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Windows 11 update bring Copilot plugins, Android-phone-as-webcam, and more

Microsoft plans to roll out a number of updates to Windows 11 over the next few weeks. Some are things we’ve already heard about, like the Generative Erase feature in the Windows Photos app. Others are new, like the ability to use an Android smartphone as a webcam for your PC. But it’s telling that […]

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Lilbits: Bluesky now supports federation, Windows 11 prepares for WiFi 7

A few weeks after emerging from invite-only status, social network Bluesky has taken another major step toward doing the thing that makes it more than just a Twitter X clone: it’s opened the doors for federation. In a nutshell, that means the Bluesky network isn’t just going to be hosted on Bluesky’s servers anymore. Anyone […]

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You can’t use Windows Mixed Reality headsets with Windows 11 24H2

Late last year Microsoft announced it would be ending support for Windows Mixed Reality headsets (and associated software). Now the company has taken the first steps toward pulling the plug. Windows Insider Preview Build 26502 was released to members of the Windows Insider Preview program this week, and users running this build who plug in […]

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Microsoft releases preview of Sudo for Windows (run commands that require elevated privileges)

Microsoft is bringing another Linux feature to Windows… although it’s an optional feature aimed at power users. Sudo for Windows is a command line tool that works a lot like its Linux counterpart, allowing users to run commands that require elevated permissions on a case-by-case basis. In other words, you don’t need to right-click and […]

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Ready or not, Windows PC keyboards are getting a dedicated Copilot key for Microsoft’s AI assistant

Microsoft has been betting big on AI over the last few years. But if you haven’t had much use for features like the company’s new Windows Copilot AI assistant, it’s been pretty easy to ignore. It’s going to be a little harder soon though, because Microsoft has been working with PC makers to include a […]

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Goodbye Windows Mixed Reality, we hardly knew Microsoft’s VR software

Like many companies, Microsoft made a big bet on virtual & augmented reality a few years back. But it looks like the company has decided that bet hasn’t really paid off. Windows Mixed Reality has been added to Microsoft’s list of deprecated features, and it will be removed from Windows altogether in an upcoming release. Update: […]

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Lilbits: Windows 10 gets three more years of support (for those who pay)

Microsoft plans to end support for Windows 10 in less than two years. In fact, the company has already announced that it’s done rolling out major updates to the operating system. Windows 10 22H2 is the end of the road on that front. But Microsoft will stop delivering security updates in October, 2025… for most people. Now […]

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Lilbits: Microsoft previews Windows 11 Energy Saver mode, Freewrite Traveler Ghost Edition launches (digital typewriter with a transparent case)

The Freewrite Traveler is a portable writing machine that first launched about 5 years ago. It’s basically a digital typewriter designed for distraction-free writing. It doesn’t have a web browser, a color display, or apps. It lets you type documents on a full-sized keyboard while looking at an E Ink display, and back up those […]

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Microsoft Store’s Instant Games feature lets you play some titles without downloading and installing

The major Windows 11 update that Microsoft announced last week is now rolling out to users. In a blog post announcing the release, Microsoft describes some of the new features including the AI-enhanced version of MS Paint, the new Copilot tool, and updates to File Explorer, the Clipchamp video editor and Windows Snipping Tool, among […]

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Windows 11 update is coming September 26 with AI-powered Copilot and updates for File Explorer, Paint, and other features

The next major update to Windows 11 is coming next week, and it will bring some of the biggest changes we’ve seen in a while. When the update to Windows 11 22H2 update arrives on September 26, 2023 it will bring a new design for File Explorer, all those new MS Paint features we’ve seen […]

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Lilbits: Amlogic’s new chip could power next-gen TV boxes, and MS Paint is getting… good?

Microsoft is adding a bunch of new features to Paint, a graphics editing app that had been pretty barebones up until recently. The company is also rolling out experimental new updates to the Windows Subsystem for Linux. And the first performance notes about a new Amlogic processor that could power next-gen Google and Android TV […]

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Lilbits: Microsoft kills of WordPad, Lenovo unveils a liquid-cooled gaming laptop, and AMD Ryzen 8050 mobile chip details leaked

Microsoft is pulling the plug on WordPad, the basic word processor that’s been included in Windows for more than two decades. The company has added the app to its list of deprecated features, saying it is “no longer being updated and will be removed in a future release of Windows.” In other recent tech news […]

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Lilbits: Raspberry Pi supplies, Amazon Drive’s impending shutdown, separating Chrome from ChromeOS, and more

Amazon announced last year that it would pull the plug on its Amazon Drive cloud storage service at the end of 2023. But as the deadline approaches, the company has revealed that it won’t just delete all the files you may have uploaded to the service… instead it’ll move them over to Amazon Photos, a service […]

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Lilbits: Samsung’s new foldables and AMD’s new security vulnerability

Samsung’s newest Galaxy Z foldable phones are up for pre-order. Prices start at about $1000 for the Galaxy Z Flip5 and $1800 for the Galaxy Z Fold5, although various retailers are offering free storage upgrades, gift cards, or other perks to sweeten the deal before the phones are generally available on August 11. Meanwhile, I […]