What to Do If Your MacBook Pros Audio Is Going Bad

first_img Henry T. Casey, on Author Bio by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoForbes.comLebron’s Home Made This Forbes ListForbes.comUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisement Henry T. Casey, center_img Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he’s the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters. Out of the blue, my trusty MacBook Pro sounded a lot less sweet.It was pretty late at night, and I was cuing up another episode of the popular Binging with Babish YouTube cooking series, when the host’s deep, dulcet tones took on an unfamiliar, fuzzy tone. In shock, I kept trying to load other videos and songs, playing audio from all sorts of browsers and apps, and they all sounded terrible.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/macbook-pro-sound-distortion-help?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 I told myself it was too late, that I’d sleep on it and wake up to find that the problem had fixed itself. I was wrong.In the six-plus years I’ve had this laptop, I’d never heard audio issues like this. And so, I hunted for solutions online, because the first solution I found — keeping the volume below 75 percent — was not for me. I like my music loud.Solutions found onlineThe first trick I found was to reset the NVRAM and PRAM, which you do by booting the computer while holding down Command, Option, P and R, until you hear two chimes.But as those two chimes rang, each with the same distortion I’d heard before, I knew that wasn’t the right trick.The next suggestion had me sign on as a Guest user, to see if the issue was limited to a setting for the account. To do that, you restart your computer and select Guest when logging in. If Guest isn’t available, open System Preferences, click Users, click Login Options and enable guest login. Unfortunately, videos and songs sounded equally bad on the guest account.MORE: Apple MacBook Pro (2018) vs. Dell XPS 13: Face-Off!The final fix I found online suggested opening Terminal to run the command sudo killall coreaudiod, to discover if the issue was rooted in Apple’s Core Audio, a low-level API that manages sound. After I copied and pasted those three words into a new Terminal window, hit Return and typed in my password, the sound quality remained fuzzy.And while those solutions didn’t work, I provide them here in case any of them work for someone else.Last-ditch effortThen, I saw a suggestion to use the audio balance slider to find out which speaker was busted (if it was only one). To find that, open System Preferences, click Audio and then click Output.I then loaded up the musician DRAM’s “Broccoli” — a particularly bass-heavy track — and slid the Left-to-Right audio balance slider. I heard no distortion when the audio came only from the right side.Yes, using only one speaker means I have less sound coming from my laptop, and I don’t have stereo sound anymore. This is not a true fix; it’s just all that I’ve been able to do. I’ve reached out to Apple and will update this story if I get an answer.Now, I’ve got even more reason to get a new MacBook; and I’m hoping that the rumored Retina MacBook Air actually comes out, as I’m well out of warranty. Oh, and this doesn’t make me feel too confident about how many more months my MacBook Pro has left, so I’m making sure to back up my Mac.Update: I found a wayWe’ve got a happy ending, folks! When I took my MacBook Pro into a Genius Bar to get its battery replaced, the physical design of the laptop required the company to also replace most of the parts in the top of the notebook deck. That included the speakers, which fixed the audio problem. If you can’t fix an important issue in your Mac, check out our guide for how to reset a MacBook, before you sell it or give it away. Also, check out our guide for MacBook Pro 2019 rumors.Credit: Laptop MagBest Apple LaptopsThe Best iPhone X and iPhone 8 Carrier DealsTop Mac Gameslast_img read more

