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Sony Interactive Entertainment is known as the creator of the PlayStation series.Along with a list of compatible games, the gaming console has been the dream of every gamer and child.Even though you will find a PlayStation in every household, only a few games make it to the gaming stations of people who love to play video games.A few examples are- FIFA, Far Cry, God of War.The second installment will release on PlayStation 5 and will get a world premiere demo on the gaming console at Gamescom.This event will have a Gamescom opening live broadcast, and the event will begin on August 27, 2020, and end on August 30, 2020.
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The Far Cry franchise is ready to add one more slot in the series.In the upcoming Far Cry 6, there are several surprises for the fans that also include the novel setting, “Yara.” The environment in the game will be now more like a jungle instead of metro cities and it will also provide stunning visuals.Far Cry 5 was also 4K compatible, but it was only for the PC rather than consoles like Xbox One X and PS4 Pro.However, with the new generation of hardware, players are wondering how Far Cry 6 will adapt to the current hardware.During the launch of Far Cry 6 trailer, a fan spotted an interesting footnote in the last seconds of the video.There was mentioned that 4K Ultra HD is going to be available on Xbox Series X and Xbox One X only, and HDR will be available on Xbox One S and the new consoles.Far Cry 6 will be available in 4K on PS5, PS4 Pro and PS4.PlayStation fans were reassured that current PS4 and PS5 would be compatible with higher class visuals of Far Cry 6.
Tommy Francois, vice-president of editorial and creative services at video game giant Ubisoft, has left the company after facing allegations of sexual harassment.
Ubisoft had previously placed Francois on administrative leave, pending an investigation.
Ubisoft's CEO Yves Guillemot told staff of Francois' departure in an email sent July 31, seen by Business Insider. Ubisoft on Monday confirmed to Business Insider that Francois has left the company, effective immediately.
Francois was named in a Business Insider investigation into sexual misconduct and HR failures at Ubisoft, which is one of the biggest video game companies in the world. He is the latest in a series of senior employees to step down.
Francois did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Tommy Francois, a senior employee at video game giant Ubisoft, has left the company after current and former colleagues accused him of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior.
Francois is the latest in a series of senior employees to leave Ubisoft, which has been rocked over the last month by allegations of sexual misconduct, harassment, and assault.
He was vice-president of editorial and creative services, based in Ubisoft's Paris headquarters, and was the right-hand man of chief creative officer Serge Hascoet. Hascoet resigned in July. As one of only a handful of editorial VPs, Francois was among the most senior creative minds at Ubisoft, and helped steer the company's biggest franchises, which include Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, Watch Dogs, and Tom Clancy's The Division.
In a July 31 email seen by Business Insider, Ubisoft's CEO Yves Guillemot told editorial staff that Francois had left the company. Ubisoft on Monday confirmed Francois' departure in an email to Business Insider.
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Francois was put on administrative leave in late June, pending an investigation. In Guillemot's July 31 email, the CEO told editorial staff that Francois had left the company with immediate effect, but did not say anything more about the departure.
Francois did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Francois was named in a Business Insider report on July 24 into harassment and misconduct at the company, in which he was accused of boasting about masturbating during a business trip and massaging colleagues without asking. He also regularly commented on female colleagues' appearance, current and former Ubisoft employees said.
Many of the stories told to Business Insider echoed those in an extensive report in French national newspaper Libération, published July 1. Francois did not respond to Business Insider's investigation at the time but did deny the earlier allegations made in Libération via his legal representative.
Other investigations are still ongoing, Guillemot added in the email.
Francois joins Hascoet, head of Ubisoft's Canadian studios Yannis Mallat, global head of HR Cécile Cornet, and VP editorial Maxime Beland as senior staff who have stepped down in recent months. Cornet remains at Ubisoft in a different role.
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One winning photo in the 2020 iPhone Photography Awards was captured using the iPhone 4, a phone that launched 10 years ago.
The winning photo was taken by photographer Omar Lucas, who captured the first place prize in the awards' "People" category.
The iPhone 4 had a single 5-megapixel camera and was the first iPhone to come with FaceTime.
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You don't have to upgrade to the latest iPhone to take prize-winning photos, it turns out.
The winners of the 2020 iPhone Photography Awards were announced on July 22, and among the winning photographs was an image taken on the iPhone 4, as Input reported. The photo was taken by photographer Omar Lucas from Peru, the recipient of the contest's first place prize for the "People" category.
