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Why millions of Windows 10 users face a disappointing wait to get Windows 11

Why millions of Windows 10 users face a disappointing wait to get Windows 11

After weeks of rumours, leaks and endless speculation Microsoft has finally lifted the lid on Windows 11. This blockbuster upgrade boasts a swathe of changes and features, including a recognised Start Menu that incorporates a system-wide search and applications recommended based on your habits, there’s also a new range of widgets, the ability to run almost any Android app alongside Microsoft applications, and better integration with Microsoft Teams.

Users will also be treated to less memory-hungry security updates that Microsoft says will be 40 percent smaller. In fact, the firm is so confident about the size of these of updates that it says users should be able to download them via 4G and 5G data signals. Windows 11 is also more efficient so should use less battery life and the Redmond firm is boasting that it will be the most secure version of Windows ever.

So, that all sounds well and good, millions of Windows 10 users face a very long wait to get their hands on it.

Microsoft says it hopes to launch this new operating system later this year but that doesn’t mean everyone will be able to upgrade to it. It appears that a bunch of brand new PCs will be launched soon that will have Windows 11 pre-installed but, if you want to keep your current machine, then the release will be pushed out in stages.

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That means some current Windows 10 users won’t see the new features arriving on their devices until 2022.

Explaining more, Microsoft said: “The upgrade rollout plan is still being finalised, but for most devices already in use today, we expect it to be ready sometime in early 2022. Not all Windows 10 PCs that are eligible to upgrade to Windows 11 will be offered to upgrade at the same time.”

Along with that slow rollout the Redmond firm has also said that there will be certain system requirements. If your existing Windows 10 PC is running the most current version of Windows 10 and meets the minimum hardware specifications it will be able to upgrade to Windows 11.

You can use this tool to check if your PC will be compatible

Speaking about the Windows 10 upgrade, Panos Panay, Chief Product Officer, Windows + Devices said: “Windows has always existed to be a stage for the world’s innovation. It’s been the backbone of global businesses and where scrappy startups became household names. The web was born and grew up on Windows.

“What was so powerful was the shift in the PC we saw and felt – from something practical and functional to something personal and emotional. “This is what inspired us as we were building the next generation of Windows. To build you a place that feels familiar, where you can create, learn, play and most importantly, connect in all new ways. Today, I am humbled and excited to introduce you to Windows 11, the Windows that brings you closer to what you love.”

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This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Life and Style Feed
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Why millions of Windows 10 fans face a disappointing wait to get Windows 11

Why millions of Windows 10 fans face a disappointing wait to get Windows 11

After weeks of rumours, leaks and endless speculation Microsoft has finally lifted the lid on its new Windows 11 operating system. This blockbuster upgrade features a swathe of changes and new features including a refreshed Start Menu that’s cleaner and easier to use along with the addition of info-packed widgets and better integration with Microsoft Teams.

Users will also be treated to less memory-hungry security updates that Microsoft says will be 40 percent smaller. In fact, the firm is so confident about the size of these of updates that it says users should be able to download them via 4G and 5G data signals.

Windows 11 is also more efficient so should use less battery life and the Redmond firm is boasting that it will be the most secure version of Windows ever. So that all sounds pretty exciting but millions of Windows 10 users face a very long wait to get their hands on it.

Microsoft says it hopes to launch this new OS later this year but that doesn’t mean everyone will be able to upgrade to it.

It appears that a bunch of brand new PCs will be launched soon that will have Windows 11 pre-installed but, if you want to keep your current machine, then the release will be pushed out in stages.

READ MORE: Bye bye Skype: Microsoft integrating Teams into Windows 11 instead

That means some current Windows 10 users won’t see the new features arriving on their devices until 2022.

Explaining more, Microsoft said: “The upgrade rollout plan is still being finalised, but for most devices already in use today, we expect it to be ready sometime in early 2022. Not all Windows 10 PCs that are eligible to upgrade to Windows 11 will be offered to upgrade at the same time.”

Along with that slow rollout the Redmond firm has also said that there will be certain system requirements.

