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Hogwarts Legacy Release Date Delayed to 2022

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Hogwarts Legacy — the next Harry Potter game — has been delayed from 2021 to 2022. On Wednesday, Hogwarts Legacy developer Avalanche Software and Portkey Games (the Harry Potter video game publishing label owned by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment) announced that they need more time to deliver the “best possible experience”. As such, Hogwarts Legacy has been pushed back a year. Hogwarts Legacy is set in the titular school in the 1800s, a century before the Chosen One — Harry Potter, duh — ever lived.

“We would like to thank fans from around the world on the tremendous reaction to the announcement of Hogwarts Legacy from our Portkey Games label,” Hogwarts Legacy makers said in a prepared statement on Twitter. “Creating the best possible experience for all of the Wizarding World and gaming fans is paramount to us so we are giving the game the time it needs. Hogwarts Legacy will be released in 2022.”

The open-world action RPG Hogwarts Legacy was originally announced back in September. Avalanche revealed then that players would step into the shoes of “a student who holds the key to an ancient secret that threatens to tear the Wizarding World apart. You have received a late acceptance to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and soon discover that you are no ordinary student: you possess an unusual ability to perceive and master Ancient Magic.”

For Utah, USA-based Avalanche, Hogwarts Legacy is the biggest project it has taken on in its history. Best known for developing the Disney Infinity series in recent times, Avalanche was closed after Disney shuttered Disney Interactive Studios in 2016. But then a year later, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment acquired and renewed the flame. Avalanche Software is not to be confused with Avalanche Studios, the Swedish developer behind Just Cause 4.

Hogwarts Legacy is out in 2022 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.

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Realme Race Pro, Realme X9 Pro Specifications Leak; Q1 2021 Launch Expected: Report

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Realme Race Pro and Realme X9 Pro are reportedly in the works alongside the vanilla Realme Race and Realme X9 phones. The two Pro models’ specifications have leaked online and Realme Race Pro seems to be a high-end handset, whereas Realme X9 Pro appears to be a bit modest in comparison. Realme Race Pro is tipped to be powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC whereas Realme X9 Pro is reported to be powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC.

Frandroid cited internal sources to report that Realme Race Pro and Realme X9 Pro may launch in China sometime in Q1 2021. There is no clarity offered on whether the two smartphones will be introduced in other global markets or not.

Realme Race Pro specifications (expected)

Beginning with the more-premium Realme Race Pro, the smartphone is tipped to feature a 6.8-inch (1,440×3,200 pixels) OLED display with 20:9 aspect ratio and 160Hz refresh rate. As mentioned, Realme Race Pro is expected to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, paired with up to 12GB of RAM. Internal storage options may include 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. Realme Race Pro is reported to run on Realme UI 2.0, based on Android 11. It is tipped to pack a 5,000mAh battery with 125W fast charging support. Realme Race Pro may have a triple camera setup that is expected to include a 64-megapixel main camera, and two assisting 13-megapixel sensors.

Realme X9 Pro specifications (expected)

Realme X9 Pro is reported to also run on Android 11-based Realme UI 2.0. It is expected to feature a smaller 6.4-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,400 pixels) OLED display with 20:9 aspect ratio and 120Hz refresh rate. The smartphone could be powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC, paired with up to 12GB of RAM. Internal storage options are tipped to be 128GB and 256GB.

Realme X9 Pro is also reported to have a triple rear camera setup that comprises a 108-megapixel primary sensor and two assisting 13-megapixel sensors. It is tipped to pack a smaller 4,500mAh battery with 65W fast charging support.


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Godzilla vs. Kong Trailer Release Set for Sunday

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The first Godzilla vs. Kong trailer will release on Sunday, January 24, Warner Bros. has announced. For fans in India, there will be three local-language versions of the Godzilla vs. Kong trailer as well — Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu — in addition to the English original. Expect the trailer to arrive around the typical 10:30–11pm Warner time slot. Godzilla vs. Kong is the fourth entry in the so-called MonsterVerse, following up on 2017’s Kong: Skull Island and 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters. It will be available on HBO Max and in US cinemas on the same day, and only in cinemas everywhere else, including in India.

