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Microsoft releases Windows 11 Build 23471 with new Add Phone Photos option

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It's a new month, and to celebrate, Microsoft has rolled out a brand new Windows 11 build for Insiders in the Dev Channel.

Build 23471 introduces a number of fixes, changes and improvements, and also now lets you quickly add phone photos through the File Explorer Gallery.

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Meta officially announces the Quest 3 VR headset

With Apple widely expected to announce its own VR headset next week, Meta has stepped forward to take the wraps off its own next-gen headset.

Meta Quest 3 will debut this fall and be slimmer, more comfortable and significantly more powerful than the Quest 2, with full color passthrough. The new headset will be offer higher resolution, stronger performance and what the company calls "breakthrough Meta Reality technology".

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Get 'Windows Server Automation with PowerShell Cookbook -- Fifth Edition' (worth $37.99) for FREE

The Windows Server Automation with PowerShell Cookbook is back with a new edition, featuring over 100 PowerShell recipes that will make your day-to-day work easier.

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Watch Windows 10 being installed (and running) on Windows XP


Although most people have long since moved on from Windows XP, some people are still running the ancient OS, even though Microsoft stopped supporting it way back in 2014.

Although the lack of support means continuing to use XP is a risky endeavor, it’s a stable and capable operating system that’s even able to run Windows 10.

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OpenAI makes Microsoft Bing the default search in ChatGPT

At its Build developer conference today, Microsoft's main focus was -- unsurprisingly -- on AI, with the introduction of Windows Copilot for Windows 11, and a new and improved Microsoft Store.

For many people, however, one of the more exciting announcements was the news that as a result of the company's partnership with OpenAI, Bing is being added to ChatGPT as the default search experience.

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Microsoft is building an 'open store that is ready for the new AI era'

Today, at its Build developer conference, Microsoft surprised no one with the news that it is betting big on the power of artificial intelligence.

The most exciting news was undoubtedly the announcement of Windows Copilot for Windows 11, but the company is also bringing AI to the Microsoft Store.

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Microsoft's Windows Copilot brings the power of AI to Windows 11

At its Build developer conference today, Microsoft announced plans for Windows Copilot, bringing centralized AI assistance to Windows 11.

That's not the only place that Microsoft is introducing AI to its products either -- the company is also introducing new AI features and experiences to the Microsoft Store, and extending Bing Chat plugins to Windows.

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Apple boosts its commitment to US manufacturing with a massive Broadcom deal worth billions

In a landmark announcement, Apple today revealed a multiyear, multibillion-dollar agreement with Broadcom which will see the US technology manufacturing company develop a range of 5G radio frequency components, including FBAR filters and wireless connectivity components.

5G technology has already begun to shape the future of next-generation consumer electronics, and Apple has so far invested tens of billions of dollars in developing this field in the United States as part of its commitment -- established in 2021 -- to invest $430 billion in the US economy over five years.

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Open source JunkCtrl removes unwanted stock apps from Windows 11

Windows 11 comes bundled with a lot of stock apps that you probably have no use for. You can manually remove most of these with no issue, but the new open source JunkCtrl tool simplifies the process.

Created by Belim, the developer behind Windows tools like ThisIsWin11 and BloatyNosy, JunkCtrl doesn't require installation, and can clean up your Windows in a couple of clicks.

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How quantum computing is set to revolutionize AI usage

The advent of quantum computing promises to dramatically alter the landscape of artificial intelligence (AI), enabling leaps in processing power and solving previously intractable problems. As researchers and tech giants race to develop the first truly functional and practical quantum computer, the potential synergy between quantum computing and AI offers an unprecedented opportunity to tackle complex challenges that could reshape several industries.

Quantum computing is based on the principles of quantum mechanics, exploring the phenomena occurring at the quantum level, the smallest scale in the universe. Traditional computers use binaries -- strings of 1s and 0s -- to process information, whereas quantum computers harness quantum bits, or "qubits." These qubits possess the unique ability to exist in multiple states simultaneously, known as superposition. This property allows quantum computers to perform numerous calculations at once, vastly surpassing the capacity of traditional machines.

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deepin Linux V23 can replace Windows 11 on your PC


If you are dissatisfied with Windows 11 or macOS, and intrigued by Linux, deepin, a distro from China, could be a great choice to switch to. It's one of the most beautiful operating systems around, and sports a well-designed user interface.

The newest version of that operating system, deepin V23 Beta, is now ready to be downloaded. This updated version of deepin comes with a number of new features including DDE changes, terminal, cross-version upgrades, and application compatibility.

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