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How to Enter the BIOS on Your Windows 11 PC

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Accessing the BIOS on your Windows 11 PC can help you solve a variety of problems or allow you to adjust low-level settings. There are multiple ways you can enter BIOS, and we’ll show you how to use all of them.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/765108/how-to-enter-the-bios-on-your-windows-11-pc/
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How to Draw Missing Roads on Google Maps

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As great as Google Maps is, it’s not infallible. New places and roads are popping up all the time, and sometimes they get overlooked. You can help Google Maps and the community by drawing missing roads yourself.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/759760/how-to-draw-missing-roads-on-google-maps/
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Intel’s hybrid 12th-gen chips are a major strike against AMD

We’ve been hearing about Intel’s powerful hybrid chips for so long, they’ve achieved almost mythical status. The idea behind them is intriguing: they feature both performance-cores (P-cores) and and efficient-cores (E-cores) on a single die, giving you chips that can be beefy and a bit more power-conscious, depending on the task. Previously, all of Intel’s CPU cores were pretty much the same, which led to the energy-hungry designs we’ve seen over the last few years. 

Now the company is ready to launch those chips, previously codenamed “Alder Lake,” as its 12th-gen desktop processors. And maybe, just maybe, it’ll be able to steal the spotlight back from AMD and Apple.

In addition to their hybrid configuration, these 12th-gen chips are also the first under the “Intel 7” process technology, which was previously seen as a refined 10nm design. When Intel revised its product roadmap in July with new names, it seemed to just be steering us away from its 7nm delays. But the performance of these 12th-gen chips may be enough to justify the new branding.

Intel 12th-gen CPU die from the bottom

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Intel is throwing some major numbers around: it says 12th-gen chips are up to 19 percent faster than 11th-gen CPUs overall, and they’re twice as fast in the Adobe After Effects Pulse benchmark. When it comes to multithreaded performance (tasks built specifically for more than one core, like video and 3D rendering), the company claims the top-end i9-12900K is 50 percent faster than last year’s 11900K while using less power. And even better, it can achieve performance parity while using only around a quarter of the power. Basically, everyone who held off on upgrading over the last few years is in for a treat, as these chips promise to be a big leap forward.

Intel’s 12th-gen Core chips can fit in up to 16 cores on the i9-12900K. That’s a combination of 8 P-cores and 8 E-cores, with a total of 24 process threads (every P-core counts double, since they support hyper-threading, but the E-cores don’t). Given that this is an entirely new way of designing its chips, the company also worked together to develop a new Thread Director with Microsoft, which intelligently assigns tasks to the appropriate core. That way you don’t have to manually assign a background thread to an E-core, or start mucking about your settings once you start working on concurrent tasks. (If the hybrid core design seems familiar, it’s because ARM has been pushing something similar for the past decade with its big.LITTLE technology on mobile CPUs.)

Intel 12th-gen CPU charts

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Intel claims P-cores can perform up to 28 percent faster than its 10th-gen Comet Lake S chips in single-threaded performance. The E-cores, meanwhile, are just as fast as the 10th-gen hardware on their own. As you’d expect, these chips shine best when you’re throwing serious workloads at them. Intel says the i9-12900K can get around up to 84 percent higher framerates while playing Mount and Blade II and streaming over OBS, compared to the previous generation chip. Similarly, it’s 47 percent faster while multi-tasking with Adobe Lightroom Classic and Premiere Pro.

Intel 12th-gen CPU charts

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Intel’s figures sound impressive when compared to its own hardware, but the company also noted that its Ryzen benchmarks were run before AMD and Microsoft deployed Windows 11 updates to fix some performance bugs. At the time of its testing, the i9-12900K appeared to have a commanding lead over the Ryzen 5950X in many games, like Troy: A Total War Saga and Grid 2019. But it’ll be interested to see what those numbers look like now. And of course, AMD could easily come back with speedier hardware of its own early next year.

Intel 12th-gen CPU charts

The new 12th-gen chips are also looking towards the future, with support for up to 16 lanes of PCIe 5.0 and DDR5-4800 RAM. Intel’s new 600-series chipset will feature PCIe 4.0 support, integrated WiFi 6E, and an updated Direct Media Interface (DMI) that’ll offer “double and faster bandwidth between the chipset and the processor.” There’s also support for up to 4 USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 ports, as well as far more USB 3.2 Gen 2 connections in general.

As you’d expect, it’ll cost a bit more to jump into Intel’s 12th-gen chips. The Core i9-12900K will go for $589, compared to the 11900K’s $539 to $549 price range. You could always save $20 or so by getting the “KF” chip without onboard graphics, but in general I’d recommend keeping graphics in case your GPU gets fried. The more approachable Core i7-12700K, thankfully, hasn’t budged from its predecessor’s $409 price, while the Core i5-12600K is around $20 more than before if you want onboard graphics.

The real question for Intel is how this new hardware stacks up against what AMD and Apple have coming. Benchmark leaks suggest that the i9-12900K is faster than Apple’s M1 Max chip, but that’s also a power-sipping laptop part. A faster, desktop-focused chip from Apple would likely leave Intel lagging behind again. Still, this uncertainty is a good thing for the PC industry as a whole. Now we’ve got several companies producing powerful processors. Their attempts to one-up should ultimately be a very good thing for consumers.

