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  2. Because that worked so well with alcohol in the past and drugs now.
  3. Personally I think we should just ban all smoking.
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  5. Don't know about that, there are a lot of people and countries around the world that are not happy with Google forcing them to have all Google apps bundled together without being able to pick and choose. If Huawei allows phone makers with it's OS to pick and choose what apps can be set as default, many companies will be rubbing their hands with glee over that news as it will be a major opening to get into the market. Google knows this hence why it pleaded with the US government to back down on the trade war. I suspect if this does sell well, it likely will be in the Asian and European markets as we've seen a lot of resistant to Google apps being installed all together without any choice and also, phone companies will love this if they can pick and choose. Google could be in real trouble if sales numbers are decent on this. While I agree about bundling of it's apps as a issue, we should be able to remove what we don't want for example. But the big issue here is not the core apps like Chrome or gmail etc, it's not even having access to the play store itself. So you're going to have to get apps outside of it, and if you do that, which you could. If those apps are tied into all the APIs and services that come with using the play store, then they'll basically not run right or be broken. That true but as Huawei is a big company and China is a massive market, if another app store was on the market, I suspect most developers would put their apps on that store, any change needed on the api front should be quite easy for most apps. The real key to all this is that the US government forced the issue and Huawei have no choice but to react on this and and it's a given it will take off inside China and as I said above, there are many around the world that would jump on this. We should also remember, companies from all over the world would love to fill that void that the Google apps and services leave behind. As for the 99%, yeah right lol, there are many other app stores on the market, Amazon have their own, beside, this isn't about not using the app store as such but replacing it with another app store so from a users point of view, it isn't really that different, more so if a lot of the same apps are on that market which thanks to China being a massive market, most apps will be on it. If this was a small company or a small market then it wouldn't work but China is a different ball game and I suspect they will push this hard on the world stage because there are many that don't want to use Google apps or at the very least want more control in what apps they use.
  6. Why? I think most people just need to get through a day so it can recharged at night. 18 hour battery life when traveling for work sucks. Early mornings all the way to 1 or 2am sometimes. And no, there’s not a lot of time to sit around and charge up a watch. There’s plenty of room for improvement in Apple Watches battery department.
  7. notuptome2004

    Apple Watch Series 5 unboxing and first impressions

    Rich Woods. have you heard of Tmobile Digits if not look in to it not sure if it will work in your case
  8. Quantum computers are very good at solving all sorts of problems involving interconnected systems where the objects in the system can take on different states. Physics, biology, and weather forecasting are just a few of the subjects that would be helped immensely by having powerful quantum computing capabilities. What quantum computers aren't so great at is breaking modern symmetric encryption/hashing schemes with larger key sizes. Unfortunately, there are still many places where you will find smaller key sizes being used (including in plenty of older hardware). But anything with, for example, AES-256 encryption should be just fine for the time being.
  9. WinMacLin Guy

    Nintendo Switch Lite unboxing and first impressions

    It is surprisingly light for my expectations. Lives up to the name. I haven't felt cramped playing on it so far. i have a switch, not the light one. and i hardly use it. I also don't have a Switch Lite. But I use my Switch as my primary gaming system, mainly thanks to its portability. no idea why i dont use it, the screen is too small for my taste. And making the text bigger on games is not always an option. Yeah, the text on some games could be too small. I know people struggling with games like Fire Emblem due to the font size.
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  11. It's possible they didn't want a similar situation to the Windows 10 testing, where folks complain about instability on an alpha product. That, or it's yet another one of Microsoft's weird approaches that only makes sense in its head.
  12. Bandit889

    OnePlus 7 Pro 5G semi-review: Testing out Sprint's 5G

    I'm on Google fi myself after being on Sprint, and Sprint speed wise is a better network in NYC market than TMobile in my observation. Sprint 5G really is evolved LTE which is fine as reg LTE users benefit as well as load on network is decreased. Thought about switching back but like ability to actively switch between both networks with Fi. But glad OnePlus has more carrier deals
  13. Fuelhandler

