Windows 11 22H2 is the first major update to Microsoft’s latest operating system, and unfortunately, it seems to have introduced some annoying issues, including poor gaming performance, for some users.
As Windows latest reports (opens in new tab)people are taking to Reddit (and other sites) to complain about these Windows 11 issues.
One of the most frustrating issues is affecting people with Nvidia graphics cards, with some gamers complaining that their frames per second (fps) have dropped, causing games to perform poorly, while audio is also affected. Other players have noticed games crashing due to fps drops.
Windows Latest also reports that Nvidia is investigating these issues and is requesting data from affected players to help it identify the issue. Hopefully with Nvidia and Microsoft’s investigation, a fix will appear soon.
Microsoft has also been accused of ignoring reports from Windows Insiders, who were testing Windows 11 22H2 in the months leading up to its release, as some highlighted the game’s poor performance during that testing period. For Microsoft to have pushed and released this update without resolving these issues first is certainly not a good idea.
There have also been reports of the dreaded Blue Screen of Death errors that appear while installing the update.
Microsoft will need to address these issues and ensure they are not too widespread – and that they are fixed quickly. Otherwise, Windows 11’s reputation could take another hit.
How to Fix Poor Game Performance on Windows 11 22H2
If you are experiencing poor game performance since installing Windows 11 22H2, it seems like the easiest way to fix it is to uninstall the update. People who did this found the game’s performance returning to normal.
To do this, open the Start menu and click the Settings icon of a gear. Go to ‘System’, click on ‘Recovery’ and choose the ‘Back’ option. You should see an option to ‘Back to initial build’ – click on it and Windows 11 will revert to its previous version.
You can also expect Microsoft and Nvidia to release fixes for the issues. This will likely come in the form of a driver update from Nvidia or a hotfix update from Microsoft.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip lineup is the most popular collection of foldable phones on the planet, and for good reason – they combine a foldable form factor with decent specs and a relatively affordable price.
Fortunately, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 will continue this trend and in this article we have created a wish list of what we want in addition to that.
But that is not all. We’re already starting to hear rumors about what the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 might offer, so you’ll find them below too; along with information on the possible release date and price. We will also update this article whenever we learn anything new about this phone, so check back soon.
Cut to the chase
What is it? The Next Entry in Samsung’s Foldable Z Flip Line
When do you leave? Probably August 2023
How much will it cost? Probably around $999.99 / £999 / AU$1,499
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 release date and price
While there is no news yet on when the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 will be announced, we can take a good guess. We predict that we’ll see it on August 9, 2023, because that’s the second Wednesday of next August, and Samsung released the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 on the second Wednesday of August of their respective years of launch.
Based on the previous form, there will likely be a wait of about two weeks before shipping, so you can have it in your hands by the end of August if our predictions are correct.
Pricing is harder to predict, but will likely cost a similar amount to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, which starts at $999.99 / £999 / AU$1,499.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 news and leaks
The only Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 leak so far comes from a source who claims it runs on a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset.
Given that the Galaxy Z Flip 4 uses the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, that always seemed likely – although if there is another Plus version of the chipset next year, the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 2 is also a possibility.
Either way, it’s likely to be one of the top Android chipsets of 2023, so it should provide plenty of power.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5: what we want to see
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 wasn’t a major upgrade from the Galaxy Z Flip 3, so we want to see bigger improvements in the next model, including the following things.
1. A telephoto camera
A telephoto lens is a standard feature on almost every high-end phone, but it’s a feature the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 lacks.
In fact, the Z Flip 4 only has a dual-lens camera, consisting of a 12MP main snapper and a 12MP ultra wide-angle, so it’s pretty basic and lacking on the photography front. We want to see big updates here for the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5, with a telephoto lens added, and ideally updates for the other cameras too.
2. Better battery life
Battery life is an issue for many phones and even more so for foldables as they tend to have smaller batteries than similarly sized conventional handsets.
Probably because the folding mechanism takes up space that could be used by a battery, but it’s a definite problem; often leading to below-average longevity.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, for example, only has a 3,700mAh battery, and in our review we noticed that its output was underwhelming, so we want to see a battery boost in the Galaxy Z Flip 5.
3. A lower price
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 is actually one of the more affordable folding phones, but for the specs you get – side-folding screen – it’s still pretty pricey, so we’d love to see Samsung reduce the price a little more for the Samsung. Galaxy Z Flip 5.
That probably won’t happen – especially if there are significant spec updates – but it would make the device even more attractive.
