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Apple presents App Store Best of 2020 winners – Apple Newsroom

Apple today presented its App Store Best of 2020 winners, recognizing 15 apps and games that proved to be essential for making life easier, healthier, and more connected this year. Notable for their high quality, creative design, usability, and innovative technology, these apps and games are equally celebrated for their positive cultural impact, helpfulness, and importance.

“This year, more than ever before, some of our most creative and connected moments happened in apps. This was thanks to the amazing work of developers who introduced fresh, helpful app experiences throughout the year,” said Phil Schiller, Apple Fellow. “Around the world, we saw remarkable efforts from so many developers, and these Best of 2020 winners are 15 outstanding examples of that innovation. From helping us stay fit and mindful, to keeping our children’s education on track, to helping fight hunger, their impact was meaningful to so many of us.”

The independent developer of Wakeout! brought gentle exercise to home offices and classrooms with light-hearted and inclusive movements designed for everyone. Vast fantasy worlds in games like “Genshin Impact,” “Legends of Runeterra,” “Disco Elysium,” “Dandara Trials of Fear,” and Apple Arcade’s “Sneaky Sasquatch delivered a great escape, while Disney+ offered a sense of unlimited possibility that many craved. Whether it was to facilitate distance learning through Zoom, create daily routines with Fantastical or lull us to sleep with Endel, the App Store Best of 2020 winners helped us live our best lives at home.

Best Apps of 2020

iPhone App of the Year: Wakeout!, developed by Andres Canella.

Fortnite Chapter 2: Season 5 adds Baby Yoda and the Mandalorian – The Verge

Following a cataclysmic event starring the supervillain Galactus, the latest season of Fortnite is almost here. Chapter 2: Season 5 has been dubbed “zero point,” and it involves hunters from different realities joining forces to fight something called “the loop.” Most importantly: one of those hunters is the Mandalorian, accompanied as always by Baby Yoda (aka Grogu).

While last season was entirely Marvel-themed, season 5 features a bevy of new original Fortnite characters, in addition to the famed Star Wars bounty hunter. Those who purchase this season’s battle pass will be able to unlock characters like an ancient warrior and a sci-fi hunter that looks ripped from a Tsutomu Nihei manga. There’s also a creature called “Mancake the fighting Flapjack,” which feels very Fortnite. (This is the game that gave us Peely the banana, after all.)

Outside of characters, there are new locations including a jungle area and a sci-fi desert caused by the exploding zero point. It also wouldn’t be a new season of Fortnite without new weapons: season 5 additions include the Dragon’s Breath shotgun, the Mandalorian’s Amban sniper rifle, and the Night Hawk, which lets you track your opponents.

Aside from those additions, the biggest change appears to be a new quest structure. Here’s how developer Epic describes it:

Help for Hire

As a hunter, it’s your duty to help the Island’s characters in their unstable new reality. Take on their quests and bounties, get intel on your surroundings, or hire them to be your ally. Don’t want to negotiate? Challenge them to a duel and reap the rewards.

Spend your wages

The new characters only accept one form of payment: bars! Earn bars by completing quests and bounties, eliminating players, or finding hidden stashes around the Island. Spend your earned bars on new exotic weapons, upgrades, intel, services, and more.

Epic has also teased “even more hunters from the realities beyond,” suggesting that additional licensed characters are on the way. Considering the company has worked with everyone from Marvel to Star Wars to DC to the NFL to musicians like Travis Scott and Marshmello, those “hunters” could be just about anyone.

The update isn’t live yet, but typically Fortnite seasons launch at around 3AM ET.

Huge Black Ops Cold War Season 1 Leaks Reveal New Warzone Map & More – Gaming INTEL

A huge new leak has revealed what’s coming to Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War in Season One.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 1 will be available on December 10, Activision has confirmed.

Ahead of its release, dataminers have discovered a list of upcoming maps, weapons, battle pass content, and more. These leaks come courtesy of the game’s files, though it’s best to remain skeptical until we receive official confirmation.

It’s also worth noting that some of this content may be held back until later in Season One. As this has been the case with previous content drops in the Call of Duty franchise, don’t expect it to release all at once.

Season One Starter Pack

Black Ops Cold War’s first starter pack will reportedly include COD Points, a new weapon charm/emblem, a calling card, and the battle pass itself.

https://twitter.com/BlackOpsLeaks/status/1333902166818316288

Christmas Nuketown

Season One may also have some festive surprises in store.

A few days ago, we reported on a bug that turns Nuketown into a festive setting.

Dataminers have since found a new image of Christmas Nuketown.

The new image offers a closer look at the lights and other decorations, but most notably, it seems this variant of the map will take place at night time.

https://twitter.com/BlackOpsLeaks/status/1333844222521163777

New Weapons

It seems the Groza and Mac-11 will be coming to Black Ops Cold War in Season One.

