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2018 iPad Pro model could be just 5.9mm thick & ship without a headphone jack

October 14, 2018
2018 iPad Pro concept
Apple’s likely to announce a new round of iPad Pro models in the coming weeks. The latest leak concerning the tablets says at least one of the models could measure just 5.9mm in thickness. Additionally, the tablets are expected to ship without a headphone jack.
According to leaker CoinCoin posting on Twitter, “Of course no headphone jack on the upcoming new iPad. 5.9mm thickness is pretty good though.” The 2017 10.5-inch iPad Pro is 6.1mm in thickness. MacRumors notes CoinCoin had previously offered accurate details about the iPhone XS and iPhone XR before they were announced, which suggests the latest leak is accurate.
Earlier this week, SlashLeaks said at least one of the new iPad Pro models would be 5.86mm in thickness.
News about the 2018 iPad Pro lineup is picking up speed ahead of a likely Apple special event before the end of the month. Apple’s expected to release two new iPad Pros this year, including a first-generation 11-inch model and third-generation 12.9-inch model. Both are expected to feature a nearly bezel-less design with Face ID, not Touch ID.
On Thursday, a Chinese filing leaked showing likely model numbers for the new tablets, and one perhaps for the second-generation Apple Pencil. Meanwhile, earlier today, we noted the 2018 iPad Pro models will likely include an “A12X Bionic” processor.
Apple iPads typically feature “X”-branded, enhanced chips that are modified versions of the ones found on iPhones. This year’s iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR have an A12 Bionic processor.
We’ll continue to follow this story and let you know when Apple announces its iPad Pro event.
Are you looking forward to hearing more about this year’s iPad Pro models? Leave a comment below.
2018 iPad Pro mockup courtesy of Álvaro Pabesio

How to create blank iPhone icons for the Home screen using Shortcuts

October 12, 2018

Blank Icons on iPhone on Desk
The way that you arrange the apps on your iPhone Home screen is important. You probably put those you use most often on the main screen and you may use folders for collecting similar apps in one spot. But for many, the way that these apps look on the screen is just as important as their arrangement.
For instance, as you already know, the apps reside in a grid format. If you have a lot of apps on each of your screens, it can look a bit cluttered and might even make it harder for you to see what you want at a glance.
Would you like to add some space before, after, or between your apps? If so, here’s how to create blank iPhone icons for the Home screen using Shortcuts.

Creating the blank iPhone icons

There are a few keys to making this work correctly. One of them is that you’ll need a plain background or at least one that you can match for the color of the icon. Otherwise, you’ll be able to see it and the point is lost.
For this example, I used the plain black background that’s available in Settings > Wallpaper > Choose a New Wallpaper > Stills.
Next, you can open up the Shortcuts app to create the blank icon.
1) Tap Create Shortcut.
2) You can leave the shortcut as it is without any actions. But, if you want that invisible icon to do something when you tap it on your screen, like open your Photos or add a Calendar event, you can select one of those actions.
3) Tap the Toggle button on the top right.
Create Blank Icons iPhone Shortcuts
4) Enter the Name for the shortcut as invisible characters. You can do this easily by copying and pasting the characters between the brackets below. Do not copy the brackets. Tap Done.
[⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀]
5) Change the Icon by tapping it. You’ll notice that you have colors and glyphs to pick from; instead, tap the Home Screen option. Here you can take a photo or select one from your library that is the exact same color as the background you pick.
Select Icon Background Shortcuts
I simply took a screen shot of the black wallpaper I chose, saved it to my library, and then added it here. Tap Done when you finish.
6) You should be back on the Shortcut screen now. Scroll down and tap Add to Home Screenand follow the instructions.
Add Blank Icons to Home Screen iPhone
The blank icon will appear on your Home screen and you can simply move it where you want it, just as you would move any other app on your screen.
You can continue adding that same shortcut to your Home screen to create more spaces. If you choose to add an action to it in Step 2 above, just note that the action will apply to each one. So, consider creating blank icons without actions if you plan to add many to your screen.
blank iphone icons

Wrapping it up

Having more space between your apps is a great way to declutter your screens. You can even use the blank iPhone icons to arrange your apps in cool patterns. Is this is a trick you plan to try out with the Shortcuts app? Let us know!

Apple bought visual effects startup Spektral

October 12, 2018
Cupertino doesn’t publicly announce all of its acquisitions, although the details of each are usually leaked soon after they occur. In the case of Apple’s purchase of Danish visual effects startup Spektral, it took nearly a year before the news trickled out. 
According to Danish newspaper Børsen (via Fortune), Apple purchased Spektral last December for more than $30 million. The company develops software that allows photographers to add people from one digital scene to another using algorithms.
Formerly called CloudCutout, Spekral got its start in the U.S. school photography industry. By 2016, it had perfected its solution so that it became possible to create “mixed reality” content for video in real-time. One year later, it was making its technology available on smartphones.
How Apple plans on using Spektral’s technology isn’t yet known. However, it’s clear the company is committed to becoming a juggernaut with augmented reality. Last month, it released ARKit 2 to developers. The update includes new tools like object detection and face tracking.
Beyond this, rumors have suggested Apple plans on introducing AR glasses in the future. In August, the company confirmed it had purchased Akonia Holographics, which specializes in making “vibrant” lenses for AR glasses. Perhaps this is where Spektral’s technology will eventually land.
Apple and the team at Spekral have yet to confirm this news. Still, as Fortune first noted, Toke Jansen, Spekral’s co-founder and chief technical officer now lists Apple has his employer on LinkedIn.
What do you think Apple’s up to here? Let us know your opinion below.

