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The latest Fortnite update has not only added some spooky goodies for players but has also added a whole host of new features to the game including leaderboards, seasons and the much-awaited customisations of characters to the Battle Royale mode.
The patch has also added voice chat for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the PC version had received it earlier. After some issues with input latency on both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, Epic Games has greatly tried to reduce this to help ensure players have as smooth an experience as possible. This should help make controls feel a lot more responsive and should help in close quarter battles especially.
The biggest update which most users will have been wanting since the game was released is the release of the Leaderboards. The leaderboard has been split up so that players can see how they rank against their division and their friends. Players will be randomly assigned to a division which consists of 50 active players and will be reassigned every week. Each match type (Solo, Duos & Squads) have been given their own separate division and leaderboard.
Season Levels have also been added to Fortnite Battle Royale to give a feeling of progression in the game. This will allow players to level up their character and be rewarded with in-game season content. Daily challenges have been included to allow you to progress even faster through levels.
The full patch note can be found here: Epic Games Patch Notes for Fortnite Update 1.8
Today, I am going to share earning money as an Amazon affiliate. Earn around $3000-$4000 every month from affiliate marketing, and there are hundreds of Amazon affiliates who are earning more.
I haven’t seen a very good guide that covers those basic and crucial things which will help you to make money as soon as possible, so here’s my shot at doing that.
For reference, here is my Jan. 2017 income report from the Amazon.com affiliate marketing program (Amazon Associates):
Sure, it takes a lot of time and dedication to make a blog successful, but what if you don’t know what you need to do to get this affiliate marketing thing to work? You will work really hard at doing the wrong things.
Here I have brought you some of the best tips on Amazon affiliate marketing that you won’t find anywhere else. And most importantly, these tips actually work.
If you are a newbie and don’t know what I’m talking about, let’s start with this…
What is Amazon Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate marketing is simply promoting products of other companies who pay you a commission every time a sale is made through your link.
Amazon affiliate marketing is the same. In fact, Amazon associate is the mother of affiliate marketing programs, and in my opinion, is the most reliable solution for earning money online.
Amazon has different branches all over the world and you will find a variety of products like books, electronics, household items, software, etc. This makes it a perfect merchant for all niches.
What niche should you choose and how to find whether it’s profitable or not?
Choosing a profitable, low competition niche is quite difficult even for many established bloggers. And for newbies, they may have virtually no idea how to find one.
But as Amazon has a vast variety of products, it’s actually pretty simple.
Here are a few points you should consider before choosing a niche:
Make sure you have an interest in the niche you want to promote on your blog.
When I started my first blog in Feb. 2015, I didn’t do any research, but I was fond of gaming and computer parts. So, I just started my website on that. I had no idea about writing good articles and doing keyword research, and I made a lot of deadly mistakes that caused me to delete my whole blog multiple times.
But as my interest kept me writing articles on the niche, I stayed positive. If I had started writing on fashion design, simply because it’s a profitable niche, surely I would have failed miserably because of my lack of knowledge and interest.
But what if you have knowledge in a field that doesn’t have a product sold on Amazon?
Well, that’s a problem.
When I made my first blog successful, I started another Amazon-based website that was related to furniture. I don’t know anything about this niche, but money is my motivation here.
When you find a profitable niche, then you will automatically start writing on products you don’t even like. But because you’ve learned that you like blogging, you can learn how to overlook the lack of interest in the niche.
This will make you more knowledgeable in that field as well as help you earn more money.
But this is not recommended for newbies. The trick here is discipline. It’s better to give this one a shot after you’ve already built up a successful blog around a niche you like, otherwise, as pointed out above, you will fail miserably.
Some good niches you can try right now are:
Automotive parts Home decoration Any sports niche like water sports, skating, or winter sports
Note that every niche will have some competition, but these niches are not so saturated at the moment.
How To Rank Faster In These Niches
Ranking is getting tougher as bloggers are emerging in every field every day. Know that it can take several months when you do SEO with white hat techniques (i.e. “legal” SEO practices), but Google will eventually trust your site more than other sites. So keep your site clean and make great content.
1. Produce content from reviews, not from product descriptions.
To rank faster, you need to produce quality content.
To do that, you can’t just re-write the description from Amazon’s product page.
Instead, you should read the customer reviews and use them to elaborate on your points.
If you do this, people will trust you more as you are listing the pros as well as the cons. But be sure you always choose products with many reviews (especially those with 4-star ratings and above).
2. Update Regularly.
The second step to ranking faster is to continuously update.
You need to update every article at least once a month. Read: Why you must edit old posts.
And yes, it’s a headache, but it really works.
A lot of my competitors are confused why I am ranking above them, even though I don’t have too many dofollow links and I have a much lower PA and DA.
They don’t realize that there are several other factors that increase Google ranking.
For instance, if you get backlinks from relevant niche sites, then that counts as a ranking factor in the eyes of Google much better than getting backlinks from sites in a completely different niche. Even if your link is nofollow, it will still help you in ranking faster because Google doesn’t ignore it completely.
Updating your content regularly and fetching it with Google search console will make the Google bots crawl your post again and again. When you change or add some content, Google gives it priority over those that aren’t updated regularly.
Note: When you update your content, also make sure that you change the date/time of update.
3. Use links with the keyword.
The third tip is to use the exact keyword in your URL which you are going to target.
I have seen that the URLs which have the exact keyword without alteration tend to rank higher than the others. And this is one of the strategies I use to rank my sites above my competitors.
Yes, some of my links may be long, but they contain the exact keyword, and this method helps me consistently rank higher. But at the same time, make sure that if you are going to update the article with some new products, you should not include the specific name of any product in your URL.
How To Increase The Conversion Rate
If you think that changing colors of ‘Buy’ links or optimizing images doesn’t affect the conversion rate, then think about every successful online business out there.
Why are colors like red and blue the most widely used colors in ‘Buy’ buttons?
Why don’t people use pink or gray?
When I first used black for my buttons, I got half the amount of clicks as I did with blue and red.
Not only that, even the size of these buttons matter. The button size should not be too small so that a reader can’t see and not too large to fill up the whole width of your page. Instead, use a size somewhere between 200-400 pixels.
Now, experiment by changing the colors around. Blue and red tend to have the most dramatic effects on CTR.
‘Buy’ buttons should not be the only place with links.
You must use the affiliate links in images and text as well.
Remember that when you use a product name in a paragraph, put a link in that particular product name which should redirect them through your Amazon affiliate link.
Be sure you are using a catchy color for that text so that it attracts the visitor.
You just need to get a click because that’s how you get the user to drop a cookie on Amazon.
Amazon uses a 24-hour cookie to track your ID and gives you commission even if it’s not the same product as you promoted. 20% of the products I get a commission from are different than the products I promote.
-Use A Link Localizer-
80% of affiliates don’t use a link localizer, which is stunning, because you are losing a lot of money if you are not using one.
Here’s how this works…
I am Indian, and I target four countries:
USA Canada UK India
80% of my affiliate income is from the USA, which is pretty common for many affiliate marketers. But countries like the UK and Canada give good conversions as well.
The point is that when a user from the US clicks on my link, it takes them to the US Amazon store. When a user from Canada clicks on a link, it takes them to the Canada Amazon store.
Note: I use Payoneer for getting payments from the UK and Canada, and I am still figuring out whether I should get a check or direct transfer! LOL! But I can use that money for hiring a native English writer or do a gift card giveaway for Canadian people.
