For a 25-year-old format, JPEG has really stood the test of time. While GIF has been mostly superseded by PNG (still) and VP8 / H264 (motion), for photographs and the like, JPEG reigns supreme. That's not to say no one's come up with a better format -- they have, with the best contenders, such as WebP, basically wrappers around video codecs. This includes Nokia's High Efficiency Image File Format, or HEIF, which Microsoft will soon support in Windows 10. Whether it catches on, well, that's another matter.
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Anyone who has tried to disable automatic updates in Windows 10 knows how much of a pain it is. In fact, in some versions of the OS, it's basically impossible. But it appears even if you do switch updates off, Microsoft can -- and will -- patch your machine if it wants to.
OK, time to cool your jets: Yes, Windows 10 can run natively on ARM platforms... with some limitations. Microsoft has released documentation outlining exactly what those restrictions are and well, there's a lot.
I know what you're thinking. It's just the cut-down, IoT version we've been able to play with for years now. Nope -- this is the Windows 10, built for the compact computer's ARM64 architecture. Sure, there's not a lot you can do with it on a Pi, and it's not exactly stable, but it does works.
Uninstalling an update that addresses a security vulnerability like Spectre or Meltdown sounds like a bad idea. But if the alternative is a PC that constantly crashes, you might be happy to take the small risk in exchange for stability. For Windows users, Microsoft now offers a patch that reverses Intel's microcode fix, but you won't find it via Windows Update.
Privacy-conscious users will be happy to hear about Microsoft's latest addition to Windows 10, which adds transparency in terms of data collection, and finally let users see what information is being sent for analysis to Microsoft. The Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer makes it more convenient for users to see what data Microsoft is gathering, but won't do much to actually help users stop the company from getting their hands on the data in the first place. To halt data collection, you'll need a different version of Windows 10, one you can't exactly buy from your local Harvey Norman.
If you're not interested in splashing out some cash on one of Amazon's Alexa devices but want to use the shopping giant's voice assistant then you'll be able to install it on your Windows PC. Amazon will be integrating Alexa with Microsoft's Cortana, with a new app available. While it's just for US users initially, we can expect it here and in other countries soon, with PCs from Acer, Asus, HP and Lenovo among the first to get support.
If you're using multiple accounts in Chrome, you know how useful it can be to keep items like your personal and professional emails separate. Unfortunately, if you use one a lot more than the other, it's a hassle to switch from one to the next every day. By following a few guidelines and creating some shortcuts, you can ensure you're opening the right Google Chrome profile every time, saving you the annoyance of bouncing between them.
Whether you're doing some Spanish homework or exchanging jokes with your French-speaking amoureux, nailing spelling in a foreign language is pretty important if you're trying to get your point across without looking like a dunce. Adding accents is easy now, thanks to improved keyboard controls on nearly every device. No matter what phone, laptop, or desktop you're on, you can add accented characters pretty easily, as long as you know where to look.
For years, Microsoft and others have been trying to figure out how to get Windows running on chips other than x86 processors most commonly made by Intel and AMD. The hope is that by broadening the platform to makers of mobile devices, Windows on ARM-based chips will lead to cheaper, more accessible systems than the standard laptops we have now.
Windows has been knocking around in some form or another for a grand total of 32 years now, and in that time it's amassed a lot of features - not just the newest bells and whistles but long-standing features you might have forgotten about or never even discovered in the first place. Here are 10 really useful tricks that Windows 10 is capable of that you might not know about, but should definitely know about.
While there won’t be another “version” of Windows, Microsoft continues to add new features and update the user interface. We can expect to see apps running in a tabbed interface instead of seperate windows, the ability to copy and paste between devices (like Apple's Continuity feature), and a timeline that lets you look back through that you were working on during a given day.
Signing and sending PDFs via email is always a pain, especially if you think you need to print it, sign it, scan it, and email it back to someone in a timely manner. But you don't! Using a few apps and built-in software, you can save time, money, and the agony of finding and printing from the correct office printer.
Hopefully you took advantage of Microsoft's free upgrade offer that allowed consumers to update computers running Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10 (and if you didn't, it isn't too late!). If you did, you should take advantage of one of the most convenient and downright pleasant features in Windows 10: The ability to login by simply looking at your PC, using Windows Hello. It's easy to setup, but may cost you a few bucks depending on the PC and accessories you currently own.
Microsoft's Windows 10 upgrade program was discontinued for the general public last July, but you can still get your hands on a free upgrade to Windows 10 if you're a user of the company's assistive technology features. Luckily, Microsoft's definition of the term is pretty broad, which means if you rely on features like closed captioning (or even keyboard shortcuts), you still qualify for a free upgrade. The offer ends December 31.
Though weather forecasting is a notoriously inexact science, thanks to voice assistants, pop-up notifications and buzzing smartwatches, it's easier than ever to keep tabs on the day's weather (and dress accordingly). Of course, checking the truncated weather forecast on your phone might be convenient, but it could also mean you're losing out on valuable information that could help you deal with the heat, rain, or general mugginess outside. That's where desktop weather apps come in.
Windows 10: You can now download the next major update to Windows 10, dubbed the Fall Creator's Update. You'll be able to enjoy major features like Mixed Reality support, bringing augmented reality to compatible PCs, as well as minor upgrades to features like handwriting recognition, voice control via Cortana and a revised user interface.