Who’s Ready for Windows 11?

The tech giant, Microsoft, has officially announced that Windows 11 is on its way during their event “What’s Next for Windows” which happened last June 24, 2021.

It is also said that all users of Windows 10 can upgrade their OS completely FREE! Everyone will be able to get their hands on it, but not all computers may not be able to handle the changes and have its features, and here’s why:

Minimum System Requirements:

[ Windows 11 ]

Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores
RAM: 4 gigabytes (GB)
Storage: 64 GB or larger
Graphics Card: DirectX 12 or later
Display: HD 720P Resolution; at least 9″ screen (diagonally)

[ Windows 10 ]

Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB)
Storage: 32 GB or larger
Graphics Card: DirectX 9 or later
Display: 800×600 Resolution

See the difference? If your unit have 4-8 GB of RAM, it is recommended that you stay with Windows 10, and switch once you’ve upgraded your trusty companion. If you decided to go for it, be ready to experience difficulties in terms of multi-tasking or operating multiple apps/programs at once.

Windows 10 is NOT saying farewell. In fact, the support is until January 9, 2029 which gives us more time to be fully ready for the new era of operating systems.

OUR THOUGHTS

As users, we are ecstatic to know right away what the new OS brings to the table, but let’s not forget that Windows 10 has not yet reached its peak (8 more years). Before we jump into the bandwagon, let’s stick to the one that is compatible with our systems and doesn’t stress its RAM too much.

Quick Links:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-11
https://techsansar.com/windows/windows-11-what-we-know-so-far/

Four Monitors, Four Gold Medals at DGP 2021 Summer

The Digital Camera Grand Prix is one of the most comprehensive digital imaging awards for all digital imaging-related solutions in Japan. And during the winner announcement, four BenQ monitors were awarded the gold medal recognition – the SW240, SW270C, SW271C, and the SW321C.

What made these products special?

All the gold medal-winning products have AQColor – an exclusive technology exclusive to BenQ monitors. This feature realizes accurate color reproduction that helps deliver the best works in photography and video editing.

Supported by a wide range of color spaces, the SW Series is an excellent choice for users who value color management the most.

A quick look at specifications

The SW240 is recommended for professional photo editing. The 24″ WUXGA resolution in 16:10 aspect ratio gives designers room to work with their shots and mix colors. Can also be equipped with a light-shielding hood, which reduces screen glare caused by ambient light and helps improve focus during the design process.

The SW270C on the other hand is an all-rounder. Equipped with USC Type-C, this 27″ QHD monitor has IPS Panel and Uniformity Technology for screen-wide color accuracy in addition to its HDR10 content support, 100% sRGB, 99% Adobe RGB, and 97% P3 color spaces.

SW271C is an upgraded version of the previous model. The noticeable differences between the two are the resolution and screen pixel density. This monitor has 4K resolution and 163 ppi compared to SW270C which has 2K resolution and 109 ppi.

The BenQ SW321C is the biggest in size with 32″ screen and 4K resolution that is supported by Paper Color Sync – software that gives the user the luxury to see the “print effect” on-screen.

Our thoughts

With their technology and features, there is no question why these four monitors have been selected and awarded with gold medals as they make life and the work process more easy, especially for designers and editors.

If you’re into photography and graphic design, give these monitors a look and maybe, this could turn out to be one of your most successful investments yet.

FREESYNC TIERS: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

When it comes to gaming monitors, we often encounter the term “FreeSync” and
how it improves gameplay, especially for FPS games. As the games and technology
level up every year, so as this feature. So, let’s take our time to get to know
what it does.

WHAT IS FREESYNC

FreeSync is AMD’s solution to eliminate “screen tearing” during gameplay – by
syncing your monitor and your graphics card to ensure smooth framerates.

Screen tearing appears as the horizontal line/s across your monitor screen
that occurs when either your graphics card is producing more frames than your
monitor’s capabilities OR when the monitor (Hz) refreshes too fast and your
graphics card can’t catch up.

FREESYNC PREMIUM AND PREMIUM PRO

Now we know what FreeSync does to our computers, so what does its other
tiers offer aside from preventing screen tearing?

THE PREMIUM

Introduced on the year 2020, this tier retains all the features FreeSync has
to offer and with an additional innovation, which is the LFC or low framerate
compensation. When the framerate of the game goes below the minimum supported
refresh rate, these frames will be displayed multiple times to remain in the
supported refresh rate.

The downside, is that this feature may not work with HDR turned on – which brings
us to the highest tier, Premium Pro.

THE PREMIUM PRO

Also known as FreeSync 2, this tier now adds HDR capabilities for supported
games and displays. As the game evolves in terms of graphics, there has been
more demand for a more immersive visual gaming experience, and FreeSync Premium
Pro made it happen.

OUR THOUGHTS

For hardcore gamers and pro esports athletes, one screen tear may change the
outcome of a competitive game. Making sure that your gaming monitor and
graphics card is compatible and synced with one another is a MUST and needs to
be taken care of as long as you have the budget to get the necessary upgrades.

YOUR DATA MAYBE AT RISK: SAY NO TO VISUAL HACKING

Visual Hacking 3M Privacy

Do you access your mobile phone inside the MRT, LRT, Bus or even inside the elevator? If yes, then you might be vulnerable to visual hacking. It is the easiest and most low-tech form of information theft. It can be done by attackers by simply getting near you, and steal a glance at your screen.

WHAT IT MEANS

As per Quora, “visual hacking” can be defined as the act of capturing or viewing confidential, sensitive, or private information for unauthorized use.

This is a very common thing, especially in crowded, public places. Let’s be honest, we’ve all been in the situation where we’ve done a quick glance at someone’s screen, then realized we might have seen something we weren’t meant to see: from simply shopping online, browsing social media content, and etc.

Fortunately, visual hacking can be prevented with smart use of phone, and by using products that protect your on-screen information from prying eyes.

 

PROTECTING YOUR SENSITIVE INFORMATION

Tip #1: Assess Your Surroundings

If you’re currently in a crowded area, like the MRT, mall, or waiting in-line to order food in a fast-food chain, think first if this is a ‘good place’ to access sensitive information.

Tip #2: Passwords and Security Patterns

Powering up your phone with a single swipe is indeed convenient, but this also puts your sensitive data at risk. Consider using passwords and patterns, so that not everyone can freely access the data saved on your phone.

Tip #3: Privacy Filters

Applying privacy filters will help you be more comfortable accessing your phone in public places. It is affordable, and can also be applied to laptops, tablets, and desktop monitors. Following 3M’s campaign of #WeHaveYouCovered – it gives people assurance that their on-screen data will be protected.

OUR THOUGHTS

Visual hacking can be a big threat once the stolen data is used without consent or for evil purposes. Investing in privacy filters will surely help, but it still begins on smart use of phone and being aware of the surroundings.

Know more about privacy filters:
http://touchstreamdigital.com/marketing/3m-privacy-filter/