You’re probably thinking that I’m using the EasyAzon plugin or something like that for link localizing. But no, I use a website called Affiliate Geo Target. You can also use popular tool call Geni.us that is used by ShoutMeLoud & other blogs.
For using Affiliate Geo target, you have to fill in the product ASIN’s from the product page and the tracking IDs from each of the country’s Amazon affiliate dashboards. Doing that, whenever a visitor clicks the link, they will be redirected to their country’s Amazon store.
This site will replace every 100th affiliate ID with their own ID, but it’s still a good deal because you were already losing a lot of money by not using it.
But be sure the product you are promoting is also available on every Amazon store. If not, you should only fill in the Amazon.com’s product ASIN and use the Fallback Search Terms.
Promotion Is Important
Posting and praying that traffic will come doesn’t work anymore. It’s like throwing a party at the middle of jungle where no one known how to reach. You have to quality time promoting the content.
From the very first time you post your first article, you should create a separate profile for your brand or niche blog on each social media platform like Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Reddit, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and others. These are mega authority websites, and getting a nofollow link from them will surely help. Whenever you add a new content, you should post them on your social media.
Here are few not to miss promotion strategy that works to increase affiliate sales:
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On these platforms, it’s easy to post links and get referral traffic. But do this in a way that shows you want to help people. Don’t just go there and say, “Hey I have an article for you. Read this…. LINK”. Please don’t do that.
When I post a link, I always include words like:
“If you have any queries, you can ask me anytime.”
“Pm me and I will help you.”
These comments definitely make people think that you are being genuinely helpful.
Note: You also need to be genuinely helpful. You can’t just pretend.
I get a lot of “Thank you, Sarfraz” emails.
That’s a good sign.
Another promotion technique is to find relevant niche forums. Create accounts on them and start helping people. Whenever you find an opportunity, post a link with a phrase like, “This may help”. But you should create 10 or so replies or posts before linking to your website.
Many forums will allow you to add your website link to your profile, and some of them may even be dofollow. That will increase your rankings for sure.
Running A Successful Amazon Associates Store- Final Thoughts
In general, I’d say don’t focus on the competition too much. You will find competition in every niche, and it will be frustrating in the beginning, for several months or so, because you won’t get organic traffic.
It may take even a year to get organic traffic if you just work 1-2 hours per day.
Blogging is a process in which you have to work at least 6 hours a day, every day, to get results in just a few months. Don’t expect anything in just a couple of weeks.
But if you start now with dedication, you can enjoy the money later on.
And with dedication, you will get that money!
These days, blogs are more influential than traditional, non-informational websites. Why? Because we all relate to personal experiences better than we relate to corporations and brands.
Earlier, I shared about how to increase the trust factor of a blog. This is something you need to do, especially when you are operating a blog under a brand name. You have to turn yourself into a credible blogger.
When I say “credible blogger”, it means that people should trust you with each and every word.
A credible blogger has a lot of people saying good things about them, and very few people saying bad things.
The biggest problem is how to become one of these bloggers.
Becoming More Credible
Well, first, you need to start by being a credible person.
Yep. You heard me right.
You need to become a credible person in order to become a credible blogger.
When it comes to blogging, it’s not enough to become a credible person only; you also need to become a credible leader. Either you have it in you, or you need to work hard to become one.
There are two very common traits of credible people:
Let’s explore how to become a credible person, and ultimately, a credible blogger.
Money is one of the top motivation factors for blogging, but to cross that line of “being stuck”, you need to think beyond money.
When you are working on building a quality blog, money making opportunities will keep coming, but you should never overlook the aspect of community building.
This means that, at times, it’s good to let go of a few monetary offers which may hurt your current readership. For example, it may be better to reject certain paid reviews.
You need to prioritize high-quality content over content designed to make money.
If you’re running a group or forum, you need to work as a moderator to encourage healthy engagement and a supportive sense of community. Similarly, on your blog, you are responsible for community building, and with a pro-active approach, you can easily achieve that sense of community.
One of the biggest traps in life is “right vs. wrong”.
The more you think about something being right or wrong, the more you start running away from what’s “right”. This is because humans are inherently more focused on pleasing themselves more than others.
Especially when working online, where you can’t physically see another person, make sure you’re standing up for what’s “right”.
Part of being “right” is also being authentic.
In blogging, don’t blindly follow what others are saying or doing, you need to have your own view and opinion. It’s OK to disagree on things, but disagree in a way that doesn’t hurt anyone.
And when blogging, make sure all of your thoughts are backed up by logic.
One of the good and bad sides of working online is that you don’t get to see the people you’re talking to. We read words; this creates an idea or impression about the person behind those words.
So what we write on our blogs, what we say on our social media profiles, and how we interact with people online all plays into our overall credibility.
Make sure your words are meaningful, and make sure that your interactions are valuable. Don’t use social media as a crutch to entertain yourself when you’re bored. Instead, use social media to create genuine connections with your readers.
This is usually where social media gurus recommend cross-checking what updates you are posting on each social media site. This makes you appear consistent and professional.
Ensure each of your profiles reflects your personality and stays updated.
We all like to talk about things we like or believe in, and it’s this which will help us become consistent. And when we become consistent, we become likable.
Another thing that will help is giving things away for free.
Now, it should be obvious why this makes us likable; people like getting things for free. But more than that, people respect altruism more than they respect greediness.
Think about which one of these scenarios is more “likable”:
Getting $100 for doing some work. Giving away $100 to a poor person who has not eaten in days.
The person who willingly gives away is always liked, and that’s the reason why professions related to medicine and education are always seen as highly credible lines of work.
Similarly, if you wish to become a credible blogger, you need to have the mindset of giving back to the community.
The more you give, the more you will receive.
Also remember that it doesn’t matter how knowledgeable you are; what matters is how you give away your knowledge.
Confidence is an attribute of successful people, and success is a great measurement of credibility.
Make sure you are always displaying confidence, and create a mechanism for yourself to be more confident in times of need.
Here are a few things which will help you become more confident:
Exercise daily: If you can’t do it for long, start with 10 minutes a day. Meditation: Like exercise is useful for your body’s muscles, meditation is useful for your brain’s muscles. If you’ve never done it before, I recommend you try Headspace. Travel: Traveling helps in opening up your limited beliefs, and it is very handy for self-growth. If you always find yourself waiting for the right time to travel, imagine how many travel opportunities you have already missed. Just get up and do it! It’s much easier than you think- especially if all you need for work is an internet connection. Fight your fears: Make a list of all the fears you have and pledge to fight one fear every day. The more you fight your fears, the more confident you become. Work on verbal communication: When you speak, speak with conviction. Really say what you mean and convey the fact that you know what you’re talking about. Work on nonverbal communication: Nonverbal communication is the first impression, and it should be the cornerstone of your communication efforts. Stand tall. Sit tall. Be relaxed and in control of your environment. Nonverbal communication also includes how you dress and behave. There is no excuse for dressing or behaving inappropriately. Follow social norms and decorums at all times.
Do remember, “good” is a synonym of perfect. Focus on becoming “good” first, and perfection will soon follow.
I often thought happiness was what really mattered, but after learning about what makes me happy, I learned that “being at peace” is what really matters.
I was at a stage of my life where I had everything. And I was happy, too. But eventually, that feeling of happiness turned into sadness and emptiness.
Because the thing with happiness is that it exists along with sadness. One can’t exist without the other.
However, being at peace is something that can exist on its own.
If you really want to be the person that people look up to, you need to learn & understand the higher meaning of life. You need to learn how to be in the moment & how to be at peace with whatever life is giving you.
