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    ShotCut 20.09.27

    ShotCut 20.09.27 Edit your videos using this comprehensive application that allows you to apply custom filters, trim and combine files, then convert them to a multitude of supported formats Shotcut is a simple and user-friendly video editor that offers a series of features and functions to help you adjust and retouch your favorite movies, in just a few clicks of your mouse. The application supports various video, audio and even image formats, so you can work with any type of media you want. The 'Multi-format Timeline' enables you to mix and match resolutions as well as framerates throughout an editing project. You can analyze the video frame by frame, allowing you to correct or enhance its every aspect. Another interesting feature of Shotcut is the fact that it opens and plays MLT XML as clips, so you can even use this application to test such files. In addition, Shotcut allows you to create and play MLT XML playlists, that you can easily encode or stream to a preferred network. The application also provides you with a number of video filters, such as 'Blur', 'Color Grading', 'Crop', 'Glow', 'Mirror', 'Rotate', 'Saturation', 'Sharpen', 'White Balance' enabling you to fully customize the appearance of your movie, while the 'Color Wheels' can be used for color correction and grading. Moreover, Shotcut enables you to work with a set of audio filters, namely 'Balance', 'Gain', 'Pan', that can prove useful in adjusting several sound issues in your file. The 'Encode' component makes it possible for you to convert your video to numerous output formats, such as M4A, MXF, VOB, FLV, MP4, M2T, MPG, AVI, MOV, OGG, WEBM, and others. After finishing with the various editing processes that you want to perform on your video, you can stream it using the network protocol scheme, address port and parameters as an URL address. Shotcut is a comprehensive and efficient media editing tool that offers basic as well as more complex functions, some of which go beyond those of many similar applications, that you can use with confidence. Editing Features Trimming on source clip player or timeline with ripple option Append, insert, overwrite, lift, and ripple delete editing on the timeline 3-point editing Hide, mute, and lock track controls Multitrack timeline with thumbnails and waveforms Unlimited undo and redo for playlist edits including a history view Create, play, edit, save, load, encode, and stream MLT XML projects (with auto-save) Save and load trimmed clip as MLT XML file Load and play complex MLT XML file as a clip Drag-n-drop files from file manager Scrubbing and transport control Version 20.09.27 This version fixes some major bugs in the previous version 20.09.13 and improves the usability of the new Rich Text video filter. Release Notes : https://www.shotcut.org/download/releasenotes/ Homepage : https://www.shotcut.org/ or https://github.com/mltframework/shotcut/ Download x64 : https://github.com/mltframework/shotcut/releases/download/v20.09.27/shotcut-win64-200927.exe Portable : https://github.com/mltframework/shotcut/releases/download/v20.09.27/shotcut-win64-200927.zip X86: https://github.com/mltframework/shotcut/releases/download/v20.09.27/shotcut-win32-200927.exe Portable : https://github.com/mltframework/shotcut/releases/download/v20.09.27/shotcut-win32-200927.zip
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    Lorien Cleaner Pro 1.1.4

