Over the last couple of months, Psyonix has been explaining how various aspects of the free-to-play transition will work, including cross-platform progression. There’ll be an update for existing players tomorrow (September 16th) that will allow them to link the game to an Epic Games account. Once you’ve done so, you can access the Rocket League items you’ve unlocked across all platforms. Those who already own the game will also receive Legacy items tomorrow, and the update includes other additions and quality-of-life changes.
When Rocket League goes free-to-play next week, it’ll debut on the Epic Games Store. If you claim the game there by October 23rd, you’ll get a $10 coupon you can put towards any game or add-on in the store, as long as it costs at least $14.99. If you download Rocket League from the Epic Store, you’ll also get a couple of bonus cosmetic items when you fire it up for the first time.
It appears there’s a Fortnite-related in-game event in the works too. Psyonix said it’ll soon reveal more details about a Llama-Rama event, which’ll start soon after the free-to-play move.
Google’s Recorder app is getting an audio editing feature
At today’s Google event, the company announced that its Recorder app, which is available for Pixel 2 or newer phones, is getting a nice update that should make it a lot easier to search through audio files. The update will allow you to select a snippet of audio from a recorded clip, which you can then either share or remove from the larger audio file.
Additionally, you can search for specific words in a recorded transcript and delete them. So if you’re someone like me who tends to say “uh,” “um,” or any other crutch word during interviews, you can theoretically find and remove them with this new update.
According to Google, you’ll be able to use this feature offline, in the same way its live English transcription function works without needing internet access. The company announced the feature in a blog discussing the Pixel 5, but it will likely arrive on some of Google’s other Pixel phones as well.
The Sports Grind Entertainment has reached out to Google to confirm whether the new feature is indeed coming to more than just the Pixel 5.
Ms. Marvel Disney Plus show casts newcomer Iman Vellani for the MCU
After a lengthy casting process, Disney has chosen actress Iman Vellani to take the role of Kamala Khan, or Ms. Marvel, in the upcoming television series Ms. Marvel, reports Deadline.
The series will be a first in many ways. Ms. Marvel will be Vellani’s first major role in film or television, though, Deadline notes, she was part of a group of a dozen film-loving students chosen to curate the Toronto Film Festival’s Next Wave festival in 2019. Her character, Kamala Khan, was the first Muslim character in Marvel history to star in her own book, and in the MCU, she’ll be the first Muslim superhero to appear in a Marvel film or show.
Jointly created by editors Sana Amanat and Stephen Wacker, writer G. Willow Wilson, and artist Adrian Alphona, with a costume designed by Jamie McKelvie, Kamala burst onto Marvel Comics pages in 2013. She was a superhero given the power to stretch and distort her body when her Inhuman heritage was awakened, but also a kid from Jersey City struggling to find her own identity between the pressures of school and family life, a relatable emotional core that made her an instant hit.
Kamala was part of a wave of new, diverse legacy characters at Marvel that included Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel, Miles Morales as Spider-Man, and Jane Foster as Thor, all ideas that have been or are soon to be realized on the big screen. Kamala herself has already taken on a starring role in Square Enix’s Avengers game.
Ms. Marvel does not have release date yet, but Disney plans to release the series exclusively on Disney Plus.
Google’s $499 Pixel 4a 5G is almost as powerful as the Pixel 5
The phone will come with all of Google’s usual camera-related software tricks, including a couple of new ones. For instance, there’s a new portrait light feature that allows you to add lighting on your subject. There’s also a panning tool to help you with filming steady footage in video mode. Interestingly, some of those features won’t come to the Pixel 4a, at least not at launch.
The two phones start to differ when it comes to their displays. The Pixel 4a 5G has a slightly larger 6.2-inch screen that doesn’t have the same 90Hz refresh rate as the Pixel 5’s display. The phone also doesn’t come with nice-to-have features like wireless charging and water-resistant casing, but on the bright side, you do get access to a 3.5mm headphone jack. Google cut corners in other places as well. The Pixel 4a 5G comes with less 2GB of RAM than Google’s new top-tier model, and a smaller 3,885 mAh capacity battery. Thankfully, both the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 will come with the same amount of storage: 128GB.
For $499, most people probably won’t complain about what they’re getting with the Pixel 4a 5G. When you buy the phone, you’ll also get three months free of Stadia Pro and YouTube Premium, 100GB of Google One storage for three months and Google Play Pass access. Google and other retailers like Best Buy will sell the Pixel 4a 5G in black and white, with Verizon getting first dibs on the latter model. The phone will make its way to the US sometime in November.
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