Microsoft Released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14955 for PC and Mobile

On October 25, Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14955 for PC and Mobile. Although, this preview build has no new feature, but it has many improvements to fix the previous bugs and bring enhancements. This latest build has updated Outlook Mail and Calendar apps to 17.7466.4062x.0. A few new things have been introduced with this update; let’s have a look at them:

  • Open email messages in a new window.
  • Use Quick Actions directly from new email notifications.
  • Get someone’s attention, type @ symbol anywhere in the body of email and pick the person by typing his/her name.

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Context Awareness in Narrator (PC): While navigating around in narrator, get notification about different groups or areas you move to. Cycle through options with ALT + Caps Lock + / to configure the amount of context you hear. Use CTRL + Caps Lock + / to change if the context is read before the item with focus or after. Press Caps Lock + D twice to check the context at any point.

Other improvements and fixes for Computer

  • Draw along the protractor and see visuals until you begin to draw something again. To make it visible more clearly, Microsoft also updated the degree of visual and black text on a white background (earlier it was black text on a red background).
  • The issue also fixed that used to causing you to be unable to sign into apps like Feedback Hub, Groove, MSN News, etc. with your Microsoft Account once you get signed out of these apps.
  • This build has several fixes for precision touchpad:
  • The issue is fixed where precision touchpad was mis-classifying presses when swapping with one finger and pressing with another.
  • “Reset touchpad” issue is also fixed that was appearing on PCs that don’t support precision touchpad.
  • The issue is fixed users have where PCs that support only 3-contact will be able to view 4-Finger gesture graphic.
  • The popular graphics app Paint.NET issue where horizontal scrolling was broken is also fixed.

This build contain various fixes for Narrator:

  • To make you able of reading the active window title of the current application, Microsoft has added a new key command. For this, use Caps Lock + /.
  • To edit boxes on the web in Scan Mode Narrator’s recognition is also improved. If you focus is moved to an edit box, you get the message to use space to edit more consistently.
  • Work is done to ensure that if focus changes or you issue a Narrator command, continuous reading is interrupted appropriately. Microsoft has tried not to stop the reading when it shouldn’t.
  • To provide additional detail when the TPM is “Ready for use, with reduced functionality” or “Not ready for use”, the Trusted Platform Module Management control panel (TPM.msc) is also updated.
  • The issue of Task Manager always opening with the default view is also fixed.
  • The issue that shows the error “The system cannot find the file specified” while trying to partition a USB drive via DiskPart is also fixed.
  • The issue is fixed when certain USB drives can’t be mounted automatically or via Device Manager, even though they are mountable using Disk Management.
  • An issue is fixed where Accessibility settings were failing to roam down-level to some PCs that are running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. This issue may be possibly causing because of triggering a sync loop that is leading to performance issues on those down-level PCs. To get out of this state, change a setting under Settings and choose the option Ease of Access so that fix will roam down-level. You can change back the setting that you changed for trigger roaming any time you need.
  • The issue is also fixed that lead Settings crash while copying hardware properties from the Wi-Fi settings page an issue where Settings would crash when copying hardware properties from the Wi-Fi settings page.
  • The issue is fixed where files were not selected automatically after being pasted into a folder in File Explorer.
  • The issue of not being able to enter input into the Place or Time fields when creating a Reminder in Cortana is also fixed.
  • The advanced tab of the device properties window in the Sounds control panel is also updated that allow you to select the following sample dates as the default format for devices that support it: 24 and 32 bit at 176400Hz, and 16, 24 and 32 bit at 352800 Hz.
  • USB Audio 2.0 devices are now named according to make/model of the device.
  • The issue in the Microsoft Edge is fixed that prevents dragging content out of the browser to other windows.
  • The issue of crashing is fixed when using the Share button to share web pages and PDFs to Mail in the Microsoft Edge.

Known issues for PC

  • Your PC may not be able to complete the update to this build and rollback to the previous build if you have installed a third party antivirus product on your PC.
  • Insiders may face the issue of Windows Ink Workspace crashing while using the protractor.

