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The comprehensive guide to installing and using ADB on any platform

The comprehensive guide to installing and using ADB on any platform

Whether you want to install a custom ROM, activate some hidden Android features, or take screenshots in apps that forbid you from doing so, you'll need the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) and fastboot. They're part of Google's SDK platform tools and give you some lower-level access to your phone. You have to prepare a few things before you can start, so here's the comprehensive guide showing you how to get the platform tools up and running on any platform.

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Wine, the Windows compatibility layer for Android, hits v6.0

Wine, the Windows compatibility layer for Android, hits v6.0

Wine version 5.0 was released almost exactly a year ago, and today, the open-source project is back with another significant update to v6.0. It adds some major improvements to the Windows compatibility layer, including an experimental Vulkan renderer for WineD3D, sRGB support, better support for input methods, and an initial USB kernel driver.

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Chrome PWAs will soon behave more like native apps on Windows

Chrome PWAs will soon behave more like native apps on Windows

Google has been a big proponent of progressive web apps for a while now, utilizing PWAs for everything from Google Chat's desktop application to getting Stadia running on Apple devices. Now a change is coming to Chrome for Windows that will let PWAs perform more like traditional Windows apps in one key area: the uninstall process.

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Microsoft Surface Pro X (2020) Review: ARM laptops are the future

Microsoft Surface Pro X (2020) Review: ARM laptops are the future

From the new Apple M1 powered Macs to the Microsoft Surface Pro X I've been using, ARM-based computers are the new craze in mobile computing. The Surface Pro X was Microsoft's second big consumer push to get into the ARM platform and it really nails the essentials. Microsoft provides a fast and stable Windows on ARM experience, which is impressive despite the underpowered hardware on Microsoft’s latest SQ2-based machine. At the same time, some important features are missing while we wait for proper 64-bit emulation to arrive. That makes the price harder to swallow, but I've still really liked using the Surface Pro X.

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Microsoft Edge Beta now syncs tabs and history across Android and Windows 10

Microsoft Edge Beta now syncs tabs and history across Android and Windows 10

It's good to have the luxury to seamlessly switch between your laptop and your smartphone while browsing. Google Chrome is one browser that syncs tabs across devices. It seems like Microsoft is also on the verge of rolling out this feature to its Edge users, although only between Android and Windows 10 devices.

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Microsoft wants to make it easy for Android apps to run on Windows

Microsoft wants to make it easy for Android apps to run on Windows

Earlier this year, Microsoft began rolling out new Your Phone features that enabled tighter integration between select Android and Windows devices. Now it looks like the company is setting its sights on something higher than merely mirroring apps across screens — Microsoft reportedly has a new plan to make it easy for Android apps to run directly on Windows.

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Google will keep Chrome working on Windows 7 until at least 2022

Google will keep Chrome working on Windows 7 until at least 2022

Microsoft Windows 7 was first released over a decade ago, and even though it has been succeeded by Windows 8, 8.1, and 10, it's still widely used in enterprise deployments. Google originally planned to stop providing Chrome for Windows 7 starting in 2021, but plans have now been pushed back to 2022.

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A whole bunch of Samsung phones can now stream multiple apps to Windows PCs

A whole bunch of Samsung phones can now stream multiple apps to Windows PCs

Windows Insiders who own a 2020 Samsung flagship phone are due for a big improvement in their continuity experience as their PCs will be able to stream not just one, but multiple Android apps at a time through Your Phone.

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CrossOver compatibility layer leaves beta on Chrome OS

CrossOver compatibility layer leaves beta on Chrome OS

CrossOver is a commercial compatibility layer by CodeWeavers, based on the Wine project, which aims to run popular Windows software on Unix-based operating systems. CodeWeavers released the first beta of CrossOver for Chrome OS three years ago, and now it's finally ready for the masses.

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You'll finally be able to run a Windows virtual machine on your Chromebook with Parallels

You'll finally be able to run a Windows virtual machine on your Chromebook with Parallels

Chromebooks were initially designed to be lightweight web-browsing laptops but gradually started gaining more features, especially when it came to offline computing. However, unlike macOS or Linux, Chrome OS doesn't have the ability to locally run Windows apps, which can sometimes be essential, especially when it comes to corporate apps. Back in June, Parallels and Google announced a partnership stating Chromebooks would soon be able to run Windows apps "seamlessly." The promise is now closer to reality, with the Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise set to be released this fall.

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