Latest Windows 10 Update Causes Frame Rates to Plummet and BSODs

Apr 20, 2021 - 11:39 AM - by Reverend
A recent Microsoft update for Windows 10 appears to be wreaking havoc on some computers since its release several days ago. Update KB5001330 for builds 2004 and 20H1 and update KB5001337 for builds 1909 and 1903 are causing serious issues, from annoying frame rate bugs all the way to BSODs, as spotted by ComputerBase.

The issues don't end there, apparently. For some people, the gaming-related issues vary wildly: some users experience unstable FPS with v-sync enabled and when sharing a screen on discord. For others, the issues are completely game-dependent.

Additionally, there have been numerous reports of other issues that aren't related to gaming, like DNS issues and boot-looping. For some, the update won't even install and will stay stuck at a certain percentage while installing.

Probably one of the worst issues related to this update is a nasty old bug that can potentially delete user files. Windows Latest reported a few days ago that the 'temporary user bug' is back again, causing your user login to disappear, along with your files located within that user profile (like the Documents folder). Luckily this is a very rare issue.

If you are one of the unlucky people to have problems pertaining to this update, you can uninstall it manually with little to no effort.

All you need to do is head into the settings app, go to 'Update & Security,' click on the 'View Update History' section, and in that menu, there's an option to uninstall updates.

Once there, uninstall KB5001330 for 2004 and 20H1 builds and KB5001337 if you're running a build older than 2004.

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Facebook is making it easier to export text posts

Apr 20, 2021 - 11:32 AM - by Reverend
Facebook is rolling out a new feature today, allowing users across the globe to have the option to archive their posts and notes created on the social media site and transfer a copy of that data onto Google Docs, WordPress, or Blogger. It’s expanding on a similar tool the company released last year that allows you to transfer photos from its platform onto Google Photos. In both cases, the tool allows users leaving Facebook to preserve a version of the content associated with their account.

Users can access the tool by opening Facebook settings and clicking on “Your Facebook Information,” then selecting “Transfer a Copy of Your Information.” There, you can select which destination to transfer the data to (Google Docs, WordPress, or Blogger), log in to the account you select, and confirm the transfer.

The new feature is part of the Data Transfer Project, a cross-company data-sharing initiative that launched in 2018 with the goal of allowing you to move data across various online services and platforms seamlessly. Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter are also involved in the project, offering similar data-export tools.

The feature is convenient for users who want to share specific posts or notes they created through Facebook. Still, it is important to note that data ported will not archive comments from other users since those comments are seen as belonging to a separate account.

The new data export tools help bring Facebook in line with two recent tech regulation laws — California’s Consumer Privacy Act and the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. Both laws require that companies provide personal information in a readily usable format upon request, although the specifics of the format and interoperability measures are left unspecified.

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Mark Zuckerberg announces Facebook is working on a Clubhouse clone

Apr 20, 2021 - 11:22 AM - by Reverend
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday announced that the company is building audio features where users can engage in real-time conversations with others, similar to the app Clubhouse, which gained a lot of buzz in Silicon Valley circles earlier this year.

Zuckerberg said Facebook plans to invest a lot in audio features and build them out over the coming years.

“We think that audio is of course also going to be a first-class medium, and there are all these different products to be built across this whole spectrum,” Zuckerberg told Casey Newton on Monday on the Sidechannel Discord server.

The new feature is called Live Audio Rooms, and the company expects it will be available to everyone on the Facebook app and Messenger this summer, the company said in a blog post.

The company will start to test Live Audio Rooms within groups on Facebook.

“You already have these communities that are organized around interests, and allowing people to come together and have rooms where they can talk, I think it’ll be a very useful thing,” he said.

Facebook said it plans to allow users to charge others for access to their Live Audio Rooms through a single purchase or a subscription as a way for creators to monetize the new feature.

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Capcom Will Let Us Play Resident Evil Village for 60 Minutes on May 1

Apr 16, 2021 - 8:36 PM - by Reverend
Resident Evil Village is set to release on May 7, but the week before on May 1, Capcom is going to let us play an hour of the final game.

The playable demo will only be available for 24 hours and includes both the village and castle areas. It's up to the player how much time they spend in each area. However, total play time will be limited to just 60 minutes. You can select "Continue" in the demo as many times as you like as long as you are still within your allotted 60 minutes, and anyone who manages to finish the demo can replay it within the same time limit.

There's no platform restrictions and the demo will be available to play on PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Steam, and Stadia. In the US, the 24-hour period for playing begins at 8pm ET on May 1 and finishes at 8pm ET on May 2. PlayStation gamers are getting something a little extra, though.

PS4 and PS5 owners can take advantage of an "8 Hours in Village" promotion, which offers early access 30 minute demos for the village and castle. It's the same deal as the 60 minute demo limit, but split in half for each area. Importantly, this is in addition to the 60 minute demo and available earlier, too. The village demo will be available from 8pm ET on April 17 to 8pm ET on April 18. The castle demo will be available from 8pm ET on April 24 to 8pm ET on April 25.

So if you own a PlayStation, you can get two hours of demo time starting April 17, where as Xbox, Steam, and Stadia gamers can enjoy an hour on May 1. In both cases, it should be enough time to decide if you're going to purchase the game on May 7.

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Google makes it easy to jump back to the search box by pressing '/'

Apr 16, 2021 - 1:26 PM - by Reverend
Google has rolled out a new Search shortcut that can quickly help you refine the results you get. Now, when you're on a results page, you can simply press "/" to expand the search field. As noticed by 9to5Google, the tech giant has started notifying users about the new shortcut in a box at the bottom left corner, which pops up when you tap on any key in a results page.

When you use the shortcut, you'll be taken straight to the search field where the text cursor will appear next to your original query. The search field will even expand with suggestions for common searches related to the term you first typed in. That makes it ideal for use when you want to expound on your original search — say, if you want to refine the results page so that it mostly shows links to pages about the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra instead of the non-Ultra variant — though you can also use "/" for new search terms if you wish.

As 9to5Google notes, this feature joins the tab accessibility shortcut for Google Search. Pressing the tab button in a results page highlights links, so you can open websites without relying on a mouse or a trackpad.

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Microsoft is finally releasing a 64-bit version of OneDrive for Windows

Apr 09, 2021 - 8:59 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft released the first 64-bit version of Windows back in the early aughts. In 2007, it came out with OneDrive. Despite that history, the Windows release of the file-syncing app is only now making the jump to 64-bit, with Microsoft announcing a new client preview. In an announcement spotted by Windows guru Paul Thurrott, the company says the new version of OneDrive will help those who need to transfer large files or many files at the same time since 64-bit systems can access more resources than their 32-bit counterparts.

"We know this has been a long-awaited and highly requested feature, and we're thrilled to make it available for early access," the company said. "You can now download the 64-bit version for use with OneDrive work, school, and home accounts." One thing to note is the preview is currently only available on x64 installs of Windows. If you own a computer like the Surface Pro X — and therefore have Windows 10 on ARM installed on your system — you'll have to wait. Microsoft recommends you continue using the 32-bit version for the time being.

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