Microsoft is now practically begging you to stop using Internet Explorer

With its legacy browser set to be officially retired on June 15, Microsoft is now encouraging organizations to avoid waiting until the last moment to stop using Internet Explorer. In a recent blog post on the software giant’s Tech Community page, senior product manager for hardware Eric Van Aelstyn recommended that businesses still using IE should set their own retirement date instead. Consumers and most businesses have now moved on to Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome or other modern browsers but some organizations still rely on IE to access certain sites.…

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I can’t stop watching Age of Empires 4’s cutscenes

Age of Empires 4 is one of the best documentaries I’ve seen in a long time – which is really saying something, given that it’s actually a real-time strategy game. It’s a game that elegantly builds on its predecessors’ fluid base-building and frenzied unit management to create a refined tactical experience that’s more approachable to modern audiences. At least, that’s what I’m told. I wouldn’t know. I’ve spent more time watching Age of Empires 4’s cutscenes than thinking too strenuously about its gameplay. Even now that I’m a good chunk…

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No, leaving your PS5 and Xbox on standby isn’t the reason your energy bill is so high

Big companies are always blaming video games for something. Usually, it’s violence, as any long-term player will tell you. But rising energy bills is definitely a new one. This time around, British Gas has claimed that turning off ‘vampire devices’ could save you “an average of £147 per year” or $183.  Outlined in a BBC News report, British Gas advised customers to check which devices are being left plugged in – laptops, TVs, phones, consoles, you know the drill – and turn them off to save money. It’s standard advice,…

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Windows 11 gets a boost for parental controls as work begins on finishing 22H2 update

Windows 11 just witnessed the release of a new preview build which brings a few fresh features – including enhancements for the Family Safety widget – plus a ton of bug fixes, and the news that Microsoft is seemingly closing in on finalizing the big update for later in 2022 (known as 22H2 or Sun Valley 2). Build 22610 improves Microsoft’s Family Safety parental control system by introducing the ability for you to see the location of your other family members who are using the Family Safety app. Also, for…

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Windows 11 gets a boost for parental controls as work begins on finishing 22H2 update

Windows 11 just witnessed the release of a new preview build which brings a few fresh features – including enhancements for the Family Safety widget – plus a ton of bug fixes, and the news that Microsoft is seemingly closing in on finalizing the big update for later in 2022 (known as 22H2 or Sun Valley 2). Build 22610 improves Microsoft’s Family Safety parental control system by introducing the ability for you to see the location of your other family members who are using the Family Safety app. Also, for…

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AirTags finally get that anti-stalking firmware update

AirTags are finally more discoverable – and that’s a good thing. Apple is rolling out firmware update 1.0.301 to AirTags that will make them louder and easier to locate. You will need iOS version 14.5 or later to download and use this feature. If you have version 14.5 or are up to date, the firmware update should have already occurred as it downloads automatically.  You can check if you have the right firmware by going to the Items tab in the Find My app. Tapping on AirTag will let you…

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Netflix cancels ‘Space Force’ after second season amid company layoffs and shake up

Netflix has canceled “Space Force” starring Steve Carrell, John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, and other notable actors after just its second season, another sign of a shake-up at the video streaming giant. Space Force, which premiered in May 2020 with a 10-episode run, was picked up for a second season that aired in February 2022. The show has received mixed reviews overall and has struggled to break into the top 10 in Nielsen’s overall streaming ranking, though it topped out at number 7 in the streaming originals category according to Deadline,…

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Intel CEO confirms Arc Alchemist cards will launch by June

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger confirmed this week that Arc Alchemist desktop graphics cards will launch in Q2 2022. “AXG [Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics Group] is on track,” Gelsinger said. “And we launched the mobile SKUs. We’ll have the desktop SKUs coming in Q2. And we’ll have more SKUs as we go through the year as well. We’ll be filling out the product line.” Back in February, Intel announced that “AXG expects to ship more than 4 million discrete GPUs in 2022” in an investor press kit before confirming that…

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Google teams up with Coursera to help boost your cloud skills

If you’ve been looking to improve your cloud computing skills, you’re in luck as Coursera has announced that more than 500 cloud-focused projects from Google Cloud are now available on its online course site. At a time when business leaders have prioritized cloud computing, organizations are eager to find talent with the right cloud skills across a number of different roles and departments to fill a variety of positions. These new Google Cloud projects on Coursera aim to provide employees looking to bolster their resumes and job seekers with new…

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Nvidia Lovelace might be much more powerful than originally planned

Ever since our first inkling of Nvidia’s next-gen Lovelace GPUs, folks have assumed that it was a refresh of the current Nvidia Ampere architecture. Was that underselling what Nvidia has in store, however? Noted Twitter leaker kopite7kimi is now saying that the original GPU planned for Lovelace, which they estimated would a little better than double the performance of the Ampere GPU it was replacing, is no longer the GPU Nvidia is working on. Indeed, the new AD102 GPU is more than just a refresh of the existing Ampere architecture. …

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