Tom Clancy’s XDefiant Announced

Jul 20, 2021 - 10:09 PM - by Reverend
Tom Clancy’s XDefiant is a free-to-play multiplayer competitive shooter coming to PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Ubisoft Connect, Luna, and Stadia, with full cross-play available at launch. XDefiant brings together multiple Clancy franchises to form a roster of customizable characters, known as Defiants, for players to choose from. At launch, XDefiant will feature four factions: the Wolves (Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon), Echelon (Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell), and the Outcasts and Cleaners (Tom Clancy’s The Division). Matches will take place across a variety of maps featuring 6v6 arena battles and objective-based game modes like Team Deathmatch, Domination, and Escort.

Defiants can be personalized to match playstyles; when a round begins, players can choose a faction with unique traits, abilities and ultra before arming their Defiant with primary and secondary weapons, attachments, and a device to complete their loadout. Loadouts can be altered while respawning, so players can adapt to what their enemies is doing and try to gain the upper hand.

While abilities, traits, and ultras can provide useful advantages against your competition, there’s no replacement for solid shooting skills, and the team at Ubisoft San Francisco, led by Executive Producer Mark Rubin and Creative Director Jason Schroeder, are making sure that XDefiant’s gameplay is focused first and foremost on gunplay.

Those looking to play the game as soon as possible can register now at for a chance to play early. PC players in the US and Canada will have their first opportunity on August 5, while tests in other regions will roll out afterwards.

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YouTube adds money-making feature to attract creators

Jul 20, 2021 - 9:55 PM - by Reverend
YouTube on Tuesday launched a new way for video creators to earn money from fans through a feature called Super Thanks, as the Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) streaming service looks to attract more content makers.

The feature, a fourth way for YouTubers to earn money from their viewers, comes as competing platforms like short-form video app TikTok and Facebook's Instagram are investing heavily to court creators filming viral videos.

Fans can purchase Super Thanks at four price points, from $2 to $50, as a way to express gratitude and support their favorite YouTube channels, the company said in a statement.

After a purchase on a video page, a highlighted comment will appear in the comment section, allowing the creator to respond to the fan's gift with a comment.

The feature is available to thousands of creators in 68 countries, and will expand to all eligible creators in YouTube's partner program.

Fans have been able to pay for exclusive content through channel memberships. Viewers on a livestreamed YouTube video can also pay for Super Chats to pin their comments to the top of the comment section.

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Instagram users can now control how much sensitive content they see

Jul 20, 2021 - 9:51 PM - by Reverend
Instagram is making it easier for users to control how much sensitive content they see when browsing the app's Explore page.

The social media platform on Tuesday launched a new tool called "Sensitive Content Control," which gives users the option to dial up or down the amount of potentially objectionable content that appears in Explore, the section where the app surfaces posts from accounts users don't follow.

Previously, Instagram had relied on a set of recommendation guidelines to ensure users didn't see potentially upsetting or offensive content in Explore. With the new tool, users can choose to keep the default setting, which is to see a limited amount of sensitive content, or further reduce the amount of such content they are shown. Those over the age of 18 will also have the option to allow any and all posts deemed sensitive in nature.

While Instagram's content moderation policy bans certain types of problematic content, including hate speech and harassment, this new "sensitive content" option relates to posts that some users might take offense to, such as those of a sexual or violent nature, but that don't necessarily violate the app's content rules.

"We recognize that everybody has different preferences for what they want to see in Explore, and this control will give people more choice over what they see," Instagram parent company Facebook said in a release.

This tweak comes as Instagram and other social networks attempt to address concerns about content moderation and the well-being of users. Instagram has recently rolled out the option to hide likes and the ability for users to restrict certain followers from interacting with their accounts. And Facebook is currently battling criticism for failing to prevent the spread of certain other types of... [Read More]
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WhatsApp now lets you join group calls that already started

Jul 20, 2021 - 9:48 PM - by Reverend
In a blog post on Monday, WhatsApp officially announced joinable calls, a feature that allows users to hop onto group calls even if they have already started. If you missed an incoming group call or ignored it, WhatsApp now shows a “Tap to join” banner in the Calls tab to let you quickly join it (as long as the call is still going on). Moreover, users can also drop off and rejoin an ongoing group call, much like Google Meet and Zoom calls.

