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  1. iPadOS 14.7 and macOS Big Sur 11.5 come with plenty of bug fixes and security updates It's unusual for iPadOS to come after iOS, but it's here. Apple has released new versions of its iPadOS and macOS operating systems just a couple of days after the company updated iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. The iPadOS update adds some new features and shares a lot with its iOS counterpart, while the macOS release is a modest one that focuses on a couple of bug fixes. It's unusual for an iPadOS update to arrive after an iOS update, and it's likely that Apple delayed iPadOS at the last minute to address some issue, but we don't know for sure. In any case, the update is here now. iPadOS 14.7 Many of the new features and bug fixes Apple lists in iPadOS 14.7's release notes are the same as those seen in iOS 14.7 earlier this week. The first bullet point highlights the ability to tie two individuals in a family unit to the same Apple Card account, allowing them to develop credit together. The update also introduces a way to manage timers on a HomePod and tweaks the Podcasts interface. In one iPad-specific note, Apple says it has fixed a problem that caused audio to skip when using USB-C-to-3.5 mm headphone jack adapters. Apple's full release notes from iPadOS 14.7 are as follows: iPadOS 14.7 includes the following improvements and bug fixes for your iPad: Apple Card family adds the option to combine credit limits and share one co-owned account with an existing Apple Card user Home app adds the ability to manage timers on HomePod Podcasts library allows you to choose to see all shows or only followed shows Share Playlist menu option missing in Apple Music Dolby Atmos and Apple Music lossless audio playback may unexpectedly stop Braille displays could show invalid information while composing Mail messages Audio may skip when using USB-C to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapters with iPad macOS Big Sur 11.5 macOS Big Sur 11.5 also landed for supported Macs today, but it is a smaller release that delivers a few bug fixes and several security updates. It has the same Podcasts tweak as seen in iOS and iPadOS, and it fixes an issue related to data in the Music app and another with smart cards on M1 Macs. Here are the full macOS 11.5 release notes: macOS Big Sur 11.5 includes the following improvements for your Mac: Podcasts Library tab allows you to choose to see all shows or only followed shows This release also fixes the following issues: Music may not update play count and last played date in your library Smart cards may not work when logging into Mac computers with the M1 chip For more detailed information about this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT211896 You can read about the security updates in these releases on Apple's website, and there are quite a few for this version of macOS. Apple also clarified that this week's iOS update (and iPadOS, too) addressed a widely publicized Wi-Fi-related vulnerability. From the security update documentation: Impact: Joining a malicious Wi-Fi network may result in a denial of service or arbitrary code execution Description: This issue was addressed with improved checks With these macOS and iPadOS releases, Apple has now updated its entire suite of operating systems. These updates may be the last ones (other than emergency security or bug fixes) before Apple launches major new versions of iOS and macOS this fall. iPadOS 14.7 and macOS Big Sur 11.5 come with plenty of bug fixes and security updates
  2. Qoppa Software, a leading PDF software company, announces version 2021 of PDF Studio, their powerful, intuitive PDF Editor for Windows, macOS and Linux. The latest version is packed with enhancements that will aid users in the efficiency of their daily workflow when creating new documents or enhancing the content of their existing documents. It includes new accessibility options to assist users with impairments and refines its existing tools to make them more functional and customizable. Here are some of the new exciting features included in this version: Accessibility Color Options Text to Speech (Read Out Loud) Enhanced User Interface Improved Content Editing New Content Explorer Upgraded OCR Engine Version New Options to “Unflatten” Annotations Additional Preflight Functions DocTimeStamp Signatures Support Real Full Screen Mode Search Recent Files Auto Detect Links PDF Studio 2021 provides new accessibility color options when rendering documents to help accommodate users who are visually impaired or working in dimly lit environments and give them an easier reading experience. Text and background colors can be adjusted to one of the default higher contrast color schemes provided, or can be fully customized by the user. Another accessibility feature that has been added is Read Out Loud, a Text-to-Speech (TTS) tool that is able to read the document text aloud and assist users with reading impairments. This tool can be activated through the ribbon toolbar or a keyboard shortcut (Ctrl + Shift + V). Content editing has been improved to automatically recognize and highlight the different paragraphs, columns, and sections present on the page, allowing users to immediately identify the different text area sections. The text reflow has been refined for consistency and reliability. A new content explorer panel was added to assist with content editing. It allows users to view the overall structure of a document by displaying all content objects contained in the document in a hierarchical tree format. This permit users to easily identify and select content objects present on a page, including text, images, paths, shades and containers objects. The flatten annotations feature has been enhanced to offer an option to allow “unflattening annotations” subsequently and reverse the flattening action, so users are able to continue making edits and revisions. Flattening annotations is used by professionals such as architects to consolidate review annotations within the content of their documents before sharing them with their clients. This process guarantees consistent reading of a document across operating systems and alternative PDF applications being used. Additional preflight functions were included in PDF Studio 2021. These functions are PDF/A 2u & PDF/ A 3u validation & conversion. These sub-formats are used for scientific articles or journals to validate documents containing Unicode text and mathematical calculations. PDF Studio 2021 version comes with an upgraded OCR Engine which performs better when recognizing text within slanted or low resolution scanned images. It also contains many refinements to the user interface, the annotations tools and reading experience. The new “real” full screen mode is perfect for focused reading or presenting. Automatic link detection within the text content makes it simple for users to navigate to external sources and materials. There are many more improvements included in PDF Studio 2021. See the full list of PDF Studio 2021 features. Overall, PDF Studio Version 2021 enhances user experience with new accessibility features and give users more control when manipulating and enhancing their documents. As usual, all new features are available on all platforms, Windows, macOS and Linux! Download PDF Studio 2021 Now! About Qoppa Software: Qoppa Software produces cross-platform PDF software for end-users, developers and integrators. Our PDF tools and libraries cover every aspect of PDF processes and help automate document workflows. Qoppa Software was founded in 2002 and is located in Atlanta, GA.
  3. Microsoft Flight Simulator’s Update 5 greatly improves performance During a Live dev Q&A livestream, Asobo Studio CEO Sebastian Wloch, showcased the upcoming performance improvements for PC and the upcoming Xbox release. Throughout the live stream, Wloch compared the current build against the new Update 5, which is set to launch on July 27th, to show off just how much of an improvement this technical update brings to Microsoft Flight Simulator. Running an Intel Core i7-900K CPU and an NVIDIA Geforce RTX 2060 Super GPU, Wloch’s PC is absolutely no slouch, yet on Ultra graphics with a 4k upscale, he only managed to achieve 30 to 40 FPS when flying over Manhattan, with his CPU maxing out at 100% capacity. Switching to Update 5 however has the framerate soar to a much more appropriate 55 to 60 FPS, with the GPU becoming the bottleneck at 100% rather than the CPU since Update 5 is targeted at making primarily CPU based improvements. Update 5 is set to launch on July 27th, the same day that the Series X|S versions of Microsoft Flight Simulator launch. With this performance improvement, hopefully, console players can expect to see the gorgeous vistas of Microsoft Flight Simulator without the framerate being more akin to a slideshow. Microsoft Flight Simulator’s Update 5 greatly improves performance
  4. Latest Windows 10 updates bring gaming performance improvements and other fixes Microsoft today released optional cumulative updates to Windows 10 versions 21H1, 20H2, and 2004. These are part of the company’s optional C/D releases for supported versions, meaning these are not automatically downloaded and installed like the usual Patch Tuesday updates. The fixes in these builds will be rolled into the Patch Tuesday release that will happen on the second Tuesday of July. Today, all three fully supported Windows 10 versions are receiving KB5003690, bumping the build numbers to 19043.1081, 19042.1081, and 19041.1081 for versions 21H1, 20H2, and 2004, respectively. The reason that all three versions are receiving the same patch is that they are built on the same codebase as that of version 2004, with the October 2020 Update and the May 2021 Update being just enablement packages. As for what’s included in these builds, there are fixes to improve gaming performance issues that users began reporting in April, which the firm acknowledged and released a fix for – essentially rolling back the code that caused the issue using Known Issue Rollback (KIR). Additionally, the update also fixes the problem with the News and Interests widget displaying blurry text – something that was recently added to the list of known issues for Windows 10. Other fixes include addressing sign-in problems when using a pin or a fingerprint for authentication. Here are the highlights of today’s update: Updates an issue in a small subset of users that have lower than expected performance in games after installing