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  6. Microsoft Weekly: ZeniMax Media joins XGS, Ignite 2020, and the October 2020 Update This week, perhaps more so than others, has been a big one in terms of Microsoft news. A massive acquisition on the gaming side, a whole bunch of Ignite 2020 announcements, and even an alleged source code leak for Windows XP, all happened in the last seven days. You can find info about that, as well as much more below, in your Microsoft digest for the week of September 19 - 25. ZeniMax Media joins XGS In a move that came pretty much out of nowhere, Microsoft announced on Monday the second largest acquisition in gaming, behind only Tencent’s $8.6B Supercell (Clash of Clans) buyout. Penned by Xbox head Phil Spencer, the post published at the top of the week outlined the fact that Microsoft has entered into an agreement to buy ZeniMax Media, parent company of ZeniMax Online Studios, publisher Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Roundhouse Studios, and Alpha Dog for a cool $7.5 billion dollars. As a result of this, the Xbox Game Studios first-party organization has grown pretty much overnight from 15 to 23 studios, and Microsoft now has the rights to IPs like Dishonored, Wolfenstein, The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Doom, Starfield, The Evil Within, Prey, Rune, and many more. Following up on the news, all of the ZeniMax games will be coming to Game Pass day one, which is sure to boost the subscription’s newly announced 15 million subscriber milestone. To put this into perspective, the service was launched in 2017 and grew to 10 million by April of this year. In a little under five months, another five million subscribers have joined. In case you were doubtful that the Game Pass launch would be the case, Doom Eternal is set to be made available on the subscription starting October 1. More gaming news was also present this week, with the Xbox beta mobile app launching on Android, the new Microsoft Store for Xbox being made available for everyone, a new Xbox Wireless Controller edition being shown, and Deals with Gold bringing in Grand Theft Auto, Resident Evil, and more. Circling back to app launches, the Xbox app is also available in beta on iOS, with the Xbox Family Settings app hitting GA on both iOS and Android. For folks eager to get their hands on next-gen consoles, this was a big week too, as both the Xbox Series S and Series X went up for pre-order and soon were sold out. Microsoft did promise to have more units at launch on November 10. If you pre-ordered from Amazon, you might’ve gotten an email about your pre-orders being delayed due to demand. Lastly, if you’re curious just how much the 1TB SSD expansion card for the next-gen Microsoft consoles is going to cost, it has showed up for pre-order online priced at $220. While you wait for next-gen, here are the best Xbox One games launched this week. Of course, we’d be remiss not to mention Halo 3: ODST PC – check out our review for more details about the port -, the fact that the next Halo: MCC flight will test cross-play and input-based matchmaking, or that Flight Simulator has gotten an SDK update and new Marketplace products, along with the announcement of a Japan map update as its first content drop. To wrap up this section, be sure to check out our five reasons to buy the Xbox Series consoles, our top five reasons to buy the PlayStation 5, then go ahead and give your two cents in regards to what the future of gaming looks like. Ignite 2020 This week was also host to the first of Microsoft’s two planned Ignite events – the second being held in March next year -, where the company unveiled a number of cloud and platform updates. First and foremost, the software giant plans to become water positive (meaning that it will replenish more water than it uses by way of stressed basins) by the year 2030. Also in the field of general betterment, Microsoft announced that its Cloud for Healthcare will hit GA next month, and that the InnerEye Deep Learning Toolkit is now available. The latter’s release is to aid in the improvement of patient care. While the company’s Azure business unit has indeed taken off in recent years, no part of it has done it quite like this before, as at Ignite it was announced that the cloud platform now includes Azure Orbital. This is a new managed service which provides access to physical satellite communication capabilities in order to process and analyze the data via Azure. This announcement also coincides with the reveal of the new Azure Communication Services, a new managed communication platform making its way to Microsoft’s cloud. Continuing this same theme, low-code updates in Power Platform for both GitHub and Azure have now hit the preview stage, while Power BI for Teams and a Premium Per User tier have been announced too. If you’re curious about what exactly the Power Platform is, or what it offers, be sure to check out this interview with Microsoft’s Arun Ulag, by way of our very own Hamza Jawad. In other service announcements, Dynamics 365 Customer Service now has a voice channel, while Dynamics 365 Project Operations has hit the general availability phase. In addition, the OS sandbox offering from the Redmond giant (Windows Virtual Desktop) has gotten a bunch of new capabilities, Microsoft 365 Defender and Azure Defender are now unified under Microsoft Defender, and HoloLens 2 availability has been expanded in light of demand due to COVID-19. For the collaboration part of the announcements, Cortana has gained some new features, like the daily briefing email feature now being GA for Microsoft 365 Enterprise users, and Teams is set to increase the maximum number of team members you can have to 25,000 later this year. Changes are coming to Outlook and Microsoft 365 too, like a new UI in Bookings and Search getting integrated into Teams, with the Bot Framework Composer also being made available as an open-source tool. Worthy of note is also the fact that LinkedIn’s site and mobile app are getting a massive redesign, Microsoft 365 is getting a next-gen Compliance Manager, Microsoft Forms is now available in the Office mobile app – with a Teams integration also being made accessible -, and that Microsoft is set to release a new perpetual license version of Office next year. Rounding off this set of announcements is the arrival of the much-awaited dark theme for OneDrive on the web later this month (among other features), the arrival of App Assure to Windows on ARM, shared MSIX containers, and other Windows platform features coming soon, the GA of version 1.3 for Windows Terminal, and the fact that Microsoft has obtained an exclusive license to OpenAI’s GPT-3 language model. The October 2020 Update We finally get to some Windows update news too, as Microsoft has released build 20221 to the Dev channel, featuring a new Meet Now video conferencing feature. You can check out our overview here. Beyond the new feature, there’s also a bunch of fixes and improvements to components like Windows Update itself, with the known issues list still being rather long. We’re talking about an Insider build here, after all. And speaking of Insiders, those in the Beta and Release Preview channels were greeted with build 19042.541 of the 20H2 branch. Due to this being part of the very soon to be released October 2020 Update, it contains just fixes, as is to be expected. For an overview of what’s coming in 20H2, also known as the Windows 10 October 2020 Update, make sure to check out our guide here. Dev channel Swift has made its way to Windows 10, with toolchain images now being available. Google has brought Flutter to Windows in Alpha, UWP support to be added soon. The Surface Laptop 3 has gotten some firmware updates to