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Ubisoft makes Assassin’s Creed’s educational ‘Discovery Tours’ free


Ubisoft today announced it’s giving away two games to help get us through the pandemic. More specifically, it’s giving away the Discovery Tours, two educational offshoots of its Assassin’s Creed series that depict Ancient Greece or Ancient Egypt. If you’ve got kids to educate — or heck, if you want to educate yourself — they’re one of the more appealing products Ubisoft has made. Take a historic journey from home with Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece & Discovery Tour: Ancient Egypt FREE to download and keep 🏛🚶‍♀️ #PlayApartTogether 👉 https://t.co/UVftq2CaBr — Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) May 14, 2020 The Discovery Tours were originally part of…

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Ubisoft today announced it’s giving away two games to help get us through the pandemic. More specifically, it’s giving away the Discovery Tours, two educational offshoots of its Assassin’s Creed series that depict Ancient Greece or Ancient Egypt. If you’ve got kids to educate — or heck, if you want to educate yourself — they’re one of the more appealing products Ubisoft has made.

The Discovery Tours were originally part of the Assassin’s Creed games — namely, AC Origins and Odyssey. The series has always been known for its attempts to capture historical time periods with some degree of accuracy, the antics of the Assassin Brotherhood and Knights Templar being the obvious exception. The developers’ interest in recreating historic buildings — such as Notre Dame in Unity — sometimes borders on the fanatical. I’m sure we’re going to see a similar Tour in the upcoming Valhalla.

Read: Please don’t let Assassin’s Creed Valhalla be too much like Odyssey

If you’ll remember, the story of AC Odyssey gave me reason to doubt its historical accuracy, at least with regards to its depiction of Spartan warfare, but the Discovery Tour is almost a completely separate entity from the single-player game itself. It is, as the name suggests, a leisurely stroll through the game’s environments where different details in the game are used to explain how life was in the time period depicted, in this case Ptolemaic Egypt and Greece during the Peloponnesian War. Ubisoft describes it as a “living museum.”

If nothing else, they’re pleasant educational tools that kids might enjoy messing around with. I know if Assassin’s Creed had come out when I was a schoolchild, and someone had told me you could use it to learn about Ancient Greece and Egypt, I’d have been all over it. And given this is a time when a lot of people are having to teach their own kids while schools out, I say you could do worse than to use this.

I know most of you are going to be playing that free version of Grand Theft Auto V you just got from the Epic Store, but still, if you want to play something a little slower-paced where you might (heaven forbid) learn a thing or two, then be sure to nab this as well.

The Discovery Tours will be available until May 21. You can download them from Uplay, or from Ubisoft‘s free games page.

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Source: https://thenextweb.com/gaming/2020/05/15/ubisoft-assassins-creed-educational-discovery-tours-free/

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WeChat Invests $70 Billion in Fintech, Including Blockchain and AI

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Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings will allocate nearly $70 billion (500B yuan) over the next five years in fintech development, including blockchain, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence (AI).

Reuters reported on May 26 that the company, which is behind the WeChat messaging app, hopes to strengthen the development of fintech across the country, following the recent embrace of blockchain by the Chinese government. 

Tencent wants to expand to business services and will invest in 5G networks, Internet of Things (IoT) operating systems and large data centers, among others, 

Pandemic boosts blockchain interest in China

The tech giant said that the COVID-19 crisis had been a critical factor motivating companies to develop their cloud-based technology infrastructure.

According to Dowson Tong, senior executive vice president of Tencent, expediting this new infrastructure strategy “will help further cement virus containment success.”

Tencent’s financial support for blockchain technology builds on its recent announcement of strategic moves to cement its presence in blockchain development across China.

Chinese government adopts blockchain

Cointelegraph reported on April 30 that Tencent had opened applications for its new “Tencent Industrial Accelerator,” with a total of 30 places.

The National People’s Congress, China’s Parliament, and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference proposed a government-backed blockchain development fund on May 24 to build “a better governance system.”

Some provinces in China are also beginning to show interest in blockchain technology, such as Anhui, which has officially launched a blockchain platform for providing government services.

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/wechat-invests-70-billion-in-fintech-including-blockchain-and-ai

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After Spiking to February 2018 Levels, Bitcoin Fees Have Dropped 54%

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After spiking a week ago to levels last seen in February 2018, the average Bitcoin (BTC) transaction fee has fallen by more than half.

