xCloud service still has room for improvements, as users share their experience

After several months of testing that generated favourable feedback, Microsoft launched its xCloud gaming streaming service in September bundled with its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. This allowed consumers and gaming industry journalists enough time to fully test its performance and capabilities without restrictions. So far, it seems to generate a mixed bag of feedback from those who have played it for close to a month now.

For now, a major gripe that gamers have with the cloud-gaming platform is its limited device compatibility. Although it is considered to be no longer in beta, there are still some missing features that will be eventually added down the line. In its current state, many agree that it still has the potential to beat its rivals such as Google’s Stadia, Amazon’s Luna, Sony’s PlayStation Now, and NVIDIA’s GeForce Now, reports The Verge.

However, it is difficult for reviewers to make a solid

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101 Creative Community Service Ideas for Kids, Teens, and Adults

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Photo credit: Aleksandr Zubkov – Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

Participating in community service is one of the most rewarding things you can do. No matter your age, giving back can help you build friendships, develop new skills, and increase life satisfaction — all while making the world a better place. It’s no wonder that in a Good Housekeeping poll of over 4,000 people, 19% of respondents said they typically volunteer once a month and another 19% said they volunteer even more than that.

Ahead, we’ve found the most impactful community service ideas for volunteers of all ages. Remember: these ideas are meant to be general. If one speaks to you, think of ways you can personalize it toward your interests and expertise. Don’t be afraid to think big either. While you could totally pick up litter at the beach by yourself, you’d cover a lot more land if you

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T-Mobile is expanding its rural home internet service to 450 more areas

a cake sitting on top of a table: T-Mobile is bringing its LTE home internet service to more people. Angela Lang/CNET

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T-Mobile is bringing its LTE home internet service to more people. Angela Lang/CNET

T-Mobile has announced an expansion of its Home Internet pilot to 450 more areas, which it says covers 20 million households. The service uses T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network and was launched as an invite-only pilot in rural areas in March last year, with the carrier saying it’s now opening the service to non-T-Mobile customers.

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T-Mobile’s home internet service is $50 per month, with a no-cost hardware lease and no data caps.  

“We’re understanding this massive expansion … at a time when our connection to the Internet is so vital — for work, remote school, connection with family and friends,” said T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert.

You can see a list of the new cities and towns online, but it’s now live in certain areas of 27 states.

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Southern Connecticut Gas to resume repair, maintenance work for consumers without service contracts

Officials with Orange-based Southern Connecticut Gas appear to have had a change of heart about the utility’s decision to suspend service on natural gas-fueled furnaces and other appliances for consumers who don’t have repair contracts with the company.

Vic Fryxell, senior director of gas operations for SCG, said the repair and maintenance work, which the company calls discretionary work or charged service, will resume sometime in mid-October. The company suspended most non-emergency work requiring entry into a customer’s home in March in an effort to

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5 reasons this home repair service is music to your ears

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Your maestro team will help you get those pesky home repairs fixed. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

In today’s world, your house isn’t just a place to relax in front of the TV. It’s an office, a virtual classroom and a restaurant. So, when major and minor home maintenance repairs arise, there’s little time to take care of it. Or is there? Here are five reasons why Maestro Maintenance Management is your dream come true.

1. They will save you tons of time

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Don’t lift a finger! Maestro takes care of all the heavy lifting. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Finding someone you can trust to provide your home with the repairs and maintenance is a never-ending hassle.

If you’re like me, time is rarely on your side. With work, running a home and acting as

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Lowe’s NFL “Home Team Roster” Is Doing Amazing Community Service Projects Across the Country


During these tough times of the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve been amazed at how many people—celebrities and regular folks alike—have devoted themselves to helping those in need. Now, we’re happy to hear this piece of feel-good news from Lowe’s, the home improvement store, which has just launched the “Home Team Roster,” a lineup of players from all 32 NFL teams working on various community impact projects in their respective NFL hometowns.

For the partnership, each player will volunteer on a project ranging from affordable housing repairs and small business support to veterans’ outreach and disaster recovery. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback and 2019 NFL MVP, is serving as “captain” for Lowe’s Home Team, and is very much looking forward to making a difference in Charm City.

For his specific project, the star quarterback will work with Lowe’s and Baltimore’s Southwest Partnership to help with the opening of the United Way

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7 people shot at Milwaukee funeral home during service for homicide victim, authorities say

Seven people were wounded in a shooting at a funeral service for a homicide victim in Milwaukee on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

a group of people sitting at night: Police tape blocks the intersection as NYPD Officers investigate the scene on East 213th Street where a child was struck by a vehicle that left the scene on Sunday, May 24, 2015. (Jeff Bachner/New York Daily News)

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Police tape blocks the intersection as NYPD Officers investigate the scene on East 213th Street where a child was struck by a vehicle that left the scene on Sunday, May 24, 2015. (Jeff Bachner/New York Daily News)

Acting Milwaukee Police Chief Michael Brunson said the victims were in stable condition at a nearby hospital.

The wounded included three women and four men, and they ranged in age from 20 to 48, according to the police.

About 100 mourners had gathered before gunfire erupted from a car that pulled up to the Serenity Funeral Home, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

The Milwaukee Police Department said cops responded to the hail of bullets around 12:45 p.m. local time. The funeral home sits on the 4200 block of

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Southern style: Anniston native launches a design service | Homes

Alex Hechart, who grew up in Anniston, recently started a home design service with her mother, Donna Woodfin. Based in Birmingham, “Home with Hechart” offers design services as well as a shopping website for home goods. 

The mother-daughter duo offer design services by the hour (for design ideas, party prep or holiday decorating), by the room or by the project.

The online shop, HomeWithHechart.com, features pillows, rugs, mirrors, fireplace screens, ottomans, dressers, lamps, linens, glassware, tableware, gifts and more.

The Star posed 10 questions to the design duo:

Why did y’all decide to start a design business?

Alex: We decided to start Home with Hechart because we’ve always loved decorating and playing around with interior design together. Growing up, we were always redoing our house or sprucing up a room. We would go to furniture stores, and we were always so excited about every project. We knew that we could

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Wagner Metal Roofing & Remodeling committed to Safety & Customer Service – Press Release

“The Team of Wagner Metal Roofing & Remodeling during their weekly safety briefing & training and discussing upcoming jobs.”

Wagner Metals Roofing and Remodeling is a full-service construction company centrally located in Oakwood, OH. Brett Wagner created the company over 10-years ago to service the community with high-quality, ethical construction services. Wagner Metals Roofing and Remodeling just began with Brett Wagner and some friends working together in a shop. Since creating the business, Wagner and his team have flourished in numbers, services, and experience.

Northwest Ohio’s Leading Metal Roofing Company

Wagner Metals Roofing and Remodeling is rated the leading metal roofing company with the number one metal roofing contractors in Ohio. Metal roofing contractors employed at the construction company are certified by the Metal Construction Association to ensure premium performance. Although this construction company specializes in metal roofing, they offer various other services. From steel roofing and siding services to

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