Another homegrown member is coming to Razer’s keyboard switch family later this year or early next. Dubbed the Razer Purple switch (for now, although it may end up with a different name when it comes to market), it’s going to be the company’s first foray into optical switch technology.
It’s more than just a switch, though; you can think of it as a platform onto which Razer will continue to build, and it’s the full realization of the company’s decision to develop its own production lines within switch-making factories.
When Razer started playing with making its own switches, all the company really did was build a near clone of Cherry MX Blue switches, using multiple manufacturers for the task. Then it added a tactile Orange switch (essentially a clone of the Cherry MX Brown). Eventually the company sought more control over the process and now has its own production lines within its partners’ factories.
Since then, it’s added the Yellow (linear) switch, the “mecha-membrane” switch, and a low-profile switch that’s made its way into a Razer Blade laptop.
The Purple Platform
To its credit, Razer has been unafraid to delve into experimental keyboard switch technology, and the Purple switch effort shows that in spades.
Essentially, when the optical Purple switch debuts, it will be the first of multiple generations for Razer. Before it pushes the boundaries of what an optical can do, Razer is planning to just focus on getting all the fundamentals as perfect as possible: characteristics, actuation, reset, consistency, tolerance, keyfeel, bounce/return, and so on.
Then, it will explore unlocking some of the benefits that optical switches can bring.
The Optical Advantage
Although optical switches and standard desktop mechanical switches are the same in that both use a plastic plunger mounted in a squarish housing, they have different sensing methods and are therefore implemented differently on keyboards. In the simplest of terms, whereas a standard mechanical switch has two metal contact points, an optical switch actuates when the plunger interrupts a light beam that emanates from the PCB.
For a primer on how optical switches work, head here, but the upshot is that because of the difference in construction, optical switches have some advantages.
For instance, there’s no soldering, so the switches can be hot swappable, which means you can easily swap different types of switches. For example, you could load up a keyboard with clicky switches or linear ones, or a mix (whatever your heart desires), and change it back whenever you feel like it, like on the Epic Gear Defiant keyboard.
Although we don’t have a way of testing it ourselves just yet, some optical switch makers claim that the inherent lack of metal debounce in optical switches makes them “faster.” We’ve also seen several demos of optical switch keyboards functioning underwater--in other words, you won’t nuke your expensive plank if you drop your water/beer/Mountain Dew on it.
Most importantly, though, optical switches unlock the possibility of analog input on mechanical keyboards.
We’re on record that analog keyboard input could become enormously important to gamers, but so far, there are just two analog mechanical keyboards in existence. One is a promising prototype, the Aimpad R5 (why has no one bought that IP yet?), and the other is the Wooting One (full review here).
By dint of being a shipping product, Wooting has the advantage, but for all of the keyboard’s wonders, it still needs a bit of work. What analog technology needs is the focus of a big company with plentiful resources. Enter Razer.
It’s surely exciting for gamers to imagine how quickly analog keyboard technology could accelerate once Razer gets behind it, but don’t hold your breath. As we mentioned above, Razer is pacing itself with the development of its optical switch platform.
Don’t expect first-gen Purple switches to have analog input, or ever hot-swap capabilities. They’re going to be fine switches, but it won’t be until the second or third generation that we’ll likely see more of the features that optical switches offer over and above what standard desktop switches do.
However, there’s a hidden advantage there, and that’s why we’re referring to this as a “platform:” Once the hardware is perfected, the technological upgrades can primarily come in the form of firmware and software updates--including analog capabilities. Therefore, it’s not at all unreasonable that we could see a Razer keyboard ship with first-gen Purple optical switches, and then you could keep that same keyboard and load up second-gen Purple switches when they’re available, or at some point install a big firmware update that enables analog sensing.
Finally, it’s important to note that Razer’s efforts on the standard desktop mechanical switch side of things will continue unabated. The new Purple optical platform will alongside the Razer Green, Orange, and Yellow switches.
What’s next for Razer and its keyboard switch skunkworks? Who knows, maybe we’ll see a version of the Hall Effect switch emerge at some point.
Given Corair's highly successful RMx power supplies, which lack the digital interface found on all RMi models and use a different fan to bring costs down, the company thought to do something similar with its high-end HXi family. But instead of naming the new line HXx, which would have looked strange, Corsair simply removed the letter "i." After all, there was already a portfolio of HX PSUs. Now it's revamped with new members.
The HX line-up includes four models with capacities ranging from 750W to 1200W. The biggest difference between Corsair's HXi and HX models, besides the latter's lower price, is the lack of software control/monitoring, since a digital interface circuit is missing from the HX family. Both the HXi and HX PSUs use the same 135mm FDB fan. It's incredibly quiet, even at high speeds, so we expect these lower-cost models to still feature great acoustic profiles under any circumstance.
Apparently not every enthusiast wants a power supply with digital circuits. Some have no intention of connecting their PSU and motherboard, believing that simpler is often better. This also gets around an extra installation step, even if it's just one cable and some extra software.
According to Corsair, the HX1200i and HX1200 we're reviewing today are separated by only $10. We figured the HX1200 would be significantly less expensive, making it more attractive. But that tiny delta compels us to lean towards the HX1200i, frankly. The only HX model with a notably lower price tag than its HXi equivalent is the HX750, which costs $30 less.
At least all of the HX units are similarly modular, with the ability to toggle between one and multiple +12V rails through a switch on the PSU's rear panel (where the modular cables plug in).
The same warranty that covers Corsair's highest-end PSUs also applies to the HXes, giving you 10 years of protection. With the cryptocurrency craziness in full swing, we expect a lot of HX units to power mining rigs operating at nearly full load continuously. Under such harsh conditions, a 10-year warranty could prove catastrophic if RMAs start rolling in at an accelerated rate. We don't think any power supply will last for prolonged periods of time under the kind of duress that mining imposes. We've even heard that some companies are thinking about cutting their coverage if a PSU is used for mining, though we're not sure how they plan to prove this.
Corsair's HX1200 achieves a Cybenetics ETA-B rating and an 80 PLUS Gold certification. When it comes to noise, it is LAMBDA-A+-rated, indicating very quiet operation. The list of protection features is thorough; Corsair even offers OCP at +12V through a switch, located on the back of the PSU.
The 135mm cooling fan uses a fluid dynamic bearing, so it should last quite a while. In a PSU backed by a hefty 10-year warranty, the fan has to be super reliable.
A 20cm depth makes this a long PSU, indeed.
The minor rails boast an impressive 150W of maximum combined power, while the +12V rail can deliver up to 100A if needed, handling the PSU's full power on its own. Lastly, the 5VSB rail is also quite strong with 17.5W capacity. We like to see 1kW+ PSUs with beefy 5VSB circuits.
In the multi-+12V rail mode, there are eight +12V rails with 40A maximum current output each. All of the rails combined can deliver the same wattage (1200W) in single-rail mode, of course.
Cables & Connectors
There are two EPS connectors along with eight PCIe ones, all available at the same time. The number of SATA connectors is huge, while the eight four-pin Molex connectors should cover every need. Some miners would probably ask for 10 or 12 PCIe connectors, but Corsair obviously didn't have a cryptocurrency boom in mind when the HX1200 was being designed.
As mentioned, there is a switch that lets you choose between one +12V rail or multiple ones. In the HXi models, this is achieved using the Corsair Link software. However, since the HX models don't have a digital interface, a different approach had to be used.
