This Grand Theft Auto Online Player Meets With Community Members In Person

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The cool thing about playing in online communities is that you meet some really great people. This is particularly true with Grand Theft Auto Online, as it’s easy to form a crew and click with them once you complete several missions within the game.

Kotaku recently reported on such a crew, known as the Hillbilly Agenda, who actually act more as a family than a gaming clan getting stuff in the game. And they’re actually so close, the leader of the crew goes out of his way to meet others in person in real life, provided they’re loyal to said crew.

The crew actually consists of 30 players who mostly reside in the Tennessee area, and they’re looking for others to join them as they make their way across the game. While it hasn’t been established for long, it’s made up of members that look after one another.

A group called NoClip recently covered the adventures of the leader in a documentary series, who calls himself KnoxNerd, as he travels across the globe to meet these members in person and award them with gifts for being so loyal to the crew. As you can see in the picture above, these consist of fake vanity plates, similar to the ones featured in the game.

So how does KnoxNerd do this? With his own personal plane. He goes by the name of Warren Scott, and he’s actually shown quite a bit of devotion to his team, taking over 13 trips out of state and delivering over 30 license plates in all. You can watch the video below and see what this journey is all about, courtesy of NoClip’s YouTube channel.

Now, how does KnoxNerd know who his most loyal players are? Through stat tracking, according to the Kotaku piece. He’s able to see just how many hours players log in to Grand Theft Auto Online, as well as their rank and money earned. “Also, I’m a nerd,” he noted.

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It’s definitely a great way to reward community within the game, and leaves you wondering just where Hillbilly Agenda will strike next. We’re eager to see where they go from here.

Grand Theft Auto Online is available now as part of Grand Theft Auto V, for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

‘Silence Breakers’ named Time’s Person of the Year

Time’s Person of the Year for 2017 isn’t a person. The winner is basically everyone who has helped create a movement by publicly sharing their experiences with sexual assault and harassment. 

Time dubs them “The Silence Breakers.”  

Edward Felsenthal, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, revealed the selection Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” show. 

The magazine cover is a composite group photo that includes — in the image above — actress Ashley Judd (back row, left), singer Taylor Swift (back right), strawberry picker Isabel Pascual (middle row, left), former Uber engineer Susan Fowler (middle right) and lobbyist Adama Iwu (front). Time said Pascual asked to use a pseudonym to protect her family.

One woman, described in the article as a young hospital worker from Texas, has just her arm showing on the cover. Felsenthal said  the woman “doesn’t feel … that she can come forward without threatening her livelihood.”

The group was referred to as “The #MeToo Movement” on Time’s shortlist of finalists, but the official name was changed when the decision was announced Wednesday.

“The hashtag #MeToo (swiftly adapted into #BalanceTonPorc, #YoTambien, #Ana_kaman and many others), which to date has provided an umbrella of solidarity for millions of people to come forward with their stories, is part of the picture, but not all of it,” Time said in its article about the honor.

While actress Alyssa Milano is credited with helping the #MeToo hashtag spread on social media back in October, it has a longer history. Social activist Tarana Burke created the “Me too” slogan in 2007 for use with Just Be Inc., a nonprofit that helps victims of sexual harassment and assault. 

Time identifies the recipient of the annual honor as “the person or group of people who, for better or worse, wielded the most influence in the previous 12 months.” 

President Donald Trump, last year’s Person of the Year, was No. 2 on the magazine’s list this year. “Trump’s candidacy rewrote the rules of politics,” the magazine wrote. “Now he has changed the rules of the presidency.”

On Nov. 24, Trump tweeted that he’d been told by the magazine he was “probably” going to receive the honor again but said he declined.

Time later tweeted that the president was “incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year.”

Chinese President Xi Jinping was named to the No. 3 spot on the list.

Others who made the magazine’s shortlist included Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins, and quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

While most of the candidates were individuals, The Dreamers — the hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the US by their parents when they were children — also made the shortlist. The title hasn’t always gone to a specific person, such as the “American Fighting-Man” in 1950, US scientists in 1960, American women in 1975 and the computer in 1982.

Many think of the recognition as positive, but it has been granted to murderous dictators as well, most notably Adolf Hitler in 1938. Other controversial choices include Joseph Stalin in 1939 and 1942, Nikita Khrushchev in 1957 and Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979.

This winner was chosen by Time’s editors, but readers had their say, too. On Monday, the #MeToo movement, as it was phrased at the time, came in second in the Time reader poll with 6 percent of the vote, with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman coming in first.

Solving for XX: The tech industry seeks to overcome outdated ideas about “women in tech.”

iHate: CNET looks at how intolerance is taking over the internet.

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Earn a person of five BlizzCon 2017 Digital Tickets and see the new Entire world of Warcraft growth declared along with Overwatch, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm and Starcraft 2 reveals

A person of the most hugely-predicted activities of the gaming calendar year starts tomorrow – and this is YOUR probability to enjoy all the action are living at BlizzCon.

