Fortnite Party Mode confirmed following numerous leaks

It seems that Fortnite is getting a new map and a new game mode to go along with. A number of Fortnite data miners have discovered a map apparently called Papaya lurking in Fortnite‘s files, and that new location seems to be home to an incoming Party Mode. Party Mode, as the name suggests, will ditch the regular Fortnite formula … Continue reading

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Intel’s New Desktop Processors Take a Very Intel Approach to Challenging AMD


Following the announcement of its high-end mobile processors at the beginning of the month, Intel has revealed that, yes, 10th-gen desktop processors are coming too. This is not surprising news! But Intel’s made this latest launch interesting enough. There’s a lot to unpack with these processors beyond clock speeds…

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USB 4 will fully support DisplayPort 2, including 8K HDR monitors

8984c1e0-8ac9-11ea-a9bb-ad32583b1b79USB 4 is just around the corner and ready to leave USB 3.2 in the dust with double the speeds. Now, VESA has announced that it will fully support the massive bandwidth available for the DisplayPort 2.0 standard as well. That means USB 4 will work wit…

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Microsoft makes it easier to get started with Windows Virtual Desktops

Microsoft today announced a slew of updates to various parts of its Microsoft 365 ecosystem. A lot of these aren’t all that exciting (though that obviously depends on your level of enthusiasm for products like Microsoft Endpoint Manager), but the overall thrust behind this update is to make life easier for the IT admins that help provision and manage corporate Windows — and Mac — machines, something that’s even more important right now, given how many companies are trying to quickly adapt to this new work-from-home environment.

For them, the highlight of today’s set of announcements is surely an update to Windows Virtual Desktop, Microsoft’s service for giving employees access to a virtualized desktop environment on Azure and that allows IT departments to host multiple Windows 10 sessions on the same hardware. The company is launching a completely new management experience for this service that makes getting started significantly easier for admins.

Ahead of today’s announcement, Brad Anderson, Microsoft’s corporate VP for Microsoft 365, told me that it took a considerable amount of Azure expertise to get started with this service. With this update, you still need to know a bit about Azure, but the overall process of getting started is now significantly easier. And that, Anderson noted, is now more important than ever.

“Some organizations are telling me that they’re using on-prem [Virtual Desktop Infrastructure]. They had to go do work to basically free up capacity. In some cases, that means doing away with disaster recovery for some of their services in order to get the capacity,” Anderson said. “In some cases, I hear leaders say it’s going to take until the middle or the end of May to get the additional capacity to spin up the VDI sessions that are needed. In today’s world, that’s just unacceptable. Given what the cloud can do, people need to have the ability to spin up and spin down on demand. And that’s the unique thing that a Windows Virtual Desktop does relative to traditional VDI.”

Anderson also believes that remote work will remain much more common once things go back to normal — whenever that happens and whatever that will look like. “I think the usage of virtualization where you are virtualizing running an app in a data center in the cloud and then virtualizing it down will grow. This will introduce a secular trend and growth of cloud-based VDI,” he said.

In addition to making the management experience easier, Microsoft is now also making it possible to use Microsoft Teams for video meetings in these virtual desktop environments, using a feature called ‘A/V redirection’ that allows users to connect their local audio and video hardware and virtual machines with low latency. It’ll take another month or so for this feature to roll out, though.

Also new is the ability to keep service metadata about Windows Virtual Desktop usage within a certain Azure region for compliance and regulatory reasons.

For those of you interested in Microsoft Endpoint Manager, the big news here is better support for macOS-based machines. Using the new Intune MDM agent for macOS, admins can use the same tool for managing repetitive tasks on Windows 10 and macOS.

Productivity Score — a product only an enterprise manager would love — is also getting an update. You can now see how people in an organization are reading, authoring and collaborating around content in OneDrive and SharePoint, for example. And if they aren’t, you can write a memo and tell them they should collaborate more.

There are also new dashboards here for looking at how employees work across devices and how they communicate. It’s worth noting that this is aggregate data and not another way for corporate to look at what individual employees are doing.

