PDF inking rolls out to the Chromium versions of Microsoft Edge

One of the most requested features for Microsoft Edge just rolled out to all Insider Preview channels of the browser.

What you need to know

  • The Chromium version of Microsoft Edge now supports PDF inking.
  • The feature rolled out to all Insider Preview channels for the browser.
  • PDF inking only supports one color and stroke size right now but will expand in the future.

PDF inking makes it easy to mark up documents, including signing forms and adding notes. Now, people using the Chromium-powered versions of Microsoft Edge can use PDF inking. Microsoft announced the feature’s availability in a recent post. The feature is available in all Insider Preview channels for Microsoft Edge.

To access PDF inking, you just need to open a PDF in a supported version of Microsoft Edge. Then, you can select the draw or erase options to mark up the document. Documents can be saved or printed with the inking included.

Right now, PDF inking only supports one ink color and stroke size in the Chromium versions of Microsoft Edge, but Microsoft states that this will expand to include more options in the future. The post lists three new features that Microsoft will add to PDF inking.

  • Support for the pen back button (eraser button) to erase while in inking mode.
  • Ability to select color and stroke thickness for ink
  • Selection of additional pens, like highlighter pen

If you’d like to try out this feature and the rest of the preview versions of Microsoft Edge, you can download and install the Edge Beta, Dev, and Canary channel builds directly from the Edge Insider site.

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Samsung Galaxy S11+ may still feature a radical design

We have heard recently from reliable leaker Ice Universe that the Samsung Galaxy S11 will feature a Note 10-like near borderless design, but be otherwise relatively conventional. This news is rather disappointing when other Asian OEMs are pushing the envelope with waterfall screens and under-screen cameras. Now Ice Universe has thrown us a bit of […]

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Samsung’s HMD Odyssey+ is now just $249 for Black Friday 2019

When it comes to Windows Mixed Reality (WMR), Microsoft’s own take on the VR experience, you can generally either go for a budget headset or a premium offering, including the likes of the HP Reverb or Samsung HMD Odyssey+. Now, thanks to a deep sale for Black Friday, the latter headset is available for just $249, half of its regular price.

Your gateway into VR

Samsung HMD Odyssey+

Premium Windows Mixed Reality

The discounted Samsung Odyssey+ includes everything you need to get a high-end WMR experience, including HMD, motion controllers, and batteries to get you going immediately.

$249 $499 $250 Off

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The Odyssey+ is a premium head-mounted display (HMD) with dual 3.5-inch AMOLED screens behind lenses that offer a 110-degree field-of-view (FOV). You get a combined resolution of 2880×1600 for a crisp picture, with Anti-SDE technology to remove the grid you often see overtop of a VR picture. Whereas the actual resolution offers 616 pixels-per-inch (ppi), you’ll instead see something closer to 1,233 ppi.

Compared to the standard Samsung Odyssey and other more budget-friendly WMR headsets, the Odyssey+ delivers superior comfort thanks to a wide nose guard and eye box. Your face won’t feel nearly as cramped, and those who wear prescription frames should have an easier time fitting inside. Headphones are built onto the sides of the head straps for quality audio with no extra hardware required.

Tracking is handled from the inside out thanks to built-in sensors on the headset, and two motion controllers are included in the package to offer input into the VR world. To get the best experience possible you’ll likely want a high-performance PC, so be sure to check out our roundup of the best Black Friday laptop deals, including gaming laptops, while you wait for the Odyssey+ to ship.

Your gateway into VR

Samsung HMD Odyssey+

Premium Windows Mixed Reality

The discounted Samsung Odyssey+ includes everything you need to get a high-end WMR experience, including HMD, motion controllers, and batteries to get you going immediately.

$249 $499 $250 Off

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Amazon kicks off its Black Friday Week with up to 52% off its hardware

We used to celebrate Black Friday as just a single day after Thanksgiving, and now it’s turned into much more. This year, Amazon is running a Black Friday Week promo, which starts today and runs all the way through Black Friday. There will be tons of deals to be had, and the first wave includes a bunch of the company’s own hardware like the Fire Tablet, Kindle, Echo Link Amp, and even bundles with Ring Doorbell Cameras.

This is not all of the company’s devices, though Amazon has stated previously that more discounts would drop throughout the whole week. Whether you are looking to get started on holiday shopping for someone on your list, or happen to be in the market for some new gadgets for yourself, you won’t want to miss out on these deals. Let’s take a look at everything available at a discount right now.