Other improvements and fixes for Mobile

  • The issue that was causing you to be unable to sign into apps like Feedback Hub, MSN News, Groove, etc. with your Microsoft Account once you are signed out of these apps is also fixed.
  • The issue is fixed that was causing a few devices to appear “stuck” on the blue Windows logo screen while the boot cycle when rebooting a mobile phone on earlier builds.
  • The issue is fixed that was causing notifications banners are not showing from Outlook Mail accounts that had been pinned as tiles to Start.
  • Microsoft fixed an error that was causing specific apps being unexpectedly missing from the Share dialog.
  • A bug is fixed that will send notifications to the Insiders again and again about having exceeded the data limit who had configured a data limit on their phone.
  • An issue that resulting fading out of horizontal progress dots incorrectly at the right side is also fixed.
  • The issue of not being able to enter input into the Place or Time fields when creating a Reminder in Cortana is also fixed.

Known issues for Mobile

  • If you could never updated your device to Build 14951 successfully, but you receive Build 14951, then you will be able to download and update to this build just fine.
  • While trying to update to the latest builds, m any of Insiders may receive an 0x80242006 error.
  • You cannot install additional languages, speech packs, and keyboards on your phone for the next few weeks and your existing installed languages, keyboards, and speech packs will be carried over if you update to new builds. You will be unable to install any new ones even if you perform a hard reset of your phone on these builds. As a workaround in the Fast ring, you can use Windows Device Recovery Tool to go back to Windows Phone 8.1 or Windows 10 Mobile and install any languages, keyboards, and speech packs you want and then update to the latest build.
  • After adding sheets, Excel Mobile will eventually freeze and crash.

What is Google’s Project Fi and What does it Mean for Mobile Operators

Project Fi is a wireless service from Google. It is a virtual mobile network. It uses technology partners including Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular to render services in specific parts of the country in order to help mobile customers and connect them to the best available 4G LTE and Wi-Fi and networks at any given time. Google has created a service that is designed around how people live and what are their digital habits. This project focuses on intelligent analyses that easily shift between multiple networks.

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It is designed for you with the flexibility to connect you to the best available signal, whether it is one of our three partners of 4G LTE networks or Wi-Fi network. Google knows that every mobile user has different data needs and they use their device differently so the company has created a plan that is flexible.  The plan include the provision to pay for the data you use and get credited for the rest. Your plan travels with you wherever you go.

This project will automatically link up your phone one of the Google’s international partners while you are travelling beyond your region. You receive the high-speed without costing any extra penny while roaming also.  To work with multiple networks the latest flagships of Google including the Pixel, Nexus 5X and 6P are designed with a new state-of-the-art radio built.

Project Fi is Google’s experimental wireless service that it has launched for its own Nexus devices. It is the project that promotes the technology to seamlessly switch your phone between a handful of networks. With puts its own layer of encryption in place before tapping you into reliable public Wi-Fi networks.  This project allows you to pay only for the data you consume each month even if you are out of your country at the same flat rate.

It may sound an unusual arrangement for many of you who don’t need or don’t love to travel, but people who travel a lot could end up saving a handsome amount. Apart from these basic benefits, it has something more to offer.  For Fi subscribers, Google has added an option to get data-only SIM cards, which are tied to existing accounts. The idea behind using this benefit is that you can pop a card into any SIM-supporting tablet or laptop and use the data of that SIM on the same rate without facing any complication. Although you will rarely find the laptops and tablets devices with SIM slots, but these are not the only devices to utilize this feature.

Avail the Deals in the Windows Store this Week to Save big on Popular Games, Apps, Movies & more Entertainment

Windows Store is offering exciting deals on various products available in the store for games, movie, and entertainment lovers. Windows Store is offering awesome deals on this Black Friday and the deal is available until Nov. 28.  This discounted collection of apps, games, and movies is available for your Windows 10 PC or Xbox console.  Discount and offers are available from 23rd to 28th of November on specific products and to know get the benefit of the sale season, explore the Windows store. It may be the right time for you to buy the software products, games, movies, and more at a reasonable cost.

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If you don’t know how to explore discounted apps, games, movies, and other products, you may ask the experts of www.pctech24.com.au to find if the product that you need is available at the discounted price or not, if there is any favorable deal for you or not. PCTECH24 has the experts to help you if you want to buy and install app on Windows 10 device. To learn more about deals and check out the full collection, visit Windows Store. Below some categories and their products are listed for your convenience of which product has discount and upto what extent.

