Square Enix Store error gives players early access
by Liam Doolan
NEO: The World Ends with You is technically still a few weeks out from its official Nintendo Switch release, but it seems some lucky fans have already got their hands on the Switch eShop version well ahead of the game’s launch.
Unlike a lot of other leaks in recent times, this one is apparently due to an error on the publisher’s end. Select users who pre-ordered a physical copy of the game from the Square Enix Store apparently received a redeemable code yesterday for the full digital release on Switch.
This code was meant to contain some preorder goodies and instead allows users to download and play through the entire game. While Square Enix was able to fix its mistake within a few hours, many still had enough time to redeem the code.
If you’re planning on playing the sequel when it arrives on 27th July, keep in mind spoilers and leaks might already be doing the rounds on social media and message boards. Were you one of the fans who have been able to redeem this game ahead of its release? Leave a comment down below.
Fortnite week 6 challenges for season 7 will soon be going live. The latest batch of Fortnite Epic and Legendary Quests is set to go live later today (Wednesday July 14), and in the run-up the full list of new Fortnite week 6 challenges have leaked. You can find a full list of the upcoming new Fortnite Epic and Legendary Quests below which were revealed by leaker iFireMonkey…
FORTNITE WEEK 6 LEGENDARY QUESTS
Get Slone’s orders from a payphone (1) – 15,000 XP
Place prepper supplies in Hayseed’s Farm (1) – 45,000 XP
Deal damage to opponents in farms (25) – 30,000 XP
Use an Inflate-A-Bull (1) – 30,000 XP
Place cow decoys in farms (3) – 30,000 XP
Damage an alien-driven saucer (25) – 30,000 XP
FORTNITE WEEK 6 EPIC QUESTS
Collect gold bars (500) – 30,000 XP
Spend gold bars (500) – 30,000 XP
Destroy equipment on top of Abductors (3) – 30,000 XP
Open chests or ammo boxes in low-gravity areas (3) – 30,000 XP
Deploy alien nanites anywhere other than Holly Hatchery (3) – 30,000 XP
Destroy alien trees (5) – 30,000 XP
One of the Fortnite Legendary Quests will require Battle Royale players to track down an Inflate-A-Bull. This is a new cute item that was added to Fortnite with update 17.20.
The easiest way to get hold of an Inflate-A-Bull is to buy it from Rick Sanchez.
The Rick & Morty NPC only has one in stock so if you want to buy an Inflate-A-Bull from him it’s best to head his way as soon as you start a match.
You can find Rick Sanchez on the top floor of the main building at IO Base.
This can be found east of Weeping Woods, and the Inflate-A-Bull will cost 25 Gold Bars.
In other Fortnite news, this week will also see LeBron James arrive in Fortnite.
The NBA basketball legend is the focus of a whole batch of new items heading to the Fortnite Item Shop from 8pm eastern time on Wednesday July 14.
For those in other regions that’s 5pm pacific time on Wednesday and 1am BST on Thursday.
Speaking about the inbound new cosmetics, Epic Games said: “MVP. Global Icon. Gold Medalist. Fresh off teaming up with the Tune Squad, LeBron James brings his legacy to Fortnite’s Icon Series.
“Arriving in the Item Shop on July 14, 2021, basketball’s best arrives with two separate Outfits — each equipped with King James’ upcoming signature shoe, the Nike LeBron 19.
“Stylish and imposing, the LeBron James Outfit blends the best of LeBron’s on-court and pre-game persona. It includes the LeBron James Outfit and the King’s Back Bling. Sunglasses optional!
“Also available, complete the look with the King James Gear Bundle. It features: The Lion Pickaxe , Wingspan Glider, Quiet the competition with LeBron’s emphatic on-the-court celebration, The Silencer.”
A New York Times report said ESPN is fixing damage after Nichols made controversial suggestions on diversity and hiring involving fellow reporter Maria Taylor.
A recording of a phone conversation which happened last year, said to have been leaked, is reportedly creating a tense situation inside sports network ESPN after one of their top reporters made some controversial suggestions on the issue of diversity aimed at a fellow reporter at the network.
A Sunday New York Times report detailed how one of the ESPN’s star sports broadcasters, Rachel Nichols, who is white, was heard on a recording suggesting that her colleague at the network, reporter Maria Taylor — a Black woman — was given a hosting assignment to help the network with its diversity efforts.
The assignment was ESPN’s broadcast of the NBA Finals last year, where executives at the network are said to have selected Taylor over Nichols, making Taylor their primary host for the broadcast.
In a phone conversation that included Adam Mendelsohn, a longtime advisor to LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers, Nichols is heard voicing her frustrations with not getting the assignment, appearing to suggest that the decision to pick one of the two women was made on the basis of race, reports on the recording detailed.
