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Audio settings for Chromium browser +++ 99 cent films on Amazon +++ 1 nm breakthrough at TSMC

Status: May 21, 2021 (AF)

Microsoft wants to integrate Chromium browser into audio settings

So far, the volume of the Edge and Chrome browsers could only be adjusted rudimentarily in the Windows audio settings. Microsoft is now planning a stronger integration of the Chromium browser into the system. In the future, among other things, the volume of individual tabs or web apps should also be able to be adjusted via the Windows audio area. It should also be possible to mute individual areas. A release period for the function has not yet been determined.

TSMC: Breakthrough in 1nm chip development

The Taiwanese manufacturer TSMC announces a breakthrough in the development of semiconductor chips. Together with the State University of Taiwan and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a new material has been developed that should enable the production of 1 nm chips. Just a few weeks ago, competitor IBM presented the world's first 2 nm technology (via "Tom's Hardware").

Amazon: 99 cent films for Prime members

A selection of films can be borrowed digitally from Amazon until May 23rd. These include a number of well-known, if often no longer cutting-edge titles. Included in the promotion are, among others, "Ready Player One", "Reservoir Dogs", "They Shall Not Grow Old" and "Miss Bala". Rented films remain in the account for 30 days and must be viewed within 48 hours of starting the video.

Status: May 20, 2021 (TN)

IFA 2021 canceled again

Messe Berlin and gfu Consumer & Home Electronics GmbH announce that IFA 2021 will not take place this year either. The reasons given are uncertainties, of course about the current pandemic, new mutants and sluggish vaccinations. Last but not least, the exhibition grounds are currently used as a vaccination center, which may not change much by September.

Windows 10: May patch disrupts teams and Outlook

The Windows 10 patch KB5003169 can cause problems when logging into Microsoft Teams and Outlook. Systems with Windows 10 version 1909 that imported the current Patchday download around a week ago are affected. A PC restart is said to have helped those affected. Alternatively, the patch mentioned must be uninstalled via the Windows Update settings.

The Last of Us 2: Update for the PS5

The Last of Us 2 players who own a PS5 will receive a new patch. This brings Naughty Dog's survival adventure up to 60 fps and enables further improvements in graphics and performance.

Spotify: Virtual Concerts for $ 15

Five concerts will soon be available on Spotify via live stream. In the period from May to June, fans will initially be able to look forward to artists such as The Black Keys, Jack Antonoff of Bleachers and Leon Bridges. Tickets are $ 15.

Status: 19.05.2021 (AF)

Microsoft: Windows 10X will not appear

Microsoft had actually planned to release Windows 10X, a simpler version of the operating system comparable to Chrome OS. Now, however, the project seems to have ended. The work on Windows 10X does not seem to have been completely in vain. On the one hand, functions that have already been developed should be included in Windows 10 where possible. On the other hand, Microsoft could publish a simplified version of the operating system as part of the "Sun Valley" update (via "Petri").

Apple: New M1 processor with more GPU performance

After the iPad Pro and the iMac, other Apple products will soon be equipped with the in-house M1 processor. So apparently they want to move away from Intel with the Macbook Air and the Macbook Pro in 13 inches. At the same time, the built-in M1 should receive a refresh. Instead of seven or eight GPU cores, this should now receive nine to ten and thus a performance increase of around 20 percent.

Furthermore, Apple seems to be working on further chips. In the Jade 2C and Jade 4C models, 20 or 40 CPU cores are to be installed, the models would then probably be used in the Mac Pro (via "Bloomberg").

Vulnerability in Chrome, Firefox, Tor and Safari

As the security researcher Konstantin Darutkin reports, a number of browsers are said to have a security hole that allows unauthorized tracking of user data. In addition to Chrome, Firefox and Tor, Safari in particular is said to be affected. By exploiting so-called URL schemes, attackers can find out whether certain apps and programs are installed on an affected computer.

Google I / O: The main announcements

As part of the I / O developer conference, Google presented a number of new products. The highlight should have been the new design for Android 12, which will be released towards the end of the year. Other noteworthy announcements were, for example, "Smart Canvas", which is supposed to facilitate collaboration in Google Workspaces, the AI-driven language model LaMDA and the collaboration with Samsung and Fitbit on the wearable market.

