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A world dominated by ants

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A world dominated by ants

There are at least 20 quadrillion ants on Earth, according to a new study, which suggests that this staggering number likely underestimates the total population of these insects, which are an important part of the entire planet’s ecosystem. Determining the world population of ants is important for measuring the effects of changes in their habitat, including those caused by climate change. They play an important role in dispersing seeds, harboring organisms, and acting as predators or prey.

Some studies have attempted to estimate the world’s ant population, but the number has turned out to be much lower. In this new effort, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the researchers analyzed 465 studies that measured ant numbers locally on the ground. They used two standardized methods: setting traps that caught ants that passed over a certain period of time, or analyzing the number of ants on a portion of leaves delimited in the soil.

Although consultations were held on all continents, data were scarce or non-existent for some key regions, including Central Africa and Asia. Thus, “the actual number of ants worldwide is likely significantly higher” than estimated, the study says. “It is imperative that we fill in these remaining gaps to get a complete picture of insect diversity.”

According to the estimated number of ants, their total biomass on Earth is 12 million tons, which is more than that of birds and wild mammals combined, and 20% of human biomass. (From the newsroom, with AFP)

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After a few years, Google releases updates for all Chromecasts

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Google Chromecast atualizações software

Since the introduction of the Chromecast in 2013, it has proven its worth. It is capable of turning any TV into an internet-connected smart device with access to the content the user wants to present.

The original model paved the way for later versions and now has a new feature. After all these years, the device is getting an update to be even better and more stable. It is interesting that improvements have occurred not only in him.


Updates for Chromecast

The Chromecast concept is very interesting as Google idealized it. This little dongle that plugs into your TV opens up a world of possibilities, allowing you to stream content from YouTube and other streaming services.

Right now Google seems to be updating these devices in terms of software and has updates for the vast majority. In most situations, such as the first and second versions of the Chromecast, the description is reduced to "Bug fixes and other improvements."

Device firmware version What's included in this software update
Chromecast (1st generation) 1.36.157768 Bug fixes and other improvements
Chromecast (2 generations) 1.56.275994 Bug fixes and other improvements
Chromecast (3 generations) 1.56.275994 Bug fixes and other improvements
Chromecast Ultra 1.56.281627 Bug fixes and other improvements
Chromecast Audio 1.56.281627 Bug fixes and other improvements
Broadcast to Android TV 1.42.179832 Bug fixes and other improvements
Chromecast and Google TV (4K) build number: STTE.220621.019.A2
  • security update: Android security patch level updated July 2022
  • Update Android TV from version 10 to 12
    • Additional custom settings allow you to control the HDR format and surround sound.
    • New: Content Frame Rate Matching option allows you to switch between refresh rates.
  • More security and privacy
    • New camera and microphone privacy buttons let you disable or enable camera and microphone access for all apps.
  • Additional bug fixes and performance improvements

To manually download the latest update, follow the instructions provided here.

Chromecast and Google TV (HD) build number: STTF.220621.013 Build version at startup

Google extends to all models

This list of updates from Google also has a few gems like Chromecast Audio that aim to bring the concept to the audio part. The Chromecast Ultra also now sees its updated version and gets the same bug fixes and other improvements.

To check your device version, Google recommends that you open the Google Home Google Home app, press and hold the device tile. Then click "Settings" and then "Device Information". In the "Technical Information" section, find the Cast firmware: "X.XXX.XXXXX".

Google Chromecast software updates

How to access new software

Updating devices is extremely simple. It usually downloads updates automatically. To manually download the latest update, follow these steps:

  • Accessing the Chromecast Home Screen with Google TV
  • Select Settings, then System, then About, then System Update.

It's great to see that Google is updating the Chromecast all the way back to the first version of the device. It won't bring much news, but it will certainly improve this offer and make it more stable and hassle-free for users.

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CD Projekt Red Wants More Releases Like Cyberpunk Edgerunners

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Imagem de: CD Projekt Red quer mais lançamentos como Cyberpunk Edgerunners

after one extremely difficult startCD Projekt Red looks ok now satisfied with the results Cyberpunk 2077, especially after the release of the anime based on the series, released by Netflix. So much so that the producer intends to repeat the feat with more transmedia releases in future. Information taken from Video Games Chronicle.

This intention of the Polish company was disclosed this Monday (28) during the last meeting regarding its financial report. During the conversation it was commented how the success of Netflix animation helped boost game sales.

Launched in September Cyberpunk Edgerunners (Cyberpunk: The Expendables in Brazil) is considered the story intertwines with the game Cyberpunk 2077, which was a huge success for both the streaming platform and the Polish developer. Furthermore, animated series revived public interest in the gamewhich no longer suffered from the myriad problems revealed in its release.

Throughout the meeting, CD Projekt Red management was asked about the possibility of a second season of the popular anime🇧🇷 “We are not confirming any concrete plans for the second season of the series. Edgerunners and nothing special,” explained Michal Nowakowski, senior vice president of business development at the production company, before moving on to the interesting part of the comment.

We want to do more in the transmedia spacewhether it’s linear visual animation or live actors, and those plans haven’t changed,” Nowakowski added. “When we’re ready, you expect to see more announcements from us in this regard“, he concluded.

Taking into account not only Edgerunnerswhich revived interest in Cyberpunk 2077 e led the company to record revenue for the periodbut also games and cartoons Witcher (also on Netflix), it’s to be expected that CD Projekt Red really intends to continue with this strategy.

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Producer Rockstar said that he did not believe in the success of GTA

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Producer Rockstar said that he did not believe in the success of GTA

The franchise turned 25 last Monday (28)

One of the premier franchises in the history of the gaming industry, Grand Theft Auto (GTA) has not always been unanimous among game makers. In an interview given to BBC 5 to talk about the show’s 25-year history, Colin Macdonald revealed that Rockstar did not believe that the title would become and achieve such success as it is today.

GTA 2 producer McDonald says that many employees and producers working for the company at the time pointed out that the game was on the list of the most discredited games. At the time, Rockstar was working on seven different projects, and Grand Theft Auto was considered by many to be the least successful.

“Least likely to succeed, I called Grand Theft Auto. This is because in May the direction of the game was unclear. It had a lot of bugs that meant you couldn’t play for a few minutes without everything crashing,” Colin McDonald said during an interview, recalling the Rockstar days.

Bugs and problems in GTA development

All of these issues, in addition to the development he described as “problematic,” led virtually no one at Rockstar to believe in the success that the game would become. However, as development progressed, the game began to win favor with the team, who were itching to think of a sequel.

“GTA went through many different iterations and was quite a problematic development. Most of the time it was in production, it failed. By the time I got in, she was almost done and the team was very happy. They were excited to sit down, plan the right sequence, redo what they didn’t like and look forward to seeing where else they could go.”

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Twenty-five years after the release of the first game in the franchise, GTA has become one of the biggest hits in the gaming industry. Having one of the best-selling games in history in GTA 5, he saw the latest title as a recipe for success. He single-handedly managed to raise over $1 billion for Rockstar. The cost corresponds to approximately 5.3 billion reais at the current exchange rate.


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