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2022-12-03 23:51:31| Engadget

One day after releasing The Callisto Protocol to mixed reviews, developer Striking Distance Studios is rolling out a patch to address the PC versions stuttering issues. The studio promised the hotfix would improve performance, adding that a number of additional updates were on the way.Were aware that some users are experiencing stuttering issues on the PC. Weve got a patch that will be available in a few hours to improve performance, with a number of additional updates on the way. The Callisto Protocol (@CallistoTheGame) December 2, 2022Since its release, PC players have taken to YouTube, Reddit and other online forums to complain about The Callisto Protocols performance issues. On Steam, the game currently holds a Mixed score after nearly 10,000 player reviews, with the majority of negative posts complaining about the games technical shortcomings.Digital Foundry details the problems in its recent video on the game. According to the outlet, The Callisto Protocol doesnt precompile its shaders. Thats a big no-no for an Unreal Engine 4 game on PC. Nearly every time The Callisto Protocol introduces new assets or shows something for the first time, players can expect massive stuttering, with the effect worse on PCs with older and less powerful CPUs.How much the first patch fixes the shader compilation issue is hard to say. Some Twitter users report a huge difference, but note the problem isnt completely fixed. Watching the few YouTube videos that document how the update affects performance, you can still see still plenty of micro stutters. If you want to play The Callisto Protocol on PC, I would say your best bet is to wait before buying the game.

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2022-12-03 22:29:31| Engadget

If the wait to watch HBO's adaptation of The Last of Us wasn't long enough already, the network has shared a new trailer for the upcoming series ahead of its January 15th release date. Clocking in at almost two-and-a-half minutes long, the clip offers our best look yet at the Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) production. And for those who may have worried that the series would hew too closely to Naughty Dog's source material, it shows the adaptation's creators weren't afraid to bring something new to the franchise. That's on display early on when there's a short scene of Ellie pretending to be a clicker. The exchange that follows is one of the few light-hearted moments in the trailer. Later in the clip, eagle-eyed fans will spot Ashley Johnson, the actor who voiced Ellie in the video games.  If you're unfamiliar with The Last of Us, the trailer serves as a decent overview of the first game's story. At the center of the narrative are Joel and Ellie, played by Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey in the upcoming HBO series. Joel must escort Ellie across a post-apocalyptic version of the US in the hopes that she may be the key to protecting what's left of the world's population from a fungal infection that turns its victims into aggressive, zombie-like creatures known as the Infected.    From all the marketing material HBO has shared to promote The Last of Us, it's clear the network has high hopes for the series. Footage from the show capped off a sizzle reel HBO uploaded earlier this year to hype its 2023 slate. 

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2022-12-03 21:38:12| Engadget

With its latest Witcher franchise spinoff scheduled to arrive on December 25th, Netflix has shared a new trailer for The Witcher: Blood Origin. The approximately two-minute-long clip expands on the teaser the company uploaded last month. After most of Netflix's past promotional material for Blood Origin focused on Michelle Yeoh's character Scian, the latest trailer gives her co-stars, including Sophia Brown and Laurence OFuarain, a chance to shine. It probably won't surprise you to find out they're all badasses in their own way.Set some 1,200 years before the story of Geralt and Ciri, Blood Origin promises to give fans more insight into the creation of the first witcher. You'll want to watch the clip through to the end to catch a glimpse of Jaskier (Joey Batey). It looks like everyone's favorite bard will work alongside Minnie Driver to immortalize the exploits of Scian's band of elves. When Driver announced she was joining The Witcher franchise back in September, she said her character would play a pivotal role "in connecting Blood Origin's past with The Witcher's future."Blood Origin comes during a period of uncertainty for Netflix'sThe Witcher. The company recently announced that Henry Cavill would not return to play Geralt of Rivia after the show's third season. Liam Hemsworth will carry the series moving forward.

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2022-12-03 20:26:58| Engadget

Twitter has restored the account of Andrew Anglin, one of Americas most notorious neo-Nazis. The creator of the white supremacist website The Daily Stormer had been banned from the social media platform for nearly a decade. His return would appear to be part of Elon Musks offer of general amnesty to users who had not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam. Anglin, it should be noted, is currently in hiding while attempting to avoid a 2019 court order to pay $14 million for leading a harassment campaign against Jewish residents in Montana.Neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin, who was booted off Twitter in 2013, has had his account restored. pic.twitter.com/sEv5UDVUw2 Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) December 2, 2022Shortly after regaining control of his account, Anglin tweeted a defense of Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West. Saying you love Hitler is not even a big deal, Anglin said, referencing Yes recent InfoWars interview. No one cares about that. The man died 80 years ago. Yes now-infamous interview with Alex Jones saw the rapper declare his love for Adolf Hitler and deny that the Holocaust had ever happened. Anglin later tweeted an endorsement of Yes 2024 presidential campaign.The reinstatement comes in the same week Twitter suspended Ye for tweeting a photo of the Star of David merged with a swastika. Anglin is only one of a few prominent white nationalists to return to Twitter following Elon Musks takeover of the company. One estimate by software engineer Travis Brown suggests Twitter has restored as many as 12,000 accounts since October 27th, including those belonging to Richard Spencer and Patrick Casey.White nationalist Patrick Casey, who has repeatedly ban evaded on Twitter, (https://t.co/qjFcmNTyOa), claimed that he has been reinstated on the platform. Casey thanked Twitter owner Elon Musk for the supposed development. pic.twitter.com/bf5ROtwELa Alex Kaplan (@AlKapDC) November 30, 2022The return of even just one avowed neo-Nazi is likely to reinforce fears from civil rights groups, advertisers and governments over Elon Musk's handling of the platform. On November 26th, the billionaire claimed hate speech impressions had recently decreased compared to October last year. However, findings from the Center for Countering Digital Hate, the Anti-Defamation League and other groups that study online platforms suggest that theres been a dramatic increase in the prevalence of hate speech on Twitter since Musks takeover.

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2022-12-03 17:49:19| Engadget

More than four years after her arrest, the drawn-out legal saga of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou came to a formal end this week. On Friday, US District Judge Ann Donnelly dismissed an indictment against Meng, according to Reuters. On behalf of the US, Canadian authorities arrested Meng in 2018 for allegedly violating American sanctions against Iran. Meng, who is also the daughter of Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei, spent the next three years fighting attempts to extradite her to the US, where she faced up to 30 years in prison for bank and wire fraud charges. Donnelly dismissed the indictment with prejudice, meaning the Justice Department cant bring the same charges against Meng again.Before entering into an agreement with US prosecutors last year, Meng spent three years under house arrest. The detainment strained relationships between the United States and China and led to an international incident. China apprehended two Canadians, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, within days of Mengs arrest. They were later released after Meng entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the Justice Department. As part of the agreement, she acknowledged having made false statements about Huaweis business in Iran. Meng flew home to China the day Donnelly approved the pact.Huawei and its subsidiaries are still facing charges in the US. Most notably, the Justice Department recently announced charges against two Chinese spies who had allegedly tried to interfere in a criminal investigation into the company. Earlier this week, the FCC also banned telecom and video surveillance equipment from Huawei, among a handful of other Chinese companies. Meng currently serves as the company's rotating chairperson and deputy chairwoman, as well as CFO. 

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