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Nvidia’s new liquid-cooled GPUs are heading to data centers

Nvidia is taking some notes from the enthusiast PC building crowd in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint of data centers. The company announced two new liquid-cooled GPUs during its Computex 2022 keynote, but they won’t be making their way into your next gaming PC.

Instead, the H100 (announced at GTC earlier this year) and A100 GPUs will ship as part of HGX server racks toward the end of the year. Liquid cooling isn’t new for the world of supercomputers, but mainstream data center servers haven’t traditionally been able to access this efficient cooling method (not without trying to jerry-rig a gaming GPU into a server, that is).

In addition to HGX server racks, Nvidia will offer the liquid-cooled versions of the H100 and A100 as slot-in PCIe cards. The A100 is coming in the second half of 2022, and the H100 is coming in early 2023. Nvidia says “at least a dozen” system builders will have these GPUs available by the end of the year, including options from Asus, ASRock, and Gigabyte.

Data centers account for around 1% of the world’s total electricity usage, and nearly half of that electricity is spent solely on cooling everything in the data center. As opposed to traditional air cooling, Nvidia says its new liquid-cooled cards can reduce power consumption by around 30% while reducing rack space by 66%.

Instead of an all-in-one system like you’d find on a liquid-cooled gaming GPU, the A100 and H100 use a direct liquid connection to the processing unit itself. Everything but the feed lines is hidden in the GPU enclosure, which itself only takes up one PCIe slot (as opposed to two for the air-cooled versions).

Data centers look at power usage effectiveness (PUE) to gauge energy usage — essentially a ratio between how much power a data center is drawing versus how much power the computing is using. With an air-cooled data center, Equinix had a PUE of about 1.6. Liquid cooling with Nvidia’s new GPUs brought that down to 1.15, which is remarkably close to the 1.0 PUE data centers aim for.

Energy usage for Nvidia liquid-cooled data center GPUs.

In addition to better energy efficiency, Nvidia says liquid cooling provides benefits for preserving water. The company says millions of gallons of water are evaporated in data centers each year to keep air-cooled systems operating. Liquid cooling allows that water to recirculate, turning “a waste into an asset,” according to head of edge infrastructure at Equinix Zac Smith.

Although these cards won’t show up in the massive data centers run by Google, Microsoft, and Amazon — which are likely using liquid cooling already — that doesn’t mean they won’t have an impact. Banks, medical institutions, and data center providers like Equinix compromise a large portion of the data centers around today, and they could all benefit from liquid-cooled GPUs.

Nvidia says this is just the start of a journey to carbon-neutral data centers, as well. In a press release, Nvidia senior product marketing manager Joe Delaere wrote that the company plans “to support liquid cooling in our high-performance data center GPUs and our Nvidia HGX platforms for the foreseeable future.”

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Charging via USB-C for laptops: Here’s what you need to know

The arrival of USB-C and USB-C laptop chargers has been a game-changer for many electronics. You can use the connection to charge devices and transfer media, and it’s conveniently reversible. Top laptops no longer need a big power brick — you can just use USB-C.

But there are some precautions you should take when charging over USB-C. Here’s everything you need to know.

USB charging and laptops

You have probably already used USB connections to charge smaller devices either from your computer or from an outlet. That works well because past USB connections had enough wattage to successfully power up those smaller batteries. Prior versions of USB could only handle a limited amount of power, which is why laptop chargers have typically retained their larger, bulkier cables.

USB-C changed that. This type of connection now provides enough power to juice up most laptops (particularly the Type-C 3.0 version). That’s why laptop charging is a new topic of conversation for USB connections, especially now that more laptops are entering the market with USB-C charging compatibility.

So, how do you know if your current laptop has a USB-C port that also works with charging? You could always look it up, but the easiest way is to simply examine your charger. You can identify a Type-C charger by its unique features. USB-C’s connector is small and rounded, significantly different from the old USB version. It also works no matter which way you connect it to the right port, so there’s no need to flip it the right way around. If your charger uses this connection and plugs into your USB-C port, you have a winner!

