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Samsung One UI 4.0 (Android 12) update release date range leaked

Samsung One UI 4.0 (Android 12) update release date range leaked

The date for the Samsung Galaxy One UI Beta program for One UI 4 was leaked this week. In what appears to have been an accidental posting, a Samsung official revealed that the Galaxy S21 series "One UI 4 Beta" was "coming soon!" It's expected now that users will find the Android 12 beta in the form of the One UI 4 beta at the tail end of September, or early October.

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This new Windows 11 Insider Preview is all about the taskbar

This new Windows 11 Insider Preview is all about the taskbar

Microsoft today shipped out Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22000.100, and most of the changes and improvements it's packing seem to be centered around the taskbar. While there are a couple of changes to other aspects of Windows, the taskbar is where most of the attention is, whether we're talking improvements to the notification center or the system tray. Just as well, this new Preview Build is shipping out a boatload of fixes.

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Windows 10 21H2 will be another scoped release focusing on polish

Windows 10 21H2 will be another scoped release focusing on polish

With the announcement of Windows 11, some people might presume that Microsoft will be focusing its efforts on Windows' next big installment, and they'd be right and wrong at the same time. Microsoft still has a commitment to service Windows 10 users, and not just with its usual security patches and bug fixes. In fact, the company just announced the existence of a Windows 10 21H2 feature update coming later this year. Don't expect big changes, though, as it will only have a scoped set of features delivered using "servicing technology."

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Windows 11 hack to bring back Windows 10 Start Menu is gone

Windows 11 hack to bring back Windows 10 Start Menu is gone

Changing the Windows Start Menu has always proven to be a controversial move, and no version has ever been universally accepted by users. From Windows XP dual-pane layout to Windows 8's tablet-like Start Screen to Windows 10's amalgamation of designs, users have always been split on whether the new Start Menu is better or worse than before. It seems that Windows 11 won't be different, and, unfortunately, Microsoft has apparently removed the workaround that brings back the old Windows 10 style Start Menu for those who dislike the newest style.

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Mac OS X Lion and Mountain Lion made free for download

Mac OS X Lion and Mountain Lion made free for download

Apple made Mac OS X Lion and Mac OS X Mountain Lion available for download for free here in the summer of 2021. This is the first time either version of the software was available for free. All versions of the operating system released after these cat-themed releases were delivered for free to users of Apple products.

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Windows 11 Home requires a Microsoft account during setup

Windows 11 Home requires a Microsoft account during setup

Windows 11 doesn't seem to have many heavy changes in the architecture under the hood, and many see it more as Windows 10.5. Microsoft, however, is making a few changes to the operating system's requirements that would make Windows 11 incompatible with PCs that run Windows 10 perfectly well. It isn't just hardware requirements that could be a breaking change for new Windows 11 systems, though. Even the way you create a new computer's first user has an essential new requirement, at least for Windows 10 Home.

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Windows 11 preview: Why older PCs should try it

Windows 11 preview: Why older PCs should try it

This week the folks at Microsoft released Windows 11 preview, an early-release version of the operating system for Windows Insiders. This preview version of Windows 11 has the same minimum system requirements as the expected first public release version of Windows 11. You, a person with an older PC, with minimal specs, may want to consider trying this Windows 11 preview for one key reason: You could assist in opening the update window wider.

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Windows 11 TPM 2.0 requirement has a special exception

Windows 11 TPM 2.0 requirement has a special exception

Interest in Microsoft's next big Windows release immediately turned into confusion over the hardware requirements to run Windows 11. One of the most controversial parts of that requirement is TPM or the Trusted Platform Module cryptographic hardware. Where it was previously considered a "soft floor" requirement, Microsoft has just raised TPM 2.0 as Windows 11's hard requirement. It turns out that it might not be that hard at all since Microsoft is willing to waive it for certain special cases and markets.

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Windows 11 update for Windows 10 isn’t coming this year

Windows 11 update for Windows 10 isn’t coming this year

There has been an unsurprising amount of lively discussion about Microsoft's next big Windows release, and, also unsurprisingly, even Windows fans seem to be split on Windows 11's value. Just like the operating itself, Windows 11 is complicated in more ways than one, and nothing is perhaps more complicated than its compatibility with existing Windows PCs. While that story seems to continue evolving, Microsoft is putting its foot down on at least one aspect of that narrative, giving Windows 10 users until next year to make up their minds about Windows 11.

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Windows 11: All the release day removals

Windows 11: All the release day removals

Microsoft made a point to list all "feature deprecations and removals" with Windows 11 this week. Before the operating system is launched to the public, Microsoft wants to be extra clear about what they're adding and what they're taking away. For some features, like Internet Explorer, the changes should be obvious. For others, like the Start menu, you might need to keep a keener eye.

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Windows 11 release date and early download warning

Windows 11 release date and early download warning

Today Microsoft revealed bits of this newest version of Windows 11 before releasing said software into the wild. If you're interested in using Windows 11, you'll be able to download the update soon - provided you have a new enough and powerful enough computer. It's likely that most new Windows devices sold starting in the year 2022 will have this version of Windows - and new devices will be launched with this future edition starting later this year.

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Windows 11 shows off new touch, pen, and voice features

Windows 11 shows off new touch, pen, and voice features

Windows 11 has been officially revealed, and it looks like the operating system is bringing new touch, pen, and voice features along with it. In this era of detachable 2-in-1s that double as both a lightweight laptop and a tablet, Microsoft has previewed how Windows 11 will adapt between different form factors.

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