address screen and keyboard issues. Microsoft’s Surface Pro X has recently benefitted from firmware updates too. Pre-orders for the long-awaited 85-inch Surface Hub 2S are now open, with the device shipping in January. Microsoft is allegedly working on a mid-range 12.5-inch Surface laptop, priced at $699. The Microsoft Launcher now has updated app icons, and improved performance, thanks to the newest update. Logging off We end with some bad news for Microsoft, and some good news for the Linux community. Starting with the bad, Microsoft’s leaks seem to have reached critical mass, with the source code for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 allegedly leaking online. In addition to packages containing just XP and Server 2003, there are also ones containing a few of the previous leaks, plus MS-DOS 3.30, MS-DOS 6, Windows CE 3, 4, 5, and others. Though this may be an interesting set of files to dive into for our more inquisitive readers, it’s best you stay away from these, especially given the dubious source. In better news, and altogether something you’re definitely going to benefit from being curious about, Microsoft has shared some more details about Edge’s upcoming Sleeping Tabs feature, and released Edge Dev 87.0.644.4 featuring dark theme support in sidebar search. And last but not least, in a development that’s sure to please fans of the browser on Linux, Edge will be entering preview in October, with folks who are fans of that OS finally being able to get their hands on it. Missed any of the previous columns? Be sure to have a look right here. Microsoft Weekly: ZeniMax Media joins XGS, Ignite 2020, and the October 2020 Update
  7. Huge AMD GPU leak ramps up expectations for Big Navi with beefy boost speeds AMD Radeon RX 6000 range will put pedal to the metal with boost speeds (Image credit: Future) AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 range of graphics cards, which will soon be revealed, has been hit with a major leak showing purported details of various GPUs, including the flagship Big Navi. Before we begin, we should firmly bear in mind that these are just nuggets from the rumor mill, so we need to be careful about jumping to conclusions. However, the info seems much more solid than whispers on the GPU grapevine often are, having been drawn straight from the macOS Big Sur 11 beta, complete with a lot of details. This was highlighted on Reddit (as spotted by Tom’s Hardware), and the details spilled on Big Navi (Navi 21) back up a leak from earlier in the week (from the same Redditor in fact), but add some juicy details on the clock speeds. The GPU will allegedly have 80 compute units (CUs) and 5,120 stream processors (SPs – given that AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture still carries 64 SPs per CU). The new info on clock speeds has them pegged much higher than current-gen Radeon GPUs – as expected – but according to this leak, one variant of Big Navi clocks up to 2.2GHz. The mention of reaching these speeds – or possibly even a touch higher – has certainly stoked excitement on Reddit, but of course we can’t really know how fast Big Navi will be until the impact of AMD’s new architecture is taken into account in the performance equation. AMD has promised a 50% increase in terms of performance per Watt for RDNA 2, and if that’s realized, on top of all these other rumored specs – including an alleged 16GB memory loadout, versus only 10GB on the 3080 – we’re looking at a beefy flagship. Tom’s observes that single-precision performance for Navi 21 hits 22.5 Tflops, which is certainly an impressive figure on the face of it, although it does fall considerably behind the RTX 3080 at 29.8 Tflops. This hardly represents the full picture when it comes to performance in actual gaming, though, and of course Big Navi has the RTX 3070 beat (at 20.4 Tflops). Obviously we can’t get carried away here with purported specs anyway, and exactly how Big Navi will compete against the top Nvidia graphics cards will depend a lot on exactly how AMD pitches the pricing, and how aggressive the GPU maker is in that respect. As previous rumors have indicated, though, it’s looking like the card may nestle somewhere between the RTX 3070 and 3080 in performance terms. Of course, further bear in mind that Nvidia supposedly has a reply tucked away up its sleeve for AMD’s next-gen launch (namely a new spin on the RTX 3080 with double the RAM, according to fairly strong rumors at this point). Navy Flounder This leak also details further models in the RX 6000 range, and the next graphics card down from Big Navi, known as Navi 22 (Navy Flounder), will be equipped with 40 CUs (2,560 SPs). That’s the same as the existing RX 5700 XT, but of course there’s that major architectural uplift to take into account, plus the fact that the boost clock of Navi 22 is pegged much higher at 2.5GHz. At a rated 12.8 Tflops, this indicates performance close to a third faster than the 5700 XT, delivered within a much tighter power envelope (170W versus 225W). This graphics card should be good for 4K gaming at a more affordable level. Navi 23, the next step down and the entry-level offering, is also mentioned in the leak as having 32 CUs (2,048 SPs), but no information on clock speeds has been dug up in this case, which seems to indicate that this GPU could be further off than Navi 22 and 21. Interestingly, a Navi 31 graphics card is also present, which has certainly raised some eyebrows as you can imagine. It’s based on RDNA 3 and could be a planned refresh of Big Navi (it has the same 80 CUs as Navi 21). AMD’s next-gen graphics cards launch on October 28, and the firm has hinted that stock levels will be much stronger than what we’ve seen with Nvidia’s recent RTX 3000 releases. So no matter how powerful the new GPUs turn out to be, at least you theoretically stand a better chance of actually being able to buy one. Huge AMD GPU leak ramps up expectations for Big Navi with beefy boost speeds
  8. World’s largest hard disk drive might arrive in time for Christmas 20TB Exos 20+ to land in December, with HAMR and MACH2 technologies (Image credit: Seagate) Seagate’s inaugural Datasphere 2020 conference provided the perfect opportunity for the storage giant to unveil some exciting new products and technologies. And the firm duly delivered, confirming what we all wanted to know: that the world’s biggest hard disk drive, the Exos 20+, will launch in December 2020. The internal HDD will be the first to come with HAMR technology (which boosts capacity) and MACH2 actuator technology, designed to maintain performance SLA as capacity scales to the 50TB. Dr. Dave Mosley, the CEO of Seagate, also dropped in two particularly interesting slides, the first of which shows a TCO saving of nearly a third when storing 1PB on 18TB, compared to 8TB. The second showed the relative price per PB when using a 20TB HAMR, compared to a 50TB version, and demonstrated that the rapid and continuous adoption of the highest-capacity hard drives by hyperscalers delivers a "sustained cost advantage". With that in mind, Seagate has also launched CORTX - an open-source S3-compatible object storage software-defined storage platform - as well as a reference architecture called Lyve Drive rack that can deliver up to 106 drives (or 2.12PB) per rack node. Earlier this month, both Seagate and WD launched 18TB hard disk drives based on CMR and PMR technologies. It will be interesting to see whether cloud backup specialist BackBlaze uses these latest high capacity drives for its popular cloud storage service, giving us early feedback on performance and reliability. World’s largest hard disk drive might arrive in time for Christmas
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    Ignition 2.26.2

