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Valve starts inviting players to ‘Artifact’ Beta 2.0

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Valve starts inviting players to 'Artifact' Beta 2.0

It appears that Artifact Beta 2.0 is the latest result of that re-examining. According to Valve, the beta of the original Artifact was “too late” and “too short,” so it wanted to seek out public opinion a little earlier this time around. “We’ve decided to approach things a bit differently this time around by gradually inviting people to join us while we are still ‘Under Construction’,” it said on its website. 

As mentioned above, the players of the original game will get priority to sign up for the beta. Valve will send out emails to all of them by next week. “We will use a lottery system to invite people who have opted in,” it said in a statement. “Access to the Beta will remain closed until we’ve worked through the signups from players of the original. Communication about the game will remain open for the duration of the Beta.”

During this phase, Valve hopes to test out a host of different mechanisms such as gameplay, balance and hero identity. Some gameplay modes will be locked however, such as tournaments and draft modes. 

It remains unclear as to when Valve will finally move on to an open beta of Artifact, but if all goes according to plan, it’ll be after this particular round of “experimentation and development” is over. 

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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Australia fines Sony $2.4 million for refusing refunds on faulty PlayStation games

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Australia fines Sony $2.4 million for refusing refunds on faulty PlayStation games

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Sony PlayStation is displayed in Chiba, east of Tokyo, Japan, September 12, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato/File Photo

(Reuters) – A court has ruled that a unit of Japan’s Sony Corp broke the consumer law by denying customers refunds for faulty PlayStation games and ordered the company to pay a A$3.5 million ($2.4 million) fine, Australia’s consumer watchdog said.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) had filed a lawsuit against Sony Interactive Entertainment Network Europe Ltd in May last year for telling four customers it did not have to provide refunds for faulty games after they had been downloaded, or more than 14 days since purchase.

The court also rapped the global video game company for offering only store credits rather than cash to refund another customer.

“What Sony told these consumers was false and does not reflect the consumer guarantee rights afforded to Australian consumers under the Australian Consumer Law,” ACCC Chair Rod Sims said in a statement here on Friday.

Sony Europe had admitted liability and would contribute to the regulator’s legal costs for the case, according to the ACCC.

Sony did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for a comment.

($1 = 1.4343 Australian dollars)

Reporting by Shashwat Awasthi, additional reporting by Shriya Ramakrishnan in Bengaluru, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips

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Apple is testing a better way to change iPad keyboard brightness

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Apple is testing a better way to change iPad keyboard brightness

Apple is working on a way to make it easier to change iPad keyboard brightness, according to new code analyzed by 9to5Mac. A beta version of iPadOS 13.5.5 reportedly contains references to keyboard shortcuts that could change the brightness of the keyboard backlighting as well as the iPad’s screen.

Apple’s new iPad Pro Magic Keyboard is in many ways a great solution for iPad power users, but the company’s continued refusal to include a function row on its iPad keyboards comes with some big tradeoffs. In order to change keyboard backlighting brightness, for example, you currently have to delve down multiple levels in the Settings app.

9to5Mac hasn’t been able to actually make use of the keyboard shortcuts in this beta software, so it’s possible that they won’t ship until a later version of iPadOS 13 or even 14. At least Apple appears to have clocked that the present situation is less than ideal.

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Bosch’s motorcycle crash detection automatically alerts emergency services

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Bosch's motorcycle crash detection automatically alerts emergency services

The service also relies on the sensor’s integrated crash algorithm to determine whether a motorcycle truly got into an accident or whether it just fell over, for instance. If Help Connect decides that a vehicle got into an accident, it will transmit information about the scene and the rider to the Bosch Service Center. In severe accidents, the service could use the rider’s phone to find their location and direct emergency responders to the scene.

Help Connect will initially be available in Germany, Bosch’s home country, only. According to Autoblog, though, the company plans to expand its availability to other markets at a later time.

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