Microsoft, with its emphasis on “Windows as a service,” keeps improving Windows 10 with monthly updates. On February 27, Microsoft released a new optional patch via Windows Update and Windows 10 KB4535996 offline installers are also available.
Windows 10’s latest patch updates v1909 PCs to Build 18363.693 and v1903 PCs to Build 18362.693. Windows 10 Build 18363.693/18362.693 is an optional quality update that addresses performance and reliability issues and does not include new features.
During the third and fourth week of each month, Microsoft releases “C” and “D” releases, which are the previews of the next month’s Patch Tuesday release. KB4535996 is a non-security update for Windows 10 version 1909/1903 and it contains a long list of improvements.
Even if you skip this particular patch, you can install March’s Patch Tuesday cumulative update and you will be completely up to date with all these fixes.
Windows 10 KB4535996 (Build 18363.693) Full Changelog
KB4535996 for Windows 10 is a huge update and it includes a number of improvements for everyone. For example, Microsoft says it’s updating Windows Search to address a bug causing blank search page and other rendering problems for some people.
Windows Search can now render the results properly in the space allotted for it. Similarly, another bug that prevents the Windows Search box from showing results has been resolved.
This patch also improves the battery performance of laptops that use Modern Standby mode.
Modern Standby is a Windows 10 feature that provides a smartphone-like always-connected experience where you could sync your device when it is on low power.
Unfortunately, some people reported that the power mode causes their laptops to overheat while they’re not being used and Microsoft said it’s working with partners to improve Modern Standby.
With today’s update, it looks like Microsoft has finally delivered a new version of Modern Standby that actually works.
Another bug where Microsoft enables an unwanted keyboard layout as the default after system reboot has been addressed. Microsoft is also rolling out changes to address bugs with printers and an issue that prevents apps from printing to certain network printers.
How to get it
Windows 10’s optional updates are not installed automatically, but you can install the patch by manually checking for updates in the Windows Update page. You can also update your computer manually by downloading the offline installer from the links above.
In the release notes, Microsoft has stated that it’s not aware of any known issues.
Not that I badly want to enable the classic startup chime on newer Macs, I have indeed missed this unique sound ever since Apple removed it in 2016. While a few hacks about getting the chime back on macOS surfaced online, their joy was short-lived as macOS updates rendered them useless. But guess what, an all-new Terminal command trick, which brings back the startup chime quite reliably, has been getting plenty of traction for the past few days. If you wish to get this iconic sound on your Mac, let’s unravel this hack right away!
Enable the Classic Startup Chime on Newer Macs
For those unfamiliar, the chiming startup sound was actually (C-major chord)developed to let macOS users know that the diagnostic tests didn’t find any software or hardware issues. And it had existed on almost every Mac boot since 1991. One more thing worth noting is that the most recent F-sharp chord had first forayed into iMac G3 (1998) which was the first consumer-facing product to launch under the recently returned CEO Steve Jobs. Moreover, G3 proved to be a game-changer for Apple, saving the company from the impending financial ruin in the late 1990s. Now that you’ve got a fair amount of history behind this iconic sound, let’s get on with the quick steps!
1. Launch the Terminal app on your Mac.
Note: Ensure that the volume of your Mac is up so that you can hear the classy chime sound.
2. Now, enter the following command and hit the Enter/Return key.
sudo nvram StartupMute=%00
3. Next, enter your admin password.
4. Next, close the Terminal app and restart your Mac (Apple menu -> Restart).
Now, wait for the familiar chime sound to ring your ears when the Mac boots up.
Disable Classic Startup Chime on Newer Macs
If you ever wish to get rid of the chime sound, you can do so just as easily.
1. Open the Terminal app on your macOS device. Then, paste the following command and hit Enter/Return.
sudo nvram StartupMute=%01
2. Now, you need to enter your admin password.
3. Next, quit the Terminal app and restart your Mac.
Get the Classy Startup Chime on Newer Macs
So, that’s the way you can enable the iconic chiming startup sound on your newer Macs. Hopefully, the upcoming macOS updates don’t render it useless. As quite a lot of macOS users like this sound, it would be better if Apple offered an option to turn it on/off from the system preferences. What’s your take on it? And more importantly, have you found this trick worth giving a try? Do share your feedback with us in the comments below.
