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  2. OnePlus quietly increases price of USB Type-C stereo audio and OTG adapters by Boyd Chan Earlier this week, the OnePlus 7 Pro was announced and our own Rich Woods shared his first impressions of the flagship device in an unboxing video. However, this iteration from OnePlus has seen the company cease the inclusion of a USB Type-C to 3.5mm stereo adapter in the box, leaving prospective buyers having to fork over extra to use their traditional wired headphones and earphones. Unfortunately, for those that need to invest in such an adapter, OnePlus has raised the price on the peripheral. When the OnePlus 6T was the new kid on the block, the dongle cost $8 plus applicable taxes and freight charges in the United States, but is now going for $12.95. While pricing has also been increased elsewhere around the world, it has not necessarily been uniform, as evidenced by costs in the UK (£6.99/~$8.89), India (₹390/~$5.54), and Germany (€7.95/~$8.88). it also appears that OnePlus has nudged up the cost of its USB OTG adapter by 30% to $13 in the U.S. While ditching the traditional 3.5mm audio port for USB Type-C and Bluetooth has become a growing trend in the smartphone space, you might be able to minimize your outlay to enjoy a wired audio experience by looking at similar adapters from other vendors. Source: Android Police
  3. Microsoft Weekly: An unlikely partnership, 1903's impending GA, and patches for all by Florin Bodnarescu Another week’s gone by, so let us once more look back at what’s happened with various Microsoft-related things these past seven days. Beyond the expected Patch Tuesday updates and the relatively minor May 2019 Update cumulative update, there was also an unexpected partnership with Sony that got unveiled. Be sure to find all that, and the usual bit extra, in your Microsoft digest for the week of May 11-17. An unlikely partnership While the May 2019 Update for PC hasn’t yet been made generally available, as we’ll see below (spoilers), folks with an Xbox One have been luckier. Though minor, the update does now allow you to see which platform your friends are playing on, brings message requests, and better sorting with “a”, “an”, as well as “the” not being taken into consideration in titles. As such, games like The Witcher will appear under W, not T. If you’ve managed to get into the Skip Ahead subsection of the Alpha ring, you should now be getting a new 19H2 build, specifically 18362.7113 which brings improvements to the download queue. Now, you’ll be able to see how much time is left until the download finishes, as well as gaining the ability to move items up and down the queue. In case you have an Xbox Live Gold subscription – which is likely if you game on Microsoft’s console -, you may want to check out The Golf Club 2019 featuring PGA Tour and Comic Jumper, both of which are free as part of Games with Gold. As far as unreleased games are concerned, Gears 5 may be coming out in September, according to a leak. The anticipated release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection on PC, which was supposed to begin testing in April initially, now seems to potentially be headed for testing after E3, if 343 Industries community director Brian Jarrard’s comments on Reddit are any indication. Adding to the pile of as of yet unreleased games, Mojang decided to celebrate Minecraft’s tenth anniversary with its own announcement of Minecraft Earth, a free-to-play, mobile augmented reality (AR) title. Available for iOS and Android, it’s supposed to kick off the closed beta sometime this summer. Finally, I’ve left arguably the best for last, as reports have come in that pigs have started flying. And why is that, you ask? Well, Microsoft and Sony announced a “strategic partnership” whereby the two companies would jointly develop “future cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure”, with Sony, in particular, exploring the use of “Azure datacenter-based solutions” for its own streaming offers. These streaming offers don’t just include entertainment like TV shows and movies, but also, most interesting in this case, games. The partnership even extends to AI solutions, imaging sensors, and semiconductors, which is arguably the less interesting bit given the upcoming release of the Xbox Scarlett family of consoles and the PlayStation 5, all of which are expected to drop next year. As Sony is absent from this year’s E3, and Microsoft’s Xbox Briefing is a little over three weeks away, this is definitely a surprising announcement. 