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Back in the days of Windows 98, Microsoft had a USB death cart to test the OS’s durability.

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Microsoft once had a USB death cart in its laboratory for testing Windows strength.

Back in the days of Windows 98, Microsoft had a USB death cart to test the OS's durability.

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Programmer Dave Plummer, known among other things for the fact that at one time he took an active part in the creation of the Windows task manager, Windows Pinball, Calc and ZIP folders, spoke about a very interesting device that he and his colleagues used when working on Windows 98.

At that time, the USB interface had just appeared, and Microsoft was actively working on its integration into the OS. USB, as an open standard, made it possible to connect a huge number of different devices, including simultaneously, and it all had to work fine. Therefore, Microsoft created what they themselves called the USB Cart of Death. It was a converted office cart with a large variety of USB devices installed on it. There were three mice, four keyboards, printers, drives, various peripheral devices, several hubs, including those connected in series. In total there were about 64 devices connected together. The whole thing was crowned with a gaming steering wheel, with the help of which the operator of the cart could control it.

And all this was created with the goal of loading Windows as much as possible.

You plugged this plug into the test machine and the entire USB infrastructure went crazy. The usual result of this was a blue screen

The cart was connected in a variety of ways. Sometimes just once, and sometimes it was connected for a few seconds, during which the system did not yet have time to understand all the splendor of the cart’s internal kitchen, and then it was turned off. And then they repeated the process.

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Microsoft followed Apple and allowed smartphones to be used as webcams in Windows 11

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Microsoft has added a convenient feature to Windows for iPhone users. According to The Verge, Windows 11 has the ability to use a smartphone as a webcam.

To recap, Apple has expanded its Continuity Camera feature to ensure iPhone cameras will replace Mac webcams in 2022. This feature allows you to achieve higher image clarity during video calls.

Microsoft followed Apple and allowed smartphones to be used as webcams in Windows 11

Windows 11 will require an Android phone running Android 9 or later: “Phone Link in Windows 11 will now include the ability to access your latest photos or use your phone as a webcam in video conferencing apps. Starting today, this feature will be available for testing by Windows Insiders on devices running Android 9 or later and Link to Windows app version 1.24012 or later. To turn it on, look into the Bluetooth and mobile devices settings menu, select “Manage devices” and allow your computer to access your Android phone.”

This feature also supports Android tablets and also has a few additional settings, such as the ability to switch between the front and rear cameras.

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Users who switch from Android to iPhone often don’t buy Apple’s most expensive and new models

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Users who switch from Android to iPhone often dont buy

CIRP analysts assessed the popularity of different iPhone models among those who switch to these smartphones from Android-based devices.

Users who switch from Android to iPhone often don't buy Apple's most expensive and new models

In general, there are about 10-15% of such users among iPhone buyers, and on average they do not tend to buy the most expensive and modern Apple models.

At the end of last year, 29% of such users chose something from the iPhone 12, iPhone SE or basic models of the iPhone 13 line. For comparison, among those who exchanged an iPhone for an iPhone, the share of buyers of the same models totaled 21%.

However, here we are not talking about a specific model, but about a whole group. But the most popular models were still the more modern iPhone 14 and 14 Plus. These devices accounted for 26% of all purchases by the specified user group. Next with a share of 25% are the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max.

As for the newest iPhone 15, the total share for the entire line was only 12%.

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The Gazprombank application has appeared in the AppStore, but it is fake

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The Gazprombank application has appeared in the AppStore but it

According to the press service of Gazprombank, an application with the symbols and logos of the bank – Gaz Pro Monitor – has appeared in the AppStore. Gazprombank emphasizes that this is a fake application and the bank has nothing to do with it, it is already dealing with this problem. Users who have already downloaded Gaz Pro Monitor are advised to delete the application and change the password to access the mobile bank if they have already used it to log into the personal account of the fake application.

The Gazprombank application has appeared in the AppStore, but it is fake

The bank notes that fraudulent applications can gain access to users’ personal data. Recently, cases of the appearance of fake applications, primarily banking ones, have become more frequent. Current mobile versions can always be found on the official website of Gazprombank, and the bank’s mobile application has been removed from the AppStore a long time ago.

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