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By Abhay V
A possible new Surface Laptop 3 variant spotted passing through Bluetooth certification
by Abhay Venkatesh
Surface Laptop 3 Details of Microsoft’s rumored successor to the Surface Laptop 3 have been making the rounds on the web for a while now. Benchmarks of what were believed to be the Laptop 4 and the Pro 8 were spotted late last year. However, with the introduction of the Surface Pro 7+ – a refreshed version of the Pro 7 sporting Intel’s 11th-gen chips – aimed completely at businesses, it is possible that the Redmond firm is readying a version of the Laptop 3 as well that is aimed at businesses.
A new Bluetooth SIG certification listing (spotted by WinCentral) provides credence to that theory, as it mentions versions of the Surface Pro 7 and the Laptop 3 listed for certification on January 18. The descriptions in the listing also point to 13.5-inch and 15-inch models. Additionally, the model numbers specified in the certification for the devices coincide with a now deleted tweet from Twitter user cozyplanes. The “1950” model number was the rumored one for the Laptop 4. The certification listing contains models 1952, 1953, 1958, and 1959 – possibly pointing to two variants of the 13.5-inch and 15-inch devices each. The two Pro 7 models might also point to the recently released Wi-Fi-only and LTE versions of the Pro 7+.
Reports from last year suggest that the company is planning on equipping the 13.5-inch versions of the device with AMD processors for the first time, in addition to refreshes to the Intel variants. It is anyone’s guess if these devices will be called the Laptop 3+, or if there are plans to offer the new devices to consumers as well with the Laptop 4 branding.
The advantages of offering the Pro 7+ to businesses without any design and dimension changes include compatibility with older peripherals and accessories, without compromising on performance. However, with Surface Laptop sporting a more traditional form factor, it will be interesting to see what the company’s strategy is with that lineup.
Winaero Tweaker 0.19
by Razvan Serea
Winaero Tweaker is an an all-in-one customization utility that helps you to tweak Windows in just a few simple clicks. The program includes tweaks for every version of operating system from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Winaero Tweaker automatically detects the version of Windows OS you’re running and shows tweaks and customization options accordingly. The software can be installed as a portable app so you can take it with you as you move from one computer to another.
Here's a partial features list:
Information - View information about your PC hardware and OS. Aero Colors - Change all Windows Aero settings including those which can't be changed with Control Panel. Aero Lite - Activate the hidden Aero Lite theme. Alt+Tab Appearance - Change hidden secret options of the Alt+Tab dialog. Colored Title Bars - Enable colors for window title bars in Windows 10. Dark Color Scheme - Here you can enable the dark color scheme for Windows 10 system settings and apps. Inactive Title Bars Color - Change the color of inactive title bars in Windows 10. Disable Aero Shake - Disable or enable the Aero Shake feature. Disable Driver Updates - Turn off driver updates in Windows Update. Disable Web Search - Disable Web Search in taskbar and Cortana in Windows 10. Disable Action Center - Disable or enable the Action Center feature in Windows 10. Disable Live Tiles - Disable Live Tiles all at once for Universal(Metro) apps. Activate Windows Photo Viewer - Activate Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10. Auto-update Store apps - Disable or enable auto-update of Store apps in Windows 10. Disable Cortana - Disable Cortana in Windows 10. Disable Windows Defender - Disable Windows Defender in Windows 10. Microsoft Edge Download Folder - Change the default download folder in Microsoft Edge. Stop Unwanted Apps - Stop unwanted apps Windows installs automatically. Windows Defender Tray Icon - Show or hide Windows Defender tray icon. App Switcher Hover Timeout - Change the App Switcher hover timeout delay. Charms Bar Hover Timeout - Change the Charms Bar hover timeout delay. Modern App Closing Options - Speed up closing time of Metro apps for mouse and touch. Start Screen Power Button - Show or hide the Power button on the Start screen. Disable Telemetry - Prevent Windows 10 from spying on you. ... and many more. Download page: Winaero Tweaker 0.19 | 2.4 MB (Freeware)
View: Winaero Tweaker Home Page | v0.19.0 Release Notes
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By Rich Woods
Microsoft announces five laptops for education that support 4G LTE
by Rich Woods
Acer TravelMate Spin B3 Today, Microsoft announced five new laptops from Acer, ASUS, and JP-IK. Touted as the most affordable 4G LTE PCs ever, they start at $185. Of course, you won't actually get 4G LTE at that price, because four out of these five PCs use an Intel processor, meaning that cellular connectivity is an option, and will come at a premium.