APPS

  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 is available on the Windows Store for 40% off!

Photoshop Elements is easy-to-use and powerful photo software that automates the process of editing and organizing your photos so that you cannot only edit your photos easily, but also have fun while doing so. It makes it easy to create incredible photos by editing them and then sharing them with others. Using Photoshop Elements 15, you can create beautiful collages, scrapbook pages, slideshows, calendars, and cards and share your creativity with family and friends.  Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 is available at the Windows Store at 40% off until Nov. 30.

  • 14-day free trial of Sling TV

Watch and enjoy exclusive 14-day trial of Sling TV straight from Windows 10.  Stream on-demand entertainment including your favorite live shows from favorite channels, live basketball and football matches, etc. Windows 10 users may download the App today from Windows Store and enjoy 14 days FREE live streaming of Sling TV for 14.

  • Purchase Polarr Photo Editor Pro app for $1.99

Polarr Photo Editor is a simple, easy to use, and powerful app. It includes every tool and feature that you can imagine of. Its wide range of features include local adjustments options, watermark tools , and advanced cropping to curves options. To play with, there is even a collection of more than 100 filters. Make your photos looks stunning instantly; you can adjust images with a single click.  Get the app for only $1.99 on sale from $19.99.

  • Buy Media Player Gold for $2.99

Purchase Media Player Gold for $2.99 at Windows Store. Before the discount, its cost was $18.99, but as the shopping season is going on you can get it at a discounted price till 28th November. Media Player Gold is a very useful app if you want to play and all your media files. This app lets you to play different media files; use LastFM scrobbling, search on YouTube and SoundCloud and add the results to a playlist; set a sleep timer, and much more Media Player Gold is a great app for music lover that is available at a great discount.

GAMES

  • Get 40% off on Gears of War 4

Purchase Gears of War 4 at 40% off and get the entire Gears of War Collection for playing on Xbox One. Gears of War 4 is one of the most addictive games and you Windows store is offering a great deal to you. Get the game today on your Windows 10 PC and Xbox One. Play it on Xbox One with Xbox Play Anywhere!

  • Get 35% off on Forza Horizon 3: Standard Edition

Get 35% off while buying Forza Horizon 3: Standard Edition from the Windows Store. Explore more than 350 of the world’s greatest cars and get in the driver’s seat. Customize everything, make your game zone the ultimate celebration of cars, freedom of the open road along with amazing music.

  • Get 50% off on ReCore

The offer of 50% discount is starting from Nov. 25 on the purchase of purchase ReCore from Windows Store. It is an excellent action-adventure game created for the modern generation which want to experience the thrill that can keep them at the edge of their chair. Don’t wait and hurry up to visit and check ReCore in the Windows Store.

  • Batman: The Telltale Series – Chapter 1 FREE

Get Chapter 1 of Batman: The Telltale Series free at Windows Store.  The offer is available for 28th of November. Batman: The Telltale Series is a gritty and violent journey into the fractured psyche of the Caped Crusader’s alter ego, Bruce Wayne. Your choices and subtle actions will decide the fate of your hero in this episodic and interactive game series, which is based on DC Comics’ iconic Batman.

MOVIES

It’s time to have more fun as there are some awesome deal available on the Windows Store for movie fans. Here the unlimited fun range includes movies like The Martian, Deadpool, and many more. You cannot only watch them, but also own them at their lowest price ever. So, movie lovers, get ready with your Windows 10 or Xbox device for unlimited entertainment.

MUSIC

  • 4-month extended free trial and more music deals on Groove Music Pass

The offer is on. Sign up for a Groove Music Pass 30-day free trial. The deal is available from Nov. 22-29. Eligible users may get a token for 3 additional months free means it will be extended for 3 more months and in total, you can enjoy free music for 4 months.  Get albums and listen the songs of today’s hottest singers, listen music on-demand without any ad, custom your playlist according to your interest.

