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Windows 10 update causing high-pitched noise issues
by Subir Kathuria
Ever since Microsoft released the KB5000842 update for Windows 10, it has been causing more problems than it fixed. First, it caused game performance issues along with update KB5001330. Now, Microsoft has released another advisory that "A high-pitched noise might be heard when using 5.1 audio with certain settings". Affected platforms include consumer versions of Windows 10 version 20H2 and Windows 10, version 2004. The issue does not occur when stereo is used.
Microsoft says it's aware of the issue and is investigating the same. Till a fix is released, Microsoft has provided two temporary workarounds:
Microsoft says it's working on it at the moment but has not provided any timeline for a proper fix.
Source: Microsoft via BleepingComputer
Games with Gold: Dungeons 3 and Tropico 4 are now free
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Every couple of weeks, Microsoft likes to give away games to Xbox Live Gold subscribers, and keeping to its schedule, the company has now made available two more games to claim. Xbox Live Gold is included in the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate all-in-one subscription, so those folks now have access to the two new freebies too.
The city management title Tropico 4 for Xbox 360 and the strategy experience Dungeons 3 for Xbox One are what's available this time, and both classics include backward compatibility support for modern Xbox consoles. Explaining the compatibility a bit further, Dungeons 3 is playable across Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S systems, while Tropico 4 can be enjoyed on the Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.
To make things easy, the Microsoft Store links listed below can be used to immediately claim the games onto a Gold activated account:
Dungeons 3 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One)
Tropico 4 (Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S)
While new Xbox Live Gold extras arrive every couple of weeks, the promotions don't disappear that soon. Anyone who didn't manage to grab Armello from the previous Games with Gold promotion still has plenty of time to snatch a copy.
As for how long are these Xbox Live Gold bonus games are accessible once claimed, all Xbox 360 experiences remain a part of the account even after the Gold subscription is discontinued. However, claimed Xbox One games are only accessible while being subscribed to Gold, and losing the subscription will make the titles temporarily unavailable until the membership is renewed.
By Jay Bonggolto
Microsoft Teams will soon let you restart a live event that accidentally stopped
by Jay Bonggolto
Microsoft Teams currently doesn't have an option to resume a live event that has been accidentally ended or interrupted. If you've started an event and encountered a technical problem in the middle of it, chances are that you will need to set up a new event.
Fortunately, Microsoft is working to fix that and make it easier to resume a live event after you've unwittingly stopped it. The company has added a new update to its 365 roadmap for an option to restart a live event (via OnMSFT). This means you only need to hit a restart button to get everyone back in your live event again instead of creating an entirely new one.
The feature is currently being developed and will be rolled out on both desktop and web clients globally in July. The ability to start a live event on Teams is a nifty feature that provides convenience to people who used to hold mass gatherings, for example, before the pandemic happened. As more people stay at home due to lockdown orders across many parts of the world, hosting a virtual live event is a practical alternative these days.
It's the latest development that Microsoft is working on for Teams. Two days ago, Teams added two new capabilities including Webinars and PowerPoint Live. In March, Teams introduced live transcription for meetings with speaker attribution.
Microsoft is rolling out its Dolby Vision HDR test on Xbox Series X/S
by Subir Kathuria
Back in September 2020, Dolby announced that Xbox Series X and S will be the world's first game consoles to support both Dolby Vision HDR video and Dolby Atmos surround sound in games when played on a supported TV.
Now Microsoft has announced that is beginning to test of Dolby Vision HDR gaming on Xbox Series X and S and will be available for testers who are a part of the Xbox Insider’s Alpha ring. The company is looking for feedback before it rolls out the Dolby Vision HDR option more broadly, which should be anytime this year.
Xbox’s Larry Hryb, also known as Major Nelson, posted on his Twitter:
Keep in mind your TV will need to be Dolby Vision-compatible. Notably, Samsung, which is the largest TV manufacturer globally, doesn’t support the format, focusing mostly on HDR10+. You can find out if your TV is compatible with Dolby Vision or not by pressing the Xbox button to open the guide, then selecting Profile & system > Settings > General > TV & display options > 4K TV details.
Source: Major Nelson (Twitter)
Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 21382 with HDR improvements for Photoshop
by João Carrasqueira
Microsoft has released another weekly build of Windows 10 to Insiders enrolled in the Dev channel, this time bringing the build number up to 21382. As per usual, this build comes from the co_release branch, not the rs_prerelease branch, and it's part of a future Windows update, not the upcoming version 21H1 that's already available in the Beta and Release Preview channels.
Much like other recent builds, there isn't a whole lot that's new in this release, but there is an improvement that's likely to be welcomed by creative professionals. Apps that use ICC display color profiles will now be able to use the full color gamut of HDR displays and retain color accuracy:
That's pretty much it in terms of new features, but there are some other changes and improvements, like the new Segoe UI Variable font now being available on the touch keyboard:
Of course, the build also comes with the usual array of bug fixes:
And finally, there are still some known issues in this build, though the list has been shrinking significantly with the past few builds. Here's what you need to look out for:
On that note, Microsoft announced earlier this week that it's bringing back its Bug Bash events, so if you'd like to help improve the quality of the next Windows 10 release, you may want to file any issues you find during this period. There are also a number of quests available in the Feedback Hub to help users find specific issues Microsoft may be looking for. The event has already started and it will last until May 17.