Tag: features

05
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Hot Pursuit Remastered’ Features Cross-Platform Multiplayer Racing

KEY POINTS

  • The latest title to get the remake treatment is 2010’s “Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit”
  • “Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered” will feature better graphics and new achievements
  • With cross-platform multiplayer introduced, players can challenge one another no matter the system they’re playing on

Criterion Games’ 2010 hit “Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit” is getting a remake for several current generation consoles, and the new iteration will come with a cross-platform element.

Dubbed “Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered,” the racing game set in fictional Seacrest County is coming to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on Nov. 6. Nintendo Switch users will not be left behind, however, as the Switch version is slated for release on Nov. 13.

Remakes seem to be more in vogue now among video game circles. In the past few weeks alone, both “Demon’s Souls” and “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” either had a remake released or announced.

More than the nostalgia, it is perhaps familiarity with the title and property as well as the good memories they bring forth that make publishers return to the older games in hopes of remaking them and introducing them to both fans of the original versions as well as to a newer audience.

With any remake, one of the first things that get a significant upgrade is the graphics. Because of improvements and leaps made in technology, a visual improvement will be present in “Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered.”

The Verge stated that on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, the game will run in 1080p at 30fps, while PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X players can pick between a 1080p 60fps performance mode and a 4K 30fps “fidelity mode.”

Meanwhile, PC gamers can play the game in

05
Oct
2020
Posted in website

ANSI Launches New, Mobile-Friendly Website with Enhanced Features

ANSI Launches New, Mobile-Friendly Website with Enhanced Features

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Oct. 5, 2020

Visit ANSI.org to Access Content on the Standards Community

NEW YORK, Oct. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has launched a new, mobile-friendly ANSI.org, to simplify and modernize the Institute’s website design, search function, and content. In addition to new features, the redesigned website provides clearer organization and enhanced navigation to make it easier to find the latest information and need-to-know news related to domestic and international standards and conformity assessment activities.

ANSI.org Launches with a New Look.
ANSI.org Launches with a New Look.

ANSI.org Gets a Website Makeover…and New Content

Many new user-friendly features and functions on ANSI.org provide easier access to frequently used information and user actions. A quick-action select box prominently placed on the homepage provides short-cut access to commonly used pages and features. A new homepage feature, This Week in Standards Development, provides access to ANSI’s weekly Standards Action newsletter as well as other frequently updated sources of standards development activity information and public review opportunities. The site is mobile-responsive and functional across all screens and devices, and includes improved subscription functionality for all ANSI newsletters, including the Institute’s weekly e-newsletter, What’s New.

To provide greater access to quality content and to increase engagement with its members and partners, ANSI has also unveiled two new types of features. In additional to daily articles, within ANSI.org’s news section visitors can now find:

  • ANSI Member Updates with news summaries on ANSI members’ activities, including newly published resources and other useful information of broad interest to the community.

  • Standards Spotlight: a new blog-like feature that highlights specific standards at work in the world around us, and how they impact everyday life.

“We are thrilled to debut ANSI’s new website to everyone looking for

04
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Microsoft Teams Confirms Superb New Updates And Features To Beat Zoom

Microsoft’s Teams had a very busy September adding a host of new features. Now, the firm is looking to improve the performance of its Teams service as it continues in the battle to beat Zoom in the video conferencing space.

In an update detailing the features added in September, Microsoft explained how it was trying to improve Teams’ performance as a large proportion of the workforce continue to work from home.

Microsoft says it’s working to ensure businesses and schools “have a high-performance experience that scales across their devices and levels of internet connectivity.”

Performance improvements in Teams 

For times when there is limited network connectivity, Microsoft is working on enabling offline support in Teams so users can write messages offline and these can be automatically sent when connectivity is re-established. It’s already possible to run the desktop client on Windows and macOS in environments with limited bandwidth or without a network connection. 

Meanwhile, Microsoft says it has boosted Teams’ desktop launch time on Windows and macOS by up to 30% and is making changes to video rendering. At the same time, Microsoft is optimizing battery life for Teams iOS users in a move aimed to help support Firstline Workers and those away from their desktops throughout the day. In addition, Microsoft says it’s optimizing the Android Teams app for low bandwidth environments. 

New features to beat Zoom

The improvements to performance come hot on the heels of some major Teams feature updates during September as Microsoft looks to leapfrog Zoom in the

02
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Full-stack, multilayered security features for a changing world

Remote is the new rule

The trend towards remote working has been steady for some time, and recent events are accelerating that pace. According to 2012 Gallup research, 39% of the U.S. workforce was working off-site at least part-time. By 2016, that number had risen to 43%1. It’s fair to assume that if the question was asked in 2020, that number will have grown dramatically.

While it’s impossible to predict what happens next, it’s clear that remote working will now be more permanent in many organizations. Whether it’s employees working from home, students engaging in distance learning, or family and friends catching up using web and video conferencing, there is in fact a new normal emerging: remote connectivity and collaboration.

New paradigm, new problems: securing the modern workplace

These cultural and organizational shifts have made confidential personal and business data a more attractive target for cybercriminals. Since traditional home networks are considered less secure than enterprise networks, remote users’ computer systems can be perceived as a weak security link and thus more prone to cyberattacks. According to a study, 86% of business executives agreed data breaches are more likely to occur when employees are working out of office2.

This move to more remote work also happens as cyberattacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated, with threats targeting low-level firmware becoming more prominent. To stay ahead of busy bad actors and ever-evolving threats, IT teams need to give end customers integrated hardware and software solutions that offer comprehensive security features for the entire system.

The AMD “Zen” advantage: comprehensive hardware-based security

While software security is important, it may be easily bypassed by exploiting known platform vulnerabilities. This is one reason hardware-based security (HBS) is gaining more importance. It works to complement software security and provides a stronger foundation for

02
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Google Maps to Gain New ‘Live View’ AR Features

Live View in Google Maps uses your iPhone’s camera and GPS to provide augmented reality directions when you’re walking somewhere, and this week Google announced that it’s enhancing the feature and making it available in additional transit scenarios.


In Live View, arrows, directions, and distance markers are placed right on top of your surroundings to visualize your destination in the real world, and Google will soon bring landmarks to this AR mode, too. From The Keyword blog:

Soon, you’ll also be able to see nearby landmarks so you can quickly and easily orient yourself and understand your surroundings. Live View will show you how far away certain landmarks are from you and what direction you need to go to get there. These landmarks can include iconic places, like the Empire State Building in New York and the Pantheon in Rome, and easily recognizable places, like local parks and tourist attractions.

Landmarks will start rolling out soon on iOS in nearly 25 cities, including Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Berlin, Budapest, Dubai, Florence, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, Kyoto, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Milan, Munich, New York, Osaka, Paris, Prague, Rome, San Francisco, Sydney, Tokyo, and Vienna.

Live View is accessed from the transit tab in Google Maps, but previously, it would be unavailable if your directions involved a combination of transport types like walking, driving, cycling, and transit.


Now though, as long as your transit directions include a walking portion in the journey, you can use Live View to find your way, which should be useful when you exit a transit station and don’t know which way to go, for example.

In addition, Google said it will soon expand Live View to Location Sharing, so that when a friend chooses to share their location with you, you can tap their icon and then on