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How to Master the Four Seasons in Forza Horizon 4 – Xbox Wire

In Forza Horizon 4, Seasons change everything where players must master driving in dry, wet, muddy, snowy and icy conditions. A first for the racing genre and rarely seen in any open-world game, dynamic seasons create a world that is constantly evolving each week and with more than 450 cars, novices and veterans alike can explore the beautiful open world of Britain filled with unique and challenging driving experiences.

While Forza Horizon 4’s deep upgrade system can optimize any car for any season, it’s always best to think about the right car choice for each weather condition, whether you need to adjust your suspension and how you need to change your driving style depending on the terrain. Luckily, we have some tips and tricks on how best to tackle each season and what to expect, sourced by Turn 10 Studios’ Design Director Jon Knoles.

Summer

Hovercraft GIF

 Under a high, mid-day summer sun, conditions are perfect for putting the pedal to the metal on Britain’s fastest motorways or ripping along the golden sands of the northern coast past the brooding Bamburgh Castle. You may encounter the occasional summer rain, but most of the time you’ll find dry weather.

If you take a shortcut through fields, you’ll easily plow through tall grasses and flowers. Don’t worry about wood and wire fences, small trees, or stacked drystone walls. Whatever you’re driving, if you’re going fast enough they’ll break without breaking your car. Smaller, lighter cars will slow down considerably more than larger, heavier vehicles when you plow through these obstacles.

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When Horizon summer arrives, as with all seasons, keep an eye out for seasonal gameplay events, challenges, and rewards, which expire at the end of the season. You may find summer events often take advantage of the perfect driving conditions to feature faster cars on faster, paved roads.

Autumn

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 Whether you call it autumn or fall, it’s perhaps the most beautiful and most colorful season to explore the tree-lined, winding roads of Britain’s Lake Country in the world’s greatest road cars, or to tackle the 4×4 Adventure Park’s muddy playground for off-roaders.

It’s after harvest, so fields that were full of tall grasses in summer are now plowed and full of soft or muddy earth that will slow you down a bit, and are peppered with new obstacles in the form of big and heavy bales of hay, which will definitely slow you down if you hit them. It will rain in autumn more than in summer and roads do become a bit slicker in the wet, so you’ll be wanting to plan a little earlier for hard turns.

Summer to Fall GIF

When autumn arrives, keep an eye out for a seasonal barn find car—each season reveals a classic to discover and restore, but you’ll want to find it before the season changes again.

Winter

Fall to Winter

With the low sun shimmering through bare trees across a frosty landscape, you might be worried that you’ll be sliding all over the place. Don’t worry, all tires are good for all seasons, and will be enough to keep you on the roads if you remember to brake—and turn—for curves. If you want more grip on the snow and ice, you can equip your car with studded winter tires in the upgrade shop, and any car that was already equipped with off-road or rally tires will automatically switch to studded tires.

The weather may range from clear to light flurries, or the occasional blizzard. Higher elevations in the north will have more deep snow than lowland areas in the south. Coastal beaches are still sandy, and motorways, the city streets of historic Edinburgh, and other major roads are cleared of ice and snow. In winter, you can reach previously inaccessible areas to search for bonus boards to smash or barn find cars, such as on an island in the middle of a deep lake. And when you’re on the frozen lake, it doesn’t matter what you’re driving or what kind of tires you have, you will slide around a lot, which itself is a lot of fun.

Fall to Winter GIF

Keep an eye out for snowmen, too. Smashing them is fun, and it will net you combo skill points. Seasonal events are sure to test your mettle on the slippery ice, but rest assured there are still clear roads to conquer.

Spring

Winter to Spring GIF

After a cold winter, the British landscape bursts to life once again in vibrant color, and one thing you can be sure of is a lot more rain, but you’ll also get a lot of sun. Or as they say in much of Britain in the spring, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a few minutes.”

Of all the seasons, spring is probably the one with the most varied conditions throughout. Previously dry or shallow riverbeds become deep, rushing streams, which may bring low-slung supercars and lightweight cars to a crawl, but don’t pose much of a challenge for off-road vehicles such as SUVs, trophy trucks, and buggies. If you happen to climb to a mountain peak in the north, you’ll still find pockets of snow to play around in.