    Ignition Summary Ignition is a CD/DVD burning optimizer. It helps you saving space on your media by optimizing the way files are placed on the CDs/DVDs of your set. For example if your backup fits on 3-4 CDs, a manual files organization might lead on a 4th with only 10 Mb of data when a better organization would have only required 3 CDs. Thanks to Ignition, you'll save medias, time and money. Features Support 650,700 Mb CDs, HD Burn CDs and DVDs (even Dual Layer DVDs) Ability to create ISO images (requires CopyToDVD) Automatically create folders for each optimized CD or create a TXT file that contains the optimized list of each CD's content. Ability to put a bunch of files on every media (autorun, codecs...) Ability to burn CDs/DVDs (requires CopyToDVD) Internationalization support. Downloads Installer : https://www.kcsoftwares.com/files/ignition_lite.exe Change Log : https://www.kcsoftwares.com/bugs/changelog_page.php?project_id=7
  10. Is Dark Matter Just Black Holes Made During the Big Bang? Stephen Hawking once proposed that unseen “primordial” black holes might be the hidden dark matter. A series of new studies shows how it can work. Primordial black holes would cluster in distinct clumps throughout the universe. Relatively large black holes would be surrounded by much smaller ones.Illustration: Olena Shmahalo/Quanta Magazine Black holes are like sharks. Elegant, simple, scarier in the popular imagination than they deserve, and possibly lurking in deep, dark places all around us. Their very blackness makes it hard to estimate how many black holes inhabit the cosmos and how big they are. So it was a genuine surprise when the first gravitational waves thrummed through detectors at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) in September 2015. Previously, the largest star-size black holes had topped out at around 20 times the mass of the sun. These new ones were about 30 solar masses each—not inconceivable, but odd. Moreover, once LIGO turned on and immediately started hearing these sorts of objects merge with each other, astrophysicists realized that there must be more black holes lurking out there than they had thought. Maybe a lot more. The discovery of these strange specimens breathed new life into an old idea—one that had, in recent years, been relegated to the fringe. We know that dying stars can make black holes. But perhaps black holes were also born during the Big Bang itself. A hidden population of such “primordial” black holes could conceivably constitute dark matter, a hidden thumb on the cosmic scale. After all, no dark matter particle has shown itself, despite decades of searching. What if the ingredients we really needed—black holes—were under our noses the whole time? “Yes, it was a crazy idea,” said Marc Kamionkowski, a cosmologist at Johns Hopkins University whose group came out with one of the many eye-catching papers that explored the possibility in 2016. “But it wasn’t necessarily crazier than anything else.” Illustration: Samuel Velasco/Quanta Magazine, Virgo/Frank Elavsky, Aaron Geller/Northwestern Alas, the flirtation with primordial black holes soured in 2017, after a paper by Yacine Ali-Haïmoud, an astrophysicist at New York University who had previously been on the optimistic Kamionkowski team, examined how this type of black hole should affect LIGO’s detection rate. He calculated that if the baby universe spawned enough black holes to account for dark matter, then over time, these black holes would settle into binary pairs, orbit each other closer and closer, and merge at rates thousands of times higher than what LIGO observes. He urged other researchers to continue to investigate the idea using alternate approaches. But many lost hope. The argument was so damning that Kamionkowski said it quenched his own interest in the hypothesis. Now, however, following a flurry of recent papers, the primordial black hole idea appears to have come back to life. In one of the latest, published last week in the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, Karsten Jedamzik, a cosmologist at the University of Montpellier, showed how a large population of primordial black holes could result in collisions that perfectly match what LIGO observes. “If his results are correct—and it seems to be a careful calculation he’s done—that would put the last nail in the coffin of our own calculation,” said Ali-Haïmoud, who has continued to play with the primordial black hole idea in subsequent papers too. “It would mean that in fact they could be all the dark matter.” “It’s exciting,” said Christian Byrnes, a cosmologist at the University of Sussex who helped inspire some of Jedamzik’s arguments. “He’s gone further than anyone has gone before.” The original idea dates back to the 1970s with the work of Stephen Hawking and Bernard Carr. Hawking and Carr reasoned that in the universe’s first fractions of a second, small fluctuations in its density could have endowed lucky—or unlucky—regions with too much mass. Each of these regions would collapse into a black hole. The size of the black hole would be dictated by the region’s horizon—the parcel of space around any point reachable at the speed of light. Any matter within the horizon would feel the black hole’s gravity and fall in. Hawking’s rough calculations showed that if the black holes were bigger than small asteroids, they could plausibly still be lurking in the universe today. More progress came in the 1990s. By then, theorists also had the theory of cosmic inflation, which holds that the universe experienced a burst of extreme expansion right after the Big Bang. Inflation could explain where the initial density fluctuations would have come from. On top of those density fluctuations, physicists also considered a key transition that would coax along the collapse. When the universe was new, all of its matter and energy seethed in an unthinkably hot plasma. After the first hundred-thousandth of a second or so, the universe cooled a little, and the plasma’s loose quarks and gluons could bind together into heavier particles. With some of the lightning-fast particles now straitjacketed together, the pressure dropped. That might have helped more regions collapse into black holes. But back in the 1990s, nobody understood the physics of a fluid of quarks and gluons well enough to make precise predictions about how this transition would affect black hole production. Theorists couldn’t say how massive primordial black holes should be, or how many to expect. Moreover, cosmologists didn’t really seem to need primordial black holes. Astronomical surveys scanned patches of sky hoping to find a sea of dense, dark objects like black holes floating on the outskirts of the Milky Way, but they didn’t find many. Instead, most cosmologists came to believe that dark matter was made of ultra-shy particles called WIMPs. And hopes simmered that either purpose-built WIMP detectors or the upcoming Large Hadron Collider would soon find hard evidence of them. With the dark matter problem about to wrap itself up with a bow and no observations suggesting otherwise, primordial black holes became an academic backwater. “One senior cosmologist kind of ridiculed me for working on that,” said Jedamzik, who traces his own interest back to the 1990s. “So I stopped that, because I needed to have a permanent position.” Of course, no WIMPs have been found in the decades since then, nor any new particles (save the long-predicted Higgs boson). Dark matter remains dark. Yet much more is known today about the environment that could have spawned primordial black holes. Physicists can now calculate how pressure and density would have evolved from the quark-gluon plasma at the beginning of the universe. “It took the community really decades to work this out,” said Byrnes. With that information in hand, theorists such as Byrnes and Juan García-Bellido at the Autonomous University of Madrid have spent the last few years publishing studies predicting that the early universe could have spawned not just one size of black hole, but a range of them. First, the quarks and gluons were glued together into protons and neutrons. That caused a pressure drop and could have spawned one set of primordial black holes. As the universe kept cooling, particles such as pions formed, creating another pressure plunge and possible black hole burst. Between these epochs, space itself expanded. The first black holes could suck in about one solar mass of material from the horizon around themselves. The second round could grab perhaps about 30 solar masses’ worth—just like the strange objects first seen by LIGO. “Gravitational waves came to our rescue,” said García-Bellido. Within weeks of the first gravitational wave announcement from LIGO in 2016, the primordial black hole hypothesis roared back to life. But the following year, Ali-Haïmoud came out with his argument that primordial black holes would be colliding far too often, which gave proponents a major hurdle to overcome. Jedamzik took up the challenge. During a long vacation in Costa Rica, he went after Ali-Haïmoud’s argument. Ali-Haïmoud had done his work analytically, through equations. But when Jedamzik created numerical simulations of the same problem, he found a twist. Primordial black holes would indeed form binaries. But Jedamzik concluded that in a universe teeming with black holes, a third black hole would often approach the initial pair and change places with one of them. This process would repeat again and again. Over time, this swinging from partner to partner would leave binary black holes with almost circular orbits. These partners would be incredibly slow to collide. Even a huge population of primordial black holes would merge so infrequently that the entire hypothesis would still fit within LIGO’s observed merger rate. One arm of the LIGO detector located in Livingston, Louisiana.Photograph: William Widmer/Quanta Magazine He posted his work online this June, fielding questions from outside experts like Ali-Haïmoud himself. “It was very important to convince the community, as much as you can, that you are not just saying some nonsense,” said Jedamzik, using a more forceful term than “nonsense.” He also built on work that predicted that primordial black holes would sit in dark clusters about as large in diameter as the distance between the sun and the nearest star. Each of these clusters might contain around a thousand black holes crammed together. The 30-solar-mass behemoths would sit at the center; the more common littler ones would fill in the rest of the space. These clusters would lurk everywhere astronomers think dark matter is. As with stars in a galaxy or planets circling the sun, each black hole’s orbital motion would keep it from devouring another—except during those uncommon mergers. In a second paper, Jedamzik calculated exactly how uncommon these mergers should be. He made the calculations for the big black holes that LIGO has observed, and for the smaller ones, which it has not. (Small black holes would produce faint, high-pitched signals and would have to be close by to be detected.) “I was, of course, stunned to see that one after the other I got the rate right,” he said. Advocates of the primordial black hole hypothesis still have a lot of convincing to do. Most physicists still believe that dark matter is made of some kind of elementary particle, one that’s devilishly hard to detect. Moreover, the LIGO black holes aren’t too different from what we would expect if they came from ordinary stars. “It sort of fills a hole in the