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The new PlayStation 5 resembles a massive broadband router

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A new console launch is always cause for excitement, even in the midst of a pandemic. Enter Sony with its big PS5 unveiling, imaginatively titled ‘PS5: The Future of Gaming Show’, which teased more than it satisfied, but gave us a good opportunity to see what the next generation of games will look like. Assuming you haven’t already skipped to the good stuff, let’s get to it.

Sony mainly used the event as an extended sizzle reel for the eclectic collection of exclusives coming to the console, though it wasn’t clear which would launch with the console later this year.

The most immediately interesting were Spider-Man: Miles Morales, a follow-up to last year’s hugely popular game featuring the lead from the critically acclaimed animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and Horizon: Forbidden West, a sequel to the equally popular Horizon: Zero Dawn. The latter, in particular, looked stunning.

Sony also revealed the console itself and a bunch of peripherals, but declined to say how much the PS5 would cost at launch. Nor did it clear up many of our burning questions, such as the exact nature of the system’s backward compatibility with previous consoles. Also, well, you’ve seen the photos.

How big is this thing and will it lie flat?

Sony hasn’t released the dimensions, but you can use the size of the disc drive as a guide. By that measure, it’s likely the console is noticeably taller than the PS4 Pro and even larger than the famously chunky original Xbox One. That is a very rough guesstimate, however, and should be treated as such, but it already has us glancing at our home entertainment rack with concern.

To your other question, yes, it will lie flat. Sony released images of the console in the horizontal position with it sitting on some kind of stand. It’s not, we hasten to add, the console’s most flattering angle. Like the chunky Xbox Series X, the PS5 is clearly designed to be stood tall.

It’s also worth noting there are two versions of the console. One with a 4K Blu-ray drive and one is the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition and has no optical drive – ideal for people who won’t mind paying over the odds for their games.

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How much will the PS5 cost?
We still don’t know for sure, but rumors suggest it could cost between £500 to £600 as this generation is proving expensive to produce compared to the PS4 and Xbox One at launch.

How powerful is the PlayStation 5, exactly?

We can’t say, but Sony has released some details in previous events. We know, like the Xbox Series X, the PlayStation 5 is powered by an eight-core AMD processor and a custom GPU based on AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture. Everything we’ve seen and heard so far suggests the Xbox will have a slight raw performance advantage over the PS5, but Sony has a trick up its sleeve which might give it an edge.

While both consoles are adopting fast solid state drive (SSD) akin the flash memory in your phone, Sony’s is reportedly much faster. So fast, in fact, that textures and game assets can be streamed directly from the SSD rather than being held in the system’s memory (RAM) as is traditional.

In a demo of its Unreal Engine 5 earlier this year, Epic Games boss Tim Sweeney said “the storage architecture on the PS5 is far ahead of anything you can buy on anything on PC for any amount of money right now. It’s going to help drive future PCs.” You can watch that demo below.

This new SSD will have a dramatic impact on loading times. In a previous demonstration of Marvel’s Spider-Man, fast travelling on the PS4 Pro took 15 seconds; the same function reportedly takes just 0.8 seconds on the PS5.

What about the controller?

The new controller, now dubbed DualSense, has several interesting features. One is something Sony is calling “adaptive triggers”. One example given of how these will affect gameplay was shooting a bow and arrow, pressing down on the trigger to draw an arrow back would have a different tactile sensation to firing a shotgun, or driving an off-road vehicle through rocky terrain.

The other key feature is the controller’s “haptic feedback”, which replaces the standard rumble. Sony says that the difference between this and old rumble is night and day. Crashing into a wall with a car, for example, will feel very different to making a tackle in a future version of Madden, for example. You should also be able to tell whether you’re running through long grass or mud just from the controller feedback.

The controller, which will use a USB Type-C connector for charging, will apparently be heavier than the DualShock 4 and lighter than the current Xbox controller.

What about “ray tracing”?

It’s an advanced rendering technique relied on for years by Hollywood visual effects teams. It tries to simulate the way light bounces off objects, producing impressively life-like graphics and amazing reflections. Ray tracing is already available on current-gen gaming PCs running Nvidia’s RTX graphics cards.

Anything else?

For now, no. You can watch the whole reveal below if you like and check back soon for our selection of the most interesting games from the PS5 reveal.

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Steps To Improve Your Google search results

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Google is the biggest search engine in the world as it gives the best and most relevant results compared to other search engines. However, the question is does your business take advantage of Google to boost patronage? Also, do you like what you see when you Google your business?

Make sure your business’ name is your website’s domain name

This is one of the simplest ways to enhance the search results of your business. You do this by using your business name as your domain.

In addition, the domain name should be mentioned on the homepage rather than the logo. This is because search engines cannot read images. As a caveat, do not use a domain name that is different from what is appearing on the homepage. They must all correspond.

Mention your business’ name on the “About Us” page.

The About Us page should specifically state what the business is all about. it should clearly be stated in the summary of what the business does.

