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Windows 10 v1903 April 2019 Update New Features List



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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Operating Systems

Why you probably shouldn’t install iOS 13 and the other betas just yet




Apple this week officially released the first developer beta of iOS 13. As always, many people are eager to install the new iOS version and try the latest features, but there are several reasons why you should probably hold off. After all, it is a very early beta and is bound to have numerous problems.

Should you install the iOS 13 beta?

Apple itself acknowledges that the first beta of iOS 13 is buggy, warning “thrill seekers” that they should probably wait for the public beta coming next month:

Important Note for Thrill Seekers: If you’re interested in living on the edge and trying out the great new features in iOS 13, we strongly advise waiting for the many bug fixes and refinements coming to the public beta next month.

iOS 13 includes all of the problems you’d expect from an early iOS beta. That means a warmer-than-usual device temperature, completely unoptimized battery life, and numerous interface quirks, app crashes, and more.

Across all five of the new betas, iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS, you’ll run into compatibility issues with third-party apps. These betas are designed to give developers the opportunity to update their applications ahead of the stable releases this fall, and you shouldn’t expect applications to run as-expected until then.

Apple has also increased the difficulty level of the install with this year’s iOS 13 beta. While it used an OTA system last year, the first beta of iOS 13 is available only as a direct download from Apple’s Developer site. It also requires that you have the Xcode beta installed and that you restore via iTunes.

Apple will eventually release public beta versions of macOS 10.15, iOS 13, and tvOS 13. Those will likely come next month and will represent a more stable, but still buggy, way for the general public to test out the latest and greatest operating systems. The public betas, and future developer betas, will be available as over-the-air updates as well, dramatically simplifying the install process.

If you’re still tempted to try iOS 13 and the other betas in their current beta form, our advice is to install them on devices that you don’t rely on day-to-day. This will let you try out the new features, while also preserving the experience on your daily devices.


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Huawei folding phone(Mate X) reappears to boast 5G speed




Since the start of problems Huawei with the United States, many users who have thought about the launch of Mate X. The Huawei phone with folding screen had planned to reach the market this June, and doubts about its release do not stop creating as the days pass. Where is Mate X?

First 5G tests with the Huawei Mate X

The latest clues come with official information, as the president of the Huawei smartphones branch has shared some images in which you can see some speed tests carried out with the famous phone with a folding screen. The images reveal that the maximum speed reached in the tests of Speedtest reached 1 gigabit per second, while the rise was at 100 megabytes per second.

This is undoubtedly excellent news for those interested in knowing about the first Huawei folding phone. We hope that the program runs its course and this same month when we see the phone for sale (even if only in China), although it is clear that the doubts will continue on which licenses will be affected when marketing it and, basically, what such will respond the screen to everyday use, something that as we could see did not sit well at the option of Samsung.

On the other hand, Gang assured that the speeds obtained in the laboratory tests reached the figure of 1.2 Gbps, so technically the phone is able to reach higher cruising speed, although we are very much afraid that in conditions normal the result will be similar to that of the video. At this point, there is no doubt that the 5G is tremendously fast, right?

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The mobile download speed can surpass 1 Gbps using the #5G network, He Gang, head of Huawei’s smartphone unit proved in a vlog with Huawei’s foldable Mate X handset on Tuesday.

Huawei mate x 5g testing using a customized Android version?

Taking a deeper look at the video, we can see how this unit of Mate X has a home screen where no icon of any application belonging to Google appears . It is something that could simply be a measure not to promote the company that has left out, a simple custom configuration or something even more complex, are we facing a version of Android customized by Huawei ?

This last option is the most rocambolesque, but there is another detail that is equally suspect: why is a virtual start button placed on the screen? Until now, the device had been showing the lower status bar with the classic buttons of Android, and in the case of not showing it, an upward gesture would be enough for it to reappear. As we said, these are suspicious details that generate enough doubts about the version of the operating system that is running the device, but for now, we will turn a blind eye and focus only on the results of the 5G tests.


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Smartphone alternatives to Google and Apple




Given the news about Google blocking Huawei from Android updates and whatnot, if the United States continues to block international companies from using software made in the U.S., that’s going to cause some major problems.  I see a lot of people on the internet looking for alternative smartphones, software, and operating systems that will keep them free from U.S. based regulations such as what’s happening with Google, Qualcomm, Intel, and Huawei right now.  Here’s a quick list of some products and projects that you can keep an eye on or start supporting if you are concerned for your technological freedom.

Librem 5 PureOS


This is a Linux Gnome 3 Debian “PureOS” based smartphone currently in development.  It’s being designed with as much open-source audit-able software and hardware as possible.  The intent with this device is to give you full control over your privacy. It’s not available yet, but the company behind it (Purism) also has some laptops and services that are very privacy focused.


This project is basically an open-source version of Android with all of the Google services removed and replaced with more privacy-friendly alternatives. It’s an OS ROM forked from Lineage OS. You can read a lot more about /E/Solutions at  They are actively seeking hardware partners to sell smartphones with their forked version of Android pre-installed.  If you have one of the supported phones, you can download the beta OS now and try it out.

Lineage OS

Lineage OS is another privacy-centric fork of Google’s Android without all of the Google services. You can download Lineage OS builds right now and their list of supported devices is pretty good.


PostmarketOS is based on Alpine Linux and not only works on certain smartphones, but also some Android tablets and even the Amazon Fire TV.  Here’s a list of devices that are supported by postmarketOS.  It’s currently only suitable for developers and hackers since important things like phone calls don’t work yet.


Ubuntu Touch phone

This isn’t an operating system in itself, but a user interface shell based on Linux technology that’s mean to run on top of another Linux installation.  This is what PostmarketOS above uses, so that’s another project to keep your eye on or help contribute to.

Ubuntu Touch

This is another Linux-based mobile operating system and this one is based on the popular Ubuntu distribution.  The list of devices currently working with Ubuntu Touch is not very long though.

Sailfish OS

Remember Meego from Nokia and Intel?  Jolla’s Sailfish is a derivative of that.  It’s not completely free and open source, but it is another alternative operating system that you can try.  Currently, the Sony Xperia XA2, Xperia X, and Gemina PDA are getting preferred treatment from the latest Sailfish operating system builds. It actually supports running some Android apps, too!

Alternative Android app stores

Getting an open-source operating system running on your current phone might be pretty difficult since you’ll probably have to unlock the bootloader and all that.  If your Google Play services start getting shut off in your country, there are a few open-source app stores and repositories you can use to make things easier.

F-Droid App Store

F-Droid is basically an app catalog of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). These are the kinds of programs you’re going to want to try to use since they’re generally able to withstand legal shut-downs, server blockages, and even developer-company shut-downs.

Aurora Store

This one is similar to F-Droid in the free and open source software sense, but also allows for installation of some apps that are not fully FOSS. You can also retrieve apps from the Google Play Store, but this might get your Google account blacklisted, so be careful.


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