The most inexpensive options are made by JP-IK, and they include the Leap Connect T304 and the Leap T304, the former of which includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c processor with integrated cellular connectivity for $229. The Leap T304 costs $185 and comes with an Intel Celeron with 4GB of RAM.
From Acer, we have the TravelMate B3 and TravelMate Spin B3. Starting at $239 and $329, respectively. They come with Intel's new 10nm 'Jasper Lake' Pentium Silver processors, USB Type-C, and more. Finally, ASUS has its new ExpertBook BR1100 for $279, which is meant to be rugged and has an anti-bacteria C cover, adding protection for if the device needs to be shared.
One other thing that Microsoft is announcing, and that's the new Classroom Pen 2. Microsoft only said that it has a longer enclosure, but it also costs just $19.99. Finally, there's Reflect integration in Teams, which lets teachers check in on students and just sort of see how they're doing. That's available in Teams now.
by Razvan Serea
WinSlap is a tiny tool that provides you with control over which functions in Windows 10 you choose to use and how far data gets shared. Using a very simple interface, you decide how Windows 10 should respect your privacy by making recommendations and giving tips for which unwanted functions should be deactivated. There are a lot of options to browse, but WinSlap tries to make life easier by organizing them in several tabs: Tweaks, Appearance, Software and Advanced. No Installation required. Once downloaded, WinSlap is a standalone, portable application that doesn’t even need installing to work.
Apply tweaks to a fresh installation of Windows 10 after using a clean retail image (if you're looking to apply tweaks during installation, check out image creation tools) No bloat. WinSlap does what it's features list says and nothing else. Tweaks:
Disable Shared Experiences Disable Cortana Disable Game DVR and Game Bar Disable Hotspot 2.0 Don't include frequently used folders in Quick access Don't show sync provider notifications Disable Sharing Wizard Show 'This PC' when launching File Explorer Disable Telemetry Uninstall OneDrive Disable Activity History Disable automatically installing Apps Disable Feedback dialogs Disable Start Menu suggestions Disable Bing search Disable password reveal button Disable settings sync Disable startup sound Disable autostart startup delay Disable location Disable Advertising ID Disable Malware Removal Tool data reporting Disable sending typing info to Microsoft Disable Personalization Hide language list from websites Disable Miracast Disable App Diagnostics Disable Wi-Fi Sense Disable lock screen Spotlight Disable automatic maps updates Disable error reporting Disable Remote Assistance Use UTC as BIOS time Hide network from lock screen Disable sticky keys prompt Hide 3D Objects from File Explorer Remove preinstalled apps except Photos, Calculator, Store Update Windows Store Apps Prevent preinstalling apps for new users Unpin preinstalled apps Disable Smart Screen Disable Smart Glass Remove Intel Control Panel from context menus Remove NVIDIA Control Panel from context menus Remove AMD Control Panel from context menus Disable suggested apps in Windows Ink Workspace Disable experiments by Microsoft Disable Inventory Collection Disable Steps Recorder Disable Application Compatibility Engine Disable pre-release features and settings Disable camera on lock screen Disable Microsoft Edge first run page Disable Microsoft Edge preload Install .NET Framework 2.0, 3.0 and 3.5 Enable Windows Photo Viewer Uninstall Microsoft XPS Document Writer Disable security questions for local accounts Disable app suggestions (e.g. use Edge instead of Firefox) Remove default Fax printer Remove Microsoft XPS Document Writer Disable clipboard history Disable cloud sync of clipboard history Disable automatic update of speech data Disable handwriting error reports Disable cloud sync of text messages Disable Bluetooth advertisements Appearance:
