Top ten software and apps of the week

The editorial team offers you its weekly selection of new software, applications and updates. On the program for the August 10, 2018 edition: Fortnite, Thunderbird, Near Escape, Math and Sorcery …

1. Fortnite

Fortnite Battle Royale, the Epic Games game everyone is talking about, is finally available on Android. For the free beta hour that you need to sign up for, the game is only functional on certain models of Samsung devices. The happy owners of Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S8, S8 +, S9, S9 +, Note 8, Note 9, TabS3 and Tab S4 can therefore already benefit from it, but other terminals should be compatible in the coming days .

As a reminder, Fortnite Battle Royale puts you in the shoes of a hero parachuted on an island and who will have to face 99 other players to hope to be the last survivor. In the middle of this gigantic battlefield, you must build your camp to protect yourself from others, but above all go on an exploration in order to collect weapons to defend yourself and what to support your basic needs. To hope to increase your chances of survival, you can establish alliances with other players, just long enough to eliminate the most formidable opponents. You can then only count on you and will have to fight a solo battle to bring your opponents from life to death in order to ensure victory.

2. Mozilla Thunderbird

Thunderbird, the Mozilla Foundation email client is taking advantage of a major update this week, bringing it to version 60.0. This refresh inaugurates the adoption of the design of Firefox Photon, and unveils many new features. Among these, Thunderbird includes a button to quickly delete a recipient and reviews its attachment management system which now displays a panel grouping all attached files.

Thunderbird also simplifies proofreading emails written in multiple languages. The program allows you to quickly change the language of the spell checker, provided of course that you have downloaded other dictionaries beforehand. The software now includes a light theme and a dark theme to better match your mood.

3. CCleaner

While Piriform released version 5.45 of CCleaner a few weeks ago, the publisher backed down and reverted its cleaning and optimization software to version 5.44. In question, the implementation of new functionalities accused of collecting data too intrusively.

The Active Monitoring monitoring module, which monitors the system to warn the user when cleaning is necessary, has indeed been reinforced in version 5.45 with the integration of the Heartbeat function which extended the machine’s data collection . As a result, it had become impossible to close CCleaner – which continued to run in the background – without killing the application through the Windows task manager.

By leaving users no choice, anger began to grow, prompting the publisher to delete the controversial version of CCleaner in favor of the previous version.

4. LibreOffice

The Document Foundation has just released a major update to its open source LibreOffice office suite. Stamped 6.1, LibreOffice unveils two new icon themes: Colibre, activated by default under Windows, which respects Microsoft’s design specifications and which allows it to display a look close to what exists on the office suite Office, and Karasa Jaga.

LibreOffice 6.1 also benefits from a new image management module that allows the software to be faster and more fluid, with a loading time of documents in Microsoft proprietary formats.

5. Glary Utilities

The Glary Utilities cleaning and optimization utility has been updated to version 5.103. In the program of changes, the disk cleaning module can now operate with the residue left by Foxit Reader and Sony Vegas Pro while the trace removal tool now manages Foxit Reader and Corel VideoStudio Pro x8. The option to clean up duplicate files has been improved, as has the boot manager. A new boot control menu is also appearing to simplify the use of the program.

For the rest, minor improvements have been made to the software interface, and the bugs listed in the previous version have been fixed.

6. Adobe Fill & Sign

Do you only have a smartphone or tablet to fill out a form? Adobe Fill & Sign helps you in this often painful task by chewing your work. After answering standard questions frequently asked in forms, the application is able to fill all (almost) all the forms that you submit to it. Text fields are automatically detected, and just tap any field to select the custom autofill entries you have saved.

Adobe Fill & Sign does not stop there since the application is also capable of scanning your paper forms and allows you to affix an electronic handwritten signature that you can make with your finger or using a stylus.

7. Firefox Lockbox for iPhone

Unveiled a few weeks ago by Mozilla, the Firefox Lockbox password manager, currently only available on iPhone, has just been updated. If some bugs were fixed, this refresh mainly helped to optimize certain functions of the application. The automatic lock function that activates after a certain period of inactivity is now paused when you are on a web page so that you no longer have to unlock the application again after reading the FAQ or submitting your comments to developers.

Finally, the Firefox Lockbox icon has been revised, a display bug in the default browser selection panel has been resolved, and two new durations have been added to the automatic lock options (15 and 30 minutes).

8. Near Escape

As a terrible virus spreads through the air and the majority of the population has been wiped out, a minority of survivors, including yourself, must fight to survive. Near Escape drops you in the middle of a street you just woke up to. Completely amnesiac sprawled in a pool of blood, you don’t know who you are or what’s going on. By leaving to explore the surroundings, you quickly understand that you can only count on yourself to hope to survive and understand what is happening.

The city is in the grip of chaos, and hordes of zombies prowl in search of fresh flesh. Walk the streets, explore the buildings, and collect everything you find during your trip: food, medicine, weapons, anything that can be used to keep you alive can be useful all the more as little by little, your memory comes back. Take cover and be discreet so as not to attract zombies sensitive to the slightest noise, otherwise you will have no other choice but to leave in confrontation, remembering to aim your head.

