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Libra project undergoes rebrand, distancing itself from Facebook

December 2nd 2020 at 22:46
The Libra Association is now the Diem Association and its new digital currency will be called the Diem dollar instead of Libra.

All the RTX 3060 Ti Graphics Cards on the Market

December 2nd 2020 at 22:32
From Asus to Zotac, these are all the graphics cards with RTX 3060 Ti inside.

GeForce RTX 3060 Ti - MSI wyjątkowo dobrze przygotowało się do premiery

December 2nd 2020 at 22:22
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti mocno namieszał w średnim segmencie wydajnościowym. Jeżeli planujecie zakup karty, warto zwrócić uwagę na propozycje MSI – producent przygotował cztery niereferencyjne wersje z różnymi chłodzeniami.

Everything you need to know about Xbox Game Pass

December 2nd 2020 at 22:00

If you have questions about the Xbox Game Pass service, we're here to help.

Microsoft's Game Pass is a subscription-based service that opens up a whole library of games. It launched in mid-2017 and is available to anyone, regardless of being a Gold subscriber or not.

Microsoft is pushing Game Pass hard, and it's going to be a very important service for Xbox going forward, both on console and on PC. Here's everything you need to know.

What is Xbox Game Pass?

Game Pass is a subscription service that gives Xbox One gamers access to a library of games to download and play for as long as they continue to pay for the service. A similar example would be EA Play, except Game Pass isn't exclusive to one publisher.

How much does it cost?

Xbox Game Pass costs $9.99 a month, although its all-inclusive Xbox Game Pass Ulimate tier pushes up to $14.99 a month. In some locations, you can buy codes for multiple months in one go, often with promotions and discounts to consider.

Does it replace Xbox Live Games with Gold?

No. Game Pass is a completely separate service to Games with Gold and operates alongside it. If you want to enjoy multiplayer games, however, you will still need to have a Gold subscription in order to do that.

How do I get Xbox Game Pass?

You can sign up on the console or on the web.

Once you're subscribed, you can manage your subscription from the console, too. On the latest versions of the OS, Game Pass has its own tab inside "my games and apps" and games can be installed directly from here without needing to go to the store.

How many games are there?

At launch, there were over 100 games covering both Xbox One and Xbox 360 backward compatible games in the catalog. Every month, new games are added, and it now even stretches to a selection of original Xbox backward compatible titles.

Additionally, every new Microsoft first-party title will be added into Game Pass at launch. This includes forthcoming games like Halo Infinite.

But just as games regularly enter the rotation, games also regularly leave Game Pass. Any non-Microsoft game will likely leave at some point, or you should treat it as such and play those you like the look of as soon as you can.

The complete list of Xbox Game Pass titles

Do I need to have an Xbox Live Gold subscription?

No, Xbox Game Pass is a completely separate subscription program.

Are Xbox Play Anywhere games included?

Absolutely. With an Xbox Game Pass subscription, PC gamers are able to play Xbox Play Anywhere titles, such as Sea of Thieves, without a purchase if they have a Game Pass subscription on their Xbox console.

Future first-party titles that are also Play Anywhere will also be included in the same way.

Is it available on Windows 10?

It is! There's now also a dedicated Xbox Game Pass for PC. It can be subscribed to on its own or as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which includes console, PC, and an Xbox Live Gold subscription.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate?

The latest Game Pass product, check out our full explainer for more information. Essentially it represents the absolute best value, with a single $15 a month subscription covering Xbox Live Gold on your Xbox One, Game Pass games on the console and Game Pass games PC and from September 15 access to the xCloud game streaming service.

Are backward compatible Xbox 360 titles included in Game Pass?

The catalog has a good selection, and it now goes even further, including original Xbox games, too.

Will I get a discount to buy the games if I like them?

Yep. Game Pass subscribers will get an exclusive discount to buy the games and related downloadable content (DLC).

Will I be able to play if I stop my subscription?

Games are available to play, in full, for as long as you're a paying subscriber. If you cancel your subscription, you lose access to said games.

