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  3. Reading up on all this, I find the 9.5 a bit high imho. Especially with the issues the unit has. It's nice to see some variations on the MS version though.
  4. Pay What You Want for the Complete Oracle eBook Bundle by Steven Parker Today's highlighted offer comes via our Online Courses section of the Neowin Deals store, where for a limited time you can Pay What You Want for the Complete Oracle eBook Bundle. The massive, 84-hour guide to becoming an Oracle Database Administrator and making the big bucks. How does it work? With the Pay What You Want bundles, you can get something incredible for as little as you want to pay. And if you beat the average price, you’ll receive the fully upgraded bundle! Included in this Pay What You Want deal, are the following courses: Pay What You Want (as little as $1) for the unlocked items: Oracle Database 12c Backup & Recovery Survival Guide A Comprehensive Guide for Every DBA to Learn Recovery & Backup Solutions Oracle Data Integrator 11g Cookbook Take Your Understanding of Oracle Data Integrator to the Next Level and unlock the following courses with a bid over the average price: Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 12c Build an Oracle BI 12c System That Turns Data Into Actionable Insight Advanced Oracle PL/SQL Developer's Guide (Second Edition) Master the Advanced Concepts of PL/SQL for Professional-Level Certification Oracle Goldengate 12c Implementers Guide Leverage the Power of Real-Time Data Access for Designing, Building, & Tuning Your Goldengate Oracle SQL Developer Learn Database Design, Development, & Administration Using SQL Developer 4.1 Oracle Goldengate 11g Complete Cookbook Design, Install, & Configure High-Performance Data Replication Solutions What's the deal? The bundle represents an overall retail value of $363. But you can Pay What You Want for the unlocked courses (as little as $1). Bid the average price or over and you'll take home the entire bundle. Qualify for the giveaway! Beat the Leader's price and get entered into the epic giveaway, plus get featured on the leaderboard! >> Pay What You Want for this Complete Oracle eBook Bundle << See other Pay What You Want deals. This is a time-limited deal that ends soon. Save even more! Stick with Neowin Deals and earn credit or even deeper discounts. Check out our recent deals here or on the Neowin Deals site. For every $25 spent, you get $1 credit added to your Neowin Deals account. Refer the deal for $10 credit via social media or email and if it results in a purchase of at least $10, you'll get $10 credit added to your account. 10% off for first-time buyers: be sure not to dismiss the popup offer to subscribe to email updates on the deals page in order to profit! Not for you? If this offer doesn't interest you, why not check out our giveaways on the Neowin Deals website? There's also a bunch of freebies you can check out here. On the Neowin Deals website we're giving away a Galaxy S10 - but you gotta be in it to win it! https://t.co/iFkLzcFsHk #GalaxyS10 #giveaway pic.twitter.com/WMXGA50EvV — Neowin (@NeowinFeed) April 1, 2019 Miscellany and the fine print! In some cases, such as with Online Courses, a store credit refund within 15 days of purchase is possible if you are unhappy with it; this does not apply to all deals, so please do check the terms on the page before making a purchase. Check our other recent deals, before they expire, or our preferred partner software. How can I disable these posts? Click here. Disclosure: This is a StackCommerce deal or giveaway in partnership with Neowin; an account at StackCommerce is required to participate in any deals or giveaways. For a full description of StackCommerce's privacy guidelines, go here. Neowin benefits from shared revenue of each sale made through our branded deals site, and it all goes toward the running costs. *Values or percentages mentioned above are subject to StackCommerce's own determination of retail pricing.
  5. If this is cancelled and Huawei's issues continue and Apple are first to the market, they wouldn't be far off from inventing a sellable, foldable phone. This would be more of a case of said product was announced by a competitor earlier but Apple would be the first to actually sell it, if they are able to be first. We are a long ways away from these type of foldable devices.
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  7. 16:9 display, ridiculous aesthetics, and a keyboard that is poor to type on... Yeah, no. I agree that Surface Studio falls short in component choice, but there is a lot more to being a "Surface killer" than just throwing in a desktop CPU.
  8. deadonthefloor

    Lenovo Yoga A940 review: It puts the Surface Studio to shame

    Surface brand continuing to do what it was intended, pushing OEM designs further. Good job Lenovo!!!!
  9. PRODIGY-

    Bed bugs?

    Me, having to have to deal with those little vampires in the past have to say that yes, they most definitely look like bed bug bites. It wont take long before they move around the house since they attach to cloth and move around looking for food. The only way i was able to verify was waking up in the middle of the night (3-4 am) and meticulously search the beds. They freeze on the light but look like little red dots. They move pretty fast too. Do that tonight. Do not waste time. They multiply as fast as roaches. If you are still not sure just hire and expert on the matter. But again, I lived through that hell for a while and did a lot of research.
  10. DesertSweeper