USB-C chargers are turning up on many different devices, so it’s not strictly relegated to laptops. Newer phones use USB-C charging, car chargers may come with USB-C ports, and portable chargers (discussed more below) can have USB-C options. But laptops tend to have USB-C more frequently than other devices, at least for now.

Will any port work with any charger?

USB-C is a universal charging standard. That means that, technically, it doesn’t matter what USB-C charger you use — it should be able to power up a laptop with a USB-C charging port and power bank. In the real world, this is taking a while to come true. Today the majority of laptop USB-C chargers are interchangeable, but it’s not guaranteed.

Some laptops come with USB-C ports that don’t charge. This is most common on laptops that come with their own proprietary charger — although a number of laptops can be charged either way, only the propriety charger tends to power up a laptop more quickly. The Samsung Notebook 9 is an example of that, as is the 2019 HP Envy 13. If you’re not sure exactly how to charge your laptop, check the manufacturer’s website, or look up a review of the system here at Digital Trends.

Laptops that rely entirely on USB-C, meanwhile, might not charge with just any charger. PCWorld, in its testing, found that HP’s Spectre x2 wouldn’t charge with any USB-C charger besides its own. HP said that that was intentional because a bad charger could damage the device or cause it to malfunction. Other devices, like the Apple MacBook Pro, don’t have such tight restrictions — a new USB-C authentication system could help with this issue in the near future.

While we haven’t personally heard of any damage from using a USB-C charger other than the one that came with your laptop, there’s always a slim risk when plugging a laptop into an unknown power source. Faulty cables can also be a problem. Microsoft acknowledges this by saying that you can charge a Surface with a USB-C port, but it’s highly recommended that you use the Surface charger that came with the laptop because a USB-C charger would end up being very slow due to how power is metered within the device. In short, it’s a good idea to buy cables and chargers from reputable sources and think twice about using that cable you found laying on the ground in a conference room.

You can buy additional USB-C cables for your own security.

Your settings are important

You will also want to watch your USB-C power mode, which you can find in your laptop settings, usually in the power/battery section. Here, you may find that you can switch Type-C’s output, choosing whether to receive power or send power. If your USB-C laptop charger isn’t working when by all rights it should be, check your settings to make sure it is set to receive power.

Complex charging arrangements

U USB-C cable (Ravpower C to C cable) attached to a MacBook and an external battery power bank.

Because USB-C is universal and can do multiple things at once, this allows for some unique charging circumstances. Two worth noting are:

Pass-through: Today’s charging hubs also offer something called pass-through charging. This refers to a hub that can connect multiple USB peripherals to a laptop while also charging that laptop’s battery. Basically, it’s a combination between a hub and a USB-C charging cable, so you don’t need two different USB-C ports for each task. HooToo’s popular 6-in-1 USB-C Hub is a good example of this technology. There are other innovative options, too, like sending video to an external monitor while also making sure your laptop is charged during a presentation.

Portable chargers: Maybe you have a portable charger with an old USB connection but a phone that only has a USB-C connection (which is not compatible with older USB ports). You can link the charger to a laptop that has both types of ports, and use it to power up your phone in a roundabout way. Do not try to use your laptop Type C charger to charge your phone directly. The voltage requirements are too different for most devices currently available, and multi-device chargers are still a nascent part of the market.

USB-C and Thunderbolt 3

The output and input ports of a Thunderbolt 3 USB-C cable.

There’s a variant of USB-C that’s a lot more powerful — Thunderbolt 3. Choose a laptop with at least one Thunderbolt 3-enabled USB-C port, and you can connect multiple 4K monitors at 60Hz and greatly increase your laptop’s gaming performance via an external GPU enclosure.

Thunderbolt 3 allows for a number of charging arrangements: It can “chain” up to six different devices together and easily charge while transmitting data at higher speeds than USB-C alone, up to 100W.

