Windows Features – Garageband For Windows PC http://garagebandforwindowspc.org/ Sat, 14 May 2022 22:03:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-4-138x136.png Windows Features – Garageband For Windows PC http://garagebandforwindowspc.org/ 32 32 Actively Exploited Windows Zero-Day Threatens Domain Controllers https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/actively-exploited-windows-zero-day-threatens-domain-controllers/ Wed, 11 May 2022 04:36:03 +0000 https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/actively-exploited-windows-zero-day-threatens-domain-controllers/ Microsoft eliminated 74 security vulnerabilities with its May 2022 Patch Tuesday update, including a significant zero-day bug that’s being actively exploited in the wild and several that are likely widely present in enterprise. It also fixed seven critical flaws, 65 other significant bugs, and one low-severity issue. The patches cover the full range of the […]]]>

Microsoft eliminated 74 security vulnerabilities with its May 2022 Patch Tuesday update, including a significant zero-day bug that’s being actively exploited in the wild and several that are likely widely present in enterprise.

It also fixed seven critical flaws, 65 other significant bugs, and one low-severity issue. The patches cover the full range of the IT giant’s portfolio, including: Windows and Windows Components, .NET and Visual Studio, Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based), Microsoft Exchange Server, Office and Office Components, Windows Hyper-V, authentication methods Windows, BitLocker, Windows Cluster Shared Volume (CSV), Remote Desktop Client, Windows Network File System, NTFS, and Windows Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol.

3 Zero Days, 1 actively operated
The actively exploited bug (CVE-2022-26925) is a Windows LSA spoofing vulnerability that is rated 8.1 out of 10 on the CVSS Vulnerability Severity Scale. However, Microsoft notes in its advisory that it should be raised to critical (CVSS 9.8) if used in Windows NT LAN Manager (NTLM) to relay attacks.

“[A]An unauthenticated attacker could call a method on the LSARPC interface and cause the domain controller to authenticate to the attacker using NTLM,” Microsoft warns in its advisory — a concerning situation given that domain controllers domain names provide high-level privilege access.

Now obsolete, NTLM uses a weak authentication protocol that can easily reveal credentials and session keys. In a relay attack, malicious actors can capture authentication and relay it to another server, which they can then use to authenticate to the remote server with the compromised user’s privileges.

That said, the bug is harder to exploit than most, says Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) researcher Dustin Childs, in a Tuesday Blog. “The threat actor should be in the logical network path between the target and the requested resource (e.g. man-in-the-middle), but since this is listed as under active attack, someone must have figured out how to make that happen.”

Tyler Reguly, head of security R&D at Tripwire, told Dark Reading that the bug could be related to a threat previously known as PetitPotam, which emerged in July to allow attackers to force remote Windows systems to reveal easily crackable password hashes.

“Based on the links provided by Microsoft, this appears to be related to the previous Patch PetitPotam“, he notes, adding that researchers will guess on this. “This is a great example of when detailed summaries explaining what is happening were useful in the past. It would be great if Microsoft could start providing them regularly again,” he says.

Microsoft also fixed two other zero-days, including a critical bug (CVE-2022-29972CVSS not available) in Insight Software’s Magnitude Simba Amazon Redshift ODBC driver – “a third-party ODBC data connector used to connect to Amazon Redshift, in Integration Runtime (IR) in Azure Synapse Pipelines and Azure Data Factory”, as ZDI’s Childs explains.

He adds: “This update is complicated enough for Microsoft blog about the bug and how it affects multiple Microsoft services.”

The final day zero (CVE-2022-22713CVSS 5.6) is an important rated bug in Windows Hyper-V that could allow denial of service (DoS).

Key Lights: Critical Microsoft Security Bugs to Fix Now
As for the other patches admins should prioritize this month, some of the critical issues have far-reaching reach into organizational infrastructure and could affect millions of businesses, the researchers warn.

“The big news is the critical vulnerabilities that need to be highlighted for immediate action,” Chris Hass, director of security at Automox, told Dark Reading. “This month introduces vulnerabilities in a number of applications common to most enterprises, including NSF, Remote Desktop Client, and Active Directory.”

For example, the critical bug affecting Windows Network File System, or NFS (CVE-2022-26937, CVSS 9.8) could enable unauthenticated remote code execution (RCE) in the context of the highly privileged NFS service, according to Microsoft’s advice. To boot, its ubiquity resembles Log4j: it “is present in all versions of Windows Server from 2008 onwards,” Hass says, “which puts most organizations at risk if action isn’t taken quickly.”

Additionally, “These types of vulnerabilities will potentially be of interest to ransomware operators, as they could lead to the type of exposure of critical data, often as part of a ransom attempt,” said Kevin Breen, Director of Research at Cyber ​​Threats at Immersive Labs, Dark Reading.

As for who should prioritize the patch, “NFS is not enabled by default, but it is prevalent in environments where Windows systems are mixed with other operating systems such as Linux or Unix. If it describes your environment, you absolutely need to test and deploy this patch quickly,” warns Childs.

As for other critical bugs to consider, Breen’s flags CVE-2022-22017 (CVSS 8.8), an RCE issue in the Remote Desktop (RDP) client also pervasive.

“With more telecommuters than ever, companies need to put anything affecting RDP on the radar, especially given its popularity with ransomware actors and access brokers,” he warns.