Farming RPG Stardew Valley hitting App Store on October 24 as a $7.99 download, no IAPs

October 12, 2018
Stardew Valley iPhone and iPad hero image
Stardew Valley, a popular indie farming simulation role-playing video game developed by Eric Barone and published by Chucklefish, is coming to an iPhone and iPad near you in a fortnight on Wednesday, October 24. According to yesterday’s announcement in a blog post, the premium game is priced at $7.99, sports 50+ hours of content and contain no In-App Purchases whatsoever. As the initial purchase price gets you the full game, you won’t be forced to spend cash on virtual stupidities like loot boxes, virtual coins and so forth.

Welcome to Pelican Town

“You’ve inherited your grandfather’s old farm plot in Stardew Valley,” reads the blurb. “Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life.”
Stardew Valley iPhone version
This is the full game, not a cut down version—Stardew Valley for iOS plays almost identically to all other versions, it’s juts been rebuilt for gameplay on iPhone and iPad with a touch-friendly user interface, menu systems and controls.

About Stardew Valley

Inspired by the Harvest Moon video game series, Stardew Valley has you playing as a character who quits their office job to focus on their deceased grandfather’s dilapidated farm in a place known as Stardew Valley. This is a full-on farming simulation: you’ll be mining for ores, clearing land, planting and tending crops, raising livestock, crafting goods and so forth.
The social component includes engaging in various activities with the town residents, including romances leading towards marriage. Other aspects of this open-ended game include managing your hero’s time and energy levels, earning money to expand your farm and more.
By the end of 2017, the game had sold over 3.5 million copies across all platforms.

Key features

Are you ready to move to the countryside and cultivate a new life in this open-ended farming RPG? If so, here are the key features of Stardew Valley that you’ll probably going to like.
  • Build the farm of your dreams: Turn your overgrown fields into a lively and bountiful farm.
  • Express yourself: There are hundreds of character and home customization options to choose from.
  • Master your ranching skills: Raise animals, go fishing, tend to crops and craft useful machines for your farm.
  • Become a part of the local community: Pelican Town is home to thirty residents you can get to know.
  • Meet someone special: With a dozen townsfolk to date, you may even find someone to start a family with.
  • Explore vast, mysterious caves: Encounter dangerous monsters and valuable treasures deep underground.
The iOS version includes version 1.3 single player content, such as the Night Market, but not multiplayer. If you’ve been playing Stardew Valley on your Windows PC, you can transfer your save data to the iPhone version via iTunes. Because the iOS version does not support mods, any PC save data transferred containing mods may cause compatibility issues.
For more information, visit the official website.

Pre-order Stardew Valley today

You can pre-order Stardew Valley today. Apple won’t charge your payment method on file before the game becomes officially available for download on October 24.

Apple officially confirms half of iOS devices are running iOS 12

October 12, 2018
ios 12 market share
Apple has officially confirmed that iOS 12 is running on more devices than iOS 11. The milestone was reached just over three weeks after Apple released the iPhone and iPad update to the public.
According to a revised Apple Store developer page, iOS 12 is on 53 percent of iOS devices introduced in the last four years and 50 percent of all devices. Apple’s charts show that iOS 11 remains on about 40 percent of devices. Between seven and 11 percent of devices are using an earlier iOS version.
Apple first announced iOS in June. Besides offering significant performance improvements (especially for older devices), the update includes new features like Screen TimeShortcuts, and ARKit 2. It also features personalized Animoji called Memoji, and more.
On Oct. 4, Mixpanel Trends said iOS 12 was found on 46.83 percent of iOS devices compared to iOS 11’s 46.21 percent. Those numbers are now 54.61 percent and 38.57 percent, respectively.
In recent weeks, Apple developers have been testing beta versions of iOS 12.1. That update should be released to the public in the coming weeks.

How to turn your iPhone into a remote microphone with AirPods & Live Listen

October 12, 2018
Live Listen AirPods
With Apple’s Live Listen, your iPhone or iPad can act as a microphone, and send the sound to your AirPods. In doing so, you can now hear conversations in noisy situations. Live Listen was once only available for MFi-certified hearing aids. Here’s how to use it with AirPods.

Using Live Listen with AirPods

Before using Live Listen, you need to make sure you’ve connected AirPods to your device. Once you do, you can follow these steps:

Adding Live Listen to Control Center

1) Go into the Settings app on your iOS device, and tap Control Center.
2) Tap Customize Controls.
3) Scroll down and tap on the green “+” next the Hearing icon.
live listen AirPods
4) Tap Back to save your setting.

