Kotlin language maker JetBrains: Windows 10 and M1 macOS get Android Jetpack Compose

Czechia-based developer tools company JetBrains is making progress with its open-source UI framework, Jetpack Compose for Desktop. 

JetBrains is the designer behind Kotlin, the Google-endorsed programming language for Android app development that’s compatible with Java.

The company has been working on Jetpack Compose for Desktop, a UI framework for Kotlin apps helps developers build slick user interfaces (UI) for apps.

It launched the open-source project off the back of Google’s Jetpack Compose, a UI toolkit that builds on Android Jetpack, which itself is a set of software libraries for Android app development done in Kotlin.

As Google describes it, Jetpack Compose combines application programming interfaces (APIs), Kotlin, and a reactive programming model. 

Google released the alpha version of Jetpack Compose in August but first took the wraps off Jetpack at its 2018 I/O conference and has been working on improvements ever since via new libraries. Jetpack is used by more

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Apple M1 is the boost the Windows ecosystem needed: Qualcomm


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With recent tests showing that putting Windows onto Apple Silicon absolutely spanks the performance currently available on Qualcomm-made processors, one could be forgiven for thinking Qualcomm was apprehensive about its future desktop prospects.

However, Qualcomm SVP and general manager for mobile, compute, and infrastructure Alex Katouzian told journalists on Wednesday that the new chip was a validation for putting mobile chips into laptops.

“As we’ve seen during the pandemic age and I think this is going to continue for many years to come, video conferencing and remote working locations are going to become more and more important which means you have to have the capability of great video conferencing, you have to have the camera capability, you have to have the longevity of the battery, you should be able to work from any place that you are, inside your house or outside your house, and

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Windows 10: This is 2020’s last 2004 and 20H2 optional update, says Microsoft

Windows users and admins can expect a Patch Tuesday update on December 8, but Microsoft just snuck in the final optional update for the latest versions of Windows 10 a day ahead of its December 1 cut-off. 

In mid-November Microsoft warned it would stop delivering the optional updates it releases in the latter part of the month that let admins test against systems before it releases its Patch Tuesday updates on the second Tuesday of each month. 

The reason it’s not issuing optional or preview updates is to give admins a break over the holiday period when staffing resources could be stretched. It will resume these updates in January 2021.   

Microsoft tests the newest versions of Windows 10 with users in the Windows Insider program before releasing them to the general public and it did that last week with the Windows 10 20H2 Build 19042.662 to the Beta and Release

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Finally Run Windows Software on Your Mac with This Cyber Monday Mac App Bundle

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This 12-app bundle is headlined by Parallels Pro and Luminar 4. Parallels is the top tool on the market for running Windows apps on a Mac machine, and it

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Developer Successfully Virtualizes Windows for Arm on M1 Mac

Developer Alexander Graf has successfully virtualized the Arm version of Windows on an M1 Mac, proving that the M1 chip is capable of running Microsoft’s operating system (via The 8-Bit).

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Currently, Macs with the M1 chip do not support Windows and there is no Boot Camp feature as there is on Intel Macs, but support for Windows is a feature that many users would like to see.

Using the open-source QEMU virtualizer, Graf was able to virtualize the Arm version of Windows on Apple’s M1 chip, with no emulation. Since the M1 chip is a custom Arm SoC, it is no longer possible to install the x86 version of Windows or x86 Windows apps using Boot Camp, as was the case with previous Intel-based Macs. However, he said in a Tweet that when virtualized on an M1 Mac, “Windows ARM64 can run x86 applications really well. It’s not as

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Security researcher accidentally discovers Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 zero-day

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A French security researcher has accidentally discovered a zero-day vulnerability that impacts the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems while working on an update to a Windows security tool.

The vulnerability resides in two misconfigured registry keys for the RPC Endpoint Mapper and DNSCache services that are part of all Windows installations.

  • HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesRpcEptMapper
  • HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesDnscache

French security researcher Clément Labro, who discovered the zero-day, says that an attacker that has a foothold on vulnerable systems can modify these registry keys to activate a sub-key usually employed by the Windows Performance Monitoring mechanism.

“Performance” subkeys are usually employed to monitor an app’s performance, and, because of their role, they also allow developers to load their own DLL files to track performance using custom tools.

While on recent versions of Windows, these DLLs are usually restricted and loaded with limited privileges, Labro said that on Windows 7 and

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Microsoft could bring Android apps to Windows 10 in 2021

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  • Microsoft is reportedly thinking about adding Android app support to Windows 10.
  • This could potentially come to Windows 10 in 2021 via the Microsoft Store.

It’s already possible to run Android apps on Windows 10 computers thanks to emulators like Bluestacks, but it sounds like Microsoft might cut out the middle man and bring Android app support directly to the platform.

Windows Central journalist Zac Bowden reports that the firm is considering bringing Android apps to Windows in 2021. More specifically, Bowden says it could be coming to the Microsoft Store.

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There’s no word on exactly how Microsoft would implement this, and whether it would come to Windows on Arm. The latter certainly makes sense given that the vast majority of Android apps are made with Arm devices in mind.

Many apps such as Gmail, Uber, and others require Google Play Services support though, but it isn’t clear if Microsoft

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How to update a Windows computer manually, or pause automatic updates so your PC won’t restart

an open laptop computer sitting on top of a table: It should only take a few minutes to update your Windows computer. Hollis Johnson

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It should only take a few minutes to update your Windows computer. Hollis Johnson

  • You can update Windows through the “Update & Security” section of your computer’s Settings app.
  • By default Windows 10 downloads and installs updates automatically, but you can check for updates manually as well.
  • If you want to stop Windows from updating, you can pause updates for about a month at a time.
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In Windows’ earlier days, keeping your computer updated was a chore. This made it easy for viruses to spread, and it sometimes seemed like no two computers ran Windows in the same way.

Luckily, Windows 10 makes updates almost effortless. By default, Windows 10 should be downloading and offering updates automatically (although you may need to restart the computer on your own).

If you think there might be an update you

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Adobe releases Arm beta version of Photoshop for Windows and macOS

Adobe is releasing Arm versions of Photoshop for Windows and macOS today. The beta releases will allow owners of a Surface Pro X or Apple’s new M1-powered MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini to run Photoshop natively on their devices. Currently, Photoshop runs emulated on Windows on ARM, or through Apple’s Rosetta translation on macOS.

Native versions of Photoshop for both Windows and macOS should greatly improve performance, just in time for Apple to release its first Arm-powered Macs. While performance might be improved, as the app is in beta there are a lot of tools missing. Features like content-aware fill, patch tool, healing brush, and many more are not available in the beta versions currently.

Adobe lists a number of known issues for both macOS and Windows, but does note that new features will be added in the weeks ahead. The beta version isn’t officially supported for daily

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