FreeFortnite Cup: Epic trash-talks Apple with its tournament

Elva Mankin


Top scorers in the #FreeFortnite Cup can win this Apple-mocking hat as well as a Nintendo Switch, PS4 Pro, Alienware laptop and more.

Epic Games

Epic Games levels up again in its battle against Apple and Google with the announcement of the #FreeFortnite Cup tournament on Aug. 23, just ahead of its Chapter 2 Season 4 launch on Aug 27. Epic is locked in a public battle with the two tech giants over their policies on in-app purchases on iOS and Android devices. 

Apple and Google last week pulled the mobile versions of the popular battle royale game from their app stores after Epic added a direct payment option in an attempt to bypass the 30% fee Apple and Google charge developers. Fortnite is free to download but charges for “V-Bucks,” in-game tokens players can use to buy different cosmetic looks for characters.

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Tech Tent: Can we trust algorithms?

Elva Mankin

Three students sit on a street kerb with a protest placard reading:
Three students sit on a street kerb with a protest placard reading: “students not statistics”

When school students took to the streets in London and other cities this week it was a protest unlike any other.

Its target: an algorithm they said had threatened their futures.

On Tech Tent this week, we look at whether the exam grades fiasco in the UK signals a global crisis for trust in algorithms.

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It was a uniquely difficult challenge: how to determine the exam grades on which university places depend when the exams had to be cancelled.

The answer? An algorithm, in effect a statistical recipe which is fed data.

In this case, the data was both the prior performance of a school and the ranking given this

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Adobe Lightroom Update Is Permanently Deleting Users’ Photos

Elva Mankin

On Tuesday, Adobe apologized to users of its iOS Lightroom software after a recent update resulted in the permanent deletion of some presets and photos. The company says it’s issued a fix for the problem.

The bug was first flagged by PetaPixel on Thursday after it received complaints from readers about their photos disappearing. Numerous testimonials appeared on Adobe’s feedback forum describing the same situation. And Adobe soon confirmed that an update issued for Lightroom on iPhone and iPad was nuking irreplaceable photos and pricey professional presets for some users.

In a statement, Adobe wrote:

Some customers who updated to Lightroom 5.4.0 on iPhone and iPad may be missing photos and/or presets. This affected customers using Lightroom mobile without a subscription to the Adobe cloud. It also affected Lightroom cloud customers with photos and presets that had not yet synced to the Adobe cloud.

Installing version 5.4.1 will not

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Apple Shares Could Surge Another 27%, Says Wedbush Analyst

Elva Mankin

After reaching a market value of two-trillion dollars earlier this week, Apple may yet surge by another 27 percent, according to Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives (via BusinessInsider).

Ives believes that Apple has the potential to make further significant gains over the next year, even though the company has already hit the milestone two-trillion dollar valuation. He has classified Apple stocks with an “outperform” rating, with a target price of $515 and an optimistic bull case of $600. This prediction would place Apple as much as 27 percent higher than it closed yesterday.

“We still believe the stock has a lot of gasoline left in the tank with an iPhone 12 ‘supercycle’ on the near term horizon,” Ives wrote.

Ives described the possibility as a “once in a decade” opportunity, as “we estimate roughly 350 million of Cupertino’s 950 million iPhones worldwide are in the window of an upgrade opportunity.”

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Rapper surprises 2 teachers after viral music video about the online school year

Elva Mankin

teachers from Georgia “tapped in” to welcome students back to the new normal of online learning amid the ongoing pandemic with a rap video that has quickly captured everyone’s attention on the internet.” data-reactid=”12″Two teachers from Georgia “tapped in” to welcome students back to the new normal of online learning amid the ongoing pandemic with a rap video that has quickly captured everyone’s attention on the internet.

Audrianna Williams and Callie Evans showed off their impressive rapping and dance skills with original lyrics set to the tune of Jack Harlow’s “What’s Poppin'” to get students excited about the start of this unique school year.

The music video of the two Monroe Comprehensive High School teachers from Albany, Georgia, which was shot and edited by Jamel Overstreet, has garnered nearly 300,000 views on Instagram and captured the attention of the artist who rapped the original verse.

