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Windows 10 v1903 April 2019 Update New Features List

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Microsoft is almost ready to roll out Windows 10 v1903 feature update. This update will bring some significant changes, security enhancements, and UI improvement. This release is also called as 19H1 or Windows 10 April 2019 Update, Here is the list of some of the important new features in Windows 10 v1903.

New Features in Windows 10 v1903

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Here is the list followed by complete details of Windows 10 v1903 features-

  1. Blurred Background on Login Screen
  2. Search, and Cortana are no longer together
  3. Sleeker Start Menu  & Start Menu Service
  4. Action Center & Quick Buttons changes
  5. Light Theme for those who dont like too much black.
  6. Improved Storage settings.
  7. Search changes & details
  8. Voice Activation settings
  9. Windows Update Feature with auto-rollback
  10. Reserved Storage
  11. Automatic Troubleshooting
  12. Windows Sandbox
  13. Windows Security
  14. Linux on Windows enhancements
  15. Other features.

1] Blurred Background on Login Screen:

The acrylic effect is making its way to login-screen. The background will look blur, to increase focus on the login-task. You can enable it or disable it using Group Policy Editor or from Windows 10 personalization settings.

2] Search & Cortana are no longer together

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It looks like Microsoft has realized that there is no point in forcing people to use Cortana to search. This update will offer Cortana only for voice assistant, i.e., when you press the Cortana icon. While the search will offer a familiar interface but with recent activities, most recent apps, and so on. Also, Cortana and Search have their settings. Later in the post.

3] Sleeker Start Menu  & Start Menu Service

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The new default one column layout of the Start Menu makes it a lot sleeker. If you always wanted to have old style Windows Start Menu style, this gets you even closer. It will be more evident for fresh installs,  but you can still change if you updated. Right-click or long press on the group header to completely remove it. You will get an option to use “unpin group from Start.”

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Lastly, Start Menu has its service now under the name of StartMenuExperienceHost.exe. If your Start menu freezes, open task manager, find teh service “START” and stop it. Restart and everything should be excellent. 

4] Action Center

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Action Center houses the brand new brightness slider. You can adjust between four levels of brightness using the slider which was available as a button.

It is possible to rearrange the quick buttons without having to open the Settings app. Right click and select edit. I will enable the rearrange mode.

5] Light theme

Somewhere between dark and complete white, Ligh theme is now available. Go to  Settings > Personalization > Colors and choose Light from “Choose your color” dropdown.

6] Redesigned Storage Settings

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The settings now reveal directly categorized storage of each drive, i.e., temporary files, apps and features, desktop and picture. The default view of the Storage Sense is the device on which Windows is installed, i.e., usually the C drive. To view other partitions, click on the link – View storage usage on other drives – which is available at the bottom. Tap on any of the views for more details.

Storage sense is still there and is available at the top. You can toggle on, and then follow the link to configure storage Sense. While everything is same as before, you get an extra checkbox to delete the previous version of Windows. So when you hit Clean now, it will also take care of the old Windows file.

7] Search

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While Search permission and history broadly remains the same, you have additional settings – Searching Windows. Its the indexing status and settings.

  • Indexing Status tells how many items have been indexed, and the pending count.
  • Find My Files offers:
    • The classic mode which searches libraries and desktop.
    • Enhanced Mode is for entire PC
  • Excluded Folders
  • Advanced Search indexer settings.

Voice activation in Privacy Settings

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Not much has changed in Cortana, except that it is strictly a voice assistant. However, you have a new Voice activation settings which allow apps to use this feature. Microsoft now allows to install third party assistants including Alexa, and this feature is responsible for giving the right permission.

  • Allows apps to use Voice activation.
  • Choose which apps can use voice activation
  • Configure if they can listen when the device is locked.

New Windows Update Features

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Windows Update screen has received a major revamp. Windows 10 Home users can now Pause Updates. You have direct options to:

  • Pause update for seven days
  • Change active hours (current settings can be seen)
  • View Update history
  • Advanced Options (here you can choose the number of days to pause updates)

In-built Roll back:

I am sure we all know about devices which get into trouble post installation. Start with Windows 10 v1903; if the computer cannot boot correctly after the installation, Windows 10 will remove updates automatically. A message is shown to the consumer

“We removed some recently installed updates to recover your device from a startup failure.”

Windows will automatically block the update for the next 30 days unless a patch is released.

Reserved Storage

Windows 10 now uses 7 GB f reserved storage to make smooth Windows updates. Low storage space is always a hurdle for smooth Windows 10 update. Microsoft is fixing this by claiming part of your hard disk space as Reserved Storage. It will make sure that from now, and in future everything goes smooth from this perspective. If you do not have enough space, you will be asked to either free up space or connect external storage for this time. There is no option or settings which allow users to delete it.