If your existing Windows 10 PC is running the most current version of Windows 10 and meets the minimum hardware specifications it will be able to upgrade to Windows 11.

You can use this tool to check if your PC will be compatible.

Speaking about the Windows 10 upgrade, Panos Panay, Chief Product Officer, Windows + Devices said: “Windows has always existed to be a stage for the world’s innovation. It’s been the backbone of global businesses and where scrappy startups became household names. The web was born and grew up on Windows.

“What was so powerful was the shift in the PC we saw and felt – from something practical and functional to something personal and emotional. “This is what inspired us as we were building the next generation of Windows. To build you a place that feels familiar, where you can create, learn, play and most importantly, connect in all new ways.

“Today, I am humbled and excited to introduce you to Windows 11, the Windows that brings you closer to what you love.”

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This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Tech Feed

Review: Layers Of Fear 2 – A Decent Premise, But A Disappointing Sequel

Polish developer Bloober Team has produced something of a mixed bag thus far when it comes to their horror/psychological thriller game output, with the likes of Observer and the first Layers of Fear definitely feeling like their most successful efforts to date. However, for every riveting, Rutger Hauer-flavoured cyberpunk horror there’s an underwhelming Blair Witch spin-off and, unfortunately, Layers of Fear 2 is much more a case of the latter than the former.

This sequel to 2016’s well-received psychological horror sees players assume the role of a Hollywood actor who, having heeded the call of a mysterious director, finds himself aboard a creepy ocean liner where he slowly begins to unravel, forced to relive past traumas that see an already fragile reality begin to crumble. There’s certainly an interesting core premise here, with several different story strands vying for your attention as you stumble around the warped corridors of this cursed ship, however, an over-dependence on hackneyed scare tactics, several frustrating insta-kill sections and a handful of boring puzzles leave this one feeling like a bit of a drag overall.

Layers of Fear 2 does get off to a reasonably good start, with the first of its five acts introducing players to the Titanic-esque setting in which much of the game takes place. Interactions with doors, objects and levers — your only real means of actually engaging with the world here — are nicely involving, requiring you to grab with your hand by holding in ‘ZR’ and then rotating a thumbstick to lift, open, twist or turn, and this level of physicality combined with a few visual sleights of hand, jump scares and ever-shifting surroundings early on give the impression that we’re in for an absorbing, spooky time with this one.

However, after this initial honeymoon period, the game rather quickly capsizes, relying on the same corridor-shifting camera tricks, spooky mannequins and janky chase sequences ad nauseum. It also takes far too long to give you any sort of foothold on its scattershot narrative, happy to attempt — with little success — to scare you, without providing any solid reasoning or purpose to propel you onward through its ineffective bumps and jumps.

The third act, without wanting to spoil anything of the story, manages to pick things up a little in this regard, as it’s here we finally started feeling as though we were gaining a little insight into the background of the game’s protagonist via a trip through memories of a harrowing childhood. However, the mediocre gameplay goes and gets in the way again, forcing you to loop around the same area repeatedly in a manner that just doesn’t feel engaging or rewarding when the scares and smatterings of story on offer are of such average quality. From here into the fourth and fifth acts things continue to go downhill, with the final hour or so — of the total of four it took us to blast through the campaign — a non-stop barrage of noise and distorted imagery that jettisons all attempts at narrative structure and struggles to have any effect due to the resulting lack of connection we felt to our ever-suffering avatar.

The entire endeavour has become so massively repetitive by the time you’re in these final acts that all attempts to scare really do begin to fall completely flat. There’s only so many times we can turn around to find our surroundings transformed or come face to face with a freaky mannequin before we grow immune to their effects, it turns out. There are also several very obvious nods to classic horror films crowbarred into proceedings that feel weirdly out of place (we can’t for the life of us figure out why peeking through a hole in a wall here reveals a corridor from The Shining, complete with Danny’s tricycle) and only really serve to detract from whatever atmosphere the game is trying to create for itself within its own unique universe.