    Apple Watch Series 5 unboxing and first impressions

    I wear my Series 4 all day, and have 60%~75% left when I put it on the charger before bed. Yes, it doesn’t go for days like my old pebble, but it isn’t an issue with daily charging.
  14. And I bet you think Android's beginnings has nothing to do with Google's CEO being a member of Apple's BOD. And, ignoring the reality that adrynalyne pointed out, two wrongs don't make a right. Furthermore, even if we accepted your version of events, immitating an idea is far different from outright stealing the designs of the idea, which is exactly what Huawei has been caught doing on numerous occasions across as many industries. Any advances that they have actually made are, plainly, just gains from reaping the rewards of theft of other's doing all of the core research and development. You're free to buy their stuff, but doing so is literally supporting that effort and encouraging them to continue doing it. Get lost. Show me proof of theft. Don't worry, I'll Google it for you: https://blogs.cisco.com/news/h...-code-correcting-the-record And guess what Huawei is #1 in now? The same space as Cisco. https://www.npr.org/2019/01/29...le-s-trade-secrets-says-doj Huawei is built on the back of many other companies. They clearly do some cool things on their own, but they're a company that no one should give money to. I have personally attended conferences where they hide their affiliation with Huawei (one US-bsaed, Huawei mentioned who he worked for in conversation, even though their badge said something else).
  15. Ccl Ncc