Where can I get Xbox Game Pass?

The full list of countries currently reads as such:

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States.

Project xCloud now part of Game Pass app on Android

From September 15, 2020, Microsoft's cloud gaming service, known as xCloud previously, is part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and is built into the Xbox Game Pass app on Android.

It adds another tick in the value box to Game Pass Ultimate over regular Game Pass, too. Games are added to the cloud library on a slightly different schedule to the console and PC, but regular additions are coming along.

Additionally, Microsoft has been working on dedicated touch controls for some of these games allowing you to play on your phone or tablet without the need for a controller. Minecraft Dungeons was the first, but the feature has since come to titles such as Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice and Dead Cells.

xCloud on Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass (Beta)

Download from Google Play

Take the finished version of xCloud for a run out

Game Pass subscribers can check out xCloud on their Android phone or tablet right now with the Xbox Game Pass (Beta) app from the Play Store.

How to save money on Xbox Game Pass

Just because Game Pass is a monthly subscription doesn't mean you can't save some money on it. You just have to know where to look.

Game Pass subscriptions can be bought and applied to your accouny by way of a code, which can be bought from a number of third-party retailers. One good place to keep an eye on is Amazon, where deals are fairly common, including such offers as buy one get one free on three month subscription codes which have been known in the past.

Another retailer to check out is CDKeys where you can always save some money, including on three month subscription codes.


This hopefully answers some of the questions you have about Xbox Game Pass, and we'll keep this post updated as any new information becomes available.

All you can play

Xbox Game Pass 3 Month Code

$30 at Amazon

More games than you'll ever need

Microsoft's Netflix-style subscription service serves over 100 varied titles for a monthly fee. From hit franchises to experimental indies, Xbox Game Pass has value for all.

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Best Holiday CPU Deals for 2020

December 2nd 2020 at 21:19
We're rounding up the best deals on CPUs during this holiday deals season.

Best Holiday Laptop Deals 2020

December 2nd 2020 at 21:06
We’re finding the best deals on laptops this holiday season.

Intel ships one of its fastest CPUs yet but you can't buy it

December 2nd 2020 at 20:58
The fastest Intel Xeon Scalable CPU is now available in the cloud through AWS' new EC2 M5zn instances.

Best Buy flash sale: epic deals on TVs, Apple Watch, Fitbit, AirPods, and more

December 2nd 2020 at 20:22
The Best Buy flash sale is happening now and includes epic deals on TVs, Apple Watch, Fitbit, AirPods, and more.

PC Gamer is teaming up with SpecialEffect for a holiday giveaway

December 2nd 2020 at 20:21

Kindhearted holiday cheer to go around.

Giveaways are always fun and it's even better when they benefit great causes, especially around the holidays. The folks over at PC Gamer are teaming up with SpecialEffect to give away some EPOS | SENNHEISER prizes while raising awareness for the work that SpecialEffect does.

SpecialEffect is a U.K.-based nonprofit organization that works to provide custom equipment setups and assistance to players with different physical disabilities, such as Charlie. Charlie enjoys watching streams and playing games like Mario Kart or Paw Patrol, which can be difficult on a regular controller due to cerebral palsy. Charlie's dad was aided by SpecialEffect in putting together a unique setup that enables him to have fun. This included a larger joystick, larger buttons, and more. This is just one of several ways that SpecialEffect is making a difference in players' lives.

Here's the list of prizes being given away in this team-up between PC Gamer and SpecialEffect.

  • 1 x EPOS | SENNHEISER GSP 601 wired headset (valued at £199)
  • 1 x EPOS | SENNHEISER GSP 670 wireless headset (valued at £279)
  • 1 x EPOS | SENNHEISER GSX 1200 amplifier (valued at £219)
  • 1 x EPOS | SENNHEISER powerbank

There's 29 days left to enter this special giveaway, which ends on Dec. 31, 2020. There are six different easy ways to enter the contest and increase your entry count just before the holidays. Click below to enter.

This December, help us support SpecialEffect and enter to win an EPOS | SENNHEISER prize package!

