Overwatch Console Report Feature To Be Included in Deathmatch Update - Twinfinite

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Formerly exclusive to the PC version, a report button will become available for Overwatch players on PS4 and Xbox One once patch 1.14 rolls out.

Announced by Game Director Jeff Kaplan on the game’s official forum, the next Overwatch console update will include the report feature alongside the addition of Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch modes in Arcade. Kaplan stressed that the team’s reporting system is still a work in progress, which means “improvements will continue over time.”

Getting reported will not result in an immediate ban. According to Kaplan, those who get reported often will receive “increased punishments.”

Kaplan also confirmed that console players who report an offender will receive an email notification when their report “results in a disciplinary action,” which the team is still experimenting on. Eventually, the team hopes to show successful reports in-game.

Since the game launched last year, countless players have experienced being trolled and smurfed online. The console version previously had an “avoid player button,” but it has since been removed after many abused the feature by avoiding skilled players. A “prefer player” was then added by Blizzard, but some have used it for trolling fellow teammates, such as putting Symettra’s portal near cliffs or using Mei’s ice wall ability to prevent teammates from moving. Aside from trolling, the competitive mode of Overwatch has also been overrun by rage quitters and players who smurf.

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Hands-on: Google Camera with HDR+ on non-Google phones [Video] - 9to5Google

Back in the days of Nexus, Google phones were always criticized for having poor cameras, but all of that changed when the Pixel came out last year and soared near the top of smartphone camera rankings. A large part of that is thanks to the Pixel’s HDR+ capabilities, which was incredibly quick to process and gave terrific results without having to dabble into manual controls.

Thanks to the efforts of a developer named B-S-G, the Google Camera app has been ported to non-Google devices, enabling the Pixel’s terrific HDR+ feature on just about any modern phone.

Available as a simple APK file, the ported Google Camera app is the same version (4.4) found on the Android O Developer Preview 3, and is compatible with any device running on a Snapdragon 820, 821, or 835 chipset. Once installed, it looks and feels exactly like shooting on the Google Pixel or Pixel XL.

By swiping from the left side of the screen, you’re able to switch shooting modes, with options including Slow Motion, Panorama, Photo Sphere, and Lens Blur. You can also access the settings, where you can adjust photo and video resolution, shooting aspect ratios, geotagging, video stabilization, and more. Back in the viewfinder, you can toggle the self-timer, HDR+, and flash, and configure grids or color temperature.

Comparing photos taken from Google Camera on my OnePlus 5 versus shots taken with OnePlus’s default camera app, I didn’t notice much difference in dynamic range or color when using HDR, but many others on the original post from XDA Developers reported significant improvements when using Google Camera on different phones. Your mileage may vary, as always, but even if Google Camera doesn’t give you better shots, it likely won’t give you worse shots either — it can’t hurt to give it a try.

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Sony Rolling Out PS4 System Update 5.0 Beta - PCMag

Heads up, gamers: Sony today started rolling out its next major PS4 system software update, version 5.0, to beta testers.

The update is loaded with new features, including a new family management system, 1080p 60fps broadcasting with PS4 Pro, the ability to disable pop-up notifications while you're watching a movie or TV show, and more, according to Sony Interactive Entertainment America's Andrew Kelly. If you signed up for the beta and were selected to participate, you'll receive an email from Sony with instructions on how to download it and get started.

With Family on PSN, multiple adults can be part of a single family. This new system will also make it easier to set up PlayStation Network accounts for kids and customize parental control settings.

Meanwhile, you'll also be able to create and edit custom lists of your friends. This way, "you can create a custom list of your Destiny teammates and easily send them raid invites," Kelly wrote.

Also on tap are a bunch of broadcast feature updates, including the ability to pin your community to your broadcast, so spectators can jump right to your community page to find out about it. There's also a new setting that lets you view spectator comments in VR mode, which should make it much easier for VR broadcasters to communicate with viewers. And, as we mentioned earlier, the update will let PS4 Pro users stream on Twitch in 1080p at 60fps.

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iOS 11's SOS Feature Allows You to Temporarily Disable Touch ID and Require Passcode - Mac Rumors


In iOS 11, Apple has added an "Emergency SOS" feature that's designed to give users a quick and easy way to summon emergency services should the need arise. As it turns out, there's a secondary benefit to Emergency SOS - it's also a way to quickly and discretely disable Touch ID.

Emergency SOS is activated by pressing on the sleep/wake button of an iPhone five times in rapid succession. When the requisite number of presses is complete, it brings up a screen that offers buttons to power off the iPhone, bring up your Medical ID (if filled out) and make an emergency 911 call.

Along with these options, there's also a cancel button. If you hit the sleep/wake button five times and then hit cancel, it disables Touch ID and requires a passcode before Touch ID can be re-enabled. Touch ID is also disabled if you actually make an emergency call.

This is a handy hidden feature because it allows Touch ID to be disabled discretely in situations where someone might be able to force a phone to be unlocked with a fingerprint, such as a robbery or an arrest. With Touch ID disabled in this way, there is no way to physically unlock an iPhone with a finger without the device's passcode.

It's also worth noting that there's no real way to tell that Touch ID has been disabled in this manner. Once you hit the sleep/wake button and then tap cancel, it's locked in the same way and with the same message that the iPhone uses when it's been more than 48 hours since a device was last unlocked with a fingerprint.

Apple's Emergency SOS feature will be available on all iPhones that run iOS 11. Along with disabling Touch ID, SOS can also be used to summon emergency services and alert your emergency contacts when an accident occurs.

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New Nintendo Switch Bundle Includes Splatoon 2 And New Joy-Con Colors - GameSpot

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Those still in the market for a Nintendo Switch will soon have a new option when deciding how to purchase it. Nintendo has announced a new Splatoon 2 bundle for North America, though only a single store will carry it.

Following the launch of Splatoon 2 bundles in Europe and Japan, North America will get one starting on September 8. For $380, it includes a Switch, a digital copy of Splatoon 2, and a carrying case. It will only be available at Walmart. Nintendo did not say how long it will be available for.

Notably, the Joy-Cons that the system comes with are the neon pink and neon green ones that were previously unavailable in the US. Nintendo's press release notes this bundle gives "fans in North America their first chance to get their hands on that Joy-Con color combination." That suggests these controller controllers will be sold separately at a later date.

Nintendo currently offers two different versions of the base system itself: one with grey Joy-Cons, and one with a red and blue pair. Yellow Joy-Cons released alongside Arms are also available but only as a purchase separate from the system.

This Splatoon 2 bundle marks the Switch's first official bundle in North America. However, retailers have made a habit of selling their limited supply of Switch systems in bundles that package the system together with games and accessories. Stock remains limited, with the system selling out very quickly whenever it returns to stores--when it's sold on its own, at least.

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