KB5000842 or later. Updates an issue that causes the Japanese Input Method Editor (IME) to suddenly stop working while you are typing. Updates an issue in which signing in using a PIN fails. The error message is "Something happened and your PIN isn’t available. Click to set up your PIN again." Updates an issue that, in certain cases, takes you out of the exclusive virtual reality (VR) app and back to Windows Mixed Reality Home when you press the Windows button on the controller. Updates an issue that causes blurry text on the news and interests button on the Windows taskbar for some screen resolutions. Updates an issue with Search box graphics on the Windows taskbar that occurs if you right-click the taskbar and turn off News and interests. This graphics issue is especially visible when using dark mode. Updates an issue that might prevent you from using your fingerprint to sign in after startup or waking up your device from sleep. And here is the complete changelog for the builds: Addresses an issue that causes communication between apps to stop working after you enable the “AppMgmt_COM_SearchForCLSID” policy. Addresses a performance issue in the MultiByteToWideChar() function that occurs when it is used in a non-English locale. Addresses an issue that prevents sorting from working properly when using multiple versions of National Language Support (NLS) sorting. Addresses an issue in a small subset of users that have lower than expected performance in games after installing KB5000842 or later. Addresses an issue that causes the Japanese Input Method Editor (IME) to suddenly stop working while you are typing. Addresses an issue that causes WMIMigrationPlugin.dll to return an error when you attempt to migrate in offline mode. Addresses an issue with the Set-RuleOption PowerShell command that fails to provide the option for the Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC) policy to treat files signed with an expired certificate as unsigned. Addresses an issue that causes Windows to stop working when it uses AppLocker to validate a file that has multiple signatures. The error is 0x3B. Addresses an issue that might cause BitLocker to go into recovery mode after updating the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) firmware. This occurs when the "Interactive logon: Machine account lockout Threshold" policy is set and there were incorrect password attempts. Addresses an issue that causes Windows to generate many AppLocker or SmartLocker success events. Addresses an issue with authenticating for a domain controller when Credential Guard and Remote Credential Guard are enabled. Addresses an issue that prevents certain screen reader apps from running when Hypervisor-protected code integrity (HVCI) is enabled. Addresses an issue in which signing in using a PIN fails. The error message is "Something happened and your PIN isn’t available. Click to set up your PIN again." Adds Windows support for System Management Mode protections (firmware protection version 2.0) for certain processors that support Secure Launch. Addresses an issue that, in certain cases, takes you out of the exclusive virtual reality (VR) app and back to Windows Mixed Reality Home when you press the Windows button on the controller. With this update, when you press the Windows button, the Windows Start menu appears. When you close the Start menu, you will go back to the exclusive VR app. Improves the accuracy and efficiency of sensitive data analysis in the Microsoft 365 Endpoint data loss prevention (DLP) Classification Engine. Addresses an issue with the Internet Key Exchange (IKE) VPN service on remote access server (RAS) servers. Periodically, users cannot connect a VPN to the server over the IKE protocol. This issue might start several hours or days after restarting the server or restarting the IKEEXT service. Some users can connect while many others cannot connect because the service is in DoS Protection mode, which limits incoming connection attempts. Addresses an issue that causes Wi-Fi connections to fail because of an invalid Message Integrity Check (MIC) on a four-way handshake if Management Frame Protection (MFP) is enabled. Addresses an issue that might cause a VPN to fail after renewing a user auto-enrolled certificate. The error message is "There are no more files". Addresses an issue with the Tunnel Extensible Authentication protocol (TEAP) that replaces the outer identity with “anonymous” even though identity privacy is not selected or is disabled. Addresses an issue that causes Remote Desktop sessions to stop responding while the User Datagram Protocol (UDP) is enabled. Adds support for the USB Test and Measurement Class. Addresses an issue in Adamsync.exe that affects the syncing of large Active Directory subtrees. Addresses an error that occurs when the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) bind cache is full, and the LDAP client library receives a referral. Addresses a redirector stop error that is caused by a race condition that occurs when the system deletes binding objects when connections close. Addresses an issue that prevents users from setting or querying disk quotas on the C drive. Addresses an issue that causes 16-bit apps that run on NT Virtual DOS Machine (NTVDM) to stop working when you open them. Addresses an issue that causes fontdrvhost.exe to stop working when Compact Font Format version 2 (CFF2) fonts are installed. Addresses an issue that might prevent End User Defined Characters (EUDC) from printing correctly because of font fallback settings. Addresses an issue that causes blurry text on the news and interests button on the Windows taskbar for some display configurations. Addresses an issue with Search box graphics on the Windows taskbar that occurs if you use the taskbar’s context menu to turn off News and interests. This graphics issue is especially visible when using dark mode. Addresses an issue that might cause signing in with your fingerprint to fail after the system starts up or resumes from sleep. These updates will show up in Windows Update as optional updates, giving users the choice to install them. Those who wish to skip these cumulative patches will be served the fixes along with other improvements as part of the Patch Tuesday update next month. That update will also include fixes for the installation issue for Xbox Game Pass titles. Latest Windows 10 updates bring gaming performance improvements and other fixes
  5. Microsoft Edge update makes switching between devices seamless Quickly send open tabs to your other devices to pick up where you left off Microsoft is rolling out a new update for its Edge browser that will allow users to easily pick up where they left off when switching between devices. The software giant's tab sharing feature has undergone months of testing on desktop and mobile in Edge's Canary Channel and now it will soon be available to users that aren't Microsoft Edge Insiders. Microsoft Edge's new tab sharing tool allows users to send tabs to different devices with just a few clicks so that they don't need to email a URL to themselves or go through their history to find a particular webpage in order to pick up where they left off. The company's tab sharing tool is now rolling out to a small group of users on Windows 10 and macOS though it will likely become available to all Edge users soon. Sharing tabs in Edge To test out Edge's tab sharing tool, you'll first need to open a webpage in the browser, click on the address bar and then select the “Send this page” option. Doing so will allow you to send the current webpage you're viewing to all of your support devices that are currently signed into your Microsoft account. The shared tab will then appear on the receiving device with a notification from Microsoft Edge that includes both the name and URL of the webpage. Alternatively, you can also right-click on any link in your address bar and select the device you want to share it with. It's worth noting that you will need to have Microsoft Edge installed on your other devices and be signed into your Microsoft account to take advantage of this feature. Since the release of Chromium-based Edge last year, Microsoft has continued to add new features to its browser. While tab sharing is a welcome addition to Edge, both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox have allowed users to send tabs to other devices since 2019. Via Windows Latest Microsoft Edge update makes switching between devices seamless
  6. The beautiful Nordics now available in Flight Simulator with World Update V The fifth major content update to Microsoft Flight Simulator has arrived today in the form of World Update V, which adds the picturesque Nordic regions. This means the Scandinavian countries like Norway, Sweden, as well as the regions lying further north like Greenland, Iceland, Svalbard, and more, have now been added. Of course, with places like this that carry such scenic beauty, excellent aerial imagery is a must and that has been updated which is also one of the highlights of this patch. The patch also features updated elevation data. In terms of specific content addition, the update features: Improved data for 100 airports and 77 carefully selected points of interest, Five bush trips, one for each of the Nordic countries. Five landing challenges designed to test and hone aviation mettle throughout a range of conditions. The airports used for the landing challenges, Denmark’s Bornholm, Iceland’s Ísafjörður, Sweden’s Stockholm Arlanda, Norway’s Svalbard, and Finland’s Vaasa Of course, the local languages of Sweden, Norway, and Finland have been added. Check out the new Nordics World Update Trailer that showcases several of these places: The complete patch notes for Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update V (1.17.3.0) that detail all the additions and improvements can be seen here. The update is now available to download for free for owners of the game on the Microsoft Store and Steam, as well as Xbox Game Pass subscribers. The beautiful Nordics now available in Flight Simulator with World Update V