Status: May 18, 2021 (AF)

Apple and Amazon: higher sound quality when streaming

As Apple confirmed to the US site "The Verge", Apple Music users will be able to access tracks in lossless audio quality from next month. Depending on the song and equipment, this ranges between CD (16 bit at 44.1 kHz) and "high resolution" quality (24 bit at 192 kHz). By the end of the year, Apple wants to provide around 75 million titles with lossless audio quality.

Competitor Amazon does not want to be left behind when it comes to sound quality. From now on, Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers will receive the HD quality of songs for free, which was previously associated with additional costs. Previously, an additional monthly fee of 5 euros was incurred for the feature.

FritzOS 7.27 also for Fritzbox 7530 AX

After the models 7590, 7530, 6490 Cable and 6590 Cable received the update to the new version in the past few days, it is now the turn of the 7530 AX. This also closes the FragAttacks security gap in the WiFi 6-capable router. The patch does not bring any new functions, but in addition to the hotfix, a number of stability problems are eliminated. The update can be installed via the router interface.

Steelseries: The Rival 5 gaming mouse introduced

With "The Rival 5", Steelseries has presented a new mouse that should concentrate entirely on the gaming sector. According to Steelseries, the 85 g heavy mouse should impress with its ergonomic shape, has 9 programmable side buttons and has a TrueMove Air Sensor. This brings up to 18,000 dpi, an accuracy of 400 ips and an acceleration of up to 40 G. The "The Rival 5" is now available at an RRP of around 70 euros.

Just in time for the start of the week, the update to FRITZ! OS 7.27 for the FRITZ! Box 7530 AX is available today. 👍⚙

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- FRITZ! Box (@AVM_DE) May 17, 2021

Status: May 17, 2021 (TN)

Windows 10: Sound problems with optional March patch

The optional patch KB5000842 was released for Windows 10 (2004 and 20H2) at the end of March and was already noticed due to performance problems in games. Microsoft has now confirmed in the known problems for the update that sound problems can occur if 5.1 sound is used with certain devices or settings. Microsoft is working on the problem and recommends that you open applications in your web browser or another app if possible and use spatial sound for spatial effects.

Notepad is becoming more modern and warns of the old version

The slim Windows text editor Notepad has only received a few updates so far. That should change, Microsoft is planning to expand it as a more independent app in the store. This also means that in the future, Notepad will warn you if you are using an outdated version. The starting signal is the function update 21H2 for Windows 10 in autumn.

Windows 10 21H2: HDR for apps

Current image technologies are increasingly finding their way into Windows. With 21H2, HDR is activated in apps. This allows you to edit photos in Photoshop with the appropriate color gamut, for example. Depending on the program, you will only be able to use the corresponding functions after activation in the color profile of the respective application. There will be an auto HDR mode for games.

Xbox Series gets Dolby Vision for games

Dolby Vision is already supported on the Xbox Series X and S dashboard. Game support will follow in the foreseeable future. Microsoft has been testing the dynamic HDR format since September. Dolby Vision should be available soon for Xbox players in the Insider's Alpha Ring. A suitable display and supported games are of course required.

Status: 14.05.2021 (AF)

Windows 10: Problems with update installation

As usual for the traditional Patch Tuesday, a new update for Windows 10 was released on Tuesday. However, this seems to cause problems for some users. When installing updates KB5003173 for versions 20H2 and 2004, an error with the designation 0x800f0922 occurs with these. An automatic reset to the old Windows version then takes place. The error seems to occur on computers on which the new Chromium Edge browser has been removed manually. Reinstalling it seems to fix the problem (via "Windowslatest").

FritzOS 7.27 released for three more models

With version 7.27, AVM has provided the latest update for FritzOS. As usual, however, only a part of the product range will benefit from the changes. For the devices Fritzbox 7530, Fritzbox 6490 Cable and Fritzbox 6590 Cable, version 7.27 mainly fixes a number of errors, there are no new functions this time. The flagship model Fritzbox 7590 received the update at an earlier point in time. Owners do not have to worry about installing the new version, FritzOS 7.27 installs itself on the devices automatically.