Microsoft Confirmed that Hacks are Occurring due to Serious Windows Flaw

On Friday, October 21st, Google reported about the zero-day vulnerabilities to Microsoft and Adobe. Google publicly disclosed the critical Windows flaw, and because of that the two tech giants, Microsoft and Google were indulged in a verbal spat over the same. Microsoft was claiming that Google have given enough time to release the patch for the issue.

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Google’s spokesperson has said that they have given enough time to Microsoft to find the solution for the issue a fix before the public disclosure of the Windows flaw. Hackers were already exploiting the privilege escalation bug by escaping Windows security sandboxing and exposing Flash Player flaws. Google closed the Flash exploits in Chrome as with an emergency fix last week, Adobe has patched the zero-day flaws in Flash.

Although, Microsoft has not issued any patch yet, it has scheduled to release its patch on November 8 to fix the Windows critical flaws. Google reported that hackers are behind the zero-day flaw vulnerabilities who want to trade on such flaws for their own profits. Microsoft reported on 2nd of November that the attacks were traced back to the Russian hacking group Strontium.

A few details about what is this hacking campaign?

Strontium is the group-code name for a Russian hacking group also known as Fancy Bear. The same group was blamed to be responsible the Democratic National Committee email hack by the U.S. intelligence officials. Washington put these allegations in line that the Russian government is making  efforts to disrupt the upcoming 2016 U.S. elections. U.S. intelligence cybersecurity experts said that Strontium aka Fancy Bear works is association with the GRU (Glavnoye Razvedyvatel’noye Upravleniye) which is the military intelligence agency of the Russian Federation.

Microsoft tags and explains that Strontium/Fancy Bear is the group that is associated with more zero-day exploits than any other hacking group that tracked in 2016. Microsoft said, “STRONTIUM is the group that often uses compromised and hacked e-mail accounts to send infected and malicious e-mails from one victim to another victim and persistently pursue specific targets till the time they don’t get successful in compromising the target computer. Once they successfully gets inside, STRONTIUM gradually moves throughout the victim network, encroach itself as deeply as possible in order to get access to the victim’s computer and steals sensitive information.

To lead the recent Windows and Flash player exploit, the attacks were made using spear-phishing emails containing malicious links. Spear phishing is a term used for those hacking attempts where the aim of the hacker is to practice targeted email frauds aiming specifically at an organization or individual. Hackers send well-crafted emails that include identifiable personal data so that it look like as if emails are coming from trusted and legitimate sources. If hackers got successful in gaining your trust and you fall for the trap and open a malicious link or attachment, data theft software and spying malware may get installed on your machine or network that will leave you vulnerable to more attacks.

Phishing frauds/scams may be a real frightening experience for you, so it is essential that you keep yourself protected against such attempts. There are a few ways recommended below that Windows users may apply to protect themselves from latest zero-day attacks. As the latest zero-day attacks originate from a spear phishing campaign, so it is important that you don’t click on links in suspicious emails, don’t download unsolicited email attachments, especially from unknown sources. Don’t trust on every “official” emails that you receive from companies you don’t know and don’t do business with. Before following any instructions written in any email, verify its authenticity.

Windows 10 users are advised use Microsoft Edge running on the Windows 10 Anniversary Update until Microsoft doesn’t release patch for Windows flaws as these are believed to be protected from these attacks. Microsoft stated that users need to wait until the November 8 patch. Google encourages users to verify that auto-updaters have already updated Flash and if it not updated, update it manually. It also advised to the Windows users that apply Windows patches when Microsoft makes them available.

Otherwise, you have one more option to stop emerging zero-day attacks. Having the protection of potential security software can create a robust fence for the security of your computer and can keep you protected from latest and emerging internet threats like this Strontium/Fancy Bear campaign.

Like every other suite of software application, Windows also is not error free and has some flaws. Although Microsoft always try to fix the issue as soon as it is identified. If you are a Windows user and facing any problem, you can seek the help of certified technicians at PCTECH24.com.au at an affordable cost. Get the help at PCTECH24.com.au of Certified technicians who are 24*7 available.

Resolution of Common Problems of Windows 10/8.1/8

There is nothing perfect in this world and this is applicable to the technology as well. Windows is also such an Operating System that is not perfect has some temperament, glitches, and flaws. However, the good thing about Microsoft is that it learns from the flaws and issues and eventually and creates a super OS (near to perfect) that will be capable of beating all other OS.

