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MDA #LetsPlayForACure Twitch event ft. Zedd, Clayster, missharvey, more

Published: 29/Sep/2020 14:00

by Andy Williams

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The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) have announced their ‘Let’s Play For A Cure’ multi-week streaming event, featuring some of the biggest names on Twitch.

On September 29, the MDA announced their streaming event to drive awareness and fundraising for muscular dystrophy. The event will consist of seven weeks of live gaming and esports events, that will be produced exclusively by MDA.

The events began on September 12, but have recently been extended by an extra five weeks worth of gaming streams. The multi-week event will culminate with a final marathon stream on October 24 — featuring 10 hours of content, with special appearances from Stephanie ‘missharvey’ Harvey and some notable esports personalities.

The marathon gaming finale will run simultaneously with the MDA Kevin Hart Kids Telethon, which is designed to unite audiences of all ages to laugh along with the Hollywood superstar.

How to watch MDA’s #LetsPlayForACure Twitch event

The gaming livestreams will be broadcast every Saturday at 4:00 PM (PT) / 7:00 PM (ET) / 12:00 AM (BST) leading up to October 24’s marathon finale on the MDA Twitch channel (embedded below).

October 24’s main event will kick-off at the earlier time of 11:00 PM (PT) / 2:00 PM (ET) / 7:00 PM (BST). Grammy award-winning artist, Zedd, will return as the main host of the marathon, which will run alongside the live broadcast. Details for each week are detailed below.

September 12 — COMPLETED

  • Format: 3-4 hour stream.
  • Game: Minecraft.
  • Participants: SuperSamJam, Door, Upmind, Beaniez.

September 26 — COMPLETED

  • Format: 3-4 hour stream.
  • Game: Fall Guys.
  • Participants: Zedd.

October 3

  • Format: 3-4 hour stream.
  • Game: League of Legends.
  • Participants: Voyboy, Stixxay of Counter League Gaming, xSojin of Counter League Gaming, Trick2G.

October 4

  • Format: 3-4 hour stream.
  • Game: Rocket League.
  • Participants: JonSandman and Mamba Mode Gaming.

October 10

  • Format: 3-4 hour stream.
  • Game: Call of Duty.
  • Participants: missharvey and Clayster of NY Subliners.

October 17

  • Format: 4-6 hour tournament.
  • Game: Fortnite.
  • Participants: TBA.

October 24

  • Format: 6-8 hour streamathon.
  • Game: Variety.
  • Participants: Zedd and missharvey.

Funds raised from the multi-week Twitch event will go directly to MDA, to provide funding for essential research that is crucial in developing treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular diseases.

Participating sponsors include Shake Shack, AOC Gaming, Discord and GameStop. Each will be providing giveaways such as gaming monitors, annual Nitro subscriptions, and gift cards to incentivize fundraising. Those looking to donate can do so via the MDA Let’s Play website, with different raffle entries offered depending on the amount donated.

“We started MDA Let’s Play over a year ago to give our community a place where they can have both independence and fun with friends in an open, inclusive and safe space,” said MDA President and CEO Lynn O’Connor Vos during a press release. “We are grateful for the generosity of the gaming community, who are helping raise awareness and support for people living with neuromuscular diseases.”

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How to use viral copy and paste app Clip Drop

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:52

by Georgina Smith

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A newly released copy and paste app called Clip Drop has accumulated interest online for its insanely simple copy and paste process between separate devices, including super accurate object detection and background removal. Here’s how to use it.

In the modern world where media content creation is more accessible than ever, artists, creators, and workers have found themselves finding once-impossible techniques immediately accessible via new software.

With a huge proportion of the population now carrying around what are essentially tiny complex computers in their pockets, everyday tasks like paying, taking pictures, and messaging friends have been made even quicker.

While it would seem that the copy and paste function has little room for innovation, a brand new app Clip Drop has proven that assumption wrong with its super convenient and remarkably accurate functionality.

What functions does Clip Drop have?

The most prominent feature of Clip Drop is its amazingly accurate background detection. Promotional videos show a phone pointed at a potted plant, and within the span of just a few seconds the background is automatically removed, and pasted onto an exact point on the computer screen.

It also allows you to directly screenshot images on your desktop, before dragging and dropping them directly to your desired software, background free. This function works with a huge variety of applications including Photoshop, Powerpoint, Google Docs, among others.

Developer Cyril Diagne says that “you can extract anything: objects, people, drawings, and text,” whilst also explaining that “the quality of the salient object detection, background removal, and text detection is now quite incredible.”

How to download and use Clip Drop

Until November 20th, the app is at an early bird price point of $39.99 dollars a year, which includes full access to the features on all platforms, unlimited clips with no ads. However, the app can be trialled for free on iOS, MacOS and Windows.

In order to use the app between devices, you’ll need to have the application downloaded and logged into with an account that you can create or attach upon first opening the app.

Point your phone at the object you wish to clip, and tap the screen to take the picture. The app will automatically remove the background for you. Once you’ve got your object cut out, point your phone at the area of your computer you wish to place the object, and click ‘drop’ to import it.

While Click Drop is still in its beta form and some bugs are of course to be expected, the app already looks to be receiving high praise and is experiencing a buzz online.