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Daily Archives: September 16, 2020

  • Microsoft released Sept. 2020 “C” Week Preview Updates for 1809, 1903, 1909 and .NET

    Posted on September 16th, 2020 at 13:49 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsotf has released “C” Week Cumulative Update Previews for Win10 versions 1809, 1903 and 1909 as well as a Cumulative Update Previews for .NET for those versions on Wednesday. September 16, 2020

    KB4577062 for 1903/1909
    KB4577069 for 1809:
    KB4576947 for 1903/1909
    KB4577324 for 1809 + .NET 3.5/4.72/4.8
    KB4576946 for 1809 + .NET 3.5/4.8

    Highlights for versions 1903/1909 include:

    • Adds a notification to Internet Explorer 11 that informs users about the end of support for Adobe Flash in December 2020. For more information, see KB4581051.
    • Updates an issue that causes certain apps to go into an unwanted repair cycle. As a result, a user cannot use that app during that time.
    • Updates an issue that might display 4K high dynamic range (HDR) content darker than expected when you configure certain non-HDR systems for HDR Streaming.
    • Updates an issue to reduce the likelihood of missing fonts.
    • Updates an issue that causes a device to stop responding after you have been using a pen for several hours.
    • Reduces distortions and aberrations in Windows Mixed Reality head-mounted displays (HMD).

    There is a substantial list of fixes for all versions but no impending need to install any of them.

  • Apple’s “Time Flies” September 2020 event: The bottom line

    Posted on September 16th, 2020 at 07:16 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    This just in from Nathan Parker:

    Apple showed its “Time Flies” September 2020 event on September 15. Here is the “bottom line” of Apple’s new product and service offerings:

    • Apple Watch Series 6: Now offers Blood Oxygen support, Brighter Screen, Always On Altimeter, New colors include (PRODUCT)RED and Blue, New “Solo Loop” option, New Watch Faces; No 5G on Cellular model, No Ceramic option
    • Apple Watch SE: More Affordable Apple Watch option, No ECG or Blood Oxygen sensor, Series 3 still available as a low-cost option as well
    • Apple Watch Family Setup: Works with Series 4 or later running watchOS 7, makes it easier for parents to manage children’s watches and communicate with family members with Apple Watches
    • Apple Fitness+: New monthly or annual service (one month free for all Apple Watch users and three months free for new Apple Watch purchases), workouts that integrate with Apple Watch and workout videos that work across iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV; Coming late 2020, Apple Watch Series 3 or later required
    • New iPad Air: New All-Screen design similar to iPad Pro, Touch ID built into power button (no Face ID), A14 Bionic Chip, Apple Pencil 2 support, Magic Keyboard support, New Colors include Green and Sky Blue; Coming in October
    • New iPad: The low-cost option now includes A12 Bionic Chip and Apple Pencil support
    • iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, tvOS 14 will be available September 16
    • Apple One: Apple Services bundle, Three tiers; Individual (Includes Music, TV+, Arcade, 50GB iCloud Storage), Family (Everything in Individual plus 200GB iCloud Storage and Family Sharing included), Premier (Everything in Individual and Family plus 2TB iCloud Storage, News+, and the forthcoming Fitness+)

    I watched the event, and I came away impressed – and wondering if the time has come to start wearing a watch. That iPad Air looks mighty sweet, too. Let’s hope Apple has better luck with iOS 14 stability than they did with iOS 13.

  • Parallels removes functionality to run Insider Dev Channel Previews unannounced

    Posted on September 16th, 2020 at 06:38 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I have been in the Insider Program since October 2014, running the Insider Fast Ring/Dev Channel Previews in Parallels Standard Edition VMs on Macs with no problems during that time. Parallels v15 has been hosting the VMs since the end of 2019 flawlessly – until Win10 Pro Insider Build 20175.1000 when the Builds suddenly started failing to install.
    Parallels recently issued version 16, and thinking that would solve the problem, I upgraded on August 14th. Still the Insider Previews failed to install, so I opened a support ticket. After a remote session with a Parallels Engineer, who said to contact Microsoft because it was an MS problem, the followup email response from Parallels:

    We have escalated the issue you reported to the Development Team and they are working to address it in one of the future builds of Parallels Desktop for Mac.

    While we do not have ETA for the fix, it has been prioritized appropriately and you can track the changes in the product at the corresponding knowledge base article page

    Reading through the Parallels Forums, sheds light on the problem. Parallels removed functionality from version 15 between updates without notice.
    Parallels Support agent Ajith says:

    Enabling nested virtualization helps in updating to latest Windows Insider build which is only available with Pro and Business subscription. As you are testing Windows beta versions as a professional using Pro is the right choice and will have more features compared to the standard edition.

    And I have to agree with Parallels Forum poster “SoonToBeFormerParallelsUser” who responds

    It is DISHONEST to not publicly announce you are no longer supporting Previews and then turn around and demand upgrade to Pro to re-enable that functionality.

    And follows with

    You misstated that Parallels has removed the feature & ability to boot recent Windows Insider Preview builds. Preview builds WORKED FINE until build 20175 through NO FAULT of Microsoft. It is Parallels’s FAULT.

    You left out that within the same version (v15) Parallels has mysteriously not been able to install and boot these recent builds. It’s no accident.

    Why didn’t Parallels do the HONEST thing and announce that starting with v16, the new release, that Preview builds would not be supported and you would have to upgrade to Pro. Instead they broke the software ON PURPOSE with NO ANNOUNCEMENT.

    In the past, I have praised Parallels Desktop for functionality and Parallels Support for being among the best. What a shame they have fallen to this kind of deceptive practices.