Using Live Listen

1) From Control Center, tap the Hearing icon.
live listen on/off
2) Tap Live Listen to turn the tool On/Off.
3) On Live Listen is turned on, place your iPhone closer to the person you’d like to hear.
You should now be able to hear the person through your AirPods.

Wrapping it up

If you’re having problems using Live Listen with your AirPods, make sure Bluetooth is enabled by going into the Setting app under Bluetooth. You should also make sure your AirPods are charged.

Apple works on eliminating call spoofing on iPhone

October 12, 2018
incoming call
It looks like Apple could finally be getting serious about helping to eliminate nuisance calls on iPhones. A new Apple patent for “Detection of Spoofed Call Information,” targets a specific type of calling that has become increasingly annoying in recent years. 
As defined by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Caller ID spoofing is performed when someone deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display on your home or mobile phone. Interestingly, not all spoofing is illegal. For example, some organizations may use the tool to display the toll-free number for a business.
Not surprisingly, that’s not the type of spoofing Apple is targeting. Instead, it’s going after spammers (some would say scammers) who use spoofing to change the caller ID in such a way to trick the person into answering. To do so, they may often use fake local numbers or transmit the number of a reputable business or organization.
In the new patent, Apple describes a system where incoming calls are checked as they are coming in for certain markers to determine whether they are spam calls. In those cases, your iPhone would display a warning message telling you the call is probably fake.
The publishing of this Apple patent comes just as Google recently introduced a new Call Screen feature for its Pixel smartphone users. With this tool, you can have Google Assistant answer suspicious calls automatically. From there, the voice assistant transcribes the conversation in real-time so you can decide what to do. You can choose to answer the call or hang up. You can also block the call.
Until now, Apple has taken a mostly hands-off approach when it came to nuisance calls and has left it to carriers to come up with solutions. AT&T and T-Mobile, for example, among others, have provided free and paid spam-fighting tools in recent years to customers. The patent suggests Apple could soon take a leadership role on this issue.
Apple often submits patents for products that are never released to the public. Hopefully, this isn’t one of those times. Given what Google just announced, I think it’s safe to say that Apple will announce some sort of spam-busting solution for iOS in the coming months. Stay tuned.
What do you think Apple should do to eliminate call spoofing? We’d like to read your comments below.

Apple will launch a $40 clear case for iPhone XR

October 12, 2018
Buried in the Sept. 12 Canadian press release announcing the iPhone XR is text mentioning that Apple plans on releasing a CA$55 (US$40) clear case for the new handset. This nugget of information was discovered recently by a Twitter user, aptly named ivanincanada (via AppleInsider).
The information on the press release reads, “Apple-designed accessories for iPhone XRincluding a clear case will be available starting at $55 (CAD).” Interestingly, although a clear case is also mentioned on Apple’s French and Germany sites, it’s not alluded to in the press release for the iPhone XR in the United States.
No doubt the iPhone XR is one that deserves a clear case. Like the iPhone 5c before it, the iPhone XR comes in various colors, including white, black, blue, yellow, coral, and (PRODUCT)RED.
Announced alongside the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max in September, the 6.1-inch iPhone XR features many of the same internals found in those handsets, including an all-new A12 Bionic chip. It also includes a Liquid Retina Display with a unique aluminum and glass design.
Customers will be able to pre-order the iPhone XR beginning Friday, October 19 in more than 50 countries and territories including Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UAE, UK, US and US Virgin Islands.
The handset arrives in those countries one week later on Friday, Oct. 26.
Are you planning on buying an iPhone XR? If you are, which color do you like the best?

New Facebook feature lets you see Portrait shots in 3D like you’re looking through a window

October 12, 2018
Facebook 3D photos - hero image
Facebook yesterday announced a new imaging feature which takes advantage of depth information between the foreground subject and the background to bring simulated 3D perspective to your Portrait mode photos, creating a feeling similar to iOS’s parallax effect where your Home screen wallpaper moves or shifts slightly as you tilt your iPhone.
Facebook explains:
Whether it’s a shot of your pet, your friends or a beautiful spot from your latest vacation, you just take a photo in Portrait mode using your compatible dual-lens smartphone, then share as a 3D photo on Facebook where you can scroll, pan and tilt to see the photo in realistic 3D–like you’re looking through a window.
To upload your own 3D photo, start a new post on Facebook.com or in the app, then choose a new 3D photo option or, if you don’t see it, tap the three dots to reveal additional options.
Watch Facebook’s video embedded below to see 3D photos in action.
You can also experience this pretty cool 3D-like effect in both your News Feed and virtual reality by using the Oculus Browser on Oculus Go or Firefox on Oculus Rift.
This is a staggered release so please check back a few days later if the feature is currently unavailable in your country. All users can see 3D photos in News Feed and VR starting today, but the ability to create and share 3D photos is being gradually released to everyone in the coming weeks.