Dells Revamped Inspiron 13 Feels Like the Perfect College Laptop

first_imgDell’s reimagined Inspiron 13 5000 might just change your mind about the company’s mid-range laptops. Unveiled today at Computex, the new ultrabook feels like a major improvement over the uninspired Inspiron laptops we’ve reviewed in the past. Tg Dell Inspiron 13 5000Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?03:46 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/dell-inspiron-13-5000-price-specs?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0002:3202:32Your Recommended Playlist03:46MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?02:01Apple’s Mac & iPad Pro Event: 5 Things You Need To Know01:30Best & Worst Laptop Brands 201901:30How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel01:07How to Find Your MAC Address in Windows 1001:34How to Reset a Windows 10 PC01:32How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC into a Wireless Display关闭  The Inspiron 13 5000 will be available in two versions, with a new LTE-compatible model joining the ranks for true mobile computing.The Wi-Fi-only Inspiron 13 5000 will start at $579, while the LTE version will go for $729. These notebooks are already available in most markets and will be “coming soon” to the U.S., according to Dell.AdvertisementDell Inspiron 13 5000 price and specs RAMUp to 8GB Author Bio Phillip Tracy, Starting Price$579 (Wi-Fi); $729 (LTE) Dell Inspiron 13 5000 Size12.1 x 8.1 x 0.7 inches Ports HDMI, USB-C, USB 3.1 (Type-A), microSD card, headphone StorageUp to 512GB SSD Phillip Tracy, Display13.3 inches, 1080p non-touch (Wi-Fi)13.3-inches, 1080p touch (LTE) by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoForbes.comSerena Williams Definitely Made This Forbes ListForbes.comUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisement Phillip Tracy is a senior writer at Tom’s Guide and Laptop Mag, where he reviews laptops and covers the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News and NewBay Media. When he’s not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, listening to indie music or watching soccer. CPUUp to 8th Gen Intel Core i5 (Wi-Fi)Up to 8th Gen Intel Core i7 (LTE) The Dell Inspiron 13 5000 will start at $579 for the base Wi-Fi model, which comes with an Intel Core i5 CPU and 8GB of RAM. The LTE version starts at $729, and can be upgraded with up to an Intel Core i7 CPU and a 512GB SSD. Design and keyboard: Plastic meets metalThe new Inspiron 13 5000 made me forget about the plastic monstrosities we’ve come to associate with the Inspiron series. Dell smartly used a combination of plastic and metal elements to elevate the design of the Inspiron 13 5000. Finally, this mid-range laptop feels like a premium machine, if still a marked step down from the XPS 13.The “Iced Lilac” color variant, which has a subtle purple tone, in particular, looks great. And simple additions like diamond-cut edges around the touchpad and a fingerprint integrated into the power button go a long way.  MORE: Best Ultrabooks: Lightweight and Travel LaptopsThe Inspiron also has what Dell is calling a drop-hinge. Similar to Asus’ Ergolyft hinge, this mechanism lifts the back of the laptop off a table to improve air circulation and offer a more comfortable typing experience.Speaking of which, the backlit keyboard had a nice clickiness and the keys were large and easy to type on despite the laptop’s compact chassis.Dell had to make a few design changes to the broadband version to accommodate LTE antennas. Those adjustments ultimately make the pricier model feel less premium than the base edition. One major difference is that the non-LTE version has thin bezels around all four sides of the display whereas the LTE model has a slightly chunkier (but still narrow) top bezel.There are also some slight differences in the material Dell used for the two versions. The LTE model trades the standard Inspiron 13 5000’s metal lid for plastic to avoid wireless interference.As a result, the LTE version is also slightly heavier and larger, at 0.66 inches and 2.74 pounds, while the standard version is 0.59 inches thick and weighs 2.6 pounds.Display: Two different flavorsAnother difference between the two Inspiron 13 5000s is that the LTE model comes standard with a touch screen while the Wi-Fi edition is non-touch only.And while both versions have 13.3-inch, 1080p panels, the WWAN model’s is anti-glare (matte), while the other is glossy. I only got to briefly gaze at the glossy panel on the standard Inspiron 13 5000, but was generally pleased with its display quality. Colors popped and the screen seemed relatively bright.Performance: Fast CPUs, discrete GPUArmed with 8th Gen Intel Core i5 CPUs, up to 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of PCIe SSD storage, the Inspiron 13 5000 (WWAN version) should provide enough performance for everyday productivity.We typically recommend this configuration to a college student because it offers a good mix of performance and value. If you need a bit more power, the standard Inspiron 13 5000 can be configured with up to an Intel Core i7 CPU.Casual gamers can configure either model with a GeForce MX250 GPU.OutlookWith a sleek design, premium materials and optional LTE connectivity, the Inspiron 13 5000 is shaping up to be a major improvement over its predecessors. We’ll get a better idea of how this notebook performs when we get it in for review, but I’m impressed by what I’ve seen.Best Dell LaptopsDell XPS vs. Inspiron vs Latitude vs. Chromebook vs. PrecisionDell Laptops – Brand Review and Rating – Laptop Mag Weight2.6 pounds (Wi-Fi); 2.7 pounds (LTE)last_img read more

