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COVID-19: US military teams 'sealed off' in Cheyenne mountain bunker

Anthony Garreffa | Science, Space & Robotics | Mar 29, 2020 at 09:11 pm CDT

If you thought you were bored being forced to stay-at-home over COVID-19 coronavirus lockdowns, then you might want to pull out your DVDs of Stargate SG-1.

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Air Force General Terrence O'Shaughnessy, who is the head of U.S. Northern Command and NORAD, announced during a recent Facebook Live town hall with others under his command, that they've moved part of the U.S. Army's Northern Command in charge of homeland security in the US into the Cheyenne Mountain bunker in Colorado to be isolated from coronavirus.

O'Shaughnessy explained: "To ensure that we can defend the homeland despite this pandemic, our command and control watch teams here in the headquarters split into multiple shifts and portions of our watch team began working from Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, creating a third team at an alternate location as well".

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US can expect over 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, millions of cases

Anthony Garreffa | Science, Space & Robotics | Mar 29, 2020 at 08:23 pm CDT

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, is the leading authority in the United States for COVID-19 coronavirus and he has some scary new estimates.

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During CNN's State of the Union Sunday, Dr. Fauci said that they estimate between 100,000 and 200,000 deaths in the US alone from COVID-19. Fauci said that there will be millions of cases, and he has helped out during other crises of viral diseases, leading the federal response of SARS, MERS, Ebola, and now COVID-19.

The warnings of 100,000 to 200,000 deaths over COVID-19 are based on estimates on models, with the most-extreme, worst-case scenario would see COVID-19 killing millions of Americans. Fauci commented on millions of Americans dying over COVID-19, saying that it is "not impossible, but very, very unlikely".

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A pet cat has been infected with coronavirus in Belgium

Anthony Garreffa | Science, Space & Robotics | Mar 29, 2020 at 07:34 pm CDT

We all know the panic that COVID-19 coronavirus is having on the world, and with more time spent at home -- pet owners would be cuddling their bundles of love all day long, right? Remember you can be more protected from COVID-19 coronavirus with this Catface N95 mask.

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Well, over in Belgium a cat owner has infected their beloved pet with coronavirus according to Belgium health authorities. Dr Emmanuel Andre, a government spokesperson on COVID-19 coronavirus said that this was "an isolated case" that happens after "close contact between animals and infected humans".

He added that coronavirus can be transmitted between humans and animals, but "there is no reason to think that animals can be vectors of the epidemic in our society".

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Is China hiding the real COVID-19 death toll? 21 million phones VANISH

Anthony Garreffa | Connectivity & Communications | Mar 29, 2020 at 07:07 pm CDT

Beijing authorities have said that as of March 19, there have been over 21 million cell phone accounts cancelled -- while over the last 3 months they've have 840,000 landlines closed in China. Where did all these people go? What happened?

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There are some eerie reports that deaths of COVID-19 in China might have "contributed to the high number of account closings", according to The Epoch Times. But, if you didn't already know -- the Chinese government require all Chinese citizens to use their smartpone to generate a health code.

US-based China affairs commentator, Tang Jingyuan, told The Epoch Times: "The digitization level is very high in China. People can't survive without a cellphone. Dealing with the government for pensions and social security, buying train tickets, shopping... no matter what people want to do, they are required to use cellphones".

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Halo REQ microtransactions now raise money for coronavirus relief

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Mar 29, 2020 at 06:15 pm CDT

Halo 5's REQ microtransactions have made millions since the game's 2015 release, and Microsoft has used them to raise money for various causes. Now they're doing the same with the rampant coronavirus outbreak.

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Halo's pay-to-win lootbox microtransactions are being used for a good cause. 343 Industries recently announced a special Halo 5 Relief and Recovery REQ Pack where all proceeds are donated to Global Giving's campaign to aid those affected by the COVID-19 disruption, whether it be loss of jobs, housing, or food. The REQ pack costs $10, roughly half the price of the 7x gold pack offer.

If you have most of the permanent unlocks, the REQ pack mostly consists of XP boosts and the like. Other gamers will get a bunch of ultra rare goodies.

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Sony isn't 100% sure COVID-19 won't delay PlayStation 5 and new games

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Mar 29, 2020 at 02:00 pm CDT

Coronavirus' global economic disruption could interrupt Sony's PlayStation plans for 2020 (and beyond), including delaying first-party games as well as its next-gen PlayStation 5 console.

