Friday The 13th: The Game Patched On PC And Xbox One, But Killer Wait Times Persist On PS4

The launch of Friday the 13th: The Game has gone about as smoothly as, well…a kegger at a certain abandoned summer camp. The PC and PS4 have been beset with server issues, the Xbox version launched without the game’s day one patch, and the game is, generally speaking, a buggy mess on all platforms. But hey, at least Gun Media and developer IllFonic are trying to do something about the situation, issuing patches for both the Xbox One and PC. Like a nubile skinny dipper trying to escape Jason in the woods, these updates probably have a hopeless task ahead of them, but let’s check out what they contain all the same.

The Xbox One patch mostly seems to bring the game in line with the PS4 version of Friday the 13th. Basically, it’s the day one patch the Xbox somehow didn’t get at launch:WWGfriday13th11

Xbox One Update

  • New intro cinematics for Tommy Jarvis spawn, Game Intro, and Game Outro.
  • Fixed crash for VoIP that would during gameplay
  • Fix for out of memory crash with a bug in the texture system bloating out textures after playing a couple of rounds.
  • Fixed getting stuck when interactive with drawers.
  • Fixed getting stuck when climbing through windows
  • Fixed camera getting stuck when interactive with doors, windows and drawers.
  • Fixed Jason getting stuck in a chop loop when breaking down doors.
  • Fixed Jason getting off aligned when breaking down doors. He will no longer keep popping back in a new position.
  • Fixed environment and grab kills being off.
  • Fixed environment and grab kill jittering.
  • Made knife pickup grab animations more accurate.
  • Fixed some knife pickups from not working.
  • Fixed the shotgun and flare gun sometimes not firing.
  • Fixed weapon swapping from floating.
  • Fixed firecrackers going through the world
  • Fixed physics on car. No longer can a group of counselors push it around.
  • Fixed getting in and out of a car where animations would get off sync.
  • Fixed players standing up in the car.
  • Fixed pocket knife not working when getting pulled out of the car.
  • Fixed more than one player being able to get into the driver’s seat at the same time.
  • Fixed physics on boat. No longer can a group of counselors push it around.
  • Fixed getting in and out of a boat where animations would get off sync.
  • Fixed players standing up in the boat.
  • Fixed more than one player being able to get into the boat driver’s seat at the same time.
  • Fixed HUD getting stuck when getting in and out of Armour.
  • Fixed blood getting stuck on screen when dying.
  • Fixed blood getting stuck on screen when coming back as Tommy Jarvis.
  • Fixed repair mini-game getting stuck on screen when getting hit with a weapon while doing the mini-game.
  • Fixed exploit where users were able to go into combat stance and then sprint sliding around the character but not burning any stamina.
  • Fixed Jason sliding around when getting stunned.
  • Fixed counselors sliding around when playing the falling animation.
  • Fixed Jason grabbing someone out of a car and them becoming a ghost.
  • Fixed driving the car getting out of sync with the server / host then teleporting the player back to where they got into a car.
  • Made session invitations a lot more reliable.
  • Fixed crash where you would exit a match and then start a new Private Match.
  • Added movable hair to the female characters.
  • Optimized all maps to have a nice performance increase on Xbox One when action gets intense.
  • Did a warmer lighting pass to increase visual quality.
  • Fixed crash when getting grabbed by Jason.
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Meanwhile, the PC update seems to be a bit more substantial. It makes some changes to how profiles are saved, tunes up the audio, and improves Jason and Counselor spawning.

PC Update

To optimize the database further, we have moved character profiles to the save file system, persisting in the cloud instead. However, this means that:

  • Counselor Perk and Clothing selections will have to be assigned again.
  • Jason grab kill selections will have to be assigned again.

Improvements

  • Added a Random option in the lobby.
  • Turned intro volume down.
  • Increased effectiveness of Jason and Counselor spawn preference options. Shuffling the possible Jason list 3x as much to help randomness.
  • Disabled inhale sound effect for breathing while in a hiding spot.
  • Made dead body stingers less obnoxious: Ignored while being pursued by Jason; 10s cooldown; Will not fire for witnessed nearby deaths.

