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How to unlock enterprise knowledge for real-world ROI

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Enterprise knowledge is a multiplier; it’s having the right corporate information, applied to a question from an employee, or partner, when and how they need it. The challenge for most enterprises is unlocking knowledge from the information and data available. From enterprise search and communication platforms, to internal websites and knowledge graphs, companies have tried a broad array of methods to turn facts across the corporation into insight.

“Those systems have become, in many ways, their own barrier to efficiency,” says Chris Mahl, CRO and president at Pryon. “Data is everywhere. Unstructured knowledge is everywhere. Information in silos is everywhere. But applied knowledge — get it to me when I need it so I can be as productive as I need to be and want to be — that’s the stretch point that most firms are trying to uncover.”

It became clear that knowledge could be unlocked with the kind of interaction that consumer AI assistants have brought to market, says Igor Jablokov, the founder and CEO of Pryon, and founder of the startup that was bought by Amazon as the foundation for what became Alexa.

But it would be necessary to fuse disparate knowledge across an enterprise into one natural language representation.

“To unlock computing resources in the past meant that you had to be a computer scientist, a mathematician, an engineer,” he says. “We can turn the tables and democratize access to knowledge by allowing people to converse in natural language, to get access to these same resources that used to be buttoned up.”

Serving up knowledge in minutes

What’s different about Pryon’s approach to unlocking enterprise knowledge is the solution’s ability to ingest and vectorize content into collection models, which can be tapped using natural language.

A full stack, cloud-based, API-driven solution, it can simply be connected to a company’s infrastructure with a single sign-on provider. From there it taps into existing repositories including S3 Box, ServiceNow, ZenDesk, Confluence, Google Drive, Sharepoint and more. The content doesn’t need to be reformatted or transformed, and content can continue to be authored in the way the company currently manages it.

Once a collection is created and pointed at the sources of content, it automatically generates the model, which then starts extracting relevant information. Automation and machine learning ensure the system delivers precision in recall, an understanding of context, the best representation in response to a question, and filters that to allow the asker to hone in on a specific piece of information. Once the knowledge is ingested, searches for information now become a valuable source of customer signals.

The solution can also identify high-quality information by tracking searches and interaction with the system, and also surface information gaps, redundancies, conflicts or legacy content that should have been retired.

It’s a powerful client-facing tool, but using AI to serve the productivity of employees is a differentiator, says Mahl.

“Talent likes to work in a highly nimble place, where the things I need to do my job, I can get them, arguably at the speed of the spoken word,” Mahl says. “It’s an acquisition, retention, and productivity play for sure.”

And the system is designed from the ground up to be democratized across the entire workforce, not just for specialties – and that’s why these tools are so important, Jablokov says.

“How many of your respective businesses were built through accidental discoveries and experimentation? And why wouldn’t you find something that you can get into every nook and cranny?” he says. “We had some clients that discovered new product lines based on giving this tool to an intern. Get it to every nook and cranny of your organization. The best time you should have done that was yesterday. The second best time is today.”

To learn more about the real-world ROI of an intelligent knowledge platform, use cases from successful organizations, what the tool looks like under the hood and more, don’t miss this VB On Demand webinar.

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Agenda

  • Increase productivity 2x by leveraging your existing investments in content assets, knowledge bases and human capital – without doubling budgets
  • Exceed the performance of your current customer support chatbots with a next-gen strategy
  • Drive repeatable, simultaneous digital transformation across multiple business units
  • Invest in an AI platform that pays for itself in weeks, not years

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  • Igor Jablokov, CEO & Founder, Pryon
  • Chris Mahl, President & CRO, Pryon
  • Art Cole, Moderator, VentureBeat

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Oculus Go unlock software released for hardware freedom

An Oculus Go unlocked OS build was released today, courtesy of John Carmack. After a prolonged period of time and a whole lot of work in securing the rights to release the software, Carmack and crew made this build a reality. It’s a surprise, honestly, now that Oculus is owned by Facebook. It IS a welcome surprise, in any case.

