Tell Us: How Do You Feel About Nintendo’s Lack of Integrated Voice Chat?

Hey, listen! We love hearing your feedback on Nintendo Voice Chat, and now you once again have the chance to actually let us hear your beautiful voices on NVC.At the bottom of this article, you will find an option that lets you share a brief video with us and the IGN community, powered by audio and video commenting tool, Yappa.

We just learned Monster Hunter Rise will not have integrated voice chat for the Nintendo Switch

, or via the Nintendo Switch Online App. We want as many NVC fans as we can get to answer this question for next week’s episode:

How do you feel about the Nintendo Switch not having an integrated party chat feature, like PS4 and Xbox One have? Does it affect you much, if at all?

Bonus: Have you used the Nintendo Switch Online App for voice chat or integrated voice chat in games it’s available for, like Fortnite? Let us know!

Here’s how you can participate:

  • Create a Yappa account or sign in with a Facebook, Google, Disqus, or LinkedIn account.
  • Look for the video commenting box at the bottom of our articles on both desktop and mobile web. Note that the feature is currently not available on our mobile apps.
  • Hit the green bar with the speech bubble icon, allow access to your mic and camera if your permission settings require that step.
  • You can choose between audio and video recording. We’d prefer video to see your face (and only your face, please — although Samus and Master Chief helmets or God of War face paint, etc. are cool with us), but you can use the audio-only option if you’re having a bad hair day.
  • When you can see your face, hit record to start recording your video. Hit stop when you’re done. You can leave a message that’s up to 45 seconds long.
  • You can rewatch your video and then choose to cancel or post.
  • If you’d rather upload a video you recorded separately, you can use the Upload Media function to do so. This’ll be handy to show off your amiibo or classic games collections. But please, no copyrighted content.
  • You can watch and share videos from fellow commenters by clicking on their icons and you can follow contributors you like as well.

Still have questions? You can learn more details about the new commenting system. And, please remember to follow our guidelines for commenting.

Now go and Get the Thing!

Casey DeFreitas is an Editor at IGN and host of the ironically named Nintendo Voice Chat podcast. Catch her on Twitter @ShinyCaseyD.Source

Autocorrect Creator Releases His First iOS Game

Ken Kocienda, a former Apple software engineer and creator of the autocorrect feature, has released his first iOS game, Up Spell. Appropriately (and perhaps sinisterly) enough, it requires spelling words correctly.

As reported by Tech Crunch, Up Spell challenges players to use a Scrabble-like collection of letters to spell out as many words as possible in two minutes. You can check out the trailer on YouTube.

Kocienda, who has never made an iOS app before Up Spell, fixated on creating a word game that would acknowledge proper names and slang. “Many games accept words like PHARAOH and PYRAMID, but not NILE or EGYPT. This doesn’t make sense to me. These are all words!,” Kocienda told Tech Crunch. An example of how Kocienda’s work influences gameplay is that a player can spell “s’ mores,” which involves an apostrophe, something many word games may not support.

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A screenshot from Up Spell, from Ken Kocienda, the creator of autocorrect on iOS.

The mental strain of 2020 was also a key influence in the design of Up Spell, according to Kocienda.

“I made Up Spell a two-minute game without much in the way of gameplay gimmicks,” Kocienda says. “You just spell words. 2020 has been a rough year for everyone, and sometimes taking out two minutes to think about nothing but spelling a few words is just the kind of right kind of stress reliever. I hope Up Spell brings people a little unexpected happiness to their 2020.”

While Kocienda hopes Up Spell makes some suffering through 2020 a little happiness, players who buy the game can put a little good back out into the world. Up Spell, which is a one-time purchase of $1.99, will send 25 cents of each purchase to the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank.

IGN has reached out to Kocienda to ask if he plans to bring Up Spell to Android devices as well.

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Officials: Florida deputy kills armed woman during standoff

Authorities say a Florida deputy fatally shot a woman armed with a rifle during a standoff

HILLIARD, Fla. — A Florida deputy fatally shot a woman armed with a rifle during a standoff, authorities said.

