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  1. I know a lot of you who are android and iphone users. I have personally used both of them but I can't afford apple anymore especially in this type of times when the money is the issue. And as for android there seems to be a lot of new models coming out to compete with the iphone. So over to you on the comparison. Which one among the two do you prefer?
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  2. The latest Apple Event has turned some heads with some radical changes to the MacBook Pro lineup and an impressive M1 Pro/Max chip performance. You can check out the entire event HERE and I would suggest watching it if you are a fan of the Pro series as the changes were overall excellent and well appreciated! The performance of the new M1 Pro chip was shown with impressive performance and the higher tier M1 Max chip looks insane in both power and efficiency. The MacBook Pro also features improved IO in the form of Thunderbolt USB, multiple USB C ports, HDMI, 3.5mm audio, and even an SD card slot! These features are a huge welcome for many users struggling with dongles to perform simple tasks. The show went into detail to show off the device having an impressive audio amp for that 3.5mm port and the keyboard is back to a standard keyboard with function keys! Although speaking of features, we cannot skip the newest feature of the device, the notch. Yes, you read that correctly, the MacBook Pro comes with a notch in the screen for its webcam. Now, we are going to say to not panic about this notch as it is not as bad as it looks. The notch fits in the top taskbar of apps, and on iOS, this is a rarely used space. It also features a “compatibility” mode that will fill in the top with a black bar and users can avoid the notch interfering with the menus or other functions. Thankfully, the 16:10 aspect ratio of the screen is measured WITHOUT the notch area factored in. So in theory you are still getting the same screen, but if you want to deal with the notch, you get some extra space. So for usability, the notch may be a strange design choice that no one was asking for, but it won’t affect your daily tasks. However, we do have to call out Apple on one aspect of the notch. It was reported that Apple planned to hide the notch as much as they could via dark backgrounds and such, and that appears to be true. So not cool at all Apple, but things should be fine if you plan on picking up one of these new devices! Image: Farknot Architect - stock.adobe.com
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  3. The latest Apple Event has turned some heads with some radical changes to the MacBook Pro lineup and an impressive M1 Pro/Max chip performance. You can check out the entire event HERE and I would suggest watching it if you are a fan of the Pro series as the changes were overall excellent and well appreciated! The performance of the new M1 Pro chip was shown with impressive performance and the higher tier M1 Max chip looks insane in both power and efficiency. The MacBook Pro also features improved IO in the form of Thunderbolt USB, multiple USB C ports, HDMI, 3.5mm audio, and even an SD card slot! These features are a huge welcome for many users struggling with dongles to perform simple tasks. The show went into detail to show off the device having an impressive audio amp for that 3.5mm port and the keyboard is back to a standard keyboard with function keys! Although speaking of features, we cannot skip the newest feature of the device, the notch. Yes, you read that correctly, the MacBook Pro comes with a notch in the screen for its webcam. Now, we are going to say to not panic about this notch as it is not as bad as it looks. The notch fits in the top taskbar of apps, and on iOS, this is a rarely used space. It also features a “compatibility” mode that will fill in the top with a black bar and users can avoid the notch interfering with the menus or other functions. Thankfully, the 16:10 aspect ratio of the screen is measured WITHOUT the notch area factored in. So in theory you are still getting the same screen, but if you want to deal with the notch, you get some extra space. So for usability, the notch may be a strange design choice that no one was asking for, but it won’t affect your daily tasks. However, we do have to call out Apple on one aspect of the notch. It was reported that Apple planned to hide the notch as much as they could via dark backgrounds and such, and that appears to be true. So not cool at all Apple, but things should be fine if you plan on picking up one of these new devices! Image: Farknot Architect - stock.adobe.com
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  4. Check what has been popular around Uncrowned Addiction lately and don't be afraid to jump into some conversations! New Guides Password Managers - Password mangers are software tools used to store and manage your passwords and other secure credentials. These tools are often utilized in the form of browser add-ons and mobile apps but can come in other forms like full desktop applications. Most of these apps are free or have low cost paid tiers for more features.... Popular Topics 17'' Laptop or 15'' Laptop - Discussion over the perfect laptop size is building up! Social Media Platform For Kids - The debate over a social media platform for kids has returned after Congress fights the idea harshly. The Count Game! - While it continues to struggle to find love, the count game never gives up! In The News Microsoft is shutting down LinkedIn in China - Microsoft operates a localized version of LinkedIn for their Chinese users that follows the strict Chinese laws on social media and communication. Microsoft has always had a stance that they do not support these violations of free speech, but continue to operate their services in the nation... Pixel 6 Event Announced for October 19th - Google has been pushing the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro via numerous advertisement platforms and even potato chips over the past few months, but now Google has announced the Pixel Fall Launch event for October 19th... Twitch Confirms Major Data Breach - Earlier today reports started to pile in that Twitch had a massive data breach of source code, projects, sensitive information, and all sorts of data were released in a torrent file with over 100GB of data. This breach was released on 4chan and numerous sources started to confirm that items... So come and check out our growing community!! -Uncrowned Guard
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  5. I recently purchased Asus 17'' TUF FX705DT. Which is pretty good laptop for me considering I wanted bigger screen and also gaming only laptop for myself. I think on that note I'd consider 17 inch as my goto computer because I prefer the laptop which are better for the gaming and also for the graphics work. If money were to be not the problem for shopping, which one would you choose?
