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Windows 11 Beta released: How to download and update, and why to wait

Windows 11 Beta released: How to download and update, and why to wait

Right up against the weekend here in late July, 2021, Microsoft released the first official Beta for Windows 11. This release is available to anyone who wishes to join the Windows Insiders program, and the software can be found in the Windows Beta Channel right this minute. As it is with any pre-release software, it's important to run this update ONLY on a machine that does not contain any important data.

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Motorola Ready For can connect phones to PCs wirelessly

Motorola Ready For can connect phones to PCs wirelessly

The idea of using the smartphone as a desktop PC with the right accessories isn't exactly new, but very few manufacturers have pushed through with that concept. Until recently, only Samsung and Huawei have actually invested resources in giving Android a desktop-like experience when connected to an external display or even a Windows computer. Earlier this year, Motorola introduced its own take on that concept with the oddly-named "Ready For" platform, and it is now taking that a step further with wireless connectivity and a new Ready For PC option.

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Windows 11 Microsoft Store changes could put users at risk

Windows 11 Microsoft Store changes could put users at risk

The ongoing legal spat between Apple and Epic Games over alleged app store monopolies has sent ripples throughout the entire software industry. App store owners have started making changes to appease a growing number of disgruntled developers, and Microsoft is pushing itself at the forefront of those developer-friendly changes. To be fair, the upcoming changes to the Microsoft Store policies will indeed benefit developers, but one change, in particular, could be trading users' security in exchange.

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Fake Windows 11 installers come with malware

Fake Windows 11 installers come with malware

Despite the minimal improvements and changes it will bring, the upcoming Windows 11 release still proved to be interesting enough for some people to want to get their hands on it. Of course, Microsoft limits the availability of the pre-release version of the software to a select few testers. On occasions like these, people tend to try outsmarting the system by acquiring installers from other sources. Unsurprisingly, these Windows 11 installers not only do not work, but they also bring with them all kinds of unwanted and potentially harmful software.

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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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