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  2. Apple is asking retail workers to take on tech support roles by Usman Khan Lodhi Apple, which closed all 458 non-China stores indefinitely, is asking store workers to temporarily take on tech support roles so the Cupertino firm has enough workers to handle customer requests. While the program is not mandatory, a portion of retail staff is participating to become work-from-home AppleCare employees. Although Apple promised to pay employees while they are not working, some workers informed Bloomberg that they were being urged by their managers to participate in the program. Some retail workers were sent forms to sign up while those who don't wish to are being asked to state the reason behind their choice. Deirdre O’Brien, Retail Chief at Apple, said in a video message on Friday that the effort "has been going great." Regardless of participation in the program, all retail workers are being paid their full salaries and benefits, Apple has confirmed. Moreover, the employees participating in the program are not being asked to work beyond their regular hours. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, almost all of the corporate employees, including engineers, have switched to working from home. Resultantly, the company has faced several product delays, as it adjusts in time of crisis. Employees participating in the program are required to have a quiet workspace with room for a 27-inch iMac, which the firm will provide, a strong internet connection, and participation in a visual training exercise to be held within the next two weeks. O'Brien informed workers that the opening of Apple stores would be dependent on local conditions. The firm plans to bring operations back to normal as early as the first half of April. Source: Bloomberg
  3. I've been using Windy myself for a few years. I live in a area that gets hit by hurricanes, making it a great place to help track it.
  4. Yup. Douchey move.
  5. More high dollar tech HTC will abandon by fall. No thanks HTC.
  6. Microsoft Editor Edge and Chrome extensions now available by Abhay Venkatesh Microsoft announced a rebranding of the Office 365 Home and Personal services yesterday, along with a bunch of other features and services coming to the subscription service such as Teams for consumers and more. The Redmond giant also announced new Microsoft Editor features that help check spellings and grammar errors in Office apps and on the web. Just a day after the announcement, the Microsoft Editor extensions for Chrome and Edge have gone live. The extensions can be downloaded from the Edge Add-ons store or from the Chrome Web Store. Once installed, an Editor icon is placed on the toolbar in either of the browsers. Users can log in to their Microsoft accounts or the accounts that they use for their Office subscriptions through the browser. Office subscribers get premium features such as Refinements, while users with Microsoft accounts get standard grammar and spell check features. In addition to the Spelling, Grammar, and Refinements features, users can also enable the extension to show synonyms for spelling suggestions from the Editor settings. There is also an option to disable proofing on sites that you do not want the Editor to actively check for errors. The extension will also be disabled on sites with “sensitive content” or those with slow loading speeds. The company adds that currently, the browser extensions do not let users chose between multiple Refinements or phrase suggestions. It also does not include the full set of refinements that are available in the web version of Word. However, the firm will be adding more features to the extension with constant updates in the coming months.
  7. Hurricane Andrew

    Apple acquires Dark Sky Weather app, kills Android version

    Screw you Apple...
  8. I need to try that out - Wunderground is such a glitchy mess now.
  9. "As far as worrying about a virus or malware, that's part of why I run Linux mostly. I know I'm not totally immune from stuff" But your close enough to immune (with Linux on Desktop) ; like being cautious on what runs on their computer paired with Linux makes ones chances of data loss from a virus on Linux at a bare minimum right off the start to where if someone did lose data on Linux from a virus, it's got to be on the rarer side of things unlike Windows where the average persons chances of data loss from a virus is much higher right off the start.
  10. Gears 5 Operation 3: Gridiron update brings Cole Train, new one-life mode, and more by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe Another quarterly free update has arrived right on time for Gears 5, with The Coalition today pushing out Operation 3: Gridiron to all players on Xbox One, Windows 10, Steam, and Xbox Game Pass. The update brings back several well-known characters from the long-running franchise, introduces a brand new game mode, several new maps, and much more. The four new multiplayer character drops in this update are Augustus "Cole Train" Cole, Clayton Carmine, Queen Myrrah, and Theron Guard. The two COG characters are available in Versus, Horde, and Escape modes, but the latter two are only playable in Versus. Meanwhile, the new game mode that the entire update is named after, Gridiron, is a hardcore, single-life, objective-based mode that has two teams trying to rush a flag over to the opponent's "endzone" to score points. See the above trailer to catch a glimpse at the new characters and the rapid Gridiron mode in play. As for maps, Operation Gridiron brings along the classic Gears of War map Canals as well as the brand new Pahanu map, which offers a jungle landscape to fight in with "organic cover, strong flanks, intimidating rifle positions and position-obscuring fauna." Moreover, Arena and Annex have arrived as two new 2 versus 2 maps. The developer added that it's working on more Versus and Horde maps for future updates. Other additions in this update include 32 new achievements with retroactive tracking, a new Barracks tileset for Escape, a new set of rewards in the Tour of Duty with an additional objective slot, halved XP needed for unlocking characters, and more. Head over here to get a rundown of the features included in this massive update, while complete patch notes can be found here.