The standoff occurred Tuesday at the 48-year-old woman’s home in Hilliard, north of Jacksonville, the Florida Times-Union reported.

Despite an injunction ordering her to stay away, the woman had gotten into a confrontation with another woman at her ex-husband’s home on Tuesday afternoon, the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office said. The woman eventually returned to her home, a camper on her father’s property.

The father called the sheriff’s office and told them that the woman had a gun and was threatening to kill herself, according to investigators. When SWAT officers arrived and began to surround the camper, officials said, the woman stepped outside and aimed an AR-15 at a deputy. The deputy fired once, killing the woman, they said.

The sheriff’s office didn’t immediately release the names or races of the deputy or the woman who was shot.

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Missouri governor says again he will pardon St. Louis couple

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is repeating his pledge to pardon a St. Louis couple if they are convicted of gun charges for waving guns at protesters in front of their home this summer

LIBERTY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said Wednesday he “most certainly would” pardon a St. Louis couple if they are convicted of gun charges after waving guns at protesters walking in front of their home this summer.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey were indicted Tuesday on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with evidence arising from their confrontation with the demonstrators in their private neighborhood.

Parson had said earlier that he would pardon the couple and he repeated that pledge during a news conference Wednesday.

“We’ll let it play out and see how this all comes out in the courts, but I stand by what I said,” he said.

Protesters marching to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home were outside the McCloskeys’ $1.15 million home when the couple emerged with guns and waved them at the demonstrators while demanding they get off their property.

Protest leaders have said the marchers were peaceful and did not threaten the couple.

Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, a Democrat, charged the couple with felony unlawful use of a weapon. She said the use of risked bloodshed at what she called an otherwise peaceful protest.

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Seller of gun used in West Texas mass shooting pleads guilty

The man who sold an AR-15-style rifle used in a September 2019 mass shooting in West Texas has pleaded guilty to unlicensed firearms dealing

LUBBOCK, Texas — The man who sold an AR-15-style rifle used in a last year’s mass shooting that killed seven people in West Texas pleaded guilty Wednesday to unlicensed firearms dealing.

Marcus Anthony Braziel, 45, of Lubbock, also pleaded guilty to concealing the proceeds from weapons sales from the IRS, according to a statement from federal prosecutors. He faces up to five years in federal prison. No sentencing date has been set.

Braziel admitted selling the rifle that Seth Aaron Ator, 36, of Odessa, used when he killed seven people and wounded 25 others in the Midland-Odessa area. The rampage ended when police shot Ator dead.

According to court documents, Braziel admitted selling Ator an AR-15-style rifle on Oct. 8, 2016 — nearly three years before the Aug. 31, 2019, shooting rampage.

Documents said Ator, who had been adjudicated “mentally defective” and was therefore legally prohibited from possessing firearms, first attempted to purchase a gun from a sporting goods store but was rejected after his mental status was flagged in the national database. He circumvented that system by buying a gun from Braziel, who did not run background checks on any of his buyers.

Although background checks are not required for in-state, private gun sales, Braziel admitted he was “engaged in the business of selling firearms” and should have been licensed and checking his clients’ backgrounds. He admitted routinely buying firearm firing mechanisms, using milling equipment to build them into guns, then selling them for profits of $100-$200.

In a four-year span, Braziel inadvertently sold firearms to four people who were barred from having guns: a convicted felon, a man under felony indictment, an immigrant in the U.S. illegally, and Ator.

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As DeFi Deflates, Ethereum Users Get Reprieve From Soaring Fees, Congestion

A slowdown in cryptocurrency trading on so-called decentralized exchanges has helped to alleviate congestion on the Ethereum blockchain, at least temporarily mitigating concerns that the network was becoming overloaded.

On Uniswap, the biggest decentralized exchange, or DEX, daily trading volumes have crashed to $224 million, versus a record high of $954 million on Sept. 1. 

“Low volatility in the crypto market as a whole has contributed to lower transaction volume and costs,” said Connor Abendschein, a crypto research analyst at Digital Assets Data.

