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WhatsApp Will Allow iPhone Users to Set Special Rules for Each Contact

WhatsApp seems to be working non-stop on refining the experience with the app on both Android and iPhone, and the beta builds that the company releases to testers are a great way to find out in advance what exactly it’s planning on this front.

One of the latest beta versions, for example, comes with new options specifically aimed at iPhone users who want more advanced controls over their privacy settings.

More specifically, WABetaInfo has noticed that WhatsApp added new options in the privacy section, allowing users to set new rules for specific contacts.

The whole thing works in a pretty straightforward manner.

First and foremost, the new features are currently aimed at the last seen info and the profile photo. Right now, if you want to configure privacy settings for the two, you can allow everyone to see these details, only your contacts, or block absolutely all people f… (read more)
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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE Press Photos Leaked, Launch Likely at CES

Now that Apple has officially launched the iPhone 13 and Google started selling the Pixel 6, the next big release in the mobile market is without a doubt the next generation of Samsung phones.

Needless to say, the Galaxy S22 is one of the most anticipated releases of 2022, but at the same time, Samsung is also giving the finishing touches to other models that are playing a very important role in its mobile strategy overall.

The Galaxy S21 FE, for example, is projected to provide customers with the essential feature package originally bundled with the main Galaxy S21, but with small tweaks that allow Samsung to stick with a lower price tag. This is an approach that Samsung has also used before for FE-branded models and which is expected to be used again for a cheaper model of the Galaxy S21.

Up to this point, however, Samsung has remained completely tight-lipped on the Galaxy S21 FE, though we heard on several occasions that the device could go live at some point i… (read more)
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Call of Duty: Vanguard Review (PS5)

World War II is perhaps the most successful setting even for shooters even after the countless games that turned the bloodiest human conflict inside and out. Is there something new to talk about it? Probably, but it’s much easier to just remix the fan-favorite and throw them on the automated factory assembly line that Call of Duty had become. Read on only if you want to find out why Vanguard is maybe the weakest iteration of the entire franchise.    

The yearly CoD games split the audiences in two: those who praise it for its multiplayer or zombie modes, and those who have the courage to point out that the king is actually naked. But this year, with Vanguard, the comparison with The Emperor’s New Clothes is more actual than ever, Call of Duty failing on every front. The success of Warzone encouraged Activision to focus solely on milking that gimmick, and this year the cracks of the franchise are undeniable.

For a while now the single player part of the CoD games is… (read more)
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Windows 11 Cumulative Update KB5008400 Is Out, Nothing Exciting This Time

Microsoft has just released a new Windows 11 cumulative update for users in the Dev channel, but this time, there’s nothing too exciting in there.

This is because Windows 11 cumulative update KB5008400 is only supposed to help test the servicing pipeline, so it doesn’t include anything worth mentioning.

This update increases the OS build number to 22499.1010.

Windows 11 build 22499

On the other hand, this cumulative update is aimed at devices running Windows 11 build 22499, which was released this week with one big change: a new feature that allows users to quickly share a window as part of a Microsoft Teams call.

Windows 11 therefore adds a new option in the window thumbnail when hovering a running app in the taskbar, and clicking it instantly shares what happens within the app as part of the call.

“When you are in a meeting call through Microsoft Teams, simply hover over the apps running on your taskbar and you will see a new button that allo… (read more)
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Microsoft Ships New Windows 11 Build to Beta and RP Channels

Microsoft has just shipped a new Windows 11 build as update KB5007262 to insiders who are part of the Release Preview and Beta channels.

The new build is 22000.346, and it’s entirely focused on fixing bugs and improving the overall performance of the operating system.

And of course, there are several notable improvements in this release, including for a bug that previously caused some devices to hang when waking up from hibernation. Furthermore, the company says it has resolved bugs impacting some apps that suddenly stop responding to input, as it discovered that such glitches are happening occasionally on devices with touchpads.

The new update includes support for Emoji 13.1, so it updates the emoji dictionary, as well the Emoji and more panel to let use the new smiley faces in any app. Furthermore, this update also adds an option to search for Emoji 13.1 in all supported languages from the refreshed panel.

