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YouTube’s music guide to work from home

YouTube has outlined a few tips and tricks for keeping the work groove going, with special features on YouTube Music.

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Working from home can be quite an adjustment, one that is more challenging than we might be led to believe. By now, you’ve probably looked up all the necessary information to help you make this transition, and found that most articles and blog posts advise you to arrange a home workspace, have a plan of action to help prioritise your tasks, stick to a schedule, and so on. 

Once you’ve put in place all the measures necessary to ensure you are productive at home, you may want to look into setting the right ambience for you to get cracking. YouTube Music has your back.  

Who Runs The World 

International Women’s Month is still far from over, and the folks over at YouTube Music have compiled a selection of music by the top global female artists across musical genres. 

 A fan of noughties pop favourites like Beyonce, Britney, Mariah and Rihanna? They’ve got you covered with a 6 hour-long ‘00s Pop Divas playlist from that era. The Queens of Rap playlist has more than 120 songs from the best female emcees of all time, and the R&B Diva Classics playlist has 78 rhythm and blues standards. Regardless of your taste in music, there are a total of 10 girl power playlists you can choose from. 

Mixed for You 

Using AI and Machine learning, YouTube Music compiles all the songs it thinks you will like. The Liked songs playlist is autogenerated compiling all the songs you’ve liked on YouTube and YouTube Music, while the Discover Mix, updated every Wednesday, is a compilation of songs YouTube Music believes you’ll enjoy, plus it’s a great way for you to discover new favourites.  

Today’s Hits 

With more and more South Africans staying at home, it will be quite interesting to find out, and contribute to, what everyone is listening to locally. YouTube Music has 10 playlists under the Today’s Hits category, covering the Biggest Hits, SA Hip Hop Hotlist, Afro-soul Hotlist and a Gqom Hotlist to name a few for you to choose from.  

Jog Your Musical Memory 

Forgetting a song title happens to the best of us. With YouTube Music’s Smart Search feature, as a music lover, you can find any song, even if you can’t remember what it’s called. You can use descriptions, lyrics and even emojis to find the tracks you want to listen to. Smart Search facilitates most languages, including indigenous South African languages such as isiZulu and isiXhosa. 

Hakuna Data Matata 

With the ever-present threat of load shedding and expensive data, YouTube Music’s Smart Downloads, automatically saves music at night, when connected to Wi-Fi, allowing you to use less mobile data, enjoy a smoother updating experience and save up to 500 of your favourite songs offline using their Liked Songs playlist as well as other favourite playlists and albums.  

 The YouTube Music app is available to download from the Play Store and App Store today. Users can also check out the web player at music.youtube.com 

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Rogue Company gameplay trailer revealed

The new cross-platform team shooter, Rogue Company, can now be seen in action via a gameplay reveal trailer and an exclusive alpha testing channel.

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Hi-Rez Studios and First Watch Games have released an explosive gameplay trailer for their slick cross-platform team shooter Rogue Company. Delivering action, tactics and a whole lot of attitude, the new trailer reveals Rogue Company’s energetic gameplay and third-person, action movie flair. 

The game will be launching in mid-2020 on the Nintendo Switch, PC via Epic Games Store, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, all on the same day.  

Taking on million dollar contracts from governments and special interests, Rogue Company is a vigilante force going where governments can’t to stop credible and imminent threats. Relying on public opinion and popular support, many Rogues embrace their newfound celebrity. 

Headed-up by Lead Game Designer – and former Halo world champion – Scott Lussier, Rogue Company is the debut game from First Watch Games; a band of Hi-Rez Studios developers and industry veterans with experience working on some of gaming’s most famous and successful shooters. 

“Gamers should be able to play with their friends, regardless of platform”, says Lussier. “Rogue Company is all about bringing together a huge community of gunslingers and giving them a depth of gameplay to show off their individual style.”  

“We’re tired of grown-up shooters being overly serious”, says Chris Larson, Executive Producer. “Rogue Company matches a modern, high-style universe with tight, tactical action gameplay. The alpha testers are loving it and we can’t wait to welcome more of you in as we gear up for launch!” 

Rogue Company is currently in Alpha (apply here), available to wishlist via Epic Games Store and will release this summer on all platforms.

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Trevor Noah beats Cassper Nyovest in FIFA video game

To encourage staying at home, rapper Cassper Nyovest streamed a live game of FIFA with talk show host Trevor Noah in #CassperStayAtHomeGames.

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Staying entertained during lockdown is vital, as South Africans find themselves about to enter week 2. South African rapper Cassper Nyovest has found a way to stay entertained and to keep others entertained too: the FIFA video game on his PlayStation.  

Nyovest created the hashtag #CassperStayAtHomeGames on Twitter, then started taking on competitors for the video game on various live streaming platforms like Twitch and Instagram. 

On Tuesday, the rapper announced he was challenging comedian Trevor Noah to a match of FIFA 2020 on PlayStation. 

Shortly after, Noah publicly agreed to play against Nyovest, and an announcement was made by Nyovest via Twitter. 

While the game was streaming, South African streamer Grant Hinds pointed out that the stream was the second most watched FIFA stream in the world at that time. 

Both players selected South African teams – Noah selected Kaizer Chiefs and Nyovest selected Orlando Pirates. 

At the end of the 90 (virtual) minutes, Noah beat Nyovest with a score of 4 – 2. While the game was entertaining for both celebrities, it provided a way for South Africans to remain entertained during the lockdown. 

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