Microsoft: Windows 10 version 2004 Feature Update is now available for (nearly) everyone

Microsoft has changed the status of both Windows 10 version 2004 and version 1909, marking them as being ready for “broad deployment”. In the case of Windows 10 version 1909 (or Windows 10 November 2019 Update), the company says it is “designated ready for broad deployment for all users via Windows Update”. For Windows 10 version 2004 (aka Windows 10 May 2020 Update), however, the status has been updated to indicate that it is merely “designated for broad deployment”. And there is a reason for the difference between the two. See also: Quick! Upgrade to Windows 10 for free in… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2021/02/05/microsoft-windows-10-2004-broad-deployment/

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Ubuntu-based Linux Mint 20.1 ‘Ulyssa’ is here with Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce

It’s a new year (thank goodness), and for 2021, I am happy to say we already have a new version of Linux Mint. Yes, folks, you can now download Linux Mint 20.1. Called “Ulyssa,” it is available with your choice of three desktop environments — Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce. Linux Mint 20.1 is based on the rock-solid Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and Linux kernel 5.4. It will be supported until 2025 and comes with an all-new unified filesystem layout. For the desktop environments, Xfce is at version 4.14, MATE is at 1.24, and Cinnamon is 4.6. What’s particularly cool about Linux… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2021/01/08/ubuntu-linux-mint-201-ulyssa-2/

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Linux 5.10 LTS is here as a significant kernel update

Linus Torvalds has official announced the availability of version 5.10 of the Linux kernel. This release is significant not only because of the number of new features and fixes it includes, but also because it is a Long-Term Support (LTS) release that will enjoy five years of maintenance. In his release notes for Linux 5.10, Torvalds also calls upon developers working on version 5.11 to submit changes in plenty of time for Christmas. See also: Developers manage to run Windows 10 and Linux on M1 Macs Mageia 8 Beta 2 Linux distro now available with KDE Plasma, GNOME, and Xfce… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2020/12/14/linux-5-10-lts-released/

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Microsoft 365’s ‘Productivity Score’ raises serious privacy concerns

Microsoft has attracted the attention of privacy campaigners over the Productivity Score feature of Microsoft 365. The tool uses telemetry to enable employers to track the activities and performance of workers. The analytics tool has been criticized for being a serious invasion of privacy, as it gives employers the ability to closely monitor individuals. One data privacy researcher describes it as “turn[ing] Microsoft 365 into a full-fledged workplace surveillance tool”. Productivity Score assigns a score out of 800 to employees, and reports details such as how much time has been spent using different tools such as Word, Microsoft Teams or… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2020/11/27/microsoft-365s-productivity-score-privacy-concerns/

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Ubuntu Linux 20.10 ‘Groovy Gorilla’ is here with renewed Raspberry Pi focus

There are many Linux-based desktop operating systems these days. Some of them are great, while others range from mediocre to downright bad and unnecessary. When a new version of a Linux distro comes out, the Linux community takes notice, but largely, the world doesn’t pay it any mind. That is, of course, unless it is Ubuntu. Yes, Canonical’s Ubuntu is undoubtedly the most well-known desktop Linux-based operating system, and when a new version becomes available, it is a very big deal — even in the mainstream. This is despite that there is no real surprise in each release announcement –… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2020/10/22/ubuntu-linux-2010-groovy-gorilla-2/

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Microsoft releases PowerToys v0.23.0 with promise of new Video Conference utility

It’s been around a month since Microsoft last updated PowerToys for Windows 10, so it’s nice to be able to report that a new version has finally been pushed out. PowerToys v0.23.0 is a release that focuses on “stability, localization and quality of life improvements”, and there are numerous fixes to the various the utilities that make up the suite. Unfortunately, there are no new tools in this version, but Microsoft has given an update about the upcoming Video Conference utility. See also: Microsoft resolves issue that wiped out many of its services Microsoft issues warning about actively exploited Zerologon… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2020/10/01/microsoft-releases-powertoys-v0-23-0-new-video-conference-utility/

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Fedora 33 Beta Linux distro with GNOME 3.38 now available for PC and Raspberry Pi

Fedora 33 Beta was scheduled to be released during September, and on the eve of the final day of that month, the pre-release operating system is finally here! Yes, if you love Fedora and want to give an early version of 33 a try, today is your lucky day. As you can imagine, Fedora 33 Beta comes with the excellent GNOME 3.38, which was only released a couple of weeks ago. The biggest change, however, is BTRFS being made the default filesystem — ext4 is no longer the standard. Wow. Also significant? The new default editor is nano. “Fedora 33… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2020/09/29/fedora-linux-33-beta-gnome/

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QR code use grows in popularity but poses hidden risks

The use of QR codes has risen during the pandemic as they offer a perfect solution to contactless interaction. But many employees are also using their mobile devices to scan QR codes for personal use, putting themselves and enterprise resources at risk. A new study from security platform MobileIron shows that 84 percent of people have scanned a QR code before, with 32 percent having done so in the past week and 26 percent in the past month. In the last six months, 38 percent of respondents say they have scanned a QR code at a restaurant, bar or café,… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2020/09/15/qr-code-popularity-risks/

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Why you need to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro and how to do it on the cheap!

By making Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro, Microsoft gave people a choice of operating system, but also caused some confusion. Just what is the difference between the two, and is it worth upgrading to Pro if your computer came with the Home edition installed? Well the answer to the second question is a resounding yes! This is definitely a worthwhile upgrade — and to show you why, we’re going to highlight all of the extra features and options Pro includes. If you decide that you do want to upgrade to Windows 10 Professional, we have a special offer… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2020/08/17/why-you-need-windows-10-pro-cheap-license-upgrade/

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