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Microsoft Releases a New Windows 11 Desktop Wallpaper

Microsoft has released a new Windows 11 wallpaper, and this time, the company says its purpose is to prepare computers across the world (and already running the new OS) for the upcoming holidays.

Needless to say, the background is a festive wallpaper that was created by artist Kervin Brisseaux, with Microsoft explaining that its abstract approach fits Windows 11 just like a glove.

“Taking inspiration from a variety of sources is a way of life for artist Kervin Brisseaux. Brisseaux, a Haitian American creative director who lives in New York City, combines influences from his background in architecture with cues from fashion, music and other facets of pop culture into his vibrant illustration style,” the company explains.

“The light and bright elements of the visual story Brisseaux imagined for his background track w… (read more)
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Caps Lock Lights Not Working on the Latest Windows 11 Preview Builds

The most recent Windows 11 preview builds reportedly come with a bug that breaks down the key lights for Caps Lock, Scroll Lock, and Num Lock, according to some insiders who installed them.

More specifically, a post in the Windows Feedback Hub reveals that the problem happens on Windows 11 build 22494 and later, with several users explaining that while the keys work properly, the lights don’t turn on. This makes it pretty hard to figure out when they’re activated, and in some cases, users are tempted to believe it’s a hardware issue happening on their keyboards.

The problem also exists in Windows 11 build 22499, the most recent release in the Dev channel.

Needless to say, there’s no workaround for the whole thing, though the good news is Microsoft is already investigating the problem, so it should be fixed in the upcoming preview builds.

A temporary workaround

In the meantime, such a small error caused quite … (read more)
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Samsung Believes Only Sky Is the Limit for Its Foldables

Samsung is one of the companies betting all-in on foldables, and given its full commitment to this form factor, it makes sense for devices like Galaxy Z Flip3 and Galaxy Z Fold3 to be promoted on every single occasion.

But as it turns out, Samsung is also having some pretty big expectations for the 2022 generation of foldables, as a recent report indicates the company wants to sell no less than 10 million units next year.

More specifically, this figure only concerns the third and the fourth quarter of the year, as Samsung is expected to launch its new foldables in the summer.

The South Korean company also has some pretty big expectations from the Galaxy S22 as well. The same source indicates the firm wants to produce nearly 38 million units in 2022, as well as over 78 million devices as part of the Galaxy A lineup.

So clearly, Samsung believes the phone market would be strong enough next year to… (read more)
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Also Check the Spam Folder: Microsoft Giving Away $100 Gift Cards

With the holiday season almost upon us, Microsoft is obviously getting ready for the party, but as it turns out, the company is very committed to making users a big part of it as well.

This is why the software giant has started giving away gift cards to the luckiest customers in the United States, and this year, their value is quite impressive.

A total of 25,000 people are seemingly getting $100 Microsoft Store gift cards, so if you feel lucky, make sure you check your email. Another 25,000 customers are being provided with $10 gift cards, and while these aren’t as impressive as the others, they’re still good enough to buy some apps from the Microsoft Store.

Needless to say, nobody can tell for sure who gets the gift cards and who doesn’t. Not even Microsoft, that is, as the company says it’s using a random selection to pick the winners.

Great deals on Surface and accessories

Microsoft will also release its very own deals on Black Friday and Chr… (read more)
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The World’s First Public iPhone with USB-C Is Apparently Worth $86,000

Apple doesn’t seem to have any intention of producing an iPhone with an USB-C port because this would pretty much mean the company is giving up on its proprietary Lightning port.

And despite the constant pressure from both consumers and organizations across the world, the Cupertino-based tech giant sticks with Lightning on the new iPhones as well.

In the meantime, a student has managed to build what Apple clearly doesn’t want to: an iPhone with a USB-C port, and as it turns out, everything works as you’d expect it to work.

In other words, it charges just like an Android device, though the owner clearly said from the very beginning that updating, restoring, or erasing the iPhone isn’t recommended because this would break the port.

Sold at record price

The USB-C iPhone X ended up on eBay where it enjoyed a massive success. The auction came to an end this week, and the lucky winner has to pay no m… (read more)
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