Better Than Prime Day 75 Off Lenovos New ThinkBooks

first_imgCan’t afford a ThinkPad? Meet the Lenovo ThinkBook — a new line of business laptops designed for ThinkPad fans on a budget.Available in 13- and 14-inch configurations, the new laptops are on sale for the first time. Even better — this is one sale you won’t find on Amazon Prime Day. (Amazon typically doesn’t offer deep discounts on business machines).Buy the ThinkBook 13s Laptop for $656.10 via coupon “SUMMER10” ($72 off)Buy the ThinkBook 14s Laptop for $674.10 via coupon “SUMMER10” ($75 off)Currently, you can get the new Lenovo ThinkBook 13s Laptop for $656.10 via coupon code “SUMMER10” direct from Lenovo. That’s $72 off its regular $729 price and the best price we could find for this ultrabook.It features a 13.3-inch 1080p IPS display, 1.6GHz Core i5-8265U quad-core CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. Connectivity-wise, it has a USB-C port, two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, an HDMI port, and a headphone/mic jack. Keep in mind that there’s no Thunderbolt 3 port, so you won’t be able to perform any ultra-fast file transfers or connect more than a single 4K monitor.We went hands-on with the ThinkBook 13s last month and were impressed by its thin bezel and slim, lightweight design. Both ThinkBooks are made of anodized aluminum and boast a slim chassis that’s reminiscent if the IdeaPad 530s. The ThinkBook 13s is just 3.1 pounds and 0.6 inches thick, with an approximate battery life of 11 hours. Meanwhile, the ThinkBook 14s weighs 3.3 pounds and is just as slim. AdvertisementIf you want a bigger display, Lenovo also offers the ThinkBook 14s Laptop for $674 via coupon “SUMMER10”. That’s $75 off its list price. The ThinkBook 14s is configured nearly the same as the 13s, the only difference is that it sports a 14-inch display and Radeon 540X graphics.The coupon can be used on any ThinkBook 13s or ThinkBook 14s configuration to take 10% off.  Lenovo Thinkbook 13s Credit: Laptop Mag Best & Worst Laptop Brands 2019Which laptop brand is best? We’ve ranked every major player from Apple to Huawei based on review scores, tech support, innovation and more.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?03:46关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/better-than-prime-day-lenovo-thinkbook-13s-deal-sale?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0001:3001:30Your Recommended Playlist03:46MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?02:01Apple’s Mac & iPad Pro Event: 5 Things You Need To Know01:30How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel01:07How to Find Your MAC Address in Windows 1001:34How to Reset a Windows 10 PC01:32How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC into a Wireless Display关闭  Lenovo ThinkBook 13s Hands-OnBest Laptop Deals of TodayBest Business Laptopscenter_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoCNN International for ANAWhy Tennis Pundits Are Tipping This WomanCNN International for ANAUndoForbes.com12 House Renovation Mistakes, In PicturesForbes.comUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

Mark watched YouTube videos in Firefox

first_imgMark watched YouTube videos in Firefox by Martin Brinkmann on May 27, 2017 in Firefox – Last Update: June 25, 2017 – 13 commentsYouTube Watchmarker is a free browser extension for Mozilla Firefox that marks watched videos on YouTube for easy recognition.One of the main issues on YouTube is that the site’s watched functionality is terribly broken. While YouTube keeps track of the videos that you have watched, it does not mark those when you use the site, nor removes them from the search results. The only option you have to check your watched history is to sign in to   Google or YouTube account whenever you use the site, as this is the only way to have them tracked so tat you can open the listing at any time (as it is associated with your account).We talked about this issue when we reviewed YouWatch for Opera back in 2011, the Chrome extension YouTweak which removes watched videos on YouTube from the search results, or the Chrome extension Better YouTube Watch History which marks watched videos in Chrome.YouTube WatchmarkerYouTube Watchmarker keeps track of the video history on YouTube to mark any video that you watched on the site as “watched” when you encounter it again on the site.Any video that you start to watch is marked as watched, even if you don’t fully watch it. In fact, even if you just watch the video for a couple of seconds, it is marked as watched by the extension.This works well for search results and channel listings, as well as sidebar suggestions. The thumbnail of the watched video is grayed out to a degree, and the watched mark is added to the video thumbnail as well.The indicator helps with the identification of watched videos on YouTube, and it works regardless of whether you are signed in to the site or not.The extension works automatically, but adds an icon to the Firefox toolbar. A click on it loads the options.You may use the page for the following:Import, export or reset the extension’s database — This works as a backup of sorts, but can also be used to use the same database on multiple devices or Firefox profiles. The setting highlights the number of tracked videos as well.History lets you sync the extension’s history of watched YouTube videos with the Firefox browsing history. This is not required usually, but if you run into issues somehow, you can run a manual sync job at any time using the option.The add-on may sync the data from a YouTube account as well if you are signed in.The last option that is provided on the page hides the progress bar that is shown on YouTube when you started to watch a video but have not finished it.VerdictYouTube Watchmarker is a WebExtension for Firefox which means that it won’t stop working when Mozilla releases Firefox 57. The extension works well, and marks any video that you start watching directly on YouTube.While it won’t hide watched videos, it does the next best thing, and more reliably than the YouTube system.Now You:Do you keep track of watched YouTube videos?Summary12345 Author Rating4 based on 2 votes Software Name YouTube WatchmarkerSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/yourect/ Advertisementlast_img read more

