Posts From Rich Woods

Rich Woods
Rich Woods

Managing Editor for XDA Computing. I've been covering tech from smartphones to PCs since 2013. If you see me at a trade show, come say hi and let me ask you weird questions about why you use the tech you use.

The complete specs of the Surface Go 3 leak with no surprises

Next week, Microsoft is going to be holding a big hardware event, where it's expected to announce the Surface Book 4, the Surface Pro 8, a new Surface Pro X, the Surface Duo 2, and the Surface Go 3. Probably the least exciting of the bunch is the Surface Go 3, but thanks to WinFuture,...

Windows 11: Release date, price, and everything that’s new

After what seemed like ages of waiting, Microsoft has finally announced what it's calling "the next generation of Windows". Windows 11 is a major, major change. It's representative of a big shift in how Microsoft delivers Windows, but it's also a big UX overhaul as well. On top of that, it's getting Android app support,...

Amazon Appstore shows up in the Microsoft Store, but you can’t have it yet

Just a couple of weeks ago, the Windows Subsystem for Android showed up in the Microsoft Store, even if it didn't do anything for people that downloaded it. Now, as spotted by Microsoft leakster WalkingCat, the other piece of the Android app puzzle has arrived. The listing for the Amazon Appstore in the Microsoft Store...

Microsoft is rolling out Windows 11 app updates to the Beta channel

Today, Microsoft is releasing Windows 11 build 22000.194 to the Beta channel. First of all, there's not much that's new. Windows 11 is launching on October 5; it's safe to say that it's feature-complete. One thing that you'll find, however, is a bunch of Windows 11 app updates. These include Snipping Tool, Calculator, and Clock with...

Microsoft’s Surface event: What to expect and what not to expect

We're now just weeks away from the launch of Windows 11, and we're just days away from Microsoft's next big Surface launch. If you're a fan of the company's hardware, it's bound to be an exciting day that's full of surprises. So beware, there are spoilers ahead. We've got some ideas about what we're going to...

Windows 11 VMs are going to require TPM 2.0

With all of the system requirement increases in Windows 11, one of the more prominent ones is TPM 2.0. However, that requirement is waived if you're installing the new OS in a virtual machine, allowing you to test it out on unsupported hardware, as well as run it on things like Apple's M1 Macs. That's going...

Samsung starts making 90Hz OLED displays for laptops

Samsung today announced that it's started mass production on 90Hz OLED displays for laptops. You're going to start seeing them in 14-inch laptops soon, and they'll come from OEMs like ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung. In the world of Windows PCs, high refresh rates are known for being a gaming feature. For mobile phones though,...

HP EliteBook 840 Aero review: It’s incredible, but it’s expensive

I have to say, HP has been really killing it lately. I recently reviewed the HP Pavilion Aero, and I found it truly remarkable that the company put that much value into a mainstream laptop. It felt more premium than Pavilion. I get the same feeling from the HP EliteBook 840 Aero. This thing feels like...

The Best Windows laptops with Number Pads for Fall 2021 come from HP, LG, Samsung, and others!

If you're looking for a good laptop with a number pad on the keyboard, the first thing you have to know is that you'll be looking at laptops in 15- to 17-inch sizes. You don't see number pads on 13-inch laptops, since they're simply too small. But while many 15-inch laptops have number pads, many...

Microsoft releases Windows 11 build 22458 to the Dev channel with fixes

It's Wednesday, and that means that it's time for a new Windows 11 Insider Preview build in the Dev channel. This week's build is 22458, and as usual, there isn't much that's new. In fact, most new features that show up in the Dev channel are going to show up after the new OS ships...

You can now get pre-approved for your iPhone 13 pre-order

If you're on the iPhone Upgrade Program or looking to finance a fresh new iPhone 13 through Apple, you can get started now. The pre-approval process is live, so once you get that out of the way, the pre-order for your new iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro on Friday will take just a few...

You can now have a totally password-less Microsoft account

Passwords are a bad product, and Microsoft knows it. Every year, we see reports on the most popular passwords that are used, and those that know how to make a secure password always find it a bit jarring to see how many people are still using things like '123456', 'password', 'abc123', and so on. Microsoft has...