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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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Zoom is finally rolling out its end-to-end encryption feature

Zoom is finally rolling out its end-to-end encryption feature

Several months after stating that it would introduce the highly requested security feature, Zoom is finally rolling out end-to-end encryption on its remote working platform, providing users with a more secure option at times when it is needed. The company first announced plans to release an E2EE feature back in May, but it has taken a while to introduce the option, which will first arrive as a technical preview.

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Windows Ping of Death exploit returns, patched in October 2020 update

Windows Ping of Death exploit returns, patched in October 2020 update

Bugs and vulnerabilities are pretty much part of software life and developers try their best to patch those up sooner or later. Sometimes, however, these problems pop back up, either in a new form or because fixes weren't applied to newer versions of the software. It's not clear which of the two was involved in this latest Windows 10 vulnerability but an old enemy has reared its ugly head again to drops users into Blue Screen of Death hell using relatively trivial methods.

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Google might be forced to sell Chrome off if US government has its way

Google might be forced to sell Chrome off if US government has its way

The US government is preparing to make its case in courts over Google's alleged anti-competitive practices, particularly on the Internet. While it may already have its arguments prepared, the Justice Department may still be considering what steps it will require Google to take, presuming it wins its case. One of those may be to split up the company, which is already just a subsidiary of the bigger Alphabet, which includes selling off the most-used web browser in the market, Chrome.

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Microsoft app fairness principles try to woo devs into its own Store

Microsoft app fairness principles try to woo devs into its own Store

App store businesses are a hot topic these days, with governments on both sides of the pond and across the world trying to put Big Tech under a microscope. Apple and Google are, of course, the poster boys for app stores but they are hardly the only big ones out there. There's Steam, PlayStation, and Xbox, for example, and even Microsoft has its own Windows app store. The latter is now being promoted as the more open app store by codifying what almost all developers already know: you don't have to be on the Microsoft Store.

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Epic Games’ Unreal Engine used in GM HUMMER digital cockpit

Epic Games’ Unreal Engine used in GM HUMMER digital cockpit

Game engines are, as their name clearly points out, used for making and running games but their ability to display real-time interactive graphics also makes them useful for other things as well. Epic Games seems to have stumbled upon a new market for its Unreal Engine that goes beyond games. The company proudly announces that its game engine and development tools have been used to develop the user experience that will debut on General Motors' HUMMER EV later this month.

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ARM Cortex-A chips dropping 32-bit support could cull old, unmaintained apps

ARM Cortex-A chips dropping 32-bit support could cull old, unmaintained apps

Not too long ago, Apple made a big fuss over going 64-bit only on iOS and for good reason. It meant that developers had to update their apps or else they will no longer work on future versions of iOS and iPhone models. That same situation will soon be upon Android developers now that ARM has announced it will be dropping 32-bit support from its high-end Cortex-A design completely in two years. This, in turn, could see some unmaintained but still used app eventually fade from existence.

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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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Samsung phone update One UI 3.0 Android 11 public Beta released

Samsung phone update One UI 3.0 Android 11 public Beta released

Today Samsung released their next major update for the Galaxy phone ecosystem. This update is a public beta, which means it's good enough for testing by those that opt-in, but not quite perfected for the entire live line of devices. Today you'll find the Samsung One UI 3.0 Android 11 beta available for download so long as you're a part of the One UI public beta program.

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Adobe Illustrator “Recolor Artwork” works like magic for iterative design

Adobe Illustrator “Recolor Artwork” works like magic for iterative design

Today Adobe delivered a sneak preview for the near-future feature called Recolor Artwork. It works like magic, intelligently seeking out the color pallet with which you've designed a piece of work, allowing you to change said pallet on the fly. Better yet, it allows you to intelligently select a whole new color pallet from an existing picture, lift it, and use it as your own.

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Windows on ARM x64 emulation is finally coming really soon

Windows on ARM x64 emulation is finally coming really soon

Microsoft made a big boast about revolutionizing computing with a new breed of devices running Windows on ARM, specifically Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips. While the hardware by itself may be commendable, especially for power-efficiency, Microsoft once again oversold the software story. Not only was the initial Windows experience slow and disappointing, the number of popular Windows software you could run was also extremely limited. Fortunately, that number may skyrocket with x64 software emulation coming in November, at least for brave Insiders.

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Panasonic LUMIX Webcam Beta rolls out for Windows and Mac

Panasonic LUMIX Webcam Beta rolls out for Windows and Mac

Camera makers feared how smartphone cannibalized their lower-end products but that only pushed them to adapt and hop on trends quickly. The latest trend, given how people aren't going out as much these days, is meeting up over the Internet for pleasure as well as business. You'll need a webcam for that, of course, and the best webcam might not be a webcam at all. If you happen to have a Panasonic LUMIX camera lying around, now might be the time to prop it up again and plug it into your computer with the new LUMIX Webcam software that's now available in beta form.

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