theory that isn’t actually there,” said Carl Rodriguez, an astrophysicist at Carnegie Mellon University. “There are things that are weird about some of the LIGO sources, but we can explain everything that we’ve seen so far through normal stellar evolutionary process.” Selma de Mink, an astrophysicist at Harvard University who has sketched out theories for how stars alone can produce the heavy black hole binaries seen by LIGO, is more blunt: “I think astronomers can laugh a bit about it.” Finding just one black hole of sub-solar mass—which should be common, according to the primordial black hole scenario, and which can’t form from stars—would transform this entire debate. And with every subsequent observing run, LIGO has increased its sensitivity, allowing it to eventually either find such small black holes or set strict limits on how many can exist. “This is not one of these stories like string theory, where in a decade or three decades we might still be discussing if it’s correct,” Byrnes said. In the meantime, other astrophysicists are probing different aspects of the theory. For example, perhaps the strongest constraints on primordial black holes come from microlensing searches—those same surveys that began in the 1990s. In these efforts, astronomers monitor bright but distant sources, waiting to see if a dark object passes in front of them. These searches have long ruled out an evenly dispersed population of small black holes. But if primordial black holes exist at a range of masses, and if they’re packed into dense, massive clusters, those results could be less significant than researchers thought, García-Bellido said. Upcoming observations might eventually settle that question, too. The European Space Agency has recently agreed to contribute a key extra feature to NASA’s upcoming Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, one that would allow it to do groundbreaking microlensing studies. The addition came at the behest of Günther Hasinger, ESA’s science director, who made the case that primordial black holes could explain multiple mysteries. To Hasinger, the idea is appealing because it doesn’t invoke new particles or new physics theories. It just repurposes old elements. “I believe maybe some of the puzzles which are still out there could actually solve themselves,” he said, “when you look with different eyes.” Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent publication of the Simons Foundation whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science by covering research developments and trends in mathematics and the physical and life sciences. Is Dark Matter Just Black Holes Made During the Big Bang?
  11. The Best Smart Bulbs to Light Up Your Home They're the easiest way to start building a smarter home. From Ikea and Philips Hue kits to ambient lighting, here are our favorites. If you're anything like me, you spent your childhood dreaming of lights you could control by clapping. The Clapper's premise was brilliant—no more getting up from your bed to hit the light switch! (You can still buy it.) But technology has come a long way since then. Now, you can control the lights, set timers and schedules, and change colors with your smartphone or your voice if you have a smart assistant in your home. No clapping required. Smart bulbs are a great place to start if you want to make your home a little smarter. Most options are relatively cheap, and they’re easy to install. There are also no cameras or door locks for someone to hack into and invade your privacy. I've tested and lived with a handful since March, and these are my favorites. If you want to take your smart home a step further, consider getting a smart speaker or smart display so you can use your voice to control bulbs. Two affordable options we like are the Nest Mini and the Echo Dot, but you don't need them. You can always use the bulb's app. Updated September 2020: We added new products from Ikea and Nanoleaf. Eufy discontinued the Lumos, so we removed it. If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission. This helps support our journalism. Learn more. Please also consider subscribing to WIRED Photograph: Philips A Word on Smart Light Bulbs Lighting Tips You'll typically see smart bulbs categorized by full color, dimmable white, and tunable white (bright white and warm tone options). All the color bulbs we tried have numerous white and warm settings, so if there's any chance you might want to try out colors occasionally, we recommend going with them. If you're buying lighting for an office or other professional space where pink or blue shades would be frowned upon (or you just want the most affordable bulb), we have basic options listed below. Setting up a smart bulb is simple. Usually, you only need to replace a bulb. Make sure to leave the power switch or the wall switch turned on so the corresponding app can control power instead. You might have to occasionally reconnect the bulb to the app. Most bulbs can be set up as is, but some companies require you to connect a hub to your router. It's not the worst thing, but it can be a nuisance. Note: You might run into issues using smart bulbs with dimmer switches. Also, the lights we recommend below are not meant to be used outdoors. We'll be testing outdoor bulbs soon to bring you more recommendations. Photograph: Ikea Best Smart Bulb Kit Ikea Tradfri Gateway Kit It's only natural to see furniture giant Ikea wade into the smart home market. Its Tradfri smart bulb kit is an affordable and easy way to make over the lights in your home. Plus, it comes with something you won't find with the competition: a remote. Controlling light bulbs from your phone has its obvious perks, but an additional remote gives you a little more flexibility. It's small, can turn the bulb on and off, and controls colors and brightness. To control these lights with your phone, you need a separate hub (or "gateway", as Ikea calls it)—it's not as convenient, but it does allow you to connect other gizmos to the bulb like a wireless dimmer or a wireless motion sensor. The kit doesn't include those, but it comes with two E26 LEDs, the remote, and the gateway. We've linked the white spectrum bulbs below, but you can also get the kit with color bulbs. If you need more bulbs, there are more types to choose from (separate purchases), like this pretty vintage-styled bulb. Compatible with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit $70 at IKEA $86 at Amazon Photograph: Philips An Upgrade Kit Philips Hue Starter Kit This Philips-branded kit (now made by a company called Signify) is a perfect example of why hubs can be useful. It comes with four bulbs and a Hue Bridge hub, which lets you connect the bulbs to your phone or voice assistant. It's also how you connect older Philips bulbs if you have any, as well as other first- or third-party accessories like the Philips Outdoor Motion Sensor. Go with this if you want to use one system for all your smart home devices. You can choose many colors and brightness levels, as well as preset scenes to set the mood (or you can make your own). The app includes helpful how-to videos that explain the extras the bulbs can do, like using one as a timer (it blinks!). Once you have the hub set up, you can purchase more bulbs. They're affordable, and there are several options (including a color bulb). WIRED contributing writer Boone Ashworth says he's had issues connecting to some of the bulbs, but I haven't run into any problems during my testing. Compatible with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit (Via Hue Bridge), Samsung SmartThings $200 at Amazon $200 at The Home Depot Photograph: Wyze Best Budget Bulb Wyze Bulb Wyze consistently rivals larger smart home brands with affordable but easy-to-use devices—we love its security cameras and smart plugs—and its bulbs are no different. Costing around $8 for one or $30 to $40 for a set of four (depending on the retailer), it's one of the cheapest ways to smarten up the lighting in your home. The compromise is that there are no bells and whistles. You can choose from shades of bright white and warm, and that's it. But if you don’t care about color bulbs, this is the way to go. Compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa $12 at Amazon $8 at Wyze Photograph: Yeelight A Standalone Color Bulb Yeelight The Yeelight is a perfectly fine light for the price. You can set schedules and timers to work with your daily routine. Plus it can do fun things, like sync with music playing in the background. There are also preset scenes to change your lighting scheme with one tap. There's a color selection tool in the app, which lets you use your phone camera to pick up a color you want. For the most part, it chose the correct color families but didn't get exact tones like mauve or gray. It even took several tries to get to a normal deep blue. It's faster and more accurate to just go through the onscreen color wheel. The app overall can be a bit wonky—it took me a few tries to set up an account, and the connection timed out while trying to sign in. Compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa $36 $32 at Amazon Photograph: Nanoleaf Create a Light Design Nanoleaf Hexagons Smarter Kit Nanoleaf's Hexagon lights aren't the best for brightening up rooms, but they're a fun way to add ambient lighting and set a mood. Each hexagon is an individual light that connects to the others, so you can set them up in various patterns. Through the app, you control the color scheme, make it change to music, set schedules, and you can also get help designing a layout. They attach to the wall with adhesives; it's possible to remove them without taking the paint off, but you have to be careful. You should decide on a design first before installing them. These lights work almost anywhere, even in a kid's room, where they can double as a fancy nightlight. The set isn't cheap; the seven-piece starter kit is $200. You can add more pieces if you have a particular design in mind. Compatible with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings $200 at Nanoleaf $200 at Home Depot Photograph: LIFX If You Can Find It LIFX A19 This was my favorite smart bulb but it's become increasingly hard to find. Snag it if you find it in stock. It offers a ton of white and warm tone options and it gets bright—1,100 lumens to be exact—but it can run surprisingly dim too. Plus. there are what feels like limitless color options (a trillion, according to the company). These Lifx bulbs also have more fun scenes than other bulbs I tried, like one rightfully called “spooky” if you want the perfect backdrop for horror movie night. There's also the A19+, which has a hidden little gem: infrared light (invisible to the naked eye) that will increase a security camera’s night vision when the bulb is below 5 percent brightness. This bulb isn't cheap, so if you don't have a security camera or have one with night vision built-in, go for the standard model. Compatible with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple Homekit, Samsung SmartThings $60 $47 at Amazon $60 at Lifx Photograph: Philips Let’s Talk About Philips Philips Smart Bulb Collections The Philips Lighting brand—now dubbed Signify—offers a lot of different smart bulbs, and it can be confusing to figure out what you want. Here's a short breakdown. Try to stick with one type, as they are (confusingly) controlled by three different apps. There’s the Philips Hue kit we recommended above. It's expensive, and it needs a hub that connects to your router, but they're good bulbs powered