The Galaxy Z Fold 3 has amazing hardware, but its software feels unfinished

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 LifestyleSource: Chris Wedel/Android Central

Foldable phones are still relatively new in the grand scheme of smartphones. But that doesn’t mean that some of these products aren’t impressive. For example, while the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 isn’t a significant improvement over the second generation Galaxy Z Fold 2, the fine-tuning that Samsung has done with the device is very much welcomed. However, the bulk of that tweaking Samsung did with the Z Fold 3 was mainly on the hardware side of things. The software and UI are very much the same as the prior version — and that’s unfortunate because

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Riot Games’ anti-cheat software will require TPM, Secure Boot on Windows 11

Valorant will require more security features when running on Windows 11. "/
Enlarge / Vanguard-protected titles like Valorant will require more security features when running on Windows 11.

We already know that Windows 11 will officially require a TPM 2.0 module and Secure Boot support for installation when the operating system is released on October 5, but it looks like Riot Games’ Vanguard anti-cheat software will be getting in on the fun, too. Users running Vanguard on Windows 11 systems have seen pop-ups notifying them that a TPM 2.0 module and Secure Boot support will both need to be

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Chinese players start review-bombing Life is Strange: True Colors over Tibetan flag

Life is Strange: True Colors is set in the town of Haven Springs, where a shop called Treasures of Tibet can be seen flying a Tibetan flag above its entrance. That flag is used a symbol of the Tibetan independence movement and is banned in mainland China, which is why it’s become a source of complaint among Chinese players on Steam.

While its user rating remains Very Positive, the majority of its negative reviews are from Chinese players. “The game contains elements of Tibetan independence, implying a split of China”, says one negative review, and “Tibet is a

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Here’s when Google may release it!

Last week, Google released the fifth (and final) beta build of Android 12 for Pixel phones. Google says we should expect the stable update to launch in just a few weeks from now, but they never gave a firm date. Now, we’ve seen evidence pointing to what may be the tentative launch date of the Android 12 stable update for Pixel phones.

Earlier today, I tweeted a screencap from an internal Google document that details when the company will cease approving software builds based on Android 10, Android 11, and Android 12. In case you’re not aware, Google must give

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BCN3D targets “deep hardware and software integration” with AstroPrint purchase

Spanish 3D printer manufacturer BCN3D has completed the acquisition of cloud-based additive manufacturing platform AstroPrint

Having initially been agreed last April, the deal, which will see AstroPrint’s software team begin working on ways of optimizing the performance of BCN3D’s machines, has now been finalized. With the integration and continued R&D of AstroPrint’s technologies, BCN3D aims to streamline the experience of its users, and introduce innovative features, the likes of which have “never been seen before on the market.”

“We see this as a new chapter in our quest for offering the absolute best possible solution to clients across both

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Studio hacks: 9 inspiring tricks for hardware sequencing

Whether you’re programming drum patterns or generating synth riffs, hardware sequencers, grooveboxes and drum machines are great creative tools. 

1. Use LFOs!

Interesting sequences are all about subtle variations over time. If your sequencer has an LFO (or two), put it to use! The Digitakt’s recent 1.30 update added an additional LFO to each track. For instance, with a hi-hat track you could assign one LFO to sample start and another to filter cutoff. Let the LFOs run freely, and you have tons of easy variation.

2. Quantise when it makes sense

You want your beats to be tight,

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USPS software underpaid trucking firm Postal Fleet Services $110 million and led to massive layoffs, company claims

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These 4 downloads can ruin a Windows PC

I give a lot of advice about what you should do in your digital life. I give just as much about what you shouldn’t do.

Take, for example, the things you should never Google. No, this is not because these searches are embarrassing. These rogue searches put your security and your wallet at risk. Tap or click for my list of 7 things you should never search for.

Some mistakes ruin your expensive gadgets. Tap or click for 5 dumb ways you’re ruining your smartphone. Looking at you, everyone without a nice phone case.

When it comes to

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How to trade in your old Pixel phones

There are a plethora of new and exciting smartphones that have just come onto the market (or are about to), and it wouldn’t be at all surprising to find out that you are planning to upgrade from your current phone. Samsung has introduced two new folding phones, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3, along with its flagship Galaxy S21 Ultra. Meanwhile, Google has released its latest mid-priced Pixel 5A and has announced its upcoming Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

Whether you want to buy one of Samsung’s new folding phones or one of

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New Mini PC Powered by China’s Zhaoxin x86 CPU

A small-form-factor PC featuring the Chinese-made Zhaoxin KX-6640MA processor, a reminder that AMD and Intel aren’t the only game in town any more, has appeared for sale (and is sold out) on Shopee Indonesia, where it was spotted by CNX Software.

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The Beelink LZX

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The Beelink LZX

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The KX-6640MA is a quad-core X86 processor that runs at 2.1 GHz base clock and 2.6 GHz boost clock with a 4MB cache, a 25W TDP and C-960 integrated graphics that support 4K output. Alongside this sits 8GB of DDR4, upgradable to 64GB, a

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