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Coronavirus may not delay Cyberpunk 2077's September 2020 release

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Apr 8, 2020 at 03:55 pm CDT

Cyberpunk 2077 is still planned for a September 2020 release and CD Projekt RED is confident the game won't be delayed.

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CDPR delivered some good news in its latest 2019 earnings report: Net earnings are up 44%, profits are up 60%, and development on Cyberpunk 2077 is going well even as devs work from home. The big worry is that COVID-19 could delay Cyberpunk 2077 and other major games because of massive interruptions to daily work schedules. But CDPR strongly indicates their ambitious sci-fi FPS-RPG mash-up will hit its intended 2020 launch.

"We're giving it our all, and thanks to the tools at our disposal we have been able to maintain full continuity of our efforts," CD Projekt RED Chief Financial Officer Piotr Nielubowicz said in a recent investor's presentation.

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PC conquers Witcher 3 sales, but Switch is heating up fast

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Apr 8, 2020 at 03:31 pm CDT

The Witcher 3 has sold roughly 28 million copies worldwide since 2015, and its Switch port is coming out swinging.

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CD Projekt RED just announced its 2019 earnings report and showed a surprising sales spike for its RPG magnum opus. Thanks to some clever pixel-counting from Twitter sleuth DarkDetectiveNL, we have an idea how much Witcher 3 has sold on each platform. The White Wolf only just slashed onto Nintendo Switch last October, but the Switcher has sold roughly 700,000 copies to date.

PC still leads with a healthy 12 million cumulative sales, and PS4 is in second place with 10 million, which is to be expected given its massive 108 million-strong install base. Xbox One lags at 4.3 million, and the Switch is heating up with roughly 700K copies.

CD Projekt RED's total revenues for 2019 were up a huge 44% to 521 million zloty, and CFO Piotr Nielubowicz attributes this spike to the "excellent sales of The Witcher 3, including the Switch release."

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Nintendo Account credit card fraud spikes in Japan

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Apr 8, 2020 at 02:15 pm CDT

Have your credit card linked to your Nintendo Account? Remove it, or add two-factor authentication to protect yourself.

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Hackers are breaking into Nintendo Accounts and stealing credit card info, leading to fraudulent charges and hijacking of sensitive data, Nintendo Japan reports. We're not sure if this is just isolated overseas in Japan or of it's more widespread, but the millions of people staying at home worldwide due to COVID-19 are prime targets for theft. Gamers are more eager to buy digital games from the eShop, and that means using credit and debit cards.

Nintendo obviously doesn't want you to remove your credit card from your Nintendo Account--then you'd be less likely to make impulse buys--but it does encourage two-factor authentication. It's a pretty simple process and involves installing Google Authenticator to generate a random code every time you want to access your account info or make a purchase.

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Gamers fined $3000 for playing video games during coronavirus lockdown

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Apr 8, 2020 at 05:41 am CDT

It appears that gamers Down Under are getting hurt by the coronavirus restrictions, with 3 gamers in Victoria, Australia being fined $1652 AUD ($1018) for playing games in a lounge room.

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Victoria Police have been doing spot checks throughout the state to make sure that Australians are following their (very strict) coironavirus lockdown rules, where 3 gamers who don't live together, were in a lounge room at one house and were fined for breaching the coronavirus lockdown rules.

Victoria, Australia is currently under stage 3 restrictions, meaning no more than two people (except for members of your immediate household) can gather together. These rules were introduced by the Victorian government on March 31.

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Martin Shkreli 'Pharma Bro': release me from jail, I'll cure COVID-19

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Apr 8, 2020 at 02:37 am CDT

You might remember Martin Shkreli from headlines a few years ago, someone who was quickly nicknamed "Pharma Bro" after his company Turing Pharmaceuticals acquired the manufacturing license for antiparastic drug Daraprim, and raised its price 56x from $13.50 to $750 per pill.

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Well, Pharma Bro is back in the headlines after he has said he wants to get out of prison so he can research a treatment and cure for coronavirus. The news is coming directly from his defense attorney Ben Brafman, who has said he will be filing court papers requesting authorities to release Shkreli for 3 months so he can do the required laboratory work, but "under strict supervision".

Brafman said: "I have always said that if focused and left in a lab, Martin could help cure cancer. Maybe he can help the scientific community better understand this terrible virus".

Shkreli may be behind bars but he is still making waves on the outside as he has said that the pharmaceutical industry's response to the coronavirus pandemic has been "inadequate". Shkreli added that researchers at each and every single drug company "should be put to work until COVID-19 is no more".

