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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

Could Facebook be finally near with updates allowing audio calls and video calls on their Messenger app?

Menlo Park, Calif. — After being slagged by the Windows 10 users for months for blatantly neglecting the platform, Facebook could be finally on their way to allowing audio calls and voice calls on their Windows 10 Messenger and Messenger beta apps.

Recently, on the r/windowsphone subreddit, a user named amosterous noted that the icons to call and video call are now appearing in the app. Read the rest of this entry »

This Week in Tech: T-Mobile outs the Alcatel Idol 4s & Apple unveils new MacBooks

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Bellevue, Wash. — T-Mobile jumped the gun on Wednesday.

Big Pink outed the Alcatel Idol 4s with Windows 10, the superphone that many talked about Alcatel working on since January.

The phone showed up briefly on T-Mobile’s web page during the early afternoon, before the company took the page down. Read the rest of this entry »

Twitter to pull its Vine app by April 28, 2017

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San Francisco — Twitter is pulling the plug on Vine and as a result, its app will also be removed.

The Vine app was launched in 2013 on IOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone 8.x. They since pulled the app from Blackberry after the software maker orphaned their Blackberry OS in 2015.

Now, the app will be removed from the Windows Store soon. And you are thinking that switching to IOS and Android will help you keep this app. Wrong. The apps in the App Store and Google Play will also be pulled from their stores simultaneously with the Windows Mobile app.

Twitter writes in the Medium:

Since 2013, millions of people have turned to Vine to laugh at loops and see creativity unfold. Today, we are sharing the news that in the coming months we’ll be discontinuing the mobile app.

Nothing is happening to the apps, website or your Vines today. We value you, your Vines, and are going to do this the right way. You’ll be able to access and download your Vines. We’ll be keeping the website online because we think it’s important to still be able to watch all the incredible Vines that have been made. You will be notified before we make any changes to the app or website.

This is the latest in a slew of problems Twitter has had ever since 2012.

  • In April 2012, Melissa Brewer received numerous death threats after she participated in a UniteWomen event around Washington, DC.
  • In the summer of 2013, Laura Bates, the founder of Everyday Sexism, was inundated with rape and death threats due to her work.
  • Starting in 2014, Julie DiCaro and Sarah Spain have been on the receiving end of violent threats from manbabies who hate women talking about sports.
  • On January 22, Renee Bracey Sherman received thousands of death threats after she talked about her abortion and how it saved her.
  • This past summer, Milo Yiannopoulos sent his tens of thousands of abusive Twitter users after actress Leslie Jones, an African-American woman, after she wrote about the all-women reboot of Ghostbusters.
  • Also, during the summer, a Twitter user threatened to rape and kill Jessica Valenti’s four-year-old daughter.
  • About a month ago, Glenn Reynolds threatened peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters who were legally protesting along Interstate 277 in Charlotte.

And to cap it all off, Twitter laid off 9% of its workforce, most of them were from Vine.

So, will you miss Vine on your phone? Leave a comment.

Medium

Windows Central

Instead of trying to fix issues with his app (and his TOS), Mark Zuckerberg is now requiring Windows 10 Phone users to have 2 GB of RAM to use his corporation’s apps

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Menlo Park, Calif. — Facebook has decided to create even more problems by punishing innocent Windows 10 Mobile users.

On Monday, MSPoweruser and WinBeta both posted something about Facebook beefing up its RAM requirements and only for Windows 10 Mobile users. Not desktop users. Not MacOS users. Not IOS users. Not Android users.

Windows 10 Mobile.

From WinBeta:

The new requirement doesn’t mean that phones with 1GB or 512MB of RAM won’t be able to install it. It just means that these phones aren’t officially supported, and there might be problems that may occur only on those devices. MSMobile was able to get the apps to install on a Microsoft Lumia 650, even though it has only 1GB of RAM, and WinBeta confirmed this by testing the same apps on the same device, as well as a Microsoft Lumia 640.

This may not seem like a big deal, but keep in mind that the Facebook and Messenger apps now are only officially supported on flagship devices like the HP Elite x3, Lumia 950, Acer Jade Primo and a few others. This might mean that low-end Lumia model user may never see a well working Facebook app on their phone moving forward.

There are only seven US phones running Windows 10 that Facebook support, if these changes are indeed true. They are as follows:

Acer Liquid Jade Primo
Alcatel Fierce XL
HP Elite x3
Microsoft Lumia 950
Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
Nokia Lumia 929 (Icon)
Nokia Lumia 1520

Out of those seven, the Fierce XL (with its cumbersome rear camera) is the cheapest of the phones (at $109.99 at T-Mobile), meaning that many Facebook users who do not have a lot of disposable income just got priced out by Mark Zuckerberg’s fuck up. Almost all Android phones, including the “low-end” devices, now cost $299.99-399.99. And the IPhone is even more expensive, costing between $449.99 and $999.99.

Windows 10, before they went to the enterprise-only route, was the OS of choice for people who wanted a smartphone but did not have a lot of income to burn.

Now, sadly, Facebook has declared Windows 10 Mobile as the problem, not themselves. And it is typical of a good ol’ boy Silicon Valley corporation.

This is not the first time Facebook has pointed the finger elsewhere instead of taking responsibility for the problems they create. In recent years, Facebook has suspended people (both men and women) for posting photos depicting non-sexual nudity (including breastfeeding), despite the fact that such photos are not against their terms of use. Facebook has also suspended African-Americans for confronting racism and hate speech on their social networking site. Additionally, Facebook has suspended drag queens, transgender people, sex workers and other marginalized groups of people for providing their actual preferred names.

WinBeta

Coship Moly X arrives in the States for $299.99

REDMOND, Wash. — Just when you thought Microsoft was finished in mobile, another ODM sets out to prove you wrong.

Coship, a Beijing ODM, released its Moly X mobile phone on Martin Luther King Day in the States.

The Moly X has a five and a half inch Full HD screen, a thirteen megapixel rear camera with a red-green dual LED flash, a five megapixel front facing camera, and a somewhat dated Snapdragon 410 mid range processor.

If you are on AT&T’s GoPhone plan, this phone plays nice on your network.

If you are on T-Mobile, however, there’s some bad news.

First, the phone doesn’t have Wi-Fi Calling. Second, it doesn’t have Voice on LTE (VoLTE). Finally, it probably doesn’t have Band 12 (the US radio specs are unknown).

Either way, this phone can be yours for $299.99 in the US, $320.99 in S.C., or $323.99 in Ky., Va. and N.Y.

Windows Central

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