The Active Directory bug (CVE-2022-26923, CVSS 8.8) is in Domain Services and could allow elevation of privilege through a certificate issuance issue. ZDI, which reported the bug, says an attacker can access a certificate to authenticate to a DC with an elevated privilege level, allowing any domain-authenticated user to become a domain administrator if the Active Directory Certificate Services are running.

“This is a very common deployment,” says Childs. “Given the severity of this bug and the relative ease of exploitation, I wouldn’t be surprised to see active attacks using this technique sooner rather than later.”

Less worrisome, says Breen, are a group of 10 RCE bugs in LDAP (the most serious, CVE-2022-22012, has a CVSS score of 9.8). These “seem particularly threatening; however, they have been marked by Microsoft as ‘less likely to be exploited’ because they require a default configuration that is unlikely to exist in most environments,” he notes. “That’s not to say they don’t need to be patched, but rather a reminder that context matters when prioritizing patches.”

The worst of the rest
A handful of other vulnerabilities that have also stood out to researchers are worth noting here, starting with Windows Print Spooler, which has long presented an attractive target for cyberattackers.

“Several Windows Print Spooler vulnerabilities were patched this month, including two information disclosure flaws (CVE-2022-29114, CVE-2022-29140) and two privilege escalation flaws (CVE-2022-29104, CVE-2022-29132),” Satnam Narang, a research engineer at Tenable, told Dark Reading. “All flaws are deemed significant, and two of the three are deemed more likely to be exploited. Windows Print Spooler has remained a valuable target for attackers ever since PrintNightmare was leaked nearly a year ago. Privilege escalation flaws in particular should be carefully prioritized, as we’ve seen ransomware groups like Conti favor them as part of their playbook.”

Breen also highlighted two other important bugs as priorities for fixing:

  • CVE-2022-29108, a remotely executable flaw in Sharepoint that could likely be exploited by an attacker looking to move laterally through an organization. “Requiring authenticated access to operate, it could be used by a threat actor to steal confidential information or inject documents with malicious code or macros that could be part of a larger attack chain,” warns Breen.
  • A bug in Azure Data Factory (no CVE assigned) is remotely exploitable and can expose a company’s confidential data, according to Breen.

Satya Gupta, CTO and co-founder of Virsec, says that overall, the broader context of Microsoft patch trends is important for advocates to consider. Specifically, over the past year, more than a third of fixes (1,330 or 36%) relate to RCE issues.

“This of course presents a huge opportunity for malicious actors to compromise almost any customer,” he said. “In total, several of May’s vulnerabilities represent a Log4j level of exposure, especially considering what it would take to patch millions of servers.”

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Why administrators should learn to use Azure Logic Apps https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/why-administrators-should-learn-to-use-azure-logic-apps/ Mon, 09 May 2022 13:43:07 +0000 https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/why-administrators-should-learn-to-use-azure-logic-apps/ PowerShell for Automation is a popular choice for managing a range of systems and services, but it’s not the only choice for the busy administrator. Process automation is a key skill for administrators. There are many tools available to make these projects easier than learning a programming language. Azure Logic Apps is a low-code […]]]>

PowerShell for Automation is a popular choice for managing a range of systems and services, but it’s not the only choice for the busy administrator.

Process automation is a key skill for administrators. There are many tools available to make these projects easier than learning a programming language. Azure Logic Apps is a low-code business process automation tool from Microsoft that can be useful for IT work. If you can read a flowchart, you’ll easily understand the flow of a logic app.

Microsoft designates Azure Logic Apps as an integration platform as a service (iPaaS). Administrators can use Logic Apps Designer to create workflows that trigger based on specific events or run automatically on a schedule using connectors to access on-premises and cloud environments. For example, you can use Azure Logic Apps to send email notifications when a specific event occurs in Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), such as when a group member is added or removed. A more advanced Azure Logic Apps example is a rudimentary chatbot in Microsoft Teams.

Azure Logic Apps vs PowerShell or Power Automate

When comparing Azure Logic Apps to other automation platforms, especially ones you may already be familiar with, it’s important to understand the unique features of Azure Logic Apps, which are hosted in the cloud, without server and low code.

Compared to PowerShell, Azure Logic applications are easier to use but much less flexible. With PowerShell, you write the code to automate your processes, while with Azure Logic Apps, you guide data through a workflow by selecting actions and filling parameters into predefined actions. PowerShell offers a wider range of customization, but the administrator’s level of expertise can be a limiting factor.

If you like the Azure hosting aspect but don’t like the Azure Logic Apps framework, you might prefer to use Azure Functions to write PowerShell scripts hosted in Microsoft’s cloud and billed on a pay-per-use or standard basis . With any PowerShell code project, you will need to write the script or find a module suitable for the task. The advantage is more control, but this option lacks a predefined library of connectors.

Another tool with similar functionality to Azure Logic Apps is Power Automate. It is essentially the same basic product but presented in different ways. Power Automate is licensed per user, while Azure Logic Apps is consumption-based. Power Automate also targets end users and does not have access to enterprise features, such as sharing management of a Power Automate flow between users. For a personal workflow, use Power Automate. When automating a business process, use Azure Logic Apps.

Understand Microsoft Azure Logic Apps pricing

To determine the costs of an Azure Logic App, you need to estimate the intensity of your usage and determine if single tenancy is important to you. With the standard plan, you pay for a single-tenant environment on an hourly rate per vCPU and memory. The consumption plan for a multi-tenant environment charges for each connector action or execution in a shared environment with isolated processes.

