Oromoon x Soho House New York launch an exclusive event with personalized astrology readings.
NEW YORK, NY, USA, July 13, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Oromoon, the astrology dating app with a mission to elevate confidence and spirituality in the age of uncertainty, expanded beyond dating and launched an astrology-inspired friendship mode today.
“We launched friendship mode because we witnessed a growing demand from Millennials and Gen Z interested in our app, specifically for platonic relationships.” Founder and CEO Stephanie Whaley Vinitwatanakhun explains, “It’s gotten increasingly difficult to find friends as adults, especially if you’re already in a committed relationship. We want to make Oromoon a safe and welcoming place to form all kinds of meaningful relationships, utilizing astrology as the foundation.”
Now more than ever, individuals are eager to make new connections and create deeper intimacy after a year of isolation and social distancing. Oromoon’s team is fostering a safe community where Users feel inspired and connected both on and off the platform. Their aim is to serve as a conduit to facilitate and nurture collective soul-care. With the stars as their guide, Oromoon incorporates spiritual elements and positive awareness into the process, which is where traditional dating apps fall short. During this exclusive astrology event, Soho House members will have an opportunity to experience Oromoon’s mindful mission with 1:1 personalized astrology readings by the Founder and CEO herself. Whaley will be analyzing individuals’ personal horoscopes, birth chart, compatibility, and much more.
Launched in March 2021 by Stephanie Whaley Vinitwatanakhun, Oromoon is an astrology dating app rooted in the art of awareness, with a mission to elevate confidence and spirituality in an age of uncertainty. The platform features tools that address one’s emotional, psychological, and physical needs. Oromoon translates your unique birth chart and pairs you with the most compatible matches through conscious dating efforts and mindful introspection.
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Google finally lifted the lid on Android 12 when the huge mobile operating system upgrade was showcased at Google IO 2021 this week. The upcoming Android update, available to download as part of a public beta test right now, is the biggest refresh for the market-leading software in years. Android 12 is a feature-packed update that brings with it plenty of new additions and design changes, such as new widgets, a redesigned lock screen and the ability to completely customise the look of their phone – with users getting total control over colours, shades and styles.
The Reddit user found the ‘Game Mode’ setting by navigating to Settings > Digital Wellbeing > Do Not Disturb > Schedules on the Android 12 beta. As the name suggests, this mode is ideal for those who do plenty of mobile gaming on their Android smartphone or tablet. The yet-to-be announced ‘Game Mode’ feature looks like it will let users take screenshots that can be shared, easily stream their gameplay on YouTube and record footage.
There is also an ‘optimisation mode’ available which should help games run as smoothly as possible on an Android 12 device. And you may be able to easily figure out if you need this, thanks to an FPS counter ‘Game Mode’ can display.
This should be helpful when trying to figure out if your device is struggling under the strain of a new game you’re playing.
Describing this feature they stumbled across, the Redditor said: “So after digging through settings, I found what’s called a ‘Game Menu’ in Digital Wellbeing > Do Not Disturb > Schedules. There’s a schedule set for Game Mode, and tapping on the gear brings you to a game menu that supposedly has an optimisation mode, streaming to YouTube, an fps counter, recording etc. Just wanted to share.”
A release date for Android 12 hasn’t been announced yet, but judging by past launches it’s likely to land around September. So there’s plenty of time left for Google to make an announcement about this new gaming-centric feature.
Speaking about the big inbound Android update, Google this week said: “Android 12 includes the biggest design change in Android’s history. We rethought the entire experience, from the colours to the shapes, light and motion. The result is that Android 12 is more expressive, dynamic and personal than ever before.”
If you’ve forgotten to enable Incognito Mode in Google Chrome before searching the internet – don’t worry, Google now has a simple fix. For those who don’t know, Incognito Mode is the in-built privacy-focused browsing mode in Chrome. While it doesn’t hide your activity from your internet supplier (or the websites you’re visiting) it does stop your activity showing up in the web history or predictive search on Google.
