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Google Pixel owners can claim up to $500 in class action settlement

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In the first half of this year, Google agreed to pay a sum to its customers for the class action settlement. Consumers said that the renowned company is responsible for selling defective smartphone pieces. Moreover, the Pixel phone sold is the first generation with non-functional microphones.

If you are the owner of a Pixel or a Pixel XL and purchased before January 7th, 2017 then only you are eligible for a sum of money. The settlement price is quite complicated. Customers who have faced a microphone issue is only eligible for the amount of money.

Other than this, the company will pay only $20 to any Pixel or Pixel XL owners. The owners are eligible only if they have bought the device before January 7th, 2017.

Which customers are eligible to get a refund against their device?

A customer is eligible for a refund only if they live in the United States of America. The manufacturing date of the Pixel or the Pixel XL must be before January 4th, 2017.

At the same time, the customer has purchased the phone for his use and not to resell it. Along with that, a person who hasn’t received a replacement device against a complaint after January 3rd, 2017.

Moreover, the customer shouldn’t be an employee with Google, any family member of the judges, or a lawyer by profession.

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If you are a customer who has fulfilled all the criteria’s laid down by the company, then you are good to go. Being a customer, you have to apply to the class actions website.

At the same time, you have to produce documents before the company. Sign up with your name, address, and every other piece of information. If you have already started your problems previously to the company, then you are not required to sign up.

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‘Star Trek: Voyager’ gets an unofficial 4K remaster thanks to AI

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'Star Trek: Voyager' gets an unofficial 4K remaster thanks to AI

As with Deep Space NineStar Trek: Voyager is unlikely to ever get an official high-resolution remaster. The effects were shot on video rather than added to film after the fact, making it much harder to upgrade the quality than it was for The Next Generation. However, an unofficial project might get relatively close. Series fan Billy Reichard has started processing Voyager with a machine learning program that upgrades that ’90s era image quality as much as possible. You won’t forget that the show was made for tube TVs given the aspect ratio, but the AI is surprisingly effective — it produces something you probably wouldn’t mind watching on an idle afternoon if you’re a Star Trek devotee.

The effort is time-consuming at about six hours for an episode, and the necessary software is both expensive and tricky to work with. Voyager had variable frame rates that make audio sync a pain, as you can see in the sample clip below. It could be a long, long time before you can see Janeway and crew in 4K glory. Still, Reichard hopes to give every episode the AI treatment. Just don’t count on CBS sanctioning this, let alone making it officially available.

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Nier is getting a remaster and its title is quite a mouthful

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Nier is getting a remaster and its title is quite a mouthful

Nier, the 2010 game and the sub-franchise it started, celebrates its 10th anniversary this April and on that occasion, a remaster of the game’s Japanese release is coming soon, as well as a new mobile game called Nier Reincarnation.

The remaster (trailer at top) is formally called Nier Replicant ver. 1.22474487139. It’s launching on PlayStation 4, Windows PC via Steam, and Xbox One. Nier Replicant was the Japan-only launch for the game, on PlayStation 3. Western markets, and the Xbox 360 in Japan, got a version titled Nier Gestalt.

The trailer for Nier Reincarnation, for Android and iOS (above), doesn’t give up much beyond a scene-setting trailer. Translating the game’s official page on Square-Enix’s site, Reincarnation is called a free-to-play role-playing game, with microtransactions implied.

Nier was a spinoff of the Drakengard franchise, and spawned its own direct sequel, Nier: Automata on PlayStation 4 and Windows PC in 2017 (and later Xbox One).

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Microsoft tweaks Xbox and Teams services during 775 percent surge in cloud demand

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Microsoft tweaks Xbox and Teams services during 775 percent surge in cloud demand

Microsoft is seeing a massive increase in demand for its cloud services during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “We have seen a 775 percent increase of our cloud services in regions that have enforced social distancing or shelter in place orders,” explains a Microsoft Azure blog post. This increase in demand includes Windows Virtual Desktop usage growing more than three times, and record numbers across Microsoft Teams, Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Live, and Mixer.

Microsoft has started tweaking its cloud services accordingly. “To streamline moderation and ensure the best experience for our community, we’re making small adjustments,” says an Xbox support note. “We’ve temporarily turned off the ability to upload custom gamerpics, club pics, and club backgrounds.” Existing custom Xbox gamerpics will work just fine, but Microsoft is trying to lighten the load on its moderation team checking new uploads during an overall increase in Xbox Live activity.

Microsoft says it’s also working with Xbox game publishers to “deliver higher-bandwidth activities like game updates during off-peak hours.” Sony has also taken a similar approach by slowing down PlayStation game downloads to help preserve overall internet speeds.

Microsoft revealed last week that it will prioritize cloud access for first responders and emergency services, and keep Microsoft Teams up and running. Teams usage surged by 12 million in just a week earlier this month, and Microsoft Teams initially suffered some outages as a result.

Microsoft has now temporarily tweaked some aspects of Teams to improve overall capacity and reliability. “We made a few temporary adjustments to select non-essential capabilities such as how often we check for user presence, the interval in which we show when the other party is typing, and video resolution.”

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