For new Azure Logic Apps users who don’t need an isolated environment, the Consumption plan will likely meet your needs. You can build workflows and test processes without spending too much money. You might find that upgrading to a standard plan isn’t necessary if your workflows don’t run frequently. However, if you have workflows that run often or are seeing performance issues in the multi-tenant consumption plan environment, it’s worth considering upgrading to a standard plan and reserving resources to keep workflows running at maximum performance.

To check your Azure Logic Apps costs, go to Cost management > Cost analysis and select a scope that includes your logic apps, such as their resource group. Fees vary based on criteria such as region and currency. The screenshot shows that the total cost was less than $0.01 for about 20 runs of an Azure Logic App in my tenant.

The cost of an Azure Logic application running approximately 20 times was less than $0.01.

Why admins might want to use Azure Logic Apps

Azure Logic Apps fits right in with Microsoft’s automation offerings by offering two main benefits to busy admins: easy setup and plenty of out-of-the-box connectors.

You build an Azure logic app with a workflow method and add parameters for each step.

Azure Logic App Workflows
A basic Azure Logic app’s workflow sends a message to Slack when a new Trello card appears.

In this case, the logic app searches for new cards on a Trello board and when it finds one, it sends a message to Slack. Microsoft designed Azure Logic Apps to have the output of actions go into a variable for use in the workflow; the variable is used to write a message to the Post Message action. The advantage of Azure Logic Apps is its simplicity; with practice, it is relatively easy to write a workflow in a short time.

Another advantage of Azure Logic Apps for your integration projects is the large number of connectors available. At the time of publication, there are nearly 700 connectors for enterprise products, such as ITGlue, ServiceNow, and Webex. With this growing library of connectors, you won’t have to learn how to work with a new API or write code. The Azure Logic Apps engine takes care of the data format and tells you what to expect. The only real work is setting up authentication with the wizard and adding those actions to your workflow.

Azure Logic Apps is a good choice for developing process automation. They are easy to set up and billed on a reasonable consumption basis. For a large organization, the minimal cost and its low-code/no-code approach to implementing these automated workflows makes Azure Logic Apps worth a look.

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Microsoft Office Insiders Gets Several New Features With Latest Update https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/microsoft-office-insiders-gets-several-new-features-with-latest-update/ Sat, 07 May 2022 13:41:04 +0000 https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/microsoft-office-insiders-gets-several-new-features-with-latest-update/ Microsoft has released a new Office Insider preview build for Windows users. New Office Insider build 15227.20000 is rolling out to beta channel subscribers. It comes with several new features for OneNote, Excel, Access, and Office Suite. However, the official changelog does not include any performance improvements. Microsoft Office Insider’s latest release adds support for […]]]>

Microsoft has released a new Office Insider preview build for Windows users. New Office Insider build 15227.20000 is rolling out to beta channel subscribers. It comes with several new features for OneNote, Excel, Access, and Office Suite. However, the official changelog does not include any performance improvements.

Microsoft Office Insider’s latest release adds support for the voice dictation feature in OneNote, allowing users to dictate their notes using their voice. The Dictate microphone icon appears in the home tab.

Microsoft Excel is now more optimized for devices with “limited resources”. Excel will perform better on devices with two or fewer cores and eight gigabytes of RAM or less because it now performs calculations on a single thread. You can also change the setting in the Advanced tab.

Another useful change in this update is that Microsoft has sped up the time it takes to enter a formula into a cell by reducing memory usage, making memory allocation calls more efficient, and optimizing the redrawing of the visible range around the cell being edited. The faster AutoFilter function is also an important feature of this update.

Additionally, Microsoft has introduced a new sign-in option in the Office suite to allow guest users to access documents that have been shared with them on their desktop Office apps. The feature was previously available for Office on the web and is now available for desktop apps.

You can read the full official changelog below to learn more about these new features.

Change log

Microsoft releases a new Office update every week for Beta Channel subscribers on Windows, adding new features and changes. Microsoft is also expected to release a new version of Office Insider next week. We’ll let you know if we find anything interesting in the update.

To update Microsoft Office Insider Preview Build to the latest version, open any Office program and go to File > Account > Update Options > Update Now.

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3 Useful Windows 10 Features You Might Not Know About https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/3-useful-windows-10-features-you-might-not-know-about/ Thu, 05 May 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/3-useful-windows-10-features-you-might-not-know-about/ Windows 10 has been out for a while now, and yet there are still a few tips and tricks that might have slipped your radar. Windows 10 is packed with many innovations to make computing a smooth and rewarding experience. You may use most of these features in your daily work or hobbies. However, there […]]]>

Windows 10 has been out for a while now, and yet there are still a few tips and tricks that might have slipped your radar.

Windows 10 is packed with many innovations to make computing a smooth and rewarding experience. You may use most of these features in your daily work or hobbies.

However, there are some lesser-known tricks and shortcuts that might have escaped your notice. Here are three such features that may have escaped your attention all this time.

We all use Windows Search to find apps, files, folders, and even search the web. If you are an experienced Windows user, you may also be familiar with the “Advanced Search” mode which allows you to find anything on your PC.

There’s another search tool built right into the search bar UI, but you might have forgotten about it. It’s Bing visual search and it lets you search almost anything on the web using only screenshots. Let’s find out how:

  1. Click the Windows search bar on your PC to open the Windows search user interface. By clicking on the camera icon bottom right is how you can do a visual search. Hover the mouse over the icon and you will see a popup saying, Search with screenshot.

