Yes, ‘Among Us’ is cross-platform – here’s how to play it with all your friends

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As long as you’re using the same server, “Among Us” is cross-platform.

  • “Among Us” is a cross-platform game, so you can play with all your friends even if you don’t own the same system.
  • To play “Among Us” across different platforms, each player will need to be logged into the same server region.
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Among Us” is one of the most popular multiplayer video games available right now. Although it was originally only available for iOS and Android mobile devices, the game has expanded to other platforms, allowing even more players to join the crew.

Yes, ‘Among Us’ is a cross-platform game

“Among Us” is a multiplayer game available for Android and iOS mobile devices, Windows computers, and the Nintendo Switch. And unlike some other games that can be played on multiple systems, “Among Us” is fully cross-platform.

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To say that a video game is “cross-platform” means that multiple people can play the game together regardless of what platform they’re using. Here, for example, it means that “Among Us” players on an iPhone can host or join games with PC or Switch players. As long as you are on the same server and the regional versions of the game don’t conflict with each other, you can play together online.

To play “Among Us” across different devices, all players will need to be logged into the same server, which is determined by geographical location: North America, Europe, or Asia. This means that players in North America won’t be able to play with friends in Asia or Europe unless they change their location in-game.

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How to mirror your iPhone screen to a Mac computer with QuickTime or AirPlay

  • You can mirror your iPhone screen to a Mac with QuickTime and a Lightning to USB cable, or AirPlay and a third-party app.
  • When you mirror your iPhone to Mac with AirPlay, you need to be on the same Wi-Fi network and use a third-party app like Reflector.
  • When you use QuickTime to mirror content, you don’t need AirPlay or the same Wi-Fi network, but you do need a cable.
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One of the iPhone’s greatest assets is its connectivity. Built into Apple products are several ways to share what you’re viewing or working on from your iPhone to a Mac.

This can be useful if you want to display a photo album or app on your computer, or play video content directly from iPhone apps like Hulu.

The drawback to mirroring your iPhone to your Mac, however, is that you have to either use the QuickTime app on your Mac, which requires a wired connection, or download a third-party app, like Reflector, which uses AirPlay. Here’s how to do both.

How to mirror your iPhone to a Mac with QuickTime

1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac using your Lightning to USB cable.

2. Open QuickTime on your Mac.

3. Click on “File” in the menu bar at the top of the screen.

4. Click “New Movie Recording.”

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Under “File,” click “New Movie Recording.”

5. Next to the red record button (bottom middle), click on the down arrow. Select your iPhone from the list of available devices. If it’s not there, try disconnecting and reconnecting your iPhone.

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Select your iPhone from the drop-down menu to connect to it.

6. Your phone should now be fully mirrored on your computer, in the exact shape of your iPhone screen.

How to mirror your iPhone to a Mac with AirPlay

AirPlay is an Apple feature that lets you wirelessly stream content from one device to another. It’s designed for streaming from an iPhone, iPad, or Mac to an Apple TV or AirPlay-compatible smart TV.

There’s no direct way to AirPlay, or screen mirror, from an iPhone to a Mac, but you can work around that by downloading a third-party app like Reflector, and connecting both devices to the same Wi-Fi network.

To mirror your iPhone to Mac, first download Reflector on Mac. Then open the Control Center on your iPhone, click AirPlay, and select the Mac you want to mirror to.

Here’s a full step-by-step guide.

1. Download the Reflector app on your Mac, and open it.

2. You can either AirPlay content directly from an app that allows for AirPlay like Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, or the NFL app, in this example. Or, you can AirPlay your entire iPhone screen by opening the Control Center.

3. If you’re AirPlaying from within an app, start playing content, like a show or movie, and hit the AirPlay symbol (it’s a rectangle with a solid triangle at the bottom) in the upper-right corner of the video.

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When playing content within some apps, like Amazon Prime Video, you have the option to AirPlay the video.

If you’re AirPlaying from the Control Center, select the “Screen Mirroring” tile.

