Monthly Archives: October 2022

The new Call of Duty sees players assassinate a totally-not-real Iranian general and jump the border wall | Mashable

The Call of Duty game franchise is no stranger to controversy. In fact, controversy is as normal as the gunfights in the series. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is the latest installment in the series to take real-world geopolitical events and use them to manufacture controversy. Whether it’s the player unemotionally gunning down civilians in an airport or the re-framing of an American war crime as Russian, the series has a long history of shocking moments. Modern Warfare II is no different.

Without getting too detailed, the plot of Modern Warfare 2 is a globe-trotting adventure from Mexico to Amsterdam to Chicago that involves chasing terrorists and uncovering a secret plot by a rogue American general and his private military faction.

But instead of the plot, the internet is abuzz over the game’s interpretation of recent geopolitics, and many have called out the series for its not-so-subtle — and perhaps superficial — use of real-world headlines for campaign content. And it all harkens back to an interview with gameplay director Jacob Minkoff, around the release of the first in this Modern Warfare series in 2019, in which Minkoff said “I don’t think it’s a political game.”

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Facebook became Meta one year ago. Its metaverse dream feels as far away as ever | CNN Business

Even by Facebook’s standards, 2021 was a rough year.

A series of damning reports based on leaks from a whistleblower raised uncomfortable questions about Facebook’s impact on society; the company continued reeling from concerns about the use of its platform to organize the January 6 Capitol riot; and privacy changes from Apple threatened its core advertising business. Meanwhile, young users were flocking to TikTok.

At a virtual reality event on October 28, 2021, CEO Mark Zuckerberg tried to turn the page. Zuckerberg announced that Facebook would change its name to Meta and go all in on building a future version of the internet called the “metaverse,” proving to all in the process that the company he launched in 2004 was more than just a social media business.

One year and billions of dollars later, the so-called metaverse still feels years away, if it ever manifests at all. And the company formerly known as Facebook remains very much a social media business — one that is facing more financial pressure than when it announced the change.

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Best humidifiers 2022: Relieve dry skin & allergy symptoms | Live Science

The best humidifier can turn a dry, uncomfortable room into a place you’ll enjoy spending your time. Whether you struggle with dry skin or troublesome respiratory symptoms, a humidifier quietly working to release moisture into the air can help elevate issues related to dry air. Healthier mucous membranes and reduced snoring are just some of the benefits that the best humidifier can bring to your life.

Dry air can be particularly problematic for those with allergies or asthma, and can even worsen eczema and other skin conditions. Cold, dry air can reduce the air quality within your home, causing you to cough and sneeze as it irritates the mucous membranes within your respiratory system.

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VoIP vs. Landline: Which Is Best for Your Business? |

In the battle of VoIP vs. landline phone systems for your business, which one wins?

  • Deciding between a landline and VoIP phone system is not as simple as it sounds. Since both offer unique benefits, the best option depends on what your business needs.
  • Cost, internet connection and reliability are key factors to consider in your decision.
  • VoIP offers greater flexibility, but landlines are known for reliability and consistent quality.

The phone system you choose can be a make-or-break decision for your business. There are many things to consider when deciding between a landline and a VoIP system, including cost, reliability and functionality. While you may be inclined to write off a landline as an antiquated system compared to modern VoIP systems, there are many benefits to a traditional system that may work better for your business. Read on to see which business telephone system is right for you.

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5-Day Workout Routine for Women to Get Strong and Toned | Lifehack

We are way past the dogma that a toned body is only meant for men. It is common seeing women working out in the gym and doing squats, benching, or deadlifting.

Workout plan for women today includes heavy weightlifting, women have demonstrated their power of determination.

If you rewind a couple of decades, you would have hardly seen any women hitting the gym or doing workouts. The gym rooms were filled with men with buffed bodies, and the gym routine for women was limited to cardio workout sessions.

Why? Because it was believed that a heavy workout schedule for women would turn them into, she-hulk.

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Netflix profile transfer email: Scam? Real? What to know | Fast Company

Netflix has announced the rollout of a new feature that allows the user profiles listed under one account to be moved to their own account. While the new profile-transfer ability can make it easier for users who want to move to their own account, some users are blasting the feature after receiving an email announcing its launch. Here’s what you need to know.

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3 Key Lessons Every Entrepreneur Can Learn from Failure in Business | All Business

When it comes to the entrepreneurial journey, learning is the pathway to success, and that learning often comes from failure. No entrepreneur likes to fail, but the fact is most do.

Some very successful entrepreneurs of yesterday and today experienced failure and learned from it on their way to success:

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What is Chargeback Fraud? | Small Business Trends

A chargeback happens when a payment is reversed by the customer’s bank. It’s called chargeback fraud when bad actors cheat this process. Instead of contacting a merchant for a refund, they go right to their financial institution.

There are three types.

  • Criminal Credit Card Fraud Chargebacks. A criminal steals a card and makes purchases. And they try to get money back.
  • Friendly Fraud Claims. The card owner buys something and then files for a chargeback anyway.
  • Merchant Errors. This one happens with a merchant account. They show up on a statement when a customer doesn’t get something they paid for. They happen due to processing errors, accidental duplicate charges, and charges for canceled subscriptions.

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The Strangest Business Patents of the Year | Business

Many businesses enter a preestablished market — restaurants and bars, for example, or office supply manufacturers — but some attempt to establish a brand-new market. It takes innovators to change the world through boldness and risk. Unfortunately, not every innovator actually manages to change anything. Whether the following products are destined for revolutionary glory or just too far ahead of their time to find a customer base, we salute them.

The Salt-Enhancing Chopsticks

About 9 in 10 Americans consume excessive sodium, according to the CDC. While this can lead to cardiovascular complications, let’s face it: Salt tastes really good.

But what if a small amount could taste just as good as a heaping spoonful?

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Gardyn review: easy gardening for a high price | Digital Trends

Do you like to cook? Even if you don’t fancy yourself much of a chef (and yes, I know that term is reserved for professionals — just go with it), there’s something about being able to spice up a premade jar of marinara sauce or hit just that perfect spice combination to take a dinner from run-of-the-mill to extraordinary. Who says you can’t eat great on a Thursday night?

Fresh ingredients are the key to great dinners. As I’ve said before, I’m a fan of smart gardens. If you live somewhere without a lot of space or you just don’t think you can keep plants alive, smart gardens take the guesswork out of it for you. When Gardyn reached out and offered me the chance to test out their Gardyn 2.0, I jumped at the chance. This thing is massive — it can hold 30 plants and basically does all the work for me. All I have to do is sit back and reap the rewards.

Well, mostly.

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