Eight in 10 businesses believe that 5G will be the most revolutionary network evolution but they still have concerns about the technology’s security, an Accenture study said on Tuesday.
The survey found that four in five respondents (79 per cent) believe that 5G will have a significant impact on their organization — including 57 per cent who believe that it will be revolutionary.
In contrast, only one-quarter (24 per cent) of respondents said they believed that 4G’s impact was revolutionary.
The survey was based on responses from more than 2,600 business and technology decision makers across 12 industry sectors in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific.
The survey suggests businesses are thinking ahead to how to deal with these challenges, with three-quarters (74 per cent) of respondents saying they expect to redefine policies and procedures related to security as 5G emerges.
Meanwhile, nearly one-third (31 per cent) still think that the upfront cost of implementing 5G will be too great.
The findings indicated that, despite the challenges of 5G, the future looks bright for businesses embracing the technology, with businesses globally recognizing its huge potential.
“With the right business strategy and ecosystem collaboration, the signs point towards a world of compelling 5G use cases and business outputs,” said Nazi.
As someone who always prefers to offer an extra layer of shield to personal information, I have never liked using Facebook’s “Face Recognition” feature as it intrudes into the privacy. For those unfamiliar, the social networking app uses “Face Recognition” technology to analyze your photos and videos and then creates a readymade template. After that, the app uses the template to identify you in other images and videos on Facebook and suggest tags. While this feature could be quite helpful for social networking junkies, those who take privacy very seriously would want to turn it off. If you are one of them, let me show you how you can disable Facebook’s face recognition on iPhone, Android or desktop.
Turn off Facebook Face Recognition on iOS, Android, and Web
Before going ahead with steps, it would be apt to weigh in the trade-off.
So, What’s the Trade-Off?
Though turning off the face recognition feature won’t have a big impact on your user experience, it would be better to know the downsides. First and foremost, once you have disabled this feature, Facebook will delete the face recognition template and will no longer use the face recognition to suggest that your friends tag you in photos. Do note that your friends can still tag you in images, but the social networking app won’t suggest tags.
Another thing worth reiterating is that the face recognition setting is available only for the users who are over 18. That means if you are under 18, you won’t see this setting. As for the steps, they are quite similar across mobile and web apps. So, you can use any of your devices to turn it off.
On iOS and Android Device
1. Launch the Facebook app on your mobile device and then tap on the menu button (three-stacked horizontal lines).
2. Now, scroll down and tap on Settings & Privacy.
3. Next, tap on Settings.
4. Under the Privacy section, tap on Face Recognition.
5. Next up, tap on the “Do you want Facebook to be able to recognize you in photos and videos” box.
6. Finally, choose No to disallow Facebook to recognize you in photos and videos.
That’s it! Facebook will no longer identify you in images and videos shared on the social networking platform.
1. Open a web browser and head over to facebook.com on your computer.
2. Now, sign in to your Facebook account if you aren’t already. Then, click on the tiny down arrow at the top right of the page.
3. Next, choose Settings in the menu.
4. Next up, select Face Recognition in the sidebar.
5. Up next, click on Edit which is located next to “Do you want Facebook to be able to recognize you in photos and videos.”
6. Now, select No in the drop-down box to prevent Facebook from identifying you in images and photos. After that, click on Close to finish.
Stop Facebook from Identifying You in Images and Videos for Tag Suggestions
So, that’s the way you can prevent Facebook from recognizing you in images and videos. Ever since Facebook data row involving Cambridge Analytica came out in the open, users have been asking for more options to protect their personal information and privacy on the social networking platform. Though the search giant has offered some notable options like the ability to remove third-party access and even delete the account easily, there is still a lot left to be done. What’s the one privacy feature you want to see in Facebook? Toss it up in the comments section below.
Project Treble was announced way back in 2017 with the release of Android Oreo. It was supposed to bring faster Android updates by separating the hardware layer from the core Android framework. Now fast forward to 2020 and it seems the project has worked in some parts. GSI is one of those products that has been successful in showcasing the true potential of Project Treble. The idea to boot a future version of Android– albeit buggy– on literally any Android device is surely tempting. So in this article, we bring you a detailed guide on how to install Android 11 GSI on any Project Treble device. We have provided a step-by-step guide so make sure to go through all the points before installing the GSI. Now having said all of that, let’s begin with requirements first.