The Oculus Go software unlock is relatively simple to enact. The most difficult part of the process will be your decision to push the software, given the agreement you must make with Oculus. You’ll effectively be agreeing that they are no longer responsible for any part of the device’s software or any future software updates.

SEE TOO: Our original Oculus Go review

Per Oculus, “this process will not work on any other device or OS,” and “please note that unlocking your device is not reversible and you will no longer receive OTA updates.” So why would you want to initiate such an unlock?

Because once you unlock you Oculus Go, you can install any software you like. Per Oculus, this process will give you access to the OS build so that you might “repurpose Oculus Go for more things today.”

Per Carmack, this process “opens up the ability to repurpose the hardware for more things today, and means that a randomly discovered shrink wrapped headset twenty years from now will be able to update to the final software version, long after over-the-air update servers have been shut down.”

Take a peek at the Unlocking Oculus Go page at the Oculus for Developers website. There you’ll be taken through the steps that are required to unlock the device and open your software door to the future. And if you happen to find a very awesome use for this headset and would like to share, let us know! Or just let me know over on Twitter – let’s chat!



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How to Unlock the CX-9 in Call of Duty: Warzone

Live-service games often evolve, delivering new features, mechanics, or items that can change the way you play. A great example of this is Call of Duty: Warzone, a game that has received its fair share of additional content post-launch — particularly in the weapons you have at your disposal. Toward the end of season 4, the game introduced the CX-9 SMG, which has an interesting history in the world of Warzone.

This SMG was actually implemented into the game in December, was usable in Survival mode, and appeared as ground loot for a limited time before being inexplicably pulled. Since then, the community has been waiting for the weapon to finally make its debut. It’s unclear why it took so long for it to be officially added, but the good news is that it’s here now, and it isn’t too difficult to unlock.

Oddly enough, the CX-9 is a Modern Warfare weapon, which means you can unlock it in that game, as well as in Warzone. This is unusual because the most recent Call of Duty game is Black Ops Cold War, and all the new Warzone content is derived from that game. The inclusion of the CX-9 seems like an anomaly, so don’t get used to seeing a similar Warzone rollout with content from an older game like this.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the easiest ways to unlock the CX-9 in Warzone and Modern Warfare.

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How to unlock the CX-9 in Warzone

The most affordable way to unlock the CX-9 is by playing Warzone. Since Warzone is a free-to-play game, you can jump in and complete the challenge without purchasing anything else, which is great for your wallet. Though, matches in Warzone tend to last a while, so using this method isn’t the fastest. To unlock the CX-9, you must earn two longshot kills with an SMG in five matches. This isn’t too terribly difficult, but by the very nature of the challenge, it goes against how an SMG should be used.

For this reason, we advise using something like the Milano 821, MAC-10, LC10, or the AUG (MW). All of these weapons are decent at range and can be used to secure eliminations past 50 meters, which is the distance required to earn a longshot medal. When building your SMG, we advise using all of the attachments that improve stability and recoil control, along with an Optic and the largest magazine size.

You can complete this challenge in standard battle royale mode on Verdansk, Rebirth Island, or in a Plunder match. We actually found it easiest to earn longshots on Rebirth Island since players tend to run around recklessly, thanks to being able to respawn. Plunder is a solid option as well, but it’s common to spawn far away from all the action, so we recommend playing on Rebirth instead.

If you can overtake the tower in the middle of the Rebirth map, it’s easy to take out enemies on top of Prison or Control. You can even use an assault rifle or sniper to down players and then finish them off with an SMG to still earn credit for the longshot. There are plenty of options and strategies, making it much easier to unlock the CX-9 than other weapons that have been added to Warzone before.

How to unlock the CX-9 in Modern Warfare

The CX-9 in Call of Duty: Warzone.

