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Image of article 'The modders creating accessibility modes for notoriously difficult games'

The modders creating accessibility modes for notoriously difficult games

“I’m hoping more game developers ship games with assist mode in the future so that we don’t have to develop mods specifically for it,” he says.

He says he doesn’t begrudge anyone who wants an easy mode in games like Sekiro, but that “trying to rationalise it as helping the disabled seems a bit patronising.”

Since he already knew a lot “from unravelling the game files for other mods,” he decided to edit a lot of the potential problems, and extended the mode for those who are hard of hearing as well.

He noticed that these players often quit entirely, or used mods to erase whole mechanics from the game, like the notorious system that only allows players to save their progress by drinking a certain item or sleeping in a bed.

Whether or not famously difficult games should have an optional easy mode has long been a point of contention.

Image of article 'World coronavirus Dispatch: 'Painful' US experience, dubious China figures'

World coronavirus Dispatch: 'Painful' US experience, dubious China figures

Hospitals threaten doctors against speaking up: Hospitals in the US are threatening to fire healthcare workers who publicise their working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic; and they have in some cases followed through.

Germany scores early against virus: The country has seen a steady rise in the number of infections, but so far deaths there have been lower than in many of its European neighbours.

Let’s look at the global statistics: Nations hit with most cases: US (189,633), Italy (105,792), Spain (102,136), China (82,308), and Germany (72,383).

Elsewhere, there is growing scepticism around the official pandemic numbers reported from China, which added only 68 new cases yesterday.

US President Donald Trump has warned that the next two weeks will be painful, as new projections by experts fix the potential death toll at 240,000.

Image of article 'Samsung Galaxy A10s Reportedly Starts Receiving Android 10 Update'

Samsung Galaxy A10s Reportedly Starts Receiving Android 10 Update

Samsung Galaxy A10s is now in the news for reportedly receiving its Android 10 update.

Samsung had launched the Samsung Galaxy A10s in August last year as its budget offering.

It is not known as to when the Samsung Galaxy A10s will get the Android 10 update in India.

The new update is also said to bring the March 2020 security update to the Samsung Galaxy A10s, along with the latest software enhancements.

Samsung had brought the Galaxy A10s to India in August 2019 as its budget offering.

Image of article 'How to Get More Villagers Using Amiibo and Amiibo Cards       -       Animal Crossing: New Horizons Wiki Guide'

How to Get More Villagers Using Amiibo and Amiibo Cards - Animal Crossing: New Horizons Wiki Guide

This ACNH How to get more villagers using Amiibo and Amiibo Cards explains each step to getting your favorite villagers to become residents on your island!

The Campground is an area you can create that will allow you to receive visiting villagers on your island, where you can then begin to convince them to stay and live in your town - or you can simply talk and trade with them.

The next day, a random villager will likely appear in the Campground (though you may be able to convince a villager found on a mystery island to be the first to visit the Campground).

After that, villagers may appear at the Campground at any time, but can also be summoned using Amiibo Cards at the Resident Services Terminal.

When you summon a potential Villager to the Campground, you need to convince them to join your town by making DIY items for them, and it may take several attempts (max 3), requiring you to summon them back each day and craft them an item of their choice until they think about moving in and agree.

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How to setup EC2 Auto Scaling Group (ASG) on AWS

On this page, select “use scaling policies to adjust the capacity of this group” and specify the instance count to scale between the desired and the maximum number of instances in the ASG.

Create a Launch Configuration Create an Auto Scaling Group Terminate the instance to let ASG manage the instance count.

It helps to maintain the number of instances in an ASG and automatic scaling of the EC2 Auto Scaling service.

How to setup EC2 Auto Scaling Group (ASG) on AWS ASG(Auto Scaling Group) feature comes along with EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) service of AWS(Amazon Web Services) Cloud.

Now, we will see how ASG the instance count if the load on the servers crosses the target value we specified in scaling policy we created.

Linux 5.7 Gets A Unified/User - Space - Access - Intended Accelerator Framework

This driver is for enabling the AES-GCM encryption/decryption engine found with the Xilinx ZynqMP.More details on all of the crypto changes for Linux 5.7 via this pull request

Previous patch series for UACCE have also brought up the possibility of extending this accelerator-focused framework for offering other features.HiSilicon's QM driver is the initial user of this framework.UACCE comes as part of the crypto subsystem pull.

