November 2021

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6 new windows 11 features you should try

Just three months after its announcement, Windows 11 is here. With it comes some major overhauls to existing features—and the arrival of new ones. You may wonder where to begin with this new OS. To help get you started, we’ve picked the top six features that deserve at least a closer look. Enough has changed that you owe it to yourself to check things out. You may discover something new to like, and if you don’t…well, good news is that Microsoft seems to be listening to feedback these days. 1. TASKBAR Much has changed about the taskbar in Windows 11. All your pinned and open applications exist as centered icons on the taskbar, including the Start menu button. It’s a bold move after decades of left-aligned icons and tabs—one that ostensibly has a…

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adata’s first sd express card is faster than an ssd

The memory card wars are about to heat up again. This week, Adata showed off its first SD Express memory card. Adata said the device, dubbed the Premier Extreme SDXC SD 7.0 Express Card, will use PCIe Gen 3 x1 and hit read and write speeds of 800MB and 700MB, respectively. Adata also pointed out that is about 1.5 times faster than a standard SATA SSD. Compared to existing SD cards using the UHS-II SD and UHS-I SD interface, it’s about 2.7 to 8 times faster. SD Express is an evolutionary upgrade to the familiar SD cards used in cameras, laptops, and connected devices such as security cameras. It basically integrates PCIe Express and NVMe standards into SD card bodies. SD Express and microSD Express 7.0 will max out at about 1,000MBps…

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3 things we love in windows 11 (and 3 things we hate)

Windows 11 is now available (see page 25) as a free upgrade from Windows 10. Should you jump on board, or sit tight for now? We’re currently recommending that most people wait to install Windows 11, with the emphasis on most. That article explicitly lays out our reasons for that recommendation, but it really boils down to this: While Windows 11 offers some excellent new features, it also has plenty of rough edges, and it actually removes some key functionality you might have used in Windows 10. In the spirit of that mixed reception, here are three things we love in Windows 11—and three things we hate. WE LOVE: THE SETTINGS MENU Nearly a decade after the new Settings menu appeared in Windows 8, Microsoft has finally made a real effort to not…

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netgear reveals the world’s first quad-band wi-fi 6e router

Netgear has announced the first quad-band WiFi 6E router, in the form of the Orbi Quad-Band Mesh WiFi 6E System AXE11000 (RBKE960). Historically, high-performing, hot-rod routers have been tri-band, meaning they have an extra WiFi 5 band to cover the higher channels and offer more throughput for 160 MHz–capable devices. In contrast, every WiFi 6E router broadcasts on the 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and 6 GHz frequency bands; hence they are all necessarily tri-band. Unfortunately, this means you lose that second, higher-throughput 5 GHz band in exchange for a band that very few devices currently use. This doesn’t generally matter in any practical sense, but it’s worth acknowledging. Where this new Orbi mesh system diverges from the norm is in adding a fourth band, which you will not be using directly…

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massive twitch hack reveals source code, creator payouts, and a steam rival

Well, this is bad. Twitch, the ultra-popular streaming site, appears to have been hacked. An anonymous leaker on the 4chan message boards released a 125GB torrent that allegedly contains source code for the streaming service, along with payout information for creators and details about an unreleased Amazon Steam rival dubbed “Vapor.” You can’t trust anonymous hackers at their word, but noted security journalist Catalin Cimpanu of The Record downloaded some of the files and confirmed that “the content of the leak is in tune with what the hacktivists claimed to have shared.” Meanwhile, security researcher Troy Hunt has compiled a Twitter thread of various Twitch streamers confirming that the payout data is legitimate, and Video Game Chronicles says “an anonymous company source” told them that “the leaked data is legitimate, including…

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new usb-c logos make picking usb cables, chargers less confusing

Choosing the correct USB-C charger and cable for your laptop is about as fun as visiting the dentist, but new logos released today should go a long way toward making things easier. The USB Implementers Forum group that oversees the USB standard has released logos that easily indicate whether a cable or charger can hit the new 240 watt rating. Previous USB-C chargers and cables were rated to hit 65 watts or 100 watts, but a new version of USB Power Delivery released this May has pushed the limit to an impressive 240 watts. Obviously, that means if you’re looking for a 240 watt aftermarket charger for a new gaming laptop that supports it, you don’t want to settle for a lesser product. With the new USB-C logos, all you have to…