With Blizzard set to announce the upcoming enlargement for their Juggernaut Mmo Globe of Warcraft, it is really absolutely sure to be a different action-packed display from a offered-out Anaheim Convention Center in California.

 Blizzard are set to announce a host of new additions to their games at the 2017 BlizzCon event

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Blizzard are set to announce a host of new additions to their online games at the 2017 BlizzCon party

And The Sunshine are giving you the prospect to gain a person of five Virtual Tickets to view the whole weekend’s functions from the consolation of your home.

Kicking off at 6pm GMT on Friday 3rd November with the opening ceremony, you will have lots to glimpse ahead to with your favourite Blizzard titles.

The gaming giants are predicted to have a host of announcements, which includes their following WOW expansion, along with updates on Starcraft 2 and Hearthstone.

They’ll also be new reveals for Heroes of the Storm, and the very-acclaimed shooter Overwatch alongside with dozens of eSport battles.

 World of Warcraft is set to get a new expansion, adding to their already huge universe

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Entire world of Warcraft is set to get a new growth, adding to their presently massive universe
Overwatch release a trailer for their Halloween Terror occasion for 2017

The BlizzCon Digital Ticket will come entire with all the stay stream action from throughout the two-day exhibit.

You’ll also get a host of in-video game goodies for Overwatch, Planet of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Heroes of the Storm, and Hearthstone.

To earn all you have to do is solution the subsequent concern and deliver your remedy to @TheSunGaming on Twitter by 11am GMT on Friday 3rd November.

Five winners will be selected, and a code will be sent to you way in progress of the display commencing tomorrow night.

Query: If you could go on holiday any where in Globe of Warcraft wherever would it be, and why?

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The best Apple Watch for every person and budget

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The Insider Pick:

  • If you’re looking for the best Apple Watch overall, we recommend the Apple Watch Series 3 in aluminum without LTE. It’s the perfect balance of powerful hardware, aesthetics, and price. 

Whether you’re an iPhone owner looking to buy a smartwatch or you’re looking for a classy way to keep track of your health stats, the Apple Watch is a great choice. I’ve been wearing one for two years, and it’s rarely off my wrist. It tracks my activity, catches my notifications before my phone has the chance to buzz, and doesn’t draw unwanted attention to my wrist. It took my friends and family a few weeks before they realized my watch was smart, which to me is a good thing.

While we do have an overall top pick, there are some factors you should take into consideration before finding the Apple Watch that’s right for you. 

  • Material: The Apple Watch comes in a few different materials: aluminum, stainless steel, and ceramic. Each represents an aesthetic step up the latter, which coincides with an increase in price. I’ve seen my fair share of Apple Watches in person, and they’ve all looked nice, but your style preference will impact this purchasing decision far more than it normally. You’re going to be wearing this all day, so aesthetics should count!
  • Bands: Each Apple Watch is paired with a band at purchase, and this represents another style preference you’ll have to make. Thankfully, any type of watch can be used with any type of band and you’re able to swap them out depending on your wardrobe and mood. Apple even chose a locking mechanism for its bands that’s so easy, third parties have been able to recreate them for a fraction of the price. Again, it’s a style preference, but watches are a fashion accessory, even if they do more than tell the time.
  • That said: Regardless of which bands and materials you choose the functionality between every Apple Watch at every price tier is identical (provided you’re comparing watches from the same series). Each has the same processor, water resistance, and software; the only major difference is the screen on the stainless steel and ceramic models are made out of sapphire instead of glass, making it more durable.

With all that in mind, read on to see which of the Apple Watch models is best for your needs and budget. You can also read our buying guide to the top smartwatches overall.

Although the Apple Watch Series 3 is our top pick, for the reasons laid out in the slides below, you should also consider the Apple Watch Series 1, the LTE-enabled Apple Watch Series 3, and the Ceramic Apple Watch Edition.


The best Apple Watch overall

The best Apple Watch overall

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Why you’ll love it: The non-LTE Apple Watch Series 3 in aluminum is the perfect blend of style and functionality for an excellent price.

The recently-released Apple Watch Series 3 is without a doubt the best smartwatch for iPhone owners, but like I said in the intro, it can get expensive depending on your band and case material preference. The Aluminum model has the same specs as the more expensive models (except for the screen, which is slightly less durable), and you have the freedom to change bands to dress it up or down depending on the situation. 

The Series 3 watch includes Apple’s latest dual-core watch processor, is water resistant, and carries over the brighter screen introduced with last year’s Apple Watch to make it easier to read in bright sunlight. 

Like all Apple Watch models, the Series 3 has Siri built-in, but this time, it’s able to talk back to you, instead of displaying a text response on the watch screen. This model lacks LTE connectivity, but we’re recommending it over its cellular-enabled sibling for reasons we’ll be getting into later. It does have GPS tracking, though, so you’ll be able to use it to catalog your runs or get directions.

Despite all the different Apple Watches you can choose from, this is the one that would satisfy the needs of the most people without breaking the bank.It’s also the best smartwatch in our buying guide to the top smartwatches overall.

