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Microsoft announced its promising Timeline feature earlier this year, and claimed that it would arrive with the scheduled fall feature update. However, the company has now confirmed that the feature won’t be a part of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, and instead, be rolled out in early builds by the end of the year.

This means that Timeline will see the light of day only in the next big Windows 10 update next year. Microsoft executive Joe Belfiore confirmed to The Verge that the feature won’t be a part of the fall update. “Timeline won’t be in the Fall Creators Update. We’re planning for it to be in early insider builds shortly after Fall Creators Update is out,” he confirmed.

For those unaware, Timeline is a feature that will offer a historical view of everything that you do across Windows 10 devices. Timeline will allow users to jump back in time with a visual timeline that displays what a user was doing previously on another Windows 10 device, and easily hop back into files, apps, and websites as if it was real time. For example, if you are working on your smartphone on a document that’s stored on your OneDrive, this activity will show up on your Timeline as well.

 

The Timeline view will be made available on Android and iOS devices via the Cortana app, which now also offers the ability to pick up where you left off on other devices. This works similar to how Apple’s Continuity feature offers for iOS and macOS.

Microsoft is expected to roll out the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update in September, while the next Windows 10 update with the Timeline feature should be rolled out in March next year.

 

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Alongside the iOS 10.3 beta 1, macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 1 has also been released for Mac developers. This arrives a day after the commercial release of macOS Sierra 10.2.3 that bought along mainly bug fixes and improvements.

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 1 introduces the much needed ‘Night Shift’ feature to encourage users to snooze a bit more. This feature works just like f.lux, and automatically shifts your display colour to the warmer end of the spectrum as night falls. This is done to put less strain on the eyes, and encourages shut-eye time. The yellow tinge in Night Shift mode is essentially light that’s devoid of the blue wavelengths that tend to keep people surfing the Web more, cause strain on the eyes, and prevent sleep. The Night Shift mode makes the screen warm-orangey automatically, putting less strain on the eye, and reminding the user to take some time off from the screen.

Furthermore, just like the iOS 10.3 beta, it also brings Siri support for checking cricket scores, schedules, and player rosters from the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the International Cricket Council (ICC). The digital assistant will give you real-time ball-by-ball update of IPL and ICC cricket games, a handy feature for all cricket fans in the country and across the world. iOS 10.3 beta version also brings support for AirPods in Find My iPhone, improved Spotlight search, transition to the new APFS file system, new API to give the developers the ability to ask reviews from customers, and a revamped Settings app.

 
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A number of users have reported graphics card issues in their new MacBook Pro 2016 laptops, with some even reporting unrecoverable crashes. Now, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi has reportedly replied to a grievance mail claiming that the issue has been resolved in the latest beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.2.

Developer and public beta program members are currently testing macOS Sierra 10.12.2, and the beta cycle for the particular is expected to end soon. According to the alleged email by Federighi, the commercial release of macOS Sierra 10.12.2 will mean the end of the graphics card issue and all those visual glitches.

MacRumors got hold of the alleged response email, and it reads, “Thanks for the note! We believe we have addressed all of these graphics issues in the latest [beta] of Sierra 10.12.2 (available at beta.apple.com). I hope that you enjoy your new MacBook Pro – it’s a fantastic machine!”

Many users claim that the graphics card starts showing problems when using Adobe Media Encoder, and the computer eventually crashes, while others claim issues with the Photos app. One user’s MacBook Pro allegedly started ‘flashing violently with red/ green hues and a sort of chequerboard pattern.’

Most users are convinced that the dedicated GPU in the 15-inch MacBook Pro 2016 with Touch Bar is causing this issue, however many 13-inch MacBook Pro 2016 users (with Function Keys and with Touch Bar) have also made the same complaint. While MacRumors claims that the mail cannot be verified, there’s little reason for it to be fake. In any case, all shall be known once macOS Sierra 10.12.2 is released. Recently, many MacBook Pro users also reported battery life issues claiming that their fully charged laptops are dying in just three hours of normal usage.

Are you experiencing any glitches on your new MacBook Pro 2016? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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HP has announced a new convertible laptop aimed just for schools. The company touts the new ProBook x360 Education Edition to be military standard certified to withstand accidental spills and drops by kids, and it is going to be made available worldwide on December 16.

