Microsoft Announces Out-of-Band Updates for Windows Server

Microsoft has released a new series of out-of-band updates, though this time, they are specifically aimed at Windows Server (no consumer version of Windows is targeted).

The new updates are supposed to resolve authentication issues on DCs relating to Kerberos delegation scenarios, as explained by Microsoft, with the company telling IT admins to download the patches manually and then use WSUS to install them.

“Microsoft is releasing Out-of-band (OOB) updates today, November 14, 2021, to resolve issues in which authentication might fail on DCs with certain Kerberos delegation scenarios on all supported versions of Windows Server when used as a Domain Controller. To get the standalone update package, search for it in the Microsoft Update Catalog. You can import this update into Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) manually,” the company explains.

The list of updates available for Windows Server is the following:
  • Windows Server 2019: <a href="https://suppor... (read more) Source: Softpedia News

Delivery Estimates for iPhone 13 Still High as Shortage Continues

Apple isn’t immune to the chip shortage happening all over the world, and this means whoever wants to buy an iPhone 13 today has to wait not one or two days but up to 26 if they live in the United States and want a Pro model.

This is what JP Morgan lead analyst Samik Chatterjee has recently seen in a note to investors obtained by AI, as the delivery estimates for the iPhone 13 are still much higher than for the iPhone 12 a year ago.

The United States and China seem to be hit the hardest by these problems.

For example, if you live in the United States and want to get an iPhone 13, your best option is to get the mini because the fastest you can receive it is 10 days. The standard model can arrive at your door 11 days, while the Pro models come with a delivery estimate of no less than 28 days.

The shortage will contin... (read more) Source: Softpedia News

Google Chrome 96 Launches with Good News for Windows 11 Users

Google has released another major version of Google Chrome for all supported platforms, and this time, those whose devices have already been updated to Windows 11 are getting a special update.

The new Google Chrome 96 doesn’t include too many new features, and this makes total sense, as Google has already embraced a 4-week release schedule for the browser.

This means the company is focusing less on new capabilities and more on essential polishing and security patches that can keep Google Chrome up-to-date.

But there’s one important change in Google Chrome 96, and it’s specifically aimed at Windows 11 users.

Windows 11-style menus

As spotted on reddit, Google Chrome 96 allows users to enable Windows 11-style menus with a special flag in the Experiments screen.

More specifically, Google has added a new Windows 11 Style M... (read more) Source: Softpedia News

Samsung Brings Part of the Wear OS Magic to Its Tizen Smartwatches

Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch 4 embraces one big change as compared to all its predecessors: it gives up on Tizen and goes for Wear OS, therefore giving Google’s wearable operating system a huge boost in the competition against Apple’s watchOS.

But this doesn’t necessarily mean Samsung is ready to leave behind all of its Tizen-based smartwatches, so the company has announced that some of the features previously exclusive to the Galaxy Watch 4 would also launch on older models like the Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Watch Active 2, and Galaxy Watch 3.

The new rollout, which will happen via a software update to go live on these devices, is mostly focused on health capabilities and personalization options.

So for example, those who own a Galaxy Watch Active 2 or a Galaxy Watch 3 will get support for fall detection. This system automatically detects when the wearer has recorded a fall, asking for input, and in case no response is offered, it can automatically ... (read more) Source: Softpedia News

Samsung Loves Qualcomm, Snapdragon to Power Half of 2022 Phone Lineup

Samsung is betting big on its very own Exynos chip, but this doesn’t necessarily mean the company is ready to give up on the collaboration it has with Qualcomm.

In fact, the South Koreans are relying heavily on Snapdragon chips, and the 2022 lineup, for example, is going to bet big on the US firm’s chipsets.

According to a recent report from The Elec, Samsung will use Snapdragon hardware on no less than 31 phones going next year out of a total of 64 new launches. In other words, Samsung will use Qualcomm chips on nearly half of its entire 2022 phone lineup, while the Exynos will make its way to 20 models.

Samsung will also use MediaTek chips, though this time, they will be installed on 14 phone models.

