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Nvidia's play-anywhere GeForce Now service is finally here, and it demolishes Google Stadia – PCWorld

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Three long years after its CES 2017 reveal, and two years after its beta debuted on PCs, Nvidia’s GeForce Now game-streaming service is finally launching on PCs Tuesday. The wait was worth it. GeForce Now obliterates Google Stadia’s value proposition in every way, from game selection to pricing. It’s available in both free and paid forms, with a “Founders” premium tier costing just $5 per month.

While Google Stadia will eventually offer a “free” tier, it’s currently available only if you plunk down $129 for Stadia Founders Edition, then pay $10 per month for a Stadia Pro subscription. That Pro subscription gives you access to Destiny 2 and a couple of other games, but you’ll need to pay full price to stream any other titles in Stadia’s paltry library. Even if you own a game on another service, you can’t bring it over to Stadia. It’s like a locked-down console in the cloud.

GeForce Now, on the other hand, is essentially a powerful gaming PC on Nvidia’s servers that you can play anywhere.

How GeForce Now works

Nvidia’s service doesn’t sell you any games. Instead, GeForce Now taps into your existing game libraries from Steam, Uplay, the Epic Games Store, and the like, letting you play games you already own anywhere you want by signing into the service you own it on. That means the free tier can be truly free, unlike Stadia’s eventual “free” version. Nvidia’s service supports numerous popular free-to-play PC games like Fortnite, League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, Apex Legends, Warframe, Path of Exile, and the free Destiny 2 base game—the crown jewel of Stadia’s launch lineup.

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GeForce Now officially supports around 400 games, which you can find via the service’s search bar. That tally includes most of the more popular titles being played today, and Nvidia says it adds four or five new games every week or so. PUBG, Witcher 3, Skyrim, Borderlands 3, Dishonored 2, XCOM 2, and many, many more triple-A games work with GeForce Now, as do indie gems like Battletech, Stardew Valley, and Disco Elysium.

Supported games install almost instantly, appearing in your GeForce Now library bar, and launch just as quickly after that. Your save data persists between sessions with supported games, and they play nice with cloud saves when available, so you can hop between Doom on your proper gaming PC and Doom on GeForce Now on your laptop seamlessly. Nvidia keeps supported games updated with no effort on your end.

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Your library of installed games appears in a row underneath GeForce Now’s splash screen.

GeForce Now can also work with about 1,000 more “single-session” games. These haven’t been officially optimized for the service yet, and they aren’t permanently stored on Nvidia’s servers, so you’ll need to download and install them every time you want to play one. Fortunately, Nvidia’s blazing-fast servers download games in the blink of an eye. Here’s how Nvidia’s Jordan Dodge describes single-session games:

“The single session installs are games that you can play after launching Steam, but ones that we haven’t had a chance to on-board yet (typically older games that you already own). The way it works is you log in to GeForce Now, and search for/click Steam as the “game” you want to play. Once connected, you can go into your Library and can try installing those games. These installs don’t persist from session-to-session (hence calling them single-session installs) but if the game supports cloud saves, you will be able to pick up where you left off during your next session.”

There’s bound to be some games you can’t run on GeForce Now, but between the supported and single-session games, there’s a huge chunk available.

How GeForce Now runs

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Nvidia offers GeForce Now clients for PC, Mac, Android phones, and Android TVs (including its own excellent Nvidia Shield console). Soon, it’ll launch a WebRTC-based client so you can bring the power of PC gaming to Chromebooks, too. Apple’s mobile devices aren’t supported, however, with Nvidia representatives simply saying “ask Apple,” when I asked if iPhone or iPad support is in the works.

The games look incredible, as we noted in our impressions of the GeForce Now beta. Nvidia optimizes GeForce Now games to run well at 60 frames per second at 1080p resolution. (Unlike Stadia, there’s no 4K resolution support.)

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GeForce Now’s streaming quality options.

