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Firefox Quantum 59.0.1

18 Mar 2018

Posted by Falkes in Community News

Firefox is a fast, full-featured Web browser. It offers great security, privacy, and protection against viruses, spyware, malware, and it can also easily block pop-up windows. The key features that have made Firefox so popular are the simple and effective UI, browser speed and strong security capabilities.

Quantum is Mozilla's project to build the next-generation web engine for Firefox users, building on the Gecko engine as a solid foundation. Quantum will leverage the fearless concurrency of Rust and high-performance components of Servo to bring more parallelization and GPU offloading to Firefox.

Firefox (Quantum) users will be impressed by the modern new design that puts their needs first. With the new (fast and fluid Photon) design, Firefox leaps ahead with a new interface that reflects today’s reality of High DPI displays and users who are more task focused than they’ve ever been. Photon doesn’t just look good, it’s also smarter. If you’re using Photon on a Windows PC with a touch display, the menus change size based on whether you click with a mouse or touch with a finger.

The new, minimalist design introduces square tabs, smooth animations, and a Library, which provides quick access to your saved stuff: bookmarks, Pocket, history, downloads, tabs, and screenshots. Firefox Quantum feels right at home with today’s mouse and touch-driven operating systems: Windows 10, macOS High Sierra, Android Oreo, and iOS 11.

Firefox has historically run mostly on just one CPU core, but Quantum takes advantage of multiple CPU cores in today’s desktop and mobile devices much more effectively. This improved utilization of your computer’s hardware makes Firefox Quantum dramatically faster.

Firefox Quantum enhances Firefox’s integration with Pocket, the read-it-later app that Mozilla acquired last year. When you open a new tab, you’ll see currently trending web pages recommended by Pocket users so you won’t miss out on what’s hot online, as well as your top sites.

A focus on privacy brings an option to turn on tracking protection, which blocks known tracking scripts, at all times, not just in private browsing mode. Protection against HTML5 canvas fingerprinting - another way that users can be tracked around the internet - will be released in v58, This is a feature borrowed from Tor Browser.

Firefox includes pop-up blocking, tab-browsing, integrated Google search, simplified privacy controls, a streamlined browser window that shows you more of the page than any other browser and a number of additional features that work with you to help you get the most out of your time online.

Firefox 59.0.1 release notes:

Various security fixes
Reference link to 59.0 release notes
Unresolved -- No sound in Firefox 58 and 59 on Linux in some configurations. See support page for details and workarounds.

Download: Firefox 59.0.1 for Windows | Firefox 64-bit| ~30.0 MB (Freeware)
Download: Firefox 59.0.1 for Linux| 64-bit| ~55.0 MB
Download: Firefox 59.0.1 for MacOS| 52.8 MB

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Canada is peacefully making its way to Civilization VI: Gathering Storm

11 Dec 2018

Posted by Falkes in Community News

Firaxis has announced Canada to be the latest civilization heading to Civilization VI as part of the Gathering Storm expansion, joining The Maori and Hungary. Being led by Wilfrid Laurier, Canada will be a very snow terrain focused faction that will give war orientated players a difficult time.

The Last Best West arrives as Laurier's leader ability, which lets Canadian cities make use of Tundra terrain - and even Tundra Hills following Civil Engineering - to build farms. Any snow and tundra tiles will also be 50% cheaper to purchase, while extracting resources like iron from these tiles will double the yield.

Canada cannot start surprise wars against other civilizations and is also prohibited from going to war with any city-state as part of its Four Faces of Peace national ability. However, this ability goes both ways, as opponents can't also declare surprise wars on Canada. Participating in the expansion's new emergencies and scored competitions will also generate additional diplomatic favor to Canada.

Canada isn't without defenses, however, as the modern era unit Mountie arrives as its unique unit. These units can build national parks and becomes strong when fighting near one.

And finally, players will be able to build Ice Hockey Rinks as Canada's unique infrastructure, which grants the civilization extra appeal, culture, and amenities for snow and tundra tiles surrounding it. It will also provide tourism, production, food, and culture bonuses as the civilization advances through the technology tree.