  11. I think we all get a little lazy on data backup. but... the cardinal rule is one should have a BARE MINIMUM of two copies of their data on two different hard drives (or equivalent). ; people who ignore this, many will inevitably get burned and lose data at some point. ==========so even for the lazy types, the above info is a critical bare minimum unless you want to gamble with losing that data as I figure for lazy types they can easily do a simple COPY and PASTE to another hard drive which takes minimal effort/time========== but usually anything of higher importance(like family photos and the like), ill have at least the two hard drive copies and a backup on DVD (maybe occasional online backup encrypted on those free sites(but I don't rely on this too much but it's there for more extreme of situations)). because while it's not all that efficient with burning data to DVD from a $/time perspective, it should be fairly reliable if your using quality media(Verbatim/Taiyo Yuden) as I have media from these two that's about 10-15 years old and still going strong. but ill admit I do slack a bit on burning this stuff to DVD (I have some stuff on DVD but a fair portion of it is not currently on DVD) as it's kind of time consuming going through the pictures and tuning stuff before burning to DVD, which is why I usually just opt for the bare minimum option of two copies in total on two different hard drives since just doing that easy thing, which is not time consuming at all, should keep ones chances of data loss pretty low at least from a hardware failure standpoint. but there recommendation of having a backup in another physical location is also good advice but that would be for highest priority data only and it's probably not all that likely someone would have a house fire etc so this is mainly a option for those who are very cautious about their data. but I do agree it's a good idea to keep one copy of ones data offline to limit any potential damage from a virus and the like (but personally I am not worried about viruses etc).
  12. I think I'm missing some numbering here.... what happened with 13.4.1 to 13.4.4?
  13. Windy is much better anyways. I switched to Windy after IBM and TWC ruined Wunderground.
  14. Apple acquires Dark Sky Weather app, kills Android version by Rich Woods If you're a fan of the Dark Sky Weather app, you should know that things are about to change if you're not using iOS. The company announced today that it's been acquired by Apple, and pretty much anything that's not running on the Cupertino firm's products is about to be shut down. As of July 1, the Android app, the Wear OS app, and the website will stop working. Since it's a paid app, you'll be able to get a refund if you're still considered an active user. It will no longer be available for purchase or download starting immediately. The website will remain active to support the API and iOS users after that, but the API is only promised to work through the end of next year. And as of right now, you won't be able to sign up to use the API. Dark Sky also talked about how excited it is to be joining Apple, and as expected, it didn't disclose the conditions in which it made the transition to its new home.
  15. "Finally, there are a couple of extensions for the File Explorer Preview pane." Ummmm... Thought that was a dangerous idea these days. lol
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  17. Jazmac

    Mozilla begins bringing Fenix to Firefox Beta

    I'll wait on the reviews when it's released and stable. Then decide. For now, I'm all good with MSEdge
  18. PowerToys v0.16 adds image resizer, window walker, and preview pane tools by João Carrasqueira Microsoft's revival of PowerToys has been evolving at a rapid pace since its initial release, and today, the company has released yet another new update for the tool, bringing it to version 0.16. This release actually includes a handful of new features. First, there's an image resizer utility, which lets you resize multiple images at a time with a right-click in the Windows File Explorer. The tool offers a few preset resizing options, but you can also set a custom maximum size for the pictures. Then there's the window walker, an alternative to the Alt-Tab shortcut for switching apps. Instead of going through all your open apps one by one, window walker lets users run a text search through all of the open apps to find what they're looking for. Finally, there are a couple of extensions for the File Explorer Preview pane. These extensions let users preview files with both .md and .svg extensions in the File Explorer. In addition to the new utilities, there's a handful of improvements and fixes in this release: FancyZone improvements: Multi-Monitor improvement: Zone flipping switching now works between monitors! Simplified UX: Removed layout hot-swap and flashing due to multi-monitor lacking Fixed over 100 issues! Testing improvements 54 UX Functional tests 161 new Unit tests You can download the latest version of PowerToys from the GitHub releases page. If you're interested, you can go through all the commits made in preparation for this release here.