    FlashBoot 3.2s

    Why does my antivirus detect an attempt to modify my firewall when I run Flashboot? 6/16/2019 6:23:13 PM Behavior Blocker detected suspicious behavior "FirewallModification" of C:\Program Files\FlashBoot\fb-gui.exe (SHA1: 258E2B72BF55F0384C8EBFEBADFB4071E59227C8) 6/16/2019 6:23:15 PM A notification message "Suspicious behavior has been found in the following program: C:\Program Files\FlashBoot\fb-gui.exe" has been shown
  11. Lenovo Yoga A940 review: It puts the Surface Studio to shame by Rich Woods Have you ever wondered what Microsoft's Surface Studio all-in-one PCs would be like if they had real desktop processors and Thunderbolt 3? Of course you have, since those are common sense features to include in a modern desktop PC. Announced at CES 2019 this year, Lenovo's Yoga A940 includes just that, but it does so much more. Rather than the Surface Dial, it uses the Lenovo Precision Dial that plugs into the side of the PC, not taking up valuable screen real estate. The base is much larger, with a Dolby Atmos soundbar and a wireless charging pad. When Microsoft announced the Surface Studio 2, I asked why it stuck with a mobile CPU again, and I was told that the team didn't want to change the form factor and include a larger base. Lenovo's Yoga A940 proves just how useful a larger base can be. Specs CPU Intel Core i7-8700 Processor with Turbo boost (3.20GHz, up to 4.60 GHz, 6 Cores, 12MB Cache) GPU AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB Display 27" 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS, multi-touch, 100% Adobe RGB with Dolby Vision Memory 16GB DDR4 2666 MHz Storage 1TB 5400RPM + 256GB SSD PCIe Dimensions 25” x 18.3” x 9.6” / 635.7 x 467 x 244 (mm), 32.2lbs / 14.6kg Ports Side (1) Thunderbolt 3 (1) USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A 3-in-1 card reader 3.5mm combo audio jack Rear AC-in (1) RJ45 Ethernet (1) HDMI in/out (4) USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A Sides of display (2) USB 2.0 Type-A Windows Hello IR camera Audio 2 x 3W + 2 x 5W speakers Dolby Atmos Far-field mics OS Windows 10 Home Color Iron Grey I didn't have pricing for this configuration to provide, because at the time of this writing, the Yoga A940 is temporarily unavailable from Lenovo.com. It should start at $2,349.99, more than a thousand dollars cheaper than a base model Surface Studio 2. Also, I didn't make an unboxing video, so it's worth noting what actually comes in the box. You get the A940, a 230W AC adapter, the Active Pen, a mouse, a keyboard, and the Lenovo Precision Dial. Like most all-in-ones, it's all you need to get started. The base I've always appreciated the simplicity of all-in-one PCs. My main PC is a tower that stays under my desk, so there's this mess of wires between power, connecting to two monitors, connecting to my mouse and keyboard, and so on. And yes, I use a wired mouse and keyboard for stability, since the PC is under the desk. But all-in-ones clear away a lot of that mess. The PC and the monitor are in one piece, and it's easy to connect the mouse and keyboard wirelessly, so all you really need is power. But I have to say that Lenovo did a great job with the Yoga A940. It seems to do everything, and it does it well. Let's start with the base. The base spans the entire width of the monitor, and there's good reason for this. The top of it is meant for storing your keyboard when the display is down on an angle. Yes, like the Surface Studio, the screen will actually touch the desk, so the keyboard will get in the way. It's only natural that Lenovo would give you a place to store it. That portion of the base takes up about two-thirds of it, and the front of that section is a Dolby Atmos soundbar. And just as you'd expect from Dolby Atmos, it sounds incredible. It's loud, it's clear, and it's fantastic. In fact, when we talk more about the 4K Dolby Vision display, you'll see that this is actually a pretty great Netflix machine too. That other third of the base is where you'll store the mouse and pen. But I'm not sure if there's a single part of this machine that has just one use, so it's also a wireless charging pad. It's a really unique and useful solution. You just keep your phone there while you're working, and it charges. There's also a small LED light; blinking white means it's charging, solid white means it's charged, and blinking amber means there's an error. The light is useful in case you miss the spot. It charges very slowly though, in most cases at least (the Galaxy S10+ says it's fast charging). I've went through every spec sheet and user guide I could find (I also asked Lenovo and got no answer), and I couldn't find the wattage of the Qi pad, but it must be fairly low. During the time that I was testing this, Logitech also sent me its new Zone Wireless headset, which also supports Qi charging. This thing hasn't even seen a wired charge yet. Also in the base, we have lots of ports. On the left side of the base, there's a Thunderbolt 3 port, USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A, an SD card reader, and a 3.5mm combo audio jack. All of this is in the perfect spot, because these are the exact things you'd want in side ports. Just imagine having to reach around back to plug in headphones, or insert an SD card. On the back, there are four USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports, HDMI, Ethernet, and power ports. There's also a button for switching between PC and monitor modes. That button doesn't seem to work very well, and I usually just end up unplugging it and plugging it back in. The HDMI port supports both input and output, so you can use it for a second monitor, or you can use it to use the A940 as a display, although touch won't work. None of Lenovo's documentation says whether it's HDMI 2.0 or 1.4, but I'm guessing it's 2.0 if you're going to use this as a 4K monitor. Note that the four rear USB Type-A ports are USB 3.1 Gen 1, or USB 3.0 (oddly, Lenovo's documentation swaps the nomenclature depending on where you look, but they mean the same thing), and the one on the side is USB 3.1 Gen 2. The former supports data transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps, while the latter supports 10Gbps. Display Yes, that's right. We just spent about 800 words talking about the base, and there's another whole section of the PC to cover. That's the display. The Yoga A940 packs a 27-inch 4K Dolby Vision display, and it's pretty beautiful. The colors really pop with the HDR standard, and streaming video is a dream. Like I mentioned above, it's actually a great Netflix machine, not that you'd buy this PC for just that. It does have rather large bezels, something I'm not a huge fan of. In the top bezel, there's a webcam and an IR camera, both of which can be physically blocked by a privacy guard. While I've not had any problems logging in with the IR camera, the webcam is awful. It's probably the buggiest webcam I've ever used, and any time I've tried to use it, the video freezes up, or it flickers during Skype calls. I ended up plugging in my trusty Logitech Brio. Behind the display panel, you'll find USB 2.0 Type-A ports on each side. This is where you'll plug in the Lenovo Precision Dial. Looking at the PC, the ports are covered, but the covers are magnetic, so if you take them off, you can stick them to the base and you won't lose them. On the bottom-right side of the panel, you'll find a button, and that's for turning on the LED lamp that's located on the bottom of the display. I have no idea