Despite all the updates it has received, Microsoft Windows largely remains in the shadows. No one really talks about it as long as it works. With a flurry of updates for April, Microsoft is changing the conversation surrounding the world’s biggest operating system.
Rather than simply releasing an update filled with ones and zeroes, Microsoft leverages on how its users interact with the system. Specifically, the new update aims to bring back the value to a user’s time.
The update’s most notable feature is Timeline. The time travel feature allows users to cycle back through the apps and files they used over the last 30 days. Users can access the feature through a button on the taskbar. It works in a comparable way to Android’s Task Viewer.
The new update also has a Focus Assist feature. Windows will now block notifications from social media and other apps while you work. The feature aims to allow users to work distraction-free. Additionally, users can also set the feature to turn on automatically throughout the day.
The new Dictation feature brings more refined voice control features to Windows. The feature allows users to take down notes and memos with just their voice.
Finally, the Windows update also infuses fresh features to Microsoft Edge. The system’s default web browser now offers tab muting and full-screen reading, among others.
The new update will roll out to Microsoft Windows devices starting May 8.
Along with this update, Microsoft has also announced Apple’s music management app iTunes is now available on the Microsoft Store.
LG’s UltraWide and UltraGear monitors are coming to CES 2019
Meant for productivity and gaming
CES 2019 is almost here, and when it begins, we’ll have new monitors from LG to enjoy.
The first one is the 49-inch UltraWide monitor (model name 49WL95), which has a long 32:9 aspect ratio. That’s like have two standard 16:9 screens combined!
It has a 5120 x 1440 resolution that spans the immersive curved IPS panel. With its 99 percent sRGB colors space and support for HDR10, it’s ideal for both work and play. There’s even a USB-C port that can charge a connected laptop or smartphone with 85W of power.
Next is the 38-inch UltraGear (38GL950G), a more manageable 21:9 monitor that’s geared towards gaming. It’s backed by NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology for smoother gameplay on the 144Hz refresh rate, as well as its 3840 x 1600 resolution and curved Nano IPS panel.
To give it a more gamer feel, Sphere Lighting is available to light up the back of the monitor with six color settings for you to choose from. This complements the 98 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut in front.
No pricing or availability details have been provided by LG, but both monitors will be shown at CES 2019, happening from January 8 to 11.
ASUSPRO D340MC is designed with budget-conscious workers in mind
Prioritizes security and endurance
ASUSPRO is known for producing reliable laptops, but did you business-grade desktop computers are part of its portfolio, too?
The D340MC is an example of this, and it delivers on several fronts. It may seem like a standard boxy PC at first, but most of the features are on the inside.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves; this is how it looks:
It definitely has a strong presence on any desk
Check out that port selection and DVD drive
The keyboard and mouse are part of the package
There’s lots of ventilation for cooling
Here’s a closer look at its ports
It’s easy to upgrade as needed
This is certainly a no-frills, get-the-job-done type of PC. Fortunately, it comes with good specs to show off: an Intel Core i7-8700 processor, up to 32GB of memory, 1TB of HDD storage, and a simple GeForce GT 720 graphics card to get you going.
But should really interest you are the reliability and endurance. The company claims the unit goes through rigorous quality tests in diverse environments, uses solid capacitors to lengthen lifespan, and produces little noise thanks to the thermal design.
The ASUSPRO D340MC starts at around US$ 600, but with its upgradability, it’s easy to give it more power when needed.
Microsoft says you need a real computer, not an iPad
‘Don’t run out and buy an iPad’
Like Sammy, Microsoft loves to promote its products while humiliating those of close competitors. The latest attempt comes with this short holiday ad for the Surface Go.
Check it out:
The very first line — “Grandma, don’t run out and buy an iPad” — is already a clear dig at Apple. The little girl’s lyrics continue with, “It was fine when I was six, but now I’m 10. My dreams are big so I need a real computer to do all the amazing things I know I can.”
Yes, a real computer. If you’ve been following Apple’s promotions for the recently launched iPad Pro, you’d know that they tout it as a laptop replacement in a sense. Consumers and techies have since been debating whether the claims are true or not.
Well, Microsoft doesn’t think so, and instead believes that you need a Surface Go to cater to all computing needs. It runs desktop-class Windows 10 and is quite flexible productivity-wise when used together with the stylus and keyboard.
It seems like Microsoft’s goal here is to take away some of Apple’s strong younger market for iPads. Kids traditionally choose an iPad because of its portability, ease of use, and strong library of apps.
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