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Road 96 Review (PS5): ‘Baby’s First Revolution’ – PlayStation LifeStyle

Road 96 from DigixArt centers around the plight of teenagers who are trying to escape an authoritarian nation by crossing the border. It obviously has more than just subtle ties to current events. The world is divided. Multiple refugee crises, political turmoil, war, homelessness, crime, and disease are running rampant. So, just as we’ve seen with music, literature, film, and art, it makes sense that a game studio would attempt to comment on at least some of those issues. Unfortunately, it ends up feeling more like baby’s first revolution than a poignant commentary on any particular topic.

adventure genre is that no matter how good a game is, the story unravels in a linear fashion, which leads to low replayability.

In theory, this is a great idea. You can enjoy the story multiple times without knowing how it’ll play out. However, in practice, it feels more like a proof of work. There are seven main characters in the game, and the objective largely centers around filling their story meters. Each trip to the border will give you a handful of encounters with them, and then you rinse and repeat until Election Day rolls around.

You won’t hear 100% of each character’s story in a single playthrough, which is what makes playing through the game again awkward. You might be missing one or two scenes from a character, but to get to them, you’ll have to sit through hours of repeated material to get there. There are some minigames and puzzles in some sections that make for a fun distraction, but there are a limited number of these.

The game is further stifled by the fact that your choices only lead up to three conclusions. Each decision contributes to one of three meters: revolution, vote, or apathy. Your nameless character also has very little agency, and they’re propelled along by the actions and thoughts of the seven major NPCs.


Road 96 feels like a strange blend of experimental and conservative game design. The procedurally generated narrative is a good idea and one I’d like to see used again. However, the overarching plot is political without being substantive. It’s a story that would likely have been best served following a linear structure with player characters that had rich backstories that firmly tied them to the struggle going on in Petria.

Adventure game lovers will have a good time with Road 96, though. The cast is a lot of fun, and it has enough twists and turns to make for an entertaining play. It’s definitely unique, and I hope that DigixArt continues experimenting with the genre.

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Duty Free Dynamics adds yoga brand Manduka to its lifestyle portfolio

Duty Free Dynamics is set to help Manduka expand its travel retail presence
Duty Free Dynamics (DFD) has introduced acclaimed yoga brand Manduka to its lifestyle offer for travel retail shoppers.

The brand is known its collections of mats, clothing and accessories for yoga and was founded on the idea that a better yoga mat would improve practice, while the brand focuses on creating responsibly-sourced products.

Today, Manduka offers a wide range of yoga products for different practices and preferences, designed by and for yogis.
Duty Free Dynamics will help to launch and build Manduka’s presence in the travel retail sector.

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Serious Security Shock For Millions Of Samsung Galaxy (Android 9-12) Users – Forbes

Although these days I use an iPhone as my primary smartphone device, I do still own a Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G for backup and burner usage. If you own a Samsung smartphone, running a broad sweep of Android versions from 9 through 12, I have some good and bad news for you. Serious, and seriously shocking, security news at that

Researchers at Kryptowire have this week published a report detailing how they discovered a serious high-severity vulnerability in the pre-installed Phone app across multiple models that could enable a hacker to take control of your phone. What sort of control? Well, the researchers said, everything from a factory reset and making calls to installing, or deleting, apps. All of this by an unauthorized user if the victim had installed any third-party app that was tweaked to “mimic system-level activity and hijack critical protected functionality,” according to the Kryptowire report.

The Kryptowire chief technical officer, Alex Lisle, posed the question, “ever think someone else has access to your phone?” Here’s the unwelcome news by way of his answer: “unfortunately, you may be right.” The high-severity vulnerability, CVE-2022-22292, that the Kryptowire researchers discovered was every bit as shocking as Lisle made it sound.

The Phone app, pre-installed on Samsung smartphones, was found to have an insecure component that essentially gave local apps, apps without system-level privileges, the ability to perform such privileged operations anyway without user authorization.

In the full, technical, report on this shocking Samsung security faux pas, the researchers say that devices running any version of Android between 9 and 12 were impacted. There were some differences between how versions 10 to 12 could be exploited compared to version 9, but the result was the same: a compromised smartphone without the user knowing it.

Although the full extent as to which Samsung smartphones were vulnerable to this attack methodology remains unknown, the researchers were able to demonstrate an exploit using a Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G with the most recent Android 12 build, for example. A Samsung Galaxy S10+ and Samsung A10e were also used during the compromise testing. A Samsung Galaxy S8, running Android 8, however, was found not to be vulnerable. The bad news being, then, if you have pretty much any Samsung smartphone running Android version 9 onwards this vulnerability is likely to have been present.

I approached Samsung for an official statement but at the time of publication had yet to receive a reply.

It’s not all bad news: full details of CVE-2022-22292 were disclosed to Samsung on November 27, 2021, and a patch was made available as part of the February 2022 security maintenance release program.

An Android security patch level of January 2022 or before leaves you likely exposed to this … [+] vulnerability

Assuming that your device has been updated to show a security patch level of February 2022 or later you are protected. Not everyone will have updated, or been able to update, their device though. Mea culpa, my own Galaxy Note 10+ was lagging behind in this regard as I hadn’t used it for a couple of months. So, please do make sure to check your devices are up to date. You can do this by heading into your smartphone settings menu and selecting About Phone|Software Information then scrolling down to Android security patch level.

A date of February 2022 or later means your device is protected

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Phillip Austin brings outlaw country to General Duffy's stage – The Bulletin

Phillip Austin will perform at General Duffy’s Watering Hole on Friday evening.

Phillip Austin will perform at General Duffy’s Watering Hole on Friday evening.

Phillip Austin is bringing his solo acoustic act to General Duffy’s Watering Hole at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Austin will perform a more intimate version of the usual outlaw country sound his band Sleepless Truckers is known for.

Austin describes outlaw country as “songs about the poor, hard-living working class, the good times and the bad, the beauty of life and the sorrows, songs about mama, trains, trucks, prison and getting drunk. That’s what outlaw country is to me.”

You’ll usually find Austin performing with the rest of the Sleepless Truckers, a five-piece band Austin formed with the goal of preserving old-school outlaw country. He said he wanted to “introduce it to the new generations, revisit it for the old ones and share [his] own personal story through the songs [he’s] written.”

Much of the inspiration for his songs and style come from his experience traveling across America in search of a new place to call home after spending 10 years in
Nashville “pickin’ and grinnin’ in the Broadway honkytonks.”

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“I grew up in Oklahoma, did a stint in the Navy and by no accident found myself out here (in Central Oregon) in 2017 after leaving Nashville in my search for the perfect beer and music scene,” said Austin.

Austin found what he was looking for — a place that serves great local beer and musicians that bring their all to the stage.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better group or found them anywhere else but here,” said Austin. “I’ve played with the best in the world and I promise you won’t find a better tighter group than what we’ve got right here.”

So if you’re looking for an intimate, raw performance of outlaw country by a local talent, head to General Duffy’s this Friday evening. “The beers are always cold and they’ve got some of the best food trucks,” Austin said about the venue.

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