Pros: Excellent tech specs, can take advantage of Watch OS 4 including talking Siri

Cons: No LTE 

Buy the Apple Watch Silver Aluminum Case with Fog Sport Band (38mm) from Best Buy for $329.99

Buy the Apple Watch Silver Aluminum Case with Fog Sport Band (42mm) from Best Buy for $359.99 

The best Apple Watch on a budget

The best Apple Watch on a budget

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Why you’ll love it: For its price, the Apple Watch Series 1 can still do a lot of the same things the newest one can.

In late 2016 Apple released not one, but two smartwatches: the Series 1 and Series 2. Introducing two watches allowed Apple to give a wider price range and address some of the hardware issues that plagued the first Apple Watch (ahem, slow processor). 

The Series 2 was replaced by the Series 3 in 2017, but the Series 1 remains in Apple’s portfolio, and it’s a great option for people looking for an Apple Watch on a budget. It has the same physical design as the current Apple Watch and a dual-core processor that should still feel pretty snappy for day-to-day use.

It doesn’t have the brighter screen, additional water resistance, or GPS features that make newer Apple Watch models great fitness trackers, but it can still display your notifications and track your activity and health data. It has also received all the new features from Watch OS 4, including the ability to use the heart-rate monitor to sense irregularities in your heartbeat and alert you to them.

Pros: Dual-core processor, same physical design as the newest Apple Watch

Cons: Worse screen, less water resistant, no LTE option

Buy the Apple Watch Silver Aluminum Case with White Sport Band (38mm) from Best Buy for $249

Buy the Apple Watch Silver Aluminum Case with White Sport Band (42mm) from Best Buy for $279

The best Apple Watch for people who don’t want to carry their phone

The best Apple Watch for people who don't want to carry their phone

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Why you’ll love it: If you want a non-tethered Apple Watch experience, the LTE-equipped Series 3 can give it to you.

One of the biggest features of the Apple Watch Series 3 is that some models come with a cellular chip inside. Traditionally, the Watch was an accessory to your phone. It could work when not within Bluetooth range, but its functionality was limited. 

The LTE-enabled Apple Watch can perform most of the basic functions of your iPhone, including the ability to send and receive phone calls or stream tunes from Apple Music. But this functionality comes at two costs: an actual $10 a month fee at your wireless carrier and reduced battery life. 

It’s easy to understand why actively using a cellular antenna inside a small device would drain the battery, but it’s still kind of a bummer. The monthly fee, though, is likely going to be the deal breaker for most people. Especially since that doesn’t include additional carrier fees and taxes, which can drive to price up to nearly $20 a month. 

Still. If you’re dead-set on leaving your phone behind on a run, trip to the grocery store, or trip to the beach or park, this is the best choice. 

Pros: Doesn’t require a phone to send and receive phone calls, texts, or use Apple Pay

Cons: That freedom costs battery life and an extra monthly fee

Buy the Apple Watch Silver Aluminum Case with Seashell Sport Loop (38mm), from Best Buy for $399

Buy the Apple Watch Silver Aluminum Case with Fog Sport Band (42mm), from Best Buy for $429

The best Apple Watch for people who love aesthetics

The best Apple Watch for people who love aesthetics

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Why you’ll love it: If you want a smartwatch that can fit in at fancier events or with a nicer wardrobe, the Apple Watch Edition is it.

Like I said in the intro, a watch is a fashion statement whether it was released in 1817 or 2017, and aesthetics have to be taken into account. 

If you’re looking for an Apple Watch that makes a statement, you’ll want to go for the Apple Watch Edition. Yes, it’s a $1,300 watch with the exact same functionality as one that costs $330, but fashion is as much about form as it is function.

The original Apple Watch Edition was made out of gold and cost $20,000, but Apple dropped the price and made the current version out of a ceramic case. It’s more fashionable than practical for most people, but if you’re looking for the Apple Watch to wear to important meetings, weddings, or other important events, this is it.

Pros: A beautiful ceramic finish

Cons: A high price tag

Buy the Apple Watch EditionWhite Ceramic Case with Soft White/Pebble Sport Band (38mm) from Best Buy for $1,099

Buy the Apple Watch EditionWhite Ceramic Case with Soft White/Pebble Sport Band (42mm) from Best Buy for $1,349

Find Mutual Friends of Blocked Person

Long story, but my SO has a crazy ex and he’s been FB stalking us lately (don’t worry, we have an OFP and have been reporting everything to the police). We have some evidence to suggest that he guessed her password, but it is possible that he is having people that are friends with us spy on us for him as he’s asked people to do that in the past.

I’ve tried looking to see if he and I have any mutual friends on the 4 FB accounts he has that we know about, but he has blocked me on all of them so I can’t even find his profile.

Is there a way for me to find out if any of my friends are friends with him without going and looking at all 800 of my friends friends lists?

I’ve tried googling my way there, but so far I can’t find anything that will help with my situation.