The +12V rails can deliver up to 40A each if the multi-rail mode is selected. According to Corsair, each individual connector in this PSU has over-current protection, so no more than 40A goes through any given cable.
EVGA announced its plans to cram a GTX 1080 into its SC17 gaming laptop back at Computex, and today, the SC17 1080 became available.
The new EVGA SC17 1080 is mostly unchanged from its predecessor, the SC17 1070. It still features an overclockable Intel Core i7-7820HK Kaby Lake processor, 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4-2666 memory, a 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD, a 1TB 7,200RPM HDD, and a 17.3” 3840 x 2160 IPS display with Nvidia G-Sync onboard. One of the few negatives from our review of the SC17 1070 was that the GPU was somewhat underpowered for gaming at 4K (although it was still better than its predecessor, the original EVGA SC17, which had a GTX 980M), but EVGA seems to keep throwing more graphics horsepower under the hood with every iteration, and the SC17 1080’s GTX 1080 should get you closer to comfortable framerates at the display’s native resolution.
Another gripe we had with the SC17 1070 was that although it had enough horsepower to power virtual reality (VR) games and HMDs, it wasn’t entirely VR friendly, with only two USB 3.0 ports and a USB 3.1 Type-C port (with a Type-A adapter) residing on the opposite side of the chassis as the display outputs. Three ports is fine for running an HTC Vive (so long as you had a USB extension to get the cable near the display output), but not if you want to use the Oculus Rift with Touch (which requires four USB 3.0 connections).
However, the SC17 1080 remedies these issues with three USB 3.0 ports, in addition to the USB 3.1 Type-C port (with a Type-A adapter), giving it enough connectivity to run an Oculus Touch setup. Even better, the third USB 3.0 port is right next to the display output (two mini DisplayPort 1.4 interfaces and an HDMI 2.0 port), making it much more adept for a mobile VR gaming solution.
EVGA had to sacrifice some of the SC17 1070’s 1.07-inch profile to accommodate the new GPU, with the thickest part of the SC17 1080 measuring in at 1.3 inches. It’s thicker towards the back of the device (where the beefy cooling system and GPU is housed), but it thins out towards the front. The company also somehow managed to shave some weight off the SC17 in the process of bulking up, with the SC17 1080 listed at 8.93lbs to the SC17 1070's 9.04lbs.
Both the CPU and GPU are overclockable using EVGA’s Precision XOC Mobile software or a hotkey preset (SC mode or downclock with EOC hotkeys), and the keyboard’s LED backlighting can also be controlled using the company-branded software.
The EVGA SC17 1080 is available now on EVGA’s website for $3,000.
It appears Facebook is not giving up on the Facebook Story. The social media giant is planning on expanding the vanishing pictures and videos to be visible on its desktop version as well as mobile.
Facebook Stories, the outrageous clone of the original Snapchat format, currently sits above the newsfeed in a central position on the Facebook app. The feature will now be moved to the right-hand side of the screen on the desktop, becoming the first time Stories has appeared on non-mobile devices.
When a user's profile picture is clicked on, the Story will pop up, blacking-out the background of the desktop, as screenshots sourced by the French site Siécle Digitaldemonstrate. Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch that stories on the desktop is still a test but said it would be rolled out to a wider audience in the near future.
Since Snapchat launched the 'Stories' format, Facebook's companies have been quick to adapt the feature for their own platforms. Instagram was the first to rip-off the Snapchat feature in the summer of 2016. Since then, Instagram Stories has grown to over 250 million daily users, crushing Snapchat’s 166 million.
Facebook also joined in at the beginning of 2017, hoping to steal some of the success of Instagram (as did WhatsApp and Messenger). Outside of the Facebook companies, Tinder has introduced a feature that's similar to Stories. However, as the year has developed it has become clear that Instagram is now the chosen platform for users to share their visual communication.
Unsurprisingly, TechCrunch reports that over half of businesses have made a story with Instagram over the past year while this number dwindles on Facebook.
This is nowhere more evident than in the graveyard of Facebook’s story bar. In April 2017, instead of a blank space where stories should be, Facebook introduced blurred out, ghosted icons of your friends. An awkward reminder of its continued unpopularity. Still, an amusing irony considering the icon of the bruised Snapchat is a ghost.
The release of Android's next operating system is getting ever closer and with each iteration released to developers we're getting a clearer picture of how it's going to take shape.
The fourth, and most likely final, version of Android O has been released and doesn't see many changes. In the release to devs, Google shores up some of the changes it's making and stabilises it's APIs.
With very few changes being made from the third to fourth release of O, it's highly likely that Google will be releasing the first public version in the near future. While we're waiting for this to drop, here's all the things you should be aware of in the OS.
What is Android O?
The software will be the next version of the Android operating system that runs on both tablets and phones. O follows Android Nougat, which was released in 2016.
Android Nougat, the most up-to-date full version of Google’s mobile operating system, was released in August 2016. Since then it has only reached around ten per cent of all Android phones.
Why's it called O?
Android has gotten into the convention of naming its OS' in alphabetical order, and mostly after desserts. There's been Jelly Bean, Kit-Kat, Lollipop, Marshmallow and Nougat. When Android O is made public there'll also be a new name. However, this time around Android has teased an octopus within its developer previews, hinting a change in naming could be afoot.
When will it be released?
The first version of O was released to developers in March. Since then, there's been three following versions that have improved upon the first version. Based on the launch of Nougat, which was first rolled out in August 2016, we're expecting O to be released to the public sometime towards the end of this month.
What devices will it work on?
At the moment, in the developer previews, there's only a limited number of Android phones and tablets that O will work on. These are: Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Pixel, and Pixel XL. However, when the public version is released this will be expanded over time.
Android O features
“Building on the work we began in Nougat, Android O puts a big priority on improving a user's battery life and the device's interactive performance,” Android says on its developer blog.
To try to improve how long a phone stays alive, Android O will automatically limit what an app can do when it is open in the background. This will stop an application from consistently using data when it is not the main app that is being used. Google says limits will focus on apps broadcasting in the background, services, and location updates.
The blog post says: “These changes will make it easier to create apps that have minimal impact on a user's device and battery”.
Push notifications come in many forms: Facebook messages, emails, FitBit reminders are just some of them. It’s possible to drown in alerts that may not be wanted at that time or are irrelevant. Android O is trying to change this with ‘notification channels’.
The new channels will allow developers to create a 'unified system' to let phone users manage the notifications they see. For the operating system, it will be possible to set notification priorities and importance levels through an entire channel.
“For example, you might setup separate notification channels for each conversation group created by a user in a messaging app,” Android says of the feature. It will also be possible for a phone to use the same interface to manage notification settings.
Like Chrome and other major browsers, it will now be possible for Android devices to autofill content into forms. Through new autofill APIs for developers, those using phones will be able to “select an autofill app, similar to the way they select a keyboard app”.
When multitasking on a device or tablet the new Android O will make it possible to view videos in a Picture in Picture (PiP) mode. This means you won’t have to stop watching Netflix to send an important email.
Audio improvements and connections
Android O is introducing new Bluetooth audio codecs to enable connecting and streaming to wireless audio devices at a higher quality. To improve the Bluetooth connectivity, Android says Sony helped it with more than 30 feature enhancements. The new operating system is also adding Wi-Fi Aware, to allow hardware with the software to connect to other devices without the need for connectivity between them through a Wi-Fi access point.
Across the Android ecosystem, there are a variety of device manufacturers. Google produces its own phones but those from LG, Sony, HTC and many more run on versions of the Android operating system.