Note: Just so you know, we are testing the Android 11 GSI on the Poco F1. Apart from that, make sure to back up all your files as most probably, you will have to completely erase the internal storage due to encryption issues.
1. Your Android smartphone must have Treble support to run the Generic System Image (GSI). The easiest way to find out is to check whether your Android device was launched with Android 8, 9 or 10. If so then your device supports Project Treble and you can go ahead with the installation. You can also find out Treble support from the Treble Check app (Free, offers in-app purchases).
2. Secondly, you must have the bootloader unlocked on your smartphone to install the Android 11 GSI image.
1. I am using the Poco F1 to install the Android 11 GSI so I will need a recovery like TWRP or OrangeFox for the Poco F1 specifically. In this case, I am using the OrangeFox recovery as it’s up to date and supports decryption. Download the OrangeFox recovery for Poco F1 from here. As for your Android device, you can use TWRP as well but make sure the recovery has been updated recently.
2. Next, download the GSI system image from here. It’s a Pixel ported GSI by Erfan and it works on a range of Android devices. Yes, it’s an AB-partitioned GSI but it will work on both A-only (e.g. Poco F1) and AB (e.g. Mi A3) devices. Apart from that, we did try the official GSI released by Google, but it failed to boot.
3. Download Force Encryption Disabler (FED) from here. It will help you preserve your internal storage while switching between the ROM and the GSI. Quick tip, whenever you are flashing images for testing purposes, make sure to install FED to stay away from encryption mess.
4. Now we come to the Vendor. While Google insists that GSI images will work with the stock vendor, the reality is quite different. We tried installing the official GSI on top of the stock vendor on Mi A3 but it didn’t work. So you will have to either download a ROM with proper vendor implementation or a separate vendor image built specifically for your device. Only after that, we can boot the GSI image successfully. As for Poco F1, I have used the Pixel 4 ROM by argraur. So to put it straight, find the vendor image or a Full ROM for your specific device that comes with proper vendor implementation. You can also comment down below if you are unable to find the correct vendor image.
Set Up ADB and Fastboot
Before anything, we need to enable ADB and Fastboot so that we can install the recovery of our choice and install GSI on any Project Treble device. We have written an extensive guide on how to set up ADB on Windows, macOS, Linux, and Chrome OS so go through our guide and get the basics done.
Install Android 11 GSI on any Project Treble Device
Before moving ahead, I am assuming that you have set up ADB, unlocked the bootloader and verified Treble compatibility of your smartphone. Now that we have gone through the basic points and have downloaded the required files, let’s go ahead and install Android 11 GSI on any Project Treble device.
1. Connect your Android device to your computer and copy all the four files that you downloaded — recovery ZIP file, GSI image, FED, Full ROM or Vendor image– to your smartphone. After that, execute the below command to enter the fastboot/bootloader mode.
adb reboot bootloader
2. Next, extract the OrangeFox ZIP file on your computer and save the recovery.img file in the same ADB folder.
3. Once you are in the fastboot mode, enter the below command to boot the recovery image. Make sure to keep the recovery image in the same ADB folder. After you boot into the OrangeFox recovery, tap on “Install” and swipe right to flash the OrangeFox recovery ZIP file. It will install and reboot to the recovery automatically.
Note: This step is specific for the OrangeFox recovery installation. If you are using TWRP, you will have to follow TWRP’s installation instructions.
fastboot boot recovery.img
4. Now, go to Wipe -> Advanced Wipe. Here, select Dalvik, Cache, System, Vendor, and Data and make a clean wipe. Make sure to check the box for “Vendor” as we need to replace the vendor first. Further, DO NOT touch “internal storage” since all our files are saved here.
5. Next, go to “Install” and flash the Pixel 4 ROM file that has the proper vendor implementation or the vendor image.
Note: If you have flashed a dedicated vendor image then you can skip to step #9 straight away.
6. After that, install the Force Encryption Disabler to prevent hardware encryption on the first boot.
7. After that, wipe the cache for once and tap on “Reboot System”. It will boot into the new Pixel 4 ROM. If you are facing encryption issue then head over to the next section for the solution.