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In the Control Center on your iPhone, select “Screen Mirroring.”

4. Once you’ve selected either the AirPlay symbol from within an app or “Screen Mirroring” from the Control Center, a pop-up will ask you to select a device – tap the name of your Mac.

5. Your iPhone will ask for an AirPlay Code, which will be displayed on your Mac. Type the code into the text box on your iPhone. Your iPhone content will now show up on the Reflector program on your Mac.

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Your AirPlay content will appear on the computer in the exact quality it appears in on your iPhone.

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10 ways to use the S Pen on a Samsung Galaxy device

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There’s a number of handy ways to customize and use your S Pen on a Samsung Galaxy device.

  • To use the S Pen on a Samsung Galaxy device, you’ll need to release it from its holder and tap the screen.
  • The S Pen stylus comes with all Galaxy Note devices, and some Galaxy and Galaxy Tab devices.
  • Beyond the traditional stylus actions, there are additional features that can make the S Pen even more useful.
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The S Pen is a stylus that’s designed to work with the Samsung Galaxy, Galaxy Note, and Galaxy Tab phones and tablets.

If it came with your Galaxy device, you won’t need to connect it, but there are still a few steps needed to use it. And the newer your device, the more features you’ll have access to with the S Pen.

How to use S Pen on Samsung Galaxy

You can start using the S Pen by pressing on the end of it to release it from your Galaxy device. Your Galaxy will vibrate to let you know that it recognizes you’ve released it.

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Press in the S Pen to release it from the holder.

Your S Pen should start working immediately. If it doesn’t, hover the S Pen over the screen and quickly double-press the button in the middle of the stylus.

Ways to use the S Pen

You can use the S Pen to do anything that you could normally do with your finger. And depending on the Galaxy Note or Tab model you have, you may be able to use some or all of the following useful features. Test them all out and see which ones you like.

Take notes on the lock screen. Simply take out your S Pen and write on the locked screen.

Customize the pen button. Press and hold the pen button. Go into your settings’ advanced features section for the S Pen and select “S Pen remote” or “Air actions.” Then tap “Hold down Pen button to” and select the desired option.

Annotate a PDF. Open the desired PDF file in the Samsung Notes app and write your notes on it with the S Pen as you read.

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Write or draw on PDFs and images with your stylus.

Automatically change your handwriting to text. Turn on your S Pen and open the Samsung Notes app. Create your handwritten note and hit save, then tap the handwriting-to-text icon in the lower toolbar.

Turn your stylus into a remote. Go into your settings, then select “Advanced Features,” and then “S Pen,” followed by “Air Actions.” Then tap the toggle to turn on the “S Pen remote” option.

Remotely take photos and videos. Follow the steps above to use the stylus as a remote. Then, when you have the camera open and ready, simply tap the end of the stylus once to take a photo or begin a video. Tapping twice will switch between the front and rear cameras. This works when the stylus is less than 10 meters away from the device.

Control your music and other media with the S Pen. Once you’ve set up your S Pen as a remote, you’ll also have the ability to start and stop your media by tapping the end of the stylus while watching a video or listening to music.

Customize air actions. Swipe down on your device, and on the notification panel, select “S Pen air actions.” Under “App actions,” select the app you want to customize. Tap the item you want to customize and select either “Pen button” or “Gestures.”

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Air actions, also known as “air commands,” give you quick access to useful features.

Use direct pen input. This is turned on by default and allows you to write in text boxes, like in the Messages, Internet, or Phone app, and also converts your handwriting to text.

Advance through a slide deck. Open a presentation on your phone, then pull down your notification menu and choose to use your phone as a touchpad. Go into presentation mode and click your pen once to go to the next slide, or twice to go back a slide.

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How to contact a seller on Amazon if you have issues with your order or questions about a product

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There’s a few different ways to contact a third-party seller on the Amazon website.