Fixes

  • Fixed issue where you have infinite stamina.
  • Fixed a few areas where the player couldn’t reach with Jason. Also fixed a stuck spot on Packanack.
  • Fixed perk roller UI sometimes getting stuck if there is an error talking to the database.
  • Fixed session heartbeat requests to be more resilient to service failures.
  • Fixed some bugs with incremental Steam stats achievements. NOTE: These do not always update while the game    client is open, sometimes taking until you exit the game before Steam shows progress.
  • Fixed character hair stretching at lower frame rate.
  • Fixed inverted mouse look and mouse sensitivity options not working on the input settings UI.
  • Fixed Jason not always aborting the knife throw when stunned.
  • Fixed a case where it was possible to get stuck in a knife throw.
  • Fixed some visibility issues with the door interaction icons.
  • Fixed some placement issues with dropped items.
  • Fixed Jason’s mask floating when knocked off.
  • Fixed Jason not always cancelling shift or morph if they hit a car in reverse.
  • Fixed an issue with the hiding spot exit code.
  • Fixed Counselors potentially getting stuck inside of a wall if hit while climbing through a window at the perfect time.
  • Fixed Rotate Minimap With Player not updating when changed until a map change.
  • Fixed some server specific crashes.
  • Fixed people being able to share settings save games.

The PS4 version of Friday the 13th hasn’t received a patch, which is unfortunate, as it’s arguably the version people are having most trouble with. Players continue to report excessively long wait times for games on PS4 over a week after launch. Xbox One and PC are having similar problems, although to a somewhat lesser degree. But hey, if you do manage to connect to a game, we do have some handy tips for how to slaughter campers most effectively!

Friday the 13th: The Game is available for PC, Xbox One, and PS4. You can check out limited impressions of the game, right here.

 

BlackBerry expands security role

 

The name BlackBerry may still conjure up images of smartphones, but the company’s enterprise software footprint in Australia and New Zealand continues to expand with the company signing up Optus, Briggs Communications and Mobile Mentor to its AtHoc secure communication platform.

The agreement will see the three parties deliver, deploy and support the AtHoc platform in the region and it is not the only win for BlackBerry, with the company getting one of the latest customers in the region, Bank of New Zealand, to start using the secure crisis communications solution.

The platform can deliver accurate, targeted or en masse information in real time through an encrypted network, if necessary, inside and outside an organisation.

Bank of New Zealand Markets executive manager Katrina Maxwell said that, having dealt with two serious earthquakes in 2013 and 2016, the bank had to think about keeping channels of communications open to its staff and customers and ensuring services stayed up and running in case of future incidents.

“After the earthquakes took place, we wanted to make sure that if it happened again, we would be ready to alert our people around the country, account for where they are and have a system in place to help us maintain continuity of business,” Ms Maxwell said.

BlackBerry’s APAC vice-president, Paul Crighton, said that from natural disasters to cyberattacks, organisations were under increasing pressure to ensure they remained online at all times. It is a difficult task, with research firm Telsyte saying that only half of Australian organisations are prepared properly to quickly communicate to employees in times of crisis.

Telsyte’s latest research says only 10 per cent of organisations have increased their spending on crisis communication during the past two years, while 48 per cent had made no investment or disregarded the need for better communications tools.

“Crises can take many forms from terrorism threats to operational failure, however it’s increasingly critical that companies can inform large groups of people very quickly,” Telsyte managing director Foad Fadaghi said.

14 words and phrases you should not use in emails

One wrongly used word or phrase could show your email, and you, in a completely different light! These words make you sound rude or pretentious. Avoid them!

Words you shouldn’t use in emails

Words you shouldnt use in emails

With emails being the primary communication source between employers and employees, and business owners and clients, it is very important that you do not unknowingly use certain words that might offend the person on the other side or show you in a light which isn’t completely positive.

A wrongly used word might make or break a partnership. You need to make sure your message gets across in a positive manner and elicits a positive response in return rather than stoic silence. So, we all need to brush up on our email etiquettes to stay in tune with the digital communication norms.

