Square Enix has revealed when the next big content update for Final Fantasy XIV will arrive. During its latest Letter from the Producer broadcast, the publisher confirmed that Patch 5.4 for the popular MMO, titled Futures Rewritten, will release in early December, and it’ll introduce a wealth of additional content to the Shadowbringers expansion.
Among other things, Patch 5.4 will add new main story quests. As Square Enix describes, “Following the grand conclusion of the Shadowbringers story in Patch 5.3, players will set out on a new adventure” in the December update. The patch will also introduce the third installment in the Eden raid series, as well as the next chapter in the Sorrow of Werlyt questline.
Beyond that, Patch 5.4 will also bring the dreaded Emerald Weapon to Final Fantasy XIV. Players will be able to challenge it in both normal and extreme difficulties. There will also be a new dungeon, Matoya’s Relict, which is going to be part of the new main story questline. On top of that, the patch will introduce a new Unreal trial and a new Explorer mode that lets you venture around dungeons to take screenshots without have to worry about dealing with enemies.
Other changes coming in Patch 5.4: Violins will be added to the range of playable instruments; the Blue Mage job will receive numerous tweaks, including an increased level cap; the Triple Triad minigame is getting revised match rules and new limited-time tournaments; and more.
In the meantime, Patch 5.35 recently arrived on October 13. That update brought its own assortment of new content to the game, including the next chapter in the Save the Queen questline and the new Bozjan Southern Front battle content. You can read more about both patches on Square Enix’s website.
Beyond the new content updates,
The Affair star Dominic West and his wife Catherine FitzGerald released a handwritten statement to reporters saying that they were “very much still together” after photos of West kissing actress Lily James emerged online.
The initial photos of West and James, who are set to costar in the BBC miniseries The Pursuit of Love, were taken in Rome, where the two explored the city and had lunch with their manager Angharad Wood. According to E! News, the two appeared to engage in PDA throughout the day and photographs captured West kissing James’ neck.
But on Tuesday, West and FitzGerald stood outside of their home and posed for photos after they handed reporters a handwritten note.
“Our marriage is strong and we’re very much still together. Thank you,” the note read, which West and FitzGerald both signed.
It’s a celebrity gossip story that feels like it’s fresh out of 2005, the kind that links several otherwise random rich and famous people together by random circumstance and a potential affair. FitzGerald is descended from an Irish royal dynasty. Just a few months ago, James was spotted in London with Chris Evans. And West’s turn on The Affair, which explored how extramarital affairs affected those involved, is somewhat on the nose.
On one hand, while the photos of West and James that emerged online went viral, you could argue that the ultimate reach wasn’t very wide. James trended more than West on Twitter, thanks in part to people slut-shaming her for having an
Riot Games appeared on stage during Apple’s iPhone 12 event to announce that League of Legends: Wild Rift will arrive on iPhone devices later this year. The mobile adaptation of the wildly popular MOBA League of Legends comes at a time when another hit multiplayer game–Fortnite–remains unavailable on iOS devices.
An official release date for League of Legends: Wild Rift was not confirmed; we just know it will release sometime in 2020. The announcement was made while Apple officially unveiled the iPhone 12, the company’s latest flagship phone. The exact phones that support Wild Rift were not shared, but we do know it’ll take advantage of the iPhone 12’s new A14 Bionic chip and 5G functionality. How exactly it will utilize the new chip was not shared in great detail, but Riot touted the “fast speeds” that the new line of iPhones will allow for when playing Wild Rift.
An Android version of Wild Rift is also planned for release. You can sign up for an iOS beta now or pre-register for the Android beta on the Wild Rift website.
The big gaming focus at the Apple event today was 5G and League of Legends coming to mobile.
In addition to throwing some shade at Fortnite, the key messaging was about iPhone 12 offering better performance than any other smartphone platform for gaming, including LoL. pic.twitter.com/Jgdc95CeZJ
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) October 13, 2020
League of Legends: Wild Rift was first announced last year and is an abridged version of the traditional PC League of Legends experience, with a simpler, more streamlined user interface designed for specifically for mobile devices. Development on the game continues, with new 0.5 patch notes having just been released on October 10. Along with reworking characters, that introduced a new Practice mode that should make it
Triton Digital®, the global technology and services leader to the digital audio and podcast industry, announced today the release of the latest Australian Podcast Ranker. The Ranker provides insight into the Top 100 Podcasts as well as the Top 10 Publishers in Australia from 1 September through 30 September, 2020, as measured by Triton’s Podcast Metrics measurement service.
Three new entities appear in the Top 100 Podcast Ranker this reporting period, including This is Actually Happening (Wondery), Watch What Crappens (Stitcher), and Bunga Bunga (Wondery). Stuff You Should Know (ARN/iHeartMedia) remained in the #1 spot as the most downloaded podcast in the country in September.
As for the All-Australian Top 100, three new entities appear this reporting period, including The New South Wales Briefing (Southern Cross Astereo), League Pass and Chill (News Corp Australia), and The Imperfects (ARN/iHeartMedia). Casefile True Crime (Audioboom) remained the #1 spot as the most downloaded podcast in the country.
Total downloads of all shows by all participating publishers in the month of September is 48.7M.
Participating publishers in the Australian Ranker include ARN/iHeartMedia, Southern Cross Austereo, News Corp Australia, Audioboom, Stitcher, Wondery, Nova, Nine, SEN / Crocmedia, Schwartz Media, TOFOP Productions, Kinderling Kids Radio, Australian Radio Network, Wavelength Creative, NBC News, West Australian Newspapers, and Fear and Greed. Additionally, as of the August 2020 Australian Podcast Ranker, Nine Radio has been expanded to include podcasts from Nine’s Digital and Publishing divisions.
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Last May, I had a discussion with Peter Chapman, CEO of IonQ, a start-up quantum computing company. Before coming to IonQ, Chapman worked for Amazon, where he was responsible for all the technical complexities of Amazon Prime. IonQ had accomplished a lot in the twelve months that Chapman had been at the helm, so I was looking forward to talking to him.
My biggest surprise during that discussion was that IonQ was simultaneously working on its next three generations of its trapped-ion quantum computers – 5th, 6th, and 7th generations.
In a recent follow-up with Chapman, including Chris Monroe, IonQ’s Co-founder and Chief Scientist, we discussed IonQ’s release of its 5th generation quantum hardware. Keep in mind that the 6th and 7th generations are still in development. Chapman said that each generation would be smaller and more powerful than its predecessor when released. Although he didn’t mention it, I wouldn’t be surprised if Chapman’s team hasn’t already begun work on IonQ’s 8th generation processor.
Features of IonQ’s new 5th generation quantum computer
A qubit is the fundamental unit of information in a quantum computer. A classical computer bit can only be a one or zero. A qubit can also exist as a one or zero, but when in a quantum state, it can be a superposition of both values. IonQIon says its ‘s newest quantum hardware has 32 ion qubits in its latest release, almost tripling the 11 qubits in its previous quantum computer.
Robert Niffenegger, a Ph.D. and a member of the Trapped Ion and Photonics group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, said he wasn’t surprised at the large jump in the number of qubits. ”Honestly, I think a lot of people were just holding their breath until they [IonQ] announced. They’ve published papers on