Since Thunderbolt 3 uses the same connection as USB-C, manufacturers are quick to label laptop ports if they also have Thunderbolt 3 technology — you can usually tell just by reading their descriptions. However, Thunderbolt 3 connections only work if you use the right cables, so make sure you have Thunderbolt 3 cables if you want to take advantage of those ports’ full features and bandwidth.

For Apple users

An Apple Lightning cable connected to an iPhone.
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Apple users should know that they aren’t immune to the USB-C transition we’re seeing. Currently, Apple uses Lightning cables for iOS charging, a proprietary design that silos off of all  Apple mobile charging accessories. The company has already switched to USB-C charging for MacBooks, and today’s iPad Pros also use USB-C charging. iPhones and iPads are currently unique in their Lightning cable reliance.

Apple is going to have to reimagine its current Lightning cable situation to fulfill the EU’s suspected precedent, demanding a set model of USB-C charging cables. Failure to comply with these demands will result in the loss of valuable European laptop buyers. Combine that with speculation of Apple ditching charging cables entirely, instead of focusing on a portless setup (most likely using a magnetic attachment on the back of the iPhone), and we may see the end of the Lightning cable in the next couple of years.

Furthermore, a recent rumor suggests that Apple will forgo its Lightning port for all its devices, starting with its iPhone range from 2025 onward. Another report also highlights how the company is reportedly preparing to remove the port entirely from the AirPods’ charging case, mice, etc.

The future of USB-C charging

Current USB options are about to receive a major overhaul. According to industry insiders, not only will USB have the fastest speeds ever, but they will also be universally compatible across all brands of devices. The dawn of 2021 could see an entirely new generation of laptops that espouse the new USB4 port. Of course, USB4 adds yet another layer of complexity when it comes to USB protocols. There’s even more to know about the new tech:

  • USB4 will be available on USB-C ports.
  • USB4 increases speeds and charging power to match Thunderbolt 3, up to 100W.
  • USB4 will require cables formatted for USB4 to enable its new features.
  • USB4 will be backward compatible with USB 2.0.

We’re guessing that all other ports may start giving way to the USB-C. USB-C ports will soon outweigh all other ports in importance, taking over as the primary port. In the future, USB4 and Thunderbolt will likely be the standard.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do all USB-C ports allow charging?

Although USB-C is increasingly becoming more commonplace as the go-to standard for charging, it doesn’t necessarily mean that all USB-C ports allow charging.

There are certain laptops — generally the systems that sport their own charger — that feature USB-C ports which don’t offer charging capabilities.

Can I charge my laptop via USB-C?

Generally speaking, if your laptop comes with a USB-C charging feature, then you should have no problem with charging your system via USB-C. That said, some mobile systems (notebooks and laptops) require you to use a specific cable that is exclusively made to be compatible with that system.

Is USB-C charging better?

USB-C charging is better than any other alternative charging platform. Due to the advanced technical capabilities of the standard, using USB-C charging for your system means it will generally charge it faster than, say, a regular power cable.

For example, a USB Type-C cable that offers up to 240 watts of power was recently revealed, which is unheard of for USB-C. It just goes to show the possibilities that USB-C brings with it.

Can USB-C let you charge your laptop without a charger?

Yes, and no. Providing your notebook or laptop comes with a USB-C port that was specifically designed to supply charging support, then you can charge it without a regular charger. However, as we mentioned above, not all laptops offer USB-C ports that you can utilize in order to charge your device.

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How to watch Nvidia’s Computex 2022 keynote

Next week, Nvidia will be presenting its Computex 2022 keynote, where the company will discuss current and upcoming products for data centers, professional applications, and gaming. It’s not entirely clear what exactly the company will be talking about, and although rumors range from a new low-end GPU to an announcement of next-gen GPUs, Nvidia is always very secretive so we’ll just have to wait and see.

Here’s where you can watch Nvidia’s Computex keynote and what you can expect the company to announce.

