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Facebook Technology

Facebook is Planning to Rebrand the Company Name

Facebook is planning to change its company name next week to reflect its focus on building the metaverse, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter.

The coming name change, which CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to talk about at the company’s annual Connect conference on October 28th, but could unveil sooner, is meant to signal the tech giant’s ambition to be known for more than social media and all the ills that entail. The rebrand would likely position the blue Facebook app as one of many products under a parent company overseeing groups like Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus, and more. A spokesperson for Facebook declined to comment for this story.

Facebook already has more than 10,000 employees building consumer hardware like AR glasses that Zuckerberg believes will eventually be as ubiquitous as smartphones. In July, he told The Verge that, over the next several years, “we will effectively transition from people seeing us as primarily being a social media company to being a metaverse company.”

A rebrand could also serve to further separate the futuristic work Zuckerberg is focused on from the intense scrutiny Facebook is currently under for the way its social platform operates today. A former employee turned whistleblower, Frances Haugen, recently leaked a trove of damning internal documents to The Wall Street Journal and testified about them before Congress. Antitrust regulators in the US and elsewhere are trying to break the company up, and public trust in how Facebook does business is falling.

Facebook isn’t the first well-known tech company to change its company name as its ambitions expand. In 2015, Google reorganized entirely under a holding company called Alphabet, partly to signal that it was no longer just a search engine, but a sprawling conglomerate with companies making driverless cars and health tech. And Snapchat rebranded to Snap Inc. in 2016, the same year it started calling itself a “camera company” and debuted its first pair of Spectacles camera glasses.

I’m told that the new Facebook company name is a closely-guarded secret within its walls and not known widely, even among its full senior leadership. A possible name could have something to do with Horizon, the name of the still-unreleased VR version of Facebook-meets-Roblox that the company has been developing for the past few years. The name of that app was recently tweaked to Horizon Worlds shortly after Facebook demoed a version for workplace collaboration called Horizon Workrooms.

FACEBOOK HAS BEEN LAYING THE GROUNDWORK FOR A BRANDING CHANGE

Aside from Zuckerberg’s comments, Facebook has been steadily laying the groundwork for a greater focus on the next generation of technology. This past summer it set up a dedicated metaverse team. More recently, it announced that the head of AR and VR, Andrew Bosworth, will be promoted to chief technology officer. And just a couple of days ago Facebook announced plans to hire 10,000 more employees to work on the metaverse in Europe.

The metaverse is “going to be a big focus, and I think that this is just going to be a big part of the next chapter for the way that the internet evolves after the mobile internet,” Zuckerberg told The Verge’s Casey Newton this summer. “And I think it’s going to be the next big chapter for our company too, really doubling down in this area.”

Complicating matters is that, while Facebook has been heavily promoting the idea of the metaverse in recent weeks, it’s still not a concept that’s widely understood. The term was coined originally by sci-fi novelist Neal Stephenson to describe a virtual world people escape to from a dystopian, real world. Now it’s being adopted by one of the world’s largest and most controversial companies — and it’ll have to explain why its own virtual world is worth diving into.

Source: TheVerge

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Technology

PayPal reportedly in advanced talks to acquire Pinterest for $45 billion

PayPal, one of the leading and well-known online payments platforms, is in advanced talks to acquire digital pinboard platform Pinterest for $45 billion. The development was first reported by Bloomberg, citing people aware of the matter but didn’t want to be identified.

If the deal goes through, then it will mark the biggest acquisition of a social media company so far. Currently, Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn for $26.2 billion in the year 2016 is the biggest transaction in this category.

A source aware of the development has said that PayPal is offering $70 per share for the acquisition of Pinterest, mostly in stock. If everything goes as expected for the online payments provider, then the deal could be announced early next month when PayPal reports its quarterly earnings.

However, do note that the deal isn’t certain yet and the terms associated with it could get changed. As the news surfaced online, the shares of PayPal fell while Pinterest saw a surge in its shares.

With the acquisition of Pinterest, PayPal would be able to capture more of the e-commerce growth as online shoppers are following influencers on platforms. It will also help the company diversify its income with advertising revenue.

Pinterest was valued at about $13 billion when it went public in 2019 and since then, the company saw a huge spike in users looking for crafts and DIY project ideas because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company has warned about slowing user growth, especially in the US, as lockdowns eased.

The price offered by PayPal for the acquisition of Pinterest, founded in 2010, is 62 times the social media company’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization over the last 12 months.

PayPal has turned towards acquisition to boost its e-commerce offerings. In 2019, the company purchased Honey Science for $4 billion, and earlier this year, it acquired Japan-based Buy-Now-Pay-Later (BNPL) firm Paidy for $2.7 billion. It has also acquired return-service provider Happy Returns in May this year.

