“Will this PC be able to run Windows 11?” seems like a relatively simple question, especially since Microsoft has announced that it doesn’t plan to budge on the operating system’s minimum specs. But reports indicate that the answer is more complicated than one might expect.
Microsoft said in June that Windows 11 would require a processor released in late 2017 at the earliest, a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 security chip, 4GB of memory, and 64GB of storage. Some of those specs are innocuous—practically every modern system exceeds the memory and storage minimums—but the CPU and TPM 2.0 requirements are more restrictive.
Recently, major SSD vendors Crucial and Western Digital have both been caught swapping out TLC NAND in their consumer SSDs for cheaper but much lower-performance, lower-endurance QLC NAND. Samsung appears to be joining them in the part-swapping corner of shame today, thanks to Chinese Youtuber 潮玩客, who documented a new version of the Samsung 970 Evo Plus using an inferior drive controller.
Although the consumer-facing model number of the drives did not change—it was a 970 Evo Plus last year, and it’s still a 970 Evo Plus now—the manufacturer part number did. Unfortunately, the manufacturer part number isn’t visible on the box the SSD comes in—as far as we’ve been able to determine, it’s only shown on a small label on the drive itself.
A collection of Steve Jobs memorabilia—including a signed Apple II manual, a business card, and a leather jacket worn by the Apple co-founder—was recently sold off by RR Auction, and the prices fetched by some of these items might be higher than most people would expect.
The big ticket item was an Apple II manual that Jobs signed and inscribed with the following message: “Julian, Your generation is the first to grow up with computers. Go change the world!” (It was also signed by one-time Apple CEO Mike Markkula.) It fetched $787,484.
Google is killing Android Auto. No, not that Android Auto.
Google is shutting down “Android Auto for phone screens,” which was an Android Auto offshoot for people who didn’t have cars compatible with the service. 9to5Google confirmed the cancellation with Google, and XDA Developers spotted a shutdown message in the app pushing users to a newer Google car computing solution for phone screens: “Google Assistant driving mode.” As usual, we have many similarly named Google projects to keep track of, so don’t get confused!
OnlyFans is banning one of the site’s biggest draws: Porn.
The content-subscription service will prohibit sexually explicit content on Oct.1, citing pressure from the financial industry.
“In order to ensure the long-term sustainability of the platform, and to continue to host an inclusive community of creators and fans, we must evolve our content guidelines,” OnlyFans said in a statement. “These changes are to comply with the requests of our banking partners and payout providers.”
Jägermeister typically packages its product in the same iconic green bottle it’s used since the digestif was introduced in 1935. But the company recently partnered with YouTuber Bitwit to see if its eponymous beverage could instead be poured into a high-end gaming PC. And it could!
Let’s start with a disclaimer: Don’t pour Jägermeister into your gaming PC. That would almost certainly be disastrous, and with the ongoing chip shortage, it’s going to be more difficult than ever to replace anything you damage by dousing it in 70 proof alcohol. Keep the lid on.
If you’re using a pre-built desktop or laptop PC made within the last three or four years, Windows 11’s sometimes confusing, sometimes contentious security-oriented new system requirements won’t be a problem for you—all of the security features Microsoft is requiring for the new operating system should be turned on by default. The change presents a bigger problem for people who build their own computers (or who have had computers built for them), since features like the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) are often disabled by default.