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MINECON Live co-hosts revealed

Got any plans on September 28th? Meeting friends? Getting married? Watching paint dry? Well, CANCEL THEM ALL (unless it’s the marriage one) because September 28th is the date of MINECON Live, our epic livestream celebration of all things Minecraft! It’ll be easy to stream  LIVE all over the world, including at that aforementioned wedding. Don’t forget to scowl at anyone who objects and to tell the bride and groom to keep the volume down with those vows — you’re trying to enjoy all the new Minecraft announcements.

This handy page has loads of info about MINECON Live, but the page you’re currently on is no MINECON Live dunce either. Because today, we’re revealing the co-hosts, for the very first time! (Unless you follow us on Twitter!). Let’s meet the fabulous foursome who’ll be co-hosting with Lydia Winters:

MASUO

Japanese Influencer and a strong contender for ‘smiliest man ever filmed’, Masuo will be co-hosting MINECON Live! But what’s his favourite skill in Minecraft? What block would he like to see added to the game? What’s the meaning of life? Watch Masuo answer two-thirds of those questions in the video below!

MARIELITAI

The clear winner of ‘Most Misspelt Co-Host Name In Early Drafts of This Article’, Marielitai is our next fantastic co-host! But what makes her angry when playing Minecraft? Her name being constantly misspelt by me, the most hopeless ‘writer’ the internet has ever seen? Hopefully not, let’s watch the video below and find out:

SHUBBLE

Pop Quiz: Who’s the MINECON Live co-host whose name rhymes with ‘bubble’? That’s right, it’s Lydia Winters, horribly mispronounced! I mean, Shubble! But what’s her proudest Minecraft moment? How is she preparing to co-host MINECON Live? By training with an Olympic athlete for 11 months, eating nothing but raw eggs and protein shakes, and putting their body through physical hell until it’s capable of doing 6000 press-ups a minute? Oh, wait, no, that’s how Jens is preparing.  

Let’s meet Shubble in the below video!

DANGTHATSALONGNAME

More like, dangthatsagreatcohostannouncement! Amirite? Yes. Unlike spellchecking software, we’re huge fans of Dangthasalongname, our fourth and final MINECON Live co-host! But what hidden talents does he possess? Let’s ask him in the video below!

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July 2019 Xbox Update Delivers New Features for Xbox Game Pass, and Xbox Skill for Alexa – Xbox Wire

Summer is here which means sunshine, cookouts and of course, gaming with friends after a long day outside. Team Xbox has been busy cooking up new features for the July 2019 Xbox Update, which begins rolling out today. This update includes a new way to interact with Xbox Game Pass, additional countries for the Xbox Skill for Alexa, and new Xbox Skill for Alexa voice commands. Here’s a rundown of what’s new:

New features for Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass offers a curated library of over 100 high-quality games on PC and console, available to download and play at full fidelity for one low-monthly price. Today, we’re rolling a new way to manage your Xbox Game Pass collection.

  • Play later – Play later enables you to make a list of games from the Xbox Game Pass catalog for you to come back to on your time, making it even easier to find your next game. Manage your collection from your Xbox console or the Game Pass mobile app and download your games when you’re ready.

Xbox Skill for Alexa – More countries and new voice commands

Last fall, we expanded voice control support by introducing the Xbox Skill for Alexa, which enables you to navigate and interact with Xbox One using voice commands through your Alexa-enabled devices. Today we are adding more supported countries and new Alexa voice commands to see what’s happening on Xbox Game Pass and check in with your Xbox Live friends.

  • More countries – We heard our fans around the world loud and clear that they wanted Xbox Skill for Alexa support in their country. Today, we are excited to be adding support for customers in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, and Spain. Click here to learn how to set up the Xbox Skill for Alexa.
  • New Alexa voice commands for Xbox Game Pass and more – Have you always wanted to be able to use your voice to find out the latest games in Xbox Game Pass? Good news, so have we! The July 2019 Xbox Update introduces the ability to find out what’s new to Xbox Game Pass, what the popular games are, what’s leaving the catalog, and more; simply by asking Alexa. Try saying, “Alexa, ask Xbox what’s new on Game Pass?”Want to stay up-to-date with what your friends are doing on Xbox? You can ask Alexa who’s online, what your friends are playing, and more. Try saying, “Alexa, ask Xbox what are my friends playing?”

    Finally, you are now able to start pairing your controller with your Xbox from the convenience of your couch. Just say, “Alexa, ask Xbox to pair my controller.” to put your console into pairing mode!

    For a full list of what you can say, check out this link.

