bluetooth headphones paired with your phone will work beam the audio from the movie, sporting fixture, quiz show, or radio show you’re streaming on the Roku gadget.

Since Roku already supports all of the streaming services you’ll need to tune-in to the Euros 2020 matches, here’s an easy list of where all Roku viewers can find all England, Scotland and Wales games, up until round 16.

  • The Scots take on the Czech Republic; watch on BBC iPlayer
  • Wednesday, 16th June at 17:00 BST
  • Check out Wales up against Turkey on BBC iPlayer
  • Friday, 18th June at 20:00 BST
  • The UK contest is here watch England vs Scotland on ITV Hub
  • Sunday, 20th June at 17:00 BST
  • Don’t miss Italy vs Wales on ITV Hub
  • Tuesday, 22nd June at 20:00 BST
  • A double whammy! Watch England battle it out against the Czech Republic, and Croatia vs Scotland on ITV Hub
  • Sunday, 11th July at 20:00 BST

The long-awaited final, and one of the biggest football games of the year, stream live on BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub on all Roku streaming devices.

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