Fire Tablets

Kindle

Ring

Echo

Fire TV

As we previously mentioned, this is just the first wave of discounts on Amazon’s hardware. Be sure to keep it locked right here for updates, and check out our Black Friday deals hub so that you don’t miss out on any other great offers as they become available.

When it comes to Amazon’s own hardware, the best place to find deals on most of it is going to be directly from Amazon. In addition to having the best prices around, the company tends to offer the best bundle discounts. Of course, you need to figure out which of them is best for you.

Which Fire Tablet is right for you?

For the Fire Tablets, Amazon has a diverse selection available. Right now, the 7-, 8-, and 10-inch options are available in both the standard configuration and the Kids Edition. The difference between the two is that the Kids Edition comes with a rugged-style case on the exterior and also is backed by a two-year worry-free guarantee. That means that if your child is able to destroy it within those two years, Amazon will replace it free of charge.

The 10-inch version was just recently revamped and updated by Amazon, adding some boosted internals and USB-C charging instead of micro-USB. There aren’t many 10-inch tablets that are available around this price point, so if you are looking for something to play games on, watch media, and surf the web, this is a great option. You can add a microSD card to expand the internal storage to make it easier to carry local files with you while on the go.

Is a Kindle a good purchase on Black Friday?

There’s no denying that reading a book on paper is a satisfying thing, and it can’t be beat, but not everyone wants to travel around with a bunch of books in their bag. Using a Kindle allows you to carry a whole bunch of books on an ultra-portable gadget, which is very awesome. Using something like Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited, you can gain access to thousands upon thousands of books from anywhere, so you’ll always have fresh reading material.

Amazon has made a bunch of key improvements to the Kindle lineup over the past few years, including better battery life, improved backlighting, and making it a better overall reading experience. If you haven’t already bought yoursef one, it’s time to invest!

Do I really need a video doorbell?

Need may be a strong term, but there are a bunch of advantages to having one. Ring makes one of the best video doorbells out there, and this bundle comes in at a crazy good price. The doorbell not only allows you to get alerts when someone arrives at your door, but also allows you to check and see who’s there, as well as interact with them right from your phone. You can use the Echo Show 5 to view and interact, as well.

Are these the best Black Friday deals on Amazon’s Fire Tablets, Kindles, and Ring Video Doorbells?

Yes. Amazon advertised these prices earlier, and just kicked off its Black Friday Week promo. Don’t get caught waiting too long. Some of these will sell very well, and the shipping times will start to slowly slip further and further. Don’t let this happen to you, and be sure to get your order in now.

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The last-gen Surface hardware you should watch out for this Black Friday

Are you looking to save a few bucks? Keep an eye out for last-gen Surface hardware this Black Friday.

Black Friday is fast approaching, and that means it’s time to start thinking about the expensive products you could save money on. Surface is one such product line that all-year-round is super expensive, but you may be able to save a few bucks on select last-gen Surface hardware on Black Friday if you keep your eyes peeled.

You’re likely going to have the best chance at saving money on last-generation Surface hardware such as the Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, and even the Surface Book 2. An important question then is whether or not it’s worth considering a last-gen Surface product when there are newer ones out on the market.

So here are our recommendations for Surface products we think are still excellent buys, especially if you can find them on a Black Friday sale.

Surface Pro 6

The Surface Pro 6 is a product Microsoft released in 2018 and features Intel’s 8th-gen Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 processors. These are still excellent processors in 2019, with high performance that should be more than fine for most productivity and light creativity tasks. The Surface Pro 6 is also available in the traditional platinum or new black colors, and the black one looks super clean with the magnesium chassis.

The Surface Pro 6 is also configurable with 8GB or 16GB of RAM, 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of storage, and has support for a keyboard cover and pen accessory, both of which are sold separately. Ports wise, the Pro 6 features one full-size USB-A 3.0 port, and a Mini-DisplayPort for output to an external monitor. It also has a magnetic Surface Connect port for charging, and a microSD card for expandable storage.

Externally, there isn’t much difference between the Surface Pro 6 and the new Surface Pro 7. The only notable changes are the inclusion of USB-C, and better performance on the Pro 7. Everything else is pretty evenly matched on the Pro 6, and performance on the Pro 6 is still excellent. In fact, the Surface Pro 6 technically gets better battery life, because the CPU in the Pro 7 is a little more power-hungry.

So if you can find the Surface Pro 6 for a reasonable price on Black Friday, we absolutely recommend it. It’s still a fantastic 2-in-1 laptop that features the best of Microsoft and should last you many years to come.

Surface Pro 6

$699 from Microsoft Store

The Surface Pro 6 comes with quad-core 8th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU, improved thermals, and a new black color option.