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As with autumn, spring events may bring a more rally-heavy theme with mixed-surface races to suit the varied conditions. Whether it’s in a sturdy new Subaru WRX Sti, or a classic Group B rally monster from the 80s, you’ll be sure to discover some trail-blazing events in cars built to tackle all the tarmac, gravel, and mud that you’ll get plenty of in spring.

Forza Horizon 4 launches on October 2, 2018 on Xbox One, Windows 10 and Xbox Game Pass, and is now available for pre-order in the Microsoft Store. Stay tuned to Xbox Wire and ForzaMotorsport.net for future updates.

Wanted – Mac Mini

Hi

Been looking around where to buy a used/looked after Mac Mini and these forums seems really well managed, so hopefully I’ll be able to source what I’m after

I’m looking for ideally a 2012 or 2014 Mac Mini, ideally an i7 but will consider an i5. 16GB RAM and with a 256GB minimum SSD or a 1TB fusion drive upwards (ideally the original 1TB HDD with a 120GB SSD or upwards)

Needs to be in full working order with no damage and running the latest OS

Preferably boxes with original power cable as well

I’m based in Bamber Bridge, near to Preston. Happy to collect within a sensible distance, or happy to have it sent via an insured courier (Royal Mail, Parcelforce, UPS etc)

Budget is c£500, but happy to pay more for the right Mini (within reason)

Thank you

Location: Bamber Bridge

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For Sale – Individually sleeved Corsair PSU Cables

I can’t remember where I got these, I think it was with a PSU I bought for my nephews build last year. Says they are for use with 650/750/850 AX only. Check with corsair to see if they fit anything else. I know they don’t fit my 760 !

Its a individually sleeved (black) set of Corsair PSU cables in a Corsair Pouch. Not sure if its a full set so I will list whats there below.

24 pin PSU
8 pin CPU
2 x PCIE 6+2 (2 per cable)
1 x Molex (4 connections)
1 x SATA (4 connections)

I certainly haven’t used them but they look like new. I think they must have been used as there is a couple if cable ties on them.

Possibly this kit but not 100% sure.
https://www.overclockers.co.uk/cors…eved-modular-cable-kit-black-c-ca-084-cs.html

£35inc RM via PPG

Price and currency: £
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PPG
Location: Cumbria
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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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.

For Sale – Individually sleeved Corsair PSU Cables

I can’t remember where I got these, I think it was with a PSU I bought for my nephews build last year. Says they are for use with 650/750/850 AX only. Check with corsair to see if they fit anything else. I know they don’t fit my 760 !

Its a individually sleeved (black) set of Corsair PSU cables in a Corsair Pouch. Not sure if its a full set so I will list whats there below.

24 pin PSU
8 pin CPU
2 x PCIE 6+2 (2 per cable)
1 x Molex (4 connections)
1 x SATA (4 connections)

I certainly haven’t used them but they look like new. I think they must have been used as there is a couple if cable ties on them.

Possibly this kit but not 100% sure.
https://www.overclockers.co.uk/cors…eved-modular-cable-kit-black-c-ca-084-cs.html

£35inc RM via PPG

Price and currency: £
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PPG
Location: Cumbria
Advertised elsewhere?: 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.

Wanted – Mac Mini

Hi

Been looking around where to buy a used/looked after Mac Mini and these forums seems really well managed, so hopefully I’ll be able to source what I’m after

I’m looking for ideally a 2012 or 2014 Mac Mini, ideally an i7 but will consider an i5. 16GB RAM and with a 256GB minimum SSD or a 1TB fusion drive upwards (ideally the original 1TB HDD with a 120GB SSD or upwards)

Needs to be in full working order with no damage and running the latest OS

Preferably boxes with original power cable as well

I’m based in Bamber Bridge, near to Preston. Happy to collect within a sensible distance, or happy to have it sent via an insured courier (Royal Mail, Parcelforce, UPS etc)

Budget is c£500, but happy to pay more for the right Mini (within reason)

Thank you

Location: Bamber Bridge

______________________________________________________
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.

Wanted – Mac Mini

Hi

Been looking around where to buy a used/looked after Mac Mini and these forums seems really well managed, so hopefully I’ll be able to source what I’m after

