The Windows 10 Game bar is about to get a whole lot more useful. The Game bar overlay, launched by pressing the Windows key plus G (Win+G), lets you do things like control volume, take screenshots, record gameplay and broadcast your gaming. Earlier in the year, Microsoft asked users for ways to improve the bar and now it's starting to turn those suggestions into actual features, said the software giant on its Xbox Wire site. For instance, if you've been using the Game bar's Capture widget for screenshots, Microsoft is adding editing options including text overlays so you can turn those shots or video snippets into memes and post them straight to Twitter. A Spotify widget is new to the Game bar, too, letting you play, pause and skip what you're listening to as well as switching to other playback devices and selecting recommended playlists. Don't have Spotify or care about captures? Microsoft made the interface customizable so you can now choose just the widgets you want … [Read more...] about Make Fortnite memes on the fly with Microsoft’s upgraded Windows 10 Game bar
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The Toyota 86 will get better handling and a custom look when the 2019 Toyota TRD Special Edition 86 enters showrooms in August for $33,340.Toyota says the “Ultimate Performance” 86 gets bigger Brembo brakes (12.8 inches front with four-piston calipers and 12.4/two-caliper rear), Sachs dampers and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires, along with a healthy slathering of mid-'80s to mid-'90s aerodynamic and trim features fit for an aerobics instructor wearing a headband and leg warmers. There are no powertrain upgrades listed, so the engine soldiers on with 205 hp in manual trim and 200 in automatic. You can get a few power enhancers for any 86 -- including this one, from the TRD catalog -- like a high-flow air filter and a cat-back exhaust, which your dealer would be happy to install on your new 86. But for this Special, Toyota opted to stick to handling, aerodynamics and cosmetics.In fact, if you’re going to add TRD parts to this ride, may I suggest a few more?As it sat … [Read more...] about 2019 Toyota TRD Special Edition 86 quick drive: Better grip and mid-’90s cosmetics
A quick-time event (or QTE) is a concept designed to blur the line between a video game's cinematic and interactive elements. heshphoto/Getty Images Here is one thing that quick-time events aren't: events that are timed quickly. That would make sense, what with the name and all. But no: A quick-time event is actually a video game conceit designed to blur the line between the cinematic and interactive elements in a video game. And let's give quick-time events (QTEs, for those who care to shorten) a little nod by cutting to the chase: A quick-time event is a prompt in a video game that makes you perform a rapid action (Press space bar! Press F! Press right!) to move the game along. So let's set up a scenario. You're playing a game in which you have to, say, save the planet using only evidence-based medicine. You might have a command that allows you to throw research papers at people, which you'd probably have to use over and over throughout the game. In that same game, there might … [Read more...] about What are quick-time events?
If you still use Windows 7, it may be time to consider an upgrade. Starting Jan. 14, 2020, exactly one year from Monday, Microsoft will no longer support Windows 7. That means no more updates or security fixes for the operating system. Microsoft will continue to provide security updates for Windows 7 to business customers that pay for support, according to ZDNet, but not individual users.Windows 7 was released in 2009 and is still one of the most widely used desktop operating systems. Windows 10 finally overtook Windows 7 in the desktop market at the end of last year, according to ZDNet. NetMarketShare's December 2018 report showed that 39.2 percent of the machines they collect data from used Windows 10, while 36.9 percent used Windows 7, according to ZDNet. In 2012, the computer giant decided to extend five more years of support for all editions of Windows 7 for individual users. Microsoft didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate … [Read more...] about Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7 one year from today
B.B. King on stage during the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Honoring B.B. King event at the Kodak Theatre on Oct. 26, 2008 in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo by Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images for Thelonious Monk Institute Everyone knows why B.B. King sings the blues, but unless you know your way around a guitar, you probably don't know how he plays them. It all starts with something called the 12-bar blues. Almost all blues songs are written in this progressive scale, which mimics the call and response vocal tradition of African-American slaves in the Deep South. When W.C. Handy created the first certifiable blues hit, he used the 12-bar blues. Released to the public in 1914, "St. Louis Blues" was initially met with a lukewarm response [source: Morgan]. By the 1930s, however, people all over the country could identify with the genre's theme, regardless of race. African-American artists such as Billie Holiday substantially changed popular culture and helped the … [Read more...] about How to Play the 12-bar Blues