Read: 10 basic email etiquettes you should know

Here are 15 words that you should not be using in emails along with certain replacements that you should consider:

1. Hey/Hi

Starting an email with just Hey or Hi gives a unprofessional impression. After all, you are not talking to an age old friend. If however, you have been conversing with the person for some time, you can add the name after Hi, or start the mail with just the name.

2. Literally

Most often than not, this word is used often and erroneously. It is not even a very important word to use and when used in a false context, it can lower your impression in the eyes of the person who reads your email. Literally is used to denote something as it exactly happened. So you cannot literally be melting in the heat, or literally be running around for 48 hours a day.

3. Kindly

This word has become old and antiquated. Replacing ‘kindly’ with please makes you sound more genuine and less Victorian.

4. Okay/Noted

One word reply to emails will make the sender feel unacknowledged and definitely won’t make him or her happy. No need to go the whole hog and write a whole paragraph, but a line with something like “Thank you <name>, I understood your concerns and they have been duly noted.” Or “Okay <name>, I will make the changes you asked for. Thank you!” will go a long way in improving your work relations through your digital communication skills.

5. Obviously

The word ‘obviously’ can come across as very condescending to the reader as it denotes that the writer is saying something that should have been obvious to the reader but somehow he/she isn’t smart enough to catch it. Omit it from your email.

6. But

This word is usually a prelude to a bad news or a negative statement coming up. For example, in the sentence ‘I would really like the meeting o go forward tomorrow, but I have an urgent event that needs to be covered’, the moment the reader reads ‘but’, he/she experiences an instant fall in expectations.

You can skip the word ‘but’ and write what you mean in a slightly different manner which doesn’t take down the reader’s expectation, such as: ‘I would really like the meeting to go forward tomorrow. Regrettably, I have an urgent event that needs to be covered.’

7. Utilise (and other technical terms)

Business jargon is expected in mails between business clients. However, they do make the reader lose interest and often skip over to the important parts. So, try to use simple language and facts which can make the reader feel you are right there in front of him/her explaining it verbally.

8. Apparently

When you say ‘apparently’, it sounds like you disagree with the comment coming after that. For example, ‘Apparently, the article was too long and I need to shorten it’ sounds like the article being long is someone else’s opinion and you do not agree to it. It sounds like you are questioning someone’s decision or showing your disapproval.

9. Me/ I

Use fewer words that point to you and more words which point to the email reader. Turn around sentences to use words like ‘you’ and ‘your’. This makes the email more important to the other person as it removes the focus from the email sender to the email receiver.

10. No

A direct no comes across as very offensive and rude in an email. If you are denying something, whether it be a meeting, an idea or an article to publish, provide context regarding why you are denying it. Usually you can do it without even using the word ‘no’. You can also add a sorry to the reason.

11. Fine

The word ‘fine’ has a dismissive tone to it and can often be mistaken for a negative connotation. It’s best to replace it with ‘good’ if you are using it to describe something positively. Rather than saying “Your idea is a fine one”, say “Your idea is a good one”. It sounds more positive. In case you have something negative to say, explain it properly rather than leaving your reader wondering what you actually mean with a one-worded reply.

12. Actually

This is another word which doesn’t have much of a use when writing emails. It might sound okay when you are speaking to someone verbally or having a face-to-face conversation, but it can come off as pretty rude in emails. For example: ‘I actually think it might be a good idea to wait for the scheme to be launched officially before we write about it’ sounds more conceited than ‘I think it might be a good idea to wait for the scheme to be launched officially before we write about it.’

13. Respectfully

This word makes you sound serious and sombre. It sounds like you are ‘respectfully’ taking a negative decision that is not going to help the reader. Omit this word for a softer touch to your mails.

14. Sincerely yours/ truly yours/very truly yours

These sign off phrases might have sounded okay in the Victorian era, but we hardly write any letters anymore and the terminology needs to be more professional in the digital era of emails. A simple sign off with ‘regards’ or ‘faithfully’ would work better in this case. Just pay attention to how familiar you are to the other person and use sign off terms accordingly.