Instagram is testing tapping through posts in Explore, just like with Stories

October 12, 2018
Instagram tap to advance hero
Instagram is testing a new, simplified way to move through posts in the Explore tab by tapping, just like you currently tap through Stories. This navigation feature is being tested with a subset of users, as evidenced by a screenshot from Twitter user Suprateek Bose.
Say goodbye to scrolling because the Facebook-owned service is making a major change to how you experience posts in your Explore feed. According to reports, the company may eliminate thumb-swipe fatigue by letting people tap through posts—again, just like with Stories.
You would tap on either side of the screen to advance forwards and backwards between individual posts. As a result, you’d get to enjoy photos and videos fullscreen rather than having to move your finger to scroll the post the perfect amount just to see it in its entirety.
The tap-to-advance feature should launch in Explore first.
The new Instagram tap to advance feature will let people move through posts in Explore by tapping, just like they tap through Stories
Instagram today confirmed the test to TechCrunch.
“We’re always testing ways to improve the experience on Instagram and bring you closer to the people and things you love,” reads the statement attributed to an Instagram spokesperson. They reportedly couldn’t or wouldn’t confirm whether this feature might come to the main feed.
This is obviously another effort on Instagram’s part to increase stickiness and time spent on its platform. Being able to fast forward through posts effortlessly will make me want consume more of Instagram because, let’s face it, scrolling is tiring.
And if Snapchat, which uses tap to advance extensively throughout its app, is anything to go by then eliminating thumb-swipe fatigue should indeed help boost engagement.
Are you looking forward to tap-to-advance on Instagram?
Let us know by leaving a comment below.

README FILE: Hitman: Blood Money

October 12, 2018
Hitman: Blood Money
README file 16/06/06 Version 1.2


Part 1: Things You Should Know

Please read through the DirectX section of this document. This section has information that is vital to successfully running Hitman: Blood Money on your system.


1.1 DirectX

This game is optimised for Microsoft's DirectX 9.0c.   In order for you to play the game, you must have DirectX 9.0c compliant drivers for your video card and sound card.  Please note that although DirectX 9.0c is installed with the game, your video and sound card drivers will not be upgraded to DirectX 9.0c drivers. 

You will need to obtain the latest DirectX 9.0c drivers from your card manufacturer or PC supplier. These drivers cannot be supplied by Eidos.


1.2 Memory and Performance

While the game will run fine in 512 Mb of RAM, your playing experience will be smoother if you have at least 1GB Mb.

Regardless of how much memory you have, you can maximize your available memory and increase the overall performance of the game engine by doing the following:

Closing any open windows
Shutting down all other programs, including menu-bar programs like ICQ
Defragmenting your hard drive

Eidos recommends that you have no other programs running at all while playing Hitman: Blood Money. Other programs, including virus checkers, system utilities and screen savers can cause system degradation when playing games software and may conflict with the game for system resources, potentially resulting in instability and crashes.


1.3 Known Issues

Ensure you are running latest drivers from nVidia and ATI.
If you experience any issues in game this could be linked to your sound card, try reducing the hardware acceleration option within the DXDIAG tool - Run DXDIAG and move the slider option to the left within the SOUND tab.

IO Interactive and Eidos Interactive are committed to providing customer support for our games on a continuing basis.  In that spirit, there may be a patch for Hitman: Blood Money forthcoming; visit the Eidos website for more information.

http://www.eidos.com/
http://www.hitman.com

Updates

We are committed to bringing you the best game experience possible therefore its likely that we will keep your version up to date with patch downloads from time to time. Installing Game Shadow ™ will help keep your version of Hitman: Blood Money up to date. Customer support details can be found at the end of this ReadMe. 



To download drivers, you need to contact your computer manufacturer (or motherboard manufacturer if your computer custom built).



Part 2: Technical Issues


2.1 Installation & Set-up

System Requirements

The minimum system requirements are as follows:

OPERATING SYSTEM:
Microsoft Windows 2000/ Microsoft Windows XP (admin rights required) 95/98/ME/NT not supported. CPU:
Pentium 4 1.5GHz or Athlon XP equivalent
RAM:
512MB system Memory
GRAPHICS:
Direct3D 9 compliant cards supporting pixel shader 2.0 (nVidia GeForce FX or ATi Radeon 9500) SOUND:
Direct X compatible sound card
DVD-ROM:
DVD-ROM drive
HARD DRIVE:
5GB Free Space
INPUT DEVICES:
Keyboard and mouse

The recommended system requirements are as follows:

OPERATING SYSTEM:
Microsoft Windows 2000/ Microsoft Windows XP (admin rights required) 95/98/ME/NT not supported.
CPU:
Pentium 4 2.4GHz or Athlon XP/64bit Equivalent
RAM:
1GB system Memory
GRAPHICS:
ATI X800 series, nVidia GeForce 6800 series, or higher video card
SOUND:
Direct X compatible sound card
DVD-ROM:
DVD-ROM drive
HARD DRIVE:
5GB
INPUT DEVICES:
Keyboard and 3 button mouse


Preparing Your Hard Drive

To ensure that your installation is trouble free, you should check to see that your hard drive and file system are both tuned for optimum performance. Windows comes with a utility programs that will help optimise your hard drive performance.