By far, the easiest way to unlock this weapon is by playing Modern Warfare, but that means you must have a copy of the game. Since Warzone and Modern Warfare share progression systems, you can unlock the weapon in one game and use it in the other. The challenge is actually the same as the one in Warzone: Earn two longshot medals with an SMG in five different matches.

We recommend building your SMG the same way mentioned above — with an Optic and all the best attachments for recoil control. Then, boot up a match on Shoothouse 24/7, and as soon as it begins, run up to the wall ahead (either side), jump up on the platform, and mount your SMG. There will almost always be someone on the opposite side doing the same, and if you’re lucky (and more skilled), you can take them down. Then, just repeat this process, and once you’ve gotten two longshot kills (make sure the longshot medal comes up), you can quit the match. Just check your loadout to make sure you received credit. Rinse and repeat four more times to earn the CX-9 in Modern Warfare/Warzone.

How to purchase the CX-9

The CX-9 in Call of Duty: Warzone.

The final way to unlock the weapon is by purchasing it from the item shop. The Soap Operator Bundle is the one you want, and it costs 2,400 COD points. This is equivalent to $20 and comes with the Soap Operator skin, various weapon blueprints, a charm, finishing move, calling card, emblem, spray, and, of course, the CX-9 SMG. The main thing to know about this is that, while you can purchase the bundle to add the SMG to your custom loadouts, you won’t be able to change its attachments unless you unlock the weapon using the previous two methods.

For that reason, we don’t recommend buying the bundle unless you’re a huge fan of the blueprint that comes with it (which, admittedly, is really cool). The one strategy some players use is to buy the bundle and then use that weapon — in this case, the CX-9 — to make progress toward unlocking it. That way, when it’s unlocked, you’ll have a litany of attachments and camos to use with it. This is a viable option but not totally necessary.

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Superman items are finally available in Fortnite: Here’s how to unlock them

When Fortnite season 7 kicked off earlier this summer, one character that undoubtedly caught the eye of everyone was Superman. As the reveal trailer for season 7 showed off an alien invasion arriving at Fortnite‘s island, Superman was one of the heroes enlisted to fight the aliens off. Now, weeks later, the character is finally going to be available in Fortnite.

Even better is the fact that none of Superman’s outfits are going to be exclusive to Fortnite‘s store, which means players can unlock all Superman items and skins just by completing battle pass challenges. With those challenges, players will work with Armored Batman and Beast Boy to restore Superman’s memories. As players complete quests, they’ll unlock new Superman-themed items.

Players will unlock the Call to Action emoticon after completing 1 quest from Clark Kent, Armored Batman, or Beast Boy. Completing three quests from any of those characters will unlock the Superman Shield spray while completing five will unlock the Clark Kent outfit. After that, players need to glide through three rings as Clark Kent to unlock the Daily Planet back bling. Once all of that’s done, head to a phone booth as Clark Kent to unlock the Secret Identity emote and Superman Cape back bling. Using the emote will allow you to change between Clark Kent and Superman.

Once you’re done with that track, there’s a set of Epic Quests to complete to unlock Clark Kent and Superman’s Shadow outfits. These quests will unlock the Kal-El’s Cape glider, a Superman-themed banner, a loading screen titled “The Last Son of Krypton,” the Solitude Striker pickaxe, and Shadow variants for Clark Kent, the Daily Planet back bling, the Superman Cape back bling, and the Solitude Striker pickaxe.

From there, using the Secret Identity emote while wearing the Shadow Clark Kent outfit will allow him to transform into Shadow Superman. You can see the unlocks in the images embedded throughout this article, but otherwise, hop into Fortnite and get to work on completing those quests.

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Pokemon GO Ultra Unlock: Zacian and Zamazenta released

The last part of the Pokemon GO Ultra Unlock series for this year’s Pokemon GO Fest includes Zacian and Zamacenta. These Pokemon will be among the first released by Hoopa! Hoopa will likely play a significant part in the in-game story rolling through Pokemon GO from this point on, especially when it comes to Legendary releases. In this case, the first to Galarian Legandary Pokemon come from the hoops!

