iTunes Finally Available on the Microsoft Store for Windows 10

iTunes Finally Available on the Microsoft Store for Windows 10

Apple has finally released the iTunes app on the Microsoft Store, formerly the Windows Store app store. Microsoft, at its Build conference held last year, had announced plans to add iTunes to the Microsoft Store. While some Windows users were highly anticipating the debut of iTunes, Apple in December 2017 said that iTunes will not be available in the Microsoft Store that year.

The iTunes app on the Microsoft Store is similar to the regular iTunes, but now installation updates will be handled through the Microsoft Store updater rather than through Apple. Notably, the app will only run on Windows 10 PCs with either x86 or x64 architectures. The arrival of iTunes also ensures the software’s compatibility with Windows 10 S mode, a more secure version meant for schools and other establishments that runs apps downloaded only from the Windows Store. With the advent of the new education-focused Windows 10 S, developers are being encouraged to flock to the Windows Store to make their apps accessible there.

The app description on the Windows Store reads as, “iTunes is the easiest way to enjoy your favourite music, movies, TV shows, and more on your PC. iTunes is also home to Apple Music, where you can listen to millions of songs and your entire music library, online or off – all ad-free. Also, get new music first, radio in every music genre, handpicked playlists, and Beats 1 live or on demand.”

It is worth noting that installation of the latest version of iTunes will automatically replace the version you might have been using on your PC. It is better to back up your data before installing the update. Also, you will have to install the app on your internal hard drive, in case you were wondering whether you could install it on an external disk. Users need at least 476.7MB of disk space to install the new version of iTunes from the Microsoft Store.


Huawei P20 and P20 smartphones launched: All you need to know

Huawei has launched the P20 series, in Paris yesterday which includes three phones, the P20, P20 Pro and the Porsche Design Mate RS. While chances are slim for the Porsche Design Mate RS version to be available in India, we are hoping that the rest of the bunch make it to the Indian coast soon. And as it stands, the P20 line up has been of much hype in the tech community for some time now. These phones are the flagships that everyone has been waiting for.

March 2018 hasn’t ended completely and we have seen three or four, big phone launches already. Samsung has been working overtime to push its S9 series and the newly launched Note 9 series, Huawei with the P20 Pro, has hit a home run for this season, we think.

The P20 will be available in 2 colours i.e Graphite Black & Midnight Blue, and the P20 Pro will get two additional gradient colour versions called the Twilight and the Pink Gold. Out of the two phones, we are really excited about the Pro version. Why? Because it has three cameras. Correction, three Leica cameras built into the chassis.

But first lets look at the basics. In the box you get the phone, SIM ejector tool, Huawei supercharge 4.5amps power plug, USB type C cable, USB type C to 3.5mm audio jack convertor and type C earphones. The phones feature a glass back and prominent Leica branding on the back. On the front is a 18.7:9 ratio, 2244 x 1080 pixels (~ 408 ppi density) OLED screen which features a smaller “than iPhone X” notch. Just below the screen is a fingerprint sensor. At the bottom you get a time see convert airport and two girls, one micro phone and the other is the speaker. On the right hand side, you have a power button with a red line on it, like all Leica products, and volume rocker buttons. These buttons are very tactile. On the top, you get a noise cancellation microphone and an infrared blaster. And on the left hand side, is the hybrid dual SIM tray. The phone runs on an octa-core HiSilicon KIRIN 970 chipset, with four cores working at 2.4GHz and the other four cores running at 1.8Ghz. This device also gets the top of the line, MALI G72MP12 GP. This entire set up is powered up by a 4000 mAh battery in the P20 Pro. The P20 however, gets a 3400 mAh battery.

The star feature on the P20 Pro, is a three camera set up. Camera one is a 40 MP RGB f/1.8 sensor by Leica, the second camera is a dedicated monochrome 20 MP f/1.6 sensor. Both these sensors are housed in an iPhone like casing. The third camera is a 8 MP f/2.4 telephoto lens. All the rear cameras get AIS ( All Image Stabilisation, a mixture of optical and digital image stabilisation) and 5x zoom. The front camera is also a beast in itself, being a 24 MP selfie camera with all the latest bells and whistles in the camera application. Needless to say, this makes the device 4K video ready and how?

Taking into consideration, both software and hardware upgrades in terms of camera, the powerful sensors and the smart UI, this phone , in our opinion has come the closest to pixel in terms of AI functionalities.

And I just couldn’t “not talk about” the Porsche Design Mate RS version of the P20 Pro. First have a look.

I like the rear layout of the RS better. The RS version gets a bigger screen, because the fingerprint scanner has been moved to the back panel. And the Leica sensors are just yum. The RS will be launched in two colours, Graphite Black and Lava Red. the phone comes with Aerospace Cooling technology, making it a more efficient phone in terms of power consumption. Additionally, the Mate RS packs Dual SLS speakers with super linear sound and Dolby Atmos systems.