  7. Cyberpunk 2077 gets version 1.23 update with a host of fixes and improvements CD Projekt RED (CDPR) has released a new patch for Cyberpunk 2077 that brings a host of fixes and improvements to the game. The new patch fixes issues related to quests, gameplay, visuals and more. You can head down to check out the full changelog for the update: Quests & Open World Space Oddity Fixed an issue where the "Open the package" objective could change location. Gig: Family Matters Fixed an issue where Juliet's car could disappear on sight after completing the quest. Fixed a streaming issue in Juliet's house. Fixed an issue where it wasn't possible to enter Juliet's house if the player didn't meet either of the Attribute requirements. The Heist Fixed an issue where Jackie could go through glass. Fixed an issue preventing some guards from attacking the player. Fixed an issue where the "Search the Arasaka officer" objective could remain active after fulfilling it. Fixed an issue where the mech didn't spawn in the lobby. Fixed an issue where some Arasaka guards could clip through the door. Fixed an issue where some guards could spawn on player's sight. Fixed an issue where Arasaka officer's body could be unaccessible, making the player unable to loot the shard and blocking progression. The Nomad Removed unnecessary button prompts. The Hunt The news segment in the shard from River will now properly play audio. The Beast in Me Fixed an issue where progression could be blocked if the player left Claire after the Santo Domingo race too early. Queen of the Highway Fixed an issue where the Basilisk could clip through some of the trees. Down on the Street Fixed an issue where there were no quest-related dialogue options when talking to Wakako. Forward to Death Smoke and dust will no longer flicker when riding the Basilisk. Gig: Goodbye, Night City Fixed an issue where progression could get blocked after rescuing Bruce if the player called Delamain. Path of Glory Fixed an issue where V could get stuck in the AV if they stood at the landing spot before it arrived. Gig: No Fixers Fixed an issue where it wasn't possible to open the door to Dakota's garage at the end of the quest. Fixed an issue where Iris could teleport instead of walking. Gig: Getting Warmer... Fixed an issue where fixer's car could drive straight through the intersection instead of turning right. Fixed an issue where the prompt to use the coolant on 8ug8ear could still be selected while plugging her out, which could break the animation. Fixed an issue where it wasn't possible to pick up 8ug8ear. Fixed an issue where NPCs could spawn underground, blocking progression. Gig: Many Ways to Skin a Cat Fixed an issue where notifications from Regina regarding this gig could appear during The Heist. Fixed an issue where it was possible to connect to the computer after failing the quest by destroying the van, which resulted in player getting stuck. Fixed an issue where progression could get stuck on the "Go to the Revere Courier Servies facilities" objective. Cyberpsycho Sighting: Where the Bodies Hit the Floor Fixed an issue where after collecting the information the next objective to send it to Regina wouldn't appear. Cyberpsycho Sighting: On Deaf Ears Fixed an issue where after collecting the information the next objective to send it to Regina wouldn't appear. I Fought the Law Fixed an issue where River wouldn't be present at the meeting spot before entering Red Queen's Race. Apart from addressing the various quest bugs, the new patch also fixes multiple gameplay issues including the one related to Adam Smasher. You can check out the list of fixes below: Fixed an issue where after killing a NPC and stealing their car, their body could get stuck in the car. Adam Smasher will no longer receive damage during animations between his attack phases. Fixed an issue where dropping a NPC's body caused too much destruction. Cataresist cyberware should now work properly. Furthermore, CDPR has also addresses a couple of bugs related to the appearance of characters and NPCs. Here is the changelog for the same: Fixed Johnny's spectral appearance in various quests. Fixed various issues related to clipping in NPCs' clothes. Fixed appearance of rocks in the Badlands. The Pickup Fixed an issue where one of the Maelstromers was T-posing. Moving on, the new update brings some stability and performance related improvements as well. You can check those out below: Numerous crash fixes in animations, UI, scene, physics and gameplay systems. Memory optimizations and memory management improvements in various systems (reducing the number of crashes). Various console CPU optimizations. Memory and I/O improvement leading to fewer instances of NPCs with identical appearances spawning in the same area, and to improved streaming. Lastly, the update brings some platform specific fixes as well. You can head down to check out the changelog for the same: PC-specific Fixed an issue where it wasn't possible to click the upgrade button while playing with 1280x720 resolution. Fixed an issue where toggling the Windowed and Fullscreen modes with Alt+Enter made the game appear unresponsive. [Steam] Changing language settings to default will now set it to the language of the Steam client. A popup message asking to verify integrity of game data will now be displayed when incomplete or corrupted game data is detected. Xbox-scpecific Fixed an issue where signing out during a scene fade-out could result in the game being partially unresponsive. Fixed an issue where the Pause Menu would open again on its own if the Xbox guide and the Pause Menu were closed in quick succession. Cyberpunk 2077 had a rocky start with Sony delisting the game from PlayStation Store and Microsoft offering no-questions-asked-refunds. Even with all the controversies, CDPR sold more than 13 million copies of the game in 2020. Just yesterday, Sony confirmed that it will allow CDPR to re-list Cyberpunk 2077 on the Playstation Store but it also recommended users to play the game on the PS4 Pro or PS5 for the best experience. Cyberpunk 2077 gets version 1.23 update with a host of fixes and improvements
  8. Firefox 89.0.1 security update is now available The web browser Firefox 89.0.1 is now available. The new version of Mozilla's web browser fixes a security issue and several non-security related issues. Most Firefox installations should receive the update automatically. You can check Menu > Help > About Firefox to run a manual check for the update so that it is installed right now and not at a later point. Firefox includes automatic updates functionality that checks for updates frequently to install them once they are discovered (Mozilla is working on background updates in Firefox for Windows) The help page that opens lists the installed version of the browser as well. Firefox 89.0.1 addresses one security issue. The security advisory reveals that the issue has the severity rating of moderate and affects Firefox on Windows devices. When drawing text onto a canvas with WebRender disabled, an out of bounds read could occur. This bug only affects Firefox on Windows. Other operating systems are unaffected. Besides the security fix, Firefox 89.0.1 addresses several issues, some of which are operating system specific. The update addresses the broken scrollbars issue on some GTK themes on Linux, and performance and stability regressions with WebRender on systems running Linux. On Mac OS X, screen flickering was fixed that happened when pages were scrolled on external monitors. On Windows, a screen reader issue was resolved that prevented certain screen readers from interacting with Firefox. Firefox 89.0.1 fixes font related regressions next to that, and the Enterprise policy DisableDeveloperTools, which did not have any effect anymore. Last but not least, the new release includes updated translations and full support for Spanish (Mexico) localization. You can check out the entire Firefox 89.0.1 release notes on the official Mozilla website. There you find links to Bugzilla, Mozllla's bug tracking website, in case you want to take a closer look at a bug. The next major update for Firefox is Firefox 90. It is scheduled to be released on July 13, 2021. Firefox 89.0.1 security update is now available Fronpaged: Mozilla Firefox Browser 89.0.1
  9. Microsoft announces the roll out Windows 10 Cumulative Update Build 21390.2025 Microsoft today announced the release of Windows 10 Cumulative Update Build 21390.2025 (KB5004123). This update does not include any new features and is designed to test Microsoft’s servicing pipeline. It is the third servicing test on build 21390. What’s new in Windows 10 Build 21390: Changes and Improvements As part of our ongoing iconography improvements, Task Manager and MSI installers now have new Fluent icons. You can now set Windows Terminal Preview as your default terminal emulator on Windows – please see this blog post for details. This requires Windows Terminal Preview version 1.9 (or higher). Fixes We fixed an issue causing the news and interests text on the taskbar to appear blurry on some resolutions and scaling factors. We fixed an issue resulting in certain punctuation not being displayed correctly when the display language was Chinese. We fixed a svchost.exe crash related to cdp.dll that some Insiders have been experiencing in recent builds. We fixed an issue impacting Start reliability in recent flights. We fixed an issue where when using dark mode, the text in the File Explorer search box would be black on a black background. Please note this only addresses this dark theme issue in File Explorer, we are continuing to investigate a second issue impacting dark theme when using Search in the taskbar. We fixed an issue in recent flights where a folder might not retain keyboard focus after being renamed in File Explorer. We fixed an issue resulting in Task Manager showing the incorrect icon for some processes. We fixed a second issue causing some devices to fail when updating to this build with error code 0xc1900101. If you continue to receive this error code when attempting to update, please file a new feedback item. [ADDED 5/27] We have re-enabled the functionality where if a folder under the Start menu’s all apps list only contains a single item, we will now display that item in place of the folder on the Start menu. Known issues The Windows Camera App currently does not respect the default brightness setting set via the new Camera Settings page. We’re investigating an issue where Search results are unexpectedly no longer following dark theme as of recent flights. [News and interests] We’re investigating an issue where the flyout may occasionally flash in the top left corner of your screen after clicking the button on your taskbar. Source: Microsoft Microsoft announces the roll out Windows 10 Cumulative Update Build 21390.2025
