Disney’s competitive cover shooter ‘Star Wars: Rivals’ may not be officially available, but here is a quick trick that will get you into the game today

Back in June of 2017 Star Wars: Rivals was released as a soft launch title in Australia and New Zealand. At that time I did a brief hands-on with the cover-based corridor shooter. Well, it would appear an official launch is nearing because as of yesterday Disney announced that Star Wars: Rivals is now officially available for pre-registration. This sadly means that most people still won’t be able to install the game.

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Why mining businesses are digging into the IoT to remain competitive

As competition in the mining sector intensifies, businesses involved in the industry are banking on the IoT to maintain a competitive edge and retain their market share.

Inmarsat’s most recent report, “The Future of IoT in Enterprise”, argues that the mining businesses will get great support from the IoT in boosting automation level and production efficiency. According to the report, IoT will play a vital role in the mining sector where profit margins are under pressure due to growing competition.

For preparing the report Inmarsat polled over 100 large mining firms globally and found that 70% of businesses agree that IoT will provide them with a significant edge against their rivals. While 41% of respondents said that they would make use of IoT to boost the automation of business processes, 44% said that the technology would help them in detecting efficiency opportunities and cost saving.

Discussing the findings of the report, Joe Carr, director of mining at Inmarsat, said: “It is no surprise to see that mining businesses are looking to IoT to help them gain a competitive advantage. Mining businesses across the world are under constant pressure to produce the same product at a lower price than their rivals. At the same time, it is becoming harder to find high quality deposits in lower sovereign risk countries.

“This pressure is amplified in developed economies, such as Canada and Australia, where labour costs are much higher than in emerging markets, leaving operators in these territories at a significant competitive disadvantage,” Carr added.

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Absurd Competitive Sports Game ‘Unicycle Hero’ Launching on iOS January 31st

Back in August I had my mind blown–literally blown!–when I laid my eyes on the animated .gif splendor of Unicycle Hero from developer Unept, creator of one of my favorite mobile games Level With Me [Free], among others. The idea in Unicycle Hero is that you’re competing in traditional track and field events like javelin and shot put, and some not-so-traditional events like competitive table flipping and hitting a giant 8-ball with a giant pool cue, but you’re doing these things while traveling on a unicycle. I mean… do I really need to go on? This is obviously the future of competitive sports. Maybe the trailer for Unicycle Hero will get you as excited as I am.

Obviously trying to balance yourself on a unicycle while performing these amazing athletic feats only adds to the difficulty and challenge, meaning this is the exact type of event to weed out all those regular humans and see who is truly ready for our unicycle-bound future where our legs are replaced by unicycles. You can help out your cause by buffing up some stats from money you earn in events, with both a Career mode and Practice mode to help you hone your unicycling skills. It looks terribly silly and right up my alley, and today Unept announced on Twitter that Unicycle Hero will be gracing us with its presence on iOS on January 31st, 2018. So start mentally training right now if you want to be ready to compete in what will no doubt be a future Game of the Year contender.

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Here’s the letter alleging Uber spied on individuals for competitive intelligence

The letter has been submitted as evidence in Alphabet’s lawsuit against Uber.

A 37-page letter that details allegations of unethical competitive surveillance practices at Uber has just been made public as part of Alphabet’s ongoing trade secret litigation against Uber.

The letter, written by the attorney of a former Uber security employee Richard Jacobs, was sent to the company’s general counsel Angela Padilla after he left the company.

In it, Jacobs claimed Uber’s security team advised staffers to use ephemeral messaging systems, like Wickr, and non-attributable devices to avoid creating paper trails that may serve to hurt the company in the event of a lawsuit.

He also claimed the company surveilled individuals from rival companies for competitive intelligence.

The letter read:

“This program, formerly known as the Strategic Services Group, under Nick Gicinto, collected intelligence and conducted unauthorized surveillance, including unauthorized recording of private conversations against executives from competitor firms, such as DiDi Chuxing and against its own employees and contractors at the Autonomous Technologies Group in Pittsburgh.”

Jacobs testified in court and walked back some of the allegations made in the letter, which was written by his attorney, Clayton Halunen. Days later, Uber’s new chief legal officer Tony West issued a directive to employees to stop surveilling individuals, which Recode first reported.

In a separate note to staff Khosrowshahi said the letter detailed enough to “merit serious concern.”

While Jacobs, Padilla and other employees addressed some of the claims made within the letter — confirming the use of Wickr for business-related communications — the letter itself had not been made public before Friday evening.

The document prepared by Jacobs’ attorney also claimed Uber was using some of these surveillance tactics on Alphabet’s self-driving arm, Waymo. However, during his testimony, Jacobs walked that allegation back.

“While we haven’t substantiated all the claims in this letter—and, importantly, any related to Waymo—our new leadership has made clear that going forward we will compete honestly and fairly, on the strength of our ideas and technology,” an Uber spokesperson said.

Even in spite of that, the letter — submitted to the court just days before the companies were expected to begin the trial — could prove doubly problematic for Uber.

Alphabet’s self-driving arm Waymo is already asking a judge to instruct the jury that Uber’s withholding of evidence can be used against the company as it decides its verdict. The jury has yet to be selected. Both the delay in disclosing the letter to the court and the contents of the letter, if true, may serve to bolster that request.

A court appointed official advised the judge that the document should have been produced as part of the discovery process.

Uber later settled with Jacobs for $ 4.5 million after he resigned, of which $ 1 million was considered a consulting fee for aiding Uber in an internal investigation. Jacobs’s lawyer, Halunen, received an additional $ 3 million from Uber.

Padilla said the company chose to settle with Jacobs in order to avoid the cost of litigation as well as any additional distraction it would cause for the company. The cost of discovery alone in that case would have cost $ 4 million to $ 5 million, Padilla testified.

Here’s the full letter:


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Next ‘Overwatch’ competitive season will have more changes

While Overwatch is still in its seventh competitive season, Blizzard has already tipped its hand about a couple of changes due in season eight. With these matches focused on creating even pairings to rate skill, next season the plan is to tighten the…
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