You can optimise your hard drive's performance by running a program called Disk Defragmenter. You can run Disk Defragmenter by clicking on the Start button from the Windows desktop, followed by Programs, then Accessories, then System Tools, and finally Disk Defragmenter.


Installing Hitman: Blood Money

Installing Hitman: Blood Money is easy. Simply insert the DVD into your DVD-ROM drive. After a few seconds, the Launch Panel will appear.

This program will guide you through the remaining process via onscreen prompts. If at any time you are instructed to restart your computer, do so.

In the event the Launch Panel does not appear when you insert the DVD:

Double-click on the My Computer icon, then double-click on the DVD-ROM icon, and lastly double-click on the autorun.exe file to bring up the Launch Panel OR:

Click on the Start button.
Choose Run from the pop-up menu.
Type d:\autorun in the box provided (where d: designates your DVD-ROM drive letter).
Click on the OK button to begin the install program.



You will be prompted to select the path and directory to which you wish to install the game on your hard drive. The default is

C:\Program Files\Eidos\Hitman Blood Money

You may change this if you wish to.

At some point, the Microsoft DirectX 9.0c install prompt will appear if you do not have it on your system already. Please read the on-screen information before selecting an option. You may either choose to install or not install at this time. If the Hitman: Blood Money installer detects an active version of DirectX 9.0c on your system, we encourage you to not reinstall DirectX. If the installer does not detect DirectX 9.0c, you must install it before you are able to play Hitman: Blood Money (please refer to the next section of this guide before proceeding).


Starting/Loading The Game

Once the install has finished the Launch Panel will appear on the screen.

Simply click on the Play button to start the game.

You may also:

Click on the Uninstall button to uninstall the game.
Click on the View Readme button to view the readme file.
Click on the Exit button to exit the Launch Panel.


If you are going to play the game at a later time insert the DVD into the DVD-ROM drive. After a few seconds, the Hitman: Blood Money Launch panel should appear on the screen via the AutoPlay feature. Now click on the Play button to start the game. There is also a button present to Exit. 

In the event the AutoPlay feature does not work, you may click on the My Computer icon and then click on the DVD-ROM icon to bring up the Launch Panel.

OR

Click on the Start button.
Choose Programs from the pop-up menu.
Drag your mouse to the right and click on Hitman: Blood Money from the list.
Click on Hitman: Blood Money from the ensuing pop-up menu.


Uninstalling Hitman: Blood Money

If you need to UNINSTALL Hitman: Blood Money, you may do any of the following three things:

Insert the Hitman: Blood Money DVD into the DVD-ROM drive to activate the AutoPlay feature. This will bring up the Launch Panel. Click on the Uninstall button, then click on the Yes button from the ensuing pop-up panel to uninstall the program

OR

Click on the Start button.
Choose Programs from the pop-up menu.
Drag your mouse to the right and click on Hitman: Blood Money from the list.
Click on UninstallShield from the ensuing pop-up menu and follow the onscreen instructions.

OR

Go to the Control Panel and choose Add/Remove Programs. Click on Hitman: Blood Money from the pop-up panel to follow, select the Add/Remove button, and follow the onscreen prompts.


2.2 DVD-ROM Problems


Hitman: Blood Money requires at least a Quad-Speed DVD-ROM drive with 32-bit Windows drivers.

I receive a "xxxxxx.xxx not found" error message when installing or running Hitman: Blood Money

This error message is usually the result of your computer using MS-DOS (16 bit) drivers instead of Windows (32 bit) drivers for your DVD-ROM drive. You can easily check to see if this is causing problems by opening the Control Panel (either click on the My Computer icon or click on the Start button followed by Settings, then Control Panel).

In the Control Panel window, double-click on the System icon then click on the Performance tab. You should now see a summary of the performance status of your computer. One of the lines should say “File System: 32-bit” and the last line should say "Your system is configured for optimal performance." If you see a message saying "Drive X is using MS-DOS compatibility mode," then you will need to contact your system vendor to obtain and install 32-bit drivers for your DVD-ROM drive.


AutoPlay Issues

Why doesn't the AutoPlay feature come up when I insert the Hitman: Blood Money DVD into the DVD-ROM drive?

This is usually a configuration issue. There are many different ways to enable the AutoPlay functions of Windows. The standard method is described below:

1) Enter the Control Panel from the desktop by clicking on the Start button, followed by Settings, and then Control Panel.
2) Double-click the icon labelled System, usually located alphabetically towards the bottom of the Control Panel window, to bring up the System Properties panel.
3) Click on the tab at the top labelled Device Manager and when the new panel appears, locate the section labelled DVD-ROM and click the Plus (+) sign in front of it. (If there is a minus sign in front, don't click it.)
4) Now double-click the DVD-ROM drive revealed and the DVD-ROM Properties panel will appear.
5) Click on the Settings tab at the top.
6) Towards the middle of the panel, you should see a few checkboxes within the Options section. At the bottom of that section, you should see a checkbox labelled Auto insert notification.
7) Make sure there is a check mark in the box provided and click on the OK button to complete the process.


