Games for Xbox with Gold for May offers Warhammer action RPG, Overlord 2

Xbox Live Gold subscribers and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members will get four free games in May as part of the Xbox Games with Gold program.

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Xbox Live Gold subscribers and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members will get four free games in May as part of the Xbox Games with Gold program. Next month’s games will roll out on May 1 with racing game V-Rally 4 for Xbox One and retro soccer sim Sensible World of Soccer for Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Coming later are a pair of action-role-playing games: Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr and Overlord 2. Here’s the full rundown of May 2020’s Games with Gold titles:

  • V-Rally 4 ($59.99 ERP): Available May 1 to 31 on Xbox One
  • Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr ($39.99 ERP): Available May 16 to June 15 on Xbox One
  • Sensible World of Soccer ($9.99 ERP): Available May 1 to 15 on Xbox One & Xbox 360
  • Overlord 2 ($9.99 ERP): Available May 16 to 31 on Xbox One & Xbox 360

Three of April’s Xbox Games with Gold titles are still available to download: Project CARS 2, the Knights of Pen and Paper Bundle, and Toybox Turbos.

Source: Polygon

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WhatsApp beta for android update hints integration with facebook messenger

WhatsApp beta for Android update 2.20.139 may have given us the first sign of its integration with Facebook messenger. The update shows that WhatsApp has been working on integrating the newly-launched Messenger Room within the app.

WhatsApp beta for Android version 2.20.139 shows that the company is experimenting with a feature that adds a shortcut to Messenger to create a Room.

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WhatsApp beta for Android update 2.20.139 may have given us the first sign of its integration with Facebook messenger. The update shows that WhatsApp has been working on integrating the newly-launched Messenger Room within the app.

Last year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had announced that the company is working on unifying its apps and integrating the features. During the announcement of Messenger Rooms, the company said that the group video calls can soon be started and shared on WhatsApp and Instagram.

WhatsApp beta for Android version 2.20.139 shows that the company is experimenting with a feature that adds a shortcut to Messenger to create a Room. This new shortcut will be available in the chat/ group share sheet, reported WABetaInfo.

When the user creates a Room, WhatsApp shows a message indicating that the Room will be created in Messenger and the user can send a link to group video chat anyone, even if they do not have WhatsApp or Messenger. The same option will be added to the ‘Calls’ tab inside WhatsApp.

The report notes that the feature is currently being tested internally and is expected to be rolled out soon to beta users, followed by a stable release for the public.

Source: Money Control

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MIUI 12 launched with visual redesign, Dark Mode 2.0, much more

Xiaomi has now revealed that after half a year of testing, the AI ​​phone assistant has answered 4 million calls for closed beta users. With MIUI 12, Xiaomi has officially upgraded the AI phone assistant to a feature called “AI Calling.” With it, users will be able to customize the language in which they want their calls to be answered.

miui 12 logo

Xiaomi has announced a new version of its Android skin MIUI. Succeeding MIUI 11, the latest MIUI 12 software will bring a number of UI and visual improvements to eligible Xiaomi phones. It also gets new features such as a revamped dark mode, improved privacy and security tools, new animations, new wallpapers, and much more.

At its MIUI 12 reveal event, Xiaomi also noted that MIUI now has 310 million monthly active users and that the latest version is the first mobile operating system that has passed TÜV Rheinland’s “Android System Enhanced Privacy Protection Test.”

Let’s break down all the new features of MIUI 12 along with details about phones eligible to receive the update.

MIUI 12 features

MIUI Dark Mode 2.0

miui 12 dark mode

The new Dark Mode 2.0 on MIUI 12 will bring wallpaper dimming to Xiaomi phones. The feature will work in tandem with the time of day and will gradually dim the wallpaper as daylight changes to night time.

Xiaomi is also tweaking the way text is displayed as users switch between light and dark modes. In MIUI 12, the phone will automatically adjust the weight and boldness of the font to reduce glare when the dark mode is turned on. Font contrast will also be adjusted depending on the user’s ambient environment. This should vastly improve legibility of text in low-lit conditions.

MIUI Sensory Visual Design

miui sensory visual design

In MIUI12, Xiaomi has visualized the core system information, allowing you to see the status of the system at a glance. Xiaomi is calling this the new “Sensory Visual Design.” What this basically means is that now when you visit the Settings page on your phone or check out things like storage availability, you will see the system information presented in the form of graphs and visual diagrams, making it easier to understand and consume. You can see examples of Xiaomi’s new design in the images above.

MIUI Super Wallpapers

new wallpapers which are launched in xiaomis next update

Xiaomi has also introduced “Super Wallpapers” with MIUI 12. The company has created high-precision animated 3D models of Mars and Earth based on available space exploration data. You will be able to set these Super Wallpapers on both your locked and unlocked phone screens. When the dark mode is turned on, the planet chosen by you for the wallpaper will also enter night time, thereby enhancing your visual experience.