by a great system. These are controlled via the Philips Hue app (on iOS and Android). The Philips Hue A21 bulbs are less expensive at about $20 each. They don't require a hub to work, but you'll need the Philips Hue Bluetooth app (on iOS and Android) to control them. You can also connect it to Alexa or Google Assistant. Then there's the budget Wiz-Connected Philips bulbs. They also don't need a hub and cost around $10 each. You can set them to a circadian rhythm (bright white during the day and warmer as it gets closer to bedtime). Some of its features, such as a flickering candle, aren't that impressive, but it works fine as a simple bulb. You'll need to download the Wiz app (iOS and Android) to control them, and they also work with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri Shortcuts. $200 at Amazon (Hub-Connected Kits) $20 at Best Buy (Bluetooth-Controlled Bulbs) $10 at Home Depot (Wiz Bulbs) Photograph: GE Honorable Mentions More Smart Bulbs There are a lot of good smart bulbs that work perfectly fine but don't quite outshine our top picks. We've tested the bulbs below and like them, so if nothing above caught your eye, maybe one of these will. C by GE Two-Pack for $43: With these bulbs you can create scenes or choose from the many white and color options available. You can set schedules within the app, but to control it away from home (or with a voice assistant), you'll need a bridge. Samsung SmartThings White A19 for $10: If you already have other SmartThings products, like a TV or smart plug, you may want to get this to control everything in one app. It's cheap and easy to use too, but it needs a hub for app control. You can also connect it to Alexa and Google Assistant. Brilli lights for $25: Brilli lights are not smart in the same way as the others in this guide. You don't control them via an app, but we're including them as they're made to work with your circadian rhythm. The warm Wind Down lights help you prepare for bed, and the cool Charge Up lights are good for daytime to get you focused and alert. (The Get In Sync lights can be used for both, but they work only with certain ceiling fixtures.) Photograph: Wyze If You Can't Swap Bulbs Wyze Plug If you want the pros of using a smart bulb without switching out all your lights—maybe you use fancy bulbs, are already stocked up and don't want to let them go to waste, or you just can't change the lights in your home or apartment for some reason—consider a smart plug. They use your home's Wi-Fi network to let you remotely control power to the bulb. Using the corresponding app, you can control your lights and schedule on and off times, or you can connect it to a voice assistant for voice control. We've tested a bunch of smart plugs, and the Wyze Plugs are our favorite. You can also replace your light switches with smart ones, but that requires a little more work. We haven't tested these, but Lutron and TP-Link's options come well recommended. Compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa $15 at Wyze (Two-Pack) $20 at Amazon (Two-Pack) The Best Smart Bulbs to Light Up Your Home
  12. Which cloud gaming service is the best for you? Stadia? GeForce Now? Amazon Luna? (Image credit: Shutterstock; ra2 studio) The future of gaming is not on discs, but in the cloud. Today, there are many cloud gaming services to choose from, and they all stream games to your phone, tablet, TV or computer, turning each device into a gaming PC. In fact, the market has just grown, with Amazon recently announcing that it is launching its own cloud gaming service, Amazon Luna. Much like Netflix turned the entertainment world upside down with its affordable movie and television show streaming service, game streaming services are the new wave of inexpensive options for trying out new games. What is cloud gaming? Cloud gaming gets rid of the expensive gaming rig, console, or television set-top box required for traditional gaming. All of the games are streamed over the internet and broadcast to your device. All you need is a fast internet connection. Cloud gaming services charge a monthly subscription fee, but for that price you can stream to any device, including mobile phones. Some games do require their own peripherals to work, but buying a controller is cheaper than buying a full gaming console. Gaming in the cloud will consume a lot of data, so it's wise to check with your ISP or mobile data provider and get on an unlimited plan before starting. (Image credit: Microsoft) Project xCloud Created by Microsoft, the much anticipated Project xCloud officially launches September 15, 2020. Players will have access to over 100 Xbox games to stream on their Android mobile phones or tablets. The service is in beta, and will be available in 22 countries in North America and Europe, as well as South Korea. Microsoft says they plan to add more countries to the list in the future. To use Project xCloud, you must have an active Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, a Bluetooth controller with support for Xbox games, an Android mobile device, a Wi-Fi or LTE data connection with at least 10Mbps down-speed, and the Xbox Game Pass Android App. The good news is most of the titles in the Xbox Game Pass library will be available to play directly from the cloud. (Image credit: Sony) PlayStation Now Missing your old PS2 and PS3 games? You can play over 800 new and old games from the PlayStation library on your PS4 or PC with PlayStation Now. New titles are added each month. To get started, you need to connect a PlayStation-compatible controller to your computer, install the PlayStation Now app on Windows, and you're ready to turn your PC into a gaming console. We show you how to connect a Dual Shock controller to a PC. You can choose to stream the games to your PS4 console, or download them, and your subscription will include full access to most online multiplayer modes. PlayStation Now does not include support for mobile devices at this time. (Image credit: Nvidia) Nvidia GeForce Now A robust service from graphics chip designer Nvidia. It turns nearly every laptop, desktop, Mac, Shield TV console, or Android mobile device into a gaming PC. You can stream games from your Steam, Origin, or other digital delivery library to your devices. If you've already bought or downloaded the games, GeForce Now lets you have access to them from anywhere, for a low cost. You can play for one hour, each session, for free. Players who subscribe at the Founders level get extended session lengths and priority access to the service. (Image credit: Google) Google Stadia Stadia is Google's entry to the cloud gaming space. It offers amazing visuals with 4K streaming at 60 FPS for the games in its library. You can play on compatible laptops, desktops, phones and tablets. The Stadia Premiere Edition also includes TV play with Chromecast Ultra, a peripheral that costs extra money. Access to Stadia is free to try, but the games are not. The Stadia Pro subscription includes free games every month, but most games cost money on the service. The selection of Google Stadia games is much smaller than its competitor's offerings as well. (Image credit: Vortex) Vortex Vortex is a cloud gaming service that makes PC games available for Android mobile devices, Windows 10 computers, and macOS. Like the other services on this list, you don't have to download new games, you just pay your subscription fee, connect to the server, and start playing games online. You just need the Vortex app and a subscription to get started. Vortex offers 65 games at the Basic Plan subscription level, with 50 hours of play time, and the ability to play on various devices. Access to 160 games opens up at the Pro and Ultra subscription levels, as does increased hours of play time per month. Right now, Vortex does not offer HD quality across all devices, but that is coming soon to the Pro and Ultra subscription tiers. Prices start at $9.99/£7.99 a month (Image credit: Shadow) Shadow Boost Shadow Boost is a different service than the others listed above, because it's a cloud PC with dedicated storage you can access from any device you own at any time. It is a good option for people with lower internet speeds, because it offers an optimized experience for connections starting from 15mbps. Essentially it takes the "computer out of computing", allowing you to access a computer in the cloud to do all of your gaming, work, or file storage for the cost of a monthly subscription fee. Shadow is the only cloud service on this list that includes access for iOS users. It claims it can run any game you own, at any time. Right now you have to pre-order the service because each account gets a dedicated computer in one of their data centers. It costs $11.99/£12.99 a month. Which cloud gaming service is right for you? Like the plethora of television and movie streaming services out there, each cloud games streaming service offers different exclusive games and different levels of access on its platform. Shadow Boost is great value for money because you get an entire PC with storage that you can access from anywhere. PlayStation Now offers the most games with its subscription, but they don't support play from phones or other mobile devices just yet. You should choose based on your gaming habits, and as each subscription is under $20 a month, you may find yourself picking more than one. Which cloud gaming service is the best for you?
  13. Aiseesoft Screen Recorder 2.2.28 Multilingual Best Screen Recording Software for Windows Aiseesoft Screen Recorder is an easy-to-use screen capture tool to record any video or audio on your computer and save them in high quality. This powerful video screen recording app can help you grab online movies and radio, capture games, make video tutorials, record webcam videos, take screenshot, etc. on Windows 10/8/7. Record screen video with high quality The screen capture software helps you to record almost any screen video you want. You can use it to screencast online videos, games, podcast, webinars, lectures, presentations, Skype calls, online conference, webcam videos, etc. in full screen or customized screen size with ease. For capturing your own operation screen, you can also highlight the cursor movement to make it easier to track. Moreover, the "Blue-light" real-time HD video encoding technology will ensure your excellent image and sound quality. The recorded screen video can be saved in MP4 or WMV file for you to easily watch in your VLC player or share to your friends for free. Advanced settings for screen recorder With this screen recorder, you can choose to record screen with system audio or microphone audio or both. Moreover, you can also record your computer screen and webcam at the same time. If you have more than one screen devices, you can also select which screen you would like to record. You can also use the capture time option to pick when you want to stop recording the computer screen. With cursor option, you can also highlight the cursor and the click with the color you choose. All those advanced functions can assist you to make a professional screen recording on Windows. Record screen audio only Apart from videos, Aiseesoft Screen Recorder can also record screen audio only on your computer. This function enables you to record various music, radio or online audio instead of downloading them. You can save the audio recording on your computer in MP3/WMA/AAC/M4A for easy playback. Home Page: http://www.aiseesoft.com/ Size: 48.75 MB Aiseesoft Screen Recorder 2.2.28 Multilingual + crack dll
  14. flash13