These updates are based on feedback from our Xbox Insiders who have helped to shape these features. A huge thank you to all our Xbox Insiders for your valuable input and continued participation. If you’d like to help define the future of Xbox and get access to early features, download the Xbox Insider Hub app on your Xbox One or Windows 10 PC today and share your ideas at the Xbox Ideas Hub. You can also visit the Xbox Insider Blog here for the latest release notes and to learn more. Enjoy the July Update and happy gaming!

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Watch WE Day Aug. 17 at 8/7c on ABC |

Get ready to be inspired and to inspire your students to do good.

Invite your friends and families to join me and millions of Americans on August 17 to watch WE Day on ABC, a celebration of the transformative power of young people.

Microsoft is proud to support WE’s mission to empower youth to create a positive impact at home and around the world through service-learning. A supporter of the organization since 2013, we continue to help WE by equipping them with Microsoft technology that lets them bring the benefits of their programs to schools, families and youth around the world.

I am particularly excited about our work with WE to inspire students to make our world more inclusive through the WE Are One Campaign. Today, thousands of youth are learning, creating and ideating on ways they can leverage technology to make their classrooms and communities more accessible and inclusive for all.

The WE Day Special features a great example of the WE Are One Campaign at work.

Johnny (featured above) is a glowing example of a student using technology for good. He built a social networking app for people with disabilities and their families, motivated and informed by his brother, Christian.

I invite our passionate education community to take part in the free WE Schools program, including the WE Are One Campaign. Through service learning, students learn to take action on the issues that matter to them, while learning critical academic and life skills along the way.

The WE Day Special on ABC will inspire action through the stories of everyday Americans making extraordinary impact in their communities. And you can catch host John Stamos, alongside Selena Gomez, Jennifer Aniston, The Chainsmokers, Dierks Bentley, and WE co-founders Craig and Marc Kielburger on the WE Day stage as they celebrate youth and families committed to changing the world!

Join the WE Movement: Watch the WE Day Special August 17 at 8/7c on ABC @WEmovement #WEAreOne Click To Tweet

Cuphead Goes Triple Platinum! – | Studio MDHR

Hello friends! We’re barely past the halfway mark of 2018, and are humbled to announce that Cuphead has already reached over 3 million copies sold! It’s hard for us to express just how appreciative we are to everyone who has played and enjoyed our niche little run & gun game with the wacky rubber-hose characters.

To celebrate this huge milestone, we’re putting Cuphead on sale on Steam and Xbox for the next couple of days! So if you haven’t had a chance to wallop the Devil, it’s a good day for a swell battle!

We’ll also be marking the occasion here at Studio MDHR with some extra-special giveaways over the next few days. Keep an eye out on Twitter or Facebook for some fun surprises.

Looking back, 2018 has been a very exciting year for us.

The big highlight, of course, was getting the chance to pull the curtain back on the project we’ve been working on since the original game’s release: our upcoming DLC, The Delicious Last Course!

We’ve also been so fortunate to be able to share in the adventure with some amazing people. We met the legendary animator James Baxter at this year’s Annie Awards in February, and somehow managed to convince him to do an on-stage animation collaboration with us at E3!

In June, we cheered on the amazing Mexican Runner as he delivered a lightning fast and hilariously entertaining speedrun at Summer Games Done Quick 2018. It’s such a thrill to see people still finding new and exciting ways to explore the Inkwell Isles.

So while we’ll mostly have our pencils to paper for the rest of the year, we still have a couple little tricks up our sleeve before the end of 2018. Stay tuned to our social channels to be the first to know! Hi dee ho!

Cuphead Goes Triple Platinum! – | Studio MDHR

Hello friends! We’re barely past the halfway mark of 2018, and are humbled to announce that Cuphead has already reached over 3 million copies sold! It’s hard for us to express just how appreciative we are to everyone who has played and enjoyed our niche little run & gun game with the wacky rubber-hose characters.

To celebrate this huge milestone, we’re putting Cuphead on sale on Steam and Xbox for the next couple of days! So if you haven’t had a chance to wallop the Devil, it’s a good day for a swell battle!

We’ll also be marking the occasion here at Studio MDHR with some extra-special giveaways over the next few days. Keep an eye out on Twitter or Facebook for some fun surprises.

Looking back, 2018 has been a very exciting year for us.

The big highlight, of course, was getting the chance to pull the curtain back on the project we’ve been working on since the original game’s release: our upcoming DLC, The Delicious Last Course!

We’ve also been so fortunate to be able to share in the adventure with some amazing people. We met the legendary animator James Baxter at this year’s Annie Awards in February, and somehow managed to convince him to do an on-stage animation collaboration with us at E3!