why this lamp exists. I've been trying to think of something, but I've got nothing. You can also hold down the button to pair the speaker with your phone, something that's much more useful. And of course, the display has a rotating hinge, so you can fold it down and use the pen on it. It's an awesome feature and the best use of touch/pen support on a desktop PC that I've seen. This is the part that's inspired by the Surface Studio. And the nice thing about the Lenovo Precision Dial is that when you're in this mode, it doesn't take up screen real estate, since it can be on either side of the PC. Lenovo Precision Dial The Lenovo Precision Dial is a pretty useful tool. It has a button on the outside, a small dial on the inside, and a larger dial on its innermost side. Holding down the button will allow you to customize what each of those things do. For example, in Windows, I have it set so that pressing the button opens the Start Menu, turning the first dial adjusts volume, and turning the second dial adjusts zoom. You can also have it do things like adjust brightness. But it also has custom settings for different apps. It works with the big three apps in Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), Sketchbook, and a variety of Adobe CC apps that include Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, and Premiere Pro. There's an LED light in-between the two dials, and it will change color based on what app you're in. Here are some more examples. In Premiere Pro, I have the button configured to set a marker when I press it. When I turn the dials, they're set to either zoom or to scrub forward or backward in the video, depending on which knob I turn. It's all pretty useful, especially if you're planning on using the A940 with the display tilted down. You're not going to want touch to be your only method of input. And what's cool is that since there are USB ports on both sides of the display, it doesn't matter if you're right- or left-handed. Keyboard and mouse The keyboard and mouse that come with the A940 are pretty basic, but they came with it, so I have to talk about them. The mouse comes with a dongle that's inside of it, which you can plug into a USB Type-A port. The keyboard connects via Bluetooth. The mouse is fine, as far as basic wireless mice go. The scrollwheel seems to be inconsistent at times, and I'm definitely going back to my Microsoft IntelliMouse after this. It's just a basic wireless mouse that connects with a dongle. The keyboard is actually pretty bad. It's comfortable to type on, but it's terribly inaccurate. Frequently, it will double-type keys, or it will miss keys. It doesn't seem to work any better when it's wired either, but you do have the wired option if you want. It has a micro-USB port for just that; in fact, you'll have to use that to pair it with the A940. The good news is that the keyboard is a standard size, almost exactly the same as my Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID. This is actually important, because you're going to want to be able to store whatever keyboard you're using on the base from time to time. Every keyboard I own fits there just fine. But yes, you're going to want to swap out the included keyboard and mouse at some point, as neither of them are particularly good. Normally, I wouldn't say much about it, as the peripherals that come with PCs are usually meant to be very basic, but they're there to complete the package. I do feel like this is a minor oversight on Lenovo's part this time though, so you have to be able to store them on the device. Performance The Yoga A940 that Lenovo sent me packs an Intel Core i7-8700 and an AMD Radeon RX 560 with 4GB GDDR5, along with 16GB RAM. It's a hexa-core 65W CPU, which is what you'd expect from a desktop PC. For comparison, the Surface Studio 2 has a Core i7-7820HQ, a quad-core 45W chip that you'd find in a two-year-old prosumer laptop. However, the Studio does have the better GPU, sporting up to an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB GDDR5. I point out the differences between the Yoga A940 and the Surface Studio 2 because as I said above, Microsoft told me that it used the laptop CPU because it didn't want to change the form factor and give it a larger base. As it turns out, making a larger base is a great idea. The performance of the Yoga A940 is solid. It's what you'd expect from a desktop Core i7 and a 4GB AMD Radeon GPU, which is to say that it can handle all tasks but it can't handle all of them well. For example, editing 4K video caused it to choke up at times, and rendering times were longer. Of course, I'm coming from using a desktop PC that has the same CPU but an RTX 2080 GPU, so I notice the difference more than most. Photo editing, illustrating, and productivity tasks are a breeze. Also, pretty much anything you do with the screen tilted and using the pen is great. A great example of something you'd do with this is Microsoft Whiteboard, which will let you draw on it in real-time with other users. Also, the fan is comically loud, like the roar of the Gods. Seriously, don't get freaked out by this thing. If you hit an intense workload and the fan comes on, you'll notice it. Of course, if performance does end up being an issue, you can still use the A940 as a monitor, although I couldn't get touch to work. You do still get the wireless charging pad and the Dolby Atmos soundbar just by connecting to the HDMI port. For benchmarks, I used PCMark 8 and PCMark 10. PCMark 8 provides three tests: Home, Creative, and Work. The Home test checks common tasks like web browsing, video chat, and casual gaming. As you can see, performance is pretty solid. Next up is the Creative test, which checks GPU-intensive tasks like mainstream gaming and video editing. Once again, it's right on par with a desktop PC that has these specs. Finally, the Work test checks productivity-related tasks like writing and spreadsheets. I think that the Work score was a bit lower than I expected, but it's still great. I also ran the all-in-one test in PCMark 10, just for those that like to keep score. Conclusion The Lenovo Yoga A940 is the Surface Studio that you've been waiting for. I rarely recommend actual Surface products because of these same reasons; they're just not the best hardware in any category. The Yoga A940 takes what is broken about the Studio and fixes it. Oh, and it's more inexpensive than the $3,500 Surface Studio 2, starting at just $2,349.99. My biggest complaints are either trivial or can be easily fixed with a driver update. For example, the webcam absolutely sucks, but that's only because it's incredibly buggy. The keyboard and mouse that come with it aren't great, but you'll probably be better off with your own peripherals anyway. Now let's run down the list of things that are great about the Yoga A940, aside from the spec improvements over the Surface Studio like a desktop processor and Thunderbolt 3. The larger base provides room to store your mouse and keyboard, a Dolby Atmos soundbar that sounds amazing, and a wireless charging pad. You can tilt the display down to a 25-degree angle and write on it, or you can use it as a dual-monitor PC. It's incredibly versatile. The screen is 4K with Dolby Vision as well, so the colors look phenomenal, bright, and vibrant. I'm not sure what else I could ask for in an all-in-one PC, except for maybe slimmer bezels and a more powerful GPU. I'm going to be sad to send this one back, just because I love it so much. It's almost the perfect desktop PC.
  12. Itchy jay