1903’s impending GA The May 2019 Update (or 19H1, or version 1903 if you prefer) has been in testing in the Release Preview ring for over a month, an approach which Microsoft took in light of the horrendous initial rollout of 1809. Nevertheless, both the company and third-party partners are prepping for the imminent general availability of 1903, with AMD pushing out version 19.5.1 of its driver, and Intel releasing version of its DCH driver for Windows 10. Besides AMD and Intel, Microsoft itself issued a cumulative update, as build 18362.113 made its way to both Insiders in the Slow and Release Preview rings. This one includes protections for MDS vulnerabilities, patches for the issue that caused IE’s performance to decrease when using roaming profiles, as well as a fix for the cell size bug with MS UI Gothic and MS PGothic fonts. This build also comes with a known issue in regards to Windows Defender Application Guard and Windows Sandbox, both of which may spit out error "0x800705b4" upon launch after installing this update. Since 1903 was not made generally available on Patch Tuesday this past week, it’s likely that either the 21st or the 28th are the most likely candidate dates, with the 28th, in particular, being very probable. This is due to Microsoft’s “late May” phrasing on availability. Until then, you may want to check out our spotlight of the features that 1903 brings to the table. Patches for all As this week was the second Tuesday of the month, all supported versions of Windows received patches. Starting with Windows 10, these are: October 2018 Update (1809): KB4494441, build 17763.503 – enables “Retpoline” by default if protections for Spectre V2 are present; adds protections against Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS) vulnerabilities; adds “” to the HTTP Top Level Domains (HSTS TLD) in Edge and IE; patches issue which caused “Error 1309” when installing certain .msi or .msp files on a virtual drive; fixes the issue which prevented Visual Studio Simulator from starting; provides security updates for Edge, IE, the Scripting Engine, App Platform and Frameworks, Graphics, Storage and Filesystems, JET Database Engine, and more. Known issues: PXE boot issues on devices with WDS servers configured to use Variable Window Extension; Operations like rename may fail when performed on files or folders within a Cluster Shared Volume (STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL 0xC00000A5); Some Asian language packs installed may receive error 0x800f0982 after installing KB4493509; Attempting to print from Edge or a UWP app will give you this error: “Your printer has experienced an unexpected configuration problem. 0x80070007e”. April 2018 Update (1803): KB4499167, build 17134.765 – broadly the same changelog as 1809, save for enabling Retpoline. Known issues: PXE boot issues on devices with WDS servers configured to use Variable Window Extension; 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): KB4499179, build 16299.1146 – same changelog as 1803. 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): KB4499181, build 15063.1805 – same changelog as 1803 and 1709. Known issues: Operations like rename may fail when performed on files or folders within a Cluster Shared Volume (STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL 0xC00000A5); Some sites that don’t support HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) may not be accessible through IE11 or Edge after this update. Creators Update Mobile (1703): KB4500154, build 15254.566 – identical changelog to the desktop equivalent. Anniversary Update LTSC (1607), Server 2016: KB4494440, build 14393.2969 – the same changelog as versions 1803, 1709, and 1703. Known issues: PXE boot issues on devices with WDS servers configured to use Variable Window Extension; Operations like rename may fail when performed on files or folders within a Cluster Shared Volume (STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL 0xC00000A5); In addition, there are two other ones: one relates to the ‘2245 (NERR_PasswordTooShort)’ error after installing KB4467684, while the other relates to SCVMM being unable to enumerate and manage local switches on the host post-update. Windows 10 RTM LTSC (1507): KB4499154, build 10240.18215 – broadly the same changelog as the ones above, with the exception of the fixes in Excel for cell size when using MS UI Gothic or MS PGothic, as well as improving performance for case-insensitive string