Huawei introduces new products

The Chinese manufacturer has announced on its official Weibo website that it intends to present a number of new products on May 19th. The focus should be on the Matebook 16 and the Freebuds 4. Other products presented could be the children's watch Watch 4X, the H6 router and two new PC screens (via "GSMArena").

MSI Afterburner: Fake site distributes malware

MSI has warned its users about a fake website for the Afterburner tuning program. The website (https://afterburner-msi.space/) appears almost identical to the original MSI website, but when downloaded instead of the desired software, malware is installed. When installing MSI Afterburner, care should therefore be taken to obtain it only from the original MSI website (via "Neowin").

Lenovo Go: Mobile home office products

A number of products will soon appear under the name Lenovo Go, which are intended to be used particularly in mobile or home offices. This includes a 65 W power bank with 20,000 mAh and USB-C and USB-A connections as well as a wireless mouse with Qi induction charging that can be connected to up to three devices at the same time. More devices such as headsets are to appear later in the year.

Status: 05/12/2021 (AF)

Microsoft Outlook: Bug after desktop client update

Since the rollout of build number 13929.20372 for the Outlook desktop client, a new error has occurred in the same. Due to the bug, received emails cannot be displayed, and the creation of new emails no longer works and instead leads to a blank user interface. However, the problem only seems to occur with the Windows app, Android and iOS are currently not affected. The problem can be resolved by reinstalling the previous version of the desktop client; a workaround can also be found in English under "Windowslatest".

Hygienic keyboards: Cherry buys Activekey

Keyboard manufacturer Cherry has bought Activekey, a company that focuses on hygienic input devices. Their clean keyboards, mice and other technologies are hoped for a stronger position in the health sector. At the same time, previous product families should also benefit from the washable and hygienic technologies of Activekey (via "Golem").

AMD: Growth in Server CPUs

As the market research institute Mercury Research reports, AMD was able to expand its own market share in the field of server CPUs in the first quarter of 2021. Compared to Q4 2020, the company is said to have increased by 1.8 percentage points from 7.1% to 8.9%. At the same time, however, the share in the laptop market is said to have fallen by one percentage point, while the desktop area stagnated (via "Planet3DNow").

HTC VR headsets: Vive Pro 2 and Vive Focus 3

With the models Vive Pro 2 and Vive Focus 3, manufacturer HTC has introduced two new VR headsets. While the Pro 2 with a refresh rate of 120 Hz and hi-res audio is mainly intended for gaming, the Focus 3 all-in-one glasses are more intended for industrial use. Both models appear with a resolution of 5K (2,448 pixels per eye) and a field of view of 120 degrees. The VR headsets will be available for pre-sale from June and have an RRP of around 740 euros (Pro 2) or 1,180 euros (Focus 3).

Status: 05/11/2021 (AF)

Semiconductors: Delivery bottlenecks also affect routers, landlines and smart homes

The supply crisis for semiconductors continues. For example, Sony had announced that the Playstation 5 was expected to be in short supply until at least 2022. Competitor Nintendo also warns that there could be bottlenecks on the Switch. In addition to consoles and graphics cards, routers, landline and smart home devices now also appear to be affected. AVM and Gigaset have both confirmed that they are affected by the shortage of chips. Price increases and delivery problems could therefore no longer be ruled out (via "Bloomberg", "Welt").

Microsoft 365: Insufficient data protection for German schools

The Baden-Württemberg data protection officer Stefan Brink speaks out against the use of Microsoft 365 in German schools after investigating a test project by the Ministry of Culture. Although they want to provide digital solutions for teaching, the use of Microsoft 365 cannot be designed in accordance with data protection regulations. However, the state has a special responsibility to guarantee this, especially with the mostly underage students. In the future, Brink could imagine the increased use of open source solutions such as the Moodle learning platform (via "Golem").

Playstation Remote Play: Dualsense and iOS

Playstation Remote Play now also supports the use of the new Dualsense controller via iOS. Via Remote Play, Playstation games can also be streamed to other platforms such as PC, Android or even iOS devices. So far, only the Dualsense predecessor Dualshock 4 could be used for operation on Apple's mobile operating system. Especially with games like "Astro's Playroom", which make heavy use of the new Dualsense functions, this resulted in a severely limited or even nonexistent playability. However, the dualsense controller can now be used on devices from iOS 14.5.