To be clear, here, Pokemon GO already released SOME Galarian Pokemon in the last few months. With the launch of Pokemon Sword and Shield, Niantic was onboard with launching Galarian versions of some Pokemon that were already in the game – like Galarian Slowpoke, Galarian Farfetch’d, and Galarian Zigzagoon. This event would appear to be the first big push for Pokemon entirely new to Pokemon GO from the Galar Region.

Included in NEW releases are Skwovet, Greedent, Wooloo, Dubwool, and Falinks! Shiny Pokemon that’ll be appearing either in raid battles or more commonly in the wild include Galarian Farfetch’d, Unown U, Galarian Zigzagoon, Galarian Weezing, Lapras, Mega Beedrill, Galarian Meowth, Galarian Ponyta, Galarian Stunfisk, Mega Pidgeot, and Snorlax!

Week 1, Ultra Unlock 3, Sword and Shield

Pokemon Go Ultra Unlock Part 3: Sword and Shield is about to go off. The first bit starts on August 20 and lasts until August 26. The second part starts on August 26 and lasts until September 1. Start and stop times are all 10AM local time.

For the first half of this event, we’ll see Raid Boss Zacian in its Hero of Many Battles form. This Pokemon will begin to appear at 10AM local time on August 20, and it’ll be the most powerful Pokemon of the bunch – unless you’re weak against the many stings of Mega Beedrill.

The first week of Sword and Shield Ultra Unlock action in Pokemon GO will include Mega Beedrill in Mega Raid battles. You’ll also see Falinks, Lapras, and Galarian Weezing as 3-star battles. This week will feature 1-star battles with Galarian Slowpoke, Galarian Farfetch’d, Unown U, and Galarian Zigzagoon.

There’ll also be a raid hour with Zician on August 25, 2021 from 6PM to 7PM local time. There’ll be so many Zacian out there in the world, you won’t know what to do with them!

Week 2, Ultra Unlock 3, Sword and Shield

In Week 2 we’ll see Zamazenta in its own Hero of Many Battles form. This Pokemon will appear first in four-star Raid Battles in Pokemon GO, and it seems likely there’ll be no Shiny version at launch. At the same time we will have quite a few other Shiny Pokemon in Raid Battles during this event.

Week 2 raids are just as excellent as those in week 1, including Galarian Meowth, Galarian Ponyta, Galarian Darumaka, and Unown U for 1-star raids. The 3-star raid crew includes Galarian Stunfisk, Falinks, and Snorlax! There’ll be a Mega Pidgeot available as a Mega Raid, too.

Week 2 will feature a Zamacenta Raid Hour on August 30, 2021 starting at 6PM local time and lasting until 7PM.

Stay tuned as we learn more about the Pokemon that’ll appear during this event series. UPDATE: The NEW Shiny Pokemon for this event include Galarian Meowth, Galarian Farfetch’d, Galarian Weezing, and Galarian Stunfisk. As it generally is with new releases of Shiny Pokemon, these Pokemon should be far more common in shiny form than they ever will be in the game again after this event is done.

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How to Unlock the OTs 9 in Call of Duty: Warzone

The latest Call of Duty: Warzone update has added the new OTs 9 SMG as part of Season 4 Reloaded. This weapon is absolutely worth trying out, thanks to its high rate of fire, ease of use, and competitive time to kill (TTK). According to TrueGameData, the OTs 9 has one of the fastest TTKs in the SMG category, outmatching the likes of the MP5 (MW) and the PPSh-41 by a noticeable amount. After 10 meters or so, the weapon is far less effective, so you’ll want to limit its use to up-close scenarios only.

With this in mind, it’s a weapon you’ll definitely want to try. Unfortunately, the OTs 9 is a pain to unlock, though you do have several options for doing so. In this guide, we’ll show you all the ways to unlock the weapon, along with the easiest methods of getting your hands on it. Here’s how to unlock the OTs 9 SMG in Call of Duty: Warzone.