Every Android device is a little different and the firm is changing how an app’s icon can display on different devices. “Android O introduces adaptive launcher icons, which can display a variety of shapes across different device models,” it says in a blog post. This means on a phone, an app can have a circular icon on the home screen and on another phone it may be a square.
In other Google news, the tech giant is expanding its Posts on Google feature to more organisations. The trial, which ran during the 2016 US presidential election allowed candidates to post Twitter-like updates directly to search results. This trial is being expanded to Brazil.
Google is said to be testing a Copyless Paste feature in its Chrome Android app that uses machine learning to predict what the user will want to paste, cutting the process down to just one tap. For example, if the user looked at a restaurant website then switched to the Maps app, the keyboard would offer the restaurant name as a suggestion. Google has not confirmed whether the feature will definitely arrive with Android O.
The era of AI competition has just begun but not yet at its climax. Which is the best smartphone voice control solution for consumers?
Apple has Siri, Microsoft revealed Cortana, Google has Assistant and Amazon has Alexa which is popular on its Echo devices.
Now Apple has its deputy of Siri, the Google assistant. The great Google AI has made its ways to Apple iPhone smartphones, and as the two has different capabilities, we consider having a poll of which is smarter.
Siri vs. Google Assistant.
Considering Assistant, which is the Google’s virtual assistant technology, you can use it to do a lot of stuff like launching apps, searching the web, sending messages, answering questions, daily task and much more just like Apple’s Siri.
What will happen now to Siri since Google Assistance is on iPhones?
Siri has some advantages over Assistant since it is deeply integrated into Apple’s iOS and can do a lot more than Assistance in matters around iPhone ecosystem.
Furthermore, Assistant is tirelessly fighting with Amazon Echo to dominate Smart Home devices.
Then we ask: Can Siri withstand Google Assistant on iPhones?
Considering some few things, both of them functions pretty well, but at the end of the day, there must be a winner. Siri beats Assistance in some areas while Assistant beats Siri a lot more in most of how it interacts with the user and how it curates its answers more smartly than Siri.
We can say that Assistant is far more advanced with its contextual understanding of language. But that’s how I look at it. If you have been using both Siri and Assistant, then you might have realized its similarities, accuracies, and smartness of the two voice AI.
Well, Siri is always listening on iPhones. Holding down the Home Button will automatically launch Siri or just say “Hey Siri” to awaken her. As for Google Assistance, you have to launch the app to use it.
Understanding how both interacts to user questions is crucial, but it involves some exciting fun. For example, if you ask:
“How do you say “I’d like a glass of white wine?” in Spanish?”
Google Assistant beats Siri here. Siri tries to provide Bing search results to our query which I didn’t want.
“Play a Metallica music video on YouTube.”
Great. Assistant is far smarter with that question. If I were using Chrome Cast-enabled TV, I would have played the video. Siri was not able to find the request.
There are some instances where both tie in most of the questions like asking “how long will it take me to get home?” while at times they both fail with some questions like “What’s Tesla’s market cap?”
Siri also has a big win when it comes to Uber query. With most of the questions and its responses, we can finally say that Google Assistance is smarter than Siri.
Well, as for you, how do you judge Google Assistance on iPhone over Siri? Which one do you prefer using on your iPhone?
Kingston has reintroduced the KC1000 NVMe SSD. We first saw the drive in January at CES, but the company wanted to hold the details until the official launch. Seemingly, that is in the very near future--mid June.
The KC series has historically targeted system builders and corporations upgrading systems en masse. Kingston released several client SSDs under the KC brand, and many of them were tuned for increased stability and longevity but share similar hardware with models from the standard consumer product line. The KC1000 press release seems to turn the tables and take this series in a slightly different direction.
"The demands of today’s performance power users are constantly being put to the test as new data-intensive applications push the boundaries of what can be achieved with even the market’s high performance professional workstations and most powerful gaming rigs,” said Ariel Perez, SSD business manager, Kingston. “KC1000 is the perfect solution to meet the needs of media and design professionals, gaming enthusiasts and anyone who needs ultra-low latency storage performance to end data bottlenecks. This native NVMe device offers one of the industry’s most powerful storage solutions for high-resolution content delivery, virtual reality applications, accelerated game play or a competitive edge for the creative professional on tight deadlines.”
Gamers, power users, and enthusiasts have always been directed to the HyperX brand, but in recent years that series shifted to target gamers exclusively. Kingston calls the KC1000 an "Ultimate Storage Upgrade for HD Video, PC Enthusiasts, Gaming and More." The release later identified a list of specific application categories the series will perform well in:
High-resolution video editing Virtual and augmented reality applications CAD software applications Streaming media Graphically intensive video games Data visualization Real-time analytics
It seems the KC series may begin to target a wider audience with the introduction of the first Kingston NVMe SSD.
The KC1000 series ships in three capacity sizes, but there are a total of six product SKUs. For each capacity, the drives ships as either a bare drive or with a half-height, half-length (HHHL) add-in card adapter. The performance coming from the Phision PS5007-E7 controller paired with Toshiba 15nm planar NAND looks strong. The sequential read performance reaches 2,700 MB/s, and the sequential writes are 900 MB/s for the 240GB model and 1,600 MB/s for the two largest-capacity drives. Random performance is also impressive, with up to 290,000 IOPS (225,000 for the 240GB). Users can reach up to 190,000 random write IOPS.
Kingston backs the KC1000 series with a generous five-year limited warranty with ample endurance figures that reach as high as 1PB for the 960GB drive.
Companies looking for a new video- and teleconferencing system have a fresh face to turn to in the market: Amazon Web Services.
On Monday, the public cloud provider announced the launch of Amazon Chime, a new service that’s designed to compete with the likes of WebEx, Skype for Business and GoToMeeting. It’s a powerful swing at some very entrenched enterprise software players by the public cloud provider.
AWS launched the service with native applications for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android. Chime’s infrastructure is based in the U.S., but Gene Farrell, AWS’s vice president of enterprise applications, said that the service can be accessed worldwide.
One of Chime’s interesting features is a visual roster of meeting participants that includes information about any people who have distracting background noise interrupting the call. In a meeting without a moderator, any user can choose to mute one of their fellow participants so that the rest on the call don’t have to listen to a barking dog or the sound of typing.
People who get muted in that way will get notified that their mic has been blocked, and can choose to unmute themselves whenever they want to.
In addition, users can call into a Chime conference call using a regular phone number, in the event they can’t access the service’s app for one reason or another. In the future, Farrell said that AWS also plans to add support for person to person calls over a traditional telephone network.
Chime is part of AWS’s portfolio of applications focused on helping business users with their work. That set of services started with the company’s WorkSpaces cloud virtual desktop as a service offering, and now includes AWS’s WorkDocs office suite, WorkMail email service and QuickSight business intelligence service.
The service will be available in three pricing tiers. Basic offers users one-on-one voice and video calls, plus group chat capabilities. Plus costs $2.50 per user per month, and adds support for screen sharing and integration with identity management systems through SAML and Active Directory.
Pro costs $15 per user per month, and lets users do all of the above, plus host meetings with up to 100 participants. Users at the other two pricing tiers can join conferences set up by Pro users, so companies can mix and match licenses to minimize Chime’s cost.
Amazon offers a free trial of all the Pro features for 30 days. After that expires, customers can choose to keep using the Basic tier, or pay for more advanced functionality. Farrell said that Chime could reduce a company’s unified communications bill by up to 70 percent.
Companies with existing in-room conferencing systems made by companies like Polycom and Crestron will be able to set those devices up to integrate with Chime.
