Posts From Rich Woods

Rich Woods
Rich Woods

Managing Editor for XDA Computing. I've been covering tech from smartphones to PCs since 2013. If you see me at a trade show, come say hi and let me ask you weird questions about why you use the tech you use.

Google’s Cursive app is coming to more Chromebooks

Today, Google announced Chrome OS 102, and it comes with some decent new features for your Chromebook. There are USB-C cable alerts, magnification and panning improvements, and the Cursive app is now available on more devices. Cursive is available for all pen-enabled Chromebooks The Cursive app first debuted on HP's Chromebook x2 11 last year. The whole...

Microsoft Build 2022 was actually pretty exciting for Windows fans

Microsoft just wrapped up its Build 2022 developer conference, and frankly, it was pretty good, even if you're a Windows fan. I'm usually pretty vocal in my criticism of Build - along with other Microsoft conferences - and the continuing lack of focus on the company's desktop OS. But as is the case any time...

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Studio gets dynamic refresh rate

Microsoft is offering a firmware update to Surface Laptop Studio PCs, enabling dynamic refresh rate, among other things. The update was first offered to Windows Insiders for testing on April 28, but now, everyone can get their hands on it. Both the Surface Laptop Studio and the Surface Pro 8 were released late last year with...

Windows 11 build 25126 puts better subscription management in settings

Today, Microsoft is releasing this week's Windows 11 Insider Preview build to the Dev channel. The big new feature in Windows 11 Insider Preview build 25126 is an improved subscription management page in Settings. In fact, the specific improvement being made has nothing to do with subscriptions at all. It's quite the opposite, in fact. Microsoft...

Microsoft releases Windows 11 build 22000.708 with a ton of fixes

Today is the first day of Microsoft's Build 2022 developer conference, but that doesn't mean all of the firm's news is coming out of the show. The firm is also releasing this month's D week update for Windows 11, the optional update that includes most of what we'll see next month on Patch Tuesday. If you're...

Microsoft is finally bringing third-party widgets to Windows 11

Microsoft is kicking off its Build 2022 developers conference today, and while new features in Windows 11 are definitely not a focus for the show, there is one thing that's new. Later this year, the OS will allow third-party developers to offer widgets. This is a notable change, albeit not one that's surprising. In fact, if...

Microsoft is finally taking Windows on Arm development seriously

Microsoft and Qualcomm first announced Windows on Arm in 2016, and it's been a slow journey since then. It wasn't until last year with Windows 11 that it actually for x64 emulation, finally adding the app support you'd need in order to have the same experience between Arm and Intel PCs. Now, Microsoft is announcing...

The Microsoft Store is officially open to all Win32 apps

Today is the first day of Microsoft's Build 2022 developer conference, and one thing that the company actually teased ahead of the event is improvements for the Microsoft Store. The Redmond firm delivered. There's actually a whole lot that's new in the Windows 11 Store. The waitlist for Win32 apps is going away With the new store,...

Panasonic’s TOUGHBOOK 40 is a modular Windows laptop that’s still IP66

If you're in the market for a rugged laptop, then you probably already know that Panasonic TOUGHBOOK is the leading brand, essentially setting the standard for the market. Today, the company is introducing the TOUGHBOOK 40, a new fully rugged Windows laptop. Unlike the TOUGHBOOK 55, the 14-inch semi-rugged laptop that Panasonic offers, the TOUGHBOOK 40...

HP has new mainstream Pavilion laptops with a 90Hz OLED display

Last week, HP has its big spring premium consumer laptop announcement, and now it's time for some new mainstream laptops. Today, the company is announcing the HP Pavilion Plus 14, and the Pavilion x360 14. The HP Pavilion Plus 14 The HP Pavilion Plus 14 is, well, whatever you want it to be. You can get it...

Interview: Acer talks redefining gaming with 3D, sustainability, and more

Acer just held its [email protected] conference, which is its hero event where the company announces new products from its entire range. That includes Swift, Spin, ConceptD, Predator, Vero, and more. As usual, there was a lot of cool stuff. Interestingly, about half of the 45-minute event was focused on Vero, Acer's portfolio of eco-friendly products. There...

Windows 11 build 22000.706 comes to Insiders with Windows spotlight for desktop

Today, Microsoft is releasing Windows 11 build 22000.706 to the Release Preview channel of the Insider Program. As usual, the channel is reserved for cumulative updates that are slated to eventually roll out to the public. Non-Insiders will see this as an optional update in a week or two, and then the fixes that are...