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Bug that broke Linux in Windows 10 update is finally fixed

Microsoft has finally released a fix for a Windows 10 bug which broke Linux support, with the resolution arriving in the latest preview build of the OS – along with a whole host of other fixes. You may recall that Windows Subsystem for Linux has been suffering at the hands of an ‘element not found’ error which prevents it from functioning, a gremlin seemingly introduced by September’s cumulative update for Windows 10. Microsoft subsequently confirmed this issue, and then said that a fix was in the pipeline imminently, and indeed the software giant remained true to its word, delivering the solution in the newest preview build for Windows 10, version 19042.541 (for the soon to release October 2020 Update). As we mentioned at the outset, there are a whole load of fixes implemented with this new preview build, and they include a solution for an issue which caused crashes with games that use spatial audio, plus some useful tweaks for Windows Mixed Reality headsets. Enterprising solutions There are a stack of enterprise-related fixes here too, such as cures for problems with Windows Defender Application Control and Microsoft Intune. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that no fresh problems are introduced here, and the October 2020 Update proceeds smoothly.  If you recall, the cumulative update which cured an SSD issue with Drive Optimize in Windows 10 was the one which accidentally broke Linux support in the first place, so obviously we don’t want to see anything else going awry in a similar…Continue readingBug that broke Linux in Windows 10 update is finally fixed

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iOS 14 update fixes a bug that reset your browser and mail defaults

One of the notable changes in iOS 14 is that it finally allowed users to set new default apps for their web browser and email. Chrome, Firefox, Gmail and others are already taking advantage of the setting, but after the update rolled out last week, many iPhone and iPad owners noticed their devices would go back to the original settings after a restart. This afternoon Apple pushed out iOS 14.0.1 and iPadOS 14.0.1, which addresses that issue. If you haven’t received it already then you should be able to nab the download by manually checking for an update, which 9to5Mac shows is around 171MB to download. Other tweaks in the update address camera previews, problems connecting to WiFi, and a problem that could block images from the widget for Apple News. tvOS and watchOS have also received small bug fixes, so go ahead and update everything Apple just to be sure you’re covered. Source linkContinue readingiOS 14 update fixes a bug that reset your browser and mail defaults

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Fantastical’s new widgets look like the perfect use-case for the iOS 14 update

Mac and iOS calendar app Fantastical has updated its software with 12 new customizable widgets. They look like the perfect use-case for iOS 14’s widget support, giving users access to their calendar, events, and weather forecasts straight from the home screen. These aren’t the sort of widgets you’d use to flex on TikTok, of course: these are practical and straightforward designs for people whose live in their schedules. The widgets look as well-designed as you’d expect from Fantastical, and we particularly like the option to jump into meetings directly. No more searching your inbox for that elusive Zoom invitation. Fantastical’s widgets are all hypothetically free to use, but some features (like quick-joining meetings and multiple calendar sets) will not work unless you’re a paying customer. The app moved to a subscription model earlier this year, and costs $4.99 a month on a rolling basis or $3.33 a month if you commit to a whole year’s subscription. The Fantastical update also adds support for handwriting recognition on iPadOS 14. Despite their ancient lineage on mobile devices, widgets have proved to be the break-out star of iOS 14. That’s thanks to the weirder use cases people have been putting them to: creating themed layouts for favorite bands, anime, and much more. Widgets and custom app icons (created via a less-than-optimal Shortcuts hack) have found such a receptive audience that many think Apple should offer greater support for customization, though it’s unlikely that will ever happen. For more on how to use widgets…Continue readingFantastical’s new widgets look like the perfect use-case for the iOS 14 update

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Microsoft releases a final preview for Windows 10’s October update

The Windows 10 20H2 update will arrive next month with a few new features, like a visually refreshed Start menu, improved notifications, preinstalled Chromium Edge browser and the ability to Alt+Tab through Edge tabs. It’s also bringing more of the features from Control Panel into the modernized Settings page as Microsoft phases the older system tool out. They’ve been in testing for Insiders over the last few months, but a post on the Windows Blog reveals that the update rolling out now represents what they expect will be the final build. Things should be fairly stable, but Windows Subsystem for Linux users will want to check the notes about a known issue. Source linkContinue readingMicrosoft releases a final preview for Windows 10’s October update

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Minor emoji update for 2021 adds 200 skintone variants for couples

The Unicode Consortium has unveiled a relatively minor emoji update that would still add 217 options to your selection next year. Emoji 13.1 comes with seven brand new images: a heart on fire, a heart with bandages, a woman with beard, a gender-neutral person with beard, a face letting out an exasperated sigh, a face hidden in the clouds and a dizzy-looking face with spiral eyes. The rest is made up of new skintone grouping variants for the “couple with heart” and “couple kissing” emoji. While there are only seven new graphics coming in 2021, that’s still seven more than what could’ve been a year with no fresh ones. The Consortium had to push back its annual Unicode Standard release by six months due to COVID-19: Unicode 14.0, which was supposed to come out in March 2021, will now be released in September. As Emojipedia explains, that means operating systems won’t be able to incorporate Unicode 14.0 updates until very late next year or in the first half of 2022. Source linkContinue readingMinor emoji update for 2021 adds 200 skintone variants for couples

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PlayStation 5’s Demon’s Souls is not coming to PC (update)