The trick to writing a comfortable, readable email is to remove yourself from cliches and harsh professional tones, and instead opt for something more closer to home, with sincere words that are not totally business-like, but not too familiar either.

 

Sony Launches PS4 Slim Gold Edition

 

The rumours are true. Sony has announced the PS4 Slim Gold Edition. At the moment will be available in the US only and can only be bought from June 9 to June 17. Sony is touting “additional discounts on software and accessories” albeit not revealing any details just yet.

Aside from being gold, it has a price of $249 (almost Rs. 16,000), lower than the $299 (around Rs. 19,000) price point of the standard black PS4 Slim. So far there doesn’t seem to be any plans to bring this specific edition outside of the US with Sony’s European and Indian counterparts yet to announce it for their respective regions.Sony Launches PS4 Slim Gold Edition
Should you buy the Gold PS4 Slim? Frankly, no. Sony has far better bundles on the store shelves. Particularly its latest offering. Rs. 28,990 gets you a PS4 Slim 500GB console, Horizon Zero Dawn, Ratchet and Clank, and Driveclub. In addition to this, Sony India is also throwing in a three month subscription to PlayStation Plus (PS Plus) – Sony’s online service that allows you to play multiplayer and grants you access to an assortment of games each month. Not to mention it comes with official warranty and support.

And if that’s not important, several consumers have reported being able to purchase the PS4 Slim 500GB for as low as Rs. 19,700 at grey market outlets in Delhi and Mumbai. Granted, you’re missing out on an additional 500GB of storage space, but between the PS4 hard drive being simple to replace and support for external hard drives, this is far from an issue.

 

HTC Asks its Fan Community to Combat Online Criticism, Offers Merchandise in Return

HTC’s latest U11 has been received with mixed reactions by the Android community. With good audio but no headphone jack and a new-ish design that scraps years of HTC’s expertise with metal, many fans and spectators threw quite a bit of skepticism its way.

There are many arguments one could make to discredit or devalue HTC’s new product, from its hardware decisions to its gimmicky “squeezing” features — and HTC knows this, so it found a way to at least combat it on online boards, comments sections and other social battlefields. According to information from their VIP community, presented in a reddit post, HTC has taken to ask its community of fans to duke it out online against dissenters of the phone in what we can only describe as literal shilling.

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Elevate is HTC’s private online community, members-only, for the company’s “top fans” and supporters. To join Elevate, you must request access by emailing HTC, and telling them why you are “HTC’s most passionate fan”. With admission requirements like those, you’d expect HTC Elevate members to be quite dedicated indeed. After all, they are the ones getting the latest product news, opportunities to access exclusive events or partner with HTC, and have direct access to HTC team members. But now, they are asking their users to “mobilize and combat some of the negative things out there about the U11”. As seen in the screenshot above, provided by reddit user u/ShadowCodeGaming, HTC wants users to post regularly in comments sections of blogs and social media, and then report back to Elevate so that they can keep track of the shilling.Image result for HTC Asks its Fan Community to Combat Online Criticism, Offers Merchandise in Return

Of course, HTC is actually rewarding people who go through that trouble (though, to be honest, if you are in a VIP HTC community, you’d probably do it for free), as they’ll be sending out “swag goodies” here and there to people who participate. The company doesn’t shy away from the implication that it encourages a network of shills, by saying that such actions are “what [elevate members] do best”, and calls it “sharing the good word about all things HTC — fanboy preaching, essentially.

We hope that this operation is limited in scope, and we’ll certainly keep an eye out for Elevate members in our comments sections from now on.

 

Amazon reportedly working on proper Android ‘Ice’ smartphones with Google’s apps

 

Amazon might be taking another shot at building its own smartphones, according to a new report from NDTV’s Gadget 360And unlike the company’s failed Fire Phone, the new smartphones — allegedly branded “Ice” — would have access to the full line of Google services and apps, including the Play Store.