    BatchPatch 2020.9.25.16.33

    BatchPatch 2020.9.25.16.33 Stop dreading Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday every month and finally take control of your patching process! Whether you’re responsible for just 50 computers or more than 1000 computers, BatchPatch will save you a LOT of time. No more logging on to each computer to initiate the update installation. No more manually rebooting each machine and launching numerous ping windows to keep track of the reboot process. Finally, an app that lets you load a list of computers, and then kick off the Windows update installation and reboot process on all of them, simultaneously. You can now sit back, relax, and watch your computers update themselves. Features Initiate the download and / or installation of Windows updates on MANY remote computers simultaneously from a single console. Computers can be standalone, in a workgroup, or members of a domain. Check out this written tutorial or watch this video tutorial for details. Choose to install all available updates or just install specific updates, by name. Additional filters are also available, allowing you to select updates by their classification groupings: Critical Updates, Security Updates, Definition Updates, Updates, Update Rollups, Service Packs, Feature Packs, Drivers, and Tools. Or mimic Microsoft Windows Update and choose to install only Important and/or Recommended updates. Use your own managed WSUS server, or use BatchPatch in conjunction with Windows Update or Microsoft Update as an effective WSUS alternative. Turn BatchPatch into a central distribution point for Windows Updates using the optiona l‘Cached Mode.’ Apply Windows Updates security updates to computers that do NOT have internet access (offline Windows Update) using ‘Offline Mode.’ Retrieve Windows Update history information from all of your computers into a consolidated report. Deploy software remotely to an entire network of computers with just a few of clicks. Deploy standalone Microsoft or third-party patches such as Adobe or Java updates, as well as registry keys, scripts, and just about anything else to remote hosts. Push install MSIs remotely to multiple computers (.msi .msp .msu .exe .reg .vbs .cmd and more). Take a look at the software software deployment page for more information, tutorials, and videos. BatchPatch offers a very convenient method for remote script execution, enabling you to easily and quickly retrieve information from your target computers, push configuration changes, apply custom settings, and do just about anything else you can think of. Reboot or shutdown remote hosts and monitor status in real-time with integrated pinging. No remote agent installation required! Simply launch BatchPatch and start patching. Integrated job queues: You can create a set of actions to execute sequentially on remote hosts, which allows you to run scripts before and/or after reboot, or string together multiple patch and reboot cycles etc. Advanced multi-host custom sequencing options to handle complex update and reboot tasks involving numerous computers with online/offline dependencies, all of which can be configured for single-click execution. Execute your own custom scripts locally or remotely or add them to job queues for full automation flexibility. Start and stop services, remotely. Terminate remote processes. Integrated task scheduler: Launch any task or job queue on a specific date and time. List installed applications, retrieve uptime, and see who’s logged on to target computers. Get the OS version, CPU model/speed, or just about any inventory information from your target hosts through the use of custom queries. Retrieve the last boot time from remote hosts (very handy when rebooting computers). Retrieve the used/free disk space from remote hosts (make sure the remote hosts have enough space available for patch installations). Retrieve the list of services that are set to “Automatic” but not currently running on the remote hosts (diagnose bootup issues). Retrieve event logs from remote computers. Launch remote desktop connections to hosts in the grid. Wake on LAN. AND MUCH MORE! This is a Portable Homepage : https://batchpatch.com/ Download : https://batchpatch.com/downloads/batchpatch/
  15. New Trailers: Resident Evil, Truth Seekers, The Queen’s Gambit and more And, the HBO Max series based on the Calm meditation app Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness Netflix No spoilers, but I started Enola Holmes and I absolutely love Millie Bobby Brown in it, she’s so charming. The looking-right-at-the-camera bit which I usually dislike (except for Fleabag!) actually works really well to give us her inner thoughts. Will report back once I’ve finished, but so far, it’s a refreshing reboot of the sometimes-stodgy Sherlock Holmes universe. Here are this week’s new trailers, including a surprise teaser of a new Resident Evil series that looks, well, terrifying, of course (h/t to The Verge’s Taylor Lyles for spotting this one!). We’re headed into October so the offerings are a bit spookier this week. Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness Surprise! Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness is an upcoming “CG anime series” at Netflix. The teaser trailer shows Claire Redfield with flashlight in a scary dark room, and Leon Kennedy rescuing an unknown man, and of course, there’s at least one zombie (probably more, I’m guessing). Not a ton of details yet, but looks like this will drop on Netflix sometime in 2021. Truth Seekers Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are back (yaaaaay!!) in a new “supernatural comedy drama series” (lol get allll the genres, I guess) where they play paranormal investigators trying to solve a weird mystery. Samson Kayo and Emma D’Arcy also star. Truth Seekers hits Amazon Prime Video October 30th. The Haunting of Bly Manor Oooh this one is based on The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (English lit majors, activate!), and is a follow-up to The Haunting of Hill House series. Apparitions, a pair of orphans, a Victorian country house with a lake... it checks all the Gothic horror boxes. The Haunting of Bly Manor arrives on Netflix October 9th. A World of Calm OK, so it’s a series based on a sleep/meditation app with episodes “designed to transform your feelings through enchanting music, scientifically engineered narratives, and astounding footage.” It features “sleep stories” from the likes of Mahershala Ali, Idris Elba, Keanu Reeves, Nicole Kidman, and Kate Winslet. I mean, why not, I guess? We all could use a little more chill because of <waves hands at everything>. A World of Calm debuts on HBO Max October 1st. The Queen’s Gambit Based on the 1983 best-selling novel by Walter Tevis, The Queen’s Gambit tells the story of an orphan who turns out to be a chess prodigy, and follows her ascent in the chess world alongside her struggles with addiction. Really looking forward to this, Anya Taylor-Joy looks amazing in this trailer. It hits Netflix October 23rd. New Trailers: Resident Evil, Truth Seekers, The Queen’s Gambit and more
  16. Feels Good Man, a film that truly gets how things are passed across the Internet Exhaustively researched and reported, doc stays riveting no matter your Pepe familiarity. Trailer for Feels Good Man. There’s no shortage of documentaries about our current political climate or the fact that the Internet might be bad, but Feels Good Man focuses on the craziest intersection of these two modern realities: Pepe, the cartoon frog. If you’re aware of Pepe already, chances are it’s because the character has become synonymous with the alt-right, that extreme online demographic tied to modern white supremacists and Nazi movements. Or perhaps you heard of Pepe before that, during the time this frog had become the meme du jour of 4chan, the anonymous message board associated with all sorts of nefarious real-world behavior. Though Pepe's most high-profile 15 minutes of fame were inarguably a cameo on then-candidate Donald Trump’s Twitter feed, leading to the character’s adoption by some of his most extreme supporters, like conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Feels Good Man will get to all that, of course, but this documentary starts with the now-toxic toad’s tadpole days. By doing so, the film will likely show viewers something they didn’t know or hadn’t previously considered regardless of prior familiarity with Pepe and the insanity swirling around him. And through tracing Pepe’s evolution, Feels Good Man manages to remind everyone of a fundamental truth of communication, particularly in the Internet age. Once you click send on something, things like original intent and context might become as ephemeral as a single tweet. A film that truly understands Internet While ostensibly marketed on the festival circuit as “the Pepe doc,” Feels Good Man actually has another central figure: Matt Furie, a Bay Area comics artist. Back in the days where MySpace existed, he created a Gen X-ish group of animal friends existing in perpetual post-college slackerdom for a series called Boy's Club. Furie’s lifelong frog fandom led to an amphibian named Pepe becoming one of the comic’s lead foursome. “Feels Good Man,” the phrase, has been literally lifted from Pepe’s mundane adventures, particularly the one where he discovered how nice it felt to pee standing up with your pants removed entirely. The documentary thoroughly and exhaustively documents things chronologically from here. You’ll see early Boy's Club comics Furie drew in the back of a San Francisco thrift store, posts documenting how Pepe became the preferred badge of self-deprecating irony on 4chan, or a mountain of Pepe merch Furie once had produced but can’t in good conscience give away or sell these days. While walking viewers through all of that, Feels Good Man seems remarkably smart about identifying turning points for the cartoonist and the character he once controlled. It's quite evident Director Arthur Jones deeply understands how culture can snowball in between disparate Internet communities until it becomes too big for society at large to ignore. Maybe Trump retweeting a Pepe meme is an obvious touchstone in retrospect, but this film gives equal weight to moments such as weightlifters displaying a fondness for the frog or eventual shares from celebs like Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj. “When 4chan wanted to defend its memes, they’d make them as offensive as possible so they couldn’t be co-opted, see Pepe with 9/11 or Nazi messaging for instance,” Dale Beran, an author who studied 4chan, says in the film. “Back then, it was just the most offensive thing you could do. But it now reads as a weird prologue to when the irony melted away.” Feels Good Man stays riveting because of the variety of interviews Jones conducted. Furie participates to the fullest, as does his partner and close friends (one of whom got a Pepe tattoo back in the early days 🤦‍♀️). So do other illustrators from projects as big as BoJack Horseman to lend credence to Furie’s ability and work. But the same holistic approach gets applied to voices examining Pepe’s Internet evolution—scholars like Beran who study memes, people who go by one-name handles like Mills or Pizza during their extensive 4chan experiences, and the freakin’ director of strategy for the “Trump 2016” campaign all appear. These folks understand the Internet in ways Furie only could once it became too late. “[We analyzed] over one billion posts across Twitter, reddit, /pol/ and 160 million images just from one year,” Jeremy Blackburn, a data scientist who looks at weird online behavior and wanted to take a “quantitative look at hate speech throughout the Web,” tells Furie in the film. “There tends to be a Pepe variance in every cluster—you pick a random meme, and Pepe has been inserted in some form. Pepe becomes an entry point to radicalization.” Enlarge / The poster for Feels Good Man. Feels Good Man Feels Good Man ultimately finds Furie at a point where enough is enough—he has finally sought out legal aid in recent years to try to fight back against some of the most egregious and offensive uses of his slacker frog. He fought Infowars and won (Alex Jones had to pay a settlement and stop selling a poster showing Pepe in an Avengers-like squad alongside figures like President Trump). Furie fought a known anti-Muslim cartoonist and won (that guy wanted to write a “children’s book” called Pepe and Pede as a trojan horse for bad ideas). The list goes on and includes reprehensible white supremacy opportunists, from The Daily Stormer to Richard Spencer. In total, Furie’s legal help at WilmerHale says it successfully enforced Pepe copyrights against nearly 100 entities “connected to images or messages of hate” at the time of this documentary. But Furie naively still thinks his character can be salvaged in society’s eye. He seems to view one particular battle as the way to do it: in 2016, the Anti-Defamation League officially added Pepe to its list of known symbols of hate. If the frog can finally be removed, Furie appears to think, that would restore the original, wholesome idea of Pepe once and for all. Watching this unattainable goal drive Furie through all kinds of efforts (including a formal Boy's Club funeral for the Pepe they knew), Feels Good Man plays like a post-modern horror. In real (run)time, you watch the worst impulses of the Internet rain down again and again on someone who just doesn't comprehend what he's up against. “I didn’t even know what a meme was," Furie admits at one point. "I still don’t even know if I’m saying it correctly. It was through Pepe that I learned what a meme was.” From 10,000-feet, however, Feels Good Man has a more philosophical idea at its core. This film reminds viewers time and time again of a basic communication and rhetorical studies principle: no matter the intent of someone who puts a message into the world, once it’s out there, that idea/work/message/whatever no longer entirely belongs to the messenger. Some part of meaning always lies in reception. So in that sense, a message becomes at least partially owned by the people receiving it, who can soon change and evolve its ultimate meaning (aka how larger society understands it) through interpretation and usage. Fan service creative works like the Snyder Cut or The Rise of Skywalker might represent notable manifestations of near-total recipient ownership, but Pepe embodies this concept at its most extreme. Furie clearly did nothing wrong when creating Pepe, seemingly a kind of amusing slacker frog borne out of the artist’s lifelong frog fandom. And never in a million years could he have imagined how his character would be received, reinterpreted, and reused after uploading a few strips to MySpace. But by not doing anything in the early days of cooption, Furie lost his creation (non-legal sense) forever. No matter what he does now, Pepe's ultimate fate simply lies beyond Furie's control. And though Feels Good Man attempts to leave an optimistic door open—have you seen who has become a symbol of protest in Hong Kong, for instance?—this film makes the tragedy clear to anyone... so long as you didn't create the Internet's most infamous frog, that is. Feels Good Man continues to play the festival circuit (Ars caught it through Fantasia Fest this month). The film is also available through VOD platforms like Amazon Prime, Microsoft Store, Google Play, Vimeo on Demand, et al. Today—Sunday, September 27—there's even a special online screening with a post-film Q&A hosted by This American Life's Ira Glass. Listing image by Feels Good Man Feels Good Man, a film that truly gets how things are passed across the Internet
  17. Rinsewind