Surface Laptop 2

Just like the Surface Pro 6, the Surface Laptop 2 is still a fantastic laptop in 2019. Also released last year, the Surface Laptop 2 features Intel 8th-gen processors, 8GB or 16GB RAM, and 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB storage. It’s available in four great colors; black, platinum, burgundy, and cobalt blue. This is still a competent machine for productivity and light creativity work, and with that excellent keyboard and trackpad, you’re going to enjoy using it.

It features an Alcantara cover for the keyboard, which is built-in and non-removable. Microsoft does say the Surface Laptop 2’s Alcantara is more resistant to dirt, but we recommend getting one of the darker colors to ensure dirt doesn’t show up as easily. Unlike the Surface Laptop 3, the Surface Laptop 2 is only available in a 13.5-inch model, which is plenty large for most people.

Externally, the Surface Laptop 2 is the same as the Surface Laptop 3; it’s just the larger 15-inch model, and the ability to remove Alcantara that are different cosmetically. The Laptop 3 also has a slightly larger trackpad, but the trackpad on the Surface Laptop 2 is still excellent regardless. We think this is an outstanding laptop to buy if you can get it on discount this Black Friday.

Surface Laptop 2

$999 from Microsoft Store

With 8th Gen Intel Core i5 and i7 CPUs, high-res touch display with pen support, and a premium build that includes Alcantara fabric on the palm rests, the Surface Laptop 2 is an excellent choice for anyone who needs a clamshell notebook.

Surface Book 2

This is one we think you should keep a very close eye on, because the Surface Book 2 is the oldest product we’re recommending on this list, but is also the most powerful, and still the most recent Surface Book on the market. It’s technically not a last-generation product because of this, but since it launched in 2017, you can expect to see some good discounts this Black Friday.

On the inside, the Surface Book 2 features an Intel 8th-generation processor with integrated or dedicated graphics in the form of a GTX 1060. You can get it configured with 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB of RAM with 128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB of internal storage. The Surface Book 2 is also available in either 13.5-inch or 15-inch configurations and features two USB-A 3.0 ports, one USB-C port, a full-size SD card reader, and a magnetic Surface Connect port.

This is the powerhouse Surface that Microsoft makes and is even more powerful than the current generation Surface Pro 7 and Surface Laptop 3. The base is detachable, meaning you can use it as a tablet if you want, and it supports pen, which is sold separately. If you can get the Surface Book 2 on sale this Black Friday, we don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

It is worth noting that we are expecting the Surface Book 3 at some point next year, so keep that in mind.

Surface Book 2

$1,049 from Microsoft Store

The Surface Book 2 is the latest Surface Book from Microsoft, rocking powerful internal specifications, a new 15-inch variant, and dedicated graphics for video or photoshop work.

Surface Accessories

It’s also worth keeping an eye out for any Surface accessories that might go on sale this Black Friday. These include the Surface Type Cover, Surface Pen, Surface Keyboard and Mice, and even the Surface Headphones. We really love the Surface Headphones, and they’ve been known for going on steep discounts, so Black Friday may be a great time to grab a pair.

Surface Headphones

$263 from Microsoft Store

The Surface Headphones bring outstanding sound to your PC or smartphone with some intelligent features that separate them from the competition. While they fall short on noise cancellation, they’re still excellent.

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Civilization VI hits Xbox One, gets Xbox One X Enhanced

Build your empire.

What you need to know

  • Civilization VI is a popular turn-based strategy game which originally launched on PC.
  • It just launched on Xbox One.
  • Civilization VI also features Xbox One X enhancements and looks great on a 4K display.
  • You can purchase the game for $60 through the Microsoft Store.

Civilization VI is the latest installment in the acclaimed franchise. Civilization was originally created by legendary designer Sid Meier back in 1991. The series consists of many turn-based strategy games in which you attempt to build an empire to stand the test of time. You must lead a civilization from the Stone Age to the Information Age while dealing with all of the challenges that accompany advancement.

A few months ago, 2K Games announced that Civilization VI was coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It’s already available on PC and Nintendo Switch. You can now purchase the game for $60 through the Microsoft Store. There’s also an Expansion Bundle available for $50. The total is going to cost you quite a lot.

Civilization VI features Xbox One X enhancements and should look great on the system. It’s unclear what the resolution is at the moment, but in our early testing, it appears to be running at a higher resolution on the console.

In Windows Central’s review, Jez Corden wrote, “If you’ve been enjoying almost any type of strategy game on Xbox One, such as Stellaris, Surviving Mars, or even more action-oriented games like XCOM, Halo Wars, or Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, Civilization VI combines the best of several types of strategy gameplay styles at a pace almost anyone can enjoy.”