The Huawei P20 will probably be priced at ~ INR.52000, whereas the P20 Pro will cost ~ INR. 72,000. Huawei has revealed that all three phones will be available globally, however, in India, the ‘how’ and ‘where’ are yet to be confirmed. This is yet another “watch out for” smartphone of 2018.


Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leaked info: All we know so far

Exciting times for Samsung. They are barely out of the “New phone/s in the market” mode with the successful global launch of S9 & S9+. So much so, even the standard ad cycles are not yet complete. And Bam! There is talk of the newest phone in their line-up already making headlines – it’s the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. It’s true that Samsung have announced the Galaxy Note 9 last week, but they did this in haste. This was partly because of poor business projection for the S9 and partly because they just couldn’t keep the stuff happening at Note 9 front under wraps. From filing for trademarks in Columbia (of all places) to testing two different firmwares globally, Samsung, at first, sure did not want broadcast this news initially. But in a matter of weeks, it took a U-turn on its strategy and made the launch news public.


Pundits say this is unprecedented for Samsung, because usually, as seen in the past, Samsung announces a Galaxy launch somewhere around August and starts shipping in the third quarter. And this is why, this time around it’s a bigger deal. Two flagship phones being launched so close to one another. Let’s make sense of all this, from a business stand point, as there are quite a few discussions to be made in this regard.

First, Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh announced that “bold reinvention” would be the core of this new device. But since Samsung has already made the radical innovation in the optics department of the S9 models, and with the Galaxy Note 9, there are concerns over chipset performance and power consumption, there is little room for the “bold reinvention” that Samsung has talked about.

Secondly, Samsung has in the past, timed its Galaxy Note launches to overlap with Apple’s annual iPhone upgrades, but this time around, with the Galaxy Note 9 already announced, this gives Samsung an extra month or so to capitalise on capturing as much market real estate as it can, before Apple announces its iPhone X SE later this year. And if in case, Samsung can’t straighten out the creases from the Note 9, its biggest hope for success would base on the price competitiveness with the that of the iPhone X SE.

About the battery, the prediction is, the battery stagnation seen on the S9 models, might carry over to the Note 9 as well. If true, that is bad news overall. Thirdly, since there is a real chance of Note 9 also suffering the same fate as the S9 and S9+, being called an unexciting upgrade to the existing model, Samsung needs to ensure that the consumers have absolute incentive to buy the Note 9.

Talking about incentives, the new glass in the S9 models still have room for improvement. As good rear cameras as they have on the S9 models, the front camera can be the problem child. Going by the premise, of Samsung using the same 8 MP front facing camera, as the one featured on the S9 models, there are two problems. One, that camera is a year old and it debuted on the S8 models and second, there would be no portrait mode on the selfie cam, because Samsung still relies on dual camera set up for “portrait mode”. Hopefully though, Samsung will improve the front camera on the Note 9.

Also, with the VIVO X20 Plus already featuring the fingerprint sensor integrated into its display, Samsung will have to up their game with this technology, since they have already lost their edge with being the first mobile phone brand to do that. They can still take the “first mass-market smartphone with UD fingerprint scanner” tag, but it will have to be smooth and fast as heck.

From a design perspective, Samsung Note 9 might feature a 95% screen display with the highest pixel density on the market, it will have to deliver on “every feature to be the best there is” otherwise, its a cold wet uphill climb for Samsung this year. With Apple being almost certain to bring out the X SE this year, Samsung cant just “wing it” and rely on the hardcore Galaxy Note fans to run this model successfully. Whatever the case maybe, I am more excited about the Note 9 than I was for the S9 models.

P.S.: Samsung really has to get its house in order when it comes to keeping developmental news under wraps and properly announcing their new phones. The S9 models announcement was no surprise, and this Note 9 announcement was as if the entire company had a panic attack. Is there a pattern developing? What happened to the good old days of “pomp and show”?


Windows 10 – Latest update will start big rollout TOMORROW, here are seven hidden features

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Windows 10 – April 2018 update starts rolling out automatically on Tuesday May 8

Windows 10 fans from tomorrow will be automatically prompted to upgrade to the April 2018 update.

The latest Microsoft patch officially launched last week, but PC users had to manually upgrade to download it.

But from May 8 Windows 10 users around the world will receive automatic notifications to upgrade.

The Windows 10 April 2018 update is the OS’s first major patch of 2018, with another big download due out later this year.

In a blog post, Microsoft explained how Windows 10 users will be able to update to the latest version tomorrow.

The Redmond-based tech giant said: “You don’t have to do anything to get the update; it will roll out automatically to you through Windows Update if you’ve chosen to have updates installed automatically on your device.

“Once the download is complete and the update is ready to install, we’ll notify you, so you can pick the right time to finish the installation and reboot, so the update does not disrupt you.”

So, if you’re thinking of hitting that install button on Tuesday then here’s some of the new features arriving in Windows 10.

Windows 10 April 2018 update


Microsoft wants to make it more simple for its Windows 10 users to find the things they’ve been working on.

