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Design Adorable Vacation Homes In New Animal Crossing DLC

New paid DLC for Animal Crossing: New Horizons that gives players the opportunity to design vacation homes for the game’s various villagers has been announced during today’s Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct. The DLC, titled Happy Home Paradise, is set to launch on November 5, along with the game’s 2.0 update, and will cost players $25.

Happy Home Paradise will also be available as part of Nintendo’s recently revealed Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership, along with access to Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis titles.

In the expansion, players assist a resort developer called Paradise Planning by designing vacation homes that are tailored to villagers’ requests. Customization is king when designing vacation houses, with players being able to change nearly every aspect of homes and the lots they’re on. Players can change the size of homes themselves, and put up partition walls or pillars to section off spaces. Outside, players can change the location of the house, its design, and edit the surrounding area with a new top-down editor.

Along with vacation homes, players will be able to redesign different facilities across the DLC’s archipelago. Whether they create a restaurant, hospital, or school, villagers will occupy and use each facility.

Once players have successfully designed a vacation home, they’ll receive payment in the form of Poki, a new currency. While it can only be used on the archipelago, Poki can be used to purchase rare furniture and other cosmetics, which can then be brought back to players’ main islands.

The new design techniques that players use on vacation homes can also be applied to homes on the main island, drastically growing the ways player homes can be customized. And for players who are tired of visiting their villagers’ ugly homes, once enough vacation homes have been designed, villagers may ask the player to give their house a makeover.

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Server glitch allowed Eufy owners to see through other homes’ cameras

Last night, a number of Eufy home security camera owners discovered they were able to access smart camera feeds and saved videos from users they had never met, due to an apparent security glitch. First reported by 9to5Mac, the issue came to light in an extended Reddit thread, in which users from around the world detailed their experiences.

“Basically I could see every camera, their front door and backdoor bells, master bedroom, living room, garage, kitchen, their motion recordings, everything,” one Eufy owner noted. “I was wondering what was going on as it still had my email and name as signed in and noticed that some unknown email, I’m guessing of the Hawaii owner, was in my shared guest account.”

Some reported that signing out of their account and signing back in resolved the behavior; by now, whatever problem caused the behavior appears to have been fixed. Still, many users are left concerned that their own cameras and feeds might have been exposed without their knowledge.

“For a security product to become completely unsecure, it’s pretty worrying,” the users continued.

Eufy did not respond to a request for comment from The Verge, but told Android Police that the problem lasted only an hour and did not affect baby monitor products. On Reddit, users higlighted a message sent to customers attributing the issue to a server error:

Dear user,
The issue was due to a bug in one of our servers. This was quickly resolved by our engineering team and our customer service team will continue to assist those affected. We recommend all users to:
1.Please unplug and then reconnect the home base.
2.Log out of the eufy security app and log in again.
Contact support@eufylife.com for enquiries.

There’s no indication that specific individuals were targeted as part of the bug, but it’s still a troubling behavior for a service that often monitors private homes. Eufy also makes an Echo Dot-style voice assistant called the Genie, although Genie products appear to have been unaffected by the bug.

Update 1:54PM ET: Added Eufy statement to Android Police.



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PlayStation Play at Home’s new free games are live: Here’s how to claim them

Those of you with a PlayStation 4 or 5 under the TV are probably well aware of Sony’s Play at Home promotion. The promo got started last year around the time the pandemic entered full swing, with Sony offering free copies of Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Journey to anyone with a PlayStation account. Sony brought the promo back this month by giving away free copies of Ratchet & Clank (2016), and now, the company is offering a collection of indie and VR titles for free.

Beginning today, there are nine new games available through Play at Home: Astro Bot Rescue Mission, Subnautica, ABZU, Enter the Gungeon, Moss, Paper Beast, Rez Infinite, The Witness, and Thumper. Keep in mind that Moss and Paper Beast require a PlayStation VR headset in order to play, but the rest can be claimed on both PS4 and PS5.

This is a solid helping of games, and they’ll be claimable for roughly the next month. You’ll need to claim these titles by April 22nd at 8 PM PDT/11 PM EDT, but once you do, they’re yours to keep forever. All you need to do to claim them is to head over to Play at Home page on the PlayStation Store, sign in with your PlayStation account, and add each game to your library.

Sony has one more big bonus coming up next month, as it plans to give away free copies of Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition beginning on April 19th at 8 PM PDT/11 PM EDT. Once live, Horizon Zero Dawn will be available until May 14th at the same time. In addition to all of this, Sony is also giving PlayStation users a three-month trial to Funimation, assuming you sign up through the Funimation app between March 25th and April 22nd.

Finally, keep in mind that Ratchet & Clank is still claimable until March 31st at 8 PM PDT/11 PM EDT, so if you haven’t added that to your library yet, you’ve only got a few days left to do so. We’ll let you know when Sony shares more about Play at Home, so stay tuned.

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