  • You can contact a seller on Amazon by going to their seller page either before or after you’ve placed an order.
  • To view and reply to conversations with Amazon sellers, go to the Buyer/Seller Message Center.
  • If your order was eligible for Amazon Prime, then you should contact Amazon customer service for help.
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If you’ve ever placed an order on Amazon and then realized immediately afterward that you made a mistake, then you know it can be difficult to figure out how to remedy the issue.

When your order isn’t eligible for Amazon Prime shipping benefits, then you need to reach out directly to the third-party seller. Here’s how to do it.

How to contact a seller on Amazon

The process for contacting a seller on Amazon is slightly different depending on if you’ve already placed an order with them or not.

To contact a seller on Amazon after you’ve placed an order:

1. Go to the Amazon website and log into your account.

2. Click on “Returns & Orders,” located in the top-right corner of the screen.

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From the Amazon homepage, go to “Returns & Orders.”

3. On the “Your Orders” page, find your order in the list and click the yellow “Problem with order” button.

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Click “Problem with order.”

4. On the next screen, under “What went wrong?” select a topic from the list.

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Choose an option under “What went wrong?”

5. On the next page, under “What would you like to do?” click “Contact seller.”

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Click “Contact seller.”

6. Choose an option in the “Select Reason” drop-down.

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Click “Select Reason” and choose an option from the list.

7. Then, type your message in the box that appears and click “Send.”

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Enter a message and hit “Send” when you’re done.

To contact a seller before you place an order:

1. On the product details page, click on the name of the seller. This should be located on the right side panel under the “Add to Cart” and “Buy Now” buttons, next to “Sold by.”

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Click on the seller’s name to go their page.

2. On the seller’s page, click “Ask a question” in the upper-right corner.

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Click “Ask a question.”

3. You’ll be taken to the Seller Messaging Assistant. In the chat window, select the appropriate options that pertain to your question.

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Select the appropriate answers to questions as they appear.

4. After clicking through a few multiple choice options, a message box should appear where you can type a specific question and attach files if you wish.

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When the message box appears, type your question into it.

5. Once you’ve typed your message, click “Send Message.”

Contact a seller on Amazon in the Buyer/Seller Message Center

You can also directly access all your messages with sellers on Amazon. To view or reply to a conversation with a seller, you’ll need to go to the Buyer/Seller Message Center.

1. Go to the Amazon website and log into your account.

2. Hover your mouse over “Accounts & Lists” in the top-right corner and click “Account” under “Your Account” in the drop-down.

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Go to “Account.”

3. On the Your Account page, scroll down to the “Communication and content” box and click “Messages from Amazon and sellers.”

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Select “Messages from Amazon and sellers.”

4. In the Message Center, click the tab for “Buyer/Seller Messages.”

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Go to the “Buyer/Seller Messages” tab.

5. Find and click on the message you want to view or reply to. To reply to a message, click “Reply” above that message.

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How to split your screen on a Windows 10 computer to view multiple program windows at once

One of the advantages of having a large computer monitor is being able to see two or more windows side by side on the same screen.

In Windows 10, splitting your screen makes it easier to copy and paste between windows, see information from multiple sources at once, or just generally multitask. You can divide your screen with two, three, or four windows. Here’s how to do it.

How to split screen on Windows 10

To split screen in Windows 10, simply drag a window all the way to one side of the screen until it snaps into place. Then select another window to fill the other half of your screen.

Here’s a full step-by-step guide with keyboard shortcuts.

Split screen between two windows

1. Drag one of the windows by its title bar to the left or right side of the screen. You’ll see an outline of the window appear – release your mouse and the window will snap into that outlined position.

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Drag a window to the edge of the display to snap it there.

2. You should now see all your other open programs appear in thumbnails on the opposite side of the screen.

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Windows shows you all the open programs you can snap to the other side of the screen.

3. Click one of the other program windows. It will snap to the other side of the screen, so you’ll have two windows side by side.