In related news, Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp announced last week that he would step down as the company’s chief creative officer to join LoveFrom, a firm led by Jony Ive, known for designing many Apple products.

Source: GizmoChina

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Technology

MediaTek Dimensity 2000 and Snapdragon 898 details strongly indicate MediaTek is Superior in Performance

A new leak has revealed details of both the Snapdragon 898 and MediaTek’s upcoming Dimensity 2000. Both chips are similar with a few notable differences, but those difference hint at the MediaTek chipset having a performance edge over Qualcomm’s offering.

The Dimensity 2000 will be MediaTek’s first true flagship SoC. Reports indicate that the chipset will be as much as 20% more efficient than Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 898 but it appears that isn’t where MediaTek superiority ends, with a new leak providing information on what to expect from the two chips, performance-wise.

Going by popular tipster Digital Chat Station, the MediaTek Dimensity 2000 and Snapdragon 898 will look quite similar on paper but with a few differences. The Snapdragon 898 will be built on Samsung’s 4 nm manufacturing process, while the Dimensity 2000 will use TSMC’s 4 nm node. That, we expect, is where efficiency differences begin, with TSMC’s nodes being a bit better than Samsung’s over the last few years.

The Snapdragon 898 is said to feature one Cortex X2 core clocked at 3.0 GHz, three large cores clocked at 2.5 GHz, and four small cores clocked at 1.79 GHz. The Dimensity 2000, on the other hand, is tipped for a Cortex X2 core at 3.0 GHz, three large cores at 2.85 GHz, and four small cores at 1.8 GHz. On the GPU side, the Snapdragon 898 uses Qualcomm’s Adreno 730, while the Dimensity 2000 uses ARM’s Mali-G710 MC10.

The Dimensity 2000’s large cores are clocked higher, while its X2 and small cores run at essentially the same speeds as the Snapdragon 898’s. That should see the Dimensity 2000 offer a bit more performance, especially in regular use. There is, of course, the caveat of increased power draw, but TSMC’s expectedly more efficient node should make up for that.

Source: NoteBookCheck.net

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Tips Windows 11

How to Move Windows 11 Taskbar to Top

We cannot change the position of the taskbar in Windows 11 as of now. But have a solution for you via a registry hack. You can either do it manually or by our one-click registry file.

Let’s start first with the manual method by opening the registry editor.

Edit Registry Manually in Windows 11

To move your Windows 11 taskbar to the top of the screen, you can either change your Windows Registry manually or download our one-click hack in the section below. First, we’ll show you how to do it yourself.

To manually make the taskbar appear at the top of the screen, first open Registry Editor. To do so, click the Start button, type “regedit”, then select “Registry Editor” in the results.

Regedit

When Registry Editor opens, navigate to this key using the sidebar, or paste it in the address line near the top of the window:

Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StuckRects3

Once you’ve navigated to the “StuckRects3” key, double click the “Settings” key within it.

 

When the “Edit Binary Value” window opens, you’ll see a table of values. This is a somewhat tricky part. Locate the second row of values from the top, then count to the fifth value from the left. By default, this value is set to “03.” Place the cursor just to the right of the “03” (click with the mouse then press the right arrow key if necessary), press Backspace once, then type 01 .

To recap, you’ve replaced the “03” value (which means taskbar on the bottom) with “01” (which means taskbar on the top). When you’re done, click “OK.”

Close Registry Editor, then either restart your PC, sign out and sign back in, or restart Windows Explorer.

To restart Explorer, press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open Task Manager, click “More Details” to view the full interface if necessary, and select the “Processes” tab. Locate “Windows Explorer” in the list, right-click it, and select “Restart.”

Afterward, the taskbar will be at the top of the screen. If your taskbar icons are centered and you click Start, you’ll notice that the Start menu will appear on the left side of the screen, not in the center.

If you’d like to make your Start button location match the location of the Start menu at the top of the screen, open Settings (press Windows+i) and navigate to Personalization > Taskbar > Taskbar Behaviors and set “Taskbar Alignment” to “Left.”

Download One Click Registry File

If you’d rather not risk editing your Registry by hand, you can download our one-click registry hack files. Within the ZIP linked below, you’ll find two files that will position your Windows 11 taskbar on the top or bottom of the screen (after you reboot).

Download the Windows 11 Taskbar Location Hack Files

After you download the file, unzip it to any location, and you’ll have two files:

  • win11_taskbar_top.reg: This moves the taskbar to the top of the screen.
  • win11_taskbar_bottom.reg: This moves the taskbar to the bottom of the screen.