The service offers a variety of streaming quality presets. Balanced uses 10GB of data per hour and offers the best blend of image quality and responsiveness. Data saver only uses 4GB per hour, which requires some compromises, but still promises “good image quality and gameplay.” Competitive uses 6GB and focuses purely on lowering latency, sacrificing visual quality for responsiveness when it needs to. You can also custom-configure your streaming settings, adjusting resolution, bitrate, V-Sync, and whether you want to stream at 60 fps or 30 fps.

Nvidia ensures you’re running the company’s latest and greatest Game Ready drivers, too.

GeForce Now played games like a champ in beta, assuming you met the modest system requirements, but will Nvidia be able to keep up once the floodgates open at the service’s proper launch? That’s the real question. Nvidia says that once you’re up and running in a game, the quality should stay consistent, but if the servers are full, you may need to wait for a few minutes before you’re able to boot into your gaming PC in the cloud.

That’s where GeForce Now’s subscription tiers come in.

GeForce Now: Free vs. Founders subscriptions

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The beta version of GeForce Now was free throughout its lifetime, and the full launch continues that tradition. GeForce Now beta testers will automatically get converted to the free plan. Free users get standard access to Nvidia’s servers, and their play sessions end after an hour. You can hop back in immediately after—there is no limit to how many sessions free users get—but you can’t just play games endlessly without interruption. That should help keep the queue for the service moving smoothly.

The GeForce Now “Founders” tier lets you play for up to six straight hours, as often as you want, with priority queue access that should get you into your games immediately. GeForce Now Founders can also enable real-time ray tracing in games that support it, so if you can’t afford a $300 EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 KO, you can subscribe to Nvidia’s streaming service for cheap and try out the cutting-edge lighting technology for yourself. Not all ray-traced games are officially supported—Control, Battlefield V, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider are noticeable no-shows—but Metro Exodus is there with Wolfenstein Youngblood and Deliver Us to the Moon, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is available in single-session mode. (Metro Exodus is the one to try if you’re just interested in ray tracing’s eye candy.)

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Deliver Us to the Moon with ray tracing enabled.

Nvidia’s going for Stadia’s jugular with pricing, too. The GeForce Now Founders edition only costs $4.99 per month for 12 months, and you’ll get a free 90-day introductory period before your subscription timer kicks in. The pricing will increase sometime later, Nvidia says, so give the introductory period a try now and lock in the cost if you’re interested.

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So to sum it up: Nvidia’s GeForce Now launches in full today, giving you the power of a full kick-ass gaming PC on almost any Internet-connected device. It’s a lot cheaper than Google Stadia, plays vastly more games than Google Stadia, runs cutting-edge ray tracing effects that Stadia doesn’t, and even offers no-cost access to Destiny 2, the big draw of Google’s pricey Stadia Pro subscription. What’s not to like?

We’ll see how Nvidia’s servers hold up once the grubby gaming hordes descend upon them, but on paper, GeForce Now looks like the cloud gaming service we’ve been waiting for—the opposite of Google Stadia’s stunning disappointment.

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Google is suing Sonos over patent infringement once again – Yahoo Movies Canada

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Google is suing Sonos (again) over patent infringement in what seems to be an unending legal fight series between two tech companies. The two new lawsuits filed Monday center around various patents involving keyword detection, charging using “technologies invented by Google” and determining what speaker from a group should respond to the keyword.

A post from Bloomberg Law noted that both these lawsuits were filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The report said that Google accused Sonos products — like the Sonos One, Arc, Beam, Move and Roam — of violating seven patents.

“Rather than compete on the basis of innovation and product quality, Sonos has decided to compete in the courtroom, and started an aggressive and misleading campaign against our products, at the expense of our shared customers. We prefer innovation to litigation but their actions leave us no choice but to defend our technology and challenge Sonos’s clear, continued infringement of our patents,” José Castañeda, Google spokesperson, told TechCrunch in a statement.

The search giant also plans to take these complaints to the U.S. International Trade Commission in the coming days, Castañeda added. The company will ask the commission to impose a ban on the import of any products that are found infringing the above-mentioned patents.

The search giant’s lawsuit document, seen by TechCrunch, targeted the recently introduced Sonos voice assistant, saying that Google has patents for “enabling voice assistant technology and providing improvements to the efficiency, reliability, and durability of voice-controlled and battery-powered devices,” and Sonos is using them without its permission.