New animations

Xiaomi has focused a lot on visual redesign when it comes to MIUI 12. The new skin will bring realistic weather animations and show real-time weather changes displayed in the form of a time-lapse movie on your screen.

The animation of app icons also gets a refresh. App icons will now generate real-time feedback based on your gestures. Xiaomi says changes in gesture direction and speed will cause application icons to react differently.

For instance, when you delete an application, the ripple animation will also affect the surrounding app icons.

In other areas, you’ll notice new animations for screen rotation, opening and closing apps, and more.

New gestures

MIUI 12 also brings some new gestures to your phones. For instance, you will be able to swipe down on the notifications panel to interact with a notification without having to abandon what you’re doing. You can also slide down on the notification panel to expand it into a small window, which you can then freely drag around the screen for a split-screen effect.

MIUI 12 AI calling

miui ai calling feature

Xiaomi has been training its AI assistant — Xiao AI — to answer calls for users since last year. It’s similar to Google’s Call Screening feature which was introduced with the Pixel 3.

Xiaomi has now revealed that after half a year of testing, the AI ​​phone assistant has answered 4 million calls for closed beta users. With MIUI 12, Xiaomi has officially upgraded the AI phone assistant to a feature called “AI Calling.” With it, users will be able to customize the language in which they want their calls to be answered. They will also be able to switch between automatic or manual call answering. However, it’s unclear right now if the feature will roll out to users outside of China.

Enhanced privacy

MIUI 12 also brings enhanced privacy features to Xiaomi phones. For instance, you can now choose to grant permissions to apps only once or only while you’re using them. Permissions will be revoked once you’re done using an app. For apps that don’t clarify the use of permissions on your phone, the “Always Allow” option will not be provided.

MIUI 12 will also help users keep track of app behavior. You will be able to view a record of how an app behaves on your phone, the information it collects, the other applications it uses, etc, all in one place.

Photo sharing will also be safer. Xiaomi says sensitive information such as device details will be removed from image files before you share them with anyone.


MIUI 12 release date and availability

Xiaomi says that it’ll start rolling out the stable version of MIUI 12 by the end of June, 2020. Meanwhile, it’ll open the beta testing program in China today at 6AM ET.


Eligible MIUI 12 update phones

The Xiaomi and Redmi phones eligible to receive the stable MIUI 12 update starting June include the following devices:

First batch

Second batch

Third batch

  • Mi Mix 2
  • Redmi 8, 8A
  • Redmi 7, 7A
  • Mi CC9, CC9 Pro, CC9e

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Source: Android Authority

Canon EOS R5 DSLR: Every new feature you should know

Canon has finally thrown some light on the feature and design aspect of its much-anticipated camera EOS R5. Canon believes the all-new Canon EOS R5 is one of its most significant cameras after its full-frame Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Through a live-streaming press event, the camera maker has highlighted the details of the camera and also explained why they believe the upcoming DSLR can do spectacularly well once it hits the market.

Canon has finally thrown some light on the feature and design aspect of its much-anticipated camera EOS R5. Canon believes the all-new Canon EOS R5 is one of its most significant cameras after its full-frame Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Through a live-streaming press event, the camera maker has highlighted the details of the camera and also explained why they believe the upcoming DSLR can do spectacularly well once it hits the market.

canon eos r5 first look

Canon EOS R5 could record videos in 8K resolution

As explained in the live streaming event, the upcoming Canon EOS R5 would be capable of recording 8K resolution videos at 30 frame-per-second in 4:2:2 10-bit C-Log and HDR PQ. The much-anticipated camera would also be capable of recording 4K videos as well at 120 frame-pre-second in 4:2:2 10-bit C-Log and HDR PQ to keep action photographers happy. The upcoming camera could also record 4K videos at 60 frame-per-second over HDMI.

The camera maker explained, the Canon EOS R5 would utilise the full width of the sensor and won’t crop while recording any video at 8K or 4K resolution. The camera would also utilise the dual pixel CMOS AF while recording any high-resolution video in 8K or 4K resolution. Photographers can also avail of the C-Log while using the camera in 8K and 4K internal recording modes.

For the action photographers

Besides, the Canon EOS R5 would utilise optical image stabilisation and 5-axis in-body image stabilisation with the RF and EF based lenses. For users’ convenience, the camera would also sport a dual card slot which would be capable of holding a CFexpress and an SD UHS-II card.

Canon has remained tight-lipped regarding the availability or the price of EOS R5. The company has also remained silent regarding the sensor size and other details of the camera. But according to earlier leaks, the Canon EOS R5 is expected to come with a compact design in contrast to other popular video cameras in the market. The Canon EOS R5 is expected to hit the shelves before the festive season this year.