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These masks don't effectively stop the spread of coronavirus COVID-19

Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Apr 8, 2020 at 02:07 am CDT

Masks are currently all the craze right now to stop the spread of the now rampant coronavirus COVID-19. But what if the masks that are being widely used aren't stopping the spread of the virus?

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A recent study was conducted by researchers to answer this very question, and according to the study, which was published on Annals of Internal Medicine, two types of common masks were found to be ineffective at preventing dissemination (spread). The study was conducted at two hospitals in South Korea, scientists asked COVID-19 patients to cough on a petri dish through both surgical masks and cotton masks.

Researchers from Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea instructed 4 patients with COVID-19 to cough 5 times each onto a petri dish. The patients wore the following sequence of masks: no mask, surgical mask, cotton mask, and again with no mask. The inside of both of the masks, and the outside of both the masks, as well as the surface that was coughed on were then swabbed. All of the surfaces were found to have SARS CoV-2 on them.

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Here's why soap is better at killing coronavirus than hand sanitizer

Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Apr 8, 2020 at 01:31 am CDT

Since the coronavirus began, health officials around the world have all said one thing in common - wash your hands. But why, and what should you be washing them with, hand sanitizer, or soap?

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Washing your hands cannot go understated, and especially in a time like this, everyone should be an effort to keep their hands as clean as possible. In the event of you having to leave your house, make sure you wash your hands once you return home, but what should you wash them with? Soap or hand sanitizer?

According to infectious disease expert Dr. Gregory Poland, director of the Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group, who was asked the same question in a Q&A session, soap is better to wash your hands with versus hand sanitizer. Here's what he said, "Your hand has oils on it, and viruses stick to that oil. They have an electrostatic charge to them. But when you're washing with soap, soap has things that decrease surface tension in them so you are physically rubbing by friction and washing away that virus."

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One of Bill Gates' coronavirus COVID-19 vaccines enters human trials

Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Apr 8, 2020 at 01:06 am CDT

Scientists around the world are currently racing to create the first viable vaccine for coronavirus, but before that can be done, extensive testing on humans needs to go underway.

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Bill Gates is one of the many people backing research into vaccine development for COVID-19, but Gates isn't just backing one vaccine, he's backing seven. In a venture to act faster than the government through the vaccines manufacturing process, Gates has backed the production of seven independent vaccines - each designed to combat the coronavirus. Gates also acknowledges that backing multiple vaccines at once is costly; in fact, he knows that it could potentially cost him billions of dollars.

According to a report by TechCrunch, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted an application from Inovio Pharmaceuticals for clinical trials, to begin with, the INO-4800 DNA vaccine candidate. This vaccine candidate works by injecting engineered plasmid (genetic structure) into the patient, which then results in the patient's body producing antibodies to fight off a specific infection. At the moment, DNA vaccines have been approved for use on animals, but not humans.

Call of Duty: Warzone Season 3 adds 4-player squad, new weapons & more

Jak Connor | Gaming | Apr 8, 2020 at 12:31 am CDT

Call of Duty players will be glad to know that Season 3 has just been dropped by Activision, and as expected, it comes with a bunch of new features to enjoy.

According to a new trailer dropped onto the official Call of Duty YouTube Channel, Season 3 will add the highly anticipated four-player squads mode to Warzone. We already knew that Activision was planning on increasing the squad size, as Infinity Ward co-head, Patrick Kelly teased back in early March that the developers were planning on adding larger squads and ultimately 200 player matches.

As for Season 3, Infinity Ward and Activision are pumping out some fresh content for both Warzone players and Modern Warfare players. Warzone players will be able to use some new weapons and skins, which include silenced and non-silenced versions of every weapon type. There will also be brand new guns and blueprints inside in supply boxes. As for Modern Warfare players, Infinity Ward is introducing three new 6v6 maps, some are remastered of old classic maps, and some are down-scaled maps from Ground War. Season 3 will begin on April 8th for every platform the games playable on.

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Zoom admits data was 'mistakenly' routed through China

Anthony Garreffa | Privacy & Rights | Apr 7, 2020 at 10:37 pm CDT

Zoom is in serious doo-doo right now, with the videop conferencing provider now admitting that users' calls from around the world were routed through China.

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Zoom CEO Eric Yuan admitted that his company "mistakenly" routed calls through China, he explained: "In our urgency to come to the aid of people around the world during this unprecedented pandemic, we added server capacity and deployed it quickly - starting in China, where the outbreak began".

Yuan continued: "In that process, we failed to fully implement our usual geo-fencing best practices. As a result, it is possible certain meetings were allowed to connect to systems in China, where they should not have been able to connect".

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