The Microsoft team is releasing an updated version for the Photos application in Windows 11. Not only will you find a change in the organization of functions, but new options are also added.
So if you don’t have an image editor installed on your Windows 11 computer, you can give this Microsoft proposal a try.
Windows 11 renews its photo editor
One of the changes that you will find, with this update to the Photos app in Windows 11, you will see in the “Crop” tool. Not only does it change locations, but it also provides more information before editing.
For example, you can choose a format for cropping images, taking into account the most popular formats on social networks. Or if you prefer to do the cropping manually, moving the image controls, you will see that the Photos application will show you the resolution of the area you want to crop.
And if you take a look at the “Adjustment” section you will see that some functions disappear and only the basic tools for editing images are included, such as brightness, exposure, contrast, lights, color, etc. If you want to go from manual editing and only want to focus on the filters, you will see that Photos adds new options. And of course, you will continue to find the tool to “Auto enhance” images.
On the other hand, if you want to draw, point, write or highlight any area on the image, you will have to go to the “Review” section. And don’t worry, there are still the functions to zoom, reset the changes or save the edit as a copy.
To see this update in the Windows 11 Photos app, you don’t need to be part of the Insiders program, just go to the Microsoft Store, search for “Microsoft Photos” and click on the “Update” option.
Windows 12 will be released in September-October 2024, but its capabilities will be limited on many computers
The next big Windows 11 update is called Hudson Valley. It is so big that it will be released as Windows 12. Windows 11 “grew” from Windows 10 in approximately the same way, so there is nothing surprising.
Windows 12 will be released in the second half of 2024, according to Windows Central. At the same time, the RTM version will appear quite early – already in April, but the OS will be finalized only by August. And as a major over-the-air update to the current Windows 11, Windows 12 will be released in September or October 2024.
In Windows 12, the emphasis will be on AI: artificial intelligence will be “woven and integrated” throughout the operating system, and its work will require new hardware with an NPU – a neural processor, the purpose of which is to accelerate AI tasks. The only problem is that the NPU appeared only in the latest generations of Intel and AMD processors. Accordingly, on a PC with these processors, all system functions will work entirely, but on computers with conventional processors, without an NPU, the AI functions will be either limited or will not work at all.
One UI 6.0 on Android 14 released for Galaxy S21 FE in Europe
At the beginning of the week, One UI 6.0 firmware based on Android 14 was released for the Galaxy S21 FE version for the North American market, and now a similar version of the software has been released for the European Galaxy S21 FE.
Update number G990B2XXU5FWK3, is already being distributed in Europe (particularly in Germany). The software is 2.4 GB in size and includes the November Android security updates.
Let’s remember that the Galaxy S21 FE came out in January 2022 with Android 12 out of the box. Android 14 is not the last for it – Samsung promises to release Android 15 for this model.
The company of the former owner of Twitter launched Bitkey – a hardware wallet for bitcoins
The Block company of entrepreneur Jack Dorsey, co-founder and former head of the social network Twitter (now X), announced the launch of a hardware crypto wallet called Bitkey for storing Bitcoin. Bitkey is shaped like a black hexagon and is complemented by a mobile app and a set of tools for recovering private keys in case you lose your wallet, smartphone, or both devices. According to the creators, Bitcoin is a safe and easy way for people with varying levels of Bitcoin experience to take control of their finances, gain peace of mind and independence from any one organization.
Bitkey works based on a 2 of 3 multi-signature system: the client is given two keys – one of them is in the mobile application, and the second is stored offline in the hardware device. Through the application, you can make Bitcoin transactions from your smartphone, track your balance and manage security settings. The hardware key serves two main purposes: an additional layer of security for co-signing money transfers (based on the limit set by the client) and data recovery if the phone is lost.
The third key resides on the Bitkey server and is used for only two purposes: moving bitcoins for smartphone-only transactions (no hardware device) and recovering the wallet in case you lose your phone, hardware device, or both. Since Bitkey only has access to one key, and not two or three at once, an organization cannot access a client’s funds without the client’s knowledge. Bitkey is currently available for pre-order in 95 countries for $150, with deliveries expected to start in early 2024.
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