  10. Official Twitter app for Windows 10 devices updated with several new features A new Twitter update is available in Microsoft Store for Windows 10 devices. This updated Twitter app is based on Microsoft’s Chromium Edge-based web view offering new features and better performance. Twitter app now supports shortcuts, web share target, taskbar badging, notifications, jump lists, and dark/light theme sync with OS settings. You can download the updated Twitter app here from Microsoft Store. Official Twitter app for Windows 10 devices updated with several new features
  11. Apple announces macOS Monterey update with powerful features Along with the new iPadOS 15 and iOS 15, Apple today announced the macOS Monterey update with several powerful features. The developer beta of macOS Monterey is available to Apple Developer Program today and the update will be available to the general public this fall. Some of the new features included in macOS Monterey include Safari’s new tab design, shared experiences with SharePlay in FaceTime, Universal Control and AirPlay to Mac. You can read about them in detail below. Already the world’s fastest browser, Safari now reimagines the browsing experience with a new tab design that lets users see more of the page as they scroll. A new tab bar takes on the color of the webpage and combines tabs, the tool bar, and the search field into a single compact design. Tab Groups offer a new way to easily save and manage tabs — great for planning trips, shopping, or storing the tabs users visit daily. Tab Groups also sync across Mac, iPhone, and iPad, so users can continue their project from anywhere and easily share tabs with friends and family. Shortcuts arrives on the Mac to help users automate everyday tasks and achieve peak productivity. Just like on iPhone and iPad, Shortcuts on Mac lets users quickly accomplish tasks with the apps they use the most. With a rich gallery of pre-built actions designed just for Mac, users can instantly share files, make animated GIFs, and more. Power users looking to take things further can use the Shortcuts Editor on Mac to customize shortcuts to match their workflows. Shortcuts is integrated throughout macOS, including the menu bar, Finder, Spotlight, and even hands-free with Siri — making it easy to run shortcuts no matter which app the user is in. Users can easily import existing Automator workflows into Shortcuts and be up and running right away. New features in Notes help users stay organized, collaborate, and create notes from anywhere. Quick Note is a new way for users to jot down notes on any app or website systemwide, making it easy to capture thoughts and ideas wherever inspiration strikes. Users can also add links from an app to their Quick Note to create context, even on a website in Safari or an address in Maps. As users work through projects in Notes with friends or colleagues, they can add mentions, see everyone’s edits in the new Activity View, and categorize their Notes with tags to quickly and easily find them in the new Tag Browser and in tag-based Smart Folders. With Focus, Mac users can stay in the moment by automatically filtering out notifications unrelated to their current activity. Users can signal their status to let others know when they are focusing and not available. When a user has Focus set on one device, it automatically sets across their other devices and can be customized based on their current activity — whether they are preparing for a presentation or wrapping up an assignment for school. FaceTime now includes a suite of new audio and video features that make calls feel more natural and lifelike. With spatial audio, voices in a FaceTime call sound like they are coming from where the person is positioned on the screen, while Voice Isolation ensures the user’s voice is crystal clear and uses machine learning to eliminate background noise, and Wide Spectrum allows all the sound in the area to come through so participants can hear everything. Portrait mode taps into the Apple Neural Engine in the M1 chip to blur the user’s background for a stunning video effect, and a new Grid View shows participants in same-sized tiles. SharePlay is a powerful set of system features that enables users to have shared experiences while on a FaceTime call. Users can share their favorite music, TV shows, movies, projects, and more with friends and family in real time — kicking off a shared listening party, watching movies and shows, collaborating in apps through screen sharing, and more. With an API built for easy adoption, third-party developers can bring their own apps right into FaceTime. Shared with You makes it easy to locate and enjoy all the great content that’s shared through Messages, including photos, videos, articles, and more, right from a Shared with You tab within Photos, Safari, Apple Podcasts, Apple News, and the Apple TV app. Universal Control lets users work with a single mouse and keyboard and move between Mac and iPad for a seamless experience, with no setup required. Users can even drag and drop content back and forth between devices — great for sketching a drawing with Apple Pencil on iPad and placing it into a Keynote slide on the Mac. With AirPlay to Mac, users can play, present, and share just about anything — from the latest movies and games to vacation photos and presentations — from their iPhone or iPad right to their Mac’s stunning Retina display. The Mac’s high-fidelity sound system can also be used as an AirPlay speaker, so users can play music or podcasts on their Mac, or use their Mac as a secondary speaker for multiroom audio. With the new interactive globe in Maps and an amazing, immersive, and detailed city experience, users can enjoy new ways to navigate and explore the natural beauty of the Earth on the Mac’s large, gorgeous display. Live Text uses on-device machine learning to detect text in photos, including phone numbers, websites, addresses, and tracking numbers, so users can copy and paste, make a phone call, open a website, and easily find more information. Visual Lookup also uses machine learning to help users discover and learn about animals, art, landmarks, plants, and more in photos. These features work across macOS, including in apps like Photos, Messages, and Safari. iCloud+ combines everything users love about iCloud with new premium features, including Hide My Email, expanded HomeKit Secure Video support, and an innovative new internet privacy service, iCloud Private Relay, at no additional cost. AirPods Pro and AirPods Max deliver a theater-like experience with spatial audio on Macs with the M1 chip. Privacy features like Mail Privacy Protection let users choose whether emails can collect information about their Mail activity, and the Mac recording indicator now shows which app is accessing the Mac’s microphone. New accessibility features let anyone add alternative image descriptions right from Markup, and improved Full Keyboard Access and new cursor customization options provide more flexibility when navigating Mac. Source: Apple Apple announces macOS Monterey update with powerful features
  12. First PS5 update adds USB system storage for games, new social features Free up SSD space with external storage for PlayStation 5 software Photo: James Bareham/Polygon The first major system update for PlayStation 5 arrives Wednesday, April 14, Sony Interactive Entertainment announced Tuesday. That update will add new features, including external USB storage support for PS5 games and new social features that enable cross-generation Share Play between PS5 and PlayStation 4. The biggest new feature coming in Wednesday’s software update is support for external USB drives for PS5 game storage. The option will let PS5 owners move installed games from the internal SSD to a compatible USB drive, and vice versa. The update will not enable the option to play PS5 games directly from external USB storage, nor will it enable the ability to upgrade the PS5’s internal SSD storage. Here’s Sony’s description of the new feature from the PlayStation Blog: Store PS5 Games on Compatible External USB Drives.* With this feature, you can now transfer your PS5 games to USB extended storage from your console’s internal storage. It’s a great way to extend the storage capabilities of your PS5 console, and you can seamlessly copy your PS5 games back to the console’s internal storage when you’re ready to play. It is faster to reinstall PS5 games from USB extended storage than to re-download or copy them from a disc. Because PS5 games are designed to take advantage of the console’s ultra high-speed SSD, PS5 titles can’t be played from USB extended storage. PS5 titles also cannot be directly downloaded to USB extended storage. However, games that you transfer or copy back to internal storage will automatically update when applicable. In addition, you can select which game modes you want to install (such as campaign or multiplayer) for select titles that support the option. PS5 will also soon be able to Share Play together with players on the previous-generation PlayStation, PS4. Here’s Sony’s description of the new feature: Cross-generation Share Play. PS4 and PS5 players can now Share Play together while chatting in parties. This means PS5 console users can let their friends on PS4 consoles view their game screen, or even try out the PS5 games through Share Play, and vice versa. Options include the ability to share your screen with a friend, pass your controller virtually to a friend, or pass a second controller virtually to play co-op games together. Image: Sony Interactive Entertainment Finally, Sony promises new features for the PlayStation App for mobile devices. “Recently, we introduced the ability to save products in a wishlist, get notifications when your friends are online, and change your console online status,” Sony said. “In the coming weeks, we’ll be rolling out even more, including the ability to join a multiplayer session on PS5 from the app, manage your PS5 console storage, compare trophy collections with friends, and sort and filter products shown in the PlayStation Store.” Source: First PS5 update adds USB system storage for games, new social features