Split screen between four windows

If you have a larger display, you can snap up to four windows to the screen – one in each corner. The process is similar to snapping a window to either side of the screen:

1. Drag one of the windows by its title bar to a corner of the screen. As the cursor reaches the corner, the screen will flash and you’ll see an outline of where the window will appear. Let go of the mouse button to snap the window into place.

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Drag a window to a corner to snap it to one quarter of the display.

2. Drag the next window to another corner in the same way. Again, let go of the mouse to snap it into place.

3. In the empty space of your screen, you should see thumbnails of your remaining open windows. Click the program you want and, if you want it to take up a third of the screen, snap it to the entire remaining side of the screen. If you want to pin four windows, drag it by the title bar to snap it into one of the remaining corners, and then select another window to pin to the final corner.

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You can also pin three or four windows to the screen.

At any time, you can “unsnap” a window by dragging it by the title bar away from the edge or corner.

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How to connect and pair a PS4 controller to your PC using Bluetooth or a USB cable

  • You can connect a PS4 controller to your PC via Steam, the DS4 Windows Utility, or Bluetooth.
  • To connect your PS4 controller to a PC using Steam or the DS4 Windows Utility, you’ll need a micro-USB cable.
  • When you pair your PS4 controller on a PC with Bluetooth, the connection is wireless.
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Hardcore PC gamers often swear by the precision of a mouse and keyboard – it’s so popular that even console players sometimes prefer keyboards to joysticks.

However, there’s no denying that leaning back with a controller in your hand is much more relaxing than crouching over a mouse and keyboard.

Fortunately, just like you can connect your mouse and keyboard to a PS4, you can likewise connect your PS4 controller to a PC.

Here are three different ways to connect your PS4 controller to a Windows 10 PC.

How to connect PS4 controller to PC with USB

If you want to connect the controller with a micro-USB cable (the same cable you use to charge the controller), you have two options.

Connect via Steam

If you’re a PC gamer, chances are that you have a Steam account. Luckily, Steam makes connecting new controllers easy.

1. Open Steam and click the “Big Picture Mode” icon in the top-right – it looks like a square with two arrows pointing out.

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Open Big Picture Mode, which turns Steam into a full-screen application.

2. Once in Big Picture Mode, select the gear icon at the top-right to navigate to Settings.

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You can click the power button icon next to the gear to close Big Picture Mode, and Steam.

3. Under the “Controller” tab, click “Controller Settings.”

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Other Steam options, like display and audio controls, can be found here as well.

4. Check the box for “PlayStation Configuration Support.”

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Steam has the ability to connect controllers across gaming platforms.

5. Plug the PS4 controller into your PC using the micro-USB cable. Make sure the backlight on the controller glows to indicate there’s a connection.

6. Steam should automatically detect and configure your controller. Click it when it appears at the bottom of the page.

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Click the controller’s name when it appears.

Connect via DS4 Windows Utility

If you want to use the wired controller with a non-Steam game, this is another option.

1. In a web browser on your PC, go to DS4Windows.com. Click “Download Now.”

2. You’ll be redirected to Github. Find and click the DS4Windows.zip file, and then download it onto your computer.

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The most recent version of this software was released in 2016, but it still works.

3. Find the downloaded .zip file on your computer and open it, and then double-click “DS4Updater” and click “Extract All.”

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Files with the .zip extension should be extracted before they run.

4. Pick a location for the files to be extracted to – it should be a location that you can find easily.

5. Once extracted, open the location you picked and double-click “DS4Windows.” If you’re asked to confirm that you want to run the program, click “Run.”

6. You’ll be asked where you want to save the program’s files. If you don’t care where they go, pick “Appdata” – if you want to be able to move them around, pick “Program Folder” and select a location.

7. Once you’ve picked a spot to save the files, click “Step 1: Install the DS4 Driver” and let the program install its files. If you’re asked whether you’d like to install the software, click “Install.”

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Assuming you’re on a Windows 10 computer, select the first option.

You can now use the PS4 controller on your PC with a micro-USB cable, although you may need to restart your computer first.