Until now, unless you specifically enabled Incognito Mode, there was no way to remove your searches from the browsing history stored by Google. While you can delete individual websites from the web history stored on Chrome, searching on Google.co.uk in the future would still surface a helpful (or, in this case – unhelpful) reminder of a previous search.
So, for example, while it has long been possible to remove engagementrings.com from your history in Chrome, the next person who used the family could start typing ‘engage’ only to be prompted that you’d previously used Google to hunt for ‘engagement rings’.
Announced during its annual developer conference, known as Google IO, the Californian company explained that it will now include a quick shortcut to delete the last 15-minutes of queries using its search engine.
So, if you suddenly realise that you’re hunting for birthday presents without Incognito Mode enabled, you can head to the main Google.co.uk page, click your profile icon in the top right-hand corner, select Manage Your Google Account, and then click “Delete History” from the menu. Simples.
Google says it has put this new feature front-and-centre because it believes it will be hugely popular with fans. That suggests this might’ve been something that forgetful Google users have been asking the company to implement for some time now.
Either way, it’s nice that you don’t need to be so precious about jumping into Incognito Mode every time you find yourself shopping for a gift, looking up a career move on a work computer, or, erm, well, come to think of it, we’re pretty sure those are the only two things that Incognito Mode is ever used for.
There is a catch… the feature is limited to the last fifteen minutes. Beyond that, you’ll have to deal with the consequences of your recorded searches.
Privacy was a big focus of the opening keynote of Google IO, which was abandoned last year due to the coronavirus pandemic but takes place as an online-only stream this year. As well as the ability to delete search history with a single click, Google has added a private folder to its Google Photos app. Snaps and videos in this folder are hidden from the main view of the app. You can also lock them away behind a fingerprint or facial scan, which is handy.
Android users will also be able to visit a dedicated Privacy Dashboard, which shows what permissions applications have access to – like your current location or camera viewfinder, for example. These permissions can be revoked with a single tap from this one-stop-shop screen in the Settings menu.
If you’re bored of the iconic blue home screen when switching on your Sky Q box then there is a very simple way to change things up a bit. Heading into the settings you can find what Sky calls a “High Contrast” mode which changes the rich blue to a deep black colour.
It’s a bit like the Dark Mode we’ve grown to love on our smartphones but this setting offers more than just a fancy new appearance on your telly.
Sky has actually included this High Contrast mode to help those who are visually impaired as the black background and white copy makes it much easier for some users to see than the usual blue.
As the firm explains on its help page, “We want as many of our amazing shows and movies to be as accessible to as many people as possible. That’s why all our Sky boxes come with a range of accessibility settings and features. You can increase the contrast on your Sky Q box to make things easier.”
If you want to give High Contrast mode a try, here’s how to enable it:
• Press Home on your Sky Q remote and select Settings.
• Select Accessibility, then High contrast and change the setting from Off to On.
• Press Dismiss to return to live TV.
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Along with this mode to help people read what’s on the screen, Sky has also just announced the introduction of improved voice guidance.
With this clever update enabled you will hear spoken descriptions of the menu you’re currently navigating, the option you’ve selected and how you can easily get to your favourite shows and movies.
Sky says that Voice Guidance works in tandem with Voice Search and existing Sky Q accessibility features to make Sky Q even more accessible and enjoyable for all customers.
To activate Voice Guidance, simply says “Voice Guidance On” or “Voice Guidance Off” into your Sky Q voice remote.
These useful upgrades are also joined by an improvement that many Sky fans have been waiting for.
That’s because the TV firm is finally making Disney+ a much bigger part of the whole Sky Q experience.
The update will mean you’ll soon be able to use the voice search function on your remote to find blockbuster shows on Disney+. That means a quick tap on the remote and uttering the words “WandaVision” should instantly reveal this show and all of its episodes.
