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Windows 11: The Beginning of a New PC Age

Windows 11: The Beginning of a New PC Age

Computing, SOFTWARE, TECHNOLOGY
https://www.youtube.com/embed/Uh9643c2P6k I've covered every Windows launch since that of Windows 95, and Windows 11 may be the most significant since the iconic introduction of Microsoft's first GUI operating system. The world has changed a lot since that 1995 launch. Microsoft has as well, and this will be the first major version of Windows conceived and launched under Satya Nadella. Windows 11 shows a massive change in focus from earlier significant releases, which pretty much assures that the Windows Vista and Windows 8 mistakes won't be repeated, at least not under the current leadership. It also suggests a path to the next version of Windows -- which for now we'll call Windows 12 -- that could be even more groundbreaking. Let's talk about Windows 11 a...
Windows 11 hack to bring back Windows 10 Start Menu is gone

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

Computing, DIGITAL, SOFTWARE, TECHNOLOGY
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. Next to the desktop itself, the Start Menu is pretty much the gateway to Windows. Unless you’re a more seasoned user, the Start Menu will be where you start and open everything that is installed or saved on your PC. Of course, it has gained a ...
Are ultra wide monitors worth it?

Are ultra wide monitors worth it?

Computing, DIGITAL, TECHNOLOGY, WORK
An ultrawide monitor provides several benefits that enhance both work and play—but there are some drawbacks you should know about. Buying an ultra wide monitor for your PC is the most dramatic choice you can make short of purchasing a full-sized HDTV and slapping it on your desktop. Ultra wides are massive monitors that will dominate your desk and may even require a re-think of your existing office or gaming setup. They’ll also empty your wallet, with even mid-range ultra wides starting around $500. Yet there’s good reason to make an ultra wide your next monitor. Yes! An ultrawide monitor is worth it. If you just want a quick recommendation, here it is: yes! Buy an ultrawide monitor. An ultrawide monitor makes multitasking more comfortable and enhances your gaming experience ...
Exynos 2200 to beat the Snapdragon 895, tipster claims

Exynos 2200 to beat the Snapdragon 895, tipster claims

Computing, GADGET, MICRO CHIP, SMART PHONES, TECHNOLOGY
Samsung's Exynos 2200 has recently popped up on 3DMark's Wild Life test achieving an impressive 8134 points score. Well above the Snapdragon 888 but more importantly, that score might be higher than the 2022 Snapdragon flagship SoC too, reportedly being called Snapdragon 895. According to @TheGalox on Twitter, The Exynos 2200 has the chance to be the first Samsung-made chipset faster in both, computational and graphics performance compared to its direct Snapdragon rival. In fact, the Exynos 2200 is expected to be better in GPU-intensive tasks than Apple's A15 Bionic too. However, the CPU king remains Apple's chip. Unfortunately, there's no data or solid proof to back these claims and even though the source has been accurate in the past we suggest you don't get your hop...
Dumping passwords can improve your security — really

Dumping passwords can improve your security — really

Computing, DIGITAL, Security, TECHNOLOGY
Security keys, biometrics and a technology called FIDO are upgrading today's feeble security foundation. Passwords suck. They're hard to remember, hackers exploit their weaknesses and fixes often bring their own problems. Dashlane, LastPass, 1Password and other password managers generate strong and unique passwords for every account you have, but the software is complex. Services from Google, Facebook and Apple allow you to use your passwords for their services at other sites, but you have to give them even more power over your life online. Two-factor authentication, which requires a second passcode sent by text message or retrieved from a special app each time you log in, boosts security dramatically but can still be defeated. A big change, however, could eliminate passwords...
Seven reasons the Huawei MateBook 14 is the right choice for you