Sennheiser has been in the audio accessory game for decades, and that includes gaming headsets. Its headsets tend to be on the premium side with great sound quality thanks to great drivers, incredible builds, and a multitude of features. You can find out more about EPOS and its products on the official website.

State of Decay 2 is now an Xbox Series X|S optimized title

December 2nd 2020 at 20:11

State of Decay 2 in glorious 4K / 60fps.

What you need to know

  • State of Decay 2 is a community-building zombie survival game from Undead Labs on Xbox.
  • The game is several years old now but continues to get new updates and content over time.
  • The latest update for State of Decay 2 optimizes the game for the next-gen Xbox Series X|S with 4K / 60fps support.
  • There are also new difficulty options, challenges, and rewards for players who need an excuse to dive back in.

State of Decay 2 is Microsoft's community-building co-op enabled zombie survival game from Undead Labs, which has secured millions of players despite initial lackluster reviews. With tons of updates and new content, State of Decay 2 has continued to grow as one of the best apocalyptic survival games out there. The latest update makes the game even better, optimizing State of Decay 2 for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S in addition to new challenges and more. You can check out the game in action on the Xbox Series X in the trailer below.

The new update, rolling out for free to all players, provides the following benefits on the Xbox Series X|S next-gen consoles:

  • Up to 4K resolution (exact resolution unknown on Xbox Series S)
  • Stable 60fps
  • Improved world and shadow detail
  • Greatly increased loading speeds

It's great to see State of Decay 2, an aging game, continue to be supported by Undead Labs, and its jump over to the Xbox Series X|S should be the final nail in the coffin for performance issues the game has had since launch. The update also adds a few new things like:

  • Lethal Difficulty, which achieves a new level of hardness with even scarcer resources, stronger enemies, and more plague than ever before
  • New Lethal Difficulty Achievements, worth a combined 100 Gamerscore
  • Custom Difficulty, which lets players mix and match difficulty settings to create the perfect game
  • Stay Frosty Pack, which includes over a dozen themed items that can be earned as rewards by completing new challenges

State of Decay 2 is already included in Xbox Game Pass, making it super easy for any player to jump in and try it out, even for the first time. Undead Labs is also confirmed to be working on the next entry in the franchise with State of Decay 3, the first game that will have the full backing of Microsoft behind it. If you want to get the most out of your Xbox Series X|S and the games you play, consider one of the Best 4K TVs for Xbox Series X|S.

A catalog of games

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

$45 at Amazon (3-month subscription) $15 at Amazon (1-month subscription)

All your gaming needs, in one subscription.

Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. That means access to hundreds of games, with more added all the time, for a single monthly subscription cost.

Top Christmas gifts for photographers: make sure everyone is snap-happy

December 2nd 2020 at 19:57
If you're stuck for Christmas gift ideas for the photographer in your life, then you're in the right place.

New Add to OneDrive feature lets you create shortcuts to shared folders

December 2nd 2020 at 19:56

It's now easier than ever to manage shared files in OneDrive.

What you need to know

  • The new "Add to OneDrive" feature is now generally available.
  • The feature allows you to add shortcuts to shared OneDrive folders to your own OneDrive.
  • You can then browse through and manage shared files without altering permissions.

OneDrive has a section for all the files and folders that are shared with you. This is a convenient place to find content that others have shared with you through OneDrive, but it can feel separate from the rest of your OneDrive storage. Now, a new "Add to OneDrive" feature makes it easy to add a shared folder to your own OneDrive files.

To add a shared folder to your own files, you just select it on OneDrive on the web. You can then select Add to my OneDrive in the menu across the top of the screen. This creates a shortcut for the shared folder within your own OneDrive files. Any created shortcuts then appear on OneDrive on the web, Windows File Explorer, in Mac Finder, Teams, and the OneDrive mobile apps.

This shortcut setup is better than just copying folders over to your own OneDrive. When you create a shortcut to a shared folder, it remains a shared folder with all of the same permissions and users as before. The difference now is that it's easier to find within your own files.