comparison functions like as_stricmp(). Known issues: Operations like rename may fail when performed on files or folders within a Cluster Shared Volume (STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL 0xC00000A5). Folks on Windows 7 and 8.1 were treated to some updates as well, and these are: Windows 8.1, Server 2012 R2: KB4499151 – essentially identical to the 1607 and up changelogs. The security-only updates is KB4499165. Known issues: PXE boot issues on devices with WDS servers configured to use Variable Window Extension ; Operations like rename may fail when performed on files or folders within a Cluster Shared Volume (STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL 0xC00000A5); Microsoft and McAfee have identified an issue on devices with McAfee Endpoint Security (ENS) Threat Prevention 10.x or Host Intrusion Prevention 8.0, or VirusScan Enterprise 8.8 which causes the system to start up slowly or become unresponsive at restart. Windows 7 SP1, Server 2008 R2: KB4499164 – along with the patches for MDS vulnerabilities, the cell size fix in Excel, the patch for Visual Studio Simulator, as well as a number of security updates, there’s also a fix for an issue which prevented applications that rely on unconstrained delegation from authenticating after the expiration of the Kerberos ticket-granting ticket. The security-only update is KB4499175. Known issues: Microsoft and McAfee have identified an issue on devices with McAfee Endpoint Security (ENS) Threat Prevention 10.x or Host Intrusion Prevention 8.0, or VirusScan Enterprise 8.8 which causes the system to start up slowly or become unresponsive at restart. Besides the regular versions of Windows, Insiders in the Fast ring picked up an update too, with build 18898 of the 20H1 branch dropping last Wednesday. It includes a small, though reasonably useful change which now makes Task Manager’s Performance Tab display the type of storage you have, be it SSD or HDD. The number of fixes amounts to three, with issues causing high hitting DWM crashes and high hitting explorer.exe crashes due to pcshell.dll, as well as those which caused updated Japanese IME settings to never be applied to certain apps now being a thing of the past. Unfortunately, the list of known issues is longer, and it includes the perennial favorites like anti-cheat software causing problems and the Realtek SD card readers not functioning properly, while also adding things like search results not being visible in an enhanced session remote desktop VM, or Night Light not turning on if the device has fast startup enabled. Again, this update is slated to arrive early next year, so there’s plenty of time for these things to be ironed out. Devs may want to check out the new SDK preview which dropped, namely build 18894. Despite not bringing much to the table besides a few API additions, it’s worth having a gander at for those interested. The Fast ring Teams on iOS now lets you remove chat participants, and more. Web Template Studio is now available in preview. A 15-inch Surface Book 2 with Core i5 and no dGPU may launch soon. Edge Dev build is now available with a bunch of fixes. Microsoft and General Assembly have announced a partnership around AI, ML, and more. 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. If you were experiencing a Data Gaps issue in Azure Portal, it should now be resolved. Data Migration Assistant v4.3 is now available. Windows Server containers are now supported in preview in Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS). The Azure Portal May 2019 update is available, bringing tabbed browsing support for more portal links, new integration with AKS, and more. The Premium Files performance tier is now available in preview to everyone. Logging off Ending this column is a bit of news concerning Windows 10 on Chromebooks, something which seemed to be close to reality, but is apparently not happening. Developed under the Project Campfire codename, the feature would’ve been called Alt OS and would’ve required about 40GB of storage to enable dual boot. Changes the Chromium Gerritt – the code collaboration tool in use – have indicated that Alt OS has been deprecated, so it’s unlikely that Google is completely dedicated to it. The lack of mention during even the company’s I/O 2019 conference further cements that the likelihood of this surfacing is very low. That said, it could be that the firm may be working on a different implementation. Missed any of the previous columns? Be sure to have a look right here.
