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NBA 2K22 Review (PS5)

Many believe the world of sports videogames is a niche that’s losing ground, but on the other hand, super-popular titles like EA’s FIFA are a clear indication they’re not.

On the other hand, what seems to be harder and harder is coming up with something that makes every new title feel fresh without losing the essential factors that helped build a gamer base for each franchise.

In the case of NBA 2K22, this year’s release comes with a long list of promises, but on the other hand, it goes without saying some people are still skeptical about the massively overhauled gaming experience 2K says you should end up getting your hands on.

If you’ve played 2K21 before, there’s no doubt you’re already familiar with the game, but even if you didn’t, it’s all just a matter of time until you find your way into it.

NBA 2K22 feels like a game that kind of grows on you, and while this is a statement that would rather fit the conclusion, it’s an absolutely essentially tidbit that e… (read more)
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Parallels 17.1 Released with macOS Monterey and Windows 11 Support

Microsoft has updated the system requirements for Windows 11, and this has caused quite a confusion in its very own userbase, with some users expressing their frustration online for not being able to run the new operating system even on fully capable hardware.

One of the main requirements is TPM 2.0, and this made it more challenging for virtualization software to run Windows 11 as well.

The latest version of Parallels finally adds full support for Windows 11, therefore allowing Apple users to install the new operating system on their devices in a very straightforward manner.

At the same time, Parallels 17.1 also adds macOS Monterey support for Apple M1 devices. M1 is Apple’s first-generation silicon based on a custom ARM architecture.

“Final changes to the system requirements for Windows 11 require a computer, both physical and virtual, with a TPM chip installed. Considering that virtual machines “will continue to work as long as the hardware requirements are me… (read more)
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New Windows 11 Build Now Available for Beta and Release Preview Insiders

Windows 11 is currently rolling out to production devices out there, but Microsoft keeps working on refining the experience with the operating system, and the Beta and Release Preview channels are the ones helping the company do just that.

The latest Windows 11 preview build for these two rings therefore comes with plenty of improvements, and users can get their hands on them right now.

Windows 11 build 22000.282 is available for download with plenty of fixes, including for performance glitches hitting some AMD Ryzen processors.

“We fixed an L3 caching issue that might affect performance in some applications on devices that have AMD Ryzen processors after upgrading to Windows 11 (original release),” Microsoft confirms in the release notes.

Furthermore, Microsoft says it has also resolved a problem causing the Start menu to no longer launch, with the taskbar also sticking with the original design that was part of Windows 10. So if you were stuck with the Windows 1… (read more)
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Android Apps Running on Windows 11 Spotted Online

One of the most important new features coming to Windows 11 users is support for Android apps, as Microsoft will allow everybody to install mobile apps from the Amazon Appstore right on their PCs.

This feature, however, isn’t yet live, despite Windows 11 currently rolling out to users, with Microsoft needing more time to make it happen.

And while insiders are likely the first ones to get their hands on Android app support, it looks like this release may not be too far, as WL has come across screenshots originating from China and showing some Windows 11 devices running apps built for Google’s mobile operating system.

In other words, Android apps have been spotted out in the wild running on Windows 11, which means Microsoft is currently running a limited test that could soon be expanded to more users out there.

Still no official ETA</st… (read more)
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Bonfire Peaks Review (PC)

One step backward, pivot, pivot again, stop to think a little. My character is holding on to an asymmetric stack of crates (one is not like the others) that defies gravity. While he stands still, I am thinking about how to move it into position so I can take one element and then make it into a step to finally reach a fire. Once I am there, I will turn some objects linked to my past into smoke and heat. I am not entirely sure why.

Bonfire Peaks was created by Corey Martin and is published by Draknek & Friends, on the PC using Steam, the Nintendo Switch, the PlayStation 5 and 4. The title is built around puzzle mechanics and a story that touches on the meaning of loss and survival.

The unnamed protagonist is very determined to carry a crate of his things into a fire. It’s hard to know exactly what he’s carrying, or why the bonfires are all strewn across a mountain. Some hints about his past emerge as the peak approaches. Everything is clearly a metaphor for loss and … (read more)
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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.

“Curr… (read more)
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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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