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How to unlock the OTs 9 in Warzone

The least expensive and most straightforward method of unlocking the OTs 9 is by completing the in-game Warzone challenge. To do so, you need to get a double kill with an SMG in 15 different matches. From our testing, you can do this in Plunder, regular Verdansk, and even Rebirth Island. Your best bet is to utilize an SMG with a high ammo count like the PPSh-41 or Bullfrog and then use your stuns on enemies to ensure they’re easier to take down. In Plunder, you’ll have more success if you go to the Storage Town area on the west side of Verdansk.

Alternatively, you can simply play on Rebirth Island. Here, you’ll have ample opportunities to get double kills since players tend to act more recklessly in the faster-paced mode. The tents by Living Quarters or Control Center are great spots to farm kills. You are able to quit out of the match as soon as you get your double kill, so keep that in mind.

How to unlock the OTs 9 in Black Ops Cold War multiplayer

The other method of getting this weapon unlocked is by playing Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War multiplayer. Remember, your progress carries over from Cold War to Warzone, so you can unlock the OTs 9 in one game and have it in the other. To unlock it in Cold War, you need to get three kills on enemies impacted by your tactical equipment in 15 games.

For example, stuns, smokes, or flashes. The easiest way to get it done is to throw decoy grenades into high-traffic areas. We like to play on Nuketown ’84. While there, throw your decoy into a busy area of the map and follow it up with a quick kill. Do this two more times for the match and then perform that entire process a total of 15 times to unlock the weapon. The Danger Close Wildcard is great since it allows you to spawn with two pieces of tactical equipment. This method is a bit more reliable, but it’ll still take a while if you aren’t lucky.

How to unlock the OTs 9 in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

The OTs 9 in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

We highly suggest avoiding the method for unlocking the OTs 9 in Cold War Zombies simply because it’s too reliant on luck and still takes forever. With this method, you need to kill 50 Tempests within two seconds of them reappearing after teleporting. If you’ve spent any time with Zombies, you know the Tempests don’t spawn terribly often and aren’t easy to take out. So, even if you get three or four in any given match, you still have to put upwards of 30 minutes per run, which will just take too long.

How to unlock the OTs 9 by purchasing it

The easiest way to unlock the OTs 9 is to buy it with COD Points. The Inside Job bundle comes with the weapon, a charm, a finisher, an emblem, and a sticker. It’ll cost you 1,200 COD Points but is a sure-fire way to get your hands on the new SMG. This is equivalent to around $10, but you might have enough points by earning them through the battle pass.

The issue is that even if you purchase the bundle, you still have to use one of the aforementioned methods to actually unlock the weapon and use attachments. Otherwise, all you’ll have is the build that comes with the bundle, which isn’t perfect (though it’s definitely usable). Keep in mind, you do earn weapon XP for the OTs 9 as you use it, even if you don’t have it officially unlocked, which is nice.

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How to Unlock the Nail Gun in Call of Duty: Warzone

Each season, Call of Duty: Warzone gets a set of new weapons, most of which are typically worth using. One weapon that was added as part of the Season 4 update was the Nail Gun, an SMG/Special Weapon hybrid that deals tremendous damage. It’s definitely suited for players who like to run and gun while getting up close and personal. The only problem is that its unlock requirements are tough and arguably not very descriptive.

Of course, you can always shell out your hard-earned COD Points to just buy it from the in-game store, but if you’re short on funds, you’ll want to take a different approach. In this guide, we’ll show you how to unlock the Nail Gun in Call of Duty: Warzone.

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Nail Gun overview

The reason so many players have gravitated toward the Nail Gun is due to its high-damage profile up close. This weapon won’t get you far at range, but when used at up to 10 meters, it deals devastating damage. According to TrueGameData, the Nail Gun does 64 damage to the chest, 50 to the stomach and extremities, and 81 to the head. This means you can get a four- to five-shot kill on a fully plated enemy at up to 10 meters. With stats like that, it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular choice.