    Bed bugs?

    Hi. Yes I definitely the only one bitten. Me, the wife and baby are all in the same room. We have single beds and the baby has a travel cot. Bed bugs is the only thing I can think of based on the facts.
  13. Sara_Riley

    GIVEAWAY: Win a Huawei MateBook 13 (U.S. only)

    Wow that is a very pretty laptop. The screen looks amazing with barely any edges like that.
  14. All companies do it, if they have a product or service that is not being used or is costing to much to provide or they just feel like a change they will get rid of it. This is not just a google thing. Most people I know uses Paypal anyway to send money to other people, there is also a service offered by banks in the UK that allows people to send money to each other, so really no need for google pay I use Paym. The biggest problem with Paym is people in the UK are too lazy (or don't know) how to register their mobile number with their banks. 15 banks already support it and it works via that banks mobile banking app so there is no excuse. what’s wrong with cash?! Problem with cash is that you have to 'get it', so a trip to the ATM, then hold enough of it to make it worthwhile. Cash isn't easily broken down so if you owe your friend $27 say, and you only have $20 or $40, you have to get change. Cash can be easily lost and as it's a bearer product i.e. whoever holds it, owns it, can be used by anyone else. Most countries outside the US only have higher denomination notes so that means carrying coins too (US is a tipping culture so understand the need for low, light weight denominations like $1 and $2 bills). Here is the real problem thats coming https://twitter.com/getongab/status/1139738096872767489
  15. Human.Online

    Bed bugs?

    Are you sure that you're the only one bitten, or that you're the only one reacting? Meaning, my and my bro both get bitten by mosquitoes but only I ever react.
  16. Itchy jay

    Bed bugs?

    Thanks for your help and advice on this. I appreciate it. I slept in a different bed last night and no new bites have occurred so I’m 80% sure it’s bed bugs. Doctor said it’s not gnats or mosquitos but didn’t know exactly what it was. Ive Googled bed bug bites and my symptoms and pictures match up pretty well. The facts are 1- only I have been bitten out of a family of 5 2- new bites are noticed in the morning 3- a watery head forms almost like a spot thanks for your help
  17. Human.Online

    Bed bugs?

    I'm not gonna do that "This is a tech forum" nonsense, as it's clearly not anymore and that's totally unwelcoming to new users. BUT... I do wonder how when someone has a question like this (for example, medical or sanitary) they find Neowin and post.
  18. ztmcdermott

    GIVEAWAY: Win a Huawei MateBook 13 (U.S. only)

    Thanks for doing this!! Excited to see how this laptop matches up to other competitors!
  19. jnelsoninjax

    GIVEAWAY: Win a Huawei MateBook 13 (U.S. only)