How to watch Nvidia’s Computex 2022 keynote

Six different Nvidia executives will speak at Nvidia’s keynote, which starts at 8 p.m. PT on May 23. Computex is hosted in Taiwan, which means their afternoon is America’s late night, so you might have to stay up late to catch the presentation.

Nvidia is likely going to stream the presentation on its YouTube channel, as it typically does for Computex and events like GTC. After the stream is over, we expect a recording to be available on the YouTube page.

Following the presentation, Nvidia will host a talk specifically about Omniverse, hosted by Richard Kerris, Nvidia’s vice president of Omniverse. The talk will cover “the enormous opportunities simulation brings to 3D workflows and the next evolution of A.I.”

What to expect from Nvidia’s Computex 2022 keynote

Nvidia is notoriously tight-lipped about its upcoming products. In fact, ever since the GTX 10-series, Nvidia has always announced new gaming GPUs just weeks before launch, which is very different from rivals AMD and Intel, as they tend to announce big products more than a month away from launch. So, we’re either on the cusp of the next generation (presumably the RTX 40-series) or still some months away.

Jeff Fisher presenting the RTX 3090 Ti.

One hint comes from the list of speakers. When it comes to gaming news, we’re really interested in Jeff Fisher, Senior Vice President of GeForce. He previously announced the RTX 3090 Ti at CES 2022, which has led some to claim that this is proof he’s back again to announce the RTX 40-series. But it’s hard to imagine Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang not announcing the launch of a new generation of gaming GPUs in his famous kitchen. If Fisher is announcing a new gaming GPU, it’s more likely to be the rumored GTX 1630.

There are five other speakers at Nvidia’s keynote, but they’re expected to talk about data centers, professional GPUs, and automotive, not gaming GPUs. Unfortunately, if you’re not really into enterprise-grade hardware, you probably aren’t the target demographic of this keynote. Still, Nvidia does what Nvidia wants and we can never be too sure what it’s going to show at a big event like Computex.

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Apple’s AR/VR headset gets one step closer to a reality

Apple’s rumored first step into AR and VR has been hush-hush, but a new report indicates that the mixed-reality headset may be getting closer to its grand unveiling.

As reported by Bloomberg, Apple’s board got a sneak peek at the company’s upcoming mixed-reality headset at a quarterly meeting. This meeting was attended by “eight independent directors” and CEO Tim Cook.

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Bloomberg’s report indicates that Apple demonstrated the capabilities of the headset, according to unnamed sources familiar with the matter.

Apple is also ramping up development of the headset’s operating system, dubbed “realityOS” or just rOS for short. This continues the OS naming scheme that Apple uses for its other products.

The report also says that Apple initially wanted to unveil the headset at its Worldwide Developers Conference this year, but had to delay it due to issues with overheating. Additionally, ongoing supply chain issues and inflation have made things difficult for the tech industry in general.

There have been some conflicting rumors about what Apple’s mixed-reality headset will actually look like and function. However, most rumors agree that there will be a number of cameras and sensors to allow you to see the outside world.

It will also likely feature micro-LED displays with an amazing 8K resolution for both eyes. There might even be a third display for peripheral vision. Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo alleges those lenses might include iris recognition for authentication.

The headset will most certainly be powered by Apple Silicon, one that might even be more powerful than the current M1. Of course, having a powerful chip that’s highly energy efficient would be perfect for a wearable. Hopefully, Apple can work out the rumored overheating issues.

Looks like #Apple just accidentally confirmed #RealityOS. 🥽

Whoops!https://t.co/IEowqdVcf2 pic.twitter.com/LsNRRalGld

— matthewdavis.eth (@IAmMatthewDavis) February 9, 2022

The operating system powering the headset, realityOS, has been seen a number of times in Apple code. Developer Matthew Davis apparently found references to “realityOS” on an Apple GitHub page.

While this will be Apple’s first foray into virtual and augmented reality, other companies like Meta have much experience. Meta’s Project Cambria is aiming to eventually replace a laptop and work setup.