Can’t stop playing

Civilization VI

One of the most addictive Xbox games ever

Civilization VI brings the wildly popular PC game series to Xbox for the first time since the Xbox 360 days, and we couldn’t be more excited. If you’re a strategy game fan, this is a must-play game.

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Get more Xbox

Xbox

Xbox One X from $380 at Amazon
Xbox One S from $249 at Amazon

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Samsung Galaxy S11 specifications leaked online: Here is everything that you need to know

As the case with most of the yet-to-be-released smartphones, the specifications and renders of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S11 got leaked online before the launch date. As per leaked renders, the Galaxy S11 is going to feature a hole-punch design, but this time around it will be located at the center, as opposed to the […]

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Grab Synology’s DS218j at a super-low price of £122 for today only

Synology DS218j

If you’re on the fence for purchasing your first NAS, this DS218j from Synology is quite the deal right now for Black Friday. You’ll be able to pick up one of the entry-level models from the company’s NAS collection for just £122. What this server will allow you to do is create a home server where you can store all your personal files, stream media, and much more.

Budget NAS

Synology DS218j

A great NAS for someone starting out with their first home server or looking for a simple, low-powered file storage solution.

£122 £151 £29 Off

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Unlike Synology’s traditional all-metal NAS design, the Synology DS218j is a slim, well-designed slab of plastic. It’s an enclosed chassis, rather than an open box with a removable drive bay. While this means you’ll need to take apart the case to access installed hard drives, it results in a clean overall look and is ideal for those who won’t frequently hot-swap drives.

Because it’s a relatively compact NAS, the power supply is not located within the unit. But that’s not something to complain about since it’s a small brick. There are no ports on the front — just your usual LED status indicator layout. The rear of the NAS houses the single fan, two USB 2.0 ports, LAN, as well as power input.

If this isn’t quite the NAS you’re looking for, we expect to see other Synology models — as well as NAS from other vendors — go on sale this Black Friday.

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Grab one of these laptops for a satisfying Minecraft experience

Minecraft is an incredibly popular game that found its start on PC before moving along to a ton of other devices. It allows players freedom to experiment in endless blocky worlds, gathering resources, building shelters, and eventually creating complex automated machines. Part of its magic is that it doesn’t take a super gaming PC to run, opening it up to a ton of people. If you’re looking to upgrade your laptop or simply start exploring what the game has to offer, we’ve rounded up a bunch of the best laptops for playing Minecraft.

Good price, good performance

Acer Aspire 5 Slim

Editor’s choice

Acer’s refreshed Aspire 5 Slim includes an 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8265U processor (CPU), 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD). That’s more than enough for handling a high-quality Minecraft experience. The 15.6-inch display has a 1080p resolution, and there are plenty of ports for connecting accessories. If you just want to enjoy some Minecraft, this is a solid, affordable laptop.

$510 at Amazon

Ultimate performance

Alienware m15 R2

Staff pick

If you’re interested in the Java Edition with custom shaders or just want to prepare for the eventual release of Bedrock Edition RTX enhancements, something like the Alienware m15 R2 with NVIDIA RTX dedicated GPU will offer the performance necessary to get the game looking as good as possible. It’s also cut out to handle just about any other game when you’re not in a Minecraft world.

From $1,400 at Dell

Budget option

HP 15z

If you’re on a tight budget or just want to get a laptop on which the kids can play Minecraft, HP’s 15z doesn’t get much better for the price. It has a 15.6-inch FHD display, 8GB of RAM, 128GB SSD, and an AMD A9-9425 dual-core CPU. Ports are varied for connecting accessories, and it can be had in four different colors.

From $310 at HP

14-inch Ultrabook

Huawei MateBook D

Need a high-quality laptop you can use for productivity work when you’re not playing Minecraft? Huawei’s MateBook D is a solid choice, with a 14-inch FHD touch display, 8th Gen Core i7-8550U CPU, 8GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and dedicated NVIDIA MX150 GPU. It has the performance to run Minecraft flawlessly, and it’s slim enough to take with you wherever you go.

$879 at Amazon

AMD hardware

ASUS TUF FX505DT

Love AMD hardware and want a gaming machine that doesn’t cost a mint? The ASUS TUF brings a Ryzen 5 3550H CPU, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD, and dedicated NVIDIA GTX 1650 GPU. It will easily run Minecraft, and other games will look great too on the 15.6-inch FHD display with a 120Hz refresh rate. MIL-STD 810G testing ensures it can put up with a beating.

