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

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The best Newegg Black Friday 2019 tech deals


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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. 

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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.

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

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

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Microsoft makes more tweaks to its M365 services in light of increased remote-work demands


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Last month, Microsoft announced it was throttling some of its less-essential Microsoft 365/Office 365 services in an attempt to continue to meet high usage demands. This week, the company is making further adjustments to its cloud services as more users continue to work remotely as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Microsoft is notifying M365/O365 users via their admin portals that they are changing how some users will see thumbnail images when using OneDrive Files on Demand. Those who opt for “display items by using large thumbnails” in Windows Explorer or Mac Finder will see generic icons instead of thumbnails for a subset of file types, such as PDF and video files, officials said. Photo file thumbnails (like JPEG, JPG, PNG, etc.) are not affected by this change, officials said.

Microsoft also provided “additional clarity” around its plans to reschedule specific backend SharePoint-related operations to regional evening

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Nvidia announces 10 RTX Studio laptops from Acer, Gigabyte, MSI, Razer

Acer ConceptD 7

Following on Intel’s roll-out of what it’s calling the “world’s fastest” Comet Lake Core H-series mobile processors, Nvidia announced updates to its GeForce RTX Super graphics cards. In addition to equipping the latest gaming laptops, the new one-two power punch will find its way into 10 new RTX Studio notebooks from manufacturers like Acer, Gigabyte, MSI, and Razer.

Many of these new models are refreshes of existing RTX Studio systems, such as the Acer ConceptD 7, Gigabyte AeroMSI Creator and the Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition. In the case of the new ConceptD 7 Ezel and Ezel Pro, as you may recall from our CES coverage, they get a hinged design that allows artists to draw in a familiar fashion with a Wacom digital pen. Nvidia also announced that HP will be launching a pair of new RTX Studio laptops in the

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Working from home? Stay connected using Microsoft Teams, for free

If your entire team has suddenly been forced into remote work, it’s hard to get everyone on the same page. Management tasks that used to be simple are now a challenge without your familiar physical meeting spaces and tools like whiteboards and shared printers.

Even if you’re a sole proprietor or a freelance contributor, your options are drastically different when you’re unable to leave your home office. If you can’t meet a client in a coffee shop, what’s your best online alternative?

Software can help to make the remote transition easier, especially if it ties tightly with the programs you already use.

You could cobble together a group of disparate products and services into something that sort of works and doesn’t cost too much. You find a chat app and something that lets you do meetings and conference calls, and you figure out how to collaborate on documents and

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The best Staples Black Friday 2019 tech deals


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Like office superstore competitor Office Depot/OfficeMax, Staples has numerous PC deals among its other Black Friday specials. 

It even has some of the same deals that other stores have on offer, such as the base 10.2-inch Apple iPad for $249 and the ubiquitous $29.99 Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 sale. But there are plenty of other Black Friday deals unique to Staples, including our favorites that we’ve highlighted below.

When is Staples’ Black Friday Sale?

Staples recently announced its Black Friday sales, and it’s offering great deals on electronics for both your home and office. The in-store sales will kick off on Black Friday, Nov. 29, but the online savings start a day earlier on Nov. 28.

Black Friday 2019: Best Staples deals


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If these deals aren’t yet available, they will be

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