  2. Once you click on the camera icon, the Windows snipping tool will open. Now you can easily select and search for an image from a website or an image from an open album on your computer screen. For this tutorial, I selected my PC wallpaper because I wanted to learn more about the scenic coastal area shown in the image.

  3. Once the image is selected, Bing visual search will warn you: Searching for similar images on the web. Within seconds, Bing’s visual search will show images similar to the image you selected on the Microsoft Edge browser. Additionally, the search will have related content, pages with the image, and will also have a section on what the image Looks like. As you can see in the screenshot below, the search indicates that the image looks like Cinque Terre National Park in Italywhich is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and several image options from various websites are displayed.

USE VIDEO OF THE DAY

Yes, finding information and image related content is that quick and easy, all without opening a browser. Imagine how useful it could be to research and buy products you love.

For example, if you like a dress or jacket that you saw worn by a celebrity or your favorite YouTuber and want to buy something similar. Simply perform a visual search to view and explore similar and related content across the web.

This feature can recognize landmarks, flowers, celebrities, animals and text in images and can be used to find similar products.

But Bing Visual Search is available on the web, visual search from the Windows Search bar is available for users who have Windows 10 May 2019 Update or later installed.

2. Set Calendar Event from Taskbar

Got wind of an event you want to attend, but you’re too busy to drop everything and schedule it in your calendar? Luckily for you, you can set a calendar event right from the taskbar. Here’s how:

  1. Click the Date and Time button at the bottom right of the taskbar. The current month’s calendar will open and you can move between months using the up and down arrow keys. Just below you will see the word Today with a line Add an event or reminder.

  2. You can choose to set an event for today or select a date from the calendar above. As soon as you start typing the event name in the line, the options to set the time and location will open below. Choose and set the date and time and add the location.

  3. So just Save the event or reminder and it will appear in the calendar panel.

  4. If you click on the More details button, it will open the Calendar app where you can set a reminder for the event or add the event description.

3. Swipe to shut down your PC

There are times when you think it’s better to shut down your PC than to use sleep mode. Have you ever wondered if there is an easier way to shut down your Windows PC? And the one that looks cool too? Next, you need to enable the Slide to Shut Down feature.

Just follow the steps below to add this new way to shut down your PC:

  1. Right-click on any blank space on your Windows screen
  2. In the menu that opens, select Newand then Shortcut.

  3. The Create Shortcut window will open. Type SlideToShutDown as is, in the location area. Then click on Following.

  4. In the new window that opens, enter a new name for the shortcut (you can also keep the same name). As you can see from the screenshot, I gave the name Slide Shut at the shortcut. Then click To finish and the shortcut will be created on the desktop.

  5. Now, whenever you want to shut down your PC, just double-click on the shortcut. It will launch the Slide to Shut Down feature and you will see your lock screen slide down halfway the screen with the words Swipe to shut down your PC.

  6. Simply swipe the lock screen down with your cursor, or if you have a touchscreen, swipe the down arrow with your finger and your PC will shut down.


Another way to swipe to shut down your PC is to type SlideToShutDown as is, in the Windows search bar. You will see the SlideToShutDown Run command under Best match. Then just hit enter and the lock screen will drop down halfway across your screen for you to swipe up and shut down your PC.

Although the best and easiest way is to create a shortcut, you don’t need to type the SlideToShutDown command every time. The shortcut may be permanently on your desktop. Just double click on it to stop it.

Make Windows easier and better to use

Now you know how the features described above can improve your computing experience while working, shopping, browsing, updating your calendar, and even when you retire for the day.

So go ahead and try these useful features and make your Windows experience even better.


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5 Embedded System Terms IoT Administrators Need to Know https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/5-embedded-system-terms-iot-administrators-need-to-know/ Thu, 05 May 2022 00:29:18 +0000 https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/5-embedded-system-terms-iot-administrators-need-to-know/ When engineers design an IoT device, they must work to find the right combination of hardware and software to help collect data, streamline user experience, and perform all necessary functions. Thanks to advances in technology, embedded systems make it easier for devices to process software commands, supply power, and perform use-case-specific workflows. Learn about […]]]>

When engineers design an IoT device, they must work to find the right combination of hardware and software to help collect data, streamline user experience, and perform all necessary functions. Thanks to advances in technology, embedded systems make it easier for devices to process software commands, supply power, and perform use-case-specific workflows.

Learn about what embedded systems can do, their components, and the different types by reviewing some of the key technology terms.

Embedded systems

Embedded systems combine hardware and software to perform a specific function, such as temperature sensing, data routing, data monitoring, or powering an electric motor. They are either programmable or have fixed functionality. Examples include cars, smartphones, industrial machinery and medical equipment. IoT-specific use cases are wearables, drones, and smart home devices.

Embedded systems often operate as part of a larger device, but they are computer systems. They can have a wide range of user interface configurations: no user interface, complex GUI, interface buttons, LEDs, touch screens or remote interface.

These systems also include a processor, power supply, memory, and communication ports. The communication ports transmit data to the processor and any peripherals via a specific protocol.

Embedded system software is often extremely specialized to perform a single desired function. In most cases, engineers use a simplified Linux distribution, but can also use Windows IoT or Embedded Java to run on the system.