    Apple Watch Series 5 unboxing and first impressions

    I miss pebble more then ever!
  16. pickypg

    Apple Watch Series 5 unboxing and first impressions

    I can wear my Series 4 for about 2.5 days, with workouts (running drains it more because it uses GPS), before it dies on me. I am interested to see what real world usage of the Series 5 will get, but I do not wear my watch (or ring for that matter) to sleep, so charging overnight has never been a showstopper for me. The downside to that duration of charge on devices like the iPhone and Apple Watch are that their connections are proprietary. For the iPhone, it's still a lightning connection (at least until next year :fingerscrossed:), which most places have enough of, but for the Watch it requires a wireless charger that's specific to Apple's watches. It will be a good day when the Apple Watch works via a Qi charger, but I'm honestly not sure if that's reasonable given its size and the coil diameter on most Qi chargers. I can't wait until the iPhone (and non-Pro iPads for that matter, although I don't own one) get the USB-C treatment. I'm not sure that it will ever happen to the watches, but I'd love to have one charger for everything.
  17. Microsoft Weekly: More Game Pass, fast rings, and business dynamics by Florin Bodnarescu The last seven days have brought in a number of interesting bits of news related to the Redmond giant, like a new 20H1 Insider build on the Windows 10 side, a new Alpha Skip Ahead ring build for Xbox One version 2004, and even a bunch of updates to Power BI. You can find that – as well as the usual little bit extra – below, in your Microsoft digest for the week of September 14-20. More Game Pass One of the Redmond giant’s more successful subscription ventures, Xbox Game Pass has gotten a bunch of new titles added to its roster. Already available to play – on the console variant of the subscription – are Jump Force and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, with Bad North, DiRT Rally 2.0, and LEGO Worlds to follow on September 26. Speaking of successes, Gears 5 has become the company’s biggest game launch of the generation. Taking into account the four days of early access, the latest title from The Coalition has attracted in excess of three million players across all platforms in its opening weekend alone, a feat only matched by a first-party title from 2012, Halo 4. The opening weekend also had about double the player numbers of Gears 4, thus easily surpassing the predecessor, and the latest in the FPS has had the “best-ever debut on Steam” for an Xbox Game Studios title. Speaking of things to be happy about, if you have an Xbox Live Gold subscription, We Were Here for the Xbox One and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 for both the previous and current-generation consoles are free to claim as the first wave of Games with Gold. Keep in mind that claimed Xbox 360 titles will remain playable indefinitely, while claimed Xbox One titles require an active Gold subscription to play. Another reason for excitement is the fact that the Redmond giant has shared more details about Flight Simulator’s Tech Alpha, which will proceed as follows: completion of release testing on October 10, preparation of build release on October 17, and finally opening of the Tech Alpha release window on October 24. Starting next week on September 26, the company will also kick off its Feature Discovery series preview which will explore details about the game in much greater depth. The series will kick off fully in October. Also in October is when tickets for Microsoft’s X019 event in London will go on sale. For folks not familiar, the event takes place November 14 through 16, and tickets will go on sale October 1 at 6AM Pacific Time, setting folks back £19 (€21.45/$23.71) per session. If you’re in the Alpha Ring of the Xbox Insider program, you should see build 18363.8038, which is part of version 1911 of the console software. In case you want to be on the bleeding edge and would like to test version 2004 –due out in April of 2020 -, you can follow a series of steps detailed here until September 22 at 11:59 PST for a chance to get an invite to the Alpha Skip Ahead ring. And lastly, the company will not be mentioning Xbox Live users and gaming revenue in earnings reports any longer. This is because it’s all being bundled under a new metric dubbed “Xbox content and services revenue growth”. This metric will be revealing year-over-year percentage of revenue growth for Xbox services, as well as Xbox content and services revenue which includes Xbox Live (transactions, subscriptions, cloud service, and advertising), video games, and third-party video game royalties. This is likely due to the success of subscriptions like Xbox Game Pass, though the lack of inclusion of hardware numbers sure is interesting. It'll be even more interesting to follow once the new generation of consoles hits shelves late next year. Fast rings As is usually the case, a new 20H1 build was pushed to the Fast ring on Friday, namely 18985. This is identical to the major build of version 2004 for the Xbox One mentioned in the previous section, and brings in improved Bluetooth pairing and optional feature update experiences, as well as single window mode and zoom support for Snip & Sketch – as of version 10.1907. In terms of fixes, Language Packs should now have no problems installing properly, the Network & Internet section in Settings should no longer crash, and Task Manager should no longer be showing unexpectedly high temperatures for certain GPUs. That’s not the full list of fixes, but if you wish to peruse all of them, they can be found at this link. A quick look at the known issues list reveals that the longstanding Realtek SD card issue has been resolved, although the other ones remain. Preview build 18980 of the SDK was also pushed out this past week, though as is often the case with these, there’s nothing new to see. Differing from the SDK is Preview 1909 for Windows Admin Center which now lists Azure VMs as a top-level connection type in the Add connection experience rather than relegating them to the Azure tab. There’s now also a unified connection type for clusters, several enhancements for Pocketmon, and new extensions from IIS and BiitOps Changes. There are still some issues with the Dell EMC extension, cluster connections, Azure Monitor onboarding, the value formatting under Microsoft Azure Virtual Network Gateway Address and accessing of Windows Admin Center via Chrome which may return a 403 Forbidden error. In terms of identified problems, certain folks have experienced network adapter failures after installing KB4515384, the latest update for Windows 10 version 1903 (the May 2019 Update). As it turns out, the issue is experienced by certain Intel and Broadcom adapters, namely Intel Centrino 6205/6235 and Broadcom 802.11ac Wi-Fi cards running version 1903 on specific models of NEC devices. A compatibility hold has been placed on the affected