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How incredible would this DualShock 5 controller be for Sony’s PS5?

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Sony might have confirmed the official name of the new PlayStation, surprising absolutely nobody by calling it the PS5, but the company wasn’t ready to confirm that the DualShock 4 controller will get a DualShock 5 successor. Sony did explain some of the new controller’s features, though it stopped well short of revealing all of its upgrades. However, Sony’s more recent moves, including the launch of a DualShock 4 accessory and new PlayStation controllers, may have spoiled some of the new DualShock controller’s secrets. While we wait for Sony to unveil the PS5 in all its glory, we have a concept video to show you that imagines the PS5 controller of our dreams.

Aside from the improved haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, the DualShock 5 controller might pack additional features. Like a set of extra buttons on the back, which would be user-customizable, similar to what’s now available for the PS4 — Sony just launched an add-on for the DualShock 4 controller that places buttons on the back.

Furthermore, the controller might pack a built-in microphone for improved voice control, and the PS5 is rumored to feature a game-centric voice assistant that could deliver help to gamers in real-time.

Overall, the new controller will look similar to the DualShock 4 controller, and a leak said not too long ago that it will work with the PS5 and the PS4, so we don’t expect a complete design makeover or new features that are too crazy. The new controller might feel better in the hand though, as some recent patents appear to indicate.

That’s a quick rundown of all the known features and rumors detailing the PS5’s controllers, and many of them will be easily recognizable in the incredibly detailed video concept below that designer Giuseppe Spinelli (Snoreyn) created for LetsGoDigital.

On top of that, the clip proposes a few additional features like interchangeable joysticks and rear buttons that would ship with the device, as well as USB-C connectivity that would deliver faster battery charging.

While exciting, we’re still looking at a concept video that might not be a totally accurate representation of the real thing. Sony is yet to release any imagery of the PS5 and DualShock 5. Hopefully, that will change real soon, as Sony is expected to unveil the new PlayStation sometime this month during a special PlayStation Meeting 2020 event.

Source: https://bgr.com/2020/02/03/ps5-announcement-date-soon-dualshock-5-controller-video/

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How to stop trolls from taking over your Zoom call

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Zoom is an easy-to-use videoconferencing tool with a generous free tier. With people around the world isolating indoors to protect themselves against the spread of the coronavirus, it has never been more popular.

But its popularity has also attracted trolls. The phenomenon of “Zoombombing,” in which an uninvited guest uses Zoom’s screen-sharing feature to broadcast porn and shock videos, has been on the rise. Most Zoom meetings have a public link that, if clicked, allow anyone to join. Trolls have been collecting these links and sharing them in private chat groups, and then signing on to other people’s calls to cause mischief.

There’s an easy way to stop this from happening, but Zoom makes it needlessly difficult to find. If you schedule a meeting from the web interface, you won’t see the option to disable screen sharing. Instead:

  • Click on “Settings” in the left-hand menu
  • Scroll down to “Screen sharing” and under “Who can share?” click “Host Only”
  • Click on “Save”

Once you save your settings, future meetings that you start will have sharing disabled by default.

If you forget to change the setting before you start your meeting, there’s a way to modify your settings after it starts:

  • Once your Zoom meeting is running, click the caret to the right of the green “Share Screen” button in the center of the bottom row of icons
  • Click “Advanced Sharing Options…”
  • A dialog box will pop up allowing you to switch screen sharing availability from all participants to the host only.

And what if you’re creating a meeting from your mobile device?

To disable screen sharing after you’ve started your meeting:

  • Tap the More (…) button at the bottom right corner of the screen
  • Tap “Meeting Settings”
  • If you’re using an iPhone, scroll down to “Allow Participants to Share” and switch the toggle off. If you’re using an Android phone, find “Lock Share” and switch the toggle on.

Source: https://www.theverge.com/2020/3/27/21197090/zoombombing-zoom-stop-how-to-porn-trolls-video-chat-screen-sharing

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3 Things To Do Stay Safe On Houseparty App

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Following the novel coronavirus pandemic that has forced many countries across the globe to announce a lockdown, people have been exploring different ways to keep in touch with friends and family.

One of the apps that have come to the rescue for many is the Houseparty app. Houseparty is owned by Epic Games, the company behind popular battle royale game Fortnite.

Houseparty is a social networking service that enables group video chatting through mobile and desktop apps. Users receive a notification when friends are online and available to group video chat. On average, users spend approximately 51 minutes a day on the app in a group or one-on-one chats.

