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Apple to Bring Face ID System to Mac in Couple of Years

Apple is planning to bring the Face ID feature to its Mac in the next couple of years. According to a journalist, Mark Gurman said in a newsletter that he believes that Apple is going to shift all the products to Face ID.

Mark Gurman shared this news on the latest edition of the Power On newsletter. Here, he said that even the low-end models of iPhone like iPhone SE, iPad Air that has Touch ID would soon receive Facial recognition technology. 

Face ID Feature Coming To Macs, all iPhones, iPads within Couple of Years

However, this change might be coming to Mac laptops in few years. He added,

But I expect that to eventually change. It won’t happen this year, but I’d bet Face ID on the Mac is coming within a couple of years. I expect all iPhones and iPads to transition to Face ID within that timeframe, too. Eventually, a camera embedded in the screen would help differentiate Apple’s pricier devices by eliminating the notch at the top. The facial recognition sensor gives Apple two central features: security and augmented reality. Touch ID, more convenient or not, only provides the former.

It is also expected that the company might remove the notch on the iPhone during the shift. The notch-less iPhone could launch in 2023.

Earlier, Gurman said that the Cupertino-based giant Apple is planning to redesign the recently launched 24-inch iMac, and it has planned to include Face ID. However, the plan of adding Face ID is delayed to the upcoming iMac. As compared to iPhones and iPads, the screen of the Mac laptops is thinner, so it is hard to fit the necessary sensors for Face ID.

This is not the first time we hear that Apple is bringing the Face ID feature to its Laptop macOS Big Sur Beta. Earlier also, we found references that suggest the company is working to bring facial recognition to its Mac computers.

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What Is Pegasus Spyware and How Does It Infect Your Phone?

Back in 2019, Israeli hackers spied on Indian journalists and activists using state-of-the-art spyware called Pegasus. Made by a private company based in Israel, the Pegasus spyware is a powerful malicious tool capable of stealing information. A joint investigation by research and media organizations dubbed “The Pegasus Project” has uncovered a list of people targeted by the spyware as recently as July 2021. Reading the recent stream of news articles must have you wondering – what is the Pegasus spyware and what’s the big deal about it? Is my phone affected by Pegasus as well? This article will talk about what exactly is Pegasus spyware, what does it do, how does it affect you, and more.

Pegasus Spyware: Explained! (2021)

The article will talk about what is Pegasus spyware, along with answers to some of the most burning questions you might have about it. Use the table below to jump straight to your query or read it all to learn everything about what Pegasus is.Table Of Contents 

What Is the Pegasus Spyware?

Before we discuss everything about Pegasus, let’s first learn what exactly is spyware software or program.

Simply put, spyware is unwanted malicious software that helps attackers infiltrate various devices and steal information from them. The specific type of data stolen (be it personal files, bank account details, passwords, chat messages, and more) depends on what spyware it is and the intents of whoever installed it on the target device. Spyware software can be installed on multiple devices and is often done without the victim even knowing about it.

what is pegasus spyware and how to stay safe

Created by an Israeli private surveillance company called the NSO Group, the Pegasus Spyware is a very sophisticated piece of spyware that has the capacity to infiltrate the target’s devices easily and extract almost any piece of information it wants.

The Pegasus spyware is marketed and provided to governments around the world. The company claims that the intent of the spyware is to prevent any malicious attacks and keep a close watch on suspicious people. However, the recent flurry of data leaks has revealed that various governments used Pegasus to spy on individuals who weren’t warranted for it. This type of nefarious use of the software has kicked up quite a controversy, and users are now worried about their own device’s security.

Now that you have a better idea of what this nasty spyware is, find out how Pegasus works and transmits your private data to the government in the section below.

How Does Pegasus Spyware Infect Your Phone?

One of the things that has people worried about their cybersecurity is how easily and efficiently the Pegasus spyware works. Before the recent leak back in 2019, Pegasus used multiple methods to worm its way into the phones of various individuals. The spyware has since become even stronger and notably uses the following methods to gain access to a target’s phone.