    Pale Moon 28.13.0

    Excellent suggestions and a working solution. This is what happens when real people politely work together to solve problems. It would be ideal if all classic Firefox, Waterfox, Pale Moon etc. enthusiasts united to make a new feature-rich browser with full privacy and security as standard. I would call it... Phoenix Browser: The Internet, Reborn "A browser by the users for the users"
  18. Kyle_Katarn

    Startup Sentinel 1.8

    It does not have the automatic blacklist feature that Startup Sentinel has.
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  20. mjall

    ProgDVB Professional Edition 7.35.8

    i keep updating over the previous installation and it works, problem is if u format the pc with a fresh windows installation then u need a new crack
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    GoldWave 6.52

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  23. flash13

    ipconfig GUI 1.2.0.0

    ipconfig GUI 1.2.0.0 Provides a user-friendly interface for the ipconfig command that is usually launched via the Windows console to see the TCP/IP, DHCP and DNS configuration If you have a bit of experience in networking, then it is most likely that you are familiar with commonly-used commands, such as ipconfig. ipconfig stands for “Internet Protocol configuration”, a command that is run in the Windows console to check the TCP/IP configuration or refresh the DHCP and DNS settings. However, not all users prefer working with the command prompt and, if you are amongst those who prefer a traditional GUI rather than the black and white screen of the console, then ipconfig GUI is for you. Run ipconfig in a user-friendly GUI Having a very small footprint on the system, ipconfig GUI is part of those applications that serve a single purpose but do it well. As its name implies, it runs the ipconfig command in a GUI that is supposed to be much easier to use than the Windows console. The main window is simple, actually a bit outdated but that is probably due to the fact that ipconfig GUI is focused on functionality, rather than looks. There are a series of checkboxes in the lower panel and, while some of their names might not seem so intuitive at first, once you get accustomed with the application, everything should run smoothly. Having that in mind, it is advisable that you first access the usage instructions to understand what each command does. It only takes one look for you to understand and remember the meaning of each checkbox. The help file is accessed by checking the “?” sign and pressing the GO button. View and modify TCP/IP and DNS settings To run ipconfig without any parameters, just select the “all” checkbox and press GO. The main window displays the Windows IP configuration, along with details about the Ethernet adapter and the wireless LAN in different colors, for easier reading and identification. With ipconfig GUI, you can check and renew the IP addresses of your adapters, view and flush the DNS resolver cache, register the DNS names once again, display and modify the DHCP class IDs. With the click of a button, the information displayed by ipconfig GUI can be easily saved to a text file locally for later use. A GUI for the ipconfig command There is no doubt that pressing a button is much easier than typing in commands in the Windows console, at least for some users. ipconfig GUI enables you to run the ipconfig command much easier, obtain information about the TCP/IP, DNS and DHCP configurations and export the data locally. If you prefer a GUI rather than the command prompt, than you should give it a try. Please note: ipconfig GUI is not a multilingual program and may not display accentedcharacters correctly or colour the results if they are not in English. All switches are easily accessible, choose a switch and click GO and the results are displayed in colour for easy reading. Font colours can be changed from the window menu. Homepage :https://redisoft.uk Download Installer : https://redisoft.uk/otherprogs/ipconfigGUI_Setup.exe Portable : https://redisoft.uk/otherprogs/ipconfigGUI.zip
  24. kasper

    Bigasoft Video Downloader Pro 3.22.9.7557 [Portable]

    Bigasoft Video Downloader Pro v3.22.9.7557 (From BLiZZARD ) Site: https://mega.nz Sharecode: /file/uN4HVa7I#ynjKMqVTpgsNiCIVoMnfYPwkfifo4dydiW4fhn9M0Nk Password:no
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