Examples of embedded systems include mobile, networked, stand-alone, and real-time systems:

  • Mobile embedded systems are made to be portable. Use cases include smartphones or digital cameras.
  • Networked embedded systems connect to a network and provide output to other systems. These can be home security systems or point of sale.
  • Autonomous embedded systems do not rely on a host system. They perform a specialized task and are not part of a larger computer system. These are often digital wristwatches, calculators or household appliances.
  • Real-time embedded systems provide required output at predetermined time intervals. An example is a traffic control system, but these types of embedded systems are often applied to critical use cases.

Administrators can also use performance requirements or architectures to categorize technology.

system on chip

A system-on-chip (SoC) is a microchip that includes all the electronic circuitry of a system on an individual integrated circuit. The technology is found in small, complex consumer electronics devices, such as smartphones, wearables, and IoT sensors.

A sound detection device can include an analog-to-digital converter, memory, I/O logic control, and a microprocessor, all on a single chip that designers can integrate into a device. Other SoC configurations may include an accelerometer and a gyroscope sensor for motion tracking.

Application specific integrated circuit

An application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) is a microchip fabricated for a particular use case. Unlike microprocessors or RAM chips, ASICs typically run a specific transmission protocol or process; ASICs are also an example of SoCs.

More and more organizations have adopted ASICs for IoT devices because, compared to general-purpose computer chips, ASICs have a smaller form factor, lower power consumption, and lower cost. Vendors can also produce ASICs on a large scale.

Real-time operating system

A real-time operating system (RTOS) is a system developed to ensure real-time capabilities within a specified time; it often supports critical systems and devices that are specific to synchronization. RTOS measures time in milliseconds to ensure that all deadlines are met.

These operating systems have functions similar to general-purpose operating systems, but include a scheduler so that the system meets task deadlines. Key features of an RTOS include small footprint, high performance, determinism, security protocols, priority-based scheduling, and timing information. With such features, an RTOS offers multitasking, process thread prioritization, and interrupt level functionality.

RTOSs simultaneously manage multiple processes, respond to events in a timely manner, and monitor task priority. These characteristics make them suitable for embedded systems that require real-time operations or data collection.

Use cases for RTOS include anti-lock brakes, medical systems, PCs, cameras, and air traffic control systems.

Digital signal processing

Digital signal processing is a set of techniques that help improve the accuracy and reliability of digital communications. These techniques make it possible to clarify the levels or states of a digital signal. The circuits that perform the digital signal processing are designed to differentiate between human-made signals and general noise.

Noise, which is unwanted electrical or electromagnetic energy, is a problem for wireless systems more than wired systems. Unwanted noise can affect text, image, or audio files and communication; it also degrades signal and data quality.

Two traditional methods for reducing the signal-to-noise ratio are to increase the power of the transmitted signal and the sensitivity of the receiver. With adjustments, sound engineers can improve the sensitivity of the receiving unit – and the quality of the received signal.

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Windows 11’s WhatsApp UWP Beta gets another feature as it gets closer to a stable release https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/windows-11s-whatsapp-uwp-beta-gets-another-feature-as-it-gets-closer-to-a-stable-release/ Mon, 02 May 2022 22:49:55 +0000 https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/windows-11s-whatsapp-uwp-beta-gets-another-feature-as-it-gets-closer-to-a-stable-release/ While Microsoft may be moving away from universal Windows apps by incorporating WinUI and UWP APIs into Win32 apps, Facebook isn’t abandoning it just yet. Last year, Meta-owned Facebook released a new UWP client for WhatsApp on Windows 10 and Windows 11 in beta, and it’s been updated regularly with a few things. WhatsApp UWP […]]]>

While Microsoft may be moving away from universal Windows apps by incorporating WinUI and UWP APIs into Win32 apps, Facebook isn’t abandoning it just yet. Last year, Meta-owned Facebook released a new UWP client for WhatsApp on Windows 10 and Windows 11 in beta, and it’s been updated regularly with a few things.

WhatsApp UWP is simply called “WhatsApp Beta” and is separate from the web-based WhatsApp desktop which you can already download from the company’s website or the Microsoft Store.

Unlike “WhatsApp Desktop”, which is a web wrapper supporting notifications and the Start menu, the UWP app is written from scratch and uses XAML with WinUI. It also comes with multi-device support (up to 4), which means it works well even when your phone isn’t connected to the internet.

The cleaner app design seems to be inspired by Windows Phone’s WhatsApp, but it’s more in line with Microsoft’s WinUI principles and the web version of WhatsApp. The new design includes an updated header, acrylic effect in the menu, inking support, new settings menu, and more.

The WhatsApp UWP beta received another update with support for a new feature called “Chat Filters”. As the name suggests, this feature filters your chat, so you can force the app to only show messages from contacts, non-contacts, groups, or just unread chats.

WhatsApp UWP Chat Filters

As you can probably guess, the contacts filter will only show messages from those who are in your WhatsApp contact. Similarly, non-contacts will show messages from those who are not in the contact list, which is especially useful for business users. The other two filters – groups and unread – are also self-explanatory,

Facebook is rolling out the new chat filter feature with WhatsApp Beta 2.2216.4.0, which is the latest version from the Microsoft Store. You can go to the Downloads section of the Microsoft Store and update the app to the latest version.

If you’re not using the UWP app, you can still install it from the Microsoft Store as it’s an open beta.

In addition to chat filters, Facebook is also reportedly working on reactions for WhatsApp UWP.

This is not a new idea as the ability to react was first added to Facebook and later to Messenger. Like Messenger reactions, WhatsApp’s reactions feature aims to make conversations more meaningful and less cluttered by reducing the emojis sent in chat.