The report from the Times said the call was recorded on a camera that Nichols had in her hotel room at the time. The set up allowed her to appear on-camera from the NBA bubble. The audio recording of her comments were saved to a video server at ESPN’s headquarters. It is not known exactly how many ESPN employees had access, and were able to listen to it, USA Today reported.
Rachel Nichols: “If you need to give her more things to do because you are feeling pressure about your crappy longtime record on diversity — which, by the way, I know personally from the female side of it — like, go for it. Just find it somewhere else.” pic.twitter.com/aB5MifujuX
Nichols is heard saying on the recording, “I wish Maria Taylor all the success in the world — she covers football, she covers basketball.” In the audio take reported on by the New York Times, Nichols then goes on to say, “If you need to give her more things to do because you are feeling pressure about your crappy longtime record on diversity — which, by the way, I know personally from the female side of it — like, go for it. Just find it somewhere else. You are not going to find it from me or taking my thing away.”
The New York Times made contact with employees at ESPN, and at least one expressed that the network’s choice to apparently not discipline Nichols for making the comments had been an “active source of pain,” according to at least one account reported on.
A spokesperson for ESPN named Josh Krulewitz told the Times, “A diverse group of executives thoroughly and fairly considered all the facts related to the incident and then addressed the situation appropriately. We’re proud of the coverage we continue to produce, and our focus will remain on Maria, Rachel and the rest of the talented team collectively serving N.B.A. fans.”
Nichols herself responded to the Times report suggesting that the conversation was simply her venting in private to her friend saying she was just “unloading to a friend about ESPN’s process, not about Maria.” Nichols said, “my own intentions in that conversation, and the opinion of those in charge at ESPN, are not the sum of what matters here — if Maria felt the conversation was upsetting, then it was, and I was the cause of that for her.”
Taylor’s contract at ESPN will reportedly expire in a matter of weeks, which would fall during NBA Finals according to reports. The New York Times said there haven’t been many steps taken to form a new deal with Taylor. ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro reportedly highlighted Taylor as one of the network’s potential next stars.
Krulewitz of ESPN said, “We, of course, are not going to comment on the specifics of any commentator contract.” Pitaro was not made available for comment on the story.
It is rumored that Taylor could possibly leave the network at the end of her current contract, but that could not be confirmed at the time of this report.
This is a developing story and will continue to be updated.
Microsoft’s all-new Windows 10 update was officially revealed last week with this blockbuster upgrade packed full of new features including a refreshed Start Menu that incorporates a system-wide search and applications recommended based on your habits, there’s also a new range of widgets, the ability to run almost any Android app alongside Microsoft applications, and better integration with Microsoft Teams. Although we’ve seen what will be included in Windows 11, Microsoft has stayed pretty tight-lipped about when it will be released with the Redmond firm only saying that it will be at some point this year.
However, although the date fans can download remains a mystery there are some big hints about when it could arrive on PCs.
Firstly, a YouTube video posted by Microsoft shows October 20 as the date on the calendar and there’s another hint that things could be made available around this time.
As spotted by the team at Windows Latest, a recent leak by US retailer Walmart has revealed that it’s getting ready to unleash Windows 11 to customers on October 21, that’s one day later than the date revealed by Microsoft.
The Walmart listing shows that date along with the news that it will be a free upgrade.
This clearly isn’t official confirmation but considering the date from Microsoft’s YouTube clip and Walmart’s website match up it gives a pretty good indication on when to expect Windows 11 to be available.
Sadly, it seems not everyone will be able to make the switch on that date with Microsoft saying that the rollout of its new operating system will take place in stages. In fact, some might not see the new features until 2022.
Explaining more, Microsoft said: “The upgrade rollout plan is still being finalised, but for most devices already in use today, we expect it to be ready sometime in early 2022. Not all Windows 10 PCs that are eligible to upgrade to Windows 11 will be offered to upgrade at the same time.”
Along with that slow rollout the Redmond firm has also said that there will be certain system requirements.
That’s because this new software needs something called a TPM (Trusted Platform Module) chip to work.
Microsoft has confirmed that it will require PCs to have the latest TPM 2.0 installed on them and some older machines may not have that technology.
As Microsoft explains, “Trusted Platform Module (TPM) technology is designed to provide hardware-based, security-related functions. A TPM chip is a secure crypto-processor that is designed to carry out cryptographic operations. The chip includes multiple physical security mechanisms to make it tamper resistant, and malicious software is unable to tamper with the security functions of the TPM.”
Gaming fans are counting down to the start of the Ubisoft Forward E3 event.
The live Ubisoft Forward E3 event takes place on June 12 at 8pm BST in the UK.