Add This PC shortcut to desktop Small taskbar icons Don't group tasks in taskbar Hide Taskview button in taskbar Hide People button in taskbar Hide search bar in taskbar Remove compatibility item from context menu Hide OneDrive Cloud states in File Explorer Always show file name extensions Remove OneDrive from File Explorer Delete quicklaunch items Use Windows 7 volume control Remove Microsoft Edge desktop shortcut Disable Lockscreen Blur Hide Meet Now icon in taskbar Software:
Install 7Zip Install Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Install Audacity Install BalenaEtcher Install calibre Install CPU-Z Install DupeGuru Install EarTrumpet Install Epic Games Launcher Install FileZilla Install GIMP Install GPU-Z Install Git Install Google Chrome Install HashTab Install Inkscape Install Irfanview Install Java Runtime Environment Install KDE Connect Install KeePassXC Install League Of Legends Install LibreOffice Install Minecraft Install Mozilla Firefox Install Mozilla Thunderbird Install Nextcloud Desktop Install Notepad++ Install OBS Studio Install OpenVPN Connect Install Origin Install PowerToys Install PuTTY Install Python Install Slack Install Speccy Install StartIsBack++ Install Steam Install TeamViewer Install TeamSpeak Install Telegram Install Twitch Install Ubisoft Connect Install VirtualBox Install VLC media player Install WinRAR Install WinSCP Install Windows Terminal Install Wireshark Install Zoom Advanced:
Disable Background Apps Precision Trackpad: Disable keyboard block after clicking Disable Windows Defender Disable Link-local Multicast Name Resolution Disable Smart Multi-Homed Name Resolution Disable Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Disable Teredo tunneling Disable Intra-Site Automatic Tunnel Addressing Protocol Enable Windows Subsystem for Linux Uninstall Internet Explorer WinSlap 1.4 changelog:
changed: Software is now installed using winget
changed: Move disable background apps to Advanced tab
many new items added to Software tab
new feature: Enable Windows Subsystem for Linux
new feature: Uninstall Internet Explorer
Download: WinSlap 1.4 | 823 KB (Open Source)
View: WinSlap Home Page | Screenshot
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By Rich Woods
Windows Insiders with a HoloLens 2 can now test out Edge Chromium
by Rich Woods
If you've got a HoloLens 2 that's on the Dev channel of the Windows Insider Program, build 20279.1006 was released last week. The build is from the Iron branch, which is apparently going to be a real update for HoloLens 2 headsets, unlike Windows 10 client. The new build has a bunch of new features, which is perfectly natural for HoloLens, being that it doesn't receive as many new builds as Windows 10 does.
First up is the new Edge browser. It's based on Chromium like what we've been getting on Windows 10 for a while now. It's not actually replacing Edge Legacy just yet though. For now, you'll be able to choose between the two browsers, but to be clear, Edge Chromium will replace Edge Legacy eventually. You'll be able to tell the difference because Edge Chromium has a new icon.
Setting up Edge is pretty much the same as on Windows 10. There will be the same first-run animation that interrupts your workflow, and most functionality should work as expected after that. You can view and mark up PDFs, turn on dark mode, save PDFs from the Print menu, and more. Features coming soon include WebXR and 360 Viewer extensions and joining a Teams call through the browser with video, mixed reality capture, or screen-sharing.
There's also a new Settings app. It includes new HoloLens 2 settings for Sound, Power & sleep, Network & Internet, Apps, Accounts, Ease of Access, and more. Here's the full list:
You'll find the Office web app in the 'All apps' list now, and it's really just a shortcut to Office.com. In fact, there's also a new default app picker, so if you launch the Office web app, you should be asked if you want to use Edge Legacy or Edge Chromium.
If you're on the Dev channel, this build is available now, and it should be a near-final build for the spring update.