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Microsoft is rolling out an icon redesign for Windows 10

And a tonne of other changes!

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Windows operating system, as we know it, is more than two decades old. A lot has changed, but a lot still hasn’t. In what can be called a revamp of the UI, Microsoft is finally changing the icons on an app called File Explorer, after a very long sabbatical.

The first and most prominent change is the addition of new icons in File Explorer. Microsoft has slowly made changes to the icons in Windows 10 over the last year, recently changing the icon for Notepad.

“Several changes, such as the orientation of the folder icons and the default file type icons, have been made for greater consistency across Microsoft products that show files,” says Amanda Langowski, Microsoft’s Windows Insider chief. “Notably, the top-level user folders such as Desktop, Documents, Downloads, and Pictures have a new design that should make it a little easier to tell them apart at a glance.”

Although this might not be a major change when it comes to the entire operating system, it is one of the ways how Microsoft is showing the modern look. Microsoft’s changelog for Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21343 is long and exhaustive and includes several changes and improvements.

And most importantly, this tiny change shows us how software delivery has changed since its inception. From burning the OS on a CD to directly downloading unlimited OTA updates, Windows 10 is truly the last desktop operating system from Microsoft.

The operating system continues to receive endless updates that sometimes bring major changes, like moving the Internet Explorer browser to Edge, to smaller changes that are most-often go unnoticed.

Here’s a list of all the changes or improvements included in the Windows 10 build 21343:

  • We’re changing the name of the Windows Administrative Tools folder from Start to Windows Tools. We are working to better organize all the admin and system tools in Windows 10.
  • [News and interests] Update on the rollout: following our last update on languages and markets, this week we’re also introducing the experience to China! We continue to roll out news and interests to Windows Insiders, so it isn’t available to everyone in the Dev Channel just yet.
  • We are now rolling out the new IME candidate window design to all Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel using Simplified Chinese IMEs.
  • We’re updating the “Get Help” link in the touch keyboard to now say “Learn more”.
  • We’re updating File Explorer when renaming files to now support using CTRL + Left / Right arrow to move your cursor between words in the file name, as well as CTRL + Delete and CTRL + Backspace to delete words at a time, like other places in Windows.
  • We’ve made some updates to the network-related surfaces in Windows so that the displayed symbols use the updated system icons we recently added in the Dev Channel.
  • Based on feedback, if the Shared Experiences page identifies an issue with your account connection, it will now send the notifications directly into the Action Center rather than repeated notification toasts that need to be dismissed.

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Lenovo’s ThinkVision P27u-20 offers more than just a pretty monitor

It’s a workstation hub for your home

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Working from home is now a norm. Even after the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, workforces have embraced a more hybrid schedule. As such, home workstations are now the in thing. To help with that, Lenovo is expanding its ThinkVision line to make hybrid workstations easier.

ThinkVision P27u-20

A workstation hub in itself, the ThinkVision P27u-20 offers dual wide color gamut calibrated for color accuracy. The 27-inch UHD IPS display can provide crystal clear images for photographers, videographers, and content creators.

The monitor also acts a hub for your other connectors. It features multiple USB 3.2 ports and Thunderbolt 4 compatibility which can power your laptop by up to 100W. The USB-C ports can also charge your smartphone up to 27W. Besides USB connectors, the P27u-20 also has an Ethernet port and built-in speakers.

Launching in December, the P27u-20 will retail for US$ 769.

Lenovo G27e-20 and G24e-20

Besides the ThinkVision monitor, Lenovo is also launching a pair of gaming monitors for gamers and young professionals. Both monitors blend image quality and ease of use with low blue light technology.

Both also feature AMD FreeSync Premium technology, which can provide tear-free, low-latency images. They have a 100Hz refresh rate and can overclock up to 120Hz for a smoother watching experience.

While the G24e-20 offers the same experience at 23.8 inches, the G27e-20 puts out images at 27 inches and 300 nits of brightness. Both are set at 1080p resolution. With Lenovo Artery, users can easily adjust features within the UI. And, as mentioned above, Lenovo’s EyeSafe reduces blue light output to protect every gamer’s eyes.

Both will ship out starting in October. The G27e-20 retails for US$ 239.99, and the G24e-20 retails for US$ 209.99.

SEE ALSO: Lenovo Tab P12 Pro headlines new P-Series tablets

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Huawei MateView monitors now available in Singapore

Different monitors for different niches!

