Vitaminwater contest: Ditch smartphone for a year, win $100,000 – KWCH

Vitaminwater contest: Ditch smartphone for a year, win $100,000 – KWCH

Could you go an entire year without your smartphone? Vitaminwater issues a low-tech challenge to smartphone addicts. If a contestant goes a full 365 days without using any smartphone, they can claims a $100,000 prize.

To be considered for the contest, you must share a post on Twitter or Instagram explaining what you’d do with time you’d usually spend playing on your smart phone. All legal U.S. residents who are 18 or older and own and use a smartphone are eligible to enter.

Vitaminwater says criteria to judge applications include originality, brand relevance, humor and other factors.

According to official rules, “People required to us a smartphone for work or other commitments ‘need not apply.'”

To block against cheating, Vitaminwater will administer a lie detector test to help ensure the chosen contestant is honest and follows to the rules.

“The The seemingly simple challenge includes reverting to a 1996-era mobile phone for an entire year. No smartphone or tablet use is permitted, even if the device belongs to a friend,” CBS News reports. “Laptops and desktop computers are OK to use, as are voice-activated devices like Google Home or Amazon Echo.”

If a contestant lasts nine out of 12 months without a smartphone, they will receive $10,000.

You can find further contest details, including detailed informaton on applying on Vitaminwater’s website.

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Facebook says software bug may have exposed photos on 7M users – FOX 13 News, Tampa Bay

Facebook says software bug may have exposed photos on 7M users – FOX 13 News, Tampa Bay

– Facebook said Friday that a software bug affecting nearly 7 million users may have exposed a broader set of photos to app developers than what those users intended.

Although this doesn’t mean the photos were actually seen by anyone, the revelation of the bug offers another reminder of just how much data Facebook has on its 2.27 billion users and how often these sorts of slipups happen.

In a blog post, the company said the bug affected 6.8 million people who granted permission for third-party apps to access the photos. Facebook said the users’ photos may have been exposed for 12 days in September and that the bug was fixed.

Generally when people give apps access to their photos, it means only photos posted on their Facebook page. Facebook says the bug potentially gave developers access to other photos, such as those shared on Marketplace or on Facebook Stories. The bug also affected photos that people uploaded to Facebook but chose not to post or could not post for technical reasons.

The problem comes in a year fraught with privacy scandals and other problems for the world’s biggest social network.

Revelations that the data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed data from as many as 87 million users led to congressional hearings and changes in what sorts of data Facebook lets outside developers access. In June, a bug affecting privacy settings led some users to post publicly by default regardless of their previous settings. This bug affected as many as 14 million users over several days in May.

On Thursday, to counter the bad rap it’s gotten around privacy as of late, Facebook hosted a one-day “pop-up” to talk to users about their settings and whatever else may be on their mind. Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan was on hand to answer questions. Asked by a reporter what grade she’d give Facebook for its privacy work in the past year, she said “B.” By 2019, she said she hopes the improvements will result in an “A.”

Privacy experts might call it grade inflation. In any case, the company has its work cut out before it makes the top grade.

With two more weeks left of the year, it’s possible there’s still time for another privacy kerfuffle at Facebook. While the scandals don’t seem to have affected the company’s massive user base, growth has slowed. And the company has had to increase how much it spends on privacy and security, which put a dent in its bottom line and in August contributed to a stock price plunge .

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1More announces first pair of true wireless earbuds, the ‘Stylish TWS’ – The Verge

1More announces first pair of true wireless earbuds, the ‘Stylish TWS’ – The Verge

1More, maker of the excellent Triple and Quad Driver earphones, has announced its first pair of true wireless earbuds. The so-called Stylish TWS are a pair of $99 wireless earbuds that offer two and a half hours of playback from a single charge, and are supplied alongside a charging case that can recharge them twice over. The earbuds are available now to pre-order from 1More’s US site, where you can get them in either black or gold.

The Stylish TWS are launching at a pretty popular time for true wireless earbuds. Bragi’s Dash got the category off to a start back in 2016, followed by Apple’s wildly popular AirPods and a growing succession of competitors from the likes of Skullcandy, Jabra, B&O and Sennheiser.

1More’s debut effort doesn’t appear to do anything particularly new with the form factor, and its two and a half hours of playback doesn’t compare favorably to the four hours you get from each charge of the AirPods or Jabra Elite 65t. However, the appeal of 1More’s headphones has always been their sound quality, which has tended to punch above their price tags. We thought the company’s Triple Driver earphones were the best in-ear headphones available under $99 when we first reviewed them, and if the Stylish TWS can offer the same audio performance at a price that’s much cheaper than many of its true wireless competitors, then its battery life won’t be too bad of a compromise.

