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2023-03-18 21:29:40| Engadget

Since its release in 2021, one of the most consistent criticisms of Windows 11 has been Microsofts handling of app defaults. Compared to Windows 10, the newer OS makes it more complicated for users to move away from the companys first-party offerings. For example, if you dont want Edge to open every time you click on a webpage or PDF, youre forced to launch Windows 11s Settings menu and change the default app by file and link type. Its an unnecessarily long process that makes customizing Windows 11 convoluted.Microsoft is finally addressing some of those criticisms. In a blog post published Friday (via Bleeping Computer), the company said it was reaffirming our long-standing approach to put people in control of their Windows PC experience. Microsoft announced a feature it said would ensure Windows 11 users are in control of changes to their app defaults. Later this year, the company will introduce a new deep link uniform resource identifier (URI) that will allow developers to send users to the correct section of the Settings menu when they want to change how Windows 11 responds to specific links and file types.MicrosoftMicrosoft says it will also give users more control over what apps get pinned to their desktop, start menu and taskbar with a new public API that will display a prompt asking you to grant programs permission before they show up on those interface elements. Both features will first roll out to PCs enrolled in the Windows Insider Dev Channel in the coming months before arriving in the public release of Windows 11. Notably, Microsoft says it will lead by example and release updates for Edge that will see the browser add support for those features as they become available.This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/microsoft-is-making-it-easier-to-set-default-apps-in-windows-11-202940444.html?src=rss

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2023-03-18 19:05:35| Engadget

Its safe to say Diablo IVs early access weekend hasnt gone as smoothly as Blizzard likely hoped it would. Shortly after the beta went live on Friday, many players found themselves in lengthy login queues. In my case, I had to wait nearly two hours before I got a chance to play the game, only to be quickly disconnected after about 15 minutes.Blizzard addressed the issue after players took to social media and the official Diablo IV forums to complain. The team is working through some issues behind the scenes that have been affecting players and causing them to be disconnected from the servers, Blizzard said in its initial post on the subject. This is done so we can ensure stability amongst players who get into the game after the queue process.Very kind of the Diablo IV beta to make sure I get work done today pic.twitter.com/VgZ1SBcebS Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) March 17, 2023If youre waiting to play, Blizzard asks that you stay in the login queue so as not to reset your timer. The studio said it would have a more accurate countdown in place by the start of next weekends open beta when anyone who wants to try Diablo IV before its June 6th release date can do so. We are actively working on these issues for this weekend, Blizzard said. Once these are resolved, we will be able to increase the influx of players and queue times will be significantly reduced.Later in the day, the studio shared an update on the situation, noting it was also working to resolve a handful of other issues that players had filed reports about, including a bug preventing some from joining parties. As of Saturday afternoon, the queue to play Diablo IV was much shorter. I got to the character selection screen in under a minute. Many players have successfully logged in to the game, but we are aware that some have experienced longer than expected wait times, Blizzard said. As we continue to roll out improvements to our server stability, we expect our players to see continued improvements to the queue time.Ah yes, the Diablo beta experience. Takes me back... circa 2012. pic.twitter.com/dLbxp429r1 Force (@ForceStrategy) March 17, 2023Hiccups are expected during a beta, particularly when a studio stress tests a live-service game like Diablo IV. The last thing Blizzard wants is a repeat of Diablo IIIs launch when interest in the game overloaded Battle.nets login servers, preventing many from playing the game at all.This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/blizzard-is-working-to-shorten-diablo-iv-beta-queue-times-180535837.html?src=rss

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2023-03-18 17:28:53| Engadget

After 15 years in space, NASAs AIM mission is ending. In a brief blog post spotted by Gizmodo, the agency said Thursday it was ending operational support for the spacecraft due to a battery power failure. NASA first noticed issues with AIMs battery in 2019, but the probe was still sending a significant amount of data back to Earth. Following another recent decline in battery power, NASA says AIM has become unresponsive. The AIM team will monitor the spacecraft for another two weeks in case it reboots, but judging from the tone of NASAs post, the agency isnt holding its breath.NASA launched the AIM Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere mission in 2007 to study noctilucent or night-shining clouds, which are sometimes known as fossilized clouds due to the fact they can last hundreds of years in the Earth's upper atmosphere. From its vantage point 370 miles above the planet's surface, the spacecraft proved invaluable to scientists, with data collected by AIM appearing in 379 peer-reviewed papers, including a recent 2018 study that found methane emissions from human-driven climate change are causing night-shining clouds to form more frequently. Pretty good for a mission NASA initially expected to operate for only two years. AIMs demise follows that of another long-serving NASA spacecraft. At the start of the year, the agency deorbited the Earth Radiation Budget Satellite following a nearly four-decade run collecting ozone and atmospheric measurements.This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/nasas-aim-spacecraft-goes-silent-after-a-15-year-run-studying-the-earths-oldest-clouds-162853411.html?src=rss

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