UACCE was described in its patch series as providing "Shared Virtual Addressing (SVA) between accelerators and processes.

Linux 5.7 is progressing through its two-week merge window and while only a quarter of the way through, it's certainly seeing a number of interesting and new drivers.The crypto subsystem is introducing the UACCE driver, which was worked on by Linaro and HiSilicon.

The Linux 5.7 crypto subsystem updates include new drivers.

Image of article 'Apple Hikes Prices of iPhone Models in India Due to GST Rate Impact'

Apple Hikes Prices of iPhone Models in India Due to GST Rate Impact

For customers interested in buying an older iPhone models, the iPhone XR 64GB storage variant price in India has been revised from Rs.

Apple has also increased the starting price of the iPhone 11 from Rs.

The revision by Apple, as confirmed to Gadgets 360, has raised the iPhone 11 Pro Max price to Rs.

Apple has revised the prices of its iPhone family in India on account of the increased GST that came into effect earlier today.

Notably, Apple last hiked the prices of its recent iPhone models, including the iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 8 just last month in response to the increase in basic custom duty (BCD) rate announced in the Union Budget 2020 and the withdrawal of earlier exemption from BCD under the Social Welfare Surcharge.

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Virginia Court Reaffirms The Right To Give Cops The Finger

In 2018, a Virginia federal court denied qualified immunity to Officer Rob Coleman for his stop of Brian Clark, who made a gesture that "was crude, but not criminal."

The jury said Coleman did not lack reasonable suspicion to stop and detain Clark for allegedly giving the officer the one-finger salute.

Clark challenged this verdict, asking the court to overturn the inexplicable decision by the jury to go against its own interests by saying it's ok for cops like Coleman to engage in retaliatory stops of people who've offended them.

The evidence establishes Coleman effectuated a seizure of Clark without reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing, and that his actions, under color of law, amount to a constitutional violation.

Because the evidence does not reveal any reasonable basis for the seizure of Clark following his constitutionally protected speech, however crude, inappropriate, and unwarranted it may have been, the jury’s verdict is contrary to law and must be set aside, and the court will direct judgment be entered for Clark.

Image of article 'Zoom Under Scrutiny in the US Over Privacy Concerns, Porn Hacks'

Zoom Under Scrutiny in the US Over Privacy Concerns, Porn Hacks

Using the hashtag "zoombombed," social media users have testified that they suddenly saw pornographic or racist images on their screens while using the app.

The FBI listed two examples where hackers had "Zoom-bombed" schools which have closed because of the deadly virus and which are now teaching classes online.

New York Attorney General Letitia James sent a letter to the in-vogue California enterprise "with a number of questions to ensure the company is taking appropriate steps to ensure users' privacy and security," a spokesman said.

Video conferencing app Zoom, which has seen its popularity skyrocket in the coronavirus pandemic, is in hot water after users complained to the FBI of being startled by porn during meetings.

The FBI recommended that Zoom users make all meetings private and avoid screen sharing to combat would-be hackers.

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Image of article 'Marvel Strike Force Developers Talk Adding PvP, The Reemergence Of Thanos, And What Year Three Holds'

Marvel Strike Force Developers Talk Adding PvP, The Reemergence Of Thanos, And What Year Three Holds

While Black Widow has remained relevant, she is far from the best character in the game as she was considered two years ago, while Night Nurse has dropped off from relevancy substantially.

While Bender and his team at FoxNext have made efforts to reduce power creep, it has happened and it has affected different characters in different Forward Two characters that proved to be among the most coveted in the early days of the game were Black Widow and Night Nurse.

He's about to step up in a way that players asked for right from the may seem strange to add characters that were so prominently featured in one of the biggest movies ever nearly two years after that movie hit theaters, but FoxNext says the design process for the Black Order is a special case and is not indicative of how long the character design and implementation process normally takes.

As the third year of Marvel Strike Force kicks off, the team is adding VS. Battle, a new mode that allows you to challenge other players to real-time, synced PvP battles.