In June, we cheered on the amazing Mexican Runner as he delivered a lightning fast and hilariously entertaining speedrun at Summer Games Done Quick 2018. It’s such a thrill to see people still finding new and exciting ways to explore the Inkwell Isles.

So while we’ll mostly have our pencils to paper for the rest of the year, we still have a couple little tricks up our sleeve before the end of 2018. Stay tuned to our social channels to be the first to know! Hi dee ho!

For Sale – STRIX RX 570 OC 4GB/ROG STRIX-GTX1050TI-4G

Hi, this a new card for a friends build but change of plans. It has been tested to confirm working and then back in box. It still has the protective wrap on the card. Comes boxed as new. The best 1050ti you can get, RGB lighting, back plate, Excellent quiet cooler. I will assist with any warranty issues.

Added a RX570 4GB. In mint condition and comes boxed with accessories. Just over a years warranty left which I’m happy to help out with.

Price and currency: £115 for 1050ti £140 for 570 sold to davidaw
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT
Location: Carlisle
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For Sale – Hard Drives, 2.5″, 3.5″ & Ram

After various friends and family upgrades I have the following items needing good homes. All in perfect working order (some brand new) and all hard drives have been secure zero byte erased ready to sell.

Desktop Drives:

1 x 500GB Western Digital Black 3.5″ WD5003AZEX SATA3 7200rpm 64MB cache – £20
1 x 500GB Seagate 3.5″ SATA2 Drive Pipeline HD2 5900rpm 16MB cache – £15

Laptop Drives:

2 x 500GB Western Digital Black 2.5″ WD5000LPLX SATA3 7200rpm 32MB cache – £30 each
(SSDs replaced these WD Blacks at laptop purchase point, so like brand new, never used)
1 x 750GB Toshiba 2.5″ MQ01ABD075 SATA3 5400rpm 8MB cache – £20

Laptop RAM:

1 x Samsung 4GB DDR3 1600 SODIMM (PC3 12800S) – £15

Price and currency: £120 all items
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Paypal Gift or Bank Transfer
Location: Chatham, UK
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Hard Drives, 2.5″, 3.5″ & Ram

After various friends and family upgrades I have the following items needing good homes. All in perfect working order (some brand new) and all hard drives have been secure zero byte erased ready to sell.

Desktop Drives:

1 x 500GB Western Digital Black 3.5″ WD5003AZEX SATA3 7200rpm 64MB cache – £20
1 x 500GB Seagate 3.5″ SATA2 Drive Pipeline HD2 5900rpm 16MB cache – £15

Laptop Drives:

2 x 500GB Western Digital Black 2.5″ WD5000LPLX SATA3 7200rpm 32MB cache – £30 each
(SSDs replaced these WD Blacks at laptop purchase point, so like brand new, never used)
1 x 750GB Toshiba 2.5″ MQ01ABD075 SATA3 5400rpm 8MB cache – £20

Laptop RAM:

1 x Samsung 4GB DDR3 1600 SODIMM (PC3 12800S) – £15

Price and currency: £120 all items
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Paypal Gift or Bank Transfer
Location: Chatham, UK
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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‘There’s nothing wrong who you are’: Michelle Chen’s journey to live more freely in her own skin – Microsoft Life

Surrounded for the first time by a supportive culture and a community of LGBTQ+ friends, this software engineer is unlocking the key to self-acceptance

By Candace Whitney-Morris

Michelle Chen knew she was gay long before she came out. Growing up, she found it hard enough to admit to herself, let alone to say it out loud for others.

In high school, people would tease her with questions like, “Are you sure you’re straight?” Ever since grade school when she had to defend her choice to wear “boy’s” clothes and keep her hair short, she had to be quick on her toes, ready with reassurances. She’d reply, “Oh yeah, I’m straight! I have a crush on so-and-so. Don’t worry.”

Chen wasn’t ready to come out in high school, and the small town she grew up in wasn’t ready for her to come out, either. Neither were her traditional, Chinese parents.

“Any sexuality that isn’t straight is not accepted at all,” Chen explained of her family’s beliefs. “You have to conform to what everyone else looks like. You have to find a husband, have kids. That’s just your purpose.

“Even my parents believed that female children were lesser than male children. Navigating that space was really difficult for me growing up, because not only were they like, ‘Oh you have to have kids,’ but they were like, ‘You have to marry a Chinese man.’”

Chen decided to take her time before telling them that she was gay; she’d move away and get a job first.

In the meantime, the hiding was taking its toll: deep down Chen grew full of self-loathing, hating that she couldn’t conform to people’s expectations and suspicious that something was wrong with her.