    Not a bad looking laptop, I do have a problem with having to go Facebook to get an entry credit, I do not use Facebook, and won't either.
  20. Microsoft Weekly: E3 recap extravaganza, the Tuesday of patches, and more Insider news by Florin Bodnarescu The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (or E3) showcase took place this past week, and as usual, Microsoft decided to participate on what was essentially day minus one. Nevertheless, on Sunday, the company featured lots of games, joined by hardware announcements, new services, and much more. Be sure to find out about all that took place there and outside of E3 below, plus the usual bit extra, in your Microsoft digest for the week of June 8-14. E3 recap extravaganza As I said in the previous paragraph, E3 took place this past week, and Microsoft chose its usual slot at 1PM Pacific on June 9 at the Microsoft Theater in LA to showcase everything game-related. And boy was there a lot to show. Between first-party and third-party titles featured, the show highlighted 60 games, as well as a brand-new studio acquisition, a new Elite controller, a few details about Scarlett and xCloud, and more. As you may remember, last year’s recap went announcement by announcement, in order of appearance. This year we’re doing things differently, as this main section is going to be sub-divided into four: first-party announcements (including studio acquisition news), third-party announcements, hardware and services, and finally, related announcements, for Microsoft properties about which news has been shared, though not at the company’s main E3 event. Without further ado, be sure to grab your favourite beverage and let’s get right into it. This year’s E3 was Microsoft’s biggest show, not just in terms of total games showcased, but also when it comes to news from first-party studios. After all, as Xbox Head Phil Spencer announced, there were 14 first-party games shown on stage. As you may remember, last year at E3, the Redmond giant announced that it was buying Undead Labs, Playground Games, Ninja Theory, and Compulsion Games, as well as starting up another first-party studio of its own, The Initiative - led by Darrell Gallagher who was behind the Tomb Raider reboot. Furthermore, later in the year, Microsoft also announced that it was acquiring Obsidian Entertainment as well as InXile Entertainment, bringing its total number of first-party studios to 13. At its 2019 show, Microsoft announced that another studio would be joining its first-party game organization. That studio is Double Fine Productions, makers of Brutal Legend, Broken Age, and Psychonauts. Speaking of the latter, Double Fine’s Tim Schafer came on stage to present a new trailer for Psychonauts 2, but keep in mind that the title still doesn’t have a release date, so it’ll most likely come out in 2020. What does however have a release date is Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds, which got to open the show with a reasonably lengthy trailer. Because it’s now from a first-party studio, it’ll also be playable via Xbox Game Pass, despite its Epic Game Store exclusivity on PC. The Outer Worlds launches October 25. Right after it was Ninja Theory’s newest game, Bleeding Edge which unfortunately leaked before the presentation. Nevertheless, the 4v4 online melee title was still showcased, and it is set to kick off a technical alpha on June 27. Next was Ori and the Will of the Wisps, the highly anticipated sequel to Moon Studios’ 2015 Metroidvania platformer Ori and the Blind Forest. It’s coming out February 11, 2020, and there’s a new gameplay trailer available. Minecraft Dungeons followed, with a more extended look at the Action RPG spinoff of the main sandbox game, complete with different classes and items to equip. It’ll be four-player co-op (both local and online), and it’s coming Spring 2020. We then got to see a first look at gameplay for the Battletoads reboot that Dlala Studios and Rare are working on, though we didn’t get any kind of a release date. The next announcement was as surprising as it was probably delightful for fans of the series. Touting captured footage in 4K real time, as well as the use of satellite data and Azure AI, the Redmond giant unveiled its 2020 reboot of Microsoft Flight Simulator. It’s been 13 years since the last one (Flight Simulator X), so the reveal was a rather pleasant surprise. Swiftly following Flight Simulator was Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, a 4K remaster of the venerable strategy game. It features upgraded visuals, fully remastered audio, and a new campaign. It’s coming Fall 2019 to the Microsoft Store and Steam. In addition to all of those, InXile had its very own title to show with Wasteland 3, the latest installment in the isometric RPG series. It’s coming Spring 2020 and has the same folks behind Torment: Tides of Numenera creating the story. Following it was Gears 5, which finally has a release date of September 10. Developed by The Coalition, this game will get a three-player co-op mode dubbed Escape, and a Horde Mode set to be unveiled at gamescom in August. The Tech Test will begin July 17, for those who want to try out Versus mode. There was also a small showcase of gameplay for the Gears Pop! mobile title with no release date in sight. Forza Horizon 4’s second expansion was unveiled on stage too, and it’s dubbed LEGO Speed Champions. As the title implies, you’ll be able to race both LEGO cars and take part in LEGO-themed challenges. It’s available now. Right after Horizon 4 we got to see State of Decay 2 Heartland, the game’s biggest expansion to date. It features two separate story paths, and is available now for $9.99. Microsoft decided to cap off the show with a better look at 343 Industries’ Halo Infinite, which is set for a Holiday 2020 release. This is because it’s a launch title for Project Scarlett, about which we’ll talk more in the “Hardware and services” section. Infinite will be a so-called spiritual reboot, featuring some new characters – and of course Master Chief -, but keeping the same gameplay feel of the older titles. If you’ve followed the company’s recent efforts in gaming, you’ll know that all of the titles listed above will be playable in Xbox Game Pass on launch day. As usual, the third-party showcase this year dwarfed Microsoft’s first-party efforts, but