4. A larger coverage screen
While the 6.7-inch foldable main screen on the Galaxy Z Flip 4 is a decent size, the 1.9-inch flip-top screen – which is what you can see and interact with when the main screen is closed – is very small. to do a lot with .
Sure, it can show you notifications and the time, but it’s too small to interact properly, which means that for most smartphone functions, you have to open your phone. We’d like to see a larger secondary screen on the next model, allowing you to keep your phone closed more often.
5. More substantial updates
We’ve detailed some of the upgrades we want above, but overall we want the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 to look like a substantial improvement over the Galaxy Z Flip 4.
The last two models were extremely similar to each other, so it’s past time we saw some major updates – and we’ll need that to have a good chance of ranking among the best folding phones.
Netflix has announced a Wednesday release date, its revival of the beloved horror comedy franchise The Addams Family. But fans expecting a pre-Halloween arrival should prepare to be disappointed.
Ahead of the streamer’s upcoming Tudum 2022 event, Netflix revealed that the new series will begin streaming on Wednesday, November 23. Frustratingly, that’s a little over three weeks after the scariest night of the year, though at least the Tim Burton-directed show debuts on the day it shares a name (slow applause for Netflix).
“Wednesday opens November 23rd! Snap, snap,” Netflix wrote in a tweet (opens in new tab) sharing the news, which was accompanied by a new poster showing Jenna Ortega (Scream) in costume as the show’s title character. Check it out below:
In eight episodes, the coming-of-age supernatural series will follow Wednesday Addams as she navigates the usual pressures of teenage life alongside the unique quirks of her own dysfunctional family.
Based on what we’ve been told so far, we’ll see Wednesday learn to master his newfound psychic abilities while avoiding a murder spree. and trying to solve a 25-year-old family mystery. Talk about a busy schedule.
Wednesday will also feature returns from Catherine Zeta-Jones (The Legend of Zorro) as the matriarch of the Addams Morticia Family, Luis Guzmán (Narcos, Shameless) as husband and father Gomez Addams, and Isaac Ordonez (A Wrinkle in Time) as Wednesday’s younger brother. Pugsley.
Cristina Ricci (yellow jackets), who played Wednesday Addams in the iconic 1990s Addams Family films, is also set to appear as a character named Marilyn Thornhill, while Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones, The Sandman) is among the show’s supporting cast as director Larissa Weems, boss of Never Again Academy.
As mentioned, iconic filmmaker Tim Burton (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland…do we need to continue?) is on hand as an executive producer on the show. He’ll also be behind the camera in several Wednesday episodes, marking – surprisingly – his first time doing so for a small-screen production. Burton’s frequent collaborator Danny Elfman is also involved as the show’s composer, so expect a haunting soundtrack of Batman proportions.
We look forward to hearing more announcements about many of the biggest and best series on netflix – Including squid game, The crownThe Witcher season 3 and Bridgerton – at this weekend’s global fan event, so stay tuned to for the latest details.
If you want to stay ahead of the game, our Netflix Tudum 2022 The guide contains a plethora of information about the event’s start time, content schedule, and our predictions on what we hope might be revealed.
We’ve heard a lot of rumors over the last few months about a possible repeat of Amazon Prime Day later this year. And now it looks like those rumors are at least partially true, according to a new page on Amazon that references a Prime Early Access Sale slated for October.
first sighted by What Hi-Fithe page in question lists a series of terms and conditions (opens in new tab) related to a smart plug deal that will be available exclusively during the Prime Early Access Sale. One of those conditions states that the purchase “must take place between October 11, 2022 at 12:00 PM PT and October 12, 2022 at 11:59 PM PT”.
Based on this, we can reasonably assume that the Prime Early Access sale will take place on Amazon US between October 11-12.
This is in line with the original rumors that first circulated in June. At that time, a leak revealed that Amazon was asking its retail partners to submit a selection of lightning deals for an event dubbed ‘Prime Fall’. This strongly suggested that another Prime Day event was on the cards with a selection of limited-time exclusive savings for members.
Amazon has yet to make any public announcements about a second Prime Day or Prime Early Access Sale. It is also unclear whether he will be holding a similar event in other regions at the same time. We asked Amazon to comment and will share more news as soon as we hear anything.
So is this really Amazon Prime Day 2?
Honestly, we don’t think this Prime Early Access Sale will be as significant as a full Amazon Prime Day. It might have all the hallmarks of another two-day deal bonanza available exclusively to Amazon Prime members, but our gut says it will be a more reserved affair.
There’s still a good chance that thousands of products will be reduced over the course of the 48-hour sale, including many wanted items, cutting-edge technology, Amazon devices, and more. Think of it more like the Amazon Epic Daily Deals event that was held last year and had a handful of good deals throughout the month.