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Fortnite’s New Infinity Blade Has Been Nerfed – GameSpot

Fortnite’s New Infinity Blade Has Been Nerfed – GameSpot

Epic Games has addressed feedback for Fortnite‘s newly released Infinity Blade. This Mythic weapon has the privilege of being the first sword in the wildly popular battle royale title, but its arrival has impacted the game in a way many Fortnite fans haven’t appreciated. Not only is it incredibly powerful, but most players are now entirely focused on getting it, which in turn disrupts the competitive nature of the game.

Responding to the feedback on Reddit, Epic explained that Mythical items like the Infinity Blade, and the Infinity Gauntlet that turned players into Marvel villain Thanos, deliver a unique kind of interaction in the game.

“The presence of Mythic items in gameplay is to provide an interaction a step above the Legendary item functionality and something you’ll continue to see,” the studio said. “To us, that means changing the way the game is played for those who interact with that item. The addition of items in this tier provide new and flavorful ways to interact with the map and generally shake up normal play across default modes.”

Discussing the Infinity Blade specifically, Epic said it is planning to reduce the effectiveness of the weapon by stopping anyone who wields it from building structures and harvesting resources. “When designing the Infinity Blade the goal was to provide a weapon with inherent risk to balance out the great capability it provides–the ability to harvest/build removes a great deal of that risk,” Epic explained. “By taking away the ability to harvest/build we hope to tune the Infinity Blade to where it feels risky to have, but still satisfying to wield.”

As of yet there’s no word on when this change will be implemented, but Epic has promised to continue monitoring how the Blade functions in-game and make further adjustments as required. It has also said it plans to provide more information on its competitive philosophy as it relates to new items, updates, and seasons in Fortnite early next week.

The Infinity Blade was introduced into Fortnite on December 13, the same day that Epic removed all entries in its Infinity Blade mobile game series from the Apple App Store.

Fortnite is now in the second week of Season 7, which means there’s new challenges to complete. While the majority of the new challenges are straightforward, there are a couple of tricky ones too. You can use our Fortnite Season 7 challenge guide to get help with them, as well as the challenges from week one.

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Smash Bros. Ultimate Patch 1.2.0 Tweaks Online And Offline Modes – GameSpot

Smash Bros. Ultimate Patch 1.2.0 Tweaks Online And Offline Modes – GameSpot

Nintendo has released a patch for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Switch entry in its star-studded brawler series. Patch 1.2.0 makes some adjustments to the difficulty of challengers that appear in the offline mode, but the more impactful tweaks are to its online offerings.

First up, Quickplay will now keep the ruleset you prefer in mind a little more when searching for opponents. However, as noted by Nintendo in the patch notes, matchmaking could take a little more time because of this, and there’s no guarantee that the match you get will use the ruleset.

Nintendo has also improved the stability of the connection in Battle Arenas and, hopefully, this should improve the shaky connectivity issues many Smash players have reported since the game’s launch. Take a look at the full patch notes below, courtesy of Nintendo.

Offline Gameplay

  • Adjusted difficulty of approaching challengers

Online Gameplay

  • When matching in Quickplay, the Format setting of your Preferred Rules will be more highly prioritized. This may cause matchmaking to take more time, and there’s still no guarantee that you’ll find a match that has your exact Preferred Rules.
  • Increased the stability of the synchronous connection within Battle Arenas.

Note: Online features requite a Nintendo Switch Online Membership

Misc.

  • Game balance adjustments
  • Various gameplay fixes
  • Specific Fighter Adjustments to Donkey Kong, Link, Kirby, Luigi, Ice Climbers, Young Link, Olimar, Villager, Greninja, Pac-Man, Duck Hunt, and Isabelle.

In GameSpot’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate review, Edmond Tran awarded the game a 9/10, saying “an inconsistent online mode and situational downers don’t stop Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from shining as a flexible multiplayer game that can be as freewheeling or as firm as you want it to be.

“Its entertaining single-player content helps keep the game rich with interesting things to do, as well as bolstering its spirit of loving homage to the games that have graced Nintendo consoles. Ultimate’s diverse content is compelling, its strong mechanics are refined, and the encompassing collection is simply superb.”

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