There are numbers of operating systems in the market, but Windows has made its special place because of various reasons that add convenience for the end users. Since the release of its first OS, Microsoft has developed various versions of Windows over the years. Today, Windows has a great significance and with the every passing day, it is becoming more popular among the computer users.

In the year 2014 in the month of September, Microsoft announced that it is going to release its new version of Windows for consumers on July 29, 2015. With the release, Microsoft also announced that the authentic and eligible users of Windows 7/8 can upgrade their editions to Windows 10 for free. Microsoft launched Windows 10 to render a harmonious experience to the Windows 7 as well as Windows 8 users. It includes the features and functionalities of both of the versions.

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a harmonious experience Microsoft developed this OS version with the expectations that it will provide a smooth and glitch free experience, but like other software programs, it may encounter some internal glitch or issues  in fewer instances. Windows 10 users have reported a few Windows related issues with their version of OS and Microsoft have taken the corrective measures for most of the reported problems that are easy to apply and follow.

Below a few of Windows 10 issues are enlisted with their solutions:

Prevalent issues of Windows 10 and their solutions

Installation Problem

Users have reported that issues encounter at the instance when they tried to install Windows 10. While installing Windows, issues encountered accompanied by a pop-up message reflecting, “Something happened.” To fix this problem the only option users have is close the window to terminate the installation process. Users reported that this problem occurs when they were using a burned USB or DVD while installing Windows 10 or trying to choose to create an ISO.

Before installing Windows 10, check the Language and Region settings on the control panel and verify that US English is selected. If US English is not selected, you need install the US English Language pack on your system again. Otherwise option you have is, use the feature “Upgrade This PC” with the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool.

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Unable to Find Wireless Networks

This annoying problem may not only encounter with wireless network, but it can be irksome even in wired Ethernet connections also. To fix this issue, the first recourse you can exercise to counter this problem is restart your computer first and then your Wi-Fi router. This recourse will usually work for you, but if it doesn’t resolve your issue and could not find any Wi-Fi connection, what you need to do next is see if you have installed any VPN software. Check out that your VPN software is compatible with Windows 10 or not. If it is not compatible with Windows 10, uninstall it. Another option to fix this issue is disable your firewall and see it works for you or not.

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Windows 8.1 Unusual Issues and their Resolution

Windows 8.1 is an upgrade to Windows 8 that was codenamed Blue. This better version of Windows 8 is regarded as an upgrade from its predecessor and received mixed reviews from the users. This version of Windows also has its share of issues so below a few unusual problems are discussed along with their corresponding fixes.

Start Menu

Microsoft has received many complaints from Windows 8.1 users that their Start Menu is missing. The most effective solution for this problem is use the 3rd party apps. This solves your issue of missing Start Menu.

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One File Saved with Multiple Copies

If you have saved multiple copies of same file, this will consume space on hard drive and will show many issues in Windows 8.1. What you can do as a solution to prevent occurrence of this issue is, use a 3rd party service to disable the default back up service.

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Windows 8 Common Concerns and Fixes

Windows 8 launched with the major changes specifically in terms of the user interface as well as the OS’ platform. It was launched to provide a good experience to the Windows users. In fact, it was built to give the user a better touch experience on desktop computers and laptops. Like other two of its versions, Windows 8 also has its share of problems. So here is the fix for a few common problems.

Apps do not Close

Once a user launches an app, it will remain running until the operating system decides close or stop it. The OS do so to save CPU cycles mainly. The common fix for this problem is use ALT + F4 to close apps. However, with regular builds, this command does not work.

Turning the Device off

Clicking the Start button brings the shut down or restart option to the Windows 7 user, but due to different setup, Windows 8 gives you shut down or restart the computer options when you click on the Power button to. Another technique to restart or shut down the computer is hover the cursor over the Start button, go to Settings, Power and then choose the option.

If you still face any problem with Windows 10, then you contact Windows 10 Technical Support Services to their respective service provider or any third-party service provider and in case if you have any problem with Windows 8 then you contact Windows 8 Technical Support Services to their respective service provider or any third-party service provider .