Perceptual Ad Blocking Study paints grim picture

first_imgPerceptual Ad Blocking Study paints grim picture by Martin Brinkmann on November 12, 2018 in Internet – Last Update: November 12, 2018 – 32 commentsAdvertisement blockers address a growing number of issues related to online advertisement: from online tracking to sell higher paying ads over saving bandwidth and improving page load time, to blocking malware that is distributed through advertising channels.One downside to ad blocking is that some publishers cannot sustain their business any longer; means, they either go out of business or use other means of earning revenue which may be even more problematic than ads. Some publishers implement anti ad blocking mechanics on their sites to block ad blockers from working correctly or running at all.Princeton researchers created a software last year that used a different approach to detect and block advertisement. Instead of relying on hostnames or code snippets, the solution of the Princeton researchers mimiced how Internet users identify advertisement on websites.A perceptual ad blocker is not that interested in code that ads use. It uses visual cues to identify advertisement instead; this includes subtle cues that sites are often required to show to users when page elements are sponsored — e.g. sponsored or advertisement labels — but also close buttons or icons on ads by ad companies such as Google.The proof-of-concept extension for Google Chrome highlighted advertisement on Facebook and on the web but did not block it.Advertisers and publishers can make changes to how advertisement is delivered to bypass conventional ad blocking extensions that rely on hostnames or code snippets to block ads.While that is a short-lived benefit, as blocking lists get updated frequently with new data, it is one part of an arms race between publishers and advertising companies on the one side, and ad blocking programs and users on the other.Triggering perceptual ad blockers with non-ad content.The visual nature of perceptual ad blockers should, in theory, make it difficult for advertisers and publishers to modify advertisement to avoid detection and thus blocking.The Princeton researchers hoped that perceptual ad blocking would end the arms race as advertisers would have to change the visual nature of the advertisement to avoid detection. Requirements, legal or self-regulatory, limit certain forms of change so that it would become difficult and sometimes impossible to change certain elements of an online ad.Perceptual ad blockers have weaknessesResearchers at Stanford University and CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security published the research paper Ad-versarial: Defeating Perceptual Ad-Blocking recently in which they refute the claim that perceptual ad blocking could put an end to the arms race between publishers and Internet users.We show that perceptual ad-blocking engenders a new arms race that likely disfavors ad-blockers. Unexpectedly, perceptual ad-blocking can also introduce new vulnerabilities that let an attacker bypass web security boundaries and mount DDoS attacks.The researchers devised eight different strategies to attack perceptual ad blockers and grouped these into four categories:Attacks against Data Collection and Training — if the perceptual ad blocking systems use crowd sourcing, most do according to the searchers, then it may be possible to dilute the learning process and thus the effectiveness of the blocking by submitting training data with visual backdoors or through other means.Attacks against Page Segmentation — the attacks targets blockers that “segment webpages based on their DOM” either by overloading through the use of a large number of HTML elements or by using techniques such as image sprites and CSS styles.Attacks against Classification — classification determines whether an element is considered an advertisement or not. Attacks that target classification aim to evade detection or detect the use of ad blockers. The researchers discovered, for example, that “most visual classifiers, the perturbation necessary to induce mis-classification [was] near-imperceptible to humans”.Attacks against Ad-Blocker Actions — sites may exploit the high-privilege context in which ad blockers run, e.g. to block non-ad parts of a site for all users that use an advertisement blocker or by triggering requests.The researchers evaluated the effectiveness of attacks and concluded that “all visual ad-detection techniques are fundamentally broken in the challenging attack model” that they used.You can check out the research project’s Github page here.SummaryArticle NamePerceptual Ad Blocking Study paints grim pictureDescriptionResearchers at Stanford University and CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security published the research paper Ad-versarial: Defeating Perceptual Ad-Blocking recently.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