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Perfect picture: the school tour in Italy was unforgettable | Features https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/perfect-picture-the-school-tour-in-italy-was-unforgettable-features/ Sun, 01 May 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/perfect-picture-the-school-tour-in-italy-was-unforgettable-features/ My traveling party – all made up of Dobyns-Bennett high school students and organized by the Latin teacher, Mr. Buchanan – landed in Italy early in the morning, at 6 or 7 am. We had criss-crossed the east coast of America, from Kingsport to Charlotte. in New York — then finally, after a seven-hour flight […]]]>

My traveling party – all made up of Dobyns-Bennett high school students and organized by the Latin teacher, Mr. Buchanan – landed in Italy early in the morning, at 6 or 7 am. We had criss-crossed the east coast of America, from Kingsport to Charlotte. in New York — then finally, after a seven-hour flight and a chat or two with friendly strangers, we arrived in Europe.

Despite the overcast skies and the initial view of an industrialized city of Milan, the first step from the plane took my breath away.

We spent the night in Milan, in a small hotel on the outskirts of the city. We didn’t have much time to explore as our schedule was so packed. Due to the odd number of students at my own school, I volunteered to roommate with two girls from Mississippi: Erin and Gabby. Both were wonderful to have as companions during the few days we traveled together. We talked long into the night, only sharing a few hours of sleep.

Our first destination was Venice. From my own group, surprisingly not knowing anyone before the trip, I asked if I could hang out with a girl named Olivia and her mother, Brandi, one of the only attendants. They hardly knew anyone either. All day in Venice, we were able to discover incredible and breathtaking sites together. We wandered the cobbled streets, laughed while people watching, rode the quaint gondolas, explored ornate ancient rooms of the Duomo, ate fine pasta (or in Olivia’s case, pizza) and tasty Italian drinks. While they were eating, two boys who had nothing better to do joined our group—Thomas and Alex. They stayed with us after that.

We then embarked on the classic city of Florence, roaming the streets with more free time than in any other city. We ventured through the Palazzo Vecchio and took some wonderful photos of marble and bronze statues, with the waxing moon as a backdrop. We also entered the leather market where Olivia, Thomas and Alex showed off their bartering skills. We all chased away the swarming pigeons that strutted about the square and named them accordingly, like Fat Tony and Rebecca.

In central Italy, we stopped in the quaint country town of Assisi. The scenery turned out to be impressive. From the thick windows of our charter bus, driven by Claudio, we sat and stared out. We got out and explored the Basilica of St. Francis, with hand-drawn mosaics and shops lining the steep streets.

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Our longest and most tiring day came when we visited the Vatican. We briefly toured Rome, which encircled the small city-state, and then made our way through checkpoints and official Vatican police. Slowly walking alongside and under the age-old art and architecture created by the Romans and Greeks, we were captivated by the wonders of the Sistine Chapel – and my favorite of the trip – St. Peter’s Basilica. I lay down on the tiled floor to take photos of the circular dome, hovering above our heads. When viewing Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam, I put on my headphones and played some classical music to get enveloped in the full experience. Here, a boy named Tristan also joined our small but now complete group, and Brandi, our temporary adoptive mother. She didn’t seem to care about the four additional children.

The next day we strolled through the infamous city of Rome. The Trevi Fountain rained down huge jets of water, protected by sculpted Renaissance statues. We all managed to turn around and, behind our backs, throw euros in the fountain for wonderful luck. Olivia missed her first euro, so we took pity on her and gave her another, while Thomas and Alex laughed. Tristan was the tallest and easily earned his euro with no problem. Next, we searched through old Rome, full of ruins and overgrown courtyards that have seen emperors and empires rise and fall. The Colosseum provided a historical glimpse of where gladiators once fought for their freedom and crowds roared with excitement. Thomas, Alex and Tristan thought they could have given a worthy fight.

After our tour of Italy, we all felt homesick for our relatively small town of Kingsport. Yet with the unforgettable experiences we all faced, in some ways we grew and matured far more in 10 days than anything we had been exposed to in our schooling.

For more than one reason, the trip to Italy will remain in my heart and mind for years to come.

To Olivia, Brandi, Thomas, Alex, Tristan and Mr. Buchanan – thank you for this crazy adventure and for helping me understand life better. Stay nice, Thomas.

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Microsoft Surface Laptop SE review https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/microsoft-surface-laptop-se-review/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 17:16:00 +0000 https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/microsoft-surface-laptop-se-review/ Whether the student in your life is back in the classroom or continuing to learn remotely, having a good laptop for homework is more important than ever. The $249 Surface SE Laptop is the latest attempt to offer just that, distilling Microsoft’s flagship laptop into a more compact, affordable, and streamlined package designed for K-8 […]]]>

Whether the student in your life is back in the classroom or continuing to learn remotely, having a good laptop for homework is more important than ever. The $249 Surface SE Laptop is the latest attempt to offer just that, distilling Microsoft’s flagship laptop into a more compact, affordable, and streamlined package designed for K-8 students to pick up easily.

The SE laptop does a lot of good, with a decent enough screen, decent performance and a student-friendly version of Windows 11 in a compact design that’s perfect for commuting to class. But given its limited availability and narrow focus as a device that educators can buy for their classrooms, it’s not the ideal choice for someone who wants to both do homework and jump into after school digital hangouts.

Wondering if Surface Laptop SE makes sense for the student in your life? We worked there for a week. Here are our thoughts.