Battle Pass Skins

As per usual, Black Ops Cold War’s Season 1 battle pass will be packed with new skins and operators.

New Modes

A new mode called Dropkick is reportedly coming in Season One.

You can find out more about Black Ops Cold War’s Dropkick mode here.

Rebirth Island in Call of Duty Warzone

Alcatraz is back!

Rebirth Island is coming to Call of Duty Warzone. There will also be a free bundle to come with it, Twitter user @BlackOpsLeaks claims.

In addition to Rebirth Island, a new killstreak might be coming soon. A recent bug has also allowed players to use a secret new killstreak in Warzone.

New Maps

As expected, Season One will introduce a host of new multiplayer maps, as shown in the image below.

With the release of Gunfight, it’s expected we will receive some 2v2 variants of maps as well.

New Zombies Content

Treyarch has confirmed that new Zombies content will be coming with Season One. Check out the links below to see what new things might be in store:

In other news, eagle-eyed fans have found references to Black Ops 5 in Call of Duty Cold War.

A recent leak may also offer a first look at two new perks coming to Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer.

Huge Black Ops Cold War Season 1 Leaks Reveal New Warzone Map & More – Gaming INTEL

A huge new leak has revealed what’s coming to Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War in Season One.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 1 will be available on December 10, Activision has confirmed.

Ahead of its release, dataminers have discovered a list of upcoming maps, weapons, battle pass content, and more. These leaks come courtesy of the game’s files, though it’s best to remain skeptical until we receive official confirmation.

It’s also worth noting that some of this content may be held back until later in Season One. As this has been the case with previous content drops in the Call of Duty franchise, don’t expect it to release all at once.

Season One Starter Pack

Black Ops Cold War’s first starter pack will reportedly include COD Points, a new weapon charm/emblem, a calling card, and the battle pass itself.

https://twitter.com/BlackOpsLeaks/status/1333902166818316288

Christmas Nuketown

Season One may also have some festive surprises in store.

A few days ago, we reported on a bug that turns Nuketown into a festive setting.

Dataminers have since found a new image of Christmas Nuketown.

The new image offers a closer look at the lights and other decorations, but most notably, it seems this variant of the map will take place at night time.

https://twitter.com/BlackOpsLeaks/status/1333844222521163777

New Weapons

It seems the Groza and Mac-11 will be coming to Black Ops Cold War in Season One.

Battle Pass Skins

As per usual, Black Ops Cold War’s Season 1 battle pass will be packed with new skins and operators.

New Modes

A new mode called Dropkick is reportedly coming in Season One.

You can find out more about Black Ops Cold War’s Dropkick mode here.

Rebirth Island in Call of Duty Warzone

Alcatraz is back!

Rebirth Island is coming to Call of Duty Warzone. There will also be a free bundle to come with it, Twitter user @BlackOpsLeaks claims.

In addition to Rebirth Island, a new killstreak might be coming soon. A recent bug has also allowed players to use a secret new killstreak in Warzone.

New Maps

As expected, Season One will introduce a host of new multiplayer maps, as shown in the image below.

With the release of Gunfight, it’s expected we will receive some 2v2 variants of maps as well.

New Zombies Content

Treyarch has confirmed that new Zombies content will be coming with Season One. Check out the links below to see what new things might be in store:

In other news, eagle-eyed fans have found references to Black Ops 5 in Call of Duty Cold War.

A recent leak may also offer a first look at two new perks coming to Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer.

Huge Black Ops Cold War Season 1 Leaks Reveal New Warzone Map & More – Gaming INTEL

A huge new leak has revealed what’s coming to Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War in Season One.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 1 will be available on December 10, Activision has confirmed.

Ahead of its release, dataminers have discovered a list of upcoming maps, weapons, battle pass content, and more. These leaks come courtesy of the game’s files, though it’s best to remain skeptical until we receive official confirmation.

It’s also worth noting that some of this content may be held back until later in Season One. As this has been the case with previous content drops in the Call of Duty franchise, don’t expect it to release all at once.

Season One Starter Pack

Black Ops Cold War’s first starter pack will reportedly include COD Points, a new weapon charm/emblem, a calling card, and the battle pass itself.

https://twitter.com/BlackOpsLeaks/status/1333902166818316288

Christmas Nuketown

Season One may also have some festive surprises in store.

A few days ago, we reported on a bug that turns Nuketown into a festive setting.

Dataminers have since found a new image of Christmas Nuketown.

The new image offers a closer look at the lights and other decorations, but most notably, it seems this variant of the map will take place at night time.

https://twitter.com/BlackOpsLeaks/status/1333844222521163777

New Weapons

It seems the Groza and Mac-11 will be coming to Black Ops Cold War in Season One.

Battle Pass Skins

As per usual, Black Ops Cold War’s Season 1 battle pass will be packed with new skins and operators.

