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Microsoft Announces Windows 11

Slashdot - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 11:27
After weeks of leaks and hype, Microsoft today officially announced Windows 11, the next version of its desktop operating system. From a report: While the company may have once said that Windows 10 was the last version of Windows, forgoing major point launches for a regular cadence of bi-annual upgrades, but it clearly believes that the changes -- and especially the redesigned user interface -- in this update warrant a new version number. Microsoft plans to release Windows 11 to the general public by the holidays, so we can probably expect it sometime around late November. Before that, we'll likely see a slew of public betas. If you followed along with the development and eventual demise of Windows 10X, Microsoft's operating system with a simplified user interface for dual- and (eventually) single-screen laptops, a lot of what you're seeing here will feel familiar, down to the redesigned Start menu. Indeed, if somebody showed you screenshots of Windows 11 and early previews of Windows 10X, you'd have a hard time telling them apart. As Microsoft Chief Product Officer Panos Panay noted in today's announcement, the overall idea behind the design is to make you feel "an incredible sense of calm," but at the same time, the Windows team has also worked to make it a lot faster. Windows Updates, for example, are supposed to be 40 percent faster, but Panay also noted that starting up your machine and even browsing should feel much faster.

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Leaked Apple Watch prototype shows iPad-like Smart Connector contacts in the band slot

iDownloadBlog - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 11:23

Will Apple retire the current band mechanism on the Apple Watch in favor of a Smart Connector-like connector we've already seen on iPads?
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Instagram now lets you create and publish posts on Mac, but iPad not supported

9to5Mac - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 11:11

After we got a sneak peek at the feature last month, Instagram has quietly rolled out the option to create and publish posts from its website on desktop (but not on iPad). The new functionality includes the ability to use filters and edit photos and videos as well.

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Google Delays Blocking Third-Party Cookies in Chrome Until 2023

Slashdot - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 10:55
Google is announcing today that it is delaying its plans to phase out third-party cookies in the Chrome browser until 2023, a year or so later than originally planned. From a report: Other browsers like Safari and Firefox have already implemented some blocking against third-party tracking cookies, but Chrome is the most-used desktop browser, and so its shift will be more consequential for the ad industry. That's why the term "cookiepocalypse" has taken hold. In the blog post announcing the delay, Google says that decision to phase out cookies over a "three month period" in mid-2023 is "subject to our engagement with the United Kingdom's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)." In other words, it is pinning part of the delay on its need to work more closely with regulators to come up with new technologies to replace third-party cookies for use in advertising. Few will shed tears for Google, but it has found itself in a very difficult place as the sole company that dominates multiple industries: search, ads, and browsers.

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Opera launches R5 browser update for Mac with shareable Pinboards, floating video calls, more

9to5Mac - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 10:36

Opera has released a major update for Mac, Windows, and Linux today with the launch of its new R5 browser. Headlining features include shareable Pinboards, a new popout UI for more flexibility with video calls, integration of four more streaming music services, and more.

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Apple will make it easier to erase a stolen iPhone in Brazil

9to5Mac - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 10:26

Last week, we reported that criminals in Brazil are stealing people’s iPhones to access bank accounts. Now, Procon-SP, the Brazilian consumer protection regulator based in São Paulo state, said banks are promising to create emergency centers to fight this kind of criminal activity, and Apple and Google are committed to making it easier to erase people’s stolen smartphone.

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New Time to Walk episodes coming to Apple Fitness+ on June 28

iDownloadBlog - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 10:25

Promotional graphics showing the Time to Walk feature for Apple Fitness+ on Apple Watch

The Apple Fitness+ Time to Walk feature is adding new guided audio walking workouts and music on Monday, June 28, 2021. STORY HIGHLIGHTS: New Time to Walk workouts from fitness experts Also coming June 28: the Artist Spotlight series New playlists...
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Apple releases trailer for Sundance award-winning movie CODA, premieres August 13 on Apple TV+

9to5Mac - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 10:17

Apple today released the official trailer for its next original movie, CODA. Apple TV+ will release the film on August 13, alongside a limited theatrical release. CODA first debuted as part of the 2021 Sundance film festival.

At Sundance, the film was warmly received and it was awarded the Grand Jury prize. Apple acquired the film in a record-setting $25 million deal. Watch the trailer below …

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New Instagram test intersperses suggested posts throughout your feed, sometimes ahead of your friends’

iDownloadBlog - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 10:08

Promotional image showing suggested posts in the main Instagram feed on iPhone

Instagram is also testing new controls to help shape recommendations by letting you choose from predetermined interests as well as add new ones and remove specific interests.
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Apple Fitness+ announces new Time to Walk workout series starting June 28

9to5Mac - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 10:05

After its first season of Time to Walk workouts ended in April, Apple today announced that new audio episodes will start again beginning June 28.

Time to Walk is part of Apple Fitness+, Apple’s fitness workout subscription service. Time to Walk encourages users to take a half-hour outdoor walk with their Watch, guided by uplifting and inspiring narration from famous celebrities.

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Google and India's Jio Platforms Announce Budget Android Smartphone JioPhone Next

Slashdot - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 10:02
Jio Platforms, run by India's richest man (Mukesh Ambani), and Google on Thursday unveiled the JioPhone Next, an affordable Android smartphone, as the top Indian telecom operator and the American giant make further push to expand their reach in the world's second largest internet market. From a report: The Indian firm, which secured $4.5 billion investment from Google (and another $15.5 billion from Facebook and others) last year and shared plans to work on low-cost smartphones, said the JioPhone Next is aimed at helping roughly 300 million users in India who are still on 2G network upgrade their gadget to access faster networks. The phone, which is "powered by extremely optimized Android" mobile operating system, will first launch in India on September 10 ahead of the festive season in the country, and will eventually be made available outside of India, said Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries, at its annual general meeting Thursday. The JioPhone Next will be an "ultra-affordable 4G smartphone," claimed Ambani, though he didn't reveal the price or the hardware specifications of the handset.

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Tested: Zens ZEPP03M dual-sided MagSafe-compatible powerbank for iPhone 12 and AirPods

9to5Mac - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 10:01

The Zens ZEPP03M dual-sided MagSafe-compatible powerbank is one of four models the company announced earlier this month. Its USP is that it can simultaneously charge both an iPhone 12 and an AirPods case.

The company’s marketing is a little naughty, saying MagSafe in some materials and MagSafe-compatible in others…

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