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By Steven P.
We're looking for tech enthusiasts to write news on Neowin for cash
by Steven Parker
Trying to keep our readers informed and updated on the constant stream of announcements, leaks, rumors, and insights that pour in from around the world is a non-stop job, including at weekends! With millions of readers worldwide, we know just how important it is to help them stay up to speed with the relentless pace of change and developments in technology.
That’s why we’re continuing to expand our team of news reporters. We’re looking for eager, enthusiastic people to join us part-time (or full time, see below in the Apply section), preferably from native English speaking countries such as the UK, the United States, Canada, and Australia, but we'll consider those in other parts of the world too.
We are specifically looking to bolster our UK/EU/Asia Pacific hours of news coverage.
We would love to hear from applicants with experience in covering technology news, but previous experience isn’t strictly necessary to apply. Enthusiasm, a positive attitude, and a desire to constantly improve and grow professionally – applicants with these traits are just as important to us as those with years of reporting experience.
Many of our reporters over the years have had no previous experience, but that hasn’t stopped them from doing a great job; some very well-known faces in the tech journalism community made their names at Neowin with little or no experience at first. We offered them a strong foundation upon which to build their careers.
Of course, even without reporting experience, we demand that applicants have plenty of knowledge about technology. Our coverage includes Microsoft, Apple, Google, Linux, gaming, software, devices, accessories, and so much more, along with analysis and insights into what’s happening in the tech industry.
We require that applicants be proficient in English, and although it is a preference, it doesn’t mean English has to be your first language. We will accept applications from anyone aged 18 or over, from anywhere in the world that accepts PayPal and Payoneer as a method of receiving payment, and we warmly invite people from all backgrounds to apply.
Neowin has a zero-discrimination hiring policy; whatever your ethnicity, gender identity, or sexuality, and whether you prefer Linux over Windows, or Xbox over PlayStation, what matters most to us is your passion for technology, your drive to do the job and constantly improve, and your ability to impartially report and discuss what’s happening in the tech world.
Be active: We require no less than four articles a week, but the more, the better. We pay our writers per original article based on unique hits. This probably won't replace your full-time job, but it is a great way to earn some extra cash while gaining valuable experience in reporting with one of the most established brands in tech news. Be original: We expect all articles to be originally written, we have strict guidelines for approvals. We understand no one is perfect, but we try to maintain high standards in order for a post to be approved on the main page. Be awesome: You need to be able to bite your tongue when negative criticism occurs. It happens from time to time, but remember you will represent Neowin on and off the site. Be there: Although not mandatory, living near a convention/tech hotspot such as London, Las Vegas, Seattle, New York, or Tokyo is a plus. Although we are looking to bolster timely coverage on all things Microsoft, we don't assign or require people to write only on specific areas or even at fixed times of the day unlike some other news sites, so our reporters can write on a variety of different topics whenever they want!
What you'll get from us
All articles that are published on Neowin start at $5, and that payment rises with the number of unique hits it gathers. Just one article can earn $100 if it reaches a threshold of unique hits, for this it would have to go viral, and articles do achieve this at Neowin often. The fact of the matter is, our payments are based on merit and the hits the articles achieve, so you are rewarded when you do well, but you'll get less for poor performing items.
You can find out more about our requirements, and how to apply, on this page.
We look forward to hearing from you, and if you’ve got what it takes, we hope to be able to welcome you to the Neowin team very soon 😁👍
Fedora 31 will reach its end of life next Tuesday
by Paul Hill
The Fedora Project has announced that Fedora 31 will reach its end of life on 24 November 2020. The announcement comes just weeks after the launch of Fedora 33 which included GNOME 3.38 and BTRFS as the default file system.
After next Tuesday, Fedora 31 will stop receiving vital security updates leaving your system open to exploitation as new vulnerabilities are discovered. To make sure that your system stays protected, you should upgrade to a later version; to do this, simply open Software and go to the Updates tab, there you should see a bigger banner offering you a Fedora upgrade.