As we’ve mentioned, puzzles in Layers of Fear 2 are also uniformly disappointing, a mixture of far too easy on the one hand (oh look, the lock’s combination is written on a piece of paper placed right beside it) to so entirely removed from logic that they descend into pushing all the buttons and hoping for the best. Enemy encounters, which can thankfully be switched off via the game’s safe mode, are hugely frustrating affairs, too; mechanically simple chases which turn into infuriating sequences that need to be repeated until you memorise the exact escape path required in order to avoid being caught.

When you combine all of these gameplay shortcomings with a story that doesn’t dig into or explore any of its more interesting aspects — that’s happy to let you guess for the most part and never manages to really ground itself or connect you to the game’s protagonist — you’re left with a psychological horror that fails to engage, fails to scare and fails to linger for very long in one’s memory. There are a few different endings to see here, a handful of collectibles and other bits and pieces to draw you in for another playthrough but really, the idea of going through this ordeal again isn’t something that holds a huge appeal.

On a more positive note, Layers of Fear 2 does manage to impress on a visual level and this Switch port, beyond the expected downgrading of textures here and there, looks and sounds the business when compared to other versions of the game in both docked and portable modes. There’s even the option to play with an unlocked framerate included, enabling you to switch off the default 30fps limit for a more responsive experience. However, we did notice that this incurred a few noticeable wobbles when things got hectic onscreen and so we quite quickly returned to the safety of that 30fps cap.

Conclusion

Layers of Fear 2 is a rather disappointing follow-up to 2016’s interesting and effective psychological horror effort. There’s a decent premise here, a strong setting and an opportunity to tell an interesting tale, but it feels wasted for the most part. Despite looking and sounding great, predicable scares, repetitive gameplay, disappointing puzzles and a story that just never makes a decent connection result in a game that’s pretty hard to recommend overall.

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This post originally appeared on Nintendo Life | Reviews

Fancy a new iMac or iPad? Apple has some disappointing news when you order

Fancy a new iMac or iPad? Apple has some disappointing news when you order
Apple’s all-new iMac and iPad Pro are now available to pre-order, but those desperate to get their hands on these latest and greatest gadgets are facing disappointing news. Heading to Apple’s website reveals some models won’t now be available for a few more months – with one version of the rebooted iMac not shipping to customers until July 15, 2021. The latest iPad Pro is also in short supply with the improved 12.9-inch tablet now shipping to customers from late June.
There’s no word on what is causing these delays, but a mix of these new products being immensely popular and the current global chip shortage seems like the most likely answer.

In case you’ve missed the news – there is an ongoing global semiconductor shortage at the moment. The lack of these crucial chips, which are found in a dizzying number of products, is causing havoc to new and existing products. Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke last month about the issues the tech firm was facing especially with products that use its new M1 processor – a chip that powers both the new iMac and iPad Pro.

“We expect to be supply-gated, not demand-gated,” Mr Cook told analysts during a recent earnings calls. “The shortages primarily affect ‌iPad‌ and Mac. We will do our best, that’s what I can tell you.”

If you have pre-ordered a new iMac or iPad Pro then it looks like you are in for a treat when they finally arrive on your doorstep.

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The new iMac has been completely rebooted with a new design, bigger 24-inch screen, upgraded webcam and keyboard that now gets a Touch ID security scanner for a faster way to unlock the display and buy products with Apple Pay. The M1-powered PC is also now much more powerful than before with Apple promising speeds that are around two times faster than its 21.5-inch predecessor.

If it’s the iPad Pro in your shopping basket then this tablet is also getting some significant upgrades including that mighty M1 chip and a Retina XDR mini-LED display which is brighter and more packed with colour.

There’s also a new Face ID camera that now tracks your movement so you always stay in shot during your Zoom calls and it can be ordered with a whopping 2TB hard drive.

One final update that could come in handy is access to 5G data speeds which allows you to download files at speeds in excess of 300Mbps when away from fixed-line broadband. If the new iMac and iPad Pro are on your shopping list it might be a good idea to get your order in as it could be quite a wait before these devices arrive on your desk.