The Surface Laptop SE is a decent and affordable laptop for K-8 teachers looking to outfit their classroom with computers, but individual users are better off with a traditional inexpensive Chromebook or Windows laptop like the Surface Go 3.

What we like

A compact and lightweight design

“Wow, this thing is adorable.” That was my first thought when unboxing the Surface Laptop SE, which is a more compact and basic version of Microsoft’s excellent Surface Laptop series. The laptop’s all-white design is simple and sleek, and it feels sturdy for a mostly plastic machine. I particularly like how lightweight this 11-inch laptop is at just 2.45 pounds – perfect for tossing in a bag on the way to school or quickly dragging between rooms when it’s time for homework. And while the keyboard isn’t quite as fast as the more expensive Surface Laptop 4, I ultimately felt comfortable typing on it for hours.

Microsoft Surface Laptop SE

Normally I wouldn’t rent a laptop for only having two ports, but the Surface Laptop SE has just the right connections for most young students. You get a USB-C port (ideal for modern accessories and storage drives) and a USB-A port to connect to the vast majority of mice, keyboards and webcams you may have at home or on the go. classroom. Most high-end laptops have long since ditched USB-A, but it’s a great port for legacy accessories, and especially useful on a laptop meant for school. There’s also a headphone jack for jumping into a Zoom class or watching a presentation with minimal distraction.

Screen, speakers and performance are just good enough

The Surface Laptop SE’s 11.6-inch LCD isn’t going to wow anyone with its low 1366 x 768 resolution – especially with those huge bezels – but it’s more than serviceable considering the purpose and price of the device. ‘laptop. 8K nature video looked decently detailed on Microsoft’s small screen, and the oranges and greens of various wildlife and foliage were vibrant enough. The SE laptop’s downward-firing stereo speakers were sufficient, producing sound that wasn’t very loud but clear enough for me to enjoy my daily music playlist or hear my coworkers during of a video call.

Microsoft Surface Laptop SE

The same can be said for the performance of the Laptop SE, which is well suited to a machine designed for light school work. The SE’s Intel Celeron N4120 processor isn’t designed to handle heavy multitasking or heavy video editing, and even during basic use I noticed some sluggishness and stutters when jumping between Google tabs Chrome or switching applications in multitasking mode. But the Laptop SE was largely reliable for my daily routine of writing in Google Docs, checking email and messaging Slack, and those looking for something to do homework or skip learning sessions. remote should be perfect.

Windows 11 SE has its advantages

Surface Laptop SE runs Windows 11 SE, a streamlined version of Windows 11 designed to eliminate distractions while being easier to use for young students. For example, the Windows Start menu only displays up to four recommended apps at a time, so as not to overwhelm students with choices. Many apps open in full-screen mode by default to give students the best possible viewing experience, and since not all kids are expert multitaskers (and also because the SE laptop’s screen is tiny), the Windows Snap feature only lets you split the screen between up to two apps at once. My Microsoft Student Laptop review unit came preloaded with Microsoft Office essentials like Word and PowerPoint along with a few extras like Minecraft: Education Edition and Zoom, all of which seem useful for a young user logging into the classroom every day.

Microsoft Surface Laptop SE

Windows 11 SE is definitely not the operating system for me — Due to strict permissions in place on my device, I was unable to download third-party apps that I use daily, including Slack, Spotify, and Discord (although I was able to use these services on a web browser). While this is embarrassing to me, it makes perfect sense for the educator (or parent) who wants to restrict what their students can download in order to minimize distractions and protect young users from potentially inappropriate or harmful content.

Only IT admins can download apps to the Surface Laptop SE, and the laptop is designed to get automatic updates outside of school hours through Microsoft’s Intune for Education. It’s also designed to be easily repairable, with a bottom panel that you can remove to replace components after removing a handful of screws with a screwdriver. So while the Laptop SE is certainly not designed for typical personal use, educators looking for something they can easily manage for their students may find a lot to like about Microsoft’s student laptop.

What we didn’t like

Webcam and battery life aren’t great

I wasn’t expecting a great webcam from a $249 laptop (hell, even the cameras on some models over $1000 are bad), but given the prevalence of remote learning, I have to call the SE laptop’s puny 1-megapixel shooter. While I was on a video call without complaining, the photos I captured on the Microsoft laptop were extremely pixelated and blown out. It’ll do the job for basic recordings, but if you or your student want to sound as clear as possible during virtual sessions, you’re better off hooking up one of our picks for the best webcams.

Microsoft promises up to 16 hours of battery life on the Surface Laptop SE, but the laptop fell well short in my testing. This affordable laptop ran after about six hours of typical daily use, which included jumping between a few dozen Chrome tabs and a 30-minute video call, the latter of which seemed to be very hard on the system’s battery. That might be enough to get younger students through a full school day, but for everyone else I’d recommend keeping the charger handy when you’re on the road.

This is not your typical cheap laptop

The Surface Laptop SE and its unique version of Windows are ideal for a controlled classroom, but it’s definitely not a laptop you’ll buy off the shelf for a kid. In fact, you can’t — the only way to buy this laptop is to contact a Microsoft Education specialist or get in touch with a Microsoft Authorized Reseller and determine the number of units you will need for your school.

Those who want something that can be easily bought for an individual and used for both schoolwork and personal play are better off with a Chromebook like the Lenovo Chromebook Duet or a full-fledged Windows machine like the Surface Go 3. Even better, both the devices double as tablets for drawing and taking notes.

