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By Laurentiu A.
I have one question for all of you...
What is this ugly, beta, squared, badly pixelated THING on my taskbar?
It says News and interests and yes, I know its a new feature from Microsoft.
How can a billion dollar company, with thousands of employees and rich history in software, design this?
The sun icon looks very bad, the text that displays the weather is blurry and the app itself is sluggish.
How can they release something like this worldwide, without shame?
I am serious...
Patch My PC Updater 126.96.36.199
by Razvan Serea
Patch My PC Free is a portable and reliable tool which can quickly check your PC for outdated software. The supported third-party programs include a large number of widely-used applications, including Adobe Reader, Mozilla Firefox, Java, 7-Zip, BleachBit, Google Chrome and many more.
Patch My PC Home updater features:
Updates over 300 common apps check including portable apps Ability to cache updates for use on multiple machines No bloatware during installations Applications install/update silently by default no install wizard needed Optionally, disable silent install to perform a manual custom install Easy to use user interface Installs 64-bit apps by default on 64-bit windows Optionally choose to install 32-bit apps on 64-bit Windows Change updated and outdated apps color for color blindness Option to automatically kill programs before updating it Portable and only about 3.0 MB Create a baseline of applications if installing on new PC’s Quickly uninstall multiple programs Scan time is usually less than 1 second Set updates to happen on a schedule Skip updates for any application you don’t want to update Suppresses restarts when performing application updates Patch My PC Updater 188.8.131.52 changelog:
Updated Vivaldi‘s silent install switch Added switch “/norestart” to VNC Server The form can now be resized by any edge instead of only by the grip size at the bottom-right. Download: Patch My PC Updater 184.108.40.206 | 3.0 MB (Freeware)
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Opera adds support for Apple's M1 processor and custom shortcuts
by Paul Hill
Opera Software has announced that its namesake browser now natively supports Apple’s M1 processor. According to the firm, M1 support makes Opera run two times faster compared to the previous version of the browser. The latest version of Opera also lets users create custom keyboard shortcuts to more quickly access various browser features.
Last November, Apple released several new Macs that ship with the new Apple M1 CPU, which is ARM-based. With the shift from Intel’s processors, Apple had to ship a compatibility layer called Rosetta 2 that would enable programs designed for Intel CPUs to run on the Apple M1. Since the launch, Mozilla has added support for M1 to Firefox and Google has added support to Chrome. Now with the latest update, Opera supports M1 too.
The other feature arriving in this update is the ability to create custom shortcuts that let you easily access Player, Flow, and Crypto Wallet. To set keyboard shortcuts for any of these features you should click the three-dot icon at the bottom of the sidebar then click the three-dot icon next to the feature and select Configure shortcuts; from there, you can type the shortcut you want.
The latest version of Opera is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux (deb, RPM, snap). If you already have Opera installed, press the Opera menu, go to Update & Recovery, press Check for update and once the update has finished downloading, press update.
Linux Mint outlines better, unobtrusive update notifications
by Paul Hill
Clem Lefebvre, head of the Linux Mint project, has written a blog post outlining new notifications that try not to be annoying but also remind users that they need to perform software updates to keep their computer secure. The details arrive a little over a month since Lefebvre pointed to stats that show some users were not applying security updates and in some cases, people were even running end of life versions of Linux Mint.
The Linux Mint team prides itself on its users controlling their computer rather than the other way around. New Mint versions only ever introduce conservative changes so that the whole operating system doesn’t need to be relearned and users are also given complete control over when, how, and which updates are installed; unfortunately, this mindset has led to some users running outdated, vulnerable software.
To remedy the issue, a new pop-up has been created which lets the user know how many updates are available, it says why updates need to be applied, it lets users view available updates, and gives users the option to turn on automatic updates. If the user dismisses the notification it will come back two days later so it’s not overbearing.
If the user decides to install updates, the notification will disappear for quite a while on the default settings. By default, the notification will appear if an update has been available for more than seven logged-in days or if it’s older than 15 calendar days. The number of days can be changed to anything between two and 90 days depending on how often you want to see updates. Additionally, these notifications will only be triggered by security and kernel updates but this can be adjusted in the settings.
There is also a grace period setting which is set to 30 days by default, essentially, this means that if an update has been applied in the last 30 days, you will not be bugged by notifications until that time has elapsed.
The Mint team hopes that the default settings will work for most people in that they keep their system moderately up-to-date without being overburdened with constant reminders to update their machine. The new notifications are set to arrive in Linux Mint 20.2 but Lefebvre has also said that it could be backported to older versions.
Opera Touch rebranded as Opera on the iOS platform
by Paul Hill
Opera Touch users on iOS should be on the lookout for a revamp to the app as the firm has announced that the browser will just be called Opera and that the logo will be changed to red to fit in with the rest of the company’s portfolio of browsers. The firm said that it has made some other changes to the UI as it tries to “introduce a cleaner and smoother design for a more refined look and feel.”
Opera Touch is almost three years old now, it was initially created to work better on touchscreen phones with its innovative Fast Action button that gives users quick access to search, recent tabs, and browser navigation. It was launched on iOS on October 1, 2018, and that month it was also the winner of the Red Dot Design Award.
In the announcement, the firm decided to share that Opera Touch, now called Opera, has three million monthly active users around the world. Explaining why it think people choose Opera it said:
The new update is available from today on the iOS App Store. Opera is also available for Windows, Mac, and Linux and can be synced to the mobile app using Opera Flow.