As of: May 10, 2021 (TN)

Windows 10 21H1: Microsoft releases bug fixes

The May 2021 update of Windows 10 receives some bug fixes. Microsoft has fixed the following errors that made installation or operation difficult or impossible:

  • Crashes on systems with "Intel Rapid Storage Technoloy" drivers
  • Blue screens with "BAD_POOL_Caller" message
  • Problems with some audio drivers

The H1 update is comparatively small and brings only a few changes. Only 21H2 will include a new start menu, an improved Action Center and more. It is expected in October or November.

Microsoft is withdrawing AMD drivers

Systems with AMD chips received a download called "Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. - SCSIAdapter - 9.3.0.221" via Windows Update. It can lead to crashes with the message "INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE" - the boot drive is no longer found, which then leads to errors. Microsoft has withdrawn the update for the time being.

Surface updates

The third short message also belongs to Microsoft. New updates are available for Surface devices. Specifically, Surface Pro 4, Surface Studio, Laptop 1, 2 and 4 are operated. A collection can be found on neowin.net, among others.

Status: 07.05.2021 (TN)

Fritzbox 7590: Fritz OS 7.27 fixes bugs

AVM has released the Fritz OS update 7.27 for the Fritzbox 7590. The new version fixes some problems. For example: Third-party VPNs could often lose connection or cause difficulties with WiFi devices. Regardless of VPNs, Fritzt OS 7.27 solves other bugs, e.g. with WPS in connection with WLAN encryption, authenticator entries or telephony.

PS5: Alleged redesign at the end of 2022

The industry magazine Digitimes allegedly claims that Sony will optimize the manufacturing process of the PS5 from 7 to 6 nanometers in the next year and that a redesign of the Playstation 5 is on the roadmap by the end of 2022. This points to a new revision rather than an upgrade à la PS5 Pro, if the source is correct.

Crime rush: streaming for genre fans

With Krimirausch, a new streaming service from Germany starts with a focus on ZDF crime series.According to the provider, the stock is currently 50 series and will later be expanded to include ARD content. The service can be tested free of charge for seven days and then costs EUR 4.99 per month.

IBM unveils 2nm chip technology

Apple is with its M1 production at 5nm (nanometers), Nvidia and AMD at 7nm and Sony supposedly wants to advance its PS5 with 6nm. IBM submits and reveals that it is working on the first 2nm chip. A finer production usually brings more performance (according to IBM 45% compared to 7nm) and less consumption (75%).

Status: 05/06/2021 (AF)

Windows 10 Defender: Microsoft fixes bugs

In the past few days, there have been repeated reports in the Microsoft forum of an error in Windows 10 Defender, in which thousands of files were created during the backup, thus consuming large amounts of storage space. With the 1.1.18100.6 update, Microsoft has now apparently resolved the problem. This can be downloaded in the settings under "Updates & Security".

Dell closes widespread security vulnerabilities

A security vulnerability has been reported to have been found in the Dell BIOS update software since 2009. This is what the security company Sentinel One found out. It is estimated that more than a hundred million desktop computers, laptops and tablets, including devices from the Alienware sub-brand, are affected by the vulnerability. So far, the security gap should not have been exploited, but Dell recommends a timely update via the Dell software or by manual download.

Gamescom 2021 will take place purely virtually

As the organizer Koelnmesse announced, this year's Gamescom will once again take place purely virtually. A hybrid trade fair had previously been planned that would combine virtual and physical content and events. Oliver Freese, Managing Director of Koelnmesse, said in a press release: "[...] even if the hybrid concept was very well received by the partners, we had to recognize that gamescom was due to the planning security required for many companies in the industry comes too early. " The digital Gamescom will take place from August 25th to 27th.

Blizzard: game end numbers are falling

As the latest financial figures from Activision-Blizzard show, the game developer's number of gamers has declined overall in recent years. In the past three years, around 29 percent of the active player base has been lost. And even if the last WoW expansion Shadowlands could be rated as a great success, they lost around 2 million game ends in the first quarter compared to the previous year (via "Massively Overpowered").