Automatic Troubleshooting

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If you choose, Windows 10 can perform automatic troubleshooting, and even apply the fix. Troubleshoot settings have a new section–Recommended troubleshooting. It can automatically fix some critical issues. You can choose between three options for this feature:

  • Ask me before fixing the problems.
  • Tell me when problems get fixed.
  • Fix problems for me without asking.

You can click on view history to see the recommended troubleshooting or one which was performed with your consent.

Windows Sandbox

This new feature allows one to run untrusted applications safely. It makes sure they dont harm the device. The best part is that it uses hardware virtualization, and Microsft’s Hypervisor and without any user intervention to create a virtual environment.

Windows Security

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Protection history will show all detections, matters which need your attention and so on.

Windows Security has added a new feature – Tamper Protection. It prevents others from tampering with essential security features.

Linux in Windows

  1. You can access Linux files from Windows.
  2. Commands to manage Linux distros.
  3. Option to import and sideload distro
  4. Export WSL distribution

Other Windows 10 v1903 Features

  • Modified dates are in the format of 2 hours or X hours ago.
  • Blue Screens will be more helpful and will offer suggestions as well.
  • You can name a file starting with a dot.
  • Instead of a network or wifi icon, you have a “world” icon. When you tap on it, you get access to Wifi, Airplane Mode or turn on Mobile Hotspot.
  • The Game Bar has a new gallery, and options to share to twitter directly.
  • Focus Assist has a new option–When I am using an app in full-screen mode.
  • Configure a static IP address and DNS server preferences of ethernet directly.
  • Drag and drop a Font file to install it.
  • You can choose to uninstall more in-built apps like 3D Viewer, Calculator,  Calendar, Groove Music, Mail, Movies & TV, Paint 3D, Snip & Sketch, Sticky Notes and Voice Recorder.
  • Sign-in Option includes to set up a security key to authenticate with the operating system.
  • Windows 10 will now offer passwordless login into your Microsoft Account.
  • Choose to synchronize the clock with the time server manually.
  • You can install more voice packages without the installation of additional languages.
  • Microphone, Camera, etc can tell which app is using it.
  • Windows key + (period) or Windows key + (semicolon) will also include symbols, kaomoji, and emoji.
  • Admin can configure to prevent the use of security questions for local accounts.
  • RAW image support format is here.

 

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ASUS’ CREATION-TARGETED, REDESIGNED AIO 27 NOW AVAILABLE

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Increasingly, PC manufacturers of all-in-one computers are moving the system components to the base, rather than slavishly adhering to the precedent set by the Apple iMac of cramming all the system components into the display — one of the worst places to put them. HP and Microsoft have done it, and now Asus joins the club with its redesigned Zen AiO 27.

The move lets Asus switch from the mobile to the desktop version of the Core i5 or i7 processors, facilitates storage and memory upgrades and allows for the ability to tilt and swivel the display. An additional new perk includes a Qi wireless charger built into the base; carryovers from its predecessor or older siblings include the factory calibrated 100 percent sRGB 4K display and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics engine.

Announced at IFA 2018 in August, it’s now out at $2,000 in the US; the Zen AiO line doesn’t seem to be offered in the UK, and the new model hasn’t made its way onto Asus’ site in Australia yet, but the US price converts to about £1,540 and AU$2,825.

Specifications:

UHD 3,840×2,160, touch optional
Eighth-gen Intel Core i5 or i7
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 4GB
Up to 2TB SATA III, up to 1TB PCI-E SSD, SD card slot
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac x 2 , Bluetooth 5.0
Harman Kardon 8-watt stereo speakers
Four USB 3.1, one USB-C, one HDMI-in/1 x HDMI-out, Ethernet audio (mic/headphone combo)
24.7 x 20.1 x 0.8 in/62.7 x 52.3 x 2.0 cm (WxHxD)
24.3 lbs/11 kg

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IOS 12.1 WILL IMPROVE SELFIE QUALITY ON THE IPHONE XS AND XR

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Ever since the iPhone XS came out, there’s been criticism of its front camera — specifically, that it overly smooths skin. This, of course, was dubbed “Beautygate” in reference to Samsung-style beautification filters, which Apple has always insisted it doesn’t use.

Whatever the case, it was definitely there, but now it’s going away: during our iPhone XR review, Apple told me that iOS 12.1 will fix a bug in its smart HDR camera system that resulted in smoother-looking photos taken by the front camera on the iPhone XS and XR.

