Web Accessibility In Context

Web Accessibility In Context Web Accessibility In Context Be Birchall 2019-06-07T12:00:59+02:002019-06-07T11:07:25+00:00 Haben Girma, disability rights advocate and Harvard Law’s first deafblind graduate, made the following statement in her keynote address at the AccessU digital accessibility conference last month: “I define disability as an opportunity for innovation.” She charmed and impressed the audience, telling us about learning sign language by touch, learning to surf, and about the keyboard-to-braille communication system that she used to take questions after her talk. Contrast this with the perspective many of us take building apps: web accessibility is treated as an afterthought, a confusing collection of rules that the team might look into for version two. If that sounds familiar (and you’re a developer, designer or product manager), this article is for you. I hope to shift your perspective closer to Haben Girma’s by showing how web accessibility fits into the broader areas of technology, disability, Read the full article…

Image Optimization In WordPress

Image Optimization In WordPress Image Optimization In WordPress Adelina ?uc? 2019-06-06T14:00:34+02:002019-06-07T11:07:25+00:00 A slow website is everyone’s concern. Not only that it chases visitors away but it also affects your SEO. So trying to keep it ‘in shape’ is definitely one of the main items to tick when you run a business or even a personal site. There are many ways to speed up your WordPress site, each one complementing the other. There is not a universal method. Improving your site speed is actually the sum of more of these methods combined. One of them is image optimization, which we will tackle extensively in this post. So read further to learn how to manually and automatically optimize all the images on your WordPress site. This is a step-by-step guide on image optimization that will make your site lightweight and faster. The Importance Of Image Optimization According to Snipcart, the three main Read the full article…

Destiny 2 goes free to play and gains cross-saving on all platforms

Bungie aims to fortify the popular but flagging Destiny 2 with an expanded free-to-play plan and universal cross-platform saving, the company announced today. It’s an interesting and player-friendly evolution of the “games as a service” model, and other companies should take note. The base game, which is to say the original campaign and the first year of updates, will be available on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Google Stadia. You can play as much as you want, and your progress will be synced to your account, so you can do some easy patrols on console and then switch to your PC’s mouse and keyboard for the more difficult raids. The PS4 cross-save ability is a surprise, since Sony has resisted this sort of thing in the past and rumors had it before the announcement that they would be left out of the bargain. It’s heartening to see this level Read the full article…

Here are all of the trailers from today’s Google Stadia announcement

You know the deal: a console is nothing without games. Same goes for streaming plans. Google jumped the gun on E3 this week with its Stadia Connect, a live stream that takes more than a page or two from Nintendo’s Direct offering. The event offered a little more insight into pricing, availability and specs — and, mostly importantly, showed off some of the titles coming to the streaming platform. The list includes some familiar franchises and a couple of exclusives, which will be available for a $10 a month subscription fee or for individual purchase. The first, Moonshine Studios/Coat Sink’s Get Packed will be a Stadia exclusive at launch. The title brings Overcooked-style game play to furniture packing — arguably the most frustrating thing in the world. The co-op title allows up to four players to participate, because you know how easy it is recruiting friends to help you move. Read the full article…

Here’s how Google Stadia performs depending on your internet connection

Google is introducing more about the launch of its Stadia streaming gaming service today, and VP Phil Harrison gave us performance specifics today so you can see exactly how the company thinks the service will perform based on what kind of internet connection you have. It tops out at an impressive 4K resolution, with HDR color, 60fps frame rate and 5.1 surround sound, but you’ll have to have at least a 35 Mbps connection to get that level of quality. Meanwhile, at 20 Mbps you’ll get full HD 1080p output, while retaining HDR video, 60fps and 5.1 surround. And Google has optimized for smoothness of stream by retaining 60 fps all the way down to its recommended minimum bandwidth connection quality of 10 Mbps (and even potentially below that based on this chart). You’ll only get 720p streams at that level, however, and stereo instead of surround sound. “With Stadia, Read the full article…

The future of ‘Destiny 2’: Newly-independent Bungie unveils seismic changes for flagship game

(Bungie Image) Bungie, the Bellevue, Wash.-based studio behind franchises such as Destiny and Halo, broke several months of relative silence today with a series of potentially seismic changes for Destiny 2 in the wake of its newfound status as an indie publisher. As part of a long live-stream from its headquarters, Bungie announced a new Destiny 2 expansion, a new direction for the game going forward, and the introduction of a new download that effectively makes Destiny 2‘s entire back catalog of content free-to-play. Bungie’s news coincided with Google’s Stadia-related announcements today, which included a Bungie-Google partnership. Destiny 2 is a massively-multiplayer online shooter that’s maintained a steady community of around 3 million players since its debut in 2017. While it was dogged by complaints at launch, a series of updates and content releases led to a critical high point with the debut of 2018’s expansion Forsaken. However, in the Read the full article…

Google reveals pricing details and launch titles for its new Stadia game streaming service

