Xbox Series X|S May Update Rolls Out Today, Fixes Quick Resume Complaints

The May 2021 update for Xbox Series X|S is rolling out today, and it brings with it some much-requested fixes to the Quick Resume feature. This update improves stability and performance for Quick Resume, meaning your experience with it should be both more reliable and quicker.

The main fixes are improved reliability and loading times when switching between games, which will help smooth out some of the complaints from players. In addition, the update also helps make it easier to tell whether or not a game supports Quick Resume (since some titles only work with a traditional boot sequence). The game you’re currently playing will have a tag that lists if it supports the feature, and your game library will now have a Group that lists all the titles currently saved in Quick Resume.

Quick Resume is one of the main features differentiating Xbox Series X|S from the PS5. With it, you can keep up to six games suspended in the background, letting you switch between them on the fly without rebooting any of them. While it’s a great feature in theory, players have occasionally hit reliability issues when using it, so this update is a welcome fix to help bolster a big part of the Xbox Series X|S experience.

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Author: Alex Newhouse

Exceptional growth is the ‘new normal’ for solar and wind energy

Onshore wind turbines and electricity transmission pylons at the Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm near Camber, U.K., on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. 
Onshore wind turbines and electricity transmission pylons at the Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm near Camber, UK, on October 26th, 2020.  | Photo: Bloomberg / Contributor via Getty Images

Solar and wind energy growth soared in 2020 and is on course to keep catapulting upward. Last year, renewable sources of electricity grew faster than they have since 1999. That rapid rise is far from a one-off event, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), which said today that the “exceptionally high” growth in 2020 is the “new normal.”

It’s yet another signal that renewable energy is elbowing out competition from fossil fuels, at least when it comes to electricity. New renewable energy capacity — primarily solar and wind — made up a whopping 90 percent of the power sector’s growth globally last year, according to the IEA, an intergovernmental organization that…

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Author: Justine Calma

Amazon’s New World MMO Showcases New Dungeon Gameplay Ahead Of Launch

New World is the largest game set to be released from Amazon Games. In the same vein of World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XIV, New World is an online RPG where players can take on quests, take in lore, and collect loot in the world of Aeternum–essentially a high-fantasy setting that takes inspiration from the Americas during the Age of Exploration. With its August 31 launch approaching, the developers of the large-scale open-world MMO opened up New World to a final preview ahead of its release later this summer. One of the many constants in an MMO is the focus on dungeon-crawling, and we had the chance to dive into New World’s take on group quests, called Excavations.

New World puts more of a focus on exploring a large-open world at your own pace, letting you take on trades, engage in PvP and PvE content, and build out your character how you see fit. This aspect of the game comes through in a big way during the Excavation missions. Similar to other online RPGs, you and a squad of other adventurers team up to engage in story-driven, standalone adventures located in instanced locales. In our recent hands-on, we got to explore one of the high-level Excavations set in the Armine ruins, which you can check out below in our new gameplay video.

As the name suggests, Excavations are about uncovering and exploring the lost ruins of Aeternum, which houses ancient treasures and hidden threats that have gone undisturbed before your arrival. This particular Excavation starts out in a network of mines before descending further into the ruins of a lost civilization. Tying back into the themes of New World, the MMO is about exploring an unfamiliar land and uncovering its lost history.

The actual gameplay loop of the Excavation follows the same tried and true formula of MMO dungeon-crawling missions. New World’s action-focused combat, which has players manage stamina as they dodge attacks, parry strikes, and aim their ranged attacks in real-time, makes each fight feel like an active and thrilling engagement. With each player taking on a needed role, and with coordination being a must, these high-level, group-focused missions present a solid amount of fun and excitement–if a bit familiar compared to other MMOs. However, what really sets New World apart is the freeform and classless character system.