devices, and a temporary workaround is disabling and then re-enabling the offending Wi-Fi adapter in Device Manger. We end this section with a bit of good news, as Microsoft has acknowledged an audio issue caused by the latest Patch Tuesday build for the May 2019 Update. The issue was caused by a compatibility change on request of a few audio partners, and said change has been reverted. A workaround for this problem, according to the company, is to disable multi-channel audio. Business dynamics To nobody’s surprise, a number of Microsoft’s more business-oriented offerings have received updates this week, among which was Dynamics 365 Business Central. Being a little more specific, the service’s translation and assisted setup modules have been enhanced, with the former receiving a new capability to identify fields, while the latter has increased discoverability of guides. Teams, the Redmond giant’s “chat-based workspace” and Slack competitor will now be integrated with Oracle Digital Assistant as part of the partnership announced by the two companies back in June. What this means is that enterprise clients will be able to access Oracle Cloud Applications via a conversational AI experience in Teams. Moving right along, the premium tier of Azure Files now has zone redundant storage. Through this, three replicas of user data are created in three different Azure Availability Zones, so in case an entire zone suffers an outage, user data is still protected and accessible. In terms of its cloud-based productivity offering, Office 365, the Redmond firm may be looking to rebrand the suite to Microsoft 365. The new name is identical to that of its Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security package offered to business customers. This may mean that the long-rumored consumer bundle to complement its business variant will simply be a lower tier of Microsoft 365. Even so, the company has denied that it is rebranding Office 365 ProPlus “at this point”. We then get to Power BI, whose various different components have gotten a number of updates in previous weeks. This trend continued this past week with the September update for Power BI on-premises data gateway which brings in an updated version of the Mashup Engine so that it aligns with the version included in Power BI Desktop. Finally, Power BI proper has gotten three new enhancements, including the ability to add comments to paginated reports, a Secure Embed feature for including paginated reports in other apps, internal portals or websites, as well as the release of the RDL Migration tool on GitHub. The latter makes it easier to migrate reports from SQL Server Reporting Services to Power BI. The Fast ring Schlumberger and Chevron have partnered with Microsoft to build Azure-native apps in DELFI. Nextlink Internet and Microsoft have partnered for the latest Airband Initiative milestone. Microsoft has rolled out new GPU driver updates to its first and second generation Surface Studio. Microsoft has announced an increase in quarterly dividend, authorized $40 billion in share buybacks. The Redmond giant has released a new font aimed at programmers dubbed Cascadia Code. SwiftKey now has dark mode and Sign in with Apple support on iOS 13. The Redmond software giant has launched a free Python for Beginners course. Microsoft Launcher 5.9 beta is now out with a new calendar icon. A new Surface Dock Firmware Update tool has been released, superseding the old utility. Skype 8.52 is now out, bringing group call scheduling and better contact sharing. The OneDrive app has received dark mode support for iOS 13. Hot corner Hot corner is a section of The Fast ring dedicated to highlighting five Microsoft-related stories that haven’t been covered over here, but might be of interest. SQL Server Migration Assistant v8.4 is now available. Azure Data Factory now supports Azure Database for PostgreSQL as a sink destination. There’s now an updated Page Diagnostics Tool for SharePoint. Microsoft Intune now supports iOS 13 and iPadOS. Microsoft has extended End of Support for Exchange Server 2010 to October 13, 2020. Logging off To round off this column, we take a look at the latest Edge Chromium builds and some news about next year’s Build conference. First off is Edge Dev, with build 78.0.276.2 bringing the ability to open all items in a Collection in new tabs, as well as dark theme support for edge://components, a new management policy for importing settings from another browser, as well as a number of UI fixes. Following it was a new Canary build, specifically 79.0.278.0, the first one based on Chromium 79. There’s no changelog for it – as is usual with these types of builds -, but what that means is that next week’s Edge Dev build will very likely be based on Chromium 79 as well. Last but not least, Microsoft has announced that its flagship developer conference, Build, will take place May 19 through 21 next year. Hopefully this time it won’t coincide with Google’s I/O conference, like it happened this year. Missed any of the previous columns? Be sure to have a look right here.
  18. Funny when people assume there's like one guy working on the entire Windows operating system. They do have teams that work on multiple things at the same time. And bricking? Exaggerating a bit there.
  19. This is really big news, how is this not on major news outlets? I look forward to a time where people are still using binary computers next to their vinyl records because of their superior X.
  20. iOS 13.x won't install on iPhone 6 or older. I'm assuming he meant is it compatible with the older iphones that ios 13 actually does support, as this article title seems to imply the image is just for the iphone 11. Images are for specific devices.
  21. derekaw

    Apple Watch Series 5 unboxing and first impressions

    Why? I think most people just need to get through a day so it can recharged at night.
  22. RottGutt

    Apple Watch Series 5 unboxing and first impressions

    Same here. I use mine all day long and then all night for sleep tracking. I still have an average of 55-60% battery left when I wake up. Throw it on the charger for 30 minutes while I brush teeth, shave, and shower, then back on my wrist. Repeat daily. Either I got a stellar battery in mine, or Apple has been seriously underestimating their battery life claims.
  23. TrekRich

    Nintendo Switch Lite unboxing and first impressions

    It is surprisingly light for my expectations. Lives up to the name. I haven't felt cramped playing on it so far. i have a switch, not the light one. and i hardly use it. I also don't have a Switch Lite. But I use my Switch as my primary gaming system, mainly thanks to its portability. no idea why i dont use it, the screen is too small for my taste. And making the text bigger on games is not always an option.
  24. TrekRich

    Apple Watch Series 5 unboxing and first impressions

    i have a 4, and its over 50% easily at the end of the day.
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