  13. Samsung April 2021 security update is rolling out now to these Galaxy devices Samsung was once among the worst in the Android world when it came to updates big and small, but in 2021 they’re arguably better than Pixel. Now, Samsung is rolling out the April 2021 security update to its huge lineup of smartphones including Galaxy S21, S20, A52, and more. The April security patch, technically, hasn’t been fully released when Samsung started its rollout. Google follows a pattern of rolling out the update to its Pixel smartphones on the first Monday of every month, this month landing on April 5. Samsung April 2021 security update — what’s new That same April 5 date is when the changes and security improvements made in the patch are officially detailed. So that presents a lack of information when it comes to Samsung rolling out the April 2021 security update to its lineup starting in late March, at least from a technical standpoint on the security changes. Often, though, Samsung will also bring minor UI tweaks to its monthly security updates, and the April 2021 patch is no different. As captured by the folks at SamMobile, one of the notable changes is an expansion of Portrait Mode. The feature was previously limited to the telephoto and ultrawide cameras only on some devices, but the April patch seems to extend functionality to the main camera. Devices with Samsung’s April 2021 security update Which devices are set to get the April 2021 update from Samsung? The list of devices getting monthly updates right now is quite hefty, and as of April 1, several models have already been updated. You can see devices that have been updated so far in the list below. The list below is being updated as new rollouts begin or expand to new regions and carriers. New additions will be marked in bold. Galaxy S Series Samsung’s true flagship series is usually among the first to see monthly updates, and this month the rollout started on March 29 with the current flagship family, the Galaxy S21 series. The download on S21 devices weighs in at over 1GB and started in India, but has since expanded on a mostly global scale. The update has expanded to the S20 FE and S10 series, and on April 1 it showed up on the Galaxy S9+ in Germany. The full list of Galaxy S devices with the April update include: Galaxy S21 — G99xxXXU2AUC8 Galaxy S21+ — G99xxXXU2AUC8 Galaxy S21 Ultra — G998BXXU2AUC8 Galaxy S20 FE — G780FXXS2CUC8 Galaxy S10 — G97xxXXU9FUCD Galaxy S10+ — G97xxXXU9FUCD Galaxy S10e — G97xxXXU9FUCD Galaxy S9+ — G96xFXXUFFUC6 Galaxy A Series The mid-range Galaxy A series is perhaps among the best-updated affordable smartphone lineup, and the latest release, Galaxy A52, is already getting its April update. The A52 saw its rollout start on March 30. Galaxy A52 — A525FXXU1AUC5 Galaxy Foldables Samsung’s super-premium foldable smartphones are sometimes slow to get major updates, but they’re right on track with monthly security patches. The April patch hit Galaxy Z Fold 2 on March 29 and has since expanded. The update is also available on the original Galaxy Fold as of March 31. Galaxy Z Fold 2 — F916BXXU1DUCE Galaxy Fold — F900FXXU4EUCF Galaxy Note Series As the Note stares down the barrel of death, support isn’t really waning. On March 29 the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ saw rollouts begin for the April patch and on April 1st, the update started rolling out Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra in select regions including on US carriers such as AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Galaxy Note 20 Ultra — N986U1XXX2DUC8 Galaxy Note 20 — N986U1XXX2DUC8 Galaxy Note 10 — N97xFXXU6FUCD Galaxy Note 10+ — N97xFXXU6FUCD Galaxy Tab Series Samsung rolled out the April security patch to the Galaxy Tab S6 on March 31. Galaxy Tab S6 — T865XXU4CUC1 Source: Samsung April 2021 security update is rolling out now to these Galaxy devices
  14. The repairable Fairphone 2 gets an Android update five years after launch Securing the not-so-fresh Android 9 update wasn't easy. Fairphone Despite the best efforts of the right to repair movement, most popular smartphones are still notoriously hard to fix through DIY means. In 2013, ethical phone company Fairphone set out to change that, starting with its eponymous handset free of conflict materials, later adding a modular design to its successor and more recycled plastics to subsequent devices. In keeping with its sustainability ethos, today Fairphone is rolling out an Android 9 update for its five-year-old Fairphone 2. That effectively means the handset, the company's first modular device, can keep chugging on by receiving security updates. Owners can also take advantage of Android 9 features such as adaptive battery, predictive app actions and gesture navigation. Yes, the update is more than two years late, but it's still a rare feat for a niche device. Plus, getting here hasn't been easy for the Dutch "social enterprise" company. Though it's sold 115,000 Fairphone 2 handsets, it's also had to grapple with procurement setbacks for spare parts. Its biggest challenge was estimating how many components to stockpile for the long-term once phone production stopped. In fact, Fairphone says the convoluted supply chain logistics caused it to permanently go out of stock of the Fairphone 2's bottom module. In addition, the company says it had to overcome the unique task of developing the phone's software without the help of a chipset vendor. In order to obtain the Android 9 update, it had to pass around 477,000 Google tests to get its seal of approval, marking the second time it has been granted the certification without Qualcomm's support. Overall, the issues are symptomatic of the problems facing tech startups, particularly those seeking to overturn prevalent business models. As for the longevity of its latest devices, the company is promising an Android 11 update for the FairPhone 3 and 3+ in the second half of this year. A full software roadmap will be published detailing all its support until 2024 and it's also pledged to ensure spare parts and accessory sales until at least August of that year. Source: The repairable Fairphone 2 gets an Android update five years after launch
  15. Wear OS is Getting a Mystery “Platform Update” Soon Every time we share the sad story of Wear OS and how it always seems on the brink of being put to bed, Google randomly shows up and tells us about some sort of new feature on the horizon or that an update is coming soon. It’s almost never anything huge, but today the company teased a platform update that will arrive this spring and include 3rd party Tiles from app developers. In a blog post from Google, the company focused specifically on Tiles, to be clear, because they are going to allow app developers to create their own tiles that can be displayed on Wear OS. Tiles, for those not familiar, are cards that live off to the right side of a Wear OS watch’s home screen. They can display weather, fitness info, let you fire up a workout, give you a view of your calendar, etc. They are kind of like widgets or informational cards. Up until this point, Google hasn’t allowed Wear OS app makers to add to the Tiles list on watches and instead only shows some from Google and a few from the watchmaker. By allowing 3rd party apps to have their own Tiles, this seems like a big opportunity to bring a renewed focus to apps on Google’s not-very-popular wearable platform. Now, as far as the “platform update” is concerned, Google didn’t say what we can expect in that update other than 3rd party Tiles. Being a platform update, and with rumors surrounding Samsung and Google partnering again on Wear OS watches, they once again grabbed our attention and have us stupidly crossing our fingers for something big. Please be big? // Android Developers Blog Source: Wear OS is Getting a Mystery “Platform Update” Soon
  16. Apple releases iOS 14.4.1 and macOS 11.2.3 to address a WebKit vulnerability The company recommends downloading the updates as soon as possible. Chris Velazco / Engadget Apple has released a set of updates it recommends all iPhone, iPad and Mac users download as soon as possible. No, iOS 14.5 and Big Sur 11.3 aren’t out yet. Instead, what we have are iOS 14.4.1 and macOS 11.2.3. When you download them on your devices, all you’ll get is a terse explanation from Apple saying that they’re “important.” However, the support pages spotted by 9to5Mac provide more information. Both updates address a memory corruption issue within WebKit, the engine that powers Apple’s Safari browser. The vulnerability, which was discovered by security researchers from Google and Microsoft, may have allowed bad actors to execute code on your devices using “maliciously crafted” web content. On iOS, you can manually download an update to your iPhone or iPad by opening the Settings app, and then tapping “General” followed by “Software Update.” Meanwhile, on macOS, open the System Preferences menu and click on “Software Update.” Source: Apple releases iOS 14.4.1 and macOS 11.2.3 to address a WebKit vulnerability
  17. Surface Laptop 1 and 2 get new firmware and driver updates It's time once again for a new batch of Surface firmware and driver updates from Microsoft. The company is rolling out a handful of new updates for both the first and second generations of the Surface Laptop, and as tends to be the case, the focus is on improving the overall stability of the system. The list of updates is nearly identical for the two devices, though there are a couple of differences. For the first-generation Surface Laptop, you'll be seeing these updates: Windows Update History Name Device Manager Name Update Intel Corporation – Display – 27.20.100.8682 Intel(R) HD Graphics – Display adapters Improves graphics and system stability. Intel - Extension - 1952.14.0.1470 Intel(R) ICLS Client - Extension Addresses security updates and improves system stability. Intel – SoftwareComponent - 1.62.321.1 Intel(R) ICLS Client - Software devices Addresses security updates and improves system stability. Intel - System - 2040.100.0.1029 Intel(R) Management Engine Interface - System devices Addresses security updates and improves system stability. Surface - Firmware - 11.8.82.3838 Surface ME - Firmware Addresses security updates and improves system stability. If you have a Surface Laptop 2, the first update on that list is replaced by version 27.20.100.8681, but the update notes are the same. You also get an additional update: Windows Update History Name Device Manager Name Update Intel Corporation – Extension – 27.20.100.8681 Intel® Display Graphics Adapter Driver - Extension Addresses security updates and improves system stability. Neither device has any known issues noted by Microsoft after these updates. As per usual, you'll need to be running Windows 10 version 1903 or newer for the updates to show up, but you should already be doing that considering version 1903 has been unsupported since December. It's also worth noting that the updates may roll out gradually, so you may not get it right away. Source: Surface Laptop 1 and 2 get new firmware and driver updates
