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Intel HD Graphics 30.0.100.9955 DCH Is Available – Download Now

Intel has made available a new DCH graphics package targeted at several of its CPUs, namely version 30.0.100.9955, which includes H264 and HEVC DX12 video encode support on Microsoft Windows 11 for 10th Generation Core CPUs with Iris Plus graphics and higher.

In addition to that, the 9955 build resolves minor graphic anomalies seen in Cyberpunk 2077, Hitman 2, Euro Truck Simulator 2, Marvel’s Avengers, Metro Exodus, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Monster Jam Steel Titans 2, and Ark Survival Evolved titles.

Besides these changes, Intel makes sure no crash/hangs are encountered in Ark: Survival Evolved (during launch), Star Wars: Squadrons (during launch), and Warframe, and implements other changes as highlighted in the Release Notes below.

In terms of compatibility, the current update is targeted at Intel’s 11th, 10th, 9th, 8th, 7th, and 6th Generation Core processors, at Atom, Pentium, and Celeron processor family, at Core CPUs with Hybrid Technology, as well as at Iris… (read more)
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LinkedIn Is Leaving China Due to Obvious Reasons

Microsoft has announced that it’s pulling LinkedIn from China, and the reason is as simple as it could be: the social and sharing component of the platform has made it hard for the company to comply with local requirements, so giving up on the whole thing is pretty much the best way to go.

LinkedIn was available in China since early 2014, so it made its debut in the country some two years prior to the Microsoft acquisition.

While no big change was released for the localized version of LinkedIn in China after the software giant purchased the platform, Microsoft now says that dealing with the local requirements is hard if the final goal is to keep the scope of LinkedIn unaltered.

“While we’ve found success in helping Chinese members find jobs and economic opportunity, we have not found that same level of success in the more social aspects of sharing and staying informed. We’re also facing a significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance … (read more)
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WhatsApp Starts Rolling Out Encrypted Backups for iPhone and Android

WhatsApp already comes with end-to-end encryption for private conversations and calls, but on the other hand, the backups that you create and store in the cloud are exposed.

This is why the company announced last month that it’s bringing E2E to these backups as well, no matter if you use an iPhone or an Android device. In other words, all your backups will be protected by end-to-end encryption once uploaded to iCloud or Google Drive, so in theory, nobody but you should be able to access their contents.

Of course, it also means that you may no longer be able to access your backups if you lose the password.

“We’re adding another layer of privacy and security to WhatsApp: an end-to-end encryption option for the backups people choose to store in Google Drive or iCloud. WhatsApp is the first global messaging service at this scale to offer end-to-end encrypted messaging and backups, and getting there was a really hard technical challenge that required an entirely new fr… (read more)
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Microsoft Announces a New Way to Improve Windows Update

Microsoft has officially announced what it calls Update Stack Packages, which according to the company, is a new way to improve how Windows devices are being updated by delivering improvements for the update experience before a new patch is deployed.

In other words, they are updates for Windows Update that are typically shipped before devices are being provided with new operating system updates.

Microsoft is already using servicing stack updates, which are exactly what their name suggests: updates supposed to improve the servicing stack – the Windows part responsible for installing updates for the operating system. Microsoft releases new servicing stack updates periodically, so it’ll be interesting to see how the new Update Stack Packages will be different.

Currently in testing with limited insiders

For the time being, this new approach is only available for a limited number of users in the Dev channel, part of the Windows Insider program.

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Windows 11 Start Menu and Taskbar Fixes in the Latest Preview Build

Microsoft has released a new Windows 11 preview build to users in the Dev channel, and naturally, the Start menu and the taskbar, both massively overhauled in this operating system, getting their very own set of improvements.

Windows 11 build 22478 therefore includes a fix for the Start menu that prevents the keyboard focus from no longer getting lost if you press ESC after opening the user profile flyout.

At the same time, Microsoft says it has updated the prompt text when pinning UWP app content to Start, with the new message just reading “Do you want to pin this to Start?”.

As far as the taskbar is concerned, the software giant says it has finally addressed the bug that caused a crash of explorer.exe when left and right-clicking the taskbar at the same time.

Furthermore, Microsoft says it has resolved the issues with the Notification Center that caused this feature to freeze and then to stop launching completely.

