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April 28, 2017

New AMD Radeon Software Boosts Performance By Up to 7% in Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III

The newly released AMD Radeon Software Beta 17.4.4 brings performance optimizations for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III, boosting the performance of the RX 580 by up to 7% at 1440p, compared to the previous version 17.4.3 that was released alongside the RX 500 series. This substantial increase allows performance to push past the 60 FPS threshold, which is crucial to delivering a smooth gameplay experience.

Other fixes include:

Some displays may experience corruption when using HDMI® scaling. Battlefield™1 may experience stuttering in Multi GPU mode with 4K display resolutions when using DirectX®11. HDR colors may appear incorrect in Mass Effect™: [...]
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April 20, 2017

Microsoft Ending Support For Windows 10 1507 On May 9th, 2017

Microsoft will end support for Windows 10 version 1507 (RTM) on May 9th, 2017.

The software giant has announced that it will stop providing security updates to computers running on Windows 10 1507 as it’s way outdated. This presents the user with a simple ultimatum: update to newer versions or face security risks.

This change will affect all Windows 10 editions including Home, Professional, Education, and Enterprise. Microsoft has said that the old operating system will not stop functioning, but will become more vulnerable to attacks and viruses.

The latest Windows 10 update went live on April 11. The Windows 10 Creators Update heavily focused on [...]

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April 20, 2017

Google to Introduce Native Ad Blocking For Chrome

Google may be looking to introduce native ad blocking to its mobile and desktop versions of the Chrome Browser, according to an un-named inside source.

The upcoming change would block all ads that are not up to the standards defined by the Coalition of Better Ads. The standard defines a rigorous guideline that ads must follow, most of which center around being unobtrusive to the user experience. Ad types that are on the hit list include pop-up ads and ads with auto-playing media.

The upcoming change may block an entire website’s ads if it detects just one offending instance. This forces the site to more closely regulate its advertisers and ensure all ads [...]

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April 8, 2017

Microsoft Teases Redstone 3 Update with Preview Build 16170

With the Windows 10 Creators Update released, Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring have already begun receiving the first build for the upcoming Redstone 3 update that will launch for Windows 10 this fall.

Though the version number represents a significant jump from the most current Creators Update, no significant changes are made to the interface or features. Microsoft states that they’re focusing on optimizing its OneCore and code refactoring before releasing additional features.

The update contains numerous bugfixes including:

Fixed the issue causing your PC to fail to install new builds on reboot with the error 8024a112. Updated the share icon in [...]
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April 7, 2017

The Best Features of Windows 10 Creators Update

Microsoft Gets Creative

With the Windows 10 Creator Update finally here, we thought it would be helpful to sum up some of the coolest features in this massive patch.

As its name suggests, Windows 10 Creator Update aims to boost Windows 10’s ability to make imagination come to life. When we speak of creators, our minds naturally gravitate towards graphics designers, videographers, and the like, but Creators stands for more than that. As multimedia and entertainment continues to evolve, so have different forms of creativity. With the expansion of gaming, VR, and 3D, creative mediums are more diverse than ever.

Of course, along with many of the new features aimed at [...]

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April 6, 2017

Microsoft Aims to Reduce User Data Collection in Windows 10

Public faith in online privacy is at an all-time low, but with the Widnows 10 Creator’s Update, Microsoft is aiming to minimize its data collection and make things a little more transparent.

With the upcoming Creator’s update, Microsoft will integrate the privacy options as one of the main steps in the setup process. Earlier versions of Windows 10 has the settings somewhat hidden, requiring the user to go through the “advanced” setup option to disable some data collection options.

Microsoft has also reduced the amount of data it needs to collect for the its “Basic” diagnostic report, which is sent automatically when the OS [...]

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March 17, 2017

New Linux Kernel Fixes SMT Issue for AMD Ryzen CPUs

For those having issues with their new AMD Ryzen CPU’s SMT functionality in Linux, the latest kernel version 4.10.3 rectifies the issue which was present in kernel version 4.9 and below.

Older versions of the Linux kernel bundles both the threadID and the APIC ID together when SMT is enabled. This causes the OS to assign a unique CPU Core ID to each thread instead of the same CPU ID to a pair of threads.

The Linux kernel development page describes the error as the following:

our SMT scheduling topology for Fam17h systems is broken, because the ThreadId is included in the ApicId when SMT is enabled. So, without further decoding cpu_core_id is unique [...]

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March 16, 2017

Microsoft Blocks Windows 7, 8.1 Updates for Newer Processors

Late last year, it was reported that Microsoft may halt support for newer processors and it looks like Microsoft has just made it official.

According to a new Microsoft knowledgebase article (ID# 4012982) published earlier this month, a new error message may appear when a user attempts to update a Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 PC using an Intel 7th Generation Core Processor (Kaby Lake), AMD Bristol Ridge, Qualcomm 8996, or newer processors including AMD’s new Ryzen processors which were launched several weeks ago.

Users who attempt to update Windows 7 or 8.1 may receive the following error messages:

Unsupported Hardware Your PC uses a processor that isn’t [...]
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March 9, 2017

What’s Up with All the Ads in Windows 10?

Source: ExtremeTech

In a recent post by ExtremeTech, Windows users are reportedly receiving a new advertisement in the Windows File Explorer to sign up for Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage solution. The ad appears in the form of a banner near the top of the window, asking its users to upgrade to the 1TB OneDrive storage plan for $6.99 a month.

For some reason, it appears that Microsoft is becoming more and more comfortable with pushing advertisements in Windows as this isn’t the first time. First was “Suggested Apps” which would suggest random games and bloatware for you to install. Then it was advertisements to [...]

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March 8, 2017

Android May Soon Overtake Windows as Most Popular OS

According to the latest stats by online analytics company, StatCounter, Android is coming awfully close to overtaking Windows as the most popular OS (Operating System) on the internet.

Based on a global sampling of online users exceeding 15 billion pageviews per month collected from 3 million websites, Windows users represented just 38.6% marketshare of internet users while Android users represented 37.4% marketshare of internet users, putting Android a mere 1.2% marketshare away from overtaking Windows as the most popular OS on the internet. In a comment by StatCounter CEO, Aodhan Cullen, “The idea of Android almost matching Windows would have been unthinkable five [...]

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