BitInfoCharts data shows that Bitcoin’s average fee decreased by nearly 54% from $6.65 on May 20 to $3.07 on May 25. The median — or most common —  fee peaked at $3.91, but has now fallen to $1.65.

Bitcoin Cash proponent Hayden Otto told Cointelegraph that if network congestion continues, it will push users to altcoins. He believes this happened in 2017:

“When BTC is operating at capacity with a huge black log of transactions, it will slowly [lose users to altcoins] again. […] I’m sure most people trying to move funds around would convert to another coin before withdrawing from exchanges.”

Bitcoin median and average transaction fee May 20-May 25 chart. Source: BitInfoCharts

Altcoins capitalize on Bitcoin’s congestion

Otto is founder of BitcoinBCH.com, and he argues that there is a direct correlation between Bitcoin congestion resulting in the higher fees we’ve seen recently, and users moving to competing cryptocurrencies. According to him, “this results in BTC’s market dominance declining while that of competing cryptos explodes.”

As Cointelegraph reported in early May, there was a considerable amount of speculation that Bitcoin’s block reward halving might destabilize its blockchain. Otto argues that the halving did indeed have this destabilizing effect on Bitcoin’s functional dynamics, although this was beginning to smooth out.

He said the number of unconfirmed transactions held in Bitcoin’s mempool recently stabilized at just over 20,000, after having reached this year’s highest level of more than 80,000. Otto suggests this is a sign that the Bitcoin network is regaining stability after its economy changed in the wake of the latest recent halvings.

On May 20, Bitcoin’s mining difficulty dropped by about 6 percent. Otto says that this difficulty adjustment is helping decrease the network’s congestion, but one adjustment may not be enough:

“We have already had one difficulty adjustment since the halving but it will take another one or two adjustments until it settles. Due to a decline in hash rate, blocks are being produced slower. BTC’s hash rate has dropped nearly 30% since the halving and the difficulty only lowered by 6%, thus difficulty will need to decrease further before blocks are mined at 10 minute average intervals.”

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/after-spiking-to-february-2018-levels-bitcoin-fees-have-dropped-54

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After Spiking to February 2018 Levels, Bitcoin Fees Have Dropped 54%

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After spiking a week ago to levels last seen in February 2018, the average Bitcoin (BTC) transaction fee has fallen by more than half.

BitInfoCharts data shows that Bitcoin’s average fee decreased by nearly 54% from $6.65 on May 20 to $3.07 on May 25. The median — or most common —  fee peaked at $3.91, but has now fallen to $1.65.

Bitcoin Cash proponent Hayden Otto told Cointelegraph that if network congestion continues, it will push users to altcoins. He believes this happened in 2017:

“When BTC is operating at capacity with a huge black log of transactions, it will slowly [lose users to altcoins] again. […] I’m sure most people trying to move funds around would convert to another coin before withdrawing from exchanges.”

Bitcoin median and average transaction fee May 20-May 25 chart. Source: BitInfoCharts

Altcoins capitalize on Bitcoin’s congestion

Otto is founder of BitcoinBCH.com, and he argues that there is a direct correlation between Bitcoin congestion resulting in the higher fees we’ve seen recently, and users moving to competing cryptocurrencies. According to him, “this results in BTC’s market dominance declining while that of competing cryptos explodes.”

As Cointelegraph reported in early May, there was a considerable amount of speculation that Bitcoin’s block reward halving might destabilize its blockchain. Otto argues that the halving did indeed have this destabilizing effect on Bitcoin’s functional dynamics, although this was beginning to smooth out.

He said the number of unconfirmed transactions held in Bitcoin’s mempool recently stabilized at just over 20,000, after having reached this year’s highest level of more than 80,000. Otto suggests this is a sign that the Bitcoin network is regaining stability after its economy changed in the wake of the latest recent halvings.

On May 20, Bitcoin’s mining difficulty dropped by about 6 percent. Otto says that this difficulty adjustment is helping decrease the network’s congestion, but one adjustment may not be enough:

“We have already had one difficulty adjustment since the halving but it will take another one or two adjustments until it settles. Due to a decline in hash rate, blocks are being produced slower. BTC’s hash rate has dropped nearly 30% since the halving and the difficulty only lowered by 6%, thus difficulty will need to decrease further before blocks are mined at 10 minute average intervals.”

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/after-spiking-to-february-2018-levels-bitcoin-fees-have-dropped-54

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