PHOTO: Jack Harlow surprised

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Tracy Anderson Reimagines the At-Home Workout With New Online Studio

Elva Mankin

There’s the virtual workout, and then there’s Tracy Anderson’s new online studio which, after launching today, aims to give Anderson’s diehard fitness fanatics that much more of a real studio visit feel, all from their homes.

“I think that my whole career has been about being the future of things, really being forward thinking in health and wellness, and recognizing where we’re falling short or where we could do better,” Anderson says over the phone from New Hope, Pa. “My personality has always been, ‘Well, let’s make solutions.’”

The online studio aims to closely mimic the experience of going to a Tracy Anderson workout class in person. Clients arrive to the studio lobby, where they are greeted by an avatar of Anderson herself (the exact look took many attempts to get something Anderson and her family felt resembled her) who gives updates on the studio’s latest developments. From there, clients

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How Far-Right Personalities And Conspiracy Theorists Are Cashing In On The Pandemic Online

Elva Mankin

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On the evening of Feb. 6, as U.S. news networks reported the death of a doctor in Wuhan, China, who had warned of a deadly new virus, thousands of Americans were tuning in to a different kind of show.

“The good news is I heard actually that you can’t get this if you’re white,” Nick Fuentes, a far-right political commentator, told viewers on his “America First” channel on the streaming platform DLive. “You’re only really susceptible to this virus if you’re Asian,” Fuentes continued. “I think we’ll be O.K.”

Fuentes, 22, a prolific podcaster who on his shows has compared the Holo-caust to a cookie-baking operation, argued that the segregation of Black Americans “was better for them,” and that the First Amendment was “not written for Muslims,” is doing better than O.K. during the COVID-19 pandemic. He’s part of a loose cohort of far-right provocateurs, white nationalists and

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There’s More to the US than Tech Stocks

Elva Mankin

Tech stocks
Tech stocks

The tech success story is an all-consuming one for investors, which reached further dizzying heights when Apple became the first listed company to reach a staggering valuation of $2 trillion.

The sector as a whole has been given a new lease of life by lockdown shopping, headlines about entrepreneurs such as Amazon founder Jezz Bezos’s $100 billion fortune and Apple’s bid to become the world’s first $2 trillion company. After such a strong run, seven tech stocks, including Facebook (FB.) and Microsoft (MSFT), now make up a quarter of the S&P 500 index. 

To many investors, it seems like tech is the only game in town – but there must surely be more the huge US market than technology. We’ve asked some US fund managers where they see the opportunities beyond the FAANGs.


US healthcare, how to fund it and who pays for it, has long been

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‘Three quarters of UK does grocery shopping online’

Elva Mankin

Online shopping
Online shopping

More than three quarters of people in the UK now do at least some online grocery shopping, according to supermarket chain Waitrose.

It said the growth in online supermarket shopping due to coronavirus was “reminiscent of scaling Everest”.

Separate research suggests almost half of consumers feel their shopping habits will change permanently due to the crisis.

Retail Economics said many retailers were “scrambling” to adapt.

The coronavirus lockdown which began in March saw a massive jump in demand for online grocery deliveries as people sought to minimise trips to supermarkets.

Waitrose polled 2,000 people across the UK and found that 77% now do at least some of their grocery shopping online, compared with 61% the year before.

Shopping trends

The biggest shift towards online supermarket shopping was in the over-55 age group, where regular online shopping nearly trebled.

However, there was also a big rise among 35 to

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Like spring, Broward’s first day of school held online marred by some technical glitches

Elva Mankin

The virtual school door had problems opening Wednesday morning in Broward County.

Students were met with log-in errors, slow connectivity and crashing dashboards during the first day of the new school year, held virtually at public schools across Broward County.

The issues frustrated parents who were hoping their children would have a smoother experience than the abrupt online transition in the spring at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At a press conference at the school district’s Fort Lauderdale headquarters, Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said an estimated 197,000 students attended online school Wednesday out of the 261,000 students enrolled in the district. There were 212,000 people on the online system simultaneously, including teachers and administrators.

He called reports of glitches on Canvas, the district’s online learning platform, “exaggerated.” He said the district does not expect the same issues to happen Thursday.

“There was a period between 8:35 and 8:50,

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