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macOS Big Sur reportedly making older MacBook Pros unusable

macOS Big Sur reportedly making older MacBook Pros unusable

While Big Sur's biggest claim to fame is its support for Apple's new ARM-based computers, a major macOS update is still a major macOS update. Finally released to the public just last week, it's no surprise to learn that many Mac owners are jumping on board early. It's also not surprising to hear those early adopters running into some issues. Most of those, however, can usually be fixed by resetting various components but one case, in particular, seems to be turning old MacBook Pros into unusable bricks according to a handful of owners.

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Apple macOS Big Sur release date confirmed

Apple macOS Big Sur release date confirmed

Much of the focus of today's Apple event was centered around Apple's new M1 chip and the Macs it will power - a new MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini - but we also learned a bit more about Big Sur, the operating system all of these Macs will be running when they release later this month. While it's true that most of Apple's Big Sur information centered around how the M1 chip will help the operating system run better, we did get one key detail about Big Sur separate from the M1 reveal: its release date.

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Windows 10 disables access to some Control Panel pages

Windows 10 disables access to some Control Panel pages

Windows has changed considerably over the years and every Windows 10 major release takes it further away from the Windows that some have grown to love or love to hate. One thing that has so far withstood the test of time, other than the arcane Windows Registry, is the Windows Control Panel. Here one could find almost any and all things related to your computer's settings but Microsoft is now taking bigger steps to retire the powerful tool for its prettier but less flexible Windows 10 Settings app.

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In 2021, Microsoft wants you to say “Give me Windows!”

In 2021, Microsoft wants you to say “Give me Windows!”

Signs point to a major refresh of the Windows 10 user interface for the masses in the second half of the year 2021. This UI refresh was reported today to roll with a codename "Sun Valley." In the mix is a set of changes that could very well change the way you use your Windows machine in a top-level sort of way. These changes are said to aim at "reinvigorating" and modernizing the Windows desktop experience.

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Windows 10X seems ready to repeat history with win32 mistakes

Windows 10X seems ready to repeat history with win32 mistakes

If the Surface Duo turned out to be an expensive disappointment, it seems that Microsoft's next big products will be carrying on that trend. Although the larger dual-screen Surface Neo isn't expected until 2022 at the earliest, the operating system that is supposed to run on it may debut much earlier. In fact, Windows 10X could be ready to ship to manufacturers by the end of the year but it might give everyone a case of deja vu in the way it will handle "legacy" win32 software.

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Chrome OS Dark Mode is finally coming really soon now

Chrome OS Dark Mode is finally coming really soon now

Dark mode was a big thing in the computing industry in the past few years. "Was" because almost all major platforms have already implemented it, one way or another, except Google's Chrome OS. Just like with the Chrome browser itself, Chrome OS's support for light text and content over dark backgrounds has not been consistent or complete. That may no longer be the case soon as Google has started rolling out an in-progress dark mode implementation, now available to more adventurous Chrome OS users.

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Windows 10 October 2020 update is here, prepare your backups

Windows 10 October 2020 update is here, prepare your backups

We're practically two months away from closing this rather accursed year, which means it's time to tempt fate with a new major update to Windows 10. Now simply dubbed 20H2 to denote which half of the year it launches instead of the month, this new version is low-key on big features and full of polish and refinement, or at least that's how it's supposed to be. Windows 10 20H2 still does bring a handful of notable changes, including one that has ruffled a few feathers given Microsoft's not-so-subtle push to get its Edge browser into every PC.

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Windows 10 users are grumpy over forced updates and unwanted apps

Windows 10 users are grumpy over forced updates and unwanted apps

Windows 10 users are expressing frustration about the most recent software update that caught many users by surprise, shutting down their system with little warning (assuming they didn't have it set to do otherwise) and installing unwanted apps. The update has been a point of contention between users, with some stating that Microsoft is overstepping its bounds and others pointing toward users as the real issue.

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Windows 10 gets Screen Refresh Rate settings, enhanced Search

Windows 10 gets Screen Refresh Rate settings, enhanced Search

Fast refresh rates are all the fad in smartphones these days but computer monitors have sported 120Hz and even 144Hz far longer than their mobile cousins. That doesn't mean, of course, that everything will be smooth and fluid magically and it still depends on the software taking advantage of that capability. Windows 10 finally lets you do so, at least in the latest Insider Preview, with a simple new feature in the Settings app.

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Windows 10 will soon let you customize your system during setup

Windows 10 will soon let you customize your system during setup

Microsoft has made the Windows 10 setup process straightforward and simple, requiring very few inputs from users aside from input methods and privacy settings. While that makes the process less daunting, it also means users less control over what gets set up from the get-go, requiring them to dig into settings after the setup process finishes. In future versions of Windows, however, Microsoft may be giving users a bit more say but still makes those options a bit mysterious.

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US Homeland Security warns about critical flaw in Windows servers

US Homeland Security warns about critical flaw in Windows servers

It's not really rare to hear news about one Windows vulnerability or another ranging from the trivial to the critical. There are only a few times, however, when the DHS, best known as the US Department of Homeland Security, speaks about it. Yet for the third time this year, the department's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency or CISA published a warning about a critical flaw affecting the server editions of Windows, urging all government units to immediately patch their systems before it's too late.

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Huawei HarmonyOS 2.0 beta release dates revealed to battle Android and iOS

Huawei HarmonyOS 2.0 beta release dates revealed to battle Android and iOS

Huawei appears to be in a position now to bring heat to their biggest competitors in Google and Apple. Whether or not by necessity, Huawei's moving forward with their alternative to Android, HarmonyOS, with a version of the operating system coming to smartphones this December. That means that before the end of 2020, Huawei's releasing their biggest stand-alone effort in the smartphone market yet.

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