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Tatiora's Articles for April, 2020
April 8, 2020 by Tatiora
Stardock Releases CursorFX 4: Customize the Windows Mouse Cursor Get It NowStardock released a new program to customize the Windows mouse cursor today. CursorFX allows users to customize the Windows mouse cursor to one that is much higher resolution, more responsive, and supports animation and effects. CursorFX v4 adds support for Windows 10 and high DPI displays, supports 144hz or higher refreshes, and includes new cursors that take advantage of these new features. The new CursorFX is compa...
April 30, 2020 by Tatiora
Stardock Releases Curtains Beta for Object Desktop MembersCustomize the Windows desktop with new style modesLearn More  |   Get into the BetaStardock released a beta for its new customization tool today. Curtains™ allows users to apply new styles along the lines of Dark Mode and Light to Windows® 10. Taking advantage of the groundwork built to support light and dark mode, Curtains includes several new styles including Fluent, Cairo, and Crystal mode that enhance the...
April 21, 2020 by Tatiora
New customization tool allows users to add additional style modes to Windows 10Learn MoreStardock announced a new customization tool today. Curtains allows users to apply new styles along the lines of Dark Mode and Light to Windows 10. Taking advantage of the groundwork built to support light and dark mode, Curtains includes several new styles including Fluent, Cairo, and Crystal mode that enhance the look and feel of the Windows UI along with apps that already support light and dark mode.&...
April 30, 2020 by Tatiora
Next week marks one of my favorite holidays. Unfortunately for me and my office mates, we will be spending it apart from each other in our own homes. For us, May 4th is a day of geeky celebration, of shared memes and, more importantly, shared (and themed!) food. When my first opportunity to celebrate Star Wars with some fellow nerds came around, I started fairly simple. I happened to have cupcake wrappers and decorations that were Star Wars themed, so I made a batch of cupcakes, decked them o...
April 29, 2020 by Tatiora
Over the last several months, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced people to quarantine in their homes, causing an increase of use for  entertainment streaming platforms. Today, Disney announced that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be coming to Disney+ two months earlier than intended. Appropriately, the release is scheduled for May 4th, a widely celebrated holiday among geeky circles called "Star Wars Day." Now everyone with a Disney+ account can watch the entire Skywalker saga to ho...
April 22, 2020 by Tatiora
Facebook is taking a deeper dive into the gaming realm. Facebook launched a new dedicated mobile app called Facebook Gaming on Monday, where people will be able to create and watch live gameplay. With this move, Facebook is angling to take on the likes of Amazon's Twitch, Microsoft's Mixer, and Google's YouTube. The original release date for the app was set for June, but with the coronavirus pandemic forcing people to stay in their homes and create their own entertainment, Facebook made th...
April 23, 2020 by Tatiora
I’ve been spending the last several weeks in isolation (like most people), and because I have no coworkers around me to inconvenience, this means taking off the headset and blasting my music of choice out of my computer speakers.  What I listen to usually depends on what I’m writing (for example, I have a different set of music for writing stories than I do for writing, say, software press releases). While my tastes vary widely anywhere from metal to musicals, one musical gen...
April 15, 2020 by Tatiora
The Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB), the organization that creates content ratings for games in North America, announced on Monday that they are adding a new ratings designation to account for loot boxes, gacha mechanics, and other randomized items. The new ratings label specifies if a game has in-game purchases with random items, which is an update to the previously broader "in-game purchases" warning label. Back in 2018, the ESRB responded to calls for their ratings system to in...
April 16, 2020 by Tatiora
About 2 years ago, I built my first PC. It was a long time coming - I’d been using a friend’s older computer ever since mine went up in flames (dramatic, but also kind of literal) and it was really starting to lag terribly when I played games. I had decided that I wanted to build it myself in order to become more informed about the process, since I worked at a PC gaming/software company. I’ll never do it again, but I learned a lot! One of the most notable differences for me ...
April 1, 2020 by Tatiora
Over the last several weeks, large and small businesses alike have been forced to shutter their doors amid the COVID-19 crisis. As more and more people are confined to the safety of their homes, one pastime in particular has surged to the forefront: gaming. It's been reported that Nintendo Switch consoles are in short supply as individuals with a suddenly large amount of free time rushed to acquire the systems, gaming usage is up 75% according to Verizon, and Steam has seen record numbers of ...
April 7, 2020 by Tatiora
Stardock Releases v1.9 Update for Start10, The Popular Windows Start Menu ApplicationStardock released v1.9 for Start10, an easy-to-use program that returns the familiar Start menu to Windows 10, today. The update includes quality of life improvements, language updates, and more.  With Start10, users can select the familiar Windows 7 style menu or the Modern design as the foundation of a custom Start menu experience. Changing out colors, applying textures, and setting up filtered searc...
April 9, 2020 by Tatiora
Prior to coming to Stardock, I never got to work from home. I was the director of an afterschool program for K-4 kiddos and if you couldn’t be in the “office,” then you couldn’t work. Making the shift into an industry that is already largely digital was certainly different, and even though I would work the occasional day from home, I generally prefer to be in the office (there are some pretty great people there, after all).  Now I’m working at home on the da...
April 8, 2020 by Tatiora
As thousands of people adjust to working from home amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, video chatting has surged to the forefront of necessary tools. This unexpected new development has driven many to try Zoom, an enterprise video conferencing platform with real-time messaging and content sharing. Unfortunately, Zoom's infrastructure wasn't prepared for the surge of users that have joined since the pandemic started, and the convenience of the platform comes with a security cost. "Zoombo...