“For example, Sonos has recently introduced its Sonos Voice Control feature to control its products in a power-efficient manner through the use of “hotwords,” and to manage battery charging of its products, using technologies invented by Google,” it said.

Google and Sonos have been at loggerheads about wireless speaker tech patents for a while now. The latter got a big win earlier this year when the U.S. Trade Commission said Google had infringed on patents related to casting and group speaker controls. The Mountain View-based company had to remove from its offerings some functionality, like a single group volume control for a set of speakers.

Last week, a California judge sided with Google by canceling a Sonos patent related to transferring the playback queue of tracks from one speaker to another.

We’ve reached out to Sonos and will update the story with a comment when we hear back.

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OnePlus 10T vs Google Pixel 6 – PhoneArena

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The OnePlus 10T is priced on par with the Pixel 6, skips the zoom camera just like Google’s phone, and sports a snappy and barebones Android interface, again like, you guessed it, the Pixel 6. 

That is why we are pitching the new OnePlus 10T versus the “old” Google Pixel 6 to help you choose which one to get on the runup to the September release date here in the US, based on their camera, display, and processor performance benchmarks.

OnePlus 10T vs Google Pixel 6, the main differences:


  • Record fast 150W wired charging on the OnePlus 10T, but no wireless charging
  • The smaller Pixel 6 display has better color presentation but lower refresh rate
  • Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset is faster than Google’s Tensor 1 and offers better 5G connectivity
  • The OnePlus 10 comes with twice the RAM and base storage of the Pixel 6
  • Two color options vs three
  • 50 MP cameras, but Google is still the mobile photography boss
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Design and Display Quality

The OnePlus 10T is undoubtedly the more elegant phone at the front, what with the thinner display bezels and the boxy Pixel 6 appearance. At the back, however, it’s a toss-up between the OnePlus camera island fused with the side frame and the unorthodox camera “strip” of the Pixel 6. 

The Pixel’s design is a bit more comfortable to hold and use with one hand, not only because it is more compact, but also because the elevated camera strip serves as a great place to press your index finger against. The OnePlus 10T’s elevated camera area holds three cameras and a flash, while Google’s strip has two and a flash, making for a rather baren appearance in comparison. 

The 10T has two color options – Moonstone Black and Jade Green – which, despite the drastic difference in texture and looks, are achieved by using a glass back. The Pixel 6, in comparison, offers three colorways – Kinda Coral, Sorta Seafoam, and Stormy Black – and is again offering a glass back which has a wireless charging coil on the inside, unlike the OnePlus 8T which only charges with the monstrous 150W brick.

Displays

We have to give it to Google and its Pixel line when it comes to display colors. While phones from the BBK holding, like those of Oppo or OnePlus, offer rare per-unit factory calibration on the high-end models for the utmost in wide gamut coverage, Google’s Pixels have perfect display calibration even towards the midrange which is currently occupied by the Pixel 6.

Granted, Google’s midranger has a smaller, 6.4″ 1080p panel with “only” 90Hz refresh rate, against the OnePlus 10T’s 6.7-inch OLED screen with a dynamic 120 Hz refresh rate, but our display benchmarks reveal some weaknesses like a cold white balance, or too high of a Delta E in the grayscale meaning colors that differ from the reference point. 

The Pixel 6, on the other hand, has one of the lowest Deltas we’ve measured, near-perfect white balance, and brightness on par with the OnePlus 10T, as if counterweights to the higher refresh rate of the OnePlus phone.

Performance and Software

The OnePlus 10T is powered by the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor paired with up to the whopping 16 GB of RAM. If you preorder the OnePlus 10T in the US, you get a free upgrade to the 16GB/256GB version, too. On the software side of things, we have Android 12, with OnePlus’ own OxygenOS 12.1 overlay running on top.

