So, Windows 11. Microsoft announced it and told us some stuff on Thursday, but a lot more news came out yesterday. Like the fact that it’s now been confirmed Windows 11 Home will require a Microsoft account and internet connection before you can set it up. Or that all Windows 11 laptops will need webcams starting in 2023. This may seems like a head scratcher because most laptops already have webcams, but many gaming laptops don’t ship with webcams. It’s admittedly a weird omission, but I guess it won’t be a “problem” for much longer?
But I digress. There are a slew of little details in today’s newsletter, so if you’re interested in Windows 11, you should probably check those out. Oh, and if you want to know if your computer will handle WIn11, then the compatibility tool now gives you more info if it can’t. Like, you know, why.
Some Western Digital My Book Live Drives are getting hit with malware that resets it and erases all data. WD is urging users to disconnect their devices from the internet immediately. Oof.
By the end of June, all major cell carriers have to implement STIR/SHAKEN anti-spam tech. That should mean less spam for you…hopefully.
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If you’re excited for Windows 11, you may have already downloaded Microsoft’s compatibility checker app dubbed “PC Health Check” only to get a hard “no” with no clear reason why. Good news, now the update checker tool will give you a clearer reason, and you may an easy fix. Read More »
Gaming subscription services can be a great way to play a lot of games for not a lot of money. But with as many options as there now, choices need to be made. So let’s take a deep dive into the world of gaming subscriptions and see how these services stack up against each other, and which one is right for you. Read More »
When a Windows 11 leaked build appeared on the internet, we discovered something surprising. It appeared Windows 11 Home REQUIRED a Microsoft Account and Internet access to set up. If you were hoping that would change when Microsoft announced Windows 11, we have bad news: It didn’t. Read More »
Microsoft’s list of hardware requirements for the Windows 11 operating system is pretty predictable, though there is one oddity—all Windows 11 laptops and 2-in-1s must have a user-facing webcam. This requirement will not affect existing devices, though manufacturers will be forced to follow it starting in 2023. Read More »
Thanks to a joint effort with Amazon and Intel, the upcoming Windows 11 OS will support Android apps natively. But shortly after Microsoft announced the new feature, many were left wondering if Android apps would work on PCs with AMD or ARM chips. Now, Intel and Microsoft confirm that the technology works with non-Intel CPUs. Read More »
No matter what type of project you’re working on, you’ve always got to have the right tools at hand. And with this magnetic wristband tool belt, you’ll be able to. The wristband has 15 magnets and two pockets ready to hold loose drill bits, nails, screws, and anything else while still ensuring they’re easy to access when you finally need them. It’s perfect for auto mechanics, carpenters, home repairmen, general contractors, wood workers, plumbers, and more. It measures 12.9 x 3.5 x 0.59 inches and weighs just 3.2 ounces.
Of all the big changes in Windows 11, Microsoft’s revamped app store may have the largest impact on software development and the user experience. Not only does it provide secure downloads for Windows software, but it integrates with Amazon’s store for Android apps. And if Microsoft gets its way, the Windows 11 app store could integrate with Steam and Epic Games, too. Read More »
A group of scientists at the University of Göttingen and Münster University figured out a way to build functioning microscopes out of old iPhone 5 camera lenses and LEGO bricks. Why? To make common pieces of lab equipment more affordable to more people. Read More »
Researchers at Avast discovered a strain of malware that quietly turns video game pirates’ PCs into cryptomining machines. Called Crackonosh, the malware often goes unnoticed by its victims, as it forces PCs into Windows Safe Mode and deletes antivirus software. Read More »
Robocalls are a multi-year problem that could finally die later this month. Hopefully slowing the barrage of fake healthcare, car warranty, Amazon account, or social security scammer calls people receive daily. We’re talking about the stir/shaken technology that providers have to implement by June 30th, 2021. Read More »
With Windows 11 formally announced and Microsoft making specific hardware requirements for any future computers wanting to run the OS, it’s no surprise that scalpers are creeping out of the woodwork to make a quick buck. And this time, they’re hoarding TPM 2.0 modules. Read More »
The original Mini classic car is getting new life, as Electric startup company London Electric Cars will convert yours to an electric vehicle. That way, Mini fans can silently stroll down Abbey Road in one of these British icons. Read More »
Looking to get one of Apple’s colorful new iMacs? Now’s the perfect time, as Amazon has knocked $50 off the overall price for the 8-core 24-inch iMac, in either silver or blue. The computer is a great choice for your family computer, though it could also brighten up your home office setup. Read More »
If you own a WD My Book Live drive, you should unplug it from your router immediately. Several users on the Western Digital forum report that their drives were factory reset through remote commands, leading to the permanent loss of all data. In a statement, Western Digital blames this problem on “malicious software.” Read More »
If you’ve ever tried to take similar photos, however, you might have been disappointed to find that you came up short. Even applying filters, using paid Photoshop presets, or buying a dedicated camera can only get you so far. So, let’s explore some of what goes into professional-level photography. Read More »
Windows 11 includes some pretty big visual changes, but the changes to the taskbar are more than just skin deep. Microsoft has removed many taskbar options. Love it or hate it, the taskbar in Windows 11 is stuck on the bottom. Read More »
With Alexa Routines, you can schedule a smart plug to turn on and off at specific times. For example, you could have Alexa turn on your coffee maker before you get up in the morning and turn off your lights at bedtime. Read More »