The one feature here that does actually seem really useful, especially given the current situation, is a new Network Connectivity category that helps IT to figure out where there are networking challenges.

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The 6 Best Calendar Apps on Android (That Aren’t Google Calendar)

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Calendar apps have become vital parts of people’s lives. They’re used for scheduling appointments, reminding you of important events, and planning social gatherings. And for years, app developers have been making calendar apps that allow users to use their calendars the way they want to use them—apps that go beyond the default calendar options found on most smartphones.

What to Look for in a Calendar App

When comparing various calendar apps, here are some general things you can look out for.

  • Customization: Your calendar should look the way you want it to, and most apps will offer up at least a couple of different visual themes for you to choose from. But, where this really starts to matter is how events appear on your calendar. Most apps give you a collection of colors for events to appear as. This can help you organize your events and makes your calendar easier to read.
  • Views: Once you get a lot of data into your calendar, it can be difficult to sort through it all yourself. That’s where views come in handy, allowing you to focus on what you have scheduled for the next day, week, month, or year. Agenda view is also common, which lets you see scheduled events in a list format.
  • Syncing: Chances are you’re already using a calendar app. It would be nice to not lose all your events and data while moving to a new app, so apps that have the options to sync with your preexisting calendars are preferred. Sometimes this is done through cloud syncing, other times it’s done through the exporting and importing of .ics files.

Finally, it’s worth noting Google Calendar will not be included on this list. If you’re using an Android phone, you’ve most likely already used it as it’s the default calendar app. That’s not to say it’s a bad calendar app, but we’re focusing on some of the less obvious choices that you may not have tried yet.

Best for Most People: DigiCal Calendar Agenda

DigiCal Calendar AgendaDigibites

If you’re looking for a good all-around calendar app that will allow you to easily move over from your current app, DigiCal is the app for you.

DigiCal allows you to view your calendar events in seven different ways between your current day-to-day, week, week’s agenda, month, text month (which is just a different design of the calendar), year, or overall agenda. You can toggle things like sports events, TV shows, weather forecasts, and public holidays on your calendar as well. You can even switch to a local calendar that doesn’t sync if you want everything to stay on your phone. The app also has syncing compatibility with Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook.

Visually speaking, the app uses a simple but pleasing design and offers a dark mode. You also have access to 42 different colors for your events to organize your calendar with.

DigiCal is free to download, but there will be ads. You can upgrade to DigiCal+ to remove ads and gain access to some advanced widgets for $4.99.


Best for Groups: TimeTree

TimeTreeTimeTree Inc.

If you’re looking for an easy way to share a unified calendar with other people, TimeTree is it.

You can create multiple calendars for different groups and events, use the chat feature to coordinate, add notes to each event for additional details, and even send out reminders to all participants.

TimeTree is a powerful planning tool whether you’re organizing events for friends, family, or co-workers. You can also sync it with other calendar apps if you want to use it as your personal calendar as well.

TimeTree is free and is also available on iOS and Web.


Best Business Calendar: Business Calendar 2

Business Calendar 2Appgenix Software

One of the most common uses of calendars is keeping track of business appointments. Depending on your job, you can have a lot of these—too many to remember. This is where an app like Business Calendar 2 comes in handy.

On the surface, Business Calendar 2 is a pretty standard-looking calendar app. You can view your calendar in day, week, month, or agenda views; customize the colors of events; and choose between various visual themes. You can also easily sync your calendar with other calendar apps. The biggest advantage to using Business Calendar 2 is how it streamlines creating appointments.

You can simply drag an event into the right time slot, and the app will even start to learn about your reoccurring appointments over time. It, then, will perform auto-fills when appropriate. You can also adjust the availability of the event, to help you see how busy you are. The app also has some light task management features to help you keep track of things. And, if you’re using the paid version, you can even create custom templates for events.

All of this is quick and easy to do, which makes Business Calendar 2 the perfect app to match your busy life.