Recently, accusations surfaced on social media that the platform has led to other online accounts being hacked. Many uses alleged that their other online accounts including NetflixeBayInstagram and Spotify were being hacked thanks to the Houseparty app.

When signing up to Houseparty, users are able identify friends using phone contacts, as well as connect to Facebook and Snapchat to find and invite people on the platform.

The thing that really sets Houseparty apart from other apps is hinted at by its name. Anyone who’s friends with someone else in a chat can join – meaning that you’re likely to run into strangers – and it is not necessarily easy to lurk without being noticed.

Reacting to the hacking allegations, Houseparty put out a tweet to users saying all accounts are safe and that it does not collect passwords for other sites.

In a statement, the service said it has found “no evidence” of such a breach.

“We’ve found no evidence to suggest a link between Houseparty and the compromises of other unrelated accounts,” a spokeswoman said.

“As a general rule, we suggest all users choose strong passwords when creating online accounts on any platform.

“Use a unique password for each account, and use a password generator or password manager to keep track of passwords, rather than using passwords that are short and simple.”

In case you are one of those using Houseparty to stay social during this period of the coronavirus lockdown.

Lock sensitive chats
You are instantly on and live the moment you open your Houseparty app. With the way the app is structured, it means that anyone can join your for a conversation. The idea is like wandering into a houseparty and trying to see who is willing to have a chat. This same structure applies to everyone you are chatting with too so you could be in a serious conversation and without changes, another friend opts into that chat too.

To avoid this, the first thing you should note is to be careful of who you add on the app. Secondly, it is important to lock any conversation that you don’t want unexpected people jumping into. You can do this by clicking the little lock icon at the bottom of the chat once everyone you want to be online is available, but you need to remember to do that every time.

Turn off your notifications
As stated earlier, the minute you log on the app, Houseparty sends out a notification that you are online. As a user of Houseparty, you will both be sent plenty of notifications and have plenty of notifications sent about you and both can be very annoying. You can control your notifications by opening the app and clicking the smiley face in the corner of the screen – there, you’ll see the option to “Manage Notificatications”, and clicking that gives you the ability to stop them being sent when you open the app or being sent to you when somebody else does the same.

Another option to explore is to turn off notifications completely. You do this on both Android and iOS, but that will mean that you won’t even receive a notification if someone calls you, and you’ll still be sending out notifications to other people, too.

You can also change these settings on a per-person basis. If you scroll down a little on the notifications screen, you’ll see the option to “mute” or “ghost” any given person. Ghosting them means that they won’t see when you come online while muting somebody means you won’t get notifications when they come online.

Sneak in
Many people are unaware of this feature but one of the most useful features on Houseparty is that you can choose to sneak in. If you hold down the app icon, you’ll get the option to “sneak in” to Houseparty, meaning that you’ll open it up and be on the app without sending a notification to everyone.

Source: https://guardian.ng/life/life-features/3-settings-to-stay-safe-on-houseparty-app-during-coronavirus-lockdown/

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Minecraft just unlocked free education content as a COVID-19 distraction

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With the COVID-19 outbreak, a lot of things have ground to a halt, including education in some places. Schools in many regions of the world are closed until the worst of the outbreak is over, with some universities and high schools switching to online instruction. In order to help keep the wheels of education turning, Mojang and Microsoft have launched a free collection of educational content for Minecraft on the Minecraft Marketplace.

“Educators around the world are doing everything they can to provide digital lessons for the half a billion students who are out of school due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mojang’s Sofia Dankis wrote on the Minecraft blog today. “This is not an easy task and we want to do our part to help keep young minds sharp and stimulated.”

Mojang has uploaded some lessons from Minecraft: Education Edition to the Minecraft Marketplace, which are free to download for everyone who owns the Bedrock Edition of the game (sorry, Java players). The lessons from the Minecraft team include the International Space Station and The Human Eye, but those Mojang-crafted missions make up only a small part of what’s on offer.

That’s because Mojang has also made 10 lessons from Marketplace community creators free as part of this promotion. The lessons give players the chance to explore Greek history, marine biology, bees, and even fractals, so this collection of 12 lessons covers a pretty wide range of topics.

All of them are free to download from the Marketplace until June 30th, 2020, giving you a little over three months to claim them. The full list of lessons can be viewed over on the Marketplace, and they’re compatible with any device that runs the Bedrock Edition of the game.

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/minecraft-just-unlocked-free-education-content-as-a-covid-19-distraction-24614232/

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