If the game Auto Plays multiple times:

Some DVD ROM drives cause Hitman: Blood Money to AutoPlay multiple times, which also may result in lack of control within the game. To remedy this problem click on the DVD ROM properties in the System Properties panel and under settings turn off Auto Notification.


2.3 Crashes and Lock-Ups


When I start Hitman: Blood Money, my mouse cursor disappears and my computer locks-up.

Chances are your installed audio card drivers are not compatible with DirectX. The only solution is to get a DirectX 9.0c -compatible driver from your audio card manufacturer.


When I start Hitman: Blood Money, I receive the following error message:

"The application HitmanBloodMoney.exe referenced memory at address xxxx:xxxx that can't be read from."

Its likely that your installed video card drivers are not compatible with DirectX. The only solution is to get a DirectX 9.0c -compatible driver from your video card manufacturer.


The Installer keeps stopping when a certain percentage is complete.

There are three likely causes:

You may have run out of free space on your hard drive. Please remove unwanted programs to free up additional space for the game, and then reinstall Hitman: Blood Money.
There may be dirt or fingerprints on the DVD-ROM disc itself. Examine the bottom of the disc; if you see any fingerprints or dirt, carefully clean the disc using a clean, soft, lint-free cloth by wiping from the centre of the disc (near the hole) towards the outer edge in a straight line.


Hitman: Blood Money is crashing to the desktop with no error messages.

This problem can be caused by several different things. Here's a list of the most common culprits associated with these crashes:

Make sure the DVD-ROM is clean (check for both scratches and smudges on the reading surface of the DVD).

Make sure the game has been installed properly.

Make sure DirectX 9.0c has been installed properly.

Make sure you have the latest drivers for your video card and that they are DirectX 9.0c -compatible.

Make sure you have the latest drivers for your sound card and that they are DirectX 9.0c -compatible.

Make sure Virtual Memory is enabled on your system.

Run Disk Defragmenter.

Try exiting the game, rebooting your machine, and re-entering the game.


 Note: That if your system crashes to the desktop while playing Hitman: Blood Money, you should probably reboot your computer before starting a new play session.  Otherwise, DirectDraw or DirectSound may be in a locked state, and the game will be unable to use your sound or video hardware.

Logitech Headset

When using a headset, we advise that this is connected and set as “Favourite Audio Device” within your control panel before launching the game.

NOTE: Should the headset become disconnected during play, as this hardware is detected as a soundcard device you may lose audio as the ‘Valid Sound Device’ would have been lost, should this occur we recommend you check the connections to your Headset and re-launch the game as appropriate.



2.4 DirectX-Related Questions

DirectX has become the new standard in Windows application development. Nearly all high-performance software will be tuned around this technology, so we do not normally recommend that customers attempt to alter its installation on their system


Can I Run Without DirectX?

I cannot use DirectX on my computer! Is there any other way to run Hitman: Blood Money?

If you do not have DirectX installed on your computer, you will not be able to run Hitman: Blood Money.


2.5 Technical Support

If you need further technical assistance after reading the Readme file please do not hesitate to contact us using any of the methods listed below.

When contacting us, please be sure to provide us with as much information as possible. Make sure to note the exact type of hardware that you are using in your system, including: your sound card, DVD-ROM drive, amount of RAM present, speed and manufacturer of your processor.  Also, make sure to include the title and version of the game, and a detailed description of the problem.

It will also help if you prepare by creating a “DXDiag” diagnostic file in Windows before you call us. Simply follow these instructions:

Click on Start
Click on Run
Type dxdiag
Click on OK
Click on the Save Information button and save the file to your computer.

When you call our Technical Support line either have this file open or have a printed copy. If you send an e-mail query you may attach the file to the e-mail.


Technical Support Contact Details (United Kingdom)

Address                      Wimbledon Bridge House
1 Hartfield Road
Wimbledon
SW19 3RU

E-Mail                          customerservice@eidos.co.uk

Phone                          0870 9000222

Web                            www.eidos.co.uk/support/index.html



 Technical Support Contact Details (United States of America)

Address                      Eidos Customer Services
                                651 Brannan Street
                                  San Francisco
                                  CA 94107

E-Mail                          www.eidos.com/support.html

Phone                          415 615-6220
Fax                              415 547-1201

Web                            www.eidos.com/support.html



 Note:  Hints and tips will not be given out over the Technical Support lines.


Alternatively, you may find help with hardware problems on one of the websites maintained by the supplier, some of which are listed below:

3D labs: www.3dlabs.com
ATI Technologies: www.ati.com
Creative Labs: www.creative.com/worldwide.asp
Matrox: www.matrox.com
nVIDIA: www.nvidia.com
Intel support.intel.com
Terratec: www.terratec.net


Eidos Interactive maintains a web page with links to all major video and audio card manufacturers, which is a good first stop if you are looking to upgrade your drivers. You can reach this page at:

UK:    www.eidos.co.uk/support/index.html
US:    www.eidos.com/support.html

Further technical information and drivers for Windows-based PCs can also be found at http://www.windrivers.com/

Thank you and we hope you enjoy playing Hitman: Blood Money.