The American tech company claims that the HP ProBook x360 Education Edition is the world’s thinnest, yet most rugged 2-in-1 laptop out there. It has a 360-degree hinge to rotate completely into a tablet, or even a tent stand for ease of viewing. Furthermore, there’s a dual camera system which uses a 1080p HD camera embedded in the keyboard to let users take video in tablet mode as well.

The 11-inch laptop runs on the latest Windows 10 Anniversary Update and is encased in hard, industrial rubber. The display features optional damage-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass to withstand drops. HP claims that its engineers put the HP ProBook x360 EE through rigorous testing to ensure that it fulfils the MIL-STD 810G standard. The test involved dropping several laptops from an elevation of up to 30 inches to ascertain it durability in school environments.
The keyboard has also been designed keeping in mind the target audience. It is meant to protect the laptop form spills of about 12 ounces of liquid, and the keys are made in a way that it cannot be picked at. It has an inbuilt ‘Take a Test’ app that introduces modern and secure methods of test-taking. There’s also an additional ‘Set up School PCs’ app so that the teacher can set up devices in three easy steps, even without professional help. It supports digital Pen writing as well, and HP will sell the Active Pen as an additional accessory.
Coming to the specifications, the HP ProBook x360 Education Edition features an 11.6-inch (1366×768 pixels) LED display, and is powered by Intel Celeron or Intel Pentium processor configurations. It offers 8GB of RAM, 64GB of inbuilt storage, and support for a microSD card slot. There are two USB 3.1 ports, one USB Type-C ports, one HDMI 1.4b port, one AC power connector, and one 3.5mm audio jack. The company claims that laptop can stay active for up to 11 hours of school activities and homework.

 

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Tech giant Microsoft started rolling out its first annual Windows 10 Anniversary Update last month. However, many users started to complain that after they installed the Anniversary Update, their Windows 10 desktops froze, refusing them to sign-in. Now, Microsoft has announced that it has bundled a fix for that with an auto-update released on August 31.

The fix is automatically applied when installing the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. However, if you already have the Windows 10 Anniversary Update installed on your PC or tablet, then you can fix it by accessing the second administrator account if you have one. After you sign into that, install the latest Windows 10 update and reboot the PC.

If you do not have the second administrator account, alternatively try to uninstall the Anniversary Update by using any of these two methods:

Method 1: Try uninstalling the Windows 10 Anniversary Update by using the Recovery Console. First go ahead and reboot the PC. When you get to the sign-in screen, hold the Shift key and the Power button simultaneously. The PC will restart, and on the screen choose Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Go back to the previous build.
Method 2: If the first method doesn’t work, try using the Settings app from Safe Mode. First go ahead and reboot the PC. When you get to the sign-in screen, hold the Shift key and the Power button simultaneously. The PC will restart, and on the screen choose Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings > Restart. After your PC restarts, you’ll see a list of options. Select 4 or F4 to start your PC in Safe Mode. Open the Settings App is Safe Mode, select Update & Security > Recovery Tab > Go back to an earlier build. Click on the Get Started button under “Go back to an earlier build” and follow the instructions.

Once you’ve removed the Anniversary Update, reinstall the latest Update from the Windows 10 download page. While reinstalling, make sure you back up your data, just in case something has to go wrong (again!). Here’s a step by step guide on how to install the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

Two weeks after the first Windows 10 Anniversary Update rollout for desktops and tablets, the Redmond-based company finally started rolling out the Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update to eligible devices as well.
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Microsoft is reportedly working on an all-in-one (AIO) PC under its Surface brand. The new Surface AIO PC is expected be unveiled in the third quarter of 2016. The Redmond-based company is also expected to delay the launch of the second generation Surface Book to the first half of 2017.

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Digitimes reports that the second-generation Surface Book unveiling has been shifted from the second half of 2016 to first half 2017 due to delay in CPU shipments by Intel. Microsoft is therefore launching the Surface AIO PC as a consolation of sorts.

The report cites this information using anonymous industry sources who also claim that “the Surface AIO PC will have a strong impact on the global AIO PC market, which has been diminishing amid declining demand for PC products”. The Digitimes Research also sees global shipments of AIO PCs drop to 12.6 million units in 2016, as compared to 14 million last year.

On Thursday, Microsoft announced the launch of 1TB Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 variants in 10 new markets. Interested buyers in Australia, Austria, China, France, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom can now purchase the devices from Microsoft Stores, participating partner retailers, and authorised resellers. The Surface Book has not yet been launched in the Indian market.