Update at 3:40 p.m. Pacific time: Demon’s Souls is a PlayStation 5 exclusive. Sony pulled the trailer and said that the disclaimer was human error. So don’t expect to get the game on PC or Xbox — or, at least, not any time soon. Here’s the original story: Sony wants to get the PlayStation 5 off to a strong launch, and it’s turning to a reliable partner to make that happen. Bluepoint Games, a developer with close ties to Sony, is remaking beloved cult classic Demon’s Souls. And Sony Interactive Entertainment showed more of that game in action as part of its PS5 Showcase event today. But you won’t need a PlayStation 5 to enjoy Bluepoint’s work. Demon’s Souls is also coming to PC, according to its trailer … which later got pulled. It’s also only console exclusive to PlayStation 5 for a limited time. Demon’s Souls was originally a PlayStation 3 game from 2009. Its infamy has only grown as more fans discover the Souls games from developer From Software. Dark Souls was From’s breakout hit when it debuted in 2011 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Since Dark Souls, From has grown a huge following. But many of those gamers have found it difficult to return to Demon’s Souls — especially because of its online features that rely on other human players. Bluepoint’s remake, however, will give fans of Dark Souls and Bloodbourne a chance to experience the first Souls game under more ideal scenarios. While this is one…Continue readingPlayStation 5’s Demon’s Souls is not coming to PC (update)

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Waze’s latest update adds lane guidance and proactive traffic updates

Some countries are also getting tweaks to its ride-sharing Carpool features, and everyone can appreciate the recently-added Live Map Save to App feature. So even if you’re working across multiple platforms, like in a desktop browser, you can pull up Waze, check real-time traffic data, save the route with associated information and it will immediately be available on your phone. Last but not least, a Batman them is available from now until October 31st, with voice overs available from Batman (Kevin Conroy) or The Riddler (Wally Wingert) as well as associated icons. Source linkContinue readingWaze’s latest update adds lane guidance and proactive traffic updates

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MIUI 12 update: the best features and biggest changes

Xiaomi’s MIUI is one of the most popular Android skins out there in the market. In India itself, Xiaomi boasts of over 80 million MIUI users and around the globe, the number is close to 500 million. Even before it’s smartphones became household recommendations, for geeks like us, it served as ROM that could be flashed on to our smartphones. MIUI is one of the most popular and feature-packed skins for Android. A few months back, the company announced MIUI 12 globally. Recently, it started rolling out to a bunch of Xiaomi phones in India, including Redmi phones and Poco devices. After testing it for a few weeks, here’s our review of the latest version of MIUI 12 on the Mi 10. MIUI 12 brings several changes to the system which includes a host of new features, a visual overhaul, battery improvements, optimizations, and much more. Here are the top features that you need to know about.  User interface and animations Let’s start with the most obvious one: the user interface. Firstly, there is an app drawer. This means you don’t need to swipe endlessly on the home screen to access the app you need. You can just swipe up from the home screen, which will bring you all the installed apps at one go. Xiaomi has smartly added categories in the app drawer too.  Once you swipe up you get nine categories on top – All apps, Communication, Entertainment, Photography, Tools, News & Reading, Shopping, Finance & Business, and…Continue readingMIUI 12 update: the best features and biggest changes

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Windows 10 update reportedly kills Linux support

Windows 10 has run into trouble with its latest cumulative update for the May 2020 Update, it probably won’t surprise you to learn, and this time the apparent casualty is Linux support. Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL2) has been broken by update KB4571756 (September’s round of monthly OS patching by Microsoft), according to reports, an update which delivers the fix for a thorny and problematic SSD issue that’s been plaguing Windows 10 users for some time now. As seems to be the case all too often these days, however, the update gives a fix with one hand, and removes something with the other – at least for some users – and in this case, some of those trying to fire up WSL2 are getting an ‘element not found’ error. Windows Latest observes that there are reports of this problem on the Feedback Hub and Microsoft’s Github bug report forum, but it’s not clear exactly how widespread the alleged issue may be. No acknowledgement Certainly, Microsoft hasn’t acknowledged the bug – at least not yet – so it may be affecting only a small number of users (reports online aren’t majorly widespread either). The only documented issue with KB4571756 at the time of writing pertains to buggy behavior with the Microsoft Input Method Editor (for Japanese or Chinese languages). Sadly, the only solution to this problem at the moment – and it’s not really a workaround as such – is to uninstall KB4571756, meaning you’ll have to live without the various fixes…Continue readingWindows 10 update reportedly kills Linux support

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Google starts Wear OS update rollout – here’s what we know

Google has started rolling out the Wear OS updates as promised, with the H-MR2 based on Android 9 Pie reaching a small set of wearables. Back in August, we had reported that the Wear OS platform hadn’t changed much and that Google had finally broken its silence.  An update on the Google Support page says the latest updates would make the Wear OS faster, enhance the pairing process and most importantly improve the battery life of the wearables. “These updates and more will be rolling out on Suunto 7 devices first,  and to more manufacturers in the coming months. Please check in with your device manufacturer for more details regarding the rollout,” the post said. A post on the Android Developers blog last month has revealed that the next major update on the Wear OS would focus on enhancing performance and power of these watches. In fact, Google was visibly silent on this topic and even went missing during the Google I/O 2020 keynote.  With the latest update, Google says the Wear OS smartwatch would launch and boot up 20% faster while the drive controls would make it easier for users to switch modes and workouts. The company noted that through enhancements in the pairing process, users would be able to speed up the wearable’s pairing.  However, the most important update that we believe could benefit the Wear OS is purported enhancement in battery life of the devices. Google’s post claims that users would now be able to do more through…Continue readingGoogle starts Wear OS update rollout – here’s what we know