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From: Don Green9/12/2022 6:21:33 PM
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Should you download iOS 15.7? Bridge iPhone update explained
September 12, 2022 9:48 pm BST
If you, like millions of excited iPhone owners, rushed to download iOS 16on Monday, you may have been surprised to see the iOS 15.7 update alongside the new software?

Do you need to download iOS 15.7, if you’re going straight to iOS 16? Read on to find out…

What is iOS 15.7?The update is essentially a host of security updates for iPhone owners who wish to remain on the 2021 software for now, rather than immediately upgrade to iOS 16.

“This update provides important security update and is recommended for all users.” The company’s release notes said, before going on to mention updates for Maps, Safari, Shortcuts, Contacts and various kernel flaws. None of which seems too serious, especially compared to some of the recent vulnerabilitiesthat have been exploited in the wild.

Apple did this last year, following the launch of iOS 15, to ease the transition between the two operating systems.

The company said at the time: “iOS now offers a choice between two software update versions in the Settings app. You can update to the latest version of iOS 15 as soon as it’s released for the latest features and most complete set of security updates. Or continue on iOS 14 and still get important security updates until you’re ready to upgrade to the next major version.”

At the time, those quotes suggested continued support for older operating systems for those who didn’t wish to upgrade, but months later it became apparent this was a grace period while Apple cleaned up the bugs. Apple soon changed the text to “may offer” rather than “now offers”.

Should you download iOS 15.7 before iOS 16?If you plan to go straight to iOS 16, you don’t need to download iOS 15.7 first. The bug fixes mentioned within the release notes are all contained within iOS 16 too. You can just hit the Upgrade to iOS 16 option that sits below iOS 15.7.

If you’d prefer to wait a while so ensure there aren’t any major bugs in the final iOS 16 release, then it’s worth downloading iOS 15.7 to tide you over with the latest security fixes.

Have you downloaded iOS 16 yet? Share your initial thoughts @trustedreviews on Twitter.

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From: Don Green9/13/2022 10:07:37 AM
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25+ iOS 16-ready apps featuring Lock Screen widgets you can try today

One of the major changes with today’s launch of iOS 16 is the ability for users’ to now personalize their Lock Screen with widgets, in addition to adding widgets to the Home Screen, which had rolled out in iOS 14. However, outside of built-in widgets for Apple’s first-party apps like Calendar, Clock, Fitness, Home, News, Reminders and others, this new feature relies on developer adoption. Fortunately, a number of app developers have worked to make their apps iOS 16-ready on launch day, having seemingly understood the power that comes from earning a place in this key iPhone real estate.

Whether you’re looking to customize your overall iPhone theme or you have a more specific goal in mind — like keeping up with your workouts or emails, for instance — there are already quite a few apps going live today that can help you personalize your device’s Lock Screen using widgets. These widgets come in three sizes: circular, rectangular and inline. The first two appear below the clock on the Lock Screen, while inline widgets sit as a line of text and/or symbols above. But it’s up to the developers which widgets they choose to support.

To add the widgets, you just press and hold on your Lock Screen after updating to iOS 16 then tap the “Customize” button. From this edit mode, you can then tap the row where you want to add or swap out widgets. This will pull up a window that lists the available widgets you can add.

Likely, Lock Screen widgets will mainly appeal to an app’s most loyal customers and to those who already spend time customizing their device’s look and feel on a regular basis with other personalizations, like custom icons and Home Screen widgets.

We’ve taken a look at some of the iOS 16-ready apps that have today introduced support for Lock Screen widgets and compiled the list below with a few recommendations. Over time, there will be many more apps that update to include widgets, but whether sizable user adoption will follow still remains to be seen.

Personalization widgets Motivation: This motivational quotes widget saw 500,000 downloads in a day when iOS Home Screen widgets first launched. Now it will allow users to add those same motivational quotes to their Lock Screen in different widget sizes.