The first method involves a compromised website link that the victim is fooled into clicking. Once done, Pegasus is automatically installed on the device in the background, without the user’s knowledge.

The second method involves the intricate use of zero-day vulnerabilities, which are bugs in an app or a phone’s operating system that the companies don’t even know about yet. Exploiting Whatsapp’s zero-day vulnerability, Pegasus Spyware made its way on devices through a simple Whatsapp call made to the target’s phone.

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The targets didn’t even have to receive the WhatsApp call for spyware to infect their device. A missed call to their phone number was enough, and the spyware could get to work, stealing data right away. Moreover, Pegasus automatically deleted the call log entry of that specific call, so the target does not even know a call took place at all. WhatsApp has since patched the issue.

When it comes to the Apple ecosystem, Pegasus spyware recently began exploiting zero-day vulnerabilities in Apple’s iMessage. This provides Pegasus access to many phones to run and collect data on across the world.

What All Data Does It Collect?

The extent of data the Pegasus spyware collects is scaringly vast. Once installed on the victim’s device, Pegasus may have total control over the phone, including root privileges. Using this extensive control, the spyware can collect a plethora of information and do things even the user cannot.

However, that is not where this spyware stops. Aside from copying any and all of the messages you send or receive, Pegasus spyware can do the following:

  • monitor and record calls
  • make a clone of your entire contacts
  • extract your entire photo gallery
  • turn on your device’s microphone and camera without your consent and record your conversations and movements from anywhere.

Since the spyware acts like a complete malware that runs rampant, there is no telling as to how much information it is capable of collecting and sending back to whoever is in control. However, from what we know and what is out there, we can definitely say that the scope of information stolen by the Pegasus spyware is huge.

What Platforms Does Pegasus Spyware Target?

The prime targets of Pegasus spyware attacks are iPhone and Android devices. However, that is not to say this is a definitive list. You can probably install Pegasus on older Symbian and Blackberry devices, along with phones running out of update operating systems.

Recent reports by researchers at Amnesty have found that the iOS ecosystem can be infiltrated by Pegasus using zero-click exploits in Apple’s mobile operating system. This method requires no interaction from the user and is almost non-traceable. Citizen Lab researcher Bill Marczak recently mentioned that Apple devices with iOS versions as recent as iOS 14.6 are prone to zero-click iMessage exploits. Malicious actors can use these loopholes to install Pegasus on your device.

It is especially worrying considering the speed at which Pegasus has been catching up with the latest Android and iOS operating systems. Does this mean no one is actually safe from the grip of Pegasus? If so, how dangerous is the spyware to your privacy?

Is the Pegasus Spyware Dangerous?

Talking about the severity of the Pegasus in general, there’s no doubt that the much-talked-about spyware is really dangerous. The prime principle behind this spyware is to gather as much information as it can on the selected individuals and send it back to NSO’s clients. It is up to the perpetrators to decide what they do with the stolen data.

Well, spyware software is rarely spread around in devices with good intent. So it is safe to assume that individuals appearing in the recent Pegasus spyware leak are targets of a dangerous scheme.

Is My Device Vulnerable to Spyware Attacks?

Your Android or iOS phone, along with almost everyone else’s device, is vulnerable to the Pegasus spyware. However, that’s not a huge cause for concern since the spyware deployed by NSO’s clients focuses on high-profile individuals. NSO’s clients target them for one reason or another, be it national security or some propaganda. While everyday smartphone users, whether Android or iPhone, are at risk of being infected by Pegasus, it is unlikely that your phone is among the list of leaked users targeted.

There might be specially designed devices out there that are immune to the Pegasus spyware attacks, but that is conjecture at best.

How to Check If My Device Is Infected by Pegasus Spyware?

While the ways to detect if your device is infected by the Pegasus spyware are severely limited, there might be a method you can use. The researchers at Amnesty International have published a toolkit that may help users scan their own phones.