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Huawei continues to reach out to other market segments, and they are already making waves in the PC monitor market. Recently, the company has launched new PC monitors in Singapore catering to different niches. Professionals, gamers, or just those looking for a reliable second screen have something to look at with these monitors.

Huawei MateView

Leading the pack of these new monitors is the Huawei MateView. Aimed for professionals, this PC monitor comes with a large 28.2-inch display and a crisp 4K resolution of exactly 3840 x 2560. It also has a 3:2 aspect ratio, which is becoming increasingly popular for professionals alike. Truly, this is a monitor for professionals thanks to its 98 percent color reproduction of the DCI-P3 gamut and the near border-less screen. It also has a TÜV Rheinland certification for protection against the harsh blue light.

For connectivity, the MateView has two USB-C ports, two USB-A ports, one HDMI port, one Mini DisplayPort, and one 3.5 mm headphone jack. Users who wanted a wire-free setup may can make use of the monitor’s screencasting feature, which boasts low latency while supporting up to 2K resolution.

Of course, the MateView won’t be a premium, professional-grade monitor without its two front-firing speakers that produce load and crisp audio. Speakers, however, are not the only thing present on this monitor. It even has dual far-field microphones with noise-cancellation — perfect for video conferences and meetings. All of this premium features come packed in a sleek, minimalist design that blends almost anywhere.

MateView GT

Meanwhile, the Huawei MateView GT caters to gamers looking for a no-fuss yet premium monitor. It also boasts the biggest screen size among Huawei’s MateView monitors, measuring at 34 inches. The emphasis of this monitor is on immersive gaming experience, and it delivers with its 21:9 aspect ratio and 1500R curvature.  Not only that, it also has a 165 Hz refresh rate designed for action-packed and competitive gaming scenarios.

The display is only one factor though for a truly immersive experience. The MateView GT has dual 5W speakers integrated into the soundbar located at the monitor’s base. Plus, gamers can rely on the dual noise-cancelling microphones for crystal-clear communication during extended gaming sessions.

Huawei Display 23.8

Last but not the least is the Huawei Display 23.8. A perfect addition especially for those working from home, this monitor provides unhampered viewing experience thanks to its 90 percent screen-to-body ratio.  The monitor has an ample screen size at 23.8 inches. The resolution peaks at full HD — exactly 1920 x 1080 — with a wide 178-degree viewing angle. Finally, it also supports AMD FreeSync technology — a boon for gamers looking for a budget PC monitor.

Price and availability

The Huawei MateView comes at SG$ 998, but can be had a reduced price of SG$ 858 when buyers purchase the voucher for SG$ 1 on Shopee during the 9.9 sale. The monitor also comes with a free Huawei FreeBuds Studio worth SG$ 398 during the launch period.

Meanwhile, the Huawei MateView GT is available at a usual price of SG$ 798, but can also be had at a reduced price of SG$ 658 with an SG$ 1 voucher available only from Sept. 1 – 8. Same as above, buyers can snag a free Huawei FreeBuds Studio when they purchase this during the launch period.

Finally, the Huawei Display is available only for SG$ 228. Buyers can even have it less for SG$ 30 less on select experience stores from Sept. 17 — 30.

All of Huawei monitors can be purchased from Huawei experience stores, Lazada, and Shopee official online stores. For more information, visit their website today.

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Google is building in-house, ARM-based Chromebook chips

Coming in 2023

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Recently, Google announced its first in-house processor. The upcoming Tensor processor will power the Pixel 6 series later this year. Besides powering a flagship phone, the Tensor chipset promises a new future for Google. The company has started being more independent from other component makers. According to a new report, an in-house smartphone chip is only the start. Google is supposedly building its own ARM-based Chromebook chips.

Reported by Nikkei Asia, Google is working on a processor for laptops and tablets. Doing so will continue the company’s drive to develop more components in-house. The first chips will reportedly start rolling out in devices starting 2023.

Much like the upcoming Tensor chips, the laptop chips will be based on the ARM architecture. Doing so will reduce Google’s reliance on third-party component makers. It might reduce costs and increase revenue, as a result.

That said, though Google isn’t buying from other sellers directly, there is still a possibility that the company will still rely on other makers. According to a recent report, the Tensor chipset is actually based on an unreleased Exynos chip.

Of course, 2023 is still a long time coming. Regardless, upcoming ARM-based Chromebook chips hold a lot of promise for Google’s coming future.

SEE ALSO: Google launches its first in-house chipset, Tensor

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