For comparison’s sake, the MP5 (CW) can eliminate a fully plated enemy in six to nine shots up close. Now, it’s worth noting that the Nail Gun has a slower fire rate of 515 rpm (rate per minute) compared to the MP5 (CW), which fires at 854 rpm. But even still, the Nail Gun has the potential to eliminate a player much faster than the MP5 (CW), even with a slower rate of fire. The other unique thing about the Nail Gun is that it doesn’t allow for any attachments. But that’s okay since it’s excellent as-is. Just make sure you get used to its small magazine size of 20.

Methods of unlocking the Nail Gun in Warzone

Challenge for unlocking Nail Gun in Warzone.

The biggest issue with the Nail Gun is actually unlocking it. There are four methods to getting your hands on it, which we’ll go over in detail below:

Unlocking the Nail Gun through Warzone

The least expensive but most time-consuming method of unlocking the Nail Gun is to earn it through Warzone itself. In order to do so, you need to get five kills with Special Weapons in 15 different matches. The Special Weapons are:

  • M79 Grenade Launcher
  • Ballistic Knife
  • R1 Shadowhunter

Warzone doesn’t actually have a Special Weapons section, but rest assured, those are the weapons that fall into that category.

If you’ll be using this method, we advise jumping into a Plunder match, heading over to Storage Town on the west side of the map, and using whichever Special Weapon you feel comfortable with. Unfortunately, all of them are pretty terrible, but we had the most luck with the M79 Grenade Launcher. The strategy is to float above Storage Town and then drop down right above an enemy before shooting them with the grenade. Then pull your chute just before you hit the ground.

If you get close enough before hitting the ground, you’ll have a higher chance of eliminating them in one shot. Keep repeating this process until you’ve got five kills, then finish the match like normal. Repeat this 14 more times to complete the challenge and unlock the Nail Gun.

Based on our testing, it doesn’t seem like you’re able to quit the match before it’s over to still gain credit toward the challenge. Some players reported challenge tracking even after quitting early, but it seems like this has been patched. Also note that if you want to use the Ballistic Knife to complete the challenge, you must use the projectile as opposed to melee.

Plunder matches can take upwards of 20 minutes to complete, so it’ll take you several hours to unlock the weapon using this method. But it’s a free option!

Unlocking the Nail Gun through Black Ops Cold War multiplayer

Next up, you can unlock the Nail Gun in Cold War multiplayer. Since Warzone shares progression with Cold War, you can unlock the weapon in one game and use it in the other. For this one, the requirements are actually the same as in Warzone: Get five kills with Special Weapons in 15 different matches. The thing is, Cold War matches are a lot faster than Plunder matches in Warzone, so this method is actually the quickest, provided you have a copy of the game. For the quickest results, we advise playing on Nuketown ’84, as those matches only take around 10-ish minutes — sometimes less.

Unlocking the Nail Gun through Black Ops Cold War Zombies

The other way to unlock the Nail Gun through Cold War is by playing Zombies. To do so, you need to get 25 eliminations with Special Weapons in 12 completed regions in Outbreak. Let’s explain what that means because it’s confusing. Again, the Special Weapons are listed above, so use one of those in your loadout and boot up a match of Outbreak. A completed region is one that you’ve finished the main objective for.

The game will give you an objective at each of the regions, and once you’ve finished it and moved on to the next region via a teleportation device, this will count as a completed region. So, in essence, get your 25 kills, complete the region, and then check the in-game counter to make sure it’s giving you credit. Keep in mind that you don’t need to complete all 12 regions in a single match to unlock the weapon. Your progress carries over from match to match.

Unlocking the Nail Gun by purchasing it

The final and easiest way to get the Nail Gun is to buy it. The Puncture Wound blueprint gives you immediate access to the Nail Gun for 1,000 COD Points, which can be earned by leveling up the battle pass or purchased with real money. It will cost you around $10 to buy this blueprint with real cash.