Except this time around, it’s more like a prelude to the retailer’s Black Friday deals in November, with several deals available in advance if you’re an Amazon Prime member. Remember, you can Sign up for a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime (opens in new tab) if you haven’t before and this will cover you for the sale period.
When it launches, we’ll be keeping an eye out for the Prime Early Access Sale here on to make sure you don’t miss out on any bargains before the big holiday sales period is in full swing. You can follow our Amazon sales live blog for regular updates.
Intel’s next-gen flagship CPU was spotted in a leaked benchmark, with the Raptor Lake chip showing good speed.
The Core i9-13900K appeared on PassMark as Tum_Apisak caught our attention on Twitter (courtesy of VideoCardz (opens in new tab)), with the processor being classified into four sample runs.
The 13900K scored 4,833 (average) in single-thread performance, which is about 15% faster than its predecessor (and nearly 10% faster than the 12900KS special edition). A pretty impressive performance that puts it first in the PassMark rankings here.
For multithreading, the 13900K scored 54,433 points, which is 31% faster than the 12900K and, in fact, almost 20% faster than the Ryzen 9 5950X at PassMark’s CPU brand. Again, this is a good initial showing and it certainly raised some expectations for what the Raptor Lake flagship can deliver – although we should always be very cautious of leaked benchmarks.
Analysis: Promising things – and a sign that Raptor Lake is coming soon?
Of course, this is just a set of benchmarks – and four sample runs, as noted – so there’s a limit to what we can infer here. PassMark isn’t the benchmark we’re most excited to see in leaks either, but it still represents a piece of the puzzle regarding the 13900K’s overall performance. But it’s just that – a piece, not a central element of the puzzle, many would argue.
At the same time, there’s no denying that the kind of uplift shown here is revealing. Sadly, what we don’t have yet are high-end Ryzen 7000 processors showing up on PassMark, which would obviously be the most illuminating comparison. And that’s a little odd, as AMD’s Zen 4 chips are due out soon – on September 27th, in fact – and the Raptor Lake silicon hasn’t even been revealed yet. (This reveal is believed to be happening on the same day the Ryzen 7000 goes on sale, which appears to be a tricky ploy by AMD in terms of removing wind from Intel’s sails.)
The Raptor Lake chips won’t go on sale until next month – apparently mid-October or thereabouts – but perhaps these benchmarks appearing now are a glimmer of hope that they might debut earlier in October or later. We’ll see, but at least it points to Intel’s 13th-gen processors not being delayed from the rumored release schedule.
We already know that the 13900K could bump up to 5.8GHz (albeit briefly) in stock, and a future chip – the 13900KS presumably, which again will likely show up as a special, top-bay edition of the flagship – is set to bump up to 6GHz, Intel recently informed us. And again, this is in the performance of the stock, as in default, right away.
Raptor Lake is certainly shaping up impressively, but so is AMD’s Zen 4, with the next-gen flagship Ryzen 7950X already breaking world records in some benchmarks where the top performers used liquid nitrogen – and yet the 7950X worked with standard cooling that you can do at home.
If you don’t follow Amazon Kindle news closely — or spend a lot of time on BookTok, TikTok’s reading-centric community — you might not be aware of the ongoing e-book comeback drama. But now it has led Amazon to change the way it handles its digital books.
A TikTok trend encouraged readers to quickly read and then return ebooks to their Kindle, with the auto-returns program giving them a full refund even if they had read the entire book.
This didn’t hurt Amazon, as readers probably expected, and the action actually left the authors broke, as they were the ones who had to fork out for the refund. Many e-book authors have published statements criticizing this action, and it appears that Amazon listened (see testimonials on Twitter here (opens in new tab)and here (opens in new tab)it is a change.org petition (opens in new tab) about it here).
1/2 Every time you return an ebook to Amazon, the author is charged back more than what was paid for the sale. Yes, that means we could owe Amazon at the end of the month. Ever since TikToks went viral saying ‘it’s okay to return ebooks’June 3, 2022
On a post made by Author’s Guild (opens in new tab), a US-based organization designed to protect authors’ rights, has confirmed that Amazon’s e-book return policy is changing. As of the end of the year, you will now not be able to automatically return ebooks if you have read more than 10% of them.
In the future, if you’ve read 11% or more of a book, you can still submit a return, but it will be reviewed by an individual, and the Author’s Guild argues that this will act as a reasonable deterrent to preventing people from playing the system.
