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World of Warcraft returns for 15th birthday

Grizzled veterans and hardy newcomers can now experience Azeroth as it was in its earliest days with World of Warcraft Classic, which is live now and included at no additional cost as part of a WoW subscription globally.

Click below to watch the trailer and to read about the game.

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Blizzard says World of Warcraft Classic has been a labour of love, and that the result is an authentic re-creation of the pre-expansion game in its most feature-complete state, as it was during 2006’s “Drums of War” update. 
It has continued to take WoW Classic realms online around the world to accommodate the more than two million players who have created characters in anticipation of today’s launch, and will work to add more based on player population trends.

World of Warcraft, which has been played by more than 140 million players over the past 15 years,* has evolved considerably across seven expansions, with numerous features, enhancements, and quality-of-life improvements. In many ways, World of Warcraft Classic is more unrelenting and demanding of self-direction from players than today’s version of the game.
Classic’s Azeroth is equal parts wonder and hazard, and its trials can push players to their limits. The Alliance and the Horde, in the midst of outright war, are made to reckon with forces whose powers transcend their own brutal conflict—including some of the most iconic and love-hated of villains of the Warcraft universe, like Ragnaros the Firelord and the Archlich Kel’Thuzad.

“It’s been a long time coming, but we’re overjoyed to welcome our friends new and old to classic Azeroth,” says J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment. “The community’s excitement is infectious and deeply motivating—it’s clear they’re as thrilled as we are to relive the World of Warcraft Classic experience. We look forward to rediscovering its wonders and challenges together with them.”

Current World of Warcraft subscribers can access Classic right now through the Battle.net desktop app.

For more information on World of Warcraft Classic, visit the official website at www.worldofwarcraft.com.

*Based on internal company records.

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Ford showcases delivery with robots

With non-essential deliveries stopped around the world, Ford and Agility Robotics have devised another way to get parcels from A to B.

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Voice and video calls have practically replaced face-to-face boardroom meetings while instant messaging has enabled friends and family to stay in touch. But what do we do about parcel deliveries? Is there a technological solution that enables A to B parcel deliveries without requiring face-to-face human interaction at any point?  

If Ford’s autonomous logistics solution – a last-mile logistics solution combining Ford Motor Company’s autonomous vehicle technology and Agility Robotics’ bipedal robot called ‘Digit’ – goes mainstream soon, then the answer is yes. 

The spread of the COVID-19 virus and the resultant restrictions have shown there’s risk involved with face-to-face human interactions. Ford and Agility Robotics have rethought how deliveries of the future might happen.  

Key applications for further exploration are indoor or first-mile logistics and last-50-feet delivery. The research also will focus on how Ford’s commercial vehicles and Digit “talk” to each other and their surroundings through advanced connectivity technologies. For example, Ford’s connected vehicles can continually update cloud-based maps that can be shared with Digit so it doesn’t have to recreate the same type of information. 

Digit has been designed to walk upright without wasting energy, so it has no issue traversing the same types of environments most people do every day. Digit’s design also allows it to tightly fold itself up for easy storage in the back of a vehicle until it’s called into action. Once a vehicle arrives at its destination, Digit can be deployed to grab a package from the vehicle and carry out the final step in the delivery process.  

If it encounters an unexpected obstacle, it can send an image back to the vehicle to leverage additional computing power. The vehicle could even send that information into the cloud and request help from other systems to enable Digit to navigate, providing multiple levels of assistance that help keep the robot light and nimble. Digit’s light weight also helps ensure it has a long run time, which is essential for delivery businesses that operate continuously through the business day. 

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SA takes to TikTok for coronavirus education

Local content creators are sharing their tips and tricks with a new #WashingHands challenge on TikTok.

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Amid rising global concerns around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), South Africans are battening down the hatches to implement social-distancing as per the request of the President to stop the spread of the virus.  

During this time of self-isolation, it is important that we remain educated and alert about the health and safety options available. Local content creators have stepped up to TikTok to share their own tips and tricks during these worrying times, some via the platform’s latest #WashingHands challenge. 

The Ndlovu Youth Choir provides us with a few basic sanitary guidelines, while encouraging us not to panic or share false information.  

@ndlovuyouthchoir

There are already many dangerous myths about the Coronavirus. Here are some basic guidelines. Stay safe ❤️ ##coronavirus

♬ original sound – ndlovuyouthchoir

Does 40 seconds feel like a lifetime of washing your hands? Aaron Perry shares a few steps with us to make washing your hands so much fun. 

@aaron_perry

Washing your hands is fun with these steps 🧼🦠🧴// ##coronavirus ##KillCorona ##Washyourhands ##Southafrica ##aaronperry

♬ Supalonely (feat. Gus Dapperton) – BENEE

Junita gives us her own rendition of “Come on Eileen” while participating in the #WashingHands challenge. It’s so catchy, we can’t get it out of our heads. 

@junitalategan

Remember to wash your hands !! 🧼 .. My singing tho 🤣🤣🤣 ##Washinghands ##coronavirus ##corona

♬ original sound – junitalategan

As instructed by President Ramaphosa, The Kiffness encourages us all to make use of the ‘elbow greeting’ instead of shaking hands. We think this is going to catch on very quickly.  

@thekiffness

It had to be done 🇿🇦🤣 ##mycorona ##coronavirus ##tiktoksouthafrica ##fyp ##elbowchallenge

♬ original sound – thekiffness
 

Lastly, Kelly_KiKx shares her tips for DIY hand sanitising should you not be able to find any at your local supermarket.  

@kelly_kikx

Hand sanitizers are sold out, here’s a temp fix until there’s more available. Stay safe, wash with 🧼 & 💧! ##coronavirus ##covid19 ##edutok

♬ U Cant Touch This – Modern Rock Players

In addition to the helpful content being shared by local creators, TikTok South Africa has also teamed up with Red Cross South Africa and the Ndlovu Youth Choir to launch the #WashingHands campaign.  

The campaign reiterates the importance of keeping your hands clean by encouraging users to create a video whereby they show themselves washing their hands with soap and water for a minimum of 40 seconds, while singing your favourite song. 

Within the app, users have full access to an informational page that provides credible information from the World Health Organization and contains answers to common questions, offers tips on staying safe, and dispels some of the myths around COVID-19. 

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