These realityOS trademarks hint at an imminent Apple AR/VR headset launch

Amidst the growing list of leaks surrounding the rumored Apple AR/VR headset, we’ve heard mentions of a realityOS platform that will supposedly provide the software foundations for the device – and now trademark filings are popping up that register that very name.

As spotted by Parker Ortolani (opens in new tab), a consumer product manager at the Verge, Polygon, and the Vox Media Podcast network, there are now two US trademarks for the “realityOS” name, held by a company called Realityo Systems LLC. These are the only two trademarks held by that company, and there’s no information about it online.

The filings were made in December 2021, and reference the “design and development of computer hardware, software, peripherals, and computer and video games” – and there’s also a specific mention of “wearable computer hardware”.

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One of our favorite Microsoft Word features is coming to the web app

Microsoft Word is set to receive an update that will extend a fan-favorite feature to the web application.

According to a roadmap entry released (opens in new tab) by Microsoft, those that use the word processor exclusively on the web will soon benefit from the popular dark mode feature.

“Dark Mode in Word for Web will provide a modern look for documents while giving users the ability to reduce eye strain and accommodate light sensitivity from long hours at a computer screen,” the company explains. 

The roadmap says the feature is currently in development, although it lists the general availability as May 2022, which either suggests the rollout is imminent or that the release timeframe is a little longer than stated.

Easy on the eyes 

Microsoft Word is easily among the best office software products going right now, especially if you work at a big organization or study as a student. It’s ubiquitous, with good reason. 

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AMD could be readying a super-cheap GPU to tackle Nvidia’s rumored GTX 1630

AMD might have a new graphics card planned as a super-cheap GPU, slotting under the current RX 6400, or that’s one theory being bandied about via the rumor mill right now.

This comes from (opens in new tab) which reported on findings in AMD’s Linux graphics driver (for Linux 5.19) which adds a new device ID for a ‘Beige Goby’ card.

The Beige Goby family is low-end RDNA 2 (current-gen cards) built with the Navi 24 GPU, like the existing RX 6500 XT and RX 6400 graphics cards.

We don’t know for sure what a potential new Navi 24 GPU might be: it could simply be a refresh of an existing model, the RX 6400 arguably, though we’re not sure how much sense it would make to jam another GPU into the line-up here – or it could be an entirely new product.

So one theory as mentioned suggests that AMD could be preparing an RX 6300 model to sit underneath the RX 6400 at an even more wallet-friendly price point.

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Microsoft has a Linux-flavored treat in store for Windows Server users

Microsoft has announced that Windows Server 2022 now supports Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL2), giving users access to more of the capabilities of Linux distros.

The company has been offering a degree of Linux support for over ten years, but the newest announcement, which went against the pessimistic predictions of many GitHub users, seems to be a touch of good fortune for users of Windows servers.   

WSL 2, which was originally released in May 2019 (opens in new tab), uses virtualization technology to run an open source Linux kernel inside of a lightweight utility virtual machine (VM). This empowers Windows users to run popular Linux apps such as Docker.

Microsoft claims that unlike a traditional VM experience, which it says can be slow to boot up, is isolated, consumes a lot of resources, and requires your time to manage it, WSL 2 does not have these attributes.           

Where can I get the update?

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Memorial Day mattress sale 2022: the best early deals

Memorial Day mattress sales: jump to…

Welcome to Memorial Day weekend! Retailers have wasted no time this week launching theirMemorial Day sales ahead of the official holiday on May 30. That includes a selection of leading mattress brands and vendors.

While we’re seeing a lot of mattress deals, know ahead of time that many models cost more now than they did last year — even in spite of discounts equivalent to those we saw on Black Friday, Cyber Monday or Memorial Day 2021. However, inflation has forced prices up, so the unavoidable truth is that many mattresses are more expensive than they used to be. 

Some of the best mattress brands are currently offering the same prices as last year, however, making them excellent value for money. You’ll find those deals here in our guide, along with a selection of other stand-out offers that our mattress experts have highlighted as being best-in-class. 

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Lowe’s Memorial Day sale 2022: shop deals on appliances, furniture, grills and more

It’s finally the weekend, and Lowe’s Memorial Day sale is well underway. We’ve already spotted hundreds of incredible discounts across a massive range of appliances, furniture, household gadgets and more from top-of-the-range brands like Samsung, LG and Bosche. 

Memorial Day sales mean huge savings – and Lowe’s is sure to have something you’re after. There are some incredible savings on appliances including refrigerators and vacuums, and even outdoor items like patio furniture, grills, lawnmowers, and gardening accessories to get you set up for a summer to remember. Sales at this scale can be pretty intimidating, right? That’s why we’ve created this quick wrap-up of the best deals available right now.

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89% of VPN users say they don’t actually need this common feature

When looking for the best VPN services on the market, you’ve surely come across several characteristics that are supposed to make the service worth your money. 

Beside top-notch security features, a strict no-log policy and strong encryption, providers boast about the ability to use their VPN on many devices at once as a great advantage. In the past few years, device allowances have grown, with some top services even offering unlimited simultaneous connections to their users.

The bonus to the user, they say, is that you’ll be able to use a single VPN subscription for all your tech – including laptops, PCs, smartphones, TV streamers, routers and more.

However, data gathered by TechRadar shows how this feature might not be as useful as you think. The vast majority of VPN users simply don’t use all their simultaneous connections.

Our survey found that only 1 in 10 respondents actually use their VPN on more than five devices (Image credit: Future)

Superfluous simultaneous connections

We asked over 2,400 TechRadar readers how they use their VPNs and discovered that only 11% use their [...]  read more

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 case leak highlights one potential design change

We’re expecting both the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 to show up at some point in August, and now we have a new leak from a reliable source that points to a design change for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 foldable.

Regular tipster Ice Universe (opens in new tab) has posted some shots of a case purportedly designed with the Galaxy Z Fold 4 in mind and there’s one key difference compared to the Galaxy Z Fold 3 version – when the case is closed, it’s slightly wider.

One of the minor complaints that users had about the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 was that the external display (the one you see when the phone is closed shut) was very tall and narrow, so it looks as though the new model might go some way to fixing that.

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Year-on-year improvements

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Intel Arc desktop GPU launch could be imminent (but you won’t be able to buy one)

Intel’s Arc desktop graphics cards are keenly awaited, and they may be about to launch, if a clue on the Intel website is anything to go by – but of course we already know that the initial launch will be China only (more on that later).

So, what might the aforementioned clue be? A well-known hardware leaker on Twitter, @momomo_us, spotted that Intel’s web page for discrete Arc Alchemist GPUs suddenly had a button added for ‘Intel Arc A3 for Desktop’.

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This appears to have been a case of an Intel staffer jumping the gun, though, because as VideoCardz (opens in new tab) spotted, the link didn’t work when clicked on, and before long – after someone evidently pointed out the errant publishing of the button – it disappeared from Intel’s site.

Clearly, then, this was a mistake, but it raises an interesting point. Recall that we’re expecting Intel’s Arc desktop graphics [...]  read more

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