Fortnite challenge guide for season 5, week 5

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It's time to rack up those Battle Stars.
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Just days after rolling out its latest Fortnite update, Epic Games has issued its complete list of challenges for season five, week five.

There are seven to complete altogether for a total of 50 Battle Stars. Three of them are available to all, while the other four require a Battle Pass.

Here’s our guide to finishing each one!

iOS 12 brings big improvements to iPhone’s Portrait mode

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Portrait mode never looked so good on iPhone.
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iOS 12 packs a whole host of significant improvements that Apple didn’t get a chance to showcase during its WWDC preview. One of those, according to one developer, is a greatly-enhanced Portrait mode for compatible iPhone models.

The image below highlights the impressive difference between a Portrait photo taken with iOS 11 and another taken with iOS 12.

iPhone supplier sees increasing Face ID orders ahead of new devices

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Get ready for new Apple devices with Face ID
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One of Apple’s manufacturing partners is enjoying a sizable boost in revenue off the back of increased orders for Face ID components.

Lumentum’s vertical-cavity-surface-emitting laser (VCSEL), a key component of the flood illuminator and dot projector inside iPhone X, is in high demand as Apple prepares its next-generation iPhone and iPad lineups for a fall debut.

2018 MacBook Pro owners complain of crackling speakers

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How’s the sound on your 2018 MacBook Pro?
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Apple’s latest MacBook Pro lineup has bigger and better speakers than previous machines, but some users haven’t been enjoying improved sound.

Instead, they hear crackling when they play music or watch videos. The issue appears to be affecting both 13- and 15-inch devices, and it’s not yet clear what’s causing it.

Google Pixel 3 XL leaks out in early unboxing photos

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Meet Google’s competitor to iPhone X Plus.
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Google’s upcoming Pixel 3 XL, which will arrive this fall to do battle with Apple’s larger iPhone, has leaked out early in a series of unboxing photos.

The images give us our best look yet at the device and its packaging, and they confirm some of its specifications. The most notable change this year is a new edge-to-edge display with a notch that’s noticeably fatter than iPhone X’s.

Fortnite 5.20 update adds new shotgun, Steady Storm mode

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There is no safe zone in Fortnite's new Steady Storm mode.
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Prepare to do battle with a brand new shotgun in Fortnite Battle Royale.

Epic Games’ latest update is available now with the double-barrel shotgun, a new Steady Storm game mode, and a whole host of improvements and fixes. Players can finally view challenges during a match, while mobile players can enjoy motion controls.