  18. Intel graphics driver version 27.20.100.9316 fixes Iris Xe/Xe Max game launch crashes Intel released the 27.20.100.9316 DCH graphics driver today, and it comes with a developer highlight with support for the New Level Zero loader layer tracing API. Other highlights for this driver include a fix for crash seen when launching Outriders on Intel Iris Xe Max graphics, game loading time improvements for Death Stranding on Intel Iris Xe and stability fixes have arrived for the DaVinci Resolve video editing software on Intel Iris Xe Max graphics. Here is the full list of fixes included in this release, which has good news for Intel graphics users who are still experiencing intermittent crashes when launching Cyberpunk 2077 and other titles: Crash seen when launching Outriders* on Intel® Iris® Xe Max graphics. Performance bottleneck fix for 3DMark Mesh Shader feature test* (Mesh Shaders off) on Intel® Iris® Xe and Xe Max graphics. Stability fixes for DaVinci Resolve* on Intel® Iris® Xe Max graphics. Intermittent crash or hang seen in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege* (DX11), Cyberpunk 2077* (DX12) when starting gameplay on Intel® Iris® Xe and Xe Max graphics. Intermittent crash or hang seen in Battlefield 4* when changing Anti-aliasing deferred settings on Intel® Iris® Xe graphics. Intermittent crash or hang seen in Hunt: Showdown*, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare* (DX12). Black screen observed in Dirt Rally* when game play is switched to full screen using ALT + ENTER on Intel® cIris® Xe graphics. Minor graphic anomalies observed in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare* (DX12) while game loading in cutscenes and during gameplay on Intel® Iris® Xe graphics. Minor graphic anomalies observed during gameplay in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt* on Intel® Iris® Xe and Xe Max graphics. Corruption or crash seen in Talos Principle* (Vulkan) after changing game settings on Intel® Iris® Xe Max graphics. Crash seen while starting new game in Crysis: Remastered* on 10th Generation Intel® Core™ processors with Intel Iris Plus graphics. No Visual difference seen when changing Texture filtering in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands* (DX12). Teamfight Tactics* game may disconnect when starting gameplay on Intel® Iris® Xe graphics. LCD may show garbage during WMV movie playback with high CPU usage on Intel® Iris® Xe graphics. Brightness may not update as expected while adjusting brightness in Battery mode on Intel® Iris® Xe graphics. Flickering may be observed in PC screen mode only on Intel® Iris® Xe graphics. System may not show output when connected through dock with multiple monitors on Intel® Iris® Xe graphics. Black screen observed after unplugging dock with three monitors in combined mode. This release also adds a developer highlight with the following change: Support for New Level Zero loader layer tracing API. Crashes haven't been fixed entirely, however, as seen in the known issues list of this driver release: Intermittent crash or hang may be seen in Dark Souls III*, Dirt 5* (DX12) on Intel® Iris® Xe and Xe Max graphics. Intermittent crash or hang may be seen in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War* (DX12), Watch Dogs: Legion* (DX12) when starting new campaign, Total War Warhammer 2 (DX12) when loading campaign mode / benchmark on Intel® Iris® Xe graphics. Intermittent crash or hang may be seen in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint* (DX11), Metro Exodus* (DX12) when changing graphics settings, Destiny 2* (with anti-cheat enabled). Minor graphic anomalies may be observed in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla* (DX12), Baldur’s Gate 3 (Vulkan), Forza Horizon 4* (DX12), Hitman 2* (DX12), Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint* (DX11), Watch Dogs: Legion* (DX12), Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice* on Intel® Iris® Xe and Xe Max graphics. Minor graphic anomalies may be observed in Cyberpunk 2077* (DX12), Far Cry: New Dawn* when starting from a saved file, MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries* (DX12), Gears of War Ultimate Edition* (DX12), Wolfenstein: Youngblood* (Vulkan), 3D Mark Time Spy Extreme benchmark (DX12) on Intel® Iris® Xe graphics. Minor graphic anomalies may be observed in Code Vein*, Death Stranding* (DX12), Madden NFL 21* (DX12) on Intel® Iris® Xe Max graphics. Lag may be observed while playing a 4K/2K/ Full HD video in 8K60 Tiled mode with application window maximized on Intel® Iris® Xe graphics. With Adaptive Sync Enabled, DX9 games (DOTA 2 and Counter Strike: GO) may hang after monitor unplug or setting "PC screen only" on Intel® Iris® Xe graphics. Flicker may be observed on internal panel when resizing any 4K video window on Intel® Iris® Xe graphics. Display blank out seen on external display while switching from single display HDMI 2.0 to Clone or extend mode on Intel® Iris® Xe graphics. The driver is now available for users on Windows 10 version 1709 Fall Creators Update or higher. See the complete compatibility list on the official release notes here. The newly released 27.20.100.9316 Intel graphics driver can be downloaded by heading here, where it weighs in at around 420MB. Source: Intel graphics driver version 27.20.100.9316 fixes Iris Xe/Xe Max game launch crashes
  19. Microsoft Teams update is rolling out with new dark UI, Fluent Design icons Microsoft has been working hard on enabling Fluent Design for Windows 10 and Microsoft 365 products, and it’s now started rolling out new icons for Microsoft Teams with version 1.4.00.4167. As part of the redesign, which Microsoft calls “Fluent Design” or “modern design”, Teams for Windows 10 is getting updated with new rounded icons for various buttons, such as conversation, meeting notes, participants and more. In addition to Fluent Design icons, Microsoft Teams is also getting a darker dark theme, which is activated automatically if you’re already using dark mode. The update appears to be rolling out in phases, with users first getting access to the new dark mode and then new icons. This update also includes new background colours and styling changes for Windows, macOS and all web browsers. As you can see in the above screenshot, Microsoft Teams now features a subtly tweaked dark mode, which is now darker (black). Microsoft has also updated the background colours and the bright purple colour has been removed from Teams dark version The left navigation pane now uses Fluent Design drop shadows to enable modern appearance and the effect is apparently more visible in the light theme. In addition to styling changes, Fluent Design icons with rounded corners are now available as well. These changes were first introduced in January in the new Public Preview of Teams – a new program that the Redmond firm launched early this year to test bigger changes with a group of enthusiasts. Microsoft Teams polls integration to get even better Later this month, Microsoft is also planning to start rolling out new features for the built-in polls tab in Teams. One of the new features is ‘intelligent poll suggestions’, which has been designed to help organizers create polls optimized for the current meeting and improve engagement in Teams. Plus, there’ll be a new optional feature to add text answers in polls. Source: Microsoft Teams update is rolling out with new dark UI, Fluent Design icons
  20. Google Pixel update lets you take photos underwater, sleep better and more The latest update for Google Pixel phones brings several new and improved features. Google's Pixel phones are getting more cool features. Stephen Shankland/CNET Google on Monday announced what Pixel users could expect from March updates. The updates, which will start rolling out Monday, feature underwater photography, more sharable recordings, Smart Compose for text messages, sleep schedule help with Pixel Stand and new wallpaper for cultural events throughout the year. This month, Pixel's camera features will work underwater as well as on land. With the Kraken Sports' Universal Smart Phone Housing to protect the phone from the water, divers can capture underwater images with the Pixel's Night Sight, Portrait Mode, Motion Photos and video. The March update will also include the ability to share links of your audio recordings from the Pixel's Recorder app with non-Pixel users. Smart Compose is also coming to text messages to make responding to messages faster. In addition, if you use a Pixel Stand, new updates in the clock app can help you establish a healthier sleep routine. Users will also get new phone wallpaper to celebrate events throughout the year, like International Women's Day. Since it was announced Monday, the update might not show up on your device right away. If you own the Pixel 3, Pixel 3A, Pixel 4, Pixel 4A or Pixel 5, the update should be on the way, but the arrival could vary based on your mobile carrier. Source: Google Pixel update lets you take photos underwater, sleep better and more