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Warner Bros. unveiled a new Godzilla vs. Kong poster on Thursday, and said in a caption alongside: “TRAILER SUNDAY. #GodzillaVsKong”. That’s as straightforward as you can get really. We got a (two-second) first look at Godzilla vs. Kong in an HBO Max sizzle reel unveiled last weekend, and the upcoming trailer will no doubt satisfy fans’ hunger for a proper look, who have been waiting since last year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Godzilla vs. Kong poster

Godzilla vs. Kong stars Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Jessica Henwick, Julian Dennison, Kyle Chandler, Demián Bichir, Ronny Chieng, Chris Chalk, John Pirrucello, Zhang Ziyi, Van Marten, and Lance Reddick.

Behind the scenes, Adam Wingard directs Godzilla vs. Kong off a script by Eric Pearson and Max Borenstein. Godzilla vs. Kong is a production of Legendary Pictures, with Warner Bros. Pictures as the distributor worldwide except Japan (Toho). It’s one of the most expensive films of 2021 with an estimated $160–200 million budget.

Here’s the official synopsis for Godzilla vs. Kong from Warner Bros. and Legendary:

In a time when monsters walk the Earth, humanity’s fight for its future sets Godzilla and Kong on a collision course that will see the two most powerful forces of nature on the planet collide in a spectacular battle for the ages. As Monarch embarks on a perilous mission into uncharted terrain and unearths clues to the Titans’ origins, a human conspiracy threatens to wipe the creatures, both good and bad, from the face of the earth forever.

Godzilla vs. Kong is currently slated to release March 26 in cinemas worldwide. In India, it will be available in English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu.

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BuyUcoin Cryptocurrency User Data Allegedly Affecting Lakhs of People Leaked on the Dark Web

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Banking and KYC information of lakhs of users of BuyUcoin, which trades bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, has allegedly been leaked on the dark web. The details included the names, email addresses, mobile numbers, order information, and deposit history of users, according to a security researcher. The data dump available on the dark Web also appears to have bank details including bank names and account numbers, as well as know-your-customer (KYC) information that includes PAN and passport numbers of the people using BuyUcoin platform. The company has however denied the leak and said the surfaced data dump was of some dummy accounts.

Cybersecurity researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia told Gadgets 360 that he found the data dump on the dark Web earlier this week. It included the details of more than three lakh BuyUcoin users, he said. The Delhi-NCR-based company claims to have over 3.5 lakh users in total.

The researcher said BuyUcoin appeared to have faced a data breach in September last year that resulted in the latest leak on the dark Web. Alongside user details, the data dump included a folder with admin credentials that could be used to access the server, he noted.

Rajaharia stated that the dump was posted on the dark Web by Shiny Hunters, the hacker group that allegedly leaked the data of BigBasket and JusPay in the recent past.

The leaked data could be used by bad actors to run fraudulent attacks against individuals, the researcher said. He also added that the data could also enable hackers to understand the credit score of the victims using transaction details.

BuyUcoin CEO and Co-founder Shivam Thakral denied the leak. “We would like to reiterate the fact that only dummy data of 200 entries was impacted which was immediately recovered and secured by our automated security systems,” he told Gadgets 360 over email.

However this might not be correct, as a person whose data was revealed in the data dump came forward to Gadgets 360 and said that their bank and KYC details were revealed.

“What if a bad actor would use any of the leaked user accounts in any illegal crypto activity?” asked Rajaharia while countering the company’s rejection of the data leak. “Who will be responsible in such a case? Crypto data leak may become a very serious issue as the data could be used in illegal activities in many ways in such cases. It’s the company’s responsibility to inform affected users and protect data instead of making any false claims.”

Thakral however denied the leak again, and responded by saying that it was just a hoax to defame the company.

“These people who reached out to journalists are friends of hackers, they are just showing our email IDs are there,” he said. “This doesn’t make sense to me.” But a part of the data dump, as seen by Gadgets 360, contained these details for a huge number of users, so it appears to be a real dump, and hopefully the company is investigating the matter.

No bitcoins or any other cryptocurrencies appear to have been stolen in the leak. However, in the past, there have been instances of cryptocurrency exchanges and wallets getting hacked and bitcoins being stolen.

In April 2020, a hacker exploited a security flaw in Bisq bitcoin exchange and stole more than $250,000 (roughly Rs. 1.82 crores) worth of cryptocurrency from users. Binance, one of the leading cryptocurrency exchange platforms, also saw a data breach in May 2019 in which hackers were able to steal over $40 million (roughly Rs. 290 crores).


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