How to connect PS4 controller to PC with Bluetooth

If your PC supports Bluetooth – and if it was made in the last ten years, chances are it does – you can pair and connect your controller wirelessly.

This method also works for the newer PS5 DualSense controller, although that controller might not be supported by every game.

1. Open your PC’s search menu (you can press the Windows key + Q to open it immediately) and search for “Bluetooth.”

2. When “Bluetooth and other devices settings” appears in the search results, click on it.

3. Make sure your computer has Bluetooth enabled by setting the switch labeled “Bluetooth” to “On.”

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Enable Bluetooth connections.

4. Hold down the Playstation and Share buttons on your controller until the backlight starts flashing.

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Hold down the PlayStation and Share buttons.

5. On your PC, click “Add Bluetooth or other device,” and select “Bluetooth.”

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“Bluetooth” is the first, default option – if this doesn’t work, pick “Everything else” instead.

6. You’ll see your PS4 controller listed as “Wireless Controller.” Click it to finalize the connection. If you’re asked for a passcode, enter “0000.”

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You may see the controller under an alternative name as well, like “Dualshock 4.”

Dave Johnson contributed to a previous version of this article.

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What is BlueStacks? How to use Android apps and games on your Mac or PC

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You can use BlueStacks to access your Android apps from a computer.

  • BlueStacks is a popular and free emulator for running Android apps on a PC or Mac computer.
  • BlueStacks doesn’t look exactly like Android, but it’s easy to use and you can install Android apps from the Play Store.
  • BlueStacks has modest system requirements and should work with computers running Windows 10, or at least macOS Sierra.
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BlueStacks is a popular Android emulator for Windows and Mac. Using BlueStacks, you can run virtually any Android app on your desktop.

What is BlueStacks?

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Like any emulator, BlueStacks creates a virtual version of an Android device that runs in a window on your computer. It doesn’t look exactly like an Android device, but it resembles a phone’s screen well enough that even a first-time user should have no trouble using it.

BlueStacks is free to download, install, and use. While you can use BlueStacks to run almost any Android app (it’s compatible with about 97% of the apps in the Google Play Store), the app has found its largest audience with Android users who want to play mobile games on their desktop computer.

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Candy Crush, a mobile game, being played on a Windows computer.

The app is optimized for gamers, but gives direct access to the Google Play Store, and any app can be downloaded using your Google account, just like on an Android device.

BlueStacks is a safe and trustworthy app

BlueStacks is a legitimate app that’s developed and produced by a major company. As long as you install the program from BlueStacks’ website, it’s safe to install and use – installing it from a third-party site might be more risky.

Even so, some anti-malware utilities might block the installation of the program even from the Bluestack website. As long as you’re installing the official program from Bluestack, it’s safe to proceed.

It’s also completely legal – although some companies try to argue otherwise, emulators are protected by US law, and can be run like any other app.

BlueStacks’ main features and capabilities

The BlueStacks home screen doesn’t replicate any particular version of Android or phone screen, but it should be easy for any Android user to find their way around.

The home screen includes an icon for the Google Play Store as well as a collection of system apps (including Settings). A toolbar on the side of the window gives you access to the programs’ various modes and features, as well as lets you adjust the volume, take screenshots, rotate the display, and more.

There’s also a separate settings icon for adjusting BlueStacks’ settings – this is different from adjusting the virtual Android device’s settings.

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The BlueStacks home screen shows your installed apps and features a toolbar for controlling BlueStacks and your Android experience.

You can navigate around using the Back, Home, and Recent Apps icons at the bottom-right of the toolbar.

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Use the icons at the bottom of the toolbar to navigate around.

BlueStacks’ most popular features

  • Easy app installation: You can install Android apps directly from the Google Play Store within BlueStacks in the same way you’d install any app on your phone. If you have an app’s .APK file (the executable app file) you can install it from the BlueStacks toolbar.
  • Integration with PC devices: BlueStacks integrates seamlessly with your computer’s devices and peripherals, including the mouse, keyboard, webcam, and more. These devices will work as if they were built into your Android device, and Android apps will be able to take advantage of them automatically.
  • Game controls: Most Android games have a set of default controls that make the best use of the computer’s mouse and keyboard, though you can modify and customize these controls within BlueStacks.
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A sampling of the most popular games on BlueStacks.