To use the REG files, double click the one you want to use, and you’ll see a warning about adding information to the Registry. Click “Yes.”

After that, click “OK” in the confirmation pop-up. Next, restart your PC, log out and log back in, or restart Explorer. When you sign in again, your taskbar will be either on the top or bottom of the screen, depending on which REG file you used.

Source: HowtoGeek.com

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Tips Windows 11

How to Change the Size of Taskbar in Windows 11

Windows 11 does not support taskbar size adjustment as of October 2021. We have found a solution for you to tweak this. Now you can make the taskbar smaller or larger with a simple registry tweak. Here are the steps to follow;

Edit Registry in Windows 11

You can follow these steps to change the size of the taskbar or you can download the registry file and run it as Administrator to do the task.

If you want to do it yourself, first of all open “Registry Editor” by clicking on the start and type “regedit” and hit enter.

When the registry editor is open, navigate to the following address line.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

Once you are there right-click on “Advanced” in the sidebar and select NEW> DWORD (32-bit) value.

A new entry will be added to the list in the rightmost pane of the Registry Editor window. Type or paste in the name TaskbarSi.

Double click “Taskbarsi,” and an “Edit” window will pop up. In the “Value Data” field, enter either 0, 1, or 2. This number represents the size of the taskbar: “0” means smallest, “1” means medium (default), and “2” means largest. When you’re done, click “OK.”

Next, close Registry Editor and restart your Windows 11 PC. When you log in again after rebooting, you’ll find that your taskbar is now a different size!

If you change your mind, edit HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\TaskbarSi again in Registry Editor, enter a new value  (0, 1, or 2), then restart. To revert back to the default size, enter “1” for the TaskbarSi value. Or you can use the registry files we’ve provided below.

Download One Click Registry File

If you’d like to avoid manually editing your registry, you can download our one-click registry hack files. Within the ZIP, you’ll find three files that will change your Windows 11 taskbar size or small, medium, or large after a reboot.

Download the Windows 11 Taskbar Size Hack Files

After you download the file, unzip it to any location, and you’ll have three files:

  • win11_taskbar_small.reg: This makes your taskbar smaller than the default.
  • win11_taskbar_medium.reg: This makes your taskbar the default medium size.
  • win11_taskbar_large.reg: This makes your taskbar larger than the default.

I hope you have understood all the process. If you still have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments section.

Source: HowtoGeek.com

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Technology Tips Windows 11

Install Windows 11 without TPM 2.0 in unsupported PCs

Microsoft has announced its new operating system Windows 11 on October 5. Great design enhancements and android apps support are the major changes.

It is available to download from Microsoft’s official website. You can download your Windows 11 ISO from here. If you are a Windows 10 user, you will get a free upgrade to Windows 11. Most of the Windows 10 devices will have to wait for June 2022 to get the upgrade. Upgrade will be available to those devices first, which have the latest hardware and meets Microsoft’s minimum requirements. If you want to know either your PC can run Windows 11 or not. You can check it via the Microsoft tool.

Alongside other requirements, Microsoft has announced TPM 2.0 support to be able to install windows 11 to your PC. More of the older PC don’t have the support of TPM 2.0. Processors from the 7th generation or lesser are not eligible for Windows as they don’t meet the minimum requirements for installing the operating system.

However, if you don’t have a TPM 2.0 board, processor, and other specs. Don’t rush to buy the new hardware as we have a solution for you. But it involves Windows registry tweaks to bypass the requirements. So, we highly recommend backup your data before proceeding.

How to install Windows 11 without TPM 2.0

This method involves some tweaks and downloading the Windows 11 ISO from the official Microsoft website. You need to follow these steps;

1. Go to the official Microsoft website to download Windows 11 ISO file. (If you don’t know how to download Windows 11 ISO, check this article before proceeding.)

2. After downloading the ISO, if you want a clean install from USB. Make a bootable USB by using Refus.

3. Download this registry file and copy it to a bootable USB root directory.

4. Restart your PC and at the start screen press F2 or F12 depending on the manufacturer of your PC and boot via USB.

5. While accepting the terms and conditions you see an error message that you cannot install Windows because your PC does not meet minimum requirements. Don’t worry 😊

6. Press SHIFT+F10 and this will open CMD, their type “regedit” and hit enter. Registry Editor will open.

7. Now click on File and select Import and browse to the USB drive and select the file that you have copied earlier.

8. After importing the registry file, go back and you will see setup continuing.

9. Hurrah! We have completed everything and now follow all the steps and complete the installation.

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