Essentially, Smart HDR was choosing the wrong base frame for HDR processing when you took a selfie. Instead of choosing a frame with a short shutter speed to freeze motion and preserve detail, it would sometimes choose a frame with longer shutter speed. The front camera also does not have optical image stabilization, so it takes blurrier shots at the same shutter speed as the rear, stabilized camera. The result is a loss of detail that looks like smoothing on the front camera.

This should all be fixed in iOS 12.1, which will pick the sharpest base frame for the HDR merge when taking selfies. I wasn’t able to test it, but iOS 12.1 is in public beta now, so I imagine it’ll be out soon and we’ll all find out shortly.

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WANT TO MAKE LINUX MINT LOOK LIKE A MAC? THIS THEME CAN HELP

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We’ve established how easy it is to make Ubuntu look like a Mac but theming Linux Mint, the popular Ubuntu-based offshoot, is a little trickier.

But no more.

It’s now possible to make Linux Mint look like a Mac too, and it’s all thanks to a customised version of the uncannily accurate macOS Mojave GTK theme we highlighted here, just a few weeks ago.

If you’ve longed to add some Cupertino styling to the Cinnamon desktop, keep reading!

Mac Theme for Linux Mint 19

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A fresh release of Linux Mint brings new opportunities

Mac themes for Linux Mint are not new.

But good ones? Well, they have been a bit hard to come by due, in part, to the Cinnamon desktopbeing based around an older version of GTK, the underlying toolkit that’s used to “draw” the GUI of many apps.

Major compatibility issues and refactoring changes between GTK versions has meant that many popular modern GTK themes were not directly compatible with Linux Mint — and that included crop of clonetastic Mac themes too.

Updated GTK in Linux Mint 19

The recent release of Linux Mint 19 changes the game; ‘Tara’ ships with a newer version of GTK that supports many of the advanced theming capabilities that themes often use.

And ready to take full advantage of the new theming capabilities available to Linux Mint 19 is prolific Linux theme maker PaulXfce.

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The regular version supports transparency, the Mint version does not

Paul creates and maintains a bunch of well designed and well made themes for various GTK+ based desktop environments, including GNOME Shell, Budgie and, more relevant to those of you reading this post, Cinnamon.

Having recently raved about his creepily accurate macOS Mojave theme I was thrilled to learn that Paul has made a custom version of his macOS mojave theme available for the Cinnamon desktop.

Not that the task was entirely smooth sailing, as Paul points out:

“This has proven to be a much more difficult thing to do, because of the way Linux Mint uses Muffin as a window-manager, which has some drawbacks (like: Server-Side-Decoration, so no transparency in Nemo, ) and the ‘multitude’ of toolbars that take half the real-estate of the window… Reducing the size of them was my first priority.”

Undeterred, Paul has re-engineered his Mac os theme for Linux Mint, building a new Metacity theme that blends with the rest of the UI while still allowing apps using Client Side Decoration (CSD) to look the part too.

The downside is that, for now, Paul’s excellent Mac os theme only affects the look and feel of applications and app window borders. A Cinnamon desktop theme is not (currently) available (and the Cinnamon Spices website turns up nothing Apple-related).

Still; the theme is a sterling attempt and well worth trying out — even if only as a novelty. You can download the theme directly from GNOME-Look:

Download MacOS-Mint-Cinnamon-Edition Theme

To install, extract the archive file to the hidden ‘.themes’ folder in your Home folder (if you don’t have one, create one).

Finally, to apply the theme, Open System Settings > Appearance > Themes and select the theme in both the window-borders and controls section.

More Ways to Make Linux Mint Look like a Mac

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If you’re minded to make the Mint desktop more like Mac OS X there are some additional things you can do to curate a Cupertino-style aesthetic on the Cinnamon desktop.

You can move Mint desktop panels easily. Just right-click on an empty section of the panel, choose the ‘Properties’ menu option and, from the settings you see, move the panel from the bottom of the screen to the top.

This makes way for what is surely the most iconic element of the Mac desktop: the dock.

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A chunky task bar, the dock puts large app icons and folder shortcuts within reach at the bottom of the screen. There are plenty of Linux docks available but we think that Plank is by far and away the best. You can install Plank on Linux Mint be searching for it in the Software Manager app.

You can add more applications to your Plank dock by dragging a shortcut out of the Mint Menu and dropping it on to the dock. You can even add folders to Plank too!

Other suggestions:

  • Change the desktop wallpaper to a Mac background
  • Replace the bottom panel with a dock app like Plank
  • Install a Mac icon theme for Linux
  • Move the bottom panel to the top of the screen
  • Install/enable Nemo Preview, analogous to Quick Look
  • Install Synapse, Kupfer, Alfred or similar for a Spotlight equivalent

 

 

 

 

Source: Omgubuntu

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