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The PlayStation 5 is still officially due out Holiday 2020, but it's still possible the console could be delayed for a number of reasons. Sony's latest update to shareholders doesn't exactly inspire confidence of a PS5 launch in 2020.

In the press release, Sony says that its four Chinese manufacturing plants have been up and running since February 10, but supply chain issues still remain. It also warns that Sony engineers haven't been able to make overseas travel to overseas plants to instruct the manufacturing processes. The company has also shut down two of its Malaysian plants until April 14, further constricting and disrupting supply. There's no explicit mention of the PS5 here, but it's definitely implied. A Sony spokesperson told Bloomberg that the PS5 shouldn't be delayed.

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Doom Eternal PC console commands how-to tutorial guide

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Mar 29, 2020 at 10:49 am CDT

Doom Eternal has lots of hidden secrets in its console command treasure chest. There's third-person mode, the hidden pistol (yes, Doom Eternal has a pistol!), and the classics like godmode and noclip. We show you how to access everything and what commands are useful.

Doom Eternal's console isn't active by default. The developers hindered access for a good reason: It makes the game pretty unstable. But we can force it to work using Sunbeam's Cheat Engine 7.0 program and Doom Eternal's custom cheat table. Yes, we'll be cheating to make this happen, so there's some risks involved. We don't know the full ramifications of the cheats so keep that in mind.

Our tutorial video explains everything, but we've also included the download links for everything you need below, including a full list of all the known CVARS and console commands. You can use CTRL+F to find specific parameters like "weapons", "camera", or "AI", and copy and paste it right into the console itself.

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Mindblowing PS4 Dreams creation is the stuff dreams are made of

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Mar 29, 2020 at 09:31 am CDT

Even though Mario and Sonic games have been pulled, there's still tons of amazing creations on Media Molecule's Dreams. Like this immersive forestcape demo, for example.

Now that we're all stuck indoors thanks to COVID-19, now's the perfect time to escape with video games--especially games like the PS4 exclusive Dreams. The game is basically a giant mods warehouse where everyone creates their own games and content and shares them online. Some content, like this peaceful hike through what looks to be a Northwestern forest, is absolutely mindblowing for the platform. There's realistic lighting effects, fog, flowing water, the works.

The demo isn't on par with something like an Unreal Engine tech demo, but it's still massively impressive for something created with Dreams. The game is mostly known for its recreations of other popular franchises like Fallout, Final Fantasy, Sonic, and of course Mario, but those projects have been scrubbed due to copyright issues. Now Dreams hosts truly original content from users who push the platform to its limits and redefine its possibilities.

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NieR Replicant comes to West for first time as new remastered version

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Mar 29, 2020 at 06:16 am CDT

NieR Replicant, the Japanese exclusive PS3 classic released in 2010, is coming to the West as a new remaster on all platforms.

The roots of Square Enix's sprawling action-RPG epic are coming back in a big way. NieR Replicant, the prequel to the mega-hit NieR Automata, is getting remastered for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, complete with enhanced graphics, new remastered re-recorded audio and score and new characters. In 2010, Square Enix released two NieR games: Gestalt in the West, and the Japan-only Replicant. Now for the first time ever fans will be able to play Replicant with full translations and enhanced graphics. No info on a release date was shared, however.

In other news, Square Enix has sold 4.5 million copies of NieR Automata worldwide, making it a tremendous success that keeps on giving well after release. The sci-fantasy series has attracted millions of fans worldwide with its dark, otherworldly charms and fans are eagerly anticipating Replicant's remastered re-release.

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Detect coronavirus COVID-19 in 5 minutes with this home testing kit

Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Mar 29, 2020 at 12:30 am CDT

With coronavirus COVID-19 spreading like wildfire, and multiple hospitals across the United States is being flooded with potential patients, many people are going to turn to home testing kits. Here's one that can tell you results in just 5 minutes.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given emergency authorization to Abbot for the use of a molecular point-of-care-test called ID NOW. The home testing kit is an extremely lightweight box, weighing it at just 6.6 pounds and is about the size of a general toaster. Abbot says on their website that they are planning on delivering 50,000 of these home testing kits.

The ID NOW COVID-19 test kit can tell users if they have contracted COVID-19 within 5 minutes. The testing kit will also be able to tell users if they have tested negative for COVID-19 within 13 minutes. Home testing kits being rolled out should lessen the pressure on hospitals, and also allow people to correctly socially distance while also testing for the virus. If you are interested in checking out more about the ID NOW, visit this link here.

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