Business Calendar 2 is free to download, but if you want to remove ads and add premium features (such as widgets and 22 visual themes), you’ll want to buy the pro version (a one-time payment of $6.98). You can grab it for $3.49, though, if you purchase it shortly after downloading the app.


The Simplest Calendar: Simple Calendar

Simple CalendarSimple Mobile Tools

If you use your calendar sparingly, you may not need (or even want) some of the more complicated features we’ve listed above. With Simple Calendar, it’s easy to view, manage, and create events. You can swap between multiple views to limit your focus, and you can even customize the colors of the UI itself (this also applies to app icon).

This limited scope helps streamline your experience. For those who don’t need advanced features or in-depth options, the simplicity of this app is a fantastic feature itself.

There are two versions of Simple Calendar: free and Pro. The free version doesn’t get updated with new features anymore, so if the app sounds right for you, we recommend getting the Pro version for $1.19.  Simple Calendar also has support for exporting and importing .ics files in case you’re switching from a different app.


The Premium Option: CalenGoo

CalenGooDominique Andre Gunia

CalenGoo is the priciest app on this list at $5.99, but it lives up to that price with extensive options for customizing your calendar.

Visually speaking, you can choose between different themes and layouts, and there are 12 colors to choose between for events. Events can also be deeply customized with contacts, file attachments, and reminders, and you have nine different views to switch between.

There are also some great workflow features, with automatic templates that can be created to simplify adding reoccurring events. The calendar also uses a drag-and-drop design that makes it easy to copy and rearrange events. There are even some task management features as well.

As we previously mentioned,  CalenGoo does require an upfront payment of $5.99, there is another version of CalenGoo that is free and acts as a free trial. It’s worth noting that the free trial does not have all of the features of the paid version and just focuses on the basic calendar options.

CalenGoo is also available on iOS and Desktop.


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What You Need to Know About Snaps on Ubuntu 20.04

Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa is a fantastic release that’s been widely praised. However, the decision to change the Software Center to install snap-based applications is controversial. We’ll explain what that means for you.

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The 4 Best Instrument Tuning Apps

Instrument Tuning Apps heroPedro Talens/

Unless you’re in an experimental rock band or junior high orchestra, keeping your instrument in tune is a must. Don’t pay for expensive physical tuners, though, as these tuning apps work just as well for a fraction of the cost.

There are thousands of musical instruments in the world, each of which falls into one of five categories: keyboard, string, percussion, brass, and woodwind. Every instrument has unique tuning requirements, so it’s no surprise there are so many different types of tuners to choose from. Instead of buying a one-size-fits-all tuner at your local music store or spending thousands of dollars on a highly calibrated physical tuner, download a free (or at least inexpensive) digital tuner app that works just as well. Plus, it’s one less piece of gear to lug around.

What to Look for in Instrument Tuning Apps

Each of these apps has what it takes to help you tune your instrument in tune, but depending on what that instrument is, you might need additional, more robust tools as well. Here are the most important features to look for in a tuning app, and why they are necessary:

  • Visual Feedback: Tuning your instrument should only take a minute or two, and trying to figure out a tuner with a complex or cluttered interface can drag the process out. The best tuning apps should show you exactly what pitch you’re playing in, as well as how flat or sharp it is so you can fix it and move on.
  • Pitch Pipe Playback: If you prefer to hear a pitch then tune your instrument to it, make sure the app you choose can play chromatic pitches across several octaves, so it can accommodate both low- and high-register instruments.
  • Semitone/Cent Accuracy: In addition to showing you what pitch you’re playing, the best instrument tuner apps should also show you the accuracy of the pitch down to the exact cent. While guitar players don’t need to worry about this as much, it is an important option for orchestras tuning to the European standard of A=442Hz, rather than A=440, for example.
  • Multiple Tunings for Guitar: Standard guitar tuning works for most folks, but if you’re feeling crazy and want to try drop C or other exotic tunings, find a tuner app that can show you what those notes are and how to tune the strings accordingly.