I spoke with creative director Jason Bender and game director Jonathan Durr to learn more about this new feature, as well as what to expect in the coming year of Marvel Strike Force.

Image of article 'Japanese airline ANA spins out telepresence-bot startup for virus-avoiding medicos and fearful tourists'

Japanese airline ANA spins out telepresence-bot startup for virus-avoiding medicos and fearful tourists

Japanese airline ANA has spun out a startup to develop and sell “avatars” - robots that comprise a remote-controllable stand with iPad-like device running a Facetime-like app, to bring your face into a room.

As the airline’s machine-translated announcement says: “To respond to the urgent issue of the new coronavirus, we will give priority to the proprietary and widely used communication avatar "Newme" for medical facilities that require remote communication.”

In the future, we plan to use avatars as social infrastructure to develop services that can be used for various purposes such as medical care, nursing care, education, shopping, appreciation, and tourism.”

And of course the new company, named “avatarin”, has a very StartupLand mission statement: “To create a future where all people can connect beyond all limits such as distance, time, cost and body.”

ANA yesterday announced a slew of new flight cancellations and like other airlines faces an uncertain future.

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Image of article 'Tokyo Coronavirus News: Tokyo bans indoor smoking from today       |       World News'

Tokyo Coronavirus News: Tokyo bans indoor smoking from today | World News

TOKYO: Patrons of Tokyo restaurants and bars will be able to light up indoors for the last time on Tuesday as one of the world ’s most cigarette-friendly cities starts enforcing anti-smoking laws from April 1.

Japan lags behind many countries in its efforts to reduce tobacco usage, and the ban — just in Tokyo — only applies to traditional cigarettes.

The ban was part of Tokyo’s preparations for the 2020 Olympics, and covers establishments with hired employees, meaning many of the family owned-and-operated bars and restaurants that the city is famous for are exempt.It took two years for the ban to come into effect highlighting the hurdles anti-smoking activists face in a country where the biggest tobacco maker, Japan Tobacco , is one-third owned by the government and its products provide substantial tax revenue.

Image of article 'Slime Rancher dev: Give players a place to feel 'cozy' and they'll keep coming back'

Slime Rancher dev: Give players a place to feel 'cozy' and they'll keep coming back

During an insightful livestreamed interview last week, Popovich elaborated on how nailing that homey essence can be the key to keeping players coming back even after they’ve already invested a significant amount of time into a game.

Rather, Popovich says that non-linear games benefit from giving players a cozy, comfortable gameplay space that lets them feel productive without imposing major demands.

When Slime Rancher lead developer Nick Popovich suggests that games should try and capture the feeling of “home”, he’s not talking about a literal home like an in-game house or a hub world.

Nick Popovich argues that, even if they’re not aware of it, a “homey” space can keep players engaged in the long term.

Popovich says that, in his personal experience, games that manage to capture that homey feeling help to alleviate the choice paralysis that hits players when they sit down and try to find something to play since there’s always that comfortable gameplay space waiting for them to jump right back in.

Image of article 'Xiaomi and POCO announce mobile phone price increases in India due to raised GST'

Xiaomi and POCO announce mobile phone price increases in India due to raised GST

Both Xiaomi India and POCO have released statements to advise fans of their brands that product price increases will be taking place today, mostly down to the increase in the GST in India, which has been raised from 12% to 18%.

POCO has also blamed the value of the rupee and supply problems for the price hike.

The rate has gone from 12% to 18% and Xiaomi and POCO will soon be updating their smartphone prices accordingly.

Both Xiaomi and POCO have revealed plans to raise the prices of their smartphone products in India due to the increase in Goods and Service Tax on mobile phones.

In regard to the POCO X2 smartphone, the new prices will be ₹16,999 (~US$224), ₹17,999 (~US$237), and ₹20,999 (~US$277) for the 6 GB + 64 GB, 6 GB + 128 GB, and 8 GB + 256 GB models, respectively.

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Image of article 'Amazon's Prime Video iOS app finally lets you purchase TV shows and movies'

Amazon's Prime Video iOS app finally lets you purchase TV shows and movies

Apple and Amazon seem to have made nice, with the Prime Video app on iOS, iPadOS and tvOS now supporting in-app purchases.

