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Intel GPUs Can’t Play Starfield
Intel’s new Arc graphics cards are not yet compatible with the newly
Released, much-anticipated game Starfield. Players who tried to play the game on their Arc A770 or A750 cards have reported encountering various issues, including crashes, glitches, and more over poor performance.
Intel acknowledged the issue and said they are working on a driver update to fix it.
However, the update is not yet available, and there is no ETA for when it will be released.
In the meantime, players who are using Intel GPUs will not be able to play the game.
This is a major setback for Intel. Nvidia also released a driver update for the game, but it was later found to cause problems for some players. Bethesda, the developer of Starfield, has said that they are working with both Intel & Nvidia to resolve the driver issues.
In the meantime, players who are experiencing problems playing
Starfield can try rolling back to an older driver on their Intel or Nvidia GPUs.
They can also try disabling certain features in the game’s graphics settings.
RIP! Microsoft’s Visual Studio for Mac
Microsoft announced on March 8, 2023, that it will retire Visual Studio for Mac on August 31, 2024, as reported by 9to5Mac. The IDE will no longer be supported after that date.
Microsoft has not given a specific reason for the retirement of Visual Studio for Mac, but it can be due to a combination of factors.
One factor can be the declining market share of macOS. This means that there are simply fewer potential users of Visual Studio for Mac than there are of Visual Studio for Windows.
Another factor can be the increasing popularity of cross-platform development tools allowing developers to create apps that run on multiple platforms, including macOS, Windows, and Linux.
This makes it less necessary for developers to use a dedicated IDE for each platform.
Microsoft is not abandoning macOS developers altogether. The company is still committed to developing .NET for macOS and will continue supporting Visual Studio Code, a popular cross-platform IDE.
Lenovo Legion Go Handheld Gaming Console Launched
Lenovo has ultimately launched – Legion Go, its first gaming handheld device for Windows 11.
Legion Go features an 8.8-inch QHD+ (1600 x 2560 pixels) display with a 144Hz refresh rate and is powered by the AMD Ryzen Z1 processors.
It comes with 16GB of LPDDR5X RAM, 49.2Wh battery, and 1TB of NVMe M.2 2242 PCIe Gen 4 SSD.
The console is designed as a detachable controller, like that of Nintendo Switch.
It also has a kickstand for propping up the device while gaming.
The console is based on Lenovo’s Coldfront thermal technology, which keeps it cool during intense gaming sessions.
Legion Go will soon be available in November, starting at EUR 799 in Shadow Black.
We hope that Lenovo Legion Go offers a great gaming experience, especially for gamers looking for a portable device to play demanding games.
WhatsApp’s New Interface Spotted in Beta Update
A new report suggests that WhatsApp is working on a new interface for Android 220.127.116.11.
The design revamp was reportedly spotted in the 18.104.22.168 beta version for Android, which is available via the Google Play Beta program.
The new interface shall have a white top app bar with the WhatsApp logo and navigation bar in familiar green.
The overall design is said to be more in line with Google’s Material Design 3 guidelines.
It is still not clear when the new UI will be rolled out for all the users.
The new interface is a welcome change for WhatsApp users who have been wanting a more modern look for the app.
The white top app bar seems to be more visually appealing and cleaner than the prevailing green one.
Overall, the new interface can be a positive development for WhatsApp.
Google Maps’ New Color Scheme Resembles Apple Maps
Google Maps is currently testing a new color scheme that resembles Apple Maps, as reported by 9to5Google.
The new color scheme uses lighter blue for water, darker green for parks & forests, dark grey for roads, and lighter backgrounds. It also has a darker green header in navigation mode.
This new approach from Google shows that Google is trying to make its maps look more modern and appealing, or they are trying to make their maps more visually like Apple Maps, its major competitor.
The new color scheme is still being tested, so it is unclear if it will be rolled out to all users.
People have expressed mixed reactions to this change; only time will tell if the new color scheme will succeed.
Lenovo Unveils Glasses-Free 3D Monitor for Content Creators
Lenovo has unveiled a new 27-inch 4K monitor that offers glasses-free 3D.
The ThinkVision 27 3D Monitor uses real-time eye-tracking & lenticular lenses to create this new 3D effect.
This new monitor is being targeted at the 3D graphic designers & developers.
It will come with 3840 x 2160 resolution and a refresh rate of 60Hz along with a number of other features and is expected to be available in October.
Lenovo is currently taking pre-orders for the ThinkVision 27 3D Monitor with two HDMI 2.1 ports, four USB-A ports, one DisplayPort 1.4, and one USB-C port with up to 100 W power delivery, RJ45, & a 3.5mm jack.
The Lenovo ThinkVision 27 3D Monitor can be a powerful tool for content creators who want a more immersive experience.
Microsoft Axes WordPad After 30 Years
reported by 9to5Google that it will be removing WordPad from future releases of Windows.
WordPad is a basic word processor included in Windows since 1995.
Microsoft is yet to announce a specific release date for when WordPad will be removed.
However, it is likely to be in the next major version of Windows, which is rumored to be Windows 12.
Microsoft is expected to remove Wordpad as many people are no longer using it.
In recent years, Microsoft has focused on developing new features for Microsoft Word, & lest behind WordPad.
Microsoft also recommends that users who need a more powerful word processor switch to Microsoft Word. Microsoft Word is a paid product but offers a wider range of features than WordPad.
But, the users will still have options to download and use WordPad on older versions of Windows.
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