Modern Warfare 2 Remastered No Russian: should the controversial mission have been included?

Few video game missions loom as large as No Russian from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The most remarkable thing about it is probably how much the entire game has been remembered for that one, rather short level, in a five-hour campaign designed to be blitzed through while players got the hang of Call of Duty’s mechanics – and prepared themselves for the true battlefield of online play. Why was it so unforgettable? The fourth mission in the 2009 game, No Russian puts you in the shoes of a CIA agent, attempting to gain the trust of Russian terrorists by… optionally helping them gun down crowds of fleeing civilians… Read More

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Apple’s new iPad Pro cuts off the microphone when its case is closed to prevent snooping

Photo by Brennan King / The Verge Recent MacBooks have included a security feature that shuts off the microphone at a hardware level when the lid is closed. Apple has now introduced the same feature on iPads, beginning with the 2020 iPad Pro. The iPad doesn’t have a lid, of course, so Apple instead activates the mic cut-off whenever a case with the company’s “Made for iPad” certification is closed over the screen. This should work with Apple’s own Smart Folio, Smart Keyboard Folio, and the upcoming Magic Keyboard (due out in May), among other third-party cases. The feature is outlined in the latest version of Apple’s Platform Security guide,… Read More

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PS4 Pro bundle deals are back in stock across the UK

If you’ve been trying to find PS4 Pro deals available in the UK over the past few days, you might have been coming up short. With many people retreating into their homes, you might find yourself desperate to fill your days with entertainment, and the 4K variety is particularly popular. All that ends today, though, with plenty of retailers restocking their shelves with fresh PS4 Pro bundle deals offering some of the latest games for a non-inflated price. That means you can get your hands on the 4K console with a fantastic game just in time for the weekend. These bundles are sitting at £349 right now, and while that’s… Read More

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Save up to £370 on a range of top mobile phone deals with Very’s Easter sale

As we all know, Easter is about one thing and one thing only…phone sales. And with this in mind, Very has well and truly stuck to this ethos, taking a number of top handsets and bringing the prices crashing down. Amongst these offers is a few big hitters. The iPhone XS, for example, is now down by £370 and Samsung’s big and powerful Note 10 is now down to £699. Looking past that, there are a few budget iPhones, Huawei devices and Samsung phones thrown in. However, included in this long list of discounts is also a few dud deals, offering handsets at their normal price or just a tiny… Read More

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Leaked Amazon memo: Walkout leader “not smart or articulate”

Enlarge / Chris Smalls. (credit: CNBC) Amazon was eager to have warehouse manager Chris Smalls become the face of worker activism at the company, an internal memo shows. The memo was leaked to Vice, which published excerpts of the document on Thursday. “He’s not smart, or articulate, and to the extent the press wants to focus on us versus him, we will be in a much stronger PR position than simply explaining for the umpteenth time how we’re trying to protect workers,” wrote David Zapolsky, Amazon’s general counsel. Zapolsky was summarizing discussions at a daily meeting of senior Amazon executives focused on the coronavirus crisis. Vice reports that Amazon CEO… Read More

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