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  2. Weekend PC Game Deals: Spring free events from Steam and more giveaways to grab by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe Weekend PC Game Deals is where the hottest gaming deals from all over the internet are gathered into one place, every week, for your consumption. So kick back, relax, and hold on to your wallets. For the second week in a row, we kick off things by bringing attention to multiple giveaways that are going on right now. EA has now decided to jump into the fray and offer up its life-simulator title The Sims 4 for free through its Origin client. This is the complete base game, giving you the opportunity to raise generations of Sims in houses you've built. However, as usual for the series, there's a mountain of DLC available to purchase that adds many other features and aspects. The Sims 4 giveaway is slated to end on May 28, giving you a few days more to grab yourself a copy. Also, due to Epic's new giveaway schedule on its store, you can now claim a free game a week instead of every two weeks. The adventure puzzle game RiME can now be had for the low, low price of free if you're willing to sign up for an Epic Games Store account. This giveaway will run its course until May 30, with City of Brass taking its place then. Also, Stories Untold from last week is still available as a freebie on the store if you missed it. Lastly, if you're quick, there's a Humble Store giveaway available for the indie road trip title Jalopy that's ending soon. This freebie is a DRM-free copy, however, after claiming the game you can choose to purchase a Steam key for $1. After a rather lengthy break, we have a new games bundle to highlight. The Humble tinyBuild Bundle offers ten games from the publisher, split into three tiers. To get copies of SpeedRunners, Punch Club, The Final Station, and Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor, you can put down a single dollar. Adding Hello Neighbor, Cluster Truck, Streets of Rogue, and Party Hard (plus its High Crimes DLC), to that will set you back the bundle's average buying price, which is around $7.30. And finally, if you opt for the final tier, you can pay $13 to receive Party Hard 2 and Graveyard Keeper. All of the games from previous tiers are included as well. Free Events Just like last year, Steam is hosting a "Spring Cleaning Event" that's encouraging you to have a go at playing new titles as well as games that are collecting dust in your backlog in exchange for a profile badge. Seven well-known games have gone free-to-play just for this weekend as part of the festivities: Assetto Corsa Black Desert Online Dead By Daylight Don't Starve Together Endless Space 2 Grim Dawn Left 4 Dead 2 There are some other games having free events this weekend too, but they aren't part the above spring event. The biggest of the bunch is Blizzard's Overwatch. The class-based shooter is free-to-play until May 28 via the launcher celebrating its anniversary, with the full game available for you to try out. Meanwhile also on Steam, the multiplayer 2D fighting game Nighogg 2 is having a free weekend, where the objective is to reach the opposite end of the level while not letting your opponent pass you. Then there's a Steam free weekend for Son of a Witch, a rogue-like that puts up to four players through procedurally generated dungeons filled with monsters and bosses. Big Deals Many of the store promotions from last week are still going on, from Green Man Gaming's Birthday Sale and Humble's Spring Sale to the Epic Mega Sale. Even the MAY10 discount code of Fanatical is still running, giving an additional 10% off from most games. Here are the big deals we've highlighted from what's on sale this weekend: DiRT Rally 2.0 – $29.99 on Steam Assassin's Creed Odyssey – $25.80 on GreenManGaming Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden – $20.99 on Steam Deep Rock Galactic - Early Access – $20.09 on Steam XCOM 2: War of the Chosen expansion – $19.99 on Steam World War Z – $19.99 on The Epic Store Middle-earth: Shadow of War – $16.49 on Fanatical Assassin's Creed Origins – $15.48 on GreenManGaming XCOM 2 – $14.99 on Steam Ancestors Legacy – $13.90 on GameBillet Sunset Overdrive – $13.60 on WinGameStore Endless Space 2 – $13.59 on Steam Thief Simulator – $13.39 on Steam Assassin's Creed