It’s Sunday again, which means it’s time for another edition of Trusted Reviews Winners and Losers where we round up the best and worst tech news from the past week.
This week, Sony began rolling out PlayStation Plus worldwide and revealed that PSVR will launch with over 20 games. Asus has unveiled a blazingly fast 500Hz gaming monitor and Apple, Disney and Amazon have reportedly started talks to acquire EA.
In the mobile world, Motorola teased a 200-megapixel smartphone, Xiaomi teamed up with camera maker Leica, and Apple reportedly faced production delays on the iPhone 14 Max.
The title of this week’s winner went to Microsoft after announcing a handful of handy new features coming to Windows 11, while Amazon was our loser after the company reached out to users regarding its older Kindle models…
This week, Microsoft held its Build ’22 conference where it announced the next set of features coming to Windows 11.
One update that caught our eye was the addition of third-party widgets.
Microsoft introduced widgets in Windows 11 to allow users to see important information and app content at a glance in the taskbar view, similar to how iOS and Android widgets work on your telephone.
Currently, only proprietary apps, like weather and traffic apps or Bing Maps, have widgets, but soon third-party developers with Win32 apps and PWAs will be able to add their own into the mix.
Another time-saving addition that will soon enter beta is the Microsoft Store “Restore All” button.
This feature will be extremely useful for those who are upgrading their Windows PCs. Where users previously had to manually reinstall applications they had on their old PCs, the Restore All button will allow them to move them all to their new computer with one click.
Not only will these new features allow users to set up their PC faster, but they should also make applications more useful as they will no longer need to wait for them to load as they display the most crucial information directly in the Windows 11 taskbar.
Our loser this week is Amazon – or rather, Kindle users are still keeping their old hardware – after the company warned they could no longer buy new e-books on some e-readers.
According to an email sent to users this week (via Goodereader), those using Kindle (2nd Gen) International, Kindle DX International, Kindle Keyboard, Kindle (4th Gen), and Kindle (5th Gen) will not be able to browse, purchase or borrow books on their readers from August 2022.
Users will still be able to purchase books using other devices and have them sent to their Kindles, but Amazon is offering a 30% discount to anyone willing to part with their old Kindle in a bid to convince them to switch to one of the new generations. models.
Amazon isn’t the only company cutting old technology right now. A report from WABetaInfo revealed that WhatsApp will end support for iPhones running iOS 10 and iOS 11 from October.
This will put iPhone 5 and 5C users at risk of losing access to messaging service and all their group chats, as these models do not actually support iOS 12.
Overall, it looks like many people using 9-10 year old devices will feel the need to upgrade their hardware this year if they want to continue chatting on WhatsApp and downloading eBooks in 2023.