However, despite the complete dominance of the Meta Quest 2, Apple may be one of the few companies that can truly challenge (and surpass) Meta.

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Notorious ransomware gang Conti shuts down, but not for good

The ransomware group known as Conti has officially shut down, with all of its infrastructures now offline.

Although this might seem like good news, it’s only good on the surface — Conti is not over, it has simply split into smaller operations.

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Conti was launched in the summer of 2020 as a successor to the Ryuk ransomware. It relied on partnerships with other malware infections in order to distribute. Malware such as TrickBot and BazarLoader was the initial point of entry for Conti, which then proceeded with the attack. Conti proved to be so successful that it eventually evolved into a cybercrime syndicate that took over TrickBot, BazarLoader, and Emotet.

During the past two years, Conti carried out a number of high-profile attacks, targeting the City of Tulsa, Advantech, and Broward County Public Schools. Conti also held the IT systems of Ireland’s Health Service Executive and Department of Health ransom for weeks and only let go when they were facing serious trouble from law enforcement around the world. However, this attack gave Conti a lot of attention from the global media.

Most recently, it targeted the country of Costa Rica, but according to Yelisey Bogslavskiy of Advanced Intel, the attack was just a cover-up for the fact that Conti was disbanding the whole operation. Boguslavskiy told Bleeping Computer that the attack on Costa Rica was made so public in order to give the members of Conti time to migrate to different ransomware operations.

“The agenda to conduct the attack on Costa Rica for the purpose of publicity instead of ransom was declared internally by the Conti leadership. Internal communications between group members suggested that the requested ransom payment was far below $1 million (despite unverified claims of the ransom being $10 million, followed by Conti’s own claims that the sum was $20 million),” says a yet-to-be-published report from Advanced Intel, shared ahead of time by Bleeping Computer.

Conti ransomware group logo.
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The ultimate end to Conti was brought on by the group’s open approval of Russia and its invasion of Ukraine. On official channels, Conti went as far as to say that it will pool all of its resources into defending Russia from possible cyberattacks. Following that, a Ukrainian security researcher leaked over 170,000 internal chat messages between the members of the Conti group, and ultimately also leaked the source code for the gang’s ransomware encryptor. This encryptor was later used to attack Russian entities.

As things stand now, all of Conti’s infrastructure has been taken offline, and the leaders of the group said that the brand is over. However, this doesn’t mean that Conti members will no longer pursue cybercrime. According to Boguslavskiy, the leadership of Conti decided to split up and team up with smaller ransomware gangs, such as AvosLocker, HelloKitty, Hive, BlackCat, and BlackByte.

Members of the previous Conti ransomware gang, including intel analysts, pentesters, devs, and negotiators, are spread throughout various cybercrime operations, but they are still part of the Conti syndicate and fall under the same leadership. This helps them avoid law enforcement while still carrying out the same cyberattacks as they did under the Conti brand.

Conti was considered one of the most expensive and dangerous types of ransomware ever created, with over $150 million of ransom payments collected during its two-year stint. The U.S. government offers a substantial reward of up to $15 million for help in identifying the individuals involved with Conti, especially those in leadership roles.

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Google will help open-source tech fight cyberattacks

At a time when cyberattacks happen with increasing frequency, Google announced a new security tool with the aim of increasing the safety of open-source software.

Assured Open Source Software (OSS) will enable users to incorporate Google’s own security packages into their own workflows.

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Open-source software continues to be a popular target for security attacks, and as Google notes in its announcement, there has been a massive 650% year-over-year increase in the number of cyberattacks aimed at open-source suppliers. Seeing as software supply chains often utilize open-source code to remain accessible and easy to customize, they are especially vulnerable to these kinds of attacks.

Google is far from the only entity to address the fact that open-source software, despite its plentiful benefits, can be easily abused. The company, alongside OpenSSF and the Linux Foundation, is following up on the security initiatives brought up during the recent White House Summit on Open Source Security. Microsoft has also recently announced a new cybersecurity-based initiative.