Microsoft is also expected to launch the Windows 10 Anniversary update for all its device platforms on August 2. All those who have Windows 10 pre-installed will get the update for free, but those who have older versions, will have to pay $119 (around Rs. 8,000) to upgrade.

 

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Microsoft has announced that the 1TB Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 variants have been released in 10 markets. Interested buyers in Australia, Austria, China, France, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom can now purchase the devices from Microsoft Stores, participating partner retailers, and authorised resellers.

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The Redmond-based company has also announced that it will bring the devices to Germany and Japan later this month. In summer, the company will also look to release it in Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, and the Netherland. While the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 has already been launched in India, the 1TB SSD variant was only available in US and Canada till now. No variants of the Microsoft Surface Book have been launched in the Indian market so far. There’s no word yet on when – and if – the 1TB Surface Pro 4 will launch in India.

The 1TB variants come configured with sixth-gen Intel Core i7 processors paired with 16GB of RAM. The Surface Book also houses Nvidia GeForce graphics alongside. For a refresh, the Windows 10-based Surface Pro 4 laptop sports a 12.3-inch PixelTouch display with 3:2 aspect ratio and 2736×1824 pixels screen resolution.The laptop-tablet hybrid Surface Book doubles up as a tablet due to its 360 degree hinges. It sports a 13.5-inch PixelSense display with a screen resolution of 3000×2000 pixels (pixel density 267ppi) and Corning Gorilla Glass 4.

For US users, Microsoft has announced an offer where interested buyers can go and purchase the Surface Pro 4 and the Xbox One in a bundle at a $300 discount. The offer lasts only till August 14. The company is also scheduled to release the Windows 10 Anniversary update on August 2. The update is said to bring many improvements including upgrades to Hello and Cortana. While the update will be free for Windows 10 users, it will cost $119 (around Rs. 8,000) to those who want to upgrade from previous versions of Windows.

 

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Asus at its Zenvolution event at Humble House Taipei on Monday unveiled new products in its laptop and tablet portfolio – namely, the ZenBook 3, Transformer 3 Pro, and Transformer 3. All three are Windows 10 devices. The event also saw the launch of the ZenFone 3 smartphone series.

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Starting with the ZenBook 3, Asus says it is thinner than the MacBook Air, yet faster than the MacBook. It features the world’s thinnest fan at 3mm, and has an 82 percent screen to body ratio. It features a Corning Gorilla Glass 4 panel, and is claimed to have a 9-hour battery life that’s coupled with quick charging – 60 percent charge can be achieved in 49 minutes. It will be available in Royal Blue, Quartz Grey, Rose Gold colours, and features a gold-backlit keyboard with twice the key travel of the MacBook.

The ZenBook 3 (UX390) with an 12.5-inch display, Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB PCIe x4 SSD is priced at $1,999. The Core i5 variant, with 4GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD is priced at $999. It weighs in at 910 grams, measures 11.9mm in thickness, and sports a fingerprint reader.

Coming to the Asus Transformer 3 Pro (T303) – the company says the laptop-tablet hybrid is thinner than Surface Pro 4, at 8.35mm. It features Harman Kardon audio with dual-front speakers that are supposedly four times as loud as the Surface Pro 4.

Asus Transformer 3 Pro’s top model specifications include 12.6-inch (2880×1920 pixels) display, up to Intel Core i7 processors, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 1TB SSD, 13-megapixel rear camera, Thunderbolt 3, full size USB 3.0 port, USB 3.0 ports, and full size HDMI port. The hybrid will launch alongside a mobile hub accessory (Asus Universal Dock) for all other ports. A stylus with 1,024 pressure levels, a Bluetooth speaker accessory for quad speaker surround, and an external Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card are also available. The Transformer 3 Pro starts at $999 including keyboard and stylus pen.

The Transformer 3 (T305) was also unveiled (seen above), weighing in at 695 grams and measuring just 6.9mm in thickness. It bears a 12.6-inch (2880×1920 pixels) display with an 80 percent screen-to-body ratio, and a 121 percent SRGB gamut. Apart from quad speaker support powered by Harman Kardon audio, it features a fingerprint reader and Windows Hello biometric authentication support, up to seventh generation Intel Core processors, up to 512GB SSD, up to 8GB of RAM, and a 9-hour battery life. The base model starts at $799 including the keyboard dock.

Asus at its Zenvolution event also unveiled the Transformer Mini (T102), calling it the “world’s lightest 2-in-1 PC.” It bears a magnesium-aluminium alloy design, and weighs 790 grams with the keyboard attached and just 530 grams otherwise. The Transformer Mini (seen below) is 8.2mm thick, and bears a 10.1-inch display. The company is promising up to 11 hours of battery life.

