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Windows 10 version 1909 November 2019 update breaks File Explorer search

Windows 10 version 1909 November 2019 update breaks File Explorer search

That didn't take long. Windows 10 updates have become somewhat of a joke, breaking as many things as it tries to fix, all despite Microsoft's stated goal of making Windows more secure and more stable with its "Windows as a Service" strategy. The company has just started rolling out the latest and last major feature update for the year and while there have been no major file-deleting issues reported so far, smaller issues are starting to pop up just as the newest Windows 10 makes its way into more and more computers.

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Windows 10 version 1909 November 2019 is rolling out: brace yourselves

Windows 10 version 1909 November 2019 is rolling out: brace yourselves

Since Windows 10 first launched, Microsoft has adopted a release schedule that saw two major Windows updates per year along with rolling fixes and patches as they come. That proved to be rather problematic in terms of software quality and Microsoft stepped on the breaks just a bit to deliver more fixes and fewer features in this year's second and last Windows 10 release. That update has started to roll out to users and, given Microsoft's past history, it might also be a good time to backup your PC and make sure drivers are updated first.

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Windows 10 Build 19013 brings back PowerToys, elevates Your Phone

Windows 10 Build 19013 brings back PowerToys, elevates Your Phone

This year's second and final major Windows 10 update may be about polish and fixes but it seems that Microsoft is gathering quite a number of exciting new features to dump on users next year. As always, Windows Insiders are users' first line of defense against potential file-eating or showstopping bugs. For their troubles, they also get first dibs on new features that have yet to be enjoyed by the rest of us, like the return of PowerToys' a Bluetooth-less Your Phone screen function, and expressive Japanese emoticons (kaomojis).

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Samsung Galaxy Book Flex delivers first QLED to a laptop, plus an S Pen

Samsung Galaxy Book Flex delivers first QLED to a laptop, plus an S Pen

There's a set of new Samsung Galaxy Book Flex notebook devices - laptops, if you prefer - with Samsung's own "QLED display" panels front and center. These are the first laptops to have QLED panels - they're brighter than you'll likely ever even possibly want them to be at max 600-nit. These laptops also work like wireless charging pads for wireless charging-capable smartphones, tablets, and etcetera.

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Samsung Galaxy Book Ion revealed with striking simplicity, QLED display

Samsung Galaxy Book Ion revealed with striking simplicity, QLED display

Samsung revealed two new laptop lines today, bringing QLED display panels to laptops for the first time ever. In addition to the Samsung Galaxy Book Flex (which we've spoken of in a separate article), Samsung revealed the Samsung Galaxy Book Ion. The Ion is nearly as striking to see as its Flex brethren, with sharp corners and an "Aura Silver" color - with a hint of some deep, wild cool tones (blues, greens) for accent tones.

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Windows 10X UI for Surface Neo could also come to laptops

Windows 10X UI for Surface Neo could also come to laptops

A few weeks ago, Microsoft revealed a number of innovative Surface products, from its easier to repair Surface Laptop 3 to the ARM-powered Surface X to, of course, its pair of dual-screen devices. The form factor of the Surface Neo naturally required a different form of Windows. That was called Windows 10X and it was believed to be exclusive to an upcoming breed of such dual-screen devices. It turns out, however, that Windows 10X might be coming to traditional "clamshell" laptops, too, which might not actually sit well with some Windows users.

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Surface Duo and Surface Neo to skip 5G, so have a good camera instead

Surface Duo and Surface Neo to skip 5G, so have a good camera instead

Microsoft definitely wowed the crowd when it presented its already functional prototypes of its dual-screen devices, the Windows 10X Surface Neo and the Android Surface Duo. It has generated a lot of excitement as well as a lot of speculation given the gap between the announcement and the very late 2020 launch. Microsoft is naturally coy on some matters but Surface head Panos Panay is setting the record straight on at least one feature that won't be there: 5G.

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Falcon Northwest 20th Anniversary Talon Review: Custom done right

Falcon Northwest 20th Anniversary Talon Review: Custom done right

The Falcon Northwest 20th Anniversary Edition Talon is not a mobile PC. It's a heavy beast, made with 4mm thick aluminum plating and optional glass panels, coming in at around 40-pounds in all. The folks at Falcon Northwest made a name for themselves with custom-painted, custom-built, meticulously detailed high-end PCs. As their 20th Anniversary Edition Talon build was launched here in the second half of 2019, we decided to put their team to work on creating a build that was not only stocked with a powerful set of innards, but a custom-painted exterior to boot.

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Windows Phone 8.1 will be deader than dead come December 2019

Windows Phone 8.1 will be deader than dead come December 2019

Lumia owners, both from Nokia and Microsoft, your days are numbered. At least if you're still running Windows Phone 8.1. It might be a shock to some that that version of Microsoft's defunct mobile OS still exists and still runs. It might not be a shock, however, to hear that Microsoft is pulling the plug on it this year. Fortunately, Redmond has a bit of mercy and a path forward for the few still holding on to some of these phones for dear life.

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Microsoft bets on Windows 10 IoT, Intelligent Edge for a Society 5.0 future

Microsoft bets on Windows 10 IoT, Intelligent Edge for a Society 5.0 future

CEATEC 2019 is underway in Japan and more than just the usual tech trade show, the event has an underlying theme that promotes a rather idyllic and ambitious vision of the future. That is what Japan's Society 5.0 is trying to push, a society that harmonizes cyberspace and real space for the enrichment not just of individuals but of the entire society as well. That future relies heavily on technologies like the cloud and AI and, unsurprisingly, Microsoft is making a big push for its Intelligent Cloud and Intelligent Edge to power the future IoT-centric world.

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Why Microsoft’s answer to a folding screen works better

Why Microsoft’s answer to a folding screen works better

This is the way to do it. Microsoft has been hard at work this year, unveiling a long list of new products, including a pair of folding devices: the Surface Neo and Surface Duo. Both these devices have two screens connected with a hinge that can fold a full 360 degrees. The Surface Neo is a folding tablet that Microsoft envisions as its evolution of a laptop. It has two screens and runs Windows 10X, a new version optimised for folding screens. And the smaller one, the Surface Duo, has two 5.6-inch screens bolted together and runs on Android.

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Android phone calls handoff just arrived in the Windows 10 Insider build

Android phone calls handoff just arrived in the Windows 10 Insider build

Microsoft is giving Windows users a taste of what tighter integration between their Android phones and their PCs can be like, with its new Calls feature arriving in the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview. Released today to the Fast ring - the builds for the bravest Windows users willing to put up with some bugs in return for bleeding-edge functionality - Calls builds on the Your Phone app.

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