There are still a few things to clear up – collections of poems or short stories, which you can skip, may mark you as having read more than 10% if you only read a passage in the middle, for example, and it’s not clear how easy it will be to get a refund through this manual system. But it is a step in the right direction.
Analysis: good or bad for readers?
For some books, 10% is a lot of pages – if (for some reason) you’re reading Edward Gibbon’s History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, it’s over 500 pages. But for novels or shorter texts, the difference between 10% and 11% could be an accidental page turn.
This new change is undoubtedly good for authors, and means that opportunistic and bad-faith readers will no longer be able to bypass the system to get a free read without spending money. Now, more authors will be able to rely on their writing to support themselves, which is great news for literature.
However, it’s not good news for your standard readers, who might genuinely get around 15% off a book before realizing it’s not for them and wanting their money back.
Of course, it’s the readers who took the mickey that we have to blame for this change, with the trend of TikTok (and other users who have done the same – we can’t just blame this community of readers) likely turning this little quirk of TikTok’s return policy. Amazon into a bigger problem.
This update may affect the way some people read books, making them much more cautious about the book progress percentage (displayed on Kindle ereaders) than they would otherwise be in order to decide whether to progress beyond 10% or not. But if that means authors can continue to write, maybe it’s a good thing after all.
When the iPhone 14 series was released, many users immediately started complaining about a major problem: when you opened the camera using third-party apps, the image would often flicker and return blurry visuals and sometimes even make noises (leaving many speculating that the Phone OIS was the culprit).
These issues didn’t just occur in third-party apps designed exclusively for photography: Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, and other services became difficult to use as a result.
However, it looks like Apple has a fix on the way. A new version of iOS 16 has been seen rolling out to phones as listed in Apple Security Update Log (opens in new tab)which is known as iOS 16.0.2.
This update, which started rolling out on September 22, fixes the camera issue on iPhone 14 models and also fixes some other bugs like an issue with copying and pasting text between apps.
So, if you are facing third party camera app issue, just update to a newer form of iOS to help with that. For that, enter the Definitions application and in Generally list selection Software update. If you are eligible for the upgrade, it will appear here.
Well, that’s in theory, but we’ll need to hear from early iPhone 14 users that the problem is gone before we really believe it.
This update is a good time as the iPhone 14 Plus hasn’t even been released yet, so people who buy this big-body budget phone will never end up facing this camera shake concern.
Apple fan corners on the internet were working in a frenzy over this issue and we totally understand – if we couldn’t use the ‘Gram, we’d be pissed off too. But hopefully, now that an update is rolling out, these handsets are more deserving of their spot on our list of the best smartphones.
AMD’s Ryzen 9 7950X processor has been overclocked to over 7.2GHz with exotic cooling, a new leak has revealed.
As Wccftech (opens in new tab) In reports, Tum_Apisak highlighted this one on Twitter, complete with screenshots of CPU-Z showing the 16-core Zen 4 flagship reaching 6.5GHz across all its cores and 7.247GHz on one core. This was using liquid nitrogen cooling.
Single-core high was achieved with a voltage of 1506V, and we can see that overclocking to 6.5GHz on all cores required 1465V.
As with any leak, of course we must apply our own spice, but with the CPU clearly available and being tested by many people (such as reviewers and overclocking experts) ahead of its imminent release – on September 27th – it’s not surprising to see many spills occurring around Zen 4 processors.
Review: Clash of the next-gen Titans
Clearly, these are very promising starting speeds for the Ryzen 9 7950X to hit – and we’ll no doubt see the flagship CPU much faster after launch, and overclockers will have time to really get to grips with the processor. (Remember, initial overclock records are always improved by experts – and we’re not at the official release point of the 7950X yet.)
Some people, however, might think back to the recent Raptor Lake leaks – Intel’s next-gen CPUs that will rival the Ryzen 7000 – and remember that the 13th-gen (13900K) flagship has already surfaced showing it’s capable of being overclocking to an impressive 8 GHz (not an area Intel has been close to for a long time with overclocking potential).
That said, it’s obviously not worth getting too obsessed and focused on raw clock speeds, because there’s a lot more to processor performance than that – particularly the IPC (instructions per clock) improvements that a new generation brings. Don’t forget, Zen 4 is an all-new architecture that promises a big step forward for AMD.
In fact, a very recent leak shows AMD’s Ryzen 7950X already breaking benchmarking world records with standard cooling – beating existing records that use exotic cooling, no less. So what this flagship will be able to do with liquid nitrogen must be seriously impressive on the performance front. But with Raptor Lake achieving truly staggering overclocks by all accounts, the showdown at the top of the line for high-end CPUs promises to be fascinating for enthusiasts looking to improve these flagships.