8. Now that you have successfully booted on the Pixel 4 ROM, enable ADB again from Developer Options and reboot to the OrangeFox recovery. You can boot to OrangeFox recovery by executing the below ADB command. To make things clear, we installed the Pixel 4 ROM to get the proper vendor implementation and now we will install the Android 11 GSI on top of it.
Note: In case, you had to erase the internal storage due to encryption issues, make sure to copy the GSI image again to your smartphone before rebooting to recovery.
adb reboot recovery
9. Now that we are in the recovery again, tap on Install -> Install Image. Here, select the GSI image and then choose “System Image”. After that, swipe to flash the GSI and once done, tap on “Reboot System”. No need to wipe anything before or after the installation.
10. You will boot straight into the Android 11 GSI. Here are a few snapshots of Android 11 GSI running on the Poco F1.
Android 11 GSI running on Poco F1
Are you Having Encryption Issues After Installing the Android 11 GSI?
1. In the recovery, go to Wipe -> Format Data and type “yes” to completely erase your internal storage. It will decrypt the device and you will be able to boot easily.
2. In case, the above method did not work then you need to change the data partition from f2fs to ext4. To do so, open Wipe -> Advanced Wipe -> Partition Options -> Select Data -> Partition Options again -> Change FS (File System). Here, choose “ext4” and then swipe to change. After that, tap on “Reboot system”. This time, you will boot successfully without any encryption issue.
Is Your Smartphone Randomly Rebooting After Installing the Android 11 GSI?
1. Boot back to recovery again by pressing the volume up + power button simultaneously and release after you see the Android logo. You will boot straight into the recovery mode.
2. Here, go to “Mount” and enable “System” and “Vendor”.
3. Next, go to Advanced -> File Manager -> Vendor -> Overlay. Here, tap on the folder checkbox at the bottom to select all the files and then tap on “Delete”. After that, swipe right to complete the process. Finally, tap on “Reboot System” and you will boot into Android 11 GSI without any issue.
Install Android 11 GSI on Your Smartphone Right Now
So that is how you can install the Android 11 GSI on your smartphone right now, be it Redmi, Realme, Poco or Nokia devices. Sure, the process is quite complicated and you need to have some idea about Android modding and flashing. However, if you are an enthusiast and want to test out the latest Android 11 built then you can do so by following the guide step by step. Having said that, I would recommend users to not install the Android 11 GSI at this moment and wait for at least the first beta that is going to release in May. Anyway, that is all from us. If you are facing any issue while finding the recovery or vendor image then do let us know in the comment section below. We will definitely try to help you out.
iOS 13.4 consists of some notable features including a super handy “Data Saver” for Apple TV. Not that iOS didn’t offer a way to cut down data usage for the video-streaming app before, this new feature looks more refined and also offers better control. What’s more, it even lets you know how much data the app will consume for both mobile and Wi-Fi streaming. For instance, if you use Data Saver to stream lower-quality Apple TV movies and shows on iPhone and iPad, the app will use up to 600MB mobile data/hour and 1GB WiFi data/hour, which brings kind of more transparency into the play. If you find this all-new feature worth giving a shot, let me help you get started!
Use Data Saver to Stream Low-Quality Apple TV Movies/Shows on iPhone and iPad
Aside from offering much-improved control over Apple TV video-streaming quality, iOS 13.4 allows you to customize the download options as well. Whether you want to download Apple TV videos faster or prevent the downloaded videos from hogging a ton of precious storage on your iPhone or iPad, they can be quite helpful. It’s worth noting upfront that iOS 13.4 is still in beta and will take some time before being rolled out officially. So, ensure that your device has the right version of iOS before trying out the steps.
1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone/iPad. Then, scroll down and tap on the TV app.
2. Under Streaming Options, ensure that the toggle for “Use Mobile Data” is turned on.
Customize Mobile Data Streaming
If you want to fine-tune the mobile data streaming, tap on Mobile Data. Now, you have two options:
High Quality: Choose it to stream high-quality Apple TV movies and shows on your iPhone or iPad. But keep in mind, it will consume more cellular data.
Data Saver: Select it to stream lower-quality content. It will restrict the data usage up to 600MB/hour.