Known as the Mobile Verification Toolkit or MVT for short, the toolkit can partially detect traces of the Pegasus Spyware on iPhone and Android. MVT does that by taking a full backup of the device in question and then scanning it for any indicators of compromise (IOC) used by NOS to deliver Pegasus. After scanning the backup file, the MVT will output several files and clearly mention if traces of Pegasus were detected in any of them.

The toolkit scans Android phones using a similar approach. MVT will scan an Android device’s backup for text messages with links to sites that have been used by NSO, the company behind Pegasus.

Now, using the MVT is an intricate process best suited for users who know how to use file structures and command terminals. If you think you are up to the task, you can go ahead and download the Mobile Verification Toolkit files from Github. However, be aware that you will also need the above-discussed Amnesty’s Indicators of Compromise, which you can get from the attached link. Check out MVT’s documentation to get a better idea of how to go about the process and check if your device is affected by Pegasus or not.

How Do I Get Rid of Pegasus Spyware?

You can’t, at least not completely. From what we know of the Pegasus spyware, for now, it is impossible to wipe every trace of it from your phone. If you think your device has been compromised, we suggest wiping all your existing data and doing a factory reset. However, be aware that even doing that may not completely get rid of this nasty spyware.

From the opinion of multiple security experts and information available, the only way to completely rid yourself of the Pegasus spyware is to discard the infected phone and get a new one. Furthermore, make sure that all the apps in the new phone are up to date and you change the passwords of all the cloud storage accounts you own. We realize this sounds tedious, but unfortunately, it’s the only way you can rid of this spyware completely.

How Can I Protect Myself from This Spyware?

There are a couple of good practices you follow to stay safe from Pegasus, or matter of fact, other malicious software.

1. Keep Your Phone and Apps Up-to-Date

Make sure to upgrade your smartphone’s operating system to the latest version. We say this because companies regularly roll out security updates to patch a variety of bugs and zero-day exploits.

Moreover, make sure to regularly update all the apps on your Android and iOS device to their latest version so that you have the best protection possible.

2. Use Antimalware/ Antivirus Software

Antimalware is a program that helps combat various types of malware and other malicious programs that are present across the internet. Antimalware deals with the most common malware, including viruses, to more complex ones like rootkits, keyloggers, and certain types of spyware.

While we doubt antimalware will be able to detect and remove the Pegasus spyware, for now, it is still good practice to install one.

3. Be Wary of Unknown Links

As we have already discussed above, one of the prime ways Pegasus can find its way on your phone is through a compromised website link. Therefore, always make sure you can trust the website before you click it. If a friend has sent it along, perhaps it’s better to ask them where they got it before you eagerly

4. Monitor App Permissions

While you won’t see the Pegasus spyware just hanging around like an app, it could be embedded inside any or every app like Whatsapp, Mail, Instagram, and more. So make sure to keep an eye out for permissions an app is using.

Both Android and iOS devices now show privacy indicators to tell you when an app is accessing the microphone and camera permission. It can tell you when some app is using permissions, even when it doesn’t need to. If you are not using the latest version of Android, you can get the Android 12 Privacy Dashboard or the Access Dots app to bring similar functionality to your older Android device.

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Android News

BGMI Players Faced with Several Issues After July Update; Krafton Working on Fixes

After releasing Battlegrounds Mobile India for Android earlier this month, Krafton rolled out the first major update to the game recently. Although the July Update added a bunch of new changes, including new guns and a new Mission Ignition mode, players faced some serious in-game issues while playing BGMI. These include issues while purchasing the in-game currency, issues with cosmetic items, and more.

BGMI Issues After July Update

So, after BGMI players updated their game to the latest version (v1.5.0), they started facing in-game issues. Not long after, Krafton acknowledged the issues and said that it is working to fix them as soon as possible.

Amongst others, one of the issues resulted in players being stuck on the loading screen when they equipped the Unicorn set outfit in the game. Krafton has already addressed the issue but has not been able to fix it yet. So, the company recommends players to not use the Unicorn set outfit until the issue is fixed.

