Apple countersues Epic Games for breach of contract over Fortnite dispute

Apple is seeking damages from Epic over the company’s move to evade App Store guidelines by offering its own in-app payment system.

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Apple has fired the next salvo in its ongoing legal battle with Epic Games. On Tuesday, the iPhone maker launched a countersuit against Epic, charging the game maker with breach of contract after it tried selling V-Bucks for in-app purchases for Fortnite directly to customers. That move was designed to dodge the 30% fee that Apple normally collects from App Store purchases, a tactic that Apple considers a violation of App Store guidelines.

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In its suit, Apple is seeking an unspecified amount in damages as well as lost App Store fees, specifically any money that Epic collected through its in-app payment system. Apple is also asking the court to issue a permanent injunction against Epic’s in-app purchasing system.

“Epic’s lawsuit is nothing more than a basic disagreement over money,” Apple asserted in its suit. “Although Epic portrays itself as a modern corporate Robin Hood, in reality it is a multi-billion dollar enterprise that simply wants to

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How to use Microsoft Teams on a mobile device

You can tap into several of the key features of Microsoft Teams on a mobile device. Here’s how.

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You may already be using Microsoft Teams on your computer to remotely join meetings and collaborate on projects with colleagues. But Teams is also available as a mobile app if you ever need to use it on the go. Available for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices, the Teams app lets you set up or join a video or audio call, chat with people, and share files.

SEE: Video teleconferencing do’s and don’ts (free PDF) (TechRepublic) 

If you don’t already have the Teams app for your phone or tablet, download it from Apple’s App Store for an iPhone or iPad, or from Google Play for an Android device. The iOS/iPadOS and Android versions have the same basic functionality, though there are some minor layout differences. Assuming you already have an account and access to Teams, either through your organization or individually, sign into the app.

How to chat on Microsoft Teams on your mobile device

One task you’ll likely want to perform is to chat with an individual team member. Tap the Chat icon on the bottom toolbar and then type

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2020 Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet review: Big power, big sky

Easy being green.


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The world is all aflutter about the new generation of luxuries and technologies that Mercedes-Benz is cramming into the 2021 S-Class. And rightfully so, as that sounds like a marvelous thing. However, it’ll be a while before those innovations filter down through the entirety of the S line. The coupes and cabriolets will take some time, and the performance variants thereof will take the longest, so it’ll likely be a year or more before we get a replacement for the stately beast you see here.

Like

  • Clean, modern looks
  • Opulent interior
  • Tectonic thrust

Don’t Like

  • Paying for it
  • Summer will end

That’s OK, because this is still a remarkable car. It’s the 2020 Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet, and what it lacks in facial recognition technology and rear-seat voice assistance it more than makes up for with a 603-horsepower V8 and and among the most opulent interiors found in anything this side of the QE2. But, you might be wondering, isn’t that all a bit much for a two-door convertible? The answer is yes, yes it is.

Biturbo beauty

Mercedes’ twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V8 engine is so commonly found across the brand’s cars, and indeed those from

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Second stimulus check is still possible for eligible adults. Here’s who could qualify

Congress hasn’t yet agreed who’ll be eligible to receive a second stimulus check, but it’s expected that more people will be included the second time around.


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The months-long journey towards getting a second stimulus check might be inching towards a conclusion, if another direct payment could take place. Both chambers of Congress could soon be able to vote on a bill that includes another check. Failing an act from Congress, a possible new executive order could draw stimulus money from existing pandemic programs to fund more aid.

We break down the basics of stimulus check eligibility in a handy chart below to make it easy to learn how factors like your income, your number of dependents and a range of rules and exceptions will impact whether you might qualify for another round of stimulus money, should there be one. 

It’s possible that at least one new group could qualify to receive up to $1,200 apiece and contribute to an even larger sum for family groups than was originally allowed with the first stimulus paymentCNET’s stimulus check calculator can also estimate what you could receive. We recently updated this story.

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PowerShell: A cheat sheet – TechRepublic

This comprehensive guide covers essential PowerShell information, including features, system requirements, and how Microsoft’s framework extends to task automation and management.

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PowerShell was developed more than 10 years ago by Microsoft to expand the power of its command line interface (CLI) by coupling it with a management framework that is used to manage local and remote Windows, macOS, and Linux systems. By making use of the Component Object Model (COM), Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), and Common Information Model (CIM) interface standards, PowerShell allows for managed elements of computing objects to be administered independent of the manufacturer or provider.

This cheat sheet will be updated when Microsoft releases new information throughout PowerShell’s development lifecycle.

SEE: Manage Active Directory with these 11 PowerShell scripts (TechRepublic Premium)

Executive summary

  • What is PowerShell? Microsoft’s PowerShell is a management framework that combines a command-line shell and scripting language that is built upon the .NET framework for native Windows support or the .NET Core framework (which is open source), providing cross-platform support for Windows, macOS, and Linux.
  • Why does PowerShell matter? PowerShell is capable of automating management tasks and functioning as a dedicated scripting language for both Microsoft- and non-Microsoft-based software. Also, PowerShell
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