I’m looking for ideally a 2012 or 2014 Mac Mini, ideally an i7 but will consider an i5. 16GB RAM and with a 256GB minimum SSD or a 1TB fusion drive upwards (ideally the original 1TB HDD with a 120GB SSD or upwards)

Needs to be in full working order with no damage and running the latest OS

Preferably boxes with original power cable as well

I’m based in Bamber Bridge, near to Preston. Happy to collect within a sensible distance, or happy to have it sent via an insured courier (Royal Mail, Parcelforce, UPS etc)

Budget is c£500, but happy to pay more for the right Mini (within reason)

Thank you

Location: Bamber Bridge

______________________________________________________
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.

Wanted – Mac Mini

Hi

Been looking around where to buy a used/looked after Mac Mini and these forums seems really well managed, so hopefully I’ll be able to source what I’m after

I’m looking for ideally a 2012 or 2014 Mac Mini, ideally an i7 but will consider an i5. 16GB RAM and with a 256GB minimum SSD or a 1TB fusion drive upwards (ideally the original 1TB HDD with a 120GB SSD or upwards)

Needs to be in full working order with no damage and running the latest OS

Preferably boxes with original power cable as well

I’m based in Bamber Bridge, near to Preston. Happy to collect within a sensible distance, or happy to have it sent via an insured courier (Royal Mail, Parcelforce, UPS etc)

Budget is c£500, but happy to pay more for the right Mini (within reason)

Thank you

Location: Bamber Bridge

______________________________________________________
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.

Wanted – Mac Mini

Hi

Been looking around where to buy a used/looked after Mac Mini and these forums seems really well managed, so hopefully I’ll be able to source what I’m after

I’m looking for ideally a 2012 or 2014 Mac Mini, ideally an i7 but will consider an i5. 16GB RAM and with a 256GB minimum SSD or a 1TB fusion drive upwards (ideally the original 1TB HDD with a 120GB SSD or upwards)

Needs to be in full working order with no damage and running the latest OS

Preferably boxes with original power cable as well

I’m based in Bamber Bridge, near to Preston. Happy to collect within a sensible distance, or happy to have it sent via an insured courier (Royal Mail, Parcelforce, UPS etc)

Budget is c£500, but happy to pay more for the right Mini (within reason)

Thank you

Location: Bamber Bridge

______________________________________________________
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.

The Ability Hacks: The story of two hackathon teams embracing the transformative power of technology – Microsoft on the Issues

This week is the Microsoft One Week Hackathon, where employees from around the company work tirelessly to “hack” solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. The opportunity to empower people through technology, particularly those with disabilities, has never been more important. Back in 2014, we had 10 ability hack projects, last year we had 150 projects and 850 people, and this year – well, it’s going to be exciting to see. This is a wonderful testament to our employees and their passion for innovation and conviction in the importance of empowering every person and organization to achieve more.

An inspiration for many was two Ability Hack projects that won the company hackathon in 2014 and 2015, and this year we will be giving away copies to hackers of a new book covering the journeys of those hackathon teams. “The Ability Hacks” shares the behind-the-scenes stories of the hackers who pioneered two innovative hacks-turned-solutions used today by people with disabilities around the world – the Ability EyeGaze Hack team and Learning Tools Hack team.

The Ability Hacks book cover

We hope this book, and the journeys these teams have been on, can help spark a conversation about the transformative power of technology, and encourage engineers and developers to build the next wave of inclusive technology. I encourage you to read, and as a teaser, here are a few highlights:

EyeGaze: Reinstating independence by revolutionizing mobility

“Until there is a cure for ALS, technology can be that cure.” – Steve Gleason, former NFL player

In 2014, former NFL player Steve Gleason, who has a neuromuscular disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), sent an email to Microsoft challenging employees to develop a technology that could allow him to drive a wheelchair with his eyes. A group of software engineers, program managers, marketers and advocates formed the Ability Eye Gaze hack team and accepted this challenge ahead of the 2014 Microsoft hackathon.

Through hard work, determination and despite a few twists and turns, the team collaborated to build a solution complete with duct tape that allowed Steve to control his wheelchair with his eyes. This invention had impact, ultimately inspiring the formation of the Microsoft Research NExT Enable team, who have continued working on technology for people with ALS and other disabilities. This has already resulted in a new feature named Eye Control, which was developed in collaboration with the Windows team, and was included in Windows 10 last year.

