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By Rich Woods
Microsoft Outlook is getting a new calendar look
by Rich Woods
Today, Microsoft announced some new features coming to Outlook at its spring Ignite conference. For Outlook on the web, you're going to get what's called Outlook calendar board. It's more of a free-form view of your calendar, rather than the grid view that you're used to.
It's going to be more customizable, so you have more control over how you see your calendars, files, and more. Under the views dropdown, you can try it out by selecting "Board". It's available now on Outlook on the web.
The other new feature is suggested times, which is coming to iOS and Android. The feature is all about suggesting times for you to organize your meetings. It uses what Microsoft calls AI to figure out what time you're available, and what time attendees are available to give you the best available slot. It will give the best suggestion for everyone involved, even if it's not perfect for everyone.
You can learn more about the Board view for Outlook on the web here, and it's out now. Suggested times is going to be rolling out for mobile users this month.
By Rich Woods
Microsoft job listing hints at 5G and a better camera in the next Surface Duo
by Rich Woods
Microsoft first announced the Surface Duo in October 2019, showing a video where something in a bag rang, and immediately the crowd knew that the long-awaited Surface phone had arrived. While it was planned to launch in the holiday 2020 season, it arrived over the summer, but it definitely had some shortcomings.
It included a Snapdragon 855 chipset, which was last-gen even then. However, it's entirely possible that the reason was because a Snapdragon 865 would require 5G and reworked antennas. The camera also wasn't impressive, packing a low-end 11MP f/2.0 sensor, and being that the device itself is so thin, there's only so much z-depth that the camera can possibly offer.
According to a job listing that was spotted by Windows Latest, both 5G and a better camera should be coming in the next model. OF course, none of this is surprising, as the new Snapdragon 888 comes with an integrated 5G modem and a separate 5G modem is a requirement for the Snapdragon 865, 865+, and 870. The job listing calls for someone with experience with 3GPP standards and 5G radio technologies.
And then there are the camera improvements, where apparently, Microsoft will be using machine learning and artificial intelligence for better image processing. While this will certainly help with a camera that's mediocre even in broad daylight settings, there's only so much that image processing can do to overcome the barriers set by entry-level hardware.
Other than that, there's not much to say. Again, this stuff isn't surprising, but it's nice to see that Microsoft is working on solving the weaker points of the Surface Duo's hardware.
OPPO will announce its Find X3 series on March 11
by João Carrasqueira
OPPO has officially confirmed the announcement date for the upcoming Find X3 series of smartphones, which will naturally succeed the Find X2 series from last year. The official unveiling will happen online on March 11, which some leaks had already suggested, and OPPO is using the tagline "Awaken Colour". The company announced last year that the Find X3 would feature end-to-end 10-bit color support.
While OPPO has yet to reveal the phones themselves, leaks over the past couple of months have made many details public. The lineup will reportedly consist of the Find X3 Pro, Find X3 Neo, and Find X3 Lite, with a standard Find X3 not existing this year. Of those three, only the Find X3 Pro will be a completely new phone, with the Find X3 Neo being a rebranded version of the Reno5 Pro+ that launched in China in December, while the Find X3 Lite is a rebranding of the regular Reno5.
OPPO Find X3 Pro The Find X3 Pro will be the range-topper, featuring a Snapdragon 888 chipset, a 4,500mAh battery, and a 6.7-inch display with 3216x1440 resolution and a variable refresh rate between 10Hz and 120Hz. Thanks to its 10-bit color support, it should be able to display up to 1.07 billion colors.
It reportedly features two 50MP Sony IMX766 sensors, one for the main camera and one for the ultra-wide-angle camera, which isn't too far off from how the Find X2 Pro had two 48MP sensors. The third lens will still be a telephoto, but OPPO has opted out of the periscope lens, and instead, there will only be 2x optical zoom. Finally, there will be a dedicated 3MP macro lens that promises 25x zoom and features a ring of lights around it.