Seven reasons the Huawei MateBook 14 is the right choice for you

Computing, DIGITAL, TECHNOLOGY
Enjoy your entertainment and work more productively with a 2K Touch Screen and a long-lasting battery life The Huawei MateBook 14 reflects your personality and taste.Image: Supplied/Huawei If you’re in the market for a new laptop, the Huawei MateBook 14 should be your first choice. Huawei’s newest mid-range laptop is up for grabs in SA for R24,999.  Here are seven reasons why the Huawei MateBook 14 is the right choice for you.  1. Touch what you see with the 2K Touch Screen Huawei MateBook 14 comes with a 2K Touch Screen FullView display featuring multitouch support and a high screen-to-body ratio of 90%. The display is also multitouch-enabled with gesture support, such as Fingers Gesture Screenshot, which lets you quickly take a screenshot by ...
UN Girls’ Coding camp will help break digital divide in Africa

UN Girls’ Coding camp will help break digital divide in Africa

Computing, DIGITAL, TECHNOLOGY, WOMEN
Over 8,500 girls and young women from across Africa are getting a head start into careers in computer coding to help transform African economies especially in the areas of fashion design, gaming, visual animation, robotics and 3D printing, thanks to a two-week formation exercise opened by Cameroon’s Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Minister –  Minette Libom Li Likeng, Monday. “My call is to remind you today of the importance of ICTs: go beyond simply mastering the codes of a programming language and seek to innovate,” Minister Li Likeng told the learners, as she regretted that women globally and particularly African women, have backpedalled in ICT careers and must do everything possible to bounce back. “Over 30  years ago, women occupied about 30% of the technical f...
Best home security cameras for 2021

Best home security cameras for 2021

CAMERA, Computing, DIGITAL, Security, TECHNOLOGY
These are our favorite smart cams for the year. Whether you're worried about break-ins and theft or you just want to keep an eye on a mischievous pet, home security cameras it might be worthwhile setting up a few security cameras in your home. Today's cameras have a wealth of security features, including night vision, smart notifications, professional monitoring, two way audio and more. There are plenty of excellent video surveillance systems to choose from, with cameras that offer features such as two-way communication, motion tracking, night vision, cloud storage and HD video for top-notch video quality. The options are so abundant, it can feel daunting to find a perfect match for the camera system you have in mind, particularly if that solution includes multiple cameras, as well ...
Windows 11 Insider Preview vs. Windows 10: Early benchmarks compared

Windows 11 Insider Preview vs. Windows 10: Early benchmarks compared

Computing, SOFTWARE, TECHNOLOGY
I downloaded Windows 11 on a budget laptop and a gaming laptop. Here's how it went. The dawn of the Windows 11 era brings many questions. For now, the most pressing one may be: Will installing the Windows 11 beta screw up my system?  Having installed the current Insider Preview on several laptops, the answer so far has been no. But what about performance? Will my laptop be faster with Windows 11, because it's better optimized? Or slower, because we're installing a new OS on older hardware?  An official answer will have to wait for at least the final release candidate of Windows 11. What most people have instead right now is an Insider Preview from Microsoft's Windows Insider dev channel, which is far from complete, and full of bugs (like the ones lis...
Kensington’s StudioCaddy is a home for all your Apple devices

Kensington’s StudioCaddy is a home for all your Apple devices

Computing, DIGITAL, SMART PHONES, SMART WATCH, TECHNOLOGY
Charge your iPhone and AirPods, prop up your MacBook and iPad Following the recent release of the StudioDock, an opulent stand that turns the iPad Pro into a mini desktop computer, Kensington is expanding its Apple-focused offerings today with the $179.99 StudioCaddy. It’s an unusual product with a simple goal: it’s meant to be the place where all your Apple devices can live. The StudioCaddy is comprised of two halves that attach magnetically. The first half is a basic metal stand that you can slot a closed MacBook into, and there’s also a rubberized shelf out front designed to hold an iPad. The second half attaches onto the front and includes two Qi wireless chargers, one vertical for an iPhone and one horizontal with a recess that you can put an AirPods case into. You could...
Here’s what’s new in the Microsoft Store app in Windows 11; a better design, ratings, screenshots in listings and more

Here’s what’s new in the Microsoft Store app in Windows 11; a better design, ratings, screenshots in listings and more