Eidos 2006. 

FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team Weekend League

October 10, 2018

FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team Weekend League

The Weekend League rewards for each week on Playstation 4, XBox One and Origin PC
FUT Champions is a game mode within FIFA 19 Ultimate Team that rewards the best players with amazing prizes. This page is your only stop for FUT Champions rewards.
Weekend League rewards are delivered every Thursday, only to who has completed at least five matches in the previous weekend. The cards from the packs are tradeable, except the ones from player pick, which means that you can sell them in the transfer market if you wish. Besides that, you don’t need to open the packs in the week they are assigned to you. They can be stored to be opened later. They don’t expire.
The Monthly Reward Packs from FUT 18 have been replaced with Weekly Reward Player Picks in FUT 19. These Player Picks will be the new method for receiving special FUT Champions themed versions of TOTW Player Items. Which items are available in the Player Picks depends on which FUT Champions Weekend League that you earn them in. As FUT Champions Weekend League rewards are released on Thursday, the Player Pick Items will contain players from the current TOTW, the one that just started the previous day on Wednesday. This will not change, no matter when you open the Player Pick, they will always contain items from the TOTW that was active when the rewards were distributed.
Depending on your final Rank in the Weekend League, the Players within the Player Pick will vary, from the maximum overall rating of the FUT Champions TOTW Player Items available in the Player Pick, to how many different FUT Champions TOTW Player Items you will get to choose from. Remember that for each Player Pick Item, you only get to choose one card from it, regardless of how many different Items you get to choose from.

From Week 1 to Week 15

ROUNDS | According to the Official Weekend League Calendar
 ROUND 01 | From 05/10/2018 (Fri) to 08/10/2018 (Mon) | Rewards on 11/10/2018 (Thu)
 ROUND 02 | From 12/10/2018 (Fri) to 15/10/2018 (Mon) | Rewards on 18/10/2018 (Thu)
 ROUND 03 | From 19/10/2018 (Fri) to 22/10/2018 (Mon) | Rewards on 25/10/2018 (Thu)
 ROUND 04 | From 26/10/2018 (Fri) to 29/10/2018 (Mon) | Rewards on 01/11/2018 (Thu)
 ROUND 05 | From 02/11/2018 (Fri) to 05/11/2018 (Mon) | Rewards on 08/11/2018 (Thu)
 ROUND 06 | From 09/11/2018 (Fri) to 12/11/2018 (Mon) | Rewards on 15/11/2018 (Thu)
 ROUND 07 | From 16/11/2018 (Fri) to 19/11/2018 (Mon) | Rewards on 22/11/2018 (Thu)
 ROUND 08 | From 23/11/2018 (Fri) to 26/11/2018 (Mon) | Rewards on 29/11/2018 (Thu)
 ROUND 09 | From 30/11/2018 (Fri) to 03/12/2018 (Mon) | Rewards on 06/12/2018 (Thu)
 ROUND 10 | From 07/12/2018 (Fri) to 10/12/2018 (Mon) | Rewards on 13/12/2018 (Thu)
 ROUND 11 | From 14/12/2018 (Fri) to 17/12/2018 (Mon) | Rewards on 20/12/2018 (Thu)
 ROUND 12 | From 21/12/2018 (Fri) to 24/12/2018 (Mon) | Rewards on 27/12/2018 (Thu)
 ROUND 13 | From 28/12/2018 (Fri) to 31/12/2018 (Mon) | Rewards on 03/01/2019 (Thu)
 ROUND 14 | From 04/01/2019 (Fri) to 07/01/2019 (Mon) | Rewards on 10/01/2019 (Thu)
 ROUND 15 | From 11/01/2019 (Fri) to 14/01/2019 (Mon) | Rewards on 17/01/2019 (Thu)

 
 
 
WEEKLY REWARDS | What you can receive according to your ranking

 
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team

BRONZE 3

Playstation 4XBox OneOrigin
Up to 1 win out of 30 playable matches
💰 1,000 coins
🎴 2 x Gold Packs
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team Weekend League250 FUT Champions Points

 

 
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team

BRONZE 2

Playstation 4XBox OneOrigin
2 to 3 wins out of 30 playable matches
💰 3,000 coins
🎴 2 x Premium Gold Packs
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team Weekend League500 FUT Champions Points

 

 
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team

BRONZE 1

Playstation 4XBox OneOrigin
4 to 5 wins out of 30 playable matches
💰 7,500 coins
🎴 1 x Premium Gold Players Pack
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team Weekend League500 FUT Champions Points

 

 
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team

SILVER 3

Playstation 4XBox OneOrigin
6 to 7 wins out of 30 playable matches
💰 10.000 coins
🎴 1 x Premium Gold Players Pack
🎴 2 x Jumbo Premium Gold Packs
🏆 1 x Player Pick Special Item (2 84- rated items to pick one)
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team Weekend League1,000 FUT Champions Points

