September 21, 2022 CuttingEdgeTech

Microsoft has announced its fall showcase for Surface hardware on October 12, bright and early for the Redmond, WA, audience at 7 AM PT. Although the “save the date” invitation doesn’t specifically mention Surface, the background “bloom” appears to be a take on the Windows 11 backdrop, which accompanied the launch of Surface hardware. Reports say that Microsoft will launch new iterations of the Surface tablet, laptop, and Studio: specifically the Surface Pro 9, the Surface Laptop 5, and the Surface Studio 3. Microsoft typically updates its Surface Pro tablet and Surface Laptop lineup on a roughly annual basis, so…

September 21, 2022 CuttingEdgeTech

At long last, the GeForce RTX 40-series has been revealed, but in true Nvidia fashion, CEO Jensen Huang didn’t delve deeply into raw speeds and feeds while introducing the RTX 4090 and 4080 during his GTC keynote. There’s only so much time during these things, after all, and mass audiences don’t like sifting through verbal descriptions of technical footnotes. Fortunately, Nvidia’s website includes key technical details lacking from the presentation—details that confirm several deeply interesting tidbits about these new “Ada Lovelace” GPU-powered graphics cards. Here are six must-know GeForce RTX 40-series details that you didn’t hear during Jensen’s reveal. For…

September 21, 2022 CuttingEdgeTech

Microsoft’s Dynamic Refresh Rate can provide a smoother inking and display experience on its own Surface laptops, like the Surface Laptop Studio. But members of the Windows Insider testing group can now try it out in external monitors, too. Microsoft announced the new change in Windows Insider Build 25206, part of the Dev Channel. Builds in this channel ship with a caveat: This is where Microsoft experiments with new code, so it may never be released to the world at large. Dynamic Refresh Rate (DRR) was originally introduced as a way to improve inking on Microsoft’s Surface tablets. DRR toggles…

September 21, 2022 CuttingEdgeTech

Ever-present PC accessory maker Logitech is ready to enter the portable gaming world. Well, almost ready—the G Cloud, an Android-based game player that focuses on streaming PC games, is set to release on October 18. So sayeth an Amazon store listing that unceremoniously popped up just today, with a list price of $299.99 after a $50 discount. You can order it. Right now. Go ahead, if you wanna. The G Cloud is an interesting take on portable gaming, something closer to the original Nvidia SHIELD than Valve’s more recent Steam Deck. Despite running on Android 11—and thus having access to…

September 21, 2022 CuttingEdgeTech

Microsoft may have rolled out the Windows 11 2022 Update (22H2), but the company is already looking forward to what’s next, which is coming in October. That includes the tabbed File Explorer interface originally anticipated to be part of the 2022 Update. But what we’re calling October’s upgrades, exactly, remains up in the air. Microsoft said that in addition to reducing the cadence of Windows 11 feature releases to just one per year, it will now deliver smaller feature updates whenever it feels like it. Previously, these were known informally as “Moments.” But now, we’ve seen them referred to as…

September 21, 2022 CuttingEdgeTech

The Framework is the modular laptop for the user who wants to upgrade their hardware forever, in a user-friendly (and planet-friendly) way. As a unique part of the PC market it’s a smashing success, and the company is ready to expand outside its standard PC comfort zone. The new Framework Chromebook Edition runs Google’s browser-based ChromeOS on hardware that’s more or less the same as the existing design. As a function of the existing hardware, that makes the Framework Chromebook Edition one of the only Chromebooks on the market with full user access to replaceable RAM and storage, to say…

September 21, 2022 CuttingEdgeTech

7-inch tablets have seemed a lot less useful since smartphones have edged towards that size territory anyway. 8 inches is where it’s at for a Goldilocks in-between device — just ask the iPad Mini or Amazon’s Fire HD 8, which just got a refresh for its sixth generation (or 11th, if you’re counting all of the various Fire models). The new version is thinner, lighter, more powerful, a tad bit more expensive, and up for pre-order today. It ships in October. The standard Fire HD 8 is getting a new six-core processor that Amazon claims is 30 percent faster than…

September 21, 2022 CuttingEdgeTech

At a glanceExpert’s Rating ProsRoomy 16-inch 16:10 displayLong battery lifeCompetitive application performanceComfortable keyboard and huge touchpadQuad speakers pump up the jamsConsLone GPU upgrade is lacklusterCan’t go bigger than 512GB SSDLarge screen can feel awkward in tablet modeOur VerdictA better laptop than tablet, the Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 boasts a functional and attractive design based on a 16-inch 16:10 display and all-day-and-most-of-the-night battery life.  Price When Reviewed$1,249.99 Best Prices Today: Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 Retailer Price $1249.99 View Deal $1249.99 View Deal $1379.00 View Deal Price comparison from over 24,000 stores worldwide The Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 is a roomy convertible…

September 20, 2022 CuttingEdgeTech

Microsoft’s latest Windows 11 feature update, the Windows 11 2022 Update (22H2), turns on the operating system’s core isolation memory integrity protection by default. This change in Windows 11’s security policy trades increased security for a small (though significant) loss of performance in earlier tests. Microsoft shipped the Windows 11 2022 Update on Tuesday, with additional security features like Smart App Control. Our review of the Windows 11 2022 Update notes these things, but also At Windows 11’s launch, Microsoft left this feature off by default. Now, the company is concerned that users are secure “out of the box,” with…

September 20, 2022 CuttingEdgeTech

At a glanceExpert’s Rating ProsFree upgradeSolid accessibility improvementsClipchamp video editor is excellentConsTabbed File Explorer isn’t here yetDrag-and-drop Taskbar functions appear absentOur VerdictMicrosoft steps boldly forward in improving Windows 11 for accessibility, but more tentatively when it comes to the features Windows users use most frequently. Best Prices Today: Windows 11 22H2 Retailer Price – View Deal PCWorld Software Store $79.99 View Deal Price comparison from over 24,000 stores worldwide Rating Windows 11’s latest feature update, officially known as the Windows 11 2022 Update (22H2), means acknowledging that many of its most useful features are somewhat hidden. Dig in and you’ll…