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The mystery of RGV2cw, Microsoft’s extremely nerdy secret message to developers – News Brig

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The mystery of RGV2cw, Microsoft’s extremely nerdy secret message to developers – TechCrunch

When he was still running Microsoft, Steve Ballmer caused quite the stir in the tech world by screaming “Developers! Developers! Developers!” Since the executive retired to spend more time with his basketball team, however, the tech giant’s current CEO is decidedly more…subtle in his approach.

In the kickoff keynote to the first all-virtual build conference, Satya Nadella delivered a speech in front of a large shelving unit packed with knickknacks and family photos. And there was “RGV2cw.” The seemingly nonsensical string of letters sat to the right of the CEO’s head. But these kinds of backdrops aren’t chosen at random. Surely there must be some meaning in the madness.

The letters sent twitter users scrambling to decode. One noted the presence of a user on a dev board with the name. Another quickly snapped up the handle to send Build related tweets. This user, however, appears to be the first to have cracked the code:

Microsoft’s Scott Hanselman confirmed the message. It was, quite literally, a coded message to developers. Specifically, it’s the word “devs” in the Base64 format. Here, run it through this decoder to see for yourself.

It doesn’t have the shouting, sweaty urgency of Ballmer, but it’s a nice tip of the fedora nonetheless.

From television to the internet platform, Erin switched her journey in digital media with News Brig. She served as a journalist for popular news channels and currently contributes his experience for News Brig by writing about the tech domain.

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EA allows ‘Madden NFL 21’ Xbox Series X upgrades until ‘NFL 22’ arrives

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EA allows 'Madden NFL 21' Xbox Series X upgrades until 'NFL 22' arrives

When EA first introduced an option to upgrade the Xbox One version of Madden NFL 21 to the Xbox Series X release for free, it gave players until March 31st, 2021 to make the decision. That’s not much time if you aren’t dead set on buying the Series X right away, is it? You won’t have to stress quite so much going forward, however. EA has quietly updated

its “Next Level” teaser page to extend the upgrade period until the arrival of Madden NFL 22. You can buy the Xbox One edition a few months after the fact and still have some time to decide if you want Microsoft’s next-gen console.

The site was updated “earlier this week,” an EA spokesperson told Polygon (via Operation Sports). The publisher had intended to formally announce the upgrade extension, but pushed it back as part of efforts to give the spotlight to anti-racism protests. EA delayed its Play event and the Madden NFL 21 introduction to June 11th.

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Facebook issues new recommendations for discussing racism in groups

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Facebook issues new recommendations for discussing racism in groups

Facebook’s efforts to address a surge in social turmoil will extend beyond reviewing its policies. The company has posted recommendations (via The Verge) for group operators to help them address “race and social issues,” such as the Black Lives Matter protests gripping the US and numerous other countries. They’re logical, but are clearly built in direct response to discussions becoming increasingly political between anti-racist activism and the looming US presidential election.

The social network suggests that groups should have administrators and moderators from “impacted communities,” for a start. They should also review rules and outline them for group members, even if it means forbidding certain topics or requiring post approval. Facebook also wants group leaders to be open to member input, however, and they may have to accept that the nature of a group might evolve or even prompt the creation of another group.

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Some iPhone 11 models display a green tint after unlocking

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Some iPhone 11 models display a green tint after unlocking

A number of iPhone users are seeing a strange green tint on their devices’ displays for a few seconds after unlocking, and it’s still unclear what’s causing the phenomenon. Based on the complaints posted on Reddit and the MacRumors forum, the most affected devices are the ‌iPhone 11‌, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. However, some iPhone X and XS users seem to be experiencing the issue, as well.

Several users are saying that the green tint only shows up when they have Dark Mode and Night Shift on or if they’re in dark room. Affected users are also reporting that the issue popped up after iOS 13.4 came out, though there are those who’ve only noticed it after upgrading to iOS 13.5. At least one user says the green tint disappeared

upon installing iOS 13.5.5, which is currently in beta, so it’s looking more likely that it’s a software issue. We’ve reached out to Apple for a statement and will update you when we hear back — if it is a software issue, then the tech giant is bound to roll out an update that’ll fix it in the future.

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