To help with adoption, AWS is working with Level 3 Communications and Vonage. Level 3 will market Chime to its enterprise customers, while Vonage will work with small businesses. Both offerings will be available in the second quarter of this year.
Amazon has already been testing Chime with a handful of customers, including fashion retailer Brooks Brothers. The company, which was founded in 1818, has rolled out Chime to 90 percent of its corporate staff.
When Magento launched Marketplace, they made a promise to their community to deliver high-quality extensions and themes. They have been working hard to deliver on that promise.
Magento currently invests in ensuring high extension quality by strictly adhering to the following checks for every new extension submission request:
Business review: Ensures that each extension solves a business problem and delivers rich and unique functionality.
Tech review: Detects the presence of viruses, malware, and any indications of plagiarism. Ensures that the package meets Composer packaging and format requirements along with all coding standards.
Marketing review: Verifies that all documentation and appropriate information is provided for each extension.
Now, in 2017, one of Magento’s top priorities is to take improvements to the Extension Quality Program (EQP) to the next level.
Here’s what is happening:
For every extension submitted to Marketplace, Magento will add an automated production verification script and additional manual QA. This will verify that the extension installs without error, is configurable (as applicable), operates as expected, and does not break any Magento functionality.
For all the extensions currently in Marketplace, Magento will re-certify each extension through their new validation steps. Every extension will be installed on Magento 2 and support PHP versions. During the installation, Magento will also switch to production mode. Extensions that fail this step will be notified accordingly and will be suspended from Marketplace unless they promptly deliver any fixes required.
Magento have given early preview of this process and error logs produced by the new validation step to some of their existing technology partners, senior Magento developers, and experts in the community, and they have incorporated their feedback, so magento are confident that you’ll find it easy to understand and take action.
Every extension in Marketplace will be held to the highest standards.
Offering such advanced quality checks to every single extension will initially add time to their reviews. The faster you respond, the faster you can get through the whole review process.
act now to ensure your extensions do not get removed from the magento marketplace.
we have found that most of the internet and websites now are going HTTPs for secure connections to websites so we have decided to do the very same, with this in made you know that when you are visiting DPWS Media you know that you are secured.
Suddenly your browser address bar says HTTPS instead of HTTP. What's going on? Is your information safe?
Good news. Your information is safe. The website you are working with has made sure that no one can steal your information.
Instead of HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP), this website uses HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS).
Using HTTPS, the computers agree on a "code" between them, and then they scramble the messages using that "code" so that no one in between can read them. This keeps your information safe from hackers.
They use the "code" on a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), sometimes called Transport Layer Security (TLS) to send the information back and forth.
How does HTTP work? How is HTTPS different from HTTP? This tutorial will teach you about SSL, HTTP and HTTPS.
How Does HTTP Work?
In the beginning, network administrators had to figure out how to share the information they put out on the Internet.
They agreed on a procedure for exchanging information and called it HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP).
Once everyone knew how to exchange information, intercepting on the Internet was not difficult. So knowledgeable administrators agreed upon a procedure to protect the information they exchanged. The protection relies on SSL Certificate to encrypt the online data. Encryption means that the sender and recipient agree upon a "code" and translate their documents into random-looking character strings.
The procedure for encrypting information and then exchanging it is called HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS).
With HTTPS if anyone in between the sender and the recipient could open the message, they still could not understand it. Only the sender and the recipient, who know the "code," can decipher the message.
Humans could encode their own documents, but computers do it faster and more efficiently. To do this, the computer at each end uses a document called an "SSL Certificate" containing character strings that are the keys to their secret "codes."
SSL certificates contain the computer owner's "public key."
The owner shares the public key with anyone who needs it. Other users need the public key to encrypt messages to the owner. The owner sends those users the SSL certificate, which contains the public key. The owner does not share the private key with anyone.
The security during the transfer is called the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS).
The procedure for exchanging public keys using SSL Certificate to enable HTTPS, SSL and TLS is called Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).
Below is five reason why you need SEO for your website or business and is worth the time to invest for the long term.
1. SEO To improve the user experience
The main reason of a good SEO strategy is to appeal to both users who are searching and search engines through out all devices. This puts a searcher at the top of mind because you would want to get your website ranked as high as possible, to contain quality, easy to search / navigate and works on all devices such as laptops, desktops and mobiles devices. This improves the user experience and makes it better for the people who are searching to learn more about your website or business.
2 SEO Insights / Expand
A great SEO strategy is to analyzing your reports and making adjustments based on what you find. For example, if you’re sharing your content on social media sites, you can check the data on who is interacting with your content, viewing web pages and possibly identify a new demographic you hadn’t previously targeted. You can also look at your organic traffic to see if visitors from nearby cities are looking at your website that you should expand your marketing efforts to include. Using the data from your SEO strategy can provide valuable insights that may just help you expand your website or business.
3 Longer visibility
Unlike PPC (Pay per Click) or display advertising campaigns where your budget is likely focused on showing ads on certain days and times, SEO can provide better visibility for your website. So, even if a searcher is looking for products or services similar to yours when your ads aren’t being shown, they can see your website in organic search results or social media pages.
4 Improve ROI
Every marketing budget comes down to money. What did you pay for what you got? While PPC does offer instant visibility into where your marketing budget is being spent, it only accesses a fraction of the market available for a specific keyword. Coupling PPC with an SEO strategy allows you to spread out your budget and capture potential customers searching outside of your PPC keyword strategy, which can improve ROI and net you more customers.
SEO is a valuable marketing strategy to help you reach marketing goals like attracting new customers, improving the effectiveness of your PPC campaign, and increasing your visibility online. Learn more about SEO on our website.
5. Reputation Online
Reputation management goes hand-in-hand with SEO. Statistics show that most customers and visitors trust an online review as much as they would trust a recommendation from a friend. Because of this, search engine algorithms readily show online review sites when users conduct searches. Putting a focus on reputation management efforts can increase your chances of attracting potential customers and help you occupy more spots on Search Engine results.
The goal of search engine optimization is to have the search engine spiders not only find your site and pages but also specifically rank the page relevance so that it appears at the top of the search engine results. The process of optimization is not a one-time process but requires maintenance, tuning, and continuous testing and monitoring.
Below is a broad four-step process for a strategy for search engine optimization. Use this as your top-level checklist.
Step 1: Target Market Business Analysis Website analysis. Analysis of meta sets/keywords, visible text and code to determine how well you're positioned for search engines. For example, how much code do you have on a page compared to text?
Competitive analysis. Examination of content keywords and present engine rankings of competitive websites to determine an effective engine positioning strategy. Pick the top five results in the Google listing results to begin this process. Expand as necessary. Use tools such as Semrush.com and Keywordspy.com.
Initial keyword nomination. Development of a prioritized list of targeted search terms related to your customer base and market segment. Begin with this: What would you type into a search engine to find your business website or page? Then, ask your customers!
Step 2: Keyword Research and Development
Keyword analysis. From nomination, further identify a targeted list of keywords and phrases. Review competitive lists and other pertinent industry sources. Use your preliminary list to determine an indicative number of recent search engine queries and how many websites are competing for each keyword. Prioritize keywords and phrases, plurals, singulars and misspellings. (If search users commonly misspell a keyword, you should identify and use it). Please note that Google will try to correct the term when searching, so use this with care.