The first taste of self-acceptance came during college where she met and befriended other lesbians. One summer, she traveled to New York City and experienced her first Pride parade.

“I saw everyone dressed however they wanted to dress; no one felt ashamed of anything,” she said. “I knew right then that I wanted to live my life this way, that I wanted to be as happy as these people.”

A fellow college student encouraged Chen to think about interning at Microsoft and then referred her and helped coach her through the interview process. The same year that Chen decided to come out, she got the internship and headed to Seattle for the summer.

“I was so excited, partly because I knew Seattle was super gay,” she said, laughing. She hoped that meant she could live more out in the open.

“When I came to Microsoft, I felt like I had found my place,” she said. Right away, Chen joined GLEAM, the LGBTQ+ employee resource group at Microsoft that, among other things, provides mentorship to new interns who identify as LGBTQ+.

She interned again the next summer, and now one year later, she works at Microsoft as a software engineer. Although Chen didn’t originally know anyone in Seattle, she quickly made friends through GLEAM and in her neighborhood of Capitol Hill. “Now, almost all my friends are queer, and I see most of them every day.”

“When I came to Microsoft, I felt like I had found my place.”

The same year she started at Microsoft, she decided it was time to come out to her mother. As she dialed the phone, she gave herself a pep talk: “OK, Michelle, now’s the time. You are going to come out.”

Chen’s mom answered with, “I heard you got a septum ring.”

Michelle ChenTaken off guard, Chen said, “What? Who told you that? How do you know these things?”

Her mom responded that she had her sources. “There are people in this town that tell me things.”

Chen was so frustrated that she just blurted out, “Oh, did they tell you I’m gay, too?”

“Wait, what?” her mom said, shocked. It took a minute for the news to sink in.

Chen recalled, laughing, “I mean, it was kind of nice because it took the focus off the septum ring.”

But then her mother said something Chen will never forget: “Oh, no, no, no. You should change. I can’t believe it. This must’ve been something I did wrong.”

Although Chen was not expecting an approving response, “it was still pretty shocking to hear from my own mother,” she said.

It has been a few months since that phone call, and while Chen and her mother maintain contact, she told her mom that she can’t visit her in Seattle until she’s comfortable with her daughter’s sexual orientation.

“It’s not something I can just sweep under the rug anymore,” she said. “I’d rather be happy than hide my true self.”

Chen doesn’t regret waiting to tell her parents, and she hopes to encourage others to take their time.

“I had to get outside of my small town and see that being LGBTQ+ is not a bad thing. It’s not shameful. There’s nothing wrong with dressing the way that you want to dress.

“There’s nothing wrong with who you are.”

Meet more Microsoft employees who are changing hearts and minds and advancing human rights.
https://news.microsoft.com/life/topic/pride/

See how Microsoft is celebrating Pride 2018 and how you can be an ally.
https://www.microsoft.com/pride/

Learn how Microsoft and its LGBTQ+ employees push for change across borders.
https://news.microsoft.com/life/pride/

For Sale – Hard Drives, 2.5″, 3.5″ & Ram

Discussion in ‘Computer Classifieds‘ started by MacrosTheBlack, Jun 5, 2018 at 4:27 PM.

  1. After various friends and family upgrades I have the following items needing good homes. All in perfect working order (some brand new) and all hard drives have been secure zero byte erased ready to sell.

    Desktop Drives:

    1 x 500GB Western Digital Black 3.5″ WD5003AZEX SATA3 7200rpm 64MB cache – £20
    1 x 500GB Seagate 3.5″ SATA2 Drive Pipeline HD2 5900rpm 16MB cache – £15

    Laptop Drives:

    2 x 500GB Western Digital Black 2.5″ WD5000LPLX SATA3 7200rpm 32MB cache – £30 each
    (SSDs replaced these WD Blacks at laptop purchase point, so like brand new, never used)
    1 x 750GB Toshiba 2.5″ MQ01ABD075 SATA3 5400rpm 8MB cache – £20

    Laptop RAM:

    1 x Samsung 4GB DDR3 1600 SODIMM (PC3 12800S) – £15

    Price and currency: £120 all items
    Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
    Payment method: Paypal Gift or Bank Transfer
    Location: Chatham, UK
    Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
    Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

    ______________________________________________________
    This message is automatically inserted in all classifieds forum threads.
    By replying to this thread you agree to abide by the trading rules detailed here.
    Please be advised, all buyers and sellers should satisfy themselves that the other party is genuine by providing the following via private conversation to each other after negotiations are complete and prior to dispatching goods and making payment:

    • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
    • Name and address including postcode
    • Valid e-mail address

    DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

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