Source: https://www.engadget.com/intel-12th-gen-core-cpu-hybrid-alder-lake-160014440.html?src=rss
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Someone Hacked Google Play Store Onto Windows 11, And You Can Too (For Now)

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When Microsoft confirmed Windows 11 would support Android apps, there was plenty of excitement, but then we learned apps are only available through the Amazon App Store. And while Android apps on Windows 11 made their confusing debut last week, this week, a developer on Twitter managed to get the full Google Play Store working, and here’s how.

Amazon’s Android app store has a limited selection compared to the thousands of apps on Google’s store. Furthermore, the Android app experience through Amazon isn’t expected to be available to the public until 2022. As a result, people everywhere are trying to hack Google Play onto Windows 11.

The developer ADeltaX has documented their efforts on Twitter, and this weekend it paid off. Now, there’s a working version of the Google Play Store on Windows 11, but we’re not sure how long this will last. Microsoft will likely block it at any moment.

Either way, the developer released a set of instructions for those daring enough to try it themselves, as well as the YouTube instructional video below.

It’s worth noting that this process isn’t for beginners, and things could quickly go wrong. There are files to download, install, copy, and scripts to execute. Basically, it’s not super simple. ADeltaX says the process is still a work in progress and suggests that any users watching the video proceed at their own risk. That said, there is a chance they’ll come up with a more straightforward solution in the future as long as Microsoft doesn’t block the script first.

If you want to try the Google Play Store and all of its apps on a Windows 11 device, now is your chance, but it probably won’t work for long.

via TechRadar

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/101433/someone-hacked-google-play-store-onto-windows-11-and-you-can-too-for-now/
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What Is RansomCloud, And How Do You Protect Yourself?

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RansomCloud is ransomware designed to infiltrate and encrypt cloud storage. Responsibility for the security of your data isn’t as straightforward as you might think. We tell you what you need to know.

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Source: https://www.cloudsavvyit.com/14472/what-is-ransomcloud-and-how-do-you-protect-yourself/
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PC Games Are Installing Low-Level Drivers in Windows

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No one likes dealing with cheaters in video games. However, Call of Duty’s Ricochet anti-cheat system is installing low-level drivers to Windows PCs, which might be going a little further than most users would prefer.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/761510/pc-games-are-installing-low-level-drivers-in-windows/
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How to 3D-print your own sex toy

Billie Ruben wrote up a guide on how to 3D-print sex toys the right way. Just rolling one off the printer and into a human body being absolutely out of the question due to the materials and the layer lines being perfect food and habitats for germs. — Read the rest

Source: https://boingboing.net/2021/10/11/how-to-3d-print-your-own-sex-toy.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-3d-print-your-own-sex-toy
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Your Wi-Fi May Feel Faster on a Windows 11 Laptop—Here’s Why

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Microsoft confirms that it’s adding Wi-Fi Dual Station support to Windows 11, a feature that will significantly improve wireless internet performance on laptops equipped with compatible hardware, specifically Qualcomm FastConnect modules with 4-Stream DBS. Or in plain English, your crappy Wi-Fi may feel a lot faster on a Windows 11 laptop.

With Wi-Fi Dual Station support, the Windows 11 operating system “can now leverage two concurrent Wi-Fi connections” to provide “Ethernet-like reliability and latency” over a wireless network. In most cases, that means your Dual Station-compatible laptop will utilize your router’s 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz (or 6Ghz) bands simultaneously to avoid jitter and congestion.

We expect all sorts of hardware manufacturers to take advantage of Wi-Fi Dual Station, but Qualcomm is currently leading the charge with its FastConnect systems. In a blog post celebrating the new feature, Qualcomm claimed a 4x reduction in latency when using a Windows 11 laptop with its 4-Stream DBS system with off-the-shelf Wi-Fi 6 routers.

To our surprise, Microsoft claims that Valve helped develop the Wi-Fi Dual Station system. The company has already added Wi-Fi Dual Station support to the Steamworks SDK, which many games (including CS:GO and DOTA 2) use for networking. Perhaps Valve is interested in bringing the feature to its upcoming Steam Deck, which does support Qualcomm’s FastConnect system. (Though the Steam Deck runs a custom Linux distro out of the box—maybe Wi-Fi Dual Station will come to Linux?)

If that’s not enough to convince you of Wi-Fi Dual Station’s capabilities, AMD and Qualcomm are working together to bring this tech to AMD laptops. Clearly, Microsoft and Qualcomm have developed a breakthrough solution to wireless internet latency.

But you probably won’t experience this breakthrough for a while. Wi-Fi Dual Station requires a laptop with a FastConnect subsystem that supports Wi-Fi 6 and 4-stream DBS tech. In other words, a high-end PC with a Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 or 6700 module. (You’ll also need a Wi-Fi 6 router.)

And the time of writing, your best bet is to buy one of Acer’s new Windows 11 laptops, which contain Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 modules. Lenovo says that it plans to stick these same modules in future laptops, though it hasn’t provided a release date or even a general timeline for such products.

Source: Qualcomm via PC Gamer

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/99990/your-wi-fi-may-feel-faster-on-a-windows-11-laptop-heres-why/
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How to Roll Back the Kernel in Linux

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If your Linux PC suddenly has issues after an update to your system, it’s possible a Linux kernel update is at fault. Fortunately, rolling back or switching to another kernel is relatively easy to do on Debian, Arch, and Fedora systems. Here’s how.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/740797/how-to-roll-back-the-kernel-in-linux/
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