Status: 05/05/2021 (AF)

New security functions for the Edge browser

Microsoft's Edge browser, which is based on Chromium, is to receive two new security features. On the one hand there is "Automatic HTTPS", which by default tries to establish a connection with the HTTPS URL of a website before the HTTP version is called. Furthermore, the Windows password manager has been expanded to include an optional Windows Hello component. This means that authentication with a PIN or biometric data is necessary before entering a password. Both functions can be tried out in the test channels "Dev" and "Canary" (via "Windowslatest").

Cloud gaming service Shadow: purchase from bankruptcy

The French company Blade had to file for bankruptcy in March 2021 after the cloud gaming service Shadow could not be made profitable. Now the cloud provider Hubic has announced that it will buy the gaming service and its team. Now they want to plan the future of Shadow and then inform customers about how to proceed (via "Computerbase").

Sony: Integration of Discord into the PSN

As Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan announced, Sony has acquired a minority stake in the communications software Discord. Only a few weeks ago, Microsoft failed to purchase the platform. In addition, they want to integrate Discord into the Playstation ecosystem in the coming year. This should allow access via PS4 and PS5 as well as on the go.

Status: 04.05.2021 (AF)

Epic vs. Apple: Trial has begun

In Oakland, Apple and Epic Games met in the courtroom for the first time in their trial, which has been going on for months. The negotiation was broadcast live on YouTube. Epic Games accuses Apple, among other things, of having a monopoly on iOS devices with the app store, Apple sees this as just one of many sales channels. Depending on the decision of the court, the ruling could not only have far-reaching consequences for Apple, but also for the Xbox or Playstation stores.

Vulnerability in Intel and AMD CPUs

As researchers at the University of Virginia School of Engineering discovered, there appears to be a new side-channel attack on x86 processors. A weak point in the micro-OP cache, a specialized cache of the CPU, is exploited. Its operations have so far been carried out unencrypted. A firmware update would lead to a drastic reduction in the performance of the CPU. Intel processors since Sandy Bridge (2011) and AMD processors since Zen (2017) are affected.

Roccat presents entry-level gaming keyboards

The Hamburg manufacturer Roccat has presented two new gaming keyboards. The Magma and Pyro models are particularly aimed at those who are looking for an inexpensive entry-level keyboard. Magma, which costs around 60 euros, offers quiet membrane keys with anti-ghosting and 26-key rollover, RGB lighting and a palm rest. The Pyro has mechanical switches with a 2 mm trigger point and advanced anti-ghosting, a volume control and an aluminum top for 100 euros. Both models will be available from May 30th.

May the 4th: Star Wars Day 2021

Every year fans from all over the world celebrate May 4th as Star Wars Day. To coincide with the unofficial "holiday", Disney has planned a series of releases. So the 75-minute opening episode of the new animation series "The Bad Batch" starts today. The Simpsons has a new Star Wars special with "Maggie Simpson in 'The Force Awakens'". There are also a number of discounts on Star Wars merchandise in various online shops.

Status: 03.05.2021 (AF)

Optional Windows update fixes problems

As we reported last week (see below), Microsoft brought a new taskbar function with the optional Windows update KB5001391. It seems, however, that this is not available to all users at the beginning, but is gradually being rolled out. In addition, the update is said to have fixed a number of problems. A bug that caused an above-average CPU usage does not seem to occur anymore. In addition, a bug was eliminated that caused empty tiles in the start menu (via "Windowslatest").

Activision: All studios are working on Call of Duty

As the studio "Toys for Bob", which belongs to Activision, announced that it is now supporting developer Raven Software in the work on Call of Duty: Warzone. So far, the studio has been more responsible for titles like Crash Bandicoot or Skylanders. All of the publisher's studios and more than 2,500 employees are now working on the shooter series.

New capture box from Asus: TUF CU4K30

With the TUF Gaming Capture Box CU4K30, Asus has introduced a new product for recording console and PC material, which is particularly suitable for streaming games. The CU4K30 should be able to transmit 4K recordings with up to 60 Hz, 2K with up to 144 Hz and Full HD with up to 240 Hz. For live streams, the Capture Box offers 4K in 30 fps, 2K in 60 fps and Full HD in 120 fps. The connections are HDMI 2.0, USB 3.2 Type-C, headset and controller jack. The CU4K30 has an OBS certification and should convince with a ready-to-go design, which enables a quick start in recording.