Image Credits: Motivation app

I am: Made by the same company as Motivation, this variation includes only positive affirmations designed to disrupt self-doubt, many of which begin with the text “I am.”

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'Significantly lower than expected' iPhone 14 Plus pre-orders suggest Apple's strategy of ditching the 'mini' for a larger version of the new phone is a failure, says renowned Apple analyst

Renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote in a Medium blog post that the company's pre-orders for the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus point to a failure in its product-segmentation strategy.

Last week, Apple announced the new iPhone 14 series. They became available for preorder on September 9, and the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max launch on September 16. The iPhone 14 Plus is available a bit later on October 7th.

Apple hasn't released pre-order numbers for the devices. However, Kuo, an analyst at TF International Securities known for a strong track record of predicting future Apple developments, looked at early indicators of pre-ordersfor the company's current iPhone lineup to get a sense of how demand varied.

Notably, Apple chose to offer the base model iPhone in a standard and larger "Plus" versions — a change in strategy from the iPhone 13 base models, which were available in standard and "mini" device sizes.

Looking at availability and shipping estimates, he said the iPhone 14 Pro Max and Pro are showing "good" and "neutral" results, respectively. However, pre-orders for the two standard models — the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus — are "bad," according to Kuo.

"This new product's pre-order result is significantly lower than expected, meaning Apple's product segmentation strategy for standard models fails this year," Kuo said about the iPhone 14 Plus.

An Apple spokesperson did not respond to Insider's request for comment ahead of publication.

Kuo said stock of both the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus will be available in retail stores when they launch, "reflecting lackluster demand." Both phones are showing signs of weaker pre-orders than the iPhone SE 3 and iPhone 13 mini, according to Kuo's analysis, and the delivery time for the iPhone 14 and 14 plus is shorter than the arrival estimates for the iPhone 13 and 13 mini.

If demand for the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus doesn't improve, Kuo said Apple will likely cut shipment forecasts for both phones starting in November. If it does, Kuo said it could throw off the company's revenue growth.

Read the original article on Business Insider

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From: Don Green9/16/2022 5:51:17 PM
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6 Best Ways To Run Windows On Mac In 2022 (inc. M1 & M2 Macs)

September 13, 2022

Nowadays it has never been easier to run Windows on a Mac so we’ve looked at the best ways to do so in 2022 including on M1 & M2 Macs.

Installing Windows 10 or Windows 11 on your Mac is useful for many reasons from running Windows only software to playing PC only games.

It’s also much cheaper and more convenient than buying a separate PC or laptop just to use Windows on.

However, there’s no doubt that some ways of installing Windows on a Mac are much easier, reliable and effective than others.

We’ve taken a closer look at the different options available so you can decide which one is best for you.

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From: Don Green9/17/2022 11:24:04 AM
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The 7 best magnetic charging cables

Lauren Moison

Whether you’re looking to limit wear and tear to your charging ports or just want an easy way to snap charging cords into place, the best magnetic charging cables come with a variety of connectors. As you shop, consider the cord length that’ll best suit your needs. You’ll also come across handy features like rotating hinges for optimal charging angles.

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From: Don Green9/18/2022 3:50:05 PM
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From: Don Green9/20/2022 9:08:23 AM
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YouTube’s ‘Dislike’ Button Doesn’t Do What You Think

YouTube creators often implore their viewers to ‘smash that Like button,’ believing its feedback to be vital to their future success on the algorithm-driven platform. But a new study from the Mozilla Foundation suggests that users who hit the Dislike button on videos to weed out content they don’t want to see are wasting their time.

The study used inputs from 22,722 users who had installed Mozilla’s RegretsReporter browser extension, who were tracked between December 2021 and June 2022. Researchers analyzed more than half a billion YouTube recommendations that were made after users clicked on one of YouTube’s negative feedback tools, such as the Dislike or Don’t Recommend Channel buttons. “These are the tools YouTube offers for people to control their recommendations, but how does that actually impact your recommended videos?” asks Becca Ricks, senior researcher at Mozilla, pointing to YouTube’s own support site on how to “manage your recommendations and search results.”