There have been numerous high-profile cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the recent past, such as Log4j and Spring4shell. In an attempt to prevent such attacks from taking place, Google has now introduced Assured OSS.

As part of Assured OSS, Google hopes to enable users from both the enterprise sector and the public sector to work the Google OSS packages into their own developer workflows. On its own end, the company promises that the packages curated by the service will be regularly scanned, fuzz-tested, and analyzed to make sure that no vulnerabilities manage to slip past the defenses.

All the packages will be built with Google’s Cloud Build and will thus come with verifiable SLSA-compliance. SLSA stands for Supply-chain Levels for Software Artifacts and is a well-known framework that aims to standardize the security of software supply chains. Every package will also be verifiably signed by Google and will come with corresponding metadata incorporating Google’s Container/Artifact analysis data.

To further bring cybersecurity into focus, Google has also announced a new partnership with SNYK, an Israeli developer security platform. Assured OSS will be integrated into SNYK solutions from the get-go, allowing customers of both companies to benefit.

Google pointed out a staggering statistic: Within the 550 most common open-source projects that it regularly scans, it has managed to find more than 36,000 vulnerabilities as of January 2022. That alone shows how important it is to crack down on the vulnerability of these projects, seeing as open-source software is popular, needed, and definitely here to stay. Perhaps Google’s Assured OSS can make it more secure for everyone who benefits from it.

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Microsoft has finally brought Teams to its own app store

Microsoft has now brought the Microsoft Teams app download to the Microsoft Store, providing a new installation method for Windows 10 and Windows 11 users other than a manual download.

Microsoft Group Program Manager, Mik Chernomordikov shared the news on Twitter on Monday, while publications including OnMSFT and Thurrott have confirmed that the software is near similar to the manual install version of Microsoft Teams, which you can get from Microsoft’s website. The current version is (1.5.00.11163.), OnMSFT noted.

Welcoming @MicrosoftTeams to Microsoft Store on @Windows! 🙌https://t.co/VFpFLIeodT pic.twitter.com/pU01CBP5Nc

— Mik Chernomordikov (@mixen) May 16, 2022

The main difference is that the downloadable version at the Microsoft Store is available only for work and school accounts for Windows 11 since there is already a version of Microsoft Teams available for consumer accounts on the new operating system, Thurrott noted.

Meanwhile, users can download Microsoft Teams for work, school, and consumer accounts.

Microsoft Teams was established in March of 2017 and has been available primarily as a manual download, the publication added. However, Microsoft has spent much of this year discussing its plans to streamline its productivity software suites.

Thurrott also noted that other applications, such as Microsoft Edge, have seen similar transitions, from manual downloads to Microsoft Store staples, as the brand works to transition its image into a one-stop-shop for productivity software.

We expect to hear more news on Teams at the upcoming Microsoft Build 2022 conference, which will take place from May 24 to May 26. Based on the names of the sessions, Microsoft may even discuss developments on how the metaverse might work with Microsoft Teams in professional spaces.

The complete Microsoft Build sessions catalog is now available for public viewing ahead of the conference, with approximately 300 of the 500 sessions having some association with Microsoft Teams.

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How to join a Zoom meeting

There’s actually more than one way to join a Zoom meeting. And the method you choose depends on the kind of device you have and which type of Zoom software you plan to use.

In this guide, we’ll go over four different ways to join a Zoom meeting. With all of these methods, you’re sure to find one that works for you and your upcoming meetings.

How to join a Zoom meeting in the desktop app

The most obvious way to join a Zoom meeting is via the videoconferencing service’s desktop app. One thing to remember is that you can join a Zoom meeting on the desktop regardless of whether or not you’re signed in to your Zoom account.

If you’re not signed in to your account on the desktop app, simply do the following: Open the Zoom desktop app. Select the Join a meeting button. Enter your Meeting ID and desired display name in the spaces provided. Select any meeting options you want. Select Join. When prompted, enter the meeting passcode provided in your meeting invitation. Select Join meeting.

