Posts From João Carrasqueira

João Carrasqueira
João Carrasqueira

Editor at XDA Computing. I've been covering the world of technology since 2018, but I've loved the field for a lot longer. And I have a weird affinity for Nintendo videogames, which I'm always happy to talk about.

These are the best PCs for working from home in 2022

Over the past two years, whether we like it or not, working from home has become a reality for many of us, and to some extent, it's probably here to stay. Working from home does gives us more flexibility in how we manage our time, so while we might like going into an office, there...

Microsoft’s Cortana was originally planned to be called Alyx, then Bingo

It's no secret that Microsoft's digital assistant, Cortana, was a failure in many respects, and quickly faded into obscurity after launch. But the project was once a very ambitious plan, and it seemed like it had all the makings of a great product. In the latest edition of the Big Bets newsletter, Sandeep Paruchuri, a...

LG’s first UltraGear gaming laptop has a 300Hz display and RTX graphics

LG's pre-CES announcements are well underway, and today the company announced its first-ever UltraGear gaming laptop UltraGear is LG's gaming brand, and it's mostly been focused on monitors, but now we're getting a high-end gaming laptop out of it, too. The model number for this new laptop is 17G90Q. As you'd expect, the LG UltraGear 17G90Q...

The Surface Pro 8 is up to $200 off with Microsoft Store’s holiday deals

If you're still scrambling to buy some gifts for this holiday season, the Microsoft Store is currently running holiday deals you can still take advantage of. Microsoft is offering discounts on a wide range of products, including the newly-launched Surface Pro 8, which is already $200 off its regular price. The sale also includes games, apps,...

The best third-party pens for PCs with Windows Ink support

Windows Ink is one of the coolest features Microsoft introduced with Windows 10, making it easier to take notes and draw on your PC using a digital active pen. Many convertibles, tablets, and some of the best laptops support Windows Ink nowadays, but whether they don't come with pens included or you happen to misplace...

LG’s new UltraFine monitors pack 4K OLED displays for creators

Ahead of CES, LG has announced a new pair of PC monitors, dubbed the UltraFine OLED Pro line. The new monitors come in 32-inch and 27-inch sizes, but they're otherwise identical. Among their features, the new UltraFine OLED Pro monitors count 4K resolution in the 16:9 aspect ratio, and a wide color gamut, covering 99% of...

These are the best cheap laptops you can buy in 2021

The best laptops out there pack mouth-watering specs and premium features in some stunning designs that are still light and portable. For tech enthusiasts like us here at XDA, they're what makes the tech industry so fun and interesting. But all of those high-end pieces of hardware are not something everyone can afford, and if...

Windows 11’s EdgeDeflector block is now in public builds, pushing users towards Edge

We've covered Microsoft's antics regarding its in-house Edge browser a few times in the past, from making it harder to change your default browser in Windows 11 to some very blatant marketing messages when downloading rival browsers. One of the things we've seen the company do recently was blocking EdgeDeflector, a software that was designed...

How to connect a PS5 DualSense controller to your Windows PC

Many would argue that the best way to play games on a PC is using a mouse and keyboard. This combination does offer a ton of control options, and for many games, a level of precision you can't get with analog sticks. If not that, then the Xbox Wireless Controller has typically been the go-to...

New Windows 11 build moves more options from Control Panel to Settings

Microsoft is rolling out its weekly build of Windows 11 to Insiders enrolled in the Dev channel, and this time we're getting build 22523. After a fairly loaded build last week, Windows 11 build 22523 is a bit tamer, but it still includes some cool new features to try out. This build is also available...

Windows Terminal will become the default terminal experience in Windows 11

Microsoft is changing the default command line experience in Windows 11 to be the new Windows Terminal app. This will replace the traditional Windows Console Host that's been the standard for many years, and it means you'll get a much more modern and capable experience out of the box. Windows Terminal itself isn't exactly a new...

SK Hynix is sampling the world’s first 24Gb DDR5 RAM chips

SK Hynix, a company well known for its memory products for PCs, has announced that it's now sampling the world's first 24Gb (gigabit) DDR5 RAM chips with customers. This is a big step forward for memory modules which have typically maxed out at 16Gb of capacity per chip. It means these chips now have increased...