Epic confirms massive changes for Fortnite 7.40

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Fortnite hand cannon
The hand cannon is getting a big damage reduction.
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Epic Games will make big changes to Fortnite’s planes, zip lines, rocket launcher, and more in its upcoming 7.40 update.

The balance tweaks to some of the game’s more controversial weapons and items come amid growing complaints from the community about the current state of Fortnite. And Epic says these are just some of the changes on the way.

Best Valentine’s Day gifts for Apple fans [Gift Guide]

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Valentine’s Day gift guide 2019
Gifts that are guaranteed to bring a smile.
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Valentine’s Day is fast-approaching, which means it’s time to start shopping for that special someone in your life. If they’re a fan of Apple products and awesome gadgets to go with them, Cult of Mac is here to help.

Our Valentine’s Day gift guide is full of great gift ideas that are guaranteed to put a smile on their face. We have beautiful books about Apple’s most iconic devices, the coolest cushions and T-shirts, and must-have accessories.

No matter what your budget, you’ll find something they’ll love almost as much as you. (Maybe even more?)

Why iOS is the best way to play Fortnite on the go

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The SteelSeries Nimbus is the best controller for iPad.
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If you want to play Fortnite when you’re away from your console, do it on an iPhone or iPad. The mobile version of the game now offers the best portable experience by far.

The recent addition of controller support makes Fortnite better on Apple devices than it is on Nintendo Switch. Here’s why you’re missing out if you’re not playing it.

Fortnite’s latest update brings bottle rockets and campfires

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You can now light the campfires dotted around the Battle Royale map.
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Fortnite’s 7.30 content update is live. This release brings brand new bottle rockets to Battle Royale, in addition to environmental campfires that you’ll find dotted around the map.

There’s also a new limited-time game mode to enjoy and a number of other nice changes.

Microsoft is bringing Xbox Live to Android and iOS

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Microsoft has big plans for Xbox Live.
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Microsoft is gearing up to release a software development kit that will allow Android and iOS developers to integrate Xbox Live features into their games.

The SDK, which will be officially confirmed by Microsoft next month, will also be available to Nintendo Switch developers. It will make Microsoft the first console-maker to open up its platform to third-party systems.

Fortnite’s Showtime challenges earn you Marshmello rewards

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Earn the first one today.
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Fortnite players can now start earning exclusive new Marshmello rewards ahead of the artist’s in-game concert on February 2.

There are four altogether, but sadly the Marshmello model that leaked in data files earlier this week isn’t one of them. You can look forward to a new spray, emote, and pickaxe, however.