Microsoft, as part of the traditional monthly “update on Tuesdays” (Patch Tuesday), has released an update for the Windows 10 operating system. The update brings not only bug fixes and security improvements, but also new features.
Update number KB5012599 is available both through Windows Update (Windows Update) and for manual download. It is available for Windows 10 versions 21H2, 21H1 and 20H2.
Despite the fact that Microsoft is currently focusing on Windows 11, it does not forget to work on Windows 10. So, today the OS received a new feature called Search Highlights.
Basically, it’s a new kind of Windows search that suggests content based on what day it is. For example, the user can see information about important events that happened on that day, or about holidays. Users signed in with a corporate account will instead see content specific to their organization. This includes important contacts, recent files, and so on. Another new feature is the feature that allows you to choose different colors for pop-up notification buttons.
Spied on Apple: Google will add to Android the ability to use a smartphone as a webcam for a PC
For some time now, Apple smartphones have been able to use them as a webcam paired with laptops or PCs. And now it is reported that the same feature will appear in Android 14. Mishaal Rahman, a journalist and developer, claims that DeviceAsWebcam will be added to the new system, which will turn an Android smartphone or tablet into a webcam.
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Android devices that support the standard UVC (USB video class) mode will be able to stream the video stream, while all software processing will be done at the system level, that is, external applications such as Camo or DroidCam will not be required.
It is not yet clear whether this feature will be available to all smartphones with Android 14 or only the branded Pixel. If, nevertheless, the company decides not to make the feature exclusive, then all smartphones and tablets will receive support for this feature.
It is not yet clear whether this feature will be available to all smartphones with Android 14 or only the branded Pixel. If, nevertheless, the company decides not to make the feature exclusive, then all smartphones and tablets will receive support for this feature. Among other features, Android 14 promises satellite communications that will be better than the iPhone, as well as the recognition of illegible handwriting of doctors.
Earlier, Mishaal Rahman reported that Xiaomi offered to block the installation of APK files from third-party sources.
Enthusiasts have released Android 13 for the almost five-year-old Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note9
Users of Samsung’s flagship smartphones almost five years ago learned the opportunity to install the One UI 5.0 shell and the Android 13 operating system. And although Samsung has already stopped supporting the Galaxy S9 and Note9 (review), enthusiasts have not yet abandoned them.
The One UI 5.0 skin based on Android 13 is supported by many Samsung smartphones, but the Galaxy S9 and Note9 are not on this list.
The mobile developer community XDA Developers reported that Android 13 and One UI 5.0 are now available thanks to the unofficial Noble ROM 3.0 ported to the Galaxy S9, S9+ and Note9. Developer AlexisXDA used the Android 13 firmware for the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note10 Lite to create a version suitable for 2018 flagships.
Noble ROM 3.0 is currently only available for Galaxy S9, S9+ and Note9 versions based on Exynos 9810.
Of course, you can use such firmware only at your own peril and risk, being well aware of what you are doing and what to do if something goes wrong.
Early 2023: AnTuTu’s Best Android Smartphones by Price-Performance
The AnTuTu benchmark team has published the latest rankings of the best Android smartphones in terms of price and performance in different price categories –– as of January 2023.
According to experts, in the beginning of the year, Vivo and Iqoo firmly “entrenched” in the market of expensive models. At the same time, in the cheapest category at a price of up to 1999 yuan (up to $ 296), the first three places went to Redmi Note 11T Pro, Oppo K10 5G and OnePlus Ace Racing Edition.
The next price category from 2000 to 2999 yuan (from 297 to 444 dollars) gave the first three places to Lenovo Legion Y70, Redmi K50 Pro and Iqoo Neo7.
The 3,000 to 3,999 yuan ($445 to $592) category is dominated by the Redmi K60 Pro, Honor 80 GT, and Xiaomi 12S.
The Iqoo 11, Iqoo 11 Pro and Xiaomi 13 Pro smartphones topped the category from 4,000 yuan to 4,999 yuan ($593 to $741).
Among the most expensive flagships at over $742, the Red Magic 8 Pro+ leads the way, followed by the Vivo X90 Pro and Vivo X90 Pro+.
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