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MacOS Monterey release date and requirements

MacOS Monterey release date and requirements

Your Apple computer will soon get a significant update to the latest version of macOS, the company's desktop operating system. This latest version is macOS Monterey, and it'll be available for almost every Apple desktop computer all the way back to late 2013. You'll find the new MacBook Pro 14 and 16-inch machines running this software right out of the box next week.

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You’re wrong about the Windows 11 3D emoji bait-and-switch

You’re wrong about the Windows 11 3D emoji bait-and-switch

Microsoft presented final emoji graphics for Windows 11 this week, and some users are displeased. It would appear that Microsoft's earlier presentation of emoji design changes for Windows 11 wasn't entirely on-point. It wasn't particularly accurate, if we're talking about the presentation matching the final product - and we apparently were not.

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Unsupported Windows 11 PCs might still get updates after all

Unsupported Windows 11 PCs might still get updates after all

Microsoft has been pretty uncompromising about the minimum requirements for Windows 11, even if it means leaving many completely capable Windows 10 PCs out in the cold. Despite the still ongoing confusion, Windows 11's security and CPU requirements are set in stone, at least as far as "officially supported" machines are concerned. Microsoft, however, isn't moving to block unsupported installations and might even continue supporting these "non-compatible" Windows 11 with critical updates during the operating system's lifetime.

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Windows 11 released today: How to install and update

Windows 11 released today: How to install and update

Today Microsoft released Windows 11 to the world in a software update for all Windows 10 devices able to handle the new OS. Today we're going to run down the ways users can check if they're prepared for this update, and the ways in which said update can be loaded to a Windows 10 machine. This process begins for most people unsure of the power of their PC with a quick visit to Microsoft's PC Health Check.

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Android 12 AOSP brings some bad news for the impatient

Android 12 AOSP brings some bad news for the impatient

Today Google pushed the source for Android 12 to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and brought about some bad news for hopeful upgraders. Here on the 4th of October, 2021, Dave Burke, VP of Engineering at Google suggested that we should "keep an eye out for Android 12 coming to a device near you starting with Pixel in the next few weeks." And if that weren't enough of a light tap to the face, Burke adds, "and Samsung Galaxy, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Tecno, Vivo, and Xiaomi devices later this year."

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Windows 11 setup confirms bad news for unsupported PCs

Windows 11 setup confirms bad news for unsupported PCs

Windows 11 is barely a month away, and its requirements have mostly settled down by now. There seems to still be some misunderstanding and miscommunication, even with the latest PC Health Check app, but the baseline for the next Windows release is already set in stone. That said, Microsoft isn't going out of its way to black anyone from installing Windows 11 on "incompatible" devices, but it will try to scare you off by letting you know that you're on your own when it comes to security and warranty.

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How to watch today’s Surface and Windows 11 live event

How to watch today’s Surface and Windows 11 live event

Today is a big day for Microsoft and its fans. With Windows 11 just a few weeks away, Microsoft is hosting a new reveal event this morning. That event will cover Windows 11, but perhaps more importantly, we'll also get the reveal of some new devices out of Microsoft. While Microsoft isn't going to tell us what those unknown devices are ahead of time, there's been plenty of speculation about several Surface devices that could be revealed.

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Windows 11 PC Health Check now explains why your PC isn’t up to spec

Windows 11 PC Health Check now explains why your PC isn’t up to spec

Divining whether your Windows 10 PC is eligible for a Windows 11 upgrade hasn't been a straightforward matter, at least not at first. Microsoft admitted to botching up the communication of the minimum system requirements and even had to pull out its tool that was supposed to make that easy. That PC Health Check app is finally available for everyone to use and, more importantly, now also explains what you need to do if your PC doesn't make the grade.

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Windows 11 updates Snipping Tool for screenshots in latest Insider Preview

Windows 11 updates Snipping Tool for screenshots in latest Insider Preview

This week the folks at Microsoft are rolling out the updates to Windows 11 hard and fast. Right this minute we're looking at the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22000.194 in the Beta Channel. This same release appear for commercial PCs in the Release Preview Channel, if you did not already notice. If you didn't know about the issues still present in the last most recent update, you're certainly going to need to get familiar with the list of issues that Microsoft is currently aware of, and working on.

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Windows 11 release date confirmed: What you need to know

Windows 11 release date confirmed: What you need to know

Microsoft kicked off the final day in August with a bang, this morning announcing the release date for Windows 11. While we knew Windows 11 was coming at some point later this year, Microsoft hadn't shared a specific release date up to this point. Now, we know not only when Windows 11 will launch, but we also know how it will roll out to existing Windows 10 machines.

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Start11 restores old Windows Start menu

Start11 restores old Windows Start menu

There's an app out in beta now that allows the user to restore an older-style Start menu to Windows. This app is called Start11, and it's just the newest in a line of similar apps that've been working for Windows users for the past several generations of the operating system. With Start11, the creators at Stardock change the newest iteration of the Start menu in Windows 11 into something simpler.

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Android 12 Beta 4 released with Platform Stability

Android 12 Beta 4 released with Platform Stability

Today is the day Android 12 Beta 4 is released - complete with Platform Stability in full effect. This update is one of the most important of the series before final release of Android 12 for the public. Like it has been in the past with other versions of Android, "Platform Stability" means that app-facing behaviors and all Android 12 APIs are finalized.

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