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Ask the Experts: Santos wants to know where he should be storing his games, on his SSD or HDD
Ask the Experts: Santos wants to know where he should be storing his games, on his SSD or HDD
It was just over 24 hours ago that we wrote the story that 21 million phones in China vanishing over coronavirus, but it seems the Associated Press noticed my story and 'fact checked' it.
The Associated Press has the "claim" of questioning the "Drop in cellphone users in China is proof that the coronavirus has killed 21 million in the country, far more than the official count". AP has their own "assessment" on this, where Arijeta Lajka writes: "False. The decline in cellphone users is not linked to the number of people who died after being infected with coronavirus. Major cellphone carriers in China attributed the drop to people with multiple phone numbers canceling some service during the outbreak".
AP talked with a representative of China Mobile, who said that the situation is indeed related to the COVID-19 outbreak, it was "not related to deaths, but changes in lifestyle". A China Mobile spokesperson said: "It was mainly due to reduced business and social activities resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak. Many customers in China have multiple SIM cards and it is common that they use their non-primary SIM cards to do these activities".
Since the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, governments around the world have been recommended citizens to distance themselves from others socially. Some governments have said to citizens to use facemasks, and others have said that only people who suspect they have the virus should wear facemasks.
So which one do we do? Well, new research coming out from Japan indicates that everyone should be wearing facemasks, even if they aren't sick at all. Researchers from the Japanese Association for Infectious Diseases used a highly sensitive camera and laser beams to observe and record the droplets produced throughout a sneeze and a regular conversation. What they found was that while many larger droplets containing the virus fall the ground before reaching another person, some of the smaller micro-droplets are still present in the air.
An unsuspecting person would inhale these droplets without even knowing, and researchers are unsure about how many microdroplets it would take before the person has contracted the virus. The researchers concluded that if a single person coughed in a room, these micro-droplets could stay in the airspace for up to 20 minutes and potentially infecting others. The lingering microdroplets can be avoided if you are in a room with constant airflow, and as you'd imagine, a room with stagnate airflow would make chances of contraction much higher.
A new study has uncovered how long will patients still have the coronavirus COVID-19 disease after symptoms for the virus have disappeared.
The research paper was published online in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. The paper concentrated on 16 patients who were confirmed to have COVID-19, and researchers took throat samples from each of the patients and begun to analyze them. Co-lead author, Dr. Sharma, instructor of medicine, Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, Department of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, said "The most significant finding from our study is that half of the patients kept shedding the virus even after resolution of their symptoms".
Sharma continued and said, "More severe infections may have even longer shedding times." The study found that patients who lost all of their symptoms were still contagious for one to eight days. Within these days, patients could still infect other people. Recommended corresponding author, Lixin Xie, suggests that if you have contracted any mild respiratory symptoms from COVID-19 that you should extend your quarantine period by a further two weeks even after the symptoms have disappeared.
Old School RuneScape has never been the prettiest game out there, but players who don't care about graphics don't really mind. But what if Old School RuneScape could look graphically impressive? At least in comparison to current RuneScape graphics?
A post has recently blown up on the Old School RuneScape subreddit, the post is by Tottty and shows a next-gen RuneScape client that takes the graphics level of RuneScape to a completely new level. The post received major support from the games community, and Jordan (Tottty) decided to give a little history behind the client's existence. Jordan explains that the client was merely a side project for him when he was 17 and learning to program as a hobby outside of school and other activities.
Jagex, the developers of RuneScape, then invited him to Jagex HQ to discuss implementing Jordan's client into the live game. Unfortunately, that never happened, so Jordan sold the client off to a third-party developer, which funnily enough they didn't end up finishing either. The third-party developer then gave the rights for the client back to Jordan, which then resulted in Jordan deciding to create a new one. Jordan states that "So here I am in 2020, giving it another shot. After seeing the shift in perception of 3rd party clients in both the community and Jagex's posts, I figured now would be a good time to realistically be allowed to release this."
With everyone being urged to stay indoors due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic that is running rampant across the globe, many people have turned to gaming to keep them entertained while they are waiting out the virus.