Customize Wi-Fi Streaming
If you wish to fine-tune the Wi-Fi streaming quality, tap on Wi-Fi. Next, there are two options to choose from:
High Quality: Select it to stream High-quality Apple TV content. Top-quality content includes High Dynamic Range (HDR) videos, subject to their availability. HDR videos make the most of the device’s screen to offer an immersive viewing experience, but such content won’t play via the Digital AV Adapter. It’s also worth noting that, the high-quality content will eat into plenty of data.
Data Saver: Choose Data saver to stream lower-quality videos. It will use up to 1GB data/hour.
Customize Apple TV Download Options on iPhone and iPad
Open Settings app on your iPhone/iPad -> TV.
2. Now, make sure the toggle for Use Mobile Data is enabled under the Download Options section.
Fine-Tune Mobile Data Downloads
If you want to customize mobile data downloads option, tap on Mobile Data. Now, choose the desired option.
High Quality: If you want to watch high-quality videos, select this option. But keep in mind, the videos will download slowly and will also use more storage. Besides, they will drain a ton of mobile data.
Fast Downloads: If you want to download Apple TV movies and shows fast, select this option. It will not only eat less mobile data but also use less storage, which can play a vital role in preventing your device from being cluttered for space.
Choose Wi-Fi Download Quality
If you wish to fine-tune Wi-Fi downloads, tap on Wi-Fi. Then, select the preferred option.
High Quality: If you select this option, videos will download comparatively slow. Furthermore, those videos will also eat into more space on your device.
Fast Downloads: Choose this option to download Apple TV content faster. Not to mention, the downloaded videos will consume way less storage.
Smartly Use Data Saver to Stream Lower-Quality Apple TV Movies and Shows
So, that’s how you can prevent Apple TV app from draining your data and cluttering the precious storage on your device. As a user, I find this feature well-timed and I’m sure it’s going to appeal a lot more iOS users. Even though Apple TV+ doesn’t have a massive library like Netflix, Prime Video or Disney+, Apple is slowly but steadily adding some impressive flicks and shows to the catalog. And it’s just a matter of time before Apple’s offering will also have a pretty solid library to boast of. By the way, let me know your thoughts on Apple’s video-streaming app and the features you have liked in it.
So you don’t want to buy a Galaxy smartphone, but would like to get some of the design elements of One UI on your device? Thanks to Treydav Inc, now there’s an app for that! Called One Shade, the app is available on the Play Store and claims to be able to entirely replace an Android phone’s notifications panel with a custom notification shade.
One Shade supports all Android phones running Android 5.0 Lollipop and above, and does not require root access. It works similarly to another popular Treydev application called Power Shade (download), but the design of the notification panel in One Shade draws heavily from Samsung’s One UI design. Thankfully, it’s also fully customizable unlike the actual One UI notification panel.
One Shade also brings a number of extra utilities, including full colour customization that allows users to colour all the elements of the notification shade according to their preference. It also offers Advanced Notification Options, music controls (something that may be offered natively in Android 11), Quick Reply, Bundled Notifications, custom background picture and more. The app doesn’t require root access or even any elevated privileges to run because it uses Android’s Accessibility Services to bring these features to compatible smartphones.
Overall, the app does what it promises, and many of its features are also available in the free version, but do note that it comes with some full-page pop-up ads. The developer is offering a ‘Pro’ version that promises to do away with the ads and also offers some additional features, so that might be worth investing in if you like the app.
In times when you need to delete sensitive information like your IDs, important office or personal documents that are stored in your computer or hard drive, a mere “Shift+Del” won’t help you. It is true that the “Shift+Del” removes the files and folders without putting them in the Recycle Bin, but are you sure that no one can recover them?
When you press “Shift+Del” for a file, the system does not immediately destroy the files. The Windows system, for instance, designates the space for the deleted file as available by changing just one character in the file table. However, if anyone uses a recovery tool before the system overwrites that space with a new file, he/she can recover the deleted files effortlessly.
Well, to completely destroy files and folders in Windows, this open-source tool can be of great help. The Alternate File Shredder is an open source software for windows that can securely “shred” files and folders. This software will delete the data without leaving a trace of it anywhere in the system.
