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Check Out The New Features In Windows 10’s Latest April / May Update

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Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 update just arrived  for PCs and tablets toda and it comes with a variety of small features that improve Windows 10 without totally changing the platform. Microsoft is only added  one major feature with this update, and it’s the Timeline feature that lets you resume where you left off across multiple Windows 10 machines. I think this would really come in handy sometime, especially if you work with multiple computers
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Also there’s easy sharing, fast Bluetooth pairing, a dictation feature, and the ability to mute tabs in Microsoft Edge. Microsoft has also continued with the modification and improvement of the Fluent Design system it introduced with the Fall Creators Update. You’ll notice more hover effects when you’re using your mouse in the Start menu or notification center, and there’s a new blur effect on the taskbar:

TIMELINE


Timeline is the apparently the major new feature here, and it replaces the familiar Task View button that shows what apps are currently running on a system. Timeline lets you see not only running apps but also apps and activities you’ve used on your Windows 10 PC in the past 30 days. These activities and apps are synchronizes across multiple devices, so if you’ve been using a laptop for a document you can easily pick up the same activity on a desktop PC that you’re also signed into.

You can also combine Timeline with Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android, and access the smartphone browser history on your PC. Microsoft is updating its mobile Edge apps to support this, and it’s probably one of the main reasons you might use Timeline

DICTATION

Windows over the years has had a lot of dictation tools. However, this time Microsoft is creating a fast way to access the built-in Windows 10 version with the April 2018 Update. You can launch it with the windows key + H keyboard shortcut, and it will let you dictate into any app. Comes in quite handy when typing documents

MICROSOFT EDGE TAB MUTING AND PWAS


Chrome added tab muting recently and now Microsoft is following suit with Edge. You can mute loud and annoying websites with this feature.
Microsoft has also tweaked the performance and design of Edge. Microsoft Edge certainly feels better to use as a default browser with this update, but it still needs work to truly compete with Chrome. I actually love using edge as it saves resource better.
Microsoft is also adding support for Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) in this April 2018 update. PWAs are essentially web apps, but they have the full support of Google, Apple, and now Microsoft across mobile and desktop operating systems

FIX BLURRY APPS

Scaling desktop apps has always been an issue in Windows, but this latest April 2018 Update is trying to make blurry apps a thing of the past. Windows 10 will now detect if an app is blurry because of a monitor change or if you docked a laptop, and it will attempt to scale it better to stop apps from scaling too small or becoming blurry.

AUDIO PREFERENCES PER APP

Microsoft is added some great new audio features with this Windows 10 April 2018 Update. You can now set the input or output audio devices per application. You could have Spotify audio blasting out of your speakers, while your browser audio comes through a headset. The new audio settings let you customize both the input and output per application, so it’s also useful if you use different microphones across a variety of apps.

QUICK BLUETOOTH PAIRING


Microsoft is adding a simple and quick way to pair Bluetooth accessories. Windows 10 will now produce a notification to quickly connect to a Bluetooth peripheral and pair it. Microsoft is supporting its Surface Precision Mouse for now, and the company is working with Logitech and others to ensure additional hardware will support this quick way to Bluetooth pair in the future.

WINDOWS DEFENDER NOTIFICATION REDUCTION
Ever get annoyed with those Windows Defender notifications that tell you Microsoft’s anti-virus just scanned your machine and it’s fine? Yeah, who cares. With the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, you can now suppress these notifications so you’re not told every single time there’s a successful scan.

NEARBY SHARING

Nearby sharing lets you easily share websites, photos, or documents to nearby Windows 10 machines. It’s not a feature you’re probably going to use all that often, but it works over Bluetooth and is similar to Apple’s AirDrop feature. You can share to devices that are colleagues or friends nearby, and it’s a lot quicker than emailing over a file. Nearby sharing is disabled by default, and you can set it to only receive files from your own devices or everyone nearby. Hopefully Microsoft adds the option to customize this further in the future so you can only receive from contacts.

FOCUS ASSIST

Microsoft is changing and updating its do-not-disturb mode for Windows 10 with this new update. Previously known as Quiet Hours, Focus Assist is a smarter way of stopping notifications popping up when you’re busy. Focus Assist will now automatically mute notifications when you’re playing a game or projecting your presentation to a screen. This stops annoying notifications during a gaming session, or equally important meetings when you don’t want your emails, messages, and other notifications being displayed to the whole conference room.
You can also let particular apps break through and still trigger notifications, which is useful if you have a messaging app that you still want to see notifications from while you’re playing a game.