At the end of the line

Microsoft Surface Laptop SE

If you are in a very specific niche, the Surface SE Laptop is for educators looking for an affordable laptop set for their classroom. There’s a lot to like about this student-focused laptop. Its screen, performance, and keyboard are perfect for K-8 students, and it offers a streamlined version of Windows 11 that offers full, uncompromising versions of apps like Word and PowerPoint (rather than web versions you’ll need to use on a Chromebook).

But unless you’re buying in bulk for a business, the Surface Laptop SE isn’t for you, and there are plenty of worthy options under $300 for those who want to buy the college student of their lives. reliable all-round work and play machine. If you’re fine with using mostly Google services and Android apps, the $299 Lenovo Chromebook Duo is one of the best Chromebooks we’ve tested. And if you’re willing to pay a little more for a full-fledged, unrestricted Windows experience with better battery life and better camera quality, the $399 Surface Go 3 will serve you better.

How it compares to other budget laptops we’ve tested

Display 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 LCD display 10.5-inch 1920 x 1280 PixelSense touchscreen 10.1 inch 1920 x 1200 IPS touchscreen
Processor Intel Celeron N4020 / N4120 Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y / Intel Core i3-10100& MediaTek Helio P60T
Memory 4GB/8GB 4GB/8GB 4GB
Storage 64GB/128GB 64GB/128GB 64 GB
Ports USB-C, USB-A, headphone jack USB-C, MicroSDXC card reader, Surface Connect, headphone jack USB-C
Dimensions 11.17 x 7.6 x 0.7 inches; 2.45 pounds 9.65 x 6.9 x 0.33 inches; 1.2 pounds 9.64 x 6.66 x 0.71 inches; 2.03 pounds
Software Windows 11SE Windows 11 Home (S mode) Chromium operating system
webcam 1 megapixel 720p 5-megapixel 1080p front camera with Windows Hello; 8-megapixel rear camera 2 megapixel front camera; 8-megapixel rear camera
Price

$249.99


$399.99


$249.99

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Historic Homes You Can Own in Central Illinois | Local News https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/historic-homes-you-can-own-in-central-illinois-local-news/ Sun, 24 Apr 2022 15:59:59 +0000 https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/historic-homes-you-can-own-in-central-illinois-local-news/ Beautiful 4 bedroom Victorian home on prestigious East Washington Street in Founders Grove! This home has so many beautiful period features like an entry hall, high ceilings, transom windows, glass doorknobs, floor to ceiling windows, swing door to kitchen, laundry chute , etc. The seller decided to let the next owner decide whether to restore […]]]>

Beautiful 4 bedroom Victorian home on prestigious East Washington Street in Founders Grove! This home has so many beautiful period features like an entry hall, high ceilings, transom windows, glass doorknobs, floor to ceiling windows, swing door to kitchen, laundry chute , etc. The seller decided to let the next owner decide whether to restore it to its 1920s glory, or update it to their liking. The main floor features a large living room with a cozy fireplace and room for a piano, a separate formal dining room with a built-in corner cabinet, a spacious kitchen, a beautiful family room separated by French doors and a front veranda perfect for leaving open on summer nights. The second floor features 4 good sized bedrooms with walk-in closets, 2 full bathrooms (the master bedroom has a clawfoot tub) and charming built-in furniture. The attic is finished but could use some TLC. The basement is unfinished with tons of space for storage. The current owners have loved and cared for this home for 47 years! Recent updates include: roof (09), A/C (21), updated main bathroom with new vanity, etc. The property will be sold as is; inspections for informational purposes only. This is your chance to live on East Washington St and make this home your own! Be careful when visiting, as the seller is preparing for an estate sale.

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Halo Infinite 2022 Roadmap Revealed, Co-op Campaign Aims August https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/halo-infinite-2022-roadmap-revealed-co-op-campaign-aims-august/ Fri, 22 Apr 2022 23:00:56 +0000 https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/halo-infinite-2022-roadmap-revealed-co-op-campaign-aims-august/ Source: Xbox Game Studios A new roadmap previews what’s to come for Halo Infinite through the rest of 2022. Developer 343 Industries share a roadmap for Halo Infinite on Friday, detailing current goals for various modes and updates, including the long-awaited campaign co-op. Networked (or online) campaign co-op is currently scheduled to launch in late […]]]>

Source: Xbox Game Studios

A new roadmap previews what’s to come for Halo Infinite through the rest of 2022.

Developer 343 Industries share a roadmap for Halo Infinite on Friday, detailing current goals for various modes and updates, including the long-awaited campaign co-op.

Networked (or online) campaign co-op is currently scheduled to launch in late August 2022, alongside an update providing the ability to replay missions. Forge mode is set to enter beta testing in September 2022, as 343 Industries expresses a desire to get the mode “into your hands as soon as possible.”

You can see the current roadmap below (tap or click the image to enlarge):

Halo Infinite 2022 roadmapSource: Xbox Game Studios

As part of this roadmap, the length of Halo Infinite Season 2 has also been extended. Season 3 is now set to begin on November 8, 2022. According to 343 Industries creative director Joseph Staten, the “main reason” for extending the length of the season is to allow for more quality of life updates, while maintaining the health of the development team.

Staten also shared that Season 2 introduces “multiplayer narrative events” that feature a player’s Spartan in an ongoing storyline, though it’s unclear exactly how these events will play out. Halo Infinite Season 3 is expected to include split-screen co-op, along with a new Battle Pass, more maps, and more modes.

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