(You can usually find the Meeting ID in the invitation sent to you by the host of your meeting. It is usually 11 digits long)

If you are signed in to your Zoom account on the desktop app, complete the following steps to join your meeting:

Step 1: Open the Zoom desktop app.

Step 2: On the main screen and under Home, select Join.

Step 3: Enter your Meeting ID and update your display name (if desired) in the spaces provided. Tick the boxes next to any meeting options you want.


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Step 4: Select Join.

How to join a Zoom meeting in the mobile app

You can also join meetings via the Zoom mobile app. The instructions for doing on the Android and iOS versions are pretty similar to each other. And so following the steps below should work for you regardless of which operating system you use.

And just like the desktop app, you can join meetings whether you’re signed into a Zoom account or not.

If you’re not signed in, then do the following: Open the Zoom mobile app. Select the Join a meeting button. Enter your Meeting ID. Select any meeting options you want. Then select the Join button. When prompted enter your meeting’s passcode. Select OK.

(The Meeting ID and passcode should be included in the meeting invitation you were sent.)

If you are signed into the mobile app with a Zoom account:

Step 1: Open the Zoom mobile app.

Step 2: Select Join from the main screen.

Step 3: Enter the Meeting ID and select any meeting options you want.

Joining a meeting on the Zoom mobile app for Android.

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Step 4: Select Join.

How to join a Zoom meeting in a browser

You don’t have to download the desktop or mobile apps to join a Zoom meeting. Zoom meetings are also accessible via Zoom’s web app.

(Note: You can only attend meetings via the web app if the meeting host has enabled a feature called “Join from your browser.” Otherwise, the following instructions won’t work.)

Here’s how to join a Zoom meeting using Zoom’s web app:

Step 1: Open your web browser, navigate to your meeting invitation, and select the link to your meeting.

Step 2: A new browser tab will open. In this tab, a dialog box may appear asking you to either choose an application to open the meeting or download the Zoom app. You’re not doing either of those, so select the Cancel option in that dialog box.

Selecting the Cancel option to launch the Zoom web app.

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Step 3: Navigate to the bottom of that webpage, and select the Join from your browser link.

Selecting the Join From Your Browser option to use the Zoom web app.

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Step 4: You’ll immediately be taken to your meeting. You’ll need to select the Audio and Video icons in the lower-left corner to trigger the browser permissions dialog boxes. Once those boxes pop up, select Allow for both of them to enable the use of your microphone and camera. That’s it! Your meeting can now begin.

How to join a Zoom meeting through email

You can also join a meeting directly from the invitation that was emailed to you.

On desktop: Open the email invite in a web browser. Select the blue link under Join Zoom meeting. When a new tab opens a dialog box will pop up. If you have the desktop app installed or want to install it, select the option that either opens the Zoom app or downloads it. If you already have the app, select Choose application. Select Zoom Meetings > Open Link.

On mobile: Open the email invite on your mobile device as you normally would. Select the blue link under Join Zoom meeting. If the mobile app is already installed, the meeting will automatically open in the app.

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How To Use The Quick Note Feature In MacOS Monterey

Apple brought a slew of new features with MacOS Monterey, including updates to Safari and the option to use Shortcuts. Another convenient feature is the ability to use Quick Note with the Notes app.

First introduced with iPadOS 15, Quick Note lets you capture a note while using any app on your Mac. Not only that, but you can start a new note with a keyboard shortcut or Hot Corner and easily save links and create persistent highlights when you use Safari.

How to create a Quick Note

You have a couple of easy ways to create a new Quick Note while performing any task on your Mac.

Option 1: Use the keyboard shortcut Fn + Q. This opens a blank note ready for your thoughts or ideas.

Option 2: Move your cursor to a Hot Corner. If you don’t have a shortcut set up for your lower-right Hot Corner, one will be added for Quick Note when you upgrade to MacOS Monterey.