Source: International Business Times

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After COVID-19 Lockdown Ends : Don’t Do These Things

Everyone is eagerly waiting for the lockdown to end and get back to their usual routine. Many of you may have already started making plans about what you will do once Lockdown is lifted. But make sure these things are not on the list.

Everyone is eagerly waiting for the lockdown to end and get back to their usual routine. Many of you may have already started making plans about what you will do once Lockdown is lifted. But make sure these things are not on the list.

people wearing masks at the time before lockdown started

India’s second phase of lockdown, which became effective from April 15, has entered the 6th day today. On the last day of the first 21-day lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the extension of the movement restriction till May 3, considering the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the country. While lockdown is crucial to contain the spread of the deadly virus, it has greatly affected the normal life of people. Some countries and even some states in India have started lockdown relaxation to a certain extent.

Meanwhile, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Sunday said that lifting of lockdown restrictions should be done in a phase process. Speaking at the Group of 20 (G20) Health Ministers virtual meeting from Geneva, the WHO chief stated that lifting lockdown restrictions for COVID-19 is not the end of the epidemic, it’s just the beginning of the next phase.  He said that it’s vital in this next phase that countries educate, engage and empower their people to prevent and respond rapidly to any resurgence, a news agency reported.

Things Not To Do When COVID-19 Lockdown Ends

People are getting restless as they remain stuck at home for days. Now everyone is eagerly waiting for the lockdown to end and get back to their usual routine. Many of you may have already started making plans about what you will do once restrictions are lifted. Parties, travel, shopping – these things could be in your to-do list. But hold on, it won’t be a good idea to rush on your plans. The novel coronavirus may have a long-term effect and the danger might be lurking somewhere unknown to us even after the cases subside. Considering the risk, we have compiled a list of things that you should not do when coronavirus quarantine or lockdown ends.

Don’t Throw A Party At Home Or Hit The Bars

We know you are excited to meet your friends and celebrate your friendship over drinks and delicious meals. But not so fast. Throwing a party at home or hitting the bars when they reopen means too many people in a room, which may give any lingering coronavirus on an asymptomatic host the opportunity to infect others. Remember COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus.

Don’t Stop Washing Your Hands

Continue to practice hand hygiene, because lockdown relaxation doesn’t necessarily mean that the novel coronavirus outbreak is over. Even after the pandemic ends and eventually a vaccine arrives, don’t break the good hand-washing habit that you’ve acquired during this time. This will help minimize your risk for acquiring many other illnesses in future.

Don’t Immediately Visit Senior Citizens after Lockdown Ends

Even when the quarantine ends, maintain physical distancing from the senior citizens and immunocompromised persons. They are the people who are most likely to develop complications if they do acquire COVID-19. So, keeping a healthy distance is still the best way to keep them safe.

Don’t Plan A Vacation Yet

It was the international movement of people that led to the COVID-19 outbreak turning into a pandemic through person-to-person transmission. If unfortunately, it reoccurs, you will end up finding yourself quarantined in a foreign land.

Don’t Throw Away Your Homemade Face Masks after Lockdown

We can’t say what lies in the future. If the coronavirus hits back or another deadly viral outbreak happens, you may need those homemade face masks.

Source: The HealthSite.com

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Corona Virus controversy : China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology

Nestled in the hilly outskirts of Wuhan, the city at the heart of the corona virus crisis, a Chinese high-security bio safety laboratory is now the subject of US claims it may be the cradle of the pandemic.

The institute is home to the China Centre for Virus Culture Collection, the largest virus bank in Asia which preserves more than 1,500 strains, according to its website

virus leak lab named as wuhan institute of virology

Nestled in the hilly outskirts of Wuhan, the city at the heart of the corona virus crisis, a Chinese high-security bio safety laboratory is now the subject of US claims it may be the cradle of the pandemic.

Chinese scientists have said the virus likely jumped from an animal to humans in a market that sold wildlife in Wuhan, but the existence of the lab has fuelled conspiracy theories that the germ spread from the facility.

The United States has now brought the allegations into the mainstream, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying US officials are doing a “full investigation” into how the virus “got out into the world”.

Here are some key questions about the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV):

What is it ?

The institute is home to the China Centre for Virus Culture Collection, the largest virus bank in Asia which preserves more than 1,500 strains, according to its website.

The complex contains Asia’s first maximum security lab equipped to handle Class 4 pathogens (P4) — dangerous viruses that pose a high risk of person-to-person transmission, such as Ebola.

The 300-million-yuan ($42 million) lab was completed in 2015, and finally opened in 2018, with the founder of a French bioindustrial firm, Alain Merieux, acting as a consultant in its construction.

The institute also has a P3 laboratory that has been in operation since 2012.