Another bonus is that you will no longer need to dig into the Disney+ app to get the content you want to view with everything appearing on your TV in a more seamless way – it’s now very similar to the experience Sky Q users get when searching for Netflix content and it’s a hugely welcomed update.
Speaking about the updates, which will be arriving on Sky Q boxes this month, Fraser Stirling, Group Chief Product Officer, Sky, said: “Today marks another big moment for Sky Q as we roll out exciting new voice features. Integrating Disney+ into voice search means it’s now much easier to find more of what you love and adding voice guidance to our strong accessibility offering helps to create an even better experience for all Sky Q customers.”
When M. Katherine Banks became the new engineering school dean at Texas A&M University in 2012, an associate dean drove her to the Zachry building, the heart of the university’s engineering program in College Station.
He pulled into the basement-level garage and honked the horn twice — a preventive measure to scare off skunks that infested the aging facility.
Above them, the building reeked of mold. Engineering students not-so-lovingly dubbed it the “Zachry Smell.” Inside the building’s lecture hall, a once-impressive revolving stage, was broken.
Ten years later, the skunks are gone. Banks raised $ 76 million in private donations that helped build a state-of-the-art engineering building that boasts multiple high-tech labs and collaborative meeting spaces.
She commissioned 10 original art pieces, all inspired by science, technology and engineering, for the half a million square foot building that now enrolls more than 21,000 students — nearly twice the number of students from when she started. Many leaders within Texas A&M point to the center as a physical testament to her success running the college, which now enrolls nearly a third of all of Texas A&M’s student body.
“The house that Banks built,” an assistant vice chancellor joked last week during a tour of the facility, causing Banks to cringe.
“I don’t know where that [phrase] came from,” she said modestly.
Banks is not typically one to seek out attention, but starting June 1 she’ll enter the spotlight as the 26th president of Texas’ biggest university, the second woman to ever run the flagship campus.
She takes over as Texas A&M faces multiple challenges, including how to navigate a return to “normal” campus operations after the COVID-19 pandemic upended learning and campus life. She’ll also take the reins of a diversity and inclusion plan meant to increase students and faculty of color after a year where conversations about racial injustice and inequality on campus took center stage.
The Board of Regents last week approved her as the next president of Texas A&M, with a $ 925,000 annual salary over the next five years. Banks ended up negotiating her salary down $ 350,000 less than she was initially offered due to the current economic situation brought by the pandemic.
“If she can do for the rest of the university what she did for engineering, it’s gonna be a hell of a show to watch” said System Chancellor John Sharp, who said he had tried to convince Banks to apply for president six years ago, but she wasn’t ready to leave the engineering school. “She’s a visionary and an executor…[but] at the core of it all, it’s giving opportunities to the students that are here. I think that’s what makes her tick.”
While Texas A&M leaders said Banks has the track record of a proven leader, in an interview with The Texas Tribune, Banks tread so cautiously she was reluctant to even outline her vision for the broader university or discuss goals she has as president.
She declined to weigh in on heated issues that she will certainly have to address in the coming year, like the debate over the Lawrence Sullivan Ross statue. She even stopped short of definitively choosing her favorite piece of art in the Zachry building during a tour.
“I believe it would be presumptive to outline a vision without first meeting with and listening to the many constituents and stakeholders about their challenges, opportunities and ideas,” Banks wrote in response to follow up questions.
Banks said she plans to embark on a listening tour across campus before making concrete plans or setting goals. She admits she has a learning curve ahead when it comes to running other aspects of campus, including student affairs and athletics.
A more ‘normal’ fall
But Banks is clear that she wants the fall semester at Texas A&M to be something of a return to pre-pandemic life.
“We’re hopeful we will have a full [football] stadium … we don’t have to walk around with masks, we’re hopeful we don’t have social distancing,” Banks said “If we have an emergency situation, we will adjust to that. But right now, and perhaps this is the Aggie optimism, we are planning for a fully operational campus in normal mode.”