Another major issue faced by players includes a problem with UC redemption after purchasing the in-game currency in BGMI. This is a significant issue that is preventing players to redeem their purchased UC by giving an unusual “UC not being claimed intermittently after purchase” error message. So, Krafton says that if players face the said issue during their purchase, they should immediately reach out to the in-game customer care service from Settings -> Basic -> Customer Service, and raise an appropriate ticket.

Other than these, some players faced issues relating to Login Day 2’s reward for the “Bring on the Heat” event, which showed Mission Card (S19), whereas Season 19 had already ended in the game. Krafton has already fixed the issue and has compensated affected players with a Mission Card (M1).

Krafton has also listed some other issues on its tracking page that include “not able to claim intermittently rewards from Daily Special Bundle” and “moving to a wrong page when using Supply Medal claimed from Advanced Supplies Crate.”

So, if you are facing issues in Battlegrounds Mobile India after the recent update, know that you are not the only one. So, until Krafton fixes the known issues, try to avoid the functions or items that could trigger them in-game.

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Android

Play As You Download: Android 12 Will Let You Play Games While They Download

Android 12 brought several revamped features to the table, both in design and functionality. Now Google has announced a new option on Android 12, during the Google for Games Developers Summit 2021, that will allow you to play your favourite games while they download in the background.

Google calls the innovation “play as you download” which makes it possible to start a game while the download is still in progress. This new function promises to be especially useful in games whose installation requires the download of very large files.

All you have to do is download the game engine, the user interface, the first level and, if necessary, the start sequence. Most of the time, the largest amounts of data relate to other areas of a game such as other levels, graphics, sound, music and finished video clips. With this new functionality, 400 MB game can be playable half the time of what it used to be.

The feature will be available in games that use the Play Asset Delivery system on Android 12. The reason is that with Android 12, Google is introducing a new app bundle format as well as a new file system called Incremental FS, which is required for this.

Through this distribution method, Legacy Expansion Files (OBB) are replaced in games that weigh more than 150MB. According to Google, developers who already use this technology in their games will not have to perform any additional steps to activate the option. However, the company will also be able to make available a new Android game development kit with the necessary tools for implementation.

It is already Google’s third attempt to speed up the installation of Android games in particular. First came the streaming apps function in 2015, followed by instant apps in 2018. So far none of the mentioned attempts by Google has really caught on.

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Windows

10 of the Best Chrome Themes to Beautify Your Browser

For years, Google Chrome has allowed users to beautify the browser with hundreds, if not thousands, of themes. Let’s take a look at some of the best Google Chrome themes you can download right now.

How to Install Chrome Themes

Installing a theme for Google Chrome is as easy as it gets. One word of warning: you should always get your themes directly from Google’s official Web Store for Themes. Barring that word of warning, to install your theme, follow the next few steps:

Beautiful Chrome Themes Theme Store

1. On your computer, open and start Chrome. At the top right, click on the “Menu” button which looks like three vertical dots.

2. Under “Appearance,” click on Themes. Alternatively, you can go right to the gallery by using a direct link for the Web Store.

3. Browse through a variety of thumbnails and categories to find the perfect theme for you.

4. When you find the theme you want to add, click on “Add to Chrome,” and the theme will be applied automatically. To install a different theme, repeat the process. If you want to go back to the default theme, head back to “Menu -> Appearance -> Reset to Default.”

1. Sea Foam

Best Chrome Themes Sea Foam

Sometimes it’s good to keep things simple, and to that end, Google has a vast selection of subtly tinted themes that wouldn’t look out of place adorning the walls of a beautiful townhouse. Of these elegantly named themes, a personal favorite is Sea Foam, which has a gentle pale green color that instantly makes me feel at peace.

But many of the themes in the “Published by Chrome” section are lovely, so check them all out!

2. Into the Mist

Best Chrome Themes Into The Mist

How moody can you handle your Chrome themes? Perhaps a perfect theme for Halloween or for those who appreciate a brooding atmosphere, Into the Mist is a beautiful theme that doubles as a dark themes, making it much easier on the eyes when you’re browsing in the dark or in the evenings.