Here's a look at Lucas' winning photo taken on the iPhone 4:
Tres mujeres tejedoras de la zona sur de la región de Ayacucho ( Perú) visten orgullosas las llicllas (mantas, en quechua) elaboradas por ellas. . . . #ayacucho #perù #mujeres #instagram #latinamerica #work #women #omarlucas #fábricadeideas #portraitphotography #portraitofhumanity
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The grand prize, which went to Dimpy Bhalotia from the United Kingdom, was shot on an iPhone X from 2017. But the first place prize-winning photo, taken by Artyom Baryshau of India, was also shot on a much older model: the iPhone 6, which launched in 2014.
The iPhone 4 came with a 5-megapixel camera and an LED flash, making it the first iPhone that had the potential to serve as a digital camera replacement, as CNET noted in its camera review of the device from 2010. It was also the first iPhone to support FaceTime.
It's a far cry from the sophisticated cameras found on today's smartphones, but it represented a big leap forward from its predecessor, the iPhone 3GS, which had a 3-megapixel camera.
Today's smartphone cameras have come a long way, as multi-lens setups have become the standard. The iPhone 11 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S20, for example, both have triple-lens cameras that include wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle, and telephoto lenses. The rumored iPhone 12 that Apple is expected to launch later this year is also anticipated to come with some camera upgrades, such as a depth sensor similar to the Lidar sensor on the latest iPad Pro.
The iPhone Photography Awards is an independent annual competition that began in 2007, not to be confused with Apple's own Shot on iPhone Challenge.
It's also not the only photography contest to feature older iPhone models. Two winning photos from Apple's 2019 Shot on iPhone Challenge were taken using an iPhone 7— a model that's now more than three years old. SEE ALSO: Apple Watch Series 5 vs. Series 3: The $200 Series 3 is the best deal for iPhone owners looking for a basic smartwatch
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For six years, no new game has been released by Sucker Punch Production in the market.Samurai Jin Sakai (protagonist), who has survived the invasion of Mongols, starts using underhand tactics like hiding behind long grass and sneaking through it or hiding on the rooftops to kill his enemies (Mongols) only to protect his homeland from invaders and make them go back.The game has a 3-part story structure, and its gameplay is somewhat identical to Assassin’s Creed.Your only job as Samurai will be to kill your enemies using your inherited katana.In the beginning, you can see Sakai following the Samurai code of honor.You can see the character struggling internally and externally because of this approach in the gameplay.Besides your sword, you also get lots of ninja gears like kunai, smoke bombs, grenades, and two bows in the game (a half bow and a full bow), which can be unlocked by completing the missions in the game.You also get the opportunity to wear lots of samurai armors in the game.Mechanics and mission structure-wise, the game is similar to popular games like Far Cry, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and Assassin’s Creed.
Laundry startup Washboard garnered media mockery in 2014 for saying it would sell quarters for coin-operated laundry machines at a 35-50% markup. It shuttered after six days.
But now, as more stores and customers turn to debit and credit payments to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, there's a nationwide coin shortage that has people scrambling for change to do their laundry.
Washboard cofounder Caleb Brown says he doesn't plan on bringing the service back, despite people telling him 'they would love to see it come back.'
Meanwhile, mom-and-pop laundromats are pivoting to mobile payments or debit card and credit card payments, according to the Coin Laundry Association.
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There's a grainy, 28-second, vertically-shot Youtube video from 2014 of a guy named Charlie Pizza raving about a hot new startup called Washboard. The startup promised to mail customers $20 in quarters for coin-operated laundry machines for the low price of $26.99 per month.
Charlie Pizza, of course, isn't real — the video was a marketing stunt for the company that mailed customers quarters at a 35% markup (or a 50% markup, if they chose to get $10 in quarters for $14.99).
In 2014, while analysts scratched their heads as Silicon Valley pumped $1.5 million into Yo, an app that texted people "yo", the company's cofounder, Caleb Brown, put Washboard on Product Hunt, a website where people can upvote new products or services they're interested in. Washboard quickly made its way to the front page.
"We're having fun. I didn't think it would get upvoted that high," Brown said. "I thought maybe we would get two customers."
The startup went viral and Washboard received widespread media scrutiny — and general mockery — during the company's brief six-day run.
Pittsburgh-based software developer Brown says that he and his cofounder Shaun Chapman shut down the service because its payment processor, Stripe, said that Washboard violated its terms of service (it doesn't allow money orders), and finding another one wasn't worth the energy.
Now, however, the company's core idea of a coin subscription service looks newly viable. The US faces a nationwide coin shortage as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, as people are discouraged from using cash in stores, and many businesses that do accept cash are asking for exact change to limit contact between customers and clerks. People desperate to do laundry are driving to friends' places to exchange cash for coins, asking their parents to mail quarters, or relying on a stockpile from their employer.