Banks said students learn best in the classroom interacting with faculty and other students.
“Without that, they may not…retain the information that we need them to be graduates of this institution,” she said.
But she cautioned it won’t be simply returning to college life as it was in 2019. She anticipates much of the fall will include rebuilding communities — social circles, faculty meetings, student organizations — that waned because they were difficult to maintain remotely.
Banks’ push for a totally in-person fall semester has the support of many students, but faculty are more cautious.
John Stallone, chair of the faculty senate, said while faculty understand the push to return to in-person classes, there is a concern that teaching in person will become a mandate.
“If we have another surge over the summer in COVID, then that’s going to raise some concerns and some worries amongst faculty,” Stallone said. “I hope that the flexibility that we’ve had so far will remain as she takes over.”
Banks said she anticipates the future of higher education will include some kind of hybrid learning, with both remote and in-person instruction. Stallone cautions that often means extra work for faculty.
“You can’t just use your in-person lecture online,” he said. “It’s not just a direct transfer, or an easy transfer in that regard. So you have to do things a little bit differently in order for it to work well, simultaneously.”
Eric Mendoza, a junior who is student body president at Texas A&M, said he thinks a normal fall is also contingent on students getting vaccinated and he’s interested in seeing how the new leadership handles that ahead of the fall semester.
“I think the trickiest part … is trying to convince our student body to want to get vaccinated,” Mendoza said, not because all students are hesitant to get the vaccine, but because they may be less concerned with getting seriously ill or not prioritizing finding an appointment.
Banks said she encourages everyone who can to get the vaccine, but declined to share an opinion of whether she believes vaccines should be required.
Recently, St. Edward’s University, a small, private university in Austin, announced vaccines will be required for the fall semester. Elsewhere, Cornell University and Rutgers University are also among the few universities nationwide mandating the shots. This week, Gov. Greg Abbott said any publicly funded entity cannot require a vaccine for services, which would effectively prevent Texas A&M from mandating the vaccines.
Increasing Black student enrollment
Last summer, intense protests broke out on campus over the statue of Sul Ross, a former Texas A&M president and Confederate general.
Banks would not share her personal opinions on the issue, saying Sharp’s decision to keep the statue was final and she supported the initiatives established to improve diversity among students and faculty. A task force was set up to provide recommendations to the university’s Academic Plaza, where the Ross statue is located, and tell “the full story of the university’s history.”
Asked about the university’s plans for diversity outreach, Banks said Texas A&M has done a good job of recruiting Hispanic students, but recognized the Black student population remained low. It currently hovers around 3%, though Black people are 12% of Texas’ overall population.
She stressed the university has a plan to address these disparities, pointing to the initiatives approved by the Board of Regents earlier this year which includes nearly $ 25 million dollars for additional scholarships to recruit more students of color and increased efforts to hire more faculty of color.
While Banks has increased student enrollment within the engineering school, it has not grown equally across all demographics. Black students still make up around 2.5% of all engineering students in fall 2020, compared to 2.7% in 2011 before she took over. She has overseen growth in Asian and Hispanic students which make up 13% and 22% of the college’s population today.
Banks said recruiting Black students in engineering is a national challenge and educators need to start introducing students to a possible future in engineering early. She pointed to multiple programs she has launched to introduce K-12 students to engineering, curriculum help for science and math K-12 teachers, and additional programs for current Texas A&M students, including a summer bridge program to help underprepared students get up to speed.
Leaving home for college
Banks came to Texas A&M from Purdue University, where she headed the civil engineering school, and was a professor at Kansas State University before that.
She describes herself as a persistent leader who isn’t afraid to fail.
“I tell the students that often certainly you have to have a basic skill set, you have to work hard, but you have to be persistent,” she said. “So if you fail, then stand back up, dust yourself off and start again, figure out why you haven’t done well and adjust. So I tend to have that characteristic. … And if I want to do something, I’ll do it.”