$700 at Amazon

Huge FHD display

Lenovo Legion Y540 17

Can’t settle for anything less than a 17-inch FHD display? The Legion Y540’s baseline configuration is more than enough for a quality Minecraft experience, and the huge 17.3-inch IPS screen makes it easy to get a wide view on the action. Choose from either an NVIDIA GTX 1650 or 1660 Ti GPU based on your budget and depending on what other games you’d like to enjoy.

From $935 at Lenovo

If we’re making some suggestions

Any of the above laptops in our collection will run Minecraft without issue, though if you’re still wondering where to turn, we can offer further guidance. If you just want a solid laptop that’s equally capable of handling productivity work as it is running Minecraft, Acer’s refreshed Aspire 5 Slim is an excellent choice.

It has a sizeable 15.6-inch FHD display with an IPS panel, and it’s all built into a slim chassis with aluminum lid. The keyboard is backlit, and it has a Precision touchpad with a built-in fingerprint reader. Performance hardware is enough to keep up with Minecraft and standard productivity work thanks to an 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8265U CPU, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 256GB SSD. Ports are rather modern and include Ethernet, HDMI, USB-C, and USB-A 3.1.

The Acer Aspire 5 will handle a standard game of Minecraft, but if you’re looking to play Java Edition with shaders or want to prepare for eventual RTX upgrades to the Bedrock Edition, a more powerful gaming PC is recommended. Enter the Alienware m15 R2, a laptop capable of handling whatever games you throw its way.

Basic models start with a 9th Gen Intel Core i5-9300H CPU, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti dedicated GPU, and 15.6-inch FHD display, though you can max things out with up to a 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9980HK CPU, NVIDIA RTX 2080 GPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 4K OLED display with unreal color and contrast. It will handle all versions of Minecraft, and it will also be up to the task of running modern AAA games.

Be sure to have a look at our roundup of the overall best gaming laptops for far more options.

Diamonds are forever

Minecraft

$20 at Microsoft

Mind the skeletons

Minecraft is a legendary crafting survival game from Mojang and Microsoft, where players can build literally anything they can imagine.

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Twitter now supports two-factor authentication without a phone number

But it’s not as simple as it sounds…

What you need to know

  • Twitter now supports two-factor authentication without a phone number.
  • Previously, users were still required to add a phone number to their Twitter account as a failsafe.
  • Security key users will still need a second method of authentication because security keys are not supported beyond Twitter’s web version.

Twitter has announced that it now supports two-factor authentication without the need for a phone number.

@TwitterSafety tweeted the news yesterday, November 21.

We’re also making it easier to secure your account with Two-Factor Authentication. Starting today, you can enroll in 2FA without a phone number. https://t.co/AxVB4QWFA1

— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) November 21, 2019

Previously, Twitter users who wished to use two-factor authentication to secure their Twitter account were required to provide a phone number as a backup option. It’s well known that this left users vulnerable to SIM-swapping attacks, famously, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had his own Twitter account hacked in August of this year.

The news will come as a big relief to anyone wary of having to attach their phone number to their Twitter account. Twitter also faced controversy earlier this year, after it was forced to admit that phone numbers provided for safety or security purposes including two-factor authentication were inadvertently used for advertising.

Now users are able to unlink their phone number within account settings, whilst retaining two-factor authentication.

Another 🔑 update today: you can now use Two Factor Authentication without linking a phone number. If you already have your phone number linked along with App-based 2FA, you can unlink your 📞 it in the “Account” section of your settings while still keeping 2FA on. https://t.co/t63iRz2lIy

— Kayvon Beykpour (@kayvz) November 21, 2019

However, there seems to be an interesting querk, in that security keys aren’t supported outside of Twitter for web. One user was quick to point out that after adding Yubikey and removing his phone number, he recieved an email stating his two-factor authentication had been disabled, and that he must supply a phone number to reenable it. This means that outside of the web, users who wish to disable SMS also need to have a mobile security app, as one Twitter engineer pointed out:

Hi! Currently we require you to have a second method along with security keys since the latter isn’t currently supported outside web. If you’d like to disable sms, you need to also have a mobile security app. We know this might not be ideal but we’re going to keep working on it!

— Jared Miller (@jcmi) November 21, 2019

Essentially, what the update means is that when using 2FA, you now have to choose two options from SMS, authentication app and security key. Obviously, if you want to unlink your phone number from your Twitter account, you’ll need to pick authentication app and security key. All of the necessary settings are found in the ‘Settings and Privacy’ section on your Twitter account on the web. Head to Account>Security>Phone and select ‘Delete phone number.’

Via:: Windows Central