Computing, SOFTWARE, TECHNOLOGY, USA
One of the features that Microsoft highlighted during the reveal of Windows 11, was the new Microsoft Store.  We are taking a closer look at what's new in the app. The Microsoft Store app in Windows 11 has a very different interface compared to its Windows 10 counterpart. The new app uses side-bar based navigation for accessing the various sections; Home, Apps, Gaming, and Entertainment. The Apps section sort of replaces the Productivity tab, it displayed featured apps, and best apps in various categories like Productivity, Photo and Video Editing, Creativity, etc. The Collections section remains unchanged. The new App listings are perhaps the best improvement in the Windows 11 Store app. App pages now display screenshots, trailers and an expanded descriptio...
The 12 best podcasting microphones 2021: our pick of podcast mics for every level and budget

The 12 best podcasting microphones 2021: our pick of podcast mics for every level and budget

AUDIO, Computing, DIGITAL, PRODUCTION, TECHNOLOGY, VIDEO
Record your first, or next, podcast with our pick of the very best podcast microphones Why the best podcasting microphones you may ask? If you’re planning on taking advantage of the huge rise in podcasting – or have already taken the plunge – then you’re going to need a decent microphone. Podcasting is huge now. The simple act of voices telling stories, conducting interviews or teaching weird and wonderful things has made it one of the most important communications mediums of the 21st century. There are podcasts about pretty much anything you can think of, including some pretty amazing music podcasts. It also helps that actually making podcasts isn’t as difficult as you may think, both in terms of technical know-how and in the equipment you’ll need. You don't require expen...
Microsoft unveils Windows 11 operating system

Microsoft unveils Windows 11 operating system

Computing, SOFTWARE, TECHNOLOGY
Microsoft has unveiled Windows 11, its "next generation" operating system, at a virtual event. The new software will let Android apps run on the Windows desktop. Product manager Panos Panay promised smaller, faster security updates - a common complaint for Windows users - and said they would happen in the background. Windows 11 will also let users configure multiple desktops for work, home, and gaming, like on a Mac. Microsoft says there are currently about 1.3 billion devices running Windows 10. An early preview version of the new system will be released for app developers next week. Windows 11 will be available as a free update to existing Windows 10 users - although some devices will not have the right specifications. These include a minimum of 64 gigaby...
Windows 11 release date sounds like it’ll be sooner than we first thought

Windows 11 release date sounds like it’ll be sooner than we first thought

Computing, SOFTWARE, TECHNOLOGY
Microsoft's Windows 11 public beta will be here any day now, with the full release happening at some point later this year. Nearly six years on from the release of Windows 10, Microsoft has finally unveiled the Windows 11 operating system, featuring a cleaner, more Mac-like design and a bunch of new features. Windows 11 will be available as a free download for existing Windows users during the 2021 holiday season, according to a Microsoft blog post published after the virtual announcement event. However, new clues suggest that the update may actually arrive earlier. (Here's how to download Windows 11 once it's available, and everything you need to know about Windows 11.)  The free upgrade will begin to roll out to eligible Window...
Cheap gaming monitor deal: LG UltraGear 32-inch monitor for $199

Cheap gaming monitor deal: LG UltraGear 32-inch monitor for $199

Computing, DIGITAL, GAMING, TECHNOLOGY
Score an LG UltraGear gaming monitor on the cheap LG UltraGear gaming monitors deliver immersive and lag-free gameplay. If you want a new gaming monitor for your laptop, PS5 or Xbox Series X console, this deal is for you. Right now, you can get the 32-inch LG UltraGear 165Hz Gaming Monitor for just $199 from Costco. That's $30 off its former price of $230 and the lowest price ever for this 32-inch gaming display. By far, this is one of the best gaming monitor deals we've seen yet.  If you're not a Costco member, you can sign up for an annual membership here starting from $60 a year. LG UltraGear gaming monitor deal LG UltraGear 32" Gaming Monitor: was $229 now $199 @ CostcoNow $30 cheaper than its former price, this LG UltraGe...
Qualcomm Wants To Design Its Own Alternative To Apple’s M1