The Find X3 Neo will then likely feature a Snapdragon 865, 8GB/12GB of RAM, a quad-camera setup with a 50MP primary camera, a 6.55-inch Full HD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate, and a 4,500mAh battery. The Find X3 Lite will have a Snapdragon 765G chipset, a 64MP main camera and a lesser camera setup overall, and a smaller 6.43-inch display with the same Full HD+ resolution and 90Hz refresh rate.
Prices for the entire range have also seemingly been revealed, with the Find X3 Pro ranging from €1,000 to €1,200, the Find X3 Neo between €700 and €800, and the Find X3 Lite between €400 and €500. The official announcement is set for March 11 at 11:30GMT, so we'll need to wait for it to know for sure whether this information is correct.
By Usama Jawad96
Microsoft quietly fixes weird Windows 10 drive corruption bug, but only in Insider build
by Usama Jawad
Last month, it was revealed that Windows 10 contains a weird bug in which the OS throws an error message that the drive is corrupted and that you should reboot the system, when a certain location is accessed via the Command Prompt or a browser. While Microsoft appears to have quietly fixed the issue in the latest Insider Preview build 21322, it still appears to be present in other versions of Windows 10.
Bleeping Computer reports that when you run the change directory "cd" command on the Command Prompt with a specific location, Windows warns that "The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable", recommending that you reboot the machine with chkdsk to fix the drive. This happens even when users with low privileges access the NTFS volume. Microsoft had previously stated that the corruption message is inaccurate and the drive isn't actually corrupted, but another report from OSR claims that in its testing, one instance of Windows 10 failed to reboot even after repeated chkdsk.
Microsoft has fixed the issue in its latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build 21322 pushed out a few days ago, and it does not allow users to access the problematic location as can be seen below:
Naturally, we tested accessing the location on our virtual machines powered by other, older versions of Windows too. On Windows Vista, the location in question is not accessible either:
However, when we tried to access the location via Command Prompt on an old machine with Windows 10 Pro version 1803 - which is an older version of the operating system that is no longer supported. True to reports, there is an error message that the "file or directory is corrupted and unreadable", and the system recommends that you close all apps, restart the PC, and repair drive errors to fix the issue:
In our case, Windows 10 fortunately did manage to reboot with chkdsk and did not get stuck in a loop. We expect other versions of Windows 10 prior to Insider build 21322 to behave in the same way, barring any serious anomalies:
It's a six-year-old PC! It is important to note that other vendors and companies are trying to block access to the problematic location from their end. Mozilla Firefox 85.0.1 has a check which disables access to locations with the ":$" symbol, while OSR has released an unofficial patch which disallows access to the path. That said, it is rather strange that Microsoft is not pushing out a hotfix for older versions of Windows 10. We have seen similar issues with other operating systems such as iOS in the past, and while they may not be dangerous in most cases, it is always worth fixing these issues to prevent viral pranks that can be a nuisance for PC owners who are not tech-savvy.
Neowin Podcast Episode 19: Android, Windows, and iOS betas are here
by João Carrasqueira
Welcome back to the Neowin Podcast! On episode 19, we're talking about beta season - that wonderful time of the year for tech enthusiasts where major beta updates start to be released.
As we get deeper into 2021, we're starting to approach some big new software updates, and because of that, there are previews and betas rolling out that you can try out now. The most notable is likely Android 12, the next big Android update which brings along some UI changes and some potential new features - though some of them are hidden for now. Windows 10 is also getting updated to version 21H1 with some minor changes, and iOS is getting its mid-life update to version 14.5, which finally lets you unlock your phone with a mask on.
If you're interested in learning more about these updates, you can check out our coverage of them in the links below:
Google announces Android 12 How to install the Android 12 developer preview Microsoft announces Windows 10 version 21H1 How to start testing Windows 10 version 21H1 iOS 14.5 lets you unlock your phone with a mask on and change your default music player with Siri You can listen to the episode below, and the Neowin Podcast is available on iTunes - and apps that rely on its library - as well as Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Amazon Music. And if you want to add it to your own podcast library, you can use this RSS feed:
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