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Microsoft: Windows 10's installation time will be short enough for your lunch break

Mar 20, 2018 - 10:40 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft says its next big update to Windows 10 will install in as little as 30 minutes—as opposed to a year ago, when the Creators Update required well over an hour.

While the total installation time hasn’t markedly changed, Microsoft said the upcoming version (code-named Redstone 4 and informally known as the Spring Creators Update) will do more behind the scenes while you’re actively using the PC. That will reduce the overall downtime to roughly a half-hour, as opposed to a time of about 82 minutes for last year’s Creators Update, and 51 minutes for the Fall Creators Update.

Don’t expect the Windows 10 to require exactly 30 minutes to download and install. However, Microsoft is moving two specific tasks behind the scenes—preparing your user content (files and documents) for migration, and creating a temporary directory for the new OS. By assigning both processes low priority, they shouldn’t negatively affect your PC’s performance as you work.

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Mozilla Firefox 59.0.1

Mar 19, 2018 - 10:52 PM - by Reverend
Firefox is a free, open-source and cross-platform web browser.

English (US): Windows 32-bit | Windows 64-bit | Linux | Mac OS X

Release notes

Firefox homepage
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Google will let you play Android games before downloading them

Mar 19, 2018 - 10:48 PM - by Reverend
You'll now be able to try out Android games before buying them.

Google on Monday rolled out Google Play Instant in its Google Play store. You can tap on one of the games listed and play it without having to buy or download it first. Some of the initial games include Clash Royale, Words with Friends 2 and Final Fantasy XV.

Google also said it has redesigned its Google Play Games app with an "Arcade" tab to show game video trailers. New tags like "New" or "Action" make it easier to find a particular type of game. Google also said it will show users news and YouTube videos related to their favorite games to "boost your skills and become a game master."

Games tend to be some of the highest-downloaded content on mobile devices. Google noted in its blog post that the number of Android users who installed a game in the last year has more than doubled. But it's also a competitive field where one hit can make or break a company. Game developers, like other app makers, can struggle to bring attention to their latest offerings. Offering a way for users to try them out before downloading could help boost the number of users.

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Steve Jobs pre-Apple job application fetches $174,000 at auction

Mar 16, 2018 - 10:05 PM - by Reverend
A one-page job application filled out by Steve Jobs more than four decades ago that reflected the Apple founder’s technology aspirations sold for $174,000 at a U.S. auction, more than three times its presale estimate.

An Internet entrepreneur from England was the winning bidder, Boston-based auction house RR Auction said on Friday, but the buyer wished to remain anonymous.

The application dated 1973, complete with spelling and punctuation errors, had been expected to fetch about $50,000. The sale price reached on Thursday was $174,757, the auction house said.

The form lists his name as “Steven jobs” and address as “reed college,” the Portland, Oregon, college he attended briefly. Next to “Phone:” he wrote “none.”

Under a section titled “Special Abilities,” Jobs wrote “tech or design engineer. digital.—from Bay near Hewitt-Packard,” a reference to pioneering California technology company Hewlett-Packard and the San Francisco Bay area.

The document does not state what position or company the application was intended for. Jobs and friend Steve Wozniak founded Apple about three years later.

RR Auction said the high price reflected the continuing influence of Jobs, who died of cancer in 2011 at the age of 56.

“There are many collectors who have earned disposable income over the last few decades using Apple technology, and we expect similarly strong results on related material in the future,” Bobby Livingston, executive vice president at RR Auction, said in a statement.

Other highlights from the online auction included an Apple Mac OS X technical manual signed by Jobs in 2001 that sold for $41,806 and a rare signed newspaper clipping from 2008 featuring an image of Jobs speaking at the Apple Developers Conference that sold for $26,950.

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Amazon recalls fire-risk power packs in UK, Europe and US

Mar 14, 2018 - 10:47 PM - by Reverend
Owners of Amazon's own-brand power bank chargers have been contacted by the firm telling them to stop using them.

A recall covering six models of the AmazonBasics-branded product was announced in the US and Canada on Tuesday.

A notice posted by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warned the packs could "overheat and ignite, posing fire and burn hazards".

The BBC understands UK and other European countries are also affected.

Amazon had received more than 50 complaints of overheated power banks in North America ahead of the move.

These included one report of a user suffering chemical burns after coming into contact with battery acid.

According to the CPSC, the devices had been manufactured by the Guoguang Electric Company. The watchdog added that about 260,000 units had been sold in the US alone.