  • Multi-instance support: BlueStacks allows you to open the same game in multiple windows, playing it with two or more accounts at once. You can use this to play multiple games at the same time, to play the same game from several accounts, or even to play multiplayer games with yourself.
  • Macros: BlueStacks includes a robust macro editor to automate tasks with keyboard shortcuts.

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A guide to Reddit’s r/piracy subreddit, and how the community discussion site is combating illegal sharing

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Illegal piracy on the online forum, Reddit, has led to increasing crackdowns.

  • Piracy on Reddit has often run rampant on the community discussion website.
  • There are several subreddits dedicated to the discussion of piracy, but Reddit doesn’t officially allow pirated content.
  • Reddit has increased its content moderation efforts but still struggles to ensure its subreddits follow anti-piracy guidelines.
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Even if you’ve never used Reddit, you’ve no doubt heard of it; it’s one of the largest sites in the US, and with more than 2 million “subreddits,” it has a stunning depth and breadth of content.

With all that activity, it’s not surprising that Reddit has become a hub for digital piracy, and the site has struggled with managing copyright violations for several years. A subreddit called r/piracy (all subreddits begin with an “r/”) in particular has become the focus of some unwanted attention.

Reddit’s piracy subreddit, explained

While other subreddits have occasionally shared copyrighted material, the r/piracy forum is, by design, for individuals interested in the tools, techniques, and resources of online piracy.

With more than 640,000 members, it was created in 2008 with the mission of being “a community dedicated to the discussion of digital piracy,” according to its own description. That you can find discussions of the vulnerabilities of piracy laws on Reddit is unsurprising.

“Google ‘reddit piracy’ and you’ll find lots of active links, where Reddit users openly discuss the weakness and vulnerabilities of various piracy laws,” said Monica Eaton-Cardone, chief operating officer of Chargebacks911.

Given the subject matter, the piracy subreddit attempts to thread a particularly precarious needle. According to the rules of the subreddit, “submissions must be related to the discussion of digital piracy.” The rules of the forum specifically prohibit activities like linking directly to pirated media, requesting activation keys, asking others to download pirated content, or asking how to pirate specific copyrighted works (though generalized conversations about pirating techniques are acceptable).

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Though pirated content is prohibited on Reddit, some users have found ways to skirt around the rules.

A scan of r/piracy reveals an active community (at any given time, there are more than 1,000 users online) with threads about a diverse range of topics, including tips and tutorials on using popular tools and utilities, troubleshooting tips (“why are my 4K movies purple?”), and news about sources for copyrighted content.

Unlike many online forums elsewhere on the internet, though, r/piracy is a moderated community (Reddit moderators are unpaid volunteers from the community) and the discourse is largely civil and on-topic.

The state of piracy on Reddit

Reddit has been attempting to address piracy on its platform for several years, with serious efforts to mitigate copyright infringement beginning around 2019. Eaton-Cardone said, “Reddit has banned some of the more blatant abusers – /r/NFLstreams, /r/NBAstreams, /r/soccerstreams, /r/UFCstreams, /r/WWEstreams – but Reddit is one of the largest sites in the world. Policing it is extraordinarily difficult.”

Nir Kshetri, a professor at the Bryan School of Business and Economics, explained why Reddit was compelled to act: “When it was shut down, r/NBAstreams had 474,000 subscribers who could access pirated NBA content for free. The subreddit r/soccerstreams had more than 400,000 subscribers who had access to pirated soccer streams.”

Rather than shutting down r/piracy outright, as happened with those other subreddits, Reddit decided in 2019 to delete all of r/piracy’s posts and comments created prior to September 2018 – a decade’s worth of content, erased from the Reddit archives.