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  6. Microsoft operates a localized version of LinkedIn for their Chinese users that follows the strict Chinese laws on social media and communication. Microsoft has always had a stance that they do not support these violations of free speech, but continue to operate their services in the nation where allowed. LinkedIn had a local Chinese version before Microsoft acquired the platform in 2016 and Microsoft had continued to support the service over the years. However, it seems like that is changing as the 2014 Chinese LinkedIn service is coming to an end as Microsoft stated it faces “significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements”. It does not seem like the service is leaving the country for good as the company plans to launch a modified version of LinkedIn, called InJobs, that will lack a social feed and other social features. LinkedIn was the last U.S. based social media site operating in China and according to GeekWire, it just passed $10 billion in annual revenue globally as a platform. There is also a bunch of reports from multiple sources that the Chinese LinkedIn has been banning numerous journalists and other accounts due to China's demands. Perhaps the company has drawn a line and would no longer punish those trying to use their platform or perhaps the demands were simply too much work to keep up with. We could hope the loss of the last major U.S. social platform turns the tide of China's crackdown on free speech, but it would be doubtful to say the least. wichayada - stock.adobe.com (Image)
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  7. Oh this is such a tough topic! I would find the idea super smart and helpful to kids who need a stepping stone before real social media, but it can be abused and that scares me.
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  8. Google has been pushing the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro via numerous advertisement platforms and even potato chips over the past few months, but now Google has announced the Pixel Fall Launch event for October 19th. The Pixel 6 lineup has caught the eye of many, with their Tensor CPUs, 50MP cameras, and now Android 12, as the phones feature a list of unknowns and excitement generating specs and leaks. The event is set to start at 10 AM and has been reported to be a one-hour pre-recorded live stream that will be shown on the withgoogle.com website. The website for the event is currently live with an interactive ad for those interested, but it does not provide much in terms of details of the event. Sources seem to agree that the stream will be completely Pixel-focused as there is currently a list of unknown specs that need to be cleared up and it may even contain information on some accessories, like the new Pixel Stand. Overall we hope to see you there as the Pixel 6 seems to be an exciting phone with vast amounts of potential to shake up the phone market.
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  9. Earlier today reports started to pile in that Twitch had a massive data breach of source code, projects, sensitive information, and all sorts of data were released in a torrent file with over 100GB of data. This breach was released on 4chan and numerous sources started to confirm that items such as earnings reports and previously unknown information were legitimate information. Twitch has come out on Twitter and confirmed the leak happened and that they are trying to figure out how much information was leaked to the public and what account information was released. The Amazon-owned company has been a target of many data breaches in the past and it currently has not been noted to contain login information. However, we would strongly urge all Twitch users to change their passwords and activate two-factor authentication as well for added protection. There seems to be a vast array of internal Twitch tools that were leaked during the breach and this may allow users to bypass current anti-spam and other tools the platform uses to protect streamers. Although no one is quite sure of the damage or the potential misuse the leaked data may produce at this time. There seems to be no word on if any banking information was released, but streamers did confirm on Twitter that the earnings reports were accurate and taking actions to protect your associated bank accounts would be advised until more is known. There are no reports on if this affects anything with Amazon accounts, but it is never a bad idea to change your password and have 2FA activated no matter the reason. The information is already public and being spread out amongst the internet, so please do not wait for confirmation that your account is safe, just take the steps now even if it turns out pointless in the end. Image: prima91 - stock.adobe.com
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  10. Earlier today reports started to pile in that Twitch had a massive data breach of source code, projects, sensitive information, and all sorts of data were released in a torrent file with over 100GB of data. This breach was released on 4chan and numerous sources started to confirm that items such as earnings reports and previously unknown information were legitimate information. Twitch has come out on Twitter and confirmed the leak happened and that they are trying to figure out how much information was leaked to the public and what account information was released. The Amazon-owned company has been a target of many data breaches in the past and it currently has not been noted to contain login information. However, we would strongly urge all Twitch users to change their passwords and activate two-factor authentication as well for added protection. There seems to be a vast array of internal Twitch tools that were leaked during the breach and this may allow users to bypass current anti-spam and other tools the platform uses to protect streamers. Although no one is quite sure of the damage or the potential misuse the leaked data may produce at this time. There seems to be no word on if any banking information was released, but streamers did confirm on Twitter that the earnings reports were accurate and taking actions to protect your associated bank accounts would be advised until more is known. There are no reports on if this affects anything with Amazon accounts, but it is never a bad idea to change your password and have 2FA activated no matter the reason. The information is already public and being spread out amongst the internet, so please do not wait for confirmation that your account is safe, just take the steps now even if it turns out pointless in the end. Image: prima91 - stock.adobe.com
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  11. Windows 11 is here and is available for both new and old devices. Users have started seeing Windows 11 equipped devices for sale and also have started to upgrade their current devices to Windows 11, but not everyone with a capable device can upgrade yet. Microsoft is rolling out upgrades in batches to extend the release timeframe to better control and reduce problems. The release windows for the new OS are listed to last into early 2022, so if you are currently unable to upgrade your device, don’t panic. The upgrade will still be free for all Windows users with devices capable to run the OS and there currently is no detailed information on when devices will become available to upgrade in the timeframe. Microsoft has also stated that Windows 11 is currently missing some of the new Windows features (like Android Apps) and did not have a timeframe for feature releases. Windows 10 is still fully supported into 2025 and with Microsoft’s track record it may be supported well beyond that time. So do not panic that your device passed the compatibility check, but isn’t getting the upgrade.