  21. Windows 10 KB4598291 update fixes device deactivation, responsiveness issues Microsoft has released the KB4598291 release preview cumulative update for all editions of Windows 10 and Windows Server versions 2004 and 20H2, with fixes for device deactivation issues and unresponsiveness while playing games in full-screen. After installing the KB4598291 non-security update you may experience issues with system and user certificates getting lost when updating from Windows 10 1809 or later versions utilizing outdated update media. More details on the types of updates Microsoft releases every month can be found in the Windows 10 update servicing cadence primer. KB4598291 update highlights With the KB4598291 monthly "C" release preview update, Microsoft addresses an issue that would incorrectly deactivate some Windows 10 Education devices following an upgrade to Windows 10, version 2004. The update also fixes a bug causing Windows 10 devices to stop responding when playing games in tablet mode or in full-screen. Other highlights included in this update: Updates an issue with using Ctrl+Caps Lock and Alt+Caps Lock to switch to Hiragana or Katakana mode respectively after upgrading to Windows 10, version 2004. Updates an issue that prevents you from opening a document that is on the Windows desktop. Updates an issue that creates duplicate cloud provider folders in the File Explorer navigation pane. Updates an issue with some special key combinations used in DaYi, Yi, and Array IMEs that might cause an application to stop working. Updates an issue that displays a blank lock screen after a device wakes up from Hibernate. Corrects historical daylight savings time (DST) information for the Palestinian Authority. Updates an issue that might cause the Alt+Tab order to change unexpectedly and cause you to switch to the wrong window. Updates an issue that fails to show Extract all on the shortcut menu when you right-click an online-only ZIP file. What's changed in KB4598291 Given KB4598291 is a preview update, it is considered optional, and it will not be installed automatically by Windows 10. To install it manually, you have to open Windows Update and 'Check for updates.' You’ll then find the link to download and install the update by going to the 'Optional updates available' area. The update can also be downloaded manually from the Microsoft Catalog. After installing this update, Windows 10, version 2004 will be updated to build 19041.789 and Windows 10, version 20H2 to build 19042.789. Microsoft recommends installing the latest servicing stack update (SSU) installed before this cumulative update is deployed to minimize issues with this update. If you are using Windows Update, the latest servicing stack update will be installed for you automatically. Here is the full list of key quality improvements and fixes delivered by this update: Updates the default values for the following Internet Explorer registry keys (in addition, these values will no longer be updated automatically): svcKBFWLink = “ ” (empty string) svcKBNumber = “ ” (empty string) svcUpdateVersion = 11.0.1000. Enables administrators to disable standalone Internet Explorer using a Group Policy while continuing to use Microsoft Edge's IE Mode. Enables you to configure certain policies that support Microsoft Edge IE Mode using mobile device management (MDM). Addresses an issue in the Universal C Run-time Library (UCRT) that causes printf() to incorrectly round floating point values. Addresses an issue that displays a User Account Control (UAC) dialog box unexpectedly when you turn on speech recognition. Addresses an issue that fails to notify the target application when you select the Copy link command on the Share menu. Addresses an issue that causes the 64-bit fmod() and remainder() functions to damage the Floating Point Unit (FPU) stack. Addresses an issue that causes a stop error or causes a device to stop responding when you play a game in full-screen or tablet mode. Addresses an issue with using Ctrl+Caps Lock and Alt+Caps Lock to switch to Hiragana or Katakana mode respectively after upgrading to Windows 10, version 2004. Addresses an issue that prevents you from opening a document that is on the Windows desktop and generates the error, “The directory name is invalid.” This issue occurs after changing the desktop location in the Location tab of the Desktop Properties dialog box (File Explorer > This PC > Desktop). Addresses an issue that creates duplicate cloud provider folders in the File Explorer navigation pane. Addresses an issue that occurs when the Mandatory Profile check box is selected when you copy a user profile. Addresses an issue that prevents ImmGetCompositionString() from returning the white space for furigana when using the Japanese Input Method Editor (IME). Addresses an issue with some special key combinations used in DaYi, Yi, and Array IMEs that might cause an application to stop working. Addresses an issue that displays a blank lock screen after a device wakes up from Hibernate. Corrects historical daylight savings time (DST) information for the Palestinian Authority. Adds support for serial number control using the registry. Addresses an issue that incorrectly deactivates some Windows 10 Education devices after upgrading to Windows 10, version 2004. Addresses an issue that causes the upload of diagnostic logs to a management service, such as Microsoft Intune, to fail. The failure occurs because of a network time-out on a slow network. Displays a notification to a user when an administrator signs in to an MDM service, such as Microsoft Intune, to find the location of a managed device. Addresses an issue that prevents users from using their smart card credentials when the user hint is the domain credential name (domain\username). Addresses an issue in which using local Service for User (S4U) affects Data Protection API (DPAPI) credential keys and causes users to sign out unexpectedly. Addresses an issue that causes the silent mode deployment of BitLocker to fail with the error 0x80310001. This issue occurs when deploying BitLocker encryption to Hybrid Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) joined devices. Addresses an issue that might cause a black screen to appear or delay signing in to Hybrid Azure Active Directory joined machines. Additionally, there is no access to login.microsoftonline.com. Addresses an issue that might cause systems that use BitLocker to stop working with the error 0x120 (BITLOCKER_FATAL_ERROR). Addresses an issue that causes a device to stop working when deploying Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager if AppLocker is enabled on the device. Addresses an issue that cause the LSASS.exe process to leak memory on a server that is under a heavy authentication load when Kerberos Armoring (Flexible Authentication Secure Tunneling (FAST)) is enabled. Addresses an issue that causes LSASS.exe to stop working because of a race condition that results in a double free error in Schannel. The exception code is c0000374, and the Event Log displays Schannel event 36888, fatal error code 20, and error state 960. This issue occurs after installing Windows updates from September 2020 and later. Addresses a memory leak issue that occurs when you authenticate a client certificate on servers that are configured as domain controllers. Addresses an issue with Virtual Interrupt Notification Assert (VINA) interrupts. Addresses an issue with HTTP caching that interferes with kiosk mode that targets Azure AD groups. Addresses an issue that occurs when a Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) snapshot triggers on virtual machines (VM) that contain Resilient File System (ReFS) volumes. The triggered VSS snapshot fails with a time-out and prevents access to the ReFS volume for 30 minutes. Addresses an issue that incorrectly logs Extensible Storage Engine Technology (ESENT) event 642 in the Application Event Log. Addresses an issue with Administrative Template settings you configure using a Group Policy Object (GPO). When you change the value of the policy settings to NOT CONFIGURED, the system fails to remove the previous settings. This issue is most noticeable with roaming user profiles. Addresses an issue that might cause a deadlock in Windows Virtual Desktop when a user disconnects before a driver fully loads. Addresses an issue that fails to show Extract all on the shortcut menu when you right-click an online-only ZIP file. Updates the process for enrolling in online speech recognition. If you are already enrolled, you will see a message that asks you to review the new settings. If you choose not to contribute your speech data for human review, you can still use online speech recognition. The new settings contain one button to turn on online speech recognition and another button that turns on the collection of your voice clips. If you turn on the collection of your voice clips, you can turn it off at any time using the same button in the new settings page. Addresses an issue that prevents the Start menu, Cortana, and tiles pinned to the Taskbar from opening. This issue occurs when an administrator copies an existing profile that has the Mandatory Profile check box selected. Windows 10 KB4598291 update fixes device deactivation, responsiveness issues
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    Firefox auto updates

    Hello to all First, I apologize not to be in the right place. I have some difficulties to navigate in this new presentation. I didn't find where open my topic... Sorry for the inconvenience. Tired of looking for solutions that don't work, let me explain a proglem I have with Firefox. While I understand that automatic updates allow for patches and improvements, I would like to stay in control of these updates. The first thing i did, of course, is to check the "check for updates, but leave you decide..." in the options. But - i don't know why - Firefox changes the setting by itself and I end up with automatic updates. Then, I applied other methods (modification of ini files...) but nothing works. I would like this parameter to remain as I want it. If someone had a solution... Thank you in advance
  23. Major Flight Simulator update finally brings VR support, new locations, and a ton of fixes As promised in last week’s development update, Microsoft has released Flight Simulator Sim Update 2, bringing new content, much-awaited support for VR, a ton of bug fixes, and other improvements. The update bears version number 1.12.13.0 and is rolling out to all users now. The first of the content additions are 12 new “iconic landmarks” which feature festive holiday lights that the company wants users to discover. The firm urges users to tweet these locations when they find them, adding that it has added three bonus locations depending on the update served to users. The other significant announcement today is the addition of support for VR. Users with OpenXR-compliant Head Mounted Displays (HMDs) can now play the game in a virtual reality setting by heading into the in-game menus and enabling the feature. As for other in-game additions, there are new Sam and Rufus liveries – from the holiday commercial – for the Aviat Pitts Special S2S, new Airbus A320neo training missions, free Aviators club livery for all airplanes, and much more. Alongside the free content, the firm has fixed a multitude of bugs and performance issues across the simulator. These include overall game performance, UI and audio fixes, improvements to the ATC, and a huge list of fixes for airplanes. There are fixes for issues reported with copilot behavior, avionics, and other optimizations, which apply to all aircraft. There are also aircraft-specific fixes for General Aviation planes and Airliners. Here is everything new that’s been added with Sim Update 2: NEW CONTENT Virtual Reality is now available to all users as a free update for all OpenXR-compliant headsets! Visit the VR options menu in-game to enable the feature. Two new training missions will help you take off and land with the Airbus A320neo. Live