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Edge is another bust for Microsoft as they move the browser to Chromium

Redmond, Wash. — A year after killing Windows Phone, Microsoft is hitting reset on Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft will be merging Edge with Chromium in the coming months. This is due to very low adoption rates for its Edge browser, which was created in 2015 to replace Internet Explorer.

One Windows Insider made a claim with scant proof that Google kept breaking the compatibility in its browser, Google Chrome, and leaving the Edge developers on the Windows desktop ecosystem to fix the issues.

‘JoshuaJB’ posted on Hacker News: “I very recently worked on the Edge team, and one of the reasons we decided to end EdgeHTML was because Google kept making changes to its sites that broke other browsers, and we couldn’t keep up. For example, they recently added a hidden empty div over YouTube videos that causes our hardware acceleration fast-path to bail (should now be fixed in Win10 Oct update).”

He added: “What makes it so sad, is that their claimed dominance was not due to ingenious optimization work by Chrome, but due to a failure of YouTube. On the whole, they only made the web slower.”

Edge’s move to Chromium now leaves three web engines in a cutthroat environment: Chromium, Safari (Apple’s default browser) and Mozilla’s Firefox. Opera, Dolphin and Chrome are all powered by Chromium.

The Inquirer

Microsoft cuts off alternate ways to upgrade to feature_2 on Windows 10 Mobile

Redmond, Wash. — There are a few days before the Mobile World Congress gets underway.

With Microsoft having been thoroughly defeated by archrivals Apple and Google in the computing industry, on Wednesday, the formerly cool Redmond giant removed any and all upgrade paths on all Windows devices.

What that means is if you are rocking any pre-2015 Lumia or the 2016 alcatel Fierce XL, support for your phone, now stuck on the Anniversary Update that was released on August 2, 2016, will end on October 30, which is the last Tuesday in October.

After October 30, only seven Windows phones used in the US will still be supported.

Support for the Microsoft Lumia 640, Microsoft Lumia 640 XL and the Microsoft Lumia 735 will tentatively end on June 29, 2019 as those phones are now stuck on the Creators Update.

On June 30, 2019, only four Windows phones used in the US will still be supported.

Support for those four phones – the Microsoft Lumia 950, Microsoft Lumia 950 XL, alcatel Idol 4s and the HP Elite x3 – will end when the ball drops on Times Square to ring in 2020. Those phones are on the feature_2, which is the latest OS update from Microsoft.

Support for all three of Acer’s Windows 10 phones – the Liquid Jade Primo, Liquid M320 and Liquid M330 – ended on January 9. Support for the Coship Moly X1 and Coship Moly W5 also ended on January 9.

HP Elite x3 Review

The most important Windows 10 device in the history of the operating system is also a good one. Read the rest of this entry »

Have a Windows Device? DO NOT install the latest update!

Redmond, Wash. — Today, Microsoft released a build that will brick your computer and phone.

The build is known as 16212 and it is known to cause all computers and phones running the Windows operating system to get stuck in a boot loop and brick.

Dona Sarkar, the chief of the Windows Insider program, issued this tweet:

Here’s how to suspend the downloads of new builds for Windows 10 Mobile.

  1. Open Settings
  2. Go to Update & security
  3. Choose Windows Insider Program at the bottom
  4. Pick Stop Insider Preview Builds
  5. From the menu select Pause updates for a bit
  6. Under the Pause area toggle the switch to On

Unfortunately, once the download begins, the only surefire way to stop it is by turning Airplane Mode on your phone, disconnecting you and your device from the internet on data AND Wi-Fi.

If you have a MacBook, like we do at Aiken Area Progressive, take solace in the fact that it is one less thing you have to worry about (since your PC does not run Windows), unless you have multiple Windows 10 Phones like yours truly does.

h/t Windows Central

MyTube is free – but only for the Windows 10 Phone users and only until Friday

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If you are among the 2% of Americans – and 1% of global people – who have a Windows 10 Phone, here is some good news if you are looking for a YouTube client app.

Ryken Studio, the creators of the third-party app MyTube, is very appreciative of the Windows 10 Phone users, no matter how small the userbase is. To show their appreciation, the app, which usually costs 99¢ in the Windows Store, will be free until Friday afternoon EDT.

To get the app on your phone, click on this below.

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Two more apps to be removed from all three mobile OS platforms

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This past year has been a bad one for the mobile phone industry as several high profile apps such as Vine have been removed from the Windows Store, App Store and Google Play.

Now, you can add two more apps to that list.