How to Permanently Delete Files
So, all you need to do is download and install Alternate File Shredder (available for free). Now, once you have done that, you will see that the interface of the software is quite simple. It has a simple toolbar at the top of the window with some colourful icons. Now to use the software, follow the steps below:
Click on the icons with a “+” to add a file or a folder in the queue. You can also drag and drop files or folders in the UI.
You can see the details of the files such as the extension, date of creation and the size of the file at the right-hand side of the window.
If you add a file or a folder that you do not want to delete, just select the file by clicking it and then click the blue “-” icon from the toolbar to delete the file from the list.
Now, at the bottom, you can set the number of times the shredder should “shred” the data. You can also allow the program to write random data on that space after the deletion. You can choose what the system should do once the shredding process is complete.
When you are completely ready and absolutely sure about deleting the selected files, just hit the combination of “CTRL+D” to shred the files in the queue.
After your confirmation for the shredding process, the program will completely destroy the files, leaving no trace behind. A progress bar will show the status of the process. When the process completes, you can see the time it took to permanently shred the files.
The software works like the physical shredding machines that are present in offices to shred important physical documents. This software works just like that. This means no recovery tool or software can recover the files that are “shredded”.
This Alternate File Shredder is quite useful for those who use portable drives to store important and sensitive documents. So, in case of securely deleting files from USB drives and hard drives, this software can be genuinely helpful.
Who here reads recipe books or user manuals? Let’s see a raise of hands. Since the inception of video platforms like YouTube and IGTV, whenever we need a new recipe or struggle with a new product, a simple YouTube search solves all the problems. But any how-to, DIY or recipe videos on YouTube take really long to get to the point. To solve this problem, Google’s Area 120 Lab came up with a new app called “Tangi”. Tangi is a video platform for short and crisp videos illustrating simple food recipes, DIY projects and fashion tricks.
The app is simple. There are a handful of creators making videos which are of less than a minute, as there is a 60-sec cap. So the videos in the platform remain compact delivering more information in less time. There are five categories in the app – Art, Cooking, DIY, Fashion & Beauty and Lifestyle. Each category contains videos of 30-55 seconds. There is no section for tech as of now. But I think the tech section will be a great addition to the list. So if you want to know how to reset or root your smartphone, you still have to go to YouTube.
The name of the app is an unusual one, but there is an explanation. The company said in a blog post that it came from the words “TeAch aNd GIve” and “tangible” which means things you can touch/make.
One drawback of the app is that it is currently available only for the iOS platform. So Android users have to rely on the website. If you are wondering when did Google start releasing apps for iOS first, well, Google has done this before too, with the Motion Stills app and Gboard.
I installed the on my iPhone X and it runs pretty well. If you browse in the “all” section, that contains videos from all the categories, you can learn cool new DIY tricks and some simple and innovative food recipes.
So what are you waiting for? iOS users can download the app from here.
There is no doubt that Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most awaited games of 2020, and Nvidia has now announced that the game will be available on its cloud gaming platform GeForce Now right from day 1 of the game’s launch.
Nvidia shared the news in a recent blog post. This announcement comes merely a week after Activision pulled all its games from the service. With GeForce Now, you will be able to play the game on your Windows, Mac, or Android devices.
GeForce Now members will be able to purchase the game through Steam. “GeForce NOW members will be able to grab their copy on Steam and play the game the moment it’s available. GeForce NOW Founders members can explore the streets of Night City with RTX ON, fully optimized and instantly available, even on your Mac laptop.”, wrote the company in a blog post.
In case you’re out of the loop, Cyberpunk 2077 was expected to be launched this April. However, CD Projekt Red postponed the launch date to the 17th of September in order to add a few last-minute improvements and final touches.
Apart from GeForce Now, the game will be available on Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Stadia. However, it remains uncertain if Stadia will get the ‘day one priority’ like GeForce Now for now.
In other news, Nvidia recently unveiled Cyberpunk 2077-themed GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GPUs. Notably, they can’t be purchased and you will have to win them by entering the giveaway. You can learn more about the giveaway here.
So, are you excited to play Cyberpunk 2077? Let us know in the comments. Also, if you’re interested in checking out GeForce Now right away, here’s how to use GeForce Now in India.