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  12. Check out our official YouTube Channel! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNurnZ1sIKj6HR_l6cWHy9w
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  13. PCPartPicker may be the best tool when it comes to building a PC. The website allows a user to select all the components of their new build and the program will list prices, power usage, and even possible compatibility issues when putting the build together. You can also find premade systems that others have built and even share your build to friends. The tool is full of uses and can even help you determine if your current build can support a bigger GPU and such. We do have to note that it is not prefect and many builds will have an item or two that does not have known dimensions and such, but it is a great way to organize your build. Of course, always use secondary research to ensure the parts will work together once you plan is ready to order. CHECK IT OUT HERE!
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  14. Kalei Renay became the first female member of the massively popular esports organization FaZe Clan in June and has been streaming on Twitch for years. Kalei, who has been a very modest streamer in both content and attire, was banned for sexually suggestive content on a platform that endorses adult content stars stripping on stream to sell their adult content. The streamer was upset about the ban and took to Twitter where she tried to find answers about the ban. Her followers seemed to back up all the remarks that she never performed anything sexual in her stream and never even chatted in the steam’s chatbox. She has been dealing with accusations of cheating in Warzone, one of her main games, but this claim has both never been backed up and the ban does not indicate anything about cheating. This has led to some believing she was simply mass report and due to not being on Twitch’s no-ban list, she was auto-banned. Many members of the gaming community were not happy with her joining FaZe and this seems to be the reason for her past TikTok ban, but again, does not seem to be the case here per Twitch. The ban was only a temporary ban, and the streamer has returned to the platform, but this does seem to add to the list of unequal and unfair rules and regulations set by Amazon-owned Twitch that no one can seem to get any answers to how it operates or regulates content. As far as we can tell, Kalei is a skill-based streamer that would be borderline “family-friendly” to watch if it wasn’t for some minor profanities and such, almost the opposite of what Twitch should be banning.
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  15. Kalei Renay became the first female member of the massively popular esports organization FaZe Clan in June and has been streaming on Twitch for years. Kalei, who has been a very modest streamer in both content and attire, was banned for sexually suggestive content on a platform that endorses adult content stars stripping on stream to sell their adult content. The streamer was upset about the ban and took to Twitter where she tried to find answers about the ban. Her followers seemed to back up all the remarks that she never performed anything sexual in her stream and never even chatted in the steam’s chatbox. She has been dealing with accusations of cheating in Warzone, one of her main games, but this claim has both never been backed up and the ban does not indicate anything about cheating. This has led to some believing she was simply mass report and due to not being on Twitch’s no-ban list, she was auto-banned. Many members of the gaming community were not happy with her joining FaZe and this seems to be the reason for her past TikTok ban, but again, does not seem to be the case here per Twitch. The ban was only a temporary ban, and the streamer has returned to the platform, but this does seem to add to the list of unequal and unfair rules and regulations set by Amazon-owned Twitch that no one can seem to get any answers to how it operates or regulates content. As far as we can tell, Kalei is a skill-based streamer that would be borderline “family-friendly” to watch if it wasn’t for some minor profanities and such, almost the opposite of what Twitch should be banning.
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  16. So recent news (linked below) has Facebook developing an Instagram just for kids under 13 (being that once they are 14, they can just join the "adult" social media platforms). However this is raising a lot of concern across the board with many seeming to believe that young children are not properly prepared to be on social media and even studies being done to show that almost half of younger users on social media are already being cyberbullied. One counter point to this concern is the fact that many young children are already using social media before they are of age and it would be safer for those kids to use a dedicated platform. I find myself at a crossroads on this one as I would be against a social media platform just for minors as I can see too many problems arising and if children and parents put their trust into the platform, then malicious users can be lead to horrible outcomes. Perhaps I would be more for the idea if it wasn't Facebook creating the platform as they do not have the best track record at protecting children on their current platforms, but I do see their point in the fact that young children are already (and have been for decades) using the internet before turning 14. What are your thoughts on this matter?
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