Indeed, many of the biggest wins and highest profile initiatives over the past few years at Texas A&M have Banks’ fingerprints on them.
She also oversaw the partnership with the Army Futures Command which has made the university’s RELLIS campus its hub for military research and new technology testing as it modernizes the Army, including cutting-edge research in hypersonics and autonomous vehicles.
As dean, Banks set a goal of enrolling 25,000 engineering students by 2025, ignoring skeptics who argued such an aggressive expansion would water down the program’s quality. The school is currently on track to meet that target and the program’s prestige is on the rise.
Just last week, U.S. News and World Report ranked the graduate engineering school 11th in the country and the best in the state for the first time, squeaking by the University of Texas at Austin.
She often refers back to her humble upbringing in Whitesburg, Kentucky as the place where she developed her values which have an emphasis on community and family. It’s also where she learned first hand how insurmountable it can be for young people to pick up and leave for a college education.
“We really didn’t talk about [college],” Banks remembered. ”It certainly wasn’t discussed in high school. … We didn’t really talk about moving away, we did not talk about, ‘What do you want to do when you grow up?’”
When she did pack up for Gainesville, Florida, where she earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, her grandfather — whom she deeply respected and had a close relationship — was angry that she would leave.
Banks’ father graduated college, but she said the experience of disappointing her grandfather gave her perspective on how many first generation college students struggle with the prospect of leaving home.
It’s one reason why she set up engineering academies across the state where students are accepted to Texas A&M, but take their first two years at one of six partner community colleges. The students are taught by engineering professors at Texas A&M who Banks sends to the local colleges.
“Leaving an area that could be impoverished or a family [where a] student is a first-generation college student is quite daunting to think of, leaving their hometown, their surrounding area, their supportive community,” Banks said. “But if they have one or two years of community college, they develop a cohort [of students] and that cohort comes here together.”
Data shows students in the academies achieve slightly higher grade point averages than engineering students who start at the College Station campus.
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Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town is a pleasant, relaxing little farm simulation game, where players can gently explore a town, raise livestock, and have a lovely old time.
Every now and again, though, you’ll have to wait through a loading screen – and loading screens are boring! They’re just a blank image most of the time, or worse, a black screen. But XSEED is one step ahead, folks – they’ve decided to show the photos of other people playing the game, so you have something nice to look at.
In theory, anyway. In practice, it’s more like this.
That’s pretty fun, isn’t it? Makes you think that maybe our title is a little bit over-dramatic. Hey, let’s have some more of those goofs!
Wow, talk about making loading screens fun again! What else have people documented?
Oh. Oh no.
Poor Nguyen! He can’t help that he’s so much shorter than all the women in town…
Does Olive Town have a jail?
We can only imagine that XSEED expected their players to be a little more exacting with their photos. It could even be that some of these photographers didn’t, erm, expect their photos to be splashed across the loading screens of thousands.
Have you been treated to any… interesting loading screen photos? Tell us about them in the comments.
We had high hopes for Yuji Naka’s upcoming game Balan Wonderworld, but admittedly weren’t too impressed by the demo. Still, the show must go on, and with this in mind, Square Enix has now debuted its new trailer titled, “A Hero or Two”.
This particular video focuses on the local co-op mode and “stars of the show” Leo and Emma, who can “save the day” by combining their powers. All up, this 3D action-platformer will feature over 80 costumes and twelve different tales.
Earlier this week, the game’s producer Noriyoshi Fujimoto revealed the game would receive a day-one patch to address the feedback the team received from players who tried out the demo.
“Staying true to the nature of Balan Wonderworld, I would like for us to follow in the footsteps of the enigmatic maestro, Balan, and find balance within our own heart. Especially when it comes to addressing feedback that we’ve received from our demo.
