• Stuclark

    Builds are coming thick and fast this week, but the actual "jumps" in build ID are slowing... this can only mean one thing (that's that we're getting close to a release candidate build)... Microsoft duly presents Windows Insider Preview build 15060

    The full release notes are here, but to summarise, this build is about more bug fixes ... not an awful lot this time round (only 7 listed, of which only 1 could be described as a major "issue", and even then it was easy to mitigate), and um... that's about it.
     
    There's 6 outstanding "known issues" with this build, which is actually the same as the last build, because Microsoft have gone and added 3 new issues to counter the one's they've fixed, but overall, I'd say this build is pretty good (as have been the last couple, actually).
     
    It can't be long now... Spring is (almost, definitely) upon us soon..

  • Stuclark

    Hot on the heals of 15055, late yesterday Microsoft released Windows 10 insider build 15058 to the fast ring.

    Sometimes, Microsoft like to keep us on our toes; this has been the case with the latest build, 15058, which comes only a few days after 15055 (and only 3 builds newer; that has to tell us something...)
    Full release notes are hosted here, as is usual, but for those who don't want to fall asleep reading them, the highlights are a few regression fixes; anothe bunch of updates for Edge, and that the build identifier has disappeared once again. This, coupled with being only 3 builds newer than 15055, indicate Microsoft are focusing on polishing Windows for the release of th Creators Update.

  • Stuclark

    Last Friday, Microsoft released build 15055 to insiders in the fast ring. Once again, this build is mostly about bug fixes in the run in to releasing the Creators Update later this spring.

    As such, there aren't a great number of new features or things to get overly excited about; however one thing which is interesting in this build is that not only is the build identifier back, but ... it's been changed. It no longer says "Insider Preview" but rather just "Windows 10 ..." - that's a sure sign Microsoft feel they're getting close (yes, I know I said that on the one build where the build identifier was missing, but hey ho).

    As usual, the full release notes are available here.

  • Stuclark

    Microsoft yesterday released *yet-another* Windows 10 build, number 15048.

    It's becoming quite hard to keep up with all these releases, which can mean only one thing - the Creators Update can't be far away!
    This build is mostly bug fixes again, but there is one interesting thing to report in this build ... the build tag is back on the desktop. It's been absent in the last two builds, but is showing up in this one... I'm not quite sure that we can take anything from that, other than maybe this build has not gone through the same release candidate testing or production process as the previous two.
    As usual, the release notes are here.

  • Stuclark

    Yesterday evening, Microsoft pushed Windows 10 build 15046 into the wild. This is the second of the almost-release-candidate builds for the upcoming Creators Update version of Windows 10.

    As usual, most of the changes revolve around Edge, but this time they're bug fixes rather than changes; and infact most of the release notes are taken up with bug fixes rather than new features.
    One notable new feature though is that it is now possible to restrict application installation , with three new options of "install from anywhere"; "warn before installing apps from outside the store" and "install apps only from the store". These settings might be useful to admins in large organisations, (but generally in that case they'd actually need another "do not allow random store apps" option) but I can't see how most home users are going to give a fig about this option - there's simply not enough fully fledged apps in the store to make it viable to be the only installation choice yet.

     

  • Stuclark

    Nokia (or at least HMD) have released the Nokia 3310 at MWC2017. It's not quite the same phone as we all remember from the late '90s, so what exactly is this handset?

    This phone a blatent re-boot of the original 3310, playing on our nostalgia for the previous almost-indestructable handset.
    This time round, the phone gets a colour screen, Bluetooth, MicroSD slot, 2MP camera, micro-USB charging and a headphone socket. There's no GPS, 4G / LTE, NFC or anythig else special, but at a Euro 49 price point, you can't ask for much more. You do get 2.5G browsing on the built-in Opera web browser, but forget about email, facebook, twitter etc.
    The design has had a bit of an update, including a slightly curved screen and some lucious looking smooth plastics. Oh, and there's a new version of Snake! The phone will be available world-wide in Q2 this year.


  • Stuclark

    LG G6 launched

    By Stuclark, in News,

    LG have finally launched the much-leaked G6 at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. This handset has been subject to many leaks and teasers; indeed LG have virtually shown us the entire handset in a number of official teaser videos. So which of the rumoured specs are true, and which anticipated features didn't make it in to the final decive?

    The official specs are:
    Format: Candybar; non-modular aluminium sides & glass front & back construction Screen: 5.7" "FullVision" 18:9 QHD+ 2880x1440 564dpi Size: 148.9mm long x 71.9mm wide x 7.9mm deep Weight: 163g Battery: 3300 mAh (non-removable) Processor: Qualcomm SnapDragon 821 Cameras (main): Dual 13MP cameras (Wide angle: F2.4, 125 degree) (standard angle: F1.8, 71 degree) , supporting HDR10, SnapDragon processor assisted zoom, IOS 2.0 Camera (front): 5MP wide angle (F2.2, 100 degree) RAM: 4GB Storage: 32GB UFS2.0 internal storage, plus MicroSD slot Conectivity: 3G, 4G, LTE (600Mb download), WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth, USB 3.1 Android version: Nougat 7.0. Google Assistant included, which works even with the screen off (exclusive to the G6) Colour: 3 distinct colours, "signifying nature" - Ice Platinum; Mystic White & Astro Black Fingerprint sensor / power button: Rear, under the camera (as has been the style since the G2) Sound: DolbyVision Support built in, quad-DAC system as found in the V20 Games: $200 of Google Play in-game credit for 6 games in the "G6 Game Collection" Interface: LG UX6 - designed specifically to make use f the 18:9 screen, with two square (9:9) windows side by side, for example in the camera app as well as more obvious things like calendar Cooling: Heat pipes nestled inside the phone help to cool the processor Waterproofing: IP68 dust and waterproofing Charging: Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0
     











  • Stuclark

    After a week without any builds, Microsoft on Friday released Windows 10 Insider Build 15042. This build focusses more on stability than have previous builds, and indicates we're getting close(r) to the public release of the "Creators Update".

    While the changes in this build might not at first seem too exciting, there's a few things which can be gleaned from the release notes. Firstly, a few of the "annoyance" bugs which have been hanging around for the last few builds (such as Windows incorrectly saying "some settings are managed by your organisation" have been fixed, and clearly much work has gone into "polishing" this build.
    Also notable by it's absense is the build identifier string on the desktop. This comes and goes on different builds in the Insider Program, but usually it only "goes" when Microsoft start testing builds as release candidates for a major public release. In other words, the fact that it has disappeared after having been on every build since the RS_1 release, means MS must be getting close to the RS_2 release.
    Other changes this week include the usual raft of Edge updates, plus a few fixes for Game Bar. I guess those only really matter to you if you make use of those programs or featuers.

  • Stuclark

    Microsoft have admitted that there won't be any more Windows 10 Insider builds this week, or presumably over the weekend.

    It's not unheard of for Microsoft to miss a build release date; it happened lots of times before the Anniversary update, but in the RS_2 (Redstone 2) cycle this is the first time we've not had at least one new build each week. Here's Donna Sakar's tweet confirming the lack of builds.