Win 10 October Update Fiasco
Microsoft’s Windows 10 October manual update came with some nasty surprises. User complaints of mass data loss and various system instabilities, as well as numerous other bugs and vulnerabilities, were such that the company quickly pulled back the update. Most serious was a flaw that would allow a bad actor access to all system files.
As of this writing, Microsoft has fixed the flaw for version 1809 and various others, but has put the mass release on hold, saying “If you have manually downloaded the Windows 10 October 2018 Update installation media, please don’t install it and wait until new media is available.”
With the release of Windows 10 1809 now postponed by at least four weeks, the delay has impacted the upgrade’s support time-line.
Apparently, the update is now back for beta testing in Microsoft’s Windows Insider program, but it seems testers are discovering other issues like a “.ZIP” bug that may delete files making them unrecoverable.
(Update,10/31/2018 Microsoft claims it fixed the ZIP bug, so there might be an impending release.)
And if you’ve been dual booting Windows and Linux, beware. Windows updates are unconcerned about other operating systems and can render your Linux partition unreadable. Fixes and precautions are suggested here
A word to the wise? Back up your data every time you upgrade!
The OnePlus 6T Shines
Called one of the “best phones you can buy right now,” The OnePlus 6T has a lot to offer.
a 6.41-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2340 x 1080, with 402 pixels per inch, sports gorgeous picture quality.
Fingerprint scanning, excellent battery life, fast charging (though no wireless charging), and outstanding pictures all come at an attractive price point
Beginning November 6 you can buy the phone on the OnePlus website with prices set to start at $549.
Tom’s Guide gives the 6T a big thumbs up, and though it comes up a bit short when compared to the iPhone XR — it’s a remarkably close call. The 6T’s price point at about $200 dollars less than Apple’s XR at $749 makes it a sterling choice for those not locked into the Apple ecosystem. For another review see Tech Radar or visit the OnePlus website.
Update: Best Laptops of 2018
Feeling like it’s time for a new notebook? There are plenty to choose from. Top Contenders?
The Apple MacBook Pro 15-Inch for a hefty $2379 is a top pick as is the Dell XPS 13 – also an editors’ choice at about $999.
Others in the top ten range include the Huawei MateBook X Pro, The Acer Aspire E 15, and more – You can filter all reviews by PC Mag’s Editors’ choice models. Full reviews are included for each.
New iPad Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini Cater to the Workplace.
Apple’s big event saw the introduction of new takes on old favorites and seemed particularly directed to enterprise users for workplace BYOD plans.
the new MacBook Air has a large trackpad, a butterfly style keyboard, no bezels, and the T2 security chip. The bezel-free MacBook Air also gets a Retina display.
The new iPad Pro is similarly designed to appeal to the workplace with specs that make it capable of running more demanding business apps. It includes smaller bezels, a magnetic pencil, and 11-inch display of 2388×1668 at 264ppi, face ID and more.
For a closer look see ZDNET
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