Capcom Will Let Us Play Resident Evil Village for 60 Minutes on May 1

Apr 16, 2021 - 8:36 PM - by Reverend
Resident Evil Village is set to release on May 7, but the week before on May 1, Capcom is going to let us play an hour of the final game.

The playable demo will only be available for 24 hours and includes both the village and castle areas. It's up to the player how much time they spend in each area. However, total play time will be limited to just 60 minutes. You can select "Continue" in the demo as many times as you like as long as you are still within your allotted 60 minutes, and anyone who manages to finish the demo can replay it within the same time limit.

There's no platform restrictions and the demo will be available to play on PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Steam, and Stadia. In the US, the 24-hour period for playing begins at 8pm ET on May 1 and finishes at 8pm ET on May 2. PlayStation gamers are getting something a little extra, though.

PS4 and PS5 owners can take advantage of an "8 Hours in Village" promotion, which offers early access 30 minute demos for the village and castle. It's the same deal as the 60 minute demo limit, but split in half for each area. Importantly, this is in addition to the 60 minute demo and available earlier, too. The village demo will be available from 8pm ET on April 17 to 8pm ET on April 18. The castle demo will be available from 8pm ET on April 24 to 8pm ET on April 25.

So if you own a PlayStation, you can get two hours of demo time starting April 17, where as Xbox, Steam, and Stadia gamers can enjoy an hour on May 1. In both cases, it should be enough time to decide if you're going to purchase the game on May 7.

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Google makes it easy to jump back to the search box by pressing '/'

Apr 16, 2021 - 1:26 PM - by Reverend
Google has rolled out a new Search shortcut that can quickly help you refine the results you get. Now, when you're on a results page, you can simply press "/" to expand the search field. As noticed by 9to5Google, the tech giant has started notifying users about the new shortcut in a box at the bottom left corner, which pops up when you tap on any key in a results page.

When you use the shortcut, you'll be taken straight to the search field where the text cursor will appear next to your original query. The search field will even expand with suggestions for common searches related to the term you first typed in. That makes it ideal for use when you want to expound on your original search — say, if you want to refine the results page so that it mostly shows links to pages about the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra instead of the non-Ultra variant — though you can also use "/" for new search terms if you wish.

As 9to5Google notes, this feature joins the tab accessibility shortcut for Google Search. Pressing the tab button in a results page highlights links, so you can open websites without relying on a mouse or a trackpad.

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Microsoft is finally releasing a 64-bit version of OneDrive for Windows

Apr 09, 2021 - 8:59 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft released the first 64-bit version of Windows back in the early aughts. In 2007, it came out with OneDrive. Despite that history, the Windows release of the file-syncing app is only now making the jump to 64-bit, with Microsoft announcing a new client preview. In an announcement spotted by Windows guru Paul Thurrott, the company says the new version of OneDrive will help those who need to transfer large files or many files at the same time since 64-bit systems can access more resources than their 32-bit counterparts.

"We know this has been a long-awaited and highly requested feature, and we're thrilled to make it available for early access," the company said. "You can now download the 64-bit version for use with OneDrive work, school, and home accounts." One thing to note is the preview is currently only available on x64 installs of Windows. If you own a computer like the Surface Pro X — and therefore have Windows 10 on ARM installed on your system — you'll have to wait. Microsoft recommends you continue using the 32-bit version for the time being.

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Facebook test adds contextual 'labels' to popular pages

Apr 09, 2021 - 8:52 PM - by Reverend
Facebook has gradually started applying labels to pages in order to provide more context about their nature as part of a new experiment. Politicians' pages will be marked as "public official," for instance, while fan and satire pages will be labeled as such. You'll see the new labels when their posts appear on your News Feed, and you'll be able to expand them to read an explanation on why they're necessary. For posts by satire pages, the social network says they can appear very similar to posts from public figures or official news sources and could thereby cause confusion.

As Social Media Today notes, users are prone to take satire posts seriously, even when they're from well-know publications like The Onion. You'll often see heated responses in their comments section from people who think they're posts from actual news sources. In addition, the labels have the ability to clarify from the get-go that people are or aren't reading posts from real authorities, which could help prevent the spread of fake news on the platform.

Facebook already has a huge issue with fake news without adding misinterpreted satire posts into the mix. A study by Princeton University researchers found that it's the worst perpetrator when it comes to spreading false information. It's the referrer site for untrustworthy news sources over 15 percent of the time, they wrote in their paper, whereas Google and Twitter only led users to dubious sources 3.3 percent and 1 percent of the time, respectively.

Since Facebook has only started testing the feature, it may take some time before it can properly label posts. Further, the social network is only testing it in the US at the moment.

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Amazon Luna launches 720p option to tackle high data demands

Apr 08, 2021 - 10:39 PM - by Reverend
Amazon Luna is introducing a new 720p option for users. The new feature will allow players with limited connection speeds to more easily stream games.

Luna is Amazon’s cloud game streaming service, similar to Google Stadia. The service quietly entered early access last October and has been collecting user feedback since. The Luna team says that a 720p option was a heavily requested fan feature.

“Since Luna launched into early access, we’ve regularly heard from customers on what they’re enjoying as well as areas where we can improve their experience,” says Luna. “One of the most requested features is the ability to play at lower resolutions to match unique internet connection speeds and bandwidth demands.”

The update allows players to drop their game resolution down, which would require less bandwidth and data. Luna specifically noted that the update is meant to help users with data cap limitations.

The option is currently available in the Settings tab in Luna. Subscribers can select 720p. Luna estimates that the resolution will consume 5GB/hour. By comparison, the 1080p tier uses 10GB of data an hour, while 4K demands 23GB/hour.

Luna says it will continue taking user feedback and making changes to the service during its early access period.

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FrostWire 6.9.3

Apr 08, 2021 - 9:51 PM - by Reverend
FrostWire is a free, open source BitTorrent client, first released as a fork of LimeWire. In version 5, Gnutella support was dropped entirely, and now FrostWire only uses the BitTorrent network.

FrostWire 6.9.3

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