You can always find the shared folder within the Shared section of your OneDrive as well. You can also select the folder on OneDrive on the web and remove it from your OneDrive.

Microsoft details the feature in further depth in a recent techcommunity post. A support page from Microsoft also shows you how to manage the feature.

Xbox Smart Delivery: everything you need to know about the Xbox Series X feature

December 2nd 2020 at 19:47
We take you through Xbox Smart Delivery and how game ownership on Xbox Series X could change permanently.

A new Minecraft snapshot adds new Caves and Cliffs Update features

December 2nd 2020 at 19:35

A new redstone toy and a home for dripstone.

What you need to know

  • Minecraft: Java Edition is the legacy PC version of Minecraft, complete with modding and an impassioned community.
  • The Java Edition tests new features and updates through snapshots, or temporary builds that anyone can try out.
  • The latest snapshot tests new features from the upcoming 'Caves and Cliffs Update,' which is coming Summer 2021.
  • This includes the new dripstone caves biome, as well as the fancy sculk sensor that can detect sound through vibrations.

Minecraft is back with another snapshot for the Java Edition, once again adding and testing new features and changes from the upcoming Caves and Cliffs Update, which is releasing Summer 2021. The new snapshot, dubbed 20w49a, adds two new features for players to try out, as well as a host of technical changes, bug fixes, and more.

The two highlights from this snapshot are certainly the dripstone caves biome, which gives the dripstone blocks introduced in the last snapshot a new home, and the sculk sensor, which can detect sound via vibrations and gives off redstone signals.

Minecraft, one of the Best Games for Kids, continues to grow and evolve over time. With the sculk sensors being added in this update, sound is more important than ever, so make sure you're well-acquainted with one of the Best Headsets for PC Gaming.

The full changelog for snapshot 20w49a (sans bug fixes) includes:

New features

  • Added dripstone caves biome
  • Added sculk sensors

Dripstone caves biome

  • This biome doesn't generate naturally yet since it is designed for the upcoming larger caves. However, if you want to see the biome in the current caves you can create a single-biome world with dripstone caves
  • Contains plenty of pointed dripstone on the floors, ceilings, and small pools of water
  • In some places, you'll find larger stalagmites, stalactites, and columns built from dripstone blocks

Sculk sensors

  • Introducing the bizarre, tendril-filled world of sculk – prepare for sculk sensors to creep you out with their unique ability to detect vibrations nearby
  • A vibration is anything that causes physical motion; if you are careful, there are some motions that are undetectable to sensors by sneaking
    • These sneak-friendly vibrations currently include walking, falling to the ground, or throwing/shooting projectiles
  • Sculk sensors will not listen to vibrations that are directly created by other sculk sources
  • When a vibration is detected, a signal is sent from the source location to the sensor at a speed of 1 game tick per block
    • Other vibrations cannot be detected by a sensor when a signal is already traveling to it
    • When the signal has arrived, the sensor will be activated for 40 game ticks (approximately 2 seconds)
    • While activated, the sensor cannot detect other vibrations
  • Sculk sensors can detect vibrations in an 8 block radius around it
  • The efficient tool to mine sculk sensors is the hoe
  • They can be waterlogged

Redstone emission

  • Sculk sensors emit a redstone signal when they are activated
  • The strength of the redstone signal is inversely proportional to the distance the vibration signal traveled
    • This means that the closer the vibration is, the stronger the Redstone signal is
    • The output is also scaled based on the sculk sensor's radius, so it can reach the max redstone signal strength when the vibration is 0 distance away (directly on top of the sensor)

