You wimp! Readers as old as our executive editor, Alan, will know that Windows Icons Menus and Mouse Pointer (WIMP) is the ancient acronym that describes the original mouse-driven graphical interfaces that spawned out of Xerox labs. Despite a messy attempt with Windows 8, Microsoft was never able to kill off the classic icon-based desktop that most PC users know and love.We should admit to the truth, though: The classic desktop isn't so great. It’s as bad as a real desktop. You’ll leave your garbage scattered all over it—empty coffee mugs, Oreo crumbs, and worse. It is, however, a little draconian to utterly ban the ability to keep recent items left handily on your desktop. Surely there’s a helpful middle ground?The smart news is there’s a host of clever, useful, and possibly silly add-ons for Windows that push the desktop to the next level of functionality. We’re going to quickly run through what we think are the best five(ish) that are worth your … [Read more...] about How to enhance your Windows desktop
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Without a doubt, E3 is always the biggest gaming event of the year. It’s at E3 when many games are revealed to the world for the first time, and it’s also when game publishers offer more extensive looks at the biggest upcoming games that are already announced. This year’s E3 has potential to be one of the best yet, as it will feature many high profile games that all have potential to be award-winning, critically-acclaimed releases that fans have been waiting years to see. While there will be many great games showcased at E3 2018, there are 10 that stand out as especially exciting. Below is our list of the 10 most anticipated games of E3 2018.But first, keep in mind that we are only focusing on games that are confirmed to be at the show. So while the new Pokemon games for the Switch and Red Dead Redemption 2 are huge games that are likely to have a presence at E3, they aren’t eligible for the list at the time of this writing.Anthem After Mass … [Read more...] about 10 Most Anticipated Games of E3 2018
Microsoft is pushing out a new test build of Redstone 5, the next major upgrade to Windows 10 that will likely release this fall, to members of its Windows Insider program. The latest preview build (17672) is relatively minor in terms of new features, though it does contain a host of bug fixes.In case you're not familiar, Microsoft's goal is to upgrade Windows 10 twice a year with major updates. Here is a list of the major builds that have been released to date, starting with the launch of Windows 10 three years ago:Windows 10 (Threshold 1): July 29, 2015November Update (Threshold 2): November 10, 2015Anniversary Update (Redstone 1): August 2, 2016Creators Update (Redstone 2): April 5, 2017Fall Creators Update (Redstone 3): October 17, 2017April 2018 Update (Redstone 4): April 30, 2018Redstone 5 is the codename of the next big update to Windows 10, and based on the release cadence above, it should arrive around October or November. In the meantime, Microsoft is already pushing out … [Read more...] about Windows Insiders can already download the next big update to Windows 10
Destiny 2’s new expansion, Warmind, launches this week. Like previous Destiny add-ons, Warmind promises a host of new activities for players and loot for them to earn. Warmind has players returning to Mars to fight against the Hive and the great Warmind, Rasputin. To get you ready for the launch of Bungie’s latest add-on, here are 10 new things coming to Destiny 2 with the Warmind DLC. 1. New campaign This is always a given for Destiny, but the Warmind campaign could hold a lot of interesting secrets about the world of Destiny. The story will follow Ana Bray, an offspring of the people who made the Warminds and SIVA. Warminds are the all-knowing computers of the Destiny universe, and SIVA is a powerful, mechanical virus of nano-machines. The Warmind known as Rasputin has been a big force in Destiny since the first game, so this DLC will hopefully allow players to explore its history a bit more. 2. New weapons and armor It wouldn’t be Destiny without new loot to … [Read more...] about 10 things Warmind is adding to Destiny 2
Windows 10 was a real overhaul of the way Microsoft handles various elements of the traditional operating system, with better support for modern hardware, but it's still built on the legacy of the past. There are underlying features and bits of code dating back to XP and 2000 and beyond.That's why you'll sometimes run into features like Windows SuperFetch which have been around for years, and they still have their part to play in the modern Windows experience.What is Service Host SuperFetch? What does it do? And how do you fix it when it goes wrong?What is Service Host SuperFetch? Windows SuperFetch was originally introduced with Windows Vista as a successor to PreFetch. It's a process which analyzes your system—specifically your RAM usage—to generate a profile of the programs and applications you run most often. As you use your system, SuperFetch gradually learns what you run most often and will pre-emptively load elements of those applications onto your RAM so … [Read more...] about What is Windows Service Host SuperFetch and how do you fix it?