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Into the arms of her family: released French hostage returns home

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks with French aid worker Sophie Petronin who was freed from captivity in the hands of Islamist insurgents upon her arrival at the Villacoublay military airport near Paris, France October 9, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/Pool

VILLACOUBLAY, France (Reuters) – French aid worker Sophie Petronin, released from captivity in the Mali desert, walked down the steps of a military plane that brought her home on Friday and was swept up in the embrace of family members she had not seen for four years.

French President Emmanuel Macron, at the foot of the steps to greet 75-year-old Petronin, exchanged a few words with her but then stood aside while family members, some in tears, formed a tight huddle around Petronin, hugging her and each other.

Petronin was one of four hostages being held by jihadist militants who were released this week. She had been kidnapped near the desert city

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Preliminary plans for Augusta County Courthouse renovation and addition released

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The new proposed Augusta County Courthouse renovation, which will take nine of the surrounding buildings and incorporate it into the new complex. This plan needs to be approved by the City of Staunton’s Historic Preservation Commission. (Photo: Submitted)

STAUNTON – New plans for the Augusta County Courthouse have been released. 

Augusta County has submitted an application for a certificate of appropriateness to the City of Staunton’s Historic Preservation Commission. The application includes descriptions, drawings, photographs, plans and documentation that are required by the commission, the release said.

A total budget for the project has not been released, but The News Leader has asked county officials for an estimate and did not hear back immediately. 

The main takeaway from the plans include rehabilitating the 1901 courthouse and the Echols Building, which are two buildings that were completed by Staunton architect T.J. Collins, the release said. The new plans show that

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Chrome 86 released with password-related security improvements

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Google has released Chrome 86 today to the stable channel, and this new release includes numerous security enhancements and new APIs for developers.

Each new Chrome release usually focuses on a main theme. For example, Chrome 84 focused on UI overhauls, while Chrome 85 focused on speed and API improvements.

On that tune, Chrome’s new v86 release comes with loads of password and security-related upgrades, but also with several deprecations and new APIs also included under the hood as well.

Password-checking feature coming to mobile

In December 2019, with Chrome 79, Google added a feature to Chrome named Password Checkup that would take the user’s synced passwords and check to see if they’ve been leaked online during data breaches at other companies.

With Chrome 86, Google says this feature (known as Safety Check since May 2020) is now coming to mobile versions of Chrome on Android and iOS.

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Wasteland 3 Patch 1.08 released, brings performance and stability improvements

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inXile Entertainment has released a brand new update for Wasteland 3. According to the release notes, patch 1.08 brings some performance and stability improvements. Furthermore, it packs some quests fixes, as well as some co-op improvements.

Going into more details, patch 1.08 improves performance when using Precision Strike. Additionally, it packs some slight load time improvements. It also fixes an issue where if computer consoles were used during combat, game performance would decrease.

inXile also stated that the game’s next update will contain hundreds of individual changes including fixes, balance improvements, and load time reduction.

Before closing, make also sure to read our PC Port Report.

As always, Steam will download this latest update the next time you launch its client. Below you can also find its complete changelog.

Wasteland 3 Patch 1.08 Release Notes

Performance and Stability
  • We’ve made over a dozen individual changes aimed at improving performance and
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Android 11 TV released, along with privacy, performance improvements and new features

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Android 11 TV is arriving on the Android TV platform, enabling many features showcased during Google’s #11weeksofsummer virtual event.

The update to Android TV closely follows the release of Android 11 for phones and tablets. It includes the same core enhancements to performance and privacy, such as how the platform now supports allowing application permissions just once. Android’s developers are also introducing a new, more efficient way to manage device memory with the algorithm based on memory pressure, which should speed up many devices. There’s support for Auto Low Latency Mode, a feature included in display panels using HDMI 2.1 that can improve performance by preventing post-processing features – a handy option for games or video conferencing applications, where performance is more important than visual quality.

Writing of games, there are improvements to the controller or gamepad support, which should be good news. There’s a new TV tuner framework with

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Patch 1.8.3.0 released, brings CPU and GPU performance improvements

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Microsoft and Asobo have released a new performance patch for Microsoft Flight Simulator. According to the teams, patch 1.8.3.0 brings a number of CPU and GPU performance improvements.

Going into more details, this latest update tweaks CPU thread priorities to reduce interruption of frame critical threads. Furthermore, it optimizes loading system to reduce overall loading times, as well as heavy airport scenes impact on CPU. In addition, it reduces the amount of GPU overdraw to improve GPU performance.

What this basically means is that the game will be less taxing on most PC configurations. So yeah, while these CPU improvements are not up to what we expect to see when Asobo adds support for DX12, they are definitely welcome.

As always, Steam and Microsoft Store will download this update the next time you launch their clients. Below you can also find its performance improvements (you can find the complete changelog

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