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Noteworthy software updates, industry and its key players.

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Microsoft is testing new ads in Windows 11

Ads, or "certain actions that need to be taken"?
Facepalm: If there's one thing Windows 11 could use, it's ads appearing in the operating system—said no one other than Microsoft. The Redmond firm appears to be testing a feature in preview builds that shows ads for its services in the flyout menu, where users can sign out or lock the system.
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PCMark 10 benchmark is like 3DMark but for office PCs

PCMark 10 Basic Edition lets you benchmark PCs for productivity and every-day use-case scenarios for free (video conferencing, web browsing, rendering, word processing, and photo editing), and your results can be compared to hundreds of other systems, so you know where your (office) PC stands.
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Opinion: The Android-ification of Cars

Cars are still less than 10% revenue for most chip companies
Why it matters: Over the past few years the semis industry has become somewhat obsessed with autos. Every major chip company now dedicates a fair amount of coverage to cars in all their investor presentations. Or at least it seems that way. In part that reflects a genuine growth in auto semis, and in part the tapering of growth in many other categories like mobile, PCs, etc.
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Nvidia's recent 526.47 driver is causing headaches for Modern Warfare 2 players

What just happened? The Modern Warfare 2 official launch has already left many PC users dealing with crashes and in-game bugs. A tweet from the PC version's lead studio, Beenox, identifies Nvidia's most recent driver package as the cause of some of these errors. The tweet recommends that users stick with Nvidia driver versions 516.59 or 522.25.
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