DeepL Translation Service adds Russian and Portuguese to language list

first_imgDeepL Translation Service adds Russian and Portuguese to language list by Martin Brinkmann on December 05, 2018 in Internet – 15 commentsWe reviewed the translation service DeepL in 2017 when it came out and found it to produce — on average — better translations than established services such as Google Translate (Mozilla is working on implementing it in Firefox) or Bing Translate.One of the biggest issue of the service was that it supported only a handful of languages. The service started with seven supported languages that you could translate between; these were: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Polish.The developers of DeepL added a useful document translation feature to the service in 2018 but did not add support for additional languages to the service up until now.DeepL announced support for two additional languages today. Users of the service can translate to and from Russian and Portuguese as of today. The two additional languages increase the number of supported translation languages to nine. The number pales against the more than hundred languages that other automatic translation services support but if the quality is better, and it seems to me that it is, you’d want to use DeepL whenever possible.DeepL notes in the press releases that support for these two languages “provides half a billion more people” with translation support. The company promises that translation quality for these two new languages is as good as the translation quality of languages added previously.In blind testing that compared our translations to those of other systems, DeepL’s Russian and Portuguese services consistently emerged as translators’ favorites.Internet users can point their browsers to the DeepL homepage to use the translation service free of charge. Russian and Portuguese can be selected as source or destination languages, and translations to or from these languages are instantly provided.DeepL promises that it plans to add more languages in the future but did not list any in the press release.Closing WordsThe addition of two new languages is a good step in the right direction and will certainly push DeepL forward even more. Nine languages is not the world, so to speak, though; there are still dozens of languages that tens of millions of people, or even more, speak.It makes sense to pick widely used languages first and only release them once the quality level is high enough to justify a release.I’d like to see Chinese and Japanese support next, what about you?Now You: Which translation service do you use?SummaryArticle NameDeepL Translation Service adds Russian and Portuguese to language listDescriptionThe translation service DeepL announced support for two new languages, Russian and Portuguese, today that increases language support to nine.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Microsoft starts Windows 10 May 2019 Update rollout

first_imgMicrosoft starts Windows 10 May 2019 Update rollout by Martin Brinkmann on May 22, 2019 in Windows – Last Update: May 22, 2019 – 14 commentsMicrosoft revealed yesterday evening that it has started the rollout of the new feature update for its Windows 10 operating system called the May 2019 Update or Windows 10 version 1903.Microsoft delayed the release of the new feature update for the operating system to take it through another round of testing. The decision to do more tests was made because the previously released feature update, Windows 10 version 1809, had clear quality issues that caused lots of issues for users ranging from data loss to problems with mapped network drives.Tip: you can defer feature updates for Windows 10 to block their installation.Windows 10 May 2019 UpdateThe feature update is available for users who search for it actively at the time of writing, and there not even for all administrators who do so. The update is also available via the Media Creation Tool either as an in-place upgrade or creation of installation media.Microsoft changed the process significantly. Previously, if you ran a manual check for updates, the update would be download and installed right away. Starting with this feature update, the update is presented to you first so that you get to choose whether to download and install it at that point in time.In other words: the feature update installation has been unlinked from the regular updating process on Windows 10 devices.The new option is available on Windows 10 version 1803 or 1809 devices that have the May 21st updates (or later) installed.Open the Settings application with the Windows-I shortcut.Go to Update & Security > Windows Update.Activate the “check for updates” button.Windows Update queries Microsoft’s servers for updates. It may return the feature update and display the option to “download and install now” in the interface.If you want to install the May 2019 Update, select the option (download and install now) and follow the process.Note that Microsoft limits availability at this point and that the company is “slowly throttling up” the availability while it is monitoring data and feedback.Microsoft published a video on YouTube that highlights the new Windows Update functionality.Some systems are blocked from receiving the new feature update at this point. You can check which update blocks are in place here.Closing WordsThe last feature update for Windows 10 highlighted the need to test updates more thoroughly before release. It will be interesting to see if the extra two months of testing improved update quality significantly.I suggest that you wait with the installation of the May 2019 Update for Windows 10 unless you really, really need it. Things should settle down after a month or two, and you don’t risk running into another updating issue that you may spend hours or even days fixing.As always, make sure you create a system backup before you start the upgrade. You may also start the upgrade using the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool or the update now option on this Microsoft webpage.Now You: What do you expect from this update?SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft starts Windows 10 May 2019 Update rolloutDescriptionMicrosoft revealed yesterday evening that it has started the rollout of the new feature update for its Windows 10 operating system called the May 2019 Update or Windows 10 version 1903.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