Brown has heard from more than a dozen people asking him to bring the service back, he tells Business Insider.
"People have told me many times in the last months that they would love to see it come back," Brown said. "Someone just like a month ago said, 'This is so ahead of its time.'"
Unfortunately for Washboard's wistful admirers, Brown doesn't plan on bringing back the service back anytime soon. "While I do believe Washboard solved a real problem for real people, I didn't think there was really an opportunity to grow Washboard beyond quarter delivery," Brown wrote in 2014 when he and Chapman shut down the service. Brown, who currently works at a developer staffing startup called X-Team, isn't interested in a relaunch even if quarters are newly valuable because of the pandemic.
The coronavirus crisis-spurred shortage means that the 30,000 coin laundromats in the US are taking a hit, according to Brian Wallace, the CEO of the Coin Laundry Association. While plenty are equipped with coin machines, many of them are low on funds or even empty, leaving mom-and-pop laundromats to pivot to mobile payments, or debit card and credit card payments.
Wallace says that 89% of laundromats offer coin payments, while 59% of those offer it has their only payment method.
Coin payment is still the most popular method for laundromat owners because it's the cheapest. Any laundry-specific payment apps that aim to make profit, he said, would take away from the laundromat's already-scant profit.
Washboard never had the chance to garner much profit of its own. Only 41 people signed up for the subscription service before it shut-down — Washboard made approximately $1.50 for every order, bringing them to a measly $60 in profit by the end of the week.
"The concept truly isn't any different from Venmo," Brown said. "We weren't making crazy money."
Venmo charges a 3% transaction fee for credit cards, which, on the surface is a far cry from Washboard's markup on change. But the startup's efforts were high and the margins were low: Brown had to open a separate bank account, buy hundreds of dollars in quarters, and manually count money and mail coins to customers.
The shipping was free for users but "of course there's no such thing as free shipping," Brown said.
Brown and Chapman actually pulled in far more money after they decided to shut down the site: The domain sold for $1,300.
Now, while companies have pivoted to delivering groceries and conducting virtual doctor visits during the pandemic, laundry remains one of those chores that still require in-person visits for many people across America. And while plenty of coin-operated laundromats have adopted social distancing measures, coins are still hard to come by. Customers can try to get change at their local bank or at stores, but may leave empty-handed because of the limited supply. The problem harkens back to one of the only YouTube comments left on the original Charlie Pizza video:
"lol, but you had to wait 2 days to get the quarters and that is plenty of time to get to the bank," Jacqueline Marsh commented.
"It's plenty of time to get to the bank but you still have to go to the bank," Brown responded. "And that, my friend, is the real problem."
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Two more executives have left Ubisoft following an investigation into sexual misconduct at the company, Ubisoft announced Sunday.
Chief creative officer Serge Hascoët and the managing director of Ubisoft's Canadian branch Yannis Mallat have resigned, effective immediately.
The company's global head of HR Cécile Cornet is also stepping down from her position, but remains at the company.
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French games company Ubisoft on Saturday announced two more of its executives are leaving the company of sexual misconduct allegations and another is stepping down from her role, right after the company geared up for a big virtual event showing off its upcoming games.
The company announced on Sunday its chief creative officer and second-most senior executive Serge Hascoët had resigned effective immediately, along with the managing director of its Canadian branch Yannis Mallat.
Hascoët's role will be temporarily filled by CEO Yves Guillemot.
"During this time, Mr. Guillemot will personally oversee a complete overhaul of the way in which the creative teams collaborate," the company said in its statement.
With regards to Mallat, the company said: "The recent allegations that have come to light in Canada against multiple employees make it impossible for [Mallat] to continue in this position."
Ubisoft's global head of HR Cécile Cornet is also stepping down from her role, but remaining inside the company per a statement given to GameSpot.
Reports of sexual assault and misconduct at Ubisoft started to surface in late June, after community manager Andrien Gbinigie was publicly accused of rape. Gbinigie denied the allegation in a Medium post, which has since been taken down.
On June 26 Bloomberg reported the company had placed two executives plus an unspecified number of other employees on administrative leave as part of an investigation into the allegations. On June 27, CEO Yves Guillemot wrote a letter to Ubisoft employees promising to "personally follow" each reported case of misconduct at the company.
"Ubisoft has fallen short in its obligation to guarantee a safe and inclusive workplace environment for its employees," Guillemot said in a statement.
The news came the same day the company hosted its big virtual event Ubisoft Forward, where it hyped up its upcoming next installment in the "Assassin's Creed" franchise "Assassin's Creed: Valhalla," and announced another installment in its popular "Far Cry" series "Far Cry 6."