Vibration frequences

  • Sculk sensors have a unique interaction with comparators
  • Each vibration in the game falls under a certain frequency value, and this value can be measured with a comparator
  • With the right contraption, this allows you to detect when a certain action has occurred nearby
  • Here is a list of actions and their corresponding frequencies:
    • Step - 1
    • Flap - 2
    • Swim - 3
    • Elytra Free Fall - 4
    • Hit Ground - 5
    • Splash - 6
    • Wolf Shaking - 6
    • Projectile Shoot - 7
    • Projectile Land - 8
    • Start Eating - 7
    • Finish Eating - 8
    • Hit Entity - 9
    • Add Item To Armor Stand - 9
    • Open Block - 11
    • Close Block - 10
    • Switch Block - 11
    • Unswitch Block - 10
    • Press Block - 11
    • Unpress Block - 10
    • Attach Block - 11
    • Detach Block - 10
    • Open Container - 11
    • Close Container - 10
    • Dispense Failed - 10
    • Use Flint And Steel - 12
    • Place Block - 12
    • Destroy Block - 13
    • Place Fluid - 12
    • Pickup Fluid - 13
    • Cast Fishing Rod - 15
    • Reel-In Fishing Rod - 14
    • Extend Piston - 15
    • Contract Piston - 14
    • Explosion - 15
    • Lightning Strike - 15

Wool occlusion

  • Wool has a special interaction with sculk sensors
  • If a wool block is in the way of a vibration source, the sensor will not be able to detect it

Technical tidbits

  • Sculk sensors have a cooldown period of 1 tick after being placed or after deactivating
  • During this short cooldown period, it cannot detect vibrations. This is to prevent it from activating itself when a contraption it is powering is being unpowered. Feedback is welcome on this point!

Changes

  • The fullness of a bundle now shows up regardless of whether advanced tooltips are on or off
  • Stalactites and stalagmites merge if the tips are next to each other unless you press shift while placing

Technical changes

A new game event system has been implemented to support Sculk Sensors detecting vibrations World height-related values are now exposed for customized worlds Removed the max-build-height server setting Added occludes_vibration_signals block tag. Anything in this tag will occlude vibrations, and inherits wool tag entries by default New particle types: vibration and dust_color_transition A new game event system has been implemented to support Sculk Sensors detecting vibrations

Game events

  • This system has been developed to identify when certain in-world actions are happening in nearby chunks, particularly so the new sculk sensor can detect these events as vibrations
  • The following is a list of the initial game events:
    • minecraft:step
    • minecraft:swim
    • minecraft:flap
    • minecraft:elytra_free_fall
    • minecraft:hit_ground
    • minecraft:splash
    • minecraft:projectile_shoot
    • minecraft:projectile_land
    • minecraft:entity_hit
    • minecraft:block_place
    • minecraft:block_destroy
    • minecraft:fluid_place
    • minecraft:fluid_pickup
    • minecraft:block_open
    • minecraft:block_close
    • minecraft:block_switch
    • minecraft:block_unswitch
    • minecraft:block_attach
    • minecraft:block_detach
    • minecraft:block_press
    • minecraft:block_unpress
    • minecraft:container_open
    • minecraft:container_close
    • minecraft:explode
    • minecraft:armor_stand_add_item
    • minecraft:wolf_shaking
    • minecraft:dispense_fail
    • minecraft:fishing_rod_cast
    • minecraft:fishing_rod_reel_in
    • minecraft:piston_extend
    • minecraft:piston_contract
    • minecraft:flint_and_steel_use
    • minecraft:eating_start
    • minecraft:eating_finish
    • minecraft:lightning_strike

Tags

  • There are also game event tags that come with this and can be modified by data packs. They can be found under data/minecraft/tags/game_events
    • vibrations Determines which game events are considered vibrations by the Sculk Sensor. Currently, all added game events are in this tag by default
    • ignore_vibrations_stepping_carefully Which game events should be ignored by the Sculk Sensor when the source of the event is sneaking
  • The following game events are in ignore_vibrations_stepping_carefully by default:
    • minecraft:step
    • minecraft:hit_ground
    • minecraft:projectile_shoot

A gaming masterpiece

Minecraft

$50 at Microsoft (Windows 10 Master Collection) $30 at Microsoft (Windows 10 Starter Collection)

Available everywhere you play.

Minecraft is an inarguable and complete success. It has sold copies in the hundreds of millions, has a huge following of dedicated players, and lets you unlock your every creative desire. It's also available on every platform imaginable, including Xbox One, Windows 10, Playstation 4, and Nintendo Switch. Play with anyone, and play anywhere.

