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I’m sure I’m not the only person that had a rough time on War Thunder at the start. It’s a harsh world out there and it can soon get boring to be the prey all the time. While there are certainly techniques and tactics that more advanced players can do there are a few basic ideas that I keep coming back to. So if you’re struggling or just starting out on War Thunder try and make sure you think about the following tips. They’re simple but they can really help. It’s worth noting that they only really concern Arcade mode, although they may be useful elsewhere.

1. Equip Stealth Ammunition:

Researching the offensive upgrade for your chosen plane’s weapon will allow you to equip different types of ammo. For example if your plane has 7.7mm guns research “Offensive 7.7mm”. You can then switch the type of ammo those guns will use. You will have to pay silver lions for using this ammo but it’s well worth it and almost (if not entirely) impossible to actually lose lions from a battle. The only caveat to using stealth ammo is that you get no tracers.

But it’s worth getting used to not using them because the power of Stealth Ammo is so much better than the default rounds and you’ll definitely appreciate that extra damage during a dogfight. Besides which tracer rounds seldom help that much anyway. It’s also worth noting that tracer rounds can be used both ways. You can track where your rounds are going but an enemy can use them to find you. Give stealth rounds a go and you will definitely appreciate the difference. If you don’t like them at least make sure you’re not using default ammo, there’s plenty to choose from and they’re all better than default.

2. Try Different Nations:

It seems impossible at the start that you’re ever going to get anywhere unlocking planes. But it does happen and it’s particularly quick at the earlier tiers. I got a little bit single minded and persevered with a single nation until the later tiers where things start to slow down a lot. I wish I’d switched earlier and found out if another nation has the planes that are right for me. By the end of tier 2 I usually felt I had a decent idea of what a nation was about and it’s not too difficult to get there. Give them all a go and see who you like. You can look online but there’s no substitute for giving it a try.

3. Avoid Head-on Encounters:

It’s all so tempting when a target comes right for you and lines up your shot for you to stand your ground and fight. But there are limited outcomes to a head on fight. Admittedly one is that you win, destroy your target and fly off. But it’s rare that your enemy doesn’t think “Oh well I may as well crash into them then”. And nobody wants to get crashed into on War Thunder.

The best choice is to try your luck and get a few rounds off at long range and then pull out as flat as possible to keep your profile low. Don’t turn hard and reveal your cockpit or soft underbelly, you’ll just be making yourself an easy target. If I’m unsure of how long I’ve got to pull out I’ll do it without the shots. I’d rather miss a kill and avoid a collision than get a kill and probably die. And if you play it right you might just be able to manoeuvre yourself to get a good line of sight on the target.

4. Be Patient:

At the start of a battle don’t fly straight towards the enemy. It might be where the potential kills are but if you enter the fight at the wrong angle, speed and/or altitude you’ll likely just get yourself killed, quickly. Instead at the start try gaining altitude. There’s usually a rough halfway line on the battlefield where your AAA stops and the enemy’s starts. Hang about at your side of the halfway point whilst gaining altitude until targets turn up and wait for your chance. If an enemy splits off from a pack go for them. You’ll have altitude and speed on your side and likely a much better situational awareness.

5. Be Aware:

If possible always try to be aware of your surroundings. It’s a constant on most, if not all, online games but on War Thunder you’ve got extra dimensions to think about. More often than not being above the general dog-fighting will ensure you know where enemies are and reduces the chance of them attacking you. It’s particularly tricky to look behind you on the PS4 so make sure you’re not too close to everyone when you need to look around. You can’t manoeuvre well whilst looking behind you.

One thing I found difficult, and have by no means mastered yet, is to be aware of how you look from you attacker’s point of view. I see it all the time when someone is trying to escape they turn hard and reveal a huge easy target. If it’s the top of their plane their wings, tail, cockpit and possibly engines are all vulnerable. Try to think about keeping ‘flat’ so that your enemy is shooting at you edge on. It’s a much more difficult shot.

6. Know Your Enemy:

There are a lot of planes in War Thunder and it takes time to learn them all. But just a basic knowledge of what kind of plane you’re going up against helps massively. Even knowing that a certain plane is “some kind of fighter” might tell you it will likely try to dog-fight with you. If you’re in something that can’t turn too well you know to avoid direct dog-fighting if possible. If it’s a larger fighter or bomber that’s diving you probably can’t keep up. Unless it’s likely to slow down to gain altitude or avoid the ground, break off your attack.

