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Here is a breakthrough: Windows 11 share almost doubled in a month

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Microsoft accelerated the distribution of its new operating system Windows 11 in November. The result can be seen in the latest statistics from AdDuplex.

As of November 23, 2021, the stable version of Windows 11 was installed on 8.6% of PCs running Microsoft operating systems worldwide. For comparison, a month ago this one. the figure was 4.8%. Test versions of Windows 11 Insider enjoyed 0.3% both in October and November. The total share of Windows 11 is 8.9%.

The most popular version of Windows now is Windows 10 21H1, released this spring. She received a stake of 36.3%. In second place, by a small margin, is Windows 10 20H2, released in the fall of 2020, with a share of 31.8%. Then comes the May 2020 Update (Windows 10 2004) with an 11% share. The newest Windows 10 November 2021 update has already gained 3.7%, while Windows 10 1909 claims a 3.6% market share.

In total, AdDuplex statistics take into account about 60 thousand Windows-based PCs around the world.

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To play Xbox using any Android mobile

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Nintendo found a good niche with the Switch, and Sony flopped with the Vita, but that doesn’t mean “console-quality” handheld gaming isn’t interesting, you just have to find the right way to showcase it to the consumer.

Microsoft is committed to gaming in the cloud with Xbox Game Pass, and that allows games to be streamed directly from the Xbox console itself to mobile, something that many take advantage of to play with touch screen controls. Now a much more practical solution appears.

It is a mobile controller called RIG MG-X, created by Nacon and officially licensed by Microsoft. It works with virtually any Android phone, and offers the controls that appear on the standard Xbox One controller.

The idea is to be able to play Game Pass games without the need for touch controls, as if we were in front of the console.

There are already others on the market with the same idea, such as the Razer Kishi, but this RIG MG-X is more practical and attractive, since the same buttons that we use on the Xbox controller can be used.

The phone is placed in the middle and connected via Bluetooth. It is compatible with any phone running Android 6 and above, and with screens up to 6.7 inches.

Charging is done via USB-C, and the battery gives autonomy of about 20 hours.

In TheVerge They have been able to test it, and although they criticize that some buttons have to be pressed more than they should, in general they are very satisfied with the experience. It can also be used with non-Xbox games.

The only con found is that it is not good for racing games, but for the rest it seems the ideal option.

By the way, it’s already available for $80 on amazon

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It will be much easier to transfer WhatsApp from Android smartphone to iPhone soon

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The team behind the popular WhatsApp messenger is one step closer to being able to easily transfer chat history from an old smartphone to a new one without unnecessary complications and additional tools.

It will be much easier to transfer WhatsApp from Android smartphone to iPhone soon

Recall that since the fall of 2021, WhatsApp has a tool for transferring chat history from iPhone to some Android-based smartphones, such as Samsung and Google Pixel.

It will be much easier to transfer WhatsApp from Android smartphone to iPhone soon

Now in the beta version of WhatsApp for iOS there are references to the ability to transfer a chat from Android to iPhone.

The thematic resource WABetaInfo drew attention to the innovation. However, so far there are only “evidence” in the beta version, and the function itself does not work. Nevertheless, this gives hope for a relatively early launch – in the coming months.

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There was a problem with QR codes on Android 12: Google Camera randomly changes addresses

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Recently, QR codes have firmly entered our daily lives, whether we like it or not. But QR codes can also pose a security risk, as the user may not always be able to immediately see which website they are being directed to. While dedicated scanner apps usually show you which URL is hidden inside a QR code, Google Camera seems to try to automatically correct addresses it thinks are wrong, which is more trouble than it’s worth.

There was a problem with QR codes on Android 12: Google Camera randomly changes addresses

According to the German edition of Heise, after an investigation, the Google Camera app on Android 12 regularly issues at least three types of erroneous addresses.

The first type of erroneous corrected addresses most commonly occurs when an address is hidden behind a QR code using country code top-level domains (ccTLDs). Google Camera inserts an extra dot in such cases. For example, https://fooco.at becomes https://foo.co.at. As Heise discovered, the problem affects not only the Austrian .at domain, but also .au, .br, .hu, .il, .kr, .nz, .ru, .tr, .uk and .za.

The second issue concerns addresses with top-level domains that are longer than two letters (such as the Catalan .cat). In this case, Google Camera can “swallow” the rest of the address, turning the Catalan independence referendum address https://referendum.cat into a non-existent Canadian address https://referendum.ca. The same problem exists for .int, .pro, .travel, .apple, .bet, .beer, and .amex, with almost all of them abbreviated to the first two letters, with the exception of .apple, which becomes .app). The issue also affects new top-level domains such as .army, .art, .arte, .arab, .audio, .audio, .auto, and .autos.

Another problem concerns addresses with numbers in the subdomain (usually in the www part). Here Google Camera randomly adds a period again, turning working addresses like the Royal Bank of Canada https://www6.rbc.com into non-working https://www.6.rbc.com. Moreover, errors can be combined. As a result, https://www2co.at will become https://www.2.co.at.

The problems appear not only in Chrome, but also in other browsers, even if they are set as the default application on an Android 12 device. For example, when using Firefox, users will still be redirected to the wrong link when scanning a QR code using Google Camera.

Google Camera only reads QR codes when the user activates Google Lens suggestions in their settings. At the same time, according to Heise, the standalone Google Lens app itself works fine with all types of QR codes and does not cause any errors.

Heise was able to confirm their findings with Pixel 3 XL, 3a, 4, 4a, 5, and 6 Pro running Android 12. Pixel 3a running Android 11 did not experience the issue, but appeared after updating to the latest OS version.

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