Microsoft is getting the next update for Windows 10 ready for release. One of the final Windows 10 May 2021 Update test builds is now out for Windows Insider beta testers, meaning the general public could get the release on their PCs in a little as a few weeks. Although the overall experience could still be improved between now and a final public release, Windows Insiders in the Release Preview channel can choose to install this update now by downloading Windows 10 21H1 Build 19043.928. This build can also be downloaded as an ISO file for a clean installation on any new PC, with the caveat that the computer will be enrolled in the Insider Program. Unlike previous releases, there are not any major new features coming to Windows 10 with the Windows 10 May 2021 Update — so it might not be worth the early download. This is because the theme of major Windows 10 updates over the past two years has shifted . Microsoft now wants to start the year by patching up bugs and security … [Read more...] about The next major Windows 10 update is about to launch. Here’s how to get it now
VMware updated us on its progress on making Fusion compatible with Apple's M1 chip this week. The company said it's committed to "delivering a Tech Preview of VMware Fusion for macOS on Apple silicon this year," but it's not clear if that version of the tool will support Windows 10 on Arm, because of Microsoft's licensing terms. This isn't the first time VMware has warned against M1-equipped Mac owners running Windows 10 on Arm. VMWare product line manager Michael Roy said earlier this month that "It's uncharted waters, so everyone is treading lightly... Like, you can't even BUY Windows for ARM, and folks using it who aren't OEMs could be violating EULA... we're not into doing that for the sake of a press release..." So don't expect VMware to follow Parallels in enabling Windows 10 on Arm support for M1-equipped Macs until Microsoft gives it the go-ahead. Roy said in the official announcement that VMware has "reached out to Microsoft for comment and clarification on … [Read more...] about Vmware Puts the Windows-on-M1 Ball in Microsoft’s Court With Progress Update
After a botched effort to limit the appeal of its GeForce RTX 3060 graphics cards with cryptocurrency miners, Nvidia may be back with a new strategy designed to keep its GPUs in the hands of gamers. The company is rumored to be working on a refresh of its existing lineup of GeForce RTX 3000 series GPUs, which are based on the Ampere architecture. The new solution? A feature known as Lite Hash Rate (LHR), which will limit the hash rate capabilities of the card and make it unattractive for mining currencies like Ethereum. Unlike past efforts, LHR is said to be nearly impossible to bypass. In essence, Nvidia’s second software-based stab at limiting the crypto mining appeal of its GPUs is designed to keep more of its graphics cards on the market for gamers, but such a strategy may not result in a more meaningful supply of GPUs for purchase. Allegedly, the new GeForce GPUs with the new GA**2 branding will come with resizable BAR support when they ship in mid-May, according to a … [Read more...] about Are Nvidia’s rumored Lite Hash Rate GPUs enough to fix supply woes?
Bang & Olufsen (B&O), the storied Danish audio brand, has a long history of designing products that put an equal emphasis on form and function, a philosophy that often results in gorgeous but very expensive gear. The company’s latest speakers are a perfect example: The Beolab 28 are tower-style wireless speakers that can be floor-standing or wall-mounted, and they start at $14,750 per pair for the fabric editions. You can also buy wood trim versions that will run you $16,500 or more depending on the wood you choose. Decorators and homeowners get tons of possible combinations: Natural silver, black anthracite, or bronze tone aluminum for the Beolab 28’s body, two tones of fabric (gray and gray melange), and four choices of wood covers — light oak, oak, smoked oak, and walnut. When floor standing, they measure 53 inches tall and weigh 41 pounds each. Inside the speakers, B&O has packed three 3-inch full-range drivers (one mounted forward and one on each side), a … [Read more...] about B&O’s latest full-size luxury speakers feature motorized curtains
Apple computers can be found all over the world, and plenty wind up in unusual places. But perhaps the one in the strangest place of all is the Apple II that powers the keystone exhibit in Russia’s Lenin Museum, 20 miles south of Moscow. The museum, still open today, first opened its doors in 1987 during the final years of the USSR and is dedicated to the country’s first leader, Vladimir Lenin. Among its exhibits are a series of moving, three-dimensional presentations, each depicting a period from Lenin’s life. Back in 1987, the Soviet museum staff needed a way to control these presentations, which required syncing lights, projectors, and motors all down to the second. At the time, a British company called Electrosonic had developed a system called the ES4000 that helped technicians do just that. The computer powering the ES4000 system? The Apple II. There was a problem, though: Soviet law forbade the museum from dealing with foreign companies, meaning it could not directly … [Read more...] about The strange tale of how an Apple II computer still powers Russia’s Lenin Museum