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Surface Go and Laptop Go get new firmware updates
by João Carrasqueira
Hot on the heels of the first- and second-generation Surface Laptop getting an array of firmware and driver updates last week, Microsoft is also rolling out a handful of updates for the Surface Go, Go 2, and Laptop Go, its more affordable lineup of devices.
The lists of updates are fairly long for all three of the devices, but the Surface Go and Surface Go 2 share a few similarities in terms of the updates they're getting. Here's what you'll see on a Surface Go 2:
Windows Update History Name Device Manager Name Update Intel Corporation - Display - 126.96.36.19981 Intel(R) UHD Graphics 615 Improves graphics and system stability.
Intel Corporation - Extension - 188.8.131.5281 Intel(R) Graphics Driver - Extension Addresses security updates and improves system stability.
Intel - System - 2040.100.0.1029 Intel(R) Management Engine Interface - System devices Addresses security updates and improves system stability.
Intel – SoftwareComponent - 1.62.321.1 Intel(R) ICLS Client - Software devices Addresses security updates and improves system stability.
Intel - Extension - 19184.108.40.2060 Intel(R) Management Engine Interface - Extension Improves integration between system services.
Surface - System - 220.127.116.11 Surface Setting - System devices Resolves system orientation issue.
Surface - Firmware - 18.104.22.16838 Surface ME - Firmware
Addresses security updates and improves system stability.
Surface – Firmware – 22.214.171.124 Surface UEFI – Firmware Addresses security updates and improves system stability.
Do note that Microsoft's page appears to have some typos, such as saying "Intel(R) - Cooperation", instead of Intel Corporation. We've fixed those in the list above.
If you have a first-generation Surface Go, the first three updates above will still apply, but the remaining ones have some differences. Here's what you'll see instead:
Windows Update History Name Device Manager Name Update Intel - Extension - 1.62.321.1 Intel(R) ICLS Client - Extension Addresses security updates and improves system stability.
Intel – SoftwareComponent - 19126.96.36.1990 Intel(R) ICLS Client - Software devices Addresses security updates and improves system stability.
Surface – Firmware – 188.8.131.52 Surface UEFI – Firmware (LTE) Addresses security updates and improves system stability.
Surface – Firmware – 184.108.40.206
Surface UEFI – Firmware (WiFi) Addresses security updates and improves system stability.
Surface - Firmware - 220.127.116.1138 Surface ME - Firmware Addresses security updates and improves system stability.
The Surface Laptop Go has significantly different hardware from the other two devices, so the list of updates is also quite different. While some of the updates are also about overall stability, there are more specific ones like improvements to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth stability, audio performance, and battery life. Here's the full list:
Windows Update History Name Device Manager Name Update Intel Corporation - System - 10.24.0.4813 Intel(R) Smart Sound Technology (Intel(R) SST) OED - System devices Improves audio performance and battery life.
Intel Corporation - System - 10.24.4813.245 Intel(R) Smart Sound Technology (Intel(R) SST) OED - System devices Improves audio performance and battery life.
Realtek Semiconductor Corp. - Media - 6.0.9083.3 Realtek High Definition Audio(SST) - Sound, video, and game controllers Improves audio performance and device stability.
Realtek Semiconductor Corp. - SoftwareComponent - 11.0.6000.92 Realtek Hardware Support Application - Software components Improves audio performance and device stability.
Realtek Semiconductor Corp. - Extension - 18.104.22.168 Realtek Device Extension - Extn Improves integration between system services.
Surface - System - 22.214.171.124 Surface Integration - System devices Improves integration between system services.
Intel - net - 126.96.36.199 Intel(R) WiFi 6 AX201 160MHz - Network adapters Improves Wi-Fi reliability and stability.
Intel - Bluetooth - 188.8.131.52 Intel(R) Wireless Bluetooth - Bluetooth Improves Bluetooth reliability and stability.
There are no known issues noted in Microsoft's update list for any of the three devices, so it should be safe to go ahead. As per usual, you'll need to be running Windows 10 version 1903 or newer to get the updates, and that shouldn't be much of a problem since that version of Windows 10 is no longer supported and you should have a newer version by now.
