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Anthony Daniels will play C-3PO in ‘Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge’

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Anthony Daniels will play C-3PO in 'Tales from the Galaxy's Edge'

Despite ILMxLAB sharing a new trailer for Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge, we still don’t know much about the title. Unlike Vader Immortal, the studio says the story of Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge will “continue to evolve over time,” suggesting it could be something akin to a live service game like Destiny 2. What we do know is that you’ll play as a droid repair technician who crash lands on Bantuu, home of the Black Spire Outpost, after pirates attack their ship. At one point in your adventure, you’ll come face-to-face with Yoda (seemingly not voiced by Frank Oz) 

Whatever the case, you’ll get the chance to play Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge on your Oculus Quest this holiday season. That’s not all Oculus Quest owners have to look forward to later this year. In December, classic 1993 adventure game Myst is coming to the platform as well. 

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Demon’s Souls PS5 remake will include new items, weapons, and armor

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Bluepoint Games’ remake of Demon’s Souls looks to be a mostly faithful recreation of the PlayStation 3 original, based on recently released gameplay footage. But Demon’s Souls for PlayStation 5 won’t be a strict one-to-one remake, based on new details from the game’s digital deluxe version — it will have new items, armor, and weapons that weren’t previously available in the game.

We’ve known about one of those weapons, the Reaper Scythe, which is available as an exclusive pre-order bonus. While that scythe was in the original game — the Reaper in the Shrine of Storms wields it — players couldn’t earn it for themselves. On the PlayStation Blog, Sony Interactive Entertainment creative director Gavin Moore explains that the Reaper Scythe is “a pole weapon with a curved blade on one end that is so sharp that they say it can sever your soul from your body. It can mow down many targets in a single blow, but is difficult to handle and requires both strength and dexterity to use.”

Demon’s Souls’ new additions go beyond that new weapon, however, based on the PS5 game’s listing on PlayStation.com.

Included as part of the Demon’s Souls digital deluxe edition are the following new items:

  • Red-Eye Knight Armor
  • Boletarian Royalty Armor
  • Ritual Blade
  • Hoplite Shield
  • Ring of Longevity
  • Preservation Grains
  • Phosphorescent Grains
  • Bearbug Grains

Some of those new items appear to be new drops from existing enemies, including the Red-Eye Knight’s armor and what appears to be clothing based on Old King Allant’s garb. The Ritual Blade appears to be the giant cleaver used by the Gold Skeleton, while the Hoplite Shield would conceivably drop from Hoplites.

An item called the Ring of Longevity does not exist in the original Demon’s Souls, but one could infer it might act like the Wood Grain Ring from Dark Souls and bolster weapon durability. The three grains are something of a mystery, but the latter two appear tied to the Phosphorescent Slugs and Bearbugs found in Demon’s Souls.

Demon’s Souls will launch day and date with the PlayStation 5 on Nov. 12.

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Internal documents show automated Amazon warehouses have higher injury rates

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Amazon’s warehouses with robots, which the company has claimed would help reduce worker injuries, actually have higher injury rates than warehouses without automation, according to internal Amazon records obtained by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. The stunning fact comes as part of a broader report investigating rising injury rates at Amazon warehouses across the country.

Amazon’s warehouse robots are apparently so efficient that quotas have increased substantially, requiring workers to do repetitive motions over long shifts that can eventually lead to injuries. For example, workers who grab and scan items had their quotas increase from about 100 items an hour to 400 items an hour in the automated warehouses, according to the report. The rise in injury rates suggests automation could actually be creating a more dangerous environment for the workers, despite hopes that robots would take on the most dangerous tasks.

Amazon piloted specific measures recommended by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to help reduce injury risk, such as an extra rest break or rotating workers to other jobs during the day. But the measures have not been widely implemented, and Reveal’s documents indicate that injury rates have continued to rise.

Amazon, in a statement to Reveal, said that “the use of robotics, automation and technology in our fulfillment centers is enhancing our workplace, making jobs safer and more efficient.”

The report shows unusually high rates of injury across the board, even compared with equivalent warehouses run by other companies. Amazon warehouses counted 14,000 serious injuries in 2019 (meaning injuries that require days off or job restrictions), and “the overall rate of 7.7 serious injuries per 100 employees was 33% higher than in 2016 and nearly double the most recent industry standard,” according to the report.

And injury rates spiked during Amazon’s Prime Day and Cyber Monday sales extravaganzas, with the weeks surrounding them having “the highest rate of serious injuries for all of 2019,” Reveal reported.

Reveal has also put together a site where you can browse the injury rates of more than 150 Amazon warehouses from 2016 through 2019, pulled from internal Amazon records. Two sites — one in DuPont, WA and one in Eastvale, CA — reported more than 16 serious injuries per 100 workers in 2019, quadruple the industry average from 2018.

Reveal’s report follows an investigation from November claiming that Amazon attempted to dodge workplace safety regulators for years. And Amazon’s warehouse safety practices have come under particular scrutiny this year as workers have continued to staff the warehouses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eight known workers have died from COVID-19, and Amazon has declined to say how many warehouse workers have contracted or died from the disease.

Amazon has not responded to an inquiry from The Sports Grind Entertainment about the claims raised in Reveal’s article.

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SpaceX’s internet-from-space Starlink system helping first responders fight fires in Washington

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Responders fighting wildfires in Washington are getting some extra help from SpaceX and the company’s internet-from-space Starlink initiative. SpaceX loaned the Washington Emergency Management Division a handful of user terminals that can tap into the company’s Starlink satellites, providing internet to rural areas where first responders are battling raging wildfires.

SpaceX is still at the very beginning of building out its Starlink constellation, which could consist of nearly 12,000 satellites when it’s complete. That number of satellites could beam broadband internet services to every spot on Earth at all times from relatively low orbits, potentially providing global internet coverage from space. There’s still a ways to go. So far, SpaceX has launched nearly 800 satellites, though dozens have also been taken out of orbit. SpaceX plans to start beta testing in the Washington area with the satellites that remain in orbit.

“What happened is that they happened to have satellites that could reach our area,” Steven Friedrich, a spokesperson for the Washington Emergency Management Division, wrote to The Sports Grind Entertainment in a message.

The Washington Emergency Management Division is using two of SpaceX’s user terminals to receive broadband from overhead satellites. One is located near Malden, Washington, which was devastated by wildfires, and another is located near a smaller fire dubbed the Sumner-Grade Wildfire in western Washington. “Without the terminal, internet would be nearly impossible to achieve” near the Malden area, according to Friedrich. “My understanding is this is the first [public] use of Starlink and the partnership their technical experts have had with our team in the state [Emergency Operations Center] has been invaluable,” Friedrich said.

SpaceX did not respond to a request for comment. However, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk did respond to a tweet from the Washington Emergency Management Division about the terminals, noting that the company is “prioritizing first responders and locations with no Internet connectivity at all” with Starlink.

The Starlink system has been great for communication, according to Friedrich. Responders have used the terminals to coordinate where to drop water on the fires and to request additional resources and supplies from the agency. It’s also being used in Malden to help the public as they rebuild their homes. Friedrich noted that this kind of system could be useful in the future for other types of disasters, such as a major earthquake. Just off the coast of Washington, parts of the Earth’s crust are being pushed under North America in an area called the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Eventually, this could cause a devastating earthquake that could leave parts of the region without power for weeks. During that kind of disaster, communication issues would abound, says Friedrich.

“This is a device we could definitely utilize should we have more wildfires or even larger disasters,” he said.

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