BetaNews: Windows 10 update farce continues as Microsoft pulls the plug on problematic printing patch

BetaNews: Windows 10 update farce continues as Microsoft pulls the plug on problematic printing patch. “Over the last week or so, we have reported about printing problems that followed the release of March’s updates, and the subsequent string of patches that not only failed to fix things but, in many cases, actually made things worse. Now the fubar’d fix has been deemed so problematic that Microsoft has taken the decision to pull it.”

Google Blog: New features for Chromebook’s 10th birthday

Google Blog: New features for Chromebook’s 10th birthday. “Today, Chrome OS devices do everything from helping people get things done to entertaining them while they unwind. But we want to do more to provide a powerfully simple computing experience to the millions of people who use Chromebooks. We’re celebrating 10 years of Chromebooks with plenty of new features to bring our vision to life. “

Neowin: Here’s what’s new for Windows 8.1 and 7 this Patch Tuesday

Neowin: Here’s what’s new for Windows 8.1 and 7 this Patch Tuesday. “We’re already three months deep into 2021, and as we reach the second Tuesday of March, that means it’s time once again for Microsoft to update every supported version of Windows. Naturally, the most recent versions of Windows 10 are getting updates, but Windows 8.1 is also still supported. And, for businesses paying for extended security updates, so is Windows 7.”

Liliputing: Now you can buy smartphone with /e/ OS in the US and Canada (Android phones stripped of Google services)

Liliputing: Now you can buy smartphone with /e/ OS in the US and Canada (Android phones stripped of Google services). “The /e/ Foundation has been developing a custom version of Android that doesn’t include Google’s propriety apps and services for a few years, and in 2019 the team began selling refurbished phones with the de-Googled software pre-installed. At the time the phones were only available for purchase for customers in Europe. But now customers in the US and Canada can buy Google-free Android phones from /e/ as well.”

Chrome Unboxed: 3 Hidden Features In Chrome OS 88 You Can Try Right Now

Chrome Unboxed: 3 Hidden Features In Chrome OS 88 You Can Try Right Now. “While there are plenty of shiny new gems to play with, there are some hidden features in Chrome OS 88 that you can enable with very little effort and enjoy and add to your Chromebook toolbox. We’ve covered each of these features at some point as they moved their way up from the Canary channel but now, you can enable each of them in the Stable channel with just the flip of a switch.”

Mashable: Apple just released a security update for your iPhone. Download it now.

Mashable: Apple just released a security update for your iPhone. Download it now.. “According to the tech giant, researchers uncovered multiple vulnerabilities in the software powering iPhones and iPads. And, much to everyone’s consternation, Apple’s also seen evidence that those vulnerabilities ‘may have been actively exploited.’ In other words, hackers — whether they be criminal or government-affiliated — might be using these security holes for their own purposes. “

BetaNews: Microsoft releases KB4598298 update to fix Windows 10 crashes and restart problems

BetaNews: Microsoft releases KB4598298 update to fix Windows 10 crashes and restart problems. “We might only be three weeks into 2021, but Microsoft has already issued a number of patches for Windows 10 — and now it’s time for another one. If you have been experiencing unexpected restarts in Windows 10, or crashes when using BitLocker, there’s a new update for you to install.”

ZDNet: How to switch from Windows 7 to Chrome OS CloudReady

ZDNet: How to switch from Windows 7 to Chrome OS CloudReady. “The main reason to use this as a Windows alternative is its ease of use. It’s also free for individual users who don’t require Google Admin tools. The only difference between the home version and the two business ones is is it doesn’t come with technical support or access to Google Admin Console. Besides giving your Windows 7 PC a new lease on life, you’ll find it will make it peppier. CloudReady is much lighter on system resources than any version of Windows.”

ZDNet: Linux Mint 20.1 beta arrives

ZDNet: Linux Mint 20.1 beta arrives . “As always, this new Mint will run on systems so low-powered you’d otherwise condemn them to the junkyard. For example, you only need a single GB of RAM, although 2GBs is recommended. For storage space, you only need 15GBs of disk space with 20GB recommended. And, as for your monitor and video, if it can support 1024×768 resolution, or even lower, you’re in business.”

Master boot vinyl record: It just gives DOS on my IBM PC a warmer, more authentic tone (The Register)

The Register: Master boot vinyl record: It just gives DOS on my IBM PC a warmer, more authentic tone. “While booting an operating system nowadays usually sees the software loaded from disk or flash memory, some of us of a certain age recall the delights of shovelling bytes in memory via the medium of tape, such as an audio cassette sending noise into the RAM of a home computer. Tinkerer Jozef Bogin has taken things a little further by booting an elderly IBM PC from a record player.”

ZDNet: Linux Mint introduces its own take on the Chromium web browser

ZDNet: Linux Mint introduces its own take on the Chromium web browser. “Linux Mint is a very popular Linux desktop distribution. I use the latest version, Mint 20, on my production desktops. That’s partly because, while it’s based on Debian Linux and Ubuntu, it takes its own path. The best example of that is Mint’s excellent homebrew desktop interface, Cinnamon. Now, Mint’s programmers, led by lead developer, Clement ‘Clem’ Lefebvre, have built their own take on Google’s open-source Chromium web browser. Some of you may be saying, ‘Wait, haven’t they offered Chromium for years?’ Well, yes, and no.”