Microsoft tests these new Windows 10 features: File cleanup tips and better media controls

Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 preview for the insider Fast ring introduces new user cleanup recommendations in Storage Settings, as well as a new page to help users discover new and recently added features.   

The extra help for users to get rid of unused files and apps to free up disk space is found in the new preview build 19603’s Storage Settings. Here users will find a new ‘User cleanup recommendations’ option with a link to ‘See cleanup recommendations’, which displays a list of large or unused files, as well as a snapshot of how much data be cleaned out.   

Microsoft notes that Windows can’t predict whether users want to delete personal files, uninstall apps, or remove local copies of files synced to the cloud. The tool simply gathers all the likely candidates, which can then be removed by users with a few clicks. 

Microsoft is also working on a What’s

Read More

Brazil undertakes massive tech-enabled financial inclusion exercise with “coronavoucher”

As the Covid-19 outbreak evolves in Brazil, the government is undertaking the largest and fastest financial inclusion exercise enabled by technology in the country – and potentially the world, given its scale.

Through state-owned bank Caixa Econômica Federal (CEF), Brazil started an emergency aid program aimed at 54 million financially vulnerable citizens, who will be paid 600 reais ($117) monthly until June. This includes millions of previously unbanked citizens, who are being provided with a mobile-based savings account.

By yesterday (8), 24 hours after the emergency aid registration website and app went live, CEF had processed applications from over 25,1 million Brazilians. Of that total, 39,3% chose to open the digital account offered by the bank to receive the monthly payments.

It is estimated that 45 million adults in Brazil don’t have access to a bank account – and many are expected to receive the emergency assistance, dubbed “coronavoucher”, from

Read More

Cato Networks seals significant investment to take SASE forward

In the company’s largest funding round yet, converged software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) and network security provider Cato Networks, which also claims to be the pioneer of secure access service edge (SASE) network solutions, has announced a $77m funding round from the venture capital community and its own senior management.

The round, which takes the total funding above $200m, was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, with the participation of Aspect Ventures, Greylock Partners, Singtel Innov8, US Venture Partners (USVP), and Cato CEO and co-founder Shlomo Kramer.

Cato said the key differentiator between its solutions and legacy networks built from multiple point solutions and telco services was that its technology connects and secures an entire enterprise including remote users, sites, applications and clouds with a global service. It has also claimed the first true implementation of Gartner’s SASE framework that converges SD-WAN and network security for all enterprise edges into the

Read More

The best Newegg Black Friday 2019 tech deals


(Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Tech lovers know Newegg as one of the leading online retailers for computers and components, so their Black Friday ad should be of interest to PC buyers. 

Also: More Black Friday coverage

As expected, there are numerous deals on computer parts, but those looking for readymade systems have plenty to choose from as well, as the following Black Friday specials make clear.

When is Newegg’s Black Friday 2019 sale?

Like many retailers, Newegg is offering deals on tech and gadgets throughout the month of November and December, but its official Black Friday 2019 sale does not start until Nov. 25. And it will last until Nov. 30. 

Black Friday 2019: Best Newegg deals

If these deals aren’t yet available, they will be when Newegg’s Black Friday sale goes live.

1.jpg

Portal Mini from Facebook for $79 ($50 off)

Newegg is slashing $50 off the price of Facebook’s recently

Read More

Blanket bans on limited company contractors hold firm despite deferral

Several weeks have passed since the government confirmed that the roll-out of the IR35 tax avoidance reforms to the private sector will be deferred for 12 months because of the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, pushing the start date for the changes back to April 2021.

In that time, it appears many private sector businesses caught within the policy’s scope have decided to use the 12-month extension to re-evaluate their approach to ensuring compliance with the new rules now that they have a little longer to prepare.

Under the reforms, from 6 April 2021, medium to large private sector firms will assume responsibility for determining how the contractors they engage with should be taxed, as part of a push by the government to clamp down on “disguised” employment.

Currently, it is down to contractors to decide whether the nature of the work they do, and how it is performed, means they

Read More

LG teases design rendering of next flagship smartphone

LG’s new flagship phone will bear a new name and sport a completely overhauled look. 


Image: LG

LG Electronics unveiled the design rendering of its upcoming flagship smartphone on Thursday, with the device expected to be launched in South Korea next month.

The new model has what LG calls a “falling raindrops” design, where its three rear cameras and LED flash are placed in descending order by size.

The main camera will sit above the surface while the remaining two cameras will be under the coverglass to avoid the camera bumps, LG said.

The sides of the phone will be symmetrically curved, the company added.

LG has yet to announce the official specifications of the new handset, but previously said it would be a “mass premium” model, hinting at the device being launched at a more affordable price range compared to other vendors’ flagship smartphones.

The new smartphone will also

Read More