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Pokemon GO Fest 2021 Ultra Unlock: Time, Space, and more

This week the folks at Niantic released new information on Pokemon GO Fest 2021, including the Ultra Unlock. This system of unlocking bonuses will take place in what the company calls the “Global Challenge Arena”, and only for “ticket holders” as such. It’ll happen with a new collaborative challenge each hour during the event – if trainers complete each challenge, they’ll get a bonus for the remainder of said hour.

Once all of the Global Challenge Arena Ultra Unlock challenges are unlocked, there’ll be “bonuses that will occur after Pokemon GO Fest 2021. It’s quite likely we’ll see bonuses for those that do not hold tickets, too – wouldn’t want to leave so very many people out of the party once they’re no longer able to buy a ticket, after all.

Ultra Unlock Part 1: Time

Trainers will need to complete “a total of eight global challenges” in order to take part in Ultra Unlock Part 1: Time. Given the way these sorts of challenges have gone in the past, this shouldn’t be an issue. Once Time is unlocked, “the flow of time till be disrupted!”

The bonus for this unlock will start on Friday, July 23, 2021, at 10AM local time. It’ll run until Tuesday, August 3, at 8PM local time. The reward is that “Pokemon from various eras will be appearing more often.”

Ultra Unlock Part 2: Space

If trainers move on to completing 16 global challenges, the Ultra Unlock Part 2: Space reward will be unlocked. This reward will start on Friday, August 6, 2021 at 10AM local time to Tuesday, August 17 at 8PM local time. During this bonus, “Space itself will be distorted as Pokemon from various places appear!”

Ultra Unlock Part 3: ???

The third part of the challenge series has not yet been revealed. Niantic is being mysterious about this one, safe the requirements – trainers will need to complete a total of 24 global challenges during Pokemon GO Fest 2021. Part 3 of the series will start on Friday, August 20, 2021 at 10AM and will last until Tuesday, August 31, at 8PM local time, assuming it’s achieved and unlocked.

We’re thinking we’re going to see our fair share of newly-released Pokemon, Pokemon that’ve not yet been available in Pokemon GO, and weird oddities. All the Unown and unknown Pokemon we can handle!

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Call of Duty Warzone: How to Unlock the AMP63 Pistol

Call of Duty: Warzone and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War players can now equip themselves with the AMP63 pistol. The weapon was previously leaked thanks to a glitch that made it appear in both games. However, starting today players can officially unlock and keep the new sidearm.

The AMP63 may soon become essential in everyone’s loadouts thanks to its stats. What it lacks in firepower, the AMP63 makes up for in an extremely high fire rate. Player speed with the machine pistol is also increased, making it a fantastic close-quarters, shoot-from-the-hip style weapon.

Unlocking the AMP63 will take some time any way you cut it. Players will have to take out five enemies across 20 different matches in either Call of Duty: Warzone or Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War to unlock the new sidearm. Do yourself a favor though and don’t tackle this challenge in Warzone only. If you have Black Ops Cold War, head into Hardcore Team Deathmatch, where a couple of shots from a pistol should kill an enemy. It may take a couple of hours, but you should be able to get the AMP63 quickly like that.

If you don’t want to go through 20 matches to unlock the AMP63, there is a faster way, but you’ll have to pay. Players can unlock the AMP63 in Warzone and Black Ops Cold War by purchasing the Gamma Ray store bundle. Available for 10,000 COD Points (or $10), the bundle comes with a Gravatizer blueprint for the AMP63, a Satellite Phone charm, Digital Reaper emblem, and Splice & Dice sticker.

The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone road map also revealed that a few more weapons are on the way. Players can look forward to the Ballistic Knife, Swiss K31, Carv.2, and Baseball Bat all unlocking sometime in the future.

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Destiny 2: How To Unlock and Complete the Expunge Mission

Expunge is the latest activity in Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer. It expands on the Vex network showcased through the Override activity and builds on the story established during the first three weeks of the season.