that’s to be expected. Opening the floodgates was Respawn’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order with a new slice of gameplay. The game is set to arrive November 15 to current-gen consoles and PC. We’re skipping one ahead because the next title, Blair Witch – developed by the same folks behind Layers of Fear and _observer, was also featured in the ID@Xbox showcase which we’ll cover in a bit. The next reveal was for Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt RED’s upcoming open-world RPG. It had two surprises, one of them being the addition of Keanu Reeves as Johnny Silverhand. The other one, perhaps not as big, though equally as surprising, was the unveiling of an actual release date: April 16, 2020. Following it was RPG TIME: The Legend of Wright, which is a tabletop RPG-type game, coming to Android, iOS, and Windows in 2020. Now we arrive to the ID@Xbox showcase, the annual sizzle reel that Microsoft puts on to highlight titles from independent developers. Do note that titles which have an asterisk next to them have been featured both for a few seconds in this sizzle reel, and have also gotten their own trailers played in full separately at the show. ID@Xbox Showcase Blair Witch* The Good Life Spiritfarer* Blazing Chrome Dead Static Drive Totally Accurate Battle Simulator (TABS) Star Renegades Secret Neighbor Afterparty Supermarket Shriek Way to the Woods* Unto the End CrossCode Night Call Creature in the Well Riverbond Killer Queen Black Felix the Reaper UnderMine Ikenfell Pathologic 2 Totem Teller The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game All of the titles listed in this table are playable on launch via Xbox Game Pass. The next title to be shown off was LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, a new game which is set to feature content from all nine films. It’s coming out in 2020. Next up was Dragon Ball Z Kakarot, an RPG set in the Dragon Ball universe and previously known as Dragon Ball Project Z. It’ll come out early 2020. In a bit of a contrast to the previous entry, we had Twelve Minutes, an “interactive thriller about a man trapped in a time loop”. It’s seen from a top-down perspective and published by Annapurna Interactive, with a release year of 2020. Techland’s RPG and parkour-infused first-person action game Dying Light 2 followed, with a brand-new look at the world and a release window of Spring 2020. Perhaps one of the most surprising additions to the show was Phantasy Star Online 2, the second iteration of the popular Japanese MMORPG. Keep in mind that Phantasy Star as a series launched back in the late 80s, and the original Phantasy Star Online came out in Japan back in 2012. PSO2 will be the first time the game is brought to the west, via Xbox One. Also playable on PC, it’s coming Spring 2020. Sticking to games that are very popular in Asian territories, next up was CrossFire X, a new entry in the online FPS series which reportedly has 660 million registered accounts. It’s coming to the Xbox One first, in 2020, though an interesting detail wasn’t present in the briefing. CrossFire X will have its usual online component developed by Smilegate (the current developers), and a single-player campaign developed by Remedy, the same folks behind Control, Quantum Break, and perhaps more famously, the first two Max Payne games. After this there was a Bandai Namco game, Tales of Arise, which is the latest in the action RPG series and is set to come out in 2020. It was then the turn of Borderlands 3 - which comes out September 13 - and a new Borderlands 2 DLC dubbed Commander Lilith and the Fight for Sanctuary. The latter is setting the stage for Borderlands 3 and is available now. Lastly there was Elden Ring, a collaboration between Hidetaka Miyazaki and George R. R. Martin. It is of course developed by Miyazaki’s FromSoftware, with a release year of 2020. Beyond the sizeable batch of games, there were also announcements pertaining to services like Xbox Game Pass, xCloud, and a bunch of hardware news. First up, Batman: Arkham Knight, Metro Exodus, Hollow Knight, and Borderlands The Handsome Collection have all been added to Game Pass on console. Second, Microsoft talked a bit more about its previously announced Xbox Game Pass for PC that is currently in open beta. The beta price is $4.99/month (set to go up to $9.99/month on launch), but Microsoft has an offer in place right now whereby you can get it for $1/month. In related news, the company also announced Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, a combo subscription which includes Xbox Game Pass for console, Xbox Game Pass for PC, and Xbox Live Gold for $14.99/month. This one is also part of the $1/month offer currently on, though there’s an interesting twist to it. If say you already have six months of Game Pass or Xbox Live Gold (just as an example), you can upgrade to Ultimate for $1, and the entirety of your subscription will be converted. In other words, you get six months of all three for the $1 upgrade price, since it’s a 1:1 conversion rate. You do need to have Gold bought beforehand for this to work though, and you can stack up to a maximum of 36 months. To access Game Pass on PC you’ll need the new Xbox (Beta) app. If you want to install it, you’ll need to be on the May 2019 Update or version 1903 of Windows 10. And speaking of PC, we now have a full list of all the PC games available via this subscription. Among them are a couple announced at E3 like Imperator: Rome, Football Manager 2019, and of course Halo: The Master Chief Collection which is set to be made available starting with Halo: Reach. We do know that if you want to own the Halo games, you’ll need to pay $9.99 for each, and if the Xbox app banner is anything to go by, Halo 5: Guardians may come to PC as well. Microsoft also took the time to briefly mention Project xCloud which will be available in preview this October. There’s also a new platform feature coming dubbed Console Streaming, which, as per Phil Spencer’s own words “turns your Xbox One into your own, personal – and free – xCloud server.” Moving swiftly onto hardware, Microsoft showed off a promo for the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 which is available for pre-order now, priced at $179.99, and features adjustable tension thumbsticks, a new wrap-around rubberized grip, shorter