GAMING CHANGES AND XBOX GAME BAR
Microsoft is making some neat gaming-focused changes to Windows 10 with this update. You can now customize graphics performance per game, allowing you to set games to high performance or power saving. This is particularly useful if you’re using a laptop that’s capable of gaming, but you want certain games not to draw the best performance in order to save battery life. The new feature is available in “graphics settings” in the main settings app. Microsoft is also redesigning the Xbox game bar so it now has a white or black theme with this update.
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Michael Ajah is a Computer Science Student of The University of Port Harcourt and a Chelsea Fan. He loves RnB and a little mix of Trap Music. An awesome tech reviewer and analyst. Email - [email protected]

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Samsung Galaxy Unpacked Event 2020 Scheduled for August 5: Everything to Expect

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It might only be yesterday that Samsung released the Galaxy S20 lineup but the company is already planning for the future with it’s next Galaxy Unpacked event scheduled to take place on August 5, the company announced on Wednesday.

Samsung has also posted a cryptic teaser that showcases a copper colour splash. Interestingly, the same colour was noted on the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra renders that were “accidentally” posted on the Samsung website last week.

The media guy always makes those mistake isin’t it??!

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The South Korean tech giant traditionally has always unveiled its premium tech and Samsung Galaxy smartphones at this event, and this time it is expected to announce a whole load of new devices – the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 seems to be in the coffin then.

What to Expect from the Galaxy Unpacked Reveal Event

Rumours suggest that the Galaxy Note 20 series will include the vanilla Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ along with Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. All three models however, are expected to see differences in cameras and battery. It was further tipped that Galaxy Note 20 series will come in Black, Copper, White/Grey, and Mint Green colour options.

Galaxy Note 20

Earlier in June, a tipster had claimed that the vanilla Samsung Galaxy Note 20 would pack a flat 60Hz display with “wide frame”. The same tipster had later suggested that the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will likely feature 120Hz display and the unannounced Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SoC.

Galaxy Fold 2

Also, previous reports have also suggested that Samsung may introduce the next-generation Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 and the 5G variant of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip along with Galaxy Note 20 series. More information from the company is expected in the upcoming weeks.

Galaxy Z Flip 5G

Additionally, the rumoured Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G is expected to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC instead of Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC. The Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 was recently spotted on China’s 3C certification site with 25W fast charger support and 5G connectivity.

Other notable arrivals are the next generation Galaxy Buds+ and Galaxy Watch 3

When is the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked Event?

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The Galaxy Unpacked event will kick off at 7:30pm IST with no in-person attendance, the company stated in a blog post. However, the live streaming of the event will be available at Samsung Global Newsroom and Samsung.com.

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MTN and Ericsson partner to launch 5G Network Connection to South African Cities

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MTN South Africa have today announced the availability of its 5G commercial offering using Ericsson products in the cities of Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth.

This latest development coming after Telma Madagascar powered by also Ericsson to switch on its 5G commercial network to offer subscribers high-speed services enabled by the new generation of mobile connectivity.

Hol’up, we thought 5G causes Coronavirus??!

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MTN previously upgraded to Evolved Packet Core (EPC) by Ericsson which enabled MTN to launch 5G services based on new radio (NR) non-standalone (NSA) while paving the way for a smooth evolution into NR Standalone and 5G Core (5GC) in future.

Under the 2019 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Ericsson committed to provide MTN with radio access network equipment from its Ericsson Radio System portfolio, which enable 5G services on both low- and mid-band. Ericsson’s solutions to MTN also includes the award-winning Ericsson Spectrum Sharing.

The President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, Fadi Pharaon, says: “Today’s event means that the 5G era in South Africa is becoming a reality. Soon, South Africans will be able to experience 5G in their daily lives and witness its positive impact on society and industry. We have a rich history of working in close partnership with MTN and now we are going live with 5G in South Africa.

With many live commercial 5G networks across the globe, we look forward to continuing our long-standing partnership with MTN, jointly leading and driving innovation to ensure the digitalization of Africa.”

And no doubt this has been the major headache in Africa with Health sector all having challenges communicating and managing the rising Covid-19 cases especially as a time when video conferencing seems to be the norm.

What to expect…

Two key 5G use cases for the Madagascar market are enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) and Fixed Wireless Access (FWA).

With greater capacity, higher data speeds and reduced latency, 5G will power new experiences for Telma customers, from gaming and entertainment services, to IoT and business applications. Healthcare and education are areas that will deeply benefit from this technology.

Ericsson Spectrum Sharing will enable MTN to quickly launch 5G services over a wide area and successively expand 5G coverage in a tailored way by re-using existing network infrastructure and taking advantage of previous spectrum investments.

MTN can therefore provide 5G commercial services and move towards Standalone (SA) 5G without the need for blanket costly re-investment. Industries such as transportation, healthcare and manufacturing can leverage 5G capabilities to accelerate digital transformation and deploy advanced automation technologies.

What next for 5G in other African Countries?

Ericsson currently has 95 commercial 5G agreements and contracts with unique operators, of which 55 are publicly announced 5G deals, including 43 live 5G networks on five continents.

Public view of the Fifth Generation Tech has been so much distorted in Africa with conspiracy theories relating it to the Covid-19 pandemic doing nothing to quell the fears and misunderstanding.

However, the introduction of the network in major Africa countries will go a long way to either proving the doubters wrong and hopefully correcting any wrong perspective of the Next-Gen tech.

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