The Pixel 6 runs on Google’s own Tensor processor, coupled with 8GB RAM and 128GB of base storage. While both phones run their light Android interfaces well, the OnePlus 10T runs the most powerful Android chipset at the moment, so Google’s Tensor has a hard time catching up, especially when it comes to gaming or 5G connectivity where Qualcomm has no equal in terms of bands and filters supported.

But let’s look at the raw specs from our performance benchmarks and let them speak for themselves, especially in the 3D graphics rendering section which is important if you play a lot of games on your phone, here the 10T easily surpasses the Pixel 6:

Camera

The OnePlus 10T has a big but aesthetically pleasing camera island on the back, hosting three sensor and lense combos only one of which makes sense, the 50MP main camera with the Sony sensor. The 8MP ultrawide and 2MP macro camera are compromises and seem to be there for the count. 

Can Google compete with the 50MP sensor of the Pixel 6’s main camera and the 12MP of the ultrawide against the newer OnePlus 10T? It can, and then some, as you can see from the samples below.

The crowd-pleasing OnePlus camera algorithms churn out overly warm, yellowish images with unnatural contrast boost. The photos lose some details in the process, while the Pixel 6 not only manages to snap very realistic, true-to-life colors both indoors and outdoors, but also captures more detail and the images have less blur without oversharpening, and the same goes for the 4K sample videos from the two phones below.

Audio Quality

Both the OnePlus 10T and the Pixel 6 list “dual stereo speakers” among their virtues, but it’s a single speaker augmented by using the earpiece as the other one to keep the stereo sound off-balance. The sound from both phones won’t rock your socks, especially in the lows and mids, but they are both sufficiently loud to annoy people on your morning commute still.

It’s also worth noting that the phones lack a headphone jack, so you’d have to pick your poison of USB-C headphones, or wireless ones if you don’t want to use the “stereo speakers.”

Battery Life and Charging

The OnePlus 10T’s added value is its 150W charging system that pumps its 4800 mAh dual-cell battery full of electrons for less than 20 minutes. We measured 23 minutes, to be exact, but that was from a completely depleted state, not the 1% that OnePlus measures from. 

To top it all off, OnePlus also notes that it’s taken measures to make sure this super fast (“SUPERVOOC”) charging is safe by installing 13 temperature sensors inside the phone’s battery system and introducing self-healing battery materials that make it good for 1600 charging cycles, twice the current average.

There’s no wireless charging like on the Pixel 6, but the ultrafast wired and the inclusion of its 150W brick in the box more than compensates In short, both the battery life and the charging rounds go to the OnePlus 10T here.

Specs Comparison

Conclusion: OnePlus 10T or Pixel 6, which one to buy?

While the specs of the OnePlus 10T and Google Pixel 6 are quite similar, as can be expected given their respective price category, the newer phone is definitely the faster one with its Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and the 20-minute charging speed. When it comes to photography, the Pixel 6 has the upper hand, though, despite both having 50MP main cameras. 

In other words, if performance while gaming, record charging speeds, and a larger display with smoother refresh rate are more important to you than better dynamic range or night colors in your photos and wireless charging, go for the OnePlus 10T which can now be ordered with a free storage upgrade to boot.

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Mobile ERP Software – Features and Its Benefits

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It is a fact that real-time communication and mobility are essential factors in the software space. Mobility can affect how businesses operate their processes. Among the tools, you can use today for your business is mobile ERP software.

 

Mobile ERP Software Defined 

Mobile ERP software allows you to use ERP systems through your mobile devices, including tablets and smartphones. With a mobile ERP, you can improve mobility within the framework of an organization, which can boost business productivity.

Using mobile ERP software, you can access, share and create business information via handheld mobile devices. Integrating the software into your business can provide you with real-time data access without setup or significant infrastructure.

Through mobile ERP apps, you can make better decisions for your business. Meanwhile, you should remember that not all mobile ERP software is created similarly. You should choose one which can streamline communication for enhanced productivity and work collaboration.

 

What are the advantages of mobile ERP software? 

A mobile ERP software can simplify the daily operations of an organization by lowering the complexity related to recording information manually. The software is flexible for streamlining processes without affecting operational efficiency.