Syndicate – $11.99 on Steam Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun – $11.59 on WinGameStore GRIS – $11.38 on Steam Worms W.M.D – $10.19 on Steam Anno 2205 – $9.99 on Steam Moonlighter – $9.99 on Microsoft Store Assetto Corsa – $9.99 on Steam Dead by Daylight – $9.99 on Steam Assassin's Creed III Remastered – $9.99 on Steam Rainbow Six Siege – $9.45 on GreenManGaming Everspace - Ultimate Edition – $8.75 on GamesPlanet Inside – $7.99 on Humble Store Grim Dawn – $7.49 on Steam Mortal Kombat XL – $7.49 on Fanatical Assassin’s Creed Rogue – $6.59 on Steam Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition – $6.25 on GamesPlanet Tacoma – $5.99 on Microsoft Store Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition – $5.99 on GamesPlanet Don't Starve Together – $5.99 on Steam The Settlers: Rise of an Empire - History Edition – $5.99 on Steam Euro Truck Simulator 2 – $4.99 on Steam Anno 2070 – $4.99 on Steam Black Desert Online – $4.99 on Steam Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $4.99 on Fanatical The Walking Dead: The Final Season – $4.99 on The Epic Store Bayonetta – $4.77 on GamesPlanet UK Nidhogg 2 – $4.49 on Steam 60 Seconds! – $3.99 on Steam Beyond Good and Evil – $2.92 on GreenManGaming Anno 1404 Dawn of Discovery – $2.49 on Steam FlatOut 2 – $2.49 on Steam Left 4 Dead 2 – $2.49 on Steam Perception – $1.99 on Steam The Sims 4 – $0 on Origin RiME – $0 on The Epic Store Stories Untold – $0 on The Epic Store DRM-free Goodness Now, with all those out of the way, let's have a look at the DRM-free deals that we picked from the games that are discounted this weekend. Tokyo 42 - $11.99 on GOG Ultimate Fishing Simulator - $10.99 on GOG Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter - $9.99 on GOG Dead In Vinland - $9.99 on GOG Furi - $8.99 on GOG Little Nightmares - $5.99 on GOG Saints Row 2 - $4.99 on GOG Saints Row IV: Game of the Century Edition - $4.99 on GOG The Suffering - $4.99 on GOG Saints Row: The Third - The Full Package - $3.74 on GOG Unepic - $3.49 on GOG Close Combat 2: A Bridge Too Far - $2.99 on GOG Close Combat 3: The Russian Front - $2.99 on GOG F.E.A.R. Platinum - $2.49 on GOG Risen - $2.49 on GOG Leisure Suit Larry - $2.49 on GOG Mortal Kombat 1+2+3 - $1.49 on GOG Regions Of Ruin - $1.19 on GOG Jalopy - $0 on Humble Store Keep in mind that availability and pricing for some deals could vary depending on the region. And that is it for our pick of this weekend's PC game deals folks, and hopefully, some of you have enough self-restraint not to break the bank adding new games to your ever-growing backlogs. Of course, there is an enormous amount of other deals ready and waiting all over the interwebs if you comb through it hard enough, so keep your eyes open for those, and have a fantastic weekend.
  3. I may also add, and I will post in the audio forum, my SoundBlaster Z's control panel has full functionality back. I know it wasn't there when I first went to 1903... so somewhere between the last two CUs, Windows now recognizes the SB control panel, and let's me control the full 5.1 system sound settings again. Not gonna complain, but my gut may have been right that Creative may not have been able to fix it. There's been no new driver releases since March of 2017, I believe.
  4. In the end, it's a job, profit, and power grab for 5G. Full movie on 3G=26 hours, 4G=6 minutes, 5G=3.6 seconds. When US won the 4G race, it boosted GDP by nearly $100 billion. If US wins 5G, it'll create about 3 million jobs and add about $500 billion to GDP. Rather than compete, Trump is playing dirty by just outright banning the competition or trying to stifle it so the US can catch up so it won't have to pretend like AT&T does and rename 4G to 5Ge.
  5. Primitive? Since when does a slight size difference make something primitive? Betamax was superior to “primitive” VHS. Remind me who won? *sigh* Betamax was awesome .
  6. Be warned that if you need help with issues and such with your account, they'll ask a whole lot of question just to look at your account to 'assist'. Way more than what I was comfortable with. I don't even know why they ask for my country and ip address.
  7. The need to upgrade often for smartphones died years ago, the market peaked and it's trending down now. Cutting you off from updates is the last way they can get you to upgrade at this point.
