PlayStation Store Adds A Bunch Of New PS4 Games Today - GameSpot

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A large handful of new PS4 games are now available to purchase from the PlayStation Store. This week sees Matterfall, Undertale, Sonic Mania, Agents of Mayhem, and a number other notable releases arrive on the digital service.

The sole first-party title this week is the PS4-exclusive Matterfall, a side-scrolling action-platform from Resogun and Nex Machina developer Housemarque. Players take on the role of Avalon Darrow, a "hero-for-hire" who's tasked with eradicating dangerous alien technology known as Smart Matter. GameSpot awarded the game a 6/10 in our Matterfall review, saying, "It's easy to appreciate the technical artistry on display, but factor in inconsistent controls and long load times, and it's easy to grow frustrated throughout the Matterfall's short campaign." Matterfall retails for $20/£16.

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Also headlining this week's batch of releases is the long-awaited PS4 port of Undertale, the touching RPG that was originally released for PC in 2015. The game is Cross-Buy compatible with Vita and runs for $15/£12. Undertale was met with critical acclaim when it first released; GameSpot awarded it a 9/10 in our original Undertale review and called it "one of the most progressive and innovative RPGs to come in a long time."

Other notable releases this week include Sega's new 2D Sonic adventure, Sonic Mania (which is also available today on Switch and Xbox One); Saints Row dev Volition's new open-world action game, Agents of Mayhem; the acclaimed new sword-dueling game, Nidhogg 2; and the disturbing "cyberpunk horror game" Observer. Also arriving this week is Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma, a dark visual novel/adventure game that was previously available on Vita and 3DS. That game releases on August 18. You can find the full list of this week's new titles below.

This Week's New Releases On PS43D MiniGolfAgents of MayhemCities: Skylines -- PlayStation 4 EditionDark MysteryDefenders of EkronEliosi's HuntThe Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing IIMatterfallNidhogg 2Night Trap - 25th Anniversary EditionObserverParanormal Activity: The Lost SoulThe Pillars of the EarthSonic ManiaSudden Strike 4Tokyo 42UndertaleZero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma Original link
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Uber just agreed to 2-decades of FTC Privacy Audits - SlashGear

The Federal Trade Commission and Uber announced a settlement today which allows the FTC two decades of privacy and security audits. This announcement is the next step in Uber settling disputes with the FTC – the second settlement they’ve made this year. In January of this year, Uber agreed to a settlement of $20-million for exaggerating potential earnings in effort to draw in drivers.

The settlement today seems to end an investigation that started back in the year 2014. It was back then that Uber was in some hot water over several incidents, one of which revealed the God Mode View once again appearing in the news – like this Forbes article on how God Mode was used for party-goers entertainment.

One of the biggest privacy news bits from 2014 that sparked the investigation that continues today involved doxing. It was back then that Uber wasn’t doing great after the story about their potential doxing of critical journalists was leaked.

Uber was also under investigation (and may well still be by other organizations) over accusations of a sort of secret method for blocking people they called “grayballing.” If a user is grayballed, they’d be unable to see any real cars, instead seeing the app populated by ghosts. This would allow Uber to avoid running in to police officers (or other law enforcement that’d (potentially) find them operating in a zone not allowed by a city’s laws.

In January of 2015, Uber agreed to do some internal auditing of their own privacy practices. It came back favorable! That should not come as a big surprise to any of our readers here today.

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Tips For Playing Agents Of Mayhem - Kotaku

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Saints Row spin-off Agents of Mayhem is out today, and it’s a very different game than its over-the-top, gang-banging, devil-taunting predecessors. It can be daunting, but worry not — we’ve got tips.

Here are some helpful suggestions from getting the most out of the struggle between the heroic agents of MAYHEM and the global terrorist organization known as LEGION.

Read The Popups

Let’s start with something simple. As you play through Agents of Mayhem, messages will pop up on the screen telling you how weapons work, how to revive fallen agents, how special missions function, et cetera. Read these.

It seems obvious, but I’ve already fielded questions from readers (and one co-worker) that were answered by these popups. Sometimes the reflex is to skip the tips. Don’t skip the tips.

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Facebook redesign nixes the blue profile header and adds circular pictures - The Verge



Facebook is rolling out a slight redesign to the News Feed today, which overhauls the main interface of the site for a cleaner look. What that actually translates to in practical terms is getting rid of the blue accents and headers across most of the interface, which the company claims will make navigating easier and more consistent.

The other big change is that comment threads on posts are getting a new design to make them look more like message conversations — specifically, Facebook Messenger conversations. So instead of comments being broken up by simple line breaks, each comment now gets its own gray message bubble, with the goal of making it easier to track who is replying in a given thread.

Lastly, profile pictures will be taking a page from Twitter’s book and shifting from squares to circles, and icons, Like, comment, and share buttons are getting new, simpler and larger designs to be easier to tap on a touchscreen.

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Smart lock vendor accidentally bricks its own locks through firmware update - The Verge

A perk of connected devices, or at least what gadget manufacturers will tell you, is they can receive over-the-air updates to keep your device current. Those updates don't always go as planned, however. In fact, they can go horribly wrong. Take a company called Lockstate, for example, which attempted to issue new software to its LS6i smart locks last week and ended up bricking devices. That isn't great.

In a statement to The Verge this weekend, the company said a "small subset" of customers' locks were unable to communicate with Lockstate's servers. Again, let me just reiterate: these are locks used to secure physical homes. Okay, I'll keep going.

The company says, "We immediately contacted each and every customer that was affected and we are working to get all affected locks back online. We have already fixed the problem for many of these customers but for some we need to get their locks back for a reset, and then ship it back out to them."

So really, the problem isn't totally solved unless users actually ship their lock back to Lockstate for repairs. Granted, the company will pay for shipping and a year's worth of a premium subscription service, but this is probably the worst-case scenario for smart locks, especially considering Airbnb recommends the 6i. I've previously written about the problems connected devices can introduce, including becoming botnet targets and potentially failing in serious situations. I've also written about other smart locks having poor security. This is the future, though, so just recognize the risks if you want to make your home more connected.

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