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Microsoft’s ‘ugly’ Windows XP-themed Christmas sweater unveiled

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Microsoft releases a new and highly sought-after Windows-themed “ugly sweater” every holiday season. Last year we had a Clippy sweater. A year earlier, a Paint-themed sweater was released. This year, Windows Ugly Sweater received the default Windows XP wallpaper, also known as “Bliss”.

Many consider the Bliss wallpaper to be the most viewed photo in the world. It depicts a green hill under a cloudy blue sky and was used as the default wallpaper on millions of Windows computers between 2001 and 2008.

Microsoft's 'ugly' Windows XP-themed Christmas sweater unveiled

The image was taken by photographer Charles O’Rear in 1996 before Microsoft bought the rights to it in 2000 for a rumored “low six-figure” sum. Incredibly, O’Rear claims that the photograph has not been digitally altered. The hill is located next to a busy highway in Sonoma, California, although these days it’s home to a vineyard and doesn’t look much like the iconic photo.

Microsoft says all proceeds will go to The Nature Conservancy, an organization dedicated to “conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends.”

Microsoft's 'ugly' Windows XP-themed Christmas sweater unveiled

This year’s sweater is available in limited quantities directly from the Xbox Gear Shop for $70.

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

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Microsoft followed Apple and allowed smartphones to be used as

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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