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Author: Alessandro Fillari

Enjoy A Cinematic Media Experience Anywhere With This $199 Pocket Projector

High-quality projectors have changed home entertainment. With the clarity and resolution of projectors improving year after year, many people have forgone television sets entirely for the large format images that projectors can offer. However, projectors don’t just offer large screens for home use; they have also become highly portable, and few are more portable than the Prima 1080p HD Pocket Projector.

The Prima Pocket Projector is a compact, high-performance projector. Ready to go anywhere and pair to any device, the Prima brings high-quality, large-format images anywhere you want to take them. Best of all, the Prima Pocket Projector is currently on sale for only $199, down from $799, when you use coupon code PRIMA at checkout.

Powered by an Android-powered 64-bit quad-core processor, this projector is powerful and ultra-portable, with a compact, sleek design that’s thin and small enough to fit comfortably in your pocket. In fact, it only weighs as much as an iPhone 7s Plus. The long battery life enables users to project high-quality images for up to three hours and to play audio for up to 30 hours all on a single charge.

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Author: Stack Commerce

Katy Perry Teases Her Pokemon Celebration Song Is Coming Soon

On May 10, a Spotify user came across a cryptic message in a playlist created by Katy Perry teasing the fast-approaching release of her Pokemon 25th Anniversary song. The message was discovered when the user combined the first letter of each track, creating the phrase, “ELECTRIC SOON.” Within ten minutes of the user tweeting the big reveal, the official Pokemon Twitter profile seemingly confirmed the rumor, retweeting the images and adding, “We can hear the thunder in the distance…”

Perry’s upcoming Poke-centric track, “Electric,” is part of Pokemon’s 25th Anniversary celebration, which is being promoted on the company’s website through the end of 2021. As a part of the festivities, Pokemon has created the P25 Music Program, a way for a handful of very famous fans–like Perry–to celebrate the franchise through their music. According to the popstar, Pokemon has been a constant in her life, from “playing the original video games on my Game Boy, to trading Pokémon TCG cards at lunch, to the adventures of catching Pokémon on the street with Pokémon GO.”

In addition to Perry, ten other Universal Music Group artists have been invited to the program, including Post Malone and J Balvin. The musicians will be joining forces to create an end-of-the-year compilation album via Capitol Records that will feature 14 Pokemon-inspired songs. Each song will also get an official music video and an exclusive merchandise collection.

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Author: Jessica Howard

Logitech’s Magic Keyboard alternative is $30 off at multiple retailers

Logitech’s keyboard alternative is nearly half the price of Apple’s Magic Keyboard. | Image: Logitech

Unless you’re willing to shell out for the Apple Magic Keyboard, Logitech’s Folio Touch might be your best bet for turning your second-gen, 11-inch iPad Pro into a laptop. Right now, both Amazon and Best Buy are taking $30 off the well-regarded keyboard case, rendering it one of the best sales we’ve seen on the device in recent months. In addition to the dedicated trackpad and a fabric-like finish, Logitech’s offering features like backlit keys, iPadOS integration, and more protection than you’ll get from any of Apple’s proprietary offerings. It’s heavy, sure, but the added heft is a small price to pay when compared to the cost of a replacement screen.

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Author: Brandon Widder

New Lord Of The Rings Boromir Statue Looks Like It Stepped Off The Movie Set

This December will mark the twentieth anniversary of the first live-action Lord of the Rings film, The Fellowship of the Ring. While you’ll likely have to make your own plans for an anniversary screening due to current conditions, you can celebrate with some official merchandise such as this Boromir statue from Iron Studios.

At a 1/10 scale, the statue is modeled on Boromir’s actor Sean Bean and includes many of the details from the scene in which the fellowship explored the seemingly abandoned mines of Minas Moria. Boromir is sculpted in his cinematic robes, has his iconic Horn of Gondor, and also carries his sword in a battle-ready pose.

Constructed from polystone materials, each statue is also hand-painted, and the only accessories missing are several Uruk-hai arrows to insert into the statue to recreate Boromir’s last stand at Balin’s Tomb.

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Author: Darryn Bonthuys