3. Material Incognito Dark Theme

Beautiful Chrome Themes Material Dark

Using a dark mode is all the rage these in days in the tech world, so it’s fitting a Google Chrome theme exists for that. Enter Material Incognito Dark Theme, which is the same color as Chrome’s incognito window, hence the name. If you have long been a fan of that color scheme and wished it was available in the regular Chrome window, your prayers have been answered.

4. Beauty

Best Chrome Themes Beauty

If you want a sense of tranquility every time you open your browser, the Beauty theme is what you need. The developer says it best: a “bright pink sunset, green plains and hilly forests … will make you open your favorite browser again and again.” There is just something incredibly serene about how this looks on Chrome. When you open your browser, you may forget what you want to do for a second or two. It’s so easy to get caught up in the beauty of the theme’s wallpaper.

5. Galaxy-View

Best Chrome Themes Galaxy View

Space truly is the final frontier with the Galaxy-View theme. There has always been something wondrous about looking up at the stars and knowing how small Earth is in the greater universe. This theme will remind you of that as you look up from the comfort of a beautiful forest and see the galaxy in all its beauty.

6. Iron Man-Material Design

Best Chrome Themes Iron Man

While the Marvel movie character has long since met his untimely end, he lives on forever with the Iron Man-Material Design Chrome theme. The muted colors and vision of Iron Man ready to do battle will forever be enjoyable to view as you open a new browser tab. That it follows the material design concept ensures it will continue to look great even as Google enhances Chrome well into the future.

7. Colors

Beautiful Chrome Themes Colors

For anyone who wants a little vibrance in their life, the Colors theme will do just that. This theme will either distract you or provide a sense of colorful wonder. Every time you open a new tab, you will be met with a rainbow of color splotches. While the theme is mostly focused on the background wallpaper and not the address bar, it remains a large step up from the default theme.

8. Horizon Club Sydney

Beautiful Chrome Themes Horizon

An abstract work based off the bridge in Sydney, Australia’s iconic harbor, Horizon Club Sydney adds mild green flair to the address bar while the wallpaper dazzles you. The abstract wallpaper is delightful to look at time and time again with a variety of shapes and colors. While nothing can replace a trip to the real harbor and Sydney proper, this Chrome theme is the next best thing.

9. Lone Tree

Best Chrome Themes Lone Tree

Another Chrome theme that begs for serenity, Lone Tree adds a feel to your browser that is entirely unique. Everything from the address bar to the wallpaper will be touched with light touches of color that emanate from the main image. There is just something beautiful about opening up the browser and staring at the beauty of a single tree.

10. Indescribable

Beautiful Chrome Themes Indescribable

Of all the names that could be the right fit for this Chrome theme, Indescribable is about as perfect as it gets. For those weeks and months when a vacation is not practical, the beauty of this theme will transport you to somewhere magical. The sun, the ocean and the palm trees are all begging you to visit while providing a sense of joy and tranquility.

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REvil Ransomware Attacks 200 IT Companies via Kaseya Update

A new ransomware attack has hit six large MSPs and has encrypted data of 200 companies. The US cyber official has tracked that this group is the same who hit meat supplier JBS Foods.

The attacker’s gang is from Russia or out of Eastern Europe; they have targeted a key software known as Kaseya. The products of Kaseya are so popular and are mainly used by IT management companies.

Using Kaseya VSA, Shut it Down *Now*

REvil Ransomware Attacks 200 IT Companies via Kaseya Update

The hackers have changed the Kaseya tool called VSA and then encrypted the files of the customers. Huntress, a security firm, said that it tracked eight managed service providers that infected around 200 clients.

Kaseya said it has shut down some of its facilities and asked customers who use VSA to turn off their servers.

This latest ransomware attacker has demanded $5 million(roughly Rs. 37.38 crores) or more. Already this attack has knocked out dozen IT support firm which mostly uses the remote management tool called VSA.