To check or change the location, go to System preferences > Desktop and screen saver > Hot corners.

When the Quick Note appears using either of the above actions, you can move it wherever you like on your screen. You can also resize it by dragging in or out from a corner or edge.

Of course, you can also create a Quick Note directly in the Notes app if you like. Select Quick note on the left and choose the Create a new note button in the toolbar.

Add a Quick Note using the Share button on Mac.

How to save a link in Safari to a Quick Note

When you use Safari, you can easily create a Quick Note there as well. This is handy if you want to save the website or page you’re visiting.

To save a link to the site, select the Share button in the toolbar and pick New quick note or Add to quick note. This saves a link to the site with the page or article name.

Persistent highlight and Quick Note in Safari.

How to save content in Safari to a Quick Note

Another great feature for Safari is that you can highlight and save content to a Quick Note. This creates a persistent highlight so that when you revisit the site, the text will remain highlighted for you.

Step 1: Select the content on the page you want to save by dragging your cursor across it.

Step 2: Right-click and select New quick note or Add to quick note.

Step 3: The note will display the text you selected in a quote and a link to the web page.

When you revisit the page, you’ll see a thumbnail of the Quick Note pop up, and the selected text will still be highlighted.

Check the box for Resume last Quick Note.

How to always use your last Quick Note

One feature of Quick Note you may want to adjust is to always resume the last note. For instance, if you have a note with websites for research, you can continue to add to that same Quick Note rather than create a new one each time.

Step 1: Open the Notes app.

Step 2: Go to Notes > Preferences from the menu bar.

Step 3: Check the box for Resume last quick note.

If you change your mind later, head back to this same spot and uncheck the box. You’ll then see a new Quick Note each time.

View Quick Notes on Mac.

How to view your Quick Notes

All Quick Notes you create are available in the Notes app. Select Quick notes on the left, and you’ll see your notes on the right. If you sync the Notes app with your iPhone or iPad, you’ll see them in the same spot on those devices as well.

You can edit, delete, add images, and insert tables in a Quick Note just like any other note.

All of this makes Quick Note a terrific addition to MacOS Monterey.

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BMW shipping cars sans advertised Apple and Google features

The global chip shortage continues to cause problems for automakers to the point where some are shipping vehicles without all of their advertised features.

BMW, for example, is shipping some of its new cars without support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, according to a recent report by Automotive News.

In an email to affected customers, the German auto giant confirmed that some vehicles built between January and April of this year contain chips that require updated software in order to be able to offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The necessary update will be rolled out “by the end of June at the latest,” the automaker said.

The issue is reportedly the result of BMW changing chip supplier in a bid to deal with the shortage in the most efficient way possible. In other words, changing supplier prevented it from halting shipments while it waited for the chips to come in. Instead, it’s been able to add the new supplier’s chips and then ship the cars, the only challenge being that it needs to roll out updated software to activate certain features.

It’s not clear how many customers and vehicle models are impacted by BMW’s decision to ship vehicles without CarPlay and Android Auto, but Automotive News’ own research suggests the situation involves the automaker’s American, British, French, Italian, and Spanish markets.

While the issue may be an unwelcome annoyance for customers, it shouldn’t prove to be too much trouble provided BMW delivers on its promise to resolve the problem by the end of next month. It’s certainly better than the automaker holding on to the vehicle until the functionality can be added.

Digital Trends has reached out to BMW for more information on the situation and we will update this article when we hear back.

BMW’s decision to ship vehicles without all of the advertised features is similar to moves made by other car companies in recent months. Ford, for example, also cited the global chip shortage for its decision to ship some of its Explorer SUVs without particular features, though it promised to add them when the chips become available.

In Ford’s case, it meant shipping some of its Explorers without functionality for rear seat controls that operate heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, though they are controllable from the driver’s seat.

Caused by pandemic-related supply chain problems and other factors, the chip shortage isn’t expected to end anytime soon, with Intel’s chief saying last month that it could take several more years for his company to get on top of the situation.

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