Once you begin the upgrade with this method, the required files will be downloaded and then your system will ask to reboot to install the files in a similar fashion to how normal updates work. When the upgrade is complete, the system will automatically reboot into the new release.
In the Fedora documentation, it says:
If you do not want to upgrade your system, you also have the option of downloading a fresh copy of Fedora 33 which was released last month. Whether you upgrade your system or do a clean install, ensure that you’ve backed up all of your important files.
Linux Mint 20 upgrade path opens up for existing users
by Paul Hill
Clem Lefebvre, head of the Linux Mint project, has announced that users on Linux Mint 19.3 (64-bit) can upgrade to version 20 without doing a clean installation. The option is helpful for those who don’t want to re-install and re-configure their systems but it also comes with more risk than doing a clean install.
According to the announcement, only users with a 64-bit Mint installation will be able to upgrade, this is because Linux Mint 20 is only available for 64-bit systems. If your computer is running a 32-bit version of Mint 19.x you can keep it till it expires in April 2023.
If you want to upgrade, the Linux Mint team has put together a handy upgrade tutorial which will guide you through preparing your system, the upgrade process, and the minimal clean-up required post-upgrade. If you’re intent on upgrading, be sure to read the appropriate release notes before cautiously following the upgrade instructions.
As mentioned earlier, Linux Mint 19.x releases are supported until April 2023 which is still a long way off so don’t be in a hurry to upgrade if everything works for you.
Just tripped over this - and darn near face-faulted. It is (right now) one of the cheapest upgrades to a 5G-capable phone; it comes unlocked, and it does NOT cost $500 - despite it being from (of all folks) Samsung. It's the Samsung S20 5G (upgrade from a working Galaxy S7) for $489USD from Samsung.com's Samsung Unlocked group.
Why I qualify - I went sideways from the S7 to my Pixel 3a last year; I have kept the S7 up; it still works fine, and is my 3a's backup.
The SIM issue - What issue? The S7 I left, the Pixel 3a, and the S20 5G take the same-size SIM. Further, I use T-Mobile's towers (which means I can use T-Mobile's mmWave 5G - which said Samsung supports). Had I been still on Verizon's network (which said S7 came from) I would be out of luck (since Verizon uses a different sort of 5G); however, I moved from one carrier to the other due to LTE - not 5G, issues. (Tracfone uses the networks of both carriers, and permits movement from one to the other via SIM swapping at no charge.)
The flaw - Yes; there is a flaw. I can't get the phone in black. (My 3a is in black.) However, I CAN get it in PRODUCT (RED) - at no extra charge. (Usually, this colorway costs extra.)
Basically, this will be a better backup (phone). (Remember, the Qualcomm S7s are out of upgrade options and are stuck on Android 8; the S20s, however, ship with Android 10 out of the box; even if 5G is not an issue; it's still a better backup phone than the S7 would be.
Folding at Home now the fastest "computer" in the world, but also join our team
by Christopher White
It's obvious that there's nothing good about the coronavirus itself. However one positive has been the outpouring of support for the Folding@Home project that's looking for a cure to diseases such as Alzheimer's, cancer, and COVID-19. Last week we asked our readers to join the project (and the Neowin team, 55186), and you responded. We now have over 200 new folders on the team and in the last week, have jumped up 90 spots to rank 661 overall.
Neowin readers aren't the only ones responding to this crisis. As noted on Tom's Hardware, the F@H project has more compute power than not just the fastest supercomputer in the world, but the top seven supercomputers in the world, combined. Since the coronavirus outbreak, the project has seen a 1,200% increase in the number of folders, with over 400,000 people joining. The total number of CPU/GPU cores being used by the project is 27,433,824.
A work unit crunching away at the Coronavirus problem We'd love if you joined the Neowin team. Simply install the client, type in a username, enter team number 55186, and you'll be folding with us in no time! If you're not seeing many work units assigned to you right now, keep in mind that due to the outpouring of support, the scientists need to provide more data for our computers to crunch so it's possible your PC will idle for a bit until they get this worked out. Just leave the application running, and when work comes in, you'll be folding in no time!
We also have a dedicated forum thread discussing the project right here.