7. Learn the “Lag Manoeuvre”:

There are plenty of moves you can pull off on War Thunder but one that I continually come back to time and time again is the lag manoeuvre . It’s a bit tricky to explain verbally so I recommend taking a look at this video by Krebs. It essentially allows you to cut of excess speed whilst maintaining a pursuit or even possibly out turn someone in a dog fight. It’s pretty easy to pull off and can be very useful.

There are plenty of descriptions on the War Thunder forums of other moves if you get more adventurous. I find videos on YouTube to be more useful because it helps to see the manoeuvre performed. Krebs is well worth checking out as well as eNtaK.

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So there’s nothing complicated here at all and most people might even think it’s all very obvious. But for me these are the things that help me every time I go on War Thunder. I found getting all these basics right gives you a really good foundation for your War Thunder battles. Hopefully they’ll be of some help to someone out there. They certainly would have been for me.

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Back in April 2012, Nintendo and the world famous Louvre Museum in Paris kick-started a partnership which saw Nintendo 3DS systems being introduced as the exclusive multimedia guide at the museum. Fast-forward less than two years, and in a new Nintendo Direct broadcast today featuring Mr Satoru Iwata and Mr Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo have announced that an enhanced version of this interactive experience, Nintendo 3DS Guide: Louvre, will be made available to download from Nintendo eShop (available through the Nintendo 3DS family of systems) from today the 27th November 2013  ensuring you can discover what the Louvre has to offer in the comfort of your own home, as well as when at the Louvre Museum itself.

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Nintendo 3DS Guide: Louvre presents innovative and unique ways to enjoy the many attractions that the Louvre Museum exhibits using the 3D functionality of the Nintendo 3DS system, which does not require the use of special 3D enabled glasses. Bringing the world’s most visited museum to life with over 600 images of artwork, nearly 30 hours of audio commentary, and more than 400 photos of the museum interior including 360° panoramic 3D photos of gallery spaces. Within the 600 images of artwork, users will be able to examine 150 artwork as high resolution 2D images, 3D photos or 3D models using the exclusive 3D feature of the Nintendo 3DS. In addition, there is an interactive map of the museum where users can design their own trail around the exhibits, making the multimedia guide the ideal interactive software regardless of whether or not you are able to visit the Louvre Museum in person.

If you are able to visit the Louvre Museum, you can use the Nintendo 3DS Guide: Louvre to prepare for your visit before setting off. Once at the museum, by turning on the local wireless on your Nintendo 3DS system, you will be able to access the Visit the Louvre mode which uses location-sensing features to ascertain which room of the museum you are located in. This mode also provides a full interactive map, giving details of the exhibits at your current location in the museum. In addition, you can enjoy the tailor-made interactive trails on offer, such as the Masterpieces Tour featuring the museum’s most famous works of art. Meanwhile for users not able to visit the Louvre Museum, the multimedia guide can be updated by connecting to the Internet and selecting “Update Guide”  to receive data on brand new exhibitions or when major changes are made to existing shows, and ensure their interactive tour provides the most up to date experience.

In order for users of all ages to enjoy this interactive experience, one of the pre-determined trails the application offers is a Family Tour which focuses on The Ancient Egyptians and includes fun minigames based on the pieces of art featured in the tour. Finally, as part of the Slide Show feature, users can select images of the museum and its artwork, and use the Nintendo 3DS system as a clock to display the time in a uniquely artistic way.

Nintendo 3DS Guide: Louvre is available to download from the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS systems from today the 27th November onwards, priced at £17.99. Those wishing to get their hands on a packaged version of the multimedia guide can do so from the Louvre Museum gift shops, where this version is being sold exclusively. Alongside the launch of the software today, a 3D video featuring the famed Venus de Milo sculpture can be streamed for free from Nintendo eShop ensuring you can get a taste of the experience on offer.

Quite a few people are now using Windows 8, but did you know about the Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center?

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I recently was sent some new Microsoft keyboard and mouse hardware, designed for Windows 8, for review. So imagine my surprise when I connected some of it to my Windows 8 machine only for it to be recognised as generic hardware. This surprised me as Microsoft hardware is usually really good and easy to install.

None of the new hardware comes with any driver software and so I couldn’t easy see a way of sorting the problem.

My first thought was that I wasn’t too concerned as they hardware was actually working – then I realised that some of the specialised functions on the hardware wouldn’t work unless they were correctly recognised, so I did some digging.

And what I found was that I need to download and install a piece of software from Microsoft called the Mouse and Keyboard Center.