Different button inputs had different effects on the likelihood of being recommended similar content going forward. Pressing Don’t Recommend Channel would stop only 43 percent of unwanted video recommendations, according to Mozilla, while the Dislike button stopped only 12 percent of recommendations users did not like. “What we found was that YouTube’s control mechanisms do not really seem to be adequate for preventing unwanted recommendations,” says Ricks.

Mozilla’s investigation was prompted by YouTube’s increased public comments in recent years about its recommendation system. “They’ve been talking a lot about metrics like time well spent or user satisfaction as opposed to watch time,” says Ricks. “We were really curious to what degree some of those signals were being picked up by the algorithm, especially because in the previous YouTube report we worked on, we had heard from people that they didn’t feel like they were in control, or they didn’t really feel like taking actions on unwanted videos really translated well to the recommender system.”

For instance, one user in the Mozilla study responded negatively to this Tucker Carlson clip posted by Fox News on February 13. One month later, he was recommended another clip of Carlson’s TV show, again posted by Fox News’s official YouTube channel. A different user expressed a negative response to a video showing webcams focused on Ukraine’s conflict zones in late February; within a month, they were shown another video, this time from the WarShock YouTube channel, detailing how dead Russian soldiers are removed from Ukraine. Ricks has no qualms with the content of the videos, saying it doesn’t breach YouTube’s guidelines. “But if you as a user say you don't want to see it, it’s kind of shocking that it continues to be recommended,” she says.

“I’m not really surprised,” says Guillaume Chaslot, a former YouTube employee and founder of AlgoTransparency, a site that highlights the YouTube algorithm. “I feel, big picture, you should be able to choose and specify to the algorithm what you want, and YouTube absolutely doesn’t let you do that,” he adds.

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From: Don Green9/21/2022 9:45:52 AM
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Does It Matter Which Graphics Card Manufacturer You Choose?

Arthito/Shutterstock.comWhen you shop for a graphics card, you’ll usually settle on a specific model you want, then look for the best price—but you’ll find that multiple manufacturers make the same model. Do the differences between them matter?

Update, 8/25/22: Verified content for accuracy. Ensured links still work. Updated images.Why Are There Different Manufacturers, Anyway?It’s an odd situation—almost like if you went shopping for an F-150 pickup truck, and the salesperson asked if you wanted the Ford, Chevy, or Dodge version. For example, a quick search for an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 card on Newegg reveals models made by EVGA, MSI, Zotac, ASUS, and Gigabyte—all on the first page! AMD Radeon graphics cards have a similar variety of suppliers. But within the same specific card design, almost all of them have the same capabilities. What gives?

The reason is the somewhat unique business-to-business relationships in the GPU market. NVIDIA and AMD sell their chips directly to electronics manufacturers for inclusion in all sorts of stuff, from laptop and desktop computers to game consoles, mobile phones, and even cars. They also sell to third-party graphics card manufacturers like EVGA or Sapphire.

These third-party companies take the GPU chips and boards, package them with the necessary extra parts like video ports, coolers, and plastic cases, and then sell them to consumers at retailers like Amazon and Newegg.

There doesn’t necessarily need to be a middleman seller. NVIDIA manufactures Founder’s Edition cards itself and sells direct. But the GPU designer/manufacturer/retailer relationship has been going strong since the 1990s, and it looks like it will be the status quo for the foreseeable future.

What’s The Difference Between Manufacturers’ Cards?All the different card manufacturers get the GPUs from the same place: NVIDIA and AMD. But when selling to consumers, you need to differentiate your product based on price or features. There isn’t a lot of wiggle room in the retail prices. Suppose one company goes significantly lower than the others. In that case, everyone tends to follow suit, and with costs like manufacturing and distribution essentially set, there’s only so much they can do to remain profitable.

