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.

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...

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...

iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max announced with 120Hz ProMotion display and smaller notch

Apple held its big fall event today, and the flagship products announced are the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. They've got the same chipset as the iPhone 13 series, just like we've seen in the past, but they've got better displays, better cameras, and more. First of all, let's get the elephant in...

Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 19043.1237 – here’s what’s new

It's the second Tuesday of the month, and you know what that means. It's Patch Tuesday, so if it's made by Microsoft and it's supported, it's getting an update today. For most Windows 10 users, that includes versions 2004, 20H2, and 21H1, although Windows Insiders that are testing 21H2 will get the same update. That's...

Apple’s entry-level iPad 9 is a contender for the best back-to-school tablet

Apple is holding its big fall event today, and the first thing that it announced is the ninth-generation iPad. It's the entry-level full-size tablet from the company, and it's now being refreshed with an A13 Bionic chipset. The Cupertino firm said that its new iPad is three times faster than the best-selling Chromebook and six times...

Movies Anywhere is now available for Xbox consoles

Movies Anywhere is announcing today that you can now get its app for Xbox consoles, including both Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. You can get it through the Microsoft Store now. If you're unfamiliar with Movies Anywhere, it's basically a synced movie collection. You can link your accounts from Microsoft Movies & TV, Amazon Prime...

Microsoft says it won’t support Windows 11 on M1 Macs

A Microsoft spokesperson has told The Register that running Windows 11 on a PC with an Apple M1 "is not a supported scenario". That's it; that's the story. The thing that wasn't supported with Windows 10, and Microsoft never promised to support, won't be supported with Windows 11. To be clear, that statement does not mean...

Microsoft releases first ISOs for Windows 11 vNext

Earlier this week, Microsoft released Windows 11 Insider Preview build 22454, the second Dev channel build since it split away from the Beta channel. Now, you can download an official ISO of the build. The company is now offering official Insider ISO images for Windows 11 build 22454, build 22000.132, and Windows 10 build 19044.1202. This...

Windows 11 build 22454 is out in the Dev channel with minor changes

Today, Microsoft is releasing a new Windows 11 Insider Preview build in the Dev channel, bringing the build number to 22454. Unsurprisingly, there's not a whole lot that's new. You see, the Dev channel is all about rs_prerelease builds, meaning that while it does get new features first, it's not tied to a specific feature...

Samsung announces business editions of its Galaxy Book Pro laptops

Samsung today is announcing business editions of its Galaxy Book and Galaxy Book Pro laptops. Just as with Microsoft's Surface for Business program, these new laptops are just like the ones consumers can buy, except they come with Windows 10 Pro or Windows 11 Pro. Naturally, that means you get better security, manageability, and more. The...