Kyle Hanslovan, CEO of the cybersecurity firm Huntress Labs, said this attack had affected IT management companies and the companies’ corporate clients that have given contracts to IT management. In addition, approximately 1000 small-to-medium-sized businesses might have affected by this hack.

If you are using Kaseya VSA, then shut it down right now until everything gets solved.

According to The Verge, Kaseya told,

“We are investigating a potential attack against the VSA that indicates to have been limited to a small number of our on-premises customers only.”

A spokesperson said all of the cloud servers are now in maintenance mode. However, even Kaseya CEO Fred Voccola said they are checking how many MSPs are affected and are preparing to patch the vulnerability.

This attack is linked to the REvil ransomware gang who is already linked to the attacks on Acer and JBS. According to the reports, this might be the third time Kaseya software is hit for the exploits.

These days, such attacks are increasing, and cybercriminals target the organizations that are important across the US economy.

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Windows

The Ultimate Guide to Check Windows 11 Compatibility with My PC

Will my Windows 10 computer be compatible with the upcoming Windows 11? Microsoft has spelled out the hardware and software requirements for Windows 11, but the information is vague on how to evaluate your system to meet the free upgrade requirements.

We have prepared an ultimate guide for you to check Windows 11 compatibility with your existing PC and laptop. If you want to know whether your laptop or PC qualifies for Windows 11, the following tests give a clear indication. As more information comes from Microsoft’s end, we will revise and update the requirements here.

1. CPU Requirements Test

Microsoft maintains a list of processor requirements for all operating systems comprising Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm. This has now been updated to include the future Windows 11. According to a Microsoft blog update, the Windows 11-compliant CPUs have been designed to adopt the new Windows Driver model for a 99.8 percent crash-free experience.

The basic values of 1 GHz or more speed with two or more cores on a 64-bit processor remain unchanged from Windows 10.

Windows11 Compatibility Processor Info

To know your own processor type, click “view processor info” on the Windows 10 search box. This will give you the exact processor model of the device.

Windows11 Compatibility Processor Details

Go back to the processor list page and search for your processor type on the browser. Check whether it’s been listed in the official page. The CPU requirements will be further validated with additional tests.

Windows11 Compatibility Processor Support

2. Microsoft Online Test

Go to this link and scroll down below to determine whether your current Windows device is compatible with Windows 11. It should display a clear “This PC will run Windows 11” status message. Note that at this moment, Microsoft has disabled this handy option with a “Coming soon” message. It should definitely be available again when the release date draws near.

Windows11 Compatibility Online Will Run

3. PC Health App Test

Microsoft has launched a PC Health app to give an instant assessment of Windows 11 compatibility. At the moment of writing, the app was discontinued for unknown reasons. In the future, when you manage to install the app, you can open it from the Window search box like a typical app.

Windows11 Compatibility Pc Health Search

There is a prominently visible menu option for checking whether your PC meets the system requirements of Windows 11. Click “check now” to proceed.

Windows11 Compatibility Pc Health Check

If your existing Windows 10 system is incompatible with the Windows 11 requirements, you will get an alert that “this PC can’t run Windows 11.”

Windows11 Compatibility Pc Health Cant Run

On the other hand, if your system is compatible with Windows 11, you will get the status “this PC can run Windows 11.” Now you just have to wait for the update to arrive, which will be during the 2021 holiday season.

Windows11 Compatibility Pc Health Can Run

4. Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Test

As part of a robust hardware encryption security design, Microsoft has mandated Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Version 2.0 for all Windows 11 upgrades. This is a device health and system integrity consideration which your existing device must pass. To know the TPM readiness status of your device, search for tpm.msc on the Windows search box.

Windows11 Compatibility Tpm Msc

In non-supported hardware, you will see a status “compatible TPM cannot be found.” If your device CPU supports windows 11 but TPM shows failure, try going to the BIOS and enabling TPM.

Windows11 Compatibility Tpm Not Found

For a compatible TPM which supports Windows 11, you should see a “the TPM is ready for use” status.