DeFi, a subsector of the cryptocurrency industry where entrepreneurs are developing semi-automated trading and lending platforms atop blockchain networks, had surged in popularity in recent months among investors and traders alike. But the resulting congestion had raised concerns that elevated fees for sending transactions over the blockchain might stymie some users, or push application developers to consider alternative networks.

Total collateral locked into DeFi platforms jumped to a record $11.2 trillion in September, from below $2 billion at the end of June, according to the data website DeFi Pulse. The amount has since subsided to about $10 billion. 

The pullback has contributed to a drop in Ethereum’s daily transaction count to 1.3 million from about 980,000 over the past 2.5 weeks. 

And with less traffic on the second-largest blockchain network, congestion has dropped, helping to reduce fee rates that had jumped as users paid up for priority transaction processing. 

The average cost of executing a transaction on Ethereum’s blockchain has dropped to just above $2, from a record $14.58 on Sept. 2, according to the data firm Glassnode. The rate is still well above the 8-cent level that prevailed around the start of this year. 

“Transaction fees on Ethereum are slowly returning to normal as the DeFi hype that gripped the market for most of 2020 is subsiding,” Nicholas Pelecanos, head of trading at NEM Ventures, an investment arm of the NEM blockchain ecosystem, told CoinDesk in a LinkedIn chat.

According to Digital Asset Data’s Abendschein, the relief could prove only temporary for Ethereum users, since fees could quickly shoot back up if a new DeFi protocol emerges or prices rally for ether, the blockchain network’s native token. 

The second-largest cryptocurrency by market value is currently trading at $340, well off of its two-year high of $480 on Sept. 1.

Market Wrap: Bitcoin Regains $10.6K; High-Balance Ether Addresses Decline

Bitcoin is recovering from Tuesday’s drop while there is a decrease in large-balance ether addresses.

  • Bitcoin (BTC) trading around $10,651 as of 20:00 UTC (4 p.m. ET). Gaining 0.66% over the previous 24 hours.
  • Bitcoin’s 24-hour range: $10,524-$10,683
  • BTC above its 10-day moving average but below the 50-day, a sideways signal for market technicians.

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Bitcoin trading on Coinbase since Oct. 5.
Source: TradingView

Bitcoin’s price is making gains Wednesday, recovering from a spate of selling Tuesday that coincided with U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweet calling off stimulus negotiations with lawmakers. Bitcoin was able to hit $10,650 on spot exchange such as Coinbase before settling to $10,651, as of press time.

Read More: Analysts Can’t Agree on What Prompted Big Spike in New Bitcoin Addresses

In its weekly investor note, quantitative trading firm QCP Capital indicated bitcoin’s ability to stay above $10,000 in the face of a less-than-optimistic news cycle is promising. “We’d need to see a break below the key $10,000 level to have any downside follow-through,” QCP stated. “We are likely just treading water and building momentum until after the elections, when we think the coast will then be clear for a new bull trend to develop.” Since early September bitcoin has remained in the $10,000-$11,000 price range.

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Daily bitcoin trading on Coinbase in 2020.
Source: TradingView

“The crypto markets are still very highly correlated to traditional markets and the broader economy as a whole,” said Michael Rabkin, head of institutional sales for cryptocurrency market maker DV Chain. “We believe that any time markets tick up or tick down this is exaggerated in crypto. The correlation is still very high.” Bitcoin may be operating in tandem with traditional markets as of late, but its returns over the past month have been beating global stock indexes.

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Bitcoin (gold), S&P 500 (blue), FTSE 100 (green), Nikkei 225 (red) the past month.
Source: TradingView

In the options market, traders have over 36,000 BTC in open interest set to expire by Oct. 30.

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Bitcoin options open interest by expiration date.
Source: Skew

Based on the probability of those options, bitcoin has a 68% chance of closing out the month over $10,000, a 53% chance of being over $10,500 and just a 37% chance to hit $11,000.