Canada will be one of the eight new civilizations incoming to the game with the Civilization VI: Gathering Storm expansion on February 14 alongside a multitude of new gameplay features.

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Ubisoft is teasing a post-apocalyptic Far Cry game

06 Dec 2018

Posted by Falkes in Community News

Another entry to the Far Cry series will soon be announced, as Ubisoft released a teaser trailer for a new title that will be shown off in full during The Game Awards later this week. The short teaser can be seen below.

Other than the very post-apocalyptic setting that the trailer paints for the new game, no more information has been released just yet, not even the game's full name. This could be a full-blown sequel to Far Cry 5, a short spin-off entry like Blood Dragon, an adventure set apart from the main series akin to Primal, or even a multiplayer game in these battle royale heavy times.

Whatever the case, the wait won't be a long one. Fans can tune into The Game Awards 2018 presentation on December 6 at 5:30pm PST/ 8:30pm EST to catch the full announcement. Alongside this, The Game Awards has some heavy hitters planned to show up during the ceremony, with Obsidian Entertainment's upcoming RPG, new games for Epic's new store, and much more being planned.

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Qualcomm announces the details of the Snapdragon 855

06 Dec 2018

Posted by Falkes in Community News

Today is the second day of Qualcomm's Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui, and while yesterday was all about 5G and a teaser for its new chipset, today is all about the Snapdragon 855. The new chipset is built on a 7nm architecture, promising faster speeds, better battery life, and improved connectivity.

“As operators launch 5G networks in early 2019, consumers will for the first time be able to take advantage of transformative 5G consumer experiences on mobile devices with Snapdragon 855,” said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager, mobile, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We are proud to share our technology inventions and be among the first to bring mobile 5G to the world.”

The Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform is being touted as the first 5G chipset, with support for the Snapdragon X50 5G modem. That means that users can get speeds of up to 5Gbps, essentially changing the way that we connect to things. With speeds like that, you can download a full 4K movie in under a minute.

5G millimeter waves can be easily obstructed, so it will fall back to 4G at times. With that in mind, it also comes with the Snapdragon X24 modem, a 4G LTE chip that supports speeds of up to 2Gbps. 4G and 5G operate simultaneously though.

And the Snapdragon 855 supports 60GHz Wi-Fi, supporting speedsof up to 10Gbps. That means that if you've got a 5G hotspot, your phone will be able to pick up those speeds.

But as far as general performance goes, Qualcomm says that its Kryo 485 cores will offer a 45% boost, and the Adreno 640 GPU will show a 20% increase. With the firm's Snapdragon Elite Gaming Platform, gamers will be able to play in HDR with physically based rendering (PBR).

The Hexagon 690 DSP promises twice the power of its previous generation. Combined with the Kryo 485 CPU and the Adreno 640 GPU, the 855 includes the fourth-generation multi-core AI Engine. According to Qualcomm, this can handle seven trillion AI operations per second, or three times as much as its predecessor. It also improves voice assistants with echo cancelation and noise suppression.

And of course, the Snapdragon 855 improves smartphone cameras. With the 845, we got 4K 60fps video capture, and now Qualcomm is improving on that. Not only can you shoot 4K 60fps video, but it supports object segmentation now, which means that you can shoot that quality of video in portrait mode. It supports HDR10+ now too, allowing for dynamic range to be adjusted throughout the video.

Another improvement to the camera is that the Snapdragon 855 will include hardware acceleration for HEIF images, which can reduce file sizes by 50%. This is notable because while some OEMs have adopted HEIF, it's still not been adopted across the board.

Another interesting thing about the 855 is that it supports Qualcomm's 3D Sonic Sensor, an in-display fingerprint sensor that can see through contaminants. Gone are the frustrating days of your phone not recognizing you because your hands are wet.

Qualcomm says that it's the first chip to support video playback in HDR10+ on mobile. Moreover, you can consume VR content at 8K resolution at 120fps.

The Snapdragon 855 will begin shipping in new devices in the first half of 2019. We'll likely see it in the Samsung Galaxy S10 at around Mobile World Congress.

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