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Facebook adds 'quiet mode' to help you manage screen time

Apr 10, 2020 - 1:43 PM - by Reverend
Facebook is making it easier to take a break from its app and the notifications that come with it. The company is launching a new “quiet mode” feature in an effort to help users spend less time in the app.

With the feature, you can set a schedule for when you want Facebook to be available and when you want the app to be “quiet.” When quiet mode is enabled, the app mutes incoming notifications and, much like Apple’s Screen Time controls, will discourage users from launching the app. If you try to open the app while quiet mode is enabled, you’ll get a reminder, along with a timer, though you can opt to disable or bypass the feature for 15 minutes.

Quiet mode builds on the time management tools the company launched in 2018. That tool allowed users to set limits on time spent in the app, as well as the ability to mute notifications for short periods of time.

With the introduction of quiet mode, Facebook is also making more detailed usage statistics available. You’ll now be able to see details for two-week periods, and get breakdowns of time spent during the day and at night.

Facebook is billing the new features as a mental health resource for those who may be struggling to cope with isolation during the coronavirus pandemic. The company also announced that it’s adding mental health resources to its coronavirus information hub, and that it’s making a $2 million donation to crisis helplines around the world.

Quiet mode is rolling out now, but it could still be a few weeks before it’s live for everyone. Facebook says it expects the feature to be live for all iOS users by May with a full Android rollout expected by June.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare & Warzone - Season 3 Trailer

Apr 08, 2020 - 3:54 PM - by Reverend
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WhatsApp limits forwarding of messages to try to slow coronavirus misinformation

Apr 08, 2020 - 3:47 PM - by Reverend
The messaging service WhatsApp said Tuesday that it is limiting the use of a feature that allows users to forward messages, a significant change for a popular feature that has also been used to spread misinformation and bad medical advice about the coronavirus.

The Facebook-owned smartphone app said in a blog post that once a message has been forwarded from one user to another more than five times, anyone getting the message will be able to send it along to only one other person or chat group.

The change will help “keep conversations intimate,” WhatsApp said in the blog post.

“Is all forwarding bad? Certainly not,” it said, mentioning funny memes and efforts to organize public support for health care workers as positive uses of forwarding.

The company said, however, that it has “seen a significant increase in the amount of forwarding which users have told us can feel overwhelming and can contribute to the spread of misinformation. We believe it’s important to slow the spread of these messages down to keep WhatsApp a place for personal conversation.”

It’s yet another sign that Facebook and tech companies more broadly are taking unusual steps to try to weed out false information during the global coronavirus pandemic, a sharp contrast from their once-held position that they were neutral platforms that didn’t put their thumb on the scales of public debate.

WhatsApp is among the most popular messaging services in the world with more than 2 billion users.

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Amazon Delays Game Streaming Service, 2021 Debut Likely

Apr 06, 2020 - 8:28 PM - by Reverend
Amazon might not introduce its long-rumored game streaming service in 2020, the New York Times reports. Since the coronavirus continues spreading in several parts of the world, Amazon has reportedly decided to hold off on announcing the platform.

It'll now aim to announce 'Project Tempo' in 2021. Project Tempo, like other game streaming services, should replicate entire games to users through cloud computing. Amazon Web Services dominates the cloud infrastructure market, and thus it's not a serious challenge for Amazon to build this platform. It's just a matter of Amazon tweaking its hardware to withstand the graphical demands of high-end games.

Last year, reports suggested that Amazon wanted to offer its platform through media players such as the Fire TV Stick and the Fire TV Cube. Amazon could also roll out a Project Tempo app for iOS, Android, and PCs. Twitch, which Amazon acquired in 2014, should earn an integral spot with Project Tempo and allow gamers to easily watch others or join together in multiplayer titles through minimal load times.

Stadia, GeForce Now, and xCloud exist as cloud-based platforms that gamers can try out today. Amazon might attract some users due to its name, but Project Tempo needs to offer a well-respected catalog of games in addition to reliable experience. It can't roll out a handful of unproven in-house titles and expect gamers to sign up. Without question, Amazon needs to ensure outside publishers and developers support Project Tempo as well.

Amazon plans to release a duo of games this spring. Crucible arrives in May as a science-fiction shooter, and New World joins it the same month. Based on its trailer, New World appears to be an open-world MMORPG featuring large-scale PvP combat. Both games tap into Amazon Game Studios' custom Lumberyard engine.

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WinRAR 5.90

Apr 03, 2020 - 8:42 PM - by Reverend
WinRAR is a powerful archive manager. It can backup your data and reduce size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP and other files downloaded from Internet and create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format.

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Amazon Workers Get Face Masks and Temperature Checks Next Week

Apr 03, 2020 - 8:36 PM - by Reverend
Next week, Amazon is set to introduce better protection for workers in its warehouses and at Whole Foods stores. It follows Jeff Bezos admitting last month that it didn't have enough face masks for workers.

As Reuters reports, Amazon will make face masks available for all warehouse workers (in the US and Europe) and employees at Whole Foods stores starting early next week. Just as importantly, no-contact forehead thermometers will be used at each site to test workers as they arrive for work. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will be automatically sent home. Amazon will only let them return if "they pass three days without fever."

Anyone deemed fit enough to work will be monitored inside Amazon's facilities using a combination of cameras and machine learning. Amazon is doing this to see if workers are remaining a safe distance apart from each other, but it's unclear what will happen if they are unable to.

The masks workers will wear are surgical masks, not the N95 masks that are in such high demand right now. Amazon is donating any N95 masks it already has or receives in orders to health workers, or will sell them to the government at cost. Apparently millions have been ordered by the company, meaning Amazon could end playing an essential role in supplying medical staff with the masks they need to avoid catching COVID-19.
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The combination of masks, monitoring, and temperature checks should have a big impact on reducing the rate of infections among Amazon's employees. It follows multiple cases of coronavirus infections at Amazon's delivery stations and warehouses in the US.

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