How a Soviet ABomb Test Launched US Climate Science

first_imgBut in the national security community in Washington, the blasts sparked panic. When intelligence officials briefed Stephen Lukasik, the director of the Pentagon’s secretive Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, he had an immediate reaction: “Holy shit. This is dangerous.”The Soviet Union, it turns out, had for more than a decade been studying ways to use nuclear weapons to create massive canals to reroute water for irrigation, and the plan involved hundreds of nuclear detonations. “The Soviets wanted to change the direction of some rivers in Russia,” Lukasik, now 87 years old, told me recently in an interview. “They flow north where they didn’t do any good for them and they wanted to turn them around so they would flow south.”The Pentagon didn’t particularly care which way rivers ran in the Soviet Union, but it cared about how this ambitious act of geoengineering, which would affect waters flowing into the Arctic Ocean, could potentially alter the world’s climate. Lukasik decided that Darpa needed to start a climate research program that could come up with ways to model the effects. The name of this climate program, highly classified at the time, was Nile Blue. At first glance, Darpa might have seemed like an odd place to study climate change. The agency was created in 1958 as a response to the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik, to help the United States get into space. But in those years, Darpa was also deeply involved in nuclear issues. It had created an extensive monitoring system precisely to tip off the Pentagon to secret tests like the Soviet effort in 1971.That same year, John Perry, a young Air Force officer, got an unexpected question from an official at Darpa (at the time called just ARPA; the D for “defense” was added in 1972.) “We need a program manager for this program we have. Would you like to come to Washington?” the Darpa official asked Perry. For Perry, a meteorologist by training, it wasn’t a hard decision, even if he didn’t know exactly what the job entailed. He soon found himself at Darpa’s headquarters in northern Virginia, where he was put in charge of the mysteriously named Nile Blue. One of the first things he decided to do was get rid of the secrecy. Even if the concerns about Soviet nuclear tests needed to be kept quiet, research on climate modeling could be done in the open. Keeping the program classified, particularly during the Vietnam War, would only hurt Darpa’s ability to work with academic scientists, he argued.The secrecy “did throw sort of a miasma over the program,” Perry recalled, noting there were rumors that Darpa was involved in weather-altering research. “In fact, I had a visit from a guy from the arms control office in the State Department who came over, armed with top-secret clearances and what-have-you, to find out what nefarious things we were doing. He was very disappointed to find out that there weren’t any.” “Washington was the not the Midwest or Vietnam, so I said, ‘Sure.’” Perry recalled answering. “I’ll discover later what the hell this thing is.” Once the program was declassified, the next step was finding scientists to do the necessary studies. Perry found himself in charge of $3 million in funding, a sizable sum in the early 1970s, and his mandate was about to expand.Soon after starting the research program, he was summoned to the director’s office to meet with Lukasik and Eric Willis, who directed Darpa’s nuclear monitoring program. Willis, who had been a student of Willard Libby, the inventor of radiocarbon dating, was interested in taking a historical look at climate.Willis “took the position that the climate research program really didn’t make any sense unless you had good information on past climates to be able to do the verification models,” Perry recalled. “He thought there should be an element of past climate research in there.”Perry knew nothing about this topic, so he nodded and smiled before walking out of the director’s office with a new charge to spend $400,000 on paleoclimate research. “Essentially, I called up a few people and said, ‘Hi, you don’t know me, but I want to give you a lot of money,’” he said. Reck, who confirmed the anecdote in a recent interview with me, said her point was that scientists were confusing their models with reality. “They had a right to feel glad that they were doing it, they were contributing a lot, but it didn’t mean it was the real thing. It just wasn’t,” she said. “That is very much like masturbation: If they do it enough, it becomes the focus of what they want.”Yet Darpa’s work was critical to sparking those debates. The research program for the first time was drawing together modelers, paleo-climatologists, radiation experts, and meteorologists. The program created an interdisciplinary field, according to Warren Wiscombe, who credits the agency for transforming him from an applied mathematician into a climate scientist in the 1970s. “All of the sciences then that later contributed to climate science were very separate and they had brick walls between them,” he