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Use Zoom like a Pro: 7 Tips and Tricks

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The importance of video calling cannot be overemphasized when it comes to remote work – in fact, most organizations rely mostly on video tools to communicate.

Zoom is one of the most widely used video meetings app – with an addition of 2.22 million monthly active users in 2020 against the 1.99 million users in 2019. Thanks to Covid-19, almost everyone is using Zoom; so here are some tips and tricks to make better calls. Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced Zoom-er, I’m sure you’ll find a thing or two that’ll help you make the most of the app.

Record Meeting

Want to save important meetings? Or doing an interview you want to reference later? Record it.

To enable recording, go to Settings > Recording, and toggle it on.

Use Cmd+Shift+R or Alt+R to start recording your meeting.

To pause/resume your recording, Cmd+Shift+P or Alt+P

Recording transcripts

This feature transcribes the audio of a meeting or webinar that you record. When you share the recording, people can search for keywords, click on any word in the transcript to access the video at that moment, or download the transcript.

Change Background

So you have a meeting in the next 5 minutes and your kid decides to have a ‘parade’ in your living room, right where you planned on having your meeting. Instead of showing off your messy space during the meeting, you can change your background to just about any image you want. However, you do have to make sure that your system meets all of the requirements to do so.

Go to Settings > Virtual Background and select or upload the image you want from there.

Screen Sharing and Pause Share

You may know about the Screen Share feature – where you can easily share your whole screen or just an application, but did you also know that you can pause your screen sharing? Just press Pause Share.

To start a screen share: Cmd+Shift+S or Alt+Shift+S

To pause/resume a screen share: Cmd+Shift+T or Alt+T

Display Names

If you’re in a meeting with someone you know well, this feature may not be necessary. But if you’re like me and you forget people’s names from time to time, then this setting will ensure you never accidentally forget the name of the person you’re talking to.

Go to Settings > Video and check “Always display participant’s name on their videos.”

Mute Audio and Turn Off Video

Use Cmd+Shift+A or Alt+A to mute/unmute your audio. Alternatively, you can press and hold the spacebar.

Use Cmd+Shift+V or Alt+V to turn off your video.

Always Mute Audio and Turn Off Caamera

These settings allow you to turn off your audio and video when entering a call. Turning off your video improves the clarity of your call.

Go to Settings > Audio > Mute microphone when joining a meeting, and then Settings > Video > Turn off my video when joining a meeting.

Source: https://www.techcityng.com/use-zoom-like-a-pro-7-tips-and-tricks/

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FIFA 21: No demo for upcoming game, EA Sports confirm

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The company says it will instead focus on perfecting the latest iteration of the series ahead of release

EA Sports has announced that the company will not be releasing a demo for FIFA 21.

FIFA 21 is set to be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Friday, October 9, having being pushed back from its usual September release date due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition, the game will also be eventually released on the upcoming Sony PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, making this year’s release one of the most important in recent years.

Typically, EA Sports release a demo for each year’s game around three weeks before the official release, allowing players to test out the gameplay in one-off matches featuring some of the game’s top teams.

The demo is then typically followed by an early access period for those that are EA Play members, offering players a chance to play the full game for a limited time before release.

However, EA confirmed on Monday that this year’s game will not have a demo, with the company instead focusing on making sure the full game is prepared for its October 9 release date.

“We aren’t releasing a demo for FIFA 21. Instead we’ve made the decision to focus our development team’s time on delivering the best full game experience for current & next-gen consoles,” EA said in a statement.

“We look forward to EA PLAY members jumping in 10 days from now and launching the game Oct 9.”

In recent weeks, EA has begun to unveil the list of the highest-rated players in the game, with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski earning the top three places on this year’s rankings on the men’s side with U.S. women’s national team star Megan Rapinoe leading the way for the women.

This year’s game will feature improvements to career mode, new attacking systems such as Agile Dribbling, Positioning Personality and Creative Runs and improvements to the highly-popular Ultimate Team mode including FUT Co-Op gameplay and increased club customisation options.

Additionally, the game will feature a series of new icons: Eric Cantona, Ferenc Puskas, Xavi, Nemanja Vidic, Petr Cech, Samuel Eto’o, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Phillip Lahm, Fernando Torres, Ashley Cole and Davor Suker.

Source: https://www.goal.com/en/news/fifa-21-no-demo-for-upcoming-game-ea-sports-confirm/w6bswvm9fg9h16crm45vzt6qs

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Editing HTML Like A Boss In VS Code

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Here’s a seven minute video from Caleb Porzio that focuses on some of Emmet‘s HTML editing features. You might think of Emmet as that thing that expands abbreviations like table.stats>tr*3>td*3 into glorious, expanded, and perfect HTML. But Emmet has other HTML editing trickery up its sleeve. My favorite is “wrap with abbreviation” (which happens to be Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + A on CodePen), but there are more, like expanding your selection inward and outward and tag changing.

If you haven’t seen it, the Emmet 2 preview on CodePen is pretty neeeeat. It shows you what you’re about to expand into before you do it:

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Source: https://css-tricks.com/editing-html-like-a-boss-in-vs-code/

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PS5 Game Install Sizes Revealed, And They’re Enormous

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There was hope that the efficiency of the PlayStation 5’s super-fast SSD hard drive would reduce game file sizes, as titles wouldn’t need to duplicate data to ease read speeds. That, apparently, is not quite the case, as the minimum install requirements for a couple of PS5 launch games have been revealed – and they’re enormous.

Demon’s Souls, for example, will eat up 66GB of the next-gen system’s storage space; Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales will gobble up 50GB, and if you plump up for the Ultimate Edition – which includes Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered as well – you’ll lose an eye-watering 105GB. That’s already an eighth of the device’s available 825GB.

It’s worth noting that textures will be more detailed on the PS5, so developers may well be saving space compared to PS4 titles, but using it up with higher quality assets. In the case of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered, for example, the original game with all of its DLC installed takes up approximately 75GB on the PS4, compared to roughly 55GB in its revamped form.

Still, it looks like you’re definitely going to have to juggle which games you’ve got installed – although eventually you will be able to expand the system’s storage space. You can find out more about that through the following link: Which SSD Drives Will Be Compatible with PS5?

Source: https://www.pushsquare.com/news/2020/09/ps5_game_install_sizes_revealed_and_theyre_enormous

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