Also, do not omit the business name and keywords like hotels, and travel. They are the keywords that your clients or customers will search for.

Put the business’ name again on the “Contact Us” page.

When you visit some websites, the “Contact Us” page is usually missing or hidden in a place that makes it difficult to be noticed by visitors.

It worthwhile to have a different contact us page where you state your business name, the address as well as the contact phone number(s). This will help the search engine to link the website with business directory listings thus enhancing the search results.

Open a social media Page for the business.

If your business is not on social mediaInstagram, Facebook, Google plus and Twitter, then you are missing out on an opportunity to enhance your search results.

Aside from enhancing your social media presence, it is also a good communication tool that helps you bridge the gap between you and your customers. Uniformity is important if you want to really boost your search results.

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Secret way to dim iPhone screen for nighttime reading

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Even at its lowest setting, an iPhone’s display can be too bright if you’re reading in bed at night or in an otherwise dark room. If you find you’re still blinded by the light even after moving the brightness slider all the way to the left in Control Center, there is a way to dim the screen past what the slider allows. In Settings, you can enable a low-light filter and then make it readily accessible from the home button.

1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Zoom.

2. At the top of the Zoom page in settings, tap the toggle switch on for Zoom.

3. Scroll down on the Zoom page in settings and select Full Screen Zoom for Zoom Region and Low Light for Zoom Filter.

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Now, with zoom enabled, you can double tap with three fingers to zoom in and out, keeping the low light filter in place either way. That is, if you are zoomed in, you can do a three-finger double tap to zoom out to the normal zoom level and read on an ultra-dim screen.

To make it easier than digging into settings each time you want to enable zoom’s low-light filter, head back to the Accessibility page in Settings and scroll all the way to the bottom. Tap on Accessibility Shortcut and choose Zoom. Now, you can triple-click the home button to turn zoom with its low-light filter on and off.

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5 Ways to Be More Productive With Your Smartphone

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Apparently people are busy playing Temple Run and Candy Crush on their Smartphone 9 hours per day and that is not really what your Smartphone is meant for. As the name suggests, it is a gadget that makes you smarter and life easier. But i think we are not using it to add value to ourselves and be smarter as the name suggests.

5 Ways Your Smartphone Can Boost Your Own Productivity

Just playing games, attending calls and texting. Is that actually what a Smartphone is meant for?

Can that make you smarter? Some people might argue that playing games adds to your brain power, but am here to tell you, that deduction is meant for kids alone.

1. Find a Productivity App That Works for You

The number of productivity apps available are seemingly endless, ranging from industry-specific (such as Storyist for writers or Dossier for sales) to feature-specific (such as email or to-do lists). Choose the wrong one and you’ll end up wasting a lot of time (and money for paid apps).

Several mobile-friendly services can keep you attuned to what needs doing. The most useful ones can be accessed via the web on your computer, as well as a Smartphone app.

One good example is Toodledo. You can use this to accomplish, sorting tasks into folders, such as by client names or general categories such as banking. This App also lets you set priorities, due dates, reminders and more.

There’s also OmniFocus, Mac-only task management software that’s based on David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” methodology. It includes a complicated task review system that might be overkill for many smaller operations.

Also imagine you as an entrepreneur working with pieces of paper everywhere you find yourself, the thought of it alone is mind boggling. For example, you can be good at jotting quick notes on business cards or receipts to help you recall why you saved them. Remember that you have a smartphone. Ask yourself this question “why go through the stress of using pen and paper when you have digits and buttons to use on your phone?” You can use apps like ScanBizCard for iOS, Android and windows phone which allows you scan both sides of business card on the spot. Another spectacular App is JotNot Scanner, an iPhone app that lets you scan documents, optimize the file size for particular types of documents such as receipts, and organizes scans into a password-protected document that you can email to maybe a bookkeeper or any other person you wish to.

2. Limiting email responses.

While receiving email on your Smartphone is usually convenient, typing on a Smartphone can be tedious, time-consuming and, thanks to auto correct, notoriously error-prone. Instead, try reading email on your phone and flagging messages that you wish to respond to, but whenever possible, waiting until you’re on a computer to write responses. If you must answer an email immediately from your phone, consider making a quick phone call instead. Or master the art of writing extremely brief answers to pressing matters. You can add a line to your phone’s email signature file that says: “Sent from my phone, so please excuse the brevity. I’ll send a longer response later if warranted.”

3. Building Your Business Network

Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter have become second-nature networking tools on mobile, but when it comes to important industry events, such as conferences and trade-shows, there are a few networking apps that can be especially helpful.

4. Get Out of the Office

A key benefit of being a mobile worker is being able to get out of the office and still get stuff done. Research even shows that for certain kinds of creative work, a change in ambiance, like working from a coffee shop, can actually enhance your productivity.

5. Take Advantage of Your Mobile Virtual Assistant

Mobile virtual assistants, like Siri for the iPhone and Google Now for Android, are growing in popularity. Designed respond to voice-activated commands, Siri and Google Now can provide a user with answers and information instantly.

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