New Modes

A new mode called Dropkick is reportedly coming in Season One.

You can find out more about Black Ops Cold War’s Dropkick mode here.

Rebirth Island in Call of Duty Warzone

Alcatraz is back!

Rebirth Island is coming to Call of Duty Warzone. There will also be a free bundle to come with it, Twitter user @BlackOpsLeaks claims.

In addition to Rebirth Island, a new killstreak might be coming soon. A recent bug has also allowed players to use a secret new killstreak in Warzone.

New Maps

As expected, Season One will introduce a host of new multiplayer maps, as shown in the image below.

With the release of Gunfight, it’s expected we will receive some 2v2 variants of maps as well.

New Zombies Content

Treyarch has confirmed that new Zombies content will be coming with Season One. Check out the links below to see what new things might be in store:

In other news, eagle-eyed fans have found references to Black Ops 5 in Call of Duty Cold War.

A recent leak may also offer a first look at two new perks coming to Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer.

Huge Black Ops Cold War Season 1 Leaks Reveal New Warzone Map & More – Gaming INTEL

A huge new leak has revealed what’s coming to Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War in Season One.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 1 will be available on December 10, Activision has confirmed.

Ahead of its release, dataminers have discovered a list of upcoming maps, weapons, battle pass content, and more. These leaks come courtesy of the game’s files, though it’s best to remain skeptical until we receive official confirmation.

It’s also worth noting that some of this content may be held back until later in Season One. As this has been the case with previous content drops in the Call of Duty franchise, don’t expect it to release all at once.

Season One Starter Pack

Black Ops Cold War’s first starter pack will reportedly include COD Points, a new weapon charm/emblem, a calling card, and the battle pass itself.

Christmas Nuketown

Season One may also have some festive surprises in store.

A few days ago, we reported on a bug that turns Nuketown into a festive setting.

Dataminers have since found a new image of Christmas Nuketown.

The new image offers a closer look at the lights and other decorations, but most notably, it seems this variant of the map will take place at night time.

New Weapons

It seems the Groza and Mac-11 will be coming to Black Ops Cold War in Season One.

Battle Pass Skins

As per usual, Black Ops Cold War’s Season 1 battle pass will be packed with new skins and operators.

New Modes

A new mode called Dropkick is reportedly coming in Season One.

You can find out more about Black Ops Cold War’s Dropkick mode here.

Rebirth Island in Call of Duty Warzone

Alcatraz is back!

Rebirth Island is coming to Call of Duty Warzone. There will also be a free bundle to come with it, Twitter user @BlackOpsLeaks claims.

In addition to Rebirth Island, a new killstreak might be coming soon. A recent bug has also allowed players to use a secret new killstreak in Warzone.

New Maps

As expected, Season One will introduce a host of new multiplayer maps, as shown in the image below.

With the release of Gunfight, it’s expected we will receive some 2v2 variants of maps as well.

New Zombies Content

Treyarch has confirmed that new Zombies content will be coming with Season One. Check out the links below to see what new things might be in store:

In other news, eagle-eyed fans have found references to Black Ops 5 in Call of Duty Cold War.

A recent leak may also offer a first look at two new perks coming to Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer.

Huge Black Ops Cold War Season 1 Leaks Reveal New Warzone Map & More – Gaming INTEL

A huge new leak has revealed what’s coming to Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War in Season One.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 1 will be available on December 10, Activision has confirmed.

Ahead of its release, dataminers have discovered a list of upcoming maps, weapons, battle pass content, and more. These leaks come courtesy of the game’s files, though it’s best to remain skeptical until we receive official confirmation.

It’s also worth noting that some of this content may be held back until later in Season One. As this has been the case with previous content drops in the Call of Duty franchise, don’t expect it to release all at once.

Season One Starter Pack

Black Ops Cold War’s first starter pack will reportedly include COD Points, a new weapon charm/emblem, a calling card, and the battle pass itself.

Christmas Nuketown

Season One may also have some festive surprises in store.

A few days ago, we reported on a bug that turns Nuketown into a festive setting.

Dataminers have since found a new image of Christmas Nuketown.

The new image offers a closer look at the lights and other decorations, but most notably, it seems this variant of the map will take place at night time.

New Weapons

It seems the Groza and Mac-11 will be coming to Black Ops Cold War in Season One.

Battle Pass Skins

As per usual, Black Ops Cold War’s Season 1 battle pass will be packed with new skins and operators.

New Modes

A new mode called Dropkick is reportedly coming in Season One.

You can find out more about Black Ops Cold War’s Dropkick mode here.

Rebirth Island in Call of Duty Warzone

Alcatraz is back!

Rebirth Island is coming to Call of Duty Warzone. There will also be a free bundle to come with it, Twitter user @BlackOpsLeaks claims.