 

 
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team

SILVER 2

Playstation 4XBox OneOrigin
8 to 10 wins out of 30 playable matches
💰 15,000 coins
🎴 1 x Mega Pack
🎴 1 x Rare Gold Pack
🏆 1 x Player Pick Special Item (2 84- rated items to pick one)
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team Weekend League1,000 FUT Champions Points

 

 
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team

SILVER 1

Playstation 4XBox OneOrigin
11 to 13 wins out of 30 playable matches
💰 20.000 coins
🎴 1 x Jumbo Premium Gold Players Pack
🎴 1 x Mega Pack
🏆 1 x Player Pick Special Item (3 items to pick one)
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team Weekend League2,000 FUT Champions Points

 

 
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team

GOLD 3

Playstation 4XBox OneOrigin
14 to 16 wins out of 30 playable matches
💰 30.000 coins
🎴 2 x Mega Packs
🎴 1 x Rare Players Pack
🏆 2 x Player Pick Special Item (2×3 items to pick two)
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team Weekend League2,000 FUT Champions Points

 

 
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team

GOLD 2

Playstation 4XBox OneOrigin
17 to 19 wins out of 30 playable matches
💰 45,000 coins
🎴 1 x Rare Gold Pack
🎴 2 x Rare Mega Packs
🏆 2 x Player Pick Special Item (2×4 items to pick two)
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team Weekend League2,000 FUT Champions Points

 

 
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team

GOLD 1

Playstation 4XBox OneOrigin
20 to 22 wins out of 30 playable matches
💰 50.000 coins
🎴 2 x Jumbo Rare Players Packs
🏆 2 x Player Pick Special Item (2×4 items to pick two)
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team Weekend League2,000 FUT Champions Points

 

 
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team

ELITE 3

Playstation 4XBox OneOrigin
23 to 24 wins out of 30 playable matches
💰 70.000 coins
🎴 1 x Premium TOTW Pack
🎴 1 x Jumbo Rare Players Pack
🏆 3 x Player Pick Special Item (3×5 items to pick three)
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team Weekend League2,000 FUT Champions Points

 

 
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team

ELITE 2

Playstation 4XBox OneOrigin
25 to 26 wins out of 30 playable matches
💰 100.000 coins
🎴 1 x Premium TOTW Pack
🎴 1 x Jumbo Rare Players Pack
🏆 3 x Player Pick Special Item (3×5 items to pick three)
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team Weekend League2,000 FUT Champions Points

 

 
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team

ELITE 1

Playstation 4XBox OneOrigin
27 or more wins out of 30 playable matches
💰 125,000 coins
🎴 2 x Premium TOTW Packs
🎴 2 x Jumbo Rare Players Packs
🏆 3 x Player Pick Special Item (3×5 items to pick three)
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team Weekend League2,000 FUT Champions Points

 

 
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team

RANK 76 – 100

Playstation 4XBox OneOrigin
 
💰 125,000 coins
🎴 1 x Ultimate TOTW Pack
🎴 2 x Jumbo Rare Players Packs
🏆 4 x Player Pick Special Item (4×5 items to pick four)
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team Weekend League2,000 FUT Champions Points

 

 
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team

RANK 51 – 75

Playstation 4XBox OneOrigin
 
💰 125,000 coins
🎴 1 x Ultimate TOTW Pack
🎴 3 x Jumbo Rare Players Packs
🏆 4 x Player Pick Special Item (4×5 items to pick four)
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team Weekend League2,000 FUT Champions Points

 

 
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team

RANK 26 – 50

Playstation 4XBox OneOrigin
 
💰 150.000 coins
🎴 1 x Ultimate TOTW Pack
🎴 3 x Jumbo Rare Players Packs
🏆 5 x Player Pick Special Item (5×5 items to pick five)
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team Weekend League2,000 FUT Champions Points

 

 
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team

RANK 11 – 25

Playstation 4XBox OneOrigin
 
💰 150.000 coins
🎴 1 x Ultimate TOTW Pack
🎴 4 x Jumbo Rare Players Packs
🏆 5 x Player Pick Special Item (5×5 items to pick five)
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team Weekend League2,000 FUT Champions Points

 

 
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team

RANK 2 – 10

Playstation 4XBox OneOrigin
 
💰 200.000 coins
🎴1 x Ultimate TOTW Pack
🎴 4 x Jumbo Rare Players Packs
🏆 5 x Player Pick Special Item (5×5 items to pick five)
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team Weekend League2,000 FUT Champions Points

 

 
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team

RANK 1

Playstation 4XBox OneOrigin
 
💰 250.000 coins
🎴 1 x Ultimate TOTW Pack
🎴 4 x Jumbo Rare Players Packs
🏆 5 x Player Pick Special Item (5×5 items to pick five)
FUT Champions Rewards for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team Weekend League2,000 FUT Champions Points