  8. The problem this has from the start is that developers actually have to port/make games for it. At least with PS Now and xCloud, they've already got a large library to work with. So it comes down to pricing and how the split goes to devs. Personally if I was making games and all I had to do is code a game for, say the console (xbox or ps) and it would automatically be compatible with their streaming service without me having to do anything, then I'd be all for it. And because of the way the consoles are already, hardware wise, doing a PC version isn't as much work as it used to be when everything had different architecture to worry about. I'm sure Google will get a chunk of games up, they've got the money to pay for it to happen, but I don't see their library ever matching what the others have now or will keep having going forward. It might be enough for them to just get the big name titles, which could be the plan, but that leaves out a large chunk of the market.
  9. The apple way; remove a feature and charge more for it! I would pay more for removal of the notch feature
  10. Apart from iOS 13, I see no real reason to upgrade to these new phones this year. Hardware wise all we are getting is that ugly new tri camera abomination.
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  12. I just came to the realization that with this build, the flash drive creation part of the Media Creation Tool is utterly pointless. You can't actually USE the resulting flash drive to upgrade a computer. Yeah, you can use it for a clean install, but otherwise what's the point? You can copy the contents to a folder and upgrade. But yeah, good point. Ironically, burning a DVD is actually preferable to making a flash drive for this build. Way to go BACKWARDS Microsoft!!! But how would that work on most modern machines, even if there is a optical drive installed? My Blue-ray writer only work in legacy mode from the bios. i suppose it will work ok if you don't boot from the DVD drive and just use it to store the update on for updating and not a clean install. I may try that, just to see, easy enough to my computer back to it original state as i have image back up and i am having a lazy day today as I don't feel 100%.
  13. I just came to the realization that with this build, the flash drive creation part of the Media Creation Tool is utterly pointless. You can't actually USE the resulting flash drive to upgrade a computer. Yeah, you can use it for a clean install, but otherwise what's the point? LOL, oh dear, what is wrong with that company? i wonder how they hell they got so big. oh yes, the new update also do not like additional internal drives either.
  14. Those are pretty minor issues, which is why they shipped it knowing them. They could spend 8 years in testing and still have to ship with known issues. Can't delay it forever. Not being able to install because of additional drives is no minor. I think they should have delayed windows 10 for another 10 years, after all the updates it have had, it is still naff.
  15. A mate tried to install it yesterday and he got the problem with the additional hard drives and that is internal not just external, so he said stuff it, he is not taking the machine apart just to install windows.
  16. Depends if it offers something you need. I think the only major stuff really is the sandbox and the fact that "cortana and search is separate" kind off. there are some tweaks to the start menu, which makes no difference to me as i have a third party one and Windows 10 will now nab another 7Gb of storage just for updates. i am in no rush Sandboxing i dont really care for, i used it when i used Fedora Linux, alla Flatpack Crap i can see where it could be useful, but it seems like if I installed firefox in that sand box,then I can not keep that sandbox for another session, so it will be gone.
  17. Fun fact: the demo for this game uses denuvo drm protection. The demo. Has drm. And ironically rumors are that denuvo is what was causing the issues. You can't make this stuff up. The epic clown show never stops delivering.
  18. Unobscured Vision

    Falcon 9: RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM)

    After Starlink's launch (including the recovery, which was not expendable yet the heaviest one ever flown), it would appear that Falcon 9's are now ... overpowered. As in "Falcon 5's might be a thing ...?" kind of "we could use that instead!". Neat thought experiment ....
  19. Terrible graphics; terrible platform(Epic); terrible gameplay(just a movie with qte); the terrible graphics mixed with the terrible gameplay make it def. Not worth the buy. Looks like a very sloppy port. Demo saves must at least carry over... Because these are so linear I've already watched "the movie" from PewDiePie playing them
  20. Not proof, but the fact that they have had alternative OS's developed for 5 or so years doesn't make them look innocent. Why else would they go to the trouble of developing and maintaining an OS for the sole reason of using it as a backup if Google and Microsoft forced them away? I love the look of their products, however I've always been weary about it. Trump may be a lying bastard, but even a broken clock is right twice a day. Why else? The same reason Samsung did with Tizen and Bada: more control and choice. Alternatives are good and if you can get enough buy-in, you can succeed. Most don’t. True, good point, however those two OS's arguably came out of different business models. - Firstly Bada was of a time when Android was still in development and battling it out against many other mobile OS's like Symbian, Asha, and Windows Phone 7. - Tizen is from a similar time (merged with Bada), however it's still supported by a number of hardware manufactures and the Linux Foundation. Either way, both these OS's were used in the wild, and afaik Huawei's is not and is also made for only their devices. Android and Windows ecosystem are too well established and a familiar selling point for consumers to create a new OS for just "control and choice". This is why I suspect they made their backup OS because they knew whatever they were doing may result with restrictions similar to this.
