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This new Windows 11 Insider Preview is all about the taskbar

This new Windows 11 Insider Preview is all about the taskbar

Microsoft today shipped out Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22000.100, and most of the changes and improvements it's packing seem to be centered around the taskbar. While there are a couple of changes to other aspects of Windows, the taskbar is where most of the attention is, whether we're talking improvements to the notification center or the system tray. Just as well, this new Preview Build is shipping out a boatload of fixes.

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Panasonic Toughbook G2 hands-on: Rugged computing ready for combat

Panasonic Toughbook G2 hands-on: Rugged computing ready for combat

The Panasonic Toughbook G2 is the latest in a line of professional hardcore computers that put all other concerns behind functionality. If you're looking for a laptop made reliable, powerful, and rugged enough to be used by combat troops - this is that machine. We have a sample unit here, so we're not doing a full-fledged review, but we have gotten a good enough look at and feel for this hardware that we're able to show you the basic ins and outs of a machine that's made to take a beating as much as it's ready to read a barcode.

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New Windows 10, Windows 11 and Linux flaws could let hackers access all your data

New Windows 10, Windows 11 and Linux flaws could let hackers access all your data

Windows 10 and Windows 11 users, along with Linux users, face two huge security vulnerabilities it's been revealed, which could allow hackers to get their hands on sensitive PC data. The newly-identified local privilege escalation vulnerabilities could allow bad actors to take advantage of a simple loophole in the OS to effectively climb through levels of much more important data.

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Windows 11 release date effectively leaked by Intel

Windows 11 release date effectively leaked by Intel

This week the folks at Intel effectively leaked the release date for Windows 11. In support documentation for a variety of Intel processor hardware, Intel suggests that Microsoft Windows 11 (64-bit) will appear in an October 2021 update. This information may have been a placeholder for dates that've changed since this document was released, as it also points to a build date for driver 30.0.100.9684 back on July 9, 2021.

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Windows Hello can be bypassed using a fake USB camera

Windows Hello can be bypassed using a fake USB camera

Smartphones have been using biometric authentication like fingerprints and faces long before those became more common on laptops and even desktops. Microsoft's Windows Hello framework is its attempt to bring the same mix of convenience and security to its desktop platform, and, for the most part, it seems to work well enough. New security research, however, reveals a fatal flaw in Windows Hello's face recognition process that could bypass authentication using a custom-made USB device. Fortunately, exploiting that in real life isn't as simple as the flaw itself.

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Now there’s a new Windows Print Spooler vulnerability: Here’s what to do

Now there’s a new Windows Print Spooler vulnerability: Here’s what to do

Microsoft is warning Windows users of yet another Print Spooler vulnerability, again threatening the potential for hackers to take control of your PC, install apps, and steal or delete data. It's the third such vulnerability impacting the Windows Print Spooler service, after two high-profile PrintNightmare bugs which left the software giant floundering to figure out a fix.

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Windows 10 21H2 will be another scoped release focusing on polish

Windows 10 21H2 will be another scoped release focusing on polish

With the announcement of Windows 11, some people might presume that Microsoft will be focusing its efforts on Windows' next big installment, and they'd be right and wrong at the same time. Microsoft still has a commitment to service Windows 10 users, and not just with its usual security patches and bug fixes. In fact, the company just announced the existence of a Windows 10 21H2 feature update coming later this year. Don't expect big changes, though, as it will only have a scoped set of features delivered using "servicing technology."

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Clippy Emoji confirmed for Windows as v14.0 list solidifies for September

Clippy Emoji confirmed for Windows as v14.0 list solidifies for September

The next wave of Emoji will launch at the turn of the month - but not before Microsoft releases Clippy. The classic living paperclip character has officially made its way to the next upgrade in Emoji in Windows products, courtesy of a Twitter dare. After suggesting that they'd make Clippy into an Emoji if a Tweet reached a certain number of likes - that happened several times over, so here comes Clippy - with a few other changes to Emoji in tow.

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Windows 365 launches as the Xbox Cloud Gaming of PCs

Windows 365 launches as the Xbox Cloud Gaming of PCs

Microsoft has launched Windows 365 today, putting Windows 10 and - eventually - Windows 11 into the cloud. The natural next step after remotely-hosted applications, this new "Cloud PC" category, Microsoft claims, will become instrumental in hybrid workplaces, as businesses try to grapple with employees working remotely and the practical and security challenges that brings.

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Copy and Paste “Pickling” upgrade could move beyond text and basic images

Copy and Paste “Pickling” upgrade could move beyond text and basic images

Microsoft and Google are working together to bring new power to one of the most classic acts of computing in web browsing. Chrome and Edge-based web apps currently allow copy and paste action with images and text - but what about the rest? An update coming to the fold soon rolls with Pickle Clipboard APIs, making more formats compatible with copy and paste with "pickling."

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Windows 11 hack to bring back Windows 10 Start Menu is gone

Windows 11 hack to bring back Windows 10 Start Menu is gone

Changing the Windows Start Menu has always proven to be a controversial move, and no version has ever been universally accepted by users. From Windows XP dual-pane layout to Windows 8's tablet-like Start Screen to Windows 10's amalgamation of designs, users have always been split on whether the new Start Menu is better or worse than before. It seems that Windows 11 won't be different, and, unfortunately, Microsoft has apparently removed the workaround that brings back the old Windows 10 style Start Menu for those who dislike the newest style.

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Windows PrintNightmare bug fix still has some problems

Windows PrintNightmare bug fix still has some problems

It's not uncommon for software to have some bugs, even ones that go undiscovered for years. There are bugs, however, that are so severe that developers and companies scramble to plug up holes as fast as they can. That is the nightmare situation that Microsoft and Windows users have suddenly found themselves living with this aptly named PrintNightmare bug. Microsoft quickly pushed out a patch to address the issue, but the nightmare doesn't seem to be over just yet.

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