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.

Surface Book 4: Release date, everything we know, and everything we’re hoping for

Since Microsoft introduced the Surface Book in 2015, the product has only been refreshed twice. As of now, it's been almost a year and a half since the Surface Book 3 was introduced, so it's time to start talking about the Surface Book 4. The product is known for being a laptop with a detachable display....

Surface Pro X 2: Release date, what we know, and what we’re hoping for

Microsoft's Surface Pro X is the company's endorsement of its Windows on ARM efforts. It uses modified Qualcomm processors for a fanless design that's thinner than the Intel-powered Surface, and in many ways, it's ahead of the curve. The Surface Pro X has narrower bezels than the Surface Pro 7, and it's the first Surface to...

HP Pavilion Aero 13 Review: Punching above its weight

In the world of laptop reviews, HP's Pavilion brand is something we don't talk about a whole lot. When it comes to technology, we tend to focus on flagship products like HP's Spectre or Dell's XPS. Sometimes we'll take a step below that with a Lenovo Yoga 7 series or an HP Envy. Pavilion is...

How to check if your PC has TPM for a Windows 11 upgrade

When Microsoft announced Windows 11, it was clear that this is going to be the first time in a while that the minimum hardware requirements have changed. One thing that seems to have some people stuck is the new requirement for a TPM, which stands for Trusted Platform Module (yes, people that say TPM module...

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: To fold or not to fold, that is the question

Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip 3 is now official, and if you're planning to upgrade to a new Samsung phone, you've got some decisions to make. If you want the best, there's actually a lot to choose from, including the brand-new Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3, and Galaxy S21 Ultra. As you can...

Microsoft is booting ineligible Windows 11 PCs out of the Windows Insider Program

When Microsoft originally announced Windows 11, it was quickly discovered that Microsoft had made some drastic changes to the system requirements. Most importantly, there are some strict requirements on which CPUs are supported by the new OS. When it came down to testing in the Windows Insider Program, however, the Redmond firm wasn't quite as...

Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 19044.1202 to the Release Preview channel

Today, Microsoft is releasing another cumulative update for Windows 10 users in the Release Preview channel of the Insider Program. The update is KB5005101, and you'll get it whether you're on Windows 10 version 21H1 or version 21H2. That means that the build number will end up being 19043.1202 or 19044.1202, respectively. It comes with just...

The Windows 11 release date is officially set for October 5

Today, Microsoft is announcing that the official Windows 11 release date is October 5. Of course, as Microsoft has said this whole time, it's not coming to everyone on day one. It's going to be a staged rollout. First of all, new hardware with Windows 11 is going to start being released in October. You'll also see...

Android app support in Windows 11 delayed, likely until next year

When Microsoft announced Windows 11 earlier this year, it unveiled a lot of exciting new features. For example, it comes with an all-new design, Snap Layouts, Teams Chat, and a lot more. But one of the most interesting features in Windows 11 was that it was going to support Android apps by way of the...

Windows 11 officially won’t support AMD Zen or most Intel 7th-gen processors

When Microsoft first announced Windows 11, it increased the system requirements for the OS for the first time since Windows 7 was released. While there were increases in the amount of RAM and storage needed, and there's a TPM 2.0 requirement, the biggest change came to CPU requirements. With Windows 11, you need an Intel...

Google Pixel 5a Review: A solid mid-range phone with sensible compromises

When Google announced the Pixel 5a last week, there wasn't anything that really shocked me. After all, that's not what the a-series is for. It's meant to bring flagship features to a lower price point. Indeed, it really delivers, offering the same chipset and camera that you'd find in the Google Pixel 5. Since then, I...

Microsoft promotes Windows and Surface chief Panos Panay to Senior Leadership Team

For Microsoft fans, Panos Panay is a familiar face. He's been the star of every Surface announcement from the beginning, and after leading the devices team for years, he went on to be in charge of Windows as well in February 2020. Now, he's being added to the Senior Leadership Team (SLT), as spotted by...