New Windows 10 preview: Pick your display refresh rate in Settings, says Microsoft

Microsoft’s latest preview of Windows 10 includes a new and easier way to set a display’s refresh rate beyond the standard 60 hertz. 

Windows 10 already allows you to select a higher refresh rate, but in Windows 10 20H2 – which should be due out soon – the Advanced Display Settings page has a new option to change the refresh rate from a drop-down menu right in the Settings app. 

As ZDNet’s Ed Bott notes, in previous Windows versions, this required a third-party utility to make that change. Windows Central has a good explanation of the steps required on older versions of Windows to change the display refresh rate.    

The change is aimed primarily at PC gamers who might want a higher refresh rate to enable smoother motion. Per CNET’s new rundown on choosing the right display for games, gamers with the right graphics card and an IPS

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What is a DDoS attack? Everything you need to know about Distributed Denial-of-Service attacks and how to protect against them

What is a DDoS attack?

A distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS attack) sees an attacker flooding the network or servers of the victim with a wave of internet traffic so big that their infrastructure is overwhelmed by the number of requests for access, slowing down services or taking them fully offline and preventing legitimate users from accessing the service at all.

While a DDoS attack is one of the least sophisticated categories of cyberattack, it also has the potential to be one of the most disruptive and most powerful by taking websites and digital services offline for significant periods of time that can range from seconds to even weeks at a time.

How does a DDoS attack work?

DDoS attacks are carried out using a network of internet-connected machines – PCs, laptops, servers, Internet of Things devices – all controlled by the attacker. These could be anywhere (hence the term ‘distributed’)

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Employees demand office redesign for new hybrid work environment

After Covid-19, the world of work will never be the same again, but the current received wisdom that the vast majority of remote workers are happy with the “new normal” to continue for the foreseeable future looks to be an overreaction, according to a study from collaboration technology firm Barco.

Its Finding a new balance study surveyed 1,750 employees around the world – 250 each from the US, the UK, France, Germany, Australia, India and the United Arab Emirates – through global research panel provider Dynata. It found that only 15% of employees want to continue working from home full-time after Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

Also, it seems that the novelty of working from home has worn off. Nearly half of those surveyed said they enjoyed working from home less now than they did at the start of the pandemic, citing challenges in collaborating with colleagues, struggling to contribute to

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Stripe acquires Nigerian startup Paystack, which enables integration of payments services using an API, sources say for $200M+ (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:

Stripe acquires Nigerian startup Paystack, which enables integration of payments services using an API, sources say for $200M+  —  When Stripe announced earlier this year that it had picked up another $600 million in funding, it said one big reason for the funding was to expand its API-based payments services into more geographies.… Read More