With E3 organisers ditching the crowds due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s conference will be an online-only affair.
The 2021 Ubisoft Forward event will be broadcast in all the usual places, but you can watch it live by clicking play on the YouTube embed below.
Of course, as is the case with these kind of events, some games have leaked ahead of time.
This includes Mario and Rabbids Sparks of Hope, which is the sequel to turn-based Switch game Mario and Rabbids: Kingdom Battle.
“Team up with Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Rabbid Peach, Rabbid Luigi, and their friends on a galactic journey to defeat a malevolent entity and save your Spark companions,” reads the official description.
“Explore planets throughout the galaxy as you uncover mysterious secrets and compelling quests!”
According to the official Nintendo blurb, players will be able to build a team of three heroes from a roster of nine different characters.
The Ubisoft Forward event will be preceded by a pre-show featuring games such as For Honor, Trackmania, The Crew 2, Brawlhalla, Watch Dogs: Legion and more.
The main show, on the other hand, features a look at some of Ubisoft’s biggest new games.
This includes Far Cry 6, as well as Rainbow Six Extraction, and the exciting MMO Riders Republic.
Ubisoft is also expected to unveil new content for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and maybe even a new game or two.
“The main show kicks off at 8:00 PM (UK TIME), featuring big announcements, updates on some of Ubisoft’s live titles, and some surprises that you won’t want to miss,” Ubisoft continues.
“Catch all the details about the next mainline entry in the Rainbow Six franchise, formerly known as Rainbow Six Quarantine, with world premiere gameplay and trailers revealing this brand-new co-op title for the first time.
“Dive into the island paradise of Yara with Far Cry 6, and discover the action-packed adventures that await you in a nation under the heel of dictator Antón Castillo, played by Giancarlo Esposito.
“Prepare for an avalanche of extreme sports with Riders Republic, the upcoming massive multiplayer open-world playground that will see you shredding your way through beautiful and sprawling North American landscapes.
“You will also receive updates from live titles such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Rainbow Six Siege on their upcoming content, as well as the Apple TV+ series Mythic Quest and soon-to-release movie Werewolves Within, both from Ubisoft Film & Television, plus a few additional surprises.”
Check back later for all the updates from the Ubisoft Forward E3 event.
The security team says it is currently updating this database with all of the new passwords revealed in the document so it might be worth checking back again to see if your account has been added.
Speaking about the latest threat, CyberNews said: “By combining 8.4 billion unique password variations with other breach compilations that include usernames and email addresses, threat actors can use the RockYou2021 collection to mount password dictionary and password spraying attacks against untold numbers of online accounts.
“Since most people reuse their passwords across multiple apps and websites, the number of accounts affected by credential stuffing and password spraying attacks in the wake of this leak can potentially reach millions, if not billions.”
If you suspect that one or more of your passwords may have been included in the RockYou2021 collection it’s recommended that you change your account details straight away and watch out for incoming spam emails.
It’s also a good idea to enable two-factor authentication which means hackers can’t log in to accounts without also having access to your smartphone.
Newly-released UFO footage shows as many as 14 apparent ‘flying crafts’ swarm the US Navy’s USS Omaha off the coast of San Diego, California. The new 46-second clip was posted on Twitter by documentary-maker Jeremy Corbell, who said it was taken from the USS Omaha on July 15, 2019. The incident appears to verify a previous video also released by Mr Corbell of the same incident.
That video showed what appeared to be spherical objects hovering above the ocean before descending below the water.
On Thursday, Mr Corbell tweeted: “2019 – US Navy warships were swarmed by UFOs; here’s the RADAR footage that shows that.
“Filmed in the Combat Information Center of the USS Omaha / July 15th 2019.
“This is corroborative electro-optic data demonstrating a significant UFO event series in a warning area off San Diego.”
In response to the footage, a Pentagon spokesperson told NBC: “I can confirm that the video you sent was taken by Navy personnel, and that the UAPTF included it in their ongoing examinations. I have no further information on it for you.”
In the released clip, a radar screen is shown with several objects moving around the Navy ship.
Some of the UFOs are recorded as flying as fast as 160mph.
At one point, an unidentified man is heard saying: “138 knots. Holy f***! They’re moving fast.”
In March, former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe admitted that American government had evidence of known craft that can break the sound barrier without a sonic boom and perform manoeuvres impossible with human technology.
Speaking after the release of the new video, Mr Corbell revealed that other mysterious incidents took place off the coast of San Diego across the same time period in July, 2019.
He told the website Mystery Wire: “On the other ships, they had different things that happened.
“So some were just like lights that did figure-eights and patterns and 90 degree turns. Others were like a different colour light, like red.”