The 3,000-square-metre (32,000-square-foot) P4 lab, located in a square building with a cylindrical annex, lies near a pond at the foot of a forested hill in Wuhan’s remote outskirts.

On a recent visit, AFP saw no sign of activity inside.

A poster outside the complex read, “Strong Prevention and Control, Don’t Panic, Listen to Official Announcements, Believe in Science, Don’t Spread Rumours”.

Is it the source of the corona virus ?

Pompeo said Friday that Chinese authorities themselves, when they started investigating the virus, “considered whether the WIV was, in fact, the place where this came from”.

“We know they’ve not permitted the world’s scientists to go into that laboratory to evaluate what took place there, what’s happening there, what’s happening there even as we speak,” he said in a radio interview.

The Washington Post and Fox News both quoted anonymous sources who voiced concern that the virus may have come — accidentally — from the facility.

US diplomatic cables seen by The Washington Post revealed that officials were especially concerned about inadequate safety standards related to researchers’ handling of SARS-like bat coronaviruses in the high-security lab.

Fox News said the pandemic’s “patient zero” may have been infected by a strain of bat virus being studied at the facility that somehow got into the population in Wuhan.

Various conspiracy theories about the alleged origin of the coronavirus in the lab have flourished online.

The institute declined to comment on Friday, but it released a statement in February dismissing the rumours.

It said it received samples of the then-unknown virus on December 30, determined the viral genome sequence on January 2 and submitted information on the pathogen to the World Health Organization on January 11.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian on Friday rejected allegations that the lab was responsible for the outbreak.

“A discerning person will understand at a glance that the purpose is to create confusion, divert public attention, and shirk their responsibility,” said Zhao, who himself promoted conspiracy theories the US army may have brought the virus to China.

What do scientists know about the virus ?

Scientists believe the virus originated in bats before being passed to humans through an intermediary species — possibly the endangered pangolin, whose scales are illegally trafficked in China for traditional medicine.

But a study by a group of Chinese scientists published in The Lancet in January revealed that the first COVID-19 patient had no connection to Wuhan’s infamous animal market, and neither did 13 of the first 41 confirmed cases.

Institute researcher Shi Zhengli, one of China’s leading experts on bat coronaviruses and the deputy director of the P4 lab, was part of the team that published the first study to suggest that SARS-CoV-2 came from bats.

In an interview with Scientific American, Shi said the SARS-CoV-2 genome sequence did not match any of the bat coronaviruses her laboratory had previously collected and studied.

Filippa Lentzos, biosecurity researcher at King’s College London, said while there is currently no proof for the lab accident theory, there is also “no real evidence” that the virus came from the wet market.

“For me, the pandemic origin is still an open question,” Lentzos told AFP.

There are some indications “that could point to a potential lab accident from basic scientific research”, she said.

“But all of this needs considerable investigation for anyone to say anything with any certainty on the pandemic origins.”

David Heymann, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, also said there was no evidence about its origin but it is “closely related to a bat virus”.

“There are many theories of how humans could’ve been infected, and I don’t think any of them are able to be substantiated at present.”

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.

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Sony PS5 Release plans changed due to effect of COVID-19

The PS5 will launch in a reduced capacity, when compared to the PS4’s launch, later this year due to the impact of COVID-19.That’s according to a new report from Bloomberg, which claims Sony has apparently told its manufacturing partners that it expects to produce “5 to 6 million units [of the PS5] in the fiscal year ending March 2021”. For comparison, the PS4 sold 7.5 million units in its first two quarters alone.

New Sony PS5 report suggests PlayStation limiting day one stock due to the unfolding situation around coronavirus

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The Sony PS5 will launch in a reduced capacity, when compared to the PS4’s launch, later this year due to the impact of COVID-19.

That’s according to a new report from Bloomberg, which claims that Sony has apparently told its manufacturing partners that it expects to produce “5 to 6 million units [of the PS5] in the fiscal year ending March 2021”. For comparison, the PS4 sold 7.5 million units in its first two quarters alone.

The report also states that COVID-19 has impacted PlayStation’s marketing plans for the PS5, as Sony’s original plans for a grander PS5 reveal event may be ditched “due to infection fears” and current lockdown measures in place around the globe.

Citing multiple sources within Sony, Bloomberg’s new article suggests the PS5 price could additionally be higher than expected at launch, between $499 to $549, as a result of both its hefty specs and limited stock. 

What does this mean for you? Well, the good news is that Sony looks to be sticking to its Holiday 2020 release date as firmly as possible, which means a PS5 delay could be off the cards. However, this latest insight suggests you’ll need to be willing to invest heavily for your day one unit in terms of both your money and time spent guaranteeing a pre-order, with a little bit of luck likely needed in addition. 

Hopefully, we’ll hear something more official from Sony soon, though PlayStation did only reveal the Sony PS5 controller last week. 

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