The report notes that the Ice line would be targeted at emerging markets like India, instead of the more US-facing focus of the original Fire Phone. As such, the rumored specs for one of the Ice phones fall in line with that goal: a screen between 5.2 and 5.5 inches, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and a Snapdragon 435 processor. Gadget 360 claims that this specific model would retail for roughly $93 at launch, although that price could change before launch.

Per Gadget 360’s source, the Ice phone doesn’t have Alexa support, but, like the price, details aren’t finalized which means software, too, could change in the future.

The original Fire Phone was a failure for a multitude of reasons, including a focus on gimmicky features, an expensive price tag, exclusivity to AT&T, and a bizarre operating system. It sold extremely poorly, even with Amazon slashing prices only weeks after launch. But perhaps the biggest failure was the dearth of apps by not using Google Mobile Services, in essence leaving customers with a confusingly skinned Android phone that didn’t really run any Android apps. It sounds like Amazon is taking a different approach with the Ice line, by embracing Google’s services and targeting a different slice of the smartphone market than the Apple-and-Samsung-dominated high-end segment.

If the Ice rumors are true, Amazon could have a big opportunity in emerging market places. Google has made no secret of its desire to put Android phones in the hands of “the next billion users” with initiatives like Android Go and Android One; an Amazon hardware push would certainly go a long way toward getting Google

 

3 Google Slides tricks to engage your audience

 

Despite its austere appearance, Google Slides has some powerful features that can liven up your presentations and help you keep your audiences riveted. Here are three to start using on your next slide deck.

Use speaker notes

As a rule of thumb, you want to keep text on your slides to a minimum. It can easily take over and clutter up a slide deck, dulling both your presentation itself and your message. Using a graphics on slides is more visually pleasing and keeps people’s focus on the words you’re saying.

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Speaker notes allow you to add talking points—viewable only by you—to any slide.

That doesn’t mean you have to wing the spoken part of your presentation. You can add talking points or complete text to the speaker notes section of any Google Slide for reference. Just click in the text box beneath the main slide area to type your notes, or go to Tools > Voice type speaker notes, click the mic button and start dictating. Your notes will be viewable by only when you select “presenter view” from the Present drop-down menu.

One of the best ways to keep an audience engaged in you presentation it to have them participate in it by asking questions. Adding a question and answer session with Slides Q&A feature is an easy way to do this.

In Slides, click the drop-down arrow next to to the Present button in the top right and select Presenter view. On the Audience Tools tab in the window that opens, click Start new button. A slide will open with a URL displayed across the top. Audience members can visit this URL on their mobile device and type their questions into a simple interface. The question will appear to you in real time in Presenter’s view. Audience members can also vote on questions using familiar thumbs up/thumbs down icons to let you know which questions they’d most like you to answer.

Autoplay video

Using video in a slide is an excellent way to illustrate a point, add comic relief, or just keep you audience interested. But until recently, it meant stopping your presentation to click on the video to play it and again to stop it. With Slides autoplay option, your video will play as soon as you advance to that slide.

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Using the autoplay video feature lets you customize how much of a video you display during your presentation.

To activate this feature, add your video to a slide, then click Video options from the ribbon above the slide. This will open a sidebar on the right. Check the box next to “Autoplay when presenting.” If you don’t want to play the whole video, you can enter start and end times in the fields beneath the thumbnail of the video.

Absolute best apps for your Android

 

You love your apps. We all do. Just think about how many times a day you tap apps like Facebook Messenger, Google Maps, Skype and so many others.

Unfortunately, you know the downside of apps. You end up clogging up your smartphone and slowing it down with dozens of apps.

The problem is, if you’re like me, you have so many apps that you never use. That’s understandable.

When you hear about hot, new apps, you download them. And, why not? It’s easy to do from the Google Play Store. Many apps are free. Plus, individual apps don’t typically take up a lot of space on your phone.Absolute best apps for your Android

At Komando.com, one of our goals is to save you time and money when it comes to everything digital. That includes apps. Here, we’ll tell you about five Android apps that you’ll love and use all the time.