said. “They were what we call stovepiped now.”As Darpa was building up its Nile Blue program, another government effort that would alter the course of climate research was taking place behind the scenes. In December 1972, George J. Kukla, of Columbia University, and R.K. Matthews, of Brown, wrote to President Richard Nixon expressing their concerns about “a global deterioration of climate, by order of magnitude larger than any hitherto experience by civilized mankind.”Their concern was not global warming, but cooling, which they feared could lower food production and increase extreme weather. It was a preliminary result (and one that would later be used by critics of climate change in a simplistic fashion to argue that climate predictions were wrong). The letter caught the attention of Nixon, who ordered an interagency panel to look at the issue. The recommendation, according to William Sprigg, who helped set up the national climate program, was “that the government should have some kind of a program, a plan that would set goals and determine who should be doing what.” The heart of the Nile Blue program was computational modeling. Darpa may not have had experience with meteorology, but it did have plenty of experience with computers. Just two years earlier, the agency’s computer science office had established the first nodes of ARPANET, the network that would later become the internet. Darpa was also in charge of the Illiac IV, one of the world’s first supercomputers.Darpa’s climate work helped justify the continuation of Illiac IV, whose costs were attracting scrutiny. “They needed to say that its capability was being developed for some customers who could pay for it,” Perry said. “Climate modeling is a very good customer for computer science.” (Critically, Darpa’s funding for modeling rescued the RAND Corporation’s work on climate simulation, which the National Science Foundation was on the verge of canceling.)The modeling work had its critics. Perry recalled that Ruth Reck, an atmospheric scientist at General Motors, expressed early skepticism of Darpa-funded climate models. “Modeling is just like masturbation,” he recalled Reck telling some of the Darpa-funded scientists at a conference. “If you do it too much, you start thinking it’s the real thing.” This story originally appeared on Undark and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.On March 23, 1971, the Soviet Union set off three Hiroshima-scale nuclear blasts deep underground in a remote region some 1,000 miles east of Moscow, ripping a massive crater in the earth. The goal was to demonstrate that nuclear explosions could be used to dig a canal connecting two rivers, altering their direction and bringing water to dry areas for agriculture.The nuclear bombs, it turned out, weren’t that effective for building canals, though they did create an “atomic lake” in the crater formed by the blast. But the tests had another lasting consequence, all but forgotten until now: They set in motion the first US government research on climate change—a far-reaching project that has continued into this decade.On the surface, the reaction to the Soviet tests was somewhat muted. Western countries, including the United States, detected the explosions and lodged a protest alleging a violation of the Limited Test Ban Treaty. Moscow wouldn’t publicly acknowledge the tests for several years. In the end, the Soviets abandoned their grand plan to alter the course of rivers, but by the time Darpa finished its research in 1976, the foundation of climate research was firmly in place: a community of scientists dedicated to the issue, and a political atmosphere conducive to continuing the research. Darpa, whose mandate is for fixed-term research, ended its climate program, but the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration picked up the work, eventually leading to the establishment of the national climate program.Even scientists like Reck, who were critical of some of the early modeling work, said the research has showed clearly that climate change is real. “I stand with what I told John [Perry] years ago: ‘I really don’t think we know, I think we are far from understanding the climate,’” she told me. “That does not mean we should not curtail everything that we can to slow down the rate of change. I think we have to do that. I think it’s absolutely frivolous not to do that.”While the debates go on about the accuracy of climate models, the scientific consensus is that climate change is real, and much of the credit for establishing that consensus goes to Darpa—whose role has been largely forgotten, except by the scientists funded by the program and who went on to take leading positions in climate research.More than 40 years after the end of Nile Blue, former Darpa officials like Perry and Lukasik still get together for a monthly lunch, where they reminisce about their days at the pioneering agency. Lukasik recalls Perry telling him: “You know, Steve, the work started in Darpa and continued by me in the National Science Foundation became the foundation for all of the understanding of global warming.”last_img read more

