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All posts tagged "Windows 10"

  • New Windows 10 version features ‘Light mode’

    Microsoft has launched a new Windows 10 build for its Insider community to test. Build 18282, which is a Preview in its very early build stages, includes some interesting new features for Windows 10 in addition to a 'light mode'. "Ever since we introduced the ability to choose between light and dark in Windows 10, we’ve heard feedback asking for a truer separation between the two options," said Microsoft on its website. Light mode, according to the company, is the solution. Previously, the default Light mode did not accurately make everything lighter, and so the new version does. "Now, if you choose...

  • Microsoft pauses latest Windows 10 Update over disappearing files

    Last week Microsoft released its latest October 2018 update for Windows 10, which was meant to empower "a new era of personal activity" according to the company. This did not go as planned, however. Instead, Microsofts' community forums were flooded with complaints about personal files having gone missing once the update was installed, with users unable to recover them. Microsoft has since taken down the update with plans on fixing the odd bug. "We have paused the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) for all users as we investigate isolated reports of users missing some files after updating," Microsoft...

  • Acer Swift 5 review: a stylish lack of substance

    Acer's range of Swift ultrabooks are built with affordability in mind. They're relatively cheap compared to Apple, Dell or HP's offerings, but seemingly offer better value for money. That's especially true with the Acer Swift 3 I reviewed late last year. That machine's battery was the real selling point, something that I wholly appreciated while trying to cover IFA 2017, a tech expo notorious for its lack of unoccupied wall sockets. But what about it's bigger -- albeit, much much slimmer -- brother, the Swift 5? It's a question the machine posed to me during my two week review. Simple and elegant On...

  • I-Life launches two budget Windows machines in South Africa

    Miami-based tech brand I-Life has officially launched two of its products in South Africa though local distributor JD Group. Both machines run Windows 10 Home, but are set to occupy slightly different market segments. The I-Life ZED Note will be a two-in-one convertible, sporting a 11.6-inch screen, an Intel Atom X5-Z8350 CPU, 32GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM. It also comes with a three-year warranty. The I-Life ZED Air 2 on the other hand features a 14-inch screen, an Intel Celeron N3350 CPU, 32GB of internal storage and 3GB of RAM. It also features a hard drive upgrade slot, and...

  • Hacker brings Windows 10 ARM to Lumia smartphone

    Windows 10 Mobile was a bit of a disaster for Microsoft, to say the least. Between the Android/iOS duopoly, app gap and the ridiculously unpolished nature in the first few months, there's little wonder why Microsoft has quietly killed it. Unfortunately, the Redmond company doesn't plan to bring Windows 10 ARM (the Windows 10 for mobile devices) to Lumia phones. But where there's a will, there's a way, and an enterprising hacker has apparently got Windows 10 ARM to boot up on the Lumia 950. Win10 ARM on #lumia 950. #wpinternals #Windows10 #ARM pic.twitter.com/51dHpOsl8X — Blaze (@Blaze_CW) January 18, 2018 The hack was...

  • Snapdragon 835 PCs: what about games?

    Qualcomm and Microsoft have been really keen to point out the battery life in their upcoming Windows 10 PCs, touting up to 20 hours of juice for these Snapdragon 835-powered laptops. But what about games? It stands to reason that these devices aren't as powerful as Intel's Core range, given the fact that they use power-efficient mobile processors. But what can you get away with playing? Should older PC titles run fine? Microsoft Windows general manager Erin Chapple and Qualcomm's Miguel Nunes told Snapdragon Summit attendees that while you shouldn't expect a hardcore gaming experience, they did test a host of...

  • Hands-on: HP, Asus reveal two Snapdragon Windows PCs

    HP and Asus have announced two new convertible Windows 10 laptops, powered by Snapdragon 835 processors, and set for 2018 launches. First up, we have the Asus NovaGo, a two-in-one design that packs the Snapdragon 835, 4GB or 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. The firm is also claiming up to 22 hours of video playback and over 30 days of "modern standby" time. Otherwise, expect a $599 price tag for the 4GB/64GB entry-level variant, while the 8GB/256GB model packs a $799 price tag. HP also offering device HP also stepped onto Qualcomm's stage, revealing the Envy X2. Inside the 6.9mm...

  • HP website reveals Snapdragon 835 laptop with 4GB RAM

    Microsoft has been working on Windows 10 ARM for a while now, bringing the desktop operating system to mobile-focused chips as well. It's also chosen Qualcomm as its partner, with the US chip colossus expected to power a variety of Windows 10 devices. Now, HP's website (via Gizmochina) has revealed a Windows 10 ARM computer, packing a Snapdragon 835 processor, at least if the "SD835" line is anything to go by. The page also seems to list 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. This puts it in line with ultrabooks, then. ARM chips are expected to provide quite an endurance boost over...

  • The Gearburn Podcast #21: Samsung DeX, and the future of converged computing

    Welcome to the fortnightly Gearburn Podcast, where we postulate on the biggest happenings in the current tech world. This week, Hadlee Simons and Andy Walker chats converged computing, focussing on the Samsung DeX. Huawei's Mate 10 -- featuring AI smarts and a PC mode -- also gets a mention, while Microsoft's Continuum Dock, and it's ever-unsure smartphone programme, is also touched upon by the duo. For this, a dash of opinion, and predictions regarding the future of the converged computing phenomenon, listen to the full podcast below. If you like what you hear and would like to comment, add a suggestion or share...

  • Windows 10 on ARM: expect laptops, convertibles, more

    Microsoft's BUILD conference this week saw it deliver a variety of news. From Apple-style cross-device functionality to iTunes on the Windows Store, the company had no shortage of news to spare. The company has been rather quiet on the Windows 10 on ARM front since the initial announcement last year, but the conference saw Microsoft open up a bit in a pre-recorded video. So what did we learn? Only one chip for now? Microsoft reiterated that Windows 10 on ARM devices would be powered by Snapdragon processors. But more specifically, the company's slides say that it will be the Snapdragon 835. There wasn't any...