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.

Lenovo has a new Yoga tablet with HDMI input

Lenovo's strategy when it comes to Android tablets in recent years has focused on hybrid use cases. For example, the Yoga Tab P10 was Alexa-enabled and docked in a speaker to become a smart speaker. The Yoga Smart Tab had Google Assistant, and you could hang it on the wall as a smart picture frame...

How to clean the Alcantara keyboard on the Surface Laptop 4

Alcantara fabric has been a staple of the Surface Laptop since it debuted. At the time, it came in four colors -- Burgundy, Cobalt Blue, Platinum, and Graphite Gold. Microsoft also introduced the Signature Type Cover, an Alcantara keyboard for the Surface Pro. The colors changed over the years, and now Alcantara is just an...

NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is showing up all over the place

NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3080 Ti GPU is coming. While most leaks shouldn't be taken too seriously until the product is announced, the RTX 3080 Ti has just been leaked so many times by now. The latest was by Reddit user FaisalKhatib (spotted by VideoCardz). According to the post, the MSI Suprim X was spotted at a...

Microsoft’s Edge browser is now available in beta for Linux

Today, Microsoft released its Edge browser in the Beta channel for Linux. It's been available in the Dev channel since Ignite last year. That means that if you're on Linux or even for Chromebooks, you can test a more stable version of the browser. If you choose to download it, you're going to get Edge 91....

Microsoft has a new Reading Progress feature in Teams

In a blog post thanking teachers for all of their work throughout the pandemic, Microsoft announced a new Reading Progress feature that's on its way to Teams. Essentially, it records the student while they're reading. It then gives a rating of words per minute and has an accuracy rating. It's also integrated into Education Insights. That...

Microsoft is finally killing off Flash in Windows 10 this summer

Support for Adobe Flash has been fading away for some time now. It's been removed from all modern browsers, and it's been unsupported by Adobe since the beginning of the year. Microsoft has been slowly killing it off in Windows 10 by offering an update to remove the software. For most people, that update installed automatically...

XDA Basics: Can I use an external monitor with the M1 iMac?

Apple's new iMac is here, complete with pretty colors and an M1 processor. We called the MacBook Air with M1 the best affordable laptop for Apple users, and the iMac should deliver that level of quality for desktop users. But before you order, you'll need to know if you can still use your sweet multi-monitor...

Surface Laptop 4 vs Surface Pro 7: Which Surface device is the right choice for you?

The latest portable PC from Microsoft is the Surface Laptop 4, but the Redmond firm offers a wide variety of Surface devices. The one that has the most parity with the Surface Laptop 4 is the Surface Pro 7. They're both under the premium umbrella and they both have similar internals, but they have different...

Microsoft details what’s new in Microsoft 365 for April

Today, Microsoft published its usual monthly roundup of all of new Microsoft 365 features. This one is for the month of April. As usual, there's plenty going on. As you'd expect, there are new Teams features. Polls are getting an improvement, so if you're an external guest, you can get the same experience as someone that's...

Windows 10 is getting a big improvement to the Bluetooth audio experience

Today, Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 21370 to the Dev channel. There's not a whole lot that's changed in the way of front-facing new features, but there are some changed coming to the Bluetooth audio experience. From now on, Windows 10 is only going to show you one audio endpoint for your Bluetooth peripherals....

Surface Laptop 4 Review: Microsoft plays catch-up with Intel Tiger Lake

Microsoft’s new Surface Laptop 4 is, well, mostly a spec bump from the Surface Laptop 3, but it’s a pretty significant one. The laptop’s predecessor was offered with Intel’s Ice Lake processors with Iris Plus Graphics in the 13.5-inch model, and AMD Ryzen 3000 chips in the consumer-focused 15-inch variant. Unsurprisingly, the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4...

Microsoft Store commits to PC gaming by reducing its 30% cut on sales

Today, Xbox Game Studios chief Matt Booty penned a blog post detailing the direction that Microsoft is taking with PC gaming. As usual, the company is promising a "player-first approach", and there was talk about empowering people to achieve more. Most interestingly was that the Redmond firm is cutting down on the commission it takes from...