Ravens vs Steelers live stream: how to watch the NFL week 12 game anywhere today

December 2nd 2020 at 19:25
One week later, it's time for our final Thanksgiving showdown - here's how to get a Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers live stream and watch NFL online.

Microsoft acquires Smash.gg esports tournament platform

December 2nd 2020 at 19:15

The company has announced it's joining Microsoft, bringing a suite of management tools for esports events to the Xbox platform holder.

What you need to know

  • Microsoft has announced an agreement to acquire Smash.gg, bringing its online platform for esports tournaments within its gaming portfolio.
  • Smash.gg offers organizers tools to handle management, payments, and analytics for tournaments, targeting both amateur and professional organizations.

Online video game events platform, Smash.gg, has announced it has entered an acquisition agreement with Microsoft. The company, rooted in tools to host and support esports events, reportedly looks to join Redmond for an undisclosed sum, further bolstering its gaming presence alongside the Xbox brand. Smash.gg announced the deal via its official website. We've reached out to Microsoft for confirmation, although it did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Headquartered in San Francisco, Smash.gg first started operations in 2015 as a platform for esports events around Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. fighting series. Its services have since expanded to other titles, although its name and presence remain closely tied to the fighting genre. Its suite of tools offers support to grassroots and professional organizers, handling management, payments, and analytics through an all-inclusive platform.

"Since we started in 2015, our goal has been to build active esports scenes around the games people love to play," Smash.gg said in a statement. "Today we're excited to take the next step in that journey by joining Microsoft to help strengthen our existing relationships and explore new opportunities. Smash.gg will continue as a self-service esports platform available to tournament organizers from all game communities. If you have any questions about existing tournaments please reach out to hello@smash.gg."

Microsoft also confirmed the news through its MSN Esports Twitter account, stating it brings "even more support and opportunities" for the organization.

It's may seem like an unexpected acquisition for Microsoft, with Smash.gg best known among Super Smash Bros. communities, even down to its brand identity. But with steady expansion over half a decade, the acquisition signals further diversification with its services, stressing availability across "all game communities." And Microsoft has the portfolio to bring smash.gg to new audiences, whether the Xbox platform, its MSN eSports franchise, or even backend developer tools like Playfab.

Microsoft generally has a positive image in the gaming scene, with its Xbox platform a crucial division in its gaming efforts. But that also comes with resentment in some gaming communities, following its decision to shutter its Mixer live streaming platform earlier in 2020.

But for smash.gg it's a natural progression, with the company previously suggest the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic had impacted its bottom line. It stated "lots of conversations" were underway to maintain growth amid rumors of a closure, including "talks about acquisition or combination with services." It appears Microsoft was that ideal partner, potentially saving the platform, and placing it in the spotlight alongside its broader gaming portfolio.

The Mandalorian season 2: how did the Empire survive Return of the Jedi?

December 2nd 2020 at 19:14
We saw the end of Emperor Palpatine and the second Death Star, but the Galactic Empire didn't go quietly after Return of the Jedi.

This cheap Chromebook deal already had a great price - now you're getting free headphones too

December 2nd 2020 at 19:09
Cheap Chromebook deals just keep getting better - grab a free pair of JBL headphones with this 2-in-1 Lenovo IdeaPad.

Amazon Fire TV Cube now supports video calls to Echo Show and Fire tablets

December 2nd 2020 at 19:04
The second-gen Fire TV Cube has just got support for third-party webcams, opening up a world of hands-free video calling on your TV.

A new 3D printing Kickstarter is going to change the world, maybe

December 2nd 2020 at 19:00

Creality is known for its budget 3D printers, but its latest Kickstarter, the PrintMill, is completely taking us to a new level.

Ever since I learned that at-home 3D printing was a thing, I have been fascinated by it. I started my 3D printing journey and quickly realized I could make a little money by making small keychains that people could buy on Etsy. My demand quickly surpassed my ability to supply, so I invested in 2 more printers, and they cemented my love for the hobby. There are limits to how much you can print on a single printer — or even several printers — though you have to have a lot of space and money to invest in a print farm. Something is coming from Creality 3D that may change that dynamic for the better.