Baseline ranking assessment. You need to understand where you are now in order to accurately assess your future rankings. Keep a simple Excel sheet to start the process. Check weekly to begin. As you get more comfortable, check every 30 to 45 days. You should see improvements in website traffic, a key indicator of progress for your keywords. Some optimizers will say that rankings are dead. Yes, traffic and conversions are more important, but we use rankings as an indicator. Goals and Objectives. Clearly define your objectives in advance so you can truly measure your ROI from any programs you implement. Start simple, but don’t skip this step. Example: You may decide to increase website traffic from a current baseline of 100 visitors a day to 200 visitors over the next 30 days. Or you may want to improve your current conversion rate of one percent to two in a specified period. You may begin with top-level, aggregate numbers, but you must drill down into specific pages that can improve products, services, and business sales.
Step 3: Content Optimization and Submission
Create page titles. Keyword-based titles help establish page theme and direction for your keywords.
Create meta tags. Meta description tags can influence click-throughs but aren't directly used for rankings. (Google doesn't use the keywords tag anymore.)
Place strategic search phrases on pages. Integrate selected keywords into your website source code and existing content on designated pages. Make sure to apply a suggested guideline of one to three keywords/phrases per content page and add more pages to complete the list. Ensure that related words are used as a natural inclusion of your keywords. It helps the search engines quickly determine what the page is about. A natural approach to this works best. In the past, 100 to 300 words on a page was recommended. Many tests show that pages with 800 to 2,000 words can outperform shorter ones. In the end, the users, the marketplace, content and links will determine the popularity and ranking numbers.
Develop new sitemaps for Google and Bing. Make it easier for search engines to index your website. Create both XML and HTML versions. An HTML version is the first step. XML sitemaps can easily be submitted via Google and Bing webmaster tools.
Submit website to directories (limited use). Professional search marketers don’t submit the URL to the major search engines, but it’s possible to do so. A better and faster way is to get links back to your site naturally. Links get your site indexed by the search engines. However, you should submit your URL to directories such as Yahoo! (paid), Business.com (paid) and DMOZ (free). Some may choose to include AdSense (google.com/adsense) scripts on a new site to get their Google Media bot to visit. It will likely get your pages indexed quickly.
Step 4: Continuous Testing and Measuring
Test and measure. Analyze search engine rankings and web traffic to determine the effectiveness of the programs you’ve implemented, including assessment of individual keyword performance. Test the results of changes, and keep changes tracked in an Excel spreadsheet, or whatever you're comfortable with.
Maintenance. Ongoing addition and modification of keywords and website content are necessary to continually improve search engine rankings so growth doesn’t stall or decline from neglect. You also want to review your link strategy and ensure that your inbound and outbound links are relevant to your business. A blog can provide you the necessary structure and ease of content addition that you need. Your hosting company can typically help you with the setup/installation of a blog.
In the latest Pimcore release there are several new features and improvements with over 90 bug fixes in total. Here are some of the highlights from this release:
Capital Letters & Spaces: As of today, capital letters and spaces can be incorporated into the file names of all assets, documents, and object keys. You can find more details here.
New Image Adapter: We now have a new image adapter that utilizes the ImageMagick command-line tools and is a good alternative if Imagick PHP module is not available
utf8mb4 Support: Pimcore now has utf8mb4 support throughout the entire system. This means that now you can use native emoji’s in your texts without images or any other workaround.
Object Relation Data-Types: It is now possible to display individual text in the editing interface instead of the path/ID.
It’s also good for you to know a few other things:
The memcached cache backend adapter is now outdated and no longer available. If you’re using this adapter in your cache configuration, please migrate to Redis2 as soon as possible. You will find more information here.
They have terminated all support for PHP 5.5 which has officially reached its end of life. We recommend to use PHP 7 for now.
For those of you wanting to see a complete list of all changes, enhancements, and bug fixes you can find one here.
D-Wave has signed up the first customer for its high-end quantum computer after the technology went on general sale.
Cybersecurity firm Temporal Defense Systems bought the D-Wave 2000Q – the firm’s first 2,000 quantum bit (qubit) quantum computer – and although the price it paid has not been revealed, the computer is valued $15 million.
The system is D-Wave’s follow-up to the 1,000 qubit 2X, released in August 2015.
The jump from 1,000 qubits to 2,000 will allow researchers to grapple with greater quantities of data and more complex problems. According to D-Wave, the quantum 2000Q is capable of outperforming “classical servers” by factors of between 1,000 and 10,000.
While it’s widely agreed D-Wave’s systems are using quantum computing for calculations, it isn’t clear if the technology will ever be able to tackle real-world problems. At present, D-Wave’s systems are only suitable for solving so-called optimisation problems.
The company, based in British Columbia, Canada, was founded in 1999 and is the first in the world to sell quantum computers. The 128 qubit D-Wave One, released in May 2011, was the world’s first commercially available quantum computer. In May 2013 its D-Wave Two 512-qubit system was used for a collaborative research project carried out by Nasa, Google and the Universities Space Research Association.
Then, in December 2015, Google announced that system had outperformed a traditional desktop by 108 times. Or, to put it another way, it was one hundred million times faster. "What a D-Wave does in a second would take a conventional computer 10,000 years to do," Hartmut Nevan, director of engineering at Google, said at the time.
Conventional computers encode data in binary code, made up of zeros and ones, and known as 'bits'. A quantum computer uses subatomic particles known as quantum bits, made up of zeroes, ones and a combination of the two known as a 'superposition'. Where three bits can represent any one of eight values, three qubits can represent all eight values at once. This, in theory, allows quantum computers to run far faster than conventional computers.
In-keeping with D-Wave’s habit of doubling performance every two years, the company could release a 4,000 qubit quantum computer in 2019.
Summary: Fear and isolation seep through the walls of an abandoned southern farmhouse. "7" marks a new beginning for survival horror with the Isolated View of the visceral new first-person perspective. Powered by the RE Engine, horror reaches incredible heights of immersion as players enter a terrifyingly new world of fear as they fight to survive.
There was a lot riding on Capcom with Resident Evil 7. Proving time and time again that they simply didn’t understand why Resident Evil fans were so upset by their last few main series attempts, we were excited to see the publisher change up the formula once more after Resident Evil 6 confirmed to the masses that they simply didn’t have a clue. We were excited. Cautious, but excited. Thankfully, Resident Evil 7 wastes no time getting to the good stuff. Mia sent Ethan a message of her whereabouts after vanishing three years back, and Ethan deems this as good an excuse as any to go crawling back after the girl who walked out on their life together all those years ago. Vague at best, Ethan immediately walks out on his friends in a frantic mission to find her. Of course, that leads him to the Baker family home located off the beaten track on a farmyard in Dulvey, Louisianna. It’s always in the middle of nowhere. You know… except for Raccoon City.
We could say it’s not all that it seems - but that’d be going the easy route. Nothing about a creaky, wooden house in the middle of nowhere ever seems 100% open to the public for a casual meet n’ great, but the Bakers welcome their visitors with open arms; they just expect them to be grateful for what they offer - regardless of what they’re giving.
With over 20 people missing or unaccounted for across a 2 year span in the area, you’d have thought the Baker’s reign of terror would have been thwarted long ago. Judging from their reactions at the dinner table as the phone rang, the cops have certainly given it some thought. But they wouldn’t be able to handcuff what’s inside this house. Even if it’s hiding in plain sight. Thankfully, those phone lines act as somewhat of a saving grace for Ethan throughout the story. The girl on the other end offers him a sliver of hope when it comes to surviving the family’s wicked ways. You wouldn’t usually trust a mysterious voice on the other end of a phone line, but in this situation, anything can act as a reassuring safety blanket.