It said the affected devices could be identified by the following product IDs printed on the back of the units:


A spokesman for Amazon was unable to say how many products had been sold in the UK.

Purchasers have been sent emails by Amazon asking them to "cease using the product" and requesting that they click on a link to let them it know if they still have one in their possession, so that it can advise them how to dispose of it safely.

The company is offering a gift card-based refund as compensation.

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Microsoft expands Spectre, Meltdown patches to include Windows 7/8.1, more Intel chip

Mar 14, 2018 - 10:43 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft said Tuesday that it has expanded its ongoing efforts to patch the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in two directions: by providing patches for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, and archiving microcode patches for Intel's Skylake, Kaby Lake, and Coffee Lake chips. To address Meltdown and Spectre, PC owners need patches for both the operating system and the processor on their device.

To date, Microsoft's efforts to patch the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities have focused on providing the most recent updates for Windows 10, its most modern operating system. On Tuesday, it began adding support for both Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows 8.1 via Windows Update and its archived patch catalog, though there's a catch: only 32-bit versions are currently included.

Microsoft also said it has begun archiving microcode patches that support Intel's Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake chips, all members of Intel's line of Core microprocessors. Microsoft had begun archiving some of Intel's Skylake microcode patches for Spectre and Meltdown and earlier this month.

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Microsoft accused of strong-arming updates onto Windows 10 Build 1709 who turned off

Mar 12, 2018 - 11:08 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft is attempting to force users of older iterations of Windows 10 who have opted out of data collection into updating.

It comes as Microsoft tries to get users used to its six-monthly update cycle for its as-a-service operating system.

With a second Spring Update for Windows 10 looming, Microsoft is attempting to 'tidy up' the various versions of Windows 10 running on desktops, including ones with owners that have opted out of data collection, and who refuse to update.

Users are being told that they must update to Build 1709 (the most recent) in order to continue receiving security patches. Updating to Build 1709 means that updates cannot be delayed indefinitely by ticking a box claiming to be on a metered internet connection.

And, if you are on a metered internet connected, tough.

While there are good security reasons not just to update, but to do it regularly and often, there are also a number of issues that may justify these users' reticence.

First, Microsoft has provided no warnings at all to users - the updates have just started happening.

Second, the builds are not yet end-of-life. Even individual builds are subject to an end date. And the incremental builds of Windows 10 are not there yet, not even close. So saying there won't be any more patches - Microsoft's justification - is effectively welching on a deal.

The updates that are being forced on users are even occurring with updates turned off in Windows Update.

Third, users might justifiably not want to update to prevent borkage. With an operating system as huge and unwieldy as Windows, it's inevitable that when you muck about under the hood, you'll stop some drivers functioning, or cause some bespoke software to go phut.

That means there are often business-critical reasons for not rolling out updates. Any updates.

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WhatsApp Now Gives You More Than an Hour to Recall a Message

Mar 12, 2018 - 11:02 PM - by Reverend
Having textual regret? If you sent your message via WhatsApp, you'll now have more than an hour to recall it.

According to WhatsApp-focused WABetaInfo, WhatsApp recently rolled out app updates that increase the message recall time limit from just 8 minutes and 32 seconds to more than an hour. You now have 1 hour, 8 minutes, and 16 seconds to delete specific WhatsApp messages, the site reported.

In an email to PCMag, WhatsApp confirmed it has made this change, but declined to comment on why the limit is so specific. Meanwhile, rival messaging app Telegram gives users 48 hours to unsend messages.

WhatsApp first introduced its message recall feature in October, noting it's "particularly useful if you sent a message to the wrong chat or if the message you sent contains a mistake."

To try it out, tap and hold the message you want to erase and choose Delete from the menu, then select Delete for Everyone. You can also select several messages at a time if you need to get rid of a bunch of them at once.

"Messages you successfully delete for everyone will be replaced with 'This message was deleted' in your recipients' chats," WhatsApp explains on a FAQ page about the feature. "Similarly, if you see 'This message was deleted' in a chat, it means that the sender deleted their message for everyone."

Just note that if the recipient is using an older version of the app that doesn't support this feature they'll still see the offending message, and you won't be notified that the delete was unsuccessful.

WhatsApp also recently released a new Android app called WhatsApp Business, which aims to "make it easier for companies to connect with customers, and more convenient for our 1.3 billion users to chat with businesses that matter to them."

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