The Creality CR30, better known as Naomi Wu's 3D PrintMill — named after the famous Chinese maker and YouTube star Naomi Wu — is the next logical step into the future for at-home 3D printing and offers you the chance to create your very own factory in your home. The Kickstarter is live right now, and you can get the PrintMill for a staggeringly low price.

Naomi Wu's 3D PrintMill (Cr30)

On Kickstarter

The Cr30 is an infinite Z 3D printing conveyor belt that may start a new revolution in 3D printing. Mini mass production is in reach.

What's different about the 3D Printmill?

Category 3D Printmill
Printer type Modified Core-XY
Print size 200mm x 170mm x Infinite mm
Nozzle size 0.4mm
Software Crealitybelt (modified Cura)
Filament Diameter 1.75mm
Supported Filaments PLA/PETG/TPU
Storage USB/SD card

While the basic premise of the Printmill is the same as just about any Core-XY 3D printer — the nozzle moves on the X and Y-axis while the bed moves on the Z-axis — there are a few key differences. The nozzle is angled at 45 degrees, and the print bed is a conveyor that constantly moves away from the nozzle. It's that conveyor belt, though, that really intrigues me.

With a conveyor belt system, you essentially create an "infinite Z-axis." That allows you to print insanely long models, as long as you have the space to print it. Right now, the 3D printing world is obsessed with printing full-length cosplay swords on the PrintMill, and one maker has even printed a 20-foot rail, just to see if the PrintMill could handle it, which it could! While printing very long things could potentially be helpful in specific scenarios, it's the mass production doors that the 3D PrintMill opens up that really excite me.

I first saw a belt system on a 3D printer when Karl Brown showcased his White Knight on YouTube and found the concept fascinating. Karl had designed his machine from the ground up in Microsoft's 3D Builder and had produced a machine that pushed the boundaries of what I thought possible. It turns out Karl wasn't the first. As far back as 2008, people have been trying to make them, with varying designs, but when a large company bought up certain patents, a lot of the innovation was stifled. Creality is taking a big risk creating this product — Intellectual property rights are no joke — but they are willing to try to get it out into the world. Naomi has especially pushed for this and is one of the reasons the project is being Kickstarted — without the promise of a lump sum upfront, I'm not sure any company would take the risk — so we will have to watch how that unfolds.

Why is it a game-changer?

Infinite Print

Having an infinite Z-axis could change the way you mass-produce at home. To give you an example scenario, imagine someone who makes a 3D printed product with six separate parts. The current process would be to have a print farm of multiple printers dedicated to printing one of the parts each. Each time the print finishes, you would need a body to remove the print from the print bed and set the printer up again for the next round of printing.

With a PrintMill, you could, software permitting, print three different parts, one after the other, on separate parts of the belt. As they print, they would slowly move to the end of the belt and fall into buckets at the end. With this method, you could print six parts on two PrintMills and have them continuously printing as long as there was filament in the hopper. You would only need one person to start the machine and replace the filament. It is possible to buy 10kg rolls of filament which would reduce the number of times it would need replacing. For a small business or a single person trying to start a business, this would make their overheads considerably less.

This is not to say the 3DPrintMill is for every 3D printing enthusiast; it isn't. Unless you are looking to mass-produce, or you want to print swords and staffs, you will be better served by printers like the Creality Ender 3 or the Prusa Mk3s that can offer fantastic print quality at a much smaller footprint. But if you want to push the boundaries of what mini-mass-production can mean from home, then I would urge you to join up for the Kickstarter while you can. It will feel like you are living in the future.

Naomi Wu's 3D PrintMill (Cr30)

On Kickstarter

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The latest Minecraft: Bedrock Edition beta adds ambient sounds to Nether

December 2nd 2020 at 18:57

A small beta, but at least we have ambient sounds in the Nether now.