  19. Your backup solution does sound robust, but seems way too labor intensive. Maybe it is the lazy side of me talking, but I would be looking into ways to get the same number of copies at different locations without as much manual drive moving around. Maybe that is just the lazy side of me talking. Its whatever works for you and you are able to keep up with. I just know for myself, I would end up putting off some of those daily drive rotations. Hard to take labor out of a disconnected backup.
  20. Edge Dev build 83.0.467.0 is out with mostly fixes by Rich Woods It's still early in the week, but Microsoft today released this week's Edge Dev build, bringing the version number to 83.0.467.0. As usual, there's not a whole lot in the way of new features. All that's actually new in this build is the ability to resume downloads from the Downloads management page. As always, there are a bunch of fixes. Here are the fixes for improved reliability: Fixed an issue where watching protected video on certain devices sometimes causes a bluescreen. Note that this fix temporarily prevents certain video features from working until a more permanent fix can be put into place. Fixed an issue where navigating to certain websites sometimes crashes the browser. Fixed an issue where opening the Collections pane sometimes crashes the browser. Fixed an issue where adding an item to a Collection sometimes crashes the browser. Fixed a crash when exporting a Collection to a Word document. Fixed an issue where certain websites experience hangs when Tracking Prevention is enabled. Here are the fixes for changed behavior: Fixed an issue where inactive tabs no longer use the Windows accent color if it’s set to appear in title bars. Removed the ability to install or launch apps or PWAs from the … menu in InPrivate windows. Changed the link that appears on the Favorites Bar if there are no favorites there to go to the Favorites Management page instead of the Import page. Changed the behavior of installing websites as apps to no longer create a desktop shortcut as part of installation. Fixed an issue where certain websites report a problem with cookie settings. Fixed an issue where folders on the Favorites Bar sometimes don’t open. Fixed an issue where inking on a local PDF file and clicking the save button unexpectedly shows the Save As dialog. Fixed an issue on Mac where the video scrubber on the Touchbar was appearing for webpages that don’t have any video content. Fixed an issue where videos sometimes aren’t added properly to a Collection. Fixed an issue where adding an item from the new tab page to a Collection results in the wrong favicon being shown in the Collection. Finally, these are the known issues: Some users are seeing favorites get duplicated after we made some previous fixes in that area. The most common way this is triggered is by installing the Stable channel of Edge and then signing into it with an account that has already signed into Edge before. Fixing this should be easier now that the deduplicator tool is available. However, we’ve also seen duplication happen when running the deduplicator on multiple machines before either machine has a chance to fully sync its changes, so while we wait for some of the fixes we’ve made to come to Stable, make sure to leave plenty of time in between runs of the deduplicator. We hope that this will be improved once version 81 is released to Stable. After an initial fix for it recently, some users are still experiencing Edge windows becoming all black. Opening the Browser Task Manager (keyboard shortcut is shift + esc) and killing the GPU process usually fixes it. Note that this only appears to affect users with certain hardware, and is most easily triggered by resizing an Edge window. Some users are seeing “wobbling” behavior when scrolling using trackpad gestures or touchscreens, where scrolling in one dimension also causes the page to subtly scroll back and forth in the other. Note that this only affects certain websites and seems to be worse on certain devices. This is most likely related to our ongoing work to bring scrolling back to parity with Edge Legacy’s behavior, so if this behavior is undesirable, you can temporarily turn it off by disabling the edge://flags/#edge-experimental-scrolling flag. There are some issues where users with multiple audio output devices sometimes don’t get any sound from Edge. In one case, Edge becomes muted in the Windows Volume Mixer and unmuting it fixes it. In another, restarting the browser fixes it. At certain zoom levels, there is a noticeable line between the browser UI and the web contents. As always, the browser will update automatically to the new version at some point. If you just can't wait, you can go to Settings -> About Microsoft Edge to give it a push.
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