There’s been a wide range of opinions and responses to the demo, and unfortunately at the current stage of development, it simply isn’t feasible to reflect every piece of feedback into the game. However, to offer you all a more balanced gameplay experience, we will be implementing a day one patch for the full game.
Specifically, this patch will adjust movement controls, camera movement, and rebalancing of the difficulty. There’s just over a week left until launch now, so I hope you all enjoy the world of Wonderworld to your heart’s content!”
Will you be checking out the full game when it arrives next week? What do you think of the co-op mode in the video above? Leave a comment down below.
Starting today, Watch Dogs: Legion is giving players a new way to liberate London: teaming up with other DedSec operatives in four-player, open-world co-op. Out now as part of a free update for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One, Watch Dogs: Legion Online mode unfolds separately from the single-player campaign, and takes place after the campaign’s events (without spoilers). Here, players build a new DedSec cell by recruiting anyone they see in the open world – this time with a quicker system using earned Influence points – and then freely explore London and take on new missions alongside other operatives.
From the open world, players will be able to jump into a series of specially built co-op missions for up to four players. They can also dive into shorter side activities, or tackle PvP competition in the four-to-eight-player Spiderbot Arena, where armed spiderbots battle in dynamic, free-for-all deathmatch arenas. And starting on March 23, they’ll be able to take on higher-stakes Tactical Ops missions, which are endgame challenges that require at least three players and demand constant communication and teamwork.
In addition to Watch Dogs: Legion Online mode, today also brings two new single-player DLC missions for Watch Dogs: Legion Season Pass holders. In “Guardian Protocol,” DedSec discovers an algorithm that could enable AI to override human decisions, potentially turning weaponized drones into autonomous killing machines. And in “Not In Our Name,” operatives will track and confront a hacker group who’s using DedSec’s name to steal blackmail information for a tabloid owner.
Watch Dogs: Legion lets you recruit anyone from its open world, take advantage of their special skills, and build a team and a story that’s tailored to you. And with other players joining in via Watch Dogs: Legion Online mode, it’s time to team up and drive, hack, sneak, and fight your way to a better tomorrow.
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Call of Duty Warzone Season 2 could be ending with more than just the completion of the Battle Pass and the nerfing of some weapons. Dataminers believe they have found evidence that Warzone will be unlocking a secret new mode that will lead to the Verdansk map being bombed under a hail of Nuclear weapons.
Charlieintel shared the report today, revealing that audio files have been found that include references to Verdansk being overrun by Zombies.
The new Plague Zones would likely be populated by Undead creatures and could include players having to exfil before being overrun.
As always, these new reports need to be taken with a pinch of salt as there has been no word from Activision on how they are planning to end the current season.
But there have been rumours swirling for months that Verdansk would be removed as a map via a nuclear detonation.
This seemed to be on the cards in the leadup to the release of Black Ops Cold War, with new nuclear weapons being found and bunkers offering up secret Easter eggs.
But nothing solid emerged with the launch of the new Call of Duty game and Verdansk remained the only game in town alongside Rebirth.
However, while gamers are probably ready to move onto a new map that fits better with Black Ops Cold War’s setting, something this big probably wouldn’t happen until the end of Season 2.
A recent report from VGC backed this idea, confirming that the end of Season 2, likely set for April, would see Verdansk replaced.
The new Call of Duty Warzone map would fit more closely with Cold War and would be set in the Ural Mountains.
Using the popular Zombies mode to help destroy Verdansk might seem like a strange crossover, but it’s a great way of using existing content to create a new event for everyone to enjoy.
Zombies can already be found on the Warzone map, although heavily centralised to just one location.
Gamers who want to find them need to activate a machine on the shipwreck, before the Zombies start emerging in the broken hull.
Killing a number of them provides teams with keycards that unlock lucrative loot chests.
But gamers usually have to travel some way before they can actually spend whatever they found, with no buy station in the immediate area.