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Windows 10 Anniversary Update broke a ton of webcams

Windows 10 Anniversary Update broke a ton of webcams

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update arrived a little more than two weeks ago, and it has been a major headache for a lot of users. Though the update brought a bunch of features, it also unexpectedly broke millions of webcams, and now consumers are left waiting for a fix. That fix is in the pipeline and, if we’re lucky, it’ll be released next month. Until then, consumers are forced to contend with less-than-functional webcams, bringing their Skype sessions to a screeching halt.

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NVIDIA GTX 10 laptop details open doors to VR

NVIDIA GTX 10 laptop details open doors to VR

NVIDIA's manufacturing partners will be ready to roll with GTX 10 processing power for laptop PCs very soon. NVIDIA's GTX 10 series graphics chips have been brought to notebooks in their original form - not just with lesser "M" iterations as they had in the past. These NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 notebooks are ready to run AAA games with high end graphics right out the box.

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Windows 7, 8.1 switches to monthly rollup update scheme

Windows 7, 8.1 switches to monthly rollup update scheme

Windows as a Service. That was one of Microsoft's battle cries for Windows 10. In a nutshell, it compared Windows to web services, like web apps and cloud services, whose software get updated behind the scenes in a rolling basis. Now it is bringing that same paradigm to Windows 10's immediate predecessors, Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1, with monthly rollup and security-only updates. This new system, promises Microsoft, will ensure higher quality patches and a more consistent update experience for users.

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Microsoft Secure Boot key leak shows why backdoors are bad

Microsoft Secure Boot key leak shows why backdoors are bad

There is an oft quoted adage called "Murphy's Law" (not to be confused with Moore's Law) that, simplified, goes like this: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Well, that proverbial thing may have just hit the fan, as far as Microsoft's operating system and devices are concerned. The "golden key", that is, a key to a hallowed backdoor, to Microsoft's Secure Boot implementation has just been leaked. It's a double-edged sword that allows power users to install operating systems and software on previously locked down devices but also gives unsavory characters the power to install malware such as rootkits and bootkits.

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Surface AIO trio tipped as Surface Book 2 hinge said squeezed

Surface AIO trio tipped as Surface Book 2 hinge said squeezed

Microsoft is testing a trio of Surface All-in-One desktops as well as a new Surface Book design that could address the original notebook's most controversial feature, according to the latest leaks. Chatter of a Surface AIO broke back in July, with rumors of a new, large-screen PC developed by Microsoft's in-house team and intended for the living room.

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Microsoft says Windows 10 to receive two big updates in 2017

Microsoft says Windows 10 to receive two big updates in 2017

The last week has been a big one for Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system. The OS officially turned one year old, bringing an end to the free upgrade period for Windows 7 and 8 users, and shortly after Microsoft began rolling out the highly anticipated Anniversary Update, which introduces a number of new features and cross compatibility with the Xbox One. However, it seems Microsoft also quietly mentioned that it already has planned for two large updates to see release in 2017.

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Wacom Cintiq 27 QHD Touch Review

Wacom Cintiq 27 QHD Touch Review

The Wacom Cintiq 27 QHD Touch is what I expected the high end of the digital illustration device world to be. It doesn't feel as "magical" as the iPad Pro, but it's a whole lot more powerful - and professional. It feels like a real professional piece of equipment, something that's been perfected over several iterations - a tool that a top artist would buy again and again. While (as always) there are some changes I might make if I wanted the ideal touch- and pen-friendly display/tablet, at the moment, this is as good as it gets.

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Microsoft changes toy gun emoji to revolver just after Apple does opposite

Microsoft changes toy gun emoji to revolver just after Apple does opposite

An emoji gun battle may be breaking out between Microsoft and Apple. As part of the Windows Anniversary Update that was released this week, Microsoft has adjusted the design of emoji on its platform, including a drastic change to the gun, changing it from a sci-fi-themed ray-gun to a more realistic revolver. Surprisingly, this comes only days after Apple rolled out a new beta for iOS 10 which now features the gun emoji depicted as a water pistol.

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Sonos Controller gets tap to play on Android, adds Bandcamp support

Sonos Controller gets tap to play on Android, adds Bandcamp support

Sonos is rolling out a new beta for its Controller app, looking to streamline a few features and make streaming to different zones a bit easier. The update is rolling out as a beta to the Android version of the app, while those using the Desktop Controller on Windows and Mac will also get to enjoy the increased functionality it brings. Unfortunately, you iOS users are being left out in the cold for the time being, but we imagine that will change once the beta on Android wraps up.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update has arrived: here’s how to get it

Windows 10 Anniversary Update has arrived: here’s how to get it

If you came out of Microsoft's free upgrade promotion with a new copy of Windows 10 installed on your computer, you might like to know that the Anniversary Update is now available. Windows 10 users can wait for the update to automatically roll out to their machines, but the problem with waiting for the automatic update is that Microsoft is pushing it out in waves, meaning you may not get it right away.

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Reminder: Windows 10 free upgrade promotion ends today

Reminder: Windows 10 free upgrade promotion ends today

Just a friendly reminder that today is the final day that folks with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 can upgrade to Windows 10 for free. The free upgrade promotion - which has been running for nearly a year now - will come to a close at midnight, so if you've been procrastinating but planned to upgrade, now is definitely the time. Of course, many of you are probably well aware that the promotion has been going on for a year, given the rather annoying desktop pop-ups that urge you to upgrade. Those should (presumably) be ending too, so cheers all around.

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CrossOver for Android on Chromebooks run Windows apps, games

CrossOver for Android on Chromebooks run Windows apps, games

In the future, a Chromebook might be the only computing device you'll ever need. Well, maybe together with a mid-range smartphone. Google has recently added official and fast-running Android app support to at least three Chromebooks and, unsurprisingly, some people are taking that to the extreme. Take for example the folks at CrossWeaver, developers of the CrossOver software, who just successfully got a game launched from a Windows version of Steam running through the Android version of CrossOver running on Chrome OS on a Chromebook. Yes, OS-ception at its finest.

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