“Fortnite” is free, but hardcore fans are paying hundreds of dollars for rare physical copies of the game

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Last summer, Epic Games briefly partnered with Gearbox Software to publish physical disc-based copies of “Fortnite” for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Since the explosion of popularity around the free-to-play Battle Royale mode, which is only available via digital download, the now-sold out discs are being resold on Ebay and Amazon with wildly marked up price tags.
Now, hardcore fans have paid hundreds of dollars for the rare physical copies.

Rare disc-based copies of an early version of “Fortnite,” printed before the introduction of the wildly popular free-to-play “Battle Royale” mode, are being re-sold on Ebay and elsewhere for hundreds of dollars.

One of the reasons “Fortnite: Battle Royale” has exploded in popularity in recent months is that the online multiplayer game is available for free download on every major gaming platform. The “Battle Royale” is just one mode derived from a larger, co-operative version of the game, now called “Fortnite: Save the World,” which was published by Gearbox Software for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One last summer, mere months before “Battle Royale” was announced in September.

The discs have been sold out for months now, and have recently been re-surfacing on Ebay and Amazon with marked-up price tags.

Originally retailing for $60, the average price for one of these physical copies of Fortnite has now ballooned to about $130, according to Ars Technica writer Kyle Orland. Although, many are selling for much more.

The copy pictured above is listed on Ebay for $203, despite the fact it’s missing the manual that comes in the case. Another copy, still wrapped in its original plastic, was sold on June 7 for $449.99. On Amazon, the disc alone—without the case, manual or packaging—costs $175.

Today, a standard edition of “Save the World” can be downloaded from the Epic Games website …read more

Source:: Business Insider


2 more US allies are buying the world’s most advanced sub-hunting airplane, and that should concern China

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South Korea and New Zealand are set to buy the P-8A Poseidon.
They join India and Australia as the only countries in the region operating the advanced maritime patrol aircraft.
Interest in the plane has grown as submarine activity becomes a greater concern for navies around the world.

South Korea and New Zealand are moving closer to buying the Boeing-made P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, joining India and Australia as the only countries in the region to field the advanced aircraft.

The purchases come as the region grows more interested in submarine and anti-submarine warfare — a trend driven in large part by China’s undersea technological advances — and in boosting their abilities to coordinate with the US and other partners in the region.

This week, New Zealand Defense Minister Ron Mark is set to make a proposal to purchase four P-8As to the country’s Administration and Expenditure Review Committee on Tuesday. If approved, the proposal would move to Cabinet for a final decision.

There’s no set date for the proposal to go to the Cabinet, though Mark expecs it to get there before the end of July. The acquisition process was started by the previous government, and the US State Department signed off on it in spring 2017, but Mark paused it when the new government took office at the end of 2017 in order to review the process.

“I am confident now that the recommendation I will take to Cabinet committee stacks up. That it is robust. It’s justifiable, and I’m in the stage where I am consulting with people,” Mark said, according to local media. “So my closing comment, not being able to pre-judge what the Cabinet committee or Cabinet …read more

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As iPhone sales level off, Apple has doubled its revenue from accessories since 2015 (AAPL)

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Next year, Apple is reportedly planning to release a high-end version of its wireless AirPods, a second version of the HomePod smart speaker, and its first over-ear headphones, sources familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.

Consumers haven’t seen Apple as an audio company in a while, as the iPhone ate the market for the iPod, and music streaming eat into downloads. But if Bloomberg is correct, this move would not only renew Apple’s appeal to audiophiles, it’s also perfectly on-target with the company’s current revenue model, as this chart from Statista shows.

Apple’s audio products are categorized under the company’s “Other Products,” a segment that also includes other devices like Apple Watch and Apple TV. It’s basically made up of anything that isn’t a smartphone, tablet, or laptop — all of which has been leveling off of late. Meanwhile revenue from “Other Products” has more than doubled since 2015. With the introduction of three new audio products in 2019, that number could go up even further.

SEE ALSO: AT&T’s new WatchTV service is entering a fairly fragmented market, and it has the power to shake things up

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