That’s why they are introducing something called Timeline.

This feature allows users to go back in time up to 30 days to find their files.

It even works across multiple platforms so you can search for things you’ve been working on when using a phone, tablet or laptop.

Here’s what you should do after a Windows 10 upgrade


The Windows 10 April 2018 update will make it easier to share websites, photos or documents with nearby devices that are also running Microsoft’s flagship OS.

The nearby sharing feature works over Bluetooth and is similar to Apple’s AirDrop.

It lets user share with colleagues or friends nearby and is quicker than e-mailing over a file.

Nearby sharing is disabled by default, and you can only set it to receive files from everyone nearby or your own devices.


With the latest Windows 10 update Microsoft is adding a quick and simple way to pair with Bluetooth accessories.

Windows 10 will now create a notification for you to quickly connect to a Bluetooth device and pair with it.

When a new Bluetooth device is found a notification will pop up and you simply need to hit connect to pair with it.


If your fingers are feeling the strain then the new Windows 10 April update will help.

Microsoft is improving its dictation experience with users now able to interact more accurately with their PCs via speech.

The firm says it will now be easier than ever to take a note or write a paper, with just your voice.

With your cursor in any text field either in Windows 10 or in an app, simply press Win+H and start talking.


Windows 10 – The April 2018 update is being rolled out automatically


Google Chrome continues to lead the way when it comes to internet browsers but Microsoft is still working hard to make sure its Edge browser keeps up with the competition.

A new update to this software is adding a range of features to help users surf the web more easily and with less interruptions.

Once updated, Edge adds a new audio icon to mute and unmute a tab that is playing sound.

Books, PDFs and Reading View pages can go full-screen for a distraction-free reading experience and shopping online now gets easier as your address, payment and other information can be securely saved with the option to autofill on web payment forms.

There’s also a nice feature when printing from the web with a new option to print with a cleaner and clutter-free format.


Timeline is one of the big new features in the Windows 10 April 2018 update


Microsoft is aware that we’re all getting distracted by emails, messages and the endless barrage of social media notifications.

In the April update, Windows 10 adds something called Focus Assist which is aimed at disabling these digital distractions.

Users can either switch on Focus Assist when they feel the need or have it enabled automatically at certain times of the day.

When you’re finishing with your work or important assignments, you’ll then receive a full summary of what you missed while you were in Focus mode.

And don’t panic about missing an important message as Microsoft says users can set specific contacts to break through the block.

Microsoft CEO hinted it could be ‘ultimate mobile device’


The Windows 10 April 2018 update will also include gaming updates.

Users will now be able to customise graphics performances per game, which will let users set games to high performance or power saving.

The Xbox game bar is also getting a new lick of paint, with the update bringing either a black or white theme to it.


Confirmed: iPhones, iPads Have A Serious New Problem

I’ve spoken in detail about Apple AAPL +1.28%’s “massive” iPhone plans, but right now the company’s biggest concerns are the serious stability issues in iOS 11 (1,2,3,4,5) and iPhone hardware problems. So this is the last thing Apple needs…

An investigation by popular YouTuber EverythingAppleProand expanded upon by 9to5Mac, has revealed every iPhone, iPad and Mac can be broken just by receiving a specific text. The text disables iMessage before spreading more widely into iOS, MacOS and their apps. What’s more, there’s nothing some devices can do to prevent or fix this.


Apple’s current range: iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are all impacted

Called the ‘Black Dot’ bug, it uses a black dot emoji (not replicated here for obvious reasons) to hide thousands of invisible Unicode characters within it. As 9to5Mac explains:

“[T]he sheer number of invisible characters just causes the text processing engine to spin near indefinitely on processing the string, which then ultimately locks up the wider OS and apps.”

Testing the bug on MacOS, 9to5Mac found their Mac’s memory usage spiralled out of control, creating a massive 30GB swap file in the process. WatchOS and tvOS are also expected to be vulnerable.

Once infected, closing iMessage or restarting your device won’t help. The only workaround on the device itself is for iPhones with 3D Touch: hard press on the iMessage app to jump directly to creating a new message, cancel that to return to your list of messages then delete the Black Dot message.


The Black Dot bug looks like this

But obviously not all iPhones have 3D Touch and no iPads do. Furthermore, Apple is widely expected to cancel 3D Touch which could leave more devices open to such an attack in future. As such the only other workaround is to load iMessage on another Apple device (if you have one) and delete the message from there, which will free your iPhone or iPad.

Interestingly, the Black Dot bug can affect Android too if it is sent to WhatsApp, but the impact is minimal. A user simply closes the app and the problem is gone.

Right now no Apple device user is safe from the Black Dot bug. It has been tested to work on every version of iOS, including the latest beta of iOS 11.4. But given how serious this is, I fully expect Apple to implement a patch in iOS 11.4 or even rush out iOS 11.3.2 as a dedicated fix (it has a lot to do).

Until then iPhone, iPad, Mac and (it looks like) Apple TV and Watch owners are sitting ducks…