The Transformer Mini also bears an integrated kickstand with a patented stepless “Smart Hinge” design that opens up to 170 degrees. It also sports a fingerprint sensor and Windows Hello biometric authentication support.

 

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Windows 10, the latest iteration of Microsoft’s desktop operating system, will become available for purchase/ upgrade starting Wednesday. It boasts a number of new features, as well as brings back the good old Start Menu which the company had parted ways with while introducing Windows 8. But despite these tempting features, there are many concerning issues that should prevent you from making the jump.

Despite what Microsoft will have you believe, Windows 10 doesn’t seem like a finished product yet. For instance, both Settings app and Control Panel offer similar features. The company was expected to migrate the two into one, but that is yet to happen. It just looks weird to have both of them available on Windows 10. Another inconsistency can be seen in the context menu option. The background and layout of the menu changes as you switch between apps.

Windows 10 also doesn’t seem stable and smooth yet. Every once in a while the Action Center, the volume icon, and other applications in the notification area (or system tray), become unresponsive.

Another area for concern is compatibility. Windows 10, in itself, doesn’t ask for a heavy gear. In fact, if your computer can run Windows 7 or Windows 8, it should ideally have no qualms running the new operating system. There’s a compatibility tool that you can download to test your hardware’s readiness. Though, there’s no guarantee that your laptop/ desktop vendor will release new drivers that support the new operating system.

Speaking of incompatibility, your favourite application might not run on Windows 10. Say you’re using an old version of Adobe’s Photoshop, or your work requires you to use an old app, you would want to hold off the update for a while.

You’ll also miss out on a couple of features. If you’re moving from Windows 7, you should know that desktop widgets and Windows Media Center are not included in Windows 10.

By default, Microsoft won’t let Windows 10 Home users decide when and what updates they want to install. The company has since released a tool, but it still needs to be manually downloaded by users. Also, at this point, it is not certain if the tool will block only selected updates or every update.

The repercussion of forced update was on display earlier this week when several Nvidia users started facing software issues on their computers after installing an update from the company. In addition, automatic upgrades could also eat up a significant amount of data — something that you might not want.

If you are ready to brave that, there are plenty of new features to look forward to in Windows 10.

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Global sales of personal computers resumed their downward trajectory in early 2015 after a modest uptick late last year, surveys showed Thursday.
A survey by Gartner showed worldwide PC shipments totaled 71.7 million units in the first quarter, a 5.2 percent decline from the same period a year ago.

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A separate report by IDC showed a steeper 6.7 percent drop in the quarter to 68.5 million units.

“The PC industry received a boost in 2014 as many companies replaced their PCs due to the end of Windows XP support, but that replacement cycle faded in the first quarter of 2015,” said Mikako Kitagawa, analyst at Gartner.

“However, this decline is not necessarily a sign of sluggish overall PC sales long term. Mobile PCs, including notebooks, hybrid and Windows tablets, grew compared with a year ago.”

Gartner is projecting “a moderate decline” of PC sales in 2015, followed by consistent growth the next five years.

Analysts at the two research firms said desktop PC sales were a key factor in the decline but that the new Microsoft Windows 10 operating system may spark renewed purchases.

“The upcoming launch of Windows 10 will consolidate the best of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1,” IDC analyst Rajani Singh said.

“In addition to the free upgrade for consumers for a year after the release, Windows 10 should be a net positive as there is pent-up demand for replacements of older PCs. Only part of the installed base needs to replace systems to keep the overall growth rate above zero for rest of the year.”

The PC market has been struggling in recent years amid a shift to mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. Some manufacturers have sought to spark renewed interest with light, thin PCs, some of which can double as a tablet.

IDC analyst Jay Chou said the PC market is facing tough competition that is pressuring prices.

“As more vendors find it increasingly difficult to compete, we can expect additional consolidation in the PC market,” he said.

Lenovo remained the top vendor in the quarter: Gartner estimated the Chinese manufacturer had an 18.9 percent market share and IDC estimated 19.6 percent.

US-based Hewlett-Packard was the number two vendor, followed by Dell, according to both surveys.

Taiwanese firms Asus and Acer were the number four and five vendors, respectively, according to Gartner, while IDC reversed those positions.

HP was the top seller in the US market, according to both Gartner and IDC.

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