hair trigger locks, Bluetooth connectivity, a rechargeable internal battery, and more. It’ll be available November 4. You can check out our brief hands-on here. And of course, as it was teased in the E3 promos, the company also shared a few more details about Project Scarlett, its next-gen Xbox. Arriving Holiday 2020 alongside Halo Infinite, it uses Zen2 and Navi tech from AMD for CPU and GPU respectively, utilizing of course GDDR6 VRAM, a “next-generation SSD”, and is reportedly four times as powerful as the now top-of-the-line Xbox One X. And yes, it will have a disc drive. The last bits of news come from outside the main Xbox E3 briefing, as we found out that Xbox Game Pass isn’t coming to the Switch anytime soon. That’s because, as Phil Spencer stated in an interview, the company considers the platform differences “non-trivial” for it to declare that these games will definitely run on Nintendo’s hybrid console. What is coming to a different platform is Cuphead. It’s coming to Tesla cars of all things, though no date or time frame was given. In other platform-related news, you’ll now be able to choose whatever Xbox Live gamertag you want, as these are now handled in a similar way to Discord. It’s essentially the display name itself, followed by a # sign and series of numbers. The feature is available now. In addition to all of this, Microsoft has also unveiled its last batch of Backward Compatible games for Xbox One, and they are quite a few. Among them are a number of Tom Clancy games, as well as Xbox One X enhanced Xbox 360 titles. There’s too many to list here, so be sure to check them all out at this link. The reason for the discontinuation of the program is that Microsoft wants to make sure that existing Backward Compatible games will also run on Project Scarlett. Lastly, if you have Xbox Live Gold, Rivals of Aether and Earth Defense Force 2017 are free to claim. Rich and João have discussed a handful of the Microsoft E3 news in episode 6 of the Neowin Podcast, and you can check out the rest of our E3 2019 coverage right here. The Tuesday of patches After the wall of text that is this week’s gaming news, this section may seem a little barren, though it nonetheless highlights the patches that got pushed out on Tuesday to a number of Windows 10 versions: May 2019 Update (1903): KB4503293, build 18362.175 – addresses a security vulnerability by intentionally preventing the connection between Windows and Bluetooth devices that are not secure; Various security updates to Windows App Platform and Frameworks, SQL Components, JET Database Engine, and more. Known issues: Windows Sandbox may fail to start with “ERROR_FILE_NOT_FOUND (0x800700002)” if you change the OS language on your device during the install process of 1903. October 2018 Update (1809): KB4503327, build 17763.557 – addresses the same Bluetooth security vulnerability, plus the bug with PXE not allowing devices from a WDC server to start properly, and a bug which prevented the Windows Mixed Reality keyboard from rendering correctly. There are also a number of security updates to various components, like the ones mentioned in the 1903 changelog. Known issues: Operations like rename may fail when performed on files or folders within a Cluster Shared Volume (STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL 0xC00000A5); Attempting to print from Edge or a UWP app will give you this error: “Your printer has experienced an unexpected configuration problem. 0x80070007e”; After installing KB4493509, devices with certain Asian language packs may get error “0x800f0982-PSFX_E_MATCHING_COMPONENT_NOT_FOUND”. April 2018 Update (1803): KB4503286, build 17134.829 – very similar changelog to 1809. Known issues: Operations like rename may fail when performed on files or folders within a Cluster Shared Volume (STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL 0xC00000A5). Fall Creators Update (1709) Enterprise, Education: KB4503284, build 16299.1217 – similar changelog to 1803 and 1809. Known issues: Operations like rename may fail when performed on files or folders within a Cluster Shared Volume (STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL 0xC00000A5) Creators Update (1703) Enterprise, Education: KB4503279, build 15063.1868 – identical changelog to 1709. Known issues: Operations like rename may fail when performed on files or folders within a Cluster Shared Volume (STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL 0xC00000A5) Anniversary Update LTSC (1607), Server 2016: KB4503267, build 14393.3025 – very similar changelog to the ones above, with the addition of a patch for the issue that caused authentication to fail when using Windows Hello for Business on Server 2016 with Server Core as an installed option. Known issues: Operations like rename may fail when performed on files or folders within a Cluster Shared Volume (STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL 0xC00000A5); SCVMM cannot enumerate and manage logical switches on the host after installing this update; After installing KB4467684, the cluster service may fail to start with error “2245 (NERR_PasswordTooShort)”; Some devices running Server 2016 with Hyper-V enabled may enter BitLocker recovery mode with error “0xC0210000”. Windows 10 RTM LTSC (1507): KB4503291, build 10240.18244 – similar changelog to 1607, with the addition of a fix for an HTTP and HTTPS string character limit for URLs when using IE, and various time zone information updates. Known issues: Operations like rename may fail when performed on files or folders within a Cluster Shared Volume (STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL 0xC00000A5); When expanding, viewing or creating Custom Views in Event Viewer, you may run into error “MMC has detected an error in a snap-in and will unload it” – built-in views should work fine. Of course, not everybody is on the latest OS, so for those still on Windows 7 and 8.1 (plus their server equivalents), here’s what you need to be on the lookout for: Windows 7 SP1, Server 2008 R2 SP1: KB4503292, KB4503269 (security-only) – has a fix for an HTTP and HTTPS string character limit for URLs when using IE, plus a number of security updates to components like Windows Storage and Filesystems, Virtualization, JET Database Engine, and more. Known issues: Issue with McAfee ENS 10.x, Host Intrusion Prevention 