Previously, to skirt around Apple's exorbitant 30% cut on in-app purchases, Amazon would direct customers away from the app – i.e. take them to a browser page – whenever they wanted to get something from the Prime Video content store.

Many app makers, like Spotify, offset that high fee by increasing the cost of subscriptions or purchases, although it seems Amazon hasn't raised the price of its Prime Video offerings.

Amazon, however, has not made any announcements, but the update has begun rolling out and Apple users logging into the Prime Video app can see a banner advertising the change on the homepage.

The updated Prime Video app now includes a new Store tab from where Apple users can either rent or purchase content, including in-cinema and early digital releases of movies like Pixar's Onward.

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Image of article 'Working from home would have been 'a dog's breakfast' without fibre internet rollout'

Working from home would have been 'a dog's breakfast' without fibre internet rollout

Broadband upgrade for Drury The $1.5 billion ultra-fast broadband project was tendered by the Government in 2009 and contracted out in 2010 and 2011 to four providers - Chorus, Northpower, Enable Services, and WEL Networks.

The past 10 years of Davidson's working life have been spent getting ultra-fast access to a majority of Kiwi homes.

It cost more than a billion dollars but the country's level 4 lockdown would be a "dog's breakfast" without it, says one of the men behind New Zealand's ultra-fast broadband network.

Bruce Davidson of Chorus has been involved with the rollout of ultra-fast fibre broadband across the country for the last 10 years and says we're lucky to have had the majority done before lockdown.

Were the lockdown to have happened in 2010, before the ultra-fast broadband rollout, Davidson said it would have been difficult for so many people to work from home.

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US again accused of killing civilians in Somalia airstrikes

Hours before the rights group’s new report was released, the U.S. Africa Command announced that to increase transparency it would begin this month issuing a quarterly report on allegations and its assessments of civilian deaths and injuries.

“The U.S. military should not be allowed to continue to paint its civilian victims as ‘terrorists’ while leaving grieving families in the lurch,” Abdullahi Hassan, Amnesty International’s Somalia researcher, said in a statement.

Amnesty International said in a new report Wednesday that the U.S. Africa Command, or AFRICOM, killed two civilians and injured three others in two airstrikes in February as it strikes back at the Somalia-based, al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - The U.S. military is facing more allegations of killing civilians with airstrikes in Somalia, and now says it will address the issue more fully in upcoming public reports.

The airstrikes explored in the new Amnesty report were carried out weeks after a devastating al-Shabab attack on an airstrip in neighboring Kenya used by U.S. forces.

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Image of article 'Facebook DOWN: Facebook Messenger offline with Instagram and WhatsApp'

Facebook DOWN: Facebook Messenger offline with Instagram and WhatsApp

Facebook services are down tonight, with the same outage affecting Instagram and WhatsApp Apps.

Thousands of reports have been pouring in covering today's outage from Facebook users, who are having a hard time uploading pictures and using Facebook Messenger.

I’m sure it’s because a million different people are at home right now using the internet so it’s probably crashing Facebook," one user writes.

For now, there is no ETA on when Facebook will be back online alongside Whatsapp and Instagram.

The good news is that reports of Facebook issues are now dropping, meaning it might be a short outage.

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For Honor made all of its fighters into smol beans for April 1

The best gaming April Fools jokes remain those where an online game does something absolutely ridiculous for 24 hours.

Every player fighter in Ubisoft’s not-actually-historical brawl is now tiny.

Sure, the pun game may leave a bit to be desired, but For Honor’s subreddit is now filled with delightful clips and screenshots of tiny fighters doing very silly things.

Others are marveling at the animation glitches that are letting fighters do wildly inappropriate things to each other.

Check out out some other multiplayer games, if you need to be regular size for the rest of the day.

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iOS 13.4 Downgrade To iOS 13.3.1 No Longer Possible, Here's Why

Thanks to Apple’s internal decision to stop digitally signing iOS 13.3.1 – and iOS 12.4.5 and tvOS 13.3.1 for that matter – users aren’t able to use the latest version of iTunes or Finder on macOS Catalina to downgrade from iOS 13.4 to iOS 13.3.1 in search of a jailbreak.