On Monday, SongArc announced that it was removing its app from all three mobile platform stores very soon in an announcement on Facebook. Read the rest of this entry »

T-Mobile de-lists the Alcatel Idol 4s from online store

 

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Bellevue, Wash. — Just a few minutes ago, Aiken Area Progressive learned that T-Mobile removed the listing for the Alcatel Idol 4s from their store.

No reason has been given for the removal of the device, but it was the highest rated phone the network has ever sold, with a rating of 4.7 stars out of 5.

We will get in touch with T-Mobile soon to find out why the Idol 4s listing was removed. The device was sold starting on Veterans Day 2016.

In the meantime, you can contact your local T-Mobile stores to see if they still have any in stock.

In Aiken:

Whiskey Road: 803-644-5592

In Augusta, Ga.:

Wrightsboro Road: 706-667-9994
2825 Washington Road: 706-736-4126
3836 Washington Road: 706-504-4670
210 Robert C Daniel Pkwy: 706-737-3939
253 Robert C Daniel Pkwy: 706-729-6621

In Evans, Ga.:

Washington Road: 706-868-0400

In Orangeburg:

Chestnut St: 803-305-0297

 

Windows Vista, the best Windows desktop operating system, dies tonight

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Redmond, Wash. — This day would inevitably come.

Today is the last day Windows Vista will be supported. After 23:59:00 tonight, Microsoft will execute Vista by lethal injection.

Once midnight gets here, people who are on Windows Vista will no longer be protected from Trojans, viruses, malware, rootkits or any other vulnerability.

Yes, Windows Vista still is the best Windows desktop operating system (and only Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile are better Windows operating systems than Vista). Unfortunately, in the business world, even the best retires or dies.

Michael Jordan, the best in the NBA, retired a decade or so ago.

Dale Earnhardt Senior, considered the best in NASCAR, died in 2001.

Now, Windows Vista, one of the best operating systems computing has to offer, will join them.

Rest in peace, Vista.

Groove Music update brings new features

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Redmond, Wash. – Microsoft updated Groove Music on Tuesday evening.

It brings new features, such as the one above where Songs, Artists and Albums are now aligned under My Music.

It also changed “Your Groove” to “Recommended”.

However, this feature is not available everywhere. In some second- and third-world markets, this feature is not available. It is also not available on the Mac, IOS or Android apps.

Feel free to download the app.

Groove Music

RIP Society: Microsoft shamefully decides to sell Android phones, making themselves the embarrassment of the tech world

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Redmond, Wash. — Microsoft has officially become the biggest worldwide embarrassment in the tech world.

That’s because they have announced that they will be selling Android phones for the first time since 2013, when they sold Nokia’s X line worldwide.

The phones are Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, the first Samsung phones since the Note 7 catastrophe, per Neowin.

And what’s worse? GSMArena reports, a lot. It’s so bad that these “Microsoft Edition” phones will set the record for bloat.

But what if we told you that there’s a special edition Galaxy S8 out there that has no less than three assistants built-in, all eagerly anticipating your commands? This isn’t a dream, it’s reality. It’s called Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition, and you can pre-order one from Microsoft’s brick-and-mortar stores in the US.

Yea. Microsoft may as well start selling Playstation 4s, Nintendo Switches, MacBooks and Chromebooks, since all of these products are clearly superior to the Xbox and Windows PCs – and the Redmond giant is now selling phones with enemy software inside.

Facebook has yet to get rid of their sexist, gymnophobic policies, but they found time to remove older Windows and Android apps

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Menlo Park, Calif. — The arrogance and incompetence of Facebook continues to be glaringly obvious.

Since we helped Laura Bates and Everyday Sexism report on #FBrape on May 22, 2013, Facebook has done nada to combat misogyny and excessive violent content on their site. Nor have they done anything to adjust, or get rid of, their arbitrary policies of removing non-sexual nude content (including breastfeeding photos and videos) on any of their sites.

However, they somehow found time to tell users on Android 4.x or lower and Windows Phone 8.x that the Facebook and Messenger apps will be deleted and rendered useless after Friday. Read the rest of this entry »

Cellular PCs are a massive failure in the making

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Redmond, Wash. — When one person thinks of cellular, they think of a Windows phone or a small IPad or Android tablet.

When people think of a PC, they think of a MacBook or a Windows desktop product (desktop, laptop, notebook, netbook and/or tablet).

Now, Microsoft wants to make the Cellular PC a thing.

Big mistake. Read the rest of this entry »

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