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Microsoft Mesh makes future meetings shared, augmented, virtual experiences

Microsoft Mesh makes future meetings shared, augmented, virtual experiences

Microsoft Mesh is the next big thing from Microsoft, utilizing the next generation in augmented reality and high-speed internet connectivity to connect people around the world. People "feel like they are in the same room as each other even when they're on different continents" as they interact digitally in real time. Microsoft introduced "Mesh-enabled apps" that'll work across any platform or device.

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Xbox Live outage in the cloud: It’s not just you

Xbox Live outage in the cloud: It’s not just you

This afternoon Xbox services had a few outages and/or issues. This included what Microsoft marked as a "Major Outage" for items like "Account & Profile", "Store & Subscriptions", Multiplayer gaming, and Cloud gaming. Together those basically make up the biggest bits of the online space for Xbox players of multiplayer games - chances are you felt the impact of this set of issues.

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Samsung Exynos with AMD Radeon GPU could come in a laptop first

Samsung Exynos with AMD Radeon GPU could come in a laptop first

Although Qualcomm and, to some extent, Rockchip, have long been on some laptops running Windows and Chrome OS, respectively, the arrival of the Apple Silicon M1 showed how the market for ARM-based desktops and laptops is still wide open to competition. There are, however, only a few big names that could probably be a good fit for that kind of device and it seems that Samsung's biggest Exynos gamble will be heading to laptops first instead of smartphones.

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Samsung Wireless DeX for PC coming to more phones

Samsung Wireless DeX for PC coming to more phones

Given its track record, there have been some worries that Samsung will abandon its special DeX feature sooner or later. That may still happen but, at least for now, it seems that Samsung will be sticking to its guns, especially since it has become one of the exclusive perks when pairing Galaxy phones with Windows PCs. DeX's longevity, however, depends on the number of users it has which, in turn, depends on the number of devices it supports. Fortunately, Samsung might be addressing the latter by bringing DeX's most recent feature to more of its phones, provided they're running the latest version of its One UI experience.

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Diablo 2: Resurrected PC requirements shouldn’t shock you (yet)

Diablo 2: Resurrected PC requirements shouldn’t shock you (yet)

PC requirements for the game Diablo 2: Resurrected are not particularly monstrous. If you run Diablo 2 on your computer right now, chances are you'll be able to run Diablo 2: Resurrected with little change or upgrade. This is, of course, for the most basic and low-resolution version of the game, but still - it's none too wild!

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Chrome OS nibbling away at Windows market while macOS holds steady

Chrome OS nibbling away at Windows market while macOS holds steady

According to global shipment readings from the analytics group IDC, the year 2020 made Chrome OS rise as Windows fell. In the year 2019, IDC showed Windows with a total global PC marketshare at 85.4%. In the year 2020, Windows global marketshare rang in at 80.5%, for a year-over-year fall of 4.9%. Chrome OS global marketshare rose by almost that same percentage over the same period of time.

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Windows 10 21H1 update promised to be small and nondisruptive

Windows 10 21H1 update promised to be small and nondisruptive

Depending on who you ask, Windows feature updates are either exciting or stress-inducing, maybe even both. While they bring a fair number of new features and improvements, Microsoft's track record in quality and bugs make each bi-annual release sometimes frightening. Microsoft has been working on improving its process and has even adopted a "tick-tock" cadence but, due to global conditions related to the pandemic, it is delaying making big changes until later this year, making Windows 10 21H1 a smaller "scoped" release.

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Microsoft Edge to bring Web widgets to Windows 10

Microsoft Edge to bring Web widgets to Windows 10

Home screen widgets are now a staple on mobile, especially after Apple adopted them for the latest iOS and iPadOS releases. On the desktop, however, it's not exactly a common functionality and they come and go, depending on the version of the operating system. The old OS X, for example, once had dashboard widgets and users on Windows had some third-party software that added those to the desktop. It seems that Microsoft is now considering making widgets a more standard part of the Windows experience and it will be arriving via Microsoft Edge.

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Microsoft patches Windows Defender vulnerability discovered after over a decade

Microsoft patches Windows Defender vulnerability discovered after over a decade

Microsoft has integrated Windows Defender into its Windows operating system for a long time. Recently, the software giant patched a vulnerability in Windows Defender that had been undetected for 12 years. The bug was first spotted by security researchers last fall. Thankfully, hackers hadn't discovered the bug for over a decade.

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VLC 4.0 update release in 2021 with online play-anything action

VLC 4.0 update release in 2021 with online play-anything action

This week the folks behind the video player app VLC announced that they'd be bringing a major new version of the product to the public later this year. VLC 4.0 will be released in the year 2021 with a brand new user interface, making the entire video watching experience more intuitive and full of features for videos of all sorts. This new update will bring VLC into the future with more than just local video playback - they'll be rolling with extensions for online content, too.

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Old computers and phones age out of Chrome proper

Old computers and phones age out of Chrome proper

Soon devices running Chrome with x86 processors that do not support SSE3 will no longer be able to run said web browser. In a document made public all the way back in September of 2020, Google suggested that Chrome will indeed require SSE3 in the future, and that all platforms running x86 architecture without said SSE instruction set will crash Chrome and will not be able to install Chrome in the future.

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LG Virtoo will soon stream phone apps to Windows 10 PCs

LG Virtoo will soon stream phone apps to Windows 10 PCs

Samsung's close partnership with Microsoft has many aspects and perks but perhaps the most significant is the bridge between Windows 10 PCs and some Galaxy phones. While Windows' Your Phone does support many Android phones, some of the best features are exclusive to a few high-end models only. LG decided to strike off on its own as well, independent of Microsoft's direct cooperation, but it might not be as barebones as initially presumed.

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