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This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Tech Feed

Mortal Kombat review: Somehow surprising and fatally disappointing

Mortal Kombat review: Somehow surprising and fatally disappointing
Video game movies have long been a point of contention for video game lovers. The generally accepted notion is that “video game movies just don’t work”. Warner Bros have attempted to shift this opinion with the latest in a long line of Mortal Kombat films, most notably following on from the 1995 film of the same name and 1997 sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. And while Warner Bros have – genuinely – done a pretty good job at creating a new Mortal Kombat world, it has sacrificed a lot of what makes the video games so great.
The Mortal Kombat video games have long put the fate of the world in the hands of a group of supernaturally-powered fighters.

Mortal Kombat 2021 doesn’t break from this norm but rather changes the flavour in which it delivers the story.

Instead of the fighters from Earth simply being the best of the best, any “chosen” warrior would have a dragon scar on their body, granting them superpowers, and the privilege to fight in the cross-universe tournament, Mortal Kombat.

However, the evildoers from Outworld (another “realm” of existence) decide against fighting fairly and look to murder the fighters before the tournament begins.

These evildoers, led by malevolent wizard Shang Tsung (Chin Han), begin chasing down Cole Young (Lewis Tan), an MMA fighter with a mysterious past and a hidden dark side.

Some tongue-in-cheek moments are certainly a little over-the-top, but can be easily forgiven considering the writers and director (Simon McQuoid) were almost certainly having fun with the video game concept.

Another huge draw for the Mortal Kombat video games was its excessive and downright comical gore.

I am pleased to say the Mortal Kombat film capitalises on this trope, and frequently shows off people being obliterated in physically impossible ways, with bountiful buckets of blood along the way.

Furthermore, mainstays from the video game series, Scorpion (Hiroyuki Sanada) and Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim), are exceptional.

Their all-too-brief screen time is the most memorable portions of the movie and will be the moments viewers will excitedly talk about in pubs.

The special effects surrounded in both Scorpion’s fire abilities, and Sub-Zero’s ice powers looked top-notch and were a thrill to witness.

Unfortunately, not enough time is spent with them. Instead, the focus is placed on the aforementioned Cole Young.

Cole is a wholly original character who hasn’t appeared in any of the video games thus far.

His main aim in the movie is to keep his family safe and figure out where he has come from.

However, the character is completely moronic. Not only does he put his family in danger multiple times, he shrugs off the literal fate of the planet when things get tough for him. If the world ends, your family will die too, Cole! Just think about it!

What’s more, the powers he is granted towards the end of the film are laughable at best. Most of the time I was waiting for him to leave the screen so I could watch more of Sonya Blade (Jessica McNamee) and Kano (Josh Lawson).

CONCLUSION

Mortal Kombat is a lot of fun. The fight scenes, bombastic characters, fantastic special effects and video game homages are spectacular, however, it falls drastically short with its characterisation. The stars of the movie – Scorpion and Sub-Zero – are used sparingly, while some of the franchise’s bigger characters – including Liu Kang and Kung Lao – feel sidelined. The protagonist, Cole, is frustrating to watch, and idiotic. Although the plot takes some risks by avoiding a Mortal Kombat tournament, not all of it land. Fans of the video games will be able to enjoy this film and see its strengths, but newcomers to the franchise may want to turn off before the film is over.

Mortal Kombat is available to watch now on Amazon Prime Video.

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This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed

Ant Middleton lays into Channel 4 after ‘disappointing’ SAS axe ‘I stay true to my values'

Ant Middleton lays into Channel 4 after ‘disappointing’ SAS axe ‘I stay true to my values'
Former SAS: Who Dares Wins star Ant Middleton, 40, has aimed a dig at his former bosses at Channel 4, as he spoke out about launching a “tough” new reality show in Australia. Ant promised that the new version of Who Dares Wins will be “authentic”, as he made comparisons to the UK version.
The former soldier’s comments come after Channel 4 declared last month it will not work with Ant again due to his “personal conduct”.

Before his departure from the programme was confirmed, Ant had faced backlash last year over his controversial comments about the Black Lives Matter protests and the coronavirus pandemic.

Ant claims he left the show because producers tried to make changes to the challenges contestants faced and tried to soften his tough-guy image.