Known issues affected the Start menu a… (read more)
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Windows 11 Finally Gets the New Fluent Emoji Experience

The most recent Windows Insider preview build released by Microsoft to the Dev channel includes a new Fluent emoji experience, therefore aligning this feature whose popularity is continuously increasing with the modern touch bundled with the operating system.

Announced back in July, this new Fluent emoji also supports Unicode emoji up to version 13.1, which means users are also getting new smiley faces as part of this release.

And of course, the new and refreshed emoji have been redesigned to look not only fun but also more modern.

“Emoji have become part of the way we communicate. Extending our expression by providing humor, feelings, and fun. You will notice we have redesigned all the emoji and introduced some nostalgia for our fans by making the standard paperclip emoji our beloved Clippy! As part of this rollout, we’re adding support for Unicode emoji up to Emoji 13.1 which includes new emoji such as face in the clouds, heart on fire, space with spiral eyes pl… (read more)
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PlayStation Plus Members to Receive Three Additional Titles in November

Sony is celebrating five years of PlayStation VR games and to mark the milestone, the Japanese giant has decided to offer PS Plus member three additional PS VR games starting next month. Although the titles haven’t been named yet, judging by the wording, we expect the promotion to continue even after November.

Starting in November, PlayStation Plus members will get three PS VR bonus games for no extra charge. Stay tuned for more details in the PlayStation Plus update in the next few weeks.”

In the same piece of news, Sony also revealed some data about the PS VR games it released since the launch of the virtual reality headset five years ago. First off, we now know which are the most-played five PlayStation VR games globally: Rec Room, Beat Saber, PlayStation VR Worlds, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR, and Resident Evil 7 biohazard.

Depending on the region, the situation changes slightly. For example, in Europe, top five most-played PlayStation VR games is… (read more)
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PlayStation Console Exclusive Solar Ash Gets Delayed

Solar Ash, the spiritual successor of Hyper Light Drifter from developer Heart Machine, will no longer release in October. Although the game should have been out on PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 on October 26, Annapurna Interactive and Heart Machine announced this week they have decided to delay the game.

The official statement cites time constraints due to the global pandemic, something that many other developers were forced to overcome in the last few years. That being said, Solar Ash now has a new release date: December 2, 2021.

Heart Machine & Annapurna Interactive have decided to delay the release of Solar Ash until December 2, 2021. We want Solar Ash to shine, and we need a bit more time to get the last pieces of polish and bug fixes into the game, while still navigating this global pandemic as a highly dedicated team. This short delay will help us get there.”

Unlike their previous Hyper Light Drifter game that was built using 2D pixel art, t… (read more)
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This Little App Partially Fixes the Missing Windows 11 Drag and Drop to Taskbar

There’s a lot Microsoft needs to further polish in Windows 11, and without a doubt, the company is fully aware of most problems, especially given all the buzz created on social media after the rollout of the new operating system.

But some of the features missing from Windows 11 don’t make any sense, and the drag and drop to taskbar support is just the living proof in this regard.

Something so basic should totally be there in the world’s number one desktop operating system, and while Microsoft could be working on it right now, there’s no excuse not to include it from the very beginning.

And even more surprising is that it didn’t take more than a few hours for someone in the community to come up with a workaround.

Thank God for the Windows community

This little tool, now available freely for anyone running Windows 11, partially restores the Windows 11 drag and drop to taskbar support, though as you can see in the release notes on <a href="https://… (read more)
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There’s a Typo in Paint on Windows 11, and Now I Can’t Unsee It

Windows 11 comes with a redesigned Paint app which, as you could easily guess, comes with an overhauled interface that aligns it with the rest of the operating system.

While the highly anticipated dark mode hasn’t been enabled just yet, it looks like the new Paint does come with something that you won’t be able to unsee too soon: it’s a typo in the File menu that somehow went unnoticed during the beta testing and is now bundled with the app even on production devices.

As spotted by someone on reddit, if you want to open a new file in Paint, you also have the option to import an image from the scannner or from the camera. You know, because everybody has a scannner these days anyway, so this makes perfect sense.

As if this wasn’t already announced for people obsessed with typos and everything grammar, users on reddit claim some of the Wind… (read more)
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