Windows11 Compatibility Tpm Ready To Use

5. UEFI Secure Boot Test

The new Windows 11 devices should be able to run on UEFI secure boot mode. If you can enable and disable this mode easily, then you are all set. To know the current status of UEFI secure boot, go to “device security” from the Windows search box.

Windows11 Compatibility Device Security

A prominent “secure boot is on” message should be displayed in the Secure boot option.

Windows11 Compatibility Secure Boot

6. Virtualization-Based Security (VBS) Test

Virtualization-based security (VBS) is another important component of Windows 11 systems. To go to this option, type “virtualization security” in the Windows search box.

Windows11 Compatibility Device Security Virtualization

If your VBS feature does not exist, under core isolation, “memory integrity” will be greyed out/disabled. You can try to fix the problem by reviewing the incompatible drivers and removing/replacing them.

Windows11 Compatibility Vbs Memory Integrity

If your device supports VBS, then you can easily enable memory integrity under core isolation (with a system restart).

Windows11 Compatibility Vbs Memory Integrity On

7. Graphics Card Compatibility Test

The graphics card requirements of Windows 11 are higher than you might think. Press Win + R to open the Run command box, then type dxdiag followed by Enter. This will open a DirectX Diagnostic Tool window where under “System” you can see the DirectX version of your Windows computer. If that displays DirectX 12 or later, then it passes the Windows 11 criteria.

Windows11 Compatibility Directx 12 1

However, do a further check for a Driver model in the “Display” tab. In the following example, the driver model is WDDM 1.3, which is not a good sign.

Windows11 Compatibility Wddm

According to Microsoft, the driver model value should be a WDDM 2.0 driver (and above). It will be used in features such as Windows Projection.

Windows11 Compatibility Wddm 2

8. Screen Resolution Test

With regard to Windows 11 requirements, does your laptop or computer have a high-definition display (720p)? Does it support a screen greater than 9″ diagonally with 8 bits per color channel? To check the display resolution compatibility, open the menu item from the search box.

Windows11 Compatibility Display Resolution

Go to “Advanced Display Settings,” where you can see the highest desktop resolution. Any figure at or above 1280×720 pixels will make the device 720p HD-compliant. You can check here for 8 bits per color channel using “bit-depth.”

Windows11 Compatibility Display Advanced 1

For most devices manufactured in the last six to seven years, finding a Windows 11-compliant resolution is not going to be an issue. It never hurts to be absolutely sure, though. However, it’s recommended to go for a 1080p (1920×1080 pixels) full-HD resolution instead of 720p. (See feature-specific tests for “Snap” layouts.)

9. Feature Specific Tests

Windows 11 is adding key features such as 5G support, which are above and beyond the minimum requirements. Let’s run a summary of the capabilities your existing device should have to support the needed features.

  • 5G support: to allow for significantly faster speeds in the new standard, you will need a 5G-capable modem. Samsung and Apple are among the makers.
  • Auto HDR support: this necessitates an HDR monitor. To know whether your existing laptop screen supports HDR, go to “Windows HD Color Settings” from the search box. In the below example, HDR support has been greyed out in Display capabilities. Clearly, this monitor wouldn’t support Auto HDR.
Windows11 Compatibility Hdr
  • BitLocker to Go: no changes here. The latest version of BitLocker requires access to a Windows Pro edition and a USB flash drive.
  • Client Hyper-V support: to run client Hyper-V, does your processor support Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)? Windows 11 will use this capability for achieving its objective of hypervisor-protected code integrity (HVCI). For the latest devices and modern laptops, it shouldn’t be a problem.

To check whether your Windows device has SLAT capability, open Command Prompt in Administrator mode and enter systeminfo. Next to the Hyper-V requirements column, check whether SLAT shows “yes.”

