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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.

Windows 11 is now available for all Windows 365 customers

It's Microsoft Ignite, the company's biggest event of the year. As usual, there's a ton of announcement, and there are a few that have to do with Windows 11, as you'd expect. Most notably, all Windows 365 subscribers can now use the new OS. You might recall that when Windows 365 was announced as basically...

Windows 11 build 22489 comes with a new Microsoft account Settings page

Today, Microsoft is releasing Windows 11 Insider Preview build 22489 to the Dev channel. As usual, there's not a whole lot that's new. Indeed, while the Beta channel is now able to test Android app support, the Dev channel doesn't even have that yet, despite its designation as the channel that gets new features first. The...

Windows 10 now auto-installs the Windows 11 PC Health Check app

When Microsoft announced Windows 11, it also introduced a new tool called PC Health Check. The idea is to let you know if your PC is eligible to be upgraded to the new OS. It checks various requirements like CPU, memory, TPM, and so on. While the Redmond firm has said that it will never force...

Intel announces 12th-gen desktop processors with hybrid architecture

Today, Intel is announcing its first 12th-gen Core processors, and there's a lot to unpack here. They're built on the Intel 7 node, which was previously called Enhanced SuperFin. But the most notable change is that they use Intel's hybrid technology, offering both big and little cores. The idea of having powerful cores and efficient cores...

Microsoft releases Windows 10 builds 19043.1320, 19042.1320 – here’s what’s new

It's that time of the month when Microsoft is releasing new optional cumulative updates for Windows 10. Today, the updates are available for all versions of the OS that are supported for consumers, meaning Windows 10 versions 21H1, 20H2, and 2004. Of course, given the nature of those updates, they all get the exact same bits....

PCs have a webcam problem, but Apple’s solution is notch the right one

Recently, Apple announced its newest MacBook Pro laptops. They come with powerful new M1 Pro and M1 Max processors, beautiful 1,000-nit mini LED displays, and narrow bezels. The display has a notch cut-out, something that Apple popularized with the iPhone X, and that notch houses a Full HD webcam. If history from the iPhone X is...

Apple Watch Series 7 first impressions: More of the same

I am a huge fan of the Apple Watch. In fact, out of seven generations, I've only not owned the Series 3 and the Series 6. I don't even recommend upgrading as often as I do. I get a new iPhone every year because it's just the thing I do. Every Apple Watch has had...

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 4 review: Turning the power up to 3080

Lenovo's new ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 4 is way more powerful than Gen 3. Seriously, it's not just a spec bump this time. The X1 Extreme was designed to be a premium member of Lenovo's X1 family, but it was also the first with powerful H-series processors and dedicated graphics. But since it was still...

Microsoft releases ISOs for the Windows 10 November 2021 Update

While Windows 11 was released earlier this month, it almost flies under the radar that Windows 10 is alive and well. In fact, it's supported for another four years, so as expected, there's a version 21H2 coming for the OS. Thanks to a blog post today, we now know that it will be called the...

Hands on with Android apps on Windows 11

Today is the day that I've been waiting for. Android apps are finally available to Windows 11 beta testers. The apps come via the Amazon Appstore; however, it turns out that it's actually a carefully curated list of apps and games. There are just 50 to choose from. Strangely, there's a section called Editor's Picks. So...

Microsoft Surface Go 3 review: It’s sneaky decent

Microsoft announced a bunch of new hardware to coincide with its Windows 11 launch. The Surface Laptop Studio and the Surface Pro 8 were the hero devices, but then there's the Surface Go 3. The Surface Go 3 doesn't come with a new 120Hz display, and in fact, it doesn't even support the haptic feedback...

Amazon’s Appstore on Windows 11 will only offer a small selection of Android apps at first

When Microsoft announced Windows 11, it promised Android app support, something that still hasn't been delivered. It was delayed beyond the launch date, and the official word at this point is that Insiders will be able to test the feature soon. Now, the Redmond firm has published documentation for the Windows Subsystem for Android. The page...