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October bitcoin price probabilities
Source: Skew

DV Chain’s Rabkin noted that as more sophisticated investors jump into crypto, it may ebb and flow with the traditional market more than ever before. “As bitcoin is becoming a new asset class for institutional market participants, its sensitivity to macro events will rise over time.”

Ethereum high-balance addresses dropping

The second-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, ether (ETH), was flat Wednesday, trading around $341 and in the red 0.03% in 24 hours as of 20:00 UTC (4:00 p.m. ET). 

Read More: Amid US-China Tech War, Can Neo’s DeFi Stack Rival Ethereum’s?

The number of Ethereum addresses with a balance greater than or equal 1,000 ETH is at a three-year low. It dropped 7,162 addresses Sept. 27, the lowest since Oct. 17, 2017. As of Tuesday, Ethereum addresses with a balance greater than or equal 1,000 ETH was at 7,220 addresses.

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Number of Ethereum addresses greater than or equal to 1,000 ETH.
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It’s important to note this data from Glassnode don’t include smart contracts, which may help explain why the number of addresses has dropped in 2020. George Clayton, a managing partner of investment firm Cryptanalysis Capital, says many large ether holders are likely moving some of the crypto into smart contract-based DeFi protocols for additional profit opportunities. 

“Ethereum believers ought to be DeFi believers as well,” said Clayton. “With billions flowing into DeFi, major ETH holders might be getting in on the action by participating in automated market making pools or staking ERC-20 tokens, thereby reducing ETH balances.”

Other markets

Digital assets on the CoinDesk 20 are mixed Wednesday. Notable winners as of 20:00 UTC (4:00 p.m. ET):

Notable losers as of 20:00 UTC (4:00 p.m. ET):

Read More: BitMEX Says It’s ‘Business as Usual’ Despite 30% Drop in Bitcoin Balances

Commodities:

  • Oil was up 0.47%. Price per barrel of West Texas Intermediate crude: $39.96.
  • Gold was in the green 0.46% and at $1,886 as of press time.

Treasurys:

  • U.S. Treasury bond yields climbed Wednesday. Yields, which move in the opposite direction as price, were up most on the 10-year, gaining to 0.785 and in the green 7.2%.
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Google Cloud Does Not Intend to Take EOS Rewards as a Block Producer

Google Cloud is not getting into EOS for the tokens. 

“Google Cloud is not getting into crypto mining. This is really an infrastructure play for us,” Google Cloud Developer Advocate Allen Day told CoinDesk via a spokesperson.

On Tuesday, Block.one, the company that made the EOSIO software that runs the EOS blockchain, announced that Google Cloud had begun preparations to list itself as a candidate to serve as a block producer – one of the 21 nodes chosen by the EOS community to serve effectively the same role as miners on Bitcoin or Ethereum. EOS, however, allows for much faster transactions than either of the two largest blockchains but has been dogged by governance issues.

In Tuesday’s release, Day confirmed Google Cloud’s intention to declare its candidacy, adding, “We are committed to ensuring that the information on public blockchains are securely stored, reliably available and can be accessed in meaningful ways.”

In an email to CoinDesk, Day said the partnership comes in the same spirit as the company’s February announcement of a partnership with Hedera Hashgraph. Google Cloud also recently became a network validator for Theta Labs, a video content relayer.

Read more: Google Signs On as Network Validator for Blockchain Video Network Theta

When asked if the startup that ran a $4 billion initial coin offering had paid the cloud giant for expressing interest in validating the EOS blockchain, Block.one declined to comment further, redirecting CoinDesk to Tuesday’s announcement.

As for Google, Day said, “We’re broadly interested in open-source protocols and distributed ledger technologies, which is why we’re joining the EOS community,” adding:

“There isn’t a revenue model for Google Cloud in connection with participating in open-source protocols. Of course, various protocols provide rewards to incentivize node operators to secure network services, but we don’t intend to claim those rewards at this time.”

Day explained that as more companies show interest in participating in this kind of technology, Google Cloud believes it can learn how to better support customers who wish to run validation nodes on projects such as EOS. 