Mouse and Keyboard Center helps you personalize and customize how you work on your PC

  • Tailor your mouse and keyboard to meet your unique needs and work style.
  • Modify your mouse and keyboard settings to make it easier to use the unique features of most PC apps.

Effortlessly transition to Mouse and Keyboard Center from existing device management apps

  • Launch the app from the Windows 8 Start screen.
  • View and change basic and application-specific settings for all connected devices in one place.
  • Explore features with pop-up descriptive and “how-to” InfoTips.
  • Includes access to an online How-To/Troubleshooting library.
  • Includes access to an online Healthy Computing Guide for tips on how to work more comfortably on your computer.

So I downloaded and installed it – there is both a 32 bit and 64 bit version.

Now when I connect the hardware I see what I hoped:

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And I can now configure the hardware and make changes as I see fit!

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So now everything works fine and is great – I am just surprised that something so fundamental and important wasn’t actually already part of Windows 8.

Hopefully this brief how to guide will help others and save them some time!

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When we reviewed the Fractal Design DEFINE R3 case, one of the comments we had was that the front panel USB ports were only USB 2.0. Fractal then quickly released a USB 3.0 upgrade kit and this is our how to fit it article!

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Upgrade kit will change 2x USB 2.0, 1x eSATA into 2x USB 3.0, 1x eSATA and costs 9.99€ incl VAT / 9.99$ excl VAT.

What’s in the Box?

The box contains the USB 3.0 upgrade cable, 2 screws and a brief instruction sheet.

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A Closer Look

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Fitting the Upgrade Kit

As you can see below, the cat fits at the top of the case.

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You need to carefully remove the front panel so that you can get to the top.

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Then remove the two screws holding the old connectors in place.

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Then carefully lift the old connector out of the case.

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Carefully disconnect the old connector from the motherboard – there will be two connections, and then carefully remove the cables and the connector and put them aside, you won’t need them anymore!

Next job is to carefully fit the connector to the motherboard – this time connecting them to the USB 3.0 port on the motherboard instead of a USB 2.0 port.

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Then carefully, and I do mean carefully, fit the new connector back into the top of the case and screw it back into place. It is quite a tight fit so do be careful and don’t force it!

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Then put the case back together and you will see the fruits of your labour – 2 top mounted USB 3.0 ports and an eSATA port.

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And when you switch the computer back on, Windows will find it and get it ready for you to use!

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Overall the process took about 15 minutes, primarily because I was being careful as I didn’t want to damage the case.

Have you upgrade yours, if so, let us know how you got on.

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If you are an iOS developer, Microsoft has just published a guide for taking your app and reimaging it for Windows 8!

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This is how the article starts:

iOS is a popular platform for creating apps that are touch first, fun, and engaging. With the introduction of Windows 8 Consumer Preview, designers and developers have a new platform to unleash their creativity.

In this case study we want to help designers and developers who are familiar with iOS to reimagine their apps using Metro style design principles. We show you how to translate common user interface and experience patterns found in iPad apps to Windows 8 Metro style apps. We draw on our experience building the same app for the iPad and for Windows 8. We use common design and development scenarios to show how to leverage the Windows 8 platform and incorporate Metro style design principles.

To learn more about the business opportunity of Windows 8, see Selling apps. For more info about the features used to build Metro style apps, see the Windows 8 Product Guide for Developers.

To read the rest, click here.

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In the next articles on Building Windows 8, Microsoft talk about sensors and the ability for Windows 8 to react to a variety of different changes.

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This is the introduction to the article:

Recent advances in sensor technology are catalysts for the acceleration and evolution of user experiences on PCs. The ability to react to changes in ambient light, motion, human proximity, and location are becoming common and essential elements of the computing experience. Even something simple—like an ambient light sensor to adjust display brightness in a room with changing light—is potentially a basic scenario for desktop PCs. Of course, we also want to make sure you have full control over the use of these peripherals, since we know that different sensors leave open opportunities for risk or abuse that some folks might not be comfortable with. This post looks at the details of supporting sensors in Windows 8 and was authored by Gavin Gear, a PM on the Device Connectivity team.

Read the whole article here.

Sean Daniel has posted a great article on how to get yours Add-ins listed on Microsoft Pinpoint.

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This is how he starts:

Are you a developer or developer firm that’s built an application for SBS 2011 Essentials, SBS 2011 Premium Add-on, Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials, and Windows Home Server 2011? Then you should list your application in Microsoft Pinpoint. Listing here will give you greater awareness of your application to your target audience.