Qualcomm Wants To Design Its Own Alternative To Apple’s M1

Computing, DIGITAL, TECHNOLOGY
While the chipsets we’ve seen in our smartphones have advanced by quite a bit, what’s been rather exciting in the past year or so has been Apple’s M1 chipset, or the Apple Silicon. This is because with Apple’s reach, they have a good chance of making ARM-based chipsets a mainstream thing. Unsurprisingly, Apple’s ambitions aren’t going to go unanswered because during an interview with Reuters, Qualcomm’s new CEO Cristiano Amon stated that the company plans to build and develop their own chips that would be a direct competitor to the M1. More interestingly though, they will be doing it without ARM’s help. ARM’s technology and architecture, for the most part, has been behind the vast majority of SoCs we’ve seen, whether they’re made by Qualcomm, Apple, MediaTek, Huawei, or Samsung,...
The Blue Screen of Death in Windows 11 is going black

The Blue Screen of Death in Windows 11 is going black

Computing, DIGITAL, TECHNOLOGY
The start menu may not end up the only element of Microsoft’s desktop operating system that gets a visual overhaul in Windows 11. According to The Verge, Windows 11 will feature a Black Screen of Death, instead of the current blue one we all know and dread. It will be the first major tweak to that part of the Windows interface since Microsoft added QR codes to it in 2016. Microsoft hasn’t enabled the new BSOD in Windows 11 yet, primarily because the OS is in preview and Insider builds have featured a Green Screen of Death since 2016. As Gizmodo notes, there’s a way to enable the new BSOD in the current preview build, but it involves editing your Windows registry and definitely not worth doing for something you don’t want to see anyway. It’s unclear why Microsoft i...
When does Windows 11 come out? The release date will be here before you know it

When does Windows 11 come out? The release date will be here before you know it

Computing, DIGITAL, SOFTWARE, TECHNOLOGY
You can download the Windows 11 beta very soon, with the public release coming after. We've got the details on when you can finally say goodbye to Windows 10. Microsoft said Windows 11 will start rolling out around the 2021 holidays, but there are some clues hinting that it may arrive earlier. Nearly six years on from the release of Windows 10, Microsoft has finally unveiled the Windows 11 operating system, featuring a cleaner, more Mac-like design and a bunch of new features. Windows 11 will be available as a free download for existing Windows users during the 2021 holiday season, according to a Microsoft blog post published after a virtual event last week. However, new clues suggest that the update may actually arrive earlier. (Here's how to download Windows 11 once it's available...
BlackBerry’s Turnaround Narrative Is Still Alive After Its Latest Earnings

BlackBerry’s Turnaround Narrative Is Still Alive After Its Latest Earnings

Computing, DIGITAL, TECHNOLOGY
Summary This quarter represents a draw between the Bulls and Bears for BlackBerry.BlackBerry's latest development points are laid out in this research article.BlackBerry just announced a stealth higher risk operational strategy.Volvo secured as a new client this quarter represents a top automaker's trust in BlackBerry's technology.BlackBerry IVY pre-sales in late 2021 will be a core key performance indicator to track. Introduction - Did BlackBerry bears win this round? Many BlackBerry (BB) bears are becoming more confident in the company's eventual demise as the latest quarter marked another quarter of revenue deceleration and elusive profits. In my research article here, I wish to provide a balanced view of the risks and opportunities that BlackBerry now is presented with af...
Energizer Hard Case G5 is the brand’s first 5G phone, Ultimate U680S (4G) also unveiled

Energizer Hard Case G5 is the brand’s first 5G phone, Ultimate U680S (4G) also unveiled

Computing, DIGITAL, ELECTRIC, SMART PHONES, TECHNOLOGY
Avenir Telecom unveiled its first Energizer-branded 5G phone, cleverly called the Energizer Hard Case G5. “Hard Case” means this is part of a rugged line of products that ranges from flashlights to smartphones. And “G5” is “5G” spelled backwards, get it ? Jokes aside, this phone comes with an IP69 rating for dust and water resistance. It can go down to 1.2m depth (4 ft) for half an hour. The whole device is hermetically sealed to keep water out. The exterior is made out of several layers of solid industrial rubber, which makes the Hard Case G5 shock resistant and it can survive drops from 1.2m heights. Additionally, there is a special liner that allows the phone to withstand electrostatic shocks. Basically, this is a phone aimed at professional out in the field. But it feels ...