Windows11 Compatibility Slat
  • Cortana: requires microphone and speaker support and is available for select countries such as the United States, Australia, and India (full list on Microsoft site).
  • DirectStorage: this feature requires an NVMe solid state drive (SSD), and it is possible to upgrade your system from hard disk drive (HDD) to SSD.
  • DirectX 12 Ultimate: Microsoft has announced DirectX 12 Ultimate as the latest standard for next-generation games. The driver will be automatically updated and supported with the compatible CPUs discussed above.
  • Presence: this is a new smart feature for human presence detection and is only available with compatible laptops, such as Dell Latitude 7400 and others.
  • Intelligent video conferencing and Multiple Voice Assistant: if your existing device has microphones and speakers, you are covered.
  • Snap (three-column layout): Windows 11 is allowing a custom grid for three windows with a feature called “Snap.” It requires at least full-HD support of 1080p (1920x1080p). You can determine it from your screen resolution test.
  • Mute/unmute from Taskbar: instead of going through several steps to mute or unmute your speakers, Windows 11 will allow direct global mute/unmute from the taskbar itself. But the device has to support a video camera, microphone, and speaker. This is no doubt a next-generation improvement. Also, enabling “spatial sound” requires supporting hardware.
Windows11 Compatibility Mute Unmute
  • Microsoft Teams: if your existing device supports Microsoft Teams videoconferencing, then you’re good to go with Windows 11.
  • Touch: if your existing Windows device supports touch functions, then the same will carry forward to Windows 11.
  • Two-factor authentication, Voice typing, wake-on-voice: this would not be a big deal for the latest Windows devices.
  • Wi-Fi 6E: requires a Wi-Fi 6E capable router.
  • Windows Hello: supported on most of the latest Windows devices with biometric sensors or with PIN. The same will carry forward to Windows 11.
  • Windows Projection: requires WDDM 2.0 and above. (See the section for graphics card compatibility test.)
  • Xbox app: requires an Xbox/Live account, which is not available in all regions. Many countries are not supported.

For projection purposes, the Wi-Fi adapter should support Wi-Fi Direct. To check whether your device can run Wi-Fi Direct, go to Command prompt and type ipconfig/all. Scroll down to find a relevant description of Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter.

Windows11 Compatibility Wi Fidirect

Some of the deprecated features in Windows 11 include Internet Explorer, S mode (only for Home edition), Tablet mode, OneNote, Paint 3D, and even Skype (Microsoft Teams will play a more important role in the future). Windows 11 will ultimately be the new operating system in terms of doing away with many legacy apps and system processes.

Just as we saw with Windows 7’s transition to Windows 10 in the mid-2010s, the early adopters of Windows 11 may be relatively few. Windows 10 Home and the Pro edition are going to remain active at least until October 14, 2025. Therefore, for the imminent future, we anticipate both operating systems coexisting side by side.

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Here’s the Official Date When 5G May Rollout in India

India approved 5G network trials without Chinese OEMs last month and the Department of Telecom (DoT) allocated spectrum for 5G trials to Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vi (Vodafone Idea), BSNL, and MTNL soon after. While we are still waiting for the commercial rollout of 5G in India, a new report sheds light on the possible date for 5G availability in the country.

Possible Date for 5G Rollout in India

According to a new report from The Hindu Business Line citing a government official familiar with the matter, the government is likely to commercially launch 5G in India on August 15, 2022 – the 75th anniversary of Independence.

“The 5G network would start around August next year and the PM may launch it officially on August 15. The major surprise of the launch will be that you will find a lot of Indian technology – be it in hardware or software – in it. As you are aware, India is very strong in software, so many technologies will be dependent on our local software companies. They will be the backbone,” sources told The Hindu Business Line.

The report mentions that major companies, including Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, and Qualcomm are working on 5G hardware in India. When asked about the omission of Huawei and ZTE, the official said, “There are many other companies that are developing 5G technology for the world…many local players are also capable.”

While a report from The Economic Times citing a senior government official last month suggested that 5G auctions are likely to get pushed to the first quarter of 2022, the new report from Business Line claims that India will conduct 5G auctions later this year. Well yeah, it seems like you will be able to use 5G services on your new 5G-enabled phones in India very soon.