Flagship phones are expensive – except, of course, when they aren’t, which appears to be the case with the Google Pixel 7, as a price leak suggests it will substantially undercut rival handsets.
According to Artem Russakovskii (opens in new tab) — the founder of Android Police — the Pixel 7 will start at $599, which is exactly the same starting price as the Pixel 6, and substantially less than the $799 starting price of the iPhone 14.
Given that the dollar price is apparently the same as last year, we can theorize that other currencies could be too, which could mean the Pixel 7 will start at £599 in the UK and AU$999 in Australia.
They also claim that the Pixel 7 Pro will have the same $899 starting price as its predecessor – which could mean a £849/AU$1,299 price elsewhere.
From a source I trust 💯, here are the prices for the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro in the US, according to current data on Target’s systems. First, Pixel 7, codenamed Panther, $599, available in Snow colors, Obsidian and Lemongrass. pic.twitter.com/OqXt1qnHOLSeptember 22, 2022
These prices are apparently based on current data on Target’s systems and come from a source Russakovskii claims to be 100% reliable, so it seems pretty reliable, although of course we still take it with a pinch of salt.
The data also mentions an October 6 pre-order date for both models, which is the same day they are being announced. Google had already confirmed that date for the Pixel 7 Pro, so it’s no surprise to learn that pre-orders for the standard model will likely open as well.
October 13 is mentioned as the shipping date, although a recent leak pointed to October 18, and Russakovskii isn’t sure if this leak is wrong or if Target’s data here is out of date.
Ultimately, if you pick up one of these handsets from Target itself, you can apparently get a $100 gift card with the Pixel 7 and a $200 gift card with the Pixel 7 Pro, though it’s unclear if there are additional eligibility requirements. , in addition to just buying one of the phones.
Analysis: Undermining everything
The Google Pixel 7 isn’t just set to undercut the iPhone 14 – for $200, if this leak is right – but much of its other competition as well.
The Samsung Galaxy S22, for example, is also $799 (or £769 / AU$1,249), while even the OnePlus 10T is just over $649 / £629. That’s not too surprising – Google’s phones generally hurt competition, but in a world of rising prices and inflation, it’s good to see.
Fortunately, the price will remain the same as last year outside the US as well, but there’s no guarantee of that. Apple, for example, charged the same for the iPhone 14 as the iPhone 13 in its home country, but raised prices in the UK.
If Google keeps prices relatively low, the Pixel 7 could easily be a contender for our list of best phones.
With the launch of the Google Pixel 7 very close, the American tech giant has started frantically teasing upcoming products set to debut on October 6, and the Google Pixel Watch is the latest product to get a good teaser video.
Google shared a youtube video (opens in new tab) titled The Design of Google Pixel Watch, which showcases – you guessed it – the design of the Google Pixel Watch. As Google has already showcased the smartwatch, there’s not much ‘new’ to see here…
…well, plus some interesting stuff.
There’s good news for smartwatch fans, and that is that there are a number of different always-on screens shown in the video.
An always-on display is useful for any gadget as it provides useful information quickly without having to turn on the device; for a smartwatch, it’s even more useful as it lets you wear the wearable like a regular watch, collecting the time (and some other information sometimes) very quickly.
The Google Pixel Watch design video shows several different designs of the always-on display, suggesting that you’ll have plenty of customization options, something you don’t always see on smartwatches.
However, the video shows something we didn’t really like, and it’s portrayed in the image at the top of this article.
While many (if not most) smartwatches use standard watch straps, with a lock to remove them, Google’s video shows a proprietary locking system we haven’t seen before (which likely uses magnets).
Analysis: a proprietary impulse
It looks like Google is ‘pulling an Apple’ here, where it’s in control of its own accessories, but that means two things. Firstly, it will likely cost more to get a new wristband as Google is the only one to produce them initially.
This will be the case at least in the beginning, as the second implication is that there won’t be much choice for a while until outsourced companies start doing more.
In the tech world, ‘owner’ is a cursed word, because when a company manufactures too many of its physical components, it controls its aftermarket too much, which can have a knock-on anti-consumer effect. Just look at Apple and its Lightning ports, which the EU is now forcing to abandon, to protect consumers (and the environment).
Sure, these tech companies make more money when they control the accessories and the products themselves, but do Google and Apple really need even more money?
It’s a shame that Google is adopting this proprietary system instead of using the tried-and-true interchangeable system that many smartwatches use, or even using something similar to this, which bracelet makers will be able to easily emulate. But I expect the third-party band market to become populous very soon.