As a reminder, these updates can roll out gradually, so you may not see them on your device right away. They should show up sooner rather than later, though.
Patch My PC Updater 184.108.40.206
by Razvan Serea
Patch My PC Free is a portable and reliable tool which can quickly check your PC for outdated software. The supported third-party programs include a large number of widely-used applications, including Adobe Reader, Mozilla Firefox, Java, 7-Zip, BleachBit, Google Chrome and many more.
Patch My PC Home updater features:
Updates over 300 common apps check including portable apps Ability to cache updates for use on multiple machines No bloatware during installations Applications install/update silently by default no install wizard needed Optionally, disable silent install to perform a manual custom install Easy to use user interface Installs 64-bit apps by default on 64-bit windows Optionally choose to install 32-bit apps on 64-bit Windows Change updated and outdated apps color for color blindness Option to automatically kill programs before updating it Portable and only about 3.0 MB Create a baseline of applications if installing on new PC’s Quickly uninstall multiple programs Scan time is usually less than 1 second Set updates to happen on a schedule Skip updates for any application you don’t want to update Suppresses restarts when performing application updates Patch My PC Updater 220.127.116.11 changelog:
Improved error handling if internet is not available or firewalls are blocking access to patchmypc.com Download: Patch My PC Updater 18.104.22.168 | 3.0 MB (Freeware)
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By Abhay V
One UI 3.1 for the Galaxy Z Fold2 brings multitasking and ease-of-use improvements
by Abhay Venkatesh
Samsung recently detailed the new features brought by the latest One UI 3.1 update to its flagship tablets, the Galaxy Tab S7 series, and the Galaxy S20 lineup. While the update for the tablets brought with it improved cross-device usability with the company’s flagship phones, the release for the Galaxy S20 line introduced a bunch of camera features from the S21 series. Today, the company highlighted the improvements that the latest update brings to the Galaxy Z Fold2.
For its foldable screen-sporting device, which is now receiving the latest Android 11-based OS update, the South Korean giant is focusing on multitasking and ease-of-use enhancements. The first of the improvements come to the task switcher, or as Samsung calls it, the “Recents” tab.
Users can now directly switch to previously opened ‘Multi-Active Windows’ at once from the task switcher, meaning that if three apps were opened in a multi-window setup on the main screen and the user navigates to another app, the task switcher will let them return to the multi-window setup as is. The feature also lets users move two out of the three apps from the main screen to the cover display.
Additionally, One UI 3.1 on the Z Fold2 adds the ability to drag an app from the notification shade and drop it into Multi-Active Windows. For example, users can drag a messaging app into a split view right from the notification shade, draft a response or add multimedia content and send it, and then dismiss the app. This negates the need to break away from the current app and helps make better use of the screen real estate.
As for the ease-of-use improvements, the firm is adding a new ‘Palm touch to turn off screen’ feature that lets users use a gesture or double-tap to turn off the device’s screen. This makes it easier to lock the device in instances where your hands are full and you can't reach the power button – especially considering how you would not want to try juggling with an expensive foldable.
The other usability enhancement comes in the way of the choice to move the camera controls in the Camera app when using Flex mode – a mode that adapts the UI of the device when it is partially folded –, giving users more control over where they want the shutter button or other options situated on the massive main display. The firm has also added Delete and Share buttons in image previews in Flex mode.
While the changes aren’t massive by any means, these simple additions further improve the user experience on the Z Fold2. In addition to these, One UI 3.1 brings a host of other features such as Eye Comfort Shield, app continuity improvements, and much more. You can head to our detailed rundown of what’s new with the update here. One UI 3.1 has begun rolling out to the Galaxy Z Fold2 this week, so all users should begin seeing the update soon.
by Razvan Serea
Firefox is a fast, full-featured Web browser. It offers great security, privacy, and protection against viruses, spyware, malware, and it can also easily block pop-up windows. The key features that have made Firefox so popular are the simple and effective UI, browser speed and strong security capabilities.