In addition to Rebirth Island, a new killstreak might be coming soon. A recent bug has also allowed players to use a secret new killstreak in Warzone.

New Maps

As expected, Season One will introduce a host of new multiplayer maps, as shown in the image below.

With the release of Gunfight, it’s expected we will receive some 2v2 variants of maps as well.

New Zombies Content

Treyarch has confirmed that new Zombies content will be coming with Season One. Check out the links below to see what new things might be in store:

In other news, eagle-eyed fans have found references to Black Ops 5 in Call of Duty Cold War.

A recent leak may also offer a first look at two new perks coming to Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer.

This incredible exploit could have let hackers remotely own iPhones without even touching them – The Verge

Ever watch that movie, or play that video game, about the hacker who can instantly take over someone’s device without touching it at all? Those scenes are typically unrealistic as heck. But every once in a while, a real-life hack makes them seem downright plausible — a hack like the one you can see examples of in the videos above and below.

Today, Google Project Zero security researcher Ian Beer has revealed that, until May, a variety of Apple iPhones and other iOS devices were vulnerable to an incredible exploit that could let attackers remotely reboot and take complete control of their devices from a distance — including reading emails and other messages, downloading photos, and even potentially watching and listening to you through the iPhone’s microphone and camera.

How is such a thing even possible? Why would an iPhone even listen to a remote hacking attempt? According to Beer, that’s because today’s iPhones, iPads, Macs and Watches use a protocol called Apple Wireless Direct Link (AWDL) to create mesh networks for features like AirDrop (so you can easily beam photos and files to other iOS devices) and Sidecar (to quickly turn an iPad into a secondary screen). Not only did Beer figure out a way to exploit that, he also found a way to force AWDL to turn on even if it was left off previously.

While Beer says he has “no evidence that these issues were exploited in the wild” and admits it took him six whole months to sniff out, verify and demonstrate this exploit — and while it’s been patched as of May — he suggests we shouldn’t take the existence of such a hack lightly:

The takeaway from this project should not be: no one will spend six months of their life just to hack my phone, I’m fine.

Instead, it should be: one person, working alone in their bedroom, was able to build a capability which would allow them to seriously compromise iPhone users they’d come into close contact with.

Eerie stuff.

Apple doesn’t dispute the exploit existed, and in fact cites Beer in the changelogs for several of its May 2020 security updates that are linked to the vulnerability. But the company does point out that most iOS users, by far, are already using newer versions of iOS that have been patched — and suggests that an attacker would have needed to be within Wi-Fi range for it to work.

You can read Beer’s lengthy explanation of exactly how the hack worked right here.

Update, 9:44 PM ET: Added Apple comment.

Huge Black Ops Cold War Season 1 Leaks Reveal New Warzone Map & More – Gaming INTEL

A huge new leak has revealed what’s coming to Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War in Season One.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 1 will be available on December 10, Activision has confirmed.

Ahead of its release, dataminers have discovered a list of upcoming maps, weapons, battle pass content, and more. These leaks come courtesy of the game’s files, though it’s best to remain skeptical until we receive official confirmation.

It’s also worth noting that some of this content may be held back until later in Season One. As this has been the case with previous content drops in the Call of Duty franchise, don’t expect it to release all at once.

Season One Starter Pack

Black Ops Cold War’s first starter pack will reportedly include COD Points, a new weapon charm/emblem, a calling card, and the battle pass itself.

Christmas Nuketown

Season One may also have some festive surprises in store.

A few days ago, we reported on a bug that turns Nuketown into a festive setting.

Dataminers have since found a new image of Christmas Nuketown.

The new image offers a closer look at the lights and other decorations, but most notably, it seems this variant of the map will take place at night time.

New Weapons

It seems the Groza and Mac-11 will be coming to Black Ops Cold War in Season One.

Battle Pass Skins

As per usual, Black Ops Cold War’s Season 1 battle pass will be packed with new skins and operators.

New Modes

A new mode called Dropkick is reportedly coming in Season One.

You can find out more about Black Ops Cold War’s Dropkick mode here.

Rebirth Island in Call of Duty Warzone

Alcatraz is back!

Rebirth Island is coming to Call of Duty Warzone. There will also be a free bundle to come with it, Twitter user @BlackOpsLeaks claims.

In addition to Rebirth Island, a new killstreak might be coming soon. A recent bug has also allowed players to use a secret new killstreak in Warzone.

New Maps

As expected, Season One will introduce a host of new multiplayer maps, as shown in the image below.

With the release of Gunfight, it’s expected we will receive some 2v2 variants of maps as well.

New Zombies Content

Treyarch has confirmed that new Zombies content will be coming with Season One. Check out the links below to see what new things might be in store:

In other news, eagle-eyed fans have found references to Black Ops 5 in Call of Duty Cold War.

A recent leak may also offer a first look at two new perks coming to Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer.

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