9. Vista Golf

If golf games can seem off-putting, Vista Golf offers an alternative that is as convincing as it is relaxing. Requiring skill and a touch of luck, Vista Golf is a mini-golf game taking place on 18 aerial holes with convoluted architecture. Thanks to a simplified control system that allows you to both aim and measure the power of the strike, Vista Golf challenges you to complete the course with fewer strokes than the par required. To get there, you will have to take into account the relief of each hole and measure your shot enough to bounce on the border area which will send your ball to the bottom of the hole.

If you succeed, you will enter the general classification of the table in which players from all over the world compete. Each week, Vista Golf unveils three new courses that the best golfers will have to complete. And if you do not have the soul of a competitor, the game offers an infinite mode in which you can freely play the 18 holes of your courses.

10. Math and Sorcery

Why not combine pleasure with the useful? Math and Sorcery is a turn-based game mixing RPG and puzzle and proposing to test your mental math skills to advance in the scenario. While the powerful Math and Witchcraft book has been stolen from the Mathula Account, you are sent to find it and bring it back. To do this, you must train and improve your mental arithmetic skills by solving additions, subtractions, multiplications and divisions as quickly as possible to increase your multiplier during the attacks you make against monsters and enemies who cross your path.

Sporting a pixel art style, Math and Sorcery offers you to explore a hundred levels spread over four areas with the help of new companions who will increase your different skills. Make strategic choices before starting a fight and become unbeatable in mental arithmetic to hope to bring the book back to the library

Netflix offers free documentaries on YouTube

For educational purposes, Netflix has decided to provide some flagship documentaries during containment. The surprising choice is that the SVOD service is placed on YouTube instead of creating special areas on its website.

In the United States, Netflix has established partnerships with certain schools. The streaming service allows them to access certain content that is considered to be educational in order to watch it with students. Problem, the school is closed and they cannot access it.

As a result, the SVOD service decided to release nine documentaries (including the excellent Our Planet) on its US YouTube channel and provide subtitles in multiple languages. Netflix invites teachers to recommend them to students for discussion through video conferencing. Of course, everyone can use it.

Wonderful choice for YouTube

Of course, some people may wonder why Netflix chose YouTube over its own platform to make this gift. Is this a way to increase visibility by using Google’s suggestions? Is this a technical limitation? Or just shut out people without a Netflix account? In any case, in addition to these YouTube videos, Netflix also provides teachers with documentation to help them prepare for the course.

In addition to “Notre Dame” (providing incredible images of nature), there are documentaries “Baby”, “Explanation” and “Thirteen”. Whether you are a student or limited to research content, you should treat yourself well.

Netflix can now lock your mobile screen

The Netflix mobile app now allows you to lock the screen during playback to prevent unnecessary operations.

Netlix subscribers who are used to watching their favorite TV series from a smartphone screen will be happy. The platform is deploying its application updates to Android to integrate a very useful new feature.

Now, while reading the program, users can lock their screens. This new feature takes place directly next to the button next to the lower navigation bar, which allows you to view episodes, change the language or go to the next episode.

Related: Netflix offers free documentaries on YouTube

When activated, the screen lock deletes all other control buttons to prevent accidental presses, such as pausing or accidentally starting the next episode. Then press the lock button twice to return to the normal display of the Netflix control.

 

Source : 9to5Google

Microsoft is taking action to cope with the 775% increase in the use of its cloud services

Azure: Microsoft's cloud services infrastructure

Azure, Microsoft’s gigantic cloud services infrastructure, is under heavy demand in countries or regions of the globe where containment or distancing measures have been taken.

Demand up more than 775% compared to a normal period. No, this is not a figure given by the toilet paper industry but by Microsoft about the activity of its titanic network of Azure servers. It covers the whole planet and runs all of its services, from the most professional to the general public and is, of course, under severe strain in these times of compulsory confinement.

The Virtual Desktop solution (three times more in demand than usual), Teams (communication), the Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Live or even Mixer (Twitch competitor) are among the applications in greatest demand today .

See also: Netflix offers free documentaries on YouTube

Because of this high attendance and for the entire infrastructure to hold up, Microsoft has dispatched teams of engineers specialized in its various data centers and is forced to act on the algorithms and software responsible for controlling bandwidths and their good distributions and distributions.

Xbox Live and Teams affected

Measures had already been taken by Microsoft last week but they are reinforced. For example, it’s no longer possible to upload a custom profile photo or custom wallpapers to Xbox Live. Players should be content with the icons and backgrounds offered by the service at the moment. What lighten the load in the pipes but, also, the work of moderators who check the compliance of everything that is loaded on MS servers.

Microsoft also claims to have agreed with its game studios that they only push updates “during peak off-season on the Web, depending on the region of the world”.

Among the other adjustments made in the multitude of Microsoft software, we note the drop in definition of videos in Teams or the disappearance of the little notification that told you that your correspondent was entering text in a window.