These five apps are among the award winners at the recent Google I/O 2017 developers’ summit. We selected FREE apps that we use from those winners. You can download them right from the Google Play Store.

Note: Before you add more apps to your phone, delete some. The way to do that might vary a bit on your Android phone, but try this: Tap on the Apps icon on your home screen >> click on the sprocket – circle with eight points – in the upper-right corner >> tap on the little X next to apps that can be deleted.

 

Nubia Z17 mini With Dual Rear Camera Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

 

Just a few days after launching the Nubia Z17 premium smartphone in China, ZTE brand Nubia has now announced the Z17 mini for the Indian market. The mid-ranged smartphone from Nubia is priced at Rs. 19,999 and will be exclusively available on Amazon India starting 12pm IST on June 12 in Black Gold colour with pre-registrations beginning today at www.nubiaz17mini.com.

To recall, the Nubia Z17 mini was launched in China back in April, in 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM variants. The company has only brought the former to India. In terms of design, the Nubia Z17 mini looks identical to the Z17, only with a smaller 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920) display with 424ppi and Gorilla Glass on top. Similar to Z17, the Nubia Z17 mini features a slim form factor with almost no bezels on the the left and right sides of the display. The smartphone features a metal unibody design with a dual rear camera setup on the back along with a fingerprint sensor.

Since the Nubia Z17 mini is a slightly stripped down version of the premium variant, you’ll find that it is powered by a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. Nubia Z17 mini With Dual Rear Camera Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and MoreThe dual camera setup on the back feature a pair of 13-megapixel Sony sensors (Monochrome + RGB) with f/2.2 aperture, NeoVision 6.0 and protected by Sapphire Glass. The front sees a 16-megapixel camera with 80-degree wide angle, 5P lens, and f/2.0 aperture. The smartphone runs on Nubia UI 4.0 based on Android Marshmallow. Nubia says that the camera offers 16 different modes other than pro and normal modes. The dual rear camera combines multi-view and dynamic features to create an interactive 3D motion picture.
Connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, GPS, GLONASS, and USB Type-C port. The company says that the smartphone supports 2.4G/5G dual-band WiFi, with upload speeds reaching 430Mbps. The Nubia Z17 mini is fitted with a 2950mAh non-removable battery and measures at 7.45mm in thickness. It is offered with 64GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 200GB). It sports an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. It measures 146.65×72.5×7.45mm and weighs 155 grams

“Nubia is committed to setting new performance standards with every product and inspire creative expression of India’s next generation. We are committed to drive and deliver changes in mobile photography across the globe and in India, with Nubia Z17 mini we are raising the bar high for a mobile phone camera and are confident that users across India will accept and appreciate the device,” said Eric Hu, Country Head, Nubia India.

 

UPSC NDA NA Examination II 2017: Paper pattern and examination scheme

The official notification of UPSC NDA NA Examination II (2017) has been released. The last date for submission of application is June 30 till 6 pm.

UPSC NDA NA II official notification out

UPSC NDA NA II official notification out

The last date for submission of application is June 30 till 6 pm. The exam is being conducted for admission into army, navy and air force wings of the National Defence Academy.

Vacancy details:

  • NDA (National Defence Academy): 335 (208 for army, 55 for navy and 72 for air force)
  • NA (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme): 55
  • Total: 390

Scheme of examination

The subjects of the written examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject will be as follows:

Subject

  • Mathematics (01): Time – 2.5 hours, total marks – 300
  • General Ability Test (02): Time – 2.5 hours, total marks – 600
  • Total: 900
  • SSB test/interview: 900

The papers in all the subjects will consist of objective type questions only. In the question papers, wherever necessary, questions involving the metric system of weights and measures only will be set.

(Read: NDA NA Examination II: Official notification released, eligibility and other details) 

Selection procedure:

The selection of candidates will be done in two stages based on Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test. All the applicants who successfully clear both the stages will have to submit all the original certificates to the selection board committee.

About UPSC:

Union Public Service Commission works under the government of India to recruit staff for various posts in the various ministries and departments of the Government of India and in subordinate