One of those platforms is the staple PC gaming platform, Valve's Steam. If you are a new PC gamer, one of the first programs you should download is Steam. Steam is renowned as one of, if not the best client to run games off of, as its selection is massive and sales are almost unbeatable. Since everyone is being urged to stay indoors and minimize the amount of human-to-human interaction that is being done, Steam has seen a massive increase in concurrent players.
Steam has now broken its all-time record for the number of players on its platform three times in a row. Steam's first record for this year was set back on February 2nd, with 18.8 million concurrent users. That record was beaten on March 15th when it was spotted that Steam had over 20 million concurrent users, more precisely - 20,313,476 concurrent users. That record was beaten just a week later when more than 22 million players were on Steam at the same time. Now, the previous record has been broken, as 23,392,298 users have been recorded to be on the platform.
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Up until now, it was widely known that the coronavirus COVID-19 could be transmitted from human-to-human through surfaces and droplets from an infected persons mouth. Now, a study has come out suggesting that the virus can be spread through the air.
According to a new joint study that was released over the weekend by the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), the National Strategic Research Institute at the University of Nebraska and others, researchers found evidence to suggest that SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) is airborne. Researchers took samples from 11 patients' rooms who were placed in isolation and found the virus' genetic material on many commonly used surfaces such as toilets. What was surprising is that the researchers also took air samples and found positive results for SARS-CoV-2.
The paper states, "air samplers from hallways outside of rooms where [the] staff was moving in and out of doors were also positive." These recent findings indicate that COVID-19 might be spreading from person-to-person through surfaces, direct droplets, and now indirect contact through airborne transmission. While the results seem to confirm the news that COVID-19 is airborne, the researchers do say that the findings are yet to be finalized and scientists can't say how much the virus being airborne is spreading the disease.
As the world crumbles around us and infections rise, we have some good COVID-19 news: Square Enix is releasing Final Fantasy 7 Remake early in some regions. It's not much, but it'll certainly put a smile on some gamers' faces during these tumultuous times.
The coronavirus has disrupted every industry, including gaming. Critical supply and shipment lines have been interrupted, leading to delays of physical copies of key big AAA marquee games. In an effort to counterbalance this disruption, Square Enix will release its massively-anticipated Final Fantasy 7 Remake a week early in Europe and Australia.
"We had some hard decisions to make during the final few weeks before launch due to disruption to distribution channels caused by the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These unique circumstances have made it very difficult to align timing of our global shipping. Our highest priority is that all of you, including those who live in countries currently facing the biggest disruption, can play the game at launch, so we made the decisions to ship the game far earlier than usual to Europe and Australia," reads the announcement.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 probably won't release in 2020. All eyes will be on Nintendo's beloved platforming plumber as he celebrates his 35th birthday.
Mario is set to dominate 2020 with a slew of new games. The beloved Nintendo mascot is turning 35 this year and the company is going all out with a ton of new remasters and Mario re-releases on the Switch. Sources say Nintendo will release Switch remasters of Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2, Super Mario 3D World, and even Mario 64. Other games like a new Paper Mario are also expected this year too.
With a slate like that, Nintendo likely won't have room for another big first-party AAA release like Breath of the Wild 2. They won't need to roll out another big heavy-hitter for the rest of the fiscal year; Between Animal Crossing, the new Mario salvo, and the continued success of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Nintendo has 2020 locked down.
Nintendo is releasing a massive salvo of Mario games on the Switch in 2020 to commemorate the plumber's 35th anniversary.
Remasters of Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2, Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario 3D Land, and even Mario 64 will launch in 2020 for the Nintendo Switch, both Eurogamer and VideoGamesChronicle today confirmed. It's likely these games will be wrapped together and sold in a collection on the Switch, as well as sold separately on the eShop as individual downloads.
Sources also say Nintendo will release a brand new Paper Mario game in 2020. Fans have been asking for a new Paper Mario game since the Switch was released in 2017, and news of the game already has the gaming sphere in a tizzy. The next Paper Mario should be the plumber's major release for 2020 alongside the huge string of remasters.