Learning Tools: Transforming education and learning in the classroom

“If you design things for the greatest accessibility – Learning Tools is like that – it makes everything accessible to all, and why wouldn’t we want that?” – A fourth-grade teacher

While Learning Tools involved a different set of players in a different part of Microsoft, its story shares the same lessons, opportunities, passion and impact experienced by the Eye Gaze team. Winner of the 2015 Hackathon, Learning Tools helps students with dyslexia learn how to read and is now transforming education for teachers, students, administrators and parents.

What’s amazing about this story was the diversity of the team, which included developers, a reading team and a speech pathologist, working extensively with students and educators to create the product. While originally created for folks with dyslexia, the Learning Tools team is seeing benefits to folks with dysgraphia, ADHD, English language learners and emerging readers. Today, Learning Tools is incorporated into apps, Office, and Edge, reaching 13 million active users in more than 40 languages. Like the Eye Gaze team before it, the Learning Tools team evolved from a passionate hackathon into a strategic business. You can even read “The Ability Hacks” using Learning Tools, just download the PDF and open in Microsoft Edge.

‘It’s not about the technology. It’s about the people.

As Peter Lee, corporate vice president, Microsoft Healthcare, shares in the book’s foreword, “A focus on inclusion helps a team become more empathetic with its users, which in turn affects deeply the design and development process of products.”

Personally, I go to work every day feeling humbled that I represent a company with an incredible mission to empower every person on the planet to achieve more. I’m grateful for the chance to share just a few of their stories in “The Ability Hacks.” Trust me, it’s two stories of many that have taken place over the last four years and there will be a lot more in our future.

While we’ve come a long way in incorporating accessibility and inclusivity in everything we do, the truth is that accessibility is a journey. There is more in front of us than behind us. Please read the book and join the conversation about inclusive technology design on Twitter via #abilityhacks. And if you want to create products for people with disabilities, do check out our AI for Accessibility program, which provides access to advanced Microsoft Azure cloud computing resources to individuals and organizations working on empowering people with disability across the world at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/ai-for-accessibility.

“The Ability Hacks” is also available in PDF and EPUB.

Gotta go. Back to the hackathon tents. Can’t wait to see what folks create this year!

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At OpenText Enterprise World, security and AI take center stage

OpenText continues to invest in AI and security, as the content services giant showcased where features from recent acquisitions fit into its existing product line at its OpenText Enterprise World user conference.

The latest Pipeline podcast recaps the news and developments from Toronto, including OpenText OT2, the company’s new hybrid cloud/on-premises enterprise information management platform. The new platform brings wanted flexibility while also addressing regulatory concerns with document storage.

“OT2 simplifies for our customers how they invest and make decisions in taking some of their on-premises workflows and [porting] them into a hybrid model or SaaS model into the cloud,” said Muhi Majzoub, OpenText executive vice president of engineering and IT.

Majzoub spoke at OpenText Enterprise World 2018, which also included further updates to how OpenText plans to integrate Guidance Software’s features into its endpoint security offerings following the Guidance’s September 2017 acquisition.

Will the native AI functionality from OpenText compare and keep up? What will be the draw for new customers?
Alan Lepofskyprincipal analyst, Constellation Research

OpenText has a rich history of acquiring companies and using the inherited customer base as an additional revenue or maintenance stream, as content management workflows are often built over decades of complex legacy systems.

But it was clear at OpenText Enterprise World 2018 that the Guidance Software acquisition filled a security gap in OpenText’s offering. One of Guidance’s premier products, EnCase, seems to have useful applications for OpenText users, according to Lalith Subramanian, vice president of engineering for analytics, security and discovery at OpenText.

In addition, OpenText is expanding its reach to Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud, but it’s unclear if customers will prefer OpenText offerings to others on the market or if current customers will migrate to public clouds.

“It comes down to: Will customers want to use a general AI platform like Azure, Google, IBM or AWS?” said Alan Lepofsky, principal analyst for Constellation Research. “Will the native AI functionality from OpenText compare and keep up? What will be the draw for new customers?”