So consumer-focused brands will differentiate in other areas. Some might offer blower coolers or open-air coolers. Some will make their cards shorter to fit in more compact cases. Some will try to make their cards stand out with flashy-looking fans and lights. A common technique is making minor changes to the card’s design, like a small “factory” (pre-installed) overclock on the card’s GPU or V-RAM. These variations get a lot of ink on the boxes that the GPUs come in, with marketing phrases like “Overclocked Edition,” “FTW,” or “AMP.”

NvidiaBut except for a few significant tweaks, like a pre-installed water cooling setup or the installation of extra memory modules, these changes usually don’t result in more than a percent or two of performance versus the baseline. If two cards from the same NVIDIA or AMD product line are of the same model, and they can fit inside your computer’s case and plug into your motherboard, there’s not going to be a massive difference in how they make your games look. Company-supplied overclocking, in particular, isn’t anything you need to worry about: you’ll get more dramatic results by doing it yourself.

Which Changes Really Matter?So, which of these changes actually do matter? Well, the card’s length is important, especially if you’re looking for something high-end. If your case is too small to hold the card, it doesn’t matter how fast it is. Designs with more elaborate double- or triple-fan coolers will be longer, while those made specifically for compact Mini-ITX builds will be shorter.

GPU clearance lengths are generally included in the specifications page for your PC’s case—if you can’t find it, you can always open up the case yourself and measure the space from the back to the front near the PCI-E slot on the motherboard. The specifications page of the card itself will also list its length, but be sure to take into account where the power input is. If your card fits, on paper, within a fraction of an inch but the power cables sticking out the back adds more than that fraction of an inch, then, in reality, your card won’t fit.

ZotacThe difference between a blower and an open-air cooler design is minor, but it’s crucial if you have a case with low airflow. Check out this guide to see the different design approaches between the two cooling types. Of course, if you prefer a quieter machine, you can get a more expensive card with a pre-installed water cooler. If you’re going to install your own water cooling system with aftermarket hardware, you’ll need a pricey custom cooling block, which replaces the stock air cooler and comes from boutique suppliers.

EVGAAnother change that can significantly alter performance is extra RAM. Some cards can accommodate additional GDDR RAM modules, and secondary manufacturers will install them directly onto the PCB. With more video RAM, a card can hold much more information in local memory, like high-resolution textures and game engine files. That can result in a considerable boost to performance and load times. Extra RAM isn’t possible on every card. Still, if a manufacturer includes it, they’ll usually highlight it in the card’s advertising and packaging and ask for a small premium over the going rate for that model. Since video memory is something you can’t upgrade yourself, it’s a significant point of differentiation.

The Real Difference: Price, Trust, And WarrantyIf there’s only a small overclock or a slightly altered cooler separating the two cards you’re looking at, then the most significant differentiation is the price. Obviously, the cheaper, the better—especially if you’re dropping $300 or more to play the latest games.

But it might be worth paying a little more for a new graphics card to get a little extra peace of mind. A card from a more reliable manufacturer is desirable. And because “reliable” is a nebulous concept when dealing with complex electronics that are so interconnected, a good warranty and a reputation for honoring it are even better.

EVGAMost manufacturers offer a two-year or three-year warranty with their cards, and some offer an extension if you register your card with a customer account. (You’ll want to keep your proof of purchase either way.) Some, like EVGA, XFX, and Zotac, even have “lifetime” warranties with registration. And sometimes, the warranty can be transferred to a new owner if you sell the card, or the warranty will be honored even if you overclock it yourself.

You can usually find the warranty terms for the card directly on the sale page. If that doesn’t work, Google the manufacturer’s name and “warranty” to quickly find the company’s official information.

So, when shopping for a new graphics card and choosing between two very similar models, go through the following checklist to see the significant points of differentiation. It should help you make a more confident decision.

Will both cards fit in my PC case?Is one card significantly cheaper than the other?Does one card have more RAM than the other?Do these cards have different cooler designs, and do that matter for my case?Does one manufacturer offer significantly better warranty terms?

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