Weather is enhanced with Meteo blue data to include snow and ice coverage. Spotlight Event now features an Airbus A320neo Landing Challenge. See how well you do after training! Sam and Rufus liveries for the Aviat Pitts Special S2S Aviators club livery for all 30 planes available in the Marketplace for free! Test pilot livery for all 30 planes will be granted to all Alpha and Beta testers! And here are the complete list of fixes and improvements: PERFORMANCE AND STABILITY Fixed an issue where standard animations on air traffic planes could crash the game. ATC memory footprint has been optimized NAVIGATION/ATC Fix choosing closed runway on the World map Fix ATC pronouncing airport name letter by letter Fix ATC giving wrong altitude if first approach waypoint has no altitude descriptor UI New Content manager menu Reactivity” and “Extremity dead zone” parameters have been added to the device sensitivity screen Copilot is no longer turned on through different play sessions Visual help has been added to highlight instruments during tutorials You can now map buttons / switches numbered higher than 30 using the Search option in the Input box Scroll is now available for camera toolbar panel In Controls Options, the profile description of a newly plugged peripheral is now displayed Performance in the marketplace has been improved Various accessibility issues have been fixed Fixed VFR map becoming transparent when resizing AUDIO Ground SFX improvements on Textron aircrafts Kinematic sounds improvements on aerobatic planes Added seatbelt & no smoking chimes in airliners Bug fix and polish on instruments, buttons and flight control SFX Fixed no audio heard when aircraft flies over Outer marker beacon WORLD Fixed flickering clouds for some specific GPUs Fixed sun flare flickering on certain occasions OR in certain situations Reduced density of lights on secondary roads in the countryside Fixed taxi ribbon displayed inside the cockpit PLANES All aircraft shared fixes and improvements General Aviation fixes and improvements Airliners shared fixes and improvements Boeing airliners Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner Airbus A320Neo There is, however, one known issue with the update: Aircraft can crash when landing on frozen water. You can activate the No crash mode in the dev mode menu to avoid crashes in this situation. Overall, the update is a welcome one for users and fans of the simulator, especially during the holidays. The fixes to all the aspects of the game should improve the sim experience for all users. The Redmond firm has also confirmed that it will be bringing Flight Simulator to the Xbox Series X | S next summer, so console gamers will have to wait longer. Major Flight Simulator update finally brings VR support, new locations, and a ton of fixes
  24. Today, we’re releasing the first preview of x64 emulation for ARM64 devices to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel starting with the Build 21277. It can be installed on Windows 10 on ARM PCs by following the instructions as explained in this blog post. When we first launched Windows 10 on ARM in late 2017, the long tail of apps customers needed were dominated by 32-bit-only x86 applications, so we focused our efforts on building an x86 emulator that could run the broad ecosystem of Windows apps seamlessly and transparently. Over time, the ecosystem has moved more toward 64-bit-only x64 apps and we’ve heard the feedback that customers would like to see those x64 apps running on ARM64. That’s why we are working on expanding the capability of our emulation to include x64 applications and sharing this first preview to gather feedback. While we’re expanding the capabilities of our emulator, for the best possible experience we recommend developers support their apps natively on ARM64. ARM64 apps are fully supported in our Windows SDK and Visual Studio 2017 onwards, and we encourage our developers to recompile their apps for ARM64. In this preview, you can install x64 apps from the Microsoft Store or from any other location of your choosing. You can try key x64-only productivity apps like Autodesk Sketchbook, as well as games like Rocket League. Other apps, like Chrome, which run today on ARM64 as 32-bit apps, can run as 64-bit using the new x64 emulation capability. These apps may benefit from having more memory when run as 64-bit emulated apps. In the spirit of the Dev Channel, this capability is still in development and will continue to improve in both compatibility and performance over time, so some of the apps you try running in emulation may not work initially. As you test and try the build, share your feedback with us on the experience in Windows Feedback Hub by using the subcategory x64 Apps on ARM. Your feedback will play a key role in ensuring we are aware of the scenarios most important to you so we can focus on refining them as we provide updates in the coming months. For the best app performance, please install a preview version of the Qualcomm Adreno graphics driver from the following locations: Samsung Galaxy Book S: https://aka.ms/x64previewdriver Lenovo Flex 5G: https://aka.ms/x64previewdriver Surface Pro X: https://aka.ms/x64previewdriverprox Additionally, to support running both ARM64 and x64 C++ applications at the same time, please install a preview version of the ARM64 C++ redistributable from https://aka.ms/arm64previewredist. These steps will not be required in future Insider Preview builds. With developers increasingly supporting ARM64 apps natively, emulating x64 apps is an important step in our journey with Windows 10 on ARM. Through working with Qualcomm Technologies, Windows 10 on ARM PCs continue to deliver incredible battery life, connectivity capabilities with 4G LTE and 5G, and immersive experiences with AI acceleration, pen and touch capabilities – all features we believe to be more essential as we work, learn, and connect from home and other remote locations. From the unveiling of new Windows 10 on ARM devices like the Acer Spin 7, the Lenovo Flex 5G and the new Surface Pro X, to the announcement of compatibility on ARM through App Assure, the releases of ARM64-native Microsoft Teams, a fully optimized browsing experience with native Microsoft Edge, to the OpenGL/OpenCL compatibility layer, and the beta version of ARM64-native Photoshop as well as ARM64-native Adobe Lightroom that was released this week – we are committed to listening to customer feedback to ensure Windows 10 on ARM provides a great customer experience. We look forward to the feedback from our Windows Insider community. If you’d like to try the emulation preview and are not yet part of the Windows Insider Program you can join here. source: https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/2020/12/10/introducing-x64-emulation-in-preview-for-windows-10-on-arm-pcs-to-the-windows-insider-program/
  25. Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20277 (FE_RELEASE) to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. Starting today, we are giving Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel the option to receive builds from the RS_PRERELEASE branch. These builds will be offered as an optional update through the “seeker” experience in Windows Update. This means Insiders will have to go and choose to install the currently offered RS_PRERELEASE build. Today, Insiders can choose to install Build 21277. Once they do, they will continue to receive RS_PRERELEASE builds going forward. Insiders who choose to stay put will continue to automatically get builds from the FE_RELEASE until we move all Insiders in the Dev Channel to receiving RS_PRERELEASE builds sometime after the holidays. We still need Insiders running FE_RELEASE builds and giving us feedback on these builds so its ok if you choose to stay on these builds. Be sure to check the list of known issues below. The list of fixes and known issues between FE_RELEASE builds and RS_PRERELEASE builds will NOT be the same. As a reminder, Dev Channel builds are not matched to a specific Windows 10 release. IMPORTANT NOTE: Once an Insider chooses to install a RS_PRERELEASE build, they cannot move back to receiving FE_RELEASE builds as their device will be on a higher build number. Insiders will still have the option to roll back to a previous version for up to 10 days or until you take another build. Fixes We fixed an issue that could result in the WinRE volume label being lost after multiple upgrades. We fixed an issue that could result in apps failing to update with error code 0x80073D02. Known issues We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build. Live previews for pinned sites aren’t enabled for all Insiders yet, so you may see a grey window when hovering over the thumbnail in the taskbar. We’re continuing to work on polishing this experience. We’re working on enabling the new taskbar experience for existing pinned sites. In the meantime, you can unpin the site from the taskbar, remove it from the edge://apps page, and then re-pin the site. We’re working on a fix for an issue resulting in some users seeing error 0x80070426 when using their Microsoft account to sign into various apps. If you encounter it, rebooting your PC may resolve this. We’re working on a fix for an issue where, in recent Dev Channel builds, no drives appear under Settings > System > Storage > Manage Disks and Volumes. As a workaround, you can manage your disks in the classic Disk Management tool. Updates for developers The Windows SDK is now flighting continuously with the Dev Channel. Whenever a new OS build is flighted to the Dev Channel, the corresponding SDK will also be flighted. You can always install the latest Insider SDK from aka.ms/InsiderSDK. SDK flights will be archived in Flight Hub along with OS flights. Important Insider Links You can check out our Windows Insider Program documentation here, including a list of all the new features and updates released in builds so far. Are you not seeing any of the features list for this build? Check your Windows Insider Settings to make sure you’re in the Dev Channel. Submit feedback here to let us know if things weren’t working the way you expected. If you want a complete look at what build is in which Insider ring, head over to Flight Hub. Please note, there will be a slight delay between when a build is flighted and when Flight Hub is updated. source: https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/2020/12/10/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-20277/
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