  21. China is Huawei and the chinese are stealing tech and pirating everything. If Huawei is getting this beat-down.... its because they are chinese Racist much? whats racist about what i said? throwing the you are a racist card doesn't make you anymore or less racist than me. so please point out where i was wrong. the Company is a Chinese company. Chinese government encourage their people to steal and sabotage other nations economy through IP theft and Piracy. So if Huawei is getting this beat down its because they are Chinese. Its as simple as that. Trying to justify it I see. Then tell me why say, TP-Link isn’t facing the same issue? They are Chinese. I can’t wait to hear your response. No really. I’m excited and can’t wait.
  22. From day one I said how unnecessary and stupid it was. The hardcore Apple users told me how wrong I was. Here we are though, with a hardcore Apple fan above you now falling in line and discussing the pros of removing it. Can’t say I am surprised, that’s usually how it goes. Of course, removing it for the reason of lowering the cost is probably a very real thing. For Apple. I doubt it will be passed on to the consumer. Having only just started using an iPhone (6S) for work, once I figured it out I found 3D touch to be much more responsive and reliable than long touch of Android. The haptic feedback also feels more refined and it can be utilised in places where long press is also present effectively creating three different gestures. But yes, it's not clear to users, easy to interpret what's going on, or which of those gestures are in play, so is probably overkill. I only stumbled across it accidently, and couldn't replicate it for ages!
  23. I'm not convinced personally, however am interested to learn more.
  24. Check the event viewer. This assumes it didn’t rebooting into installing (doesn’t sound like it did ) I get the following error codes in event viewer. 0x80073CF9, 0x80246013 and a few of 0xC1420121. Mostly the first 2. I'm trying to research them now to see how to fix it. Any ideas? The codes mean less to me than the message. Can you post those and were they all related to windows installation? Different version of Windows but Got a creative card? I suspect they might be the issue. No creative card. It's a dell laptop. Less than a year old. Installation Failure: Windows failed to install the following update with error 0x80073CF9: 9ND94HKF4S0Z-AppUp.SGXDFP. Installation Failure: Windows failed to install the following update with error 0x80246013: 9ND94HKF4S0Z-AppUp.SGXDFP.
  25. Copernic

    EMDB 3.42

    EMDB 3.42 by Razvan Serea EMDB is an application to keep track of your movie and TV Series collection. Both physical discs and media files are fully supported. With an automatic import from the database of IMDB, export to csv, text or HTML, thumbnail cover preview, a loan tracker, advances search and filter functions and multi-language user interface. EMDB doesn't need a .NET framework or any other external libraries and is therefore fully portable. And best of all... it's free!. EMDB 3.42 changelog: Database: Added IMDb Top 250 property Database: Added Bengali audio stream and spoken language properties. System: Fixed crash when deleting all movies. System: Also delete nfo files when deleting media files. MediaInfo Batch Update: Fixed an issue with assigning audio stream languages if more then one is present. System: Fixed issue when deleting media files on removable disks when deleting an entry from the database. IMDb Import: Added support for recent movies on IMDb having a new (longer) IMDb number." Translations: Updated the Finnish, German, Italian, Slovenian, Turkish and Dutch translations." Download: EMDB 3.42 | 3.8 MB (Freeware) Link: EMDB Home Page Get alerted to all of our Software updates on Twitter at @NeowinSoftware
  26. Stadia will be for the gaming what iPhone was for mobile phones, what Walkman was for music...a total disruption of established ways to call and listen and Stadia will add gaming to that list, imho.
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