The company did not address the allegations, however, saying the event had been pre-recorded.
"Ubisoft Forward comes during a time of big internal change. Because all of the content has been pre-recorded, we wanted to recognise that the issues we're currently dealing with won't be addressed directly in the show. We still have significant work to do and are committed to this process. We will provide more updates soon," Ubisoft said in a statement. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why thoroughbred horse semen is the world's most expensive liquid
With people having more time indoors on their hands, many have resorted to dusting off their gaming collection or even expanding it with new purchases. Recent events have been a boon to the gaming industry but they have also put some companies and individuals under a microscope. It is against that backdrop that Ubisoft is announcing its latest flagship title’s … Continue reading
Ubisoft revealed the first Far Cry 6 trailer during its Ubisoft Forward event.
The French gaming company's said it's committed to change, but it won't address that change during its biggest event of the year.
Ubisoft, like many other video game companies, was unable to host its typical in-person press conference at E3 in June due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, it hosted a digital event on Sunday called “Ubisoft Forward,” revealing more about its biggest upcoming games. Those included Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs: Legion, its newly-announced battle royale shooter Hyper Scape, Far Cry 6, and more. The company says it also plans to hold another Ubisoft Forward showcase later this year.
Ubisoft Forward comes at a difficult time for the company: Reports of a pervasive toxic culture at Ubisoft have recently come to light amid multiple allegations of misconduct levied against Ubisoft employees. Just yesterday, three prominent executives...
Ubisoft debuted the first trailer for Far Cry 6 as part of its Ubisoft Forward digital conference today. The cinematic trailer didn’t have any gameplay, but showed a city in revolt under the regime of Antón Castillo, who is played by Giancarlo Esposito, perhaps best known as Gus Fring in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul.
In Far Cry 6, players control Dani Rojas, who is tasked with stopping Castillo’s regime. Much like its predecessors Far Cry 5 and Far Cry New Dawn, the playable character will be customizable and can be played as either a male or female. But Far Cry 6 will also see the return of a voiced protagonist, GameSpot reports.
Ubisoft says players will have many weapons at their disposal and a companion system that allows you...
Ubisoft is hosting a digital press conference to show off what would have been its slate of E3 game announcements. The event is called Ubisoft Forward, and though it’s a strange time for the studio to announce new projects — amid several high-level execs leaving the company after being accused of sexual misconduct and harassment — that hasn’t slowed it down. You can expect to see “plenty of exclusive game news, exciting reveals, and much more,” according to the publisher. With several games in development, like Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion to name two anticipated examples, there’s plenty still to show off. Perhaps we’ll see some extended PS5 and Xbox Series X gameplay demos for those games and hopefully others, like...
CCO Serge Hascoet is out. So are the global head of HR, head of Canadian studios.
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Paris-based video game company Ubisoft announced Saturday that several high-level company officers are leaving amid allegations of abuse and harassment. The departures of chief creative officer Serge Hascoët, global head of HR Cécile Cornet, and Yannis Mallat, managing director of Ubisoft’s Canadian studios, “come following the initiation of a rigorous review that the company initiated in response to recent allegations and accusations of misconduct and inappropriate behavior,” Ubisoft said in a statement.
Earlier this week, Ubisoft confirmed the departure of its vice president, Maxime Béland, following assault allegations, making a total of four prominent executives departing. Under Mallat, Ubisoft’s Toronto studio produced several of...
Ubisoft was apparently planning to reveal a new Far Cry game at its weekend E3 replacement event. Today, a leak gave away most of the major details about the game, including a look at the main villain. Ubisoft has also confirmed we’ll be seeing the game at the show. Anton would not be pleased. See you on Sunday at #UbiForward. pic.twitter.com/HieToJzDxp — Far Cry (@FarCrygame) July 10, 2020 We already suspected there was going to be a Far Cry game at this weekend’s event. Ubisoft allegedly has five games coming out this fiscal year — we could already account for Watch Dogs Legion, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Rainbow… This story continues at The Next Web
No less than Giancarlo Esposito (Gus Fring from Breaking Bad) appears on the cover for the next major release in the Far Cry game series. The game Far Cry 6 was leaked today before the folks at Ubisoft had a chance to hold an event or make any sort of major announcement of the title on their own. This game … Continue reading
Imagine walking into your campground office tomorrow morning and finding it completely destroyed.Windows smashed, computer systems stolen, and years worth of customer files and records gone.Unfortunately, this is not a far cry from reality.Business theft happens every day in some capacity and many businesses left in the wake cannot recover.But still, business owners continue to procrastinate the improvement of their security and overall protection.