For those who are on iOS 13.3.1, the current version of the checkra1n jailbreak would have managed to do exactly that and get that device liberated from Apple’s walled garden.

Especially for those device owners who are heavily involved in the world of jailbreaking and always want the ability to get to a jailbreakable firmware version, such as iOS 13.3.1.

Apple has officially prevented jailbreak-eager iPhone owners from downgrading its firmware to version 13.3.1 on compatible devices.

But, of course, there is likely an element of Apple playing cat and mouse with the jailbreak community and shutting off access to a version of its firmware that it knows can still be jailbroken using the checkm8-based checkra1n.

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Image of article 'Coronavirus in Europe: Europe coronavirus death toll tops 30,000       |       World News'

Coronavirus in Europe: Europe coronavirus death toll tops 30,000 | World News

PARIS: The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 30,000 people in Europe, more than three-quarters of the deaths registered in Italy and Spain , according to an AFP tally on Wednesday using official figures .

A total of 30,063 deaths have been recorded in Europe out of 458,601 cases , making it the continent hit hardest by Covid-19.

The most deaths were recorded in Italy, with 12,428 fatalities, followed by Spain with 8,189 and France with 3,523.

The latest European figures come just a few hours after the United States announced its death toll had risen to 4,076, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University That is more than twice the 2,010 recorded late Saturday and higher than the death toll in China, where the disease first emerged late last year.The global death toll passed 40,000 on Tuesday.

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You Can Play Candy Crush Saga With Unlimited Lives Till April 5

The Twitter post from Candy Crush Saga reads: “We've partnered with @WHO to encourage our players to #PlayApartTogether.

Both Android and iOS users can enjoy unlimited lives in Candy Crush Saga right now.

This ‘unlimited lives' system is also available for most of the other games by developer King.

Candy Crush Saga, one of the most popular mobile puzzle games, has added unlimited lives for players till April 5 as part of the #PlayApartTogether initiative.

According to a report by The Verge, the other IPs that are part of this initiative are Candy Crush Soda Saga, Candy Crush Friends Saga, Candy Crush Jelly Saga, Bubble Witch 3 Saga, Pet Rescue Saga, and Farm Heroes Saga.

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How to use Amazon Prime Video to watch TV shows and movies

You'll have the option of downloading content via Wi-Fi to watch offline, which can be key for long plane, train, or car rides.On a TV: There are several ways to watch Prime Video on your television, and it all depends on whether you're using a smart TV or using an external streaming device (like Roku, a Fire TV Stick, or a game console).

You can pause at any point and come back to the same spot, so if life gets in the way of your binging habit, you won't lose all your progress.On your phone or tablet: Whether you're an iPhone or an Android user, you'll want to download the Amazon Prime Video app in order to download and stream films and television content right onto your phone (the same goes for Apple or Android tablets).

Head over to Prime Video.To start using Prime video you can simply head over to the Prime Video homepage, where you'll be able to see all movies, TV shows, and other content that is included with your subscription.

Amazon Amazon has already made reading, shopping, music listening, and just about everything else easier, and now, it's improving upon your movie and TV watching experience, too.Prime Video gets you access not only to some of your favorite classic movies and TV shows, but also popular original content like "The Man in the High Castle" and "Transparent.

You'll want to find the Amazon Prime Video app on either your smart TV or your streaming device and then log into your account.

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Image of article 'How to use Microsoft Power Automate to create simple email notifications'

How to use Microsoft Power Automate to create simple email notifications

SEE: How to work from home: IT pro's guidebook to telecommuting and remote work (TechRepublic Premium) Create simple notifications with Microsoft Power Automate For the record, Power Automate is the rebranded name for Microsoft Flow.

This how-to tutorial shows you how to create and run an automated notification task using Microsoft Power Automate.

For users of Windows 10 or Office 365, simple automation can best be achieved with an online workflow service known as Microsoft Power Automate.

Simple automation in Windows 10 and Office 365 can be achieved with an online workflow service known as Microsoft Power Automate.

When you log in, you will see an extensive list of templates you can use to automate common tasks involving Windows 10 and Office 365 applications and features, as shown in Figure A. Figure A As an example, we will create an automated notification to alert us with an email when a certain item is available on Amazon.