“We’re also providing cloud infrastructure to Block.One, helping them host their own development efforts, so that obviously provides revenue to us as well,” Day wrote. 

The Mountain View tech giant did not specifically say whether it would attain network tokens to stake in support of its own candidacy. 

“There is always a bit of a learning curve to participating on these protocols. We can’t comment on our internal strategy or whether we will support other block producer candidates, but we will be working to support our own candidacy as a block producer,” Day wrote. 

Block producers

To support block producer candidacies, each holder of EOS stakes their tokens and then casts their votes in a continuous election for their chosen validators. They can vote for up to 30 block producer candidates and change their votes at basically any time. The top 21 candidates with the most tokens staked in their favor have responsibility for validating transactions and share in the token inflation from EOS. 

As of this writing, the least-supported block producer has more than 273 million eos (EOS) staked in their favor, or roughly $728 million worth of assets, according to EOS Network Monitor.

Read more: Everyone’s Worst Fears About EOS Are Proving True

Since launching, EOS Block Producers have been more and more likely to share block rewards with those who stake to support their candidacy, which Vitalik Buterin famously foresaw prior to the mainnet launch.

Block.one is one of the largest token holders and it began voting for block producers sometime around late May. At that time, the company controlled a little less than 10% of all EOS, making its support quite powerful for any block producer.

Larimer speaks

In an interview with Naomi Brockwell on her YouTube channel Tuesday, Block.one co-founder and EOSIO architect Dan Larimer said that Google’s participation should allay some of the persistent fears surrounding the world’s 14th-largest blockchain by market capitalization. 

He said that if Google Cloud’s node is elected into a block producer role, that could “represent a major shift in the decentralization of EOS.”

Larimer went on to speculate that Google’s participation might lead other companies to follow its lead. If Google has a good experience, he said

“Other big companies will want to get involved. Then that has the potential to really transform the image of EOS. Instead of being perceived as a group of Chinese of questionable quality, if we can get big tech companies to take the slots of block producers, now it’s decentralized among a lot of companies with a lot of reputation.”

EOS token price went from $2.50 to $2.88 following the news yesterday, settling back down to around $2.66 as of this writing.

Day declined to indicate a timeline for declaring Google Cloud’s block producer candidacy, writing, “We hope to do so soon.”

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Removal of Georgia shipwreck delayed again over anchor issue

Officials have again delayed removal of an overturned cargo ship that’s been partially submerged along the Georgia coast for more than a year

SAVANNAH, Ga. — An engineering problem has forced another delay before salvage crews can start removing an overturned cargo ship that’s been partially submerged on the Georgia coast for more than a year, officials said Wednesday.

The multi-agency command overseeing the salvage of the South Korean ship Golden Ray had hoped to start cutting the giant vessel apart in early October. The command released a statement Wednesday saying it will be “several weeks” more before crews can begin dismantling the ship.

That’s because engineers have to troubleshoot a problem with the anchoring system they designed to steady the towering, floating crane that will be used to slice the 656-foot (200-meter) ship into giant chunks.

One of the five anchors failed a strength test to prove it could hold against the required tonnage, said Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Himes, a command spokesman.

Asked if the delay means cutting won’t start until at least November, Himes said he didn’t know.

“Monitoring and assessments show the wreck is still intact and it’s still stable,” Himes said. “There’s been no emerging environmental impact.”

The Golden Ray capsized Sept. 8, 2019, off St. Simons Island, about 70 miles (200 kilometers) south of Savannah.

Experts decided the ship was too badly damaged to be removed intact, and instead came up with a plan to slice it into eight massive pieces for removal by barge.

The Coast Guard held hearings on the cause of the shipwreck last month. An expert concluded the Golden Ray tipped over because unstable loading had left its center of gravity too high. Coast Guard Lt. Ian Oviatt said the ship lacked enough water in its ballast tanks, used to add weight at the bottom of a vessel, to offset that of the vehicles in its cargo decks above.

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