‘The Fight’ doc is an invigorating reminder of the battle for freedom

We are in the middle of a war.

Not a specific war and not even a specific “we” — for most of its history, humanity has been fighting with or for something. It is a byproduct of civilization’s very existence. We fight against each other, on behalf of each other, and then we gather ourselves in victory or defeat, summoning strength for the next one.

Magnolia Pictures’ The Fight centers on four major civil rights cases, but also on this constant battle and the American Civil Liberties Union’s decision to take up its mantle — no matter who it has to defend. Read More


Tera: Battle Arena brings team-based action to the MMO’s universe

En Masse Entertainment has announced Tera: Battle Arena, a team-based brawler that will be available for PC later this year as a new mode for the massively multiplayer online game.

Tera launched back in 2011. It has stood out with its use of real-time combat, offering faster action that most other online role-playing games. Battle Arena is focusing solely on action, with players picking heroes and then fighting against each other in two teams of three players.

Battle Arena will be available as a free download via the Tera client. You can then select Battle Arena from Tera’s title screen. It’s not unusual for MMOs to have player-vs.-player options that pits teams of players against each other. But Battle Arena isn’t about players using the same characters that they’ve created for the MMO. It will be hero-based, like Overwatch or League of Legends. Read More


Before buying Instagram, Zuckerberg warned employees of ‘battle’ to ‘dislodge’ competitor – TechCrunch

In one of the first substantive moments at Wednesday’s major tech hearing, Facebook’s 2012 acquisition of Instagram came under fire, unearthing a few new revelations about the company’s internal thinking at the time.

Alluding to new documents provided to the committee as part of its ongoing year-long antitrust investigation, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said emails between Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives at the time tell “a very disturbing story.”

Nadler went on to declare that Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram violated antitrust laws. “If this was an illegal merger at the time of the transaction, why shouldn’t Instagram now be broken off into a separate company?” Nadler asked. Read More


Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout — How Mediatonic crafted a cute battle royale

If you told me that someone was making a cute battle royale, I would have laughed out loud in derision. When I saw what Mediantonic did with Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, a very cute battle royale, I did laugh out loud. Because it’s so fun.

Fall Guys is one of my favorites from E3 2019, and last weekend it held its biggest beta test in advance of its August 4 launch. Inspired by games like Takeshi’s Castle, Exceed, and Wipeout on television, Fall Guys pits 60 players against each other in running hilarious obstacle courses, using only characters who bounce around like rag dolls. The game has 25 versions of its battle royale competitions, including Egg Scramble, which pits three teams against each other. They have to race to a huge pile of eggs and put them in their team’s basket. Read More


This startup reworked its privacy-friendly sensors to help battle COVID-19 – TechCrunch

One little-known home and retail automation startup might seem like an unlikely candidate to help combat the ongoing pandemic. But its founder says its technology can do just that, even if it wasn’t the company’s original plan.

Butlr, a spin-out of the MIT Media Lab, uses a mix of wireless, battery-powered hardware and artificial intelligence to track people’s movements indoors without violating their privacy. The startup uses ceiling-mounted sensors to detect individuals’ body heat to track where a person walks and where they might go next. The use-cases are near-endless. The sensors can turn on mood-lighting or air conditioning when it detects movement, help businesses understand how shoppers navigate their stores, determine the wait-time in the queues at the checkout, and even sound the alarm if it detects a person after-hours. Read More


Apple wins $15 billion court battle with EU over Irish tax

After a long string of fines and legal setbacks in the EU, Apple can now chalk up one big win next to its name.

On Wednesday, the EU Court of Justice ruled in favor of Apple, annulling the European Commission’s decision that forced the company to pay back €13 billion ($14.9 billion) in back taxes to Ireland.

The Court decided that the European Commission “did not succeed in showing to the requisite legal standard” that Apple had a tax advantage in Ireland.

The European Commission said in 2016 that Ireland’s tax benefits to Apple were illegal and that they give the company an advantage over other businesses, forcing Apple to cough up the money to Ireland.  Read More

Tech Radar

Call of Duty: Mobile Season 8 start date, characters, new modes and battle pass

Call of Duty: Mobile Season 8 is officially underway, but what can you expect from the game’s latest update?

Called ‘The Forge’, Season 8 brings rewards for both free and premium players who pay for the battle pass. You can unlock the brand new DR-H assault rifle for free if you reach tier 21, and premium players can enjoy a whole host of unlockables such as new skins for Tank Dempsey and Krueger.

When does Call of Duty: Mobile Season 8 start?

Call of Duty: Mobile Season 8 has now started. Season 7 ended on July 9, so the new update fell in line with the game’s usual pattern of introducing the battle pass a few days later. Read More


‘Fall Guys’ brings mini-game battle royale to PS4 and Steam on August 4th

If you want a battle royale-like experience but want something more family-friendly than Call of Duty or Fortnite, you won’t have to wait much longer. Mediatonic and Devolver have announced that Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout will be available on PS4 and Steam on August 4th. It’s not quite as ambitious as originally intended, with ‘only’ 60 players per round instead of 100, but it still appears every bit as frantic.

The title revolves around a collection of mini-games where only one player can emerge victorious, such as obstacle courses with falling fruit. While it’s relatively non-violent (unless you count being smacked by fruit as violent), much of the tension of a battle royale game remains — you’re still fighting to be the last one standing. In that sense, this might be viable for anyone who wants a large-scale party game but still has a vicious competitive streak. Read More


Traplight launches Battle Legion mobile game and raises $9 million

Mobile game studio Traplight is launching its Battle Legion mobile strategy game worldwide and announcing a $9 million funding round led by EQT Ventures.

Battle Legion combines strategy with an auto-battler core in something the company calls an auto mass-battler experience. Players can pick a strategy and watch the game unfold in 100-versus-100 mass battles. Traplight aims to build the next global gaming success story, and with that level of funding, it’s worth taking seriously.

The game comes from Finland, of course — the land of massive mobile game hits like Small Giant Games’ Empires & Puzzles (EQT invested in Small Giant, and Zynga acquired the company for $700 million) and Supercell’s Clash Royale. Tampere, Finland-based Traplight is focused on mid-core games, or hardcore-themed games you can play in a short time. Read More

The Next Web

The UK just paid $500M to battle Musk in the internet-from-space race — cos Brexit

A new challenger has appeared in the internet-from-space race: the UK government, which CNBC reports has committed $500 million to reviving bankrupt satellite startup OneWeb.

The UK government won a 20% stake in OneWeb during an auction in New York on Friday, pending court approval. The bid, reportedly made through a consortium, was worth more than $1 billion in total.

[Read: A look inside Europe’s $7 trillion technology market]

The move sets the UK government squarely against billionaires Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, both of whom are pouring huge sums of cash into their own broadband-beaming satellite plays, Starlink and Blue Origin. Read More