Big bet on Snapdragon

The company is unlikely to change the approach it used in the past, and the upcoming Galaxy S22, which is due in January, will probably use both Exynos and ... (read more) Source: Softpedia News

Modern WhatsApp Desktop App for Windows Now Available for Download

We’ve known for a while that WhatsApp was working on a new desktop app for Windows, and the last weekend, it finally showed up on the Microsoft Store for some users.

As spotted by AL, the new WhatsApp desktop app is still in the beta stage, though it can already be downloaded from the Microsoft Store by those running Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Based on the Electron framework, the new WhatsApp client aligns with the modern visual updates available in Windows 10 and Windows 11, so for example, it also uses the rounded corners that are now part of the new operating system.

At the same time, the app got acrylic, therefore sporting a much more modern approach, especially on Windows 11.

Only available for some

Keep in mind, however, that the app is still part of the beta development stage, so some features may not work ex... (read more) Source: Softpedia News

Third-Party Android App Installer for Windows 11 Coming Back to the Store

We’ve known for a while that Android app support was coming to Windows 11, but up to this point, only select insiders running preview builds have been allowed to try out this feature with a limited number of apps.

In other words, the Windows Subsystem for Android, or WSA, is still in its early days, and Microsoft is limiting the number of apps users can install on purpose, as it wants to collect feedback before expanding the availability.

But in the meantime, the skilled Windows dev community has come up with all kinds of solutions, and developer Simone Franco created an app that comes in incredibly handy. Called WSATools, his tool made it really straightforward to install any Android app on Windows 11 as long as WSA was available.

Published in the Microsoft Store, WSATools recently became a hit. Until Microsoft suddenly removed it for absolutely no reason, with some suggesting that it might actually violate some policies.

The app is back on the ... (read more) Source: Softpedia News

iPhone 14 Concept Proposes a Second Screen, Air Charging

The iPhone 13 is here, but just like everybody else, Apple is struggling to make the device available to everybody, as the chip shortage just keeps wreaking havoc in the entire industry.

So while the company is working around the clock on dealing with the lack of components for the iPhone 13, some people are already dreaming about the iPhone 13.

And a concept recently published online by ConceptsiPhone provides us with an early look at a revolutionary iPhone 14 that’s probably not going to happen.

Ambitious overhaul

The iPhone 14 concept envisions massive upgrades for Apple’s flagship product, and without a doubt, one of the most notable is the addition of a secondary screen that slides it from the back.

In other words, the iPhone 14 becomes a dual-screen device, with this secondary panel being used specifically for input. This means the iPhone more or less becomes a more pro... (read more) Source: Softpedia News

Already-Killed Microsoft Surface Device Shows Up in Latest Ryan Reynolds Movie

Microsoft launched the Surface Neo with much fanfare during the company’s October 2019 hardware event, and this model played a key role in the new dual-screen device strategy planned by the software giant.

Needless to say, it was considered by many the big brother of the Surface Duo, despite running different operating systems. While the Duo is powered by Android, Surface Neo was supposed to run Windows 10X.

But on the other hand, the Surface Duo is already at its second generation, whereas the Surface Neo is still nowhere to be seen. This is because the device has been completely ditched, though the official version shared by Microsoft is that the Surface Neo has just been delayed.

All signs, however, seem to indicate the Neo got the ax. Not only the device is no longer in the works, according to people familiar with the matter, but Windows 10X, the operating system supposed to power the dual-screen experience, was shelved as well, with some of its features integ... (read more) Source: Softpedia News

The New Windows 11 Your Phone App Makes a Good Case for Using Android

We’ve known for a while that Microsoft tried to make Android devices feel like home on Windows PCs with the Your Phone app, and the project has evolved so much that it’s now a very good catalyst for giving up on an iPhone and switching to Google’s platform.

As you can see in the screenshot here and published on Twitter by AL, the Your Phone has reached the point where nearly everything happening on your Android device lands directly on Windows 11.

Including notifications, messages, photos, apps, calls, and contacts, all displayed in a very modern-looking UI that provides one-click access to everything.

Sure, the interface may be considered a little bit cluttered at first, but it’s probably just a matter of time until you get used to where everything is currently located.

Currently in testing stage

The sidebar uses modern visual tweaks, including the transparency t... (read more) Source: Softpedia News