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The next major update from Microsoft is really a service pack



Microsoft has finally told us what's up with the next Windows update codenamed 19H2. And it seems that the update will be relatively minor, more of a service pack than anything else. New features may even be disabled by default.

Microsoft has made an unusual move following the release of the May 1

0, 2019, Windows Update, previously known as 19H1. It skipped the usual next update (19H2) and brought the Windows Insider testers directly to Windows 10 20H1, the next year's update.

That left everyone in the dark, what was going on with 19H2 (usually an October update). The usual sequence was to test the update "xxH2" shortly after the release of xxH1 and then complete the update in September of each year. The goal is a release in October (except for problems). So it was surprising to bring Windows Insider Tester past the update.

Now Microsoft explains what the plan is. The company released the first 19H2 update for Windows Insiders on the Slow Ring. In a blog post, Microsoft said that 19H2 "would contain a number of features for selected performance improvements, enterprise features, and quality enhancements."

The company further states that even the release of this update will be different. It behaves more like a cumulative update than a big feature update. All in all, 19H2 seems to be more of a service pack for the May 2019 update than the late-year feature update we've seen in the past. What we do not know is whether this will be the new norm. [The Verge]

CONNECTION: Microsoft still does not test Windows 10 updates from next October

In other news:

  • A Chinese smarthome platform actively gives passwords Price: SmartMate, a SmartHome management platform, misconfigured and made publicly available a back-end server two weeks ago. The server contains IP addresses, user names, passwords, and even password reset information. And while the passwords are hashed with MD5, they are not salted. This means that password encryption is easy to crack. Bad shape everywhere. [ZDNet]
  • Pricing for PlayStation Vue live streams is rising: PlayStation Vue is a terribly named live TV streaming service from Sony, much like SlingTV (and no game service, as the name implies). The company announced yesterday that it will raise all of its prices by $ 5, which means its cheapest plan is now $ 50 a month and the most expensive plan will pay you back $ 85 a month. Boy, that's so much better than dropping cables, right? [TechCrunch]
  • Samsung's "Unpacked Event" is slated for August 7: Samsung is inviting a launch event called "Unpacked." The invitations are heavily marked with a black pen, suggesting that we will hear of the next Galaxy Note. Hopefully this phone will not work … [CNET]
  • The abilities of Amazon Alexa will soon work together: Currently, if you want to switch from one Alexa ability to another (say booking a movie for a cinema is a skill for one) Restaurant reservation leads). You must explicitly request the new skill and repeat information (times, location, etc.). Amazon's new feature for skill-connectivity aims to solve this problem by collaborating on some skills and sharing information. Sounds useful. [TechRadar]
  • Windows Phone 8 no longer updates apps: If you're still using Windows Phone 8 or Windows Phone 8.1, you should really stop using it. As of today, Microsoft will not transfer app updates to these two mobile operating systems. Any updates that Windows Phone developers publish to their apps will only be transferred to Windows 10 Mobile. [Windows Central]
  • Google seems to have cut Pixel C of updates: Google only guarantees 18 months of pixel device updates, and apparently the Pixel C tablet has reached that mark. 9to5Google points out that the Pixel missed the last round of updates, and the 2015 release is the right time frame for a cutoff. You could try moving your tablet to LineageOS, but this is not the case with updates. [9to5Google]
  • Ryuk Malware continues its terror and ransom rule: The Judicial Council and the Georgia Administrative Bureau are the latest victims of a long line of Ryuk malware. The infection encrypted critical data and the court's website apparently went offline. Representatives of Emisoft, an antivirus company, say they can decrypt computers infected with Ryuk about three to five times. It's a long shot, but it might be worth trying, rather than paying the offender's ransom, which would encourage him to keep going. [Ars Technica]

A solar eclipse is coming, but unless you happen to live in Chile or Argentina, you probably can not see the total eclipse in person.

That's fine, NASA has covered you with the next best thing. The space agency will broadcast the solar eclipse live today. You can choose from three different streams, one without audio, one with comments in English and one in Spanish. The streams start at 3:00 pm Eastern Time (7:00 pm UTC). The comment starts one hour after the stream starts.

The benefit of livestreaming is that you do not forget to wear eclipse goggles and look straight into the moonlit sun and go blind. Despite the many warnings, people take this risk in almost every eclipse and suffer the consequences. If you are in person, wear eclipse sunglasses and enjoy the eclipse safely. [Engadget]


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