The world of Minecraft has become a little more alive this week with the launch of the Village & Pillage update. It gives villagers new jobs, creates new styles of village, whacks in a Bamboo Jungle biome, unleashes pandas, arms us with a crossbow, and adds a pillager faction with their own bases who’ll raid villages unless we fend them off. Some parts of all this have already come at different times to some versions of Minecraft but now the full update is live for both the Java and Windows 10 editions. First, the ‘Village’ part. Villages and their inhabitants become more distinct, with new styles of architecture and fashion in some biomes. Villagers now follow daily routines, going to their job station during the day (wearing an outfit fitting their work) then returning home and sleeping in bed at night. They can also have the new professions of Mason and, er, Nitwit. Their pathfinding is better too, so even a Nitwit shouldn’t get so confused by obstacles. … [Read more...] about Licensed to illage: Minecraft launches Village & Pillage update
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Following that old saying, 'If you can't beat 'em, join 'em', Microsoft might be kicking its Edge browser to the curb and replacing it with a Chromium-based browser.This would be a huge shift in strategy, and it's basically a done deal, according to Windows Central and the anonymous sources it spoke with. We reached out to Microsoft for comment, and of course were stonewalled."Microsoft does not comment on rumors and speculation and does not have a comment on this topic," the company told us.It wouldn't shock us if this happened, though. Despite shipping as the default browser in Windows 10, Edge has never been able to capture a large share of the market. According to data culled by Net Applications, Chrome is the dominant browser in terms of usage with a 63.6 percent share of the market, followed by Internet Explorer and Firefox at 11.19 percent and 10 percent, respectively. Only 4.34 percent of desktop and laptop users turn to Edge to browse the web.Initially, Edge represented … [Read more...] about Microsoft rumored to replace Edge in Windows 10 with a Chromium-based browser
Intel has gotten in the good habit of releasing timely GPU driver updates, the latest of which is billed as a "launch driver" for the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.Similar to Nvidia's "Game Ready" drivers, Intel's launch drivers focus on specific games and features. In this case, the 126.96.36.19923 driver brings official support for the latest Windows 10 build. Intel actually started pushing it out a few days ago, just beating both Nvidia and AMD to the punch.That's probably easier to do when you're only dealing with integrated graphics, but it's nice to see Intel taking driver releases seriously. After all, it's heading towards its first discrete GPU launch, currently scheduled for 2020. Timely driver updates are important to gamers, and Intel is on the right track in that regard.As for this release, it's also listed as a launch driver for HDR support on laptops."Loaded with many visual enhancements, this WDDM 2.5 Windows 10 October 2018 Update driver introduces brilliant HDR10 on … [Read more...] about Intel stays on top of its GPU driver game with an update for the latest Windows 10 build
We’re riding your easily manipulated machismo as an excuse to look at the pros and cons of using Windows as a home server. The demise of the real Windows Home Server line in 2011 left a hole in Microsoft’s range, one that Windows Server Essentials could never quite fill with its small business remit, at a time when, annoyingly, a home server is of more use than ever.We all have so much digital "stuff" that we want to keep, access, stream, share, and keep safe, that it’s hard to know where to put it. Sure, there are cloud solutions, but who knows where your data is going to end up being stored? Plus, access speed is always limited by your upstream/downstream speeds. So, while throwing stuff up to the cloud is useful, there are limitations and concerns with third-party services.There’s nothing better than having real bare-metal in your locality, running services for high-speed access and backup, from where it can be pushed over slower connections to the cloud if … [Read more...] about Windows Server vs. Network Attached Storage Which is better for a home server?
Which is the best version of Minecraft? That’s not an easy question to answer. For the majority of players the answer is whichever version you’re used to. But what about new players or players looking to jump from a different platform? That’s where things get a little more complicated. Two games, similar features, an ocean of difference. ModsBoth versions of Minecraft support mods. That said, as the Java Edition has been around since 2010, versus the Windows 10 release in 2015, there are a great deal more mods available for the first incarnation. And if I can put my subjective hat on for a second, the quality of the mods for Java are of a higher standard to that of Windows 10. The Windows 10 Edition was, after all, originally designed for mobile, so the modding scene will forever be playing catch up. Winner: Java Edition CostJava Edition costs a set price of £17.95 in the UK, while Windows 10 Edition sets you back £22.49 on the Windows Store if … [Read more...] about Minecraft: Java Edition vs Windows 10