Microsoft is finally releasing a 64-bit version of OneDrive for Windows

Apr 09, 2021 - 8:59 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft released the first 64-bit version of Windows back in the early aughts. In 2007, it came out with OneDrive. Despite that history, the Windows release of the file-syncing app is only now making the jump to 64-bit, with Microsoft announcing a new client preview. In an announcement spotted by Windows guru Paul Thurrott, the company says the new version of OneDrive will help those who need to transfer large files or many files at the same time since 64-bit systems can access more resources than their 32-bit counterparts.

"We know this has been a long-awaited and highly requested feature, and we're thrilled to make it available for early access," the company said. "You can now download the 64-bit version for use with OneDrive work, school, and home accounts." One thing to note is the preview is currently only available on x64 installs of Windows. If you own a computer like the Surface Pro X — and therefore have Windows 10 on ARM installed on your system — you'll have to wait. Microsoft recommends you continue using the 32-bit version for the time being.

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Facebook test adds contextual 'labels' to popular pages

Apr 09, 2021 - 8:52 PM - by Reverend
Facebook has gradually started applying labels to pages in order to provide more context about their nature as part of a new experiment. Politicians' pages will be marked as "public official," for instance, while fan and satire pages will be labeled as such. You'll see the new labels when their posts appear on your News Feed, and you'll be able to expand them to read an explanation on why they're necessary. For posts by satire pages, the social network says they can appear very similar to posts from public figures or official news sources and could thereby cause confusion.

As Social Media Today notes, users are prone to take satire posts seriously, even when they're from well-know publications like The Onion. You'll often see heated responses in their comments section from people who think they're posts from actual news sources. In addition, the labels have the ability to clarify from the get-go that people are or aren't reading posts from real authorities, which could help prevent the spread of fake news on the platform.

Facebook already has a huge issue with fake news without adding misinterpreted satire posts into the mix. A study by Princeton University researchers found that it's the worst perpetrator when it comes to spreading false information. It's the referrer site for untrustworthy news sources over 15 percent of the time, they wrote in their paper, whereas Google and Twitter only led users to dubious sources 3.3 percent and 1 percent of the time, respectively.

Since Facebook has only started testing the feature, it may take some time before it can properly label posts. Further, the social network is only testing it in the US at the moment.

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Amazon Luna launches 720p option to tackle high data demands

Apr 08, 2021 - 10:39 PM - by Reverend
Amazon Luna is introducing a new 720p option for users. The new feature will allow players with limited connection speeds to more easily stream games.

Luna is Amazon’s cloud game streaming service, similar to Google Stadia. The service quietly entered early access last October and has been collecting user feedback since. The Luna team says that a 720p option was a heavily requested fan feature.

“Since Luna launched into early access, we’ve regularly heard from customers on what they’re enjoying as well as areas where we can improve their experience,” says Luna. “One of the most requested features is the ability to play at lower resolutions to match unique internet connection speeds and bandwidth demands.”

The update allows players to drop their game resolution down, which would require less bandwidth and data. Luna specifically noted that the update is meant to help users with data cap limitations.

The option is currently available in the Settings tab in Luna. Subscribers can select 720p. Luna estimates that the resolution will consume 5GB/hour. By comparison, the 1080p tier uses 10GB of data an hour, while 4K demands 23GB/hour.

Luna says it will continue taking user feedback and making changes to the service during its early access period.

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FrostWire 6.9.3

Apr 08, 2021 - 9:51 PM - by Reverend
FrostWire is a free, open source BitTorrent client, first released as a fork of LimeWire. In version 5, Gnutella support was dropped entirely, and now FrostWire only uses the BitTorrent network.

FrostWire 6.9.3

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Google restores long-lost Maps feature due to popular demand

Apr 02, 2021 - 7:59 PM - by Reverend
Yesterday Google highlighted several great new features coming to Maps, but the company left one little detail out of its announcement: The compass is back. The classic orienteering widget is back by popular demand, and it's about as reliable as ever.

The compass was a fairly obvious feature for a mapping application, but due to reliability issues, its usefulness was also fairly questionable. The Maps team experimented with removing the compass in January 2019 for some users before taking it out entirely about two months later. It's not hard to find threads with people expressing displeasure or asking for advice to get it back.

It may have taken two years and an unknowable number of feedback reports, but according to a community manager on the Google Maps Help forums, overwhelming support from users is responsible for bringing back the compass.

The post indicates that this will work with Maps version 10.62 and above, but it seems to be working in some slightly older versions, as well. However, it also disappeared for a short while during testing.

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LG will reportedly announce closure of smartphone business on April 5

Apr 02, 2021 - 7:54 PM - by Reverend
According to The Korea Times, LG will announce that it will pull out of the smartphone market on April 5 after failing to turn a profit these past few years.

“LG Electronics appears to have decided to pull out of its money-losing smartphone business and entered into a transition process to relocate its mobile communications employees to other business units,” The Korea Times said.

LG has suffered operating losses since 2015, and despite churning out some truly innovative devices, the company hasn’t been able to turn its mobile business around. The company attempted to find a buyer, allegedly entertaining interest from Volkswagen and Vietnam’s Vingroup JSC, but the talks seemingly didn’t pan out.

As recently as January, an LG spokesperson said the company wasn’t shutting down its mobile business. And, in fact, there were reports LG was working on new devices for this year, even teasing a rollable smartphone a few months back. As it was tentatively called, the LG Rollable was expected to offer a “unique resizable screen” that was capable of transforming.

If LG is indeed shuttering its mobile business, it means whatever it had planned for 2021 has been scrapped. LG’s absence from the Android market would be a huge loss for the industry because it has come up with many great ideas. LG also helped create legendary phones like the Nexus 5 and Pixel 2 XL.

“All we can say is that every possibility is open,” a company spokesperson told The Korea Times. “Although we cannot confirm that right now, we will announce the specific direction of our mobile communications business.”

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