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  5. Black Shark 2 coming to India on May 27, price may start at around ₹33,000 by Jay Bonggolto The Black Shark 2, which officially debuted in China earlier this year, is set for launch in India on May 27. The gaming smartphone is also expected to ship with additional accessories including the Gamepad 2.0 controller. The device naturally packs an upgraded set of specs compared to its predecessor including the Snapdragon 855 SoC, more RAM, and storage capacities, and a pressure-sensitive system that's been added to its screen. The Black Shark 2 sports a 6.39-inch OLED display with reduced touch latency, lower screen flicker, and enhanced color accuracy. It supports an in-display fingerprint sensor and includes a vapor chamber cooling system to keep its temperature low. The gaming device also has a 4,000mAh battery with support for 27W fast charging. For the 6GB/128GB variant, the phone could cost around ₹33,000 (~$470) in India while the 12GB/256GB variant may set consumers back somewhere in the vicinity of ₹43,000 (~$610) based off the Chinese pricing. The phone's upcoming Indian launch comes more than a month after its European release. It also makes sense for the Black Shark 2 to arrive in a huge smartphone market such as India given that Xiaomi, which once backed the Black Shark brand, has a vast presence in the country. Of course, it remains to be seen how Black Shark will fare against the competition now that it has drifted away from the Chinese phone maker's fold. Source: BGR India
  6. One would think it is a no-brainer that the victim's identity is kept private. How come they didn't think of that when they passed the bill?
  7. UK: Campaigners call for anonymity in revenge porn cases and better police training by Paul Hill Calls have been made to give victims of revenge porn anonymity when they go to report their case. Campaigners have also suggested that just being threatened with revenge porn should also be a crime. In England and Wales, sharing private or sexual images of a person without consent has been a crime since April 2015, similar laws were introduced later in Scotland and Northern Ireland. As it stands now, those who come forward to police to report a crime are not given anonymity because it’s categorised as a communications crime. Sophie Mortimer from the Revenge Porn helpline has said that revenge porn cases should be classified as sexual offences so that anonymity can be given to victims. As smartphones have become more widespread in society, the number of revenge porn cases has increased dramatically. Figures from 19 police forces in England and Wales reveal that the number of cases being investigated had jumped from 852 in 2015-16 to 1,853 in 2018-19. In the same timeframe, the police forces that were asked for data revealed that the number of people charged under revenge porn laws had decreased by 23% from 207 to 158. Campaigners say that police need more training on the issue. Research by the University of Suffolk suggests that just 5% of police officers asked were properly informed on revenge porn laws. Speaking to the BBC, Mortimer said: “It's all very well changing the law and making these things illegal, but if the frontline services don't understand what the law actually means then you've only done half the job.” The legislation around revenge porn is continually evolving around the world as lawmakers come to terms with what can be done with technology. Proposals for changes to these laws such as the ones outlined above will likely become more frequent in order to better address the issue. Source: BBC News
  8. Google brings refreshed Smart Display UI to the Nest Hub by Jay Bonggolto Image via 9to5Google Google unveiled a refreshed Smart Display user interface (UI) earlier this month at its I/O conference, with the new design having been initially demonstrated on the Nest Hub Max. The fresh UI is now reportedly rolling out to other smart display devices including Google's Nest Hub (formerly the Home Hub). The latest change introduces a more personal feel to how the background looks when users begin to swipe through the cards for various apps like YouTube and Google News. For example, the bright wallpaper is now being replaced with a blurred version of whatever is on the Ambient Mode, including your photos or the clock. It should be noted that this applies only when the first tap is made; the white background returns as users swipe through the succeeding cards. While the Ambient Mode or Photo Frame remains the default home screen, the dedicated weather forecast is now gone. Thankfully, the detailed forecast can still be accessed in full-screen view by tapping the weather icon. The time and date have become noticeably larger than before, though they have been relocated to the bottom-left corner. In addition to the Nest Hub, the update is also expected to hit other Smart Displays manufactured by Lenovo and JBL as part of the new Google Home firmware version 1.39154941. The update is said to be part of Google's groundwork for the Nest Hub Max, which will display Duo messages and reminders on the home screen using facial recognition. Source: 9to5Google
  9. Kashaar

    TidyTabs 1.4.1 [Update]

    I use this app daily at work. I never tried the Stardock's one thus I cannot compare. This one has a tiny memory footprint and no performance impact. It seems to me to does not pollute your system with anything special. The free version allows you to use up to 3 tabs per window on a single screen/desktop. Every time you start the app, you can use it as if it was registered for one hour if I recall. Lately I spent my days on apps which do not require such tool such as Visual Studio, VS Code and ConEmu. I still use it to dock PuTTY windows and some File Explorer windows most notably. (You can tell it to group some app windows systematically). Here is my one and only catch with this app though: you cannot drag'n'drop to another tab, which kind of defies the purpose with File Explorer windows (at least, I did not find how to) ; I would have expected a tab to activate when I was waiting with my cursor over it for some time so I could finish my drag'n'drop operation in the newly activated window, which does not happen. You can still do that through the task bar though. EDIT: added task bar comment.