Stadia controller (Google Image) Google announced several new details of its Stadia game streaming service today, including initial price plans, planned launch titles including the long-awaited Baldur’s Gate III and Destiny 2, and new information about how Stadia interacts with your connection. Google exec Phil Harrison was the initial host for a short presentation that touched upon several of the big questions that remained after the initial Stadia announcement, with the promise that this was just the first installment of many “Stadia Direct” presentations to come. This past March, Google unveiled Stadia, which leverages its experience in cloud technology by allowing gamers to play without a console or computer. It poses a new threat to competitors that operate the dominant gaming platforms such as Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony, and promises to accelerate the industry’s evolution away from high-end hardware in the living room and toward streaming technology in the cloud. Stadia Read the full article…

Nintendo reveals new details, mechanics, and release date for ‘Pokémon Sword and Shield’

Nintendo today revealed more details about its fervently-anticipated upcoming RPG for the Nintendo Switch, Pokémon Sword & Shield, including a release date and new details about the specific Pokémon and features available in the game. Sword & Shield will debut on Nov. 15 and marks the first original Pokémon release on the Switch, as last year’s Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! were enhanced remakes of earlier titles for the Game Boy. Set in the previously-unexplored Galar region of the Pokémon world, Sword & Shield lets the player begin a new journey to become the champion Pokémon trainer. Naturally, that means exploring every nook and cranny of this new part of the world, in order to find every single Pokémon and train it as part of the player’s team. You’ll be consistently opposed in your journey by your rival Hop, the younger brother of Galar’s undefeated Pokémon champion Leon. As part of its Pokémon Direct presentation Read the full article…

Bungie unveils big Destiny 2 shift with Shadowkeep expansion and free-to-play version

Game studio Bungie has decided to get ahead of the E3 news cycle with the announcement of the second major Destiny 2 expansion, and its first ever without publishing partner Activision. The expansion is called Shadowkeep, in line with a data mined leak revealed on Tuesday, and will bring players back to the Moon, a popular and narratively important destination from the original Destiny. The character, Eris Morn, is also heavily hinted as a major force in the new expansion, with Bungie referring to her as an “old ally” you’ll reunite with to “confront new nightmares.” Yet in a surprise turn of events, Bungie is also outlining a drastic shift in how it releases new Destiny 2 content going forward. Shadowkeep will be the first ever… Read the full article…

Here are all the games coming to Google’s Stadia cloud streaming service

Google unveiled its Stadia launch date and pricing today. The cloud gaming service is arriving in November, priced at $9.99 per month for access to the premium tier of service. While you’ll be able to use Google’s powerful cloud servers for that subscription, you will need to purchase the majority of games separately. Google hasn’t confirmed exact game pricing and availability just yet, but it is releasing a list of launch titles that will be available on the service. The big additions are Destiny 2 and Baldur’s Gate 3. Destiny 2 takes advantage of cross-save support that Google is bringing to Stadia, allowing players to share their progression between Xbox, PC, and Stadia. We don’t yet know what other games will get similar support like… Read the full article…

Destiny 2 is getting cross-save support on Xbox One, PC, PS4, and Stadia

Bungie is bringing cross-progression to Destiny 2 as part of a new Shadowkeep year three update. The change comes just months after the game studio, known for titles like Halo and Destiny, parted ways with its longtime publishing partner Activision. Destiny 2 players will now be able to share their characters across Xbox One, PC, and Google’s new Stadia game streaming service. You’ll notice that PlayStation 4 is the big missing part of this cross-save feature, but there’s clearly work happening to get cross-save working on PS4. “We’re still working with PlayStation to figure out the transition,” explains Stadia project manager Andrey Doronichev in a statement to The Verge. It’s not clear if Sony is holding cross-save progress back, or if… Read the full article…

The X-Men Movie Franchise’s Last Great Mutant Easter Egg

Warning: Full spoilers follow for Dark Phoenix. If you don’t want to know about this big X-Men Easter Egg in the film, read no further! But head in this direction if you’re wondering whether or not Dark Phoenix has a post-credits scene. Fox’s X-Men movie universe may be coming to a close, but not before debuting one last fan-favorite character. Dazzler finally makes her big screen debut in Dark Phoenix, albeit only in cameo form and apparently played by Halston Sage (The Orville). She has no dialogue but is seen singing — and using her mutant powers to generate a light show while wearing her trademark white outfit — during the X-Men’s party on the grounds of the mansion. Read the full article…

Red Dead Online Review

The pendulum of the Red Dead Online experience, which quietly removed its beta label in May, is one that swings wildly. One moment I might be engaged in patient management barely distinguishable from Red Dead Redemption 2’s slow-paced single-player gameplay, perhaps perched on one knee by a fire barbequing a batch of pork rubbed with freshly plucked oregano (or mint, or thyme). The next, though, could just as well be the complete chaos of PvP multiplayer in indiscriminate, close-quarters slaughter in which I might be sprawled dead for the umpteenth time in the labyrinthine alleys around Saint Denis’ Lanik Electrical factory with a tomahawk in my face courtesy of someone called 420bong_rip. As an online environment full of real people, some of whom will invariably be pond scum, Red Dead Online may not be as elegant an experience as the carefully curated single-player world, but the true appeal tends to Read the full article…