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Chrome OS Could Steal Windows’ Best Customization Feature

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Wait, Chrome OS doesn’t have one of these yet? Google is testing a Chrome OS Personalization menu that lets you quickly change your wallpaper and switch between light or dark mode, similar to the Personalization tab in Windows’ Settings. If this feature ever reaches a stable Chrome OS build, users can access it by right-clicking their Shelf.

The experimental Personalization menu was first discovered by u/Powerful_General_133 and reported to the Chrome OS subreddit on January 12. According to u/Powerful_General_133, the Personalization menu is only available in the latest ChromeOS Dev build. (They also mention that the new Chrome OS Dev build has some Material You theming, similar to Android 12.)

A screenshot of the Personalization option in the ChromeOS right-click menu.u/Powerful_General_133

Now, we’re not exactly sure what Google is planning for this Personalization menu. But we doubt that it’s just for changing your wallpaper and switching to dark mode. When it’s finished, the Chrome OS Personalization menu could contain settings to adjust text size, system color settings, default apps, system behavior, and other preferences.

Unfortunately, you have to switch over to the less-than-stable Chrome OS Dev build if you want to try the experimental Personalization menu. If you’re on the stable Chrome OS build and want dark mode, open the Chrome browser and type chrome://flags in the address bar. Then, search for “Dark/Light Mode of System UI.”

We hope that the Chrome OS Personalization menu ends up looking like Windows’ Personalization tab, which is quite robust. Of course, this feature is still in its very early stages, and there’s no guarantee that it will ever appear in a stable Chrome OS build.

Source: u/Powerful_General_133

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/107524/chrome-os-could-steal-windows-best-customization-feature/
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What Is Microsoft’s Pluton Security Processor?

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The first computers packing Microsoft’s Pluton security processor arrive in 2022 thanks to AMD’s Ryzen 6000 laptop CPUs. If you haven’t heard of the technology, Pluton promises improved hardware security by walling off sensitive data like encryption keys inside the CPU package.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/779095/what-is-microsofts-pluton-security-processor/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Ian Paul

UltraRAM Breakthrough Moves Us Closer to a Unified RAM and Storage Solution

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New chip making techniques, faster SSD storage, and the use of AI and machine learning are some of the latest innovations helping increase the performance and efficiency of modern computers, and now a research team at Lancaster University in the U.K. might have invented the next big thing.

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/ultraram-is-a-dream-pc-component-non-volatile-memory-w-1848340870
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Is SSD Wear an Issue With the PlayStation 5?

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All solid state drives (SSDs) suffer from wear that eventually renders them inoperable. The PlayStation 5’s internal SSD is soldered directly to the motherboard. Does this mean your PS5 is doomed as soon as the SSD wears out? It’s too soon to worry.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/772411/is-ssd-wear-an-issue-with-the-playstation-5/
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ISPs must accept gov’t subsidy on all plans—no more upselling, FCC chair says

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Less than a year after Verizon and other ISPs forced users to switch plans in order to get government-funded discounts, a new federal program will prevent such upselling by requiring ISPs to let customers obtain subsidies on any Internet plan.

With last year’s $50-per-month Emergency Broadband Benefit that was created by Congress, the Federal Communications Commission let ISPs participate in the program as long as they offered the discount on at least one service plan. The FCC said it did so to encourage participation by providers, but some major ISPs drastically limited the subsidy-eligible plans—forcing users to switch to plans that could be more expensive in order to get a temporary discount.

Congress subsequently created a replacement program that will offer $30 monthly subsidies to people with low incomes. The program also specified that ISPs “shall allow an eligible household to apply the affordable connectivity benefit to any Internet service offering of the participating provider at the same terms available to households that are not eligible households.” The FCC still has to make rules for implementing the new Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), but that requirement prevented the FCC from using the same one-plan rule that helped ISPs use the program as an upselling opportunity.

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2022/01/isps-must-accept-govt-subsidy-on-all-plans-no-more-upselling-fcc-chair-says/
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