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Windows 10 might install and run Android apps directly next year

Windows 10 might install and run Android apps directly next year

Once upon a time, Windows was the operating system that ran the world, with Mac OS a distant second and Linux holding an invisible world of networks and servers. Today, however, not only have Linux and macOS risen up the ranks, there is also Android, iOS, iPadOS, and even Chrome OS to contend with. Rather than completely conceding defeat, Microsoft is instead embracing some of these rival platforms, with rumors of a deeper integration with Android that would let its mobile apps run directly on Windows 10 by 2021 at the earliest.

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Epic Games free game expires today – Elite Dangerous

Epic Games free game expires today – Elite Dangerous

Right this minute the folks at Epic Games are effectively giving a game away for free, but it won't be free for long. The game is called Elite Dangerous, it's an online game, it's highly populated, and it's free. Normally the game would cost you a few bucks, but the Epic Games Store wants you to download and keep their store on your computer, so they're doing a sort of loss-leader situation with the game Elite Dangerous to get you in the mix.

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Fortnite subscription revealed – The Crew

Fortnite subscription revealed – The Crew

This morning Epic Games revealed the Fortnite CREW Subscription. This subscription is $12 per month and includes 1000 vbucks per month. You'll find an exclusive Fortnite Crew Skin bundle in the mix, and it'll begin with the December 2nd Season 5 launch.

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Wondershare Filmora X turns vision into reality with just a few clicks

Wondershare Filmora X turns vision into reality with just a few clicks

Technology is such a wonderful thing, enabling us to quickly create things that took long hours or thousands of dollars just a few years ago. 3D printing, for example, has let a thousand DIY projects bloom and software has made it almost too easy to create professional-looking videos in a snap. Wondershare's Filmora has long enjoyed renown in the latter and its latest release, Filmora X ("Ten") takes the video editing tool to new heights. And while it won't magically give make you an expert, Filmora X gives you the tools to experiment, to learn, and, most importantly, to grow into a pro.

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Intel NUC M15 laptop kits revealed – small and powerful

Intel NUC M15 laptop kits revealed – small and powerful

This week Intel revealed the Intel NUC M15 Laptop Kit, a system formerly code-named Bishop County. This kit includes an 11th Gen Intel Core mobile processor as well as Intel Iris Xe graphics. It's made to exceed "the stringent requirements of the new Intel Evo platform brand," and makes a good case for the excellence of the mobile, portable, powerful laptop of the near future.

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Apple Silicon M1 MacBook Air runs The Witcher 3 using CrossOver

Apple Silicon M1 MacBook Air runs The Witcher 3 using CrossOver

Despite the benchmarks showing how Apple's first-ever Silicon beat 2016 desktop graphics cards, some might still unconvinced about the late 2020 Macs' ability to play games. After all, even the Intel-based Macs had compatibility issues with games that were designed with Windows PCs in mind. It's still too early to make a judgment call, of course, but if CodeWeaver's experience running "emulated" PC games is any indicator, it could be a mind-blowing experience just as well.

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xCloud Xbox game streaming for Windows might support ARM PCs

xCloud Xbox game streaming for Windows might support ARM PCs

It's almost ironic that Microsoft's own game streaming platform, previously known as Project xCloud, still doesn't support its own Windows operating system. At the same time, it probably makes sense because if it can run well enough on a phone, it will probably run just as well on a more powerful computer. The time for Windows 10 support for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate's streaming feature might be nigh and, when it does, it might even support the small number of ARM-based Windows 10 PCs from day one.

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Photoshop Beta lands on Apple Silicon, Windows on ARM

Photoshop Beta lands on Apple Silicon, Windows on ARM

ARM-based computers, including the iPad Pro, have long been in existence but one thing that has held them back is the lack of familiar software and tools that people have come to rely on for work or personal use. To some extent, software like Adobe Photoshop has become a sort of litmus test and its absence has discouraged consumers from investing in these new devices and platforms. With Apple diving into the ARM world, however, Adobe can no longer really ignore this new wave of computing and has finally brought Photoshop not only to ARM-based Apple Silicon but, finally, to Windows on ARM as well.

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Windows 10 Your Phone can run multiple apps from select Samsung phones

Windows 10 Your Phone can run multiple apps from select Samsung phones

Microsoft itself doesn't have its own smartphone platform or even its own Android phone outside of the Surface Duo. It has, instead, created ties with Samsung that pretty much treated the latter's high-end flagships almost like its own. This preferential treatment can be clearly seen in the Your Phone app, which continues to gain notable features exclusive only to a few Samsung Galaxy devices. Its latest trick is to pretty much run as many Android apps you want on your Windows 10 desktop.

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Windows 10 disables access to some Control Panel pages

Windows 10 disables access to some Control Panel pages

Windows has changed considerably over the years and every Windows 10 major release takes it further away from the Windows that some have grown to love or love to hate. One thing that has so far withstood the test of time, other than the arcane Windows Registry, is the Windows Control Panel. Here one could find almost any and all things related to your computer's settings but Microsoft is now taking bigger steps to retire the powerful tool for its prettier but less flexible Windows 10 Settings app.

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HoloLens 2 Developer Edition lands in the US, platform expands globally

HoloLens 2 Developer Edition lands in the US, platform expands globally

Oculus has taken up the majority of the VR news of late, though not always in a positive light thanks to parent company Facebook. It isn't the only game in town, of course, but HTC's Vive has mysteriously gone a bit silent. And then there's the realm of mixed reality, where VR and AR collide. Microsoft's HoloLens, technically an AR system, is pretty much still the biggest player and it has just announced two major updates that aim to bring its mixed reality platform to more users and more developers.

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In 2021, Microsoft wants you to say “Give me Windows!”

In 2021, Microsoft wants you to say “Give me Windows!”

Signs point to a major refresh of the Windows 10 user interface for the masses in the second half of the year 2021. This UI refresh was reported today to roll with a codename "Sun Valley." In the mix is a set of changes that could very well change the way you use your Windows machine in a top-level sort of way. These changes are said to aim at "reinvigorating" and modernizing the Windows desktop experience.

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