Throwing you straight into the thick of it, it isn’t long before you slide your way into the lives of the Bakers. Seemingly summoned to their estate, the front gate is locked. Strange. It’s as if they want you to go in through the back entrance. Some families are just picky about that. Maybe they’re ashamed of their front of house offering, or maybe they’re just trying to keep the cold-callers away not expecting them to rummage around the trees to slip them a deal for 20% off their next takeout. The Bakers aren’t interested in trivial foods. They have their hunt walking right into their living room.
Once you’re in, you’re in for a while. You’re in for a lot more than you bargained for, too. Welcome to the family, Son, indeed. It’s all they want for you. It’s all they want from you. Locating Mia right off the bat, even Ethan would have thought it was too good to be true. But with doors locking themselves behind you and walls being shockingly brittle, your world is about to get bigger, and smaller and bigger again. You’re never quite certain of your own safety in Resident Evil 7, and that’s just what we like to see.
User reports would suggest Resident Evil 7 is about as long as you can make it. With some having a first run of around 6 hours with others stretching closer to 12, it’s all about how you as an individual react to the stimuli on offer. Like any good Resident Evil title of the past, creeping around dark corridors, fearing your next footstep and mentally mapping out the environment so you know exactly how to escape a turn for the worse is how it delivers its most shocking surprises. You’ll die in the next 5 seconds or just live to die another minute. There are plenty of moments where your own mental bullet count will fail you leading to the dreaded sound of an empty magazine with a Molded monstrosity staring you dead in the eye.
If you go into this without any desire to be spooked, you can absolutely treat it like a close-quarters combat action game for the most part. Once you’ve been introduced to the whole family, you’ll slowly learn to deal with more hell-spawns of the house’s creation that either come at you ready to give you a good punching, or crawl along the walls with their heads on full show either gearing to take a chunk out your face or inviting your shotgun to make them a new one.
Sometimes killing them all just isn’t an option. Whether you’re out to conserve ammo or simply too scared to face them head on, Capcom has taken their time to recreate almost everything that made Resident Evil 1 a resounded success in the early horror game movement. The house is silent before the howling winds shake the thin windows from their frames. The floorboards creek, the paintings on the walls make us question whether an art connoisseur could make sense of their tastes, while the framed view of the Arkley Mountains back in ‘91 make us long-time fans question just how this whole mess ties in with rest of the franchise. Did the Bakers pay a visit to the Spencer mansion? Did the man of house go from joining the Marines to having a hand in the development of Umbrella’s early experiments? It’s never really made clear, but it sure does add to the mystery.
Long-time fans of the series will recognize some of the puzzles, too. Though some others are rather smart, there’s no pushing mundane objects aside for a gem to slot into a bird statue this time around - heck, there’s barely any pushing at all. But a plethora of switches and locked doors still threaten to keep the claustrophobic house wrapped tightly around your ankles just as you’d expect.
Sadly, the puzzles are not all too difficult. Maybe growing up with the series has created a mind relatively immune to Capcom’s trickery; or maybe they just lost the guy who we held accountable for our early struggles. It’s all about shapes, keywords and neatly placed notepads in this one, so your quiet walk-about the estate isn’t much of a struggle on that front. But Resident Evil always has something else hiding beneath its obvious external layer. Something buried deeper beneath the skin.
Coming from the days of being eaten alive by the shambling corpse of another man, Capcom has never been afraid to explore the utterly grotesque when it comes to their horror titles. Past games have included plenty of opportunities to watch your head be torn from your body in more ways than one, so you’d be naive to think you wouldn’t get another taste of that. Of course, with the game being in first person, it’d be difficult to show that exact method to its fullest - especially considering the fact that you don’t have a head to begin with. But between having your arm chopped off, reattached with staples and have it still function as the only limb in need of medical attention through the entire game, it’s up to the rest of the cast to demonstrate just how many pints of life juice can be spilled in one day.
Whether it boils down to frantically plowing an old man with a car around a tiny garage or kicking the remains of another to get someone to stop waving a chainsaw at you, the boss battles of Resident Evil 7 are some of the most intense moments I’ve come across in a video game in recent memory. Think Deus Ex mechanics mixed with the gore of a modern horror movie and you have the principle of its early brawls - until things take an obscene turn with the more occult stuff later on.
Sadly, however, the game never quite manages to emulate some of the finer points of the earlier Resident Evil games. Though notes are scattered all around its varied locations, the story pacing hits a turbulent stage early on. Within the first 20 minutes of the game, you’re already aware that the Baker’s aren’t simply your run-of-the-mill mental rednecks out in the boonies - but you don’t really get to delve into that side of things until quite a while after.
The notes scattered around the house paint a picture of a family struggling to keep their maniac son under control - a son who’s obvious knack at electronics are made apparent not only by the traps he lays in his little party-house out back, but by the various competition trophies lining his bedroom walls. It begs the question as to whether the invoices left around the house speak of the puzzle installations as a way to keep its visitors from escaping, or simply as a means for Jack to nurture his son’s promising gift in the hopes of containing his over-active imagination.
It isn’t until much later that you actually start to piece together just how the family managed to sink so low or why Mia was there in the first place. It gives you a sudden choice to make and uses that moment to force a switch of perspectives to have you play through most of its backstory in one go toward the very end of the game. It’s a pacing the original Resident Evil managed to spread evenly with its consistent notes hinting at something a little more out of the ordinary - but it did start with the shambling undead from the get-go.
Performance and Graphics
At times, the visuals still manage to feel a little dated with there being seemingly little difference between Medium and Very High quality textures; though with it being a generally dark and moody game, we can understand that you’re not supposed to be seeing every detail in the dimly lit environments. And for that reason alone, it’s enough to suggest you sacrifice the GPU memory in favor of some higher quality shadows and, if possible, a bump up in resolution.
Even on an aged 2GB GTX 770, I had no problems playing through the entire game at 2560 x 1440 - with full 4K being plausible the vast majority of the time. It’s worth noting, however, that most of my testing was spent playing the game at 30fps, as it really doesn’t matter with a slow-paced game like this if it means you can focus on higher visuals throughout.
RESIDENT EVIL 7 VERDICT
Capcom came amazingly close to upstaging Shinji Mikami’s original horror classic, but a few oversights keep this one from really standing out as the cream of the crop for the series. A marvel when it comes to its ability to shake you to your core, its clearly a love letter to both those who adored the claustrophobic nightmares of the original games and those introduced to horror with more recent Hollywood attempts like The Conjuring and Insidious. It’s hard to imagine the formula working in their favor in the long run, but if it’s a reason to trust that the series could still be in the right hands with Capcom after all, we’re interested to see how they’ll carry on torch into the future.
With EA already laying out its plans for E3, the annual trade show is on our minds, five months before it kicks off in June. Now, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has teased the Xbox lineup for E3.
Responding to someone on Twitter who asked if he felt good about the upcoming Xbox lineup, Spencer replied from a meeting about E3. "Yes, in another E3 review right now; I like the lineup," he said.
Before this, Spencer teased that 2017 will not be a FPS Halo- or Gears of War-led year, suggesting that no new games in those franchises are coming this year. Instead, Microsoft will focus on "new experiences with different IP."
2017 is a big hardware year for Xbox, as the Scorpio comes out this holiday. Microsoft may not show it off until E3, but you can probably expect a big reveal for it at that show. Just this week, Microsoft said development on the system is coming along great.
What would you like to see from Xbox at E3 this year? Let us know in the comments below!
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