‘Apex Legends’ tweaks season seven battle pass after players complain

Under the old system, a lot of your progress came by stacking up XP points with kills, time survived, revives and other in-game actions that contributed directly to your battle pass level. A new “simplified” approach got rid of that, opting for a set of stars that players must unlock to move from one level to the next, and while XP is a part of that, it’s not enough to move the bar by itself.

Once season seven started, players complained that even playing the game for several hours a day wasn’t enough to progress noticeably. The amount of play that used to net five or even ten levels of progress is now only worth two or three at most. Additionally, challenges like placing in the top five in five ranked games or respawning 60 teammates could be tough to unlock, and only rewarded about half of a level.

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California projected to pass proposition to treat Uber drivers as contractors

By Tina Bellon and Lisa Baertlein

(Reuters) – Voters in trend-setting California backed a ballot proposal by Uber and its allies that cements app-based food delivery and ride-hail drivers’ status as independent contractors, not employees, according to a projection by data provider Edison Research.

The result is one of the most closely watched decisions about the future of the gig economy, in a state that is home to app-based ride and delivery companies such as Uber and Lyft.

The measure, known as Proposition 22, marked the culmination of years of legal and legislative wrangling over a business model that introduced millions of people to the convenience of ordering food or a ride with the push of a button.

Companies described the contest as a matter of ensuring flexibility for a new generation of workers who want to choose when and how they work. Opponents saw it as an effort to

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Bitcoin Still Needs To Pass These Two Big Tests

Bitcoin’s recent breakout could be one of the most important moves in its history. Not only is it happening at a seemingly crucial juncture for the economy, but it’s doing so as important relationships in the market are being tested and possibly preparing for a new regime.

Bitcoin and the Nasdaq have traded in lockstep for almost all of 2020, but over the past ten days they’ve traded at the lowest correlation in more than a year. Part of the excitement has surely stemmed from PayPal’s adoption of Bitcoin into its ecosystem, but you can’t ignore the timing of Bitcoin’s rally within the broader macro context.

As Bitcoin is detaching itself from stocks, its inverse relationship with the U.S. dollar the past six months remains strong. With expectations of big fiscal stimulus being an eventuality no matter who wins in November, Bitcoin bugs are giddy at the

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Xbox Could Offer Streaming Stick For Game Pass Subscribers

In addition to streaming for your phones, tablets, and (eventually) your PC and Xbox consoles, Microsoft could be offering a dedicated streaming stick that comes free with a Game Pass subscription. All you would need is a TV and a controller to start playing your favorite Xbox games.

Speaking to Stratechery (via The Verge), head of Xbox Phil Spencer didn’t outright confirm such a device is coming, but he very heavily hinted at it.

“You could imagine us even having something that we just included in the Game Pass subscription that gives you an ability to stream xCloud games to your television and buying a controller,” Spencer said.

This could be similar to what Google Stadia allows via its Chromecast Ultra stick, and it would be ideal for anyone who wants a console-style Xbox experience but doesn’t have the need or the space for a traditional system. Stadia has tried

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PS5 UI Reveal, Destiny 2’s Next-Gen Launch Date, & A New Borderlands 3 Season Pass | Save State

In this video, Persia talks about Sony’s reveal of the PS5 user interface. The new features showcased included the Creator button and its capabilities to had spoiler warnings to content you record, “Activities” cards that help you track your progress and access specific points in each level, and Official Game Help for PS+ subscribers. Official Game Help are spoiler-free videos that can help steer you in the right direction if you’re stuck on a level. Social and sharing options are also upgraded in terms of joining parties and games but also by being able to watch and share your screen with friends while you play.

Persia also talks about Destiny 2: Beyond Light getting an official next-gen release date for its upgraded version. On December 8th, you can play on Xbox Series X and PS5 at 4K but the Series S will still run at 1080p. All versions run at

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China Lawmakers Pass Export Control Law Protecting Tech

(Bloomberg) — China passed a new law on Saturday to restrict sensitive exports to protect national security, helping Beijing gain reciprocity against U.S. as tech tensions mount.



A circuit board sits on display in the exhibition hall at the Huawei Technologies Co. headquarters in Shenzhen, China, on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Huawei, Chinas biggest smartphone maker, is using its financial and political clout to fight U.S. allegations that the company was involved in bank fraud, technology theft and spying


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A circuit board sits on display in the exhibition hall at the Huawei Technologies Co. headquarters in Shenzhen, China, on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Huawei, Chinas biggest smartphone maker, is using its financial and political clout to fight U.S. allegations that the company was involved in bank fraud, technology theft and spying

The country’s top legislative body, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, adopted the measure that applies to all companies in China, including foreign-invested ones, according to state broadcaster CCTV. The law will be effective Dec. 1, it said, without providing further details.

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Souring ties between China and the U.S. had led Washington to take action against several Chinese companies including Huawei Technologies Co., ByteDance Ltd.’s TikTok app,

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China Lawmakers Pass Export Control Law Protecting Vital Tech

(Bloomberg) — China passed a new law on Saturday to restrict sensitive exports to protect national security, helping Beijing gain reciprocity against U.S. as tech tensions mount.



A circuit board sits on display in the exhibition hall at the Huawei Technologies Co. headquarters in Shenzhen, China, on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Huawei, Chinas biggest smartphone maker, is using its financial and political clout to fight U.S. allegations that the company was involved in bank fraud, technology theft and spying


© Bloomberg
A circuit board sits on display in the exhibition hall at the Huawei Technologies Co. headquarters in Shenzhen, China, on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Huawei, Chinas biggest smartphone maker, is using its financial and political clout to fight U.S. allegations that the company was involved in bank fraud, technology theft and spying

The country’s top legislative body, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, adopted the measure that applies to all companies in China, including foreign-invested ones, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

Souring ties between China and the U.S. had led Washington to take action against several Chinese companies including Huawei Technologies Co., ByteDance Ltd.’s TikTok app, Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s WeChat and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. The new law provides a framework

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