Mobile ERP platform can provide your organization with many benefits. These include the following:

 

Improved visibility

Mobile ERP software can improve visibility within your business. You can track activities of over one business location conveniently. It allows you to monitor business operations across various locations and departments on your mobile device.

Through a mobile ERP platform, you can collect valuable information and data from various points and offer up-to-date information to stay informed about what’s happening in real-time.

 

Enhanced data quality 

The data fed to the system is the foundation of the ERP platform. It is excellent, like the input data. You can also design the system to capture bad data and prevent it from entering your ERP software. Your mobile ERP system can be your one-stop location where quality data is recorded and input.

 

System agility

With mobile ERP software, you can simplify the procedure of long and tiring implementations. It can add another layer of flexibility to current ERP implementations. With this, you can have a more effective and faster process.

 

Competitive advantage 

A mobile ERP software can access real-time on-the-stop information about business accounts allowing you to enhance your business’ competitive advantage. As you access the ERP system on your mobile devices, you can have better control over your business operations. It can enhance productivity and lower turnaround time.

 

Mobile ERP software is the future ahead 

More companies today are using mobile platforms. The mobile ERP software drives innovation and was already considered an essential component of a company with a mobile workforce.

Mobile ERP systems can drive visibility across all departments of a business. It can speed up the automation process, delivering enhanced profitability and efficiency for organizations.

 

Features of mobile ERP software 

Mobile ERP software is equipped with innovative features that can meet the specific needs of your business.

 

Cloud-based solutions

With mobile ERP, you can have cloud-based solutions that simplify your business operations. It allows you to experience easy collaboration with users, predictive business reporting, and 24/7 accessibility. Cloud-based ERP is more affordable and will not require you to build new infrastructure for your organization.

 

Multiple location tracking 

Mobile ERP will give you a bird’s eye view of your business locations, so you can identify the most productive and low-performing locations. It allows you to improve decision-making, plan important projects, and detect issues as they occur.

 

High-performing data reporting 

With the system, you can get essential business information to your dashboards. Since you can have valuable data, you can make informed decisions.

 

Promotes employee productivity 

ERP mobile software helps employees in various departments to manage time on different projects with excellent flexibility. It can increase your business’s productivity and reduce turnaround time for essential documents.

 

Why should you choose mobile ERP software? 

Mobile ERP software can offer many benefits to your business. The following are additional factors why you should invest in mobile ERP software.

 

Increased security, protected data

 

Your valuable data are encrypted using state-of-the-art security if you access the ERP system through your mobile devices. Managing your business operations in the cloud allows you to track all activities. The data are backed up automatically and have protection from malicious external attacks.

 

Dedicated service 

ERP system is specific, so it will need a well-trained specialist to visit your business onsite. As you integrate mobile ERP software into your business, you can access a dedicated service team. You can quickly get support from the experts whenever you experience some issue.

 

Easier updating and migration 

Another unique feature of a mobile ERP system is that you don’t have to change to another software if your company’s demands and workforce grow. You can have easier updating and migration with mobile ERP, allowing you to reduce costs.

 

What are the industries that may need a mobile ERP? 

ERP mobile technology can benefit the following industries:

 

  • Manufacturing factories

 

  • Retail businesses

 

  • Industrial services

 

  • Construction and development

 

  • Professional contractors

 

  • Professional firms ( accounting, legal firms)

 

  • Service-based physical businesses

 

  • Healthcare

 

Mobile ERP system types 

Mobile ERP system has various types.

 

Small business ERP

This mobile ERP platform has laser-targeted features relevant to the daily operations of a startup or small business.

 

General ERP systems

It features a generalist approach for mobile ERP systems. It can have systems that individuals and small businesses can use to manage basic transactions.

 

Vertical ERP

This type of mobile ERP is an industry-specific solution that can be ideal for a business niche. The software is designed and customized based on the focused demands of a business.

 

Conclusion    

Generally, mobile ERP software can be an efficient tool to level up your business transactions by accessing the system through your mobile devices. With its advanced features, your business can increase productivity, leading to growth and development.

Mobile ERP platform can help you save time, effort, and money when it comes to your business projects and processes.

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