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Microsoft Windows April 2018 patch adds Timeline, Focus Assist

Time to turn back the clock

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Despite all the updates it has received, Microsoft Windows largely remains in the shadows. No one really talks about it as long as it works. With a flurry of updates for April, Microsoft is changing the conversation surrounding the world’s biggest operating system.

Rather than simply releasing an update filled with ones and zeroes, Microsoft leverages on how its users interact with the system. Specifically, the new update aims to bring back the value to a user’s time.

The update’s most notable feature is Timeline. The time travel feature allows users to cycle back through the apps and files they used over the last 30 days. Users can access the feature through a button on the taskbar. It works in a comparable way to Android’s Task Viewer.

The new update also has a Focus Assist feature. Windows will now block notifications from social media and other apps while you work. The feature aims to allow users to work distraction-free. Additionally, users can also set the feature to turn on automatically throughout the day.

The new Dictation feature brings more refined voice control features to Windows. The feature allows users to take down notes and memos with just their voice.

Finally, the Windows update also infuses fresh features to Microsoft Edge. The system’s default web browser now offers tab muting and full-screen reading, among others.

The new update will roll out to Microsoft Windows devices starting May 8.

Along with this update, Microsoft has also announced Apple’s music management app iTunes is now available on the Microsoft Store.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft is bringing the feature we’ve always wanted to Windows

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Windows 10 will soon go full white with a light theme

To complement the new dark theme

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All the buzz in today’s user interface bonanza is the dark theme. An all-black interface supposedly consumes less power (if you have an OLED display) and it’s also easy on the eye, especially at night. A number of mobile apps already have a dark theme and even macOS finally has it. As for Windows, the popular operating system doesn’t just want a dark theme, it wants a light one as well.

Microsoft just unveiled the light theme for Windows 10, but it’s only available for the new test build which is not meant for a major release yet.

Generally, Windows 10’s UI has always played with dark and light elements. It’s pretty inconsistent, so you get both dark and light at the same time. Soon, you can finally get either an all dark UI or a bright white UI.

The new system-wide light theme also comes with a slightly tweaked default wallpaper.

Again, the light theme is still undergoing tests, but it’s expected to come to the next major update of Windows 10 sometime in 2019.

The latest test build comes with a number of new features that’ll soon come as an update to Windows 10. You may head over to the source link below to know more.

Source: Windows

SEE ALSO: Apple’s macOS Mojave offers Dark Mode, new Mac App Store, and more

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2018 Mac mini: Price and availability in the Philippines

Transform any display into a Mac computer

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Apart from the MacBook Air, Apple also brought back to life another Mac device that is very much in need of an upgrade: the Mac mini.

The new Mac mini stays true to its purpose. It’s still a small computer that can be used with any display and peripheral you wish. When you need macOS but don’t like the iMac, this is the economical solution.

It now comes with the latest 8th-gen Intel Core processors and flash storage. The ports of the new Mac mini are not limited even though it has a compact body. It has four Thunderbolt 3, an HDMI 2.0, two USB-A, audio jack, and gigabit Ethernet.

The base model with a Core i3 processor and 128GB of storage is priced at PhP 49,990 in the Philippines. If you wish to have a more powerful portable Mac, there’s the six-core model running a Core i5 processor with 256GB of storage for PhP 67,990.

Availability starts by the third week of December, but you may already pre-order through Apple’s website.

SEE ALSO: Apple’s new Mac mini adds more processing cores for 5x faster performance

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2018 Mac mini: Price and availability in Singapore

As compact as it sounds

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If you need more power and ports compared to what the newest MacBook Air offers, there’s the fresh Mac mini to consider.

Even though it’s designed to stay plugged in on a desktop, it’s as small as ever, and more environmentally friendly, too. It’s made of 100 percent recycled aluminum like Apple’s other newly unveiled products.

For the lowest-end Core i3 chip with 8GB of memory and 128GB of storage, you have to fork over SG$ 1,179 in Singapore. Shipping starts on November 7, but you can order as early as today.

There’s also a Core i5 model with 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage for SG$ 1,619.

Both versions come with a host of ports, including gigabit Ethernet, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB-A, 3.5mm audio port, HDMI 2.0, as well as a T2 Security Chip for quick data encryption.

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