Best for Guitar and Other Strings: GuitarTuna

GuitarTuna app screenshotsGuitarTuna

From the brilliant minds over at Yousician comes a robust and capable app for tuning your ax: GuitarTuna (Free). It’s great for other plucked-string instruments as well, like bass, mandoline, ukulele, banjo, balalaika, and even orchestral-stringed instruments. The app is popular with both beginners and advanced musicians because of its simple interface and how fast and accurate its tuning algorithm is (which you can access on iOS and Android devices, as well as online). It has an auto-mode tuner, which automatically detects which instrument and the specific string you’re tuning, as well as a chromatic tuner setting. There are even alternative tuning options you can try.

GuitarTuna is also awesome because it offers additional features beyond a tuner, including a metronome, chord library, and six fun musical games that help you train your ear and ensure you’re playing chords correctly. The app only needs access to your smartphone’s microphone to detect pitches (no cords required, even for electric instruments), and its background noise cancellation ensures the tuner only focuses on your instrument.


Best for Band and Orchestra Instruments: Boss Tuner

Boss Tuner app screenshotsBoss

Boss has made some of the most popular electronic devices—from pedals to physical tuners—that musicians have relied upon for years. Now, with Boss Tuner (Free), older and younger musicians alike can get in tune digitally. The app looks visually similar to Boss’s physical TU-3 and TU-3W tuners and pedals, and it still provides easy and accurate chromatic tuning for band and orchestra instruments.

The dial at the top of the app displays the pitch you’re playing, and the LED segment meter acts as a visual tuning indicator, moving to the left or right depending on whether you are sharp or flat. The app helps you fine tune down to +1/-1 cent, with a range of A#0 (29.14Hz)-G8 (6,271.93Hz) so it’s great for double basses as well as piccolos. It also plays reference pitches as a steady drone until you tell it not to, so you won’t have to keep tapping the screen to hear a note. Boss Tuner also has other settings you can tinker with, from customizing the reference pitch, to adjusting the sensitivity and key view type. The app is easy to use and doesn’t have any popup ads.


Best for Strobe Tuning: iStrobosoft

iStrobosoft app screenshotsiStrobosoft

Strobe tuners are the oldest type of electronic tuning devices, built in 1936. Strobe tuners are known for having unbeatable mechanical precision, so if fine-tuning is important to you, check out iStrobosoft ($9.99). While physical strobe tuners cost several thousand dollars and lack portability, you can still reap the benefits of a physical model with a digital strobe tuning app, and for a fraction of the price. You can tune by using your device’s microphone or by plugging in an external microphone and manually calibrating it to 1/10th cent with the app, and watching the strobe on your display to nail the pitch.

iStroboSoft lets you adjust the note and octave window so you can tune to your intended note and not an octave below or above it. With the press of a button, you can also transpose the tuner up or down an octave if you are using drop tuning or a capo, and you can customize the input frequency if you want to tune to something other than A=440Hz. iStrobosoft’s amazing noise filter automatically tunes out other instruments and any background noise, so it can focus on your instrument alone.


Best for Unusual Guitar Tunings: Pro Guitar Tuner

Pro Guitar Tuner app screenshotsPro Guitar Tuner

If you are too cool for standard tuning, don’t fret: Pro Guitar Tuner (Free) is a great chromatic tuning app with a huge library of non-traditional guitar tunings. You can choose from relatively common tunings like drop C, or choose one of the other 106 tuning options like E Modal, Double Drop F, Augmented Fourths, All Fifths, and G Tuning. You can even save your favorite tunings so they’re easier to reference in the future.

Once you choose the tuning you want, the tuner adjusts the display accordingly so you can see what you need to tune each of your strings to. If you want to hear what a string sounds like, tap on it to hear. The only weird thing about the guitar tuner is that a few of thee strings were either a few cents sharp or flat, which, while negligible, may require additional fine tuning if you have a good ear. Other than dealing with the occasional ad—which you can resolve with a Premium upgrade for a $9.99 one-time purchase, or as a $0.99/month subscription—Pro Guitar Tuner is a great tuning app for guitar players, and its robust library of creative tunings help keep things exciting.


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