He said: “It’s unfortunate and disappointing but when something has run its course and you’re forced to change to someone you’re not, it’s time to move on.

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“I’ve always said the moment I lose full control of my work, then it’s time for me to move on and that’s what it got to on the UK version.

“The way I do stuff is maybe a bit too tough for society these days, but, I stay true to my values and who I am.”

The dad-of-five added of his move to the Australian show: “The beautiful thing is that we have full control of the course.

“It’s why it was so successful because you let the experts get on with their field of expertise.

 

Recruits are set to undergo a rigorous military testing regime under the watchful eye of Ant.

Previously, four female members of the Channel 4 version of SAS: Who Dares Wins claimed that he had made “lewd and suggestive comments” during filming.

The allegations detailing the “inappropriate” behaviour were sent to media union Bectu by the women after they became enraged by Ant’s comments on Good Morning Britain.

A spokesman for Middleton has denied this, saying the presenter “wholeheartedly and emphatically rejects the allegations, adding: “Ant has worked on TV sets around the world for many years and has never at any point been accused of speaking inappropriately by anyone.”

Speaking to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on the ITV show, the former soldier claimed his comments were “military banter”.

In a full statement, Channel 4 confirmed that they had parted ways with the former soldier over his behaviour.

It read: “Ant Middleton will not be taking part in future series of SAS: Who Dares Wins.

“Following a number of discussions Channel 4 and Minnow Films have had with him in relation to his personal conduct it has become clear that our views and values are not aligned and we will not be working with him again.”

NEW Nintendo Switch Pro leak could be very disappointing

NEW Nintendo Switch Pro leak could be very disappointing
Bad news could be waiting for gamers hoping to buy a new Nintendo Switch console in 2021.

The latest reports suggest that Nintendo is preparing to release an upgraded next-gen console in the coming months.

What would make this latest version of the Switch more special is that it will be able to handle 4K visuals when docked.

Nintendo remains silent on its plans for the rest of 2021, only going as far as to mention new games.

But that hasn’t stopped new rumours being shared regarding the new console hitting shelves, even though some of them don’t include good news.

According to one industry insider commenting on ResetEra, the Nintendo Switch Pro is set to be delayed until 2022.

The new console could still be announced during the current fiscal year, but that is still a massive amount of time.

The ResetEra post explains: “I do believe it’ll be announced the coming FY (Fiscal Year).

“The plan was to release this year, but I suspect it’ll be delayed into 2022. Delays can, and will, continue to be an every changing variable in figuring out when we’ll hear about it and see it.”

However, it should be noted that many Nintendo Switch Pro rumours are circulating, with some suggesting that there could be more than one model being worked on.

There are also differing opinions regarding how the Nintendo Switch Pro will achieve 4K support and whether it will be limited to docking.

Another rumour connected to the Nintendo Switch Pro is that it might be able to run games the base model cannot.

This would essentially make them exclusive to the Switch Pro unless a new streaming service is announced.

Another topic being shared on Resetera is that third-party developers will be especially keen to take advantage of the new technology.

“There will be some select exclusives, especially from third-party partners,” reads a Resetera post. “May not be a big number of them, but I know of at least one.”

It makes sense that third-party developers would want to take advantage of the additional horsepower.

If the Nintendo Switch Pro could run games like Call of Duty Warzone and Cold War, then it could be a big earner for Activision.

That hasn’t stopped other big games launching on the normal Nintendo Switch, with the latest big game being Apex Legends.

A few Nintendo Switch exclusives have been announced for the launch of the free-to-play Battle Royale Shooter, with Nintendo confirming this week:

“To celebrate the game’s launch, all players who jump into the game on Nintendo Switch before the end of Season 8 will get the all-new Legendary P.A.T.H. skin.

“Nintendo Switch players will be granted 30 free levels for their Season 8 Battle Pass upon purchase (Premium sold separately). From 3/9-3/23, players will also earn double XP.

“Game requires a download of at least 30 GB via a wireless Internet connection. You may also be required to create or link a Nintendo Account.”

The big downside to the launch of Apex Legends on the Nintendo Switch is the need for an additional microSD card, with internal storage an area where the console look to expand.