  10. Can you remind me last time this motto had a real life scenario? I'm quite sure was after Christ, but I can't remember the exact year. Azure vs Amazon. Anyways, Microsoft is still a patent-troll company but right now it is using a paper-company to do that. For example, Microsoft is still committed to screwing Linux and it is still collecting royalties from Linux partners. what about? and again what exactly about?
  11. LOL you're funny one ... so go to google cloud F. no AWS? F. that too. I do not bite into cloud. Don't get me wrong, I don't judge anyone going Cloud. I see no reason to. On premise is the best way to go about. For example...I don't use One Drive or similar. I have my local NAS. Is there a chance I lose that, yes there is but I am willing to take that risk rather than paying $9.99 to Microsoft or anyone else. I have NAS and its backup, good enough for me. My idea of computing is that at any point I can disconnect Internet and my computer will still be usable and all my files accessible. I have a control and not someone else. I still believe in physical media and still use VHS, DVD, Bluray. ok so suggest worldwide services companies to go on premise, I'm sure they'll appreciate your idea
  12. Every MS app on Windows is steaming pile of garbage. Buggy to the max and sluggish to the core. On a different note, the outlook icon could have been Orange though.
  13. This has never worked for me and still doesn't after the May update.
  14. U-series performance has greatly increased in the last year or so. Have you tried an 8th gen i7?
  15. Like anything mechanical, environmental factors are going to determine that heavily. The actual mechanism looks well built, but if you work in a gravel pit and like to use face unlock, this may not be the phone for you. A desk worker that flashes a few selfies now and again may have no problems for years and could realistically expect it to outlast the replacement battery installed after the first one fails of old age. Being among the first of its type, I'd expect good odds on the pop-up mechanism actually being a little over-engineered. It takes time to find out how to walk the line of minimum viable spec.
  16. If you're coming from a Nexus, you might want to consider the Pixel 3a. It's 5.6" vs the 6.6" so would fit your hand better. Also hearing the battery life is holding up pretty well (think someone was saying a solid 2 day phone). Stock Android and the camera being solid. Oh, and no curved edges lol. That's the only thing that kills me with this OnePlus model is accidental touches. At least Samsung came with an option with the S10e this year. I've considered the 3a as well, but I'll see how the 4 turns out first. I've been burned by a rash of bad Pixel 3 phones; repeated repairs/replacements to the point that I've cut a deal with my carrier to leave the latest failed one in the box until the 4 comes out under one of their special "wow, you have the worst luck" programs. For now, I've upgraded to a used Pixel 2. Honestly, the beefy bezels, notification light, superior display, and metal construction make it feel genuinely better phone. It's nice to not have that wacky DSP on the speakers too even if it reduces the absolute max volume, but I'm sure I could have figured out how to disable it on the P3 if I had one that lasted more than a couple of weeks. All of the Samsung phones have sadly become nonstarters for me. I'm a compulsive tinkerer, need root, and the Exynos variants with proper network compatibility are tough to find around here. Sad story, because I really liked my S7 on LineageOS. Never did get that audio driver in-mic call bug completely sorted though... kernel debugging is tough business - hat's off to those with the dedication to make a proper hobby or career of it.
