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Windows 11 PC Health Check now explains why your PC isn’t up to spec

Windows 11 PC Health Check now explains why your PC isn’t up to spec

Divining whether your Windows 10 PC is eligible for a Windows 11 upgrade hasn't been a straightforward matter, at least not at first. Microsoft admitted to botching up the communication of the minimum system requirements and even had to pull out its tool that was supposed to make that easy. That PC Health Check app is finally available for everyone to use and, more importantly, now also explains what you need to do if your PC doesn't make the grade.

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Google Meet low-light mode is finally coming to the Web

Google Meet low-light mode is finally coming to the Web

The age of video conferencing that begun last year has forced many people to re-evaluate not only their computers but also their rooms and home office setups. In addition to actually having a decent webcam, things like disorganized backgrounds and poor lighting add more concerns to already mentally stressed people. The former has been fixed by virtual backgrounds, which sometimes end up to be more distracting, while the latter is being addressed by automatic lighting adjustment, one that is finally coming to Google Meet on Web browsers.

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iOS 15: How to upgrade your iPhone (and what to do first)

iOS 15: How to upgrade your iPhone (and what to do first)

Apple has released iOS 15, and the good news is that the free update for iPhone has plenty of new apps, features, and toys to keep you entertained. While it's tempting to jump straight in, the sensible iPhone owner takes a few steps to make sure their experience of the new iOS version is as smooth as possible. Read on for our advice.

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iOS 15 released: Apple’s big iPhone update arrives

iOS 15 released: Apple’s big iPhone update arrives

Apple has released iOS 15, the latest version of its software for iPhone, ahead of the arrival of the iPhone 13 in stores on Friday. Previewed back at WWDC 2021, and in public beta for the past few months, iOS 15 brings changes both aesthetic and functional to the iPhone, though not all the features initially promised will be present today.

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Pokemon GO September Community Day: Shiny Oshawott and why

Pokemon GO September Community Day: Shiny Oshawott and why

It's nearly time for the September 2021 Community Day in Pokemon GO for the Pokemon called Oshawott. This event will feature one massive number of Oshawott for the 6 hours it'll take place, and it'll have increased likelihood of a SHINY Oshawott. This is good news, as this hasn't always been the case in recent events. During the event (plus 2 hours afterward) all Oshawott-family Pokemon that evolve into Samurott will learn an Exclusive Move Hydro Cannon.

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Windows 11 TPM 2.0 requirement leaves many virtual machines out in the cold

Windows 11 TPM 2.0 requirement leaves many virtual machines out in the cold

To say that Microsoft's minimum system requirements for Windows 11 were a mess might be a bit of an understatement. Less than a month before its formal launch, the company is still clarifying the conditions that will make a computer eligible for that upgrade. Sometimes, those clarifications can significantly change the game for some users or testers, like those using virtual machines or VMs that have suddenly found themselves unable to update Windows 11 because Microsoft finally set its foot down on one previously vague requirement.

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Riot plans it own game launcher to put desktop titles in one place

Riot plans it own game launcher to put desktop titles in one place

Riot, the company behind hits like League of Legends and Valorant, has announced plans to release its own game launcher. The product, which is called Riot Client, will be available starting next week, making it easier for gamers to access the company's desktop titles by congregating them in one place.

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Office 2021 perpetual consumer release date locked for Windows and MacOS

Office 2021 perpetual consumer release date locked for Windows and MacOS

Today Microsoft announced the release date for Office 2021, the company's consumer perpetual offering for the service. At the same time, Microsoft revealed the release of the Microsoft Office Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) for both Windows and Mac for government and business licensing to general availability. If you're looking for the next one-time-purchase Office build for your own home computer, look to October!

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Google Lens on desktops might come as part of Google Search

Google Lens on desktops might come as part of Google Search

Announced almost four years ago, Lens is one of Google's silent workers that power many of the features mobile users might be taking for granted these days. It powers both Google Photos' and Google Assistant's image recognition functionality, but Lens also has its own separate app on mobile. It doesn't have much of an existence outside smartphones, however, but that might soon change as Google works to integrate Lens functionality right inside Search results, at least in Chrome for the desktop.

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Nintendo Switch finally gets Bluetooth audio support in new update

Nintendo Switch finally gets Bluetooth audio support in new update

Nintendo has released the latest software update for its Switch consoles, including the Switch and Switch Lite. The update is a notable one, and it brings with it a key feature that owners have been requesting for quite some time: support for Bluetooth audio devices. With this support, you can now play your games using wireless earbuds, headphones, or even a Bluetooth speaker if you prefer.

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Apple iOS 15 release date confirmed for September 20

Apple iOS 15 release date confirmed for September 20

Apple will release iOS 15 on September 20, the company has confirmed today. The new update - detailed back at WWDC 2021 - will be preloaded on the freshly-announced iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro series, but for existing iPhone owners it's an opportunity to get new features without having to upgrade.

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NVIDIA GeForce NOW leak “speculative” games: Play anywhere God of War, GTA, Arkham

NVIDIA GeForce NOW leak “speculative” games: Play anywhere God of War, GTA, Arkham

A bit of a leak hit the gamer underground this week with NVIDIA GeForce NOW at the center of the hubbub. This leak appears to have been of a GeForce NOW database and included what NVIDIA described as "speculative titles." This leak also seems to be relatively harmless in the grand scheme of things - if we're talking about personal information, which NVIDIA says did not leak in any way.

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