Mazda Will Offer an EV in 2020

first_img This story originally appeared on Engadget Mazda is ready to jump into electric cars in earnest after years of sitting on the sidelines. CEO Akira Marumoto told Automotive News Europe in an interview that his company will introduce an EV in 2020. And no, this won’t be the result of its partnership with Toyota — this mysterious initial model will be built on “a Mazda architecture.”The automaker is catching up on hybrids, too, with plug-in models (notice the plural) coming in “2021 or 2022.”Not that Mazda has much choice. The EU is tightening its emissions targets, and Mazda’s fleet CO2 output is well above where it needs to be by 2021. If Mazda doesn’t produce more eco-friendly cars, it’ll have to either pool with another manufacturer to lower its emissions figures (like Fiat did with Tesla) or pay substantial fines for every vehicle sold. And its cleaner Skyactiv-X combustion engines won’t be enough — it’ll have to go electric to stand a chance. 1 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. June 10, 2019 Register Now »last_img read more

Train crashes into bus in state of Chihuahua

first_imgCuauhtémoc, Chihuahua — A train has crashed into a passenger bus along a highway about 100 kilometers from the city of Cuauhtémoc Sunday.An El Chepe train hit a passenger bus belonging to the company Noroeste on Sunday, dragging the bus more than 100 meters before finally coming to a stop. The accident took place along the Cuauhtémoc-Álvaro Obregón highway about 100 kilometers from the state capital.The convoy of locomotives and wagons hit the middle part of the left side of the passenger bus, dragging it at least a hundred meters until it managed to stop.Hours earlier, the train left the city of Chihuahua bound for Los Mochis, Sinaloa driven by a 58-year-old engineer.On the bus were 10 passengers traveling to Estación Divisadero, in the Barrancas del Cobre National Park. Eight of the people on board the bus suffered injuries. Four of those injured were from Mexico City.The official report says that two of the seriously injured were elderly people who remain hospitalized.There is no word yet on what caused the collision.Update: This story has been updated to reflect the accident took place outside Cuauhtémoc, not a borough of Mexico City as originally reported. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cozumel researchers to begin roadkill study

first_imgCozumel, Q.R. — Researchers on the island of Cozumel say they are going to begin monitoring the areas where animals are most often killed by motorists.Alfredo Báez Meléndez of the Management of Natural Resources Isla Cozumel, says they are going to begin a study to monitor the animals being killed on the main roads of the island. He says the results of the study will be used to update the information on causes of wildlife deaths across Cozumel.Báez Meléndez said that during 2017, more than 300 animals were accounted for as being run over by motorists along city roads. He says a majority of the deaths occurred on the transverse highway and in hotel areas, adding drivers need to move about with greater care.He reported that of the 300 known animal deaths last year, 70 percent were birds that were hit by cars, while the remaining 30 percent were mammals and reptiles.It will be in December, he says, when they have their exact data on the problem at hand, where he states that participation of the islanders is fundamental, adding that both residents and visitors need to respect the posted signs and the wildlife.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cancun airport set to land one of its largest planes

first_imgThe Spanish charter Evelop Airlines took possession of their first A350 plane March 28 of this year and anticipate an A350-900 wide-body aircraft next year. The company, which is based in Madrid, uses the planes for routes to various Caribbean destinations. Cancun, Q.R. — Air control personnel at the Cancun International Airport are set to land one of its largest clients, an A350. The large evelop! plane is set to land at the Cancun airport May 6 from its origin city of Madrid. The plane, which has a seating capacity of 432, is covering the new Madrid-Cancun route. Although the route has been in operation already, this is the first time an A350 from that city will be landing at Cancun. “Evelop belongs to the Barceló group which allows us a greater number of seats arriving at the destination from Europe,” he said. The Spanish market into Cancun has grown by 4 percent year-over-year for the last three, with nearly 184,000 Spanish tourists landing in Cancun last year.center_img Evelop Airlines are a subsidiary of Barceló Group and operates short and long-haul flights on behalf of tour operators, mainly out of Spain and Portugal. They make two flights per week into Cancun. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Darío Flota Ocampo, director of the Tourism Promotion Council of Quintana Roo, explained that the aircraft will cover the Madrid-Cancun route, and although this route is already operating, the significance of the occasion is the size of the plane, adding that a reception is being prepared at the Cancun airport.last_img read more