For example, these links are inside the product:

So if you are a developer, this article is definitely for you and you can finish reading it here.

Sean Daniel has posted a great article on How to use your Home Server as an AirPrint server for only $10 on his blog.

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Here is how Sean starts his excellent post:

As I move more and more of my computing and data to the Cloud with services like SkyDrive. I am reducing the amount of computing power I have in my house. I have an iPad (v1), a Laptop, and of course my Windows Home Server.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m looking for more ways to take advantage of my low-powered Home Server to do more for me as an *always* on device.

Over the holiday’s we had a few visitors, which of course means printing boarding passes prior to leaving for the airport. It was frustrating to have to take out the laptop when the iPad is just right there. But without a compatible AirPrint printer, you can’t print from the iPad….

Or can’t you?

I found an application for Windows (and Mac OS) that installs on your computer that shares almost any printer connected to the computer, to the AirPrint service.

To continue reading his post click here.

My friend and fellow WHS MVP Nigel Wilks has just released a guide to the Microsoft Web Platform Installer which will work on WHS 2011.

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Here is how the guide starts:

Some time ago, I created a couple of Add-Ins for Windows Home Server V1 to make things easier for installing applications such as WordPress, PHP and MySql. Since the release of Windows Home Server 2011 I have had numerous requests to port them to the new platform which I was loath to do due to the age of the Add-Ins and the versions of the software I used.

Now that we have a good foundation Operating System in Windows 2008, the installation of web applications is easy enough that I won’t be fulfilling these requests. This is where the “Microsoft Web Platform Installer” comes in.

The installer will enable you to easily install a whole suite of applications from Sql through to WordPress, even Forum software such as PhpBB.

Read the full guide here.

Whilst we are waiting for Microsoft to release the Xbox Companion app, here are the instructions on how to install it, just so you are prepared!

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The Xbox Companion allows you to use your phone to find and play content on your Xbox 360 console. Use the app to browse items in the Xbox LIVE Marketplace. When you find a video that you want to watch, tap the Play button on your phone and the content will start playing on your console.

To install the Xbox Companion app, you need:

  • A Windows Phone with Windows Phone 7.5 software

Note You must be signed into your Windows Phone and your console using the same Windows Live ID

How to install the Xbox Companion app

  1. On your Windows Phone, tap Marketplace.
  2. Browse or search for Xbox Companion.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the Xbox Companion app.

Set the Xbox Companion to Available on your console. Here’s how:

  1. From Xbox Home, go to Settings and then select System.
  2. Select Console Settings.
  3. Select Xbox Companion.
  4. Select Available.
  5. Return to Xbox Home.

Start the Xbox Companion app

  1. On your Windows Phone, tap Games.
  2. Tap Xbox Companion.

Your Windows Phone connects to your Xbox 360 console.

D-Link have posted a short how-to guide for Boxee Box owners who want to use their own slideshow as a screensaver.

Here is what they posted:

One of the neat features available on the Boxee Box by D-Link is the ability to use your own snapshots or other images as the screensaver slideshow if you’re tired of the default Boxee icons. It’s definitely a nice surprise for you or your guests when you switch on the TV and automatically see a slideshow of pictures from your recent family reunion or your kid’s last birthday party.

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This feature is easy to set up, and all you need is an SD card or USB flash drive with your images on it. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Create a folder on your SD card or flash drive named “Slideshow” and place the pictures for your slideshow inside.
  2. Plug your SD card or flash drive into the Boxee Box and navigate to Settings > General > Screensaver and change the screensaver mode to “Slideshow.”
  3. Select the “Slideshow Folder” option and a dialog should appear which allows you to select the folder your slideshow will come from.
  4. Select the “Slideshow” folder on your SD card or USB drive.
  5. Click on the “OK” button on the right hand side of the page, and your personal slideshow screensaver should now be fully functional.

You can now preview your screensaver to make sure it works, and then proceed to impress (or embarrass) your friends with the pictures they didn’t realize you took at the party last weekend.

Have you got a Boxee Box? What do you think of it?

Earlier today we told you about the Lion Recovery Disk Assistant. Now we show you how to use it.

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Ok, so you have a Mac with Lion running and you want to create a recovery disk in case you ever have to repair or rebuild your computer. Just follow these simple steps to make it happen.

First off, download the Lion Recovery Disk Assistant from here.

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Then open the file.

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Then run the Recovery Disk Assistant.

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Read the licence agreement (!) and click Agree.

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You will now need to plug in a USB drive.

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