8.0, or VirusScan Enterprise 8.8 which causes a slow startup and the system to become unresponsive after restart; IE11 may stop working when interacting with Power BI reports that have line charts with markers or other content which contains SVG markers. Windows 8.1, Server 2012 R2: KB4503276, KB4503290 (security-only) – has a fix for an HTTP and HTTPS string character limit for URLs when using IE, plus one for the PXE bug and the Bluetooth device security vulnerability mentioned in the 1903 changelog. Known issues: Issue with McAfee ENS 10.x, Host Intrusion Prevention 8.0, or VirusScan Enterprise 8.8 which causes a slow startup and the system to become unresponsive after restart; IE11 may stop working when interacting with Power BI reports that have line charts with markers or other content which contains SVG markers; Operations like rename may fail when performed on files or folders within a Cluster Shared Volume (STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL 0xC00000A5). And as was probably obvious if you’ve kept an eye on the Microsoft support lifecycle page, version 1703 of Windows 10 Mobile is no longer supported as of June 11. More Insider news A lot of things took place in the last seven days, but if you’re an Insider you might’ve also noticed a new build. Specifically, 18917 is the build I’m talking about, which brings in Windows Subsystem for Linux 2, Narrator and Windows Ink Workspace updates, plus download throttling options for Delivery Optimization. On the fixes end of the spectrum, folks should no longer experience error 0x8007000E while downloading a build – this being caused by high RAM consumption -, Start and taskbar should no longer be 100% transparent on second monitors, and the audio service no longer hangs on shutdown if spatial audio is turned on. Perhaps more interesting than the more obvious new features, 18917 seems to be the first build to begin splitting the Shell from the operating system. This is most likely in line with things planned for later like Windows “Lite” or Windows Core OS. Through this digging by Twitter user Albacore, we also found out that Microsoft may be working on a new, more advanced syncing mechanism for settings like File Explorer configurations. If you were on the fence about plunging into the 20H1 Fast ring builds, or maybe were waiting for an ISO, there’s good news: images for build 18912 have been released. This was the build at the beginning of June. Last but not least, also within the realm of the Insider program, those who have signed up as Office Insiders should be getting version 11629.20196. This is for those in the Monthly Channel (Targeted) branch, and the version brings improved link handling and the ability to use ink in Outlook messages, features that debuted in the Fast ring at the beginning of the month. The Fast ring Microsoft has announced new Power Platform features such as AI Builder and PowerApps Portal. You can now pre-order the Microsoft To-Do app in the Mac App Store. Surface Go has gotten a bunch of driver and firmware updates for pen and touch input. Teams for Education turns two, adds a redesigned homepage, gradebook, new sharing tools. Apple’s iCloud app is now in the Microsoft Store. Microsoft has patented a stylus that can turn into an earpiece. Excel now has a new Dynamic Arrays feature to improve the way formulas work. 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. The open source FHIR Server for Azure now supports Azure Cosmos DB and SQL backed persistence providers. Azure Shared Image Gallery is now generally available. Version 1.42.0 of the Storage Migration Service extension for Windows Admin Center is now available. Freedcamp, Meta4 Global HR, and more are now available as pre-integrated applications in Azure AD. If you’re curious about the various categories of Azure services, there’s now a map to help folks better understand the cloud service’s structure. Logging off Since we’re on the bottom edge of this column now, I think it’s appropriate that we talk about Microsoft’s rapidly changing Chromium Edge. Or Edgium, which sounds much better. Though it has no date or time frame attached to it, we do now know that the Edge team is working to bring “global and per-site setting” for blocking of media autoplay. This is something present in the current, non-Chromium Edge, though such capabilities will obviously take a bit of a back seat until Microsoft nails down the fundamentals and makes Edgium available on all its targeted platforms. And the company is indeed working towards that goal, as Edge Dev build 76.0.182.6 was made available on Thursday, complete with fixes for the “+” button being invisible, the bug which prevented users from signing out of user profiles, and much more. You don’t have to do anything, as Edgium will automatically update in the background. Missed any of the previous columns? Be sure to have a look right here.  
  21. Selandr

    GIVEAWAY: Win a Huawei MateBook 13 (U.S. only)

    Long have I eyed Huawei laptops but saved the money.. Perhaps this is the chance to get one of their great laptops! Fingers crossed 😀
  22. mariodes

    LosslessCut 2.3.0

    May be good at its job but one of the least intuitive program I have seen.
  23. CrashGordon

    Bed bugs?

    Chiggers https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/prevent-treat-chigger-bites#1
  24. Jim K

    Bed bugs?

    Been a while since we've had one of these "can you identify x, y or z bites" 🙄 Looks like bed bug bites, or flea bites, or some other critter bites ... ...should probably napalm the room and take a corticosteroid bath.
  25. sc302

    Server Advice

    Dev you are simply going overboard and I am simply trying to reel you in a bit. My messages aren’t to attack but to explain it isn’t always the case....I will give you a piece of information that you didn’t know before and the storage is a little red herring that I threw out there, the middleware is java based...single treaded java processes. The only way I can ever see speed is if I upgrade compute, less cores/more Hz. I am on the latest release No storage upgrade will fix that, esp since I am no where near even 10% utilization on the storage processors and bandwidth to the hosts. I peak at 8, average is about 5. The unity arrays are way overkill.
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