The incoming call UI for group calls has also been updated. Instead of the red decline button, there’s a new “Ignore” button, and a “Join” button has replaced the green receiving button. The new UI also shows you who has already joined the call and who has been invited but hasn’t joined yet.

Joinable calls with the new calling UI are rolling out to WhatsApp users starting today. Both these improvements are already live in the latest version of WhatsApp beta and will soon be making their way to the stable version.

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Microsoft rolls out Windows 11 update with Teams chat built in

Jul 20, 2021 - 9:38 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft on Tuesday said it’s rolling out a Windows 11 update that includes its Chat feature for talking with friends and family members over Microsoft Teams. People who are already testing Windows 11 through the Windows Insider program will be able to try the Chat software before Windows 11 becomes generally available for everyone later this year.

The addition of the component into Windows could bring greater adoption of Teams, which became more popular during the coronavirus pandemic. If more people use Teams, the software could become a more valuable asset in the Office suite, which is currently the largest part of Microsoft’s business.

People can access the Chat feature by entering the keyboard shortcut Win-C (formerly the shortcut for accessing the Cortana virtual assistant) from any screen in Windows 11, Brandon LeBlanc, a Microsoft senior program manager, wrote in a blog post. An icon is also available in the task bar. Once the Chat window is open, it’s possible to open the full-fledged Microsoft Teams app, which has been redesigned for Windows 11.

Initially, users will only be available to participate in individual and group chats. Support for voice and video calls and other features will come later, LeBlanc wrote, and so far Chat has only been localized for devices using the English language and configured to the U.S. It’s only being rolled out to a limited set of Insiders so far.

Not everyone has to be on Teams in order to exchange messages with people using Chat in Windows 11. If a person using Chat sends a message to a person who’s not on Teams, the recipient will get the message in an email or an SMS message, and Microsoft will provide an option to join Teams, LeBlanc wrote. And it’s possible to sync Skype and Outlook... [Read More]
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Microsoft is bringing back Clippy

Jul 15, 2021 - 10:13 PM - by Reverend
Clippy hasn't had an easy life. Microsoft's iconic but polarizing virtual assistant first appeared in Windows 97 as a small paper clip to help Microsoft Office users. It was given the boot by Office 2007.

Earlier this year, it resurfaced for one day as an animated sticker in Microsoft Teams before the company shut that down.

Now, ahead of World Emoji Day on Saturday, Microsoft is announcing plans to replace its standard paperclip emoji with an image of big-eyed, happy helper Clippy. The move is part of a broader refresh of 1,800 emojis across all Microsoft apps and services, which will roll out later this year.

"When we looked at redesigning the paper clip, we thought, 'How could you not?" Claire Anderson, Microsoft's art director known internally as its emoji-ologist, told CNN Business. "It's a way of honoring where we've come from as we also look at a new tech style. .. But like most nostalgic things, we know Clippy can be polarizing."

Microsoft teased the return of Clippy in a tweet Wednesday. The company promised -- or "threatened," as some tech publications put it -- that if it received 20,000 Likes, it would replace the paperclip emoji in Microsoft 365 with Clippy.

Microsoft has been working on an emojis refresh for the past year, choosing 3D designs over 2D and opting to animate the majority of them. The move is in line with it's new design language, Fluent, which the company calls brighter, vibrant and more human. "We want the design to uplift and make people happy," Anderson said.

It's also adding five new emojis to capture the many moods and challenges of working from home: a "you're on mute" emoji, an image of someone multitasking with their arms going everywhere, a "business on top and pyjamas on bottom" emoji, someone with a... [Read More]
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