  17. This browser will make a good dent in Chrome when it comes out. Its Chrome like enough for people to just use it. That depends, if the UI starts to look like the original Edge, then people will not bother with it. A lot of people may just use chrome because they think that the strange E icon is for IE and not for a different browser, so they may never have even tried the original edge, so why would they try the new one? Some people use chrome because it links into their google account. I think the main reason why MS is changing to chromium is more to do with business, some sites will not work with the original edge. Myself i will stay with cent, I see now reason to change and other people i have talked to say they will stay with the browser they use. Just been to the cent website, and it looks like adware. I am sure its not, but its the impression that the site gives me. Don't know where you got that form, but nope, no adware. I would not be using it if it was I can tell you. The site could look better though! TBH, I have never been to the site until you said about it, i saw a review of cent and downloaded it from File hippo. I don't disagree with you, all those partners down the bottom looks like they are something to do with advertising. Yes, it could be better.
  18. Microsoft BOB™ 10

    OnePlus 7 Pro unboxing and first impressions: It's a real flagship

    Would really like to see how the mechanical pop-up camera stands the test of time. Say 2 years from now.
  19. I disagree, HP servers are the best made I've owned many dell servers and 1 HP server. In all my years I can say that the HP smart array is the worst named product, it could be better named the crap array, or slow array, or stupid array (stupid because you actually thought it was a good idea to buy that?). It's slow, the performance is dire, you need to PAY EXTRA for RAID 6 and 'degraded performance boost'. The management CLI tool is abysmal. In comparison dell PERC (rebadged LSI) is fantastic, great CLI utility, great drivers, great hardware where all features come unlocked, can't fault it. I replaced the stupid array in my HP server with a PERC, boom performance jumped right up. Then we get onto software updates, HP are so shoddy you get updates for what 2 years now after buying a server then need to pay more if you want software updates longer than that? Software updates including drivers and BIOS. HPE are absolute scum. Which is why I asked about *age* - I have heard of/had lemons from companies other than HP - in fact, HP replaced Dell - after a run of bad Dell desktops from their Dimension line - and I mentioned a bad ASUS notebook that I actually own. I wouldn't buy any of Dell's or HP's consumer line. Latitudes, Elitebooks, and even Probooks aren't bad. Some of the PERC controllers aren't great, either. H200 is one. I do like that I can stick a DVD in and upgrade all firmware on the Dells. I use HP too, but it was a joke last BIOS upgrade for it. Had to license something just to get the ability to do it on the Gen 9 we have. Luckily it was free, but took a few days to go through process. Since 2014 the mfs at HP made BIOS updates depend on active service contract, otherwise you cannot download the firmware file. Since that time I boycot HP purchases whereever I am in the position to do so.
  20. U-series CPU and the word "performance" are mutually exclusive in the same sentence
  21. "Another suggestion UNESCO gave was for the teams building the software to be better balanced. It pointed out that today women only makeup 12% of AI researchers, represent just 6% of software developers, and are 13 times less likely to file an ICT patent than men. A section in the publication recommends that this gap can be closed with gender-equal digital skills education and training." Because the field of AI research at this level of the game is so rife with talent that businesses can afford to pass on people to ensure their teams are diverse based on whatever today's concern is.
  22. Having the assistances defaulted as female is just based on our culture... If they don't like it well sorry that's just the world we live in... Most "assistants/secretaries are women... Instead of yelling at Google/Amazon/Microsoft... Fix the gender bias in the workplace... If it's such a problem... What I do think is that we need more options with customization. I like what Google did with the different voices of male, female and some even androgynes and British / Australian accents... I think we need more control over the name, gender, voice, and accent of our assistant... What the default it doesn't matter... If it's female... ppl will complain.. If it's male ppl with complain.. if its neither it will be disrespectful for ppl who are non-binary... Let the default be whatever the companies want but let us customize more completely...
  23. Yep." rel="external nofollow">" rel="external nofollow"> Waay too much hype about 5G. It seems that the telecom industry is trying to sell a product and using whatever as long as they accept the check. I’m sticking with 4G for awhile. It’s good enough I think 4G is more than good enough. It streams everything just fine. There would need to be some major tech and I do mean major in order to get me to believe this is anything what I think it is... a bunch of telecom BS hype to sell a service to do skit we already do. I reckon so, too.
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