What you need to know

  • Minecraft: Bedrock Edition has a beta program on Xbox, Windows 10, and Android to test new features and bug fixes.
  • The latest beta, 1.16.210.50, comes with a handful of bug fixes and one significant parity improvement for the Nether.
  • With this update, the Nether will now have ambient sounds, just like it does in the Java Edition of Minecraft.
  • This beta is available to install and test soon and will likely be included in a future public release.

The time has come for another Minecraft beta, this time coming in the form of update 1.16.210.50. The latest beta for Minecraft: Bedrock Edition is a small one, mostly including a handful of bug fixes for the game and the recently updated Achievements screen, but there is one notable addition that comes in the form of a parity change. Minecraft: Java Edition has had ambient noises in the Nether Update for ages now, and those background noises are now coming to the universal Bedrock Edition of Minecraft in this beta update.

Minecraft remains one of the Best Games for Kids but is great fun for all ages. Make sure you're set up with one of the Best Headsets for Xbox Series X|S, that way, you can pick out every single one of the new ambient sounds in the Nether.

The full changelog for Minecraft beta 1.16.210.50 includes:

Known issues

  • Entities are not rendered for the second, third, and fourth players while playing in split-screen on Xbox consoles

Vanilla parity

  • Players now experience ambient sounds in The Nether
    • Mobile players will need to update the Minecraft Original Music Pack via the Marketplace to hear these new sounds

Bug fixes

General

  • Players are once again able to join servers when the server has view-distance set to 4 or less
  • Animations for custom mobs based on vanilla actor types for their "runtime_identifier" (such as Pandas and Polar Bears) will now work properly
  • Brought back capability to rejoin a server after it has been suspended and resumed

Accessibility

  • Fixed the screen reader not reading the title on the Permissions screen

Achievement screen

  • Removed the input legend of the Achievement page Summary panel when narration is enabled
  • Fixed an issue where the scrollbar could be hidden behind the input legend
  • Fixed achievement details page getting its content hidden behind the Input legend
  • Updated size of achievement reward frame
  • Updated frame art for locked achievements

A gaming masterpiece

Minecraft

$50 at Microsoft (Xbox One Master Collection) $30 at Microsoft (Xbox One Starter Collection) $50 at Microsoft (Windows 10 Master Collection) $30 at Microsoft (Windows 10 Starter Collection)

Available everywhere you play.

Minecraft is an inarguable and complete success. It has sold copies in the hundreds of millions, has a huge following of dedicated players, and lets you unlock your every creative desire. It's also available on every platform imaginable, including Xbox One, Windows 10, Playstation 4, and Nintendo Switch. Play with anyone, and play anywhere.

Nie podobają Ci się screeny z Cyberpunk 2077? Będziesz mógł pokazać jak to się robi

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The Future Tech Awards celebrate the best in tech

December 2nd 2020 at 18:30

Cheers to another year in tech! With the end of the year drawing closer, we're celebrating with the announcement of the 2020 Future Tech Awards.

The Future Tech Awards recognize the best people, products, and services from across the U.S. technology sector. We're asking Windows Central readers to vote on the best products and professionals in multiple categories to help us honor the ground-breaking innovations of this year.

There are four prizes that make up the Future Tech Awards:

  • Future Choice — The best products, as voted for by Future Tech's editorial committee.
  • Reader's Choice — The best products as voted for by Future Tech's readers.
  • Future 50 — The top 50 people, across key tech industry categories.
  • Tech Hall of Fame — Decorated industry veterans and deserved recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nominations for the Future 50 Awards and Future Choice Awards are open now, and they close on December 4, 2020. The Future 50 awards recognize the top 50 professionals impacting technology across five sectors, including young leaders, content creators, and visionary CEOs.

The nominations for Future Tech Awards include but are not limited to products, services, and people within the Microsoft and Windows ecosystems. That's why we're asking you, our readers, to participate.

Stay tuned for more details on the Future Choice, Reader's Choice, Future 50, and Hall of Fame award.

Learn more about the Future Tech Awards

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