It’s a little different than the Exotic quest from last season, though. To get you started on the right foot, here’s everything you need to know about Expunge, how to unlock it, and how to complete the first mission — Expunge: Labyrinth.

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What is Expunge in Destiny 2?

Expunge is a multiweek questline in Destiny 2‘s Season of the Splicer. The quest sends you through the Vex network in a series of puzzles, platforming, and combat, and it furthers the story from the season. There are some weekly challenges for Expunge missions, so it’s worth playing through them.

Week three brought the first Expunge mission, and Bungie is expected to release new missions every Tuesday from week three to week eight.

Weeks three, four, and five will bright Expunge: Labyrinth, Styx, and Tartarus, respectively. After that, there will be “corrupted” variants of each of the missions. These missions feature special chests that you can unlock only with a specific keycode in the Splicer Gauntlet. The last mission apparently will be Delphi, which should appear in the final two weeks on the season.

How to unlock Expunge

The first Expunge mission came during week three of Season of the Splicer, but you can’t start it right away. You have to reach and complete the third step of the Path of the Splicer questline before unlocking Expunge: Labyrinth — the first weekly mission for the season.

If haven’t already, head to the HELM and speak with the Splicer Servitor. You could get a few different quests here depending on where you’re at in the season, but you need to complete Path of the Splicer III. At only 20 minutes, it’s worth it, and you’ll check off a seasonal challenge and earn some seasonal gear.

After completing the quest and cracking a Conflux Chest — make sure to craft an Override Key Code beforehand — head back to the Splicer Servitor to complete the quest. It will give you the new Codebreaker Splicer technique and unlock the Expunge: Labyrinth mission. It’s located in the Tangled Shore, and you can launch the mission directly from the map.

Expunge is more difficult than the other seasonal activity, Override. The recommended power level is 1,290, and you can bring up to two other friends with you. If this is your first time or you’re around the recommended power level, you’ll want to assemble a fireteam beforehand.

Expunge: Labyrinth walkthrough

Unlike the Presage Exotic mission from Season of the Chosen, Expunge will take place over several weeks in Season of the Splicer. The mission structure is the same, though. It starts with a series of platforming and puzzle challenges before introducing small mobs of enemies and, eventually, a boss.

Before getting started, make sure to equip any Anti-Barrier mods you have. Expunge: Labyrinth features Barrier Champions. Also, pick up the Signal Booster and Wirewalker upgrades for your Splicer Gauntlet. You can get through the mission without them, but together, they will open up new platforms and unlock shortcuts throughout the mission.

The mission starts with some tight platforming through the Vex network. This section is fairly straightforward, but be careful not to get crushed by the moving walls.

You’ll eventually reach an area where you have to make a big jump down a long shaft. The platforming tightens up here. Keep an eye on the thin platforms with a glowing strip to see where to go next. You’ll have to make several leaps of faith, but each of the platforms are reachable.

After some platforming and a couple of enemy encounters, you’ll need to deposit a data spike. A group of Fanatic enemies is waiting to take you down, exploding on impact. Avoid them while you’re still holding the data spike. Do this two more times, and you’ll reach the boss: Fantis, Oppressive Mind.

Fantis is a minotaur boss with horrible aim. Before getting to the boss fight, make sure to activate the Signal Booster panel right outside of the arena (it makes the fight much easier). Unload on Fantis to lower a third of its health. After that’s gone, it will spawn a shield and two additional enemies. These enemies each have a data spike, which you’ll need to deposit at one of two locations outside the boss arena.

This is where Signal Booster comes in. Normally, you have to jump across a series of disappearing platforms, but if you activate the panel, you can use a launch pad to make it over to the deposit point. There’s also a launch pad to make it back, but make sure to jump on it from the top. Hitting the floor next to the launch pad will kill you immediately.

And that’s it. Repeat the process three more time and Fantis will fall.

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