Firefox has complete features for browsing the Internet. It is very reliable and flexible due to its implemented security features, along with customization options. Firefox includes pop-up blocking, tab-browsing, integrated Google search, simplified privacy controls, a streamlined browser window that shows you more of the page than any other browser and a number of additional features that work with you to help you get the most out of your time online.
What's new in Firefox 86.0:
Firefox now supports simultaneously watching multiple videos in Picture-in-Picture.
Today, Firefox introduces Total Cookie Protection to Strict Mode. In Total Cookie Protection, every website gets its own “cookie jar,” preventing cookies from being used to track you from site to site.
We've improved our Print functionality with a cleaner design and better integration with your computer's printer settings.
For Firefox users in Canada, credit card management and auto-fill are now enabled.
Notable performance and stability improvements are achieved by moving canvas drawing and WebGL drawing to the GPU process.
Reader mode now works with local HTML pages. Using screen reader quick navigation to move to editable text controls no longer incorrectly reaches non-editable cells in some grids such as on messenger.com. The Orca screen reader's mouse review feature now works correctly after switching tabs in Firefox. Screen readers no longer report column headers incorrectly in tables containing cells spanning multiple columns. Links in Reader View now have more color contrast. Various security fixes. Changed:
On Linux and Android, the protection to mitigate the stack clash attack has been activated.
From Firefox 86 onward, DTLS 1.0 is no longer supported for establishing WebRTC's PeerConnections. All WebRTC services need to support DTLS 1.2 from now on as the minimum version.
Consolidated all video decoding in the new RDD process which results in a more secure Firefox.
Various bug fixes and new policies have been implemented in the latest version of Firefox. You can see more details in the Firefox for Enterprise 86 Release Notes. Developer:
Developer Information CSS image-set() function in CSS is now enabled, allowing for responsive images in CSS. Inactive CSS tool is now showing a warning when margin or padding is set on internal table elements. Developer Tools Toolbox is now showing a number of errors on the current page. This is a quick way to surface information to a developer that something is wrong with their page. Clicking on the red exclamation icon navigates the user to the Console panel. Download: Firefox 86.0 for Windows | Firefox 64-bit | ~50.0 MB (Freeware)
Download: Firefox 86.0 for Linux | 64-bit | ~70.0 MB
Download: Firefox 86.0 for MacOS | 125.0 MB
View: Firefox Home Page | Release Notes
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Mozilla releases Firefox 86 with Total Cookie Protection
by Paul Hill
Mozilla has just released Firefox 86 that includes several new features including Total Cookie Protection a major privacy advancement that’s built into Enhanced Tracking Protection (ETP) Strict Mode and creates a cookie jar for each website you visit so trackers can’t follow you around the web. The update also adds support to watch several videos in Picture-in-Picture mode at once, the Print functionality has a cleaner design and better integration with your computer’s settings, and there are more performance improvements.
For several years, Mozilla has been pitching itself as the anti-Chrome - a product that cares about your privacy. In this update, Mozilla has added a new feature called Total Cookie Protection which can be enabled by changing the ETP settings to Strict Mode. Total Cookie Protection confines tracking cookies to the site on which they were created so that you can’t be tracked around the web.
Of course, cookies are not only used for tracking purposes, some are required to make a website operate properly. In the case of cross-site cookies that are needed for non-tracking purposes, Firefox will create a temporary exemption so that you’re browsing experience is not hurt. This new feature arrives just one month after Firefox introduced protections against supercookies - a more resilient tracking tool.
On the usability side of things, Mozilla has updated the printing options so that they are easier to use and better integrate with the computer’s settings. Firefox also lets you create several Picture-in-Picture videos at once now so you can keep watching more than one piece of content at once.
With this update, canvas drawing and WebGL drawing have been shifted over to the GPU process. Not only will this change make the browser better at handling these tasks but it should also make the browser a bit more stable resulting in fewer crashes.
You can download the new version of Firefox from Mozilla right now if you don’t have it installed already or you can wait for the browser to update automatically if you do. To update your browser manually, head into the hamburger menu, go down to Help and select About Firefox. The new update will download and you’ll be asked to restart your browser. If you’re on Linux, you’ll need to wait until the update becomes available in the package manager which could take up to a few days.