In Reddit’s transparency reporting, it’s clear that the platform has been increasing its content monitoring exponentially. In 2018, Reddit received 9,534 copyright notices, which resulted in 26,234 content removals. In 2019, Reddit received 34,989 copyright notices, which resulted in 124,257 content removals – nearly five times that of the year before. In 2020, Reddit received 86,866 copyright notices and removed 375,774 pieces of content – three times as many as in 2019.

Based on the takedown requests – and actual takedowns – Reddit appears to have a piracy problem, and r/piracy moderators have existential concerns about the future of their subreddit. “We are now on thin ice,” moderators wrote in one post, and added that the subreddit is in jeopardy. “We definitely do not want to be banned like r/megalinks, which was a subreddit specifically tailored to providing links to pirated content.”

Cleansing Reddit won’t eliminate piracy

Even if members appear to follow guidelines and avoid posting links to copyrighted material, some users say that the subreddit is still a direct vector to piracy.

Will Peach, a fourth-year medical student who regularly uses the r/piracy subreddit, said, “It happens via the backdoor. Recommendations are made in various threads and then DMs [direct messages] are sent privately. Piracy happens via other portals, like Google Drive. But it almost always starts on Reddit.”

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On its face, the r/piracy subreddit is an online forum for discussing the topic of digital piracy, but it can lead to the sharing of illegal content.

Reddit moderators appear to be enforcing guidelines in hopes of staving off a full shutdown of the r/piracy subreddit, yet they’re also planning for the worst.

Allan Borch, founder of the tech marketing blog Dotcom Dollar, said, “[They] already have a list of forum replacements, including rival discussion site Raddle.me.” Referring to the purge of posts older than 2018, Borsh added, “Indeed, those posts 10 years in the making aren’t actually gone. They’ve already been archived on GitHub. Piracy might move away from Reddit, but that doesn’t mean it’s dead.”

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How to change the refresh rate on your monitor for smoother-looking videos and gameplay

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A high refresh rate on a monitor is especially important for gaming, which requires an on-screen image to rapidly refresh.

  • A monitor’s refresh rate measures how frequently the on-screen image is updated.
  • You can change the refresh rate on your monitor through your display settings, though it may be limited by the monitor, graphics card, and screen resolution.
  • A typical refresh rate is 60Hz; slower refresh rates can look jittery, while higher refresh rates are desirable for gaming.
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Your display’s refresh rate is a measure of how frequently the on-screen image is updated. Refresh rate is measured in hertz (Hz), which indicates the number of times per second something occurs. So a 60Hz display is one that has a refresh rate of 60 times per second.

Understanding monitor refresh rates

Most people don’t need to worry much about refresh rate, especially when using a computer for ordinary productivity applications. That’s because computer displays typically have a refresh rate of 60Hz – that’s the default for many monitors – and that value is perfectly adequate almost all the time. It’s fast enough that there’s no obvious blurring or “image tearing” when there’s on-screen motion. Below this value – 30 Hz, for example – you might see some stuttering or jitteriness when things are moving on the screen.

Higher refresh rates are of interest to gamers, though. Because many video games rely on fast-moving visuals, many computer displays are optimized for gaming with very high refresh rates – 144Hz, 240Hz, and even 360Hz. For gaming, the higher the refresh rate the better.

There’s also a relationship between screen resolution and refresh rate. Because a computer only has so much bandwidth for the display, you might find that at higher resolutions, your display can’t run at its maximum refresh rate. If you are adjusting these settings, you might need to make a choice between, for example, an HD (1920×1080) display at 144Hz or a 4K (3840×2160) resolution at 60Hz.

Depending on your monitor or laptop display, you might be able to adjust the refresh rate. Some displays aren’t running at their highest refresh rate by default, for example, and it’s adjustable in the system settings. If you try to increase the refresh rate but it won’t go as high as you think the monitor is designed to go, you might need to lower the resolution to make a higher value become available.

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