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Windows 10 new accessibility features roll out for visually impaired users

Windows 10 new accessibility features roll out for visually impaired users

Computers have become an important part of our lives, even more so during these days of lockdowns and social distancing. Not everyone, however, has the luxury of being able to use a computer normally or even see what's on the screen. Those with low or no vision always find using computers more than just a hassle. To mark this year's Accessibility Awareness Day, Microsoft is pushing changes to Windows 10 that, though small, could mean a world for these users.

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Google Action Blocks would make iPhone simple again

Google Action Blocks would make iPhone simple again

Google Action Blocks was launched as an Android app in May of 2020, but it's the latest round of iPhones and iOS 13 that stands the most to gain. With the latest version of iOS and most iPhones released in the last couple of years, Apple's smartphone ecosystem's become a bit of a new-user nightmare. Based on my experience as resident "looks like he'd be good with computers" tech supporter for several iPhone users Baby Boomer age or older, Google Action Blocks looks like a dream come true.

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DOOM Eternal update 1.1 removes anti-cheat, after outcry

DOOM Eternal update 1.1 removes anti-cheat, after outcry

After implementing Denuvo Anti-Cheat in DOOM Eternal in Uldate 1 here in May, 2020, iD Software changed a tune. Today they announced that they'd be removing the anti-cheat technology from their game in their next PC update. This update will be released "within a week" - so said Marty Stratton, Executive Producer iD Software in a community update earlier today. Protecting the sanctity of multipleyer gameplay is important, but making single-player campaign users suffer as a result, as it turns out, isn't going to work out.

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iOS 13.5 released: Faster unlock with face masks plus COVID-19 contact tracing

iOS 13.5 released: Faster unlock with face masks plus COVID-19 contact tracing

Apple has released iOS 13.5, bringing exposure notification for COVID-19 contact tracing as well as a quicker way to unlock your iPhone when you're wearing a face mask. Released as a gold master for developers only two days ago, the software update won't make your iPhone necessarily recognize you when you're wearing the masks that are now mandatory in many locations, but it should get you to your apps faster overall.

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Windows 10 will soon be able to run Linux GUI apps directly

Windows 10 will soon be able to run Linux GUI apps directly

This is definitely not your grandfather's Microsoft. Not too long ago, then-CEO Steve Ballmer called Linux a cancer. Today, Microsoft proclaims it loves Linux and open source, two things the company set out to destroy using whatever means necessary (and some argue it's still doing behind the scenes). From the acquisition of GitHub to its Windows Subsystem for Linux, Microsoft has been increasing its efforts to woo Linux and open source developers and it has just made one of its biggest and most important announcements on that matter.

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Chrome is making some huge privacy changes

Chrome is making some huge privacy changes

Google's Chrome browser is getting a huge privacy and security makeover, with a redesign of the settings with simplicity in mind. In addition to making controlling how Chrome handles privacy, Google is also switching up how extensions are managed, and how cookies are handled when you're in the Incognito private browsing mode.

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Making Windows apps is a mess: Project Reunion is Microsoft’s answer

Making Windows apps is a mess: Project Reunion is Microsoft’s answer

Microsoft has revealed its plan to close the gap between Windows app developers, with Project Reunion aiming to make a common platform for new software. As it stands, Windows developers could be creating Win32 apps with the Windows API, or UWP apps using the Universal Windows Platform APIs.

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OnePlus 8 Pro Color Filter “x-ray” camera disabled with new update

OnePlus 8 Pro Color Filter “x-ray” camera disabled with new update

So you've got four cameras at the back of your OnePlus 8 Pro, one of which the company calls a Photochome Camera. This is also known as a Color Filter Camera, and it's not usually utilized when you're taking your average, everyday photos. This is probably for the best, as this week OnePlus announced that they'll be "temporarily" disabling the camera altogether in a new software update.

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Discord adds new Server Video feature on web, desktop, and iOS

Discord adds new Server Video feature on web, desktop, and iOS

Discord has rolled out a new Server Video feature that makes it easier for friends to stay connected despite the pandemic. With Server Video, Discord says that users can participate in what is essentially a drop-in, drop-out conversation, eliminating the hassle of starting a private video chat with someone. Users can, among other things, Go Live and Video Chat simultaneously.

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Chrome will soon limit some ads to protect battery life and data

Chrome will soon limit some ads to protect battery life and data

Google has announced plans to start limiting the amount of resources ads can use before the user interacts with them, something that will crackdown on the small percentage of poorly optimizing or otherwise problematic advertisements that use up data and drain battery life. Under this change, users will see some ads that show an error page after a short period of time.

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Chrome’s latest feature lets users create custom tab groups

Chrome’s latest feature lets users create custom tab groups

Google has announced a new Chrome feature that is currently in beta, one similar to a recently launched feature on the Opera browser. Going forward, Chrome users will be able to better organize their open tabs by separating them into their own groups, each of which can be color-coded and given a custom name. Google says the new feature is made for all users regardless of how many tabs they tend to have open.

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Plex free movies and TV shows expand under new deal with Endemol Shine

Plex free movies and TV shows expand under new deal with Endemol Shine

Plex has struck a new content deal with Endemol Shine Group that expands the number of free movies and TV shows available through its streaming app. This deal comes only days after Plex announced that it had partnered with free ad-supported streaming service Crackle to integrate its content with its own platform, that itself building upon previous deals with major media companies.

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