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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.

Microsoft Project Reunion 0.8 now in preview with ARM64 support

Last year, Microsoft announced Project Reunion as a bridge between Win32 and UWP. When Windows 10 was first introduced, the company showed the Universal Windows Platform of the future of everything. It was a way to build one app that could run on PCs, phones, and everything in-between like mixed reality and even Xbox. It...

Microsoft Teams gets a ton of new features at Build 2021

Microsoft Teams isn't just a Slack competitor. It's a complete platform that's designed for collaboration. It's not surprising that when Microsoft holds its Build developer conference, there's a ton of Teams news that goes along with it. First up is new tools for developers to create collaboration solutions within Microsoft Teams. Shared stage integration lets developers...

Microsoft Edge is getting a bunch of new features this week at Build

Microsoft's Build 2021 developer conference starts this week. As usual, the big news drop comes right at the start of the show, so you can dig into the announcements in sessions later. As you'd expect, there's a lot that's new for Microsoft Edge at Build, including new features for web developers. If you're just looking for...

Apple could announce an M1X-powered Mac mini at WWDC

Last November, Apple announced its first ARM-powered devices with the new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini. As it turns out though, the Mac mini might be getting refreshed already, thanks to a report from Front Page Tech. Notably, there's a big redesign here. It's going to be smaller, something that takes advantage of the...

The first Armv9 CPU designs include Cortex-X2 with big performance gains

After unveiling Armv9 back in March, it's time for Arm to unveil its first designs based on the new architecture. Making up Arm Total Compute solutions are Cortex-X2, Cortex-A710, and Cortex-510. The firm said that the three pillars that it's focusing on with its total Compute strategy are performance, developer access, and security. At the top...

HP has new business Chromebooks with Intel Tiger Lake processors

HP is announcing the Pro c640 Chromebook G2 and the Pro c640 Chromebook Enterprise G2 today. They're both business products, being under the Pro brand, but the latter has Chrome Enterprise. As usual, HP pointed out today's hybrid work environment in its blog post, noting that workers are using one device between work and home. These...

Microsoft is adding themes to the Windows 10 touch keyboard in Sun Valley

The touch keyboard has been a feature of Windows since Windows 8, but it's never been terribly good. The problem is that it tends to respond differently to different kinds of apps, and it's just not as seamless as modern operating systems like iPadOS and Android. Microsoft is set to change that with this fall's...

Apple details its WWDC plans with a June 7 keynote for iOS 15 announcement

Apple's WWDC 2021 event is set to kick off on June 7. Today, the Cupertino firm detailed the highlights in the schedule. Just like every year, there's going to be a keynote on day one at 10am PT. And that's the big one. Apple is going to announce everything that's going to come with iOS 15...

Qualcomm has a Snapdragon Developer Kit to test Windows apps

Qualcomm announced its Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 chipset today. Specifically, it's aimed at entry-level laptops, just like its predecessor was. However, the company is introducing the Snapdragon Developer Kit for Windows, which includes the new SoC. The idea is to give app developers an inexpensive way to test out their native ARM64 apps. While the amount...

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 for entry-level PCs

Today, Qualcomm is introducing its Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 Compute Platform. It's the next SoC that's designed for entry-level Windows 10 laptops and Chromebooks. The first generation of the product saw some moderate success, bringing cellular connectivity to sub-$300 Windows 10 laptops in the educational space. It was also the chipset that allowed Qualcomm to...

The best Samsung laptops include the Galaxy Book Pro, Galaxy Book S, and more

While Samsung doesn't have quite the range of PCs compared to laptops from HP or laptops from Dell, it has a little something for everyone. The firm's laptops range from extraordinarily thin and light clamshells to some of the finest Chromebooks around. If you're on a budget, you're covered there as well. These are the best...

How much space will the iMac with M1 take up on my desk?

If you've been patiently waiting for Apple's new M1-powered 24-inch iMac, the time has finally come. Of course, before you pull the trigger on your order, you're probably going to want to figure out how it's going to fit into your office and if you have space for the 24-inch iMac on your desk. First of...